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Thursday, December 28, 2017 FOR A GREATER BRITAIN
20p
LESS THAN
THE DAILY
MIRROR
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The miracle
quad squad
EXCLUSIVE
PAGES
12 &13
NEWCASTLE 0 MAN CITY 1
18th-win
City still
livin? the
Raheem!
SEE SUNSPORT
SUN INVESTIGATION
TOTALLY
CLUELESS
EXCLUSIVE
by TOM WELLS
Gains . . . City traders
Shares
hit high
in Brexit
boost
By ANDY JEHRING
SHARES soared to a new
high yesterday to defy
Brexit doom-mongers.
The FTSE 100 rocketed
to 7632.7 at one stage
before closing at 7,620.7 ?
up 28 points on the day.
It is the second time in
a week the index of
blue-chip
firms
has
reached a record mark.
The
market?s
bullish
run is tipped to continue
thanks to New Year trade
talks with Brussels.
A leading think tank
last night said the City
has increased its lead as
the
world?s
financial
centre despite previous
fears of a Brexodus of
financiers. Our economy is
Continued on Page Two
COPS are failing to
identify a suspect in
over half of all crimes
reported to them, a Sun
investigation reveals.
And in four out of five
cases, no one faces any
form of punishment.
Tory
MP
Andrew
Bridgen said victims are
being failed in a policing
?postcode lottery?.
Full Story ? Pages 4 and 5
Cops fail to ID suspect in 50% of crimes
2 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
2GM
LABOUR?S WALKOUTS CHAOS
THE UNIONS
STRIKE BACK
U-turn . . . Pidcock
Tories
?human?
By MATT DATHAN
LEFTIE Laura Pidcock made a U-turn
on her hatred of
Tories by insisting:
?They are humans.?
The newbie MP for
North West Durham
shocked
many
by
calling Conservatives
?the enemy?.
She also said she
had ?absolutely no
intention
of
being
friends with? them.
But yesterday she
said:
?I?m
very
friendly with Conservatives because they
are humans.?
Corbyn will scrap all reforms since 1979
Mayhem . . .
1970s strike
JEREMY Corbyn is planning to rip up all
trade union laws since 1979, senior
members of his team have revealed.
Videos have emerged of the Labour leader?s allies
promising to adopt a long list of demands from the
hard-left Institute of Employment Rights group.
The footage exposes party plans to take Britain back
to the dark days of the 1970s when flying pickets ?
now banned ? closed
By MATT DATHAN
down factories, mines and
ports across the UK.
Shadow
Chancellor laws since 1979. This
John McDonnell is filmed would end restrictions on
in
essential
telling a rally that Lab- walkouts
our would use the IER?s services such as police,
manifesto as a ?blueprint prisons, fire and health.
It would allow ?sympafor
the
comprehensive
revision
of
workers? thy strikes? so unions
could
down tools over
rights? when in office.
Shadow Business Sec- issues they?re not involved
in,
and
flying pickets.
retary Rebecca Long-BaiTory MP James Clevley and party chairman
erly
warned: ?Union
Ian Lavbarons could hold
ery
also
the
country to
backed
ransom
and
the
IER
disrupt the lives
manifesto,
of millions.?
which
matt.dathan@
calls
for
the-sun.co.uk
the repeal
The Sun Says ?
of
trade McDonnell . .
union
Page Ten
& Jezza, right
EU poll
No2 bid
JEREMY
Corbyn
faces a fresh Brexit
headache after dozens
of Labour councillors
called for a second
referendum.
Some 70 Remainers
have
written
to
Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer
asking for a rethink.
They want Labour
to be ?committed to
providing the opportunity for people to
change their mind?.
Hard-left
demands
Right to
strike
including police,
prison of?cers,
?re service,
doctors & nurses
Legalise
sympathy
strikes and
?ying
pickets
ANGELA Merkel trudges
through the snow on
skis ? as Germans
urged her to skedaddle.
The Chancellor took
a break from coalition
talks to holiday in St
Moritz, Switzerland.
A
poll
yesterday
found nearly half want
her to quit before her
term ends in 2021.
French
President
Emmanuel Macron had
an easier run in La
Mongie, right.
BRITAIN?S rail passengers are to
get wifi strong enough to stream
videos on all mainline routes, but
not until 2025.
Ministers today announce plans
for a major new network of wireless masts and fibre optic cables.
Each train would see download
speeds of 1GB per second.
Minister for Digital Matt Hancock said: ?We want people to be
able to get connected where they
live, work and travel.?
But Tory Culture Committe
chairman Damian Collins said: ?I
don?t know why it should take
this long, and we will question
ministers to discover why.?
SUJIKO
ABERDEEN
2
GLASGOW
EDINBURGH
BELFAST
2
1
LEEDS
LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER
5
NORWICH
BIRMINGHAM
DUBLIN
CARDIFF
6
NEWCASTLE
PLYMOUTH
5
3
BRISTOL
3
3
3
LONDON
SOUTHAMPTON
TODAY: Mostly dry, with sunny
spells. A chance of wintry showers
in northern Wales and northern
Scotland. Cloudy over Wales and
the South West.
TONIGHT: Clear and crisp for
most, but a band of rain will move
up to hit the South West. Showers
will arrive across the UK in the
later part of tonight and the early
hours of Friday.
OUTLOOK: Showers on Friday ?
mostly light in the South but more
wintry in northern parts. Rain on
Saturday in central and northern
areas, while the South will stay
largely dry.
Scrap
r
on not ules
of strikice
ballotse
STREAM
ON RAIL
1
FRI 4?
Continued from Page One
now tipped to overtake
France?s by 2020.
International Monetary
Fund
chief
Christine
Lagarde last week said it
had cut its outlook for
UK growth following the
June 2016 referendum.
Think tank the Centre
for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) had
also claimed the economy
would slow due to a drop
in spending and investment. But it admitted last
night: ?In practice this
has not happened.?
CEBR experts also said
their fears of Brexit leaving the UK economy
behind France?s for five
years were exaggerated.
The FTSE?s rally leaves
it
nearly
500
points
higher than at the end of
2016. It has been boosted
by a pre-Christmas rise
in spending, plus bargain
hunting
before
stock
prices rise next month.
Chris Beauchamp, of
IG Group, said: ?We
expect the bull run to
continue against a stable
economic backdrop and
strong earnings growth.?
The weaker, post-Brexit
Pound has boosted the
FTSE?s
many
multinational
firms
which
report in US dollars.
Sterling ended the day
up 0.2 per cent against
the dollar at 1.34.
Sun City ? Page 51
?Davis in
talk snub?
BREXIT Secretary David
Davis?s ex-chief official
has
breached
protocol
and held talks with EU
chief negotiator Michel
Barnier, it is reported.
Oliver Robbins, Brexit
adviser to No10, is also
said to have met his
European
Commission
counterpart Sabine Weyand, says The Times.
The
Department
for
Exiting
the
European
Union did not deny that
Robbins had held talks
without Mr Davis being
present.
It said the idea of Mr
Davis being sidelined was
?wholly inaccurate?.
FTSE
FLIES
To play Sujiko, enter the numbers
1 to 9 in the spaces so that the total
in each circle is equal to the sum of
the four surrounding squares.
PUZZLES: PAGE 47
Ops wait
sight risk
PATIENTS
are
going
blind as waiting times for
cataract ops double in
some areas.
Those in Hertfordshire
face delays of nearly six
months.
Redditch
and
Bromsgrove, Worcs; Chiltern, Bucks and Bassetlaw, Notts, saw waiting
times over 100 days.
Docs blame a shortage
of op theatres and specialists. Joyce Robbins, of
Patient
Concern,
said:
?People will go blind and
that?s a terrifying thought.?
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Today?s
birthdays
SCREEN stars DAME
MAGGIE SMITH, 83, left,
DENZEL WASHINGTON,
63, right, and SIENNA
MILLER, 36, and singer
JOHN LEGEND, 39.
lLAST night?s Health
Lottery numbers: 3, 8, 14,
34, 48. Bonus: 2.
Last night?s winning Lotto
numbers: 18, 36, 48, 57,
58, 59. Bonus: 50.
2GM
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
MUSE FLASH! ELLE TO WED
By JOE KASPER
MODEL Elle Evans is to marry her
Muse rocker boyfriend ? but she?s
become completely dis-engaged with
the top half of her outfit.
The US beauty, 28, who was in the
Blurred Lines video with singer
Robin Thicke, posed topless.
Brit singer Matthew Bellamy, 39, right, proposed to
her in Fiji last week. Sounds
like she?s found her Muse . . .
Video . . . with Robin
EXCLUSIVE
BBC flop
is mutter
rubbish!
I?ve heard a
whisper the
ratings are
terrible
Picture: BRIE CHILDERS/APIX SYNDICATION/LICKERISH
Star turn-off . . . Gambon and Lansbury in drama
LITTLE WOMEN IN
NEW MUMBLES KO
BBC1 big-budget drama
Little Women is the
latest to flop amid
moans over mumbling.
Boxing Day viewers said
they struggled to hear the
?muffled?
dialogue
and
had to turn on subtitles.
The three-part dramatisation
starring Michael Gambon, 77,
and Angela Lansbury, 92, shed
almost half a million viewers
during its hour-long opener.
It peaked at 3.8 million and
its 8pm slot was even beaten
in the ratings by a repeat
of Mary Poppins on the
same channel earlier. Around
Dating hope . . . Murs
Olly?s net
love hunt
after split
with Mel
EXCLUSIVE by
RICHARD MORIARTY
OLLY Murs is looking
for love online after his
split from Mel Sykes.
The pop star has
joined celebrity dating
website Raya in an
effort
to
find
the
woman of his dreams.
His page shows a
black and white picture
of the new Voice coach
along with a link to his
Twitter profile.
Anyone joining Raya
has to be approved by
a panel of judges and
have a large social
media following.
Others who have used
it
include
football
player Dele Alli, rugby
star
Danny
Cipriani
and
telly
presenter
Kelly Osbourne.
Last month The Sun
revealed Olly, 33, and
Mel, 47, had been dating for almost a year.
But their relationship
has now fizzled out.
Olly?s agent was contacted for comment.
By JOE KASPER
4.5 million watched the 1964
Disney classic at 3.45pm.
Viewer Hazel Dobson said
online: ?Had to turn on subtitles in order to understand
Little Women on BBC.?
Claire
Greenham,
added:
?Why must we have muffled
American
accents?
I
can
barely
understand
what?s
being said.? Another moaned:
?The volume is near max but
dialogue still indecipherable.
Switched off.?
It is the latest series to lose
viewers amid complaints of
mumbling, following Gunpowder, SS-GB and Jamaica Inn.
joe.kasper@thesun.co.uk
CARAbi THEY
AN ITEM?
arre
PAGES 22 & 23
Gay slur
top gripe
A TALK with a doctor
who said he could
?cure?
homosexuality
has been revealed as
TV?s most complainedabout moment of 2017.
Dr Michael Davidson?s
claim on ITV?s Good
Morning Britain in September received 1,142
complaints to Ofcom.
Host Piers Morgan
tweeted: ?Boom! No1.?
Second on 1,063 complaints was journalist
Melanie Phillips who on
Sky News said Islam is
?inspiring millions to
try to kill others?.
3
4 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
YOUTUBE FAILURE
OVER HATE VIDS
YOUTUBE takes down less than
half the dangerous hate content
reported to it, a study reveals.
Even when the video-sharing giant
removes Islamic extremist and farRight films, it takes almost two weeks.
Alarming material investigators found
was reported to the Google-owned site
weekly in a three-month test.
By the end, YouTube moderators had removed only 47
of 107 Islamist postings that
glorified terror acts.
Just 33 of 94 videos advocating racial violence were
finally taken down.
Content YouTube refused
to remove included clips
praising
Hitler
alongside
images of Jewish families
By TOM NEWTON DUNN, Political Editor
being marched off to Nazi concentration camps. As the three-month test
ended, 121 reported videos were still
viewable. Home Affairs Select Committee chairwoman Yvette Cooper
commissioned the study to test YouTube?s repeated pledges that it acts
instantly on hate reporting.
She branded the Henry
Jackson Society think-tank?s
findings ?simply unacceptable? on the net site?s part.
She said: ?Social media
can radicalise youngsters
with warped ideology. YouTube vowed to do more but
are not moving fast enough.?
121
extremist vids
still up 3 months
after being
reported
The Sun Says ? Page Ten
2GM
Car cover
�0 rise
MOTORISTS have seen
insurance premiums rise
by nearly �0 in five
years, research shows.
The average �9 cost
of cover in 2012 has now
risen to �8.
Comparethemarket.com
said the hike was in part
down to a string of insurance premium tax rises.
Director Simon McCulloch said: ?We have seen
non-stop cost pressures
on British drivers.?
HUMBLE PIE
Waiters are the UK?s
lowest earners making
just �58 an hour on
average,
official
stats
show. Pilots get �.77.
VICTIMS
DIM
Cops let crooks
get away with
it 50% of time
EXCLUSIVE by TOM WELLS, JACOB
DIRNHUBER & MATT WILKINSON
BURG
RGLA
LAARY
RYY
HIGHEST ?NO SUSPECT IDENTIFIED? RATE
CRIME victims face a shocking postcode lottery when
relying on police to snare
crooks, a Sun probe shows.
A huge trawl of official crime
records in the past year reveals
cops? performances vary considerably over England and Wales.
Greater Manchester Police failed to
identify a suspect in a staggering 91
per cent of all burglaries.
Meanwhile shoplifters in Devon and
Cornwall were nearly twice as likely
to face police action than in London.
Overall, cops are failing to even
identify a suspect in more than half
of all crimes reported to them.
Last night critics said the astonishing figures showed crooks are
simply getting away with crime.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said
victims are being let down.
He said: ?I?ve never heard anything
like this before on this scale. But if
one force is far better than others at
detecting burglars or whatever they
need to share their best practice so
we no longer get a postcode lottery.
?The public must lobby Police and
Crime Commissioners to ensure they
get the policing that they deserve.?
Fellow Tory Alec Shelbrooke said:
?These figures show there can be
massive differences between different
police forces across borders and that
shouldn?t be allowed to continue.?
Our investigation trawled through
10,000 pages of ?Crime Outcomes?
statistics held by the Home Office
The data is made up from records
filed by all police forces in England
and Wales and covers every crime
reported to police, from vandalism to
murder. It is even more detailed
than published crime statistics.
The figures show that of 4.2million
crimes recorded by police forces in
2016/17, suspects were identified in
just two million, 48 per cent. Action
was taken against offenders in just
749,719 cases ? about 17.5 per cent.
Our probe found drivers whose
vehicles were stolen in the West
Midlands were the least likely to see
an arrest, with cops failing to identify suspects in nine of ten cases.
By contrast Durham Police identified a suspect in nearly half of all
reported vehicle thefts, with 20 per
cent of all cases leading to charges.
LOWEST ?NO SUSPECT IDENTIFIED? RATE
ROBBEERY
RO
HIGHEST ?NO SUSPECT IDENTIFIED? RATE
LOWEST ?NO SUSPECT IDENTIFIED? RATE
Assault victims in South Wales saw
their attackers brought to justice in
37 per cent of cases. But in Hampshire only 12 per cent of suspects
faced any further police action.
Other stark statistics showed how
Greater Manchester Police recorded
30,725 burglaries last year, the second highest number after the Met.
Yet the force didn?t identify a suspect in 27,853 cases, 91 per cent, and
took further action in only 1,621.
Leicestershire Police failed to ID a
suspect in 61 per cent of cases. Yet
in Devon and Cornwall one in two
2GM
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
FACE POSTCODE LOTTERY
Y
BLUE LINE
Rare . . cop on foot
Half have
not seen
beat cop
By MIKE SULLIVAN
NEARLY half of people in
England and Wales have
not seen a uniformed
officer on foot in the past
year, a survey reveals.
A third said crime and
anti-social behaviour was
a big local problem ? up
on previous years.
But
44
per
cent
reported seeing zero cops
or
community
support
officers on the beat.
Some
55
per
cent
backed cops? anti-terror
abilities, up from 46 per
cent, in the Ipsos MORI
poll of 12,662 people.
HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said
the importance of visible
local policing ?continues
to resonate?.
VEHICLLE TAAKING
HIGHEST ?NO SUSPECT IDENTIFIED? RATE
LOWEST ?NO SUSPECT IDENTIFIED? RATE
shoplifters faced further police action.
Forces say cops probing crimes
may identify suspects later, making
the official stats unfairly damning.
A Home Office spokeswoman said:
?We are clear that all crimes reported to police should be taken seriously, investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts and
met with tough sentences.?
Shadow Police and Crime Minister
Louise Haigh said: ?The public will
be horrified so many criminals get
off scot-free.? tom.wells@the-sun.co.uk
The Sun Says ? Page Ten
MET KID RAP
THE Met is failing to protect kids from
sexual exploitation by mishandling 90
per cent of child protection cases, the
police watchdog found.
The force is said to be even worse at
helping those at risk than when it was
blasted a year ago, the Times reported.
An HM Inspectorate of Constabulary
report slammed it for weaknesses such
as failures to record kids? concerns.
Hunt for..
police hat
BURGLARIES are often
ignored but police have
made time for one investigation ? into the theft
of a cop?s helmet.
The officer was dealing
with an assault at 2.15am
on December 23 when a
woman took it and hid it
under her coat in Lincoln High Street.
Cops issued a CCTV
image of two people they
would like to speak to.
Ted ?tec
pension
A COP who led the failed
paedophile probe into Sir
Edward Heath is retiring
on a full pension.
Det Supt Sean Memory,
who is under investigation
for misconduct, will get a
�0,000 lump sum and
around �,000 a year.
The inquiry into the
former PM was called a
?tragicomedy of incompetence? by the ex-Director
of Public Prosecutions.
5
6 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
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1GM
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
MUCH GNASHERING OF TEETH
Victims . . . Dave and Lorraine
Family?s
tribute to
PC killed
in crash
By PAUL SIM
THE family of a cop
killed
in
a
head-on
smash on Christmas Day
paid tribute to him yesterday as a loving husband and dad of two.
PC Dave Fields, 45,
died after his marked
BMW 3 Series collided
with a Citroen C3.
Lorraine
Stephenson,
61, a passenger in the
other car, also died. The
driver, 63, was seriously
injured and in hospital.
The smash occurred at
8.15pm on the A57 near
Coisley Hill in Sheffield,
as PC Fields responded
to an incident.
His family said: ?Dave
was a loving husband
and dad of two, who was
a dedicated officer committed to his job. We are
heartbroken by our loss.?
Colleagues
described
the officer of 12 years as
passionate,
professional
and universally liked.
9
DAYS
TO GO
FLAKY DENNIS
LOSES MENACE
Older and wiser . . .
Dennis then and now,
his enemy Walter,
below left, and new
mate Rubi, below right
NEW
OLD
SEE PAGE 32
Empire?s
not all evil
COLONIALISM was not
all bad as it made
Britain multi-ethnic, the
former race equality chief
said yesterday.
Trevor Phillips spoke
out after an Oxford professor was slammed last
month for urging Brits
not to feel colonial guilt.
He said he had ?no
reason to defend colonialism? as he had spent
part of his childhood in
British
Guiana,
where
relatives were jailed.
Mr Phillips said: ?We
should constantly reappraise its consequences,
one of which is today?s
multi-ethnic Britain.? He
added: ?We are only here
because you were there.?
POOR ME A BEER
Dubai has the world?s
priciest pint of beer, at
�58, and the cheapest is
51p in Venezuela?s capital
Caracas, research shows.
Beano fave?s PC makeover blasted
BEANO fans are furious
after Dennis the Menace
was stripped of his name
and turned ?soft?.
The lovable rascal will be
known as just Dennis in
the
comics
after
turning his back
on trouble.
The PC makeover
By BEN LEO
for easily-offended ?snowflakes? follows new CBBC series, Dennis &
Gnasher Unleashed, which marks a
radical change from the old strips.
Once-scruffy Dennis is considerably
smarter, his ?gang? now includes
gadget-loving girl Rubi who whizzes
round in a wheelchair ? and nemesis
Walter is no longer ?the ?softy? but is
described as a ?schemer?.
Euan Kerr, Beano editor for more
than 20 years until 2006, said: ?Dennis had fun and didn?t care whose
toes he stood on to do it, whereas
now he seems to be no longer an
instigator of mischief.
?He?s a totally different character.
If he didn?t have the striped jersey
and spikey hair you wouldn?t really
I?m still
as ruff as
ever!
recognise him.? Fan Helen Moncur,
55, who lives yards from publisher
DC Thomson?s HQ in Dundee, said:
?It?s an awful decision.
?He?s hardly killing anyone. I read
the Beano growing up and we all
loved Dennis for being a menace.
The clue is in the name. What?s the
point of carrying on with him if he?s
going to turn square??
Mike Stirling, head of
Beano Studios Scotland, said
Dennis ?made mistakes in
his past? but had moved
away from troublemaking.
But comic book historian
Paul Gravett said it could
turn fans away, adding: ?If it
gets too PC, it risks losing
its anarchic appeal.?
ben.leo@the-sun.co.uk
Timeline of
a tearaway
1951: Dennis the Menace
first appears in Beano.
1952: Arch-enemy Walter
the Softy is introduced.
1968: Gets pet Gnasher.
1974: Becomes permanent
cover strip.
1996: Dennis gets a
TV cartoon show.
2004: Overtakes Lord
Snooty as Beano?s
oldest strip.
2017:
Dennis
&
Gnasher
Unleashed
launches on CBBC.
7
8 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
2GM
PRINCE HOSTS RADIO SHO
OW..
HARRY AND
CHARLES
Happy family . . . Harry interviews Pa
By JACK ROYSTON
HARRY called Prince Charles
?Pa? and his father addressed
him as ?My darling boy? in a
chat on the Today programme.
The pair?s show of affection
came as they talked of saving
Earth. Harry said: ?Father ?
Pa ? good morning, it?s very
nice to see you. It has been an
incredibly busy year for you.?
He admitted they have long
discussions about the environment and ?end up talking
about it for hours and hours?.
Harry spoke of his optimism
as a member of the younger
generation and insisted it was
time to save the planet. Charles
said: ?Darling boy it makes me
A ?darling
boy? chats
to his ?Pa?
very proud to think you understand? ? but confessed he had
?probably bored you to tears
for years? on such matters.
On his love for the environment, he said people now see
his views ?may not have been
quite as dotty as they thought?.
On the heir . . . Harry on Radio 4?s Today programme yesterday
PRINCE Harry unwittingly upset Meghan Markle?s relatives yesterday after he called the royals ?the family
she never had? during a radio interview.
Harry was describing his fiancee?s ?fantastic? Christmas with
the Queen and his family at Sandringham during his stint
guest-editing Radio 4?s Today programme.
He told listeners that The Firm loved having Meghan at their traditional bash ? the first time a fiancee has been invited.
But when asked by presenter Sarah Montague whether there were any
family traditions which needed to be explained to the American, the
33-year-old Prince said: ?Oh plenty. I think we?ve got one of the biggest
families that I know of, and every
By JACK ROYSTON
family is complex as well.
?No look, she?s done an absolutely
amazing job. She?s getting in there while also speaking out on cuts to
and it?s the family I suppose that the armed forces.
Asked about his Christmas, he
she?s never had.?
Meghan?s mum and dad Doria told how Meghan, 36, had played
with
Prince George and Princess
and Thomas divorced when she
was six and she once revealed to Charlotte during their stay with the
pals she was ?not on the best of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at
Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
terms? with her reclusive father.
The country house had been choBut Harry?s comments were leapt
upon by Meghan?s sister Samantha sen over nearby Sandringham to
give the Suits star a less intense
Grant last night.
Samantha, 52, wrote on Twitter: introduction to the family.
He said: ?We were staying with
?Actually she has a large family
who were always there with her my brother and sister-in-law and
running around with the kids.
and for her.
was fantastic.?
?Our household was very normal Christmas
He also said he and Meghan
and when dad and Doria divorced, were
?really looking forward? to
we all made it so it was like she next year when they are due to
had two houses.
wed at Windsor Castle.
?No one was estranged, she was
Harry described his stint as
just too busy. Meg?s family (our Today editor as fun but admitted to
family) is complete with sister, butterflies. He said: ?I haven?t done
brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and that many interviews but it was
the glue of our family, our amazing actually quite fun, especially intercompletely self-sacrificing father.
viewing President Obama despite
?She always had this family, mar- the fact he wanted to interview me.?
rying merely extends it.?
Mrs Montague praised Harry,
Earlier on the show Harry had saying: ?We?ve all been struck by
grilled former US President Barack how engaged you are right from
Obama ? his first interview since the beginning. A lot of our guest
he left the Oval Office ? and had a editors aren?t.?
friendly chat with his dad Charles,
jack.royston@the-sun.co.uk
HARRY AND
JOSHUA
HARRY ON
THE ARMY
Hit . . . Prince and boxer yesterday
In action . . . Captain Wales in 2012
AJ in best
man offer
?Dwindling
forces? row
THE prince interviewed boxing
champ Anthony Joshua ? who
offered to be his best man.
AJ tweeted a picture of the
pair, saying: ?Back to work
this morning! Congrats on
everything this year & no
pressure on the R4 guest edit!
PS Need a best man??
HARRY weighed into the row
on military cuts to say there
are ?not a huge amount? of
troops left in the forces.
The ex-Army officer, who
cannot talk about politics,
nevertheless said the military
was ?a topic I think really
needs to be talked about?.
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..AND UPSETS THE MARKLES
HARRY ON HIS
BRIDE-TO-BE
Prince and Meghan
at church service
on Christmas Day
HARRY AND
OBAMA
Barack-ing . . . radio quiz
Obama?s
invite not
up to me
By TOM NEWTON DUNN
We?re Meg?s
family now
(ER, HER SIS DISAGREES HARRY)
AN expected wedding invite
for Barack Obama is not
entirely in the couple?s hands,
the prince admitted.
Harry told Today listeners:
?We haven?t put the invites or
guest list together yet. Who
knows who?s going to be
invited or not? I wouldn?t
want to ruin that surprise.?
But when host Sarah Montague suggested it was ?not
necessarily your decision?, the
prince replied: ?Yes, no ? of
course, 100 per cent.?
Harry is pals with the
ex-US President, 56 ? who he
interviewed on the show ?
and wife Michelle, 53, and
would like to invite them.
But Government officials
have urged him not to for
fear of infuriating Donald
Trump, who will not be there.
As the May 19 wedding is
not a state occasion, the
Government has merely a
consulting role.
Buckingham
Palace
will
draw up the guest list and
heads of state will not be
asked along.
Meanwhile, Obama warned
against ?divisive? social media
and urged users to meet in
person instead.
He told Harry in their
interview: ?On the internet
everything is simplified, and
when you meet people faceto-face it turns out they?re
complicated.?
HARRY?S QUICK
QUIZ FOR OBAMA
HRH: It?s a quick-fire
question
round.
White
House Down or Olympus
Has Fallen?
BO: I didn?t see either.
HRH: White House Down
BO: OK, I?ll take your
word for it.
HRH: Boxers or briefs?
BO: Sorry ? we don?t
answer those questions.
HRH: Lebron James or
Michael Jordan?
BO: Jordan ? although I
love Lebron ? but I?m a
Chicago guy.
HRH: Kim or Khloe?
BO: This one I have to
defer on.
HRH: Harry or William?
BO: William right now.
HRH: Suits or The Good
Wife?
BO: Suits obviously.
HRH: Great, great answer.
White House or Buckingham Palace?
BO: White House just
because Buckingham Palace looks like it would
take a really long time to
mow. Lot of upkeep.
HRH:
Queen
or
the
Queen?
BO: The Queen.
HRH: Good answer again.
9
10 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
Sun From the catastrophe
THE
SAYS
EU silly fool
MICHAEL Heseltine is delusional if he
believes Brexit will be worse than a Jeremy
Corbyn Government.
The former Deputy PM, who has spent
his career arguing for closer ties with
the EU, says the ?short-term pain? of
Labour Marxists running Britain would
be worthwhile if we stayed in
the bloc.
He should look at Labour?s plan to tear
up striking laws to see the threat of a
Corbyn regime.
It would take us back to the 1970s,
when union chiefs repeatedly ground
our country to a standstill.
Does the wealthy peer think disrupting the lives of millions with public
service strikes is better than leaving the
bureaucratic and anti-business EU?
He
should
consider
Shadow
Chancellor John McDonnell?s admission
that Labour expects a run on the Pound
if they take control.
His dismissal of Labour?s plan to
bankrupt Britain while pushing more
Project Fear is part of a worrying
Remoaner attitude.
But experts reckon our economy will
overtake France?s by 2020. Good. Our
growth will continue as we strike global
trade deals after Brexit.
Lord Heseltine has always been wrong
about the EU. But he doesn?t represent
anyone. He just speaks for himself.
No one should pay any attention.
Police farce
WHEN will cops get on with actually
catching criminals?
Our story today that less than half of
reported crime results in a suspect
being identified shows we need a Royal
Commission to sort out our police.
Whether it is time wasted on social
media stunts, investigating a dead
Prime Minister for dubious sexual
assault claims, or leaking details of a
raid on a Cabinet Minister?s office, there
is something seriously wrong.
Frontline officers are doing their best
? but there is a leadership issue at the
top. A Royal Commission will fix this.
The status quo cannot continue.
Block this filth
YOUTUBE has repeatedly shown it does
not care about the extremist filth
festering on its site.
It?s disgraceful that it takes down less
than half the Islamist and far-right
videos uploaded.
Why are we allowing one of the
world?s richest, technologically-savvy
companies to get away with this?
Google, who own YouTube, should
invest in software that blocks this
material automatically and make staff
remove flagged up material at once.
It?s vital that our Government gets
tough. Fines would be a start. Criminal
action should follow, too.
That might make them finally act.
of Grenfell, a nastier
Labour has emerged
HELLISH . . .
tower block on
morning of the
June 14 fire
PEOPLE
will
remember
the
headlines of 2017 for many
different reasons. The terror on our
streets. Trump and Twitter. And the
twists and turns of Brexit.
Or that moment on June 8 when
Theresa May wiped out her majority and
almost destroyed her own Government.
But for me there is a single enduring
image ? the horrific fire six days later
which turned Grenfell Tower into a
crematorium for 71 tragic souls.
Today its charred skeleton stands like
a giant black tombstone on a political
landscape divided by warring parties.
The
catastrophe
provoked
outrage
among survivors, relatives and friends.
But it was fanned by partisan aggression
which is now the hallmark of left-wing
politics.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn blamed
Tories for using Grenfell as an excuse
for ?social cleansing?. Shadow Chancellor
John
McDonnell
disgracefully
branded it ?murder?.
Theresa May did herself no favours by
heeding security advice and staying
away for the first few days. She
appeared cold and insensitive to one of
the worst tragedies in living memory.
By TREVOR
KAVANAGH
MY MOMENTOUS
MOMENTS OF 2017
ELECTION
FRIGHT . .
Mrs May at
vote count
in June
CROWD
PLEASER . .
Corbyn on
stage at
Glasto
Precious little Christmas
spirit among ?Comrades?
We must wait for the inquiry to
decide what happened.
But we already know the blaze spread
through flammable cladding installed
under a Tory council in London?s superrich Kensington and Chelsea ? a toxic
cocktail of coincidences.
Dozens of other tower blocks around
the UK, many under Labour-controlled
councils such as Camden in North West
London, use the same sort of cladding.
That didn?t stop Labour turning this
tragedy into a symbol of Tory greed and
malice.
The dividing lines already disfiguring
the political scene are now entrenched.
The world of Westminster give-andtake has turned ugly. Social media is
routinely used to trash anyone who
dares challenge the Leninist-Trotskyist
tendency which now dominates Labour.
Extremists openly describe the Tories
as ?evil?. And this venom is not reserved
solely for their opponents.
Activists are turning on their own
Labour colleagues, taking over local
parties and threatening non-Corbynites
with deselection.
There has been precious little Christmas spirit among the ?Comrades? this
TREVOR?S 2018
PREDICTIONS
ON CALL . .
US President
Donald
Trump
year. Blairites are running scared but
have nowhere to hide. Labour is now
indisputably ?The Nasty Party?.
That hasn?t stopped millions of voters
apparently turning left, inspired by
evangelistic
Glastonbury
millennials
singing: ?Oooh, Jeremy Corbyn?. They
Britain will reach
a reasonable deal
on Brexit
seem oblivious to the sinister side of the
genial looking sandwich muncher who
embraces
anti-Semitic
ranters,
IRA
terrorists and Arab extremists.
Labour?s grassroots membership has
soared to 550,000, with cash flooding in,
while the Tories shrivelled to 150,000 at
the last count and is still falling.
With a Corbyn cult on the march, its
Messiah boasted: ?I will be Prime
Minister by Christmas.?
As Theresa May retorted in their last
Commons clash this year: ?He was
wrong. I am. And the Conservatives are
in Government.?
All by itself, that sums up a minor
Christmas miracle.
According
to
Corbyn
and
bitter
ex-Chancellor George Osborne, Mrs May
should be toast.
Labour should be 15 to 20 points in
front of the vilified Tories.
Brexit should have crashed in flames,
with Britain pleading to rejoin the EU.
Instead, battered and bruised Mrs
May is still rated by far the best option
as PM.
Brexit talks are going better than
anyone could have imagined ? with a
long, long way still to go.
Unpredictable Donald Trump
digging in for two terms
Even Mrs May?s election meltdown has
been eclipsed by once-mighty German
Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is
struggling even to form a government.
By contrast, unpredictable Donald
Trump is digging in for two terms after
boosting wages and electrifying global
markets with huge tax cuts.
And the United Nations has finally
acted to stop North Korean madman
Kim Jong-Un nuking the West.
We face plenty of problems in the
year ahead.
But as the bells ring in the New Year,
and despite getting the June election
totally
wrong,
I
will
risk
three
predictions for 2018 and beyond.
First, Britain WILL reach a reasonable
deal on Brexit and take back control
over its own affairs.
In a few years we will wonder what
all the fuss was about.
Second, the tide WILL turn against
Remainers such as Tony Blair and
George Osborne as Project Fear is
trashed once and for all.
And best of all, Jeremy Corbyn will
NEVER be Prime Minister, no matter
how many Christmases pass with him as
Labour leader.
So Happy New Year to you all.
The tide will turn against
Remainers and Project Fear will
be trashed once and for all
Jeremy Corbyn
will NEVER be
Prime Minister
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11
By JOE KASPER
KATE Moss?s sister Lottie looks
a real hottie on a beach in
scorching Miami.
The model, 19, right and far
right, is spending the festive
season in the US with parents
Peter and Inger.
She even got covered in
sand on her seaside frolic.
She?s clearly in grit shape.
Lynn . . . with Sophie
Mother?s
appeal to
missing
Sophie
XMAS KILLING
By ALEX WEST
A DISTRAUGHT mum
last night made a heartfelt plea for her 21-yearold daughter to come
home after she vanished
at 3am on Boxing Day.
Lynn Shaw, 56, begged
Sophie Smith to return
after she disappeared in
freezing
temperatures
from the family home.
She wrote on Facebook:
?You are my world, why
didn?t
I
protect
you,
please come home.?
Norfolk Police said they
were
concerned
for
Sophie,
who
left
the
house in Gorleston-onSea, near Great Yarmouth,
wearing
shorts
and a vest top.
A search was continuing yesterday for the
University of East Anglia
biomedicine student.
Hundreds
of
people
shared appeals on social
media to try to find her.
MY BRAVE
MUM DIED
SAVING
ME
lKnifed at party ruck
9
Xxyxyxyxyxyxxyyxy
lCradled
by daughter
DAYS
TO GO
By ALETHA ADU
A MUM died in her daughter?s
arms on Christmas Day after
being stabbed at a house
party trying to save her.
SEE PAGE 32
Jayne Reat, 43, was knifed several times as she rushed to help
Charlotte, 21, who had received
two blade wounds to the head.
Cop-flee
kill crash
OLD FINGER
A 15th century 20-carat
gold bishop?s ring dug up
by Adam Day, 30, in Beverley, East Yorks, could
fetch �,000 next month.
Picture: SPLASH NEWS/MEGA
A MUM was killed in a
hit-and-run horror by a
car fleeing cops.
Susan Shaw, 47, was
run over as she walked
near her home.
Susan, who had two
disabled kids, was given
emergency treatment but
died at the scene.
A blue Vauxhall Corsa
that hit her was found
dumped nearby. Cops are
hunting the driver and
appealed for witnesses.
They
said:
?We?ve
begun a criminal investigation.? IPCC watchdogs
have been told. Locals in
Rishton, Lancs, are raising funds for her funeral.
Her family said: ?Susan
was a loving mother.?
Police and ambulance crews were
called to the scene shortly after 6am.
Cops were already trying to perform
CPR when the paramedics arrived at
the house.
Charlotte said in a heartbreaking
Facebook post: ?My mum was murdered
in front of my eyes and then later died
in my arms.
?I can still feel her in my arms and
hear her screams of pain and see the
panic on her face.
?My mum died saving me; I was
stabbed twice in the head, once in my
face and once to the back of my neck.?
Charlotte added: ?I promise I will get
you justice!? In total, three people were
Tribute . . . Jayne with Charlotte
rushed to hospital from the house in
Lisburn, Northern Ireland, with what
were believed to be stab wounds. An
injured man was later discharged.
Police said a murder investigation had
been launched and a 19-year-old man
was arrested later on Christmas Day.
aletha.adu@news.co.uk
MURDER-SUICIDE PROBE
A GUN enthusiast is
thought to have shot his
girlfriend
dead
before
turning his weapon on
himself.
The bodies of Pauline
Cockburn, 48, and Kevin
Armstrong, 53, are both
believed to have been
By JOHN LUCAS
found
with
gunshot
wounds on Boxing Day.
Cops are still probing
the deaths at a house in
Heiton, near Kelso in the
Scottish Borders.
But it is understood
their main line of inquiry
is licensed gun owner
Kevin killed her before
blasting himself.
Pauline?s devastated son
Paul
Gresham
later
directed a message on
Facebook at Kevin telling
him: ?Rot in hell.?
12 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
POLICE are investigating allegations of illegal Boxing Day hunts.
The North Wales force said a
dead fox was found near the
A55
on
Anglesey
following
reports of dogs on the loose.
Cops in Cheshire were made
aware of reports and footage of
an illegal hunt near Knutsford.
In Suffolk a fox reportedly
died and a disturbance broke
out at the Great Thurlow Hunt.
�BN
SALES
SPREE
EXCLUSIVE: HEARTRENDING
Peppe
2lb 1oz
0.94kg
Picture: OLIVER DIXON
Cops probe hunts
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Gionni
2lb 4oz
1.02kg
Post-Xmas record
By DANIEL JONES, Consumer Editor
A RECORD �billion post-Christmas
sales spree will make December Britain?s biggest spending month to date.
The splurge by bargain-hunters over the
seven days until New Year will be helped by
92 per cent price cuts ? also a new high.
Many were already splashing out as the sales
started online on Christmas Day and this year?s are
tipped to top the previous best of just over
�billion set last year.
The prediction is based
on spending trends from
a
Centre
for
Retail
Research
study
for
VoucherCodes, and from
online retail association
IMRG. The total splurge
this month is put at
about �billion, beating
last December?s record
of �billion.
Centre
for
Retail Research
Spree?s . . a crowd
director Profesbe poor. Brexit
sor
Joshua
worries
have
Bamfield said:
eased.
Many
?This Decemshoppers have
ber is an even
not had a pay
bigger spending
rise
for
some
month than it
time in real terms,
was a year ago.
but
inflation
of
?Post-Christmas
spending will be up by Christmas goods is half
up to 11 per cent on the three per cent rate of
inflation,
and
some days, with a 1.4 per general
cent increase in spending interest rate rises don?t
affect
shoppers
with
leading up to Christmas.
?December will be far fixed-rate mortgages.?
Gordon McKinnon, ops
bigger than other months.
?November
was
not director for intu ? which
good, even with Black has 14 malls including
Metrocentre
Friday included, and dis- Gateshead?s
counts during the final and Lakeside, Essex ?
days of December are said: ?People are making
pulling forward spending the most of the sales
from January, which will period to bag a bargain.?
�bn
total spending
for whole of
December
Star Wars Alf dies
BRIT actor Alfie Curtis ? who
threatened Luke Skywalker in
Star Wars ? has died at 87.
His role as disfigured Cornelius Evazan, right, in the Mos
Eisley Cantina is one of the
1977 film?s most memorable.
Luke star Mark Hamill said
yesterday: ?As horrific as he
was on camera, off it he was
funny, kind and a real gent.
Thanks Alf, you?ll be missed.?
Our quads
By GEORGETTE CULLEY
and COURTNEY GREATREX
A FAMILY has celebrated
the Christmas they thought
they would never have ?
at home with their four
miracle babies.
The IVF quadruplets? story of
survival against all odds is told
for the first time today, a year
after their parents were warned
to prepare for the worst after
numerous complications.
PROUD
PARENTS
. . . Giovanni
and Anna
Things looked so bleak during the
pregnancy that at one point doctors
had to use a laser to sever the blood
vessels of one of the babies to save
the other three.
The heaviest of the quads ? twin
boys Gionni and Peppe, and twin
girls Melina and Mia ? weighed just
2lb 4oz when they were born three
MONTHS early.
Dad Giovanni Sapia, 50, said: ?Last
Christmas was awful. We spent it
looking at the babies in incubators
and couldn?t take family pictures.
?This year was completely different.
It?s been wonderful having all the
family together.?
Giovanni, a produce manager, met
Anna Savchenko, 33, in 2010. After a
six-month romance, they moved in
together to start a family. Following a
COUPLE TOLD THEY
WOULD NEVER HAVE
BABIES NATURALLY
year of trying for a baby, fertility tests
found it was unlikely they would ever
conceive naturally.
The couple were referred to fertility
specialists at St Margaret?s Hospital in
Epping, Essex, and in September 2014
started the first of the three rounds of
free IVF treatment they were entitled
to on the NHS.
?If she died I?d
lose them all?
After the ?complete heartbreak? of
finding out the first two courses had
failed, it came down to the final one
in June last year.
Anna, a former nanny, recalled: ?We
would never have been able to afford
private treatment so we were both
praying for a miracle.
?When we saw the cross on the
positive pregnancy test, Giovanni and
I held each other and jumped up and
down with excitement.?
Four weeks later, Giovanni and
Anna?s doctor told them they were
expecting quadruplets, as the eggs
taken from Anna had split into two.
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STORY OF HOPE, COURAGE...AND JOY
Melina
2lb
0.91kg
LITTLE
FIGHTER
. . . Mia in
intensive care
Mia
13oz
0.37kg
FAB FOUR
. . . scan at
seven weeks
against all odds
QUADS CONCEIVED
IN FINAL CHANCE
AT IVF TREATMENT
She said: ?We couldn?t believe the
news. We had hit the jackpot, well,
the rollover jackpot, as we were
going to have four kids.
?We went home to let it sink in
but were warned there may be
complications because there were
so many babies.
?I was on tenterhooks knowing
that troubles may be ahead. The
doctors explained they would be
premature and may struggle to
develop in the womb.?
At 16 weeks, on October 20, 2016,
specialists
at
King?s
College
Hospital in London told the couple
that one set of twins had selective
growth restriction and may not
make it.
Anna, from Epping, Essex, said:
?It was the news that would tear
our world apart.
?Mia was not growing properly
and if she died in the womb I?d
miscarry the entire pregnancy.
?These were the words no
expectant mother wants to hear.
?We were told that day that I
would need laser surgery immed-
LASER SURGERY IN
THE WOMB TO STOP
ALL 4 BABIES DYING
iately to cut the vessels between
Mia and her sister in order to save
the other babies.
?I was devastated and terrified ?
but I was prepared.?
After the 40-minute operation,
Mia?s heart unexpectedly carried
on beating.
Every week Anna returned to
hospital to be monitored and each
time she was told Mia was days
away from death.
Anna recalled: ?I could feel her
wriggling. She was a little fighter.?
But as Mia battled, the boys
began to struggle.
Doctors said Anna was too far
along for more surgery, so at 25
weeks they admitted her to King?s
before
transferring
her
to
Addenbrooke?s Hospital, Cambs.
On December 15, at 27 weeks
and three days, Anna?s waters
broke and she had an emergency
caesarean section.
She recalled: ?Baby Mia was
given less than a one per cent
chance of surviving labour but she
still had a small heartbeat and
130Z MIA WAS NOT
EXPECTED TO LIVE
...BUT RECOVERED
was clinging on.? At 7.36, 7.37, 7.38
and 7.40 on December 16, 2016, the
quads were delivered.
Anna said: ?Melina came out
first weighing 2lb, then Gionni at
2lb 4oz, and Peppe 2lb 1oz,
followed by miracle baby Mia,
weighing a tiny 13oz ? less than a
bag of sugar.?
The problems did not end there,
as the life of baby Mia continued
to hang in the balance.
?Having four means
four times the love?
Anna said: ?Air and fluids began
filling up in her tummy and
squashing her lungs, so she was
put on a special high-frequency
ventilator.
?I call her my jellyfish as that?s
what she looked like, it was so
awful.
?We were told the surgeons
could try to pierce her tummy to
see if the air would come out and
make her breathing better, but she
THEY ARE ALL NOW
THRIVING AND HAD
1st XMAS AT HOME
filled up again. They expanded the
hole and, as she became a little
more stable, told us they would do
surgery to see what was causing
the problem.
?Despite being the size of my
palm, she had two surgeries in 24
hours but, ultimately, we were told
nothing more could be done.?
After discussing their seemingly
futile situation with the consultant,
it was decided that surgeons would
not operate again.
Anna and Giovanni did not want
to cause their baby any more pain
and decided to let nature run its
course.
Anna said: ?Then a miracle
happened and she turned a corner.
The surgeons had never seen a
case like it.
?We took every moment as a
gift. First it was seconds, then
hours, then days of Mia being
stable.
It
was
a
horrendous
situation but also amazing at the
same time.?
Now the babies are home and
developing into a cheeky foursome.
Mia has to have frequent checks to
monitor her progress as it is still
unclear how she will be impacted
later in life, but they are doing well
considering their emotional arrival.
Anna said: ?Melina likes to get all
the attention and the boys are quite
competitive.
?They are all quite gentle with Mia,
it?s very cute to watch.
?Despite her being physically less
developed, Mia was the first one to
say ?mama? ? it was very emotional.?
