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Scotland

Last-gasp Scotland keep World Cup dream alive

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just two minutes from the end of normal time, leaves Scotland second in Group F on 17 points, six behind England after leapfrogging Slovakia and Slovenia, who lost 1-0 at Wembley.

Last-gasp Scotland keep World Cup dream alive

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just two minutes from the end of normal time, leaves Scotland second in Group F on 17 points, six behind England after leapfrogging Slovakia and Slovenia, who lost 1-0 at Wembley.

England, Scotland go through with poppy tribute

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London (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney and Scotland counterpart Darren Fletcher led out teams sporting black armbands with red poppy motifs for Friday's World Cup qualifier, paying a commemorative war dead tribute at Wembley that leaves both nations at risk of FIFA sanctions.

Football's world governing body has warned the move could contravene rules banning "political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images".

England, Scotland go through with poppy tribute

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London (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney and Scotland counterpart Darren Fletcher led out teams sporting black armbands with red poppy motifs for Friday's World Cup qualifier, paying a commemorative war dead tribute at Wembley that leaves both nations at risk of FIFA sanctions.

Football's world governing body has warned the move could contravene rules banning "political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images".

A Fond Farewell to Fletcher.

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Jonny Evans

Evans the latest of United academy graduates to be named captain

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Manchester United's academy is the best in England and one of the best in Europe, with many players going on to have a great career at United or other top flight clubs after graduating.

However, the young players coming through during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign have done particularly well for themselves, by not just establishing long playing careers in the Premier League, but almost immediately being named captain by their new managers after leaving United.

Fletch: Evans is a great leader

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Darren Fletcher has sung the praises of Jonny Evans, who followed him through the ranks at Manchester United and has now joined him at West Brom.

Jonny is a fantastic player, a great leader. He is a top player. He has been at Manchester United for a long time. He has had a few injuries in the last few years which maybe stunted his progress in that respect.

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Fletcher joins Stoke after snubbing West Brom offer

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London (AFP) – Scotland international midfielder Darren Fletcher joined Stoke City on Thursday on a free transfer after rejecting an offer of a new contract from their Premier League rivals West Brom.

The 33-year-old former Manchester United star - who will join fellow former West Brom team-mate Saido Berahino at Stoke - signed a two year contract with his new club ending a two-and-a-half year stay with West Brom.

Fletcher: I regret leaving United – that’s where I feel at home

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Darren Fletcher will return as captain of West Brom at the weekend, with Manchester United keen to get closer to the top four with three points.

The midfielder spent 20 years at United before Louis van Gaal sold him to West Brom. Having battled against ulcerative colitis for years, there was possibly the thought he wouldn't be able to maintain his fitness.

Evans: I loved playing for United

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Having spent his entire career at Manchester United, Jonny Evans was told by Louis van Gaal that he was free to look for a new club last summer. Evans was convinced by former teammate Darren Fletcher to follow him to West Brom, where the Scotsman has been captain since signing for them just over a year ago.

A closer look at the medical conditions that Darren Fletcher and Andy Cole suffer from

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Modern day soccer players are widely seen as the epitome of health. Rigorous training regimes, strict dietary programs and advances in sports medicine ensure that these athletes have the best possible physique.

Nevertheless, even the body of a professional soccer player is not immune to illness.

A closer look at the medical conditions that Darren Fletcher and Andy Cole suffer from

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Modern day soccer players are widely seen as the epitome of health. Rigorous training regimes, strict dietary programs and advances in sports medicine ensure that these athletes have the best possible physique.

Nevertheless, even the body of a professional soccer player is not immune to illness.

Evans: Fletch recommended West Brom to me

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Jonny Evans has today signed a four-year contract with West Brom, having spent his entire career with Manchester United. He joins other former reds, Darren Fletcher, James Chester and Ben Foster, who recommended the club to him.

I hope to push the Albion up the League. It's a new, fresh challenge for me.

McNair: Fletcher gave me so much advice this season

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Paddy McNair has played 14 games for Manchester United this season after making his debut under Louis van Gaal. The youngster is surprised by how quickly he has become a part of the first team squad but says it won't really sink in until the end of the season.

I don't think I will really realise how good a season I have had until the end of the season when I look back at it, but so far I'm very happy.

VIDEO: Manchester United thrash Arsenal in FA Cup 2008

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Darren Fletcher scored twice in Manchester United's 4-0 win over the FA Cup in 2008, with Wayne Rooney and Nani also scoring. Our Portuguese winger upset Arsene Wenger's players when he started juggling the ball with 15 minutes left to play.

Fletch: United are a fantastic club

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Darren Fletcher has been with Manchester United since he was 11 and he's 31 now. It was confirmed today that he is moving to West Brom in a bid to get more playing time, having missed out on several years of his career due to an aggressive bowel disease.

Fletcher claims he is leaving the club with a smile on his face though, thanks to all the great memories he's had.

PICTURE: Fletcher’s United career

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Pictures documenting Darren Fletcher's career at Manchester United.

Farewell Fletch

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Manchester United has confirmed that Darren Fletcher has left the club for West Brom on a free transfer.

Last week it looked as though he was set to join West Ham but the deal fell through after the London club changed their mind to wanting him on loan until the end of the season, with the option to buy.

Photo: Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher holding West Brom shirt

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Darren Fletcher has left Manchester United and joined West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in the final hours of the winter transfer window.

The 31-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year deal at The Hawthorns and will wear No 24 for his new club.

Done Deal: Manchester United confirm late midfielder transfer

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Manchester United have confirmed their long serving midfielder Darren Fletcher has completed his switch to West Bromwich Albion on the deadline day.

