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TODAY, football’s traditional curtain-raiser, with the Premier League champions taking on the FA Cup winners, will lay down an important marker for the rival managers. In the red corner, Arsenal’s veteran Arsene Wenger, who had a bruising last campaign, and in the blue corner, the exuberant Antonio Conte, who grabbed the Premier title for Chelsea …

BLACKBURN Manager: Tony Mowbray Position last season: 22nd in Championship Nickname: Rovers Ground: Ewood Park Capacity: 31,367 Players in: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff, free), Richie Smallwood (Rotherham, free), Bradley Dack (Gillingham, £750,000), Ben Gladwin (QPR, undisclosed), Dominic Samuel (Reading, undisclosed), Paul Caddis (Bury, free), Joe Nuttall (Aberdeen, free) Players out: Connor Mahoney (Bournemouth, free), Hope Akpan …

CARLISLE Manager: Keith Curle Position last season: 6th Nickname: Cumbrians Ground: Brunton Park Capacity: 18,202 Players in: Jack Bonham (Brentford, loan), Hallam Hope (Bury, free), Kelvin Etuhu (Bury, free), Tom Parkes (Leyton Orient, free), Richie Bennett (Barrow, undisclosed) Players out: Ben Tomlinson (released), Patrick Brough (Morecambe, free), Max Crocombe (Salford, free), James Bailey (Yeovil, free), …

Rupert was well known to us before signing in May 2017 having been a respected figure in opposition during five years at Nottingham. He joined us from Plymouth Albion where he spent the 2016/17 season to be nearer family, his wife Sarah is a cardiac physiologist and they have a daughter Ailla. He is nowadays …

THE parallel of the goose that laid the golden egg fleeted across the memory bank as football unveiled its view of the future on the small screen. Sky Sports opened two subscription channels in the week given over entirely to the game, while the Football League is prepared to sell three times as many of its …