Anna shares the babies? progress by
posting pictures of them every day on
her Instagram page ? @quadsagainst
theodds ? to their 5,500 followers.
She said: ?I can?t believe how many
people are interested.
?I set up the account to update my
family but now we are sharing daily
updates to thousands of people.
?Having these four little miracles
means four times the love.
?Being told you?re having quadruplets might be daunting to some
mums, but to me it was the greatest
news I?d ever heard.
?Now it?s a whirlwind. There is
always so much to do but I wouldn?t
change any of them for the world.?
Giovanni added: ?Every day was a
challenge last Christmas. We didn?t
know if Mia would make it.
?I still can?t believe I?m a dad. I?m
older than the usual first dad but
that doesn?t hold me back. I love my
children so much.?
13
14 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
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TEMPS DROP TO MINUS 6C
Hit . . . Katie and kids
Fined as
kids fed
pigeons
By PAUL SIMS
A MUM was slapped
with an � littering fine
after her kids fed crumbs
to pigeons.
Katie
Trudgill
had
treated Amelia, five, and
three-year-old Finley to
bakery
sausage
rolls
while out shopping.
When
they
finished,
they emptied flaky bits of
pastry in their bags on to
the ground for the birds.
Katie, 31, of Bradford,
said: ?A council official
wearing
a
uniform
marched over and told us
we were littering.
?By the time he came
over, there was nothing
on the floor, as there
were that many pigeons.?
A council spokesperson
said: ?Feeding pigeons in
the city centre is discouraged as it can attract
vermin.
People
who
receive a fixed penalty
notice can appeal.?
TRUCKING HELL
Eight-hour jam on A14 in Desborough, Northants
SLEIGH TO GO
FREEZY JET
Mutt joins the fun in Dorking, Kent
Several flights were cancelled at Luton Airport
UP GRIT CREEK
Shock and thaw . . .
recovery lorry gets
stuck in Northants
CBB Jez
out of jail
By PAUL SIMS
MOTORISTS were stranded and
thousands of homes were left
without power yesterday after
five inches of snow.
CELEBRITY Big Brother?s
Jeremy McConnell left
jail yesterday after a
blunder kept him behind
bars at Christmas.
The star, 27, had an
18-week suspended term
activated after breaching
a community service order
handed out for attacking
ex Stephanie Davis.
He appealed but a
mix-up over his solicitor?s
email meant he stayed at
Cardiff jail. Out on a tag,
he told fans: ?Thanks for
all your messages.?
APPY NEW LEER
Dating app use will hit
an all-time high at 11pm
on January 1 as new
users sign up looking for
partners, says match.com.
Snow and ice
chaos hits UK
And -6C overnight temperatures
were likely to cause ice chaos today.
TODAY
High: 5癈
Low: -1癈
Sunny spells
and dry
FRIDAY
High: 8癈
Low: 5癈
Rain in most
parts
The snow saw many crashes and drivers
were stuck for up to eight hours on the
A14 in Northamptonshire. And around
10,000 homes across the country had no
electricity as overhead lines were hit.
Several flights at Luton and Stansted
were cancelled. The Met Office said the
expected ice would cause ?a very tricky
few hours? this morning on ungritted roads
in areas including London, the
South East and the Midlands.
It also warned of more deep
snow tomorrow and Saturday.
RISING temperatures brought
bumblebees in January and
SATURDAY
Portuguese man o?war to
High: 12癈
UK waters this year, the
Low: 8�
8C
National Trust said.
Rain in most
parts
15
16 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
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Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
MURDER AFTER FAMILY DO
O
Acid attack . . . Collins
Acid jail
thug hid
phone to
call Ferne
By MIKE SULLIVAN
Crime Editor
ACID thug Arthur Collins
yesterday admitted hiding
a mini phone inside a
crutch in prison to chat
with his Towie star exfiancee Ferne McCann.
Collins, 25, was caught
with
the
contraband,
including Sim cards and
memory sticks, while on
remand in September.
He claimed he wanted
to ensure his jail calls to
Ferne, 27, who gave birth
to their daughter last
month, were private.
Collins, who got 20
years for throwing acid
in a nightclub, was on
crutches after breaking
his ankles leaping from a
window during his arrest.
Appearing at London?s
Bromley
magistrates
court via video link, Collins admitted possessing
a prohibited item in jail
and will be sentenced at
crown court.
RIH?S AGONY AS
CUZ SHOT DEAD
Close . . . Rihanna
in Christmas snap
with cousin Tavon
9
DAYS
TO GO
STAR?S ONLINE TRIBUTE
SEE PAGE 32
No to sip
the sexist
ALES with sexist names
have been banned from
display on pump clips at
a beer festival.
Targets include Deep
Throat and Double D.
Next month?s action by
the Manchester Beer and
Cider Festival is the first
of its kind in Britain.
And at its 2019 event
the move will be extended to prohibit all sales
of beer with such names.
Drinker Rob Moss said
he backed the war ?on
outdated sexist attitudes?.
But Neil Farquhar said:
?The PC brigade again try
to impose their agenda on
us all and Camra.? Richard Fields said: ?That?s all
the blonde ales gone.?
OH, YES I WILL
A Peter Pan panto cast
helped Charlie Stains, 46,
propose to Jane Symons,
43, during the show at
Plymouth?s Theatre Royal.
17
By SIMON BOYLE
Associate Bizarre Editor
RIHANNA has revealed her
heartbreak after her cousin
was shot dead hours after
they celebrated Christmas
Day together.
The singer, 29, posted four
snaps of herself with Tavon
Alleyne on Instagram and called
for an end to gun violence.
In a moving message she wrote:
?RIP cousin. I can?t believe it was
just last night that I held you in
my arms!
?Never thought that would be the
last time I felt the warmth in
your body. Love you always man!
#endgunviolence.?
Tavon, 21, was killed on Boxing
Day on Barbados.
He was walking on a track near
his house in the town of Eden
Lodge at around 7pm when he was
approached by another man.
Tavon was reportedly shot several
times before the killer fled.
The day before Rihanna had celebrated with her family on the island
Pair spent
Xmas Day
together
where she was born and raised. She
is understood to have remained
in regular contact with Tavon
and the pair have often been pictured together.
Wishing her a happy birthday in
February, he wrote: ?Every day we
are happy to have you in our lives.
?Happy Birthday cousin, we really
love you. Your presence in my life is
a source of joy and happiness.
?To my favourite cousin, may all
your dreams and wishes come true.
#LoveYouLoads #wishyoumanymore-
tocome.? Fans were quick to send
messages of condolence to RiRi after
she announced the news yesterday.
But despite her pleas to end gun
violence, the eight-time Grammy
Award winner has previously been
accused of glamorising the use
of firearms.
She had a gun tattoo on her ribcage in 2009 and in 2014 she
was criticised by campaigners after
being snapped heading out to
dinner in Los Angeles clutching a
gun-shaped handbag.
She also holds a pistol in the
video for last year?s single Needed
Me and regularly wears a miniature
gun pendant necklace.
Earlier this month Barbados police
said there had been a major rise
in gun crime on the
Caribbean island compared with last year.
Of the 28 murders
there in 2017, 22 were
reported to be gunrelated.
Cops
are
appealing for information over the gunman,
who remained unidentified last night.
simon.boyle@
the-sun.co.uk
Gun crime
on the rise
BARBADOS has been rocked
by a wave of gun violence
fuelled by gang warfare.
Up until the end of November there were 28 murders on
the island, with 22 of those
gun-related.
It compares with the 22
murders in the whole of 2016.
The spike has been
blamed
on
the
widespread
availability of illegal
arms and feuding
drug gangs.
The
Foreign
Office warns travellers to Barbados
to ?be vigilant at
all times?.
18 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
Terror taxi
hero?s rap
A CABBIE was fined for
jumping a red light as
he drove people away
from the London Bridge
terror attack.
Off-duty
hero
Ryan
Barney raced to help on
hearing of the atrocity by
Islamic jihadis that killed
eight people on June 3.
But he got a �0 fine
and three penalty points
after driving through a
changing
light
while
helping people escape.
When he appealed he
was taken to court and
had to pay another �0.
Ryan, 31, of Northwood,
had turned his meter off
when he went to assist.
He said: ?I tried to
help people. That should
have been considered.?
?Assault?
by player
FOOTBALLER Jon Flanagan has been charged
with assault after a preChristmas night out.
Police said the 24-yearold Liverpool FC defender
was quizzed following an
incident in the city centre
on December 22.
Flanagan is believed
to have been out with
his girlfriend.
He has made over 50
first team appearances
but been plagued by
injuries.
The
player
spent the last year on
loan at Burnley.
Liverpool said it was
aware of the alleged incident but would make no
further comment.
Flanagan is due before
magistrates on Tuesday.
1GM
What a 900-calorie cut does
MEN BEFORE
2 fried eggs, 2 bacon rashers,
1 slice fried bread, 2 sausages,
100g baked beans
750cals
2 fried eggs,
bacon rasher, sausage,
100g baked beans
400cals
By GIULIA CROUCH
280g margherita
pizza, thin base
450g chicken tikka masala,
200g rice
750cals
1,000cals
MEN AFTER
225g margherita
pizza, thin base
300g chicken tikka masala,
100g rice
600cals
600cals
THIS is what your
favourite meals look
like under new Government guidelines.
Public
Health
England wants us to
cut our calorie intake
by a THIRD to just 1,600
a day ? down 900 calories for men and 400 for
women.
It wants us to limit
breakfast to 400 calories and lunch and
dinner to 600 each to
tackle obesity.
Sun
nutritionist
Amanda Ursell says
many
people
far
exceed
the
levels,
tucking away 3,500
calories daily.
She
says:
?Extra
calories can sneak in
really
easily
and
people don?t realise
that what looks like just
a little extra can have
a big impact on your
waistline.
?But
it?s
actually
really simple to reduce
your
daily
calorie
intake and most would
lose
weight
pretty
quickly if they stuck to
1,600.
?PHE also says that
those who stick to the
new guidelines can
have
two
healthy
snacks of up to 100 calories each a day.?
Here we show a
typical
breakfast,
lunch and dinner under
the old guidelines and
the new . . .
1GM
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
to your grub allowance
WOMEN BEFORE
Danish pastry, � croissant,
500ml whole milk latte,
syrup shot
200g egg mayo sandwich,
30g crisps,
300ml orange juice
500cals
700cals
450g lasagne,
40g garlic bread
800cals
100g egg mayo sandwich,
30g crisps,
300ml orange juice
400cals
600cals
EATING
LIMIT A
FAT
LIE
Govt is ?meddling?
HEALTH bosses were blasted yesterday
over a campaign urging adults to slash
their calorie consumption to stay in trim.
WOMEN AFTER
Danish pastry,
400ml semi skimmed
milk latte
19
Public Health England is launching a drive
advising folk to eat only 1,600 calories a day,
with 400 at breakfast,
By NICK McDERMOTT
600 at lunch and 600
Health Editor
at their evening meal.
350g lasagne,
30g garlic bread
600cals
They warn the average
Brit is scoffing up to 300
extra per day, fuelling
the UK obesity epidemic.
But critics called the bid
?nanny-state meddling?.
Christopher
Snowdon,
of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:
?The
guidelines
aren?t based on
evidence and are
essentially a lie
to
manipulate
people into eating
less. This nanny-
Scoff off . . . burger
state agency makes it up
as it goes along.? The
National Obesity Forum?s
Tam
Fry
said
the
campaign ?muddies the
waters?, adding: ?The calorie limit?s too ambitious.?
Official
guidance
recommends a daily
intake of 2,000 for
women and 2,500 for
men. A PHE spokesman said: ?Our OneYou
campaign
gives tips on
keeping calories down.?
20 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
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1GM
Perv e-fit
2yr delay
POLICE
have
been
slammed for taking two
years to release an e-fit
of a sex-attack suspect.
The victim became separated from her friends
between 3am and 7.20am
on January 1, 2016.
She was taken to a
Northampton address and
assaulted by two men.
Police finally released
an image of a suspect
yesterday. But residents
were quick to criticise.
Paul Wright tweeted: ?I
feel for the victim who
will most likely not see
justice served.?
Northants Police confirmed this was the first
time they had released
the e-fit. A spokeswoman
said: ?This is a re-appeal.?
Car sis a
lifesaver
A GIRL saved her sister?s
life by pushing her out of
the path of a car.
Ffion Jones, 15, was
walking on a pedestrian
crossing
with
Maegan,
ten, when the pair were
hit by the vehicle.
But Ffion managed to
push her out of the way
and took the brunt of the
impact herself.
She suffered a dislocated right shoulder, knee
ligament damage, a fractured finger, two hairline
leg fractures and a cut to
the side of her head.
But Maegan escaped
with just a stiff neck in
Neath, South Wales.
She said: ?Ffion is my
superhero.?
Police are investigating.
TROLLEY FASH
Store . . uniform, and Puma top
By ANDREW JEHRING
SPORTSWEAR firm Puma
has been mocked over a
� sweatshirt which customers say looks like a
Sainsbury?s uniform.
Its ?Puma Hooded Sweat
Jacket In Burgundy? is a
similar colour to the chain?s
staff kit, and both have a
logo across the chest.
One Twitter user said of
the top, from online store
Asos: ?Why would you
wanna pay � to look like
you?re scanning groceries??
21
DIVE GIRL
DISABLED
BY
BENDS
Brit sues resort for �k
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
By BEN LEO
A BRIT on a scuba holiday
was left paralysed from the
waist down after she
was hit by ?the bends?.
Amy Stone, 28, suffered
permanent spinal damage
at a five-star resort.
She has since learned to
walk again, but has little feeling in her lower body.
Now the former long distance
runner, of Leatherhead, Surrey,
is suing the resort for �,000
damages, claiming instructors
failed to notice signs of her decompression sickness ? caused by nitrogen
bubbles in her blood.
She had to spend three weeks in a
decompression chamber after her dives
at the PADI 5-star Oceans Five Dive
resort in Lombok, Indonesia, while on
Hell . . . Amy, left, and diving
a six-month world tour with her boyfriend. Amy said: ?It was supposed to
be the trip of a lifetime but it very
nearly cost me my life.?
Oceans Five said: ?As this is ongoing,
we can?t comment. Our side of the
story is very different.?
ben.leo@the-sun.co.uk
...............
DIE HARD writer
STEVE E. DE SOUZA
has insisted the 1988
hit is a Christmas film
? quipping: ?A woman
about to give birth
features prominently.?
He added to his tweet
the hashtag ?Die Hard
Is A Christmas Movie?.
MARK WAHLBERG
plans to make his
directorial debut
?maybe this time next
year?. He added:
?I have one specific
project I?m thinking
about. It takes place
in Wisconsin. It?s a
true story.?
HARVEY WEINSTEIN
cops it in a video for
TENLo track Kill All
Things. Played by US
actor DUSTIN
DIAMOND, he
binges on coke and
booze before being
wooed by a nun ?
who then stabs him.
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MY TEAM: Stuart Pink, Nicola
STEVIE WOULD BE
DREAM FOR SAM
SAM SMITH is feeling
upbeat after finding love ?
and has his sights set on
working with a legend.
He says he would love
STEVIE WONDER, inset, to
guest on his next album,
which would be his first
since hooking up
with
actor
BRANDON FLYNN.
Sam said: ?I don?t
want to do it unless it
is natural, but it
would be great to
sing with Stevie
Wonder.
?That?s the dream.
I just love him. I would
freak out.?
Sam, who named his 2015
Bond theme Writing?s on the
Wall ? which is in the opening
lyrics of Stevie?s 1972
megahit Superstition ? met
his idol at the 2015 Grammys
in Los Angeles. The Motown
legend surprised Sam
by walking into his
changing
room
then singing Sam?s
top ten hit I?m Not The
Only One.
Sam was completely taken
aback, but got his
phone out to start
filming. The Brit,
who will need to be
cooler than that if
he bags his dream
collab, added: ?I
also wish I had
written any AMY
WINEHOUSE or
JONI MITCHELL song.
?I wish I had written
Umbrella too. When that
song came out I thought
?Oh my God, I?m gay?.?
Brandon
will
be
thanking RIHANNA for
that.
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co-star CARRIE r Wars
on the first anniveFISHER
her death. Ma rsary of
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gone
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Picture: CR Girls 2018 calendar
new job
meter: film
THE Revenant
screenwriter MARK
L. SMITH is to pen a
script based on
QUENTIN
TARANTINO?s idea
for an adult Star Trek
film, which he?ll make
with director J.J.
ABRAMS.
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IF JADE THIRLWALL needed a sharp wakeup from a Christmas Day hangover she was
in the right place.
The LITTLE MIX singer, inset above, was out of
bed early to run into the freezing North Sea for
her local South Shields Cancer Connections
charity on Boxing Day, also her 25th birthday.
She shared this snap on Instagram of herself in
her Santa outfit with a youngster, writing: ?Man?s
not hot. Man?s freezing. #BoxingDayDip.?
I can think of better ways to
celebrate my birthday . . . but
you can?t knock the
good cause.
Major Lazer
three months?
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HERE?s GIGI HADID
to remind you to get back to
the gym ? pronto.
The supermodel showed off her
zero-fat figure as she put her muscles to work for a new calendar.
Gigi, who spent Christmas with her
boyfriend ZAYN MALIK and both their
families at her home in Los Angeles, is
featured alongside celebs including PARIS JACKSON and fellow
models JOAN SMALLS and CANDICE SWANEPOEL in Carine
Roitfeld?s
CR
Fashion
Book?s first ever calendar, called Girls 2018,
in collaboration with
Technogym.
I wouldn?t advise
lifting weights in
those
boots
though. . .
LIAM IS
SUCH A
WALL-Y
HE?s had 22 years to
practise, but LIAM
GALLAGHER admits he
still can?t play
Wonderwall.
He often performs the
classic Brit Pop anthem
during his solo live
shows but has never
bothered mastering the
simple chord sequence
? even though his
teenage son can
manage it.
The former OASIS
frontman admitted: ?I
don?t even know how to
play it on guitar man,
that is the joke.
?My kid can play it, but
seriously, I can?t.?
The rocker also
defended his trademark
singing stance, in which
he cranes his head up
towards the mic, saying
people are more than
welcome to scoff.
And he has no plans to
change his unique
performance style.
He explained: ?If
people want to have a
laugh well then
have a laugh at
me.
?It is a free
world but I
am doing it
for real.?
Cara be
starting
something?
JACKO GIRL & MODEL CLOSE
THEY first raised eyebrows when they
sneaked out of a club
hand in hand by the
fire escape at 3am
earlier this month.
And it seems the flame is
still burning for showbiz?s
cosiest new BFFs CARA DELEVINGNE and daughter of pop
royalty PARIS JACKSON.
I can reveal the supermodel and MICHAEL?s girl
have grown increasingly
close after spending the
Christmas break with
each other.
They
hopped
between London, Italy
and the Czech Republic, where Cara is
filming her new
Amazon
series
Carnival Row. A source said:
?They really hit it off at the
MTV Movie and TV Awards in
LA in May and have been
hanging out since.
?Cara is quite enamoured by
the fact Paris is the daughter of
one of her musical heroes.
?There?s a spark?
?She invited her as guest of
honour to her Christmas Burberry X bash in London, before
whisking her away to Venice
then Prague the weekend after,
where they celebrated Christmas
early at the markets.
?They?re both really into their
music and have been spending
nights singing and jamming on
the guitar.
?It?s early days, and Cara
doesn?t really have time for a
proper relationship due to her
non-stop filming commitments
with Carnival Row, but there?s
no denying there?s a spark.?
On Boxing Day, Paris, who
has since joined her brothers
BLANKET
and
PRINCE
in
Hawaii, shared her first photo
of her and a barely recognisable
Cara wearing a beanie, above.
The picture had been taken
during their secret getaway and
Paris posted it on Instagram
with the lyrics from Home
Alone 2?s Christmas Star song.
They included the line ?At my
journey?s end, will you be my
true friend??
It comes after the two were
seen trying their best to leave
the Burberry bash at the Glory
Bar in Dalston, East London,
incognito on December 6 with
Cara in a hood and Paris with
a scarf around her face.
They?ll struggle to do that if
they?re still tearing around town
next summer.
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Jeremy McConnell released after 34 days of 18-week jail term for assault
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25
DOG?S
BOARD
STIFF!
A DOG tied to a McDonald?s ad
board twice hauled it into the restaurant as its owner ordered food.
Gaynor van der Hagen, 47, saw
a woman disciplining the husky
after its first trip to the tills.
She said: ?It looked like it might
stay then saw her again and took
off. Everyone was in hysterics.?
Big wag . . . tied-up husky looks for owner
NHS ?fat?
drink ban
HOSPITALS are banning
sales of sugary drinks
in another attempt to
curb obesity.
Two-thirds
of
NHS
trusts have pledged that
nine in ten beverages will
by free from added sugar
by April 1.
Shops including WH
Smith, Marks & Spencer
and
Greggs
plus
the
Royal Voluntary Service
have also signed up to
the target. Sugary drinks
will be banned or see
massive price rises.
Derbyshire
Healthcare
Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
Trust have already halted
sales of sugary drinks.
Burger me . . . dog drags heavy sign to door
Ready to paw-der . . . pet heads to queue
lTHE dog and its owner, a middle-aged East
European lady, were in Walton-on-Thames,
Surrey, at 1pm on December 19. Call us on 020
7782 4100 if you know them.
RISE OF THE MACHINES
JOBS
TERMINATORED
Bots take half
ROBOTS
could
take
almost half of all jobs in
poorer areas, it is feared.
low-pay roles
A study reveals an automation revolution will split
the country into winners and
losers unless the govYou?ll be ernment steps in.
sacked!
Low-wage jobs are most
at risk, said the IPPR think
By TOM NEWTON DUNN
tank?s report. The lower-earning
North East and Northern Ireland
are the two regions with the
highest number of posts deemed
to have ?high technical potential
for automation?.
It is estimated robots could one
day carry out 48 per cent of all
jobs there. But in prosperous
London the figure drops to 39
per cent. The IPPR (Institute for
Public
Policy
Research)
said
ministers must ensure hard-hit
areas are not left behind.
It called for cash saved by
robots to fund retraining for
jobless workers.
Experts say sales and shop
assistants are most likely to be
replaced by machines.
Care workers and home carers
are next on the hit list followed
by cleaners.
26 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
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AULD LANG SYNE
IS FORGOT BY 97%
NEW Year?s Eve anthem Auld
Lang Syne risks dying out
because just three per cent
of us can sing all the lyrics.
Two in five youngsters do not
know a single word, a poll shows.
More than half of them had no idea
By JAKE RYAN
poet Robbie Burns wrote it ? with
three per cent believing it was a
Mariah Carey classic.
Even when shown the lyrics to the
chorus containing the title, half of
young folk could not name the song.
And three in five of all people mistook the words to Auld Lang Syne,
OWL OVER
By BEN PERRIN
THIS owl has a head start on rivals, as he
can twist his face upside-down as well as
back-to-front.
His extra flexibility means he can
observe prey from all angles.
Snapper Alain Balthazard, who saw him
in France, said: ?It?s always impressive to
see this amazing behaviour.? Bet he goes
?twist-too-woo? . . .
Sun
BARBARA Finch, 84,
has been pen pals
with Elizabeth Martin
in New Zealand since
they were 14 ? saying
in Didcot, Oxon: ?We
email
now,
rather
than write letters.?
SPOT
T
COAL BLOWN OUT
UK wind farms generated more electricity than coal
plants on 263 days this year, figures show.
The decline of the polluting fossil fuel also saw it
outperformed by solar on 180 days.
The Government has committed to phasing out coal
power by 2025 to help cut greenhouse gases.
And the figures up to December 12 by analysis
website MyGridGB reflect a year which saw the first
full day without any coal power on the system.
written in 1788, for an Abba song. Others thought it was the Beatles, Snoop
Dogg, Taylor Swift or Little Mix.
But most of us can sing the chorus
and first few lines of the rousing armscrossed song.
Sainsbury?s, which questioned 2,000
people, said: ?No one has to hum along
at the stroke of midnight this year.?
jake.ryan@the-sun.co.uk
Happy . . . New Year
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
YOUR CRIB SHEET
FOR NEW YEAR?S EVE
Should auld acquaintance
be forgot,
And never brought to
mind?
Should auld acquaintance
be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
For auld lang syne,
my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o?
kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
27
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Dab hand
at driving
PAINTERS and decorators
are
the
safest
drivers,
with
financial
advisers the most likely
to be involved in a crash.
Claims at insurers 1st
Central revealed the stats.
It said: ?Painters are
three times less likely
than financial advisers to
have an accident.?
Builder Chris Mason,
36, of Edinburgh, said:
?Hopefully this will give
people a bit more respect
when they see someone in
a white van.?
TOP FIVE SAFEST: 1. Painter
and decorator, 2. Farm
worker,
3.
Builder,
4.
Mechanic, 5. Lorry driver.
WORST FIVE: 1. Financial
adviser, 2. Doctor, 3. Pharmacist, 4. Dentist, 5. Solicitor.
Docs get
info app
MEDICS have helped to
develop a WhatsApp-style
messaging service that lets
hospital doctors contact
colleagues securely about
patient care information.
Medxnote,
dubbed
WhatsAppDoc, is in use
by staff at the first UK
hospital to launch it ? St
George?s Hospital, Tooting,
South West London.
It is secure and complies with data protection
and patient confidentiality
guidelines.
Concerns were raised
earlier this year at UK
medics customising SnapChat for work.
St George?s Dr Sarah
Hammond said of the
app: ?It has the potential
to be a game-changer.?
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
29
BEHOLD
D THE URGENT
ENT BIRTH
Mum unwraps
gifts, has baby
& is still home
for Xmas meal
A MUM has revealed she
opened presents with her
kids, gave birth and still had
time for Christmas dinner.
Demi-Leigh
Elson?s
broke a day early.
waters
Partner Aaron called 999 but para-
By LAUREN VEEVERS
medics decided a home birth would
be safer and helped deliver 6lb 10oz
son Oakley at noon.
Demi-Leigh, 20, of Stoke-on-Trent,
said: ?I?d got up to open presents
with my two children (Lola, three,
and Codie-Ray, two) but my contrac-
tions started coming on really strong.
It all happened so quick.
?I don?t think I will have a better
Christmas than this. There won?t be
another like it. After Oakley was
born I was taken to the hospital and
was back home for 5.30pm.?
Dad Aaron, 28, added: ?I don?t
think the paramedics were here
Our angel . . Demi-Leigh
& Aaron with Christmas
Day baby boy Oakley
longer than 20 minutes. I was surprised and panicking, but wanted to
keep everyone calm.
?I don?t think even winning the
lottery could compare to your child
not just being born on Christmas
Day but at home too. You don?t hear
of that very often.?
lauren.veevers@the-sun.co.uk
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NHS car
fees soar
HOSPITAL bosses raked
in record amounts in car
parking charges last year,
an investigation reveals.
They made �5million
in 2016/17, up six per
cent in a year, despite a
government crackdown.
Trusts ? some which
charge �for a one-hour
stay ? also got �8,000
in fines, up 32 per cent.
The Press Association
probe also found half of
NHS trusts charged disabled people for parking.
The
Department
of
Health said local NHS
bodies should ?come up
with flexible options that
put patients and their
families first?.
Maccie tease!
9
31
EXCLUSIVE
HOL BRIT
MOVED
TO HELL
PRISON
Shock Egypt switch
By PAUL SIMS
CAGED holiday Brit Laura Plummer has
been switched to a hellhole Egyptian
prison days earlier than expected.
DAYS
TO GO
She was woken at night and driven 100
miles in chains to a jail full of murderers and
IS brides, and famed for torture and beatings.
SEE PAGE 32
Thames
body find
THE body of a teen was
found floating in the
River Thames yesterday
sparking a police inquiry.
A walker spotted the
dead man face down in
the water at 8.30am in
East Molesey, Surrey.
Cops said it might be
linked to an upturned
kayak found eight miles
upriver at Staines four
days earlier.
A
police
spokesman
said the death is being
treated as unexplained.
Regarding the kayak,
he added: ?We now do
not believe there was
anyone in the boat when
it capsized. However we
are keen for more information on the boat.?
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
ACTRESS Juliet Rylance looks demob
happy before appearing in BBC1?s new
drama McMafia.
Brit Juliet, 38 ? who stripped for this
shot in 2013 historical hospital series
The Knick ? plays the girlfriend of
James Norton on New Year?s Day.
Touching scene . . . Juliet with James in TV?s McMafia
Laura, 33 ? given three years for carrying banned
painkillers ? had been
due to go at the end of
this week.
UK envoys fearful over
her move to Qena prison
tried and failed to get
her taken to one in
Cairo. It is near our
embassy
and
where
another Brit is held.
Laura?s
sister
Jayne
Synclair, 40, said: ?The
Foreign Office were concerned. It?s our worst fear
In solitary . . . Laura, 33
come true. She?ll be in a
cell with terrorists, IS white
prison
uniform.
brides and killers. She She will begin in solitary
won?t last a minute.?
confinement because of
Mum Roberta Synclair, her high profile but will
63, added: ?I wanted to mix with other in days.
speak to her but didn?t
A Safaga court jailed
even get to say goodbye.
her on Boxing Day over
?She?ll have been terri- 290 tramadol pills in her
fied. I wanted to tell her suitcase when she arrived
everyone is doing their in October. They are
best to help her. The legal in the UK.
Foreign Office say they
She argued they were
are doing all they can.?
for back pain suffered by
Laura, of Hull, was hubby Omar Abd El
taken from Safaga to Azim Mohamed Saad, 33,
cockroach-infested Qena who she was visiting.
in an armoured truck.
The Foreign Office said
She was then made to last night: ?We?re assiststrip and given an all- ing her and her family.?
32 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
TV STAR
SMASH
AGONY
Home & Away horror
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9 days to go
DAYS
TO GO
By BEN PERRIN
A SOAP star and her sister were fighting for life last night after a horrific car
crash which killed their parents.
THERE are nine days to go until the return of
The Sun?s great Holidays From �50. Sign up
to Sun Savers using the app or at
sunsavers.co.uk, then collect NINE Sun
Savers codes from the big launch on
Saturday, January 6 ? when we will also print
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or codewords but you will need ten.
Ex-Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt,
28, and Annabelle, 21, were airlifted to hospital.
Dad Lars, 69, and mum Vivian, 60, died in the
head-on collision which
saw both vehicles catch
fire in Mondayong, Australia, on Boxing Day.
The
sisters
were
saved
by
motorists
before the cars were
consumed by flames.
Their parents had to
be identified by dental
Tragedy . . Jess and car
records. Witness Darrin
Collier said: ?The injuries who also died ? had been
on the two girls will be on his mobile.
Jessica
played
Hope
something I won?t forget
Morrison on the Aussie
in a long time.?
A Toyota Prado travel- daytime soap.
ling in the opposite direcA pal said: ?They were
tion was suspected of a very close family and
crossing over the road.
had been on a quiet getPolice were investigat- away. Jessica is a most
ing
if
driver
Craig beautiful person.?
Anthony Whitall, 50, ?
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Booze ?is
hate fuel?
BOOZE inflames prejudices and makes drunk
people more likely to
commit hate crimes, a
study has found.
Researchers quizzed 124
patients attending A&E
with injuries caused by
violence in multicultural
areas of Cardiff, Blackburn and Leicester.
Some 18.5 per cent said
their
attackers
were
motivated by prejudice,
with drunkenness behind
90 per cent of the assaults.
Prof Jonathan Shepherd
of the Cardiff University
Crime
and
Security
Research Institute said:
?We found most attacks
weren?t fuelled by hate
alone ? alcohol appeared
to act as an igniter.?
Dial-drive
law flout
A TOTAL of 6,262 motorists have been nabbed at
least twice for distracted
driving, including using a
mobile, in four years.
Four
hundred
were
caught three times, 20 on
four occasions and three
had five endorsements.
Campaigners said some
ignore the law on handheld phones as they do
not think it is enforced.
The number of traffic
cops has slumped 27 per
cent in a decade.
Those caught face six
points and a �0 fine.
Road
safety
charity
Brake called distracted
drivers a menace, adding:
?The laws clearly need
tightening
alongside
stricter enforcement.?
THE OLD DOG AND DUCK
QUACKERS couple Barclay
the dog and Rudy the duck
cosy up to watch a film
after Christmas dinners of
steak and worms.
Golden retriever Barclay
was too scared to look when
owner Pam Ishiguro?s seven
ducklings hatched in 2013.
But the pair became pally
after he stole Rudy?s food.
Pam, of Orange County,
California,
said:
?Santa
brought Barclay steak. Rudy
got live mealworms. They
need each other, that?s why
they?ve bonded.?
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Beaky minder . . Barclay and Rudy
NEW LIFE FROM DISASTER
TRAGEDY SAVES 3
Crash dad?s
organs gift
A DAD killed while buying EXCLUSIVE by NICK McDERMOTT
presents for his children donated his organs after his
on Christmas Eve gave death in a motorbike crash.
had been pickthe ultimate gift ? saving ingTheup34-year-old
last-minute gifts for his
three strangers? lives.
three boys, Oliver, eight, Charlie,
The devastated family of
builder Darren Bruynel
Killed shopping . . . Darren
13, and Alfie, 17.
After his organs were donated
on Christmas morning last year,
his kidneys, liver and pancreas
went to desperately ill patients.
Darren?s sister Melanie Heffelman,
37, from Islington, North London,
said: ?It helped us through the
grieving process.?
She added: ?We want people to
know being an organ donor can
be a gift in itself.? NHS Blood
and Transplant says 6,500 Brits
are on the waiting list.
lTo sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register
visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk
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MORE than 10,000 people
submitted
their
tax
returns online on Christmas and Boxing Day.
There
were
2,590
posted on the 25th and
7,655 on the 26th ? both
up on 2016 returns.
Another
6,033
were
submitted on Christmas
Eve, including 92 between
11pm and midnight.
HM Revenue & Customs released the figures
as a reminder that the
deadline for online selfassessment is January 31.
SANTA BABY
Santa Eglite, 26, gave
birth to 6lb 7oz Rebeka
Skuda on Christmas Day
in Burton, Staffs.
43AD...WHEN BRITS LOVE
Series sett
in Roman
n
Britain
aims to bee
the new
Game Of
Thrones
EXCLUSIVE by
EMMA COX
IT is being hailed as the
British Game Of Thrones ?
an epic tale of the birth of
our nation involving warring Celtic tribes, mystic
Druids
and
invading
Roman legions.
Sky Atlantic drama Britannia
stars David Morrissey as a
Roman general, Zoe Wanamaker
as a Celtic queen and Mackenzie
Crook as a powerful Druid.
The nine-part story, set in 43AD,
nearly 100 years after Julius Caesar
first tried and failed to conquer Britain, begins with the Roman army?s
new attempt to take our island,
Written by renowned playwright Jez
Butterworth, it combines fact and
fiction, with a modern script and
thumping punk and folk soundtrack.
But how much is fact and how
much is fiction?
Well, it turns out that life 2,000
years ago really was not that
different to now.
Early Brits, it turns out, loved beer,
farting and a good fight as well as
bling and tattoos ? which involved
warriors colouring their bodies blue
with dye made from woad plants.
The story begins with General
Aulus Plautius, played by David, the
only character from the series who
existed in real life.
He overcomes an attempted mutiny
from his 20,000 troops, who at first
refuse to board their ships to Britain
because they are terrified of the
myths and legends they have heard
of cannibals and fierce warriors who
live there.
?A battle would involve
getting drunk first?
When they arrive, they advance
from the south coast, conquering the
country bit by bit by overcoming the
existing tribe leaders who are also at
war with each other.
They include the King of the Cantii
(Ian McDiarmid) and his daughter
Kerra (Kelly Reilly) as well as Kerra?s
arch rival Queen Antedia of the
Regni tribe (Zoe Wanamaker).
Historian Jonathan Stamp, who
advised Butterworth while he was
writing the series, said: ?There is no
exaggeration in the way the show
depicts
these
tribes
as
being
constantly at each other?s throats.
?The Celts loved fighting. If there?s
anything we as Brits have inherited
it?s that we still like a good scrap.
?There were constant turf wars, and
they had just started using iron as
opposed to softer metals, so they
were fighting with axes and swords.
?Those skirmishes wouldn?t have
been big pitch battles ? there would
have been at most around 100 people
at a time.
?In the ancient world a battle
would involve getting drunk first ?
they were no braver then than they
are now ? then they would rush at
each other in a big scrum.?
Actor David, 53, said: ?When Aulus
gets to Britannia, and I think this is
true of all those Roman generals, he
does his research, finds out which
tribes hate each other and manipulates those hatreds to his advantage.
?He
brings
progress,
such
as
healthcare and sanitation, but there?s
going to be a fight because people
don?t like change.?
As Aulus and his Romans attempt
to conquer the country, they know
their biggest challenge will come
from the Druids, who were the true
leaders of the country.
The mystics were like a super-class
of top Celts ? mainly teachers, lawyers and doctors, known as ?wise
men? who probably had a legal role
in sorting out tribal disputes.
In his writings, Julius Caesar
depicts them as a terrifying group
who sacrificed humans by burning
them to death in wicker effigies. They
are also thought to have had orgies ?
which are also depicted in the show.
The Office?s Mackenzie Crook, 46,
who plays Druid Veran, said: ?There?s
next to nothing known about the
Druids.
?We have five or six facts that were
written by Julius Caesar but otherwise it?s all open to interpretation.
Let?ss
onn
PASSION . . .
Kelly as Kerra
and scene at
stone circle
All I could really do is draw on
Celtic folklore.
?This sounds weird but I also sort
of drew on Springwatch. It?s the most
brutal and violent show on television,
the violence of nature. Veran is about
the natural world. There?s no room
for sentiment, sympathy or empathy.
?For them, life is a cycle of birth,
life, sex and death.?
The tribes the Romans encountered
were tattooed, jewelled and lived in
extended families or communal areas
on the tops of hills.
Archaeologists know that the Celts
wore fine jewellery of gold and silver
and took great care about their
appearances in other ways, too.
Historian Jonathan said: ?There?s
some evidence that the Celts were
very interested in personal grooming
and began to import objects from
across the Channel such as tweezers
to p
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35
D BOOZING, FIGHTING AND TATTOOS (BIT LIKE NOW THEN)
RULING IN
t
RITANNIA
B
n
Aulus Plautius
? David Morrissey
ONE of Rome?s greatest
generals, who leads
conquest of Britain.
David said: ?He?s a
ruthless guy but he?s also
on a personal, spiritual
journey to find out what he
can about the Druid
philosophy and belief.?
e
VICTORY . . . David
CELTIC STRIKER
r in battle
. . . a British warrio
DRUID . . . Macke
nzi
e
as Plautius
y
OWER . . . the Roman arm
SUPERP
WARRIOR whose father
King Pellenor once
believed she had angered
the gods. Kelly said: ?Gods
decreed she was going to
be killed as a sacrifice and
Kerra?s father agreed to it.
She?s never forgiven him.?
Veran
? Mackenzie Crook
IT is claimed Druid Veran is
10,000 years old and was
the second man put on the
planet.
Mackenzie said: ?He?s an
enigmatic, charismatic
leader. He lords it over the
Celtic tribes.?
Queen Antedia
? Zoe Wanamaker
FIERCE ruler of the Regni
who hates the Cantii tribe.
Zoe said: ?She?s not just
a ballsy lady, she?s got a
mystical side to her. She?s
got a history with both the
Druids and the Cantii and
has deep hatred.?
Cait
? Eleanor Worthington-Cox
s get this show
n the woad...
pull the hair out of their nostrils.
ey
e were almost certainly painted,
e our modern-day tattoos.
I
It?s
possible that the Latin word
t
tannia
is based on a local Celtic
r
rd
Preannike, which means ?the
n
nted
people? which could be a
e
erence
to the fact that the people
v
vered
themselves in woad.
S
Some
of the dye may have been
m
mporary
but I?m sure some of it
u
uld
have been ritualised markings
i
ich
would have lasted for life. And
y may have had studs pierced into
i skin too.
ir
T
They
drank beer, mainly, although
richer Celts imported wine from
a
ance.?
T
The
cosmopolitan Romans still saw
m as hicks.
o
onathan
explained: ?They thought
u as being rather gauche and the
us
n
nd
of people who would fart at
Kerra
? Kelly Reilly
dinner parties and wouldn?t have any
table manners.
?One of the things they had contempt for was how much we liked
milk, which makes me laugh because
to this day if you order a milky
coffee in Rome rather than an
espresso after breakfast time, they
will look down their nose at you.?
?There?s spirit of rebellion
in British culture?
But there was one area in which
the Celts were far more modern and
enlightened than the Romans ? the
way women were treated.
Females led tribes, owned their
own properties and were entirely
equal to the men ? unlike those in
Ancient Rome and Greece.
Actress Kelly Reilly, 40, said: ?It
wasn?t a misogynistic world. There
was a sacredness to the Earth, which
was seen as feminine, so I have a
passion for this time in history.?
Zoe Wanamaker added: ?Queen
Antedia is a lioness, a tiger, she?s
very powerful. She?s the beginning of
Boudicca. There was a warrior queen
in a tribe up by Norfolk, so I based
the performance on that information,
as little as there is. This world was
earthy, violent, quite shocking. It was
a tribal world.?
Once the Romans had conquered
Britain, most traces of Celtic life
sunk without trace.
Their language was eradicated by
the arrival of firstly the Latin-speaking Romans and then the Saxons,
and it is these languages that formed
the roots of modern English.
Most of the other Celtic traditions
have also been lost, although we do
still celebrate May Day for the begin-
ning of spring, Harvest Festival
and Christmas around the time of the
winter solstice.
Both of these would have begun in
ancient times, as Celts placed huge
importance on seasons.
All of the crew involved in the
making of Britannia believe we are
still very much Celtic in our DNA
thanks to the spirit of the tiny little
warrior country.
James Richardson, the show?s creator and executive producer, said: ?If
you look at the last few decades
of music and fashion and art and
culture, there?s a spirit of rebellion,
and myths and non conformity in
British culture.
?I think the fact that is part of our
psyche goes back hundreds and hundreds of years, before the Romans
turned up and changed it a lot.
?What we were doing in that per-
A TEEN Cantii, Cait?s
village is attacked.
Eleanor said: ?The
Romans start slaughtering
people. She has to run
away and discovers that
she?s stronger than she
thinks.?
Divis
? Nikolaj Lie Kaas
EX-DRUID who is now a
hermit on an island.
Nikolaj said: ?Divis is an
outcast, a survivor. He
changes from moment to
moment, sometimes he?s
pleasant and generous,
then a complete idiot.?
iod is kind of unknown but I think
you can feel it in our modern spirit.
?That?s why we wanted to use modern music that taps into the punkish, rebellious streak we have.
?There are inevitably going to be
comparisons with Game Of Thrones,
although Jez has never watched it
and doesn?t know what it is!
?Game Of Thrones is brilliant,
classical and beautiful.
?Ours is more rebellious and
modern. It?s a lot more crazy. But if
everyone who loves Game Of Thrones
loves this, I?ll be very happy.?
lBritannia begins on Sky Atlantic on
Thursday January 18 at 9pm, and all nine
episodes will also be available on
demand on Sky Atlantic and TV streaming
service NOW TV.
36 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
1GM
tvguide Thursday
6am Breakfast (S,HD)
9.00 The Pirates! In An Adventure
With Scientists! Animated
comedy with the voices of Hugh
Grant and Martin Freeman.
(2012) ???? (S,HD)
10.20 Kung Fu Panda Animated
comedy featuring the voices of
Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman.
(2008) ??? (S,HD)
11.45 Bargain Hunt (R,S,HD)
12.45 BBC News At One (S,HD)
1.00 Regional News (S)
1.05 Father Brown (R,S,HD)
1.50 Revolting Rhymes (R,S,HD)
2.20 Shrek The Third Animated
sequel with the voices of Mike
Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie
Murphy. (2007) ??? (S,HD)
3.45 The Gruffalo?s Child (R,S,HD)
4.10 How To Train Your Dragon 2
Young Viking Hiccup tries to
protect his homeland from a
warlord raising an army of
dragons. Animated adventure
sequel with the voices of Jay
Baruchel and Gerard Butler.
(2014) ???? (S,HD)
5.45 Pointless Quiz show. (R,S,HD)
6.30 BBC News (S,HD)
6.45 Regional News (S)
6.45 am Sign Zone: MasterChef ?
The Professionals (R,S,SL)
7.45 Ray Harryhausen: Special
Effects Titan A tribute to the
visual effects artist. (2011)
???? (S,HD)
9.15 The Big Family Cooking
Showdown (R,S,HD)
10.15 Nadiya?s British Food
Adventure (R,S,HD)
11.15 The Sweet Makers: A
Victorian Treat (R,S,HD)
12.15 Love Is A Many Splendored
Thing Fact-based drama with
William Holden and Jennifer
Jones. (1955) ?? (S,HD)
1.55 Supercharged Otters:
Natural World (R,S,HD)
2.55 The World?s Most
Extraordinary Homes (R,S,HD)
3.55 Inside The Factory Gregg
Wallace and the team
investigates pasta. (R,S,HD)
4.55 The Heroes Of Telemark
Norwegian resistance fighters
launch a campaign of sabotage
to stop occupying Nazi forces
developing an atomic bomb.
Second World War thriller with
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris.
(1965) ???? (S,HD)
6am Good Morning Britain
Shaun Williamson talks
about panto. (S,HD)
8.30 Lorraine Entertainment and
fashion news. (S,HD)
9.25 Babe A piglet dreams of being a
champion sheepdog. Family
comedy starring James Cromwell
and Magda Szubanski. (1995)
????? (S,HD)
11.05 Black Beauty Family drama
starring Sean Bean, David
Thewlis, Jim Carter and Eleanor
Bron. (1994) ??? (S,HD)
12.45 ITV Lunchtime News (S)
12.55 Regional News (S)
1.00 Midsomer Murders A killer uses
ancient torture methods to punish
modern-day ?sinners?. (R,S,HD)
3.00 Tenable Quiz, hosted by
Warwick Davis. (R,S,HD)
4.00 Tipping Point Game show with
Ben Shephard. (R,S,HD)
5.00 The Chase Quiz show hosted by
Bradley Walsh. (R,S,HD)
6.00 Paul O?Grady: For The Love
Of Dogs The comedian sets
out to reunite a Jack Russell
with its owner. (R,S,HD)
6.30 Regional News (S)
6.45 ITV Evening News (S)
7.20 am The SpongeBob
SquarePants Movie Animated
comedy with the voice of Tom
Kenny. (2004) ??? (S,HD)
8.55 Lego Masters (R,S,HD)
10.00 The Simpsons (R,S)
11.00 Spy Kids 4: All The Time In
The World Family adventure
starring Jessica Alba and Jeremy
Piven. (2011) ?? (S,HD)
12.45 The Net A computer analyst has
to prove her true identity after
her details are replaced by a
false police record on the
national database. Thriller with
Sandra Bullock and Jeremy
Northam. (1995) ?? (S,HD)
3.00 Four Rooms With Sarah
Beeny A sculpture of screen
goddess Betty Grable. (S,HD)
4.00 C4 News (S,HD)
4.20 Back To The Future Part III
Time-travelling teenager Marty
McFly is transported back to
the Wild West to save his
scientist friend from death.
