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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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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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Rotherham v Shrewsbury: League One play-off final – live!

Updates on the race to reach the Championship, kick-off 3pm UK time‘It’s groundbreaking, pioneering’: Shrewsbury bring in safe standingAny comments? You email John or tweet @johnbrewin_ 2.36pm BST Last time Rotherham were in the play-off final, they be…

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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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Jack Ross appointed Sunderland manager on two-year-deal

• 41-year-old joins club after guiding St Mirren to promotion• ‘To help realise [club’s] potential fills me with excitement’Jack Ross has been appointed Sunderland’s new manager on a two-year deal. The 41-year-old who guided St Mirren to promotion was …

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Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager

• ‘We’ve agreed terms with our man,’ says owner Stewart Donald• St Mirren chairman alleges Sunderland went behind their backsJack Ross is set to become Sunderland’s manager, with confirmation of his move south from St Mirren expected by Thursday evenin…

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Rotherham dispose of Scunthorpe to seal Wembley play-off final date

Rotherham’s hopes of bouncing straight back to the Championship remain alive after they booked their place in the League One play-off final with a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in the semi-final second leg. The Millers, relegated from the second tier last ye…

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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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Shrewsbury beat Charlton to book another Wembley trip in play-off final

Shrewsbury booked another Wembley appearance by beating Charlton 1-0 in the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final. Carlton Morris, the on-loan Norwich striker, scored the winner just before the hour to secure a 2-0 aggregate victory for the …

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Scunthorpe scramble late 2-2 draw with Rotherham in League One play-off

• Iron twice come from behind in semi-final first leg• Cameron McGeehan denies Millers at Glanford ParkCameron McGeehan chose a good time to score his first Scunthorpe goal as his late leveller forced a 2-2 draw with Rotherham in their League One play-…

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Jon Nolan wonder strike gives Shrewsbury edge in League One play-off

• Lee Bowyer bemoans third-placed side’s tactics• Charlton watched by potential new owner from directors’ boxShrewsbury will take a one-goal lead into the second-leg of their League One play-off semi-final against Charlton after Jon Nolan’s fine finish…

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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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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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AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons head in different directions once more | Simon Burnton

Two years ago the two clubs stood for the first time on the same rung of the footballing ladder but next season Wimbledon will look down on MK Dons from League OneAFC Wimbledon and MK Dons will always live in each other’s shadow, destined to forever – …

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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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Alan Curbishley: ‘Football moves on so quickly but I haven’t been on Mars’

Alan Pardew, Mark Hughes, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Roy Hodgson have all been given jobs this season so why has a manager with more Premier League experience been ignored?By Sean Cole for The Set Pieces, part of the Sport NetworkThe frequency with…

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Football League round-up: Blackburn bounce back to the Championship

• Charlie Mulgrew’s header seals Rovers’ return at Doncaster• Chesterfield drop into non-league football without playingCharlie Mulgrew scored a late winner as Blackburn returned to the Championship with a 1-0 victory at Doncaster. Rovers have bounced …

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Chris Powell: ‘I ended up in Sainsbury’s with luminous shorts and tights on’

Southend’s manager is running the London Marathon on Sunday for charity and training has not gone without hiccupsFor Chris Powell the countdown to running Sunday’s London Marathon began while watching the last one. Alongside his children, Morgan and Ch…

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Football League round-up: Accrington are promoted after win over Yeovil

• Goals from Billy Kee give Reds first promotion to third tier• Fan attacks referee after penalty award at RochdaleTwo goals from Billy Kee secured automatic promotion to League One for Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night as they beat Yeovil 2-0 at hom…

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Football League: Cardiff keep up promotion chase, Bury relegated

Late goals from Zohore, Hoilett at Norwich; Burton avert drop Bury drop to fourth tier, League One leaders heldCardiff kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive with a win at Norwich which was late in coming after a previously close-fought contest….