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Arsenal guard of honour for Manchester United

As Arsenal prepare to give Man United a guard of honour, we ask… what's it all about

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

22:51 GMT, 25 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:20 GMT, 26 April 2013

Manchester United are expected be given a guard of honour by Arsenal when they walk out at the Emirates on Sunday – but why

It is not compulsory for any club to provide a guard of honour if they face the newly crowned League champions but is a ceremony agreed between the two clubs.

It is understandable that Arsenal would put one on for United, who first celebrated the Gunners' 1991 league title win, giving them a guard of honour at Highbury.

Old tradition: United clap Chelsea out in 1955

Old tradition: United clap Chelsea out in 1955

The Manchester club have a history of
respecting opponents and they also honoured Chelsea lifting the Premier
League trophy in 2005. To reciprocate, Chelsea did the same for United
two years later. Everton also celebrated United's title success on the
last day of the season in 2003 at Goodison Park.

But it is not exclusive to the modern
era, and occurred as far back as 1955 when United provided one for
Chelsea. It is not just used for title winners either – a guard was
formed in 2011 by United and Sunderland to celebrate Sir Alex Ferguson's
25 years in charge. Newcastle players also applauded Arsenal on to St
James' Park in 1994 when they won the European Cup-Winners' Cup.

The exact origin of the Guard of
Honour is not known, but early examples date back centuries ago to
Ancient Greece. The Ancient Greek poet Homer wrote about warriors as
fallen heroes who were given a similar ceremony. There are further
examples throughout Classical and Medieval history.

Guard of Honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Guard of Honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Guard of honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Its roots are firmly in the military.
As military historian John Sadler explains: 'Most established armies
have a guard of honour function and individual members are drawn from
the ranks of the elite, selected for their imposing appearance, bearing
and precision. The prime functions are to (a) provide a guard for
visiting dignitaries, (b) for national civic ceremonials and (c) to
honour the dead/fallen comrades.

'In the UK these functions are
generally provided by the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry, though all
regiments and branches of the service would field a guard of honour,
depending on circumstances. It is easy to see how this could transfer to
sport.'

It is an act that demonstrates a huge
level of respect, but one that jars with some players. When Roy Keane
and Gary Neville faced each other applauding Chelsea on to the Old
Trafford pitch in May 2005 for Jose Mourinho's first title, neither
player wanted to look their opponents in the eye. Neville said
afterwards nothing had stuck in his craw more during in his career and
Keane said it was a good experience because it taught him that it was
one he never wanted to go through again.

Fergie time: the United boss is clapped on to the pitch in November 2011

Fergie time: the United boss is clapped on to the pitch in November 2011

ECB announce 2013 Ashes dates and venues

England to start 2013 Ashes defence at Trent Bridge with Old Trafford another returning venue

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11:03 GMT, 1 June 2012

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UPDATED:

13:01 GMT, 25 April 2013

The England and Wales Cricket Board have released the itinerary for next year's international fixtures, with Trent Bridge playing host to the first Ashes Test.

It is another packed schedule for England, with series against New Zealand in all three formats between May 16 and June 27 before the world's top-eight teams contest the Champions Trophy.

The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston are the home grounds for that tournament but, as ever, the focus will be on the arrival of Australia.

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Ashes heroes: England will begin the defence of the Ashes at Trent Bridge

Ashes heroes: England will begin the defence of the Ashes at Trent Bridge

They will play two four-day warm-ups, against Somerset and Worcestershire, before the opening Test in Nottingham on July 10.

The second Test, at Lord's, follows immediately on July 18 before Australia face Sussex in another tour match at Hove.

The next two Tests are also back to back, with Old Trafford the venue for the third match, as it was in the memorable 2005 series, and Durham's first taste of Ashes cricket coming in the penultimate match of the series, starting on August 9.

The tourists then have a two-day fixture at Northampton before the sides meet again at The Oval, where England have clinched the urn for the last two home series.

Having announced his shock retirement from limited-overs cricket, Kevin Pietersen's international commitments will end on August 25, while his colleagues contest two Twenty20s and five one-day matches against the old enemy as well a stand alone trip to Malahide to face Ireland.

Happy memories: The England team celebrate winning the Fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in 2005

Happy memories: The England team celebrate winning the Fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in 2005

The final match on the calendar, a 50-over clash with Australia, takes place at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl on September 16 – four days later than its 2012 equivalent.

