Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from March 1, 2008

Accounts Show Toon Cash Crisis
FOOTBALL finance expert Richard Slack says the latest Newcastle United accounts show the crisis the club was facing under the previous regime. The Northumbria University lecturer said: "The main thing jumping out is there was some attempt to refinance...
Babylon, Beale and Bloodbaths; TV Critic
Byline: LIZ LAMB DOPEY Ian Beale has always been a bit of a muppet. Even as a teenager he never had common sense. Now he is a grown up his stupidity continues (I use the term grown up very loosely). In Eastenders he was getting himself all...
Benitez Ready for Big Week
RAFAEL BENITEZ insists Liverpool must take full advantage of three key games in a week ahead of the distraction of a Champions League showdown with Inter Milan. The Anfield boss, flush from completing the permanent signing of Javier Mascherano yesterday...
Bird-Biting Yob Avoids Prison for Sick Attack; DRUNK LOUT SEVERED PIGEON'S HEAD USING HIS TEETH
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL SAVAGE Christopher Davidson got a sick kick from biting a pigeon's head off as a pal recorded its death on his mobile phone. The horrifying recording was shown to magistrates at Bedlington Court, Northumberland, where...
Bobby Hopes to Visit Gazza; Former England Boss Is Keen for Reunion with His Friend
Byline: By TOM MCTAGUE SIR Bobby Robson is hoping to visit Paul Gascoigne in hospital next week. He has been keen to see his friend, who is receiving psychiatric treatment. Former Toon star Gazza is staying at the psychiatric intensive care...
CHINA TOON; EXCLUSIVE United Lined Up for Glamour Pre-Olympic Clash with Spurs in Beijing
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MIKE ASHLEY has devised a bold plan which could put Newcastle United well and truly in the middle of worldwide sporting attention. The United owner is trying to arrange a game with Tottenham Hotspur...
CLAWED MONET! Rat's Creative Side Revealed on Art Gallery Website
Byline: By LIZ WALKER NIBBLING on an avocado, pet rat Tony Blair has not been raiding the fridge - he is busy creating his latest masterpiece. His canvas may be foliage, fabrics and electrical cables, but the talented rodent is causing a stir...
Czech Sex Abuser to Be Sent Home; Fugitive Will Spend Time Behind Bars
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A FUGITIVE child molester from the Czech Republic who hid on Tyneside for five years will be sent back to serve his sentence. Stefan Terkely went on the run after being convicted of a sexual assault on an eight-year-old...
Family Hoping for an End to Heart Misery; Two-Year-Old Waiting to Have Risky Operation
Byline: By HELEN RAE LITTLE Shane Raey is lucky to be alive as he battles a rare heart condition. The brave two-year-old "died" three times when he was just seven weeks old after being struck down with a severe heart defect and a string of serious...
Fitting Tribute to Our Bobby
Byline: Alan Oliver Good week for . . NEW assistant boss Chris Hughton, who has been given the chance to get back into the game. Bad week for . . SHAY GIVEN. How much longer must the United keeper pay for his bravery at Upton Park in September...
Football: Burra and the Mill Cause a Real Sturr; Cook and Turnbull Cramlington Sunday League REVIEW OF ALL THE WEEKEND'S SUNDAY LEAGUE ACTION
IN-FORM Burradon will take on North Shields Billy Mill in the final of the Bob Sturrock Cup after their semi-final victories over Seghill SC and North Shields Formica. Mill got the verdict over rivals Formica when Ritchie Craven grabbed the decider...
Football: Celtic City Slickers after This Top Result; ALL THE LATEST REPORTS FROM AROUND THE REGION'S SUNDAY JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCENE Orion Northumberland Mini Lg
TABLE-TOPPERS Newcastle City Celtic kept on track for the title with a convincing victory at CJ Barca in the Under-Eight Premiership. Celtic took the spoils with goals from Aaron Lynn, Taylor Hewitt and Connor Leybourne, Jamie Douds pulling one...
Football: Dolphins Pay Heavy Price; GRASSROOTS STARTS WITH GIRLS FOOTBALL Northumberland Girls League
CRAMLINGTON Blue Star's Emily Price opened the scoring in the Under-10s Championship match against Bedlington Dolphins. Blue Star netted a second through Lauren May to take control of the game, Sian Leighton bagging a brace to clinch the points....
Football: How's about This for a Win! Tyneside Sunday League
THE result of the day in the third round of the Challenge Shield was High Howdon's 5-1 win over Independent. Andy Dickinson (2) and Michael Scatchard (3) were on the scoresheet for Howdon, the consolation goal for Independent came from Andy Smith....
Football: Inn Get the Bird as Felling Claim Sweet Revenge; Gateshead and District Sunday League REVIEW OF ALL THE WEEKEND'S SUNDAY LEAGUE ACTION
FELLING faced Bird Inn for the second time in a week still smarting from their 1-0 defeat by the team in the relegation trouble - but this time they gained revenge with a 4-3 win. Felling started well and went close with a Kennedy drive which stung...
