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David Moyes picture Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, Sara Beverly Jones Tony Bellew fight Liverpool Echo Arena

Moyes eyes a couple of strikers! Everton boss poses with blonde beauties before Bellew's bout

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

02:55 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

03:01 GMT, 31 March 2013

David Moyes was grinning like a Cheshire cat on Saturday – and for good reason.

After watching Everton see off Stoke thanks to Kevin Mirallas' splendid strike at Goodison Park, the 49-year-old Scot proved he's still got it, sandwiching himself between a couple of glamour girls at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Moyes was there to support Toffees fan Tony Bellew in his bout against Isaac Chilemba – which ended in a draw – but he got a little more than he bargained for in his ringside seat.

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Everton skipper Phil Neville was quick to tweet the picture, saying: “Moyes at the boxing, go on son! That's how your Boss rolls” is he in bellews corner'

Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, pictured left in the picture, remarked on the social network site: 'howlin that I was sittin next to David Moyes ringside n got a pic on his knee with my @SaraBeverley #LEG'

Her pal Sara Beverly Jones – an actress, presenter and promotional model – added: 'Me and @misshannahelizx on David moyes knee! Ha my face! … Add your own caption.'

In this case, we think a picture tells a thousand words…

Roy of the Rovers – Melchester Rovers relaunched online comic

EXCLUSIVE: The Rovers Return! Iconic comic book hero Roy Race relaunched online… and Sportsmail has the first look

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15:17 GMT, 17 December 2012

'89 minutes gone in the Cup final, we're deadlocked at one-all and heading for extra time here at Wembley. But wait, here come Melchester Rovers again…Noel Baxter has it on the wing and the crowd roars him on. Inside to Lofty Peak and the Scot heads it on to Blackie Gray! He’s looking for options and suddenly there’s Race! Race gets the ball, he lines up to shoot. AND it’s there! Roy Race wins the Cup for Melchester!’

For a generation of football fans, those words and names will have just brought back a flood of memories.

Thousands up and down the country followed the fortunes of comic strip creation Melchester Rovers as closely as their own team for years and years. The fantastical character of Roy Race – that phenomenal goal machine with his flowing blonde locks – drew as much respect and wonder as real life players.

Comic book hero: Thousands of football fans up and down the country followed the fortunes of Roy Race and Melchester United in the weekly Roy of the Rovers comic strips

Comic book hero: Thousands of football fans up and down the country followed the fortunes of Roy Race and Melchester United in the weekly Roy of the Rovers comic strips

Front cover of Tiger (13 April 1963 edition), featuring Roy of the Rovers drawn by Paul Trevillion

Front cover of Tiger (13 April 1963 edition), featuring Roy of the Rovers drawn by Paul Trevillion

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2012 Egmont UK Ltd. Roy of the Rovers

For nearly 50 years, schoolboys would save up their pocket money and rush down to the newsagent to grab the latest issue of ‘Roy of the Rovers’ – an extraordinary work of riveting football fiction.

There was never a dull moment – when they were not being kidnapped by rebel militias in the South American jungle on their pre-season tour or fighting strife in the boardroom, Melchester managed to win three European Cups, ten FA Cups and ten league championships!

Race enjoyed a 40-year playing career, all but one year of which was with Melchester, and scored an incredible 481 goals (by rough calculations) for his clubs and 52 for England – though he never graced a World Cup or European Championships as injury always seemed to get in the way.

It was boy’s own stuff every week – a cavalcade of hat-tricks, last-gasp victories and shiny silverware. This was what playground footballers always dreamt of issued weekly in a flash of red and gold coloured ink.

The Roy of the Rovers comic strip in its last guise folded in 2001 but in an age when players like Lionel Messi seem like an incarnation of Roy Race, his spirit lives on in the hyperbole of commentators (‘It’s Roy of the Rovers stuff here!’), the old editions gathering dust in many attics, and now in an online archive accessible on your iPad and other forms.

Roy scores again in the 21st century as part of a release of classic comics by Egmont UK this year. Five volumes of Roy of the Rovers comics from the seventies and eighties are available at the moment through the iBook store on Apple’s iPad tablet.

What’s more, you can see a sample of five pages beneath this article. There’s also a new range of merchandise out just in time for Christmas at Marks and Spencer.

Comic book hero Roy Race

Roy OF the Rovers - Come On England

Goal machine: Roy Race had a phenomenal record of 481 club and 52 international goals in his 40-year playing career, but he never had the opportunity to represent England at a major tournament owing to injury

THE MELCHESTER TROPHY CABINET

Division One Champions – 1931, 1932, 1933, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1988, 1992

Division One Play-Off Winners – 1998

Division Two Champions – 1903, 1982

FA Cup – 1907, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984, 1990, 1999

League Cup – 1974, 1986, 1987

European Cup – 1964, 1969, 1973

European Cup Winners’ Cup – 1967, 1971, 1975, 1985

UEFA Cup – 1979

Fans will be able to re-live in high resolution glory all the epic matches and captivating storylines of the original. The team’s disappearance in the depths of the South American jungle in 1960 when their aircraft was shot by rebel forces fighting a bloody civil war.

