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West Ham captain Kevin Nolan presented with cake to celebrate 100th goal

Icing on the cake! Nolan celebrates 100th goal with treat baked by kit man's sister

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:22 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Kevin Nolan notched up his 100th career goal last Saturday – and what better way for the West Ham captain to celebrate than tucking into some cake.

The 30-year-old midfielder scored in the hammers' 2-0 victory over Wigan at Upton Park to hit the century mark.

Landmark: Nolan was presented with a cake to celebrate scoring his 100th career goal

Landmark: Nolan was presented with a cake to celebrate scoring his 100th career goal

And yesterday he was presented with a cake baked by the sister of kit man James Saban to mark his achievement.

Nolan's 100th goal came almost 12 and a half years after his first for Bolton Wanderers in a 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra in December 2000.

Let's celebrate: Nolan hit the century mark with his goal in West Ham's 2-0 win over Wigan last Saturday

Let's celebrate: Nolan hit the century mark with his goal in West Ham's 2-0 win over Wigan last Saturday

Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings gives tickets to skint fan

Every little helps: Ipswich youngster Mings helps 'skint' fan out with tickets

By
Angus Paterson

PUBLISHED:

10:40 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:55 GMT, 17 March 2013

Footballers get a lot of bad press but Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings is being hailed left, right and centre for his act of generosity on Saturday.

He had been wished good luck before the game by a supporter on Twitter, who said he wasn't able to make it because he was 'skint'.

Mings asked him if he could get to the game and upon receiving a positive response, told the fan that he was setting aside two tickets for him.

New ground: Tyrone Mings made the step up to Ipswich from non-league Yate Town

New ground: Tyrone Mings made the step up to Ipswich from non-league Yate Town

The twitter conversation

Although Mings, 19, was just an unused substitute for the game, the fan will have enjoyed his day out as Ipswich beat Bolton 1-0.

Carlos Edwards scored his first goal in two years to boost the club's bid to beat the npower Championship drop and dent Bolton's play-off charge.

The veteran winger struck with just two minutes to go as Bolton's five-match winning streak shuddered to a halt.

The twitter conversation

Good job you went: Carlos Edwards (left) scored the winner as Ipswich won, but Mings stayed on the bench

Good job you went: Carlos Edwards (left) scored the winner as Ipswich won, but Mings stayed on the bench

Ashley Barnes charged by FA

Brighton's Barnes could see four-match ban extended after being charged for trip on referee

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 13 March 2013

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Brighton's Ashley Barnes has been charged by the Football Association for the apparent trip on referee Nigel Miller on March 9 at the Reebok Stadium.

Barnes appeared to make contact with Miller in the closing seconds of his side's 1-0 defeat by Bolton, an offence for which he was shown a red card.

His punishment was a four-game ban, one more than the standard three due to it being the striker's second dismissal of the season.

Scroll down to watch footage of the incident…

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season already and his protests (below) fell on deaf ears

But, having considered the evidence, the FA have opened proceedings which could lead to an enhanced punishment.

The FA have ruled that the incident displayed 'truly exceptional circumstances' and as such it has been referred to an independent three-man commission who can recommend a further ban if they feel it necessary.

A statement today read: 'The FA has
charged Brighton and Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes following his side's
game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 9 March 2013.

'It is alleged that Barnes's
behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was
dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted
an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply
was clearly insufficient.'

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Barnes has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond.

Speaking immediately after the match –
and before reviewing video evidence – Brighton manager Gus Poyet said:
'I would like to see it.

'Before I talk to him I'm going to have a look because if he's done something to the referee…let's wait and see.

'My way of managing this is I prefer
the player to calm down because if you go to the dressing room and you
ask them straight away then they will put their excuse in there and
blame somebody else.'

VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in

Final moments of Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Ashley Barnes referee trip red card

VIDEO: Brighton's Barnes faces long ban after straight red card for tripping referee during defeat to Bolton

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

11:11 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 10 March 2013

Brighton forward Ashley Barnes is facing a lengthy ban after being sent off for appearing to deliberately trip referee Nigel Miller at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

With his side trailing the npower Championship clash 1-0 deep into stoppage time, Barnes left a foot dangling in front of Miller as the official ran past him.

