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Paul Gascoigne: The drink nearly killed me but I wont give up

Gazza: The drink nearly finished me off this time, but I won't give up the fight

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David Kent

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12:31 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 3 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne has revealed he came close to death after his latest drinking binge.

The former England star was admitted to a clinic in the United States last month after his celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment.

And the 45-year-old insists he is determined to finally conquer his demons.

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

‘The drink nearly finished me off this time,' he told Jimmy 'Five Bellies' Gardner.

'I know I’ve never been as bad as this before. But I’m not ready to give up the fight. I’m getting better now. I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.’

Gardner, who revealed to the Sunday Mirror that he had spoken to Gascoigne, said: ‘Paul sounded frail and weak and scared. But I could hear something else in his voice too.

'I could hear grit and determination. No one knows Paul like I do and I can tell you, he’s not for throwing in the towel.’

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Gascoigne had a public meltdown at a charity function in Northampton in January with pictures showing him looking bloated, sobbing and unable to stand or speak.

Video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.

He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to a rehab
clinic, a former friend claimed.

One
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
injecting cocaine.

He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
alcohol withdrawal.

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Celebrities
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.

English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.

Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.

GASCOIGNE’S PROBLEMS WITH ALCOHOL

June 1996:
An alcohol-related 'dentist-chair' stunt in a Hong Kong bar during
England's Euro 96 preparations puts Gascoigne on the front pages of the
newspapers back in Britain.

August 1998:
Gascoigne's marriage to Sheryl ends after she is granted a quick
divorce. The player left his wife with a black eye and badly bruised
face and arm after he attacked her in a drunken rage in Gleneagles,
Scotland.

October 1998: The 31-year-old is admitted to the Marchwood Priory hospital to receive treatment for stress and drink problems.

June 2001: Gascoigne admits himself to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Arizona on his Everton manager Walter Smith's insistence.

May 2007: Undergoes emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer.

February 2008: Gascoigne is arrested in Newcastle and detained under the Mental Health Act.

June 2008:
The former England footballer is sectioned under the Mental Health Act
following reports that he was acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead.

Celebrity Big Brother: Frankie Dettori joins house

That's one way to serve your ban! Shamed jockey Dettori joins Celebrity Big Brother

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

21:19 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 3 January 2013

Frankie Dettori has found a novel way to fill his time while he serves a drugs ban – by appearing in Celebrity Big Brother.

The 42-year-old is suspended until May after being sidelined following a failed test in September.

Dettori will be competing against the likes of X Factor star Rylan Clark and Steps singer Claire Richards.

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori

Change of scenery: Frankie Dettori joined fellow contestants in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Entering to a series of cheers from
the audience, the jockey admitted he was worried his fiery
Italian personality would land him in trouble in the house.

He
said: 'I don't know if I'm going to be a good housemate. I'm very
Latin, I blow hot and cold. I get on with people, I just don't know if
they get on with me.

'I'm looking forward to 2013, it's a new
start. I'll miss nothing about the outside world. I want to win!'

Lacey Banghard

Ryan Maloney

Pleased to meet you: Lacey Banghard and Ryan Maloney (aka Toadie) have also entered the famous house

Dettori's decision to join the programme comes as a surprise after his agent ruled the jockey out last month.

Pete Burrell, who has acted for
Dettori for many years, said: 'Frankie has no plans to appear on this
show. We have not discussed it and I do not imagine we will be
discussing it.

'Frankie is out of the country for the next two months and is already looking forward to riding again in May.'

Broadcaster and former jump jockey John Francome expressed surprise that Dettori's name had been linked with the show.

He said: 'Frankie will undoubtedly benefit from a proper break from racing after more than 20 years as a jockey.

'The last thing he needs is to be locked away for ages with a load of idiots on this show.

