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Saturday October 14 2017
English
kids go
German
Bundesliga sides
target emerging
stars not getting
a chance here
Pages 6-7
One win in
seven, United
up next . . .
Klopp
feels
the heat
Liverpool v
Manchester
United
Today, 12.30pm
Sky Sports
Main Event
Cricket
as force
for good
Game’s role in
helping Rwanda
rebuild, 23 years
after genocide
Page 17
Hartley
takes on
George
Ben Kay on a
heavyweight
clash between
England hookers
Pages 18-19
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Saturday October 14 2017 | the times
Sport Football
How Mourinho has made
6 Demanded pictures at stadium of recent successes instead of legends
6Chose pre-season clothing for players to relieve pressure from sponsors
Paul Hirst
It is July 27 and somewhere over the
Atlantic Ocean, a “bing” over the public
address system catches the attention of
the Manchester United players and
staff as they settle down for their flight
home from America.
But rather than the voice of an air
stewardess or the pilot, the one they
hear is much more familiar. It is that of
José Mourinho, the United manager.
“I want to thank everyone for all their
help on this tour,” Mourinho says,
acknowledging every group on the
flight; the players, coaches, physios and
the administrative staff of the media
and commercial arms of the club.
“Thank you so much,” he says.
It is only a short speech, but it is from
the heart. Mourinho was genuinely
thankful to everyone involved in the
planning and execution of the trip to
America, which took in five cities over
an 18-day period.
During his successful stints at Real
Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea, he
used the excellent facilities at the
University of California in Los Angeles
(UCLA) in pre-season. The college had
pristine pitches, a hot, dry climate and
an army of volunteer students who
would drive the players to and from
training on the back of golf buggies.
Mourinho is a big admirer of the
campus and that is why he insisted on
taking United there this summer.
Three months on from the trip to
America, senior figures at the club have
noticed a “swagger” about the players
thanks to their impressive start to the
season. “Carrington [training ground] is
different now,” a source said. “There’s a
sense of confidence about the place.”
When asked to pinpoint why
Mourinho’s team go into today’s match
away to Liverpool unbeaten and second
in the table, United staff point to their
successful tour. They say that United’s
trouble-free pre-season was the foundation upon which their near-faultless
start to the campaign was built. And
Mourinho had a hand in every aspect of
the planning for the tour.
“It was his tour this time,” one source
said. The club’s trip to China the
previous year, signed off by Louis
van Gaal in March 2016 before his
departure in May, had been a “disaster”,
according to one member of staff.
Mourinho could be seen shaking his
head as he and his players sat in a private
terminal in Shanghai airport for 45 minutes waiting for the Chinese authorities
to return their passports and wave them
through after landing. From then on,
United had to deal with diverted planes,
overwhelming commercial appearances and a cancelled match against Manchester City because of a dodgy pitch.
This time everything ran like
clockwork. Mourinho’s meticulous
planning ensured that the main focus
was the players. As the United squad
tucked into their breakfast at the £560per-night Montage hotel in Beverly
Hills at around 8am every day,
Mourinho and his staff were already
setting up the day’s training session at
the Drake Stadium at UCLA. He would
make the ten-minute journey from
Beverly Hills to UCLA two hours
before his players every day to make
sure everything was ready for the squad
when they arrived.
Such was Mourinho’s determination
to ensure that his players’ sole focus was
football that he even changed their
clothing plan. On previous tours, each
player was given a diary that detailed
which clothes they needed to wear on
each day. They would rotate between
red, white and black polo shirts when
not training so as to give Adidas a
chance to showcase different varieties
of their casual range. Mourinho
dispensed with that idea, allocating
each player a batch of grey polo shirts
to wear instead. It was not that
Mourinho thought his players lacked
the intelligence to remember which
clothes to wear on which day; he just
wanted their attention to be on football.
The impact of this football-only
strategy was immediate and clear.
United played far more fluid and
attacking football than in the previous
pre-season and they recorded wins
against Real Madrid, Manchester City,
premier league table
Man City
7
Man United 7
Tottenham
7
Chelsea
7
Arsenal
7
Burnley
7
Liverpool
7
Watford
7
Newcastle
7
West Brom
7
Huddersfield 7
Southampton 7
Stoke
7
Brighton
7
West Ham
7
Everton
7
Leicester
7
Swansea
7
Bournemouth 7
Crystal Palace 7
P W
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4
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4
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1
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1
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L
0
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1
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3
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14
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5
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GD Pts
20 19
19 19
9 14
6 13
3 13
2 12
1 12
-1 12
1 10
-2 9
-2 9
-2 8
-4 8
-4 7
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-3 5
-5 5
-7 4
-17 0
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Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy, with
their only defeat coming to Barcelona.
The first sign that the swagger had
returned to United came in the depths
of the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas,
after Mourinho’s side had defeated
City 2-0 thanks to goals from Romelu
Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
Upon seeing their rivals in their
Dsquared2 uniform of three-quarterlength cream shorts, white T-shirt and
black bomber jacket, it is understood
that one United player turned to his
City counterpart and asked: “Have you
lot been shopping at Primark?”
Mourinho made further changes
once back in England. He made an
observation earlier in his United career
about the pictures that adorned the
walls at Carrington and Old Trafford.
Too much emphasis, he thought, was
being placed on legends of yesteryear.
Photographs of players such as Roy
Keane, Nemanja Vidic and David
Beckham hung on the walls. “The
players we have now have also created
history,” Mourinho told staff, and
ordered the introduction of pictures
commemorating recent successes.
In the Academy building at
Carrington, pictures of Jesse Lingard,
Paul Pogba and Rashford have been
placed on the walls alongside the Busby
Babes and the Class of ’92. Outside
the home dressing room at Old
Trafford there are now giant murals of
the team celebrating their FA Cup
triumph under Van Gaal in 2016 and of
the players with the Europa League
trophy in Stockholm in May.
Mourinho’s men have responded in
style, of course. At this point last season,
United’s league record read: played
seven, won four, drawn one, lost two.
They had a goal difference of +5 after
scoring 13 and conceding eight.
This year they are on the same points
tally as City at the top of the table,
having dropped just two points. They
have scored 21 goals and conceded
twice. It is their third-best start to a
Premier League season.
Add a Carabao Cup win and two
Champions
League
group-stage
victories into the mix and you can see
why there is a growing feeling that this
could be the year United secure their
first Premier League title of the post-Sir
Alex Ferguson era.
Lukaku has been the most eyecatching signing, having scored 11 goals
in ten matches. Mourinho must take a
lot of credit for his development, too.
The Portuguese made numerous
phone calls to Lukaku in the summer
while the Belgium striker was on
holiday in America in an attempt to
woo him. Lukaku had his heart set on a
return to Chelsea, but Mourinho
persuaded him to join forces with him
once again after telling the 24-year-old
that he would be the focal point of
United’s attack.
Ask senior figures at United, however, and they will tell you that the
signing of Nemanja Matic has been just
as — if not more — important.
In terms of resale value and shelf
life, there were some inside the club
who regarded the £40 million purchase
of Matic as one of the worst posttakeover transfer deals, but they have
quickly been won round. Matic, according to Mourinho’s staff, has given a new
lease of life to Pogba, who has excelled.
A pep talk from Mourinho has
re-energised Anthony Martial and
assurances to Rashford about the belief
the manager has in him have borne
fruit too, with the England striker
scoring five and recording four assists.
Many point to the height that
Mourinho has added to the squad, but
the main attribute of this team is now
pace. Rashford, Martial, Lukaku,
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pogba have it
in abundance and they are using it to
devastating effect.
Those close to the boardroom say
United are playing the kind of counterattacking football that their supporters
used to enjoy at the turn of the century,
when Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes,
Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke used to
destroy teams in a matter of seconds.
At this exact stage of last season,
United headed to Anfield and came
away with a 0-0 draw. Given that Liverpool had gone into the match on the
back of four straight wins, United were
deemed to have had a lucky escape.
This time around the tables have
turned, and anything but victory for
Mourinho’s revitalised team would be
seen as a failure in his eyes.
Tough games start now
for his unbeaten team
Nov 28: Watford (a) DRAW
Tony
Cascarino
Manchester United have been
hugely impressive so far this
season, remaining unbeaten,
but before their crucial derby
against Manchester City in
December they face four of the
“big six”. We will find out
during this spell if they are
genuine title contenders.
Marco Silva’s teams,
whether Hull City last
season or Watford this
term, are brave and go after the
big clubs. Occasionally it
backfires and they are thrashed,
but they are also capable of
getting points.
Dec 2: Arsenal (a) WIN
Mourinho has a great
record against Arsène
Wenger, whose Arsenal
side struggle to cope with the
kind of aerial threat they will
face from United.
Dec 9: Manchester City (h) LOSE
Today: Liverpool (a)
Prediction DRAW
José Mourinho will set
up United not to
concede. I would have gone for
a Liverpool win had Adam
Lallana and Sadio Mané been
fit.
Oct 21: Huddersfield (a) WIN
Huddersfield lost 4-0 to
Tottenham Hotspur and
I suspect they will give
United too much respect.
Oct 28: Tottenham (h) DRAW
This could be a
compelling contest
between two welldrilled teams. Tottenham have
improved slightly since last
season.
Nov 5: Chelsea (a) WIN
It doesn’t feel quite
right at Chelsea at the
moment. They are not
strong enough to cope with
losing certain players to injury.
Nov 18: Newcastle (h) WIN
This would have been a
draw last season, when
Mourinho’s side were
missing chances, but they are
more clinical this time round.
Nov 25: Brighton (h) WIN
Shane Duffy and Lewis
Dunk have done
brilliantly in the centre
of Brighton’s defence but they
won’t be able to keep out
United’s rampant attack.
City just play the same
way whether they are at
home or away. It’s so
hard to stop players such as
Kevin De Bruyne and David
Silva running the game.
Conclusion
United and City are level on
points at the top of the
Premier League table but
I wouldn’t be surprised if
City had built
themselves a sevenpoint lead after the
derby at Old Trafford
in December. They
strengthened their
weakest area in the
summer by signing
Kyle Walker,
Danilo and
Benjamin Mendy
at full back and
their 1-0 victory
away to Chelsea
last month was
ominous for their
rivals.
PS City have it
much easier . . .
Between now and
the Manchester
derby
Today Stoke (h)
Oct 21 Burnley (h)
Oct 28 West Brom (a)
Nov 5 Arsenal (h)
Nov 18 Leicester (a)
Nov 26 Huddersfield (a)
Nov 29 Southampton (h)
Dec 2 West Ham (h)
‘It’s beautiful for us to
Paul Hirst
José Mourinho believes that his
Manchester United team will thrive
rather than falter in the hostile atmosphere at Anfield today.
United are level on points with
Manchester City at the top of the
Premier League table after winning six
of their opening seven games, but they
were warned by two former players this
week that they will face an atmosphere
like no other at the home of their
fiercest rivals. Mikaël Silvestre, the
former United defender, said it was like
“going to hell” when he and his teammates played away to Liverpool. And
Gary Neville, the former United captain, admitted he does not miss playing
against them either. “I was never excited about going to Anfield,” he said.
But Mourinho disagrees. “When
people speak about big atmospheres, it
looks like it’s a problem for us to go to a
certain place and to face a big atmosphere, but this is what we want,” the
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United contenders again
ANDREW POWELL/LIVERPOOL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES
Klopp: I would quit if
I lost faith in my side
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
No standing on ceremony for Dalglish and Ferguson
Rivalries were put to one side as Kenny Dalglish and Sir
Alex Ferguson shared a joke yesterday at the ceremony
to mark the naming of a stand at Anfield in honour of the
Liverpool legend. Ferguson, the former Manchester
United manager, and Sir Bobby Charlton were among the
guests as the Kenny Dalglish Stand was officially
unveiled. Old habits continued to die hard for Ferguson,
who made a beeline straight for the pitch and proceeded
to test the playing surface, no doubt ready to report back
to José Mourinho before today’s match.
play amid animosity at Anfield’
United manager said. “I am surprised
that you speak about that in a negative
way. I am even more surprised when I
hear former players speak about
atmospheres like [they are] something
sinister, something that worries [us]. It
motivates us, it is something that we
want.
“We know that the [Liverpool] fans
have huge animosity against Manchester United historically, but this is what
we want so we are very happy to have
one more opportunity in our careers to
play in these beautiful conditions. It’s
beautiful to play at Anfield. Beautiful.”
Mourinho also played down the
significance of the result, claiming: “It’s
just one more match. I understand the
tradition, the emotions around the
supporters, but I look at it in a professional way. What I try to tell my players
is every match is important, there are
no easy matches.”
United drew 0-0 with Liverpool at
Anfield at the same time last year, but
Mourinho feels that his team are in
better shape now. “Last season we lost a
few points before we played Liverpool,”
he said. “We lost a point in matches that
you considered easy. Now we are in a
better position, we are playing better,
we are more confident and have the
confidence to play well.”
Mourinho is likely to give Ander
Herrera his second start of the season
with Paul Pogba (hamstring), Michael
Carrick (calf) and Marouane Fellaini
(knee) out. Romelu Lukaku looks to
have overcome an ankle injury.
Jürgen Klopp has said he would quit
as Liverpool manager if he was not
convinced that the club can become
genuine
Premier
League
title
contenders.
Before today’s heavyweight clash
with Manchester United, Klopp
sought to defuse doubts about the
direction in which the club are heading
while powerfully stating that if he was
sacked his replacement would struggle
to do a better job than the one he has
overseen to date.
After two years on Merseyside
Klopp’s future is not in doubt under the
club’s American owners, Fenway Sports
Group, but the prospect of slipping
ten points behind United should his
side lose at Anfield would bring further
unwanted scrutiny.
Increasingly, the debate surrounding
Liverpool’s fortunes is whether it is
possible to reel in the Manchester clubs,
and Chelsea, without replicating their
spending in the transfer market.
José Mourinho has spent £306 million on new players since taking over at
Old Trafford in May 2016, recouping
£41 million, while Klopp, who has been
in charge eight months longer, has
spent £148 million, bringing in
£116 million through sales.
Matching their rivals’ spending is not
a route FSG will go down, but Klopp is
adamant that manipulation of the
market, and nurturing talent on the
training pitch, can still lead to success
for a club who are without a league title
since 1990. When he stops believing, he
will walk away.
“In the moment when I think we
cannot be successful, and there is only
consolation, I go,” Klopp said.
“Why should I be here as some kind
of caretaker until the world creates a
manager who can be more successful?
That makes no sense. I am really
convinced.
“Other managers have different ways
to do it, other clubs have different ways
to do it. We have our way. I don’t think
I am the perfect manager, I only think
I am the perfect fit for this club. I really
think we are on the right way. I still have
the same fire, the same passion, absolutely no problem.
“Can we dominate them for the
next 20 years without spending the
same amount of money? Probably
not. But can we still be there? Yes
of course.
“We want to be consistent,
constant at our high level and
improve, even when we lose a
player in the future we want
to bring in others.
“That’s the benefit of a
long-term project. I know
the owners are not in doubt
about me, about us, about anything. It’s really OK but, of
course, we know we have to
deliver.”
Klopp would not have
been expected to suggest
other managers were
better-equipped to lead
Liverpool, but it was
interesting nevertheless that he should
raise the issue in
answer to a question
about his two years at the helm.
Progress has been unquestionable, but
so, too, is the reality that persistent
flaws have flared to leave Liverpool
seventh in the table. New impetus is
needed and a victory over familiar foes
would push the spotlight elsewhere.
“Did we do really well last year? Yes,”
Klopp said. “Did we do better this year?
Yes, but we didn’t get the results so far.
“Does that mean I should stop? No.
We had to improve to be in the situation
we are in now. There is not the biggest
difference to the top teams even when it
looks a little different with the points.
“If I would come in today as a new
manager and this would be the
situation, and if everybody would give
us time, that would be perfect.
“Unfortunately, if they [FSG] sacked
me now, there would not be a lot of
managers who would do the job better
than I do. I still think as long as 98 per
cent of all Liverpudlians are behind us,
then we are on the right way and we will
succeed.”
The absence of Sadio Mané for six
weeks is a huge blow and there is an
obvious attraction, if Klopp chooses, to
selecting an attacking three of
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and
Philippe Coutinho and a midfield of
boost for liverpool?
Under José Mourinho, United have
failed to win a game immediately
after an international break
Sept 10, 2016 Man City (h) ... Lost 2-1
Oct 17, 2016 Liverpool (a) Drew 0-0
Nov 19, 2016 Arsenal (h)....... Drew 1-1
Apr 1, 2017 West Brom (h) Drew 0-0
Sept 9, 2017 Stoke (a)........... Drew 2-2
Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and
Georginio Wijnaldum.
Klopp’s biggest conundrum seems to
be at right back, where he must weigh
up Joe Gomez’s defensive capabilities
against Trent AlexanderArnold’s urge to spring
forward.
There have not been
three successive league
stalemates in this fixture since February
1921 and for all the
focus on whether
Mourinho
will
look to contain,
and
then
counter, it is a
day for substance, not style.
“Mourinho
teams
are
smart,” Klopp
sa “They will not
said.
be that passive. They
are a different team
with a different way. If
there are one or two
long balls that is not a
problem. We can still
win them. We have to be
f
free,
create atmosphere
and play football.”
Coutinho could start
in a three-pronged
attack alongside
Salah and Firmino
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Sport Football
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
‘The kids I saw
in India made
me realise just
how lucky I am’
Juan Mata tells Henry Winter
how football is
uniting to save lives
among some of the
poorest people
E
ven now, months later, the sights and
smells of the Ambedkar Nagar slum in
Mumbai remain vivid for Juan Mata.
Even now, back in his safe European
home, the inhuman living conditions
and stories of substance abuse, early marriage
and gambling afflicting benighted young people
in India remain a powerful memory for
Manchester United’s large-hearted, Spanish
World Cup-winner, driving him to raise funds,
awareness and hope.
Even 40 hours before the most intense and
important moment in the English sporting
calendar, United’s visit to Liverpool today, Mata
could be found in the National Football
Museum in Manchester, opening a four-week
exhibition of the photographs he and Evelina
Kamph, his girlfriend breaking off from her fulltime work as an osteopath, took during their trip
last summer to India. Children from Ambedkar
Nagar were present, still delighting from their
tour that afternoon of Old Trafford, and loudly
singing Mata’s name.
They know Juan Manuel Mata García as the
footballer who cares. United’s No 8 believes
passionately in the Common Goal initiative,
calling on his professional peers to pledge one
per cent of their salary to a series of charities,
including the OSCAR Foundation bringing light
to the dark parts of Ambedkar Nagar. Altruistic
without being sermonising, Mata feels football
should mobilise its power for the greater good.
“These are my values, and the way I live,” he
says. “If you do something, do it with passion.
Football has the power to unite people like
nothing else can. Some of the photos reflect it
well when I’m walking through a maze of
narrow streets and the kids are actually
homeless. Kids lost in the street is something
you see in the movies but when you go there
and see them it gives you a different perspective
of what other types of life are possible in the
world.
“All the kids are from a slum, 60,000 people
living in the same area with pretty basic
conditions, to be honest, water and electricity
not developed at all. What OSCAR Foundation
does is help them through football. They created
a classroom, English lessons, and a place where
they can go and feel safe and develop
themselves as a person. They can play football
on different pitches around Mumbai.
“When I was in India with them, I could see
how they live, and how the foundation is
helping them to have better conditions and
through education become better in a way. It’s
been great the reception for Common Goal
from everyone in football, you [the media], fans,
players, the clubs. Lately, football has a
[negative] reputation because it’s very powerful
financially, and some people see it with
reluctance. But, you know, football has [done]
great things, and sometimes it’s unfair the
negativity towards to football.”
Football is a meritocracy, Mata argues. “In
football, if a guy is good, and is given a chance,
he can be the best player in the world, coming
from a very humble place.” The world’s elite pair
over the past decade, Cristiano Ronaldo and
Lionel Messi, overcame difficult beginnings
through their grit and gifts. “That’s not
something you can do in different jobs,” Mata
adds. “Some jobs work through contacts.” Fair
point. Many careers are launched through
connections.
“I understand some of the criticism of football
but I really want to highlight the positive things
about it. Some of the players have been showing
solidarity [for charity initiatives] during their
whole careers. So many guys have foundations.”
Mata’s United colleagues past and present,
he loves facing liverpool
Mata has a better win percentage in his Premier League
career against Liverpool than the rest of the big six
Win %
Liverpool
44.4%
Man City
37.5%
Arsenal
30%
Tottenham
30%
Man United
25%
Chelsea
0%
Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, impart
millions to good causes.
Other conscientious souls, Morgan
Schneiderlin, formerly of United, and Ander
Herrera, looking and sounding supremely ready
for today’s Anfield challenge, attended Thursday
night’s exhibition, backing their friend and his
campaign. An England international will be
announced as a supporter of Common Goal
imminently. Even the next generation, players
such as Alfie Mawson, the Swansea City
defender, believe in what Mata is doing.
Talking of his United team-mates, Mata says:
“They’re supportive. This is not about obligating
someone to do anything. It’s just, ‘We’re doing
this, if you want to join then so much the better
because the more we are the better the help is.’
Footballers help in so many ways. It could be a
game-changer for professional football.”
It could be an image-changer, making the
game more beautiful, and far more importantly
a life-changer for millions around the world.
Images captured through the Leicas of Mata
and Kamph, place issues at Anfield today into
truer perspective. This really is life or death.
