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Football League

Coventry City Win The 2012/13 Sack Race

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Well, it only ended up taking three matches of the Football League season, but Coventry City became the first club to decide that enough was enough with their manager and, following Saturdays home league draw against Bury at The Ricoh Arena, Andy Thorn will now be twiddling his thumbs on Saturday afternoons until another offer comes along.

Match Of The Past: Burnley FC

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We continue our series of historical videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship League One and League Two are to follow this afternoon with Burnley FC, and six videos spanning the years from 1960 to 1994. The greatest period in the history of this club was largely hidden from the view of television cameras autocratic owner Bob Lord didn't allow Match Of The Day cameras into Turf Moor until 1968 but we do kick off with a short film made for the BBC on the subject of their league title-winning side of 1960, before skipping forward twelve years to follow the Clarets to Craven Cottage for an away league match against Fulham from the start of the 1972/73 season

By the middle of the 1980s, the decline of English football was more than apparent.

Convicted Rapist Ched Evans Released By Sheffield United

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By Alan Duffy

From SHEFFIELD UNITED, I said, not JAIL, in case you are confused. Anyway, Sheffield United have finally decided to axe their infamous striker Ched Evans, who was convicted of rape and sentenced to five years imprisonment last month.

The Blades only recently suffered the heartbreak of losing on penalties in the League One play-off final, while it is a strong possibility that if their top-scorer Evans had not committed such a thoroughly vile crime and totally messed up a number of people's lives in the process, United could well have secured an automatic promotion place.

The 100 Most Controversial Football Club Owners Of All-Time: No.99 – Stan Flashman (Barnet)

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There was always something inherently contradictory about Stan Flashman. He is, perhaps, best remembered as the "King Of The Touts" (often with the prefix "Self-Styled" attached to it), but when he craved respectability he would rebrand himself as a "Ticket Broker." Ultimately, though, he himself stated that he didn't care what he was called as long as the money was right.

Collateral Damage, Sheffield United & The Ched Evans Case

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Having been around or about the League One automatic promotion places for much of the season, the last few days have suddenly become rather uncomfortable for Sheffield United. A single goal defeat in Milton Keynes at the weekend coupled with a home win for local and promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday cut the gap between second and third place in the table to a single point with just two games left to play, but even this precarious state of affairs is now threatening to be overshadowed by events off the pitch.

Is The Evans Effect Set To Move From Crawley To Rotherham As Well?

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There is, perhaps, little to surprised about regarding the decision of Steve Evans to leave promotion-chasing Crawley Town for Rotherham United this morning. Rumours had been circulating for the last few days that Rotherham were interested in taking him and his baggage on and even the timing with six games of the season left to play and Crawley Town two points off an automatic promotion place isn't a major shock.

Chasing The Big Leagues – West Ham United (English Championship)

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Tales from Tier Two is a series on Just Football in partnership with @tiertwofooty, in which we assess the promotion chances of the clubs in tier two of Europe's major leagues at the midway point of 2011/12.

English Premier League

West Ham Back In The Premier League

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West Ham are back in the Premier League after defeating Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley today in the npower Championship play-off final.

Ian Holloway's Blackpool had much the better of the opening exchanges, with Matt Phillips missing two chances, but it was West Ham who took the lead after Carlton Cole nicely controlled Matt Taylor's pass and slotted the ball past Matt Gilks in the 34th minute.

Championship Play-Off Final Preview: Hammers and Seasiders seek immediate Premier League return

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Championship Play-Off Final Preview: Hammers and Seasiders seek immediate Premier League return - originally posted on

When you get relegated from the Premier League, it's not easy to get back there quickly. And sometimes, it gets worse before it gets better. Just ask Southampton, who are headed back to the top flight after seven years away and after being in League One only last year.