The trip did not send Miller to the floor, but it was enough to break the referee's stride. He then immediately stopped the game, turned to Barnes and gave him a straight red card.

Scroll down to watch footage of the incident…

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

The forward's face was a picture of disbelief as he was pointed to the tunnel, but despite the cameras not capturing the incident, this video evidence recorded by a fan in the stands is pretty damning.

VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in

Final moments of Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Miller did not address the media after the game, but The Argus report that a Bolton official who spoke to the referee said: 'It was for misconduct, trying to trip the ref.'

Seagulls boss Gus Poyet felt Barnes deserved his red card, though he sympathised with the 23-year-old.

Poyet told Sky Sports: 'In football sometimes you do things that regret after, but (I have) nothing to complain about.

Unhappy trip: Brighton were beaten thanks to a goal from Marcos Alonso (left)

Unhappy trip: Brighton were beaten thanks to a goal from Marcos Alonso (left)

'I think you would normally probably say you're not happy with him (Barnes).

'Angry It's difficult to say because I played football, I know when you're on the pitch you do things which sometimes you regret after but I was one of those players so I'm not going to say anything to Ashley Barnes – I hope it doesn't happen too much.

'He knows what he's done and I'm not going to kill him, you try to make sure he controls himself better the next time.'

The red was Barnes's second dismissal of the season. He was sent off only last month for violent conduct as he kicked out at Sheffield Wednesday's Kieran Lee during a 3-1 loss at Hillsborough.

Sympathy: But Poyet (left) felt that Barnes deserved his red

Sympathy: But Poyet (left) felt that Barnes deserved his red

As a result, the former Plymouth player will miss the next four games of Brighton's run-in, starting with Tuesday night's trip to Barnsley.

Barnes' absence leaves Poyet facing a striker crisis. Craig Mackail-Smith has been ruled out for the season with an achilles injury picked up during last week's 0-0 draw at Bristol City, leaving Leonardo Ulloa as Brighton's only fit frontman.

Marcos Alonso's winner for Bolton on Saturday saw Brighton slip out of the Championship play-off places. They now sit one place and point adrift of Nottingham Forest in sixth, but they do have a game in hand on Billy Davies's side.

Sunderland issue warning sign to fans for persistent standing

Sunderland take a stand against 38 fans who refuse to sit down and evict them with tough message pinned to their empty seat

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UPDATED:

13:15 GMT, 27 December 2012

This was the sight which greeted a number of Sunderland fans as the club stepped up its fight against their own supporters yesterday.

The Wearside club have ejected 38 fans from their seats for persistent standing, and have now withdrawn the season tickets of a number of repeat offenders.

Sunderland have now taken a hard-line stance against supporters who, they say, are endangering the safety and enjoyment of all fans

Warning sign: A supporter tweeted this picture of a message left on a seat at the Stadium of Light. It reads: 'This season card has been suspended due to persistent standing'

Warning sign: A supporter tweeted this picture of a message left on a seat at the Stadium of Light. It reads: 'This season card has been suspended due to persistent standing'

HIT ON THE ROAD

Sunderland aren't the first club to crack down. Liverpool reduced Manchester United’s away allocation in 2011 due to standing, cutting the number of available tickets from 2,948 to 1,965.

Manchester City, Sunderland and Bolton have also made similar sanctions against United.

The issue has led to major confrontations between fans and stewards during games, and abusive chanting aimed at stewards.

And one supporter, Liam Holister tweeted a photo showing an empty red seat with a warning notice and his own 'disgraceful' observation.

The irony is that the abuse, has come from fans who have been moved to the south stand, earmarked as a singing section by the club, and where away fans were housed until this season.

At the start of this season, visiting supporters were moved to a high section of the north stand.

Yesterday for the visit of Manchester City, the club increased the number of stewards in problem areas and issued another warning to supporters in the match programme, threatening to close areas of the ground unless they take their seats.