“Yes, yes,” Mata replies. “Football becomes
really important for you as a journalist, for us,
for everyone but life is a different thing. So
many people don’t like football and they live
happily. They don’t care what United do, or
what Liverpool do. So if you have the chance to
step back, think about that, and have that
perspective . . .” Mere sport comes into
appropriate clarity.
“But I still get angry when we lose, or when I
don’t play good,” Mata adds. “But there are
other things in life much more important, and
seeing those kids with the way they live, and the
way that football has changed their life, it gives
me as a professional a deeper meaning of what
my profession is. Sometimes, we get into a
routine — training, travelling, playing — and we
get into a mindset which is all very quick, and
you don’t have time to step back and think,
‘Listen, I’m playing for Manchester United, I’m
very lucky.
“When I’m on the pitch, I don’t think about
anything else. I think about what I have to do, to
win the game, and score goals. I feel all the
importance that comes with the big games.
“It’s a special game to play against Liverpool,
whether at Anfield or Old Trafford. I can feel it
in the street, in the media, in the training
ground, everyone, from Monday, Mike the chef
saying, ‘Beat them, beat them, beat them.’
“In Spain all the games between ChelseaTottenham, Arsenal-Tottenham, United-City,
not just Liverpool-United, are big. It’s once I
came to England [in 2011] that I realised it was
the biggest game in England through the
history, the rivalry.”
Mata will never forget his first game for
United against Liverpool in 2014. “We lost [3-0],”
he sighs. “It felt bad. Luckily we came back and
during my time in Manchester, we won more
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FA director accused of conflict of
interests in Aluko investigation
exclusive
Matthew Syed
Dan Ashworth was facing new questions over his handling of the Eni Aluko
affair last night after it emerged that
there was strong criticism of the initial
investigation he led into allegations of
racism made by the England player
against Mark Sampson.
Ashworth, the FA technical director,
was appointed by the governing body to
conduct an internal investigation into
Aluko’s claims of bullying and discrimination, alongside Rachel Brace, the
director of HR at the FA.
After that investigation, which has
been described as a sham by Aluko, the
FA asked a highly regarded lawyer,
Katharine Newton, to conduct an
independent review into the original
allegations against the then England
women’s team manager, as well as
Aluko’s misgivings about the FA’s impartiality in its internal investigation.
Newton’s conclusions are embarrassing for the FA, and Ashworth in
particular. A copy of her independent
report, delivered on March 1, 2017, and
seen by The Times, reveals that
Ashworth was not only the main investigator for the internal inquiry, but also
one of the key witnesses. In other
words, his evidence formed crucial
testimony that he, as de facto judge and
jury, was appointed to assess.
Newton’s report reveals that
Ashworth sent an email to Brace, his
co-investigator, on September 30, 2016,
“saying that as he had been around the
Women’s Camp frequently, he felt he
should make a few comments on Mark,
the incident and the environment itself,
and then proceeded to do so”.
When questioned by Newton about
this conflict of interests, Ashworth
replied: “I’m a man of high values and
morals of professional integrity. I’ve
been put into many difficult situations.
I’ve had to do child-protection allegations against staff that I’ve appointed
and employed. I’ve had to do parental
complaints, bullying complaints. My
integrity values, professional standing
would mean that I can separate my personal views from my professional role.”
Newton, however, emphatically
disagreed. Her report said: “An investigator should not also be inputting
evidence into the same investigation
and I would advise avoiding this situation arising in any future case.” She also
recommended that procedures at the
FA were changed to prevent such a
conflict of interests arising again.
Sampson was sacked as manager
last
month
over
separate
allegations relating to safeguardingg
issues in a previous coaching job.
Ashworth appointed Sampson in
2013 but has said that he was not
aware of an FA dossier on the
alleged safeguarding issue
until the week before his dismissal.
The Newton report, seen
by The Times, also confirmed that Ashworth’s
internal investigation into
Aluko’s grievances was
flawed in other ways.
Lianne Sanderson, a key
d
witness, was not interviewed
before the initial findings
were presented to Aluko and
Ashworth faces questions
over the role he played in
dealing with Aluko’s claims
her representative from the PFA. It failed to review a videotape of a crucial
meeting before discussing its findings
with Aluko. It initially responded to only three of the eight allegations. Newton notes additional failings too.
It is difficult to read Newton’s findings without concluding that Aluko
may well have been justified in claiming
the initial inquiry was flawed in terms
of its processes, if not necessarily in its
conclusion. It also casts fresh light on a
payout to Aluko of £80,000 by the FA.
The explanations as to why this was
paid have so far seemed implausible.
The FA claimed that it was worried
about disruption in the build-up the
European Championships.
It would now appear that the FA was
keen to ensure that evidence of its own
incompetence was suppressed. One
source told The Times: “There was
something close to paranoia that the
p
press
and public would find out that
t FA had responded inadequately
the
to allegations about racism.”
But, importantly, Newton
does not find that Ashworth
and Brace were motivated
by racism against Aluko.
Their investigation may
have been “lacking in a
number of respects”, but
this was not “because
Aluko is black, or because
sshe had raised concerns. I
c
consider
the same investiggation would have been und
dertaken with the same limitations had the concerns been
raised by a white player.”
It is understood that the FA
is working with UK Sport to
iimprove its procedures in
relation to whistleblowing.
Matt Hughes Football Notebook
Mata shows youngsters
from Mumbai around Old
Trafford before the launch
of his exhibition of
photographs in Manchester
that followed a visit by the
Spain player and his
partner to a slum district.
Above left, the player
scores the second of his
two goals at Anfield in
March 2015 against today’s
opponents, Liverpool
“
When we win, I
score a goal, I
was happy for
me, but more
happy for my
family. My family
suffered for me.
They’re just great
human beings
than we lost against Liverpool. Especially that
game where I scored two goals at Anfield [in
March 2015]. It was a difficult moment [an
uncertain time for United], David Moyes was
here, then Ryan Giggs, it was a difficult moment
but we went over it.”
United went over things, including the Louis
van Gaal spell, and are now liberated under José
Mourinho. “He loves these games,” Mata said.
“We feel it. We feel it from him, all the week in
this kind of massive game. He told you he really
enjoys that pressure, these big moments. It’s just
a part of him.”
Nobody at United is under any doubt about
the significance of this collision at Anfield for
the present table, with City at the top, let alone
past enmity with Liverpool. Park the bus? No
chance. “We need to score, we need to win,”
Mata responds. “We don’t want to draw. City
drew one game, and the rest all victories. So far
we’re doing good, both Manchester teams, but I
wouldn’t rule out any other of the big teams to
be in the challenge for the title. Liverpool,
Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea will fight for sure.”
So will Mata. He’s always been driven by a
desire to make his family proud. His mother,
father and sister were present at the National
Football Museum on Thursday, supporting him,
just as they have always done. He thought, too,
of his late grandfather, who drove him
everywhere early in his career. “He loved
football. He tried to play but was not very good.
I felt that he showed through me what he’d
liked to have done. I was happy for him.
“When we win, I score a goal, I was happy for
me, but more happy for my family. My family
suffered for me. They’re just great human
beings. So I’m happy when they are happy.”
Such sentiment continues in his professional
life in Manchester. “I’m happy here. The city’s
very nice. There’s a lot of things to do. My dad
opened a Spanish restaurant. I’m settled in
Manchester. So as long as this moment
continues I’m happy to stay here.”
Making a difference on the pitch, and off it,
the Mata way.
Green light
for Chinese
invasion of
English game
A
new wave of Chinese
investment in European
football is expected to
begin after next week’s 19th
Communist Party
Congress in Beijing, from which
President Xi will emerge with greater
authority at the start of his second
five-year term.
President Xi is expected to ease
restrictions on capital leaving the
country after increasing his own
power by stacking the party’s upper
echelons with loyalists — five of the
seven positions on the all-powerful
Politburo Standing Committee will be
filled next week — which brokers in
Asia believe will lead to another
flurry of Chinese investors buying
English clubs.
The Chinese government has
clamped down on foreign football
investment this year, with the State
Council adding sports clubs to a list of
restricted overseas businesses in
August, but local observers say such
diktats were temporary measures that
Xi will reverse.
Newcastle United and Crystal
Palace are among the Premier League
clubs being looked at by Chinese
investors.
Conte’s cut-price exit deal North-east youth alliance
A
ntonio Conte’s contract at
Chelsea contains an exit clause
that can be triggered by either
party without incurring a huge
compensation bill. Chelsea have been
seeking to reduce the amount of
money they hand out in pay-offs for
several years as they have spent more
than £80 million in compensation
payments since Abramovich bought
the club in 2003, while Conte appears
happy to keep his options open
amidst interest from several Italian
clubs.
Conte signed a new contract at
Chelsea which increased his salary to
£8.5 million a year last summer, but
did not extend the terms of a deal
that is due to expire at the
end of next season.
The Italian would be
entitled to a severance
package in return for
signing a confidentiality
agreement should he
be dismissed before
then, but the amount is
less than the year’s
salary that was
previously the norm
for Chelsea’s
managers.
Given Chelsea’s
historically high
managerial
turnover rate
and Conte’s
future
ambitions
elsewhere, such a
pragmatic
approach suits
both parties.
N
ewcastle, Middlesbrough and
Sunderland are pioneering a
unique approach to youth
development with the clubs having
reached a gentleman’s agreement not
to poach youngsters from each other’s
academies. The north-east nonaggression pact is a marked contrast
to the way many academies are run in
other areas of the country, where
complaints about tapping-up and the
reporting of alleged breaches in
regulations to the Premier League are
commonplace. The north-east accord
stems from the clubs’ realisation that
due to geography they have a limited
number of players to pick from and
are better served concentrating on
developing those already on their
books. There is competition between
them to sign non-registered players,
but no players under 18 are induced to
switch clubs.
Swansea stadium victory
S
wansea City are close to
agreeing a new 40-year lease
at the Liberty Stadium. Under
the terms of the deal being
discussed with Swansea Council
the club would gain day-to-day
operational control of the stadium
in return for meeting its running
costs, which would reduce the
potential liabilities faced by the local
authority and fellow tenants Ospreys
Rugby.
If Swansea are successful in taking
over the Liberty Stadium they will
explore the possibility of selling
naming-rights and seek to increase
its capacity from 21,000 to 30,000.
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Why German
clubs are so
desperate for
English talent
Oliver Kay speaks to players
who have moved,
and those behind
Bundesliga clubs’
recruitment drives
They do a lot of number-crunching at Borussia
Mönchengladbach. According to their sporting
director Max Eberl, they use every available
metric and statistic as they scout and scour
Europe for the best young talent in Europe. “A
lot of numbers,” he says in his office at BorussiaPark. “All the numbers that are possible today.”
Those numbers have led Eberl and his
colleagues to conclusions that are backed up
every time they watch the England youth teams
or indeed the Premier League’s competitions at
under-23 and under-18 level. “We follow every
English national game — under-16, under-17
and so on — and we know every top player in
England,” he says. “They develop great players.
That age group [born in] 2000 in England, you
could take every player. It’s unbelievable. They
will perhaps win the Under-17 World Cup in
India this month. That age group of 1999-20002001, there are a lot of top English players. For
me, they’re the best in the world in that age
group.”
When Jadon Sancho, one of the stars of that
England Under-17 team, left Manchester City
for Borussia Dortmund this summer, it was the
most eyecatching in a series of moves that have
taken English youngsters to Bundesliga clubs. It
began with Danny Collinge, formerly of Milton
Keynes Dons, joining Stuttgart in 2014 and
continued with Mandela Egbo’s move from
Crystal Palace to Mönchengladbach a year later.
This summer two England Under-20 players,
Kaylen Hinds, 19, and Ryan Kent, 20, left
Arsenal for Wolfsburg (permanently) and
Liverpool for Freiburg (on loan) and a third,
Reece Oxford, 18, joined Mönchengladbach on
loan from West Ham United; Sancho, 17, has
since been joined at Dortmund by Denzeil
Boadu, 20, who was also at City.
Some in positions of power at Premier League
clubs may be inclined to call it a talent drain. If
anything, it has been designed to end the drain
that is already happening within English
football, where the financial stakes are so high,
the culture has become so risk-averse and there
is so little patience to nurture young talent in
the Premier League. Too many fine prospects
have been lost in the system, their potential not
just unfulfilled but forgotten entirely. In
Germany, at least, there is a growing regard —
and a growing appetite — for English talent.
What is more, the attraction slowly appears to
have become mutual.
“They are developing great young players in
England,” Eberl says, “but normally the player
has no chance to be in the first XI or even the
first 18 of a Premier League team. English clubs,
they will buy another player. They have a top
player in their academy, but they will buy
another who is two years older and has played
two years in the first team in France or
somewhere else. Sometimes it looks like the
transfer market is a competition in itself. They
don’t look to their own academy.
“For example, Chelsea have Andreas
Christensen. They got him back this summer
after a two-year development — the best
possible development, Champions League
development — with us. He played for us
against [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Robert]
Lewandowski, [Sergio] Agüero, [Álvaro] Morata,
[Gonzalo] Higuaín, the best strikers in the world,
and did a great job. They got him back for
nothing, but also they buy [Antonio] Rüdiger for
nearly €40 million [about £34 million] from
Roma. Rüdiger is an excellent player, as we
know in Germany, but so is Christensen, their
own player, who joined them at the age of 15. I
am not criticising Chelsea — they do a great job
— but this is just the way of it in England.
“So what is the next step for these young
players? We want to be able to say, ‘We can be
the next step for you.’ Reece and Jadon could be
the example for the next guys. And I am
starting to feel it a lot because a lot of English
agents called us and said, ‘Hey, our player wants
to come and play in the Bundesliga.’ I feel that
they begin to open their eyes away from the
Premier League, yes, but to Europe and
especially in Germany. This is what I feel from
the conversations I have had with agents. They
are open to bringing players to Germany.”
One agent, involved in one of the above deals,
Danny
Collinge
Jadon Sancho
Age: 17
English club: Man City
Age: 19
English club: MK Dons
Present club:
Borussia
Dortmund
Present club:
Stuttgart
describes it thus. “If you’re a first-year or
second-year pro at a big Premier League club,
are you even on the manager’s radar?” he says.
“Depending on the club, they might have two or
three senior internationals in your position in
the first-team squad. They might have the same
in the under-23s, the same in the under-18s,
another two or three out on loan. When that
manager needs a player for the first team, will
he look to the under-23s or the under-18s or the
guys who have been on loan? No. More often
than not, he looks to the transfer market. In
Germany the culture is different — there is a
clear philosophy, a clear pathway, with every
young player knowing he will get the best
possible chance to develop. That’s why our
young players are suddenly looking to Germany,
whether it’s loans or permanent moves.”
The theory is beyond question – particularly
at clubs such as RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen,
Freiburg, Wolfsburg, Mönchengladbach and
Dortmund, where there is a strong emphasis on
developing younger players.
So far, though, those English players have
made just one Bundesliga start between them.
That came when Hinds, who spent the second
Th
half of last season on loan to Stevenage, was
unexpectedly selected for Wolfsburg’s opening
league game against Dortmund in August.
Collinge and Egbo are respectively in their
fourth and third season in Germany and neither
has appeared in the Bundesliga, though at 19
and 20 respectively they are young enough to
feel they have time on their side. Theirs was
more of a long-term mission, aimed at
developing through Germany’s B-team
structure. Both are regularly in the Regionalliga,
Germany’s regionalised fourth tier. It sounds
like a long way off the Bundesliga, though Eberl
speaks positively of Egbo’s progression at
Mönchengladbach, where he has recently
started to train with the first team and
impressed in a friendly match against Duisburg.
Encouragingly, Kent has made three
Bundesliga appearances as a substitute for
Freiburg, while Hinds was on the bench for
Wolfsburg in their final match before the
international break. So too was Sancho for
Dortmund’s match away to Augsburg. He has
since travelled to India for the Under-17 World
Meet the 20-year-old Liverpool winger who wants to
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
Just when the scale of Ryan Kent’s
ambition appears to be clear, he offers
up one more surprise.
The Liverpool youngster shunned
the easy option by joining Freiburg on
loan at the end of the summer transfer
window, leaving behind his family and
friends in order to step outside the
comfort zone, but the hurdles he has
lined up for himself will not be allowed
to become barriers to progress.
“I think I can be young player of the
year here,” the 20-year-old said. At
Freiburg? “No, the Bundesliga,” he adds
with a smile.
Kent will stand or fall by his belief, but
the comment offers further proof of his
refusal to merely make up the numbers
and hints at the drive and determination that brought him here. Moving to
Germany represented the hard decision in so many ways — new demands,
new language and not to mention a test
of his culinary skills — but after spending last season on loan at Barnsley
(where he was young player of the year)
he sought the challenge of being immersed in something different.
Jürgen Klopp was keen for the winger
to remain at Anfield and build on his
impressive pre-season cameos, when
one-to-one sessions with the Liverpool manager coaxed improvement from the Oldham-born
player.
In the end, Kent’s craving for
regular football saw him
plead to be allowed to leave,
although the insight he
received from Klopp pushed him towards the
Schwarzwald-Stadion
rather than Derby County,
Middlesbrough or a host of
other Sky Bet Championship sides.
“Many people have questioned my decision,” Kent said.
“Instead of going to the Championship again, or a lower Premier League club, I wanted to
experience another level. Coming
i out to Germany and the Bundesliga is the best alternative to
Premier League football I could
get. I want to show people I am
capable of playing at this level.
I wouldn’t say going abroad,
Kent says his move to
Germany allows him to
focus solely on football
or playing in the Bundesliga, is an easy
thing for an English youngster.
“It is a hard decision to make in the
first place and that is before you fulfil
your role as a player. I have wanted to
knuckle down and that has meant putting other things aside, such as family
and friends, and focus on football.
“My mum and dad have been out a
couple of times to see me, and my
agents, but these are the sacrifices you
have to make. In pre-season with Liverpool, the one-on-one relationship with
him [Klopp] was very good. He spent a
lot of time going over games with me,
telling me what I did right and wrong
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development. We have been able to tell him,
‘You are one short step away from playing.
You’re 18. Yes, you played in West Ham’s first
team in the Premier League two years ago, but
you had a big injury and in the last year you had
only five games at Reading. You decided on the
right step — here with us — and we will bring
you to the level because you will play here.’
“To me, it would make no sense for Reece to
go back in December. The example for him is
Christensen — not an English player, but
another top, talented defender from a Premier
League club. Andreas played two years here at
the top level, made a huge improvement and is
now playing for Chelsea. Reece can do the same
— or he could stay in Germany if he wanted to.
Yes, there is a clause that they could take him
back in December if he plays too few games, but
we hope to be able to show Reece and West
Ham very soon that he can have a perfect
development here this season.”
For Egbo, as for Collinge at Stuttgart, it is a
more gradual process, but the Mönchengladbach
youngster has no regrets. “Absolutely not,” Egbo
says. “I can say without any doubt at all it was
the best move for me. It has been an experience
I wouldn’t swap. It is taking a bit longer than I
thought it would, I guess, but that’s not to say it’s
not coming. The whole journey has been exactly
that — a journey. It has been learning curve
after learning curve after learning curve. It has
been invaluable.”
Egbo talks positively about the B-team
experience in Germany — playing competitive
“
Reece Oxford
Mandela Egbo
Kaylen Hinds
Age: 18
English club: West Ham
Present club:
B Mönchengladbach
Age: 20
English club: C Palace
Present club:
B Mönchengladbach
Age: 19
English club: Arsenal
Present club:
Wolfsburg
We know every top player in
England, from under-16 level
up. They develop great players.
That age group born in 19992001 is the best in the world
Cup, where he has made a strong impression in
England’s first two matches, and at 17 is regarded
much as Christian Pulisic, the United States
playmaker, was when he made his breakthrough
at Dortmund two years ago. “Sancho is a huge
talent,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael
Zorc said recently. “He’ll need time to settle in,
but I’m convinced we’ll have a lot of fun with
him in the next few years. We don’t only talk
about developing talents. We give them playing
time at a high level.”
That is what Oxford is expecting at
Mönchengladbach too. He is yet to kick a ball in
the Bundesliga and there have been reports that
West Ham will activate a clause to recall him in
December. Eberl does not deny that Oxford has
been frustrated, but he believes the youngster
and West Ham would be making a mistake if his
German experience is cut short. “Reece wants to
play,” Eberl says. “He doesn’t want to wait. I
have spoken to him. I said, ‘Reece, it takes two
or three months. You have to adapt to German
culture, to the Bundesliga, a different style of
football.’ Now he is adapting to our training, our
approach. For me, he is making great
football while, unlike a loan, remaining under
his club’s tutelage — but it is the broader aspects
of his development that convince him he is in
the right place. Collinge moved to Germany in
part because it allowed him the opportunity to
study for an international baccalaureate. Egbo,
too, feels that the move has broadened his mind
as well as helping his development as a
footballer. “Living away from home, in another
country, you have to be so much more mature,”
he says. “It has been great for me.”
Where does he want to be in three years?
Back in the Premier League? “My plan is to stay
here for a long time and play as many
Bundesliga games as possible,” Egbo says. “It has
been two years and I know I haven’t got
anything clear to show for it yet, but I’m more
determined than ever. I came out here with a
vision. I’ve started it and I’m determined to
carry on with it.
“Reece has probably got the same vision for
himself — the same with Jadon and the others. I
hope it pays off for all of us — including,
obviously, the players in the Prem. I would love
to see a load of English youngsters get 150 games
over the next three years. I’m not saying, ‘The
Prem is rubbish. Move out here to get games.’ I
want everybody to succeed wherever they are.
