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League two team Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local supporters as attendance numbers drop

League Two side Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local fans

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

13:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:24 GMT, 7 January 2013

The economic climate has left some small football clubs in such dire need of support that they are having to offer free tickets to the locals.

League two side Morecambe have suffered low attendance rates all season, and are now allowing any supporters free entry to their tie with Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday.

‘It’s a chance to get the community behind the team and see if we can generate some atmosphere,’ club boss Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

Struggling: Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

‘If we can get three points and play well, hopefully they’ll come back as paying customers.’

‘The situation that the club’s in is not ideal,’ said Bentley of the lack of funding that’s left him unable to search out additions to the squad.

‘Everyone’s feeling the pinch and attendances haven’t been what we predicted.

‘We’re not in a position to go out and get players. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got and we’ve got a squad that will give their all.

‘It will be great if we can get a good number (of fans) in and, as I say, they can come back as paying customers. It’s the town’s football club and we need more and more people to back it.’

The Globe Arena has had an average attendance of fewer than 2,000 this season. It comes close to being the least supported team in the League. The highest it’s reached this year has been 3, 635 for their draw with Bradford on New Year’s Day.

Those in attendance have had little to cheer for so far, with Morecambe currently sitting at 19th in the table.

Joao Moutinho watched by Tottenham boss Andre-Villas Boas

Tottenham ready to move for Moutinho as AVB runs rule over Porto midfielder

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UPDATED:

08:12 GMT, 6 December 2012

Interest: AVB watched Moutinho play against PSG

Interest: AVB watched Moutinho play against PSG

Tottenham are poised to renew their interest in Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas travelled to France to watch the 24million-rated star play for Porto in their 2-1 defeat at Paris-Saint Germain on Tuesday.

Spurs failed to complete a club-record bid for the Portugal international during the summer but are poised to re-open negotiations when the transfer window opens next month, according to The Mirror.

'Whenever Porto are close to the place where I am, I go see them,' said Villas-Boas of his former club.

'I went to see them last season against Manchester City and took the opportunity to go and see them again against PSG.'

Meanwhile, the Spurs boss insists he isn't about to offload goalkeeper Brad Friedel despite interest from Blackburn.

Villas-Boas is poised to recall the American for tonight's Europa League decider against Panathinaikos.

French fancy: Lloris has started the last five games fro Tottenham

French fancy: Lloris has started the last five games fro Tottenham

Hugo Lloris has started Tottenham's last five games after ousting Friedel from the first team, but the 41-year-old will have a chance to win back his spot on a permanent basis tonight when he lines up against the Greek side.

Friedel's future at White Hart Lane has been in doubt since Tottenham rebuffed an enquiry from his former club Blackburn last month.

And should the Lancashire club bid for the player again in January, Villas-Boas says he will adopt the same stance.

'I don't know anything about (Blackburn's bid). We are trying to hold on to our best assets and Brad is certainly one of them,' the Tottenham manager said.

'Brad has been excellent, I spoke to him and he has been such an important player for us.

'Rotation has not been because of performances. Both goalkeepers' performances have been excellent. It gives me the ability at any time to throw a different keeper into the game.

'Hugo will not be involved in (the Panathinaikos) game.'

Burnley 1 Blackburn 1: Sam Vokes scores late equaliser

Burnley 1 Blackburn 1: Vokes strikes late as spoils are shared in Lancashire hot pot

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UPDATED:

15:18 GMT, 2 December 2012

Burnley substitute Sam Vokes headed an 89th-minute equaliser to snatch a point against bitter rivals Blackburn in the east Lancashire derby.

The match was billed in some quarters as a shoot-out between Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes and free-scoring Burnley counterpart Charlie

Austin, and the latter found Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson in inspired form.

Late show: Vokes (left) is mobbed after his 89th-minute equaliser

Late show: Vokes (left) is mobbed after his 89th-minute equaliser

MATCH FACTS

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Stock (Stanislas 75), McCann (Vokes 86),
Wallace, Austin, Paterson (Ings 75).

