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Georgie Thompson makes F1 return just two races after quitting Sky Sports

Presenter Thompson makes Formula One return just months after quitting Sky Sports

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

14:29 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 8 April 2013

Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One just two races after turning her back on the sport.

The pint-sized presenter, who left Sky Sports' coverage after only one season, is the new face of Lotus sponsor Suremen.

Scroll down for video of Georgie presenting Sky Sports' F1 coverage last season

GEORGIE THOMPSON

Back in the fast lane: Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One as an ambassador for Sure

GEORGIE THOMPSON

GEORGIE THOMPSON

'It's great to be involved in a
campaign focused on F1 and Suremen is such an exciting brand to be
involved with, especially given the strong early season form of the
Lotus, with Kimi Raikkonen winning the first race,' Thompson said.

'It's a brand that fits really well with the fast-paced and exhilarating F1 lifestyle – I'm really looking forward to being a part of such an exciting project.'

Thompson ended her 11-year stint as the face of Sky Sports News to join the corporation's F1 presenting team for their inaugural foray into the sport.

Georgie Thompson

Glamour race: Georgie was disillusioned with her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Glamour Race: Georgie was disappointed at her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Georgie Thompson

Georgie Thompson

But the 35-year-old host turned her back on F1 after becoming disillusioned with playing second fiddle to main presenter Simon Lazenby.

Thompson informed Sky of her decision in the build-up to this season's first F1 show, which aired on February 15. Her profile has since been airbrushed out of the team shot on the Sky Sports F1 website.

VIDEO Georgie Thompson on Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Paul Ince lands Blackpool manager job – and chance to be son Tom"s boss!

EXCLUSIVE: Ince lands Blackpool job… and the chance to manage his son Tom!

– present

Gordon Strachan and Gavin Strachan
Coventry – 1997-2001

Ince was the latest in a long line to
have talks with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston and will be unveiled as
the new Bloomfield Road boss.

The 45-year old former MK Dons,
Blackburn and Notts County manager has been out of work since April
2011.

However, he impressed Oyston with his knowledge of Blackpool’s strengths
and weaknesses after watching every one of their games this season.

Father
of Blackpool's star forward Tom Ince, the ex-Manchester United and
Liverpool midfielder has agreed to retain assistant manager Steve
Thompson, who has served as caretaker in recent weeks, as his No 2.

Paul was in the crowd last week to see 21-year-old Tom score for England Under 21s in their 4-0 win over Sweden.

Back in the game: Ince's last job in management ended with the sack from Notts County in April 2011

Back in the game: Ince's last job in management ended with the sack from Notts County in April 2011

Lionheart: Ince had a top class career as a player with England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan

Lionheart: Ince had a top class career as a player with England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan

But Ince Snr was spotted getting a clip round the ear from wife Claire
for sitting in silent appreciation of his son's goal on the rebound late
in the first half as though he'd seen him score for England a
million times before.

Claire, by contrast, was right on her feet and jumping about in
celebration – before whacking her husband to encourage him to liven up!

Bright future: England U21 star Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading, among others

Bright future: England U21 star Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading, among others

Bright future: Young Lion Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading among others

Bright future: Young Lion Tom Ince has attracted interest from Liverpool and Reading among others

VIDEO Watch Paul Ince get a clip round the ear from his missus – for not celebrating son Tom's goal!

M&C Saatchi complete ground-breaking deal with Merlin talent agency

Magic touch: M&C Saatchi seal Merlin tie-up in bid to rule world of sport and entertainment

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

09:58 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 24 January 2013

The biggest players in sport will join up with some of the leading lights in showbusiness in a company aimed at ruling the world of entertainment.

M&C Saatchi UK Group, one of the world’s fastest growing global communications companies, has acquired leading talent management agency Merlin Elite.

It combines leading sportsmen, such as Amir Khan, with Merlin’s stable of clients, including Andrew Flintoff, Jamie and Louise Redknapp, pop star Jay Kay, TV personality and fashion model Jodie Kidd and radio presenter Jamie Theakston.

