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Hillsborough charity single "He Ain"t Heavy, He"s My Brother" is Christmas No 1

A fitting tribute! Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' claims Christmas No 1 spot

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UPDATED:

19:15 GMT, 23 December 2012

A cover version of 1969 Hollies hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' released as a tribute to the Hillsborough tragedy has claimed the Christmas No 1 spot.

The song, which has been heavily promoted by the club's famous figures over the past few weeks, beat X Factor winner James Arthur to the coveted position.

Former manager and player Kenny Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective and were joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the tragedy.

**Scroll down to watch the video of the song

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

WHERE TO GET THE SINGLE

Click here to buy from iTunes

Or text the word ‘Justice’ to 80010 from your mobile in the UK (1 + standard network rate)

Current Liverpool boss Brendan
Rodgers said: 'I think it's been great support [and] a great applause to
the football fraternity. I think they recognised what these families
and people have been through.

'For
that to make number one shows that they've been helping them and
that'll be great for everyone concerned, puts a nice finish to the year
and allow the families to move on and be proud of what they've done.'

The record sold 269,000 copies this week, compared with 224,000 by Arthur.

A statement on the Liverpool website thanks all those who had bought the single as well as those who dedicated their time to ensuring people knew of it.

Fight: Families, with support from the likes of Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), continue campaigning for justice for the 96 who lost their lives in 1989

Fight: Families, with support from the likes of Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), continue campaigning for justice for the 96 who lost their lives in 1989

It read: 'After weeks of campaigning
and promoting, football fans around the world have achieved an historic
feat – the Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't
Heavy, He's My Brother' is Christmas No.1!'

'Following widespread support for the track it was confirmed as the highest seller of the week on Sunday.

'Competition had been provided by
X-Factor winner James Arthur with 'Impossible', but even the 24-year-old
himself asked the public to purchase 'He Ain't Heavy' to ensure it
finished in top spot before Christmas.

Together we're better: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the single

Together we're better: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the single

'Football supporters, both Liverpool
and otherwise, backed the song from its inception, and clubs across the
country have given their support by playing the record at half-time
during league fixtures.

'Celebrities, politicians, football
figures and contributors to the recording have all used social media to
raise awareness about the single, while Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers made an impassioned plea for fans to buy the track on Thursday.'

Everton showed their class with their
own message of support, taking to Twitter on their official account to
say: 'Great news that the Justice Collective have made it to number one.
Congratulations from everybody at Everton. #merseysideunited.'

VIDEO Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

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Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid
Who's singing what

The road is long – ANDY BROWN

With many a winding turn – ANDY BROWN

That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN

Who knows when – PAUL HEATON

But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK

Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK

He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS

So on we go – JOHN POWER

His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C

No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS

We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C

For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON

He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON

He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F

If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH

Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH

Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE

It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE

From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON

While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE

Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU

And the load – DAVE McCABE

It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA

Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA

(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN

He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K

He's my brother – ALL (most)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)

Adel Taarabt goal was excellent, but Matthew Le Tissier scored goals like that regularly

Why the fuss over Taarabt Le Tissier performed magic like that week in, week out for Saints

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 17 December 2012

There is a lot about Adel Taarabt which brings back memories of the heyday of Matt Le Tissier.

He's languid, a touch lazy, and must be incredibly frustrating for teammates to play with – that is until he produces moments of audacious genius such as his finish on Saturday.

It began with a burst of energy as he brought the ball under control, a sublime dummy and then that instinctive perfectly placed finish.

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Magic moment: Taarabt scored a stunner for QPR in their first win of the season

Magic moment: Taarabt scored a stunner for QPR in their first win of the season

*Click here to watch Taarabt's stunning goal against Fulham

Yes, it was all very Le Tissier. But to
truly bare comparisons to the South Coast legend Taarabt is going to
have to repeat his wonder goal time and again for a series of seasons.

For that is what Le Tiss did – practically single-handedly keeping Saints in the top flight for a decade – and he dominated the goal of the season charts, particularly in 1993 and 1994.