Subs not used: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, Bartley.

Booked: Duff.

Goal: Vokes 89.

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Grant Hanley,
Dann, Martin Olsson, Formica (Vukcevic 79), Murphy, Lowe, Pedersen (King 55), Kazim-Richards,
Rhodes.

Subs not used: Kean, Givet, Dunn, Marcus Olsson, Rochina.

Booked: Murphy.

Goal: Rhodes 68.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 21,341.

Robinson also did superbly to thwart Martin Paterson and, having weathered the storm, Rovers drove forward after the restart.

They broke through in the 65th minute
when Rhodes caught Burnley's back line flat-footed and found space to
head home Mauro Formica's right-wing cross.

But it was another striker, Wales
international Vokes, who brought Turf Moor to its feet, planting a
free-kick from fellow substitute Junior Stanislas beyond Robinson three
minutes after replacing Chris McCann.

Blackburn have only one win from
seven games since Henning Berg's appointment as manager and lie ninth in
the npower Championship – one point and five places above Burnley.

Dean Marney returned from suspension
to feature in Burnley's midfield at the expense of Marvin Bartley, while
Berg made three anticipated changes to his Rovers line-up.

Jason Lowe, Morten Gamst Pedersen and
Colin Kazim-Richards all lifted a dire display with impressive
second-half cameos in the midweek loss to Bolton and earned starts.

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

Poultry in motion: A bird wearing a Blackburn flag strolls on to the pitch

The first opening fell Burnley's way
when Marney's mis-hit shot dropped to Paterson in the area, but the
Northern Ireland forward failed to execute a simple pass to the
onrushing McCann.

Kazim-Richards was extremely
fortunate to escape a card from referee Lee Mason following a late lunge
on Ben Mee – an early demonstration of Blackburn's frustrations during a
first period where they became pinned inside their own half.

Safe hands: Paul Robinson salutes the Blackburn fans

Safe hands: Paul Robinson salutes the Blackburn fans

Opener: Rhodes (right)

Opener: Rhodes (right)

Austin, Burnley and the country's top
scorer, looked to add to his remarkable 21-goal haul this season when
he got on the end of Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross, but Scott Dann
did well to block the shot.

Ross Wallace caught the Rovers
defence napping with a cleverly-worked short corner in the 18th minute.
Robinson beat away his near-post effort and Clarets captain Jason
Shackell thrashed the rebound over.

Wallace stung Robinson's palms from
distance before turning provider with a searching, deep cross that
Austin headed back the way it came to draw a magnificent stop from the
former England goalkeeper.

It was a save he bettered in the 41st
minute, tipping Paterson's shot on the turn from 25 yards away from his
bottom corner at full stretch.

Somehow the Rovers goal remained
intact until the interval and they spent considerably more time in the
Burnley half on the resumption, but Kazim-Richards shanked aimlessly
over from distance.

After Danny Murphy and Dann combined
to muscle Austin out of the decisive touch to a Wallace centre,
Kazim-Richards came much closer as the hour approached – spinning a shot
narrowly wide with the outside of his right foot from the edge of the
area.

Blackburn were undeniably in the
ascendancy and the next time Formica crossed from the right Rhodes stole
in to glance beyond Grant.

Mockery: A Burnley fan shows solidarity to former Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Mockery: A Burnley fan shows solidarity to former Blackburn boss Steve Kean

Controlled and composed periods of
possession appeared to have Rovers playing out the win in relative
comfort until Vokes' late intervention.

The former Wolves man's physical
presence had the Blackburn defence reeling, but when another header flew
over the bar in stoppage time it meant Burnley's 33-year wait for derby
glory had to continue.

Sir Alex Ferguson hails Sam Allardyce before Manchester United v West Ham

'Tell me someone else who could have done that': Fergie hails Allardyce for remarkable West Ham turnaround ahead of Old Trafford clash

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UPDATED:

10:30 GMT, 27 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed 'underrated' West Ham manager Sam Allardyce before his Manchester United side welcome them to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The Red Devils boss also blasted the Hammers man's critics, saying he was the only man who could have brought the side back to the Barclays Premier League so quickly after relegation.