Sci-fi comedy starring Michael J
Fox. (1990) ???? (S,HD)
6.30 Hollyoaks Maggie decides
she wants to take Damon and
Brody on a cruise. (S,HD)
6am Milkshake! (HD)
9.15 Cruising With Jane McDonald
Highlights of Jane?s tour of
Alaska. (R,S,HD)
9.30 The Gadget Show Jon Bentley
and Craig Charles assess three
rival electric cars. (R,S,HD)
10.25 The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad
Fantasy adventure starring Kerwin
Mathews and Kathryn Grant.
(1958) ???? (S,HD)
12.15 The Vikings A Norse warrior
fights to claim the Northumbrian
throne, unaware his rival for the
crown is really his half-brother.
Adventure with Kirk Douglas, Tony
Curtis and Janet Leigh. (1958)
????? (S,HD)
2.30 Jason And The Argonauts The
son of an overthrown king battles
monsters during an epic voyage
in search of a magical golden
fleece. Fantasy adventure with
Todd Armstrong and Honor
Blackman. (1963) ??? (S,HD)
4.30 Andr� Rieu: My Life In Music
Profile of the violinist. (R,S,HD)
6.00 Andr� Rieu: Christmas In
London A festive concert by the
Dutch violinist and the Johann
Strauss Orchestra. (R,S,HD)
7.30pm Shopkeeper Granville faces a lonely
Christmas in the comedy Still Open All Hours
10.30pm Romesh Ranganathan?s performs
his first stand-up show in Irrational Live
8pm Teenage wizard Harry Potter forms a
secret army in The Order Of The Phoenix
9pm Retail expert Mary Portas conducts a
survey to find out What Britain Bought In 2017
9pm Pilot Denzel Washington is hailed as a
hero before being found to be drunk in Flight
7.00 Celebrity Mastermind
(2/10) Antiques expert Philip
Serrell, comedian and actor
Richard McCourt, poet and
presenter Lemn Sissay and
Sports anchor Olivia Wayne
compete. Presented by John
Humphrys. (S,HD)
7.30 Still Open All Hours
(1/7) Granville faces being left
alone at Christmas as all his
friends and neighbours make
plans to go away ? leaving him at
the amorous mercy of Mrs
Featherstone. (S,HD)
8.00 EastEnders
Fi breaks into Willmott-Brown?s
office to find out the truth about
her father, while he tries to
manipulate Kathy. Elsewhere,
Karen reaches out to her sister
for financial help. (S,HD)
8.30 Little Women
(3/3) Jo feels snubbed when Amy
is chosen over her to accompany
Aunt Carroll?s daughter on a tour
of Europe, so she flees to New
York to pursue her career. (S,HD)
9.30 EastEnders
Fi is sickened to discover how low
her family have sunk, Linda is
determined to find another local
pub to manage and Bernadette
tells Kandice about the family?s
money troubles. (S,HD)
10.00 BBC News (S,HD)
10.15 Regional News (S)
10.25 Bruno Mars: Live In Harlem
The singer and his band, the
Hooligans, present a TV special
recorded at the Apollo Theatre in
Harlem, New York, performing
songs including Uptown Funk
and 24k Magic. (S,HD)
11.10 U2 At The BBC:
Special Edition
The band performs at Abbey Road
Studios. (R,S,HD) Then Weather
For The Week Ahead
12.30 -6am BBC News (S,HD)
7.00 Thailand: Earth?s Tropical
Paradise
(2/3) Exploring the forests,
plains and cities of Central
Thailand, and revealing how the
nation?s people find spiritual
fulfilment in their relationships
with animals. (R,S,HD)
8.00 Christmas University
Challenge 2017
(4/10) Teams from the University
Of Leicester and UCL compete,
with Paralympian Danielle Brown,
Sky At Night?s Pete Lawrence and
the BBC?s Jeremy Bowen among
the contestants. (S,HD)
8.30 Six Robots & Us
(2/2) The experts deliver more
robots to families around the
UK, including a north London
couple who receive a machine
designed to help their autistic
four-year-old. (S,HD)
9.30 Natural World
David Attenborough tells the story
of two physically identical species
of ant that live in the same area
in the foothills of the Swiss Alps,
but have two very different
strategies to survive the harsh
environment. (S,HD)
10.30 Romesh Ranganathan:
Irrational Live
The comedian?s first-ever live
stand-up show, in which the
Bafta-nominated star takes shots
at everyone from his children to a
stranger in a coffee shop. (S,HD)
11.30 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Comedy starring Steve Coogan
and Colm Meaney. (2013)
???? (S,HD)
12.55 FILM Oasis: Supersonic
Documentary about the early
years of the Manchester band.
(2016) ???? (S,HD) 2.55
Sign Zone: Employable Me.
Documentary. (R,S,SL) 3.554.55am Blitz: The Bombs That
Changed Britain (R,S,SL)
7.00 Emmerdale
Rebecca confesses her plans,
Lachlan loses his temper, Jimmy
and Nicola receive a tempting
offer from Morris, and Bernice
gets nervous as she prepares
for her date. (S,HD)
8.00 Harry Potter And The Order
Of The Phoenix
The young wizard struggles to
convince his fellow sorcerers that
the evil Lord Voldemort has
returned to life. When Hogwarts
headmaster Dumbledore is
ousted in favour of a sadistic
replacement, Harry realises he
must take matters into his own
hands, uniting his fellow pupils to
form a secret army and training
them for the inevitable
confrontation to come. Fantasy
adventure sequel starring Daniel
Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert
Grint, Gary Oldman, Michael
Gambon and Alan Rickman.
(2007) ???? (S,HD)
10.35 ITV News (S)
10.55 Tina & Bobby
(2/3) The West Ham player leads
England to World Cup glory at
Wembley and fame and fortune
follow, as the couple become
icons of their time. Lorne
MacFadyen and Michelle
Keegan star. (R,S,HD)
11.55 Stuck On You:
The Football Sticker Story
How four Italian brothers took
a childhood obsession and turned
it into a worldwide multi-billion
pound industry ? and the British
upstarts who took on the mighty
Panini to beat them at their
own game. (R,S,HD)
12.45 Jackpot247 Interactive gaming.
3.00 Tenable. Quiz hosted by
Warwick Davis. (R,S,SL,HD) 3.50
Nightscreen (HD) 5.05-6am The
Jeremy Kyle Show. Guests air
their differences. (R,S,SL,HD)
7.00 We?re Going On A Bear Hunt
7.00 Winter In Alaska
Animated adventure based on
(1/4) Documentary following four
Michael Rosen and Helen
seasons in the north American
Oxenbury?s popular children?s
state, beginning with winter,
story, featuring the voices of
where snowfall is measured in
Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and
feet rather than inches. (R,S,HD)
Mark Williams. (R,S,HD)
Followed by 5 News Update
7.30 The Secret Life Of The Zoo
8.00 World?s Strongest Man 2017
At Christmas
(7/11) Action from the second
Chester Zoo?s keepers are
heat in Botswana, which featured
busy making gifts for all the
Iceland?s Hafthor Julius
animals, and it is a chaotic
Bjornsson, a man who has stood
free-for-all when the festive
on the podium five times but
parcels are handed over to
has never been crowned
the chimps. (R,S,HD)
champion. (S,HD) Followed by
8.30 The Secret Life Of 5 Year
5 News Tonight
Olds On Holiday
9.00 PREMIERE Flight
One-off special in which familiar
An airline pilot with a history of
faces from the observational
heavy drinking and drug use
series are shown away from the
successfully lands a plane that
classroom as they and their
suffers mechanical problems
families jet off to the Sunwing
during a fierce storm, saving the
resort in Cyprus. (S,HD)
lives of nearly everyone on board.
9.00 What Britain Bought In 2017
While initially hailed as a hero, it
Mary Portas surveys Britain?s
later emerges that he was drunk
spending habits over the past 12
at the time, raising questions
months, and looks back at some
about whether he may have
of the retail stories, such as the
contributed to the disaster rather
popularity of Prosecco and the
than averting it. Drama starring
fidget spinner. (S,HD)
Denzel Washington and Don
10.00 The Undateables At Christmas
Cheadle. (2012) ???? (S,HD)
11.45 The Taking Of Pelham 123
Familiar faces from the dating
Criminals hijack a crowded New
show share their extra special
York subway train and threaten
plans for the festive season with
to start shooting the passengers
Daniel from Brighton busy
unless a $10million ransom is
planning the release of his
latest single. (R,S,HD)
paid in one hour. However, the
11.05 About A Boy
transport supervisor they issue
Romantic comedy with Hugh
their demands to begins to
Grant, Toni Collette and Nicholas
suspect the plot is part of an
Hoult. (2002) ???? (S,HD)
even grander scheme. Tony
Scott?s thriller remake with Denzel
12.55 Alan Carr?s Christmas Chatty
Washington and John Travolta.
Man (R,S,HD) 2.50 Paul O?Grady?s
(2009) ??? (S,HD)
100 Years Of Movie Musicals
(R,S,HD) 4.10 Location, Location, 1.45 SuperCasino (HD) 3.05 Love/
Hate (R,S) 4.00 Cruising With
Location (R,S,HD) 5.05 Jamie?s
Cracking Christmas (R,S,HD) 5.15Jane McDonald (R,S,SL,HD)
4.45 House Doctor (R,S,SL) 5.10
7.05am FILM Young Sherlock
House Busters (R,S,SL) 5.35Holmes. Adventure with Nicholas
6am Wildlife SOS (R,S,SL)
Rowe. (1985) ??? (S,HD)
FILMS ????? Brilliant ???? Very Good ??? Good ?? Not Bad ? Poor (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) Sign Language (HD) High De?nition
1GM
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
6am Futurama (R,S)
7.30 The Simpsons (R,S,HD)
9.30 Modern Family (R,S,HD)
11.00 David Attenborough?s
Galapagos (R,S,HD)
12.00 Hawaii Five-0 The body of a
woman is discovered in a
drainage ditch. (R,S,HD)
1.00 Fungus The Bogeyman
Adaptation the children?s classic
starring Timothy Spall. (R,S,HD)
2.30 The Simpsons Double bill.
Marge takes a job as an estate
agent. Then, Lisa helps build a
recycling centre. (R,S,HD)
3.30 Modern Family Two editions.
Gloria announces she wants
Manny to learn Spanish. Then,
Phil steps up to the plate to cook
Thanksgiving dinner. (R,S,HD)
4.30 Futurama Double bill. Fry and
Leela gain special powers. Then,
a strange substance turns the
crew into teenagers. (R,S)
5.30 The Simpsons Three episodes.
Homer reminisces about life
with Marge. Then, Bart uses a
radio transmitter to trick the
townsfolk. Then, Grampa
discovers he is about to become
a father again. (R,S,HD)
6am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 7.00 Good
Morning Sports Fans 10.00 PL Daily 11.00 Christmas
Transfer Centre 11.30 Sky Sports Daily 12.00 Sky Sports
News 12.30 LIVE World Darts Championship. The
afternoon session on day 12. 4.30 Sky Sports News 5.00
Sky Sports News At 5 6.00 Sky Sports News At 6
7.00 Sk Sports Tonight
7.30 LIVE Premier League Crystal Palace v Arsenal. Kickoff at 8.00. Coverage of the top-flight contest between the
London rivals, which takes place at Selhurst Park.
10.00 LIVE World Darts Championship The evening
session on day 12 at the Alexandra Palace in London.
11.00 Sk Sports News
2.00 LIVE International T20 Cricket. New Zealand v West
Indies. 5.15-6am Best Of Sky Cricket
SKY SPORTS PREMIER LEAGUE
6am Greatest Games 7.00 PL World 7.30 Greatest Games
8.00 PL Legends 8.30 PL World 9.00 PL Highlights 9.30
PL World 10.00 PL Daily 11.00 100 Club 11.30 PL World
12.00 PL Highlights 12.30 Best PL Goals 1.00 PL 25
Seasons 3.00 PL World 3.30 PL Highlights 4.00
One2Eleven: Tony Adams 4.30 PL World 5.00 Premier
League 100 Club 5.30 PL World 6.00 PL World 6.30 PL
Legends 7.00 Gary Neville?s Soccerbox 7.30 LIVE Premier
League. Crystal Palace v Arsenal. Kick-off at 8.00. 10.30
Class Of ?92: Full Time 11.30 Premier League Match Pack
12.00 PL Highlights 12.30 Class Of ?92: Full Time 1.30 PL
Highlights 2.30 Premier League Match Pack 3.00 PL Best
Goals 14/15 4.00 PL Best Goals 97/98 5.00 PL Highlights
5.30-6am PL Greatest Games
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
TONIGHT?S PICKS
Secret Life Of 5-Year-Olds
On Holiday, C4, 8.30pm
Bruno Mars Live In Harlem
BBC1, 10.25pm
THE cuties we have
come to love relocate
to Cyprus for this
holiday version of the
show. Jet, six, is first
down the water slide ?
though she can?t swim.
Still Open All Hours
BBC1, 7.30pm
THE pocket rocket
from Hawaii wows the
crowd in Harlem, New
York, with an energetic
show filmed for this TV
special. Expect 24K
Magic dance moves.
Attenborough?s Empire Of
The Ants, BBC2, 9.30pm
IN this cracker of a
Christmas special,
Granville (David
Jason) is selling
dodgy festive items
and is glum with Mavis
away for the holidays.
SIR DAVID shows
ants are surprisingly
mighty in this
revealing look at
colonies on the SwissFrench border. Some
squirt acid at cows.
FREE
with
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Severy
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Saturday
SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL
6am EFL Greatest Games 7.00 Championship Season
Reviews 8.00 EFL Greatest Games 9.00 Eredivisie RoundUp 10.00 SPFL 12.30 EFL Greatest Games 1.00 Eredivisie
Round-Up 2.00 EFL Greatest Games 3.00 Championship
Season Reviews 4.00 EFL Greatest Games 5.00
Championship Season Reviews 6.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
7.00 EFL Rivalries 7.30 EFL Greatest Games 8.00 SPFL
Special: Celtic?s Invincibles 9.00 Eredivisie Round-Up 10.00
EFL Rivalries 10.30 EFL Greatest Games 11.00 La Liga
Icons 12.00 EFL Rivalries 12.30 EFL Greatest Games 1.00
One2Eleven 2.00 EFL Rivalries 2.30 EFL Greatest Games
3.00 Football Years 3.30 Football Countdowns 4.00 EFL
Greatest Games 4.30 SPFL Greatest Games 5.00 Football?s
Greatest Players 5.30-6am Football?s Greatest Teams
SKY SPORTS ACTION
9pm Ice Cube is recruited to foil an
assassination plot in xXx2: The Next Level
7.00 The Simpsons
Double bill. An accident at work
leaves Homer in a cast and in a
position to sue Mr Burns, which
leads to Smithers spending a lot
of time in Marge?s company. Then
a Japanese book on minimalism
inspires Marge to adapt to a new
way of living, so the Simpsons
have to part with items that no
longer bring them joy. (R,S,HD)
8.00 Carpool Karaoke Special
James Corden takes Katy Perry
and Jennifer Lopez for a musical
spin in his SUV, as well as sharing
a selection of highlights of the
segment from The Late Late
Show. (R,S,HD)
9.00 xXx2: The Next Level
A government spymaster recruits
an imprisoned soldier to prevent a
military organisation overthrowing
the American government. Action
sequel with Ice Cube and Samuel
L Jackson. (2005) ?? (S,HD)
11.00 A League Of Their Own:
US Road Trip 2.0
(3/7) Jamie Redknapp, Jack
Whitehall and Andrew Flintoff go
deep-sea fishing for sharks off the
coast of Miami and head to
Florida?s Everglades to hunt for
crocodiles. (R,S,HD)
12.00 The Russell Howard Hour
With Naomi Klein. (R,HD) 1.00
A League Of Their Own: Unseen.
Out-takes. (R,S,HD) 2.00 A
League Of Their Own (R,S,HD)
3.00 The Force: Manchester
(R,S,HD) 4.00 Monkeys: An
Amazing Animal Family (R,S,HD)
5.00-6am David Attenborough?s
Galapagos (R,S,HD)
REGIONAL VARIATIONS
S4C 6am Cyw 12.00 Newyddion S4C A?r Tywydd 12.05
Perthyn 12.30 Noson Lawen 1.30 3 Lle: Dafydd Iwan 2.00
Hwyl ?Steddfod Y Ffermwyr Ifranc 3.00 Taith Bryn Terfel: Gwlad
Y G鈔 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Fideo Fi Nadolig 5.05
Chwarter Call 5.20 Kung Fu Panda 5.45 Dim Byd 6.00
Newyddion S4C A?r Tywydd 6.05 Y Salon 6.30 Syr Gareth
Edwards Yn 70 7.30 Rownd A Rownd 8.00 Pobol Y Cwm
8.25 Celwydd Noeth 9.30 Stand Yp: Elis James 10.30 Hansh
6am Sporting Records 7.00 WWE Smackdown Hlts 8.00
Game Changers Quizmas Special 9.00 Volvo Ocean Race
9.30 Top 14 Round-Up Show 10.00 Racing News 10.30
Motorsport Mundial 11.00 Betfred Super League Highlights
11.30 Super 8s Semi-Final 12.00 Super League Grand Final
1.00 Super League Super Tries Of 2017 1.30 Volvo Ocean
Race 2.00 Fishing: Hooked On Africa 2.30 4 Deserts Race
Series 3.00 Super 8s Semi-Final 3.30 Carp Wars 4.00
WWE Raw 6.00 Sports Unlimited 7.00 Super League Super
Tries Of 2017 7.30 World Rugby Show 8.00 Carp Wars
8.30 Katie Taylor: The Story So Far 9.00 Anthony Joshua:
The Knockouts 9.30 AJ/WK: Wembley?s Greatest Fight
10.00 WWE Main Event 11.00 WWE Late Night Raw 1.00
Volvo Ocean Race 1.30 Super League Super Tries Of 2017
2.00 Super League Super 8s 2.30 Super 8s Semi-Final
3.00 Super League Grand Final Highlights 4.00 Super
League Super Tries Of 2017 4.30 Carp Wars 5.00 Volvo
Ocean Race 5.30-6am Migu Run Skyrunner World Series
SKY SPORTS DARTS
6am Legends Of Darts 7.00 World Darts Championship
11.00 Darts Gold 12.30 LIVE World Darts Championship.
The afternoon session on day 12. 4.30 The Mensur Suljovic
Story 4.45 Legends Of Darts 5.00 In Conversation PDC
World Champions 6.00 Legends Of Darts 6.15 Darts World
Championshi Years 2014/15 6.45 The Mensur Suljovic
Story 7.00 LIVE World Darts Championship. The evening
session on day 12. 11.00 The Mensur Suljovic Story 11.15
Legends Of Darts 11.30 Darts Gold 1.00 World Darts
Championship 5.00-6am Darts Gold
BT SPORT 1
7.30am Premier League World 8.00 Classic Premier League
6.00 Premier League World 6.30 Serie A Review 7.00
Bundesliga 7.30 BT Sport Goals Reload 8.00 The Clare
Balding Show 9.00 Ladbrokes SPFL Highlights 9.30 The
Ashes 11pm-7.30am LIVE The Ashes. Australia v England.
BT SPORT 2
6am Fishing 7.00 Cricket: Big Bash League 8.00 LIVE
Cricket: Big Bash League. Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers.
12.00 The Ashes 1.30 Maradona ?86 2.00 30 For 30 3.30
NBA 5.00 NBA Action 5.30 30 For 30 6.30 30 For 30
Shorts 6.45 BT Sport Films 8.00 Relentless 9.00 BT Sport
Films 11.30 30 For 30 1.00 LIVE NBA. Boston Celtics v
Houston Rockets. 3.30 SPFL Highlights 4.00 UFC
Countdown 5.00-6am A-League Highlights
BT SPORT 3
6am Premiership Rugby Highlights 8.30 Serie A Review
9.00 A-League Highlights 10.00 NBA: Beyond The Paint
10.30 Rugby Tonight 11.30 Ligue 1: Games Of The
Season 2.30 Rugby Tonight 3.30 A-League Highlights 4.30
Bundesliga Weekly 5.00 Cricket: Big Bash League 6.00
The Ashes 7.30 BT Sport Reload 8.00 Rugby Tonight 9.00
UFC Countdown 10.00 Bundesliga Weekly 10.30 Premier
Lea ue Match Pack 11.00 A-League Highlights 12.00
LIVE College Basketball. Temple Owls v Tulane Green Wave.
2.00 LIVE College Basketball. Gonzaga Bulldogs v Pacific
Tigers. Tip-off at 2.00. 4.00-6am SEC Storied
11pm-12.05am O?r Diwedd 2017: Am Flwyddyn!
BBC TWO WALES As main BBC TWO except:
2.55-3.55pm Proms In The Park 2017
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tvguide Thursday
FREEVIEW
10.15 Coronation Street 10.45 FILM Space Chimps
(2008) 12.25 Totally You?ve Been Framed! Gold 1.10
Emmerdale 1.40 Coronation Street 2.10 FILM Ella
Enchanted (2004) 4.15 FILM Clash Of The Titans
(2010) 6.20 FILM The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
9.00 FILM Casino Royale (2006) 11.50 Family Guy
1.45 American Dad! 2.40 The Keith Lemon Sketch
Show 3.05 Through The Keyhole 3.55 Viral Tap
4.30 Educating Joey Essex: Supermodel Student
5.20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 5.45
Jonas Blue: The Hot Desk 5.55-6am Nightscreen
ITV3 freeview 10
2 BROKE GIRLS,
E4, 9pm
The girls, and Han, embark on a cross-country
road trip to Los Angeles when Max decides
she wants to win back Randy?s affections,
leaving Oleg and Earl to run the diner.
BBC FOUR freeview 9
7pm Sound Of Musicals With Neil Brand 8.00 Royal
Institution Christmas Lectures 2017: The Language
Of Life 9.00 Francis Bacon: A Brush With Violence
10.20 Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor For The Ages 11.50
The World?s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings 12.50
Sound Of Musicals With Neil Brand 1.50 Royal
Institution Christmas Lectures 2017: The Language
Of Life 2.50-3.50am Peaky Blinders
ITV2 freeview 6
6am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 7.10
Mr Bean 8.15 Britain?s Got Talent: Top 10 Child Stars
9.15 Planet?s Got Talent 9.45 Emmerdale
6am You?re Only Young Twice 6.25 Marple 8.15
Bertie And Elizabeth 10.20 Goodbye Mr Chips
12.25 FILM Carry On Don?t Lose Your Head (1966)
2.15 FILM Carry On Loving (1970) 4.10 FILM Carry
On Behind. Comedy. (1975) 6.00 Marple 8.00
Endeavour 10.00 Lewis 12.05 FILM Carry On
Cowboy (1966) 2.05 Goodbye Mr Chips 3.50 Bertie
And Elizabeth 5.35-6am Nightscreen
ITV4 freeview 24
6am The Protectors 6.25 The Chase 8.00 Cash
Cowboys 8.50 Minder 9.55 Ironside 11.55 Quincy
ME 1.00 The Professionals 2.00 Ironside 3.00
Quincy ME 4.05 Minder 5.10 The Professionals 6.10
Storage Wars: Texas 7.05 Pawn Stars 8.00 River
Monsters 9.05 FILM The Fugitive (1993) 11.45
FILM Species III (2004) 2.05 The Big Fish Off 3.00
Fishing Impossible 3.50 Minder 4.40 Ironside
5.30-6am The Protectors
E4 freeview 28
6am Hollyoaks 6.30 Charmed 7.25 Rude(ish) Tube
7.50 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Satellite & Digital
8.15 FILM Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
10.00 FILM Animals United (2010) 12.00 The Big
Bang Theory 2.00 How I Met Your Mother
3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z ? M Is For
Meemaw 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z ?
N Is For Never Have I Ever 4.00 The Big Bang
Theory: Big Bang A-Z ? O Is For Ornithophobia
4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z ? P Is For
Prom 5.00 The Goldbergs 6.00 The Big Bang
Theory 7.00 Hollyoaks 8.00 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 2 Broke Girls 10.00 The Inbetweeners
11.05 The Big Bang Theory 12.00 Gogglebox 2.10
Tattoo Fixers At Christmas 3.05 The Inbetweeners
3.35 2 Broke Girls 4.20 Rude(ish) Tube 4.40
Charmed 5.25-6am Rules Of Engagement
Scene Investigation 2.50 Chicago Fire 3.50 Access
4.00-6am Teleshopping
1.00 QI XL 2.00 Would I Lie To You? 3.15 Parks
And Recreation 4.00-6am Teleshopping
6am Teleshopping 8.00 Access 8.05 My Wife And
Kids 8.30 Gilmore Girls 9.15 Milkshake! 11.00
Access 11.05 Lip Sync Battle Christmas Special
12.00 Kittens Make You Laugh Out Loud 1.00 FILM
What To Expect When You?re Expecting (2012) 3.05
FILM The ?Burbs (1989) 5.05 FILM Big Momma?s
House 2 (2006) 7.00 FILM A Cinderella Story (2004)
9.00 FILM Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) 11.25 FILM
Just Go With It (2011) 1.45 20 Moments That
Rocked The 80s 3.20 My Wife And Kids 3.45
Access 4.00-6am Teleshopping
6am Selling Houses Australia 7.00 Teleshopping
8.00 DIY SOS: The Big Build 11.00 DIY SOS: Homes
For Veterans 1.00 DIY SOS: The Big Build 4.00 DIY
SOS: Homes For Veterans 6.00 Antiques Road Trip
7.00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 8.00 DIY SOS 9.00
One Born Every Minute: What Happened Next?
10.00 Swipe Right For Murder 12.00 Crime Stories
1.00 I Survived Evil 2.00 Teleshopping 4.00 Born To
Kill? 4.45 Crime Stories 5.30-6am DIY SOS
8.55am A Place In The Sun: Winter Sun 10.00 FILM
Carry On Regardless (1961) 11.50 A Place In The
Sun 12.20 A Place In The Sun: Winter Sun 1.25 Four
In A Bed 4.05 Come Dine With Me 6.55 Beatrix
Potter With Patricia Routledge 8.00 The World?s Most
Expensive Presents 9.00 FILM Last Vegas (2013)
11.05 Greg Davies: The Back Of My Mum?s Head
12.15 24 Hours In A&E 1.15 Very British Problems
At Christmas 2.20 Ramsay?s Kitchen Nightmares
USA 3.15-3.55am 8 Out Of 10 Cats Uncut
6am Nothing To Declare 7.00 It?s Me Or The Dog
10.00 FILM Stargate: Continuum (2008) 12.00
Border Security: Canada?s Front Line 6.00 Terry
Pratchett?s Hogfather 8.00 Warehouse 13 9.00
Three Days To Live 10.00 Britain?s Most Evil Killers
12.00 Murders That Shocked The Nation 1.00
Beverley Allitt 2.00 Brit Cops: Rapid Response 3.00
Britcam: Emergency On Our Streets 4.00 Nothing
To Declare UK 5.00-6am Stop, Search, Seize
6am Frozen Planet 7.15 Great Barrier Reef With
David Attenborough 8.00 The Blue Planet 9.00
Planet Earth 11.00 Great Barrier Reef With David
Attenborough 12.00 Frozen Planet 1.00 The Blue
Planet 2.00 Planet Earth 4.00 Great Barrier Reef
With David Attenborough 5.00 Frozen Planet 6.00
The Blue Planet. Marine life at the poles. 7.00 Planet
Earth. Two episodes. 9.00 Jim Clark: The Quiet
Champion 10.00 Graham Hill: Driven 11.00 Jackie
Stewart: The Flying Scot 1.00 Murder Maps 2.00
Dickinson?s Real Deal 3.00-6am Teleshopping
6am Teleshopping 7.05 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
8.10 Motorway Cops 9.00 Dynamo: Magician
Impossible 10.00 Red Bull Soapbox Race 11.00
Celebrity Storage Hunters 12.00 Storage Hunters UK
4.00 Top Gear 6.00 Red Bull Soapbox Race 7.00
Cops UK: Bodycam Squad 8.00 QI XL 9.00 Dynamo:
Magician Impossible 10.00 Would I Lie To You?
12.00 Have I Got A Bit More Old News For You
6am Teleshopping 9.00 FILM Christmas In
Wonderland (2007) 11.15 FILM Under The Mistletoe
(2006) 1.15 FILM The Return Of The Pink Panther
(1974) 3.40 FILM Walk The Line (2005) 6.25 FILM
Man Of The Year (2006) 9.00 FILM Little Miss
Sunshine. Comedy drama. (2006) 11.15 FILM
Jumpin? Jack Flash (1986) 1.30 FILM A Few Good
Men (1992) 4.25-6am FILM Canopy (2013)
British Invasion 1.00 Impractical Jokers 1.30 Rick
And Morty 2.00 South Park 4.15 Bob?s Burgers
5.00-6am Teleshopping
is discovered on a murdered model. 9.00 FILM
Miami Vice. Two undercover narcotics detectives
pose as smugglers to infiltrate a powerful drug cartel.
Crime thriller starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
(2006) 11.40 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
3.15 Sea Patrol 4.05-6am Royal Pains
MORE4 freeview 14
5USA freeview 21
6am Teleshopping 9.00 Catch A Contractor 9.20
FILM Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007) 11.05 FILM
Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise (2015) 12.55 FILM
Columbo: Any Old Port In A Storm (1973) 3.00
Remington Steele 4.00 Castle 5.00 Law & Order
7.00 NCIS 9.00 Chicago PD 10.00 Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit 11.55 Castle 12.55 CSI: Crime
5STAR freeview 30
PICK freeview 11
DAVE freeview 12
REALLY freeview 17
YESTERDAY freeview 19
SONY MOVIE CHANNEL freeview 32
ENTERTAINMENT
SKY ATLANTIC
6am David Attenborough?s Kingdom Of Plants 9.00
Making Of David Attenborough?s Kingdom Of Plants
10.00 San Francisco 2.0 11.00 Blue Bloods 6.00
FILM Dinosaur 13. The true story of one of history?s
greatest dinosaur discoveries. (2014) 8.00 David
Attenborough?s Conquest Of The Skies. The making
of the documentary series. 9.00 The Tunnel:
Vengeance. Winnie is sent a live rat in a box. 10.00
Game Of Thrones 12.40 Big Little Lies 1.45 The
Tunnel: Vengeance 2.45 FILM Nightingale (2015)
4.20-6am Richard E Grant?s Hotel Secrets
SKY LIVING
6am 60 Minute Makeover 7.00 Obese: A Year To
Save My Life USA 8.00 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation 9.00 Criminal Minds 11.00 Motorway
Patrol 12.00 UK Border Force 1.00 Stop, Search,
Seize 2.00 Nothing To Declare 4.00 CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation 5.00 Criminal Minds
CHRISTMAS GOLD
7.00 Children?s Hospital 8.00 Elementary. A debt
collector is murdered. 9.00 Criminal Minds. Two
children are murdered in Texas. 10.00 Madam
Secretary. Henry disagrees with the president and
Elizabeth when they refuse to negotiate with terrorists
for the release of a CIA agent. 11.00 Criminal Minds.
Double bill. 1.00 Blindspot 2.00 Elementary 3.00
Criminal Minds 4.00 The Good Doctor
5.00-6am Nothing To Declare
7.10am The Two Ronnies 8.40 Only Fools And
Horses 2.05 The Story Of Only Fools And Horses
3.10 Only Fools And Horses 6.40 The Story Of Only
Fools And Horses 7.40 Only Fools And Horses 9.30
The Story Of Only Fools And Horses 10.35 Not
Going Out 11.15 Smack The Pony 11.50 Peep
Show 12.30 Stag 1.50 Smack The Pony 2.20
The Two Ronnies 4.00-6am Teleshopping
8am Monk 9.00 NCIS 11.00 Bones 1.00 NCIS
5.00 Bones 7.00 NCIS. Double bill. McGee?s
girlfriend makes a breakthrough in a case. Then, the
team investigates the murder of a Navy officer. 9.00
The Orville. Opinions are divided as Bortus and
Klyden consider controversial surgery for their baby.
10.00 Family Guy 12.00 American Dad! 1.00 Family
Guy 2.00 American Dad! 3.00 Family Guy 4.00
American Dad! 5.00-8am Teleshopping
8am The Middle 9.00 FILM Spy Kids 2: Island Of
Lost Dreams. Family adventure sequel starring
Antonio Banderas. (2002) 11.00 Friends 2.00
Impractical Jokers 4.00 Bob?s Burgers 5.00 Friends
8.00 Takeshi?s Castle. Game show narrated by
Jonathan Ross. 8.30 Impractical Jokers 9.00 FILM
The Tuxedo. Comedy adventure starring Jackie
Chan. (2002) 11.00 Da Ali G Show 11.35
Impractical Jokers 12.00 Impractical Jokers:
2010) ??? 11.45 Fantastic Beasts And
Where To Find Them (12, 2016) Fantasy. ???
2.00 xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage (12, 2017)
Adventure starring Vin Diesel. ???
3.50 The Bourne Ultimatum (12, 2007) Thriller
starring Matt Damon and Julia Stiles. ?????
5.50 Jason Bourne (12, 2016) Thriller. ????
8.00 Robin Hood (12, 2010) Adventure. ???
10.25 300 (15, 2006) Adventure. ????
12.25 The Bourne Ultimatum (12, 2007) Thriller.
????? 2.25 xXx: The Return Of Xander
Cage (12, 2017) Adventure. ??? 4.15-6.20am
Batman & Robin (PG, 1997) ?
7.00 Almost Christmas (12, 2016) ????
9.00 Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (PG, 1992)
Comedy starring Macaulay Culkin. ???
11.05 Bad Santa (15, 2003) Comedy. ????
12.50 Home Alone 3 (PG, 1997) Comedy. ???
2.40 A Song For Christmas (PG, 2017) ???
4.20-6am One Magic Christmas (PG, 1985)
Drama starring Mary Steenburgen. ???
FOX
COMEDY CENTRAL
W
6.10am Doctor Who 8.00 The Great Comic Relief
Bake Off 10.00 Doctor Who 1.00 The Great Comic
Relief Bake Off 3.00 My Family Christmas Special
4.00 Outnumbered 5.00 Billionaire Boy 6.20 Gavin
& Stacey 9.40 Absolutely Fabulous 11.00
EastEnders 12.40 Luther 1.40 Gavin & Stacey
2.10 Doctor Who 3.00-6am Teleshopping
UNIVERSAL
6am CSI: Miami 7.00 Teleshopping 8.00 FILM
Columbo Likes The Nightlife. Detective drama
starring Peter Falk. (2003) 10.00 Law & Order 2.00
FILM Columbo: Uneasy Lies The Crown. Crime
drama starring Peter Falk. (1990) 4.00 NCIS 8.00
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Saliva from a tiger
DISCOVERY
6am Alaskan Bush People. Back-to-back episodes.
8pm Alaskan Bush People: Bushcraft Chronicles.
The Browns revisit some of their best hunting
expeditions. 10.00 Blood Ivory. The rangers hear a
troubling rumour about a park ranger in Mwanza.
Last in the series. 11.00 Super Hurricanes: Inside
Monster Storms. The potentially devastating
prognosis of scientists who studied the 2017
hurricane season. 12.00 Alaskan Bush People:
Bushcraft Chronicles 2.00 Blood Ivory 3.00
Gold Rush 3.50 Blood Ivory 4.40 Alaskan Bush
People 5.30-6am How It?s Made
MOVIES
SKY CINEMA PREMIERE
6am Olaf?s Frozen Adventure (U, 2017) ???
6.30 The Lego Batman Movie (U, 2017)
???? 8.20 Olaf?s Frozen Adventure (U,
2017) ??? 8.50 Beauty And The Beast (PG,
2017) ????? 11.00 Guardians Of The
Galaxy Vol 2 (12, 2017) ????
1.20 Hidden Figures (PG, 2016) Drama. ????
3.30 Olaf?s Frozen Adventure (U, 2017) ???
4.00 The Lego Batman Movie (U, 2017) ????
5.50 Beauty And The Beast (PG, 2017) Musical
fairy tale starring Emma Watson. ?????
8.00 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (12, 2017)
Fantasy adventure starring Chris Pratt. ????
10.20 The Hunter?s Prayer (15, 2017) ???
11.55 John Wick: Chapter Two (15, 2017)
Action sequel starring Keanu Reeves. ???
2.10 Final Recall (15, 2017) ???
3.50 The Hunter?s Prayer (15, 2017) ???
5.30-6am Olaf?s Frozen Adventure (U, 2017)
Animated short. ???
SKY CINEMA COMEDY
6am Dude, Where?s My Car? (15, 2000) ??
7.30 Uncle Buck (12, 1989) Comedy. ???
9.15 Date Night (15, 2010) Comedy. ???
10.50 The Bounty Hunter (12, 2010) ???
12.50 Why Him? (15, 2016) Comedy. ????
2.50 The Nutty Professor (PG, 1996) ????
4.35 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (12, 2000)
Comedy sequel with Eddie Murphy. ???
6.25 Date Night (15, 2010) Comedy. ???
8.00 The Bounty Hunter (12, 2010) ???
10.00 Why Him? (15, 2016) Comedy. ????
12.00 The Nutty Professor (PG, 1996) ????
1.40 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (12, 2000)
??? 3.30 National Lampoon?s Animal House
(15, 1978) ???? 5.30-7.05am Licence To
Drive (PG, 1988) Comedy. ??
SKY CINEMA ACTION
6.05am Walking Tall (15, 2004) ??? 7.35
Hitman (15, 2007) ?? 9.20 Robin Hood (12,
RADIO
RADIO 1 97.6-99.8FM bbc.co.uk/radio1
6.30am Scott And Chris 10.00 Adele Roberts 1.00 Dev
4.00 Jordan North 7.00 Annie Mac 9.00 Heroes With
Annie Nightingale 10.00 Music By Numbers: Craig David
11.00 Dub Phizix & Strategy 1.00 Toddla T 3.00 Artist
Takeover With Tom Odell 4.00-6.30am Early Breakfast
RADIO 2 88-91FM bbc.co.uk/radio2
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Trevor Nelson 12.00 Jeremy Vine
2.00 In Concert (R) 3.00 Craig Charles 5.00 Johnnie
Walker Meets Alice Cooper (R) 6.00 Johnnie Walker
Meets Blondie (R) 7.00 Bob Harris 8.00 Ana Matronic
10.00 The Summer Of I Feel Love (R) 11.00 Stanley
Baxter?s Musical World 12.00 Craig Charles (R)
SKY CINEMA FAMILY
6am Christmas With The Kranks (PG, 2004) ??
7.40 Smurfs: The Lost Village (U, 2017) ???
9.15 Monster Trucks (PG, 2016) Fantasy. ??
11.05 Monster House (PG, 2006) ????
12.45 Goosebumps (PG, 2015) ???
2.35 Lemony Snicket?s A Series Of Unfortunate
Events (PG, 2004) Comedy. ???
4.30 Monster Trucks (PG, 2016) Fantasy. ??
6.20 Smurfs: The Lost Village (U, 2017) ???
8.00 Alice Through The Looking Glass
(PG, 2016) Fantasy adventure sequel. ??
10.00 Coraline (PG, 2009) Animation. ?????
11.45 Underdog (U, 2007) Comedy. ??
1.20 Charlotte?s Web (U, 2006) Drama. ???
3.00 Space Jam (U, 1996) Comedy. ???
4.30-6.25am The Water Horse: Legend Of The
Deep (PG, 2007) Fantasy. ????
SKY CINEMA CHRISTMAS
6.30am All I Want For Christmas (U, 1991) ??
8.10 Home Alone 3 (PG, 1997) ??? 10.00
The Muppet Christmas Carol (U, 1992) ????
11.35 Almost Christmas (12, 2016) ????
1.35 Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (PG, 1992)
Comedy starring Macaulay Culkin. ???
3.40 Bad Santa (15, 2003) Comedy. ????
5.25 The Muppet Christmas Carol (U, 1992)
Puppet comedy with Michael Caine. ????
2.00 Tracks Of My Years 3.00 Have A Great Weekend
4.00 Feelgood Friday 5.00-6.30am Nicki Chapman
RADIO 3 90.2-92.4FM bbc.co.uk/radio3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics 12.00 Composer
Of The Week: Cole Porter (R) 1.00 News 1.02 Lunchtime
Concert 2.00 Afternoon Concert 5.00 Words And Music
(R) 6.15 New Generation Artists 7.30 BBC Proms 2017
(R) 9.35 BBC Proms 2017 (R) 11.00 Exposure 11.30
Late Junction Mixtape 12.30-6.30am Through The Night
RADIO 4 92.4-94.6FM bbc.co.uk/radio4
6am FM: Today 7.30 LW: Today 9.00 In Our Time 9.45
FM: Book Of The Week 9.45 LW: Daily Service
SKY CINEMA HITS
7.30am Kubo And The Two Strings (PG, 2016)
????? 9.15 Bad Neighbours 2 (15, 2016)
??? 10.55 Star Trek Beyond (12, 2016)
??? 1.00 A Street Cat Named Bob (12, 2016)
???? 3.00 Fences (12, 2016) ????
5.30 Kubo And The Two Strings (PG, 2016)
Animated adventure. ?????
7.15 Bad Neighbours 2 (15, 2016) ???
9.00 Star Trek Beyond (12, 2016) ???
11.05 Inferno (12, 2016) ???
1.15 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (15,
2016) Comedy starring Andy Samberg. ????
2.55 Concussion (12, 2015) Drama. ???
5.10-7.05am Dad?s Army (PG, 2016) ??
SKY CINEMA GREATS
7.30am Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find
Them: Special 8.00 The Sixth Sense (15, 1999)
????? 9.50 Cool Hand Luke (15, 1967)
????? 12.00 Willow (PG, 1988) ??
2.15 Arachnophobia (PG, 1990) Horror. ????
4.15 The Waterboy (12, 1998) Comedy. ???
6.00 The Sixth Sense (15, 1999) ?????
8.00 The Terminator (15, 1984) ?????
10.00 American Beauty (18, 1999) ?????
12.05 The Rock (15, 1996) Adventure. ????
2.30 Monty Python?s The Meaning Of Life
(15, 1983) ??? 4.25-6.30am The Karate Kid
Part II (PG, 1986) Adventure. ??
SKY CINEMA DISNEY
6am The Aristocats (U, 1970) ???? 7.30
Olaf?s Frozen Adventure (U, 2017) ??? 8.00
10.00 Woman?s Hour 11.00 Crossing Continents 11.30
Thinking Outside The Boxset 12.00 News; LW: Shipping
12.04 Home Front 12.15 You And Yours 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 Radio 4?s Pen Pals 2.00 The Archers (R)
2.15 Drama 3.00 Open Country 3.27 Appeal (R) 3.30
Open Book 4.00 The Film Programme 4.30 BBC Inside
Science 5.00 PM; LW: Shipping 5.57 Weather 6.00 News
6.15 Dr John Cooper Clarke At The BBC 6.30 Keep
Calman Carry On 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45
Incredible Women 8.00 The Briefing Room 8.30 In
Business 9.00 BBC Inside Science (R) 9.30 In Our Time (R)
10.00 The World Tonight 10.45 Book At Bedtime 11.00
FM: The Brig Society (R) 11pm-7.30am LW: Test Match
Special 11.30 FM: Anansi Boys 12.00 FM: News 12.15
The Good Dinosaur (PG, 2015) ???? 9.40
Moana (PG, 2016) ???? 11.30 Olaf?s Frozen
Adventure (U, 2017) ??? 11.55 Finding Dory
(U, 2016) ???? 1.40 Snow White And The
Seven Dwarfs (U, 1937) Animation. ?????
3.10 The Incredibles (U, 2004) ?????
5.10 Olaf?s Frozen Adventure (U, 2017) ???
5.40 Moana (PG, 2016) Comedy. ????
7.30 Olaf?s Frozen Adventure (U, 2017) ???
8.00 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
(U, 1937) Animation. ?????
9.30 Queen Of Katwe (PG, 2016) ????
11.40 Pete?s Dragon (U, 1977) Musical. ??
1.35 The Emperor?s New Groove (U, 2001)
Animated Disney comedy. ????
3.05 Kronk?s New Groove (U, 2005) ???
4.30-6.15am The Good Dinosaur (PG, 2015)
Pixar animated adventure. ????
SKY CINEMA MUSICALS
6am Pitch Perfect 3 Special
6.30 Moulin Rouge! (12, 2001) ?????
8.45 Sing (U, 2016) Animation. ????
10.45 The Greatest Showman: Special
11.15 The King And I (U, 1956) Musical. ????
1.30 Annie (U, 1982) Musical. ???
3.45 Hugh Jackman: Movie Musical Greats
5.15 Moulin Rouge! (12, 2001) ?????
7.30 The Greatest Showman: Special
8.00 Sing (U, 2016) Animation. ????
10.00 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (12, 1975)
Cult musical starring Tim Curry. ????
11.50 Annie (U, 1982) Musical. ???
2.15 The Greatest Showman: Special
2.45-6am Oklahoma! (PG, 1999) Musical. ??
