Nick Szczepanik

Nick Szczepanik is a freelance sports writer contributing mainly to The Independent.

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Support network: David Armstrong (centre) has emerged from a dark period with the backing of his family

From Bald to Bale – a tale of two Saints

David Armstrong's life is a world away from the Galactico's

Englishmen abroad: Okoye has had an interesting start to life in San Francisco

American Football: The Britons with an NFL dream

Lawrence Okoye and Menelik Watson are aiming to blaze a trail in the States

West Ham United 0 Stoke City 1 match report: Mark Hughes' magic touch even turns Pennant into a winner

Last season nothing went right for Mark Hughes but since he joined Stoke City in May the Welshman can do little wrong. Almost his first act as manager at the Britannia Stadium was to offer the out-of-contract Jermaine Pennant a new 12-month deal and yesterday the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger paid him back with a late goal that gave Stoke only their third win in 30 Premier League away games.

Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland side had led until the 88th-minute

Southampton 1 Sunderland 1 match report: Jose Fonte’s leap keeps Saints alive at the last

Portuguese defender earns a draw for Pochettino’s men and leaves Sunderland still searching for their first win of the season despite early strike from Giaccherini

Burnley players mob Chris Martin after he scores a double to give the Clarets victory

Brighton 1 Derby 2 match report: Seagulls are still pointless as Chris Martin gives Rams play-off ideas

New boss Oscar Garcia has lost all three of Brighton's competitive games this season

Ed Upson celebrates his goal for Yeovil

Millwall 0 Yeovil 1 match report: Shock loss at The Den as Ed Upson hands Championship new boys early victory

Yeovil favourites for the drop pre-season but show class to upstage hosts

Oscar winner: Spaniard Garcia turned down more lucrative offers because he is 'fascinated' by English football

Oscar Garcia: Even Pep Guardiola had to start somewhere

Brighton's new head coach tells Nick Szczepanik he is ready for big break and, after missile attack, nothing will faze him

A young fan soaks up some history at Goldsands

Bournemouth v Real Madrid: Cherry-picking the best of opponents

Real Madrid and glamour arrive on the sun-soaked English Riviera today as Bournemouth fans snap up tickets at £60 a head

Gus Poyet’s future is unclear after he was suspended by Brighton

Gus Poyet sacked as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion while working live on BBC Confederations Cup programme

Brighton announced termination of Uruguayan's contract on their official website during the first half of Spain v Nigeria

A Bradford fan watches as his team goes on to get promoted

Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0: Cup kings triumph in League Two play-off final on return to Wembley to win promotion

Three months after their 5-0 defeat by Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final, Bradford City enjoyed a very different Wembley experience. They dominated the League Two play-off final to erase memories of that previous appearance under the arch and could even have won 5-0 themselves.

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