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Valentine"s Day 2013: Premier League clubs offer selection of gifts

Love is in the air but would you really treat your loved on to a Chelsea belly bar Top clubs play cupid with Valentine's Day gifts…

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

10:04 GMT, 14 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 14 February 2013

There may not be much love between the clubs right now, with the Premier League title race end just coming into sight, but the same can’t be said for the fans.

And anyone hoping to combine their love of football with a bit of romance can be thrilled with the selection of gifts on offer from their club.

Manchester United fans can spoil their partner with a gold set of club earrings, sure to go well with any item of United clothing, for a not-so-bargain price of 59.99.

 Chelsea have a belly button bar on offer for the special day, while Liverpool are advertising personalised champagne

Chelsea have a belly button bar on offer for the special day, while Liverpool are advertising personalised champagne

Romantic Chelsea have a belly button bar on offer for the special day, while Liverpool are advertising personalised champagne

Elsewhere in Manchester the men should get more of a look-in, with Manchester City offering up a snappy pair of silver cufflinks, adorned with the City crest of course, for 45.00.

For those who want to decorate their body at a slightly lower price, Chelsea have a belly-button bar which is described as being ‘ideal for the Chelsea fanatic’ for less than 10.

West Ham fans can proudly display their team loyalty with a glittering wristwatch decorated with the team crest on the face for only 10, or for him there’s the option of a unique and original bubbles silk tie, sure to get anyone in the mood for a Valentines trip to the Boleyn Ground.

For her West Ham fans have the option of a glitzy wristwatch, while for him there's a special bubble tie

For her West Ham fans have the option of a glitzy wristwatch, while for him there's a special bubble tie

Valentine's selection: For her West Ham fans have the option of a glitzy wristwatch, while for him there's a special bubble tie

Reading fans are privy to a special offer on February 14th, and will be given an extra 14 per cent off when they buy two replica shirts together, while those at Southampton have the opportunity to personalise one of the club’s special Valentine’s Day cards for only 4.

For those who are feeling decadent, Liverpool have in their Valentine’s Day selection a bottle of personalised Rose wine, or, for those who are feeling particularly flush, a bottle of LFC Champagne along with two flutes.

Sunderland, meanwhile, are offering two lucky fans the chance to win a four course meal, courtesy of the club, as well as padded seats at a game and a signed Martin O’Neill rugby shirt in a Valentine’s competition open to those making purchases from their store.

Aston Villa are another team with a package on offer. For 50, couples can relax in a private pitch-side box with champagne, wine and a four-course meal, along with a hostess service, sure to create an atmosphere of romance.

Everton v Cheltenham: FA Cup scouting report

Cheltenham scouting report: What Everton must be wary of in the FA Cup

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UPDATED:

18:37 GMT, 12 December 2012

David Moyes made the long trip to Hereford on Tuesday night to watch Everton's prospective opponents in the FA Cup Third Round.

As the night turned out, it was a neat near-post header by Cheltenham substitute Kaid Mohamed that settled it in the Robins' favour.

But here are five mental notes that Moyes certainly will have made following his cold night out at Edgar Street.

1. Jermaine McGlashan

The winger was given a torrid time after referee Dean Whitestone adjudged that he had been dragged over by Andy Gallinagh in first-half injury-time.

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

Speed demon: Jermaine McGlashan could cause Everton problems

But he has a serious turn of pace and, although the end product does not always match the approach, he only needs to get lucky once – as he did at Edgar Street.

2. Cheltenham weren't bullied

Martin Foyle has some big lads in his Hereford team – midfielders Harry Pell and Will Evans stand well over six feet tall and the Robins stood up well to their challenge. It is particularly apt if Marouane Fellaini is chosen for the trip to Gloucestershire.

3. No kick and rush

I liked the look of midfielder Russ Penn. In the best traditions of central midfielders he keeps things ticking over. He was the victim of a horrible challenge which ruined his evening but before then he had been the fulcrum of a team that was trying to play on a difficult circumstance.

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

Winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) send Cheltenham through

4. Confidence

Although Mark Yates is battling with a smallish squad, there is nothing that acts as a greater aid to confidence than winning matches regularly. League Two clubs have a busy schedule over the holiday period but if the Robins can defeat fellow high-fliers Port Vale on Saturday, they could be on the cusp of just the type of run that sends them into their plum tie on the crest of a wave.