SKY CINEMA SCI-FI/HORROR
6am What Lies Beneath (15, 2000) ??? 8.15
The Hitchhiker?s Guide To The Galaxy (PG,
2005) ??? 10.15 Fantastic Beasts And
Where To Find Them: Special
10.45 The Matrix (15, 1999) ?????
1.15 The Matrix Reloaded (15, 2003) ???
FM: Bone Stories (R) 12.30 FM: Book Of The Week (R)
1.00 FM: As World Service 5.20 Shipping 5.30 FM: News
5.43 FM: Prayer 5.45 FM: Farming 5.58-6am FM: Tweet
RADIO 5 909MW bbc.co.uk/fivelive
7am Ashes Breakfast 10.00 5 Live Daily With Chris
Warburton 1.00 Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 8.00 5 Live Sport: Premier League Football
2017-18 10.00 Sam Walker 11.30pm-7am The Ashes
VIRGIN RADIO DAB virginradio.co.uk
6am Stu Elmore 10.00 Tim Cocker 1.00 Kate Lawler
4.00 Matt Richardson 7.00 Jon Jackson
11pm-6am Overnight
3.45 The Matrix Revolutions (15, 2003) ???
6.00 The Hitchhiker?s Guide To The Galaxy (PG,
2005) Sci-fi comedy with Martin Freeman. ???
8.00 The Matrix (15, 1999) ?????
10.30 The Matrix Reloaded (15, 2003) ???
1.00 The Matrix Revolutions (15, 2003) ???
3.15 Bite (18, 2015) Horror. ???
5.00-6am 2018 Preview Show
SKY CINEMA THRILLER
7am Escape From Alcatraz (15, 1979) ????
9.00 Southern Fury (18, 2017) ??
10.50 Imperium (15, 2016) Crime drama. ????
12.50 The Bone Collector (15, 1999) ????
3.00 Four Brothers (15, 2005) Thriller. ???
5.00 The International (15, 2009) Thriller. ??
7.00 Panic Room (15, 2002) Thriller. ???
9.00 Fifty Shades Darker (18, 2017) ???
11.05 Klute (18, 1971) Thriller. ?????
1.05 Escobar: Paradise Lost (15, 2014) ???
3.15 The Hatton Garden Job (15, 2017) ????
5.00-6.45am Deep Family Secrets (PG, 1997)
Thriller starring Richard Crenna. ??
FILM4 freeview 15
11am Jingle All The Way (PG, 1996) ???
12.45 Epic (U, 2013) Animation. ???
2.50 Eragon (PG, 2006) Fantasy. ??
4.55 Fantastic Four (PG, 2005) ??
7.05 Men In Black II (PG, 2002) ??
9.00 Terminator Genisys (12, 2015) ??
11.25 Slow West (15, 2015) Western. ????
1.05-3.25am Police Story: Lockdown (15, 2013)
Action adventure sequel starring Jackie Chan. ??
TCM
4.35pm Murder, She Said (PG, 1961) ??
6.15 The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of
The Ring (PG, 2001) Fantasy. ?????
9.40 Full Metal Jacket (15, 1987) ?????
12.05 Hard To Kill (18, 1990) Thriller. ??
1.55 Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura
2.40-4.35am Hollywood?s Best Film Directors
TALKSPORT 1053, 1089MW talksport.com
6am The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast With Micky Quinn.
Morning news, previews and interviews. 10.00 Ray Parlour
And Bob Mills 1.00 Danny Kelly And Max Rushden
4.00 Adrian Durham And Darren Gough. Adrian Durham
and Darren Gough present the latest news from the
footballing world. 7.00 Kick-off. With Sam Matterface
10.00 Sports Bar. With Jason Cundy and Simon Jordan.
1.00-6am Extra Time With Tom Latchem
TALKRADIO DAB talkradio.co.uk
6am Paul Ross 10.00 Mike Graham 1.00 Martin Roberts
4.00 James Max 7.00 James Whale 10.00 The Late
Night Alternative With Iain Lee 1.00-6am Adam Catterall
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to eat I mean McDonald?s.
?I was coming out of the
car park and crashed.
?That wasn?t good and I
didn?t hear from her again ? I
don?t know if it was due to
the whiplash or the fact that I
was in a red Ford Sierra.
?Thank goodness there
weren?t any ?Where there?s
blame, there?s a claim?
adverts back then.?
PRUE?S THAT, ALAN?
DONNA?S
CHEEKY
ICE PERK
DANCING On Ice saw KEITH
CHEGWIN shatter his
shoulder, JENNIFER ELLISON
slice her head open and
SAMIA GHADIE fracture ribs.
But new contestant DONNA
AIR, partnered with pro skater
Mark Hanretty, above, insists
the impact on her body has
been positive and is delighted
with her pert behind.
She explained: ?For purely
superficial reasons, I?m very
happy my bottom is going in
the right direction.
?I might start drawing little
markers on the wall to see
how high it gets. I?d rather do
something where you?re
having an experience and you
notice your body changing. I
hate the gym.
?I think it?s really important
for the girls and women to be
strong, and I can feel my body
getting stronger.?
But Donna ? who is the on/
off girlfriend of the DUCHESS
OF CAMBRIDGE?s brother
JAMES MIDDLETON ? admits
she was nervous about taking
part in the ITV reboot, which
starts on January 7.
She said: ?I was terrified
about doing it, so I took quite
a long time to agree.
?I thought I?d probably die
doing the show as it was that
dangerous. But I?m so glad I
made the right decision.
?I?m enjoying the training so
much more than I thought I
would and I?ve now realised
I?m not actually going to die.?
soapbox
EASTENDERS? fraught festive
week continues as Fi breaks
into dad Willmott-Brown?s
office determined to prove the
truth about him, just as
he drops in on Kathy and
tries to manipulate her
once more.
Elsewhere, the Taylors
receive another visit from the
bailiffs, so Bernadette
persuades Karen to reach out
to her sister Kandice and ask
for the money in their hour of
great need.
Over at The Vic, Linda is
persuaded to throw one final
party on New Year?s Eve.
In EMMERDALE, Rebecca
admits her plans and Lachlan
flies into a rage.
Meanwhile, Jimmy and
Nicola receive a tempting
offer from Morris, and Bernice
gets nervous as she prepares
for her date.
bi
IT?S a star-studded line-up to
see in the New Year, but all is not
as it seems.
Chatty Man star ALAN CARR
mimics The Great British Bake
Off?s PRUE LEITH , above, and a
host of others for his New Year
Specstacular ? lampooning
Towie?s GEMMA COLLINS as
part of a Love Island sketch and
mocking THERESA MAY while
running through a field of wheat.
The guest list on the twohour special includes KEITH
LEMON, KIM WOODBURN and
Bake Off contestant LIAM
CHARLES, right. But the standout star of the show is Strictly?s
JONNIE PEACOCK. The athlete
took part in a string of games
which saw him clingfilmed to
CAROLINE FLACK, above right,
and stripping off to a red bra
and skimpy silk gown for a
mystery challenge.
Show bosses say all will be
revealed on New Year?s Eve . . .
bit
new TV
FILMING for the Comic
adaptation of DCn is set
classic Watchmer. Though
to start next yea the same
the 2009 film of ointing,
name was disapp
hopes for
there are high it?s being
the new series aswho make
created by HBO, s.
Game Of Throne
EASTENDERS HEATS UP
Kiss
and
Mel
TAMZIN WANTS A
RACY COMEBACK
WHEN feisty Mel
Owen
returns
to
EastEnders she could
well be coming back
with a bang.
TAMZIN
OUTHWAITE
wants her character to
start a steamy affair
with Albert Square bad
boy
Max
Branning
on her return early
next year.
Mel
has
already
worked her
way through
most of the
soap?s bestknown men.
She
wed
Ian
Beale
then
Steve
Owen, and
had affairs
with
Billy
Mitchell,
Phil Mitchell and Dan
Sullivan.
And now
Tamzin has
asked EastEnders boss
John Yorke for Mel to
have a fling with Max.
She said: ?Max could
have a romance with
Mel
at
some
point
maybe? Just putting it
out there. You?ve got to
have Mel and Max.?
Tamzin has revealed
her
eldest
daughter,
Florence,
was
behind
her decision to return to
EastEnders. Tamzin said:
?I told my nine-year-old,
?There?s a couple of
things on the table ?
one film is in Cardiff,
another is in Leeds and
one is in Hong Kong.
? ?But they have asked
me
to
go
back
to
EastEnders ? what do
you think??
?She said, ?Can you
come home
every night??
and I said,
?Yes?, so she
went,
?Well
do it.??
Mel
was
pregnant
when
she
fled Walford
in 2002 ?
and viewers
will
meet
her
son,
Hunter Owen
played
by
hunky Charlie
Winter.
Tamzin said:
?Young girls and guys
are going to be swooning over him ? he?s
gorgeous and brilliant.
?Their relationship is
going to be fraught. She
is a lot more damaged
than 16 years ago. She
is the same person but
more brittle.?
It wouldn?t be Albert
Square
without
some
fireworks.
l Celebrity Big Bro releases TV teaser l Former Mrs
Brown?s Boys star Rory Cowan didn?t see Xmas show
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Dear Deidre
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I HAD awesome sex with a
woman half my age. She
made me feel alive and
now I can?t forget her or
commit to my marriage.
SNORING can be a real risk to
health as well as keep your
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I am 47 and my wife is 45. We
have been married for more than
20 years and have two children.
I was working 300 miles away
from home on a contract when I
met a lovely woman at the hotel
where I was staying. We met in
the bar before dinner one night.
She lived locally but had just
landed a new job and was meeting
up with a friend to celebrate.
I told her I was going to be
staying at the hotel for the next
six weeks and asked if I could see
her again. We arranged to meet a
couple of days later.
She came up to my room and
we ordered room service.
We had a few drinks and when
she got up to go I reached over to
kiss her.
She kissed me back and we
were quickly naked on the bed
having the best sex I?ve had for
years. She is 23.
We
carried
on
seeing
one
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another until my work contract
ended. We both knew it couldn?t
carry on for ever but agreed it
was good at the time.
She was great fun to be with.
She is unhappy and in a rut with
her bloke who makes no effort in
their relationship.
I know how she feels as I am in
a really stale marriage. I think
about this girl a lot and message
her too. If I was 20 years younger,
she?d be my ideal partner.
That?s life I suppose. Some
people meet their ideal partner too
late. The truth is I would love to
be with her and I know she feels
the same way about me, but it?s
impossible as too many people
stand to get very hurt.
She keeps texting me, even over
Christmas. I am encouraging her
to get on with her life but is it too
late in my life to change?
0 DEIDRE SAYS: No, but change
involves making choices. Your affair is
largely based on fantasy.
Sex far from home is very different
from day-to-day life. You have no idea
how a relationship with your lover
would work out in reality.
I bet you?re underestimating the pain
of the fall-out ? your children losing
respect for you and your wife in bits.
Block her texts and stop all contact
with your lover for three months, then
reassess at the end of this time. This
initial lust will calm down and you want
to be sure that when it does, you don?t
regret tearing up all your lives.
Make the decision at least to try and
rediscover the passion you must once
have felt with your wife.
Has your love life got a bit boring,
taking each other for granted? Tell
your wife you two are drifting
dangerously apart but you want to
enjoy the closeness you used to share.
My e-leaflet 50 Ways To Add Fun
To Sex will help.
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I WANT to leave my marriage
because my husband is so
controlling.
We?ve been married for just
over a year after dating for six
months but I am no longer
happy. I?m a 24-year-old Asian
woman. My husband is 26. He
controls who I speak to and
what I wear.
Everything has to be his
way. It?s causing me so much
unhappiness.
We live with his parents and
the situation is unbearable.
Dear Deidre
I?VE totally lost interest in sex.
I find it difficult to get an
erection and, even when I do
get one, I can?t last longer
than 30 seconds.
I?m 48 and my wife is 45.
We?ve been married for 25
years and have two grown-up
kids. I?ve been taking statins
for the past five years. Our sex
life was good before that.
My wife reassures me that it
doesn?t really bother her but I
know deep-down she must be
as frustrated as I am.
I cannot stand his mother
because she?s so two-faced.
I don?t want to go back to
my family but I need help to
leave this marriage.
0 DEIDRE SAYS: If it feels
too hard or risky to stand up
to him, can you appeal to his
parents or your parents to
talk to him? You don?t have to
accept such behaviour.
My
e-leaflet
Abusive
Partner? explains more. Find
support through the Asian
Family Counselling Service
(asianfamilycounselling.org,
020 8571 3933).
0 DEIDRE SAYS: Your wife
may not feel as frustrated
as you fear, especially if you
remember to give her lots of
loving hugs and kisses and
say, ?I love you?.
Talk to your GP. The jury is
out on whether statins are
linked to erection problems
but you should have a
medical check in case the
change in your erections is
linked with a health problem
like heart trouble.
My
e-leaflet
Solving
Erection Problems explains
self-help tactics.
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LYDIA?S XMAS SURPRISE: DAY 3
JOHN, LET?S FACE IT,
WE?RE SUCH
DIFFERENT PEOPLE.
TO BE HONEST, I FIND
YOU BORING. THERE,
I?VE SAID IT NOW.
BORING? YOU
CAN TALK! IF
YOU DIDN?T
HAVE THE
CONVERSATION
OF A SPROUT,
THINGS MIGHT
BE A BIT MORE
INTERESTING
ROUND HERE!
I?VE JUST HAD THE
MOST ALMIGHTY ROW
WITH JOHN AND I?M
LEAVING HIM. CAN I
STAY WITH YOU FOR A
FEW DAYS?
Dear Deidre
I CAN?T decide whether to
get in touch with my mum or
not. I thought of her all over
Christmas but she?s been
avoiding me.
She left our family home
for another man when I was
11. We were always close
though, and she visited twice
a week. She spent lots of
money on me so I thought it
showed she loved me.
I?m now 32 and my mum is
56. She married for the third
time a couple of years ago.
By accident, I found out
she was cheating on her new
husband last year when I
called round and caught her
with her lover. She then cut
off all contact with me,
though she?s still with her
husband.
I?m torn. I don?t think she
deserves to be in my life and,
if she wanted to be in it, she?d
make an effort. But she?s my
mum and I?m aware she won?t
always be around.
0 DEIDRE SAYS: Your
mum probably feels guilty
and ashamed of being
caught cheating ? and is
worried you might tell her
husband.
Message your mum or
write to her, saying that you
only have one mum and
want her to be in your life.
Suggest a get-together,
just the two of you.
SO ANGRY
WHEN I?VE
BEEN OUT
DRINKING
OF COURSE
YOU CAN,
LYDIA. BUT
ARE YOU
ABSOLUTELY
SURE YOU?RE
DOING THE
RIGHT THING?
. . . YES, I AM DOING THE
RIGHT THING. JOHN JUST
ISN?T THE PERSON HE WAS
WHEN WE MET.
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Dear Deidre
I GOT aggressive with my
new girlfriend. Now she?s not
sure she feels safe with me.
I?m a 34 year-old divorcee.
She is 31. We?ve been
together for six months and
I?ve never been happier.
We went to a concert a few
weeks ago. The evening was
going well until I needed to
use the gents. I?d been
drinking heavily.
I tried to tell my girlfriend
but it was noisy and she just
shrugged so I assumed
she?d heard me.
When I returned, my
girlfriend was nowhere to be
seen. She called to see
where I was and when we
eventually found one
another, I snapped at her so
she walked off.
I chased after her feeling
angry, then punched a wall.
She says she wants to try
and make a go of things but
it?s going to take time. I?m
worried I?ve ruined it all.
0 DEIDRE SAYS: This sort
of aggression arises from
hurt, frustration and fear,
but recognising that you
have a problem is halfway
to sorting it.
My e-leaflet Managing
Anger explains self-help
strategies. Ask your GP for
a referral for anger
management and sign up
for dry January, too.
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LOOKING
SPOT-ON
POLKA dot fun is all the
rage for the home at the
moment.
Here, interior designer
FAYE ROBINSON-HEY picks
some of the most spot-on
accessories.
Emma Bridgewater egg
cups, �.95 for set of 3,
House of Fraser
Cushion, �,
Thewoolcompany.co.uk
Mug, �99, H&M
Footstool, �, DuneIm
Flamingo print rug, �,
George at Asda
DAILY
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
Edited by
JOELY
CHILCOTT
AS BILLIONS ARE SPENT HUNTING A BARGAIN...
SHOPPERS spent �5billion
in the Boxing Day sales this
year. But if you were one of
the millions of bargain
hunters, spare a thought for
the store assistants whose
?festive? period means long
shifts, angry customers and
mountains of clothes to years,
identifies
seven
sort. Here, JOELY CHILCOTT, kinds of sales shopper.
So which one of these do
who worked in a high-street
fashion store for eight you reckon you are?
Which kind of sales
shopper are you?
Rummager
Blagger
A NIGHTMARE for the sales
assistants, the Rummager is
determined, focused and lets
nothing stand in their way when
hunting a bargain.
You can recognise them as
they will be surrounded by a pile
of clothes on the floor ? rather
than on hangers ? and are
followed closely by a retail worker
trying to hoover up their trail of
mayhem.
They cause complete and
utter devastation on the shop
floor and are the ones to blame
when you cannot make your way
down the aisle.
Despite all this, they will buy
just the one item.
GOD loves a trier ? and the
Blaggers should be admired for
their imaginations.
Desperate for the best
possible reduction, they will
claim that the item they desire
should be further reduced for a
variety of far-fetched reasons.
One is that the item is creased
after being wedged between
other clothes. Er, what do you
expect?
Another is that it was on the
lower-priced rail. Er, you can
thank the Rummager for moving
it there in their haste.
Or the Blagger claims it looks
like it should cost less. Er, it
probably does not ? but nice try.
Negotiator
Clicker
IT will come as quite a surprise to
this sort of shopper that a store
does not work in the same way
as a market stall.
The Negotiator will try to
haggle when they arrive at the
checkout.
Despite a sticker stating the
item is � they will do their best
to get the shop assistant to
knock off �
A stalemate occurs when
neither party will back down ?
mainly because the employee is
not allowed to.
This exchange continues for
every item the Negotiator
desires, and can seemingly go
on for ever ? especially for those
waiting in line.
THIS type of bargain hunter,
ever growing in number, snaps
up online discounts at the click
of a button.
The Clicker is a savvy shopper
who will have bookmarked their
favourite online stores ready to
snap up deals at the earliest
opportunity.
They will even set an alarm for
the middle of the night so that
they can leap out of bed and bag
reductions while other would-be
shoppers are still asleep.
They then boast on social
media that they have bought the
season?s must-have boots at
just a fraction of the usual cost,
just to rack up those allimportant likes.
Avoider
THEY
cannot
bear the sales ?
and refuse to
enter a shop until
February.
The Questioner
SALES assistants work hard, especially
during the festive period. By the time the
Boxing Day sales arrive, they are likely to
have increased their hours, battled
overnight shifts and be covered in
hanger grease.
So the Questioner is a tiresome
encounter. This shopper will have
studied the layout of the store before
the sales, eyeing up their potential buys,
and will ask: ?Last week, the black skirt
was over there ? where is it now??
The answer is that the item is probably
on the floor somewhere.
And so this continues with multiple
other items and sizes.
The Hoarder
THIS person heads to the shops just
twice a year ? for the sole purpose of
bagging an entirely new, cut-price
wardrobe.
Huffing, they will try to enter the fitting
rooms carrying more than 25 items ?
and be outraged when they can only
take in six at a time. Sizing means
nothing to them, while pricing is
everything. Who cares if they are a size
10 and the dress they want is only
available in a 16?
They will make it work because it
makes financial sense.
Even if they spend a small fortune on
tailoring.
Scented candle, �,
Kate Spade
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DAILY
(Serves 4)
YOU NEED:
500g maris pipers,
roughly cubed
1 clove of garlic
1 thumb of ginger
1 small onion, peeled
2 green chillies
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp ground turmeric
4tbsp curry powder
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
500ml water
175g red split lentils
2 handfuls of spinach
70g tinned chickpeas
1 bunch of fresh coriander
1 small head of cauliflower
Rapeseed or olive oil spray
to saut�
MUM-OF-THREE Peta Todd talks family
life in her weekly column.
Today Peta, who is married to Olympic
cyclist Mark Cavendish, discusses the
strange ?in-between? phase of the
festive period and how to keep the kids
entertained.
IN the run-up to Christmas, the
list of social events seems to be
endless.
Finally, the big day arrives and, while
it?s still busy, everyone knows the
running order.
Then comes Boxing Day, when
chilling in pjs, eating leftovers and
seeing relatives that didn?t make the
first ?shift? is on the agenda.
But then something strange
happens ? we end up here, in the
wilderness.
We lose track of what day of the week it
is, unsure of the adjusted bin-collection
schedule and all of a sudden don?t want
to eat a pig in blanket ever again. This is
the festive ?in-betweener? state.
Sure, some people are back at work,
but nobody?s heart is really in it.
Everyone is on a post-Christmas
downer.
But not the kids.
They are still off school and do not
experience this seasonal slump.
It is still party time for them and they
are expecting to be entertained.
But when every film has been watched
and all the Heroes chocolates have
been eaten, then what is the plan?
There is a vast stretch of time to fill so
here are a few of my survival tips.
Firstly, do any of your extended family
have plans to go exploring into town,
the cinema or a late panto?
If so, why not see if you can tag along?
A change of scenery works wonders.
For me, fresh air is always a win, even
OUR TOP FEMALES, BIG
Fab fave
SIMPLE FOODS
POTATO & LENTIL
CURRY WITH
CAULIFLOWER
METHOD: Parboil the potatoes for five
minutes, then drain.
Blend together the garlic, ginger, onion
and chillies in a food processor.
Then heat some oil in a deep saucepan
and cook the mixture with the cumin, turmeric and a pinch of salt and pepper for
about three minutes on a gentle heat.
Add the curry powder and cook for one
minute more.
Put the potatoes, tomatoes, water and
lentils in the saucepan and bring to the boil.
Season. Cook for about fifteen minutes
1GM
GIRLS have ruled this year ? marching,
hashtagging, loving freely and speaking out
bravely. Who would have thought Doctor Who?s
new lead would be a woman or that the Queen
would invite Prince Harry?s divorced, mixed-race
fianc閑 for Christmas lunch?
And who knew widespread sexual misconduct in
Hollywood would be exposed, or that Gemma
Collins would become a comedy legend?
Here, LYNSEY CLARKE celebrates Fabulous Daily?s
Favourites of 2017, from the best celebs and the
coolest trends to the most poignant moments.
Fave
film
WONDER WOMAN
Israeli actress Gal Gadot, 32,
smashed box-office records in a rare
leading female role that combined
brains AND brawn. If her skimpy
outfit and flowing locks wouldn?t be
very practical in battle, at least she
wasn?t wearing high heels.
on a gentle boil until the water is well
absorbed.
Crush some of the potatoes to thicken
the remaining liquid.
Add the spinach and chickpeas, stir well
and top with chopped coriander.
Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower.
Either grate it or blitz it in a food processor
until it becomes a coarse crumb.
Transfer to a bowl and cover with cling
film. Microwave for three minutes and serve
with the curry.
l Recipe from lovepotatoes.co.uk.
Fave
couple
HARRY AND MEGHAN
The sassy former Suits star, 36, got
the Queen?s seal of approval with an
invite to Sandringham for Christmas
dinner, and she gets the thumbs-up
from us too. Harry, 33, is the people?s
prince who always bends the rules.
So his choice of Meghan is apt.
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if at first it is met with a bit of
resistance from gadget-glued
youngsters.
A forest walk, a family bike ride or
even meeting up with some school
friends for a chilly game of rounders will
break up the boredom perfectly.
Next, competition. Friendly family
rivalry is a Christmas must ? until it gets
ugly.
So create a task to make a poster, a
model, a tent, complete a 1,000-piece
puzzle or decorate a cake. Set a time
limit and give a small prize, but prepare
for gloating galore.
Lastly, enjoy it. I know the constant
entertaining can feel relentless
at times.
Just when you feel as if you would like
to banish the in-laws or put the kids in
the garden until they stop bickering, just
remember how lucky you are.
No matter how old you get, there is
something magical about this time
of year together.
7
Fave
Instagram
Fave
reality star
GEORGIA TOFFOLO
Posh ?Toff? proved girly girls can be
as smart, brave and tough as
anyone else as the 23-year-old
Made In Chelsea star took the
I?m A Celebrity crown.
After exiting the jungle, Toff
revealed she never thought she
would win. Bullying as a teen forced
her to move schools while struggles
with acne as an adult had robbed
her of confidence.
But Toff?s empathy, intelligence
and courage triumphed in the end.
LIZ HURLEY
The Royals actress, 52, is Instagram
royalty thanks to her dazzling
swimsuit snaps ? most of which are
selfies, though a few were
presumably taken by 15-year-old son
Damian while he was on holiday with
his hot mum. Awkward.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
43
EVENTS...AND A COUPLE OF PRETTY FIT FELLAS
ves of 2017
Fave
LOL
Fave
telly
Fave
pop star
ARIANA GRANDE
Few people aged over 25 knew
much about the singer this time
last year.
But after a suicide bomber killed
22 people at her Manchester Arena
gig in May, she hosted the One Love
Manchester benefit show.
The heartbroken star sobbed
through her hits as the crowd
remembered the children and
parents killed or injured.
She had the compassion to visit
the injured in hospital too.
GEMMA COLLINS
DOCTOR FOSTER
Our biggest laugh all year came
when the Towie star, 36, fell through
a trapdoor on stage at the Radio 1
Teen Awards. Later, she tweeted,
?Guys, it?s OK ? I?m alive . . . best and
worst moment of my life,? before
threatening to sue the BBC.
Star Suranne Jones, 39, sparked
panic in men as Dr Gemma Foster,
who sought revenge on the exhusband who spurned her for a
younger model. It made the gripping
five-parter our top telly moment,
ahead of The Handmaid?s Tale.
Fave
crush
Fave
movement
#METOO
When movie bigwig Harvey
Weinstein was accused of sexual
assault by a host of actresses, the
#MeToo hashtag was used by
4.7million people in just 24 hours,
revealing how widespread sexual
harassment remains in society.
Fave
trend
ANTHONY JOSHUA
The 28-year-old boxer became a
household name ? and our office
pin-up ? after seeing off Wladimir
Klitschko in April. The Watford dad
of one is our crush of the year, with
his Adonis physique and dazzling
smile. He still lives with his mum, too.
EIGHTIES
Throwback style reigned with an
Eighties revival. With sequins, power
suits and bold colours, bigger was
better. Thigh-high boots were musthaves, championed by celebs and
on catwalks. The glitzy trend is
sticking around for New Year too.
HOW TO . . .
GET FRUITY
WITH BEAUTY
STEP away from the blender ? there
are much prettier ways to get your
five a day.
Try these beauty hits inspired by the
contents of your fruit bowl, as picked by
CARLY HOBBS.
COCONUT ? Barry M
Coconut Infusion Nail Paints
(�99 each, Superdrug): If
you want strong talons and
a glossy mani finish, swap
your usual polish for this
coco-crazy one. Coconut
water and coconut oil team
up to nourish and hydrate
the nail and its bed. Our
favourite shade is Coral
Flamingo.
POMEGRANATE ? Murad
Pore Extractor Pomegranate
Mask (�,
feelunique.com): Pores
are pesky. They mess up
our make-up and let in
dirt, causing blackheads.
To keep them small and
under control, invest in this
mask, which cleans them out
and closes them up. It is pricey
but worth it.
PINEAPPLE ? Kiehl?s
Pineapple Papaya Facial
Scrub (�.60,
Debenhams): This is a
cheery wake-up call for
your face. The grainy
goodness of both fruits,
plus their acid enzymes,
work to buff away dead
skin cells so fresher skin can
shine through. A pea-sized
amount is enough.
GOJI BERRY ? Hourglass
Opaque Rouge Liquid
Lipstick in Muse (�,
spacenk.com): Make-up
can be good for you,
especially when it comes
to lipstick. The skin on
your pout is super-fine and
sensitive. The goji extracts
in this lippy feed your lips as
you wear it. The orange-red
shade suits everyone.
LEMON ? Sienna X Gradual
Self-Tan Lotion (�.95,
feelunique.com): This glowgiver leaves you with a
natural-looking faux tan. It
bronzes beautifully and
reduces the build-up of
cellulite thanks to the
lemon peel ingredient. Use
a mitt for pro results and
apply two or three times a
week.
BANANA ? Soap & Glory
Smoothie Star Breakfast
Scrub (� Boots): Don?t
eat this, even if you are
tempted. It looks like a
fancy granola brekkie and
is just as good for your
skin. Dry-buff it on, preshower, to get working on
those wobbly bits, boosting
circulation and removing
toxins.
ORANGE: Liz Earle Instant
Boost Skin Tonic (�,
Boots): This toner hydrates
your skin in an instant and
smells divine, being
infused with sweet
orange, lavender and
geranium essential oils. It
also includes active
ingredients such as
cucumber to refresh your face.
APPLE: Colab Dry Shampoo
in Fruity (�49, Boots): For
days when a full wash is too
much effort or you want a
helping hand with styling,
dry shampoo is your
answer. And this one is
the nuts. Infused with
apple, it is extra zesty and
soaks up oils while reviving
roots.
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email: rob.gill@the - sun.co.uk
twitter: @robgilluk
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ROB GILL
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PUT them trainers
away. You can burn
off your Christmas dinner
calories just by driving ?
but you?d have to do 35
hours, London to
Edinburgh five times.
18 FOR
2018
WHAT? Santa forgot your
sports car? The useless tubby
beardo. Never mind, here are 18
new cars coming in 2018.
1. Ford Fiesta. The Active
crossover arrives in June, hot
ST in August.
2. Ford Focus. All-new. 4G wifi
for at least five devices. Out
summer. Also posh Vignale and
Active versions for first time.
3. Ford Transit Custom. New
interior, more tech. Plug-in
hybrid to follow at year end.
4. VW T-Roc. Golf-sized SUV,
out January. We?ll also see the
Polo-sized T-Cross in 2018 but it
won?t hit the road until 2019.
5. VW up! GTI. Out February.
This pocket rocket has the
same performance as the
original Mk1 Golf GTI (115hp,
0-62 in 8.8). Polo GTI and
all-new Touareg on way too.
6. Dacia Duster. All-new. Out
June from �k. Bargain bucket
SUV. Interior is much improved.
7. Vauxhall Insignia GSi. At
last, the GSi badge ? last seen
on a Vectra 15 years ago ? is
back. This time as a hot Insignia
with 260hp, 4WD, Brembo
brakes. Out spring, �,375.
8. Audi A1. All-new. Digital dash,
takes the brilliant VW Group 1.5litre engine. Out June. Also in
2018: all-new Q3, Q8, A6, A7,
RS4 ? plus TT and R8 facelifts.
9. Suzuki Swift Sport. As light
as a feather with 140hp 1.4-litre
turbo. Sounds ace. Out June
from around �k.
10. Volvo XC40. Baby SUV with
top-notch interior and safety
tech. Out March from �k.
11. BMW X2. New addition to
X range, out March from �k.
Also in 2018: all-new X4, X5,
3 and 8 Series, i8 Roadster, Z4.
12. Kia cee?d. All-new cee?d
family on the way from
September. Five-door hatchback, GT, estate, shooting brake.
Crossover to follow in 2019.
13. Mercedes A-Class. All-new.
The interior is L U S and H with
two 10.3in display screens. Also
plug-in hybrid version. Unveiled
in March. Much sooner, we?ll
see the new G-Wagen.
14. Range Rover Sport PHEV.
Plug-in hybrid can do 31 miles
on pure electric and 101mpg.
Lower CO2 than a Fiesta. Out
March, �k.
15. Audi e-tron. All-electric
SUV, 310 miles on a charge. On
the road in December. Jag will
also launch the i-Pace in June.
16. Nissan Leaf. Out February
from �,490. The second-gen
all-electric Leaf has a bigger
40kWh battery, promising 180
miles between charges.
17. Land Rover Defender. The
cherry on Land Rover?s 70th
birthday cake. The icon will
return tough, trendy and hightech as a 90, 110, 130 and pick-up.
18. Aston Martin Vantage. Not
here until March but I love it
already. Price: �1k. Power:
510hp, 195mph. Gimme the keys.
STINGER?S GOT
SOME VENOM
ROASTING . . . we visit
outdoor test lab in
Mojave Desert
KIA?S desert test track is a safe
place to do unsafe things.
Assuming you?re in a car, that is.
As we head to the high-speed
oval, Matt?s radio crackles into life:
?Mojave green rattlesnake spotted
near the bridge.?
Now for the other meaning of
WTF.
WTF!!!
Isn?t that one of the most deadly
rattlesnakes there is? Yep.
The one with the venom that
attacks your nervous system and
your bloodstream? Yep.
The get-help-in-half-an-hour-orit?s-curtains Mojave green? That?s
the one.
But Matt seems unfazed. He
diverts left towards the bridge and
tells me he?s got some giant
prongs in the boot to shift it.
Fortunately, when we get there, it
is nowhere to be seen.
Other local residents out here
include scorpions (also scary) and
the Stinger ? Kia?s new grand
tourer.
It?s the same car James May
tested on The Grand Tour the other
day ? but the American version is
4WD, we?re only getting rear-wheel
drive in Blighty.
My iPhone notes immediately
after my test drive are as follows:
well sorted, fast, more agile than
size suggests, selectable drive
modes, Brembo brakes, loads of
kit, 4 Series rival.
Now I?ll explain in more detail.
This flagship GT S actually has
more performance than the BMW
440i and Audi S5 ? and at �k, it
costs a fair chunk less. The potent
Key facts:
KIA STINGER GT
Price: �,995
Engine: 2-litre petrol turbo
Power: 244bhp
Economy: 35mpg
0-60mph: 5.8 secs
Top speed: 149mph
CO2: 181g/kg
Out: March
3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 bangs
out 365bhp, 0-60mph in 4.7
seconds and will do 168mph flat
out. It?s also massively wellequipped: 8in touchscreen,
paddle shifts, head-up display,
adaptive cruise control,
15-speaker sound system and so on.
But there?s a problem. It?s not
German.
German design chief, yes.
German engineer, yes. But it hasn?t
got the badge on the nose. BMW
and Audi will also tell you that Kia?s
V6 is not as clean or efficient as
their engines. And the boot is
smaller.
The Stinger range starts at �k
for the 2-litre petrol turbo
(244bhp). That will be the bestseller. But there?s also a 50mpg,
2.2-litre diesel at �k which can
do up to 600 miles on a tank. Both
arrive in showrooms in March.
We all know that Kia?s bread and
butter is Sportage, small
hatchbacks and crossovers but
the Stinger is a decent first GT car
. . . with some venom.
WTF*
POD JOB MAN . . .
inspecting one of
Nasa-like boxes that
track the sun
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You?ll find
511,027 car, bike
and van deals at
thesun.co.uk/motors
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I?VE got a feeling we?re
going to see a lot more of
Bam the ram, left ? VW?s T-Roc
mascot ? bashing through TV
ads either side of the T-Roc ad.
Your local VW dealer will be
flooded with Bam ?Born
Different? toys soon.
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CITROEN is to
sponsor First Dates
on C4. Nice match with
French Fred.
RACECAR spelled
backwards is . . .
RACECAR. You can have
that for free.
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Pictures: SIMON THOMPSON
VAUXHALL has a new year
sale running until January
15. Save �851 on a new Corsa
1.4 Energy (now �,135); get
�236 off an Astra 1.4 SE (now
�,365) and �359 off a
Mokka X Active 1.4T (now
�,570). Tidy.
THERE?S a reason why your
nan?s Picanto starts every
morning.
It?s the same reason why Kia tops
dependability surveys (alongside Volvo)
and why every new Kia has a
seven-year warranty.
It?s because they are bullet-proof.
Every tiny part is engineered and then
tested to withstand anything Jimmy God
can throw at it ? from minus 40C in the
Arctic freezer to blistering 40C desert heat.
That?s why you find me here at Kia?s
top-secret testing station in the Mojave
Desert.
(It?s two hours north of Los Angeles, next
to Edwards Air Force Base and a working
goldmine.)
Here, Kia bakes steering wheels, dashboards, consoles, seat covers, headlamps,
bumpers, you name it, to see if they melt
under the scorching Californian sun.
Some parts are monitored in Nasa-like
pods that track the sun. Others are just
screwed to work benches and left outside
in the elements.
Full disclosure. The whirligig washing
line in the big picture is NOT from Kia?s
�5million weather test facility.
We bought it on Amazon to catch your
eye and stop you turning the page. If
you?re
reading
this,
it
worked.
But
everything else is very much real.
Lab technician Tim Martinez said: ?Those
pods are like incubators. They are fitted
with fans and curtains as temperatures can
reach 90 to 110C inside there, following the
sun 12 hours a day.
?Basically, we dose car parts with UV
and total radiation to see if the sample is
going to deteriorate, blister, fade or fail.
?It?s brutal, a horror
movie for cars?
KIA BAKES CAR
PARTS IN DESERT
I?M NEW AROUND
THESE PARTS . . .
bumpers and lamps
on benches
?We call it ?accelerated weathering?. We
can get five years? wear and tear here in
just six months.?
So, has anything ever caught fire?
?Yes. But not from sample failure ? from
machine failure.?
Now this place is seriously impressive,
sending minute-by-minute data back to the
mothership in South Korea.
But in one test car I spot a loo roll
hanging between the seats to protect a
thermocouple (thermometer with two wires)
from direct sunlight.
A loo roll?
Tim said: ?Well, it does the job . . . ?
Gold star for recycling too.
Head honcho Matt Seare describes this
extreme test facility as ?a car?s worst
nightmare?.
He?s not wrong.
The 4,300-acre complex also has ten test
tracks to check the durability of Hyundai/
Kia
prototypes.
There?s
a
three-lane,
6.4-mile, high-speed oval. Twisty 2.4-mile
circuit for handling. Off-road track for
SUVs. But most surprising ? we?re in the
middle of the desert, remember ? is the
?special
surface?
loop
replicating
the
world?s worst roads.
There?s a cobbled section, concrete
blocks, pot holes, speed humps, rail crossing, salt baths, chassis twists, grit troughs,
and something called Choppy Road (LA
Freeway) with teeth-gritting steps in it.
Matt said: ?If you?re a test driver here,
you?ll be best friends with a chiropractor.
?It?s pretty brutal ? like a horror movie
for cars. But we love our jobs. We?re busy
helping
to
develop
good-quality
but
affordable vehicles.?
Like your nan?s Picanto.
*WEATHER TEST
FACILITY
46 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
1GM
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1GM
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
BRAINBUSTER
If three six-sided dice are thrown and the displayed
numbers are 2, 3, and 6, what is the total of the three
numbers on the opposite sides?
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GOOD: 30. GREAT SCORE
FOR KIDS: 24.
YESTERDAY: Ably, aptly,
audibly, badly, bays, busily,
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display, duality, duly, dusty,
duty, idly, lady, laity, lays,
lusty, pasty, patsy, pays,
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HERE is our fantastic puzzle, the 30-second NumberCrunch. There?s no better way to keep your brain trained than playing
our great teasers. So if you want to stay ahead of the game, you will love this challenge.
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THIS is the world?s best brainteaser. Each grid number in our Word
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in all the squares with a 4. All the alphabet is used and we have supplied
some letters to start you off. We will print the answers tomorrow.
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ACROSS: 1 Monte Carlo 8 Racer
9 NotE-let 10 Car-nag-e 11 Stern
12 Au naturel 15 Crack 17 Or-chard
19 Ass-uage 20 T-r-out 21 Dairymaids
DOWN: 2 Oc-cur 3 Terrain
4 Con-Fe-ctio-nery 5 Rites (Rights)
6 Oil well 7 Stun 8 Rock 12 A-masse-d
13 Ri-cot-ta 14 Edit 15 Coat
16 Khaki (Car key) 18 Aloud (Allowed)
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SMITH used to be the most common name in Britain, but it has
now been overtaken by Sir. Any
numpty, non-achiever, has-been or
luvvie can get this tainted title, it
holds no respect or kudos any more.
it, Kate would look the part in EU. But unlike him and other
celebrities and MPs, I accepted
considerably cheaper clothes.
BARRY BARCLAY the majority vote.
GLENDA NICHOLLS
Basildon, Essex
Kenilworth, Warks
SNOWFLAKES who complain
about the contents of our pantos HERE he goes again, Jose (spend,
DERRICK COX
spend, spend) Mourinho, below left,
are
pathetic
morons
who
have
no
Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
wanting to fork out hundreds of
place in normal society.
I AM a huge fan of Wills
millions on players readySTEPHEN WILTSHIRE
and Kate but it seems
made for him, all because
Northolt, Middx
wrong that �565 was
he can?t train them himPOOR, ?broken-hearted?
spent on her designer
self, the sour-faced prat.
James Norton. I feel
hat and coat, right, for
There?s England underhis pain over Brexit ?
the royals? church visit on
17s and under-19s, both
it is the same as I felt
Christmas Day.
winners, wanting to go to
after the 1975 referenThis, when there are
the next level. Use them.
dum when I voted
people having to get by
DAVID HOPE
to not join the
on handouts. Let?s face
Darlington, Co Durham
Hol Brit was
fatally naive
HOLIDAY
Brit
Laura
Plummer,
jailed in Egypt
over
painkillers
found in her case,
should have been better
advised by her Egyptian
husband, for whom the drugs
were intended.
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LETTER
Being naive and unaware about
a country?s drug rules is no
excuse. I have travelled to many
countries during my working life,
in particular the Middle East, and
have always checked about any
personal medicine I might be
carrying.
Laura has been most unlucky
and I do hope she will be
released very soon.
ALAN ANDREWS
Paignton, Devon
IT?S very upsetting that Laura
Plummer has been sentenced to
three years in an Egyptian jail.
But what I want to know is
how she ever got 290 Tramadol
tablets, which are only available
on prescription in this country?
I have a lot of arthritis and
Tramadol really helps me with
the pain but I have to almost beg
for these tablets. I then only get
one month?s supply ? so how did
Laura get 290?
SYLVIA BROWN
Rainham, Essex
LABOUR MP Karl Turner claims
it is a ?damning indictment? of
the Egyptian authorities that good
sense and fairness have not
prevailed in the case of Laura
Plummer,
jailed
for
taking
Tramadol into the country.
Oh yes it has ? she was caught.
Egyptian authorities are not
stupid. This drug is known as a
heroin substitute. Does Karl not
know this?
At the same time, we read
about two Albanian criminals
who cannot be sent home. Is this
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HOW long will it be before
Manchester and Mansfield
become politically correct
Personchester and Personsfield?
GARY, Rotherham
SORRY, Biggins, but Natalie
Wood isn?t a snowflake, she was
right to complain about the smut
The Krankies thought was OK
for a family panto.
PETE, Berkshire
ALBANIAN crooks who pretended
to be Kosovan refugees win the
right to stay in Britain. But Laura
Plummer is sentenced to three
years? jail in Egypt because she
had painkillers in her bag. Our
country is soft.
stoop to in order to maintain his
handouts.
Lord Heseltine had his day
decades ago and should be
consigned to the past.
JIM SOKOL
Hempton, Oxon
MILITARY chiefs have ordered
troops
to
use
gender-neutral
words in a bid to avoid upsetting
women and minority groups.
Phrases such as ?mankind? and
?sportsmanship? have been banned
amid
fears
they
discourage
women, trans, gay and lesbian
people from joining the Armed
Forces.
I?ve heard everything now. The
list
of
gender-neutral
words
dreamed up by Top Brass is
absolutely ridiculous.
If anyone gets upset over an
inappropriate term, it means they
probably shouldn?t be in the
Army anyway as they?re far too
soft to fight for their country.
I shudder to think what they
will ban next. Assault training in
case they get hurt?
JEENA SUMNER
Haringey, North London
PAUL, Chester
not an indictment of our poor
justice system, where good sense
has not prevailed?
I make the Egyptians right.
BILL GALLUP
Hounslow, West London
IT?S fitting that Tory grandee
Lord Heseltine would prefer a
Corbyn-led Labour government
rather than our country leaving
the shackles of the EU.
This man is typical of the
smug, self-serving Westminster
elite and as a large landowner
has received almost �illion in
the last decade from EU farming
subsidies.
Furthermore, his open support
for the Trotskyists at the top of a
Corbyn regime, who would do so
much damage to this country,
epitomises the depths this avaricious man would be prepared to
THERE has been up to 10cm of
snow in places.
Oh, wow! I remember in the
late Seventies wading home from
work in the snow with it almost
up to the top of my wellies ? and
yet everything still ran OK.
Buses, trains etc, all kept going,
workplaces
opened,
schools
remained open and everyone
carried on as normal ? except in
the remote villages where wind
caused snow drifts, and of course
high ground such as the top of
the Pennines and the North York
Moors.
Other countries that get a lot
more snow than we do these days
must be laughing at us for being
so weak.
Whatever has happened to our
once strong nation, now brought
so easily to its knees.
ANN FORSHAW
York
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surprise. Single? Go for the tall Libra.
If you have been too quick to listen to outside opinions rather
than your heart, this ends today as Venus stirs up love. Still
looking for that special someone? A chat about a TV news
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You know who, and what, you want to have a stronger role in
your world. If you?re single, someone you met last week gets
in contact ? or you get in touch with them. If you?re in love,
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DFS BUYS
CHAIN IN
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FURNITURE chain DFS has
announced it is to buy the
rights to the MULTIYORK
brand as part of a
�2million fire sale of the
collapsed chain?s assets.
DFS?s chief exec Ian
Filby said the deal was
a ?clear opportunity
to accelerate our
growth plans?.
Under the terms of the
deal, DFS will also take
over the leases on
eight stores.
DFS said Multiyork staff
from the eight stores will
be offered roles within
the company.
It plans to convert six of
the stores to its Sofa
Workshop brand while the
remaining two will trade
under the DFS brand.
Sofa Workshop boss Gill
Stewart said the six new
stores would allow the
brand to expand.
Luxury furniture maker
Multiyork collapsed in
November. The company
blamed its demise on
tough trading conditions on
the high street.
Earlier this month,
Multiyork laid off more
than 100 workers, leaving
500 jobs in the balance.
DFS shares ended the
day flat after the
announcement of the
deal on 199p.
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BARCLAYS expects to take
a �illion hit as a result
of new US tax reforms.
The overhaul, signed by
President Trump on
December 22, forces the
bank to reduce the value
of its deferred tax assets.
This will prompt it to
take a one-off charge in
its results to the end
of December.
Barclays slumped to a
�8million loss in the
nine months to the end of
September following writeoffs after it quit Africa.
Shares were up 0.85p at
203p yesterday.
Before Christmas, rival
CREDIT SUISSE flagged up
a �7billion writedown as
a result of the reforms.
THE Chinese firm behind
black cab maker London
Taxi Co has taken a strategic stake in Swedish
truck maker VOLVO.
