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Scottish midfielder back in training following lengthy illness while Rooney may play on Saturday

Dario Gradi, the former Crewe manager has spent his career finding new talent

Paul Newman: Gradi's task still to ensure academy makes the grade

The Football League Column: David Platt, Danny Murphy, Geoff Thomas, Rob Jones, Dean Ashton and Seth Johnson all came through the Crewe system

Watkins puts Luton back in the spotlight

Luton Town 1 Northampton Town 0: Super sub's late strike upsets Northampton as Hatters get a lift after recent catalogue of despair

Errors & Omissions: You don't have to know much about football – but it helps

This is from a news story published on Monday: "Downton Abbey [is] facing criticism for substituting dramatic credibility for soap-style pacing and plot twists." My thanks to Andrew Horsman, who drew attention to that.

Hernandez had 'lots of questions'

Hernandez: I considered ending career

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has revealed that he almost quit football before joining the Premier League champions.

Members of the 1966 England World Cup squad meet the press at Lilleshall. The French based their Clairefontaine academy on the now defunct FA

Sam Wallace: St George's, for all its ambitions, may end up as patron of failure

Talking Football: How will we know if St George’s is servicing the game when it is the clubs that produce the players?

I'm Not Really Here, by Paul Lake

Carlos Tevez's reluctance to take the pitch for Manchester City will not have impressed Paul Lake, who harboured that ambition since almost before he could walk.

Slovak midfielder Filip Kiss opened the scoring for the Bluebirds at Pride Park last night

Blues win starts with a Kiss as Derby crumble

Derby County 0 Cardiff City 3

John Terry will remain England captain during racism investigation

John Terry will remain England captain for next month's friendly double-header with Spain and Sweden if the investigation into his alleged racist slur against Anton Ferdinand has not concluded.

EDL leader arrested for bail breach

The leader of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) has been arrested for breaching his bail.

The 10 best football gear

As the new professional season continues, five-a-side and Sunday league teams are back in action too. Will our pick of the best training kit help your side top the league?

FA wants Dutch game replayed

The Football Association is in talks with its Dutch equivalent with a view to rearranging England's friendly against the Netherlands in February.

The best (and worst) nicknames in football

The arrival of Sergio Aguero has not only brought excitement, energy and skill to the Premier League, it's also brought a new nickname.

EDL promises to defy ban and march anyway

The controversial English Defence League (EDL) will march through the Shropshire town of Telford today, citing its need to "protect communities and property", despite the Home Secretary's decision to ban the gathering.

Live football scores and results

As the new season kicks-off, follow the action with match commentaries, live scores and team news from across the Championship and League One.

Kevin Foley signs long-term Wolves deal

Wolves midfielder Kevin Foley has signed an improved four-year contract extension at Molineux.

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The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

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11 best sonic skincare brushes

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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