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

Transfer Talk: Cresswell cuts Stoke ties with Blades

Sheffield United have confirmed that Richard Cresswell's loan deal from Stoke City will be made into a permanent arrangement. Stoke originally loaned Cresswell out to Bramall Lane in September 2009, but the two sides have now agreed an undisclosed fee for the striker. The 32-year-old striker scored the Blades' equaliser against QPR at the weekend. Manager Kevin Blackwell said: "He gives 100 per cent every time he plays and his knowledge of this division makes him an important presence for us." Injuries and suspensions have allowed Cresswell to make nine starts under Blackwell, scoring three goals in the process.

I have proved myself as a playmaker, says Anelka

Striker feels he has filled creative role behind Drogba with distinction this season

Sam Wallace: Stop worrying about the future of the Cup – it gets the respect it deserves

Here's a radical theory: the FA Cup is actually in relatively decent shape

Leeds face tough Cup tie at Spurs

Leeds United were handed a tough FA Cup fourth round tie away to Tottenham Hotspur after Sunday's momentous victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Kelly takes reins at Preston after Irvine is shown the door

Preston North End have announced assistant manager Robert Kelly is to take temporary charge following the sacking of Alan Irvine yesterday.

Christmas fixtures: everything to play for

Boxing Day marks the mid-point of the season – and from title race to relegation scrap, the league's key battles are wide open. Glenn Moore looks at the scores to be settled in the next seven days

Alan A'Court: Footballer who played a crucial role in Liverpool's rise to join the elite in the early Shankly years

It was difficult to miss Alan A'Court on a football field. The dashing, blond left-winger, who featured for England in the 1958 World Cup finals and shone for Liverpool as they returned to the top flight of the domestic game in 1962, was an effervescent individual, bubbling with verve and exuding an engagingly obvious enjoyment of his work.

Wallace free-kick earns precious point for Irvine

Blackpool 1 Preston 1

Nolan jerks Newcastle back to life at the top

Newcastle United 1 Preston North End 0

Ray Charnley: Footballer who was Blackpool's leading scorer for nine consecutive seasons in the First Division

There have been Blackpool footballers who have played more games for the club than Ray Charnley; and there have been men who have contributed more league goals to the Bloomfield Road cause than the tall, rangy Lancastrian centre-forward. But on both counts, from faithful fans of the Seasiders whose memories stretch back half a century and beyond, there would have to come the heartfelt and grateful rider: not many.

Brian Viner: Blackpool prom and Holloway's illuminations

The Last Word

Preston chase taste of the big time

Preston North End 0 West Bromwich 0: Lack of funds at Deepdale hampering Irvine's push to escape the Championship

League round-up: Mellor and Chaplow lead way for Preston

Burnley's elevation to the Premier League seems to have given the North-west a fillip with Preston North End and Blackpool rubbing shoulders with the Championship pacemakers. Neil Mellor and Richard Chaplow scored as Preston's 2-1 win at Leicester City brought to an end the hosts' 25-match unbeaten home run. "Looking around the team, it's hard to pick anybody who didn't play well," the Preston manager, Alan Irvine, said.

Everton increase pressure on Hull's Phil Brown

Everton increased the pressure on Hull manager Phil Brown as they cruised into the Carling Cup fourth round with an emphatic win at the KC Stadium last night.

Crouch's hat-trick ensures victory in Lilywhite fight

Preston North End 1 Tottenham Hotspur 5
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