Sunday Mirror (London, England)

Sunday Mirror (London, England) is a newspaper specializing in International News topics.

Articles from May 31, 1998

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All in the Line of Duty
Top crime correspondent Jeff Edwards tells the personal story of a friend - a serving Royal Ulster Constabulary officer - who has spent his career dodging death and terrorism IT'S just a plain blue flower vase that cost less than a fiver when it...
And Another Thing
THERE are few finer sights in cricket than Darren Gough bowling at the peak of his fitness and form. Sadly, over the past few seasons, it is a vision that has been seen too infrequently as injury took its toll. Now, however, on the evidence of the...
Angling: The One That Nearly Got Away
MY GOOD friend and colleague Conor Hanna has been pressurising me for some time to take him course fishing. He has heard all my tall stories of big fish and full keepnets and decided he'd like to try his hand. We had arranged to go to Enniskillen...
Around the Island
ANTRIM A Ballymena sheepdog was brutally killed by rabbit chasers on a farm after they shot the animal by accident. ARMAGH Milkman Kevin Kearney has helped launch a crime prevention campaign across Northern Ireland. The Doorstep Summer Holiday...
A Tale of Two Divisions
IN the split second it took a football to trundle just 12 yards down the hallowed Wembley turf last Monday, the destiny of more than pounds 20m was decided. Sasa Ilic's dramatic penalty shoot-out stop from Sunderland's Michael Gray not only secured...
A Tragic Shrine to Their Doomed Love; DIANA & DODI: A LOVE STORY; INSIDE DODI'S PARIS APARTMENT AT No1 RUE ARSENE HOUSSAGE NOTHING HAS CHANGED FROM THE NIGHT HE AND DIANA LOST THEIR LIVES
THIS is the opulent apartment Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were returning to on the night they died. Dodi's rooms at No.1 Rue Arsene Houssage were where the couple stayed when they were in Paris. His distraught father Mohamed al Fayed has ordered...
Big Mac Batters the Boks in Bid for a Scotland Place
GREGOR MacMillan caned the South Africans at Bristol - and then pleaded for a World Cup chance. The 6ft 5in Gloucestershire opener hammered 12 boundaries in a 46-ball 50 to give the Springboks a pre-Test hiding but still was no nearer a Scotland...
Blair Is Trading the Loyalty of Brave Men for a Great Deal.Of Trouble
IF Tony Blair spent less time on the Des O'Connor show talking about his mother-in-law and a bit more thinking about his role as the People's Prime Minister he might just understand what a monumental cock-up he made last week. Because asking British...
Brands of Gold
THE war between supermarket giants and designer labels stepped up last week as shopping giants Tesco received a writ claiming that their cut-price Tommy Hilfiger clothes were FAKES. At the same time, Tesco announced that they were selling Umbro's...
Christian Swann, 10, Ballymore National School, Donegal: Why I Lke My School
I LIKE my school because I have lots of friends there. We don't have to do work all the time and our teacher allows us to play games and football. We have a computer in school which we use to type in our projects. But I much prefer to use the computer...
Confidentially Speaking
IN private company Prince Philip tells a wonderful story about how he once got a call from Frank Sinatra asking for a private viewing of the Crown Jewels. Music publisher Cyril Simons confirms the story: "Frank had asked me to take him with Ava...
Dear Michelle
pounds 100 IT is not just nurses' pay that is causing many to leave the profession, but also the hours and the workload imposed on them. I've just come home from three weeks in an acute medical ward where I saw the nurses' plight at first hand....
Deep Impact: Cinema Hotseat; DEEP IMPACT (12). Stars: Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell
IT'S summer, and just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cinema, the first of the season's blockbusters has arrived. Deep Impact comes courtesy of Stephen Speilberg's Dreamworks Studios and is the first of two disaster movies featuring...
