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Monday August 28 2017 | | No 72313
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New drug heralds breakthrough in fight against heart disease
Chris Smyth Health Editor, Barcelona
A new class of drug cut the risk of repeat
heart attacks by a quarter in a trial that
opens another front in the fight against
one of Britain?s biggest killers.
Medicine targeting the body?s
natural inflammatory response to
illness has been shown to protect heart
patients from further life-threatening
complications. Doctors said that the
?incredibly important? and long-awaited results would save lives by opening a
new era in heart disease treatment that
gave extra protection on top of existing
Almost 200,000 Britons a year suffer
a heart attack and they are given
medicines such as cholesterol-lowering
statins and blood-thinning drugs to
protect them. However, a quarter suffer
a second heart attack within five years.
Scientists have believed for years that
the inflammation that forms part of the
body?s immune response to an attack
may increase this risk, by breaking up
fatty plaques in a way that makes them
more likely to block arteries, for
example. Until now, however, it had
never been shown that reducing inflam-
mation could prevent heart attacks.
Canakinumab costs �,000 per
patient per year as an arthritis treatment. While cost could delay widespread use of the medicine alongside
statins ? which have an annual cost of
only � per patient ? experts said the
proof of principle in yesterday?s results
could open the door to development of
a completely new class of heart drugs.
Christian child forced
into Muslim foster care
Concern for girl who ?had cross removed and was encouraged to learn Arabic?
Andrew Norfolk
Chief Investigative Reporter
A white Christian child was taken from
her family and forced to live with a
niqab-wearing foster carer in a home
where she was allegedly encouraged to
learn Arabic.
The five-year-old girl, a native English speaker, has spent the past six
months in the care of two Muslim
households in London. The foster
placements were made, against the
wishes of the girl?s family, by the
scandal-ridden borough of Tower
In confidential local authority
reports seen by The Times, a social
services supervisor describes the child
sobbing and begging not to be returned
to the foster carer?s home because ?they
don?t speak English?.
The reports state that the supervisor
heard the girl, who at times was ?very
distressed?, claiming that the foster
carer removed her necklace, which had
a Christian cross, and also suggested
that she should learn Arabic. It is
understood that the child told her
mother that when she was given her
favourite Italian food to take home, the
foster carer would not allow her to eat it
because the carbonara meal contained
More recently, the girl is said to have
told her mother that ?Christmas and
Easter are stupid? and that ?European
women are stupid and alcoholic?.
In any decision regarding a foster
placement, local authorities are required to give due consideration to the
child?s ?religious persuasion, racial
origin and cultural and linguistic background?.
Tower Hamlets refused to respond to
requests to explain why it had chosen to
place a white, English-speaking Christian child with Muslim foster carers, including one household where she was
unable to understand the language
spoken by the family.
Her first carer, with whom the girl
The five-year-old girl, whose identity The Times is protecting, with her present
foster carer. Her mother is said to be horrified by the alien cultural, religious and
linguistic environment in which her daughter has spent the past six months
lived for four months, is believed to
have worn a niqab outside the family
home. The carer at her present foster
placement wears a burka, fully concealing her face, when she accompanies the
child in public.
The wearing of a niqab or burka
generally indicates adherence to a conservative, Salafi-influenced interpretation of Islam that is often contemptuous of liberal western values.
To protect the child, The Times has
chosen not to identify her or the
unusual circumstances that led to her
being taken into care earlier this year.
The girl?s mother is said by friends to
have been horrified by the alien cultural, religious and linguistic environment in which her daughter has spent
the past six months.
?This is a five-year-old white girl. She
was born in this country, speaks English
as her first language, loves football,
holds a British passport and was
christened in a church,? said a friend.
?She?s already suffered the huge trauma
of being forcibly separated from her
family. She needs surroundings in
which she?ll feel secure and loved.
Instead, she?s trapped in a world where
everything feels foreign and unfamiliar.
That?s really scary for a young child.?
In some areas of the country, a longstanding shortage of foster carers from
ethnic-minority backgrounds frequently leads to non-white children
being, of necessity, placed with white
British foster parents. It is far less common for the reverse to take place.
Published fostering statistics for England show that of the 51,800 children
who were in foster placements last year,
39,900 (77 per cent) were white, as were
52,500 (84 per cent) of the 62,400
approved foster carers.
The 2011 national census found that
80 per cent of England?s population was
white British, falling to 45 per cent in
London and 31 per cent in inner-city
Tower Hamlets. Across the capital last
year, 39 per cent of fostered children and
Continued on page 6, col 4
Paul Ridker, of Brigham and
Women?s Hospital at Harvard University, who led the trial, said: ?For the first
time we?ve been able to show definitively that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk. This has far-reaching
implications. It tells us that by leveraging an entirely new way to treat patients
Continued on page 4, col 1
discover lost
Tom Whipple Science Editor
Ancient works not read by humans
since the Dark Ages have been found at
an Egyptian monastery, using a
technique that allows researchers to
reconstruct documents long ago
scrubbed off parchment.
The finds at Saint Catherine?s
monastery on the Sinai peninsula
hailed a ?new golden age of discovery?,
according to the scientists behind the
research, who believe that the methods
could reveal many other lost texts.
They have been chronicling the
monastery?s library, which has been in
continuous use for 1,500 years, but
which is today threatened by growing
Islamic fundamentalism and attacks on
Christians in the region. Among the
discoveries were three ancient Greek
medical texts that were previously unknown to scholars, as well as the earliest copies of some from Hippocrates.
The scientists have also found documents written in extremely rare languages such as Caucasian Albanian,
which until now has been known only
from scattered stone inscriptions.
They said that the techniques being
developed meant that lost classical
texts, including those by thinkers such
as Aristotle, could now be found hiding
in plain sight on parchments in libraries
across the world.
Because parchment was historically
valuable, it was common to reuse it.
Many ancient texts are believed to have
been lost because monks wrote copies
of the Bible on top of them.
The scientists use photographs taken
using different parts of the light
spectrum and from different angles, to
highlight the traces of ink left by the
earliest scribes before it was washed off.
The images are then combined using
computer algorithms to reveal the text
The work comes as such collections
face increasing peril. In Sinai, security
forces engaged in a deadly gun battle
this year with militants. Isis claimed
responsibility for the attack. Timbuktu
library was saved from jihadists when a
librarian hid its manuscripts.
Hidden remedies, page 13
Leading article, page 27
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
Salt doubles
heart danger
Clampdown on
parking firms
Harvest pushes
up wine costs
Eating too much salt
doubles the risk of
developing heart
failure, according to
research which
amplifies the dangers
of unhealthy diets.
Parking companies
face being banned
from hitting motorists
with �0 penalties
after a rise in drivers
being ?ripped off? for
trivial infringements.
Page 4
Page 5
Wine lovers have
been warned to expect
the price of their
favourite European
bottles to soar because
freak weather has
decimated the grape
harvest. Page 7
The best kind of learning can happen when
you?re being paid, valued and visibly useful
Councils face
property curbs
Afghan mission
?to last decades?
BHS stores
still vacant
Ministers are expected
to call time on a
spending spree by
councils using cheap
borrowed cash to stake
bets on commercial
property. Page 14
US forces are set to
stay in Afghanistan for
decades after a rise in
troop numbers, a
former commander of
US and Nato troops in
the country has
predicted. Page 28
Four in five BHS
stores are vacant a
year after the store
chain closed its doors
as the failure of the
retailer continues to
haunt the high street.
Page 35
Aubergine and tomato
Big tomatoes, the sort
we used to call beef
tomatoes, now more
likely to be French or
Italian varieties, are
needed for this simple
and versatile stew. A
glug of red wine and
crushed garlic unite
this jammy mess with
tender aubergine.
Serve it hot or cold,
piled over bruschetta
or as a sauce for
kebabs or roast
Serves 4 Prep 20 min
Cook 40 min
Ingredients: 3 mediumsmall aubergines;
3 beef tomatoes; 3
large garlic cloves;
2 bay
lleaves; few
thyme; 3 tbsp olive oil;
100ml red wine; 1 tsp
sugar and/or
squirt tomato ketchup;
bunch chives, optional
Quarter the trimmed
aubergine lengthways.
Chop into sugar lumpsize pieces. Dissolve 1
tbsp salt in a bowl of
water and immerse the
aubergine. Leave for
20 minutes. Rinse and
pat dry.
Meanwhile, boil a
kettle and immerse the
tomatoes for 30
seconds. Drain, cool
under running water,
cut out the core in a
pointed plug shape
then rip off the skin.
Chop. Peel, chop and
crush the garlic. Tie the
bay and thyme with
string (easier to fish
out later). Heat the oil
in a spacious pan over
a medium-high and
add aubergine. Stir-fry
for 2-3 minutes, reduce
the heat, stirring less
often, until very soft.
Add garlic, wine,
herbs and tomatoes.
Simmer, stirring to
avoid sticking, until
jammy. Season with
sugar or ketchup and
salt. Remove herbs
and serve with
chopped chives.
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Tory Remainers see hope in
Labour?s shift to soft Brexit
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Pro-EU Conservatives warned yesterday that they would use Labour?s new
commitment to continued single
market membership to push Theresa
May towards a ?soft Brexit?.
Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit
secretary, said a Labour government
would abide by the ?same basic terms?
of Britain?s present EU membership
during a transition period.
This would mean accepting freedom
of movement rules, paying into the
Brussels budget and abiding by European Court of Justice rulings. For the
first time Labour also held open the
possibility of staying inside the single
market and customs union permanently if the EU agreed new migration rules.
Labour has previously said only that
it would seek to ?retain the benefits? of
the single market and customs union.
Chuka Umunna, a leading supporter
of the Open Britain campaign against a
hard Brexit, said: ?This is a significant
moment in the debate.? He said he
hoped it would embolden Tory rebels.
Tory Remainers described Jeremy
Corbyn?s change of position as ?pure
politics? and said his enthusiasm for the
single market was ?fake? but agreed that
it would heap pressure on Mrs May to
soften her Brexit stance.
Anna Soubry, Conservative MP for
Broxtowe, said that Labour?s move
would terrify some of her colleagues. ?If
you were a hard Brexiteer you would be
very, very nervous because the arguments are shifting. You can see that
your hard Brexit is going down the
pan.? The former business minister
downplayed the odds that she would
vote against the government, however.
Another leading Tory Remainer said:
ess than two
months ago
sacked three
frontbenchers for
voting to keep Britain
in the single market
(Francis Elliott
writes). It shows how
far and fast the
ground is shifting that
yesterday he made
that party policy.
Labour?s backing of
the status quo may
apply only to an
unspecified transition
period but, with the
promise to keep open
the membership
option, it is not hard
to see why MPs such
as Chuka Umunna
feel vindicated.
The former shadow
business secretary was
heavily criticised for
forcing the vote on the
Queen?s Speech, but
without it, allies say,
the leadership would
not have been pressed
into yesterday?s move
? an important
lesson as Brexit
legislation goes before
a parliament in which
?There?s no doubt this gives us leverage.
The parliamentary consensus is moving and May?s best hope is to move too.?
Mr Corbyn refused yesterday to be
drawn on how long a Labour government would be prepared to allow the UK
to abide by single market rules, saying
only that it should be as ?long as is necessary?. He said: ?We need to reach an
arrangement which protects the longterm trading relationship between Britain and Europe, and jobs in this country,
because all of manufacturing in Britain
[relies] on a supply chain across Europe.?
Although Mrs May?s cabinet is now
united on the need for an ?implementation period? after March 2019 there are
stark divisions about its nature. Delaying the final departure beyond the next
election, due in 2022, would ensure that
the campaign would almost certainly
Theresa May has a
majority of 13.
Fantasies of a
cross-party campaign
to soften or stop
Brexit are overdone
but scope remains
for interpretation, not
least on the length of
As MPs return,
those determined to
avoid a hard Brexit
will feel the wind at
their backs. Those on
the other side will
press Mrs May to rule
out any transition
beyond the election.
be dominated by how ? or if ? the UK
should leave the EU.
The French may be about to lead a rebellion against Brussels, The Daily Telegraph reports today. Documents seen
by the paper show French plans for a
transition under which the UK would
be bound by EU law for two or three
years and pay � billion for that time.
Charles Grant, director of the Centre
for European Reform, told the paper:
?Many top officials in the EU and governments would welcome an offer of
?10 billion a year for three years as part
of a transitional deal that would move
the talks forward. If the British . . . make
a serious offer on the money . . . they will
not only put the EU on the defensive,
they will also expose divisions on how
to respond to the money deadlock.?
James Kirkup, page 23
Davis calls for flexibility in EU talks
Francis Elliott
David Davis will today parry EU demands that Britain start setting out
how it will pay its ?divorce bill? by increasing the pressure over issues such
as Northern Ireland.
The Brexit secretary arrives in
Brussels for the third round of formal
talks and will ask his opposite number
Michel Barnier to show ?flexibility and
The talks come after Britain published a series of Brexit position papers
including several on issues such as Ireland, where the European Commission
has yet to show its hand.
UK officials said yesterday that the
exercise had helped expose the weakness of Mr Barnier?s insistence that
Britain?s future relationship with the
EU can only be discussed after an outline divorce bill is agreed.
The two sides clashed on Friday after
Brussels accused Britain of using the
future of the peace process ? which all
sides agree would be damaged by a hard
border ? as a ?bargaining chip?. Mr
Davis?s department responded by
accusing the European Commission of
failing to appreciate the ?human costs?
at stake
Brussels is understood to be
infuriated at Britain?s refusal to
articulate how it thinks its liabilities to
the EU should be calculated, let alone
put a figure on the final bill, variously
estimated at between � billion and
� billion.
As he opens discussions today, Mr
Davis is expected to say that he wants to
agree a deal that is in the best interests
of both sides and expects the four days
of talks to be ?constructive?.
?For the UK, the week ahead is about
driving forward the technical discussions across all the issues,? the Brexit
secretary is expected to say.
?We want to lock in the points where
we agree, unpick the areas where we
disagree, and make further progress on
a range of issues.
?But in order to do that, we?ll require
flexibility and imagination from both
He will add: ?Our goal remains the
same. We want to agree a deal that
works in the best interests of both the
EU and the UK, and people and businesses right across Europe.
?And we?re ready to roll up our
sleeves and get down to work once
Corbyn challenged on immigration powers
Mark McLaughlin
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused by an
SNP MSP of ?back-pedalling furiously?
on Scottish Labour?s proposals to hand
over immigration powers.
Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour
leader, said Mr Corbyn was ?very much
open? to the idea of devolving immigration to the Scottish parliament.
However, the UK Labour leader
laughed off the suggestion as a product
of ?very excited reporting?.
Ms Dugdale once accused Mr Corbyn of being a divisive figure but insists
they put their differences behind them
long ago. She said: ?We have long
argued for a federal United Kingdom,
we want to see more powers moving out
of Westminster to the devolved nations
and regions of the United Kingdom.
?That?s what Jeremy wants, and the
details of that are for everybody to debate and discuss. I think there is a distinct merit in having immigration powers in the Scottish parliament to meet
the specific demands that we have here.
?Jeremy has obviously got to understand the implications of what that
means elsewhere in the UK, but he is
very much open to that idea and has
said so several times.?
When asked if he was open to Scotland having a separate immigration
policy, Mr Corbyn said: ?I think it was a
bit of excited reporting going on there.
In fact, it was very excited reporting.
What I said was I recognise the demands of the labour market in Scotland
and the skills shortages in Scotland.
?Indeed, in the context of talking to
the tourist industry in Lewis, they were
saying they actually needed skills that
were not necessarily available locally,
so I just said we have to have a balanced
approach to migration which does ensure our skills shortages are met.? He
said his relationship with Scottish Labour was ?absolutely excellent?.
Bob Doris, an SNP MSP, said: ?If
Jeremy Corbyn is back-pedalling furiously on giving Holyrood more powers
then his promises of federalism ring
utterly hollow.?
the times | Monday August 28 2017
The ruff meets the smooth in
dogs? home away from home
bots snap up
the fashion
Gabriella Swerling
Northern Correspondent
Nestled in a grey industrial estate lined
with warehouses and iron fences, a
kitsch cabin decorated with flowers
blasts out music by the Beach Boys. The
only clue to what goes on inside is a
neatly printed sign: ?Pee station?.
Britain?s first complex to combine a
dog caf�, day care, grooming and
kennels has opened its doors in Manchester.
Such has been the interest these past
weeks, with visits from Premier League
footballers, professional cricketers and
even people from London, that it is now
considering opening franchises.
Tony Golden, 53, founded Central
Bark with his wife, Tanya, 48. He quit
his job as a financial adviser and moved
from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to
Manchester in 2008 to support his two
sons? football careers.
?I got sick of sitting behind a desk,? he
recalled, strolling around his Beach
Dog Caf� in Wythenshawe. When an
opportunity arose to transform a
14,000 sq ft building, he knew that the
increasing number of dog lovers who
see pets as children would become his
?I said, ?Let?s bring the beach to Man
chester? because it?s always raining
here. We called it Beach Dog Caf�
because I love beaches and I love dogs.
Then I said, ?Now I need a beach dog,?
iland I adopted Alfie,? he added, smils.
ing at his rescue retriever-cross.
?Dog owners and dog lovers know
we now see our dogs as a loving
family member ? we want to
give them the best life possible. It
used to be, ?Put them on a chain?,
but that?s changed dramatically
now. We are the first ones to take
the concept of dog care and a dog
caf� and put it all together.?
More than a quarter of dogs aree
depressed because they are lonely,
research by the veterinary charity
PDSA found. It said that more than
or at
2.3 million dogs were left alone for
least five hours, despite vets advising
that the limit should be four hours.
ay of
The space is now home to an array
dog services. Having swung by the pee
station, customers enter the caf�,
decorated with a palm tree mural,
painted white sand and blue sea, deck
chairs, fishing nets and a sandpit.
Antibacterial hand gel sits alongside
ketchup and mustard on the tables
while dogs wander round. A white picket fence leads to Doggy Day Care where
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
There?s always a chair to climb and something to look at in Central Bark,
and comfy places for a snooze when the excitement becomes too much
dozens of pets play while others doze
inside a snuggle hut.
Past the grooming station is a ?homefrom-home? boarding area. Instead of
cages, Mr Golden has built a fake house,
with living room, television, DVDs,
carpet, lamps and sofabeds so staff and
dogs will be comfortable overnight.
However, his sunny disposition is
with military precision.
His 25 staff and volunteers commun
via walkie-talkies and
every half-hour a beeper reminds
staff to take the dogs to ?go potty?.
The d
day care, costing �.50 an hour,
fo up to 90 dogs and boarding
caters for
�costs �.50
an hour. The centre has
almost 3300 dogs on its books.
People who do not have pets but just
want ?dog time? pay �for 20 minutes.
?It?s not cheap,? Mr Golden admitted,
?but our mentality and our customers?
is they are not just pets. People don?t
want to leave them alone for six to eight
hours a day while they go to work, they
are part of the family. We have the
whole package and it keeps growing.?
Denise Burt, 63, a retired teaching
assistant and her friend Cheryl Danson, 50, a worker in administration,
were enjoying jacket potatoes in the
caf�, while their dogs Cindy, a cavachon, and Elwood, a cockapoo, played
in the day care centre. They had travelled from Blackburn and Preston for
the treat.
?It?s great,? Ms Danson said. ?At last
we get to eat our lunch in peace. Normally they?re clambering all over us.?
?We want the best for our dogs,? Ms
Burt said. ?People are waking up to the
fact that they?re part of the family ?
you include your dog in things like
going to the pub. It?s the way people
live now.?
You want to cop Yeezys but keep taking
Ls when they drop? Too many people
cooking! That?s not drug talk, but the
complaint of trainer obsessives about
how technology skews their market.
Buyers seeking ?cop? ? limitededition shoes and clothes ? are being
muscled out by computer bots that
?cook? orders by completing forms
faster than humans for new releases
(?drops?), meaning fans take ?Ls?, or
losses. Created by skilled programmers
and powered by artificial intelligence,
bots can place several orders simultaneously for releases that will sell out in
minutes. With thousands of pounds to
be made on the right T-shirt or pair of
shoes, many speculators use bots to buy
for resale. Ordinary punters are turning
to them just to stand a chance.
A pair of trainers from the Adidas Yeezy line, a collaboration with the rapper
Kanye West, might cost �0 in an edition of 40,000 but could go for �800
on specialist resale sites such as Goat.
Bots are also used to buy clothes from
brands such as Supreme, based in New
York, which drops new stock every
week in editions of a few hundred
pieces. A �0 top might fetch �0 on
the secondary market.
The rewards for bot-builders, most of
whom are aged from their teens to
mid-30s, can be huge. The maker of the
RSVP Sniper bot is said to have made
$250,000 from the Nike/Supreme Air
Jordan 5 trainer release in 2015.
Experts said it was inevitable that
whizzes would ?hack? the system.
Bot-builders say they are simply giving
their customers a better chance.
Nevertheless, brands are locked in a
race to create barriers to outwit bots,
from ?captcha? images to trivia questions. Some have introduced lottery
systems intended to be bot-proof;
bot-builders say they are not.
In a forum for ?sneakerheads? on
Reddit, an IT worker for a big trainer
retailer wrote: ?Last quarter during a
major launch release we intercepted
over a billion bot attempts in a 15-minute period. This is the #1 issue facing the
direct-to-consumer business.?
A collector replied: ?Holy s***! No
wonder us normal people can?t cop.?
Paul Armstrong, of Here/Forth, the
technology adviser, said: ?Bots have
been used to ramp up demand for
limited-edition items for a number of
years and are increasing in frequency
and simplicity thanks to advances in
artificial intelligence.?
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
No. 2014
Place the numbers 1 to 9 in the
spaces so that the number in each
circle is equal to the sum of the four
surrounding spaces, and each colour
total is correct
Solution and more puzzles
MindGames in Times2
Trains faster in south
Trains connecting Britain?s
biggest towns and cities are up to
four times slower outside the
southeast, according to research.
An analysis of the quickest
possible train journey on 19
routes found that services from
London, which are less likely to
make multiple stops, travel at
average speeds of 65 to 93mph,
compared with 20 to 60mph
elsewhere. The slowest route
was from Liverpool Central to
Chester, which covers the 14 miles
in 41 minutes at 20mph.
Easy breezy An entrant struggles to find the wind in the annual Southend barge match yesterday. The race in the Thames starts and finishes at the Essex town?s pier
Salt doubles risk of heart failure . . .
and we?re all eating too much of it
Chris Smyth
Eating too much salt doubles the risk of
developing heart failure, according to
research that amplifies the dangers of
unhealthy diets.
Salt has long been known to cause
high blood pressure. The latest findings
suggest it can damage the heart directly, significantly increasing the risk of a
potentially fatal condition that affects
half a million people in Britain.
The NHS recommends that adults
do not consume more than 6g of salt a
day but the average person has 8g, often
as a hidden additive in processed food.
The latest study looked at 4,630
Finnish people between the ages of 25
and 64 and measured salt intake
through a highly accurate method that
measures concentration in the urine.
They were monitored for 12 years,
during which time 121 of them devel-
oped heart failure. The fifth who consumed the most salt, more than 14g a
day, were twice as likely to develop
heart failure as the fifth eating the least,
who had less than 6.8g a day.
Even after adjusting for blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, those
eating the most salt were 75 per cent
more likely to develop heart failure,
according to results presented at the
European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona.
Heart failure is a condition where the
heart struggles to pump blood around
the body properly, often because it
becomes too weak or stiff. It becomes
progressively worse, causing breathlessness, tiredness and often resulting
in death. It is most common among
elderly people and is one of the most
common causes of hospital admissions
among people over 65.
Pekka Jousilahti, of the Finnish
National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, who led the study, said:
?The heart does not like salt. High salt
intake markedly increases the risk of
heart failure. This salt-related increase
in heart failure risk was independent of
blood pressure. The optimal daily salt
intake is probably even lower than 6.8g.
?The World Health Organisation
recommends a maximum of 5g per day
and the physiological need is 2g to 3g
per day.?
Salt consumption is down by an average of a gram a day over the past decade
after a successful scheme to encourage
industry to take it out of food.
Graham MacGregor, chairman of
Consensus Action on Salt and Health,
who helped oversee the salt reduction
programme, said of the latest findings:
?This is a very important study. It is a
powerful message that we need to be
more ambitious in cutting salt from our
diet. We have an ageing population
and heart failure is becoming increasingly common. It is a terrible way to
die. I?d rather die of cancer than heart
Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director
at the British Heart Foundation, said:
"We need to consume some salt in our
diet but most western diets have salt
intakes much greater than the amount
required to be healthy. There is a clear
relationship between eating too much
salt and your risk of having high blood
pressure, a major risk factor for heart
disease and stroke.
?This study shows that eating too
much salt is also linked with increased
risk of heart failure, a debilitating and
irreversible condition.
?More research is needed but this
provides further evidence of the
potential danger of having too much
salt in your diet.?
Drug trial doctor hails new era in cardiac treatment
Continued from page 1
? targeting inflammation ? we may be
able to improve outcomes significantly.?
Dr Ridker recruited 10,000 patients
who had had a heart attack and were
being treated with statins and other
medicine. They were given either a
placebo or doses of canakinumab.
Those given three-monthly injections of 150mg of canakinumab were
15 per cent less likely to suffer heart
problems, including fatal heart attacks
and strokes, in the next four years.
Those who had the biggest reduction in
inflammation cut their risk of such
problems by 27 per cent.
Heart attacks were down by 24 per
cent. This meant that each year 1.9 per
octors already
have several
ways to protect
the heart: medicines
that reduce blood
pressure, prevent
clots or cut
cholesterol. The longterm significance of
yesterday?s findings is
that they can now do
something else
entirely ? reduce
inflammation (Chris
Smyth writes).
Canakinumab is
already being talked
of as a blockbuster
medicine but even if it
does live up to the
hype, the more
important hope is that
it paves a way for
others that do the
same thing.
There are two key
obstacles: First, cost.
Novartis is likely to
cut the �,000 cost if
it is licensed as a
heart treatment but it
would have to be a
dramatic discount to
compare with generic
statins at � a year.
Second, side-effects.
Other antiinflammatories have
been implicated in
fatal bleeding and
more investigation
will be needed.
cent of patients on the drug had a heart
attack, compared with 2.4 per cent in
the control group. Canakinumab
patients were also a third less likely to
need surgery, according to results presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress and published in the
New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Ridker said: ?I?ve seen three broad
eras of preventative cardiology. In the
first we recognised the importance of
diet, exercise and smoking cessation. In
the second we saw the tremendous
value of lipid-lowering drugs such as
statins. Now we?re cracking the door
open on the third era.?
Trials are already looking at much
cheaper drugs that have similar effects.
Arrest over port death
A man has died in an industrial
incident at Portsmouth port.
Paramedics from South Central
Ambulance Service attended
Flathouse Quay on Friday,
where the man, 34, was
pronounced dead. Hampshire
police said a man aged 35 from
Sussex was arrested yesterday on
suspicion of perverting the course
of justice and theft in connection
with the death.
Cancelled ops rise 66%
Labour says the government is
letting down patients after figures
showed a 66 per cent rise in the
number of urgent operations that
were cancelled during the Tories?
time in power. Figures from NHS
England showed that 337 were
cancelled in July this year
compared with 203 in July 2011.
Julie Cooper, Labour?s health
spokeswoman, blamed ?neglect
and underfunding?.
Man drowns in lake
Police searching for a 32-year-old
man who disappeared while
swimming in a lake in West
Yorkshire on Saturday evening
have found a body. The man, who
has not been named but is
believed to have been eastern
European and living near by, got
into difficulty in Horbury Lagoon
in Wakefield. Police issued a
warning about the danger of
swimming in such waters.
World?s top Scrabbler
The world?s best Scrabble player
is certainly no asinico (idiot).
David Eldar, 27, who was born in
Australia and works in property
in London, took the �000 prize
in the finals. He lay down carrels
(a desk with raised sides) to beat
Harshan Lamabadusuriya at the
Old Museum, Nottingham.
Troelies (bussu palm leaves) and
doiting (stumble or blunder) also
made the final boards.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Cowboy parking
firms face ban on
harassing drivers
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Rogue parking companies could be
banned from imposing �0 penalties
on motorists after a sharp rise in the
number of drivers being targeted for
trivial infringements.
Rules are being drawn up to tackle
cowboy operators by restricting access
to a government database that allows
them to chase owners for cash.
For the first time private operators
face being subject to official government regulations that ban the use of
predatory tactics to entrap motorists.
They could also be forced to provide a
transparent appeal process and possibly a limit on the size of penalties.
The system could be overseen by the
traffic penalty tribunal, the watchdog
that hears appeals over parking tickets
issued by councils.
Companies that breach the rules
would be banned from accessing a
database of about 40 million records
managed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The number of
motorists handed tickets of up to �0
by private parking companies has
Case study
ormac O?Keeffe, 43,
stopped in Calder Park,
Wakefield, a private
estate, for 15 seconds to
check directions after
being wrongly led there by satnav. He was pictured by a camera
van operated by Vehicle Control
Services (VCS). A week later he
was issued with a demand for
�0 for ?stopping in a zone
where stopping is prohibited?.
Mr O?Keeffe, a compliance
consultant from Billericay, Essex,
appealed against the penalty but
it was rejected. VCS obtained Mr
O?Keeffe?s details through the
DVLA, which charges private
parking operators �50 to pass
on names and addresses. VCS
failed to respond to a request to
comment. The DVLA said it was
unable to comment further.
soared by almost two thirds in a year.
Records of 1.74 million vehicles were
gained from the DVLA between April
and June, a rise of 64 per cent on the
year. It suggests the DVLA is on course
to hand almost seven million records to
companies in the financial year compared with about 300,000 a decade ago.
Access to records rose sharply after
2012 when companies were banned
from clamping cars on private land.
Operators that want access to DVLA
data must join one of two trade bodies,
the British Parking Association or the
International Parking Community,
which should hold them to account and
provide an independent appeal service.
Critics say the system has failed with
dubious tactics going unchecked, operators rarely being banned and most appeals being refused.
Sir Greg Knight, the Conservative
MP, has tabled a private member?s bill
that would lead to a new statutory code
to regulate private parking companies.
The Times understands that the bill
now has government backing.
Marcus Jones, the local government
minister, is keen on the bill and officials
at the Department for Communities
and Local Government are working on
draft clauses before its second reading
in February, meaning it could become
law by October next year.
Sir Greg said: ?Self-regulation hasn?t
worked and we need to put this on a
statutory footing to stop motorists
being ripped off. We need to have a
fairer, more transparent and consistent
enforcement system.?
Some operators use ?ghost? ticketing
in which they put a ticket on a car,
photograph it and take it off. It means
the car owner fails to pay, allowing the
company to pursue a higher penalty.
Private parking companies cannot
fine motorists. People parking on private land officially enter into a contract
with the landowner and can be issued
with a ticket ? officially an invoice ?
for breach of contract by overstaying.
Critics claim that operators scare drivers into paying with official-looking letters and threaten them with bailiffs.
The British Parking Association has
backed the proposed new rules.
Leading article, page 27
Motorists ?stung? by small
print in car hire contracts
Graeme Paton
Drivers are being ?stung? by car hire
firms that heavily penalise customers
who arrive late to pick up a car or fail to
return it within 30 minutes of the dropoff time, according to an investigation.
Which?, the consumer group, found
that tourists whose flights were delayed
could lose their pre-paid vehicle without a refund if they arrived late. An ?unavoidable traffic jam? could also lead to
costly fees if customers returned a
vehicle more than 29 minutes late.
Some hire firms impose a � fee in the
UK plus an extra day?s hire.
The conclusions will add to concerns
that thousands of people each year are
paying hundreds of pounds more than
expected in penalties after being
baffled by the small print in car hire
contracts. Which? investigated more
than 40 car hire contracts from 18 pro-
viders in the UK and abroad and
claimed that ?unnecessarily complicated documentation? was common practice across the industry.
It discovered rising deposits and
other hidden fees being levied across
the industry, including charges for repairing damage to cars in addition to
the cost of the repair, a number of penalties for failing to return a car with a
full tank and a fee if customers failed to
print out their rental confirmation.
Rory Boland, travel editor of Which?,
urged customers to avoid being ?stung?,
adding: ?Few people have the time or
inclination to read these lengthy,
clunky contracts. Alarmingly, this
could lead to consumers being slapped
with steep, unexpected charges that
can ruin a trip.
?The industry must act on these
troubling findings and make its contracts as fair and as clear as possible.?
Taking a breather Competitors at the World Bog Snorkelling Championship, held yesterday at Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys,
must travel two lengths of a 55m trench without using conventional swimming strokes. The world record is 1 min, 19 secs
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Flawed system that fails the vulnerable
Andrew Norfolk
In a child protection system that functioned flawlessly, almost every fostered
child in Britain would be placed with a
carer who spoke their language, shared
their faith and was a match for their
ethnic and cultural heritage.
That such an outcome is highly desirable is a principle enshrined in the
United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child. It is also supported
in the UK by legislation.
The Children Act 1989 requires that
?before making any decision with
respect to a child they are looking
after?, a local authority ?shall give due
consideration to the child?s religious
persuasion, racial origin and cultural
and linguistic background?.
A similar edict appears in the Fostering Services (England) Regulations
The reality does not match the aspiration. In practice there is a national
shortage of approved foster carers from
minority ethnic backgrounds.
Ofsted revealed in February that in
2015-16 nine local authorities in
England had no non-white long-term
foster carers.
Non-white children in need of foster
placements in those areas, which
included Shropshire, West Berkshire,
North Somerset and North East
Lincolnshire, were invariably placed
with carers of a different ethnicity.
It is a pattern that is often repeated,
though to a lesser extent, in other
council regions where there are some,
but not enough, foster carers from
minority ethnic backgrounds to meet
the local demand for placements in
non-white households.
Fostering experts have said that by
far the most important consideration in
any placement decision, regardless of
ethnicity, is finding a secure and loving
The girl with one of the two Muslim
carers appointed by Tower Hamlets
home for a child who may have complex needs. Approved foster carers are
given extensive training to ensure that
they are able to promote and support a
child?s identity, and know that their
own religious and cultural beliefs
should never be imposed on a child of a
different heritage.
The shortage of non-white foster
carers would logically suggest that
councils usually have little difficulty in
finding placements for white British
children. National statistics for England show that last year 22 per cent of
fostered children, but only 15 per cent of
foster carers, were from a minority
If 77 per cent of children in foster care
were white British, and so were 84 per
cent of carers, why ? in a nation that in
the 2011 census was 80 per cent white
British ? would Tower Hamlets in east
London choose to send a white British
child to a carer whose ethnicity, religion
and culture were so very different from
the child?s?
It cannot be solely a matter of ethnic
demographics. Tower Hamlets has one
of the most ethnically diverse populations in Britain, with only 31 per cent of
its residents white British, but only
24 per cent of its looked-after children
are white British.
If it were simply that not enough
white Londoners were choosing to
become foster carers, then why has
Tower Hamlets, which has the UK?s
seemed to expend as much energy
recruiting Vietnamese carers as white
British carers?
Unorthodox placements for white
children are not confined to a single
rogue London borough that in recent
years has faced multiple accusations of
favouring certain minority ethnic
communities at the expense of others.
The Times has been told that across
England there are several examples of
white British children who are in
placements with non-white foster
In many, perhaps most, of those scenarios a child in need will have found a
supportive home, regardless of the
ethnicity or religion of their carer.
One aspect of the Tower Hamlets
placement revealed today by The Times
has, however, amazed experienced
carers and the heads of fostering agencies who were contacted.
For an English local authority to
choose to place a five-year-old child
whose first language is English with a
family who at home regularly converse
in a different language would, they say,
be staggering. It would also be unforgivably irresponsible.
Foster council criticised
Continued from page 1
42 per cent of foster carers were white.
In Tower Hamlets, only 24 per cent of
looked-after children were white.
No figures were published nationally
or at local authority level to show how
many children were placed with foster
carers of a different ethnicity.
Tower Hamlets declined to reveal
how many cross-cultural foster placements it was overseeing. The council
also refused to say whether it had a
shortage of white British foster carers.
It cited confidentiality obligations and
accused The Times of putting at risk the
stability of a vulnerable child?s foster
placement and schooling.
Ten years ago a council report
warned of a need to ?recruit foster
carers from a range of backgrounds? in
Tower Hamlets to enable it ?to match
carers and children, taking into account
a number of factors including ethnicity,
religion, language, culture and location?. The under-represented communities that it sought to target in 2008 in
adverts for new foster carers were ?Caribbean, African, Vietnamese, Bangladeshi (for older children) and white?.
More recently the council has earned
public notoriety. In 2015 it was stripped
by the government of many of its
powers after its former mayor, Lutfur
Rahman, was found guilty of corrupt
and illegal electoral practices.
In April this year an Ofsted inspection of the council found ?widespread
and serious failures in the services provided to children who need help and
protection?. Rating the children?s service as inadequate, it condemned an
?entrenched culture of non-compliance with basic social work standards?.
The Department for Education said
it was unable to comment on cases but
a spokesman stressed that ?when placing a child in a foster home, the local
authority must ensure that the placement is the most appropriate way to
safeguard the child and support their
welfare. A child?s background is an important consideration in this decision.?
Child?s body found in house
A toddler was found dead in a house
two days after police were called to a
domestic incident there.
The boy?s body was discovered in the
early hours yesterday when officers
responded to a report of a disturbance
at a semi-detached house in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
A 31-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder while
police wait to speak to a woman who is
being treated in hospital for serious
injuries. Both the man and woman had
left to go to hospital when police arrived.
Superintendent John-Paul Ruffle, of
Greater Manchester police, said the investigation was at an early stage and
urged people not to speculate on what
had happened. ?We had one previous
domestic incident reported on August
25 and that investigation was ongoing.
A self-referral will be made to the
Commission,? he added.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Beach evacuated as
toxic mist blows in
ozens of
vomiting and irritation
of the eyes yesterday
after a toxic mist drifted
toward the coast at
Beachy Head,
prompting an
evacuation (Callum
Adams writes).
Emergency services
were called to Birling
Gap at about 5pm after
up to 50 people
complained of
discomfort caused by the
?haze?. Police warned
people in the affected
area, which stretched
Medics and the response
team, top, at the scene
from Eastbourne to
Birling gap, to stay away
from the beach and keep
doors and windows
closed. Surrounding
roads were closed and
Sussex police issued a
?chemical haze?
warning on the East
Sussex coast.
Those affected
received medical
attention and the fire
service said that a
possible ?environmental
issue? had caused ?many
Witnesses, who
initially put the problem
down to salt water or
hayfever, described their
eyes as ?stinging? and
?drying up?, regardless
of how many times they
washed them.
Kyle Crickmore
tweeted that there was a
?strong smell of
chlorine? and said that
visibility was reduced to
about 100m as the mist
approached. Eddie
Mitchell tweeted:
?Strange cloud affecting
50+ people, vomiting,
running eyes etc.?
Neither the source nor
the content of the haze
has been confirmed, but
a police spokesman
speculated that it may
have been chlorine.
Bank on it!
It?s going to
be the best
for 50 years
he New Forest
woke to a
sunrise and
soaked up the rays as
the traditionally wet
August bank holiday
weekend looked to be
the best for 50 years
(Jack Malvern writes).
The Met Office says
there is a 70 per cent
chance that today will
be the hottest bank
holiday in late August
since the holiday was
moved in 1965.
People living in
Hertfordshire should
expect temperatures of
up to 30C in the last day
of hot weather before
cooler air sweeps in
later in the week.
The previous record
for a bank holiday
Monday in late August
was 27.1C, set in Santon
Downham, Suffolk, on
August 31, 2009.
There is also a record
of 28.3C noted on
August 28, 1990 in the
town of March in
Cambridgeshire, but this
The sun rises over
Lyndhurst in the New
Forest. Later it was a good
day to be at the beach in
Boscombe, Dorset
is disputed because
readings near by were
several degrees lower.
Marco Petagna, a
forecaster at the Met
Office, said that there
was up to a 70 per cent
chance that in some
areas temperatures
today would exceed 28C,
a 40 per cent chance
that they would reach
29C and a 20 per cent
chance that they would
surpass 30C. He said
that sun was very strong
at this time of year so it
did not take much for
the heat to build up,
particularly in urban
Temperatures in
Scotland and Northern
Ireland are expected to
be between 17C and 20C.
The highest temperature
for the weekend so far
was 26.3C at Frittenden
in Kent. The highest
ever recorded in August
was 38.5C in Faversham,
Kent, on August 10
Thunderer, page 24
Weather, page 46
Bad harvest will hit wine lovers in pocket
Adam Sage Paris
Tom Kington Rome
Wine lovers have been warned to
expect the price of their favourite
European bottles to soar because freak
weather has decimated the grape
The warnings have fuelled alarm in
illustrious wine regions such as Bordeaux, which fear that Brexit could
anyway drive British connoisseurs to
buy cheaper from the New World.
In France, officials say they are likely
to end up with the smallest quantity of
grapes for any vintage since the Second
World War after vines were hit by frost
and hailstones in the spring and a
drought in the summer.
Many vineyard owners already feeling the pinch after a series of small harvests will be forced to put up prices to
stave off bankruptcy, experts say.
The picture is equally bleak in Italy,
where vineyard owners expect the harvest to fall by a quarter compared with
last year. Similar tales of woe are
emerging in Switzerland, Austria,
Germany and Hungary.
France?s agriculture ministry said
that it expected the nation?s vineyards
to produce a total of 37.2 million hectolitres of wine ? 18 per cent below last
year?s and 17 per cent down on the average over the past five years.
J閞鬽e Despey, chairman of the
wine committee of FranceAgriMer, a
governmental advisory body, said even
these figures, based on an assessment
before the grape harvest had started,
were overly optimistic. Now that picking was under way, vineyards were
discovering greater losses than anticipated, he said. ?At harvests everywhere,
in places where we thought there would
be a little less, there?s a lot less.?
Mr Despey said that the harvest
would be less than 37 million hectolitres and the smallest since 1945. Officials say the quantity of grapes picked
in Bordeaux will be 50 per cent down on
last year, and about 30 per cent down in
the Rh鬾e Valley and Alsace. Only in
three French regions will production
rise: Burgundy, the Loire Valley and
Philippe de Cantenac, a specialist
writer for La Revue du Vin de France, the
French wine connoisseurs? bible, said
that many vineyard owners were short
Drying up
Millions of hectolitres
of wine produced
8.4 5.9
1.8 1.3
1.0 0.7
45.4 37.2
2.7 1.9
of money after successive small harvests. ?They will have to put up their
prices.? But the rises would be modest
because French winemakers knew that
drinkers in countries such as Britain
could easily turn to bottles from countries like Chile or Argentina if they
found the French too expensive.
?For many vineyards, it will be a delicate balance,? he said. ?They will need
to put up prices but not cut themselves
In short supply
Rh鬾e Valley
Costi鑢es de N頼es
C魌es de Provence
Coteaux de Languedoc
Coteaux Varois
Chateauneuf du Pape
Nero D?Avola
Brunello di Montalcino
off from their markets.? The pound?s fall
against the euro is already set to make
European wines pricier in the UK.
Allan Sichel, head of the Bordeaux
Wine Council, expressed concern last
week that the region?s vineyards could
lose out if the UK struck trade deals
with countries such as Australia after
quitting the EU. He urged Brussels to
agree a deal of its own with Britain.
In Italy grape picking is starting up to
ten days early and wine production is
set to drop by 13 million hectolitres
from the 52 million produced last year,
according to Riccardo Cotarella, the
head of the Italian Association of Enologists. ?We will still produce great wine,
but the combination of a freeze in the
spring, then heat and drought was
unprecedented,? he said.
Farmers including wine growers are
moving 200,000 hectares of crops off
hillsides down on to flat land every year
to make watering easier. ?That affects
the quality of wine,? he said.
Mr Cotarella suggested that winegrowers would fight to stay on the hills
by developing new varieties of grape
that put down deeper roots to find
water. ?I cannot imagine Barolo being
produced on the plains,? he said.
Rain is now rarer in much of Italy and
runs off the surface instead of soaking
in because it tends to fall during violent
?The government needs to capture
this water in new reservoirs to be used
for irrigation, or else agriculture will
start to die out,? Rolando Manfredini,
an official with Coldiretti, the farming
lobby group said.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Lorry drivers face
court after 8 die in
motorway pile-up
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
A group of Indian people at the beginning of their dream holiday tour of
Europe were killed in one of Britain?s
worst road crashes.
Eight people lost their lives when
their minibus was ?squashed flat? in a
collision with two lorries on the M1 in
Buckinghamshire. Three passengers,
including a five-year-old girl, were critically ill in hospital yesterday.
A minibus full of holidaymakers was
squashed by the force of the impact
Cyriac Joseph, 52, who ran a minicab
company in Nottingham, is understood
to have been driving them to London
when the accident happened near
Newport Pagnell at 3.15am on Saturday.
Mr Joseph was confirmed as one of
those killed along with three IT workers employed by the Indian agency
Wipro and some of the other victims
were thought to be from the same
Police said yesterday that the two
lorry drivers had been charged.
Ryszard Masierak, 31, of Evesham,
Worcestershire, is accused of eight
charges of causing death by dangerous
driving, four of causing serious injury
by dangerous driving and eight of causing death by careless driving while over
the alcohol limit. He was remanded in
custody to appear at High Wycombe
magistrates? court today.
David Wagstaff, 53, of Stoke-onTrent, is accused of eight charges of
causing death by dangerous driving
and four of causing serious injury by
dangerous driving. He was bailed to
appear before Milton Keynes magistrates on September 11.
Wipro said that three of its employees died in the crash. They were believed to work for Capital One, the
credit card company, in Nottingham.
They were Karthikeyan Ramasubramaniyam Pugalur, Rishi Rajeev Kumar,
and Vivek Bhaskaran. A fourth, Mano
Ranjan Panneerselvam, was critically
ill in hospital. Mr Panneerselvam?s wife
and mother were injured in the crash,
and three of his other family members
are thought to be among the dead.
Yesterday, a church service was held
Exam fraud
scandal at
Callum Adams
Cyriac Joseph was
the minibus driver.
Above, one of the
lorries involved in
the fatal crash
in honour of Mr Joseph, known as
Benny, who ran ABC Travels. He was
married with two children, Benson, 20,
a university student, and Benitea, 16,
who has just been given her GCSE
Manu Zachariah, 45, a friend of Mr
Joseph, said that he was a dedicated
father who was active in the church and
the cultural association and a keen
singer and sportsman. He was believed
to have moved to Britain from India in
2002 and started his business four years
ago. Mr Zachariah said: ?He was a very
close friend and we used to work
together. It is shocking and we don?t
want to believe that he is not alive. He
was part of every part of our lives. It is
a big loss.?
He said that he was taking the group
to Wembley, where they were due to
embark on a tour with another company, Star Tours, to Europe. Mr Joseph
set out on the journey at 1.30am.
?He was picking up some people who
worked for the IT company Wipro,? he
said. ?Some of them had work permits
to work here for some time. Some of
them were from Tamil Nadu [in southern India] and some from Kerala.?
Another of the country?s leading independent schools has become embroiled
in a scandal over exam questions.
The head of art history at Winchester
College, where fees are �,100 a year,
has been suspended after being accused
of giving students advance knowledge
of test papers, according to The Daily
The college confirmed to the paper
that the results of the exams had been
nullified and that the students? grades
would be estimated, based on previous
exams and their coursework.
Laurence Wolff, 56, was found to
have given about 13 students ?prior
information on exam questions on two
papers?. He was suspended with immediate effect, the paper reported.
Last week pupils studying economics
at Eton had the results of a paper nullified over allegations of malpractice.
Teachers at the school in Berkshire
wrote to universities to assure them
that the pupils in question were not culpable.
Mo Tanweer, head of economics, has
left the school.
Charterhouse School in Godalming,
Surrey, another leading independent
boarding school, was also investigated
over allegations of cheating but
Cambridge International Examinations found no evidence to suggest
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Call for river barrier to protect MPs
Dominic Kennedy
An armed guard has been posted at the
Thames to protect parliament after a
security exercise showed that terrorists
could break in from the river and kill
100 MPs in five minutes.
A new river barrier has been recommended after officers posing as attackers used a boat to enter the Palace of
Westminster. A stretch of perimeter
fence only 3ft high was identified as
another weak spot.
In March Khalid Masood, a British
Muslim convert, ran over pedestrians
on Westminster Bridge before stabbing
PC Keith Palmer to death in New
Palace Yard. Sir Jon Murphy, a former
Merseyside chief constable, was asked
to review perimeter security.
To maintain secrecy the drill was
held at night during recess. Daytime
security conditions were recreated by
dozens of staff and volunteers.
The exercise showed that the
Thames was a weak spot, with riverside
terraces used by MPs and peers. After
arriving by boat the mock terrorists
were quickly able to reach the chamber.
Sir Jon briefed the Speaker?s security
committee privately in July. The Sunday
Telegraph reported that three sources
had outlined the key findings:
6 A physical barrier known as a boom
should be placed in the river to stop
boats approaching parliament. Such
defences are usually floating.
6 Some parts of the perimeter are protected by a fence that is only waist high.
6 Consideration should be given to
pedestrianising Parliament Square.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London,
has called for cars to be banned from
the square to improve it as a tourist spot.
Masood ran into parliamentary
grounds through the Carriage Gates,
which were open because MPs were
voting, and was quickly shot dead.
Armed guards have been stationed at
the gates since the attack. Sir Jon was
reported to have discussed the import-
ance of a ?visual and very obvious
deterrent? at key checkpoints.
New passes will be issued to 15,000
people who work in parliament, with
names and photographs on both sides.
They will use holograms and officials
are considering reducing the number of
passholders. Last year an intruder
flashed a fake pass and was in the
grounds for 12 hours before being found
drunk in a bar in the morning.
Parliament is an obvious target for
terrorists seeking to stage atrocities at
landmarks, national symbols and religious and democratic institutions.
In Canada, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a
convert to Islam, was shot dead after he
stormed the parliament buildings in
Ottawa in 2014.
Neo-Nazis have also staged murderous attacks. Jo Cox, the Labour MP, was
killed during the referendum campaign
last year.
A spokesman for the Houses of
Parliament said: ?The security of
members, staff and the visiting public is
our highest priority.?
He added: ?We work closely with the
police, security services and others to
ensure our security measures are
effective and meet whatever level of
risk parliament faces. These measures
are always, and will continue to be,
under constant review.?
Music stops as carnival
remembers Grenfell
otting Hill
carnival fell
yesterday as
the revellers
were joined by survivors
of the Grenfell Tower
fire to remember those
who died (Neil Johnston
The two-day festival
began with the release of
white doves by survivors
in a tribute to the
community still shocked
and angered by the fire
in June. Later tens of
thousands of people
halted their dancing to
reflect on the 80 people
who died.
The ceremony was
watched by Sadiq Khan,
the mayor of London,
and Emma Dent Coad,
the MP for Kensington.
At 3pm there was a
minute?s silence followed
by applause and cheers.
Community volunteers
stood beside firefighters
and paramedics on the
parade route to the
Lancaster West estate
where the charred
building stands.
Many people wore
green as part of a
?Green For
Grenfell? theme.
The colour was
chosen by local
children and
hoped that it
would show
?reverence and
respect amidst
the revelry?.
Mr Khan said that
although the 51st
The parade
of the
June disaster.
There was a big
police presence
amid ssecurity fears
carnival took place in a
?context of sadness and
sorrow?, it was a
celebration of London?s
Hamid Ali Jafari, 33,
whose father, Ali Yawar
Jafari, 82, was killed in
the blaze, was among
those to release the
doves. He said: ?It?s the
pain of remembering my
dad, because he was
There was a
heightened police
presence at the carnival
because of terrorism
fears. Last night the
Metropolitan Police said
that there had been 33
arrests for offences
ranging from drugs to
serious assault.
Conductor killed with blow to head Second terror suspect held
Ian Marland
A teenager has been charged with the
murder of an award-winning Scottish
Finlay Ferguson was found dead in
his flat in Cordoba, Argentina, after one
of his students raised the alarm when
he failed to answer his door for a lesson.
The musician?s naked body was
found tied to a bed. He is believed to
have died from head injuries after being
struck with a dumbbell.
Rub閚 Caro, the prosecutor carrying
out inquiries, confirmed that it was a
murder investigation and that a 19year-old had been charged over Mr
Ferguson?s death.
He said: ?It was a violent death. It
would be the blow to the head that
would have caused his death. We also
have in our department missing personal items and some cash; belongings
that were found in a bag of the accused,
who was arrested yesterday afternoon
in the vicinity.?
Mr Ferguson had lived in Argentina
Finlay Ferguson
taught students
in Argentina
for the past 30 years after graduating
from the Royal Scottish Academy of
Music and Drama in Glasgow, now the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As
well as conducting the Youth Academic
Orchestra of the Libertador, Mr Fer-
guson was a violin virtuoso who also
taught at the National University of
The Libertador Theatre declared
three days of mourning. The Cordoba
Culture Agency hailed Mr Ferguson?s
contribution to ?several generations
of young musicians?, describing him as
an ?outstanding artist, recognised not
only for his activity as a teacher and
trainer of youth orchestras, but also as
a violinist?.
One of Mr Ferguson?s orchestra
members, Florencia Travaglianti, said
he was ?not just an excellent director,
but a beautiful person?.
Rocio Peralta, a former pupil of Mr
Ferguson, said that he was ?an irreplaceable person?. He added: ?I took
classes for four years. He was an
excellent professional.?
after palace sword attack
Dominic Kennedy
A second man has been arrested over
the alleged terrorism attack outside
Buckingham Palace in which three
police officers were injured.
The 30-year-old suspect was detained by counterterrorism officers
from the Metropolitan Police who are
investigating Friday?s incident.
Officers have been given more time
to question a 26-year-old man from
Luton who was arrested with a long
sword at Constitution Hill at about
8.30pm. The suspect apparently drove
a blue Toyota Prius at a police van and
stopped in front of the vehicle. The unarmed police constables left the van
and approached the car. They suffered
minor injuries during the arrest.
The second man, from west London,
was detained yesterday on suspicion of
being ?involved in the commission,
preparation or instigation of terrorism?.
Commander Dean Haydon, of the
Metropolitan Police counterterrorism
branch, said: ?CS gas was used as part of
the arrest and during the struggle the
individual repeatedly shouted the
words Allahu akbar.?
The Luton man was detained on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and
assault on police and was later further
arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Police have been given permission to
hold him until Friday.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Sisterly rivalry over parliament?s suffragette statues
Jack Malvern
On one side is Baroness Boothroyd; on
the other, Theresa May and JK Rowling. All are united by the feminist cause,
yet neither camp can agree on which
icon of the fight for universal suffrage
should be commemorated with a statue
at Westminster.
Baroness Boothroyd, the former
Commons Speaker, believes that Emmeline Pankhurst should be picked to
help to redress the imbalance between
male and female political memorials.
They want her to stand in Canning
Green, near Parliament Square.
The prime minister?s side, meanwhile, wants Millicent Fawcett to stand
in Parliament Square itself.
The groups met to try to work together but co-operation has turned into
rivalry. Baroness Boothroyd described
the Fawcett campaign as a ?Johnnycome-lately? group. ?All the suffragettes were important all in their own
right but Emmeline Pankhurst is closest to the vote so if it?s going to be anyone it should be her,? she told The Sunday Telegraph. Sir Neil Thorne, a Con-
servative MP from 1979 to 1992, said
that he tried to bring the two campaigns
together at a meeting before Christmas.
?I set to work to try to come to a compromise,? Sir Neil, 85, said. ?I went to
the Royal Parks and said, ?Would you be
prepared to let us put two statues to
women in Canning Green?? They said
yes. So feeling quite elated we then had
the second meeting with the Fawcett
campaign, who listened to what we said
but then went away and turned us down
flat, much to our surprise.?
Caroline Criado-Perez, who has led
the Fawcett campaign since noticing
while out jogging an absence of statues
dedicated to women, confirmed that
the campaigns could not work together.
?We just had very different aims and
very different reasons for doing it. It?s
sad that we couldn?t work together.
?I guess I am very stubborn and I?m
not prepared to compromise on the
central point of the campaign, which
was to have a statue for a new woman,
and have one front and centre. I
hated the optics of having the women
tucked away at the back of the square.
That?s happened too much throughout
TMS | @timesdiary
A director?s
spot check
It is never wise to correct a
Hollywood mogul. In Storytelling,
Andrew Sinclair?s new memoir,
the writer and film director recalls
his first meeting with Sam Spiegel,
who won the best picture Oscar
three times and had invited
Sinclair to his Mayfair office to
discuss a new project. ?A leopard
cannot change his stripes,? Spiegel
informed him during their chat, to
which Sinclair, using all the
intellectual rigour learnt as a
former Cambridge fellow, pointed
out that leopards had spots, not
stripes. Indeed, he observed, there
was a painting of such an animal
on the wall. The producer
glowered. ?When I say a leopard
has stripes,? Spiegel said, ?it does.?
Sinclair lost the job and was left
wondering if Spiegel thought the
painting was actually of a zebra.
cutting remark
One of Spiegel?s biggest hits was
Lawrence of Arabia, about which
he thriftily declared that he would
never use a thousand camels
when a couple of hundred would
do. Sinclair tells the story of Peter
O?Toole, whom he would later
direct in Under Milk Wood, doing
his first screen test for Spiegel.
Asked to pretend to be a surgeon,
O?Toole, below, turned to the
camera and mischievously
ad-libbed: ?It?s all right, Mrs
Spiegel, your son will never play
the violin again.?
My deputy wrote on Saturday
about civil servants being
ignorant of life beyond the
M25. It reminded Bob
Hamilton, a reader, of when
his father, a Scot serving in
the RAF, met an officer?s
wife at an event in
London. ?You?re from
the north?? she said.
?What a coincidence.
My husband was
stationed in the north for a while.
Where was it now? Ah yes, Hendon.?
well and truly vaporised
Many political promises turn out
to be nothing more than hot air so
it is ironic to learn from the Inside
Croydon blog that the former
constituency office of Gavin
Barwell, now the Downing Street
chief of staff, is being turned into a
vape shop, selling e-cigarettes.
Barwell was MP for Croydon
Central for seven years and wrote
a book called How to Win a
Marginal Seat, which came out 14
months before his parliamentary
career went up in smoke.
Australia beat Sri Lanka by six runs
to win the Lawyers Cricket World
Cup last week but naturally it had to
go to a tribunal first. Both teams
had lost in the semi-finals but were
given a reprieve after the teams that
beat them, India and Pakistan, were
disqualified by a judge for breaking
the rules by fielding men who had
played professionally. Owzat?
fast bowler?s deadly aim
There are worse courtroom fates
for flannelled fools. With the West
Indies over here, I am reminded of
Leslie Hylton, the only Test
cricketer to be executed. Hylton, a
Jamaican fast bowler who played
six Tests in the 1930s, was hanged
in 1955 for the murder of his wife.
He claimed that he had shot her
by accident while attempting to
kill himself, a defence that fell
apart when it was shown that she
had been shot seven times. Oddly,
Wisden squeamishly decided to
leave all this out of his obituary.
While visiting Fontevraud
Abbey, on the Loire, the other
day, I spotted a tea room
called Chez Teresa, which
offered ?a taste d?Angleterre?
(sic) to passing pilgrims. Is
this the prime minister?s
plan B for making a
success of Brexit, in case
David Davis fails?
patrick kidd
history and I thought, ?Not on my
Ms Criado-Perez, 32, previously led
the campaign to have Jane Austen depicted on the new � banknote.
Sir Neil, who has been working on the
Pankhurst campaign for three years,
said that the suffragette leader, who advocated violent tactics such as windowsmashing, had better public recognition. ?I?ve been talking to people and
found that only 4 per cent of people
have heard of Fawcett while 40 per cent
have heard of Emmeline Pankhurst.?
He began the campaign with his wife
Sheila after she noticed that there was a
modest statue of Pankhurst in Victoria
Emmeline Pankhurst, left, and Millicent
Fawcett inspired competing statues
Gardens in Westminster. They wanted
to move it to a more prominent site in
Canning Green but concluded that the
statue was too small.
They moved it to Pankhurst?s grave
in Brompton Cemetery and commissioned the artist Angela Conner to design a new version, which they hope
will stand outside the Supreme Court,
opposite Parliament Square Garden. If
successful, the campaign plans to unveil the statue in October.
The Fawcett campaign, which is
backed by the Fawcett Society charity
and the actress Emma Watson, and will
have public funding, has commissioned
Gillian Wearing to create the more
peaceful campaigner in bronze. They
hope to install it in time for the centenary of the Representation of the People
Act in February. Neither campaign has
obtained planning permission.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Ancient remedies lie hidden
behind monastery scriptures
Tom Whipple Science Editor
It was already an extremely important
manuscript. Preserved for more than
1,200 years by the dry desert air of Sinai,
stored in the oldest continually operating library in the world, the document
contained the first known copy of the
gospels in Arabic.
Look carefully, however, and there
seems to be something else. On one
page faint spindly tendrils seem to be
just visible behind the script. On other
pages the ghosts of Greek words can be
made out if you squint.
Now scientists have used imaging
technology to reveal what was hidden.
This gospel was written on paper that
previously stored texts from antiquity
? and the tendrils came from a beautiful illustration of medicinal herbs.
That was just one discovery in a
project to uncover the lost manuscripts
of Saint Catherine?s monastery in
Egypt, using techniques that could
transform our understanding of the
ancient world.
Built beneath the mountain where
God revealed the Ten Commandments
to Moses, Saint Catherine?s has collected thousands of manuscripts since its
foundation in the 6th century.
?I don?t know of any library in the
world that parallels it,? Michael Phelps,
from the Early Manuscripts Electronic
nia, said.
Library in California,
?The monastery is
an institution from
the Roman Empire
that continues operating according to
its original mission.?
Many are worried
if that mission will
persist. The monastery has been threatened by the rise off
Islamic fundamen-n
talism. The Foreign
Office advises againstt
visiting after terrorist
attacks near by.
sWhile the monastery remains crucial in
knowledge it has also
destroyed it, like many
institutions from a
time when parchment
luwas incredibly valuhe
able. ?At some point the
numaterial the manuame
script was on became
more valuable than
n it,?
what was written on
Phelps said. ?So it was deemed worthy
of being recycled.? That was what happened to this particular manuscript.
With the right sort of imaging, using
Saint Catherine?s monastery held the
first-known copy of the gospels in
Arabic, which was revealed to have an
illustration of herbs beneath the text
both visible and non-visible light, what
came before has been rediscovered.
Mr Phelps and his colleagues take
dozens of pictures across the spectrum,
then use algorithms to remove the most
recent text and highlight what
was previously there.
??Our chief imager came to me
and said, ?There are flowers in the
My first thought was,
did someone press flowers in it in
the Middle Ages,? Mr Phelps said.
Inste though, they found a small
medi library.
Som pages represented the earliSome
est examples
of known works from
Others were completeunk
ly unknown;
the flower turned out to
be part of a recipe for treating scorpion stin
The discovery was announced at
the headquarters
of the Ministry of
in Cairo, alongside other
finds including
documents from almost lo
lost languages.
?The age of discovery is not over,?
Phe said. ?In the 20th century
Mr Phelps
new manuscripts
were discovered in
caves. In the 21st century, we will apply
new techniques to manuscripts that
have been under our noses. We will
recover lost voices from our history.?
Leading article, page 27
Housebuilders uncover Roman settlement
Tom Whipple
A Roman settlement has been found
during the construction of a housing
development in Newcastle.
The site, thought to date to the
second or third century, includes buildings, cobbled streets, water channels
and the base of a structure believed to
be a two-storey warehouse.
Together they build up a picture of
what was probably a commercial or
industrial area that served Condercum
Fort on Hadrian?s Wall. The site was
discovered by staff from a local firm,
the Archaeological Practice, which
had been brought in to survey the construction.
?This is perhaps the most significant
find in the region for 50 years,? Richard
Carlton, the archaeologist who made
the finds at Dorcas Avenue in the Benwell region of the city. Newcastle was an
important part of Roman Britain, occupying a position right at the northern
limits of the empire?s reach. Unlike previous similar finds, these buildings were
made from stone not timber. The
archaeologists also found coins and
Roman pottery including an almost
complete amphora ? a vessel used to
transport wine and olive oil.
Keepmoat Regeneration, the construction company contracted to build
32 homes on the site, said that halting
work for archaeological discoveries
was an occupational hazard. ?Undertaking construction works in a city that
has a reputation for its rich history
means we often discover historic artefacts onsite,? Lee Francis, a director,
said. ?However, the findings at Dorcas
Avenue have been remarkable not only
because of their era, but also for the lack
of attrition that typically occurs over
He said they were working with
Newcastle city council to display the
artefacts. Kim McGuinness, the
council?s cabinet member for culture
and communities, described the finds
as having ?national significance?.
?Although we knew there was likely
to be Roman remains it wasn?t until
they were uncovered that we realised
the importance of the site,? she said.
Four coffees a
day ?cuts risk
of early death?
Chris Smyth Health Editor, Barcelona
Four cups of coffee a day could cut the
risk of early death by two thirds.
Each extra two cups of coffee
appeared to reduce the risk by a quarter, according to Spanish researchers,
who said that the protective effect
might be even greater in those aged
over 45.
Although the results do not prove
that the drink benefits health directly,
they follow two large studies which
found that coffee drinkers were less
likely to die of several fatal conditions,
suggesting that on average they would
live a couple of months longer than
people who did not drink coffee.
Scientists said that while they were
not recommending a daily brew, it was
fairly clear that healthy people did not
need to worry about caffeine intake.
In the latest study, researchers
looked at data on 20,000 Spanish graduates with an average age of 38 at the
start of a ten-year study, during which
337 of them died.
People who drank at least four cups
of coffee a day were 65 per cent less likely to die during the study than those
who never drank it, adjusting for lifestyle and class. The risk of dying early
was 25 per cent lower for each extra two
cups drunk, according to the results
presented at the European Society of
Cardiology congress in Barcelona.
Coffee drinkers tend to be healthier
in other ways which may not have been
entirely adjusted for. However, Adela
Navarro, of the Hospital de Navarra in
Pamplona, who led the study, suggested
that the anti-inflammatory polyphenols in coffee could play a role.
Get your boogie
on to combat
brain decline
Dancing and learning new routines can
reverse ageing in the brain better than
routine exercise and helps to fight
dementia, a study has shown.
A group of volunteers with an average age of 68 were given an 18-month
course of dancing or endurance and
flexibility training.
The dancers were challenged with
weekly routines such as jazz and line
dancing. The others were given a traditional fitness training programme of
repetitive exercises, such as cycling or
Nordic walking, which uses poles.
The lead author of the study, Kathrin
Rehfeld, of the German Centre for
Neurodegenerative Diseases, said: ?In
this study, we show that two different
types of physical exercise, dancing and
endurance training, both increase the
area of the brain that declines with age.
?In comparison, it was only dancing
that led to noticeable behavioural
changes in terms of improved balance.?
Both groups showed an increase in
the hippocampus part of the brain,
which is prone to age-related decline
and affected by diseases such as Alzheimer?s, and plays a key role in
memory and learning, as well as keeping balance.
Dr Rehfeld, whose research was published in the journal Frontiers in Human
Neuroscience, said: ?We tried to provide
. . . the dance group with constantly
changing dance routines of different
genres: jazz, square, Latin-American
and line dance. I think dancing is a
powerful tool to set new challenges for
body and mind, especially in older age.?
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Thousands of parents may miss out on free nursery places
Francis Elliott
Almost half of parents found eligible for
30 hours of free childcare have yet to
find a nursery place, days before the
scheme starts on Thursday.
Yesterday the Department for Education admitted that only 56 per cent of
parents who had successfully applied
for the childcare had so far registered
with a nursery.
That could mean that tens of thousands of parents missing out, although
officials said that the rate would improve when nurseries reopened after
the summer break.
Some of the shortfall was because
parents had claimed eligibility before
they needed a place for their toddlers, a
department source added.
The offer to double free childcare to
families in which both parents worked
was a key Conservative manifesto commitment in the 2015 election.
Concerns about a funding shortfall
and technical glitches with a new
Local councils
face curbs on
�n property
buying spree
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Editor
Ministers are expected to call time on a
spending spree by councils using cheap
borrowed cash to stake multibillionpound bets on commercial property.
The scale of local authority investment in shop premises, business parks
and offices ? often hundreds of miles
from the council area ? was revealed
by The Times last month.
Local authorities spent almost
�8 billion on land and buildings last
year, more than double the figure for
the previous year, as they chased high
returns to pay for services. Now officials in the Treasury and the Department for Communities and Local
Government (DCLG) are reviewing
The Times showed
the size of the bets
local councils have
made on property
local authorities? portfolios over concerns that the spending boom has got
out of hand.
A Whitehall source said: ?We are
taking another look at where councils
are borrowing to invest for purely commercial reasons.?
Another insider went further.
?There?s a lot of concern in the Treasury about this,? they said. ?They are
asking ?What the hell are councils
doing buying car showrooms at the
other end of the country?? ?
Figures compiled by Room 151, a local
authority news service, show a rapid
rise in investments in land and buildings, almost all of which is likely to be
commercial property.
In 2015-16 councils in England spent
�2 billion, but provisional figures for
this year show that the figure has risen
to �8 billion. Among the largest deals
were a �0 million investment by
Spelthorne borough council in a BP
business campus.
MPs warned last year that the
government was being complacent
about the investment splurge that has
come after the rules governing local
government finance were relaxed.
Councils have been allowed to invest
loans from the Public Works Loans
Board, a Treasury agency. While some
local authorities concentrate on their
own areas, others seek the best returns
regardless of location.
Council leaders justify the purchases
by saying that the returns help to plug
the shortfall in funding left by Whitehall cuts, but experts are concerned.
Mike Britch, of NPS Group, a property consultancy owned by Norfolk
county council, said he feared that it
would end in tears.
?In some ways I?ve got sympathy for
local government because they are
having their grant money reduced,? he
said. ?[The concern] is the scale of it,
and whether it?s all being done in a
controlled manner. This is flavour of
the month but it is a specialist field and
there seems to be an assumption that
the returns will carry on regardless of
the state of economy or other changes
? say the move towards online retail.
?There is also the question of
whether councils with access to cheap
money are distorting the market.?
Meg Hillier, a Labour MP and chairwoman of the public accounts committee, welcomed the Treasury and DCLG
review. Ms Hillier, who has warned that
the boom risks echoing the collapse of
Icelandic banks, when councils were
revealed to be over-exposed to one
market, said that it was overdue.
She said she had been passed credible
evidence that four local authorities
were competing to buy a single shopping centre, helping to drive up the
price. None was local to the northeast
town in which the centre was located.
?It must be quite right that the government has a better grip of what risks
local authorities are taking,? she said.
?Not to tell them what to do but to prevent a collapse that would be catastrophic to those who depend on services.
?There need to be common standards across the board so that councils
know themselves what risks are being
Commercial confidentiality, often
cited as a reason not to disclose investments, could not be used to leave taxpayers exposed or ripped off, she said.
HMRC computer system have overshadowed its introduction. The Preschool Learning Alliance has claimed
that there is a 20 per cent gap between
government funding for the scheme
and the cost to nurseries.
The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) said that business rate
increases were adding further pressure.
The organisation is calling on ministers
to follow Scotland and consider exempting nurseries from the tax.
