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Preston ‘stopper Pickford plans same route as Joe Hart

by Russell Mullen IN-FORM Preston stopper Jordan Pickford has his sights set on following in the footsteps of England keeper Joe Hart, but for now has his feet firmly on the ground and fears Euro 2016 might come too soon for him to make his big breakthrough. Hart learned his trade at Shrewsbury Town and […]

Where Are They Now? Leyton Orient’s 1978 braces team

by Neil Fissler GLENN Roeder believes Orient were underdogs all the way through their run to the FA Cup semi-final in 1978. Orient reached the semi-finals for the first time in their history and had footsteps to follow as they attempted to reach the final as a Second Division side. Three Division Two sides – […]

Good Bad & Ugly – former Bury and Tranmere defender Dave Challinor

by Chris Dunlavy MENTION the name Dave Challinor and only one thing comes to mind – that humongous throw so feared by opponents that Sam Allardyce even wanted it banned! “They were unstoppable,” said Andy Parkinson, a team-mate at Tranmere Rovers. “He could hit the  box from anywhere in the opposition half and it used […]

Sampson to bring in new blood for Lionesses trip to China

By Tony Leighton England are set to contest the CFA International Tournament in China with a largely inexperienced squad but big demands from head coach Mark Sampson. Only 11 of the 23 players from the summer’s bronze medal-winning World Cup squad have made the trip to Yongchuan – and just three of the other 10 […]

Rosler’s the man to ensure Will buckles down

by Chris Dunlavy GUS Poyet didn’t get much right as Sunderland manager, but one of his biggest blunders was luring Will Buckley from Brighton. Sure, he’s a decent player, but Premier League? Even Brighton fans couldn’t believe that, especially having watched the winger dazzle and disappoint in equal measure. On form, Buckley can torment any […]

Will Buckley joins Leeds United

Loan move for winger frozen out by Premier League Sunderland

Women’s Super League heads into final weekend with title still up for grabs

By Hugo Varley Chelsea and Manchester City will battle it out to become Women’s Super League champions on Sunday. With one game left to play, Chelsea currently top the table on 29 points but City are just two points behind the Londoners. This time last year, Chelsea were in an almost identical position as they lead Liverpool […]

Dowie: We can finish on a high

THOUGH Liverpool’s domination of the Women’s Super League is over, in-form striker Natasha Dowie insists the season can still be deemed a success if they win the Continental Tyres Cup. Since the opening-day defeat to newly-promoted Sunderland, the Reds have been playing catch-up in WSL 1 and can now finish no higher than fifth. Yet […]

WFW Big Interview: Man City boss Nick Cushing

by Tony Leighton It was ‘Nick Who?’ when Manchester City launched their new-look women’s team early last year with a bevy of star-name players, but a manager who was barely known outside the Academy system of the Etihad Stadium club. Twenty months on, however, after a Continental Cup triumph in his team’s inaugural season and […]

Big Interview with Stewart Downing: Hometown boy returns for Boro title bid

Teeside’s returned son reflects on his first spell at the club and his second under Karanka

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