Coca-Cola has secured a three-year sponsorship deal with the Football League. Although the value of the agreement was not disclosed, a spokesman for the Football League described it as the League's biggest ever sponsorship deal.

As part of the agreement, Coke has offered the 72 League clubs a share of £1 m if they score 4,500 or more goals between them next season.

The highest number of goals scored in a season by the clubs in the three divisions which make up the League has been 4,354 - 146 short of Coke's target.