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The former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder departs following a dreadful run

Five young players to watch in 2010

England's current crop of under-17s are rated as among the best the country has ever seen. Sam Wallace introduces the youngsters most likely to make a mark in the next 12 months

Davies still desperate for transfer of power

One year on, and there are echoes of Clough as Forest eye promotion but role of Pleat means it is not all sweetness and light at the City Ground

Football in brief: Striker Benjani to stay and fight for first-team place at Eastlands

Out-of-favour striker Benjani insists he has no desire to leave Manchester City, despite being a long way down Mark Hughes's selection list.

Palace fail to pay players' wages

Warnock breaks news of chairman's 'cash-flow problems' in dressing room

Keith Kettleborough: Midfielder whose artistry and industriousness put him on the fringes of the 1966 England football squad

With his balding head, pallid features and scuttling gait, Keith Kettleborough didn't cut a glamorous figure on the football pitch, even during his prime with Sheffield United in the first half of the 1960s. No matter: the slim Yorkshireman was one of the game's true craftsmen, a subtly constructive midfield general who brought to his work an appealing cocktail of artistry and industry which, during mid-decade as plans were being laid to capture the World Cup, prompted the England manager Alf Ramsey to call him into his training squad.

League round-up: Lita torments Royals as Boro bounce back

Leroy Lita returned to Reading, where he spent four seasons before joining Middlesbrough, and rekindled Boro's hopes of a swift return to the Premiership by scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win. After 12 minutes Sean St Ledger headed in Adam Johnson's corner, but Lita's 55th-minute solo effort was more spectacular. Gathering a pass on halfway, he outpaced Darren O'Dea and Ivar Ingimarsson and ran on to beat Adam Federici in the Reading goal. Boro moved up to third.

Keane scores four as Spurs rout Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur 5 Burnley 0

Norman Curtis: Sheffield Wednesday full-back whose thunderous penalties won him a place in fans' hearts

They used to call him "Cannonball", and with good reason. When Norman Curtis took penalties for Sheffield Wednesday during the 1950s, a team-mate would place the ball on the spot and the combative left-back would start to charge from deep inside his own half, steadily at first but building fearsome momentum as he neared the opposition's box.

Olsson's double lifts pedestrian Albion to summit

West Bromwich Albion 3 Doncaster Rovers 1

Transfer talk: Belgian star Defour in demand

They shoot...

City keep powder dry against Pirates

Orlando Pirates 2 Manchester City 0

Sponsor eyes Anfield name deal

Carlsberg to propose renaming Liverpool's home when new stadium is built

Championship round-up: Kightly the key as Wolves close in on the main prize

Michael Kightly's eighth goal of the season gave further evidence that Championship leaders Wolves have overcome their blip in form, the 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest opening up a five point lead over second-placed Birmingham City, who were held 1-1 by lowly Norwich City.

Kitson gives Reading scent of promotion

Doncaster Rovers 0 Reading 1

Paul Birch: The Aston Villa footballer who crushed the Italians

Lothar Matthaus was in his majestic prime when he arrived at Villa Park with Internazionale of Milan for a UEFA Cup encounter in October 1990. But anyone hoping to witness the dynamic German midfielder, one of the most lauded and decorated footballers the game has ever known, at his devastating best, was in for a sorry letdown; and the man to blame was Paul Birch.

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