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Football League matches cancelled between Sheffield United and Brentford, Shrewsbury and Oldham

Sheffield United v Brentford TV clash tops list of Football League matches postponed due to snow

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

09:12 GMT, 23 March 2013

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10:13 GMT, 23 March 2013

LEAGUE MATCHES POSTPONED

npower League 1
Sheff Utd v Brentford
Shrewsbury v Oldham
Crawley Town v Crewe

npower League 2
Port Vale v Aldershot
Chesterfield v Plymouth
Burton Albion v Wycombe
Rotherham v Exeter
Rochdale v Southend

Blue Square bet premier
Braintree Town v Alfreton Town
Barrow v Ebbsfleet United

The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Third Division
Annan Athletic v Queens Park
Elgin City v Clyde

Saturday's League One promotion clash between Sheffield United and Brentford has been postponed due to snow, a long with a number of other Football League fixtures.

Heavy snowfall across the country has hit the Football League schedule badly, with the match between Shrewsbury and Oldham Athletic also affected.

In League Two, Port Vale's home meeting with Aldershot was also wiped out, with groups of fans unable to clear the pitch as snow continued to fall.

Vale acknowledged the postponement on their website.

Chesterfield and Plymouth will also have to rearrange their fixture. So too will the games between Chesterfield and Plymouth, Burton Albion and Wycombe, Rotherham and Exeter and Rochdale and Southend.

No chance: Snow banks line the side of Greenhous Meadow stadium, home of Shrewsbury Town

No chance: Snow banks line the side of Greenhous Meadow stadium, home of Shrewsbury Town

Jessica Ennis" training venue Don Valley Stadium to be demolished

So much for the legacy! Ennis' training venue Don Valley Stadium to be demolished in cost-cutting measure

/13 is unsustainable as the stadium is running at a loss.

Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Ennis trains at the stadium. She was also discovered at the stadium when she went to a summer holidays athletics club when she was 10.

After her triumph in August, some people called for the Don Valley Stadium to be renamed in her honour. It is also home to the City of Sheffield Athletics Club.

Preparation: Ennis used Don Valley Stadium as a training venue

Preparation: Ennis used Don Valley Stadium as a training venue

Yesterday, after she received her CBE at Buckingham Palace, Ennis said: 'I've some amazing memories.

'I started my athletics career there. Having that iconic stadium in my home city is incredible.

'And to lose that would be such a shame for future athletes coming through. So I hope that the right decision's made.'

Double blow: Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello lost his full-time job with UK Atheltics

Double blow: Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello lost his full-time job with UK Atheltics

The council said it subsidises every visit by more than 5 and it requires major repair and maintenance work – totalling around 1.6 million.

It has proposed the reopening of the track at the smaller Woodbourn Road Stadium nearby.

The 25,000-seat stadium, which was a temporary home to Rotherham United for four seasons, was built as the centrepiece of a 147 million construction programme when Sheffield hosted the 1991 World Student Games.

Torquay appoint Alan Knill as interim manager

Torquay task Knill with stopping the rot after appointing ex-Bury boss until end of season

By
Pete Evans, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

Torquay have appointed Alan Knill as their interim manager until the end of the season.

The former Rotherham, Bury and Scunthorpe boss will work with assistant Shaun Taylor, who has been managing the Gulls for the last six games while manager Martin Ling has been absent on sick leave.

Knill faces a tough task at Plainmoor as he inherits a side who have lost their last five matches, the most recent a defeat at Aldershot last night.

New man: Alan Knill (right) watched Torquay lose to Aldershot

New man: Alan Knill (right) watched Torquay lose to Aldershot

Torquay stand just five points clear of the npower League Two relegation zone ahead of the visit of Port Vale on Saturday.

'Alan was suggested to us by some people in the football industry,' chairman Simon Baker told the club's official website.

'We had drawn up a shortlist and we checked up on Alan with people he had worked with, and they all gave him a glowing reference.

'We met him at Aldershot yesterday and we are delighted he has decided to come in and help us. He comes across as a very agreeable man but there is an edge of steel in him, which is what we need.'

On the slide: Torquay have struggled for form in recent months

On the slide: Torquay have struggled for form in recent months

Ling has been away from the club since the day his side recorded their last victory, a 1-0 win at Exeter on January 28, and Baker revealed the latest update on the former Leyton Orient manager's condition.

'The last I heard from Mrs Ling was that Martin is making progress and we will see how it all pans out,' Baker added.

