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Jamie Oliver to do Manchester City match food

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

Paul Collins


15:53 GMT, 10 January 2013



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

Edge of the Box: BBC4 go through the gears to deliver Rally"s Craziest Years

BBC4 go through the gears to deliver Rally's Craziest Years



10:48 GMT, 2 April 2012

I’ve never been a petrolhead. Indeed, if you were to ask anyone who knows me, they’d tell you that during the last week of fuss and nonsense, I was more concerned about hoarding pasties – my tank being neither half full, nor half empty, as I don’t have a tank.

And when it comes to watching telly that prays at the altar of the internal combustion engine, well suffice to say that a show presented by three members of a Queen tribute band (minus a ‘Freddie Mercury’ – unless that’s the one in the white jumpsuit) is, like most of the cars I did once own, a bit of a non-starter for me.

Clearly though, there are plenty of people for whom the roar of a finely tuned engine is sweet, sweet music.

Who phoned a taxi Tony Brooks took a cab to Monte Carlo

Who phoned a taxi Tony Brooks took a cab to Monte Carlo

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And for them, there was a period in the eighties when the racing reached positively Wagnerian proportions: a time reflected on with an appropriately melodramatic, high-octane mix of thrills and tragedy in BBC4’s Madness On Wheels: Rally’s Craziest Years.

This documentary told the story of the four turbulent, turbo-charged years of Group B racing, ‘when fans, ambitions, politics and cars collide’.

And it did so with a mixture of incredible, often frightening archive images of these cars in action, and a series of sedate, reflective interviews with a veritable production line of middle-aged gentlemen (and a single lady driver, Michele Mouton) who either designed, managed or drove these four-wheeled rockets around the most challenging of terrains.

The story began with a brief glimpse at a more romantic time for rallying when for example, as we saw in a quaint black and white clip, amateur driver Tony Brooks took a London cab on the Monte Carlo Rally.

However, the programme soon shifted gear to a period when the ‘madness’ of the title came to the fore – and as the film told us, it was a form of mass hysteria that affected everyone from the race organisers, through to the designers and drivers, all the way to the fanatics who would insist on putting themselves in harm’s way to be part of the rallying experience.

Or as former Austin Rover team director John Davenport probably summed up best, ‘it was madness to go rallying in the first place. All this was, was a sort of refined madness’.

This whole time was overseen by FIA (or FISA) president Jean-Marie Balestre – a clearly mercurial, all-powerful individual only seen in this documentary in a series of enigmatic still shots – of whom Davenport said ‘(his) dream, if there was one, was that he was going to get a lot of manufacturers in, and a lot of people were going to pay a lot of money to get rallying’.

Making a splash: Stig Blomqvist

Making a splash: Stig Blomqvist

This led to car companies creating ‘monster machines’ for professional drivers, but without the FIA ‘necessarily understanding what they were creating’, according to then Autosport editor Peter Foubister.

Thus we had a ‘clean sheet’ for designers, and quite literally no rule book for competitors – something the documentary reminded us of with a relentless stream of skidding, spinning, even flying Lancias, Peugeots, Audi Quatros and Austin ‘shopping cart on steroids’ Metros.

There was also a narrative from former drivers such as Ari Vartenen, Walter Rohrl and Stig Blomqvist remembering how ‘you couldn’t see the road, (only) the crowd opening, and closing’, how ‘you could hear boom, boom, boom where you are hitting people’ and how to help avoid actually doing that, you had to ‘treat them like trees’.

But of course all of this eye-watering action and misty-eyed reflection was tainted by a series of accidents that killed spectators (one incident recalled by two spectators at the location as having started with ‘bonfires and drinking’ and ended in the death of a mother and child), officials and competitors alike.

However it wasn’t until 1986, when Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto were burned alive ‘sat on their petrol tanks’ (we see the car winched away from the tree in which it landed, no more than a charred frame) that Group B was finally brought to a shuddering halt.

Yet in spite of all of this, as the drivers reflected on Group B at the end of the documentary, there was no regret – only memories of fast times and thrilling races; a period in time described by Vartenen as ‘a pearl’ – an image this engaging, insightful documentary certainly captured, but without avoiding the grains of mercenary ambition and heart-rendering pain that went with it.


Tuesday morning on Sky Sports from the first Test in Sri Lanka and Tony Greig says what he sees as the director shows us a crow, a crane and a cleavage – ‘good cross-section of birds here today’. Oh dear, all around…

Friday evening on BBC 2, and David Tenant returns to talk us through the trials and tribulations of Head Of Deliverance Ian Fletcher and his crack team in Twenty Twelve. Fletcher is on a diplomatic mission with politician Richard Parker who ‘doesn’t have time to suffer fools gladly, or in any other way’…

Sunday, April 1 and on Sky Sports News Andy Murray is part of a story telling us there is to be a speed limit on tennis serves. Dead pan delivery is what was required, and guess what…