Harper's not afraid of facing Villa

Steve Harper is expecting a testing return to Premiership action after admitting Aston Villa's expensive new-look strikeforce will be determined to ensure he endures an uncomfortable evening at St James's Park.

O'Neill is stocking up strikers

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has swooped for two strikers after allowing one to leave yesterday.

Lauren joins Euro mission

Champions League hopefuls Portsmouth last night bolstered their bid to qualify for Europe's elite club competition by swooping for Arsenal full-back Lauren on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Boss delighted with Boa Morte

New West Ham manager Alan Curbishley has made his first signing of the transfer window, capturing Fulham captain Luis Boa Morte.

Carling Cup review

Birmingham manager Steve Bruce took his side to former club Sheffield United and claimed a 4-2 victory at Bramall Lane.

Arsenal v Watford

Left-back Gael Clichy (foot) will return to the Arsenal squad after a long fitness battle but Freddie Ljungberg (calf), Emmanuel Eboue (knee) and Julio Baptista (hamstring) are out.

Walcott puts World Cup woe behind him

Theo Walcott came off the bench in sensational style to secure the England Under-21 team a place in the European Championship finals next year with a tense victory at the BayArena.

Watford 3, Fulham 3

Watford lost their nerve in the final 20 minutes to throw away what should have been a comfortable victory against Fulham.

Coleman Ful of praise for strike star McBride

Fulham boss Chris Coleman believes Brian McBride is close to his best form following the striker's goal in last night's bizarre 3-3 draw at Watford.

Preview: Wigan v Watford

Wigan manager Paul Jewell has almost a full squad to choose from.

Results

Turnout 12 Years and Under:1, Ami Miller, Bisto; 2, Amy Scott, Vardy; 3, Georgia Grey, Dancer

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