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    When getting fired pays rich rewards

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 08/12/2018

    » The departure of Mark Hughes from Southampton hardly came as a surprise. He now holds the unenviable record of being the first manager to be sacked by two different Premier League clubs in the same calendar year, having been axed by Stoke City in January.

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    Toffees can't seem to escape Z Cars

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 09/02/2019

    » When the Everton players walk out onto the Vicarage Road pitch at Watford today, for a moment they could be forgiven thinking they are playing at home. The Toffees will be greeted by the strains of the Z Cars theme tune, which also heralds their appearance at their home ground of Goodison Park.

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    Golden and some not so golden moments of the year

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 30/12/2017

    » It is that time of the year when Nobby drags himself out of the armchair to honour assorted heroes and villains who have graced our sports pages in 2017. Admittedly, it is bit of a mixed bag.

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    Well Sam, that was not in the script

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 01/10/2016

    » Whatever one's opinion of Sam Allardyce, he struck a very sad figure as he left Wembley on Tuesday after losing his dream job as England manager. It was just sinking in that he had thrown away the biggest opportunity of his lifetime after 67 days and just one game.

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    Frappart impresses on historic night

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 17/08/2019

    » History was made at the Vodafone Park stadium in Istanbul on Wednesday night when a major European men's final was officiated by female officials for the first time. Even better, they were widely praised for their professional performance.

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    Ooh Arr! Yeovil Town bid fond farewell

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 04/05/2019

    » It took Yeovil Town more than 100 years before they gained entry into the Football League in 2003, and just 16 years to drop out after being relegated to the National League (Conference) last week.

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    The stirring tale of Newport's survival

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 23/02/2019

    » Only three days after Newport County's spirited FA Cup run ended in the fifth round at the hands of Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Welsh club found themselves at Meadow Lane playing Notts County, bottom of League Two. That's what you call coming down to earth.

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    There's still potential for FA Cup upsets

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 05/01/2019

    » Although the appeal of the English FA Cup has definitely waned over the years, the third round is still one of the more eagerly anticipated weekends in English football, especially for the smaller clubs which have already battled hard to make it this far.

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    Gloomy times at the Stadium of Light

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 28/04/2018

    » For a football team once dubbed the "Bank of England Club", Sunderland have fallen on very hard times, suffering their second successive relegation last week and dropping to the third tier for only the second time in their 130-year history.

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    All FA Cup roads lead to... Shaw Lane?

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 04/11/2017

    » This weekend sees the first round of the English FA Cup and although the "big boys" from the Premier League do not join in until the third round in January, there are plenty of potentially spicy encounters along with reminders of how many established clubs have fallen on hard times. In fact, there are more than half-a-dozen former FA Cup champions competing in this weekend's action, including six-times winners Blackburn Rovers.

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