Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 21, 2008

A Major Chance of Eazy Victory
MAJOR EAZY made a bright, if somewhat belated, start to his three-year-old campaign this month and is one of the most interesting contenders at Great Leighs tomorrow. The Fasliyev colt was a useful juvenile for Brian Meehan last term, bagging some...
Anton Is Ready for Derby Heat; 4 Days of the Derby
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ANTON FERDINAND believes this weekend's Wear-Tyne derby atmosphere will be the most intense he has ever experienced. The Black Cats' pounds 8m summer buy from West Ham is all set for his first taste of the North East derby...
Barton Could Seal Spot for Derby Battle
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports JOEY BARTON can clinch a place in Saturday's derby match at Sunderland if he shines in the less than salubrious surroundings of non-league Billingham Synthonia tonight. The controversial Newcastle United midfielder...
Bassong Praise for Never-Say Die Show
Byline: By LEE RYDER SEBASTIEN BASSONG has hailed Newcastle United's "bravery" after they held out for a point with 10 men against Manchester City. The young Frenchman impressed again at left-back, and was part of a United defence only cracked...
Big Earners on Council Revealed; MORE THAN 200 STAFF HAVE Pounds 50,000-PLUS SALARIES
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Politicial Editor MORE than 200 people on the Newcastle City Council payroll now earn more than pounds 50,000 a year. They include managers, teachers and professional staff employed by the council. Eight employees, including...
Birthday Bash Is a Class Act
PUPILS travelled back in time to celebrate their school's centenary. Youngsters from Greenland Junior School, in Stanley, County Durham, marked its 100th birthday by dressing up in Edwardian clothes and singing traditional songs such as the Blaydon...
Birthday Bash Is a Class Act; PUPILS STEP BACK IN TIME TO MARK SCHOOL'S CENTENARY
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter PUPILS travelled back in time to celebrate their school's centenary. Youngsters from Greenland Junior School, in Stanley, County Durham, marked its 100th birthday by dressing up in Edwardian clothes...
Brave Andy Can Be Masked Hero
Byline: BY NICK PUREWAL STUART GRIMES reckons Andy Long might have to take his swashbuckling heroics to new extremes against Wasps on Friday night. Leading a band of walking wounded Newcastle Falcons forwards, in-form hooker Long faces a quandary...
Children Die in M6 Inferno; SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN TWO SMASHES
Byline: By IAN MOORE SIX people, including three children, died in a series of motorway crashes, police said today. The young children were travelling with two adults - thought to be their parents - on the M6 in Cheshire when their car burst...
Children Die in M6 Inferno; SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN TWO SMASHES
Byline: By IAN MOORE A HORROR crash on the M6 which killed three children and two adults thought to be their parents was like a war zone, police said today. Speaking from a bridge which overlooks the scene, Insp Brian Rogers said the carnage...
DAYLIGHT ROBBERY; Beye 'Gutted' after Red Card Agony
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE today revealed his devastation after a red card just 12 minutes into his comeback from injury against Manchester City last night. The Senegal international's despair was compounded straight after the red card from...
Down Your Way
TYNESIDE HISTORY TALK THE Tyne Industrial Archaeology Group's next meeting will be held on Thursday. The group, which promotes the industrial archaeology of Tyneside, will meet at Gateshead Civic Centre from 7.15pm to 9pm. There will be a...
Dunn Hopes to Shield Players in Derby Clash
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON BLYTH Spartans manager Harry Dunn faces a derby dilemma ahead of tonight's rescheduled Setanta Shield second round tie against Gateshead at Croft Park. The Spartans face a crucial FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at home...
Eagles Veteran Finally Gets Green Light
Byline: By PAULNILSEN 'PRINCE' Charles Smith has made a significant step forward in his bid to return to action for the Eagles after finally receiving confirmation of his British citizenship. The popular forward has barely played all year after...
Emotional Last Post; Forced Retirement of Mail Worker of 27 Years Is Marked Community Chronicle News from Down Your Way
Byline: By TOM MULLEN CHAMPAGNE flowed as a community said farewell to their beloved post office. Residents of Jesmond threw a surprise party for postmaster John Flett, who has been forced to retire from the Clayton Road post office. John,...
Gambler Jailed for Having Pistol; BETTING ADDICT SUING FOR Pounds 2M ADMITS DRUG AND GUN CRIMES
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A GAMBLING addict staging a landmark legal fight to recover his "spectacular" pounds 2m losses must today carry on his battle from behind bars. Graham Calvert has taken his case against bookmaking giants William Hill...
GOLD RUSH; Jewellery's Proving to Be Worth Its Weight for Cash
Byline: By MARY HAMILTON STRUGGLING families are selling their valuables to beat the credit crunch. The worldwide money meltdown has left Tynesiders desperate for new ways to raise cash and pay their debts. But the price of gold has been soaring...
