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In the good-time gang

Her mother Ruth Ellis paid the ultimate price for her fast living. One of Georgie Ellis's loves was shot dead. Yet, in a Soho hotel, the daughter of the last woman to be hanged in Britain tells Emma Cook she finds the role of the moll to men dedicated to crime irresistible

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The bottom line is agents and managers are not nursemaids, and players are not robots. Their destinies lie in their own boots

Since contrasts are to football what presents are to Christmas, it was no surprise that in a week when one of the game's perennial miscreants got his act together by scoring two brilliant goals to win Sunday's Scottish Coca-Cola Cup final, another young offender lost the plot.

Gazza a suitable case for treatment

Ian Ridley says England's errant genius may be facing up to his problems

The never-ending search for the new Best, Rush... and Hunter

You read it here: "the next Chris Waddle" is alive and kicking Preston North End back towards glory. The sloping gait, rounded shoulders and trickery on the wing of 19-year-old Kevin Kilbane have already attracted the attention of, among others, Wimbledon - which might seem strange considering the Dons are not exactly renowned for their love of the finer things in football, a category Kilbane certainly falls into.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire

As a player, Barry Fry's crowning moment came at Wembley. The cross came from the left, he timed his jump to perfection and smoothly headed home England's winner against Scotland. An exultant crowd of 93,000 roared their approval for the inside-forward's perception.

Off his turf but game for anything


Television: On the box

Television's love affair with costume drama continues with the announcement that Carlton is undertaking a new pounds 4m production of Daphne du Maurier's romantic novel, Rebecca, currently shooting in England and the south of France. In this four-hour adaptation by Arthur Hopcraft (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), the ever-smooth Charles Dance (was he born in a white linen suit?) plays Maxim De Winter, with Diana Rigg as his housekeeper Mrs Danvers and Emilia Fox as the second Mrs De Winter. The real ace in the hole for the producers, however, is Oscar-winning American star Faye Dunaway (right) as the well-to-do New Yorker, Mrs Van Hopper. Whoever's in it, though, it will do well to match Hitchcock's classic 1940 version starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

England expects ... not a lot, really

England's footballers have been infected with lad culture: ironic, languid, detached. Fine in a TV studio, not so funny at Wembley ...

Diary of a single father: Where's the beef?

It's a family tradition to watch the Cup Final at Hendon with my dad. Seth humours us and agrees to join the party, though he's 15 and a man about town (St Albans, that is, not London).

Sand-trap tantrum blows Monty's cool to four winds

The most pampered individuals in sport are golfing superstars. They are coddled, waited on, provided for and fawned over from the first day they break through as exceptional practitioners.

Farewell, my fragrant hostess

As Lisa Leeson takes to the air, Jim White mourns the loss of glamour among her colleagues

Gray looks forward to brighter return

WHEN Leeds United lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup final 23 years ago, Eddie Gray could not even console himself with the knowledge that he had played well as an individual. "I had a terrible game," he recalled last week. So as Gray travels south this morning to see a Leeds team contest a Wembley final for the first time since then, he will be hoping that the memory of that extraordinary afternoon will be at least partially erased.
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