Sporting digest: Football

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The Independent Online
John Stockwell resigned yesterday after three years as chairman of Halifax Town to spend more time running his textile company.

First Division champions Nottingham Forest have granted a testimonial to long-serving defender Steve Chettle.

The Football League recorded the best attendances for 38 years last season with 8.3m attending Nationwide First Division games. Sunderland led the way with an increase of 60.5% on the 1996-97 season, with an average attendance of 33,492. Manchester City were third despite being relegated.