Deal: Amir Khan (right) is represented by M&C Saatchi

Deal: Amir Khan (right) is represented by M&C Saatchi

It is the first time a global advertising agency has bought a talent business and the ground-breaking enterprise sees M&C Saatchi acquire a majority 60 per cent of the talent business, with the new company, M&C Saatchi Merlin, becoming the first new organisation to be part of M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment Group.

To be based at M&C Saatchi’s headquarters in London, M&C Saatchi Merlin will act as a stand-alone business and will look to further grow its portfolio in sport, TV and entertainment, with a number of new names expected to join the line-up.

Represented: Andrew Flintoff

Represented: Andrew Flintoff

Since founding Merlin a decade ago,
chairman Richard Thompson has built an impressive roster of clients
within sport and entertainment and he commented: 'I am extremely excited to be joining the M&C Saatchi family. With the quality of people I have met, to the level of creativity and professionalism, I have no doubt this merger of talents will help create a new breed of Management Company – the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

'Talent management, both for sportspeople and entertainers, has fundamentally remained the same for the past thirty years. M&C Saatchi Merlin will have a creative approach to managing, nurturing and developing a career that will be unique. This acquisition demonstrates why M&C Saatchi have long been regarded as pioneers.'

Steve Martin added: 'This is not about selling Merlin’s talent portfolio back to our existing clients. We are joining forces with Merlin Elite to allow us to develop new revenue streams, build valuable intellectual property and harness some of the best talent in the country. It is a pioneering business model and the combination of creativity with strategic personal management will really freshen up a part of the industry that has been doing the same thing for a long time.'

The board of M&C Saatchi Merlin will consist of Richard Thompson, who will be chairman, Sian Connolly, Merlin Elite MD, Steve Martin, Lisa Thomas and Jamie Hewitt, M&C Saatchi Group FD.

Lisa Thomas, CEO M&C Saatchi (UK) Group, added: 'The combination of these two incredibly successful businesses will form a formidable powerhouse in our growth areas of Sports and Entertainment. M&C Saatchi Group has always done things differently and we are delighted to lead the way with this brutally simple, strategic acquisition.'

Dereck Chisora to return to the ring on March 16 – as long as he is granted license

Chisora hopes for ring return in March – as long as he receives licence from British board

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

12:50 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:52 GMT, 14 January 2013

Heavyweight bad boy Dereck Chisora will return to the ring at Wembley Arena on March 16 – if he is cleared to fight by the British Boxing Board of Control.

The Londoner was stripped of his licence last year after a shameful brawl with David Haye at a post-fight press conference in Munich in February following his defeat by WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko.

The two protagonists settled their differences in the ring at Upton Park in July under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation when Haye stopped the 29-year-old in the fifth round.

Back in the ring: Dereck Chisora hopes to be fighting again in March

Back in the ring: Dereck Chisora hopes to be fighting again in March

Chisora, who has taken anger management classes in a bid to convince the Board he is fit to hold a licence, expects to hear shortly whether he will be cleared to fight on the same card as world champions Ricky Burns and Nathan Cleverly and Commonwealth champion George Groves.

'I've been keeping quite busy,' he said. 'I've been in the gym and I've been running.'

Chisora will hope that victory over 10 rounds in March – against an opponent yet to be named – will propel him back among the contenders for a world title or set him up to challenge David Price for his British and Commonwealth belts.

The undefeated Liverpudlian is open to the idea of fighting Chisora but must first face American Tony Thompson on home soil on February 23 at the Echo Arena.

League One round-up: Sheffield United stay top

League One round-up: Blades stay top with routine victory

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19:34 GMT, 26 December 2012

Sheffield United retained their place at the summit of npower League One with a 3-0 victory over relegation-haunted Scunthorpe.

Shaun Miller and Dave Kitson were on target while Nick Blackman struck a penalty to secure a routine win for the Blades.

Max Power and Adam McGurk were on the scoresheet as second-placed Tranmere came from behind to end a six-match winless league run with a 2-1 victory against Crewe.

Top of the table: Sheffield United's Shaun Miller (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Scunthorpe

Top of the table: Sheffield United's Shaun Miller (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Scunthorpe

Brentford continued their quest for automatic promotion with an impressive 3-1 victory over Colchester.

The Bees were two goals ahead inside 12 minutes as Marcello Trotta broke the deadlock and, after Josh Thompson was dismissed for a professional foul, Adam Forshaw smashed in the free-kick from 18 yards.

