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Former footballer found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery

Delroy Facey playing for Bolton. Credit: PA

Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey has been convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot.

Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, had denied being part of the conspiracy.

He claimed the businessmen who were apparently offering him up to £15,000 for his part in the plot were "class clowns" who he decided to "humour" and did not take seriously.

But the jury Birmingham Crown Court convicted him today of conspiracy to bribe players.

Former non-league player Moses Swaibu was convicted of the same charge.

They will be sentenced later today.

Pictures: Shrewsbury overjoyed, Cheltenham destroyed

Shrewsbury Town's Mark Ellis celebrates his teams win after the Sky Bet League Two match at the Abbey Business Stadium, Cheltenham. Credit: PA

In a cruel twist, by Shrewsbury Town beating Cheltenham this afternoon in League Two, the winners were promoted, and the losers dumped out of the football league.

Cheltenham Town's Omari Sterling-James shows his dejection Credit: PA

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro earned Shrewsbury automatic promotion but sentenced Cheltenham to relegation.

The striker struck the decisive goal in the 20th minute with a deflected effort which gave Trevor Carson no chance.

Shrewsbury Town's Liam Lawrence celebrates promotion to League One with fans Credit: PA
Shrewsbury Town players celebrate after winning, wearing T-Shirts in memory of BBC Radio presenter Colin Bloomfield who lost his fight with skin cancer Credit: PA

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Hart and Halsall take temporary charge at Notts County

Paul Hart and Mick Halsall will take temporary charge of Notts County Credit: EMPICS Sport / PA

Notts County have confirmed that Acting Academy Manager Paul Hart and Head of Academy Coaching Mick Halsall will take temporary charge of the first team while the club looks for a permanent successor to Shaun Derry.

Shaun Derry was sacked by Notts County FC on Monday Credit: PA

It was announced on Monday that Manager Derry and his Assistant Manager Greg Abbott had parted company with Notts County and the process is underway to find their successor at Meadow Lane.

But with a crucial League One game against Scunthorpe United this weekend and the need to maintain the day-to-day running of the first team squad, Hart and Halsall have been asked to take on the role of caretaker management team in the interim period.

Hart is a former Notts County player and has held the top job at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Crystal Palace. Halsall, meanwhile, is one of the most respected youth coaches in the game.

Midlands Matchday Live: Full-time results

Premier League:

  • Leicester 0 - 0 Hull
  • Sunderland 0 - 4 Aston Villa
  • West Bromwich Albion 1 - 0 Stoke

Championship:

  • Birmingham 1 - 1 Huddersfield
  • Brighton 1 - 1 Wolverhampton
  • Leeds 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest
  • Norwich 1 - 1 Derby

League One:

  • Chesterfield 2 - 3 Coventry
  • Doncaster 0 - 2 Peterborough
  • Notts County 1 - 1 Bradford
  • Port Vale 0 - 1 Swindon
  • Walsall 1 - 1 MK Dons

League Two:

  • Burton 3 - 0 Accrington
  • Mansfield 0 - 1 Bury
  • Northampton 1 - 0 Tranmere
  • Wycombe 1 - 0 Shrewsbury

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Midlands Matchday Live: Half-time results

Premier League:

  • Leicester 0 - 0 Hull
  • Sunderland 0 - 4 Aston Villa
  • West Bromwich Albion 1 - 0 Stoke

Championship:

  • Birmingham 1 - 1 Huddersfield
  • Brighton 0 - 0 Wolverhampton
  • Leeds 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest
  • Norwich 1 - 0 Derby

League One:

  • Chesterfield 1 - 1 Coventry
  • Doncaster 0 - 1 Peterborough
  • Port Vale 0 - 1 Swindon
  • Walsall 1 - 1 MK Dons

League Two:

  • Burton 1 - 0 Accrington
  • Mansfield 0 - 1 Bury
  • Northampton 0 - 0 Tranmere
  • Wycombe 1 - 0 Shrewsbury
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