The chairman said it
makes GEELY HOLDING
the ?largest shareholder
by capital in a company
that leads the world?.
Neither
side
have
disclosed the value of the
deal but it has been
estimated at �4billion.
The move gives Geely
an 8.2 per cent stake in
the truck maker.
Geely already owns the
Volvo car group but a
company spokesman said
there were no plans to
merge the two groups.
Craft
cheers
CO-OP?S BEER DEALS
By STEPHEN BOUVIER
BITCOIN?S
NEW LIFT
THE value of the
controversial electronic
currency BITCOIN has
continued its recovery from
its pre-Christmas slump.
According to the
COINDESK INDEX, one
Bitcoin is now worth
�,765, compared with
just 29p in 2010.
The currency has been
on a rollercoaster ride,
reaching a high of almost
�,000. But in the run-up
to Christmas, the value of
one Bitcoin slumped to
just shy of �000.
Economists have warned
that the fad for the
cryptocurrency is a
bubble that could burst,
leaving investors nursing
huge losses.
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CLEVER TRUCKERS
clinics use a fine needle
to plant ink dots into the
skin ? which the firm
says imitate the look of
short hair follicles.
The company, set up in
2015, saw turnover hit
�0,000 this year. It has
treated more than 1,500
Brits and hopes to open
in Australia in 2018.
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MIDLANDS-based scalp
tattooist
BRANDWOOD
aims to open more UK
clinics next year ? in the
battle against boardroom
baldness.
Thirty per cent of its
clients are businessmen
aged 35-55 who fear a
thinning
barnet
holds
them back. Brandwood?s
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
CRAFT breweries across the
UK are toasting the Co-op after
they sealed a series of deals
to supply it with five million
pints of speciality ales.
They include Boss Brewing, which
aims to corner the market in canned
craft beer rather than bottled.
TAKEOVER WILL
BUILD ON LEGO
EVENTS organiser LIVE COMPANY is planning bigger and
better Lego spectaculars following its takeover of BRICK LIVE.
Company chairman David Ciclitira said the move was part of
plans to roll out Lego-themed events in 100 cities around the
world by 2020.
Live Company has also acquired PARALLEL LIVE ? expected
to play a major role in expanding the business in the Far East
and China, where it is a major player in the events market.
NEW FEARS DAY
BUSINESS is in for a
lean 2018, according to a
poll of managers.
The survey by professional body the CHARTERED
MANAGEMENT
INSTITUTE found 75 per
cent are focused on keeping a lid on costs rather
than investing for growth.
CMI
director
Petra
Wilton
warned:
?This
short-termism
feeds
a
vicious downward cycle.
?We need to rebuild
confidence and nurture
growth through investing
in people.?
The poll also found 42
per cent of the more than
1,000
managers
questioned ?doubted the ability of senior management
to manage change?.
Boss co-founder Sarah John said: ?We
are seeing a significant trend towards
cans as craft ale drinkers seek something that looks and tastes different.?
Sarah, whose brewery is in Swansea,
said cans help beer to stay fresher for
longer because it is not exposed to light.
The Co-op announcement means the
retailer now has beer from almost 200
smaller brewers in its stores.
Simon Dryell Co-op?s local sourcing
supremo, said: ?The innovation, passion
and quality going into these products is
what makes them special.
?We?re committed to investing in local
communities, supporting local economies
and giving opportunities to showcase and
celebrate great local produce.?
Jake Woods, the chain?s beer buyer,
said: ?Locally produced ale is an exciting
category. We see significant potential for
continued sustainable growth.
?We are delighted to support and
champion these beers, which are brewed
with pride and passion to deliver
consistently great quality and taste.?
The Aberdeen-based Fierce Brewery,
named Breakthrough Brewery of the
Year at the 2017 Scottish Beer Awards,
has signed up to supply three of its ales
to the Co-op.
Louise Grant, the business development
CLOSING PRICES
A SELECTION of last
night?s FTSE closing
prices:
BARCLAYS up 0.5 at 203
BP up 1.5 at 519
CENTRICA down 1.4
at 137
HSBC up 2 at 764
LLOYDS up 0.57 at 68
M&S up 2.7 at 316
MORRISONS up 2.9
at 217
RBS no change at 276
SHELL up 16 at 2,488
ROYAL MAIL up 2.1
at 455
SAINSBURY up 2.8 at 241
TESCO up 2.35 at 209
Full share prices in
Saturday?s paper.
Can-do attitude . . . Sarah John of Boss Brewing
manager, said: ?We are delighted to be
working with the Co-op. Its support for
local producers fits well with our ethos
of sourcing locally.?
The Co-op?s move follows a Yorkshire
pilot scheme in late 2015. Since then, the
chain has extended its local sourcing
programme county by county.
That has proved a hit with customers
and the retailer now plans a nationwide
roll-out of local products.
The Co-op has made backing British
products a key part of its food strategy.
Its members, workers and customers
all have a say in the local lines that
feature in their stores.
The Co-op told The Sun that sales of
locally sourced produce in Wales were
up 42 per cent over the past year.
YEAR OF THE RICH
THE
world?s
richest
billionaires got even richer
during 2017, the latest
Bloomberg Index shows.
Leading the pack is
AMAZON
founder
Jeff
Bezos,
who
added
�billion to his pile.
That brings his net
worth to �billion and is
enough to push Bill Gates
off the top spot as the
world?s
richest
man,
although the MICROSOFT
founder
still
has
�billion to his name.
FACEBOOK
founder
Mark Zuckerberg added
�billion
to
take
his
fortune to �billion.
Overall, the richest on
earth are three-quarters
of a trillion pounds richer
than they were last year.
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2323-61 JARLATH 48 (D) J W Mullins 6-11-2............................... Kevin Jones (5) 98
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VOLT FACE (11-5) 10-1 led, mistake
21/2m nov hdle (3) �498 soft).
and headed briefly 5th, kept on and
VOLT FACE pulled up latest, earlier (11headed post, btn hd by Exitas (11-3)
2) 7-1 led 4 out, headed when misGO WEST YOUNG MAN (11-0) 10-1
take 2 out, faded, 4th of 9 (btn 14l) to
1
no impression, 7th (btn 18l) (11 ran)
Play The Ace (11-7) (Kempton 2 /2m
(Kempton 2 1 / 4m nov hcap ch (4)
hcap ch (3) �133 good to soft).
�549 good).
ALLEE BLEUE (11-11) 7-1 no chance
when blundered 2 out, eased, 7th of JARLATH (11-6) 7-2 fav challenged 2
out, led, kept on under pressure flat,
9 (btn 46l) to Crievehill (11-9) (Lingheld on near finish, bt Shanty Town
field 2m hcap ch (3) �,660 soft).
(11-9) nk (9 ran) (Warwick 2 1 / 2m
CROWN HILL (12-1) 10-1 plugged on,
hcap ch (4) �198 good to soft).
4th of 10 (btn 12l) to Thomas Patrick
2.30
TAP ?N? SHOWER NOVICES? HURDLE (3); value to the
winner �498; 1m 7f 113yds.
(7 runners)
1
3-11221 ARTHINGTON 21 (CD) J W Mullins 4-11-8 ................. Kevin Jones (5) l99
2
0-1 DESTRIER 38 (CD) D Skelton 4-11-4 ....................................... H Skelton 90
3
24-41 HAREFIELD 36 (D) A King 4-11-4 ..................................... W Hutchinson 95
4
2-5 CLASH OF D TITANS 26 W Greatrex 4-10-12......................... G Sheehan ?
5
33-1898 JOHNNY YUMA 21 Katy Price 4-10-12 ........................................ B Poste 77
6
77 VOODOO DOLL 28 E Williams 4-10-12...................................... A Wedge 84
7
U WAHWONAISA 40 (PH) D Bridgwater 5-10-12 ......................... T Cannon ?
BETTING: 5-4 Harefield, 15-8 Destrier, 5-2 Arthington, 16 Clash Of D Titans, 66
Voodoo Doll, Wahwonaisa, 100 Johnny Yuma
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED and 2016: No corresponding race.
Hornby off the rails
JOCKEY Rob Hornby
was banned for 12 days
after riding a finish a
circuit too soon at
Wolverhampton.
Hornby (right)
was on 16-1 shot
Almutamarred in
the final race of the
day over a mile and
three-quarters. The
horse ended up
By STEVE JONES
finishing tenth of the 11
runners, 83 lengths
behind the winner.
The stewards? statement said: ?Rob
Hornby appeared
to ride a finish a
circuit too soon.
After being interviewed he was suspended for 12 days.?
TEMPLEGATE?S TOP TIPS
(3.15 Catterick, nap) is improving fast and
H TRIOPAS
notched his third win in four starts at Towcester last
week. His prominent style is well suited to this track.
LAKE FIELD (2.05 Catterick, nb) was an easy winner
at Newbury. The drop to two miles seemed to do the
trick and he looks ahead of the handicapper.
THE SWEENEY (1.25 Leicester, treble) has shown
plenty of ability in a bumper and two hurdle races.
This is easier than the Chepstow novice contest he was
third in last time and heavy ground is not a problem.
H
H
1GM
By STEVE JONES
TEMPLEGATE
12.55.............Master Of Verse
1.25....................The Sweeney
1.55 .......................Allee Bleue
2.30 ...........................Harefield
3.05.......................Three Ways
3.40.........................Morianour
THERE couldn?t have
been a more fitting
winner of the Desert
Orchid Chase than
Politologue.
TOM PEPPER
12.55 .............................Accord
1.25 ...................Mon Eldorado
1.55...........................Little Jon
2.30.............................Destrier
3.05..........................Cultivator
3.40............Dartagnan Le Dun
Paul Nicholls? grey
may not be as pale as
the statue commemorating the four-time King
George hero overlooking
Kempton?s parade ring.
But he did just what
Dessie was best at ?
winning by a wide margin at Kempton over
Christmas ? when running away with the race
named in the great
grey?s honour.
Politologue was a redhot 8-15 favourite after
winning the Haldon
Gold Cup and Tingle
Creek Chase this season.
He was reunited with
jockey Sam TwistonDavies (below), who had
been out injured when
he was successful at
Sandown last time, for
the Grade 2 contest.
His task was made
much easier when last
season?s Champion
Chaser Special
Tiara took off
way too soon at
the eighth fence
and came crashing down.
That
left
Politologue in
front way too
soon according to
Nicholls but he
TEMPLEGATE?S TRIO: Triopas (Catterick) and Lake Field (double,
Catterick) with The Sweeney (Leicester).
TOM PEPPER?S DOUBLE: Licinius and Haraz (both Lingfield).
SUNRATINGS' NAP: MANWELL (2.05 Catterick)
SIRIUS, Sun On Sunday, PADDLING (1.05 Catterick).
nTIC-TAC: Right-handed, oval track of 1m 6f, with 10 fences to a circuit and an uphill
finish. The run-in is 250yds. nLEADING TRAINERS (2012-2017): N Twiston-Davies 1877, Miss V Williams 11-45, P Hobbs 7-21, F O?Brien 7-44. THIS SEASON: R Dickin 2.
nTOP JOCKEYS (2012-2017): S Twiston-Davies 20-77, P Brennan 13-74, T
Scudamore 9-39, A P Heskin 6-18. THIS SEASON: A P Heskin 2.
nLONGEST TRAVELLER: Victarion (1.25) & Allee Bleue (1.55) trained at Minehead.
Round trip of 332 miles. nTRICAST: 1.55, 3.40 nLIVE ON RUK
HEAVY, SOFT IN PLACES (8am insp)
3.05
GREAT GLEN NOVICES? CHASE (3); value to the
winner �596; 2m 4f.
(5 runners)
1
2P/12-1 KNOCKADERRY FLYER 237 F O?Brien 8-11-5 ....................... P Brennan ?
2
3618-P2 CULTIVATOR 38 N Henderson 6-11-0 ........................ Nico De Boinville 95
3
1/9744- MILITARIAN 298 Andrew Martin 7-11-0............................ Mr J Martin (7) ?
4
71216-F SILVERHOW 10 C Tizzard 6-11-0 .............................................. H Cobden ?
5
5418-22 THREE WAYS 29 (P,T) J Snowden 6-11-0.......................... G Sheehan l99
BETTING: 5-4 Cultivator, 6-4 Three Ways, 15-2 Silverhow, 8 Knockaderry Flyer, 50
Militarian
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: abd 1 2
2016: Zarib 5-11-0 H Skelton 15-8 (D Skelton), 5 ran.
FORM
mdn hdle (4) �574 soft).
KNOCKADERRY FLYER (11-7) 25-1 led
5th, stayed on well, bt Always Archie SILVERHOW fell latest, earlier (10-4)
12-1 ridden and kept on from last,
(11-9) 11l (12 ran) (Cheltenham 3m 1f
6th of 16 (btn 13l) to Wait For Me
hunt ch (4) �743 good).
(11-7) (Sandown 21/2m hcap hdle (2)
CULTIVATOR (11-2) 2-1 no impression
�,768 good).
3 out, kept on, btn 31/2l by Tommy
Silver (11-2) (4 ran) (Leicester 2m THREE WAYS (11-2) 4-1 ridden and
rallied 2 out, almost upsides when
beg ch (3) �596 good to firm).
stumbled last, no extra, btn 11/4l by
MILITARIAN (10-11) 11-2 close up 3
Captain Chaos (11-9) (4 ran) (Wethout, soon outpaced, 4th of 11 (btn
erby 3m nov chs (4) �899 soft).
21l) to Azzuri (11-4) (Huntingdon 2m
3.40
LEICESTERSHIRE BRONZE FOX HANDICAP HURDLE
(3); winner �495; 1m 7f 113yds.
(8 runners)
1
92-2323 CHIEFTAIN?S CHOICE 149 (D) Kevin Frost 8-11-12........ M Bastyan (5) 97
2
08-4056 DARTAGNAN LE DUN 92 A Hales 4-11-7.............................. H Bannister ?
3
F/212-6 MORIANOUR 35 E Williams 6-11-1............................................ A Wedge 85
4
2/9611- BILLY HICKS 280 (H;D) S Drinkwater 6-11-1 ......................... D England 97
5
367-42 WIND PLACE AND SHO 25 J Eustace 5-10-12........................ J Quinlan 96
6
51143-5 CATCHIN TIME 25 (T;CD) Miss L Hurley 9-10-11 ........ C Hammond (7) 98
7
872-349 ALPHA INDI 27 H Evans 6-10-7 ................................................. B Poste l99
8
2-84640 CAVIAR D?ALLEN 14 Christian Williams 5-10-4........................ A Heskin 90
BETTING: 2 Wind Place And Sho, 5 Billy Hicks, 11-2 Morianour, 6 Catchin Time,
13-2 Chieftain?s Choice, 10 Caviar d?Allen, Dartagnan Le Dun, 12 Alpha Indi
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 1 1 abd 1 4
2016: Sleepy Haven 6-11-11 S Quinlan 11-2 (Jennie Candlish), 9 ran.
FORM
Angus (11-10) 3/4l (5 ran) (Chepstow
CHIEFTAIN?S CHOICE (11-2) 7-4 not
2m 3f nov hcap hdle (4) �899 soft).
fluent 2nd, slow 5th, went 3rd
halfway, under pressure 3 out, never WIND PLACE AND SHO (11-2) 4-1
every chance run-in, no extra, btn nk
able to challenge, 3rd of 4 (btn 15l)
by Balgemmois (11-4) CATCHIN
to Chitu (11-1) (Perth 2m nov chs (4)
TIME (11-0) 33-1 weakened 2 out,
�431 good to soft).
5th (btn 15l) (9 ran) (Leicester 1m 7f
DARTAGNAN LE DUN (10-3) ridden
hcap hdle (4) �330 soft).
and not quicken last, 6th of 10 (btn
15l) to Demi Sang (11-0) (Auteuil 2m ALPHA INDI (11-0) 16-1 faded before
2 out, 9th of 11 (btn 32l) to Manny
1f hcap ch �,795 heavy).
Owens (10-2) (Doncaster 2m 3f nov
MORIANOUR (10-7) 12-1 weakened,
hcap hdle (4) �899 good to soft).
6th of 8 (btn 42l) to Buckhorn
Timothy (11-7) (Wincanton 2 1 / 2m CAVIAR D?ALLEN (10-8) 33-1 10th of
13 (btn 32l) to Padleyourowncanoe
hcap hdle (3) �498 soft).
(10-1) (Taunton 2m 3f hcap hdle (3)
BILLY HICKS (11-11) 9-4 led 3 out, dri�596 soft).
ven closing stages, held on, bt Braw
RACING RESULTS ROUND-UP
nCHEPSTOW?s Coral Welsh
National card was abandoned due to waterlogging.
It will be run on January 6.
KEMPTON
12.45: 1 REDICEAN W Hutchinson (118 fav); 2 Haulani (7-2); 3 King Cnut (501). 6 ran. 10l; 57l. A King. T: �20; �30,
�10. Ex: �50. Trifecta: �.70. CF:
�87. NR: Kings Inn, Ray?s The Money.
1.20: 1 CYRNAME Sean Bowen (7-4);
2 Shantou Rock (6-4 fav); 3 Tommy
Silver (9-4). 4 ran. 7l; 1/2l. P Nicholls. T:
�60; Ex: �30. Trifecta: �40. CF:
�90. NR: The Unit.
1.55: 1 MIDNIGHT TUNE A Coleman
(2-1 fav); 2 Rons Dream (5-1); 3 Loves
Destination (16-1). 6 ran. 4l; 7l. A
Honeyball. T: �40; �30, � Ex:
�70. Trifecta: �.30. CF: �.91.
2.30: 1 POLITOLOGUE S TwistonDavies (8-15 fav); 2 Vaniteux (25-1); 3
Forest Bihan (6-1). 4 ran. 13l; 14l. P
Nicholls. T: �40; Ex: �.70. Trifecta:
�.10. CF: �23.
3.05: 1 TINTERN THEATRE S TwistonDavies (7-2); 2 Pilgrims Bay (9-2); 3
Brandon Hill (9-4 fav). 7 ran. 23/4l; 1/2l. N
Twiston-Davies. T: �90; �90, �70.
Ex: �.20. Tricast: �.97. Trifecta:
�. CF: �.87. NR: Remind Me Later.
GREYHOUND SELECTIONS AND SPs
nSUNDERLAND: 11.03 Rathcuala Lad
(3-1-5) 11.19 No News (1-3-4) 11.34
Autumn Pepper (4-5-2) 11.48
Rosegarland Levi (4-3-2) 12.04
Threejays Katie (4-2-6) 12.18 Prime The
Rank (1-2-5) 12.32 Long Lost Friend
(nap) (2-5-4) 12.47 Noirs May (3-6-1)
1.04 Linton Littlemix (4-1-2) 1.19
Ashgrove Milly (nb) (5-3-4) 1.33
Balmoral Copper (4-2-1) 1.51 Run River
Run (2-1-4)
nSHEFFIELD: 11.11 Joella Sarah (2-3-4)
11.28 Geelo Owen (1-4-3) 11.42
Newlawn Paddy (nap) (4-1-5) 11.57 Allen
Wizard (4-5-6) 12.12 Twiglet (3-2-1) 12.27
Blackrose Paul (4-6-5) 12.42 Casino
Bound (6-2-3) 12.58 Troydale Alex (6-3-1)
1.12 Logans Bubbly (6-5-2) 1.27 Isnt That
Nice (1-2-5) 1.44 Geelo Power (1-4-5)
1.58 Southwind Lucy (nb) (3-6-5)
nROMFORD: 2.08 Teachersknowall
(nap) (2-3-1) 2.27 Pacey Karnage (1-35) 2.47 Tyson Jack (6-4-1) 3.07 Kilbarry
Spider (2-1-3) 3.28 Quantum (4-1-5)
3.48 Linden Cottage (nb) (6-1-2) 4.08
Usain Im Cool (2-5-3) 4.27 Too Swift Jet
(3-4-6) 4.47 Billy The Squid (3-6-2) 5.07
Chopchop Doris (2-1-4) 5.22 Bubbly
Pearl (3-1-2) 5.38 Savana Shaun (1-2-6)
5.56 Tracys Daisy (3-1-2) 6.11 To Tone
Lexi (1-4-6)
nCRAYFORD: 2.18 Billymac Tash (nap)
(3-5-1) 2.37 Call Him On (2-1-6) 2.57
Farnes Fidel (4-6-1) 3.17 Razmataz Dazl
(2-1-4) 3.38 Bells Brandy (nb) (2-6-3)
3.58 Briannes Diamond (4-1-5) 4.18
Deran Scholar (3-2-4) 4.37 Rattling
Holly (3-6-1) 4.57 Thomass Folly (3-4-6)
5.17 The Other Jasmin (6-3-5) 5.33
Zenas Nidge (6-4-2) 5.47 Caltra Mary (12-3) 6.04 Fawkham Nissan (4-3-6) 6.18
Deecees Whisky (3-6-5)
nHOVE: 6.28 Happy Outlook (2-3-4)
6.44 Halo Blade (nap) (3-2-5) 7.01
Cappoquin Jack (nb) (5-1-4) 7.16 King
Eden (5-3-6) 7.32 Melodic Lady (1-2-5)
still came cruising home by
13 lengths to give his trainer
a
double
after
Cyrname?s victory in
the Wayward Lad
Novices? Chase.
He was cut to 3-1
for the Champion
Chase at the
Cheltenham
Festival behind 54 favourite Altior.
Nicholls
said:
?He did all he
had to do.
7.48 Glamorous Sharif (6-1-3) 8.04
Droopys Polly (1-2-5) 8.19 Bruisers
Bullet (3-4-6) 8.36 Oakfield Caesar (6-25) 8.52 Kilmore Lemon (5-1-4) 9.07
Droopys Affirm (1-2-4) 9.22 Roses Mick
(4-3-1)
nMONMORE: 6.33 Windgap Coke (6-52) 6.49 Keeleys Boy (nb) (5-6-2) 7.06
Fortune Forthree (4-6-5) 7.22 Brizza
Rocks (4-1-2) 7.37 Ballyregan Touri (61-4) 7.53 Fabulous Juice (3-5-4) 8.09
Fernisky Dusky (5-4-3) 8.24 Wishbone
Wizzard (nap) (1-6-2) 8.41 Droopys
Ganguly (2-4-5) 8.57 Fairhill Kitty (1-53) 9.12 Relentless Ned (5-2-1)
nNEWCASTLE: 6.39 Soju Elvis (4-3-5)
6.56 Droopys Vodka (nap) (6-5-2) 7.11
Keg Master (nb) (6-1-4) 7.27 Boots (2-46) 7.43 Farloe Raider (6-1-5) 7.58
Mourne Abby (4-1-5) 8.14 Bigbash Elles
(5-6-1) 8.31 Butidontdrink (6-5-4) 8.47
Any Cheek (1-2-6) 9.02 Crooks Survivor
(1-2-6) 9.17 Queenies Three (2-4-5)
3.40: 1 KAYF GRACE Nico De Boinville
(11-4 fav); 2 Eddiemaurice (7-1); 3
Azzerti (5-1). 10 ran. 1 1 / 2 l; 8l. N
Henderson. T: �60; �60, �40, �80.
Ex: �.60. Tricast: �.22. Trifecta:
�9.20. CF: �.62. NR: Demon
D?aunou, Dexcite, Gwafa, Templier.
PLACEPOT: �2.40 Q/POT: �.50
WETHERBY
12.30: 1 LISDOONVARNA LAD B
Hughes (8-1); 2 Quest For Life (14-1);
3
Some Reign (11-4 fav). 12 ran. 11l; 21/4l. C
Longsdon. T: �20; �20, �40, �50.
Ex: �4.90. Trifecta: �5.30. CF:
�4.08. NR: Lord Franklin, Sliding Doors.
1.00: 1 BORDEAUX BILL D Cook (4-5
fav); 2 Sharp Response (6-5); 3 Dark
Valley (20-1). 3 ran. 9l; 34l. B Ellison. T:
�60; Ex: �90. Trifecta: �60. CF: �12.
NR: Three Ways, Thumb Stone Blues.
1.30: 1 ALBERT?S BACK B Hughes
(5-4 fav); 2 Turning Gold (12-1); 3
Cornerstone Lad (3-1). 6 ran. 11l; 8l. M
W Easterby. T: �10; �20, �20. Ex:
�.70. Trifecta: �.20. CF: �.49.
2.05: 1 JUST CAMERON Joe Colliver
(10-1); 2 Duke Of Navan (9-2); 3 Cyrus
Darius (2-1 fav). 6 ran. 1 3 / 4 l; 8l. M
Hammond. T: �.80; �20, � Ex:
�.10. Trifecta: �0.90. CF: �.38.
NR: Top Gamble.
2.40: 1 SHENEEDEDTHERUN J
Kington (20-1); 2 Milly Baloo (5-2); 3
RESULTS
nPERRY BARR: 11.03 Overdale Charlie 41 (3-2-5 BAGS F �.11 TC �.98). 11.19
Coolemount Sally 5-2f (6-3-1 �.67 TC
�.91). 11.34 Charleys Johnny 11-4 (4-16 �85 TC �.09). 11.48 Harwell Trixie
5-1 (5-2-6 �.22). 12.04 Highview Opera
4-1 (2-4-3 �.71 TC �.66). 12.18 Kilted
Laird 11-4 (6-1-3 �.52 TC �.38). 12.32
Dublinhill Kitty 3-1 (2-6-4 �52). 12.47
Glenrock Rankin 5-2 (4-1-6 �40). 1.04
Another Royal 2-1f (2-4-3 �.60 TC
�.67). 1.19 Glack Style 9-4 (3-2-6
�.19 TC �.42). 1.33 Black Calador 74f (6-3-5 �66 TC �.75). 1.51 Conors
Bully 7-2 (2-6-4 �.25 TC �.92). Placer
(1-6) �3, (7-12) �.80.
nNEWCASTLE: 11.11 Beatties Fantasy
3-1 (5-3-2 BAGS F �.99 TC �2.29).
11.28 Cu Sith Call 9-4f (3-5-4 �.32 TC
�.37). 11.42 Forest Rio 9-4 (3-6-1
�90 TC �.87). 11.57 Tonawillie Jet 61 (1-4-2 �.52 TC �1.67). 12.12
Target Saleena 4-1 (3-6-2 �.69 TC
�.45). 12.27 Azzurri Zorro 4-1 (6-2-5
?He?ll have a little break
now. I hope we can go to
Cheltenham with a sevenyear-old at the top of his
game. That?s our aim and he
has an outstanding chance.
?He probably hasn?t got
the credit he deserves. He
just keeps winning and he
will keep going forward.?
Politologue spent much of
last season running over further. The drop to two miles
has been the key to him.
He ran at Kempton yester-
Same Circus (10-11 fav). 5 ran. 3/4l; 1l. M
Scudamore. T: �.70; �90, �40. Ex:
�.30. Trifecta: �8.90. CF: �.95.
3.15: 1 FINAL FLING A Nicol (10-1); 2
Tickanrun (6-1); 3 Flemerina (5-1
jtfav); 4 Houndscourt (33-1).
16 ran
(Psychocandy 5-1 jtfav). 13/4l; 7l; 7l. Mrs
R Dobbin. T: �.90; �90, �10,
�80, �10. Ex: �.20. Tricast:
�9.21. Trifecta: �9.80. CF: �.38.
NR: Gentleman James.
PLACEPOT: �3.50 Q/POT: �.30
WOLVERHAMPTON
1.45: 1 SWENDAB Rossa Ryan (9-2);
2 Run With Pride (7-2 jtfav); 3
Everkyllachy 1 (13-2). 10 ran (Eternalist
7-2 jtfav). nk; /2l. J G O?Shea. T: �60;
�50, �30, �40. Ex: �.60.
Tricast: �5.06. Trifecta: �8.70. CF:
�.84. NR: Absolutely Awesome.
2.15: 1 HELLO BRIGETTE D Costello
(7-2); 2 Sugar Coating (13-8 jtfav);
3
Ghepardo (13-8 jtfav). 7 ran. 4l; 13/4l. M
O?Callaghan (IRE) . T: �60; �70,
�50. Ex: �.10. Trifecta: �.20. CF:
�76. NR: Falcon?s Vision, Lulu Star,
Queen Of Desire, Wide Acclaim.
2.45: 1 ANGEL OF THE SOUTH R
Winston (9-2); 2 I Was Only Joking (61); 3 Vodka Pigeon
(20-1). 8 ran (Rizzle
Dizzle 4-7 fav). 21/4l; 8l. D Ivory. T: �20;
�30, �50, �10. Ex: �.10. Trifecta:
�1. CF: �.38. NR: Alesandra, Miss
�.31 TC �.11). 12.42 Airfield
Shamie 5-1 (4-3-1 �.01 TC �7.64).
12.58 Yiknaawatitis 9-2 (3-1-5 �.67 TC
�.15). 1.12 Bramble Sarah 3-1 (1-6-2
�.79 TC �.87). 1.27 Arctic Tiger 5-2f
(2-1-5 �.73 TC �.53). 1.44 Highclere
Swift 9-2 (5-2-3 �.14 TC �9.65). 1.58
Target Slick 4-5f (5-3-4 �65 TC
�.73). Placer (1-6) �9, (7-12) �2.
nHOVE: 2.08 Droopys Zizzles 2-1f (1-3-4
BAGS F �.60 TC �.88). 2.27
Ballygibbon Moon 5-2jt (5-4-2 �.77 TC
�.78). 2.47 Droopys Ferrer 4-1 (3-6-1
�.10 TC �1.05). 3.07 Killeacle Jet 31 (5-1-2 �.92 TC �9.69). 3.28
Woodmancote Lady 5-1 (5-6-2 �.90 TC
�5.74). 3.48 Dower Brae 4-1 (6-5-1
�.01 TC �.95). 4.08 Steeple Rd
Oisin 3-1 (1-4-2 �.71 TC �.28). 4.27
Headfortheline 5-2f (4-2-3 �.01 TC
�.15). 4.47 Forest Whiskey 5-2jt (3-5-1
�.52 TC �.35). 5.07 Imfootballcrazy
9-4f (4-1-5 �.71 TC �.53). 5.22
Springwood Becky 7-2 (2-3-1 �.54 TC
�.72). 5.38 Westberry Madame 5-2jt
1GM
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CATTERICK GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES (8am inspection)
12.30
GO RACING IN YORKSHIRE WINTER FESTIVAL MAIDEN
HURDLE (Class 4); �899; 2m.
(12 runners)
1
7/63- BIG THUNDER 414 M Hammond 7-11-6 ............................. F O?Toole (5) ?
2
65 DUTCH ARTIST 20 (TH) A Brown 5-11-6 .................................. C R King 87
3
526-20 ENOLA GAY 54 Miss V Williams 4-11-6 .............................. A Coleman l99
4
009 FROZON 12 Harriet Bethell 4-11-6 ........................................... J England 82
5
5605 GANG WARFARE 42 (P) A Dunn 6-11-6.............................. R McLernon 92
6
70 GRECIAN KING 11 (H) Laura Morgan 4-11-6 ........................... R Day (3) 72
7
LORD FRANKLIN F67 A Crook 8-11-6 ....................................... H Brooke ?
8
SWASHBUCKLE F75 D McCain 4-11-6 ............................... Will Kennedy ?
9
5 TAB HOGARTH 20 Kenneth Slack 4-11-6 ................... C McCormack (3) ?
10
522-32 TEESCOMPONENTS LAD 36 G Boanas 4-11-6 ...................... J Reveley 95
11
4 YOUNG TOM 34 Mrs S Smith 4-11-6 ............................................ D Cook 90
12
6 MILLIE THE MINX 53 Mrs D Sayer 3-10-0........................... Sean Quinlan ?
BETTING: 11-8 Enola Gay, 13-8 Teescomponents Lad, 4 Swashbuckle, 6 Big
Thunder, 20 Tab Hogarth, 25 Young Tom, 33 Millie The Minx, 40 Dutch Artist
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 2 4 UR 2 abd
2016: Meeting abandoned due to frost.
1.05
CHAMPION CHASE
day only 18 days after winning the Tingle Creek,
swerving a clash with Irish
ace Un De Sceaux in the
Clarence House Chase at
Ascot next month.
Nicholls added: ?The
greatest trainer of all time
Matt Chapman suggested
I?d bottled it by not going
to Ascot. That might have
been the wrong move but
we won again today and
we?ll go to the Game Spirit.
?That was a great route
Mo Brown Bear, Musical Theatre.
3.25: 1 ANTONIAN R Havlin (6-5 fav); 2
Danzay (11-4); 3 Father Ailbe (33-1). 10
ran. 21/2l; 1l. J Gosden. T: �20; �10,
�40, �20. Ex: � Trifecta: �.60. CF:
�20. NR: Fronsac, Kaser, Suprematism.
3.55: 1 STELLAR SURPRISE P McDonald
(5-2 fav); 2 Star Quality (11-2); 3 Carolinae
(9-2). 6 ran. shd; 11/2l. S Williams. T: �50;
�60, �20. Ex: �.30. Trifecta: �.90.
CF: �.79. NR: Domitilla.
4.25: 1 MARATHA P J McDonald (9-4
fav); 2 Perfect Soldier (7-2); 3 First Up
(16-1). 7 ran. 2l; hd. S C Williams. T:
�70; �50, �30. Ex: �.40. Tricast:
�.02. Trifecta: �.60. CF: �95.
NR: Cricklewood Green.
4.55: 1 JORVIK PRINCE G Tutty (13-8
fav); 2 Tasaaboq (9-2); 3 Jessie Allan
(9-2). 11 ran. 11/2l; shd. K Tutty. T: �50;
�50, �20, �60. Ex: �80. Tricast:
�.10. Trifecta: �.50. CF: �10. NR:
Captain Scooby, Dalness Express.
5.25: 1 WILLYEGOLASSIEGO D
Costello (18-1); 2 Bamako Du Chatelet
(6-4 fav); 3 Raashdy (4-1). 11 ran. 11/2l;
33/4l. N Mulholland. T: �.40; �10,
�20, �90. Ex: �.50. Tricast:
�6.74. Trifecta: �2.10. CF: �.70.
NR: Best Example, Gabrial The Terror.
PLACEPOT: �7.40 Q/POT: �.20
(3-1-4 �.56 TC �.16). 5.56 Pennys
Tael 7-2 (5-1-6 �.06 TC �.59). 6.11
Castleview Comet 3-1 (1-2-4 �.04 TC
�.79). Placer (1-6) �9, (9-14) �.50.
nBELLE VUE: 2.18 Monagea Bob 5-1 (24-5 BAGS F �.39 TC �.79). 2.37
Springwell Click 7-4f (2-5-1 �.46 TC
�.86). 2.57 Ballymac Genesis 9-2 (1-52 �.26 TC �.11). 3.17 Churchtown
Champ 11-10f (3-1-6 �.05 TC �.65).
3.38 Right Turn Clyde 9-4f (5-1-4 �.07
TC �.23). 3.58 Melia Maith Agat 7-1
(2-1-3 �.98 TC �6.21). 4.18 Scroggy
Trudy 9-4f (4-5-6 �.02 TC �.22).
4.37 Churchtown Ash 5-2 (5-3-2 �.10
TC �.38). 4.57 Tyrur Mchugh 5-2 (5-41 �.18 TC �.54). 5.17 Shak Smack
Boom 7-2 (1-2-3 �.24 TC �.07). 5.33
Eshwary Gift 5-1 (5-2-1 �.03 TC
�9.84). 5.47 Helfor Douvan 10-1 (5-4-3
�.33 TC �0.40). 6.04 Camp George
8-1 (1-2-6 �.54 TC �.08). 6.18 Turbo
Mouse 9-2 (6-4-2 �.26 TC �.45).
Placer (1-6) �8, (9-14) �7.
with Flagship
Uberalles and
Master Minded. It
will fit in with our
programme. We want to get
to Cheltenham in the best
shape we can possibly be.?
Owner John Hales has
had some great greys ? One
Man, Al Ferof and Grand
National hero Neptune
Collonges. Politologue
might not have reached
their level yet but it looks
only a matter of time.
3/1
&Cs apply
18+ T
POLITOLOGUE
WATCH RACING UK HANDICAP CHASE (5); value to
the winner �249; 2m 3f.
(9 runners)
1
5254-96 AMUSE ME 25 (P,T;D) J Moffatt 11-11-12 ......................... Will Kennedy 97
2
/5-5169 BETANCOURT 47 J Ewart 7-11-11............................................ H Brooke 85
3
2-UPP55 CUP OF AMBITION 21 (P,T) M Keighley 5-11-9 ................... H Stock (7) 92
4
5P84-43 PADDLING 9 M Hammond 6-11-2....................................... F O?Toole (5) 98
5
6P3P5-0 FRANKIE BALLOU 9 (HH) Miss J Foster 8-11-1 ......................... D Cook 97
6
6F88733 MR WITMORE 36 (B) Kenny Johnson 7-10-6 ............. Mr K Yeoman (7) 96
7
23-P304 UNDER THE RED SKY 32 (BH) Kenny Johnson 10-10-4 . T Dowson (3) l99
8
U27/2-7 LOST IN NEWYORK 21 N Kent 10-10-1 ....................... T Broughton (10) ?
9
PP-449P REVERSE THE CHARGE 194 (P) Mrs J Walton 10-10-0 . Miss A Waugh (7) 97
BETTING: 5-2 Paddling, 3 Mr Witmore, 5 Betancourt, 6 Cup Of Ambition, 8 Amuse Me
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: FE 6 2-3 1 abd
18+ T&Cs apply
1.35
WATCH ON 3 DEVICES RACINGUK.COM/ANYWHERE
SELLING HCAP HDL (5); �599; 2m.
(13 runners)
1
F6P642- SKIPPING ON 396 (BF) Laura Morgan 8-12-6............. Mr Joe Wright (7) ?
2
82-5U46 DISCOVERIE 9 (B,H) Kenneth Slack 9-12-6 .............................. Doubtful 93
3
124U804 MR MAFIA 13 A Carroll 8-11-12 .............................................. L Edwards 97
4
47-8996 HARTSIDE 30 (TH,V;CD) P Winks 8-11-8 ...................... Ryan Winks (5) 94
5
P-800 CALYPSO DELEGATOR 34 (PH) M Hammond 4-11-7..... F O?Toole (5) 85
6
125P079 MILLEN DOLLAR MAN 39 (PH) A Dunn 8-11-6 ........ James Bowen (5) 95
7
74263FF ROMAN NUMERAL 34 (D) D Thompson 9-11-0 .......................... T Kelly 85
8
396/P FILLYDELPHIA F12 P Holmes 6-10-12................................. J Kington (3) ?
9 335P9PP ROCK N?STONES 23 (P,TH) G Boanas 6-10-10............. C Bewley (3) l99
10 -545767 CLAUDE CARTER 37 (P;D) A Whillans 13-10-10 ................. K Edgar (3) 94
11 0P0P2P- STRAIT RUN 308 (T) M Hammond 6-10-8............................. Joe Colliver ?
12
/7665-0 SHALAMZAR 9 (P,TH) M Hammond 8-10-7 ....... Miss Becky Smith (7) 96
13 73P-600 COPT HILL 186 (P) Julia Brooke 9-10-1................................... B Hughes 98
BETTING: 11-4 Mr Mafia, 9-2 Hartside, 5 Strait Run, 6 Copt Hill, 8 Claude Carter,
9 Millen Dollar Man, 10 Roman Numeral, 16 Calypso Delegator, Rock N?Stones
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: No corresponding race
EACH-WAY THIEF
HAVE an ew double at Lingfield. GERMAN WHIP (12.10),
on a handy mark, can go well in this lower grade and
RYDAN (1.45) can make it a good day for trainer Gary
Moore after showing promise on his first try at 2m.
LINGFIELD ON THE SAND
11.40
BETWAY APPRENTICE SELLING STAKES (Class 6);
value to the winner �264; 1m 4f.
(8 runners)
1 (4) 2558571 CEYHAN 21 J Osborne 5-9-7 ............................................. K Shoemark 92
2 (1) 0805573 AWESOME ROCK 42 (D) R Ingram 8-9-3 ................. Rhiain Ingram (6) ?
3 (6) 4877244 BERTIE MOON 6 (V;C) M Appleby 7-9-3 .................. Keelan Baker (8) 96
4 (2) 8037700 MY LORD 8 (P;D) P Butler 9-9-3......................................... C Shepherd 70
5 (5) 8889580 THE DANCING LORD 15 (P,T;C) Adam West 8-9-3 Nicola Currie (3) 83
6 (7) 43870 MICHIGAN 15 (PH,T) Mohamed Moubarak 3-8-13............ E Greatrex 86
7 (8) 8890640 LA GOULUE 12 (V) J Gallagher 3-8-8................ Poppy Bridgwater (5) 74
8 (3) 2332640 ODE TO GLORY 27 R Guest 3-8-8 ................................. J Osborn (3) l99
BETTING: 15-8 Ceyhan, 9-4 Ode To Glory, 7-2 Bertie Moon, 6 Michigan, 16
Awesome Rock, The Dancing Lord, 20 My Lord, 33 La Goulue
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 1
12.10
PLAY JACKPOT GAMES AT SUNBETS.CO.UK/VEGAS
HANDICAP (DIV 1) (6); �264; 7f.
(10 runners)
1 (2) /46186- BOBBY BENTON 374 (H,V;C,D) Suzi Best 6-9-9 ................ T J Murphy ?
2 (5) 4-70796 MUHAJJAL 22 (T) G Peckham 3-9-7............................ Rossa Ryan (7) 98
3 (1) 30-5787 GERMAN WHIP 22 (D) G L Moore 4-9-6.......................... H Crouch (3) 96
4 (4) 8246339 VIOLET?S LADS 15 B Johnson 3-9-4 ........................... C Shepherd (3) 97
5 (10) -185670 SEA TEA DEA 13 (CD) A Carson 3-9-4 .................................... L Morris 85
6 (3) 36-4698 FROZEN LAKE 15 (D) J G O?Shea 5-9-3................... William Cox (5) l99
7 (8) /50-930 SEA OF HOPE 82 (BF) H Candy 4-9-2 ................................. Fran Berry 89
8 (7) 3251574 MASQUERADE BLING 15 (D) N Mulholland 3-9-1 .......... Rob Hornby 97
9 (6) 6116143 THE SPECIAL ONE 22 (T;D) A Stronge 4-9-1 .................. T Marquand 97
10 (9) 6658304 SMART MOVER 125 (P;D) Mrs N Evans 4-8-7........................... R Tate 96
BETTING: 6-4 The Special One, 7-2 Sea Of Hope, 7 German Whip, 8 Masquerade
Bling, Violet?s Lads, 10 Muhajjal, 12 Bobby Benton, 14 Sea Tea Dea, 20 Frozen Lake
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 1 2 1 4 1-2
12.45
PLAY JACKPOT GAMES AT SUNBETS.CO.UK/VEGAS
HANDICAP (DIV 2) (6); �264; 7f.
(9 runners)
1 (6) -288520 WAQT 72 M Tregoning 3-9-8 ......................................... T Saunders (7) 93
2 (4) -228601 CAPTAIN PUGWASH 20 (D) H Spiller 3-9-7............................ L Keniry 95
3 (1) 2529423 HARAZ 10 (V) J Osborne 4-9-5 ............................................. D Costello 85
4 (3) 7906425 KAFOO 28 (T,V;CD) M Appleby 4-9-4...................................... L Morris 93
5 (7) 5233573 EDDIEBET 22 D O?Meara 3-9-4 ......................................... K Shoemark 95
6 (5) 7263435 UBLA 9 (P;C) Miss G Kelleway 4-9-3 ............................ William Cox (5) 93
7 (9) 6670865 MALAYSIAN BOLEH 16 (V;CD) P McEntee 7-9-2 Josephine Gordon 98
8 (2) 1157852 TERMSNCONDITIONS 41 (V;C) T Vaughan 3-9-1................. K O?Neill 97
9 (8) 8090507 EL TORITO 8 (BH;BF,D) J Boyle 3-9-1 ........................ C Bennett (3) l99
BETTING: 7-2 Captain Pugwash, 5 Eddiebet, Waqt, 6 Termsnconditions, 7 El Torito
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: No corresponding race.
1.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
32RED.COM EBF NOVICE STAKES (5); 2-y-o; value to
the winner �911; 7f.
(11 runners)
(8) 6925821 ZALSHAH 27 (P;D) R Hannon 9-9 ..................................... T Marquand 95
(9)
BREAKING RECORDS H Palmer 9-2 ...................... Josephine Gordon ?
(3)
3 CHINGACHGOOK 26 R Fahey 9-2.......................................... J Garritty 83
(11)
0 DUBAI LANDMARK 8 H Palmer 9-2........................................ J Mitchell ?
(7)
07 GARSINGTON 20 E Dunlop 9-2 ............................................... S W Kelly ?
(2)
LICINIUS C Hills 9-2..................................................................... L Morris ?
(6)
9 MARSHAL DAN 26 Mrs H Main 9-2................................... H Crouch (3) ?
BETWAY STAYERS HANDICAP (4); value to the
winner �690; 2m.
(8 runners)
1 (7) 5473552 RYDAN 15 (P) G L Moore 6-10-0................................................ A Kirby 98
2 (5) 2218239 ROYAL RESERVE 22 (C) D O?Meara 4-10-0 .................... K Shoemark 97
3 (8) /1-8711 CAPTAIN NAVARRE 23 (V;D) C Fellowes 5-10-0........... S Donohoe l99
4 (6) 782-664 CONTINUUM 15 (V) P Hedger 8-9-12 ............................... T Marquand 95
5 (2) 4152/4- ECHO BRAVA J468 (C) Suzi Best 7-9-10............................. T J Murphy ?
6 (3) 0-86048 POYLE THOMAS 15 (HH) M Madgwick 8-9-5 .................... Fran Berry 85
7 (4) 7060911 ISLAND BRAVE 29 (C) Mrs H Main 3-9-3 ................................ L Morris 97
8 (1) 667146- ARISTOCLES J28 (VH) Mrs N Evans 4-8-13 ........................... C Bishop ?
