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When Stuart Williams was confronted by the emerging genius of Pele in a quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the classy and constructive Welsh full-back responded with the performance of his life. That day in Gothenburg, the teenager who would soon be hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, scored the only goal of the game to eliminate valiant opponents who had upset the odds by reaching the last eight. Though deprived of their own star, John Charles, through injury, the scarlet-shirted heroes held out for more than 70 minutes against a sumptuously talented Brazilian attack, in which the prodigy combined to compelling effect with the likes of Garrincha, Didi and Zagalo.

Southgate: 'We've got to think logically about how we set up and the best way to get results'

We cannot outplay elite teams, Southgate warns

As England fly to Euro 2012 today, FA technical director says being hard to beat is the best the team can hope for

Youngest football boss arrested at game

The chief executive of a non-league football club has been arrested midway through a crunch end-of-season match for using threatening words and behaviour.

Ronnie Henry has now played over 300 games for Stevenage

Ronnie Henry: Tale of the two Ronnies shows that it really is a funny old game

Ronnie Henry won '61 Double with Spurs. His grandson failed to make it at the Lane but will now captain Stevenage when the clubs meet in the FA Cup. He speaks to Simon Hart

Gary Johnson leaves Northampton by mutual consent

Manager Gary Johnson leaves Northampton

Manager Gary Johnson has left Northampton by mutual consent, the npower League Two side have confirmed.

Watkins puts Luton back in the spotlight

Luton Town 1 Northampton Town 0: Super sub's late strike upsets Northampton as Hatters get a lift after recent catalogue of despair

EDL leader arrested for bail breach

The leader of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) has been arrested for breaching his bail.

'Fan power' lifts Dons into League Two

AFC Wimbledon won promotion to the Football League on Saturday after beating Luton Town in the Conference play-off final. Wimbledon won 4-3 on penalties after 120 goalless minutes at Eastlands, sending them into League Two.

Luton and Wimbledon look to rejoin League united by a sense of injustice

Today's Conference play-off final at Eastlands brings together two clubs with proud traditions who are bitter about their controversial loss of status. Glenn Moore reports

Luton on course for Conference play-off final

Luton Town virtually booked their place in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final when they cruised to a 3-0 win in their semi-final first leg against Wrexham last night.

Allan Brown: Scotland inside-forward who played in the 1954 World Cup and helped Luton reach the 1959 FA Cup final

Allan Brown was described as the unluckiest footballer in the land after being invalided out of the FA Cup finals of 1951 and 1953 during an era when the Wembley showpiece was truly the gala day of the English game.

Outside the Box: Conference curse awaits as Stockport count cost of failure

Almost 25 years after automatic promotion and relegation was introduced between the Football League and what is still generally known as the Conference, the signs are that regaining League status is becoming harder.

Joe 'The Jet' Perry: Fast and powerful full-back who became one of American football's first black stars

Joe "The Jet" Perry was one of the greatest runners of post-war American football, and one of its first black stars.

City angered by Touré's conference trip

Kolo Toure came close to causing Manchester City embarrassment yesterday when he arrived for a tour of a busy football conference without telling his club.

From betting shop to hell... and back

Andy Mangan feared his career was over when he was banned, but fought back to win England C honours

Luton braced for violence in far-right's 'homecoming' march

It is being billed as a triumphant homecoming. Yet Luton, the designated home town of the far-right English Defence League, doesn't see it quite like that. With an estimated 12,000 EDL supporters and their opponents heading to Bedfordshire for a mass protest march tomorrow, police in the town are mounting their largest operation to try to prevent violence.

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