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Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey to Sussex

Hamilton-Brown hopes to start again at Sussex after death of Surrey team-mate Maynard

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rory Hamilton-Brown wants to honour the memory of his tragic friend Tom Maynard after leaving Surrey to return to Sussex.

The former England Under 19 captain spoke on Wednesday of his need to leave the Oval following the loss of his flatmate and best pal, who died under a train after fleeing police in London last June.

Hamilton-Brown, 25, believes he can rediscover his drive and love for the game back at Hove, where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009.

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

'I realised I needed to be in a place where I felt close to people again, where there was that love and care,' he said.

'I had two fantastic years at Sussex and in a funny way, it always felt like home.

'A little part of me wants to think that I’m carrying him with me and that’s going to give you a deeper, harder drive than I’ve had before.'

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Full steam ahead for Arsenal after extra Xmas break – Michael Walker"s Something for the Weekend

Something for the Weekend: Full steam ahead for Arsenal after extra break at Christmas and why Coventry and Bristol Rovers are proving to be such a sell out

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09:27 GMT, 28 December 2012

Every Friday, Michael Walker will pick out 10 things to look forward to over the footballing weekend.

This week: why Arsenal have an advantage ahead of their game against Newcastle, while former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy returns to Molineux intent on piling more pressure on his former club. And then there's the great Coventry City ticket rush…

1. When Herbert Chapman was manager of Arsenal he famously persuaded London Underground to change the name of the local Tube station from Gillespie Road to ‘Arsenal’. This seems relevant given that Arsenal have a Tube-related benefit again tomorrow against Newcastle United.

The postponement of Arsenal’s game against West Ham on Wednesday due to the Tube strike means that Arsene Wenger’s players have had seven days since they played at Wigan.

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Herbert Chapman was successful in changing the name of the local tube station to 'Arsenal' in his time as manager in the 20's and 30's

Arsenal station will be open for business, while Newcastle will be hoping to avoid going down the tubes

Arsenal station will be open for business, while Newcastle will be hoping to avoid going down the tubes

2. Everton-Chelsea on Sunday is the stand-out Premier League game of the weekend. Rafa goes back to Liverpool and should get a hearty welcome at Goodison Park.

Benitez will see familiar sights, such as the corridor where a Chelsea predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti, was sacked.

3. Mick McCarthy is another returning manager. He goes back to Molineux tomorrow as Ipswich Town boss and will pile pressure on his Wolverhampton successor Stale Solbakken with an away win.

Wolves lost 3-0 at home to Peterborough United on Wednesday. McCarthy got the club promoted to the Premier League and kept them there for three seasons. Wolves are now 14th in the Championship.

Mick McCarthy celebrates with Stephen Ward after Wolves beat Blackburn in May 2011

Mick McCarthy celebrates with Stephen Ward after Wolves beat Blackburn in May 2011

4. Kenny Jackett once managed Swansea. That is enough to ensure he will get 'a reception' when he takes Millwall to Cardiff tomorrow afternoon.

One imagines that will be the least of South Wales police concerns.

5. Home banker alert: in League One it is Sheffield United (top) against Hartlepool United (bottom).

The Blades have scored 21 goals in 12 home games; Hartlepool have conceded 24 goals in 12 away games. The Blades haven’t lost at home; Hartlepool haven’t won away.

Sheffield United Manager, Danny Wilson looks on

Top job: Danny Wilson has taken the Blades to the League One summit after three victories in their last four league games

6. Home banker warning: the biggest surprise (Sean O’Driscoll apart) from midweek came in League Two where Barnet won 1-0 at leaders Gillingham.

Barnet have now won consecutive matches and go to Exeter tomorrow.

7. Barnet’s new six points means they are no longer 92nd of 92. Bristol Rovers have that dubious
honour. They also have very good fans. It falls into the fairly staggering category that for
tomorrow’s trip to Cheltenham, Bristol Rovers were given 1,419 and have sold every one of them.

Edgar Davids in training at Barnet and they are now off the bottom of the league

Edgar Davids in training at Barnet and they are now off the bottom of the league

8. Coventry City are another to have sold out their allocation of tickets for tomorrow, which again is
fairly staggering.

The initial 3,000 tickets for the match at MK Dons went and 2,000 more are on sale now. City are expected to make an announcement about their residence at the Ricoh Arena today (Friday).

9. Sunday’s other Premier League game is QPR-Liverpool. It is over eight years since Djibril Cisse cost 14m when he moved to Anfield.

His transfer was not considered a success, particularly when he went from September 25th to May 15th in his first season without scoring.