BETTING: 11-8 Captain Navarre, 7-2 Island Brave, 6 Royal Reserve, Rydan, 10
Continuum, 14 Echo Brava, 16 Poyle Thomas, 33 Aristocles
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 2
FORM
long, pushed out, bt Lost The Moon
RYDAN (9-13) 7-1 ridden and headway
(9-0) 1 1 / 2l (9 ran) (W?hampton 2m
2f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards
hcap (4) �852 AW).
finish, btn 1l by Sunblazer (10-0)
CONTINUUM (9-12) 10-1 pushed RYDAN (9-5) 4-1 kept on final furlong,
3rd of 4 (btn 3/4l) to Knight Music (9along 2f out, ridden and headway 1f
6) ECHO BRAVA (9-7) 11-1 no
out, kept on, 4th (btn 2l) POYLE
impression, last (btn 13/4l) (Brighton
THOMAS (9-9) 7-1 weakened over
11/2m hcap (4) �690 good to firm).
1f out, 8th (btn 19l) (Kempton 2m
ISLAND BRAVE (9-1) 3-1 fav led inside
hcap (4) �690 AW).
final furlong, ran on, bt Star Story (8ROYAL RESERVE (9-7) 5-2 always
13) 1l (12 ran) (W?hampton 1 1 / 2m
towards rear, last of 9 (well btn) to
hcap (4) �175 AW).
Gallifrey (9-0) (Newcastle 11/2m hcap
ARISTOCLES (8-2) 25-1 no extra, 6th
(4) �852 AW).
of 12 (btn 6l) to Withhold (8-13)
CAPTAIN NAVARRE (9-10) 13-8 fav
(Haydock 2m hcap (4) �690 good).
ridden to lead just inside final fur-
2.20
TOM PEPPER
12.30 ........................Enola Gay
1.05 ......................Mr Witmore
1.35...............Roman Numeral
2.05 ............................Manwell
2.40.......................Hattons Hill
3.15 .............................Mcvicar
nTIC-TAC: Left-handed, oval track of 1m 2f, with 8 easy fences to a circuit and a 280yd
run-in. nLEADING TRAINERS (2012-2017): D McCain 37-172, Mrs S Smith 26-97, B
Ellison 18-71, M Hammond 11-155. THIS SEASON: D McCain 2. nTOP JOCKEYS
(2012-2017): B Hughes 22-144, D Cook 21-74, J Reveley 11-54, J Colliver 10-79. THIS
SEASON: W Kennedy 2, B Hughes 2. nLONGEST TRAVELLER: Gang Warfare (12.30)
& Millen Dollar Man (1.35) trained at Wellington; 596 miles. nTRICAST: 1.05, 1.35, 2.40
nTRAINERFAX: D McCain won the 12.30 in 2011 & 2014. nLIVE ON RUK
2.05
RACINGUK.COM CHASE (NOVICES? LIMITED HCAP)
(4); winner �256; 2m.
(5 runners)
1 F2U31U4 VALGOR DU RONCERAY 34 M Hammond 8-11-10 ......... F O?Toole (5) 98
2
F51-253 RAMONEX 34 Richard Hobson 6-11-8 ......................................... D Cook 85
3
325-841 MIDDLEBROW 34 (T;C) D McCain 6-10-12....................... Will Kennedy 97
4
329-222 MANWELL 13 (T) Sam England 7-10-8................................. J England l99
5
5/00-21 LAKE FIELD 8 (D) K Bailey 8-10-6 ................................................. D Bass 97
BETTING: 4-9 Lake Field, 5 Middlebrow, 8 Manwell, 12 Ramonex
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 3 1-3 3 abd
2.40
DINE AND VIEW HANDICAP CHASE (4); value to the
winner �630; 3m 1f.
(9 runners)
1
23-2214 GOLDEN INVESTMENT 25 (H,T;BF) D McCain 8-12-0.... Will Kennedy 97
2
P-5PP80 COTTERSROCK 39 (B,T) M Keighley 7-11-12 ....................... H Stock (7) ?
3
653F251 CAPTAIN MOWBRAY 19 (P) Rebecca Menzies 6-11-10............. T Kelly 97
4
11-111P HATTONS HILL 36 (P;BF) H Hogarth 8-11-7 ................... J Hamilton (3) 98
5
6112P-P BALLYTHOMAS 11 D Thompson 10-11-5............................. H Brooke l99
6
264/432 RED DANAHER 30 Mrs S Smith 10-10-9...................................... D Cook 86
7
/32-071 ATTENTION PLEASE 26 (P) Mrs R Dobbin 7-10-3 .................. R Day (3) 85
8
P17646P NICKI?S NIPPER 10 (P) S Waugh 9-10-3 .............................. C Bewley (3) ?
9
4446274 MORE MADNESS 7 (P) Julia Brooke 10-10-2 ......................... B Hughes 95
BETTING: 2 Attention Please, 3 Captain Mowbray, 9-2 Golden Investment, 6 Cottersrock
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 1-4 2 FE 3 abd
3.15
RACING AGAIN NEW YEAR?S DAY CONDITIONALS?
HCAP HURDLE (4); �899; 3m 1f.
(7 runners)
1
44-13 DURBANVILLE 19 J Ewart 5-12-2 ..................................... James Bowen 97
2
3/51-P5 MCVICAR 20 (P) J J Davies 8-11-12................................................ R Day 93
3
76-6467 OREGON GOLD 25 N Kent 4-11-12............................. T Broughton (10) 96
4
31121-0 JOSEPH MERCER 19 (V) Miss T Jackson 10-11-10..... Sam Coltherd l99
5
-031311 TRIOPAS 7 Tom Lacey 5-11-9(7ex)........................................ C Gethings 96
6
7-673 SECRET PASSENGER 30 B Ellison 4-11-7 ........................... K Wood (3) 85
7
442P2-2 AMERICAN LIFE 21 (T,V) Oliver Greenall 10-11-1........ Ross Turner (8) 98
BETTING: 5-4 Triopas, 11-4 Durbanville, 3 American Life, 12 Secret Passenger, 14
Joseph Mercer, 25 Mcvicar, 33 Oregon Gold
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: FE 7 5 3 abd
GOING: STANDARD
8 (1)
75 MAVERICK OFFICER 125 D M Simcock 9-2 ..................... S Donohoe 91
9 (10)
226 ODE TO AUTUMN 125 J Gosden 9-2 ................................... R Havlin l99
10 (5)
TOSHIMA Ed Walker 9-2 ............................................................. L Keniry ?
11 (4)
LIBERTY LYNX W Haggas 8-11 .................................... Georgia Cox (3) ?
BETTING: 7-4 Zalshah, 5-2 Ode To Autumn, 5 Chingachgook, 6 Liberty Lynx, 9
Toshima, 12 Breaking Records, 14 Maverick Officer, 20 Licinius
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: No corresponding race.
1.45
TEMPLEGATE
12.30...Teescomponents Lad
1.05 ............................Paddling
1.35............................Mr Mafia
2.05 .................Lake Field (nb)
2.40 .........Golden Investment
3.15..................TRIOPAS (nap)
PLAY SLOTS AT SUNBETS.CO.UK/VEGAS MAIDEN
STAKES (5); winner �911; 1m.
(9 runners)
1 (8)
406/ NELSON?S HILL 945 W De Best-Turner 7-9-6 ............. Aaron Jones (3) ?
2 (1) 3-35643 DELIBERATOR 22 W Knight 3-9-5.......................................... A Kirby l99
3 (7)
577 DUHR 15 R J Smith 3-9-5.............................................................. R Tate 76
4 (3)
ELITE TREATY Miss G Kelleway 3-9-5................................... Fran Berry ?
5 (4) 86-362 PARADISE LAKE 73 (BF) Ed Walker 3-9-5.............................. L Keniry 96
6 (5)
2453 SWISS VINNARE 15 (H) P McEntee 3-9-5................. Nicola Currie (7) 89
7 (9) 65-7889 ANNABELLA 11 T McCarthy 4-9-1............................................. R Havlin ?
8 (6)
56 PETERS FOLLY 15 (H) P Hiatt 4-9-1 ....................................... W Carson ?
9 (2)
UPTOWN GIRL Mrs L Pearce 3-9-0 .......................................... S Pearce ?
BETTING: 4-5 Paradise Lake, 5-2 Deliberator, 5 Swiss Vinnare, 10 Elite Treaty
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 1-2 3 1 3 2-4
TEMPLEGATE
11.40 ............................Ceyhan
12.10.........Masquerade Bling
12.45 ..........................Eddiebet
1.15 ................Ode To Autumn
1.45 ..............Captain Navarre
2.20 ..................Paradise Lake
2.55 ...........Corazon Espinado
3.30 ..........................Varsovian
TOM PEPPER
11.40............................My Lord
12.10 .................German Whip
12.45 .......................Haraz (nb)
1.15..................LICINIUS (nap)
1.45........................Continuum
2.20 ...................................Duhr
2.55 ...................Conflagration
3.30...................................Helis
nTIC-TAC: Polytrack AW course, LH, 1m 2f round. nDRAW: Little effect. nLEADING
TRAINERS: R Hannon 78-446, W Haggas 67-208, J Gosden 55-286, D M Simcock 49-260.
THIS SEASON: R Hannon 25, W Haggas 19. nTOP JOCKEYS: A Kirby 186-933, L Morris
150-1152, S W Kelly 67-591, L Keniry 61-645. THIS SEASON: L Morris 23, A Kirby 22.
nLONGEST TRAVELLER: Eddiebet (12.45), Royal Reserve (1.45), Hamish Mcgonagain
(3.30); 518 miles. nTRICAST: 12.10, 12.45, 1.45, 2.55, 3.30 nJACKPOT: 1-6 nON ATR
2.55
32RED CASINO NURSERY (6); 2-y-o; value to the
winner �264; 7f.
(12 runners)
1 (9) 7387424 BEZOS 6 (P) R Hannon 9-9 ........................................... Rossa Ryan (7) 97
2 (7)
0973 LADY OF AUTHORITY 23 M McGrath 9-8............................. S W Kelly 88
3 (11) 17559 BOOMERANG BETTY 15 J Osborne 9-8 ............................. D Costello 85
4 (8) 845506 HOLLYWOOD DREAM 15 N Mulholland 9-7 ...................... Fran Berry 87
5 (2)
7682 CORAZON ESPINADO 22 S Dow 9-7.............................. P Bradley (5) 98
6 (3) 87439 ISOLETTA 22 Ed Walker 9-6 ..................................................... L Keniry 86
7 (12) 6768 CONFLAGRATION 27 E Dunlop 9-6 .......................................... A Kirby 88
8 (5)
7986 DARK FREEDOM 102 C Hills 9-1.......................................... L Morris l99
9 (1)
065 FREE TALKIN 80 M Attwater 8-11 ................................................ K Fox 89
10 (10) 978750 KYLIE STYLE 9 (P) Steph Hollinshead 8-7................ Nicola Currie (7) 89
11 (6)
970 AMADEUS 17 (BH) R Fahey 8-7 ........................................... P Mathers 86
12 (4)
0098 ROYAL WAVE 42 W Knight 8-1................................................ K O?Neill 85
BETTING: 9-4 Corazon Espinado, 6 Bezos, 7 Lady Of Authority, 8 Conflagration
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 5 5 2 2
2016: Vatican Hill 9-1 Lucy Barry 25-1 (J Osborne) drawn 6, 13 ran.
3.30
BETWAY HANDICAP (5); value to the winner �911;
6f.
(9 runners)
1 (3) 3298088 ART NOUVELLE 34 (D) Joseph P O?Brien (Ire) 3-9-8.............. A Kirby 85
2 (9) 3628-00 WHIRL ME ROUND 21 (BH) G Peckham 3-9-7 ..................... K O?Neill 85
3 (6) 41/130- HELIS 660 M Scudamore 4-9-7 .................................................. L Keniry ?
4 (1) 2175107 DANECASE 21 (PH;CD) David Dennis 4-9-7....................... D Costello 95
5 (8) 4448001 VARSOVIAN 22 (CD) D Ivory 7-9-6 ...................................... J Duern (3) 96
6 (7) 4526455 ZIPEDEEDODAH 20 (T;C) J Tuite 5-9-5................................. S W Kelly 98
7 (4) 9886487 JUAN HORSEPOWER 14 (P;C,D) R Hannon 3-9-4. Rossa Ryan (7) l99
8 (5) 3455333 VERY HONEST 16 (CD) B Johnson 4-9-4................................ L Morris 95
9 (2) 1504312 HAMISH MCGONAGAIN 10 (P;C,D) D O?Meara 4-9-0.... K Shoemark 97
BETTING: 11-4 Varsovian, 10-3 Hamish Mcgonagain, 9-2 Art Nouvelle, 6 Very
Honest, 7 Juan Horsepower, Zipedeedodah, 12 Danecase, 20 Whirl Me Round
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 2 1 5 6 3
2016: Swiss Cross 9-9-2 C Shepherd 8-1 (P McEntee) drawn 9, 11 ran.
54 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
1GM
PICK OF THE ACTION FROM LEOPARDSTOWN ON AT THE RACES
lGOING: YIELDING, SOFT IN PLACES (7.30am insp)
1.20
SQUARED FINANCIAL CHRISTMAS HURDLE (GRADE
1); value to the winner ?50,150; 3m.
(7 runners)
1
1285-12 JEZKI 39 (C,D) Mrs J Harrington 9-11-10 ........................... B J Geraghty 83
2
PP57-34 LIEUTENANT COLONEL 63 (T;CD) G Elliott 8-11-10.......... D N Russell 79
3
12F12-2 NICHOLS CANYON 25 (C,D) W P Mullins 7-11-10.............P Townend l99
4
12412-3 SUPASUNDAE 25 (C) Mrs J Harrington 7-11-10................... R M Power 89
5
21231-2 BAPAUME 200 (C) W P Mullins 4-11-5........................................ N Fehily 74
6
1211-11 APPLE?S JADE 25 (T;C) G Elliott 5-11-3 .......................... Jack Kennedy 98
7
1F615-6 AUGUSTA KATE 25 W P Mullins 6-11-3 ................................ D J Mullins 82
BETTING: Evens Apple?s Jade, 2 Nichols Canyon, 6 Supasundae, 8 Jezki, 33
Bapaume, Lieutenant Colonel, Augusta Kate
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 2 1 4 4 1
2016: Vroum Vroum Mag 7-11-3 R Walsh 8-15 Fav (W P Mullins), 8 ran.
FORM
no impression when jumped right
JEZKI (11-10) 6-1 pushed along and
last, one pace, 9l SUPASUNDAE
ridden 2 out, no impression before
(11-10) 14-1 not much room straight
last and kept on same pace run-in,
and stumbled slightly, no impresbtn 16l by Faugheen (11-10) (4 ran)
sion until 5th again and slight mis(Punchestown 2m hdle Grd 1 (1)
take last, kept on well without threat?50,150 soft - heavy).
ening, 3rd (btn 11l) AUGUSTA
LIEUTENANT COLONEL (11-0) 6-1
KATE (11-3) 16-1 pushed along at
slight mistake 7th and dropped to
stages, 6th straight, no extra, 6th
3rd, 2nd 4 out, ridden in 3rd entering
(btn 35l) (7 ran) (Fairyhouse 21/2m
straight, no impression on leaders 2
hdle Grd 1 (1) ?59,000 soft).
out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12 (btn
13l) to Monksland (11-0) (Thurles 2m BAPAUME (10-8) 4-1 left in lead 2 out,
driven and headed last, rallied but
7f hdle ?11,088 yielding).
always held, btn 1 / 2l by Prince Ali
APPLE?S JADE (11-3) evens fav made
(10-8) (7 ran) (Auteuil 2m 3f hdle
all, stayed on well from before last,
Grd 1 �3,846 heavy).
bt NICHOLS CANYON (11-10) 2-1
BOX CLEVER
nHOT TRAINERS: W Haggas 3 from 5; D McCain 9 from 31; D M Simcock 6
from 19; Tom Lacey 3 from 9; M Keighley 3 from 13; J Snowden 3 from 13; W
Greatrex 5 from 24; D Skelton 7 from 44; N Mulholland 5 from 32.
nHOT JOCKEYS: N De Boinville 9 wins from 31; James Bowen 8 from 23; G
Sheehan 6 from 21; R McLernon 5 from 20; Sean Bowen 5 from 18; A Tinkler 3
from 11; W Kennedy 5 from 24; H Brooke 4 from 20; C Gethings 4 from 21; A
Kirby 4 from 25; A Coleman 5 from 36; B Hughes 6 from 41; H Skelton 5 from 34.
3.00
LEOPARDSTOWN CHRISTMAS CHASE (GRADE 1);
value to the winner ?88,500; 3m.
(12 runners)
1
86-2414 ALPHA DES OBEAUX 19 (P,TH) M F Morris 7-11-10 .......... B J Cooper 87
2
3F3-123 BALKO DES FLOS 42 (BF) H de Bromhead 6-11-10............ D O?Regan 77
3
144-7U5 CARLINGFORD LOUGH 18 (T;CD) J E Kiely 11-11-10..... B J Geraghty 90
4
21342-2 DJAKADAM 18 (BF,C) W P Mullins 8-11-10.......................... D J Mullins 98
5
U21F1P- EDWULF 289 (T) Joseph P O?Brien 8-11-10 .................... Mr D O?Connor ?
6
3FU2-4P MINELLA ROCCO 40 (P) Jonjo O?Neill (UK) 7-11-10 ....... B J Geraghty 96
7
10P-613 OUTLANDER 33 (P;CD) G Elliott 9-11-10 ........................ Jack Kennedy 93
8
2211-12 ROAD TO RESPECT 54 (HH) N Meade 6-11-10.............. S W Flanagan 92
9
21111-1 SIZING JOHN 18 (CD) Mrs J Harrington 7-11-10............... R M Power l99
10 U22/14- VALSEUR LIDO 365 (D) H de Bromhead 8-11-10 ....................... N Fehily ?
11
/41112- YORKHILL 256 (BF,C) W P Mullins 7-11-10.......................... P Townend 90
12 1417-53 ZABANA 54 (T;C) A Lynch 8-11-10 ....................................... D N Russell 79
BETTING: 6-4 Sizing John, 9-4 Yorkhill, 8 Djakadam, 12 Valseur Lido, Outlander
WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 3 1-4 8 1 3
2016: Outlander 8-11-10 J W Kennedy 11-1 (G Elliott), 13 ran.
Captain Pugwash 12.45Li
Catchin Time 3.40Le
Caviar D?allen 3.40Le
Ceyhan 11.40Li
Chieftain?s Choice 3.40Le
Chingachgook 1.15Li
Clash Of D Titans 2.30Le
Claude Carter 1.35C
Conflagration 2.55Li
Continuum 1.45Li
Copt Hill 1.35C
Corazon Espinado 2.55Li
Cottersrock 2.40C
Criq Rock 1.25Le
Crown Hill 1.55Le
Cultivator 3.05Le
Cup Of Ambition 1.05C
Danecase 3.30Li
Dark Freedom 2.55Li
Dartagnan Le Dun 3.40Le
Dassett Gold 1.25Le
Deliberator 2.20Li
Destrier 2.30Le
Discoverie 1.35C
Dubai Landmark 1.15Li
Duhr 2.20Li
Durbanville 3.15C
Dutch Artist 12.30C
Echo Brava 1.45Li
Eddiebet 12.45Li
El Torito 12.45Li
Elite Treaty 2.20Li
Enola Gay 12.30C
Eurato 1.25Le
Fergal Mael Duin 1.55Le
Fillydelphia 1.35C
Frankie Ballou 1.05C
Free Talkin 2.55Li
Frozen Lake 12.10Li
Frozon 12.30C
Gang Warfare 12.30C
Garsington 1.15Li
German Whip 12.10Li
Go West Young Man 1.55Le
Golden Investment 2.40C
Grecian King 12.30C
Gregarious 12.55Le
Hamish Mcgonagain 3.30Li
Haraz 12.45Li
Harefield 2.30Le
Hartside 1.35C
Hattons Hill 2.40C
Hayley Belle 1.25Le
Helis 3.30Li
Hollywood Dream 2.55Li
Island Brave 1.45Li
Isoletta 2.55Li
Jarlath 1.55Le
Johnny Yuma 2.30Le
Joseph Mercer 3.15C
Juan Horsepower 3.30Li
Kafoo 12.45Li
Kilfilum Cross 1.25Le
Knockaderry Flyer 3.05Le
Kylie Style 2.55Li
La Goulue 11.40Li
Lady Of Authority 2.55Li
Lake Field 2.05C
Leskinfere 1.25Le
Liberty Lynx 1.15Li
Licinius 1.15Li
Lissycasey 1.25Le
Little Jon 1.55Le
Lord Franklin 12.30C
Lost In Newyork 1.05C
Malaysian Boleh 12.45Li
KNOW WHAT I
MEAN, HARRY . . .
Prince Harry and
Joshua yesterday
FORM
(7 ran) (Punchestown 3m 1f ch Grd
ALPHA DES OBEAUX (11-4) 7-1 led 3
3 (1) ?23,600 soft).
out, stayed on well, bt A Toi Phil (116) 51/2l BALKO DES FLOS (11-1) 11- OUTLANDER (11-10) 16-1 led run-in,
kept on, bt ROAD TO RESPECT
10 fav no extra, 3rd (btn 16l) (6 ran)
(11-10) 7-2 no impression on winner,
(Clonmel 2m 5f ch Grd 2 (1)
1
/2l ZABANA (11-10) 25-1 no extra,
?29,500 soft - heavy).
3rd (btn 15l) ALPHA DES OBEAUX
SIZING JOHN (11-10) 2-1 led after 3
(11-10) 12-1 kept on one pace, 4th
out, kept on, bt DJAKADAM (11-10)
(btn 17l) CARLINGFORD LOUGH
5-4 fav kept on same pace, 7l CAR(11-10) 33-1 u/r 7th, (8 ran) (Down
LINGFORD LOUGH (11-10) 33-1 one
Royal 3m ch G1 (1) ?82,600 soft).
pace, 5th (btn 19l) (Punchestown
OUTLANDER (11-10) 11-1 ridden to
21/2m ch G1 (1) ?50,150 heavy).
challenge last, kept on well run-in,
EDWULF pulled up latest, earlier (11asserted, bt Don Poli (11-10) 2 1 / 4l
10) 11-2 led 2 out, kept on, bt Space
DJAKADAM (11-10) 5-4 fav kept on
Cadet (10-11) 8l (10 ran) (Naas
same pace, just held for 2nd, 3rd
21/2m nov hcap ch ?29,500 heavy).
(btn 21/2l) VALSEUR LIDO (11-10) 3ROAD TO RESPECT (11-10) 7-2 head1 4th (btn 7l) ZABANA (11-10) 8-1
way to lead run-in, kept on well, bt
1
7th (btn 16l) (13 ran) (Leopardstown
Kilcarry Bridge (11-0) 1 /2l MINELLA
3m ch Grd 1 (1) ?76,137 yielding).
ROCCO (11-0) 7-4 fav no impression
when slight mistake last, 4th (btn ROAD TO RESPECT (11-10) 7-2 kept
on to lead last, just held on, bt YORK10l) ZABANA (11-10) 8-1 no extra in
HILL (11-10) 4-7 fav led 2 out, ran
straight, 5th (btn 27l) OUTLANDER
around, headed, rallied and just held,
(11-10) 8-1 weakened, 6th (btn 42l)
nk (6 ran) (Fairyhouse 21/2m nov ch
CARLINGFORD LOUGH (11-10) 16Grd 1 (1) ?59,000 good - yielding).
1 no extra from 3 out, last (btn 47l)
ABC CHECK ON THE RUNNERS: C-Catterick, Le-Leicester, Li-Lingfield
Accord 12.55Le
Allee Bleue 1.55Le
Alpha Indi 3.40Le
Amadeus 2.55Li
American Life 3.15C
Amuse Me 1.05C
Annabella 2.20Li
Aristocles 1.45Li
Art Nouvelle 3.30Li
Arthington 2.30Le
Attention Please 2.40C
Awesome Rock 11.40Li
Ballythomas 2.40C
Bekkensfirth 1.55Le
Bertie Moon 11.40Li
Betancourt 1.05C
Bezos 2.55Li
Big Thunder 12.30C
Billy Hicks 3.40Le
Bobby Benton 12.10Li
Boomerang Betty 2.55Li
Breaking Records 1.15Li
Bronzallure 1.25Le
Calypso Delegator 1.35C
Captain Mowbray 2.40C
Captain Navarre 1.45Li
SUN BOXING
Manwell 2.05C
Marshal Dan 1.15Li
Masquerade Bling 12.10Li
Master Of Verse 12.55Le
Maverick Officer 1.15Li
Mcvicar 3.15C
Michigan 11.40Li
Middlebrow 2.05C
Militarian 3.05Le
Millen Dollar Man 1.35C
Millie The Minx 12.30C
Mon Eldorado 1.25Le
More Madness 2.40C
Morianour 3.40Le
Mr Mafia 1.35C
Mr Witmore 1.05C
Muhajjal 12.10Li
My Lord 11.40Li
Myroundorurs 12.55Le
Nelson?s Hill 2.20Li
Nicki?s Nipper 2.40C
Ode To Autumn 1.15Li
Ode To Glory 11.40Li
Oregon Gold 3.15C
Paddling 1.05C
Pandinus Imperator 1.25Le
Paradise Lake 2.20Li
Peters Folly 2.20Li
Poyle Thomas 1.45Li
Ramonex 2.05C
Red Danaher 2.40C
Reverse The Charge 1.05C
Rock N?stones 1.35C
Roman Numeral 1.35C
Royal Reserve 1.45Li
Royal Wave 2.55Li
Rydan 1.45Li
Sea Of Hope 12.10Li
Sea Tea Dea 12.10Li
Secret Passenger 3.15C
Shalamzar 1.35C
Silverhow 3.05Le
Skipping On 1.35C
Smart Mover 12.10Li
Strait Run 1.35C
Swashbuckle 12.30C
Swiss Vinnare 2.20Li
Tab Hogarth 12.30C
Teescomponents Lad 12.30C
Termsnconditions 12.45Li
The Dancing Lord 11.40Li
The Special One 12.10Li
The Sweeney 1.25Le
Three Ways 3.05Le
Toshima 1.15Li
Triopas 3.15C
Ubla 12.45Li
Under The Red Sky 1.05C
Uptown Girl 2.20Li
Valgor Du Ronceray 2.05C
Varsovian 3.30Li
Very Honest 3.30Li
Victarion 1.25Le
Violet?s Lads 12.10Li
Volt Face 1.55Le
Voodoo Doll 2.30Le
Wahwonaisa 2.30Le
Waqt 12.45Li
Western Morning 1.25Le
Whirl Me Round 3.30Li
Wind Place And Sho 3.40Le
Young Tom 12.30C
Zalshah 1.15Li
Zipedeedodah 3.30Li
OF A
CHAMP
AJ passed his Wlad test
By JORDAN DAVIES
ANTHONY JOSHUA says his
dramatic win over Wladimir
rounds of course it was good. But
Klitschko was like being let with Klitschko I went through
loose on the motorway as a something that couldn?t be taught.
?It was about character and I
learner driver.
Brit hero AJ, 28, stopped
Klitschko in the 11th round after
an epic showdown in front of
90,000 fans at Wembley in April.
The IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO
heavyweight world champion is
now eyeing up a potential ?Battle
of Britain? clash with motormouth Tyson Fury next year.
But despite already winning the
IBF title in two rounds against
Charles
Martin
in
February,
Joshua admits his victory over
Klitschko was on another level.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4?s
Today programme, which was
guest edited by Prince Harry, AJ
said: ?When I beat Klitschko in
April, I feel like on that day I
was born again.
?I went through something that
no coach can teach you.
?It?s like taking a driving lesson
100 times ? and then it?s just you
on that motorway alone.
?Making it from London to, let?s
say, Sheffield safely and on time
is an achievement.
?When I won the title in two
got there in the end.?
?Gypsy King? Fury is due to
have a hearing with the British
Boxing Board of Control next
month in the hope of having his
licence reinstated.
But the controversial fighter, 29,
has wasted no time in calling out
Joshua, taunting: ?I?ll punch your
face right in, even at 25 stone.?
But Joshua is adamant he has
no plans to get dragged into a
?vulgar? war of words ? and
instead gets as much satisfaction
from making his own BED.
He added: ?Life is all about
interpretation, I don?t interpret
boxing like that.
?That interpretation can be seen
as trash-talking or being vulgar ?
mine has always been discipline,
regiment, healthy living.
?It?s the little things. If I can
make my bed before I leave the
house, I can definitely land a jab
on someone?s nose in sparring.
?There is nothing quite like
coming home to a tidy bed after
a long day.?
HIS RAPID RISE TO THE TOP
OCT 5, 2013: Marks pro debut with firstround win over Emanuele Leo at O2.
SEP 12, 2015: Beats Gary Cornish in 90
seconds to lift Commonwealth title.
DEC 12, 2015: Beats Dillian Whyte in
round seven to win vacant British title.
APR 9, 2016: Takes IBF world title with
two-round win over Charles Martin.
APR 29, 2017: Beats Wladimir Klitschko
in 11 rounds at Wembley (left) for IBF,
IBO and WBA (Super) titles.
2GM
THE No1 TEAM
IN FOOTBALL
IN PRINT
REACTION after Arsenal?s
PDC WORLD DARTS
POWER TWEET ?N SOUR
Prem clash with Crystal
Palace at Selhurst.
ON AIR
PHIL TAYLOR fears internet
trolls will wreck his PDC World
Darts Championship swansong.
The Power, 57, who goes
into tonight?s third-round clash
with Keegan Brown, says he
cannot afford to ?tell the
truth? as he chases a
record 17th world crown.
Taylor (right) has become
wary of discussing fellow
6am: BREAKFAST
Alan
Brazil
and
Micky Quinn reflect
on last night?s clash
between Newcastle
and Manchester City.
10am: RUSHDEN
Max Rushden, Ray
Parlour and Darren
Lewis discuss the
big football stories
of the day.
1pm: KELLY
Join Danny Kelly and
former Crystal Palace
owner Simon Jordan
for
no-holds-barred
debate and comment.
4pm: DRIVE
England Test legend
Darren Gough and
Adrian Durham look
ahead
to
Crystal
Palace v Arsenal.
DOUBLE TOTT
. . . Spurs stars
Trippier ?n Rose
7pm: KICK OFF
Sam Matterface is
joined by journalists
Charlie Wyett and
Tom Hopkinson to
review 2017.
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
in association with
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ASHES SPECIAL
Reaction and fallout
from England?s efforts
in the Fourth Ashes
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GOALDEN WONDER
It?s your chance to
vote for the best
Premier League goal
of 2017.
By ROB MAUL
pros in interviews due to
Twitter abuse. He said: ?Every
time I tell the truth, I get
slated on social media.
?I don?t want to say
anything because if I tell
you what I?ve done for
the sport, I get hammered. And if I tell
you what I haven?t done, I get
slated. But I have done a lot.
?For 25 years I?ve never run
another player down but even
though I?ve started doing it
recently it?s not me, because
we?re all in the same boat.
?We?re all trying to win a
World Championship but the
way it?s going (on social media)
is killing me. It?s time to go.?
Price
cut
TRANSFER BUZZ
We look at the ten
most likely transfer
deals to happen this
January window.
SPORTS ROUND-UP
RESULTS & FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
NEWCASTLE (0) 0
Att: 52,311
MAN CITY
Sterling 31
(1) 1
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP - Aberdeen 1
Partick 0; Hearts 0 Hibernian 0; Rangers 2
Motherwell 0; Ross County 1 St Johnstone 1.
Off - Hamilton v Kilmarnock (due to frozen
pitch).
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic..............21 15 5 1 48 15 50
Aberdeen ...... 21 13 3 5 33 24 42
Rangers .........21 12 3 6 41 25 39
Hibernian ...... 21 9 7 5 30 26 34
Hearts............21 7 8 6 21 19 29
St Johnstone.20 7 5 8 21 28 26
Kilmarnock....20 6 7 7 24 27 25
Motherwell ... 20 7 3 10 25 29 24
Hamilton ....... 20 5 5 10 27 33 20
Dundee ..........21 5 4 12 21 32 19
Ross County..21 4 5 12 21 34 17
Partick...........21 4 5 12 17 37 17
BOSTIK PREMIER - Met Police 1 Leatherhead 2.
CRICKET
TEST MATCH (Port Elizabeth): 2nd day
of 4 - South Africa 309-9 dec (Markram
120, De Villiers 53) v Zimbabwe 68 (Morkel
5-21) & 121 (Maharaj 5-59). South Africa
bt Zimbabwe by an innings and
120 runs.
DARTS
WILLIAM HILL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
(Alexandra Palace, London): 2nd Rd - D Webster bt S Whitlock (Aus) 4-1; J Richardson bt A
Norris 4-1; T Alcinas (Spa) bt K Munch (Ger) 4-1;
J Lewis bt P Wright 4-1. 3rd Rd - R van Barneveld (Hol) bt V van der Voort (Hol) 4-1; M van
Gerwen (Hol) bt G Price 4-2.
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE - Coventry 2 Cardiff 3; Edinburgh 1 Braehead 3; Guildford 7 Milton Keynes 2; Nottingham 0 Sheffield 5.
TODAY?S SPORT
PREMIER LEAGUE
Crystal Palace v Arsenal ......... 8.0
BASKETBALL: BBL Championship Plymouth v Worcester (7.30).
GREEN MACHINE . . .
MVG celebrates as Price
(right) was finally sunk
CHAMP SURVIVES MIGHTY SCARE
By ROB MAUL
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN survived
an almighty scare last night to
gives up. He puts everything on the
set-up a mouth-watering quarter- line. And he shows his emotion.
final
with
Dutch
master
?I have to play better against
Raymond. I made it too difficult for
Raymond van Barneveld.
The
reigning
world
champion
endured his toughest fight of this year?s
PDC World Darts Championship in a
thrilling third-round encounter with
Welshman Gerwyn Price.
Price, a former rugby union hooker,
wasted FIVE set-winning darts to take
a 3-2 lead and force what would have
been a dramatic finale.
However, the World No 1?s superior
scoring and finishing proved the
difference in the latter stages as he
won for the ninth successive time on
the Ally Pally stage and maintained
his three-month unbeaten streak in
TV tournaments.
Van Gerwen eventually ran out a 4-2
winner against the No 16 seed but
there were signs perhaps he is not as
invincible as everybody thinks.
Van Gerwen, 28, said: ?I didn?t play
well there. I don?t know what was
wrong with me. I wasn?t feeling well. I
wasn?t 100 per cent. Gerwyn never
myself. I should not be in that
position.?
Price, to his credit, came from 2-0
down in sets to level it up and was
then kicking himself for squandering
his opportunities on double 20.
Van Gerwen, who hit a 170 checkout,
appreciated he had been in a proper
fight and could have easily been the
TODAY?S ACTION
AFTERNOON (12.30pm): Toni Alcinas v
Darren Webster, Mensur Suljovic v Dimitri
Van den Bergh, John Henderson v Rob Cross.
EVENING (7pm): Jamie Lewis v James
Richardson, Phil Taylor v Keegan Brown,
Gary Anderson v Steve West.
*all third-round matches
TODAY?S matches will
be live on talkSPORT 2
starting at 12.30pm.
latest seed to depart the championships in this year of upsets.
Price, 32, said: ?Missing those darts
to go 3-2 up was the turning point. If
they had gone in, then I am confident
I would have won the game.
?Fair play to Michael, he is the
world champion and world No 1 and
he dug in deep and deserved to win. I
missed a lot of chances. Even though
the crowd were against him, he still
managed to get the win.?
Van Barneveld had a much smoother
passage into the last eight with a 4-1
win over fellow Dutchman Vincent
van der Voort.
The No 9 seed enjoyed his third successive ton-plus average at the worlds
and took out finishes of 161 and 112.
The five-time world champion said:
?I went back to Holland after the second round and wasn?t able to practise
for two days. I was with my family
over Christmas instead.
?I didn?t play my A game and it was
still 101, which is good.
?I have massive respect for Vincent
and what he has gone through. He has
had back injuries for two years and
has struggled.?
55
MERCEDES admit
P
a bid to supply
McLaren with engines
for the 2018 Formula
One season has stalled.
McLaren held talks
after struggling with a
Honda unit this year.
Merc chief Toto Wolff
said: ?We just didn?t
have the capacity to
supply them for 2018.
It was simply too late.?
MURRAY . . . lay-off
Hip fears
plaguing
sad Muz
By DAN KING
ANDY MURRAY is on
his way to Australia ?
but doubts remain over
his fitness.
Murray was due to fly
overnight to Abu Dhabi,
where stars gathered for
the
Mubadala
World
Tennis Championship.
It is understood Muzza
will practise at the event
venue. But it remains
unclear whether he will
compete as planned at
next
week?s
Brisbane
International ahead of the
Australian Open, which
begins on January 15.
Murray has not played
a competitive match since
losing in the Wimbledon
quarter-finals
to
Sam
Querrey in July.
But he told Sky Sports:
?When I was fit and
healthy, you think about
winning the major events
and getting to No 1.
?But when you miss
four or five months, the
goals change.
?It isn?t about winning
every match that I play
in the future or winning
more Slams ? I just want
to get back to playing
tennis.
?I want to be fit and
healthy again.
?And
that?s
what?s
driving me just now,
that?s my goal.?
OLYMPIC
chiefs
P
deny they have left
Russian doping-scandal
whistleblower
Grigory
Rodchenkov in danger.
Jim Walden, lawyer
for Rodchenkov, said it
would ?solve a problem? for the IOC if his
client were killed.
But in a statement
the IOC called that a
?ridiculous assertion?.
Four-day
Test farce
CRICKET?S first four-day
Test ended in farce as South
Africa beat Zimbabwe . . .
in just over 1 DAYS.
Zim were all out for 68
and 121, crashing by an
innings and 120 runs
before dinner on day two
of the first day-night Test
match in South Africa.
It was the third-shortest
Test since 1945, lasting 907
balls. Zim skipper Graeme
Cremer said: ?We didn?t
assess conditions well.?
ENGLAND STAR
TON UP . . . Cook salutes his century
By JOHN
ETHERIDGE
in MELBOURNE
ALASTAIR COOK smacked
the long hop for four and
savoured the moment with a
mixture of relief and joy ?
but most of all relief.
Relief that, after 36 innings
spread over almost seven years
since his last century against
Australia, the mountain had been
scaled once more.
Relief that all those mutterings
about his motivation, commitment and
ability still to compete at the highest
level for England had been silenced.
Not for Cook an exuberant, leaping,
badge-kissing celebration. No, he?s not
David Warner. He embraced Joe Root,
removed his helmet and cupped his
ear to the sky ? the same gesture he
always makes after a Test century.
Cook, who was 33 on Christmas
Day, refuses to explain what it means
but it is believed he is remembering
an old schoolboy friend who died
prematurely.
He said: ?I am pleased from a personal point of view but some ways it
hurts even more that I found form
only when the series has been lost.
?It was a relief that when it got
really tough I was able to dig deep
and score some runs.
?Apart from someone like Steve
Smith you never just cruise through
your career without difficult times.
?But the key is to fight through
those periods and when I went to bed
after the innings I was proud because
it was one of those occasions when
I?ve been questioned and I?ve been
able to respond with some runs.
?There?s still a huge amount to play
for in this series because there is no
way we want to go down 5-0 again.?
Stuart Broad said: ?In the changing
room, the celebrations were huge, with
people jumping up and down. I think
that?s testament to the bloke he is.
?Cooky is a very calm character, not
someone who gets particularly fazed
or down. He went through so much
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
in association with
Cook?s still
got all the
ingredients
stuff with his captaincy that I?m not
sure a bit of stick about not scoring
runs is going to bother him much.?
Cook began the final over of day
two of the Fourth Test with 93.
Aussie skipper Smith brought himself
on
to
bowl
his
part-time
leggies and began with a knee-high
full toss Cook gratefully clipped to the
mid-wicket boundary.
From ball three, Cook scampered a
couple to take him to 99. Then served
up a juicy half-tracker, which Cook
whacked for four. Thanks very much.
By stumps Cook and Root, his
successor as captain, had already put
on 112 for the third wicket.
England closed on 192-2 ? 135 off
Australia?s first-innings total of 327.
Cook?s century ended a sequence of
nine innings without even a 50 ? the
longest of his career.
He was unrecognisable from the
batsman who had a top score of just
37 in the first three Tests. His feet were
sharp and his timing was exquisite.
Cook was more attacking, right
from the start. This was his fastest
Ashes century, compiled off 164 balls.
Sure, he benefited from the absence
of Mitchell Starc, out with a heel
injury, and Pat Cummins being down
on pace because of a stomach upset.
The pitch was also lifeless compared
to last week?s trampoline at the Waca.
Some will try to downgrade Cook?s
32nd Test century as it came in a
dead rubber with the urn already
back in Australian hands ? but an
Ashes hundred is an Ashes hundred
and should not be undervalued.
Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon said:
?There?s no way we?ve relaxed just
because we?ve won the series ? we?re
playing for our country. Cook showed
he is a world-class player.?
Cook survived on 66 when he edged
Mitchell Marsh and Smith failed to
grab the catch at the second attempt.
The Essex ace became the first
England batsman to score centuries
on five different Australian grounds.
He also went past ex-Aussie skipper
Allan Border and Sri Lankan great
Mahela Jayawardene and into eighth
place on the list of highest Test run
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scorers. Cook has played 151 Tests,
nearly all in the tough position of
opener against the new ball. But it
seems there is plenty more in the tank.
Broad added: ?Every time you step
on the field, you?re pretty much playing
for your career. That?s the pressure of
international cricket.
?It shows a huge amount of
character to be under that scrutiny
and deliver any sort of performance,
let alone a century.
?You don?t play that amount of
international sport without some deep
inner confidence when you are very
low. You have something there to
clutch on to when things get tough.?
Cook clutched on to that self-belief
and, when the milestone was passed,
was swamped by a feeling of relief.
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NEYMAR . . . horror
Neymar
close to
Neymore
By JORDAN DAVIES
NEYMAR has revealed he
was CENTIMETRES away
from never walking again
after a horror injury at
the 2014 World Cup.
The Brazil ace, who
made
a
world-record
�8million move to Paris
Saint-Germain in August,
was kneed in the back by
defender
Juan
Zuniga
during the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia.
After being carried off,
Samba star Neymar, 25,
explained how he cried in
terror ? before being
told some chilling news by
team doctors.
He also told how he
sobbed even more while
watching hosts Brazil lose
7-1 to Germany in the
semi-finals, while sitting
in a WHEELCHAIR.
Speaking to ex-Barcelona
team-mate Gerard Pique
on the Players? Tribune,
Neymar said: ?I couldn?t
move my legs.
?The doctor took me
out and I started to cry. I
didn?t feel anything ? I
couldn?t feel my legs.
?Then I went to the
hospital, did the tests and
they told me, ?We have
two pieces of news. One
good and one bad.?
?And I was like, ?The
bad one first.?
?The bad one, ?You
can?t play the World Cup.
It?s over for you.?
?And I?m like, ?What?s
the good one?? They said,
?The good is, after it you
will be able to walk ?
because two centimetres
to the side and football
was over for you.?
?I was in a wheelchair. I
went home and watched
the Germany game.
?I just cried, I would
see my mum, my dad,
crying ? everyone sad.?
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Dave
THEY will come now and
they will come hard for
Harry Kane.
And Real Madrid, the most
famous club on the planet,
struggling desperately in Spain
and humbled by Tottenham in
Europe, won?t merely be testing
the water.
Real have been spanked at home
by Barcelona, who now lead their
bitter rivals by 14 points.
Should they lose to filthy-rich
Paris
Saint-Germain
in
the
Champions League last 16, their
crisis will be vast.
Real know only one way to escape
a crisis.
They go out and buy the most
valuable players on the planet.
And with their centre-forward, the
30-year-old Karim Benzema, having
scored just two goals in 12 league
appearances this season, Kane will
clearly be in Real?s cross hairs.
Kane has scored 39 Premier
League goals in 2017 and 56 in all for
club and country . . . even with the
fact he has to write off every August.
And, yes, football is measured in
seasons not calendar years. But
we?re past those semantics and into
?Eff me, Doris!? territory with Kane.
Three years ago, he was a kid on
a hot streak. Two years ago, a ?oneseason wonder?.
Last term, earnest debates were
had over whether Kane was better
than Romelu Lukaku and many fine
judges sided with the Belgian.
But comparisons with the greatest
goalscorers ? including Cristiano
Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Jimmy
Greaves ? are no longer fanciful.
Now we?re no longer lauding one of
our own with home-town hyperbole.
This is an English footballer who
would genuinely make a World XI.
It is not just the sheer weight of
goals, either. It?s the nonchalance with
which Kane completed his EIGHTH
hat-trick of 2017 with his ?weaker? left
foot in the 5-2 win over Southampton
on Boxing Day.
So what happens next?
Well, Real paid a world-record fee
for Gareth Bale in 2013 and know
they must do so again to sign Kane.
That
means
more
than
the
�8million PSG paid Barcelona for
Neymar. It would almost certainly
make Kane the world?s first quarter
of a billion pound footballer.
In the plausible scenario that
Kane wins the World Cup Golden
Boot ? and the draw says England
could
reach
the
quarter-finals
without beating anyone special ?
the price would pass �0m.
But Real can and would meet
that. Perhaps they will offer Bale in
part-exchange, although that sounds
too cosy for Daniel Levy.
So how would Kane, on a relatively
modest �0,000 per week, react to a
concrete �0m bid from Real? Well,
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EIGHT?S GREAT . . .
Harry Kane seals his
eighth hat-trick of the
year in Tottenham?s
Boxing Day romp
Harry?s the
Real thing!
HITMAN WILL COMMAND MAD MONEY
he is under contract until 2022 and
there is no doubting his uncommon
loyalty towards Spurs.
That is not just a load of sentimental
hokum.
While
others,
including Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, are unhappy
about Tottenham?s wage restraints,
Kane is far more sanguine.
He really is an old-school throwback, living the dream.
The worst thing those who know
Kane will tell you about him is that
he?s a bit boring. He?s teetotal, married to his childhood sweetheart,
watches golf and cricket and if you
ask him whether he ever succumbs
to temptation, he?ll admit he enjoys
a crafty slice of apple pie.
But should he reach his 25th
birthday in July without having won
a major trophy ? not even Footballer
of the Year, thanks to Manchester
City?s dominance ? and Real Madrid
offer to quadruple his money, and
then he thinks about Bale?s three
European Cups in four seasons . . .
Some doubt whether Kane would
be quite such a goody two-shoes in
those circumstances. And when
asked about Real while on England
duty recently, Kane carefully left
the door ajar.