Throughout the 1-0 win over champions City, a number of Sunderland fans remained on their feet and they sang the '**** off you stewards we’ll stand if we want’ in the first-half.

Vengeance: Adam Johnson (centre right) scored against his former club

Vengeance: Adam Johnson (centre right) scored against his former club

Blunder Joe Hart allowed the ball to slip underneath him

Blunder Joe Hart allowed the ball to slip underneath him

NO CLUES…

The majority of Premier League clubs throw in a disclaimer to indicate that, at their ‘sole discretion’ they may reject any application for a season ticket, but most indicate quite clearly why a pass may be revoked.

Sunderland’s official club website, however, does not offer any clues as to what may warrant having a season ticket withdrawn, whereas many clubs including northeast rivals Newcastle United publish full terms and conditions online.

The Magpies state on their site that they may cancel a season ticket for 'persistent standing in seated areas whilst the match is in progress’.

Sunderland’s head of safety Paul Weir said: 'The figure for fans ejected due to persistent standing last season as a whole was just 20 so we can see that there has been a significant increase in the early part of the season.

'We certainly don’t wish to spoil the enjoyment of any supporter, we want a vibrant matchday atmosphere just as much as the fans do, but we also have legal obligations that we must be seen to adhering to.

'We also have a duty of care to all our supporters, including elderly and disabled fans who have contacted us very concerned that their enjoyment on a matchday is being compromised because people around them stand throughout the game.

'Naturally we want to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience at the Stadium of Light and we’d ask supporters to listen to requests from stewards and help us to eradicate persistent standing for the sake of all fans.'

How many 38 fans have been ejected from their seats at the Stadium of Light

How many 38 fans have been ejected from their seats at the Stadium of Light

MATT LAWLESS COMMENT: SIT DOWN IF YOU LOVE YOUR CLUB!

Well done, Sunderland. It's refreshing to see a club take a stand against the ‘standers’. Frankly, I'm fed-up with them.

For years, I've had to attempt to tower on tip-toes just to get a glimpse of the action at Upton Park. Why Because from the front row up in the Sir Trevor Brooking lower, everybody wants to neglect their seats. It was the same when I had a season ticket in the Bobby Moore lower. And it really annoys me.

Judging by those at the Stadium of Light, I now know I'm not alone. I go to the games with my parents and it irritates them too.

I pay decent money for my seat (600) and yet I could count on one-hand the number of times I've actually been able to use it (excluding half-time).

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't want to be slumped on it when Mark Noble is stepping up to lash home a penalty. For those moments I absolutely want to stand and enjoy the resulting euphoria on my two feet. But when the ball's not in an advanced attacking position, there's only one place I want to be: in my seat.

Over the years, we've had words of warning at West Ham. Letters, emails, messages in the matchday programme. But no signs on seats like those at Sunderland. And no apparent action from any stewards.

Until the day safe standing is introduced (if ever), please do me a favour: sit down, if you love your club!

Aston Villa want Glenn Murray

Another Bent blow as Aston Villa target 20-goal Palace striker Murray in 2m deal

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UPDATED:

09:25 GMT, 20 December 2012

Aston Villa are reportedly lining up a 2million bid for Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray.

The 29-year-old has spearheaded the Eagles' bid for promotion to the Premier League, notching 20 goals so far this season.

And Paul Lambert wants Murray to add bite to his frontline at Villa Park, according to The Sun.

Main man: Glenn Murray has attracted the attention of Aston Villa

Main man: Glenn Murray has attracted the attention of Aston Villa

Murray joined Palace from fierce rivals Brighton last year and has 18 months left on his deal.

The move would cast further doubt on the future of 18m striker Darren Bent who has struggled to win over Lambert.

While Murray may join Villa next month, Steven Warnock looks set to leave the club.

On fire: Murray has scored 20 goals for Crystal Palace this season

On fire: Murray has scored 20 goals for Crystal Palace this season

The 31-year-old returns from his loan spell at Bolton next week but is unlikely to force his way into Lambert's plans.

He could return to the Reebok or be sold in the transfer window. His contract expires in the summer.

