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Cook ‘desperate’ to lead the rebuilding of England side

Wilf Carter: Striker who led Plymouth’s late-1950s rise

Wilf Carter was Plymouth Argyle’s sharpshooter-in-chief for six seasons early in the second half of the 20th century, his goals a key factor in the Pilgrims lifting the first championship of the newly constituted Third Division in 1958-59.

Taribo West pictured at the 1998 World Cup. According to Zecevic he would have been 36, rather than 24 as people believed

Former AC Milan player Taribo West is '12 years older than he claims'

Former manager says the retired Nigerian international is already in his 50s

The Swansea Town side of 1963-64 from the match programme for the Preston North End tie. Top row from left to right: Thomas, Hughes, R Evans, Dwyer, Purcell, Williams. Front row: Reynolds (did not play), Jones, Todd, Johnson, Draper, B Evans (did not play), McLaughlin

Where are the last semi-final Swans?

Phil Cadden looks back at the Swansea side that beat Liverpool to reach the 1964 FA Cup semi-final before losing out to Preston North End at Villa Park

Blackburn Rover manager Henning Berg

From Bollywood to Ewood: Judan Ali in challenging new role

Blackburn's new coach has had almost as much experience in the world of film as in the dugout

League Two preview: Daggers can feast on Cod

Micky Mellon was left perplexed by Fleetwood's shock derby defeat at home to Accrington in midweek and, as much as he would like to believe the result was a one-off, we reckon more of the same could follow when the Cod Army make the monster journey down to Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook

League Two preview: Back a basement blockade

Paul Cook might have his work cut out winning over the Chesterfield dressing room and we see more problems ahead for the Spireites when they host improving Oxford United at the Proact Stadium on Saturday. Take some of the 11/8 available on Oxford (draw no bet).

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws

League One preview: Trust long arm of Brian Laws

After two years in the managerial wilderness, Brian Laws isn't hanging about in his bid to turn things around at Scunthorpe and we think there's some value to be found in the 19/10 quotes about the resurgent Iron taking maximum points against high-flying Notts County in League One on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson is driven away from Wembley with England’s Euro 2012 itinerary on the seat next to him after his talks with the FA yesterday

Hodgson to get England job after final talks today

The Football Association is confident that it will appoint Roy Hodgson as the new England manager today, subject to him finalising the details of his contract this morning, after four hours of successful talks with the FA chairman, David Bernstein, right, yesterday.

Roy Hodgson is driven away from Wembley with England’s Euro 2012 itinerary on the seat next to him after his talks with the FA yesterday

Roy Hodgson to be handed England job after final talks at Wembley today

FA and West Bromwich manager just need to sort out contract details before announcement

Plymouth probe crowd racism claims

Plymouth have launched an investigation into allegations a Southend player was abused by a spectator during the npower League Two clash between the two sides on Saturday.

Liverpool’s frustration is evident as Nigel Reo-Coker turns away after scoring Bolton’s second goal on Saturday

Complacent Liverpool feel wrath of Dalglish

Bolton Wanderers 3 Liverpool 1

Leagues 1 & 2: Green's late show boosts Charlton

Charlton moved five points clear at the top of League One after a 2-0 win over Brentford at The Valley. A power cut delayed kick-off but that did not deter Michael Morrison, who fired the hosts ahead after 31 minutes. However, the three points were not secured until Danny Green's last-minute strike.

Rovers hope new faces can turn season around

League two

League Two: Hemmings crowns Argyle turnaround

Plymouth Argyle produced a superb second-half comeback to claim a crucial 3-2 victory at Bristol Rovers yesterday, allowing them to go into the new year with renewed hope of avoiding dropping out of the Football League.

Johnny Williams: Footballer and Plymouth Argyle stalwart of the 1950s and '60s

Johnny Williams cut a majestic figure as he bestrode the Plymouth Argyle midfield for 11 seasons from the middle 1950s, surging forward with a dignity and style which called to mind some Atlantic-bound ship in full sail departing the city's historic harbour.

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