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  1. Build-up to Man Utd v Real Madrid (19:45 BST)
  2. EFL Cup and Scottish League Cup previews
  3. Gossip: Liverpool to reject Coutinho bid
  4. GET INVOLVED: #myPLmemories

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By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Great expectations

Wilfried is getting ready.

Crystal Palace start their campaign against Premier League newcomers Huddersfield on Saturday.

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Sam Gibb: 97-98 at #NUFC. Shearer injury meant front line of Ketsbia, Rush & Barnes. So my signed shirt is rare & sadly lacking Shearer.

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'One of my favourites'

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish pays his tribute to Mark Hudson, who played for the Eagles from 2004-08 and has announced his retirement today to join the Huddersfield backroom staff.

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Michael Ball: Bet no one has a custom made Wembley to put them in

But can you organise them into 1997-98 to 2001-2 players please Michael?

Michael Ball's Wembley

More EFL Cup commentaries

BBC Radio Manchester will be covering Mansfield against Rochdale with updates from the Wigan v Blackpool tie.

Is a cup run on the cards for #RAFC and #WAFC?

Live football is back tonight...

🕖 7pm
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Is a cup run on the cards for #RAFC and #WAFC? Live football is back tonight... 🕖 7pm 👤 @TheJackDearden 📻 95.1FM

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T has sent this in and I don't wish to be pedantry Pamela here, but there are a couple of things to point out. That 1997 Coca Cola Cup final would have been in the 1996-97 season, and we are doing 1997-98 to 2001-2 today, plus we are talking about 25 years of the Premier League - not League Cup games - but it's the first shirt we know that features a dartboard graphic so you can have it.


Cornick joins Hatters

Former Bournemouth player Harry Cornick says his farewells after agreeing a move to League Two Luton.

Many thanks to everyone whose helped me at @afcbournemouth over the past 4 years! All this best this season 👍🏻

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Alex Androu: First live PL match: Spurs-Chelsea 6/12/97. We lost 6-1. Flo hat trick. Vega goal for us. Next day I got a season ticket. WHY?

Not so bad if you still have it Alex, there are about 50,000 on the waiting list aren't there?

Legzdins joins Clarets

Burnley have signed Birmingham goalkeeper Adam Legzdins for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the Clarets and becomes the club’s fifth summer signing.

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Reds to keep Woodburn

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Liverpool are likely to turn down a request from Hannover 96 to take Ben Woodburn on loan.

The 17-year-old forward has impressed on Liverpool's pre-season and the Bundesliga side are showing interest in the Wales Under 19 international plus his team-mate Ryan Kent, says the Daily Mail.

Woodburn became Liverpool's youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 45 days in only his second appearance for the club.

Bolton bosses agree new deals

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin have both signed new contracts with the club. The duo were appointed in the summer of 2016 and guided Wanderers back into the Championship after the club made their best start to a league campaign in 82 years.

EFL Cup commentaries

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

There are 29 EFL Cup ties tonight, Grimsby against Derby will be live on 5 live sports extra from 19:25 BST and, as you can see, BBC Radio Leeds has the Yorkshire derby


Latest on Coutinho

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More now on Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

According to Yahoo Sports, the 25-year-old playmaker is trying to force a move to Barcelona by "doing very little in training".

The Brazil international has told Jurgen Klopp that he wishes to leave Anfield for the Catalan club and is said to be displeased Liverpool are unwilling to sell.

Fear not North Ferriby and Harrogate fans, you won't have to be stuck at home watching the soaps.

Tonight's National League North game between @northferribyutd #Harrogate Town goes ahead after a pitch inspection

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David Robertson: '97 saw Sunderland relegated and also the end of the best place I've watched football - Roker Park.

David Robertson
David Robertson


Larsson heading for Black Cats exit?

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Hull City are close to signing 32-year-old midfielder Sebastian Larsson on a free transfer from Sunderland according to the Daily Mail.

