Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)

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Articles from February 27, 2011

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4 YOU, DEAN; Mick's Wolves Tribute with Superb Goal Fest
Byline: BILL HOWELL MICK McCarthy paid tribute to Dean Richards after Wolves thrashed Blackpool to climb out of the bottom three. The former favourite died at the age of 36 and the Wolves boss said: "It is sad for the club but more than that...
7 TO SEE What's Hot This Weeks
pop JUSTIN BIEBER Friday March 4 and Saturday March 5 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham 0844 338 8000 THE 16 year-old pop phenomenon takes to the NIA stage for two concerts next week. Teen sensation Justin, below, hit the top of the charts with...
'And the Award ' Doesn't Go to Mike Lockley '
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY AFTER 35 years as a hack, I still haven't found a suitable expression to mask the disappointment of failure at an awards ceremony. This is bizarre, because I'm seldom disappointed by failure: it's hung around too long. It...
ARMED COPS RAID CLUB; Seven Arrested over Drugs and Gun Offences
Byline: ANUJI VARMA ARMED cops swooped on a Birmingham nightclub yesterday and arrested seven revellers in connection with drugs misuse and firearms offences. West Midlands Police said around 80 people were inside Hakuna Matata in the city centre...
Arrested Development. Coppers Flog off Old Police Houses to Fill the Coffers
Byline: JEANETTE OLDHAM A CASH-strapped force is selling off almost a THIRD of its police houses in a desperate bid to raise cash. West Midlands Police Authority is hoping to bank pounds 1.2 million from flogging six homes and more than half...
ASH ENJOYS FOUR-TRESS CHALLENGE; Young Heeds Hou's Call with Double: PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: MAT KENDRICK ASTON VILLA 4 Young 49 mins, 82, Hanley (OG) 62, Downing, 64 BLACKBURN 1 Kalinic 81 mins From MAT KENDRICK at Villa Park ASTON Villa emphatically accepted Gerard Houllier's challenge to turn Villa Park into a FOUR-tress by easing...
Ashton's Sex Scene Blushes
SELF-confessed Star Wars fan Ashton Kutcher says that bedding sci-fisiren Natalie Portman left him blushing. The Hollywood heart-throb has steamy clinches with Portman, who played Queen Amidala, in new movie No Strings Attached. And he reveals...
Beckford Brace Is Sweet for Toffees; EVERTON 2 SUNDERLAND 0
EVERTON boss David Moyes expects Jermaine Beckford to continue improving after his double strike against Sunderland. Beckford struck twice in the first half to ease the Toffees into mid-table with a 2-0 win at Goodison Park. Beckford, 27, has...
Bev Bevan's ROCK 'N' ROLL DIARIES; REWIND
Byline: Paul Cole FOLLOWING the demise of The Diplomats at the end of 1964, I found myself, for the second time, with a "proper job", working at the classy and rather snooty Kean and Scotts in Birmingham city centre. I was fast becoming a nine...
Billy's Happy with Stalemate at Den; MILLWALL 0 NOTT'M FOREST 0
NOTTINGHAM Forest manager Billy Davies was more than satisfied with his side's performance against Millwall despite losing ground on second-placed Swansea in the Championship promotion race. The goalless draw at the New Den left Forest in fifth...
Book Him, DANNO! PLAY IT AGAIN! Hawaii Five-0 (1968-80): REWIND
Byline: Paul Cole THE theme music is heard thousands of times every day in swimming baths the length and breadth of Britain. As soon as the wave machine is switched on, there's a burst of Morton Stevens' famous music to warn swimmers of the Hawaiian...
Boy Who Survived Cancer Vows to Become a Doctor; at 4 Medics Feared He Would Not Live through the Night
Byline: BEN GOLDBY A TEENAGER who survived one of the world's rarest lung cancers has revealed he is studying to become a doctor - to help other childhood victims. Michael Leigh was just four when medics warned his parents that he might not live...