Alan Shearer says he has never
regretted spending a decade winning nothing with his boyhood club
Newcastle ? but he had already
won a title with Blackburn.
As for Spurs, well, a chairman as
admirably
hard-assed
as
Levy
would be loath to enter a brand
new stadium without his poster boy.
But yet it is the �n cost of that
home which leaves Spurs unable to
pay Hollywood wages and vulnerable to those who can.
Of course, Spurs fans will demand
to know why, whenever anything
goes well for them, people have to
speculate about such matters. But
that?s ignoring economic reality.
Eighteen months ago, it?s believed
Sir Alex Ferguson felt Manchester
United should have pushed out the
boat to hire Kane and Mauricio
Pochettino.
They?re both probably beyond
United?s reach now. Not Real?s, though.
The great transfer saga of next
summer is already being written.
IF you subscribe to BT Sport,
P
you might have expected to
be able to enjoy highlights of a
rare successful day for England
in day two of the Fourth Ashes
Test when you awoke yesterday
morning.
Instead, you could watch Oxford
v Leeds in a Second Division
match from 1984.
So ask me what I thought of
the career-saving heroics of
Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad
and I?ll tell you that Peter
Lorimer was unlucky to have been
sent off after a tangle with John
Aldridge (inset right) at the
Manor Ground 33 years ago.
EVERTON are
unbeaten in seven
under Big Sam yet had
two 0-0s over Christmas
and are settling into
Match of the Day?s graveyard slot. Does what it
says on the tin. It?s
what you wanted and
what you will
get.
DROPPING A
CLANGER . . . Steve
Smith spills Cook drive
BY all accounts,
Swansea chairman
Huw Jenkins was
extremely reluctant to
sack Paul Clement.
So why do it directly
before
the
busiest
period of the Premier
League season ? and
without
a
successor
in place?
Swansea were once
widely
admired
for
their style, intelligence
and principles.
Not any longer.
MOURINHO . . . City jibe
MOUR
JUST A
BORE
WHEN
things
went
gravely wrong at Real
Madrid and Chelsea,
Jose
Mourinho
still
provided a certain dark
box-office charisma.
At Manchester United,
he?s simply become a
terrible old bore.
He reacted to a lucky
home draw with potless
Burnley by claiming he
needed to spend more
than the �0million
he?s
already
been
granted at Old Trafford.
And
the
former
Special One pointed out
Manchester City had
bought full-backs for
the price of strikers.
Yes, but they also put
together a record winning streak with Fabian
Delph playing left-back.
Pep Guardiola has
spent more than Mourinho but has improved
almost all his players.
Mourinho
simply
doesn?t seem to do that
any more.
PAUL?S
SNUB
PAUL SCHOLES admits
he was disappointed at
being overlooked for
the Manchester United
Under-23s coaching job.
And he believes his
former club may have
disliked
his
honest
media
criticism
of
some
poor
performances under Louis
van Gaal.
It
is
difficult
to
imagine such a oneclub
legend
being
ostracised in his retirement
by
Barcelona,
Bayern Munich or Ajax.
And
certainly
not
as a result of such
petty paranoia.
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HOTSPUR HERO
O
WATFORD
have
P
opened talks to
keep star midfielder
Thierribly
good
HUGO: KANE BETTER
THAN HENRY ?N CO
KANE
GOAL CRAZY . . . Kane?s
treble against Saints made
it 39 Prem goals this year
League
games
132
Goals
110
Goals
per game
0.58
is different now. He has more
HUGO LLORIS has hailed
By PAUL JIGGINS
attention from the fans and
?goal
machine?
Harry
media. But he has a good head
Kane as the best striker he best I?ve played with. He on his shoulders and a lot of
has ever played with.
deserves all the praise at the humility and that?s the key.
And that is high praise when
you consider the France captain has shared dressing rooms
with some of the game?s greatest frontmen, including Nicolas
Anelka, Thierry Henry, Antoine
Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.
Tottenham?s 31-year-old keeper
watched in awe from the other
end of the Wembley pitch as
his pal hit another hat-trick in
their side?s 5-2 Boxing Day win
over Southampton.
It meant Kane, 24, capped a
sensational 2017. He smashed
Alan
Shearer?s
22-year-old
record for the most Premier
League goals scored in a
calendar year.
And the Spurs and England
star also leapfrogged Barcelona?s ace Lionel Messi to
finish the year as Europe?s top
scorer for club and country
with 56 goals.
But when asked about Kane,
Spurs skipper Lloris said: ?I?ve
never played with a striker
capable of scoring so many
goals in a year.
?I?ve played with a lot of top
strikers and probably he is the
KANE?S
ratio
of
top-flight
goals per
game
beats the
French
stars.
moment. Now the most difficult
part is coming because he
needs to stick at this level.
?But with his mentality and
quality I have no doubt he will
do that.
?He is one of the best and he
is going to keep showing it.
?He believes a lot in himself
and that?s most important.
?It means he is able to do
fantastic things with passion
and hard work. In football
when there are records you
always try to break them.
?It?s true, with players like
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
it?s difficult to catch them.
?But Harry is by the side of
them and he is still a young
player with lots to achieve.
?He?s got the right attitude,
he always wants to improve.
?If he scores one goal in a
game, he wants two or three.
?This is his mentality. He?s a
goal machine. It?s his target.
?When he enters the pitch, he
focuses on that. His job is to
score goals and it?s his mentality every day.
?The perception from outside
?He will keep working hard
and I?m sure he will break
more records if he does.?
Humble Harry said his teammates deserved as much credit
as him for the records and
vowed to say thanks by treating
them to a slap-up meal.
Lloris said: ?We all understand Harry needs his mates
but we need him too.
?It?s a strong relationship and
when Harry sees the team
strong behind him, his mind is
free and he can do whatever
he wants up front and use his
skill and quality to score.
?As for the meal, we will
make sure we try to get a good
expensive one.?
Kane said later: ?I?m going to
take the boys out, it?ll be a
nice way to say thanks and end
the year. I?ll have to figure out
somewhere not too expensive.?
When told Lloris was eyeing
somewhere pricey, Kane chuckled and said: ?I bet he did!
But I guess they deserve it.
?I?ll ask them what they
enjoy and we?ll go and have a
good time.?
GRIEZMANN
HENRY
MBAPPE
BENZEMA
ANELKA
League
games
League
games
League
games
League
games
League
games
Goals
Goals
Goals
Goals
Goals
Goals
per game
Goals
per game
Goals
per game
Goals
per game
Goals
per game
135
99
0.42
501
249
0.49
55
24
0.43
349
167
0.47
434
139
0.32
Abdoulaye Doucoure.
They could splash
out �,000 a week
for the Frenchman, 25
next
week,
whose
form has caught the
eye of Arsenal.
A new deal might
put him on a par with
skipper Troy Deeney,
the club?s top earner.
GEORGE WEAH is
P
the new Liberia
president following a
landslide victory.
The former Chelsea
and Manchester City
striker, 51, claimed 12
of the 15 counties up
for grabs in the
West African nation.
Weah said: ?I
want to thank the
Liberian people. It
is a great hope.?
P
SWANSEA
ace
Alfie Mawson is
a target for relegation
rivals West Ham.
But the Hammers
may have to table a
bid of more than
�million for the
centre-back, 23.
Swans will put up a
fight to keep Mawson,
who signed for �
from Barnsley in the
summer of 2016.
Carv up for
Swans job
By MIKE McGRATH
CARLOS CARVALHAL is the
shock name in the frame for the
Swansea job ? after watching
them lose 5-0 to Liverpool.
The Portuguese boss (left), 52,
was axed by Sheffield Wednesday
on Christmas Eve.
He caused surprise at Anfield on
Tuesday when he watched the
Welsh club from the directors? box.
Carvalhal?s name was a late
request, according to a Kop source.
Swansea have been looking for a
new manager since sacking Paul
Clement last week and are sitting
rock-bottom of the Prem table.
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60 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
RED MISSED . . .
Mourinho suffers
in United?s home
draw with Burnley
By NEIL
CUSTIS
ONE can only imagine the
reaction of Ed Woodward and
the
Glazers
when
word
filtered through of their
miserly spend of �0million.
That is Jose Mourinho?s outlay
since taking the reins of power at
Manchester United 18 months ago.
Yet still he says it is not enough
if they want to catch up with
arch-rivals Manchester City.
Executive vice-chairman Woodward, in particular, will have
every reason to raise his eyebrows.
It was he alone who laid it on
the line to the Glazers that money
and big money needed to be spent
in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson?s
retirement.
He got them to spend it too,
more than �0m of it on 22
players since Fergie went, with big
wages being paid out as well.
All a boss can do is back his
manager and try to land his targets.
To be fair to Mourinho his
recruitment has not been all bad.
He had to fight off Real
Madrid to get �m Paul
Pogba
and
before
his
recent three-game ban he
had
become
a
major
influence on this side.
Eric Bailly was a great
buy from Villarreal at
�m and has been a huge
miss since his ankle injury
ruled him out of action.
Victor Lindelof has yet
to impress but Mourinho
is convinced the �m
defender will grow into
one of the best centrebacks in the country when
he gets more accustomed to
the Premier League.
Nemanja Matic was seen as a
steal at �m from Jose?s former
club Chelsea, while it is still too
early for the jury to return a
verdict on the initial �m
spent on Romelu Lukaku.
His contribution remains high
even when he is not hitting the
target but he must score more.
Last season, Mourinho persuaded Zlatan Ibrahimovic to
join United on a free and the
return was 28 goals.
However the Swede is
all but finished now
after that serious knee
injury robbed him of
nine months.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
has been the big flop at �m.
The problem was what Mourinho
inherited ? and the �0m wasted
by Louis van Gaal.
Ander
Herrera,
Luke
Shaw,
Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and
Daley Blind are all bang average
by United?s standards.
Memphis Depay, Angel Di Maria
and Bastian Schweinsteiger came
and went in a flash of mediocrity.
It has been very different across
in the blue half of Manchester.
Pep
Guardiola
has
lavished
�1m on what was already a
fabulous team.
His
major
stars
Kevin
De
Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, David
Silva and Raheem Sterling were
all there to work with when he
arrived. All of them would walk
into United?s team.
You could go back to Ferguson?s
final years even for the root of the
problem at United.
The net spend over his final four
seasons was around �m. That
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last team of his was dragged to
the title by his will and the spirit
he had instilled at the club, while
other clubs around him imploded.
But it was not a great team
bestowed on David Moyes, it was
one that was coming to their end
with very little coming through.
The scouting and recruitment
network compared to many other
clubs was antiquated when Moyes
took over as everything was stored
in Sir Alex?s head rather than on
a network of computers.
So really, United are still playing
catch up from his departure.
The time to get Mourinho was
then.
He is still the best man for this
job. Up until last season he was
the only one to deny Pep a title as
he did with Real Madrid.
But what he needs to do is stop
moaning and get his mojo back.
Last season he would talk about
how much he loved this group of
players and the amazing support
of the fans.
He
wrote
in
one
set
of
programme notes last February:
?We have a squad full of quality
players and top professionals.?
And it was a good
first season as he
calculated winning
the
Europa
League would be
an easier route
than the Premier
League
back into the
Champions
League.
He picked up
the EFL Cup as
well in one of the
new
Wembley?s
best
domestic
finals. The fans were on the up,
the club was on the up, former
chairman Martin Edwards said he
thought they were on to something
special again.
And
they
are
still
second in the league, ten
points better off than at
this stage last season,
and into the knockout
rounds of the Champions
League.
But it feels flat and that
comes from the boss. The
mood of the club and
the team comes from
the manager.
This season he has
questioned the support
from United?s faithful.
Then on Boxing Day,
most damningly of all,
came this: ?One thing is a
big club and another thing
is a big football team, and we are
in a second year of trying to
rebuild a football team that you
know is not one of the best teams
in the world.?
Hardly an inspiring call to arms
for the current squad. He has
proven in the past that he can lift
teams to great heights as he did
with Porto and Inter Milan.
The passion and tactical genius
he showed in leading both clubs
to European glory was incredible.
More than that, he made them
believe they were good enough.
His words and demeanour now
sends the message that this team
simply is not.
He needs to lift them and most
of all he needs to lift himself.
He needs to find the old Jose,
only then might he find the old
United.
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REFFIN? HELL,, HAMMERS
MONK . . . turning point
Monk: I?d
have got
Boro up
By DAVID COVERDALE
GARRY MONK hit out over
his Middlesbrough sacking,
and said: ?I would have
won promotion.?
Boro chairman Steve
Gibson axed the ex-Leeds
and Swansea boss on
Saturday, four hours after
a 2-1 win at Sheffield
Wednesday.
Tony Pulis swiftly took
Monk?s place as the club,
three points off the playoff places, bid to return
to the Premier League.
But in a League Managers Association statement,
Monk said: ?I was saddened to be informed my
services and those of my
staff were not required.
?Hours earlier we had
enjoyed what we felt was
the side?s best away performance of the season.
?Of course, we expected
to be higher up the league.
?But the feeling among
everyone in the dressing
room was it was the turning point in our season.
?We were all really
confident we could still
achieve promotion.?
PULIS . . . football nut
It?s tough
love for
axed Pul
By COLIN YOUNG
TONY PULIS says he is
over his West Brom axe
? and ready to get
?tough? at Middlesbrough.
Pulis was out of work
just a month before Boro
chairman Steve Gibson
persuaded him to succeed
Garry Monk on Boxing Day.
The Welshman, who got
Stoke promoted to the
Premier League in 2008,
was sacked following West
Brom?s poor start.
Pulis, 59, said: ?I wasn?t
hurt at all. I understand
what happens if you don?t
get results.
?I?m a football nut. It?s
my life and I just enjoy it.
?My wife got fed up with
me after one week, I
think. I want to win.
?I come from South
Wales and my dad worked
in the steelworks ? this
area has a similar feeling.
?It?s a tough area, a
hard-working area, and
people expect that if they
pay money, they will get a
day?s work out of people.
?And that appeals to me
as well.?
CHINS UP . . .
top-flight referee
Bobby Madley
BOBBY MADLEY is one of
six Fifa referees in the
Premier League and his
performances are below
the standard expected.
He is having a poor season
for an international official ?
he is making far too many
key big-match errors.
I think that is down to his
lack of fitness ? he looks
overweight and that is affecting his performances.
With his excess body weight
? remember he was even substituted in the Stoke versus
Leicester game due to a calf
injury ? he is not getting himself into the best positions for
that ultimate viewing angle.
Compare him to fellow Fifa
referees Martin Atkinson, who
is 46, Anthony Taylor and
Michael Oliver, there is a difference between the quartet?s
movement on the field of play.
Madley gave a penalty for
Leicester against Manchester
City last week when Kyle
Walker was adjudged to have
fouled Demarai Gray. I felt
there was no contact and
again his decision was made
through poor positioning.
That is just one of several
major decisions he has got
wrong this season.
The latest being Bournemouth?s last-minute equaliser
against West Ham on Boxing
Day. Not only was there an
offside but Callum Wilson
handled the ball before it
went into the net.
Madley was detached from
play so, in that situation as a
referee, you have to trust your
assistant.
Why did he speak to assistant referee Simon Long, who
is one of the best assistants in
the Premier League, when he
has already flagged?
In the same game, he should
have also sent off Simon
Francis for his high kick in
the face on West Ham?s
Cheikhou Kouyate.
In August, Madley dismissed
City right-back Walker against
Everton for a second caution
for reckless use of the arm.
Replays clearly showed contact, if any, was minimal and
that was down to his poor
positioning once again.
However, Madley is not the
worst referee in the top-flight
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is worrying. When he first got
on the list I thought it was
good because we needed new
blood like himself and Craig
Pawson.
But they seem to have taken
two steps forward and five
back. One has to ask, are the
majority just turning up to
pick up their money?
Fans will ask why Premier
League referees are not being
demoted for mistakes.
The reason is there is not
the quality or numbers below
to replace them.
In Keith Hackett?s time, Steve
Tanner, Keith Stroud, Uriah
Rennie, David Pugh and Andy
Hall all dropped into the
Football League before the
former general manager of
the
Professional
Game
Match
Official
Limited
retired in January 2011.
Since
Hackett?s
replacement
Mike
Riley was appointed,
only Stuart Attwell,
known
for
the
?ghost
goal?
at
Watford
but
back in the
Premier
League,
had been
demoted.
There
is
not
the
quality
coming
through,
and
the
Select Group
One refs know there will be no
movement regardless of their
performance.
I do not want to see Madley
demoted. You do not become a
bad referee overnight ? but
there is a shortage of quality
coaching to help these guys.
I made mistakes during my
time but I did not make the
quantity of mistakes they are
making now. It has to improve.
BLOBBY
BOBBY
Nightmare Madley is too fat
Marko is
driven by
drop fear
By GRAHAM NICKLESS
MARKO ARNAUTOVIC is
back to his best after a
relegation warning from
his team-mates.
The West Ham forward
(below) grabbed two goals
in the 3-3 Boxing Day
bout at Bournemouth.
And Hammers defender
Angelo Ogbonna believes
the Austrian is now putting in a proper shift after
some frank words.
Ogbonna
said:
?We
spoke to each
other and we
said we need to
give 100 per
cent more.
?I
think
Marko accepted
that. He?s doing
a really good
job for us, not
just for scoring
but because he
is running for
the team.
?He wants the
ball ? maybe that?s
because our position now
is a little bit dangerous.?
West Ham sit just one
place above the drop zone
after throwing away five
points in their two Christmas games against Newcastle and the Cherries.
But strikers are the
least of the worries for
manager David Moyes.
He admitted ?We?ve got
lots of forwards ? but
we?re really short of midfield players.
?We have a little bit
of an imbalanced squad
which
we?ve
got
to
straighten out in January.?
King rap
on cards
JOSH KING could face a
retrospective FA charge
today for elbowing West
Ham?s Pedro Obiang.
Bournemouth
striker
King, 25, was seen turning
and striking Obiang during
the 3-3 Boxing Day draw.
The incident was missed
by referee Bobby Madley,
who angered Hammers
boss David Moyes with a
number of controversial
decisions during the game.
FA disciplinary chiefs last
week
hit
Southampton
striker Charlie Austin with
a three-match ban for kicking Huddersfield keeper
Jonas Lossl in the face ?
something the match ref
missed at the time.
A suspension for King
would be a huge blow for
Eddie Howe?s relegationthreatened Cherries, who
have already lost star
striker Jermain Defoe for
ten weeks because of an
ankle injury.
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CRYSTAL
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PREMIER LEAGUEE
TOSUN . . . �million
Tosun is
off to the
Toffees
By CHARLIE WYETT
EVERTON are set to
complete the �million
signing of Besiktas striker
Cenk Tosun.
The 26-year-old was at
the Toffees? Finch Farm
training ground to be
shown around and agree
personal terms.
Tosun?s fee to join Sam
Allardyce?s men will initially be �m, rising to
�m with add-ons.
The Goodison Park outfit have been searching
for a striker since the
departure
of
Romelu
Lukaku to Manchester
United last summer.
Germany-born Tosun is
a Turkey international but
it is his form with
Besiktas that has alerted
Everton.
He has struck 41 goals
in 96 league games for
the Super Lig outfit since
joining from Gaziantepspor in 2014.
Tosun also hit four goals
in this season?s Champions
League,
including
both in Besiktas? 2-1 win
at Monaco.
Bolasie?s
big gift lift
YANNICK BOLASIE was
thrilled with the shock
Everton recall he called the
?best Christmas present?.
But the Toffees? winger,
28, knows he must be
patient as he bids for
match fitness after a year
out with a knee injury.
Bolasie, who returned in
the Boxing Day draw at
West Brom, told evertontv: ?It was a surprise
and the best Christmas
present for myself.
?I found out only when I
saw the team on the
screen in the team meeting. I had to look twice!
?I got a good hour
under my belt but I will
take it game by game and
just look forward to it.?
6I?m amazed
I?ve dodged
the bullet for
21 years7
WENGER PROUD
TO MATCH SIR
ALEX?S RECORD
Cesar Az
mission
CESAR AZPILICUETA urged
Chelsea to finish 2017 in
seventh
heaven
at
Stamford Bridge.
Third-placed Blues are
chasing a seventh straight
Premier League home win
against Stoke on Saturday.
Although Azpilicueta, 28,
admits Manchester City?s
runaway title train makes it
very tough to keep pushing.
The defender said: ?Every
game is difficult to win.
?Apart from Manchester
City, every team are
having problems. We need
to keep fighting.
?It?s important to keep
winning and getting points
? we must try to go as
far as we can.?
By OSCAR PAUL
ARSENAL stars staged a ?Mars
bar revolution? on the way home
from Arsene Wenger?s first game
in charge in 1996.
He had already stunned his players by
introducing a warm-up session on the morning of the match ? a 2-0 win at Blackburn.
But while the Frenchman was hailed for
bringing new methods relating to nutrition and
sports science to English football, the Arsenal
squad found they took some getting used to.
Wenger, who banned pre-match chocolate,
said: ?At half-time, I asked my physio Gary Lewin,
?Nobody is talking, what?s wrong with them??
He replied, ?They?re hungry?.
?On the bus home the players were chanting,
?We want our Mars bars!??
2GM
PALACE v ARSENAL
By MARK
IRWIN
GUNNER SET
AN EXAMPLE
ARSENE WENGER has played
Russian roulette for 21 years
? and cannot believe he
dodged all the managerial
carnage around him.
The veteran Arsenal boss will
equal
Sir
Alex
Ferguson?s
record of 810 Premier League
games in charge tonight.
And Wenger admits that in these
trigger-happy times, his incredible
longevity in football is as much
down to luck as judgment.
The Frenchman, 68, has broken
more records than he cares to
remember
during
his
time
as
Britain?s longest-serving manager.
Yet he sometimes wonders how
he lasted for quite so long in such
a cut-throat business where the
average survival rate is now less
than 20 months.
Ahead of tonight?s trip to Crystal
Palace, he admitted: ?If you had told
me before my first game as Arsenal
manager I would still be in charge
21 years later, I would have said, ?No
chance ? you are absolutely mad?.
?I never thought I would get to
this age in the job because every
single game is such a huge gamble.
?It?s Russian roulette every week so
it?s absolutely unbelievable you can
pull the trigger for that long without
the bullet hitting you at some stage.
?You could never predict that.
This record is down to many things,
including loyalty, determination, hard
work and the sacrifice of your life.
?But there is also the luck of
working for a club which has always
trusted in me ? through the good
and the bad periods.?
Wenger knows if many Gunners
fans had their way, he would be out
of a job tomorrow after failing to
win the title since 2004.
But he has long come to terms
with the knowledge that he will
never be able to please everyone ?
and remains determined to see the
best in even his fiercest critics.
He warned: ?If you are paranoid,
don?t choose this job.
?The ultimate goal is to make
everyone happy but unfortunately
you don?t always manage to do that.
?One quality that maybe people
never talk about is the ability to
believe in human beings.
?When you are such a long time in
the job, you are not naive.
?You know all the strengths and
weaknesses and understand that
people can sometimes be selfish or
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TOTTENHAM (11)
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MAN CITY (10)
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Steve Coppell
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Gerry Francis
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Stuart Pearce
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Jacques Santini
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Sven-Goran Eriksson (2007-2008)
Andre Villas-Boas
Martin Jol
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Mark Hughes
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mean. But you still have to believe
that there is a light in every human
being that you can bring out.?
The biggest change the longsuffering Frenchman has noticed
during his time at the Gunners helm
is a huge increase in the number of
self-appointed experts telling him
how to do his job.
He explained: ?The core of the
game on the pitch is the same
? but we now live in a more
demanding society that is much
more opinionated.
?People are more educated and
better informed, although there is
also more suspicion.
?The overall problem in
Europe is that the respect
for basic things has been
lost, or is less strong,
than it was 20 years ago.
?For example, 20 years
ago you would go to see
the doctor and he would
tell you what was wrong
with you and you would
say, ?OK, I will go home
and follow your advice?.
?Today, you have looked
up your problems on the
internet before you go to
the doctor and he has to
convince you that don?t
have what you necessarily
think you have. In every
job, people are questioned more.
That is certainly the case in football
where these values are challenged
and you have no stability.
?We have already changed six
managers in the Premier League
this season.
?But even if you change all 20,
you will still have three who will
be relegated and only one who can
win the title.
?Now when a club sacks a manager they ask, ?Who do we take
now?? and they take
somebody who has
been
sacked
somewhere else.
?So maybe the
clubs need to
be
stronger
internally
to
resist that.?
Arsenal are five
points worse off
than they were at
the same stage of
last season, when they
trailed home in fifth
place ? their lowest
finish under Wenger.
They are down in sixth
place ahead of tonight?s trip
to Selhurst Park and struggling to stay in contention for
Champions League qualification.
Manchester United manager Jose
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THE other current
19 Prem teams
have made 234
appointments
since Sep 1996.
15
Premier League
GAMES
Alex Ferguson 810
Arsene Wenger 809
Harry Redknapp 641
508
David Moyes
Sam Allardyce 494
Mourinho this week complained that
spending �0million on new players
is no longer enough for a club with
ambitions of winning the title.
But cash-conscious Wenger, who
spent just �m in the last summer
transfer window and recouped �m
in player sales, has little sympathy
for his long-term nemesis.
He pointed out: ?I have been in
that position for 21 years, so I will
not start to complain now.
?There have always been three or
four teams richer than I was, so I
learned to cope with it and deal with
our own situation as well as I can.
?Manchester City are richer than
us and so are Manchester United
and Chelsea, but I still believe we
have to find a way to be successful.
?We are not happy to be where we
are in the table and, of course, we
should be higher.
?The club do not put in all the
effort and hard work to be sixth. We
want to be higher up than that.?
Wenger will be without the injured
Nacho
Monreal,
Olivier
Giroud
and Aaron Ramsey for tonight?s trip
to Palace.
The Gunners will stick with a
back four, which means free summer
signing Sead Kolasinac is likely to
be on the bench again.
ARSENAL (likely): Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny,
Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez,
Lacazette.
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2017
WENGER?S ARSENAL HONOURS
BEN?S BIG ORDER
THEN ?N NOW . . . Wenger
unveiled at Arsenal and
(right) as he is as Gunners
boss in 2017
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE is under orders to
give Arsenal a BIG problem tonight.
The 6ft 2in Belgian (right) was suspended for Palace?s draw with Swansea
last weekend ? and boss Roy Hodgson
admits he missed the striker?s bulk.
Hodgson said: ?Benteke was a big loss
for us in the way we are trying to play.
?I thought Wilf Zaha and Andros
Townsend did a fantastic job, but when
they are playing together we don?t have
a physical presence or that focal point
in attack which most teams would like.
By BEN HUNT
I miss Benteke in good form, that?s for
sure, and we?ll be pleased to welcome
him back for these coming games.?
Hodgson does not believe Arsenal
will be unsettled by growing speculation about the futures of Mesut Ozil
and Alexis Sanchez.
He added: ?I don?t think that will
affect anything one bit.?
C PALACE (likely): Speroni, Kelly, Tomkins, Dann,
Schlupp, Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye, Milivojevic,
Townsend, Benteke, Zaha.
ALBRIGHTON . . . plea
Marc in
Fox call
By GARETH DAVIES
ARSENE WENGER has won the FA
Cup on seven occasions during his
career ? more than any other
boss. Aston Villa?s George Ramsay
(6) is next best.
HE?S
also
won
the
Premier League manager
of the month award 15
times ? second only to
Sir Alex Ferguson on 27.
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MARC ALBRIGHTON admits
Leicester cannot lose their
focus again at free-scoring
Liverpool on Saturday.
The Foxes slumped to a
2-1 Boxing Day defeat at
Watford ? a first loss on
the road in eight games.
Riyad Mahrez put them
ahead before they were
beaten by two set-pieces.
And winger Albrighton,
28, rapped: ?We felt quite
comfortable ? and that
was probably our downfall.
?We got complacent and
ended up losing to the
two set-pieces.?
The frail Foxes have now
conceded more goals from
corners and free-kicks ?
13 ? than any Premier
League side.
With Liverpool netting
EIGHT in their last two
games, Albrighton warned:
?We must address this as
we can?t need two or three
goals to win a game.?
GOALS dominate the
agenda when Crystal
Palace and Arsenal
lock horns in the
Premier League.
The corresponding
fixture
last
season finished 3-0
to the Eagles and
striker Olivier Giroud scored THAT
scorpion kick in a
2-0 Gunners win at
the Emirates.
Giroud is crocked
for tonight with a
hamstring injury so
fellow French ace
Alexandre Lacazette
should lead the line,
and we really fancy
him at 13/10 with
Sun Bets to score
any time.
But the Eagles
will
be
soaring
under the Selhurst
Park lights and 5/1
with Sun Bets for a
home win and both
teams
to
score
tickles our interest.
Wilfried Zaha is
the hosts? heartbeat
and the mercurial
winger is 40/1 to
score first in a 2-1
Palace win with Sun
Bets.
DIAMOND: Arsenal?s Alexandre Lacazette to score, 13/10
with Sun Bets.
NEXT BEST: Crystal Palace to
win and both teams to score,
5/1 with Sun Bets.
LONGSHOT: Wilfried Zaha to
score first and Crystal Palace
to win 2-1, 40/1 with Sun Bets.
18+ T&Cs apply.
Odds subject to change.
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KEITA . . . Anfield bound
�m
From Back Page
January swoop for Van Dijk
but valued the centre-back
less than the �m that
Saints quoted last summer.
Guardiola last night put
a brave face on missing
out on Van Dijk.
Asked: ?Were you interested in Van Dijk next
month??,
Pep
replied:
?No?. He was then asked:
?So you weren?t disappointed at missing out on
him?? He replied: ?No?.
Van Dijk was banished
from Saints training by
boss Mauricio Pellegrino
after issuing a transfer
request during pre-season.
The defender was not in
the squad for Saints? 5-2
Boxing Day defeat at
Tottenham
after
Reed
secretly opened talks with
Liverpool.
Van Dijk had his medical
yesterday and the fee
eclipses the initial �m
City forked out for Kyle
Walker from Spurs in July.
The Kop new-boy, who
will wear No 4, last night
tweeted: ?Today is a
proud day as I join one of
the biggest clubs in world
football! I can?t wait to
pull on the famous red
shirt for the first time.?
Van Dijk will be registered on January 2 so his
debut could be in a Mersey
derby as Klopp?s side host
Everton in the FA Cup third
round on January 5.
But Liverpool are now
likely to sell Coutinho for
around �4m.
Barca failed with three
bids for the Brazilian, 25,
in the summer ? the last
one worth �4m.
Coutinho?s agent Kia
Joorabchian wants the
move sealed next month.
Anfield boss Klopp has
the power to reject that.
But with RB Leipzig
midfielder Naby Keita, 22,
joining the Reds for �m
next summer, the German
knows his US owners want
to cash in on Coutinho.
Klopp is also keen on
�m-rated Stoke keeper
Jack Butland.
Firmino?s
�0k day
By OSCAR PAUL
ROBERTO FIRMINO copped
a huge �0,000 bonus
for his Boxing Day double
against Swansea.
The Brazilian, 26, who
earns a basic �,000 a
week at Liverpool, took
his tally to 16 this season
in the Reds 5-0 win.
His bonus shot up from
�,000 for each of his
first five goals to �,000
for the next five and then
�,000 up to 15 goals.
After that, every goal is
worth a massive �,000.
So Firmino?s first against
the Swans earned him
�,000 and his second
�,000, taking his total
bonuses for the season to
�0,000.
He was subbed after 68
minutes ? having raked in
�200 A MINUTE!
VVD shouldn?t be a
Kop flop like Dejan
KOP THAT . . . Van Dijk
will become the world?s
most expensive defender
WORLD?S MOST EXPENSIVE DEFENDERS
�m
�m
�m
�.3m
�.5m
�m
�m
�m
�.85m
�.2m
VIRGIL VAN DIJK (Southampton to Liverpool, 2018)
Kyle Walker (Tottenham to Man City, 2017) *initial 45m
David Luiz (Chelsea to PSG, 2014)
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco to Man City, 2017)
John Stones (Everton to Man City, 2016)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus to AC Milan, 2017) *initial 35.2m
Davinson Sanchez (Ajax to Tottenham, 2017)
Thiago Silva (AC Milan to PSG, 2012)
Shkodran Musta? (Valencia to Arsenal, 2016)
Antonio Rudiger (Roma to Chelsea, 2017) *initial 31m
LIVERPOOL?S
SOUTHAMPTON BUYS
PLAYER
Virgil van Dijk
Sadio Mane
Nathaniel Clyne
Dejan Lovren
Adam Lallana
Rickie Lambert
TOTAL
DATE
Jan 1, 2018
Jun 28, 2016
Jul 1, 2015
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 1, 2014
Jun 2, 2014
FEE
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�m
�.5m
�m
�m
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�6.5m
Maya?s Pell hell
MAYA YOSHIDA admits Southampton are WORSE
under Mauricio Pellegrino this season ? but is against
yet another managerial change.
Saints, who finished eighth under Frenchman
Claude Puel last term, were thrashed 5-2 by
Tottenham at Wembley on Boxing Day.
They are now just two points above the drop
zone and defender Yoshida, 29, said: ?Claude
Puel was fired last season because the club
wasn?t satisfied. But the situation is now worse.
?So just sacking the manager is clearly not always
the best choice. But it is not my decision
?Does the attitude need to improve? I?d say yes.?
VIRGIL
VAN
DIJK
was
arguably the top defender in
the Premier League before an
ankle injury in January kept
him out for eight months.
His bid to regain match fitness
was not helped by a spat with the
Southampton hierarchy which saw
him spend the summer training
alone.
His relationship with manager
Mauricio Pellegrino has never been
repaired and has been a factor in
his slump in form.
At 26, he is just about to enter
the peak years of his career ? but
the Van Dijk who has graced St
Mary?s this season is a far cry
from the one Liverpool boss
Jurgen Klopp fell in love with.
His performance in Saints? 4-1
defeat at home to Leicester earlier
this month, in what will now be
his last appearance for the club,
was nothing short of appalling.
Van Dijk ? set to become the
world?s most expensive defender
after agreeing a �million move
to Anfield ? was made to look a
pub player by two-goal Shinji
Okazaki and Jamie Vardy.
Clearly his Foxes horror show
was not enough to put off Klopp
but it should have set alarm bells
ringing.
After all, the last defender with
a suspect attitude to swap the
South Coast for Merseyside ?
�m Dejan Lovren ? has hardly
covered himself in glory.
Klopp?s first task will be to get
Van Dijk?s head back in the right
place, although his �0,000-aweek pay packet should be a nice
sweetener.
The Dutchman has cut a forlorn
By ALEX CROOK
figure at Saints? New Forest
training ground since his dream of
a move to Anfield seemed to have
died in August.
Isolating himself from teammates after being stripped of the
captain?s armband has clearly
affected his performances.
Where Van Dijk once led by
example he has become just
another foot soldier as Pellegrini?s
sorry Saints have plummeted.
Whether the Argentine?s stay in
Hampshire lasts much longer than
Van Dijk?s is open to discussion.
But what is not debatable is that
a motivated and fit Van Dijk would
grace any top side in Europe.
In his pomp Van Dijk is a
colossus in both boxes with the
ability not only to shackle the best
strikers in the land but to weigh
in with vital set-piece goals.
Klopp wants his centre-backs to
play out from the back, which is
another of Van Dijk?s attributes.
But unlike Lovren, the former
Celtic ace is also a master in the
art of good old-fashioned defending and does not trade in the sort
of schoolboy mistakes which have
too often haunted Lovren.
Before his flirtation with Liverpool, Van Dijk was one of the
main influences in the Southampton dressing room and it was a
no-brainer by Saints to make him
skipper when Jose Fonte was sold
to West Ham for � a year ago.
But not much has gone right for
Van Dijk since then and Klopp
has 75 million reasons to hope
2017 was just a blip, otherwise it
is Southampton who will be
laughing.
VIRG OF GREATNESS
NEIL LENNON revealed Virgil van
Dijk?s first Celtic training session
left him awestruck.
The former Hoops boss snapped
up the 6ft 3in defender for a paltry
�illion from Groningen in 2013.
A sell-on clause means the
Scottish giants will rake in a
�5m Christmas bonus from his
world-record move to Liverpool.
Lennon (right) said: ?The first
day I watched him train I
By DAVID FRIEL
thought ?We?ve got one here?.
He showed composure and
strength.?
Van Dijk left team-mate
Kris Commons amazed.
Commons said: ?He?s one
of the best I?ve played
with. I?ve never known a
guy so tall, strong and
technically good.?
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BIG-MATCH VERDICT
MUTKO . . . quit
Russia?s
no fears
for 2018
PLAYING IT
SAFE . . . Benitez
By TONY LITTLE
RUSSIA say their World
Cup plans remain firmly
on course after the 2018
organising
committee
chairman quit.
Vitaly Mutko, who is
also Deputy Prime Minister, insists he will still
oversee preparations for
the finals while handing
over to Alexei Sorokin.
Mutko, who is fighting a
lifetime Olympic ban over
Russia?s doping scandal,
also stepped down as FA
president on Monday.
He said: ?Sorokin will
interact with Fifa. I will
concentrate on work in
the government.
?There is still a lot of
work but I am absolutely
sure that everything will
be prepared in time.?
IOC
chiefs
banned
Mutko earlier this month
saying he was involved
in Russia?s state-backed
doping programme.
He was barred in March
from sitting on the Fifa
Council ? the world
body?s ruling top table
where he had a seat since
2009 ? over potential
conflicts of interest with
his government post.
Until this week, the
59-year-old had kept his
jobs in Russia throughout
the doping scandal, even
receiving
a
promotion
from sports minister.
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what has happened for
Euro 2020 is evidence our
relationship with Uefa has
changed.
?We have to carry that
forward. And it would also
help if the England team
started to show the same
successes as our junior
sides have done in 2017.?
Uefa wants to name a
single European candidate
to ensure the strongest
possible chance against a
joint 2030 bid by Uruguay,
Argentina and Paraguay.
With Germany (twice)
France, Italy and Spain
having all hosted World
Cups since 1966, there is
an understanding that it is
?England?s turn?.
New Uefa chief Alexander Seferin is also a big
fan of English football.
After failed bids to host
the tournament in both
2006 and 2018 ended in
accusations of ?arrogance?,
the FA is determined to run
a low-key campaign.
But Uefa?s decision to
ask the FA to host four
additional
Euro
2020
games, initially scheduled
for
Brussels,
offered
further proof England is
back in favour.
The FA insider added:
?Fifa knows you have to
have a tournament in
Europe at least every 12
years for financial reasons.?
OT TO TROT . . . City
defender Otamendi bravely
heads away Aarons? cross
before taking a huge hit from
Toon striker Joselu (right)
By DAVID
COVERDALE
THESE are the sort of nights
Rafa Benitez is built for.
Sadly, the same cannot be said of
his relegation-threatened Newcastle
side after their 1-0 defeat by
Manchester City.
Throughout his career, Benitez has
traded punches with the top-flight?s
heavyweights and dished out his fair
share of knockout blows.
So a televised home clash against
the league leaders and a managerial
mastermind
like
Pep
Guardiola
would usually be right up the
Spaniard?s street.
But as manager of Newcastle,
Benitez is boxing in a very different
weight division.
And these days he goes into bouts
against the big boys just hoping to
come out unscathed.
How the ex-Liverpool chief used
to relish pitting his wits against the
likes of Alex Ferguson and Jose
Mourinho ? off the pitch as well as
on it.
But Benitez now knows that, given
the quality of the players at his
disposal, the top teams can leave
him embarrassed.
And that is why he does not take
on his managerial rivals in press
conferences, and why, from the start
last night, he did not try and take
on Manchester City.
Instead, he set up with ten men
behind the ball with Newcastle
having just 10 per cent of possession
in the first quarter.
Club legend Alan Shearer?s halftime verdict was that Newcastle
were ?waiting to get beaten?.
And pundit Gary Neville described
it as the ?most-negative 30 minutes
I?ve ever seen from a side in the
Premier League.?
Yet given the obvious gulf in class,
who can blame Benitez for parking
the bus in such a manner?
And it was actually his tactics
that meant Newcastle at least gave
City something of a scare in their
pursuit of an 18th-straight win.
Because with the Toon managing
to keep the deficit down to just one,
Rafa now a
lightweight
BENITEZ CAN?T KO BIG GUNS
they could press forward in the
second half and came close to an
unlikely equaliser when Nicolas Otamendi headed Aarons? looping effort
out from under his own crossbar.
What a bonus that would have
been for Benitez, who ? despite
denying it ? picked a team with one
eye on Saturday?s more winnable
match against Brighton.
He made five changes with regulars Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie,
Christian Atsu and Dwight Gayle
making way for bit-part players
Rolando Aarons, Jacob Murphy and
Chancel Mbemba.
But you can hardly criticise him
for prioritising the Seagulls? visit.
Not when Newcastle are just one
point above the drop zone.
Because Benitez will have thought
that whatever team he picked against
City, it was likely to lose. And it is not
his fault that he is having to think
like this ? in fact, it will hurt him
given he had not lost to City at home
in eight previous top-flight clashes.
But what can he do, when, thanks
to owner Mike Ashley, Benitez?s net
spend since his appointment 21
MINUS
months
ago
has
been
�.2million?
At the same time, his old mucker
Mourinho is moaning about a transfer kitty of �0m while Guardiola
has splashed out �1.1m on new
signings since he arrived at City in
the summer of 2016.
Of course, Benitez has to take
some blame from a run of nine
defeats in 11 games.
Newcastle?s five straight defeats at
St James? Park is their worst league
run at home in 64 years.
And that is the sort of form that
would usually see the boss get the
bullet ? and Ashley has sacked
managers when his club have been
higher up in the league.
But even Guardiola last night
praised his countryman Benitez for
getting the best out of his resources.
And Rafa can sit safely because
Ashley knows his gaffer is an attractive asset as he attempts to sell the
club ? and potential buyer Amanda
Staveley wants to keep him.
Benitez also deserves this sustained stay of execution given he
has reconnected a disillusioned fanbase and city, not to mention getting
Newcastle promoted at the first
attempt last term.
But there is no doubt that he will
be itching to compete at the top
table again sometime soon.
Because, surely, there are only so
many nights like this one that a
manager with his CV can take.
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66 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
PREMIER LEAGUE
KOMPANY . . . early KO
TYNE
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records because we keep
having one more, one more.
?But when we prepare
for games we don?t speak
about records, we speak
about what we have to win.
?We are so happy to win
again and we just think
about Selhurst Park now.?
Match-winner
Sterling
saidd: ?We?re not really
thinking of the record. It?s
nice to have on the CV
but we need to keep getting three points.?
The England star?s 31stminute strike ? his 17th
goal of a brilliant season
? was enough to break
down a stubborn five-man
Toon defence.
Guardiola added: ?Many
teams are doing that
against us but we find a
way to beat them.
?It?s not easy to maintain our focus in this
period ? everyone is on
holiday, everyone has a
party at home.
?To be focused after 17
games in a row is not
easy. But we did it.?
Guardiola,
who
lost
captain Vincent Kompany
to injury after 11 minutes,
refused to respond to
Manchester United manager
Jose
Mourinho?s
moaning
about
City?s
spending power.
He added: ?My colleagues
might
speak
about things that happen
off the pitch ? but I?m
not that guy.?
Newcastle are just one
point above the drop zone
after losing nine games
out of their last 11.
Boss Benitez said: ?It is
better to lose 1-0 than
4-0 ? but the idea was
to take points.
?We knew we had to do
everything perfect and for
them to have a bad day.
?But we now have a
couple of games against
sides at the bottom of the
table.?
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NEWCASTLE 0
TAKE IT TO
Pep?s boys
making life
El for rivals
Newcastle United v Manchester City, two
industrial powerhouses colliding in a Christmas fixture, should be the stuff of folklore.
By the time Newcastle showed they could
play a bit, rallying in the final 15
minutes, City had settled on Raheem
Sterling as their match-winner.
He had scored after half an
hour, reading Kevin De Bruyne?s
lob-wedge to flick his effort
beyond Rob Elliot with his left
boot.
At half-time, it could have
been six, seven, or even eight.
It was a mismatch: England
three rubbers down at the
Ashes, Tiger Woods v the field
in his prime, Lewis Hamilton
taking another chequered flag. City
STERLING
WINNER
CHIEF FOOTBALL REPORTER
are
speeding
off
into
the
distance.
Manchester
United,
Chelsea,
Liverpool,
Tottenham, Arsenal and the rest are a speck
in the rear view mirror.
After 18 successive Premier League
wins, it is time for English football
to take a long, hard look at itself.
When Sterling scored, the
visitors were running at a
staggering 82 per cent possession. At half-time it was 83.
If Pep the Purist had his
way, it would have been the
full 100 per cent. Guardiola
(left) is working on it.
Inside this magnificent sporting
cathedral, the despair, the misery,
the depression set in. One miserable
2
De Bruyne
Sterling
1
Time: 30m 19s
Distance: 7 yards
3
Sterling
KEY
Pass/shot
Run without ball
1. Raheem Sterling lays it back to Kevin De
Bruyne and sprints for the near post
2. De Bruyne picks out Sterling on the move
with a trademark, pinpoint through ball
3. He lets the ball come across his body
and his neat ?nish goes in off the post
PREM TABLE
MATCH STATS
NEWCASTLE
MAN CITY
22%..............Possession..............78%
2/3.......Shots on/off target .......6/12
1................Blocked shots ................3
3.....................Corners.....................8
11..............Fouls conceded..............6
1/0 ..........Yellow/red cards ..........0/0
Mit?s over
with Toon
ALEKSANDAR
MITROVIC
wants to quit Newcastle
next month.
The Serb striker is not
rated by Toon boss Rafa
Benitez and has not
started a single Premier
League game this season.
Mitrovic, 23, who joined
from
Anderlecht
for
�million in 2015, said:
?I persistently waited for
my chance over the past
months and did not get it.
?I?m sorry because I
loved Newcastle, but it?s
time for me to look more
to myself, to find the best
solution for my career.?
By NEIL
ASHTON
THEY are in a Liga their own.
It is turning into Las Palmas at
home to Barcelona, or Alaves wondering whether they will ever get another
touch when Real Madrid are in town.
CAUSING A STER . . . Manchester
City star Sterling keeps his cool to
slot the ball past Toon keeper Elliot
17
RAHEEM STERLING now has
17 goals in all competitons
this
season.
The
only
English player with more is
Harry Kane (24).
