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Tomorrow: The first Derby, won by Diomed, was run at Epsom in 1780. Peter Shilton made his Football League debut in 1966, for Leicester City.

Football: International players should not need motivation

WHEN WORD got out that Kevin Keegan had agreed take temporary charge of the England football team, a spontaneous process arose in accordance with his adventurous spirit. "Up and at 'em," the Sun screeched gleefully.

Football Fan's eye view Nottingham Forest: In the wake of omnipotent Brian

AS A seven-year old in the autumn of 1977, living in the comfortable Middlesex suburb of Hounslow, being told (due to paternal work commitments) that we were going to relocate and start a new life in a new city was the most traumatic piece of news I have ever heard. The tectonic plates had shifted and the ground had opened up before me. With whom would I swap my Star Wars cards? Would they still show The Six Million Dollar Man on the strange planet (called Nottingham) I was moving to?

Football: It was the medium wot did it - or was it the media?

What the papers said had a bearing on Hoddle's fate - as they did when a World Cup hero was sacrificed - The FA are to put new emphasis on the need for good PR.

Football: Stonehouse rock of ages

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Football: Fan's eye view Chelsea: Managers taking note not to lose their heads

NOWADAYS THERE is no saying where England players will place their hard-earned caps because, according to Glenn Hoddle, they might either have "their winning heads on", "their aggressive heads on" or "their sensible heads on". Sometimes, they have nothing above their shoulders at all, which is probably why Graham Taylor once referred to them as "headless chickens". That is what being the England manager does to a man's grasp of anatomy.

The News: As ITN goes in search of millions, the BBC finds one eloquent soul

So the axe has fallen. The journalists didn't want it. The viewers didn't want it. The politicians didn't want it. But who are the people's elected representatives, or the people themselves, to stand in the way of the sacred right of businessmen to attract more advertising revenue?

Obituary: John Osborne

JOHN OSBORNE was never likely to keep goal for England - the consistent excellence of Gordon Banks, then Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence, saw to that - but there was a time in the late 1960s and early 1970s when he was one of the most accomplished non-international net-minders in the country.

World Cup 98: Quotes Of The Day

"In the second half we played the kind of football I like and we will play it from now until the end." Brazil coach, Mario Zagallo, sending an ominous warning after his side beat Chile 4-1 on Saturday

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