Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 3, 2008

Athletes: A Grand Finale as Wearmen Triumph
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK THE final fixture of the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League at Prudhoe produced an exciting climax to the domestic cross-country season. On a superb course laid out by Tynedale Harriers, Sunderland Harriers duly...
Athletics: Games Come to Tyneside; Olympics Training in Region
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter OLYMPIC athletes will train on Tyneside when the games come to London in 2012. Today it was revealed a host of venues across the North East are being recommended as official training camps. They include...
Basketball: Four Teams in Glory Quest
DENISE EGAN surveyed the play-off picture ahead of her side's trip to Liverpool tonight and admitted: "The top four teams are all in contention." League leaders Loughborough Lightning and Egan's second-placed Team Northumbria ensured a top-four...
Basketball: We Really Blew It Fumes Flournoy; Eagles Throw It Away in Trophy Final Heartache
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN AN ANGRY Fab Flournoy admitted that his Eagles side pressed the self-destruct button in the BBL Trophy final last night. The player-coach was despondent after watching his side blow a 12-point lead against Guildford Heat...
Booze Warning to Off-Licences; 'Two Strikes and You're Out' Vows Brown
Byline: By DANIEL JAMES ROGUE offlicences caught selling alcohol to underage youngsters more than once will be shut down, Gordon Brown warned today. The Prime Minister said that a new 'two strikes and you're out' rule will form part of the Government's...
Council Chiefs Jet off to Riviera; Critics Slam Bosses' Conference in Sun
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL bosses are jetting off to the French Riviera to showcase the North East to investors amid controversy over whether taxpayers are getting value for money. Representatives of all five Tyne & Wear...
Cricket: Sidebottom Is Fit for Showdown with His Mentor
ENGLAND bowler Ryan Sidebottom will be fit to face New Zealand in the opening Test on Wednesday as he prepares for a confrontation with one of the biggest influences on his career. Sidebottom had been a doubt after sustaining a slight tear to his...
Dinner Is Served for Maggie's; Party to Raise Cancer Charity Cash
Byline: By MALCOLM NELLIS A CARING North East couple held a dinner party in support of our Maggie's Centre campaign. Margaret Ross, 55, the daughter of a cancer sufferer, and her husband Graham, 59, hosted the event at their home in Hexham, Northumberland,...
Director Hit with Pounds 1m Bill; Crane Firm Secretary Quits after Cash Probe Lands Him in Civil Court
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN and GARETH DEIGHAN COMPANY director Peter Walker has been ordered to pay more than pounds 1m after a financial probe by his former employers. The accountant has resigned from his post as a crane company secretary. ...
Dr Scott's Surgery
AS A young medical student I remember being rather spooked by one senior nurse where I worked. She seemed to be able to predict with uncanny accuracy who on the ward was going to die before she came back on duty. Another nursing sister I worked...
Even His Mum Won't Keep Him; Fed-Up Mother Kicks Yob Out
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS SERIAL menace Robert Webber has been booted out by his mum after getting into trouble. Webber's mother is sick of the law coming to her door, Gateshead magistrates were told. Webber, of Wardle Gardens, Felling, Gateshead,...
Football: ASH HAS FAITH IN KEEGAN; Toon Owner Is Backing Kev to Turn It Round It's Going from Brad to Worse
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MIKE ASHLEY is desperate to keep his manager Kevin Keegan at St James' Park. That is the bottom line after another traumatic weekend for Newcastle United culminating in the fact that Blackburn completed...
Football: Bay's Heroes Have Wembley in Sights; FA VASE
WHITLEY BAY boss Ian Chandler had high praise for his players today following their dogged FA Vase victory at Hungerford Town -and says the incentive to win the competition could not be bigger. Chandler knows a never-to-be-forgotten day at Wembley...
