Football: That was the weekend that was: Missing... making it... and mistaken

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Stuart pearce

Newcastle United

The former England captain's frustration after failing to win a first-team call-up since 28 December was made clear when the rugged defender almost joined Preston North End on transfer deadline day. Pearce, 37 this month, would prefer a move closer to his Midlands home, which suggests a return to Nottingham Forest is by no means out of the question.

Neil Harris


Merseyside's loss has been Millwall's gain in the case of this 21-year-old former Cambridge City striker, who was close to joining Liverpool following a trial last season before the Anfield club had a change of heart. Enter Millwall with a pounds 30,000 cheque that has proved money well spent, Harris repaying the Second Division side's faith with 17 goals this season.

Yet to make a major impact in a Derby shirt, the 23-year-old former

Hibernian forward may be puzzled as to why so many people recognise him in the street,

especially when they ask him about Me and My Girl. They should ask Gary Wilmot, he replies