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Fate of League One season still unclear as clubs prepare for crucial meeting

Teams remain divided over how to complete campaignMonday summit could pave way for vote on curtailmentLeague One clubs are set to remain engulfed by uncertainty for more than a week as prospects of the third tier resuming this season continue to recede…

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‘People say you shouldn’t do this’: Nathan Jones heads into fire at Luton

Fans and staff felt betrayed when their manager fled in a promotion season – now he’s back to save them from the dropThey say never go back but, 16 months on from an acrimonious exit, Nathan Jones’s return to Luton ranks as one of the more unlikely man…

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Lower-division clubs need urgent rescue package, says MP Damian Collins

‘Only a few weeks left to save professional football as we know it’MP proposes a Football Finance Authority to help clubsThe MP Damian Collins, supported by 18 MPs and former Football Association and English Football League chairs, has written to the c…

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Lower-division clubs need urgent rescue package, says MP Damian Collins

‘Only a few weeks left to save professional football as we know it’MP proposes a Football Finance Authority to help clubsThe MP Damian Collins, supported by 18 MPs and former Football Association and English Football League chairs, has written to the c…

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Quiz: the Football League play-offs

How much do you remember about the last 30 years of Wembley play-off finals?Who are the only club to have won play-off finals in successive years?Blackpool MillwallNotts CountyWolverhampton Wanderers Wembley has been hosting play-off finals since 1990….

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Morecambe and former Motherwell defender Christian Mbulu dies aged 23

Morecambe statement: ‘His loss will be painfully felt by all’Mbulu also played for Millwall and CreweThe Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu has died at the age of 23, the League Two club have confirmed.After starting his career with non-league Brentwoo…

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Morecambe and former Motherwell defender Christian Mbulu dies aged 23

Morecambe statement: ‘His loss will be painfully felt by all’Mbulu also played for Millwall and CreweThe Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu has died at the age of 23, the League Two club have confirmed.After starting his career with non-league Brentwoo…

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When Cambridge United won the first Wembley play-offs final 30 years ago

Cambridge had never played at Wembley before, making it a ‘totally bewilderingly extraordinary moment’ for one young fanBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkThirty years ago, Andy Williamson had an idea that would reshape the Football League…

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EFL could introduce artificial crowd noise if season resumes

Innovation has been discussed at Bristol CityOnly three home wins from 18 in BundesligaThe English Football League is expected to discuss the subject of implementing artificial crowd noise in behind-closed-doors matches, with Championship clubs, the ma…

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Barnsley warn they ‘will not accept’ relegation in furious letter to EFL

Tykes sit bottom with rival clubs pending punishments‘Governance of violations is appallingly worse in England’Barnsley have sent a stinging letter to the English Football League expressing their concern over the “inability of governance to hold its me…

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Gary Neville warns of looming financial ‘nightmare’ for Football League clubs

Neville predicts ‘carnage economically’ in coming monthsWest Brom chairman says club want to play out seasonGary Neville has said he fears a financial “nightmare” is looming for Football League clubs because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.“I do thin…

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The Premier League must finally share wealth to save English football | David Conn

The argument for financial reform is at last beyond credible dispute as historic clubs face ruin owing to the Covid-19 crisisEven before football was plunged into crisis by the Covid-19 pandemic, influential people in the game were discussing the need …

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Championship clubs wait on results of first batch of Covid-19 tests

Clubs receive data on Sunday before training next daySenior players and staff swabbed by independent testersChampionship clubs are set to receive the results of the first batch of Covid-19 testing carried out across the division on Sunday. It is hoped …

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EFL board calls for relegation after League Two attempt to block drop

Board wants promotion and relegation in all divisionsPlay-offs should go ahead if seasons curtailed, it saysRelegation across all three divisions of the EFL is “integral” to the integrity of the competition, the league’s board has said. The board’s pos…

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White to Williams: breakthrough players in the Football League this season

Ten players from the Championship, League One and League Two who shot to prominence before matches stoppedThe latest Brentford player to make a seamless transition from Ligue 2 to the English second tier, following a path trodden by Saïd Benrahma and N…

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Harrogate’s dream of League Two on a knife edge – along with building plans | Andy Hunter

Manager Simon Weaver believes EFL rules mean the team second in the National League will be promoted but a new stand and replacing a 3G pitch have to wait for nowWork has resumed on bringing Harrogate’s Wetherby Road stadium up to Football League stand…

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Why Premier League clubs see an opportunity in lower-league crisis | David Hytner

EFL sides are facing financial meltdown due to the coronavirus pandemic but there could be radical solutionsAccording to the American psychologist Gary Klein, desperation is a driver of creativity, a means to unlock insight or solutions that might othe…

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Hull City break ranks and call for Championship season to be voided

City concerned about legal implications of Covid-19 infectionsEFL has placed ‘undue and inappropriate’ pressure on clubsHull City are the first Championship club to demand the season be voided and have set out their reasoning in a letter emailed to Ric…

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Nigel Clough to step down as Burton manager in cost-cutting move

Clough and two assistants leaving League One clubCaptain Jake Buxton to replace him as player-managerNigel Clough has agreed to leave Burton Albion as the League One club adjust to the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Clough’s …

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Football’s crisis shines merciless light on game’s inequalities

As Premier League clubs seek government support to restart the focus is on brutal gap to Football League’s three divisionsIf one impact of the Covid-19 catastrophe has been to hold Britain rigid and shine a merciless light on all our structures, it was…