Bragoli Spot on to Rescue Tipton; MIDLAND ALLIANCE
A LAST-GASP penalty from Danny Bragoli earned Tipton Town a 1-1 draw at Loughborough University. But his late effort was not enough to see the Black Country side hold on to top spot, rivals Coalville Town taking over following their 5-0 drubbing...
Brit Experts Sent to Identify Victims
A BRITISH task force of disaster victim identification experts was heading to New Zealand last night as the earthquake death toll soared to 145, with 200 still missing. The UK team is due to arrive in Christchurch on South Island on Monday to help...
Butcher Leaves Racers in a Stu; MIDLAND COMBINATION
STUART Butcher netted twice to help Cadbury Athletic triumph 3-0 at Racing Club Warwick in one of only three fixtures to beat the weather. Butcher opened the scoring following a corner kick, firing home from the edge of the six-yard area in the...
Cap & Cup Are Missing for Alex
Byline: GREGG EVANS FREE-scoring legend Alex Govan suffered double disappointment when Blues last visited Wembley in a major cup final competition. The Scottish wide man was part of the heartbroken team that was beaten 3-1 by Manchester City...
Clingan's Raring to Get Back
Byline: ANDY TURNER SAMMY Clingan made his third tentative attempt at a comeback from a knee ligament injury when he was named on the bench at the Ricoh Arena this week. It's been a longer than expected haul for the influential Coventry City...
Clio's a Shade Better
Byline: LEE GIBSON THERE was no missing Renault's flagship hot-hatch when it turned up outside Chez Gibson. In fact, the bods in charge of the French carmaker's press fleet would be well-advised to issue a pair of sunglasses with the press pack...
Cocktails and Cool Tunes at Beautiful Bistro; the LIGHT BITE STIRLINGS BAR AND BISTRO, Birmingham
STIRLINGS is the perfect place to meet the girls for lunch or dinner. This Victorian building, just off St Paul's Square, has been beautifully converted and opened a few months ago. There's a lovely inviting bar, serving cocktails and playing...
CUP FINAL THAT DIVIDED A CITY; SINGING THE BLUES: Leek Double Puts Blues in Control as Villa Rue Absence of Dougan
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD BIRMINGHAM 3 Leek (2), Bloomfield ASTON VILLA 1 Thomson BIRMINGHAM 0 ASTON VILLA 0 BIRMINGHAM City have one hand on the League Cup after seizing a thoroughly-deserved two-goal advantage in the first-leg of the final in a tumultuous...
Disgusting Dinners - but at Least We Got Fed! Tales from the Backstreets by Local Author GRAHAM V TWIST
Byline: GRAHAM V TWIST MARSH Hill School, Erdington, was an open-air school that catered for children with things like rheumatism and chest problems, and here the mid-day dinners were the stuff of childhood fantasy. According to Sheila Gibbons,...
DIVA DIARIES; Size Zero Is Not Big and Not Clever
Byline: Zoe Chamberlain THIS week has been London Fashion Week: a week full of catwalk shows with the hottest upcoming designers showcasing trends for the year ahead. There have been frows (that's fashion-pack slang for 'front row') full of the...
Donald's Flyin' against Ryan
ENGLAND'S Luke Donald booked his place in the semi-fi-nals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson with a polished lasteight win over Ryan Moore. The 33-year-old, who is searching for a first win on American soil for five years and who...
Eriska's the Business; Fancy Getting Away from It All to a Wildlife Paradise in a Far-Flung Corner of Britain? Tracks Don't Get Much Less Beaten Than on the Isle of Eriska in the Highlands of Scotland, as GORDON BARR Discovers
Otters play in the icy cold loch while above them geese glide gracefully across the water. To the right, roe deer bound through the trees and nearby heron prepare to take flight. Welcome to the idyllic world of the Isle of Eriska in the West...
Festival KO Harsh Price for Maguire
Byline: BOB DOWNING THE most dramatic - and potentially damaging - countdown in National Hunt racing is underway with Jason Maguire the first high profile victim. The Cheltenham Festival starts in 17 days time - the highlight of the calendar...