What is clear is that it’s hard to do that wherever
you are, in whichever league or country, but I
believe Germany is the best place for me. It looks
like others are starting to feel the same.”
England failing to convert promise of youth
Number of semi-finals or better at major tournaments
since 2007
Youth level (U17 to U21)
Seniors
16
14
14
13
8
5
3
1
0
Spain
England
Germany
France
1
Italy
conquer the Bundesliga – in his first season
and where I needed to improve. He
really saw a big improvement in me and
wanted me to stay this season and that
shows how far I’ve come. But it was my
decision to get game time. I definitely
benefited from working with Klopp and
that was one of the reasons that made
me want to come out here.”
Kent has made three substitute
appearances so far for the club from
southern Germany, who finished
seventh in the Bundesliga last season,
but aims to prove to Christian Streich,
the coach, that he is now up to speed
and can be relied upon from the start
before today’s trip to Bayern Munich.
His natural talent for beating opponents was evident on his previous trip
to the Allianz Arena, on August 1 when
Liverpool featured in the Audi Cup. It is
worth checking the YouTube footage of
the moment Kent leaves Rafinha for
dead before setting up Marko Grujic for
a goal which was ruled out for offside.
A typical day now revolves around
double training sessions, with the first
part of the week focused on technique
before video analysis is mixed in during
a build-up to match day. A standout
memory remains of his first day. “I saw
the lads next to me were putting shin
pads on and I must have looked at them
a bit strange,” recalled Kent, who is
taking weekly German lessons. “They
just laughed at me. One of them said,
‘Yes, you need to put them on,’ and I
thought, ‘This is different.’
“Everywhere I have been before it
has just been short socks. After that first
session I realised why we needed to
wear shin pads. The tackles were flying
in. Every team and every manager has
their own philosophy. We vary it up
depending on who we are playing, but it
is important that players are in the right
formation and right position at the
right time. That discipline is key and I
am still adapting to what the manager
wants, but the other day [in a friendly]
against Strasbourg I got to show what I
can do defensively. They know what I
can do going forward but it is proving to
the manager that he can trust me.”
Kent has played for England at
under-18 and under-20 level, but
his omission from Aidy Boothroyd’s
under-21 squad sends out the wrong
message. “To be out here in the
Bundesliga now and not getting into
the under-21s is frustrating and I hope
they do acknowledge what I am doing,”
he said. “It is up to me to push myself
into the reckoning.” It is simply another
task he hopes to fulfil.
Police seize
villa in PSG
chairman case
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
Italian police have raided a luxury
villa in Sardinia as part of a Fifa
bribery investigation into Paris
Saint-Germain’s chairman, Nasser
al-Khelaifi, who may try to claim diplomatic immunity from prosecution.
The raid yesterday was part of
co-ordinated action in several European countries after Swiss prosecutors
opened criminal proceedings against
Al-Khelaifi and Jérôme Valcke, the
disgraced former Fifa official, over
alleged World Cup TV rights bribes.
Al-Khelaifi, a minister without portfolio in the Qatari government, which
could enable him to claim diplomatic
immunity, is accused of putting the villa
in Porto Cervo at the disposal of Valcke.
Al-Khelaifi, the head of the beIN media
group, was said to have used the villa as
a “means of corruption” over the sale of
media rights for World Cups between
2018 and 2030.
Italian police said they had searched
and seized the “Villa Bianca”, valued at
€7 million (about £6.2 million) and
owned by an international real estate
agency, in a raid conducted in the
presence of a “representative of the
Swiss government”.
Sources said the real estate agency
had links to Qatari investors. Several
people “linked to the company that
owns the villa” have been questioned,
police added. The villa commands a
stunning view over the port. It boasts
Valcke is at the
centre of the
latest allegations
six bedrooms and six bathrooms as well
as a private swimming pool.
The Swiss attorney general’s office
announced on Thursday that it had
opened criminal proceedings against
Al-Khelaifi and Valcke, Sepp Blatter’s
former right-hand man at Fifa, in
March, focusing on allegations
including bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery.
BeIN, the Qatar broadcaster, issued a
statement denying any wrongdoing
while confirming that French authorities had raided the company’s Paris
offices after a Swiss request. PSG, who
were bought by Qatar Sports
Investments in 2011, grabbed headlines
in August by signing Neymar for a
world-record fee of £199 million.
BeIN said the group “refutes all
accusations” and that “the company
will fully co-operate with the authorities and is confident as to the future
developments of this investigation”.
Valcke said last night that the allegation is “not true . . . I have never received
anything in exchange for anything. I
refute the accusations against me or
Nasser”. Though PSG are not implicated in the case, Fifa’s ethics committee
can impose an interim ban on the club
president working in football while it
investigates. Fifa said no formal investigation has yet been opened against
Al-Khelaifi, although ethics investigators are making preliminary inquiries.
Al-Khelaifi and Valcke previously
worked on a deal for the 2018 and 2022
World Cup TV rights, weeks after Qatar
won the 2022 hosting vote. In January
2011, Fifa announced that Al Jazeera
Sport — which later became beIN —
secured the rights for 23 territories in
the Middle East and north Africa. Fifa
has never said if beIN also secured any
2026 and 2030 World Cup rights.
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Guardiola’s Kane
jibe ‘disrespectful’
Darren Witcoop, Paul Hirst
Mauricio Pochettino has launched a
withering attack on Pep Guardiola for
showing a lack of respect towards
Tottenham Hotspur.
The Tottenham manager labelled his
opposite number at Manchester City
“disrespectful and sad” for referring to
his side as “the Harry Kane team”.
Guardiola
said
before
the
international break: “We saw again the
Harry Kane team scores every day two
or three goals.”
The comments incensed Pochettino,
whose team play Bournemouth at
home today, and he responded
yesterday by saying: “I know Pep
and when he is excited after an
amazing win [away to Chelsea], hee
struggles to keep his position and
be a gentleman.
“It was a sad comment.
Many people found his
words disrespectful. He is
one of the best managers
in the world, so why does
he say that? The players
laugh about it but iff
you’re a manager you
u
must show more, no? To
show you are above it.”
Pochettino
initiallyy
crossed paths with Guardiola
in Spain. Guardiola’s trophygathering success at Barcelona was largely inspired by
Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp as
Pochettino’s Espanyol trailed in their
wake. “It’s difficult to understand
because Pep was part of the big success
at Barcelona, when it was Messi at his
best,” he said. “And I never said it was
the Messi team. I always said it was
Barcelona and it was Pep Guardiola.
“When people say, ‘Nah, it’s Messi’, I
say, ‘No, no, no. Messi is one of the best,
but Guardiola is a great manager’.
That’s why it surprised me and made
me sad. After a great win at Chelsea, he
then says the ‘Harry Kane team’. It was
very disrespectful to the club.”
When asked if he had discussed the
jibe with Guardiola, Pochettino added:
“No, of course not. If it was a mistake, I
am more than sad if it was a mistake.”
When told of Pochettino’s response,
Guardiola clarified his position. “He
knows I said Tottenham are one of
the best teams playing,” he said.
“So I’m really disappointed if he
said that. I respect a lot what
Tottenham have done in the last
two or three years.
“Never
would
I
be
disrespectful about Mauricio or
T
Tottenham.
If he believes this,
m
maybe
I should say Pochettino’s
team when I said Harry Kane’s
t
team.”
Pochettino was angered by
Guardiola’s comment that
Spurs are a one-man team
Striker wants away form at home
Home
Shots
22
0
Goals
v Burnley,
Chelsea and
Swansea
Goal
Non-goal
Games played
3
Minutes played
270
Shot conversion rate (%)
0
Minutes per goal
N/A
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Conte commits to Chelsea
Away
A
v Everton,
Huddersfield,
Newcastle and
West Ham
Where he scored
Ian Baker
v Everton
v Huddersfield
Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head
coach, has spoken of his “year of suffering” and committed his immediate
future to Stamford Bridge. The 48year-old had admitted in an Italian
interview that he missed his homeland
but now he is adamant he will see out
the remaining two years of his contract
at least.
Conte now has his wife, Elisabetta,
and his daughter, Vittoria, by his side
after the pair moved into a house close
to the club’s Cobham training ground in
the summer. Despite winning the
Premier League last season, Conte
revealed how tough he found life in a
new country without his loved ones.
“It was difficult,” he said. “For me to
have my family with me is very important. Last season, honestly, I suffered a
lot because when you arrive in a new
country and you are alone and know
that your family don’t stay here it is not
v West Ham
Shots
22
6
Goals
2 goals
2
2
simple. I did an interview two weeks
ago and the translation was wrong. All
I said was that one day in the future I
would like to go back to Italy. But I have
two years’ contract, with Chelsea and
am happy.”
Conte takes his side to Crystal Palace
today and must decide who plays in
midfield,
with
N’Golo
Kanté
(hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater
(knee) set to miss the next few weeks.
For Palace, Wilfried Zaha returns
after suffering a knee injury in the
opening-day defeat by Huddersfield
Town to a side looking for a first point
and first goal in the League this season.
“He has got the X factor,” Roy Hodgson
said of Zaha. “He can dribble and beat
people. Most of all he has a special place
in the hearts and minds of the Palace
supporters. They will feel more
comfortable now he’s back. He can
make a difference, but I’d urge people to
give him the benefit of the doubt for
now.”
Özil not guaranteed to start
Games played
4
Minutes played
351
Shot conversion rate (%)
27.3
Minutes per goal
58.5
Mesut Özil has been told that he is no
longer a certain starter for Arsenal in
the wake of his poor start to the
campaign and his continued contract
stalemate.
Arsène Wenger, the manager, said
that his other midfield options, Jack
Wilshere and Alex Iwobi, have ensured
that the 28-year-old Germany playmaker will have to work hard to regain
his place and he is unlikely to be included away to Watford today despite
returning to training after a knee injury.
“Of course he [Özil] is important but
I have many players — we speak about
Jack and we speak about Iwobi,”
Wenger said. “They are all players who
play in this similar position and it is very
interesting because it gives me options.”
Arsenal’s form without Özil has
certainly got Wenger thinking. Since he
last started a game on September 9, the
north London side have won five and
drawn once. Wenger admitted this
week that Özil, along with Alexis
Sánchez, could be sold in January.
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Oliver Kay
Chief Football Correspondent
Nothing ‘ideal’ about Arsenal’s mess
S
o it turns out that going into a season
with several star players in the final year
of their contracts is not an “ideal
situation” for Arsenal after all. Who
would have thought it? Arsène Wenger
described it thus in the summer, but now he
admits that the club might sell Mesut Özil or
Alexis Sánchez, or both, in the January transfer
window rather than risk losing them on free
transfers next summer.
Nobody should be tempted to call it a U-turn
or an embarrassing climbdown from the Arsenal
manager. He cannot possibly have been
speaking sincerely in the first place. The
scenario that Wenger painted in July, suggesting
that Özil, Sánchez and the rest would be more
motivated than ever as their contracts ticked
down, sounded as much like a fantasy when he
said it as it does now.
All the self-congratulation that followed
Arsenal’s “success” in retaining their two star
players could not disguise the uncomfortable
reality that the club would have sold Sánchez to
Manchester City on deadline day had they
succeeded with that remarkable, panic-driven
£90 million bid for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, for
whom they had offered less than half that sum
earlier in the summer. As for selling Özil, the
6 The announcement barely made a ripple
beyond Tyneside, but yesterday’s confirmation
of a permanent deal for Mikel Merino
represents a rare coup for Newcastle United.
Intelligent and disciplined in his defensive
work, the Spain Under-21 midfielder has made
a strong impression since arriving on loan
from Borussia Dortmund in July — and has
now signed permanently in an £8 million deal.
Along with Southampton’s Mario Lemina and
Richarlison, the Watford forward, he has
adapted to the Premier League far quicker
than many of the superstars do.
chance would have been a fine thing. It was, and
is, a mess, about as far from “ideal” as is
imaginable at a club among European football’s
elite. There are times when it suits clubs to have
players out of contract, but nobody would
pretend this was part of the plan for Özil and
Sánchez or indeed for Santi Cazorla or Jack
Wilshere.
Chelsea have three senior players in the final
year of their contracts (all back-up goalkeepers),
Manchester City have two (Fernandinho and
Yaya Touré) and Liverpool and Tottenham
Hotspur have one apiece (and there is
considerably more angst at Anfield about Emre
Can than at White Hart Lane about Michel
Vorm). Manchester United, alarmingly, have
eight (Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick,
Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Ashley
Young, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic) but
they expect all negotiations to be
straightforward — in stark contrast to the
situations Arsenal face over Özil and Sánchez.
The unpalatable truth for Arsenal is that
Sánchez wants out. He set his sights on a move
to City in the summer and nothing is likely to
change unless either a) Pep Guardiola switches
his focus elsewhere or b) Arsenal offer Sánchez
a contract so enormous that he agrees to stay
after all. If no new deal is struck in the next 11
weeks, Sánchez can sign a
pre-contract agreement
with an overseas club on
January 1. He could not
officially negotiate with
another Premier League
club until the season is over,
but, as Arsenal know from the
bitter experience of losing
Bacary Sagna to City in
2014, these things have
a way of getting
resolved sooner
rather than later.
Özil is understood
to be more open to
the idea of staying,
but, for Arsenal,
breaking their
famously rigid pay
structure to retain
him is not the nobrainer it would
once have been.
During his best
periods at
Arsenal he has
been a far more
effective, far
more beguiling
player than many
have given him
credit for, but his
tally of Premier
League assists —
always the best
metric of
measuring his
performance — felll
from a remarkable
19 in 2015-16 to eight
last season. In five Premier League
appearances for Arsenal this
season (13 in all competitions) he
is yet to lay on a goal. The system
changed late last season, perhaps
not to his liking, but Özil’s
travails date back further than
that.
He will be 29 tomorrow. He is
one of those rare players whose qualities should
be almost immune to ageing — to a point, of
course — but he now looks a markedly less
effective playmaker than some of those at rival
clubs. Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Philippe
Coutinho and Christian Eriksen all combine
vision, intelligence and pinpoint passing with a
relentlessness crucial to their teams. Özil, by
contrast, floats like a butterfly. Lately, to borrow
the old Brian Clough joke about Trevor
Brooking, he has begun to sting like one too.
A new long-term contract for Özil has come
to look like a risk, particularly
given that it would almost
certainly involve doubling
his
h £140,000-a-week wage.
So too does letting him
go, particularly as José
Mourinho,
at Manchester
M
United, still admires a
player who often
excelled under
him at Real
Madrid.
There is
Sánchez, left, and
Özil are both in
the final year of
their contracts
with Arsenal
a damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-don’t
element to all of this now. Huge new contract,
sell for a cut-price fee or lose him on a free
transfer? None of the options is palatable when,
through the type of negligence that has afflicted
Arsenal so often over recent years, a star player
has been allowed to enter the final year of his
contract, giving him such leverage over the club.
It turned out better with Alex OxladeChamberlain, but there was nothing like
unanimity behind the scenes about granting the
England player his wish to join Liverpool for
what looked like an irresistible £35 million fee.
It might have looked like the sale of the
century, particularly since the midfielder had
informed Wenger that he would otherwise leave
on a free transfer next summer, but it was a deal
that Arsenal sanctioned reluctantly —
grudgingly, even. For much of the summer,
keeping Oxlade-Chamberlain had been a
“priority”.
Wenger acknowledged the awkwardness of
the situation in August, telling beIN Sports that,
by allowing Sánchez’s contract to run down,
Arsenal were risking “a sacrifice of £60 million
or £70 million income and then at the end of the
season you will have to buy somebody for that
amount of money.” That was an
oversimplification, of course, but the days of
Arsenal playing the market so shrewdly as they
did two decades ago, replacing an ageing Ian
Wright with an unknown Nicolas Anelka, seem
very distant. Replacing Özil and Sánchez, if that
is what has to happen, will be an extremely
expensive business.
It is, to repeat, a mess. Whatever Arsenal do
now — renegotiate, sell in January or lose them
on free transfers — will be done from a position
of weakness. It should never have got to this
point. An ideal situation? Hardly.
6 For the past four years, David Moyes has cut
a forlorn figure — ten traumatic months at
Manchester United, twelve at Real Sociedad
and ten at Sunderland, where he looked
resigned to relegation almost from the start.
His stock has fallen dramatically over that
time and, with Paul Lambert, Malky Mackay
and Alex McLeish suffering similar (though
less steep) declines in fortunes, the list of
contenders for the Scotland job looks far less
inspiring than the same names would have
done four years ago. All would fancy their
chances with the national team, though.
Mackay has been appointed as an interim
manager, but the job looks ideal for Moyes in
particular. After four years of grim struggle at
club level, he might find international
management more to his liking. A
re-energised Moyes could feasibly mean a
re-energised Scotland.
Mackay in charge for Scotland friendly against Holland
Hamilton hit by ‘fraud’
Struggling Koeman receives pep talk from Moshiri
Malky Mackay will take interim
charge of Scotland as the search
starts for Gordon Strachan’s
successor. Mackay, the SFA’s
performance director, will oversee the
friendly against Holland at Pittodrie
on November 9.
Although David Moyes is among
the favourites for the full-time role —
the former Manchester United
manager is understood to be
interested in the position — Stewart
Regan, the governing body’s chief
executive, has not ruled out
appointing an Englishman. Sam
Allardyce has been tipped as a
potential successor to Strachan, who
stood down after Scotland’s failure to
reach the 2018 World Cup. “I think
Hamilton Academical say that they
have lost a “substantial” amount of
money after falling victim to an
“elaborate fraud”. The Ladbrokes
Scottish Premiership club said that
directors have had to plug the
financial gap after the incident. Les
Gray, the chairman, said the club
were working closely with Police
Scotland and their bank amid “a
criminal investigation to pursue those
individuals responsible”. He added: “It
is one of the most difficult situations
we have faced. The directors intend to
inject funds to meet any obligations.”
Neil Doncaster, the Scottish
Professional Football League chief
executive, said: “This is clearly a very
serious situation.”
Ronald Koeman was given a pep talk
by Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major
shareholder, and Bill Kenwright, the
chairman, when they visited the club’s
training ground yesterday (Paul Joyce
writes). The duo took advantage of
meetings to discuss the proposed
ground move from Goodison Park to
Bramley Moore Dock to offer a show
of support.
Koeman — who has ruled himself
out of the running to take charge of
Holland after the country’s failure to
reach the World Cup — is under
pressure after an underwhelming
start to the season. Moshiri has
previously stated that the manager
has his “total support”, and Koeman is
expected to recall Wayne Rooney for
nationality is irrelevant,” Regan said.
“Whoever is the best candidate can
throw their hat in the ring and, if they
are the best, we’ll select them.”
Regan gave little away on whether
Mackay would be involved in the
recruitment process or be a candidate
himself. “Malky’s the performance
director,” he said. “He has got a big
job to do and a number of challenges
that he is working on at the moment.
We asked him to take the team in
Aberdeen and he was delighted to do
so. We haven’t discussed anything
further as far as the recruitment
campaign is concerned.”
Bruce Arena has resigned as coach
of the United States after their failure
to reach the World Cup in Russia.
tomorrow’s crucial game away to
Brighton & Hove Albion.
“He’s always in my thoughts to
start,” said Koeman, who dropped
Rooney for the 1-0 defeat by Burnley.
“Of course it’s the time for all the
experienced players. I saw the
reactions of the players when Burnley
scored the goal and it was, ‘Shit,
again!’ [They were] doubting.”
Koeman also admitted that Ashley
Williams is one of those struggling for
confidence. “He is one of the players
finding it really difficult,” Koeman
said. “Maybe they have punished him
with goals when he’s made a mistake.”
Aaron Lennon is injured, while
James McCarthy still needs to build
up his fitness.
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Shrewsbury man proving players
can be athletic and academic
Alex Rodman’s backstory an
intriguing sub-plot in unbeaten
team matching the Manchester
giants, writes Henry Winter
PHOTOS: TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
A
lex Rodman’s paternal grandfather
hunted U-boats in the Atlantic and
his grandmother worked in the
Pentagon and then as Sir Winston
Churchill’s secretary. Rodman’s
father set up a noted sportswear company and
ran the commercial side at Aston Villa. The
driven genes in the Rodman family continue
with Alex pushing for promotion to the Sky Bet
Championship while studying for his master’s:
Shrewsbury Town and gown in perfect
harmony.
Rodman is challenging and changing
traditional English dressing-room scepticism
towards the classroom. It can be done, mixing
the athletic and the academic. It takes
organisation and, most importantly, vision and
determination. Already a business studies
graduate from Nottingham Trent University,
Rodman is now taking a course in sports
directorship at Manchester Metropolitan
University and he has never been in better form
on the field. The supremely fit winger has so far
scored twice and contributed five assists in
helping Shrewsbury share the only unbeaten
league record of the 92 with Manchester City
and Manchester United (and Shrewsbury have
played five games more).
“I found the more I dive into books, the more
I read and learn and challenge myself, the more
I grow as a person and a player,” Rodman, 30,
says. “I feel not only am I in the best shape of
my life, fitness-wise, but also intelligence-wise
with the decisions I make on the pitch and off.
Of course a lot of it is experience, playing
games, and studying clips, but there’s research
which says that if you challenge your mind,
you’ll process things quicker.’’
Too many English players end their education
at GCSEs, ignoring the benefits of expanding
their minds further but Rodman feels more are
opening up to the idea. “It’s certainly not strange
picking up the paper and reading that Juan
Mata is studying this, or [Andrés] Iniesta is
studying that. It’s more accepted now. There are
some who believe that studying has no
relevance. There’s an old-school manager
approach, saying ‘just focus on football’.
