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Championship clubs to adopt wage restraints

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Ian Holloway: Best chapter of this great story is still to come

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When the Manchester United manager Matt Busby was seeking a long-term replacement for centre-forward Jack "The Gunner" Rowley, as that prolific powerhouse of the Old Trafford attack began to show signs of ageing during the 1952-53 season in which the Red Devils saw their championship crown slip away to Arsenal, there was a brief but enthralling interlude when the teenager Eddie Lewis looked capable of stepping up to the mark.

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Another pulsating Championship campaign has reached the final curtain in spectacular fashion, culminating in QPR being crowned as champions; once again proving the division’s ferocity with another blockbuster season.

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Taarabt fires Rangers to verge of promotion but final hurdle looms large

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Cardiff City reclaimed the second automatic promotion berth in the Championship after a straightforward 3-0 win over Portsmouth. Seyi Olofinjana turned in Craig Bellamy's cross after six minutes before Pompey made the win easier when Ricardo Rocha was sent off for head-butting Jay Bothroyd. Bothroyd made it 2-0 on half-time, and Peter Whittingham's second-half tap-in wrapped up the victory.

Hume views survival as bottom line for Preston

The Preston striker Iain Hume would be happy if he did not find the back of the net again this season – as long as the club escape relegation.

Paul Newman: Brown battling to put some pride back into historic Preston

The Football League Column: Brown's revitalised Preston side face three away games in eight days that will go a long way to determine if they stay up

League round-up: Holt the hero of Norfolk

Grant Holt and substitute Simeon Jackson scored a hat-trick apiece as the Championship's second-placed side, Norwich City, thrashed Scunthorpe United 6-0 to give them a four-point cushion over Cardiff in third. The Iron slump to the bottom after the first match of Alan Knill's reign as manager.

League round-up: Leeds in a flap over Swans wings as Sinclair pair lifts Welsh hopes

Scott Sinclair scored twice as Swansea City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium, consolidating their grip on the Championship's second automatic promotion place. Swans took the lead after 13 minutes, Sinclair cutting in from the left to play a one-two with Luke Moore and fire in. As Leeds got a foothold near half-time Swans defender Alan Tate handled, but no penalty was given. The visitors' revival did not last long after the break. Ten minutes into the second period a foul on Nathan Dyer saw Sinclair tuck away the penalty and in the 72nd minute Moore made it 3-0.

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