Allardyce took over at the start of the 2011-12 season and drove the team to promotion from the Championship, via the play-offs.

Good job: Sir Alex Ferguson praised his old friend Sam Allardyce for his performance at West Ham

Good job: Sir Alex Ferguson praised his old friend Sam Allardyce for his performance at West Ham

West Ham sit eighth in the table with an impressive 19 points from 13 games but are in the middle of a tough run of games now.

'Big Sam went to Upton Park a year and a bit ago and the cynics said he’s not a West Ham manager as he doesn’t play football,' said Ferguson.

'What was his mandate To get them up into the Premier League as quickly as possible and he got them up within a year. Tell me someone else who could’ve done that

'He’s also had to rebuild the team and get two or three players out because of their salaries. He’s very underrated, it’s as simple as that. There’s a sort of impression about him being a certain type of manager.

'It’s not really fair and I’m pleased he’s back in the Premier League.'

Although Allardyce did well at Bolton his next two appointments were not as successful, at Newcastle and Blackburn.

However after the Lancashire side sacked Allardyce they took a rapid decline under Steve Kean and ended up getting relegated.

'The Blackburn situation was one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen but I think Sam was more disappointed with what happened at Newcastle.

Solid: Allardyce (left) got West Ham promoted and is doing a good job in the top flight

Solid: Allardyce (left) got West Ham promoted and is doing a good job in the top flight

'He was unlucky that a new owner came in and wanted a certain type of manager. He didn’t get a chance in his first really big job with the expectation and fan base up there – he didn’t get a chance to do the job right.'

Although West Ham went down 3-1 away at Tottenham on Sunday there was a positive in that big target man Andy Carroll struck his first goal in a claret and blue shirt since joining on loan from Liverpool in the summer.

Much derided striker Carroll cost the Reds 35million in a deal scoffed at because of his failure to live up to the price tag.

Open for business: Andy Carroll scored his first West Ham goal on Sunday

Open for business: Andy Carroll scored his first West Ham goal on Sunday

'I think it’s up to the boy to improve himself,' said Ferguson. 'I think he only played something like a dozen games for Newcastle and then he had to deal with a 35m transfer to a club like Liverpool when he’s young. It’s quite a big jump for him you know.

'I’d certainly not sign that kind of player for that kind of money. We’ve gambled on young players in the past, maybe a couple of million or whatever, but when you get that level – 35m – you really have to do a bit more homework and see how he is in his second season maybe.

'It’s not a lot of games that he’s had. He’s a big lad, a great header of the ball, aggressive and is a big bugger. You know he’ll be a handful for defenders for us on Wednesday.'

Former Southampton and Everton striker James Beattie enjoying fresh start at Accrington

EXCLUSIVE: Former Southampton and Everton striker Beattie enjoying fresh start at Accrington

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UPDATED:

01:21 GMT, 16 November 2012

'Two boys talking in the famous Milk Marketing Board TV advert of 1989:
‘Milk Urrrggh!’
‘It’s what Ian Rush drinks. He says if I don’t drink lots of milk, when I grow up I’ll only be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley.’
‘Accrington Stanley Who are they’
‘Exactly!’

There are many reasons why James Beattie finds himself in the unlikely surroundings of Accrington Stanley at the moment, but forgetting to drink his milk is not one of them.

A bust-up with Tony Pulis at Stoke, an injury at Rangers, the death of his father while Beattie was on loan at Blackpool and an ill-timed red card at Sheffield United have all contributed to a player who once commanded more than 15million in transfer fees pitching up at the 5,000-capacity Crown Ground, just a few miles from where he was brought up in East Lancashire.

Scroll down for memorable milk advert video…

New start: Beattie (right) with Accrington boss Leam Richardson

New start: Beattie (right) with Accrington boss Leam Richardson

When he was asked by his old Blackburn Rovers team-mate Leam Richardson to help out as player-coach at the League Two club last week, 34-year-old Beattie was only too happy to oblige.

