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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.

Football: League's allure outshines the cups

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

Football: Robson faces fight to silence his critics

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".

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.

Football: Parkinson's solo run puts paid to Middlesbrough

Tranmere Rovers 2 Middlesbrough 1

Football: Ferguson strike sentences Boro to familiar fate

Wrexham 2 Middlesbrough 1

That was the weekend that was

Fans give Canaries' cash rescue mission the bird

Football FA Cup: Eleven asides

Cup heroes who can qualify for a pay rise - and villains who can't

Football FA Cup: Fergie's name still on the Cup

United manager watches son Darren make a killing in the competition his club spurned

Football FA Cup: Match-by-match guide to this weekend's third round

Aston Villa v Darlington

Football: Flynn drives the little big men

For David v Goliath, read Wrexham v Middlesbrough, Hereford v Leicester and Villa v the AXA boys

Football: Young charges ease pressure on Flynn

Kettering Town 0 Wrexham 2

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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