Bradley Wiggins: Highlight was playing with Paul Weller

Winning the Tour de France and another Olympic gold medal was great, but highlight was jamming with Weller, admits Wiggins

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00:01 GMT, 29 December 2012

A spectacular 2012 was brought to a fitting conclusion for Bradley Wiggins when he received a knighthood in the New Year Honours – but nothing compared to being on stage with his hero Paul Weller.

Highlights of the 32-year-old's year have included being the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and winning his fourth Olympic gold medal, while earlier this month he was the runaway winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Scroll down to watch Wiggins and Weller

In the spotlight: Wiggins has had a year to remember after adding Olympic gold to his Tour de France win

In the spotlight: Wiggins has had a year to remember after adding Olympic gold to his Tour de France win

Wiggins is almost as famous for his
love of mod culture as he is for his exploits on two wheels, with
spectators at the Olympic time trial donning fake sideburns in his
honour.

Last week he joined Weller to perform The Jam classic 'That's Entertainment' during a charity concert at Hammersmith Apollo.

And asked for his highlight of 2012, Wiggins said: 'For me it's probably the obvious one, apart from Sports Personality, playing at Hammersmith Apollo with Paul Weller last Wednesday was incredible.

'That topped it for me, and that's not a joke. It was amazing. Playing a Jam song as well, I mean how many people get to do that'

The irreverent personality that has captured the public's imagination perhaps sits oddly with a knighthood, awarded for services to cycling, but Wiggins believes it sends a good message in the age of celebrity culture.

Pleased to meet you: Wiggins with music icons Paul Weller (above) and Liam Gallagher (below)

Pleased to meet you: Wiggins with music icons Paul Weller (above) and Liam Gallagher (below)

Bradley Wiggins

Sir Dave salutes team

Dave Brailsford has paid tribute to the collective effort of those he oversees at British Cycling and Team Sky after he was knighted in the New Year Honours list.

The 48-year-old has received the honour at the end of a year in which he led Great Britain to eight cycling gold medals for a second successive Olympics and Team Sky to an historic one-two in the Tour de France.

On his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Brailsford, who is British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, said: 'It is a bit surreal really.

'It is quite humbling and it really is something to try to get my head around.

'I'm very lucky and aware that the sport of cycling has grown and that we have had great success because it is a team effort over a long, long period of time.'

He said: 'It's quite something really. I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honour but there's a slight element of disbelief, and it will take a while to sink in.

'There was never any doubt whether I'd accept it or not, it was more a case that I never saw myself as a Sir, and I probably never will.

'I don't like profiting from status so it's more for my family. It's nice for my parents and grandparents to be able to say I'm a knight, and for my kids in the future.

'To be deemed good enough to have a knighthood by the establishment is quite nice really, because I've continued to be myself through most of the fame.

'Not all of it's been good, a couple of swear words and things, so it's nice to be able to receive this after everything, it shows you don't have to have a stiff upper lip and say all the right things all the time.

'It's a nice advertisement for our culture I think because so much of it is based on being something you're not with celebrity, so it's reassuring in a way.'

Wiggins had been widely tipped to receive the honour after his superb achievements this year, but he admitted he thought he may have missed out as time ticked by before he finally received notification two weeks ago.

'I was in Spain on a training camp so it came quite late,' he said. 'I actually thought, early December, you normally hear by now, so I thought maybe it wasn't going to happen this time so when it finally did come I thought, “Blimey”.'

French fancy: Wiggins leads team-mate Mark Cavendish on the final stage of the Tour de France

French fancy: Wiggins leads team-mate Mark Cavendish on the final stage of the Tour de France

Here Wiggo! The Brit was then cheered home to win the Olympic Time Trial

Here Wiggo! The Brit was then cheered home to win the Olympic Time Trial

Wiggins admitted he initially struggled for motivation as he thought about trying to follow 2012, but he has thrown himself back into training and is planning to ride both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2013.

There is still uncertainty about whether he will bid to defend his Tour crown or support team-mate Chris Froome, who finished second this year.

Wiggins said: “It's about setting new goals and going out and doing something else. It might not top it, it might not ever top it, but you have to go back to work at some point.

