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Managerial career of table soccer

Lewington became player-manager of Fulham after they were relegated to the Football League Third Division in July 1986. Lewington, still only 29, was the youngest manager in the Football League at the time. Fulham's budget was tight and they could only manage an 18th-place finish in Lewington's first season as manager. Off the field, the club was unstable after two takeovers in quick succession and the suggestion of a merger with their West London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

The next two seasons showed no sign of an up-turn in fortune, but in 1989, Lewington guided the club to the play-offs, although they were unsuccessful in achieving promotion. The following season saw the club struggle against relegation once more. At the end of that season, Alan Dicks was brought in, with Lewington becoming his assistant.

Lewington had spells as caretaker manager at Fulham in 1991 and 1994, before joining Crystal Palace as a coach, becoming assistant to Alan Smith as Palace were relegated from the Premiership. Brentford were taken over by former Palace owner Ron Noades in 1998, Brentford's "chairman-manager" brought in Lewington as a Coach. After Noades relinquished his team-selection duties in 2000, Lewington was appointed as manager of Brentford, taking them to a losing appearance in the Football League Trophy final in 2001 and guiding them to 14th in Division Two. He left at the end of the 200001 season to become Gianluca Vialli's reserve team manager at Watford: a difficult role, as Vialli never let any first-team players play for the reserve side.

When Vialli was sacked in the summer 2002, Lewington was appointed manager. Like with Fulham 16 years earlier, Lewington assumed control of a club that had an extremely limited budget, with the club crippled from the collapse of ITV Digital and the high-spending of the Vialli era, which had failed to result in promotion to the Premier League. Despite this, Lewington guided the club to two middle table finishes and two cup semi-finals a 21 loss to Southampton in the FA Cup in 2003 and a 20 loss (over two legs) to Liverpool in the League Cup two seasons later. Just two months after the Liverpool game, Lewington was sacked, after a poor run of league form.

In July 2005, Lewington returned to Fulham after ten years away, as reserve team manager, under manager Chris Coleman. By this time, Fulham were an established Premier League club with healthy finances. In December 2007, Lewington served a brief stint as caretaker manager after the departure of Lawrie Sanchez, managing the team for three games until Roy Hodgson was appointed full-time. He remained at Craven Cottage as part of the management team as assistant manager. He was replaced as assistant manager by Mark Bowen when Mark Hughes became manager and became the First Team Coach.

On 17 October 2010, it was announced on the Fulham website that Lewington had been given the job of leading the club's Youth Development Program and that taking his position as first team coach would be Glyn Hodges.

Mark Hughes resigned after the end of the 201011 season and his successor Martin Jol reinstated Lewington as First Team Coach in June 2011, alongside Jol's assistants Michael Lindeman and Cornelius Jol. Jol said: "We started off with him because he's probably a main figure here, at this club, he knows everything."

On 4 May 2012, it was confirmed that Lewington would become England assistant manager alongside Roy Hodgson, who had just accepted the FA's offer to manage the England team, having previously managed West Bromwich Albion. On 27 June 2016 he resigned as part of the England coaching staff after the embarrassing defeat to Iceland in Euro 2016.

On 12 September 2017, following the appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager of Crystal Palace FC, it was announced that Lewington would once again return to the club as assistant manager.

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Summary of table soccer

The opening match of the tournament saw Scottish champions Rangers taking on French side Paris Saint-Germain. Rangers manager Walter Smith set his team up in a 4141 formation, with a four-man defence, Lee McCulloch in front of a four-man midfield and Kenny Miller playing as the lone striker. Paris Saint-Germain's first eleven included former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makll, who shielded their defence. Before kick-off, a minute's applause was held in tribute to former manager Sir Bobby Robson who died on 31 July. Neither Rangers or Paris Saint-Germain scored in the first half but the game was not incident free Miller's attempt on goal in the early minutes was wide, and he nearly capitalised on goalkeeper Grgory Coupet leaving his goal line moments later as his cross almost looped into the net. Mevlt Erdin had Paris Saint-Germain's best chance after 30 minutes, but failed to connect to Jean-Eudes Maurice's cross. The winning goal, scored by Rangers, came after the interval; from a corner, defender Madjid Bougherra rose highest and headed the ball past Coupet.

Arsenal faced Atltico Madrid in the day's late kick-off. Midfielder Tom Rosick returned to the Arsenal team for the first time since January 2008 after a lengthy injury spell, while club captain Cesc Fbregas was named on the substitutes' bench. The side lined up in a 433 formation, which Wenger introduced earlier in pre-season to get the best out of his attacking players. Atltico meanwhile started former Manchester United striker Diego Forln up front, and former-Arsenal player Jos Antonio Reyes on the right-hand side of midfield. The visitors started well and almost made a perfect start when Reyes came close to scoring inside six minutes. Florent Sinama Pongolle and Forln steered their headers wide, but despite the chances Atltico created, Arsenal dictated much of the play in the first 45 minutes. The introduction of academy graduate Jack Wilshere in the second half added fluency to Arsenal's game; reporter Amy Lawrence noted his touches of the ball received "unabashed excitement from the Emirates crowd." Arsenal scored with four minutes of normal time remaining when substitute Andrey Arshavin volleyed in from Fbregas' cross. Germn Pacheco equalised for Atltico on the counter minutes later, but Arshavin in stoppage time scored again this time profiting from defensive error, to give Arsenal a 21 win.