5. Past experience

It won't have gone un-noticed on Merseyside that this season marks the tenth anniversary of an FA Cup exit at the same stage of the season at Moyes' expense.

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

Upset: Shrewsbury's Nigel Jemson scored the winner against Everton

It may not have been the primary reason for the Scot getting into his car and making the long journey south, but memories of a painful 2-1 defeat by Shrewsbury, managed by former favourite Kevin Ratcliffe, may be what has led Everton's boss into leaving no stone unturned.

Chris Kirkland attack: Aaron Cawley charged with assault after drink binge

Jailed: Leeds thug handed four-month sentence for drunken attack on Kirkland… as court hears he downed 'cans of Stella, bottle of vodka and up to 10 pints of cider'

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 22 October 2012

Aaron Cawley – the fan who ran onto the pitch and attacked Chris Kirkland – has been jailed for four months after pleading guilty to assault and entering the field of play.

The 21-year-old, from Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch during Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Leeds on Friday night.

Prosecutor Paul Macaulay said Cawley told police he was so drunk he could not remember the incident, which has been seen by millions of TV viewers.

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Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan caught Sheffield Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland flush in the face with a sickening assault

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

VIDEO: Chris Kirkland is punched in the face by a fan…

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Early years: Cawley - once a Leeds mascot - poses with Robbie Keane

Early years: Cawley – once a Leeds mascot – poses with Robbie Keane

Cawley, who appeared at Sheffield
Magistrates' Court, was arrested after Wednesday keeper Kirkland was
pushed in the face during the game at Hillsborough.

The incident was one of a number of ugly scenes at the Yorkshire derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Kirkland, who has played for England, was shoved to the ground moments after conceding an equaliser in the 76th minute.

A man was clearly seen running from the Leeds fans onto the pitch and
pushing Kirkland in the face before running back into the crowd.
The incident was caught on camera by Sky Sports, which was broadcasting the game.

Unemployed labourer Cawley stood in the glass-fronted dock wearing a
blue T-shirt which left an 'LUFC' tattoo clearly visible on his neck and
a Leeds United club crest on his right arm.

The court heard that he had been the subject of two football banning orders in the past, which he had breached four times.

Despite living with his mother in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, he had
supported Leeds United all his life and went to every game – home and
away, a district judge was told.

District Judge Naomi Redhouse said she had not seen the footage and it was played for her in court on Monday.

Mr Macaulay said Cawley told officers he had drunk a number of cans of
Stella Artois lager on Friday morning, followed by three-quarters of a
litre of vodka – all before he got to Sheffield by train.

Once in Sheffield, he had a further seven to 10 pints of cider, the court heard.

District Judge Redhouse heard that Cawley, of Blenheim Square,
Cheltenham, only realised what he had done when other people told him
and then he saw himself clearly on TV.

He emailed the police to say sorry and also emailed Sky Sports in the
hope that his apology would be passed on to the two clubs and Kirkland.

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

His solicitor, Elizabeth Anderton, tried to tell the judge that reports
that her client had bragged about the incident in social networking
sites were wrong. But District Judge Redhouse stopped her, saying she
had not seen the reports and was not interested.

Mr Macaulay told the court the incident happened in about the 77th or 78th minute of the match.

Kirkland told police he had been already been hit by an object as he
warmed up in front of the Leeds United fans after coming out for the
beginning of the second half.

The Leeds fans were in the Leppings Lane end of the ground – the area where the Hillsborough disaster claimed 96 lives in 1989.

The prosecutor said Cawley came on to the pitch after Leeds scored and,
when he stood in front of Kirkland, the goalie thought it was someone
just 'excessively celebrating' or 'taking the mickey out of Mr
Kirkland'.

Mr Macauley described how Cawley then slapped the keeper on both sides of the face – hardest on the left-hand side.

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

He said Kirkland told police it was like he had been 'hit by a ton of bricks and went straight on the floor'.

The prosecutor said Kirkland was not seriously injured and Cawley was quickly identified as the perpetrator on the internet.

'This was not the most difficult police investigation,' Mr Macaulay said.

He added that Cawley was fully co-operative with the police but told
them he did not remember what happened after half-time because of his
drunken state.

He said he left the stadium before the end of the match and a steward
opened a gate for him to leave. Cawley told police he had been drinking
since 10am.

'He saw exactly what he had done on TV although he did not recall what he'd done,' Mr Macaulay said.

'He accepted it was clearly him on TV. He made email contact with South Yorkshire Police and Sky TV.'

The court heard that in the emails he said: 'It was a disgrace and I'm embarrassed by my actions.'

He said he had 'brought shame on Leeds United Football Club'.

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

The court heard that Cawley has a long history of football-related offending.

He was given a three-year football banning order in January 2008 at
Leeds Crown Court and another at Derby Magistrates' Court in November
2008 after breaches.

When he breached that order in September last year he was given 10 weeks in a Young Offenders' Institution.

The court was told that Kirkland made a Victim Impact Statement which said: “I feel shocked, upset and angry.

'I think the man is a thug and should be caught and put jail.

'Anyone who supports what he's done is just as bad.'

Today, Cawley admitted common assault and going on to a football pitch.

He was jailed for 16 weeks and ordered to pay 85 costs.

The district judge said he will be given a new banning order, probably
for five years, but the details of this will be sorted later.

Lukas Podolski wants to get Arsenal tattoo

Podolski ready to make his mark at Arsenal… by getting a club tattoo on his arm

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UPDATED:

08:39 GMT, 21 September 2012

Lukas Podolski admits he could be tempted to have another tattoo if things continue to go well at Arsenal.

Podolski has the crest of home-town club Cologne inked on the inside of his right arm as a mark of respect for the team he joined at the age of 10, and left for the second time this summer in an 11million deal.

And the German striker, who endured a difficult three-season stint at Bayern Munich before returning home in 2009, is hopeful of making a similarly lasting success of his time at the Emirates Stadium.

Body art: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has a tattoo of former club Cologne on the inside of his right arm

Body art: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has a tattoo of former club Cologne on the inside of his right arm

'Cologne meant so much to me because I was there for a long time, maybe I will do the same with Arsenal because I like this club,' Podolski said.

'It is a big club and maybe we can do a tattoo. We can speak about this in the next three or four years.'

Podolski netted his third goal in as many games when the Gunners came from behind to beat Montpellier away in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

And along with fellow summer signing Santi Cazorla, the 27-year-old has integrated quickly into an Arsenal side reshaped following the 24million sale of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

He added: 'When I came on the first day to the club everyone made it easy for me.

Talking to the boss: Podolski and Brazilian defender Andre Santos talk to Arsene Wenger during training

Talking to the boss: Podolski and Brazilian defender Andre Santos talk to Arsene Wenger during training

For club and country: German defender Per Mertesacker with Podolski

For club and country: German defender Per Mertesacker with Podolski

'Not only the team around the team, the coaches, the physios, the president and all the staff make it easy for me.

'We have only played four or five matches and I have three goals and I am very happy about the good start for me and for the team.

'We must keep fit and well – it is a long, long season.'

Cool as you like: Podolski scores against Montpellier

Cool as you like: Podolski scores against Montpellier

Arsenal have conceded just a single goal in the Barclays Premier League so far, and that following a mistake by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the 6-1 thrashing of Southampton.

Going forward the Gunners have looked almost irresistible, with the only thing missing being Olivier Giroud finding the net for the first time.

Podolski admits Arsenal's passing style very much suits his game, whether playing wide on the left or down the centre.

However, he warned against getting swept away in the hype as Arsenal prepare for Sunday's trip to champions Manchester City.

'The team and [manager] Arsene [Wenger] make it easy. Last week we played very well. This is the style of football that I like, we play with one or two touches,' he said.

'We play straight to the front, but we have only played four matches and we are not ready to speak about the title or the Champions League.

'We must carry on playing like the last few matches and we must keep on fighting.'

Jack Wilshere returned to training with the squad this week after missing the whole of last season with an ankle problem, but the England midfielder will not be rushed back into action.

Szczesny, meanwhile, missed the midweek trip to France because of a rib problem, so Vito Mannone could again deputise at City.

London 2012 Olympics: Legacy is in our hands – Des Kelly

The Olympic legacy is in our hands… now let's not waste it

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UPDATED:

22:16 GMT, 10 August 2012

It will soon be over. The music will stop, the flags will be packed away and as we stand there wondering where the time went someone will flick the lights out and the greatest party we have ever known will be over. Our world will return to normal.

Anyone touched by the Olympics will bid the Games farewell with a heavy heart. You will know them. They will be acting as if they are at a family gathering, clasping hands, slapping one another on the back and making promises not to leave it quite so long next time.

But we always do. Real life crowds in. The magical moments slip through our fingers and the extraordinary becomes the everyday once more.

Happy and glorious: Crowds in the Olympic Park lap up the action

Happy and glorious: Crowds in the
Olympic Park lap up the action

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Within 48 hours, the news will no longer be led by great feats of human achievement, but by tales of war, bogus celebrities and economic gloom.

A double dip will not be a gymnastic marvel, but a miserable reminder of national debt. David Cameron and Ed Miliband will still try to score meaningless points from the despatch box, everyone will ignore Nick Clegg, and the people elected to represent the country will bray from the House of Commons benches with all the decorum of bankers on a stag weekend.

There is even a football match on Sunday featuring two of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. At some point over the course of the season the collision of Manchester City and Chelsea will have sporting significance, but before the end of the Olympics it feels distinctly inappropriate, like a drunken heckle at a memorial service.

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Mo-ment of glory: Farah and Bolt (below) have produced some of the most exciting spectacles

Mo-ment of glory: Farah and Bolt (below) have produced some of the most exciting spectacles

Jamaican sprinters told the world they loved Birmingham. Female footballers marvelled at the passion of Manchester and Cardiff. People spoke to one another on the London Underground. Shop staff genuinely wanted to help. Folk offered one another assistance with luggage or simple directions.

Volunteers at the park were simply happy. London bustled as a metropolis should, but it wasn’t cold or in far too much of a hurry to care. People actually smiled and said ‘hello’.

We all loved the sport, of course, but we loved the spirit too.

We loved the sense of community, the celebration of how wonderful and diverse human beings are. We loved the coming together of people, the understanding that despite colour, creed or politics, we’re all essentially the same. Fundamental bonds were shared across borders, continents, classes and ages.

Naming wrongs

Brazil have already scored a horrible own goal with their 2016 Olympic plans after announcing the main athletics arena will be called the Havelange Stadium ‘in honour’ of an ex-FIFA president who took kickbacks from World Cup television deals in the 1990s.

What are they going to call the 2016 cycling arena The Ronnie Biggs Velodrome

Winning a race on a track isn’t finding a cure for cancer or splitting the atom, but when a man runs as spectacularly as David Rudisha in setting that new 800m world record, the entire planet can collectively marvel at what humans are capable of.

Here was a Kenyan Masai tribesman, coached by an Irish priest, living in Germany and managed by an Australian being embraced by the rest of the planet.

There were other incredible stories. The American, Manteo Mitchell, broke his leg during the 4×400 metres relay. He even heard his shinbone snap at the 200m mark. But somehow he kept on running because his team-mates needed him.

We saw Oscar Pistorius, a man who had both his legs amputated below the knee as a child, run at the Olympics. I’ll say that again; a man missing two legs ran at the Olympics – the very highest echelon of world sport.

If that astonishing achievement doesn’t inspire someone to try and go one step further than they ever thought possible, nothing will. We saw Wojdan Shahrkhani nervously step on to the judo mat at the ExCeL Centre to become Saudi Arabia's first female Olympian.

Back in her homeland, the cheers were stifled. Saudi newspapers ignored her story in fear of religious hardliners outraged by the presence of a woman at the Games. Shahrkhani was abused, warned Saudi society would shun her family and told she had 'thrown away her place in the afterlife', yet the trembling girl stepped on to the mat anyway.

Shahrkhani looked a far cry from being an athlete, never mind a hero, but when the Mecca-born teenager said: 'Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era', we could only applaud.

Humble crowd: The spectator have even brought humour to the fine art of standing and waiting in line

Humble crowd: The spectator have even brought humour to the fine art of standing and waiting in line

Humble crowd: The spectator have even brought humour to the fine art of standing and waiting in line

One day history may regard her as the Emmeline Pankhurst of the Middle East and place the brief moment of defiant emancipation alongside the Black Power salutes of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico 1968.

Of course, there was the towering speed and exuberance of Usain Bolt to cherish. But there were also the also-rans, the runners who trailed in last but were acclaimed like champions.

When the leaders crossed the line at the end of the 5,000m qualifier this week, it took another minute and a quarter for 33-year-old Filipino backmarker, Rene Herrera, to make it to the finish.

It is an eternity at this level, but he was urged on as if he were about to break a world’s best. When he slumped to the track, Mo Farah was the first to cross the track and place a congratulatory hand on his shoulder.

That is what will define these Games. It was generous. The crowds were patriotic, enthusiastic, but never blindly jingoistic. When the Team GB hockey team was being annihilated by Holland, there were no boos from the crowd. The audience recognised Dutch brilliance.

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The travel website Expedia has signed a deal to sponsor Premier League referees and officials.

I assume this means players can now be booked online.

And how’s this for a statistic: 80,203 watched the women’s football final at Wembley between the USA and Japan. There is the proof of Britain’s Olympic passion right there.

The only person I can recall being jeered with any genuine gusto throughout the Games is Sepp Blatter when his name was announced at Wembley. I can think of few recipients more worthy.

Which brings us on to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. He was apparently at the Olympic archery last week. It is something of a shame the British team didn’t pull him out of the stands at Lord’s and pin him to a target with arrows through his earlobes.

Gove decided in October 2010 to axe the 162m school sports partnership funds that linked a network of local schools and PE teachers. When he was smacked about the court of public opinion, a partial backtrack followed and 65m was restored, but the money is no longer ring-fenced for sport after 2013.

We hear that since the Coalition came to power, 21 school playing fields have also been sold and the Government have announced they will no longer order state schools to provide at least two hours of physical exercise every week.

Remember all this when you see politicians glad-handing medal winners and making vague promises to ‘build on Olympic success’. They are more likely to build on the penalty area.

Back to business: The Community shield takes place on Sunday - between Manchester City and Chelsea

Back to business: The Community shield takes place on Sunday – between Manchester City and Chelsea

The pre-Games slogan said ‘Inspire a Generation’ and the signs are it has succeeded. People have witnessed the galvanising effect sport can have at close hand. It might not be on the grand scale of the Olympics, but those smaller, personal triumphs can feel just as important.

If people tell you money isn’t the answer, point at the cycling team and their expensive technical perfection; point at the rowing team and ask how many of them benefited from the facilities private education offers.

This isn't about Government 'handouts', either. Giving people, and children in particular, the best opportunity to play sport at local facilities, or just in an open space somewhere, should be integral to our education system and a compliment to the National Health Service. It’s a central part of what life is about, not some postscript.

For a time London and Britain was beautiful; it was the best it could be — and all because of sport. ‘I’ve got a permanent smile on and my jaw is aching,’ said Jessica Ennis. She’s not the only one. Let’s try and keep it that way.

Kell Brook vows to get nasty but highly-rated Carson Jones says he"s in for a monster mauling

Brook vows to get nasty but highly-rated Jones says he's in for a monster mauling

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18:30 GMT, 15 May 2012

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 15 May 2012

Kell Brook has branded his July 7 showdown with highly-ranked American Carson Jones as the last stepping stone to a long-awaited world title shot.

The unbeaten Sheffield welterweight has been on the verge of a challenge for global honours for over a year as he tries to make a final push to the front of the queue.

He is currently riding the crest of a wave having established himself as a box office star in his native Sheffield. After outclassing domestic rival Matthew Hatton earlier this year he now focuses on manoeuvring himself directly towards a world title opportunity, taking on a fighter ranked third with the IBF.

Brook, rated fifth by that body, then hopes to fight the winner of June's clash between Mike Jones and Randall Bailey for the vacant title.

Step up: Kell Brook faces up to Carson Jones in Sheffield

Step up: Kell Brook faces up to Carson Jones in Sheffield

The 26-year-old said: 'It's a big fight. Carson Jones is ranked higher than me and the winner basically goes on to fight for the world title against the winner of Bailey and Jones.

'I'm two fights away from being a world champion now. I've dreamed about this since I was nine years old and so this will be one of the biggest fights of my life.'

Brook came face-to-face with his opponent and said: 'He's said the things he's going to do and that he'll come to my city and do things to me.

'In my last fight I was a bit too nice with Matthew Hatton but in this one, you're going to see the nasty side of me and he's going to get taken out.

'This kid is going to get taken out in style. It's not going 12 rounds. It's going to live up to expectations and an amazing fight. Carson Jones, you need to train hard mate!'

At a lively press conference, Jones (34-8-2, 24KO wins) warned Brook not to overlook him.