He is one of a number of ex-Premier League players forced to drop down the divisions just to get a game these days.

Tonight the former England striker is in line to make his debut against Edgar Davids at Barnet. Just along the road from Accrington at Fleetwood Town, Barry Ferguson has also popped up in English football's fourth tier.

Beattie recently offered to join Swindon on a pay-as-you-play basis. They said no.

'No offence, but Swindon!' he says. 'The market is dead at the moment. There are so many pros out of a job.

'I know that even people within football say I don't want to play any more. They can think what they want, that's totally wrong. I won't stop because I've been knocked back by a few clubs. As long as I've got that spark to get out of bed in the morning and play football, I will pursue it.

'You're just waiting for somebody to give you a chance. It's a little bit like starting again.

'Realistically, I know I could hold my own at Championship level. The Premier League is probably gone but you never know – I'm a proven goalscorer at that level.

'It's just the match sharpness, which is exactly why I've gone to Accrington.'

Fresh start: James Beattie

Beattie has signed a contract until January 9 and will also help Richardson, even though he previously had few plans to go into coaching.

He remembers the slope on Accrington's pitch from schoolboy cup finals he played there as a teenager. The club have moved on, though, no longer known simply for that TV advert and the two little boys from Liverpool who had never heard of Accrington Stanley.

These days most of the players are from Merseyside and support Everton, as Beattie found out en route to his first training session.

'We were training at my old school,' says the former 6m Everton signing. 'I was following a car full of our lads up the M65 but they missed the turn-off, came off at the next junction and got back on.

'It was only later when they were laughing their heads off at training that they explained it was because the driver had Googled me on his iPhone and was watching my goals for Everton!

'They're saying, “We can't believe Beattie's here”. It's given them a bit of a lift as well. But I've told Leam I want to fight for my place, otherwise it's not fair on the other lads.

'There were a few raised eyebrows when I came in for the game on Saturday. We used to play cup finals at Accy Stanley when I was 14 or 15, and a couple of the older guys have said it's nice to see me. I'm on hardly anything but I'll give the lads my time and put everything I've got into it.

Target man: Beattie has scored goals

Target man: Beattie has scored more than 100 goals

'I was driving over the other morning for my first session and I was excited. That tells me it's the right thing to do. A football club is a unique environment.Many ex-pros miss going in and having the banter. There are a lot of ex-footballers around where I live in Cheshire. I see people like Graeme Souness and they say, “Keep playing as long as you can because you're a long time retired”.

'I'm sure Edgar Davids doesn't need to play football. Why would he be playing for Barnet Because he loves football. Barry Ferguson's another. When it's in your blood, it's in your blood.'

Beattie has been largely out of the spotlight since he left Stoke just over two years ago.

Legal reasons prevent him from talking about the well-publicised dressing-room clash with Pulis in December 2009 which hastened his departure, and a fresh start in Scotland was cut short by injury.

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National service: Beattie played five times for England

Just when Beattie looked to be finding his feet at Sheffield United last season, a sending-off against Exeter City cost him a place in the League One play-offs and, he believes, the chance of a contract.

He tried his luck across town at Sheffield Wednesday but a few weeks' training came to nothing. 'They said it was probably to do with the budget but a couple of days later they went and signed Jay Bothroyd and subsidised 25,000-a-week wages!' he says. 'I thought, “I'm a big boy, if you don't want to sign me just tell me”.'

Beattie doesn't need the money. The former Southampton striker has bought a house in Poole and is about to move back to the south coast with wife Sarah and their three children, sons James and George and baby daughter Halle.

One of his other business interests is to act as mentor to young players represented by his agent James Featherstone.

'They don't always get the right advice,' he says. ' “Don't be dazzled by the lights” is one of my favourites because a lot of them do. They don't know how lucky they are to be in that position. You can't abuse the fact you're earning good money.

