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Hillsborough anniversary: Liverpool and West Ham observe minute"s silence at Anfield

Solemn silence at Anfield as Liverpool mark the 24th anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy

Andy James


10:50 GMT, 7 April 2013



17:13 GMT, 7 April 2013

Liverpool paid an emotional tribute to the 96 fans who were tragically killed during the Hillsborough disaster ahead of their game with West Ham today.

The fixture is the Reds last home game before the 24th anniversary of the 1989 tragedy and there was a minute's silence impeccably observed by all supporters in attendance before kick-off.

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

The occasion was poignant to Liverpool-born West Ham captain Kevin Nolan.

Speaking before the game, Nolan said he believed it would be a chance to commemorate the success of the inquest into the disaster last year.

'We will honour the memory of the 96 innocent supporters that lost their lives,' he said.

'I have friends who were there that day, so it's going to be an emotional day because they have got the justice they deserved.

'We can commemorate it and the people who have worked so tirelessly to ensure justice was brought.'

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Brad Gilbert was right with his tactics: Court Report

Court Report: Semi-final turned out just like Brad said it would



23:17 GMT, 6 July 2012

Sportsmail's Brad Gilbert wrote on Friday about how Andy Murray’s backhand down the line could drag Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out of position and cause him problems.

Needless to say, Murray used it to great effect. The best example was at 3-1 and 0-15 in the first set, when he moved the Frenchman out wide before dispatching a winner into the empty court with the following backhand.

On the money: Brad Gilbert predicted Andy Murray's tactics just right

Why Oxfam want Fed win

Those of a charitable nature could be forgiven for not joining the rest of Britain in clamouring for a Murray victory tomorrow, as Oxfam will benefit by more than 100,000 should Roger Federer lift the crown.

In 2003 Nick Newlife, from Oxfordshire, put 1,520 on six-time champion Federer winning seven Wimbledons by 2019 at odds of 66-1.

He died in 2009 but left the betting slip, potentially worth 101,840, to Oxfam in his will. Perhaps Murray could donate part of the 1.15m cheque he would get for winning the title.

Net losses

Chapter one of How To Play Andy Murray For Dummies: don’t give him a target to hit. Tsonga did just that from the start, needlessly charging into the net time after time when the preceding groundstroke wasn’t up to scratch.

On form: Andy Murray

That meant Murray had plenty of time to pick his shots and he duly fired an endless stream of forehand and backhand winners past the Frenchman.

Une Grande Victoire

Murray's victory extends his very impressive record against Frenchmen at Grand Slams. He has now won 15 consecutive games since losing to Tsonga in Australia in 2008. For the record, the list of victims reads: Richard Gasquet four times, Gilles Simon, Tsonga twice, Fabrice Santoro, Michael Llodra twice, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Marc Gicquel, Florent Serra, Eric Prodon and Jonathan Eysseric.

murray v tsonga.jpg

Jo’s short game let down

One of the things Tsonga had to do if he was going to win the match was win the short rallies — Murray grinds you down in long exchanges. Tsonga has the big serve and forehand to do that but he failed to produce.

In fact, Murray won 59 per cent of rallies of two shots or fewer in the match — the only dip was the third set when he only won 39 per cent — and it turned out to be a crucial factor as the Frenchmen staged a comeback to win the set 6-3.

New balls please

Every man on Centre Court felt sympathy for Tsonga at 5-3 and 15-15 in the third set. Arriving at the net, Tsonga felt the full force of a Murray forehand in a rather sensitive area. He collapsed to the floor in pain, briefly got back up and then sunk down again.

Ouch: Tsonga

Ouch: Tsonga

A concerned Murray apologised but Tsonga recovered quickly, winning the next three points to win the set.