Football: The Only Way Is Up for Vallum; North East Sunday League
VALLUM secured promotion to the Premier Division after a 3-3 draw at St Peter's Social, Adam Hall scoring twice. Westfield Social and Blue Star Social lost, Westfield going down 5-0 at Hillheads, Chris Hamilton scoring four goals, and Lemington...
Football: Town Take the Derby Honours; Pin Point Recruitment NABC League
FOUR goals in a five minute spell wrapped up the points for Blyth Town in their Under-11 League derby clash with Blyth Spartans. However, the victory was not as comfortable as the 5-2 scoreline would suggest, as for most of the game Spartans matched...
Football: Water Boys Make Quite a Big Splash; Morpeth Sunday League
MORPETH Waterford Lodge and Pegswood Ex- Services will contest the Morpeth Trophies George Cave Memorial Cup final after both won their semi-final encounters convincingly. The Waterford won 3-1 at Castington thanks to strikes from Lenny Lansbury...
Francis Wood; Church Matters
HAPPINESS Ken Dodd sings that happiness his greatest gift. The rest of us are left searching for it. Now we hear the idea of a super casino has been dropped. We should give up smoking, cut down drinking and keep off crisps and fattening foods. So...
Fulop Loan Spell Cut Short after Cats Keeper KO
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER MARTON FULOP will stay on Wearside after his loan spell at Stoke was cut short this week. Sunderland's Hungary international goalkeeper joined the Championship promotion-chasers on loan for the rest of the season last...
Geordie Flyers Flock to Dubai; New Airline May Start More Trips
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN SINCE first taking off six months ago, airline Emirates has carried 70,000 people from Newcastle International Airport. On September 1, Emirates first gave people in the North East the chance to fly to destinations around...
Head North So You Can Lap Up the Luxury by the Loch; Your Travel Life MIKE URWIN Takes the High Road to the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
TAKE the beautiful coastal route north from Newcastle, bypassing Edinburgh, to the eastern coast of Loch Lomond and you'll find a stunning resort on the banks of one of Scotland's most famous stretches of water. The Waterfront is a recently established...
I Drank as I'dhad a Scare; COUNCILLOR'S EXPLANATION FOR DRINK-DRIVE SHAME
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A CITY councillor banned for drinkdriving was on his way to take part in TV's Question Time programme when he was stopped by police. Liberal Democrat Tony Rounthwaite says he'd had a couple of drinks before...
It's No Grudge Match: Carter
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors meet local rivals Billingham for the final time this season when the two sides clash at Hillheads in the Northern League tomorrow night (6.30pm). And even though the Teesside outfit scored a 4-3 English...
I Would Really Have Liked to Have Met My Mother; Children Who Were Brought Up in Care between the 1940s and 1970s Will Come Together at a Reunion in Newcastle This Year. in the Final Part of Her Series, LIZ LAMB Talks to Two Tyneside Women about Why They Went in to a Home and Their Experiences
Byline: LIZ LAMB GRANDMOTHER-of-seven Kathleen Willis clutches her I birth certificate and sobs. She born almost 70 years ago, but this is the first time she has set eyes on the slip of paper she hopes holds the key to her identity. It is an...
Keegan Eager to Unleash Martins
Byline: By LEE RYDER KEVIN KEEGAN has expressed his desire to get working with box-of-tricks Oba Martins. The Nigerian international striker - who is United's top scorer with seven goals this term - has been sidelined by an ankle injury sustained...
Leaders Keep on Making Mischief; Chase Holmes South Tyneside Youth League Under-Seven and Under-Eight Divisions
UNDER-Seven Premier Development League leaders Consett YMCA Mischiefs kept up their fine form with a 3-0 win over South Tyneside FC, thanks to goals from Overal and Milner (2). Hebburn Town Gold went down 5-2 against Hebburn Reyrolle, Parker and...
Let's Get Basics Right First, Chris; SUPER MAC SHOOTING FORM THE LIP in an Interview with JOHN GIBSON
Byline: SUPER MAC CHRIS HUGHTON arrived as first-team coach at Newcastle United this week - and his immediate job is obvious. For goodness sake, Hughton must get a grip of the kids in United's defence and give them a refresher course on the basics...
Lions Mauled Now for Trophy
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN LYNARD Stewart has spoken of the need to deliver in tomorrow's BBL Trophy Final after his sparkling 24-point performance helped the Eagles to a 87-78 win over Milton Keynes Lions last night. The win was made all the sweeter...
Mobster Wins a Cut in Jail Term; RINGLEADER OF TERROR ATTACK HAS JAIL SENTENCE SLASHED
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter MASKED, armed and high on booze and drugs, they staged two sickening raids. Sidney Storey, Kevin Bennett and Scott Ormston were part of a gang of five who acted like a "mob of gangsters"when they smashed into...
