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Wolverhampton Wanderers are to appoint the Norwegian Stale Solbakken, who briefly played for Wimbledon during the 1990s, as their new manager.

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A Facebook page which allegedly mocked the Hillsborough football tragedy is being investigated by police.

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Wednesday claim spoils at expense of city rivals

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QPR have today appointed Manchester City's Mike Rigg as the club's new technical director.

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Former England striker Trevor Francis discharged after heart attack scare

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The Football Association's decision to schedule the FA Cup final for an early-evening start has been described as an "absolute joke" by a Liverpool fans' group.

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Emotions run hot when the Sheffield clubs meet

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Sheffield Wednesday beat Preston 2-0 in the match

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Preston chairman Peter Ridsdale has drawn a line under the club's investigation into accusations that players leaked team information to Sheffield Wednesday ahead of Saturday's game at Hillsborough.

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