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Sunday 14 November 2010
They come and go, these football managers, but fortunately for barber Sid Cartlidge, a 70-year-old Stoke City supporter, they all need a haircut from time to time. The man known as Scissorhands Sid reckons to have served 17 different managers, which by our reckoning takes him as far back as the Potters' icon Tony Waddington. He has just opened a new salon in town, at a ceremony attended by the current incumbent Tony Pulis and several predecessors, including Lou Macari (two spells as manager in the 1990s), George Eastham (1977-78) and the current director of football John Rudge. Ruthlessly cast aside by neighbouring Port Vale after 15 years as manager, Rudge is if anything even more, er, folically challenged than Pulis, and says: "It's not about what he takes off any more, but what he leaves on. I've so little hair left these days that Sid can give me a cut over the phone."
Monday 08 November 2010
A potential meeting between AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons was the highlight of the draw for the second round of the FA Cup. Both sides must navigate their way through first-round replays first, but any meeting of the two would provide a major talking point.
Sunday 31 October 2010
Next weekend is a huge one for the clubs formed by disillusioned supporters of Manchester United and the former FA Cup-winners Wimbledon. FC United of Manchester, the "Red Rebels", will be featured in a live televised game for the first time on Friday night when they travel to Rochdale for a local derby in the first round of the Cup. The following day, the even more successful AFC Wimbledon will be at home to Ebbsfleet in a tie that will be shown as one of three in ITV's highlights package that evening. FC United, who have reached this stage for the first time, are presumably dreaming of a trip to Old Trafford in the third round. AFC, playing in the first round proper for the third year running, make no secret of wanting to meet MK Dons, who stole the Wimbledon franchise but who were forced four years ago to hand back the replica FA Cup Wimbledon won in 1988 as well as all memorabilia connected to the original club.
Sunday 03 October 2010
Wednesday 22 September 2010
Tuesday 21 September 2010
Thursday 26 August 2010
The MK Dons forward Lewis Guy has accused Blackpool of showing a lack of respect to the League One side.
Saturday 17 July 2010
A shopping centre has joined stately homes as a listed building. The 1970s glass-and-steel Milton Keynes shopping centre, known as thecentre:mk, has been given Grade II status, meaning it is "nationally important and of special interest", according to English Heritage.
Saturday 03 July 2010
Ticket-touting should be banned at big sporting events including Wimbledon, an MP said today.
Saturday 03 July 2010
Tuesday 29 June 2010
In fierce late-afternoon sunshine on Henman Hill yesterday there were more red necks than in a Baton Rouge trailer park, but blue was also the colour, one or two saltires being waved enthusiastically as Andy Murray continued his seemingly inexorable progress towards another Grand Slam quarter-final. Not that, as far as most of the crowd were concerned, Murray was representing Scotland up there on the big screen. Tim Henman might have carried England's hopes at Wimbledon, but Murray is unequivocally a Brit, especially the day after our boys have been so humiliatingly dumped out of the World Cup by the vastly superior Germans.
Friday 25 June 2010
Sunday is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures topping 30C (86F), forecasters said today.
Friday 25 June 2010
Wednesday 23 June 2010
Andy Murray's victory over Jan Hajek yesterday was just the start of a road he hopes will take him to a first Wimbledon title but going into the third day he is already the only British singles player left in the tournament.
Thursday 17 June 2010
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