Oliver-Effect Is Boosting Sales; Your Life Gardens
NOT since the war years has vegetable growing been so popular, as gardeners turn their talents to producing more of their own food for better flavour and better health. Sales of vegetable seeds continue to outstrip those of flowers. Last year there...
Only Best Will Do for Me: Tait
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL MATHEW TAIT wants to be the best player in the world - in whatever position he is told to play. The Newcastle Falcons flyer was as disappointed as anyone at last night's Wasps clash cancellation, but admitted that safety...
OPENING UP TOON'S BOOKS; Financial Struggles Behind Ashley Takeover Revealed in Accounts
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THE state of Newcastle United's finances is today laid bare. Accounts prepared for the first time by the club's new regime reveal: Director Douglas Hall was given a golden handshake of pounds 1.1m when he...
Payette Sights on Awayday Double
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS ace Andre Payette today warned his team-mates there can be no repeat of last weekend's 3-1 loss to Sheffield Steelers in this weekend's double-header. The Canadian enforcer will be hoping to get a tough sequence...
Russell Targets Lift-Off in Cup
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAN RUSSELL reckons Gateshead Thunder are desperate for cup success despite prioritising the league. National League Two action is just three weeks away, but before that Thunder face the close of their Northern Rail Cup...
Safety Was Main Concern Says Ref
A SNAPPED goalpost and a damaged Kingston Park stand led referee Tony Spreadbury to call off Newcastle Falcons' clash with Wasps last night. Spreadbury cancelled the clash less than two hours before kick-off as the winds whipped around the stadium...
Shipshape and Proper; Fashion Your Life We're All at Sea with This Week's Fashion, as EMMA GORDON Reports
Byline: EMMA GORDON Alex Davison, 17, from Whickham, is an A Level fashion student who was keen to be made over with this spring's hottest trend. The nautical look is in all the high street stores this season and it is a look which is really...
Smith Is Backed to Be Hit by Kev
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN Keegan is backing his England striker, convinced Alan Smith will become a big hit with the fans - as soon as he chalks up that elusive first goal for Newcastle United. The 27-year-old Yorkshireman...
Stabbing Victim Dies in Hospital; Two Men Appeared in Court over Street Attack
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A MAN stabbed in a street attack has died. Paul Gilbert was left fighting for his life in intensive care after suffering a stomach wound on Wednesday, February 13. He was attacked in Welbeck Road, Byker, Newcastle. He...
Steaming to Rescue at Dunkirk; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST Second World War Veteran Appealing for Historic Ship's Restoration
Byline: RAY MARSHAL DUNKIRK veteran Leslie Wakenshaw got a surprise when he opened his paper last week. There, in front of him, was a picture of an old friend, a paddle steamer called the Medway Queen, also known as the Heroine of Dunkirk. ...
Strauss Enjoys Timely Century
ANDREW STRAUSS was a relieved man after hitting a timely century for England on a rain-hit final day of the final warm-up match for Test series with New Zealand. The Middlesex left-hander was dropped for the pre-Test tour to Sri Lanka after going...
Teaming Up for Cancer Campaign; Your Life CANCER Survivor Ric Miskimmon Has Joined Forces with England Striker Peter Crouch to Encourage Men to Be More Vigilant of a Potentially Fatal Condition. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
Byline: LIZ LAMB FOOTBALL fan Ric Miskimmon never imagined he would be hit by a life threatening illness at the age of just 27. But four years ago he discovered he had testicular cancer. The 30-year-old had been attending his friend Joe Burke's...
Town Strike Gold to Clinch a Point; Under-Nine and Under-10 Divisions
WHITELEAS Predators and Hebburn Town Gold drew 2-2 in the Under-Nine Premier League. Goals from Melia and Davidson for the Gold were cancelled out by a double from McDonald. Hebburn Town Blues scored a 2-0 win over Harraton Athletic to keep their...
Two Injured Horror Accidents
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON and VINCE GLEDHILL SHORTCUTS ended in disaster when two drunken men needed emergency surgery in hospital. One was impaled on a metal spike after he tried to scale a wall with five foot spikes on top and the other had...
Vent Your Spleen
WE have been subjected to the most horrendous winds over the past three weeks and the forecasts have been spot on. However I do get very angry when our weather presenters insist on referring to these winds as very strong or severe gale force when...
Vote for Our Winner; ELDON SQUARE SHOPPING
THIS is the first of three fantastic supplements featuring all the entries we have received for the Why I Love My Mam competition. Thousands of entries have been sent in and we have divided them between three supplements, with three sets of prizes...
We'll Never Know How Our Son Died; FAMILY TOLD TESTS WEREN'T POSSIBLE ON BODY THAT LAY FOR DAYS
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY A DAD'S final hours will remain a mystery. Robert Hepple's body was found in his home more than a week after his death. His family had hoped that they would get some closure at an inquest into his death this week....