The People (London, England)

A British daily tabloid newspaper. Stories cover entertainment, celebrity news, and sports through England.

Articles from January 26, 2003

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Abbey National Told Me I Was Dead TWICE! They Stopped My Account and When I Complained They Tried to Silence Me with a Paltry Offer of Pounds 750
Byline: JOE DORAN AN Ulster mother told of her despair last night after a bank insisted she was dead - TWICE. In a story set to shock thousands of bank account holders, fibromyalgia sufferer, Mary Scott had to convince the Abbey National she...
Anti-Joyriding Group Takes Its Message to PM
Byline: SINEAD KING MEMBERS of a cross-community anti-joyriding campaign were hoping for a major victory last night after messages of support began rolling in from across Britain. West Belfast-based Families Bereaved Through Car Crime, which...
Author: Rich Irish Cashed in on Famine
Byline: BRENDA O'NEILL RICH Irish landlords who cashed in on the Famine have been called to account in a new novel by Irish writer Joe O'Connor. And the popular author said he was shocked by his findings for his new book. Written in just seven...
Boxing: Will of Iron
CONALL Carmichael has been pumping iron. The 23-year-old part time barman from West Belfast has beefed up from middleweight to have a crack at a first Smithwick's Ulster amateur heavyweight title at Thursday's finals at the Ulster Hall, Belfast....
BOXING: WINTERS IS MARK-ING RING TIME; 'This Year I Have to Step Up'
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By Alex McGREEVY MARK Winters considers himself still on probation less than year after getting married. So his desire to achieve again in the boxing ring isn't winning him any favours at home. The normally relaxed Winters...
BOYCIE THE BOOKIE: Betcha Owen Is in for Tough Ride at Palace; the Inside Track on Sports Betting
Byline: Sean Boyce HOW barmy and baffling was the hysterical reaction to "news" that one of our top footballers likes a bet? Michael Owen is a well- known owner of racehorses, as are his former Liverpool pals Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman....
Bushell on the Box: It's a Crying Shane to Waste Enders' Alfie
Byline: Garry Bushell NOW Alfie Moon is back in the Vic, could you do us a favour, Peggy? Could you buy him a new shirt? And maybe ask the writers to think his character through a bit? Shane Richie is absolutely the best thing in EastEnders...
Celeb People: `Why Stripping's Put Me in the Nick' Hunky Aussie TV Star Daniel McPherson Had Stopped Giving a XXXX about Exercise - until He Had to Bare All on the Bill, That Is. IAN WOODWARD Reports
Byline: IAN WOODWARD When soap heart-throb Daniel McPherson found he'd have to be in the buff for his debut performance in The Bill, he frantically started working out. Years of partying and living on fast food left 22-year-old Daniel, who played...
Charlotte's Night of Lust with Bit of Rough
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By CLAIRE COLLINS TEEN singing star Charlotte Church has treated her "bit of rough" lover to a night of passion at a posh hotel. The tryst was part of a bid by the millionaire diva to groom bad boy rap DJ Steven Johnson for...
COUNTDOWN TO WAR: Pounds 24,000 PRICE OF A HERO'S LIFE; Storm as Gulf Squaddies Refused Insurance
Byline: NIGEL NELSON BRAVE squaddies facing war with Iraq have been told their lives are worth no more than pounds 24,000. That is the maximum their families will get from the Government if they die in action. Many Army privates will get less...
Crack Ulster Cop Unit to Shut Down
Byline: EXCLUSIVE by CLARE SAVAGE AN elite cop unit which helped smash dozens of paramilitary rackets is to be shut down, we can reveal. The crack team, nick-named 'The Blacks', is just the latest victim in a series of stinging cutbacks to hit...
Cricket: BARMY IRANI! VB Series, Second Final Australia 2, England 0; Ronnie Unleashes a Rocket as England Lose Their Last Match Down under by Just Five Runs
Byline: Nick Hoult in Melbourne ENGLAND finally succumbed to the pressure of this Ashes Tour from Hell yesterday when Ronnie Irani was embroiled in a bust-up with a fan at the MCG. As England slumped to a five-run defeat in the second VB Series...
