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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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Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2018-19?

We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for eachGoalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) The Manchester United loanee is on Gareth Southgate’s radar after a league-high 21 clean sheets. Another outstanding sea…

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Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2018-19?

We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for eachGoalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) The Manchester United loanee is on Gareth Southgate’s radar after a league-high 21 clean sheets. Another outstanding sea…

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Arthur Turner obituary

Footballer who played for Charlton in an FA Cup final, but never played a game for them in the leagueThe footballer Arthur Turner, who has died aged 98, had the unusual distinction of appearing in an FA Cup final for his side without ever playing a gam…

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Oxford City and Boreham Wood shock Colchester and Blackpool in FA Cup

• Oxford City win 1-0 at Colchester; Boreham Wood beat Blackpool 2-1• Mansfield end Shaw Lane’s FA Cup dream with Danny Rose doubleOxford City, second bottom in the National League South, shocked League Two Colchester, 56 places above them, with a 1-0 …

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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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Relegated Colchester United part company with manager Kevin Keen

• Keen leaves after just four months in charge following drop to League Two
• David Wright to take first team for remaining two games of the season

Kevin Keen has left his role as Colchester United manager with two matches of the season remaining.

The former Reading assistant coach only took over the Essex club in December last year in what was his first permanent managerial role after previous spells as caretaker manager at Macclesfield and West Ham.

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FA Cup: talking points from the fourth round

John Terry’s dramatic revelation about his Chelsea career may not be the final word, Rémi Garde was probably right to focus on the league and Wayne Rooney continues to draw inspiration from Bobby Charlton

There was a whiff of political manoeuvring to John Terry’s post-match announcement that Chelsea had opted against offering him new terms for the summer. It was the way in which the captain laboured his point, while also suggesting the hierarchy had “said that, when the new manager comes in, things might change but it’s a ‘no’ at the minute.”. There, unmistakeably, was his get-out should this tale take another twist. At present, anything feels possible. Maybe an offer is on the table, most likely from the Chinese Super League who appear so intent upon plundering the Premier League this winter, which Terry hopes Chelsea will come close to matching. Perhaps, now he has entered the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and is permitted to negotiate a summer Bosman move to a foreign club, this is all a lavish game to coax a reaction from the club where he has spent the last 18 years as a professional. Certainly the timing felt rather odd. That Chelsea were compelled to issue their own statement late on Sunday night suggested they too had been taken by surprise by the centre-back’s outburst, with damage limitation underway given the reception that might await at Watford on Wednesday night. By the end of Sunday that instinctive reading of Terry’s comments – all anguished regret and resignation that his time at this club is drawing to a close – did not seem quite so clear-cut. Doubt is already creeping in – a parting of the ways may not be inevitable – fuelled by hints a new manager might want a say on whether a player with 700 career club games to his name should be discarded. The key now is the speed with which either party makes their next move: does Terry sign elsewhere, do the club stick or twist? Dominic Fifield

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham talent provide template for success

• Spurs youth to the fore in comfortable 4-1 win at Colchester
• Tottenham well placed to mount serious challenge for title and FA Cup

Tottenham’s transformation under Mauricio Pochettino has resulted in a convincing challenge on three fronts but equally telling is the way in which they can be held up as a role model to those lower down. Victory was rarely in doubt during a good-natured lunchtime in Essex but the lasting impression was that the visitors, for so long dogged by questionable planning and the lack of an obvious pathway to the first team, are at last seriously rivalling their neighbours Arsenal as an operation from whom others can learn.

“I think there’s a parallel to be drawn between the way Tottenham do things and the way Colchester United are hoping to do things,” the Colchester manager, Kevin Keen, said. “They have a fantastic academy. Carroll, Bentaleb, however many have come through. In the modern game that’s really tough. To bring young players through when you’re a Tottenham, a Chelsea or an Arsenal, you can’t even say how hard that is. They’re a fantastic model for us to follow and it’s something to aspire to.”

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

We round up our favourite pictures from the weekend’s FA Cup fourth round

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Saturday Sundae: Villa Park venom, Plymouth gripes and Woking fan’s linesman cameo

Also featuring: Kelechi Iheanacho’s treble, Wycombe’s 46-year-old emergency goalkeeping hero and Jack Grimmer’s revenge

Kelechi Iheanacho scored three for City, bringing his tally for the season to nine. He has started five games .

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Nacer Chadli’s goals inspire Spurs to comfortable win over Colchester

If you are to cause an FA Cup shock then a favourable alignment of the stars is a clear prerequisite. When Colchester United, bottom of League One and already brittle in confidence, lost both of their centre-backs to injury within 21 minutes it was clear enough that this tie was only heading in one direction and Tottenham, clear-headed and authoritative throughout, put them to the sword in near-total comfort. Two goals for Nacer Chadli, a fortunate Eric Dier strike and a volley by Tom Carroll completed the job and Mauricio Pochettino’s side were never in genuine bother.

At the outset, this was both an away banker and textbook upset material.

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Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup fourth round – live!