RESULTS:

Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 0

Carlisle 3 Hartlepool 0

Colchester 1 Brentford 3

Leyton Orient P – P Swindon

MK Dons 2 Walsall 4

Oldham 1 Doncaster 2

Portsmouth 1 Crawley 2

Preston 0 Bury 0

Sheff Utd 3 Scunthorpe 0

Shrewsbury 2 Notts County 2

Stevenage 1 Coventry 3

Tranmere 2 Crewe Alexandria 1

Drey Wright halved the deficit and although Tom Adeyemi was sent off for two bookings, Brentford secured the win thanks to Harlee Dean's 85th-minute strike.
Will Grigg scored twice as Walsall completed a league double over high-flying MK Dons with a 4-2 win.

Grigg's brace plus goals from Febian Brandy and Jamie Paterson handed the Saddlers a second successive win, while Ryan Lowe and Dean Bowditch were both on target for the below-par Dons.

Crawley came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Portsmouth and extend the Blues' winless run to 11 matches.

Pompey took the lead at Fratton Park when Paul Benson converted Scott Allan's cross after 10 minutes only for strikes from Mat Sadler and Billy Clarke to wrestle back the initiative.

Shrewsbury rescued a useful point with a late equaliser to frustrate promotion hopefuls Notts County in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Greenhous Meadow.

The lively Jon Taylor's 81st-minute cross from the right took a deflection and goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was left red faced as he fumbled the ball into his own net.

Harlee Dean (right) celebrates scoring the thrid goal for Brentford, his team are now two points off the top with a game in hand

Harlee Dean (right) celebrates scoring the thrid goal for Brentford, his team are now two points off the top with a game in hand

The Shrews had gone in front in the 19th minute with a neatly-taken goal from County old boy Luke Rodgers. Lee Hughes equalised before County moved ahead on the stroke of half time through Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Lewis Grabban scored his seventh goal in as many games as play-off chasing Bournemouth thumped Yeovil 3-0 at Dean Court.

A goal in each half by Grabban and Harry Arter, prior to Brett Pitman's late penalty, earned the Cherries a 12th win in a remarkable run of 14 unbeaten matches.
David McGoldrick completed the fightback after Coventry came from a goal down to beat Stevenage 3-1.

Lucas Akins gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot, but goals from Richard Wood, Carl Baker and McGoldrick secured the points.

In the hunt: Coventry's Carl Baker (centre) scores past to move his side just five points off the playoffs

In the hunt: Coventry's Carl Baker (centre) scores past to move his side just five points off the playoffs

Preston's winless league run at Deepdale dating back to September 29 continued after the Lilywhites drew a blank in a goalless draw at home to north west rivals Bury.

David Syers scored a last-minute winner as Doncaster prevailed 2-1 at Oldham.

Rovers took an early lead through Rob Jones after Billy Paynter's flick from a Cotterill free-kick had come back off the post before Youssouff M'Changama levelled.

Sam Collins, Matt Robson and Lee Miller fired Carlisle to a 3-0 victory over Hartlepool.

Phil Parkinson hopes Bradford can use victory over Arsenal as a springboard to success

'We want to put Bradford on the map again': Parkinson aims to use Arsenal victory as springboard to success

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UPDATED:

00:36 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson hopes his club are on the way back after they stunned Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

League Two Bantams were three minutes away from a normal-time win at Valley Parade, with Thomas Vermaelen's equaliser cancelling out Garry Thompson`s early opener.

Unbridled glee: Bradford players celebrate with keeper Matt Duke after winning on penalties

Unbridled glee: Bradford players celebrate with keeper Matt Duke after winning on penalties

But City were not thrown off course and hung on for a penalty shoot-out which they duly won 3-2 – their ninth successive shoot-out win.

It is a decade since Bradford were in the Premier League but now, with a semi-final place secured, Parkinson hopes they are on their way back to the top.

Famous victory: Phil Parkinson's team gave Valley Parade an evening to cherish

Famous victory: Phil Parkinson's team gave Valley Parade an evening to cherish

'The lads were terrific, the commitment was first class and considering we were three minutes away…. People will talk about penalties but our overall performance was outstanding,' he told Sky Sports 1.

