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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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FOOTBALL Attendance figures reveal that more and more supporters are turning their backs on domestic knock-out competitions

Football: Roberts happy to revive troubled Rovers

GARETH ROBERTS stands on the brink of a Wembley cup final just months after being dumped by Liverpool and abandoning a career in Greece.

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BRYAN ROBSON has never shirked a challenge. The 42-year-old former England captain, the first man to lift the FA Cup three times, does not know the meaning of the word "failure".

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Football: Young charges ease pressure on Flynn

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Football: Clough's Burton bow out

NIGEL CLOUGH was unable to inspire his Burton Albion side to reach the second round of the FA Cup at Rochdale last night. Clive Platt, Jason Peake and Julian Dowe's first goal for his club secured a 3-0 victory for the Third Division side in last night's first-round replay at Spotland and earned a trip to meet the winners of tonight's replay between Kettering and Wrexham in the next round.

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