Cricket: BARMY IRANI!; VB Series, Second Final Australia 2, England 0 Ronnie Unleashes a Rocket as England Lose Their Last Match Down under by Just Five Runs
Byline: Nick Hoult in Melbourne ENGLAND finally succumbed to the pressure of this Ashes Tour from Hell yesterday when Ronnie Irani was embroiled in a bust-up with a fan at the MCG. As England slumped to a five-run defeat in the second VB Series...
Cricket: The Day Colly Thought: That's It, My Career's over; WORLD CUP EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Neal COLLINS LAST YEAR, Paul Collingwood woke up to find that the finely-tuned machinery he uses every day at work had ceased to function. The 26-year-old Durham lad had lost all feeling in his right arm, a fairly crucial part of any...
DEPRESSED SAD, LONELY & SCARED OF DYING; 'Her Personal Agony Is Heartbreaking to Watch. She Is in Turmoil and Has Lost Faith in herself'A CLOSE ROYAL AIDE
Byline: CLAIRE COLLINS A SENIOR royal aide is desperately worried about the health of the Queen, fearing she is sinking into deep depression, The People can reveal. The courtier bravely spoke out after watching the 76-year-old monarch become...
Doctor Vernon's Casebook
Byline: DR VERNON COLEMAN Is fiancee too flash for me? Q MY girlfriend is an exhibitionist. She often goes clubbing wearing a very short skirt and no underwear. She loves it when men whistle at her and every time we go into our local pub she...
DOWNEY TOUCHED BY NEW CAREER; Derry Star for Movies
Byline: BRENDA O'NEILL GLAMOROUS Ulster actress Roma Downey has had her wings clipped with news that her top US TV show is to end. However, the sultry Derry native, who starred in the long-running hit series Touched By An Angel, is now expected...
Evil Spanish Kill off Irish Greyhounds
Byline: SINEAD KING GREYHOUND owners have been urged to help smash the sick practice which could be leaving Irish dogs hanging from Spanish trees. The call comes just days after a dog was found strung up. It had suffered a horrible fate at...
Evil Spanish Kill Ulster's Greyhounds
Byline: SINEAD KING GREYHOUND owners have been urged to help smash the sick practice which could be leaving dogs from Ulster hanging from Spanish trees. The call comes just days after a dog was found strung up. It had suffered a horrible fate...
EXHAUSTED: Limerick Lass Lisa in a Race against Time
Byline: JIM GALLAGHER YOU'RE A Star singing sensation Lisa Bresnan has been laid low by exhaustion and a flu bug. The Limerick songstress, who is pulling in more votes than any other girl on the hit show, was in a race against time to be ready...
Fishing: Good Old Stan Still the Man
Byline: JOHN INGHAM STAN GOWER was a mere 20-something when he first claimed top awards in People angling events. His early triumphs included a regional title and a specimen award in the grand final of our former national championships. Now he...
Food People: Top of the Pots
Byline: WITH THIS MORNING TV CHEF PHIL VICKERY PORK HOTPOT WITH BLACK PUDDING AND CRANBERRIES This is VERY different from traditional winter hotpots! Pork replaces lamb, squash replaces turnips and black pudding gives a peppery bite to contrast...
Football: A.E.T
Byline: MARK McINTOSH/ALEX McGREEVY BAKER WINGS IN FOR GLENAVON GLENAVON are set to clinch their first signing since the transfer window opened with a shock swoop for Shelbourne winger Dessie Baker. Baker was thought to be on his way to Mid-Ulster...
Football: Albion Woe as Meg Gives 'Em Wat for; Watford 1 West Brom 0
Byline: Kevin MOSELEY GARY MEGSON was scathing about his West Brom team as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by First Division Watford. They face the rest of the season with only a struggle for Premiership survival after Icelandic striker Heidar...
FOOTBALL: All 'Ifs' and 'Buts' on Final Curtain Calling
IT'S D-day for Drogheda United who need something close to a minor miracle this afternoon to save their season. Anything other than three points against St Patrick's Athletic at O2 Park and the Boynesiders can start making plans for the play-offs....
Football: Arsene Hit by Rocky
PERFECTIONIST Arsene Wenger last night paid tribute to Farnborough ... but blasted his defence for leaking a goal! The Arsenal boss said: "We are not happy that we didn't have a clean sheet. We will have to improve that part of things for the game...
