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Ray Wilson obituary

Pacy, mobile left-back who gave an extra attacking drive to the England World Cup-winning team of 1966Ray Wilson, who has died aged 83, had the lowest profile of any player in England’s 1966 World Cup final-winning team, and generally liked to keep it …

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Paul Scholes interviewed for Oldham Athletic manager’s job

• Former midfielder grew up in area and could replace John Sheridan
• 42-year-old has coaching experience with former club, Manchester United

Paul Scholes was interviewed for the Oldham Athletic manager’s job on Wednesday morning, with the club now deciding whether to give the former Manchester United and England midfielder the role.

Scholes was formerly a coach at United but this would be his first permanent No1 position should he be appointed. Scholes is a part-owner of Salford City and he was briefly caretaker manager of the club in 2015.

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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Premier League at 25: fans from all 47 clubs on their best and worst memories

Fans from the 47 clubs to have competed in the league reminisce about legends such as Paulo Wanchope, Duncan Ferguson, Juninho and Jay-Jay Okocha

Best moment: For all the rage of the last year (or two, or three, or four depending on if and when the stasis finally broke you), we have been rather blessed during the Premier League era. We have won the league at White Hart Lane, a ground that was demolished with Arsenal having won as many titles there as the home team have in their entire existence. We have won the league at Old Trafford, the home of our great rivals of the time. We have gone an entire season unbeaten. But it’s hard to remember a single moment where life was so perfect as when Tony Adams, Mr Arsenal himself, sprinted forward to bring down a chipped throughball from Steve Bould (!) and lash it home in front of the North Bank at Highbury in the glorious sunshine to seal our first Premier League title in 1997-98.

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The Football League play-offs at 30: a quick fix that survived and thrived

The ‘unjust’ play-offs were introduced in 1987 as a temporary measure to help the First Division lose two clubs but they are now more popular than ever

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

On the evening of Thursday 14 May 1987, six matches kicked off across the country that would determine which three clubs would snap up the last available places in each division of English football. A combined attendance of 77,452 witnessed the very first series of play-off matches in the Football League, with as few as 4,164 gathered at the Recreation Ground in Aldershot and as many as 29,472 assembled at Elland Road. There was no great fanfare, with the media pretty much shunning the games. It would have been feasible to blink and miss the arrival of the play-offs.

Television coverage was almost non-existent, apart from the odd local news clip tucked away in the sports bulletin. The written press paid scant attention to the arrival of this new-fangled competition, with newspapers reports perfunctory at best. The Times summed up the Division Four semi-final first leg in a single sentence: “Gary Johnson raised Aldershot’s hopes of Third Division football next season with a goal 13 minutes from the end.” A Minor Counties versus Glamorgan cricket match was given more coverage than any of the semi-finals. Oh, how the Times and times have changed.

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Football League your thoughts: Darren Bent leads dramatic Derby comeback

Derby rally from 3-0 down to draw with Bristol City, Fulham make a comeback of their own against Wigan, Shrewsbury breach Scunthorpe’s fortress and Plymouth win a high-stakes Devon derby

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Struggling Oldham urgently seek a solution to their Boxing Day blues

The Latics have conceded more goals on the feast of Stephen than any other team and League One promotion chasers Sheffield United are unlikely to do them any favours

Hats off to Oldham Athletic’s captain, Peter Clarke, for attempting to sweeten a dog’s dinner this week. A sprinkling of optimism is sorely needed around Boundary Park where the club’s chairman, Simon Corney, was in such a steaming funk after elimination from the FA Cup by non-league Lincoln City on 5 December that he cancelled the club’s Christmas party.

Oldham are bottom of League One, winless in seven league matches, subject to a transfer embargo and due to play at second-place Sheffield United on Boxing Day. But Clarke, keen to look up, ventured it could be to their advantage that few people expect them to win at Bramall Lane on Monday. Without riffing on anyone’s woe – in the interests, indeed, of helping a down‑on‑its-luck club – let us see if we can lower expectations for Oldham even further. A look at their Boxing Day history should do the trick.

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Rochdale’s Calvin Andrew handed 12-match ban for violent conduct

• Striker found guilty of incident during a corner against Oldham
• Only Manchester United’s Eric Cantona given a more hefty sentence

The Rochdale striker Calvin Andrew has been banned for 12 matches after an incident against Oldham – one of the longest suspensions in Football League history.