Such a move would give the industry
a total tax break of more than half a billion pounds over the next five years.
A review of business rates in Scotland
recommended that nurseries should
not have to pay the levy as part of efforts to boost free childcare.
Purnima Tanuku, the NDNA?s chief
executive, said: ?The review in Scotland
has recommended that nurseries be
given an exemption to business rates.
?England and Wales should follow
suit, particularly in England, where
nurseries have the added financial
burden of delivering 30 hours? expanded childcare next month.
?We have long campaigned for
exemption. Our argument is that
nurseries offer a social and economic
good in providing good-quality early
years education and allowing parents
to work. Increasing business costs,
including national minimum wage
rises, mean many nurseries are struggling to stay in business and fees are
rising for parents whose children don?t
qualify for free hours.?
Shaming of
fat cat firms
is right, say
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Exodus Theresa May leaves St Mary?s Church in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, yesterday.
The last time she worshipped there she was inspired to call a general election
Business groups and campaigners have
welcomed plans to name and shame
companies whose shareholders oppose
executives? pay.
Direct regulatory intervention
would go too far, they said, punishing
the majority of good businesses for the
sins of a few, but proposals that
encouraged fund managers to demand
higher boardroom standards would
improve corporate governance.
Theresa May has pledged to produce
a register of companies facing shareholder pay revolts to make sure they are
held to account. The plan is expected to
be unveiled this week in the government review of corporate governance.
Critics will claim that it is the latest
example of the prime minister watering
down her hardline position on corporate excess. Last year she was proposing
to put workers on boards and make
shareholder votes on pay binding,
rather than advisory as they are now.
She backtracked on both plans and a
public register would simply formalise
information that is already public.
However, the Institute of Directors
(IoD) said that exposure on a register
would ?nudge boards to listen?. Edwin
Morgan, director of policy at the IoD,
said: ?The government seems to be
taking a pragmatic approach to giving
shareholders and workers more of a
voice in board decisions.?
Sarah Wilson, chief executive of
Manifest, a shareholder adviser and
corporate governance campaigner,
said it was ?much better to leave this to
the markets? and added that the proposals ought to put ?more pressure on
fund managers? to take their stewardship responsibilities seriously.
Writing in The Mail on Sunday, Mrs
May attacked the minority of businesses whose fat cat bosses were ?damaging
the social fabric of our country?.
As well as announcing the public
register, which is expected to be produced by the Investment Association,
she reiterated that companies would
have to have some kind of worker
representative on their boards, which
could be a dedicated board member
rather than a member of staff.
She said that the register would ?put
pressure on companies because
potential investors will be able to see
quickly and easily which of them want
to give their bosses rewards that their
existing shareholders think are not
deserved?. She stressed that the proposals would be monitored and if there
was not sufficient progress ?we reserve
the right to take further steps?.
Adam Marshall, of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: ?The balance
being proposed seems about right.?
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Stoic princes show why they
are Diana?s greatest legacy
Television Carol Midgley
Diana, 7 Days
Keeping his cool If 3,000 shows were not enough for visitors to the Edinburgh
Fringe, which ends today, there were always the Royal Mile street entertainers
Henry Singer has suggested that last
night?s documentary, which he
directed, will be the final word from
the Duke of Cambridge and Prince
Harry on their mother?s death. Good
for them. Any chance that others will
take the hint now and stop Dianagorging? Of course there isn?t.
Enough will never quite be enough
and what of the 25, 30, 50-year
anniversaries to come? There?s
another documentary tomorrow at
8pm narrated by Kate Winslet should
you wish to be washing your hair.
Singer?s documentary asked a lot of
Diana-weary viewers (it feels as if the
tributes started sometime last March),
coming in at 95 minutes. However,
this had the merit of offering more
than mawkish tragedy-filleting and
slow-mo reruns of Diana getting wet
on a log flume (though that was there,
naturally). What we got was the
bigger picture: real political context,
insight and a sense of how very close
the royal family came to losing the
public?s respect.
The best of this insight came from
Diana in 1993 on a visit to Thorpe Park
in Surrey with the young princes
one T Blair. Though the star
contributors were obviously William
and Harry, who expressed their
stinging grief and fury at the
paparazzi with great eloquence and
self-control, the former prime
minister offered value for money. Mr
Blair, who had woken up in Sedgefield
to find a policeman at the foot of his
bed bearing the news, availed us of his
conversations with the Queen in
those early days and how she was
torn between her duties as a monarch
and her instincts as a grandmother.
While the crowds demanded that she
emote and comfort them, the Queen
was anxious to avoid anything that
looked forced or like a vulgar PR
exercise. Modernity beat tradition in
the end and she lowered the flag, did
a walkabout and addressed the
nation. Mr Blair clearly thought this
was the right decision. Alastair
Campbell said he couldn?t remember
who coined the ?people?s princess?
earworm, only that he and Mr Blair
had agreed that it was fine to use
(debatable). ?There was something
unreal about [Diana]?, Mr Campbell
said, going a little starry-eyed.
Some stuff we had heard before
(how could there not be?) such as
that the boys had a final hurried
telephone call with their mother that
haunts them still. The most moving
parts had them explaining how they
tried to cheer her up when the
photographers made her cry, which
was often. William described them as
a pack of dogs, harassing her, even
spitting at her.
It?s hard to imagine what rage goes
through a son?s head when he
describes, as Harry did, the paparazzi
in Paris not helping his dying mother
but taking photos of her on the back
seat. That he did so with such
restraint is remarkable. William even
made a joke at his own expense,
telling how he hid behind his floppy
fringe at the funeral because ?it was at
a time when I had a lot of hair?.
This will doubtless stand as the
definitive documentary on Diana?s
death and aftermath. It reminded us
that her greatest legacy is her sons
and that their great strength is their
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Man charged after woman, 88, is assaulted at home
A man has been
charged after an
woman was
assaulted in bed
at home and
The victim, left,
who has not
been named, was
woken at 12.30am on Saturday by a
man who pulled her from her bed,
beat her and demanded money before
ransacking her home in Chorley,
She was able to crawl to a
neighbour?s house to raise the
alarm and was taken to a hospital in
Wigan to be treated for injuries that
are not considered to be life-
threatening. Detective Inspector
Warren Atkinson of Lancashire
police said: ?This was a brutal and
sustained assault on an elderly lady
in her own home. The level of
gratuitous violence used on this
vulnerable woman simply beggars
?I would like to thank the public for
their incredible response to our
appeal for information.?
Andrew Hodgkinson, 35, of
Chorley, has been charged with
He is due to appear before Preston
magistrates? court this morning.
Police are still seeking information
about the incident, and asked the
public to call 101 or Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.
George Harrison?s sitar:
yours for 38,000 notes
George Harrison played the sitar with Ravi Shankar as well as on his honeymoon
A sitar which George Harrison is said
to have taken on his honeymoon and
played while his bride, Pattie Boyd,
soaked up the Barbados sun has gone
on sale online with bidding starting at
$50,000 (�,700), writes Claudia
Joseph. Harrison, who studied the
instrument under Ravi Shankar,
bought it in 1965. ?It was a real
crummy-quality one, actually,? he
said. ?Anyway, we were at the point
where we?d recorded the Norwegian
Wood backing track and it needed
something. I picked the sitar up [and]
found the notes that played the lick.?
He later gave it to George de Vere
Drummond, 74, a godson of George
VI, who is tone deaf and has kept it in
storage almost ever since.
Old pounds offer new hope in overseas aid scheme
People are being asked to donate old
pound coins to one of 25 chosen
charities helping international causes.
The UK Aid Match appeal will be
launched next month with the
Department for International
Development matching each pound
to a maximum of � million.
The charities include Action
Against Hunger, World Child Cancer,
the Mines Advisory Group and Build
Africa. Priti Patel, the international
development secretary, urged people
to donate their old ?round pound?
coins, which stop being legal tender in
October, as part of the initiative. Each
charity can receive a maximum of
�million. The first phase of UK Aid
Match, which was launched in 2013,
resulted in �0 million going to 42
Ms Patel said: ?The overwhelming
generosity of the UK public in times
of crisis is one of the things that
makes Britain truly great. By
matching pound-for-pound donations
to charities of all sizes from across the
country, we can champion a wide
range of causes close to people?s
hearts.? Charities involved in the
scheme will display the UK Aid
Match logo, featuring the Union Jack.
Slow and steady wins the
battle for a slimmer shape
Dieters who lose small amounts of
weight steadily are more likely to
keep the pounds off than those who
cut their calorie intake drastically. A
study by psychologists at Drexel
University in Philadelphia and
published in the journal Obesity
followed 183 dieters over two years
and found that those whose loss was
slow but very steady had better
results after one and two years than
those who allowed their weight to
fluctuate strongly early on. Michael
Lowe, one of the researchers, said:
?Settle on a weight loss plan that you
can maintain week in and week out,
even if that means consistently losing
three quarters of a pound each week.?
Pot luck An Iznik jug could fetch up to
�,000 at a Bonhams Islamic art sale
How to find out
looks matter in
Chris Lewis ?
my life in prison
Rachel Sylvester What?s the point
of our piffling foreign secretary?
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Young designers
envisaged a future of
eel-shaped drones and
flying-fish missiles
bladeless fan and would
be cloaked in a bubble of
air to reduce drag.
Weapons and sensors
would include flying-fish
drones armed with
shockwave emitters,
charges, cluster missiles
or individual warheads.
The drones would be
able to jump out of the
water or skim just below
the surface, acting as the
main sensors for the
submarine or as
secondary weapons.
Each ?eel? would be
equipped with dissolveon-demand micro
drones made from
polymers, like the liquid
capsules used in a
washing machine. These
contraptions could be
released in droves and
programmed to dissolve
at a certain time,
making them useful
tools in enemy waters.
?We want to
encourage our engineers
of the future to be bold,
think radically and
push boundaries,? Rear
Admiral Tim Hodgson,
director of
capability at
t Ministry of
Defence, said.
Futuristic submarines
controlled by thought
t has the mouth of a
whale shark and the
body of a manta ray
and is powered by
computers that
respond to human
thought (Deborah
Haynes writes).
Meet the submarine of
the future, armed with
eel-shaped underwater
drones and flying-fish
missiles, as conceived
for the Royal Navy by a
group of young British
engineers and scientists.
The designs were
produced by more than
20 fledgling experts,
aged 16 to 34, in
response to a challenge
from the navy to
imagine what a
submarine would look
like and how it would
function in 2051, a
century after the launch
of USS Nautilus, the
world?s first nuclearpowered submarine.
Gemma Jefferies, 21,
from Bristol, was one of
those involved.
?It was great to let our
imaginations run with
crazy ideas, some that
may not actually be
considered science
fiction in the near
future,? Ms Jefferies, an
assistant engineer with
L3 Marine Systems, said.
It was decided that the
submarine of the future,
named Nautilus 100,
would be more of a
mothership that is able
to deploy and command
an army of unmanned
underwater vessels.
The hull would be
constructed by a 3D
printer using material
capable of withstanding
the pressure at depths of
1,000m or more.
Super-thin scales
would coat the
submarine to deaden
sound ? critical for a
boat to remain
Only about 20 people
would man the craft, a
sixth of the size of a
crew today, and they
would be able to use
their minds to control its
powerful computer.
The boat would have
two speeds:
efficient cruising
at up to 30
knots and a
short burst of
up to 150 knots to
escape an enemy. It
would use a large-scale
tunnel drive that works
similarly to a Dyson
Planes powered on landfill waste Councils
�m to buy
could help cut carbon emissions green buses
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Passenger planes could be powered by
rubbish under a scheme to cut emissions, it was announced today.
The Department for Transport (DfT)
said that � million would be spent on
developing low-carbon ?waste-based?
fuels for aircraft and lorries in response
to growing concern about poor air
quality and environmental damage.
The government is also preparing to
introduce ?real world? emissions tests
for cars in response to the Volkswagen
The new tests will start across Europe
on Friday. Until now, vehicles have
been tested on a rolling road in a laboratory, in a system that is open to manipulation, leading to fears that realworld emissions can be far higher.
The government has already said it
will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel
cars by 2040. The DfT said today that it
was also keen to cut carbon emissions,
which contribute to climate change.
Aircraft and lorries powered by waste
fuels could use up to 90 per cent less
carbon than with fossil fuels.
Trials of sustainable jet fuel made
from waste materials have been performed in Europe and North America.
About 70 groups have expressed interest in bidding for the DfT funding to
develop similar proposals in the UK,
involving the use of landfill rubbish.
The DfT said the new fuels were
?chemically very similar to conventional fuels? and could be used in existing
aircraft without engine modifications.
Jesse Norman, of the DfT, said: ?We
are committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally-friendly fuels that will help us
meet that goal.
?We are making funding available to
innovative businesses which will lead
the way in developing alternative fuels
that are efficient, sustainable and clean.
?We want every new car and van in
the UK to be zero emission by 2040, but
we know lorries and aeroplanes will
rely on more traditional fuels for years
to come so we must promote environmentally-friendly alternatives.?
It is hoped the government funding
will help develop five new low-carbon
fuel plants by 2021.
The money is available to projects
producing low-carbon waste-based
fuels to be used in planes and lorries
that cannot use electric power because
they are too heavy.
John Strickland, an independent
aviation consultant, said: ?Airlines are
always looking to improve their environmental credentials and improve
fuel efficiency.
?This move will be welcomed but
widespread adoption would still be
some way off in the future.?
Separately, a vehicle emissions test
will be introduced in the European
Union from Friday. It is designed to
stamp out cheating after VW fitted
software to its diesel models to manipulate results by detecting when the
vehicles were on a rolling road.
A government testing programme
found last year that modern diesel cars
emit six times more nitrogen oxide in
the real world than in the lab.
Paul Maynard, transport minister,
said: ?This government has led the way
in Europe pushing for on-road emissions tests, alongside a tough new laboratory test, to clean up air in our towns
and cities.
?This will ensure all vehicles meet
rigorous standards when driven on our
roads and we are going further, tightening requirements again in 2020.?
Hammer attack victim Josie Russell to marry
Callum Adams
The victim of a hammer attack in which
her mother and sister were killed has
announced that she is to marry.
Josie Russell, now 30, was nine when
her mother Lin, 45, and sister Megan,
six, were murdered on a country lane in
Kent by Michael Stone as they returned
home from a school swimming gala in
July 1996. Police assumed that Ms Russell, who had serious head injuries, had
also died until they detected a faint
pulse. It took a year of rehabilitation
before she could speak again.
Ms Russell, now a textile artist, is engaged to Iwan Griffith, 31, her boyfriend
of 12 years, who proposed on Christmas
morning last year. She told the Daily
Mail: ?Iwan gave me chocolates and
said, ?Sorry, I didn?t get you much.? Then
he produced the ring ? a diamond solitaire ? and said, ?Happy Christmas.? ?
The couple met in a pub in Caernar-
Iwan Griffith and Ms Russell met in
a pub in Caernarfon 12 years ago
fon, Gwynedd, in 2005 while Ms Russell was at university. Mr Griffith was
unaware of her history when they met.
?It meant things were nice and normal,? she said. ?He asked about my
mum once and I just told him she had
died. Later his parents told him the full
story but we never talk about the past.
It?s better to get on with the present.?
With her mother, a geologist, now on
her mind more than ever, Ms Russell
said she plans to have children.
The winning bidders who will share
� million of funding for low-emission
buses in England and Wales have been
named by the government.
The money will help councils and bus
companies buy 153 electric and gaspowered vehicles as well as installing
stations to fuel or charge them.
The funding was provided by the
government?s office for low emission
vehicles, which has a �0 million programme to put the UK at the forefront
of the developing market for greener
cars, vans and buses.
Paul Maynard, transport minister,
said: ?Low-emission buses are an important part of our plans to make motoring cleaner and improve air quality
across the country. New greener buses
will be more comfortable for passengers, they are cost efficient and are good
for the environment.?
He said the successful bids ?should
make a real difference to air quality in
towns and cities across the country?.
Denbighshire county council will receive �0,000 for four electric buses;
City of York council gets �3 million for
24 electric buses to be used on park and
ride services while South Gloucestershire council will have �8 million to
spend on 110 gas buses for services
around Bristol.
Surrey county council will receive
�5 million for nine electric buses on
park and ride services in Guildford, the
Big Lemon bus company in Brighton
will receive �0,000 for three electric
buses and Go South Coast/Wiltshire
county council gets �0,000 to spend
on three electric buses for park and ride
services around Salisbury.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Town where
red strategy
keeps grey
invader out
he town of
Formby in
is known for
its elegant tree-lined
streets, woodland and
long stretches of
coastal sand dunes. It
has also become
Britain?s only urban
stronghold of the red
squirrel (Paul Simons
Red squirrels were
a common sight
across Britain until
the introduction of
the grey from
America in 1876. The
invasive species
competed with them
for food and infected
them with the deadly
squirrel pox virus,
almost wiping the
reds out.
Conservation work
has led to the return
of red squirrels in the
countryside but cities
Champion rower
bows to power of
fearsome Arctic
Tom Whipple
Alex Gregory might have trained hard
to win two Olympic golds, but the
British rower had never suffered like
this. More than ten days after leaving
Svalbard, Norway, on an expedition to
cross the Arctic Ocean to Iceland, he
and his team diverted to the tiny island
of Jan Mayen.
He has joined two other British crewmen from the six-man team in deciding
stranded on
Jan Mayen
Island since
August 19
400 miles
ugust 7
July 20
Start of row
not to return to the boat, fearing that to
do so might mean never leaving it.
?My three young children need their
dad, they need him to be responsible
and make the right decisions in life,? he
said. ?They need him to be brave, adventurous, ambitious and to set them
the right example, but they also need
him not to take unnecessary risks.?
Polar Row is an attempt to cross the
Arctic using only arm power ? the first
part from Troms� to Svalbard and the
second to Iceland. In promotional literature, the expedition said: ?4,469
people have summited Mount Everest,
536 people have travelled into space,
nobody has rowed across the northernmost seas.? They now know why.
Gregory, 33, who represented Britain
in Rio and London, said that it had initially been a beautiful experience.
?Four days and nights of rowing took us
to this most incredible environment,
sea ice groaning and grating over the
frigid sea. I felt in awe of the sight.?
Then the storms picked up. ?After
seven days of tough seas and with failing power supplies we [decided] to head
for Jan Mayen . . . I was hurting, I had
been scared, I was worried about safety
but I was happy.? He said he had never
been so deprived of sleep.
There, they were met by the small
Norwegian military contingent stationed on the island, which is about 300
miles from Iceland, and given food and
shelter. The Foreign Office has confirmed that it is looking into ways to
help them return to Britain.
The decision not to go on means that
if the expedition is to succeed, the
skipper will need to find replacement
rowers and convince them to join the
team on Jan Mayen. Gregory conceded
that would be difficult. ?We find ourselves on an island that is incredibly difficult to get on and off.?
Even so, he said that he felt he had no
choice but to abandon his attempt. ?I?ve
been so lucky, so incredibly lucky to
have achieved what I have . . . now what
I want is to be with my children and give
them some really cool adventures. For
that I need to be alive. I?m not heading
out into rough Arctic waters in a rowing
boat again.?
Sick pupil sends robot to school
A robot will take the place of a schoolgirl in class when she is unable to attend
because of a rare medical condition.
Jade Gadd, 17, suffers from EhlersDanlos syndrome (EDS), a debilitating
disorder that leaves her confined to bed
for weeks at a time. It caused her
to miss chunks of schooling as she prepared for her GCSEs but she will now
carry on her studies in the sixth form.
She will be able to control her electronic stand-in using an iPad in her
bedroom, talk to her teachers and take
part in classes at Durham Johnston
School. The robot was created to try to
prevent children with long-term illnesses from becoming socially isolated.
Jade, of Newton Hall, near Durham,
described the robot, named R2-Bee2 in
a nod to Star Wars, as absolutely
amazing. ?I am hoping it will really help
bridge the gap between being in the
classroom and resting,? she said.
She is planning to send the robot to
school on three days a week and
hopes to attend in person the rest of
the time.
The robot is made by No Isolation,
a Norwegian company, and costs
about �200 a year to rent. It is thought
to be the first such robot to operate in
In her GCSEs, the results of which
came out last week, Jade achieved the
top grade for English language and a
grade six in English literature.
and towns have until
now been the
preserve of the grey.
Formby is proving
an ideal spot for the
reds because the sea
on one side is a
natural barrier to
greys, while on the
other side is a large
woodland looked after
by the National Trust
and Lancashire
Wildlife Trust whose
conservation efforts
have cleared out the
greys. ?Lots of local
people are
enthusiastic about the
reds and feed them ?
I see three or four
every day by my flat
in Formby,? said
Kathryn Fingland,
who is studying the
squirrels for a PhD.
There are now
estimated to be 1,000
reds in Formby and
the Lancashire
Wildlife Trust and
other groups want to
encourage them into
neighbouring areas. It
is thought there are
still fewer than
140,000 red squirrels
in the UK, but Formby
could be the start of
an urban revival.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Clandon Park plans are a big clich�, says earl
Jonathan Morrison
Architecture Correspondent
The restoration of Clandon Park, the
Palladian mansion in Surrey that was
damaged by fire, is expected to take
more than five years, costing � million, and has been billed by the
National Trust as one of the biggest
conservation projects undertaken. But
at least one member of the family that
once owned it remains unimpressed.
Rupert Onslow, the 8th Earl of Onslow, believes that his ancestral home,
which was gutted by the fire in April
2015, should be left as a burnt-out shell
and has criticised the trust?s plans to
create a new interior, adding
exhibition and events spaces
and a large caf� and shop.
Last Wednesday six shortlisted
designs for the refurbishment of
the grade I listed country house
went on display. The earl has
declared himself ?underwhelmed?, concluding that
the schemes amount to
nothing more than ?staircases in air?.
?It?s all bare brick, steel and
glass and really is an
architectural clich�,? he said. ?I
begged them not to put a glass
and steel box inside the house so
Rupert Onslow?s
family once owned
Clandon Park
now they?re going to put
a postmodern glass and steel
box inside the house. If they
wanted an exhibition centre, they
should just have built one outside.
?They can?t put back the family
history and all the portraits of all my
hideous ancestors, so the place is dead.
It?s not restoration that they?re doing,
it?s just advertising that the place has
burnt down.?
The fire, which is believed to have
been started by an electrical fault,
destroyed 95 per cent of the interior of
the 18th-century house, including the
Marble Hall and Speakers? Parlour,
along with thousands of priceless
artworks and artefacts. The exterior
remained largely intact.
An international competition to
bring the property back to life was subsequently launched by the National
Trust, which acquired the house from
the Onslow family in 1956. It attracted
entries from some of the biggest names
in architecture.
Favourites on the shortlist are
Amanda Levete, who designed the new
extension of the Victoria and Albert
Museum, and Allies and Morrison, the
architects behind the BBC media village at White City.
?While the concepts are not final
designs for Clandon, they take us a step
closer to choosing a team who will help
us restore and rebuild this grand place,?
Paul Cook, project director at Clandon
Park, said.
The earl, a broker at Lloyd?s of
London, thinks that the trust would be
better off spending the insurance
money on buying and preserving
another endangered property and
questioned its insistence that its insurers, Zurich, would only pay out for the
rebuilding of Clandon.
?Members should have been presented with a range of options for how the
money could be spent,? he said. ?I find
it odd that no one asked if the money
could be spent elsewhere. Personally, I
think they need to save and not build.?
The six shortlisted schemes will be on
display at Clandon until October 1, with
a final design expected to be chosen
next year. Construction work is due to
begin in 2019.
Crossing that bridge About 2,500 runners took part in the Severn Bridge 10km
and half-marathon events yesterday, starting and ending on the Welsh side
Thieves steal � of luxury
lingerie from parked lorry
Jack Malvern
Police are searching for 12,000 items of
luxury underwear after thieves raided a
parked lorry while its driver was asleep.
Lingerie by Les Girls Les Boys, a
brand promoted by the actress Sienna
Miller, was stolen. The haul included
?gender-fluid? pants.
The value of the goods taken has
been estimated at �million, which
would make the average price of each
garment more than �.
A source at the company said that the
fabric-sided vehicle was cut open while
it was parked at an industrial estate on
the outskirts of Barnsley. The lorry was
25 miles from its destination in Leeds
but the driver was obliged to stop
because he had exceeded the number of
driving hours permitted on his journey
from Stuttgart.
The source suggested that the criminals appeared to have been tipped off.
?There were a number of odd things
about this heist,? the source told The
Mail on Sunday. ?For a start, they hadn?t
just blindly cleared out the whole truck
? there were certain items targeted,
including those already worn by Sienna
Miller and [the model] Lady Mary
Charteris. We?re also wondering how
on earth this particular lorry was
chosen when it had no markings.?
The theft has received prominent
coverage and may prove fortuitous for
the brand, which is due to launch on
Friday. It is the brainchild of Serena
Rees, who co-founded Agent Provocateur in 1994 with her husband,
Joseph Corr�, the son of Vivienne
Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.
Rees split from Corr� in 2007 and sold
the business to a private equity company for � million.
A South Yorkshire police spokesman
said: ?We are investigating the theft and
will try to locate the stolen stock. The
fact that the items were not yet on the
market will help us track them down.?
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Game of Thrones stars
Emilia Clarke, far left, and
Maisie Williams, and is
filmed at Castle Ward
Game of Thrones gives
family seat a boost
n its 500 years,
Castle Ward has
seen some
disturbing things.
There was the 18thcentury viscount who
went insane; there were
the two IRA members
killed in an explosion;
and there was the
predilection of the fifth
Lord Bangor for
collecting stuffed
squirrels posed in
boxing gloves (Tom
Whipple writes).
Even so, the past
decade has been
particularly eventful,
what with the incest,
castration and
numerous executions.
But that?s what you
should expect when you
become one of the prime
locations for Game of
Thrones. If nothing else,
it has done wonders for
visitor numbers to the
National Trust property
in Co Down.
?Before, if we
had people from
five or ten
countries we
would have
thought we
were doing
well,? Shirley
Millar, a
trust worker
who is
organising a
Game of
festival at
the castle,
All that
has changed
since the
oldest section
of the estate
was used as
the location
seat of one
of the
families in Game of
Thrones, whose final
episode of the
seventh series is
broadcast tonight.
Now, she
reckons, ?we have
visitors from more than
64 countries. The other
morning I came in and
there was a camper van
with three German guys
in it and the only thing
they were interested in
is, ?Where?s
Northern Ireland has
become an important
location for the
adaptation of George
RR Martin?s fantasy
books. So valuable is the
series to the economy
that the tourist board
has a section of its
website dedicated to it.
Initially, Ms Millar
said, she did not pay it
much attention but
these days many of the
staff are themselves
?thronies?, as she puts it.
Next month the house
will hold a Game of
Thrones tournament. Ms
Millar said that the staff
?had a discussion? about
whether the historic
home of the Ward
family should embrace a
connection with a series
famed for brutal
violence, but fears were
dismissed. ?We see this
as part of the modern
story of Castle Ward,?
she said. Winterfell
Festival will be held on
September 24.
Oscar Wilde?s deathbed tears for
the man he never stopped loving
Jack Malvern
Oscar Wilde?s relationship with
Lord Alfred Douglas is commonly
seen as doubly tragic. Not only did
it result in the playwright?s prosecution for gross indecency, it
seemed to wither after Wilde was
released from prison.
The idea that the pair were estranged was promoted by the film
Wilde, starring Stephen Fry and
Jude Law, which ended by saying
that Wilde and Douglas lived together only briefly after his release.
That conclusion is now in doubt
after a biographer found a draft of
a letter indicating an enduring love
between them that caused Wilde
to burst into tears on his deathbed.
The main account of Wilde?s last
days is a long letter written by
Robert Ross, a friend and former
lover who became the guardian of
Wilde?s literary reputation. Ross
wrote to More Adey, a mutual
friend, two weeks after Wilde died
on November 30, 1900, aged 46.
Ross wrote: ?Suddenly he
[Wilde] broke into a violent sobbing and said he would never see
me again because he felt that
everything was at an end ? this
very painful incident lasted about
three quarters of an hour.? Schol-
Parting shots
Famous last words, apocryphal
or otherwise:
?I should never have switched
from scotch to martinis.?
Humphrey Bogart
?Pardon me, I didn?t do it on
Marie Antoinette, having
stepped on executioner?s foot
?I haven?t felt this well for ages.?
Keith Floyd
?Oh, I am so bored with it all.?
Winston Churchill
?I?ve had 18 straight whiskies . . .
I think that?s the record.?
Dylan Thomas
ars have regarded this as a display
of affection for Ross, but an unpublished draft stored at the Clark
library at the University of California suggests that this is wrong. The
draft states that Wilde cried not for
?me? but for ?him?.
Laura Lee, a Wilde scholar who
read the draft while researching
her book Oscar?s Ghost, said that
?him? could refer only to Douglas,
who had been mentioned a few
sentences earlier for having sent a
kind letter and a cheque.
Previously a scholar interpreted
the change from him to me as a slip
of the pen, but Lee said: ?To mistakenly write ?him? when you
meant to refer to yourself would be
unusual. I find it hard to come up
with a candidate besides Douglas
to be the ?him?.?
She added: ?Wilde was enjoying
the company of a few young men at
the time, notably Maurice Gilbert,
but he couldn?t have been ?him?
because he was around during
Wilde?s illness, so
he wouldn?t have
worried about
not seeing him.?
She said that
the conventional
view was that
Wilde?s relationship with Douglas ?fizzled out?
when their attempt to live together in Naples
three months.
Wilde encouraged his family
and friends to believe this because
they refused to send him money
while he and Douglas, or Bosie,
were together.
Ms Lee said: ?Wilde wrote a letter to Ross that claimed that he
could not stand to be with Bosie
any longer, but this could well have
been an attempt to persuade the
powers that be that he and Bosie
had separated and they could turn
the financial tap back on. His letters to people other than Ross, who
was involved in the negotiations,
are more positive about Bosie.?
Other scholars concluded that
Wilde and Douglas had grown
apart as they were seeing other
men, but Ms Lee
said that they had
re is that they lost
th energy to fight
th world to be tothe
but that they
stop loving
on another.?
Oscar?s Ghost is
by Ambe
Oscar Wilde, left,
and Alfred Douglas
Fretting father reveals shyness of King George
A letter discussing the shy
character of the Queen?s father
when he was a boy is expected to
make between �0 to �200 at
In 1908 when he was 12, Prince
Albert, who ascended to the
throne in 1936 as George VI after
his brother Edward VIII abdicated,
attended an interview to become a
Royal Navy cadet.
The next day his father, who be-
Prince Albert?s
father wrote
to the navy to
discuss his
came George V, wrote to the president of the interview panel,
Admiral Sir Wilmot Hawksworth
Fawkes, to discuss his son?s per-
formance. ?The princess and I are
both delighted to hear that you
were pleased with the way in which
he answered the questions put to
him,? Prince George wrote.
?I am sorry that in spite of all you
did, you were unable to put him at
his ease, he has always been rather
shy, but I think it is better than
being too forward, which many
boys are in our days.?
The young Prince Albert attend-
ed the Royal Naval College from
1909. Michael Kousah, from
Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in
Essex, where the letter is being sold
on September 26, said the letter
was remarkable because it revealed how George VI?s parents
were aware of ?his shyness and
sensitivity, aspects of his character
that would make it so much more
difficult for him to take on the
mantle of kingship?.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Let?s stop this ritual
procession to university
Libby Purves
Page 25
The biggest problems have no quick fixes
From Brexit to war in Afghanistan, the challenges Britain faces would be better approached with patience and care
ou?re not imagining it.
Life really is speeding up.
Online and in touch 24/7,
we communicate, purchase
and get angry about things
faster than ever before. We?re all in
such a rush that we even walk more
quickly than we used to.
Many people think faster lives
mean faster politics. Brexit, Trump
and Corbyn are all cited as evidence:
electoral turbulence put down to the
pace of change in the way we live.
Actually, politics isn?t getting faster,
at least where it matters. The more
things change, the more they stay
the same. Think back to 2001.
Sixteen years ago, Britain joined the
US in invading Afghanistan. Sixteen
years later, American troops are still
there and their numbers are about to
rise again. Britain should follow suit,
according to David Richards, a
former chief of the defence staff, and
British special forces could soon step
up their work in ?Afghan?.
Something else happened in 2001.
The British government raised more
money in tax than it spent, running a
small surplus. For each of the next
16 years, the reverse was true, as it
will be until 2025 at the earliest. The
deficit, like the Afghan war, is
something approaching a settled fact
of modern life. And, for all that our
lives are getting faster, neither has
been or will be resolved quickly.
Indeed, our accelerated habits of
action and thought could well make
those resolutions harder to achieve.
Our faster lives are making us worse
at dealing with big, slow problems.
Afghanistan is really two big, slow
problems we don?t have answers to:
an underdeveloped state struggling
with Islamic militancy. This force
also drives neighbouring Pakistan?s
fragility, and thus its interference in
Afghan affairs.
Much the same can be said of
Britain?s public finances, weak
because of a political mismatch
(voters expect Scandinavian services
and American tax rates) and an
economic failure (poor productivity
in the private sector means less tax
revenue; poor productivity in the
public sector means services absorb
more of that tax than they should).
The Conservatives, who came to
office in 2010 promising to balance
the books by 2015, now say that
won?t happen until 2025 ? another
target to miss. We?re already on
course for a quarter of a century of
government borrowing, and that?s
before what looks like the coming
The Leave vote was a
product of events that
unfolded over decades
economic slowdown. Consumer
spending is weak and business
investment slowing, so the only thing
that will hold up consumption for
the next few years is government
spending. Don?t be surprised when
the autumn budget pushes the
mirage of a balanced budget over
the horizon again, towards 2030.
Brexit will be a project on a similar
scale. The vote to leave was the
product of events and processes that
unfolded over decades. Devising and
implementing a new relationship
with our closest and most important
partners will be generational work.
Yet around Westminster and
elsewhere, I keep hearing people
saying ?after Brexit? or saying, as an
aside in conversation about some
policy or other, ?and there?s Brexit
as well?. As if it were just another
tricky bit of legislation to manage
or a complex event to organise.
The impatient misunderstanding
of the scale of Brexit is most
apparent among those
well-intentioned folk who would
reverse it. Some seem to approach
this challenge in the belief that the
referendum result was merely the
product of shabby internal
Conservative Party politics following
the 2015 election, meaning it can be
undone with a few months of earnest
tweeting. They should be much
more patient, thinking in terms of
decades and trying to address the
slow-moving fundamental forces
that drove 17 million people to put
two fingers up to Britain?s political
and business establishment.
Those negotiating Brexit should
be moving more slowly too. The
two-year deadline in the Article 50
process is a political confection that
will push Britain and the EU27 alike
into mistakes that will benefit
neither. Never mind the comedy of
errors put on by supporting players
such as David Davis and Michel
Barnier. EU leaders, Theresa May
included, should agree there?s no
rush to bring this to a quick ending.
At the least, the prime minister
should accept there is a majority in
the Commons for a long transitional
period inside the single market.
But do we have the patience for
this stuff any more, if we ever did?
Pollsters suggest that a thick strand
of public opinion on Brexit is the
demand for someone to ?just get on
with it?. Can politicians answering to
voters who can?t finish a book (at
least without checking Facebook
finances, they dwell on year-to-year
variations in spending, not the
factors that determine how much the
state can collect in tax or how much
value it can squeeze from each
pound it spends. Where is the
discussion of updating our ossified
property taxes, replacing falling
revenues from the internal
combustion engine, or serious
conversation about taxing the
activities, not profits, of borderless
We may be in a rush
but we still have time
to think about things
Donald Trump?s election is held up as
an example of an age of turbulence
every few pages) ever hope to grip
things of this size?
Our record on those big, slow
problems is little reason for
optimism. For all the cost of
Afghanistan, where are the inquiries,
the soul-searching? Where is the
fundamental assessment of what was
essentially a strategic defeat, the
national debate about Britain?s
military power and its purpose? Our
most recent decisions on military
force have shown either reckless lack
of attention to detail (Libya) or a
reckless unwillingness to engage
with bloody complexity (Syria).
We talk about ?austerity? and
living within our means but where
is the serious debate about the size
and function of the state and the
nature of the UK economy? When
politicians do talk about the public
internet giants? As for the low
productivity at the root of so many
economic and social challenges, we
can?t describe it in 140 characters,
let alone debate and improve it.
So it is and so it will likely be with
Brexit: a short-term fixation on the
shallow details of a negotiation
process that can?t possibly ask or
answer the questions about why we
voted to leave and what we will do
and be after we?ve gone.
?Life comes at you fast,? they say
online. In fact, the big issues, the
problems that really matter, still
move slowly. We may all be in a rush,
but we still have time to think about
things properly. If we really want to.
James Kirkup is director of the Social
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Public shaming is a powerful tool for reform
The demonisation of drink-drivers proves that fear of exposure can lead to meaningful change
?In 200 metres, at the roundabout,
take the first exit, where you will
be apprehended by a police officer,
slapped with a fine and possibly
banned from driving.?
t was announced last week that
drivers caught touching their
smartphones to operate a
navigation app could face the
same punishments as those
caught texting or calling behind the
wheel. Given the dangers of people
driving while distracted, this is
sensible. Yet given how pathetically
attached we are to our phones, it is
not enough.
Changing the behaviour of
millions needs more than fines and
bans. It needs the tools of stigma
and shame. It needs an internal
voice to insist that reaching to
check that text message while doing
40 miles an hour is not just wrong
but shameful; the same voice we
now hear automatically when
considering whether to drive after a
few glasses of wine. Indeed, public
shaming is a tool that we should use
more widely.
The word shame can seem
anachronistic in 2017. We associate it
with the judgmental past, with
authority figures in Mary
Whitehouse spectacles dispensing
opprobrium. At the turn of the
20th century George Bernard Shaw
declared ?we live in an atmosphere
of shame. We are ashamed . . . of
ourselves, of our relatives, of our
incomes, of our accents . . . just as we
are ashamed of our naked skins.?
The permissive movement of the
Sixties was about casting off that
dusty atmosphere, with all those
individualistic ?be who you want to
be? mantras suggesting we should
reject strict social conventions and
the shame that came with breaching
them. In recent years the name of
shame has sunk even lower thanks
to new terminology: slut-shaming,
fat-shaming, body-shaming. To
shame has become shameful.
But applied carefully, shame
can be useful. The decline in
drink-driving deaths is an example:
from 1,640 a year in the late
Seventies to about 240 today. This
Humans have a desire
to be approved of by
the rest of the pack
cannot be down to the legal alcohol
limit alone. It was introduced in 1967
and the proportion of deaths related
to drink-driving climbed steadily in
the following decade. More powerful
have been the hard-hitting
campaigns that created a stigma
around drink-driving. A typical 1990
campaign showed a sad-eyed girl
with the words: ?Kathy can?t sleep.
Her father knocked down and killed
a little boy. A kid at school said,
?Your dad?s a murderer.? Her friends
don?t come round any more. . .? Bit by
bit drink-drivers were cast as pariahs;
not just law-breakers but social
lepers. Shame helped change public
attitudes and with it behaviour.
Similar social currents underlie
the success of the smoking ban. In
the ten years since its introduction,
the number of smokers has fallen by
about two million. Many who had
never been deterred by the threat of
lung cancer or the increasing price of
cigarettes quit, and I was one of
them. Nipping out for a fag might
have been a minor inconvenience
but it began to feel mildly shameful;
groups of outcasts gathered around
their glowing fag ends in the rainy
dark. There was a stigma, an atavistic
sense of being banished beyond the
city walls. When shaming works it is
because it taps into that ancient
desire to be approved of by the rest
of the pack. We fear any exposure
which may earn the contempt of our
peers. This fear is powerful and we
could exploit it more often.
Where else could we usefully apply
some societal finger-wagging? Daily
I observe people behaving in ways
that should cause shame but which
apparently, for many, don?t. There is
the extreme aggression from some
urban cyclists as they sail through
red lights. The dog owners who let
their pets foul the pavement and
walk on. Most maddeningly there are
the people who mindlessly drop
litter, such as the man I saw at a bus
stop the other day ploughing
through a tub of mini muffins and
dropping each paper wrapper on the
pavement. As Shakespeare had it:
?O shame! Where is thy blush??
These nuisances can?t be
controlled or curbed effectively
through policing and fines alone.
They require a change in attitude,
and this requires the reinforcement
of shame. First that means public
campaigns to establish that the
behaviour in question is
contemptible. On the littering front,
Keep Britain Tidy has always
seemed a little polite. A campaign
with no punches pulled could
portray littering as selfish, pig-like
and disgusting.
The next step is to expose those
caught out. In parts of the world
they are gung ho about public
shaming. In Hong Kong an
anti-littering campaign took the
DNA from discarded cigarette stubs
and coffee cups, used advanced
technology to build a picture of what
the miscreant might look like
(remarkably, some kind of likeness
is possible), and showed their faces
on advertising hoardings. Billboards
in San Francisco show pictures of
drivers caught texting at the wheel.
In many US states those caught
drink-driving must display licence
plates proclaiming the fact. In
California the state has a website
listing the top 500 people who
have failed to pay their taxes. By
imposing a six-month deadline to
pay up to avoid exposure, the state
has retrieved more than $395 million
in back taxes over the past ten years.
Policy-makers here should take
note. We would not wish to return to
a time when many felt heavy with
what Jung called ?the soul-eating
emotion?. But for the aggressive
cyclists, the litterers, chewing-gum
spitters, dangerous drivers and
tax-evaders among us, a little more
shame would be desirable.
with lives well lived. Stirling now sits
high in the dizzyingly large number
of league tables: second in the UK
for universities under 50 years old,
with 86 per cent student satisfaction
and, recently, third for graduate
employability. It excels in the study
of aquaculture, dementia, sport,
social care and education, thus
enabling it to feed the world, care for
the old and nurture the young.
Future-proofed by prescience.
in London in the early Sixties. At
bedtime the patients were given a
large pill and told it was a powerful
sedative. Accordingly, they
slumbered peacefully. The pills were
in fact a harmless dose of vitamin C,
and their use was hospital policy. Not
all progress since is progress, perhaps.
Melanie Reid Notebook
�to drop
someone at
the airport?
Aye right
yellow lines, bollards and hoardings.
But never underestimate the glorious
eff-off attitude of Glaswegians to
authority. At every viable bit of
wider road, filter lane, petrol station
entrance, or junction in the wider
vicinity of the terminal, cars were
pausing to disgorge passengers. Yes,
some had to walk several hundred
yards, but moral victory was theirs.
It cheered me up hugely.
Stirling work
y first trip to Glasgow
airport since the
introduction of the
so-called ?kiss and
drop? charges bore
anticipated fruit. I doubted whether
the average cynical west coast Scot
would appreciate paying �for the
privilege of stopping their car long
enough for someone to jump out,
and I was right.
Outside of Heathrow, Gatwick and
London City, kiss and drop charges
are widespread at UK airports.
According to the RAC, Luton is the
most expensive at �for ten minutes.
Like obedient milking cows, we enter
the holding pens, say a brief bye-bye
to our loved ones, and pay to exit.
Glaswegians are made of sterner
stuff. Don?t give them any flannel
about airport security or, ahem,
reducing pollution. Aye right, as they
say. They recognise a corporate
rip-off. The authorities have tried to
prevent disobedience, with hostile
nstitutions, like people, grow into
themselves. Stirling was one of the
?plateglass? universities built in the
Sixties, a striking modernist
statement carved from ancient
parkland. To the shuddering
establishment, everything about the
place was brash, raw and leftie:
architecture, students, subjects
studied (social work, for heaven?s
sake!) and radical semester structure.
Attending a 50th birthday party
there this week, I was amused by the
impact of time. The campus now
rates as one of the most beautiful in
the UK and the Pathfoot building
has Category A listing, of
international architectural
importance. The early
alumni raising their
glasses were just
as mellow:
grey-haired and
men and women
Sweet dreams
of placebos
reminded a
friend, a retired
nurse, of her
time on an acute
Early trolley dolly
he same friend, unwilling to
settle down, applied for a job as
an air hostess with TWA,
airline to kings, presidents, popes
and even James Bond in Diamonds
Are Forever. To be hired by TWA,
young women had to be compelling
eye candy and, of course, unmarried.
After getting through four
interviews, she was called to a fifth
and final one, where her appearance
was openly discussed by her
examiners as she stood before them.
?She?s a bit small,? sniffed the
female member of the panel. Plainly
the men disagreed. My friend was
offered a post but had in the
meantime met someone, fallen in
love and decided not to fly.
TWA, for the hostesses, was an
elite marriage bureau, a passport to a
loaded transatlantic husband. As she
recounted the tale, secure in 2017, we
gaped at the what-might-have-beens.
?But you could have married a
Vanderbilt or a Rockefeller . . . or
Trump . . . or . . . ?
Really, there was no sequitur.
School holidays
should be timed
for better weather
Paul Simons
here may well be an
extraordinary natural
phenomenon witnessed
across large parts of the
UK today. It looks like
being warm, dry and sunny over
much of England and Wales, and
may even break the record for the
hottest late August bank holiday
since it was established in 1965.
This is an extraordinary event. For
the past 52 years we have endured
abysmal August bank holiday
weather: cold, wet, windy and dull,
more like the depths of autumn than
a farewell to summer. The country
was flooded out by the leftovers of a
hurricane in 1986, and six years later
came one of the windiest August
days on record, with gusts of up to
77mph. Perhaps the biggest shocker
came at the end of the phenomenal
hot summer of 1976, which crashed
out in thunderstorms and flash
floods on the bank holiday.
Only one in three of the late
August bank holidays has been
There have been a
ridiculous number of
washout Augusts
largely dry, so why persist with this
misery of a public holiday? It used to
fall on the first Monday of August
when the chances of decent weather
are much better. Politicians, of
course, were to blame for mucking
about with the date when they took
fright after a few washout holidays
during the 1950s and 1960s. In a
bewildering piece of logic they
changed the holiday to the last
Monday in August. The first holiday
in 1965 proved what a mistake that
was: thoroughly cold and wet.
The Scottish wisely avoided all this
misery by sticking with the first week
of August, so why can?t the rest of
Britain see sense and follow suit? It?s
not only the bank holiday that
Scotland got right, because the
schools there break up for the
summer holidays in late June and go
back in mid-August, when the
weather often turns wet.
Meanwhile, this summer the
English and Welsh schools have
suffered a mockery of a summer
holiday that began in late July with
biblical downpours of rain and
carried on through August: largely
dull, windy and wet with some
places flooded out. In fact, the first
half of the month was the coldest
August for 30 years in southern parts
of England.
None of this should come as any
great surprise. In recent years there
have been a ridiculous number of
washout Augusts. If this is the face of
future summers then we need to
junk the sunblock and get out
waterproof clothing and pullovers for
summer holidays at home.
Paul Simons is the Times weatherman
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Let?s stop this ritual procession to university
The news that private schools are encouraging pupils to take apprenticeships suggests a long overdue shift in attitudes
ome years ago at a charity
event I sat next to a man who
had built a complex service
business, employing
thousands across the country.
He was recruiting managers and
talking about progressing them to
senior executive levels, so I asked
what sort of degree he liked to see on
a candidate?s CV. Law? Languages?
Economics and business? He shook
his head. ?I don?t like graduates,? he
said flatly. ?Avoid them. I like people
with a trade.?
Surprised, I asked why. ?Because
when there?s a problem,? he said, ?a
graduate will always just ask why?
And make a list of all the reasons it
just happened, and analyse it. And as
often as not, when they?ve done that
they think, ?Ah well, job done.??
He explained that in his
experience someone with a lively
mind, but also trained as a builder or
a carpenter, hairdresser, electrician
or soldier, would think differently,
inclined always to solve a problem
fast. ?They?re used to problems
you can solve. It?s the way they
think. So they get on with it, then
maybe they?ll work out all the
history-and-blame bit later. Your
graduate?ll still be sitting there all
day, writing an essay in his head
about what a shame it was.?
Ouch! He may well have modified
his views over the decades since,
with the increase in high-quality
vocational degrees. Maybe he?d just
tangled with one chin-stroking
philosophy, politics and economics
graduate too many. But I never
forgot that conversation, his disdain
for theorists and his value for the
earthy confidence conferred by
hands-on expertise. You see that
The drop-out rate for
young students has
increased year on year
assurance in children when they
have learnt how to rig a dinghy,
fix a bike or help with a bit of
bricklaying, and suddenly their
bigger problems of schoolwork
and friendships dwindle into
something manageable.
You see it in those artists who
physically make their own work,
which is generally more valuable and
lasting than those who just announce
an airy concept and get technicians
to build it. One could also sadly
observe that you see the opposite in
international affairs, when a
government full of clever lawyers
and PPE graduates fails to give the
slightest thought to the practicalities
of steadying Iraq after invading it.
None of that is to denigrate any
academic degree: if your bent is
genuinely towards pure science,
history, philosophy, law or literature
it can be a fulfilling and useful life.
Even so, you could end up happier
and more balanced if you also
become good at gardening,
model-making or playing the cello.
But there are other roads to success,
and not all of them involve three
years at university. Especially when it
involves a huge debt.
It may be well worth it, but for
some, especially if the teaching is
poor, nine terms of academe are a
waste of time and youth which can
sap a person?s original
inventiveness and energy. Note that
the drop-out rate for young UK
students has increased year on year.
What that represents in terms of
shattered confidence, depression
and resentment doesn?t bear
thinking about.
Yet there is a snobbery about
?uni?, a fretful sense in parents and
often children that it is the only
respectable destination at 18. Getting
your grades for a place, even in
clearing, is the only source of hope.
So it is delightful to hear that
independent schools are, as reported
in The Times at the weekend,
defying the trend, encouraging
apprenticeships and steering some
of their sixth form away from the
A-to-uni route and towards Btecs in
construction, engineering,
agriculture or animal management.
It matters because of that prevailing
For some, the best kind
of learning happens
when you?re being paid
snobbery. If parents who shell out
tens of thousands of pounds for
private education are happy to keep
an open mind about university,
onlookers who regard such schools
as elitist nurseries of privilege may
reset their own views.
If Wellington talks about
apprenticeships, anyone can. It is
one of the useful things about our
otherwise problematic educational
divide that private schools can
demonstrate some good things.
During the years when music
and sport were being pared away
by a hard-pressed state system as
mere frills, a few brave private
head teachers spoke out to say that
they knew, from empirical
observation, how music and physical
exercise actually help children
academically. And private schools
were the first to defy and drop the
ghastly AS levels. They may be
financially elitist, but they do
have freedom.
The best kind of learning can
happen when you?re being paid,
valued and visibly useful. Pure
academe, on the other hand, can
be alarmingly discouraging and
lonely if you?re not positively
enjoying it. Remember those
drop-out rates: there is nothing
good in the toxic snobbery of
uni-at-all-costs. I know one bright
middle-class family whose sons
never went near a Ucas form but
blithely swerved around it to learn
wooden boat-building. They do
very well. Another lad we know,
exasperated by school, dropped out
before his A levels and signed up for
a Barclays apprenticeship. On the
far side of banking exams, he is as
highly qualified as any graduate,
and debt-free.
And, of course, if you?re solvent
and confident in life and the hunger
for pure scholarship awakes later,
you can always read. Or join the
Open University. Or take a
sabbatical as a mature student. Life is
long, and sometimes university is
wasted on the very young.
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A review into restoring pride in the NHS
Wisley?s works
Sir, Professor Geoffrey Dixon, whom
I count as a good friend, is an
acknowledged expert in his field but I
fear on the subject of roads he has
been misled (?Threat to Wisley from
M25 roadworks?, letters, Aug 26, and
news, Aug 25).
The notion that ?traffic expands to
fill roads made available? has its
origins in the Standing Advisory
Committee Trunk Road Assessment
report of 1994 and, as its author made
clear at the time, applied only and
specifically to trunk roads.
Build a trunk road, fit for its
purpose of medium and long-distance
travel and haulage, and traffic from
congested lesser roads and town
centres will gravitate towards it.
Unfortunately, those who promote
the mantra that this is a nostrum that
applies to all roads do no service to
the safety, health and quality of life of
our citizens and, arguably, are actively
hostile to the commercial success and
prosperity of this country.
I am not well acquainted with the
geometry of Wisley Gardens but it
seems to me that to lose 1 per cent of
a 240-acre garden, an amount
equating in width to the 22 yards of a
cricket pitch and length little more
than a quarter of a mile, is not
Equally, as the RHS has claimed, I
question whether the wildlife will be
affected in any meaningful way.
However, if the road improvement
really does mean a reduction in the
badger population, then hedgehogs,
ground-nesting birds and bumble
bees (critical to horticulture) can only
stand and cheer.
rupert best, fcilt
Bridport, Dorset
Sir, A similar conflict to that at
Wisley occured in pre-war Italy
during Mussolini?s dictatorship and
was resolved satisfactorily.
A major public construction project
required the destruction of parkland,
the home of several centuries-old
cedar trees. On the orders of Il Duce
the project proceeded, and the trees
were preserved by moving them.
Each tree was secured by ropes and
chains; the earth around the roots
was then taken away with great care;
a hole of the same dimensions was
dug at a safe distance from the
construction site; a trench was
excavated between the two and the
tree dragged slowly along by steam
traction; once in place the roots were
again covered in soil.
The trees survived the short trip
with no adverse effects and everyone
was happy.
john orton
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Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Sir, Paul Johnson is correct to point
out that we need to ask how the NHS
can change for the better and to
improve the way in which money is
spent (?The NHS doesn?t deserve our
hero worship?, Comment, Aug 25).
Nine out ten hospital trusts are in
financial deficit because of increased
staffing costs. There is a shortage of
nurses and so they have to employ
more staff (often from agencies) to
comply with safety standards.
There is also a shortage of junior
doctors, resulting in consultants
having to act down to fill the gaps.
Many doctors in training are leaving
to work abroad to seek better
conditions. GPs are retiring early to
escape the relentless pressure and
We need to retain our workforce by
improving working conditions. We
need to end the constant tide of
blame which is heaped on those
trying to provide a service.
The NHS is being asked to find
� billion in efficiency savings while
huge sums are being wasted through
the present complex system of
commissioning healthcare. By getting
rid of this wasteful market approach,
as in Scotland, and by ridding the
NHS of the armies of management
consultants, millions could be
redirected to improve standards in
primary and social care, disease
prevention and hospital building.
The market sets different parts of
the NHS against one another and
leads to a fragmented approach rather
than ensuring that all work together
for the welfare of patients.
A return to a system in which
healthcare is planned for a given
population would ensure an
integrated approach, improve care,
restore professionalism, pride and
satisfaction in working in the NHS.
professor robert elkeles
Northwood, Middx
Laws for cyclists
Sir, I too was knocked down by a
reckless cyclist at the age of 44, and
although I suffered severe brain
damage which left me unable to work,
I appreciate I?m lucky to have
survived. I think the public need to be
made aware of how much combined
energy and weight a speeding cyclist
is carrying, and the impact can be as
traumatic as being hit by a car
travelling at 30 mph.
toni beet
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Sir, The law already requires bicycles
to be equipped with a bell, a reflector
and front and rear lights at night
(letter, Aug 25, and ?Killer cyclist
facing two years in jail?, News,
Aug 24). However, it is the effective
abandonment of road policing, relying
instead on cameras ? which some
argue are sited to increase revenue
rather than improve safety ? that
puts cyclists at risk, as well as those of
us seeking to use the pavement safely.
clive fletcher-wood
Sir, Clearly cyclists should not be
using bikes that do not comply with
legal brake requirements, but
pedestrians also have a duty to
respect road users. The increasing
problem of cyclists using pavements
and pedestrians more intent on their
phones than watching traffic will
inevitably result in tragic cases.
terry freeman
A motley throng of delegates
representing all classes of the
community in Russia, filled the
boxes, stalls and galleries of the great
Moscow theatre when the National
Conference opened at 3 o?clock this
afternoon. Diplomatists occupied the
former Imperial box. Famous
generals, among them General
Alexeieff and General Kaledin, were
seated in a stage-box. M Kerensky,
wearing khaki, and his colleagues,
Sir, Paul Johnson?s realistic appraisal
of the NHS needs to be understood in
Westminster. The NHS has become a
political football, with the
government claiming how wonderful
it is and the opposition putting all its
failings down to the government.
The truth is that NHS England is
too big to manage even if it did not
have the politicians, nearly 2,000 civil
servants, 29 quangos and assorted
lobby groups. Given all that, it is
amazing the NHS is as good as it is.
Norman Lamb, the Liberal
Democrat shadow health minister,
Sir, Cyclists should take a riding test
to demonstrate their acquaintance
with the Road Traffic Act and their
fitness to be on the road. They should
also be required to be insured, to
subject their bicycle to an annual
MoT test and to display a registered
licence plate.
It would also be good if cyclists
made a financial contribution to the
upkeep of the roads and the
construction of cycle-specific features
through the road fund licence tax.
alec gallagher
Potton, Beds
sat on the right of the stage. Behind
were ex-deputies and the Press.
The meeting was called to order
by M Kerensky, who delivered a
declaration lasting an hour and a
half. A well-packed house cheered
occasionally, but without much
enthusiasm. The head of the
Government said nothing new. He
neglected a unique opportunity of
calling a truce to party differences,
although he recognized that the
country is in deadly peril. He blamed
the ?old generals? for the breakdown
of Russia?s military efficiency, which,
in his opinion, could be restored
only with the help of commissaries
who would keep the generals in the
right path, and committees which
would stimulate the moral of the
men. He had restored the death
penalty in the Army. He would not
permit an assault upon the freedom
of the nation from the Left or from
the Right. Let those who dreamed of
reaction with the aid of bayonets
abandon their hopeless attempts.
Only once did the audience cheer
with real enthusiasm; that was when
M Kerensky declared that he would
has called for a cross-party NHS
strategic review. Lord Saatchi has,
similarly, called for a royal
commission. Mr Lamb?s petition
rapidly gained 83,000 supporters
before the last election closed it down.
The NHS has always been a vote
loser for the Conservatives. Surely
they should recognise the benefits to
them, as well as the UK, of taking it
out of politics?
tim ambler
Cley next the Sea, Norfolk
Sir, On healthcare Paul Johnson says
that ?we spend a perfectly respectable
amount: somewhat less than the
French, Germans and Dutch, rather
more than the Spanish and Italians?.
In fact the French, Germans and
Dutch spend about 11 per cent of
their GDP on healthcare against our
9 per cent.
However, the GDP per capita of
Germany and the Netherlands is
significantly higher than ours ?
about $42,000 and $45,000
respectively against our $40,000 ? so
their spending on healthcare turns
out to be more like 25 per cent more
than ours.
gil patrick
Bodmin, Cornwall
Prisoner numbers
Sir, I write further to your report and
the latest projections for the prison
population (?Strain on jails as
prisoner numbers head for 90,000?,
News, Aug 25). New prisons have
been promised on the basis that old
prisons will close to provide the
money to build and run them. That
promise now looks worthless, and it is
inconceivable that the Treasury will
dip into its coffers again.
The government must, belatedly,
address the question of who should go
to prison and for how long. It could
start with a plan to end the shameful
incarceration of 3,000 prisoners still
serving the discredited imprisonment
for public protection (IPP) sentence,
and stop the needless incarceration of
non-violent offenders.
The policy of build and spend is
bust, and the catastrophe in our
prisons will not end until something
more realistic replaces it.
peter dawson
Director, Prison Reform Trust
not tolerate separatist tendencies.
If M Kerensky?s utterance is an
indication of future Government
policy we need not expect any
change from its present course.
Plaintive reproaches to the nation
for insufficient support, mildly
diluted by vague threats on the one
hand and a menace to influences
from the opposite direction, do not
constitute a programme of
government. The general impression
is one of disappointment.
A soldier standing guard at the
theatre probably expressed the sole
interest felt by the masses who
waited quietly and patiently outside.
He asked me, ?Did M Kerensky
say anything about the war?? There
was an eager expectancy in his voice.
?Nothing new,? I said. He
understood. ?It goes on, then??
Yes it goes on, and no amount of
words will stop it.
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Blending of brains
Sir, As a card-carrying ?hard
sciences? product, I agree with Sir
David Cannadine (?Historic rivalry
between science and the arts?, letters,
Aug 22). Arts graduates acquire
outstanding skill sets that allow them
to negotiate and have an impact on
critical, complex global challenges.
I can vouch for this through my
own experiences. Some years ago I
assisted MI6 in a project involving
UK and global security. The people I
worked with were invariably history
graduates who had precisely the skills
set that was vital to the success of the
project. I supplied ?the electrons? and
they supplied the ?Electra? ? a
superb, completely miscible mixture .
professor peter p edwards frs
Department of Chemistry,
University of Oxford
Royal treatment
Sir, Philip Collins (?Do the royal
family a favour and ignore them?,
Comment, Aug 25) writes as if all
monarchists have an ?aggressive and
intrusive interest in the lives of the
royal family? in contrast to ?us baffled
There are, however, many loyal
monarchists who are equally baffled
by such interest and are simply
grateful that our enigmatic
constitutional arrangements seem to
work rather well.
the rev canon peter holliday
Chaplain to the Queen
Egg on their faces
Sir, You report that ?Carers can?t boil
an egg? (News, Aug 24). I wasn?t sure
whether it was lack of basic skills or
language skills that caused my father
to have strange meals.
Once when I was there, he asked
for baked beans on toast for lunch. I
went into the kitchen to find his carer
opening a jar of cranberry sauce. She
said she was ?making jam sandwiches
as he likes them for lunch?. I had to
explain what baked beans were and
how to cook them.
mary vickers
Grimsby, Lincs
Sir, My late aunt asked a young carer
to prepare a boiled egg. The carer
returned from the kitchen to ask,
?When the water?s bubbling, does that
mean it?s boiling??
nigel ellis
Stowmarket, Suffolk
Hotfooting it
Sir, In 1965, as trainee staff members
at an Oxford Street shop, we were
instructed to run immediately on
hearing the announcement: ?Mr Heat
is leaving the store? (?The not-sosecret code?, Notebook, Aug 25).
the rev claire wilson
London NW3
Male strengths
Sir, Further to your letters on ladiesonly carriages (Aug 24, 25 & 26),
travelling home one night I found
myself alone in a carriage except for a
hoodied youth slouched in a corner.
As I descended at my station, the
doors closed on my handbag trapping
me against the side of the train. I
screamed. My travelling companion
leapt to his feet and forced the doors
open. Would an arthritic old lady like
me have found such a knight in a
ladies-only compartment ?
liz murray
London N20
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: Tesco stops selling single-use carrier
bags; significant improvement works at
London Waterloo station end today.
US: The Open tennis championships begin
in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Nature notes
Migration brings
birds to unexpected
places. Two juvenile
phalaropes have
been seen on
Abberton reservoir
in Essex and were still there yesterday.
These are birds of northern latitudes, with
only a dozen or so pairs nesting in Britain,
mainly on the Scottish islands, but they are
common ? and tame ? in summer in Iceland
and Scandinavia. They are waders, but do
not behave like waders since they swim
about like moorhens at the edges of lakes.
They are neat little birds and the female is
more colourful than the male with a bright
red patch on her neck. The most
extraordinary thing about them is that the
male, which is a dull version of his mate,
does all the hard work. Once she has laid
the eggs under a lakeside tuft of grass he
incubates them and brings up the chicks. In
winter both sexes turn white and find a very
different climate for themselves off the
southern tip of Arabia. derwent may
Birthdays today
Margot James, pictured,
Conservative MP for
Stourbridge, minister for
small business, 60; Sir
Richard Aikens, lord
justice of appeal (200815), 69; Sir Michael
Arthur, president, Boeing
Europe, and managing director, Boeing UK
and Ireland, ambassador to Germany (200710), 67; Stuart Bithell, sailor, Olympic silver
medallist, men?s 470 (2012), 31; Jack Black,
actor, School of Rock (2003), Kung Fu Panda
film series, 48; Paul Brummell, British
ambassador to Romania, 52; Wyn Calvin,
entertainer, known as the ?Welsh Prince of
Laughter?, 92; Lindka Cierach, fashion
designer, 65; Greg Clark, Conservative MP
for Tunbridge Wells, business secretary, 50;
Imogen Cooper, pianist, 68; Sir Michael
Craig-Martin, conceptual artist, 76; Prof
Wendy Davies, historian, Welsh History in
the Early Middle Ages (2009), 75; Windsor
Davies, actor, It Ain?t Half Hot Mum (197481), 87; Kezia Dugdale, MSP for Lothian and
leader of the Scottish Labour Party, 36;
Rona Fairhead, chairwoman, BBC Trust, 56;
Mary McCartney, photographer, 48; Jamie
Osborne, National Hunt trainer, 50; Sir
Christopher Paine, president, British
Medical Association (2000-01), 82; Philip
Purser, author, The One and Only Phyllis
Dixey (1978), 92; LeAnn Rimes, country
singer, Blue (1996), 35; Sheryl Sandberg,
chief operating officer, Facebook, 48; David
Soul, actor, Starsky & Hutch (1975-79), and
singer, Don?t Give Up On Us (1976), 74;
Florence Welch, singer, Florence + the
Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
(2015), 31; Roger Williams, hepatologist,
professor of hepatology, University of
London (1994-2010), 86.
On this day
In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivered his
?I have a dream? speech to 200,000 people
in Washington; in 1994 Sunday trading was
legalised in England and Wales.
The last word
?The brightest flashes in the world of thought
are incomplete until they have been proved to
have their counterparts in the world of fact.?
John Tyndall, Irish physicist, Fragments of
Science, Vol II (1879)
Clamping the Parking Rogues
Proposals to crack down on unscrupulous private parking companies do not go far
enough. Only the police and councils should have access to DVLA records
Bank holiday is the time when millions take to the
roads. It is also the time when private parking
companies hope to make a fortune ? not only
from renting out space in seaside towns and historic city centres, but also from imposing hefty
fines on anyone unwittingly overstaying the allotted time. Next week thousands of holidaymakers
may receive notices demanding a minimum of
�0 for stopping briefly on streets that are technically private land, overstaying their paid parking
time by one or two minutes or breaking regulations that are posted on small notices far from general view. Their outrage will be fully justified.
Entrapping motorists is nowadays the main
source of income for these private parking companies, and not only during the holidays. Many of
those that own small parking lots in city centres
use predatory tactics, deception, subterfuge and
outright intimidation to force millions of motorists to pay ?fines? that are neither legal nor enforceable and which are levied only with the help
of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. The
government has already stopped these rogue
operators from clamping private cars. It is now
proposing tougher measures to stop access to the
DVLA by companies with a proven record of unscrupulous behaviour.
The proposed legislation does not go far
enough. Since the ban on private clamping in 2012,
parking companies have exploited every legal
loophole to try to boost their income. Aggressive
pursuit of motorists stopping on private roads is a
favourite tactic. One man who strayed on to a private road stopped for no more than 15 seconds to
check his satnav, and was photographed as ?parking? by a pursuit vehicle. He received a demand for
�0. Other motorists have had timestamps on
photographs of their cars altered to make it appear
that they have overstayed their time. Yet others
have been issued penalty charges, enforceable
only in civil courts, disguised to look like their
council parking tickets, with intimidating language to persuade them to pay up promptly.
The key to all these unscrupulous operations is
the DVLA, the government-run centre in Swansea which keeps records of all licences and vehicle
registrations. For a fee, it issues records and addresses of vehicle registrations to bona fide parking companies, to help them track down vehicle
owners. The DVLA, which makes a tidy sum from
this profligate sharing of data, insists on a professional code of conduct by the parking companies.
But checking adherence to this code is left solely
to the companies themselves.
The door is wide open to abuse. The figures
make the point. The number of motorists given
tickets by parking companies has gone up by two
thirds in just 12 months. Between April and June
this year the records of 1.74 million vehicles were
obtained from the DVLA. The agency is now on
course to provide almost seven million records to
parking companies in the current financial year,
compared with fewer than 300,000 a decade ago.
Self-regulation has clearly not worked. Nor has
the DVLA?s lame excuse that it will deny access to
any rogue parking companies. There should not be
any access in the first place. The DVLA is a government agency. Why should it share data with private
companies? And why should parking operators be
allowed to masquerade as police authorities, levying penalties that to most people seem the same as
legal fines? It is not the government?s role to help
private car park owners take action for what they
consider as trespass on their land.
The government?s proposal to stop rogue operators accessing DVLA records is sensible. But it is
not the same as a permanent ban on anyone except the police and licensing authorities having
access. For too long there has been too much talk
of openness, transparency and self-regulation. It
has not worked. It is time for tougher action.
Afghanistan?s Future
Diplomatic ingenuity, as well as military might, will be needed to secure the country
It has been 16 years since the US-led invasion of
Afghanistan and yet, as David Petraeus tells The
Times, there is no end in sight. Bleak though this
prognosis is, accepting it is the surest route to
progress. General Petraeus has censured Barack
Obama for the artificial deadlines he imposed on
the conflict. By contrast, President Trump signalled last week that he was committed to victory
against the Taliban and other terrorists whatever
the timetable. His commitment of troops must be
underwritten by a truly novel diplomatic strategy.
In 2011 President Obama promised that US
troops would ?hand over? to the Afghan army by
2015. In the main, they did. Yet the Taliban had
been biding their time, and in years since the country had started to fail. What the Taliban lost during
the final Nato surge, they have largely regained.
Nine out of 14 districts of Helmand province,
where many British troops lost their lives, are now
back under the militia?s thumb. The official government controls only 57 per cent of the country.
Islamic State, meanwhile, has gained a foothold
in Nangarhar province in the east and, according
to recent intelligence, some northern regions. It
declared its presence in Afghanistan a month after
the official US withdrawal. Al-Qaeda, whose safe
haven in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan provided the
original impetus for invasion, is back too.
The Taliban?s external lifeline is the Pakistani
intelligence service (ISI), which is sheltering Taliban top brass. As General Petraeus acknowledges,
it is only by bearing down diplomatically on Pakistan that western allies will choke off the militia?s
oxygen. Mr Trump last week pledged to get tough
with the Pakistanis, just as Mr Obama did before
him. This time the threat should be backed by
action and a will to stay the course.
General Jack Keane has suggested eliminating
military aid and sanctioning individuals, including the chiefs of staff to the army and ISI. Targeting known terrorist sanctuaries, he notes, is the
next logical step. President Trump also twinned
his uncompromising language on Pakistan last
week with a commitment to developing America?s
?strategic partnership with India?, which he called
a ?key security and economic partner?. That comparison will certainly get Islamabad?s attention.
The appearance of Isis in Afghanistan further
muddies the diplomatic waters. Its rivalry with the
Taliban is creating the circumstances for an informal alliance of convenience between the Taliban and Russia on the basis that the enemy of
Russia?s enemy is its friend. Iran is thinking along
similar lines. This will inevitably complicate western calculations about whether to endorse talks
between the Taliban and the Afghan regime.
Wherever they may lead it is essential to demonstrate that the Afghan army, not the Taliban, is
best placed to keep Isis at bay. President Trump
may eschew nation-building, but security is a prerequisite for progress. At present the Afghan military is overstretched. It is also beleaguered by low
morale and a high desertion rate. That is not
helped by the scale of Afghan casualties. Last year
8,800 Afghan military personnel were killed ?
the highest death toll since the US-led invasion.
Afghanistan shows now, just as it did 16 years
ago, that without proper governance it is a breeding ground for terrorists with targets outside their
own borders. Manpower and firepower will be
needed to defeat them. It is increasingly clear that
willpower and soft power will be just as critical.
