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Gordon Banks obituary

Supremely agile World Cup-winning England goalkeeper responsible for ‘the greatest save ever made’Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, was the best goalkeeper England have ever had and is widely regarded as one of the finest to have played for any side …

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‘It is confusing’: how Chesterfield are on both a record low and 12-year high

The National League club are in the midst of a bizarre sequence as they prepare to face Grimsby in the FA CupHeard the one about the club suffering the worst run in their history and enjoying their best sequence in 12 years at the same time? Step forwa…

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‘It is an absolute travesty’: Chesterfield’s fall from Football League | David Conn

A saga of budget overruns on the stadium, a boardroom walkout and a run of unsuccessful managerial appointments has seen the Spireites relegatedIn the rain at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Saturday, home supporters still stunned by the club’s first …

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Football League round-up: Blackburn bounce back to the Championship

• Charlie Mulgrew’s header seals Rovers’ return at Doncaster• Chesterfield drop into non-league football without playingCharlie Mulgrew scored a late winner as Blackburn returned to the Championship with a 1-0 victory at Doncaster. Rovers have bounced …

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Football League roundup: Derby ease past Birmingham as Wolves are held

Wolves draw at Barnsley, Leeds’ poor run goes on at IpswichChesterfield upset League Two leaders Luton as Newport win again• A sixth win in eight matches for Gary Rowett’s Derby County ensured they remain hot on the heels of leaders Wolves. As integral…

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Football League: Cardiff grab late draw but can’t stop Wolves going second

• Bristol City beat Derby 4-1, Birmingham lose again and sack Redknapp
• Shrewsbury continue flying start, Exeter still top of League Two

Cardiff missed an opportunity to go to top of the Championship after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Hooper headed the visitors in front and Neil Warnock’s side left it very late to find a way through the Owl’s obdurate defence. It was the 95th minute when Sol Bamba poked home after Lee Westwood spilt Lee Tomlin’s free-kick into the path of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Diogo Jota’s brace at the City Ground saw Wolves earn a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest and leapfrog the Bluebirds into second. The Portuguese Under 21 scored either side of a Mustapha Carayol 30-yard stunner.

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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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Ched Evans ‘delighted’ to seal Sheffield United return from Chesterfield

• Evans was released by United in 2012 while in prison
• Striker signs three-year contract and says he has much to prove

Sheffield United have announced the re-signing of Ched Evans from Chesterfield on a three-year contract. The striker was released by United in the summer of 2012 after he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison. That conviction was quashed and at a retrial last year Evans was found not guilty.

Evans told United’s website: “I am delighted to be back. I still feel I have plenty to prove in football both at club and international level and I believe I can achieve those goals at United, playing in front of the terrific fans whose support I have always appreciated.

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Why are Sheffield United so desperate to re-sign Ched Evans? | John Ashdown

Ched Evans, who was acquitted of raping a 19-year-old woman, remains a hugely divisive figure among Sheffield United fans and it is questionable whether he is any better than the strikers already at the clubOn 14 April 2012 Sheffield United beat Leyton…

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Why are Sheffield United so desperate to re-sign Ched Evans? | John Ashdown

Ched Evans, who was acquitted of raping a 19-year-old woman, remains a hugely divisive figure among Sheffield United fans and it is questionable whether he is any better than the strikers already at the clubOn 14 April 2012 Sheffield United beat Leyton…

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Why are Sheffield United so desperate to re-sign Ched Evans? | John Ashdown

Ched Evans, who was acquitted of raping a 19-year-old woman, remains a hugely divisive figure among Sheffield United fans and it is questionable whether he is any better than the strikers already at the clubOn 14 April 2012 Sheffield United beat Leyton…

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Ched Evans set to re-sign for Sheffield United from Chesterfield

• Striker was cleared of rape at a retrial last year
• United withdrew offer for Evans to train with them in 2014 after backlash

Ched Evans is set to rejoin Sheffield United from Chesterfield, two and a half years after the club withdrew an offer for the striker to train with them following a backlash from fans and patrons.

Evans had a month before that been released from prison after being convicted of a rape which he was cleared of at a retrial last year.

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FA Cup second-round draw: Bolton home to Sheffield United

• Westfields will host Bury or AFC Wimbledon if they can beat Curzon Ashton
• Charlton v MK Dons; Woking v Accrington Stanley; Chesterfield v Wycombe

Bolton have been handed a tough FA Cup second-round draw at home to Sheffield United. Bolton beat United 1-0 on the opening day of the season, with both teams chasing promotion in League One.