Football: AUSSIE HITMAN ZDRILIC GOING AFTER A CRICKET SCORE; Walsall 1 Wimbledon 0
Byline: Ian GIBB IT WAS a great day to be an Australian as striker David Zdrilic sent Walsall into the fifth round of the FA Cup for the second year running. The 28-year-old frontman, signed on a free from German club Unterhaching, had been inspired...
Football: A Wanderful Day Four King George; Wolves 4 Leicester 1
Byline: Neil MOXLEY CLOSE your eyes for a minute Wolves fans - and imagine what it would be like if George Ndah could steer clear of injury. Dave Jones needed the half-fit striker for just an hour and, by George, it was enough to send the Black...
FOOTBALL: Bright Spark Byrne's Euro Hoops Vow
SHAMROCK Rovers star Richie Byrne has vowed to put the spark into the Hoops' Inter-Toto Cup assault this afternoon, with just 90 minutes between himself and Europe. The brilliant under-21 International, who doubles as an apprentice electrician in...
Football: Brilliant Beresford Leaves Busy Bees Downes and out; Brentford 0 Burnley 3
Byline: Marc ISAACS BRENTFORD boss Wally Downes insists he's to blame for helping Burnley win a place in the fifth round for the first time in 20 years. Downes called himself an 'idiot' after making a late substitution which he believed changed...
Football: Brilliant Beresford Leaves the Bees on Their Knees; Brentford 0 Burnley 3
Byline: Marc ISAACS BATTLING Burnley roared into the fifth round for the first time in 20 years after a wonder show from keeper Marlon Beresford. Robbie Blake, Paul Cook and substitute Glen Little scored the vital goals which gave the Clarets...
Football: Clare Strike Closes the Gap; Scarborough 0 Chester City 1
Byline: Alan GREY CHESTER City, currently second in the table, left it late at the McCain Stadium to snatch the points at promotion rivals Scarborough as Daryl Clare's goal four minutes from time secured a hard-fought victory. Mark Wright's men...
Football: CLAUS RUN THING FOR CITY; Grimsby 1 Bradford 2
Byline: Andrew COLLOMOSSE BRADFORD winger Claus Jorgensen broke battling Grimsby's brave hearts with a spectacular last-gasp goal to win this relegation struggle. It looked as if Grimsby, down to 10 men for all the second half after the dismissal...
Football: Cold Comfort for Megson as the Ice Man Turns Up Heat; Watford 1 West Brom 0
Byline: Kevin MOSELEY WATFORD'S Icelandic striker Heidar Helguson left West Brom with only Premiership survival to strive for. His 10th goal of the season dumped Albion out of the Cup in a game that First Division Watford thoroughly deserved...
Football: Cut out and Keep: Helpful Hints for the Hammers' Defence- but Watch Your Fingers Boys!
West ham boss Glenn Roeder says his woeful defence 'need to learn the required skills' so the SP presents..West Ham's 2003sporting colander THIS IS A TACKLE:NO, it's not what you take on fishing trips, it's the universally accepted method...
Football: Daggers through the Heart by Zema; Norwich ...................... 1 Dagenham & R 0
Byline: Jack STEGGLES DAGENHAM'S FA Cup dream turned into a nightmare when they were hit by a sickening last-minute goal. It was scored by Zema Abbey just as First Division Norwich had resigned themselves to a fourth-round replay at Victoria...
Football: Daggers through the Heart by Zema; Norwich 1 Dagenham & R 0
Byline: Jack STEGGLES DAGENHAM'S dreams of Cup glory were cruelly shattered by a last-minute Norwich winner. The brave non-Leaguers looked to have done more than enough to take this fourth-round tie to a money-spinning replay. But with seconds...
Football: Delight for Dale as Their Heroes Dump Coventry; Rochdale 2 Coventry 0
Byline: John ARNFIELD PLUCKY little Dale caused the upset of the day as they cut Gary McAllister's Sky Blues down to size and reach the fifth round for only the second time in their history. Coventry, sitting in a play-off place for the Premiership...
Football: Diamonds Savaged; Oxford Utd 3 Rushden & D 0
Byline: Paul WILLETS RUSHDEN'S Division Three title hopes suffered a setback as they slipped to only their third away defeat of the season at Oxford. Brian Talbot's men lost further ground on leaders Hartlepool as Andy Crosby's penalty and a...
