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Former Spurs keeper eying a return to the Premier League with Watford

Standing fans

Support for standing at football stadiums grows, but strong opposition remains

Calls for the introduction of a pilot of new standing technology - called rail seats - at football grounds

Robin van Persie sees his shot cross the line and subsequently get disallowed

Match Report: Comeback kings Manchester United rise from the madness

Reading 3 Manchester United 4

Paul Dickov manager of Oldham Athletic

FA Cup preview: Cumbrians to embrace cup fever

Every year, the same cliches get churned out about the FA Cup and the competition is built up to be something it used to be - but isn't anymore. Sure, these matches can still trigger joy and generate excitement, but only after the event.

Championship preview: Huddersfield to take derby spoils against Leeds United

Michael Holden of Best of the Bets picks out some of the weekend's key fixtures and offers his expert advice

Ashley Chambers of York

League Two preview: York value to bounce back

It's only a small card in League Two on Saturday with 13 out of 24 clubs still involved in the FA Cup but the section has nonetheless managed to throw up a couple of value bets good enough to grace any weekend preview.

Matej Vydra of Watford

Championship preview: Hornets to compound Elland Road frustration

Life at Leeds United isn't quite shaping up to be how Neil Warnock imagined it when he accpeted Ken Bates' offer to come back into management last February and we fancy in-form Watford to compound the increasing frustration around Elland Road on Saturday. Take the 13/8 available on Watford (draw no bet).

Sean Dyche

Burnley announce Sean Dyche as new manager

Burnley have appointed Sean Dyche as their new manager.

Standing in: Chris Hutchings took caretaker charge of Ipswich yesterday

League round-up: Palace flourish after Freedman but Hutchings can't arrest decline at Ipswich, who are walloped by Wednesday

Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming continued their caretaker duties as Crystal Palace beat Leicester to move within a point of the automatic promotion places, despite speculation linking the pair with a move to Bolton. Palace co-chairman Steve Parish expects assistant manager Lawrence and first-team coach Fleming to join former manager Dougie Freedman at the Reebok following his appointment this week.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay

Championship preview: Cardiff could see daylight after Burnley encounter

There were late twists wherever you turned in the Championship on Tuesday night with six injury-time goals changing the course of five different matches, and you have to judge each case on its own merits when it comes to measuring the knock-on effects of such high drama this weekend.

Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez, of Liverpool, put pressure on Anzhi last night
Ipswich manager Paul Jewell

Paul Jewell leaves Ipswich by mutual consent

Ipswich chief executive Simon Clegg has revealed he and owner Marcus Evans began the process of identifying possible successors to outgoing manager Paul Jewell “a number of weeks” ago.

Championship round-up: Leicester lead the way again

Leicester City consolidated their position at the top of the Championship last night with a 1-0 win over Brighton. Andy King's 10th-minute goal earned a sixth win in seven games for Nigel Pearson's side.

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell

Paul Jewell ready to fight on as Ipswich manager

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell admits his future is still very much in the balance as he prepares to lead his struggling side into tonight's npower Championship clash with former employers Derby at Portman Road.

Saracens captain Steve Borthwick goes over for a try on Saturday
Luis Suarez has been accused of diving

Reading must 'be careful' against Luis Suarez says Jobi McAnuff

Jobi McAnuff has warned his Reading team-mates to be wary of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but fears divers are condemned too quickly.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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