Sport in Short: Football

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FIVE days after Celtic deserted their Super League partners to back the Scottish League's reconstruction plan, Dundee announced yesterday their support for the breakaway 'rebels'. The latest development will come as a major setback for the Scottish League, who thought Celtic's defection would help them achieve the two- thirds' majority for a 14-12-12 club set-up. It is a surprise move by the Tayside club as their application to join the Scottish Super League failed earlier this year.

A PAYMENT of pounds 100,000 made to Harry Redknapp, West Ham's assistant manager, when he left Bournemouth last summer was paid personally by the chairman of the south coast club. Norman Hayward gave Redknapp the gift when he left the club after nine years in charge. Bournemouth had been swamped with angry calls and letters from fans who threatened a boycott when it was made known how much Redknapp was receiving at a time when the club was fighting for survival with debts of pounds 2.6m. Hayward said yesterday the payment came from his own 'personal funds'.

ELTON JOHN has resigned as a director at Watford, ending a 19-year boardroom association with the First Division club. However, he remains Life President.

VAUXHALL FA CHALLENGE TROPHY Second round draw: Farnborough Town v Enfield; Bishop Auckland v Warrington Town; St Albans City v Macclesfield or Witton Albion; Nuneaton Borough v Marine; Northallerton Town v Wealdstone or Bashley; Stevenage Borough v Grays Athletic; Billingham Synthonia v Winsford United; Welling United v Boston United; Gateshead v Heybridge Swifts; Kingstonian v Telford United; Morecambe v Wycombe Wanderers; Sutton United v Yeading or Slough Town; Chesham United v Dover Athletic or Hastings Town; Kettering Town or Bromsgrove Rovers v Yeovil Town or Dagenham and Redbridge; Gloucester City v Runcorn; Stalybridge Celtic v Merthyr Tydfil. (Ties to be played Saturday 30 January).

GREAT MILLS LEAGUE Les Phillips Cup third round: Taunton 0 Clyst Rovers 1.

BODDINGTONS WEST MIDLANDS LEAGUE Premier Division: Pelsall Villa 2 Chasetown 3.

PONTINS LEAGUE First Division: Barnsley 3 Manchester City 1; Bolton 4 Sheffield United 4; Leeds 0 Aston Villa 2.

NEVILLE OVENDEN COMBINATION First Division: Bristol City 2 Southampton 4; Crystal Palace 2 Wimbledon 1.

FA YOUTH CUP Third round: Brentford 3 Leyton Orient 5.