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Accrington Stanley: how the ‘starving peasants’ rocked the natural order | Niall McVeigh

Promotion to League One is an incredible achievement for a club with a tiny budget who dare to do things differentlyAccrington, the small Lancashire town with a Football League tradition dating back 130 years, is celebrating as never before. Its team, …

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Football League round-up: Accrington are promoted after win over Yeovil

• Goals from Billy Kee give Reds first promotion to third tier• Fan attacks referee after penalty award at RochdaleTwo goals from Billy Kee secured automatic promotion to League One for Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night as they beat Yeovil 2-0 at hom…

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EFL tells Accrington owner he must buy his players burgers even if they lose

• Andy Holt revealed unusual win-bonus scheme in tweet last month• EFL demands ‘consistent approach for all matches’ in statementThe Accrington owner Andy Holt has been told by the English Football League that he can continue to treat his players to po…

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Accrington Stanley defying all logic to sit top of League Two? Exactly | Ben Fisher

The manager John Coleman is working wonders with what is thought to be the league’s joint-lowest budget, helped by a forward line he says is statistically better than Liverpool’s“If the league was based on budgets, we’d be relegated at the start of eve…

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Football League: Adkins makes flying start at Hull while Wolves fire blanks

Hull beat Brentford while Wolves draw with Sunderland Accrington chairman questions referee after postponement• Nigel Adkins got off to a flying start at Hull City after his team came from behind to see off Brentford. Stunning goals by Kamil Grosicki a…

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Accrington denied top spot but remain a wonder of the Football League | Jeremy Alexander

John Coleman spotted two misdemeanours where the referee did not as Cambridge United held his side at bay in League TwoA day after VAR made its inconspicuous British bow at Wembley Accrington Stanley felt it could have come in handy at Cambridge United…

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Che Adams nets hat-trick for Birmingham in win over Crawley

• Harry Redknapp’s team bounce back from first-day defeat with cup win
• Accrington surprise Preston as Billy Kee snatches winner in dramatic finale

After losing their opening match in the Championship Birmingham City, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, needed a quick pick-me-up and the League Cup provided the perfect opportunity which they seized with alacrity by beating League Two Crawley Town 5-1 at St Andrew’s.

The hero of the hour for Harry Redknapp’s side was Che Adams who scored a hat-trick, with David Davis and substitute Robert Tesche also on target before Panutche Camara replied late on for Harry Kewell’s side.

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Che Adams nets hat-trick for Birmingham in win over Crawley

• Harry Redknapp’s team bounce back from first-day defeat with cup win
• Accrington surprise Preston as Billy Kee snatches winner in dramatic finale

After losing their opening match in the Championship Birmingham City, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, needed a quick pick-me-up and the League Cup provided the perfect opportunity which they seized with alacrity by beating League Two Crawley Town 5-1 at St Andrew’s.

The hero of the hour for Harry Redknapp’s side was Che Adams who scored a hat-trick, with David Davis and substitute Robert Tesche also on target before Panutche Camara replied late on for Harry Kewell’s side.

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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FA Cup photo essay: the road to Wembley

Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond documented each round of this year’s FA Cup. Starting with his local team Stockport County in the first round, he followed the winner of each game to the final at Wembley on Saturday.

Click here to view Chris Thomond’s photo essays from each round

Edgeley Park, Saturday 5 November

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How does it feel to win the play-offs? AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley explains

Winning a play-offs final is thrilling but it can be stressful – especially if you have a family holiday booked and your taxi to Heathrow is waiting outside Wembley

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

Another chapter in the story of AFC Wimbledon’s remarkable rise up the leagues was written last May, when they went to Wembley and secured their sixth promotion in 13 seasons. The club had only played their first competitive match in 2002 – in the tenth-tier Combined Counties League – but here they were competing for a place in League One, where they would meet their nemeses, MK Dons.

Their 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle in the final was fully deserved, with Lyle Taylor’s accomplished finish setting them on their way before Ade Akinfenwa delivered the perfect swansong to his AFC Wimbledon career with his penalty in the 100th minute. That the match was played out in front of 57,956 fans – a bigger crowd than had watched the League One final the previous day – shows just how much people were invested in AFC Wimbledon’s triumph.

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Premier League is destroying game while EFL is starving, says Accrington chairman

• Andy Holt says EFL is ‘like a starving peasant begging for scraps’
• Chairman highlights gulf between top agents’ fees and League Two budgets

Accrington Stanley’s chairman Andy Holt has launched a scathing attack on the Premier League over the size of contracts paid to top-flight players and their agents.

Related: How did your Football League club do this season?

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the FA Cup fourth round

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Stewart Downing sends Middlesbrough through with victory over Accrington

Aitor Karanka’s players may have paid pre-match lip service to the importance of the FA Cup but they looked alarmingly short of adrenaline on a day when John Coleman’s team were evidently brimming with the stuff.

Ultimately, Stewart Downing’s exquisite left-foot shot into the top corner propelled Middlesbrough into the fifth round, yet for prolonged periods this imbalance helped bridge the chasm between fifth bottom in the Premier League and fifth from the foot of League Two.

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FA Cup photo essay: Accrington Stanley v Luton in the third round

Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond is documenting one game from each round of the 2016-17 FA Cup, and in the third round he travelled to the Wham Stadium where Accrington Stanley were hosting fellow League Two side Luton Town

Click here to check out Chris’ look at the second round clash between Woking and Accrington Stanley

Accrington Stanley’s place in the third round came courtesy of a comprehensive 3-0 win at Woking with Billy Kee notching twice in the first half and John O’Sullivan rounding things off just after the hour mark. Next up for Stanley were Luton Town and 1,717 fans turned up at the Wham Stadium to see the two League Two sides battle it out for a place in the fourth round

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FA Cup fourth round: match previews

All the news for this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round matches

Venue Ewood Park, Saturday 3pm

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FA Cup fourth round: match previews

All the news for this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round matches

Venue Ewood Park, Saturday 3pm

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Accrington’s Rommy Boco: ‘In China it was three sessions a day, every day’

Accrington’s well-travelled midfielder gets another taste of the big time at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Saturday but says his best experience was working nights in a bakery and then heading for training with Chesterfield

It is difficult to imagine, as Rommy Boco sits in what the manager John Coleman ironically calls “the posh room” at Accrington Stanley’s Wham Stadium, but the midfielder once led where Oscar, Hulk and André Villas-Boas have followed and took the money at Shanghai SIPG. Made for life after football? Not quite. Prepared for it? Certainly, thanks to a bakery in Chesterfield, not a pay cheque from China.

Shanghai was six years ago for Boco, one stop in a career that is the definition of well-travelled and rolls on to the Riverside on Saturday when Accrington face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. Now in his third spell with the League Two club, the 31-year-old has also played in India, had three spells with Sligo Rovers – partly explaining an accent that is a hybrid of French, Irish and scouse – signed for Chamois Niortais, Burton Albion, Plymouth Argyle, Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Havant and Waterlooville. There have also been 48 international appearances and three Africa Cup of Nations campaigns with Benin.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the FA Cup third round

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the FA Cup third round

Follow us on Instagram for more great sports photography

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