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Going to the match could be about to get more rigorous, less staid and more fun. Twenty years after Lord Justice Taylor ushered in a new age of football, by recommending all-seater stadiums, the option to stand could be on the way back.

Don Foster: Modern options allow for standing to be safe again

‘Hillsborough was mainly down to sheer overcrowding and a culture of general neglect, not fans being on their feet’

Football fans urged to stand up for the right to stand up

Football supporters have called for their clubs to be allowed to reintroduce terracing to stadiums.

Stan Hey: Terrace apprenticeship was fun – but not to be repeated

‘At times the sway would lift you 30 or 40 yards from your spot and deposit you in the beery heart of the Kop’

Fears over quango set up after Hillsborough

Among the sports-related quangos to bite the dust are the Olympic Park Legacy Company (if only in name) and Cycling England.

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Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leyton Orient 0

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Kenny Dalglish said that it was right that Rafael Benitez left Liverpool in the summer and that he feels no sense of hurt that he was not chosen to succeed him as manager.

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Culture, media and sport? A brief as wide as that and the risk of tripping up is ever-present, as the new man in charge has just discovered.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologises for Hillsborough remark

Jeremy Hunt, the Cabinet minister in charge of government policy on sport, must go to see relatives of Liverpool fans killed in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster to apologise for implying that their deaths were the result of hooliganism.

Benitez gives £96,000 to Hillsborough families

As Internazionale announced his appointment as their manager, a visibly emotional Rafael Benitez was meeting families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, to whom he donated £96,000.

Village People: The mark of a good autobiographer

Lord Mandelson has promised that his forthcoming memoirs will "ruffle some feathers". He ought to have a good story to tell because he has been around for so long and has held so many important political jobs, but let us hope he remembers that the best anecdotes are those that mark someone's character strongly.

The ripple effect: A tasteful water feature has the power to turn even a tiny plot into a tranquil oasis

We all like the thought of water in our gardens – a pretty pond, with dragonflies hovering above water lilies; the soothing sound of flowing water; a cool, deep pool reflecting a clear sky. But somehow, the words "water feature" don't conjure up such idyllic images. Instead, we think of artificial rock formations or noisy fountains gushing from ugly fixtures; faux monoliths or carefully balanced urns dribbling into each other. Frankly, Charlie Dimmock has a lot to answer for.

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