West Ham And Cardiff In Playoffs For Premier League Promotion

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West Ham United fans will have to wait just a little longer to see their side back in the EPL after the Hammers failed to secure automatic promotion despite a 2-1 win over Hull City on the last day of the Npower Championship.

West Ham find themselves in the third place in the standings with 86 points three behind winners Reading and two behind second place Southampton.

Npower Championship 2011/2012: Promotion and Relegation Review

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The 2011-12 Championship league fixtures have come to an end and finally the automatic promotion positions have been confirmed. However, at the other end of the table, the relegation picture had been clear for some time.

Moxey backs Connor

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Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive, Jez Moxey, insists a horror run of form and the club's relegation from the Premier League has not damaged Terry Connor's reputation at the side. The side have been odds-on for the drop in Premier League betting for a number of months.

Caretaker manager, Connor, inherited a flagging side from his former boss, Mick McCarthy, in February, and is without a win in his first 10 games in charge, losing eight.

Good Week/Bad Week: Monochrome Madness

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Don't panic, the Kickette Special Investigation Unit are on this. They should have a definitive answer for you by the time Javi Martinez retires. Image via twitter.

If we are what we eat, call us fast, cheap and easy.

Just thought you needed to know that, Kickettes.


Fashion Feil: After our probing interview technique last year, we didn't think there was anything left to learn about the Benny Feilhaber.

The Championship Race for Promotion: Southampton, Reading and the Play-Off Candidates

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With 6 games to go in the season, the race for promotion to the riches of the Premier League is hotting up.

It is seemingly a three-horse race for the two automatic promotion places on offer.

Alan Pardew Issues Rallying Call To Top Newcastle Stars

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The four players who left Newcastle last year have not done particularly well at their new clubs. Demba Ba - may not want to leave Newcastle Joey Barton is struggling to stay in the Premier League with QPR, Kevin Nolan is struggling with West Ham to nail down an automatic promotion place, and the Hammers are now [.

Championship promotion picture update

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For a long while the Championship promotion battle seemed to be in effect a race for the play-offs and the chance to join Southampton and West Ham United in the Premier League. The big spending duo seemed to be a class above the opposition, but things have got interesting recently as the Hammers have faltered.

The Oyston Family & Blackpool FC: Eleven Million Questions To Answer – At Least

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Blackpool's accession to the Premier League was, on the surface, one of the feel-good stories of 2010. A club with a tight wage budget had broken up from the bottom division of the Football League and reclaimed a place in the top division that it had last held almost forty years previously. The team itself battled hard in the Premier League once there, winning a league double against Liverpool and beating Tottenham Hotspur at Bloomfield Road before succumbing to relegation by a single point on the final day of the season.

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This Is Enfield: The Towners Resume Their Upward Trajectory

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The end of season play-offs are both exhilarating and exhausting. For the clubs that finish in places just below the automatic promotion places, everything comes down those two or three matches at the end of the season and they come so quickly after the end of the normal league season that the work that has gone into securing a place just above that dotted line can feel as if it has come and gone all too quickly.

Birmingham: Premier league dreams, play-off anguish and losing your head

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This is a funny old time of year for any team in the Championship. Depending on how you've fared, you could be singing, crying, or just plain tearing your hair out. Any team from the Championship can be sorted into one of these categories:

1) Promoted this is the holy grail of this league, you're going to be playing Premier League football next season.

Final Day Shoot-Outs In The Ryman League

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It is not that often that league title races are open enough to go to the final day of the season with the whereabouts of the championship trophy still undecided, but this season two of the divisions of the Ryman League will end with five clubs still hoping to win automatic promotion as champions of their division.

United Lack Firepower as Evans Begins Jail Term

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With two games remaining in the regular League One season, the race for automatic promotion couldn't be much tighter. Sheffield United are now just one point ahead of their steel city rivals, Sheffield Wednesday, and must now contemplate life without top scorer, Ched Evans.
Evans, 23, was sentenced to five years in prison, this week, after being found guilty of rape.

