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No one did more deals in the summer transfer season than Charlton's manager

Lennon: McCourt must seize moment

Neil Lennon yesterday challenged Paddy McCourt to go that extra mile with his fitness and prove he is up to speed as a potential Celtic replacement for the departing Aiden McGeady.

Penalty! Fans pay a price for loyalty

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The ones to watch: an all-star team for the Championship season ahead

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David James (Bristol City)

Made debut for Watford 19 years ago and still going strong at 40. Returned from World Cup with England to join City after four seasons at Portsmouth.

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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
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