The Mirror (London, England)

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Articles from April 7, 1997

10 Years Ago
Sky Blues reach Wembley and Sugar Ray triumphs Coventry reached Wembley for the first time in their 104-year history - and their prize for a 3-2 extra-time win over Leeds at Hillsborough was an FA Cup final shot against Spurs. Tottenham...
AINTREE SWEET!; Grand National Special: Our Avro's Set for Take-Off
SWEET! Not even the chaos of a nightmare IRA bomb scare could shake laid- back Mirror Grand National super horse Avro Anson out of his stride. And in the fine old tradition of his RAF workhorse aeroplane name, he is still feeling sky-high. ...
AL'S TAP DANCE; It's Shear Good News for Glenn
Alan Shearer did just enough for Newcastle and more than enough for England on his shock comeback at St James's Park. The England skipper was grateful for the simple two-yard tap-in that salvaged a derby-day point for out-of-sorts Newcastle. ...
An OSCAR for NAZ
Prince Naz has been told: Come to America - boxing needs you. And the plea came from the only man who can top Naz for the title of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter. World champion Oscar de la Hoya is in training for a white-hot battle...
AV NO FEAR; Grand National Special
Ice-Cool Avro Anson had his daily play in the park yesterday, but it's back to the office today with the Martell Grand National up for grabs for a second time. Avro joined his 33 year old pony pal Freddie in their field for a relaxing hour after...
Bassett Left in Stu after Forest Slump; NOTTM FOREST 1 SOUTHAMPTON 3
Stuart Pearce must spend the next few days deciding whether he wants to carry on as manager of Nottingham Forest. The magic wand Pearce waved over Forest's results after Frank Clark quit the week before Christmas has stopped working. This defeat...
Battle Title
Man United Position 1st Played 32, points 63, goal difference +27 April 12: Blackburn (a) Fergie's squad won't bottle it against their north-west rivals. Verdict: United win. April 19: Liverpool (a) THE big one. Liverpool have got to win...
BOB SLAYER; the Man Who Dared to Axe Deano & Rory
When Bob Dwyer first arrived at Welford Road it was hard to know who needed who most. Leicester, the best supported club in England but constant under-achievers, were locked into a type of cave-man rugby and needed a Jurassic Park keeper to get...
BOTTLE STATIONS; Fergie in Amazing Attack on Wenger
Alex Ferguson flies out to Germany today with an angry parting shot for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The Manchester United manager is still seething about Wenger blasting his plea for extra time in the Premiership to ease a chronic fixture pile-...
CARTER SOLVES JIMMY RIDDLE!; Portsmouth 1 Grimsby 0
Former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jimmy Carter had a defiant message for those Portsmouth fans who had forgotten him when he lifted his shirt to reveal: "I'm back." Carter was playing his first league match for Pompey since November 30, some 23...
Chic Class Halts United Run
A Chic Charnley penalty strike helped Hibs to a vital win over Dundee United - but his Easter Road future is in doubt after an amazing on-field bust-up with team-mate Joe McLaughlin. Fiery midfielder Charnely's 73rd minute penalty strike against...
CLOCKAND BULL STORY; Ruud Awakening for Dutch Master; CHELSEA 0 ARSENAL 3
You have to get up early in the morning to put one over on Arsene Wenger - but Chelsea looked as though they had forgotten to put the clocks forward. Wenger ordered his players a 7.30am wake up call and fed his players brunch. Chelsea were so...
Could Women Live in a World without Men?; THE MONDAY DEBATE
The prospect of a world where men are not needed is no longer a feminist fantasy. Japanese scientists have shown that female animals can reproduce without the aid of a male. And they believe the same technique could be used on humans - enabling women,...
CRAIG ENDS TITLE RACE; It's All over Now for Jaded Hoops
Weary Celtic's title hopes evaporated in the space of two dramatic final minutes at Stark's Park on Saturday. But the reality is Tommy Burns' jaded side looked as if they'd chucked in the towel long before the end of their clash with relegation-haunted...