'Your career earnings should go up and then tail off a bit, but when you retire it's a cliff face. Your salary from football doesn't just slow down, it stops.

'I've been lucky with the people I've had around me. I've got other things in place that can sustain my lifestyle for the rest of my life. I'm not going to say I didn't have fun, but I could retire if I wanted to – I just don't want to.'

VIDEO: Accrington Stanley, who are they EXACTLY!

Shane Sutton to make full recovery

British Cycling head coach Sutton set to make full recovery after being knocked off bike and suffering bleeding on brain
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins discharged on Thursday after being knocked of bike in Lancashire
Great Britain's head coach Shane Sutton also knocked off in Levenshulme, Manchester but should make full recovery from injuries
Wiggins believed to have suffered broken ribs and dislocated finger

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19:59 GMT, 9 November 2012

WILL WIGGINS' CRUDE AND UNCOUTH GESTURE COST HIM SPOTY GONG

MARK ALFORD COMMENT: Bradley Wiggins was a shoo-in for Sports Personality of the Year… but now I'm not so sure. Flicking a finger at waiting photographers today betrays his recently-acquired sporting hero status. Bluntly, it was an uncouth and unnecessary act.

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British Cycling’s head coach Shane Sutton is expected to make a full recovery from injuries sustained when he was knocked off his bike in Manchester on Thursday.

Sutton was rushed to A&E suffering bruising and bleeding on the brain after the incident in Levenshulme – less than 24 hours after Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike while training in Lancashire.

Wiggins was discharged from hospital on Thursday with bruises to his hand and broken ribs.

On the mend: British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton should make a full recovery after being knocked off his bike in Manchester

On the mend: British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton should make a full recovery after being knocked off his bike in Manchester

Charming: Bradley Wiggins swore at photographers on his way home from hospital on Thursday

Charming: Bradley Wiggins swore at photographers on his way home from hospital on Thursday

'Ok': Wiggins left with at least two broken ribs after being knocked off his bike by a car

'Ok': Wiggins left with at least two broken ribs after being knocked off his bike by a car

Good news came when British Cycling said that Sutton could be leaving hospital soon too.

‘Shane is making steady progress but
is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation,’
they said in a statement.

‘He has fractured his cheek bone
which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a
complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.’

Sutton, 55, one of Wiggins' coaches
for his time trial success at the London Olympics, was hospitalised with
bleeding and bruising on the brain following the road accident in
Levenshulme, Manchester, on Thursday morning.

The incident came just a day after Wiggins was knocked off his bike by a Vauxhall Astra as it
pulled out of a filling station.

He lay on the floor for a
quarter of an hour before the ambulance arrived, according to witnesses, and sustained at least two broken ribs and a suspected dislocated finger.

A spokesperson for British Cycling
said on Thursday afternoon: 'British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, head coach for
the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6
near Levenshulme in Manchester.

'Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.

'Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.'

Hospitalised: Shane Sutton, Team GB's head cycling coach, was rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon

Hospitalised: Shane Sutton, Team GB's head cycling coach, was rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon

The spokesperson added: 'It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.

'Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads.

'British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought.'

Police sources said the collision involving Sutton, on his bike, and a Peugeot 206 car took place at about 8.55am near the junction of Stockport Road and Clare Road in Levenshulme.

The driver of the Peugeot was not injured and no arrests were made.

British Cycling director Martin Gibbs
believes the Government should be doing more to prevent such incidents, and said: 'These
incidents do remind you that we've got a long way to go we need to look
to our cousins abroad and Copenhagen and see what they've done.

'30 per cent of people making journey there do so on their bike.

'We need the Department of Transport to stop thinking of cycling as an add-on.

'Nine
out of 10 British cycling members have a car it has to be about more
mutual respect looking out for each other. We mustn't make this a sort
of tribal battle.'

Australian Sutton has worked
with the GB Cycling team since 2002 and has been credited with playing a
major role in transforming the fortunes of the sport in this country.

