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Grudge Match: AFC Wimbledon Once Again Refuse To Acknowledge MK Dons’ Existence As Two Clubs Meet In League One (Photos)

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AFC Wimbledon played host to MK Dons in League One on Friday evening and the whole occasion was about as bitter and trenchant as you might expect.

The two splinter clubs met for the very first time earlier this year, when AFC laid on an acrimonious "welcome" for their visitors at Kingsmeadow byrefusing to acknowledge the 'Dons' part of Milton Keynes' club moniker, while also refusing chairman Peter Winkelman and his fellow executives access to the corporate section of the ground.

Sky Sports Strike New £600m Deal With Football League To Live Stream All Midweek Matches

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Sky Sports have struck a "revolutionary" deal with the Football League that will see them allowed to stream all midweek matches from 2019 until 2024.

The £600million, five-year contract also means that all Championship, League One and League Twoclubs will be able to stream their midweek league fixtures via their own official websites, provided they are not chosen for live broadcast by Sky.

Clanger: Walsall Fan Makes Whopping Error While Booking Accommodation For League One Trip To Portsmouth

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Faced with a 230-mile round trip, one Walsall fan decided to book themselves some cheap accommodation in order to break up the long haul down to the south coast for Saturday's League One game against Portsmouth.

Alas, in attempting to secure the cheapest possible overnight stop, it would appear that the intrepid Saddlers fan in question dropped a bit of clanger when it came to researching the specific location of their out-of-town hotel.

League One: Shrewsbury Town Become First English Football Club To Apply For Safe Standing Zone

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Shrewsbury Town have become the first English football club to apply to install a safe standing zone at their stadium.

The League Oneside have submitted a proposal to the FA to remove around 555 seats from the terraces at Greenhous Meadow and replace them with approximately 400 'rail seats'.

AFP

League Cup is a waste of energy – Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has called the League Cup “a waste of energy” as the Manchester City manager joined old rival Jose Mourinho in questioning the worth of the competition.

The League Cup was created in 1960 to take advantage of the fact that floodlights had increased the possibility for midweek football.

League Cup is a waste of energy – Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has called the League Cup “a waste of energy” as the Manchester City manager joined old rival Jose Mourinho in questioning the worth of the competition.

The League Cup was created in 1960 to take advantage of the fact that floodlights had increased the possibility for midweek football.

Threatened by Trump, but united by football

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New York (AFP) – New York’s most unlikely football league meets every Saturday in the Bronx.

Its players are minors who arrived from Central America without their parents, with no documents or money. They made the dangerous journey here with one goal in mind: to escape the violence and poverty of their homelands.

Threatened by Trump, but united by football

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New York (AFP) – New York’s most unlikely football league meets every Saturday in the Bronx.

Its players are minors who arrived from Central America without their parents, with no documents or money. They made the dangerous journey here with one goal in mind: to escape the violence and poverty of their homelands.

Spanish league standoff stalls Neymar move

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar’s ‘transfer of the century’ from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain took another twist on Thursday as Spain’s football league refused to accept a 222 million euro ($260 million) cheque to pay his buyout clause.

Representatives of the 25-year-old Brazilian were turned away from the Madrid headquarters of La Liga, whose president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of breaching transfer rules.

Spanish league stalls Neymar PSG move

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spain’s football league refused to accept a 222 million euro ($260 million) cheque on Friday in a new twist to Neymar’s ‘transfer of the century’ from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Representatives of the 25-year-old Brazilian were turned away from the Madrid headquarters of La Liga after their payment to meet Barcelona’s buyout clause was refused by officials who have accused the French club of breaching transfer rules.

Spanish league stalls Neymar PSG move

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spain’s football league refused to accept a 222 million euro ($260 million) cheque on Friday in a new twist to Neymar’s ‘transfer of the century’ from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Representatives of the 25-year-old Brazilian were turned away from the Madrid headquarters of La Liga after their payment to meet Barcelona’s buyout clause was refused by officials who have accused the French club of breaching transfer rules.

Spanish Liga to file PSG complaint over Neymar

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Barcelona forward at more than 200 million euros, enough to trigger the 25-year-old’s transfer release clause.

Spanish Liga to file PSG complaint over Neymar

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Barcelona forward at more than 200 million euros, enough to trigger the 25-year-old’s transfer release clause.