Football: Cruel Joke Is No Laughing Matter; the Agony Goes On: United Fans Feel More Pain after Saturday's Late Blow Strikers' Impotency Puts United in Trouble at Bottom
Byline: JOHN GIBSON WHEN two gold-plated opportunities are squandered by Alan Smith, who hasn't hit a Premier League bullseye for almost three years, you feel it might not be Newcastle's victory parade. When Michael Owen, whose reputation as...
Football: Friedel Makes It a Brad Day for Kev
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN found that the clock was turned back 14 years at St James's Park on Saturday - and left hoping that it is not now ticking towards relegation. For if one man held up Newcastle United it was...
Football: Gordon Keeps on Hoping for Home Comfort
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CRAIG GORDON knows Sunderland will have to rely on their home form to get them out of trouble again after they drew a blank at doomed Derby. The Black Cats were held to their first goalless draw of the season at Pride...
Football: Mort Praises Toon Fans for Sticking with Struggling Team
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United chairman Chris Mort has applauded the Toon Army for their patience following the Magpies' 14th defeat of the season. The black-and-whites are now in a precarious position in the Premier League table and head...
Football: Positive Signs but No Points; Magpies Forced to Pay for Missed Chances as Blackburn Floor United with a Sucker-Punch MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver's Newcastle United 0 Blackburn Rovers 1 THE reaction from the crowd told the whole story. Last season, when Blackburn won at St James's Park, there was a demonstration against the board and Glenn Roeder parted company...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game against Derby County
GORDON MABON AT the full-time whistle my daughter Alice turned to me and said 'dad, it feels like we have lost'. How right she was, but it could have been so different had it not been for the main stand linesman who, like other officials this year,...
Football: Spartans Feeling the Payne
Blyth Spartans 0 Stalybridge 1 A STEVE PAYNE goal deep into injury time ended Blyth Spartans eight-game unbeaten run and strengthened Stalybridge Celtic's promotion push. The game was heading for a third consecutive goalless stalemate between...
Football: Unhappy Bogie Blasts Officials
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON Gateshead 1 Eastwood Town 1 GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie blasted the hapless match officials and visitors Eastwood Town's tactics after a controversial top-four clash ruined by a strong wind at the International stadium....
Football: Wasted Chance Could Have Big Ram-Ifications; James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter Derby County 0 Sunderland 0 ROY KEANE was left to rue missed opportunities at doomed Derby - both in front of goal and in terms of Sunderland's battle for survival. The Black Cats blew their best opportunity to claim...
Football: We Must Dust Ourselves off Again, Says Tayls
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR today lifted the lid on the scenes in the dressing room after the agonising 1-0 defeat by Blackburn Rovers. The Toon defender says that he and his team-mates were left distraught following the late choker from...
Football: Young Guns Set to Nudge Boss
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United reserves take on Everton at St James's Park tonight with Kevin Keegan set to take another look at his young guns. KK has been impressed by the youngsters in the second string since returning to the club,...
Gladiators, Are You Ready? Cult TV Show Recruits Contenders
Byline: By SARA NICHOL THE unmissable '90s TV show Gladiators visited Tyneside to discover a new breed of fitness fanatics. Would-be contenders on turned out in their hundreds at the trials for the new series. More then 200 people flocked...
Glass-Attack Thug Locked Up in Jail; Bust-Up Led to Assault
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG THIS brutal glass attacker was today starting seven years behind bars for an assault which left a man fighting for life. Darren Paul scarred Jason Walton in a bust-up outside a nightclub. Financial consultant Mr Walton,...
GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE I DON'T know about you, but I'm already in spring mode, even though only last week I had to scrape the frost off of my windscreen before heading off to work. I identify spring as the time of year where growth takes place...
Helping to Spread Word; in Association with the NHS Being on the Lookout for the Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors of Ovarian Cancer Can Make All the Difference in Surviving the Disease. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out What to Look For
Byline: JANE PICKEN WHEN Shirley Taylor's tummy swelled up the grandmother put it down to middle age spread and the usual experiences of most women going through the menopause. But a short time later the 61-year-old, from Vigo in Birtley, was...
