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Transfer news: Andrew Johnson feels Harry Redknapp can tempt Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to leave the Premier League for QPR and the Championship

Redknapp worked with Defoe at West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs but Defoe is unlikely to drop down a league in a World Cup year

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Jed Wallace celebrates scoring for Portsmouth

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The 43-year-old had been working as a coach at Everton

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Fan power kicks-off a share offer to steer Aldershot Town out of receivership.

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Alan Arnell: Powerful Liverpool centre forward

If Liverpool signed a centre-forward in 2013, and he went on to score 35 goals in 75 games for the club, he would be hailed as a sensation and valued at many millions of pounds. But when Alan Arnell did just that in the 1950s, he was discarded by the Second Division Reds, and saw out his playing days in the lower reaches of the Football League.

Palace striker Kevin Phillips scores from the spot

Promoted Crystal Palace urged to follow Swansea's example

Kevin Phillips' penalty winner is set to ear Palace £120million windfall

Sheffield Wednesday turns down payday lender as sponsorship deal

Championship football club Sheffield Wednesday has turned down a lucrative sponsorship deal from a payday lender.

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The FA Cup: The most accident-prone trophy in football

The oldest piece of silverware in football has been on quite a ride

Palace’s Jamie Smith celebrates survival in 2001, ending an anxious time for Eagles fans

The Championship: Heaven and hell on the final day

Steve Kember and James Scowcroft share their memories

Harry Redknapp will stay at QPR and try to rebuild his squad

James Lawton: Harry Redknapp must hold his nerve, and take his share of blame for Queen's Park Rangers' relegation

Harry Redknapp is not so short of achievement it is necessary for him to side-step any blame in the disaster of Queen's Park Rangers, which is something even his warmest admirers have to admit was the thrust of his comments after Sunday's dismal denouement of a campaign which came to represent all that is worst in English football.

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The Premier League is a powerful force for good in society

Football's unique appeal, combined with the often imaginative approach of club staff, has improved thousands

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The former striker has been caretaker since November

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