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A look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round match at Vale Park

Jim Gannon parts company with Port Vale

Jim Gannon has parted company with Port Vale after just three months and 15 games in charge at Vale Park.

Clough hails Robinson 'pace' after loan deal

Derby have signed Millwall striker Theo Robinson on loan until the end of the season.

Micky Adams takes over at Sheffield United

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Outside the Box: Walwyn misses his chance to blow a few million pounds

Further to last week's story on Matt Walwyn's two late goals in AFC Fylde's 2-2 draw at Clitheroe that won pools punter Michael Elliott from Scotland over £3 million, our thanks to reader Simon Sandiford for pointing out that it was not the striker's first notable double. In the 2008 FA Vase final at Wembley, Walwyn, who was then a 17-year-old A-Level student, came on to score in the 84th minute, and again in injury time, turning a 1-0 deficit against Lowestoft into a 2-1 victory for Kirkham & Wesham. The club, based near Preston, then changed their name that summer to become AFC Fylde, having announced an ambitious 15-year plan which involves reaching the Conference by 2017 and the Football League by 2022. Walwyn, the son of former York and Blackpool striker Keith Walwyn, did admit missing a late chance at Clitheroe that would have given him a hat-trick, won the game and cost Elliott (who is a not a football fan and fills in the same numbers every week) £3,001,511.

Eddie Baily: Stylish inside-forward at the heart of Arthur Rowe’s push-and-run post-war Tottenham Hotspur side

Eddie Baily personified both the quicksilver style and the exuberant soul of the Tottenham Hotspur side which lifted the Second and First Division titles in successive seasons midway through the 20th century. A nimble and imaginative inside-forward blessed with assured mastery over a moving ball, the loquaciouslittle Londoner was a gleeful executioner of Arthur Rowe's push-and-run method, exemplifying the manager's catchphrase of "make it simple, make it quick".

Lucky man Adams is anxious to lift the Vale

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Fulham close to Salcido deal

Fulham manager Mark Hughes is closing in on PSV Eindhoven's Mexico international left-back Carlos Salcido.

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Football Nation, By Andrew Ward & John Williams<br />Englischer Fussball, By Raphael Honigstein

Football and Englishness are intimately connected, with a corpus of books now devoted to the history of the national game and what it tells us about this relationship. England fans have been made to confront unfortunate truths: the head-in-the-sand belief that we were still best in the world, which led to decades of underachievement, 1966 notwithstanding; a mistrust of pure talent allied to misplaced faith in workhorses; the rise of the thug; the process that began with the end of the maximum wage and was jet-fuelled by the Sky-based big bang which saw footballers mutate from lads-next-door to lads-in-mansions, and the Premiership become the world's most sought-after sporting brand.

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Jeffers transfer-listed over Vale 'headbutt'

Sheffield Wednesday have handed Francis Jeffers a maximum club fine and placed him on the transfer list following his dismissal in the Carling Cup second-round defeat to Port Vale. Jeffers was shown a straight red card in the 37th minute for appearing to headbutt and punch Vale captain Tommy Fraser.

Hartlepool rewarded with Premier League tie in Carling Cup

Hartlepool will face Premier League Burnley in the second round of the Carling Cup after causing the only shock in Wednesday night's ties with a 1-0 win after extra-time at Coventry.

Glover appointed Port Vale boss

Dean Glover has been installed as the new manager of Coca-Cola League Two strugglers Port Vale.

Lee Sinnott ousted at Port Vale

Port Vale have dismissed manager Lee Sinnott after the club's disappointing start to the season.

Paul Scholes: When I go I will miss football, not the life of a footballer

After a glittering career Paul Scholes will bow out of Manchester United's Theatre of Dreams within two years. Mark Ogden in Durban hears why
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