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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.

The new St George's Park facility, which is nearing completion, will put England on a par with France

St George's can deliver, says Pearce

Under-21 manager thinks new national centre will help England end their 45-year trophy drought

FA admit failure as 11-a-side teams in England decline

The numbers of teams offering men the chance to play full 11-a-side football is dropping, figures released by the Football Association today will show, with more than 1600 sides disappearing across the country in the last three years alone.

Dietmar Hamann says promises were broken

Dietmar Hamann resigns as manager of Stockport

Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has resigned as manager of Blue Square Premier outfit Stockport.

Looting student jailed for 16 months

A university student was jailed for 16 months today after taking part in looting during last week's riots.

Ex-footballer jailed for rape

The brother of Premier League footballer Titus Bramble has been jailed for four and a half years after being convicted of rape.

Stockport ponder life outside the League – and some tricky questions

County must learn the facts of life in the Conference under new manager Dietmar Hamann and with new players – but who are the new owners? Ian Herbert charts a proud club's fall

Ian Herbert: Transfer talk getting you down? Then it's time to go for a long ramble online

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Norwich sign Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield

Barclays Premier League newcomers Norwich have confirmed winger Anthony Pilkington has become their sixth summer signing after the club agreed an undisclosed fee with Huddersfield.

Hamann takes job at Stockport – with a squad of nine players

Former Liverpool player begins managerial career in Conference despite a warning from Eriksson

Dietmar Hamann excited by Stockport challenge

Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has been named the new manager of non-league Stockport.

At last, a Brit claims a singles final place

The wait is finally over. A Brit is through to a Wimbledon singles final, albeit the one for boys.

Sammy McIlroy leaves Morecambe by mutual consent

Morecambe have parted company with boss Sammy McIlroy and assistant Mark Lillis by mutual consent following the club's disappointing 20th-placed finish in npower League Two.

Round-up: Cardiff's 'unfinished business' puts the pressure on Norwich

Dave Jones, the Cardiff manager, believes his side have "unfinished business" ahead of their crucial game today at home to Middlesbrough. Cardiff narrowly missed out on promotion last year, losing the play-off final to Blackpool, but are just one point behind Norwich as the two teams vie for the final automatic promotion spot. "I'm proud of what I've done here" said Jones, "but would be even prouder of taking the club into the Premier League."

Outside the Box: Conference curse awaits as Stockport count cost of failure

Almost 25 years after automatic promotion and relegation was introduced between the Football League and what is still generally known as the Conference, the signs are that regaining League status is becoming harder.

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