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Monday, November 10, 1997 Published at 17:34 GMT

Sport: Football

Football's drugs diary

Shane Nicholson is the latest in a line of footballers who have tested positive for drugs.

This is football's drugs diary:

NOVEMBER 1994: Arsenal and England striker Paul Merson admits to cocaine, alcohol and drug addiction and is ordered to spend six weeks in a rehabilitation clinic by the Football Association.

MARCH 1995: Tottenham forward Chris Armstrong, then with Crystal Palace, left out of the Palace side for four games on FA instructions after testing positive for cannabis. Arsenal's David Hillier and Charlton pair Dean Chandler and Lee Bowyer also exposed by training-ground checks.

MAY 1995: Tranmere YTS player Jamie Hughes handed six-month ban, suspended for two years, after becoming the first English player to be charged with using a performance-enhancing drug after testing positive for amphetamines.

FEBRUARY 1996:Leyton Orient defender Roger Stanislaus handed one-year ban and subsequently sacked by his club after being found guilty of using cocaine, a performance-enhancing drug. Huddersfield striker Craig Whitington charged with misconduct by the FA after becoming first English player to test positive for banned substances (cannabis) on two separate occasions. Sacked by Huddersfield after being banned by FA for six months.

NOVEMBER 1996:Charlton's 18-year-old midfielder Jay Notley charged with misconduct by the FA after testing positive for cocaine, cannabis and Ecstasy. Given three months rehabilitation before having his case reviewed by the FA Disciplinary Commission in March.

JANUARY 1997:Ipswich's 23-year-old defender Adam Tanner charged with misconduct by the FA after testing positive for cocaine. Suspended for three months by the FA.

NOVEMBER 1997:West Brom defender Shane Nicholson is suspended and charged with misconduct by the FA after failing a drugs test. The 27-year-old former Lincoln and Derby man tests positive for traces of amphetamine.

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