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Bury’s plight reminds EFL fans not to take boredom and pain for granted | Max Rushden

For many fans of lower league sides the best case is nothing happens in the new season, but developments at Gigg Lane show us that our clubs may not always be thereIt’s 5 August 2017. It’s hard to tell how many Cambridge United fans have made the trip …

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League Two 2019-20 season preview

Scunthorpe and Plymouth should be contenders after their relegation to a division in which Stevenage could be dark horsesThere is a vast pool of exciting 40-something coaches determined to make a splash as managers, some of whom are taking their first …

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Why I gave away my Champions League final ticket to watch it with dad | Max Rushden

I will be in Madrid on the morning of Spurs v Liverpool but will see the all-English European Cup final at home on my sofaOn Saturday I will wake up in Madrid. A few hours later when Spurs walk out to play Liverpool in the Champions League final in the…

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Morocco’s Hervé Renard: a maestro in Africa who cut his teeth at Cambridge | Michael Butler

The Morocco manager’s stint in League Two with Cambridge ended in failure but those who played under him there speak highly of a man ahead of his timeOn the April cover of the Moroccan edition of Hello! (Hola! Maroc), Hervé Renard looks completely at h…

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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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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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What is pre-season training really like? I’ve done it for 18 years and still love it

Being watched, assessed and rated for each gut-busting run is exhausting but the sense of satisfaction after training far outweighs the aches in my muscles

By Mark Roberts for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network

I was travelling back from the airport with my family when the radio informed me it was officially the first day of summer. The irony was that mine had already come to a close. There will be no more holidays for me until next May. I’m back at work as a professional footballer and pre-season No18 is underway.

It’s crazy to think that my preparations for the new campaign started when some international players had not yet to fulfilled their commitments from last season. But that’s football: a relentless schedule that suffers no fools. You have to be willing to make countless sacrifices throughout the year, so your downtime with your friends and family is something you learn to truly treasure.

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Leeds United’s Alex Mowatt proves too bright for Cambridge in FA Cup

In the end it was only a mild scare, but Leeds United survived this FA Cup third‑round tie as they defeated League Two’s Cambridge United. At half‑time they looked gone, a changed and disjointed team being given a chasing by Cambridge’s relentless striker Uche Ikpeazu, who had set up the prospect of a shock with his goal.

After the break, though, the side in the Championship playoff places showed just enough quality to escape, two goals in eight minutes from Stuart Dallas and the excellent Alex Mowatt enough to book another trip to rustic surroundings in the fourth round, where they will play AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United.

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FA Cup third round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A nostalgic trip down Gander Green Lane, Eastleigh hope to go one better, Ipswich could be tested by Lincoln and Sam Allardyce returns to Bolton

Cast your mind back to May 1988 and one of the great FA Cup finals – Wimbledon v Liverpool, the Crazy Gang and the Culture Club, Dave Beasant’s penalty save and Lawrie Sanchez’s towering header. Eight months later came another FA Cup moment for the ages, non-league Sutton United stunning then top-flight Coventry City with a 2-1 win in the third round. There’ll be plenty of misty-eyed nostalgia on Saturday as Sutton welcome AFC Wimbledon in the third round – and not just because of those 80s hits. In July 2002, AFC Wimbledon’s first game after the club reformed was away at Sutton’s Gander Green Lane. It ended in a 4-0 defeat – perhaps the only time in football history a heavy loss in a friendly prompted a pitch invasion – but was nevertheless the beginning of a remarkable rise. JA

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Cambridge United investigate alleged racial abuse towards Akinfenwa

• Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa tweeted about alleged abuse
• Cambridge United in dialogue with Wycombe over ‘serious allegations’

Cambridge United are investigating alleged racist abuse by spectators towards the Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Akinfenwa highlighted the incidents in Wycombe’s 2-1 League Two win at the Cambs Glass Stadium on Saturday on Twitter.

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Orient’s Kevin Nolan admits to hurt after Cambridge defeat | Jeremy Alexander

Orient’s player-manager suffered his first defeat since taking charge after winning his two previous games

Reality caught up with Kevin Nolan on Saturday. Appointed by Leyton Orient as player-manager nine days previously, he had supervised two wins. Just as significant were two clean sheets. Orient had managed only one in 21 League Two games and gone 11 without one. Now they reverted to type and lost 3-1 at home to Cambridge United.

“If it had been the first game, I could have taken it on the chin,” Nolan said. “It hurt a bit more after the last two performances.” At least the six points took Orient to sixth. Nine would have put them fifth. As it is, the O’s are ninth, only two places and two points above the U’s. There is time for both new managers to make their mark. Shaun Derry, succeeding Richard Money in mid-November, has already taken his side from 18th. “The potential here has got legs,” he said when he went there.

