The Football League provided us with its usual share of drama on Saturday, on a day the sport lost and remembered one of its greatest pioneers.
BBC Sport rounds up the best bits from Saturday’s action in the Championship, League One and League Two.
‘The modern footballer has a lot to thank him for’
Jimmy Hill, one of English football’s most influential figures, died on Saturday at the age of 87.
As chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, he led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum wages for professional footballers.
He played 297 games for Fulham and was later manager and chairman at Coventry, before enjoying a successful broadcasting career and presenting BBC’s Match of the Day on more than 600 occasions.
Fulham’s players wore black armbands for their 2-2 draw at Bolton in the Championship, while Coventry’s League One match with Oldham was preceded by a minute’s applause at the Ricoh Arena.
“There’s a huge picture of Jimmy Hill in our dressing room,” Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire after his side’s 1-1 draw on Saturday.
“He was a visionary in an era when football needed pushing on. He pushed football forward at a rate to where it is today.
“The modern footballer has a lot to thank Jimmy Hill for, and this football club is in his debt many times over for what he brought to this club.
“It is a very sad day for his family and for everyone at this club.”
Speaking to BBC Radio London, Fulham senior coach Stuart Gray added: “Jimmy was a fantastic servant to Fulham and a wonderful guy. I met him two or three times. It’s a very sad occasion.
“We showed our respect by wearing black armbands today and I would have thought that, at our next home game, there will be a minute’s silence or a minute’s applause.”
Fortress Deepdale for Carlisle
For more than 3,000 Carlisle fans, a 170-mile round trip to Preston on Saturday was more than worthwhile. They saw their side beat Notts County 3-0 and move up to fifth in League Two.
Preston North End’s Deepdale home is one of three stadiums scheduled to host Carlisle ‘home’ fixtures while Brunton Park recovers from flood damage and the effects of Storm Desmond.
Carlisle will play ‘home’ matches at Blackburn’s Ewood Park and Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road in January.
About 600 supporters took up the offer of free coach travel to Preston, while Virgin Trains, the club’s main sponsor, also offered free travel for 500 fans.
‘Jose brought us luck’
Jose Mourinho has had a tough week, so you could have forgiven him for wanting to keep out of the limelight for a few days.
Sacked by Chelsea on Thursday, an agency representing the 52-year-old released a statement on Saturday which read: “He (Jose) will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future.”
But Mourinho was in Brighton later in the day to watch Middlesbrough, managed by his former assistant Aitor Karanka, end Brighton’s unbeaten start to the Championship season with a 3-0 win at the Amex Stadium.
“Jose brought us luck,” said head coach Karanka. “We worked together at Real Madrid and it was an amazing experience.
“He is a friend of mine. I didn’t tell the players that he would be watching but it wasn’t a secret.
“Afterwards, he came into the dressing room to offer congratulations. He felt he had watched a really good team and he was impressed with us. He was the best and he will be the best.”
Villain to hero
Plymouth’s Kelvin Mellor looked to have cost his team two points when, with five minutes remaining and Argyle leading their League Two game at Hartlepool 1-0, he conceded a penalty which led to the home side’s equaliser.
But the full-back redeemed himself in stoppage time with a late winner, his first goal of the season, to send Plymouth back to the top of the table.
“I said before the game to a few of the lads that I fancied a goal,” Mellor told BBC Radio Devon. “Obviously it’s nice to get the winner.”
A reaction for Redfearn
Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn was involved in a little bit of verbal jousting with his predecessor Steve Evans in midweek.
Speaking after struggling Rotherham’s defeat by Huddersfield on Tuesday, Redfearn suggested some of the signings made at the start of the season – while Evans was still in charge of the Millers – were “sub-standard”.
Leeds head coach Evans responded: “I have read those comments and it just sounds like a man as if he is under extreme pressure and wonders what happens if he loses the next one.”
Well, Redfearn did not lose the next one. In fact, Rotherham produced one of the results of the Championship season to beat promotion-chasing Hull 2-0.
The former Barnsley midfielder told BBC Radio Sheffield: “We had the two goals and could have had three or four more.
“The situation we’re in, we’ve got to fight. The fight was really apparent, but we got on the ball and passed it. It was a great performance.
“We got a massive reaction against a good side and we’ve just got to make sure we keep the level of performance right.”