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Tito Vilanova returns to dugout as Barcelona win 4-0 against Espanyol

Vilanova returns to dugout as Messi gets his first of the year in 4-0 Barca win

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20:22 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:02 GMT, 6 January 2013

Tito Vilanova returned to the Barcelona bench with the minimum of fuss tonight as his side got all of their work done inside the first 30 minutes of the Catalan derby.

Manager Vilanova, back at the helm after a brief spell out for surgery on his parotid gland after contracting cancer for the second time, was given the easiest of nights as his stellar cast of players made life comfortable for him.

They had scored all of their goals by the time the 30th minute ticked by and after that it was procession football, with Pedro twice denied a hat-trick by the offside flag while other chances also passed.

Back with a bang: Pedro Rodriguez scores past Kiko Casilla

Back with a bang: Pedro Rodriguez scores past Kiko Casilla

After Xavi had opened the scoring, Pedro then chimed in with his brace before Lionel Messi set off on his pursuit of 100 goals this year with a penalty.

The Argentinian scored a record-breaking 91 times in 2012 and is expected to go even further this time around. His only regret will be that he did not make the most of the leisurely second-half conditions.

The writing was on the wall for Javier Aguirre's side early on, with Xavi's goal setting the template for how Barca would play all night.

All together now: Barcelona's players celebrate their 4-0 win

All together now: Barcelona's players celebrate their 4-0 win

Messi slid a pass through to Andres
Iniesta on the left, the cut-back arriving for Xavi to tap in from close
range, and he opened his body slightly to make the finish.

Three minutes later Messi and Cesc
Fabregas combined to release Iniesta but he was denied by Francisco
Casilla, but the keeper could do nothing as Pedro got his first in the
15th minute.

Again it was from a cut-back, this
time from Fabregas, and at first it looked as though it was Messi`s
goal, with replays then showing Pedro got the slightest of touches to
his shot.

Good to be back: Tito Vilanova returned to the dug-out to see Barcelona win 4-0

Good to be back: Tito Vilanova returned to the dug-out to see Barcelona win 4-0

It was three with 27 minutes gone,
Pedro racing onto Sergio Busquets' defence-splitting pass and lobbing
Casilla, and the keeper was all at sea again a minute later as he
bundled over Fabregas as he went away from goal.

Messi duly stepped up and converted from the spot, the first goal of what will no doubt be many this year.

The brakes were applied a little after that, with Espanyol defending better and Barca not as incisive. Casilla denied

In the goals: Lionel Messi scored his first goal of 2013

In the goals: Lionel Messi scored his first goal of 2013

Fabregas and a flag denied Pedro a 65th-minute hat-trick when Fabregas, crossing after Messi`s pass, was called offside.

The same thing happened again with 17
minutes left as Pedro chipped wide to Alves and then followed in to
score from the cross, while Espanyol`s only real chance ended with
Victor Valdes saving from a clean-through Juan Albin.

Messi then rattled the bar with a
25-yard free-kick, but after such an early rush, there would be no more
goals as Barca restored their 16-point lead over Real Madrid.

Goal-line technology finally makes its debut on Thursday

It's too late for Lampard, Mendes and the Germans… but goal-line technology finally makes its debut on Thursday

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09:55 GMT, 5 December 2012

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke
hailed 'a kind of revolution' as the football world prepared for Thursday's introduction of goal-line technology.

The governing body was staunchly
against the use of any form of technology for many years but the winds
changed in the wake of the 2010 World Cup, where England were denied a
clear goal against Germany when Frank Lampard's shot crossed the line.

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Since then the journey has been a relatively rapid one and FIFA will try out two systems – UK-based Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, from Germany – at the Club World Cup in Japan, starting with the match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City.

'It's a big day,' Valcke said on fifa.com. 'Tomorrow will be the first time that goal-line technology will be officially used in a game. The tests are done; and the instillation tests were successful.