Revealing History
Modern technology is uncovering lost classical writings beneath ancient texts
In the depths of a dusty monastery library in the
foothills of the mountains where the Ten Commandments were revealed, modern technology
has recovered voices from long lost history. Beneath the text of one of the earliest versions of the
gospels in Arabic, modern imaging has revealed
the spindly tendrils of medicinal herbs recommended by ancient Greek physicians. It is a thrilling discovery, and only the first part of a small
library of ancient medical literature. How many
other lost classics are hidden and preserved in the
parchment scrolls stored for 1,500 years in St
Catherine?s monastery in the Sinai desert?
Only very rarely nowadays do scholars happen
upon copies of classics thought to have been lost.
Enough of Galen, Hippocrates, Aristotle and
other giants of ancient thought has survived to
tease us with the knowledge of how much they
wrote and how much more has disappeared in the
sacking of cities, the burning of ancient libraries
and the scrubbing of old texts by monks looking
for parchment to illuminate the gospels.
Those occasional gems that do turn up are
found where least expected: Mozart scores used to
stiffen the spines of books, state treaties kept in a
folder of household bills, Jewish biblical writings
preserved in the dry caves of the Judean desert.
Sometimes scholars leafing through the archives
of the Ottoman empire find a document once
thought inconsequential that changes our view of
history. But only nowadays can manuscripts, like
old master paintings, be revisited to see what may
lie below the surface. One day, perhaps, we may
find more of Virgil or a lost Aristotle treatise.
But technology is in a race with the forces of barbarism. Nihilist Islamist groups have already destroyed Buddhist statues in Afghanistan and
libraries in Mali. They have St Catherine?s in their
sights. It must be saved and its riches revealed.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Petraeus: allies will be in
Afghanistan for decades
Taliban control
Taliban presence
Isis control
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
Michael Evans
American forces are likely to stay in
Afghanistan for decades after an
increase in troop numbers, a former
commander of US and Nato troops in
the country has indicated.
General David Petraeus, a former
director of the CIA who is credited with
quelling the insurgency in Iraq that
came after the US-led invasion, pointed
to the presence of US forces in South
Korea ever since the Korean war and in
Europe during the Cold War.
?The analogy with Afghanistan isn?t
perfect, given that is a true shooting
war, but when we have had significant
national interests at stake we have
sustained efforts, and I think that is why
a sustained commitment is important
here but also why that has to be sustainable,? he told The Times.
He ?wouldn?t hazard a prediction? on
how long Nato forces would be in
Afghanistan, but indicated that the 16year war, America?s longest, was set to
last. ?This is not the fight of a decade,
much less a few years,? he said. ?We are
engaged in a generational struggle.
That is why we need sustained commitments that are sustainable. I believe
that this is a sustainable sustained commitment.?
General Petraeus, 64, a former candidate for secretary of state, declined to
say whether President Trump or members of the administration, including
Lieutenant-General HR McMaster, the
national security adviser, who he
knows well, had sought his opinion in
devising their strategy for Afghanistan
and the rest of south Asia, announced
last week. However, he was supportive
of the policy, which is expected to mean
that an additional 3,900 American
forces ? taking the number of US
troops to 12,300 ? would be sent.
A second former US military chief
said that the increase would be ?helpful
but not decisive?. General Jack Keane,
who for family reasons turned down
the chance to serve as secretary of
defence, said that tens of thousands of
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troops were required to defeat the Taliban but realised that there was no
longer support in Congress for action
on such a scale.
Mr Trump?s goals in Afghanistan
appear to be less ambitious that those of
his predecessors, General Keane said.
The president aims to stop the Taliban
from overthrowing the Afghan government, not to defeat them. In time it is
hoped that political reconciliation
could be achieved with the insurgents.
There are already more than 12,000
Nato-led troops, more than half of
them American, in Afghanistan help-
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ing to train and advise the Afghan
security forces. A separate counterterrorism mission of up to 2,000 US
special forces as well as elite British and
other troops is focused on al-Qaeda,
Islamic State and the Taliban.
General Petraeus welcomed the
absence of an ?artificial deadline? for
the withdrawal of US troops from
Afghanistan. He directed veiled criticism towards the Obama administration for constraining commanders by
setting exit timelines. ?I applaud the
commitment to conditions-based decision-making,? he said.
The boost in numbers will enable
Nato-led forces to reassert their presence lower down the Afghan chain of
command, with officers offering more
training and advice to counterparts
who are closer to the frontline rather
than focusing their efforts at the corps
and divisional level. It could also mean
more aircraft providing surveillance
and reconnaissance as well as a greater
capacity to launch airstrikes. Having
Nato personnel closer to the front line
will enable Afghan forces to take greater advantage of US jets and drones.
General Petraeus said he was confident that Britain and other Nato allies
involved in Operation Resolute
Support train and advise mission would
follow the US lead by increasing troops.
The required increase is thought to be
up to 2,500 personnel. He would not be
drawn on whether a British plan to add
85 troops, including special forces, on
top of its 500-strong presence was adequate. ?I think at the end of the day we
will see Nato countries come through,?
he said.
When judging the utility of continuing the campaign, which has cost the
lives of more than 2,400 US military
personnel, the former commander said
that it had prevented al-Qaeda from
launching another September 11-style
attack from the country. ?That remains
a national security priority,? he said.
The US presence in Afghanistan also
secures a launchpad for counterterrorism operations across the region, such
as the raid into Pakistan that killed
Osama bin Laden, he said.
General Petraeus said that the security situation in Afghanistan was ?as a
Brit would say, fraught? less than three
years after Nato declared an end to
combat operations. On Saturday the
funeral took place of the latest American serviceman killed in Afghanistan.
Staff Sergeant Aaron Butler, a member
of the Green Beret special forces, died
in an explosion in Nangarhar province.
Yesterday at least 13 people were
killed in a car bomb attack in Helmand.
General Petraeus attributed a rise in
attacks and increase in Taliban-held
territory to a number of factors, including the requirement, supported by Barack Obama and David Cameron when
they were in power, for the withdrawal
of combat troops.
A relaxing last year of the rules of
engagement for airstrikes, taking away
limitations on striking Taliban forces,
would help the renewed push to
support the Afghan government,
according to the former general, now a
partner at a private equity firm. He resigned as director of the CIA in 2012
after an extramarital affair was revealed but remains a highly regarded
figure because of his military record.
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Leading article, page 27
Little to show for $850bn spent on 16 years of war
elmand, where
many British
and American
troops gave
their lives, is
more under the control and
influence of the Taliban
than it was a decade ago
(Michael Evans writes).
The province in southern
Afghanistan has always
been a weather vane for
success or failure in the
16-year war that has cost
$850 billion dollars since
the Taliban was overthrown
in 2001. The US-led
coalition has struggled to
prevent Afghanistan
turning into a failed state
since the first CIA units
flew in, joining warlords
and Northern Alliance
soldiers to confront the
Taliban and hunt Osama
bin Laden.
Today, despite the most
comprehensive military,
diplomatic and economic
investment by the West
since the end of the Second
World War, Afghanistan
still seems on the edge of
disaster. Al-Qaeda is back,
although not on the scale of
2001, and Isis has at least
1,000 militants there. Isis is
mainly located in
Nangarhar, Kunar and
Nuristan provinces in
eastern Afghanistan with
pockets in Jowzjan in the
north and Ghor, towards
the northwest.
The Kabul government?s
hold over the country is
tenuous. It controls about
64 per cent of the
population. The Taliban
controls 12 per cent and the
remaining 24 per cent live
in ?contested? territory.
In 2008, two years after
Britain sent 3,300 troops to
Helmand, only six of the 14
districts were under state
control. After intense
fighting key districts
including Sangin, Nawzad,
Musa Qala, Garmsir and
Kajaki were seized back.
More than 100 British
soldiers and Royal Marines
died in Sangin, out of 455
British losses. The US has
lost 2,269, eight this year.
According to Bill Salvin,
US navy captain and chief
spokesman for Operation
Resolute Support, nine out
of 14 districts in Helmand,
including Sangin, are back
under Taliban control or
influence. The initial
mandate for the coalition
seemed straightforward: to
keep the Taliban at bay to
help preserve the fledgling
democracy of Hamid
Karzai?s government.
However, America was
soon immersed in nationbuilding, and one of Tony
Blair?s priorities was to stop
Afghanistan being the
world?s biggest supplier of
heroin. That mission has
failed: in May the United
Nations reported a 43 per
cent rise in the production
of opium ? its value is
equivalent to 16 per cent of
Afghanistan?s GDP.
Cars halted by the deluge in Houston,
Winds and
United States
Jacqui Goddard Miami
Hurricane Harvey brought devastation
to Texas yesterday, trapping thousands
in a ?once-in-500-years flood? and
turning parts of Houston into raging
More rain this week is expected to
make matters worse. Already five
people have died and about 300,000
properties have lost electricity.
?This disaster is going to be a landmark event,? Brock Long, director of
the Federal Emergency Management
Agency, said. The White House said
President Trump would travel to Texas
The category 4 hurricane hit land on
Friday night over the town of Rockport
and winds of up to 130mph brought
down roofs and walls. People who had
ignored evacuation orders were told to
write their social security number on
their arms so that their bodies could be
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Macron?s ratings plunge
as leftwinger calls for
protest in Paris
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Fiona the hippo gets
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Sinister forces
thwart Trump,
aide warns in
parting shot
Boer Deng Washington
A senior aide who was forced to resign
at the weekend has claimed that sinister
forces opposed to President Trump
have taken over the White House.
Sebastian Gorka, an alt-right ideologue who advised Mr Trump on
counterterrorism, said that he would
step down today to support the president?s populist agenda from outside
White House officials said that he
had been removed and it was reported
that John Kelly, Mr Trump?s chief of
staff, had revoked the aide?s security
Mr Gorka, 46, said the West Wing
was full of ?people who do not wish the
?Make America Great Again? agenda to
succeed?. ?This is about people who
wish to undermine the president,? he
told BBC Radio 4.
Last month Anthony Scaramucci
was ousted after ten days as communications director. Steve Bannon, chief
strategist and architect of the ?America
Sebastian Gorka
has been accused
of having links to
neo-Nazi groups
where some drivers had to be rescued. Winds of 130mph wrecked homes in Rockport and residents of a care home in Dickinson were pulled from waist-deep water
rain leave five dead and Houston under water
identified if the worst happened. After
the winds came record rainfall as the
weather system, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm
on Saturday, stalled instead of moving
further inland, spinning relentlessly
over the region and dropping 20 inches
of rain in 20 hours.
?This is a very, very serious and unprecedented storm,? said Sylvester
Turner, the mayor of Houston, where
roads were inundated by overflowing
streams, rivers and lakes.
The National Weather Service said
that parts of Texas would be left
?uninhabitable for months if not years?.
In Fort Bend, the sheriff warned
residents to beware of alligators displaced from their habitat. Photographs
taken by Gator Squad, an alligator
rescue group, showed several of the
reptiles on doorsteps and driveways
and under cars after going walkabout
from rising rivers.
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through chest-high water to reach
safety. Mr Turner told those stranded in
their homes by rising water to get on the
roof, not stay in the attic. When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 several
people died in attics, unseen by
rescuers. By yesterday lunchtime more
than 1,000 people had been rescued.
Community centres, churches and libraries were used as emergency shelters,
although some were themselves cut off
by the encroaching tide. The mayor
described them as ?lily pads? for
washed-out neighbourhoods.
The flooding affected more than 30
spots around Houston and the National
Weather Service identified 49 locations
across Texas as flood zones. By 10am
yesterday the city?s emergency services
had received 2,500 calls for help from
residents reporting that water was
seeping into their homes. Social media
were full of appeals for help, including
one from a woman in labour and others
from elderly residents who were up to
their knees in water.
?I have two children with me and the
water is swallowing us up. Please send
help,? one woman begged Ed Gonzalez,
the sheriff of Harris County, on his
Twitter feed.
The sheriff appealed for patience.
?Stay calm and shelter in place as best
you can,? he said. ?Difficult to get to
everyone right away. Hang tight . . .
Everyone working extremely hard and
giving their all. We?ll make it!?
The National Hurricane Center in
Miami said that Harvey would drop
another 15 to 25 inches of rain on Texas
by Friday, with some areas having as
much as 50 inches.
?This storm is bad news, growing
worse. We?re measuring rain these days
not in inches, but in feet,? Greg Abbott,
the governor of Texas, said.
Harvey?s wind speeds made it the
fiercest hurricane to hit the US in 13
years and the worst in Texas since 1961.
President Trump tweeted that the
affected areas would get all the resources they required to cope and recover.
?We are leaving nothing to chance,? he
said. ?We have an all-out effort going
and going well!?
Art Acevedo, Houston?s chief of
police, said: ?It breaks your heart. But
it?s Texas ? we?ll get through it.?
first agenda?, left ten days ago. Mr Gorka said: ?I and Steve Bannon can far
more effectively support the president
and his agenda on the outside.?
A British citizen born to Hungarian
parents, Mr Gorka entered the White
House as a part of the populist faction
of Mr Trump?s inner circle. A former
editor of the alt-right news site Breitbart, where he worked with Mr Bannon, he defended some of the president?s most divisive policies, including
his earliest attempt at a ?Muslim ban?.
He was accused of having links to a
far-right group in Hungary, and three
Democrat senators asked the justice
department to investigate him for neoNazi ties.
As one ally left, Mr Trump pardoned
another convicted of criminal contempt. Mr Trump issued the first pardon of his tenure to Joe Arpaio, 85, a
former Arizona sheriff who ignored
court orders to stop arbitrarily rounding up Hispanics. The self-styled
?toughest sheriff in America?, who
faced up to six months in jail, was
among Mr Trump?s earliest supporters.
Mr Trump issued the pardon without
the customary justice department review. ?[The] pardon of Joe Arpaio, who
illegally profiled Latinos, undermines
his claim for the respect of the rule of
law,? John McCain, the Republican
Arizona senator, tweeted.
Further divisions in the White House
emerged yesterday as Rex Tillerson,
the secretary of state, appeared to suggest that Mr Trump did not speak for
America. Asked on Fox News to comment on the president?s mixed messages on the violence in Virginia, Mr Tillerson said that ?we express America?s
values from the State Department? and
that when it came to Mr Trump?s values
?the president speaks for himself?.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Turkey accused
of breaking EU
migration deal
Hannah Lucinda Smith Lesbos
Anthee Carassava Athens
The mayor of Lesbos has accused
Turkey of failing to honour its end of
the ?3 billion EU deal to stem the flow
of migrants into Europe.
Spyros Galinos says that an increase in arrivals on the Greek island
after a 16-month lull that followed the
signing of the deal, shows that Turkey
is reneging on its obligations to police
the people-smuggling industry. More
than a million people travelled from
its shores to Greece in 2015 and last
?When Turkey wants to stop [migrants coming to Greece] it can and it
does,? Mr Galinos said. ?It?s clear that
the Turks are are not upholding the
terms of the deal. If anything has been
proven throughout the course of this
crisis and after the deal was struck, it
is that inflows are regulated.?
Under the deal struck in March last
year Turkey promised to crack down
on the trade in return for ?3 billion
from Brussels to provide help for
more than three million refugees,
most of them Syrians, that the country is hosting. Last month President
Erdogan claimed that only ?800 million had been given but EU documents show that almost all of the
promised amount has been assigned.
Allocations include ?20 million to
the Turkish coastguard.
Ankara has taken several measures
to stanch the flow of people leaving
illegally. Syrians must now obtain a
visa to travel into Turkey, which has
prevented those in countries such as
Lebanon from using it as a staging
Violence has broken out in the Moria camp on Lesbos, where 5,000 migrants are held
post on their way to Europe. It has
also sealed its 550-mile border with
Syria, although scores of Syrians trying to use the smuggling routes have
been killed by Turkish forces since
the border regime came into effect.
A law passed in April allows the
Turkish police to confiscate boats
from suspected smugglers. That hits
their profits, although one asylum
seeker on Lesbos who travelled after
the deal was struck said that ?the
50 miles
365 Weekly average number of migrants
arriving on Greek shores over past six
months. Last week 730 arrived (to Jun 2017)
smuggling hasn?t stopped ? it?s just
got more expensive?.
Mr Erdogan has threatened to renege on the deal several times. ?Listen to me. If you go any further, then
the frontiers will be opened, bear that
in mind,? he told the EU after it froze
Turkey?s membership negotiations in
At least 730 people have landed on
the Greek islands in the past week, a
doubling of the rate of arrivals earlier
this year. This is increasing the pressure on the Greek camps set up on
five islands, including Lesbos, to process migrants? asylum claims. Legal
advocates say that applicants? claims
are being rushed through by the
Greek and EU authorities in an effort
to clear the backlog, in many cases
depriving them of their right to legal
representation and a full consideration of their situation. Nonetheless,
the number of migrants on Lesbos is
continuing to rise.
Under the EU?s Dublin Agreement
asylum seekers must apply in the first
EU country they arrive in. That was
suspended as Greece struggled under
the weight of the 2015 crisis. In December Brussels ruled that conditions in the Greek camps had improved sufficiently for migrants in
other countries to be returned there
to file their asylum requests. The first
group were returned from Germany
to Athens this month.
Riots have broken out in Lesbos in
the overcrowded Moria camp. The
mayor said that he would not accept
any returns to the island. ?We are
tired. We have no room and we have
effectively been left alone to deal with
this crisis,? Mr Galinos said. ?I am
already trying to cope with 5,000 migrants on the island, double the number I had agreed to and double the
capacity of accommodation centres
set up here. It?s a no-go for Lesbos.?
The Turkish government has not
responded to Mr Galinos?s claims.
Rome ?paying Libyan traffickers?
to stem flow of Med refugees
Tom Kington Rome
Italy is suspected of paying $5 million
to Libyan traffickers to stop them dispatching migrants across the Mediterranean for a month.
The claim made by Middle East
Eye, a news agency, quoted Libyan
sources and coincides with an 86 per
cent fall in the number of migrants
rescued after sailing from Libya this
month, down to nearly 3,000 compared with more than 21,000 in the
same period last year.
The report linked European intelligence agencies to a $5 million payment to traffickers and highlighted a
meeting in Sabratha, west of Tripoli,
between Italian spies and members of
the Anas Dabbashi militia, which is
believed to be involved in people trafficking. The militia?s head, Ahmed
Dabbashi, allegedly asked the Ital-
ians for a hangar for his headquarters
in return for halting trafficking.
The claims were made before a key
meeting in Paris today between EU
and African leaders on reducing the
migrant flow, with 600,000 people
having crossed to Italy from Africa
since 2014. The report of the onemonth hiatus by traffickers does not
explain why numbers also dropped in
July by 51 per cent.
Italy has trained Libyan coastguards how to turn back migrants at
sea while Marco Minniti, the interior
minister, met a group of Libyan mayors in Rome on Saturday to discuss
how it can invest in the north African
economy to provide alternative
employment to the profitable business of migrant trafficking.
Mr Minniti said earlier this month
that the Italian embassy in Tripoli
was distributing ?humanitarian materials? in the Libyan cities of Sabra-
tha and Zuwara. A spokeswoman for
the Italian intelligence services declined to comment on the report of a
$5 million payment.
The report said traffickers were
planning to resume business in a
month, using wooden boats instead
of inflatables. Sturdier boats will be
needed, the report said, since charity
rescue vessels that have waited outside Libyan waters to intercept the
dinghies have mostly now withdrawn
after being threatened by the Libyan
Migrants arriving in Italy have told
the International Organisation for
Migration that many were being prevented from sailing from beaches
around Sabratha or being turned
back the moment they set sail.
The reduced migration comes as a
relief to the Italian government,
which faces growing opposition as
elections due in May draw closer.
Boos for Felipe at Barcelona terror parade
Graham Keeley Barcelona
King Felipe VI of Spain was booed as
he joined an estimated half a million
people on the streets of Barcelona in
defiance of terrorism.
The march took place as the
authorities confirmed that a German
woman, 51, had died from injuries
sustained in the van attack on Las
Ramblas on August 17. Her death
takes the number of fatalities in that
attack and the one in Cambrils to 16.
For the first time since the monarchy
was restored in 1975, the king joined
his subjects on the street, alongside
Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime
minister, and Carles Puigdemont, a
Catalan leader. Every time the king
appeared on large screens with Mr
Rajoy they were booed.
Catalan separatists were accused
of using the march to pursue their
campaign. The region?s government
is defying the will of Madrid and
preparing to stage an independence
referendum in October.
Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona,
had called for unity at the march. Sergio Fern醤dez, 42, a lorry driver, said:
?I am Catalan but my country is
Spain. I came to remember the victims and say we are not afraid of terrorism. I think it is shameful they
booed the king.? Felipe has been accused of indirectly supporting
terrorism by taking part in arms sales
negotiations with Saudi Arabia.
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Macron?s ratings slump as left urges protest
Adam Sage Paris
President Macron?s woes deepened
yesterday after a poll showed an
unprecedented fall in his ratings and a
leftwing rival urged people to ?descend
on Paris? to protest against labour
reforms that critics say would affect job
In a sign that Mr Macron?s difficulties
are revitalising his opponents, JeanLuc M閘enchon, leader of the far-left
France Insoumise (Rebellious France)
movement, urged the French to take to
the streets before Thursday, when the
president is expected to impose the
reforms by decree.
Mr Macron has also promised to
clear France of makeshift migrant
Forces families in Paris on Saturday
complained about defence cuts
camps, such as in Calais, by Christmas
and cut the unemployment rate from
9.6 per cent to 7 per cent by 2022.
The backdrop is sombre for the
centrist head of state, who came to
power in May on a wave of optimism
that France could renew itself with
prosperity at home and diplomatic
influence on the world stage.
The poll in Le Journal du Dimanche
found that Mr Macron?s popularity has
slumped by 24 percentage points in the
past two months. No elected president
has registered such a big fall in so short
a period, the newspaper said.
Only 40 per cent of respondents
backed his approach to running the
country, and 57 per cent did not. Even
Fran鏾is Hollande, Mr Macron?s deeply
unpopular Socialist predecessor, fared
better at the same stage in his presidency, with 54 per cent approval.
Fr閐閞ic Dabi, deputy managing
director of the Ifop institute, which
carried out the poll, said that dissatisfaction with Mr Macron had reached
?stunning levels in all categories of the
population?. Ifop asked respondents
who was the president?s ?best opponent? and the answer highlighted the
extremist forces waiting to pounce if
Mr Macron fails in his battles against
joblessness and migration. Mr M閘enchon, who sees himself as a European
Hugo Ch醰ez, the late president of
Venezuela, came out top, ahead of
Marine Le Pen, the National Front
Seeking to capitalise on Mr Macron?s
troubles, Mr M閘enchon used a speech
in Marseilles to urge a massive protest
next month against the labour law
reforms. France?s anti-capitalist champion said: ?The people must descend on
Paris against this social and antidemocratic coup d?閠at which is being
organised against it. No waffling, fight.?
He said that Mr Macron, who founded
his centrist movement last year, had
won the presidency only because voters
had rejected France?s traditional
parties of government. The French
people . . . got rid of those it did not want
and in the end there was a pile of dust
left, and that was him. But . . . he is only
what was left. The French people . . . no
longer want these liberal policies that
abandon people to the savagery of
competition between everyone.?
Mr Macron?s difficulties were compounded as soldiers? wives demonstrated in Paris on Saturday against his decision to cut the defence budget this year
by ?850 million. The protest was relatively small, about 500 people, but commentators said it was the tip of an iceberg of discontent in the armed forces.
netted ?1m?
from visitors
to Disneyland
Adam Sage
A Romanian couple with seven children will go on trial in France tomorrow
accused of running a gang of young
pickpockets who netted ?1 million from
tourists at Disneyland Paris.
Police say that the daily takings of
one girl in the gang, whose members
were aged 12 to 17, was between ?500
and ?800.
Marian Tinca, 57, and Maria Iamandita, 51, from Craiova, are accused of
operating a Fagin?s kitchen in which
children were trained to steal wallets
and phones.
Prosecutors claim that they were
housed in poor areas north of Paris and
sent out to steal in groups of three or
four. In the morning they operated
around the big department stores and
would arrive at Disneyland in time for
the afternoon parade.
One distracted the victim, the second
carried out the theft and the others disappeared with the bounty.
Prosecutors will tell the court in
Meaux, 25 miles from Paris, that Mr
Tinca, who is said to have started the
gang after he and his wife divorced,
congratulated them when they brought
home a lot of money and castigated
them when they did not. Mrs Iamandita
was in charge of taking the proceeds
back to Romania. They will be tried
along with ten others accused of being
their accomplices.
The gang, whose members came
from eight branches of one family, operated between 2014 and last year.
Police became suspicious in 2015 when
they started to receive a flow of reports
from tourists whose belongings had
been stolen. The children were arrested
frequently but refused to give their
names and claimed to be under 13, the
age below which they cannot be detained under French law. They were
systematically placed in foster care but
all left within a few days.
The adults accused of running the
operation were arrested in February
last year after an investigation that involved tapping phones and dispatching
undercover officers to follow the suspects. The police in Craiova co-operated with their French counterparts.
The prosecution says that the loot
was distributed to numerous members
of the clan. Some used it to buy houses,
a few gambled it away and others spent
it on luxury goods.
Rammed Mountain paths in the Swiss canton of Valais were busy on Schaeferwochenende, shepherd?s weekend, when sheep come down from their Alpine pastures
Five climbers die after ?rope comes loose?
Tom Kington Rome
Five climbers linked by a rope fell to
their deaths and a sixth was seriously
injured in the Austrian Alps yesterday.
?We think a rope came loose,? Anton
Voithofer, head of the Red Cross rescue
team, said. The lone survivor, aged 75,
was taken by helicopter to a hospital in
Salzburg, and was stable, the broadcaster ORF said.
It was thought that one member of
the group slipped and fell on a glacier
on Mount Gabler in the Zillertal Alps,
bringing the others down with him,
Martin Reichholf, head of the rescue
teams, said. The group fell 200 metres
Innsbruck to their
fall to
Alps Alps
Monte Vioz
50 mi
on a steep slope covered with ice and
The climbers came from the Bavarian town of Alt鰐ting. The German
media reported that those who died
were aged between 34 and 70.
It was Austria?s most deadly fall this
year and one of a series of hiking deaths
across the Alps at the weekend. Two
Italians died after a group of nine climbers who were roped together fell into a
crevasse on a glacier in the Adamello
Brenta Park near Trento in northern
One of the group, made up of two
families, was thought to have lost balance and fallen into the crevasse, dragging down the eight others. A 14-yearold member of the group was believed
to have been seriously injured.
On Saturday an Italian climber died
when he was hit by boulders in the
Valtellina valley in Lombardy, northern
Italy. The same day a man died after
falling 120ft while hiking on Monte
Vioz, a peak between Lombardy and
In Switzerland officials called off a
search for eight hikers missing after a
landslide near the Italian border partly
buried the village of Bondo.
One hundred rescue workers, helicopters and dogs searched in vain for
the four Germans, two Austrians and
two Swiss after four million cubic
metres of mud and debris formed a
500m wide wall that careered down the
Piz Cengalo mountain on Wednesday.
Geologists have warned of further
landslides in the area. They suggested
that the cause is long-term changes in
the rock formation, as well as the melting of permafrost within the rock face.
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Islamic State citadel
falls to Iraqi forces
Baghdad Iraqi forces have retaken
almost all of Tal Afar, Islamic
State?s northwest stronghold, after
eight days of fighting. Clashes
continued outside the city in
al-Ayadiya, where militants who
had fled were hiding out,
Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool
said. Iraqi forces were waiting to
retake the area before declaring
complete victory, he added. Tal
Afar was the latest objective in
the American-backed war against
the jihadist group after the
recapture of Mosul. Such a quick
collapse of Islamic State in Tal
Afar would support Iraqi military
reports that the militants lack
command and control structures
west of Mosul. (Reuters)
Finland killer identified
Helsinki The Moroccan asylum
seeker who has admitted killing
two women and wounding eight
other people in the Finnish city of
Turku gave a false name when he
entered the country last year.
Police have now identified the
man, who had claimed to be
Abderrahman Mechkah, aged 18.
They have not revealed his real
name but say that he was born in
Morocco in 1994 and had been
refused asylum. (Reuters)
Religious rite Pilgrims walk seven times around the Kaaba, Islam?s holiest site in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, for haj, which attracts 1.4 million Muslims this week
Thousands of Muslims head for
border as Burma army opens fire
Richard Lloyd Parry Asia Editor
Burmese security forces fired on fleeing civilians as thousands of people
tried to escape continued fighting
between the army and militant members of a persecuted Muslim minority.
According to official figures, at least
98 people have died, including 80 militants and 12 soldiers or police, since
armed members of the Rohingya ethnic
group launched co-ordinated attacks
on police and army posts in the far west
of Burma.
The authorities reported that 4,000
non-Muslims, most of them Buddhists,
were evacuated from the remote
Rakhine state. Some of the thousands
of Rohingya attempting to escape in the
other direction into neighbouring
Bangladesh have been shot and killed
close to the border.
Reporters and aid workers on the
Bangladeshi side of the Naf river, which
divides the countries, said they heard
rifles and mortars being fired from the
A Rohingya mother at a township in
Rakhine state after fleeing her village
00 miless
Cox?s Baza
River Naf
Bay of Bengal
border here
Burmese shore as Rohingya attempted
to cross on Saturday.
Bangladeshi media reported that at
least one man died of bullet wounds
after reaching the town of Chittagong,
close to the Burmese border. More than
12 others were being treated for gunshot wounds in hospitals in the area.
One injured survivor, Moktar Hossain, said civilian Buddhist militias and
Burmese security forces were attacking
Rohingya villages in reprisal for the
attacks on Friday by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
?Police and army are shooting
indiscriminately at whoever comes to
their sight,? he told the news website
BD News 24. ?No one can survive there.
They are killing everyone they see.? He
said that he had been separated from
his wife, baby son and parents and did
not know their fate.
Another man, Mohammad Zafar, 70,
said: ?They fired so close [to me] that I
cannot hear anything now. They came
with rods and sticks to drive us to the
border yelling, ?Bengali bastards!? ?
Many Burmese refuse to accept the
word Rohingya, the name used by more
than a million stateless Muslims who
survive precariously in Rakhine. Many
have lived in Burma for generations but
officially they are treated as illegal
Bengali immigrants and denied citizenship, welfare, and free movement.
Since 2012, attacks on their communities by local Buddhists have driven
hundreds of thousands of Rohingya
into internal refugee camps in Burma
and across the border into Bangladesh.
Local leaders have warned that the
displaced and alienated population was
vulnerable to the lure of violence and
last October the previously unknown
ARSA attacked border posts, killing
police and seizing guns and ammunition. The response to those attacks by
the Burmese army has been described
by human rights organisations and UN
agencies as ethnic cleansing.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace
laureate and Burmese leader, has
refused to condemn the violence
against the Rohingya.
Tokyo attacked for ?rewriting Korea massacre history?
Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
It is one of the world?s forgotten massacres, an ethnic slaughter that followed
Japan?s worst natural disaster. Now
authorities in Tokyo stand accused of
suppressing the truth about the killing
of thousands of Koreans after an
earthquake almost a century ago.
Each year previous governors of
Tokyo have deplored the lynching of an
estimated 6,000 Koreans that took
place after the Great Kanto earthquake.
This year the incumbent, Yuriko Koike,
has refused to do so after lobbying by
right-wing nationalists who insist that
the slaughter is a fiction.
Last year, like all Tokyo governors
since 1973, Ms Koike put her name to
the statement acknowledging that ?a
large number of Korean residents were
killed and suffered for no reason . . . a
truly rare and heart-wrenching incident of our country?s history?.
This year she has declined to do so, in
what activists say is the latest example
of historical revisionism by the nationalist right. A confrontation is feared on
the 94th anniversary of the earthquake
on Friday between mourners marking
the massacre and rightwingers who
deny that it ever happened.
?This decision is wrong,? Hideo Akaishi, secretary-general of the JapanKorea Association, said. ?If Governor
Koike wants to establish Tokyo as a ?city
of peace? for the Olympics in 2020, she
should acknowledge the dark side of
our history.?
Some 140,000 people died when a
magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Tokyo
and Yokohama on September 1, 1923,
causing fires that incinerated the cities?
largely wooden buildings. After the dis-
aster, rumours spread that Koreans living in Japan were poisoning drinking
wells and rioting. Gangs of vigilantes,
including soldiers and police, beat and
hacked Koreans to death. Some Chinese were also attacked.
Since the election in 2012 of Shinzo
Abe, the conservative prime minister,
an increasing number of Japanese
politicians have spoken up to deny the
historical consensus about dark chapters of the country?s wartime history
such as the Rape of Nanking and the
existence of military sex slaves known
as ?comfort women?.
38 die in guru protests
Delhi India will deploy thousands
of police and suspend internet
services in Punjab and Haryana
for the sentencing today of
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the
guru whose followers rioted after
he was convicted of rape on
Friday. Singh?s cult, Dera Sacha
Sauda, has a vast following. Most
of the violence was in Haryana,
where mobs set fire to buildings
and cars. At least 38 people died
and 200 were injured. (Reuters)
Families? burial protest
Mogadishu Somali families are
refusing to bury the bodies of ten
relatives, including three children,
until the government takes
responsibility for killing them in a
US-backed military attack on
Islamists in Bariire, 30 miles from
the capital. Ali Nur, the deputy
regional governor, said that the
families should be compensated.
The US Africa Command said it
was investigating reports of
civilian casualties. (Reuters)
Cargo ship breaks up
Ankara Eleven merchant seamen
were rescued as their cargo ship
broke in two in the Black Sea off
northwest Turkey. The Leonardo,
registered in Mongolia, started
buckling while anchored at
Kilyos, near Istanbul. Half of the
114m vessel was towed ashore by
tugboats as the remainder was
gradually sinking. Turkish media
said the ship, built in 1975, had
been going to the Tuzla dockyard
in Istanbul for repairs. (Reuters)
Palatial national library
Jerusalem A Palestinian
presidential palace is to be turned
into a national library after its
$17.5 million cost was questioned.
Work on the complex near
Ramallah in the West Bank
started five years ago, paid for by
the finance ministry and a donor
fund. President Abbas, who
oversees a cash-strapped
administration, believes that the
palace should now be used for
public benefit, officials said. (AFP)
the times | Monday August 28 2017
I was a thug for
Ku Klux Klan,
confesses priest
United States
Will Pavia New York
When a Catholic priest warned his
flock about the ?hateful and vile? white
supremacists who had recently
amassed on a college campus in Virginia he was speaking from experience.
?What most people do not know
about me is that as an impressionable
young man I was a member of the Ku
Klux Klan,? said Father William Aitcheson, 62, from Arlington. ?It?s public information but it rarely comes up.?
In the late 1970s he was an active
member of a paramilitary KKK unit
that set fire to crosses and planted them
outside synagogues and in the front
garden of Philip and Barbara Butler,
who were black and had moved to predominantly a white neighbourhood on
the edge of Washington. Frank RausWilliam Aitcheson
threatened to kill
Martin Luther
King?s widow
Arrest over shot
fired at rally
man who allegedly shot
at counter-protesters at
a white supremacist
rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia this month has been
charged with firing a weapon
within 1,000 feet of a school
(Boer Deng writes).
Richard Wilson Preston, 52,
was arrested on Saturday after
being identified in a video of the
incident. Two weeks after the
?Unite the Right? rally, only a
handful of people have been
arrested. Dozens were injured in
clashes between counterprotesters and white supremacist
groups and one woman died after
a car was driven into a group of
anti-racist demonstrators.
chenberg, an undercover policeman
who infiltrated Aitcheson?s KKK group,
said that he had posted two threatening
letters to Coretta Scott King, Martin
Luther King?s widow. One said: ?Africa
or death by lynching, take your pick.?
Another warned her to ?stay off the
University of Maryland campus or you
will die?. He said that Aitcheson was obsessed with constructing pipe bombs
and talked about placing one against
the Butlers? door. In his house police
found a 9mm Browning pistol, an AR18 semi-automatic assault rifle and
4,500 rounds of ammunition along
with survival rations.
He was jailed for three months and,
in 1982, was ordered to pay the Butlers
$23,000 in damages. In a newspaper interview Mrs Butler said: ?He?s sleeping
fine wherever he is, but he?s changed
my whole life.?
Their lawyer doubted that they
would be paid because Aitcheson had
no assets. The paper reported that he ?is
said to have left the state and the Klan
and found God?.
In fact he was studying at a seminary
in Rome. He was ordained in Las Vegas
and then moved back to Virginia. Four
decades later Father Aitcheson wrote
of his past in The Arlington Catholic
Herald. ?When I think back on burning
crosses, a threatening letter and so on,
I feel as though I am speaking of somebody else,? he wrote. ?It?s hard to believe
that was me.?
He decided to exhume his past after
seeing the images of white supremacists marching with torches through a
campus in Charlottesville. ?The images
. . . brought back memories of a bleak
period in my life that I would have preferred to forget. The reality is we cannot
forget, we should not forget.?
He offered a message to white supremacists: ?Your hate will never be satisfied and your anger will never subside.?
He had asked to step away from his
public ministry temporarily ?for the
wellbeing of the church and parish
community?. Members of his congregation praised his record as a pastor and
some mentioned St Paul on the road to
Damascus. The Butlers have declined
to comment, because ?to do so would
bring back difficult memories?.
Big time is
calling for
the world?s
tiniest hippo
er double
chin, ample
girth and
willingness to
show her
bottom to the camera
may not make her the
most obvious choice for a
televisual career in some
people?s eyes (Jacqui
Goddard writes).
In the celebrity world,
however, Fiona ? a
body-positive beauty with
a thick skin ? is set to
become a star of sizeable
proportions. The baby
hippopotamus, whose
premature birth at
Cincinnati zoo and
subsequent fight for life
earned her a place in
hippo history as the
smallest of her species to
survive, has landed her
own internet show.
?This is an inspirational
story of survival, of love,
of struggle, of joy and of
hope,? the Ohio zoo said
in a statement as it
Fiona, a hippopotamus who
born six weeks prematurely,
now has her own internet
show on Facebook
prepared for the launch
of The Fiona Show on
Facebook this week. ?We
invite you into the world
of Fiona. She will capture
your heart,? it added.
Born in January six
weeks premature and at
only 13kg (29lb), less than
half the average birth
weight for a hippo, Fiona
was too weak to stand or
suckle and had difficulty
with her digestion and
regulating her
metabolism. To give her a
fighting chance, she was
removed from her
mother and raised by a
team of carers who
worked in shifts around
the clock to give her
strength. She was put on
an intravenous drip to
receive fluids, dextrose
and supplements and
during the most intensive
period was fed 40 eightounce bottles of her
mother?s milk, mixed
with formula, each day.
Last month she was
reunited with her mother,
Bibi, and 3,345lb father,
Henry ? whom she had
previously been able to
see and greet only
through a ?howdy fence?
between their pens ?
and joined them in their
65,000-gallon pool in the
zoo?s Hippo Cove area.
She is still bottle fed but
is also trying solid foods,
including beetroot pulp,
watermelon, grains,
apples, bananas and
lettuce. Now aged seven
months and weighing
451lb (205kg), Fiona is
ready for the big time.
The zoo, whose staff
have maintained a blog
since the day after she
was born, will showcase
her remarkable struggle
in a six-part series on
Watch, a new Facebook
platform, from tomorrow.
She receives fan mail
every day and has a line
of merchandise that has
helped the zoo to reap
extra income for her and
other animals? care.
There are Fiona T-shirts
and mugs, Fiona playing
cards, Fiona ice cream,
Fiona beer and Fiona
cookies. The local
sheriff ?s department even
made her an honorary
Amy Labarbara,
Cincinnati zoo?s
marketing co-ordinator,
said: ?It feels absolutely
amazing to be able to say
that our sweet little Fiona
has finally made it to this
place. In spite of the
many, many hardships
Fiona has had to
overcome in her little life,
her fighting spirit and
incredible will has helped
her to prevail.?
Stop poaching girl scouts, rival told Musk?s mission: a robot
that can read your mind
Boer Deng Washington
The head of the Girl Scouts movement
in the US has accused her counterpart
for the Boy Scouts of running a covert
operation to recruit girls in an attempt
to boost declining membership.
Kathy Hopinkah Hannan believes
that the Boy Scouts of America is
planning a change to its constitution to
allow female members for the first time
in its history.
In a letter to Randall Stephenson, the
head of the boys? organisation, Ms
Hopinkah Hannan claimed that his
group was ?surreptitiously testing the
appeal of a girls? offering to millennial
parents? and that it had made ?disparaging and untrue remarks? about the
Girl Scouts as part of the tactic.
The proposal by the Boy Scouts to
allow in girls, which has yet to be finalised, threatened to undermine more
than a century of partnership between
the two organisations, Ms Hopkinah
Hannan said. Boy Scouts should focus
on recruiting more boys, she added. ?It
is inherently dishonest to claim to be a
single gender organisation while
simultaneously endeavouring upon a
co-ed model.?
Membership for both organisations
has been in decline for years, with each
losing about one million members
since the peak of their popularity in the
mid-20th century. Participation now
stands at about 1.8 million for girls and
2.35 million for boys.
A changing world has forced both
groups to modernise, trying to update
their appeal to young people who are
drawn more to social media than youth
camps. Both groups began introducing
?badges? or awards related to technology-related tasks rather than sewing
and swimming. The Girl Scouts, fa-
mous for selling biscuits, began allowing members to sell them online in 2015.
Boy Scouts of America welcomed
gay members in 2013, overruling the
objection of some conservative groups,
many of which sponsor the organisation. Unlike their British counterparts,
the US scouts? pledge includes a
promise to be ?morally straight?.
Further liberalisation followed this
year when transgender boys were allowed to join.
Although the changes have helped
stem the decline, membership numbers
remain stagnant.
Ms Hopkinah Hannan clearly sees
the Boy Scouts? plan to recruit girls as a
step too far in the fight to boost membership. ?I formally request that your
organisation stays focused on serving
the 90 per cent of American boys not
currently participating in Boy Scouts,?
she wrote to Mr Stephenson.
Jacqui Goddard Miami
A company with a $100 million mission
to create ?superbrains? is recruiting
scientists and engineers to press on
with its mysterious sci-fi agenda.
Neuralink, which was founded by the
billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk,
aims to develop ways of linking human
brains with computers, to beat diseases
such as cancer and to develop telepathic communication.
?We?re building a team of multidisciplinary experts and doers who are
dedicated to changing the world,? the
company said on its website.
Mr Musk, the chief executive of the
electric car company Tesla, has raised
$27 million from investors but until
now details of Neuralink?s goals were
kept secret. Its aim is to create ?brainto-machine interfaces? (BMIs) that
could help to repair brain injuries such
as lesions caused by cancer, or the
effects of a stroke or epilepsy.
Mr Musk hopes that it will also develop BMIs that would allow people to
communicate with each other brain to
brain, without speech or the written
word, and to connect to the digital
world through the power of thought.
Tim Urban, a writer for the technology website Wait But Why, said: ?Your
car will pull up to your house and your
mind will open the car door. You?ll walk
up to the house and your mind will
unlock and open the front door. You?ll
think about wanting coffee and the
coffee maker will get that going . . . None
of this stuff will take any effort.?
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
In the heat and chaos of Cairo an army
of couriers has sprung up, delivering
food, a barber and even x-ray machines
Bel Trew
he doorbell of my Cairo
flat rings. A five-man
medical team arrives
including two who are
carrying an x-ray
machine. Earlier that morning I
had ordered a doctor through a
medical delivery service called
Tabibi 24/7. She examined me on
my sofa and sent a team round that
afternoon. The x-ray and blood test
were conducted in my living room
and the results were couriered to
me the next day. For the entire
process, which cost less than �
and diagnosed a chest infection, I
didn?t even get out of my pyjamas.
There has long been a delivery
culture in Egypt?s cities driven by
the searing heat, crumbling
infrastructure and clogged roads.
You can have almost anything sent
to you, such as prescription drugs,
documents, a barber or a single
brownie. Most restaurants,
pharmacies, supermarkets and
salons have their own six-digit
delivery number.
But there is a darker side to the
luxury of having everything
delivered. Labour is woefully cheap,
a third of the population lives below
the poverty line and the youth
unemployment rate is more than
23 per cent. The Egyptian pound
lost half its value last year after the
government decided to float it. The
devaluation of the currency has put
pressure on households, but has
also had the peculiar effect of
encouraging low-cost sectors such
as the service industry.
For many, weaving in and out of
the traffic on a delivery motorbike
or bicycle for less than a � a day
has become one of the only ways to
make a living.
?The delivery culture has spread
Labour is very cheap in Egypt and
bike couriers earn under � a day
more in Egypt for many reasons,?
says Kiro, who has his own delivery
empire within the middle-class
neighbourhood of Garden City. The
young man used to work for a
grocer?s but became so popular that
he now has an order book of his
own customers who want
everything from pastries to
prescriptions brought to their door
for a small fee. He works eight
hours a day and is paid tips of
between 3p and �
?About 60 per cent of my clients
are 80 to 90 years old. These people
can?t always carry groceries,? he
said. ?Some of the rich families
bring up their children knowing
they can buy anything. But it
doesn?t explain why my delivery
service is used in poor
neighbourhoods and among
foreigners who are taught to do
everything themselves.?
Entrepreneurs are also cashing in
on the delivery craze in Egypt.
Apps, such as Mumm and Zeit
Zeitoun offer women a platform to
earn a living making home-cooked
food for delivery.
Vodafone Egypt has created Red
Personal Assistant. For �a month
it will take care of your errands
including delivering groceries,
arranging bus tickets and sorting
out paperwork.
The most ambitious is Elves,
developed by five young Egyptians
and launched in the US. You can
ask the ?elves? for anything and the
35 who are based in Egypt will find
it for you ? often for nothing more
than a small delivery fee.
The company, which uses
artificial intelligence to speed up
answers to inquiries, organises
everything from delivering a cat
litter tray to rebooking flights. The
most elaborate request they had
was from a man who wanted to
propose to his girlfriend on a
secluded beach. ?He wanted a
dinner table in the water and a
violinist. We organised it all in the
Red Sea,? said Karim Elsahy, the
company?s founder.
He said that Elves and similar
delivery services worked better in
countries such as Egypt where
?accomplishing normality is a task
itself ?. He added: ?Life is hard here,
it is a nightmare, even doing the
most basic task can be difficult.
Elves is about taking care of stuff
for you, so you don?t have to.?
People here in Cairo, it seems,
will happily pay anything for that.
Dressed to kill:
fashion show
for gun owners
United States
Jacqui Goddard Miami
Models flaunted clothes and accessories to die for at a fashion show organised by the National Rifle Association
as it told critics: ?We?re coming for you.?
?Looking for the perfect product to
conceal your firearm for everyday activities?? the NRA asked gun enthusiasts on an invitation to its Women?s
Concealed Carry Fashion Show in Milwaukee, promising an event to ?top
your list of things to experience?.
The show featured ideas for use in the
?casual and corporate environment?,
using models in everyday clothes slipping toy guns into holsters, handbags,
socks and corsets made by manufacturers with names such as Femme Fatale,
Lethal Lace and Packin? Neat.
The event was part of a three-day
NRA expo that drew protests from guncontrol campaigners. Among their targets was an insurance policy that covers
gun owners who legally use a firearm to
shoot and kill someone in self-defence.
?It?s essentially murder insurance,?
Sam Alford, a protest organiser, said.
The NRA has been fighting back with
inflammatory videos. ?Consider this
the shot across your proverbial
bow . . . We?re coming for you,? Dana
Loesch, a spokeswoman, says in a clip.
Joe Plenzler, a former member, wrote
in The Daily Beast: ?It seems like they?ve
gone well out of the bounds of any sort
of sane, responsible behaviour.?
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pensions of
former staff
Patrick Hosking
The Polish fashion chain Reserved is due to open at the former BHS site in Oxford Street. Elsewhere high streets are struggling to recover from the closures
Four in five BHS stores
still vacant after collapse
Budget retailers among first to snap up sites
Alex Ralph
Four in five BHS stores lie vacant a year
after the department store chain closed
its doors as the failure of the retailer
continues to haunt the high street.
Of the 160 stores that were closed last
August 96 remain unoccupied, or
60 per cent of the estate. When those
which have deals exchanged, are awaiting planning permission or have been
set aside for redevelopment are included the figure rises to almost 82 per cent,
according to figures prepared by the
Local Data Company for The Times and
the BBC.
The struggle to replace the department stores 16 months after BHS collapsed into administration underlines
the challenge for communities and
landlords to revitalise neglected high
Such is the extent of the problem that
no region has a reoccupancy rate above
50 per cent. In the southwest and east of
England only one store out of 15 and 17
respectively has been taken up. In Scotland all 16 remain vacant, according to
the figures, including on Princes Street
in Edinburgh.
The findings come as the fallout over
the failure of BHS shows no signs of
abating. The Pensions Regulator last
week moved to prosecute Dominic
Chappell, the former owner of BHS, for
allegedly failing to provide information
and documents that it requested during
its investigation into the sale of the
chain. He has been summonsed to
appear at Brighton magistrates? court
on September 20.
The chain was sold by the family of
Sir Philip Green, the retail tycoon, for �to Retail Acquisitions, a consortium
headed by Mr Chappell, in March 2015.
The failure of the 88-year-old
company led to the loss of about 11,000
jobs and left a �1 million pension
deficit, triggering a political and public
Sir Philip agreed to pay �3 million
to the pension scheme amid investigations from the Pensions Regulator, calls
that he should be stripped of his knighthood and a damning report by a joint
House of Commons committee.
His payment has failed to take the
sting out of the scandal with Frank
Field, chairman of the Commons? work
and pensions select committee, who
co-headed the investigation, last week
accusing the Pensions Regulator of
being ?frightened of landing the whale?
and instead ?going after the sprat?.
Mr Field has also threatened to
reignite the row by claiming that he has
new details about the collapse of BHS
which will make Sir Philip a ?little
seasick?. He did not elaborate. Sir Philip
said that he was saddened by the collapse of BHS, which had been part of a
group that includes Topshop, Topman
and Miss Selfridge, and has strongly
defended his handling of the sale.
Budget retailers are among businesses that have taken up 25 BHS stores, including Primark, which has taken four.
The Range has acquired three, Poundworld Extra two while Next, Sports Direct and TK Maxx have also agreed to
take on sites.
Retailers are unlikely to take up a
considerable amount of the rest but
there has been interest from the leisure
sector, with the potential for a gym in
Taunton and cinema in Glasgow.
The stores that have been reoccupied
tend to be in more prosperous parts in
the country, such as Knaresborough in
North Yorkshire, Redditch in Worcestershire, Solihull in the West Midlands,
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Most of the five million people who
have valuable pension rights clocked up
from previous jobs are being neglected
by their ex-employers, the former
pensions minister says.
Sir Steven Webb said that employers
and trustees were not doing enough to
keep past workers informed about their
pension benefits ? which could often
be more valuable than their homes.
He estimated that between �0 billion and �trillion was contained in
deferred pension rights in Britain.
?There?s an awful lot more they could
and should be doing,? he said.
When people change jobs they usually choose to preserve their pension
benefits with their former employer,
becoming so-called deferred pension
fund members.
However, employers give them much
less attention than existing staff, or ?active? pension fund members, according
to a joint report from the insurer Royal
London and actuaries Lane Clark &
Peacock. They are often not told about
the many options available and hear
nothing from their former employers
for years. Some may not even be aware
they are beneficiaries of potentially
huge sums, nor that they may be able to
take early retirement.
Most defined benefit schemes do not
automatically spell out to deferred
members the size of the transfer values
of their benefits. Rock-bottom bond
yields have dramatically magnified
transfer values, while new pension
freedoms can make it much easier for
people to access the money.
Sir Steven, who is director of policy at
Royal London, said: ?Some people may
have little idea that, for example, a deferred pension last valued at �000 a
year a decade ago could now be worth
a lump sum of well over �0,000.
People may be sitting on a fortune and
have no idea.?
The research found that only 10 per
cent of schemes write to members well
before normal pension age to explain
their options. In addition, four in five
schemes did not make members aware
they could take early retirement.
The report recommended that employers should be compelled to provide
more timely and detailed information.
New European legislation known as
IORP II, which is due to come into force
just before Brexit in March 2019, means
it may become law anyway.
It also recommended a change in the
law to compel employers to allow
deferred members to transfer out just a
portion of their pension rights. Currently most are given an all-or-nothing
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
The papers
The Sunday Times
Imperial Brands and Japan
Tobacco International, two global
cigarette giants, are preparing a
rescue plan for Palmer and
Harvey, the tobacco wholesaler, as
it teeters on the brink of collapse
Crisis-hit Provident Financial
could be forced to pay more than
�0 million in compensation to
customers for mis-selling products
said to be similar to payment
protection insurance
A government-backed plan to
create four new British biotech
titans worth more than � billion
each is to be unveiled this week
when Sir John Bell reveals his
recommendations for an industrial
strategy for the life sciences sector
The Sunday Telegraph
Peter Crook, who stepped down as
Provident Financial chief
executive last week after a second
profits warning, raked in more
than � million during his decade
in the role at the troubled doorstep
Astrazeneca is planning to
increase production at
Macclesfield, its biggest
manufacturing site in Britain, in a
boost for the country?s stalling life
sciences industry ? only a month
ago the chief executive put all UK
capital investment decisions on ice
because of Brexit uncertainty
Anglo American will move into
the former home of its De Beers
diamond operations in
Charterhouse Street, central
London, after the mining giant
confirmed that plans to sell the
property had been ditched
The Mail on Sunday
Peter Crook, the former boss of
doorstep lender Provident
Financial, amassed a � million
personal fortune during his decade
at the company by selling costly
loans to vulnerable, low income
Young Britons? hope that the
house price crash will let them buy
a home could be thwarted,
according to economists David
Miles and James Sefton who say
home values could carry on rising
until the typical property costs 15
times the average income
Poorer customers could be
exempted from paying ?green?
energy taxes included in bills and
pay just for what they use under
plans being drawn up by leading
power firms
Sunday Express
The government is set to unveil
new safeguards that it claims will
prevent privately owned firms
from collapsing, such as BHS, as
part of its long-awaited crackdown
on corporate excess
Premier League football clubs are
on track in this transfer window to
break the �38 billion spending
record for an entire season,
Deloitte, the accountant, says
Finisterre, the British surf brand, is
pioneering a design project to
develop the world?s first wetsuits
made from discarded synthetic
rubber ones
Nursery for chief
executives built on
letting talent grow
In the first of a five-part
series on the companies
that have become the
finishing schools for the
corporate elite,
Alexandra Frean looks
at Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble?s products have
dominated kitchens and bathrooms
around the world for years and to many
their names have the feel of family
friends: Ariel, Fairy, Pampers, Pantene.
Formed in 1837 as a small partnership in
America?s Midwest it expanded into a
global empire and also established
itself as a breeding
ground for talent.
The list of alumni
who have gone on to
become chief executives is long.
In Europe it includes Paul Polman
of Unilever, Gavin
Patterson of BT,
Direct Line?s Paul
Darroch. Among its star performers in
the United States are Meg Whitman of
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Patrice
Louvet of Ralph Lauren, the General
Electric chairman and former chief executive Jeff Immelt and Steve Ballmer,
former chief executive of Microsoft.
All are living proof that a background
in marketing, with responsibility for
developing a single product, however
narrow or ephemeral, can be as instructive in the development of future
chief executives as one in finance. And
all bear witness to the lasting benefits of
P&G?s exacting training regime.
?They give you the opportunity to
run a brand at the age of 23 or 24. That
was appealing to me. I wanted to learn
to run a business,? says Mr Patterson,
who joined P&G as a graduate trainee
in 1991 and was soon made European
marketing manager at Pantene. Despite this reputation for leadership, the
company has no room for complacency. Last month it announced that it had
set aside $35 million to fight off
attempts by Nelson Peltz, who owns
$3.3 billion of its shares, to win a seat on
the board. The activist investor is critical of P&G?s ?overly complex organisational structure and slow moving and
insular culture? and expects to spend
$25 million in what has been billed as
the biggest proxy war in the US.
Whatever the outcome, one thing is
sure. P&G?s influence on the world?s
boardrooms will continue long after
the ripples have died down. Its policy of
hiring only from within and growing its
own leaders has been diluted over the
years, but it retains its reputation for
rigorous talent selection and providing
serious leadership opportunities very
early in people?s careers.
P&G was among the first in America
to invest in both a product research
laboratory and in market research and
is known for using innovative
techniques, including radio ?soap operas?. It has maintained a simple philosophy throughout
its history: create
products that make
customers? everyday
lives a little bit better
and easier, says Tom
Moody, vice president and managing
director for P&G in Northern Europe.
This means constantly reinventing
existing products to give customers a
compelling reason to keep buying
them. ?You are taught that if you don?t
?dinosaur? your products, or make then
obsolete, then somebody else will,? says
Mike Power, who spent 32 years at P&G
in finance and employee services
before becoming chief operating officer
of the bid team for London 2012.
Anyone who has ever worked for
P&G understands the significance of
the one-page memo. All proposals, no
matter how big, must be expressed on
one side of paper and honed through
dozens of drafts before they can
progress up the hierarchy.
?You are trained to write business
proposals in a detailed and succinct
way with a razor-like focus on evidence.
It gives you a framework for addressing
business issues,? says Philip Jansen,
chief executive of Worldpay, who
joined P&G as a graduate trainee in
The company expanded into healthcare, cosmetics and snack foods, but hit
difficulties in 2000 when it missed
earnings commitments and saw its
share price plunge dramatically, wiping
nearly $50 billion from its market capitalisation within months. On the path
to recovery it merged with Gillette in
2005. More recently it has fallen behind
on innovation and on keeping up with
the kinds of products consumers want
to buy as well as the way people want to
shop. In the past five years it has cut
34,000 jobs and slashed its product
portfolio from 170 brands to 65, as
growth slowed and it lost market share.
A relatively upbeat quarterly earnings report in July, showing a 2 per cent
increase in organic sales, has bought
the company some time and shown its
But it still faces challenges, not least
from Amazon, which is investing in
its own-label consumer goods, and
from upstart rivals using subscription-based sales models, such as
Dollar Shave Club, recently
bought by its rival Unilever.
Despite their admiration for the
company that launched their careers,
some leading P&G alumni question its
traditions, particularly its policy, now
significantly relaxed, of promoting
from within.
Ann Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, who
joined P&G after her MBA
in 1986, rising to global
general manager, says that
while this creates a collegiate spirit, it has drawbacks. ?It means that
everybody has travelled
the same path. That?s
because you don?t get
agility of thought that you
need in today?s fast-paced
world,? she says.
Patrick Hosking on the
influence of McKinsey
Give Britain an easier Brexit, urge German bosses
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
German business has urged European
negotiators to agree a transition period
for Brexit as part of a joint call by lobby
groups on both sides of the channel to
end uncertainty.
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry
(DIHK) and the British Chambers of
Commerce have issued a statement
calling on politicians to ?put shared
economic interests first? in particular
by agreeing temporary customs
arrangements and to work quickly
towards outline terms of a trade deal.
The intervention by the DIHK will
be welcomed by UK negotiators before
the third round of talks start this week.
The government set out position
papers on customs, Northern Ireland
and dispute resolution over the summer to clarify its stance and is keen to
secure a transition deal of at least two
years. It wants to leave the single
market at the point of Brexit in 2019 but
to have a bridging customs deal in place
to minimise disruption to trade. Labour
has suggested transitioning from within the single market.
Brussels has said that it would consider transition but only if there was
progress on other parts of the negotiation, such as the divorce bill. The DIHK
appeared to suggest that a transition
should be established regardless.
Martin Wansleben, its chief executive, said: ?Businesses are very concerned that Brexit will have a major
negative impact. Not only could it lead
to more trade barriers, the terms of exit
are still unclear. A transitional period
would be helpful for business.?
A DIHK survey found that German
companies that trade with the UK are
pessimistic about their prospects,
because of the risk of costs caused by
limits on the free movement of workers,
fears about higher taxes and tariffs, and
difficulties at Europe?s new borders.
Mr Wansleben said: ?The first effects
of the Brexit vote are already being
observed. German exports to the UK
were down by 3 per cent in the first half
of this year compared to the first half of
last year, whilst exports to the EU
increased by 6 per cent.?
Settling a trade pact, and establishing
customs arrangements, is a high priority for both countries. The UK is the
third-largest market for German goods.
In turn, Germany is the UK?s secondlargest destination for the export of
goods and services.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Grateful for
early lesson
in crisis
hris Jansen, group chief
executive of Cognita, the
global private schools
group, was only 27 when,
as general manager of
Procter & Gamble in Ireland, the
punt dropped 10 cents in value in
1997 (Alexandra Frean writes).
?I remember thinking, ?that
doesn?t sound too bad?,? he says. But
panic set in when he realised it
would bring his profits down from
� million to � million. With his
finance director he spent the night
going through the company?s profits
and losses, cutting costs and raising
prices to change the mix and make
good the shortfall.
It was, he says, a baptism of fire
and one of a long line of lessons he
learnt after joining the company
from Cardiff University as a
graduate trainee, following in the
footsteps of his brother Philip, 50,
who went on to become chief
executive of Worldpay.
?At the time I had no genuine
understanding of the impact of
Chris Jansen dealt
with a currency
crash aged only 27
Proctor & Gamble?s brands, such as Pampers nappies and Ivory soap, are familiar to millions. The company has nursed
talent including Gavin Patterson of BT, Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft
High-flyers have to battle against the odds
recruits at
Procter &
Gamble can
expect to be given
responsibility for managing
a brand in a country within
three years of being hired,
so the company?s highly
regimented selection
process applies strict
criteria ? including
evidence of leadership
experience ? in the hope
of spotting those who can
take on big responsibilities
at a young age.
The odds of getting an
internship or graduate
BHS stores
remain vacant
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Kingston upon Thames and central
London. Seven of the fifteen stores in
the capital and its outskirts have
been reoccupied.
The store in Hartlepool, the former
seat of Iain Wright, the former chairman of the business select committee,
which also led the investigation into
BHS, has been occupied by B&M
Matthew Hopkinson, director at the
Local Data Company, attributed the
low level of reoccupation to the stores
position are tough. P&G
gets 24,000 applications a
year for 150 places in the
UK, Ireland and the Nordic
countries. Most are hired at
university recruitment fairs,
although candidates can
apply directly online. Those
who complete a summer
internship can expect to be
offered a job. The starting
salary for graduates is
about �,000 plus
P&G uses online tests to
measure skills and
accomplishments that may
not emerge from
interviews. Its Success
being large and over multiple floors. He
said that some had ?legacy issues such
as asbestos to deal with?.
?With large stores over multiple
floors come large rents and rates bills,
along with a format that is not conducive to modern retailing without a considerable cost to reconfigure the space,?
he said.
?Many of the stores are in locations
where the pitch has moved to another
part of the town or to a shopping centre
or in some cases a dominant retail
Mr Field said of the figures: ?The
poorer the area the more likely that Sir
Philip Green has left a dust bowl in
which it?s very difficult to get any
economic activity to counter the 11,000
jobs he destroyed.?
Drivers Assessment focuses
on work-related attitudes.
A typical multiple choice
question might ask: ?When
organising a work team,
you have selected those
who: have different
strengths; have the most
technical expertise;
cooperate with each other;
follow instructions; think
like you??
There is no right or
wrong answer. The
company is not looking for
mavericks but rather those
who will fit in with its
culture and conform to its
peak performance factors:
lead with courage, innovate
for growth, champion
productivity, execute with
excellence and bring out
the best.
Candidates may also be
asked to complete an online
cognitive test before
attending an initial
interview, where they will
be asked what makes them
tick and encouraged to talk
about previous
accomplishments and how
they might handle a
particular situation. There?s
a strong expectation that
they will ask plenty of
currencies. I do now, which is very
handy as I?m responsible for a global
business operating in eight
countries,? he says.
Mr Jansen, 47, started at P&G
selling Max Factor Creme Puff, a
compact powder, in Glasgow and
can still remember the colours.
?Dusky rose was one of the best
sellers,? says the man who went on
to become managing director of
British Airways and British Gas
Services and chief executive of the
AA before joining Cognita.
As part of its policy of piling heavy
responsibilities on young shoulders,
the company encourages the
youngest or least experienced
person in each meeting to speak
first. It could be daunting, but
fostered independent thought, Mr
Jansen recalls. P&G also taught him
the importance of evidence-based
analysis and a focus on the
?It would not be an overstatement
to say that the things I learned at
P&G have dominated my career for
the last 20 years,? Mr Jansen says.
Astrazeneca signals extra investment
Emily Gosden
Astrazeneca is preparing to announce a
multimillion-pound upgrade to its
operations in Macclesfield, despite
warning that uncertainty over the postBrexit regulatory regime was deterring
The drug company is expected to
unveil details of the plan to coincide
with the launch this week of a report
that sets out recommendations for an
industrial strategy for life sciences.
Astrazeneca?s site in Macclesfield
employs 1,800 people in manufacturing, packing and distribution roles. Pas-
cal Soriot, chief executive, warned last
month that the company would ?wait
to see? before committing to big new investment decisions in the UK, including over expanding a plant on the Macclesfield site that produces Zoladex, the
prostate and breast cancer drug.
The �0 million unit, which employs
300 people, is struggling to keep up with
higher-than-expected demand for the
drug from Asia. The group denied reports that it would press ahead with the
expansion but confirmed that it
planned investment elsewhere on the
site. ?Any larger investment decisions
in the manufacturing plant have not
been confirmed and are under consideration,? it said.
On Wednesday Sir John Bell, the
Oxford University professor, will set out
his proposals for a life sciences industrial strategy at an event in Birmingham.
The report is likely to include plans to
boost research and development,
possibly through tax breaks, as well as
improved collaboration between industry and the NHS, plus new apprenticeship and training schemes.
A government spokesman said: ?We
look forward to continuing our engagement with the sector and discussing
proposals when they are published.?
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Kraken field delays put pressure
on Enquest?s ?novice? contractor
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
Enquest?s choice of a contractor with
no North Sea or heavy oil experience to
work on its Kraken project has come
under scrutiny after delays forced executives to slash production forecasts.
Shares in the exploration company
have fallen by almost a fifth since it
warned last week that its output would
be significantly lower than expected
because of problems in increasing
production at Kraken.
Bumi Armada, a Malaysian company, was contracted to build and operate the floating production storage and
offloading (FPSO) vessel for the field.
Analysts expressed surprise at the
choice after Enquest confirmed that
Bumi had never worked in the North
Sea and suggested that its inexperience
may have contributed to the problems.
Kraken is also Bumi?s first project
producing heavy oil, which is more
complicated to process than most
lighter oil. The problems relate to the
specialist equipment used to separate
heavy oil from water.
Richard Hall, Enquest?s head of
major projects, told analysts: ?It?s a
familiarisation process for the offshore
crews: the first time that our FPSO operator has done work in the North Sea
and it?s the first time for some of the
crews with hydrocarbons on board.
?Now that the shifts have changed
and the guys who are coming back on
board have been privy to seeing hydrocarbons being processed we expect the
situation to improve quite quickly.?
Enquest?s rival Premier Oil, which is
preparing to start production at Catcher, this year?s other significant North
Sea field start-up, said that the choice of
contractor was one of several key differences between the two projects that
should help it avoid similar delays.
Tony Durrant, Premier?s chief executive, said it appeared that Bumi was
?still getting used to North Sea rules
and regulations? whereas BW Offshore, the FPSO contractor for Catcher, was ?much more experienced?.
Catcher also benefited from producing lighter oil and its FPSO had been
more extensively tested at its shipyard
in Singapore, from where it would set
sail imminently, he said. ?We hope and
Hedge funds have bolstered their short
positions in Carillion and AA amid City
fears that the summer?s biggest market
casualties may yet fall lower.
Provident Financial was stalked by
short-sellers before issuing its second
profit warning in three months last
week. Shares in the subprime banking
group fell by 66 per cent in a day,
heightening concern about prolonged
market dramas.
With speculation swirling that Carillion is still vulnerable after its profit
warning in July, the construction and
facilities management group has been
in the sights of short-sellers over recent
days. Official filings show that TT
International, the asset manager, has
taken its position to more than 1.5 per
cent of the company?s shares.
Shorters are also circling AA, the
roadside recovery group, which has endured a bumpy ride since announcing
The chancellor will emphasise
the importance of regional
growth in the build-up to the
autumn budget by visiting cities
around the country. Philip
Hammond is championing efforts
within government to boost
productivity in the UK and has
previously drawn attention to the
prize on offer if regions outside of
London can be helped to raise
their game.
Trips to the north of England
will also underline the
government?s commitment to
investing more in infrastructure
for the region. George Osborne,
the former chancellor, last week
suggested that Theresa May
could ?relaunch? her flagging
premiership with a commitment
to the north of England. The
visits are not expected to be used
for launching policy but to take
advice from local businesses and
as an effort to demonstrate that
the government is not Londoncentric.
General Electric boss
pulls out of Uber race
A favourite to become the next
chief executive of Uber has
dropped out of the running. Jeff
Immelt, who stepped down as
boss of General Electric, said that
he had ?decided not to pursue a
leadership position? at the
troubled taxi-hailing company.
He added in a tweet: ?I have
immense respect for the
company & founders.?
Uber is struggling to replace
Travis Kalanick, a co-founder
who bowed to pressure in June
and resigned. The board had
been expected to make a decision
this weekend, according to
reports. Meg Whitman, the chief
executive of Hewlett Packard
Enterprise, is also in the running.
Bumi Armada is building and operating Enquest?s vessels although it has no experience in the North Sea or with heavy oil
have a high level of confidence that all
will be well on arrival.? Victoria
McCulloch, an analyst at RBC Capital
Markets, said: ?Using Bumi certainly
appears to have made the initial rampup more challenging.? She said that the
surprising choice was probably because
Bumi would have been a cheaper
option at the time Kraken was sanctioned in 2013, when oil prices were still
high and ?oilfield services companies
faced a high demand for their capabilities?.
Enquest has said that Bumi will receive ?significantly reduced rates? for
the FPSO until it was running properly.
A spokesman for Enquest said: ?Bumi
Armada is an experienced owner and
operator of FPSOs globally. The Kraken FPSO is one of the largest vessels in
the North Sea and while the ramp-up is
taking longer than expected we are
very pleased with the reservoir which
will deliver peak production in the first
half of 2018.? A spokesman for Bumi
said that it owned and operated seven
FPSOs globally and although Kraken
was its first in the North Sea ?everyone
involved in the unit has significant
North Sea and FPSO experience?.
Short-sellers circling over Tobacco groups join forces to
troubled Carillion and AA prop up Palmer and Harvey
Callum Jones Markets Reporter
Hammond heads north
in pre-budget tour
the abrupt departure of Bob Mackenzie,
its executive chairman, after ?gross
misconduct? this month. Man GLG,
the investment manager, adjusted its
position to 1.8 per cent and TT International took its position to 0.9 per cent.
To short a company investors borrow
shares and then sell them, hoping to
buy them back later for less, return
them to the lender and keep the
Investors and analysts were paying
particular attention to shorting activity
last week after institutions including
AQR, Systematica and Landsdowne
Partners increased their positions in
Provident Financial. Shares in the company, which is expected to be relegated
from the FTSE 100 this week, had
already crashed almost 81 per cent over
the course of the summer.