Football: DONE UP BY THE KIPPER; Jemmo Aims to Put Chelsea to Sleep: SHREWSBURY V CHELSEA BBC1 Today, KO 6.30pm
Byline: Neil MOXLEY SLEEPING giant Nigel Jemson has just one wish if he scores the winner against Chelsea today - to actually see the ball hit the net. Shrewsbury's Cup hero led Everton a merry dance as his two goals sensationally dumped David...
Football: FARN DANCE TO THE BANK; Farnborough 1 Arsenal 5
Byline: ANDY DUNN THE ALAN Partridge bloke from Farnborough FM radio was a hoot. "That," he intoned gravely as Christian Lee trudged away from referee Alan Wiley's red card, "could be the turning point." Yeah, of course. Because at 2-0 up...
Football: FARN DANCE TO THE BANK; Farnborough 1 Arsenal 5 Minnows Learn from the Big Boys How to Take the Money and Run
Byline: ANDY DUNN THE ALAN Partridge bloke from Farnborough FM radio was a hoot. "That," he intoned gravely as Christian Lee trudged away from referee Alan Wiley's red card, "could be the turning point." Yeah, of course. Because at 2-0 up...
FOOTBALL: Geoff Tober the Moon about Blues Tie
Byline: Mark McINTOSH TOBERMORE United boss Geoff Ferris has nothing but good memories when it comes to facing Linfield in the Irish Cup. Eleven years ago, Ferris, who was playing for Glenavon at the time, bagged an Irish Cup final goal against...
Football: GET PERSONAL WITH PARRY: Fulham Fans Have to Start Thinking SMALL
Byline: Mike Parry APART from setting fire to Harrods a day after the insurance runs out, I can't think of a surer way for Mohammed Al-Fayed to lose the pounds 100m he has lavished on Fulham. What's more - even if the Craven Cottage site is sold...
Football: GET PERSONAL WITH PARRY: Rant of the Week
Byline: Mike Parry IT SEEMS my fears for Paul Gascoigne's future are shared by plenty of you as well. But there's also more than a few of you less than happy with the FA's reaction to misdemeanours. Feel free to send in your rant and give...
Football: GOALDEN DAYS OF HIGHBURY'S DYNAMIC DUO
Ton-up terrors reveal why their deadly double act is going great guns: THEY are both new members of Arsenal's 100-up club, two supreme goalscorers who have completed the march to a ton of goals in the colours of the champions. jHere, Dennis Bergkamp...
Football: HAIL DALE!; Rochdale 2 Coventry 0 Simpson: It Can't Get Any Better Than This
Byline: John ARNFIELD ROCHDALE player-boss Paul Simpson watched stunned as his side reached the FA Cup fifth round for only the second time and gasped: "This is as good as it gets." Paul Connor and giant Gareth Griffiths were the goal heroes...
FOOTBALL: Half Empty Paradise Hails Henrik; CELTIC 3 ST MIRREN 0
TWO-GOAL Henrik Larsson and Momo Sylla spared the off-colour champions their blushes at Parkhead today to book their place in the fourth round of the Tennent's Cup. The visitors - and especially inspired goalkeeper Ludovic Roy - had threatened to...
FOOTBALL: Heat's on So Keep Your Cool
HYPED-UP Rangers stars will be warned to cool it by manager Alex McLeish. He will talk tough to his big-money men as the tightest title tussle for years resumes in midweek. Rangers, three points clear of champions Celtic, take on Hibs at Easter...
FOOTBALL: Heg: We Need One More Win!; Glenavon 0 Institute 2
Byline: Gordon HANNA INSTITUTE ended a run of five away defeats in a row to move into the top six, yet player-manager Paul Hegarty moaned: "We need another win just to keep us in the Premier Division!" Goals from Adrian Creane and top gun Stuart...
Football: Hotline: Magpies Nail Woody Deal
Byline: Andy DUNN and Martin HARDY JONATHAN WOODGATE will become a Newcastle player in a cut-price pounds 7million deal in the next 48 hours - after he survived a tough character check by Sir Bobby Robson. An official bid was made yesterday....
Football: Hotline: United: Bellion Chase Is Still On
Byline: Steve BATES DAVID BELLION could still become a Manchester United player this week despite Sunderland's insistence that the deal is dead. Struggling Sunderland risk losing more than pounds 1million if they continue to block United's attempts...
