Greg Abbott has been sacked by Carlisle United

Carlisle United sack manager Greg Abbott after poor start to League One campaign

Abbott was the third longest-serving manager in English football but United have picked up just two points from their first six games of the season

Man held over 'kidnap' of girl aged 13

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of abducting a child.

A Bradford fan watches as his team goes on to get promoted

Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0: Cup kings triumph in League Two play-off final on return to Wembley to win promotion

Three months after their 5-0 defeat by Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final, Bradford City enjoyed a very different Wembley experience. They dominated the League Two play-off final to erase memories of that previous appearance under the arch and could even have won 5-0 themselves.

Phil Parkinson (left) and Aidy Boothroyd will be going head-tohead at Wembley

League Two Play-off Final: Fallen stars sense chance for renewal in showpiece game as Northampton face Bradford

Bright young managers of yesteryear lock horns at Wembley

Manager Phil Parkinson joins his Bradford side in celebration

Bradford triumph to earn Wembley return in play-off final

The Bantams see off Burton Albion despite first-leg defeat to reach their second Wembley final this season

A man dressed as Batman marches a suspected fraudster to a police station in Bradford

Man dressed as Batman who handed suspect to police charged with burglary

It is not the way comic book capers are supposed to end. A man who made headlines around the world when he handed over a friend to police dressed as the super hero Batman has been charged with burglary.

'Blind panic' made ministers take over Bradford & Bingley, investors claim

Investors hit by the nationalisation of one of Britain's biggest mortgage lenders are set to step up their fight for compensation next month.

The Bradford Batman reveals himself live on Daybreak

Bradford Batman revealed! Driver for Chinese takeaway identified as mystery man who handed 'criminal' to police while dressed as Caped Crusader

39-year-old Stan Warby said he had been at a football match dressed as the superhero when a friend called asking for help handing himself into police

Swansea celebrate with the club's first ever major trophy

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins: Capital One Cup success 'a dream'

The Welsh side celebrated their Wembley victory over Bradford with an open-top bus parade yesterday

Nathan Dyer of Swansea City celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal against Bradford City
Swansea striker Michu celebrates after Nathan Dyer’s second goal at Wembley

Parkinson's game plan is wrecked by Michu and Hernandez

Bradford City did not try to make Swansea City look good. They came to compete rather than entertain, to stay in the Capital One Cup final for as long as they could given the obvious gulf in class between the two teams. The 5-0 score does justice to that margin but no one could accuse Bradford of being casual, open or over-awed. They dug in for as long as they could, before they were over-run.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said he has no ambition to manage clubs like Real Madrid or Chelsea

Michael Laudrup says no to Chelsea and Real Madrid

Swansea manager does not want a top job and prefers working for clubs with modest ambitions

Bradford City versus Swansea City: Capital One takes credit for a fairytale League Cup final

As lowly Bradford head for Wembley to take on Swansea, Simon Read talks to the plastic cards chief who has put millions into sponsorship

Protestors gesture against members of the English Defence League during a demonstration on August 27, 2010 in Bradford

Dreams of League Cup glory give battling Bradford an escape from tough times at home

Ian Herbert on a club from English professional football’s lowest tier which hopes to bring success to a city torn by conflict

The Dalai Lama is the honorary president of fans' group Friends of Bradford City

Is the Dalai Lama behind Bradford's incredible Capital One Cup run?

Dalai Lama sends letter of support ahead of Wembley final against Swansea

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Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
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The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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The killer instinct

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