'Arsenal have got world class players and played their strongest team, but you have to give the players so much credit.

Quick out of the blocks: After Garry Thompson gave the Bantams a 16th minute lead, Bradford held the upper hand

Quick out of the blocks: After Garry Thompson gave the Bantams a 16th minute lead, Bradford held the upper hand

'I hope this can be the first of many nights like this for Bradford City. We want to put Bradford on the map again. I want them to have a team to be proud of.'

Midfielder Gary Jones, a scorer in the shoot-out, called it 'one of the best nights of my life' before adding: 'We've just knocked Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup. It was 11 v 11 and we had to keep our shape and frustrate them.'

Saving grace: Matt Duke repels Santi Cazorla's penalty

Saving grace: Matt Duke repels Santi Cazorla's penalty

Goalkeeper Matt Duke saved a penalty from Santi Cazorla and said: 'We set our stall out and the men in front of me were fantastic. We are really fit as a team and that showed.'

Lord knows when England will host World Cup, jokes Sepp Blatter

Only the Lord can bring the World Cup back to England now, jokes Blatter

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12:56 GMT, 20 November 2012

Sepp Blatter has told England they need to start praying if they are ever to host the World Cup again.

The FA bitterly lost out in the race to host the 2018 tournament, with the game’s elite voting for it to go to Russia instead.

England cannot bid to host the finals until after the 2026 edition – and FIFA president Blatter has suggested only the Lord can save their dream.

Lord knows: Sepp Blatter has joked about England's hopes of hosting the World Cup finals

Lord knows: Sepp Blatter has joked about England's hopes of hosting the World Cup finals

He told the London Evening Standard: ‘One of the gods up there, the god of football perhaps, knows. I will ask Joseph Ratzinger [the Pope]. You know who Joseph Ratzinger is

‘I will ask him. Every morning he is speaking with the Lord, so he will tell me.’

In a more serious moment, Blatter has told England to get over their defeat and accept that others have the right to host the World Cup.

He added: ‘In our game, you have also to accept defeat. England has given us, not only this beautiful game of football, but also the term fair play. And fair play means accepting defeat.

Defeat: England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup spectacularly failed

Defeat: England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup spectacularly failed

‘England should accept they got only two votes [one of them from the Englishman on the executive, Geoff Thompson]. If they had 11 [out of the 24] votes, they could be disappointed.

‘They could say who did it It was not one person, it was the general movement that did not want England. So who is responsible for the defeat’

Rolling back the years: England last hosted a major tournament in 1996 for the European Championship

Rolling back the years: England last hosted a major tournament in 1996 for the European Championship

Anniversary of the first colour transmission of Match of the Day

'You can see the colour of their hair!' A look back at the first colour transmission of Match of the Day 43 years ago today

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UPDATED:

13:37 GMT, 15 November 2012

We all remember the first time we were allowed to sit up late and watch Match of the Day.

It was a rite of passage into what seemed a grown-up world of men in suits and ties exchanging opinions on what had passed at grounds up and down the country that day.

But more excitingly, it guaranteed goals and action and the magic of seeing your heroes in your front room. And that wonderful feeling became even more vivid 43 years ago today.

For the first time, Match of the Day was broadcast in glorious Technicolor on November 15, 1969. What was once a soulless sludge of black and grey now exploded into all the hues of the rainbow as though the curtains had been drawn and the light let in.

First game in colour: A snapshot from Liverpool vs. West Ham United on November 15, 1969 - the first Match of the Day game in colour. Ron Greenwood (right) checks on the fitness of Billy Bonds

First game in colour: A snapshot from Liverpool vs. West Ham United on November 15, 1969 – the first Match of the Day game in colour. Ron Greenwood (right) checks on the fitness of Billy Bonds

Commentating in Colour: Kenneth Wolstenholme on Match of the Day duty. The programme's first colour broadcast was on November 15, 1969

Commentating in Colour: Kenneth Wolstenholme on Match of the Day duty. The programme's first colour broadcast was on November 15, 1969

MATCH FACTS

Liverpool 2 West Ham United 0
Saturday November 15, 1969 at Anfield
Attendance: 39,668

