Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

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Andrew Baker fears the women of England will need to raise their standard

World Cup place can cap it all for Coultard

Gillian Coultard left Upton Park hanging on to a commemorative silver cap on Wednesday night, a memento presented to her by West Ham's old favourite Geoff Hurst to mark her century of England appearances.

Football: Backing for 2006 World Cup bid

England have a tremendous chance of staging the World Cup in 2006 thanks to the success of Euro 96. That is the unanimous verdict of some of the country's leading football experts who were in Brighton for the Labour Party conference to add their support for the bid.

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Andrew Longmore meets the man who hates to be reminded of a famous deed

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The brilliant Brazilians still dancing to a different beat

England may yet become a force in next year's World Cup but Ken Jones says Glenn Hoddle's team still have a long way to go to match the technical ability of the world champions

Football: Kitson glory day

West Ham United 5 (Kitson 5, 13, 89, Hartson 30, 67) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Carbone 82) Attendance: 24,960

Football: Hewitt keeps the Chesterfield dream alive

Middlesbrough 3 Ravanelli 64 Hignett pen 70 Festa 100 Chesterfield 3 Morris 54 Dyche pen 60 Hewitt 119 after extra time Attendance: 49,640

England exposed by Muller

England 4 Germany 6

Football: Cottee's departure a reminder of what once was

West Ham United 1 Derby County 1

The British should learn how to roll their credits at the dinner table

Had dinner with John Lahr, the New Yorker scribe, drama critic and biographer of Joe Orton. Mr Lahr has recently turned down the chance of writing the life of Rosanne Barr, with the co-operation of the lady herself, and ensuring himself a pension of half a million dollars. (It seems he couldn't guarantee the co-operation of Ms Barr's parents, without whose testimony the project was fatally compromised.)

Laying the blame at Hunter's feet

As England prepare to face Poland at Wembley tomorrow, Ken Jones recalls the teams' historic match 23 years ago

Painter puts Leeds on the canvas

Leeds United 2 Darlington 2

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Timely tonic for flexible England

Stan Hey sees a long-lost talent provide the spur for the national cause
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