Sport Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at most United games has cast a shadow over David Moyes

The former manager has been a regular onlooker during David Moyes' difficult start to life at Old Trafford

Football: The perfect partners in their prime

As Old Trafford prepares for a game of two prolific pairings, Houllier puts the accent on natural chemistry

Football: FA face new cash for votes questions

THE CRISIS within the Football Association intensified last night as Sir Bert Millichip said the organisation needed a "massive over-haul" and fresh controversy broke over their efforts to win crucial votes for the bid to stage the World Cup in 2006.

Football: Withe's Thai triumph

THE FORMER Aston Villa and England striker Peter Withe was hailed as a hero in Thailand after inspiring the national team to a sensational 2-1 win over the joint 2002 World Cup hosts South Korea in the Asian Games quarter-finals.

Football: Curtain falls on champion

The Anniversary: Bobby Moore played his 108th and last game for England 25 years ago

Football: `I shout, I have a big mouth. But I get it back, too'


Book of the Week; Atkinson entertains as he puts the boot in

Big Ron: A Different Ball Game By Ron Atkinson (Andre Deutsch, hardback, pounds 16.99)

Sports books: Stiff upper lip of a man ahead of his time

Book of the Week: Winning Isn't Everything: A Biography of Sir Alf Ramsey (Victor Gollancz; pounds 16.99) By Dave Bowler

Football: Owen steals Shearer's limelight

THE LAST time Alan Shearer was in Stockholm he narrowly avoided being the fall guy in Graham Taylor's most infamous substitution. With England losing 2-1 to Sweden and about to miss out on a place in the semi-finals of the 1992 European Championships, Shearer was told to warm up only for Alan Smith to be sent on instead. Off came Gary Lineker, still a goal short of Bobby Charlton's England record.

Football: Why barracking may be making of Beckham

DAVID BECKHAM is sure to come in for some serious stick this season whenever he plays away from Old Trafford. Calls from well-meaning football folk for opposition supporters to go easy on him are more likely to fan the flames than calm the waters. He has to bite his lip and accept the torrent headed his way.

He's game for a laugh

You can guarantee two things about the new English football season, which starts today. First, that a certain sarong-wearing, Posh Spice-loving England and Manchester United midfielder will be booed wherever he plays. And second, that a host of new comedy football shows will spread across the television schedules like a nasty case of heat rash.

Football: Hat-trick Hurst scores a knighthood

GEOFF HURST, England's World Cup final hat-trick hero, was yesterday "thrilled to bits" to be made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours and hoped that it would encourage the England squad in France.

France '98: Shadow Of Gazza

A hero of 1966 warns the class of 98 may be short of the highest quality. Alan Ball talks to Stephen Brenkley

Football: The day a World Cup dream died

ENGLAND AT THE WORLD CUP 1958 Sweden; Bill Nicholson recalls how the Munich air disaster destroyed England's ambitions in 1958. But for that, he tells Ken Jones in our continuing World Cup series, the team might have have gone close to winning it

Leisure group captures lions

HAY & ROBERTSON, the ambitious leisure group, yesterday unveiled plans to introduce an array of casualwear and children's clothes emblazoned with the famous three lions England football team logo together with its Admiral brand, endorsed by soccer legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

In the wake of the Babes

Forty years after Munich, an old player recalls the emotions of a life spent following the deeds of legends
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