Des'ree Wins Pounds 2m in Janet Jackson Song Copying War
STUNNING soul singer Des'ree is back with a new album and a message for fellow pop stars - lift my tunes at your peril! The 29-year-old Londoner (left) has just won a legal battle with superstar Janet Jackson, who was accused of "borrowing" the...
Dev Set for Test Return
DEVON Malcolm will be handed a shock England recall this summer, but the giant paceman is almost sure to miss out when the first Test squad to face South Africa is named today. I expect Big Dev to get the nod later in the series and complete a remarkable...
Disaster Looms for the Fans
ENGLISH football will follow Italy and France down a slippery slope to disaster if pay-per-view football is introduced in this country. That's why the FSA is delighted that the Premier League chairmen have rejected it for now - even if we are a...
Dodi Showed Me the Ring. Tonight, He Said, I Will Ask Diana to Marry Me; HOW THE PRINCESS AND HER LOVER SPENT THEIR LAST JOYFUL DAYS, BY THE LOYAL BUTLER WHO LOOKED AFTER THEIR EVERY NEED; DIANA & DODI; A LOVE STORY; by RENE DELORM
In all the seven years I worked for Dodi Fayed, I had never seen my boss so happy or so excited. He looked as if he would burst with joy. We were in the kitchen of his Paris apartment, chatting as we waited for Princess Diana to dress for the evening....
Don't Sell Your Soul
W E must save Saturday football at all costs - which is why it was good news that the Premier League chairmen turned down pay-per-view television. A game that sells its soul for money loses something very vital. I still think that Saturdays...
Eileen Zaps Gazza's Demons
TROUBLED Paul Gascoigne was placed under 'house arrest' by England coach Glenn Hoddle at his faith healer Eileen Drewery's home - to stop him boozing with Chris Evans and Danny Baker. Gazza spent several days and nights with Drewery and Hoddle as...
Euro Fame Is the Spur in Carr's Drive to Top
JUST weeks after the end of the season, Steve Carr is already defining his priorities for the new one. Target No 1 is to help Tottenham back to the top of the pile in London as a stepping stone to winning the Premiership. And then, there's the...
Euthanasia: Should It Be Legal?
BRAVE Motor Neurone victim Annie Lindsell's ground-breaking High Court victory reopened the debate on euthanasia. Annie died within weeks of the breakthrough which allowed her to be prescribed drugs to relieve her pain and hasten her death. Supporters...
Every Country Wants Us, except Our Own
YVONNE O'CALLAGHAN is only 21, but she feels much older. She loves her job but sometimes wonders why she has chosen a career which drains her emotionally and physically. Yvonne does not doubt her ability or commitment to her chosen profession....
Football: Brady Sets Gunners' Sights on the Future; Republic Soccer Legend Spearheads Champions' Pounds 1m Youth Initiative
ONE HUNDRED youngsters are playing football, and each of them is hoping to be Arsenal's soccer star of the future. The club has invested pounds 1 million in the the children's skills - and they have entrusted Ireland's Liam Brady to make that investment...
Football: Don Morrison's Player-by-Player Guide to the 22 Men Who Will See Scotland Safely through Group A in France 98
JIM LEIGHTON VETERAN of the squad who has ridden the sport's ups and downs both at club and national level. Alex Ferguson took him to Manchester United and bombed him out of an FA Cup Final. Gave way to Andy Goram in Euro '96 but still hopes to...
Football: Nigeria - Super Eagles Can Soar to Lofty Heights; WHO'S WHO AT THE WORLD CUP FINALS
IF NIGERIA do not spring readily to mind when one thinks of favourites to lift the World Cup next summer, it is not a belief shared by the African nation or their most celebrated player. And Inter Milan striker Nwankwo Kanu knows what can be achieved...
Football: Spain - Strikers Offer Nation a Raul Chance of Fame; WHO'S WHO AT THE WORLD CUP FINALS
THE feeling is rising among Spain's fans that 1998 could be their year. Despite boasting a domestic league that ranks with the finest in the world, the national team has seldom delivered at the top tournaments. And despite always excelling in...