Football: HULSE ON THE PULSE; Oldham 1 Crewe 3
Byline: Steven ADAMS ROB HULSE scored twice to make it 22 goals for the season as promotion-hopefuls Crewe recorded their eighth away win of the season against 10-man Oldham. Hulse put the visitors ahead after Fitz Hall had been shown the red...
Football: IT ENDED IN BEERS; Legend Gazza Was a Boozer Who Made Us Laugh but Didn't Get Me to the Top
Byline: Stan TERNENT: By TONY LIVESEY Adapted by ANDY DUNN GAZZA sipped Chablis and Jimmy Five-Bellies had mineral water. "It's obvious you are not off the booze completely," I told him. "If you want to go bang on it, book into a clinic and then...
Football: It's All Dwight as Yorke Rescues 'Em; Blackburn 3 Sunderland 3
Byline: Steve BATES THEY STAYED away in their thousands - but Blackburn's cup-stressed fans missed the most excitement Ewood Park has seen all season as Dwight Yorke's injury-time equaliser dragged Rovers back from the dead. Sunderland might...
Football: I've Only Reached a Cup Final - My Dad Beat Cancer. I Owe It All to Him: This Week: CHRIS KIRKLAND; ENGLAND'S FUTURE No1 KEEPER ON HOW HIS FATHER'S BRAVE BATTLE INSPIRED HIM AFTER BEING TOLD HE'D NEVER MAKE THE GRADE
Byline: Mike McCarthy CHRIS KIRKLAND had three good reasons to celebrate on Tuesday night. His first cup final, referee Alan Wiley's compassion - some might say weakness - and his father Eddie's 50th birthday. You might have expected the first...
Football: JOE'S BOYS SUNK BY A PESKY SUB; Sheff United 4 Ipswich 3
Byline: Alan NIXON SUB Paul Peschisolido scrambled the last-gasp winner that saved Sheffield United from suffering at the hands of one of the greatest comebacks in recent times. Canadian Pesch joined the drama with just a few minutes to go and...
Football: JOE'S BOYS SUNK BY A PESKY SUB; Sheff United 4 Ipswich 3 Blades Win a Battle Royle
Byline: Alan NIXON PAUL PESCHISOLIDO came off the bench to scramble the last-gasp winner that spared United from bowing to a monumental FA Cup fightback. Canadian Pesch arrived with just a few minutes left and popped up to turn in a close-range...
Football: Jordan: I'm Not Quitting; PALACE CHIEF IS NO SPENT FORCE: PALACE V LIVERPOOL Sky Sports2, Today, KO 4pm
Byline: Andy DUNN SIMON Jordan will NOT quit Crystal Palace despite losing a fortune on the Nationwide League club. The Selhurst Park chairman has ploughed an astonishing pounds 28MILLION into Palace during his three-year reign. And his financial...
Football: KEEP OUT; Only 600 Tickets, and 100 Coppers, No Wonder FA Fear the Worse
Byline: EXCLUSIVE by AndyDUNN ENGLAND chiefs considered banning their OWN FANS from a Euro 2004 fixture amid concerns that the clash in Liechtenstein could spark mayhem. The move was suggested as the FA faced up to a nightmare trip to the world's...
FOOTBALL: Kenny's a Gypsy Who Is Now Sticking around; BOHEMIANS BOSS WANTS TO END 20-YEAR WAIT FOR BACK-TO-BACK EIRCOM LEAGUE TITLES
Byline: Paul KEANE By Alex McGREEVY BOHEMIANS boss Stephen Kenny is the manager with the midas touch but he's only got eyes for more silver in 2003. Kenny and his jubilant Gypsies bring the down the curtain on a near perfect season this afternoon...
Football: Kerrific Win in Middle East
A LIAM Kearney goal gave Ireland the Abu Dhabi International title with a 1-0 victory over Under-18 World Cup winners France on Friday. Korea needed to beat hosts the United Arab Emirates in the second game of the evening but could only draw 0-0,...
Football: Kerr Was Needed So Too Was Brian; the Ireland Job
Byline: Alex McGREEVY THE son of a one time boxing champ has delivered the knock out punch in the race to replace Mick McCarthy as the next Irish soccer boss. Brian Kerr was last night formally approached by the FAI to take up the 500,000euro...