Stoke interested in Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-yong

Pulis turns to South Korean Lee as he bids to add some craft to Stoke midfeld

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 18 December 2012

Stoke are showing interest in Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-yong.

The 24-year-old South Korean has scored three goals in 17 games this season after battling back from injury.

Meanwhile in his homeland, Jeonnam Yeonggwang want Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won. German side Augsburg have also asked for the 21-year-old on loan.

Stoked: Bolton's Lee Chung-yong is being tracked by Premier League Stoke

Stoked: Bolton's Lee Chung-yong is being tracked by Premier League Stoke

Harry Redknapp says no to QPR Christmas party

Scrooge! Redknapp rules out Christmas party… but says QPR can celebrate when they stay up

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UPDATED:

12:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Harry Redknapp has banned Christmas at QPR because the club have ‘got nothing to celebrate’.

Rangers are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season and their manager wants to put off partying until the club has secured its top-flight status.

The boss said: 'I'm not mad about footballers having Christmas. I’ve been doing this job an awful long time and find it seems to be nothing but aggravation.

Earn your party: Harry Redknapp has told his QPR players they have nothing to celebrate this Christmas, but that they can party if and when they stay up

Earn your party: Harry Redknapp has told his QPR players they have nothing to celebrate this Christmas, but that they can party if and when they stay up

'I feel in our position we're in we've really got nothing to celebrate. If we get out of trouble we’ll have a big party at the end of the year, I’m sure. I just think this is the busiest time of the year.

'I haven’t discussed it with the players. Nobody’s come to see me and asked to have a Christmas party. If they did I’d say: “I'd rather you didn't.” We're not in a position where we've got anything to celebrate.'

Meanwhile, Redknapp confirmed Tal Ben Haim is having a trial with QPR.

Ben Haim, 30, has been without a club since leaving Portsmouth in August and has been training in west London under the watchful eye of QPR staff this week.

Redknapp told a press conference this morning: 'I am having a look at him, he’s a good defender, he’s a good lad and has a great attitude.

'He looks very fit and I have let him come in and train, we will just see where we go in the next couple of weeks.'

Ben Haim, who has also had spells at Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City, has not played since Israel’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Russia in September.

The new manager is looking to strengthen his squad next month after taking over a club rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League without a win in their first 15 matches.

Redknapp has secured draws against Sunderland and Aston Villa since replacing Mark Hughes and his team face fellow strugglers Wigan at the DW Stadium tomorrow.

Top 10 football flicks: Neymar not the only one capable

Neymar Zola Otsemobor Pick your favourite flick from our top 10

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 5 December 2012

Brazilian star Neymar wowed us all with his outrageous flicked pass for Santos on Sunday night, but he's not the first player to pull an audacious bit of skill out of the bag at the drop of a hat.

Today, thanks to the game’s ever increasing popularity and global appeal, we have a range of tricks and skills that can leave even opposing defenders dumbfounded, but you just can't beat a good old flick.

Here, Sportsmail picks out 10 of the best…

Outrageous: Neymar shocked viewers with his skill at the weekend

Outrageous: Neymar shocked viewers with his skill at the weekend

Paul Gascoigne

One of England’s finest talents in the past 30 years also produced one of the European Championships’ finest ever goals at Euro 96.

A deft touch over the head of Colin Hendry to leave the Scotland defender on the ground before volleying home is fondly remembered as one of the best goals ever seen at Wembley – old and new.

Dennis Bergkamp

Even by Bergkamp’s ridiculous high standards this was something special. During a 2-0 win against Newcastle in the Premier League in March 2002, the Dutchman’s first touch was enough to completely bamboozle Nikos Dabizas before the Arsenal striker ran around the defender and calmly slotted home.

Gianfranco Zola

No wonder Chelsea were desperate to keep Zola after he decided to leave in 2003. From a low corner kick, the Italian put this 2002 FA Cup tie with Norwich to rest with a delicate back heel flick into the near post that left just about everyone inside Stamford Bridge startled.