The extraordinary deja-vu in 1964 when the Rovers were captured by bandits near Bogota in Columbia, only to later escape on horseback. The drama of 1981 when Roy, by then Melchester player-manager, was gunned down in his office by a disgruntled actor who played him on TV.

The collapse of Roy’s marriage to Penny Laine in the early eighties and his sensational move to rivals Walford Rovers after falling out with the board in 1983.

The tragedy of eight squad members being killed by terrorists in war-torn Basran in the late eighties, Roy’s retirement from Melchester live on Sky Sports in 1992 and the helicopter crash that ended his career the following year.

There was also the emergence of Roy ‘Rocky’ Race, his son, in the nineties – if anything, an every hotter goalscoring prospect.

What endeared the comic to so many was its synchronisation with the real world of football. The plot ran in tandem with the football season, with the drama gradually building to a crescendo as May grew nearer. Inevitably, Melchester always found themselves challenging for honours or trying to escape relegation.

Tiger Book of Roy of the Rovers 1960

Roy of the Rovers Annual 1980 Cover

Stocking fillers: A Roy of the Rovers annual would always be a delight to unwrap on Christmas morning

Mighty Melchester! An early Rovers line-up

Mighty Melchester! An early Rovers line-up

It was a comic strip that could be enjoyed by the whole family and shared with friends, while it also took a ballsy stand against issues of the age such as hooliganism.

‘People who treasure our national game don’t want you! I don’t want you!’ screamed Roy at the thugs in 1990.

The story spawned a whole roster of teammates – Roy’s great friend and strike partner Blackie Gray and uncompromising Scottish midfielder Lofty Peak. There were even some real stars – Bob Wilson and Emlyn Hughes came out of retirement to play for Melchester in 1985, while Sir Alf Ramsey took over as manager when Roy fell into a coma.

But more than anything, the adventures of Roy and his pals showed football at its best – captivating, unpredictable and so very often, simply fantastic.

The Roy of the Rovers archive can be downloaded for iPad via the iBooks store now. A new range of Roy of the Rovers-related merchandise, including Blow Football, Table Football, wallet and keyring, can be bought via Marks and Spencer here.

A TIMELINE OF ROY OF THE ROVERS

1954 – First appearance of Roy of the Rovers on September 11, as a feature in the comic Tiger

1960 – The Melchester Rovers team disappeared when their aircraft was shot by rebel forces in a South American civil war

1964 – The squad is kidnapped near Bogota and has to escape on horseback

1968 – Roy Race breaks the club’s 30-year club record with his 300th goal

1976 – Roy of the Rovers starts up as a separate comic with the first edition released on September 25. It runs for 853 issues, until March 20, 1993

1978 – Race stands in as England manager for a friendly with Holland after the national team boss is injured in a car crash

1981 – Roy is gunned down in his office by a mystery assassin. It later turns out to be a disgruntled actor who played him on TV

Early 1980s – Roy’s wife Penny leaves him, in a storyline covered by national news

1985 – Former stars Bob Wilson and Emlyn Hughes come out of retirement to play for Melchester. Martin Kemp and Steve Norman, of the pop group Spandau Ballet, join the board in the same year. Eight members of the Melchester team are killed in a bungled act of terrorism in war-torn Basran.

1992 – Roy sensationally quits Melchester on Sky Sports

1993 – Re-launches as a monthly comic with grittier storylines aimed at teenage readers. Roy’s playing days are ended after nearly 40 years when he loses control of his helicopter and crashes into a field

1997 – Final home for the comic is Match of the Day magazine – until 2001

2012 – Roy of the Rovers archive launched for iPad

EXCLUSIVE: Enjoy our sample of the new Roy of the Rovers archive…

Roy of the Rovers - Page One

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Roy of the Rovers sample 3

Roy of the Rovers sample 4

Roy of the Rovers sample 5

2012 Egmont UK Ltd. Roy of the Rovers

Usain Bolt turns up at Expendables premiere in London as post-Olympics partying continues

Usain the movie star: Showman Bolt plays up to the cameras at Expendables premiere as post-Olympics partying continues

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10:17 GMT, 14 August 2012

If ever there was a perfect match between an athlete and a movie, this was it.

All-action, thrill-a-minute, explosive – Usain Bolt would have a good claim to a part in The Expendables sequel.