'This is also an important day for us, because we will use one of the two systems we are using here in the FIFA Confederations Cup next year.'

He added: 'This is a kind of revolution. It is the first time that this kind of technology is coming into football.

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

'It will be restricted to the goal-line specifically. The IFAB (International Football Association Board) is there to ensure the 17 laws of the game are protected.

'It was their decision, and they were clear, to say that the technology is limited to the goal-line.

'We must ensure that when the ball goes into the goal, the referee must get the information that the ball has gone in. The referee has the final decision.

'The technology won't change the speed, value or spirit of the game.

'There is no reason to be against this technology.'

Infamous: Geoff Hurst's shot crosses the line in 1966 World Cup final... or did it

Infamous: Geoff Hurst's shot crosses the line in 1966 World Cup final… or did it

The Hawk-Eye system is the same as that used in cricket and tennis, which relies on a series of seven cameras to create a 3D picture of each goal, while GoalRef uses electro-magnetic sensors.

Valcke also said he had full confidence there would be no errors from the technology.

'It needs to be the most accurate system we can have at the moment,' he said. 'There can be no mistakes with this and that is why the IFAB took two years to make sure the system was perfect.'

Michael Schumacher reprimanded for holding up HRT drivers in Korea

Schumacher left red-faced after German is reprimanded for holding up slowest drivers

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10:17 GMT, 12 October 2012

Michael Schumacher suffered the ignominy of being reprimanded by the stewards for impeding the two HRTs during second practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion, who will retire from the sport for a second time at the end of the season, was adjudged to have held up Pedro de la Rosa at turn three 48 minutes into the session, before again getting in the way of the Spaniard and his team-mate Narain Karthikeyan further round the lap.

Red faced: Michael Schumacher has been reprimanded for holding up the slowest team on the grid, HRT

Red faced: Schumacher has been reprimanded for holding up the slowest team on the grid, HRT (below)

Schumacher delays Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa

Schumacher delays Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa

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It is the latest punishment dished out to Schumacher this year.

He was denied pole position in Monaco as he had to serve a five-place grid penalty for taking Bruno Senna out of the Spanish Grand Prix, and a similar incident with Jean-Eric Vergne in Singapore earned him a 10-place penalty for last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

This reprimand will cause particular embarrassment as HRT have consistently been the slowest team in F1 since their arrival in the sport at the start of 2010.

Andre Villas-Boas faces a challenge at Tottenham – Alex Ferguson

Villas-Boas has his work cut out at Tottenham, claims Ferguson

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12:50 GMT, 28 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Andre Villas-Boas has a big challenge on his hands at Tottenham.

After his ill-fated spell at Chelsea last season, Villas-Boas has now been given a job at another of England's top clubs, with the same question marks hanging over him that existed at Stamford Bridge.

As Villas-Boas must deal with the expectation created by Harry Redknapp's successful stint at White Hart Lane, it did not take long for the first criticisms to surface.

Up against it: Andre Villas-Boas hopes to take Tottenham to the top

Up against it: Andre Villas-Boas hopes to take Tottenham to the top

There were more grumbles following last week's win over QPR that catapulted Tottenham into the top half of the table, and now they head to Manchester United on Saturday looking for their first win at Old Trafford since 1989.

'He has a challenge,' said Ferguson.

'He wasn't at Chelsea very long, but he came to our ground early last season and his team tried to play football.

'That's his philosophy and I think he's carrying that out at Tottenham as well.

'He suits Spurs. They've always had a history of playing good football. I think he'll carry on that way.

'I hope they do well because it's a difficult industry these days, particularly for a young manager.

'It must be very daunting and challenging to go to a big club. It's full of risk because it's a results industry.'

Going to Old Trafford has been a daunting experience for Tottenham ever since Gary Lineker scored the only goal 23 years ago.

In the intervening period, the best they have managed are four draws, including the infamous Pedro Mendes 'goal that never was' in January 2005.

