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Australia announce Ashes squad: Brad Haddin recalled as Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus miss out

Veteran Haddin recalled as Australia announce 16-man squad heading to England in bid to win back the Ashes

PUBLISHED:

02:22 GMT, 24 April 2013

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UPDATED:

02:30 GMT, 24 April 2013

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been named as Australia vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes series in England.

The 35-year-old replaces Shane Watson, who stepped down as Michael Clarke's deputy after the troubled tour on India but remains part of the 16-man squad.

National selector John Inverarity said: 'We feel it's important to have a senior, seasoned player support Michael at this time.

Return the Urn: Michael Clarke (centre), Steve Waugh (left) and Mark Taylor before today's squad unveiling

Return the Urn: Michael Clarke (centre), Steve Waugh (left) and Mark Taylor before today's squad unveiling

Key dates

June 26-29: v Somerset

July 2-5: v Worcs

July 10-14: 1st Test, Trent Bridge

July 18-22: 2nd Test, Lord's

July 26-28: v Sussex

August 1-5: 3rd Test, Old Trafford

August 9-13: 4th Test, Durham

August 16-17: v Northants

August 21-25: 5th Test, The Oval

'When Shane Watson advised of his
decision to stand down, the NSP (national selection panel) viewed Brad
as the exceptional candidate to step into this leadership void.'

Matthew Wade, who has been Australia's first-choice wicketkeeper of late, will also travel to England.

'Matthew Wade is a very good cricketer and remains central to our plans for the future,' Inverarity added.

Left-arm seamer James Faulkner is the only uncapped player to be named, with Mitchell Johnson missing out.

Chris Rogers, the 35-year-old batsman
who has just one Test cap to his name, also makes the squad and seamer
Ryan Harris returns.

'Chris Rogers is a hardened
first-class cricketer and has been given a deserved opportunity on the
back of sustained run-scoring in both Australia and England over many
seasons,' said Inverarity.

Eyes on the prize: Brad Haddin has been recalled to the Australia squad to tour England this summer

Eyes on the prize: Brad Haddin has been recalled to the Australia squad to tour England this summer

'James Faulkner has also been given
an opportunity after impressing in recent months as an all-rounder. His
performance in last month's Bupa Sheffield Shield final was compelling
and he has now produced three consistently good seasons with the ball at
Shield level for Tasmania.

'He is a player who is seldom out of the game for long. He takes wickets, forms partnerships and makes valuable runs.

'Ryan Harris has regained fitness and
it is great to have such a very highly regarded and well-performed pace
bowler back in the mix.'

Fawad Ahmed, the Pakistan-born
leg-spinner who has not yet received his Australian passport, has not
been included, leaving Nathan Lyon as the only spinner in the 16.

Ahmed also misses out on the 14-man
Australia A squad to tour the British Isles ahead of the Ashes, which
contains a number of players from the senior squad including Haddin, who
will captain the side, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Harris, Jackson
Bird and Nathan Lyon.

Steven Smith, who misses out on a
place in the Ashes squad despite some creditable performances in India,
is vice-captain of the A side.

Smith is one of five men to drop out
from the India squad – along with Johnson, Moises Henriques, Xavier
Doherty and Glenn Maxwell – which slipped to a 4-0 series defeat amid
high-profile problems with discipline.

Revenge: England were convincing 3-1 series winners in the 2010-11 series

Revenge: England were convincing 3-1 series winners in the 2010-11 series

Inverarity added: 'The tour to India was very demanding and a learning experience for all.

'The result was unacceptable and the
players, coaches, support staff and NSP are smarting from those
performances and are galvanised to ensure that we play tough,
competitive cricket throughout the Ashes.'

The first Ashes Test begins at Trent
Bridge on July 10, with two tour matches before that, while Australia A
will take on Scotland, Ireland and Gloucestershire, with the first match
getting under way in Edinburgh on June 7.

Lawrence Booth, Sportsmail cricket writer and editor of Wisden, gives a run down on the Australian squad heading to England for the Ashes series this summer

Michael Clarke

MICHAEL CLARKE (c)
AGE: 32
CAPS: 92
VERDICT: World cricket's in-form batsman in 2012, the captain will need to score three hundreds to give Australia a chance.

Brad Haddin

BRAD HADDIN (vc)
AGE: 35
CAPS: 44
VERDICT: Ousted by Wade behind the stumps, he's a spiky character who England would rather not have to deal with.

JACKSON BIRD

JACKSON BIRD
AGE: 26
CAPS: 2
VERDICT: Seam bowler who is not particularly fast but his ability to swing the ball both ways has proven very successful in domestic cricket.

Ed Cowan

ED COWAN
AGE: 30
CAPS: 17
VERDICT: Steady, cerebral left-handed opener, but unlikely to frighten the England attack.

Phillip Hughes

PHILLIP HUGHES
AGE: 24
CAPS: 24
VERDICT: England have exploited his vulnerability outside off stump in the past – expect more of the same, plus a peppering of short stuff.

David Warner

DAVID WARNER
AGE: 26
CAPS: 19
VERDICT: Another left-handed opener, he has the potential to destroy the opposition, but inconsistent at Test level. Jimmy Anderson will fancy swinging the ball into him.

Urn the victory: Former England captain Andrew Strauss led Eng;and to victory in the last series

Urn the victory: Former England captain Andrew Strauss led Eng;and to victory in the last series

James Faulkner

JAMES FAULKNER
AGE: 22
CAPS: 0
VERDICT: A left-arm seamer and hard-hitting batsman, the 22-year-old Faulkner is an outsider for a Test spot – but look out for him in the shorter stuff.

USMAN

USMAN KHAWAJA
AGE: 26
CAPS: 6
VERDICT: Left-handed top order batsman who was one of the four players dropped ahead of the third Test in India following a breach of discipline.

