Sport The gates at Glanford Park, home of Scunthorpe United

Knill collided with a squirrel which sent him flying of his bicycle and a fan has asked the club if fans will face a ban for wearing squirrel costumes ahead of his return ti the club with League Two rivals Torquay

The Championship: A new season kicks off, so who will be this year's Blackpool?

Middlesbrough start as Championship favourites, but the last campaign's surprise promotion has spurred a hungry chasing pack. Paul Newman previews the contest

Juarez winner offers scant comfort for Celtic's early exit

Celtic 2 Sporting Braga 1 <i>(Braga win 4-2 on aggregate)</i>

Hill climbs mountains to lift Dale from mediocrity

After just their second promotion in 103 years, Rochdale face the new League One season for once full of hope, writes Chris McGrath

Knights and nuns of the far-flung shires drink the stadium dry

It was the minimum that was required but it was more than enough for England fans who had made their way to Port Elizabeth. All around the stadium provincial banners were draped: Yeovil, Wycombe and Scunthorpe had come in hope more than expectation.

Ian Lawther: Northern Ireland footballer who cut his teeth at Old Trafford

For a few short weeks in the early 1950s Ian Lawther joined the select company of the fabled Busby Babes. The slight Belfast teenager had been recruited to join Manchester United's celebrated talent factory – but not every youngster who entered the academy was destined for greatness. Racked by homesickness, Lawther insisted on returning to Northern Ireland, and never played for United. Lawther went on to play four times for his country and scored heavily for Sunderland and a string of other clubs in the English League, but his career never quite lived up to the promise of those early years.

Robinson ends Millwall's pain

Millwall 1 Swindon Town 0

Franco to be released by West Ham

Guillermo Franco is to be released by West Ham after helping the club to escape relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship.

Jackett aims to put losing experience to final advantage

Kenny Jackett will draw on the experience of last season's League One play-off drama as he attempts to guide Millwall back to Wembley. Twelve months ago Jackett's side took a 1-0 advantage to Leeds and stunned the Elland Road crowd by grabbing a 1-1 draw in the second leg.

Clarke rides luck to keep tie bubbling

Huddersfield Town 0 Millwall 0

Blackpool beat Forest to take control of play-off

Blackpool 2 Nottingham Forest 1

Di Matteo braced for tough test as Baggies go up

Championship round-up

Neville: Blues don't need new players

Phil Neville believes Everton's recent form shows they do not need to add to their squad this summer. After the Toffees were hampered by a lengthy injury list at the start of the season, their fortunes have improved as the campaign has gone on and they have lost just twice in the Premier League since the end of November.

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