200
P W
Man City......20 19
Man Utd ......20 13
Chelsea ....... 20 13
Liverpool .... 20 10
Tottenham.20 11
Arsenal ....... 19 10
Burnley.......20 9
Leicester.....20 7
Everton.......20 7
Watford......20 7
Hudd?field...20 6
Brighton.....20 5
Stoke...........20 5
S?thampton 20 4
Newcastle .. 20 5
C Palace ...... 19 4
West Ham...20 4
D L F A
1 0 61 12
4 3 43 16
3 4 34 14
8 2 46 23
4 5 39 20
4 5 34 23
6 5 18 17
6 7 30 30
6 7 24 30
4 9 29 35
5 9 18 32
6 9 15 25
5 10 23 41
7 9 20 30
3 12 19 30
6 9 16 29
6 10 22 38
Pts
58
43
42
38
37
34
33
27
27
25
23
21
20
19
18
18
18
Bournem?th 20 4 5 11 18 31 17
West Brom..20 2 9 9 14 27 15
Swansea ..... 20 3 4 13 11 31 13
STERLING?S winner was City?s
200th
goal
under
Pep
Guardiola (all competitions)
? in his 85th game in
charge of the club.
18
CITY have won 18
Premier
League
games in a row ?
extending
their
own record.
MANCHESTER CITY 1
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
67
A NOU LEVEL
STERLING 31
Geordie is hard enough to deal with when
they are losing, let alone 50,000 filing out of
St James? Park without seeing their side give
the oppo a proper game.
The shackles were off in the final quarter
but this really does not go down as a nearmiss.
The opposition are rolling over, sitting off
them and allowing Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay
Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sterling to
swarm all over them.
There is an air of invincibility about City,
an aura that suggests they will do some
serious damage to you if you dare to upset
them.
That was never going to be Newcastle.
It is a very sad day in the north east when
Rolando Aarons and Jonjo Shelvey have so
few options that they rolled the ball into the
grateful feet of the opposition to ease the
pressure. Eight minutes in
and Newcastle ? the
home side, remember
? had made just six
successful passes. At
half-time, when Newcastle trooped into the
dressing room, they had played 45 passes.
City? 404.
The home fans are helpless. The team,
with nine defeats in their last ten, are
hopeless.
Sergio Aguero missed a bucketful, failing
to find his range after Danilo, and especially
De Bruyne, set up the Argentina striker for
fun.
But for English football, this is no laughing
matter.
City are 20 games into the Premier League
season and we are already into the title
run-in.
They will probably do it all without
Vincent Kompany, who gingerly walked off
the pitch 11 minutes in with yet another
injury.
The captain, no matter how good he has
been in the past, cannot be relied on
any more.
Gabriel Jesus replaced him, with
Fernandinho filling in for Kompany as
City swapped a few positions around.
Brazilian Fernandinho, with his expert
reading of the game, was exceptional back
there. He is so elegant, so composed, so
clever.
The pecking order has been firmly
established, with City right at the very top of
their game.
They are 15 points clear at the top, putting
more daylight between themselves and
Manchester United with this 18th successive
Premier League win.
It is Crystal Palace next, with City heading
to Selhurst Park for a New Year?s Eve fixture
against Roy Hodgson?s strugglers.
What a way to see in 2018.
They were nowhere near their best against
Newcastle, ? and neither did they need to
be.
Sterling?s second-half showboat, when he
mimicked
Brazilian
great
Garrincha?s
infamous dummy by mugging off Jacob
Murphy, was the highlight.
The City winger?s showreel is something
special at the minute.
His goal separated these sides but
GOING . . . Gayle
cuts across Danilo
ANDRE MARRINER was spot
on to caution Dwight Gayle
for a clear act of simulation.
The Newcastle star blatantly
initiated contact from Danilo
and went down in the box
trying to con the ref.
But I was pleased to see
Andre kept his focus, did not
fall for Gayle?s trick and gave
him a deserved yellow.
Incidents of simulation are
happening almost every week
in the Premier League now.
So we need the International
Football Association Board
to change the punishment from a caution
to an immediate
red card for
any divers.
NEXT
FIVE
GAMES
Saturday........................................Brighton
Jan 1 .................................................... Stoke
Jan 6..................................................Luton*
Jan 13 ............................................Swansea
Jan 20............................Manchester City
(Prem except *FA Cup)
(h)
(a)
(h)
(h)
(a)
Sunday ................................Crystal Palace (a)
Jan 2...............................................Watford (h)
Jan 6..............................................Burnley* (h)
Jan 9....................................Bristol City** (h)
Jan 14 ........................................... Liverpool (a)
(Prem except *FA Cup and **EFL Cup)
the gulf in class between City and
Newcastle is absolutely huge. Dwight Gayle?s
impact as a second-half substitute was
minimal, save for the shameful dive inside
the area that earned him a deserved
booking. Naughty that.
Even when Newcastle stirred towards the
end, the ironic cheers from the massed ranks
of fans in the Gallowgate told a story of its
own.
Even with a spell of pressure, City keeper
Ederson has still never really been truly
tested by anyone at this level.
Right now, neither are City.
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DREAM TEAM RATINGS
NEWCASTLE: Elliot 7, Yedlin 6, Mbemba 5 (Merino 77, 6), Lascelles 6,
Dummett 6, Manquillo 6, Aarons 6 (Atsu 71, 6), Diame 6, Shelvey 6,
Murphy 6, Joselu 6 (Gayle 62, 5). Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Ritchie,
Perez. Booked: Gayle.
MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson 6, Walker 6, Kompany 6 (Jesus 11, 6),
Otamendi 7, Danilo 7, Fernandinho 7, B Silva 6 (Sane 83, 6), De Bruyne 7,
Gundogan 7, Sterling 7, STAR MAN AGUERO 7 (Mangala 77, 6). Subs not
used: Bravo, Adarabioyo, Toure, Diaz.
(Ratings supplied by whoscored.com)
GOING . . . Newcastle
striker takes big tumble
GONE . . . City?s
keeper Ederson
and Otamendi
slate diver Gayle
NOW READ DAVID COVERDALE?S
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2GM
Sun
thesun.co.uk/sport
IT?S COMING HOME IN 2030
Sport
FA bosses believe England is in pole
position to host the 2030 World Cup.
But Wembley chiefs will stick with
soft-shoe diplomacy rather than tubthumping about the game?s history as
they battle to stage the tournament.
The FA?s top brass are already
ALL TYNE
GREATS
By DAVID COVERDALE
Raheem Sterling?s first-half goal put the
runaway leaders 15 points clear following an
18th consecutive Premier League victory.
That leaves them one off Guardiola?s Bayern
Munich side of 2013-14, whose 19 straight wins
is the most-ever in Europe?s top five leagues.
City will topple the Germans if, as
expected, they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday
and Watford on Tuesday.
Guardiola said: ?We are so happy to break
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18 wins in row, 15pts clear
PEP GUARDIOLA?S City slickers are five
days away from being crowned ?Europe?s
greatest winners? after beating Newcastle.
right way if we want 2030. It means
showing we are at the heart of Uefa
and European football, rather than
going on about how special we are.
?That didn?t really work for 2018.
This time it has to be different but
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TRANSFER COUP
P
STER CRAZY . . .
City stars mob
scorer Sterling
Newcastle........0 Man City...........1
EXCLUSIVE by MARTIN LIPTON
plotting how to win the race to
host the next European World Cup
after Russia 2018.
A senior FA source explained: ?We
know we have to go about things the
�M
Klopp smashes
world record
to land
Virgil*
By KEN LAWRENCE
JURGEN KLOPP claimed
a major victory over Pep
Guardiola
by
landing
Virgil van Dijk for a
staggering �million.
But
Liverpool?s
worldrecord deal for a defender
will be followed by Philippe
Coutinho?s
departure
to
Barcelona ? in a deal worth
an eye-watering �4m.
Van Dijk, 26, sealed his
mega-bucks move to Merseyside following an amazing U-turn by Southampton.
Vice-chairman Les Reed
blocked the Dutchman going
to Anfield in the summer
after accusing Reds boss
Klopp of tapping up
their star player.
But the South
Coast side finally
backed
down
after Liverpool?s
latest offer.
It is a blow
for Manchester
City
chief
Guardiola, who
had
shown
interest
in
a
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MOVING VAN . . . Van
Dijk poses with a Reds
shirt for this pic posted
on his Instagram page
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OUT with the old, in with the
new . . . and let?s save some
money too. Hosting an
end-of-year bash can be
expensive, especially so
soon after Christmas. But I
have tracked down eight
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see my brilliant New Year?s
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straws and
balloons are a
quick and easy
way to add
extra colour to
your party. Dig
out ones to
match your colour
scheme.
BUY:
Flexible
straws, 225 per
pack, �at
Morrisons.
BUY: Plastic
Fork Bulk Pack,
white 100 per
pack, �at
Morrisons. 80-pack of
plastic cups, �at
Poundland.co.uk.
REUSE: Continue your
colours with a matching
tablecloth and napkins
for a lux look.
BUY: Duni Gold Table
Cover 120x180cm,
�75, and Silver
Napkins, 20 per
pack, �50 at
Morrisons.
REUSE: Got spare paper plates
from your Boxing Day buffet?
Bring them out and add 2018 and
a pattern in a metallic pen for a
personal touch.
BUY: Gold Glitter New Year Paper
Plates, 18 pack, �99 at
partydelights.co.uk.
REUSE: Plastic
glasses and
cutlery are safer
at a boozy NYE bash and saves
on washing-up.
PLANNING a new look for
your home in 2018?
If so, see if you can bag a
bargain designer kitchen
from theusedkitchen
company.com.
The site sells used and exdisplay kitchens at a fraction
of their recommended retail
price, so families on a tight
budget can get kitchens that
would otherwise be well out
of their reach.
The service has been
lauded on property show
Grand Designs and prices
range from �0 for a fiveyear-old kitchen with
REUSE: Spray cardboard
packaging silver or gold and
give guests a marker pen to
make a fun resolutions
board.
BUY: Rose Gold Frame Pin
Board, �99 at New Look.
REUSE: Didn?t use up all your
crackers? Open one end, take
out the Christmas jokes, pop in
some sweets and re-use for NYE.
BUY: Purple Foil New Year Make &
Fill Your Own Party Crackers Craft
Kit, �at littlecraftybugs.co.uk.
REUSE: Cut up solid colour
wrapping paper to make 2018
signs to hang around the house.
BUY: New Year 2018 Banner,
�75 from ebay.co.uk
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worktops and appliances to
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Director Looeze
Grossman, left, says: ?The
service is eco-friendly by
saving old kitchens from the
skip. You can register online
for updates so you don?t
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kitchen.?
Here are Looeze?s top tips
for families on a budget:
You don?t need to spend
!
big money renovating
any area of your home.
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This could be a basic bath
with designer taps or simple
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quality granite worktops.
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and matching accessories,
such as storage jars and oven
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short on cash? Sell
anything you haven?t used in
the past year and put the
money into a fund for your
2018 fresh look. If you haven?t
used it in so long, you
probably won?t miss it.
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FINANCE:
Move over
Bank of Mum
and Dad,
there?s a new
lender in town.
Barclays reckons
we owe �3million to our pals,
and four in ten of us have lost
money to friends because we?re
too embarrassed to ask for it back.
RECIPE FOR
DISASTER:
Boozy cooks
cause four
fires each
week. The
London Fire
Brigade?s Dan Daly
said: ?I?ve lost count of how many
fires I?ve attended where grills
have been left on while people fall
asleep. It?s safer to get a takeaway.?
GETTING IN
HOT WATER:
British Gas
predicts its
engineers
will visit more
than 52,000
homes this week
to fix boiler problems. Last year,
around 4,000 people needed help
on New Year?s Day alone.
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THE New Year parties
are nearly upon us ?
and I?ve got some great
food and drinks to help.
These value nibbles
will not take a big bite
out of your bank
account ? so giving you
even more reason to
celebrate.
I have also found a
couple of great
no-nonsense recipes
from morrisons.com.
SPICE THINGS UP
SHAKE up your party with some exotic snacks.
Morrisons? 18-Piece Indian Selection is �50 or buy
two for �
Save 50p on Sainsbury?s Vegetable Spring Rolls,
now �for ten.
Morrisons The Best Duck Straws & Hoisin Dip
is �50.
Get four for the price of three on some
Waitrose party food, including Chicken Yakitori
Skewers, �50 for eight.
Get three for �on some Tesco party food,
including ten Bombay Potato Rosti Baskets
and 12 Cajun Inspired Chicken Bits,
both �each.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
YOU can?t go wrong with these
no-nonsense nibbles. Buy two
for �on selected Morrisons
party food including Morrisons
Mini Loaded Potato Skins and Morrisons 10 Mini
Chicken Kievs, �50 each.
Get a ten-pack of specially selected West Country
Cheddar Cheeseburger Sliders for �29 from Aldi.
Asda?s Extra Special Frozen Party Food range will be
down from �75 to �25 including the 12 Canape
Selection and 12 Luxury Pork And Cranberry
Sausage Rolls.
For a bite-size pie, Morrisons The Best Mini Steak &
Ale Pies, 12-Pack, is �50.
Save 40p on Sainsbury?s Taste The Difference
Lincolnshire Cocktail Sausages, �
JACK up your
savings. Snip an
extra ten per cent off
sale orders at Jack
Wills using the code
VCEXTRA10DEC
through
vouchercodes.co.uk. Code expires tomorrow.
RAISE your glasses to these
fantastic New Year drinks
savings.
Sainsbury?s Taste The
Difference Prosecco
Conegliano 2016, �,
currently down to �50 until
January 1.
For bargain bubbles, save
�on Pierre Darcys
Champagne at Asda, now �.
Save �on Morrisons The
Best Prosecco DOC, now
�50.
To get your party fizzing,
save �on Morrisons The Best
SAVE: Average �
BAG a designer buy
for less money. Get
� off when you
spend � at brandalley.co.uk using code MVC10.
SAVE: �
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The Mrs
Crunch Lunch
only in
every week
CHILLI CHEESE MACARONI PIES
(Serves 12)
YOU NEED:
500g macaroni
6 slices chilli cheese
250g extra-mature cheddar
2 eggs, beaten
180ml whole milk, warmed
150g breadcrumbs
1 bunch chives
A pinch of salt and pepper
METHOD: Preheat the oven to 170C/
Fan 150/Gas Mark 3 and line a muffin tin
with muffin cases.
Cook the macaroni as per the
instructions on the pack. Cut the cheese
slices into small pieces and mix in with
the grated cheddar.
Drain the macaroni, add the milk and
beaten eggs then stir until smooth,
before adding most of the cheese
(leaving enough to sprinkle on top) and
the chopped chives.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin
cases, piling each one high, then
sprinkle with the remaining cheese and
breadcrumbs.
Place in the oven for 35 mins or until
golden brown on top.
Serve and enjoy.
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around with these party pie
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800g, �99.
Waitrose Christmas 30 Sa
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stocks last.
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reduced to �.
Champagne Mumm
Cordon Rouge 75cl was �
now � at Morrisons.
Think pink and save a third
on San Leo Nere Ilo
Mascalese Rosato at
Waitrose, down from �.49 to
�99 until December 31.
La Gioiosa Prosecco
DOCG Superiore is down
from �.49 to �99 at
Waitrose until New Year?s
Eve.
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muffin tin with 12 paper cas
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sugar, flour, baking powderr
a mixing bowl. Beat using a
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spoon into the cases.
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and lightly golden.
Cool on a wire rack.
To decorate, spread the frosting over
the cooled cupcakes.
Slice each Curly Wurly in half
widthways, then cut into lengths to make
antlers.
Push the antlers into the cupcakes,
place a cherry on each cake to make a
nose and put 2 raisins on each to make
the eyes.
buy three packs for �
Grab Asda?s Party Mac
n? Cheese Bites from the
frozen aisle, �
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Cheese Balls, now 75p.
And get three for � on
M&S Stonebaked Pizzas,
or �25 each.
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rock-bottom of the Prem table.
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60 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
RED MISSED . . .
Mourinho suffers
in United?s home
draw with Burnley
By NEIL
CUSTIS
ONE can only imagine the
reaction of Ed Woodward and
the
Glazers
when
word
filtered through of their
miserly spend of �0million.
That is Jose Mourinho?s outlay
since taking the reins of power at
Manchester United 18 months ago.
Yet still he says it is not enough
if they want to catch up with
arch-rivals Manchester City.
Executive vice-chairman Woodward, in particular, will have
every reason to raise his eyebrows.
It was he alone who laid it on
the line to the Glazers that money
and big money needed to be spent
in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson?s
retirement.
He got them to spend it too,
more than �0m of it on 22
players since Fergie went, with big
wages being paid out as well.
All a boss can do is back his
manager and try to land his targets.
To be fair to Mourinho his
recruitment has not been all bad.
He had to fight off Real
Madrid to get �m Paul
Pogba
and
before
his
recent three-game ban he
had
become
a
major
influence on this side.
Eric Bailly was a great
buy from Villarreal at
�m and has been a huge
miss since his ankle injury
ruled him out of action.
Victor Lindelof has yet
to impress but Mourinho
is convinced the �m
defender will grow into
one of the best centrebacks in the country when
he gets more accustomed to
the Premier League.
Nemanja Matic was seen as a
steal at �m from Jose?s former
club Chelsea, while it is still too
early for the jury to return a
verdict on the initial �m
spent on Romelu Lukaku.
His contribution remains high
even when he is not hitting the
target but he must score more.
Last season, Mourinho persuaded Zlatan Ibrahimovic to
join United on a free and the
return was 28 goals.
However the Swede is
all but finished now
after that serious knee
injury robbed him of
nine months.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
has been the big flop at �m.
The problem was what Mourinho
inherited ? and the �0m wasted
by Louis van Gaal.
Ander
Herrera,
Luke
Shaw,
Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and
Daley Blind are all bang average
by United?s standards.
Memphis Depay, Angel Di Maria
and Bastian Schweinsteiger came
and went in a flash of mediocrity.
It has been very different across
in the blue half of Manchester.
Pep
Guardiola
has
lavished
�1m on what was already a
fabulous team.
His
major
stars
Kevin
De
Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, David
Silva and Raheem Sterling were
all there to work with when he
arrived. All of them would walk
into United?s team.
You could go back to Ferguson?s
final years even for the root of the
problem at United.
The net spend over his final four
seasons was around �m. That
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special, Jose
MOURINHO NEEDS HIS MOJO BACK
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last team of his was dragged to
the title by his will and the spirit
he had instilled at the club, while
other clubs around him imploded.
But it was not a great team
bestowed on David Moyes, it was
one that was coming to their end
with very little coming through.
The scouting and recruitment
network compared to many other
clubs was antiquated when Moyes
took over as everything was stored
in Sir Alex?s head rather than on
a network of computers.
So really, United are still playing
catch up from his departure.
The time to get Mourinho was
then.
He is still the best man for this
job. Up until last season he was
the only one to deny Pep a title as
he did with Real Madrid.
But what he needs to do is stop
moaning and get his mojo back.
Last season he would talk about
how much he loved this group of
players and the amazing support
of the fans.
He
wrote
in
one
set
of
programme notes last February:
?We have a squad full of quality
players and top professionals.?
And it was a good
first season as he
calculated winning
the
Europa
League would be
an easier route
than the Premier
League
back into the
Champions
League.
He picked up
the EFL Cup as
well in one of the
new
Wembley?s
best
domestic
finals. The fans were on the up,
the club was on the up, former
chairman Martin Edwards said he
thought they were on to something
special again.
And
they
are
still
second in the league, ten
points better off than at
this stage last season,
and into the knockout
rounds of the Champions
League.
But it feels flat and that
comes from the boss. The
mood of the club and
the team comes from
the manager.
This season he has
questioned the support
from United?s faithful.
Then on Boxing Day,
most damningly of all,
came this: ?One thing is a
big club and another thing
is a big football team, and we are
in a second year of trying to
rebuild a football team that you
know is not one of the best teams
in the world.?
Hardly an inspiring call to arms
for the current squad. He has
proven in the past that he can lift
teams to great heights as he did
with Porto and Inter Milan.
The passion and tactical genius
he showed in leading both clubs
to European glory was incredible.
More than that, he made them
believe they were good enough.
His words and demeanour now
sends the message that this team
simply is not.
He needs to lift them and most
of all he needs to lift himself.
He needs to find the old Jose,
only then might he find the old
United.
Tweet @ncustisTheSun
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Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
REFFIN? HELL,, HAMMERS
MONK . . . turning point
Monk: I?d
have got
Boro up
By DAVID COVERDALE
GARRY MONK hit out over
his Middlesbrough sacking,
and said: ?I would have
won promotion.?
Boro chairman Steve
Gibson axed the ex-Leeds
and Swansea boss on
Saturday, four hours after
a 2-1 win at Sheffield
Wednesday.
Tony Pulis swiftly took
Monk?s place as the club,
three points off the playoff places, bid to return
to the Premier League.
But in a League Managers Association statement,
Monk said: ?I was saddened to be informed my
services and those of my
staff were not required.
?Hours earlier we had
enjoyed what we felt was
the side?s best away performance of the season.
?Of course, we expected
to be higher up the league.
?But the feeling among
everyone in the dressing
room was it was the turning point in our season.
?We were all really
confident we could still
achieve promotion.?
PULIS . . . football nut
It?s tough
love for
axed Pul
By COLIN YOUNG
TONY PULIS says he is
over his West Brom axe
? and ready to get
?tough? at Middlesbrough.
Pulis was out of work
just a month before Boro
chairman Steve Gibson
persuaded him to succeed
Garry Monk on Boxing Day.
The Welshman, who got
Stoke promoted to the
Premier League in 2008,
was sacked following West
Brom?s poor start.
Pulis, 59, said: ?I wasn?t
hurt at all. I understand
what happens if you don?t
get results.
?I?m a football nut. It?s
my life and I just enjoy it.
?My wife got fed up with
me after one week, I
think. I want to win.
?I come from South
Wales and my dad worked
in the steelworks ? this
area has a similar feeling.
?It?s a tough area, a
hard-working area, and
people expect that if they
pay money, they will get a
day?s work out of people.
?And that appeals to me
as well.?
CHINS UP . . .
top-flight referee
Bobby Madley
BOBBY MADLEY is one of
six Fifa referees in the
Premier League and his
performances are below
the standard expected.
He is having a poor season
for an international official ?
he is making far too many
key big-match errors.
I think that is down to his
lack of fitness ? he looks
overweight and that is affecting his performances.
With his excess body weight
? remember he was even substituted in the Stoke versus
Leicester game due to a calf
injury ? he is not getting himself into the best positions for
that ultimate viewing angle.
Compare him to fellow Fifa
referees Martin Atkinson, who
is 46, Anthony Taylor and
Michael Oliver, there is a difference between the quartet?s
movement on the field of play.
Madley gave a penalty for
Leicester against Manchester
City last week when Kyle
Walker was adjudged to have
fouled Demarai Gray. I felt
there was no contact and
again his decision was made
through poor positioning.
That is just one of several
major decisions he has got
wrong this season.
The latest being Bournemouth?s last-minute equaliser
against West Ham on Boxing
Day. Not only was there an
offside but Callum Wilson
handled the ball before it
went into the net.
Madley was detached from
play so, in that situation as a
referee, you have to trust your
assistant.
Why did he speak to assistant referee Simon Long, who
is one of the best assistants in
the Premier League, when he
has already flagged?
In the same game, he should
have also sent off Simon
Francis for his high kick in
the face on West Ham?s
Cheikhou Kouyate.
In August, Madley dismissed
City right-back Walker against
Everton for a second caution
for reckless use of the arm.
Replays clearly showed contact, if any, was minimal and
that was down to his poor
positioning once again.
However, Madley is not the
worst referee in the top-flight
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is worrying. When he first got
on the list I thought it was
good because we needed new
blood like himself and Craig
Pawson.
But they seem to have taken
two steps forward and five
back. One has to ask, are the
majority just turning up to
pick up their money?
Fans will ask why Premier
League referees are not being
demoted for mistakes.
The reason is there is not
the quality or numbers below
to replace them.
In Keith Hackett?s time, Steve
Tanner, Keith Stroud, Uriah
Rennie, David Pugh and Andy
Hall all dropped into the
Football League before the
former general manager of
the
Professional
Game
Match
Official
Limited
retired in January 2011.
Since
Hackett?s
replacement
Mike
Riley was appointed,
only Stuart Attwell,
known
for
the
?ghost
goal?
at
Watford
but
back in the
Premier
League,
had been
demoted.
There
is
not
the
quality
coming
through,
and
the
Select Group
One refs know there will be no
movement regardless of their
performance.
I do not want to see Madley
demoted. You do not become a
bad referee overnight ? but
there is a shortage of quality
coaching to help these guys.
I made mistakes during my
time but I did not make the
quantity of mistakes they are
making now. It has to improve.
BLOBBY
BOBBY
Nightmare Madley is too fat
Marko is
driven by
drop fear
By GRAHAM NICKLESS
MARKO ARNAUTOVIC is
back to his best after a
relegation warning from
his team-mates.
The West Ham forward
(below) grabbed two goals
in the 3-3 Boxing Day
bout at Bournemouth.
And Hammers defender
Angelo Ogbonna believes
the Austrian is now putting in a proper shift after
some frank words.
Ogbonna
said:
?We
spoke to each
other and we
said we need to
give 100 per
cent more.
?I
think
Marko accepted
that. He?s doing
a really good
job for us, not
just for scoring
but because he
is running for
the team.
?He wants the
ball ? maybe that?s
because our position now
is a little bit dangerous.?
West Ham sit just one
place above the drop zone
after throwing away five
points in their two Christmas games against Newcastle and the Cherries.
But strikers are the
least of the worries for
manager David Moyes.
He admitted ?We?ve got
lots of forwards ? but
we?re really short of midfield players.
?We have a little bit
of an imbalanced squad
which
we?ve
got
to
straighten out in January.?
King rap
on cards
JOSH KING could face a
retrospective FA charge
today for elbowing West
Ham?s Pedro Obiang.
Bournemouth
striker
King, 25, was seen turning
and striking Obiang during
the 3-3 Boxing Day draw.
The incident was missed
by referee Bobby Madley,
who angered Hammers
boss David Moyes with a
number of controversial
decisions during the game.
FA disciplinary chiefs last
week
hit
Southampton
striker Charlie Austin with
a three-match ban for kicking Huddersfield keeper
Jonas Lossl in the face ?
something the match ref
missed at the time.
A suspension for King
would be a huge blow for
Eddie Howe?s relegationthreatened Cherries, who
have already lost star
striker Jermain Defoe for
ten weeks because of an
ankle injury.
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............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
CRYSTAL
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PREMIER LEAGUEE
TOSUN . . . �million
Tosun is
off to the
Toffees
By CHARLIE WYETT
EVERTON are set to
complete the �million
signing of Besiktas striker
Cenk Tosun.
The 26-year-old was at
the Toffees? Finch Farm
training ground to be
shown around and agree
personal terms.
Tosun?s fee to join Sam
Allardyce?s men will initially be �m, rising to
�m with add-ons.
The Goodison Park outfit have been searching
for a striker since the
departure
of
Romelu
Lukaku to Manchester
United last summer.
Germany-born Tosun is
a Turkey international but
it is his form with
Besiktas that has alerted
Everton.
He has struck 41 goals
in 96 league games for
the Super Lig outfit since
joining from Gaziantepspor in 2014.
Tosun also hit four goals
in this season?s Champions
League,
including
both in Besiktas? 2-1 win
at Monaco.
Bolasie?s
big gift lift
YANNICK BOLASIE was
thrilled with the shock
Everton recall he called the
?best Christmas present?.
But the Toffees? winger,
28, knows he must be
patient as he bids for
match fitness after a year
out with a knee injury.
Bolasie, who returned in
the Boxing Day draw at
West Brom, told evertontv: ?It was a surprise
and the best Christmas
present for myself.
?I found out only when I
saw the team on the
screen in the team meeting. I had to look twice!
?I got a good hour
under my belt but I will
take it game by game and
just look forward to it.?
6I?m amazed
I?ve dodged
the bullet for
21 years7
WENGER PROUD
TO MATCH SIR
ALEX?S RECORD
Cesar Az
mission
CESAR AZPILICUETA urged
Chelsea to finish 2017 in
seventh
heaven
at
Stamford Bridge.
Third-placed Blues are
chasing a seventh straight
Premier League home win
against Stoke on Saturday.
Although Azpilicueta, 28,
admits Manchester City?s
runaway title train makes it
very tough to keep pushing.
The defender said: ?Every
game is difficult to win.
?Apart from Manchester
City, every team are
having problems. We need
to keep fighting.
?It?s important to keep
winning and getting points
? we must try to go as
far as we can.?
By OSCAR PAUL
ARSENAL stars staged a ?Mars
bar revolution? on the way home
from Arsene Wenger?s first game
in charge in 1996.
He had already stunned his players by
introducing a warm-up session on the morning of the match ? a 2-0 win at Blackburn.
But while the Frenchman was hailed for
bringing new methods relating to nutrition and
sports science to English football, the Arsenal
squad found they took some getting used to.
Wenger, who banned pre-match chocolate,
said: ?At half-time, I asked my physio Gary Lewin,
?Nobody is talking, what?s wrong with them??
He replied, ?They?re hungry?.
?On the bus home the players were chanting,
?We want our Mars bars!??
2GM
PALACE v ARSENAL
By MARK
IRWIN
GUNNER SET
AN EXAMPLE
ARSENE WENGER has played
Russian roulette for 21 years
? and cannot believe he
dodged all the managerial
carnage around him.
The veteran Arsenal boss will
equal
Sir
Alex
Ferguson?s
record of 810 Premier League
games in charge tonight.
And Wenger admits that in these
trigger-happy times, his incredible
longevity in football is as much
down to luck as judgment.
The Frenchman, 68, has broken
more records than he cares to
remember
during
his
time
as
Britain?s longest-serving manager.
Yet he sometimes wonders how
he lasted for quite so long in such
a cut-throat business where the
average survival rate is now less
than 20 months.
Ahead of tonight?s trip to Crystal
Palace, he admitted: ?If you had told
me before my first game as Arsenal
manager I would still be in charge
21 years later, I would have said, ?No
chance ? you are absolutely mad?.
?I never thought I would get to
this age in the job because every
single game is such a huge gamble.
?It?s Russian roulette every week so
it?s absolutely unbelievable you can
pull the trigger for that long without
the bullet hitting you at some stage.
?You could never predict that.
This record is down to many things,
including loyalty, determination, hard
work and the sacrifice of your life.
?But there is also the luck of
working for a club which has always
trusted in me ? through the good
and the bad periods.?
Wenger knows if many Gunners
fans had their way, he would be out
of a job tomorrow after failing to
win the title since 2004.
But he has long come to terms
with the knowledge that he will
never be able to please everyone ?
and remains determined to see the
best in even his fiercest critics.
He warned: ?If you are paranoid,
don?t choose this job.
?The ultimate goal is to make
everyone happy but unfortunately
you don?t always manage to do that.
?One quality that maybe people
never talk about is the ability to
believe in human beings.
?When you are such a long time in
the job, you are not naive.
?You know all the strengths and
weaknesses and understand that
people can sometimes be selfish or
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mean. But you still have to believe
that there is a light in every human
being that you can bring out.?
The biggest change the longsuffering Frenchman has noticed
during his time at the Gunners helm
is a huge increase in the number of
self-appointed experts telling him
how to do his job.
He explained: ?The core of the
game on the pitch is the same
? but we now live in a more
demanding society that is much
more opinionated.
?People are more educated and
better informed, although there is
also more suspicion.
?The overall problem in
Europe is that the respect
for basic things has been
lost, or is less strong,
than it was 20 years ago.
?For example, 20 years
ago you would go to see
the doctor and he would
tell you what was wrong
with you and you would
say, ?OK, I will go home
and follow your advice?.
?Today, you have looked
up your problems on the
internet before you go to
the doctor and he has to
convince you that don?t
have what you necessarily
think you have. In every
job, people are questioned more.
That is certainly the case in football
where these values are challenged
and you have no stability.
?We have already changed six
managers in the Premier League
this season.
?But even if you change all 20,
you will still have three who will
be relegated and only one who can
win the title.
?Now when a club sacks a manager they ask, ?Who do we take
now?? and they take
somebody who has
been
sacked
somewhere else.
?So maybe the
clubs need to
be
stronger
internally
to
resist that.?
Arsenal are five
points worse off
than they were at
the same stage of
last season, when they
trailed home in fifth
place ? their lowest
finish under Wenger.
They are down in sixth
place ahead of tonight?s trip
to Selhurst Park and struggling to stay in contention for
Champions League qualification.
Manchester United manager Jose
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MOST PREM
GAMES AS
A MANAGER
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
8pm, live
on SSPL
234
THE other current
19 Prem teams
have made 234
appointments
since Sep 1996.
15
Premier League
GAMES
Alex Ferguson 810
Arsene Wenger 809
Harry Redknapp 641
508
David Moyes
Sam Allardyce 494
Mourinho this week complained that
spending �0million on new players
is no longer enough for a club with
ambitions of winning the title.
But cash-conscious Wenger, who
spent just �m in the last summer
transfer window and recouped �m
in player sales, has little sympathy
for his long-term nemesis.
He pointed out: ?I have been in
that position for 21 years, so I will
not start to complain now.
?There have always been three or
four teams richer than I was, so I
learned to cope with it and deal with
our own situation as well as I can.
?Manchester City are richer than
us and so are Manchester United
and Chelsea, but I still believe we
have to find a way to be successful.
?We are not happy to be where we
are in the table and, of course, we
should be higher.
?The club do not put in all the
effort and hard work to be sixth. We
want to be higher up than that.?
Wenger will be without the injured
Nacho
Monreal,
Olivier
Giroud
and Aaron Ramsey for tonight?s trip
to Palace.
The Gunners will stick with a
back four, which means free summer
signing Sead Kolasinac is likely to
be on the bench again.
ARSENAL (likely): Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny,
Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez,
Lacazette.
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2002-03, 2004-05,
2013-14, 2014-15,
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2017
WENGER?S ARSENAL HONOURS
BEN?S BIG ORDER
THEN ?N NOW . . . Wenger
unveiled at Arsenal and
(right) as he is as Gunners
boss in 2017
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE is under orders to
give Arsenal a BIG problem tonight.
The 6ft 2in Belgian (right) was suspended for Palace?s draw with Swansea
last weekend ? and boss Roy Hodgson
admits he missed the striker?s bulk.
Hodgson said: ?Benteke was a big loss
for us in the way we are trying to play.
?I thought Wilf Zaha and Andros
Townsend did a fantastic job, but when
they are playing together we don?t have
a physical presence or that focal point
in attack which most teams would like.
By BEN HUNT
I miss Benteke in good form, that?s for
sure, and we?ll be pleased to welcome
him back for these coming games.?
Hodgson does not believe Arsenal
will be unsettled by growing speculation about the futures of Mesut Ozil
and Alexis Sanchez.
He added: ?I don?t think that will
affect anything one bit.?
C PALACE (likely): Speroni, Kelly, Tomkins, Dann,
Schlupp, Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye, Milivojevic,
Townsend, Benteke, Zaha.
ALBRIGHTON . . . plea
Marc in
Fox call
By GARETH DAVIES
ARSENE WENGER has won the FA
Cup on seven occasions during his
career ? more than any other
boss. Aston Villa?s George Ramsay
(6) is next best.
HE?S
also
won
the
Premier League manager
of the month award 15
times ? second only to
Sir Alex Ferguson on 27.
63
MARC ALBRIGHTON admits
Leicester cannot lose their
focus again at free-scoring
Liverpool on Saturday.
The Foxes slumped to a
2-1 Boxing Day defeat at
Watford ? a first loss on
the road in eight games.
Riyad Mahrez put them
ahead before they were
beaten by two set-pieces.
And winger Albrighton,
28, rapped: ?We felt quite
comfortable ? and that
was probably our downfall.
?We got complacent and
ended up losing to the
two set-pieces.?
The frail Foxes have now
conceded more goals from
corners and free-kicks ?
13 ? than any Premier
League side.
With Liverpool netting
EIGHT in their last two
games, Albrighton warned:
?We must address this as
we can?t need two or three
goals to win a game.?
GOALS dominate the
agenda when Crystal
Palace and Arsenal
lock horns in the
Premier League.
The corresponding
fixture
last
season finished 3-0
to the Eagles and
striker Olivier Giroud scored THAT
scorpion kick in a
2-0 Gunners win at
the Emirates.
Giroud is crocked
for tonight with a
hamstring injury so
fellow French ace
Alexandre Lacazette
should lead the line,
and we really fancy
him at 13/10 with
Sun Bets to score
any time.
But the Eagles
will
be
soaring
under the Selhurst
Park lights and 5/1
with Sun Bets for a
home win and both
teams
to
score
tickles our interest.
Wilfried Zaha is
the hosts? heartbeat
and the mercurial
winger is 40/1 to
score first in a 2-1
Palace win with Sun
Bets.
DIAMOND: Arsenal?s Alexandre Lacazette to score, 13/10
with Sun Bets.
NEXT BEST: Crystal Palace to
win and both teams to score,
5/1 with Sun Bets.
LONGSHOT: Wilfried Zaha to
score first and Crystal Palace
to win 2-1, 40/1 with Sun Bets.
18+ T&Cs apply.
Odds subject to change.
64 ............... Thursday, December 28, 2017
2GM
REDS TRANSFER COUP
LOV IT
KEITA . . . Anfield bound
�m
From Back Page
January swoop for Van Dijk
but valued the centre-back
less than the �m that
Saints quoted last summer.
Guardiola last night put
a brave face on missing
out on Van Dijk.
Asked: ?Were you interested in Van Dijk next
month??,
Pep
replied:
?No?. He was then asked:
?So you weren?t disappointed at missing out on
him?? He replied: ?No?.
Van Dijk was banished
from Saints training by
boss Mauricio Pellegrino
after issuing a transfer
request during pre-season.
The defender was not in
the squad for Saints? 5-2
Boxing Day defeat at
Tottenham
after
Reed
secretly opened talks with
Liverpool.
Van Dijk had his medical
yesterday and the fee
eclipses the initial �m
City forked out for Kyle
Walker from Spurs in July.
The Kop new-boy, who
will wear No 4, last night
tweeted: ?Today is a
proud day as I join one of
the biggest clubs in world
football! I can?t wait to
pull on the famous red
shirt for the first time.?
Van Dijk will be registered on January 2 so his
debut could be in a Mersey
derby as Klopp?s side host
Everton in the FA Cup third
round on January 5.
But Liverpool are now
likely to sell Coutinho for
around �4m.
Barca failed with three
bids for the Brazilian, 25,
in the summer ? the last
one worth �4m.
Coutinho?s agent Kia
Joorabchian wants the
move sealed next month.
Anfield boss Klopp has
the power to reject that.
But with RB Leipzig
midfielder Naby Keita, 22,
joining the Reds for �m
next summer, the German
knows his US owners want
to cash in on Coutinho.
Klopp is also keen on
�m-rated Stoke keeper
Jack Butland.
Firmino?s
�0k day
By OSCAR PAUL
ROBERTO FIRMINO copped
a huge �0,000 bonus
for his Boxing Day double
against Swansea.
The Brazilian, 26, who
earns a basic �,000 a
week at Liverpool, took
his tally to 16 this season
in the Reds 5-0 win.
His bonus shot up from
�,000 for each of his
first five goals to �,000
for the next five and then
�,000 up to 15 goals.
After that, every goal is
worth a massive �,000.
So Firmino?s first against
the Swans earned him
�,000 and his second
�,000, taking his total
bonuses for the season to
�0,000.
He was subbed after 68
minutes ? having raked in
�200 A MINUTE!
VVD shouldn?t be a
Kop flop like Dejan
KOP THAT . . . Van Dijk
will become the world?s
most expensive defender
WORLD?S MOST EXPENSIVE DEFENDERS
�m
�m
�m
�.3m
�.5m
�m
�m
�m
�.85m
�.2m
VIRGIL VAN DIJK (Southampton to Liverpool, 2018)
Kyle Walker (Tottenham to Man City, 2017) *initial 45m
David Luiz (Chelsea to PSG, 2014)
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco to Man City, 2017)
John Stones (Everton to Man City, 2016)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus to AC Milan, 2017) *initial 35.2m
Davinson Sanchez (Ajax to Tottenham, 2017)
Thiago Silva (AC Milan to PSG, 2012)
Shkodran Musta? (Valencia to Arsenal, 2016)
Antonio Rudiger (Roma to Chelsea, 2017) *initial 31m
LIVERPOOL?S
SOUTHAMPTON BUYS
PLAYER
Virgil van Dijk
Sadio Mane
Nathaniel Clyne
Dejan Lovren
Adam Lallana
Rickie Lambert
TOTAL
DATE
Jan 1, 2018
Jun 28, 2016
Jul 1, 2015
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 1, 2014
Jun 2, 2014
FEE
�m
�m
�.5m
�m
�m
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�6.5m
Maya?s Pell hell
MAYA YOSHIDA admits Southampton are WORSE
under Mauricio Pellegrino this season ? but is against
yet another managerial change.
Saints, who finished eighth under Frenchman
Claude Puel last term, were thrashed 5-2 by
Tottenham at Wembley on Boxing Day.
They are now just two points above the drop
zone and defender Yoshida, 29, said: ?Claude
Puel was fired last season because the club
wasn?t satisfied. But the situation is now worse.
?So just sacking the manager is clearly not always
the best choice. But it is not my decision
?Does the attitude need to improve? I?d say yes.?
VIRGIL
VAN
DIJK
was
arguably the top defender in
the Premier League before an
ankle injury in January kept
him out for eight months.
His bid to regain match fitness
was not helped by a spat with the
Southampton hierarchy which saw
him spend the summer training
alone.
His relationship with manager
Mauricio Pellegrino has never been
repaired and has been a factor in
his slump in form.
At 26, he is just about to enter
the peak years of his career ? but
the Van Dijk who has graced St
Mary?s this season is a far cry
from the one Liverpool boss
Jurgen Klopp fell in love with.
His performance in Saints? 4-1
defeat at home to Leicester earlier
this month, in what will now be
his last appearance for the club,
was nothing short of appalling.
Van Dijk ? set to become the
world?s most expensive defender
after agreeing a �million move
to Anfield ? was made to look a
pub player by two-goal Shinji
Okazaki and Jamie Vardy.
Clearly his Foxes horror show
was not enough to put off Klopp
but it should have set alarm bells
ringing.
After all, the last defender with
a suspect attitude to swap the
South Coast for Merseyside ?
�m Dejan Lovren ? has hardly
covered himself in glory.
Klopp?s first task will be to get
Van Dijk?s head back in the right
place, although his �0,000-aweek pay packet should be a nice
sweetener.
The Dutchman has cut a forlorn
By ALEX CROOK
figure at Saints? New Forest
training ground since his dream of
a move to Anfield seemed to have
died in August.
Isolating himself from teammates after being stripped of the
captain?s armband has clearly
affected his performances.
Where Van Dijk once led by
example he has become just
another foot soldier as Pellegrini?s
sorry Saints have plummeted.
Whether the Argentine?s stay in
Hampshire lasts much longer than
Van Dijk?s is open to discussion.
But what is not debatable is that
a motivated and fit Van Dijk would
grace any top side in Europe.
In his pomp Van Dijk is a
colossus in both boxes with the
ability not only to shackle the best
strikers in the land but to weigh
in with vital set-piece goals.
Klopp wants his centre-backs to
play out from the back, which is
another of Van Dijk?s attributes.
But unlike Lovren, the former
Celtic ace is also a master in the
art of good old-fashioned defending and does not trade in the sort
of schoolboy mistakes which have
too often haunted Lovren.
Before his flirtation with Liverpool, Van Dijk was one of the
main influences in the Southampton dressing room and it was a
no-brainer by Saints to make him
skipper when Jose Fonte was sold
to West Ham for � a year ago.
But not much has gone right for
Van Dijk since then and Klopp
has 75 million reasons to hope
2017 was just a blip, otherwise it
is Southampton who will be
laughing.
VIRG OF GREATNESS
NEIL LENNON revealed Virgil van
Dijk?s first Celtic training session
left him awestruck.
The former Hoops boss snapped
up the 6ft 3in defender for a paltry
�illion from Groningen in 2013.
A sell-on clause means the
Scottish giants will rake in a
�5m Christmas bonus from his
world-record move to Liverpool.
Lennon (right) said: ?The first
day I watched him train I
By DAVID FRIEL
thought ?We?ve got one here?.
He showed composure and
strength.?
Van Dijk left team-mate
Kris Commons amazed.
Commons said: ?He?s one
of the best I?ve played
with. I?ve never known a
guy so tall, strong and
technically good.?
2GM
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ...............
BIG-MATCH VERDICT
MUTKO . . . quit
Russia?s
no fears
for 2018
PLAYING IT
SAFE . . . Benitez
By TONY LITTLE
RUSSIA say their World
Cup plans remain firmly
on course after the 2018
organising
committee
chairman quit.
Vitaly Mutko, who is
also Deputy Prime Minister, insists he will still
oversee preparations for
the finals while handing
over to Alexei Sorokin.
Mutko, who is fighting a
lifetime Olympic ban over
Russia?s doping scandal,
also stepped down as FA
president on Monday.
He said: ?Sorokin will
interact with Fifa. I will
concentrate on work in
the government.
?There is still a lot of
work but I am absolutely
sure that everything will
be prepared in time.?
IOC
chiefs
banned
Mutko earlier this month
saying he was involved
in Russia?s state-backed
doping programme.
He was barred in March
from sitting on the Fifa
Council ? the world
body?s ruling top table
where he had a seat since
2009 ? over potential
conflicts of interest with
his government post.
Until this week, the
59-year-old had kept his
jobs in Russia throughout
the doping scandal, even
receiving
a
promotion
from sports minister.
2030
From Back Page
what has happened for
Euro 2020 is evidence our
relationship with Uefa has
changed.
?We have to carry that
forward. And it would also
help if the England team
started to show the same
successes as our junior
sides have done in 2017.?
Uefa wants to name a
single European candidate
to ensure the strongest
possible chance against a
joint 2030 bid by Uruguay,
Argentina and Paraguay.
With Germany (twice)
France, Italy and Spain
having all hosted World
Cups since 1966, there is
an understanding that it is
?England?s turn?.
New Uefa chief Alexander Seferin is als
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