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When Stuart Williams was confronted by the emerging genius of Pele in a quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the classy and constructive Welsh full-back responded with the performance of his life. That day in Gothenburg, the teenager who would soon be hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, scored the only goal of the game to eliminate valiant opponents who had upset the odds by reaching the last eight. Though deprived of their own star, John Charles, through injury, the scarlet-shirted heroes held out for more than 70 minutes against a sumptuously talented Brazilian attack, in which the prodigy combined to compelling effect with the likes of Garrincha, Didi and Zagalo.

Ryan mighty: England’s winger Ryan Hall scores his second try last night

England 34 France 6 match report: England feel the width with Ryan Hall and Josh Charnley

England survived an early scare to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, with rather less assurance than New Zealand or Australia, but still with more than enough to spare.

Catalan Dragons aim to add spirit to French flair

This weekend’s quarter-finals are a testing time for the World Cup, not so much for the nations which are expected to go through as for the tournament as a whole.

England full-back Sam Tomkins

Rugby League World Cup: England full-back Sam Tomkins picks out France's Morgan Escare as the dangerman ahead of quarter-final

The World Cup hosts meet France at the DW Stadium and home favourite Tomkins has identified hs opposite number as the man to watch

Monsieur Giroud, left, was by all accounts very pleasant

The O Zone: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was at Leyton Orient this week, asking if his pal could join us

The O Zone: Behind the scenes at Leyton Orient

Steve Carney obituary: Newcastle United stalwart of the 1980s

The starry likes of Kevin Keegan, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley garnered most of the headlines as Newcastle United rose to the top tier of English football in 1984, but Arthur Cox’s exhilarating side relied on more prosaic contributors too, none more fearsomely committed to the cause than central defender Steve Carney.

Up North: George North scored two tries in Scarlets win over Dragons

George North thrives as regions make themselves heard

This was billed as 'Judgement Day' and in many ways that is exactly what it was for the ailing Welsh regional rugby. Sports promoters often suffer delusions of grandeur when advertising their wares but inadvertently they, for once, hit the nail on the head.

Dean Saunders

Wolves confirm Dean Saunders as new manager

Compensation has been agreed with Doncaster

Mark Hughes' career timeline

Javier Hernandez replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United's super-sub

With his stunning performance at Aston Villa on Saturday, Javier Hernandez entered football folklore as one of the game's great substitutes.

River Clywedog death couple drowned

A young mother and her fiance who were found dead at a swollen river had died as a result of drowning, post-mortem examinations found today.

Two drown rescuing dog as autumn storms wreak havoc

Couple were swept away by swollen river during floods that have forced hundreds from homes

Eddie May: Legendary figure of Welsh football

The burly, affable Eddie May looms large in the modern history of Welsh football. During his playing prime in the first half of the 1970s he cut an imposing figure at the heart of the Wrexham rearguard, totalling some 400 senior appearances.

Fleetwood matched by Speight and Wrexham

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Two trains collided head-on in southern Poland, killing over a dozen people

Head-on crash that killed 16 is investigated

An investigation was under way last night after two trains running on the same track crashed head-on in southern Poland, leaving 16 people dead and 58 injured in the country's worst rail disaster in more than 20 years.

Velcro's dramatic save leads football to lift ban on hijab

New pinless headscarf persuades world body to reverse ruling

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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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