'Initially motivation was an issue but you actually crave going back to that routine and that structure. I really enjoyed being in camp again with the team and going back to what got you there in the first place. There are things I still want to do within the sport.

Another one for the collection: Wiggins was also named Sports Personality of the Year

Another one for the collection: Wiggins was also named Sports Personality of the Year

'I'm doing the Tour of Italy and the Tour de France as a new challenge, and that's very much what we're training for at the moment.

'The priority is the Tour of Italy and then we go to the Tour and it could be in a support role to Chris Froome, it could be both of us, it could be me again, it really depends on how the season pans out, on results and form and even whether both of us make it to the Tour.'

Looking further into the future, Wiggins has his sights set on an Olympic swansong in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where he hopes to return to the track.

'I'd love to go to Rio,' he added. 'That would be an incredible way to finish it all with a fifth gold medal, and I would like it to be back on the track in the team pursuit where it all started in Sydney for me.'

BRADLEY WIGGINS FACTFILE

1980: Born April 28 in Ghent, Belgium before growing up in London. Son of Australian former racing cyclist Gary Wiggins.

1992: Begins track cycling at Herne Hill Velodrome, London.

1997: Wins individual pursuit gold at Junior World Track Championships in Cuba.

2000: March – Silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.
October – Bronze in team pursuit at Olympic Games in Sydney.

2001: September – Silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

2002: July – Silver for England in team pursuit and individual pursuit
at Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Gold in individual pursuit at Track
Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

2003: August – Silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
September – Wins opening stage of Tour de l'Avenir.

2004: August – Olympic gold in individual pursuit at Athens Olympics.
Also wins silver in team pursuit alongside Steve Cummings, Paul Manning
and Rob Hayles and bronze in Madison alongside Rob Hayles to become
first Briton since 1964 to win three medals at one Games.

Bradley Wiggins

2005: September – Wins stage eight of Tour de l'Avenir.

2006: July – Makes Tour de France debut, riding for French team Cofidis.

2007: March – Wins gold in the individual pursuit and team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Palma, Majorca.
June – Prologue victory in Dauphine Libere.
July – Finishes fourth in Tour de France prologue in London behind Swiss
winner Fabian Cancellara but his team, Cofidis, later withdraw after
team-mate Cristian Moreni fails a drugs test.

2008: January – Wiggins' estranged father, Gary Wiggins, is discovered unconscious in New South Wales and later dies.
March – Wins individual pursuit, team pursuit and Madison gold at Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.
August 16 – Successfully defends Olympic individual pursuit title with gold at the Laoshan Velodrome.
August 18 – Olympic team pursuit gold alongside Ed Clancy, Geraint
Thomas and Paul Manning in a world record of three minutes 53.314
seconds.
August 19 – Favourite for Olympic Madison alongside Mark Cavendish but
ninth-placed finish results in Manxman suffering the ignominy of being
the only member of GB's track team to leave the Laoshan Velodrome
without a medal and has a public falling-out with Wiggins.

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish

October – Releases autobiography titled 'In Pursuit of Glory' detailing his struggle with alcohol after Athens Games.

2009: July – Secures fourth place in Tour de France, matching highest-ever placing by a British rider.
September – Wins British Time-Trial Championship.
October – Wins stage five time-trial and overall title at Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia.
December 10 – Signs four-year deal with Team Sky, the BSkyB-backed road
team which is being led by British Cycling performance director Dave
Brailsford.

2010: February 7 – Makes Team Sky debut at Tour of Qatar, helping squad to victory in the race's opening team time-trial.
March – Finishes third overall in the Tour of Murcia.
May – Wins Giro d'Italia prologue to become second Briton to wear race
leader's pink jersey, the maglia rosa. The victory gives Team Sky a
Grand Tour stage win at the first attempt.
July – Finishes 24th on Team Sky's Tour de France debut, upgraded to
23rd after Alberto Contador is stripped of the title for a doping
offence.