Football: KEVIN SAVE US; Southampton 1 Millwall 1
Byline: Frank WIECHULA KEVIN DAVIES brought Southampton back from the brink of an FA Cup defeat with a last-gasp leveller against the team he played for earlier this season. Late substitute Davies, who scored three goals on loan at the Lions,...
Football: KIDS' PAUL OF FAME!; ManU Kieran a Graduate of Elliott Academy
Byline: EXCLUSIVE by FRANK WIECHULA HIS OWN career was cut tragically short by injury - but it's made Paul Elliott determined to launch a thousand others. The big defender's world fell apart back in September 1992 when, playing for Chelsea, he...
FOOTBALL: Leggoland: ROLL OVER; That's What Celts Did for O'Neill
Byline: David Leggat IF there is a gambling culture in every dressing room, as we are led to believe, then I wonder just where the Celtic stars are placing their bets this weekend. At the end of a week in which the new in-vogue phrase became...
FOOTBALL: Leggoland: Wyness Must Not Get Too Cosy at Pittodrie
Byline: David Leggat THE most depressing sight last week was the image of reporters with tape-recorders and broadcasters with microphones, all shoved into the face of Keith Wyness. That's right, Keith Wyness, Johnny-come- lately chief executive...
Football: LYNCH PINS UP A POINT; Nottm F 1 Preston 1
Byline: Darren BENTLEY SIMON LYNCH struck to end Preston's six-game losing streak and rescue a point for Craig Brown's battered side. Sorry Forest were left to rue a catalogue of misses - with goal-machine David Johnson the main culprit. The...
Football: Macca: A Bumper Prey Day for Tel's Big-Time Charlies
Byline: Paul McCarthy GEORGE GRAHAM summed it up quite neatly. BIG CLUBS, he proclaimed, never sell to other BIG CLUBS. Not fringe players, not reserves and certainly never their stars. Even in a football world that has changed immeasurably since...
Football: Macca's on the Warpath as City Are Humiliated; Rochdale 2 Coventry 0
Byline: John ARNFIELD PLUCKY Dale cut Gary McAllister's Sky Blues down to size in a repeat of the club's heroics of 32 years ago. Paul Connor and Gareth Griffiths were the heroes as the team 17th in the Third Division destroyed a side 59 places...
FOOTBALL: Malcolm Back on Old Firm
BOB MALCOLM is hoping his super show in the last Old Firm game will re-launch his Ibrox career. And that would be fitting because it was his nightmare in his debut against Celtic which almost scuppered his Rangers dream before it had really begun....
FOOTBALL: McGEOUGH'S SHIP LEADS WATERFORD TO TOP
Byline: Alex McGREEVY TWENTY SEVEN years ago, Jimmy McGeough turned his back on Irish football and enlisted in the recruitment drive for all-stars capable of making 'soccer' a national sport in America. Last year he returned to manage Waterford...
Football: 'MORON FANS CALLED WRIGHTY A BLACK B******, MY FACE WAS RED WITH SHAME'
Byline: Stan TERNENT: By TONY LIVESEY Adapted by ANDY DUNN IAN Wright-Wright-Wright Esquire, MBE. A fully-minted football legend. I'd played a major role in furthering his career during my time at Crystal Palace and the man I knew as Satchmo...
FOOTBALL: Moyola on Course for Cup as They Kill off YC; SECOND DIVISION
Byline: Andy MATCHETT MOYOLA PARK moved through to the last 16 of the Intermediate Cup after three second half goals gave them a 3-0 victory over Steel and Sons Cup winners KILLYLEAGH YC in one of two outstanding third round matches. A Jack Canavan...
FOOTBALL: NEW FACES IN TOWN HOLD BANNSIDERS; Newry T. 0 Coleraine 0
Byline: Paul McCONVILLE NEWRY Town frustrated in-form Coleraine at the Showgrounds yesterday to claim their first league point in almost two months. Following an embarrassing cup exit at the hands of Amateur League side Knockbreda, the last thing...
FOOTBALL: OUR GAME WITH BOHS IS BIGGER THAN THE CUP FINAL; Derry Defender McLaughlin in No Doubt about City's Priorities
Byline: Arthur DUFFY ONE OF Derry City's unsung heroes this season is of the firm belief that today's game against Bohemians is much bigger than the Carlsberg FAI Cup final! Centre-half Paddy McLaughlin is adamant that winning the cup final would...
