Sporting Digest: Football

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The Fulham goalkeeper Maik Taylor is the latest discovery for Northern Ireland. The German-born Taylor qualifies for any of the home nations as a British passport holder.

Northern Ireland's friendly against Romania in Bucharest on 30 May has been cancelled. The match clashed with the finals of the Uefa Youth championship and the countries could not agree on an alternative date.

Tranmere reported a loss of pounds 645,391 for their last financial year compared with a loss of nearly pounds 2m for the previous 12 months.