'We will cross that bridge when it comes but our focus at the moment is between now and April 27, when the season comes to an end.'

League Two round-up: Gillingham remain top after 2-1 win at Rotherham

League Two round-up: Burton answers Millers boo-boys

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19:09 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:09 GMT, 8 December 2012

Deon Burton silenced the boos that greeted him at Rotherham as the former Millers striker fired npower League Two leaders Gillingham to a 2-1 win at the New York Stadium.

Burton left Rotherham under a cloud seven years ago after handing in a transfer request and it was no surprise therefore that he was booed when he took to the pitch.

On the mark: Deon Burton scored against his old club

On the mark: Deon Burton scored against his old club

The former Derby striker had the last laugh, though, as his eighth and ninth goals of the season gave the visitors the win, with Jason Taylor on the mark for the hosts.

Second-placed Port Vale are now six points behind the Gills after their five-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 home defeat to Chesterfield.

Jay O'Shea and Tendayi Darikwa were on target for the Spireites, who moved up to ninth.

Cheltenham now trail Vale by just one point after Darryl Duffy's winner gave them a 3-2 victory over Northampton at Sixfields Stadium.

Adebayo Akinfenwa continued his fine form by giving Northampton the lead after two minutes and a Billy Jones own goal doubled the hosts' advantage.

Darren Carter and Chris Zebroski scored twice within the space of three minutes to make it 2-2, however, and Duffy sealed the win 10 minutes from time with a close-range finish.

Bradford warmed up for their Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal with an Alan Connell-inspired victory over Torquay which lifts the Bantams above Rotherham into fourth.

Connell grabbed the only goal five minutes from time against his former club.

Fleetwood began life under Graham Alexander with a 0-0 home draw against Southend while bottom side Barnet drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon at Underhill.

Adam Mekki's late equaliser at Oxford was enough to move Aldershot out of the drop zone while Wycombe drew 2-2 with Morecambe at Adams Park.

Bristol Rovers dropped in to the bottom two with a 1-0 home defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge, who won the match courtesy of Sam Williams' seventh of season.

Rochdale's Terry Gornell scored a second-half double, but it was not enough to stop Exeter from moving into the play-off positions as they ran out 3-2 winners at Spotland.

A Jamal Fyfield own goal and Nick Chadwick's 90th-minute strike gave Plymouth a 2-0 win over York at Home Park in today's other fixture.

Mark Robins named Coventry manager

Robins returns with lowly Coventry in bid to lift gloom at the Ricoh Arena

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16:58 GMT, 19 September 2012

Mark Robins has been named as Coventry City’s new manager.

He has signed a three-year contract and is tasked with reviving their poor start to life in League One.

He said: 'This is a great opportunity. Coventry is a club with great tradition and, although we find ourselves in League One, the squad that has been assembled is better than the results so far have shown.

'I am relishing the opportunity to turn things around and bring better times for the Sky Blues supporters. There is a lot to be done and I will get straight to work with the players and backroom staff.'

Sky Blue chance: Mark Robins looks set to be named the new Coventry manager

Sky Blue chance: Mark Robins looks set to be named the new Coventry manager

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Coventry’s board have had several
candidates under review since sacking Andy Thorn earlier this season and
were thought to have whittled the list down to three, until Portsmouth
boss Appleton unexpectedly came under review.

Former
Blackburn and MK Dons boss Paul Ince and ex-Derby and Hull manager Phil
Brown were the other two frontrunners, but Robins off all three rivals
after impressing during a series of interviews.

The one-time Manchester United striker
launched his managerial career with Rotherham and further enhanced his
reputation after leaving to take over at Barnsley three years ago.

He led Barnsley to their best Championship finish for five years before quitting in the wake of a disagreement over budget restraints.

He has been out of work since leaving Oakwell in May, 2011 but let it be known he is ready to enter the fray again.

The 42-year old faces a daunting task at Coventry, following their relegation to League One at the end of last season. But he has always backed his ability to build a winning team on limited finances and will begin work on reviving Coventry’s ailing fortunes with immediate effect.

Mark Robins to be named new Coventry manager

Coventry go for Robins: Former Barnsley boss beats Ince and Brown

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 18 September 2012

Mark Robins looks to have seen off a late challenge from Michael Appleton and seems sure to be named Coventry City’s new manager in the next 24 hours.

Coventry’s board have had several candidates under review since sacking Andy Thorn earlier this season and were thought to have whittled the list down to three, until Portsmouth boss Appleton unexpectedly came under review.

