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Tim Key Tim Key: ‘I captained my school football team in 1992 so I’m no

This week I scored such a beautiful goal at football, I really need to lay it down in print. It was as sweet as a plum; a dipping volley right off my laces that left the goalkeeper helpless – confused and gaping, like a teenaged giraffe coming face to face with a mirror for the first time. It was sublime. People need to be told about it.

Phil Taylor: Oldest surviving England football international

Phil Taylor, who was England's oldest surviving international footballer at the age of 95, was a central figure in Liverpool's history throughout the middle years of the last century. As a stylishly creative wing-half he excelled as the Anfield Reds won the first post-war League championship, in 1946-47, and he captained the side in the FA Cup final of 1950. As the club's manager, though, he was less successful, driving himself to distraction as the Merseysiders narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight in three successive seasons before he resigned in late 1959 to make way for Bill Shankly, the man who built the modern Liverpool.

Keane to Villa but it's no Götze for Arsenal

Robbie Keane trained with Aston Villa yesterday with a view to sealing a two-month loan move from Los Angeles Galaxy. The Irishman is under contract at the American club and can only move for the duration of Major League Soccer's off-season.

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Pardew sacked by Southampton despite 4-0 win

Southampton have sacked their manager, Alan Pardew, just two days after the team's 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers. The League One side yesterday issued a statement claiming "it is essential to make changes to the first-team management and coaching".

Beckford raring to repay Moyes' faith

Jermaine Beckford cannot wait to play in the top flight just four years after plying his trade in non-League football and working as a windscreen fitter.