The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam El­liott

IT’S fair to as­sume Thurs­day night was spent watch­ing the TV from be­hind the sofa in the Bishop house­hold.

Chan­nel-hop­ping Scun­thorpe mid­fielder Neal saw Sh­effield United go level on points with the Iron on Sky Sports… as his wife, Frances, was be­ing fired on BBC show The Ap­pren­tice!

Billy Sharp’s late win­ner, which saw the Blades go joint top of League One, ar­rived at al­most the same time as Lord Sugar’s fa­mous fin­ger pointed.

It ended the 25-year-old brunette’s ten-week stint on the show. She just missed out on a place in tonight’s fi­nal, and a chance of earn­ing a £250,000 in­vest­ment.

Neal, 35, has been giv­ing his wife plenty of stick for her per­for­mances.

Frances, who was aim­ing for Lord Sugar’s fi­nan­cial help in her dis­count chil­dren’s clothes busi­ness, lost eight of her ten chal­lenges – but her charm was enough to keep her in the show un­til this week.

“I have been giv­ing her plenty of grief,” said the for­mer Notts County and Black­pool man. “But I’m very proud of her. She has done in­cred­i­bly well. The lads were try­ing to get some in­sider in­for­ma­tion from me about who won, but we’ve man­aged to keep things quiet.”

PROUD: Bishop, left, with team-mate Josh Mor­ris SO CLOSE: Frances Bishop came within an inch of tonight’s Ap­pren­tice fi­nal

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