Shane Watson

SHANE WATSON
AGE: 31
CAPS: 41
VERDICT: Averaging only 25 since the start of 2011, he needs a big series to prove he was right to quit the vice-captaincy. Could do with bowling too.

Matthew Wade

MATTHEW WADE
AGE: 25
CAPS: 12
VERDICT: His batting can be punchy, but his glovework is shaky. And he's a place too high at No 6.

Nathan Lyon

NATHAN LYON
AGE: 25
CAPS: 22
VERDICT: Australia's first-choice spinner is tidy but unthreatening, and his confidence was knocked recently when he was dropped in India.

Ryan Harris

RYAN HARRIS
AGE: 33
CAPS: 12
VERDICT: Fast and hostile, as he showed when England lost at Perth in 2010-11. Only trouble is, he's rarely fit.

Home of cricket: The first Test in the five match series will take place at Lord's in north London

Home of cricket: The first Test in the five match series will take place at Lord's in north London

cHRIS rOGERS

CHRIS ROGERS
AGE: 35
CAPS: 1
VERDICT: Another left handed top order batsman whose one and only cap came against India in 2008. Played country cricket so is used to English conditions.

James Pattinson

JAMES PATTINSON
AGE: 22
CAPS: 10
VERDICT: Young, hungry, angry and highly talented. He will be the bowler England's batsmen fear most.

Rain on their parade: The Aussies will be hoping they have their own reasons to celebrate on English soil

Rain on their parade: The Aussies will be hoping they have their own Sprinkler Dance on English soil

Peter Siddle

PETER SIDDLE
AGE: 28
CAPS: 41
VERDICT: The workhorse of Australia's seam attack, he has improved hugely over the last year. But will he be bowled into the ground

Mitchell Starc

MITCHELL STARC
AGE: 23
CAPS: 9
VERDICT: Tall left-arm seamer who could be Australia's best chance of keeping Alastair Cook quiet. Can bat a bit too.

Jamie Oliver to do Manchester City match food

City unveil latest recipe for success… getting Jamie Oliver to do the cooking!

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:53 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 10 January 2013


What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

Manchester City have been linked with every star player around the world but a celebrity chef has become their latest big-name signing.

TV chef Jamie Oliver has signed a five-year deal with the club to provide matchday food for supporters at the Etihad Stadium.

The 37-year-old, whose 30-minute meals are known to take about 90 minutes to prepare, will provide food for all public concession stands, as well as the hospitality areas and the City Square fan zone.

The deal will begin for the start of next season — so it’s good old pies, pasties and pints until then.

Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer, told the Manchester Evening News: 'It is our ambition to create a world-class customer experience for everybody who visits the Etihad Stadium. We are looking forward to working with these two leading brands as we continue to develop our stadium to achieve this aim.'

Nigel Harris, managing director of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts added: 'Fabulous Feasts has proven over the last couple of years that we can deliver world class food on a grand scale.

'Our passion for providing tasty food to the public is second to none and so we’re enormously excited to be working with Manchester City to offer what we believe will be the best stadium catering in the Premier League.

'We’ve been in discussions with the club for many months and we now have a dedicated team in place to ensure that the hospitality at the Etihad Stadium is truly something special.'

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Meanwhile, Gareth Barry is determined to ensure that Arsenal are shocked by more than just Mario Balotelli’s new hairstyle this weekend as Manchester City aim for a first league win at the Gunners since 1975.

'I wasn’t aware it had been so long,' the England midfielder told. 'Football is like that sometimes but 37 years is extraordinary. Records like that are rare but are there to be broken.

'We have to go to the Emirates, play as well as we know we are capable of and see if we can put an end to our poor run of league results on their ground.'

Tony Book was in charge when City secured a 3-2 triumph at Highbury in 1975. They did win a League Cup quarter-final at the Emirates last season but have not actually scored a league goal at Arsenal since DaMarcus Beasley’s effort in the 3-1 defeat in 2007.

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Arsenal impressed at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season when they were unfortunate to find themselves held to a 1-1 draw.

'They surprised me just how good they were that day,' said Barry.
'They will be disappointed they’ve not played as well as that more often this season.

'We know there is a need for us to keep winning games because seven points (to leaders Manchester United) is not a small gap and we can’t allow that to increase.

'But sometimes the pressure can actually flip around to the team in front and the one chasing can go into games more relaxed.

'We’re not going to let it overly worry us at this point.'

Jamie Oliver

Macclesfield allege Ryan Jackson was racially abused by Barrow player

Macclesfield allege defender Jackson was racially abused by Barrow player

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UPDATED:

20:24 GMT, 30 December 2012

Police are to launch an investigation into allegations of racial abuse at the FA Cup second-round replay between Macclesfield and Barrow.

Officers were also called in to stop a post-match punch-up between both sets of players in the tunnel following an afternoon of bitter insult-swapping.

Macclesfield of the Blue Square Bet Premier claim that defender Ryan Jackson was racially abused by an opponent during Saturday’s 4-1 win.

Striker Amari Morgan-Smith tweeted: ‘So, according to the Barrow players it’s alright to call one of the lads a Jaffa cake on the pitch!! #headsgone’.

Stormy: Mathew Barnes-Homer celebrates his goal against Barrow

Stormy: Mathew Barnes-Homer celebrates his goal against Barrow

The Cheshire club confirmed that they had reported their rivals to the referee Phil Gibbs and to the police and want action taken.

Chief executive John Harris said, via the Macclesfield website: ‘The club are aware that the matter has been reported to both the police and the FA and will offer both its fullest support in dealing with the matter.

‘We are very disappointed that this has overshadowed an excellent performance on the pitch, but we remain staunchly opposed to all forms of racism, which we believe has no place in football, or indeed anywhere.’

Feelings have been running high between the two clubs since the original tie on December 19 when Macclesfield manager Steve King alleged that skipper Nat Brown had been called a ‘monkey’ by some Barrow fans.