“But there’s no scepticism at Shrewsbury.
Paul [Hurst, the manager who has a degree
in sports broadcasting and writing], ‘Doigy’
[assistant manager Chris Doig] and the
management team have been very
supportive of it. Some of the boys were
impressed I was doing it and
commended me.
“A lot of them appreciate
what I’m trying to do,
looking at life after
football. A lot of them
asked me what I’m
doing. They don’t understand
the sporting
t
director role. A lot of old-school English
managers would worry, thinking is it a
threat to their position? But a sporting director
is an ally to the manager and over the next four
or five years most clubs in the Premier League
and Championship will have one. Kevin
Davies and Steve Harper are in the year before
us [at university]. Michael Appleton’s just
graduated. Steve Round, director of football at
Aston Villa, was there. David Moss, the head of
football operations at Huddersfield, too. He sits
opposite David Wagner [the Huddersfield head
coach] and they’re constantly bouncing ideas
off each other all day. That’s the best
scenario.
“At Hull, Lee Darnbrough has a
separate office at the stadium [as head
Rodman has been an ever-present for
Shrewsbury in League One this season
The 30-year-old, who already has a degree in business studies, is working towards a master’s in sports directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University
of recruitment]. He’s responsible for the hiring
and firing of the manager, and the players. Steve
Round at Villa is right in the middle. I want to
keep playing long into my thirties but sporting
director is a role I see myself in further down
the line.”
Rodman was talking at The Belfry, near his
Solihull home, and a shanked drive away from
Bodymoor Heath where his football career
began as a youth player at Villa before golf
seized him for a while. “I got down to a three
handicap when I was 17, playing for the
Midlands,” Rodman says. “Andy Sullivan, who’s
won a few [three] European Tour
titles, was in my county team. I
had lessons with Derek Simpson
here
at The Belfry for years and
h
years.
But the coaches said,
y
‘Unless you’re going to spend
eight hours a day on the
practice ground, you’re not
going to make it.’ ’’
Rodman was committed
to his studies, spending
four years at Nottingham
Trent while playing for
Leamington. “I did my
own
kit, washed my own
o
boots,
[while being paid] £30 a
bo
week.
Then £60-£70 a week at
w
Tamworth,
in my last year at
T
university,
with Gary Mills, and we
u
won the Conference North. I came
out of university with my business
degree, and decided to put my heart
and soul into the professional game.
It’s
I not the conventional route.’’
His family has always trod its own
path.
“My grandfather was a lieutenant
p
commander of a Royal Navy destroyer in
the
t Second World War, protecting convoys
from
U-boats. The week after he was
f
promoted
[to another post], his ship was blown
p
to pieces. He ended up working for Nato while
my grandmother worked as a secretary in the
Pentagon. When they came back, she worked
for Winston Churchill.
“I have a strong emotional connection to
America. My father [Chris] was born in Virginia.
as good as top-flight giants
There are only three teams unbeaten in the
Premier League and Football League
P
Man City (PL)
7
Man Utd (PL)
7
Shrewsbury (L1) 12
W
6
6
9
D
1
1
3
L
0
0
0
GD
20
19
10
Pts
19
19
30
I have a passport and I’m eligible for the US.
They haven’t shown an interest but hopefully
they will, that would be phenomenal.” (He
qualifies for Wales via his mother.)
As well as working at Aston Villa and as chief
executive at Lincoln City, Rodman’s father
established Warwick Sporting & Leisure. “They
did Quasar boots that Gary Lineker and Steve
Bull used to wear,” Alex recalls. His parents
encouraged him to pursue his sporting dream,
and his studies. “I’ve had the best of both
worlds. I’ve played futsal for England. We played
Brazil and I had to mark a small lad called
Pelezinho, No 7, unbelievable skill. Their coach
said he could have picked a team off the
Copacabana beach because they’re all so good.
We lost 16-1. That’s why a lot of Spanish and
Brazilian boys are a lot further ahead of us
technically because they play futsal at a young
age. We suffer from the ‘big man No 9 . . . knock
it up to them’ [syndrome] while in Spain, Brazil
and Portugal it’s all skill in tight areas. It’s
ingrained in them.
“I had four caps for the England C team [nonLeague]. It was a very good standard; Andre
Gray’s playing in the Premier League, so is Jamie
Vardy. Non-League’s a hot bed for untapped
talent. It was fantastic putting on the England
shirt. Representing your country at any level is
phenomenal, there’s a real sense of pride.”
Looking at the senior side, Rodman has a
simple solution for England’s malaise. “From the
grassroots and youth football up we have to let
them play. Give them more freedom. Players
like Dele Alli and Ross Barkley need to be
allowed to express themselves. You need an
England manager strong enough to say, ‘Look,
you’re going to make mistakes, misplaced
passes, but one in five might be that killer ball
that brings the goal, we have to let you be free.’
There’s a lot of criticism of England. They’re
nervous. It needs a strong manager to say, ‘we
keep going.’ ”
As well as powerful mental faculties, Rodman
has also needed his own innate resilience to
overcome a horrendous illness in 2012 while
playing for Aldershot Town. “I coughed up a
10p-sized piece of blood.” So he went to A&E,
was advised he had pericarditis and prescribed
anti-inflammatories.
But Aldershot’s doctor, Imran Khan, was not
convinced, and sent Rodman to see the
cardiologist professor Sanjay Sharma, the
medical director of the London Marathon. “I
had some tests, and then he [Sharma] came
back with some needles, saying I’ve got to inject
you right away, you’ve got blood clots scattered
over your lung, most of your lung has died off.
They put me into hospital straightaway. They
put me on a course of rat poison, blood thinners,
Warfarin for three months.
“I was crying to myself, wondering whether I
was going to play again. I called my parents, in
tears on the phone. The week before, I’d
actually sat down with an insurance specialist
who’d come into the club, talking about careerending policy. A week later he called me and
said, ‘Would you like to go ahead with it?’ I said:
‘Funnily enough, I don’t think you’ll insure me
now because of my situation.’ I’ve played more
than 200 games since that, and the exclusion to
my career-ending insurance has only just been
removed. My personal accident insurance now
costs £181 a month and that’s with a £150,000
payout.”
Today, a healthy Rodman and his vibrant
Shrewsbury side visit Plymouth Argyle, top
playing bottom in League One. “We’ve got a
fantastic dressing room of young, hungry players
and good experienced players all wanting to
prove a point week in, week out, wanting to be
successful. I look around the changing room and
realise we’ve got something special here now.”
Rodman loves his studies but his immediate
target is clear. “My No 1 aim is to get Shrewsbury
into the Championship this season.”
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The ultimate Premier League guide 2017-18
How they stand
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Man City
Man Utd
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Liverpool
Watford
Newcastle Utd
West Brom
Huddersfield
Southampton
Stoke City
Brighton
West Ham Utd
Everton
Leicester City
Swansea City
Bournemouth
Crystal Palace
P
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
Liverpool v Manchester United
W
6
6
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
0
D
1
1
2
1
1
3
3
3
1
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
0
L
0
0
1
2
2
1
1
1
3
2
2
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
5
7
F
22
21
14
12
11
7
13
11
7
6
5
5
7
5
7
4
9
3
4
0
A GD Pts
2 20 19
2 19 19
5
9 14
6
6 13
8
3 13
5
2 12
12
1 12
12
-1 12
6
1 10
8 -2
9
7 -2
9
7 -2
8
11 -4
8
9 -4
7
13 -6
7
12 -8
7
12 -3
5
8 -5
5
11 -7
4
17 -17
0
7: Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 6: Sergio Agüero (Man City), Álvaro
Morata (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham) 5: Jamie Vardy (Leicester),
Raheem Sterling (Man City) 4: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Mohamed
Salah (Liverpool), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
The Sweeper: time
for Southampton
to find some form
Paddy von Behr,
Charlie Scott
When the action gets
under way at Anfield
today it will end a
tortuous wait of 18,375
minutes for the return
of the Premier League.
We felt every one of
those minutes, not least
the 180 while England
were limping into the
World Cup. At least
Harry Kane scored
twice to provide us with
a familiar FPL feeling.
Before the FPL
season began,
Southampton were the
team to back in the
opening few months
thanks to a delicious
run of fixtures, yet a
misfiring front line that
has found the net just
five times in seven
matches has seen
Mauricio Pellegrino’s
side win just twice.
There are reasons for
FPL managers to be
hopeful though,
particularly the return
to fitness of Virgil van
Dijk, the in-demand
centre back (£5.4m).
Fraser Forster (£5m)
has impressed in goal,
with his 40 points the
leading score by a
Southampton player,
while Cédric Soares
(£5m) continues to
offer a threat from full
back and Nathan
Redmond (£6.3m) and
Dusan Tadic (£6.5m)
have looked dangerous.
The floodgates could
open today against
Newcastle, a team they
have beaten 13-1 on
aggregate in their past
four home league
matches. Their three
games after that look
winnable too: West
Brom (h), Brighton (a),
Burnley (h).
LIVERPOOL
Injured Clyne, Mané, Lallana
(4-3-3)
Mignolet
Gomez
Matip
Lovren
Henderson
Wijnaldum
Salah
Firmino
Coutinho
Mata
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West Ham
Mkhitaryan
Matic
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 34%
D 26%
A 40%
Herrera
Bailly
Young
Burnley
4 United four-goal wins in 7
league games this season,
after none in previous 110
league games
Lukaku
Rashford
Jack Cork
MANCHESTER UNITED
Injured Rojo, Pogba, Carrick,
Fellaini
Moreno
Can
Jones
Valencia
De Gea
Draw
23/10
(4-2-3-1)
Referee M Atkinson (4 games)
11 Last 5 Liv WLDWD Man U WDWWW
1
Burnley v West Ham
Cork, the Burnley midfielder, often
drops back to help his centre backs
by repelling shots
Most blocks by midfielders in
Premier League this season
Today
3pm
TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.20pm, The Goals Highlights, 5.15pm
BURNLEY
Injured Heaton, Walters,
Marney, Wells
(4-4-1-1)
Pope
Lowton
Tarkowski
Mee
Ward
Arfield
Cork
Defour
Brady
WEST HAM
Injured Collins
Doubts Obiang, Fernandes
12
Hendrick
Cork
Burnley
Wood
0 Second-half goals in
Burnley’s past four games
Carroll
Arnautovic
Lanzini
Kouyaté
Antonio
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 36%
D 29%
A 35%
Noble
Fonte
Cresswell
Reid
Zabaleta
(4-2-3-1)
Referee S Attwell (2 games)
0
Gareth Barry
West Brom
8
Nathaniel Chalobah
Watford
Home win
7/4
Hart
Bur DWDDW
5
Dale Stephens
Brighton
WH LWDLW
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Today
3pm
5
5
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CRYSTAL PALACE
Injured Benteke, Wickham,
Loftus-Cheek
Doubts Hennessey, Tomkins
(4-3-3)
Speroni
Dann
Fosu-Mensah
Sakho
Van Aanholt
Milivojevic
Cabaye
Puncheon
Zaha
Sako
Townsend
Hazard
Willian
Alonso Fàbregas Bakayoko
CHELSEA
Injured Kanté, Drinkwater,
Morata
West Ham benefit from the aerial
prowess of the 6ft 4in Kouyaté
30 Goals scored by
Manchester City in the league
since Palace last scored
Highest proportion of aerial duels
won by midfielders in Premier
League since start of last season*
Luiz Azpilicueta FINK TANK PREDICTION
Christiansen
Cahill
H 14%
D 22%
A 64%
Rüdiger
Referee A Marriner (5 games)
1
74.5%
Leroy Fer Swansea
DWL
13 C Pal LLLLL Che WWDWL
Manchester City v Stoke City
Today
3pm
TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.20pm, The Goals Highlights, 5.15pm
Ederson
Otamendi
Delph
De Bruyne
Fernandinho
Silva
Sterling
Jesus
Sané
Jesé
Shaqiri
Choupo-Moting
Pieters
Adam
Wimmer
Fletcher
Cameron
STOKE CITY
Injured Shawcross, Allen,
Martins Indi
1 Player on each side who
scored winner against former
club in last game: De Bruyne
(City v Chelsea), Crouch (Stoke
v Southampton)
Diouf
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 80%
D 14%
A 7%
Zouma
Butland
Home win
1/7
(3-4-3)
Referee C Pawson (6 games)
2
65%
26 Man C WWWWW
Cheikhou Kouyaté West Ham
Cheikh
64.5%
Paul Po
Pogba Man Utd
60.3%
*minimum 60 duels
MANCHESTER CITY
ompany
Injured Mendy, Kompany
Doubt Agüero
(4-3-3)
Stones
Marouane Fellaini Man Utd
Away win
2/5
(3-5-2)
Walker
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Swansea v Huddersfield
Today
3pm
SWANSEA
Injured Bartley, Sanches
Fabianski
Naughton Fernández
Mawson
Olsson
HUDDERSFIELD
Injured Hefele, Stankovic,
Palmer, Quaner
Doubt Mounié
Britton
Carroll
Clucas
Fer
Depoitre
Sabiri
Kachunga
Billing
Mooy
Ince
Löwe
Schindler
Zanka
Smith
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 51%
D 25%
A 23%
(4-4-1-1)
Referee P Tierney (1 game)
0
Swa WLDLL
4
Hud DLDDL
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Today
3pm
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TOTTENHAM
Injured Rose, Dembélé,
Wanyama, Lamela
(3-4-2-1)
Lloris
Alderweireld
Sánchez
Dier
Trippier
Davies
Ibe
Cleverley Richarlison
A Smith
Iwobi
Ramsey
Xhaka
Elneny
Kolasinac
Monreal
Koscielny
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 24%
D 22%
A 54%
Bellerín
Holding
Away win
8/13
Cech
(3-4-3)
Referee N Swarbrick (5 games)
0
12
Referee R Madley (4 games)
2
Tot DWDWW
18
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?
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is from? Answer in The Game on Monday
P
38
38
38
38
38
38
38
W
21
19
19
19
10
10
6
D L
12 5
11 8
11 8
11 8
10 18
12 16
16 16
Bou LLWLD
F
76
73
62
62
35
51
31
A
44
40
32
37
53
60
59
Pts
75
68
68
68
40
39
34
Tomorrow
1.30pm
BRIGHTON
Injured Kayal, Sidwell,
Suspended Hemed
Bruno
Duffy
Dunk
Bong
Knockaert
Pröpper
Stephens
March
EVERTON
Injured Coleman, Funes Mori,
Bolasie, Barkley, McCarthy
Southampton/Brighton
1987-88
Southampton/Portsmouth
2003-05
Southampton/Portsmouth
2015-17
Southampton/Bournemouth
2017-18
Southampton/Bournemouth/Brighton
14 League goals in 28 games
by top flight’s four
southernmost teams: Brighton
5, Southampton 5,
Bournemouth 4, Palace 0
Murray
Calvert Lewin
Baines
Rooney
Gueye
Davies
Jagielka
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 33%
D 28%
A 39%
Schneiderlin
Keane
Martina
Pickford
Draw
21/10
(4-3-2-1)
Referee M Oliver (6 games)
2
21
Bri DWLWL
Eve LLLWL
Southampton v Newcastle
Tomorrow
4pm
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(4-2-3-1)
SOUTHAMPTON
Injured Targett
Doubts Long
Forster
Cédric
Yoshida
Van Dijk
Romeu
Bertrand
NEWCASTLE
Injured Dummett, Haïdara
Lemina
Davis
Tadic
Redmond
Gabbiadini
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*Middlesbrough deducted 3 points for missed fixture
Tomorrow will be the first time in top-flight history that – on
days with two or more matches – each game will be played on
the south coast. Brighton & Hove Albion host Everton while
Southampton are at home to Newcastle United
Seasons with multiple top-flight clubs on south coast
Wat DWLLWD
Brighton v Everton
Home win
1/5
(4-2-3-1)
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Arsenal
Liverpool
Sunderland
Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest
6 Watford home games
without a win, during which
they have conceded 18
goals
Deeney
Lacazette
Ryan
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 84%
D 10%
A 5%
Surman
Francis
ARSENAL
Injured Mustafi, Chambers,
Cazorla
Doubt Coquelin
Capoue
Sigurdsson
Begovic
1
2
3
4
18
19
20
Carrillo
Holebas
Gross
King
Arter
Kabasele
Doucouré
0 Spurs wins in first three
league games at Wembley yet
won final 14 matches at White
Hart Lane
Kane
Aké
Mariappa
Alli
Defoe
Daniels
Femenia
(4-4-1-1)
BOURNEMOUTH
Injured Mings, B Smith, Wilson
Doubt Fraser
Vertonghen
Winks
Eriksen
Fraser
Gomes
Home win
6/5
Lössl
WATFORD
Injured Kaboul, Cathcart,
Chalobah, Success
Suspended Prödl
(4-2-3-1)
62 Years since
Huddersfield’s previous
top-flight game in Wales (v
Cardiff in Sept 1955)
Bony
Abraham
Today
5.30pm
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(4-1-2-1-2)
Watford v Arsenal
10 Southampton failures to
score in past 12 home games:
0, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 3, 0, 0, 0
Joselu
Atsu
Pérez
Ritchie
Merino
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 40%
D 27%
A 33%
Shelvey
Manquillo Lascelles
Clark
Yedlin
Home win
10/11
Elliot
(4-2-3-1)
Referee K Friend (3 games)
0
9
Sou DLWLL
New WWWLD
Leicester v West Bromwich Albion
Monday
8pm
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LEICESTER
Injured Huth, James
(4-4-1-1)
Schmeichel
Simpson
Morgan
Maguire
Fuchs
Mahrez
King
Ndidi
Albrighton
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Doubts Chadli, Robson-Kanu
Iborra
12 Away wins in past 17
meetings (three home wins
and two draws)
Vardy
McClean
Rodriguez
Phillips
Barry
Krychowiak
Livermore
Gibbs
Evans
Hegazi
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 47%
D 27%
A 26%
Dawson
Foster
Draw
23/10
(4-3-3)
Referee M Dean (5 games)
1
18
Lei LLDLD
West B DLDLD
Perron-Frobenius table v actual league table
Perron-Frobenius rank
1 Manchester City
2 Chelsea
3 Manchester United
4 Arsenal
5 Tottenham
6 Liverpool
7 Burnley
8 Watford
9 Everton
10 Stoke
11 West Bromwich Albion
12 Newcastle
13 Brighton
14 Huddersfield
15 Leicester
16 West Ham
17 Southampton
18 Bournemouth
19 Swansea
20 Crystal Palace
Premier
Position
Points League rank difference
1
20.5
0
4
12.1
+2
2
9.0
-1
5
7.1
+1
3
6.8
-2
7
5.0
+1
6
4.4
+1
8
0.4
0
16
0.1
+7
13
-2.0
+3
10
-3.0
-1
9
-4.4
-3
14
-4.7
+1
11
-8.5
-3
17
-8.6
+2
15
-9.7
-1
12
-10.7
-5
19
-11.3
+1
18
-14.5
-1
20
-21.9
0
Chelsea fans take
heart: you’re really
higher than United
Daniel Finkelstein
Fink Tank
The league table never
lies. This is one of the
most frequently used
clichés in football,
and one of the least
true.
The league table lies
or (to be more precise)
may be lying about who
the best team are, even
at the end of a season.
It takes more than four
years before you can be
confident that, enough
games having been
played, the winner of
the most points are the
best side.
And early in the
season, the table may
not even be telling the
truth about who are
doing best. It may be
that one side are doing
well because they have
played only poorer
teams, while another
are struggling because
of a tough early fixture
list.
So which team are
really top of the table?
Spoiler alert: It’s not
Crystal Palace.
Dr Henry Stott, Dr
Mark Latham and Dr
Dinesh Vatvani use
something called the
Perron-Frobenius
theorem as
adumbrated by James
P Keener. Here’s
roughly how it works.
Instead of using
straightforward points,
you award teams
points based on the
strength of the
opposition they beat.
So, if Manchester City
beat Chelsea, you
attach to them the
number of points
Chelsea have won. Also
the number of points
won by teams that
Chelsea have beaten.
You keep going,
iteration after iteration.
In the end you get a
stable league table that
is adjusted for the
fixture list.
What does it show?
Well, Manchester City
are top. They are also,
by the way, top in our
team-strength ranking
by quite a distance.
Manchester United
are the second-best
side in the league
(though only 78 per
cent as good as City),
but they are not second
in the fixture-adjusted
table.
Rather surprisingly,
the statistical exercise
suggests that Chelsea
have made a stronger
start to the season and
are second.
Are there any other
outliers? Well, Everton
fans can take a bit of
comfort from the
calculations. They are
ninth, seven ahead of
their actual league
place. So the fixture list
has been a big part of
their problems.
On the other hand,
the list has flattered
Southampton, who
have got off to a very
bad start. In our table
they are in the
relegation positions, as
opposed to sitting 12th
in the actual league.
Huddersfield Town
have been hurt by the
fixture list, while, even
though they have made
a poor start, West Ham
United are actually
doing worse than it
appears.
Tottenham Hotspur
aren’t doing quite as
well as they appear
to be, while Arsenal
don’t just look as if
they are worth a
Champions League slot
at this stage; they
actually are.
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Cotterill given perfect start at Birmingham
Birmingham City
Adams 19
Cardiff City
1
0
2
1
0
Sky Bet Championship
Steve Madeley
From humiliation to celebration. Steve
Cotterill’s first fortnight at Birmingham
City ended in dream style as Che Adams
timed his comeback to perfection to
dent Cardiff City’s promotion push.