Atltico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain played each other on the second day; both clubs made a number of changes to their team from their first game. Sergio Agero, who started against Arsenal, gave Atltico the lead when he converted a penalty kick which was awarded after the forward was brought down by Albert Baning. Paris Saint-Germain played the remainder of the game with 10 men as Baning was sent off for his foul on Agero. Despite the man disadvantage, they equalised in the second half as a well-worked move forced goalkeeper Roberto Jimnez Gago out of his position; Ludovic Giuly scored an open goal. The match ended 11, keeping Arsenal at the top of the table. The hosts later beat Rangers 30, with Wilshere scoring twice. Arsenal manager Arsne Wenger lauded his performance over the two days, telling reporters: "When he starts to go past people in the final 20 yards you can always say there is something special." Wilshere's performance was watched by England manager Fabio Capello, but Wenger restrained talk of his involvement in the national side: "Lets be calm and quiet, the World Cup is next year. Lets first see how he improves and plays; how consistent he is."

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Cup matches of table soccer

FA CupCardiff entered the FA Cup in the first round, being drawn against First Division side Sunderland. The match was played at Roker Park with a crowd of 41,923 on 8 January 1921 with Cardiff causing an upset by winning 10 following a goal from George Beare. In a reversal of fortune in the following round, Cardiff were seen as favourites after being drawn against Third Division side Brighton & Hove Albion. However, Cardiff was unable to make their higher ranking count as they were held to a goalless draw at Brighton's Goldstone Ground. In the replay, a single goal from Cashmore was enough to see Cardiff through to the third round. A third consecutive away draw followed, with Cardiff defeating Third Division Southampton 10 at The Dell after a goal from Gill.

The club's victory over Southampton meant that, for the first time in their history, Cardiff had reached the fourth round of the FA Cup. The team were drawn against First Division side Chelsea who would be playing their eighth match in the competition having been taken to two replays by both Reading and Plymouth Argyle in the first and third rounds respectively. Chelsea's difficulty in overcoming opponents in the previous rounds meant that the match was seen as a closer contest than the divisional gap suggested. A crowd of 50,000 attended the match at Stamford Bridge as Cardiff took an early lead through Cashmore's second goal in the competition. Cardiff proceeded to defend resolutely throughout the remainder of the match as their defensive line of Blair, Charlie Brittain and Keenor received significant praise in match reports, and held their lead for the remainder of the game.

Cardiff's victory over Chelsea saw them become the first Welsh side ever to reach the semi-final stage in the competition's history. The draw for the semi-final saw Cardiff paired with fellow Second Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers. As semi-final ties are traditionally held at a neutral venue, the match was moved to Anfield, the home ground of Liverpool, on 19 March. The match also became notable as the first football game ever attended by King George V and Queen Mary. Their only daughter, Princess Mary, was also present at the match. The game was described as a defensive affair with "less than half-a-dozen" shots taken throughout the game and ended in a goalless draw necessitating a replay. This was blamed largely on the heavy rain that fell throughout the day resulting in the pitch becoming greasy before badly cutting up as the game wore on. Wolves were adjudged to have been the stronger of the two sides with Evans being named as Cardiff's most impressive attacking player, although the side's defence was praised after recording their seventh consecutive clean sheet in the competition. 42,000 fans attended the fixture resulting in 3,500 of receipts in one of the highest gates the club drew during the season.

The reply was held at Old Trafford, the home ground of Manchester United, four days later. Cardiff's defence had not conceded a goal in the competition to this point but was breached after just 12 minutes and Wolves added a second goal before half-time. Cardiff pulled one goal back when they were awarded a penalty for handball which was converted by Keenor and this led to a brief upsurge in performance as the side looked for an equaliser. However, a number of long shots were defended by Wolves who added a third goal soon after as the match finished 31. 45,000 spectators had attended the replay yielding gate receipts of 4,270. Wolves went on to lose the final 21 against First Division side Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

Match resultsKeyResultsWelsh CupCardiff entered the competition as reigning holders having won the trophy for the second time in their history in April 1920 after defeating Wrexham 20. The side's first match was in the third round where they were drawn against Pontypridd. The match however was scheduled for 15 January 1921, the same day as Cardiff were due to play Bristol City in the Second Division. Both matches went ahead on the same date with the first team playing in the league and a team made up of reserve and fringe players travelling to Pontypridd. The weakened side suffered a 21 defeat with Cardiff's goal being scored by Len Davies.

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