Liverpool: Tommy Lawrence; Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith, Emlyn Hughes, Ron Yeats; Ian Callaghan, Peter Thompson, Ian St John, Steve Peplow (Roger Hunt); Bobby Graham, Geoff Strong

West Ham United: Bobby Ferguson; Bobby Moore, Alan Stephenson, Bobby Howe, Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard; Ronnie Boyce, Trevor Brooking, Harry Redknapp; Clyde Best, Geoff Hurst

Goalscorers: Lawler 27, Graham 60

For the first time, viewers could enjoy the fresh green of the pitch, their favourite side’s colours, the tint of the star striker’s hair and the glorious sight of a sea of scarves, banners and rosettes being waved on a swaying terrace.

We take it for granted nowadays – in fact, many of us won’t settle for watching Match of the Day unless it’s in pixel-popping High Definition or even 3D – but we shouldn’t underestimate just what a revolution this was in 1969.

It was in 1966 that the BBC unveiled plans to start broadcasting television programmes in colour. Initially, colour output would be limited to just four hours a week on BBC Two, which had launched in 1964. This would then be gradually cranked up depending on how people reacted.

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Colour pic of Liverpool's Ian St John from 1967

Much better: Match of the Day's switch to colour meant football fans could see heroes like Bobby Moore (left) and Ian St John (right) in full colour for the first time

The match ticked all the boxes – Bill Shankly was slowly but surely moulding Liverpool into the pre-eminent force in English and European football, while West Ham still carried the Spirit of ’66 with Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters in their side, not to mention Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard Sr and Harry Redknapp.

Plus, as MOTD producer Alec Weeks pointed out, Anfield was the kind of noisy and colourful venue you wanted for such an occasion. Indeed, it had been a game between Liverpool and Arsenal on the ground on August 22, 1964 that first launched the programme.

The first Match of the Day in 1964

‘We chose Liverpool for the first colour transmission because we wanted a colourful place,’ Weeks told the Liverpool Echo on the day of the match.

‘There’s nowhere as colourful as Anfield, both literally and in character, with the Kop and their comments.

‘Football in colour is fantastic. Tonight the red and light blue on the green will stand out. Identification of the players is much easier – you can see the colour of their hair, even the blushes if someone is being bawled out!’

Just as there had been a nationwide scramble for black and white television sets and aerials when Match of the Day started out in 1964, the excitement generated by such comments left Merseyside electrical retailers besieged. Everyone wanted to watch the Reds – and everyone else – in full colour.

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Liverpool team photo 1969-1970

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Cutting edge: A customer takes a closer look at a new colour television at the 1967 Ideal Home Exhibition

Viewers saw 35 minutes of colour highlights from Liverpool’s 2-0 win over the Hammers. This was well before clubs were equipped for TV crews and so the Anfield boardroom had to be converted into a makeshift studio. ‘It was a mammoth task,’ said Liverpool secretary Peter Robinson. ‘Extra lighting had to be installed in the boardroom.’

Goals from Chris Lawler and Bobby Graham won the game for Liverpool in a torrid weekend for West Ham. Peters had been forced to return to London on the eve of the match to deal with an urgent family matter and manager Ron Greenwood had call young Scouse trainee Bobby Sutton into the squad.

Sutton was only there for the experience and to see his mum, who worked in the Anfield canteen! He didn’t take part in the game however.

Liverpool finished fifth that season, while West Ham languished in 17th.

West Ham in colour action at Manchester United later in 1969-1970

But football coverage had been transformed forever. There was no turning back for Match of the Day, with every week from then on seeing extensive match highlights in colour.

Gradually, cameras were sent to more and more grounds and other advances such as instant replays added, as more and more people made the switch to colour sets in order to watch this English institution.

A NATIONAL TREASURE: TIMELINE OF MATCH OF THE DAY

1958: BBC screens its first live football match, the FA Cup semi-final between Fulham and Manchester United.

August 22, 1964: First edition of Match of the Day, screened on BBC Two at 6.30pm. Showed highlights of just one match, Liverpool vs. Arsenal at Anfield. The estimated audience was a mere 20,000 because BBC Two was only available in London at the time.

