Football: The Sweeper Goldberg shrinks from the Reaper

MARK GOLDBERG, the Crystal Palace chairman, has decided not to meet the Grim Reaper this afternoon. No, he hasn't suddenly been handed the power of immortality, he's merely refused to meet demonstrators protesting against his stewardship of the financially troubled club.

"On police advice, Goldberg will not be accepting the petition against him," Cris Lehmann, the organiser of today's protest, said yesterday. Lehmann (aka, the Grim Reaper because of the costume he will don to lead the protestors), added that his petition - signed by 5,000 people including some players - will instead be received on behalf of the club by Phil Alexander, the managing director.

For those Palace supporters wanting to join the protest, meet at 1.30pm at the bottom of Holmesdale Road. A march will start at 2pm, ending with the handing in of the petition. Before kick-off, 15,000 black balloons will be released on to the pitch ,to mark the recent loss of 46 jobs at the club. "And then," said Lehmann, "we'll all get 100 per cent behind the team and behind Steve Coppell."

The Sweeper wonders whether the two Danish journalists who attended last weekend's Hibs against Morton game have figured out their post-match interview notes yet. After the record-breaking fixture finished - Hibs won 2-1 to take their points tally to 83, the highest ever in the Scottish First Division - the Hibs manager, Alex McLeish, popped into the press box to have a few words with the assembled hacks. When McLeish said: "I didn't think the second half was all that great," the pair from Denmark wrote it down with no problems. They also wrote down the next sentence, but one can only guess what they made of it. "The game went as flat as a witch's tit," is probably not commonly used in Copenhagen.

THE SPIREITES' last home game of the season today, against Northampton Town, will be swelled by the Japanese branch of the Chesterfield Supporters' Club - all four of them. Their passion for the club was aroused two years ago during a holiday in England when John Duncan's team went on that storming run through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, before losing to Middlesbrough in a replay. Since then the Japanese have kept in touch with fans through the post and e-mail and have now made the 6,000-mile journey back to England to watch a game which holds only any real importance for the relegation- threatened Cobblers. One of the Japanese contacts is Spireite fan Chris Radford, who said: "I keep getting e-mails from different blokes in Tokyo wanting to know all about Chesterfield. Apparently, there's quite a famous sports bar in Tokyo where they meet to watch bulletin programmes about English football - and to show off their Chesterfield shirts!"

UNIBOND LEAGUE club Emley, who last season came within eight minutes of taking West Ham United back to their cramped little ground in an FA Cup third round replay, similarly just managed to avoid a taste of their own medicine when they got their Sheffield Senior Cup semi-final moved to a neutral ground following fears that they would have to run a gauntlet of home fans holding bottles and pints of beer.

County Senior League club Wombwell Main offered to bus the Emley players the 100 yards from the pitch to the changing rooms, but their opponents flatly refused and wrote a letter to the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA detailing their concerns. They were particularly worried about the safety of their players after spectators had been seen at recent Main matches holding bottles and pints of beer. They also complained that there were no dug-outs, that the host club did not have enough posts to rope off the pitch and that they could not accommodate the 400-500 crowd that was anticipated.

Billy Robey, the long-serving Main manager, denied all of Emley's claims. "If the Emley management were worried about the safety of their players, we were willing to put on a 20-seater bus to take them from the changing- rooms to the pitch and back," he said. "We were willing to arrange for two portaloos and also offered Emley an alternate date. I could also add that there would have been no bar open and that our supporters would not be holding bottles or pints." It ended for Main in the rearranged game, at Worsbrough Bridge on Monday, when Emley won 2-0.

ONE MANCHESTER City fan did not know whether to laugh or cry after last week's unscheduled defeat at home to struggling Wycombe Wanderers. The manager of local bookmakers, Paul Deane, who also happens to be an avid City fan, had recently offered odds of 20-1 on Joe Royle's team gaining automatic promotion to the First Division. City fans responded in droves and the bookie stands to lose pounds 10,000 should they pull it off. Jimmy Dixon, group personnel manager of the bookies, said: "The manager of our Heald Green branch gave the odds as a special offer to attract custom. He's a mad City fan. But he doesn't know if he wants them to go up automatically now because if they do, he'll lose a packet."

WANT EUROPEAN Cup-Winners' Cup tickets to see Lazio against Real Mallorca? Requests by post to Aston Villa, Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6HE. Only pounds 30 and pounds 40 seats are still available. Make cheques payable to "Aston Villa FC."

News
peopleHowards' Way actress, and former mistress of Jeffrey Archer, was 60
Sport
Romelu Lukaku puts pen to paper
sport
News
Robyn Lawley
people
Arts and Entertainment
Unhappy days: Resistance spy turned Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett
books
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
Life and Style
Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson voice the show’s heroes
gamingOnce stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover
News
i100
Life and Style
Phones will be able to monitor your health, from blood pressure to heart rate, and even book a doctor’s appointment for you
techCould our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?
News
people
Extras
indybest
Travel
Ryan taming: the Celtic Tiger carrier has been trying to improve its image
travelRyanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?
Sport
Usain Bolt confirms he will run in both the heats and the finals of the men's relay at the Commonwealth Games
commonwealth games
Life and Style
Slim pickings: Spanx premium denim collection
fashionBillionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers 'thigh-trimming construction'
News
Sabina Altynbekova has said she wants to be famous for playing volleyball, not her looks
people
News
i100
Life and Style
tech'World's first man-made leaves' could use photosynthesis to help astronauts breathe
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SAP Project Manager

competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP PROJECT MANAGER - 3 MONTHS - BERKSHI...

SAP Project Manager

competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP PROJECT MANAGER - 3 MONTHS - BERKSHI...

Senior Investment Accounting Change Manager

£600 - £700 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Senior Investment Accounting Change...

Microsoft Dynamics AX Functional Consultant

£65000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: A rare opportun...

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star