2011: March – Finishes third overall in Paris-Nice stage race.
May – Wins fourth stage of Bayern-Rundfahrt as team-mate Geraint Thomas wins overall.
June – Wins traditional Tour de France warm-up Criterium du Dauphine. Wins British Championships road race.
July 8 – Abandons Tour de France after fracturing collarbone in crash on
seventh stage. Wiggins was sixth overall, 10 seconds behind race leader
Thor Hushovd, entering the stage.

Bradley Wiggins is carried into an ambulance

September – Finishes third overall at the Vuelta a Espana, with Team Sky
colleague Chris Froome second. Finishes second in World Championships
time-trial before helping Cavendish win the road race.

2012: February: Wins stage five of Volta ao Algarve.
March – Wins Paris-Nice overall, completing victory with win on stage eight.
April – Triumphs in Tour de Romandie, winning stages one and five.
June – Successfully defends his Criterium du Dauphine title and wins
stage four time-trial for an unprecedented series of results.
July 7 – Takes the Tour de France yellow jersey after stage seven.
July 9 – Enhances hold on maillot jaune ahead of the first rest day with
a first Tour stage win, on the stage nine time-trial to Besancon.
July 21 – Wins the time-trial on the Tour's penultimate day to all but secure victory.
July 22 – Confirmed as Britain's first-ever winner of the Tour de France.
August 1 – Claims gold medal for Team GB at London 2012 in Olympic road time-trial.
November 7 – Taken to hospital after a collision with a car near his
home in Lancashire. Wiggins suffered bruising, a fractured rib, a
bruised lung and a dislocated finger.
December 16 – Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, finishing
ahead of second-placed Jessica Ennis and third-placed Andy Murray.
December 28 – Awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

Liam Brady fed up with Arsenal youngsters risking career for celebrity life

Arsenal legend Brady slams flash kids who think they've made it in the game

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 12 December 2012

Arsenal youngsters are risking their careers as they are being blinded by the cult of celebrity, according to their head of youth development.

Gunners legend Liam Brady blames the likes of Twitter for many players thinking they are famous before they have broken into the first team.

The 56-year-old insists the club is fighting a cultural battle with their British youngsters over their lifestyles.

Too much, too young: Liam Brady (left) has hit out at celebrity culture among footballers and has heaped some of the blame on social networking sites

Too much, too young: Liam Brady (left) has hit out at celebrity culture among footballers and has heaped some of the blame on social networking sites

Speaking in the latest issue of Four Four Two magazine, Brady said: 'I think we're still fighting the battle of the culture here.

'The Italian boys or any other of the boys we bring over from abroad at a young age, we don't lose many of them because of lifestyle.

'They're here because they want to be footballers, they see it as being another 20 years in the game.

'A lot of the English kids, it's a battle to get them to see it like that – to get them to take their football as seriously. That's hard, that's a real challenge.'

Asked if they get enthralled by the celebrity lifestyle too early he replied: 'Absolutely, and technology does us no favours in keeping players' feet on the ground.

'You've got guys writing blogs about them, how they're playing in the Under 15s.

'You've got our players tweeting, giving
these people information about their lives – telling them what they're
up to. They think they're celebrities.

Great expectations: Jermaine Pennant (left) joined Arsenal as a youngster and is now at Wolves on loan from Stoke after several moves over the years

Great expectations: Jermaine Pennant (left) joined Arsenal as a youngster and is now at Wolves on loan from Stoke after several moves over the years

'Take Jermaine Pennant, perhaps the most technical player ever to play for our academy or our youth team. Instinct, control, great crosser of the ball, good striker of the ball, speed.

'But he had some difficulties growing up, and actually where he has got to with his life has been a success.

'But he didn't have what it took from an overall perspective to stay here and work with Arsene Wenger.'

David Haye plans to carry on boxing after leaving I"m A Celebrity

Heavyweight Haye plans to fight on after stint in jungle comes to an end

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 1 December 2012

David Haye believes he has a 'maximum of two' fights left in him after he was evicted from the 'I'm A Celebrity…' jungle last night.