Horse Racing: Silver Set to Turn into Gold
SILVER SEDGE has been a grand servant to connections in recent seasons and fully deserves another decent prize. That should be coming his way under Paddy Aspell at Newcastle tomorrow, where the Weatherbys Finance Handicap Chase looks made to measure....
Ice Hockey: Carter Derby Victory Delight
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors head into the English National League play-offs on a high after beating North East rivals Billingham Bombers 4-3 in their final Northern League game of the season at Hillheads last night. "It's all about...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Suffer Double Setback
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson bemoaned his side's missed chances after enduring a double road trip defeat over the weekend. Vipers went down 4-1 to Belfast Giants on Saturday before suffering a 5-2 defeat at the...
I Meet Bravest People in the Region; in Association with the NHS
NAME: Beverley Ferguson AGE: Not telling! JOB TITLE: Macmillan Nurse Specialist WHERE DO YOU WORK? On the Specialist Palliative Care Team, North Tyneside. I work on a large multi-disciplinary team based at Sir GB Hunter Hospital, Wallsend....
I'M IN THE PINK; Heart Swap Girl Leaves Hospital in Style after Seven Weeks
Byline: By JANE PICKEN And ALASTAIR CRAIG AFTER seven weeks in hospital, transplant patient Leanne Nicholson deserved the VIP treatment. The brave teenager was finally whisked home in style when a bright pink limo pulled up outside her ward....
Instant Benefits of Kicking the Habit; in Association with the NHS ASK YOUR PHARMACIST
Byline: GLENYS THOMPSON DID you know that about half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their smoking? In fact smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in the UK. I could quote a host of statistics and reasons why...
Packing Jails Past Their 'Cell By' Date; Warders' Union Warns of Staff Crisis in Prisons
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter PRISONS in the North East are suffering a staff crisis. Union bosses say shortages are putting colleagues at risk and preventing inmates from being properly rehabilitated. Jails in the region are full with...
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman LAST week we suffered quite a lot of damage because of severe winds and we had no choice but to close the shelter for a day. Fences had fallen down and slates were crashing to the ground. Repairs are ongoing, but we are open...
PRIEST IN ABUSE PROBE; Church Leaders Remove Father from Parish Post
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter SHOCKED parishioners are today coming to terms with the removal of their priest in a suspected child abuse probe. Father David Taylor, 59, has left St Peter's Church, Low Fell, Gateshead, while the authorities...
Prince's Role Doubts
PRINCE Harry may be forced to continue his military career in Britain after senior officers expressed concerns about the risks of sending him back to a warzone. The 23-year-old Household Cavalry officer flew back to Britain on Saturday after his...
Prized Pooches to Strut Their Stuff; from Terriers to Basset Hounds and Collies to Sausage Dogs, the World- Famous Crufts Dog Show Begins This Week. TOM MULLEN Has the Details
Byline: TOM MULLEN IT'S the biggest and best dog show on earth, a spectacular parade of pooches from around the globe. For four days the most well-groomed, best behaved and good-natured pets in our region will be among thousands of dogs hoping...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Blackburn Rovers Game
GRAHAM BREWIS I previewed this as a winnable game and so it could have been, but when I heard the announcement that Smith and Barton were starting, my heart sank. When I heard Martins and N'Zogbia were substitutes it plummeted. How can a non-goal...
Rugby Union: Critics Spur Us On: Woods
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS reckons it is crazy that people are still writing off Gateshead Thunder. After yesterday's second-half fightback against York at Gateshead Stadium secured Thunder a first-ever place in the Northern Rail Cup...
Rugby Union: Fletch Happy to Trust His Second String
JOHN FLETCHER has backed his second-string midfield to do the business at Bath on Saturday. The Falcons head to The Rec aiming to avoid suffering a second successive league double after defeat at Gloucester on February 23. Friday's postponed...
