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League One and League Two clubs pass vote to bring in salary cap

Cap will be £2.5m in League One and £1.5m in League TwoClubs agree to maximum squad of 20 players aged 21 or overLeague One and League Two clubs have voted to implement a salary cap, less than 24 hours after the Professional Footballers’ Association wa…

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Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2019-20?

We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for eachGoalkeeper: Marek Rodak (Fulham) Scott Parker acknowledged it was a brave call but the Slovakian, who joined the club at 16, has flourished since being made No 1 in O…

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EFL salary cap ‘unlawful and unenforceable’, says PFA

Clubs to vote on its implementation on FridayPlayers’ union calls for period of arbitration this monthThe Professional Footballers’ Association has declared moves to impose a salary cap on EFL clubs may be “unlawful and unenforceable” a day before the …

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Brentford v Fulham: Championship play-off final – live!

All the latest from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at Wembley StadiumParker believes promotion would heal Fulham woundsEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenning 7.39pm BST Scott Parker speaks: “We’re looking forward to it,” says the Fulham manager. “The players have…

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Wigan lose appeal against 12-point deduction and drop into League One

Penalty imposed after club went into administrationBarnsley stay up despite winning third-fewest pointsWigan Athletic will start next season in League One after an appeal against a points deduction that resulted in their relegation was dismissed.The EF…

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Harrogate Town to groundshare with Doncaster while 3G pitch is removed

Club need to replace playing surface for life in League TwoFans will have to travel 50 miles until OctoberHarrogate Town, whose weekend win over Notts County saw them promoted to the Football League for the first time in their 106-year history, will be…

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Revived Notts County eye an unlikely rapid return to the EFL

For so long the oldest Football League club, the Magpies were relegated amid financial turmoil in 2019. Under new ownership, they face Harrogate in Sunday’s National League play-off finalWhen Notts County arrive at a vacant Wembley Stadium to face Harr…

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The collapse of Barnet’s academy is sad news for London’s young players

Barnet’s failure to earn promotion back to the Football League means their young footballers no longer have a homeBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsBarnet were 11th in the National League when the pandemic struck, so reaching the penultimate s…

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Relegated clubs could earn reprieve amid Championship chaos

Wigan, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby cases continueClubs could be docked points if found guiltyAt least two Championship clubs are set to face an agonising wait over whether they will drop into League One even if they finish in the relegation zone beca…

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Huddersfield v West Brom: Championship – live!

Championship updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offLeeds one point from promised land after Barnsley winAny comments? You can email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 5.07pm BST Danny Cowley speaks. “It’s an important game for both teams, a huge challenge for us b…

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From starters to five: a short history of football substitutions

Managers can make five subs in Premier League games. Long gone are the days when players battled on with broken bonesBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkMore than 170 years have passed since the first football substitutes were used on the p…

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Premier League transfer window to open on 27 July and run till October

All signings until 5 October then only with EFL for 11 daysEFL confirms its window will run across the same datesPremier League clubs have agreed a 10-week transfer window which opens on 27 July.Subject to the approval of Fifa, the window will open the…

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Joe Jacobson’s late penalty sinks Oxford and sends Wycombe to Championship

By the time Gareth Ainsworth lifted the trophy aloft, his open-neck navy shirt was soaked through, saturated from the champagne his Wycombe players showered over him in delirium. They had every reason, too, for Joe Jacobson had scored the winning goal …

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Championship: West Brom suffer promotion blow at Blackburn

Substitute Rothwell denies Bilic, Boro in troubleLeonard sinks Hull, Forest held at PrestonPromotion hopefuls West Brom were left frustrated after being held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers. Filip Krovinovi? swept Slaven Bilic’s side into the lead bu…

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Premier League may extend transfer window for deals with EFL clubs

Extra fortnight for business in October under discussionMove would help EFL clubs to trade a way out of troubleThe Premier League is considering extending the transfer window to allow an extra two weeks’ trading with EFL clubs.A shareholders’ meeting o…

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David Dunn appointed as manager of Football League returnees Barrow

Former Blackburn player replaces Bolton-bound Ian EvattCumbrians are back in Football League after 48-year absenceDavid Dunn has been appointed as the manager of newly-promoted League Two side Barrow.The former Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City atta…

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‘Fat water buffalo’: Adebayo Akinfenwa alleges abuse in Fleetwood match

Wycombe striker says he feels ‘dehumanised’ as a black manFA aware of the allegations and will investigateThe Football Association is investigating after Adebayo Akinfenwa lodged a formal complaint alleging he was repeatedly called a “fat water buffalo…

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‘Fat water buffalo’: Adebayo Akinfenwa alleges abuse in Fleetwood match

Wycombe striker says he feels ‘dehumanised’ as a black manFA aware of the allegations and will investigateThe Football Association is investigating after Adebayo Akinfenwa lodged a formal complaint alleging he was repeatedly called a “fat water buffalo…

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Wigan debacle exposes need for reset of English football’s finances

Whatever the ins and outs of its dramatic collapse, the club’s fate is symptomatic of EFL’s ongoing financial plightIn the week since Wigan Athletic were dumped into administration like litter thrown from a speeding car, the tale of some underlying bet…

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Newcastle’s Steve Bruce says Premier League clubs must support EFL teams

The manager wants £2m donated from each top-flight clubBruce: ‘I believe we could see the collapse of lots of teams’Steve Bruce believes Premier League clubs should each give £2m to their lower-division counterparts as English football confronts the po…