Unfortunate: Both Sutton (left) and Wiggins (right) were involved in unrelated accidents within 24 hours of each other

Unfortunate: Both Sutton (left) and Wiggins (right) were involved in unrelated accidents within 24 hours of each other

Mentor: Sutton was one of Wiggins' coaches when he sealed a time trial gold at London 2012

Mentor: Sutton was one of Wiggins' coaches when he sealed a time trial gold at London 2012

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2010 for his services to sport.
Sutton's career began as a road and track cyclist where he won numerous
titles including a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 1978 team
pursuit competition and the 1990 Milk Race.

He split his time between the track and the road in coaching this year's British competitors at the London Olympics.

Throughout his career at GB Cycling,
he was said by Team Sky to have 'repeatedly got the best out of his
charges through his sheer enthusiasm and force of personality'.

Police also confirmed that Wiggins, 32, had broken at least two ribs but has otherwise escaped with severe bruising.

His support team who were following him raced to his aid at Wrightington, Lancashire, close to his home near Chorley.

The mum of the cycling champion spoke to the star after the crash.

Linda Wiggins, a school secretary, said: 'I have spoken to him briefly and he's okay.'

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who also helped Wiggins, said: ‘/11/08/article-2229540-15E8FF7D000005DC-783_634x356.jpg” width=”634″ height=”356″ alt=”Parts of the car that hit Bradley Wiggins outside a petrol station” class=”blkBorder” />

Parts of the car that hit Wiggins outside a petrol station in Wrightington, where he was knocked off his bike

Locator map showing Crow Orchard Lane, Wrightington, where Wiggins was knocked off his bike

'The ambulance turned up and they treated him for a while. He was up and walking around, but apparently he wasn’t too good.'

Wiggins, a father of two, broke his collarbone in the 2011 Tour de France before recovering to win this year’s event and take gold medal in the Olympic time trial.

The national hero only recently shaved off his ‘lucky’ sideburns.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm this evening.

Scene: A van collided with Wiggins after setting off from a petrol station forecourt

Scene: A van collided with Wiggins after setting off from a petrol station forecourt

'A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.'

In a statement on its website, Team Sky said: 'We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.

'He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.

'We will announce more details in due course.'

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour
VIDEO: Champion Wiggins is recovering in hospital after being knocked down…

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TWITTER REACTION TO THE ACCIDENTS

From fellow Olympic medallists to fans of Bradley Wiggins, people have taken to Twitter to offer their messages of support to the Tour de France champion and Team GB's head coach Shane Sutton.

Wiggins' former Team Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) wrote: 'Really wishing my friend Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery in hospital after being knocked off his bike by a car yesterday.'

In particular, Wiggins' Team GB team-mates, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott wished the pair well.

Rowsell (@JoannaRowsell) posted on her official page: 'Wishing Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery'

Laura Trott (‏@LauraTrott31) expressed disbelief after hearing the news, and said: 'What the hell is happening these days!! Wishing wiggo and shane a speedy recovery x'

Bradley Wiggins in hospital with suspected broken ribs after crash with car on Lancashire road

Wiggins in hospital with suspected broken ribs after crash with car on Lancashire road

By
Kim Pilling

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 7 November 2012

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 7 November 2012

In hospital: Wiggins

In hospital: Wiggins

Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins is recovering in hospital after a collision with a car.

Wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhall Astra car is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him.

A police source said his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first but later it appeared he had suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises.

The accident happened at about 6pm in Wrightington, Lancashire, which is near to Wiggins' family home in Eccleston.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, a local woman, was uninjured and is set to assist police with their ongoing inquiries.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm this evening.

'A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.'

Collision investigators visited the scene but the road did not need to be closed.

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who rushed to Wiggins' aid, told the Lancashire Evening Post: 'By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and he was in a lot of pain.

'He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there, by which time he was blue.'

Owen Coyle favourite for Blackpool role

Coyle favourite for Blackpool role with Holloway hole set to be plugged inside 24 hours

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UPDATED:

13:07 GMT, 5 November 2012

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is determined to limit the damage caused by Ian Holloway’s departure by appointing a successor within the next 24 hours.

