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Over the course of the 2013/14 campaign, Sky Sports once again delved deep into the heart of the Football League in an effort to provide a greater insight into life away from the glare of the Premier League.

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Nine months of madness saw us catch up with a representative from all 72 clubs, across all three divisions - with countless phone calls, numerous emails and many hours of stress producing a fitting end result.

We got the ball rolling among the early pacesetters, with Queens Park Rangers' Matt Phillips and Chesterfield's Ritchie Humphreys looking ahead to seasons that would deliver promotion joy and Scott Cuthbert reflecting on a perfect start for Leyton Orient.

From that point on there was no stopping us, with big names and big stories covered at every turn.

Among those to offer their thoughts on life in the Championship was Leicester City's Andy King, as Nigel Pearson's men bounced back spectacularly from play-off woe in 2012/13 to secure a return to the top flight as second tier champions.

Sean Dyche talked us through a remarkable effort at Turf Moor that has Burnley back in the big time, while Uwe Rosler lifted the lid on handling a heavy workload at Wigan Athletic and helping them to turn the corner.

Chris Martin discussed the art of goal-scoring at Derby County, Robert Earnshaw the thinking behind his return to British football at Blackpool, Jason Pearce another testing campaign for Leeds United and Ben Osborn a breakthrough year for him at Nottingham Forest.

Glory

In League One, we caught up with the man rebuilding Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kenny Jackett, as the men from Molineux swept their way to title glory and an immediate step back up the League ladder.

We were back in the dugout when speaking to Gillingham manager Peter Taylor, while cult hero Sergio Torres looked at the past, present and future while on the books at Crawley Town.

Top marksmen then took centre stage, with Peterborough United's Britt Assombalonga, Coventry City's Callum Wilson and Rotherham United's Alex Revell all enjoying standout campaigns, before we brought the curtain down on our third tier efforts by catching up with relieved Crewe Alexandra defender Mark Ellis.

Dropping into League Two and our early offerings included a chat with Wycombe Wanderers' Matt Bloomfield in his testimonial year and a fundraising event with a difference at Rochdale with Ian Henderson.

Gary Rowett discussed the need to keep moving Burton Albion in the right direction - as he once again took them close to promotion - Johnny Ertl emphasised the need for stability at Portsmouth and Ryan Clarke aired frustrations on behalf of Oxford United after a late wobble left them outside the play-off places.

A couple of loanees also offered an intriguing take on the benefits of time spent in new surroundings, with Wigan's Rob Kiernan and Middlesbrough's Christian Burgess getting important minutes under their belt at Southend United and Hartlepool United respectively.

If you missed your side's entry, or just want to catch up on those articles you did not get the chance to read first time around, follow the links below to gain a greater insight into the clubs and characters who grace the Football League and help to make for such enthralling viewing.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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Arsenal interest in Sterling

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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