The former world heavyweight champion failed to reach the final of the show and will now turn his attention towards fighting Vitali Klitschko in a 10million super fight next year.

Haye, 32, has been out of action since knocking out Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July but wants to prolong his boxing career before turning his hand to acting.

Out of here: David Haye left the jungle on Friday night but hopes to extend his boxing career

Out of here: David Haye left the jungle on Friday night but hopes to extend his boxing career

Having entered the jungle two weeks ago, Haye was a surprise evictee, leaving Charlie Brooks and Ashley Brooks to fight it out for the win.

Haye, who faces a wait to see whether the elder Klitschko brother will retire from the ring and pursue his political career, said: 'I've had a load of fun and that's the main thing.

'It's been about coming out of my comfort zone. Here you're just laid bare.

Luxury: The three remaining contestants enjoyed the hot tub before Haye was sent home

Luxury: The three remaining contestants enjoyed the hot tub before Haye was sent home

'It was a lot more mentally tough than I though it would be.

'There's having the camera on you the whole time, being around people that don't know – but it is the constant lack of food that is toughest.

'You can feel yourself getting smaller, skinnier and skinnier.'

Newcastle players pose with snakes and spiders before bush tucker trials

Forget the celebs in the jungle, Newcastle start their very own bush tucker trials… before bringing out the snakes and spiders

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17:07 GMT, 15 November 2012

Newcastle United players had their own bush tucker trials at the club training ground today.

In the latest theme day in the club restaurant, chef Liz Hornsby hosted her own I’m A Celebrity challenge, as a tribute to Toon fans ant and Dec.

The club’s younger players took part in a series of challenges and the senior players, and manager Alan Pardew, were introduced to a number of reptiles and tarantulas.

Team photo: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew coolly takes a snap of a tarantula on his arm

Team photo: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew coolly takes a snap of a tarantula on his arm

Act cool, lads: Steven Taylor holds a tarantula at the Newcastle training ground

Act cool, lads: Steven Taylor holds a tarantula at the Newcastle training ground

Groundsman Mick Curran bravely won
the competition, finding stars in a bucket of beetles, wriggling grubs
and underneath a tarantula. He also had a snake wrapped round his neck
and took a bite out of what he thought were kangaroo testicles (which
turned out to be pork balls). He also found a star in live maggots –
which turned out to be pearl barley.

Liz said: `The gaffer likes to hold
theme days once a month and this one was originally for Curtis Good but
he was on international duty and then I’m A Celebrity came on telly so I
thought it was a good idea to expand it.’

Experts from Arachnids R Us and
Dragons Den Exotics brought a number of animals in to the club and Steve
Taylor in particular had fun and games with his team-mates and
goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.

The defender chased the former
Crystal Palace keeper out of the room with a tarantula and then
surprised Tim Krul as he was having a massage.

Sign him up, Alan The boss welcomes the spider

Regretting this Youth team kid Connor Newton holds a python

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Grass snake: Groundsman Mick Curran happily poses with the python at the training ground

Grass snake: Groundsman Mick Curran happily poses with the python at the training ground

The canteen's gone downhill: Curran endures his bush tucker trial in front of the players

The canteen's gone downhill: Curran endures his bush tucker trial in front of the players

For more images from the day, go to Newcastle's website

Ex-Manchester City and Everton striker Michael Branch jailed for drug dealing

Ex-City and Everton striker Branch jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to drug dealing

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17:37 GMT, 8 November 2012

Sent down: Former Everton player Michael Branch sentenced to Seven Years for selling drugs

Sent down: Former Everton player Michael Branch sentenced to Seven Years for selling drugs

Former Everton and Manchester City striker Michael Branch has been jailed for seven years after he pleaded guilty to selling drugs.

Branch, who has also played for Birmingham City and Wolves, appeared at Chester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to two charges.