Former Blackburn and MK Dons boss Paul Ince and ex-Derby and Hull manager Phil Brown were the other two frontrunners, but Robins appears to have seen off all three rivals after impressing during a series of interviews.

Sky Blue chance: Mark Robins looks set to be named the new Coventry manager

Sky Blue chance: Mark Robins looks set to be named the new Coventry manager

The one-time Manchester United striker launched his managerial career with Rotherham and further enhanced his reputation after leaving to take over at Barnsley three years ago.

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He led Barnsley to their best Championship finish for five years before quitting in the wake of a disagreement over budget restraints. He has been out of work since leaving Oakwell in May, 2011 but has let it be known he is ready to enter the fray again.

The 42-year old faces a daunting task at Coventry, following their relegation to League One at the end of last season. But he has always backed his ability to build a winning team on limited finances and will begin work on reviving Coventry’s ailing fortunes with immediate effect.

Steve Evans ban: Six matches and 3,000 fine

Rotherham boss Evans hit with six-match stadium ban and fine over lewd act during melee

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 10 September 2012

Controversial manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined 3,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of using abusive and insulting words and behaviour with a reference to gender.

The charge against the Rotherham boss, which dates back to when he was at Crawley, relates to a League Two match against Bradford City in March.

The Rotherham boss was accused of pulling
down his trousers in front of the woman on the night of the
ill-tempered clash which ended amid farcical scenes with five players
shown red cards.

Hot water: Steve Evans has been hit with six-match stadium ban and fine

Hot water: Steve Evans has been hit with six-match stadium ban and fine

At some point afterwards, it was said Evans was seen to perform the lewd act outside the changing rooms.

Evans left his post at Crawley, who subsequently won promotion to League One, in April to become Rotherham manager.

An FA statement read: 'Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held on Wednesday 5 September 2012, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined 3000.

'Mr Evans was charged with using abusive
and/or indecent and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a
participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the
Bradford City versus Crawley Town Football League Two fixture on 27
March 2012.

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'It was further alleged that the breach included a reference to gender, a breach of FA Rule E3(2). Mr Evans denied the charge and requested a personal hearing.

'The Commission found that Mr Evans had used abusive and insulting words and behaviour towards a participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the fixture which did include a reference to gender. The Commission did not find that Mr Evans had used indecent words or behaviour.

'Mr Evans has informed The Football Association that he does not wish to appeal the decision and therefore the sanction is now imposed with immediate effect.

'The stadium ban will prevent Mr Evans from attending the ground at which Rotherham United's first team are playing at any time during a match day.'

Evans expressed his disappointment at the decision but added in a statement: 'For the good of Rotherham United I accept the verdict and will move on with no further comment.'

A club statement read: 'Rotherham United acknowledge the decision of the FA today and will work closely with Steve Evans to ensure the penalty imposed does not affect our objectives for this season.

'The club wishes to stress that there will be no further comment on this matter.'

League Cup: First round draw revealed

Capital One Cup draw: Football League clubs begin chase for silverware

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UPDATED:

09:37 GMT, 14 June 2012

Last year's Blue Square Bet Premier winners Fleetwood will welcome two-time European champions Nottingham Forest to Highbury for their first ever Capital One Cup tie.

Micky Mellon's side, who smashed the 100-point barrier on their way to the title, host Forest in the most eye-catching contest of round one which will begin the week commencing August 13.

Wolves start life under manager Stale Solbakken by welcoming Aldershot, who earned a money-spinning home tie with Manchester United in this competition last term, to Molineux.

Up for the cup: Liverpool lifted the trophy after beating Cardiff on penalties

Up for the cup: Liverpool lifted the trophy after beating Cardiff on penalties

Beaten finalists Cardiff travel to
Northampton while Barnsley boss Keith Hill will go back to Rochdale for
the first time since leaving them for Oakwell.

In other stand-out ties, York, who
were promoted to npower League Two via the play-offs, face a trip to
Doncaster, Paolo Di Canio's Swindon visit Gus Poyet's Brighton while
Birmingham, who were winners of the competition two years ago, host
Barnet at St Andrew's.

