Sport in Short: Football

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WIMBLEDON completed the pounds 900,000 signing of Dean Holdsworth, the 23-year-old Brentford striker, yesterday. Mickey Bennett and Zbigniew Kruszynski moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

MOTHERWELL yesterday became the eighth member of the projected Scottish Super League. The organisers confirmed that 1993/94 remains the target for the launch of the breakaway league.

KEVIN BOND has moved from Bournemouth to Exeter City on a free transfer. The 35-year-old defender joins his former Southampton colleagues Alan Ball, the manager, and Steve Williams, his assistant.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY are planning a short South African tour in October, which will include two matches (one against the champions, Sundowns) and some coaching sessions.

JIMMY DUGDALE, an FA Cup winner with both West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa in the 1950s, is to have a testimonial at Villa Park on 8 September. Villa will meet Birmingham City in a match for Dugdale - born in Liverpool - who has had a leg amputated after an accident at work.

BERWICK RANGERS, the Scottish League club, have been saved from closure after a majority vote by creditors yesterday in favour of wiping off more than 90 per cent of the club's debt of almost pounds 350,000.

FRIENDLY MATCHES: Altrincham 1 Blackburn Rovers XI 1; Aylesbury 0 Northampton 1; Bangor 2 Wigan Athletic 1; Kingstonian 1 Chelsea 3; Leicester City 1 Borussia Monchengladbach 3; Leyton FC 1 Leyton Orient 2; Mossley 1 Rotherham United 1; Newcastle Town 4 Burnley 3; Penzance 1 Liverpool XI 3 (Redknapp 2, Lee); Reading 1 Manchester United 1; Weymouth 1 Torquay United 2; Wycombe Wanderers 4 Arsenal XI 2; Yate 3 Bristol Rovers XI 2.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (Toftir): Faroe Islands 1 (Reynheim 35) Israel 1 (Tal 52).

TRANSFER: Simon Garner, striker, Blackburn Rovers to West Bromwich Albion, pounds 30,000.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SQUAD (v Manchester United, friendly, Sunday): Bonner (Celtic), Kelly (Sheffield Utd); O'Leary (Arsenal), McCarthy (Millwall), Phelan (Wimbledon), Carey (Manchester Utd), Daish (Cambridge), Kernaghan (Middlesbrough), Hughton (Brentford), Mooney (Sunderland), Brady (Sunderland), McGoldrick (Crystal Palace), Power (Norwich), Aldridge (Tranmere), Coyne (Celtic), Slaven (Middlesbrough), Cunningham (Millwall), Coyle (Airdrie), Russell (Portadown), Barry (Cork City), Lawless (Dundalk), Fenlon (Bohemians).

B & Q CUP First round draw: Berwick v East Stirling; Forfar v Morton; Arbroath v Dunfermline; Stenhousemuir v Cowdenbeath; Queen's Park v Montrose; Kilmarnock v Clyde; Meadowbank v East Fife; Dumbarton v Hamilton; Ayr v St Mirren; Stranraer v Alloa. (Ties to be played 29 or 30 September).