Guess Who Was on My Plane to Oz? DREAM END TO TOON FAN'S FIRST TRIP TO TYNESIDE
Byline: By TOM MULLEN ALL his life, Aussie Magpies fan Tom Felton dreamed of visiting the Toon. Tom wears a black and white shirt, watches every match on TV and even longs for the Geordie weather. So he was delighted when his Newcastle-born...
HEADS TAKE TERM-TIME BREAK FOR RESEARCH VISIT TO BEIJING; Teachers Skip School for Trip
Byline: By MICHAEL BROWN NINE school heads are making a term-time trip to Beijing. The pounds 50,000-a-year heads, all from Gateshead primary schools, are flying out to China for an all-expenses-paid visit at the end of next month. The 10,000-mile...
HIT-AND-RUN KILLER DRIVER IS STILL ON THE LOOSE; Our Year of Life without Justice
Byline: By LIZ WALKER GRIM-faced, they visited their son's grave today and begged for justice. Exactly a year after Gary Edgar's life was ended by a hit and run killer, his parents' lives remain in limbo. Their heartache deepened by the fact...
I Had the Same Effect at City as Tino Did Up Here - and We Lost the Title
IT'S RARE for a footballer to take personal blame for a catastrophe befalling his club. Usually ego gets in the way and the memory becomes conveniently clouded, especially if the player is one of genuine God-given ability. However, Rodney Marsh...
I'll Have Her Back; Stabbed Hubby's Plea to Wife
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A MUM of two who knifed her husband in the back in front of her son has escaped jail. Margaret Routledge lashed out with a kitchen knife during a late night drunken row leaving her husband lying bloodsoaked on the living...
I'm Sho Glad Wait Is over; Ameobi Joy after First Goal for Two Years
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SHOLA AMEOBI admitted that the fans' reaction to his goal and performance in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City at St James's Park was "music to my ears". The 27-year-old Newcastle striker was left on...
Is May's Ready for Defence of His Area Title; Second's Out
Byline: John Gibson BIRTLEY'S Rob Is may is to put his Area middleweight title on the line when his club stage their big dinner show at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday. Is may will defend his crown against Micky Laws of Plains Farm...
It's No Joke as Career Suffers
A SHARP tongue has cost Rodney Marsh dear over his colourful life. First it finished his England career - and then destroyed his job with Sky Television. Marsh only had nine England caps to show for a glorious talent, and his short international...
I Was Brought Up Legendary United Watching All the Stars of the 50s; Football Legend Rodney Marsh Reveals How His Dad Inspired an Early Affection for the Magpies FACE TO FACE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON RODNEY MARSH has always split public opinion like a hot knife through butter. Superstar or failure? Entertainer or clown? Genius or waster of talent? Whatever the final verdict of each and every one of us, the indelible...
LES IS MORE; Star Steps in to Help Fundraising Drive
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG ON THE ball Patsy Peebles signs up Les Ferdinand to her charity campaign. Newcastle favourite Sir Les made her day on a flying visit to Tyneside. Patsy, at just 14, became one of the youngest people in the UK ever...
Lionel Says Hello Again
CHART-TOPPER Lionel Richie is heading back to Newcastle. The former Commodores frontman will play the city's Metro Radio Arena on March 28, with tickets on sale from Friday. "The bottom line is, as long as it stays fun and is still exciting,...
New Clues in Double Murder Hunt; THIRD WITNESS COMES FORWARD AFTER SLAYING PROBE APPEAL
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THIS man could hold the key to the Arthurs Hill double murder mystery. A woman who saw a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction of the murders of Chinese graduates Xi Zhou and her boyfriend Zhen Xing Yang in Newcastle's...
NISSAN FACTORY STOPS MAKING MICRA AND NOTE MODELS; Car Giant's Cuts to Affect 800 Workers
Byline: By DAVID OLD THERE was more bad news for workers as car giant Nissan announced cuts in production. As the economy continues to slow down, the firm's Washington plant confirmed it was introducing short-time working. Bosses blamed a...
Plucky Rooster Fans Lose Fight; BASIL THE WANDERING COCKEREL MUST GO, SAY OFFICIALS
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THEY did their best to ruffle some feathers but campaigners battling to save a popular rooster from eviction have had to admit defeat. Basil the Wandering Whickham Cockerel now has 14 days to leave his home in Henderson...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Draw with Manchester City
GRAHAM BREWIS DESPITE Man City's late equaliser this still rates as a great NUFC performance, showing true fight and character to come back from 1-0 down after Rob Styles' horrendous penalty decision. Another apology won't award us three points!...
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Research Hope for Tiny Lives; CHILDHOOD BRAIN TUMOUR PROJECT COULD SAVE THOUSANDS
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter HOPE has emerged with new research into childhood brain tumours. Rugby ace Jonny Wilkinson today launched a national study into the condition at Newcastle University. The research aims to improve understanding...
Rival Boss Tips Magic to Cast His Spell
Byline: By LEE RYDER NETMINDER Andrew Verner could well be the key to landing silverware for Newcastle Vipers this season. That's the verdict of former Canadian international Dave Matsos who guided his current side Sheffield Steelers to glory...