From the Pulpit: So What Is the Holy Spirit?; Reflections on the Nature of the Ultimate Christian Experience
Today is Pentecost Sunday, an important feast day in the Christian calander when the Holy Spirit gave the 12 apostles the courage to proclaim the word of God. But what really is the Holy Spirit, and how is it relevant to modern living? Belfast Baptist...
Gaelic Gossip
JOE Brolly reckons time is against him and the rest of his DERRY squad who tackle MONAGHAN today. Hitman Brolly knows the championship can roll by all too quickly and he's convinced Derry must deliver . . . and now. Derry were the dream team...
Gamble Goes Astray
A WHOLESALE gamble on Eddie Lynam's Robzelda came badly unstuck at Gowran Park yesterday. The unraced two-year-old was backed down from 7-1 to 9-4 joint-favourite for the June EBF Maiden, but Pat Smullen's mount was in trouble a long way out and...
Game, Set. Let's Watch: Eamonn Holmes' Column
THE SHOPS are full of strawberries - which means that Wimbledon is nearly upon us. Strange old sport, tennis. Few people have a clue who's ranked where and who's winning what - then come those two weeks at the end of next month and the most unlikely...
Geordie Gloom Is News to Fletcher
ACCORDING to Newcastle United's abrasive chief executive Freddie Fletcher, all is sweetness and light in the St James's Park corridors of power. Nothing untoward should be read into last week's resignation of plc chairman Sir Terence Harrison or...
GINGER FACES Pounds 5m BILL FOR SPICE SPLIT
SPICE Girl Geri Halliwell's decision to quit the band halfway through their world tour could cost her as much as pounds 5million. According to music industry experts, that's the figure Ginger Spice could have made from ticket sales, merchandising...
GOOD VALUE; LAST Week's Sports Mirror Investigation into Premiership Season Ticket Prices Produced a Huge Response from Fans, Officials and Football Clubs. This Week Our Man in Scotland DON MORRISON Probes the Rises in the Scottish Premier. Do You Want to Join the Great Season Ticket Debate? Then Fax Us on 0171-293-3644 or Write to FAIR PLAY FOR THE FANS, Sunday Mirror Sports Dept, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14 5AP
SCOTLAND'S season ticket holders are getting a good deal - especially if you are a Celtic or St Johnstone fan. Both clubs have decided NOT to raise their prices for the new Scottish Premiership - and while the rest have made increases, few have...
Grunge and Glam Invasion Brings Music to Clubbers' Ears: Club Scene; New Hotspot Draws in the Crowds
CLUB QUEEN Kiran Tohani this week checked out the Tivoli - one of Dublin's hottest nightclubs which attracts big-name performers such as Oasis and Sinead O'Connor. JUST around the corner from Dublin's splendid Christchurch is the Tivoli Club. ...
Health: 'Miracle' Doctor Cures Bed-Wetting Nightmare
IT is a problem which is hardly ever talked about, but affects more than a million people in Ireland and Britain. Now a top psychologist has developed a system with an astonishing 90 per cent success rate in curing bed-wetting. According to Dr...
Henry's on a Holy Mission
A MONTH in Detroit has put the fighting heart back into Henry Akinwande. And that could spell disaster for the multi-million-dollar dreams of Britain's WBC world heavyweight king Lennox Lewis. Lewis hopes to face Evander Holyfield, holder of...
Hit the Road, Mac!
NORWEGIAN great Grete Waitz has this advice for Ireland star Catherina McKiernan: "Hit the road, Mac - and don't you look back." "When it comes to road running and the big endurance events, Catherina is still only a learner," says Waitz. "But I...
How Many Winners Will Thrill Charlie? FIFTEEN!
THE new jumps season starts tomorrow and Charlie Swan's target for it is 15 winners. What? Just 15? Yes, that's right - even though the nine-times champion has averaged well over 100 in each of the past six campaigns. It's training winners Swan...