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League Two 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season

Barnet travel to relegated Leyton Orient on opening dayYeovil behind campaign with trip to Exeter8 August 2015: AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle, Accrington Stanley v Luton Town, Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town, Cambridge United v Newport County, Exet…

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Cambridge fan Simon Dobbin fighting for his life after Southend assault

• Dobbin remains on life-support machine in hospital
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Louis van Gaal still dancing around Manchester United’s best formation

• Manchester United manager still not sure of best balance but backs 4-1-3-2
• Phil Jones and Daley Blind are injury worries for Preston tie
United’s play ‘miserable’ under Van Gaal, says Scholes

Louis van Gaal has admitted he has yet to find the best balance for Manchester United but the manager is content with their results after losing only once in 18 matches.

On Wednesday night at Old Trafford Burnley were defeated 3-1, though Van Gaal was unhappy with the first-half display in what was the latest unconvincing performance from United. Against Sean Dyche’s team Van Gaal played a 4-1-3-2 and at other times the Dutchman has fielded a 3-5-2, a 4-4-2, 4-2-2-2 and 4-1-4-1.

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to fight FA misconduct charge

• Van Gaal censured for comments made after draw with Cambridge United
• Manager said ‘every aspect’ of the match had been against his team
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Louis van Gaal to contest FA disrepute charge over Cambridge referee

• Dutchman says ‘in nearly 30 years I have never been charged’
• Manchester United manager in trouble for remarks after FA Cup tie
• Louis van Gaal charged by FA for referee comments

Louis van Gaal will deny a Football Association charge of bringing the game into dispute. The Manchester United manager said he was “not angry but disappointed” after being accused of implying bias on the part of the match referee, Chris Foy, after the goalless draw in the FA Cup at Cambridge United.

Van Gaal pointed to how this was the first time he had ever faced such a count from a football governing body in a 24-year managerial career. “I am not angry. I am very disappointed,” he said. “I am now for nearly 30 years a trainer-coach or manager and I have never been charged. And still, up to now, I don’t think that I said something wrong.

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Louis van Gaal charged by FA for referee comments after Cambridge draw

• Manchester United manager criticised Chris Foy after FA Cup tie
• ‘Then you have seen the referee – it’s always the same’
• Replay match report: Manchester United 3-0 Cambridge Utd

Louis van Gaal has been charged by the Football Association with bringing the game into disrepute for comments the Dutchman made after Manchester United’s goalless draw at Cambridge United on 23 January, with the manager accused of implying bias on the part of the match referee, Chris Foy.

If Van Gaal is found guilty – and he has yet to register a plea – it is understood that the manager would attract a warning or a fine, rather than a touchline ban, as this would be a first offence in English football since taking over United last summer.

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Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal: I prefer to play against lower teams – video

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side has the best chances of winning the FA Cup after defeating Cambridge United. Van Gaal says United is the highest ranked team in the competition, but adds that lower ranked teams can pose a chal…

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Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are worth a bet to win the FA Cup

• United manager says they have a ‘real chance’ to win Cup for 12th time
• He says they are the ‘highest-qualified team’ left in the competition
• Manchester United ease to victory over Cambridge United in FA Cup

Louis van Gaal declared he was not a “casino man” but said Manchester United were worth betting on to win the FA Cup for a 12th time after beating Cambridge United 3-0 in the fourth-round replay at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Goals from Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo – his first for the club – and James Wilson – his second of the season – put United through to meet Preston North End on 16 February at Deepdale in the next round.

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Cambridge United rue early miss but have their memories and millions

Manchester United fielded the stars against the League Two side but the visitors emerged with credit to their reputation and their bank balance
• Match report: Manchester United 3-0 Cambridge United

Louis van Gaal selected Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for this game, so he was clearly taking the FA Cup seriously. He also gave Marouane Fellaini a marauding role up front and brought in Juan Mata for Adnan Januzaj, clearly unwilling to take any chances against relatively unknown League Two quantities. Manchester United did have a good look at Cambridge in the first game at the Abbey Stadium but the whole prospect of taking on lower league opposition in knockout games is a potential pratfall for Van Gaal, all too aware that the Cup represents a short-cut to silverware that he is in no position to snub.

Most other observers felt Cambridge might be hard-pressed to keep the clean sheet at Old Trafford that they managed at home, and so it proved. Like the contestants who know their limits on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – just about the only instant riches routine which Richard Money did not get round to mentioning in expressing his gratitude for this lucrative draw – Cambridge had to be content with pocketing the loot. About £1m from their Old Trafford trip, closer to £2m from the whole Cup run. They deserved their good fortune. Whether the same could be said of the bulk of the crowd is another matter.

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