Preston

Irvine confirmed as Sheffield Wednesday boss

Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed the appointment of Alan Irvine as their new manager just 10 days after the Scot was controversially sacked by Coca-Cola Championship rivals Preston.

Irvine sacked by Preston

Preston have sacked manager Alan Irvine - little more than six months after he guided them into the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs.

The drive of our lives: 50 Years of Britain's motorways

They promised to speed us towards a modern age and rev up the post-war economy. So what happened? Fifty years after Britain's first motorways opened, Simon Usborne finds out how much we owe to our superhighways – and why the wheels had to come off

Nigel Preston: Innovative fashion designer whose King's Road shop

Jean Cocteau's maxim, that style is a simple way of saying complex things, sums up the effortless grace of Nigel Preston's skilful, subtle clothes design, most particularly in sheepskin, suede and leather, that inspired the fashion world for 30 years from the mid-Seventies. He was famous for his experimentation with decorative, painterly techniques, for his exotic colouring on leather, for his exquisite ornamentation and his patient eye for detail – his biannual collection was eagerly anticipated. Where Preston led, Hermès and Gucci followed. That he was not a household name says more about the vagaries and hype of the fashion industry than it does about his creative talents. The most unvain of men, he was a natural innovator.