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Norwich City sign teenage midfielder James Maddison from Coventry 

2 Feb 16

• The 19-year-old joins on three-and-a-half deal but returns to Coventry on loan • Norwich manager Alex Neil hails Maddison as ‘a fantastic prospect’ Norwich City have signed James Maddison from Coventry for an undisclosed fee on a three-and…

Matej Vydra brace helps Reading breeze past League One Walsall 

30 Jan 16

Matej Vydra scored twice as Reading eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over League One side Walsall.

Reading v Walsall: match preview 

29 Jan 16

Walsall travel to the Madejski Stadium with the manager, Sean O’Driscoll, challenging his side to put on a performance similar to that in the previous round against Brentford and prove they can defeat a Championship side again.

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Ten young footballers to watch out for in 2016 

23 Jan 16

From the latest kid off the block at Tottenham to the next John Stones via Teddy Sheringham’s protege, here our 10 young players set to make their mark Mauricio Pochettino is not always given to effusiveness, so it caught the attention when…

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Joe Cole completes free transfer to Coventry City from Aston Villa 

7 Jan 16

• Tony Mowbray: we’ve seen Joe really buy into what we’re trying to do here • Midfielder has been on loan at Ricoh Arena since October Coventry City have signed Joe Cole on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

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Jimmy Hill: the punditry trailblazer who wore hostility as a badge of honour | Martin Kelner 

19 Dec 15

This pioneer against feudalism was qualified to do every job in the game.

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Jimmy Hill changed the way football is played, watched and talked about | Paul Wilson 

19 Dec 15

From the abolition of the maximum wage to three points for a win, via introducing the pundit panel and becoming the face of Match of the Day, Jimmy Hill lived up to his boast of having done absolutely everything in football Jimmy Hill’s proudest…

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Jimmy Hill: a life in pictures 

19 Dec 15

The footballer, manager and broadcaster Jimmy Hill has died aged 87.

FA Cup roundup: Scunthorpe earn trip to Chelsea but Salford City exit 

15 Dec 15

• Scunthorpe defeat Orient 3-0 and Salford go down 2-0 at Hartlepool • Shrewsbury beat Grimsby 1-0; Walsall see off Chesterfield on penalties Scunthorpe will travel to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup after easing to a 3-0 home victory…

Walsall’s Dean Smith to become new manager of Brentford 

30 Nov 15

• Smith replaces sacked Marinus Dijkhuizen • Leaves Saddlers fourth in League One Walsall’s Dean Smith is to become the new manager of Brentford, replacing the sacked Marinus Dijkhuizen .

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Tony Mowbray counsels calm as Coventry thrash Gillingham to go top 

22 Nov 15

Jacob Murphy claims hat-trick and Sky Blues leapfrog Gillingham in League One but their manager knows perils of leadership as they prepare to play at Bradford Manchester City could have been forearmed.

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Aston Villa’s Joe Cole joins League One Coventry on short-term loan 

16 Oct 15

• Former England midfielder signs 35-day loan deal • Cole has made only one appearance this season for Villa Former England international Joe Cole has agreed to sign a 35-day loan deal with Sky Bet League One club Coventry.

Liam Kinsella helps Walsall hop over Burton into top spot in League One 

11 Oct 15

The 34-year-old Adam Chambers guided Dean Smith’s side to 2-0 win and they lead table on goal difference after one defeat in 12 games Walsall are not getting ahead of themselves but at the Bescot on Saturday they got ahead of Burton Albion…

Walsall survive scare to leapfrog Burton at League One summit 

10 Oct 15

Walsall replaced Burton Albion at the top of the Sky Bet League One table thanks to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over their rivals at the Banks’s Stadium.

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Chris Coleman on verge of history in rebuilding Wales and reputation 

2 Sep 15

Wales can qualify for France 2016 with victories over Cyprus and Israel but their manager says it is laughable how certain people have jumped on the bandwagon Chris Coleman could have flat-batted the question and trotted out that tired cliche…

Capital One Cup: QPR lose to Carlisle and Watford lose to Preston 

25 Aug 15

• Jason Kennedy scores winning goal for Carlisle at Loftus Road • Preston win 1-0 at Deepdale thanks to Marnick Vermijl’s goal Carlisle’s long trip to QPR – 310 miles separate them by road and 62 places separate them in the league – was …

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Walsall have plenty to celebrate after spoiling Coventry’s 100% record 

24 Aug 15

The Saddlers mark 25 years at the Bescot Stadium this month and Dean Smith’s team are adding to the feelgood factor at the club Walsall were always going to celebrate this month, starting with 25 years at the Bescot Stadium, but they are doing…

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The best goals of the week: Mikel San José, Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o 

18 Aug 15

Featuring two goals from Glentoran, one from the halfway line against Barcelona, a flying backheel, a last-minute screamer from a goalkeeper and a delicious chip Related: The gifs that keep on giving: Conor McGregor, Barcelona and golfing genius…

Capital One Cup round-up: ‘Awful’ Brentford lose 4-0 at home to Oxford 

11 Aug 15

• Walsall score stoppage-time penalty to beat Nottingham Forest 4-3 • ‘Cup runs aren’t our priority,’ says beaten Burnley manager Sean Dyche • Northampton 3-0 Blackpool match report • Accrington Stanley 2-2 Hull City (Hull win 4-3 on …

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League One 2015-16 season preview | John Ashdown 

5 Aug 15

Wigan and Sheffield United are favourites for promotion, while Swindon could be right behind them, but will last season’s Championship basket case Blackpool be this term’s League One basket case? “I don’t just want to win this league – I …

Derek and Clive are back – are they too much for the 21st century? 

2 Aug 15

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s relentlessly filthy 70s albums anticipated punk, and influenced both alternative comedy and a generation of smutty teenagers.

Woman describes family’s ‘living hell’ after abusive ex killed her mother 

31 Jul 15

Ayesha Riaz tells Old Bailey that the murder in Pakistan by Tariq Rana, who has been jailed for life in UK, has left her family feeling vulnerable A young woman has spoken of her “living hell” as her abusive ex-husband was jailed for life with a …

Rickie Lambert set for West Brom medical after Liverpool accept offer 

31 Jul 15

• 33-year-old set to move to Hawthorns after bid of around £3m accepted • Lambert struggled to get a run in Liverpool side last season Liverpool have accepted a bid from West Bromwich Albion for Rickie Lambert as Brendan Rodgers looks to trim …

Rickie Lambert set to finalise move from Liverpool to West Brom 

30 Jul 15

• Albion in talks with Liverpool but fee has yet to be agreed • ‘Rickie is available …

Keep clear: council workers paint road markings outside non-existent school 

29 Jul 15

Wolverhampton highways department staff close lane on busy road for several hours to paint warning – without noticing barren plot where school once stood When council workers arrived to paint fresh road markings outside the locked gates of Penn …