I Feel like I've Been Kicked in the Face
ALAN O'RIORDAN always wanted to be a nurse. But the 21-year-old Dublin man's devotion to the caring profession has placed him under unbearable pressure. Now he channels his frustration and anger into the battle for better wages for nurses. ...
I'LL NEVER BE BITTER; McBride's 10-Second Blank
JUSTIN McBride, banned from the Irish Cup Final, insists he will return without bitterness. "I'm only 26," points out the Glentoran striker. "I can't go through the rest of my career feeling resentment. "It was sickening to be out of the Final....
I'm Brainy and Fat, and All the Kids at School Bully Me; LINDA WOLFE...THE ADVICE COLUMNIST WHO IS THERE JUST FOR YOU
DEAR LINDA JUST because I'm fat the other children at school constantly tease me... I'm even branded a "boffin" for getting good grades. I am 15 years old and the bullying is making me so unhappy. No-one wants to be my friend, so I sit around...
I'm the Best Actor.But I Still Can't Make a Decent Living out of It; AN ALCOHOLIC DAD, A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN...THEN PETER BEATS HOLLYWOOD'S FINEST
PETER Mullan should be painting the town red after beating the best of Hollywood to win the best actor award at at the Cannes Film Festival. Yet the down-to-earth Glaswegian is so used to scraping a living that he'd probably fret about the price...
Injuries Mar Irish Triumph
IRELAND'S magnificent 48-35 victory over Boland in the first match of the South African tour came at a heavy cost. Ulster duo James Topping and Jonathan Bell are almost certain to miss the remainder of the seven-game trip, while there is also a...
In the Land of the Free They Pay Pounds 4 a Minute to Watch Stacy Havin G Cybersex. Now YOUR Child Could Be Watching Too
STACY McCall runs her hands through her hair, smooths her skin-tight dress and blows a kiss at the tiny video camera trained on her body. She turns to the computer keyboard by her side and taps in a message: "Hi, my name's Cristy-Lynn, what's yours?"...
IT'S JUST NOT ON; LAST Week's Sports Mirror Investigation into Premiership Season Ticket Prices Produced a Huge Response from Fans, Officials and Football Clubs. This Week We Probe the Rises in Division One - and GRAHAM NICKLESS Responds to Your Complaints. Keep Them Coming by Fax on 0171-293-3644 or Write to FAIR PLAY FOR THE FANS, Sunday Mirror Sports Dept, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14 5AP
SPORTS Minister Tony Banks is set to appoint a football watchdog in response to the Sunday Mirro's investigation into Premiership season ticket prices last week. Our probe, which covered all 20 clubs which will contest the title next season, revealed...
It's Verdi the Cape Crusader!
PIN-UP girl CAPE VERDI is out to give the boys a spanking in Saturday's Vodafone Derby. It might have cost seventy five grand to make a late entry for a horse who is out to re-write the history books, but that will look like peanuts if the classic...
JIM WAS ALWAYS THE FIRST CHOICE; TERRY BUTCHER'S Thoughts on Goram, Gazza and McCann
JONATHAN Gould is the classic example of just what a funny old game football can be as he finds himself in Scotland's World Cup squad. I find it all rather puzzling and sad that Andy Goram feels he has had to make such a sudden exit. And I'm...
King of Kings Can Rule the Roost
STAND by to hail the King Of Kings. The phenomenal young Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has declared his 2,000 Guineas hero a certain starter in Saturday's Vodafone Derby. Any uncertainty about his participation was swept aside by a sparkling midweek...
KINSELLA'S IN CLOVER; Croatia Job Will Do the Trick!
CHIRPY Mark Kinsella is on to a fabulous three-timer he scarcely thought possible when 1998 kicked off. Just three months later he's a fully-fledged Republic of Ireland international after bouncing onto the pitch for his first cap against the Czech...
Lenny: It's Just the Start!
