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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.

Rangers' teenage star Wilson revels in a season that has exceeded all expectations

Rangers defender Danny Wilson is stunned and delighted he is set to end the season with two senior medals – admitting he would have been happy with just one substitute appearance.

League round-up: Dorrans strike steers Albion back to the promised land

West Bromwich Albion claimed the Championship's second automatic promotion place when Graham Dorrans' 17th goal of the season, a typically astute curling free-kick after 31 minutes, set up a 3-2 win at Doncaster Rovers, ensuring that two relegated clubs will now bounce straight back to the Premier League.

Business Diary: Randall forced to learn how to share

How does Sky News presenter Jeff Randall feel about having to share his prime-time business show with political editor Adam Boulton for the duration of the campaign? Though he gets first billing – the new show is called Randall and Boulton Unleashed – the politics seems to dominate and Randall comes across as grumpier than ever.

Peterborough unveil new manager

Peterborough have confirmed the appointment of Gary Johnson as their new manager.

Batt brings faltering Leeds into range

Leeds United 0 Millwall 2

Keith Alexander: Footballer who became a role model for black managers

If there was a certain symmetry about the football career of Keith Alexander, in that his first club as a player, Notts County, was also the scene of his last match as a manager, there was nothing neat or clear-cut about his attempts to establish himself in the sport during an era in which racial stereotyping was widespread.

Knife fight on millionaires' row kills drug dealer

Businessman held after murder in Alderley Edge, home to Man Utd stars and soap actors

Fan denies throwing coin at Bellamy

A Manchester United fan today denied throwing a coin at Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy during last month's derby.

Riley enjoys the good life as late strike upsets Charlton

Northwich Victoria 1 Charlton Athletic 0

Barnes' plea for patience falls flat

Former England winger insists he wasn’t given enough time as Tramere wield axe

Dave Jones: 'I feel cheated out of my job as a Premier League manager'

The Brian Viner Interview: Ten years since child abuse allegations cost him his position at Southampton, the Cardiff City manager speaks about the fight to clear his name, how his family got through the darkest days, and why the time has come to tell his side of the story in an autobiography

Grayson now eyeing one over the eight

Leeds United 2 Stockport County 0

Putting the world to rights: Trevor Griffiths on Olivier's dope-smoking, Marxist ranting and his 20-year purgatory

Olivier begged him for a role, Jonathan Pryce owes him his career, and his harrowing play about the NHS received near-record public response. So why has it taken 20 years for Trevor Griffiths' masterpiece about the great reformer Thomas Paine to finally make it to the stage?

Fred Perry: Hero from the wrong side of the tracks

To mark the centenary of Fred Perry's birth, his daughter Penny speaks to Paul Newman about her father's bitter struggles with the Wimbledon establishment, and what he'd have made of Andy Murray

Stockport enter administration amid financial woe

League One side Stockport County are facing a 10-point deduction after going into administration today.

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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