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Luton Town 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Djed Spence has just rifled home past James Shea from a tight angle for Nottingham Forest but his effort is correctly ruled out for offside.


Luton Town 1-0 Nottingham, Forest: It’s half-time at Kenilworth Road, where Luton lead courtesy of Kal Naismith’s penalty. As things stand, they would leapfrog both Sheffield United and Forest to go fourth in the table, a point ahead of their visitors.


A reader email: “As it is Luton vs Nottingham Forest, I just thought I would remind you that it is obligatory to mention the 1959 FA Cup final between these two teams, which Forest won 2-1,” writes Philip Rebbeck.

“The game is best known today because the first goal for Forest was scored by Roy Dwight, a cousin of Reg Dwight aka Elton John. Unfortunately he also broke his leg and had to be carried off, which also means that Forest are the only team to win the FA Cup final with ten men.”

I must say all that has come as news to me. Was Roy’s goal a screamer from distance? A rocket, man?


GOAL! Luton Town 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Naismith 36pen)

Championship: Luton Town have been in the ascendency and now take a first-half lead. Kal Naismith scores from the spot after Jack Colback was penalised for handball in the Luton penalty area.


Luton Town v Nottingham Forest: After 14 minutes, it’s scoreless between the sides at Kenilworth Road, where Luton have had a decent penalty shout for handball turned down and Forest striker Lewis Grabban has just brought a fine save out of James Shea.


Big news: Liam Gallagher has apologised for a now-deleted death threat he issued to Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic on Twitter. The former Manchester City defender will almost certainly have been quaking in his boots after the former Oasis frontman and City fan insinuated he would kill the “goofy looking [c-word]” if their paths crossed in the wake of Wednesday’s night’s match between Atletico and City.

“I’m really upset and annoyed at myself,” tweeted the contrite wild man of rock. “I feel I’ve let all my fans down by my outlandish behaviour I’m a role model to GROWN UPS hope you can forgive me.” Savic has yet to comment on the matter but may do so once he has stopped laughing.

Im really upset and annoyed at myself I feel I’ve let all my fans down by my outlandish behaviour I’m a role model to GROWN UPS hope you can forgive me LFUCKING x

— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) April 15, 2022


Championship: Kick-off in the match between Luton Town and Nottingham Forest has been slightly delayed but the teams are in the tunnel and the game should start soon.

Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest’s Lewis Grabban (left) and Joe Worrall warm up before their side’s game against Luton at Kenilworth Road. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

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League Two fixtures and permutations

  • Exeter City v Colchester United (1pm)
  • Barrow v Forest Green
  • Bradford City v Tranmere Rovers
  • Bristol Rovers v Salford City
  • Harrogate v Swindon Town
  • Hartlepool United v Port Vale
  • Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe United
  • Mansfield Town v Sutton United
  • Newport County v Crawley Town
  • Oldham Athletic v Northampton Town
  • Stevenage v Rochdale
  • Walsall v Carlisle United
  • View the League Two table

Scunthorpe will be relegated from the Football League if they lose to Leyton Orient, or if their result is matched by any two of Barrow, Oldham and Stevenage.

Three of the top four in League Two still have six games to play, a state of affairs that means nobody will be promoted today. Leaders Forest Green would be assured at least a play-off place if they beat Barrow and any one of Northampton, Bristol Rovers and Sutton drop points. (Staff and PA Sport)


League One fixtures and permutations

  • Accrington Stanley v Burton Albion
  • Charlton Athletic v Morecambe
  • Cheltenham Town v Gillingham
  • Crewe Alexandra v AFC Wimbledon
  • Doncaster Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
  • Fleetwood Town v Oxford United
  • Portsmouth v Lincoln City
  • Sunderland v Shrewsbury Town
  • Wycombe Wanderers v Plymouth Argyle
  • View the League One table

Mathematically, seven teams remain in the hunt for automatic promotion and with nine points covering the top four of Wigan, MK Dons, Rotherham and Plymouth, nothing will be decided on Friday.

Wigan are already guaranteed a play-off place at least, and MK Dons would join them if they beat Sheffield Wednesday or match Wycombe’s result against AFC Wimbledon. Rotherham’s top-six place could also be confirmed with victory over Ipswich and a defeat for Wycombe.

At the bottom, Doncaster’s win over Crewe last week sent them down and ensures the remainder of the relegation battle will run at least until Monday. (Staff and PA Sport)

Leam Richardson
Leam Richardson and his Wigan players have already guaranteed themselves a play-off place but remain in the box-seat to win the League One Championship. Photograph: Joe Toth/REX/Shutterstock

Championship fixtures and permutaions

  • Luton Town v Nottingham Forest (12.30pm)
  • Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
  • Birmingham City v Coventry City
  • Hull City v Cardiff City
  • Peterborough United v Blackburn Rovers
  • Preston v Millwall
  • Sheffield United v Reading
  • Stoke City v Bristol City
  • Swansea City v Barnsley
  • West Brom v Blackpool
  • Huddersfield Town v QPR
  • Derby County v Fulham (8pm)
  • View the Championship table

Victory for Fulham over Derby tonight would be enough to secure promotion for Marco Silva’s side should Forest lose at Luton in the lunchtime kick-off.

Back-to-back wins today and on Tuesday against Preston could seal the title should Bournemouth lose against both Middlesbrough and Coventry. Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic remains just two away from the first 40-goal league season in almost 30 years.

No relegations can be confirmed today. However, if Hull better Barnsley’s result three from Reading, the Tykes, Derby and Peterborough will go down this season. (Staff and PA Sport)

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic and his Fulham teammates could secure promotion tonight if the result between Luton and Nottingham Forest goes their way at lunchtime. Photograph: Dave Shopland/REX/Shutterstock


Good Friday clockwatch …

Good Friday? It’s a great Friday for Football League fans with plenty of action scheduled for the Championship and the two divisions below. Luton Town host Nottingham Forest in the afternoon’s earliest kick-off at Kenilworth Road and a win for the home side would mean Fulham will secure promotion to the Premier League with a win over Derby County at Pride Park tonight.

We’ll bring you all the major talking points and news of the goals as they go on a busy day in which Burnley have done their bit to steal the headlines by sacking Sean Dyche with just eight games of the season left to save their Premier League status.

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