Capital Once Cup draw

Derby County v Scunthorpe United
Rochdale v Barnsley
Port Vale v Burnley
Notts County v Bradford City
Hull City v Rotherham United
Fleetwood Town v Nottingham Forest
Carlisle United v Accrington Stanley
Doncaster Rovers v York City
Crewe Alexandra v Hartlepool United
Bury v Middlesbrough
Chesterfield v Tranmere Rovers
Sheffield United v Burton Albion
Blackpool v Morecambe
Leeds United v Shrewsbury Town
Preston North End v Huddersfield Town
Oldham Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday
Cheltenham Town v Milton Keynes Dons
Ipswich Town v Bristol Rovers
Stevenage v AFC Wimbledon
Exeter City v Crystal Palace
Yeovil Town v Colchester United
Birmingham City v Barnet
Bristol City v Gillingham
Northampton Town v Cardiff City
Plymouth Argyle v Portsmouth
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aldershot Town
Walsall v Brentford
Millwall v Crawley Town
Torquay United v Leicester City
Dagenham & Redbridge v Coventry City
Peterborough United v Southend United
Swindon Town v Brighton & Hove Albion
Watford v Wycombe Wanderers
Charlton Athletic v Leyton Orient
Oxford United v AFC Bournemouth

Championship, League 1 and League 2
clubs take part with the exception of the two highest placed clubs in
last season's league tables – Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers.

Both clubs will enter the competition along with 13 Premier League clubs at the second round stage (w/c August 27).

The seven Premier League clubs that
have qualified for European competition – Manchester City, Manchester
United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Newcastle United and
holders Liverpool – join the action in the third round (w/c September
24).

And the Final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Brad Jones – from loan ranger to Liverpool"s Wembley goalkeeper

How Brad Jones has gone from loan ranger to Liverpool's man with the gloves at Wembley

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13:43 GMT, 11 April 2012

Having conceded three cheap goals, David James once claimed that he was not ready after coming on as a sub for England in a friendly against Denmark.

The former Liverpool goalkeeper had no excuse considering he was playing under Sven Goran Eriksson, who was infamous for his obsession with substitutes in friendlies.

For Brad Jones, a little rustiness can be forgiven considering the extraordinary couple of weeks Liverpool’s third-choice goalkeeper has had.

Before the Reds’ game against Newcastle at the start of the month he wasn’t even on the bench, now Jones will be keeping sticks for Liverpool in their first FA Cup date at Wembley for 15 years.

Saving grace: Brad Jones keeps out Yakubu's penalty last night

Saving grace: Brad Jones keeps out Yakubu's penalty last night

Turnaround: Jones struggles to keep his composure on the pitch

Turnaround: Jones struggles to keep his composure on the pitch

After spending much of his 10-year career playing back-up in the Premier League and spending time on loan elsewhere, it is a prime example of expecting the unexpected.

Brad Jones was born in Perth, Western Australia, on March 19, 1982 and learned his keeping trade at local side Bayswater City. After turning 17, the 6ft 3in stopper joined Middlesbrough in 1999.

Following a short stint at Irish side Shelbourne, the Antipodean made his football league debut during a loan spell at League One side Stockport in December 2002. It was one to forget however, as County lost 4-1 at home to Bristol City and he never played for the club again.

Two more loan spells away from the Riverside Stadium followed in the 2003/04 campaign. First a two-month deal at Rotherham at the start of the season where he didn’t play a game, then at Blackpool.

At Bloomfield Road, Jones began to show potential. In the seven games he played, Blackpool won five of them 1-0, while the other two were 1-0 defeats.

Middlesbrough recalled him and on January 3, 2004, Jones finally made his Boro debut in a 2-0 FA Cup win at home to Notts County. Four days later he made his Premier League debut in a 2-1 win against Fulham.

Leap of faith: Jones in action for Middlesbrough

Leap of faith: Jones in action for Middlesbrough

But the return of Mark Schwarzer soon relegated Jones to understudy once again although despite not playing a single minute in the competition, Jones picked up a winners’ medal in Boro’s 2004 Carling Cup success.

The following season Jones returned to Blackpool on loan before featuring in five league games for Middlesbrough at the back end of the term.

The 2005/06 campaign suggested Jones was going to make his breakthrough at Middlesbrough after featuring 16 times, but the following season once again had him going on loan, this time to Sheffield Wednesday.

During his 15-game run at the Championship side a series of below-par performances saw him targeted by the home fans and in a 3-2 win against QPR at Hillsborough the keeper was even pelted with coins.

Borrowed time: Jones gives away a penalty during an ill-fated loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday

Borrowed time: Jones gives away a penalty during an ill-fated loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday

But good news followed the end of the season as in June 2007 the Australian was called up to earn the first of, so far, two international caps in a friendly against Uruguay.

However, just like at Stockport five years earlier, it was a disaster. The Socceroos lost 2-1 after Jones spilled a cross late on in the game that allowed Alvaro Recoba to head home.