'Our record against Spurs is very good,' said Ferguson.

'Sometimes you have these situations where you get a team that you always get good results against.

Raring to go: Tottenham travel to Old Trafford on Saturday

Raring to go: Tottenham travel to Old Trafford on Saturday

'It was the same when I was at Aberdeen.

'It didn't matter what team I played against Dundee at Dens Park I would win. At one point I played them before a midweek European game and I played seven reserves and won 5-1.'

After recovering from the opening weekend defeat at Everton by reeling off four successive wins, United will hope their record against Tottenham holds this weekend as they look to put more pressure on early-season pace-setters Chelsea.

Not that everything is running entirely smoothly for Ferguson.

The loss of Nemanja Vidic for two months following knee surgery early this week means United have only Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans as fit senior centre-halves.

Scott Wootton did impress on his debut against Newcastle on Wednesday though. And it appears the Birkenhead-born 21-year-old has an important role to play over the next few days.

'Scott reads the game and passes the ball well,' said Ferguson.

'He was up against very experienced players on Wednesday, so his performance was a little bonus for us.'

Wootton will be in Ferguson's squad on Saturday, and will remain there until Chris Smalling has recovered from a broken metatarsal, which United hope will be after the next international break.

Return: Darren Fletcher made a successful comeback in midweek

Return: Darren Fletcher made a successful comeback in midweek

As he does have options, the potential loss of Antonio Valencia to an ankle injury is not too much of a worry for Ferguson.

And the United boss can definitely allow Darren Fletcher to ease his way back as he continues his rehabilitation from a chronic bowel complaint.

The Scotland skipper started his first game in 10 months in midweek.
Ferguson has selected Fletcher in Saturday's squad. However, Fletcher's next meaningful involvement is likely to come in Tuesday's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj in Romania.

'Having played on Wednesday night and contributed so well I wouldn't think he'll start tomorrow,' said Ferguson.

'But he may get a place on the bench and he could possibly go to Romania and play against Cluj.

'That may be an ideal opportunity for him.” And when he is able to call on his fellow countryman on a regular basis, Ferguson knows he will have a very useful addition to his squad.

'The great thing about Fletcher the other night was that his enthusiasm was fantastic,' said Ferguson.

'He played a great part in the victory and in a role different from how we've used him in the past.

'Darren was always the type to get about the midfield players but on Wednesday he sat in front of the two young centre-backs and did a really good job.'

London 2012: British beach volleyball teams discover Olympic opponents

British beach volleyball teams discover Olympic opponents

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 19 July 2012

Great Britain's Olympic beach
volleyball teams have learned the identity of their first-round
opponents for the tournament starting on July 28.

The women's team of Zara Dampney and
Shauna Mullin have been drawn in Group F alongside Greta Cicolari and
Marta Menegatti of Italy, Russia's Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgenia
Ukolova, and Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin of Canada.

British duo Shauna Mullin, 26, (left) and Zara Dampney, 24,

British duo Shauna Mullin, 26, (left) and Zara Dampney, 24,

In the men's draw, Team GB duo John Garcia-Thompson and Steven Grotowski will also contest Group F, together with Brazil's Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos, Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr of Norway, and Canada's Josh Binstock and Martin Reader.

Twenty-four teams will contest both the men's and women's events at Horse Guards Parade, with the pairings split equally into six pools of four.

The pairs play each team in their group once, with the top two advancing to the knockout phase along with the two best third-placed teams. The remaining four third-placed teams will then compete in play-off matches for the right to take up two remaining berths in the last 16.

The day-by-day match schedule for the opening round of pool matches will be released by beach volleyball's governing body, the FIVB, and LOCOG on Monday.