But Cisse made the bench in Istanbul, then came off it, then scored Liverpool’s second penalty in the shoot-out.

Cisse scores from the spot as Liverpool win the European Cup in 2005

Cisse scores from the spot as Liverpool win the European Cup in 2005

Cisse shows off his medal and now he will be hoping to shoot down Liverpool

Cisse shows off his medal and now he will be hoping to shoot down Liverpool

10. Rangers, the Glasgow version, have occasions as much as matches this season. Today sees them back at Hampden Park, where once they would visit annually to battle for silverware.

Today it’s a Scottish Third Division fixture against Queen’s Park. Rangers are expected to take 30,000 fans across Glasgow to the scene of the summer vote expelling them from the SPL.

Arsenal v West Ham Boxing Day match off due to Tube strike

Wenger granted mid-winter break as Arsenal's Boxing Day clash with West Ham is OFF due to Tube strike (but United will play THREE times in SIX days)

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14:51 GMT, 19 December 2012

Arsene Wenger has finally had his wish for a winter break granted… by London’s striking Tube drivers.

The Arsenal manager has long been a vocal supporter of the Barclays Premier League taking a mid-winter break like the top leagues in Spain, France, Italy and Germany.

Arsenal's match at home to West Ham on Boxing Day has been postponed due to industrial action on the London Underground, meaning they will not play a match for an entire week over the usually hectic festive period.

Arsene Wenger

Sir Alex Ferguson

Happy holidays: Wenger will be delighted with Arsenal's seven-day break, but Fergie (right) is sure to be furious that United have to play three times in six days

No go: The Gunners clash with West Ham at the Emirates must be rescheduled

No go: The Gunners clash with West Ham at the Emirates must be rescheduled

Wenger's side will not kick a ball for seven days after their trip to Wigan on Saturday until they host Newcastle in the evening kick-off on December 29.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will play three times in six days facing a trip to Swansea (December 23), a home game against Newcastle (Boxing Day) and another home match against West Brom (December 29).

The Arsenal manager's call for a mid-winter break has become an annual tradition. Last month, he even suggested moving the season to be played January to November.

He said: 'I understand it looks completely strange as people have been educated the current way but I moved to Japan and the season was in January to November. We started training in January and after a while it was completely normal.

'The period of rest would be the same. It wouldn’t change the number of games. You would not be confronted with these situations when players are playing in two different championships. You would play during the summer period in the best period for football to be played.

In 2011, Wenger said: 'I think after that [the Christmas break] you would like a little breather. I would like a winter break but after Christmas. Create a break after 2 January for two weeks. We can go on holiday for one week and prepare for one week.'

Arsenal's seven day Christmas break…

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Christmas cheer Arsenal now have an extra day to prepare for Newcastle

'We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters but we feel that the right decision has been made.'

Arsenal's 60,000-seater ground is
five minutes' walk from Holloway Road station in north London, with
Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park also close by. Many fans use
the service to get to games so a suspension would have caused chaos if
the match had gone ahead.

A strike by Tube drivers last year
forced Arsenal to delay their Boxing Day match with Wolves by 24 hours
but they cannot do the same this year as they have a game against
Newcastle on December 29.

A midweek evening in January seems the
likeliest date for re-staging but neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and the
FA Cup are also factors to be considered.

QPR's match with West Brom will kick off at 3pm as planned after the club held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the matter.

Loftus
Road is close to three Tube stations and fans are often reliant on the
service but a statement on Ranger's website read: 'Supporters are
advised to allow extra time for their journeys to and from Loftus Road.

'Buses
will be running on the usual Sunday/Bank Holiday service on the day of
the fixture, whilst parking in the borough will be free.

'Supporters who are unable to attend the fixture owing to the Tube strikes will be entitled to a full refund.'

Fulham will wait for official confirmation of the Tube strike before deciding if any action needs to be taken over their Boxing Day match with Southampton at Craven Cottage.

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

Derailed: Fans will have found it difficult to get across the capital on Boxing Day

A club spokesman said: 'We are
monitoring situation and putting contingency in place but remain fully
committed to the game going ahead as scheduled.'

Fulham play Swansea three days later.

Charlton
are the only Championship side hosting a Boxing Day fixture in the
capital but it is understood their match with Ipswich should not be too
badly disrupted and will go ahead. Most home fans travel in from Kent
rather than central London.

The announcement by Aslef means
London Underground drivers are on course to walk out on Boxing Day, as
well as January 18 and 25 in a row over bank holiday pay. It will be the
third successive Christmas walkout by Tube drivers.

The
move was announced after Aslef members voted by 9-1 in favour of
strikes. A spokesman said: 'The ballot result shows the strength of
feeling that remains on this issue.'