Owen Coyle remains the favourite to replace Holloway, who left for Crystal Palace over the weekend, but Paul Ince is also a strong contender to take over at Bloomfield Road where his son, Tom, is one of Blackpool’s star players.

Coyle was sacked as Bolton manager last month, and Wanderers took more than two weeks to appoint Dougie Freedman.

Pole position: Owen Coyle is favourite for the Blackpool post

Pole position: Owen Coyle is favourite for the Blackpool post

Lancashire neighbours Blackburn and Burnley also took their time to appoint new managers in Henning Berg and Sean Dyche, but Oyston believes that only causes more problems.

He said: ‘I’ve seen some of our near neighbours take some time, and the instability has not done them any favours. So I’d like to move quickly if we can.

‘We’ve spoken to a few people, and we hope to make an appointment in the next day or so.

New home: Ian Holloway is the new Crystal Palace boss

New home: Ian Holloway is the new Crystal Palace boss

‘I’m hopeful we’ll know who our new manager is by the end of today.

‘We’ve spent most of the weekend talking to people and considering where we go next.

‘It’s a very difficult process and always a gamble, but we’d like to make sure the gamble is calculated.’

Rugby league: Kevin Sinfield honoured to be England captain for Wales clash

Sinfield delighted to be skipper at last for Tri-Nations clash with Wales

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23:02 GMT, 26 October 2012

Twenty-two years after first wearing a captain’s armband with Lancashire Under 10s, Kevin Sinfield achieves his biggest personal honour on Saturday when he leads out England for the Tri-Nations clash with Wales.

Despite being marked out during his teenage years as a future national captain it is only now, aged 32 and with Jamie Peacock retired from international rugby, that he gets his chance. But 10 years leading Leeds have steeled him; it is not an opportunity he is likely to waste.

Key man: Sinfield in action for England against Australia at Wembley last year

Key man: Sinfield in action for England against Australia at Wembley last year

Sinfield said: ‘You have to be a leader of some sort just to be in this squad. Every player involved has got different leadership qualities. At 32 you think your time may have passed, but I’m really looking forward to it.

‘The last month with Leeds, then being made England captain, have been some of the most special moments of my career.

‘I love being involved with the England squad and love the morals and standards we’ve put in place.’

Sinfield’s courage, resilience and intelligence are key attributes, but it is his control and distribution that will be most needed against a Welsh side that lost in France last week.

The Oldham-born stand-off puts one name above all others when he considers his new role as national captain: Ellery Hanley.

Sinfield said: ‘He was the figurehead for British rugby and how he played and led teams left a big mark on me.’

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Nicky Butt is coaching Manchester United reserves

Former Man United star Butt will coach reserves while he considers management options

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19:11 GMT, 21 October 2012


On the ball: Nicky Butt

On the ball: Nicky Butt

Nicky Butt has been brought in to coach Manchester United's reserves while he contemplates becoming a manager.

He is assisting Warren Joyce in competing in the Barclays U21 Premier League, Lancashire Senior Cup and Manchester Senior Cup.

'Nicky is with the reserves,', said
Sir Alex Ferguson. 'He’s completed his badges and is just getting a bit
of experience with us so there’s every chance of that [him going into
management].

'He’s had a few
opportunities to take on jobs but wanted just a wee bit of a chance to
revisit the training ground again to get himself back into sync, which
we’re happy to do because he was a fantastic servant to us.

'I don’t know what his long-term future is but, in the meantime, he’s helping out with the reserves.'

Young defender Tom Thorpe was delighted to have Butt come in to coach the side.

'It’s
brilliant,' he explained. 'Especially when a player with a lot of
experience comes back and has done it from an early age.

'He was at the club for quite a while and has gone through to the first team. It’s great for him to pass on his experience and different ways of playing with different styles.'

Blast from the past: Butt strikes for the Red Devils against Liverpool

Blast from the past: Butt strikes for the Red Devils against Liverpool