Cup That Jeers; Celtic Must Beware of Those Falkirk Gremlins
Brockville, the ramshackle home of Falkirk, was the place where one of football's most cultured performers came so close to losing his customary cool. Liam Brady had entranced audiences from Wembley to the San Siro, but as the Celtic bus approached...
Dan's a Top Man!; Barnsley 0 Birmingham 1
Brum boss Trevor Francis ruined the day for his great pal Danny Wilson, Barnsley's manager, with this shock win but still tips Wilson's men to make the Premiership. Francis and Wilson hit it off during their time together at Sheffield Wednesday...
Defenders Are Left Standing as the Dane Snakes Past Them; Brian LAUDRUP
Brian Laudrup is the proud possessor of the sort of blinding smile that can bedazzle lesser mortals. Defenders queue up for the thankless task of trying to prevent Rangers' Danish dynamo from taking a game by the scruff of the neck and ending it...
ELT'S Pounds 350,000 FIVE-O BEANO; Mad for It; Stars, Slaves and Smoke at the Palais
What a swell party it was when rock superstar Elton John splashed out more than pounds 350,000 on his glittering 50th-birthday celebrations last night. Six hundred showbiz guests - from Hollywood to British TV soaps - flocked to his unforgettable...
FAT'S YER LOT GAZZA; Fanzine
SHERYL GASCOIGNE has decided to lose 460 kgs of fat - she's divorcing Gazza. ****** Crystal Palace's Dean Gordon says the reason their home form has dipped is they have too many lumps on the pitch - not the most diplomatic way to refer to team-males....
Garnett, You're a Gem; Weekend View
You know you shouldn't laugh, but there's a comic genius at work and you just can't help it. At the risk of shocking my politically-correct pals, I must confess An Audience With... Alf Garnett (ITV) had me in stitches. In fact, Alf made my weekend....
GAZZA'S DONE 'DAM ALL WRONG FOR GERS Says DAVID MURRAY
Rangers have the personalities, a presence of sorts in Europe and, almost, a ninth Premier Division title. All of which keeps David Murray a happy man. Murray has, however, had to contend with the publicity surrounding one of his personalities -...
Georgi's Future Tense
Georgi Kinkladze helped secure City a point at The Valley - but a point may not be enough to secure the Georgian maestro's Maine Road future. Boss Frank Clark admitted: "Kinkladze loves the club and loves Manchester, but our chairman has said he...
GIBBON THE CHANCE WE MONKEY AROUND; Questions + Answers: ARMSTRONG & MILLER
Comedy duo Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller were one of the few positive things to emerge from ITV's otherwise forgettable Saturday Live, performing as Strijka (pronounced Streaker), Norway's third-most- popular rock band. They make their C4 debut...
Gullit and the War with Vinnie; FA Cup Special
Ruud Gullit arrived in English football not knowing his Wimbledon from his Wembley! Gullit's arrival at Chelsea was the most spectacular of Glenn Hoddle's signings. And one of the first questions he was asked was: How do you feel about playing...
HERE'S LOOKING AT EU, KID; Lifestyles
Europe may end up with a common currency, but it's "vive la difference" as far as its women are concerned. In an exclusive survey, we compared the lifestyles and tastes of 25-year- olds from five European countries. Forget those stories about...
Hero Cook Serves Up a Tasty Treat
Bulls winger Paul Cook served up a first-half special to stake his claim for a Wembley final spot. But there was little else to saviour in an unconvincing Bradford performance that took them back to the top of Super League on points difference....
HOT RODS; John Smith's Prize Boost
This year's John Smith's Bitter championship will carry an increased prize fund of more than pounds 30,000, with a record first prize of pounds 4,000. More than 1,600 anglers will compete in ten qualifying rounds (June 14 - August 16) with three...
