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Phil Brown leads Southend out at Wembley

Phil Brown was handed the Southend manager's job after the sacking of Paul Sturrock last month. Credit: PA

Southend boss Phil Brown led out his team at Wembley as they took on Crewe Alexandra in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final on Sunday - just weeks after he was controversially installed as manager at Roots Hall following the sacking of Paul Sturrock.

Southend had initially indicated they would allow Sturrock to return to lead the club for the game, as thanks to him for guiding them to Wembley. However, the controversial idea was rejected by Sturrock.

Brown did, however, allow his assistant Graham Coughlan the honour of standing alongside the Southend team during the national anthem, opting instead to stand in the technical area.


Railwaymen sort out loans

Chuks Aneke will be develop at Gresty Road at the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Arsenal's Chuks Aneke has rejoined Crewe on loan for the rest of the season, and the club have extended Newcastle midfielder Brad Inman's stay until the end of the campaign.

Brad Inman has represented Scotland at under-21 level. Credit: PA

Martin extends deal

Alan Martin has been Crewe first-choice this season. Credit: PA

Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Alan Martin has signed a new deal with the club, which will see him stay at Gresty Road until summer 2014. The former Leeds man's deal was set to expire in the new year.


All aboard the birthday train

Dean Ashton began his career at Crewe. Credit: PA

He should have gone to to bigger and better things, but Dean Ashton was forced to retire in 2009 due to an ankle injury, but hopefully he'll still be smiling on his 29th birthday. He trod a similar path early on by making his name at Crewe, like Ashley Ward who hits 42 today.

Ashley Ward played for a variety of clubs, including Crewe, Blackburn and Bradford. Credit: PA

Redknapp appointed at QPR

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