Fit-Again Marshall Is Eager for Villa Action
Byline: MAT KENDRICK GOALKEEPER Andy Marshall feared he may never play for Aston Villa last season - and admits he still might not! Marshall thought he could be forced to hang up his gloves when he suffered his most serious ever injury early...
FRENCH TEST IS PASSED BY MART'S MEN; England Stay on Course for Slam
Byline: ALEX LOWE ENGLAND 17 FRANCE 9 ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson was delighted that his side overcame an error-strewn first-half performance to beat France 17-9 and stay on course for a RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam. England made far too many...
Friend or Foe, You Can't Win with the Middle East
Byline: LORNE JACKSON CAPTION: to go here REMEMBER the million who marched against the Iraq War? Smug Mugs carrying placards proclaiming: 'Not in my name!' A herbivorous herd of Guardian grazers and Tofu tipplers, for the most part. Yet when they...
GAVIN'S TITLE HOPE IS KO'd; Champion Theophane Sidesteps Frankie
Byline: IAN JOHNSON FRANKIE Gavin, who is fast becoming the classiest boxer in Britain, has been given the cold shoulder by new British light welterweight champion Ashley Theophane. An offer, and it would have been healthy, went in from promoter...
GETTING TO FINAL IS JUST FANTASTIC; Eck Filled with Pride at Blues' Efforts
Byline: GREGG EVANS Carling Cup, third round - Blues 3-1 MK Dons (Hleb, Zigic, Gardner) ANOTHER home tie, and another League Two side, but this time there was no panic as a three-goal burst in just four minutes set up a comfortable Blues win. ...
Gil's Reign Set Tone for Trev; SINGING THE BLUES
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD TREVOR Francis found out the hard way at Blues that legendary status as a player is no guarantee of success as manager. Some 40 years earlier, Gil Merrick discovered the same thing. Blues' Carling Cup final defeat to Liverpool...
Girls of 12 Accused of Sex Crimes; Steep Rise in Attack Claims against Females: EXCLUSIVE
Byline: DONNA BOWATER SCHOOLGIRLS as young as 12 have been accused of sex crimes in the West Midlands, shocking new police figures have revealed. A total of 75 females were investigated for offences including prostitution, trafficking and sexual...
GLASSBOYS DISPLAY A RYAN WILL! Rowe's Strike Pegs Back Leaders
Stourbridge.............................. 2 Truro City ................................. 2 RYAN Rowe completed a rousing fightback as hard-working Stourbridge came back from two goals down against Zamaretto Premier table-toppers Truro City in an entertaining...
Goal-Den Boy Dan Is New Jack-the-Lad; NEWCASTLE 1 BOLTON 1
BOLTON boss Owen Coyle tipped striker Daniel Sturridge to follow in Jack Wilshere's footsteps after seeing him secure a point at Newcastle with his fourth goal in as many games. The 21-year-old, who is on loan at the Reebok Stadium from Chelsea,...
Got My EYE on You
Byline: Paul Cole ;Jack Daniels HLiam Gallagher isn't one to pull punches, even if he's letting the music do most of the talking. His new band Beady Eye - effecitively Oasis without big brother Noel - release their debut album tomorrow, and the...
Gunners to Edge Tight Final Battle
Byline: CHRIS HUTCHEON LAST week was an unforgettable one for Arsenal as they followed up a stunning Champions League triumph against Barcelona by being held to an FA Cup draw at Leyton Orient. The Gunners will hope for something more akin to...
I Have a Beef about Health Advice
IT'S a bloody farce. And before you take me to task for my choice of words, chew on this. Just a week ago, red-blooded Brits were celebrating the news that rare beef is actually good for you. The future of the Sunday Roast seemed assured, another tradition...
Ikeme's Hitting Wall in Bid to Get Fit
Byline: BILL HOWELL CARL Ikeme's season is on the up and up with the Wolves keeper scaling fresh heights on the comeback trail and sensing a fresh loan move. The Birmingham-born 24-year-old is climbing walls at an indoor centre Wolf Mountain...