HOW DO YOU SILENCE MOTORMOUTH RUBY?; Ask Her about the Man She Married in Glasgow
He comes to the door of the student digs - a lean angry man, puffing furiously on a cigarette. Behind him, the threadbare carpet and shabby hall speak loud of mend and make do, of little money and little hope. Andrew Porter, at 48, should be just...
How to Get Back in Shape after Eating for Two; Bev Callard's Diet Club; Your Diet
How many times have you heard a woman say she only put on weight when she had children? You may be saying it about yourself. Experts believe that 80 per cent of women blame pregnancy for their extra cladding. But do babies really make us balloon...
I'll Be on Every TV in Europe ..Then I'll Be on the Dole; Eurovision Host Carrie Reveals Her Work Dries Up after Big Show
Eurovision song contest host Carrie Crowley will be signing on the dole once the show is over, she has revealed. RTE's fastest rising star used to present kids' programme Echo Island but that is now off the air. And Fandango, the RTE Radio One...
I'm Waiting for My Life to Start; A Cry from the Heart of Britain; Day 1: LIVERPOOL
I Want to work. I want to pay my mum some money for my keep," says Mike Jones, 16, of Kirkby in Liverpool. "I don't want to have to ask her for everything. But there's nothing out there. Just nothing. I'm waiting for my life to start." There...
Irish Punters Ashamed by IRA Grand National Action
Punters at the Curragh yesterday said they were "ashamed to be Irish" after the IRA wrecked the Grand National. Racegoers and trainers at the Kildare meeting joined politicians in condemning the terrorist outrage. Many said the Republicans had sunk...
ISLE SHELL OUT FOR EIGG; Mystery Saviour Donates Pounds 900,000
A mystery millionairess is the secret saviour who handed the 68 residents on the Isle of Eigg their freedom. The mega-rich benefactor had never visited the tiny island, but she still donated over pounds 900,000 and helped end the misery of landlord...
JENNY PITMAN'S GUIDE TO WHO'S HOT AND WHO'S NOT IN THE BIG RACE; Grand National Special
-MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL CHASE H'CAP 4m 4f Winner pounds 178,146 (36 run) 1 0/P32-P MASTER OATS (50) (Gd, Sft, Hy, BF) K C Bailey 11 11 10 N Williamson 69 Once a Gold Cup winner but has tried twice before here and failed. 2 21-6P2P NAHTHEN...
Joe Kinnear
Nick gave me self-belief You had a successful career as a player with Spurs. What did you achieve? I had 12 years at White Hart Lane, starting with the youth team, and then graduated into Bill Nicholson's outfit alongside Pat Jennings, Mike England,...
John Prescott Was Frozen So We Gave Him a Hot Mug of Tea
Labour's John Prescott and Robin Cook were among the racegoers taken in by kind Liverpudlians. They were spotted in the crowd and given a warm welcome at two houses in Melling Road, overlooking the track. Frozen from the biting wind, deputy leader...
Jolly Green Giants; the Jacket That Only Fits Champions
It's No bigger than five broom cupboards, but spotlessly clean and smells of beechwood and shoe polish. The view from the tiny window is of Magnolia Drive and Old Glory waving over a mock hole of Amen Corner. Golf fans queue all day long to have...
Killie's High Fives
Jim McIntyre is desperate for another go at cup final glory. The Killie hero was a sub for Airdrie when they lost the 1995 final to Celtic. Now, with Killie unbeaten in five matches and facing Dundee United in a live TV semi-final next Monday,...
LAUD 'N' CLEAR; Bri Puts Gers on Course
Superstitious Brian Laudrup gave up the captain's armband to save Rangers' nine-in-a-row dream. After the Dane had skippered the side to three defeats in the absence of injured Richard Gough, he went to manager Walter Smith and asked to be ditched...
Leaving My Horse Was like Leaving the Kids.; JENNY PITMAN Talks Exclusively to CHARLES FAWCUS
The Grand National couldn't be beaten by any bombers - the decision to go ahead today is dead right. My horses are ready to go again - both Nahthen Lad and Smith's Band coped really well with all the chaos. They are fit and ready for their second...
