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Former Blackpool defender has often been a target of insults from Preston fans, but claims this occasion abuse turned violent

League round-up: Taarabt double puts Rangers back on top

Adel Taarabt scored with two typically powerful long-range shots as Queens Park Rangers stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 18 matches and returned to the top of the Championship with a comfortable 3-1 home win over bottom club Preston North End. After four minutes a cross from the right by Rangers full-back Kyle Walker was dropped by the Preston goalkeeper, Andy Lonergan, leaving Rob Hulse to tap in his first goal for the club. Taarabt's strikes put Rangers in charge before Matt Connolly chested the ball into his own net, but it was scant consolation for Preston.

Sam Wallace: Capello's choice of Bothroyd strips his view of English football down to bare bones

Talking Football: Without wishing to rain on Bothroyd's parade, this is more about what his call-up symbolises for Capello's team than what it means for Bothroyd personally

James Lawton: Gerrard deserves place among the Liverpool legends

Jamie Carragher was no doubt awash with adrenalin and relief when he claimed his team-mate Steven Gerrard was the best player ever to pull on the red shirt of Liverpool. He had, after all, just watched Gerrard destroy Napoli with such single-handed authority and power he might have been a combination of Batman and Roy of the Rovers.

Ronnie Clayton: Footballer who captained England and played at wing-half for Blackburn Rovers for 20 years

Ronnie Clayton was the embodiment of an era in football history which could hardly contrast more vividly with today's game, in which his modern equivalents become multi-millionaires with one stroke of a pen.

Championship round-up: Parkin plunders hat-trick as shocked Leeds fall apart

Jon Parkin grabbed a hat-trick as Preston North End came from 4-1 down at Leeds last night to win 6-4 in an incredible match the visitors' manager Darren Ferguson described as the "most amazing of my career".

N'Zogbia: Birmingham move 'wasn't right'

Charles N'Zogbia insists he is happy at Wigan despite almost joining Birmingham City last month.

Phil Brown: I want to give myself a chance to manage England

Time and the sack have done nothing to still Phil Brown's ambition or dilute his self-belief. Three months after finishing gardening leave from Hull City, he is bursting to take on "the next challenge" and even voluntarily brings up the subject of the England manager's job as an illustration of how high that ambition flies.

Paul Newman: Doncaster and Dagenham rise to dizzying heights after League learns to love social climbers

For those established League clubs that fall through the trapdoor, the Conference offers a route back. Under the old system there was no guarantee of return

Malouda: I'm playing the best football of my life

Chelsea's player of the year is full of confidence as he seeks to ensure the Blues retain 'our' FA Cup

Brown's 'big errors' to blame says Boateng as Hull fall into abyss

The recriminations following Hull City's relegation will begin in earnest now in what promises to be a defining week for the club's immediate future, yet there is no doubt in the mind of George Boateng who is to blame for the performances which have cost the team its top-flight status.

Booth gives feeble Irish 'Phil Brown treatment'

Wasps 33 London Irish 22

Brian Godfrey: Welsh international footballer who became a hard-bitten manager

The Welsh international Brian Godfrey was a footballer both tough and clever, and as a manager he was a shrewd, hard-bitten operator, albeit not at the rarefied level widely envisaged for him when he took his first managerial job in the mid-1970s.

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