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 22, 2008

All-Action Eagles Rip into Raiders
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN NEWCASTLE Eagles took a giant step towards landing the BBL league championship after ripping Plymouth Raiders to shreds in a sensational 94-78 win last night. It was a monumental performance by Fab Flournoy and his team...
An Enjoyable Social Occasion! Gateshead and District Sunday League
IT was the Premiership Cup semi-finals last weekend and both games were closely-contested encounters. Dunston Social faced Barley Mow Inn and there were few chances for either team. With the game heading towards extra-time, Alan Pegram popped...
A Smart Move for Menswear; Fashion This Week, Fashion-Conscious Student Jon Latimer Gets a Makeover. SUHAINE STEVENS Reports
Byline: SUHAINE STEVENS HIGH Street stores have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years and are now selling the cutting-edge in men's fashion. The high street offers clothes for the fashion-conscious male willing to experiment with colour...
Bike Champ Hit by Theft; Pounds 1,000 REWARD TO NAB THIEVES WHO RUINED MOTOCROSS BID
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON MOTOCROSS-MAD Christopher Rouse has been left devastated after thieves stole his bike just before the start of the racing season. And now his parents are offering a pounds 1,000 reward for the return of the bike and...
Blyth Chase Barrow Job; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
BLYTH SPARTANS will look for revenge in Cumbria tomorrow as they continue their climb up the Blue Square North table. The Spartans travel on the back of a six-match unbeaten run, but their 3-2 defeat at home to Barrow still rankles. Goals from...
Bogie Appeals for Fan Power; UNIBOND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie has appealed for extra backing from the terraces when his side take on fellow promotion chasers Fleetwood Town in a crunch game at the International Stadium tomorrow. It's the biggest non-league...
Comedy and Agony; TV Critic
Byline: GORDON BARR I REMEMBER decades ago as a wee bairn in the Highlands settling down each week to watch one of my favourite programmes, Steptoe and Son. (The other was The Liver Birds!) I never tired of the shenanigans of Albert and Harold,...
Do or Die Time for Black Cats
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CRAIG GORDON says Sunderland's fate is in their own hands as they prepare for the "do or die" phase of the season. The Black Cats go to Aston Villa today, after which they will have just seven games remaining as they look...
Drinker Tagged to Keep out of Trouble; Curfew Imposed after Man, 38, Breaks Asbo
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A HEAVY drinker banned from being drunk in public has been electronically tagged to keep him indoors. Richard Laverick, 38, will not be allowed out of his home in Fir Avenue, Durham, between 7pm and 7am after pleading guilty...
Ferdie's Backing Foe Wise
Byline: By LEE RYDER LES FERDINAND today backed Newcastle United's rebuilding programme to pay dividends next season thanks to the influence of executive director Dennis Wise. Ferdinand's former Tottenham Hotspur coach Chris Hughton has also...
Football: VOKES: COME AND GET ME! United Target Keen on Switch to Tyneside
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer BOURNEMOUTH'S exciting teenage striker Sam Vokes is waiting for the call from Newcastle United. And the word from the south coast is that Vokes cannot wait to finalise his move to St James's Park, which...
Forgotten Man Shola's Big Goa; Ameobi Has Part to Play: KK
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER KEVIN KEEGAN has insisted that forgotten man Shola Ameobi still has a part to play in Newcastle United's relegation battle. But the United boss has warned his 26-year-old striker that he must roll up his sleeves and put...
Four-Midable Anderson Secures Rangers a Win; JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUES Apollo Doors Gateshead Youth League
CONNOR ANDERSON helped himself to four goals as Leam Rangers beat Redheugh 8-4 in the Under-11 Division. In the Chairman's Cup, there was little to choose between Whickham Fellside Yellows and Sapipa. However, Whickham just edged it 4-3 with...
