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Stags re-sign former striker Green

Mansfield Town have re-signed striker Matt Green.

Mansfield Town have re-signed striker Matt Green (right) Credit: Mansfield Town

The 28-year-old has signed a permanent deal to return to One Call Stadium.

Both myself and the chairman have thought long and hard in order to beat off competition from League One and Championship clubs to capture the signature of Matt Green. It’s a statement of our intent going into next season and it’s great to have him back on board. I thank the chairman for making this happen.

– Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray

The Stags have also signed left-back Malvind Benning on a free transfer.

Bruce plans unchanged side for season finalé

Hull boss Steve Bruce hopes to name an unchanged side for the Tigers' unlikely Barclays Premier League survival mission against Manchester United on Sunday.

Jelavic looks set to start up front Credit: Press Association

Nikica Jelavic is expected to lead the forward line once again as Bruce seeks the win his side require to give themselves any hope of staying up.

Jake Livermore remains suspended by the club following a positive drugs test while Mohamed Diame (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (hamstring) are both still out.

Provisional squad: Harper, McGregor, Dawson, McShane, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior, Brady, Robertson, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Quinn, Meyler, Hernandez, Aluko, N'Doye, Jelavic.

James Milner returns to Leeds to inspire next generation of sporting stars

England international, and former Leeds United midfielder, James Milner, will be back in Leeds today as he is appointed Chancellor of Leeds Children's University.

James Milner will be appointed as Chancellor of Leeds Children's University Credit: Press Association

Leeds Children's University , based at Leeds Trinity University, aims to promote social mobility by providing learning experiences outside normal school hours to children aged seven to 14, and forms part of a wider, nationwide, initiative.

Milner, who currently plays for Manchester City, will hold a footballing masterclass and give advice to pupils on forging a career as an elite athlete.

Cup final to possible relegation: Chris Dawkes looks back on a troubled year for Hull City

This time last year Hull City's fans had just seen their team compete in their first ever FA Cup final and were looking forward to their first ever European campaign.

Fast forward 12 months and the landscape has changed quite dramatically. The club is up for sale, the owners are at loggerheads with fans and local sports groups and this weekend The Tigers could be relegated from the Premier League.

Chris Dawkes looks back on quite a year for Hull City.

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Grimsby 'keeper: We go again, we have no choice

A disconsolate Grimsby Town left Wembley today vowing to pick themselves up for another season in the Conference.

A penalty shoot-out was all that separated the Mariners and Bristol Rovers in the showpiece game watched by a record crowd of over 47,000.

Manager Paul Hurst described his players' heartbreak at the loss, while goalkeeper James McKeown vowed to go again next season:

Grimsby Town manager reflects on Conference Final defeat

  1. Josh Stead at Wembley Stadium

Wembley heartbreak for the Mariners

Grimsby Town have failed to make it to the Football League, losing the Conference Playoff Final 5-3 on penalties.

Both managers on the Wembley touchline Credit: Press Association

Lennell John-Lewis scored within two minutes at a warm Wembley stadium to settle the Mariners' fans nerves and put his side on the front foot for the opening of the first half. After that Rovers came back into the game to make for an entertaining contest, with Grimsby Town having the pick of the chances.

Rovers' goalkeeper, Will Puddy was lucky not to be sent off for a deliberate hand-ball outside of the box, but referee, Ross Joyce, kept the game alive as a contest by letting him off with a warning.

Full blooded tackles and plenty of passion from both teams, Rovers levelled the scoring at the half hour mark. Taking advantage of poor defending from The Mariners in the box, Ellis Harrison hammering home from close range.

Neither side could conjure up anything meaningful in the second half. Both sides saw plenty of the ball, but neither managed to fashion anything too dangerous - Grimsby's best chances coming deep into the half with a threatening ball flashed across the box, but no one to meet it and a mazy run into the box from substitute Jon-Paul Pittman, but without any end product.

Tiredness started to take hold as the tie went to extra-time, with Grimsby having the better chances, but failing to find the necessary final ball to carve out an advantage.

With spot kicks awaiting, Rovers made a last minute change of goalkeeper, swapping Will Puddy for ex-Grimsby man Steve Mildenhall.

Kicking towards their own fans, Grimsby matched Rovers kick for kick, until forward, Jon-Paul Pittman fired his penalty well over the bar, and Rovers kept up their clinical form from the spot to fire themselves into the Football League.

Plenty of Grimsby Town fans stayed after the outcome to applaud their players who gave a good account of themselves throughout, the stand-out performance coming from Congolese centre-half Aristote Nsiala, whose pace and strength bailed his back line out several times.

The battle to regain Football League status begins again next season for Grimsby Town and their fans.

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