Sporting Digest: Football

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DERBY and Aston Villa have agreed an 'undisclosed fee' for the Villa midfielder, Gordon Cowans.

THE Football Association ruled yesterday that Wembley semi-finals would not be the norm, and that the likes of Old Trafford, Villa Park and Elland Road would remain first choice.

ROY EVANS, the new Liverpool manager, insisted yesterday that Joe Kinnear, the Wimbledon manager, has not as reported been mentioned in connection with becoming his assistant.

BRISTOL CITY'S new board of directors have banned their former chairman, Leslie Kew, from Ashton Gate. The suspension is for nine months to run concurrently with an FA ban from all football handed out after Kew was found guilty of misconduct over an application for Football Trust grants.

NICKY LAW, the Chesterfield captain, has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following an alleged off-the-ball shoulder charge on the Torquay midfielder, Paul Trollope, during a League game at Plainmoor on 15 January.

TUESDAY's LATE RESULT: Northern Counties East League President's Cup second round: Glasshoughton 2 Lincoln United 2.