I Need to Be Told When I'm Wrong - Walsall Boss
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD WALSALL manager Dean Smith has hailed the input of his closest advisors Jon Whitney and Chris Nicholl into the team's recent revival as they battle to beat relegation from League One. In particular, the Saddlers boss appreciates...
Inside
27, 2011 matchdayFEBRUARY SPOT ON: Ashley Young celebrates scoring a penalty, while Stewart Downing, inset, is ecstatic after striking Villa's third goal Red Ash.. HOU HAILS VILLA STAR AFTER DOUBLE DELIGHT GERARD Houllier hailed centre of attention...
Investors Lose Life Savings in Property 'Scam'
Byline: BEN GOLDBY FURIOUS investors have told how an alleged property scam that saw Premier League soccer stars lose cash has cost them their life savings. Last week we revealed that a criminal case had been launched in Spain against the boss...
Irish Wing Ace Ready for Action
IRELAND winger Tommy Bowe has warned Scotland that he has been revitalised by his injury-enforced lay-off. Bowe returns for today's RBS 6 Nations clash at Murrayfield after recovering from the knee problem that forced him to miss the opening two...
Is This the Ultimate Posh Frock? Victoria Beckham Dresses Fly off Shelves at City Store
Byline: ZOE CHAMBERLAIN IT'S the Posh frock that has been flying off the rails. A collection of Victoria Beckham designer dresses have almost sold out in just two weeks at Selfridges in Birmingham - despite costing up to pounds 2,300. Ruth...
I Turned Down Cup Final 55 Years Ago
As Birmingham City fans head to Wembley today to see their team take on Arsenal in the Carling Cup Final, JONNY GREATREX speaks to two die-hard Bluenoses about their special memories of previous glory days. LIFELONG Blues fan Margaret Decker will...
It Would Be Better If We Had Been Killed in Action; 20 YEARS AFTER GULF WAR, VETERANS STILL SUFFERING
Byline: JONNY GREATREX THEY went to war to liberate tiny Kuwait from the forces of evil Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. More than 50,000 British soldiers and service personnel took part in lightning quick Operation Desert Storm to free the oilrich...
Jack Could Be a Great - Wenger
ARSENE Wenger is confident Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere can become one of England's greatest players. The combative 19-year-old midfielder is enjoying his breakthrough season with the Gunners following a productive loan spell at Bolton, making...
Jackson 5
1 OSCAR time is here! Now movie stars get the chance to show us what all that acting training was really all about - maintaining a fixed grin while somebody else's name is read out instead of yours. 2 THE Oscars aren't the only major awards. I'm...
Jamie's Dream Team! 7 HEAVEN Treat of the Week: TELLY VIEW
Byline: Roz Laws THERE'S nothing that Jamie Oliver likes more than a crusade. I doubt he has time to do anything as mundane as cook any more, as he's too busy trying to change the world. After introducing healthier school dinners, he now moves...
Jesus and the Devil ' Were Typing Away ' off. Hard the Card the THE 7OF WORST BIBLE JOKES Was Myself." His Devil
Byline: FUNNY HA HA ONE day Jesus and the Devil were having a discussion about who was best, so God suggested a typing competition. God sat them down at two computers, one each, and told them to type up an article written on a piece of paper. The...
Joe Hoping for Change in Fortunes
JOE Cole is hoping for another opportunity to ignite his Liverpool career against first club West Ham tomorrow. The England midfielder has endured a frustrating season at Anfield after a high-profile free transfer from Chelsea last summer. The...
Jukes Is a Shaw-Fire Hot-Shot
WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL LEAGUE MATT Jukes capped an impressive week with another goal to help Bustleholme move within four points of leaders AFC Wulfrunians. The striker bagged a midweek hat-trick in a cup tie against Lye Town and found the net again...