Institutions are obliged to declare
their short positions in companies to
the Financial Conduct Authority when
they breach 0.5 per cent.
Emily Gosden
Imperial Brands and Japan Tobacco are
drawing up plans to rescue Palmer and
Harvey, the tobacco and groceries
The cigarette companies have appointed EY and Deloitte respectively to
help advise on options to support Palmer and Harvey, which plays a big role in
distributing their products to supermarkets and stores.
The appointment off the
restructuring experts,
first reported by Thee
Sunday Times, comes
as Palmer and Harvey battles to meet a
� million debt repayment deadline.
The group, which
Palmer and Harvey
delivers to 90,000
sites across Britain
had revenues of �4 billion but made a
�.3 million loss last year, has been
attempting to cut its costs to make it
more attractive to possible buyers.
Would-be purchasers are thought to
be worried by its balance sheet and the
potential impact of Tesco?s proposed
takeover of Booker, a rival food, drink
and tobacco wholesaler. Tesco is Palmer and Harvey?s biggest customer, accounting for 40 per cent of revenues.
Imperia and Japan Tobacco
provide financial support
this yyear to bail out Palmer and Harvey, which
tobacco and
to 90,000
in the UK. Imper
said: ?We want
to emerge from
th with a sustainable
model.? It
denied there had been
talks with the competition
bosses about
a full takeover.
China vows to protect
intellectual property
China must strengthen
protection of intellectual
property, lower market barriers
and improve vocational training,
Li Keqiang, the premier, told a
government meeting. He was
describing a strategy to improve
manufacturing and make Chinese
companies global leaders in
His remarks could be regarded
as a response to President Trump,
who has accused China of
harming US businesses and jobs
by stealing intellectual property.
Robert Lighthizer, the US trade
representative, has been given a
year to look into whether to
launch a formal investigation of
China?s trade practices.
Costs of moving puts
starting family on hold
First-time homeowners put plans
to start a family on hold as they
struggle to move up the property
ladder because of the cost. Lloyds
Bank?s so-called second steppers
report found that 35 per cent of
first-time homeowners delayed
having children or had fewer
than they planned. Low savings
rates, high stamp duty, other
costs involved in moving and the
shortage of suitable properties
can be almost insurmountable
obstacles. A quarter of people
surveyed said that it was harder
moving up the property ladder
than buying a first home and half
of people in their first home have
been unable to fulfil plans to
move in the past 12 months.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Mark Littlewood
Maggie Pagano
Deutsche B鰎se is still
reeling from damage
done by share inquiry
This �bn industry has turned
into a waste of human resources
For a young person
considering their
employment options
and trying to judge
where to deploy
their skills and talents, there is a
curious and concerning trend in the
modern economy. You may be well
advised to avoid a path that involves
directly doing things or building
things. Increasingly, a better bet is to
get into the area of regulatory
compliance ? to issue guidance to
and impose rulings on the doers
rather than being a doer oneself. In
particular, the field of human
resources is a booming industry ?
directing not what a business actually
does but how it behaves.
Across the entire UK workforce
there are now nearly 300,000 HR
employees. Their combined salary
packages amount to more than
� billion a year and when you factor
in the proportion of other employee
time spent dealing directly with HR
departmental work, you?re probably
looking at much more than twice this
figure in the amount paid out by
British businesses in wages alone.
One might argue that this is a small
price to pay for a more even-handed
approach to questions of gender, race
and sexuality and for a workplace
culture in which employees in general
feel empowered and well treated
rather than exploited as mere wage
slaves. The question, however, is
whether the explosion in the HR
profession is a cause of enlightenment
or a largely unintended and irritating
consequence of it. There is a real
danger that HR processes are
trumping almost all other business
A misstep in following exact
protocols, even if relatively minor in
nature, can pose an enormous,
possibly even existential, threat to an
enterprise. The average cost of
defending tribunal litigation is
calculated by the British Chambers of
Commerce to be about �500. With
more than 80,000 such applications
every year, businesses are shelling out
�0 million a year in legal fees alone.
Given the Supreme Court has
recently struck down the
government?s policy of charging a
modest fee for complainants, we can
expect this number to rise.
Employers and employees will
respond rationally to the incentives
enshrined in the rules of the game.
So, employers are quite likely to agree
to a compensatory payout even if
they feel certain of their innocence,
simply to avoid the cost and time
involved in defending themselves.
Similarly, a disgruntled employee has
a strong temptation not simply to
seek employment elsewhere but to
file a complaint about their treatment
? even if this involves claiming to
take offence at something relatively
trivial. Of course, this doesn?t mean
that every grievance is frivolous, but it
seems far too many are.
Individual cases may not be
conclusive, but they can be
illustrative. In one recent instance, a
worker was seeking to secure �,000
in compensation. Their claim failed,
but the successful employer incurred
unrecoverable legal fees of �,000.
There is also the strange case of the
sexagenarian jewellery salesman who
was awarded �,000 in damages for
age discrimination. Perhaps he was
wrongly dismissed, but he was able to
adduce in evidence that he was
nicknamed ?Gramps? by younger
staff, although there had been no
apparent complaint from him about
this while he was employed.
The stranglehold of human
resources concerns isn?t limited to the
costs and chilling effects of treading
on eggshells. We may be taking the
even greater risk of creating a sterile,
monocultural environment both
within and across different businesses.
Although the terms ?equality? and
The idea that everyone should ?row in
the same direction? produces sterility
?diversity? are often coupled together
in an attempt to describe the ideal
working environment, there is a
degree to which the former mitigates
against the latter. Disagreements and
different views within the workplace
can often be the sign of a healthy and
successful business. If ?diversity
training? makes us all think in exactly
the same fashion, we are almost
certainly undermining teamwork not
improving it.
Writing in the Harvard Business
Review, Liane Davey describes
phrases such as ?all in the same boat?
or ?rowing in the same direction? as
?ridiculously idyllic?. She concludes
that collaboration without tension,
disagreement or conflict is pointless.
Instead, such clashes are necessary to
expose risks inherent in any business
plan and to enhance trust among
participants in the enterprise. A study
conducted by the University of
Adelaide also pours cold water on the
idea that tranquil unanimity should
be an aspiration. In fact, unanimous
agreement weakens confidence that
the correct answer has been reached
and increases the chances that the
conclusion is due to inherent biases in
the decision-making process.
This does not mean it is advisable
to include the occasional white
supremacist or outright misogynist in
your company?s key discussions.
However, it does mean that if your
key staff are inhibited in speaking out
and honestly expressing themselves
for fear of being misinterpreted or
causing offence then you have a
major problem. You won?t be getting
the most out of your human
resources, you will simply be creating
an illusion that you are doing so.
No doubt it is worth spending time,
effort and money on ensuring that
employees are well treated. But you
can create a risk-averse,
unimaginative and insipid working
environment. If we really want to
create an enterprising British
economy, then we need a change of
direction. That means accepting we
have allowed the orthodoxy of the
modern human
resources industry
to grow too fast and
to spread its
influence too far.
Mark Littlewood is director-general
of the Institute of Economic Affairs.
Twitter: @MarkJLittlewood
id the Germans shoot
themselves in the foot
over the Deutsche B鰎se
share-dealing inquiry?
When Joachim Faber,
chairman of Deutsche B鰎se?s
supervisory board, and Donald
Brydon, his opposite number at the
London Stock Exchange, sat down
for quiet drinks in an upmarket St
James?s hotel nearly two years ago,
they believed they had come up with
the deal of the century.
By merging Deutsche B鰎se and
the LSE, they would create a giant
European-based financial force
capable of taking on America?s ICE
and CME exchanges, and the ?big
beasts? in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Faber was to give up his position
in return for Xavier Rolet, the LSE
chief executive, handing over the
reins to Carsten Kengeter, Deutsche
B鰎se?s younger chief executive.
?Game-playing by
German politicians may
have backfired: they?ve
become victims of their
own manoeuvres?
They agreed too, that the HQ of the
new Anglo-German colossus would
be in London not Frankfurt. That
made sense: London is Europe?s
greatest financial capital, if not the
world?s biggest by revenue.
The German regulators and
politicians did not agree; they were
furious about the HQ move. Their
position hardened after the Brexit
vote because of fears that London
would control Deutsche B鰎se?s
Eurex Clearing operations, the
eurozone?s biggest. So when Hesse
prosecutors raided Mr Kengeter?s
office in February and launched a
criminal investigation into alleged
insider trading, there was little
doubt it was politically motivated.
And what a showstopper it was:
Mr Kengeter had bought 60,000
Deutsche B鰎se shares in December
2015. But they were part of an
incentive scheme, and he was
encouraged to do so by the board
and it was made public. But the
timing was tricky for him and the
B鰎se?s board as they were bought
about the time Faber and Brydon
were hatching the deal, and months
before news of the merger leaked.
Yet horse trading over the merger
continued, with German regulators
still putting pressure on Kengeter
for the HQ to stay in Frankfurt.
Then came the final blow this spring
when the EU demanded, seemingly
out of the blue, that the LSE sell its
Italian MTS trading platform
because of competition concerns
over clearing operations. Rolet gave
a loud ?non?, and the deal collapsed.
The LSE?s decision to use MTS as
an excuse to derail the process
always looked like a red herring.
And so it has proved. It?s only now
that the real story is emerging.
Sources close to the exchanges tell
me privately that the merger was
dead the minute the Hesse
regulators launched their insider
trading inquiry into Kengeter.
Although both sides kept up the
game-playing, they claim that the
LSE had no option but to pull out
because the UK would never have
approved the deal so long as
Kengeter was being investigated.
That would have gone against every
fibre of UK takeover law.
Since the bid fell apart, the LSE
shares have rocketed. By contrast,
Deutsche B鰎se has been left reeling
over the damage to its reputation,
morale is rock bottom, Kengeter?s
contract is up in the air and the
shares are weak. Which is why the
recent decision by Hesse regulators
to widen their inquiry from
Kengeter into the ?reliability? of all
of Deutsche B鰎se?s supervisory
board to run the Frankfurt exchange
looks bizarre, if not an act of selfharm. Yet the latest investigation is
logical: the board approved
Kengeter?s share buying, so if the
regulators have a case against him,
then de facto, it must also be against
the board which approved the deal.
The irony is that the game playing
of Germany?s politicians may have
backfired: they have become victims
of their own manoeuvres, hurting
their prized Frankfurt exchange in
the process. Now analysts are saying
Deutsche B鰎se is vulnerable to a
bid. What price Rhine capitalism ?
or should that be protectionism ? if
predators swoop in from across the
Atlantic or from the Far East ?
Maggie Pagano is executive editor of
Reaction. Twitter: @maggiepagano
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Business Working Life
Drive to encourage
electric cars leaves
investors feeling flat
The renewables industry is
calling for stability rather
than eye-catching policies,
writes Josephine Moulds
hen Michael Gove
announced plans
last month to ban
the sale of new
diesel and petrol
cars from 2040 he was met with
complaints that Britain could not
produce enough electricity to power
the new generation of transport.
Even among entrepreneurs in the
renewable energy industry,
scepticism was widespread.
Justin Broadbent, 60, founder of
Isoenergy, sees big obstacles to the
mass introduction of electric
vehicles, from a lack of charging
infrastructure to a shortage of
power. He says that the
environment secretary?s target of
2040 is close to meaningless,
describing it is a ?typical
government statement, pushing
things out into the long grass . . . so
that it will all be forgotten?.
Other people are more
enthusiastic. Nina Skorupska, 55,
chief executive of the Renewable
Energy Association (REA), says:
?We have to have that target
because with that clear goal things
will happen, markets will shift. If he
hadn?t said something, that would
have been the real newsworthy
aspect because other countries have
already stepped up to the mark.?
Innovative small and mediumsized companies will be at the
forefront of preparing Britain for
electric vehicles, she says, from
improving batteries to providing
charging points and contributing to
the electricity supply with small,
renewable energy generators.
Isoenergy does just that,
retrofitting buildings with
renewable energy; from country
houses, to schools and hospitals.
Mr Broadbent says: ?If you have
an old mill house where a water
wheel used to be, we can probably
put in a water wheel or an
Archimedes screw to generate
electricity.? The company, which is
owned by a small group of its staff,
has annual revenues of �5 million
and employs almost 50 people.
He recognises the value in grand
statements to catalyse the industry
but says that these need to be
backed up by concrete actions to
give those at the coalface the
confidence to invest. ?There is no
long-term, proper policy that says
companies like us can afford to
make a 10-year investment.?
Over the past two years
significant changes in renewables
policy have unsettled the industry.
In December 2015 the government
cut subsidies to householders
installing rooftop solar panels by
65 per cent and closed the main
subsidy scheme for large-scale
renewable electricity projects.
Dr Skorupska says: ?That really
has slowed things down; we can see
that in terms of the jobs.?
Research by the REA shows that
126,000 people were employed in
the sector last year, which is a
record. But growth in jobs slowed to
2.5 per cent, compared with 9 per
cent the previous year. Some areas
Justin Broadbent, founder of Isoenergy, at a customer?s home where power is
of the industry suffered more than
others. John Macdonald-Brown, 45,
chief executive of Syzygy
Renewables, says: ?For people who
built solar and wind farms,
temporarily that market has been
paralysed, because it?s just not
economic to generate energy with
virtually no support and to make an
economic return.?
Syzygy works with property
companies to install renewable
energy generators in places where it
can be consumed on-site, such as
shopping centres and offices.
Mr MacDonald-Brown says:
?[Property companies] are under
pressure from external forces,
whether it be planning or EPC
[energy performance certificate]
ratings for buildings, but also from
their investors who are saying,
?what are you doing to improve the
performance of your assets??.?
He has grown Syzygy slowly over
seven years, running the company
out of cashflow and not borrowing
any money while rivals have come
and gone. ?What that meant was we
didn?t perhaps grow as quickly as a
lot of other people. Those people
have either contracted very quickly
or sadly, in a lot of cases, gone bust.?
That boom and bust has had an
impact on skills in the industry, as
tradesmen with abilities specific to
renewable energy have gone back
to what they were doing before.
Mr Macdonald-Brown says: ?A lot
of the electricians with really good
knowledge and experience are no
longer working in the industry.?
Gangs use LinkedIn to impersonate
Alexandra Frean
Criminal gangs are using LinkedIn to
perpetrate ?CEO fraud?, mining the
social network for information about
job titles and a company?s chain of
command to impersonate senior
executives and give bogus orders to
those below them.
The frauds typically involve an
email purporting to be from a finance
director or chief executive sent to an
underling in the company?s finance
department, ordering them to trans-
fer money quickly to a bank account
for a specific reason.
?The attackers use LinkedIn to do
corporate reconnaissance. It tells
them a lot about who does what in an
organisation,? said Andrew Nanson,
who is director of Corvid, the military
cyberdefence division of Ultra
?The criminals are using social engineering techniques. Most of the
time people follow instructions they
get on email, especially if it?s from a
boss. If an email looks like it comes
from a certain person, why wouldn?t
someone believe it was from them??
Attackers make an email appear to
come from an official company account using simple techniques, such
as replacing a character with another
similar one. An l may become an i, so
that Barclays appears as Barciays.
?The human brain will try to help
you and you will read it as Barclays
and your spam filter might not know
there is no such thing as Barciays,? Mr
Nanson said.
He added that attackers also scour
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Working Life Business
Drivers looking to recharge
batteries still short of options
Behind the story
ne of the biggest
concerns about
the mass
introduction of electric
cars is where they will
all recharge their
batteries (Josephine
Moulds writes).
At present, the
majority of electric
vehicle owners charge
them at home. John
Macdonald-Brown, of
Syzygy Renewables,
says: ?These cars
are not cheap at
the moment,
therefore it?s
people who
are buying
them and they
probably have a
Engenie is testing a
fast-charging system
created from a mill stream. He believes there will be problems with the mass introduction of electric vehicles
Christopher Jackson, 34, director
of Flexisolar, says there is a silver
lining to the subsidy cuts.
?One can say that only the good
companies are left standing. We had
a lot of companies that were
exploiting inconsistencies in the
government subsidies, which have
gone out of business because their
business model was based on
something that wasn?t sustainable.?
Flexisolar combines renewable
energy generation, storage and
electric vehicle charging for airports
and car parks. It achieved sales of
�0,000 last year but Mr Jackson
says that figure will jump in the
year to April 2018, because the
company has already signed deals
worth �million this year.
He adds that the renewables
market needs to adapt to the new
regime. ?Financial models have had
to be rejigged; investor confidence
needs to be rebuilt. On the
customer side, the expectation of
how much return on investment
they get needs to be adjusted.?
Mr Jackson believes that the
renewables sector is in a better
position now it is closer to standing
on its own feet. ?The general view
of the industry is, although we
aren?t making as much profit as we
were three or four years ago, there
is a lot more certainty in the
market.? A lack of subsidies allows
for more strategic thinking, he says.
?We prefer markets that are
driven by new technology
development, maturing technology,
a good understanding of risk, high
quality and long-term 10 to 15-year
investment decisions, not shortterm, subsidy-driven opportunities.?
Having grown used to being
buffeted by the whims of
government policy, some people in
the industry are relaxed about the
potential impact of Brexit ? this is
despite reports that, after leaving
the European Union, Britain will
probably scrap the EU target to get
15 per cent of all energy from
renewable sources by 2020.
Mr Macdonald-Brown says:
?Businesses are making their own
commitments, notwithstanding
whatever the government has asked
them to do. I don?t think there will
be a massive negative shift.
?There is enough momentum
now in this industry.?
bosses and demand cash transfers
corporate press releases for information about new contracts and who is
in charge of them, identifying the
customer and supplier by name.
?Six months after the announcement, [the supplier] sends an email
saying, ?our account details have
changed, please send all future payments to . . . ?,? he said. ?It?s very, very
common. I?m aware of organisations
that have lost hundreds of thousands
through diversionary payment
fraud,? Mr Nanson said.
This year the magazine Fortune re-
ported that Google and Facebook
were tricked by Evaldas Rimasauskas, a 48-year-old Lithuanian, into
sending him more than $100 million.
According to the US Justice Department, he forged email addresses, invoices and corporate stamps to impersonate a large Asian-based manufacturer with whom the tech firms
regularly did business.
A report last year from the City of
London police?s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau showed that
� million had been reported lost as
a result of CEO fraud in Britain. The
actual figure is likely to be far higher,
as many may not realise they have
been hit. Action Fraud, the cybercrime reporting centre, reported last
year that the average loss is �,000,
but one company lost �.5 million.
Most organisations now train staff
to spot phishing attacks. Many cybersecurity systems can identify
malware and malicious websites, but
this often fails to stop diversionary
payment fraud.
LinkedIn declined to comment.
drive or a garage where
they can charge the car.
That obviously will
change over time.?
Plans outlined in the
Queen?s speech
indicated that petrol
stations and motorway
services would be
required to install
electric charge points.
Companies such as
London-based Engenie
hope to capitalis.
Engenie offers
electric vehicle
drivers fastcharging
where they
can charge
their car in
30 minutes
for an 80mile range.
To prove its
concept, it has
set up seven
charging points,
which are free to use.
The company has raised
�47 million via
Syndicate Room, an
online equity
investment platform, to
create another 70 points
in supermarket car
parks, shopping centres,
and parking bays. It is
also working with a bus
maker, with the aim of
charging buses at bus
stops in three minutes,
boosting their range by
20 kilometres.
Jeremy Littman, 44,
founder of Engenie, is
excited about Michael
Gove?s pledge to ban
sales of new petrol and
diesel cars from 2040.
He said that the pledge
?gives everyone in the
electric vehicles
industry a solid timeline
to head towards a
complete mass market
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Encouraging and supporting
artists from South Africa
Robert Loder
page 44
Jeannie Rousseau
Intelligence agent with a photographic memory who gathered information on Nazi rockets that could have destroyed much of London
was detained under her pseudonym,
Madeleine Chaufeur, and sent to
Ravensbr點k concentration camp.
When she took part in a protest
against being forced to make ammunition for the German war effort she was
transferred to K鰊igsberg, the punishment camp. She knew that her only
chance of survival was escape, so with
two French friends she sneaked into a
truck that was taking prisoners with
typhoid to the gas chambers. After
nearly two days without food or water
the vehicle finally stopped, providing
the trio with a couple of minutes to flee.
They smuggled themselves back into
the camp but were betrayed and were
punished further.
Eventually the Swedish Red Cross
arrived. Weighing only 70lb, Rousseau
was admitted to a Swedish hospital. She
recuperated at a sanatorium in the
French mountains where she met
Henri de Clarens, a French aristocrat
and concentration camp survivor who
became a banker. When they married
she became known as the Comtesse de
A chance encounter between two old
friends on a dimly lit night train travelling from Paris to Vichy in 1941 led to a
vital intelligence gathering operation.
It helped the British to bomb a Nazi test
site where the Germans were building
rockets capable of mass destruction.
Jeannie Rousseau, who was 21, had
been unable to find a seat when she
spotted Georges Lamarque, an old
university friend, in the packed corridor. In hushed tones she told him about
her regular contact with the Germans
through her job at a French industrialist syndicate. Some offices were out
of bounds because the Germans were
working on special weapons and
projects but Rousseau was confident
that she could sneak into them.
Lamarque revealed that he was
putting together ?a little outfit? known
as the Druids and asked if she would
work for his intelligence gathering
team. Rousseau, codenamed Amniarix,
was blessed with a photographic
memory. She spent two years with the
Druids, meticulously charting the
Germans? movements. It was her
uncovering of the Nazis? secret military
plans, including the development of the
liquid-propelled V-1 flying bombs and
V-2 rockets, that led Winston Churchill
to order the bombing of their test site at
Peenem黱de in August 1943.
It had been Rousseau?s father, Jean,
who had led her into espionage. When
France was invaded by the Germans in
June 1940 the family, who had been
living in the 17th arrondissement of
Paris where Jean was mayor, moved to
Dinard, a coastal village in Brittany.
The Nazis soon followed. Jean
She insisted that she
never played ?Mata Hari
games? with the Germans
The Gestapo officers
gave her sweets and
invited her for walks
Rousseau made a mental note of everything she heard, including names and numbers. Below, in the early years of the war
suggested that young Jeannie be the
German-speaking liaison with the
army command. The next day, dressed
in her sternest blue suit and white shirt,
she made contact. She was a hit with the
officers, who gave her sweets and
invited her for walks along the beach at
a time when they ?still wanted to be
liked?. They were arrogant and bragged
about German war planes and the
strength of the military.
Yet they underestimated Rousseau,
who made a mental note of what she
heard, including names, plans and
numbers. When a Frenchman from a
nearby town turned up asking if she
would become an informer, she did not
hesitate. ?I said, ?What?s the point of
knowing all that, if not to pass it on?? ?
She provided such great quantities of
intelligence that Nazi spies in London
feared that there was a double agent in
their midst. In January 1941 she was
arrested by the Gestapo and detained at
the all-female Rennes prison in Brittany but the Dinard officers remained
convinced that she had no part in the
leaks. She was released and ordered to
leave the coast. Her father demanded
that she tell him what she had done
during her liaisons. ?I wasn?t going to
tell him more than I told the Gestapo,
and, of course, he believed me,? she said.
Rousseau returned to Paris, later saying that she had wanted to go ?into the
lion?s den?. She found work as a translator at a French industrialist syndicate,
where she often met German military
leaders at the Hotel Majestic. She was
collecting masses of information with
no one to give it to, until she met
Lamarque on the train. She relied on
her memory. ?It was very simple,? she
said. ?I knew all the details about the
plants and commodities in Germany.
We were building up knowledge of
what they had, what they did. And I
couldn?t be dangerous, could I??
Rousseau regained contact with
several German officers she had known
in Dinard, who by now were working
on new projects. By 1943 she was overhearing sensitive conversations about
special weapons that were being
designed in east Germany. The officers
would gather in the evenings at a
nondescript house where, with no regard for her presence, they would drink
and, more importantly, talk.
She suspected they allowed her to
stick around because she spoke fluent
German. She also insisted that she had
never played any ?Mata Hari games?
with them. ?I became part of the equipment, a piece of furniture,? she said. ?I
was such a little one, sitting with them
and I could not but hear what was said.
And what they did not say, I prompted.?
She would tease them and look
?wide-eyed? when they discussed new
weaponry. On one occasion she told an
officer he was mad for insisting that the
Germans had a new weapon that flew
long distances and travelled faster than
an aircraft. To prove her wrong he
showed her the ?piece of paper? that
explained how to enter the test site at
Peenem黱de and the passes required.
He even showed her drawings of the
rockets. One look was enough for Rousseau to remember the information.
After each drinking session Rousseau
would go directly to Lamarque?s safe
house, where she would write down
everything she had heard. ?I would
absorb it like a sponge. I wasn?t asked to
paraphrase, or to understand,? she said.
The first time she heard ?raketen? she
did not know that it meant rocket.
By September 1943 she had compiled
a detailed report on the V-2 rockets. She
began the report with a note: ?This
material looks preposterous. But I have
total faith in my source.?
She wrote: ?It appears that the final
stage has been reached in developing a
stratospheric bomb of an entirely new
type.? The bomb was ten cubic metres
in volume, filled with explosive and
launched vertically to reach the stratosphere as quickly as possible. ?The trials
are understood to have given immediate excellent results as regards accuracy and it was to the success of these
trials that Hitler was referring when he
spoke of new weapons that will change
the face of the war.?
Crucially, she added that her German
officer friend suspected that 50 to 100
of these bombs would be enough to
destroy London and that they were
planning the attacks that winter. The
report was soon on Churchill?s desk.
Her intelligence gathering continued
in 1944. Soon she was invited to London
for a debriefing, but the operation was
blown. She arrived at the house where
she was due to be collected armed with
two dozen pairs of French nylon stockings, gifts for her British handlers, only
to be greeted by German troops. She
Clarens. He predceased her and she is
survived by their two children: Pascal, a
financial consultant, and Arianne, a
retired communications officer.
Although after the war Rousseau
could not bear to speak German again,
she was adamant that her children
should be fluent and encouraged them
to take part in international summer
camps. She read widely, including literature from many cultures.
It was not until she was 79 that Rousseau, who cut an elegant figure, decided
to reveal her role as a spy to the Washington Post. She got through her interview with the help of vodka and wine.
She said that ?after the war, the curtain
came down on my memories?, but now
it was time for them to be opened.
Jeannie Rousseau was born in St
Brieuc, Brittany, in 1919, the only child
of Jean, a civil servant who travelled
widely with the foreign ministry, and
his wife, Marie (n閑 Le Charpentier).
Her father was a formidable man who
did not bother conversing with his
daughter until she was 13, when he declared that she was of an age that she
might have something worthwhile to
say. She studied political science at the
Sorbonne, coming first in her class.
After the war she became an interpreter
for the UN.
In 1993 she accepted a special medal
from the CIA ?for brilliant and effective
espionage, and for courage that is truly
awe-inspiring? and in 2009 received
the L間ion d?honneur.
Asked why she risked everything
when she could have enjoyed a comfortable life in Paris, she claimed not to
understand the question. ?I just did it,
that?s all. It wasn?t a choice. It was what
you did. At the time, we all thought we
would die. How could I not do it??
Jeannie Rousseau, intelligence agent,
was born on April 1, 1919. She died from
complications of Alzheimer?s disease
on August 25, 2017, aged 98
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Robert Loder
Philanthropist who helped to establish the Triangle Arts Trust and took a particular interest in black artists from South Africa
Hundreds of artists across the world,
particularly in Africa, owe their careers
to Robert Loder, thanks to the workshops he helped to set up with the
sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. They established the Triangle Arts Trust to bring
together emergent artists, often in the
most deprived areas, and give them a
start. Today the trust numbers 60 or so
co-operatives, including the celebrated
Bag Factory in Johannesburg and the
Gasworks in south London.
Loder?s philosophy was to encourage
artists to create their own momentum
rather than intervening himself. One of
them spoke of ?his generosity and ability and desire to remain marginal to the
creative activity of artists, while investing a huge amount of time and energy
into their development?.
The genesis of the Triangle Arts
Trust came when he met Caro (obituary, October 25, 2013), who was trying
to organise an exhibition of British
abstract art in South African townships.
Later, while staying in New York state,
the pair developed the idea of running
workshops for professional artists.
They became an annual event and similar workshops were developed across
the world. ?He made things happen,?
recalled an artist friend, adding: ?He
loved art, but above all, he loved artists.?
The artist Frances Richardson
recalled driving with Loder down Vauxhall Street when they passed the old
gasworks, at the end of a row of
squatted terrace tenements famous for
overlooking the Oval cricket ground.
?We need a building like that,?
Richardson said, pointing to a billboard
on the warehouse. That evening Richardson asked the estate agent for the
details and faxed them to Loder. Within
days a fundraising programme had
begun and the project was under way.
Loder was also a significant collector
of art and for a time was honorary keeper at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, where his collection of prints
was exhibited before being sold to the
Koriyama Museum in Japan. Last year
he was a significant contributor to
South Africa: the Art of a Nation at the
British Museum. Perhaps most memorably, at the height of the apartheid era,
he brought to the West End the jazzinfluenced musical King Kong, which
had played to multiracial audiences in
South Africa but came as a revelation of
black creativity and exuberance when
it arrived at the Prince?s Theatre in 1961.
Loder with David Koloane and Sam Nhlengethwa, two South African
artists with whom he worked. Right, Willie Bester?s Transitions from
the South Africa: The Art of a Nation exhibition at the British Museum
Loder?s ability to connect with artists
of any background, to move seamlessly
from the slums of Lusaka to the wellheeled galleries of Manhattan, to
encourage the most radical of contemporary art without ever pretending to
approve of everything he saw, was
remarkable. Yet his profile was determinedly low. On one occasion he had to
be persuaded by a Japanese gallery to
produce a picture of himself. Going into
?He made things happen.
He loved art, but above
all, he loved artists?
a photo booth he ran off an image that
made him look like a criminal and was
appalled when the gallery turned it into
a 3ft-tall poster. ?He was an unsung
hero,? said one artist. ?His quiet, humble, yet powerful presence has transformed our lives,? was the view of
Robert Beauclerk Loder was born in
London in April 1934, one of four children of the 2nd Baron Wakehurst, an
army officer and Conservative politician who became governor of New
South Wales, where Robert
was brought up from the age of
three. He later moved to
Northern Ireland when his
father was appointed governor
there in 1952. His mother was
Margaret Tennant, known as
Peggie, second youngest of the 122
children fathered by Sir Charles
Tennant, the Scottish industrialist. The
Loder fortune had been made in the
tallow industry in St Petersburg in the
19th century, and much of it was invested in gardens ? among them the
Wakehurst garden in West Sussex, now
a botanical branch of Kew Gardens.
Loder was educated at Eton, where
he was undistinguished on the sports
field. He did National Service in the
Coldstream Guards, spending time in
the Suez Canal zone, and read moral
sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge,
where he came under the influence of
Mervyn Stockwood, the Anglo-Catholic priest. It may have been this association that persuaded Loder to go to
Johannesburg, where he attached
himself to the Community of the
Resurrection, based in Sophiatown, a
township that was well known as a focal
point for black intellectual and cultural
i He worked
w k d with
Bishop Trevor Huddleston before
meeting the industrialist Harry Oppenheimer and becoming an employee
of Anglo-American Corporation.
It was during the next decade, in
South Africa and in Lusaka in Zambia,
that Loder became fascinated by the
work of black artists. He helped to run
Union Artists, a black theatre group
that played to mixed audiences, and the
African Arts Trust, which supported
black artists. He was a friend of liberal
writers who were immersed in South
Africa ? Anthony Sampson, Nadine
Gordimer and Doris Lessing ? as well
as the activist Helen Suzman and Jim
Bailey, the editor of Drum magazine.
Although Loder must have been
deeply suspect to the white government he emerged unscathed, finally returning to Britain in 1970 to work for
Harry, later Lord Kissin, the financier,
and helping to run a company called
Esperanza, which owned a copper mine
in Cyprus that Jacob Rothschild invested in. The relationship with Kissin ended abruptly and Loder then became executive chairman of Curtis Brown, the
literary agency. ?I think Robert?s interests were less in business, more in the
wide range of other activities he took
on,? recalls Lord Rothschild. His skills,
however, lay in getting the best out of
those he worked with. He became treasurer and later chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, once soothing Norman Rosenthal, its fiery director who had been beaten up by some
enraged pop artists, by taking him to tea
at the Ritz. He also became chairman of
the Mental Health Foundation, in
which he took the keenest interest
because his brother David suffered
from schizophrenia.
In August 1973 he married Josette
Bromovsky. Their marriage started unp
when he failed to confirm
a hotel booking for their wedding night,
was spent on a park bench. In
v he tried to persuade her that it was
a romantic gesture. They had three
John, who is a head of strategy
at the cultural agency Nesta; Nell, who
i an artist; and Nick, a sound engineer
and music producer in Nairobi.
John recalled that his father was not
iimpressed if the children lay too long
i bed. ?He once got me out of bed
e early to go for a walk. I was 33 at
tthe time,? said John. To rouse Nell he
would turn on the taps in the bath, then
leave it running while he went downstairs, daring her not to get up before it
Loder bought an old farmhouse
without water or electricity on
Formentera, in the Balearic Islands,
where the family spent many holidays.
He also owned a farm at Chatto in the
Scottish Borders, teaching himself
about sheep from a much-thumbed
volume titled simply Black-Faced Sheep.
Days before his death Loder was still
talking to friends about plans, future
events and the global art network that
will be his legacy. ?He was an intellectual, a romantic, an adventurer and an
excellent cook,? recalled Caroline, Lady
Cranbrook, a lifelong friend. His funeral ended with a rendition of the African
anthem Nkosi Sikelel? iAfrika.
Robert Loder, CBE, philanthropist and
arts entrepreneur, was born on April 24,
1934. He died from cancer of the throat
on July 22, 2017, aged 83
Desh Bandhu Gupta
From a tin hut with a single lamp in Rajasthan to billionaire founder of a major international pharmaceutical company
Desh Bandhu Gupta had a favourite
quote written by an early American
self-help author. ?Whatever a man?s
mind can conceive and believe, it can
achieve,? Napoleon Hill wrote in Think
and Grow Rich in the 1930s. Gupta set
up a pharmaceutical company, with
only 5,000 rupees borrowed from his
wife, Manju, who became his first investor. Her ?piggy bank? , a cardboard box
in which she kept every spare coin,
helped him to buy his first sets of
product ingredients.
A small, gentle and deeply spiritual
man who practised yoga and meditation daily, Gupta was known to everyone as DBG. He named his drugs enterprise Lupin after the Lupinus flower,
which is known to nourish the soil in
which it grows. At first he manufactured vitamins but soon moved on to
making low-cost medication to combat
tuberculosis, an infectious airborne disease that has claimed millions of lives in
India. His determination to keep the
drugs affordable contributed to blun-
Gupta valued the ?dharma of karma?
ting the disease not only in the sub-continent but all over the world. ?Most big
pharma companies were not interested
in TB drugs because it was, and still
remains, a low-profit business,? he said.
Desh Bandhu Gupta was born in 1938
in Rajgarh, a small village in rural
Rajasthan, the eldest of five children.
His father, a strict disciplinarian, was a
school teacher. ?He always wanted me
to come first in my class, there was no
room for being second best,? said
Gupta, who studied for long hours in a
tin shed with only a single lightbulb ?
a far cry from the mansion he would
later own in Mumbai.
With a professorial air in his spectacles and parted hair, as a young man he
studied and taught chemistry at the
Birla Institute of Technology and
Science in Pilani, Rajasthan. He then
moved to Mumbai for a brief stint with
a small British pharmaceutical company. ?Armed with my conviction and
everything I had learnt and imbibed as
a teacher and a student, I decided to
begin my own business,? he recalled.
After creating Lupin in 1968 he spent
a decade gradually expanding by buying up other companies. With operations around the world, Lupin event-
ually became the sixth-largest pharmaceutical maker in terms of sales, which
brought in $2.55 billion in annual revenue. Yet Gupta insisted: ?I have never
looked at numbers. Numbers are just an
outcome of the work done.?
When Lupin?s anti-TB drugs became
unprofitable in 2001, he turned to his
wife for guidance. ?Aren?t we earning
enough to otherwise sustain these
losses?? Manju asked him. He never
turned back, despite the drug only
contributing 3 per cent to sales today.
Most of his profits came from products
such as antibiotics sold in the American
and European markets. In 1988 Gupta
set up Lupin Human Welfare and
Research Foundation to help more
than 3,000 villages with their infrastructure development. He also created
a giant research plant.
With a discreet life in Mumbai led
largely behind closed doors ? he was
seldom a man for the party circuit ?
Gupta preached the importance of
family values, which he said had been
instilled by his mother. He was married
to Manju for five decades and close to
his four daughters, Anuja and Richa,
both doctors and settled in the US,
Kavita, who runs her own chain of
schools in Bangalore, and Vinita, the
chief executive of Lupin; and his son,
Nilesh, its managing director.
Despite becoming India?s 20th richest person with a net worth of
$5.1 billion, according to the 2016 Forbes India Rich List, he remained frugal
in his tastes, which included simple
Nehru-style jackets in plain colours.
A lifelong love of nature remained
among his modest passions; he often
took off on walks in the open spaces of
Rajasthan. Even in Mumbai he walked
or swam most days. And in everything
he did he insisted on the importance of
the ?dharma of karma? ? the spiritual
laws that govern one?s deeds.
Desh Bandhu Gupta, businessman,
was born on February 8, 1938. He
died on June 26, 2017, aged 79
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Fergus Allen
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Civil engineer and Whitehall mandarin who helped to design
the Mulberry harbours and enjoyed a late flourishing as a poet
After defying suspicions about
his Irish background to ascend
to one of the most senior roles in
the civil service, Fergus Allen
continued to confound expectations by becoming an acclaimed
poet in his seventies.
Self-apprenticed, with WH
Auden as his guiding light, he
sent a dozen or so poems to
Faber and Faber, where they
caught the eye of the poetry
editor. Faber published his first
collection, The Brown Parrots of
Providencia, in 1993, when he
was a mere 72.
Allen had already written
occasional light verse. The Fall, a
witty fable depicting the
Guinness Brewery as the Garden of Eden, from which Adam
and Eve are expelled into
a world ?of diseases and
crimes,/ Where porter can only
be purchased for money/ In
specified places at specified
times,? is a fine example,
attractive to anthologists.
The later poems, though, are
altogether tougher, more mordant and less consoling in what
they have to report about the
human predicament.
His first volume combined a
mature vision of things as they
tragically are lightened by a
panache that belied the author?s
years. It should have signalled
the start of a third eminent
career but the literary world
was slow, perhaps reluctant, to
take the full measure of this
elderly, if sprightly, interloper.
Two further volumes, Who Goes
There? and Mrs Power Looks
Over the Bay, were published by
Faber before the company let
him go.
It did not stop him writing
and new books appeared at
steady intervals under other
respected imprints: Gas Light &
Coke from the Irish press
Dedalus and Before Troy and
New and Selected Poems from
CB editions. He was still producing vigorous and searching work
in his nineties.
Fergus Hamilton Allen was
born in London in 1921, the only
child of Protestant parents: his
father, Winckworth, an amateur
naturalist who had a variety
of bee named after him,
was Irish; his mother, Marjorie
(n閑 Budge), was English. Six
months later they brought him
to Ireland.
He was a boarder at Newtown
Waterford, where he acquired
company that lasted the rest of
his life while enjoying, as he put
it, ?a pleasant, inconspicuous
place in the middle of the form,
without working hard?. At
Trinity College, Dublin, he took
Fergus Allen was still writing
searching work in his nineties
to engineering with relish,
winning prizes.
Moving to London in the
middle of the war, in response to
Britain?s appeal for Ireland?s best
young engineers, he worked on
harbours, so vital to the success
of the Normandy landings.
After the war he worked as a
civil engineer and married Joan
Gorman, whom he had known
since childhood. She survives
him with their two daughters,
He stood on a table
in a bar and recited
poems in Irish
Mary, a writer and broadcaster
who is a former chief executive
of the Royal Opera House, and
Liz, director of strategic planning and projects at the University of Brighton.
Allen advanced rapidly to
become, at 36, director of the
Hydraulics Research Station,
where his principal concern was
the movement of water in the
Thames estuary. In 1965 he was
appointed chief scientific officer
at the Cabinet Office. As an
engineer, he felt an oddity there,
being told once by a senior
colleague: ?Fergus, you may be
with us but you are not of us.? Yet
he ended his time there as first
civil service commissioner,
before retiring with a CB in 1981.
Allen?s Irish background, audible when he spoke in spite of
mandarin clipped manner, pro-
vided the material for some outstanding poems. This is especially true of his generous third
book, which is filled with Irish
voices, scenarios and portraits.
A wily, oblique approach to the
heart of the matter is a tactic he
had mastered too, enhancing
the emotional power and alertness to suffering that is palpable
in much of what he wrote.
A characteristic poem is
Journeys, in which a minute
insect is mistaken for a punctuation mark in a book by Primo
Levi, before its true nature is
identified. Having observed in
entomological detail every
aspect of the creature?s valiant
and perilous ?quest for the four
freedoms?, the poet returns to
the text at a passage about the
train taking Levi ?through
interminable black pine forests?
to his concentration camp.
Two of his most affecting
poems, each concerning an individual doomed to deprivation,
are Up and Down, voiced by a
mountain-dwelling shepherd,
and Portrait of a Woman from
the Fayum, an ekphrastic monologue in which the woman
addresses us with sadness and
dignity across a gap of almost
two millennia:
I?ve not been specially good, but
I?ve tried
Not to scandalise the impartial
Forgive me, self-pity is wrong, I
But tears seem to have a will of
their own.
In his eighties Allen learnt
Latin so that he could read
Horace without the interference
of translation. He once surprised fellow drinkers when he
stood on a table in a Sligo bar
and recited from memory
poems in Irish.
His daughters recalled that in
their earliest years, while telling
them bedtime stories, he would
bring out postcards of the world?s
great paintings.
An art collector himself, a
well-informed writer on photography, a jazz aficionado with
a particular love of Louis Armstrong, a graceful dancer, a birdwatcher and inveterate traveller,
Allen had wide experience on
which to call in his poems and a
capacious vocabulary to match.
An engineer?s delight in precise articulation and firm, light,
weight-bearing structure is
what unites these qualities and
for this reason there should be
no doubt that his poems were
built to last.
Fergus Allen, CB, FRSL, poet, was
born on September 3, 1921. He
died on July 22, 2017, aged 95
Court Circular
Balmoral Castle
27th August, 2017
Divine Service was held in Crathie
Parish Church this morning.
The Reverend Kevin Gruer
preached the Sermon.
Buckingham Palace
27th August, 2017
The Earl of Wessex, Patron,
Badminton Scotland, today
attended the World
Championships at the
Emirates Arena, London
Road, Glasgow, and was
received by Her Majesty?s
Lord-Lieutenant of the City
of Glasgow (Councillor Eva
Bolander, the Rt. Hon. the
Lord Provost).
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the times | Monday August 28 2017
?Colonel? Sneyd has the last laugh
Wigan Warriors
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final
Christopher Irvine
Marc Sneyd, Hull?s Wembley historymaker, divides opinion like Marmite. A
one-trick pony, say his critics. Ball in
hand, there are more dazzling half
backs, certainly, though few who
bewitch opponents with their kicking
game, as a bothered and bewildered
Wigan will testify.
Sneyd, who admitted to sitting on
Twitter ?laughing my head off? at some
of the more bitter comments directed
his way, posed with the Challenge Cup
in one hand and Lance Todd Trophy ?
the first time in 70 years the man-ofthe-match award went outright to the
same player in successive finals ? in
the other. ?Never get tired of this. Living
the dream,? he tweeted.
?Some people perhaps don?t like the
fact I dip in and out of games,? Sneyd
said, ?but it?s knowing when to dip in.?
Not since Bobbie Goulding kicked
Bradford Bulls into submission for
St Helens in the 1996 and 1997 finals has
a scrum half exerted the influence that
Sneyd did, as the Warriors followed
Warrington Wolves last year in
bending to his will.
A contrast of styles at half back oils
the Hull machine. Sneyd directs the
kicking, Albert Kelly the passing and
running. ?He had that football on a
string, in laying it in the right place from
the word go,? said Kelly, whose previous
Wembley experience had been the
nightmare of a 50-0 hiding with Hull
Kingston Rovers by Leeds Rhinos two
years earlier. ?We just complement
each other. He?s the colonel, I?m his
right-hand man.?
Sneyd also knows what it is like not to
Dovizioso back on top
after Silverstone win
MotoGP Andrea Dovizioso won
the British Grand Prix at
Silverstone to reclaim the lead in
the championship standings after
Marc M醨quez, his nearest rival,
failed to finish when his Repsol
Honda broke down in the closing
stages. The Italian, on a Ducati,
overtook the leader Valentino
Rossi with three laps to go before
holding off Rossi?s Movistar
Yamaha team-mate, Maverick
Vi馻les. Rossi finished third. Cal
Crutchlow had been in contention
after qualifying on the front row
on his LCR Honda but the Briton
had to settle for fourth. Dovizioso?s
second successive win, after his
victory in the Austrian Grand
Prix, gave him a nine-point lead in
the title race.
Cleverly calls it a day
Boxing Nathan Cleverly is to retire
Sneyd holds aloft the Lance Todd Trophy for the second year running as the man of the match in Hull?s victory over Wigan
perform in finals, having been
substituted during Castleford Tigers?
2014 Wembley defeat by Leeds. ?He?s
had a big impact on our club since he
walked through the door,? said Lee
Radford, the Hull head coach. ?The
thing I admire about him most is
handling the criticism he receives. If
he?s not winning people over now, I
don?t think he?s ever going to.?
Sneyd gathered 23 of the Rugby
League Writers? Association votes to
nine for Mahe Fonua, the Tonga international with the gold initials on his
teeth and equally golden touch in finals.
A Sneyd kick created his one try last
year; two kicks, one an outstanding 4020, led to the wing?s brace on Saturday.
Like Sneyd, the Wests Tigers-bound
Fonua can drift out of games, yet he
rises to the big occasion. Only an
obstruction denied him a hat-trick,
while his security on the wing was
matched on the left by Fetuli Talanoa,
whose peerless take of Sneyd?s crossfield chip was the perfect retort to John
Bateman?s opening try for Wigan.
Hull?s hold on the cup might have
been prised away had James Child, the
video referee, ruled that Tony Clubb
had the ball illegally stripped as he
crossed the line, then Joe Burgess
added an equalising second try 50
seconds from the end, from a tip pass by
George Williams, but which floated
Publicly at least, Shaun Wane, the
Wigan head coach, had no complaints.
The best side had won.
With back-to-back cup victories,
Hull have re-established themselves in
the sport?s top echelons.
?Everyone calls Hull a sleeping
giant,? said prop Scott Taylor, now a
three-times winner after triumphing
with Wigan in 2013, said. ?If people still
think we?re sleeping, they need a slap in
the head.?
Scorers: Hull: Tries Talanoa, Fonua 2. Goals Sneyd 3.
Wigan Warriors: Tries Bateman, Gildart, Burgess. Goal
Hull J Shaul; M Fonua, J Griffin, C Tuimavave,
F Talanoa; A Kelly, M Sneyd; S Taylor, D Houghton,
L Watts, S Manu, M Minichiello, G Ellis. Interchange
J Connor, J Bowden, D Washbrook, C Green.
Wigan Warriors S Tomkins; L Marshall, A Gelling,
O Gildart, J Burgess; G Williams, T Leuluai;
F-P Nuuausala, M McIlorum, T Clubb, L Farrell,
J Bateman, S O?Loughlin. Interchange W Isa, R Sutton,
T Tautai, S Powell.
Referee P Bentham.
Attendance 68,525.
after the Welshman lost his WBA
light-heavyweight title in Las
Vegas. The 30-year-old was
stopped in the fifth round by the
Swede Badou Jack on the
undercard of Floyd Mayweather?s
bout with Conor McGregor. He
had considered retirement after
the first defeat of his career, by
Sergey Kovalev in 2013. ?A few too
many miles on the clock,? he said.
?It?s time to say goodbye.?
Heath completes treble
Canoeing Liam Heath won the
men?s K1 200m kayak title at the
Sprint World Championships
yesterday. The 33-year-old from
Guildford completed the course in
Racice, Czech Republic, in 33.73sec
? only marginally slower than his
best-ever time ? and now holds
the Olympic, world and European
titles. ?It?s incredible. The grand
slam is the pinnacle and I?ve
achieved everything I?ve wanted
to,? Heath told BBC Sport.
World Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow: Singles: Finals: Men:
V Axelsen (Den) bt Lin Dan (China) 22-20, 2116. Women: N Okuhara (Japan) bt P V Sindhu
(India) 21-19, 20-22, 22-20.
First Test: Bangladesh v Australia
Mirpur (first day of five; Bangladesh won toss):
Australia, with seven first-innings wickets in
hand, are 242 runs behind Bangladesh
Bangladesh: First Innings
Tamim Iqbal c Warner b Maxwell
Soumya Sarkar c Handscomb b Cummins
Imrul Kayes c Wade b Cummins
Sabbir Rahman c Wade b Cummins
Shakib Al Hasan c Smith b Lyon
*?Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Agar
Nasir Hossain lbw b Agar
Medidy Hasan Miraz c Handscomb b Lyon 18
Taijul Islam lbw b Lyon
Shafiul Islam c Hazlewood b Agar
Mustafizur Rahman not out
Extras (b 15, lb 3, w 1, nb 2)
Total (78.5 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-10, 3-10, 4-165, 5-188,
6-198, 7-240, 8-246, 9-246.
Bowling: Hazlewood 15-5-39-0; Cummins
16-1-63-3; Lyon 30-6-79-3; Agar 12.5-2-46-3;
Maxwell 5-0-15-1.
Australia: First Innings
D A Warner lbw b Miraz
M T Renshaw not out
U T Khawaja run out
N M Lyon lbw b Al Hasan
*S P D Smith not out
Total (3 wkts, 9 overs)
P S P Handscomb, G J Maxwell, ?M S Wade, P J
Cummins, A C Agar and J R Hazlewood to bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-14, 3-14.
Bowling: Shafiul Islam 2-0-8-0; Miraz 4-2-7-1;
Al Hasan 3-1-3-1.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and N J Llong
Third One-Day International
Sri Lanka v India
Kandy (Sri Lanka won toss): India beat Sri
Lanka by six wickets
Sri Lanka
?D P D N Dickwella lbw b Bumrah
13 (15)
L D Chandimal c Bumrah b Pandya
36 (71)
B K G Mendis c Sharma b Bumrah
1 (10)
H D R L Thirimanne c Jadhav
b Bumrah 80 (105)
A D Mathews lbw b Jadhav
11 (23)
*C K Kapugedera b Patel
14 (22)
T A M Siriwardana b Bumrah
29 (27)
M K P A D Perera b Bumrah
2 (6)
P V D Chameera run out
6 (10)
M V T Fernando not out
5 (6)
S L Malinga not out
1 (5)
Extras (b 4, lb 7, w 8)
Total (9 wkts, 50 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-28, 3-100, 4-138, 5-159,
6-181, 7-191, 8-201, 9-210.
Bowling: Kumar 9-2-41-0; Bumrah 10-2-27-5;
Chahal 10-0-49-0; Pandya 8-0-42-1; Patel 10-135-1; Jadhav 3-0-12-1.
R G Sharma not out
124 (145)
S Dhawan b Malinga
5 (3)
*V Kohli c Chameera b Fernando
3 (11)
K L Rahul c Thirimanne b Perera
17 (24)
K M Jadhav lbw b Perera
0 (2)
?M S Dhoni not out
67 (86)
Extras (lb 1, w 1)
Total (4 wkts, 45.1 overs)
H H Pandya, A R Patel, B Kumar, J J Bumrah and
Y S Chahal did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-19, 3-61, 4-61.
Bowling: Malinga 5-0-25-1; Fernando 8.1-235-1; Chameera 10-1-59-0; Mathews 3-0-17-0;
Perera 10-0-38-2; Siriwardana 9-0-43-0.
La Vuelta
Ninth stage (Orihuela to Cumbre del Sol,
174km): 1, C Froome (GB, Team Sky) 4hr 07min
13sec; 2, E Chaves (Col, Orica-Scott) at 4sec behind; 3, M Woods (Can, Cannondale-Drapac) 5;
4, W Kelderman (Neth, Sunweb) 8; 5, I Zakarin
(Russ, Katusha-Alpecin) same time; 6, A Contador (Sp, Trek-Segafredo) 12; 7, D de La Cruz (Sp,
Quick-Step); 8, S Oomen (Neth, Sunweb) same
time; 9, N Roche (Ire, BMC) 14; 10, V Nibali (It,
Bahrain-Merida) same time. Selected: 16, A
Yates (GB, Orica-Scott) 27. Leading overall po-
Yesterday?s racing results
4.15 (1m 100yd) 1, Rinaria (Joey Haynes, 5-1);
2, Election Day (3-1); 3, Everything For You
Going: good to firm (watered)
1.55 (7f 96yd) 1, Rousayan (D Tudhope, 2-1 fav);
2, Al Khan (5-1); 3, Chiswick Bey (12-1). 10 ran.
1Kl, 1Kl. D O?Meara.
2.30 (7f 96yd) 1, Alfa McGuire (G Lee, 2-1); 2,
Book of Dreams (7-4 fav); 3, Skito Soldier
(11-4). 6 ran. 5l, 4l. B Smart.
3.05 (5f) 1, Shaheen (Jason Hart, 9-2); 2,
Requinto Dawn (11-1); 3, Roundhay Park
(10-1). 8 ran. NR: Aquadabra. Hd, 1Ol. J J Quinn.
3.40 (1m 4f 23yd) 1, Maori Bob (Lulu Stanford,
6-4 fav); 2, Royal Reserve (3-1); 3, Cornborough
(11-1). 9 ran. NR: Itlaaq, Marmion. 1Ol, 1l.
M L W Bell.
(13-2). 6 ran. 2l, Kl. K Burke.
4.50 (5f) 1, Hamidans Girl (G Lee, 7-2 jt-fav);
2, The Night Before (14-1); 3, La Haule Lady
(5-1). 12 ran. NR: Vintage Dream. 1Kl, hd.
K Dalgleish.
5.25 (1m 1f 207yd) 1, Bollin Ted (D Allan, 15-8
fav); 2, Spirit Of The Vale (11-1); 3, Lord Kitten
(17-2). 11 ran. Kl, 1l. T Easterby.
5.55 (1m 1f 207yd) 1, Pioneering (D Tudhope,
11-2); 2, Lozah (16-1); 3, Outlaw Torn (8-1). 10
ran. Ol, Ol. D O?Meara.
Placepot: �.60.
Quadpot: �.80.
Going: good (good to firm in places)
2.10 (1m) 1, Ibn Al Emarat (Oisin Murphy,
13-8); 2, Macaque (11-8 fav); 3, Lucifugous
(9-2). 8 ran. Kl, 5l. D Simcock.
2.45 (1m 3f 44yd) 1, Delannoy (Jim Crowley,
3-1); 2, Bizet (12-1); 3, Zoffanist (13-2). 7 ran.
6l, Kl. Eve Johnson Houghton.
3.20 (1m 1f 197yd) 1, Novoman (Georgia Cox,
9-1); 2, Anythingtoday (10-1); 3, Emenem
(16-1). 9 ran. 1l, sh hd. W Haggas.
3.55 (1m 1f 11yd) 1, Mr Red Clubs (Mr F Tett,
25-1); 2, City Ground (8-1); 3, Stanley (5-1).
11 ran. NR: Unison, Wordismybond. 2l, 1Nl.
H Tett.
sitions: 1, Froome 36hr 33min 16sec; 2, Chaves
at 36?sec behind; 3, Roche 1:05; 4, Nibali 1:17; 5,
T van Garderen (US, BMC) 1:27. Selected: 29, S
Yates (GB, Orica-Scott) 13:21.
European Tour Made In Denmark
Himmerland: Leading final scores (Great Britain
and Ireland unless stated): 265: J Suri (US) 67,
69, 65, 64. 269: D Horsey 68, 67, 64, 70. 271: B
Evans 71, 68, 66, 66; S Webster 64, 70, 69, 68; C
Paisley 68, 69, 65, 69. 272: M Wallace 64, 74, 65,
69; H Porteous (SA) 70, 67, 68, 67; W Ormsby
(Aus) 64, 72, 67, 69; B Hebert (Fr) 65, 71, 68, 68.
273: J Daly (US) 67, 70, 65, 71; R Rock 68, 68, 66,
71; M Siem (Ger) 66, 74, 67, 66; A Rai 69, 69, 65,
70. 274: M Warren 71, 64, 70, 69; T Olesen (Den)
67, 71, 65, 71; P Dunne 67, 68, 70, 69; J Walters
(SA) 71, 68, 69, 66; T Detry (Bel) 69, 71, 65, 69.
US PGA Tour Northern Trust
Old Westbury, New York: Leading final scores
(United States unless stated): 267: J Spieth 69
65, 64, 69; D Johnson 65, 69, 67, 66 (Johnson
won play-off at first extra hole). 271: J Rahm
(Sp) 68, 68, 67, 68; J Vegas (Ven) 69, 65, 72, 65.
274: P Casey (GB) 69, 68, 66, 71. 275: J Day
(Aus) 69, 71, 68, 67; J Thomas 68, 69, 69, 69; K
Chappell 68, 73, 64, 70; W Simpson 73, 66, 71,
65. 276: J Rose (GB) 68, 68, 69, 71; M Kuchar 71,
64, 68, 73; P Cantlay 67, 70, 69, 70; B Watson 67,
68, 71, 70; L Oosthuizen (SA) 67, 72, 68, 69; C
Reavie 69, 68, 69, 70; R Streb 71, 70, 66, 69. 277:
C Hoffman 72, 70, 70, 65; X Schauffele 71, 66,
4.30 (7f) 1, Dutch Connection (Jim Crowley,
13-8 fav); 2, Salateen (9-4); 3, Viscount Barfield
(7-1). 6 ran. NR: Jordan Sport, Solomon?s Bay,
Tomyris. 2l, 1l. C Hills.
5.05 (1m 3f 218yd) 1, Lady Bergamot (George
Wood, 9-4); 2, White Chocolate (13-8 fav); 3,
Three Duchesses (8-1). 5 ran. NR: Glenys The
Menace. Hd, 1Ol. J Fanshawe.
5.40 (5f) 1, Operative (S De Sousa, 15-8 fav); 2,
The Big Short (9-2); 3, Her Terms (8-1). 13 ran.
NR: Dr Doro, Flowing Clarets, Fujin. Nk, 1Kl. E
De Giles.
Placepot: �8.00.
Quadpot: �.40.
72, 68; H Stenson (Swe) 69, 72, 67, 69. Other:
282: R McIlroy (N Ire) 73, 68, 69, 72.
LPGA Tour Canadian Pacific Open
Ottawa, Ontario: Leaders after three rounds
(United States unless stated): 203: N Broch
Larsen (Den) 69, 68, 66; M Martin 69, 67, 67.
204: Chun In-gee (S Kor) 67 67 70. 205: M Lee (S
Kor) 71 68 66; C Kerr 70 67 68. 206: M Alex 66 70
70; Ryu So-yeon (S Kor) 69 68 69; S Lewis 69 68
69; Shanshan Feng (China) 68 70 68; Hur Mijung (S Kor) 71 70 65; B M Henderson (Can) 74
69 63. Selected: 208: H Clyburn (GB) 67, 70, 71.
British Grand Prix
Silverstone: MotoGP: 1, A Dovizioso (It, Ducati)
40min 45.496sec; 2, M Vinales (Sp, Yamaha)
40:45.610; 3, V Rossi (It, Yamaha) 40:46.245; 4,
C Crutchlow (GB, Honda) 40:47.175; 5, J Lorenzo
(Sp, Ducati) 40:49.004; 6, J Zarco (Fr, Yamaha)
40:52.497; 7, D Pedrosa (Sp, Honda) 40:56.440;
8, S Redding (GB, Ducati) 40:59.123. Standings:
1, Dovizioso 183pts; 2, M Marquez (Sp, Honda)
174; 3, Vinales 170; 4, V Rossi (It, Yamaha) 157;
5, Pedrosa 148. Moto2: 1, T Nakagami (Japan,
Kalex) 38min 20.883sec; 2, M Pasini (It, Kalex)
38:21.607; 3, F Morbidelli (It, Kalex) 38:23.561.
Standings: 1, Morbidelli 223pts; 2, Luthi 194; 3,
A Marquez (Sp, Kalex) 155. Moto3: 1, A Canet
(Sp, Honda) 35min 53.028sec; 2, E Bastianini
(It, Honda) 35:53.091; 3, J Martin (Sp, Honda)
35:53.139. Standings: 1, Mir 226pts; 2, Canet
162; 3, R Fenati (It, Honda) 160. Also: 6, J
McPhee (GB, Honda) 96.
Going: good to firm
2.20 (1m 2f 23yd) 1, Hannington (Gabriele
Malune, 9-1); 2, Hard Toffee (3-1); 3, King of
Dreams (4-1). 6 ran. Sh hd, 2l. M Appleby.
2.55 (6f 3yd) 1, Zain Hana (J F Egan, 7-1); 2,
Foxtrot Lady (7-1); 3, Perfect Thought (9-2). 16
ran. Nk, 1Kl. J Noseda.
3.30 (6f 3yd) 1, Tulip Fever (P Cosgrave, 7-2); 2,
Mraseel (4-1); 3, Austin Powers (8-1). 7 ran. Kl,
Kl. W Haggas.
4.05 (1m 2f 23yd) 1, Teodoro (R Kingscote, 8-1);
2, Mafaaheem (11-4); 3, Another Eclipse (2-1
fav). 8 ran. 2Kl, 2l. T Dascombe.
ATP Winston-Salem Open
North Carolina: Final: R Bautista Agut (Sp) bt D
Dzumhur (Bosnia & Herz) 6-4, 6-4.
WTA Connecticut Open
New Haven: Final: D Gavrilova (Aus) bt D Cibulkova (Slovakia) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Second Investec Test: Headingley: Fourth day
of five (11.0): England v West Indies.
Specsavers County Championship: First day of
four (11.0, 90 overs minimum): Division One:
Chelmsford: Essex v Somerset. Emirates Old
Trafford: Lancashire v Warwickshire. Kia Oval:
Surrey v Middlesex. Division Two: Emirates
Durham: Durham v Derbyshire. Colwyn Bay:
Glamorgan v Sussex. Canterbury: Kent v
Leicestershire. Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire
v Northamptonshire.
Rugby league
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
Kingstone Press Championship Shield: Super
8s: Bradford v Batley; Dewsbury v Swinton;
Rochdale v Oldham; Toulouse v Sheffield (7.0).
4.40 (1m 3yd) 1, Brigliadoro (David Probert,
4-1); 2, Mountain Angel (5-2 fav); 3, Glory
Awaits (8-1). 6 ran. NR: Kharbetation. Nk, ns.
P McBride.
5.15 (7f 3yd) 1, Hyde Park (T E Durcan, 8-1); 2,
Firefright (9-4 fav); 3, Horsted Keynes (7-2). 7
ran. NR: Highland Colori, Mujassam. 1Nl, 1Nl.
J Gosden.
5.50 (7f 3yd) 1, Noble Masterpiece (S Donohoe,
9-2 Co fav); 2, Golden Guest (11-2); 3, Patching
(5-1). 8 ran. NR: Dream Start. 2l, ns. Sir Michael
Placepot: �.10.
Quadpot: �00.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Sport Rugby union
England seek
next level for
women after
final agony
Owen Slot
Chief Rugby
New Zealand
If you weren?t swept up by the drama
and spectacle of the Women?s World
Cup final, then you have no rugby in
your veins. It was an epic: great rivalry,
great contest, great drama, high levels
of technique, emotionally taut, a loud
joyful crowd, really noisy, a festival feel
with tears and medals at the finish.
Comparisons between the women?s
game and the men?s are generally
invidious, but here was one that immediately struck: as an entertainment, this
was better than many a game you see in
the Aviva Premiership.
They said they wanted this final to be
a showcase for the women?s game and
that is what they got. Some declared
afterwards that it may have been the
greatest women?s Test match. We will
allow time to have its say on that, but
you could not walk away from the
Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on
Saturday evening without wanting
more, as in: why can?t we have more like
that ? with 11 tries, TV channels piping it out free on prime time,
2.65million pairs of eyeballs glued
(and that was just the domestic TV
audience), new superstars like Sarah Bern, the sensational England
prop, taking it to the world, and
Katy Mclean firing out missile
passes for England tries?
The Mclean pass that led
to the first of Lydia
Thompson?s two tries was
just one of many moments of real high class.
It was delivered with just
the right speed and accuracy to give Thompson the space to squeeze
outside her defender and
execute a quality finish.
England, at that point, were
motoring, they had New
Zealand rattled; you thought, at that
point, that they had the game.
An hour later, Mclean was one of a
number of the England team who took
off the silver medals with which they
had just been presented, pretty much
the moment that they had stepped off
the presentation podium. And yet, as
she choked back her disappointment,
the interview she gave almost immediately to BBC 5 Live touched on broader
themes of the day beyond the stomachpit emptiness she felt over England?s
failure to see out the victory.
She was asked if that game ? with its
quality, its hype, its noise ? could be a
breakthrough for the women?s game.
And she replied that she was weary of
this same question, that gets asked after
every World Cup final: can we stop saying that the game might kick on from
here? Can it actually happen this time?
Same message from Emily Scarratt,
emotional, measured and intelligent in
the wake of defeat. ?We have to make
sure that we push on from this and the
unions push on from this and everyone
grasps hold of it and this keeps getting
driven and it doesn?t drop off until the
next World Cup when it spikes again,?
she said. ?That?s the challenge; it is not
something we are totally in control of,
it?s the people behind the desks doing
the posh jobs.?
That is quite some message to the
posh jobs. The challenge that they face,
though, is the polarising of the game.
Yes, the final was a game of the
highest calibre, it was a better
game than the EnglandFrance semi-final, and the
match on Saturday was
another good contest, but no
other game came near to
the intensity and
technical quality of
the final.
being New Zealand,
are forever pushing
standards. England
have gone full-time
and yet still could
Thompson went
over for two tries
but ended up on
the losing side
Stacey Waaka gets away from England?s Scarratt, left, during New Zealand?s victory in the Women?s World Cup final
Old order restored
Women?s World Cup winners
1991 ............................United States
1994 ......................................England
1998 ............................New Zealand
2002 ..........................New Zealand
2006 .........................New Zealand
2010 ...........................New Zealand
2014 ......................................England
2017..............................New Zealand
not catch them. One of the surprises
that the final gave us was the Black
Ferns outdoing England for stamina in
the closing quarter ? the very time
when you would have expected the fulltimers to come good. Yet the imbalance
of quality at the top, many observers
felt, may have played a part here: in the
semi-finals, only four days earlier, England had the disadvantage of the far
tougher draw against France. Maybe
that is where England suffered.
It would indeed be heavenly if games
of the quality of Saturday?s final could
be served up for regular prime-time
consumption, but those sort of games
do not exist, not regularly. At least not
yet. The second weekend of this year?s
women?s Six Nations, when England
beat Wales 63-0 and France were 55-0
victors over Scotland, is a case in point.
Those in the posh jobs haven?t been
sitting on their hands, but while their
decision to spread the gospel is succeeding in producing more competitive
sevens nations, it has failed to produce
greater depth in the 15s game yet ? and
that is a hopeful ?yet? ? because some
nations, notably Canada, US and
Australia, now prioritise sevens.
In England, the posh jobs have been
trying to juggle both games and there
has been some real cack-handedness in
the way this has been delivered. However, you cannot fault the RFU for not
spreading the word. While the Red Roses have had the past three weeks in the
spotlight, a participation campaign has
been running simultaneously with 172
camps around the country challenging
potential new players to discover their
?Inner Warrior?. This really does feel
like the women?s game is kicking on. In
four years, player numbers in England
have nearly tripled.
That is all very well, but four of the
past five World Cups have had an
England-New Zealand final; what the
global game needs is for other nations
to advance, not an unbreakable
Ashton shines on Toulon debut with two tries
John Westerby
Chris Ashton got his Toulon career off
to a flying start with two tries as his new
team began the new Top 14 season with
a 41-14 home win over Pau yesterday.
The former Northampton Saints and
Saracens wing, 30, who scored 19 tries
in 39 Tests for England between 201014 before falling out of favour, showed
he he has lost none of his scoring
prowess, pouncing for an intercept try
in the 63rd minute in blistering conditions at a packed Stade Mayol, with the
pitch temperature hitting 35C.
There was no trademark ?Ash
splash?, much to the disappointment of
the French commentators, but they
were left purring from the restart as
Ashton tracked back to bundle
Thibault Daubagna into touch just
short of the tryline with a superb tackle.
Ashton?s second try came moments
later when he was played in for a routine corner finish by Anthony Belleau.
Elliot Daly, meanwhile, will continue
to operate as an outside centre for
Wasps this season, despite mounting
evidence of his ability to excel as a wing
on the game?s grandest stages.
After establishing himself in
England?s starting line-up as a wing last
season, Daly played all three Tests for
the British & Irish Lions against New
Zealand, but will revert to wearing his
favoured No 13 shirt for his club.
?I want to play No 13 and see where it
takes me,? Daly said. ?If Dai [Young, the
director of rugby] said it?s best for the
team to play back three, I?d do that, but
at the moment I?m thinking as a centre,
trying to be the best No 13 I can be.?
Since he played full back against
Worcester in March 2014, Daly has
only lined up at outside centre for
Wasps. Eddie Jones, the England head
coach, does not have a problem with
Daly?s lack of action on the wing
between international periods, content
that his decision-making, handling and
defence are tested in midfield.
?I make sure I?m working on my allround game, doing a few more high
balls than I?d do as a centre,? Daly said.
Jones has expressed an interest in
trying Daly at full back for England,
but, since he made his first international start at No 13, against South
Africa last November, he has been
chosen only on the wing. Jonathan
Joseph has remained Jones? first-choice
outside centre, while Ben Te?o is an
alternative if Owen Farrell remains in
midfield as a ball-playing No 12.
Anglo-Kiwi duopoly. In Belfast,
though, England and New Zealand did
make for a mighty fine spectacle.
It was a game England know they
could have won through their first-half
dominance and their defeat deserves a
full review. How can a team of full-time
professionals be better prepared to
defeat semi-pro opposition, whose
captain is a police detective and whose
man-of-the-match is a graphic
designer? For sure, there are questions
to be answered.
Yet there have been some answers
already. England and New Zealand
gave them on Saturday when they
demonstrated the heights to which the
game can be elevated and the extent
they can leave a crowd wanting more.
Scorers: England: Tries penalty (25min), Thompson (32, 55),
Noel-Smith (77). Conversions Scarratt (2). Penalties
Scarratt (2). New Zealand: Tries Winiata (8, 69), Natua (38,
45, 58), Smith (53), Cocksedge (63). Conversions Cocksedge
Scoring sequence (England first): 0-5, 3-5, 10-5, 17-5, 17-10
(half-time), 17-17, 20-17, 20-24, 25-24, 25-31,
25-36, 25-41, 32-41.
England E Scarratt; L Thompson (rep: A Wilson Hardy 71),
M Jones, R Burford (rep: A Reed 55), K Wilson;
K Mclean, N Hunt (rep: L Mason 59); V Cornborough (rep: R
Clark 57), A Cokayne (rep: V Fleetwood 57),
S Bern (rep: J Lucas 57), A Scott, T Taylor (rep:
H Millar-Mills 64), A Matthews, M Packer (rep: I Noel-Smith
60), S Hunter.