But the Jamaican sprinter – still basking in the glow of three gold medals at London 2012 – was happy just to watch at Monday night's UK Premiere alongside Hollywood heavyweights Arnie Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham.

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt arrives for the UK Premiere of The Expendables 2 in Leicester Square

Usain Bolt performs his trademark 'Lightning Bolt' celebration at the UK Premiere of movie, The Expendables 2

Usain Bolt's post-Olympics partying shows no signs of slowing down as he attended the premiere of The Expendables 2 in Leicester Square on Monday night

With all his effortless cool, Bolt
posed on the red carpet in Leicester Square and it was the film's stars
scrambling to get a photo with him.

He was snapped with action man Statham
striking the trademark 'Lightning Bolt' pose as his post-Olympics
partying showed no sign of stopping.

Bolt in trademark pose with his 'fave actor' Jason Statham on the red carpet

Bolt in trademark pose with his 'fave actor' Jason Statham on the red carpet

The pair share a joke at the Leicester Square opening night

The pair share a joke at the Leicester Square opening night

Bolt looked characteristically cool in a white shirt, jeans, white trainers and a baseball cap with his initials

Bolt looked characteristically cool in a white shirt, jeans, white trainers and a baseball cap with his initials

While the majority of the 10,820 athletes have packed their bags and gone home, Bolt seems in no hurry.

On Sunday night, he marked the end of
the Games with a DJ set at the Puma Yard Club on Brick Lane and then
partied with the Jamaican team in West End nightclub Movida, emerging
into daylight at 6am.

Bolt and fellow sprinter Yohan Blake
were pictured getting into a taxi back to the athletes' village with a
blonde woman in the front seat.

After his win in the 100m final, he
was pictured with three members of the Swedish handball team in his room
in the early hours.

One of them, Jamina Roberts, said they talked together, looked at Facebook and posed for photographs.

He is on a high after winning three gold medals – in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay to add to his three golds in Beijing four years ago.

Bolt posted two pictures
with Statham on Twitter, saying: 'Movie premier of Expendables 2 and I
met up with the fav actor Jason Statham.'

Statham plays Lee Christmas in the new
movie, The Expendables' knife expert.

They shared a joke on the red carpet before heading inside – perhaps Bolt was trying to secure his cameo in the next installment.

After all, the tennis star Novak Djokovic has a small role in this film and was spotted in a suit filming scenes in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Other stars in the all-action film include
Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck
Norris.

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake party until 6am at London nightclub

Bolt and Blake cap record-breaking gold with 6am finish at London nightclub

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UPDATED:

09:06 GMT, 12 August 2012

Usain Bolt started his partying with a 6am finish in central London.

The Jamaican superstar, who won three gold medals at the London Olympics, began what is expected to be a string of nights out with a visit to Movida nightclub.

Party time: Usain Bolt is pictured leaving Movida nightclub at 6am

Party time: Usain Bolt is pictured leaving Movida nightclub at 6am

Party time: Usain Bolt is pictured leaving Movida nightclub in central London at 6am

He was joined by his sprint rival and fellow countryman Yohan Blake to celebrate their stunning achievements at the Games.

Bolt and Blake were part of the Jamaican line-up that broke the world record to claim the 4×100 metres relay crown at the Olympics Stadium on Saturday night.

And after returning to the Olympics Village to freshen up after their heroics, the pair headed west into town to celebrate in style.

All smiles: Yohan Blake is mobbed by fans outside the club

All smiles: Yohan Blake is mobbed by fans outside the club

All smiles: Yohan Blake is mobbed by fans outside the club after enjoying a night out with Bolt

Heading home: Bolt and Blake were joined in their taxi home by a mystery blonde woman

Heading home: Bolt and Blake were joined in their taxi home by a mystery blonde woman

They opted to head to celebrity haunt Movida to dance the night away and party goers were stunned when they walked in.

Bolt and Blake clearly showed no sign of fatigue as they partied away until 6am.

When they eventually left to head back to the Village, the sun was coming up over the capital. They were joined in their taxi back by a mystery blonde woman.

Record breakers: The Jamaican relay team of Bolt, Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter

Record breakers: The Jamaican relay team of Bolt, Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter

After winning on Saturday night, Bolt
was asked what he wanted to be doing in 10 years time. He replied: 'In
2022… hopefully just chilling somewhere. I just want to take it easy,
maybe own a few businesses, I'm a lazy person I like to just chill out
and always be relaxed.'

He reiterated that it would he hard to do the treble treble in Rio in 2016, saying: 'Yohan is running hard and I'm sure there's going to be more young cats coming up.'

The Caribbean quartet rocketed to a new world record time of 36.84sec. Blake joked: 'We are not human beings because no-one has ever run 36 – that is why we say we come from space. We drop from space like Mr Bean.'