Just Good Friends? FILMS of the Week
Byline: Roz Laws AFTER putting herself through so much physical and emotional trauma for Black Swan - for which she is certain to pick up an Oscar tonight - you can understand Natalie Portman wanting to lighten up a bit. Choosing a fluffy, much...
Kiddy Joy as Ice-Cool Mac Wrex 'Em. KIDDERMINSTER 1 WREXHAM 0
HEROIC Harriers clinched a gripping backs-to-thewall win over promotion rivals Wrexham to propel themselves back into the Conference Premier playoff places. Chris McPhee's 36th-minute penalty paved the way for this compelling success but it was...
Lenny Nose His Stuff; 7 THINGS You Never Knew about LENNY HENRY
IT'S one thing making a flying visit to the Third World to show your support for charity. But four celebrities have gone further in the two-part BBC1 documentary Famous, Rich And In The Slums With Comic Relief, which starts on Thursday. They...
LOAN STAR IS TOP MATCH; Happy Carew Aims for Permanent Deal
Byline: IAN PARKES STOKE assistant manager Dave Kemp feels the club's relationship with John Carew is like "a good match," but whether it becomes permanent this summer remains to be seen. Carew has become an instant hit since joining Stoke on...
Marching against the Cuts
Byline: ANUJI VARMA THOUSANDS of angry council workers marched through Birmingham city centre yesterday to show their disgust at cutbacks proposed by the authority. The demonstration was called just days ahead of a meeting of Birmingham City...
MASON HAPPY GOING TO WAR; Short Cup Trip Ideal, Says Mose Skipper
Byline: BRIAN DICK BEDFORD 28 MOSELEY 15 MOSELEY skipper Neil Mason insists he is pleased his team have booked a cup quarter-final with Championship powerhouse Worcester Warriors. The experienced back-rower will be part of the Red and Black outfit...
MICK'S JOY ON D DAY SHROUDED IN GR DR RIEF; PREMIER LEAGUE: Four-Star Wolves Dump Baggies in Relega a Ation Mire
Byline: BILL HOWELL WOLVES 4 Jarvis 2 mins, O'Hara 54, Ebanks-Blake 78, 90 BLACKPOOL 0 AN emphatic victory - Wolves' biggest in the Premier League - dumped Albion in the bottom three and lifted Mick McCarthy's men out of it. A day which began...
MONKEY BUSINESS; Trading Standards Raids Discover Chimpanzee Meat
Byline: ROY BAYLISS BACKSTREET Midland restaurants and market stalls are selling chimpanzee meat sold by poachers, the Sunday Mercury can reveal. The sickening trade in bushmeat has been exposed by a Government whistleblower, who says the chimp...
Moors' Dozen Is a Delight
Solihull Moors............................. 2 Workington AFC .......................... 0 SOLIHULL Moors extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches after second-half goals from Dominic Langdon and Junior English sealed the points against Workington....
More First Class Post for Hobbs
Byline: TOM PEACOCK QUINZ further improved the already excellent records of Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton Park. It was a fifth victory in the Grade Three handicap for jockey Johnson and a fourth for trainer...
Mouth Cancer at Seven - but Georgia Was a Real Battler; Georgia Cooper Became the Youngest Child in the Country to Get Mouth Cancer - Aged Just Seven. Dad Mark Cooper, 48 and from Nuneaton, Tells ZOE CHAMBERLAIN How His Daughter, Now 13, Coped with Having to Have a False Upper Mouth Fitted.: Lifetime Waiting Discover Has REAL LIVES Your Storiesof Courage to Georgia's the Clean Her Wanted To
IT was during a regular check-up when Georgia was seven that the dentist spotted a strange mark above her front tooth. It looked like an ulcer and she was given antibiotics to clear it up, but it just got bigger. She was transferred to the maxillofacial...
MP Concern at Radical Cleric's Uni Event
Byline: BEN GOLDBY A MUSLIM MP has demanded more vigilance at universities after a radical cleric was invited to speak to Midland students. Khalid Mahmood S Green, was invited to talk there by the campus Islamic Society. The Perry Barr MP...
