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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

It's nearly impossible to score a decent interest rate with a football-club-branded financial product

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.

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
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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing