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Accrington rename ground the Wham Stadium

Accrington Stanley will now play at the Wham Stadium. Credit: PA

Accrington Stanley have signed a new sponsorship deal, which will see their ground renamed the Wham Stadium.

The League Two club will now be sponsored by 'What More UK Ltd', with partner company PlasticBoxShop's name will appearing on the team's shirts.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Accrington Stanley, ever since seeing the famous milk advert on TV when I was a kid, especially as my dad came from Liverpool!

It’s a historic and iconic club and when the opportunity came up for PlasticBoxShop to be the shirt sponsor I leapt at it. In supporting Accrington Stanley we feel that we have found a club that has come from humble beginnings like ourselves, but has ambitions to keep on growing and we plan to treble in size.

Over the next 3 years our ambition is to make PlasticBoxShop one of the UK’s best known brands.

– Gary Lyons, Managing Director of PlasticBoxShop


Zamora returns to Brighton after QPR release

Bobby Zamora left QPR this summer. Credit: PA

Striker Bobby Zamora has joined Brighton for a second time - 15 years after beginning his first spell with Albion.

The 34-year-old former England international was a free agent after leaving QPR and has signed a one-year deal, Brighton announced on Monday evening.

Guardiola: Man United signing has not been fit for years

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has cast doubt on the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger, saying he hasn't been fit for three years.

The German midfielder, who moved to Old Trafford in the summer, played 33 times last season for club and country but Catalan Guardiola is not convinced about his longevity.

Bastian Schweinsteiger could be a key play at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

"When he does not have injury problems, I am completely convinced he will do very well at Manchester United. He is a top, top player," the Bayern boss said of the 31-year-old.

"Unfortunately, during the last three years he was never in good condition. He is going to play really well there (at United). I really hope that is going to happen."

Ferdinand urges Chelsea target to join Man United

Rio Ferdinand has urged John Stones to think carefully about his future, suggesting he could become a linchpin in Manchester United's backline instead of a supporting act for Chelsea.

The Everton centre back has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks after the Toffees, who insist he is going nowhere, twice rejected big money bids from Chelsea for the 21-year-old.

Jon Stones has been the subject of Chelsea bids. Credit: PA

"If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that's the right club for him," Ferdinand is quoted as saying in several national newspapers.

"If he goes to Chelsea, he's not playing every week. He's at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week. If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you've got to be a lunatic. You have to be."


Adam Johnson trial pushed back to February 2016

The trial of England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson on child sex charges has been put back to next year.

Johnson pictured arriving at court today. Credit: PA

The 28-year-old Sunderland winger has appeared at Durham Crown Court for a hearing which dealt with legal rulings, ahead of a trial which had been scheduled for later this month.

Judge Christopher Prince, the recorder of Durham, accepted that the trial could not take place then, and said it will be heard at Bradford Crown Court on February 10.

The judge said details of Monday's hearing could not be reported, except to say it involved legal and administrative matters.

Johnson, wearing a blue-grey checked suit and white shirt with no tie, was driven to the hearing in a Range Rover, and walked into the court building with a group of men including his legal team and his father.

The defendant, from Castle Eden, County Durham, has already denied three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.

Leicester complete Yohan Benalouane transfer

Atalanta defender and former France under-21 international, Yohan Benalouane, has join Leicester in a deal worth £5.6m

Benalouane, 28, was cautioned 15 times in 28 appearances for Atalanta last season, and received his marching orders during a 4-1 defeat against Inter Milan in February.

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