Domestically he was on the rise though. Nearly 10 years after joining the club, Jones finally became first-choice for Middlesbrough after Schwarzer departed for Fulham in 2008, but injury meant he didn’t become a regular until mid-season.

The campaign ended in disaster for Boro though, with the club relegated from the Premier League after an 11-year stay. Jones featured 22 times throughout the year and maintained his place for the following campaign in the Championship.

Srewth!: Jones concedes two in shocking Australia debut

Srewth!: Jones concedes two in shocking Australia debut

His resulting form in England’s second tier warranted international recognition once more and he was called up to Australia’s squad for the 2010 World Cup – but tragedy would strike.

The keeper pulled out of the squad after it was revealed his four-year-old son, Luca, had been diagnosed with leaukaemia. The youngster sadly passed away in November last year following an 18-month battle against the illness.

On the pitch, Jones returned to the Premier League in August 2010 after new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson snapped him up as understudy to Pepe Reina for 2.3million – but his unfortunate debuts continued to plague him.

The stopper’s first night in a Reds shirt came during Liverpool’s shock third round Carling Cup exit to Northampton on penalties at Anfield. Although he was largely blameless for the defeat, any positives gained from the game were muted by the hysteria over Liverpool’s poor start under Hodgson.

Kop KO: Jones is beaten from the spot as Liverpool suffer penalties humiliation at home to Northampton

Kop KO: Jones is beaten from the spot as Liverpool suffer penalties humiliation at home to Northampton

Jones featured once more that season in a 0-0 Europa League draw against Utrecht before going on loan to Championship side Derby for the rest of the 2010/11 campaign. It was a largely unsuccessful spell as the keeper again conceded four on his debut at Cardiff, but worse was to come.

On April 30, 2011 during a 2-0 defeat against Bristol City (a bogey team it seems), the keeper allowed an effort to squirm under his body after just six minutes, with manager Nigel Clough claiming the error had demoralised the team – it proved to be his seventh and final game for the Rams.

New Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish also lost faith in the keeper by signing Brazilian international Doni to act as back-up for Reina last summer. For Jones, his Anfield career looked over before it had even really started.

The poor showing against Bristol City at Pride Park was his last competitive appearance before his re-emergence at Blackburn on Tuesday night.

While his penalty save was admirable in the way he outfoxed former Middlesbrough team-mate Yakubu, Jones looked every inch a goalkeeper who hadn’t played in a year.

Some shaky catches and untidy stops went unpunished, but his howler to push Yakubu over and concede another penalty showed his lack of playing time. Andy Carroll’s late winner for Liverpool will ensure his rusty gloves will be overlooked though.

Shaky signs: Despite the penalty save Jones looked uneasy at Blackburn

Shaky signs: Despite the penalty save Jones looked uneasy at Blackburn

It’s been an incredible fortnight for Jones which has seen him return to the squad and then make his Liverpool league debut. But the best news the 30-year-old has received is his partner, Dani Lawrence, giving birth to another son, Nico Luca Jones.

Tragedy: Jones with wife Dani and late son Luca

Tragedy: Jones with wife Dani and late son Luca

Two weeks after being out in the Liverpool wilderness, Brad Jones will now line up against Merseyside rivals Everton in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. For what is arguably the biggest game of his career, you can bet he will be more ready this time than David James was in Copenhagen.

Chris Eubank Jnr is emerging from his father"s shadow – EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: How Chris Eubank Jnr is stepping out of his father's shadow

It was always going to be difficult being Chris Eubank's son, Chris Eubank concedes. A bit like Johnny Cash's Boy Named Sue.

Chris Eubank Jnr grew up in Brighton with a father who, for all his stellar boxing achievements, came complete with jodhpurs, boots, a monocle, a cane and a gigantic American truck. And that was just to take the boy to school.

I'm no longer the star: Eubank Snr admits it is time for his son to take centre stage

I'm no longer the star: Eubank Snr admits it is time for his son to take centre stage

'Sometimes it would cause a bit of, erm, controversy. I would get into… situations. Most of the time, it was a buzz. It definitely toughened me up.'

As did the best part of four years in Las Vegas as the 'Limey' amateur learning his trade in the school of hardest knocks. It was reported that the former world middleweight champion had taken his son to the gambling and boxing mecca and arranged for him to be adopted by a local woman.

Champion in waiting Eubank Jnr is tipped to have a bright future

Champion in waiting Eubank Jnr is tipped to have a bright future

'That's for a different interview,' Eubank Snr declares. 'We don't want to talk about it ahead of the fight. No comment.'

