I very much agree - I think there's just a lot of unnecessary stuff on there, and really it just pushes all of the information that people are looking for further down the page. One thing I particularly hate is the featured image for each of the news articles showing in the background, but there's nothing that can be done in the website's design to remove these.
Would rather they just improved the old layouts rather than going back to the drawing board - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Indeed, you do have to scroll far too far down to find fixtures/results/table, and just the newest news prominently at the top would be fine. As you say, when something does its job well, as the previous incarnation did, what is the point in messing with it to such a major extent? Small tweaks in response to users' feedback are surely sufficient.
(P.S. I know I might be of 'concessions-age', but "Own The Grind" ?? What is that all about??? )
And there was I, thinking it was a great improvement, to be able to access the Twitter feed instantly from the top of the home page. Now that Twitter is the only way to follow updates on matches you are unable to attend, I found it very useful. I suppose everyone has their own reason for using a website. I may be a lone voice, but I liked the change, albeit having no idea that a change was about to happen.