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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.

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Obituary: Meredith Edwards

MEREDITH EDWARDS was one of those Welsh character actors who, during the post-war years found parts in the comedy films largely associated with Ealing Studios. In A Run For Your Money (1949), an affectionate but stereotypical view of the Welsh in which a group of rugby-loving miners spend an international day in London with uproarious results, he starred alongside the wild-eyed, dissolute harpist Hugh Griffith and the handsome dimwit Donald Houston who is fleeced by a West End tart played by Moira Lister - the sort of woman, as one collier puts it, who paints her toenails.

Football: Replay `sets dangerous precedent'

AS THE country's most senior referee said yesterday that the rescheduling of Saturday's FA Cup match between Arsenal and Sheffield United had set "a very dangerous precedent", it emerged that an incident very similar to Saturday's occurred a fortnight ago and an "ungentlemanly" goal on that occasion had been disallowed.

Football: Williams earns high praise

THE GATHERING of leading managers who watched the non-League striker Eifion Williams in the bitter cold and snow at Wrexham were yesterday given a word of advice from the former Wales and Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe.

Football: Holt's Irish hopes are dashed after mix-up

GARY HOLT'S Northern Ireland career was over last night - before it even started.

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Football: Enfield's dreams are crushed by Cresswell

AN IMPROVISED finish from the York City striker Richard Cresswell ended brave Enfield's interest in the FA Cup as they went down 2-1 at Bootham Crescent in a first round replay last night.

Football: Dalglish Junior off the mark

SCOTLAND UNDER-21s returned to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph over Estonian courtesy of a great goal from Paul Dalglish. The Newcastle forward, in front of watching father Kenny, struck in the 74th minute to calm the home team's nerves, adding to Craig Dargo's sixth-minute opener for three vital European Under-21 Championship points in Airdrie.

Football: Jenkins to miss trip to Turkey

IAIN JENKINS, the Dundee United full-back, has become the third player to withdraw through injury from Northern Ireland's squad for their difficult opening European Championship qualifying Group Three match in Turkey on Saturday. Jenkins has a hamstring injury.
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