Bumble at the Test: No Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo or Taylor… it"s a crying shame

Bumble at the Test: No Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo or Taylor… it's a crying shame



20:57 GMT, 18 May 2012

Absent friends
West Indies' Jerome Taylor

The toast on Friday was to absent friends. No Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan or Dwayne Bravo here and also no Jerome Taylor (right), who bowled West Indies to victory over England in Jamaica three years ago but has disappeared from the scene. It's a crying shame…

Van's the man for us

Happy to say that my football club, Accrington Stanley, are in good hands after my London meeting with new chairman Peter Marsden. I can reveal we might make a bid for Arsenal's Dutch striker Robin van Persie and can offer him a good package – as many pies as he can eat and a weekly ticket to the local Odeon.

My tweet hell

Plenty of abuse on Twitter from India – and all because of my support for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL! It's not my fault they haven't reached the final! Some of these keyboard warriors would be candidates for A&E if they met me face to face…

Fashion victims

Lots of fashion statements among the West Indies players. Opening bowler Fidel Edwards has stars shaved into his hair, while his new-ball partner Kemar Roach has some serious gold round his neck. Lots of ear-rings, too, but I'm old-school on these sorts of things. They should only go with high heels.

Delicious Danni

England's Danni Wyatt

Great to see the launch of The Cricket Paper featuring the Mail on Sunday's very own Peter 'Reggie' Hayter. I've had a brainstorming session with him and reckon there should be a 'crickette' on page three. Who better to start with than Danni Wyatt (right), England's feisty all-rounder

Tuf to remember

Phil Tufnell's new book Tuffers Tales was on parade and I asked him what was in it. 'Lots of stories,' he said. 'What about, Cat' I replied. 'Can't remember,' said Phil. Reminded me of when Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones said: 'If anyone knows what I've been doing for the last 10 years, let me know…'

Ched Evans rape victim named: Three men arrested

Three men arrested in investigation into naming of Evans rape victim on Twitter



14:59 GMT, 26 April 2012

Three men have been arrested as part of the investigation into the naming on Twitter of the victim in the Ched Evans rape case.

Evans, a Sheffield United footballer, was jailed for five years last week for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Two of the men have been arrested under the Section Five of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act and the other is being held on suspicion of malicious communication.

Jailed: Ched Evans has been sent to prison

Jailed: Ched Evans has been sent to prison

The men are being detained by South Yorkshire Police at Sheffield police station, where they are being interviewed by officers from North Wales Police.

Steve Williams, Detective Chief Inspector of North Wales Police, said: 'These arrests were made with the assistance of South Yorkshire Police and are part of a series of planned arrests we will be making during this on-going investigation.'

Wales international striker Evans, 23, was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of raping the woman, who was 'too drunk to consent'.

Following the conclusion of the trial, the victim of the rape was named and subjected to abuse on Twitter and other websites.

Sheffield United defender Connor Brown has been suspended by the club for comments he made on Twitter following the trial.

The Blades' reserve-team player responded to Evans's five-year prison sentence by tweeting various comments in relation to the case and his support for his team-mate.

Abuse: The victim was named and subjected to some abuse on the social networking site Twitter

Abuse: The victim was named and subjected to some abuse on the social networking site Twitter

North Wales Police described the alleged comments on Twitter as 'profoundly disturbing' and said they contribute to the young woman's 'continued trauma'.

Rape and other sexual assault victims are guaranteed the legal right to lifetime anonymity.

Evans admitted having sex with the victim, then aged 19, at a hotel in North Wales last May.

In her evidence, the woman said she has no memory of the incident and the prosecution argued she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Evans' co-accused, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 23, who also admitted having sex with the victim, was found not guilty.

Evans announced on Tuesday that he would appeal against his conviction.
In a statement posted on Sheffield United's website, law firm Brabners Chaffe Street said Evans 'maintains his innocence' and would be appealing against the jury's verdict.

Ascot stick with strick dress code

Ascot to refund fashion victims but will stick with strict dress code

Ascot will stick by plans to implement stricter dress codes despite a disastrous start to the policy at Saturday’s meeting.

The royal racecourse was forced to issue a grovelling apology after controversially instructing stewards to issue orange stickers to racegoers who failed to satisfy the new jacket-and-tie rule for its premier enclosure.

It will also issue a full refund to racegoers in the enclosure in a bid to limit the damage to its reputation by its ill-conceived actions.