LOW-FAT PROFIT; Chocs Away in Pounds 3m Sales Deal
Millionaire Peter Saunders is heading for a second fortune after striking a tasty pounds 3 million deal. He has won the huge overseas order for his low-fat Halo chocolate bar after soaring sales in Australia, the US and Japan. The contract will...
Lucy's Talk of the Town; Young Reporter of the Week
Look out Matthew Wright - Grimsby schoolgirl Lucy Wood is after your Mirror Showbiz columnist's job. The 16-year-old sixth form student is already editor of her Matthew Humberstone School's paper. And now she has further enhanced her budding...
Macari's Royal Blush
In Stoke manager Lou Macari's own words it was "do or die" time for his team in their quest for a play-off place. And he was honest enough to say that his side had thrown away a golden opportunity to close the gap with the promotion-chasing pack...
MADNESS OF KING ELTON; Pounds 350,000 Extravaganza; Kate Thornton AT THE PARTY OF THE DECADE
Rock millionaire Elton John last night arrived at his 50th birthday party dressed in an outrageous eight-foot high costume. Elton was an hour late but thrilled a 2,000-strong crowd outside London's Hammersmith Palais with his Marie Antoinette-style...
May the Force Be with You; Call of Hod Was Icing on the Cake for United's Hero David
The phone awoke David May from a Sunday morning snooze. It was England calling and he was being requested to link up with Glenn Hoddle's squad. It was recognition that was at least 12 months overdue.But the Manchester United defender was not complaining....
McLEISH RAGE AT LUCK OF DRAW
Motherwell boss Alex McLeish insisted his side can still avoid a play-off - with a little luck. The Fir Park side are five points adrift of Hibs in second-bottom place with only four games to go. But McLeish is confident a change of luck could...
McSTAY CUP BLOW FOR CELTS; Semi Doubt over Crocked Skipper
Celtic skipper Paul McStay could miss Saturday's Tennent's Scottish Cup semi-final against Falkirk. The Scotland midfielder limped off with a groin strain just nine minutes into the Celts' 1-1 draw with relegation favourites Raith Rovers at Stark's...
Monarch of Monaco
John Collins knew he'd arrived in soccer paradise the minute he looked out of the window of his Riviera beachside home and saw Boris Becker strolling by. "There are so many millionaires here in Monte Carlo that hardly anyone even knows who I am,"...
MY BOY; He's the Biggest Sensation Ever to Hit Golf,
Earl Woods, 64-year-old African-American, is the man behind a legend. He's the dad of golf sensation Tiger Woods, the 20-year-old with the blood of four races coursing through his veins. The kid who looks like rewriting every record in golf....
NOW IT'S GOING.. DION TO THE WIRE; Liverpool Blow It Again
Liverpool didn't just shoot themselves in the foot yesterday - they blew off a leg as well. And two men with Old Trafford connections - Gordon Strachan and Dion Dublin - helped them pull the trigger. As the smoke cleared on this explosive result,...
OI, FERGIE SHUT IT!; Evans and Wenger Put Boot In
Alex Ferguson was last night branded "out of order" over his amazing war of words with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Liverpool's Roy Evans put the boot into title rival Fergie over Manchester United's plea for more time to complete their fixtures....
ON THE BLINK; Rattled PM Gets Nervous Tic and Resorts to Personal Attacks
Rattled John Major is developing a nervous twitch as the Tories head for election disaster. He's becoming bad-tempered and blinking out of control when under pressure. A body language expert who watched the Premier on TV yesterday said he behaved...
Palace Pitch Hitch
Palace striker Neil Shipperley has made a desperate plea to the club to get the Selhurst Park pitch sorted out. The Eagles' home form has dipped dramatically in the last six weeks, and most of the playing staff - and even manager Steve Coppell -...
