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.
It took nine years but this week the club who died return to life in the big league – and they're run by fans.
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.
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
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Peter Reid has returned to football management after being confirmed as the new boss of League One side Plymouth.
Chris Brunt's dramatic 95th-minute equaliser for West Bromwich Albion cancelled out Danny Graham's stunning late strike to ensure that the promotion-chasing visitors and relegation-threatened Watford shared the spoils yesterday at Vicarage Road.
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Queen's Park Rangers 2 Plymouth Argyle 0
On a day when most of the top six sides in the Championship faced teams in the relegation dogfight, West Bromwich Albion seemed least affected by any Boxing Day lassitude, beating Peterborough United 2-0 at the Hawthorns to cut Newcastle United's lead to eight points. Posh started well but Albion took control in the second half, and just after the hour Luke Moore's left-footed shot and Ryan Bennett's header into his own net set up West Brom's win. Posh slip to the bottom of the pile.
Three Championship clubs removed their managers during the course of last week taking the season's cull to seven. None of them reaped the immediate benefit of a win, two had encouraging results, but at Hillsborough it was bad business as usual when Sheffield Wednesday, under caretaker Sean McAuley, lost 2-0 to Swansea City, midfielder Darren Pratley scoring after five and 36 minutes to move the Swans up to fifth. The Owls stay in the bottom three. "There is a fear and a lack of belief," McAuley said of his squad. "The ability is quite good but they are definitely not playing to their potential levels."
Forced to cut off his dreadlocks before being allowed to join Man United as a schoolboy, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's rise to the Premier League with Wolves has been far from ordinary
Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee hopes to complete the signings of Plymouth defender Jim Paterson and striker Steve MacLean. Twenty-nine-year-old full-back Paterson played under McGhee at Motherwell, while MacLean has struggled for form at Home Park. "I think we have the opportunity to get Jim on loan and maybe even Steve MacLean," McGhee said. Trialist Reda Johnson could also be close to moving to Pittodrie after impressing on a pre-season trip to Austria.