Marked: Ascot staff give out orange dots to any one with out a tie.

Marked: Ascot staff give out orange dots to any one with out a tie.

The estimated cost of the move to reimburse around 1,000 racegoers is 25,000.

Ascot, which has also made changes to its dress code for its royal meeting, had intended the orange stickers would stop stewards repeatedly approaching racegoers who failed to meet the new standards, but the clumsy approach left some claiming it was like being issued with a ‘naughty boy badge’.

Others were annoyed to be stigmatised despite wearing what would generally be regarded as smart attire.

Charles Barnett, chief executive at Ascot, said: ‘It is clear that we let down many of our premier enclosure customers with a well-intentioned but misguided policy. No customer should be expected to pay for such an experience and we have taken the view that all premier enclosure visitors will receive a full refund.

Dressed up: Race goers at Royal Ascot

Dressed up: Race goers at Royal Ascot

‘We have worked very hard for many years to establish ourselves as a benchmark for customer service and are making this statement to reinforce that we will not allow our reputation as a welcoming sports venue to be tarnished by an isolated lack of judgment on our part.’

However, Nick Smith, Ascot’s head of PR, emphasised that it was still the intention to tighten up dress standards at the track.

He said: ‘The new policy was a result of requests from our customers to see a smarter environment. It is not the policy that is the problem but the way things have been done.’

Oldham boss Paul Dickov serves fans tea ahead of Liverpool FA Cup clash

Up for the Cuppa! Oldham boss Dickov serves fans tea and plans Anfield upset

Tell Oldham Athletic that the FA Cup has lost some of its attraction, and they will tell you about the two fans who suffered hypothermia while queuing to buy tickets for Friday's third-round tie at Liverpool.

One was taken next door to Royal Oldham Hospital and the other to the club shop after collapsing outside. The story goes that his first words when he came round were: 'Have they sold out yet'

Happily, both will be among the 6,200 fans supporting Paul Dickov's team at Anfield this evening, but it says much about this game that hundreds more queued with them from as early as four o'clock in the morning last Thursday in freezing wind and rain.

Heart-warmer: Oldham manager Paul Dickov (right) serves tea to freezing fans

Heart-warmer: Oldham manager Paul Dickov (right) serves tea to freezing fans

It also says much about this club and Dickov that he was among the staff handing out hot drinks to make sure the number of hypothermia victims did not exceed two.

The wind was up again on Thursday, battering the faded blue fences around Boundary Park and whistling down Sheepfoot Lane and through the corrugated corridors of this old ground. Up in the sponsors' lounge, Dickov was warming to his task as he prepared to face a boyhood idol.

The teams: Liverpool v Oldham

'Like any youngster growing up in Scotland, Kenny Dalglish was a big hero,' said the former Manchester City and Blackburn striker. 'I've still got a box of tapes somewhere of all the goals he scored.

'I met him when I was a 16-year-old at Arsenal. I shook his hand but was so in awe I couldn't speak. For me, just to stand there with him in the opposite dug-out will be a proud occasion. This is our thank you to the fans. The support we're getting is quite humbling. It's brought a real buzz back to this club.'

It's fair to say that Oldham have seen better days. Look out over Boundary Park now, at the empty area that used to be the Broadway Stand, and it is hard to believe they were one of the founder members of the Premier League.

That was during the glory days under Joe Royle when the Latics spent three years in the top flight and reached two FA Cup semi-finals against Manchester United, not to mention the League Cup final; when the likes of Andy Ritchie, Roger Palmer, Denis Irwin and Earl Barrett helped Royle put Oldham on the map.

Mark Hughes's late equaliser at Wembley in 1994 was a pivotal moment. 'The goal that killed the club,' remarked one observer rather dramatically.

Minute from glory: Manchester United striker Mark Hughes (centre) scores the 1994 FA Cup semi-final equaliser at Wembley that 'killed Oldham'

Minute from glory: Manchester United striker Mark Hughes (centre) scores the 1994 FA Cup semi-final equaliser at Wembley that 'killed Oldham'

United went on to win the replay and clinch the Double, but their opponents never won another game that season as they went down and Royle left. Another relegation followed in 1997 and administration in 2003. Oldham have now spent more time in the third tier of English football than any other club.