The 34-year-old, whose last club was Northern Premier League side Burscough, was charged with handing over just under 3kg of amphetamine to another man in a car park in Liverpool.

The second charge was related to the seizure of 1kg high-purity (82percent) cocaine from his Otterspool home on July 10.

The prosecution was brought by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

A spokesman said: ‘This was significant criminality committed by someone who would once have been viewed as a role model.

‘The message here is that entering the illegal drugs trade is a route to prison, not to financial gain and a celebrity lifestyle.’

Branch made his debut for the Everton first team in 1996, when he was just 18. He was sold to Wolves in 2000 for 500,000. He finished his playing career with Burscough in 2010.

Colin Montgomerie set to host Golf Live"s tournament at Celtic Manor

Montgomerie set to return to scene of 2010 Ryder Cup triumph by heading celeb tournament at Celtic Manor

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16:09 GMT, 8 November 2012

Colin Montgomerie will return to the scene of his Ryder Cup triumph to host an A-list celebrity tournament next year.

The Scot captained the European Ryder Cup team as they defeated the USA at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.

Now the 49-year-old is heading a list of pro golfers and celebrities to raise money for charity at the Manor.

In the name of fun: The likes of Chris Evans (pictured) and Catherine Zeta-Jones have turned out in years gone by

In the name of fun: The likes of Chris Evans (pictured) and Catherine Zeta-Jones have turned out in years gone by

Celtic Manor also hosted the All Star Cup in 2005 and 2006 which was presented by Ant and Dec, and Montgomerie is set to oversee four teams of celebrities at the latest Golf Live event in May 10-12 2013.

Montgomerie said: 'Golf Live has created a real buzz since it started and I’m really excited at the prospect of the new celebrity competition.

'There is no other event like it in golf, and for golfers to be given the chance to come along and see the interaction between the pros, the general public and now the celebrities is fantastic.

'Golf Live truly offers something for everybody and the fact that it is in aid of my mother’s foundation and is being staged next year at Celtic Manor, a venue very close to my heart after my captaincy of Europe’s Ryder Cup win there two years ago, makes it extra special for me.'

In previous years, the likes of Chris Evans, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sir Steve Redgrave, actors Damian Lewis and James Nesbitt, model Jodie Kidd and rock stars Alice Cooper and Meatloaf have all turned out for the cause.

Remember this: Colin Montgomerie (left) captained Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2010 at Celtic Manor

Remember this: Colin Montgomerie (left) captained Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2010 at Celtic Manor

Get in! Graeme McDowell putted home for Europe at Celtic Manor

Get in! Graeme McDowell putted home for Europe at Celtic Manor

Kelsey Grammer to watch Ebbsfleet United v Carlisle United in the FA Cup

Cheers, Kelsey! Frasier star Grammer checks in to watch Ebbsfleet in the FA Cup

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11:07 GMT, 2 November 2012

Non-league Ebbsfleet United will be saying Cheers to celebrity fan Kelsey Grammer if they are able to see off Carlisle United in their FA Cup first round tie in Cumbria on Saturday.

Grammer, who played psychiatrist Dr Crane in hit American shows Cheers and Frasier, could be at Brunton Park to watch his brother-in-law Phil Walsh play for the Conference National side.

The 57-year-old is in England to attend a family funeral in Hartlepool on Friday with his wife – Walsh's sister Kayte.

Celebrity fan: Kelsey Grammer is set to watch his brother-in-law

Celebrity fan: Kelsey Grammer is set to watch his brother-in-law

Walsh, a 28-year-old striker, told The Sun: 'Kelsey and my sister will be at the funeral for my grandma Margaret and I’ll join them there before catching up with the rest of the team at our Penrith hotel.

'My grandma was a big influence on our lives and Kayte and Kelsey are coming over from Los Angeles. I’m hoping Kelsey will then be able to come up to Carlisle and watch me play. I shall leave some tickets out for them and it’ll be nice to have some family support.

'I’ve spoken to Kelsey about football and know he enjoys the game. As a boy he played.

