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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…

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‘It’s groundbreaking, pioneering’: Shrewsbury bring in safe standing

The League One club, who face Rotherham in Sunday’s play-off final, are England’s first to install rail seating. Will it catch on?It has been quite a week at the Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium. On Tuesday morning Shrewsbury Town’s squad trained on th…

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Shrewsbury’s Omar Beckles: ‘I’d get back and be breaking down in tears’

The defender, preparing for the League One play-off final, is trying to help those suffering in silence after experiencing mental health problems following his father’s deathOmar Beckles is speaking about the importance of speaking out; about the dark …

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Boreham Wood lost at Wembley but their journey has brought a lot of joy

Boreham Wood missed out on promotion to the Football League on Saturday but their football and affordable season tickets have made a father and his young son very happy By Steven Pye for That Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkIt never really happened for…

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Fulham v Derby County: Championship play-off semi-final – live!

Championship play-off semi-final second leg updatesSign up for The Fiver, our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.54pm BST Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; McDonald, Johansen; Kamara, Cairney,…

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When Swansea City were relegated through all four divisions in four years

The last time Swansea City fell out of the top flight they sank through the leagues in no time and nearly ceased to existBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkSwansea City lived the dream in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their …

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Gold keepers: why the Premier League clubs will only get richer

With the top flight’s £8.4bn TV deal the financial divides distort and undermine competitiveness – yet ‘big six’ want moreFor many decades in football’s development the end-of-season standings, triumphs and disappointments were pored over as sports res…

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Paul Tisdale takes over as the longest-serving manager in England – for now

Arsène Wenger’s departure from Arsenal means Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale will become the longest-serving manager in English football – although he might be on his way tooBy Richard Foster for The Agony and the EcstasyAs Arsène Wenger prepares to say …

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Shaun Barker bids farewell after showing playing is not everything

The defender is retiring six years after his knee was smashed with Derby. He battled back at Burton, where his influence was far greater than his few substitute appearancesAt the end of the season a 35-year-old Burton Albion defender who has made only …

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Chin up West Brom fans. You’ve been through an even worse relegation

In 1985-86, West Brom employed three managers (including two brothers-in-law), lost 26 games, conceded 89 goals, didn’t win a game until late October and were relegated in early AprilBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogThe 1985-86 season was a pret…

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Cardiff may not be liked but Neil Warnock’s achievement is extraordinary

The promotion king has forged a rugged, uncompromising and successful side from a bunch of misfits and the Premier League is in for an uncomfortable rideA day after Stoke City, a team who used to revel in their status as unpopular underdogs, were releg…

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Football League: Barnet relegated as Coventry and Morecambe play out draw

Barnet beat Chesterfield but go down on goal differenceCoventry and Lincoln seal League Two play-off placesBarnet have been relegated from the Football League for the third time in their history despite a last-day 3-0 victory over Chesterfield at the H…

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When Fulham’s dreams of promotion died in a game that never ended

Fulham looked certain to be promoted to the top flight in the 1982-83 season but they lost four of their last five games and were left cursing the final 78 seconds of the campaign By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkSometimes i…

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Demise of the match-day programme threatens treasured memories

The digital age is undermining an important match-day ritual and what was once the primary way for supporters to engage with the club as well as a welcome half-time distractionThe revelation that producing a match-day programme may no longer be an abso…

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Football programmes no more? Show us the best of your collection

News that Football League clubs may no longer have to publish programmes has brought out our nostalgic side. We would love to see your favourite programmes from days gone byThis could be the beginning of the end for the matchday programme. With sales d…

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Match programme under threat from falling sales and social media

• Football League to vote on keeping programmes compulsory• Declining sales and increasing costs are a burden for some clubsThe traditional matchday programme could disappear with the Football League voting on whether its production should continue to …

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Football League: Norwich savour Wes Hoolahan’s ‘perfect finish’

• Coventry score six as goal-laden recent run continues• Wycombe return to League One while Barnet keep survival bid alive• Wes Hoolahan bade an emotional farewell to Carrow Road with Norwich’s first goal in a 2-1 win over Leeds. It was his 380th leagu…

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EFL hoping to work with government in bid to address safe-standing issue

• EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, calls for government review• Believes clubs should be allowed to choose for themselvesThe EFL has upped the ante in the continuing debate over safe standing, insisting it can work with the government to “bring it to…

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Jorge Mendes and Wolves’ relationship found to comply with EFL regulations

• Agent does not need to pass owners and directors test• EFL conclusion follows ‘comprehensive review of the detail’The EFL has announced that it is satisfied with the status of the Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes at Wolverhampton Wanderers, following co…