Rio Ferdinand back in Manchester United training after Roy Hodgson tube gaffe

Ferdinand all smiles in United training after apology from Hodgson over tube gaffe

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UPDATED:

11:36 GMT, 5 October 2012

Rio Ferdinand was upbeat as he trained with Manchester United on Friday morning after accepting Roy Hodgson's apology for the tube gaffe.

England boss Hodgson told
punters on a London tube train that the defender
wouldn't make his current squad.

Pointing the way: Rio Ferdinand smiles during training at Carrington on Friday morning

Pointing the way: Rio Ferdinand smiles during training at Carrington on Friday morning

Preparations: Ferdinand is expected to play at the heart of United's defence at Newcastle

Preparations: Ferdinand is expected to play at the heart of United's defence at Newcastle

Ferdinand was hoping for an international recall after John Terry's retirement amid his hearing into his racist abuse at Rio's brother Anton.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will now hope his player's focus will return to the pitch as they prepare for Sunday's match at Newcastle.

Ferdinand is better off without England, according to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp doesn't think this is really a bad thing for the 33-year-old, telling The Sun: 'At this time of his life, does Rio really need trips with England

Fun and games: Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney share a joke in training

Fun and games: Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney share a joke in training

On the ball: Jonny Evans dives in as Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher look on

On the ball: Jonny Evans dives in as Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher look on

'I don’t think he needs all that aggro any more. He still has a couple of years left in him at the very top level — maybe more if he is not playing for England.

'And if he’s not wanted then he shouldn’t waste his time even thinking about England.

'Concentrate on playing for your club. Focus on that and he probably won’t miss England.

'He’s not exactly been a regular for a while now and has had his injuries.

'Were Rio in his prime then this would be a bombshell. But Rio should listen to his body.'

Ferdinand was criticised for his performance after last weekend's match against Tottenham.

But Redknapp hit back, saying: 'He has been called slow. Don’t be ridiculous.

'Rio could still take most players over 20 yards but in Gareth Bale he was up against the Usain Bolt of English football.'

Rio Ferdinand better off without England, says Harry Redknapp

Snubbed Rio should forget England and focus on Manchester United, says Redknapp

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UPDATED:

09:45 GMT, 5 October 2012

Rio Ferdinand is better off without England, according to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

Current England manager Roy Hodgson told punters on a London tube train that the Manchester United defender wouldn't make his current squad.

Redknapp doesn't think this is really a bad thing for the 33-year-old, telling The Sun: 'At this time of his life, does Rio really need trips with England

Winning on the road: Ferdinand celebrates United's Champions League victory against Cluj

Winning on the road: Ferdinand celebrates United's Champions League victory against Cluj

'I don’t think he needs all that aggro any more. He still has a couple of years left in him at the very top level — maybe more if he is not playing for England.

'And if he’s not wanted then he shouldn’t waste his time even thinking about England.

'Concentrate on playing for your club. Focus on that and he probably won’t miss England.

Blow: Ferdinand was criticised as Tottenham won at Old Trafford last weekend

Blow: Ferdinand was criticised as Tottenham won at Old Trafford last weekend

'He’s not exactly been a regular for a while now and has had his injuries.

'Were Rio in his prime then this would be a bombshell. But Rio should listen to his body.'

Ferdinand was criticised for his performance after last weekend's match against Tottenham.

Back in the day: Ferdinand in action for England in 2010

Back in the day: Ferdinand in action for England in 2010

But Redknapp hit back, saying: 'He has been called slow. Don’t be ridiculous.

'Rio could still take most players over 20 yards but in Gareth Bale he was up against the Usain Bolt of English football.'

Roy Hodgson tells tube passengers Rio Ferdinand won"t play again

Rio's England career is at end of the line… the astonishing tube announcement Hodgson delivered to fellow passengers on way to Arsenal match

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07:04 GMT, 4 October 2012

Roy Hodgson is facing major embarrassment over claims he announced the end of Rio Ferdinand’s international career to passengers on a London tube train.

The England manager is due to discuss his squad at a press conference at Wembley on Thursday morning and Ferdinand, 33, is not expected to be among those selected for this month’s World Cup double header against San Marino and Poland.

But telling members of the public on a Jubilee Line train on Wednesday night – Hodgson was travelling to Arsenal for their Champions League game – that Ferdinand had reached ‘the end of the road’, as the reports claim, will be seen as shoddy treatment of a former England captain.