For the then-teenager, it was very much part of the learning process. 'I was the new kid on the block and I had an accent. That was never really a problem. The other guys knew I was there to do the business. It was tough, though. I was out there myself with no family or friends, fighting in hard gyms. But by coming through that I could return to England and show you guys my calibre.'

What about homesickness 'I have never been affected by that. But if I had been I would not tell you.'

No way the 22-year-old was going to reveal even a hint of weakness with his second professional fight just 48 hours away, an undercard bout tonight against Jason Ball in Rotherham. It's not all glamour.

For Senior, as they are differentiated when together, it always has been. Typical, therefore, that the interview should be conducted at his insistence in the five-star grandeur of the Dorchester Hotel in London's Mayfair, his favoured bolthole when in the country.

As coach of the Angola boxing team preparing for the Olympic Games, he spends most of his time these days in Africa. Gone is the aristocratic look – no riding breeches or monocle – and in its place are drainpipe designer jeans, an immaculate high-buttoned dark jacket and, in a last hurrah for eccentricity, a pair of turquoise crocodile-skin winklepickers which had been turning heads since his arrival from Luanda that morning.

'When it comes down to it, and I need to, I can turn into a bad man'

Junior looks much more urban in T-shirt, baggy jeans and what the interviewer would call (probably wrongly) an anorak. You can't write about any Eubank without talking fashion. Unlike fashion, some things never change.

Senior can barely walk a yard, even through the genteel surroundings of the Dorchester tearoom, without a wave of recognition or someone offering his hand, always gladly accepted.

Outside, while trying to tell the photographer his job, ever so politely, of course, passing lorry drivers honk their horns.

'I am no longer the star,' father says. 'Chris has got to take centre stage. I am teaching him to take the lead and he has got to know and recognise where the lead is. That is why I pulled him up out there. I should not be walking as though I am the star. He should be.'

Centre of attention: Eubank enjoyed a tumultuous relationship with Nigel Benn (right) in the nineties

Centre of attention: Eubank enjoyed a tumultuous relationship with Nigel Benn (right) in the nineties

This is a reference to a minor telling-off which Senior regards as advice and Junior, were he not so polite and deferential, might view as nagging. Surprisingly, perhaps, Senior allows Junior to get in a word or two among his rambling, occasionally baffling monologues.

'Twas ever the case. They tend to be the cue for Junior to immerse himself in his iPhone and, frankly, who can blame him But the young boxer, who won the Western States Golden Gloves in only his sixth amateur fight, has a voice of his own, even if in timbre, at least, he sounds a lot like his old man.

No ordinary Joe: Eubank's unique fashion sense has been well documented

No ordinary Joe: Eubank's unique fashion sense has been well documented

'I know I have to take centre stage,' he says. 'I have got to get used to it. Just now everyone wants to talk to my father but I am soon going to catch him and they will want to shake my hand. I have got to be ready for that.'

If there is obvious pressure from being the son of a famous father then it only heightens with paternal claims that most would consider extravagant and premature.

'There are certain things I can't say to you because it is going to sound crazy,' says Senior, saying them anyway.

'After just one pro fight, it is clear that his ability is far superior to anything else in Europe. 'I am not looking at the fighter. I am looking at his mindset. Nothing tells me he cuts corners, nothing tells me he skips a day, nothing tells me he has three minds or two minds. Everything tells me he has one mind. He is very single-minded. These are the guys who make it.

'I will tell you something else. I always tried to be nice and reasonable. He is not like me. He is nasty, he is ruthless, he is vicious. I may have looked mean but I was not. He has a real mean streak.'

Junior is listening now. 'When I get into a fight situation I definitely have a dark side. I can look good and box with style but when it comes down to it, and I need to, I can turn into a bad man.'

Tune in to Channel 5 tonight and you will see the familiar jump over the ropes and the pose and hear the family theme song Simply The Best. Look carefully and you will detect a recent haircut.

'Fifteen quid in Wandsworth,' Junior says. Dad was famous for his haircuts, spending 1,000 on fuel for the truck to drive to Manchester for a trim. I once interviewed him by looking into a mirror as a hairdresser snipped insufficient hair to fill a mouse's pillowslip.

'That was Terry,' Senior enthuses before fetching a picture of him on his mobile phone. Who else but Chris would have a photograph of his barber on his phone Boxing needs more Chris Eubanks. Sounds like the game might have another.