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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.

Can Burton mix it with the big boys?

Today marks Albion's debut in the Football League, and their manager Paul Peschisolido's first game in charge of a club. Paul Newman meets an ambitious man on a mission

Liverpool sign teenage striker King

Liverpool have completed the capture of teenage striker Aaron King from Rushden and Diamonds.

Iron will sees Hatters crowned in Wembley thriller

Luton Town's Chris Martin (left) and Tom Craddock (right) celebrate their side's victory yesterday in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, secured by a fine goal in extra time from Claude Gnakpa (centre).

Man guilty of murdering police officer

A Nigerian man was convicted today of stabbing to death a police officer who had tried to arrest him.

Muslim anti-war protesters abuse troops

Soldiers at homecoming parade in Luton branded 'butchers of Basra'

FA to probe betting on Weymouth match

The Football Association are to question officials at Weymouth and Rushden & Diamonds after suspicious betting on the weekend match between the two clubs.

Outside the Box: Crawley to pay the penalty after fourth points deduction

Having points deducted by the authorities once may be considered a misfortune, but suffering that fate for four seasons running must surely constitute a record. Crawley Town of the Blue Square Premier have just achieved it and this latest punishment may prove the worst yet, ultimately costing them a place in the Football League: until last week, the Sussex club were in the play-off places, but losing four points dropped them to sixth. The whole sad saga, involving an exceedingly colourful cast, began in 2005 with the takeover by the SA Group, owned by the Majeed brothers Chas and Azwar. Chas was initially chairman but failed the Football Association's fit and proper person test when it was revealed that he was an undischarged bankrupt. In their first season, the club breached the competition's agreed wage cap, which brought a £10,000 fine and a deduction of three points. Come June 2006 and, with the finances suddenly dire, the brothers took Crawley into administration, leading to an automatic deduction of 10 points, before selling the club. A year on, and more "financial irregularities" led to a three-point deduction. And before the start of last season, the Conference imposed a six-point punishment for "bringing the league into disrepute". On each occasion, Crawley managed to avoid relegation, finishing 17th, 18th and 15th. This season, with a new consortium having taken over, they were challenging Burton and Histon at the top of the table but have now lost four more points for playing an ineligible player, the former Arsenal striker Isaiah Rankin. Rankin was signed last summer amid much fanfare by Crawley's manager, Steve Evans, whom Boston United fans will remember as having been suspended from football for 20 months after an FA inquiry into contract irregularities at the club in 2002. Meanwhile, Azwar Majeed will next month stand trial on eight charges including allegedly stealing more than £1.4 million, evading tax and perverting the course of justice; he denies all the charges. Last year he received a jail sentence for sending someone else to do his community service after he was found guilty of assault.

Curzon slay giants as Ogoo makes a name for himself

Curzon Ashton will not have appeared on the football radar so very often but the FA Cup first round has an infallible habit of shining a light in the quieter corners and the Unibond North side's 3-2 defeat of League Two Exeter City threw the spotlight on the Ashton-under-Lyne side. Goals by Chris Worlsey, just before the half-hour, and Gambian international James Ogoo, just before the hour, put the Greater Manchester side firmly in control. Michael Norton made it 3-0 with 11 minutes remaining before a tardy recovery by Exeter, but they had left it too late and Curzon Ashton, in the first round for the first time, hung on.

Transfer News and Speculation: 9 August

Andrei Arshavin says he would take a pay cut to play abroad as Zenit St Petersburg make his departure increasingly difficult. "I still want to leave," he said, "but my club, which didn't want to let me go in the first place, is doing everything possible so that it doesn't happen."

The Nick Townsend column: This penalty won't bring sunshine into murky waters

Draconian punishment meted out to Luton goes against principles of natural justice for a club who tried to make up for past mistakes

Luton stay 30 points in red as FA penalty appeal is thrown out

Luton Town will definitely begin life in League Two on minus 30 points next month after the Football Association yesterday rejected the club's appeal. Luton were docked 10 points by the FA last month as well as fined £50,000 for breaching regulations over payments to agents. This was followed by a 20-point penalty from the Football League last week after the club left administration without agreeing a Company Voluntary Agreement.

FA reject Luton appeal

Luton will definitely begin life in Coca-Cola League Two on minus 30 points next month after the Football Association rejected an appeal.

Anger after League's extra penalty puts Luton in 30-point hole

The new owners of Luton have criticised the Football League for "trying to push Luton Town out of existence" after being hit with a 20-point deduction for failing to agree a Company Voluntary Arrangement to repay the club's creditors. They will start the new League Two season on minus 30 points, having already had 10 points deducted last month by the Football Association for breaching rules over payments to players' agents.

Luton Town hit with points penalty

Troubled Coca-Cola League Two side Luton will start the new season with a 30-point deduction.

Luton docked points but FA finds no evidence of bungs

Luton Town have been deducted 10 points for next season after being found guilty of 15 charges of misconduct by a Football Association regulatory commission.

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