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FA Cup Round-Up: Fleetwood and Luton show league quality to cause upsets

Fleetwood Town pulled off one of the shocks of the FA Cup first round as they beat League One side Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 on Saturday, despite playing half the game with 10 men.

Paul Newman: Brent's Argyle rescue rewards faith of fans

The Football League Column: The 45-year-old businessman from north Devon had no particular interest in football but knew what Argyle meant to the region

Carl Fletcher appointed Plymouth manager

Carl Fletcher has been appointed full-time manager of Plymouth.

League round-up: McDonald has Dons on the rise

Charlie McDonald's third goal in three games, a 45th-minute header from Darren Potter's centre, set Milton Keynes Dons on their way to a third consecutive away win as the League One leaders stretched their unbeaten start to the campaign to six matches with a 3-1 win at Carlisle United. Potter added the Dons' second, and after Lee Miller pulled a goal back, Dean Lewington's strike just after the hour wrapped up the points.

Plymouth Argyle players decide against strike action

Plymouth players have decided against going on strike after receiving 40% of their August wages, manager Peter Reid has confirmed.

Plymouth Argyle players considering strike action

Several Plymouth players are considering going on strike having not received their wages yet again.

Allan Watkins: Glamorgan and England all-rounder hailed by John Arlott as 'the best close-to-the-wicket fielder in the world'

When the great Australian batsman Donald Bradman walked to the middle for his final Test innings, at The Oval in 1948, he needed four runs to complete his career with a batting average of 100, almost 40 more than any other cricketer has ever achieved.

AFC Wimbledon: The Dons are back – and they mean business

It took nine years but this week the club who died return to life in the big league – and they're run by fans.

I will not leave Blackpool in the lurch, says Holloway

Ian Holloway insists he has no intention of walking out on Blackpool to manage another club. The Seasiders have been on a remarkable journey under Holloway, winning promotion to the Premier League for the first time last May and then doing enough this season to be above the relegation zone with three games left to play, albeit on goal difference alone.

Paul Newman: South Coast rivals set fair on journey out of the doldrums

The Football League Column: Brighton have enjoyed a wonderful year in Gus Poyet's first fullseason in charge

Outside the Box: British owners are more likely to trust a British boss – fact!

Arsenal's formal transfer into American hands means that of the remaining 10 English-owned clubs in the Premier League, only two have a foreign manager: Roberto Martinez at Wigan is one and the other is Avram Grant, who in January was on the verge of being replaced at West Ham by Ulsterman Martin O'Neill.

Peter Reid: I've always seemed to be fighting fires

He's paying the heating bills and sold his Cup final medal to save Plymouth. But he insists it's worth it, because the people and place are so special. Tim Rich meets Peter Reid

Paul Newman: Plymouth's £12m problem may prompt salary cap

The Football League Column: John Madejski, Reading's owner, advocated such a move, warning that "a lot of clubs are on the brink"

Administrator confident of a quick sale

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