Claim: Ryan Jackson was allegedly racially abused by a Barrow player

Claim: Ryan Jackson was allegedly racially abused by a Barrow player

The FA are investigating that incident too with Barrow promising to take action if any of their fans were shown to be guilty. At the time chairman Brian Keen said: ‘This is a decent, family community club and there is no place for racism.

‘We will investigate and, if we can identify any culprits, they will be facing as stern a punishment as we can dish out.’

Supporters from Cumbria yesterday flooded their forums with accusations that an English Defence League banner was on display at Moss Rose on Saturday and say that Brown went over to that section of the ground to acknowledge home supporters.

They also complained that the public announcer was being deliberately provocative by hailing former Barrow trialist John Paul Kissock as the ‘non-League Messi’ after he scored.

Macclesfield earned themselves a third-round tie against Championship leaders Cardiff in a match which survived three pitch inspections.

Andy Murray won"t complain about OBE

OBE The fantasy league is my goal, says Murray on back of stunning year

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UPDATED:

00:17 GMT, 30 December 2012

Andy Murray would have every right to feel aggrieved for receiving ‘only’ an OBE in the New Year’s honours, but you will not find Britain’s best tennis player complaining about it — his focus is firmly on 2013, when he says his main aim, aside from winning matches, will be to retain his Fantasy Football title.

Murray’s historic 2012 included Olympic singles gold and the US Open title (the first Slam title by a British man for 76 years) in tennis’s greatest era for quality bar none, as well as being voted into third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Yet Murray’s OBE was two tiers down from the award handed to Bradley Wiggins (knighthood), a tier below the CBEs handed to Mo Farah, Jess Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Kath Grainger, and on the same level as up-and-coming cyclist Laura Trott and dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin.

Main man: Andy Murray was honoured with an OBE after his winning season

Main man: Andy Murray was honoured with an OBE after his winning season

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Murray, 25, will be unruffled because his sport comes ahead of any resulting baubles, although he has already been installed as the favourite to win the SPOTY award in 2013. England cricketer Alastair Cook is second favourite in what will be Ashes year, ahead of Ennis, Farah and Chris Froome, a possible winner of the 2013 Tour de France with Team Sky.

Murray outlined his 2013 targets, including retaining the fantasy league title he contests among friends, in a debut Twitter forum hosted by football’s world governing body, FIFA.

In the same session, Sir Geoff Hurst invited Murray to watch England play football in 2013 — and Murray accepted. Murray also disclosed that ‘purely on satisfaction’ his Olympic gold meant more to him than his US Open title.

He also said that if he had not been a tennis player, his dream would have been to play football for Arsenal, rather than Hibernian, the Edinburgh team he supports.

Jess a Twitter millionairess

Jessica Ennis’s army of Twitter followers reached the one million mark on Christmas Eve, prompting the heptathlon star to tweet: ‘That’s mad! Thanks guys. I’d better start tweeting some interesting stuff.’

Golden moment: Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon at the London Games

Golden moment: Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon at the London Games

Ennis becomes only the third British Olympian to pass 1m followers after diver Tom Daley, who has 2.1m people following his tweets, and Andy Murray, with 1.33m. Mo Farah (710,000) is next closest to the tally, Sir Chris Hoy is on 430,000, Becky Adlington has 311,000, Victoria Pendleton attracts 237,000 and gymnast — and ‘Strictly’ winner — Louis Smith is on 195,000.

These numbers are dwarfed by Britain’s best-followed footballers Wayne Rooney (5.5m) and Rio Ferdinand (3.7m).

Mum Julie flies to Crowe’s nest

Four Yorkshire brothers, who have all been signed to play for the Sydney-based rugby league club owned by film star Russell Crowe, will celebrate the New Year as a family after their mother, Julie, flew to Australia to begin a new life Down Under with them last week.

England and Great Britain international Sam Burgess, 24, as well as older brother Luke, 25, and twin siblings George and Tom, 20, have been signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs, owned by Crowe, 48, since 2006.

Helping hand: Russell Crowe

Helping hand: Russell Crowe

Widowed Julie has been a friend of Crowe’s since the club signed Sam in 2009, with the other brothers following. ‘He’s always very hospitable and looks after the boys. He loves being part of our family, he likes to look after us,’ said Ms Burgess earlier this year.

Once in Sydney, she tweeted: ‘Hello Australia! I’ve arrived and couldn’t be happier!’

Sam Burgess has played down suggestions of a romance between Crowe, who recently split from his wife, and his mother, insisting they are ‘just mates’.

BT warned

Sunset+Vine, the award-winning company who have bagged the contract to produce the live sports programming for BT’s new sports channel, including Premier League games from summer 2013, will face financial penalties in the event of any broadcasting cock-ups, say sources.

BT are desperate for their new content to be perfect and a schedule of fines is aimed at making sure there are no bloopers like the one made by ITV during the 2010 World Cup, when viewers missed Steven Gerrard’s goal for England against the United States because of an advert break. BT declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Jake Humphrey’s appointment to front BT’s Premier League coverage has led to joy for petrolhead pin-up Suzi Perry. The 42-year-old presenter will replace Humphrey as the face of BBC1’s Formula One coverage. Gary Lineker is among those who tweeted his congratulations, saying: ‘Great choice, she’ll be brilliant.’

Nick Harris Mo Farah can push TV Superstars to a longer run

Farah and Co can push TV Superstars to a longer run

PUBLISHED:

22:35 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

23:02 GMT, 22 December 2012

The BBC hope their festive Olympic
Superstars show will lead to a longer-term revival of the hit programme
of the 1970s and 1980s – although one of the London 2012 athletes who
features in the Christmas special jokes that he will be hiding in
embarrassment when it is screened.

Superstars became a family favourite
as top sportsmen from Formula One's James Hunt to judo star Brian Jacks
took part and through famous moments such as Kevin Keegan crashing his
bike.