Funeral Partners; STAFF STEP OUT AS PALLBEARERS FOR GRIPPING TV DRAMA
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS PALLBEARERS got a lift between funeral duties with a chance to film alongside TV star Robson Green. Staff from the Cooperative Funeral Care in Gateshead were delighted when Robson's production company asked to use their...
Fun to Play for YMCA! Chase Holmes South Tyneside Youth League Under-Seven and Under-Eight Divisions
CONSETT YMCA Rascals earned a 1-1 draw with high-flying Boldon Colts in the Under-Seven Premier Development League. Hunter netted for the Colts, but a goal from McVickers earned the County Durham side a point. Hebburn Town Blues made hard work...
Good Deal Turns into a Duff One
I HAVE to admit it. I have always been a fan of Damien Duff. So just what has happened to the Newcastle United winger? He was so ineffective in the defeat by Liverpool at Anfield a fortnight ago that not only did Kevin Keegan drop him for Monday's...
Gustard Brothers in Arms as Shankhouse See off Burradon; Cook and TurnbullCramlington Sunday League
PREMIER Division favourites Shankhouse United will meet Forest Hall Amici in the Terry Lee Memorial Cup final at Blyth Spartans' Croft Park ground. In the last four, Shankhouse defeated Burradon FC, while Amici saw off Seaton Burn Moorhouse. ...
Harriers Storm to Victory
MORPETH Harriers stormed to victory in yesterday's Elswick Harriers' Good Friday Road Races at Lemington while Chester-le- Street's Alyson Dixon shaved two seconds off the course record in the senior women's race. During the 4x2.8mile relay, which...
Howd about This Victory! Tyneside Sunday League
THE all-Second Division semi-final of the Combination Cup proved a highlyentertaining match with two teams at the top of their games. High Howdon eventually won 4-1, scoring with early goals from Peter Lowery and Michael Scatchard before Martin...
I'm Asked to Help a Lot, but What Drew Me to Maggie's Was the Humanity of It; Actor Backs Our Cancer Centre Campaign
Byline: By HELEN RAE ACTOR Greg Wise is backing our Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre Campaign. We teamed up with charity Maggie's to give a massive boost to cancer patients in the North East. We are appealing to readers to help raise pounds 500,000...
Implant Ends Five Years of Silence for Boy; DEAF YOUNGSTER HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME THANKS TO DEVICE
Byline: By LAURA CAROE KIERAN Jennings is five years old but this week he is hearing sounds for the first time. The plucky youngster was born deaf and relied on sign language to communicate with others. But now a special implant has been put...
It's Good, Bad and Ugly from Falcons; Nick Purewal's M AT C H ANALYSIS
ONE cannot forecast the actions of Newcastle Falcons - they are a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. To paraphrase Churchill again, never in the field of rugby conflict was so much almost achieved by so many. Full of venom, adventure...
Kevin Cnds Runs Drought
KEVIN PIETERSEN admitted he has been frustrated with his failure to make big scores after ending his drought with a vital century for England in the deciding Test against New Zealand. The Hampshire batsman hit a brilliant 129 to help England recover...
Mooney Wants to Stop Eclipse
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN EVERTON Tigers coach Henry Mooney is adamant his side can finally chalk up an elusive win over BBL leaders Newcastle Eagles tonight at the fourth time of asking. The Tigers arrive on Tyneside with their recent injury crisis...
MP Calls for Answers to PO Threat
FEARS that a town centre post office could be closed have been raised in Parliament. Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell has called on Minister Phil Hope to personally intervene and set his constituents' minds at rest, over the future of the office...
Murdered Man Was Killed by Shot to Head; WOMAN SERIOUSLY ILL IN HOSPITAL AFTER SHOOTING
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A MAN was killed by a single shot to the head in a murder above a takeaway. Shahdad Pouresmaeilieh, 44, an Iranian who had lived in the UK for 12 years, is believed to have worked at the takeaway in Blyth. A woman also...
