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    ‘I will take that to the grave’ – Wrexham star Elliott Lee reveals moment ‘deeper than football’ that changed his life

    WREXHAM midfielder Elliott Lee has described seeing the emotions of the club’s fans to their National League promotion as something he will “take to the grave”.The Welsh side ended their 15-year wait to return to the Football League with a 3-1 win over Boreham Wood in April of last season.Elliott Lee has described in detail the feeling of Wrexham’s promotionCredit: GettyRyan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney took over the club in 2021Credit: GettyIt was a thrilling campaign which saw them accumulate 111 points, finishing as champions ahead of Notts County.The scenes of jubilation were led by Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – who bought the club back in February 2021.But it was the joy of the fans that gave ex-West Ham man Lee, 29, more pride than anything else.Speaking on the Men In Blazers podcast, he said: “I get goosebumps because we knew how much it meant to people.READ MORE IN FOOTBALL”Yes, Ryan [Reynolds] and Rob [McElhenney] have been incredible and everyone knows how good they have been but it’s also for the community and that is ingrained in us by the gaffer [Phil Parkinson] and Rob and Ryan as well.”These people have been here before and they have been through so many bad times with the club and they still all come in their numbers.”I remember on the bus parade seeing genuine tears of happiness and joy; we got to do that for people.”That is a feeling I will take to the grave with me because that’s something I am so proud of.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERS”It goes deeper than football, it’s people’s lives.”This club is people’s lives and I don’t ever take that for granted when I go out on the pitch.”Ryan Reynolds reveals ‘all kinds of weird and unexpected horrors’ after ‘incredibly stressful’ Wrexham takeoverLee scored 15 goals in 51 games from midfield last season and was an integral part of Wrexham’s sensational campaign.And they have continued their impressive form into League Two as they sit fourth in the table, just one point adrift of the automatic promotion places. More

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    Former Premier League manager Nathan Jones forced to apologise live on BBC moments after Charlton win

    CHARLTON manager Nathan Jones was forced to apologise after swearing midway through an interview with BBC Sport.The 50-year-old was in high spirits following his side’s 2-1 win over Derby County on Tuesday, so much so that he accidentally dropped the f-bomb during a post-match interview.Nathan Jones accidentally dropped the f-bomb during an interviewCredit: PAWhen asked by BBC Sport London how he would summarise Charlton’s performance, Jones responded: “It was a game of two halves.”First half I think we were nowhere near the level I demand from these players.”We were tentative, we were not aggressive enough and we allowed Derby to do certain things that we didn’t want them to do.”We had a few words at half-time and in the second half I think we were outstanding. Absolutely outstanding.READ MORE IN FOOTBALL”We over-ran them, we f*****g… Sorry, we were aggressive in what we did and I’m really proud of the second half performance.”Charlton fans have fallen in love with Jones since he arrived earlier this month.One person took to X to write: “This #cafc squad has been transformed under Nathan Jones. The team worked so hard for that result tonight – loving the passion & commitment!”Another added: “Nathan Jones. The passion. The hard work. It’s amazing what graft can get you. That result could be the difference come May.”Most read in EFLBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSA third wrote: “Nathan Jones’ passion got me falling in love #cafc.”While a fourth commented: “Look at the passion from Nathan Jones 😍.”Fans in disbelief at Nathan Jones interview as former Southampton manager makes bold claim on Sky SportsCharlton came from behind to defeat second-placed Derby in the League One clash.Eiran Cashin fired the Rams ahead in the 39th minute, but Alfie May equalised from the penalty spot in the 65th.Karoy Anderson then scored the winner with ten minutes left to play.Charlton now sit 19th in the league table with 37 points from 35 games.Meanwhile, Derby are on track to earn Championship promotion, seven points behind leaders Portsmouth.Jones was handed his start in management by Luton Town in 2016 and spent three years with the club before joining Stoke.However, he was dismissed after ten months and returned to Kenilworth Road in May 2020.READ MORE SUN STORIESThe Welshman was appointed manager of Premier League side Southampton in November 2022 but was sacked after just three months.He spent one year out of work before joining Charlton at the beginning of this month. More

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    Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney warned of ‘trouble afoot’ at Wrexham after latest dismal result

    WREXHAM boss fans are worried that trouble is looming after manager Phil Parkinson was spotted having a heated disagreement with his coaches.The argument followed Wrexham’s disappointing 1-1 draw with League Two relegation-strugglers Forest Green Rovers.

    Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson engages in heated exchange with his backroom staffCredit: EFL iFollow via X formerly Twitter
    Before walking off in a mood as his side salvaged a 1-1 drawCredit: EFL iFollow via X formerly Twitter
    Owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds bought Wrexham for £2m in 2020Credit: Getty
    The Welsh side scraped a point on Tuesday thanks to a stoppage-time penalty scored by Paul Mullin, after going 1-0 down in the third minute.
    Wrexham’s frustrations were personified by a visibly furious James McClean, who booted the ball away at the half-time whistle.
    The result means Wrexham are without a win in three games, after drawing with MK Dons and losing to Gillingham.
    And that the frustration also seems to be getting to Parkinson, who was spotted having a barney with this staff following their most recent draw.

    Loyal assistant Steve Parkin seemed to be the one bearing the brunt of Parky’s frustrations.
    He was then seen walking off with a stern look on his face, before acknowledging the away fans.
    They’ve since dropped to fourth in the table but remain in good stead to challenge for an automatic promotion place.
    However, their recent form is a cause for concern.
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    Wrexham have won just two of their last seven games, and are winless in their last three outings.
    Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney may need to keep a close eye on their situation as the club bid for back-to-back promotions.
    Cameras at The New Lawn spotted the argument and the clip was quickly shared on social media.
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    One captioned the video: “Trouble afoot?”, while tagging the club’s official account.
    A second fan added: “I’m glad they’re angry. It’s a test of their management to get back on track now. It’s still very much their for the taking.”
    A third wrote: “Robust exchange of views on how we get out of this funk. I don’t mind that.”
    A fourth said: “They eeked out a point after nearly getting dunked on the team in 23rd place in the table. If my manager wasn’t mad, I would be very concerned.”
    Parkinson is known for his passionate outbursts in the dug-out.
    Episodes of the behind-the-scenes TV show Welcome to Wrexham depict plenty of X-rated dressing room rants and fury with officials on the side lines. More

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    Watch huge brawl break out following League One derby between former Premier League giants

    WIGAN and Bolton Wanderers stars were embroiled in a huge on-pitch melee last night that saw both managers also get involved.The Latics claimed a 1-0 Lancashire derby victory over the Trotters thanks to Stephen Humphrys’ 69th-minute goal.
    The derby between Wigan and Bolton ended in a huge on-pitch brawlCredit: Getty
    Bolton boss Ian Evatt was spotted rowing with Wigan staff during the meleeCredit: Getty
    That was enough to seal Wigan a double over their promotion-chasing League One rivals this term.
    However, tensions boiled over after the full-time whistle between the neighbours when the celebrations from the hosts proved to be too much for visiting Bolton at the DW Stadium.
    And that led to a huge melee between players and staff from the two ex-Premier League clubs.
    The trouble started when Bolton’s Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, 31, confronted opponent Jason Kerr before several other home team players rushed over to push him away.
    Stephen Humphrys was also involved in shoving the Trotters ace away but the real row erupted several moments later on the edge of the area in front of the away supporters.
    The camera did not catch exactly what triggered it, but all of a sudden hordes of players from both Wigan and Bolton were pushing and shoving Callum McManaman, a member of the 2013 FA Cup winning Wigan side, looking to be in the centre of it.
    The argy-bargy continued as more people got involved, before Humphrys was eventually ushered away and things began to calm down.
    Both teams could now potentially face punishment from the FA.
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    Bolton boss Ian Evatt claimed afterwards that the row started due to Wigan celebrating and winding up the away supporters.
    He said: “We won’t accept one of their players celebrating in front of our supporters.
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    “Go and celebrate with your own fans, no issue with that, but not ours.
    “You certainly shouldn’t be celebrating when you are mid-table.”
    Meanwhile, his opposite number Shaun Maloney said: “I think their manager thought one of our players was over-celebrating in the far corner.
    “But there’s no hard feelings on either side, these are just emotional moments.”
    The result left Bolton third in the table and outside of the automatic promotion spots on goal difference.
    Wigan are 13th, 11 points above the relegation spots and 15 off the play-off places.
    Evatt accused Wigan’s players of over-celebrating in front of the away endCredit: Getty
    Bolton’s Jon Dadi Bodvarsson confronted Wigan players to kickstart the meleeCredit: Rex More

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    Crisis club Reading hit with THIRD points deduction of the season and fifth in three years