Paddle power: Mo Farah has fun in the kayak head-to-head with Peter Wilson

Paddle power: Mo Farah has fun in the kayak head-to-head with Peter Wilson

The Olympic special, to be screened next
Saturday evening, pits 16 heroes from London 2012 against each other –
from double gold-winning runner Mo Farah to boxing's Nicola Adams and
Anthony Joshua, triathlon's Brownlee brothers, rower Kath Grainger and
equestrian pin-up Laura Bechtolsheimer among others.

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Peter Wilson, who won shooting gold in
the double trap, said: 'Once it's screened, I'm never going to live down
how bad I was! I'll probably buy myself a one-way ticket to Timbuktu to
avoid the embarrassment.'

Wilson says that for 'must watch TV', fans should tune in for the kayak head-to-head between himself and Farah.

'The two worst kayakers against each other,' he said.

'I went out like a dingbat and ended up against the wall and Mo went the wrong way, about 18 times, then capsized.'

In other events, Wilson reveals, 'me and the javelin did not see eye to eye and the 800 metres was so tough it felt like my lungs were bleeding. My sport is all about standing still and I was up against these supreme athletes like the Brownlees, Robbie Grabarz and Anthony Joshua.'

The BBC paid the competitors undisclosed fees for taking part. 'But it wasn't about the money, it was great fun to do, even if it won't be for me to watch it,' said Wilson.

The show's main presenter, Gabby Logan, confirmed that the BBC want further shows.

'Hopefully, we're trying to do another one so we want contestants to tell their friends that they all had a great time and keep the calibre of the guests really high profile,' she said.

'This will stand the show in good stead to hopefully re-establish Superstars again. I think it would be great to mix Olympians up with other sportspeople – rugby, footballers and cricketers. That would be the nub of it.'

Selling: Carl Hester open to offers

Selling: Carl Hester open to offers

Hester still a seller

Olympic dressage gold medallist Carl Hester is still hopeful of selling wonder horse Valegro, despite dismissing reports that a Saudi prince wanted to buy the gelding for 20million as 'complete and utter fantasy'.

Hester joked that he 'spotted a few billionaires' watching as Charlotte Dujardin triumphed again on Valegro at Olympia last week.

He says he remains hopeful of 'developments in the New Year' and would be open to British investors securing the horse for Dujardin, who won two gold medals on him at London 2012, to ride towards Rio in four years' time.

Leeds fans urge new owners to reveal details of 17m takeover

Leeds United supporters have greeted the takeover of their club by the Dubaibased GFH Capital with cautious optimism but say they want more details about the new owners' finances, background and plans.

GFHC now own 100 per cent of Leeds in a takeover that sources say cost 17million up front to buy out chairman Ken Bates and other shareholders, and will cost a further 17m when Leeds win promotion. GFHC and Leeds have declined to confirm any financial details.

Bates was unpopular with some fans but will remain as chairman until the end of this season and then become president.

Neither GFHC nor Leeds have said whether he will be paid for those roles.

End of an era: Ken Bates

End of an era: Ken Bates

Dan Moylan, of the Square Ball fanzine, said: 'On the one hand I'm happy because, to all intents and purposes, it's the end of Ken Bates's tenure and the new owners are saying all the right things. On the other hand we now need the new owners to flesh out their plans with hard detail and tell us what the plan is in a year, two years, three years. They say they want Leeds to be sustainable. How will that happen'

The takeover does not include GFHC buying Leeds's Elland Road stadium or the Thorp Arch training ground, both of which are owned by unknown parties through an offshore firm in the Caribbean.

John Boocock, founder of the Leeds List group, the oldest online community of Leeds fans, which started in 1996, said: 'We want to know where the cash to buy the club came from, why the company that controls the club will not be registered in Britain where we can examine the accounts, but in the Cayman Islands, and what money precisely will be available in January.

'We weren't too impressed by the claim that the squad is good enough when we get players back from injury.'

Gary Cooper, head of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, said: 'The new owners did well in saying they want to work with the fans and the community and a lot of the supporter base will buy into that.

'We're led to believe we'll get the chance soon to meet the owners and we hope we will be able to get answers to all our outstanding questions.'

Asked for further details about the GFHC takeover, a Leeds spokesman told Inside Sport: 'The new owners answered all the questions they were asked at their press conference and won't be answering any more.'

Leeds v Chelsea: A history of hatred

Leeds against Chelsea stands for the lingering hatred that is the North-South divide in the flesh

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 17 December 2012

Fifteen minutes into their Barclays Premier League game at Sunderland 10 days ago, the 3,000 Chelsea fans broke into a chant. Their side were 1-0 up, after a great Fernando Torres volley.

They did not chant about Torres, though.

It was the minute before these fans sang about Roberto Di Matteo, so it was not his moment. On the touchline Rafa Benitez paced and pointed. It was the first Chelsea game after their Champions League exit; there were plenty of issues to occupy Blues thoughts.

Just the ticket: David Webb heads in the winning goal for Chelsea in the brutal 1970 FA Cup Final replay

Just the ticket: David Webb heads in the winning goal for Chelsea in the brutal 1970 FA Cup Final replay

Up for the cup: Ron Harris and John Hollins parade the trophy after the match

Up for the cup: Ron Harris and John Hollins parade the trophy after the match

Leeds, too, have issues. One of them is a collective yearning about slipping off the radar, so perhaps there is strange reassurance taken from remaining on Chelsea’s. Which is why there is so much anticipation about tomorrow night at Elland Road. For the first time in eight-and-a-half years, Leeds United play Chelsea. It is the League Cup quarter-final, but it is more than that: it is the resumption of one of English football’s most fierce rivalries.

