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  1. EFL pre-season media event
  2. Managers & players discussing season ahead
  3. Terry: 'Exciting new chapter for me'
  4. Get Involved: #bbcfootball

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Don't forget, the EFL starts on Friday evening and you can follow all the action live here from 18:00 BST.

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As we mentioned at 14:57, the EFL will trial the new "ABBA penalty shoot-out" format, which has prompted these texts from our readers...

They are called ABBA penalties because the Winner Takes it all

Adam Coventry

Re ABBA penalties - as always "The Winner takes it all" despite the changes!

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Re.14:57, it doesn't really matter which order pens are taken, the winner takes it all...

Michael, Leeds

Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper LIVE

'I feel I have missed out!'

Phillips is talking about the extortionate transfer fees with Mark Clement...

"I never thought I would see these ridiculous transfer fees like Neymar potentially going to £200m to PSG? Derby County bid £15m for me when I was at Sunderland so I never thought we would be talking about a £200m transfer fee.

"I wish I was still playing because I feel I have missed out!"

There is beard chat going on with Derby County's assistant coach Kevin Phillips on the Match of the Day Facebook page at the moment....

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Grealish update

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Steve Bruce on Jack Grealish: "Now Jack's got an awful injury. We wish him a speedy recovery. He's still in hospital as we speak. The well-being of Jack is the most important thing at the moment. He is in a stable condition."

The Villa midfielder was taken to hospital after injuring his hip and ribs in a pre-season friendly against Watford.

The England Under-21 international fell awkwardly during the first half of Saturday's goalless draw against the Hornets at Villa Park.

Villa are expected to be without Grealish for up to three months following the injury.

LIVE from Villa Park

'I hate pre-season!'

More from Steve Bruce: "You know the individuals; I know the individuals. I hated pre-season as a player. I hate it even worse as a manager. You can win all your games, first game of the season, you get thumped, and all that optimism goes down the tube. It'll be a difficult game."

Steve Bruce:
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'I would give my past four promotions to take this one'

Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has been speaking to Sky Sports...

"As long as you have a squad capable, then you have a fair crack at winning the title. But we need a bit of luck and already have a fair few serious injuries.

"This club Aston Villa demands promotion. You can try to dampen the expectations from the fans but it is there and you can't deny it.

"I would give my past four promotions to take this one because of the huge expectations. last year we didn't match the expectations.

EFL to trial 'ABBA' penalty shootout format

The "ABBA" format for penalty shootouts will be used in all English Football League competitions in 2017-18.

After an initial spot-kick, teams each take pairs of kicks in an attempt to reduce the pressure on the side taking the second kick in a shootout.

The system has already been used on a trial basis in some international tournaments by Uefa during the summer.

It will be implemented in all ties in the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and EFL play-offs.

You can read the full story here.

Points for the best ABBA related puns...

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Like school photo day (with fewer screaming kids)

You know it's nearly the start of the season when you see this...

The players are starting to take their positions for the team photo #Pools

The players are starting to take their positions for the team photo #Pools

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Bill Ash: Can someone tell John Terry that we haven't had 45,000 fans inside Villa Park in a long time..?

But will the signing of Terry help put bums on seats?

'The village team that reached the English Football League'

Forest Green Rovers are the new kids on the Football League block - and it's been a long road to promotion.

After 19 consecutive seasons in the National League, they beat Tranmere 3-1 at Wembley to win promotion to the EFL.

They had support from Vivienne Westwood, every player follows a vegan diet and they're planning a new 5,000 wooden eco-stadium.

Here's the story behind Forest Green Rovers' extraordinary rise.

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Movers and shakers

Which teams do you think are the ones to watch this season?

Get in touch using #bbcfootball with your thoughts on the front-runners and dark horses across the EFL for the 2017/18 season.

And on the subject of John Terry, The Sun are reporting that Villa have had to put the sale of replica shirts on hold - because they're too popular!

The club shop has reportedly run out of the letter 'R' as they struggle to keep up with the demand for Terry shirts.

The full story is over here.

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'The club sells itself'

More from John Terry on why he joined Aston Villa: "The manager, with his experience he can bring and offer to the group, it's impeccable, really. The club sells itself. I've been on the receiving end of the supporters a few time. They're a passionate bunch.

"When you walk trough the door in the dressing room, the pre-season camp - the players have the same ambitions. It'll be tough but everyone in our group is up for it and committed to this season. "

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Fixture list ahoy

It might feel like the season has just ended but no. It's been two-and-a-bit months since the last league game, and that, frankly, is far too long.

So things begin again on Friday, when Nottingham Forest play Championship new boys Millwall, and relegated Sunderland host Derby County.

Everyone else, from the Championship to League Two, get going on the Saturday. We've got the full fixture list over here.

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'Hull will be right up for it'

Villa's first game of the season is against newly relegated Hull on Saturday so what is John Terry expecting?

"Hull will be right up for it having been relegated but they will be looking to get straight back up.

"We are going to be looking for promotion as we have everything is in place to do it. The manager, the squad, the facilities, the stadium, the fans.

"Lifting the trophy is what we want to be doing at the end of the season. But there are five or six clubs will have the same ambition. We have to work consistently hard to do well and grind out results - there are a lot of games in the Championship but we also have the mental toughness."

'My initiation ceremony was nerve-wracking!'

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Aston Villa captain John Terry speaking to Sky Sports: "I'm excited for the season to start, obviously. You spend a lot of time in pre-season getting ready and raring to go. Most importantly we get our first game here at Villa Park., Hopefully we can get off to a good start.

"The most nerve-wracking thing was going to do my initiation ceremony! I didn't sleep for two nights. The players made me feel really welcome. On the pitch, everything speaks for itself.

"It's an exciting new chapter for me. In front of 45,000 here every week is what I want to be doing and competing at the very top. Our ambition is to get up."

The new Aston Villa skipper John Terry has been speaking to Sky Sports News - shall we hear his thoughts on the season ahead?

Test your EFL transfer knowledge

An ex-England captain, a former Lance Bombardier in the Army and the most expensive signing in Championship history.

There has been plenty of EFL activity in the transfer window so far this summer and expect plenty more moves before deadline day arrives on 31 August.

With the new season starting on Friday, how well do you know your EFL transfers?

Try your luck with our quiz...


So, who's there?

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We will hear from managers and players from across the football league including, (but not limited to) Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce, Birmingham City's Harry Redknapp and Notts County boss, former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan...

Stay tuned...

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live reporter at Villa Park

I am primed and in position for the season launch at Villa Park.

Later on I will be taking over BBC Sport's Instagram account from here so keep an eye out for that...

Primed and in position for the EFL Season Launch at Villa Park.

3 days....


There are only three days to go until the opening games of the season so a few football league clubs have all made their way to Villa Park to speak to the press.

We will be bringing you the latest as we get it.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of today's EFL 2017/18 Season launch day...

Can I get a "woop woop!!"

Use #bbcfootball to get in touch with us as we take you through the latest from Villa Park...