Spreading the Word on Cancer Angels; in Association with the NHS Little Shannon Sexton Is Telling the North East How Proud She Is of Her Mum's Fight against Cancer and Thanking the Charity Which Has Supported Them. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out More
Byline: JANE PICKEN BRAVE Jackie Sexton, from North Kenton, Newcastle, is suffering breast cancer for the second time after doctors told her in October the disease had returned. But despite currently undergoing chemotherapy, the mum, along with...
Still Smiling; Jack Recovers after Bone Marrow Op
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON HIS smile says it all - it's tells of the relief of going through a bone marrow transplant at the age of just eight. These are the first photos taken of Jack Close after his operation. The plucky schoolboy is sitting...
Surgery Saved Mum from Dangerous Risk of Obesity; in Association with the NHS Gastric Bypass Surgery Saved Mum Heather Straughan's Life as Her Weight Spiralled out of Control. Here She Tells Health Reporter JANE PICKEN about Her Experience
Byline: JANE PICKEN AT MORE than 29st and severely depressed, 40-year-old Heather Straughan had exhausted every way of bringing her weight into check. But the slimming classes, fad diets and even having her jaw wired had failed to work. When...
TEACHER SLASHED IN STREET ATTACK; Man Found Unconscious with Throat Cut
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS and BRENDA HICKMAN A TEACHER had his throat cut in a vicious suspected street robbery. Passers-by raised the alarm after finding the 25-year-old lying unconscious and in a pool of blood in Hotspur Street, Heaton, Newcastle....
Tears & Tributes for Bishop Kevin; Family at Hospital Bedside as 57-Year-Old Dies
Byline: BY LINDA RICHARDS THE Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, the Right Reverend Kevin Dunn, has died, aged 57. Bishop Dunn died in his sleep at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital on Saturday night. He had been admitted to the intensive care unit...
Toon Texts
IT was like the Alamo. We attacked and attacked, but we didn't take the chances we had, whereas Blackburn sadly took theirs. TROY, Gateshead. WE played like we actually knew each other and deserved all three points. With the chances we had we...
Treats Help Treatment; in Association with the NHS A Unit for Teenagers Battling Cancer Is about to Reopen on Tyneside after Being Given State-of-the-Art New Premises. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Talks to the Youngsters Who Have Already Benefited from Its Care
Byline: JANE PICKEN FLAT-SCREEN TVs, laptops, iPods, a chill-out zone and even panoramic views across Newcastle city centre will soon be easing the boredom of a hospital stay for poorly teens. The mod cons will be on offer for youngsters at the...
Tribute to the King of Curry; Hundreds Gather to Praise Restaurant Owner's Generosity
Byline: BY LINDA RICHARDS FAMILY, friends, customers and politicians joined to say farewell to one of the characters of Newcastle. Sad faces and smiles mingled as people remembered "Curry King" Abdul Latif with affection and respect. Hundreds...
Vent Your Spleen
REGARDING the story in the Chronicle about Polish women cleaning. I worked with Polish men in the mines most of my life and they were good, honest, hardworking people. PM, Sunderland. THERE has been a big fuss over a small earth rumble. It caused...
WE ALL KNOW YOU; Chip Shop Raider Was a Regular Customer
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON FISH shop workers told a raider had his chips - when they recognised him as a regular. Winnie McGinney and Phillippa Mason told how dozy David Evans didn't even hide his face when he stole cash from the till of his...
You Hear about Teenagers Getting Involved in Bad Behaviour, but Here Are Two Boys Helping a Charity; in Association with the NHS A Money-Spinning Idea Which Has Boosted the Coffers of a Voluntary Ambulance Service in the North East Has Earned Accolades for Two Cadets. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Has the Details
Byline: JANE PICKEN FORGET any stereotypes of bingedrinking unruly teens. Two youngsters from St John Ambulance Northumbria have led a community-spirited fundraising effort for the service, proving not all teens are the same. Cadets David Wandless...
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