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Football: Saturday's fixtures

Saturday's football fixtures Credit: Press Association

Championship

Derby v Leeds 12:05

Huddersfield v QPR 15:00

Hull v Preston 15:00

Rotherham v Fulham 15:00

Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough 15:00

League 1

Bradford v Port Vale 15:00

Colchester v Scunthorpe 15:00

Doncaster v Fleetwood 15:00

Millwall v Chesterfield 15:00

Rochdale v Barnsley 15:00

Swindon v Sheff Utd 15:00

League 2

York v Mansfield 15:00

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Chris Powell becomes Football Foundation Ambassador

Credit: Football Foundation

Chris Powell has become an ambassador for the Football Foundation. The first-team manager of Huddersfield Town FC is a highly-respected and experienced figure in the game, with a glittering playing career with stints at Charlton Athletic FC, West Ham United FC and Leicester City FC, as well as earning five England caps under Sven Göran Eriksson. He also served as chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) for the last five years of his career.

‘‘I am delighted to become an Ambassador for the Football Foundation. It is fantastic charity that does an incredibly important job. “Investing in more quality community sports facilities means that more people get to enjoy the benefits of playing regular sport, purely for the love of it. It is also critical to encouraging more home-grown players to come through from the grassroots. “The Foundation has developed 15 years’ experience of directing facilities investment into where it is most needed and where it will have the biggest impact. It does not just give money and walk away – the Foundation ensures that the facilities are financially sustainable and are used to their full potential for years after they have been built. “The £1.3bn of grassroots projects that have been delivered by the Foundation since 2000 is a testament to what an effective charitable vehicle that its Funders have created and I’m delighted to support the cause.”

– Chris Powell
Credit: Football Foundation

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Chris’ on board as a Football Foundation Ambassador. As well as being a top player and manager, he has always been very popular and respected in the game. “To have Chris helping us get the message out about the positive impact that the Foundation’s investment of our Funders’ contributions is having on grassroots football, and the many other sports that benefit from Foundation funding, is a fantastic boost for us at the start of the new season!”

– Rory Carroll, Head of Communications at the Football Foundation

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – meaning it has delivered nearly £1.3bn of grassroots investment.

Reds' manager warns Everton ahead of second round clash

League One Barnsley entertain Premier League Everton at Oakwell on Wednesday night in the second round of the Capital One Cup. Barnsley fans will be particularly interested to see if the Everton line-up will feature either Mason Holgate - who was sold to the Toffees earlier this month - or John Stones, who also started his career at Oakwell and is now tipped for a big- money move to Chelsea. Reds' manager Lee Johnson is warning Everton that whoever they pick, they'd better be up for the fight.

Spireites sign premiership player for undisclosed fee

Chesterfield have signed Liam O'Neil from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Liam O'Neil Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/PA Images

O,Neil, 22, who can play in defence or midfield, has made five Premier League appearances.

Liam is a young player who has played in West Brom's first team. He's exactly what we want - a midfield player who can also play at the back, if required.

"He's one for the future for us, having been tracked by the club for two-and-a-half years. We were going to loan him but we've managed to sign him permanently, which is great for the long-term future of the club."

– Spireites manager Dean Saunders

O'Neil made 22 appearances in League One last season while on loan at Scunthorpe United.

The length of the contract signed by O'Neil has not been disclosed.

O'Neil admits that he cannot wait to get started. He said: “ I want to get some experience and develop as a player and I think I’ll be able to do that here. I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited."

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Football: Saturday's fixtures

Saturday's football fixtures Credit: Press Association

Championship

Leeds v Sheff Wed 12:30

Charlton v Hull 15:00

Fulham v Huddersfield 15:00

QPR v Rotherham 15:00

League 1

Barnsley v Bradford 15:00

Chesterfield v Rochdale 15:00

Port Vale v Doncaster 15:00

Scunthorpe v Millwall 15:00

Sheff Utd v Blackpool 15:00

League 2

Exeter v York 15:00

Mansfield v Oxford Utd 15:00

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