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Steam dreams: locomotives return to the tracks

After 40 years out of service, steam trains today return to Britain's tracks. Jonathan Brown, whose great-uncle drove the Flying Scotsman, takes his seat on the 'Tornado'

Brokers fined and banned in FSA crackdown

City regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has continued its clean-up of the mortgage advice market.

Steve Richards: Whatever happens in Glasgow East, it's not going to be the end of Gordon Brown

A wild political year moves towards a gory climax. All eyes are on the Glasgow East by-election, which takes place at the end of this month. Never before has a contest in a single constituency had such an intoxicating advance billing. Parts of the mighty media and a few MPs predict that it could bring about the fall of a prime minister.

Mark Steel: Wife-beating? That's fine - unless you're a Muslim

The Sun newspaper has come over a bit modest. Following a Channel 4 documentary about media reporting of Muslims, the paper accepts some of its stories were "distorted". But they're not doing themselves justice. They weren't distorted – they were entirely made up. For example, a story about a Muslim bus driver who ordered his passengers off the bus so he could pray was pure fabrication.

Alan Watkins: For Labour MPs, tomorrow never comes

Even if the Government fails to hold the safe seat of Glasgow East, it's hard to see the Prime Minister paying the price of defeat

Rochdale 2 Darlington 1: Rochdale ready at last for 'giant leap'

Footballing glory is not a phrase readily associated with Rochdale, but history beckons for the Lancashire outfit in the Coca-Cola League Two play-off final against Stockport.

Rochdale 2 Darlington 1 <i>(3-3 aet; Roch. win 5-4 on pens)</i>: Spot-on Dale set up Stockport showdown

The Rochdale manager, Keith Hill, has urged his side to create history in the League Two play-off final at Wembley a week tomorrow. The Lancashire side have not won a promotion since 1969 and have been in thebottom tier of English football since 1974, the longest unbroken run in the Football League's basement division.

Rochdale take up arms to end lengthy wait

While the rest of the country tune into Wembley for this afternoon's 127th FA Cup final, four sides meet either side of the showpiece match, vying for the opportunity to follow Portsmouth and Cardiff to the famous stadium and earn a place in League One next season.

Darlington 2, Rochdale 1: Miller downs Dale to wrestle control

Darlington left it late before securing a victory that gives them a crucial edge over Rochdale as they attempt to reach the League Two play-off final at Wembley. Ian Miller, a Darlington substitute, had been on for only five minutes when he headed the winner in stoppage time from Neil Wainwright's free-kick.

'Underdogs can have day in play-offs,' says Johnson

Form and history do not favour Bristol City today as they begin their attempt to return to the top flight through the Championship play-offs against Crystal Palace. City have played in five play-offs and lost them all; they have not beaten their semi-final opponents since 1993 and not won at Selhurst Park since 1974.

Stoke City 0 Leicester City 0: Potters' wheel turns back to the top flight

Amid gripping last-day drama befitting a muddled and utterly absorbing Championship season, Stoke City yesterday sealed promotion with a draw that also relegated Leicester City to the third tier for the first time in their 124-year history.

MK Dons win makes promotion a certainty

Keith Andrews, the League Two player of the year, scored the decisive goal for MK Dons in a 3-2 victory at Stockport which clinched a League Two automatic promotion place for Paul Ince's side. Stockport took the lead before Dons hit back a minute later through Mark Wright. Stockport went ahead again before Alan Navarro made it 2-2 and Andrews then stole the points for Ince's side when he smashed the ball home.

Sam Wallace: Capello backs FA's campaign as Beckham returns to the fold

Fabio Capello will encourage his England players to embrace the Football Association's new code of respect for match officials ahead of Wednesday's friendly against France.

Chester sack Williamson

Chester have parted company with manager Bobby Williamson following a grim sequence of one win in 14 games by the League Two strugglers.

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