New Zealand S Winiata; P Woodman, S Waaka (rep:
T Fitzpatrick 64), K Brazier, R Wickliffe (rep: C Hohepa 59);
V Subritzky-Nafatali, K Cocksedge (rep: K Sue 79); T Natua
(rep: S Talawadua 77), F Faamausili (rep:
T Ngata-Aerengamate 79), A Itunu (rep: A Nelson 67),
E Blackwell (rep: R Wood 28-33), C Smith (rep: R Wood 74),
C McMenamin (rep: Ketu 71), S Goss, A Savage.
Referee: J Neville (Ireland).
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Racing Sport
2.05 Voice Of The North 4.20 Midterm
2.40 Chica De La Noche 4.55 Innocent Touch
3.15 Discreet Hero (nb)
3.50 Hollywood Road
5.25 Lord Clenaghcastle
Going: good
Racing UK
Draw: 5f, high numbers best
2.20 Boy In A Bentley 4.40 Alderbrook Lad
2.55 Knight Destroyer 5.10 Matorico
3.30 Bagad Bihoue
5.45 Saucysioux
4.05 Fact Of The Matter
Going: good to soft, good in places
Racing UK
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �528: 7f 3y) (8)
012 MAKE GOOD 23 D Brown 9-9
R L Moore
05 DEADLY ACCURATE 10 H Morrison 9-2
R Winston
Josephine Gordon
00 THE NAUGHTY STEP 33 J Boyle 9-2
J Mitchell
J Fanning
06 CHICKPEA 11 Michael Bell 8-11
O Murphy
26 HATEYA 77 J Boyle 8-11
P Cosgrave
04 POWERFUL SOCIETY 20 R Fahey 8-11
A McNamara (3)
2-1 Powerful Society, 3-1 Make Good, 7-2 Deadly Accurate, 4-1 Voice Of The
North, 14-1 Hateya, 20-1 King Athelstan, 25-1 others.
Thunderer?s choice: Voice Of The North?s stable has a good
strike rate here with two-year-olds Danger: Make Good
(3-Y-O: �528: 6f 3y) (8)
J Fisher (7)
1 (5) 0-210 PEACE DREAMER 24 (D) R Cowell 9-7
A Atzeni
2 (4) 41501 SUMMERGHAND 19 (D) D O'Meara 9-6
R L Moore
3 (3) 0-644 LOVING 18 (P,D,BF) W Haggas 9-5
L Keniry
4 (6) 04111 PASTFACT 11 (D) M Saunders 9-3
H Bentley
5 (7) 50031 CHICA DE LA NOCHE 11 (P,D) S Dow 9-2
Josephine Gordon
6 (8) 33315 SEPRANI 19 (H,D) M Botti 9-1
R Da Silva
7 (1) 46631 KINGS ACADEMY 15 (T) P Cole 8-13
Isobel Francis (7)
8 (2) 65225 BABY GAL 11 (D) J Boyle 8-5
11-4 Pastfact, 4-1 Summerghand, 5-1 Chica De La Noche, Kings Academy, 7-1
Loving, 10-1 Baby Gal, Seprani, 12-1 Peace Dreamer.
Novices? Hurdle
(�249: 2m 6f 31y) (5)
0-121 MIZEN MASTER 9 (T) O Murphy 4-11-10
F Gregory (10)
23-22 BOY IN A BENTLEY 25 (T,P,BF) N Mulholland 7-10-12
N Fehily
0- DUBH DES CHAMPS 233 P Kirby 5-10-12
T Dowson (5)
4 3-524 STRONG RESEMBLANCE 37 J Moffatt 6-10-12 B Hughes
3F5- I'LL RUN WITH YOU 155P Mrs D Sayer 4-10-3
Colm McCormack (3)
10-11 Mizen Master, 11-8 Boy In A Bentley, 10-1 Strong Resemblance, 25-1
Dubh Des Champs, I'll Run With You.
Juvenile Hurdle
(3-Y-O: �899: 2m 1f 46y) (4)
12 CHARLIE RASCAL 12 (D,BF) N Mulholland 11-5
N Fehily
JAMACHO 35F B Ellison 10-12
H Brooke
KNIGHT DESTROYER 37F Jonjo O'Neill 10-12
A Coleman
GLORVINA 53F C Mann 10-5
B Hughes
6-4 Charlie Rascal, 9-4 Knight Destroyer, 7-2 Jamacho, 5-1 Glorvina.
Handicap Chase
(�,512: 2m 1f 61y) (6)
Thunderer?s choice: Chica De La Noche beat a subsequent
winner on return to this trip at Salisbury Danger: Pastfact
1 -1111 BAGAD BIHOUE 36 (D) P Nicholls 6-11-12 S Twiston-Davies
B Hughes
2 4-243 KATGARY 26 (P,D) Pauline Robson 7-11-9
H Brooke
3 06-11 WISTY 35 (CD) M Todhunter 8-11-0
4 -P152 OLIVER'S GOLD 16F (CD) M Walford 9-10-11 J Hamilton (3)
R Johnson
5 2-454 NICOLAS CHAUVIN 35 (D) J Moffatt 9-10-7
6 -6546 FANTASY KING 35 (CD) J Moffatt 11-10-0 L Murtagh (5)
6-5 Bagad Bihoue, 13-8 Wisty, 8-1 Oliver's Gold, 12-1 Katgary, Nicolas
Chauvin, 25-1 Fantasy King.
Thunderer?s choice: Discreet Hero (2-2 for today?s rider)
can follow up Yarmouth win on faster ground Danger: Aleef
Handicap Chase
(�,512: 3m 1f 107y) (7)
(�,450: 5f) (8)
1 (7) 06000 BOOM THE GROOM 13 (D) A Carroll 6-9-10 R Winston
2 (1) 22011 COMPAS SCOOBIE 9 (V,D) R Varian 4-9-8 C Noble (5)
R L Moore
3 (4) 0312- ALEEF 280 (H,BF) D O'Meara 4-9-6
4 (8) 10010 LOVE ON THE ROCKS 27 (H,D) C Hills 4-9-3
W A Carson
O Murphy
5 (2) 00305 MAJESTIC HERO 9 (CD) R Harris 5-8-13
A Atzeni
6 (5) 60-31 DISCREET HERO 19 (T,D) S Crisford 4-8-12
7 (3) 62023 MIDNIGHT MALIBU 31 (D,BF) T Easterby 4-8-9
J Fanning
Josephine Gordon
8 (6) 10130 TAN 21 (H,T) Tony Coyle 3-8-3
3-1 Compas Scoobie, 5-1 Aleef, Boom The Groom, 11-2 Discreet Hero, Love On
The Rocks, 6-1 Midnight Malibu, 7-1 Majestic Hero, 25-1 Tan.
21-12 MORNING ROYALTY 57 (CD,BF) J Moffatt 10-11-12
B Hughes
H Brooke
2 43-40 VIENS CHERCHER 37 (P) B Ellison 6-11-3
W Kennedy
3 2-121 THE CLOCK LEARY 24 D McCain 9-11-2
5 31-30 FACT OF THE MATTER 57 (H,T,D) J Snowden 7-10-12
G Sheehan
6 11433 REBEL REBELLION 24 (T,P,D) P Nicholls 12-10-11
Bryony Frost (5)
7 11151 CAMILLAS WISH 35 (CD) R Ford 8-10-7 Miss B Smith (7)
9-4 The Clock Leary, 3-1 Morning Royalty, 9-2 Viens Chercher, 13-2 Camillas
Wish, Rebel Rebellion, 12-1 Fact Of The Matter, Universal Soldier.
Handicap Chase
(�256: 2m 5f 34y) (7)
Amateur Riders? Handicap
(�239: 1m 4f 6y) (10)
1 (9) -1322 HOLLYWOOD ROAD 12 (B) D Cantillon 4-11-7
Mr D O'Connor
2 (10) -6012 THAMES KNIGHT 78 (C,D) M Tregoning 5-11-4
Mr G Tregoning (6)
3 (7) 26226 WHINGING WILLIE 9 (V,D) G L Moore 8-11-2
Mr L Williams (4)
Mr S Walker
4 (4) 06113 C'EST NO MOUR 23 P Hedger 4-11-0
5 (8) 32234 SAFIRA MENINA 25 (D) M Smith 5-10-10
Mr B James (4)
6 (3) 01333 COTTON CLUB 18 (D) B Millman 6-10-8 Mr P Millman
7 (6) 13064 STAR OF LOMBARDY 12 (CD) M Johnston 4-10-8
Mr A Ferguson
8 (2) 35004 KING OF DREAMS 19 D Simcock 4-10-7
Mr M S Johnson (6)
Mr J King
9 (5) 0511U TOBOUGGALOO 11 (D) W S Kittow 6-10-5
Mr R Birkett
10 (1) 50535 ROY ROCKET 17 (D) J Berry 7-10-3
4-1 Hollywood Road, 9-2 Tobouggaloo, 5-1 Star Of Lombardy, 6-1 Whinging
Willie, 7-1 C'Est No Mour, 8-1 Thames Knight, 10-1 Cotton Club, 12-1 others.
Thunderer?s choice: Hollwood Road?s three Flat wins have
been at 10f, but this trip should suit Danger: Tobouggaloo
Conditions Stakes
(�338: 1m 2f 17y) (6)
P Cosgrave
1 (2) 03561 GREAT HALL 16 (CD) Mick Quinn 7-9-5
R Kingscote
2 (5) 6-550 AYRAD 16 (B,D) R Charlton 6-9-2
J Fanning
3 (1) 2-250 FANOULPIFER (P,D) M Attwater 6-9-2
R L Moore
4 (6) 0-536 MIDTERM 58 (D,BF) Sir M Stoute 4-9-2
A Atzeni
5 (4) 3-332 MOUNT LOGAN 16 (P,D) R Varian 6-9-2
O Murphy
6 (3) -5206 FIERCE IMPACT 38 (P) D Simcock 3-8-9
13-8 Mount Logan, 7-4 Midterm, 4-1 Ayrad, 10-1 Fierce Impact, 14-1 Great
Hall, 40-1 Fanoulpifer.
Thunderer?s choice: Midterm faces easiest assignment for
some time and may appreciate return to 10f Danger: Ayrad
(�338: 1m 2f 17y) (8)
1 (3) 06245 INNOCENT TOUCH 31 (CD) R Fahey 6-10-0
A McNamara (3)
2 (7) 00100 MICHELE STROGOFF 22 (P) Tony Coyle 4-9-11
Josephine Gordon
A Atzeni
3 (1) 20045 GRAPEVINE 24 (CD) C Hills 4-9-9
11 HIGH END 18 S bin Suroor 3-9-6
E Greatrex (3)
4 (6)
5 (4) -5635 COUNT CALABASH 24 (D) E Houghton 3-9-4 R L Moore
H Crouch (3)
6 (2) 10/6- EAST INDIES 133J (D) G L Moore 4-9-3
O Murphy
7 (8) 2-332 LORELINA 79 (C,BF) A Balding 4-9-2
P Dobbs
8 (5) -0264 SOUND BAR 30 (B) R Beckett 3-8-10
11-8 High End, 5-1 Innocent Touch, Lorelina, 8-1 Count Calabash, 9-1
Grapevine, Sound Bar, 14-1 Michele Strogoff, 16-1 East Indies.
Thunderer?s choice: Innocent Touch likes the track and is
well in taking rider?s claim into account Danger: High End
-3143 FOREVER MY FRIEND 48 (B,CD) P Bowen 10-11-12 S Bowen
233-4 ORBASA 110 (T) P Nicholls 6-11-11
S Twiston-Davies
0-212 ALDERBROOK LAD 35 (CD) M D Hammond 11-11-11
J Colliver
4 43225 BRAVE SPARTACUS 26 (D) Gillian Boanas 11-11-10
B Hughes
H Brooke
5 0-165 MUNSAAB 35 (P,C) J Moffatt 11-11-5
W Kennedy
6 0-U36 BON CHIC 27 (P,D) J Moffatt 8-11-5
L Murtagh (5)
7 54-1U SWANTYKAY 43 F Murtagh 8-11-3
3-1 Forever My Friend, 4-1 Orbasa, 9-2 Alderbrook Lad, 5-1 Bon Chic, 6-1
Munsaab, 13-2 Brave Spartacus, 14-1 Swantykay.
1 3-112 KNIGHT OF NOIR 41 (T,D,BF) N Mulholland 8-11-12 N Fehily
A Coleman
2 3/U-4 MATORICO 37 (T,P) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-3
T Dowson (5)
3 010-3 NAUTICAL NITWIT 37 P Kirby 8-10-11
B Hughes
4 -411F BORUMA 37 (C) J Moffatt 7-10-4
S Bowen
5 -P112 COURT KING 27 (H) P Bowen 6-10-3
L Murtagh (5)
6 -0002 TAWSEEF 21F D McCain 9-10-0
11-4 Court King, 4-1 Knight Of Noir, 9-2 Tawseef, 5-1 Boruma, 11-2 Matorico,
13-2 Nautical Nitwit.
H Bentley
(4) 25220 PUMAFLOR 18 (P,D) D O'Meara 5-9-13
(6) 00364 DUBAI'S SECRET 6 (H,D) D Brown 4-9-12 H Crouch (3)
O Murphy
(7) 61151 SIR PLATO 21 (D) B Millman 3-9-7
P Dobbs
(8) 00560 GROOR 32 M Moubarak 5-9-7
(1) -6211 LORD CLENAGHCASTLE 19 (CD) G L Moore 3-9-7
R L Moore
A Atzeni
6 (2) 10362 FUJAIRA BRIDGE 14 R Varian 3-9-6
7 (5) 22362 CHARACTER ONESIE 10 (B,D) R Fahey 5-9-3
A McNamara (3)
8 (3) 41425 SHIFTING STAR 35 (T,V,D) J Bridger 12-9-2 W A Carson
5-2 Lord Clenaghcastle, 3-1 Sir Plato, 5-1 Character Onesie, Fujaira Bridge, 9-1
Pumaflor, 10-1 Shifting Star, 14-1 Dubai's Secret, 20-1 Groor.
Thunderer?s choice: Lord Clenaghcastle, gelded and ridden
by Moore for first time, can win again Danger: Sir Plato
1 6/5-0 THEATRICAL STYLE 24 (B) D McCain 8-12-3 L Murtagh (5)
Ross Chapman (7)
2 250F4 PADS 26 I Jardine 7-11-12
3 43043 DOTTIES DILEMA 2 (T,B,BF) P Bowen 9-11-5 J Bowen (7)
R Johnson
4 66P-5 SAUCYSIOUX 22 (T,P) O Murphy 7-11-5
B Hughes
5 2-601 OH SO GIGOLO 57 (B,CD) K Slack 7-11-1
6 0P635 RONALDINHO 26 Mrs D Sayer 7-10-5 Colm McCormack (3)
7 6-500 EXIT TO FREEDOM 7 (H,P) J Wainwright 11-10-3
Miss C Walton (3)
8 -F03P LOUGHVIEW LADDIE 25 (T,P) N Kelly (Ire) 8-10-3 D R Fox
Ross Turner (7)
9 0/406 ANGINOLA 35 (B) J Brooke 8-10-0
S Mulqueen (3)
10 00040 RAIFTEIRI 26 (CD) W Young Jnr 10-10-0
7-2 Oh So Gigolo, Theatrical Style, 5-1 Pads, 11-2 Dotties Dilema, 6-1
Saucysioux, 10-1 Ronaldinho, 11-1 Loughview Laddie, 16-1 others.
12.45 Chatoyer
1.15 Captain
1.45 Double Reflection
2.15 Island Sound
Going: good
Draw: no advantage
2.50 Mamillius
3.25 Wilspa?s
4.00 Wordiness
4.35 Incredible Dream
(Div I: �235: 7f 16y) (12)
R Hornby
(5) 15004 PASSING STAR 11 (T,P,D) D Kubler 6-10-0
(4) 02526 BOUNTY PURSUIT 38 (D) M Blake 5-9-13 M Godwin (5)
T J Murphy
(12) -0404 WAHAAB 11 Mrs S Leech 6-9-10
David Egan (5)
(1) 16004 AIR OF YORK 11 (P,D) J Flint 5-9-9
S Levey
(7) 44033 CHATOYER 10 (H,BF) R Hannon 3-9-8
(8) 0060 ALLOFMELOVESALLOFU 19 K Cunningham-Brown 3-9-7
Fran Berry
S W Kelly
7 (11) 13000 BEEPEECEE 30 (B,D) R Hughes 3-9-4
S Drowne
8 (2) 50350 BINKY BLUE 17 (D) D M Loughnane 5-9-2
J Duern (3)
9 (10) 0030 HIGGY'S HEARTBEAT 20 D Ivory 3-9-0
J Egan
10 (3) -0000 HERM 45 P D Evans 3-8-13
M Dwyer
11 (9) 40550 TALLY'S SONG 11 (P) G Harris 4-8-10
K O'Neill
12 (6) 5-005 AQSHION STATIONS 13 (H) R Price 3-8-2
7-2 Chatoyer, 9-2 Bounty Pursuit, 5-1 Air Of York, Wahaab, 6-1 Passing Star,
10-1 Beepeecee, 14-1 Allofmelovesallofu, 16-1 Tally's Song, 20-1 others.
(Div II: �235: 7f 16y) (11)
Fillies? Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �881: 1m 14y) (8)
C Lee (3)
1 (8) 410 DOUBLE REFLECTION 14 (C) K Burke 9-7
AINNE S Kirk 9-0
M Godwin (5)
2 (4)
S Levey
3 (2) 0405 FUSION CENTRAL 16 R Hannon 9-0
SASSIE S Kirk 9-0
M Dwyer
4 (6)
R Hornby
5 (7) 00402 SHOW OF FORCE 14 J Portman 9-0
SO NEAR SO FARHH M Channon 9-0
S W Kelly
6 (5)
David Egan (5)
7 (3)
M Lane
8 (1)
7-4 Double Reflection, 11-4 Show Of Force, 6-1 So Near So Farhh, 13-2 Fusion
Central, 10-1 Sassie, Viktoriya Taraban, 14-1 others.
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �175: 1m 14y) (6)
13 REGIMENTED 15 (BF) R Hannon 9-3
Hollie Doyle (3)
1 (1)
S Levey
2 (2) 610 SALLAB 27 R Hannon 9-3
34 BLUE LAUREATE 10 Clive Cox 9-0
S Hitchcott
3 (6)
00 BUNCH OF THYME 23 W G M Turner 9-0 M Godwin (5)
4 (5)
0 ISLAND SOUND 10 Mrs H Main 9-0
G Wood (3)
5 (4)
0 THE NIGHT KING 3 M Channon 9-0
S W Kelly
6 (3)
7-4 Sallab, 15-8 Blue Laureate, 2-1 Regimented, 25-1 The Night King, 33-1
Bunch Of Thyme, Island Sound.
(�175: 6f 16y) (8)
David Egan (5)
(8) 03536 BARON BOLT 12 (P) P Cole 4-9-10
Fran Berry
(6) 0-410 MAMILLIUS 45 (P) G Baker 4-9-10
S W Kelly
(1) 00300 MOONRAKER 24 (D) M Channon 5-9-8
(7) 10135 BAHAMIAN DOLLAR 2 (CD) P D Evans 4-9-7 C Lee (3)
J Egan
(2) 60330 LETMESTOPYOUTHERE 16 P D Evans 3-9-5
D O'Neill
(3) 20-23 TANASOQ 86 (B,D) O Burrows 4-9-2
(5) 41323 MAJOR VALENTINE 11 (D) John O'Shea 5-9-0
B Robinson (5)
8 (4) 55435 BONJOUR STEVE 11 (P,CD) R Price 6-8-5
Hollie Doyle (3)
3-1 Bahamian Dollar, 4-1 Tanasoq, 11-2 Major Valentine, 6-1 Baron Bolt, 7-1
Letmestopyouthere, Mamillius, 8-1 Bonjour Steve, 10-1 Moonraker.
Apprentice Selling Stakes
(�588: 6f 16y) (10)
(2) 16024 GO AMBER GO 41 (D) B Millman 5-9-13 Lulu Stanford
Jenny Powell
(7) 50333 DREAM FARR 16 (T,D) E Walker 4-9-8
(5) /0-00 BLACKADDER 30 (H) M Gillard 5-8-12 Megan Nicholls
B Robinson
(4) 50604 DIMINUTIVE 13 (B,D) G Harris 5-8-12
(10) 00300 ROYAL NORMANDY 4 (B,D) G Harris 5-8-12
Joshua Bryan
David Egan
6 (1) 50000 TIFL 19 (T,B) Mrs H Main 4-8-12
M Godwin
7 (3) 66505 HISAR 15 R Harris 3-8-9
8 (9) 40600 STRIKING FOR GOLD 19 (V) S Hollinshead 3-8-9
Jane Elliott
W Cox (5)
9 (8) 00005 WILSPA'S MAGIC 19 (B) R Hodges 4-8-7
Tristan Price (5)
10 (6) 0-50 CORAL CAYE 15 S Hollinshead 3-8-4
11-8 Dream Farr, 7-4 Go Amber Go, 10-1 Diminutive, Hisar, 14-1 Royal
Normandy, 20-1 Blackadder, Striking For Gold, Tifl, 33-1 others.
(�,450: 2m) (13)
David Egan (5)
(1) 0/041 TAWS 11 (P,CD) B Millman 6-10-0
Fran Berry
(3) 0-050 WOLFCATCHER 16 (T,B) I Williams 5-9-12
(6) 304-3 ARTY CAMPBELL 11 (P,CD) B Llewellyn 7-9-10 M Lane
S W Kelly
(2) 151/5 SLEEP EASY 11 (T,P) N Mulholland 5-9-10
(8) 0/011 AUTHORIZED TOO 25J (P,D) N Williams 6-9-9
D Sweeney
D O'Neill
6 (7) /0-56 MURGAN 17 W S Kittow 5-9-8
7 (10) 24610 PLYMOUTH SOUND 9 (P) B Llewellyn 5-9-7
M Godwin (5)
T J Murphy
8 (13) 06412 NABHAN 12J (T,P) B Llewellyn 5-9-6
Megan Nicholls (5)
9 (11) 25023 SILVER QUAY 28J J Frost 5-9-5
10(12) 42204 MEDBURN CUTLER 11 (P,CD) Paul Henderson 7-9-4
S Drowne
Joshua Bryan (5)
11 (9) 20-30 NORAB 11 (B) B Llewellyn 6-9-2
J Egan
12 (4) 21451 WORDINESS 8 (D) P D Evans 9-9-2
D Muscutt
13 (5) /33-2 YES DADDY 8J (T,B) R Stephens 9-8-13
4-1 Taws, 5-1 Authorized Too, 6-1 Wordiness, 13-2 Wolfcatcher, 8-1 Nabhan,
10-1 Arty Campbell, Medburn Cutler, Sleep Easy, 12-1 Yes Daddy, 16-1 others.
(�235: 1m 4f) (13)
1 (6) 05102 INCREDIBLE DREAM 21 (P) D Ivory 4-9-12 J Duern (3)
2 (8) 14015 GRAMS AND OUNCES 15 (T,P,CD) G Harris 10-9-11
T J Murphy
David Egan (5)
3 (13) 00233 POWERED 5 P D Evans 4-9-10
D Muscutt
4 (11) -4666 EASTERN LADY 11 (H,T) R Price 4-9-7
5 (9) -0005 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 24J (CD) B Barr 8-9-6
B Robinson (5)
D O'Neill
6 (2) 0004 MURCHISON RIVER 19 H Candy 3-9-5
S W Kelly
7 (3) 02425 ST ANDREWS 21 (T,P,BF) I Williams 4-9-3
M Lane
8 (12) 0-530 EVERLASTING SEA 31 W S Kittow 3-9-2
Fran Berry
9 (10) 063-6 CASACLARE 83 (T) Jonjo O'Neill 3-9-0
M Godwin (5)
10 (7) -0056 FLANNERY 19 (H,T) T Vaughan 6-8-13
T Whelan
11 (4) -0050 DANCING DRAGON 21 (P) G Baker 3-8-12
S Hitchcott
12 (5) 0-064 SELENA ROSE 5 (H) R Harris 4-8-10
D Sweeney
13 (1) 004 ILEY BOY 26 J Gallagher 3-8-9
4-1 Grams And Ounces, Incredible Dream, Powered, 11-2 Murchison River, 8-1
Casaclare, 10-1 St Andrews, 14-1 Dancing Dragon, 20-1 others.
At The Races
Blinkered first time: Chepstow 12.45
Beepeecee. 2.50 Tanasoq. 3.25 Striking For
Gold. 4.00 Wolfcatcher. Southwell 2.00
Sarabi. 3.10 Noble Ballad.
Handicap Hurdle
(�249: 2m 6f 31y) (10)
(�469: 1m 113y) (8)
Handicap Hurdle
(�,640: 3m 1f 83y) (6)
Hollie Doyle (3)
5 (6) -3601 BARISTA 11 (CD) B Forsey 9-9-8
6 (10) 00520 CORPORAL MADDOX 4 (H,P,CD) R Harris 10-9-5
S Hitchcott
7 (11) 31250 AYE AYE SKIPPER 11 (B,D) K Cunningham-Brown 7-9-2
Fran Berry
8 (3) -4000 CHAMPAGNE FREDDIE 13 John O'Shea 4-9-1 D Sweeney
R Hornby
9 (7) 60-65 POET'S CHARM 11 (H) M Hill 3-9-0
K O'Neill
10 (8) 05365 CAPTAIN MARMALADE 21 (C) J Fox 5-8-11
11 (5) 00460 RISING SUNSHINE 42 (P) J M Bradley 4-8-7 M Dwyer
5-2 Barista, 4-1 King Of Swing, 11-2 Born To Finish, 7-1 Carcharias, 8-1 Aye
Aye Skipper, Captain Marmalade, 14-1 Corporal Maddox, 20-1 others.
(9) 04050 BORN TO FINISH 12 (T,B) J Osborne 4-9-13 T J Murphy
S W Kelly
(2) 06253 KING OF SWING 23 (H) R Hughes 4-9-12
(4) 52200 CARCHARIAS 11 (CD) E De Giles 4-9-10 C Shepherd (3)
J Egan
(1) 3105- AL'S MEMORY 454 (D) P D Evans 8-9-9
Course specialists
Cartmel: Trainers K Slack, 8 from 22 runners,
36.4%; I Jardine, 3 from 9, 33.3%; P Bowen, 12 from
41, 29.3%; Jonjo O'Neill, 7 from 24, 29.2%.
Jockey S Bowen, 9 from 26 rides, 34.6%.
Chepstow: Trainers Paul Henderson, 6 from 11,
54.5%; E De Giles, 11 from 39, 28.2%; N Mulholland,
4 from 19, 21.1%; Clive Cox, 11 from 53, 20.8%;
J Flint, 9 from 44, 20.5%. Jockeys Jenny Powell,
3 from 12, 25.0%; C Shepherd, 6 from 26, 23.1%.
Epsom: Trainers R Varian, 8 from 30, 26.7%;
D Simcock, 7 from 31, 22.6%; E Houghton, 7 from
32, 21.9%; H Morrison, 3 from 15, 20.0%; P Cole,
3 from 15, 20.0%. Jockeys R Winston, 3 from 11,
27.3%; P Dobbs, 7 from 38, 18.4%.
Ripon: Trainers Karen McLintock, 3 from 7, 42.9%;
W Haggas, 18 from 48, 37.5%; R Varian, 9 from 35,
25.7%; Michael Bell, 3 from 12, 25.0%; S bin Suroor,
5 from 20, 25.0%. Jockeys S De Sousa, 18 from 47,
38.3%; M Harley, 4 from 17, 23.5%.
Southwell: Trainers D Brown, 12 from 42, 28.6%;
B Powell, 4 from 17, 23.5%; G L Moore, 4 from 17,
23.5%; R Beckett, 7 from 30, 23.3%; R G Fell, 3 from
13, 23.1%. Jockey G Buckell, 6 from 9, 66.7%.
12.30 Arcadian Sea
2.35 Luath
1.00 Jim Rockford
3.10 Noble Ballad
1.30 Jabbarockie
3.45 Jeremy?s Jet
2.00 Tricky Dicky
4.15 Misu Moneypenny
Going: standard
Draw: 5f-6f, high numbers best
At The Races
12.30 Handicap (�588: 1m 4f 14y) (14)
G Lee
(3) 00600 FAST PLAY 28 (B,D) C Dore 5-10-0
A Mullen
(14) 41004 LEAN ON PETE 11 (C,D) O Pears 8-9-13
(10) 61003 GUNNER MOYNE 33 (B,C) G L Moore 5-9-13 H Crouch (3)
(7) 00000 THOU SWELL 13 (B,CD) Shaun Harris 5-9-8 S Donohoe
Rossa Ryan (7)
(6) 36255 MOOJANED 21 (C,D) J Flint 6-9-8
C Hardie
(9) 36406 STAR ASCENDING 28 (P,D) J Candlish 5-9-7
(12) 45325 PADLEYOUROWNCANOE 18 (B,C) D M Loughnane 3-9-4
L Morris
8 (1) 30455 GO ON GAL 19 Miss J Feilden 4-9-4 Shelley Birkett (3)
A Rawlinson
9 (4) 20000 COCKNEY BOY 17 (P) M Appleby 4-9-4
G Buckell (5)
10 (5) 50303 ALBERT BOY 11 (D) S Dixon 4-9-3
D C Costello
11(13) 33040 LES PECHEURS 23 (H) J Ewart 3-8-13
C Bennett (3)
12 (8) 606 BEACH PARTY 34 H Morrison 3-8-13
R Ffrench
13 (2) 06333 ARCADIAN SEA 13 W Jarvis 3-8-13
14(11) 40640 MUNGO MADNESS 26 Miss J Feilden 3-8-9
Milly Naseb (7)
9-2 Arcadian Sea, 5-1 Gunner Moyne, 6-1 Padleyourowncanoe, 13-2 Beach
Party, 7-1 Moojaned, 9-1 Lean On Pete, 10-1 Go On Gal, 12-1 others.
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �235: 4f 214y) (8)
G Lee
1 (1) 64520 JIM ROCKFORD 44 (BF) R Beckett 9-2
A Mullen
2 (6) 306 MEDICI ORO 41 D Brown 9-2
J Garritty
3 (7) 2450 ROYAL DIPLOMAT 24 R Fahey 9-2
65 SKYVA 80 (H) B Ellison 9-2
C Hardie
4 (3)
0 TRUE NORTH 18 Sir M Prescott 9-2
L Morris
5 (4)
D C Costello
6 (2) 205 FAB 56 (BF) J Osborne 8-11
MAGIC BUDDY J Jenkins 8-11
Gina Mangan (7)
7 (5)
R Ffrench
8 (8) 636 MOCEAD CAPPALL 14 (H) J Holt 8-11
9-4 Royal Diplomat, 5-2 Fab, Jim Rockford, 8-1 Medici Oro, 14-1 Magic Buddy,
16-1 Mocead Cappall, 18-1 Skyva, 25-1 True North.
Maiden Stakes
(�911: 4f 214y) (11)
50 FORTUNE AND GLORY 14 J Tuite 4-9-7
J Quinn
1 (10)
N Farley
2 (4) 0-203 JABBAROCKIE 24 E Alston 4-9-7
0 BE BE KING 124 E Houghton 3-9-5
C Bishop
3 (8)
R Ffrench
4 (7) 04- FAULKWOOD 401 K Burke 3-9-5
J Hart
5 (9) 5405- SKADI 300 D Thompson 5-9-2
P P Mathers
6 (11) 02600 BITHYNIA 25 (T) C Kellett 3-9-0
06 DOLLYWAGGON PIKE 6 J Jenkins 3-9-0 A Rawlinson
7 (1)
J Haynes
8 (3) -6400 EJABAH 99 Charles Smith 3-9-0
L Morris
9 (2) 22-30 GOLDEN EASTER 14 (H,P,BF) R Cowell 3-9-0
S Donohoe
10 (6) 00200 PROUD KATE 18 (P) Mrs C Dunnett 3-9-0
11 (5)
11-4 Sky Gypsy, 3-1 Golden Easter, 7-2 Jabbarockie, 5-1 Faulkwood, 8-1 Be Be
King, 20-1 Bithynia, Dollywaggon Pike, Skadi, 25-1 others.
Handicap (�235: 6f 16y) (10)
1 (3) 11000 TREATY OF ROME 58 (V,CD) D Shaw 5-9-10
L Edmunds (3)
2 (5) 22663 THE BIG LAD 18 (B,C,D) R Hughes 5-9-9 Finley Marsh (7)
Sam James
3 (9) 02042 TRICKY DICKY 16 (CD) O Williams 4-9-9
G Lee
4 (7) 030 JUST SURPRISE ME 24 (T) M Moubarak 4-9-8
C Beasley
5 (8) 01356 LEXINGTON SKY 3 (D) R G Fell 3-9-7
L Morris
6 (2) 25030 INTERLINK 7 (D) M Appleby 4-9-6
7 (4) 00613 DANISH DUKE 18 (P,C,D,BF) Mrs R Carr 6-9-5 J Garritty
A Mullen
8 (1) 35144 NAG'S WAG 13 (D) C Dore 4-9-2
G Buckell (5)
9 (6) 10005 KRYSTALLITE 18 S Dixon 4-9-2
R P Walsh (7)
10(10) 60026 SARABI 10 (B,C) S Dixon 4-8-10
11-4 Tricky Dicky, 9-2 Danish Duke, 5-1 Treaty Of Rome, 6-1 The Big Lad, 13-2
Interlink, 10-1 Nag's Wag, Sarabi, 12-1 Lexington Sky, 16-1 others.
Handicap (Div I: �588: 7f 14y) (14)
Sammy Jo Bell (3)
(6) 16306 LUATH 18 (CD) S France 4-9-11
G Lee
(7) 36100 GEORDIE GEORGE 27 (T) R Menzies 5-9-10
K Fox
(10) 34405 FREDDY WITH A Y 19 (P,D) J Jenkins 7-9-7
J Quinn
(8) -0000 MR ANDROS 12 (T,P) B Powell 4-9-5
(11) 00200 MONSIEUR JIMMY 14 (CD) Declan Carroll 5-9-4
S Donohoe
6 (5) 30000 BROUGHTONS FANCY 10 (D) Mrs K Tutty 4-9-3
Gemma Tutty (5)
L Edmunds (3)
7 (1) 26-00 ROGER THORPE 9 (C) J Balding 8-9-3
A Mullen
8 (9) 40402 CANFORD BELLE 134 G Tuer 4-9-1
9 (14) 50000 FOSSA 18 (H,CD) W M Brisbourne 7-8-12 C Bennett (3)
C Beasley
10(12) 06560 NELLIE DEEN 2 (B) R G Fell 4-8-10
11(13) 00060 ROCK OF MONACO 35 (B,D) A Brittain 4-8-10 C Hardie
N Farley
12 (4) 06/00 TIME CONTINUUM 20 E Alston 5-8-10
J Hart
13 (3) -6002 BREAKING FREE 34 J J Quinn 3-8-7
L Morris
14 (2) 4-000 JUNGLE GEORGE 42 S Dixon 3-8-5
9-2 Breaking Free, 5-1 Canford Belle, 6-1 Luath, 13-2 Geordie George, 7-1
Freddy With A Y, 8-1 Fossa, 12-1 Broughtons Fancy, 14-1 others.
(Div II: �588: 7f 14y) (14)
1 (6) 23000 ROYAL HOLIDAY 21 (P,C,D) Mrs M Fife 10-9-10
J Garritty
C Hardie
2 (9) 64200 GREY DESTINY 19 (CD) A Brittain 7-9-9
Cal Rodriguez (5)
3 (11) 03260 ELUSIVITY 17 (P,C,D) C Dore 9-9-7
J Hart
4 (4) 53431 SIZE MATTERS 14 (D) M Walford 3-9-4
C Bishop
5 (10) 63030 BO SELECTA 10 (P) Richard Spencer 3-9-3
6 (5) -0425 TRUST ME BOY 132 (CD) John E Long 9-9-3 S Pearce (3)
G Lee
7 (13) 60-00 NOBLE BALLAD 26 (B) R Beckett 3-9-2
S Donohoe
8 (8) -3446 TREAGUS 49 (P) C Fellowes 3-9-0
A Mullen
9 (14) 03400 JENNIES GEM 35 O Pears 4-8-11
L Morris
10(12) 23065 BREAK THE SILENCE 19 S Dixon 3-8-10
11 (7) 00006 LEITH BRIDGE 9 (P) M Usher 5-8-10 Finley Marsh (7)
L Edmunds (3)
12 (3) 03003 ORIENTELLE 19 (B) R Whitaker 3-8-9
J Quinn
13 (2) 00530 ZEBEDEE STAR 12 Mrs K Tutty 3-8-5
14 (1) 000-6 UNONOTHINJONSNOW 26 Richard Guest 3-8-5
R Ffrench
7-2 Size Matters, 11-2 Treagus, 7-1 Trust Me Boy, 8-1 Orientelle, Royal
Holiday, 9-1 Noble Ballad, 10-1 Bo Selecta, Break The Silence, 12-1 others.
(�264: 2m 102y) (14)
C Hardie
1 (7) 0-023 DESKTOP 20 (D) A Brittain 5-9-10
A Mullen
2 (13) 56300 YASIR 16 (C,D) C Dore 9-9-9
P Sirigu
3 (9) 00-60 TYNECASTLE PARK 122J R Eddery 4-9-9
J Garritty
4 (8) 0-002 TOPTEMPO 30 Ralph J Smith 8-9-5
G Downing
5 (2) -0006 JEREMY'S JET 53 (T) A Carroll 6-9-4
R Ffrench
6 (4) 5455 TOAST OF LONDON 30 A Brittain 4-9-3
G Lee
7 (12) 0P-00 ORACLE BOY 67 (P) M Chapman 6-9-2
J Quinn
8 (14) 55320 ESSPEEGEE 16 (P) A Bailey 4-9-1
Aled Beech (7)
9 (11) 0002/ PAHENTE 999 A Carroll 9-9-1
C Bennett (3)
10(10) -0650 ROB'S LEGACY 34 Shaun Harris 4-9-1
J Hart
11 (1) 0002 STANDER 13 J McConnell (Ire) 3-8-7
L Morris
12 (6) 000-6 LEGALIZED 35 J Given 3-8-7
J Haynes
13 (5) 0002 ASTROSHADOW 35 M Tompkins 3-8-5
P P Mathers
14 (3) 00606 SHINE BABY SHINE 18 P Kirby 3-8-4
4-1 Astroshadow, 5-1 Stander, 13-2 Toptempo, 7-1 Esspeegee, 8-1 Toast Of
London, 9-1 Desktop, Shine Baby Shine, 10-1 Legalized, Yasir, 12-1 others.
Handicap (�588: 4f 214y) (11)
L Edmunds (3)
(8) 66105 FORTINBRASS 74 (C) J Balding 7-9-8
P P Mathers
(9) 16140 KODIMOOR 10 (D) C Kellett 4-9-7
(1) 03060 ROY'S LEGACY 13 (CD) Shaun Harris 8-9-3 C Bennett (3)
P Pilley (5)
(6) 50002 SIR GEOFFREY 10 (B,CD) S Dixon 11-9-2
G Buckell (5)
(10) 03350 PEARL NOIR 11 (B,C,D) S Dixon 7-9-1
N Farley
(3) 0-453 LYDIATE LADY 17 (D) E Alston 5-8-9
(4) 26504 MISU MONEYPENNY 20 (V,CD) S Dixon 4-8-8 L Morris
(5) 66005 CLASSIC FLYER 20 (H,B,D) Mrs C Dunnett 5-8-8
S Donohoe
R P Walsh (7)
9 (11) 13003 WIMBOLDSLEY 17 (C,D) S Dixon 6-8-8
10 (7) 10/05 SATELLITE EXPRESS 17 (T,B,C) T Pinfield 6-8-7
R Ffrench
11 (2) 00000 MEN UNITED 11 (B,D) S R Bowring 4-8-7 K Lundie (5)
3-1 Sir Geoffrey, 5-1 Wimboldsley, 13-2 Roy's Legacy, 8-1 Kodimoor, Pearl
Noir, 9-1 Lydiate Lady, 10-1 Fortinbrass, 12-1 Misu Moneypenny, 14-1 others.
2.10 Plansina
4.30 Lake Volta
2.45 Miss Danby
5.05 Musical Terms
3.20 Sfumato
5.35 Kerry Icon
3.55 Laidback Romeo
Going: good
At The Races
Draw: 5f-im, low numbers best
Selling Stakes
(2-Y-O: �235: 6f) (10)
P Hanagan
1 (5) 04501 FLO'S MELODY 17 (D) R Fahey 9-2
B McHugh
2 (4) 605 JAIMIE'S JOY 16 (P) Tony Coyle 9-2
06 RACING RADIO 16 T D Barron 9-2
B A Curtis
3 (8)
J Gormley (7)
4 (3) 00406 SAM JAMES 45 I Jardine 9-2
05 CHANGING 11 D Kubler 8-11
T Marquand
5 (7)
P McDonald
6 (10) 65642 FELISA 10 (BF) P D Evans 8-11
S De Sousa
7 (1) 04060 JEAN PAGET 6 M Channon 8-11
S A Gray
8 (2) 0040 LADY LINTERA 13 (H) Mrs A Duffield 8-11
D Allan
9 (6) 6006 PLANSINA 17 (P) T Easterby 8-11
24 SILVERLIGHT 16 (BF) P Kirby 8-11
Kevin Stott
10 (9)
15-8 Felisa, 11-4 Flo's Melody, 7-1 Jean Paget, 8-1 Silverlight, 9-1 Sam James,
10-1 Lady Lintera, 14-1 Changing, Plansina, 20-1 others.
(3-Y-O: �881: 1m 1f 170y) (11)
L Steward
1 (11) -1322 DREAM MACHINE 18 (D) Michael Bell 9-7
P Makin
2 (9) -4131 ALFRED RICHARDSON 69 John Davies 9-7
S De Sousa
3 (3) 0-03 ODEN 23 (P) R Varian 9-6
D Tudhope
4 (10) 22120 BREANSKI 14 (BF) D O'Meara 9-6
D Nolan
5 (2) 06420 AKKADIAN EMPIRE 16 (H,BF) I Jardine 9-3
M Harley
6 (7) 40410 MONT ROYAL 11 (BF) O Pears 9-2
D Allan
7 (8) 22036 TREAD LIGHTLY 44 T Easterby 8-12
F Norton
8 (5) 22-60 MISS DANBY 12 M Johnston 8-8
P McDonald
9 (1) 5-460 MISTER MOOSAH 24 M D Hammond 8-7
Joe Doyle
10 (6) 606- BAHKIT 389 S Haynes 8-4
P Hanagan
11 (4) 5-420 BROUGHTONS STORY 17 H Spiller 8-2
3-1 Alfred Richardson, 100-30 Oden, 9-2 Dream Machine, 6-1 Breanski, 11-1
Mont Royal, 12-1 Miss Danby, Tread Lightly, 14-1 others.
Handicap (3-Y-O: �175: 6f) (9)
P McDonald
(3) 15462 HAROME 21 (C,D) R G Fell 9-7
D Tudhope
(4) 11560 HEE HAW 9 (D) P Midgley 9-6
J Crowley
(1) 02100 PARYS MOUNTAIN 16 (H,D) D Brown 9-6
D Nolan
(6) 1-663 SFUMATO 54 (D) I Jardine 9-5
T Eaves
(8) 01111 KAESO 32 (CD) N Tinkler 9-3
(5) 10601 SUITCASE 'N' TAXI 21 (D) T Easterby 9-3
Rachel Richardson (3)
Kevin Stott
7 (9) 30-04 LANJANO 20 (D,BF) K A Ryan 9-1
8 (2) -5040 SOMEWHERE SECRET 16 (P) M Mullineaux 9-0
Phil Dennis (3)
D Allan
9 (7) 03300 MONKS STAND 16 (P,D) T Easterby 8-12
13-8 Kaeso, 9-2 Harome, 13-2 Suitcase 'N' Taxi, 7-1 Parys Mountain, 8-1 Hee
Haw, Lanjano, 12-1 Sfumato, 16-1 Monks Stand, 25-1 Somewhere Secret.
(�,450: 1m) (10)
1 (6) 11-12 LAIDBACK ROMEO 72 (CD) Clive Cox 5-9-12 M Harley
2 (2) 31130 GURKHA FRIEND 72 (CD) Karen McLintock 5-9-8
S De Sousa
P Hanagan
3 (8) 36042 HOME CUMMINS 31 (P,D) R Fahey 5-9-6
4 (7) 04050 ONE WORD MORE 4 (H,D) T Easterby 7-9-6
Rachel Richardson (3)
T Eaves
5 (10) 16313 FLORENZA 10 (D) C Fairhurst 4-9-4
D Tudhope
6 (5) 1-60 KHARBETATION 20 (D) D O'Meara 4-9-4
P McDonald
7 (9) 10430 TWO FOR TWO 9 (P,CD) R G Fell 9-9-3
D Allan
8 (3) 0-006 FATHER BERTIE 9 (T,P,D) T Easterby 5-9-2
B A Curtis
9 (4) 5-420 FORT BASTION 9 (D) B Ellison 8-9-0
10 (1) 50241 BRILLIANT VANGUARD 9 (P,CD) K A Ryan 4-8-12
Kevin Stott
7-2 Laidback Romeo, 9-2 Brilliant Vanguard, Home Cummins, 13-2 Gurkha
Friend, 7-1 One Word More, 9-1 Two For Two, 10-1 others.
Champion 2-Y-O Trophy
(Listed: 2-Y-O: �,013: 6f) (8)
10 CHOOKIE DUNEDIN 69 (D) K Dalgleish 9-3 D C Costello
1 (5)
J Crowley
2 (4) 016 ENJAZAAT 46 (D) O Burrows 9-3
B A Curtis
3 (1) 0125 GREEN POWER 25 (D) J Gallagher 9-3
S De Sousa
4 (3) 010 HELVETIAN 15 M Channon 9-3
F Norton
5 (6) 011 LAKE VOLTA 9 (CD) M Johnston 9-3
P Hanagan
6 (8) 212 REGULATOR 22 (D,BF) R Fahey 9-3
13 TIP TWO WIN 28 (D) R Teal 9-3
T Marquand
7 (7)
P McDonald
8 (2) 24105 REBEL ASSAULT 30 M Johnston 8-12
5-4 Lake Volta, 9-2 Helvetian, 11-2 Regulator, 13-2 Enjazaat, 10-1 Rebel
Assault, 12-1 Chookie Dunedin, 14-1 Green Power, 16-1 Tip Two Win.
Maiden Stakes (�235: 1m) (6)
6 GLOBAL ROAR 83 J Weymes 4-9-11
Phil Dennis (3)
Kevin Stott
BOMBAY D O'Meara 3-9-5
D Tudhope
0 MAJOR MINUS 7 T Easterby 3-9-5
Rachel Richardson (3)
J Crowley
5 (2) 234 MUSICAL TERMS 83 (BF) W Haggas 3-9-5
3 PERFECT SENSE 16 S bin Suroor 3-9-5
T Marquand
6 (4)
11-10 Perfect Sense, 5-4 Musical Terms, 11-2 Bombay, 20-1 Global Roar, 50-1
Kaylen's Mischief, Major Minus.
Amateur Riders? Handicap
(�120: 1m 2f 190y) (10)
1 (5) 66011 ALL FOR NOTHING 10 (T,V) J McConnell (Ire) 4-11-10
Mr Thomas Riley
2 (10) 43300 STONECOLDSOBA 40J D Quinn 4-11-7 Mr W Degnan (5)
3 (8) 40020 ADVENTUREMAN 10 Mrs R Carr 5-11-7 Miss E Bullock
Miss J Cooley
4 (6) 32246 STRICTLY ART 15 A Bailey 4-11-7
5 (7) 66520 SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES 32 (P) D M Loughnane 4-11-3
Mr M Ennis
6 (9) 1343- BARNABY BROOK 319 T Dascombe 7-11-2
Mr H Myddelton (5)
Miss A McCain
7 (4) 55024 KERRY ICON 18 (H) I Jardine 4-10-11
8 (3) 40-40 ROYAL ETIQUETTE 15 (T,P) Mrs L Hill 10-10-7
Miss I Marshall (5)
9 (2) 30600 MOUNT CHEIRON 11 (B) R Ford 6-10-7
Mr J Swarbrick (5)
10 (1) -0005 FLEDERMAUS 11 (T) Miss T Jackson 7-10-7
Miss B Johnson (5)
9-4 All For Nothing, 5-2 Stonecoldsoba, 11-2 Strictly Art, 7-1 Barnaby Brook,
9-1 Kerry Icon, 10-1 Sunshineandbubbles, 12-1 Adventureman, 25-1 others.
dayy August
uggust 28 2017 | the times
Sport US Open
Murray faces crucial
surgery decision to
prolong his career
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer
New York
Only 20 minutes before his scheduled
pre-tournament press conference at
Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Andy
Murray conceded that his efforts in the
previous six weeks to recover from his
hip injury and return to the court at the
US Open were in vain.
The world No 2 informed officials
that he was withdrawing from the tournament ? further decimating the
men?s singles field here by becoming
the fifth absentee in the world?s top 11 ?
before appearing in front of the assembled media to announce the news,
something that he was reluctant to do.
?This is actually why I didn?t want to
come in here,? Murray said, his voice
quivering as he fought back the tears.
The 30-year-old Scot cut a despondent
figure as he departed immediately
These are worrying times for
Murray. He was never going to be at full
fitness here but he had hoped that he
could somehow carefully manage his
hip issue to come through seven
matches and then take a decision on a
long-term fix after the tournament.
That decision, one of the most
important of his career, is now being
brought forward with haste after this
latest setback.
?I spoke to a number of specialists to
get the best advice possible,? Murray
said, without divulging the exact nature
of the problem. ?Obviously when you
speak to a lot, there are different views
and opinions on what the best thing to
do is moving forward, and that?s a
decision I?ll need to take now.?
Murray will determine his plan of
action when he arrives home this
morning. To prolong his career into his
mid-thirties, surgery may be required.
That would mean an early end to his
season, bringing down the curtain on
his ?annus horribilis?.
While Murray would prefer not to
write off the rest of his year at this point,
he needs only to look at the benefits
that Roger Federer has reaped since his
six-month layoff at the end of 2016 to
properly recuperate from his knee
issues. With the bigger picture in mind,
it makes sense to give the Masters tour- month, has had to contend with back
naments in Shanghai and Paris in pain that flared up during the final in
October and November a miss.
Montreal a fortnight ago, while Cilic
There are, of course, more significant has not played since losing the Wimblesacrifices that would come, though. don final, due to a thigh muscle injury.
The ATP Finals in London in NovemThe growing injury list has reignited
ber would sorely miss Murray and his the debate over whether something
exhibition match against Federer in needs to be done to reduce the gruelling
Glasgow that same month may also physical impact on players. It is often
have to be rescheduled. Because he suggested that the schedule, which
would not be able to defend the ranking takes up around ten and a half months
points won during his successful run at of the year, needs to be reduced. Many
the end of last year, he would also drop of the players, though, accept that it is
to around No 16 in the world rankings not practical for the ATP to suddenly
within the next three months.
chop weeks off it.
As Murray practised with Lucas
?It is not so easy to just cut off some
Pouille, the world No 20 from France, tournaments,? Cilic told The Times. ?It
on Saturday, he appeared a shadow of is very important for players to pick the
the confident player who won 24 right schedule, to find enough time to
matches in a row to become the year- prepare, recover and be at 100 per cent.
end world No 1 in 2016. Murray had It?s quite a coincidence that all the guys
initially been content with his
at the top are out at the same moment.
first few practice sessions
We are all individuals, we all have to
after arriving in New
take care of our bodies in our own
York the previous
way, balance it with how many
weekend, but there
tournaments we are going to
Grand-slam titles won
was a rueful shake of by the other 126 players play, and how much rest you?re
the head when he in the men?s draw apart going to need.?
called an early end from Federer and Nadal
While it is a concern for the
to Saturday?s hit.
ATP that a number of high(one for Marin Cilic,
Murray is still hope- one for Juan Mart韓 profile players will not play in the
ful, though, that he can
final third of the season, the renaisdel Potro)
get back to his best when
sance of Federer and Nadal has been a
he does eventually make a return.
saving grace. There cannot be many
He can draw on a similar experience in complaints from fans if the two meet for
2013, when he shut down his season to the first time in New York in the semiundergo surgery on a lingering back finals, a match which would also have
injury. ?If I get myself fit and healthy, the world No 1 ranking at stake.
there is no reason why I can?t [get back
Had Murray pulled out before
to my best],? he said. ?I have been Friday?s draw, then Federer would have
practising here and have been competi- become the second seed and been
tive. There has been a lot of players with placed in the opposite half to Nadal.
injuries this year. Roger and Rafa The Scot has received criticism, some[Nadal] last year had a few problems.?
what unfairly, for not deciding to
And so Murray joins Novak withdraw until the 11th hour. ?Feel
Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Milos sorry for Andy Murray but he just ruRaonic and Kei Nishikori in watching ined the US Open draw,? tweeted Todd
the final grand-slam tournament of the Woodbridge, the former doubles world
year from home. In last year?s end-of- No 1 of Australia.
season rankings, these names formed
Thus there is a huge opportunity for
the top five. Now their weary body players in the bottom half of the draw.
parts, ranging from elbows to knees, are Alexander Zverev, the talented 20contributing to the worst injury crisis in year-old from Germany, will surely
some time on the men?s tour.
fancy his chances of not only progressEven Federer and Marin Cilic are ing further than the last 16 of a grandtaking to the court here at less than full slam event for the first time, but
fitness. Federer, who turned 36 this perhaps even reaching the final.
Only 4 of top 11
are fully fit
Rafael Nadal
Fully fit
through injury
Out for rest of
season after
surgery on
left knee
Novak Djokovic
Out for rest
of season with
elbow injury
Alexander Zverev
Fully fit
the times | Monday August 28 2017
US Open Sport
Marin Cilic
Watson has high
hopes of ending
her New York jinx
Fully fit
Stuart Fraser
Grigor Dimitrov
Fully fit
Andy Murray
Out of US Open due
to hip injury
Kei Nishikori
Out for season
after tearing
tendon in
right wrist
Milos Raonic
Out of US Open
after surgery
on left wrist
There has been an annual tradition for
Heather Watson in New York. Having
never won a first-round match at the
US Open, it was put to the 25-year-old
during her pre-tournament media
duties that maybe this could be the
?I blame you, saying, ?Oh, it?s fourth
year lucky, fifth year lucky,? ? Watson
says, laughing, after being told that this
may be her ?seventh year lucky?.
Jokes aside, Watson admits that even
she is baffled by her failure to win a
match in the main draw at Flushing
Meadows. This is where the Briton
announced herself in 2009 by winning
the girls? singles title aged 17, but since
then it has been a tale of woe. She does,
however, count Maria Sharapova,
Simona Halep and Li Na among her
first-round conquerors.
?All my titles are on hard courts,?
Watson said. ?I love hard courts,
especially these ones. I genuinely think
it?s just coincidence. Let?s go with that. It
has to be, because I?ve won the juniors
here. I love New York. Everything
about here is awesome. It?s going to
happen. One time, it?s going to happen.?
The chances of Watson, who is
ranked world No 74, ending her barren
run here received a boost in the draw as
she avoided a seed in her opening
match, although she does face a tricky
competitor in Aliz� Cornet, the world
No 46 from France.
Cornet?s matches are often not short
of drama, in large part due to her
emotional outbursts. Her secondround match at last year?s French Open
was one of her most controversial, with
her German opponent, Tatjana Maria,
accusing her of faking an injury and
even threatening legal action. The
match was billed by French media as
?I?m quite good friends with her off
the court,? Watson said of Cornet. ?I?ve
never had any bump-ins, but she has
been a bit controversial on court sometimes. I think that?s just because she?s
quite emotional.?
After struggling for consistency Watson turned her fortunes around during
the British grass-court season, re-entering the world?s top 100 after a semifinal appearance in Eastbourne and a
run to the third round at Wimbledon, in
which she pushed Victoria Azarenka,
the former world No 1, to three sets. ?It
was good,? Watson said. ?I needed that.
I had been a bit down on myself. I had
been outside the top 100 for a bit and my
goal in that grass-court season was to
get in the main draw here. I did that.?
Watson is not particularly enthused
by her form since then, though. After
coming through qualifying in Toronto,
she was forced to retire from her firstround match with a shoulder injury.
She then lost her first qualifying match
in Cincinnati the following week.
She is one of four British players in
action on the opening day of the tournament. Johanna Konta, the seventh
seed, begins her campaign for a first
grand-slam title against Aleksandra
Krunic, the world No 78 from Serbia.
Kyle Edmund?s run to the semi-finals
in Winston-Salem last week will give
him optimism that he can perform well
again at Flushing Meadows, where the
22-year-old achieved his best grandslam result here last year by reaching
British players in action today
Johanna Konta [7] v Aleksandra
Kyle Edmund v Robin Haase [32]
Heather Watson v Aliz� Cornet
Cameron Norrie v Dmitry Tursunov
Live on Eurosport from 4pm
the fourth round. He faces an early
challenge against Robin Haase, the
Dutch No 32 seed who was a recent
semi-finalist in Montreal.
Edmund has enjoyed working with
Mark Hilton, the former coach of Dan
Evans, during the American hard-court
swing and the pair will take a decision
on a permanent partnership after the
US Open.
Andy Murray?s withdrawal means
that Edmund, the world No 45, is the
highest-ranked British man in the draw,
a status that will take some getting used
to for the 22-year-old.
?In my head, I?m aware that Andy
isn?t going to be around forever,?
Edmund said. ?He?s going to stop before
I stop. I think Andy will still play for a
few years, so I have still got time.?
After coming through qualifying
without dropping a set, Cameron
Norrie, 22, has a winnable first-round
match against Dmitry Tursunov, the
Russian who has dropped to No 642 in
the rankings after barely playing this
year due to injury problems.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Sport Formula One
Hamilton shows
grit in Belgium to
keep Vettel at bay
Rebecca Clancy
How they finished
L Hamilton (GB) Mercedes
1hr 24min 42.820sec
S Vettel (Ger)
Ferrari +2.358sec
Motor Racing Reporter,
D Ricciardo (Aus)
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Valtteri Bottas
4 Daniel Ricciardo
Red Bull
5 Kimi Raikkonen
6 Max Verstappen
Red Bull
7 Sergio P閞ez
Force India
8 Esteban Ocon
Force India
9 Carlos Sainz
Toro Rosso
Red Bull +10.791
Lewis Hamilton said that he wanted
every race in the second half of the
season to be marked as a ?10?, and he
clocked the first of those with victory at
the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday.
It was a weekend of records and celebration for the Briton, who took pole at
the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, matching Michael Schumacher?s all-time pole
record of 68. A personal message from
the Schumacher family to commemorate his achievement brought tears to
Hamilton?s eyes. That it was also his
200th race just added to the sentiment
of the weekend, and he topped it off
with a dominant performance.
The victory in the Ardennes means
that Hamilton is now just seven points
behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers?
championship. There was rarely more
than two seconds between the pair over
the 44 laps of the 7km track. The
Mercedes and Ferrari cars were so
evenly matched that the German could
find no way past Hamilton.
A late safety car on the 30th lap, the
result of the Force India team-mates
colliding yet again, threatened to disrupt Hamilton?s all-conquering weekend. Both he and Vettel pitted immediately. Hamilton had soft tyres put on,
while Vettel still had a set of the quicker,
super-soft tyres which he put on. They
rejoined with the Briton still in front.
Debris from the two Force India cars
was spread across the track, but Hamilton described the decision to bring out
the safety car as ?ridiculous? and a ?BS
call?. Hamilton even went so far as to
accuse the FIA, the governing body,
which decides when to deploy the
safety car, of trying create more drama.
?I guess they wanted to see a race, so
that?s for sure the reason they did that,
because there was hardly any debris, if
at all, they cleaned it so well,? the 32year-old said.
Thankfully for Hamilton, Vettel went
slightly too early on the restart and had
to ease off so as not to get in front of
Hamilton before the allotted line,
allowing the Briton the smallest
amount of space. But Vettel came back
and was all over the back of him for the
next two corners, moving alongside
before Hamilton managed to pull away.
?Leave me to it,? was Hamilton?s message to his engineer when Pete Bonnington offered advice. The British
driver did not need it and some 11 laps of
?qualifying?, as Hamilton described it,
driving flat out, saw him take the
chequered flag.
?It?s amazing to come back into the
season and start on the right foot. The
Ferrari was very strong today and they
put on a fantastic fight,? Hamilton said.
?We were both pushing every single lap
and there was no room for error. It is fun
to be racing against another team and
Sebastian at his best and the car at its
best ? that?s what racing is all about.
?We were just battling within half a
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4 K Raikkonen (Fin)
5 V Bottas (Fin)
6 N H黮kenberg (Ger)
7 R Grosjean (Fr)
8 F Massa (Br)
9 E Ocon (Fr)
Force India
10 C Sainz (Sp)
Toro Rosso +39.447
11 L Stroll (Can)
12 D Kvyat (Rus)
Toro Rosso +49.940
13 J Palmer (GB)
14 S Vandoorne (Bel)
15 K Magnussen (Den) Haas
16 M Ericsson (Swe)
17 S P閞ez (Mex)
Force India
18 F Alonso (Sp)
19 M Verstappen (Neth) Red Bull
20 P Wehrlein (Ger)
Race scoring system: 1st 25pts 2nd 18 3rd 15 4th 12
5th 10 6th 8 7th 6 8th 4 9th 2 10th 1
tenth every single lap and that?s what
racing is all about. I think they were
able to keep up and follow closely for a
long time, so I think they had the better
pace today but fortunately I was able to
do just enough to stay ahead.?
Despite finding no way past, Vettel
also enjoyed the battle with his rival.
?It was good fun. It was really intense.
Every lap I was waiting for Lewis to
make a mistake,? the German said,
admitting that a Hamilton error was his
only likely way to get past the Briton.
?On the restart I feared I wasn?t close
enough, but I was too close,? he said.
?We?ve made some good steps forward
so I?m looking forward to our home
race [at Monza next weekend].?
Vettel had struggled at Silverstone, a
track with similar characteristics to
Spa, and was almost a second off the
pace there. The four-times world
champion said this weekend?s performance showed the British Grand Prix,
where he finished seventh, was just ?a
bad weekend?, and he had little concern
for the remaining eight races.
?I?m very, very happy. I think we are
on the right track and I don?t think we
have a circuit we should fear, going
from now,? the 30-year-old said.
Someone who will not be happy is
Max Verstappen. Born in Belgium, but
racing under the orange of his Dutch
father, some 80,000 of the 100,000 fans
in attendance were there to support the
teenager. They were to leave disappointed after the 18-year-old was
forced to retire on just the eighth lap.
?Unbelievable,? was all he could muster
over the radio. His father Jos and
Christian Horner, the Red Bull team
principal, could only shake their heads,
lost for words at the teenager?s sixth
?did not finish? of the season.
The bitter pill will be made harder to
swallow by the fact that team-mate
10 Nico H黮kenberg Renault
Fastest lap Vettel 1:46.577
1 Mercedes
2 Ferrari
3 Red Bull
4 Force India
5 Williams
6 Toro Rosso
7 Haas
8 Renault
9 McLaren
10 Sauber
Daniel Ricciardo went on to celebrate
his sixth podium of the season, taking
A superlative restart after the safety
car saw the Australian get the jump on
Valtteri Bottas? Mercedes. Bottas, who
had been third, took a double hit as
Ferrari?s Kimi Raikkonen slipped down
the other side of him to claim fourth,
pushing his fellow Finn down to fifth,
where he finished.
The safety car had come at the right
time for Raikkonen. He had been
handed a ten-second penalty for not
slowing under double yellow flags, but
recovered well to finish the race fourth.
For Fernando Alonso, it was yet
another weekend of despair. The
Spaniard confirmed that he had been
contacted by rival teams eager to tease
him away from McLaren. He said he
had dismissed 60 per cent and would
think about the remaining 40 per cent
in September, when he begins to
consider his future.
This weekend will have brought him
little reason to remain at McLaren
(aside from them being one of the very
few teams who can afford his salary).
He had started tenth on the grid and it
quickly went downhill from there as he
was overtaken by other cars.
?Embarrassing, really embarrassing,? was his first moan and he was only
five laps in. Two laps later he was given
an update on the cars behind him. ?I
don?t care. It?s just a test,? was his damning reply. By lap 17 he asked for no more
radio for the rest of the race; ten laps
later, he retired. He had broken his selfimposed radio ban to ask if there was
rain. There was none on the radar, he
had had enough and he retired the car,
seemingly losing any will he may have
had to finish the race. And perhaps also
losing the will to stay with the team at
the same time.
On the up: Hamilton celebrates his fifth victory of the season yesterday to
Poignant drive for Schumacher?s son
The most
moment of the
weekend came
as Mick
Schumacher, son
of Michael, took
to the track in his
father?s Benetton,
25 years after his
first grand prix
win at the same
track. ?It was just
great,? Mick, 18,
said. ?It was a
pleasure for me
to drive. It was
emotional and
fun and amazing.
There is a lot of
history with it
and I?m really
happy I was able
to drive it.?
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Hamilton has been
on the podium in
111 of his
200 races in
Formula One
Poles for Hamilton,
equalling the record
set by Michael
Races won by Hamilton
this season ? one more
than Vettel, but the
Briton is still seven
points behind in
the standings
Froome strengthens
his grip on La Vuelta
Chris Froome took another huge step
towards a Tour de France-La Vuelta
double by winning stage nine yesterday
to extend his race lead in Spain.
The Team Sky leader attacked with
500m to go on the category-one climb
of a 174km stage from Orihuela to
Benitachell to win in a time of 4hr 7min
13sec from his closest challenger,
Esteban Chaves, of Colombia.
?I put everything I had into that last
couple of hundred metres. I was determined that they weren?t going to catch
me,? Froome said. ?I?m really, really
happy to get the victory. The team
did a brilliant job on that final
climb and set such a good
?After a week we couldn?tt
have asked to be in a better
position. It?s been a fantastic
start to the Vuelta. The legs
are feeling great. I?ve been
to the Vuelta so many
times, trying to target this
race, and so far it feels like
everything is going reallyy
well.? Today is the first restt
Chaves, slipped 36 seconds behind Froome in thee
general classification, with
Nicolas Roche, of Ireland,
1min 05sec back in third. But
England offer
hope with a
bronze finish
Cathy Harris Amsterdam
narrow the gap in the title race. The Mercedes driver is now just seven points behind Vettel with eight races still to go
P閞ez is risking our lives, fumes Ocon
Rebecca Clancy
Esteban Ocon accused Sergio P閞ez of
risking their lives as the two Force India
drivers collided at the Belgian Grand
The pair touched on the first lap on
the run up to Eau Rouge, which P閞ez
took responsibility for. Then on lap 30,
again on the approach to Eau Rouge,
Ocon took the inside line but P閞ez left
no room between him and the tyre wall,
clipping Ocon?s front wing which went
flying across the track. P閞ez came off
worse, suffering a right rear puncture
which led to debris and his tyre rolling
across the track moments later.
?Risking our lives for nothing. He
risked my life in there, at 300km/h
[186mph] down to Eau Rouge,? Ocon
told Channel 4. ?He?s supposed to be a
professional driver, today he didn?t
show it. He has not done that with any
other team-mates, I don?t know why
he?s doing it with me.?
Animosity between the two drivers
started in Canada when P閞ez refused
to let Ocon ? who was on fresher tyres
? past so that he could attack the
driver ahead. The rivalry reared its ugly
head again in Baku, when under the
restart after a safety car, the pair
collided with a podium finish in sight.
England sounding a warning to their
rivals before the 2018 World Cups after
the men?s and women?s teams claimed
bronze with an impressive double over
Germany in the European Championships in Amsterdam.
While the women secured a seventh
successive medal in the tournament
after Hannah Martin and Alex Danson
scored either side of the break in a 2-0
victory, the men faced the daunting
prospect of taking on the eight-time
European champions.
That they triumphed 4-2 was testament to their resilience and determination. Under pressure for prolonged
periods, Liam Sanford and Brendan
Creed, the inexperienced defenders,
rose superbly to the occasion. England?s
Froome, aiming to become only the
third man to win the Tour and Vuelta in
the same year, is amassing a significant
advantage over the rest of his general
classification rivals.
Vincenzo Nibali was 14 seconds back
on the stage to fall 1min 17sec behind
the Briton in fourth, with Fabio Aru a
further 16 seconds back in seventh
Victory on the Cumbre del Sol was
extra sweet for Froome, having lost out
to Tom Dumoulin on the same climb
two years ago.
?It was still on my mind this morning,? Froome said. He watched replays
on the team bus yesterday morning
?just to really calculate the climb and
know when the right moment to push
was. I felt great today?.
Froome?s win capped an
excellent day for Sky, for whom
Elia Viviani, their Italian
sprinter, won the Bretagne
Classic. The team also
announced the signing of
Egan Bernal, the young
rider, on the
d he sealed victory in the
Tour de L?Avenir, the most
prestigious event in the
under-23 race calendar.
Froome dug deep
to win the ninth
stage yesterday
heroic goalkeeper, George Pinner,
praised the performance, saying: ?We
had to be up for the scrap and match
them physically and we did that. We
made ourselves tough to beat.?
Trailing 1-0 after 16 minutes,
England equalised when Barry
Middleton deflected in a switched
penalty corner and Ian Sloan made it
2-1 in the 27th minute. In an energysapping second half, Sanford cleared
off the line two minutes after the restart
before England lost Michael Hoare
with a suspected broken foot.
Lukas Windfeder equalised with a
piledriver from a 44th-minute penalty
corner. With both teams searching for
the winner, David Ames broke superbly
to set up Mark Gleghorne who raced 50
yards upfield and met his cross to put
England 3-2 ahead.
England then took advantage of
Germany?s vulnerable defence with
Middleton providing Phil Roper with
the perfect pass to score a fourth goal.
?This is a fantastic stepping stone for
us,? Pinner said. ?We want to be the new
sheriff in town.?
The Netherlands fought back from
2-0 down to beat Belgium 4-2 in the
men?s final, while their women?s team
beat Belgium 3-0 to take the title.
Johnson clinches play-off
P閞ez loses a tyre after colliding with Ocon, his Force India team-mate, yesterday
?I don?t know if he wants to die or
something,? Ocon continued after their
latest incident. ?It?s just ridiculous.?
P閞ez said that he knew Ocon was
there but did not expect him to make a
move at that point, as ?there was no
space, so I just protected my line?.
?The first one was totally my fault, I
didn?t see him. I apologise for that one,?
the Mexican said. ?The second one, he
was too optimistic and there was no
need to touch there.?
P閞ez acknowledged their relationship had been poor since the Baku
tangle. ?We have to look back,
remember Baku,? he said. ?There he put
me in the wall.
?I?m not saying I did it because of
that, but tension started back then.?
Vijay Mallya, team principal at Force
India, said that any racing between the
duo was now over.