British football club make landmark bid for safe standing

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London (AFP) – Third tier Shrewsbury have become the first English club to apply for right to install safe standing in their stadium.

The League One team want to create a safe standing area, which would have a capacity of around 500, in their Greenhous Meadow arena.

Shrewsbury’s stadium was built 10 years ago and is one of 29 in the Football League which are eligible to apply for safe standing.

British football club make landmark bid for safe standing

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London (AFP) – Third tier Shrewsbury have become the first English club to apply for right to install safe standing in their stadium.

The League One team want to create a safe standing area, which would have a capacity of around 500, in their Greenhous Meadow arena.

Shrewsbury’s stadium was built 10 years ago and is one of 29 in the Football League which are eligible to apply for safe standing.

England

Middlesbrough, Wolves, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town… Star Names of the Football League, week 8

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Kamil Grosicki, Fulham and Cardiff stars… Names of the Football League, week 5

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Conor Hourihane, Leeds and Ipswich stars… Names of the Football League, week 4

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Ruben Neves, Abel Hernandez and Sunderland’s main man… Names of the Football League, weeks 2 + 3

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Nelson Oliveira, Portsmouth, Luton… Star names of the Football League, week 1

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John Terry, Ruben Neves and 8 more Championship signings to keep an eye on

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Videos

Around The Grounds: St James Park, Home Of Exeter City (Photos)

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Flying high at the top of League Two after an unbeaten start to the season, Pies reckon this is as good a time as any to give Exeter City a doff of the cap by taking a snoop around their stadium.

Not to be confused with Newcastle United's monochrome hulk (note the lack of apostrophe), St James Park is at least in part a throwback to a bygone age of football stadium design.

Impressive: Exeter City Coach Matt Taylor Turns Floodlights Off With Merest Flick Of His Hand (Video)

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Exeter City have come flying out of the traps in League Two this season, currently sitting as they are at the very top of the table with five games played.

Obviously the results have been good, but it looks like the Grecians specifically their defensive coach Matt Taylor may also be dabbling in the occult to help get points on the board.

League Two: Notts County’s Matt Tootle Emerges Victorious In ‘Weirdest Goal Celebration Of The Weekend’ Stakes (Video)

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Yes, that is Shola Ameobi (Photo: @Official_NCFC/Twitter)

It's perhaps telling that, on the very same day we saw an unfortunate Hamburg player rupture his cruciate ligament after scoring, the oddest goal celebration of the weekend actually came in League Two, specifically during Notts County's 4-2 win over Wycombe.

Mansfield Town CEO Carolyn Radford Launches Bid For Seat On FA Council With Quirky, But Largely Awful Campaign Song (Video)

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Mansfield Town chief executive Carolyn Radford has applied to represent the Football League with a seat on the FA Council.

Radford is one of five applicants bidding to land one of two available places on the council, which serves to vote and usher in policy changes within the FA itself.

Championship: Huddersfield Book Place In Premier League After Dramatic Shoot-Out Win Over Reading (Photos & Video)

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Huddersfield made it six play-off penalty shoot-out wins out of six as the Terriers booked their place in the Premier League for the first time ever after a dour Championship Play-Off final against Reading at Wembley.

The Terriers started brightly and should've taken the lead on five minutes, only forMichael Hefele to head wide from Aaron Mooy's free-kick.

‘They’ve Ruined It For Me’ – Goal-Hero Steve Morrison Livid With Fans After Millwall Beat Bradford In League One Play-Off Final (Photos & Video)

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Millwall booked their place in next season's Championship after a late goal from Steve Morrison sealed a 1-0 win against Bradford.

However, a pitch invasion at the end of the game threatened to spoil the celebrations for Neil Harris' side.

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Bradford were the better side in the first period, but failed to make their dominance count.

League Two

Abreast Of The Situation: Male Lincoln City Fans To Wear Bras At Stevenage Match In Protest Over Intrusive Security Searches

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Word has it that droves of male Lincoln City fans are planning to attend next weekend's trip to Stevenage while wearing bras in protest over the security searches allegedly conducted by the latter club's staff on female Grimsby supporters last month.