Jay-Jay Okocha

Bolton under Sam Allardyce were often considered boring, one dimensional and long ball hoof merchants. But how many teams looking to see out a game from a corner kick decide to rainbow flick their way out of trouble in injury time against the Premier League champions, in this case Arsenal Remember, the Trotters and Jay-Jay Okocha did it as early as 2003.

Matty Burrows

An injury time winner scored with a double back heel flick from a cross is the sort of stuff not even Roy of the Rovers could produce.

But Burrows certainly could, and his stunning goal for Glentoran against Portadown was so good it was nominated by FIFA for Goal of the Year in 2010.

Joseph Ndo

Having gone to the 1998 and 2002 World Cups with Cameroon, you would think Ndo’s best years were behind him having spent nine years playing in Ireland.

But this pass off the back of his heel to find a team-mate while playing for Sligo Rovers last year shows the 36-year-old is possibly due an international recall.

Rodrigo Palacio

Better than Zola Quite possibly. Genoa’s Palacio proves there is some magic left in Serie A with a delightful back flick while running away from goal to meet a corner against Lazio last season. Spurs could have done with something like that against the Rome outfit in the Europa League this term following two 0-0 draws.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Proof that El Clasico isn’t just 22 men trying to win a free-kick after the slightest bit of contact. Ronaldo’s back heel to play himself through on goal is made even sweeter by his control of the difficult falling ball and subsequent finish to hand Real Madrid the lead against Barcelona back in August.

Neymar

Just to prove any doubters wrong of Neymar’s ability – here is one he made earlier playing for Santos. During a match against Atletico Mineiro in October, the Chelsea target left a defender so outraged by his perfect rainbow flick that it drew a cynical foul and a free-kick just outside the box. Genius.

Jon Otsemobor

The magic of the cup strikes again. A pulsating and historic FA Cup tie on Sunday between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon was decided in stoppage time with the most casual of flicks from Otsemobor, whose strike (or lazy lift of the foot) for the Dons gave them a 2-1 victory over a Wimbledon side who play their trade a division below in League Two.

Amir Khan promises to fight Kell Brook if he beats Devon Alexander

Bring on Brook! Khan promises to fight British rival if he wins world title

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UPDATED:

10:35 GMT, 12 November 2012

Amir Khan has handed Kell Brook an even bigger incentive to beat Devon Alexander in his world title fight by promising to fight the winner.

Brook is set to challenge for the IBF belt on January 19 in either New York or Las Vegas after maneuvering himself into the mandatory position with victory over Hector Saldivia last month.

And should the 26-year-old upset the odds in America, he could set up an all-British summer showdown against bitter rival Khan.

Back in action: Amir Khan (left) returns to the ring on December 15

Back in action: Amir Khan (left) returns to the ring on December 15

'I think it's a great fight,' Khan told BoxingScene. 'I think it's a great step up for Brook because he has been fighting at a lower level.

'I'm surprised he's taking the fight with Devon Alexander. Devon Alexander is a great fighter. It is a great fight for the welterweight division and in the future I can fight the winner.

'If he gets past Devon Alexander, then I think it makes sense to have a fight with him – and he'll have a world title [so] it makes sense to fight Brook maybe in the UK – it would be huge.'

Khan himself returns to action on December 15 against undefeated Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.

Title shot: Kell Brook

Title shot: Kell Brook

It will be the first time the 25-year-old has fought under the guidance of new trainer Virgil Hunter.

And the Bolton man is all too aware that he must get back to winning ways if he is to fight the world's biggest names.

'There’s always pressure when I fight but I definitely have to win this because if I lose, I’m done,' Khan said.

'This
is a fight I need to win, 100 per cent. If I don’t win it I’m done.
It’s that simple. The big super-fights I’ve always dreamed about won’t
be there if I lose this. Pacquiao, Mayweather — forget it.'

In an attempt to revitalize his
fortunes, Khan took the bold step of ditching revered trainer Freddie
Roach in favour of the quietly-spoken San Francisco-based Hunter.

'It’s a very tight community in that
gym. You need to have people there you trust. Virgil keeps it very
limited and that’s what I like about it,' he added.

'You’re not bothered about who’s watching, you’re not training for a crowd, or fans.'