?Under these circumstances I have
no choice but to implement a policy of
team orders in the interest of safety and
to protect the team?s position in the
constructors? world championship,? he
Dustin Johnson offered a reminder of
why he is world No 1 when he beat
Jordan Spieth in a play-off to win the
Northern Trust in New York last night
? the first of the four season-ending
FedEx Cup tournaments.
Johnson sank a three-foot birdie putt
at the first extra hole to edge out his
fellow American after a compelling
head-to-head final-round duel, having
trailed Spieth by five shots with 13 holes
to play. It was his first victory since he
injured his back falling down stairs on
the eve of the Masters in April.
Julian Suri, 26, claimed his maiden
European Tour victory thanks to a
stunning final-round 64 at the Made In
Denmark tournament. The world
No 213 from the US went into the final
round one shot adrift of David Horsey,
the overnight leader, but overhauled
the Englishman with seven birdies in a
bogey-free effort. He is only the third
American to have won on both the
European Tour and its second-tier
Challenge Tour, after Brooks Koepka
and Peter Uihlein.
John Daly, the two-times major
champion, was only three strokes back
after the third round but a closing 71 left
him in a tie for 10th. It was the 51-yearold?s highest finish in over two years.
6 Michelle Wie, 27, withdrew from the
final round of the LPGA Canadian
Pacific Women?s Open to have surgery
in Ottawa to remove her appendix.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Sport Boxing
Mayweather takes his time
A pub debate that was
brought to life proved
more competitive than
anybody predicted, says
Ben Hoyle in Las Vegas
?The time for talking is over,? the ring
announcer yelled, to a rising storm of
cheers that swept around the T-Mobile
Arena shortly after 9pm local time.
It had taken long enough but finally,
after months of wild hype, an endless
stream of hateful insults and hundreds
of millions of dollars spent in nearly
every corner of the globe to see an
event widely condemned as a freak
show, a fight broke out in Las Vegas on
Saturday night.
By the time that Floyd Mayweather
Jr stopped a bloodied, defenceless
Conor McGregor about 45 minutes
later, the world had seen far more of a
contest than most had predicted.
McGregor, a double world champion
in the mixed martial arts Ultimate
Fighting Championship (UFC), never
threatened to beat Mayweather ? but
he was not humiliated in sharing a ring
with a boxer acclaimed as the best of his
His opponent also defied pessimistic
predictions. Two years ago Mayweather?s contest against Manny
Pacquiao became the richest bout in
history, but mainstream fans were
turned off by Mayweather?s defensive
approach and the Filipino?s struggle
to land punches.
The financial returns here mayy
set a record but this timee
Mayweather also came determined
to put on a show.
Adopting a more offensive strategy
against an adversary who had neverr
boxed professionally, he shipped
during the anticipated
early McGregor assault
smoothly through the
gears to win by TKO
in the second minute
of the tenth round.
It was Mayweather?ss
50th win in his 50th fight.
He has retired several times
before but this time he
promised that his retirementt
would be final.
He leaves the ring with a
perfect, undefeated record
that now surpasses that of the
great heavyweight, Rockyy
features and a payday that hee
$300 million (about �2 million).
McGregor, 29, had been the firstt
into the arena. He wore whitee
trunks and was wrapped in an Irish
flag, his chest bare to show off thee
famous tattoo of a gorilla devouring a
human heart. He bounced off the
ropes a bit and beat his chest. He
Mayweather, 40, did nott
keep him waiting long. In the
build-up to the fight he had complained
about McGregor racially taunting him,
lamented that the appeal of their
match-up was partly down to racism
and wore ?Always Bet on Black? briefs
to the weigh-in.
Now he entered in a black balaclava,
black baseball cap and a bizarre goldzipped black gown.
At ringside the boxers, Mike Tyson,
Sugar Ray Leonard and Amir Khan,
looked on, along with Bruce Willis,
Total punches
Punches landed
After four rounds
After ten rounds
Punches compared
111 of 430 McGregor on Mayweather
in 10 rounds
81 of 429 Manny Pacquiao on
Mayweather in 12 rounds in 2015
Jennifer Lopez, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Charlize Theron and LeBron James,
the basketball player. The national
anthems, sung by Demi Lovato, the
former Disney star, and Imelda May,
the Irish singer, hung in the air.
There were many empty seats
among the crowd of 14,623 but the
venue still crackled with anticipation.
The bulk of supporters clearly
sided with McGregor, though
less so than at the weigh-in on
Friday when thousands of
Irish fans had brought a
intensity to
?Gentlemen, let?s do this?,
said Robert Byrd, the
McGregor?s only
thought to be
a fast start
and a lucky
o his corner
blows at
went straight to a
neutral corner with his
gold gloves held up
over his face, as if
to see what
kind of force McGregor
The Irishman settled
into his distinctive upright Victorian pugilist?s
stance and began pawing at his opponent.
Halfway through
the first round he
even put his hands
behind his back to
tempt Mayweather.
w resisted.
Mayweather had
begun the fight as
an 11-2 on favourite
according to bookm
at MGM
Resorts, thanks to a
The defeated
McGregor earned
more than
$30 million for his
first boxing bout
flurry of late $1 million bets placed on
him in the days leading into the fight.
lands a left
But the popular backing was
on McGregor
McGregor?s. For days the Irish and the
before winning
by TKO
temporarily Irish ? had laid siege to
the boxing capital of the world.
Hours before the main event crowds
were marching down the sweltering
pavement leading to the arena. Paleskinned invaders in shorts and Ireland
football shirts mingled with suntanned locals in bikinis and flip-flops,
TV crews from around the world, men
and women in elaborate evening wear
and showgirls in colourful Mardi Gras
plumage. At least one McGregor
supporter sported a suit covered in
It was boisterous but friendly. When
a man with a face screwed up with
tension shouted ?F** The Mayweathers!? twice at restaurant diners near the
venue nobody paid him any attention.
Near the security scanners on the
way into the stadium nine friends from
County Cork, wrapped in Irish flags,
danced and waved their shoes in the air
for the television cameras.
Max Hayes, 21, a plumber, had barely
slept in two days since he arrived. ?The
experience has been even better than I
thought. It?s been unbelievable. It?s
priceless. I wouldn?t swap it for
The fight was a pub argument
brought to life: what would happen if
the best boxer in the world fought the
biggest star in mixed martial arts? Had
McGregor been able to kick and
grapple, the fight might have panned
out differently, but Mayweather, an expert in managing risk throughout his
long career, was never likely to agree to
After an unedifying but effective
build-up, television executives at
Showtime, who broadcast the bout in
the US, predicted that it would be the
most-watched pay-per-view event in
history. The Nevada Athletic Commission revealed on Friday that
Mayweather will earn a guaranteed
$100 million, while McGregor is
certain to take home $30 million, ten times his biggest
declared paycheque from the
Days between Saturday
Both men have claimed and Mayweather?s previous
that they will make more
fight, when he defeated
than three times those sums
Andre Berto by
once television revenues,
unanimous decision in
ticket sales, endorsements
September 2015
and merchandising are taken
into account.
Ring doctors had said that the fight
was unsafe. Boxing experts feared that
McGregor would be embarrassingly
exposed. Some predicted that he would Mayweather, though, and he was startstruggle to hit Mayweather at all. It did ing to punch himself out.
Round four began with the Irishman
not quite pan out that way.
After McGregor?s strong opening he pummelling Mayweather against the
continued to land blows on ropes as sweat ran down his shoulders
Mayweather in round two. The veteran and back. It ended with Mayweather,
retreated again, relying on his head, famed as a defensive master, stalking
shoulder and waist movements to make his man around the ring, having fired
McGregor miss. He began to catch repeated jabs through his guard into
McGregor on brief raids. As he chased McGregor?s face.
Still McGregor was landing punches.
Mayweather, McGregor flexed his
arms like a martial artist might do. You But he was slowing down and was
wondered just how much he was carrying little real menace. The crowd
was becoming quieter.
itching to kick him in the head.
At the end of the fifth Mayweather
When they fell into a clinch you half
taunted the Irishman for not knocking
thought he might jump on his back.
Could him out yet as he had promised.
In the sixth, sweat flew off
Mayweather?s age be catching up with
him or was he just toying with his oppo- McGregor?s face in bursts as
nent and allowing the heavier, younger Mayweather struck his jaw repeatedly.
But he fought back, with the crowd at
man to tire himself out?
The crowd roared their approval at ringside on their feet.
He grinned and tucked his hands
every successful McGregor sortie as it
was replayed on the giant screens behind his back again. ?Conor, Conor,
suspended above the blue ring. It wasn?t Conor,? came the cry raining down
clear that he was actually hurting from the stands.
By the seventh and eighth McGregor
was starting to look as tired as George
Foreman did after being rope-a-doped
by Muhammad Ali in Zaire in 1974.
Foreman was knocked out in the
eighth. Clips broadcast on the screens
in the arena after the rounds showed
McGregor being picked off with vicious
punches to his head. The crowd was
quiet again.
In the ninth, Mayweather, goaded by
what he thought were low blows, found
a new snap to his punches. A flurry of
shots left McGregor slumped on his
rival and then slowly, unsteadily, sidestepping out of his own corner.
Mayweather went for the kill, hitting
McGregor with a right hand that
buckled him.
With 30 seconds left the Irishman
sagged on the ropes, inches from a TV
camera. He had no defence to speak of
but just stayed out of range, desperate
for the bell. He made it.
The end came in the tenth as
Mayweather battered the Irishman
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to show gulf in class
the experts? view
lennox lewis
The former heavyweight champion
tweeted: ?Conner [sic] kept it
interesting but he was outboxed
and outclassed in the square ring.
Nothing to be ashamed of tho. I like
him even more now!
?Boxers are conditioned to go 12
rounds. All FM had to do was take
him to deep water & drown him ...
any good boxer would have done
the same!
?FM executed his plan perfectly
&took CM 2deep waters. CM was
game &I have respect 4what he
tried 2do. Will be a superstar going
carl froch
The four-times world supermiddleweight champion said: ?He
[McGregor] did well from the fact
that he?s a mixed martial artist. If
that was a boxer, you?d say it was an
outclassed job, a mismatch.
?In reality, he [Mayweather] was in
there with a UFC fighter. Conor
came, he was proud, he tried, he
didn?t go over.
?It was a great event, promotion, a
good show, we?ve all been on the
edge of our seats. But what
happened is what we thought would
Among the A-list celebrities at ringside
were, from the top, Hollywood stars
Willis, DiCaprio and Theron
around three sides of the ring.
McGregor did not fall or drop to his
knees to take a mandatory eight count
and earn some respite. But he looked
gone and the referee stepped in to stop
the bout after 1min 5sec.
All three judges had Mayweather
well ahead on points by that stage. One
of them gave McGregor the first three
rounds. The others, only the opener.
Had he survived the tenth he would
have needed a knockout to win.
In the ring afterwards the two men
were all smiles. ?I think we gave the fans
what they wanted to see,? Mayweather
said. ?He was a lot better than I thought
he was. He was a tough competitor.?
McGregor said that Mayweather was
?not that fast, he?s not that powerful, but
boy, is he composed in there?.
He wished that the referee had let the
fight go on longer.
?I?ve been strangled on live TV and
come back? he said, but he was more
cheerful than angry. ?What can I say?
I?ve had a bit of fun.?
McGregor ?open? to another boxing bout
Ben Hoyle
Conor McGregor is now in an unprecedented position as one of the biggest
box-office draws in two combat sports
after he said that he was ?open? to
boxing again.
?I have many options in mixed
martial arts,? said the two-weight
champion in the Ultimate Fighting
Championship [UFC] after his professional boxing debut, during which he
acquitted himself far better than most
experts expected in a tenth-round
stoppage by Floyd Mayweather Jr. ?I?m
sure there?s options that will present
themselves in the boxing game. I?m a
free agent,? McGregor said. ?I?ll see
what?s next, but I?m open. I love a good
fight. Tonight was a damn good fight.?
For a little over 28 minutes? work in
the ring on Saturday night McGregor
took home a guaranteed $30 million
(about �.2 million), ten times his
highest disclosed purse from the
UFC, with the prospect that
television and merchandising
revenues will swell that figure
to closer to $100million.
?The cheque is all right.
The cheque is not bad,? he
said, laughing, after hee
climbed gingerly back up
to the ring for the postmatch press conference.
He was dressed in dark
glasses and a threepiece paisley suit and
was carrying a bottle off
his own brand ?Notorious? Irish whiskey.
Mayweather earned the
respect of McGregor
Mayweather had already answered
questions for half an hour. ?Much respect,? McGregor said. ?This was some
buzz, to come in and face this man.? It
had been ?an honour? for him to take
part, although he had been a little hurt
by the ?disrespect for my skill set?
shown by many boxing experts.
?I believe I?ll do it again,? he
said of boxing, before adding:
?I?m looking forward to
kicking something again
and having a good, solid
Dana White, the UFC
wants his biggest
star back in the octagon where
he has not fought since November. ?I would rather he did
not [box again],? he said.
?This is not what he does. He
is a mixed martial artist.?
frank warren
The boxing promoter said:
?[McGregor was] totally out of his
league. I?ve never seen him fight as
a boxer but having watched that, he
can?t box. He?s brave, he?s got a big
heart but he?s not a boxer and like
Lennox [Lewis] did say, he
[Mayweather] took him to school.
?He was just out of his depth. He
won the first three rounds but Floyd
barely threw a punch, he?d been out
of the ring for two years, [and] 40
years of age. And by the way, I didn?t
think Floyd looked so good at times
in the fight.
?But he [Mayweather] knew that
he could walk through this guy, he
knew after five rounds that
McGregor had never been five
rounds and that he could just wear
him down.
?I?m confident that British
[welterweight] champion Bradley
Skeete could beat him. He?s not a
boxer. It just showed that he was
totally out of his league.
?It was what it was, two cultures ?
UFC and boxing ? those two
cultures clash and the bottom line
was that Conor McGregor should
stick to UFC, that?s the fact of life.
?It brought the whole world?s
attention to boxing and it seems
people are pleased with what they
have seen.
?The two guys have made a lot of
money and good luck to them. And
Conor McGregor has more money
than probably most British boxers
combined in their whole careers.?
manny pacquiao
The Filipino, beaten by
Mayweather in the American?s
48th career bout in 2015, said:
?Respect to McGregor for taking a
chance but respect to Floyd on 50.?
george foreman
The former two-times world
heavyweight champion said: ?All
the experts who trashed the
[McGregor/Mayweather fight]
should apologise. It was
carl frampton
The former two-weight world
champion said: ?We all know he can
fight but if he can learn to adapt to
12 rounds Conor will be a very good
boxer. A lot of millions richer. Happy
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
?I?m scared. All I think of are
my cans with the cocaine in?
In the first extract from his
book, the former England
cricketer Chris Lewis tells of
his downfall after being
caught smuggling cocaine
India century
was highlight
of my career
e lost the first Test in
Calcutta in January 1993
and the second in Madras.
But Madras gave me one of my
career highs: my one and only
international hundred. In the first
innings, I was out for a duck, a
delivery from Venkatapathy Raju
which turned and bounced. We
followed on, and then slipped to 88
for 5 in our second innings.
It was my twenty-fifth birthday
and I celebrated that milestone at
one of the hotel nightclubs. The
next morning I was a little tired, as
you would expect, and in no mood
to play around, so I decided that
anything in my zone was going to
go. I remember Anil Kumble tossing
one up and I went after it: to hit the
ball over the top. Instead, it went
like a rocket, along the ground. I
was away, riding my luck in the
beginning, but soon timing pretty
much everything. Shortly before the
close of play, I moved into the 90s, I
asked myself how I was now going
to approach things: singles to get the
job done was one school of thought,
but another voice, was saying, ?No,
you?ve got this far playing this way
so just carry on?.
Raju was bowling (or was it
Rajesh Chauhan, I can?t remember).
I came down the pitch unsure of
what I was going to do, but I was
there: close enough to the pitch, so I
went with it. I played the shot and
the ball flew for six. My first feeling
was just of joy, well a lot of joy, and
then a little bit of pride.
ve never been so apprehensive in my life.
It?s Monday, December 8, 2008. My
Virgin Airways plane lands from St Lucia
into the South Terminal of Gatwick
Airport. It?s just after eight o?clock in the
I?ve arrived, and I?m scared. While my fellow
travellers nervously grip their partners? hands in
anticipation of the first violent contact with the
tarmac, all I can think of are the cans of fruit
juice in my luggage that contain cocaine.
Paranoia seeps from the air vents and heightens
all my emotions. I?m unsure of what?s real or
what?s unreal. Everyone appears to be looking at
me with accusing eyes.
There?s a family occupying a row further
along the fuselage, and when the father looking
around the cabin turns in my direction, I?m sure
that this brief eye contact is a tacit accusation.
He seems to look at me with an accusing eye,
but how can he know? Maybe he?s a police
officer and is keeping an eye on me, because
they already know. This paranoia is going to be
the theme of the whole morning.
The airport at this time of day is quiet. I walk
to passport control and there are two men
standing behind the counter. I assume they?re
checking all the travellers, but they seem to be
looking directly at me and no one else. I walk
through passport control to the baggage reclaim
area, where bags are slowly beginning to emerge
from the carousel flaps. Many cases travel the
full circle a number of times, while others are
claimed immediately by their owners, who then
head to customs.
For a while, there?s no sign of my bag. It seems
like an eternity, but then my luggage emerges
from the plastic strips. I look at my bag
nervously. It?s slightly ajar, the zipper half open.
I hadn?t put any padlocks on them. But then
again, I?m very tired and realise that in my
many years of travelling I?ve often failed to close
my bag properly. ?Come on, Chris, pull yourself
together. You?re just overthinking everything,? I
tell myself. I look around and pick up my bag,
taking a deep breath. I follow a group of fellow
passengers towards the ?nothing to declare? exit.
They walk through but before I can reach the
exit one of the officers I thought had been
looking at me earlier is now standing at the exit.
His voice is level and calm as he says: ?Excuse
me, sir, may I check your luggage?? My bag is
taken to one side and the officer looks through
it. He reaches for the three cans of fruit juice
and removes them. Inside, I?m shaking,
trembling. I can hardly stand.
o be
The officer takes the cans to
X-rayed. His body language
betrays nothing as he lifts the
cans and places them on the
X-ray machine. In an instant,
I have a thousand thoughts
that trigger the infinite
consequences of my actions.
I try to breathe more slowly.
The officer returns and he
tells me that the X-rays have
revealed nothing. A sense of
relief washes over me, but it?s
momentary as he explains thatt he
is going to have to open the cans.
Around me normal life carriess on as
people chat on their way back from various
One of the cans of fruit juice used to conceal
the cocaine that Lewis was hoping to smuggle
into the UK from the Caribbean in 2008
destinations, but I feel disconnected from it, as if
in a bubble of my own anxiety. The first
sobering thoughts I?ve had in months become so
obvious and apparent, and when the officer
returns after having discovered the cocaine I
know that everything is going to change. In an
instant, the future looks very different to the
one I had imagined.
The officer takes the cans away and for a brief
time I am alone. For a second or two, I almost
convince myself that everything is going to be
OK, but it passes before I can blink, as reality
floods in and drowns out any sense of
hope. ?Wh
?What?s my mum going to say??
What aare my brothers going to
think?? ?What about the press
and everyone else?? No part of
this is going to be good. The
customs officer returns after
what could have been
minutes or seconds ? I
don?t know. He tells me the
ccans have tested positive for
Doom and gloom
He asks me to
follo him, and I do. I am
taken upstairs and to the left
into wh
what looks like a normal
waiting room.
At this time, I can?t say
I?m even think
thinking any longer. I can feel
the panic running through
my body. Externally,
as ever, I try to remain calm, but inside I?m
racing. I?m like the duck that seems at ease on
the water while underneath its legs are going
crazy. I?m waiting for the police to arrive, and
when they do, I am arrested. So begins a long
journey, one that would take six-and-a-half
years of my life.
I arrive at Brighton police station. I don?t
remember much of the journey. At the station,
I?m processed and put into a cell. My mind
continues to race. In the cell, I?m alone for the
first time. My head is spinning, I could scream
with disbelief about where I am. A while later,
I?m told that I can make my phone call. There is
no doubt who I am going to call ? my younger
brother, Mark, but then I remember he?ll be at
work and unable to take the call, so I choose a
close friend instead. I ask them to tell my
brother where I am and what has happened ?
that I?ve been arrested.
My night in Brighton police station is just
surreal. It?s hard to comprehend quite how I?ve
moved from one state of being to another so
Crazy: My Road to
Redemption, is
published by The
History Press on
September 1, �
?My life in prison?
rapidly. A few hours before, I had been a free
man returning home, now I?m a criminal facing
a long sentence in jail and having to tell my
loved ones not just where I am but what I have
done. I spend one night in Brighton before I?m
taken to a prison in Surrey. Driving into the
prison, I begin to recall all the prison movies I
had seen as a younger man. We all have a vision
of what prison must be like, and I?m about to
experience mine at first hand; this is so far out
of my comfort zone, I can?t believe it.
I doubt whether I can survive even a couple of
days in here. I don?t think so. With the cell door
locked, it?s the first time in a long while things
are quiet. I think about my family but it only
makes my head spin and I want to scream.
When I decided to import drugs I never gave
my family a thought. I didn?t think about the
negative aspects of what I was about to do. I was
never going to be caught and so I never had to
think about the consequences for my family.
Now in this cell they come to mind. What have I
done? I think about the countless others who
are going to be affected by the fallout from this.
My family and friends are going to be affected
and that?s hard to cope with because, although I
will have to live with my mistakes, they will
inadvertently have to live some of this with me.
The moment I start to think about those close
to me, what I have done begins to hit home.
Nobody can knock on my door now, but others
will be doing that to the people I care about. I
have just added to their burden. As the elder son
and brother, it was my job to protect my family
and I have just failed in that spectacularly.
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Second Investec Test Sport
Holder steps
up to show
he?s not just
a ?nice guy?
when one journalist told him that he
seemed ?like a nice guy? but wondered
whether there was a harder edge
lurking underneath. ?I?ll leave that to
you to determine in this series,? Holder
replied with a smile. At Edgbaston,
sadly, we were determining that he was
just a nice guy ? which he certainly is
? and little else.
There was, though, some indication
It took him a while to appear but that
was understandable. His team had just before the match here that he might be
lost two wickets to the first two balls of about to change that perception.
Amid the maelstrom of criticism
the day. James Anderson was on fire.
But Jason Holder did appear. And from all quarters, he said defiantly: ?We
indeed he has appeared in this match. can?t control what people have said
We need look no further than the tale of about us or think about us. We?ve just
got to control the cricket. We?ve got to
the captain for the tale of this match.
The fish?s head no longer appears as take ownership individually and
rotten as it did at Edgbaston. West collectively.?
It could have been interpreted as
Indies were woeful there and no one
a mere soundbite, but there did
deserved more censure than
appear to be some substance
their young captain.
to his words. Holder was
He had a shocker in every
going to show us and
respect. His bowling was
thoroughly innocuous, as Tests since West Indies everyone else.
And so he has.
he easily clocked up a
previously managed
He played the hat-trick
century in runs conceded.
to score 400 in an
ball from Anderson here
With the bat he made 11 in
innings ? against
with aplomb. He then
the first innings before
Bangladesh in
continued to play with
departing first ball in the
second innings, putting Stuart
West Indies were in danger of not
Broad on a hat-trick.
As for his captaincy, well, put it this utilising their overnight advantage of 71
way, there were very few comparisons runs to its full extent, especially when
being made with Mike Brearley. Even Jermaine Blackwood was dropped from
now nobody really understands why he the day?s eighth ball ? an absolute
did not take the new pink ball under the dolly ? by Moeen Ali at mid-on.
But Holder seized the moment and
lights on the first evening.
But Holder has turned up at Head- played a delightfully positive and
ingley. It is surely no coincidence that attractive innings, making 43 from 54
his team have done so too. They now balls. He took three fours off one Broad
over and the cover drive that he hit in
have a leader rather than a passenger.
There was much hilarity in the pre- that over will live long in the memory,
series press conference at Edgbaston mainly because it was probably photo-
Steve James
Holder bowled superbly and took the
wickets of Cook and Westley as the
West Indies captain recovered from
his dismal display with ball and bat in
the first Test defeat at Edgbaston
graphed by every snapper on the
ground. He certainly held the pose long
enough to ensure that.
It was a wonderful sight. And it
brought to mind a story that a friend of
mine at Glamorgan, Adrian Dale,
always tells. He once had the pleasure
of batting for a very long time with the
great Vivian Richards.
It was against Middlesex at Cardiff
and they put on a record unbeaten 425,
both making double centuries. Dale
played rather well, as you would
assume, but was somewhat surprised at
one point after a sweetly struck boundary to find Richards shouting at him.
Dale was jogging down the pitch and
Richards was telling him: ?Stay where
you are! You?ll spoil the shot!?
Holder didn?t spoil his shot here. But
he did spoil the day for Alastair Cook
and Tom Westley. And he tried very
hard to do the same for Mark Stoneman, hitting him in the glove just after
tea and dislocating his finger, then for
Joe Root late in the day when he had the
England captain leg-before, only for a
review to deny him, and for Dawid
Malan, whose not-out leg-before
decision he contested in vain.
For Holder bowled quite magnificently. He had bowled well in the first
innings, being by far the most economical in the attack. But here he now added
some real potency to his work, while
never sacrificing any accuracy. He
might not be quick but he has an easy
action and obviously generates bounce
with his 6ft 7in height.
He troubled all the batsmen, always
looking to set aggressive fields (his mistrust of leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo
was his one captaincy blemish), but he
gave Cook, in particular, a real going
In the over that he dismissed the lefthander, inducing an edge behind, he
had already prompted him to play and
miss twice from around the wicket, with
the ball moving significantly off the
By tea Holder?s figures were 9-4-10-1.
The break did not deter him, though.
Out he came for more as he first hit
Stoneman and then took the wicket of
Westley, driving wildly at a wide ball.
Westley?s mind appeared scrambled
after surviving a moment-of-madness
run-out chance, but it was no more
than Holder deserved. He had to withdraw himself from the attack eventually, with superb figures of 12-4-21-2.
Back he came when the shadows
were lengthening, but initially looked
fatigued as Root took three swift
He was sure he had his man legbefore, and so did this correspondent,
even if the technology showed the ball
was missing by a distance.
Malan?s call was closer but still not
quite close enough. No matter Holder
had had a fine day.
He is not just a nice guy. He has
proved he is a very capable cricketer
and captain in Test cricket too.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Sport Second Investec Test
West Indies? fragility has
Mike Atherton
Chief Cricket
England v West Indies
Headingley (third day of five): England, with seven
second-innings wickets in hand, are two runs ahead of
West Indies
Whatever the result of this truly
excellent Test match, it will be
remarkable. In the context of their
recent away form, the youth and
inexperience of their team and the
thrashing at Birmingham, a West
Indies win would be one of the biggest
upsets of recent times in the sport. An
England win would be astonishing, too,
in its own way, given that they have
overturned a bigger first-innings deficit
only four times in their history.
After three days, the game is in the
balance, the strength of England?s
lower order, the destructive potential of
the new-ball bowling, and the fragility
of West Indies? batting introduces a
note of caution to a scorecard that
nominally favours the tourists.
Despite playing above themselves for
the most part, they continue to make
life difficult for themselves by the odd
glaring error, the latest when Kyle
Hope dropped Joe Root on ten in the
gully halfway through the evening
session. If they had taken their chances
in both innings, the game would
already be theirs.
After Mark Stoneman?s dismissal
following his first halfcentury in England colours, forged under the
pain of a dislocated little
finger, having been hit by a
lifter from Jason Holder, Root
had to put dash to one side ?
earlier he had taken 21 balls
to get off the mark ? and
graft for the cause. He
used a review to overturn
a leg-before decision off
Holder on 35 and
remained unbeaten
at the close ?
fluency be damned
? ready to lead the
charge on Bank Holiday Monday. With England?s
all-rounders to come, he will
feel that the game is not beyond his team.
Whatever the outcome, West
Indies have played to their limits
here, which is all that can be asked
of any team. Holder, their young
captain, has led them magnificently, using both brain
and brawn: he was to the
fore in the morning when
he counterattacked intelligently with Jermaine Blackwood, and shouldered the
heaviest burden in the field
thereafter, his 17 overs including a 12-over spell either side of tea that
accounted for Alastair
Cook and Tom Westley.
Only his clear reluctance to
use Devendra Bishoo, who
bowled only two overs, was curious.
Westley is looking increasingly care-worn by the demands of
Test cricket and played a horrible
Anderson finished the West
Indies first innings with
another five wickets to take
his England tally to 497
The first session provided great
drama, if not always flawless cricket.
The runs came quickly, at almost four
an over; wickets tumbled, including two
England: First Innings 258
off the first two balls of the day; there
(B A Stokes 100, J E Root 59; K A J
was a dropped catch, a run-out, some
Roach 4 for 71, S T Gabriel 4 for 51).
odd tactics to Blackwood, who continues to enjoy England?s reluctance to
Second Innings
post close catchers on the leg side, a
A N Cook c Dowrich b Holder..........23
counterattack from West Indies and
M D Stoneman b Gabriel.....................52
the end result was a deficit for England
T Westley c Dowrich b Holder............8
of 169.
*J E Root not out......................................45
The good folk of Yorkshire had barely
settled before James Anderson was
D J Malan not out.....................................21
leaping for joy, the thinnest of edges
Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 7, nb 5)..................22
meaning that Shai Hope could not
Total (3 wkts, 59 overs)...................171
extend his excellent innings of the day
Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-81, 3-94.
before. Shane Dowrich edged his first
Bowling: Gabriel 14-3-41-1; Roach
ball to slip to give Anderson his 497th
11-5-34-0; Holder 17-4-44-2; Chase
Test wicket and fifth of the innings, but
that, for Anderson, proved to be that.
15-3-31-0; Bishoo 2-0-11-0.
He walked off having pocketed the ball
West Indies: First Innings (o/nt 329-5)
eventually, hoping, no doubt, that the
batsmen would give him enough runs
S D Hope c Bairstow b Anderson.147
to play with second time around to
J Blackwood run out............................49
bring up his 500th wicket sooner rather
?S O Dowrich c Root b Anderson....0
than later.
*J O Holder c Ali b Woakes................43
Another key moment came in the
K A J Roach not out.................................6
second over of the day when Moeen Ali
S T Gabriel lbw b Stokes......................10
put down a dolly at mid-on off Stuart
Extras (b 8, lb 11, w 5)............................24
Broad, before Blackwood had added to
Total (127 overs)...............................427
his overnight score. This flurry of
wickets and chances, encouraged
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281,
Holder and Blackwood to chance their
5-296, 6-329, 7-329, 8-404, 9-406.
arm somewhat, and their counterBowling: Anderson 29-7-76-5; Broad
attack wrested the initiative back
24-2-95-1; Woakes 21-4-78-1; Stokes
towards West Indies. They added 75
25-9-63-2; Ali 24-4-84-0; Westley
runs off 92 balls, before Holder
launched Chris Woakes to mid-on
where Ali made amends running backUmpires: C Gaffaney (New Zealand)
wards, and Blackwood ran himself out
and S Ravi (India).
going for three, just one short of his
TV umpire: M Erasmus (South
Woakes?s selection has not, so far,
Reserve umpire: N Cook.
proved to be the masterstroke Root had
hoped for. Understandably, after a twoMatch referee: D Boon (Australia).
month lay off, he looked rusty, down on
pace and short of match practice. It is
shot to a wide ball, before Shannon likely that, as a seam bowler rather than
Gabriel produced the best ball of a swing bowler, Toby Roland-Jones
the match from round the wicket would have bowled well on this surface
to peg back Stoneman?s off- and it was a reminder how difficult it
stump. Until that point, Stone- can be to get back into the swing of
man had looked the part, sound things after such a long absence. Of
in defence and fluent on the course, his batting might come in
drive through the off side when handy yet, and there is a second innings
given the opportunity. Of the to come.
A lay-off is what potentially lies
three batsmen under the microscope, it left Dawid Malan, ahead of Ben Stokes, too, now that he is
who accompanied Root to the hovering on three demerit points,
having been penalised before the
close in dogged fashion in a
start of play by match referee
partnership worth 77.
David Boon.
The cricket was
After an edge flew to the
terrific to watch
third-man boundary in
the penultimate over of
West Indies? highest
the previous day, Stokes
first-innings lead in a
and Test that they have lost. continued his follow
through and vented his
ball being
They took a lead of
frustration by issuing an
finely bal169 here
expletive, heard by the umanced as it
pires and the television audioften is at this
ence. It was not directed at
great cricket
any opposition player, howground,
ever, and would not have
because there
been noticed by the
was just enough
Wickets James
in the pitch to keep
As earlier in the year
the bowlers interest- Anderson now needs to
reach 500 in Test
when Kagiso Rabada was
ed, and to remind
penalised at Lord?s, the
batsmen that their
five in the
match referee took action
survival only ever
first innings
for something totally inconsehangs by a thread.
Eight wickets fell in the
It is fair enough to punish players
day, five in a madcap opening
session, and then three in the aft- who abuse, threaten or manhandle the
ernoon and evening as normal Test opposition, but here Stokes was doing
match rhythm returned and En- none of these things.
gland?s batsmen scrapped against
Surely, if we ask players to show comsome highly disciplined West In- mitment and passion throughout, we
dian bowling, with Gabriel out- need to allow them a little leeway in this
standing again, five no balls ? regard? They have given us three
and any number of others that wonderful days? entertainment, and in
weren?t called by the umpires ? the context of this, the punishment was
petty and unnecessary.
Scoreboard from Headingley
Malan rides his luck . . .
Malan edged behind off Gabriel and was given not out,
but West Indies decided not to review the decision
. . . but Stoneman rues his
Stoneman was bowled by Gabriel and the third umpire
ruled it was not a no ball by the narrowest of margins
England captain Root drives into the covers yesterday at Headingley during an
john westerby?s headingley diary
bajan domination
During the 1980s, there was a strong
claim for saying that Barbados were
the second strongest cricket team in
the world ? Greenidge, Haynes,
Marshall, Garner et al ? behind only
the dominant West Indies side to
which they supplied so many players.
The present team is dominated by
Bajans, with the eight of the XI who
played at Edgbaston hailing from the
island a record. Seven remain in the
side at Headingley. This includes Kyle
Hope, now playing his first-class
cricket for Trinidad & Tobago.
stand aside for progress
This will be the last Test match played
in front of the venerable Football Stand
at the north end of the ground at
Headingley, which is due to be
demolished in the next few weeks and
rebuilt in time for the 2019 World Cup
and Ashes at a cost of � million. The
double-fronted stand has served both
the cricket and rugby ground, home to
Leeds Rhinos in rugby league and
Yorkshire Carnegie in rugby union,
since 1931. Unlike the present structure,
its replacement will include hospitality
boxes from which both the cricket and
rugby grounds can be viewed.
soca singer hits right notes
West Indies? time in Leeds has
coincided with the 50th staging of the
city?s West Indian Carnival in
Chapeltown this week. The star turn at
the times | Monday August 28 2017
England still in the hunt
Stoneman battles
nerves, and pain,
on way to fifty
you?re under playing Test cricket, especially early on in your career. It helped
Early days still, but Mark Stoneman?s me to settle down and focus on batting.?
attempt to provide Alastair Cook with
The scrutiny extends to those in the
an opening partner who stays with him dressing room, a naturally supportive
for more than a few Tests took a step in and sympathetic set of observers
the right direction with his first perhaps, but a group nonetheless to
England half-century yesterday.
whom the new player is desperate to
In his third Test innings, with two prove himself, to feel as though he is
innings below 20 behind him, the need pulling his weight. To anyone so new to
for a score was not quite so pressing as the international game, the longing for
that felt by some of his team-mates, belonging remains acute.
Tom Westley in particular. But
In Stoneman?s case, coming into the
Stoneman knew that he had yet to offer side at a time when three batsmen ?
any compelling evidence to a public Westley and Dawid Malan too ? are
unfamiliar with his game that he would trying to prove themselves, he knows at
prove any more reliable than the long least that he is not alone.
list of discarded openers who had
?It?s quite a mixed group, some of the
accompanied Cook to the crease since lads have played a boatload of Tests,
Andrew Strauss retired.
others are on their third or fourth,? he
Even for a batsman aged 30, who has said. ?But it?s generally a good group,
played 258 previous innings in first- everybody feels equal and that?s reasclass cricket, whose technique has been suring when you?re away from the
analysed by county opponents
game, back in the dressing room.?
seeking chinks in his armour for
Just as he was starting to
more than a decade, the
prosper, Stoneman was
nerves that come from
struck a blow that might
walking out to bat at Test
have ended his innings
level are a completely new
prematurely, a ball from
England?s opening
experience. Not only do
Jason Holder bouncing to
partnership put
the watching public remain
dislocate the little finger
on a fifty stand for
uncertain how he will react,
on his bottom hand when
only the second
but Stoneman cannot be sure
he had made 35. ?When I
time this
tried to bend my hand inside
?Nothing can prepare you for
the glove, it certainly really
the scrutiny and intensity of playing didn?t feel right,? he said. ?When I took
Test cricket,? he said last night. ?But my glove off, I was fearing the worst.?
having a good few years under my belt,
It took Craig de Weymarn, the
and the understanding of my batting, England physiotherapist, to put the
the conditions, the different styles of joint back into place. In similar fashion,
attacks, all that certainly helps.?
Stoneman proceeded to hold England?s
Stoneman was candid enough to top order together, reaching his fifty
admit that, during those nervy early from 107 balls and guiding his side
stages of an innings, thoughts of that towards a competitive position. ?Anyunblinking scrutiny can easily intrude thing over 200 [lead] would feel like
before a batsman sees a pleasing num- we?re really in the game, with the
ber against his name on the scoreboard. quality of bowling we have,? he said.
For Stoneman yesterday, an initial
Holder, the West Indies captain, said
release of tension came in the fourth his side are aiming to restrict England
over of the innings, when he struck to a smaller advantage. ?Anything
three boundaries in an over from around 150 I?d be happy with,? he said.
Kemar Roach to set him on his way, one
Much depends on whether West
driven sweetly through the off side, Indies can dismiss Joe Root early today,
another crisply back down the ground. having squandered one chance already
?I guess it settled the nerves a touch, when he was dropped by Kyle Hope,
to get those couple away, hitting the but Holder felt that chance revealed a
middle of the bat,? he said. ?It took away weakness in Root?s batting. ?He?s been
the need to search for a couple of shots susceptible outside the off stump on the
to get into the innings. From that point, back foot,? Holder said. ?It?s frustrating
it removed any thoughts that might be [to drop chances], but it?s gone and
in the back of your mind, the scrutiny we?ve got to look forward now.?
John Westerby
innings of 45 not out that helped his team edge ahead of the West Indies with seven second-innings wickets remaining
the carnival is Edwin Yearwood, the
soca singer from Barbados, who went
to the same school in Bridgetown as
Malcolm Marshall and, more recently,
Miguel Cummins, the pace bowler, who
has missed out at Headingley after
playing at Edgbaston last week.
Yearwood?s hits include Hit Ah Nerve,
which might have referred to recent
criticism of the present team from
some of the former West Indies greats.
After the improvements made in this
Test, another of his numbers, Rise
Again, might have struck more of a
also a number of contenders for a
place in England?s squad to tour
Australia, including Dawid Malan,
Steven Finn and Alex Hales. Each of
these players is expected to withdraw
from the T20 Global League if they are
selected for the Ashes.
south africa?s t20 ashes clash
A raft of English players have been
snapped up by South African
Twenty20 franchises for the inaugural
T20 Global League tournament, which
will be staged in November and
December. The usual white-ball
specialists are included ? Eoin Morgan,
left, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Adil
Rashid ? but the competition clashes
with the Ashes series and there are
tickets from a fiver
A Bank Holiday bargain is in the offing
for anyone able to travel to Headingley
today. About 5,000 tickets have been
sold in advance, leaving more than
10,000 available, priced at � for
adults and �for juniors and students.
?There?ll be a lot of 45-year-old
students in Headingley tomorrow,? was
Ian Botham?s prediction during his Sky
Sports commentary yesterday.
continued from back
Stokes faces ban for swearing
a few choice words to Stokes after
dismissing him in the first innings. ?It?s
disappointing that Ben has copped it
when another guy gave a send-off, very
visibly, and nothing happened to him,?
Farbrace said.
If the all-rounder avoids further
punishment in the remainder of the
Test series and white-ball matches
against West Indies ? one Twenty20
game and five one-day internationals
follow the final Test at Lord?s ? he
would begin the Ashes series knowing
that another offence would rule him
out of the next Test. Australian crowds
and players, no doubt, will be keen to
light the fuse on Stokes?s famously fiery
Stokes swore in frustration at himself
while bowling on Saturday, an outburst
picked up on television coverage,
forcing commentators to apologise to
viewers. The previous offences on his
record came in the second Test against
Bangladesh in Mirpur in October last
year, then again in the first Test against
India the following month.
Monday August 28 20177 | the
the times
Hamilton narrows gap
Gritty victory in Belgium
cuts into Vettel?s title lead
Formula One, pages 52-53
A dismayed
Alexis S醤chez
during the
heavy defeat
at Anfield
Martyn Ziegler, Gary Jacob
The Football Supporters? Federation
has accused police and stewards at
Bournemouth of ?a disproportionate
use of force? towards fans celebrating
Manchester City?s winning goal on Saturday. The incident has also led to the
PFA calling for an inquiry into a steward accusing Sergio Ag黣ro of assault
before withdrawing the complaint.
The FSF and the PFA have expressed
concern about the method used by a
steward to restrain a fan while he was
on the ground. Ag黣ro also appeared to
be remonstrating with the steward.
Writing in The Times, Amanda Jacks,
of the FSF, said: ?Rather than safely
containing the exuberance and
celebration, stewards and police acted
instead to curtail what they perceived
to be a public order problem with a
disproportionate use of force.?
Wenger slams players as Henry turns away
The Game
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of pure
Paul Joyce
Ars鑞e Wenger branded
Arsenal?s surrender in the 4-0
rout by Liverpool yesterday as
unacceptable and ?absolutely
disastrous? as his tenure
became engulfed in fresh crisis
just three games into the new
Arsenal?s inadequacies were
laid bare as J黵gen Klopp
watched his side feast upon
their rivals? shortcomings with
two goals in each half to leave
Thierry Henry, a pundit for Sky
Sports, saying that he could not
bear to watch his former club.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio
Man� scored before the
interval, with Mohamed Salah
and substitute Daniel Sturridge
adding to the scoreline.
Wenger did not attempt to
gloss over a ramshackle display
devoid of any positives,
admitting ?everything? had
gone wrong. ?From the first
minute to the last minute we
were not at the level required
for such a game,? the Arsenal
manager said. ?Not physically,
not technically, not mentally
and we were punished. The
Stewards ?used
excessive force?
The Game, pages 10-11
Turn to the
centre pages
Stokes at risk
of Ashes ban
result is a consequence of our
performance. It was
shocking . . . our performance
was absolutely disastrous.
?If you find a manager who is
happy with that performance
today, I wish you good luck. It?s
true that we were an easy
opponent for Liverpool.?
Wenger refused to clarify the
futures of Alex OxladeChamberlain or Shkodran
Mustafi, who have both been
linked with moves. On the
chorus of boos from fans, he
added: ?I don?t want to answer
that, that?s part of the crowd?s
feelings. If I am the problem, I
am sorry, but I believe all
together we lose.? Henry was no
less cutting than the fans over
the capitulation. ?At one point I
wanted to leave. I didn?t even
watch the game any more,?
he said.
John Westerby
Ben Stokes could go into the Ashes with
the threat of a ban hanging over him
after he was reprimanded for swearing
during the second day at Headingley.
The offence took Stokes to three
demerit points in the past 24 months.
One more indiscretion would earn a
suspension of one Test match or two
one-day matches, whichever comes
It has been a frustrating game for
England, who are 171 for three in their
second innings after allowing West
Indies a 169-run lead at the end of the
first innings.
Paul Farbrace, the England assistant
coach, feels that Stokes had been
treated harshly, especially as West
Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel,
avoided punishment despite delivering
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Man�s listening
but is
the times | Monday August 28 2017
From the Invincibles to
Firmino 17, Man� 40, Salah 57,
Sturridge 77
Referee C Pawson Attendance 53,206
eetings between these
famous clubs have settled
cup finals and titles, but
the main issue settled
here, as if any
confirmation were
needed, was that Arsenal
are going backwards
under Ars鑞e Wenger and Liverpool
are going forward ? at pace ? under
J黵gen Klopp.
Wenger?s players were a disgrace,
showing an absence of belief, fight
and organisation. The contrast with
Klopp?s buoyant, dynamic Liverpool
was so clear that surely even Arsenal?s
blinkered board must realise the
mistake they made in continuing to
back their fading manager for two
more years. Occasional Wembley
jollies cannot mask the slide from the
elite ranks to the middle classes.
As Arsenal dithered, Liverpool
pressed and raided. Liverpool were so
good, attacking with all the joyous
pace and movement swiftly becoming
the hallmark of the exciting Klopp
era. Arsenal were so poor, defending
with all the paucity of commitment
and leadership that stains the final
years of Wenger?s reign.
Liverpool were a class above,
ripping the visitors apart. Arsenal had
no answer to Roberto Firmino?s
positioning and invention, to Sadio
Man�s acceleration and trickery or
the strength and ambition of Emre
Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and
Jordan Henderson in midfield.
Arsenal?s players deserve all the
opprobrium for their lack of effort,
their failure to track back with Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain almost showing
Man� the way at one point, their
dearth of concentration such as when
Mesut 謟il paused like a poet waiting
for the muse to call and was mugged
by Henderson. 謟il seemed surprised
that opponents were refusing to
accommodate him, not allowing him
to settle on the ball, such as when
Dejan Lovren nipped in.
Rob Holding was painfully out of
his depth, being brutally wrongfooted by Man� for the second. Some
have lost all their verve since signing
a new contract like H閏tor Beller韓,
whose inability to master a simple art,
controlling a ball, allowed Mohamed
Salah to race through and score.
Some of the players stand accused
of focusing on richer pastures, and
Alexis S醤chez?s body language did
not contain much north London
dialect. Some were simply too
sluggish, such as Granit Xhaka, closed
down by Salah. Klopp?s creative
players contributed defensively;
Wenger?s looked on. Arsenal have
slumped from the Invincibles to the
with Firmino and whipped the ball to
謟il and Oxlade-Chamberlain,
the far post where Salah was thwarted
S醤chez, Beller韓 and others were
by a point-blank save from Cech.
rightly condemned in television and
The pressure told after 17 minutes.
radio studios but those having most
Joe Gomez, a force down the right,
familiarity with events at the club ?
crossed for Firmino, who had stolen
the fans ? know where the real
between Laurent Koscielny and
problems lie: a manager left in the
Holding, to head past Cech.
slipstream of smarter peers like Klopp
Arsenal should have been more
and a majority shareholder in Stan
assertive, looking to exploit Klopp?s
Kroenke who has na飗ely allowed
surprising decision to ?rest? Simon
drift to turn into decline.
Mignolet, who has been in decent
Arsenal are held back by the
form this season, and bringing in
debilitating culture at the club, the
Loris Karius. Welbeck almost made
lack of accountability from top to
Karius pay for some hesitance in
possession. Karius did impress with a
Kroenke does not call Wenger to
punched clearance from S醤chez?s
account, and the manager, who
free kick after Gomez brought down
loathes confrontation, does not call
his players to account, so the poor
Liverpool, though, were sharper,
fans are served up surrenders like
hungrier, quicker to press as seen
when Henderson harried Beller韓,
Arsenal have suffered worst defeats
winning the ball high up the field.
in the league under Wenger, 6-1 to
Manchester United in 2001 and 8-2 to Five minutes from the break,
Henderson?s side claimed a quickfire
the same opposition in 2011, let alone
second. Gomez nicked the ball, a poor
the 6-0 humiliation at Chelsea on
pass from S醤chez, and played it out
Wenger?s 1,000th game in charge and
to Wijnaldum, who was caught by
the 5-1 here in 2014. This felt worse.
Xhaka. Craig Pawson noted the
Beyond Petr Cech?s occasional
defiance and Danny Welbeck running offence, and later booked Xhaka, but
played advantage as Liverpool were
hard, there were no mitigating
storming upfield.
circumstances, no semblance of hope
Can took the move on, swiftly
for the future, no sign that the
finding Firmino, who again showed
manager could sort it out.
his ability to assume productive
The statistics showed that of the
positions. The Brazilian then
eight goals Arsenal have let in this
demonstrated his technique, and
season, six came within ten seconds
awareness of his team-mates?
of losing the ball. Arsenal seemed
movement, picking out Man�.
unprepared for Liverpool?s most
Arsenal were backpedalling with all
potent threat, their ability to turn the
the grace of Laurel and Hardy
ball over and raid at speed, a tactic
moving a piano. Man�
that Klopp drills into his players at
sped on and poor
Holding was faced
Wenger was to blame for
with a zephyr
Arsenal?s casual attitude. He
that could go
recruited all these players, so
either way.
any character flaws, any
single shot on target
Man� cut
weakness under pressure, is
yesterday ? the first time
inside, and sent
his responsibility.
in a Premier League game a powerful shot
He picked this team, which
had Arsenal fans kicking off on since playing Chelsea on curving through
October 5, 2014
social media before the game was
the air past Cech.
even kicking off. Wenger started
Wenger tried to
two in central midfield, Xhaka and
stem the red tide,
Aaron Ramsey, against Liverpool?s inremoving Ramsey and sending on
form triumvirate of Can, Wijnaldum
Francis Coquelin at the break, but the
and Henderson. Arsenal were overforce remained with Klopp?s
run. They have not defeated a top-six
entertainers. After 57 minutes, they
side away from home for 33 months,
had a third, again from a highanother signal of Wenger?s failure to
speed break. Following an
set them up properly on the road.
Arsenal corner, Liverpool
At Anfield, Wenger left his record
cleared but Beller韓?s
signing, Alexandre Lacazette, on the
attempt to control the ball
bench, and started Welbeck, a
was poor, Salah pinched it
willing runner but not a
and flew upfield. Firmino
consistent finisher, and
gave rapid support, but
Arsenal ended up having
Salah went alone, calmly
eight attempts on goal,
sliding the ball past
but none on target for
the first time in 110
A few Arsenal fans
Premier League games.
sloped towards the exits,
He fielded a right back,
and more followed with
Beller韓, as left wing
13 minutes remaining
back. Even Arsenal?s
when Salah crossed from
social media team put
the left, and the
up a graphic of the
unmarked Daniel
line-up with Beller韓
Sturridge made it 4-0
on the right.
with a firm header.
To few people?s
But there was no
surprise, Liverpool
mass show of
were soon working
dissent towards
over Arsenal?s defence.
Wenger, and there
Can exchanged passes
was even some
gallows humour with a
Wenger?s decision to leave
chant of ?we?re going to win
out Lacazette was bizarre
the league?. Not under
Petr Cech accused his Arsenal teammates of lacking fight last night and
claimed that the club?s season had
already hit rock bottom.
The attack came after Liverpool tore
Arsenal apart to leave Ars鑞e
Wenger?s tenure under a new cloud
three games into the season.
Cech made several important saves
to limit Liverpool to four goals and
said: ?It was unacceptable for a club of
our size. OK, you can come and lose a
match 4-0 if you have a bad day, when
you are fighting but are unlucky, but
[that?s] not like how it happened.
?We were not fighting, not winning
any individual battles, and we
completely failed to respond to their
way of playing. This is the most
disappointing thing. The only positive
is that we have time to respond,
because it is early in the season.?
Wenger brought Alexis S醤chez
back into the side despite the Chile
forward?s desire to leave the club and
omitted Alexandre Lacazatte, their
record signing, while he also
overlooked the physical presence of
Olivier Giroud from the start.
What transpired was one of the
worst Arsenal performances in recent
seasons and a shameful surrender
ensued against a rampant Liverpool.
Arsenal were beaten by Stoke City
last weekend and must regroup after
the international break when they will
face Bournemouth, Cologne in the
Europa League and Chelsea, the
champions, inside seven days.
?I don?t think it can get any worse
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Laid on the opening goal
and his tackle in his own
area sparked the
counterattack for their
second. Booked
An improved showing
after a sloppy start to the
season. Cropped up in
the rare moments that
Arsenal threatened
Not his most testing day,
given the quality of
Arsenal?s performance,
but he was a rock solid
presence. Booked
Not hugely popular with
the Liverpool faithful but
stuck to his task against
Set the tempo early on.
Appeared all over the
pitch and unfortunate
not to cap his display
with a goal
Missed a great chance
when played clean
through by Firmino and
a later one when Salah?s
saved shot fell to him
Gave an attacking line-up
some much-needed
balance with his
impressive reading of
the game and energy
Has added pace and
directness to the attack.
The third goal illustrated
both, along with an
excellent finish
Scored a good opening
goal and had an
important hand in the
second. Involved in
many bright moments
Devastating finish for
his goal. Against this
defence in particular,
he looked virtually
H O W 燭T H E Y 燬
Man Utd
Man City
West Brom
Crystal Palace
West Ham
GD Pts
10 9
5 7
4 7
3 7
2 7
2 6
2 5
1 5
1 4
0 4
0 4
-1 4
-2 4
0 3
-1 3
-4 3
-4 1
-4 0
-6 0
-8 0
Beller韓 and S醤chez seem dazed and
confused by Liverpool?s relentless
onslaught, handing Arsenal one of
their worst Premier League defeats
than this,? Cech said. ?I believe we have
a team who can respond to a difficult
moment. With two defeats you can
still win the league. If I didn?t believe
we could respond I would retire and
not play football any more. We have
shown our ability in many games.?
Aaron Ramsey, the midfielder, was
withdrawn at half-time as Wenger
sought to halt the slide, but to little
avail. The Wales player apologised to
supporters and admitted that they had
been taught a lesson by Liverpool.
?We?re sorry to the fans that came up
? it?s not good enough and we have to
do something about it,? Ramsey said.
?That wasn?t good enough. Liverpool
showed what it?s going to take to
compete for the Premier League and
we?re going to have to do something
about it if we?re going to do that.?
Mesut 謟il, his team-mate, was also
in apologetic mood. ?I?m sorry ?
especially for the fans who travelled all
the way up to Liverpool to see us
fighting,? he said on Instagram, having
admitted that Arsenal ?were simply
not good enough?.
Gary Neville
?You?ll need five
Monday Night Football
episodes, to cover what
Arsenal did tactically
?The positives [for
Wenger] are that there?s
four days left of the
transfer window so he
can get rid of as many
of these as he can.
?Honestly, I?d stick
them all on the transfer
list. Not many of them
will end up at a better
club than where they?re
at now.
?I?m not a Liverpool
fan but this Arsenal
team deserve a
?Three or four of
these Arsenal players
want to leave. Who
wants to buy them?
They better hope none
of the scouts are here.
?Arsenal have players
who don?t think they
must sprint backwards
when the ball goes past
them. It?s disgraceful.
It?s not good enough.?
On Mesut 謟il losing
the ball
?Look at his recovery
run . . . I?m absolutely
fuming watching him.?
Thierry Henry
?That was unwatchable.
I wanted to leave. I
didn?t watch the game
any more, it was too
much to take.?
Graeme Souness
?When Arsenal are at
their worst, they wilt.
They?re just weak. I give
up on them now?
Jamie Carragher
?From top to bottom at
the football club, owner,
chief exec, manager,
players, there?s a lack of
?The board bottled
the decision in the
summer, bottled it,
bottled it. They were
terrified to move on the
Handed a shock start but
still unconvincing with
the ball at his feet and
caused fans several
anxious moments
D Sturridge for Man� (73min)
J Milner for Firmino (80)
M Grujic for Can (83)
Not used D Ward, R Klavan,
D Solanke, T Alexander-Arnold
Early save to deny Salah
at his far post but that
was as good as his
afternoon got. Could do
little about the goals
Back in the team after
being dropped at Stoke,
t?s hard to know where
he goes from here in this
system. Booked
Looked better, as they all
did, in a flat back four
but struggled to cope
with Liverpool?s pace
and movement
Started at centre back,
and continues to show
what a misguided
selection that is. Run
ragged throughout
Required to do plenty of
defending but managed
to look the best
attacking option until
sacrificed late on
Hardly set the first half
alight although was
more involved than 謟il.
Still, Wenger substituted
him, not the German
Made too many bad
decisions and poor
tackles. Picked up a
booking for a trip in the
build-up to second goal
His attacking runs are
key to this system but
they were severely
limited. Caught out
horribly for the third
More anonymous than
his much-criticised
performance against
Stoke. A headache for
Wenger. Booked
The big return was a big
disappointment. Seemed
to lack that sharp, first
step and not helped by
out-of-sorts team-mates
Plenty of running into
channels but missed an
early chance and the end
product remains a big
problem for him. Booked
80 Total爎ating�
F Coquelin for Ramsey (46) 6
O Giroud for S醤chez (62) 5
A Lacazette for Oxlade-Chamberlain
(62) 5 Not used D Ospina, T Walcott,
S Mustafi, S Kolasinac
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Liverpool?s second, third
and fourth goals were
remarkably similar ? all
end-to-end scores which
left Arsenal?s defenders
trailing in their wake.
The three moves in total
took a combined 43
seconds from taking
possession to the ball
going in. The third goal
was particularly galling
for Arsenal, as it came
from their own corner
and saw Mohamed
Salah sprint into an
empty half before
finishing past Petr Cech.
Liverpool?s riches
strengthen Klopp?s
hand over Coutinho
irst game back and Alexis
S醤chez could point to one
key pass that was the catalyst
for a sumptuous goal.
Unfortunately for Ars鑞e
Wenger, it was a moment that
set in motion the sort of blitz
attacks that are fast becoming
Liverpool?s trademark.
S醤chez found himself just outside
the opposing penalty area when he
rolled a ball intended for H閏tor
Beller韓 straight to the excellent Joe
Gomez and, in an instant, J黵gen
Klopp?s side were on the attack.
Gomez to Georginio Wijnaldum to
Emre Can to Roberto Firmino. Sadio
Man� did the rest, cutting inside the
stationary Rob Holding and burying a
vicious shot into the corner of Petr
Cech?s net. Eighty yards covered in 14
seconds, 2-0 and the contest was over.
Just 40 minutes had elapsed.
The Chilean did not last too much
longer, withdrawn just after the hour
with Arsenal having imploded during
a display that was, at times, as
excruciating to observe as it was
astonishingly inept.
Klopp was too busy marvelling at
the majesty of Liverpool?s relentless
offensive power to dwell on how
S醤chez?s returning cameo, following
a bout of man-flu, had been full of
wayward passes and half-hearted
intent such as the run back to try to
rectify his error.
The reality remains that it is
unlikely to occupy his thoughts too
much in the coming days either.
For while on the surface S醤chez?s
desire to quit Arsenal this summer
provokes parallels with Philippe
Coutinho?s eagerness to find an
escape route from Anfield, there is
one fundamental difference.
While Wenger needs to reintegrate
S醤chez because he has been his
team?s standard bearer for so long,
Klopp can think of Coutinho?s guile
and brilliance but then look at
Firmino, who opened the scoring with
a neat header backed up with
effervescent endeavour.
He can peer across at Man�, who
claimed that spellbinding second,
then let his eyes wander to Mohamed
Salah, who bamboozled Beller韓
before putting on the after-burners
for the third, and convince himself
there is no need to pander to the
Liverpool boast a triumvirate with
the capacity to wreak havoc upon
anyone and just for good measure
they can bring on Daniel Sturridge
and see him add another layer of
gloss. Then there is Adam Lallana to
come back, too. If Coutinho wants to
sulk at being denied a move to
Barcelona, he can.
For all the chatter about Klopp
resting players yesterday (and the
decision to leave out Simon Mignolet
and bring in Loris Karius was bizarre)
it was noticeable that Man� was the
first player withdrawn with 16
minutes remaining and then Firmino
soon after. No need taking
unnecessary risks with their fitness so
integral are they to Liverpool?s way of
All of which means that if
Barcelona return with an offer of
about �0 million for Coutinho this
week, the debate over whether it
should be accepted may polarise
opinion for different reasons.
Liverpool insist that they will not
sell, but that should not be because
they do not want to look weak after
adopting a ?definitive stance? during
this entire saga of holding on to
Coutinho whatever the price and
whatever the circumstances.
Nor should they be afraid because
of their own failure to prise summer
targets, Virgil van Dijk and Naby
Ke飔a, from elsewhere.
While Wenger is floundering,
unable to break a cycle of
underachievement, Klopp is
attempting to emerge from one by
bringing the best out of players.
It is little wonder that Alex Oxlade-
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
W E E KE N D �
I N 燭 H I R T Y �
Last weekend
How Liverpool tore through Arsenal?s shambolic defence
Goal 1 10 seconds Gomez nicks the ball and plays a one-two with Can before curling in a
cross for Firmino to head home
Goal 2 14 seconds Gomez passes to Wijnaldum and a quick passing move finishes with
Man� cutting in from the left and curling into the far corner
Goal 3 10 seconds Matip heads clear and a poor touch from Beller韓 allows Salah to speed
into an empty half before whipping a shot past Cech
Goal 4 19 seconds Another rapid move sees Liverpool break from their box before Salah
crosses for Sturridge to head in at the back post
Direction of play
Run with ball
Chamberlain is prepared to tell
Wenger that he needs to leave the
club to further his development.
Yet part of him must fear a move to
Anfield ? if Arsenal are prepared to
sell to a team they perceive as a rival
but who, in truth, played a different
game here ? would not lead to the
regular first-team football he craves.
A place in the front three is out of
reach each week and, when Can and
Wijnaldum play with the power and
panache that allowed them to run
rings around flat-footed, flimsy
opponents, the midfield looks
cluttered as well.
In the corresponding fixture last
season, S醤chez had been left out of
Arsenal?s starting line-up with his
future mired in uncertainty only for
Wenger to belatedly introduce him at
half-time with the dye cast in what
would turn out to be a 3-1 defeat.
It is wrong to say nothing has
changed. Arsenal look even less
equipped to mount a challenge this
term given every defeat for their
manager erodes a little more of his
status and half of his squad seemingly
no longer want to be there.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are moving
forward at a pace.
Simon Mignolet has been described as
Liverpool?s ?clear No 1? goalkeeper
and will return against Manchester
City in the club?s next Premier League
fixture despite being controversially
rested for the victory over Arsenal.
J黵gen Klopp opted to leave
Mignolet out of his squad for
yesterday?s victory, with Loris Karius
making his first league appearance
since last December and Danny Ward
named on the substitutes? bench.
The decision saw eyebrows raised
with Liverpool having played just four
games and with an international break
looming in which Mignolet is unlikely
to play for Belgium.
Yet Klopp sought to reaffirm his
backing for Mignolet by insisting that
he will start at the Etihad Stadium on
September 9 against Pep Guardiola?s
?100 per cent if nothing happens
Simon plays against City,? Klopp said.
?The intensity for a goalkeeper is
different. It is not physical intensity. It
is mental intensity. We said before the
season we wanted to have three really
strong goalkeepers.
?Simon is a clear No 1. But the others
are not clear number twos or number
threes, they are really strong
outstandingly good.
?He won the race in pre-season.
He is a machine, he is always there;
I hope solid is not a negative word.
You can always rely on him.
?I told Simon and it was
not that he gave me a hug
and said: ?Thank you,
boss. That is what I think
we should do?.
?But I wanted to do it
and give him this rest
and have Loris in this
game. He did a lot of
Mignolet was left
out of the squad
that faced Arsenal
but was told he will
return against City
(actual goals in brackets)
This weekend
good things. He was sometimes too
cool and waited too long, but we all
need to get used to playing football in
close situations. Whether that is the
goalkeeper or Emre Can.
?He did a good job and I am
happy with this.?
There is a suggestion that
Karius will play in the
Champions League when the
group stages start next month
and that Klopp wanted to give a
game to the German, whose
appearance came in
the FA Cup defeat
nothing to say
about this in the
moment,? Klopp
said. ?We don?t talk
about decisions like
this before they
Manchester City
Crystal Palace
Swansea City
Huddersfield Town
Newcastle United
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Manchester United
Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur
0.47 (1)
1.37 (2)
0.95 (0)
0.56 (2)
1.54 (0)
0.68 (0)
2.30 (3)
0.60 (0)
0.33 (0)
1.07 (0)
2.88 (2)
0.88 (0)
0.80 (1)
1.26 (1)
0.99 (2)
0.38 (0)
3.24 (4)
0.57 (0)
2.47 (1)
0.73 (1)
Paul Pogba (Man Utd).................. 93
Nicol醩 Otamendi (Man City)... 79
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)..... 79
Jan Vertonghen (Spurs).............. 79
Cesc F郻regas (Chelsea)............. 74
Alberto Moreno (Liverpool)........ 6
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).............. 6
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)................ 6
N?Golo Kant� (Chelsea)................... 5
Darren Fletcher (Stoke)................. 4
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Wood?s debut goal
extends Spurs? wait
for a Wembley win
Alli 49
Wood 90+2
Referee L Mason Attendance 67,862
o matter how hard
Tottenham Hotspur try,
they cannot shake off their
Wembley curse. They were
given one goal and enough
chances against Burnley but
were caught out when Chris
Wood equalised on his
league debut in stoppage time.
Tottenham also conceded a late goal
in their defeat by Chelsea a week
earlier at the national stadium and
have already dropped one more point
at home than they did at White Hart
Lane last season.
When Tottenham were flying in the
second half of last season, the first
goal often triggered several more in
quick succession and it seemed that
normal service had resumed when
Dele Alli latched onto Ben Mee?s
sliced clearance at a corner and sidefooted home at the second
However, Harry Kane and
Christian Eriksen were
wasteful with several good
opportunities and Burnley
gambled with substitutions
who made an impact.
Robbie Brady was
unfortunate that one
through ball for Wood
was a shade over-hit
and Hugo Lloris
rushed off his line to
clear. When Brady
tried again nearing
the final moments of the
game he caught
Tottenham?s backline in a
muddle and Wood showed
why Burnley paid
� million to Leeds
Toby Alderweireld
played Wood on and the
striker got in behind
Kieran Trippier to strike
the ball first time past
Pochettino shows
his disgust
Mauricio Pochettino reached for a
Ross Barkley, the Everton midfielder,
water bottle, hurled it in disgust and
and will try to bring in back up for
stormed off at the end. Tottenham
Kane. The England striker lacked
have won only once in 11 games at
rhythm and his usual efficiency to
Wembley but he had no time for talk
gobble up five chances. Of those, he
of a jinx and reserved his anger for
mistimed one effort when meeting a
his team.
Ben Davies cut back and was also
?We need to work hard to try to be
denied by Tom Heaton when he
more strong because that is a mental
shrugged off a challenge and ran on
problem that we need to fix,?
goal. ?I feel sorry for him because he
Pochettino said. ?When you are 1-0
had the opportunities to score and
and have the chances to kill the game, always a striker needs a bit of luck,?
you must kill it. If you do not kill the
he said. ?It is true that after three
game you cannot show that lack of
seasons [he starts slowly],? Pochettino
concentration at the end. We
conceded a goal with five or six
Tottenham set the tone early.
players behind the ball. That was our
Eriksen let Brady cut inside in the
mistake. I am very
opening minutes. The winger
disappointed in that. It
shaped to cross and
wasn?t a long ball, a
drifted a shot towards
second ball, or a ball in
the far post to try to
the air.?
catch Lloris off his
Alli deserves some
line. After the
Successive league matches
of the blame.
goalkeeper let a shot
before yesterday that Spurs
Seconds before
go under him
had won after taking the
Wood?s goal, he
against Chelsea, he
lead. They had not dropped
needlessly lost
was more alert. He
points after going ahead
possession in the
centre circle trying a
backpedalled and
last November
flick. The Spurs
palmed around the post.
midfielder offered little
The corner was wasted but
until he was on hand to score
from a similar set piece soon
a fairly scruffy goal four
after Mee headed over.
minutes into the second half.
Tottenham?s inspiration often
Tottenham were too slow
comes from Mousa Demb閘� and he
and stilted going forward and
drove with the ball and laid it wide to
the full backs were hesitant
Davies. The left back?s cross was
to run in behind.
controlled by Kane on his left foot but
he was slightly off balance as he
Apart from Victor
turned to shoot with his other boot.
Wanyama, absent
James Tarkowski got across and
through a knee
blocked. Tottenham were gifted a goal
injury, and Kyle
after the restart but Sean Dyche
Walker, the right
immediately responded and made a
back now at
double substitution for Burnley.
Manchester City,
Wood scored 27 goals for Leeds in
this was the same
the Championship last season and his
side who tore
first significant contribution here was
teams apart last
to fire high at the near post. Lloris
season. There are
tipped past the post but he could do
four days of the
nothing when the striker pounced at
transfer window
the end. ?Our mentality is to keep
left and
going until the last breath,? Dyche
said. ?We?ve done it many times. I
might have
believe in the players every time I put
some thinking
t do beyond
them out there to give everything
they can until the last breath of the
the need for a fast
game and I thought we did that.?
winger. He is short of
depth and an
experienced leader.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): H Lloris 6 ? K Trippier 6,
Serge Aurier, the
T Alderweireld 5, J Vertonghen 5, B Davies 6 ?
E Dier 5, M Demb閘� 6 (sub: D S醤chez 90min) ?
Paris Saint-Germain
C Eriksen 5 (sub: H Winks 88), D Alli 6, Son
right back, will
Heung-min 4 (sub: M Sissoko 70, 5) ? H Kane 6.
Substitutes not used M Vorm, V Janssen,
complete his move,
K Walker-Peters, T Oakley-Boothe.
subject to legal
Burnley (4-4-1-1): T Heaton 7 ? M Lowton 6,
paperwork, and
J Tarkowski 6, B Mee 5, S Ward 5 ? J Berg
Gudmundsson 5 (sub: C Wood 57, 7), J Cork 5,
compete with Trippier
S Defour 5 (sub: A Westwood 81), R Brady 6 ?
at right back.
S Arfield 5 ? S Vokes 5 (sub: A Barnes 57, 6).
Substitutes not used N Pope, C Taylor, K Long,
Tottenham are
P Bardsley.
expected to bid for
Wood, who came on as a substitute to
make his league debut after a �m
move from Leeds, scores despite
plenty of pressure from Alderweireld
Crystal Palace should
consider sacking
Frank de Boer now.
They?ve gone from a
team that looked solid
last season under Sam
Allardyce to
something ridiculous.
He doesn?t look
comfortable in the
Premier League, and
having been sacked by
Inter Milan after 85
days last year, I?d be
surprised if he lasted
that long at Selhurst
They?ve lost to
Huddersfield Town
and Swansea at home,
two teams considered
to be relegation
candidates before the
season started,
without scoring a goal.
I thought I?d never say
a manager should go
after three games, but
this case is
exceptional. It?s the
worst three games I?ve
seen from a new
They?re not even
trying to shoot.
They?ve got a 6ft 3in
centre forward in
Christian Benteke and
they are not playing to
his strengths. It?s
shocking to watch and
there is no evidence
from Palace?s first
three games to give
their fans confidence
that he can turn it
Who do they
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Days that De Boer
has been in charge
at Palace. He lasted
85 at Inter
replace him with?
How about Chris
Wilder? He took over
Northampton Town in
2014 when they were
in the relegation zone
in League Two. By
May 2016 they had
won the title with 99
points. He moved to
Sheffield United last
summer and led them
to promotion to the
Championship in his
first season, with 100
points. It?s amazing he
hasn?t been in the
Premier League. If he
was a footballer he
would be worth
� million.