The Original Anfield Cat: The Match of the Day cameras picked up this moggy, who ran the whole length of the Anfield pitch at the first broadcast game between Liverpool and Arsenal in 1964

The Original Anfield Cat: The Match of the Day cameras picked up this moggy, who ran the whole length of the Anfield pitch at the first broadcast game between Liverpool and Arsenal in 1964

1965: Match of the Day switches to BBC One to reflect its growing availability and popularity. Several clubs try to block its broadcast, fearing a decline in attendances. A compromise is made when the BBC agreed not to reveal which match would be shown until after the day’s play was concluded.

1967: First competition as ITV starts to show regional highlights of matches on a Sunday afternoon.

1969: Attracting audiences of nearly ten million. First colour broadcast on November 15 of Liverpool vs. West Ham at Anfield. Number of matches increased from one to two per episode.

1970: Goal of the Month competition is introduced, as is the iconic theme tune.

1971: Introduction of slow motion replays.

Capturing the action: The Match of the Day cameras at Portman Road for Ipswich Town vs. Liverpool in 1974

Capturing the action: The Match of the Day cameras at Portman Road for Ipswich Town vs. Liverpool in 1974

Front man: Jimmy Hill introduces an episode of Match of the Day in 1981

Front man: Jimmy Hill introduces an episode of Match of the Day in 1981

1979: BBC forced to share highlights rights with ITV’s Big Match. Match of the Day is moved to a Sunday in 1980-1981 and 1982-1983 as a result, but the number of games goes up to three. Coverage is shared between the two channels through the eighties.

1992: BBC regains exclusive rights for highlights with the launch of the Premier League, which is to be screened live by Sky. It retains the coverage since, except for 2001-2004 when it moved to ITV.

Trophy trio: The Match of the Day line-up in 1999 - Alan Hansen, Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson

Trophy trio: The Match of the Day line-up in 1999 – Alan Hansen, Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson

2004: Match of the Day 2 is launched on a Sunday night.

2012: Match of the Day still draws in one in every four television viewers on a Saturday night.

Braintree 0 Tranmere 3: Match report

Braintree 0 Tranmere 3: Hosts fall short as League One side sail through to second round of FA Cup

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01:19 GMT, 14 November 2012

It was the biggest night in Braintree's history – but Tranmere brushed them aside like a nuisance.

Three goals from Joe Thompson, Cole Stockton and Max Power eased top of League One Tranmere through to the second round of the FA Cup.

Yellow peril: The team from league One were too strong on the night for Braintree

Yellow peril: The team from league One were too strong on the night for Braintree

Conference Premier side Braintree have
never made it that far and this was only the second time they have
reached the first round.

And boss Alan Devonshire said: 'Occasions like this don't come along often. I'm just disappointed we didn't score. You want to stay in cup competitions for as long as possible.'

Striker Stockton sealed the win in the 53rd minute with a 20-yard strike then laid the ball off to substitute Power in the final minute of the 90 to side-foot in the third.

Take it to the Max: Power wheels away in celebration after scoring his side's third goal

Take it to the Max: Power wheels away in celebration after scoring his side's third goal

Thompson had scored the opener on 24 minutes – reacting first to Jake Jervis's powerful first-time volley that Danny Naisbitt could only palm into the air.

Tranmere manager Roonie Moore said: 'We're never going to win the cup. I'd like to get through to the next round against Chesterfield, get a nice third round tie against a Manchester United or a Liverpool and then out.'

Dan Cole England most experience front row forward

EXCLUSIVE: Prop idol Cole has had to learn fast to lead England from the front

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UPDATED:

12:55 GMT, 9 November 2012

Just 21 months on from his international debut and Leicester prop Dan Cole already finds himself the most experienced man in England's front row as they prepare to face Fiji on Saturday.

A knee injury to first-choice hooker and captaincy candidate Dylan Hartley means that Cole leads a front row from tighthead alongside Hartley's replacement Tom Youngs and loosehead Joe Marler – the pair have just three caps between them, all belonging to Marler.

When asked if it was strange to be the most experienced front row forward in England's side, Cole admitted: 'It is a bit, it's not long ago I made my debut.