The Scottish international was allowed to join on a free transfer after he ended his 12 years at Old Trafford spell on Monday.

West Brom have signed Darren Fletcher from Manchester United

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West Brom have sealed an 11th-hour swoop for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Fletcher was set to join West Ham last Friday, but talks broke down and West Brom stepped in to take the 31-year-old off United's hands.

Fletcher reported to United's team hotel in Manchester on deadline day, where the squad are staying ahead of their FA Cup replay against Cambridge, but he quickly left after the Baggies came calling.

West Brom have signed Darren Fletcher from Manchester United

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West Brom have sealed an 11th-hour swoop for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Fletcher was set to join West Ham last Friday, but talks broke down and West Brom stepped in to take the 31-year-old off United's hands.

Fletcher reported to United's team hotel in Manchester on deadline day, where the squad are staying ahead of their FA Cup replay against Cambridge, but he quickly left after the Baggies came calling.

RoM Reads

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Scott gives ESPN player ratings for the weekend's game against Leicester.

Scott writes for The Irish Independent about Darren Fletcher.

Scott writes for The Metro about Michael Carrick's injury.

The Telegraph reports on the attempt armed robbery of Di Maria's house.

Gary Neville discusses our transfer window on Sky Sports.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Fletch: Fergie used to spy on us using Twitter

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Darren Fletcher has spoken about how football is always changing and how Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged he couldn't treat his last team at Manchester United the same way he treated players when he first started managing.

Sir Alex used to say he couldn't treat us like he used to treat his Aberdeen team simply because we were a different generation.

PICTURE: Fletcher as a child with Ferguson

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Darren Fletcher is on the verge of signing for West Ham. Here he is as a child with Sir Alex Ferguson.

English Premier League

West Brom’s Chris Brunt pelted with coins by own fans [VIDEO]

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West Bromwich Albion defender Chris Brunt was pelted with coins by his own club's fans after their surprise FA Cup fifth round defeat at Reading on Saturday.

Brunt had gone over to applaud Albion's traveling fans following their 3-1 loss to the second tier side, but the mood turned sour and he went down clutching his face as coins rained down from angry supporters.

West Brom’s Chris Brunt pelted with coins by own fans [VIDEO]

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West Bromwich Albion defender Chris Brunt was pelted with coins by his own club's fans after their surprise FA Cup fifth round defeat at Reading on Saturday.

Brunt had gone over to applaud Albion's traveling fans following their 3-1 loss to the second tier side, but the mood turned sour and he went down clutching his face as coins rained down from angry supporters.

COMMUNITY: #High5ForCafu – Twitter tributes pour in for Forfar youngster Jack Syme

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West Brom

Evans: I kept ringing Fletch to ask him about West Brom

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Jonny Evans has revealed Darren Fletcher helped convince him that West Brom was the right club for him, ahead of his £6-8m move this week.

I spoke to Fletch regularly. I rang him just after he had made the move here from United and he said how much he was enjoying his football.

Fletcher: I must remember to go in to the right dressing room!

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Ahead of his first game against his boyhood club since leaving for West Brom, Darren Fletcher has spoken about what is on his mind. He admits that of course he wants United to win, but on the day, will be more focussed on helping his new team get a good result.

I am just conscious of making sure I walk out on the right side, go in the right dressing room and things like that, so I'll have to be really focused and concentrated, but I'm going back with a job to do for my new team and that will be the focus when I'm there.

West Brom Lay On Special VIP Day For 107-Year-Old Supporter Jack Jones (Photo)

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Given that 100years as aWest Brom fan is more than any man should be forced to bear, the Baggieslaid on a special VIP day for107-year-old fan Jack Jones on Saturday.

Invited along to the Hawthorns as guest of honour, not only wasJack in the crowd to watchhis beloved side register an impressive 1-0 win over Southampton, he was also presented with a clutch of goodies in appreciationof his century of serviceand support.

Fletch: United didn’t want me to leave

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After completing his free transfer to West Brom, Darren Fletcher has revealed the club didn't want him to leave, but were keen to make sure that he could find the playing time he wanted elsewhere.

I spoke to the manager about not playing as much as I wanted and the club didn't really want me to go but they respected my wishes," he said.

PICTURE: Fletcher at team hotel tonight in United gear… before travelling to West Brom

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The Evening News took pictures of Darren Fletcher arriving at the United team hotel ahead of tomorrow's game against Cambridge at Old Trafford.

However, reports suggest that he is now in West Brom having a medical.

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PICTURE: United players’ tributes to Darren Fletcher

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Adnan Januzaj, Michael Carrick, Rafael da Silva, Ander Herrera and David de Gea have taken to Instagram to say farewell to Darren Fletcher after his free transfer to West Brom.

Man United outgun the Foxes.

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Manchester United 3 Leicester City 1 The last time these two sides met it produced a match filled with goals, eight in total, an early entry for goal of the season, defensive mistakes, baffling...

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West Ham

LvG: West Ham changed their minds on Fletcher’s contract

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Over the past week, Darren Fletcher has been strongly linked with a move to West Ham. He was in London yesterday to complete his medical and sign the contract.

It has been confirmed today that the deal has fallen through though, with Louis van Gaal revealing that the London club changed their minds, and decided they only wanted him on loan, with the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.

Fletcher – The man West Ham need to get them on track

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I guess the word for Fletcher is probably industrious, but to West Ham he'd be so much more than that.

Last season Big Sam's side struggled. Lacking a midfielder with the bollocks to demand the ball off the defence, it was hoofed high and long to strikers for whom the word "ungainly" probably implies a little too much elegance.