Portugal v Spain – Euro 2012 live

EURO 2012 LIVE: Portugal v Spain – follow the semi-final action as it happens

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19:04 GMT, 27 June 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Euro 2012 as Portugal battle Spain for a place in the final when they contest an Iberian derby in Donetsk. The Portuguese have been inspired by the performances of their star man Cristiano Ronaldo in their march to the semi-finals, but the reigning champions have looked as impressive as ever. Send me your thoughts on the match at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Portugal 0-0 Spain (7.45pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Meireles, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Almeida, Ronaldo.
Subs: Eduardo, Custodio, Quaresma, Nelson Oliveira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Varela, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Postiga, Beto.

Spain: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Silva, Negredo, Iniesta.
Subs: Valdes, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Pedro, Torres, Fabregas, Mata, Llorente, Santi Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Reina.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

18min: Joao Moutinho delivers into the centre of the box but Sergio Ramos heads clear – Portugal win the ball back though and are starting to look bright again.

17min: Well that's just not very good. Ronaldo blasts into the wall but moments later his team win a corner.

16min: Free-kick on the left side of the penalty box for Portugal, after Ronaldo is caught in a Spanish sandwich – promising position this and CR7 will take it.

13min: But Portugal do have an ace up their sleeve…or a star man on the wing.

Cristiano Ronaldo picks up the ball on the counter, and sprints down the left before his near post cross is plucked out the air by Iker Casillas with Nani waiting to nod home.

12min: Bit worried for Portugal here, as they are starting to allow Spain to play.

Not too sure if it's intentional but they are hardly seeing any of the ball – remind you of a recent game

9min: In fact it's all Spain now and they should be ahead. Andres Iniesta breaks into the penalty box where he tries to square for Alvaro Negredo.

The striker fails to control the ball but it squirms loose for Alvaro Arbeloa who side-foots over from 18 yards.

6min: The Spanish seem to have woken up as they finally have a spell on possession. Neither keeper forced into a testing save yet.

3min: Strange start, Spain have hardly seen any of the ball! The champions have already had to defend successive corners as Portugal apply the pressure.

Kick-off: Spain get us going.

19.43: My goodness there are so many empty seats inside the stadium.

This can't be down to lack of interest (it's a European Championship semi-final!), I just hope fans haven't been priced out of a ticket – would you be surprised if they had

19.40: Out come the players and here come the anthems – Ronaldo even joins in with his Portuguese team-mates for this one.

Spain players remain tight-lipped but then their anthem doesn't have any lyrics.

19.37: Despite my praise for Portugal, my prediction is that they are going down 2-0 tonight.

I just can't see anyway past this Spain squad – much stranger things have happened.

19.34: Spain meanwhile have been lukewarm by their (very) high standards.

They are still the team to beat though, France couldn't get anywhere near them in their 2-0 quarter-final loss.

19.31: Portugal have been accused of being a one-man team in this competition but I think that is unfair.

Cristiano Ronaldo has indeed taken the tournament by storm, but Raul Meireles, Joao Moutinho and Nani have been just as impressive.

Portugal look so much better than they did in the World Cup two years ago.

New partnership: Portugal's Hugo Almeida (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo will link up in attack

New partnership: Portugal's Hugo Almeida (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo will link up in attack

19.28: From InfostradaLive:

The reigning European Champions have been knocked out in the semifinals of the next Euros only once. (Euro 1992, Netherlands v Denmark).

19.25: Speaking of Ian Ladyman, check out his Euro 2012 diary here – lately he brings us what German back-up keepers actually do at major tournaments.

19.21: From Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman:

@bumpergraham tells me Negredo plays with specific instruction to put pressure on Bruno Alves. I presume he has also been told to score.

19.16: Some good news to bring you. Portugal legend Eusebio has been discharged from hospital, after being admitted over the weekend.

The 70-year-old has been in Poland/Ukraine to watch the tournament so it's good to hear he is okay.

19.11: Wow, turns out that Nuno Gomes strike to beat Spain at Euro 2004 was the last time they lost in this competition.

19.08: From InfostradaLive:

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his 14th appearance in an ECh match, equalling the record by Lus Figo and Nuno Gomes.