Adams’s stylish goal in his first game
for a month gave Cotterill victory in his
first game in charge, 13 days after he
watched from the stands as his new
charges were humbled 6-1 away to Hull
City. The contrast could hardly have
been more stark, with Adams’ winning
effort reward for a display infused with
extra energy and endeavour by
Cotterill’s arrival.
For Neil Warnock, the meeting with
his newly installed opposite number
could not have come at a worse time as
his table-topping side suffered their
second league defeat of the season.
“I’m a very proud man,” Cotterill said.
“The result could be important for
them. It can give them belief to buy into
top six
P W
12 7
Cardiff City
11 7
Wolves
12 5
Bristol City
11 7
Sheffield Utd
11 6
Leeds Utd
11 5
Preston
* Full table on page 21
D
3
2
6
0
2
5
L
2
2
1
4
3
1
F
17
19
20
15
18
13
A GD Pts
10 7 24
11 8 23
11 9 21
10 5 21
11 7 20
6 7 20
the work we’re doing. There has been a
lot of hard work. It’s been a tough
couple of weeks but everybody at the
club has been first class.
“Every part of the game plan couldn’t
have gone any better. Cardiff didn’t
have a shot on target and that was
down to our blocks and the work that
we put in.”
Birmingham had the better of the
opening moments and their reward
came as Adams produced a moment of
flair. He was near the
touchline, just inside Cardiff
territory, when he collected
a poor kick from Neil
Etheridge, the Cardiff
goalkeeper. But the
Birmingham man
was able to turn an
unpromising
position into a
fine goal when
he ran fully 40
yards, weaving
between three
defenders before
firing the ball
past Etheridge.
Junior Hoilett
twice sent shots
wide for the visiting
side before, just a
minute from halftime, Craig Bryson
Adams’ goal lifted
Birmingham out of
the bottom three
had a shot deflected off target following
a powerful surge from Kenneth Zohore.
A bizarre passage of play in the
Cardiff goalmouth in the second half
almost allowed Birmingham to add to
their advantage, but Cheikh N’Doye
inadvertently blocked Adams’ effort
before, after a series of ricochets, Bruno
Manga hacked the ball off the line.
Then, at the other end, Michael
Morrison made a vital interception
from Zohore’s cross, but Warnock was
angry that a high boot by Adams on Joe
Bennett in the Birmingham penalty
area went unpunished by Geoff
Eltringham, the referee. “Apparently
the referee said he’d have given a free
kick anywhere else on the field, so what
does that mean,” Warnock said. “I
thought the referee was very poor.”
Birmingham City (4-2-3-1): T Kuszczak — M Colin,
M Morrison, M Roberts, J Grounds — D Davis (sub:
S Gallagher 90min), M Kieftenbeld — C Adams (sub:
L Jutkiewicz 90), C N’Doye, J Maghoma (sub: C Gardner
90) — I Vassell. Substitutes not used C Trueman,
C Gardner, H Dean, S Gallagher, Jota, S Gleeson. Booked
Kieftenbeld, Davis.
Cardiff City (4-3-3): N Etheridge — L Peltier,
S Morrison, B Manga, J Bennett — C Bryson (sub:
A Gunnarsson 68), S Bamba, J Ralls (sub: D Ward 81) —
N Mendez-Laing, K Zohore, D Hoilett (sub: L Feeney 81).
Substitutes not used Murphy, Tomlin, Connolly,
Damour. Booked Bryson.
Referee G Eltringham.
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ONEDITION
Chiefs pledge
to tackle the
culture of fear
Cricket
Elizabeth Ammon
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
Britain’s Paralympic chief has promised
that there will be more scrutiny of
sports in the build-up to Tokyo 2020
after the revelations of bullying that
operated in para-swimming.
Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive
of the British Paralympic Association
(BPA), said that the independent
investigation into British Swimming
had revealed an “unacceptable” environment.
The Times also revealed details
yesterday of how the reign of fear was
operated by Rob Greenwood, the
award-winning former para-swimming
head coach, over the swimmers —
some of them juniors. He may now be
stripped of the 2016 high performance
coach of the year prize awarded to him
by UK Coaching after British swimmers won 47 medals at the Rio
Paralympics. British Swimming has
removed a story about his award from
its website.
Chris Furber, the para-swimming
performance director, has remained in
his post but was disciplined for a “failure to ensure management control”
and a “lack of empathy” towards
athletes. The BPA will be involved in
British Swimming’s action plan to tackle the problems revealed by the investigation, and Hollingsworth told The
Times: “I have read the allegations in
the paper and I have spoken to some
athletes myself, and my response is that
this is a cultural failing which is unacceptable and the athletes concerned
in swimming were absolutely right to
bring it to people’s attention.
“I am very clear that we have some
direct responsibility in the future for
the team at the Games that we must
remain vigilant over. I’m confident our
team were happy with the way they
were treated and looked after at Rio.
“For Tokyo we will go through the
Revelations in The Times yesterday
selection criteria for athletes and staff
and we will look again at that and
review how we consider the team going
into the Games for ParalympicsGB.”
Hollingsworth said that it was possible to prioritise medal success without
sacrificing athletes’ welfare. He added:
“I am always going to be of the view that
medals matter and are the fundamental
benchmark by which athletes judge
themselves but you can do it in a way
that is ethically framed and is based
around decency and I don’t see those
two things as incompatible.
“We certainly should look to
promote the views that medals, success
and performance should happen in an
environment where athletes feel very
safe, secure and valued, and not within
a culture of fear. There should be an
absolute recognition of welfare.”
The BPA will be questioned on the
bullying scandal, the latest of several in
British elite sports, when representatives appear before the digital, culture,
media and sport select committee.
Damian Collins, MP, the committee
chairman, said: “It is very concerning
and it fits the pattern of a culture of fear
which has been allowed to exist and fester within different sports. We have the
British Paralympic Association coming
One-day and
Test cricket in
radical reform
Greenwood and Furber helped to create an “unacceptable” training environment
in to give evidence on October 31 and
we will certainly question them on
this.”
UK Coaching is reported to be in
talks about whether Greenwood, who
left British Swimming this year, should
have his award rescinded. In a statement, it said it has the “highest
regard for the welfare of both athlete
and coach and considers this an absolute priority”.
The organisation has added David
Lavallee, the first professor of duty of
care in sport, to its judging panel.
Lavallee said: “There is a real focus on
duty of care for this year’s awards and
we had quite a big discussion on putting
coaching integrity at the heart of this.”
UK Coaching said: “Coaches must
develop a relationship with their participants (and others) based on openness,
honesty, mutual trust and respect. Part
of this is a coach’s responsibility not to
engage in behaviour that constitutes
any form of abuse, whether physical,
sexual, neglect, emotional or bullying.”
The ICC has given the go-ahead to a
radical shake-up of international
cricket.
As reported in The Times on Monday,
the changes, which will be introduced
in 2019, mean that the top nine-ranked
Test teams will play six series — three at
home and three away — over a new
two-year Test championship with each
series having a minimum of two Tests
and a maximum of five.
Teams will be awarded points for
winning a series and after the two-year
cycle, the top two teams will contest a
play-off final to determine the Test
champions, the first being played at
Lord’s in June 2021.
In addition to the Test championship,
the ICC board agreed to the introduction of a 13-team one-day international
league, which will begin in 2020 and
lead to qualification for the World Cup.
For the ODI league, the ICC’s 12 full
members and the winners of the World
Cricket League Championship will
contest four home and four away series,
each comprising three matches. The
changes mean an end to bilateral series
of five matches.
Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, said: “I would like to congratulate
our members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the
development of the game first. Bringing
context to bilateral cricket is not a new
challenge, but this is the first time a
genuine solution has been agreed on.
“This means fans around the world
can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case
of the ODI league, it counts towards
qualification to the ICC Cricket World
Cup.”
The ICC also approved the trial of
four-day Tests if both sides agree, but all
Test championship matches will be
five-day contests.
David Richardson, the ICC chief
executive, said: “Four-day Tests will
also provide the new Test-playing
countries with more opportunities to
play the longer version of the game
against more experienced opponents,
which, in turn, will help them to hone
their skills and close the gap with the
top nine-ranked teams.”
Focused Groves says he won’t be distracted by Eubank hype
Boxing
Ron Lewis Boxing Correspondent
The journey to becoming a world
champion has been too tough for
George Groves to take his eye off the
prize. Groves makes the first defence of
his WBA super-middleweight title
tonight and, while many are already
looking ahead to a new year showdown with Chris Eubank Jr, Groves
has only been thinking about
tonight and his opponent, Jamie
Cox.
The bout at Wembley Arena
is a quarter-final of the World
Boxing Super Series, an
eight-boxer
tournament
promising the eventual winner $8 million (about £6 million) in
prize money. Eubank will meet
tonight’s winner in the semifinals, having produced a
spectacular knockout of Avni
Yildirim in his opening bout
last weekend.
“I haven’t seen it, but of
course I know the result,”
Groves said. “I’m not fussed
whether Eubank boxed well or not,
whether he looked good or he didn’t or
whether he is favourite now or what
not.
“Right now everybody is excited
about the Eubank performance at the
weekend and the potential of fighting
me. Eubank is talking about fighting me
next like it is a foregone conclusion of
what will happen. He might be
saying that just to add a bit of
pressure, I don’t know but I am
definitely not looking past
Jamie Cox.”
Groves,
29,
finally
became world champion
at the fourth attempt in
May when he stopped
Fedor Chudinov, of
Russia, in the sixth round in
Sheffield.
Twice he had lost to Carl
Froch, most famously at
Wembley Stadium, then he
lost a split points decision
Groves says that he
wanted Eubank on
his side of the draw
“The biggest threat in the fight is the
to Badou Jack in Las Vegas. He had
started to believe it might not happen element of the unknown because Cox
for him, but coming into this has never been truly tested, he has not
tournament, which is due to finish been in a 50-50 fight yet. Will he rise to
next May, having a belt gives extra the occasion or not, will he be able to
step up in class?”
clout.
Groves knows Cox well, having
“I told them to make sure that
shared a room with him when
Chris Eubank is on my side of
they were on the England
the draw,” Groves said. “I
squad more than ten years
made a fairly simple
ago, a period that included
request and it went
visits to Estonia and Italy.
through. Lots of my
Live on ITV Box Office
“He was someone I
requests have gone
from 7pm.
knew and was glad when
through.
Groves v Cox approx
we
roomed
together
“I also picked Jamie Cox
10.30pm
because he was all right, he’s
as my first opponent
a good lad,” Groves said.
for many reasons. It is a
“We got beat as England used
British fight for me and that
to back then before they had any
would naturally create a bit of excitement. Cox is tough, he has stuck clout. A few of us went out, a few of us
with it. You have to give him that re- got drunk, a few of us went home,
spect, he was a talented amateur, but it someone else was sick in another’s
room. We were all a bit of a scallywag
is a big step up to this level for him.
“Jamie was the last one to get the back then.”
They never sparred, though. Cox, 31,
green light for this Super Series but it’s
a massive opportunity for him. He’s who won a gold medal at the 2006
been granted a world title shot in his Commonwealth Games in Melbourne,
first fight in the tournament, most of us was a light-welterweight as an amateur
and considered too small to share a ring
have to work very hard for that.
TV
with Groves. In a stop-start professional career, which has seen him box only
24 times in more than a decade, the only significant title that Cox has won was
the Commonwealth light-middleweight title six years ago.
Twice since then it has seemed his
career might be over, firstly when
he was told by a doctor that he
would never box again because of a
shattered left hand, then when he was
jailed last year for assaulting his ex girlfriend.
The conviction was overturned on
appeal, while an operation has now
made the hand so solid that it is known
in the gym as the “Rhino head”.
“I’ve worked hard for this, I’m ready,”
Cox said. “There is a lot more than
money on the line. I don’t dwell on the
past, I’m only looking to the future and
that is George.
“Everyone in this tournament is a
good fighter. I’m ready for the best
George. What George talks about are
his own insecurities, so he gives a lot
away. I think he has read a book on it.
We don’t read books, we just deal with
situations.”
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Sport
MAGI HAROUN/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; GETTY IMAGES
Why cocaine
is sport stars’
chosen drug
After bans in rugby,
cricket and tennis,
Rick Broadbent asks
if substance abuse has
replaced alcohol
Gareth Hock knows about the downside of getting high. The rugby league
hardman has served a ban for cocaine
and has “RIP Terry” inked on his chest
in homage to a friend and international
who committed suicide with traces of
the drug in his system.
The number of cocaine cases in sport
is adding up. Zak Hardaker missed
rugby league’s Grand Final and has
been dropped from England’s World
Cup squad because of a positive cocaine
test, prompting Denis Betts, the
England assistant coach, to say “his
morality” is out of kilter. In August two
players from opposing sides, Adam
Walker and Rangi Chase, were
suspended after a game between
Wakefield Trinity and Widnes Vikings.
Other sports are not immune. Last
week Jack Burnham, the 20-year-old
Durham batsman, was banned for a
year for failing a third hair analysis test
for a recreational drug, believed to be
cocaine. The Times understands that
several other cricketers have failed a
stage-one hair test. In the past two
weeks Dale Swift, a now retired jockey,
was banned for 21 months for taking
cocaine while Graham Gibbons,
another jockey, got two and half years
for taking cocaine and swapping urine
samples.
However, as people debate the severity of the malaise, the fact is cocaine is
not banned by the World Anti-Doping
Agency (Wada) for most of the working
week. In addition a landmark case in
the Court of Arbitration for Sport
(CAS) could spell an end to mandatory
two-year bans. How bad is it? Garry
Schofield, the former Great Britain
rugby league captain, says cocaine is
rife in his sport and knows high-profile
players who have taken it. A source told
The Times cocaine is regularly taken by
league players as pain relief. There is
also anecdotal evidence that it is replacing cannabis as cricket’s recreational
drug of choice.
“I just did it to get away from rugby,”
Hock says. “It was stupid. It was just
friends I was with, nothing to do with
pain relief for me. I did it because I was
brought up like that. It does not really
affect you for long. I took it and never
thought about it again until I got
caught, but I was lucky. I didn’t lose
everything and came back stronger.”
In his memoirs he explained how
easy it was to be swayed. “My form for
Wigan was good and we were partying
hard and I just thought, ‘F*** it; give me
some of that cocaine’. It was being
passed around like toffee. What a dickhead, but I’ve always been easily led,
willpower is not a strength.”
Terry Newton was not so lucky.
Banned for taking human growth
hormone, he killed himself in 2010. The
coroner said a cocktail of drugs, including cocaine, could have impaired his
judgment.
Now in the sport courts cocaine is
being distanced from taking drugs to
gain a performance edge. Shorter bans
are likely after the case of Brian Fernández, an Argentine footballer who
received 18 months after a CAS hearing.
Graham Arthur, an independent
anti-doping expert, said: “Although
cannabis and cocaine are both used
recreationally, cannabis has always had
a ‘softer’ treatment in anti-doping rules.
The recent CAS case suggests cocaine
cases might now get a softer treatment,
although the minimum ban will stay at
12 months.”
The complicating factor with cocaine
is that it is only prohibited by Wada in
Hardaker, left, missed rugby league’s
Grand Final after testing positive while
tennis player Evans, top, and cricket’s
Burnham, above, got one-year bans
competition which equates to 12 hours
before an event. That effectively means
that, under Wada rules, you can take it
a few days before a match.
Arthur said: “All the cocaine cases
I’ve been involved in have resulted
from an athlete using cocaine in
circumstances that are tolerated under
doping rules. Whether that athlete later
tests positive depends on the speed with
which the body gets rid of the cocaine
metabolites. Everyone is different, and
so this feels unfair.”
The Football Association has gone
further than most as regards recreational drugs. Although not required to
do so by Wada, it does out-of-competition testing for cocaine, cannabis,
ecstasy and amphetamines. Positive
tests are treated as disciplinary offences
punishable by a fine or a ban and are not
normally made public.
The England and Wales Cricket
Board also introduced out-of-competition hair analysis after it was suggested
by the coroner at the inquest into the
death of Tom Maynard. The Surrey
batsman had taken cocaine and
MDMA before his death on a railway
track in 2012.
However, the moves do not seem to
have stopped sportspeople taking
cocaine. Curtis Woodhouse, the former
Premier League footballer, says it is
commonplace in football and is the
athlete’s favourite drug because it stays
in the body for only about 48 hours. In
March, Christian Bagate, a former head
of the French Rugby Federation medical commission, spoke of the “MondayTuesday-Wednesday corticosteroidcocaine cocktail” after the arrests of Ali
Williams, the former All Black, and
James O’Connor, the former Wallaby,
at a Paris nightclub.
Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon’s owner,
said: “In certain clubs and among many
players coke is very popular.”
UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) has noted
the increase in cases and is planning to
work with the governing bodies to
stress the dangers of taking cocaine
during out-of-competition periods.
However, with the Fernández case
possibly leading to reduced sanctions,
highlighted by the one-year backdated
ban for tennis player Dan Evans, it may
be a difficult message to get across.
Arthur says he has yet to come across
a cocaine case with a performanceenhancing intent, but opinion is split.
Nick Wojek, Ukad’s head of science and
medicine, said the effects are shortlived
but cocaine distorts perception and so
could be used briefly to combat pain.
However, a science adviser to Ukad’s
French counterparts, AFLD, suggests
cocaine can increase “alertness, reactivity and aggressiveness”. Harry Shapiro, director of DrugWise, an online service, said: “It is going to make you more
alert and awake for 15 minutes or so.
And you will put your heart under pressure and may face mental health problems.” One of the few academic studies
into cocaine and sport found that the
cocktail of cocaine, heat and lactic acid
could contribute to fatal heart attacks.
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One stadium, one nation for the
cricketers of post-genocide Rwanda
RWANDA CRICKET STADIUM FOUNDATION
James Gheerbrant visits
Gahanga where
a new ground
symbolises rebirth
after the civil war
UGANDA
DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC
OF CONGO
Kigali
I
n Rwanda, they are building. Concrete
shells clad in skeletons of scaffold and blue
tarp thrust skyward from the undulating
red soil in every corner of this tiny, east
African country, where almost one million
ethnic Tutsis were massacred in a 100-day
genocide in 1994. They are building houses.
They are building residential blocks. They are
building convention centres. They are building
schools. Women build. Men build in sandals,
and on the last Saturday of each month, each
able-bodied Rwandan aged between 18 and 65
builds as part of Umuganda, a national
community service.
Everyone joins in the construction effort with
such zeal because they are building something
else. They are building normality. They are
building a new identity. They are building a
future on the ruins of the past. They are
building a nation. And now, in Gahanga, a small
village on the southern outskirts of the capital
Kigali, they have built a cricket stadium.
Care has been taken to ensure that the
national arena for this most English of sports is
characteristically Rwandan. All stone is locally
sourced, all labour drawn from the surrounding
villages. The significance of the design — three
arched vaults gradually diminishing in size from
left to right — is twofold. It mimics the rolling
topography of a country whose nickname is
“The land of a thousand hills”, and it also
resembles the path of a bouncing cricket ball.
This latter aspect particularly appeals to Eric
Dusingizimana, the men’s national team captain.
“I started playing cricket in secondary school,”
Eric says. “Personally I was attracted due to the
relationship between the game and my studies: I
was a student who liked geometry a lot,
mathematics and physics. Passing by the ground
and seeing how the game is played, the way a
batsman is reacting to the certain bounce of
a ball, a certain angle, I said to myself, ‘This
is physics, this is mathematics.’ I fell in love
with the game like that.”
Everyone is drawn to cricket for different
reasons, but one sentiment is echoed by
every Rwandan cricketer. “It is the
first time that I’ve ever felt that I
have a family away from home,
outside my bloodline,” Mary
Maina, the women’s captain, says.
“It is more of a sisterhood
environment, everyone will be
there for you in whatever
situation.”
“In Rwanda, the cricket
fraternity is more than just a place
where we come and hit the ball — it’s
a family to us,” all-rounder Derrick
Bayingana adds.
These bonds are vital. It is 23 years
since the country was torn apart by
the genocide. Unicef found that, of
those who were children then, 80
per cent suffered death in the family,
70 per cent witnessed killing or
maiming, and 90 per cent believed
that they would die.
Opening batsman Audifax
Byiringiro’s father was hacked to
death, his brother maimed by a
grenade. “Personally, I wasn’t old
enough to experience how the
genocide went,” he says. “Above all,
what I experienced were the effects.
How it wasn’t easy to be raised,
how it wasn’t easy to study at home,
how it wasn’t easy even to have the
basics like food, somewhere to live.
RWANDA
20 miles
The cricket stadium is the second to be built in Rwanda after Kigali’s Kicukiro Oval, and it will be
characteristically
Rwandan with materials and workers brought in from the surrounding areas
c
We had to grow up faster, we had to
have responsibilities when we were
still young.”
How do you unify a generation
whose parents killed, and were killed
by, each other? Paul Kagame,
Rwanda’s president, has banned
identity cards that show people to
be Hutu or Tutsi and promoted
the ideology that his subjects are
Rwandans foremost, but such
diktats are superficial. It is
only through everyday
activities such as cricket that
tthey become woven into the
fabric of society.
Eric and Derrick are best friends.
They laugh and joke together —
Derrick takes the mickey out of Eric’s
scientific world view, and they chuckle
about how they didn’t realise “cow
corner” was a universal expression, as
cattle would wander on to the old pitch
where they now play. Eric is a Hutu,
w
while Derrick’s family are Tutsi.
w
“When your target is just hitting that
ball, or taking a catch, you don’t care
who hits it, or who fields that ball,”
Derrick says. “It erases the difference,
Science was what drew Dusingizimana to cricket
and it brings us to be one person, with one goal,
just to win. Cricket is not one person’s show, it’s
a team game. No matter what differences we
have, we have to find a way to come together, so
that we can fight for the country, raise that flag,
go and get that win. I’m telling you, we are one.”