Westfields, who play in the ninth tier and are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, will host Bury or AFC Wimbledon, if they can beat Curzon Ashton in a first-round replay. Sitting fourth in the Midland League Premier Division, Westfields drew 1-1 with Curzon Ashton on Saturday and are potentially two wins away from a lucrative third-round tie.

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No room for half-measures in Cristiano Ronaldo’s gilded world of 110% | Simon Burnton

Unlike José Holebas’s unfinished tattoo and Chesterfield’s raffle farce, the Portugal star and new hotelier shows success demands total commitment

A while ago Watford’s German-born Greek left-back José Holebas went into a tattoo studio, raised his fists and asked for the words “Don’t hate, care love” to be tattooed across his fingers. It is not easy to create a message of optimism and unity in a foreign language using no punctuation and while restricted to words that are four letters long – perhaps replacing “care” with “only”, “just” or even “make” would have been slightly better – but this was not a disastrous attempt.

The problem was that, despite being heavily tattooed across his torso, Holebas was not prepared for the pain involved in inking his fingers. For a while he suffered in silence but with the job only halfway through he decided he could bear no more, told the artist to lay down his needle and departed. And so it is that Holebas’s hands now carry the considerably less inspiring legend “don’t care”.

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Chesterfield marketing chief leaves club over fake raffle winner ‘farce’

• Raffle for place at pre-season training won by ‘falsified’ entry
• ‘The person responsible for this total farce has left club,’ says club director

A member of Chesterfield’s staff has left the club following an internal investigation into a raffle for a place at the club’s pre-season training camp that sold only four tickets and was won by a “falsified” entry.

The League One club said their head of commercial and marketing, Kevin Fitzgerald, has left after a supporter spotted that the winner for a place on the training camp in Hungary possibly did not exist.

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Chesterfield issue apology to fans over faked winning raffle entry

  • Winner of competition was falsified after club received only four entries
  • Club to hold ‘full review of communications and marketing procedures’

Chesterfield have apologised after a raffle for a place at the club’s pre-season training camp which sold only four tickets was won by a “falsified” entry.

Ashley Carson, the club’s director and company secretary, promised a “full review of communications and marketing procedures” and that disciplinary action “will be taken”, after a keen-eyed supporter spotted that the winner possibly did not exist.

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Chesterfield sponsor pulls out in wake of Ched Evans signing

• Company withdraws support ‘in light of recent events’
• Welsh striker due to have rape retrial in October

One of Chesterfield’s sponsors has pulled out in the wake of the club signing the striker Ched Evans three months before he faces a retrial for rape.

The fitting company HTM Products said it had withdrawn its support of the League One club “in light of recent events”.

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Chesterfield sign Ched Evans three months before rape retrial begins

• Evans has signed one-year contract at League One club
• Former Wales international’s retrial set to begin on 4 October

Chesterfield have announced the signing of Ched Evans, three months before the 27-year-old faces retrial for the rape conviction he had quashed in April.

Evans said he is “very excited and privileged to be resuming my career at Chesterfield” and according to reports will earn less than £2,000 a week when he officially joins on 1 July, some way off the £20,000 salary per week he earned at Sheffield United where he worked under the current Spireites manager, Danny Wilson.

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Danny Wilson named manager of League One strugglers Chesterfield

• Well-travelled manager played for Spireites in early 1980s
• Chesterfield sacked Dean Saunders in November

Danny Wilson has been named the new manager of League One strugglers Chesterfield.

The 55-year-old, who had a spell playing for the Spireites in the early 1980s, replaces Dean Saunders following his sacking last month. The club say the length of his contract has not been disclosed, but it is beyond the end of the season.

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FA Cup roundup: Scunthorpe earn trip to Chelsea but Salford City exit

• Scunthorpe defeat Orient 3-0 and Salford go down 2-0 at Hartlepool
• Shrewsbury beat Grimsby 1-0; Walsall see off Chesterfield on penalties

Scunthorpe will travel to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup after easing to a 3-0 home victory over Leyton Orient in a replay while Salford City went down 2-0 to Hartlepool.

The Iron last played at Stamford Bridge in 2005 when they took a surprise lead before going on to lose 3-1.

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