The 32-year-old has been offered a one-year contract with the option of another year.

Larsson made 21 Premier League appearances for Sunderland last year as they were relegated to the Championship alongside the Tigers.

He could be worth it for those set-pieces.

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Joker has got in touch on Twitter regarding Adam Cox's photo with Andrei Kanchekskis.

Joker rightfully says Kanchelskis was on loan at Manchester City during the 2000-01 the photo could well be in our required five year period (1997-2002).

But we think the picture looks rather like the early nineties.

Adam Cox can you clarify?


Mahrez to Inter?

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With Roma declaring themselves out of the running, Inter Milan are the latest Serie A club to be linked with Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

It has been suggested that their sporting director Walter Sabatini has already met with a Leicester representative to discuss the possibility of signing the 26-year-old.

The Foxes are said to want at least £40m to part with the Algerian, which was more than Roma were willing to pay.

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Adam Cox: Meeting Andrei Kanchelskis at his peak - no idea why my jumper is so big.

You're not in our required time frame of 1997-98 to 2001-2 Adam, Kanchelskis played for Manchester United from 1991-95 and left Everton in January 1997, but we like your line about the jumper so you can go in.

Adam Cox with Andrei Kanchelskis

Multi-buy offer?

You've been sending in your iconic home and away football shirts from 1997-2002 as we celebrate 25 years of the Premier League.

But today, Serie A side Fiorentina have announced they are releasing FOUR away kits for the new season.

Apparently it's to pay homage to the club's rich history and they have been inspired by the individual quarters of Florence.

Let's hope there's an introductory offer of buy one get three free.

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Hornets swoop for Richarlison

Watford complete the signing of 20-year-old Brazil under-20 international forward Richarlison from Fluminense on a five-year contract.

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New signing - BBC joins Instragam


Speaking of Instagram, we've got a new signing to announce.

Match of the Day has joined Instagram and you can follow the page here.

We're doing a story of Premier League at 25 today - get on over and check it out.

Hudson to retire

'Lots to learn'

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Earlier today, Huddersfield announced captain Mark Hudson was retiring from playing to become a coach at the club.

Here's the statement he posted on Instagram.

"It's official. I can honestly look back on my playing career with so many amazing memories. The players I've played with the mangers I've worked with and currently working for, I thank you all.

"I will miss playing and certainly leading the team out. I am not sad as I am a positive person and know this opportunity doesn't come around very often. I will waste no time and give my full attention to the next stage of my career.

"I have to thank all my family and my wife for the support they have given me and will continue to do so x. Lots to learn.. #happymemories#focused#nextstage

Sanchez should stay - Keown

Alexis Sanchez

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Alexis Sanchez should honour his contract with the Gunners.

Sanchez, 28, is out at contract at the end of the season, and posted a message on social media before pre-season training declaring himself 'sick'.

Although he has since resumed work at Arsenal's London Colney base, he did not feature in Sunday's Community Shield win over Chelsea.

"I don't think Sanchez is the kind of player to shut up shop," Keown said.

"He signed a contract in good faith and - while he could probably move and earn a lot more money at another club - sometimes it's about carrying on with dignity and respect and finishing the job. That's what he should do at Arsenal."

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Liam David: My CCFC 98/99 Huckerby shirt. Lucky enough to get it signed at a testimonial 15 years later.

Well done on getting the correct year, Liam. We're on 1997-2002 today please.

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Liam David/Twitter

Women's football on top

The year 1999 will always be remembered for Man Utd's incredible achievements, but across the Atlantic there was a much bigger occasion to savour.

The third edition of the Women's World Cup final took place between host nation USA and China.

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The US beat China 5-4 on penalties

The US won the trophy in a penalty shootout, and it remains the most-attended women's sports event in history with an official crowd of 90,185 at the Rose Bowl in California.