Play-Off Prospect Looms for Brothers at Arms
The play-off for a Premier Division place looks like pitting brother against brother. But AIRDRIE'S John Davies has plenty of experience facing his brother, Motherwell's Billy. The pair have played each other 10 times, most significantly and...
Pounds 86m; the Most Expensive Team Money Can Buy
This is the team that money CAN buy. But only if you're the richest club in history. Britain's transfer market has spiralled out of control in the past year, fuelled by Sky TV's millions and the sudden stock market riches of the Premiership's biggest...
Provos' Biggest Mistake
The IRA have really scraped the bottom of the barrel this time. For the terrorists to threaten the lives of 100,000 people and sabotage one of the world's greatest sporting events was simply outrageous. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the...
Radio Ace Gaybo Gets Ready to Go-Go
Chat show king Gay Byrne is set to abdicate. Bosses at RTE fear the monarch of Montrose is about to quit and switch to the fledgling Radio Ireland. Rumours about his future have been gathering for almost a year. Now his former producer and...
RAVAN SWELLY!; but Fabrizio Flattened by Bruno's Last Gasp Blow
Fabrizio Ravenelli was inconsolable as his moment of glory was snatched away by a knockout blow from "Bruno". Rava's first taste of an English Cup Final was filled with mixed emotions. There was jubilation at his goal - his 27th of the season...
RIDE ON; Big Race Goes Ahead Today
The 150th Grand National goes ahead at 5pm today - with all Britain cheering on Aintree's brave defiance of the IRA. Race bosses will stage the world-famous steeplechase free of charge to spectators in a dramatic move which raises two fingers to...
Robbo's Reeling
And so the agony goes on for Bryan Robson. He's back in the bottom three of the Premiership, and the Coca-Cola Cup was snatched from his hands with just three minutes remaining. It was another cruel blow in a season when the Boro boss has been...
Rubbish, Referee!; Your Shout
Part-Time referees should be shown the red card and be replaced by full-time professionals. That's the only answer to the recent flashpoints that thrust Mike Reed and Gerald Ashby into the spotlight, according to one Mirror Sport reader. CHRIS...
Stuff the Terrorists. the National's ON
The 150th Grand National defiantly goes ahead at 5pm today - free of charge to spectators. Aintree's dramatic decision raises two fingers to the IRA whose cruel bomb warnings forced the cancellation of Saturday's world-famous steeplechase. It...
Super TYKE
If Courage was a currency, Jamie Whitham would be a billionaire. The spectacular young motorbike racer was told he had a one-in-ten chance of dying. Not from racing his 200mph missile of a machine on the brink of survival - but from cancer. ...
THE BELL TOLLS FOR MR SLEAZE; BBC War Ace Martin Stands as Mr Clean
Disgraced Tory MP Neil Hamilton was on the way out last night as TV war reporter Martin Bell revealed he would stand against him as anti-sleaze candidate. And he predicted last night: "I believe he will now quit." The veteran BBC man, famous...
THEY CAN'T KILL THE SPIRIT OFRACING; Mirror Jockey Says It's Crucial to Defy Terror
The IRA may have cost me my best chance of winning the Grand National. The going on Saturday was just right for Wylde Hide and we were all very confident. The going will now be a bit on the hard side for him and my chance may have gone. But...
'They're No Lion Kings' Pricey's World of Rugby
Bristol coaching director Mark Tainton watched Saints half-backs Gregor Townsend and Matt Dawson turn on a horror show at the Memorial Ground. He said: "If those are the Lions half-backs, then God help us in South Africa." Amongst a Lions squad...
They've Got Loadsa Yummy
Soup, beans and booze have built the fortunes of Ireland's three richest men. American tax exile John Dorrance was born with a golden spoon in his mouth. His grandfather invented a way to condense soup. The process made Dorrance a tasty pounds...
UNITED FOR A FAIR DEAL: Dear Jo
To hear the current hysteria you'd think millions of militant trade unionists were just waiting for Labour to be elected so they can rise up and slaughter bosses across the land. However, what most of us would like to see is pride and dignity restored...