WALES' answer to Jonah Lomu is being lined up to batter a pathway to success in South Africa. Lenny Woodard - a 6ft and 15st 6lb muscular wing with an appetite for raw conflict - will be among the 10 uncapped Welsh players who board the plane for...
Lonely Little Girl Who's Now Baskin in the TV Limelight
BIBI BASKIN has changed career so many times it is difficult to keep track. But the one thing that has stayed steady in her life is her lack of friends - a trait, which she says, has made her a success. As a child, while every one else had a best...
My Dear Paul.Love, Kenneth; REVEALED AT LAST...30 YEARS OF CAMP WIT AND BITCHINESS IN THE SECRET LETTERS OF CARRY ON GENIUS
K ENNETH Williams is a comic legend. Ten years after his death, he is still making millions laugh as a new generation discover his Carry On films on television. But behind the smiles lay a complex, often lonely figure, who lived in the same block...
My Husband's Growing Breasts
WHAT does it mean if a man starts growing breasts? My husband is a slim chap, but over the last year or two he has started to develop something of a bust! He is in his mid-thirties and is otherwise fit and well, but he is far too embarrassed to...
My Nightmare Is Over.But I'll Never Forgive That Lying Thug
SLAVICA Ecclestone knows she should be relieved that the nightmare is finally over. But she isn't. She's angry. It is nine months since Croatian thug Momir Blagojevic publicly claimed that the wife of one of the world's richest men had once been...
My Stomach Exploded after Doctor's Plastic Surgery Bungle; MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE OF 21 OPERATIONS TO REPAIR RAVAGED BODY
A MOTHER who conquered cancer went into hospital to have her breast re-built - and is still enduring a nightmare ordeal nine years later. What should have been a simple operation went so horribly wrong Terry Price was left in agonising pain - and...
Nanny Louise DIDN'T Cash in on Fight Fund; ...AND HERE IS THE PROOF
OFFICIAL accounts of the Louise Woodward family trust clear the British au pair and her family of "pocketing" any of the money raised to help free her, we can reveal today. Her own British-born attorney Elaine Whitfield-Sharp sparked a major row...
No Hiding from Way Forward
THERE has been total confusion over pay-per-view television. I would like to clear that up today - to put all football fans' minds at rest. Firstly, I was not surprised by the Premier League chairmen's decision not to go ahead with pay-per-view....
Northern Nurses Get 70% More
NURSES training in Northern Ireland earn a staggering 70 per cent more than their southern counterparts. Trainees north of the border earn up to pounds 2.90 per hour for a 35-hour week. The training is similar. Students register at Queen's University...
No Stranding on Ceremony; YOUR CHANCE TO BE A FOOD CRITIC - DINE FREE AT A POPULAR RESTAURANT AND TELL US THE RESULT
Regular patrons, Michael and Teresa Doherty, nominated the Strand Bar restaurant for its welcoming atmosphere and superb food. THE Strand Bar restaurant in Derry opened two years ago when businessman Brendan Duddy turned one of the city centre's...
PAY Pounds 8 A MONTH MORE AND SAVE Pounds 17,000 ON A MORTGAGE
A NEW more flexible mortgage looks set to dominate the home-loan market in the new millennium...and save you thousands of pounds. OUT go 12 rigid monthly payments spread over 25 years. IN come payments you can choose yourself, and make virtually...
Play for Pride - and Hope
WALES should toast absent friends when they touch down in Zimbabwe on Thursday. Then they should forget about the 16 front-line players they have left behind and not mention the likes of Scott Gibbs, Neil Jenkins and maybe Allan Bateman for the...
Pounds 12bn TO PLAY FOR; New Cash for Schools and Hospitals.But Only AFTER the World Cup
THE Government is to announce a pounds 12billion injection into health and education services in July - but the exact timing will depend on England's performance in the World Cup. If the soccer squad looks like grabbing the headlines then Labour...
