Phil Parkinson (left) and Aidy Boothroyd will be going head-tohead at Wembley

League Two Play-off Final: Fallen stars sense chance for renewal in showpiece game as Northampton face Bradford

Bright young managers of yesteryear lock horns at Wembley

Gus Poyet has become frustrated by Brighton’s financial limitations

Gus Poyet unsure of Brighton future following play-off defeat to Crystal Palace

Two goals from Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 victory

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 14 May 2013

City look for quick move as Mancini awaits sacking

Anthony Knockaert of Leicester lies on the turf after his team's loss to Watford to exit the play-offs, while Watford fans run onto the pitch to celebrate (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Championship play-offs: Anthony Knockaert 'distraught' after penalty miss for Leicester

Spot-kick would have sent Leicester to Wembley

Troy Deeney scored a late winner to send Watford through to the Championship play-off finals

Amazing 90 seconds send Gianfranco Zola's Watford to Wembley

Manuel Almunia makes double save from an injury-time penalty before Troy Deeney sends Watford back to Wembley

David Nugent scores the goal that separates the two teams

Leicester City 1 Watford 0 match report: David Nugent breaks barren spell to give Foxes Championship play-off advantage

Watford looked set for automatic promotion when they impressively triumphed here a fortnight ago but, after this defeat, even a belated elevation via Wembley now seems a distant dream.

Gianfranco Zola has no first-hand experience of the playoffs

Championship play-offs: Gianfranco Zola claims Watford are ready for 'World Cup'

Zola makes his debut in the play-offs tonight when his Watford side take on Leicester City

Mark Yeates gives his Watford team-mate Matej Vydra a hand up

Gianfranco Zola's body language betrays Watford's promotion disappointment

There's something of the country curate about Gianfranco Zola, a transparent decency and thoughtfulness which makes one care for his welfare. In such a harsh, unremittingly challenging environment as professional football, his body language is too eloquent for his own good.

Steve Bruce celebrates Hull City’s Premier Legaue return

Final day's triumph and torment: Steve Bruce elated by return but says Hull will spend wisely

Five minutes is all it took for realism to reign at the KC Stadium. Steve Bruce had been talking about one of the strangest days in Championship history with pride and gusto before his attitude changed – and a new focus on the task in hand came to the fore.

Hull chairman Assem Allam celebrates club's promotion

Hull chairman 'proud' of promoted Tigers after emotional final day

Assem Allam reflects on emotional promotion to top flight just two years after saving club

The sporting week ahead (05/05/13)

Today

Nottingham Forest 2 Leicester City 3 match report: Last-gasp goal gets Foxes out of a hole

The East Midlands' contribution to the last-day Championship drama saw Leicester City sneak into the play-offs with an injury-time winner that torpedoed the promotion hopes of their opponents and local rivals Nottingham Forest.

Substitute goalkeeper Jack Bonham of Watford sits on the ground dejected after the opening goal scored by Dominic Poleon

Watford 1 Leeds United 2 match report: Jack Bonham left in private hell as he lets Watford's chances slip

The Calvin Report: He was the club's most unlikely recruit since wine waiter Gary Plumley

Hull City's George Boyd is mobbed by fans as he leaves the pitch

Hull City 2 Cardiff City 2 match report: Tigers triumphant after a day of ups and staying downs

'I've never seen anything like it,' says Steve Bruce as he leads his side to Premier League riches

Hull eased through to the Premier League despite a dramatic end

Championship Roundup: Hull take automatic promotion as Watford face playoffs

Hull City won automatic promotion to the English Premier League after a dramatic 2-2 draw with Cardiff City on an extraordinary final day of the Championship season on Saturday.

News
peopleJonathan Ross has got a left-field suggestion to replace Clarkson
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 5
film
Sport
Victoria Pendleton with her partner in her latest sporting challenge
sport
News
Andy Davidhazy at the beginning (left) and end (right) of his hike
video
Arts and Entertainment
Written protest: Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, has sent an open letter to the Culture Secretary
books
Arts and Entertainment
The teaser trailer has provoked more questions than answers
filmBut what is Bond's 'secret' that Moneypenny is talking about?
Sport
Lewis Hamilton secured his second straight pole of the season
f1Vettel beats Rosberg into third after thunderstorm delays qualifying
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 12 March 2015
The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss