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Michael Vaughan mocks Australia after innings defeat in India to stoke Ashes fires

England legend Vaughan stokes Ashes fires by mocking Aussies' miserable loss in India

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

12:08 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:08 GMT, 5 March 2013

There a few things more enjoyable for an English cricket fan than watching Australia squirm. For former captain Michael Vaughan the feeling is no different.

The 2005 Ashes-winning skipper spent the morning goading England's old foe as the Baggy Green suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of India in Hyderabad.

The defeat means Australia became the first side in history to suffer an innings defeat having declared in their first innings, and Clarke admits they could have few complaints about the result.

Headache: Australia captain Michael Clarke is in charge of a poor Australia side

Headache: Australia captain Michael Clarke is in charge of a poor Australia side

Flop: Phillip Hughes is struggling again after being recalled as Australia's No 3 batsman

Flop: Phillip Hughes is struggling again after being recalled as Australia's No 3 batsman

Australia are in England this summer for the first of back-to-back Ashes series against Alastair Cook's side, where they will be looking to wrestle back the urn for the first time since 2006.

And after watching Michael Clarke's side toil in India, Vaughan took to Twitter to poke fun.

Those were the days: Michael Vaughan (centre) led England to Ashes glory in 2005, beating the greatest Australian side of them all

Those were the days: Michael Vaughan (centre) led England to Ashes glory
in 2005, beating the greatest Australian side of them all in the five-match series

Raise your bat: Vaughan celebrates his century at Old Trafford in the third Test in 2005

Raise your bat: Vaughan celebrates his century at Old Trafford in the third Test in 2005

Raise your bat: Vaughan celebrates his century at Old Trafford in 2005

In the first of his tweets, he wrote:
'Breaking news. Anyone that has bought a fifth day ticket for this
summer's Ashes will receive full refund due to Aussie team that won't
make it.'

He then added: 'What do you call a great Australian cricketer Retired…..'

Mansfield chairman John Radford gives boss Paul Cox an 85,000 Aston Martin as reward for thrashing Barrow

Mansfield chairman gives boss Cox an 85,000 Aston Martin as reward for thrashing Barrow

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

00:48 GMT, 10 February 2013

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00:50 GMT, 10 February 2013

Mansfield Town were motoring when they clocked up an 8-1 win over Barrow — and so impressed was chairman John Radford, he gave his Aston Martin to manager Paul Cox as a reward.

The keys to the 85,000 Vantage Coupe, with the registration MT51 COX, were handed over after a Matt Green hat-trick, helped wrap up a Blue Square Premier win.

Gift: John Radford rewarded his manager handsomely

Gift: John Radford rewarded his manager handsomely

Radford, 56, who is also the club’s owner, had only got to One Call Stadium at half-time after returning from Ireland and was so blown away by the 5-1 scoreline that he told Cox the car was his.

The manager said: ‘I’m not sure if it’s a wind-up. Maybe I’ll get to the car park and find a bike with some stabilisers on it.’

Adrian Peterson short of Eric Dickerson"s record as Minnesota Vikings beat Green Bay Packers

Peterson falls short of Dickerson's record after carrying Minnesota Vikings into NFL play-offs

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02:25 GMT, 31 December 2012

Touchdown: Adrian Peterson made it 10-0 in the first quarter

Touchdown: Adrian Peterson made it 10-0 in the first quarter

Adrian Peterson fell nine-yards shy of breaking Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson's all-time rushing record as the Minnesota Vikings claimed a wild-card spot with a thrilling 37-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

365 days after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, Peterson finished with 199-yards and a touchdown, becoming the seventh running back in NFL history to break the 2,000 yard barrier in a single season.

'Ultimately we got the “W”,' Peterson said after a career-high 34 carries. 'We said during the week, if it happens, it happens. Don't focus on it.'

With the clock ticking down and some excellent time management from quarterback Christian Ponder, the MVP-contender's final run of 26 yards put the Vikings within field goal range.

Up stepped metronomic rookie Blair Walsh to convert the winning field goal from 29 yards to send Mall of America field into delirium.

Outnumbered: The Green Bay Packers attempt to get to grips with Peterson

Outnumbered: The Green Bay Packers attempt to get to grips with Peterson

Peterson's 2,097 yards this season spearheaded an unlikely charge to the post-season, with the Vikings looking finished at 6-6 after a promising start.

But four straight wins against the Chicago Bears, the St Louis Rams, the Houston Texans and the NFC North winners set up another meeting between the two storied rivals at Lambeau Field next week.

Paul O"Connell doubtful for Six Nations

Ireland's injury crisis worsens with O'Connell doubtful for Six Nations ahead of back surgery

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14:53 GMT, 30 December 2012

Former Lions captain Paul O'Connell is a major doubt for Ireland's upcoming Six Nations campaign after his provincial side Munster announced that he would be undergoing surgery on a back injury that has blighted his season.

O'Connell has been dogged by injury in recent years and has only played two games for Munster this season with the back injury also forcing him to sit out Ireland's November internationals.

Green giant: O'Connell captained Ireland throughout last year's Six Nations

Green giant: O'Connell captained Ireland throughout last year's Six Nations

A statement from Munster revealed that the 33-year-old lock would undergo back surgery at the earliest opportunity but did not give a time frame for how long his recovery would take.

Ulster wing Tommy Bowe, the country's third highest try scorer of all time, was ruled out of the Six Nations earlier this month with a knee injury. Ireland open their campaign in Wales on February 2.

Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp ordered by FA to explain referee criticisms

FA demand Mancini and Redknapp explain referee criticisms… as Fergie escapes sanction

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12:06 GMT, 28 December 2012

The FA today confirmed they had written to Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp over their criticism of referees following Manchester City and QPR's Boxing Day defeats.

The FA sent letters to City boss Mancini and Rangers counterpart Redknapp requesting their observations on their post-match comments in the wake of their sides' respective matches against Sunderland and West Brom.

Mancini and Redknapp could both find themselves charged by the FA if their words are found to have amounted to improper conduct.

In the dock: Redknapp and Maancini have been told to explain themselves

In the dock: Redknapp and Maancini have been told to explain themselves

In the dock: Redknapp and Mancini have been ordered to explain their actions

Mancini hit out at referee Kevin Friend following City's 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light, saying: 'Maybe the referee ate too much for Christmas.'

The Italian was particularly angry with what he felt was a foul on Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to Adam Johnson's winner, saying it was 'impossible two men couldn't see it' in reference to Friend and his assistant.

Redknapp, meanwhile, was furious with what he claimed were two 'scandalous' decisions in QPR's 2-1 home defeat to West Brom.

Outburst: Redknapp was disappointed with the decision to allow the goal at Loftus Road to stand and Mancini slammed the referee for not spotting as foul in the build-up to Johnson's goal

Outburst: Redknapp was disappointed with the decision to allow the goal at Loftus Road to stand and Mancini slammed the referee for not spotting as foul in the build-up to Johnson's goal

Outburst: Redknapp was disappointed with the decision to allow the goal at Loftus Road to stand and Mancini slammed the referee for not spotting as foul in the build-up to Johnson's goal

The Rangers boss felt the Baggies' second goal should have been disallowed for a push on goalkeeper Robert Green and bemoaned the decision not to award his side a penalty when Liam Ridgewell appeared to handle the ball late on.

Redknapp said: 'I asked the linesman how he didn't see that penalty – it was the most blatant handball you could wish to see but he said it was murky down there in that corner and he couldn't make it out.

'Maybe he should go to Specsavers. I thought they were both awful decisions. Scandalous decisions.'

Scott free: Fergie wasn't charged for his actions during the clash at Old Trafford

Scott free: Fergie wasn't charged for his actions during the clash at Old Trafford

Leeds 2 Ipswich 0: Perfect preparation for Chelsea Cup tie as Warnock"s men return to winning ways

Leeds 2 Ipswich 0: Perfect preparation for Chelsea cup tie as Warnock's men return to winning ways

By
Wayne Gardiner, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:26 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:30 GMT, 15 December 2012

Leeds warmed up for their midweek cup date with Chelsea by getting back to winning ways in the npower Championship and ending Ipswich's three-match victory streak.

United host the Champions League winners, with whom they have a rivalry dating back decades, in the Capital One Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, and anticipation is high around Elland Road.

The gloss would have been taken off that occasion were Neil Warnock's men to have suffered a second straight defeat today, but thanks to on-loan winger Jerome Thomas they made sure they will go into their big week on a high.

Loan star: Jerome Thomas (right, pictured against Huddersfield last week) set Leeds on their way to a 2-0 win over Ipswich at Elland Road

Loan star: Jerome Thomas (right, pictured against Huddersfield last week) set Leeds on their way to a 2-0 win over Ipswich at Elland Road

Match Facts

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Tate, Peltier, Green, Norris, Tonge, Thomas (Brown 84), Becchio (Varney 90), Diouf (McCormack 81).
Subs not nsed: Ashdown, Pearce, White, Hall.

Booked: Norris.

Goals: Thomas 19, Green 68.

Ipswich: Henderson, Orr (Hewitt 85), Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury, Martin, Campbell (Chopra 62), Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 73). Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Mohsni, Reo-Coker.

Attendance: 19,185.

Referee: Oliver Langford.

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Thomas, borrowed from West Brom, missed last week's loss at Derby but has now won all four of the games he has played for the Whites and had a starring role today, scoring one and setting up another for Paul Green.

The end scoreline was perhaps harsh on Ipswich, who had lots of the ball and could have done more had they been able to pick a pass in the final third, but their lack of a cutting edge cost them dearly.

Warnock had warned his players that a poor showing today would see them on the bench come Wednesday night, and although their start was not an exhilarating one, it was better than their opponents and they never looked back.

El-Hadji Diouf, fresh from signing a new 18-month deal yesterday, had United's first chance, getting on the end of Green's chipped pass to get through on Stephen Henderson's goal but the stopper spread himself well to close things down.

Diouf had the next opportunity too, although it was only a half one, rising to try and make something out of Sam Byram's punt forward but only finding the palms of Henderson.

There was nothing Henderson could do as Leeds took a 19th-minute lead, though, with Thomas obscuring his view of Tom Lees' header from Diouf's corner and touching it past him at the last second, giving him no chance instead of what was going to be a routine save.

The sheer number of balls Leeds were putting in the box were causing all sorts of problems for Henderson and shortly after he was indebted to the scampering of team-mate Aaron Cresswell, who got back to hack David Norris' header off the line after he had failed to properly deal with Michael Tonge's cut-back.

Goal grabber: Paul Green sealed the win for Leeds by scoring the second goal

Goal grabber: Paul Green sealed the win for Leeds by scoring the second goal

Short of the odd burst of pace from DJ Campbell Ipswich were offering little, and as they sat back they were fortunate not to be 2-0 down just before the break as Luciano Becchio – when all he had to do was find any inch of the goal – inexplicably skied a free six-yard header from Byram's cross.

The Argentinian was indebted to goalkeeper Paddy Kenny not long after as he tipped away Carlos Edwards' cross-shot, but he had his head in his hands again just after the interval as, when he managed to direct another Byram cross on target, he drew a brilliant save from Henderson.

Ipswich had found a way to stifle Leeds by this point, however, and started to dominate possession, if without any end product, and it was cruel on them when Green doubled the home side's advantage with 21 minutes remaining.

The Leeds crowd were moaning as Alan Tate hoofed a ball clear but, as Bradley Orr failed to mop it up, Diouf released Norris, he played in Thomas and in the blink of an eye his cross had been slammed into the roof of the net by Green.

Ipswich then had two glorious chances to make a game of it, with first Lee Martin and then Michael Chopra failing to beat Kenny from six yards, and that summed up their afternoon as Leeds eased it out.

Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and the best Ryder Cup of all time! Golf"s great year remembered – Derek Lawrenson

What a year! Magnificent McIlroy, Donald, Rose, Poulter… and the best Ryder Cup ever

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23:00 GMT, 10 December 2012

Right from the first tournament in Abu Dhabi in January, this was a golfing year to remember, with each month providing a highlight reel. As the curtain comes down, here are my favourite moments of a season to savour.

January – Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi

Not only Rocky by name but, for one tournament at least, Rocky by nature. A former club pro who rises through the ranks to beat the greatest player of his generation — Hollywood would be interested if the franchise hadn’t already been taken. Here, Rocky wrote a script on which he will dine out for years to come.

David and Goliath: Robert Rock (left) is congratulated by Tiger Woods on his victory in Abu Dhabi

David and Goliath: Robert Rock (left) is congratulated by Tiger Woods on his victory in Abu Dhabi

February – Paul Lawrie in Qatar

An unlikely revival that had begun in Dubai the previous December took wing in the Gulf as the Scot continued his remarkable rise from the nether regions to Europe’s Ryder Cup team. How nice to see that one of the game’s genuine guys is getting the credit this time round that was denied him following his 1999 Open win.

March – The UK's finest rule in Florida

I couldn’t tell you how many tournaments I've covered in the Sunshine State that have been won by Americans. It felt like I waited ages for the first UK success to come along. Then, in a manner characteristic of a Florida downpour, it started raining victories. First, Rory McIlroy beat Tiger in Fort Lauderdale. Then, Justin Rose won his first World Golf Championship in Miami. Not to be outdone, Luke Donald joined the party by winning the following week in Tampa. It was March madness of a glorious kind.

Justin Rose won at Doral

Luke Donald kisses the Transitions Championship trophy at Innisbrook

England's finest: Justin Rose won the WGC Cadillac at Doral (left) and Luke Donald took the glory at Innisbrook

April – Watson wins the Masters

Whoever imagined a man called Bubba would find himself wearing a green jacket No, it is not an urban myth that Bubba Watson has never had a lesson in his life. Working out the hardest sport all on his lonesome, Watson earned his ultimate reward at the season’s first major, moving a wedge 30 yards in the air on the first play-off hole and moving a nation in the process with his wonderful success.

The greatest shot ever played Bubba Watson's miraculous hooked wedge that helped seal the Masters title

The greatest shot ever played Bubba Watson's miraculous hooked wedge that helped seal the Masters title

May – Luke's successful PGA defence

It is never easy defending a title and particularly Europe’s flagship event on home soil. Was this really the same Luke Donald who used to find it so hard to win In front of an adoring record crowd at Wentworth, the classy Englishman made it appear relatively straightforward, with a vivid demonstration of how much he has grown.

June – Marvellous Royal Portrush

At an historic Irish Open, it might have rained almost from the first shot to the last, but it made no difference to the golf-mad people of this special corner of Northern Ireland. To watch them pouring through the entrance gates from first light was truly humbling. More than 130,000 people had attended by the time Welshman Jamie Donaldson holed the winning putt.

Great friends: Ernie Els commiserates Adam Scott after pipping his pal to the Claret Just at Lytham

Great friends: Ernie Els commiserates Adam Scott after pipping his pal to the Claret Just at Lytham

July – Ernie Els's major comeback

Was there anyone who still believed big Ernie had another major victory in him Fortunately, the people who mattered kept faith. They rebuilt his shattered putting stroke and fractured confidence to lay the foundation for a most popular Open win. Credit, too, the dignified runner-up, Adam Scott, who took his late, late collapse at Royal Lytham & St Annes on the chin.

August – Rory at Kiawah Island

So much for fatal distractions and taking his eye off the ball. All those who doubted Rory McIlroy’s desire and ambition were forced to concede they were wrong following a momentous second major win for the 23-year-old, achieved in the grand manner, when a 20-foot holed putt on the final green allowed him to beat Jack Nicklaus’s record margin of victory. In that moment, every pro golfer wished that he was so distracted.

September – The FedEx Cup

Another eye-opener. This four-event series opened with Tiger and Rory playing together and kept us gripped through two McIlroy victories, right up to the moment Brandt Snedeker walked off with the mammoth $10million bonus and promptly announced he was giving much of it away to charity. A perfect warm-up to the year’s big event.

Major number two: Rory McIlroy holds aloft the Wanamaker Trophy at Kiawah Island

Major number two: Rory McIlroy holds aloft the Wanamaker Trophy at Kiawah Island

September-October – The Miracle at Medinah

There are some who believe this to have been the greatest golf event of all time. What is undeniable is that it provided a lifetime of memories. An event that defined Ian Poulter as one of the sporting heroes of the age, where Rory’s timing was as good on the course as it was bad off it; where Bubba introduced us to the unforgettable sound of cheering on the first tee while golfers play their shots. If you were wearing European blue, this really was as good as it gets.

Miracle-worker: European talisman Ian Poulter celebrates after his remarkable performance at Medinah

Miracle-worker: European talisman Ian Poulter celebrates after his remarkable performance at Medinah

November – Rory in Dubai

Ho-hum, not a bad month either. Poults took his Ryder Cup form to China and then became the first Englishman to win two WGC events. Luke made it three wins on three different continents with victory in Japan. And then came Rory at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. How about five birdies in a row to finish the season and finish off Justin Rose, who had just shot 62 What a day in the Middle-Eastern sun — but then, what a season.

December – And the winner is… Rory

A year that began with him becoming world No 1 at the age of 22 is ending with Rory scooping up practically every golf award going. Thank goodness, he has reportedly settled on a $10m home in Florida, so he has somewhere to put all these trophies. The year is ending in a fitting manner, therefore, as the dawn of Rory’s era offers up the promise that it will provide many more special moments in the seasons to come.

Quote of the Year

‘Europe’s Ryder Cup qualification
system should now be changed. It should be nine automatic qualifiers,
two captain’s wildcards… and Ian Poulter. Call it the Poults
clause.’

Lee Westwood sums up the feeling of a
continent in the aftermath of a display from Poulter that surely ranks
as the greatest Ryder Cup performance of all time.

After 48 consecutive weeks, this column is taking a December break. Merry Christmas to you all… and we will be back on January 7.

Forest Green Rovers: Welcome to the greenest football club on the planet!

Welcome to the greenest club on the planet! (No red meat, an organic pitch and Mowbot the lawnmower is solar powered…)

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22:45 GMT, 7 December 2012

The clue is in the football club’s name: Forest Green Rovers. Or else it is in the address: The New Lawn, Another Way, Nailsworth. Welcome to the home of Forest Green, third in the Blue Square Bet Premier and the greenest football club on the planet.

From the solar panels on the roof of the main stand, to the meat-free menu and the electric car driven by owner Dale Vince, the credentials are there for all to see.

With a solar-powered lawnmower that sends text messages to the groundsman when it is broken and an organic pitch to boot, Vince is using football to spread his message. And why not

Flying the green flag: Dale Vince, the club's owner, is building football's most eco-friendly club

Flying the green flag: Dale Vince, the club's owner, is building football's most eco-friendly club

The 51-year-old was laughed at when he decided to sell green energy. After building 53 windmills, the first of which overlooked the club’s stadium, he now employs 300 people in Ecotricity, a business that turns over 50million.

And, after winning over a sceptical audience, Vince is clearly on to something. But why Forest Green, a club based four miles south of Stroud, Gloucestershire

‘It’s a combination of three things,’ said the club’s owner, ‘First, Forest Green had a need. They were teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Second, it was local, they employed around 100 people and we were able as a company to find the sums of money they said they needed which, as it turned out, were gross under-estimates.

‘And third, it was the chance to promote our message.

No burgers: But there's solar panelling at the ground

No burgers: But there's solar panelling at the ground

‘We look at energy, transport and food as the big three. We began with the windmills. Now we have constructed an electric car with charging posts on motorways. We call it the electric highway to encourage people to use electric cars.

‘The third is food. Red meat was the first thing we banned. Well, we didn’t actually ban it, but everyone has labelled it like that, so I’ve just fallen into using that term.

‘We just stopped supplying it to our players. I suggested that red meat wasn’t actually good for our players, our athletes.

‘The manager, Dave Hockaday, agreed to do it. During the course of the conversation, we said, “Well, if we are not feeding it to our players, then we shouldn’t really feed it to our staff or our supporters”. So we took it off the menu altogether.’

Vince added: ‘We took some flak for it but red meat is bad for us. It’s also unsustainable. And it takes 10 grammes of vegetable protein to produce a gramme of beef. You have diminishing returns. The rough analysis is that you can feed 10 vegetarians or one meat-eater.

‘It seemed wrong to me to be involved in the meat trade. I held it to be a bad product. And anyway, the burgers we sold at the time were s***e — or so I was told as I’m a vegan…

‘A few unreasonable people said I was a dictator, saying I was imposing my principles on them. But, if you flip it around and I was forced to sell them red meat, something I abhor as a practice, then they are imposing their principles on me.

‘I said to our fans, those who were upset, “Bring in a ham sandwich if you want, it’s only two hours every other week when you won’t have access to it on our menu”.

‘Most restaurants set their own menu. Italian restaurants serve Italian food. But they set the menu. That’s all we have done, set our own menu. Now we have offerings such as the Badger pastie — it’s a vegan pastie, braised tofu is the main ingredient. It’s got a meat-like texture, quite salty and it’s our halo product. It’s hand-made here on the morning of the game.

Green, green grass of home: Vince and the Mowbot, the lawnmower that sends a text to the groundsman

Green, green grass of home: Vince and the Mowbot, the lawnmower that sends a text to the groundsman

‘The players have been good. We have a nutritionist and he has been able to explain to them. We have moved things considerably. We feed them before and after games. Quorn is the principal source of protein we give them.

‘I’ve had fans come up to me and say it has changed their lives. One said she had lost a stone in weight.’

Vince spent a decade living as a New Age traveller. ‘I fought the law from time to time,’ he says. But then he hit upon wind energy and, due to the deregulation of the industry in the mid-Nineties, spotted a way to make it pay. And now he wants to spread the word.

‘We are already the greenest club on the planet,’ he said. ‘We have an organic pitch — no fertilisers and pesticides. It creates an enormous challenge for our groundsman because you have to control weeds and pests and still promote growth.

‘We have a solar-powered lawnmower. We call it the Mowbot. It’s GPS-controlled and if it breaks down it sends our groundsman a text.

He's Red Nev, but Gary's green too

Gary Neville: Manchester United legend, dressing-room lieutenant, respected pundit…and eco-warrior.

But,
according to Vince, the two-time Champions League winner is so serious
about the subject he has even set up a charity called ‘Sustainability
in Sport’ with the owner of Ecotricity. ‘I read in the paper that he was
planning to build a house with an emphasis on the environment,’ said
Vince.

'I asked someone to send him an email asking whether there was anything we could help with — and we hooked up.

Dream: Neville's eco-house

‘He’s tried to build windmills. So
here was a footballer trying to get into wind energy, just as a company
built on wind energy was trying to get into football.

‘We
have a joint venture going on building windmills. We powered his
testimonial match against Juventus. We have our Ecotricity banners
everywhere. It was live on television. He wanted a seriously green
outcome for his testimonial and so he gave us some solar panels for the
roof of our stand.

‘He’s a good guy and very passionate about this. In fact, I was surprised how knowledgeable he was about the whole issue.’

‘It has saved him 150 hours per year. The grass is so finely cut that we don’t collect it, we leave it on the pitch, so we don’t remove any of the nutrients. We have electric-powered leaf-blowers and strimmers, so we are not burning petrol. We are building an electric tractor.

‘We have put in a system of drains and ring main, so that we can collect rainwater. We put it back into a tank and use it again. We have a wildflower meadow, we have habitats all around the ground, newts and slow-worms, orchids.

‘We want some LED floodlights. Our next big aim is to get the manager (Hockaday) into an electric car. And to get charging points at our ground, so that you could come here in an electric car.

‘We recently achieved EMAS, it’s like the gold-standard of environment management. Manchester United, by comparison, have just been granted ISO 14000. I mention that because that’s League One standard, though we applaud what they have done. We, however, are in the Champions League…

‘We are going to be recognised as the greenest football club on the planet. We would like to be promoted a few leagues because the higher we go, the more impact our message has.’

Vince won’t say who he supports, but went to watch England play Portugal in the European Champioship, saw Rui Costa in action and named his son after the playmaker.

‘The football culture surprised me. The attitude, the way the managers and players were treated by the board… well, it was Victorian.

‘One of the things I rail against is boardroom dress code. I want to go to an away game. I’m a big boy, I can dress myself, yet I have to discover beforehand what I can and can’t wear.

‘We have considered imposing a reverse dress code. If they insist we have to wear a suit and tie at their place, we will ban it at ours. We will insist on trainers! Swindon came to play in pre-season. Their directors loved it, they turned up in shorts and flip-flops.

‘We like to challenge the culture and convention of football,’ he adds with a smile.

After tackling the big electricity companies, leading the way on a football field should be child’s play.

Julio Cesar desperate for early QPR return from injury against Wigan

EXCLUSIVE: QPR No 1 Cesar desperate for early return from injury ahead of crunch Wigan clash

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09:44 GMT, 3 December 2012

Julio Cesar is targeting a return to first team action for Saturday’s crunch game at Wigan.

The QPR goalkeeper, who injured his abductor muscle, is ahead of schedule and wants to replace Rob Green.

Green came off the bench for the 0-0 draw at Sunderland, when Cesar was injured, and played in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

In with a shout: Injured keeper Julio Cesar hopes to return to QPR starting line-up as early as this weekend

In with a shout: Injured keeper Julio Cesar hopes to return to QPR starting line-up as early as this weekend

Brazilian Cesar, the highest profile signing of Mark Hughes' reign when he moved from Inter Milan, is desperate to play his part in the QPR revival.

Club medics still believe he may have to wait until Rangers play Fulham at home on December 15, but he wants to play before them.

He is expected to return to training towards the end of the week and will undergo a series of tests as he aims to prove himself to manager Harry Redknapp.

Green keeper: Robert Green has been deputising for the injured Cesar

Green keeper: Robert Green has been deputising for the injured Cesar

A source close to the club said: ‘He is desperate to return to action and, while it would be foolish to take a risk, he wants to play as soon as possible.

'He believes QPR can climb away from the bottom and wants to play his part.’

Cesar, 33, has played 64 times for Brazil and hopes to win back his place in the national team… once QPR begin winning games and moving away from trouble.

Harry Redknapp won"t force out Queens Park Rangers" high earners

QPR's high earners determined to avoid being forced out as Redknapp's regime begins

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22:30 GMT, 28 November 2012

Queens Park Rangers’ highly paid stars are determined not to be forced out of the club by Harry Redknapp.

The manager, who drew his first game in charge 0-0 at Sunderland on Tuesday, has been told he must sell to generate cash for new arrivals.

A number of players who joined the club in the summer on big-money deals, including Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar, Jose Bosingwa and Park Ji-sung, may be part of a Loftus Road exodus.

Going nowhere: The likes of Esteban Granero (right) are determined not to be forced out by Harry Redknapp

Going nowhere: The likes of Esteban Granero (right) are determined not to be forced out by Harry Redknapp

But the feeling within the dressing room is that some of the players on big salaries will not be easy to sell or prepared to take a significant wage reduction to move elsewhere.

Redknapp has been told he must generate money from player sales if he wants to spend heavily on fresh talent.

The new boss may look to offload either Cesar or Robert Green as they recommence their battle for the No 1 jersey.

After starting the season as first choice, Green was dropped by sacked manager Mark Hughes after the arrival of Cesar from Inter Milan.

However, Redknapp, who tried to sign Green for Tottenham, is ready to give the ex-West Ham man a chance to revive his club career.

Green played 45 minutes in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland and team-mate Ryan Nelsen is backing the England keeper to give Cesar a run for his money.

Bore draw: Redknapp watched his side draw 0-0 with Sunderland in his first game in charge

Bore draw: Redknapp watched his side draw 0-0 with Sunderland in his first game in charge

Hope: Rob Green made a fantastic save to keep Rangers on terms at the Stadium of Light

Hope: Rob Green made a fantastic save to keep Rangers on terms at the Stadium of Light

‘Rob is a fantastic professional, he works really hard every day,’ said the New Zealander.

‘Obviously he has been disappointed, we all understand that, but he never lets his guard down in training. He puts in a good shift and that’s really important. It shows he is a good role model for the younger pros and younger keepers and everyone else.

‘I’d have no qualms with him being first choice, he is just as good (as Cesar). There will be absolutely no problems him being in goal for us.’