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Squad depth vital for successful season says Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Norwich City manager Neil Adams knows he has a tough task keeping everyone happy in his squad as they bid for a swift return to the Premier League.

The Canaries resume their Championship campaign at Cardiff City on Saturday (September 13) having gone four league games unbeaten.

Having added new players in ahead of the summer Transfer Window deadline, including Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on loan, Adams believes he has a squad to cope with the heavy schedule of games coming up. He also has Swedish international Martin Olsson ready to return after suspension.

Norwich have made the better start of the three sides relegated from the top flight. Cardiff start five places and two points behind in ninth, while Fulham sit in the relegation zone, still waiting for their first league win.

"You can't keep them all happy. What you try and do is involved as many as you can and we'll keep them all part of the first team group. It's an easy answer but it's an honest answer because we've got that many games - Saturday, Tuesday for the next three weeks.

You're going to need them players because you're going to pick up bumps and bruises, suspensions maybe. What we don't want to be doing is going reasonably well, which I feel we are at the minute, and find ourselves really short.

There was a risk of that certainly two to three weeks ago, certainly in the defensive department. So you do need a strong squad if you're going to have a good go at things. The pleasing thing is I think we've got that now."

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Manager

Neil Adams explains the importance of squad depth at his pre-match news conference.


Suffolk former soldier wins Invictus Gold

A former soldier from Suffolk who lost a leg in Afghanistan was cheered to victory at the Invictus Games by soldiers who served on the frontline with him.

Alex Tate with his gold medal Credit: British Army

Alex Tate won gold in the 100m ambulant IT1 sprint on Thursday, watched by former colleagues from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. The troops are working as stewards at the international sports event for Wounded, Injured and Sick Service personnel and veterans taking place in London.

Alex on the starting line Credit: British Army

Alex, 24, from Bury St Edmunds, lost his left leg below the knee after being caught in an IED explosion in southern Afghanistan in September 2012.

Alex (second left) in action Credit: British Army

Tickets for Rugby World Cup matches at Stadium MK go on sale

Stadium MK, where three Rugby World Cup matches will take place. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup go on sale at 10am today - with three of the matches being played in Milton Keynes.

Up to one million tickets for all 48 matches will be put on general sale with over-subscribed games going to a ballot.

The matches coming to Stadium MK include France versus Canada and Samoa against Japan.

Fans are being warned not to buy tickets from illegal touts.


Football League preview: Peterborough United hope to extend lead as Humes takes charge of first U's game

Darren Ferguson will be hoping that his team can stretch their lead at the top of League One. Credit: PA

Peterborough United will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of League One this afternoon, when they host Port Vale at London Road.

Posh are a point clear of their nearest rivals Fleetwood Town who are away to Oldham Athletic.

Darren Ferguson could hand league debuts to new signings Marcus Maddison and Luke James, after they both impressed in the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient.

New Colchester United manager Tony Humes (left) was unveiled on Monday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Elsewhere, MK Dons have a free weekend, while new Colchester United manager Tony Humes takes charge of his first game in charge of the club at Walsall.

Luton Town host Plymouth Argyle in the lunchtime kick-off. Credit: PA

In League Two, Luton Town face Plymouth Argyle in the lunchtime kick-off, and Northampton Town could move into the play-off positions with a win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

Cambridge United are hot on the heels of the Cobblers in 9th place and will fancy their chances of building on last weekend's 5-0 drubbing of Carlisle United when they make the long trip to Newport County on Monday night.

Richard Money takes his Cambridge United side to Newport County on Monday night. Credit: PA

Finally, Southend United host lowly Oxford United and Stevenage take on York City.

Sky Bet League 1 fixtures

Peterborough United v Port Vale (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Walsall v Colchester United (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00)

Sky Bet League 2 fixtures

Dag & Red v Northampton Town (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Luton Town v Plymouth Argyle (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Newport County v Cambridge United (Mon 8 Sept, 19:45) Southend United v Oxford United (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Stevenage v York City (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00)

Football fans urged to get behind local teams on Non-League Day

With international football putting paid to much of the league programme, tomorrow has been designated Non-League Day, an annual initiative to get supporters of bigger clubs along to see their local side play, and raise some revenue while they are at it.

Among the highlights tomorrow in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex; Lowestoft Town host Harrogate Town at Crown Meadow in the Football Conference North.

King's Lynn Town are at home to Nantwich Town at The Walks in the Evo-Stik League, Premier Division.

Braintree Town host Bristol Rovers, relegated from the Football League last season.

A big day for the Essex side - Serena Sandhu's been down to the Amlin Stadium to see how preparations are going.

Anthony Ogogo tweets from the operating table

A blow for the burgeoning professional career of Suffolk boxer Anthony Ogogo.

The Olympic bronze medallist from Lowestoft has had surgery to relieve pain in both of his Achilles tendons.

Ogogo's won all seven of his fights since turning professional in 2012 but pulled out of a contest in Las Vegas last year.

His tweet from the operating table suggests he is in good spirits though.

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