Football: Footballing fathers and sons

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Gavin and Gordon Strachan

Despite being offered a contract at Leeds, Gavin followed his family to Coventry in 1996 when dad became assistant manager. The mild-mannered 19-year-old has established himself in the Sky Blues midfield and in the Scotland Under-21s. Flame-haired younger brother Craig also hopes to follow in his father's fiery footsteps.

Gregor and Bruce Rioch

Gregor joined Hull City during the 1996 close season from Peterborough while father Bruce was manager at Bolton. Gregor has established himself in the Hull midfield, while Bruce has moved from Arsenal to QPR to a life of leisure.

Andy and Colin Todd

Andy has been a regular defender in his dad's Bolton team this season, after struggling to make an immediate impact, having joined from Middlesbrough in August 1995. Colin became joint manager with Roy McFarland in the same month, taking full control in January 1996.

Darren and Alex Ferguson

Alex sold his son to Wolves in January 1994 for pounds 250,000. Injury has blighted the 26-year-old's career while father has gone on to be the most successful manager of the modern era. Midfielder Darren is fit again and hoping to bolster Wolves' stuttering play-off challenge.

Ian and Mike Walker

While Mike has overseen Norwich's dramatic slide in the First Division, goalkeeper Ian has struggled with a shoulder injury which kept him out of the game for 10 weeks. As well as doing Spurs no favours, this could have cost Ian a possible England World Cup place. Both could end up relegated this season.

Ian and Ronnie Moore

Together at Tranmere Rovers until Ronnie left the club in May 1996, both are now fighting for promotion with their new teams. Striker Ian is not a regular starter but looks to have a better chance of getting promoted with Nottingham Forest after his pounds 1m move in March 1997, than his dad at Rotherham, who are five points off a play-off place in the Third Division.

Jamie and Harry Redknapp

Liverpool midfielder Jamie is cousin to West Ham's Frank Lampard Jnr as well as being son to manager Harry. A World Cup place for Jamie and a European place for the Hammers and the Redknapp house will be a happy place come May.

Frank Lampard Snr and Jnr

Frank Jnr has established himself in the West Ham first team, while father has watched proudly as assistant manager. Frank Snr's wife is the sister of manager Harry Redknapp's wife, which makes Frank Jnr Harry's nephew.

Craig and Sam Allardyce

Craig had trials for his dad's team, Notts County, after Sam joined the club as manager in January 1997. Like his father, Craig's career is on the up having signed for Chesterfield from non-League Chorley on transfer deadline day. County have already confirmed their promotion to the Second Division.

Paul and Kenny Dalglish

Dad has closely followed Paul's progress while he has been on loan at First Division Bury. The 21-year-old striker has started just one game since his move in November and will rejoin dad at the end of the season.

Mark and Graham Turner

Mark left dad, the Hereford United manager, to join Telford United at the end of last season. Mark showed his father what he had missed out on when he scored for Telford against Hereford in the 1-1 draw in the Vauxhall Conference clash in February. The pair were also together at Wolves between 1991 and 1994, the year when both left the club.

Greg and Alex Miller

Greg's transfer from Hibernian to Scottish Second Division club Livingston last week could prove to be a temporary step down with Hibs anchored to the bottom of the Premier Division and Livingston in an automatic promotion spot. Father Alex, Aberdeen manager and Scotland's No 2, could also be reunited with his son next season with The Dons hovering above the drop in the Premier Division.

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