Pounds 2m Football Star Sean Dumped Me and Our Lovechild
TEARS well up in Heidi Protzner's eyes as she describes the moment she first met soccer sensation Sean Dundee. "I was just 16 and on a break from school when I went to watch him practising at the training ground," she says. "He was so friendly...
Property: Grand Country Charm in the Heart of the City; Extravagance in a Prestigious Setting
THIS four-bedroom detached family home is situated on an extravagant half-acre site in an ideal cul-de-sac within Castleknock's premier residential area. Well-presented, this spacious accommodation in Dublin oozes internal and external charm and...
Put Your House in Order; Sports Minister TONY BANKS Writes for the SUNDAY MIRROR
PREMIER clubs should start reading the writing on the wall and put their house in order. I get the horrible feeling that a number of them think that the goose is never going to stop laying the golden egg and quite frankly I don't share their optimism....
Rasta Sox It to Them
WEMBLEY winners Sheffield Eagles were brought crashing to earth by super Samoan winger Fereti Tuilagi. With his a newly-beaded rasta hairstyle, Tuilagi savaged the Eagles with a double-try strike and a big performance in defence for fourth-placed...
Rural Life: Ewe Couldn't Be Busier Than Nigel
THE phrase, if you want the job done, ask a busy man, could have been invented for Nigel Hamill. The 34-year-old is chairman of the Northern Ireland Texel Sheep Breeders' Club. He has spent six years in the hot seat of the fastest growing branch...
Rural Life: Miracle End to Our Nightmare
IN the true nature of any tear-jerker Black Beauty movie, Denela should never have survived the stab wound. The equestrian centre in Tullymurry was the centrepiece of Marian Turley, and her daughter Laura's life. They spent every free moment with...
SCOTS VICTORY IN VICTORIA; Victoria 13, Scotland 42
SCOTLAND wiped away the nightmare of Fiji with a solid show in Melbourne - thanks to the Badger. New Zealand-born flanker Gordon Simpson has had the nickname for years, but on the evidence of his debut display for his adopted country he should be...
SHEARER'S Pounds 12m NEW DEAL
NEWCASTLE will dangle a six-year, pounds 12million contract in front of Alan Shearer this summer in a bid to keep him at St. James's Park for the rest of his career. The sensational move to tempt the much-coveted Shearer to stay is part of an audacious...
Snowdon's Affair Is Final Straw
LORD Snowdon has split from his second wife after 20 years of marriage. The Earl, former husband of Princess Margaret, is now living separately from his glamorous wife Lucy. She has moved out of their pounds 2million home and into a friend's...
Spice Girl Starves Herself: Advice through the Ages
l IT'S the advice column with a difference. Three people of different ages and in vastly differing circumstances draw on their own life experiences to help readers with their problems. I am really worried about my 13-year-old daughter. She is...
Taylor Never Tinkered like This
IF five years is not too long for saying "sorry", then we all owe an apology to the last England manager but one. How did we ever fail to recognise the rock-steadiness of Mr Turnip-Tinker's hand on the tiller and his qualities of generalship unmatched...
The Food of Love
Dublin butcher Rob Hoey has found his perfect match thanks to the Sunday News. The 25-year-old, who featured on this page last month, arranged a date with Teresa Burke, 21, after she applied to meet her match. The pair discovered they had a lot...
The Good, the Bad, and Wild West of Ireland; Cowboy Outfit Heads 'Em Up and Moves 'Em out for One Last Charity Drive
CASTLEDERG cowboy Tommy Maguire is set to ride again and make a fistful of cash for good causes. His epic movie The Gunhawks is set for re-release 25 years after the cameras first rolled on location in Castlederg, Co Tyrone. Film fan Tommy went...
THE KNOCK OF DOOM!; Hod Will Break Six Hearts Tonight - and Les Is One
THE tread of Glenn Hoddle's feet and a knock on the door will be the sounds of World Cup heartbreak today for six England stars. Hoddle will announce his final squad of 22 from the marbled balcony of the Hotel Principe Felipo here tomorrow. But...