My 1,200-Mile Adventure; CLERGYMAN WALKS LENGTH OF COUNTRY TO RAISE CASH
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN I WOULD walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more... and then 200 after that. North East vicar John Sinclair is taking time out from church duties to walk 1,200 miles - from John O'Groats to Land's End - and he's hoping...
Owner Escapes Danger Delivery; CAR CAREERS INTO FORMER POST OFFICE LEAVING GAPING HOLE
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THIS is the carnage left by an out-of-control car after it smashed into the front of a former post office. A gaping hole reveals piles of rubble and smashed kitchen furniture left flattened after a Rover driven by a young...
Pizza Delivery Driver Attacked; Beaten Victim Left with Fractured Skull
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A PIZZA delivery man suffered a fractured skull after being attacked by a group of customers. The man, who has not been named, was brutally beaten in an unprovoked attack as he dropped off a pizza in Wallsend. His condition...
Players Wages Eat Profits
NEWCASTLE United's wage bill eats up the vast majority of the club's profits. Recent accounts place the bill at pounds 62.5m, up more than pounds 10m from 2006, due to the signing of Damian Duff, Obafemi Martins and Joey Barton. That means 72%...
Pupil Cracks Easter without Eggs; SUGAR ALLERGY MEANS BOY CAN'T EAT CHOCOLATE TREATS
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON AS MILLIONS of children tuck into their chocolate Easter eggs this weekend, Daniel Jobson can only look on and dream. And, to make matters worse, his twin sister Caitlin can munch into her favourite chocolate treats...
Railway on Track for Cup Success; Morpeth Sunday League
ACS Dobfar Cup final. Alnmouth won 5-4 against Bedlington Northumberland Arms. Michael Grieves struck a hat-trick and Andrew Sleeth notched for Arms, but Argyle went through after Alan Wallace (2), Steven Rutter (2) and Michael Saunders found...
Ready to Promote Region as the Next Big Thing; He Once Promoted U2 and Dire Straits - Now He Promotes NewcastleGateshead. GARETH DEIGHAN Meets Up with NGI's Andrew Dixon
Byline: GARETH DEIGHAN HE'S acted in theatre, worked in film and promoted some of the biggest acts the world has seen. But Andrew Dixon is happiest doing what he does now - promoting Newcastle and Gateshead to the world. He is chief executive...
Robin Make Ash of Semi! Synergy Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League
THE league will be represented in the final of the NFA Sunday Cup by Ashington RAOB. They beat North Shields Robin Hood in extra time 2-1, Stuart Douglas and Steven Young scoring for the Buffs. They will meet Red Row Brick Club, who went through...
Rock Staff Jobs Plea; Government Asked to Employ Bank Workers within Civil Service
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL chiefs are urging the Government to relocate jobs to Tyneside to help out the region following the crisis at Northern Rock. The newly nationalised Newcastle-based bank is planning to axe 2,000 jobs...
Silverware Is Gowing Grainger Park's Way! Pin Point Recruitment NABC League
SIX of the best from Grainger Park Under-14s saw them clinch the Division Five title in style. The Newcastle outfit extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 6-3 victory over Hexham. David Gowing led the way with a hattrick for Park,...
Smart Way to Pay for Your Metro Ticket? TRANSPORT BOSSES LOOK INTO NEW CARD SCHEME
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLASTIC 'smart cards' may soon replace tickets and passes for many Metro passengers. Transport bosses at Nexus, which runs the Metro, are considering introducing the cards after new ticket machines are...
Smith's Got His Engine Running; Striker Supports Bike Ace
Byline: By LEE RYDER THE launch of Team Honda at Newcastle's Sports Cafe proved to be very much a case of friends re-united for Toon striker Alan Smith and his close pal Steve Brogan. The HM Plant-backed Team Honda get their British Superbikes...