FOOTBALL: PIERRE YOU GO,OLD BHOYS!; VAN THE MAN DELIVERS EURO VERDICT ON CELTIC Hooy There,he's So Sure Martin's Men Won't Stutt-Er on March to UEFA Cup
Byline: David LEGGAT FORMER Parkhead pin-up Pierre Van Hooydonk is tipping Celtic to smash Stuttgart - and blaze a European glory trail. The Feyenoord strike ace reckons that if the Dutch outfit could win the UEFA Cup last season, there's nothing...
FOOTBALL: PUT SHIRT ON SMITH; L. Distillery 0 Glentoran 1 Andy Keeps Glens on Track
Byline: Sam GARDINER StrainLEAGUE leaders Glentoran had to battle hard against Lisburn Distillery players who fought as if their lives were on the line. This, however, was a vital win for Glentoran given the defeat of champions Portadown at the...
FOOTBALL: QUITTING PARADISE WAS SIMPLE FOR SIMON; 'As Far as I'm Concerned Going to Preston Was a Step Up'
Byline: Will PRICE SIMON LYNCH has delivered a shock snub to Celtic after leaving Parkhead in a pounds 130,000 move to Preston aimed at saving under-fire Craig Brown's job. For Scottish Under-21 ace Lynch says his transfer to the English First...
FOOTBALL: Rangers STORM ON; Arbroath 0 RANGERS 3 Tennents Scottish Cup Third Round: Arbroath as They Blow Them out McLeish's Men Put the Wind Up
Byline: Max THOMPSON RAMPANT Rangers blew away Arbroath in the gales of Gayfield last night to storm into the fourth round. Inspired by another magnificent performance from skipper Barry Ferguson, the holders were never in any danger of being...
FOOTBALL: ROLLOVER JACKPOT!; Celtic 3 St. Mirren 0 Tennants Cup Third Round: Lars Laugh for O'Neill as Contract Killer Henrik Guns Down Saints
Byline: David LEGGAT CELTIC may have won - but their manager's one-year rollover contract did little to boost the team's performance. The supporters didn't roll up in droves to give Martin O'Neill a big cheer either. Just 30,000 of them were...
Football: Scholes Here for Life Says Fergie; MAN UNITED V WEST HAM BBC1 Today, KO 1pm
Byline: Steve BATES PAUL SCHOLES will be a Manchester United player for the rest of his career, says Sir Alex Ferguson. The Ginger Prince is in the form of his life and in the mood today to send West Ham's season spiralling deeper into the gloom...
FOOTBALL: Second Time around No Walk in Park
THINGS aren't proving as productive for Moyola Park second time around. The club are finding out the hard way that defending a title can prove much tougher than winning one. Moyola Park were formed in 1880 under the patronage of Lord Spencer...
FOOTBALL: SPIKE HITS PORTS SIDE; Linfield 3 Portadown 2 Ferguson Caps Blues' Fightback but Hands Advantage to Glens
Byline: Mark McINTOSH IN a week when Linfield boss David Jeffrey began the much anticipated Windsor Park clearout, his side finally looked as though they were playing for new contracts yesterday. The Blues looked dead and buried at half-time...
Football: Sports Confidential
Byline: Edited by ANNALEA BULL a.bull@people.co.uk IT'S A BAD HAIR DAY FOR RED-FACED SAID EVERTON new boy Ibrahim Said turned the air blue at Goodison last week when he turned up with his hair dyed RED. Egyptian star Said is a colourful character...
Football: Stan's Tern for Some Luck as Clarets Make a Bee-Line for Glory; Brentford 0 Burnley 3
Byline: Marc ISAACS IT'S taken 20 years. And it took a big slice of luck - and the mega-brilliance of goalie Marlon Beresford. But beaming Stan Ternent and his cock-a-hoop Clarets are on their way to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Now just...
Football: STAY-AWAYS TO HEAVEN; Blackburn 3 Sunderland 3 Absent Fans Miss Thriller with a Final Twist
Byline: Steve BATES THEY STAYED away in their thousands - but Blackburn's Cup-stressed fans missed the most excitement Ewood Park has seen all season as Dwight Yorke's injury-time equaliser dragged Rovers back from the dead. And Rovers boss Graeme...