Given that around 200 miles separate Elland Road from Stamford Bridge, this is no local derby. Yet it carries that intensity and has done for decades. This is an accepted fact in English football, yet why

It can be vicious: witness the 1970 FA Cup final replay, when referee Eric Jennings let so much go that Hugh McIlvanney wrote: ‘At times, it appeared that Mr Jennings would give a free-kick only on production of a death certificate.’

There was one booking. David Elleray ‘re-refereed’ the game years later and said there should have been six reds and 20 yellows.

Oi, ref! Ken Burns being shouted at by Leeds players Jimmy Greenhoff, Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Willie Bell

Oi, ref! Ken Burns being shouted at by Leeds players Jimmy Greenhoff, Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Willie Bell

Rout: Chelsea's Mickey Thomas is mobbed by fans after his team's 5-0 win over their rivals in 1984

Rout: Chelsea's Mickey Thomas is mobbed by fans after his team's 5-0 win over their rivals in 1984

But what did Chelsea’s supporters sing ‘We all hate Leeds and Leeds.’ It was to the tune of The Dam Busters.

In
the Midlands, Leeds United had just lost 2-1 at Derby County to sit
14th in the Championship. They were separated by 31 places from Chelsea,
in a different division.

Leeds
United have played Stockport County in League One more recently than
faced Chelsea in the top flight. But what is the first song frequently
heard from the Leeds Kop It contains the phrase: ‘Shoot the Chelsea
scum.’ That former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates is Leeds chairman does not
seem irrelevant.

Paul Reaney

Jack Charlton (right) hugs Leeds player Peter Lorimer

Famous faces: Paul Reaney (left) and Jack Charlton (right) hugging Peter Lorimer

The Leeds great, Peter Lorimer, who was never mistaken for an angel, remarked that Chelsea ‘kicked everything above grass’. No foul was given for Eddie McCreadie’s kung-fu kick on Billy Bremner’s head. ‘It was just the way the game was played back then,’ Paul Madeley said on Monday, from Yorkshire.

Then there was the last game of the 1983-84 season. Chelsea beat Leeds 5-0 at Stamford Bridge to win the old Second Division, prompting a riot as Leeds fans dismantled the scoreboard and police scurried to keep fans apart.

Yet the 1960s source of this rivalry would seem to be in sport. In 1963, Chelsea were promoted to the old First Division; in 1964, Leeds were promoted. They were coming teams brimming with talent and by 1965, both finished in the top three, behind title-winners Manchester United.

Chelsea and Leeds had become challengers, and the tension derived from just that, the challenge. Yet there was something else to this. It is fairly amazing to note that Chelsea have never bought a senior Leeds player, not one; Leeds did not sign a Chelsea player until Tony Dorigo moved to Elland Road in 1991.

Reviewing the two teams of the mid-1960s through to that volcanic 1970 Cup final, another pattern emerges: this was the North-South divide made flesh.

Both Leeds and Chelsea had Scotsmen and Irishmen in their sides but when it came to Englishmen, of the recognised great Don Revie XI, only Paul Reaney was born south of Coventry, and he grew up in Yorkshire. Jack Charlton, Madeley, Norman Hunter, Terry Cooper and Mick Jones were all Northern men, like Middlesbrough-born Revie.

As for Chelsea, their London contingent was considerable — Peter Bonetti, Ron Harris, Alan Hudson, Marvin Hinton, David Webb and Peter Houseman were all Londoners. John Hollins and Peter Osgood both came from the Home Counties.

‘From within the dressing room, of course, we were rivals and the lads would be really up for any games against Chelsea and Liverpool at that time, but off the pitch, we were all quite friendly,’ Madeley added.

‘Having said that, there was the extra North-South dimension with Chelsea, which did add a bit more fuel to the fire.’

Across the divide: Ken Bates, then chairman of Chelsea, appeals to the fans to keep off the pitch after winning promotion to Division One in 1984

Across the divide: Ken Bates, then chairman of Chelsea, appeals to the fans to keep off the pitch after winning promotion to Division One in 1984

Changing times: Roman Abramovich (right) is now the owner of Chelsea

Changing times: Roman Abramovich (right) is now the owner of Chelsea

Hollins, with 593 appearances, is as Chelsea as they come. He recalled the origin of this modern fixation. ‘In the early 60s we were an up-and-coming very young side. Leeds were the same, but a little ahead of us,’ he explained. ‘We were young, cheeky, London, Chelsea.

‘In one of my first seasons, we were unbeaten in our first 10 games and top of the league. We were running people off the pitch.

‘I remember a game at Leeds in the season of 1964-65, around this time of year — it was always this time of year at Leeds. It was tense. The game should not have been played because the pitch was iced up. We didn’t have the studs you have now. We changed ours before kick-off — we went for the leather type with little nails in them. So did they.

True blue: Hollins recalled several feisty clashes with Leeds

True blue: Hollins recalled several feisty clashes with Leeds

‘All of a sudden you had a good grip on the pitch, you could turn and play. The thing is, if you did catch anyone with a stud, you could rip a sock or something. It finished 2-2, I think. That was a day we thought, “Dirty b******s, wait ’til you come back to our place”.

‘Then, there was the semi-final of the FA Cup at Villa Park in 1967. We won 1-0. Leeds had a goal disallowed, a shot from Lorimer. The referee said the wall wasn’t back the full 10 yards! That really got them. The word “hatred” came up then, and we were at each other all the time on the pitch. We knew who to hit.’

That was April 1967. In, October Leeds got revenge, beating Chelsea 7-0 at Elland Road.

‘Leeds started like a house on fire, remembering what had gone on before,’ Hollins said. ‘They did to us what they did to Southampton that famous time. We couldn’t get near them. Bremner was their engine, their spark, brave as a lion.’

Bitterness was gathering. Hollins saw it personified in two men — Charlton and Osgood.