Showing your colours: Portugal and Spain fans wait in anticipation inside the ground

Showing your colours: Portugal and Spain fans wait in anticipation inside the ground

Showing your colours: Portugal and Spain fans wait in anticipation inside the ground

19.03: Don't forget folks, if you are out and about tonight you can still keep track of all the goals as they go in by having a cheeky look on Twitter and our Live Goals service that brings you every Euro 2012 strike as it goes in.

18.58: The last meeting though gave us goals galore.

Portugal ran riot to win 4-0 in a home friendly two years ago as Carlos Martins, a Sergio Ramos own goal, Helder Postiga and Hugo Almeida contributed to the score sheet.

I very much doubt we will see a repeat of that.

18.54: It was the same scoreline at Euro 2004 too, but on that occasion Portugal were victorious as Nuno Gomes came off the bench to net thew inner and send Spain crashing out in the group stage.

18.51: Back to the match at hand, I've already stated my high hopes for this one but recent history suggests it might not be the game we all want to see.

The last competitive meeting was at the last World Cup where Spain edged a turgid affair 1-0 thanks to a David Villa strike.

18.46: While for Portugal it's Hugo Almeida that takes their striker's role in place of Helder Postiga who was crocked in the quarter-final defeat of Czech Republic.

Silvestre Valera again has to make do as a bench warmer.

18.43: Big calls in both camps then. Fernando Torres is once again snubbed by Vicente del Bosque, with Alvaro Negrado getting the nod over the Chelsea striker, Cesc Fabregas and even Fernando Llorente.

Rumour must have got out that the Sevilla striker eats three Weetabix's for breakfast – let's see how he handles his starting role.

A few quick stretches: Cheerleaders warm up prior to Portugal's clash with Spain

A few quick stretches: Cheerleaders warm up prior to Portugal's clash with Spain

18.40: Spain squad:

Casillas, Pique, Ramos, Arbeloa, Alba, Iniesta, Xavi, Alonso, Busquets, Silva, Negredo

Subs: Valdes, Reina, Albiol, Martinez, Juanfran, Fabregas, Cazorla, Navas, Pedro Rodriguez, Torres, Mata, Llorente.

18.35: Portugal squad:

Patricio, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao, Pereira, Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles, Nani, Ronaldo, Almeida

Subs: Eduardo, Beto, Costa, Rolando, Lopes, Custodio, Quaresma, Micael, Viana, Oliveira, Varela, Postiga.

18.30: Well the show must go on. With UEFA giving Europe two days off from Euro 2012 to mourn the loss of England* we are back up and running with the first of two semi-finals.

First up, Portugal take on Spain – on paper at least a fast paced attacking encounter is on display. Bring it on I say, as I welcome you to Sportsmail's live coverage of Euro 2012.

*That's what I tell myself anyway.

Stretching it: Cristiano Ronaldo prepares for his Portugal side's match with Spain

Stretching it: Cristiano Ronaldo prepares for his Portugal side's match with Spain

Portsmouth in race to raise 1.8million – Michael Walker

On the road: Pompey's chimes in tune, but the clock is ticking

They banged the drum for Portsmouth for 90 minutes at London Road on Saturday.

That bloke with the bell was there as well. You could hear him. 'Play Up Pompey' was sung with gusto by the 1,276 fans who paid 18 to squeeze through Peterborough's cranking blue turnstiles and warm themselves on the tiny terrace with Portsmouth's first win in these parts since 1968.

'Is There A Fire Drill' they sang to dispirited home fans leaving their 3-0 defeat early. It was a Pompey party atmosphere on the terraces, but then, it goes without saying that Portsmouth do not win 3-0 away from home every week.

Three and easy: Portsmouth romped to away-day glory over Peterborough

Three and easy: Portsmouth romped to away-day glory over Peterborough

There was even a chirpy ditty about Harry Redknapp. That took you back. In a week when Portsmouth were given their latest winding-up order due to 1.8million owed to the taxman, the chant was a reminder, on an FA Cup weekend, of where Portsmouth were less than four years ago – and who Portsmouth were less than four years ago.

