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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.

Wrexham earn deserved replay against Brighton

Brighton 1 Wrexham 1

Fratton Park, the home of Portsmouth FC. The south- coast club owe £105m including £17m to other teams

Portsmouth takeover close say administrators

Portsmouth are close to announcing new owners, according to administrator Andrew Andronikou.

The Chelsea captain, John Terry, clashes with QPR's Anton Ferdinand during the match at Loftus Road

Sponsors shun Terry over charge for racism

Umbro downplay association with England captain, who heads for court on 1 February

No love is lost between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra in the moment a furious race-abuse row erupted

Sam Wallace: Three wise men know they're damned either way in case of Suarez

Talking Football: The backdrop is the most bitter rivalry in English football, two cities with an acute mutual dislike

Talent Scout: Adam Maher, AZ Alkmaar

There never seems to be a shortage of teenage superstars in the modern game, especially in the Netherlands, a country famed for its remarkable production line of supreme prospects. But scratch beyond the hype and natural excitement young players attract, and the truth is few are consistently good enough to have earned such a reputation so early.

Phil Brown was in charge for just 11 months

Preston sack manager Phil Brown

Phil Brown has been sacked by Preston North End after just 11 months in the job.

The new St George's Park facility, which is nearing completion, will put England on a par with France

St George's can deliver, says Pearce

Under-21 manager thinks new national centre will help England end their 45-year trophy drought

FA admit failure as 11-a-side teams in England decline

The numbers of teams offering men the chance to play full 11-a-side football is dropping, figures released by the Football Association today will show, with more than 1600 sides disappearing across the country in the last three years alone.

Live football scores and results

As the new season kicks-off, follow the action with match commentaries, live scores and team news from across the Championship and League One.

Newcastle pursuit of Neil Taylor referred to Premier League

Newcastle's pursuit of Swansea defender Neil Taylor has taken a new twist with the news that his situation has been referred to the Barclays Premier League.

League returns to Wembley for Four Nations double-header

International rugby league is to be played for the first time at the new Wembley Stadium. The ground, whose predecessor last staged a Test in 1997, is to host a double-header on 5 November, with England playing Australia and Wales taking on New Zealand in the Four Nations.

Swansea complete signing of Danny Graham

Swansea have confirmed the signing of striker Danny Graham from Watford for a club-record fee.

Newcastle United make move for Swansea's Neil Taylor

Newcastle have made an undisclosed bid for Swansea left-back Neil Taylor.

Walters' hard march to earn Stoke stripes helped by Cup's lucky break

Five years ago the much-travelled striker was given a free by Wrexham, writes Phil Shaw

Luton on course for Conference play-off final

Luton Town virtually booked their place in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final when they cruised to a 3-0 win in their semi-final first leg against Wrexham last night.

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