Spirits of Dublin Wait to Greet You; Travel in the Week We Celebrated St Patrick's Day, RACHEL COX Tells Us about the Delights - and Darker Side - of Ireland's Capital City, Dublin
Byline: RACHEL COX WITH my first anniversary with my boyfriend Mark coming up, we wanted to do something a bit special.So when we heard a romantic trip to Dublin was on the cards we snapped it up. Having been to the capital of Ireland before...
Spruce Up Your Front Garden; Gardens
NATTRACTIVE front garden can significantly increase the value of your home and add as much as pounds 5,000 to the value of a property, according to new research from PlantforLife, a campaign by the Horticultural Trades Association which aims to help...
Taking the World on a Trip Down Memory Lane; Images of Days Gone by Are Viewed around the Globe
Byline: By MATT CASEY AN EXPATRIATE Geordie sitting with his laptop in the car park at Gracelands decided to show his US pals what his home town looks like. And after they toured the Elvis Presley mansion and museum in Memphis, Tennessee, the...
Teen Admits Hit and Run; YOUTH DEVASTATED BY ROAD ACCIDENT WHICH KILLED 85-YEAR-OLD MAN
Byline: By MATT CASEY A TEENAGER has admitted being the driver of a car in a hit and run incident which led to a pensioner's death. Gary Henderson, 19, was so devastated by the death of 85-year-old Andrew Davidson his doctors became worried he...
Thunder Make It a Knight to Remember
DAVE WOODS hailed his second-half heroes for undoing York City Knights for a third time this season. Gateshead Thunder trailed 14-6 at half-time in York yesterday afternoon as National League Two finally got under way - but head coach Woods got...
Trouble at Mill after Setback; Consett Sunday League
CONSETT Steel Club won 2-0 at Blackhall Mill with a strike from Chris Connelly and an Ian Caygill own goal. Robert Lavery, Michael Hurst and Chris McGinn efforts saw Black Horse to a 3-0 win over Burton House. AK Leisure won by a similar margin...
UNITED'S BIG PAY- OFF; MAGPIES FINANCE BOSS REVEALS HOW ALLARDYCE GOT AROUND Pounds 4.5M AFTER HIS SACKING
Byline: By ADAM JUPP FORMER Toon boss Sam Allardyce has received a lump sum pay-off understood to be in the region of pounds 4.5m. And it has emerged exchairman Freddy Shepherd is to receive around pounds 1.5m after leaving the club, which is...
Vent Your Spleen
Byline: D MITCHELL I SEE they are closing more post offices. This is ridiculous because people have got to use somewhere if they haven't got a bank. I bet the MPs haven't got any problems with their post. All they do is give it to the staff and...
Victory Comes Players Need to with 100th Goal Repay Loyal Fans
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD scored their 100th goal of the season when they overcame a gale force wind to earn an important 3-0 victory over Kendal Town in the UniBond Premier League. A 400-strong crowd at the International Stadium saw manager...
Vipers Boss Indebted to Captain Marvelous
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson has underlined the importance of his captain David Longstaff as the Elite League reaches crunch time. The Canadian was indebted to Longstaff in the Vipers' last home game when he struck...
Vipers' Venom Sitings Youth; Chase Holmes South Tyneside Youth League Under-Nine and Under-10 Divisions
THE Under-Nine Premier League clash between Jarrow FC Vipers and South Shields Youth was expected to be a close encounter. Instead, the Vipers emerged 6-1 winners courtesy of a Hailes double, a goal from Oxley and a hat-trick from Ritson. Hebburn...
Voth Has Got to Be Stopped
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson has urged his team to stop the "heartbeat" of the Cardiff Devils Brad Voth in tonight's clash at the Newcastle Arena. The giant Canadian is certain to tussle with Andre Payette in the...
We Lost Game in First Eight Seconds - Bates
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES reckons the first eight seconds all but decided the game at Headingley last night - and he did not even see it. Interim Falcons rugby director Bates was still settling in for his side's clash with Leeds when...