ECB chief executive David Collier said: 'The prospect of England defending the Ashes on home soil, the world's top eight teams competing in the ICC Champions Trophy, and a full programme of 50-Over and T20 International cricket will provide rich pickings for cricket fans next summer.

'Last season's international programme attracted a record aggregate attendance of more than 850,000 spectators and we would urge all fans to purchase their international tickets early for 2013 to avoid missing out on what promises to be a memorable summer.'

Collier also referred to the decision to hand Lord's the first Test of the summer against New Zealand, having initially awarded the fixture to Cardiff.

Australia announce Ashes squad

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Ticket sales for last summer's Test against Sri Lanka were disappointing and a compromise deal was reached which saw Glamorgan trade their Test for the Champions Trophy fixtures.

'Wales has earned an outstanding reputation for its ability to deliver world-class sporting events and we are delighted that Cardiff will be used as a host venue for the ICC Champions Trophy and stage a semi-final,' said Collier.

'Cardiff was originally scheduled to stage next summer's first Investec Test match against New Zealand and following further discussions between ECB, Glamorgan CCC, and MCC, this match will now be played at Lord's. We are grateful to both parties for their co-operation in this matter.'

2013 SUMMER DATES FOR NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA

New Zealand tour itinerary

May 4-6 v Derbyshire

May 9-12 v England Lions (Leicester)

May 16-20 v England (First Test, Lord's)

May 24-28 v England (Second Test, Headingley)

May 31 v England (First One-Day International, Lord's)

June 2 v England (Second ODI, Ageas Bowl)

June 5 v England (Third ODI, Trent Bridge)

June 22 v Kent (T20 warm-up, Canterbury)

June 25 v England (First T20 international, Oval)

June 27 v England (Second T20 international, Oval)

NB. T20 tour match at Canterbury on 22 June cancelled if NZ in Final of ICC Champions Trophy.

Champions Trophy

June 6-17 ICC Champions Trophy Group Stages

June 19-20 ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Finals

June 23 ICC Champions Trophy Final (Edgbaston)

Australia tour itinerary

June 26-29 v Somerset

July 2-5 v Worcestershire

July 10-14 v England (First Test, Trent Bridge)

July 18-22 v England (Second Test, Lord's)

July 26-28 v Sussex

Aug 1-5 v England (Third Test, Old Trafford)

AuG 9-13 v England (Fourth Test, Emirates Durham ICG)

Aug 16-17 v Northamptonshire

Aug 21-25 v England (Fifth Test, Oval)

Aug 29 v England (First T20, Ageas Bowl)

Aug 31 v England (Second T20, Emirates Durham ICG)

Sept 3 v Scotland (Edinburgh)

Sept 6 v England (First ODI, Headingley)

Sept 8 v England (Second ODI, Old Trafford)

Sept 11 v England (Third ODI, Edgbaston)

Sept 14 v England (Fourth ODI, SWALEC Stadium)

Sept 16 v England (Fifth ODI, Ageas Bowl)

Sept 3 Ireland v England (ODI, Dublin)

FA Cup mascot to run London Marathon

Farah takes on the FA Cup! Trophy mascot joins Mo on London Marathon start line

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Double delight: Farah won 10,000m and 5,000m gold at the London 2012 Olympics

Farah said: 'The whole point is to try and learn from it and my aim is to come out here, learn about the race and get used to the course so next year I'm ready to go. It's a no-brainer really. If someone's giving you a practice run, why would you turn that down There's a lot of criticism, but that's part of life. You can't keep everyone happy.'

And there is, he stressed, no chance of him going all the way to the finish line.

'I'm 25-1 to finish the race,' he added. 'That ain't going to happen. If anyone's got money lying around they can give it to the Mo Farah Foundation because I'm definitely not going to finish it.'

Teenage Cancer Trust will be joining in The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations throughout the year, working together to raise the profile of the charity which plays an important role in transforming the lives of young people with cancer in communities across the country.

To find out more or to support Teenage Cancer Trust visit Adrian’s Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/adrian-wells.

Liverpool having better season than last year – Glen Johnson

No trophies and seventh in the league… but Johnson insists Liverpool have improved

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

06:15 GMT, 9 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:15 GMT, 9 April 2013

Glen Johnson insists Liverpool's season has been 'clearly better' than the last campaign which ended with them winning a trophy and qualifying for Europe.