They finished eighth in the Premier League; they won the FA Cup 1-0 against Cardiff at Wembley. Visits to London Road were part of the past, so it was thought. Now liquidation looks as serious a possibility as administration.

David James, Glen Johnson, Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin, Hermann Hreidarsson – that was the big, experienced and wage-heavy back five at Wembley.

John Utaka, Pedro Mendes, Lassana Diarra, Niko Kranjcar and Sulley Muntari – that still reads like a gifted midfield.

Former glories: Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008 after beating Cardiff in the final

Former glories: Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008 after beating Cardiff in the final

And scorer Kanu was up front. No wonder they won the Cup – that team might do OK in the Premier League today.

Hreidarsson left for Coventry City earlier this month, but Kanu, who joined Arsenal in 1999 and Pompey in 2006, remains at Fratton Park. He is 35 and injured, but he is a link to that team, the only one.

Link to the old school: Pompey veteran Kanu

Link to the old school: Pompey veteran Kanu

Michael Appleton, the manager who replaced Steve Cotterill in November, may need Kanu soon. One of the obvious ways to raise the 1.8m owed to HMRC is to sell players and there were covetous managers at London Road on Saturday witnessing Portsmouth's impressive display.

The transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow night and there are offers for at least three Pompey players on the table from other Championship clubs.

A difficulty for buyers may be getting quick and clear responses. Sacha Gaydamak was allegedly the owner of Portsmouth when they won the Cup, though some said it was his father, the controversial Alexandre.

Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai became the fourth owner in a year when he took over in 2010 and he technically owns Ports-mouth FC. But there is a parent company,

Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), headed by Vladimir Antonov. CSI has gone into administration, but the club haven't – yet.

Administrators, however, are on the premises so to speak – as, apparently, is football agent Phil Smith. Got all that

The HMRC deadline for their 1.8m payment – money that well-run clubs budget for – is February 20.

There is a scenario that sees Portsmouth failing to meet that deadline, being placed in administration and docked 10 points by the Football League.

A cynic could consider that more, not less, likely after the 3-0 win at Peterborough. Had Pompey lost, a 10-point deduction would leave them bottom of the Championship.

After the victory, losing 10 points could leave them fourth bottom on goal difference and in with a fighter's chance of avoiding relegation. Winning points has made losing them more palatable.

This is where Portsmouth have got to in 2012. In the circumstances the supporters' loyalty is all the more admirable.

There is hope and a plan that the next ownership of the club will involve them in some role. It is a situation we have become all too familiar with, clubs run recklessly, then reliant on fans for a bail-out.

The relationship between them and Appleton and the players was visible at London Road. Amid the bewildering detail of the financial chaos sucking at the very existence of the club, that was something for the travelling fans to cling to on the long dance home to Fratton on Saturday night.

Gary gunning for Spurs

Gary Smith started his job at Stevenage by making history on his first day. It's all downhill from here. Smith is an interesting appointment to succeed serial texter Graham Westley, who departed for Preston.

In charge: New Stevenage boss Gary Smith

In charge: New Stevenage boss Gary Smith

An Arsenal schoolboy, Smith was a player at Wycombe under Martin O'Neill in the 90s. He was managing the Colorado Rapids before Stevenage.

Smith had gone to Colorado for
Arsenal to set up an academy – Arsenal and the Rapids are partners due
to Gunners' shareholder Stan Kroenke owning the Rapids.

Smith
quickly progressed to manager and they won the MLS in 2010, against the
odds. Smith, 42, had another Wycombe figure, Steve Guppy, alongside him
in America and they were both at Broadhall Way on Saturday to see
Stevenage reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in their
history by beating Notts County.

The reward is tantalising – a home game against Tottenham, the team Gary's father Roger played for!