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Football League round-up: Derby beat Ipswich as Pompey keep 100% record

• Joe Ledley and Tom Lawrence strike for County• Jackson Irvine’s double decisive for Hull at RotherhamAfter back-to-back league defeats Derby returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Ipswich. Joe Ledley’s 25-yard strike on the hour broke the d…

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What is iFollow and how will it impact the way we watch the Football League?

On Tuesday night fans in the UK will be able to stream 24 matches across three divisions on iFollow but how much will it cost and what will be the impact on the clubs?What’s on offer in this brave new world for EFL fans?For the first time, supporters b…

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Football League: Roofe strike secures Leeds win, Middlesbrough stay top

Soudani saves Forest, Sharp’s late strike takes points for BladesPeterborough and Portsmouth cruise, Morecambe still goallessLeeds completely dominated possession against Rotherham but were made to wait until four minutes after half-time to take the le…

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How the season began 30 years ago: TV money, transfers and Tony Cottee

A new TV deal brings about huge transfer fees, Liverpool spend big and Spurs need to sort out stadium issues. Sound familiar?By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogEnglish football was on its knees in the late 1970s and early 1980s as hooliganism and …

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Brentford happy to do it their own way in quest for promotion

Using statistical analysis to sign players, ditching their academy and scrapping the captaincy are some of the innovations that have turned the west London side into contendersWith Thursday’s transfer deadline looming, you could forgive scurrying rival…

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Football League: Wildschut sinks West Brom and Barton’s Fleetwood lose

Boro deny Millwall, Brentford crush RotherhamMacclesfield lose to Swindon’s injury-time penalties West Brom suffered a disastrous start to life in the second tier by losing 2-1 to Bolton at the Hawthorns. Josh Magennis put the visitors ahead before Har…

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Sports quiz of the week: league winners, love, legal action and LeBron James

Who lost? Who lost it? And who kept winning the Premier League?Manchester City begin their season on Sunday by playing Chelsea in the Community Shield. Who were the last Premier League champions to retain their title?ArsenalChelseaManchester CityManche…

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EFL stands firm as Birmingham attempt to lift transfer embargo

• Birmingham remain unable to register new players• Shaun Harvey: ‘We are hoping to help the club through this’Shaun Harvey, the EFL chief executive, said Football League clubs do take rules regarding profit and sustainability, formerly financial fair …

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Football League managers to be shown yellow and red cards in new regulations

• New system will also be used in Carabao Cup• Managers could face long touchline bansThe EFL will pilot an Ifab (international football association board) developed scheme that will see managers in the top four divisions of English football, as well a…

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Number of clubs sponsored by betting firms is ‘disturbing’, say campaigners

• Gambling firms sponsor 17 of 24 Championship sides• GambleAware fears ‘tipping point’ among younger supportersExperts on problem gambling have described the growing number of football clubs with betting firms and online casinos on their shirts as “di…

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Championship 2018-19: how will your club perform this season?

Will Marcelo Bielsa light up Leeds? Will Graham Potter succeed in Wales? And will Frank Lampard flourish at Derby?The Championship season kicks off on Friday night with an intriguing contest that pits two former colleagues – and two Champions League wi…

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Football League 2018-19: 20 things to watch out for this season | Jacob Steinberg

Will Lampard, Bielsa and Potter light up the Championship, is Barton manager material and how low can Sunderland go?After seeing Rúben Neves help Wolves tear the Championship apart last season, Nottingham Forest have also decided to tap into the Portug…

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VAR a ‘fair way away’ from being used in Football League games

• Chief executive says full implementation unlikely soon• Shaun Harvey: ‘We don’t have the TV cameras in place’After the introduction of VAR was postponed by the Premier League, the chief executive of the EFL has said video technology is a “fair way aw…

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Football League fixtures: Lampard’s Derby kick off season at Reading

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds host Stoke City in openerVilla start at Steve Bruce’s former side Hull CityFrank Lampard’s first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. The former England midfielder, who took over at the Ram…

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EFL expects safe standing to be permitted by 2019-20 season

• Shaun Harvey says one-size fits all approach is outdated• ‘All clubs should have the ability to offer fans the choice’The EFL expect fans to be once again allowed to stand at matches in all four divisions of English football by this time next year.Wi…

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Football League best XIs of 2017-18: from Rúben Neves to Marc McNulty

Sean Morrison anchors our Championship side, Bradley Dack shines in League One and Billy Kee leads the League Two lineGoalkeeper: Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa) This was his 10th loan from Manchester United but game time allowed the 25-year-old to shine, …

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Coventry City v Exeter City: League Two play-off final – live!

Live updates from the 3pm BST kick-off at WembleyThe Fiver: sign up for our daily football emailEmail Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 2.22pm BST Funny situation for Tisdale, isn’t it, and one that clearly hurt him. There’s more of a touch of the Wengers abou…

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Richard Wood fires Rotherham into Championship with playoff final double

Paul Warne was perfectly happy in his job as Rotherham’s fitness coach in November 2016 when he was persuaded to take over as manager, already the third of the season, to oversee their inevitable relegation from the Championship with some dignity. Not …

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Bouncebackability: a word coined for the play-offs that fits them perfectly

The best preparation a team can have for a play-off final is the experience of losing one the year beforeBy Richard Foster, author of The Agony and the EcstasyIain Dowie coined the word bouncebackability in the 2003-04 season when describing how his Cr…

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Ryan Sessegnon’s washday feat shows news cycle is spinning out of control | Jacob Steinberg

This is where we all are at the moment, gushing at news that Fulham’s teenage wing-back can use a household applianceTo south-west London, where startling news emerged when Fulham’s Supporters Trust held its AGM on Tuesday. An awed hush fell over the r…