Liverpool, whose hopes of top six finish were dented by a 0-0 draw with West Ham, never threatened to repeat their exploits of last year in knockout football when they reached both domestic cup finals, winning the League Cup against Cardiff.

Bar a huge turn of events, it is almost certain they will miss out on a place in the Europa League next year, too, as they are running out of games to overhaul Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton.

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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

Woe: Liverpool failed to break down a dogged West Ham defence at Anfield last weekend

Johnson, though, is adamant that Liverpool – who are set to surpass the points tally of 52 they accrued 12 months ago – have made far greater progress under Brendan Rodgers than the Barclays Premier League table would suggest.

'I wouldn't say it (has been) so close but so far,' said the England right-back. 'It is clearly a better season than last season. Brendan is looking to improve the squad and we have got a better squad than we did have. He will look to improve again in the summer.

'If we can nick the goals we need from games (like against West Ham), we will be right in amongst it (next season).'

When asked why he felt it was a 'clearly better season', Johnson replied: 'It's a few things. You look at the squad, the feeling that there is around the place, the football that we are playing – 8 times out of 10, we have been battering teams.

Past glories: Liverpool won the Carling Cup last season but will finish this campaign without a trophy

Past glories: Liverpool won the Carling Cup last season but will finish this campaign without a trophy

'That wasn't the case last season. We won a trophy last season and, of course, that was fantastic. Everyone wants to win. That's what we are in the game for. But in terms of getting Liverpool back where they belong, we want to be back in the top four.'

Johnson, who has been one of Liverpool's most consistent performers under Rodgers, believes it is vital for the club's critics to look at this season in isolation, as he is adamant there will be significant improvement when things are fully settled.

'Brendan was brought in to rebuild the squad and put Liverpool back into the places that it should be (as a club),' said Johnson. 'He wants to put us back in the top four but he wasn't asked to do that in his first season. This season has been a step closer to that.

Main man: Glen Johnson (centre) praised manager Brendan Rodgers for his impact at the club

Main man: Glen Johnson (centre) praised manager Brendan Rodgers for his impact at the club

'Everyone – players, staff, fans – would love us to be back in the top four but if we improve on last season then it is a step in the right direction. We are still pretty close to the top four. If we can start nicking games like West Ham, we are going to be right in amongst it.'

Meanwhile, Liverpool target Toby Alderweirled has stated that he would prefer a move to Anfield this summer. The Belgian defender is expected to leave Ajax and has been courted by a number of English clubs, including Newcastle and Everton.

'I do not want to play for an English club in mid-table,' said Alderweirled. 'Unlike Newcastle, Liverpool meets my criteria.'

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WTA Sony Open – Miami: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-3 6-0 in the final

Serena storms back to sink Sharapova in three sets and lift Sony Open title in Miami

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

20:14 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 30 March 2013

Serena Williams lifted her sixth Sony Open title after magnificently bouncing back to see off Maria Sharapova in the final in Miami.

The world No 1 was edged out in a tight first set but lost three games thereafter as she stormed to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and her 11th straight win over Sharapova.

The American has passed Steffi Graf's number of titles in this competition and became the oldest female champion at the tournament, while Sharapova has now been defeated in every one of her five final appearances in Miami.

Champion: Serena Williams holds the Sony Open trophy aloft in Miami

Champion: Serena Williams holds the Sony Open trophy aloft in Miami

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

History: The world No 1 became the oldest female winner of the tournament

Dominant: Williams beat Maria Sharapova (left) for the 11th time in a row

Dominant: Williams beat Maria Sharapova (left) for the 11th time in a row

After playing flawless tennis for an hour, Sharapova began to miss with her serve, and Williams dominated rallies with her power.

Sharapova built her lead by keeping Williams on the defensive, and she kissed the line with a winner on consecutive points to break for a 3-2 advantage in the second set.

But then came the turnaround. Williams began to capitalise on Sharapova's tentative second serve and broke back to love before taking advantage of two double faults by Sharapova to break again for a 5-3 lead.

Strong start: Sharapova edged ahead after winning a tight first set 6-4

Strong start: Sharapova edged ahead after winning a tight first set 6-4

Rampant: The American lost only 10 points in the final set to beat her Russian opponent

Rampant: The American lost only 10 points in the final set to beat her Russian opponent

Repeat: Williams became the first No 1 seed to lift the women's title in Miami since she won nine years ago

Repeat: Williams became the first No 1 seed to lift the women's title in Miami since she won nine years ago

Williams lost only 10 points in the final set and closed out the victory with a service winner.