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson (at Arsenal to watch the Champions League on Wednesday night) is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson (at Arsenal to watch the Champions League on Wednesday night) is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Hodgson is reported as saying, when asked whether Ferdinand would be in the squad: ‘I very much doubt it. He hasn’t played for England for quite a while. I have to say it is over for him and England.

‘It has got to be the end of the road. He is pushing 34 and hasn’t played for England for a long, long time.’

Ferdinand, capped 81 times, had not given up on an England recall, and his hopes were raised after John Terry’s decision to quit international football.

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

But Hodgson appeared to put an end to that with Wednesday’s indiscreet confession.

The manager, meanwhile, has assured West Ham he will take no risks with Andy Carroll when he names him in his squad on Thursday.

Hodgson has no plans to start the most expensive English footballer in history against either San Marino or Poland. He is a huge admirer of the 23-year-old but also acknowledges that he has played less than 20 minutes of football since returning from a hamstring injury.

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud with Carroll

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud with Carroll

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had said he would speak to Hodgson to voice his concerns and it seems has been heeded. Earlier this week Allardyce said: ‘I would speak to Roy and just give him the full rundown on Andy’s lack of match fitness.

‘He’s only come back from the Euros and his holidays and played twice for Liverpool. He’s played 68 minutes for us then played 20 minutes on his return from injury. So he’s woefully short of match practice, which is a delicate thing for a manager to have to deal with.

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

‘I’m sure Roy would deal with that in
the right way. He’s certainly not ready for 90 minutes but it would give
him some match practice so long as it’s done sensibly.’

Hodgson could spring one or two surprises in his squad. It is understood he has been giving consideration to West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, who has been outstanding this season — so much so that England coach Gary Neville made him his man of the match for Sky on Monday night when West Ham beat QPR.

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

His choice of centre halves could also be interesting. With Terry having retired and Ferdinand apparently not an option, the search for a fourth central defender to join Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka looks like a difficult one.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured, Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson are thought to be in contention.

England still suffering Olympic Games hangover – Wembley match zone

Wembley match zone: England fail to capture imagination amid Olympic hangover

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UPDATED:

23:03 GMT, 11 September 2012

They may be officially over but it’s hard to escape the Olympics and Paralympics in London. Tube trains carry the maps directing people to the different venues, for example, while many buildings are still adorned by flags of competing nations. At Wembley the England football team seemingly failed to capture the public’s imagination as the stadium was far from full at kick-off. Time to give us a reason to believe again, Mr Hodgson.

Applause: Olympic medalists were paraded at half-time

Applause: Olympic medalists were paraded at half-time

Blokhin still bitter

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin spent most of Euro 2012 picking fights with people, from journalists to football administrators and politicians. And it seems he still hasn’t forgotten the injustices he felt befell his side — who had a goal not given when the ball had crossed the line — during their defeat by England in Donetsk over the summer, when a Wayne Rooney goal separated the teams. ‘The referee made two mistakes,’ insisted the 59-year-old. ‘Of course he hurt us. But that’s history.’

Northern stars

The national team have rarely been as enthusiastically supported as they were when they travelled the country playing at different venues while Wembley was being rebuilt in the middle of the last decade. Many supporters would still like to see the odd game played ‘up north’ and this suggestion was perhaps given more credence by the fact that eight of the starting 11 play their football in either Manchester or Liverpool.

Wise head: Frank Lampard takes the captain's armband

Wise head: Frank Lampard takes the captain's armband

Team player Lamps

He may not be captain but Frank Lampard is a man who understands the team ethic. Seeing Tom Cleverley screw a chance wide in the first half — the second time the Manchester United man should have scored — Lampard ran 30 yards to give him a tap on the shoulder. Two minutes later, with his confidence restored, Cleverley hit the post with a brilliant shot.

Lescott loses out

Roy Hodgson has said he won’t be afraid to pick players who aren’t playing regularly for their clubs and one wonders if he will soon add Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott to that list. The 30-year-old had a superb season last time round but City manager Roberto Mancini has bought Serb Matija Nastasic as a long-term replacement because he is unsure about Lescott’s ability on the ball. On Tuesday, Lescott gave possession away cheaply in the build-up to the first goal.

Error: Joleon Lescott made a mistake for Ukraine's goal

Error: Joleon Lescott made a mistake for Ukraine's goal

Defoe's fast start

Coaches may be critical of a perceived lack of effort when the opposition have the ball but one of the enduringly impressive aspects of Jermain Defoe’s football is his ability to find his rhythm quickly and work goalkeepers from a variety of angles. In some ways it makes the Tottenham striker a perfect substitute but Defoe was into the game quickly, whipping a super right-foot shot past Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Piatov in the 11th minute, only to be pulled back for a foul.