The sides meet in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup - a re-match of a memorable game in 1980 which is recounted with the help of David Cross
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Saturday 15 May 2010
Thursday 04 March 2010
Wednesday 20 January 2010
Monday 18 January 2010
Fabio Capello will see his call for a National Football Centre (NFC) move a step closer to reality tomorrow when the FA unveil their latest plans to develop a site at Burton.
Sunday 11 October 2009
Howard Wilkinson, who describes the National Football Centre at Burton as "my baby", must be wondering about its gestation period after the Football Association confirmed on Thursday that the project had been put on hold again. Even an elephant only takes 22 months to give birth. A white elephant? Do not dare suggest such a thing to the formidable former Leeds United manager – the last Englishman to win the national championship – who as the technical director of the Football Association thought he had won the debate over a national training, coaching and education centre as long ago as 1999.
Saturday 15 August 2009
Sunday 05 July 2009
Wednesday 01 July 2009
Sunday 28 June 2009
The normally ebullient Roger Draper, the high-profile boss of the Lawn Tennis Association, has been keeping an uncharacteristically low profile at Wimbledon. No doubt his head is below the parapet to dodge the bullets being fired in his direction as, Andy Murray apart, the event has quickly become a Brit-free zone. Flexing new-found muscles, sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe declares himself "tired of excuses" for the perennial parade of early drop-outs and warns of funding cuts if this stone-rich sport of under-achievers does not come up to scratch. Draper's allies argue that he has only been in the job two and a half years and that his efforts need time to produce results. But Draper, probably sport's highest-paid chief executive outside top-flight football, will know he needs to justify the huge investments the LTA receives from Wimbledon, sponsors and the Government by at least getting a few more players into the world's top 150 soon. Some £27 million of funding comes via Sport England, for whom Draper was chief executive before moving to the LTA. Could another reason why he is not the usual jolly Roger these days be that, along with other senior figures who worked with the funding body, including ex-chairmen Derek Mapp, Lord Carter and Trevor Brooking, he will be asked to give evidence at the inquiry into the mystery of the secret account which operated between 1999 and 2007 to benefit minor sports, and from which almost £20m is unaccounted for? While Sport England insist no criminality is suspected, there is bound to be great embarrassment when, hopefully, all is revealed.
Monday 08 June 2009
Sunday 07 June 2009
Saturday 06 June 2009
Monday 01 June 2009
It is nearly a decade since England and Scotland met at full international level, Don Hutchison's goal being insufficient to overturn England's two-goal advantage from the first leg of what was a Euro 2000 qualifier. With a succession of England managers preferring to meet foreign opposition, and the Football Association disinclined to argue, given the perceived hooliganism risks of reviving the fixture, a repeat may not occur until the pair are drawn to meet in competition.
Sunday 31 May 2009
Ian Watmore, the Football Association's new chief executive, reports for his first day at work tomorrow with Trevor Brooking hoping he arrives on a white charger.
Sunday 07 December 2008
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