Football League: Five things you may have missed

Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers won for the first time since 12 September

The Football League action for 2015 is drawing to a close, with the bulk of the year's final games played on Monday.

BBC Sport brings you up to date with all the things you may have missed while marvelling at Xherdan Shaqiri's wondergoal for Stoke against Everton.

Floods hit close to home for York City

York floods
Rescue workers in a flooded York street

Images of the flooding across northern England has dominated the media this Christmas time, with thousands of people across Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire being evacuated from their homes.

York, where the River Ouse burst its banks, has been one of the worst affected areas and one of those caught up in it all was York City defender Eddie Nolan.

"I had to be evacuated the other night at three or four o'clock in the morning and ended up staying in a school for the night," the 27-year-old revealed to BBC Radio York.

"I'm over that now, I want to concentrate on football but it wasn't a nice experience."

He was back on the pitch on Monday and helped the Minstermen earn a 1-1 draw at Mansfield in League Two.

Eddie Nolan
York City defender Eddie Nolan (left) playing against Mansfield on Monday

And the former Republic of Ireland international, who hopes to be back in his home in the next week, paid tribute to the efforts of rescue workers in the area.

"They were brilliant. There was a lot of young kids rescued in the hospital - they've done a great job, I'm very thankful."

Bolton beaming

Gary Madine
Gary Madine's goal brought Bolton to within four points of safety

Bolton fans haven't had that much to cheer about recently.

The club face a winding-up petition from Revenue & Customs, a transfer embargo from the Football League and an uncertain future in the boardroom with a protracted takeover still ongoing.

Furthermore, it had been 107 long days since Bolton fans had felt that winning feeling going into Monday's Championship game against rivals Blackburn - not much hope then surely for the league's bottom side?

Not so. Gary Madine's 77th-minute volley was enough to give Neil Lennon's side a 1-0 victory worth celebrating.

"It's a feeling of delight, one of relief as well," said Lennon.

Makienok blows full-time on ref's game

The 6ft 7ins frame of Charlton striker Simon Makienok is something Championship defenders have needed to deal with all season.

But on Monday against Wolves, referee Keith Hill felt the full force of the peroxide blonde man-bunned Dane.

Referee Keith Hill and Simon Makienok
Keith Hill (left) and Simon Makienok collided in the first half at the Valley

With the scoreline 0-0 and the game pretty dull, it was livened up when Hill needed attention from the physios after his collision with Makienok.

The ref didn't return for the second half, prompting this tweet...

Tim Spiers
Thankfully for Wolves' local newspaper reporter Tim Spiers, things got a little better in the second half

With the new referee in place, Kenny Jackett's Wolves came away with victory thanks to goals from Jordan Graham and a Harry Lennon own goal to leave the Addicks in the drop zone.

Super Saddlers and Brilliant Brewers

George Evans
Walsall striker George Evans celebrates scoring against Peterborough on Monday

Going into 2016, few would have predicted that League One's top two would be Walsall and Burton Albion.

It comes as even more of a surprise when you consider both sides lost managers to teams in the division above - Dean Smith leaving the Banks's Stadium for Brentford and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink waving goodbye to Burton for QPR.

But the Saddlers have won all three games under new boss Sean O'Driscoll - including Monday's 2-0 win over in-form Peterborough United.

And the Brewers - with Nigel Clough back at the helm - beat Swindon thanks to a late Lukas Akins penalty to leave them trailing Walsall only on goal difference. Who knows what will happen in 2016.

PA-inful to listen to

We've all made a mistake in the office, haven't we? But unfortunately for one PA announcer on Monday theirs came with 17,668 people all listening in.

During the first half of Portsmouth's game against Luton in League Two, Pompey's Ben Davies hit a free-kick into the side-netting, causing celebration from fans from certain angles of Fratton Park.

Before many realised the error of their ways, the PA system announced the goal over the tannoy system, much to the amusement of all within the ground.

Luton tweet

That was the only time their goal-calling abilities were called into action on Monday, though, as the managerless Hatters held out for a goalless draw.

Picture of the day

QPR v Huddersfield
A minute's applause was held at Loftus Road in memory of people connected to QPR who lost their lives in 2015 - including former England defender and coach Don Howe - before their match with Huddersfield

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