Football: Steve Claridge's Column: Clubs Look through the Wrong Window
Byline: Steve Claridge, PETE JENSON THE transfer window slams shut on Friday. Whatever will Nationwide clubs do without all the Premiership money that's flooded into the lower divisions this past month? I remember the good old days when top clubs...
FOOTBALL: Swifts Enjoy Day out at the Seaside
Byline: Kevin HUGHES Jnr DUNGANNON Swifts produced a typical battling performance to storm back with a couple of second half goals to secure a 2-1 win away to Bangor yesterday. It gave the Swifts the three points they needed to stay ahead of...
Football: The Bell Tolls for Dundela; Junior Football in Focus
Byline: Alex MCGREEVY FOR the first time in 30 years Mervyn Bell is finding himself faced with a question he has difficulty answering. Behind the softly spoken voice, Bell's no-nonsense reputation in management has ensured success for Dundela...
Football: The FA Blow Full Time on Durkin
Byline: Alan BIGGS TOP REFEREE Paul Durkin, praised for his handling of Manchester United's clash with Chelsea last week, is to be pensioned off - despite a decision to scrap the retirement age of 48. The anti-ageism move is to be introduced...
Football: VID ELBOW'S A TEL BLOW!; Gillingham 1leeds 1
Byline: Paul McCARTHY FROM THE moment he sat down, the message couldn't have been spelt out any clearer to Terry Venables. There, just 70 yards away, the writing was on the wall. Well, not quite the wall but the advertising hoardings directly...
FOOTBALL: WELDERS SHOW LITTLE MERC-Y; Grove United 0 H & W Welders 7 Early Grove for United
Byline: Andy MATCHETT HARLAND and Wolff Welders reached the last eight of the Intermediate Cup with a 7-0 win over Grove United at their Shore Road home yesterday afternoon. Welders took the lead in the 11th minute when a Keith Mercer through...
Football: Wenger's Pop at Ref
ARSENE WENGER found himself wrapped up in another red card storm last night. But this time he SAW the incident and he BACKED the opposition star who was sent to the dressing room. Wenger, famous for missing so many controversial incidents, reckons...
Football: WHAT A CLARI ON; Southampton 1 Millwall 1 Even Strach 'Loves' Old Entertainer
Byline: Frank WIECHULA STEVE CLARIDGE wears his heart on his sleeve and his age on his shirt. Socks down to his ankles and arms pumping like pistons, the veteran striker looks like he could do with a good feed. But he knows how to score goals,...
Football: Wilko 'S Cool Cup Cats Get Caught; Blackburn 3 Sunderland 3 LATE YORKE STRIKE FOILS 'FEARLESS' SUNDERLAND
Byline: Steve BATES DWIGHT YORKE'S injury-time equaliser denied Sunderland who looked fifth round certainties leading 3-1 with 20 minutes to go. And Black Cats boss Howard Wilkinson said: "I thought we deserved to win and had done enough to do...
FOOTBALL: Willis Double Puts Crues in Control; Crusaders 2 Omagh 0
Byline: Martin MAWHINNEY CRUSADERS are a team on the up. Their league position may not have changed after this shock win, but if the Seaview club can maintain this sort of standard, they may just lift themselves off second bottom. Manager...
Football: WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT!; Preston 1 Nottm F 1
Byline: Darren BENTLEY FOREST hot-shot David Johnson kept hitting the woodwork - and gifted Preston a precious point. The First Division's top scorer started well enough, returning from suspension to grab the 22nd goal of what is becoming a prolific...
Football: ZDRILIC DRILLS ONE IN FOR HAPPY ANNIVERSAR-LEE; Walsall 1 Wimbledon 0
Byline: Ian GIBB DAVID ZDRILIC'S 75th-minute strike sent Walsall into the last 16 for the second year running and helped boss Colin Lee celebrate a year in charge at the Bescot Stadium. It was especially satisfying for Lee who, when manager at...
Fury at Sick 9/11souvenir
Byline: NEIL McLEOD TASTELESS souvenir lighters mocking the September 11 terrorist atrocities are on sale outside an airport. The sick model shows the Twin Towers with a plane crashing into one of them. Flick the switch and a flame pops out...