The team may be united and focused on the
future on the pitch, but beneath the rutted
surface of the Kicukiro Oval, reminders of the
past remain. It was the scene of one of the most
atrocious massacres, where over 2,000 Tutsis
were hacked to death. Players occasionally
happen across bone fragments in the outfield.
Other problems are more practical. The
present pitch consists of an AstroTurf wicket on
concrete, meaning the bounce is unpredictable
and the ball doesn’t spin. The outfield is bumpy
and pitted with anthills and snake holes —
many ankles have been turned under a high
catch. The nets are threadbare. Rwanda play in
Africa Division Three, the eighth tier of world
cricket, but inadequate facilities hold them back.
All that, though, is about to change. A British
charity, the Rwanda Cricket Stadium
Foundation, has almost finished constructing
the new stadium. Next week, it will be officially
opened with a charity match between teams
captained by Brian Lara and Michael Vaughan.
The project director of the charity is Alby Shale,
son of David Cameron’s constituency chairman,
Christopher Shale, who died aged 56 in 2011.
BURUNDI
Shale Sr was involved in social action projects in
Rwanda; for his son, fulfilling his father’s final
dream has become a consuming mission and a
channel for his grief.
“It’s the most traumatic thing that’s happened
to me,” says Alby, who has raised £1 million to
finance the stadium and still needs £100,000 to
complete the project. “You’re always looking for
meaning when something that transformational
happens in your life, and we were talking about
the things that Dad discussed about cricket in
Rwanda and how he wanted to build this
stadium. We just realised that the way that we
could honour him was to try to fulfil his legacy.”
Christopher Shale helped to build a
community centre in Kininya, a village for
genocide survivors, where we meet a girl called
Annick. Through an interpreter, Annick tells her
story. After her father was killed during the
genocide, her mother fled with her brother.
Rather than risk taking Annick, she decided it
would be safer to abandon her, reasoning that
she was too young for militia to discern if she
was Hutu or Tutsi. Annick was taken in and
raised by a Hutu family, while her mother gave
up hope of being reunited with her daughter.
But when her foster family moved towns, they
chanced upon someone who knew Annick’s
biological family. Now she lives with her birth
mother again.
Rwanda has many such stories, but its
cricketers want to write new ones. “Rwanda is
known for the two Gs: genocide and gorillas,”
Alby says. “It needs new positive headlines
about how the country has rebuilt itself.”
Derrick agrees. “Given the history that we have,
that we are known for genocide, we are the ones
now to rewrite the story.”
The opening of the stadium marks the
opening of a new chapter in the life of this
country. “I cried,” Mary Maina says of the
moment she set foot on the new pitch. “I didn’t
cry out loud, but my tears fell, because I
thought, ‘This is impossible.’ I was like, ‘Oh my
goodness, this is going to change the level of
cricket in Rwanda, it’s going to change very
many people’s lives right here.’”
“It will be the happiest moment of my life,
without question,” Alby says. “It’s closure, for me
and my family. It’s been an amazing journey and
I’m pretty sure it’s got a happy ending.”
6 For more information about the Rwanda Cricket
Stadium Foundation, visit rcsf.org.uk or
@rwandacricket on Instagram. To make a donation
visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/rcsf
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Sport Rugby union
Hartley must get under George’s
skin in battle of England hookers
Hartley
Ben Kay
George
v
Age
31
26
Height
6ft 1
6ft 0
Weight
17st 4lb
17st 8lb
England caps
17 (17 off bench)
Lions caps
3
0
Bans
0 wks
86
character
They are both indicative of the way
their teams play. Dylan Hartley is
belligerent and uncompromising and
he is ideal for Northampton Saints,
who are a traditionally an aggressive,
street-brawling side. Hartley wants to
be as physical as possible and get
under the skin of his opposite man to
try to put him off. He will want to
bully Jamie George and I expect him
to be at his spikiest against his
England understudy. If George gets
dragged into thinking of it as a oneon-one battle with Hartley then the
Northampton hooker will have won.
As ever, Hartley needs to be careful.
When he tried that tactic a couple of
years ago he was sent off for
headbutting George and he missed
the World Cup. George, though won’t
be fazed. He plays with a more
laid-back air but he was the Lions’
starting hooker.
lineout
George is statistically the most
accurate lineout thrower in the Aviva
Premiership, registering 94.5 per cent
compared with Hartley’s 92.7 per
cent since the start of last season. He
is helped by the athleticism of his
jumpers, especially George Kruis
whose hands are so good that he can
turn a questionable throw into a
completion. The quality of their
movement often means teams do not
compete in the air against Saracens.
George and Hartley have subtly
different techniques. Hartley starts
with the seam up on the ball, George
with the Gilbert panel facing up. The
difference is that George places his
thumb and fingers over the seams
and it gives him more grip. Hartley’s
(22 off bench)
60 wks
Premiership overall
Appearances
122
135
(23 off bench)
(64 off bench)
Tries
19
14
Win percentage
78.3%
56.7%
2017-18 Premiership
Appearances
3
4
Minutes
255
187
Tries
1
Carries
21
Metres made
17
Tackles
23
3
20
50
33
elbows come out a bit when he
throws whereas George is all about
using his hands and wrists, keeping
his elbows in as he tries to snap
through the action. His throws have
a faster, tighter spiral and are more
accurate. But when George missed
two key throws for the Lions, either
through pressure or fatigue, one of
his elbows came out and he lost his
technique.
scrummaging
Hartley is the better striking hooker.
I think it must be coached at
Saracens, but their hookers often use
a knee to deflect the ball back
because they struggle with the strike.
Hartley has a very good clean sweep
and a big strike. Individually George
is probably the better scrummager
but Hartley’s value in the set piece is
that he gets the very best out of the
tight five around him. He talks a lot,
not to wind up the opposite number
but to almost coach his team through
the scrum.
open play
George is the better attacking player.
Hartley runs hard and fast and
attempts to blast through defenders,
whereas George will knock players
off balance with his footwork and he
carries the ball in two hands,
showing to pass it, which means
defenders cannot close in on him in
case he offloads to a man outside. He
also has the ability to get the ball
through his hands quickly if he feels
defenders are bearing down on him.
Hartley is the better defensive
player. His tackling is superb. He
always keeps his momentum going
forward but can make the late
decision to go for a chop tackle at the
knees or go in for the big shot.
Hartley is very good at reloading and
getting back to his feet. George
missed a lot of tackles against Wasps.
His weight is up top, which means
that if he goes low, it has to be on his
terms or he gets unbalanced.
england battle
You cannot underestimate Hartley’s
leadership value to England, a team
who are not blessed with lots of
leaders. That was one of the main
factors cited in the post-tournament
review for England’s poor World Cup
campaign and it is a massive thing.
Eddie Jones has spoken glowingly of
Hartley’s leadership but George was
part of the Lions senior leadership
group because he was the starting
hooker in New Zealand. Leadership is
about gravitas and Hartley has that
in the England camp, that gnarly
demand for high standards. Jones
believes he has the best combination
of hookers in the world and the way
George plays does lend itself to
making an impact off the bench.
Three amigos keeping Saracens
Alex Lowe
Deputy Rugby Correspondent
Alex Sanderson is not taken by the
British & Irish Lions, where the success
or failure of the tour is based firmly on
results. For all the good public relations,
for all the bonds forged behind the
scenes, for all the DVDs sold, the Lions
are judged on how they perform in the
Test series. That can come at a price.
George Kruis, the lineout master for
England and Saracens, started the first
Test against the All Blacks but was then
dropped. “We have had to pick up the
pieces,” Sanderson says. “It is outcome
focused and that is not our way. We
don’t manage like that.”
Sanderson, Joe Shaw and Ian Peel,
three Saracens assistant coaches, spent
some time in the Lions camp during the
summer tour while on a 17-day factfinding mission to New Zealand. They
took little from the experience, far less
than the illuminating weeks they spent
embedded with the Hurricanes and the
Crusaders, New Zealand’s leading
Super Rugby franchises.
The mission was to gather ideas,
insight and intelligence that would
keep Saracens, who launch their bid for
a third consecutive European
Champions Cup title against Northampton Saints tomorrow, in front of the
chasing pack. To stand still in elite sport
is to go backwards. Saracens are relentless and innovative in their quest for
excellence and self-improvement.
The by-product, they hope, is a
dynasty, although that is
never the driving motivation.
“When we won the double in 2016, after losing the
Premiership and European finals in 2014, the joyy
and euphoria lasted for a
few days but when the hangover kicked in I thought, ‘What
at
do you do next?’ For me, it was an
epiphany,” Sanderson says.
“I realised that the process off
getting better and of seeingg
improvements every day in guys
like Jamie George and Owen Farrell was a bigger buzz than winning the ultimate prizes, that
many people see as your defining achievements as a coach.
Even if we win the European
Innovators: Sanderson,
centre, Shaw, left, and Peel
Champions Cup again we are not done.
There is so much to come from these
players and coaches.”
Sanderson runs the defence at
Saracens, Shaw the attack and Peel the
set piece. The three amigos have known
each other for more than 15 years. Shaw
is teased for being the brains of the
bunch; he has just finished a Masters
degree in coaching science through the
University of the West of England. “He
is a level four coach and a Jedi
coaching master,” Sanderson
says.
Shaw’s thesis was on the
influence of a good culture
on high performance. “I
wanted to look if there is a
connection between culture, caring for people,
looking after the individual, or whether we are
doing
something here that
d
is
i a load of nonsense and if
you
have a load of good
y
players,
just go out and get on
p
with it,” he says. “It turns out we
w
are on the right lines.”
The foundations of the Saracens culture were laid by Ed
Griffiths, the former chief executive,
and Brendan Venter, the previous
director of rugby. They put the players’
well-being front and centre, helping to
remove all pressures off the field and
encouraging them to forge tight bonds
in the belief it would make them a better
team. It has worked, although their
methods are not to everyone’s taste.
The club hold more debt than any other
in the Aviva Premiership, about
£45 million. The players, though, have
an almost cult-like devotion to Saracens and that is all that concerns the
coaches.
“Only 12 per cent of people go to work
in the world and enjoy it. In this environment, coaches and players want to
come to work and enjoy it,” Shaw says.
The trip to New Zealand reinforced
their beliefs but also gave them coaching and tactical ideas to keep Saracens
evolving. In return, the Crusaders used
some of Peel’s set-piece defence ideas in
their victory over the Lions from South
Africa in the Super Rugby final.
“The Crusaders were the closest in
line to what we do,” Peel says. “Their
players were involved in the decisionmaking and how they want to play. We
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Mallinder waiting for
opportunity to turn
heat up on Brown
Utility Northampton
player says his England
prospects lie at full back,
writes John Westerby
They have got
previous:
Hartley missed
the World Cup
in 2015 after a
headbutt on
rival George.
The Saints
captain was
given a
four-week ban
and left out of
Stuart
Lancaster’s
squad
ahead of the pack
took that on board and brought that had them sumo wrestling, we have had
back because it means they have a inflatable surf boards. We have had
greater understanding of what they do cheerleading, lasers, wolves and snakes
on the field.
and crocodiles. I was fed up of the two“Scott Robertson, the head coach, is a hour meetings we would have. We
complete lunatic and we saw how much wanted to be engaging.”
fun they have. His energy was so high
Saracens thumped Northampton 55in meetings and around training.”
24 on the opening weekend of the
Keeping the players entertained
season, scoring seven tries in a ramand engaged with innovative
pant first half at Twickenham,
ideas has long been the hallbut this week’s theme was to
mark of Saracens. Each
the players that
Northampton remind
week has its own theme.
Saints are undefeated at
Last week, the magician
home. “We have had to
v Saracens
Pete Heat was brought
change the perception of
Kick-off:
5.30pm,
into the camp because it
what the lads may feel on
tomorrow
was thought that Wasps
the back of the first game,”
were capable of pulling a
Sanderson says.
Live: BT Sport 2
rabbit from the hat. Heat’s
Peel has reshaped his set5pm
message was that the magic
piece training since returning
happens before the big reveal, just as it
from New Zealand, where one of his
is the work off the ball and away from favourite evenings was spent down the
the spotlight that creates a try.
pub with Dan Cron, the Hurricanes
“If you have a narrative and a theme assistant coach, picking apart the
— and it is nothing new, every good minutiae of the scrum.
club has them, the Hurricanes, the
As a team Saracens have shifted their
Crusaders, all the NFL teams — then it focus more on to attack. “Last year we
creates visual stimulus for players. It conceded 100 points fewer than anyone
sells an idea,” Sanderson says. You get else but we didn’t score as many points
better intent from the players. We have as other teams so we have gone out to
push our attack forward,” Sanderson
says. “We perhaps put too much into
our defence last — we have a better
balance this year. You can see that in
the tries we have scored.”
That shift was a collaborative effort
from three coaches who operate under
Mark McCall, the director of rugby, and
spend hours every week talking, agreeing, disagreeing and arguing, all with
the aim of generating ideas. “It’s the
closeness in the staff that gives us that
edge,” Shaw says. “We are like-minded
people who want to strive to get better.
This is a different season, different challenges, hence going to New Zealand.
No one knows it all.
“We don’t mind copying but we are
creative in what we do. It is about
understanding how to get better. Is
there a fresh way of doing things? Is
there a different angle we can put on
the things we are good at? You have to
be aware of getting better. If you are not
you will plateau and your fire has gone.”
At Saracens, that fire is still raging
and it comes with a warning from the
double European champions: “We
haven’t got anywhere near hitting our
straps yet.”
Harry Mallinder looks worried and
with good reason. At the age of 21, it
became apparent to him over the summer that he was still growing. The
official statistics on the Northampton
Saints and England websites show
Mallinder as measuring 6ft 5in. “I’m 6ft
6in now, at least. I think I’ve gained an
inch in the last year,” he says.
But the look of concern on his face is
not the result of the growing pains he
still experiences from time to time.
Instead, the fly half-cum-centre-cumfull back is worried that he will attract
covetous glances from Dorian “Nobby”
West, the club’s gnarled forwards
coach, who may already be pondering
how Mallinder’s height and dexterity
could be employed in lineouts and
driving mauls.
“I’m really hoping I don’t grow any
more,” Mallinder says. “Otherwise I’m
sure Nobby will come calling. And
that’s not a very nice thought.”
The sheer breadth of Mallinder’s skill
set — size, hands, vision, boot — makes
him one of the most adaptable players
in the English game, but he is clearly
putting limits on his versatility. Indeed,
this is the season in which he is seeking
to pin his colours to one particular
position at Northampton. After spending the early part of his career mainly at
inside centre, but also playing fly half
and full back, Mallinder wants to be
considered primarily as a No 15.
“If I’m honest, it’s been to my advantage in my first couple of seasons to be
able to play different positions,” he says.
“But I’m at that stage now where I want
to establish myself in one position. My
preference would be to play full back.”
He has been given a firm guiding
hand on the way to making this decision by Eddie Jones. On England’s tour
to Argentina in June, Mallinder missed
out on winning a first cap, but was given
a clear indication by the head coach of
how he could make the step up to international rugby. “Eddie made it quite
clear when I first went into camp that
full back was the position he saw me in,”
Mallinder says. “I want to play for
England, so I want to play full back. I’ve
got my eyes firmly set on that now.”
A fascinating tussle is in prospect for
the England No 15 shirt over the next
couple of years. Mike Brown is the man
in possession, but he will be 34 by the
the next World Cup in Japan in 2019
and Jones has spoken of his desire to explore other options, including
Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly.
Mallinder is a contender, too, and
would offer something different,
his intelligent reading of a game
d
coming with a hefty right boot and
those extra inches in height thatt
could benefit England’s aeriall
game.
To state his case as an alternative to Brown, though,
Mallinder needs a run of
games at No 15 for
Northampton.
Itt
shouldn’t be too difficult, you might think,
when he lives in the
same house as the club’s
h
director of rugby, with
whom he shares the samee
surname. “It’s up to thee
coaches where they play me,”
Mallinder says. “I can only go and
knock on the doors of Alan Dickens
[attack coach] and Mark Hopley
[defence coach] and ask to play full
back.” Doesn’t he knock on the director
of rugby’s door? He smiles. “No, I try
not to speak to Dad about that.”
This is an indication of how Mallinder has come to terms with working
under Jim, his father and boss. At the
start of the season, Mallinder Jr had
been due to play at full back until injuries to Stephen Myler and Piers Francis
forced him into service at fly half,
where his sure touch helped Northampton to rebound from a disastrous
defeat by Saracens, whom they face
again in the European Champions Cup
at home tomorrow, with four consecutive victories.
Now that Myler and Francis are fit,
he will start on the bench at Franklin’s
Gardens, itching for a run from full
back in the second half. While Mallinder’s father might have wanted to grant
his son the run of games he was craving
in the No 15 shirt, his duties as director
of rugby have forced his son to remain
patient. “The team always comes first
and I expect myself to perform in whatever position I’m picked,” he says.
A former England full back himself,
Jim Mallinder had always been reluctant to work with his son, but both seem
to have found a comfortable way of
coping. “We try our best not to take it
home because you need that escape,”
Harry says. “Every now and then, Mum
has to shut us up at the dinner table, but
it doesn’t really cause any problems.
There are more arguments over who’s
doing the washing than where I’m playing at the weekend.”
It has not been the easiest of times for
Mallinder Sr. Northampton slumped to
seventh in the Aviva Premiership last
season, then began last month with that
55-24 humbling against Saracens. Does
Harry not find it difficult when his
father is under such pressure?
“It doesn’t make it any different for
me,” he says. “I’ve known from the start
that coaches can come under a lot of
pressure. When there’s been bad times
and pressure on him, it doesn’t affect
me. I’m more affected by the fact that
the team aren’t doing well in those
periods and, as a player, I want to do
something about that.”
However well they work together,
that international call-up in the
summer offered Mallinder a welcome
opportunity to continue his development away from his roots at Franklin’s
Gardens, where he first worked as a
ballboy from the age of 11.
“I’ve been at the club since I was 11,
working with Paul Diggin, Alan Dickens, Mark Hopley. They’re all brilliant
coaches, and the same with my dad,” he
says. “Much as I love it here and don’t
want it to change, it was refreshing
tto hear a different voice working
w
with Eddie, to go into a new envirronment, new ideas, new routines.”
As Mallinder’s growth in the
ggame continues, the time may be
approaching when Jim is recognised
chiefly for being Harry’s father, rather
than Harry being known as Jim’s
son. No father watching his
son grow up would want it
any other way.
Mallinder is on the
Northampton bench
tomorrow but is
eager for a run of
games at full back
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Irishman’s Italy call-up
six years after losing
sight in one eye
Ian McKinley tells
Alex Lowe how a move
to Udine and a pair of
specially-made goggles
have revived his career
Imagine, for a moment, the mentality
required to deliberately gouge the good
eye of an opponent who had returned
to play rugby after losing sight in his
other eye in a horrific accident.
That sickening situation occurred
twice to Ian McKinley, when the former
Ireland Under-20 fly half was making
his comeback having suffered a
gruesome injury playing club rugby in
Dublin seven years ago.
McKinley was at the bottom of a ruck
when a stud from a team-mate’s boot
plunged into his left eye, causing a full
rupture. He was taken to hospital for
emergency surgery, which took four
hours, and the doctors were unsure
whether they could save his sight.
Over the next six months McKinley
recovered 70 per cent of the vision in
the eye, enough for him to play again,
albeit with some minor adjustments to
the way he played because he had lost
some peripheral vision.
McKinley switched clubs from
University College Dublin to St Mary’s
College in the hope of leaving behind
the memories of the accident. It was
while playing for his new club, the
grass-roots home of Jonathan Sexton,
that he was gouged twice. The second
incident occurred in a ruck, but the
27-year-old knows for certain the
perpetrator of the first. McKinley
pauses when asked whether he was
targeted, saying he is not sure, but he
certainly believes the assault was
deliberate.
McKinley
continued
playing,
though, representing Leinster four
times under Joe Schmidt in 2010-11 —
the year they defeated Northampton
Saints to win the Heineken Cup —
including a man-of-the-match performance against Benetton Treviso.
It was inevitable that McKinley
would develop a cataract in his
recovering left eye and his sight went
blurry as he lined up a conversion for
Pool Two
Northampton Saints v Saracens
Tomorrow, 5.30pm, BT Sport 2
Ospreys v Clermont Auvergne
Tomorrow, 5.30pm, BT Sport 3
Stephen Myler makes his first start of
the season for Northampton, with
Piers Francis at inside centre. Tom
Wood returns from injury on the
bench. George Kruis and Nick Isiekwe
start in the second row for Saracens.
Born Dublin, December 4, 1989
Position Fly half
Club career
App
Pts
Leinster (2009-12)
6
8
Viadana (2014-16)
35
268
Zebre (2015-16)
3
5
Benetton Treviso
(2016-present)
32
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International career
Ireland U20 (2009)
9
Italy (2017) Yet to feature
the Leinster Development XV, the day
after that epic European final. It was
complicated, but the surgeons dealt
with it.
Then later that summer, during an
off-season weekend with friends in
Galway, his retina detached. “One
moment I was looking at the traffic
lights and the next moment it was
Bath have lost four
black,” McKinley says. The doctors
consecutive
were baffled; after the first six months
Champions Cup pool
he should have been in the clear. They
games. They have
performed three operations, but the
never lost five in
damage was too severe to repair.
a row
McKinley was blind in one eye and he
had no option but to retire from playing
rugby.