Murder Most Foul ...That's No Bull; WRITE ON
Byline: Lorne Jackson OR THE BULL KILLS YOU By Jason Webster (Chatto & Windus, pounds 12.99) JASON Webster has written a number of acclaimed non-fiction books about Spanish culture, so it is hardly surprising that the country should be the setting...
MY GREAT ESCAPE; Midlander Left Her Desk Just before the Earthquake Struck, Wreaking Destruction
Byline: JONNY GREATREX A FORMER Midland youth worker has told how she survived the devastating Christchurch earthquake - her second in six months. Bree Wilkinson, 28, moved to New Zealand with partner Duncan Underhill last February after falling...
NAOMI TUNES UP FOR 2012; Archer Hoping to Hit Right Note in London
Byline: GREGG EVANS ARCHER Naomi Folkard may be dreaming of winning gold at London 2012 Olympics - but she is already planning for life after the London showpiece. The talented 27-year-old from Kidderminster is currently fine-tuning her shooting...
'Nathalie Pruvost.Just Another ' Name on the Endless Lists of Missing Persons in Europe' SHORT STORY Tales from the Midlands
Byline: Ronnie Davies THE elderly man in the blue anorak beckoned his wife. She was picking blackberries in the valley. "Look after Duke, will you, dear?" he asked and handed her the chain-leash restraining the black Labrador dog. His wife...
NICKY: I WAS SO NEARLY A HERO; but I Could Also Have Been a Zero
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD LIKE everyone with a Birmingham City connection Nicky Eaden reflects on the 2001 Worthington Cup final against Liverpool with a sense of what-might-have-been. But in Eaden's case there's extra spice to the notion. For he...
Now Showing; Films
Byline: Roz Laws 127 HOURS (15) Danny Boyle's stylish if hard to watch true story about climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), forced to take desperate action when his arm was trapped. BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON (PG) Martin Lawrence dresses...
Oil Workers' Ordeal in Libya
Byline: BEN GOLDBY CAPTION: Write in here. returns to left, MIDLAND oil workers trapped in the violent uprising in Libya last night spoke of their terror inside the crumbling dictatorship. Crazed Colonel Gaddaficontinued to cling to power...
ONE MILLION; New Figures Reveal the Changing Face of the Midlands: Immigrants Moved to Region in Last 20 Years
Byline: ADAM ASPINALL A MILLION immigrants have moved into the Midlands in less than 20 years, the Sunday Mercury can reveal today. The number of foreign workers entering the region in 1991 stood at just 30,000. Yet that figure had more than...
Open Up to the Idea of Buying a Coupe Cabriolet
Byline: CHRIS RUSSON THE price of big 4x4s is continuing to rise but open top motoring is becoming cheaper, according to motor market analysts. A survey by experts at CAP has revealed the cost of a new coupe cabriolet fell by an average of almost...
Patchy Wales Still in Hunt
ITALY 16 WALES 24 COACH Warren Gatland declared himself satisfied with Wales' successful Italian job after his team kept alive their RBS 6 Nations title hopes at Stadio Flaminio. First-half tries by wing Morgan Stoddart and flanker Sam Warburton...
Polly's a Real Gadget Girl; STAR INTERVIEW Pollyanna Woodward
Byline: Roz Laws YOU can tell that Pollyanna Woodward is a real gadget geek by the state of her new flat. She moved in a fortnight ago but hasn't had time to unpack most of her boxes. But the first thing she did was to order a new television...
Pub Quiz
Pot luck 1. Meryl Streep is playing Margaret Thatcher in a forthcoming film, but who will play Denis? 2. Which TV presenter is the author of The New Guide To The Moon? 3. Who composed The Planets Suite? 4. Which religion has introduced an iPhone app...
Pub Talk; Ye Olde Leathern Bottel
YE OLDE LEATHERN BOTTEL WHERE IS IT? 40 Vicarage Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 9DW OPENING HOURS 6pm to 11pm (Monday); midday to 2.30pm and 6pm to 11pm (Tuesday to Thursday); midday to 2pm and 6pm to 11.30pm (Friday); 11am to 11.30pm (Saturday);...