Belts on the line: Brook and Jones

Belts on the line: Brook and Jones

'Thank you, Kell Brook, for making this huge mistake,' he said. 'A lot of your fans are saying a lot but when it comes down to it, you're the only person in the ring and the only person that can fight. Please, please, I'm asking – I'm begging you – please come straight forward and fight like you say you're going to do.

'Because you might be a beast, but I'm a monster. On July 7 I'll show you. I'm sure there are going to be 9,995 Kell Brook fans and about five Carson Jones fans but I'm still going to whoop his a** on the night.'

Brook (27-0, 18KOs) responded to Jones' taunts in kind.

'We're going to war, mate,' he promised. 'We'll stand in the middle of the ring and go toe-to-toe. No backward steps.'

Brook will be supported by two European title fights on the undercard at the Motorpoint Arena, while amateur star Kal Yafai makes his professional debut on the bill.

QPR in talks over new training complex

EXCLUSIVE: QPR in talks with Ealing Council over new training complex

Queens Park Rangers are closing in on a deal with Ealing Council to make Warren Farm their new training HQ.

The Premier League club currently occupy the Harlington training complex in west London, formerly used by Chelsea.

Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt at the club's training ground in Harlington

Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt at the club's training ground in Harlington

But co-owners Tony Fernandes and Amit Bhatia have made it a top priority to move out of their current base into a more modern facility.

And Sportsmail can reveal that the Loftus Road club are in talks over a move to Warren Farm, in Osterley.

The grounds are already in place, though the land would need a major makeover. And QPR are willing to spend between 5m-6m on upgrading the land to Premier League standards.

The acquisition of the land would be subject to QPR agreeing with Ealing Council that Warren Fields will still be of use to the public at specified times.

Mark Hughes was appointed new QPR boss on Tuesday and the promise of a move to a new stadium and a state of the art training ground was a key reason behind his decision to become Neil Warnock's successor.

QPR are looking into building a new stadium on the vacant 10 acre Dairy Crest site, in White City.

Newcastle fans has special robe made in Qatar

Newcastle's latest strip Not quite… British ex-pat living in Qatar has Magpies-themed outfit


Toon Army: James Charnock has taken his love for the Magpies a step further by having a Newcastle United-themed 'thobe' tailor made

Toon Army: James Charnock has taken his love for the Magpies a step further by having a Newcastle United-themed 'thobe' tailor made

Newcastle fans are regarded among the best in the world.

But one British ex-pat has taken his passion for the club a sartorial step further.

James Charnock, who now lives in Qatar with his family, has baffled locals by wearing a tailor-made Newcastle United-themed robe.

Mr Charnock, 40, decided to don the country's traditional 'thobe' to cope with the 50degree heat.

But, unimpressed with the plain colours on offer in local shops, the Geordie teacher got creative.

The impressive garment – complete
with the club's crest and kit sponsor Northern Rock emblazoned on it –
is now causing a stir.

With
the World Cup controversially heading to Qatar in 2022, football is
becoming popular in the country and Mr Charnock catches every Newcastle
match on TV.

But when he wears his new robe on matchdays, he receives strange
looks and is laughed at by amused residents in the city of Mesaieed.

Mr
Charnock, who has twins Georgina and Joseph, 12, with wife Pauline, 46,
said: 'I often wear the thobe when Newcastle come on the box and have
had many laughs and strange looks from colleagues and students at
school.

'The tailor was a bit shocked at my request but he did a great job, and it is so much cooler in the hot weather.

'I'll
be back in Newcastle for the Easter break so hope to give it an
airing at St James' Park.'

The British ex-pat, who is originally from
Ashington, Northumberland, emigrated to the scorching state in 2008 to
become an IT teacher in Mesaieed International School.

He paid 500 Qatar Rials (around 80) for the thobe and is planning a return
trip to the tailor to order an away strip version in bright orange.

He said: 'I see all the games here on television which is brilliant. Football is growing here with Qatar hosting the World Cup.

'I'm
trying my best to convert colleagues and the kids into Toon Army fans
so there's a little corner of Qatar that is Newcastle.

'I've been supporting Newcastle since 1985 when I was first taken to a match against Watford.

'I
think Paul Gascoigne was the Newcastle scorer that day. I was a regular
attender to almost every home match.'

Qatar is the lowest populated
country ever to host the World Cup. The state is the world's largest
producer of both oil and natural gas.

Qatar has been ruled as an
absolute monarchy by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th Century.