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European Look Ahead: High-stakes Manchester derby, races intensify & more

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The Manchester derby is always a tense affair, but when the Premier League title is on the line it becomes one of the must-see games of the season.

Manchester United have seen their eight-point lead from two weeks ago shrink to a mere three points, and Manchester City now control their own destiny because of their superior goal differential.

Wednesday Kickoff: Beckham makes Olympic cut, Reading promoted and more

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David Beckham's hopes for participating in the Olympics have cleared the first hurdle.

Team Great Britain manager Stuart Pearce has narrowed down his long initial list of candidates for his 18-man roster down to 80, with Beckham, Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy and Joe Cole being among the other players whose names have been released.

Championship: Southampton 1-3 Reading – Le Fondre Repeats The Feat To Send Royals Clear (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

"Quick Robin, to the Bat Cave!"

A week after coming off the bench and scoring two goals in the last five minutes to sink Leeds, Adam 'The Melt' Le Fondre knocked in another couple of late'ns after coming off the bench at St Mary's last night to send Reading three-points clear of Southampton at the top of the pile.

League One

Never Write Off a Wounded ‘Banger’ – Carlisle United Will Go Down Swinging

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[T]his time four years ago Carlisle United stood on the brink of glory. Â A single win from their last three games against Leeds United, Southend or Millwall would have been enough for the Cumbrians to claim the final automatic promotion spot from League One and reach the heady heights of English football's second tier for the first time in 20 years.

Is Lee Clark’s sacking as Huddersfield manager officially the craziest ever?

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When OTP heard that Lee Clark had today been sacked as Huddersfield Town manager, our first thoughts were: "Hmmm, thought they were doing pretty well. We must have lost track of their recent results." But after double-checking our facts, the League One table and the Terriers' results, it turns out we were right.

The Rest

Was Jose Mourinho scouting Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah during Crystal Palace vs Watford?

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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was an unexpected visitor for yesterday's Championship play-off final between Crystal Palace and Watford. The Special One's appearance at Wembley sparked a series of theories, the most plausible of which is that he was running the rule over Watford's on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.

Recap: Weekend Norwegian action

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Josh Gatt's return to Molde's starting lineup ended in victory, while Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjondalen's hopes of automatic promotion continued to fade.

Preview: Weekend Norwegian action

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Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjondalen need three points as they chase the last automatic promotion spot, while Sebastian Troupe and Baerum hope to end its slide against Bryne.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean admits he’s never seen three of his new signings play

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Even before he relieved Blackburn Rovers of the burden of playing Premier League football last year, manager Steve Kean struggled to win the confidence of the Ewood Park faithful. The unpopular Glaswegian is set to go down even further in the estimation of long-suffering Blackburn fans, after he admitted he has never seen three of his deadline day transfers play.

Match of the Week: Wick Academy 2-4 Raith Rovers

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Finally, after Scottish football's traumatic summer, the chance to get back to some actual football. Starting with the now-traditional curtain-raiser of the Challenge Cup (currently the Ramsdens Cup, if you prefer). It's for the lower league teams only – which means most media attention has been focused on Rangers' debut in the cup, at Brechin on the Sunday.

Three Up, Three Down & The Stigma Of Non-League Football

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Earlier this week, a curious Early Day Motion was presented to parliament. Early Day Motions are one of the more endearing quirks of our antiquated parliamentary system, allowing Members of Parliament the opportunity to get whatever may have been on their minds of late which couldn't be considered of national importance out there in the open.

‘Promotion Or We’ll Kill You All’ – Instituto Team Bus Intercepted, Players Threatened By Own Fans

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By Chris Wright

After spending the majority of the Primera Nacional B season firmly rooted in the top two of Argentina's second division, Insituto dropped out of the automatic promotion places and into third after losing 3-2 to fifth-place Boca Unidos on Monday night a result which saw both River Plate and Rosario Central move above them in the standings.