    CRISIS club Reading have received their third points deduction of the season.The Royals were docked a point in August for breaching EFL regulations, with a further three suspended.
    Reading FC have been handed a latest points deductionCredit: Getty
    The following month they triggered their extra three-point deduction, after failing to deposit 125 per cent of their monthly wage bill into an account by a date agreed to by the EFL.
    Ruben Selles’ side will now now been docked an extra two points.
    During 2023 the Royals were late paying HMRC for over 100 days, with EFL rules prohibiting more than 80.
    The extra deduction has seen Reading fall to 19th in the League One table, just three points above the relegation zone.
    Their points deduction is their fifth in the last three years.
    They have now been docked a total of 18 points, dating back to their time in the Championship.
    Reading fans have frequently protested against owner Dai Yongge this season.
    In September they had a match against Burton suspended after launching tennis balls onto the pitch.
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    Players were shepherded down the tunnel as the mess was cleared.
    In January a clash with Port Vale was abandoned after fans invaded the pitch en masse.
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    Dai previously owned Chinese Super League club Beijing Renhe, which folded in 2021 after falling into China League One.
    He purchased a 75 per cent stake in Reading in May 2017.
    The Royals lost 3-2 at home to Shrewsbury last Saturday.
    They are set to make the long trip to bottom-of-the-table Carlisle this weekend, and are expected to be backed by 1,300 travelling supporters.
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    I grew up in paradise until volcano forced family to evacuate.. I may not have been footballer if not for scary eruption

    DONERVON DANIELS knows a thing or two about beating the odds.And this time the Walsall skipper, 30, is only talking about a surge towards the play-offs, having lived through a true life-or-death drama.
    Walsall defender Donervon Daniels won the League Two’s goal of the month award with a solo stunner against Sutton on January 27
    The Soufriere Hills volcano spewed ash long after the 1995 eruptionCredit: AFP
    As a toddler, Daniels was part of a mass evacuation when a once-dormant volcano suddenly exploded back into life on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, forcing thousands to flee.
    The Saddlers can draw level on points with seventh–placed Harrogate if they win at the EnviroVent Stadium today — and centre-back Daniels knows he can handle the pressure.
    January’s Sky Bet goal of the month winner said: “We are a young side and we were in a stalemate for a while back there but now we’re going places.
    “Two games ago we beat Mansfield, who are second and, remember, had just scored nine against Harrogate.
    “Look at our league position and we’re actually below mid–table but we’re one of nine teams within three points of a play–off position.
    “Make no mistake, there’s a growing belief that we can be the ones who can break through because we are developing real momentum.
    “This is a club that was a mainstay of League One — it is just where we belong, at least, and I’m convinced that we can get back there this season.”
    Daniels often heads back to the scene of that terrifying volcanic eruption as part of Montserrat’s international squad, now managed by former Birmingham and Charlton boss Lee Bowyer.
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    Daniels claims play-off hopefuls Walsall deserve to return to League OneCredit: Alamy
    There is nothing Daniels loves more than exploring the island he had to leave so quickly in 1995, when the Soufriere Hills volcano became active and left half of Montserrat uninhabitable.
    He left with mum Helen and five siblings for Hackney in London’s East End but paradise was not lost to him.
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    Daniels, who has three caps, explained: “My mum was born in the UK but she moved out to Montserrat when she was young because she still had a lot of family there.
    “After the eruption, a lot went to America. She came back here but she always pleaded with me to one day try to play for Montserrat.
    “She would go there every summer to see relatives and it was down to her that I did get capped.
    “Everybody knows everybody over there and she got to know the person who ran the Montserrat FA and I started playing for my adopted country in 2021.
    “It’s strange to think that had it not been for the volcano, I might never have become a footballer or played for Montserrat.Donervon Daniels
    “Sadly, mum passed away five years ago and so never got the chance to see that — but I know she’s looking down and proud.”
    Daniels, who began his career at West Brom and joined Walsall from Crewe in 2022, added: “It’s sad, too, that my first home is no longer there.
    “We lived in the island’s capital of Plymouth but it was wiped out.
    “But I still have her family there when I go over. I love to explore the place and it’s beautiful.
    “It’s not far from Antigua and the habitable part of the island is just like paradise.
    “It’s strange to think that had it not been for the volcano, I might never have become a footballer or played for Montserrat.
    “Now I’m proud to do so thanks to my mum and, hopefully, there will be more pride here at Walsall come the end of the season.” More

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    EFL fans say ‘the game’s well and truly gone’ as Wycombe reveal bizarre reason star got a yellow card

    EFL fans declared “the game has gone” after Wycombe star Luke Leahy was booked for a bizarre reason.The midfielder featured for the Chairboys in their 1-0 victory over League Two Bradford in the EFL Trophy semi-final.

