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There are 87 live games on British TV this week. Too much of a good thing? | Sean Ingle

Showing Premier League and European midweek matches live causes a dip in attendances that hits smaller clubs’ revenuesDuring the early 1980s, when English football began its slow-shuffle towards showing one live game a week, the Guardian’s venerable co…

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Football League: Leeds continue to slip, Macclesfield avoid unwanted history

Derby sink Sheffield United, Rowett sent off for StokeAccrington shock Peterborough, Lincoln held by CambridgeLeeds’ recent slide continued with a 2-1 defeat to Blackburn in the lunchtime kick-off. Danny Graham opened the scoring against his former clu…

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Blackpool FC, a Kyrgyzstan money-laundering conviction and a non-takeover

Valeri Belokon thought he had the go-ahead to take over Blackpool from Owen Oyston but a court hearing in Kyrgyzstan – which he says ignored natural justice – has the club in limboWhen the Latvian bank mogul Valeri Belokon won his landmark high court c…

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Football League roundup: Portsmouth stay top, Forest Green lose record

Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans goals earn Portsmouth winInjury-time winner ruins Forest Green record Portsmouth’s momentum at the top of the table is growing following their ninth win of the season, a 2-1 defeat of AFC Wimbledon. The visitors enjoyed seve…

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Hostile players, irate fans and decisions that haunt you: who’d be a football ref?

From the horror of making a mistake to the teams that came armed with knives, football’s unsung heroes share their storiesIt is a wet Saturday morning in September, the kind when the prickling heat of August feels a distant memory. In Regent’s Park in …

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Football League roundup: Ipswich earn first win of the season at Swansea

Trevoh Chalobah scores winner for IpswichForest Green only unbeaten team in Football LeagueAt the 12th attempt, Ipswich secured their first win of the campaign, defeating Swansea 3-2 away. It looked like it would be another desperate afternoon for Ipsw…

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Remembering Michael Jackson’s peculiar relationship with football

The King of Pop loved the Nice shirt, had a statue at Fulham, raised money for Exeter City and was a very astute punditBy Emmet Gates for The Set Pieces, of the Sport Network“Good luck to all of the World Cup finalists this weekend!” read one post on T…

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Smiles return to West Brom faces as they flourish in Championship | Ben Fisher

Darren Moore impressed as interim manager in the club’s unsuccessful fight for Premier League survival, and now results have brought the feelgood factor back to the HawthornsDarren Moore is never going to blow his own trumpet but, after the alienation,…

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Football League: West Brom move top as Preston stay bottom

Gayle crowns West Brom victory at DeepdalePortsmouth move back top of League OnePreston remain bottom of the the table after a 3-2 home defeat to West Brom, a result which sent Albion top. Jay Rodriguez put Darren Moore’s side ahead just after the brea…

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Football League: Birmingham inflict first league defeat on Leeds United

Che Adams brace causes Marcelo Bielsa’s first league defeatPeterborough turn it around to go top of League OneDespite enjoying over 70% of possession at Elland Road, Leeds lost 2-1 to Birmingham and their undefeated league record under Marcelo Bielsa i…

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Premier League team news and buildup to the weekend’s matches – live!

• Latest news from Friday press conferences and beyond• Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend• And you can email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 9.54am BST @aguerosergiokun… new contract… enough said! #mancity pic.twitter.com/J8v60LU…

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Football League: Harrison saves Leeds while red mist descends on Lampard

Blackpool players sent off after almost coming to blowsYeovil smash six past Newport; frustration for KewellJack Harrison scored a late equaliser to preserve Leeds’ unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Millwall at the Den. Jed …

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Premier League team news and Tottenham v Liverpool buildup – live!

Latest news from Friday press conferences and beyondPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.40am BST This is a great yarn. You may want to tuck it behind your ear for some lunchtime readi…

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Premier League team news and Tottenham v Liverpool buildup – live!

Latest news from Friday press conferences and beyondPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.40am BST This is a great yarn. You may want to tuck it behind your ear for some lunchtime readi…

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Football League: Blackpool comeback thriller, horror start for Harry Kewell

MacLaughlin makes historic save, Peterborough stay top Leaders Lincoln lose at Crawley, Newport move levelBlackpool, 2-0 down to Bradford with only six minutes left to play, came back for a 3-2 win. David Hopkin looked on course for a first victory as …

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Sunderland v Fleetwood and more: Football League clockwatch – live!

Updates from the 3pm games in Leagues One & TwoStreaming of EFL matches angers Accrington ownerNations League – Northern Ireland v Bosnia!Email John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 2.49pm BST Meanwhile, the Plymouth Argyle Twitter account is the least formal…

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Accrington Stanley attack EFL over live streams of Saturday 3pm games

• League One and Two games to appear on iFollow this weekend• Club owner Andy Holt says EFL ‘deliberately misled’ clubsThe Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt has slammed the Football League’s decision to allow this weekend’s League One and Two fixtu…

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Harry Kewell intent on bringing a bit of Frank Rijkaard to Notts County

Kevin Nolan’s replacement at League Two’s bottom club says he benefited from guidance from some great coaches but reserves special acclaim for the DutchmanAs Harry Kewell namechecks the successful managers who have influenced him – including Rafael Ben…

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Football League clubs balk at loan deals that have too many strings | Paul MacInnes

Lower-division sides help young players develop and benefit from having them but there’s growing disquiet about demands that loanees play regardless of form“You can get a player, an 18-year?old who’s on 10 grand a week, and you do a deal with the club …

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Football League: Gayle double sinks Stoke, Jozefzoon hits Derby winner

Owls deepen Reading misery, 10-man Swansea sink MillwallPeterborough lose perfect record, leaders Lincoln cruiseStoke’s troubled start to life in the Football League continued with a 2-1 defeat at West Brom. Dwight Gayle grabbed both Baggies goals, his…