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

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When he was a member of the Crazy Gang Dennis Wise revelled in his image as a cheeky Cockney chappy who was always in the thick of the action. And he continued to live up to his wild reputation when he left Wimbledon for Chelsea.

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Book Of The Week: Tales of Barnsley in a very different era

Barnsley: A study in football 1953-59 by Andrew Ward and Ian Alister (Crowberry, pounds 9.99)

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1 From Arlott to Aggers - 40 Years of Test Match Special, edited by Peter Baxter and Phil McNeill (Andre Deutsch, hardback, pounds 14.99)

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Young people have a positive attitude to ethnic identity. The melting pot was a silly idea, says Trevor Phillips, though he fears minorities may eventually marry themselves into oblivion

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If these two teams meet up in either a semi-final or even the final of the FA Cup, it should be some game. Yesterday's warm-up, played in a disrupted wind on a bare pitch none the less created a rumbustious spectacle in which goals, fouls and incidents were easily mixed, culminating in Ashley Ward's injury-time winner to give Derby a valuable three points.

Football: Chelsea given taste of own medicine

When Alan Birchenall suggested at Filbert Street yesterday that Leicester could emulate Chelsea's performance against Liverpool in the previous round and recover their two-goal deficit it was not only the Chelsea supporters who tittered.

Football: `When I scored I knew they were worried'

Ruud Gullit, the Chelsea manager, admitted that his side had almost gifted Liverpool victory before turning on a second-half display that followed his inturctions to the letter.

Blacks Leisure grabs gold in a sporting year

Derek Pain, Stock Market Reporter of the Year, reviews the leading share price winners and the heaviest losers of 1996; Make your mind up time: The Independent offers readers a selection of shares ranging from blue chips to the more speculative

Wearside's work ethic triumphs

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