    Luke Leahy cheekily dried the ball on a steward’s coat prior to his throw-in
    The midfielder was booked as players are not allowed to dry ballsCredit: Rex
    Wycombe are now through to the Wembley final where they will meet Peterborough, thanks to Matt Butcher’s last-gasp winner which broke Bradford hearts.
    But the game also caught the eye for another, unexpected reason.
    With five minutes of the match remaining Wycombe won a corner deep in the Bradford half.
    Leahy, 31, picked up the ball and decided to dry it off given the stormy conditions in West Yorkshire.
    But the only method available to the former Shrewsbury player was to dry the ball on a steward’s coat.
    The steward did not seem to mind but referee Tom Reeves did as he brandished Leahy with a yellow card.
    Rules state players are not allowed to dry the ball so the ref was left with little choice, but that did not prevent uproar from fans.
    One reacted saying: “Game has well and truly gone.”
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    Another added: “I’m just glad he won’t miss the final for that because that’s a joke of a card.
    And a third wrote: “Players are now genuinely being booked simply for drying a football
    “Yeah, this sport is well and truly dead if you are being booked for that, pathetic!”
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    ‘I have no words’, says shocked fans as on-loan Arsenal keeper Okonkwo appears to push the ball over his own goal-line

    ARSENAL fans watched through their fingers… as their on-loan goalkeeper let the ball through his. Arthur Okonkwo, 22, is spending the 2023-24 season with Wrexham as Ben Foster’s replacement.
    Arthur Okonkwo escaped after an almighty blunderCredit: Alamy
    He messed up a routine catch away at MK DonsCredit: X
    The ball bounced towards the lineCredit: X
    He dived back and got his gloves back on the ballCredit: X

    And the youngster made a very lucky escape in the League Two clash against MK Dons on Tuesday night.
    Okonkwo suffered a goalkeeper’s nightmare when a routine catch went horribly wrong.
    Instead of clutching on to the ball, he somehow spilled it backwards, sending it bouncing towards the goal.
    The former Crewe and Sturm Graz loanee desperately scrambled back and made a last-ditch dive to grab the ball before it crossed the line.
    He ended up seemingly pushing it on to – if not over – the line.
    And plenty were convinced Okonkwo should have been penalised for his blunder because they were convinced the ball went in.
    Some even sensationally insisted this was the latest in a series of dodgy decisions to go Wrexham’s way as part of a bigger conspiracy theory.
    One said: “I have no words.”
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    Another wrote: “Clearly a goal wtf.”
    A third typed: “Did we get away with Okonkwo bringing the ball into the goal and the goal not given? Yes.”
    Some of the best saves from Arsenal youth goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo since his u18 debut
    A fourth quipped: “We got away with that Okonkwo save hahahaha.”
    And a fifth added the “pretends to be shocked” meme.
    Others, though, were not convinced due to the lack of available camera angles.
    One responded: “Tbf, there’s absolutely no way you can say, conclusively, that’s over the line.”

    Another replied: “It doesn’t look great but you’re right, you can’t say for certain.”
    It is not the first time this season Okonkwo’s goalkeeping has been in the spotlight.
    Against Blackburn in the FA Cup last month, the England Under-18 star – who had just returned from jaw surgery – came rushing out of his penalty area, gifting Rovers an easy finish.
    That prompted cutting comments like “he’s lost the plot”, “yikes” and “lettuce hands” online.
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    Other than the nervy heart-stopping moment when the ball wriggled free from his grasp, Wrexham fans were absolutely delighted with Okonkwo’s performance at MK Dons as he made a string of massive saves, including in injury time.
    The Red Dragons – co-owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – headed back to North Wales with a 1-1 draw.
    James McClean fired the visitors in front but Dan Kemp levelled four minutes later before both sides had a man sent off after the break.
    One Wrexham supporter said: “Arthur Okonkwo, what a guy.”
    Another commented: “Thank goodness for Okonkwo. What a gem.”
    And a third declared: “Arthur Okonkwo is my man crush. Decent point. We move on.”
    Okonkwo scrambled back desperatelyCredit: X
    MK Dons players and fans were convinced it went inCredit: X
    The Arsenal loanee breathed a huge sigh of reliefCredit: X
    Okonkwo made a string of important saves in the 1-1 drawCredit: X More