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Hartlepool United's FA Cup clash switched

Hartlepool United's FA Cup first round game with Stamford has been changed.
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Craig Hignett.

Craig Hignett addresses five burning issues facing Pools

At the start of the week we highlighted five key issues Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett should address.

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For sale: The mansion in Castle Eden (Photo: Fine & Country)

Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson slashes price of mansion

Footballer Adam Johnson has slashed the cost of his mansion by £150,000 while he carries on serving time behind bars.
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The Sun front page reporting calls for Gary Lineker to be sacked by the BBC.

Gary Lineker Twitter storm poll: Did Match of the Day host cross the line?

Gary Lineker has admitted his comments about child refugees had led him to get "a bit of a spanking" - but is confident his TV presenting job is safe.
Hartlepool United's Josh Laurent (left) battles against Crawley Town's Andre Blackman. Picture by Frank Reid

Pools’ Josh Laurent aims to be the perfect student for teacher Craig Hignett

Youngster Josh Laurent admits he’s still got a lot to learn at Hartlepool United.

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Liam Donnelly with Pools assistant boss Curtis Fleming

Liam Kennedy: Donnelly defensive switch top of Hignett’s agenda

Liam Donnelly is a victim of his own success.

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Craig Hignett

Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett makes players watch video nasties

Craig Hignett reckons making his players squirm by watching a reel of video nasties could be the remedy to Hartlepool United’s defensive problems.

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Sergio Aguero.

Rumour round-up: Man City duo could be set for exit, Newcastle reject takeover bids, Diego Simeone eyes Premier League gig

Mike Ashley rejecting foreign bids to take the reins at St James' Park? Manchester United and Manchester City looking to offload star men? And which high profile manager wants to swap Spanish climes for Stoke on a Tuesday night?

Leon Best

Former Mag Leon Best fired up for return to Tyneside with Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich

Ipswich Town striker Leon Best is relishing his return to St James’s Park in tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship clash.

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Calum Chambers clashes with Watford's Isaac Success in Boro's defeat to the Hornets last week. Picture by Tom Collins

Karanka: My first few months at Boro were tougher than this fight for Premier League survival!

Aitor Karanka is convinced the battle to keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League is not his toughest as a coach.

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Cheick Tiote

Tiote will have a part to play in Newcastle’s Championship promotion push

Cheick Tiote will be pitched in to Newcastle United’s promotion bid between now and January, writes Miles Starforth.

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Billy Paynter

Billy Paynter still has role to play at Pools

Skipper Billy Paynter still has a big part to play at Hartlepool United this season, according to manager Craig Hignett.

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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles pinpoints the unseen change which has transformed Newcastle’s fortunes on the pitch

Jamaal Lascelles says Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side is united – on and off the pitch.

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Sunderland's Steven Pienaar

Sunderland’s squad hold clear-the-air talks after dismal start to Premier League campaign

The Sunderland squad this week held clear-the air talks in the wake of the Stoke City defeat and shocking start to the season.

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Nathan Thomas

Pools boss slaps seven-figure price tag on winger’s head

Nathan Thomas has had a £1million price tag slapped on his head by Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett.

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Sunderland midfielder Steven Pienaar returned to action in last week's defeat to Stoke

Sunderland support leaves Steven Pienaar speechless, but midfielder admits players are letting them down

With their team rooted to the foot of the Premier League and trailing 2-0 at half-time, the Sunderland supporters could have turned on their team at Stoke City.

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Grand Central has increased the number of 'dry' services this weekend

Extra police on duty as Sunderland and Middlesbrough fans travel to London

Black Cats fans are being warned drunken behaviour on trains will not be tolerated as both Sunderland and Middlesbrough head for the Capital tomorrow.

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Harly Wise with Mark Burrows.

Hartlepool sign young defender

Hartlepool United have completed the signing of 20-year-old central defender Harly Wise.
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Grand Central

Arsenal v Middlesbrough: Grand Central lays on football special train from Eaglescliffe

Grand Central railways are putting on an extra service on Saturday to cater for the increased demand with both Middlesbrough and Sunderland playing in the capital.

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Carlisle winner last week.

Pools boss keen to make players squirm to heal defensive scars

Craig Hignett reckons making his players squirm by watching a reel of video nasties could be the remedy to Hartlepool United's defensive problems.
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