Reports at the time suggested that female Grimbsy fans were made to reveal their bras so that the wiring could be checked by Stevenage stewards (also female, it should be noted) before entering the Lamex Stadium when the two sides met in League Two on August 20th.

‘It Was Unacceptable’ – Yeovil Players And Staff Vow To Refund Fans After Slumping To Embarrassing 8-2 Defeat Against Luton On Opening Day

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Yeovil Town's players and staff are clubbing together to reimburse the fans who were forced to sit through their miserable 8-2 defeat against Luton Town on the opening day of the season.

Some 258 Yeovil fans made the 150-mile trip toKenilworth Road for Saturday's match, only to see their side get well and truly eviscerated in what eventually became a joint-record League Two defeat.

English Premier League

Now we host the Cherries at the Emirates

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Bournemouth FC was founded in 1899, 118 years ago, as Boscombe FC.

They have had 28 different managers in their history including Harry Redknapp; who famously took them to memorable victory over Manchester United in the 1984 FA Cup, Tony Pulis and an ex-Arsenal manager Leslie Knighton.

Their current manager is Eddie Howe who has taken them from League Division Two and now they are enjoying their 3rd season in the Premier League.

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

Kits & fashion

Shit Football Kits: Wycombe Wanderers’ Gaudy New Goalkeeper Strips Are Nigh-On Hallucinogenic (Photo)

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‘Buzzing To Start New Chapter’ – Ex-Oldham Defender Ryan McLaughlin Fools Twitter With Brilliantly Simple Barcelona Gag (Photo)

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While Liverpool Under-21s to Barcelona via Oldham Athletic isn't exactly the most well-worn career path, Ryan McLaughlin still managed to convince more than a few social media rubes that he'd made the big leap thanks to a brilliantly simple Twitter gag he concocted recently.

The 22-year-old full-back, who is a free agent after leaving the Latics this summer, posted a photo on Twitter holding his new Barca shirt aloft and heralded a new and exciting chapter in his professional career.

Mitre Delta Returns As Official Football League Match Ball For 2017/18 Season (Photos)

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Mitre are reviving a true legend in leather with the news that their famous 'Delta' will be the official matchball of choice up and down the Football League next season.

The Mitre Delta was a staple of English football for many years, being the very ball that Paolo Di Canio spanked home to score *that* volley with, that David Beckham whipped over the wall to score *that* freekick against Greece,that Eric Cantona chipped over Lionel Perez, etc, etc.

Managers

Rejoice People, For Leyton Orient Are Finally Under New Ownership After Three Years Of Abject Misery!

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After suffering through three years of rudderless misrule under Francesco Becchetti, Leyton Orient are finally finally! under new ownership.

In just three short seasons, self-anointed president Becchetti managed to guideThe O's from the League One play-off final to, as of the culmination of the 2016/17 campaign, relegation from the Football League entirely via failed reality television shows, financial mismanagement, chronic under-funding, unpaid wages, frequent issues with HMRC, thephysical assaultof staff, the public insultingof fans, etc, etc.

Official: Crawley Town Appoint Harry Kewell As New Head Coach

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Coming straight out of the wide blue yonder, Crawley Town have appointed Harry Kewell as their new head coach.

The League Two side made their big announcement via a statement issued on their official websiteat around midday.

NEWS | The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Harry Kewell as our new Head Coach.

The Rest

Terminally Ill Sheffield Wednesday Fan Climbs Mount Everest, Plants Sheffield United Flag In Name Of Charity (Photo)

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This Wednesday flag was presumably too big to fit into Ian Toothill's rucksack

A Sheffield Wednesday fan who has been told he has'several months to live' has scaled Mount Everest and, perhaps even more impressively, magnanimously planted a Sheffield United flag at the summit in the name of charity.

Retro Football: Anti-Fascist Barnsley Supporters Take On The National Front, Terrace Nazis, 1978 (Photo)

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Oakwell stadium, home of Barnsley FC (Photo: Press Association)

With the National Front (NF) on the rise in Britain and right-wing thuggery becoming rifeon the terraces in the 1970s, many groups of concerned football fanstook it upon themselves to make a defiant stand.

Following the creation of the Anti Nazi League (ANL) in 1975, activist supportersof many different football clubs formedtheir own sub-sects to help prevent their respective stadiums beingused asNF recruitment centres on matchdays.

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