Tricky: Peter Osgood escaped Charlton and scored this diving header in the contentious 1970 FA Cup Final replay

Tricky: Peter Osgood escaped Charlton and scored this diving header in the contentious 1970 FA Cup Final replay

‘That was personal. Ossie used to elbow him, knock him, try to get him annoyed. Ossie was one of the best at that.

‘He enjoyed Leeds games; he got at them. And that header in the replay in Manchester was his best goal ever, I think that was his favourite goal.

‘He didn’t like Jack Charlton. At one point in the final, Ossie and Jack had a fight off the ball. The ref just waved play on.’

On Wednesday, there will be fewer Yorkshiremen and Londoners on the pitch, but the officials will need to be vigilant. The police are on alert.

But beneath the tension is a football match. As Hollins added: ‘I remember, after the first game at Wembley in 1970, we all shook hands, we never swapped shirts then.

‘I helped carry Billy Bremner off the pitch because he had cramp. Then I got cramp. We were good mates, too. It was just when the white or blue shirt went on…’

Stuart Broad ruled out of Twenty20 series

Heel injury rules Broad out of Twenty20 series with Morgan replacing him as skipper

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Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series against India because of his bruised left heel, which also kept him out of the final Test.

The fast bowler lost form, after first
suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was
not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens.

After suffering more discomfort at net
practice, he was sent for a second scan – which showed exactly the same
as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Broad has endured an especially
miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of
the first two Tests – and was then dropped for the third, in order to
accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced he will be replaced as captain by Eoin Morgan,

James Harris has been called into the Twenty20 squad as a result.

Dave Sexton ex Chelsea manager, has died

Sexton, the coach for all seasons: Former Chelsea boss, who led club to Cup Winners' Cup, dies aged 82

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If ever a man could embody the new Chelsea, it was Dave Sexton, who passed away on Sunday aged 82.

Good timing. He left us on the day his beloved Chelsea were locked in combat with Manchester City. Perhaps he would have given that touch of irony, one of his rather straight-laced smiles.

Sexton, whose father, Archie, was a very useful light-middleweight boxer, went to Stamford Bridge as coach to Tommy Docherty in the revolution that swept through Stamford Bridge in the mid-1960s.

Legend: Dave Sexton has died at the age of 82

Legend: Dave Sexton has died at the age of 82

Perfect pro for club and country

As a player, Dave Sexton notched up more than 180 appearances in the 1950s in spells at Luton, West Ham, Leyton Orient, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.

He made his name as a manager at Chelsea, leading them to FA Cup glory in 1970 as well as the European Cup-winners' Cup in 1971.

Sexton also managed QPR, Manchester United and Coventry before winning Under 21 European Championships with England in 1982 and 1984.

He was serious, focused and so in
love with football – the straight man to a boss who always tried to see
the light side of life.

The Doc picked the team, Sexton
coached them. And what talent he had at his disposal – Terry Venables,
John Hollins, Peter Osgood, Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti, George Graham.

All worshipped the ground Sexton
walked on, if not always embracing his serious outlook on life and
football. He could never understand why someone as gifted as Ossie would
want to enjoy himself in pubs and bars.

They would often clash – on one
occasion, they squared up to one another in mid-flight to a European tie
when neither would back down after a bitter row.

Respect: Chelsea players observe a minute's applause for former manager Dave Sexton

Respect: Chelsea players observe a minute's applause for former manager Dave Sexton

Remembered: Chelsea pay their respects to former manager Sexton who has passed away

Remembered: Chelsea pay their respects to former manager Sexton who has passed away

Docherty and Sexton laid the
foundations of what Chelsea would become, inventing a club in the image
of the King's Road. Except Sexton abhorred it.

He once ran 200 yards when I went to
watch training to tell me I was not welcome. My offence Being close
enough to Ossie to know the workings of the team and the ways of Dave
Sexton.

Football was his life. It must not
be forgotten that he managed Manchester United and lost his job only
because he was not charismatic enough. He was all about getting it
right.

Standing tall: Sexton (right) with Chelsea at the 1970 FA Cup final replay

Standing tall: Sexton (right) with Chelsea at the 1970 FA Cup final replay

Red rule: Sexton (far right) spent four years at Old Trafford

Red rule: Sexton (far right) spent four years at Old Trafford

His knowledge of the game and his
tactical brilliance impressed Venables, Graham and Hollins, all future
managers. I was in Germany as the England Under 21s won the 1982
European Championship.

Sexton was manager, Venables coach.
At the victory dinner, Sexton spoke of how Venables was the greatest
thing to happen to English football since Sir Alf Ramsey.

Modest as always, he took no credit for his teachings, just grateful someone he had faith in would carry the torch.

Success: Sexton (right, standing) led Chelsea to the FA Cup in 1970

Success: Sexton (right, standing) led Chelsea to the FA Cup in 1970

International man: Sexton was also involved with the England set up

International man: Sexton was also involved with the England set up

When Venables became England manager,
he put Sexton on his backroom staff. The FA said: 'But he is so old'
Venables replied: 'I don't want him to play, just be a part of the
staff.'

In 1996, England reached the European
Championship semi-finals. Venables had laid down a game plan based on
Sexton's input. England have never been so close to glory since.

It was a sickening failure by the
FA not to acknowledge the role that Venables and Sexton, his right-hand
man, had played in giving England back their pride.

High praise: Chelsea fans praise Sexton (above) as he poses with chairman Charles Pratt (below)

High praise: Chelsea fans praise Sexton (above) as he poses with chairman Charles Pratt (below)

New Chelsea manager Dave Sexton stands on the Stamford Bridge terraces with Chairman Charles Pratt

Sexton knew the game. He loved
tactics. He worshipped players who shared his excitement for the
training ground. That clashed with players' love of a night out, secrets
shared with others. That tore at Sexton like a knife.

It was the one fault line in his
personality that stopped him being a true great. Sometimes I would ring
him at home and, when I identified myself, he would pretend he was the
painter or odd job man. He couldn't talk privately.

