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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.

Carver goes back to St James' Park

John Carver has returned to Newcastle United for a second spell as assistant manager.

Not just a white Christmas in Luton

From the much-maligned multicultural town comes a message of seasonal hope

Asphyxia cause of goalkeeper death

An inquest was opened today into the death of a 24-year-old goalkeeper found dead at his home.

£4m lottery win for man who came back from coma

A man who has twice cheated death was dealt another lucky hand when he scooped more than £4 million on the Lottery, he revealed today.

Chelsea have no stadium move plans

Chelsea have re-iterated their desire to remain at Stamford Bridge despite suggestions they are in talks to leave their 105-year-old home.

Pulis critical of 'selective' Murphy

Stoke boss Tony Pulis today accused Danny Murphy of picking on "easy targets" and suggested the Fulham captain may have deliberately shied away from criticising bigger clubs when speaking about dangerous tackling last week.

Allardyce rages at Murphy over 'outrageous' tackles claims

Blackburn manager seeks apology from Fulham captain who criticised team for 'no brains' challenges

Allardyce hits out at Murphy claims

Sam Allardyce today challenged Danny Murphy to be "man enough" to publicly apologise for his claims that players are being injured because certain managers are sending their teams out too fired up.

LMA unimpressed with Murphy comments

League managers' chiefs have blasted Danny Murphy for singling out certain managers he claims are sending out players too "pumped up", saying the Fulham skipper's comments were inappropriate.

'McClaren set us back 10 years,' says Gold

David Gold, West Ham’s co-owner and an Football Association Council member, believes the national team manager should always be an Englishman, even though he claims that the last one, Steve McClaren, “set us back 10 years”.

14 charged over football violence

Police have charged 14 people with affray in relation to clashes after a football match earlier this year.

Premier League chairmen call for debt cap

Premier League chairmen last night called for a debt cap to prevent clubs sliding into the distinct, but related problems suffered by Liverpool and Portsmouth.

Russia defend World Cup bid campaign

Russia's World Cup bid leader has insisted they have been scrupulous in observing the rules in their campaign against England for the 2018 World Cup and claimed that racism is not an issue in the country.

Nationwide not renewing England sponsorship

Nationwide Building Society have confirmed they will not be renewing their sponsorship of the England team.

Football fan jailed after post-match violence

A football fan has been given a 10-month prison sentence following post-match clashes in which brooms and mops were hurled at police.

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