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Manager bemoans another poor performance as his United side suffers second successive defeat

Whelan rolls on

Coventry City 1 Whelan 43 Chelsea 0 Attendance: 20,639

The many faces of Ruud Gullit; THE MONDAY INTERVIEW

Ian Stafford talks to the former Dutch captain about golf, mobile phones and his new life at Stamford Bridge

Hughes has an off-day

Everton 1 Unsworth 36 pen Chelsea 1 Spencer 20 Attendance: 34,968

Frank Bruno receives the Robert the Bruce's spider award for admirable persistence in the face of all available evidence

Yesterday, the Queen was inking in the last few names on her New Year's Honours list, wondering, perhaps, about a special mention for Lord Mackay after his work in speeding up the process of divorce. No doubt sporting figures were dotted among the sycophants and time-servers as the gongs were considered, but not in sufficient numbers to reflect the enormous hold sport has over the nation. After all, who is more likely to have lifted our collective heart this year - Jonathan Edwards or some pen-pusher at the Ministry of Agriculture who is guaranteed a knighthood in the small print of his contract of employment?

Jones faces FA charge for comments on Gullit

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Jones and Kinnear replay Gullit tackle

Vinnie Jones and the Wimbledon manager, Joe Kinnear, are to study a video replay of the challenge on Ruud Gullit before deciding whether to seek a reassessment of the 11th dismissal of Jones' career.

Peacock pips alien invaders

Manchester City 0 Chelsea 1 Peacock 76 Attendance: 28,668

Civil wars threaten to tear the Dutch and French apart

Norman Fox believes that inner strife may deprive the finals of two leading lights

Stunning Pressman

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opinion: reports of the death of the football transfer system are exaggerated, says Russell Brimelow

Many reports of the Advocate-General's opinion on the Bosman case delivered on 20 September made hysterical remarks about it sounding the death knell for the football transfer fee system in the UK. If anything, it demonstrates the difficulty of reporting on a complicated (and lengthy) legal opinion instantly. The opinion runs to some 113 pages in the English version. (The original opinion was in German.) It also has no legal effect in itself; the full European Court of Justice judgment, which will have legal effect, is expected early next year.

Gullit does it all

Chelsea 3 Sinclair 74, Gullit 89, Hughes 90 Southampton 0 Attend ance: 26,237

The Weasel : Like policemen, the Basils and Ruperts who command Britain's forces are getting younger all the time: some of the ones who crop up on the News seem barely familiar with shaving

I fear for the future of the British Army - not so much in Bosnia, where it seems to be covering itself in the quiet glory that is its forte, but here at home. One minute it is closing down regiments and laying off soldiers left, right, left, right and centre: the next it is advertising for new recruits.

Cantona in support

Eric Cantona has confirmed he will attend Diego Maradona's meeting in Paris on Monday that will attempt to form a world players' union.

Same old team shake off nostalgia show

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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