'Maria definitely pushed me – she did a really great job today,' Williams said after he win.

'I look forward to our next matches – it's going to be really fun for the fans and for us and for everyone.'

Williams became the first No 1 seed to win the women's title since she was champion nine years ago.

Sharapova, who won the title in Indian Wells at the beginning of March, said: 'It's obviously been a really nice month.

'It's disappointing to end it like this but Serena played a great match and I'm sure we'll play a few more times this year.'

Michael Appleton sacked by Blackburn

Appleton sacked by Blackburn after just two months in charge as Rovers look for their FOURTH manager of the season

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:24 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:10 GMT, 19 March 2013

Blackburn have sacked Michael Appleton after just over two months in charge at Ewood Park.

Rovers have made the decision to wield the axe on a third manager this season following Sunday's 1-1 draw with local rivals Burnley and last week's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Millwall.

A statement read: 'Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling.'

Sacked: Michael Appleton has left Blackburn after just two months

Sacked: Michael Appleton has left Blackburn after just two months

ROVERS MANAGER RECORDS

Michael Appleton
P15 W6 L6 D5

Henning Berg
P10 W1 L3 D6

Steve Kean
P8 W4 L2 D2

The club, without a win in eight games in all competitions, are 18th in the npower Championship table and just four points above the relegation zone.

Appleton left Blackpool to join Blackburn in the new year after just 65 days in charge at Bloomfield Road.

During 67 days in the Rovers job, Appleton won four, drew five and lost six of his 15 matches in charge.

It means that if Blackburn get another manager they will have had same number this season as Manchester United have had since 1972.

The goings on at Ewood Park this season are a far cry from the side that lifted the Premier League trophy in 1995 with Kenny Dalglish in charge and Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton playing up front.

Cut short: Appleton played for Preston but retired early due to injury

Cut short: Appleton played for Preston but retired early due to injury

Going global: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh

Going global: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh

Bottom of the Championship table

Bottom of the Championship table

Paul Dickov warns Roberto Mancini ahead of Manchester City"s FA Cup match with Barnsley

City legend Dickov warns Mancini: Beware banana-skin Barnsley! (and he should know… he helped Oldham KO Liverpool)

it was their first league title in 44 years. Barnsley have been waiting 101 years to build on their single top-level triumph, when they won the FA Cup in 1912.

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft played professional football for Preston, Lincoln, Chester, Rochdale, Macclesfield, Bury, Hyde and Rochdale. City counterpart Roberto Mancini played for Bologna, Sampdoria, Lazio and Leicester.

Barnsley and City were both founded by clergymen. Barnsley were formed as Barnsley St Peter’s in 1887. City started life as St Mark’s in 1880 by the rector at St Mark’s in west Gorton, Rev. Arthur Connell.

‘On TV you know somebody will watch it
and say ‘he can play'. And that has happened with Matt Smith – who
signed a boot deal with Warrior after scoring two against Liverpool –
and I’ve had clubs in touch asking about him after the Cup games.’

Premier League clubs have contacted Dickov about about Smith and he is certain that the same potential opportunities lie ahead for any Barnsley players who shines on the Eastlands stage.

Speaking at his home in Cheshire – with the historic silver trophy on his kitchen table courtesy of FA Cup betting partner William Hill – Dickov revealed that his most inspirational team talks as a player came from Joe Royle during his days at Manchester City.

‘Big Joe Royle was my most inspirational manager with his team talks and he would always say ‘be the best you can’.

‘I told the Oldham lads just that and after I said it to them a couple of times I asked them what they thought it meant.

‘Matt Smith is a bright lad and understood it more than most, but some other lads would say that they had to be man of the match, to put in an outstanding performance, be the best player on the pitch.

‘But with all the relegation pressure on them I wanted to alleviate that and explained what it meant.

‘Essentially, give it everything you have got and nobody will ask any questions of you.

Shock: A brace from Matt Smith sealed Oldham's famous victory against seven-time winners Liverpool

Shock: A brace from Matt Smith sealed Oldham's famous victory against seven-time winners Liverpool

Shock: A brace from Matt Smith sealed Oldham's famous victory against seven-time winners Liverpool

‘I told them ‘be the best you can and have a right good go'.

‘If the Barnsley players do the same it will not be easy for City – I am sure Barnsley will score.

