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Arsène Wenger is looking to buy a striker after Theo Walcott ruptured a knee ligament on Saturday

Business blooms despite garden centre closures

Whether you have a window box or a grand, herbaceous border, Easter weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times in the gardening calendar.

Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal retain title ambitions

Wojciech Szczesny insists Arsenal are not about to throw in the towel as they battle to overhaul Manchester United's imposing lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League - and declared the team owe their disappointed fans a response with victory at arch-rivals Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Notts County name Martin Allen as manager

Notts County have named Martin Allen as their new manager less than a month after he joined Barnet.

Carlisle and new dad Murphy haul in a trophy for the Stobarts

Brentford 0 Carlisle United 1

Brentford's novice coach and veteran captain ready for a taste of Wembley

Final is a day of firsts for Bees' Nicky Forster and Kevin O'Connor, writes Paul Newman

Paul Newman: 'Mad Dog' Allen puts much-needed bite into Barnet's fight

The Football League Column: With a ground capacity of just over 5,000 and a catchment area dominated by support for Arsenal and Tottenham, Barnet have become accustomed to defying the odds

Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen appointed by Barnet

Martin Allen is back in management as the new boss of League Two strugglers Barnet.

Andy Scott sacked by Brentford

Brentford have today sacked manager Andy Scott.

Jeff Taylor: Footballer who went on to forge a career as a popular singer and inspirational teacher

In the early 1970s Radio Three broadcast a most unusual talk.

Darren Ferguson's Peterborough return confirmed

Peterborough have confirmed the return of Darren Ferguson as their new manager.

Outside the Box: It's official: If you want to win a penalty shoot-out, go first

What many of us have long suspected has been confirmed by new research from no less an authority than the London School of Economics: penalty shoot-outs give an advantage to the team that takes first turn.

Man stabbed to death on night out in London

A murder inquiry was under way today after a 33-year-old man was stabbed to death following a night out.

Unhappy Cole says West Ham need to 'get ugly' to halt slump

Carlton Cole has called on West Ham United to get "ugly" to drag themselves off the bottom of the Premier League. The Hammers have collected only one win from 14 matches and are in a real battle to maintain their top-flight status.

Album: Thee Faction, At Ebbw Vale (Soviet Beret)

Thee Faction – note the authentic garage-rock spelling – are an "unpleasant socialist R&B band" from Surrey who claim to have been stranded behind the Iron Curtain in 1985.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Our most precious possession

Post-colonials and their children in Britain have reclaimed English and made it their own
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
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The stories that defined 2014

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