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Houston fails to please fans

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Jacobs makes Bradford's point with late equaliser

Port Vale 1 Bradford City 1

Like a good wine, or Gordon Strachan, Rothmans seems to get better with age, but it is not always in demand for reasons you might expect

This close season has been the closest ever. The curtain has been down just 41 days on Euro 96 and we are already gearing up for the "curtain raiser to the new season", as the billing of tomorrow's Charity Shield reads. However, as those of us who earn our grubby shilling writing about the beautiful game will tell you, the real curtain raiser to every new season is the launch of the Rothmans Football Yearbook, now in its 27th edition.

Llansantffraid march boldly into Europe

Phil Shaw on the Welsh village side who take on Poland's cup holders tonight

Difficulties are imposed by a ludicrous interpretation of the laws that discourages players from trying to win the ball properly

It is all very well for the football authorities to legislate for skill over brawn but they had better pay some attention to the growing list of serious injuries.

Palace foiled by Foyle strike

JOHN PERLMAN

Police in hunt for football gang

Police are examining possible links between three robberies on prominent football personalities after the wife of Ron Atkinson, manager of Coventry City, was left handcuffed at her home overnight.

Genoa produce high strike-rate

PHIL SHAW

Bogie's lightning strike catches Stoke cold

PHIL SHAW

Leeds saved by mastery of McAllister

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Leeds at sea as Vale continue odyssey

Leeds United 0 Port Vale 0

Football: Vale extend their Cup odyssey

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Port Vale hopes hang on talent of wings

Peter Lansley on the wide men who could worry Leeds in the FA Cup tonight

McCarthy puts paid to holders

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