‘When Steve Gerrard and Jamie Carragher
were not in the starting line-up at Boundary Park that was massive for
us, Carra was going mad on the bench. I watched Liverpool against Stoke
and saw how Tony Pullis’ team beat them.

Fond memories: Dickov was in the Arsenal squad that won the FA Cup in 1993

Fond memories: Dickov was in the Arsenal squad that won the FA Cup in 1993

‘But after the game Carra, Gerrard and Brendan Rogers came into the dressing and shook hands with the lads. That was real class and meant a lot.

‘I suspect Manchester City won’t be resting players as they must think that the FA Cup is their one chance of getting silverware this year.

‘So you would like to think Roberto Mancini will play his strongest team.

‘He’ll have to respect Barnsley as they are the biggest banana-skin between City and FA Cup glory.

Vote of confidence: Dickov is sure that Barnsley will score at the Emirates

Vote of confidence: Dickov is sure that Barnsley will score at the Emirates

Vote of confidence: Dickov is sure that Barnsley will score at the Emirates

‘Whatever the Barnsley lads do they will be heroes back home, but I am supporting City but don’t get me wrong I would love Barnsley to get the replay and get another tie at home.

Dickov also has fond memories of the FA Cup from his time as a player: ‘I was just a kid when I got my FA Cup winners medal back in 1993 with Arsenal, but I wasn’t on the pitch.

'I got a League Cup winners medal that same season and a European Cup winners medal the next season as part of the squad.’

Old boy: Dickov was instrumental in City's return to the Premier League after they dropped to the old Division Two

Old boy: Dickov was instrumental in City's return to the Premier League after they dropped to the old Division Two

But Dickov’s biggest Wembley moment was scoring the equaliser for Manchester City against Gillingham in the Second Division play-off in 1999 that put the club back on the long road to the top flight.

In the meantime Dickov – who is mulling over his latest job offers – is enjoying his short break out of football and planning a day out to the Cheltenham Gold Cup with one-time room mate from his Derby and Leicester days Robbie Savage – another William Hill sporting ambassador.

William Hill match odds: Manchester City 1/8, Draw, 15/2, Barnsley 18/1

Tshwane Open – European Tour: Dawie van der Walt wins by two shots

Against the odds: World No 436 Van der Walt wins Tshwane Open on home soil

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

15:51 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 3 March 2013

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Dawie van der Walt claimed the biggest victory of his career to win the Tshwane Open by two shots ahead of fellow South African Darren Fichardt.

Another South African Louis De Jager was third a further shot back as Van der Walt picked up his first tour win of the season.

Van der Walt finished with a five under par 67 as he picked up his first win on the European Tour.

Champion: Dawie van der Walt lifts the trophy after winning the Tshwane Open by two shots

Champion: Dawie van der Walt lifts the trophy after winning the Tshwane Open by two shots

Champions: Dawie Van Der Walt lifts the trophy after winning the Tshwane Open by two shots

He was part of a four-way tie for the
lead at the start of the day with Fichardt, compatriot Charl Coetzee and
Chile's Mark Tullo

Coetzee and Fichardt went clear after
they birdied the second and third holes, but Van der Walt drew level
after he eagled the par four fourth.

Fichardt retook the lead after another
under par score on the fifth, but by the turn Van der Walt was in front
after consecutive birdies.

Dawie Van Der Walt

Dawie Van Der Walt

Winner: Van der Walt embraces second-placed Darren Fichardt (left) before celebrating with his caddie (right)

Tullo and Coetzee were out of the
picture after fading on the last nine, while a bogey on the 10th for Van
der Walt was negated by birdies at the 12th and 15th put him two clear.

It proved vital as he closed with three consecutive pars to seal the title.

'You can only imagine what it's like
to win such a big one,' Van der Walt told europeantour.com. 'I'm just
really happy that I played well and won, because you can play well and
not win.'

In the mix: England's David Howell finished tied for 10th on -14

In the mix: England's David Howell finished tied for 10th on -14

He added: 'You start doubting yourself and at
30-years-old you start to wonder if you're good enough and this shows me
that I am. I would have liked to win before 30, but I'll definitely
take this.

'Golf is a game where you don't get a lot of chances to win, and to do it is fantastic.

'I don't know what I'll do yet. The
purses are a lot bigger in The European Tour, so I'll have to rethink
some things. You can make your own schedule, which is important.

'I hit the ball really good and I
never really had to chip, which is not my strength. If you hit a lot of
greens and don't three-putt then you're going to do well.'

Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson battle for Premier League title on the PlayStation

Revealed! How Mancini and Fergie battled it out for the Premier League title… on the PLAYSTATION

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

11:20 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 2 March 2013

With Manchester United enjoying a 12 point lead, the Barclays Premier League trophy is surely already adorned in red and white ribbons.

As a result, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini must take the small victories as and when they come – even if they're on the PlayStation.

The Italian has been secretly meeting his adversary Sir Alex Ferguson to play out the title race in virtual reality, as this video footage shows.

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PlayStation battle: Mancini and Ferguson decide the Premier League title on the City manager's blue console

PlayStation battle: Mancini and Ferguson decide the Premier League title on the City manager's blue console

But even on his blue PlayStation, Mancini can't get the better of his nemesis.

The voyeuristic spoof video is the creation of filmmaker Alison Jackson, who uses uncanny Mancini and Fergie lookalikes.

It's to promote the new limited edition Super Slim PlayStation consoles, available in red or blue depending on your allegiance.

The clip starts with Mancini frantically trying to figure out how City can make up the dozen point gap at the top of the league.

Letting go: Roberto Mancini with the Premier League title last season. His City side must overhaul a 12 point United lead to retain it

Letting go: Roberto Mancini with the Premier League title last season. His City side must overhaul a 12 point United lead to retain it

As he's tapping away on the calculator and scratching his head, there's a knock at the door.

A gloating Fergie pushes his way in and starts parading around with Mancini's replica Premier League trophy – resplendent in blue ribbons.

The pair decide to battle it out on the PlayStation to determine once and for all who will be champion and get to keep the silverware.

Laughing: Alex Ferguson knows another Premier League title is within reach

Laughing: Alex Ferguson knows another Premier League title is within reach

And after a rollercoaster match, it's Fergie who emerges victorious, showing an unexpected talent for football sims.

Delighted, the United boss skips out of the Mancini residence with the trophy safely in his possession again – though only after performing a cringe-worthy Gangnam style dance.

Time will tell whether the real title race has the same outcome.

The new Red or Blue limited edition Super Slim PlayStation consoles are available now. Twitter hashtag #RedorBlue

Wrong colour Adam Johnson showed off his customised PlayStation on Twitter this week

Wrong colour Adam Johnson showed off his customised PlayStation on Twitter this week

VIDEO: Watch the Mancini and Fergie PlayStation spoof

Swansea want to increase Liberty Stadium to 32,000

Swansea want to increase stadium to 32,000 after League Cup success

By
Andrew Gwilym, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:15 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 2 March 2013

Swansea are set to submit a planning application to expand the Liberty Stadium in the wake of their Capital One Cup success.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has previously spoken of his desire to add extra seating to the council-owned ground in order to meet demand for tickets for home games, providing the club are able to retain their Premier League status.

Swansea regularly sell-out games at their 20,500 capacity home and are eager to bring in extra revenue, with the club enjoying the greatest success of its 101-year history.

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to a maximum of 32,000, with the club taking a piecemeal approach to the work.

The number of seats is set to rise to 22,000 during the summer, and they hope an additional 5,000 will be added in time for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

But Jenkins is adamant the club will only press ahead with the expansion if it is deemed the right financial decision.

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Jenkins said: 'We will have a full
planning application in for the end of March and once that is passed we
will do part of the work towards the end of next season, starting with
the East Stand.

'Once we get that moving we will go from there, but it all runs parallel to us still being in the Premier League and it being right for the club.

'If and when the final stage is complete, the capacity will be 32,000.

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

'The first part will take the figure to 22,000 this summer, and then it will be 27,000 with the first stage of development of the East Stand, which will start near the end of next season and run through the summer.

'We have to make sure we do it right but it will be led by how well we do on the field.'

But Jenkins does not believe it would be in the club's best interests to attempt to buy the ground outright.

He said: 'I don't see any benefit in us owning the stadium.

'The relationship with the council is a good one for the council and the city itself, and it is right for us as a club.

'It provides stability as it keeps away potential owners you do not want around the place, and that is a great thing for us.'

Debt-free Swansea recorded a 14.6million profit for their opening season in the Premier League.

The club are also developing two training grounds after previously having to use public facilities.

Work near the Liberty Stadium at Landore is set to be completed in the coming weeks, while a state-of-the-art facility is also being developed in conjunction with the city's university.