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Freddie's agency misses its goal

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1966 World Cup heroes to be honoured at last

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STADIUM ROW: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TWIN TOWERS

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HARRY REDKNAPP said yesterday that it is the dream of winning the Premiership which drives him on at Upton Park.

FOOTBALL EURO 2000: FAVOURITE MATCHES OF THE GREAT PLAYERS

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Football: Froggatt's fortunes rekindled by Keegan

Euro 2000 Play-Offs Surprises on both sides as Cole is picked despite Shearer jibes while Scotland hopes for Ipswich striker are crushed

Football: Road to Euro 2000 - Newcastle finally win at Wembley

Tyneside Two do for country what Robson hopes they can reproduce for club; Andrew Longmore sees the silent assassin settle some old scores

Football: Larsson has last word for Celtic

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