I can’t hear the song Life of Riley by the Lightening Seeds (which was Match of the Day's goal of the month music in the mid-nineties) without remembering Le Tiss's flick up and volley from a free kick against Wimbledon, the loop over two players heads and then a delicate finish against Newcastle, a swerving strike against Forest, and, my favourite, the 35 yard belter against Blackburn.

And there were many more, most notably a volley against Arsenal in the final game at The Dell.

On top of that he had a remarkable record from the penalty spot – only failing to score once in 48 attempts.

Master: Le Tissier regularly scored cracking goals for Southampton

Master: Le Tissier regularly scored cracking goals for Southampton

He seemed to have a hand in almost every goal Saints scored. There were times his talent drove fans to despair. For someone who could see and supply passes only a handful of others could match, he hung on to the ball for an eternity.

Some would call his never-ending flicks, tricks and dummies mesmerising, others would sigh at why he didn’t just play the simple pass.

When his inspiration went missing and Saints fell behind, his sloth-like demeanour was frustrating.

But Le Tissier scored 210 goals for Southampton – all of them in the top flight, and for a club which rarely finished in the upper half of the table.
Only when Taarabt can match this, will his talents ever truly match the man Saints fans call Le God.

VIDEO: Le Tiss stars in Goal of the Season competition

Hillsborough charity single hoping for Christmas No 1

King Kenny at the cash till… Dalglish bid to make Hillsborough charity single Xmas No 1

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UPDATED:

14:26 GMT, 17 December 2012

The Hillsborough charity single, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, was released today with comedian John Bishop joining Kenny Dalglish in the campaign to get the song to the top of the charts for Christmas.

Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective and are joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the 1989.

Scroll down to watch the video of the song

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop lead the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop lead the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

First in line: Dalglish sells the first copies of the single which hopes to raise 1m

First in line: Dalglish sells the first copies of the single which hopes to raise 1m

VIDEO Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop launch the single

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Get your copy now…

Click here to buy from iTunes

Or text the word ‘Justice’ to 80010 from your mobile in the UK (1 + standard network rate)

The song was played at football matches
across the country this weekend in a show of solidarity with X-Factor
winner James Arthur the main competition for the Christmas No 1 spot
which will be revealed on Sunday.

Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid
Who's singing what

The road is long – ANDY BROWN

With many a winding turn – ANDY BROWN

That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN

Who knows when – PAUL HEATON

But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK

Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK

He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS

So on we go – JOHN POWER

His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C

No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS

We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C

For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON

He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON

He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F

If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH

Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH

Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE

It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE

From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON

While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE

Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU

And the load – DAVE McCABE

It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA

Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA

(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN

He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K

He's my brother – ALL (most)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)

Ryder Cup 2012: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson battle for the record nobody wants

Tiger and Phil battle for the record nobody wants on thrilling final day at Medinah

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 30 September 2012

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were battling over an unwelcome Ryder Cup record on Sunday – as the American who has suffered the most defeats in the event.

Woods suffered his third loss of the week in Saturday's fourballs alongside Steve Stricker, beaten on the 18th green by Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.

That was the former World No 1's 17th Ryder Cup loss and at the time matched the total of Mickelson, who famously lost twice on the opening day at Oakland Hills in 2004 when paired with Woods.

Handing it to him: Tiger Woods (left) conceded the final hole against Francesco Molinari

Handing it to him: Tiger Woods (left) conceded the final hole against Francesco Molinari

RYDER CUP 2012

Click here to read the full report from Medinah

The pair held the joint record overnight – until Mickelson was stunned on the final green by Justin Rose in the singles last night, making him top of the charts with 18 losses.

Woods has struggled here and his old coach Butch Harmon admits to being 'speechless' at some of the shots he played on Saturday.

And on Sunday, he was sent out last by captain Davis Love in the decisive singles facing Italian Francesco Molinari.

Woods had insisted he was 'absolutely' fine with Love's decision to leave him out on Saturday morning, adding: 'It was nice to be fresh, no doubt.