Related: FA Cup first round: the minnows’ stories, from Westfields to Merstham

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FA to investigate after Anthony Gerrard claims Millwall fan struck him

• Pitch invasion followed Oldham’s 3-0 defeat at The Den
• ‘We are aware of the reports and we will be investigating’

The Football Association will investigate reports that the Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard was struck by a Millwall fan on Saturday.

Oldham lost 3-0 as Millwall secured a League One play-off place at The Den. There was a pitch invasion at the final whistle and Gerrard said on his personal Twitter account on Saturday night that a Millwall fan gave him a “dig”, before saying his “five-year-old hits harder”.

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Burton stalled by Oldham but Nigel Clough stays calm in pursuit of history

Nigel Clough is not one for meteoric rises. He is more of a methodical-progress kind of bloke. If it takes until the final second of the last of Burton Albion’s remaining eight games to secure Championship football he will wait. Fortunately for Burton Albion he is driven by a burning sense of injustice.

Rather like his father, Clough junior holds a grudge and would love to prove a point to his former employers Sheffield United and Derby County. To leave the former behind in League One and take his Burton side the short trip down the A38 to face the latter next season will be added motivation to cling to the four-point advantage his side hold over Wigan Athletic, the team Clough makes favourites to win the division.

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The most goals scored by different players in a single game of football | The Knowledge

Plus: lengthy player/manager hiatuses, further adventures in the world of darts/football crossover skills, and very late abandonments. Send your questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet us @TheKnowledge_GU

“As I type, the full-time whistle has just blown at Villa Park where Liverpool have scored six goals, all by different players, which seems unusual to me. So, what is the most goals scored in a game by one side, all by different players?” wondered Andrew Hill the other week.

Most of you chose to ignore Andrew’s question and simply send in some interesting, different-goalscorer trivia. We did the same; we’re not judging anyone. We’ll get to those later but first let’s answer the actual question: the most goals scored by one side, all with different goalscorers.

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John Sheridan returns to Oldham Athletic after leaving Newport County

• Former Latics manager exits Newport after barely three months in charge
• Simon Corney: ‘John has always been high up on my list’

Oldham have appointed John Sheridan as manager for a second time. Sheridan, who held the job there between 2006 and 2009, has returned as David Dunn’s successor after an agreement was reached with Newport.

The Welsh side, in League Two, granted Oldham permission to holds talks on Tuesday with Sheridan, who took over as Newport’s manager only in early October.

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Oldham part company with manager David Dunn after just three months

• Former Blackburn midfielder thanked for his efforts
• Assistant manager Dean Holden also leaves club

Oldham have parted company with their manager David Dunn after just three months in permanent charge.

The Oldham chairman Simon Corney told the club website: “I would like to place on record my thanks and gratitude to David for his tireless efforts over the past four months under what have been extremely difficult circumstances and wish him all the best for the future. He retained his dignity at all times and his hard work and dedication has been commendable.”

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League One 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season

Relegated Wigan face opening day trip to CoventryBurton begin with home game against Scunthorpe8 August 2015: Burton Albion v Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield v Barnsley, Colchester United v Blackpool, Coventry City v Wigan Athletic, Crewe Alexandra v P…

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Third arrest over death threats to Oldham Athletic manager

Manager of League One club, Darren Kelly, denies supporting IRA after receiving menacing letter over Twitter comments about Martin McGuinness Continue reading…

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Two arrested over death threat to Oldham Athletic manager

Football club received letter threatening new manager, Northern Irishman Darren Kelly, who has denied claims that he is a supporter of the IRA Continue reading…

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Oldham call police over ‘death threats’ made to manager Darren Kelly

• Manager had to refute claims he is a supporter of the IRA
• Some fans have threatened to boycott matches over appointment
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League One roundup: MK Dons promoted; Preston settle for play-offs

• MK Dons into Championship after 5-1 win against Yeovil
• Colchester win 1-0 to stay up and deny Preston automatic promotion
• Notts County, Crawley and Leyton Orient relegated along with Yeovil
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Bournemouth must cast net wide but not spend, spend, spend to survive

Experiences of former newbies Oldham and Wigan offer roadmap for Eddie Howe’s team as they prepare to enter the Premier League for the first time
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Before Bournemouth: six clubs who were surprisingly promoted to the top flight

The Cherries will almost certainly play in the Premier League next season, but here are half a dozen predecessors who also beat the odds with promotion
• Match report: Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton
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