Prop idol: Tighthead Cole (left) messes around in training with loosehead Joe Marler

Prop idol: Tighthead Cole (left) messes around in training with loosehead Joe Marler

'Obviously now with Dylan out injured, Tom Youngs and David Paice (reserve hooker) are stepping in, whereas before I had a lot of experience around me in the hooker position with the likes of Steve Thompson and Mearsy (Lee Mears), but they have gone.

'In the loosehead position before we had people like Andrew Sheridan but now we have got Marler and Mako (Vunipola), so it is interesting for me how it has turned around so quickly.

'But we're all of a similar age and hopefully we can all go forward together.'

Cole's rise to senior squad member is symptomatic of the faith head coach Stuart Lancaster's has shown in youth since taking on the job, initially in an interim role, at the turn of the year.

Only one of England's starting XV on Saturday is the wrong side of 30 and with 31 caps to his name 25-year-old Cole, by no means a veteran, has more international appearances under his belt than all of his team-mates excluding just Toby Flood (50) and Tom Palmer (37).

The young ones: Cole, Marler and Tom Youngs (centre) are England's youngest three starting forwards for Saturday

The young ones: Cole, Marler and Tom Youngs (centre) are England's youngest three starting forwards for Saturday

But as part of what Cole desribes as 'going forward together', both literally and metaphorically, Lancaster has not placed an extra responsibility on the prop's huge shoulders.

'I don't think it's about passing on experience so much, it's just about helping each other out,' Cole explains.

'The guys have played big games in the Heineken Cup and everything else so they know the score.

'They know that internationals are a step up and in the squad we talk about stuff and how we can win games.

'But it's not like I've sat them down and put my arm around them all and talked about my international experience, because you have got to learn from the experience yourself and enjoy it yourself.

Missing: Both Hartley (centre) and regular loosehead Alex Corbisiero (right) are unavailable

Missing: Both Hartley (centre) and regular loosehead Alex Corbisiero (right) are unavailable

'But the squad are open and we help each other out any way we can.'

Next, we move our conversation on to the scrum, and Cole's tone visibly lifts as we enter his area of expertise.

Since his international debut against Wales in the 2010 Six Nations, Cole has quickly established a reputation as one of the best set-piece operators in world rugby.

But he is well aware of the challenges that lay ahead for him and England's young scrummaging outfit against the nous and experience of the 'big three' – particularly renowned scrummagers South Africa and New Zealand.

'These teams are the best in the world, so you want to put yourself up against the best packs in the world and the best scrummagers in the world and try and do better than them,' enthuses Cole.

Last time out: Cole played all three Tests as England were beaten 2-0 in South Africa

Last time out: Cole played all three Tests as England were beaten 2-0 in South Africa

'Benn Robinson (of Australia) is a very good loosehead, then there's the Beast (South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira), he's the biggest of the looseheads we'll be playing against. Then there's Tony Woodcock for New Zealand – the Kiwis are very good at what they do.'

It has been argued by some that the art of scrummaging is dying out, but this is not something that Cole agrees with, although he admits the goalposts have been moved.

'It has to evolve and adapt,' said Cole. 'The game moves on, the game evolves and that's what scrummages do.

'Guys from 20 years ago wouldn't be able to play with how it is now, and 20 years from now we wouldn't be able to play.

'The game evolves and the game grows and you have got to make the best of what you have got now.

The Beast: Cole is likely to come up against Tendai Mtawarira

The Beast: Cole is likely to come up against Tendai Mtawarira

'Scrummaging is perhaps not as power-based now, there is less emphasis on the engage now, but the scrummages are still there and are still a big part of the game.'

Despite all the talk of wanting to operate in a more adventurous way against the big three, England are surely hoping that the set-piece will play a big part against Fiji.

The exciting Fijians have many facets to their game, but they are far from fearful scrummagers and Cole knows that he, Marler and Youngs – England's youngest three starting forwards on Saturday – have a big role to play.

'Fiji probably aren't renowned for being the world's greatest scrummagers, and it is a big part of the English game,' admitted Cole.

'We've got big guys who will want to push and get stuck into the set-piece and if we get that right we'll have a good chance of winning the game.'

If Cole is at his scrummaging best on Saturday, it is hard to see how Fiji will stop England building the platform they need for victory.

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