'This is a long grind to go all five. I've done it before and it's hard. I felt great and it was nice to kind of sleep in and get a little bit of rest.

The record nobody wants: Phil Mickelson (pictured) and Woods were battling to be the American with most losses in the Ryder Cup

The record nobody wants: Phil Mickelson (pictured) and Woods were battling to be the American with most losses in the Ryder Cup

'I watched the guys on TV and tried to get out here and watch them a little bit (but) captain says, “Hey, it's cold out here, stay inside, stay warm and be ready for your match”.'

'I put so much effort into that last match yesterday afternoon, I was pretty spent. Five matches in three days is a lot, and hey, I'm not young anymore. I'm one of the older guys.'

Asked about his form, Woods added: 'I've played well the last two afternoons and didn't get a point.

It's tough. 'I'm feeling good about my game but just, unfortunately, haven't got a point.

'I played terrible in the morning, really, really struggled. I turned around in the afternoon and we ran into a guy (Nicolas Colsaerts) who made more putts than anyone I've ever seen.'

Just didn't happen: Woods was left out on Saturday morning by Davis Love

Just didn't happen: Woods was left out on Saturday morning by Davis Love

Tony Mowbray wants win at West Ham, Northern Exposure

Mowbray looking to go green at Upton Park

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 20 March 2012

Green for a win, yellow for a draw, red for defeat.

It’s the wall chart in Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough office, a colour-coded guide to his team’s season so far. And Boro travel to West Ham on Tuesday night on the back of two painful red marks against their promotion rivals.

But Mowbray is not one of those managers who obsesses over predictions or targets for his own team, or the form of his rivals. Although he admitted on Monday that he used to be.

Green light: Mowbray does not set his side specific goals

Green light: Mowbray does not set his side specific goals

'I started all that many years ago but they can be very negative,' he said.

'It can get that if you have targets and you see that you are getting near to them then it can be great.

'But what I found early on is that they can play against what you are trying to achieve, if you don’t get the 10 points, or the two wins from the next five games, then it can become a real negative.

'You are forever trying to be positive so you do point out where this win or that win could lift us. But in my mind I'm conscious of them aiming for the top of the world and falling away, which leads to them being demoralised.

'I don't sit there and think we need to win the next so many games. I just like to focus on winning the next one.'

It’s probably just as well that Mowbray and his coaches don’t pour over the nPower Championship fixtures – for its usually the assistants in charge of the marker pens, wall charts and drawing pins. The division is even more impossible than ever to predict and, like all of their promotion rivals, Middlesbrough have a difficult run-in between now and the end of April.

Difficult run in: Boro have a tough-looking fixture list

Difficult run in: Boro have a tough-looking fixture list

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They all have nine or ten games left and it looks like two from three for the automatic places with Southampton continuing to lead the way with Ritchie Lambert in the mood to score the goals which will win the league.

Reading’s recent excellent form, including a win at the Riverside, has edged them in front of West Ham, Boro’s opponents on Tuesday night and another promotion rival to win on Teesside. They are the strongest Championship team I’ve seen this season.

Boro travel to Upton Park on the back of defeats to Leeds and Birmingham, who are among the teams still challenging for the remaining three places in the play-offs.

Leeds are tenth and five points behind sixth-placed Middlesbrough and with the expertise of Neil Warnock, they cannot be written off challenging Boro, Birmingham, Blackpool, Hull, Brighton and Cardiff for the right to compete for that lucrative prize at Wembley.

When he took over last season, Mowbray’s primary concern was survival. When they returned to action in August, for their third season out of the Barclays Premier League, they were barely recognisable. And it was the first time they were not among the bookies’ favourites for promotion.

Yet they have been among the Championship frontrunners from kick-off, despite a pretty lousy home record, which has not helped the alarming fall in attendances and lingering indifference in a town battered by the recession and relegation.

The transformation from the highly-paid under-achieving squad he inherited from Gordon Strachan to promotion challengers is unexpected, particularly as so many of those players abandoned ship.