ROB BED! after Ref Styles Controversially Sends-Off Beye Guthrie Hoping for Beye Reprieve
Byline: By LEE RYDER DANNY GUTHRIE believes Rob Styles' controversial decision to send off Habib Beye killed off Newcastle United's early momentum against Manchester City. The black-and-whites had started the night like a house on fire against...
School Reunion to Be Held on November 14
CAMBRIDGE Street School Reunion to be held on November 14 at Marlborough Social Club, Blandford Street, Newcastle. Buffet & Disco. pounds 2 ticket - pay at door. Doors open 7pm. All inquiries to Frank Toward on 07949 158593 or 0191 2326201....
Schools Pioneer New Climate Change Project; GO GREEN Sponsored by Environment Agency
A PIONEERING project teaching North East pupils about climate change is taking off. So far 80 schools have signed up to be part of the Climate Change Lead Schools network in the region. These schools will showcase how to put climate change at...
Teen Yob Cries for His Mam in Court; LOUT BURSTS INTO TEARS AFTER BEING JAILED FOR ASSAULT
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A BABY-FACED lout sobbed as he was jailed for the latest in a spate of crimes. Dubbed "Mousy" by pals, Christopher McNeil has terrorised families for years. The 18-year-old and his teen gang have wreaked...
The 1st Angel of the North; BOOK CHRONICLES THE AMAZING LIFE OF GATESHEAD WOMAN
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SHE can arguably be called the first Angel of the North. Winifred Laver was small in stature but her heart was as big as the Angel. Now the story of her work on Tyneside is revealed for the first time in decades in...
The Marriage of Paula Corby and Steve Goodwin
A HURRICANE nearly put a stop to this happy couple tying the knot. Paula Corby, 32, and Steve Goodwin, 28, were married under the sun in Cancun in Mexico, just days after it was hit by a hurricane. A group of 16 close family and friends watched...
THE TRUTH IS OOT THERE... Six Years of British X-Files Have Been Revealed for the First Time, Lifting the Lid on Hundreds of Tops Secret Reports. KATY SIMPOSON Takes a Look at Some of the UFOs Spotted in the North East
Byline: KATY SIMPOSON SECRETS of strange happenings on Tyneside have been revealed in unseen UFO files. Glowing lights and amber aircraft are among the night-sky mysteries which spooked people in the region between 1986 and 1992. The classified...
Too Busy for My Pet; TEENAGER GETS BAN AFTER TELLING COURT SHE NEGLECTED DOG
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY STARVED to within an inch of her life, neglected pooch Candy is lucky to be alive. The dog was so emaciated, RSPCA officers were amazed she had survived. Cruel owner Natalie McEvoy admitted failing to feed her pet and...
Trophy Replay Testers
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON DURHAM City will attempt to extend their unbeaten start to 18 games tonight in their FA Trophy first qualifying round replay against Halesowen Town. City were on their way to a 13th league and cup win when they conceded...
Truant's Mum Fails to Turn Up; Woman Avoids Court for the 10th Time
Byline: By KERRY WOOD EDUCATION chiefs have been urged to investigate after a truant's mum failed to turn up at court for the 10th time. Linda Davison was prosecuted by Durham County Council because she allowed her son Mark, 13, to miss lessons...
Tynedale Are Yet to Give It Their Very Best Shot
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL JOHN SHOTTON reckons Tynedale are still far from at their best, despite the Corbridge outfit leveling up on points with Blaydon in National Two. Chairman of rugby Shotton was unimpressed with the form of his men in accounting...
UNITED ARE ROBBED! Magpies Battle Back to a Brave Draw, but Only after Ref Styles Controversially Sends-Off Beye Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver's Newcastle United 2 Manchester City 2 YOUR hearts had to go out to them. Their own hearts had nearly bust out of their black-and-white shirts they had worn with such pride. But it was referee Rob Styles, the blundering...
Vent Your Spleen
I HAVE contacted Vent your Spleen on various issues, and this particular issue is heartbreaking. Following the stories of desecration to local cemeteries in the news I have set up a group on Facebook. I am aiming to get at least 5,000 signatures to...
Vid: We All Have to Stay So Cool
NEMANJA VIDIC is determined Manchester United will not lose their focus ahead of tonight's battle of Britain showdown with Celtic. Although Vidic has experienced the intensity of derby games in Moscow and his native Belgrade, the two meetings against...
Volunteers Stick with It for Clean-Up; Sponsored by Environment Agency GO GREEN Cleared from Banks So That Cadets Can Access the Tyne
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter DIVERS helped in a big clean of the River Tyne. Volunteers from Hexham Sub Aqua Club joined the North Shields based-Maritime Volunteer Service and the Sea Cadets from TS Flamingo to clear rubbish from...
You'd Be Mad to Miss Classic
Byline: GORDON BARR Far From The Madding Crowd opens in Newcastle tonight. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details ENGLISH Touring Theatre returns to Northern Stage in Newcastle tonight with a Thomas Hardy classic. Following the success...