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Wayne Harrison was not the most fortunate of footballers. Blessed with a sublime talent for sniffing out goal-scoring opportunities and converting them with consummate skill, he became the world's most expensive teenager when Liverpool – then the mightiest club in the land – paid Oldham Athletic £250,000 for his predatory services in the spring of 1985.

Ware in 2000 while playing for Macclesfield

Paul Ware: Footballer loved by Stoke fans for his honest endeavour

His brutal drive from 30 yards sent his side to Wembley, but he missed the final through injury

The Business Matrix: Friday 22 March 2013

Secure Trust boosts Arbuthnot

Manchester United winger Luis Nani

Manchester United's Nani in police car crash

Player's £180,000 Bentley sustained "minor damage"

Mario Balotelli talks with Sergio Aguero

AC Milan reach deal to sign Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

Italian expected to move before close of the January transfer window

The Weekend's Viewing: A passable night in

Great Night Out, Fri, ITV1 // World without End, Sat, Channel 4

Rio Ferdinand was also hit by a coin in the match

Fan who confronted Rio Ferdinand given three-year football ban

Manchester United defender was confronted during victory over City

Adam Le Fondre completed Reading's comeback

Reading's Adam Le Fondre puts Manchester United loyalties aside

United travel to Reading this weekend

Rise of the Rochdale diamonds

Grant Holt cost Rochdale £10,000 but he was so bad on his debut at Darlington, one team-mate asked the manager if he had kept the receipt.

Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert during their time at Rochdale

Grant Holt & Rickie Lambert: Rise of the Rochdale diamonds

Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert played in League Two together. Tonight they meet in the Premier League, proving you can still climb from the bottom to the very top

Work started to clear the Olympic Stadium at Stratford the day after the Paralympic Games closing ceremony

Three face fraud charges 'over Spurs bid for Olympic stadium'

Three people have been charged with fraud over allegations that Tottenham Hotspur Football Club spied on Olympic officials during its stadium bid.

230 Umbro jobs are in play after Nike's sell-off

More than 200 jobs could be at risk at Umbro in the North-west only days after the sportswear giant Nike agreed to sell the company to the Iconix Brand Group for $225m (£140m).

Dave Challinor pictured with Tranmere during his playing days

Accrington Stanley FA Cup tie just the latest step for ambitious AFC Fylde

They have never been this far in the world's oldest competition before, but when AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor watched the draw for the FA Cup first round, the tie that was thrown up for his team presented more than a financially rewarding day out. It was more than the chance to claim a Football League scalp, and it was more than being seen by thousands on the late-night highlights show.

Broadcaster Terry Christian faces ban from watching his son play football after ranting about 17 year-old referee on Twitter

Queensgate Junior Wasps have apologised for Christian's comments accusing the 17 year-old official of cheating and being 'unashamedly biased'

Football League referee Dean Mohareb arrested over hacking claim

A Football League referee has been arrested on suspicion of computer hacking.

Two trains collided head-on in southern Poland, killing over a dozen people

Head-on crash that killed 16 is investigated

An investigation was under way last night after two trains running on the same track crashed head-on in southern Poland, leaving 16 people dead and 58 injured in the country's worst rail disaster in more than 20 years.

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