Thankfully, the club know they can rely on Dave Parnaby’s brilliance at unearthing accomplished professional footballers through the academy, and Mowbray has been eager to use them like his predecessors, even if he has not had much choice. He’s also found full value for Steve Gibson’s pounds in the transfer market.

Eyes on the prize: Mowbray's side are gunning for promotion

Eyes on the prize: Mowbray's side are gunning for promotion

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There have been some real star
performers throughout the season to make Middlesbrough a real force in
the division. Marvin Emnes’ goals, Rhys Williams’ assured displays at
the heart of defence or midfield, Matthew Bates’ growing maturity as
captain and Nicky Bailey’s emergence as a real talent have kept them in
the hunt.

Mowbray’s ideal would be to go up
playing like Swansea. It is the passing formula he recognises best and
has used at all his clubs. Circumstances have forced him to abandon
those principles on occasions, but their performances against Sunderland
were a sign they can adapt very effectively.

And it would be such a shame if Middlesbrough falter now and lose their grip on sixth at least.

Mowbray was in positive mood before
boarding the bus for the capital and convinced his players will have
maintained their place by the time they have completed their ten games.

He said: 'I don't see any reason why it
will slip away. When you break down the whole season, if you colour code
it as I do, then there are red games where have lost but there are
plenty of yellow games and green games. Probably too many yellows.

Pragmatic: Mowbray has not always stuck to his passing principles

Pragmatic: Mowbray has not always stuck to his passing principles

Remaining fixtures for the top ten

Southampton
Hull A, Doncaster H,
Blackpool A, Portsmouth H, Crystal Palace A, Reading H, Peterborough A, Middlesbrough A, Coventry H

Reading
Peterborough A, Blackpool H,
West Ham A, Leeds H, Brighton A,
Southampton A, Nottingham Forest H, Crystal Palace H, Birmingham A

West Ham United
Middlesbrough H, Burnley A,
Peterborough A, Reading H, Barnsley A, Birmingham H,
Brighton H, Bristol City H, Leicester A, Hull H

Birmingham City
Portsmouth A, Cardiff H,
Doncaster A, Burnley A, Crystal Palace H, West Ham A,
Bristol City H, Ipswich A, Brighton A, Reading H

Blackpool
Leicester H, Reading A, Southampton H, Watford A, Barnsley H, Nottingham Forest A, Leeds H, Burnley H, Millwall A

Middlesbrough
West Ham A, Bristol City H, Ipswich A, Brighton A, Cardiff H, Hull A, Derby A, Doncaster H, Southampton H, Watford A

Hull City
Southampton H, Leicester A,
Portsmouth A, Coventry H, Millwall A, Middlesbrough H, Watford A,
Barnsley H, Nottingham Forest H, West Ham A

Cardiff City
Coventry H, Birmingham A,
Millwall H, Middlesbrough A, Watford H, Barnsley A, Derby H,
Leeds H, Crystal Palace A

Brighton And Hove Albion
Derby H, Nottingham Forest A,
Middlesbrough H, Burnley A, Reading H, West Ham A, Watford H,
Birmingham H, Barnsley A

Leeds United
Nottingham Forest H, Millwall A,
Watford H, Reading A, Derby H, Peterborough H, Blackpool
A, Cardiff A, Leicester H

'Yet when you look at that season long map, there's a lot of positivity so we have to keep going and believing. If we do finish in the play-offs then you have to go into them full of positivity. Those two big games are in front of you.

'We have raised the expectation of the support base this season, but the reality is that why should we – having lost a dozen players last summer – get away from being a team struggling to be in the top six.

'I think we are doing fine and that the players can find the results to make sure that we finish strongly and make sure it happens.

'We have to work extremely hard. If we lose at West Ham that would be three defeats in a row and we would have to pick ourselves up from that.

'You have to feed the players positive vibes all of the time. If you don’t win games you won’t make the top six. We have to keep going.'

It is not an easy run-in. It is impossible to guess the outcome. But have a go. And you’ll see why Mowbray isn’t the only manager who has given up predicting the outcome of this fascinating race.