18/08/12 Newcastle 4
16/08/14 West Ham 7
24/08/14 QPR
08/08/15 Man Utd
15/08/15 Stoke
22/08/15 Leicester
29/08/15 Everton
13/08/16 Everton
20/08/16 C Palace
27/08/16 Liverpool 83
13/08/17 Newcastle 90
20/08/17 Chelsea
27/08/17 Burnley
Rodriguez 61
Crouch 77
B?mouth Newcastle Man City
Chelsea Liverpool
Clucas De Bruyne Man�
Swansea Man City Liverpool
I said in Saturday?s paper,
above, that Ars鑞e
Wenger needed to
rethink his three-man
defence to have a chance,
but he didn?t listen.
Liverpool were brilliant
but Arsenal?s defence was
all over the place.
Referee A Taylor Attendance 22,704
I feel sorry for Mark Noble. I
think him being the local lad
from Canning Town in West
Ham?s first team could start to
count against him.
He?s the club captain and his
commitment is unquestionable,
but he?s struggling in central
midfield. He?s finding it hard to
get around the pitch and I
wonder if he might be carrying
an injury.
When things are going well
being the local lad is great and
the fans love you, but when you
start to perform poorly it?s
impossible to get away from the
criticism. You hear it, your
family hears it, your friends
hear it, and I worry that is
starting to happen with Noble.
Can he rediscover his form? I
hope so. Being the club captain
and then getting left out is very
hard to take.
Opponent Mins Shots
played on
Now Hughes and
Pulis fall out over
length of grass
Liverpool Newcastle
Sadio Man� is one of the
top ten players in the world
at the moment, so I?m glad
I kept him as my fantasy
football captain. 羖varo
Morata?s goal and assist
helped too. To see if your
team can beat mine in our
mini-league, sign up for
The Sweeper at thetimes.
he ceasefire between West
Bromwich Albion and Stoke
City lasted for 90 minutes ?
then the managers spoke. ?I
see they?re cutting the grass
now,? muttered Mark
Hughes, the Stoke manager,
in a carefully judged aside as
he glanced out of the press room
window to see groundstaff at work on
the Hawthorns pitch. ?They should
have done it before the game, but
there you go.?
?That was the same cut as for
Bournemouth and everybody else,?
responded Tony Pulis moments later.
?Still unbeaten against them . . .?
The respective supporters did their
best to create a hostile atmosphere for
a fixture that, for several years when
Pulis was in charge of Stoke and a
b阾e noire for West Brom fans,
conjured up real animosity between
the M6 rivals.
Home supporters booed the every
move of Saido Berahino, their former
striker who left for Stoke in January,
during the pre-match warm-up before
abusing him verbally as he sat on the
substitutes? bench.
For their part, Stoke supporters
turned surprisingly for the first time
on Pulis, the man who guided them
into the Premier League and
established them as a top-flight club.
Loud choruses of ?your football was
s***? seemed fairly ungrateful.
?That?s the way the world is,? said
Pulis. ?I don?t think that matters at all.
There?s a person in the stand called
Peter Coates [Stoke?s owner] and his
family who respect
what I did there
more than anybody
else and they are the
people I respect.?
The afternoon had
begun with the two
managers exchanging
handshakes, an act that
Hughes refused to do
after a match in 2010
and Pulis then responded
in kind the next time they
met, with the relationship
deteriorating during Berahino?s
transfer and a row over a phone
call between Pulis and Ryan
Yet the spiky nature of the
post-match comments was in
stark contrast to events on the
field, where friendliness
extended to odd lengths
between the players.
Crouch was gifted one of his
more straightforward goals
by an error from Hegazy
West Brom?s opener, a close-range
Jay Rodriguez header from an Allan
Nyom cross after 61 minutes, owed
plenty to some poor marking from
Hughes?s men while Stoke?s equaliser
16 minutes later was the result of an
outright gift from the hosts.
Ahmed Hegazi, the summer signing
and new cult hero at West Brom after
superb displays against Bournemouth
and Burnley, ignored a call from Ben
Foster, his goalkeeper, failed to
connect properly with a cross by
Ramadan Sobhi and presented Peter
Crouch with the easiest of headers.
That huge error denied West Brom
the honour of remaining level on
points with Manchester United, the
Premier League leaders, heading into
the international break but Pulis
remained philosophical.
Pulis?s hopes of strengthening his
defence with the signing of Kevin
Wimmer appeared to be dented
yesterday with the Tottenham
Hotspur centre half nearing a move
instead to Stoke for � million.
However, Jonny Evans, the West
Brom captain, said in the progamme
that he was committed to the club
amid interest from Manchester City.
?Until anybody tells me differently,
I?m committed to the Albion, and I?m
only thinking about getting in this
team,? said Evans, who missed the
match as he is recovering from a
hamstring injury.
Of the equalising goal, Pulis said:
?These things happen. They brought
Crouchy on and without him doing
anything his presence unnerves
The rest of the contest was a
relative non-event aside from a fine
save from Foster to keep out a
deflected effort from Kurt Zouma.
Even Hughes became bored with
proceedings, although even that
admission included a thinly-veiled dig
at his predecessor. ?I have to say I
didn?t particularly enjoy it as a
spectacle, but maybe we shouldn?t
have expected anything different,? he
said. ?It?s always difficult when you
come here.?
?They?ve got some outstanding
players so I would imagine he was
disappointed,? replied Pulis, who has
now won five and drawn two of his
seven meetings with Stoke since
leaving their employment four years
ago. ?That?s a good record and
hopefully it continues.
?We?re disappointed because I
didn?t see them scoring.?
West Bromwich Albion (4-1-4-1):
B Foster 6 ? A Nyom 7, C Dawson 6,
A Hegazy 5, C Brunt 6 ? G Barry 7 ?
M Phillips 6 (sub: J McClean, 74min,
6), J Livermore 6, J Morrison 6
(sub: C Yacob 70, 6), J Rodriguez 7
(sub: O Burke, 88) ? S R髇don 6.
Substitutes not used B Myhill,
N Chadli, S Field, K Wilson.
Booked Rodriguez, R髇don.
Stoke City (3-4-2-1): J Butland 5 ?
K Zouma 6, R Shawcross,
B Martins Indi 7 ? G Cameron 6
(sub: R Sobhi, 69 7), J Allen 6,
D Fletcher 6, E Pieters 6 ?
E Choupo-Moting 6, X Shaqiri 7 ?
Jes� 6 (sub: P Crouch, 62 7).
Substitutes not used L Grant,
G Johnson, S Berahino, C Adam,
Booked Pieters, Allen.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Conte finds focus
to revive Chelsea
F郻regas 27, Morata 40
Referee J Moss Attendance 41,382
o pervasive has been
Chelsea?s reputation for
following boom with bust, so
pessimistic were Antonio
Conte?s gloomy pre-season
briefings, that when Chelsea
lost 3-2 to Burnley on the
opening day of the season, it
felt less like an aberration and more
like the start of something terminal.
Two wins later, with 11 men on the
field and Conte back in his technical
box and off his soapbox, and the
gloom has been thoroughly dispelled.
Once again, blue is the colour, not the
So much hinges on Conte. In the
five halves since that wretched first 45
minutes against Burnley he has
almost masterminded a comeback
from three goals down with ten, then
nine men; plotted a victory away to
Tottenham Hotspur with a squad
defoliated by injury and suspension;
and here his side nullified an Everton
team who had caused Manchester
City problems on Monday. Their
strengths were negated, Chelsea?s
weaknesses ? the absence of Eden
Hazard, the unfamiliarity of Antonio
R黡iger in the back three ? were
barely noticeable.
In the aftermath, Conte almost
inadvertently said something quite
telling. ?I?m a coach, not a manager,?
he said. ?I think the best of my work
is on the pitch, to try and improve my
players and my team.? When Conte is
distracted by the peripheral business
of Premier League management ?
moaning about a lack of transfers, or
indulging in ?mind games? ? he and
his team look vulnerable. When his
energies are channelled towards the
tactical task of setting up a team to
win a match, Chelsea are formidable.
Here, admittedly, they got some
help. Everton were hindered by
having played City on Monday and
Hajduk Split on Thursday and by
Ronald Koeman?s decision to drop
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, outstanding
in the former match, and start Tom
Davies in a deeper-than-usual
midfield role. Like many before him,
Koeman cut a passive figure next to
Conte?s manic gesticulations.
Chelsea flew out of the traps.
Marcos Alonso nicked the ball from
Michael Keane in the left corner, and
fed 羖varo Morata, whose curling
shot was blocked. Morata then
tangled with Keane as he chased a
through ball, but no foul was
forthcoming, much to Conte?s voluble
displeasure. After a Gylfi Sigurdsson
cross eluded Wayne Rooney, Idrissa
Gueye was lucky not to see red for
imprinting his studs on the ankle of
Cesc F郻regas. Gary Cahill, watching
on as he served the middle match of a
three-game suspension for a similar
challenge, had good reason to be
particularly miffed.
Everton were beginning to wilt.
Their back three was sliced open as
Willian slipped in Morata, whose
cross was slightly behind Pedro,
forcing the Spaniard to improvise
with an overambitious bicycle kick.
Moments later, David Luiz sent a low
drive skidding into the gloves of
Jordan Pickford, before Pedro, set up
neatly by the busy Willian, tested the
Everton goalkeeper again. With
Hazard absent, it was Willian who
took it on his shoulders to drift into
central areas, as the Belgian often
does, linking impressively with
Koeman?s front three were much
less effective. Sandro Ram韗ez
struggled to hold the ball up and that
meant Sigurdsson and Rooney,
playing behind him were having to
drop deep and struggling to impact
the game. Pickford, whose
distribution is usually so good, was
also having an off-day with the boot.
Eventually Chelsea?s pressure told.
Willian, picking the ball up on the
left, rolled a pass infield into F郻regas,
who fed Morata. The forward flicked
the ball up and nodded back into the
path of F郻regas, who finished with
the outside of his boot.
The second, game-killing goal
arrived shortly before the break. After
Jon Moss played an advantage ? and
with Conte venting his fury at the
fourth official ? C閟ar Azpilicueta
picked the ball up and arced a cross
onto the head of Morata, who buried
it past Pickford. With that, Morata
became the first player in Premier
League history to both score and
assist a goal in each of his first two
home games ? his quick adaptation
has been crucial for a team whose
system places big demands on the
striker, and whose previous
incumbent in that position, Diego
Costa, is still persona non grata.
At half-time, Koeman replaced
Davies with Muhamed Besic, who
was playing a day after finding out
that his father had been shot. Ten
minutes after the interval, Everton
wasted a huge chance to get back into
the game. A rare mistake from
Azpilicueta presented Sigurdsson
with the ball and a large expanse of
open field to aim at. He slipped a
lovely ball into the feet of Rooney,
who then played in Ram韗ez, but the
Spaniard scuffed his shot so badly it
might have dribbled out for a throwin had it not been stopped by an
outstretched Chelsea boot.
Chelsea might have had a third.
Azpilicueta?s cross somehow eluded
everyone on its passage through the
six yard box, and after Victor Moses
raced onto Morata?s knockdown and
turned Everton?s defence inside-out
he probably should have done better
than fire straight at Pickford.
Everton improved as the half wore
on, particularly once Calvert-Lewin
was introduced to stretch Chelsea?s
defence. Ashley Williams hooked over
after a corner was half-cleared, Gueye
fired over after being set up by
Rooney, and Williams headed just
wide from a Leighton Baines delivery.
Still, they rarely tested Thibaut
?I am disappointed about the first
half because the ball possession was
poor,? Koeman said. ?We had space to
play but didn?t play. You know how
Chelsea start and press, you need to
be at your best to get a result.?
Chelsea (3-4-3): T Courtois 6 ? C Azpilicueta 7,
D Luiz 7, A R黡iger 6 ? V Moses 6 (sub:
A Christensen 89min), N Kant� 6, C F郻regas 7,
M Alonso 6 ? Pedro 7 (sub: T Bakayoko 75),
� Morata 7 (sub: M Batshuayi 78), Willian 8.
Substitutes not used W Caballero, Kenedy,
C Musonda, F Tomori. Booked Azpilicueta,
Everton (3-4-2-1): J Pickford 5 ? M Keane 5,
A Willliams 5, P Jagielka 5 (sub: A Lennon 83) ?
M Holgate 6, I Gueye 6, T Davies 5 (sub: M Besic
46, 6), L Baines 6 ? W Rooney 6, G Sigurdsson 6
? S Ram韗ez 5 (sub: D Calvert-Lewin, 72). Booked
Gueye, Rooney. Substitutes not used
M Stekelenburg, C Martina, A Lookman, J Kenny.
Morata is the first Premier
League player to score and
assist a goal in each of his
first two home matches ?
two headed goals and
two headed assists
Diego who? Morata celebrates after
?Hulk? Forster tipped to regain England place after clean sheet
Referee S Attwell Attendance 23,548
raser Forster has the strength
required to reclaim his England
place according to Maya Yoshida,
who likened his Southampton
team-mate to the Incredible
Hulk after he kept a clean sheet away
to Southampton.
The goalkeeper was overlooked by
Gareth Southgate last week when he
named his squad for the World Cup
qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
Forster made one big error against
Huddersfield Town, dropping a firsthalf cross from Chris L鰓e, but
recovered superbly to save the
resulting shot from Elias Kachunga.
He also saved well from Steve Mouni�
and Tom Ince.
?We?ve got two clean sheets and we
haven?t been beaten, so if we continue
like this, I think he?ll be back with
England soon,? Yoshida said. ?He?s a
strong guy. He?s like the Hulk, so
there?s no problem.?
The scoreless draw represented
Southampton?s second clean sheet in
three Premier League games under
Mauricio Pellegrino, both of which
have been achieved without Virgil
van Dijk, who has been linked with a
move away from the club all summer.
The Southampton captain, Steven
Davis, says the Dutchman, who is
exiled from the first-team squad after
putting in a transfer request is hoping
Southampton have scored seven
goals in 11 games, from 144 shots,
including two penalties. These
players have had at least ten shots
N Redmond
M Gabbiadini
D Tadic
J Ward-Prowse
S Davis
M Yoshida
O Romeu
Shots Shots Goals
to move before Thursday?s deadline.
In his absence, Yoshida and Jack
Stephens combined effectively at the
heart of defence at the weekend while
the club have recruited Jan Bednarek
and Wesley Hoedt, both defenders,
this summer.
?He [Van Dijk] has been a massive
player for us for the last two seasons,?
said Davis. ?We missed him from
January when he was injured and the
likes of Jack and Maya have stepped
in and done extremely well, so if he
comes back he?s going to have to fight
for that place again.?
The contest at the John Smith?s
Stadium was a pleasing enough
spectacle but largely uneventful in
front of goal as both sides maintained
their unbeaten starts to the season.
Southampton had the clearest
chances as Nathan Redmond curled a
shot just off target and was denied by
Jonas Lossl, the goalkeeper, while
Ryan Bertrand had a header hooked
off the line by Tommy Smith. Yet it
was Huddersfield who made the
running for much of the game and a
draw left them with seven points and
three clean sheets from their opening
three games.
Mathias Zanka, their defender, said:
?We are pinching ourselves. You can
look at the table right now and smile
and that?s what we should do. We do
enjoy the underdog role, and say ?let?s
go and prove them all wrong?. ?
Huddersfield Town (4-2-3-1) J Lossl 6 ? T Smith 7,
M Zanka 7, C Schindler 6, C L鰓e 6 ? A Mooy 6,
P Billing 6 (sub: D Williams 61 min, 6) ? E Kachunga 8
(sub: C Quaner, 88), T Ince 6, R Van la Parra 7
(sub: K Palmer 56, 6) ? S Mouni� 7. Substitutes not
used J Coleman, S Malone, J Lolley, M Hefele.
Southampton (4-2-3-1) F Forster 7 ? C閐ric 6,
J Stephens 7, M Yoshida 8, R Bertrand 6 ? M Lemina
6 (sub: S Long 64, 6), O Romeu 6 ? D Tadic 5 (sub:
S McQueen, 74), S Davis 6, N Redmond 6 ?
M Gabbiadini 6 (sub: J Ward-Prowse, 71). Substitutes
not used A McCarthy, W Hoedt, C Austin, S Boufal.
Booked Romeu.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
Eight of Morata?s 17 league
goals since the start of
2016-17 (for Real Madrid
and Chelsea) have been
Antonio Conte did not
see his team?s second
goal because he was
too busy complaining to
the fourth official Andre
Marriner after the
referee Jon Moss played
an advantage instead of
awarding a free kick for
a foul on Victor Moses.
After the play was
allowed to continue,
C閟ar Azpilicueta
found 羖varo Morata
with a cross that the
former Real Madrid
forward clinically
headed past Jordan
Pickford from eight
scoring Chelsea?s second at Stamford Bridge against an Everton side showing fatigue after three away games in seven days
Ronald Koeman confirmed that
Muhamed Besic played against
Chelsea the day after finding out that
his father had been shot.
Besic played 45 minutes in midfield
in the 2-0 defeat after coming on for
Tom Davies at half-time.
Besic?s father, Meho, was shot in the
hand and leg on Saturday afternoon
after a dispute in his native Bosnia in
which he was hit by two bullets. The
emergency treatment in the Falesici
neighbourhood near Srebrenik after
the altercation and is now recuperating.
?That?s true,? said Koeman when
asked about the reports. ?I spoke to
him yesterday evening and he?d
spoken to his father. Today after the
game he told me he?d be in contact
with his family. I don?t know really
what happened, but what came out in
the paper is true.?
Besic was asked if he wanted to
withdraw from the squad but declined
the offer. ?He said he was ready and
committed,? Koeman said. ?It?s always
the decision of the player, a family
question. He showed commitment.
Maybe he will now get off to be with his
family for the next couple of days.?
Koeman said that his side needed to
add two more players in the transfer
window, including a striker, and did
not rule out a move for Diego Costa,
Chelsea?s unsettled centre forward.
?We need at least two more players
to get numbers in, but the most important thing is to get a striker in,? he said.
Asked about Costa, he said: ?I don?t
know. We are looking to the players
who are maybe available. If we sign
somebody, it?s somebody to make the
team better. We are looking and doing
our job.?
He confirmed that Kevin Mirallas
had been omitted because of an attitude problem, saying that the Belgian
is ?struggling to deal with moments in
the season, with disappointment. If
somebody is showing that he is
disappointed and his attitude is not the
same, then I make decisions.?
Koeman also confirmed that
Everton had not received any offers for
the midfielder Ross Barkley.
Britos? future in doubt after horror foul earns third red card
Referee G Scott Attendance 20,181
Miguel Britos is facing an uncertain
future at Watford after he was sent off
for a horrendous lunging challenge
that was condemned as more suitable
for Crimewatch than Match of the Day.
The Uruguayan defender was red
carded in the 24th-minute for a tackle
on Anthony Knockaert that was late,
reckless, out of control, and in which
he lunged with his studs up and
caught the Brighton & Hove Albion
playmaker just below the knee. Gary
Lineker described it on Match of the
Day as ?the most horrendous
challenge?, while Alan Shearer
suggested it may appear on this
week?s Crimewatch.
The FA has the power to increase
Britos?s statutory three-match
suspension for serious foul play but
The Times understands that is
unlikely to happen in this instance.
Britos?s indiscipline may however
cost him his future at Watford after
three red cards in 32 matches. Marco
Silva, the head coach, has made no
secret of his desire for new additions
and has explained that he may
sacrifice some of his squad to sign up
to three players before Thursday. It is
not inconceivable that Britos may
have played his last game for the club.
When Silva was asked if he would
forgive the 32-year-old, he said: ?We
need to wait and see. We will analyse
Britos lunges at
Knockaert in
the first half,
earning him a
third red card
in nine months
and criticism on
Match of The
at Vicarage Road after he won and
then missed a penalty in a play-off
semi-final while playing for Leicester
City in 2013, was at least able to walk
?That was the worst challenge by
far I?ve ever been on the receiving
end of,? he said.
?It?s important that referees protect
players from bad tackles, and I thank
the referee for taking the right
and talk with him. Will I fine him?
That?s not something to talk about
here. I will keep it inside our club.?
Watford certainly have a problem
with their discipline. They were
bottom of the fair play table last
season and have received red cards in
successive games after Jos� Holebas?s
dismissal in the defeat by Bristol City
in the Carabao Cup. ?We need to
change because it?s not normal,? Silva
said. Knockaert, a pantomime villain
Watford (4-2-3-1): H Gomes 7 ? K Femen韆 7,
S Pr鰀l 7, C Kabasele 7, M Britos 3 ? N Chalobah 6,
A Doucour� 6 ? N Amrabat 5 (sub: C Cathcart
28min, 5; sub: A Carrillo 47, 5), T Cleverley 7,
Richarlison 5 ? A Gray 5 (sub: T Deeney 83).
Substitutes not used C Pantilimon, B Watson,
� Capoue, I Success. Sent off Britos.
Brighton and Hove Albion (4-4-1-1): M Ryan 6 ?
Bruno 5 (sub: L Rosenior 46, 6), L Dunk 7, S Duffy 7,
M Suttner 6 ? A Knockaert 7 (sub: J Izquierdo 81),
D Stephens 6, D Pr鰌per 6, S March 6 ? P Gross 6
(sub: J Murphy 90) ? T Hemed 6. Substitutes not
used N Maenpaa, U H黱emeier, S Sidwell, J Skalak.
Booked Bruno.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Concerns over chaos lead to de
Daniels 13
Jesus 21, Sterling 90+7
Referee M Dean Attendance 10,419
he players? union has called
for an investigation into the
circumstances surrounding
an incident at Bournemouth
where a steward alleged he
had been assaulted by Sergio
Ag黣ro before withdrawing
the claim.
The Professional Footballers?
Association (PFA) said that it had
concerns about the incident, and
Raheem Sterling?s sending-off for
celebrating his injury-time winner
with Manchester City supporters who
had left the stands.
TV footage showed Ag黣ro
remonstrating with a steward for his
method of restraining one fan who
was on the ground. Both the Football
Supporters? Federation and the PFA
have expressed concern about the
manner of the restraint.
A PFA spokesman told The Times:
?We hope the incident will be
reviewed. The incident with the
steward who made the complaint
needs to be looked at, as does his
actions when restraining the fan.?
The players? union also queried the
decision to send off Sterling, which
was also heavily criticised by Alan
Shearer on the BBC?s Match of the
Day. The PFA spokesman added: ?Of
course we have to be aware of
supporters? safety but that should be
balanced with recognising the passion
and intensity of our game, which
makes it the spectacle it is.
?Stewards have the same
responsibility as players reacting in a
proportionate manner. It looked a
very confused situation and Raheem
Sterling didn?t appear to jump into the
?Players are told to keep the
celebration on the pitch although it
could be argued that the
Bournemouth scorer did not do so
either and no action was taken
against him. The passion of the game
has to be maintained otherwise it
loses its heart.?
Bournemouth refused to comment
beyond the statement that the club
issued on Saturday night where it said
that the steward had withdrawn the
?The club have been advised that
due to a misunderstanding, an earlier
statement alleging assault has been
withdrawn and no assault took place,?
it said. ?AFC Bournemouth recognises
that stewards and police were
carrying out their duties in
preventing encroachment on to the
pitch, with the safety of players and
supporters in mind. The club will
make no further comment on the
Writing before the Bournemouth
statement, Ag黣ro posted a denial on
Twitter, saying: ?On this story about
their steward, I did not hit anyone,
this allegation is false, and the TV
pictures prove it.?
Dorset Police said that two male
spectators from Manchester had been
arrested for encroaching on to the
pitch, while it was reviewing CCTV
footage to determine if any other
offence was committed.
Sterling was, for the second time in
a week, City?s late saviour. His 97thminute winner made another case to
Pep Guardiola that he is deserving of
a starting place in the supergroup that
is the City attack.
He had endured a generally
frustrating afternoon. The 22-year-old
had been booked for a petulant trip
on Harry Arter before he was sent off
by Mike Dean, the referee, for the
celebrations with the away fans.
It appeared to be harsh but there is
no recourse to appeal against a yellow
card so the England man will miss
City?s game against Liverpool after
the international break.
Sterling?s impending absence could
not have come at a worse time for
him as Guardiola continues to shuffle
the pack in search of his most
effective line-up. The City head coach
has no shortage of attacking options
at his disposal with which to fill the
void, all of whom played some part at
the Vitality Stadium.
Gabriel Jesus was given a central
role ? from which he scored his first
goal of the season and generally
excelled ? and Bernardo Silva took
up a right-hand attacking berth and
looked a willing runner. Behind them,
Kevin De Bruyne strolled and picked
out passes, while David Silva flitted
and jinked, always looking for quick
balls into the front three.
For their first goal, Bernardo Silva?s
break was stopped illegally. Jesus took
the free kick quickly, finding David
Silva and he played a perfect through
ball into Jesus, who had ghosted in
front of Nathan Ak�, for the striker to
get off the mark for the season.
In the second half, Ag黣ro came off
the bench and played a key role in the
winning goal as part of a slick move
involving De Bruyne, Sterling and
Danilo before the ball found the
England forward again and he took a
calm touch and scored with the help
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 11
De Boer facing
fight to hang
on to Palace job
some of his team have admitted to
concerns. ?Whether it is a better
system you?ll have to ask the gaffer,?
the midfielder Luka Milivojevic said.
?The system after half-time is one we
have used since I came here. We were
better after half-time but by then it
was 2-0. When we changed the
Abraham 44, Ayew 48
formation we played much better.?
Andros Townsend, who could be
leaving Selhurst Park for Leicester
Referee A Marriner Attendance 23,477
City in a � million move this week,
echoed Milivojevic when saying that
?last season we were effective playing
rystal Palace have been here
a different way? but stopped short of
before. They started slowly
criticising De Boer?s methodology.
last season too, taking one
James McArthur, however, was not
point from the opening three
fooling anybody when he suggested
games, but there were at
least semblances of optimism that Palace have ?played some nice
stuff at times?. After three games,
and an obvious, if largely
only West Ham and Burnley have
ineffective, style of play.
struck more long passes than the 225
This time around, entering the
bludgeoned by De Boer?s team. Just
international break with only West
the 124 have gifted possession away.
Ham United below them in the table,
?You?ll have seen us hit it long
Frank de Boer already faces a
today. It?s not a case of it?s his [De
daunting challenge to turn the tide
Boer?s] philosophy and he?ll stick to it
and save his job. The former Holland
all the way; he will do what is needed
defender, who lasted 85 days before
to win matches,? McArthur said.
being sacked by Inter Milan, is likely
What is needed is a coherent game
to meet Steve Parish, the Palace
plan that is less cautious than the
chairman, to discuss their struggles
befuddled performances so far. It is
this week. The club are especially
one thing sitting back and keeping a
concerned by the team?s failure to
compact shape when either
execute his tactical instructions and
Manchester club come to south
his firm insistence that they
London, but to do so
should play with three
against a team that had
centre halves.
not had a shot on target
While De Boer?s job
in their first two games
is not yet understood to
was inexplicable.
be under threat, he will
In the early days of
be warned that a
Only Palace and Brighton
Allardyce?s spell at
drastic and immediate
in the top four divisions
Selhurst Park he spoke
improvement must be
have failed to score
about his players being
made or the club will
a league goal
paralysed by fear when
explore alternative
this season
playing at home.
options. De Boer also
Considering Palace were
wants the new sporting
markedly better when losing 1-0
director, Dougie Freedman, to bring
away to Liverpool seven days before,
in four players before the transfer
it was fair to ask if a similar issue may
closes on Thursday night, but
have crept back in this season.
Saturday?s tepid defeat by Swansea
?Hopefully not,? De Boer said, not
City suggested that the new
too convincingly. ?I?m confident that I
manager?s biggest problem is giving
will get the minds settled and get us
his team an identity rather than
playing with confidence. We can show
altering the personnel.
from the first half and second half the
The optimism when he rolled into
kind of difference you make when
town at the end of June with a
you play with courage. Then you can
promise of expansive football has
get the crowd behind you. If you are
already evaporated. There is an
playing with no courage, you will see
argument that the majority of these
the crowd feels that.?
players, inherited from Sam
If his players fail to find that
Allardyce?s blunt and functional
up and at ?em side, are best suited to a courage when they face Burnley on
Saturday week, De Boer may well be
direct approach. Yet even then there
facing a second early sacking. He still
were few attempts at intricacy on
has three more weeks to go before
surpassing his stint at Inter. That
Instead, against the most shot-shy
inglorious record could yet be broken.
team in the league, they perplexingly
sat back from the first whistle.
Swansea had enjoyed two-thirds of
Crystal Palace (3-4-2-1): W Hennessey 4 ?
possession half an hour in and were
T Fosu-Mensah 4, S Dann 6, J Tomkins 5 (sub:
M Kelly 41min, 3) ? J Ward 6, J McArthur 5,
dictating the tempo. After Tammy
L Milivojevic 5 (sub: Y Cabaye 58, 5), P Van
Abraham and Jordan Ayew scored
Aanholt 5 (sub: Chung-yong Lee 46, 5) ?
either side of half-time, courtesy of a
J Puncheon 5, A Townsend 6 ? C Benteke 5.
Substitutes not used J Speroni, J Schlupp,
pair of shocking errors from the
K Anderson, J Lokilo. Booked Benteke, Ward,
defender Martin Kelly, Palace
Cabaye, Puncheon.
switched from a 3-4-2-1 formation to
Swansea City (3-4-1-2): L Fabianski 7 ? M van de
Hoorn 6 (sub: W Routledge 70, 5), F Fern醤dez 6,
a more familiar 4-2-3-1 and resorted
A Mawson 6 ? K Naughton 7 (sub: � Rangel 88),
to long balls.
S Clucas 8, T Carroll 6, M Olsson 6 ? L Fer 7 ?
T Abraham 7 (sub: O McBurnie 76), J Ayew 7.
De Boer rejected the notion that it
Substitutes not used R Mesa, L Narsingh,
is taking his players some time to get
K Nordfeldt, J Fulton. Booked Fer.
used to the system but, worryingly,
Ag黣ro, main image, takes
issue with a steward?s
handling of a young City fan
who appears to be grabbed
around the neck, above left,
before being pinned to the
ground, left, during the
scenes that followed
Sterling?s late winning goal
at the Vitality Stadium on
Saturday. Claims by one of
the stewards that he was
struck by Ag黣ro were later
withdrawn in a statement
issued by Bournemouth.
Right, Ag黣ro registers his
grievance with a police
officer while the
celebrations that involved
Sterling being mobbed by
City fans, top, who had left
the stand, ended with the
England player being sent
off by Dean, the referee,
who had issued him with a
first yellow card for a foul
for inquiry
Amanda Jacks
Football Supporters?
Federation director of
From the extensive
footage I have seen, my
view is that rather than
safely containing the
exuberance and
celebration, stewards
and police at
Bournemouth acted
instead to curtail what
they perceived to be a
public order problem
with a disproportionate
use of force. Ironically,
this may well have
compromised safety.
Policing in football
has definitely improved.
Complaints from fans
about the police have
decreased. But there
has been an increase in
complaints from fans
about stewarding. The
bigger clubs have the
resources to employ
reputable and
appropriate companies
with experience in
football. Smaller clubs
often rely on local firms.
Those stewards have
the required Security
Industry Authority (SIA)
licence but not always
the understanding of a
football environment.
Those stewards might
have skills to deal with
incidents outside a
nightclub, but they are
not the same skills
needed for the very
different dynamic of a
football stadium.
The problem for away
fans is more acute. In a
survey 70 per cent of
fans said there was too
wide a disparity in
stewarding quality.
Away fans often
experience a welcome
that may be perceived
as hostile, and feel that
the more physically
intimidating stewards
are specifically put in
the away section.
Safety is paramount.
To enhance it, it is vital
stewards can tell the
difference between a
genuine celebration,
and a genuine threat.
of a deflection. ?He has the ability to
go one against one, to attack, to be
aggressive, to do what we are looking
for,? Guardiola said of Sterling. ?If he
would be a guy with a little bit more
sense of the goal, he would be one of
the most incredible players.?
Bournemouth also have a left wing
back in Charlie Daniels capable of
scoring and it was he who broke the
deadlock with a thunderous drive
from the side of the penalty area,
barely 14 yards in from the goalline.
Bournemouth?s struggles up front
highlighted the attacking riches at
their opponents? disposal. But
Guardiola has work to do to sharpen
City?s cutting edge.
Bournemouth (3-5-2): A Begovic 8 ? S Cook 7, N Ak�
6, T Mings 7 ? A Smith 7, D Gosling 6, A Surman 7,
H Arter 6, C Daniels 7 ? J Defoe 5 (sub: B Afobe
73min; sub: L Mousset 90+4), J King 6. Substitutes
not used A Boruc, B Smith, L Cook, R Fraser, J Ibe.
Booked Ak�, Cook, Mings, Smith, Arter.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson 6 ? Danilo 6,
V Kompany 6, N Otamendi 6, B Mendy 7 ? D Silva 7
(sub: J Stones 90+10), Fernandinho 6 , K De Bruyne 8
? R Sterling 6, G Jesus 7 (sub: L San� 83), B Silva 7
(sub: S Ag黣ro 67, 6). Substitutes not used C Bravo,
E Mangala, F Delph, Y Tour�. Booked Kompany,
D Silva, Otamendi, Mendy, Sterling. Sent off Sterling.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Jones the rock at heart
Rashford 70, Fellaini 82
Referee M Oliver Attendance 75,021
ust after Jos� Mourinho had
finished a video call to his
family, Jamie Vardy
approached the Manchester
United manager at the exit
to Old Trafford and the pair
shared a warm embrace.
Mourinho and Vardy did
not exchange words, but the
Portuguese tapped the Leicester City
striker on the back twice and nodded,
as if to say ?hard lines. Nice try?.
Vardy, the hood of his grey
tracksuit over his head, was in a hurry
to get out of Old Trafford and few
could blame him. He had just
endured a torrid evening. The
England striker had laboured for 76
minutes before being withdrawn by
Craig Shakespeare. ?We needed
something different,? the Leicester
manager said, explaining why he
replaced Vardy with Islam Slimani.
?He toiled away up there. It was very
hard, because you are playing against
the quality and possession that Man
Utd had.?
United dominated the match,
enjoying 69 per cent of possession.
United cut West Ham United and
Swansea City open with fast-moving
counterattacks, but they were not as
convincing going forward on
Saturday night.
Wary, perhaps, of the possibility
that they could be punished by
Leicester?s pace on the counter,
United were slower and more
methodical in the build up, and for
much of the evening, the visiting side
frustrated the hosts.
Kasper Schmeichel saved Romelu
Lukaku?s penalty in the second half.
Had he scored, the striker would have
equalled Jimmy Hanson?s 92-year
record of scoring in his first four
United games.
United?s unblemished start to the
season remains intact, however,
thanks to goals from substitutes
Marcus Rashford and Marouane
Fellaini in the 70th and 82nd minute.
Mourinho?s side go into the
international break having won all
three matches after scoring ten goals,
but perhaps the most important
statistic for United is that a zero sits in
their goals against column.
For only the sixth time, United
have kept a clean sheet in each of
their first three matches of a season.
They have not conceded a goal in
492 minutes and this is the first time
since April 2012 that United have
recorded five consecutive shutouts in
the league.
For the third successive game, Phil
Jones and Eric Bailly were
outstanding. Every time Vardy and
Shinji Okazaki got the ball, the
United centre backs were touch-tight
to stop the strikers from turning
towards goal. Bailly laid down an
early marker to Riyad Mahrez,
hoofing the ball from underneath his
feet as he threatened inside the
United half. A minute later, Bailly
reminded Mahrez of his presence by
taking him out with what Michael
Oliver deemed an illegal challenge.
Vardy then tried his luck against
Bailly, but again, the Ivory Coast
defender came out on top as he used
his upper body strength to muscle the
30-year-old off the ball. The home
crowd applauded. Vardy became
frustrated after losing out to Jones in
the air. The only time Jones looked
troubled throughout came in the
second half when Mahrez tricked his
way past him and drove a low shot
that David De Gea kept out with his
feet. A few minutes later, in the same
area, Jones blocked a dangerous cross
from the Algerian winger.
One question that continues to dog
Jones is his injury record. At one
point Jones went down just outside
the Leicester penalty area after a
shoulder barge by Danny Simpson.
He got up, but suffered an injury in a
separate challenge that makes him a
doubt for England?s World Cup
qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
Bilic in line of fire
as Ben韙ez restores
Newcastle?s belief
Joselu 36, Clark 72,
Mitrovic 86
Referee N Swarbrick Attendance 52,093
ike a desperation relay, the
baton was passed from Rafa
Ben韙ez to Slaven Bilic. These
are early moments in the race,
too soon to be mired in crisis,
but nothing makes
momentum shrivel like defeat,
nothing makes a manager
sound less convincing. As relief
spread around St James? Park,
trepidation was creeping towards
winless, pointless West Ham United.
After a fractious summer, peppered
?He is complaining about an ankle
problem,? Mourinho said.
?He?s the kind of player where we
need to have him always in our hands
with a lot of care from the medical
department, the fitness coach, my
assistants in the gym, working always
on prevention, on recovery. But if we
manage to have him safe and
protected from injuries, I think
potentially, he?s everything I like in a
central defender.?
At the other end, Schmeichel put
on a good display, pawing away a
curling effort from Juan Mata. Paul
Pogba then went close with two longrange efforts. When Schmeichel dived
to his right to push away Lukaku?s
penalty, which came after the
otherwise ineffective Anthony
Martial struck Simpson?s hand with a
low cross, it looked like United were
going to draw a blank.
But less than three minutes after
replacing Mata, Rashford won a
corner, which Henrikh Mkhitaryan
landed right into the 19-year-old?s
path and the unmarked forward beat
Schmeichel with a right-foot volley.
All three substitutes combined for the
second. Rashford picked Jesse Lingard
out with a 30-yard pass. The winger,
afforded too much space by Wes
Morgan, whipped in a cross that
Fellaini diverted past Schmeichel with
his right knee.
Shakespeare, who has one win from
three and has a game against Chelsea
coming up, wants new additions
before the transfer window closes,
with Andros Townsend, of Crystal
Palace, top of his shortlist. The
manager could not guarantee that the
likes of Vardy, Mahrez and Danny
Drinkwater, will stay. ?It?s difficult to
say,? he said when asked if any of his
stars could leave.
Manchester United have
kept a clean sheet in their
opening three league
games of a season for the
sixth time in their history
and fourth in the Premier
League era
However, United failed to
win the title in any of those
five previous campaigns
1991-92, 1997-98, 2005-06,
and 2015-16)
Goals in final 15 minutes of Premier
League games
Goals by subs in PL
2014-15 ........................................................... 6
2015-16 ............................................................ 2
2016-17 ........................................................... 6
2017-18 .............................................................4
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): D De Gea 7 ?
A Valencia 7, E Bailly 8, P Jones 8, D Blind 6 ?
P Pogba 7, N Matic 8 ? J Mata 6 (sub: M Rashford
67min, 7), H Mkhitaryan 7 (sub: M Fellaini 74),
A Martial 6 (sub: J Lingard 76) ? R Lukaku 6
Substitutes not used S Romero, C Smalling,
A Herrera, M Darmian. Booked Mkhitaryan
Leicester City (4-4-1-1): K Schmeichel 7 ?
D Simpson 7, W Morgan 7, H Maguire 7, C Fuchs 6
? R Mahrez 6, W Ndidi 6, M James 6,
M Albrighton 6 (sub: A King 60, 6) ? S Okazaki 5
(sub: D Gray 60, 7) ? J Vardy 5 (sub: I Slimani 76).
Substitutes not used B Hamer, B Chilwell,
D Amartey, K Iheanacho. Booked Schmeichel,
with disputes about the club?s transfer
policy and the fissures appearing
between Ben韙ez and Mike Ashley,
Newcastle United?s first victory of the
season restored belief. They had been
poor away to Huddersfield Town the
previous weekend, propulsion
clinging to one promoted team and
deserting the other, but they were
neat and well oiled on Saturday. It
made for the starkest of contrasts.
What did Newcastle get right?
Ben韙ez is a details manager,
meticulous to the point of obsession.
If he is dissatisfied with the market he
is dealing in ? ?I am signing the
players that I can, not the players that
I want,? he reiterated ? the Spaniard
is guaranteed to make players better.
Newcastle harried from the start,
their work rate was prodigious and
they stuck to their plan.
Joselu, a �million addition from
Stoke City, was nobody?s idea of a
stellar acquisition, but he scored on
his first league start. ?It?s emotional,?
he said, ?and even more important
because of what had happened in the
last couple of games.? Mikel Merino,
signed on loan from Borussia
Dortmund, was composed in midfield,
Matt Ritchie a terrier, Ciaran Clark
superb in defence.
What did West Ham get wrong?
?We didn?t deserve anything,? Bilic
said, an accurate assessment. Their
legs appeared heavy and their minds
sluggish and when Joselu touched in
Newcastle?s opener in the 36th
minute, they disintegrated. Declan
Rice was caught in possession ? the
youngster was substituted at half-time
? but West Ham?s defending was
consistently disinterested.
of last season when they finished 11th,
but again finds himself under
scrutiny. West Ham have won three
of their past 17 league fixtures and
their investment in high-profile
players such as Marko Arnautovic,
Javier Hern醤dez, Joe Hart and Pablo
Zabelata is yet to bring a return. In
mitigation, they are still to play at
home, but patience is listing.
At Newcastle, Ben韙ez remains
wildly popular, but he is sparring over
the club?s soul. The potential and
stature he saw when he arrived 17
months ago is undermined by
Ashley?s peculiar, dysfunctional
ownership, his desire to sell and
unwillingness to fund a vibrant
sporting institution. Ben韙ez is not
seeking to leave, but it feels like a
fragile coalition.
Which manager is under greater
Bilic survived a club review at the end
What happens next?
Immediately after the match, Ben韙ez
met Lee Charnley, Newcastle?s
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 13
of new United
Kasper Schmeichel has now
saved more Premier
League penalties at Old
Trafford than Peter
Schmeichel (0 of 3)
Jones beats Mahrez to the ball during
a display from the England player that
earned rich plaudits from Mourinho
managing director, Justin Barnes, an
Ashley lieutenant, and Keith Bishop,
the PR man, in his office. After a raft
of corrosive headlines, it was an
attempt at air-clearing before a
pivotal few days. Ben韙ez is a manager
who pushes and Ashley has never
wanted to be pushed, but if Newcastle
are to survive, let alone thrive, they
must find a way to function.
They have business to attend to.
Ben韙ez is eager to add quality to his
squad, but has a rump of outcasts to
deal with, including Tim Krul, Jack
Colback and Grant Hanley. Dwight
Gayle, whose attitude has been
questioned, was omitted from the
squad, while buyers have been sought
for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
West Ham have cooled their
pursuit of William Carvalho, Sporting
Lisbon?s Portugal international. ?We
are looking for one more player and
sometimes, many times, one player
can change a lot,? Bilic said, but
Aleksandar Mitrovic could face
retrospective disciplinary action for
his raised-arm challenge on Manuel
Lanzini during Newcastle United?s
3-0 victory over West Ham United.
Mitrovic, the Serbia international,
appeared to catch Lanzini with his
elbow off the ball, an incident which
was missed by Neil Swarbrick, the
referee but was highlighted on
television. Mitrovic, on as a
substitute, scored Newcastle?s third
goal, celebrating by placing a finger
in front of his lips. ?For who it is,
they know,? the striker said. ?A lot of
people don?t trust in me, so I just try
to make them wrong.?
should a whole season hang on that?
They will improve when Arnautovic
returns from suspension, but Hart
looked flaky and Hern醤dez was
more argumentative than effective.
?When we lost at Southampton and
had zero points, I was still very
positive with the way we played and
reacted after we were left with ten
men,? Bilic said. ?This is different, this
is worrying.? For now, they can only
squirm in the spotlight.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): R Elliot 6 ?
J Manquilo 6, J Lascelles 7, C Clark 8, C Mbemba
7 ? I Hayden 7 (sub: M Diam� 82min), M Merino
8 ? M Ritchie 8 (sub: J Murphy 88), A P閞ez 7,
C Atsu 7 ? Joselu 7 (sub: A Mitrovic 72).
Substitutes not used R Aarons, H Saivet,
J G醡ez, F Woodman. Booked Merino.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): J Hart 4 ? P Zabaleta
4, J Collins 4, A Ogbonna 4, A Cresswell 5 ?
D Rice 3 (sub: M Lanzini 46, 5), M Noble 5 (sub:
C Kouyat�, 71) ? A Ayew 5 (sub: D Sakho 70, 5),
E Fernandes 5, M Antonio 5 ? J Hern醤dez 5.
Substitutes not used J Fonte, Adrian, P Obiang,
A Masuaku. Booked Hern醤dez, Fernandes,
leksander Ceferin does not often speak to the media, so
when the president of Uefa hosted a journalists?
roundtable in Monaco on Friday, a lot of the focus was on
the issue of the day: this summer?s huge transfer spending
and whether there was the courage to punish clubs ?
such as Paris Saint-Germain ? who may commit
breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) requirements.
He says that he is more concerned with money flowing
out of the game in the form of ballooning agent commissions than
he is with cash recirculating among clubs. And, anyone who
violates FFP, will not only be punished, but will be ?punished
severely?. ?We can?t be a tiger without teeth,? the 49-year-old
Slovenian lawyer said.
Time will tell what comes to pass. But lost in some of the
coverage was that Ceferin gave the strongest indication yet that he
wants to take action against the polarisation and competitive
imbalance at the top of European football. And that?s something
that could rock the game to its foundation. ?[Nobody] wants to see
teams with unlimited budgets, [nobody] wants [zero] competitive
balance, [nobody] wants only ten or 12 teams [who can win] in
Europe,? he says.
Financial Fair Play was never
about levelling the playing field
but rather it was about clubs
living within their means and
turning football into a
sustainable business. In five
years the aggregate losses of
European clubs declined from
about �66 billion to about
�2 million ? an 84 per cent
drop ? suggests it worked. Yet
over the past decade, the game
has become polarised, with a cadre of super clubs dominating at
home and abroad. The main driver has been the boom in
commercial and broadcast income ? which has flowed to the top
? but FFP has, ironically, helped to cement the situation.
Ceferin wants to address this. And he is ready to explore
measures such as salary caps or a ?luxury tax? to do it. A ?luxury
tax? is a mechanism whereby if a team spends beyond a certain
amount on wages or transfers, it has to pay a ?tax? into a central
pot, which then gets redistributed among other clubs. Many have
assumed such measures ? which are part and parcel of US sport
? would be illegal under European competition law.
?Years ago, Michel Platini [his predecessor as Uefa president]
and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge [head of the European Club
Association] went to see the European Commission about salary
caps and luxury taxes and were told it?s impossible,? he says. ?I?m
not so sure it?s still impossible.?
Ceferin will meet the European Commission next month and is
convinced that there is enough support among the game?s
stakeholders to put these talking points back on the table. And if
he is right, the European Commission will have to give in, since, as
he puts it, they are ?politicians? who ?rely on votes? for their jobs.
It would depend on the details, but you would imagine that
there would be a fairly broad coalition backing some kind of
?luxury tax? device. A number of big clubs particularly those who
are owned by investors chasing a profit, such as Manchester
United as opposed to public trusts such as Barcelona or Real
Madrid or free-spenders such as PSG, would likely favour it too as
it would bring down expenses.
The memorandum of understanding between Uefa and the
clubs runs through to 2021, so nothing can change before that.
?Everybody knows we have to do something,? Ceferin says.
?Even the big clubs agree. We won?t be able to [close] the gap. But
let?s stop it growing. Or, at least, stop it growing so quickly.?
Right now, there is no proposal and no details. It?s early days.
But, less than a year into the job, Ceferin seems determined to do
something his predecessors at Uefa believed was impossible. And
he seems willing to take on the European Commission to do it.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
Millwall are flying as McCarthy gets ?murdered?
opposition players crumble. You can
see it. They don?t want the ball. Then
they make mistakes and as soon as
they do, we pounce and we?re off.?
Player of the week
Liam Moore Reading
The solid centre back was crucial in
Reading keeping their first
Championship clean sheet since the
end of last season, making last-ditch
blocks to keep out shots from David
Davis, a substitute, and Jacques
Performance of the week
Neil Harris?s team have played well so
Goal of the week
far this season upon their return to
Joe Mason Burton Albion
the division without getting the
The on-loan striker scored with his
results their performances
first touch for the club just 31
seconds after coming on to
Everything came
earn a point against
together at The Den
Sheffield Wednesday
on Saturday, though,
and lift Nigel
with a 4-0 victory over
Clough?s team out of
a struggling Norwich
the relegation
Billy Sharp is the only player
City thanks to goals
to score for Sheffield United
from Lee Gregory,
since their promotion to the
George Saville, Jed
Rising star
Championship, although
Wallace and Shaun
Diogo Jota Wolves
The 20-year-old
added an own goal
?Every team will
attacking midfielder,
on Saturday
hate to come and play us at
who is on loan at
The Den because they know
Molineux this season from
what we do and how we play and set
Atletico Madrid, was the best outfield
up, but not many teams can stop it,?
player for his side at Griffin Park.
Aiden O?Brien, the midfielder, said
Villain of the day
?It?s actually impossible to stop
Scott Carson Derby County
when we?re flying. When the crowd
The former England goalkeeper gifted
are on their game as well they play a
Billy Sharp his opener and was then
massive part in how we want to play.
caught upfield at a free kick for
When they are shouting and
the Sheffield United?s striker second
screaming and doing their chants, the
Jeff Shi, the
Wanderers chairman,
was keen to have a pint
with some of the club?s
fans before the match
away to Brentford on
Saturday. The club?s
managing director,
Laurie Dalrymple,
tweeted a picture of
himself outside The
Griffin pub with Shi
before the game:
?Taking this man for a
pint. Happy to extend
that offer to any away
fans at today?s game as
a well earned thank you.
Here for 30 mins.?
They duly obliged
with Shi wasting no
time in getting a round
in for some of the fans
who had made the
journey. He even
bought a couple of
J鋑erbombs for those
who fancied something
stronger than a lager.
They probably needed
it before witnessing a
scoreless draw.
Stat of the day
A good omen maybe. Leeds United
have won their first three away
matches in a season for the first time
since the start of the 2009-10
campaign ? when they went on to
win promotion under Simon Grayson.
On Saturday Kemar Roofe and
Ezgjan Alioski, a largely unknown
Macedonian signed from the Swiss
Super League side, Lugano, in the
summer, scored in either half to
check Nottingham Forest?s promising
start to the season. ?We have signed
well, he is frightening,? Eunan
O?Kane, the Ireland midfielder, said
of Alioski, one of 13 signings the club
have made so far this summer.
?I think some of the players we
have signed are maybe a little bit
unknown to most people in England,
so credit to the club on their
Quote of the day, part one
?It?s not the team I wanted to play. I
haven?t got the players in that I
wanted to bring in, have I??
Harry Redknapp, the Birmingham
City manager who has brought in
seven new players so far, six of
whom started in the 2-0 home
defeat by Reading. Birmingham sit
in 20th place after five games,
with just one win. How many more
will Redknapp sign before the
transfer window shuts on Thursday
Quote of the day, part two
After a bad day at the end of a good
month, Mick McCarthy had an
alternative take on 999 Day, a tribute
to the emergency services, after his
Ipswich Town team lost their one
hundred per cent record in a 2-0
defeat at home by Fulham.
?Call the police, because there has
just been a murder on the pitch,?
McCarthy said. ?We?ve just come up
against a team streets ahead. They
absolutely bashed us with the ball and
without the ball.
?Fulham are tops. They will be
promotion contenders again and
today shows how far removed we are
from them.?
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 15
irst, a small tale from a former player
regarding the best ?quarter-to-three
manager? he ever had. It was August
2004, just before kick-off in the home
changing room at Bramall Lane. Leeds
United, who had just fallen from the
Premier League into the muck and
nettles of the Championship, were the
visitors. As his team talk drew to a close, Neil
Warnock, the Sheffield United manager,
standing before his players, began to go
through the Leeds starting XI, one-by one.
Brian Deane, Michael Duberry, Julian
Joachim . . . one by one Warnock held them up
against his own, before concluding that he
would not swap a single player for those inside
those four walls. Well, almost. ?Actually
Bronds,? he finally said to Lee Bromby, his
right back that day. ?I?d take Gary Kelly over
you, what a player he is, eh??
That?s Warnock: fiercely competitive, a
motivator whose commitment to his players is
never in question, married with a flash of
cutting Yorkshire humour that keeps a smile
on the faces of his players.
They walked out of the dressing room and
beat Leeds United 2-0 that day. On Saturday,
Warnock, now 68 and in his 50th year in the
game, guided Cardiff City to a 2-1 win over
Queens Park Rangers ? a fifth win from their
opening five Sky Bet Championship games.
Top of the table and Warnock has still got it, it
seems. ?He?s a wily old fox? Ian Holloway, the
QPR manager, said. ?That?s as good a Cardiff
team as I?ve seen. He?s got them believing in
themselves, like he always does. Amazing what
bit of experience does, eh??
There was a sense, though, before Cardiff?s
blistering start, that perhaps his time had
passed, that the financial muscle in an
increasingly cosmopolitan division might
mean the methods of this unabashed oldschool manager would no longer be enough to
compete at the top end of the league.
This is a manager, after all, who still speaks
of the need for the girls in the ticket office and
the cleaners to all be pulling in the same
direction, who rails against the bookies
predictions for the season ? 15th incidentally
? rather than talking of the ?project? or the
?philosophy? of his team.
It was different in Cardiff, though.
Anticipation of Warnock?s first full season at
the helm, seven signings at a cost of just over
�million meant that optimism brewed quietly
during the summer in south Wales. Warnock
arrived in October as a fire fighter, to lead
Cardiff to safety from relegation. Much as he
did at Rotherham United the season before,
and QPR in 2009-10, before winning the
Championship title the following season, of
Cardiff?s 2-1 win away to big-spending
Wolverhampton Wanderers the previous
week, complete with growing Portuguese
contingent, would suggest that in the
Championship, for so long Warnock?s natural
habitat, there is still room for his ?blood and
?I don?t think I?d do very well in Portugal,?
he said mischievously after that game. And on
Saturday he almost verged into ?Ron
Manager? territory after witnessing another
impressive win. ?It?s not just winning, it?s the
way we?re winning,? he said. ?It?s how I dreamt
Age 25
Previous clubs
Wanderers, Peterborough
United (loan), Sheffield
United (loan),
Portsmouth (loan),
Shrewsbury Town (loan),
Cambridge United (loan),
Quick, very direct, scored
five goals in seven
appearances in all
Has there been any
interest in him from
bigger clubs?
Not yet. Has taken the
step up to the
Championship in his
stride, the challenge is to
maintain this form.
of football when I was a kid: Bramall Lane, the
oohs and the aahs, the shots, the stops, the
saves, the refereeing decisions. I don?t know
what people pay to get in here, but you can?t
tell me it?s not worth every penny.?
It has not been that way in south Wales for
a while but in Warnock it feels as though they
have a perfect fit. Cardiff are a club still
bruised by the turbulence of the past five
years. In 2012, Vincent Tan, the Malaysian
businessman and owner, decided to change
the club?s colours from blue to red in a bid to
appeal to a far-eastern market. But after
protestation and a reversal, he succeeded only
in driving away supporters who felt detached
from a newly globalised club.
So a series of Q&A forums was introduced
last season and Warnock spent many evenings
hearing supporters? views in the working men?s
clubs and pubs around Cardiff and into the
Valleys too. ?We lost a lot of loyalty after the
rebranding,? says Amy McNiven, the club?s
first fan engagement manager. ?When we got
relegated from the Premier League, numbers
just started to diminish. We felt we had to
reconnect. Neil would just sit there for hours
taking questions, chatting with people, and I
think he won their trust.?
Some proposals have been implemented:
season tickets now start at � for children
and �9 for adults, and measures have been
taken to improve the atmosphere and
experience of visiting the relatively new
Cardiff City Stadium.
?We are top of the league? echoed when the
final whistle blew on Saturday. Warnock
tapped his head, as they do in these parts, in
front of a rapturous home support. Matt
Smith, the QPR striker, had given the west
Londoners a brief lead. He headed into an
empty net after Neil Etheridge, the Cardiff
goalkeeper, came and failed to reach Luke
Freeman?s cross.
Junior Hoilett?s equaliser for Cardiff came
from another goalkeeping misdemeanour.
heads the
Cardiff winner
Smithies to
keep the
perfect start
to the season
Even if Alex Smithies was a little unfortunate
to see his blocked clearance ricochet straight
into the unguarded goal. Cardiff took the lead
just before half-time when Sol Bamba rose
highest at the far post to head home a Hoilett
corner and should in truth have increased
their lead in a dominant second-half display.
It is the form of their attacking triumvirate
of Kenneth Zohore, Hoilett, and Nathaniel
Mendez-Laing that should really frighten the
Championship. All three are realising their
undoubted talent under Warnock. Zohore?s 12
goals in the second half of last season have
drawn interest from Brighton & Hove Albion
and Hull City; Hoilett, signed as a free agent
last season, Warnock knows well from his time
at QPR; and Mendez-Laing, a free transfer
from Rochdale in July, has been a revelation so
far this season.
?Flying as high as a kite,? Warnock said of
his dynamic front three. Behind them Lo颿
Damour, another free transfer, from Ligue 2
Bourg-en-Bresse, linked well in his role in the
number ten. Supporting the attacking
contingent, Aron Gunnarsson and Joe Ralls
mix grit and guile in the middle of the park.
And the back four of Bamba, Sean Morrison,
Lee Peltier and Joe Bennett are seasoned
campaigners at this level.
Bamba, 32, the well-travelled central
defender and another free agent signed last
sseason, praised the honesty of his manager.
?He?s very, very good with the lads, jokes
around a lot,? he said. ?But at the same time
he?s straightforward. Every footballer
appreciates that. When you?re not good he
you as it is, and when you?re good he?s
to praise you as well.?
Does a record eighth promotion for
Warnock beckon then? ?Oh no, no,? Warnock
said with a smile. ?That?s for our supporters to
be dreaming of. It?s a great place to be at the
minute and I love watching my team. I?m
really proud of them, I?m enjoying it, and I
hope it continues.?
How did he do? A series
of injuries, loan moves
and off-field issues had
threatened to derail a
promising career before
Keith Hill, the Rochdale
manager, signed MendezLaing in 2015. Twenty
goals and 19 assists
during two seasons
followed and in the
summer Hill
recommended his former
manager, Neil
Warnock, as the right
man to further nurture
his talent.
A blistering start to the
season continued on
Saturday with the winger
unfortunate not to add to
his goals tally in a
performance full of
energy and purpose.
He needs no
encouragement to take
on a defender. Athletic
and sharp over the first
five yards, he created
numerous chances for
Also linked up well
with Kenneth Zohore, the
striker, switched flanks
with Junior Hoilett on
several occasions and
although right-footed
looked comfortable on
either side. Perhaps
guilty of occasionally
trying to do too much on
his own when a pass
would be the better
option, but always willing
to win the ball back.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
?I wonder if I did
something wrong
in a previous life?
t is remembered as the night that Marcus
Rashford announced himself to the world.
but had it not been for some rotten bad luck
Will Keane?s name could have been
plastered all over the back pages the
following day instead.
On February 25, 2016, Rashford stepped
into the Manchester United side to play
Midtjylland after Anthony Martial pulled out
with a hamstring injury during the warm-up.
What happened next is part of United
folklore. Rashford, then 18, scored twice on his
debut to save Louis van Gaal from
embarrassment and send United into the last 16
of the Europa League with a 5-1 win.
But the reality is that Rashford would not
have been in the squad that night had Keane, a
fellow academy graduate, been available.
Keane was above Rashford in the pecking
order at Old Trafford, but sadly for him, his left
groin ?exploded? ? as he puts it ? only a few
minutes after coming off the bench in United?s
FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury the previous
week, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
?That night was bittersweet for me,? says
Keane, who ended his 12-year spell at United by
joining Hull City six months later. ?I was happy
for Marcus, but I had been waiting for another
opportunity for so long, and that had been taken
away from me by another injury.
?I often think, ?That could have been me.? If I
was playing I would have backed myself to score
a goal or two and then you never know, but
after the Shrewsbury game, I knew my time at
United was over and I joined Hull because [then
manager] Mick [Phelan, a former United
assistant] would give me the chance to play
regular top-flight football.?
Leahy scores
at both ends
but Walsall
rescue a draw
Performance of the week
Jon Whitney?s side were 3-0
down at home to Bradford
City but fought back to draw
3-3 on an eventful day for
wing back Luke Leahy, who
scored for each team.
Player of the week
Luke McGee Portsmouth
The goalkeeper?s fine
There has never been any doubt about
Keane?s ability. United signed him and his twin
brother, Michael, who moved to Everton for
� million last month, after spotting the pair
playing for South Manchester aged 11.
Some of his former youth coaches saw shades
of Ruud van Nistelrooy in the tall, athletic and
clinical striker, who scored three times over two
legs in the 2011 FA Youth Cup final win over
Sheffield United. The previous year, he joined
an acclaimed list of stars when he won the club?s
young player of the year award.
Sadly for Keane, injuries have stunted his
career, and he had only made three senior
appearances by the time he left his boyhood
Two months after joining Hull for �million,
Keane ruptured cruciate ligaments in his left
knee against Southampton.
It was the same injury that he suffered in May
2012 only a few months after Sir Alex Ferguson
handed him his United debut at the age of 18.
Ferguson had planned to promote Keane to
the first team the following season, but instead
he spent a year on the sidelines and had four
Championship loans (at Wigan, Queens Park
Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston
North End) before leaving for Hull.
?The ball was bouncing between me and
Virgil van Dijk,? Keane says. ?I flicked it over
him, planted my left foot, and as I went to take
off, my knee just went inwards and I could feel
the ligaments ripping.?
Keane did some soul searching over the next
few days. ?It was devastating,? he says. ?You
think: ?How has this happened again? Have I
done something wrong in a previous life?? ?
For much of the nine months that has
followed, Keane has been a caged animal. He
has been cooped up in the gym at Hull?s
Cottingham training ground. Through the glass,
he has watched enviously as his team-mates
have trained outside. But now, there is finally
light at the end of the tunnel.
?The first three months is just horrible
because you don?t do anything, then 3-6 months
is a slog because you?re in the gym, but now I
performance was one of the
main reasons Wigan Athletic
were held 1-1 at home.
Goal of the week
Gwion Edwards
Peterborough United
A run that started ten yards
inside his own half ended
with a 20-yard shot into the
Northampton Town net as
a 4-1 away win took the
visitors top of the
Rising star
Gino van Kessel
Oxford United
The Curacao
forward, on loan
from Slavia Prague,
scored on his first
start as Oxford drew
1-1 with Shrewsbury
Town. He fired
home his second
goal of the season in
the 75th minute.
Villain of the day
Joe Murphy Bury
The goalkeeper, below, left his
team to play 36 minutes at
Rochdale with ten men after
picking up the ball outside the
penalty area. The visitors still
held on for a 0-0 draw
Stat of the day
Number of substitutes
named by Oldham
Athletic on their bench
away to Blackpool due
t injuries. They lost 2-1.
of the day
to the fans &
today, the lad has
clever & I?ll learn
from it,? Wigan Athletic?s
Chey Dunkley says sorry
on Twitter for his
dismissal after lashing
out at Brett Pitman, of
Today?s footballing twins
Rafael and Fabio Da Silva,
born July 9, 1990
Both defenders who signed
for Manchester United in
2008. Rafael is now at Lyons,
while his brother plays for
Josh and Jacob Murphy,
February 24, 1995
Both forwards joined
Norwich City as under-12
players in 2006. Josh is still a
first-team player at Carrow
Road, while Jacob joined
Newcastle United this
summer for � million
Ryan and Steven
Sessegnon, May 18, 2000
Ryan has been a target for
Premier League clubs after
an outstanding season at left
back for Fulham, for whom
Steven has made one
appearance in an EFL Cup tie
against Wycombe this month
Keane is nearing a return for Hull after
another long-term knee injury that
has kept the former United player on
the sidelines since November last year
am out on the pitch next to the lads, doing ball
work, so I feel like a footballer again,? he says.
?I will be fit in a couple of months, all being
His brother?s career has attracted more
publicity this summer after his move to Everton
and his England call up, but there is no
animosity towards Michael from his twin.
?It?s inspirational for me, seeing what he has
done,? the forward says. ?He is a perfect
example for me to follow. If I can get back at
Hull and do really well, there is no reason why I
can?t do the same thing.?
Leonid Slutsky, Hull?s third manager since
Keane joined, has told the 24-year-old that he
features in his first-team plans. With Jarrod
Bowen and Kamil Grosicki flying down the
wings, the team looks tailor made for a tall
striker like Keane.
?It?s perfect,? he said. ?Hopefully I can get
back and be feeding off them. We look a threat
going forward and we?ve looked good this
Keane has two aims once he returns. One is
to get promoted back to the Premier League
with Hull and the other is to play at the World
Cup with Ireland.
It says much about Keane?s character that he
believes both goals are attainable after a series
of terrible injuries.
Keane has represented England at five
different youth levels, but qualifies for Ireland
through his dad, who was born in Dublin.
?They have some good strikers, but I was on
their radar before the injury,? Keane said. ?I am
an outside bet but if I can get back scoring goals
I would like to think I have a chance.
?It is every player?s dream to play in the World
Cup. Ireland are doing well in their group so
they might make it. If I ended up playing in a
World Cup, all this hard work would be
Kewell picks
up first points
as Crawley
stun Swindon
Performance of the week
Crawley Town
Harry Kewell?s team, the only
side in the division without a
point, rectified that with a 3-0
win away to previously
unbeaten Swindon Town.
Player of the week
Frank Nouble
Newport County
Scored a 13-minute hat-trick
scored a spectacular goal in
the 5-1 win over Forest Green
Rovers after a long-distance
Nouble took just 13 minutes to
score a hat-trick for Newport
and laid on the fourth in his
team?s 4-1 win at home to
Goal of the week
Tom Pett
A superb first-time volley off
the post was enough to clinch
a 1-0 win away to Barnet.
Rising star
Kane Vincent-Young
Colchester United
The 21-year-old defender
Villain of the day
Marek Stech
Luton Town
The goalkeeper was booked
after chasing referee Ross
Joyce to the edge of the area,
despite his team-mates trying
to hold him back, after a
brilliant injury time save that
kept out Jimmy Spencer?s
penalty in their 2-2 draw
away to Mansfield Town.
Stat of the day
Grimsby Town have had a
player sent off in each of their
past five competitive games.
Quote of the day
?There?s no meltdown and we
stay together.? Mark Cooper,
the Forest Green manager, on
the 5-1 loss to Colchester.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 17
Tall order: Tottenham?s S醤chez, left,
and Alderweireld react after Burnley
earned a late point at Wembley
For the first time since October 1948, two
league games were watched by at least 67,000
spectators on the same weekend (75,021 saw
Manchester United beat Leicester City; 67,862
watched Tottenham Hotspur draw with
Burnley). Yet this weekend also featured the
top flight?s lowest attendance for 17 years
(10,419 at Bournemouth v Manchester City).
Burnley (away league record last season: W1,
D4, L14) have won and drawn their opening
two away games this season against Chelsea
and Tottenham (combined home league
record last season: W34, D2, L2). Tottenham
fielded three 6ft 2in former Ajax centre backs:
Davinson S醤chez, Toby Alderweireld and Jan
Last season Manchester City had the forwards
Jesus/Jes鷖 (Gabriel, Navas) and midfield
anchors Fernando/Fernandinho; now they
have attacking midfielders Silva/Silva (David,
Bernardo) and left-sided defenders Otamendi/
Mendy (Nicol醩, Benjamin). Raheem Sterling?s
97th-minute winner for City against
Bournemouth came four minutes later than
any other goal in the Premier League era
scored by a player who was then sent off.
Manchester United have responded to
summer criticism of their lack of a women?s
team by beating WSL (Women?s Super League)
in their first three league games: West Ham
United, then Swansea City and now Leicester
City. A system of three centre backs is in
vogue but United have started the season in a
4-4-2 formation (wins of 4-0, 4-0, 2-0). The
closest Premier League manager to Stratford
upon Avon is Shakespeare (Craig
Shakespeare?s Leicester are slightly nearer
than West Bromwich Albion according to the
AA?s route planner).
Liverpool?s past four league games against
Arsenal have brought a 3-3 draw and wins of
4-3, 3-1 and, yesterday, 4-0; they are the first to
score at least three in four consecutive league
meetings with Arsenal since Tottenham did so
between 1962 and 1964. Since 2011, Arsenal
have averaged 1.25 points per game in August
but 2.03 points per game otherwise in that
Today children are off school and most adults
off work yet the Premier League is inactive. In
fact the August Bank Holiday Monday has
seen only two top-flight games in the daytime
since 1986 (Manchester United home matches
against Newcastle United in 1999 and Everton
in 2004). The summer Bank Holiday was
introduced in 1871 yet it has never featured a
full round of top-division fixtures.
Cesc F郻regas and 羖varo Morata, the Spanish
pair, gave Chelsea a 2-0 win over Everton
Chelsea in league
since start of 2016
Goals by
The Premier League?s top three clubs play at
rugby league venues: Old Trafford (annual
Grand Final), Anfield (Four Nations
tournament last November) and the John
Smith?s Stadium (a Super League ground).
more European defeats than domestic losses
despite playing 199 more domestic games in
that period. A win over C McGregor (Conor)
means Floyd Mayweather has never lost in 50
fights; a goal by C McGregor (Callum, with a
late equaliser against St Johnstone) means
Brendan Rodgers has never lost in 52 domestic
games as Celtic manager. In English football,
the longest unbeaten domestic start to a
managerial reign over the past half century is
only 18 games (Howard Wilkinson at Sheffield
Wednesday in 1983).
Since late August 2011 Celtic have suffered
Answer to Name the Season in Saturday?s
paper: 1980-81
At the Hawthorns yesterday the home side
had a Welsh manager whose team?s only goal
Today: 7.30pm Kaiserslautern v
Eintracht Braunschweig, German
second division, BT Sport 3.
7.45pm Fylde v Barrow,
Vanarama National League, BT
Sport 1. Thursday: 7.45pm
France v Holland, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Football.
Friday: 5pm Nigeria v
Cameroon, World Cup qualifier,
BT Sport 1. Kazakhstan v
Montenegro, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Football.
7.45pm Malta v England, World
Cup qualifier, ITV. Lithuania v
Scotland, World Cup qualifier,
Sky Sports Football. San Marino
v Northern Ireland, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Mix.
Saturday: 12.30pm Bradford
City v Bristol Rovers, Sky Bet
League One, Sky Sports Football.
5pm Georgia v Ireland, World
Cup qualifier, Sky Sports
came in the second half when a former
Southampton and England striker headed
home a bouncing ball ? and so did the away
side (West Bromwich Albion?s Tony Pulis and
Jay Rodriguez; Stoke City?s Mark Hughes and
Peter Crouch).
Swansea?s Van broke down but the AA saw
them home (Van der Hoorn suffered injury
but Ayew and Abraham [Jordan and Tammy]
scored in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace).