Long trip: Ebbsfleet are heading up to Cumbria to face Carlisle

Long trip: Ebbsfleet are heading up to Cumbria to face Carlisle

'His game is baseball now but if he knows I’m playing he might be able to make the journey.'

PE teacher Walsh hopes that Ebbsfleet can produce the goods in front of Grammer and see off League One Carlisle.

He added: 'Liam Daish is a top manager. We’re a physical side with plenty of energy and a lot of ability. I enjoy playing up front.

'Carlisle are strong at home but it is a huge game for us.

'We shall be staying in a good hotel and have a nice meal and a bit of a swim. Games like this are what you play football for.'

John McCririck axed by Channel 4 as Clare Balding leads new-look racing team

Outspoken McCririck turfed out by Channel 4 as Balding leads new-look racing team

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08:20 GMT, 26 October 2012

'Devastated' John McCririck, one of the best known
faces in racing broadcasting, will not be part of the new Channel 4
Racing team which takes over sole terrestrial broadcasting of the sport
from January 1.

The outlandish and often outspoken
figure, who transformed the way news from the betting ring at
racecourses was shown on TV, has been involved in racing broadcasting
since 1981 when the racing was shown on ITV.

Axed: John McCririck

Axed: John McCririck

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The 72-year-old will be replaced by his sidekick Tanya Stevenson but McCririck accused the broadcasters of ageism, with just one of the 13 presenters in the new line-up over 50.

'I'm devastated. I've been covering TV betting for 31 years,' he told The Mirror.

'According to Channel 4 I'm being sacked after audience research. Yes, I do antagonise people, as reactions to me on Celebrity Big Brother proved. But I was never asked to change my presentation style.

'Clare [Balding] is a terrific choice to lead the new young team. But it's so sad Channel 4 have again gone down the path of ageism.'

With his eccentric headgear, Old Harrovian McCririck was an original member of the Channel 4 Racing team three years later.

His catch-phrases and use of Tic-Tac, the system of hand signals that traditionally transfer messages across the Ring, attracted huge attention to McCririck who became better recognised than many of its best-known participants.

That led to appearances in programmes like Celebrity Big Brother and Wife Swap, the latter with wife Jenny or The Booby as he refers to her.

All change: Clare Balding (L) will lead the new-look Channel 4 racing team in the New Year

All change: Clare Balding (L) will lead the new-look Channel 4 racing team in the New Year

Fellow C4 presenters also to fail to make the new line up are stalwarts Derek Thompson, Mike Cattermole and Alistair Down.

John Francome and Lesley Graham had already ruled themselves out of a role in the new-look team which will be led by Clare Balding.

She moves from the BBC and will be supported by Nick Luck, currently host of C4' s Morning Line.

Other C4 faces to survive include Jim McGrath, Alice Plunkett and Emma Spencer.

Recruited from the BBC is Grand National winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald plus Rishi Persad while joining the team as paddock analyst Graham Cunningham, who has been working on specialist channel Racing UK.

Gold Cup winning jockey Sam Thomas will be a contributor as will Gina Bryce, who works for Attheraces.

Mad-cap: McCririck was an outspoken character in racing

Bonkers: McCririck was an outspoken character in racing and appeared on Channel 4's Celebrity Wife Swap alongside Edwina Currie (below)

Bonkers: McCririck appeared on Channel 4's Celebrity Wife Swap alongside Edwina Currie

The lead commentator will be C4's Simon Holt supported by Richard Hoiles.

Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4's Sports Editor, said: 'Being the new home of horseracing is a real privilege and I'm delighted to announce this carefully selected team of presenters and reporters; a mix of broadcasting heavyweights and racing experts.

'Sports fans have something to look forward to – our racing coverage will be insightful, intelligent and ground-breaking. I'm hugely excited about the future of racing on Channel 4 and greatly look forward to 2013.

'I would like to thank all of the presenting team for their commitment and enthusiasm to Channel 4 and the racing coverage over the years.'