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

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been given a vote of confidence from owner Vincent Tan

Malky Mackay to seek assurances over Cardiff City future in meeting with Vincent Tan later today

The Bluebirds manager has had his future thrown into doubt after Tan dismissed Iain Moody to replace him with his son's friend Alisher Apsalyamov

Johnny Hamilton: Goalscoring winger
for Hearts in their 1950s golden age

Open the gate, here comes Pigalle Wonder!’ It was a familiar cry on the terraces of Tynecastle football ground in the late 1950s when Heart of Midlothian were piling up the trophies and their ecstatic fans gloried in comparing the scorching pace of winger Johnny Hamilton with a champion greyhound of the time.

Danny Ings scored to keep Burnley at the top of the Championship

Championship round-up: Burnley stay top with win over Reading while QPR continue impressive defensive record

Leicester slip up at Doncaster to lose ground while Watford recover to beat Huddersfield

Charlie Austin converted from the spot for QPR

Championship round-up: QPR remain three points clear of the rest thanks to win over Middlesbrough

Burnley lead the charge alongside Leicester after wins against Charlton and Barnsley respectively

Former chairman Niall Quinn looking on from the Stadium of Light stands

Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn urges owner Ellis Short to appoint a new manager who can unite the squad once again

Quinn believes the squad should be filled with trust and support in the wake of Paolo Di Canio's reign where he regularly criticised his players

Jesse Lingard

League round-up: Jesse Lingard strikes four on debut for Birmingham City

Jesse Lingard scored all four goals on his debut as Birmingham City beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 at St Andrews.

Charlie Austin converts from the spot to give QPR the win against Yeovil Town

Championship round-up: Late penalty keeps QPR top after nearest rivals Blackpool and Leicester end in stalemate

Elsewhere there was comprehensive win for Watford while Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard score four goals on his debut after loan move to Birmingham

Going west: Alex Pritchard is one of three Tottenham prospects on loan at Swindon, who have also permanently signed three former Spurs players

The Last Word: Feeder clubs can enhance education of young over-protected Premier League players

Pampered academy hopefuls and struggling lower-League clubs may be of help to each other

19-year-old Ross Barkley was the latest youngster to make his England debut on Friday against Moldova

FA launch new Under-21 cup in effort to further develop youth football but Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham opt out

51 clubs will contest the new competition in the wake of FA chairman Greg Dyke's concerns over a lack of young English footballers reaching their potential

Game-changer: The Grove near Watford, a favourite with the England football team

Mark Jones: Forget pies on the terraces – it's tapas on the verandas now

One of the more eye-catching deals signed before the new football season involved Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.

James Milner and Leighton Baines train with England

James Milner to benefit from Danny Welbeck suspension

He may not get fans on the edge of their seats but Roy Hodgson is acutely aware James Milner could be the ideal man to give England a hefty shove towards the World Cup.

Vinnie Jones claims immigration has made England unrecognisable and 'not the country I grew up in'

Actor and ex-footballer Vinnie Jones has said he would never return to England because immigration has transformed his former home into a unrecognisable country.

Jordan Rhodes scores the first of his two goals on Saturday

Mover and shaker Harry Redknapp ready for another day at sales

Queen’s Park Rangers manager looking for players to strengthen promotion aspirations

It is understood that Luis Suarez has not been asked to say sorry

Capital One Cup round-up: Luis Suarez return for Liverpool likely to be against Manchester United

Luis Suarez faces the prospect of a trip to Old Trafford in his first game back following the 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic after Liverpool were drawn against Manchester United in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

John Ryden: Tottenham stalwart of the 1950s

As the captain of Tottenham Hotspur for much of one campaign in the late 1950s, John Ryden was within touching distance of footballing immortality – but it passed him by. Soon Bill Nicholson took over from Jimmy Anderson as manager of the north Londoners, and the new manager rated Ryden as no more than an ordinary centre-half. He therefore excluded the tall, blond, rosy-cheeked Scot from his plans as he constructed the beautiful team which, in 1960-61, would become the first in the 20th century to lift the League and FA Cup double.

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

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Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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