1.42am GMT

“I always score against Jack Charlton.” Ray Crawford’s boast, there, back in 1971, ahead of Fourth Division Colchester United’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against First Division table-toppers Leeds United. It wasn’t an idle one, either. The 34-year-old Crawford – who had been a member of Alf Ramsey’s title-winning Ipswich Town side back in 1962, and therefore knew a thing or two about jaw-dropping outcomes – scored twice in the first 28 minutes against Don Revie’s stellar team. Crawford & Co. never looked back, hanging on for an eventual 3-2 win. It’s arguably the biggest shock in the entire history of the FA Cup. It’s certain that 13 February 1971 remains the most famous day in Colchester United’s history.

A win over Tottenham Hotspur today wouldn’t be far off matching it. Colchester are rock bottom of League One, while Spurs have a sniff of the Premier League title. Kevin Keen has some experienced names in his squad – former Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose, one-time Reading defender Nicky Shorey, erstwhile Ipswich midfielder Owen Garvan – but even if Mauricio Pochettino selects a second-string line-up, you’d expect Spurs to be too strong for their hosts today. But then everyone said that before a fourth-round tie between Terry Venables’ Tottenham and third-tier Port Vale back in 1988, and look what happened there. It’s the nature of the cup. So it can be done. It probably won’t, but it can. It’s on!

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Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

This tie, pitting Colchester United who are seven points adrift of safety in League One against a Tottenham Hotspur side that find themselves five from the Premier League summit, is certainly the stuff shocks are made of. Colchester can call on experienced heads such as Darren Ambrose, Nicky Shorey and Owen Garvan to aid their cause in the clubs’ first competitive meeting and a capacity crowd at the Weston Homes Community Stadium will hope they can relive past glories. Nick Ames

Venue Weston Homes Community Stadium, Saturday 12.45pm

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Colchester’s Darren Ambrose: ‘I’m good enough to get back where I want to be’

The former Crystal Palace, Ipswich and Newcastle striker hopes his taste for the big occasion can help deliver an FA Cup upset against Tottenham

There has, through the moments of promise and frustration, been a consistent thread in Darren Ambrose’s career. “I like scoring goals, and I like scoring good goals,” says the Colchester United midfielder. “As a kid I always used to shoot from a long way out – it’s probably made me the player I am, even if it sometimes made my managers tear their hair out.”

A trawl through the 13 years since Ambrose was hurried out of an impoverished Ipswich Town to join Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United can easily prompt a similar reaction. High points have been in reasonable supply but those who saw in the teenaged Ambrose what Robson did – a player of rare vision and grace, with a laser-like right foot – would have been hard pressed to imagine that, a month short of his 32nd birthday, Ambrose would be representing a club seven points adrift of safety in League One.

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Manchester United tie at Derby kicks off FA Cup fourth round live matches

• Visit by Louis van Gaal’s side to Pride Park to be shown on Friday 29 January
• Colchester, Chelsea and Everton among other clubs chosen for television

Derby County’s tie at home to Manchester United will kick off the televised coverage of the FA Cup fourth round, with the match being shown on Friday 29 January at 7.55pm on the BBC.

Related: Louis van Gaal should ask Paul Scholes to be a Manchester United coach

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Colchester United appoint former West Ham midfielder Kevin Keen as manager

• 48-year-old given first full managerial role at Essex club
• Colchester have not won a league game since 20 October

Colchester United have appointed the former West Ham and Stoke midfielder Kevin Keen as their new manager.

Related: Colchester continue race to the bottom as Barnsley move up a step

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Colchester continue race to the bottom as Barnsley move up a step

Lee Johnson saw green shoots of recovery as his side hung on but Wayne Brown made a play for the poisoned chalice with a tactical switch that deserved a point

“Some days it’s hard being a manager.” So said Barnsley’s Lee Johnson and they were the winners at Colchester United. Wayne Brown, in his second game as the home team’s caretaker, may as well learn from the start – and clearly is. “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb after that first half,” he said, slipping into managerial lingo. Barnsley led 2-0 at half-time, 3-0 by the hour and ended up hanging on at 3-2 from the 70th minute. The victory lifted them off the bottom of League One and a point and place above Colchester.

These are two of the youngest sides in the Football League and Johnson, at 34, one of the youngest managers. Son of Gary, now at Cheltenham but celebrated at Yeovil, he left Oldham, where he had begun at 31, in ninth last February for what he saw as a step up at Barnsley in 16th. They ended 11th but a run of eight defeats from early October made it look a step down. Subsequently beating Oldham and reaching the Football League Trophy northern final entitled Johnson to talk last week of “growing confidence”. Colchester, in a run of five defeats, may have added to it.

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

Relegated Wigan face opening day trip to CoventryBurton begin with home game against Scunthorpe8 August 2015: Burton Albion v Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield v Barnsley, Colchester United v Blackpool, Coventry City v Wigan Athletic, Crewe Alexandra v P…

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League One roundup: MK Dons promoted; Preston settle for play-offs

• MK Dons into Championship after 5-1 win against Yeovil
• Colchester win 1-0 to stay up and deny Preston automatic promotion
• Notts County, Crawley and Leyton Orient relegated along with Yeovil
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