That dark day was in the summer of
2011.
This week, McKinley was selected by
Italy for their autumn international
series and today he will start at fly
half for Treviso against Bath in the
European Champions Cup, following
in his father’s footsteps by playing at the
Recreation Ground.
He will do so wearing protective
goggles. The accident and the
gouging are the ugly parts of the
McKinley story, the rest is
remarkable.
McKinley began to coach
Bath’s defeat by
voluntarily and a friend Treviso in 2004-05 was
from Leinster hooked him their only loss to Italian
up with a club in Udine, opposition in Europe.
Italy. He enjoyed it, he was They have won 16 of
good at it, but his emotions
17 games
were raw. “My brother, Philip,
came out to visit me in April 2013.
I didn’t have a breakdown but I had a
pretty emotional moment after a
Leinster game,” he says. “It was hard
seeing my team-mates doing well.
Maybe there was some jealousy. It’s
tough as a sportsman when you cannot
retire on your own terms.”
Philip returned to Ireland worried
about his brother and resolved to help
him. He approached a student, Johnny
Merrigan, at the National College of
Treviso won their first
Art and Design in Dublin, and he took
away game against
on the challenge of developing some
Premiership opposition in
protective goggles. Italy were the first
the European Cup, in 1999
4
1
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v Harlequins. They have
lost the next 14 games
in England
McKinley played six games
for Leinster but retired in
2011 after suffering a
detached retina during an
off-season trip to Galway
guide to the weekend’s champions cup action (words by john westerby)
Pool One
Harlequins v La Rochelle
Today, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Action
Mike Brown and James Horwill return
for Harlequins. La Rochelle, fourth in
the Top 14, have Ryan Lamb at fly half
and Victor Vito, the former All Black, at
No 8.
from ireland to italy
Pool Three
Leinster v Montpellier
Today, 1pm, Sky Sports Action
Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors
Today, 7.45pm, BT Sport 2
Exeter are second in the Aviva
Premiership, while Glasgow are
unbeaten in the Guinness Pro14. With
Jack Nowell injured, Phil Dollman
returns at full back for Exeter and
Lachie Turner moves to the wing,
while Sam Simmonds continues at
No 8 in front of Thomas Waldrom.
Pool Four
Racing 92 v Leicester Tigers
Today, 3.15pm, BT Sport 2
Castres v Munster
Tomorrow, 1pm, Sky Sports Action
Ben Youngs starts for Leicester, while
his brother, Tom, and Ellis Genge are
recalled to the front row. Racing have
lost four of their first seven Top 14
games, Dan Carter is absent and Rémi
Talès starts at fly half. Pat Lambie, the
Springbok back, is on the bench.
Pool Five
Bath v Benetton Treviso
Today, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Arena
Toulon v Scarlets
Tomorrow, 3.15pm, Sky Sports Action
The suspension of Freddie Burns and
injury to Rhys Priestland means Josh
Lewis, the ex-Scarlets fly half, makes a
rare start for Bath. Anthony Watson is
at full back against a side who have
won three of their six Pro14 matches.
In the back row Zach Mercer, Sam
Underhill and Taulupe Faletau start.
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country to sanction them and in 2014
McKinley registered as a player and
rreturned to rugby, initially in the
social leagues with Leonorso, in
Udine, before he was picked up by
Viadana, then Zebre and now Treviso.
V
There were hurdles to negotiate
along the way. Initially, Ireland were
one of the countries who would not
recognise the goggles and so McKinley
was barred from playing league games
in his homeland but the equipment,
produced in Italy, is now sanctioned
p
worldwide.
w
“I can play without goggles but I
wear them because of the two gouging
incidents,” he says. “They don’t help
me with extra vision, they are solely
tthere to protect my functional eye.
“I love rugby but I don’t want to go
blind. I want to play in safety and
b
wearing the goggles gives me extra
cconfidence to know that nothing can
happen. Since 2014 I have played over
h
1100 games with the goggles and there
hasn’t been one incident. That has been
h
a real positive outcome.”
The injury has left McKinley with a
larger blind spot on his right side, which
he has tried to combat through greater
communication with the players
around him and his “fly in the goggles”
technique. “My mother says it looks like
that because I keep moving my head up,
down, left, right, all over the place,” he
says. “That is just me looking around as
much as I can.
“Last year felt like my first season as
a professional rugby player. To improve
and see where I am, you need to play
against the best teams. That is why this
weekend is so exciting.”
Treviso have started the Guinness
Pro14 well and they lie fifth in
Conference B heading into Europe,
with three wins from six games.
McKinley’s form has earned him his
call-up to the Italy squad.
“I am not Italian but Italy has given
me a huge opportunity and always supported me. They were the first nation to
adopt the goggles. The best way I can
repay them is to put in my best performances on the field and create some
more competition. It is a huge honour.”
Does he think about the Six Nations
and the prospect of facing Ireland? “I
have learnt that rugby is to be taken day
by day. You never know what is around
the corner,” he says, and for once that
answer does not sound like a cliché.
Fixtures fury sparks review
John Westerby
Tournament organisers have promised
an “intensive review” of scheduling
for the European Champions Cup next
season after complaints from English
clubs this week.
Wasps were upset that they had only
five days’ preparation for their game
away to Ulster last night, two days fewer
than their opponents, while Exeter
Chiefs are angry at being repeatedly
scheduled in a “graveyard slot”, kicking
off at home to Glasgow Warriors today
at 7.45pm, limiting the game’s appeal to
supporters and commercial partners.
Simon Halliday, the chairman of
European Professional Club Rugby
(EPCR), apologised to Exeter and told
them that steps would be taken to avoid
them being in that slot again. Exeter
also feel they have had more than their
share of Sunday evening matches, an
unpopular time for English clubs but
preferred by French broadcasters.
Fixtures are scheduled to cater for
different countries’ networks.
“We are undergoing an intensive
review of our whole broadcasting operation,” Halliday told The Telegraph.
BT Sport is understood to feel it has
been unfairly criticised for the scheduling of Wasps’ game, five days after they
played Saracens. Broadcasters express
interest in screening particular games
and scheduling is then completed by
EPCR in consultation with clubs and
other broadcasters.
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went himself, wriggling close to the line
but his grounding was just short.
After knocking twice on the door,
Ulster then found it swinging open.
Piutau’s angled run attracted Christian
Wade and tempted Willie Le Roux to
step inside, creating the space for
Stockdale to race over in the corner.
The home side came roaring forward
from the restart, with Piutau and Stockdale combining brilliantly down the left
before the wing floated a pass back
infield for McCloskey to score. The pass
looked forward to the naked eye, but it
was checked by the television match
official and the try was awarded.
Wasps were in danger of being
overrun. The Kingspan Stadium was
bouncing and Ulster had their tails up.
Wasps did well to stop the rot but they
were now having to chase the game, to
fight to leave with a bonus point. Their
ill-discipline proved costly, with Lealiifano’s two penalty goals denying them.
“It is a massive victory,” Les Kiss, the
Ulster director of rugby, said. “We didn’t
play exceptionally well but we
challenged our character and came
through.”
European Champions Cup
Alex Lowe Deputy Rugby Correspondent
Charles Piutau heaped further misery
on his former team-mates as Ulster
launched their European Champions
Cup campaign by condemning Wasps
to a fifth consecutive defeat.
Wasps had edged 9-3 ahead in a
penalty-strewn, arm-wrestle of a match
when Ulster suddenly upped the tempo
and Piutau, who spent a season at the
Ricoh Arena before moving to Belfast,
orchestrated tries for Jacob Stockdale
in the 55th minute and Stuart McCloskey two minutes later. That turned the
match and Wasps’ bid to fight their way
back into the game was undone by illdiscipline. They conceded 13 penalties
and finished with 14 men, after Josh
Bassett was sin-binned for a high tackle
on Louis Ludik.
That allowed Christian Lealiifano to
curl his second penalty goal of the
evening through the posts and deny
Wasps even a losing bonus point,
adding insult to their growing list of
injuries.
Wasps were already seething about
having to play five days after their
defeat by Saracens in the Aviva
Premiership and Dai Young, the
director of rugby, felt that the short
turnaround took its toll.
Thomas Young pulled a groin and did
not reappear after the interval, while
both Tom Cruse and Brendan Macken
failed head-injury assessments inside
18 minutes. Cruse is also thought to
have broken his thumb.
“I would have been surprised if there
hadn’t been a pull after our short turnaround. Nothing seems to be going our
way,” Young said. “When you are down,
Deysel is well
stopped by
Cooper-Woolley
but Wasps came
away with nothing
people keep kicking you in the nuts but
we have to dust ourselves down and
keep going.”
Ulster have injury issues of their own.
While Rory Best is close to a return,
Jared Payne has still not played since
the Lions tour while Marcell Coetzee’s
season is over after the South Africa
No 8 required “revision surgery” on his
left knee, ruling him out of action for
nine months.
Macken’s premature departure
forced Wasps into a back-line reshuffle
and, without Danny Cipriani, Rob
Miller was pressed into emergency fly
half action for more than an hour.
Wasps did lead at the interval, but on
three occasions they failed to convert
pressure into points after making deep
incursions into the Ulster 22.
Ulster’s maul defence was outstanding, particularly Iain Henderson, who
twice battled through the bodies to
spoil Wasps’ close-range lineout drives,
while Joe Launchbury was held up over
the line.
Jimmy Gopperth added two penalty
goals to Elliot Daly’s opening strike but
Ulster, who had shown flashes of
enterprise in the first half with breaks
from Piutau and Stockdale, then came
roaring into life.
Piutau and Luke Marshall were
prominent as Ulster drove upfield.
Lealiifano tried to pick out McCloskey
with a cross kick and the fly half then
Fixtures
Results
Today
Football
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
Premier League: Burnley v West Ham; Crystal
Palace v Chelsea; Liverpool v Man Utd (12.30);
Man City v Stoke; Swansea v Huddersfield;
Tottenham v Bournemouth; Watford v Arsenal
(5.30).
Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley v Middlesbrough; Bolton v Sheff Wed; Brentford v
Millwall; Fulham v Preston; Leeds v Reading;
Norwich v Hull; Sheff Utd v Ipswich; Sunderland
v QPR; Wolves v Aston Villa (5.30).
P W D
Cardiff.................12 7 3
Wolves................11 7 2
Bristol City..........12 5 6
Sheff Utd ............ 11 7 0
Leeds...................11 6 2
Preston................11 5 5
Aston Villa..........11 5 4
Ipswich................10 6 0
Norwich...............11 5 3
Fulham................11 4 5
Middlesbrough....11 4 4
Sheff Wed...........11 4 4
Nottm Forest......11 5 0
Millwall...............11 3 4
Derby...................10 3 4
QPR ..................... 11 3 4
Hull......................11 3 3
Barnsley..............10 3 2
Birmingham........12 3 2
Burton.................12 2 4
Brentford ............ 11 1 6
Reading...............10 2 3
Sunderland..........11 1 4
Bolton..................11 0 2
L
2
2
1
4
3
1
2
4
3
2
3
3
6
4
3
4
5
5
7
6
4
5
6
9
F
17
19
20
15
18
13
17
20
11
14
13
15
15
14
13
14
22
13
8
6
13
9
12
4
A
10
11
11
10
11
6
10
16
13
10
9
12
19
13
13
15
19
15
19
23
15
12
21
22
GD Pts
7 24
8 23
9 21
5 21
7 20
7 20
7 19
4 18
-2 18
4 17
4 16
3 16
-4 15
1 13
0 13
-1 13
3 12
-2 11
-11 11
-17 10
-2 9
-3 9
-9 7
-18 2
League One: Bristol Rovers v Oxford Utd; Bury
v Bradford; Charlton v Doncaster; Fleetwood
Town v Rochdale; Northampton v AFC Wimbledon; Oldham v Blackburn; Peterborough v Gillingham; Plymouth v Shrewsbury; Portsmouth v
Milton Keynes Dons; Rotherham v Scunthorpe;
Walsall v Blackpool; Wigan v Southend.
P W D
Shrewsbury.........12 9 3
Wigan..................12 9 1
Bradford..............12 8 2
Rotherham..........12 7 0
Peterborough......11 6 2
Charlton .............. 11 6 2
Blackburn............10 6 1
Scorers: Ulster: Tries Stockdale (55min), McCloskey
(57). Penalty goals Cooney (14), Lealiifano 2 (70, 75).
Wasps: Penalty goals Daly (3), Gopperth 2 (40, 47).
Scoring sequence (Ulster first): 0-3, 3-3, 3-6 (half-time)
3-9, 8-9, 13-9, 16-9, 19-9.
Ulster C Piutau; L Ludik, L Marshall (rep: T Bowe 69),
S McCloskey, J Stockdale, C Lealiifano, J Cooney
(rep: P Marshall 65); K McCall, R Herring, W Herbst
(rep: R Ah You 65), K Treadwell, I Henderson, R Diack,
S Reidy, J Deysel (rep: C Ross 65).
Wasps W Le Roux; C Wade, E Daly, B Macken (rep:
R Miller 17), J Bassett (sin-bin 75), J Gopperth,
D Robson; M Mullan (rep: S McIntyre 65), T Cruse
(rep: A Johnson 14), J Cooper-Woolley (rep: M Moore
68), J Launchbury, W Rowlands (rep: J Gaskell 62),
J Haskell, T Young (rep: J Willis 41), N Hughes.
Referee B Whitehouse.
L
0
2
2
5
3
3
3
F
18
22
22
22
22
19
15
A GD Pts
8 10 30
7 15 28
13 9 26
13 9 21
17 5 20
15 4 20
8 7 19
Scunthorpe..........12
Fleetwood Town.11
Oxford Utd..........12
Blackpool.............11
Bristol Rovers.....12
Portsmouth.........12
MK Dons..............12
Southend.............12
Walsall................12
Doncaster............12
Rochdale..............12
Oldham................11
Bury.....................11
AFC Wimbledon..12
Northampton......12
Gillingham...........12
Plymouth.............12
5
6
5
5
6
5
5
4
3
3
2
3
2
2
2
1
1
4
1
3
3
0
2
2
4
5
3
5
1
3
3
2
4
2
3
4
4
3
6
5
5
4
4
6
5
7
6
7
8
7
9
12
20
21
16
23
16
12
17
16
15
10
17
12
5
8
6
8
7
19
14
13
23
14
15
22
21
15
14
26
17
14
22
16
21
5
1
7
3
0
2
-3
-5
-5
0
-4
-9
-5
-9
-14
-10
-13
19
19
18
18
18
17
17
16
14
12
11
10
9
9
8
7
5
League Two: Accrington Stanley v Coventry;
Chesterfield v Morecambe; Colchester v Carlisle; Forest Green v Newport County; Grimsby v
Crawley Town; Lincoln City v Cambridge Utd;
Luton v Stevenage; Mansfield v Swindon; Notts
County v Barnet; Port Vale v Cheltenham; Wycombe v Exeter; Yeovil v Crewe.
P W D
Exeter..................12 9 1
Notts County ...... 12 8 2
Luton...................12 7 3
Wycombe............12 7 3
Coventry..............12 7 2
Accrington ..........12 7 2
Stevenage...........12 6 3
Newport County . 12 6 3
Mansfield............12 5 4
Lincoln City.........12 5 4
Swindon..............12 6 1
Cheltenham.........12 5 2
Grimsby...............12 5 2
Cambridge...........12 5 1
Colchester...........12 4 3
Carlisle................12 4 2
Crewe..................12 4 2
Crawley...............12 4 1
Barnet.................12 3 3
Yeovil..................12 3 3
Morecambe.........12 2 4
Forest Green.......12 1 3
Port Vale.............12 1 2
Chesterfield........12 1 2
L
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
5
5
5
6
5
6
6
7
6
6
6
8
9
9
F
21
22
23
25
14
21
19
17
18
15
17
16
16
12
18
15
13
12
15
17
10
11
9
10
A
12
12
10
18
6
15
13
12
15
13
16
14
19
14
18
17
18
14
16
26
17
27
19
25
GD Pts
9 28
10 26
13 24
7 24
8 23
6 23
6 21
5 21
3 19
2 19
1 19
2 17
-3 17
-2 16
0 15
-2 14
-5 14
-2 13
-1 12
-9 12
-7 10
-16 6
-10 5
-15 5
Vanarama North: Leamington v York; Nuneaton
v Darlington; Spennymoor Town v Curzon Ashton; Stockport County v Blyth Spartans. South:
Chippenham v Wealdstone; Eastbourne Borough v Hemel Hempstead; Weston-super-Mare
v Welling; Whitehawk v Hungerford Town.
Evo-Stik Premier: North: Altrincham v Halesowen; Barwell v Warrington Town; Grantham v
Stalybridge; Hednesford v Workington; Lancas-
ter City v Farsley Celtic; Marine v Matlock
Town; Mickleover Sports v Rushall Olympic;
Stafford Rangers v Ashton Utd; Sutton Coldfield T v Whitby; Witton Albion v Coalville
Town.
South: Bishop’s Stortford v Basingstoke; Dorchester v Chesham; Farnborough v Hitchin;
Kings Lynn Town v Kings Langley; Merthyr
Town v Gosport Borough; Redditch v St Ives
Town; Royston Town v Frome Town; St Neots
Town v Weymouth; Stratford Town v Dunstable.
Bostik Premier: Brightlingsea Regent v Tooting
& Mitcham; Dorking Wanderers v Leiston; Harlow v Harrow Borough; Hendon v Tonbridge Angels; Staines Town v Dulwich Hamlet; Wingate
& Finchley v Merstham; Worthing v Met Police;
Lowestoft Town v Kingstonian.
FA Cup: Fourth qualifying round: Halifax v Tranmere; Solihull Moors v Ossett Town; South
Shields v Hartlepool; Chorley v Boston Utd; AFC
Telford v FC United of Manchester; Harrogate
Town v Gainsborough; Nantwich Town v Kettering; Buxton v Gateshead; Guiseley v Shildon;
AFC Fylde v Wrexham; Kidderminster v Chester; Scarborough Athletic v Hyde; Stourbridge v
Macclesfield; Brackley v Billericay Town; Dag &
Red v Leyton Orient; Eastleigh v Hereford; Aldershot v Torquay; Bath City v Chelmsford; Oxford City v Bognor Regis Town; Maidenhead Utd
v Havant and W; Haringey Borough v Heybridge
Swifts; Woking v Concord Rangers; Hampton &
Richmond v Truro City; Dover v Bromley; Slough
v Folkestone Invicta; Burgess Hill Town v Dartford; St Albans v Boreham Wood; Maidstone
Utd v Enfield Town; Margate v Leatherhead;
Paulton v Sutton Utd; East Thurrock v Ebbsfleet
United.
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Celtic v Dundee; Hamilton v Motherwell; Hibernian v Aberdeen; Partick v Kilmarnock; Ross County v
Hearts.
P W D L F A GD Pts
Celtic.....................8 6 2 0 20 5 15 20
Aberdeen...............8 6 2 0 15 6 9 20
Rangers.................9 5 2 2 20 11 9 17
St Johnstone.........9 4 2 3 13 14 -1 14
Motherwell ........... 8 4 1 3 13 10 3 13
Hibernian .............. 8 3 4 1 14 12 2 13
Hearts...................8 2 3 3 7 10 -3 9
Dundee..................8 2 2 4 10 16 -6 8
Hamilton Acad......8 2 1 5 12 17 -5 7
Ross County..........8 2 1 5 7 14 -7 7
Partick Thistle......8 0 3 5 8 16 -8 3
Kilmarnock............8 0 3 5 5 13 -8 3
Championship: Brechin v Morton; Dumbarton v
St Mirren; Falkirk v Inverness CT; Livingston v
Dundee Utd; Queen of South v Dunfermline.
League One: Ayr v Airdrieonians; East Fife v Albion; Queen’s Park v Forfar; Raith v Arbroath;
Stranraer v Alloa.
William Hill Scottish Cup: Second round: Banks
ODee v Selkirk; Berwick v Annan; Buckie Thistle
v BSC Glasgow; Civil Service Strollers v Brora;
Cowdenbeath v East Kilbride; Deveronvale v
Glenafton; Formartine v East Stirling; Keith v
Clyde; Nairn Co v Cove Rangers; Peterhead v
Colville Pk; Spartans v Clachnacuddin; Stirling v
Lothian Thistle; Edinburgh Univ v Fraserburgh;
Elgin v Edusport Acad; Montrose v Stirling Univ.
Football
Rugby union
Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership
European Champions Cup: Pool one: Harlequins
v La Rochelle (5.30). Pool three: Leinster v
Montpellier (1.0); Exeter v Glasgow (7.45). Pool
four: Racing 92 v Leicester (3.15). Pool five:
Bath v Benetton (5.30).
European Challenge Cup: Pool one: Newcastle v
Newport-Gwent Dragons (3.0). Pool four:
London Irish v Edinburgh (3.0). Pool five: Worcester v Brive (3.0); Oyonnax v Connacht (7.00).
British & Irish Cup (2.30 unless stated): Ospreys Premiership Select v Munster A (St Helens rugby & cricket ground); Cardiff Blues
Premiership Select v Bristol; Doncaster v Leinster A; London Scottish v Newport-Gwent
Dragons Premiership Select (3.0); Rotherham
Titans v Connacht A (2.0); Ealing Trailfinders v
Richmond (3.0); Hartpury v Cornish Pirates; Ulster A v Scarlets Premiership Select.