The Playboy Photographer Who Loved and Left a Princess
LORD Snowdon made a name for himself as a photographer before he married Princess Margaret. He was linked with a number of beautiful women and became a regular feature in gossip columns. But he also possessed an extraordinary determination to...
They Save Lives for Just Pounds 1.64 an Hour. Ireland's Student Angels Now Want to Save Themselves: Investigation
IRELAND'S young angels are being forced to take on second jobs to feed themselves and survive their tough courses. They get paid pounds 57.50 for a 35-hour week - pounds 1.64 an hour - while their counterparts in Northern Ireland receive between...
This Is the Lady Who BANNED Ronaldo from Kicking a Ball; NEAL COLLINS Unearths Ronaldo's Roots and Analyses All of the 32 World Cup Nations, Predicting GROUP WINNERS & QUALIFIERS
SONIA Da Lima did everything in her power to stop her son from wasting his time kicking a ball about in the street. Today her little boy Ronaldo, 21, is a multi-millionaire with his face on every second pre-World Cup telly advert. And all because...
This Woman Walked out on 10 Children (Why? Because She Doesn't like Them When They're out of Nappies)
WITH her baby daughter Tannika in her arms, Christine Jackman (left) seems the devoted mother. Yet ex-husband Alex Swindells, 55, says she walked out on him and their 10 children for another man because she loses interest once they are no longer babies....
Time to Pull the Plug on Rockin' Rod and Friends
ITV's Audience With Rod Stewart last night was their best yet following that over- polished dose of Girl Power and Elton John's Sychophants Anonymous meeting. In fact Rod was so natural I even began to believe the celebrity throng were really good...
TOPSY-TURVY FOR JAMES; Two Tries - Then He's Crocked
JAMES TOPPING had his ups and downs as Ireland secured a crucial victory in the first game of their South African tour. Topping scorched in for two first-half tries, but then had to leave the field with a broken collar-bone which is set to rule...
Tour Absentee List Could Top 20
WALES caretaker coach Dennis John is praying his South Africa tour plans are not plunged into fresh chaos tomorrow with the loss of Allan Bateman and Mark Jones. John is already down to the bare bones after a plague of injuries and unavailabilities...
Town Slaps a Ban on Harry's Real-Life Old Git
MEET miserable Stan Moule, the complaining pensioner who's a real- life Old Git. Just like one of Harry Enfield's cantankerous TV characters Stan, 74, spends his days moaning... about everybody and everything. He has upset so many people he has...
URUGUAY WASN'T A GAME, IT WAS WAR!; Part Six of Our World Cup Series: Mexican Misery, 1986 GORDON STRACHAN on Scotland's Ugliest Exit
JOCK Stein's tragic death in Cardiff in September 1985, the night Scotland moved decisively towards the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, introduced Alex Ferguson to international management. Just five months before he moved from Aberdeen to Old...
Warden Who Loves Being in the Doghouse: A Day in the Life; on the Scent of Gerry Cassidy
GERRY CASSIDY finds himself in the doghouse for all sorts of reasons. When children spot him, they run away, terrified he has come to take away their precious pets. Gerry is a dog warden and takes care of strays roaming the streets. He stresses...
We Could Host the World Cup (.but It's Manners to Wait until You're Asked!); DON MORRISON Snatches Five Minutes with SFA Chief Executive Jim Farry
SFA Chief Executive Jim Farry opted out of the Scotland trip to the USA to make it business as usual at his Park Gardens headquarters. Farry, so often the man in the firing line on behalf of officialdom, claims he is merely a civil servant on behalf...
We Draw a Yank!; Scotland 0, United States 0
SCOTLAND'S increasingly urgent bid for a pre-World Cup win failed here last night against an equally unimpressive United States. After the pre-match fireworks, Craig Brown's side failed to light the blue touchpaper in front of a big and boisterous...