Things are looking up under Dickov and his coaching team, however. The 39-year-old Scot always got the best out of himself as a player, and he has done the same with his squad since taking up his first managerial role.

Oldham are seven points off the League One play-off places and will return to Wembley for the first time in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy if they can beat Chesterfield over two legs.

Boundary hits: Five Cup glory days

March 1913: Quarter-final
Everton 0-1 Oldham

After knocking out Bolton, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United, Oldham beat their
top-flight rivals to secure a semi-final place for the first time. Arthur Gee, who had nine years at Oldham but only ever scored two FA Cup goals, grabbed the winner.

November 1925: First round
Oldham 10 Lytham 1

It may have been the old Division Two versus
Lancashire Combination but it provided a record Cup victory for Oldham that still stands. Their scorers were Horace Barnes (three),
Arthur Ormston (two), Albert Pynegar (two), Bert Watson (two) and Jimmy Naylor.

April 1990: Semi-final
Manchester Utd 3-3 Oldham

Then in Division Two, Earl Barrett gave Joe Royle’s side the lead before Bryan Robson and Neil Webb put United ahead with 20 minutes to go. But Ian Marshall’s volley forced extra time and even when Danny Wallace gave United
the lead again, Roger Palmer clinched a replay.

April 1994: Semi-final
Manchester Utd 1-1 Oldham

A bittersweet memory for Oldham, who were a minute away from making the final before Mark Hughes’s volley set them on a downward spiral. Neil Pointon had given them a shock lead and reason to dream but the late, late equaliser led
to a replay defeat and struggles in the league.

January 2005: third round
Oldham 1-0 Manchester City

Kevin Keegan’s Premier League side, who thought they could afford to leave Steve McManaman on the bench for most of the
game, were knocked out by their League One
opponents thanks to a goal from homegrown
Scott Vernon, 20, and some defiant defending.

This is also their first appearance in the FA Cup third round since they went to Merseyside and upset Everton four years ago.

Dickov has built well in difficult circumstances. Indeed, Oldham are still awaiting final clearance to extend loan deals for Luca Scapuzzi, Tom Adeyemi and Nathan Clarke before a noon deadline so they can play at Anfield.

The manager persuaded his former Blackburn team-mate Shefki Kuqi to drop from the Premier League last summer (the 35-year-old Finland striker is Oldham's leading scorer this season with 13 goals), and defender Zander Diamond to move from Aberdeen.

When Diamond and his wife stopped off at Anfield on their way to a wedding in Leicester 18 months ago and paid to go on the stadium tour, he never thought he would be going back as a player in his first season in England.

'I've got a picture of me touching the “This is Anfield” sign and I'll do it again,' he said. 'It's not every day you play against your boyhood heroes. I went on one of those websites that sells sporting memorabilia after the 2005 Champions League final and bought a signed Steven Gerrard shirt – I hope it's his signature anyway! You buy the jersey then you're stood next to them in the tunnel. It's a fairytale.'

The decision to move the game to Friday night because Everton are at home on Saturday and Liverpool did not want to clash with Sunday's live television games has paid off with a big crowd expected and Oldham set to bank in excess of 200,000 from the gate receipts.

Needs a break: Andy Carroll will have another chance to impress for Liverpool

Needs a break: Andy Carroll will have another chance to impress for Liverpool

Dalglish will be mindful of Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City, but also of the fact Liverpool have gone out in the third round of this competition in each of the last two seasons.

While there is a slim possibility that Gerrard could start, Andy Carroll looks likely to play as he tries to build confidence after more than two months without a goal.

Kuqi was signed by Newcastle as Carroll's replacement following his 35million move in January.

'Sometimes you can't score a goal to save your life, but then it turns around and you can't stop,' said Kuqi. 'You just need that little break. He'll come good.'

Oldham would just rather it wasn't on Friday night.