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Steven Gerrard with school children ahead of 100th England cap – behind the scenes video

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of Sportsmail's exclusive photograph as 99 excited children meet Liverpool and England captain Gerrard

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23:22 GMT, 12 November 2012

They say never work with children or animals – and taking a photograph of 99 kids so excited to be in the company of Steven Gerrard was something I feared would be difficult.

But the kids were great, as were the staff at Huyton-with-Roby Church of England Primary School, and their reaction when Steven suddenly appeared was brilliant.

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Hats off: The England and Liverpool captain poses a number of exclusive snaps taken by Daily Mail Chief Sports Photographer Andy Hooper

Hats off: The England and Liverpool captain poses for a number of exclusive snaps taken by Daily Mail Chief Sports Photographer Andy Hooper

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Hats off: The England and Liverpool captain poses a number of exclusive snaps taken by Daily Mail Chief Sports Photographer Andy Hooper

A stunned silence, then some chants of 'Gerrard, Gerrard' and then a moment of pure comedy when a little girl raised her hand and asked to go for 'a wee-wee'.

The idea was for the kids not to see Steven until the last moment, so that it would create a spontaneous moment; a sense of surprise. But I ended up taking about 100 pictures in 40 minutes, with every frame capturing a special moment. You see kids yawning or looking at the friend next to them or pulling a funny face.

At the same time I wanted Steven to be quite serious, just like Bobby Moore was in the 1973 shot, and looking straight at me. I don't display many of my pictures but this one is going on the wall.

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To cap it all: Gerrard with 99 pupils from his old school in Huyton

To cap it all: Gerrard with 99 pupils
from his old school in Huyton

VIDEO: Behind the scenes as the excited children meet their hero

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Huddersfield to sign Simon Church on loan from Reading

Huddersfield to sign Wales striker Church on loan from Reading

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21:36 GMT, 14 August 2012

Huddersfield are signing Reading striker Simon Church, 23, on loan.

The Wales international also attracted interest from Championship sides Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest.

Loan move: Church (centre)

Loan move: Church (centre)

Barnsley have signed Marlon Harewood, 32, as well as Martin Cranie, 25, on a free.

Blackpool have netted Adda Djeziri, 24, Alberto Noguera, 22, and James Caton, 18, on frees.

Jeff Winter blog carries verbal attack on Catholic church

Fury as ex-ref Winter's personal website attributes vile rant at Catholic church to him

Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter was facing a public backlash on Wednesday night after his personal website carried an obscene attack on the Catholic church.

The comments appeared in the retired official's blog post 'Winter's World' in which he diaries a festive trip around Australia and New Zealand.

In the article dated Friday December 30, Winter seemingly makes reference to the fact Celtic had just overtaken Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League, before launching the verbal attack.

Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter's personal website carried an obscene attack on the Catholic church

Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter's personal website carried an obscene attack on the Catholic church

The comments were on his 'Winter's World' blog and the rest of his writing was littered with swearing

The comments were on his 'Winter's World' blog and the rest of his writing was littered with swearing

Man in the middle: Winter retired from top flight refereeing in 2006

Man in the middle: Winter retired from top flight refereeing in 2006

It read: 'Star man is once again the bearer of bad tidings. Celtic are top of the league!!

'Now
the football implications are obvious, but what does it mean for the
altar boys Do they get abused in celebration Would it gave [sic] been
worse in the anger of defeat Or would they just get abused anyway

'What's this got to do with football, nothing, but anyone who backs the Catholic Church that is fronted by a dress wearing, Nazi, kiddy fiddling protector deserves all the vitriol it gets. FTP!!'

The rest of the article continues in a more reserved style, although it is littered with foul language and appears to mock a shop attendant, who is described as 'very well proportioned'.

The 56-year-old from Teeside has used his Twitter page to direct followers to later postings from the blog. In his profile on the social media site, he claims to be a supporter of Middlesbrough and Glasgow Rangers.

Winter, who published an autobiography in 2006 entitled 'Who's the bas**** in the black', retired from top-flight officiating in 2006 and now works as a television pundit and after dinner speaker. He regularly appears on Sky TV and talkSport.

Aston Villa lead tributes to founding father of the Football League William McGregor

Villa lead tributes to founding father of the Football League

Respects: Chairman of the Football League, Lord Mawhinney

Respects: Chairman of the Football League, Lord Mawhinney

Aston Villa will pay fitting tribute to the founder of the Football League this week after supporters and officials of the Birmingham club combined to mark the centenary of the passing of William McGregor.

The club has commissioned the restoration of McGregor”s grave and are planning a commemorative servicewith several influential figures from the world of football this Tuesday.

Proceedings will commence at 2pm at St Mary”s Church, Handsworth, with officials from the 12 founding clubs due to attend.

Current Football League chairman and current Everton president, Sir Philip Carter, will be among the guests at the open service.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham is also likely to be present. Reflecting the fact that McGregor was a devout member of the Congregational Church, Rev Dr Kirsty Thorpe, leader of theUnited Reformed Church, will be among several clergy who will help conduct the service.

Lord Brian Mawhinney, president of the Football League, will pay tribute to his organisation”s founder and a further address will be given by Peter Lupson, co-author of a recently published biography.

At the end of the service the Bishop of Aston will lead the congregation to McGregor”s graveside for prayers, after which Aston Villa will host a VIP reception at Villa Park.