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£80,000-a-week footballers fail to take pay cuts to save club cleaners

On the day Portsmouth announce they are making 85 staff redundant, it emerges only two players offered to help out

No need for technology, Sepp?

McLeish fury with 'goal' not given – on day Fifa close door on goal-line cameras – as Pompey reach FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

The Capello conundrums: scores yet to be settled

With just two friendlies left until England fly to South Africa, the manager must soon name his final squad. Sam Wallace looks at the decisions that lie ahead

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James keen to stay and help Portsmouth turn the tide

Burnley 1 Portsmouth 2

Yebda lifts spirits as Pompey solve the Carlisle conundrum

Burnley 1 Portsmouth 2

Pompey seize derby spoils amid debt crisis

Southampton 1 Portsmouth 4

Grant grins as fortune smiles on Portsmouth

Southampton 1 Portsmouth 4: Inspired switch pays off as Owusu-Abeyie gets troubled club going at expense of Southampton

Portsmouth embargo is not fair play

Portsmouth's manager, Avram Grant, put aside his delight at a 4-1 FA Cup victory away to the club's bitter rivals Southampton yesterday to criticise the Premier League for a lack of fair play.

Dindane grabs late point for Pompey

Portsmouth 1 Sunderland 1

Pathetic Pompey score hat-trick at wrong end

Manchester United 5 Portsmouth 0

James to waive contract deal to aid Portsmouth

Portsmouth have received a timely boost with the news that goalkeeper David James is set to waive his right to a new contract in a bid to help the financially-stricken club survive.

Fulham send Johnson to Steadman

Dr Richard Steadman, the man once credited with saving the careers of Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, will today operate on Andy Johnson in a bid to rescue the Fulham striker's season.

Begovic delighted with Stoke switch

New Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has expressed his joy at completing his move to the Britannia Stadium before yesterday's transfer deadline.

Stoke sign Begovic for £3.25m

Stoke have completed a £3.25million deal for Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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