Roma hanging up on Mahrez

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Roma sporting director Monchi has said they club are moving on after failing to sign Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

Roma have had two offers for the 26-year-old winger rejected by City, the second of which was believed to have been around £32 million, way short of the Foxes' valuation.

Roma will not make a third offer and are now looking at other targets.

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Paul: Re Rustle Brand's Chelsea collection from this morning. Between Gullit and Vialli (assume they're correct) is that Nigel Farage?

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Spurs in fight for Bale?

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Big news for Spurs fans.

According to the Mirror, Tottenham have an option to buy former winger Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

But the winger's potential return to north London is not straight forward.

In the £85m deal that took Bale from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu in 2013, Daniel Levy secured an option on the 28-year-old's future.

Despite not being exactly a buy-back option, Spurs can match a bid from a Premier League rival that is accepted by the Spanish giants.

That means if Manchester United have a bid accepted, Spurs can match the offer within 72 hours.

The race is on...

Winning combination

In case you've lost track, today we're looking back on the Premier League years 1997-2002.

And top at Christmas in 1997: Manchester United and the Spice Girls.

Which, as it turns out, is quite a combination.

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Man Utd superstar David Beckham met Victoria Adams aka Posh Spice during this season.

They married a year later and became *the* power couple in the sport-pop music genre.

Early start

Arsenal send out an elaborate reminder to fans that their league season kicks off on Friday, the first time that has been the case in the Premier League.

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Huddersfield captain Hudson retires

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Huddersfield captain Mark Hudson has decided to call time on his playing career after helping his side win promotion to the Premier League.

But the 35 year-old centre-back won't be going very far.

He's joining Huddersfield head coach David Wagner's coaching set-up on a full-time basis ahead of the new season.

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Davy Grime here with his sister and the legendary Gio Kinkladze back in 1997.

"I walked past him recently and wish I got an updated picture," he said.

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Davy Grime/Twitter

Manchester City were back in the First Division then and enduring rather turbulent times.

But Georgi Kinkladze was named player of the season in 1996–97.

He's sporting the club's new kit and their new club crest introduced in 1997.

Liverpool best city to be a fan?

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Liverpool has been named the 'UK's Greatest Sporting City for 2017' according to research carried out by ESPN and the University of Bath.

Manchester was ranked second and London third. (But is Old Trafford in Manchester?)

Liverpool also came out on top in the poll to identify the UK's best city to be a football fan.


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Who is 'not for sale'?

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Tottenham have told Manchester United left-back Danny Rose is not for sale, according to the Metro.

Manchester United and Inter Milan are said to be ready to make an approach for the 27-year-old, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino says he will not be forced to sell any of his players.

(Bar Kyle Walker, who left earlier in the summer in a £50m move to Manchester City)

New signings

It's not been a busy day so far in the transfer market in terms of players.

But clubs have been making crucial signings nonetheless.

Here are a few you may have missed...

  • Newcastle defender Callum Williams has joined National League side Gateshead on half-season loan until January.
  • Stoke City have announced new matchday parking following a deal with a nearby secondary school.
  • Everton have signed a new global partner. To celebrate they're giving away a brand new set of tyres.
  • Oxford United have signed midfielder Ivo Pekalski for an undisclosed fee from Swedish club Halmstads on a two-year-deal.

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Chris Scoles: Not sure about the new baseball cap (12:20 BST) but Pulis has some hardcore support this season.

(An alternative Beatles Abbey Road cover?)

Chris Scholes

Turn of the century

We are looking back at 25 years of the Premier League this week and this entry focus on the year 2000.

New millennium, familiar champions.

Manchester United won their 13th English title and sixth under new knight Sir Alex Ferguson. Along with Fergie's fledglings, Arsenal and Leeds also qualified for the Champions League.

It was not so good news for Watford, who finished bottom with a record new low points total of 24. Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday were also relegated.

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Meanwhile, 2000 was also the year the 11 billionth person was born on this planet, which was about the same number of times "Goal!!" had been cried by the BBC's stalwart commentator John Motson.