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Former Blues striker leaves prison and heads back to Sheffield

Gary Madine will return to play for Sheffield Wednesday Credit: PA

Former Carlisle United striker Gary Madine has returned to play for Sheffield Wednesday after being released from prison.

The 23-year-old was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of two separate assaults in October, but served only four and a half months.

Blues boss Graham Kavanagh was in contact with the footballer during his time in prison and the club showed an interest in signing the striker last week.

The Blues had been in contact with Madine during his prison sentence Credit: PA

Sheffield Wednesday today announced that they have opted to reintegrate him back into the club and have vowed to help his rehabilitation, though warned him he is in the last-chance saloon.

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Kendal Town FC remember an 'absolute gentleman'

Members of Kendal Town football club have paid tribute to its President, the former England and Preston North End footballer Sir Tom Finney. Sir Tom, who was also a plumber, scored 30 goals for his country. He was knighted in 1998 and died yesterday at the age of 91.

Kendal Town called him one of the greatest footballers England has ever produced. Chairman Haydon Munslow spoke to ITV Border:

Kendal Town: 'one of the greatest footballers England has ever produced'

Sir Tom Finney was also President of Kendal Town FC. A statement on the clubs website pays tribute to 'one of the greatest footballers England has ever produced

To the Family and Friends of Sir Tom. The Directors, Members, Players and Supporters of Kendal Town FCwould like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss and to let you know that our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

– Kendal Town FC statement

Tributes to Sir Tom Finney

Former England international Sir Tom Finney has died at 91, his former club Preston North End said.

Famous for his loyalty to Lancashire side, the forward made 433 appearances for the club between 1946 and 1960

Sir Tom was born at his parents' home in the street next to the club's Deepdale stadium and went on to win 76 caps for England.

Nicknamed the "Preston Plumber" after completing an apprenticeship with his family's plumbing business, he was knighted in the 1998 Queen's New Year Honours list.

Preston North End have been informed of the extremely sad news of the passing of Sir Tom Finney. Sir Tom was the greatest player to ever play for Preston North End and one of the all time greats for England.The thoughts of everyone at the Club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time.

– Preston North End statement

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Prince Buaben heads for Patrick Thistle

Prince Buaben joined Carlisle United in late October Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Carlisle are hoping to bring in new players before 11 o'clock tonight as transfer deadline day draws to a close.

But, so far there is only a departure to report.

Ghanaian Midfielder Prince Buaben has joined Scottish Club Patrick Thistle on loan until the end of the season.

New sponsorship deal for Carlisle United

A view of Brunton Park in Carlisle Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Carlisle United have unveiled Virgin Trains as their new official sponsor.

The two-year deal with the club will see the Virgin Trains bran placed on on all first team kits for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season after it was used on the training kits during this season.

It is also hoped that the new sponsorship will bring more incentives for fans travelling on the Virgin Trains network.

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