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For City and Rovers, the Cup provides welcome diversion from league toil and stadium trouble

Vieira double helps City defeat Notts County

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Recovering alcoholic Alex Rae has been sober since 1998. He is a dedicated football man but his legacy will be helping out addicts

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As a new TV version of Winifred Holtby's novel begins, Shirley Williams remembers her 'Aunt Winifred' – and the pain she overcame to produce the classic work

Stokoe, Sunderland and '73, by Lance Hardy

If Notts County, Leyton Orient or Crawley Town win the FA Cup this year, it will no longer be possible to claim that Sunderland's 1-0 defeat of Leeds United in 1973 was the greatest Cup final upset of all time.

McLeish snaps up 'explosive' Martins

Birmingham City yesterday signed Obafemi Martins on a six-month loan deal. Nigerian striker Martins joined from Russian side Rubin Kazan until the end of the season, and Alex McLeish described the 26-year-old as an "explosive" player who would "excite the fans".

Wright-Phillips move may be on hold

Adam Johnson's ankle injury could scupper Shaun Wright-Phillips' hopes of leaving Manchester City.

Bishop celebrates his Radford moment after earning County a replay

Notts County 1 Manchester City 1

City protest at 'sexist' snub to female executive

Manchester City will make an official complaint to Notts County today after their director of communications, Vicky Kloss, claimed she was manhandled from the players' tunnel by club stewards and told that women were not allowed to be there.

Dzeko throws Manchester City FA Cup lifeline

Notts County 1 Manchester City 1

The millionaires who weren't: County ready to face the real deal in City

League One club is trying to rebuild after thinking it had struck gold. Beating Mancini's side would help

FA fear replay fixture pile up

The Football Association will be keeping their fingers crossed that north London duo Tottenham and Arsenal, plus Manchester City avoid the need for FA Cup fourth round replays this weekend.

Al Fayed threatens to 'take council to hell'

Mohamed al Fayed today vowed to take Surrey County Council to court if plans to extend a sand quarry on greenbelt land are successful.

Mancini: Hart must improve concentration to be the best

Roberto Mancini has urged Joe Hart to increase his concentration levels if he wants to be considered a great goalkeeper. As befits an Italian manager, Mancini focused on the five goals Manchester City have conceded in their past two games rather than the six they have scored.

Alan Pardew relishing Newcastle derby match

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is expecting an explosive introduction to the Tyne-Wear derby.

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