Dave Sexton got his delights by
preparing teams, coaching them, communicating, making good players
better. That was his life – the rest of us didn't really matter.

Nick Harris: 5.5bn TV pays to screen Premier League

5.5bn: The staggering sum TV companies around the world will pay to screen the Premier League

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One of the world's poorest countries,
Burma, where workers earn an average of just 819 a year, has splashed
out 25million to buy the rights to show Premier League football on
television.

With Burma's current TV contract
worth a mere 200,000 over three years, the new deal represents an
astonishing 12,400 per cent hike in rights fees.

The deal, involving a pay-TV company
called Sky Net, is just one example of the extraordinarily successful
way the Premier League have sold their worldwide broadcasting rights for
2013-2016.

Star of Africa: Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure

Star of Africa: Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure

In the last round of overseas rights sales, for 2010-13, the League earned 1.437bn from all foreign broadcasters combined.

But overseas deals for 2013-16 will
surge past 2bn in value, which, when added to domestic deals for live
rights (3bn from Sky and BT), Match of the Day highlights (178m from
the BBC) and near-live rights and internet rights (still to be sold),
means the League will earn a mouthwatering 5.5bn from broadcasting
during that three-season period.

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That money, less the League's running costs, will be shared out among the 20 clubs who make up the top tier of English football.

And when the new deals kick in next
season, even the club who end up bottom of the Premier League in 2014
will receive a 60m payout from the TV money, while the champions will
pocket 100m.

The Premier League's success in selling their product around the world has already put them on top of football's global earners, and this new deal will widen the gap on their closest rivals.

While the Premier League currently pulls in 479m a year from overseas broadcasting, La Liga in Spain get 132m, Italy's Serie A 74m and Germany's Bundesliga just 50m.

The willingness of broadcasters in Burma and elsewhere to spend increasingly large sums to buy the Premier League rights reflects the confidence of companies such as Sky Net, who are unrelated to domestic rights holder BSkyB, that they can find enough customers to subscribe to pay-TV channels carrying Premier League action.

While Burma has been ruled by a military junta since 1962, when Ipswich Town were League champions under Alf Ramsey's managership, the country, now also known as Myanmar, is undergoing a slow and painful transition towards democracy.

Official data from the World Bank places Burma at 164th out of 185 nations in their wealth table, with almost all the poorer nations being in Africa.

But Sky Net believe the economy is becoming sufficiently liberal and that there are now enough wealthy football fans there that they will easily recoup their investment of around 8m per year in a country with a population of 60m, roughly the same as that of Britain.

Who pays what: TV

Burma may represent the biggest percentage hike in rights values but there are numerous examples of other markets booming this time.

In Thailand, a company called Cable Thai Holdings have done a 202m deal for 2013-16, a 432 per cent increase on the 38m paid for 2010- 13. Rights values have also leapt, among other places, in India (up 225 per cent from 28m to 91m), Vietnam (up 249 per cent from 6.3m to 22m) and Indonesia, doubling from 25m to 50m.

Other Asia markets, notable Singapore and Hong Kong, were already hugely lucrative and worth between 150m and 200m for the three years to 2013.

New deals have retained the value if not increased it in those places, while Japan and Korea have seen increased deals but not on the scale of some neighbours.

Uniquely in China, the Premier League have sold the rights on a six-year basis from 2013, not a three-year deal.

This is to allow for long-term development of a key market that has been traditionally hard to crack.

On the other side of the world, in the United States, rights values have soared as NBC thrashed rival bidders to win the 2013-16 rights for 157m, or almost four times the amount paid by Fox for 2010-13.

Across the Americas and Central America combined, the League will earn around 240m from 2013, or four times the 60m currently.

The last set of deals to be done are in Europe, where only Scandinavian rights have been sold, for 162m, up from 111m last time.

Much of the rest of Europe is expected to show flat or small growth. But the total pot will still be enormous.

Olympic stars missing from BBC shortlist

After last year's controversy over the absence of women on the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the arguments this year are raging over the big names missing when the 12-strong list is announced on the One Show on Monday.

Golden girl: Laura Trott missing from list

Golden girl: Laura Trott missing from list

Nobody from the country's three main sports will feature after a poor year for Britain's footballers, cricketers and rugby players.

But in the afterglow of London 2012, the final dozen will inevitably be dominated by Olympic and Paralympic heroes.

Even so, a glut of cycling contenders means one or more of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Laura Trott and Sarah Storey will not make the 12, and there has been much debate over the appropriate mix of Olympic and Paralympic contenders.

If Paralympic stars Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Ellie Simmonds are all included, others, such as Ben Ainslie, Kat Grainger, Alastair Brownlee, Greg Rutherford or Nicola Adams, must make way.

The 12-person selection panel, headed by BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater, have ensured a decent mix of genders and sports but the only four 'absolute banker' names on the shortlist are hot favourite Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Andy Murray and Jess Ennis.

Murray will not attend the show on December 16 but the BBC will have a live feed to his winter training base in Miami.

Golfers Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy may not make the 12 as they will inevitably be honoured in the Team of the Year award for Europe's Ryder Cup win.

Flying high: Sir Alex Ferguson flew back with supporters

Flying high: Sir Alex Ferguson flew back with supporters

Sir Alex has the common touch

Proof that Sir Alex Ferguson has not lost his common touch came when he flew home from Turkey in midweek on a fans' charter, and took to the public address to thank supporters for travelling to the 1-0 defeat at Galatasaray.

Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton hitched a ride back on Tuesday night, rather than return on Manchester United's plane on Wednesday, to make sure they were back for the funeral of former Old Trafford winger Kenny Morgans, a survivor of the Munich air crash, who died last weekend in South Wales at the age of 73.