Red Hot Ash. HOU HAILS VILLA STAR AFTER DOUBLE DELIGHT
Byline: MAT KENDRICK GERARD Houllier hailed centre of attention Ashley Young for inspiring the convincing victory which lifts Aston Villa to 12th in the Premier League table. Young bagged a brace in yesterday's 4-1 success over Blackburn as the...
Rob Rage at No Red for Roo; WIGAN 0 MANCHESTER UTD 4
WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez has claimed Wayne Rooney should have been sent off at the DW Stadium yesterday. Rooney caught James McCarthy in the face with his elbow during the opening minutes of Manchester United's 4-0 win at the DW Stadium. The...
Sex Monster Dad Is Jailed 30 Years On
Byline: JOHNNY GREATREX A SEX monster was caught when his children were reunited on Facebook - more than 30 years after he abused them. To the outside world, prison officer Jack Taylor had been a pillar of the community. But in private, the...
Shorey Is Keen to Measure Up for Boss Roy. PINT-SIZED DEFENDER ENJOYS A NEW LEASE OF LIFE AT BAGGIES: EXCLUSIVE
Byline: GREGG EVANS PINT-SIZED Nicky Shorey is hoping he has done enough to keep his place when Albion visit the land of the giants tomorrow. Despite only measuring up at 5ft 7in, the Baggies left-back is feeling ten-feet tall since the arrival...
SICK! Disgust at Kids' Blood Bag Sweets To
Byline: SARAH TAYLOR PARENTS have reacted with horror after discovering a Midland store selling bags of FAKE BLOOD to kids as young as three. The strawberry flavoured 'liquid candy' comes in clear plastic cartons which are made to look like genuine...
SKY BLUES DIG IN FOR POINT; THE CHAMPIONSHIP: Foxes Are Frustrated by 10-Man Coventry
Byline: PETER SQUIRES LEICESTER 1 Naughton 45 mins COVENTRY 1 King 14 mins From PETER SQUIRES at The Walkers Stadium UPBEAT Coventry City manager Aidy Boothroyd felt his ten men deserved their point at play-off chasing Leicester City. The visitors...
SMITH: WE WERE OFF THE PACE.. Walsall Rue a Missed Opportunity
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD WALSALL 0 ROCHDALE 0 TWO vital points slipped away from Walsall after a scrappy encounter of few chances and fewer thrills. Saddlers boss Dean Smith has insisted that his team's fate in the relegation battle ahead will be...
So What Did They Expect?
IT was inevitable, I suppose. As the chaos in Libya grew by the day, so did the queue of beleagured Brits wanting to complain about the Government response to the emergency. 'Has Britain Forgotten Us?' screamed the headline in one national newspaper....
Spirited Vale See the Light; ALDERSHOT 1 PORT VALE 2
SOMETIMES the darkest hour really is just before a new dawn. A tumultuous 24 hours, in which manager Jim Gannon and assistant Geoff Horsfield endured moments of inexplicable road rage on the journey down the M6, ended with a performance of real...
STATESMAN SCOTT'S NOT SO [...]; KERPOW! Neighbours Cut Masked Crusader Down to Size
Byline: ADAM ASPINALL HE is the masked crusader who hit the headlines for his fight against crime. Self-styled superhero Scott Cooke, who calls himself The Statesman, told the world last week how he patrolled the streets at night to make a difference....
STRAUSS: WE LOVE THE BIG GAMES; England Will Step Up to Plate Says Captain
Byline: DAVID CLOUGH ENGLAND are hoping their biggame temperament can help spoil the party India have planned at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium today. Captain Andrew Strauss is well aware of his team's ominously poor record against the World Cup favourites...
Student Ben Aims to Pass Mose Exam
Byline: BRIAN DICK NEW Moseley whizz-kid Ben Maidment is counting on his experience in the Championship to earn him career in professional rugby. The powerful No.8 is currently benefitting from the best education money can buy as a Land Economy...