We Have to Work Together
PAY-PER-VIEW is modern technology and whether we like it or not it's going to come - and be here to stay. And it is in the Football League's interest to find a common ground with the Premier League and endeavour to work together for a better deal...
What's on at the Movies
THE GENERAL (15) TRUTH is often stranger than fiction, and real-life characters came no more bizarre and colourful than Martin Cahill, a career criminal shot dead by the IRA in 1994. And chunky, moon-faced Brendan Gleeson, (inset below) brings...
Who's a Pretty Politician Then
I WASN'T surprised to learn that more women than men voted Yes in the Referendum. Women as a rule find it easier to reach agreement and accommodation than the more competitive male of the species. And to all those men who dismiss women as not understanding...
Why Everything Is Looking So Rosey
IF you're after something stunning to grow in your tubs or troughs, or drape over an arch or fence, then look no further than the rose. There's a variety for every situation including hedging and ground cover...or even celebrating an England victory...
Win a Complete Collection of Only Fools and Horses Videos
HERE'S your chance to win the entire collection of classic Only Fools and Horses episodes on video. There are more than 20 videos, with 50 episodes, which adds up to 33 hours of Trotter escapades full of laughs. The collection, worth over pounds...
World Cup 98: A Tale of Two Fans
Die-hard football fans were furious when only a handful of World Cup tickets were made available to them earlier this year. For the big corporations it was a very different story, and some of their tickets will go to people who don't even care who...
World Cup 98: Glory Days; What Happened to Star Quality? Asks Comedian - and Serious Football Fan - David Baddiel
Some days I really hanker after the idea of the best player in the world. It's not clear any more. Who is it now? Ronaldo? Too young, too unproven and too like a chipmunk. Maldini? Well, his best appearance in football's last major competition was...
WORLD CUP 98: Grabbing a Pizza the Action; TEENA LYONS DISCOVERS THAT BIG FIRMS ARE PAYING OUT BILLIONS TO BE IN ON THE MATCH ACTION...AND YOUR LOCAL PUB IS SET FOR A CASH BONANZA TOO
It will be the biggest money-spinning event ever, easily out-stripping the last Olympics to become the largest commercial event the world had ever seen. Sports giants Adidas and Nike are locked in battle over it, and the likes of Coca-Cola, Gillette,...
WORLD CUP 98: I Only Ever Wanted to Play Football but. . . I Never Dre Ant I'd Be So Famous
He's an international superstar with a beautiful, famous and rich fiancee. He plays for Manchester United and England and he's still only 23. It's a long way from rushing out after school to kick a football around the local park and, despite the obvious...
World Cup 98: Looking to the Stars
TONY BLAIR I will be watching with the family and may go to France for a match. I'm looking forward to an England-Scotland final. ANTHEA TURNER Football is like wallpaper to me - if it's on I'll watch it. I'll be getting sucked into it with...
World Cup 98: Matching Heroes; Commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme Summed Up the Mood of Wembley as England Beat West Germany in the Closing Moments of the 1966 World Cup Final with His Words: "They Think It's All over. . . It Is Now." Here He Compares the Conquering Heroes of '66 with the England Team He Expects to See in Next Month's World Cup
1966 GORDON BANKS There wasn't a better keeper in the world. He should get 10 out of 10, but nobody is perfect. So it's 91/2/10 GEORGE COHEN Tackled well, used the ball well and never panicked. Part of a back four that linked up extremely...
WORLD CUP 98: My Heart Says England. MY BET'S ON BRAZIL; CHAMPION PUNTER ADRIAN FITZPATRICK IS AS PATRIOTIC AS THE NEXT SOCCER FAN. . . BUT IF ENGLAND WIN THE FINAL HE'LL LOSE OUT ON Pounds 600,000, HE TELLS EILEEN MURPHY
Businessman Adrian Fitzpatrick knows that when it comes to money you should never let your heart rule your head. That's why he has put sentiment to one side by betting on Brazil winning the World Cup instead of England. Adrian, 41, who runs his...