London 2012 Olympics chiefs told athletes to cash in

Olympic chiefs told athletes to cash in on glory and charge 10,000 for appearances

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Champion shooter Peter Wilson has revealed how Britain’s gold medallists at London 2012 were advised by their Olympic bosses to cash in on their fame by charging up to 10,000 a time for personal appearances.

Wilson, 26, took the gold for Britain in the double trap shooting and was the self-confessed ‘party animal’ of Team GB.

Now, three months on from topping the podium in a sport widely regarded as one of the ‘fringe’ events of the Olympics, Wilson says the response to his success has been ‘insane’.

Champion: Great Britain's Peter Wilson with his gold medal

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‘I’d never earned anything from shooting beyond around 9,000 a year from UK Sport in Lottery grants. Double trap is not exactly high profile, so I’ve never had a deal with Nike or anything like that or had commercial contracts.

‘But Team GB athletes were advised in the run-up to the Games that if we won medals we shouldn’t sell ourselves short afterwards, that we must make the most of the opportunity. There was a letter from the British Olympic Association saying that you could ask for something like 10,000 per event if you won gold and different amounts for silver and bronze.

‘I thought at the time “My God, you can’t charge that”. Except that you can and I’ve got an agent now who handles it all.’

Prior to the Games, Wilson, who still lives at his family’s Dorset farm, survived on his Lottery money plus expenses for travelling to competitions.

The BOA letter which urged medallists to make the most of their fame was, in fact, an annexe document to the Team GB athletes’ agreement. It advised on what winners might earn from involvement in a BOA appearance scheme in association with their commercial partners.

Wilson added: ‘I’m not saying I’m getting 10,000 every time I do anything now. I’ve done lots of charity things and I’d never ask for a penny for them. But the opportunities have been amazing. Winning gold at a home Games is a once in a lifetime thing and I’m going to make the most of it.’

Wilson says life has been a ‘blur’ since his triumph in August at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, a non-stop series of charity functions, award shows, corporate gigs and TV appearances, including Alan Titchmarch’s show, A Question of Sport and a secret project to be screened over Christmas.

He will also be at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year show next month, along with his father, Charles, who had a moment of fame himself when, during live TV coverage of his son’s victory, he shouted: ‘Peter, remember me I’m your dad.’

Wilson was invited to the film premiere of The Sweeney but skipped that to go to another function with Prince Harry (‘A really lovely bloke and a really level-headed chap,’ according to Wilson).

Perks: Wilson meets Prime Minister David Cameron after his success

Perks: Wilson meets Prime Minister David Cameron after his success

He has also met musician Myleene Klass (‘That was cool’) and actor Christopher Biggins (‘Brilliant guy, so interesting’) among umpteen other celebrities.

But another appointment in the near future will definitely be for free when Wilson attends the opening of an exhibition by his artist girlfriend of three years, Michelle McCullagh.

He will soon be visiting Dubai to see his coach and mentor, the millionaire Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum, who won the double trap Olympic gold in 2004 and paired up with Wilson ‘over a coffee and a handshake’ at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Maktoum, who coaches Wilson for free, is recovering from heart surgery. ‘He’s just had a pacemaker fitted in America,’ said Wilson. ‘During the Olympics, I joked that I almost killed him off with the tension!’

Wilson does not hesitate for a second when asked to recall his most satisfying moment since winning gold.

‘You’re going to say, “Shut up Wilson, that’s too corny” but this is true,’ he said. ‘It was visiting the children’s ward at Dorchester Hospital not long after I won. There were all these kids with serious illnesses, and it was a privilege to be there. And I just thought “I am so bloody lucky”. And I’ve thought that every day since.’

Marathon man Mo

Mo Farah is the ‘dream participant’ the organisers of the London Marathon want as their marquee name for the men’s race in 2014 — with an appearance fee of around 250,000 likely to be part of any deal.

Marathon man Mo Farah could be tempted by the London race

Marathon man Mo Farah could be tempted by the London race

Farah, 29, won double Olympic gold at London 2012 in the 10,000m and 5,000m and his coach, Alberto Salazar, says he could run the 10km and marathon double at the Rio Games. A debut marathon in London in 17 months’ time is possible — if the price is right.

Kauto spared racing’s grisly secret

Kauto Star’s retirement may have been greeted by a flood of tributes to the horse that won the Gold Cup twice and the King George VI Chase five times but animal rights groups claim most racehorses meet a far more grisly end than the privileged dotage that awaits the 12-year-old gelding.

Many racehorses are killed in Britain then sold for human consumption abroad, in Belgium and Italy particularly.

Kauto Star’s retirement followed Classic winner Frankel being sent to stud with the expectation that he would earn 100 million in fees.

But official figures compiled by the British Horseracing Authority show that 1,127 thoroughbreds left racing and were slaughtered in abattoirs last year.

Over and out: Kauto Star has been retired from racing

Over and out: Kauto Star has been retired from racing

Dene Stansall, a spokesman for Animal Aid, said: ‘The shame of the industry is that nobody much cares about the fate of the bread and butter animals. Thousands are going to abattoirs and being turned into meat and we know that other animals are being shot in their stables and the meat given to the local hunt for their hounds.’

Grace Muir, whose Heros charity found homes for 84 of the estimated 7,500 horses that left Britain’s racing industry last year, claims many horses are killed each year when they stop being economically viable. Muir said: ‘It’s not something they [horse racing’s authorities] want to voice but I’m sure it happens.’

SPOTY plans a secret

Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Sue Barker, the big-hitting BBC trio who will present the Sports Personality of the Year show, took a nocturnal helicopter flight over London last week to film footage for the programme, to be screened on December 16.

Sources claim the trip was part of plans to feature the presenters in a parody of of Danny Boyle’s ‘James Bond meets the Queen’ sequence from the Olympics opening ceremony. The Beeb are tight-lipped, saying they want ‘to save surprises for the big night’.