Superfan's Lifelong Love Affair
A BIRMINGHAM City superfan who was a mascot when the club last won the League Cup is hoping to see his team lift the trophy for a second time. Football mad Rob Shannon, 52, has been to every Blues game for the last 37 years. At the age of just...
Swan on Song! POSH NOSH THE SWAN, Whittington
AN INN overlooking the M5 motorway? All sorts of depressing culinary nightmares doubtless leap into your mind. We've all been there, usually in the early hours of the morning, kept awake by the aroma of stale coffee and the surliness of the poor...
The Heroes of 63; Singing the Blues: Bertie Auld on the Glory Side of 1963
Byline: GREGG EVANS 1 JOHNNY SCHOFIELD: The gallant goalkeeper played for Blues for 16 years racking up over 200 appearances. Born in Atherstone, the stopper signed a professional contract with the club in 1950 as second choice behind Gil Merrick....
Theo on Target to Cut Down Blades; SHEFFIELD UTD 0 DERBY COUNTY 1
THEO Robinson scored his first Derby goal as the Rams ended a nine-game winless run with a narrow win over Championship relegation rivals Sheffield United. The Blades are still searching for their first win in 12 games under new boss Micky Adams...
The Verdict on Today's Boys in Blue; BERTIE AULD ON THE FINALISTS OF 2011
Byline: GREGG EVANS 1 BEN FOSTER: "Ben is a typical English goalkeeper who comes out and deals with things. He impressed me when he was at Manchester United, and I remember him playing well in the Carling Cup Final a couple of years ago. Obviously...
This Week
Byline: Roz Laws home & away AND this week''s disaster in Summer Bay is...chemical poisoning! I don''t think we''ve had that one before. April manages to drag herself to the beach and is found by Colleen and rushed to hospital. But then Xavier...
Twitter Ye Not, Katy! You're Not Fooling Anyone, Jennifer
Byline: Kat Keogh WITH her penchant for rubber dresses and a liking for lipstick lesbianism, Katy Perry hardly shies away from courting the paparazzi. But the put-out pop star turned on her tabloid friends last week after they claimed she'd made...
WARRIORS IN GOODE SHAPE; First-Half Show Secures Quarter-Final Spot
Byline: RORY MILLS WORCESTER 28 CORNISH PIRATES 12 A SPARKLING first-half display, and 15 points from Andy Goode, ensured Worcester Warriors claimed a home tie against Moseley in next week's British & Irish Cup quarter-final. With both sides...
We' Regoing to Wed! SOAP WATCH CORONATION STREET
Byline: Roz Laws STARsecrets KATHERINE KELLY: Becky McDonald BORN: 19/11/1979 CV: Her stage work includes roles with the RSC. On TV she's appeared in Silent Witness, Life On Mars and New Street Law, plus an advert for Leerdammer cheese. FANCY THAT:...
We Should Have Won More in the Good Auld Days; SINGING THE BLUES: There Were Players Capable of Big Things. I Felt We Under-Achieved
Byline: GREGG EVANS BERTIE Auld is still surprised that Blues' last major cup success was all the way back in 1963 when he was part of the team that won the League Cup. The former St Andrew's hero was an inspirational figure in the team that...
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN; Eck's Men Rely on Matt Finish to See Them through Tricky Test
Byline: GREGG EVANS Carling Cup, second round - Blues 3-2 Rochdale McFadden (pen), Murphy, Derbyshire Cast your mind back to just over 26 weeks ago and you'll remember where it all started. Thursday August 26 - a strange night for a football...
Win Would Top United Heroics for Foster; CARLING CUP FINAL:ARSENAL V BLUES WEMBLEY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
STEPPING out on the Wembley turf may not be anything new for Blues goalkeeper Ben Foster. But lifting the Carling Cup with a team which has not won a major trophy for 48 years is something that will rank as one of the proudest moments of his career....