United We Can Win Race against Evil; VOICE OF THE Mirror
At 5pm today the British people must unite. To watch the Grand National. And defy the IRA. Just 48 hours after the terrorists tried to get this great race abandoned, it will start after all. The Aintree course will be thrown open free to racegoers....
UP AND AT EM; LEICESTER 1 M'BORO 1 (AET, 90 Min: 0-0)
Emile Heskey beat the pain barrier to keep Leicester's hopes of lifting the Coca-Cola Cup alive. Teenage striker Heskey, just 19, was City's Wembley wonder by pinching a last-gasp equaliser in extra time. It means the final must now be replayed...
VALE WIN BY KNOCKOUT; Oxford United 0 Port Vale 2
Lee Mills's sudden burst of goals has propelled unfashionable Port Vale into unlikely promotion challengers for a place in the dizzy heights of the Premiership. But the tall striker didn't know a lot about his side's crucial 2-0 triumph at Oxford....
VIKING WARRIOR; Iversen Battles to Be a Star in His Own Right
Spurs striker Steffen Iversen has revealed that he had to quit Norwegian football because he was fed up with people calling him a little Odd! But the move to White Hart Lane has done little to ease his alarming identity crisis. Now he's being labelled...
WARD A BLOOMING WASTE; Pounds 25,000 for Hospital Bosses' New Garden
Hospital bosses have splashed out pounds 25,000 of precious NHS cash - on a GARDEN. They brought in landscape gardeners to improve the view from their own offices at Glasgow's Southern General. Just weeks ago, the same hospital told 50 midwives...
WE BEAT THE PAINTREE; 60,000 Stranded Race Fans Brave a Night Sleeping Rough
Warm-hearted Merseysiders were praised last night after opening their doors to 60,000 stranded Grand National punters. And racing said an emotional thank you to the gritty Scousers who pulled together to help distressed fans conned out of their...
Welcome to Scotland's Liveliest Read; We're Fun, We're Fearless and We're Free; Message from the Editor
Good morning! I'd like to take a few minutes of your time on this - a special day for the Scottish Mirror. Today is the first day of a bright, new future for this newspaper. It's a new future that holds the promise of more to offer - more up-to-...
Well Done Mah-Son!; Dave Lands Indian Giant
Dave Watson has landed a magnificent 101lb mahseer on a borrowed rod after a 70-minute battle that took him 200 yards down the rapids of an Indian river littered with boulders! Dave, 49, a Surrey-based print consultant, hooked his mighty mahseer...
WE'RE BACK IN; THE BIG TIME!; and Thommo Is Planning on Staying There;
Alan Thompson drenched his team-mates with champagne then toasted the achievements of a manager he admits he still can't work out. And the classy midfielder vowed to make amends for his big-time flop when boom club Bolton bounce back into the Premiership...
What They Said; Grand National Special
Kim Bailey, trainer of top weight Master Oats and outsider Glemot) said: "Everyone at Aintree has been amazing and I am absolutely delighted that the race has been saved as you should never give in to terrorism." Irish trainer ARTHUR MOORE, who...
Why Was Royle So Loyal to Dunc?; Mania Motormouth
Sacked Everton manager Joe Royle saw a lot of himself in Duncan Ferguson, which is why he stayed so loyal to the big Scot..and it may have cost him his job. Ferguson simply did not repay that faith. Royle never stopped encouraging the Scot, even...
Wolves Can Take off on Auto Pilot
Mark McGhee is adamant that Wolves can still snatch automatic promotion to the Premiership - no Bull! Even without goal ace Steve Bull, missing through suspension, Wolves overcame another touch of the Molineux jitters to revive their hopes of joining...
You Sad Bastard
Dominic kids his way in Preston fan Dominic George is a student at Liverpool Hope University, so naturally money is in short supply. Which is why the 20-year-old goes to elaborate lengths to disguise himself for home games, so he can pay as an...