Frank De Boer, of Palace, is the first manager
to see his team lose their first three Premier
League games without scoring since
Kevin Ball for Sunderland in 2006.
Football. 5.30pm Tranmere
Rovers v Dover Athletic,
National League, BT Sport 2.
7.45pm Wales v Austria, World
Cup qualifier, Sky Sports
Football and S4C. 9pm Senegal
v Burkina Faso, World Cup
qualifier, BT Sport 1. Midnight
Montreal Impact v Chicago Fire,
American league, Sky Sports
Football. 2am (Sun morning):
Dallas v New York Red Bulls,
England won their only
previous competitive game
in Malta 1-0 in February 1971
American league, Sky Sports
Football. Sunday: 12.15pm
Blackburn Rovers v Fleetwood
Town, League One, Sky Sports
Football. 2.30pm Portsmouth v
Rotherham United, League One,
Sky Sports Football. 5pm
Holland v Bulgaria, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Football.
7.45pm Greece v Belgium,
World Cup qualifier, Sky Sports
the times | Monday August 28 2017
1 Man United..................3
2 0 0
6 0
2 Liverpool.....................3
2 0 0
5 0 0
3 Huddersfield...............3
1 0
1 0
4 Man City.......................3 0
1 0
5 West Brom...................3
6 Chelsea........................3
1 0
8 Southampton.............3
9 Tottenham...................3 0
1 0 0
1 0
4 0 10
1 0 0
3 0
2 0 0
1 0 0
1 0
1 0 0
7 Watford........................3 0
2 0
1 0 0
2 0
1 0
2 0
1 0 0 0
1 0 0
2 0
1 0
1 0
3 0
0 0
Y 11 Stoke.............................3
1 0 0
1 0 0
2 0
Z 12 Everton........................3
1 0 0
1 0 0
2 0 -2
Y 13 Swansea.......................3
0 0
Y 14 Newcastle....................3
1 0
Z 15 Leicester......................3
1 0 0
Z 16 Arsenal.........................3
1 0 0
1 0
2 0 0
1 0
1 0
1 0
2 0 0 0
2 0
5 -4
3 0 0
Y 17 Brighton.......................3
0 0
1 0
2 0
1 0
2 -4
Z 18 Bournemouth.............3
0 0
4 0 0
1 0
1 -4 0
W 19 Crystal Palace.............3
0 0
W 20West Ham....................3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
(1) 1
McClure 34
(0) 1
(0) 2
Maidenhead (1) 1
Dag and Red (3) 5
Cheek 15, 29, Lokko 44
Ferrier 74, Whitely 81
Wanadio 26
(0) 0
(1) 1
(1) 2
Kosylo 25, Brown 78
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
AFC Fylde
(1) 2
Jones 40, Rowe 84
Clay 90+8
Obileye 45+2
Sutton United (1) 1
Wright 35
Okuonghae 68
Paxman 74, Pigott 82
(0) 1
Pittman 75
(1) 1
(0) 3
Solihull Moors(0) 2
Boreham Wood(0) 2
Cook 82, Mangan 90
Andrade 53 (pen)
Balanta 68
Jennings 43
(1) 1
(0) 0
Dagenham & Red..6 3 3
Sutton United.......6 4 0
Boreham Wood.....6 3 2
Bromley.................6 3 2
Aldershot..............6 3 1
Gateshead.............6 3 1
Dover Athletic ...... 6 3 1
Leyton Orient........6 3 1
Maidenhead ......... 6 2 3
Eastleigh...............6 2 3
Wrexham .............. 6 3 0
Ebbsfleet ..............6 1 5
Halifax...................6 2 2
Maidstone ............6 2 2
Macclesfield..........6 2 2
Barrow .................. 6 1 4
AFC Fylde..............6 1 4
Chester .................5 1 3
Tranmere .............. 6 1 3
Woking..................6 2 0
Guiseley ................ 6 1 2
Solihull Moors.......5 1 1
Hartlepool.............6 0 2
Torquay.................6 0 1
GD Pts
6 12
2 12
5 11
4 11
7 10
5 10
1 10
-1 10
3 9
2 9
0 9
2 8
0 8
-1 8
-2 8
2 7
-1 7
0 6
-1 6
-6 6
-8 5
-5 4
-6 2
-8 1
Stoke (a)
Everton (h)
Man City (a)
Burnley (h)
Leicester (a)
West Ham (a)
Leicester (h)
y (a)
Liverpool (h)
Watford (a)
Palace (h)
Brighton (a)
West Ham (h)
Arsenal (a)
Leicester (a)
Arsenal (h)
Stoke (a)
Southampton (a)
Man City (h)
Swansea (a)
Watford (h)
Crystal Palace (a)
Man Utd (h)
Everton (a)
Swansea (h)
West Ham (a)
Crystal Palace (h)
Liverpool (a)
Huddersfield (h)
Man Utd (h)
Newcastle (a)
Chelsea (h)
Tottenham (h)
Man Utd (a)
Bournemouth (h)
Newcastle (h)
Tottenham (a)
Watford (h)
Swansea (a)
Stoke (h)
Chelsea (h)
Huddersfield (a)
Bournemouth (h)
Chelsea (a)
West Brom (h)
West Brom (h)
Bournemouth (a)
Newcastle (h)
Arsenal (a)
Brighton (h)
Everton (a)
Burnley (a)
Southampton (h)
y (a)
Man City
Huddersfield (h)
West Brom (a)
Tottenham (h)
1 -6 0
2 10 -8 0
Bradford PA (2) 4
Havern 12, Johnson 34, 78
Nowakowski 41
Morgan 42
(0) 0
(1) 1
(0) 0
(0) 2
(0) 0
Johnson 61, Dickson 79
Bognor Regis (0) 0
Blyth Spartans(0) 3
East Thurrock (1) 2
Regan 66 (og)
Maguire 81, Reid 85 (pen)
Agyemang 12, Higgins 47
Eastbourne B (1) 1
Taylor 35
Oshodi 84
Hampton & R (0) 0
Havant & W
Fogden 90
(0) 1
Lowe 8 (pen)
Chapman 89
McCarthy 37
Sent off: G Smith (Boston) 46, B McGowan
(Boston) 58
(1) 3
(0) 0
Hemel H
Kidderminster (0) 2
Ironside 60
Ngwatala 62
Allan 17
North Ferriby (0) 1
Bateson 51
Gillies 9
(3) 4
(1) 1
(1) 1
(0) 0
Henshall 20
Nicholson 9, 29, Hickey 75
Sent off: J Hood (Leamington) 53
(0) 1
(0) 0
Oxford City
(0) 1
(0) 1
(0) 3
Bradbrook 53 (pen), 86 (pen)
Pavey 77
(1) 2
Parselle 35 (og)
Ngamvoulou 68
(2) 3
Williams 18
Parker 33, 52
(1) 1
Sinclair 45
(0) 1
Goldberg 80 (pen)
Sent off: L Henderson (Oxford City) 80
(0) 1
Roberts 51
Newton 82
Sent off: J Sampson (Southport) 79
St Albans
(0) 2
Noble 51
Walker 65
Concord Rangers(0) 1
Cawley 48
Weston-s-Mare(0) 2
Chippenham (1) 2
Johnson 74
Henry 82 (og)
Sent off: L Hogan (Salford City) 38
Reid 76, Grubb 81
Pratt 27, Smith 74
Stockport Co (0) 1
Gainsborough (0) 0
Oswell 54
Gueye 14
Spennymoor (0) 1
Salford City
Harrogate .............6 5 1
Brackley ............... 6 5 1
Southport..............6 4 2
Spennymoor .........6 4 1
Salford City...........6 4 1
York.......................6 3 2
Darlington.............6 3 2
Stockport Co ........6 3 1
Blyth Spartans......6 3 0
Tamworth ............. 6 3 0
Kidderminster.......6 3 0
Bradford PA..........6 3 0
Curzon Ashton......6 2 1
Nuneaton..............6 2 0
Alfreton ................6 2 0
Boston ..................6 2 0
AFC Telford ..........6 2 0
Chorley..................6 1 2
FC Utd of Man.......6 1 1
North Ferriby .......6 1 1
Gainsborough .......6 1 0
Leamington...........6 1 0
(0) 1
GD Pts
13 16
11 16
7 14
6 13
5 13
7 11
5 11
3 10
2 9
-1 9
-1 9
-2 9
-4 7
-2 6
-4 6
-5 6
-6 6
-5 5
-5 4
-11 4
-5 3
-8 3
(1) 1
(0) 1
Allen 58
St Albans .............6 6 0
Chelmsford ...........6 5 0
East Thurrock ...... 6 4 2
Dartford ................ 6 3 3
Braintree...............6 3 2
Havant & W ......... 6 3 2
Bognor Regis ........6 2 3
Hemel Hempstead 6 3 0
6 3 0
Truro .................... 6 2 1
Poole .................... 6 2 1
Concord Rangers...6 2 1
Oxford City............6 2 1
Gloucester ............6 2 1
Chippenham .........6 1 3
Welling..................6 1 3
Eastbourne Boro ..6 1 3
Hampton & R ....... 6 1 2
Wealdstone...........6 1 2
Weston-s-Mare .... 6 1 2
Hungerford ...........6 1 1
Whitehawk ........... 6 0 1
(1) 1
Manchester City (1) 2
Daniels 13
Jesus 21
Sterling 90+7
Sent off: R Sterling (Manchester City) 90+9
(2) 2
F郻regas 27
Morata 40
(0) 0
Crystal Palace
(0) 0
Abraham 44
Ayew 48
(0) 0
(0) 0
(2) 4
(0) 0
Firmino 17, Man� 40
Salah 57
Sturridge 77
Manchester Utd (0) 2
Rashford 70
Fellaini 82
(1) 3
West Ham
Joselu 36
Clark 72
Mitrovic 86
(0) 1
GD Pts
8 18
6 15
6 14
11 12
2 11
2 11
3 9
1 9
-2 9
0 7
-1 7
-2 7
-3 7
-4 7
0 6
-1 6
-1 6
-2 5
-3 5
-4 5
-4 4
-12 1
(0) 0
(0) 1
(0) 0
Sent off: M Britos (Watford) 24
(0) 1
Rodriguez 61
(0) 1
Crouch 77
Evo-Stik League Northern
Altrincham 4 Coalville Town 2;
Barwell 0 Witton Albion 1;
Buxton 2 Halesowen Town 1;
Farsley Celtic 1 Rushall Olympic 0;
Grantham Town 2 Whitby Town 0;
Hednesford Town 1 Lancaster City 1;
Mickleover Sports 1 Nantwich Town 2;
Stalybridge Celtic 0 Shaw Lane Association 1;
Stourbridge 0 Marine 2;
Sutton Coldfield Town 0 Ashton United 2;
Warrington Town 2 Matlock Town 0;
Workington 0 Stafford Rangers 0.
Ashton Utd ........... 5 3 2
Farsley Celtic........5 3 2
Witton Albion.......5 3 2
Warrington Town.5 3 1
Stafford Rangers..5 3 1
Grantham..............5 3 0
Shaw Lane ............ 5 3 0
Marine...................5 3 0
Nantwich Town.....5 2 2
Stourbridge...........5 2 2
Matlock Town.......5 2 2
Lancaster City.......5 1 4
Barwell..................5 2 1
Altrincham............5 2 1
Buxton...................5 2 0
Hednesford ........... 5 1 2
Mickleover Sports 5 1 2
5 1 2
Rushall Olympic....5 1 1
Sutton Coldfield ...5 1 1
Whitby..................5 1 0
Halesowen............5 1 0
Stalybridge ........... 5 1 0
Coalville Town ...... 5 1 0
L F A GD Pts
0 7 3 4 11
0 7 3 4 11
0 5 2 3 11
1 9 3 6 10
1 10 5 5 10
2 10 3 7 9
2 8 6 2 9
2 6 6 0 9
1 6 4 2 8
1 6 5 1 8
1 8 8 0 8
0 6 5 1 7
2 6 6 0 7
2 6 7 -1 7
3 7 7 0 6
2 7 8 -1 5
2 5 7 -2 5
2 4 6 -2 5
3 5 9 -4 4
3 7 12 -5 4
4 5 8 -3 3
4 4 9 -5 3
4 2 8 -6 3
4 4 11 -7 3
Evo-Stik League Southern
Banbury United 2 Bishop?s Stortford 1;
Basingstoke Town 5 Chesham United 0;
Biggleswade Town 2 Hitchin Town 1;
Kings Langley 2 Kettering Town 5;
Kings Lynn Town 0 Frome Town 0;
Merthyr Town 3 Farnborough 0;
Redditch United 4 Dorchester Town 0;
Royston Town 1 Dunstable Town 1;
Slough Town 3 St Ives Town 0;
St Neots Town 1 Hereford FC 3;
Tiverton Town 2 Gosport Borough 0;
Weymouth 1 Stratford Town 1.
Banbury.................4 4 0
Kettering...............4 4 0
Kings Lynn Town..4 3 1
Redditch................4 3 0
Slough...................4 3 0
F A GD Pts
13 3 10 12
11 3 8 12
7 2 5 10
12 2 10 9
10 3 7 9
Biggleswade .........4
Merthyr Town.......4
Hereford ...............4
Tiverton ................ 4
Royston Town.......4
Stratford Town.....4
Kings Langley ....... 4
Frome Town..........4
St Ives Town.........4
Chesham ............... 4
St Neots Town......4
B Stortford............4
Gosport Borough...4
A燘egovic�(Bournemouth) 16
K燬chmeichel�(Leicester)� 13
F燜orster�(Southampton)� 12
West Brom
J燫odriguez�(West燘rom) 10
P燩ogba�(Manchester燯nited) 7
C燘enteke�(Crystal燩alace) 7
Wood 90+2
(0) 0
(0) 0
Alli 49
(1) 2
Curzon Ashton(0) 0
Campbell 47
Vaughan 74
(0) 2
(0) 0
1 0
Ainge 2, 63, 73 (pen)
Leyton Orient (0) 1
(1) 1
FC Utd of Man(2) 2
AFC Telford
Dinanga 70
Clifton 28
5 0 0
Dawson 48 (pen)
James 82
Diarra 56
2 0
F A GD Pts
Y 10Burnley.........................3
1 0
free with a Times
1 7 7 0
0 11 2 9
1 8 5 3
1 7 5 2
1 5 3 2
1 6 5 1
0 6 5 1
1 10 13 -3
2 6 8 -2
2 3 6 -3
2 5 9 -4
3 6 7 -1
3 2 7 -5
3 2 11 -9
2 4 7 -3
2 3 7 -4
3 2 16 -14
4 6 10 -4
4 3 12 -9
Bostik League
Billericay Town 6 Burgess Hill Town 1;
Brightlingsea Regent 2 Hendon 1;
Dorking Wanderers 1 Staines Town 1;
Folkestone Invicta 0 Needham Market 2;
Harlow Town 2 Lowestoft Town 0;
Harrow Borough 2 Tonbridge Angels 0;
Kingstonian 0 Leatherhead 4;
Leiston 2 Dulwich Hamlet 2;
Metropolitan Police 0 Merstham 3;
Tooting & Mitcham United 0 Enfield Town 4;
Wingate & Finchley 1 Margate 0.
Harrow Borough ... 4 4 0
Billericay...............4 3 0
Leatherhead..........4 3 0
Staines Town........4 2 2
Leiston..................4 2 2
Merstham ............. 4 2 1
Needham Market..4 2 1
Tonbridge Angels..4 2 1
Hendon..................4 2 0
Thurrock................4 2 0
Wingate & F .........4 2 0
Enfield Town.........4 1 2
Margate ................ 4 1 2
Dulwich.................4 1 2
Folkestone ........... 4 1 2
Dorking Wndrs......4 1 1
Brightlingsea .......4 1 1
Met Police.............4 1 1
Kingstonian...........4 1 1
Harlow...................4 1 0
Lowestoft Town ... 4 1 0
Burgess Hill Town 4 0 3
4 0 2
Tooting & M
Worthing...............4 0 0
L F A GD Pts
0 9 2 7 12
1 11 4 7 9
1 9 3 6 9
0 13 2 11 8
0 6 4 2 8
1 10 5 5 7
1 5 3 2 7
1 3 2 1 7
2 5 3 2 6
2 7 7 0 6
2 4 7 -3 6
1 9 8 1 5
1 3 3 0 5
1 7 8 -1 5
1 4 5 -1 5
2 7 6 1 4
2 3 5 -2 4
2 8 12 -4 4
2 1 9 -8 4
3 5 6 -1 3
3 3 6 -3 3
1 3 8 -5 3
2 3 13 -10 2
4 3 10 -7 0
Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup
Second Round
Played Friday
Drogheda United 5 Cobh Wanderers 1;
Cork City 7 Athlone Town 0;
St Patrick?s 0 Galway United 2;
Bangor Celtic 0 Longford Town 1;
Shelbourne 0 Shamrock Rovers 3;
Bluebell United 1 Cabinteely 0.
Limerick 1 Finn Harps 0;
Crumlin United 1 Dundalk 3.
Airticity League of Ireland
Cork City ............. 26
Derry City............26
Shamrock Rov ....26
Limerick ............. 26
St Patrick?s.........26
Finn Harps...........26
Galway Utd.........26
Drogheda Utd......26
W D L F A GD Pts
23 1 2 61 13 48 70
17 2 7 55 19 36 53
12 7 7 42 28 14 43
13 2 11 37 34 3 41
11 5 11 45 46 -1 38
10 3 13 24 34 -10 33
8 7 11 32 41 -9 31
7 9 10 33 38 -5 30
5 13 9 25 40 -15 28
8 3 15 28 50 -22 27
5 10 11 30 37 -7 25
4 6 16 17 51 -34 18
6 Women?s Super League results and table
will appear here every week once the 2017-18
season starts on September 24.
Opening fixtures: League One
Kick-off 2.0 unless stated
Arsenal v Birmingham (Boreham Wood FC);
Chelsea v Bristol City (Kingsmeadow
Stadium); Everton v Liverpool (Select
Security Stadium, 4.0); Reading v Sunderland
(Wycombe FC); Yeovil v Manchester City
(Yeovil Town FC).
League Two: Aston Villa v Brighton; Durham v
Tottenham (12.0); London Bees v Doncaster;
Millwall v Watford; Oxford Utd v Sheffield FC.
Spring Series final standings
Manchester City
Bristol City
8 6 1
8 6 1
8 5 3
8 4 2
8 2 3
8 2 2
8 1 4
8 1 1
8 0 1
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A GD Pts
W 1 Cardiff...........................5
8 15
W 2 Ipswich.........................5
3 12
Y 3 Leeds............................5
Z 4 Wolves..........................5
Y 5 Sheffield United...........5
Z 6 Nottingham Forest......5
5 11
3 10
W 7 Preston.........................5
Y 8 Hull............................... 5
1 10
W 9 Middlesbrough.............5
Z10 QPR...............................5
Y11 Reading.........................5
Z12 Derby............................5
Z13 Bristol City...................5
Y14 Fulham..........................5
Y15 Barnsley.......................5
Z16 Sheffield Wed..............5
Y17 Millwall.........................5
Z18 Aston Villa....................5
Z19 Sunderland...................5
Z20 Birmingham.................5
5 -2
6 -2
5 -3
3 -3
W21 Burton Albion...............5
6 -5
Z22 Norwich........................5
Y23 Brentford......................5
Z24 Bolton...........................5
9 -6
3 -4
5 -6
Barnsley (2) 3 Sunderland(0) 0
Ipswich (0) 0 Fulham (1) 2
Ugbo 31
Barnes 35
Moncur 67
Kebano 35
Fonte 51
Millwall (3) 4 Norwich (0) 0
Bodvarsson 60
Evans 85
Brentford(0) 0 Wolves (0) 0
(0) 1 Sheff Wed(1) 1
Mason 65
Hooper 36
(2) 2 QPR
Hoilett 22
Bamba 45+1
(1) 1
Smith 15
(1) 2
Roofe 24
Alioski 87
Sheff Utd(2) 3 Derby
Sharp 4, 90+8
Russell 39 (og)
4 B Reid
(Bristol City)
4 M Waghorn
4 C Hourihane
(Aston Villa)
4 N MendezLaing (Cardiff)
4 B Sharp
(Sheff Utd)
4 J Bowen
3 Jota
3 G Ward
3 J Hoilett
3 L Freeman
3 K Grosicki
25 B Bialkowski
23 J Smith
(Nottm Forest)
23 F Fielding
(Bristol City)
Gunter (Reading)
Moore (Reading)
Bennett (Cardiff)
Alioski (Leeds)
Hoilett (Cardiff)
Sharp (Sheff Utd)
Gregory 15
Saville 17
Wallace 42
Hutchinson 72
Nottm F (0) 0 Leeds
L E A D IN G �
T E A M 燨 F�
T H E 燱 E E K
Middlesbro (0) 0 Preston (0) 0
Birminghm(0) 0 Reading (0) 2
(0) 1
Bryson 90+1
St Johnstone (1) 1
(1) 1
MacLean 39
Holt 9 (pen)
(0) 1
McGregor 79
(1) 1
Stokes 39
(1) 2
(0) 2
Longridge 3 (og)
Erwin 58
Skondras 72
Crawford 88 (pen)
(2) 2
Lafferty 30
Partick Thistle(2) 3
(1) 1
(2) 4
Erskine 8, Doolan 13
Christie 5
Keown 54
McLean 42 (pen)
Wright 52, Rooney 84
Sent off: N Keown (Partick Thistle) 90+1
Ross County (0) 1
Mikkelsen 59
Morelos 31, 41
Herrera 89
Aberdeen...............4 4 0
Celtic.....................4 3 1
St Johnstone.........4 3 1
Hamilton ..............4 2 1
Rangers.................4 2 1
Hibernian .............. 4 2 1
Motherwell ........... 4 2 0
Hearts...................4 1 1
Ross County..........4 1 0
Kilmarnock............4 0 1
Dundee..................4 0 1
Partick Thistle......4 0 0
(2) 3
Brechin City (0) 0
Inverness CT (2) 4
Vigurs 27, 73
McKay 32, Cooper 62
Dunfermline (2) 4
Cardle 5
Higginbotham 28
Clark 87, Ryan 90+1
Sent off: A Dowie (Dumbarton) 77
(0) 1
Gasparotto 89
St Mirren
Morgan 26, 48
McShane 78
Queen of South(2) 4
Kerr 2
Dobbie 41, 46, 49 (pen)
(0) 0
(0) 1
Mullen 60
(1) 3
0 13 3 10 10
1 10 4 6 9
1 10 6 4 9
1 4 4 0 9
1 5 3 2 5
1 5 6 -1 5
2 6 7 -1 4
2 1 6 -5 2
3 4 11 -7 1
3 3 11 -8 1
A GD Pts
Dundee Utd
Airdrieonians (1) 2
Alloa Athletic (0) 0
Conroy 16 (pen)
Hastie 88
Ayr United
(0) 0
(1) 1
Higgins 42
East Fife
(1) 2
Kader 45+2
Whatley 59
(0) 0
Forfar Ath
L F A GD Pts
0 10 5 5 12
0 8 2 6 10
0 8 3 5 10
1 8 5 3 7
1 7 5 2 7
1 8 7 1 7
2 6 7 -1 6
2 3 6 -3 4
3 4 8 -4 3
3 3 7 -4 1
3 3 8 -5 1
4 4 9 -5 0
(0) 0
Dunfermline .........4
Queen of South.....4
St Mirren...............4
Dundee United......4
Inverness CT.........4
Brechin City .......... 4
League One
Bowman 37
Moult 41
A GD Pts
8 12
6 10
3 10
3 -1
4 -1
8 -4
3 -1
4 -3
3 -3
5 -4
1 -2
5 -3
4 -6
5 -8
21 L McCormick
21 T Holy
16 M Gilks
15 J Murphy
14 M Gillespie
Wimbledn(0) 2 Doncaster(0) 0
Oxford U (0) 1 Shrewsbury(0) 1
Appiah 58
Barcham 60
van Kessel 75
Raith Rovers (3) 5
Barr 5, Vaughan 20, 80
Spence 39
Buchanan 69
(0) 0
Albion Rovers (1) 2
Trouten 34, Shields 85
Sent off: M Aitken (Forfar Athletic) 84
Queen?s Park (1) 2
Brady 38
Neill 90+1 (og)
Wallace 1, Anderson 9
Raith Rovers.........4 3 1
Ayr United.............4 3 0
Arbroath................4 2 1
Airdrieonians........4 2 1
Albion Rovers ....... 4 2 0
East Fife................4 2 0
Alloa Athletic........4 1 1
Stranraer...............4 1 1
Forfar Athletic......4 1 0
Queen?s Park.........4 0 1
0 12 2
1 13 6
1 7 5
1 6 4
2 9 9
2 4 8
2 2 4
2 6 9
3 3 9
3 4 10
(2) 2
GD Pts
10 10
7 9
2 7
2 7
0 6
-4 6
-2 4
-3 4
-6 3
-6 1
League Two: Annan Athletic 0 Montrose 1;
Clyde 1 Stenhousemuir 1; Cowdenbeath 0
Berwick Rangers 1; Edinburgh City 0 Elgin City
3; Peterhead 2 Stirling Albion 4.
Stirling Albion ...... 4 4 0
Montrose .............. 4 3 1
Elgin City...............4 2 1
Peterhead..............4 2 0
Berwick Rangers...4 2 0
Stenhousemuir.....4 1 2
Cowdenbeath........4 1 1
Clyde ..................... 4 1 1
Annan Athletic ..... 4 1 0
Edinburgh City......4 0 0
L F A GD Pts
0 13 4 9 12
0 6 2 4 10
1 7 6 1 7
2 8 8 0 6
2 5 10 -5 6
1 7 6 1 5
2 2 3 -1 4
2 6 8 -2 4
3 7 6 1 3
4 1 9 -8 0
Payne 83
Blackburn(2) 4 MK Dons (1) 1
Plymouth(0) 0 Scunthorpe(1) 4
Williams 2
Mulgrew 29, 77
Samuel 83
Sent off:
A Sarcevic 54+3
Upson 25
Madden 27, 68
Hopper 77
Morris 90+4
Blackpool(2) 2 Oldham (0) 1
Rochdale (0) 0 Bury
Longstaff 6
Vassell 15
Holloway 70
Bristol R (2) 3 Fleetwood (0) 1
Sinclair 26, Bodin 43 Cole 60
Harrison 79
Sent off: J Murphy 54
Rotherham(0) 0 Charlton (1) 2
Bauer 16, Magennis 66
Walsall (0) 3 Bradford (2) 3
Gillingham(0) 3 Southend(1) 3
Eaves 56, 63, 80
(0) 0
Leonard 20
Kightly 65, Cox 73
Leahy 54
Roberts 61
Bakayoko 87
McCartan 30
Poleon 38
Leahy 49 (og)
Northamptn(0) 1 Peterboro(2) 4
Revell 85
Toney 8
Chaplin 76 (9,685)
Sent off: C Dunkley (Wigan) 59,
G Evans (Portsmouth) 89
Edwards 32
Morias 41, Marriott 75
Maddison 90+2 (pen)
F A GD Pts
6 2 4 6
4 0 4 6
2 0 2 6
7 3 4 4
5 2 3 4
3 2 1 4
3 2 1 4
3 2 1 4
2 1 1 4
1 0 1 4
1 1 0 3
2 3 -1 3
1 2 -1 1
0 1 -1 1
2 5 -3 1
3 5 -2 0
0 2 -2 0
0 3 -3 0
0 4 -4 0
1 6 -5 0
3 J Payne
(Oxford Utd)
3 J Proctor
3 L Brown
(Bristol Rov)
3 R Holmes
TE A M 燨F�
Bauer (Charlton)
Morias (P?boro)
Bodin (Bristol R)
Eaves (Gillinghm)
Amiens 3 Nice 0; Angers 1 Lille 1; Bordeaux 2
Troyes 1; Caen 1 Metz 0; Dijon 2 Montpellier
1; Guingamp 2 Strasbourg 0; Monaco 6
Marseilles 1; Nantes 0 Lyons 0; Toulouse 3
Rennes 2.
Played Friday: Paris Saint-Germain 3 St
Etienne 0.
L F A GD Pts
0 14 2 12 12
0 14 4 10 12
1 5 3 2 9
0 9 4 5 8
0 9 6 3 8
1 6 7 -1 7
0 6 4 2 6
2 3 2 1 6
2 5 6 -1 6
2 8 11 -3 6
2 4 5 -1 4
2 3 4 -1 4
2 4 6 -2 4
2 4 7 -3 4
2 1 4 -3 4
2 5 10 -5 4
3 3 6 -3 3
3 3 7 -4 3
2 6 8 -2 2
4 1 7 -6 0
A GD Pts
Y 1 Exeter City....................4
Y 2 Newport County.......... 4
Y 3 Stevenage....................4
Y 4 Crewe............................4
Z 5 Luton Town..................4
3 10
0 11
W 6 Accrington Stanley......4
W 7 Notts County................4
Y 8 Wycombe.....................4
Z 9 Swindon........................4
Z10 Coventry.......................4
Z11 Carlisle..........................4
Y12 Yeovil............................4
Y13 Lincoln City...................4
Z14 Mansfield Town...........4
Z15 Morecambe..................4
Y16 Colchester....................4
Z17 Barnet...........................4
Z18 Cambridge United........4
Z19 Forest Green Rovers....4
Y20 Crawley Town..............4
Z21 Port Vale.......................4
Z22 Grimsby Town..............4
Z23 Cheltenham..................4
Z24 Chesterfield..................4
1 -1
5 12 -4
6 -1
3 -1
1 -1
7 -5
1 -1
3 -2
4 -3
5 -4
6 -5
(0) 0 Stevenage(1) 1
Pett 27
Sent off: D Gorman (Stevenage) 35
Camb U (0) 0 Morecambe(0) 0
Cheltenhm(2) 3 Exeter
(2) 4
Dawson 8, 12
Moore-Taylor 39
Holman 90+1
Reid 45+1, 77 (pen)
Taylor 78
Sent off: J Grimes (Cheltenham) 77
Colchester(2) 5 Forest Green (1) 1
Noble 23
Reid 4, Kent 21
Szmodics 65
Vincent-Young 74
Senior 90+3
Rose 52 (pen)
Akinfenwa 28, 75
Hooper 65
Jacobson 43 (pen)
Sent off: D Collins (Grimsby) 58
F A GD Pts
7 2 5 6
6 1 5 6
6 2 4 6
5 1 4 6
4 2 2 6
4 1 3 4
3 2 1 4
2 1 1 4
2 1 1 4
3 3 0 3
2 3 -1 3
2 4 -2 1
1 3 -2 1
0 3 -3 1
0 3 -3 1
3 5 -2 0
1 3 -2 0
1 4 -3 0
1 5 -4 0
1 5 -4 0
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Hoffenheim 2; Borussia
Dortmund 2 Hertha Berlin 0; Eintracht
Frankfurt 0 Wolfsburg 1; Augsburg 2 Borussia
M鰊chengladbach 2; Hannover 1 Schalke 0;
Leipzig 4 Freiburg 1; Werder Bremen 0 Bayern
Munich 2; Stuttgart 1 Mainz 0.
Played Friday: Cologne 1 Hamburg 3.
B Dortmund .......... 2 2 0
Bayern Munich......2 2 0
Hamburg ............... 2 2 0
Hannover ..............2 2 0
Hoffenheim...........2 1 1
B M?gladbach........2 1 1
Leipzig...................2 1 0
Schalke .................2 1 0
Hertha Berlin........2 1 0
Stuttgart...............2 1 0
Wolfsburg.............2 1 0
Augsburg...............2 0 1
E Frankfurt............2 0 1
B Leverkusen........2 0 1
Freiburg.................2 0 1
Mainz ................... 2 0 0
Cologne ................. 2 0 0
Werder Bremen....2 0 0
(1) 4 Carlisle (0) 1
Woodyard 31, 62
Lambe 75
Rhead 67 (pen)
Knott 87
Sent off: T Parkes (Carlisle) 66
Mansfield (1) 2 Luton
(0) 2
Bennett 23, Angol 71 Collins 85
Hylton 89
Newport (0) 4 Chesterfld(1) 1
Nouble 55, 66, 68
Amond 82
O?Grady 37
Port Vale (0) 0 Crewe
(1) 1
Dagnall 30
Sent off: M Tonge (Port Vale) 34
Lancashire 36 (og)
Roberts 79, Smith 85
(1) 2 Coventry (0) 0
Browne 27
Olomola 75
5 J Collins
5 F Nouble
4 K Jackson
3 others have 4
3 A Shinnie
3 L McAlinden
3 G Cooper
22 B Garratt
20 J Fryer
19 J McKeown
19 B Roche
19 L Vigouroux
T E A M 燨 F �
T H E 燱 E E K
Morris (Crawley)
Nolan (Crewe)
Smith (Crawley)
Pett (Stevenage)
Reid (Exeter)
Benevento 0 Bologna 1; Chievo 1 Lazio 2;
Crotone 0 Verona 0; Fiorentina 1
Sampdoria 2; Genoa 2 Juventus 4; AC Milan 2
Cagliari 1; Napoli 3 Atalanta 1; Roma 1
Inter Milan 3; SPAL 3 Udinese 2; Torino 3
Sassuolo 0.
Juventus ............... 2 2 0
Inter Milan............2 2 0
Napoli....................2 2 0
AC Milan ............... 2 2 0
Sampdoria.............2 2 0
Torino....................2 1 1
SPAL......................2 1 1
Bologna.................2 1 1
Lazio......................2 1 1
Chievo ................... 2 1 0
Roma.....................2 1 0
Genoa....................2 0 1
Verona...................2 0 1
Crotone ................. 2 0 1
Sassuolo................2 0 1
Udinese.................2 0 0
Benevento.............2 0 0
Atalanta................2 0 0
Cagliari..................2 0 0
Fiorentina ............. 2 0 0
Swindon (0) 0 Crawley (1) 3
Grimsby (0) 2 Wycombe(2) 3
Paris Saint-G ........ 4 4 0
Monaco..................4 4 0
St Etienne.............4 3 0
Lyons.....................4 2 2
Bordeaux...............4 2 2
Marseilles.............4 2 1
Angers...................4 1 3
Caen ...................... 4 2 0
Guingamp..............4 2 0
Toulouse ............... 4 2 0
Troyes ................... 4 1 1
Montpellier...........4 1 1
Lille........................4 1 1
Strasbourg............4 1 1
Nantes...................4 1 1
Dijon......................4 1 1
Nice.......................4 1 0
Amiens..................4 1 0
Rennes..................4 0 2
Metz......................4 0 0
6 J Marriott
4 K Moore
4 D Cole
Alaves 0 Barcelona 2; Eibar 0 Athletic Bilbao
1; Espanyol 0 Leganes 1; Getafe 0 Seville 1;
Girona 1 Malaga 0; Las Palmas 1 Atletico
Madrid 5; Levante 2 Deportivo La Coruna 2;
Real Madrid 2 Valencia 2.
Played Friday: Real Betis 2 Celta Vigo 1; Real
Sociedad 3 Villarreal 0.
Real Sociedad ....... 2 2 0
Barcelona..............2 2 0
Leganes.................2 2 0
Atletico Madrid.....2 1 1
Real Madrid...........2 1 1
Levante.................2 1 1
Girona....................2 1 1
Valencia ................ 2 1 1
Sevilla ................... 2 1 1
Athletic Bilbao......2 1 1
Eibar......................2 1 0
Real Betis..............2 1 0
Espanyol................2 0 1
Getafe...................2 0 1
D La Coruna...........2 0 1
Celta Vigo ............. 2 0 0
Malaga .................. 2 0 0
Alaves...................2 0 0
Villarreal...............2 0 0
Las Palmas............2 0 0
(1) 1 Portsmouth(0) 1
Ladbrokes Premiership
Y 1 Peterborough...............4
Z 2 Wigan...........................4
Y 3 Shrewsbury..................4
Y 4 Charlton........................4
Z 5 Fleetwood Town..........4
Y 6 Scunthorpe...................4
Z 7 Oxford United...............4
Y 8 Blackpool......................4
Z 9 Bradford City................4
Y10 Blackburn.....................4
Y11 Bristol Rovers..............4
Z12 Doncaster.....................4
Z13 Walsall......................... 4
Z14 Portsmouth..................4
Z15 Southend......................4
Y16 AFC Wimbledon...........4
Y17 Bury..............................4
Z18 Plymouth......................4
Z19 Rotherham...................4
Z20 MK Dons.......................4
Z21 Gillingham....................4
Z22 Rochdale.......................4
Y23 Oldham.........................4
Z24 Northampton...............4
F A GD Pts
5 0 5 6
5 1 4 6
4 1 3 6
2 0 2 6
3 2 1 4
3 2 1 4
4 3 1 3
2 1 1 3
2 2 0 3
1 2 -1 3
1 3 -2 3
2 3 -1 1
0 1 -1 1
3 5 -2 1
1 4 -3 1
0 2 -2 0
1 4 -3 0
0 3 -3 0
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
Vanarama Premier: AFC Fylde
v Barrow (7.45); Boreham
Wood v Wrexham; Bromley v
Sutton Utd; Chester v
Macclesfield; Dover v
Ebbsfleet United; Eastleigh v
Aldershot; Gateshead v
Halifax; Guiseley v
Hartlepool; Maidenhead Utd v
Leyton Orient; Maidstone Utd
v Dagenham & Redbridge;
Solihull Moors v Tranmere;
Woking v Torquay.
North: Alfreton Town v
Curzon Ashton; Blyth
Spartans v Harrogate Town;
Boston Utd v Nuneaton;
Brackley v Kidderminster;
Bradford PA v Chorley;
DSarlington v Spennymoor
Town; Gainsborough v North
Ferriby Utd; Leamington v
AFC Telford; Salford City v
Southport; Tamworth v
Stockport County; York v FC
United of Manchester.
South: Bognor Regis Town v
Eastbourne Boro; Braintree
Town v St Albans;
Chippenham v Oxford City;
Concord Rangers v
Chelmsford; Dartford v East
Thurrock; Gloucester v Bath
City; Havant and W v
Whitehawk; Poole Town v
Hungerford Town; Truro City
v Weston-S-Mare;
Wealdstone v Hemel
Hempstead; Welling v
Hampton & Richmond.
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
EFL Trophy: Fleetwood Town
v Leicester U21; Morecambe
v Carlisle; Blackpool v Wigan;
Blackburn v Stoke U21;
Crewe v Newcastle U21
(7.30); Oldham v Port Vale;
Coventry v Shrewsbury;
Chesterfield v Bradford (7.0);
Mansfield v Lincoln City;
Grimsby v Doncaster;
Scunthorpe v Sunderland
U21; Crawley Town v
Charlton; Colchester v
Reading U21 (7.30);
Gillingham v Southend;
Wycombe v Bristol Rovers;
Exeter v Yeovil; Forest
Green v Newport County
(7.30); Barnet v AFC
Wimbledon (8.0); Milton
Keynes Dons v Brighton U21;
Stevenage v Oxford Utd;
Northampton v Cambridge
Utd; Peterborough v
Southampton U21.
World Cup: European
qualifying: Group C: San
Marino v Northern Ireland.
Group F: Lithuania v
Scotland; Malta v England.
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the times | Monday August 28 2017
ne of the most deflating experiences
of my football life came when Oliver
Bierhoff scored the goal that won the
1996 European Championship finals
for Germany. It was a golden goal
that left Wembley collectively
speechless. We all knew the rules but
for the Czech Republic to have no
chance to regroup felt cruel. One of the most
compelling aspects of sport is to discover how
competitors cope when they fall behind.
It was deflating also because I had been on
Czech Republic duty as a reporter from the
start of the tournament, watched the team
emerge from a ?group of death? that also
included Germany, Italy and Russia to grow in
confidence, sometimes drawing on pride
rather than athleticism to reach the final.
Their nation was but three years old, the split
from Slovakia fresh in the memory. To be
representing their new country on the grand
stage of a prestigious football competition was
nerve-racking and motivational. Whenever
there is an international break, thoughts
turn to English pride. Someone will
talk about the pride a player has in
pulling on the England shirt.
Make no mistake, they will say,
representing England means a lot to
these lads no matter how big their
club salary. It is not, though, the sort
of pride that is very helpful.
England is not a new nation,
nor an impoverished one. It is
not one that can play the
underdog card nor one that
has to scrape the barrel for
talent and offer performances
that are greater than the sum of
its parts. It is not a country with a
personality that glows nor a style
of play that defines its progress.
It is not a country with a
reputation to defend. It is more
than half a century since
Paris Saint-Germain have agreed
a deal to sign teenage sensation
Kylian Mbapp� from Monaco,
England won a major tournament. To feel
pride is to feel sheepish. Refreshingly, those
charged with taking England to Russia are not
squandering precious time on style and pride.
?No club team has an English way,? Steve
Holland, the England assistant manager, said.
What a waste of time it would be on those
rare days the players are available for England
training for Gareth Southgate and Holland to
try to create a brave new world with a new
identity. It makes more sense to absorb the
disappointment and work with it rather than
rail against it.
It would hardly help the national cause for
players to be asked to enter a mythical world
of ?hoof it 4-4-2? if most of them are
unfamiliar with that approach.
When in danger of losing their Champions
League semi-final against Barcelona in 2012,
Chelsea?s players briefly ignored the
instructions from the technical area and
instead retreated to playing comfort zone
football. This made an impression on Holland,
who was assistant manager at the time. Four
years later, he watched England suffer against
Iceland and noted that the players had ?no
comfort in habits?. They had nowhere to go to
catch their breath. Playing for England was as
alien to them as suddenly being asked to make
a guest appearance for Juventus, Cheltenham
Town or the Sale Sharks.
Somehow the coaches at St George?s Park
have to pick players who can slot into a new
team but not be asked to do anything that they
would not be asked to do for their club side
every day. And once that has been achieved,
they have to convince them that English pride
is a nice, invigorating sort of a thing rather
than a sensation that can paralyse or inhibit.
To this end, those called up into Southgate?s
squad will, subtly, be taught to be humble
in the hope that, come the big game,
they do not suffer from the weight of
expectation. There is no logic to the
idea that England should win
every tournament given that they
last did so in 1966. They are
ordinary and can only become
extraordinary through
acceptance that their coaches
have asked them simply to do
what they do best every week rather
than find superhero status.
The minute Iceland forgot their
limitations they were unpicked at
French media reported
yesterday. Radio stations France
Info and RMC reported that PSG
had agreed to pay ?180 million
(about �6 million) including
bonuses for the France striker.
That would make him the
second-most expensive transfer
in football history behind
Neymar, who joined PSG from
Barcelona for �9 million this
According to L?Equipe, PSG
will initially sign Mbapp�, 18, on
loan before making the move
permanent next
A loan deal
would help
PSG to get
around Uefa?s
Financial Fair
Play rules,
with many
wondering how
the Qatar-owned
club can avoid
sanctions from
European football?s governing
body considering the
Southgate, below left, must teach players how to absorb disappointments such as Iceland, above
last summer?s Euros. They were adventurous
for only 45 minutes and it killed their fairytale.
They will not make the same mistake again.
England, though, have kept on repeating
history as if it is a peculiarly English trait to
panic when the knockout phase of a
competition begins. The tough part for
Southgate is to shatter what has become
institutionalised paranoia. If England have no
definitive style, no uplifting sense of national
pride then the only way they will win a major
trophy is if they can replicate the pace, passion
and variety of their league football and their
players can find comfort in what they know of
it when a nation the size of Shropshire
threatens to defeat them.
When under the cosh England players can
appear lost. Without their French or Belgian
or Argentinian colleagues they falter, suddenly
conscious of the fact they are one dimensional,
that what they achieve at club level is thanks
to a melting pot of talent and not built on
anything they could define as English.
Crucially, they do not seem to trust each other
because they do not trust themselves. If
Southgate and Holland can navigate the fine
line between instilling collective humility and
cajoling individual freedom of expression and
confidence, the knockout stage could become
an event to be embraced.
6 Matthew Syed is away
investment already
made on Neymar.
Among the
sanctions risked by
PSG if they are
found to have
broken those rules
is a ban from the
Champions League.
Mbapp�, left,
burst on to the scene
in the second half of last
season and scored 15 goals
in 29 appearances in Monaco?s
run to the French title.
There was a messy finale at the Vitality
Stadium on Saturday. Sergio Ag黣ro was
accused of hitting a steward and then the
complaint was withdrawn. The Manchester
City striker was certainly in the midst of the
fracas but close inspection shows that he was
concerned about how a travelling supporter
was pinned to the ground after celebrating
his team?s late winning goal. Bizarrely, Alan
Shearer became as close to irate as we have
seen him in months to defend a player?s right
to celebrate with the crowd. The stewards just
about had the m阬閑 under control until
Raheem Sterling pushed past them to reach
the supporters. Of course, as Shearer
maintains, it is hard to contain joy sometimes
but if a player thinks that a cordon of
stewards is worth ignoring then he has his
priorities all wrong. Had Sterling celebrated a
few feet further back, fans would not have
spilt onto the pitch and Ag黣ro would not
have had to witness a supporter being
physically restrained on the turf. That he
cared is commendable but perhaps he should
save his indignation for his team-mate.
Gianluigi Buffon has said that
the ?ugly? video assistant review
system is being used
?excessively and wrongly?
despite it helping his Juventus
team to a 4-2 victory over Genoa
in Serie A on Saturday.
VAR was used twice in the
first half to give both sides a
penalty. However, Genoa?s
Andrey Galabinov was offside
before he was fouled by Daniele
Rugani, while there were also
grumbles about Juve?s spot kick.
?I don?t like the VAR,? Buffon
said. ?It?s being used excessively
and wrongly . . . we?re going to
get to 60 penalties a season.
?They told us it would be used
only in sensational cases and
that?s how it should be. You can?t
stop play every three seconds
. . . it?s really ugly. Using it like
this doesn?t help anyone.?
Has taken the
step up to the
Championship in his
stride, the challenge is to
maintain this form.
of football when I was a kid: Bramall Lane, the
oohs and the aahs, the shots, the stops, the
saves, the refereeing decisions. I don?t know
what people pay to get in here, but you can?t
tell me it?s not worth every penny.?
It has not been that way in south Wales for
a while but in Warnock it feels as though they
have a perfect fit. Cardiff are a club still
bruised by the turbulence of the past five
years. In 2012, Vincent Tan, the Malaysian
businessman and owner, decided to change
the club?s colours from blue to red in a bid to
appeal to a far-eastern market. But after
protestation and a reversal, he succeeded only
in driving away supporters who felt detached
from a newly globalised club.
So a series of Q&A forums was introduced
last season and Warnock spent many evenings
hearing supporters? views in the working men?s
clubs and pubs around Cardiff and into the
Valleys too. ?We lost a lot of loyalty after the
rebranding,? says Amy McNiven, the club?s
first fan engagement manager. ?When we got
relegated from the Premier League, numbers
just started to diminish. We felt we had to
reconnect. Neil would just sit there for hours
taking questions, chatting with people, and I
think he won their trust.?
Some proposals have been implemented:
season tickets now start at � for children
and �9 for adults, and measures have been
taken to improve the atmosphere and
experience of visiting the relatively new
Cardiff City Stadium.
?We are top of the league? echoed when the
final whistle blew on Saturday. Warnock
tapped his head, as they do in these parts, in
front of a rapturous home support. Matt
Smith, the QPR striker, had given the west
Londoners a brief lead. He headed into an
empty net after Neil Etheridge, the Cardiff
goalkeeper, came and failed to reach Luke
Freeman?s cross.
Junior Hoilett?s equaliser for Cardiff came
from another goalkeeping misdemeanour.
heads the
Cardiff winner
Smithies to
keep the
perfect start
to the season
Even if Alex Smithies was a little unfortunate
to see his blocked clearance ricochet straight
into the unguarded goal. Cardiff took the lead
just before half-time when Sol Bamba rose
highest at the far post to head home a Hoilett
corner and should in truth have increased
their lead in a dominant second-half display.
It is the form of their attacking triumvirate
of Kenneth Zohore, Hoilett, and Nathaniel
Mendez-Laing that should really frighten the
Championship. All three are realising their
undoubted talent under Warnock. Zohore?s 12
goals in the second half of last season have
drawn interest from Brighton & Hove Albion
and Hull City; Hoilett, signed as a free agent
last season, Warnock knows well from his time
at QPR; and Mendez-Laing, a free transfer
from Rochdale in July, has been a revelation so
far this season.
?Flying as high as a kite,? Warnock said of
his dynamic front three. Behind them Lo颿
Damour, another free transfer, from Ligue 2
Bourg-en-Bresse, linked well in his role in the
number ten. Supporting the attacking
contingent, Aron Gunnarsson and Joe Ralls
mix grit and guile in the middle of the park.
And the back four of Bamba, Sean Morrison,
Lee Peltier and Joe Bennett are seasoned
campaigners at this level.
Bamba, 32, the well-travelled central
defender and another free agent signed last
sseason, praised the honesty of his manager.
?He?s very, very good with the lads, jokes
around a lot,? he said. ?But at the same time
he?s straightforward. Every footballer
appreciates that. When you?re not good he
you as it is, and when you?re good he?s
to praise you as well.?
Does a record eighth promotion for
Warnock beckon then? ?Oh no, no,? Warnock
said with a smile. ?That?s for our supporters to
be dreaming of. It?s a great place to be at the
minute and I love watching my team. I?m
really proud of them, I?m enjoying it, and I
hope it continues.?
How did he do? A series
of injuries, loan moves
and off-field issues had
threatened to derail a
promising career before
Keith Hill, the Rochdale
manager, signed MendezLaing in 2015. Twenty
goals and 19 assists
during two seasons
followed and in the
summer Hill
recommended his former
manager, Neil
Warnock, as the right
man to further nurture
his talent.
A blistering start to the
season continued on
Saturday with the winger
unfortunate not to add to
his goals tally in a
performance full of
energy and purpose.
He needs no
encouragement to take
on a defender. Athletic
and sharp over the first
five yards, he created
numerous chances for
Also linked up well
with Kenneth Zohore, the
striker, switched flanks
with Junior Hoilett on
several occasions and
although right-footed
looked comfortable on
either side. Perhaps
guilty of occasionally
trying to do too much on
his own when a pass
would be the better
option, but always willing
to win the ball back.
the times | Monday August 28 2017
?I wonder if I did
something wrong
in a previous life?
t is remembered as the night that Marcus
Rashford announced himself to the world.
but had it not been for some rotten bad luck
Will Keane?s name could have been
plastered all over the back pages the
following day instead.
On February 25, 2016, Rashford stepped
into the Manchester United side to play
Midtjylland after Anthony Martial pulled out
with a hamstring injury during the warm-up.
What happened next is part of United
folklore. Rashford, then 18, scored twice on his
debut to save Louis van Gaal from
embarrassment and send United into the last 16
of the Europa League with a 5-1 win.
But the reality is that Rashford would not
have been in the squad that night had Keane, a
fellow academy graduate, been available.
Keane was above Rashford in the pecking
order at Old Trafford, but sadly for him, his left
groin ?exploded? ? as he puts it ? only a few
minutes after coming off the bench in United?s
FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury the previous
week, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
?That night was bittersweet for me,? says
Keane, who ended his 12-year spell at United by
joining Hull City six months later. ?I was happy
for Marcus, but I had been waiting for another
opportunity for so long, and that had been taken
away from me by another injury.
?I often think, ?That could have been me.? If I
was playing I would have backed myself to score
a goal or two and then you never know, but
after the Shrewsbury game, I knew my time at
United was over and I joined Hull because [then
manager] Mick [Phelan, a former United
assistant] would give me the chance to play
regular top-flight football.?
Leahy scores
at both ends
but Walsall
rescue a draw
Performance of the week
Jon Whitney?s side were 3-0
down at home to Bradford
City but fought back to draw
3-3 on an eventful day for
wing back Luke Leahy, who
scored for each team.
Player of the week
Luke McGee Portsmouth
The goalkeeper?s fine
There has never been any doubt about
Keane?s ability. United signed him and his twin
brother, Michael, who moved to Everton for
� million last month, after spotting the pair
playing for South Manchester aged 11.
Some of his former youth coaches saw shades
of Ruud van Nistelrooy in the tall, athletic and
clinical striker, who scored three times over two
legs in the 2011 FA Youth Cup final win over
Sheffield United. The previous year, he joined
an acclaimed list of stars when he won the club?s
young player of the year award.
Sadly for Keane, injuries have stunted his
career, and he had only made three senior
appearances by the time he left his boyhood
Two months after joining Hull for �million,
Keane ruptured cruciate ligaments in his left
knee against Southampton.
It was the same injury that he suffered in May
2012 only a few months after Sir Alex Ferguson
handed him his United debut at the age of 18.
Ferguson had planned to promote Keane to
the first team the following season, but instead
he spent a year on the sidelines and had four
Championship loans (at Wigan, Queens Park
Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston
North End) before leaving for Hull.
?The ball was bouncing between me and
Virgil van Dijk,? Keane says. ?I flicked it over
him, planted my left foot, and as I went to take
off, my knee just went inwards and I could feel
the ligaments ripping.?
Keane did some soul searching over the next
few days. ?It was devastating,? he says. ?You
think: ?How has this happened again? Have I
done something wrong in a previous life?? ?
For much of the nine months that has
followed, Keane has been a caged animal. He
has been cooped up in the gym at Hull?s
Cottingham training ground. Through the glass,
he has watched enviously as his team-mates
have trained outside. But now, there is finally
light at the end of the tunnel.
?The first three months is just horrible
because you don?t do anything, then 3-6 months
is a slog because you?re in the gym, but now I
performance was one of the
main reasons Wigan Athletic
were held 1-1 at home.
Goal of the week
Gwion Edwards
Peterborough United
A run that started ten yards
inside his own half ended
with a 20-yard shot into the
Northampton Town net as
a 4-1 away win took the
visitors top of the
Rising star
Gino van Kessel
Oxford United
The Curacao
forward, on loan
from Slavia Prague,
scored on his first
start as Oxford drew
1-1 with Shrewsbury
Town. He fired
home his second
goal of the season in
the 75th minute.
Villain of the day
Joe Murphy Bury
The goalkeeper, below, left his
team to play 36 minutes at
Rochdale with ten men after
picking up the ball outside the
penalty area. The visitors still
held on for a 0-0 draw
Stat of the day
Number of substitutes
named by Oldham
Athletic on their bench
away to Blackpool due
t injuries. They lost 2-1.
of the day
to the fans &
today, the lad has
clever & I?ll learn
from it,? Wigan Athletic?s
Chey Dunkley says sorry
on Twitter for his
dismissal after lashing
out at Brett Pitman, of
Today?s footballing twins
Rafael and Fabio Da Silva,
born July 9, 1990
Both defenders who signed
for Manchester United in
2008. Rafael is now at Lyons,
while his brother plays for
Josh and Jacob Murphy,
February 24, 1995
Both forwards joined
Norwich City as under-12
players in 2006. Josh is still a
first-team player at Carrow
Road, while Jacob joined
Newcastle United this
summer for � million
Ryan and Steven
Sessegnon, May 18, 2000
Ryan has been a target for
Premier League clubs after
an outstanding season at left
back for Fulham, for whom
Steven has made one
appearance in an EFL Cup tie
against Wycombe this month
Keane is nearing a return for Hull after
another long-term knee injury that
has kept the former United player on
the sidelines since November last year
am out on the pitch next to the lads, doing ball
work, so I feel like a footballer again,? he says.
?I will be fit in a couple of months, all being
His brother?s career has attracted more
publicity this summer after his move to Everton
and his England call up, but there is no
animosity towards Michael from his twin.
?It?s inspirational for me, seeing what he has
done,? the forward says. ?He is a perfect
example for me to follow. If I can get back at
Hull and do really well, there is no reason why I
can?t do the same thing.?
Leonid Slutsky, Hull?s third manager since
Keane joined, has told the 24-year-old that he
features in his first-team plans. With Jarrod
Bowen and Kamil Grosicki flying down the
wings, the team looks tailor made for a tall
striker like Keane.
?It?s perfect,? he said. ?Hopefully I can get
back and be feeding off them. We look a threat
going forward and we?ve looked good this
Keane has two aims once he returns. One is
to get promoted back to the Premier League
with Hull and the other is to play at the World
Cup with Ireland.
It says much about Keane?s character that he
believes both goals are attainable after a series
of terrible injuries.
Keane has represented England at five
different youth levels, but qualifies for Ireland
through his dad, who was born in Dublin.
?They have some good strikers, but I was on
their radar before the injury,? Keane said. ?I am
an outside bet but if I can get back scoring goals
I would like to think I have a chance.
?It is every player?s dream to play in the World
Cup. Ireland are doing well in their group so
they might make it. If I ended up playing in a
World Cup, all this hard work would be
Kewell picks
up first points
as Crawley
stun Swindon
Performance of the week
Crawley Town
Harry Kewell?s team, the only
side in the division without a
point, rectified that with a 3-0
win away to previously
unbeaten Swindon Town.
Player of the week
Frank Nouble
Newport County
Scored a 13-minute hat-trick
scored a spectacular goal in
the 5-1 win over Forest Green
Rovers after a long-distance
Nouble took just 13 minutes to
score a hat-trick for Newport
and laid on the fourth in his
team?s 4-1 win at home to
Goal of the week
Tom Pett
A superb first-time volley off
the post was enough to clinch
a 1-0 win away to Barnet.
Rising star
Kane Vincent-Young
Colchester United
The 21-year-old defender
Villain of the day
Marek Stech
Luton Town
The goalkeeper was booked
after chasing referee Ross
Joyce to the edge of the area,
despite his team-mates trying
to hold him back, after a
brilliant injury time save that
kept out Jimmy Spencer?s
penalty in their 2-2 draw
away to Mansfield Town.
Stat of the day
Grimsby Town have had a
player sent off in each of their
past five competitive games.
Quote of the day
?There?s no meltdown and we
stay together.? Mark Cooper,
the Forest Green manager, on
the 5-1 loss to Colchester.
Monday August 28 2017 | the times
THE燝AME | 17
Tall order: Tottenham?s S醤chez, left,
and Alderweireld react after Burnley
earned a late point at Wembley
For the first time since October 1948, two
league games were watched by at least 67,000
spectators on the same weekend (75,021 saw
Manchester United beat Leicester City; 67,862
watched Tottenham Hotspur draw with
Burnley). Yet this weekend also featured the
top flight?s lowest attendance for 17 years
(10,419 at Bournemouth v Manchester City).
Burnley (away league record last season: W1,
D4, L14) have won and drawn their opening
two away games this season against Chelsea
and Tottenham (combined home league
record last season: W34, D2, L2). Tottenham
fielded three 6ft 2in former Ajax centre backs:
Davinson S醤chez, Toby Alderweireld and Jan
Last season Manchester City had the forwards
Jesus/Jes鷖 (Gabriel, Navas) and midfield
anchors Fernando/Fernandinho; now they
have attacking midfielders Silva/Silva (David,
Bernardo) and left-sided defenders Otamendi/
Mendy (Nicol醩, Benjamin). Raheem Sterling?s
97th-minute winner for City against
Bournemouth came four minutes later than
any other goal in the Premier League era
scored by a player who was then sent off.
Manchester United have responded to
summer criticism of their lack of a women?s
team by beating WSL (Women?s Super League)
in their first three league games: West Ham
United, then Swansea City and now Leicester
City. A system of three centre backs is in
vogue but United have started the season in a
4-4-2 formation (wins of 4-0, 4-0, 2-0). The
closest Premier League manager to Stratford
upon Avon is Shakespeare (Craig
Shakespeare?s Leicester are slightly nearer
than West Bromwich Albion according to the
AA?s route planner).
Liverpool?s past four league games against
Arsenal have brought a 3-3 draw and wins of
4-3, 3-1 and, yesterday, 4-0; they are the first to
score at least three in four consecutive league
meetings with Arsenal since Tottenham did so
between 1962 and 1964. Since 2011, Arsenal
have averaged 1.25 points per game in August
but 2.03 points per game otherwise in that
Today children are off school and most adults
off work yet the Premier League is inactive. In
fact the August Bank Holiday Monday has
seen only two top-flight games in the daytime
since 1986 (Manchester United home matches
against Newcastle United in 1999 and Everton
in 2004). The summer Bank Holiday was
introduced in 1871 yet it has never featured a
full round of top-division fixtures.
Cesc F郻regas and 羖varo Morata, the Spanish
pair, gave Chelsea a 2-0 win over Everton
Chelsea in league
since start of 2016
Goals by
The Premier League?s top three clubs play at
rugby league venues: Old Trafford (annual
Grand Final), Anfield (Four Nations
tournament last November) and the John
Smith?s Stadium (a Super League ground).
more European defeats than domestic losses
despite playing 199 more domestic games in
that period. A win over C McGregor (Conor)
means Floyd Mayweather has never lost in 50
fights; a goal by C McGregor (Callum, with a
late equaliser against St Johnstone) means
Brendan Rodgers has never lost in 52 domestic
games as Celtic manager. In English football,
the longest unbeaten domestic start to a
managerial reign over the past half century is
only 18 games (Howard Wilkinson at Sheffield
Wednesday in 1983).
Since late August 2011 Celtic have suffered
Answer to Name the Season in Saturday?s
paper: 1980-81
At the Hawthorns yesterday the home side
had a Welsh manager whose team?s only goal
Today: 7.30pm Kaiserslautern v
Eintracht Braunschweig, German
second division, BT Sport 3.
7.45pm Fylde v Barrow,
Vanarama National League, BT
Sport 1. Thursday: 7.45pm
France v Holland, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Football.
Friday: 5pm Nigeria v
Cameroon, World Cup qualifier,
BT Sport 1. Kazakhstan v
Montenegro, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Football.
7.45pm Malta v England, World
Cup qualifier, ITV. Lithuania v
Scotland, World Cup qualifier,
Sky Sports Football. San Marino
v Northern Ireland, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Mix.
Saturday: 12.30pm Bradford
City v Bristol Rovers, Sky Bet
League One, Sky Sports Football.
5pm Georgia v Ireland, World
Cup qualifier, Sky Sports
came in the second half when a former
Southampton and England striker headed
home a bouncing ball ? and so did the away
side (West Bromwich Albion?s Tony Pulis and
Jay Rodriguez; Stoke City?s Mark Hughes and
Peter Crouch).
Swansea?s Van broke down but the AA saw
them home (Van der Hoorn suffered injury
but Ayew and Abraham [Jordan and Tammy]
scored in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace).
Frank De Boer, of Palace, is the first manager
to see his team lose their first three Premier
League games without scoring since
Kevin Ball for Sunderland in 2006.
Football. 5.30pm Tranmere
Rovers v Dover Athletic,
National League, BT Sport 2.
7.45pm Wales v Austria, World
Cup qualifier, Sky Sports
Football and S4C. 9pm Senegal
v Burkina Faso, World Cup
qualifier, BT Sport 1. Midnight
Montreal Impact v Chicago Fire,
American league, Sky Sports
Football. 2am (Sun morning):
Dallas v New York Red Bulls,
England won their only
previous competitive game
in Malta 1-0 in February 1971
American league, Sky Sports
Football. Sunday: 12.15pm
Blackburn Rovers v Fleetwood
Town, League One, Sky Sports
Football. 2.30pm Portsmouth v
Rotherham United, League One,
Sky Sports Football. 5pm
Holland v Bulgaria, World Cup
qualifier, Sky Sports Football.
7.45pm Greece v Belgium,
World Cup qualifier, Sky Sports
the times | Monday August 28 2017
1 Man United..................3
2 0 0
6 0
2 Liverpool.....................3
2 0 0
5 0 0
3 Huddersfield...............3
1 0
1 0
4 Man City.......................3 0
1 0
5 West Brom...................3
6 Chelsea........................3
1 0
8 Southampton.............3
9 Tottenham...................3 0
1 0 0
1 0
4 0 10
1 0 0
3 0
2 0 0
1 0 0
1 0
1 0 0
7 Watford........................3 0
2 0
1 0 0
2 0
1 0
2 0
1 0 0 0
1 0 0
2 0
1 0
1 0
3 0
0 0
Y 11 Stoke.............................3
1 0 0
1 0 0
2 0
Z 12 Everton........................3
1 0 0
1 0 0
2 0 -2
Y 13 Swansea.......................3
0 0
Y 14 Newcastle....................3
1 0
Z 15 Leicester......................3
1 0 0
Z 16 Arsenal.........................3
1 0 0
1 0
2 0 0
1 0
1 0
1 0
2 0 0 0
2 0
5 -4
3 0 0
Y 17 Brighton.......................3
0 0
1 0
2 0
1 0
2 -4
Z 18 Bournemouth.............3
0 0
4 0 0
1 0
1 -4 0
W 19 Crystal Palace.............3
0 0
W 20West Ham....................3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
(1) 1
McClure 34
(0) 1
(0) 2
Maidenhead (1) 1
Dag and Red (3) 5
Cheek 15, 29, Lokko 44
Ferrier 74, Whitely 81
Wanadio 26
(0) 0
(1) 1
(1) 2
Kosylo 25, Brown 78
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
AFC Fylde
(1) 2
Jones 40, Rowe 84
Clay 90+8
Obileye 45+2
Sutton United (1) 1
Wright 35
Okuonghae 68
Paxman 74, Pigott 82
(0) 1
Pittman 75
(1) 1
(0) 3
Solihull Moors(0) 2
Boreham Wood(0) 2
Cook 82, Mangan 90
Andrade 53 (pen)
Balanta 68
Jennings 43
(1) 1
(0) 0
Dagenham & Red..6 3 3
Sutton United.......6 4 0
Boreham Wood.....6 3 2
Bromley.................6 3 2
Aldershot..............6 3 1
Gateshead.............6 3 1
Dover Athletic ...... 6 3 1
Leyton Orient........6 3 1
Maidenhead ......... 6 2 3
Eastleigh...............6 2 3
Wrexham .............. 6 3 0
Ebbsfleet ..............6 1 5
Halifax...................6 2 2
Maidstone ............6 2 2
Macclesfield..........6 2 2
Barrow .................. 6 1 4
AFC Fylde..............6 1 4
Chester .................5 1 3
Tranmere .............. 6 1 3
Woking..................6 2 0
Guiseley ................ 6 1 2
Solihull Moors.......5 1 1
Hartlepool.............6 0 2
Torquay.................6 0 1
GD Pts
6 12
2 12
5 11
4 11
7 10
5 10
1 10
-1 10
3 9
2 9
0 9
2 8
0 8
-1 8
-2 8
2 7
-1 7
0 6
-1 6
-6 6
-8 5
-5 4
-6 2
-8 1
Stoke (a)
Everton (h)
Man City (a)
Burnley (h)
Leicester (a)
West Ham (a)
Leicester (h)
y (a)
Liverpool (h)
Watford (a)
Palace (h)
Brighton (a)
West Ham (h)
Arsenal (a)
Leicester (a)
Arsenal (h)
Stoke (a)
Southampton (a)
Man City (h)
Swansea (a)
Watford (h)
Crystal Palace (a)
Man Utd (h)
Everton (a)
Swansea (h)
West Ham (a)
Crystal Palace (h)
Liverpool (a)
Huddersfield (h)
Man Utd (h)
Newcastle (a)
Chelsea (h)
Tottenham (h)
Man Utd (a)
Bournemouth (h)
Newcastle (h)
Tottenham (a)
Watford (h)
Swansea (a)
Stoke (h)
Chelsea (h)
Huddersfield (a)
Bournemouth (h)
Chelsea (a)
West Brom (h)
West Brom (h)
Bournemouth (a)
Newcastle (h)
Arsenal (a)
Brighton (h)
Everton (a)
Burnley (a)
Southampton (h)
y (a)
Man City
Huddersfield (h)
West Brom (a)
Tottenham (h)
1 -6 0
2 10 -8 0
Bradford PA (2) 4
Havern 12, Johnson 34, 78
Nowakowski 41
Morgan 42
(0) 0
(1) 1
(0) 0
(0) 2
(0) 0
Johnson 61, Dickson 79
Bognor Regis (0) 0
Blyth Spartans(0) 3
East Thurrock (1) 2
Regan 66 (og)
Maguire 81, Reid 85 (pen)
Agyemang 12, Higgins 47
Eastbourne B (1) 1
Taylor 35
Oshodi 84
Hampton & R (0) 0
Havant & W
Fogden 90
(0) 1
Lowe 8 (pen)
Chapman 89
McCarthy 37
Sent off: G Smith (Boston) 46, B McGowan
(Boston) 58
(1) 3
(0) 0
Hemel H
Kidderminster (0) 2
Ironside 60
Ngwatala 62
Allan 17
North Ferriby (0) 1
Bateson 51
Gillies 9
(3) 4
(1) 1
(1) 1
(0) 0
Henshall 20
Nicholson 9, 29, Hickey 75
Sent off: J Hood (Leamington) 53
(0) 1
(0) 0
Oxford City
(0) 1
(0) 1
(0) 3
Bradbrook 53 (pen), 86 (pen)
Pavey 77
(1) 2
Parselle 35 (og)
Ngamvoulou 68
(2) 3
Williams 18
Parker 33, 52
(1) 1
Sinclair 45
(0) 1
Goldberg 80 (pen)
Sent off: L Henderson (Oxford City) 80
(0) 1
Roberts 51
Newton 82
Sent off: J Sampson (Southport) 79
St Albans
(0) 2
Noble 51
Walker 65
Concord Rangers(0) 1
Cawley 48
Weston-s-Mare(0) 2
Chippenham (1) 2
Johnson 74
Henry 82 (og)
Sent off: L Hogan (Salford City) 38
Reid 76, Grubb 81
Pratt 27, Smith 74
Stockport Co (0) 1
Gainsborough (0) 0
Oswell 54
Gueye 14
Spennymoor (0) 1
Salford City
Harrogate .............6 5 1
Brackley ............... 6 5 1
Southport..............6 4 2
Spennymoor .........6 4 1
Salford City...........6 4 1
York.......................6 3 2
Darlington.............6 3 2
Stockport Co ........6 3 1
Blyth Spartans......6 3 0
Tamworth ............. 6 3 0
Kidderminster.......6 3 0
Bradford PA..........6 3 0
Curzon Ashton......6 2 1
Nuneaton..............6 2 0
Alfreton ................6 2 0
Boston ..................6 2 0
AFC Telford ..........6 2 0
Chorley..................6 1 2
FC Utd of Man.......6 1 1
North Ferriby .......6 1 1
Gainsborough .......6 1 0
Leamington...........6 1 0
(0) 1
GD Pts
13 16
11 16
7 14
6 13
5 13
7 11
5 11
3 10
2 9
-1 9
-1 9
-2 9
-4 7
-2 6
-4 6
-5 6
-6 6
-5 5
-5 4
-11 4
-5 3
-8 3
(1) 1
(0) 1
Allen 58
St Albans .............6 6 0
Chelmsford ...........6 5 0
East Thurrock ...... 6 4 2
Dartford ................ 6 3 3
Braintree...............6 3 2
Havant & W ......... 6 3 2
Bognor Regis ........6 2 3
Hemel Hempstead 6 3 0
6 3 0
Truro .................... 6 2 1
Poole .................... 6 2 1
Concord Rangers...6 2 1
Oxford City............6 2 1
Gloucester ............6 2 1
Chippenham .........6 1 3
Welling..................6 1 3
Eastbourne Boro ..6 1 3
Hampton & R ....... 6 1 2
Wealdstone...........6 1 2
Weston-s-Mare .... 6 1 2
Hungerford ...........6 1 1
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