It is to be hoped Phil Godman enjoyed the Doctor Who special on Saturday evening because earlier in the day the Newcastle fly-half’s adventures in space and time had an unhappy ending thanks to the tackling of Courtney Lawes.
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Saturday 19 March 2011
Sunday 06 March 2011
The generous nature of Dean Richards, whose life will be celebrated at today's game between two of his former teams, Wolves and Tottenham, was illustrated six years ago when his first club, Bradford City, who were in administration at the time, asked him to play in a fundraising match at Valley Parade.
Saturday 05 March 2011
Monday 28 February 2011
Wolves and Tottenham will stage a joint tribute to Dean Richards, their former centre-half whose death was announced on Saturday, when they play each other at Molineux next weekend.
Monday 28 February 2011
The BBC football pundit Alan Hansen knows a thing or two about centre-halves, having been one of the finest the British game has ever seen during his playing days with Liverpool, so it was worth listening in 1996 when he described Dean Richards as the most promising young central defender in England. The tall, commanding Yorkshireman, who combined brawn and elegance to an unusual degree, became the costliest player in the land without a full international cap when he switched from Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur for £8.1m in 2001.
Sunday 27 February 2011
Sunday 19 December 2010
James Lawton: The Bloodgate physio is banned for life. So why is the door open for Richards' return?
Saturday 18 September 2010
It may not be much comfort to the ruined physiotherapist Steph Brennan but there might just be a day when he can look back on the "Bloodgate" affair and remember that in the worst days of his life – and the sport to which he attached himself – he showed a degree of moral discernment.
Wednesday 15 September 2010
The fake blood scandal at Harlequins happened the best part of 18 months ago, but the union game has yet to rid itself of the rancid smell. Steph Brennan, the physiotherapist who participated in the Heineken Cup substitution scam orchestrated by the London club's director of rugby Dean Richards, was yesterday struck off by the Health Professions Council – a development that cast Richards' current efforts to "clarify" the roles he may or may not perform during his three-year ban from the sport in a dismal, dirty-grey light.
Tuesday 14 September 2010
Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan has been struck off following his role in rugby's infamous Bloodgate scandal.
Monday 13 September 2010
A former Harlequins physiotherapist will appear before a Health Professions Council (HPC) conduct hearing today over the 'Bloodgate' scandal.
Monday 13 September 2010
Saturday 11 September 2010
On the field at least, Wayne Rooney has stood up pretty well to a week which most people would consign straight to hell. He may even outrun the latest blistering accusation, from the broadcaster Gabby Logan, that he committed a grave act of hypocrisy by wearing a plastic rosary to training while awaiting the reports of his whore-mongering, a charge that we have to believe has the more worldly inhabitants of the Vatican doubled up in uncontrolled mirth.
Friday 10 September 2010
English rugby's disciplinary classes may have made their peace with Brendan Venter – while the Saracens boss had two almighty run-ins with officialdom last season, relations are now said to be extremely cosy – but as the equally controversial figure of Dean Richards is looming large on the horizon, this is far from the end of their troubles. Richards, kicked out of the sport for three years after belatedly admitting to his starring role in the fake blood scandal at Harlequins, is currently in discussions with senior figures about taking tentative steps back into the game he disgraced.
Thursday 26 August 2010
Harlequins, experiencing fresh torment over the fake blood scandal that cost Dean Richards his job as director of rugby, yesterday acknowledged their deep sense of responsibility regarding Dr Wendy Chapman, currently appearing before a General Medical Council disciplinary panel investigating her role in the affair.
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