6,887
Peña 27, 78, Dorrans 86
Sent off: S Anderson (St Johnstone) 71
Scottish Cup: Second round: Edinburgh 0 Stenhousemuir 1.
Other sport
Boxing: WBA super-middleweight title: George
Groves v Jamie Cox (Wembley Arena).
Tomorrow
Football
Premier League: Brighton v Everton (1.30);
Southampton v Newcastle (4.0).
Sky Bet Championship: Derby v Nottm Forest
(1.15).
FA Cup: Fourth qualifying round: Shaw Lane v
Barrow (3.0).
Rugby union
European Champions Cup: Pool two: Northampton v Saracens (5.30); Ospreys v ClermontAuvergne (5.30). Pool four: Castres v Munster
(1.0). Pool five: Toulon v Scarlets (5.15).
British & Irish Cup: Nottingham v Bedford (3.0).
Other sport
Motorcycling: British Superbike Championship:
Brands Hatch, Kent.
Sky Bet Championship
Birmingham (1) 1
Cardiff
Adams 19
19,059
Bristol City
(0) 0
(0) 0
Burton Albion (0) 0
18,212
St Johnstone (0) 0
Rangers
(1) 3
Cricket
First ODI: Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Dubai (Sri Lanka won toss): Pakistan beat Sri
Lanka by 83 runs
Pakistan
(balls)
Fakhar Zaman b Dananjaya
43 (45)
Ahmed Shehzad c M K P A D Perera
b Gamage 0 (12)
Babar Azam c Mendis b Lakmal
103 (131)
Mohammad Hafeez c N L T C Perera
b Vandersay 32 (38)
Shoaib Malik c M K P A D Perera
b Lakmal 81 (61)
*†Sarfraz Ahmed c Tharanga
b N L T C Perera 1 (3)
Imad Wasim not out
10 (5)
Hasan Ali not out
11 (5)
Extras (lb 2, w 9)
11
Total (6 wkts, 50 overs)
292
Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees and Junaid Khan
did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-75, 3-124, 4-263, 5-266,
6-269.
Bowling: Lakmal 10-0-47-2; Gamage 8-0-49-1;
Dananjaya 8-0-51-1; Perera 8-0-68-1; Vandersay 10-0-47-1; Siriwardana 6-0-28-0.
Sri Lanka
(balls)
†D P D N Dickwella c Sarfraz b Raees 19 (13)
*W U Tharanga b Hafeez
18 (38)
L D Chandimal lbw b Raees
4 (9)
H D R L Thirimanne lbw b Raees
53 (74)
B K G Mendis c Ahmed b Hasan
2 (8)
T A M Siriwardana b Hasan
0 (1)
N L T C Perera c sub (Faheem Ashraf)
b Shadab 21 (29)
A Dananjaya not out
50 (72)
J D F Vandersay c Ahmed b Hasan
25 (47)
R A S Lakmal not out
7 (9)
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 6)
10
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs)
209
P L S Gamage did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-34, 3-55, 4-67, 5-67,
6-108, 7-132, 8-200.
Bowling: J Khan 6-0-28-0; Raees 9-1-49-3;
Hafeez 10-2-32-1; Hasan 9-0-36-3; Malik 5-019-0; S Khan 7-0-26-1; Wasim 4-0-15-0.
Third Twenty20: India v Australia
Hyderabad: abandoned without a ball bowled.
Cycling
Tour of Turkey
Fourth stage (Marmaris to Selcuk, 135 km): 1,
Diego Ulissi (It, UAE Team) 5hr 36min 3sec; 2,
J Hansen (Den Astana) at 5sec behind. Selected: 98, S Bennett (Ire, Bora-Hansgrohe) 14:59.
Overall: 1, Ulissi 19hr 0min 50sec; 2, Hansen at
12sec behind; 3, F Masnada (It, Androni) 24.
Selected: 71, Bennett 14:40.
Golf
European Tour: Italian Open
Turin: Leading second-round scores (Great Britain and Ireland unless stated): 129: M Fraser
(Aus) 67, 62; M Wallace 64, 65. 131: K Aphibarnrat (Thai) 64 67; J Donaldson 64, 67. 132: F Molinari (It) 64, 68. 133: A Bjoerk (Swe) 64, 69; T
Hatton 69, 64; S Garcia (Sp) 66, 67; A Connelly
(Can) 68, 65; E Pepperell 64, 69.
PGA Tour: CIMB Classic
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Leading second-round
scores (US unless stated): 131: P Perez 66, 65.
132: X Schauffele 65, 67. 135: C Smith (Aus) 64,
71; Sung Kang (S Kor) 67, 68; T Pieters (Bel) 68,
67. 136: K Bradley 65, 71.
Rugby union
European Champions Cup: Pool one: Ulster 19
Wasps 9.
European Challenge Cup: Pool two: Cardiff
Blues 29 Lyons 19; Sale Sharks 20 Toulouse 20.
British & Irish Cup: Jersey 32 Yorkshire Carnegie 3.
Tennis
ATP Tour: Shanghai Rolex Masters
China: Quarter-finals: R Federer (Switz) bt R
Gasquet (Fr) 7-5, 6-4; J Martín del Potro (Arg)
bt V Troicki (Serbia) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; R Nadal (Sp)
bt G Dimitrov (Bul) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3; M Cilic
(Cro) bt A Ramos (Sp) 6-3, 6-4.
WTA Hong Kong Open
Quarter-finals: A Pavlyuchenkova (Russ) bt N
Osaka (Japan) 6-3, 6-3; Wang Qiang (China) bt
S Stosur (Aus) 7-5, 6-2; D Gavrilova (Aus) bt L
Cabrera (Aus) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; J Brady (US) bt N
Gibbs (US) 7-5, 6-4.
WTA Tour: Tianjin Open
China: Quarter-finals: Shuai Peng (China) bt S
Sorribes Tormo (Sp) 6-0, 6-1; S Errani (It) bt C
McHale (US) 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1; M Sharapova
(Russ) bt S Voegele (Switz) 6-3, 6-1; A Sabalenka (Bela) bt Zhu Lin (China) 6-3, 6-4.
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Sport Racing
Swamp Fox looks ready for return to the Flat at Newmarket
Rob Wright Racing Editor
Swamp Fox is fancied to add his name
to a long list of classy hurdlers to win
the Betfred Cesarewitch (3.40) at
Newmarket today.
Trained in Ireland by Joseph
Murphy, Swamp Fox has developed
into a really smart performer this year,
winning two handicaps over jumps and
Chepstow
Rob Wright
1.55 Notre Ami
4.10 Wholestone
2.30 If You Say Run
4.45 Rock The Kasbah
3.05 Finian’s Oscar
5.20 Bacchanel
3.35 Percy Street
Going: good to soft, good in places At The Races
1.55
Novices’ Hurdle (£3,899: 2m) (14)
220-0 BLUE BULLET 161 (T,P) J Snowden 6-10-12
G Sheehan
P2-6 CAP DU NORD 18 C Williams 4-10-12
J E Moore
11- CAPTAIN SIMON 191 (D) D Skelton 5-10-12
H Skelton
P2- CHEER'S DELBOY 181P R Dickin 4-10-12
C Poste
336- DYNAMITE DOLLARS 245 P Nicholls 4-10-12
S Twiston-Davies
P2- FLEMINPORT 168P Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12
B J Geraghty
6
331- JAUNTY FLYER 171 (D) T Vaughan 5-10-12
A P Heskin
7
4- LOSTINTRANSLATION 328P C Tizzard 5-10-12 R M Power
8
41-P LUBATIC 34 (D) N Mulholland 4-10-12
N Fehily
9
10 1/0- NATTER JACK CROAK 354 Miss R Curtis 5-10-12
J Moore (3)
L Aspell
11 5/12- NOTRE AMI 326 (H) N Gifford 6-10-12
4 RUMOR 26 J Flint 4-10-12
T O'Brien
12
0- TEKIBLUE DE L'ORME 203 C Williams 4-10-12 W Hutchinson
13
VANGO DE VAIGE P Hobbs 4-10-12
R Johnson
14
7-2 Captain Simon, 4-1 Dynamite Dollars, 6-1 Vango De Vaige, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
2.30
Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
(£3,899: 2m 3f 100y) (14)
10-1 SKEWIFF 135 E Williams 5-11-4
A Wedge
1-23 ANNIE ANGEL 130 (BF) Mrs A Perrett 6-10-12
L Aspell
00000 ASK THE DIVINER 26 (T) T Vaughan 5-10-12
D Noonan
11- IF YOU SAY RUN 180 (T,C) P Nicholls 5-10-12
S Twiston-Davies
5 /113- JUST A THOUGHT 217 Miss R Curtis 5-10-12 J Moore (3)
1- KALAHARI QUEEN 216P J Snowden 4-10-12
G Sheehan
6
644- LA FILLE FRANCAISE 177 R Dickin 4-10-12
C Poste
7
00 MADAME EMBER 26 M Sheppard 4-10-12 S Sheppard (3)
8
621- MAJESTIC MOLL 180 (C) Miss E Lavelle 5-10-12 A Coleman
9
L Heard
10 /PP-0 MISS CLYRO 32 (T) R Price 7-10-12
15- ODELLO 326 (T,BF) W Greatrex 6-10-12
R Johnson
11
P Brennan
12 102-2 OSCAR ROSE 166 (BF) F O'Brien 5-10-12
4- ROKSANA 189 D Skelton 5-10-12
H Skelton
13
14 312F- ROSIE MCQUEEN 223 Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-12 B J Geraghty
9-4 If You Say Run, 3-1 Just A Thought, 4-1 Rosie McQueen, 9-2 Majestic Moll,
12-1 Odello, 16-1 Annie Angel, Oscar Rose, 20-1 Skewiff, 25-1 others
1
2
3
4
3.05
Novices’ Chase
11111 ALCALA 46 (T,D) P Nicholls 7-11-5
S Twiston-Davies
1F14- AINTREE MY DREAM 171 (T,D,BF) D Skelton 7-11-2
H Skelton
B Cooper
3 1112- FINIAN'S OSCAR 169 (D,BF) C Tizzard 5-11-2
4 2501- TINTERN THEATRE 194 N Twiston-Davies 6-11-2 J Bargary
2-5 Finian's Oscar, 4-1 Alcala, 9-1 Aintree My Dream, 12-1 Tintern Theatre.
1
2
Handicap Hurdle
Aidan O’Brien was narrowly denied
a 24th group one win of the year when
September was second to Laurens in
the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile yesterday but
he can spring a surprise in the Darley
Dewhurst Stakes (3.00) with Seahenge.
Ryan Moore, O’Brien’s stable jockey,
prefers to ride Middle Park winner US
Navy Flag but Seahenge makes more
appeal. He still looked in need of the
experience when well beaten by Expert
Eye on his penultimate start at
Goodwood, but showed that was not his
true form when taking the Champagne
Stakes at Doncaster last time.
The trainer’s son Donnacha O’Brien,
who rode Seahenge both there and
when winning on his debut, keeps the
mount and the partnership can
maintain their unbeaten record.
13 0212- WHATDUHAVTOGET 175 (BF) D Skelton 5-10-6 H Skelton
14 0550- SUMKINDOFKING 190 (C,BF) T George 6-10-5 A P Heskin
15 2FF3- WISHING AND HOPING 231 A King 7-10-4 W Hutchinson
N P Madden
16 225B- DRUMCLIFF 171 (T) H Fry 6-10-1
S Houlihan (7)
17 30143 MILROW 42 (T) Mrs S Leech 4-10-1
H Cobden
18 3511- PEAK TO PEAK 169 (CD) P Nicholls 5-10-1
13-2 Wholestone, 8-1 Peak To Peak, Whatduhavtoget, Wishing And Hoping,
10-1 Louis' Vac Pouch, 11-1 Court Minstrel, Le Rocher, 12-1 others.
12 25-00 KNOCKNAMONA 30 (D) M D Hammond 6-10-8 A P Cawley
13 004VP SMILING JESSICA 16 (P) R Menzies 7-10-6 N Moscrop (5)
14 5223- UNDER THE RED SKY 172 (P) K Johnson 10-10-5
C Bewley (3)
15 6/32- ATTENTION PLEASE 453 (B,BF) Mrs R Dobbin 7-10-4
R Day (3)
6-1 Perseid, Red Danaher, 15-2 Attention Please, 9-1 Log On, 10-1 Haul Us In,
Knocknamona, Ruby Who, 11-1 Alpine Secret, 12-1 others.
9
10
5- TAYZAR 234 J M Jefferson 6-11-4
J Hamilton (3)
522- TEESCOMPONENTS LAD 200 (BF) Gillian Boanas 4-11-4
Miss E Todd (7)
MISS AMELIA M Walford 4-10-11
L Murtagh (5)
11
5-2 Senor Lombardy, 4-1 Klare Castle, 13-2 Tayzar, 15-2 Teescomponents Lad,
9-1 Schiehallion Munro, 10-1 Dijon, 12-1 Animated Hero, 14-1 others.
R Hornby
7 (3) 26636 FAMOUS DYNASTY 26 M Blanshard 3-9-3
8 (9) 40006 CARIBBEAN SPRING 37 G Margarson 4-9-3
Jane Elliott (5)
Hollie Doyle (3)
9 (12) 000-0 PEAK HILL 38 A Wintle 4-9-3
H Crouch (3)
10(10) 40-4 TAZMANIA 25 Clive Cox 3-9-3
T J Murphy
11 (2) 06400 BOIS D'EBENE 27 (P) John O'Shea 3-9-2
M Dwyer
12(14) 00410 GARTH ROCKETT 33 (P) B Powell 3-9-2
13 (1) 14060 MOONSTONE ROCK 26 (P) J Boyle 3-9-1 C Bennett (3)
E Greatrex
14 (5) 50150 DOCTOR BONG 27 (B,D) G Harris 5-9-1
4-1 Topology, 11-2 Tazmania, 6-1 Broughtons Knight, 13-2 Russian Ranger,
15-2 Famous Dynasty, 8-1 Garth Rockett, 10-1 Candesta, 12-1 others.
4.45
toteexacta Handicap Chase
(£19,494: 2m 7f 131y) (14)
B Cooper
1 4011- SIZING CODELCO 168 (D) C Tizzard 8-11-12
2 1101- LABEL DES OBEAUX 175 (D) A King 6-11-6 W Hutchinson
N P Madden
3 305U0 HENRYVILLE 42 (H,T) H Fry 9-11-1
4 0143- INDIAN STREAM 177 (T,C,D) N Mulholland 8-11-0 N Fehily
A P Heskin
5 2S1P- BIGBADJOHN 214 (D) Miss R Curtis 8-10-10
6 62P-P JUNCTION FOURTEEN 14 (T,V) Miss E Lavelle 8-10-9 D Jacob
R Johnson
7 4126- ROCK THE KASBAH 168 (CD) P Hobbs 7-10-8
8 4244- POTTERS LEGEND 189 (P,D,BF) Mrs L Wadham 7-10-5
L Aspell
B Poste
9 1-12B MINELLACELEBRATION 18 (CD) K Price 7-10-4
10 6F4-P BALLYKAN 132 (T,P,CD,BF) N Twiston-Davies 7-10-3
S Twiston-Davies
11 60P0- RELENTLESS DREAMER 169 (T,P,C,D) Miss R Curtis 8-10-0
J Moore (3)
A Coleman
12 6451- MARCILHAC 226 (D) Miss V Williams 8-10-0
H Cobden
13 661P- BOA ISLAND 170 (T,B,CD) P Nicholls 7-10-0
Bridget Andrews (3)
14 111P2 PETROU 20 D Skelton 7-10-0
15-2 Label Des Obeaux, 8-1 Indian Stream, Petrou, Rock The Kasbah, Sizing
Codelco, Marcilhac, 10-1 Ballykan, Boa Island, 12-1 Bigbadjohn, 14-1 others.
5.20
Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap
Chase (£3,899: 2m 7f 131y) (12)
P0P2- THEGREENDALEROCKET 189 (P,C) R Woollacott 8-12-0
S Houlihan (5)
J Bowen (3)
2 43-14 HEDGEINATOR 31 (BF) C Williams 7-11-13
3 23-22 WADE HARPER 51 (T,P,BF) D Dennis 7-11-12 M Bastyan (3)
4 3145- BASSARABAD 189 (V,D) T Vaughan 6-11-11 G Blackwell (6)
5 0-PP2 DEFINITLY GREY 26 (T) C Longsdon 6-11-9 Paul O'Brien (3)
T Cheesman (3)
6 6P22- BACCHANEL 207 (P,BF) P Hobbs 6-11-7
7 43P5- SONOFTHEKING 186 (T,D) N Martin 9-11-7 Bryony Frost
C Ring
8 444-2 PADDY THE OSCAR 128 (CD) G Harris 14-11-6
S Sheppard
9 -330P PHANGIO 12 (P,CD) M Sheppard 8-11-3
H Stock (3)
10 -2P62 KINGS CROSS 34 (T,B) A Carroll 7-11-0
J Nixon (3)
11 50124 MR MAFIA 10 A Carroll 8-10-13
12 -P435 WHO AM I 26 (P,D,BF) Mrs D Hamer 11-10-5 R Patrick (3)
5-1 Bacchanel, 11-2 Wade Harper, 13-2 Bassarabad, 15-2 Phangio, 9-1
Definitly Grey, 10-1 Sonoftheking, Who Am I, 12-1 Hedgeinator, 14-1 others
1
Rob Wright
2.15 Niceandeasy
2.50 Haul Us In
3.25 Dame Rose
4.00 Kilcullen Flem
Going: soft
2.15
(4-Y-O: £12,996: 2m 11y) (10)
S Sheppard (3)
1 0212- DOLOS 168 (T,CD) P Nicholls 11-10
T Cannon
2 4303- FIDUX 168 (D) A King 11-8
R Johnson
3 5-612 FLASHING GLANCE 22 (D) T Lacey 11-2
11-1 TALENT TO AMUSE 157 (T,D) Miss E Lavelle 11-2 D Jacob
4
W Hutchinson
5 4220- DINO VELVET 213 (D) A King 11-0
J McGrath
6 2663- PERCY STREET 37F (D) N Henderson 10-13
A P Heskin
7 4111 CHAMPAGNE CITY 83 (D) T George 10-12
8 2114- SILVER STREAK 195 (D) E Williams 10-11 M Bastyan (7)
010- IBLEO 231 (D) Miss V Williams 10-11
C Deutsch (3)
9
L Treadwell
10 3143- DINSDALE 11F (D) M Scudamore 10-9
4-1 Dolos, 9-2 Dino Velvet, 6-1 Percy Street, 13-2 Fidux, 7-1 Flashing Glance,
8-1 Champagne City, Talent To Amuse, 10-1 Silver Streak, 16-1 Dinsdale, Ibleo.
4.10
Flat. John Constable, another smart
hurdler, is favourite but needs a sharp
test over two miles over jumps and
seems unlikely to appreciate this sort of
test on the level. A greater threat may
come from Euchen Glen. The latter,
trained by the excellent Jim Goldie, did
not get the run of the race when a good
third at York last time and remains
unexposed given a good test of stamina.
Hexham
(Listed: £14,860: 2m 3f 98y) (4)
3.35
finishing a fine second in the Galway
Hurdle in August.
He has had one run since then,
perhaps just needing the outing after a
six-week break when fourth on heavy
ground at Listowel last time.
That should have put Swamp Fox
spot-on for this return to the Flat,
though, and given the level of his hurdles form he looks well-in back on the
Handicap Hurdle
Novices’ Hurdle (£3,899: 2m) (10)
6P- CAVENTARA 245 A Thomson 5-10-12
N De Boinville
1
00 FAROCCO 54 (T) M Barnes 4-10-12
D Irving (3)
2
S W Quinlan
3 /P32- GETAWAY BAY 168P Mrs S Smith 5-10-12
00- MONTRACHET MIX 291 P Holmes 4-10-12
J Kington (3)
4
6-0 NO BOUNDARIES 148 S Waugh 5-10-12 Miss A Waugh (7)
5
S Mulqueen (3)
6 21-06 ROSSAMILAN 16 Miss L Russell 6-10-12
ROYAL FLAG 58F B Ellison 7-10-12
B Hughes
7
4- TETRAITES STYLE 210 N Richards 5-10-12
C Nichol
8
J England
9 6/1O- THE LINKSMAN 267 (D) S England 5-10-12
D Cook
10 5151- DAME ROSE 191 (D) R Hobson 4-10-5
8-15 Dame Rose, 13-2 Royal Flag, Tetraites Style, 14-1 others.
4.00
Handicap Chase (£5,198: 3m) (10)
12000 THE TRIGGER 7 R McNally (Ire) 8-12-0
D E Mullins
/P53- GREEN FLAG 187 (T,C,D) Miss L Russell 10-11-13
B Campbell (7)
3 /014- PURCELL'S BRIDGE 184 (H,D) Mrs R Dobbin 10-11-12
L Murtagh (5)
C Bewley (3)
4 2544P BORDER BREAKER 39 S Waugh 8-11-8
S W Quinlan
5 56V10 RED GIANT 10 (P,D) J Candlish 6-11-7
D Irving (3)
6 46535 INDIAN VOYAGE 15 (T) M Barnes 9-11-5
A Nicol
7 P144- KILCULLEN FLEM 188 (P,D) P Kirby 7-11-4
J Bewley (3)
8 U616- ALLEZ COOL 169 (P) G Bewley 8-11-3
9 3310- SMUGGLER'S STASH 169 (V,CD,BF) Mrs R Dobbin 7-10-11
C Nichol
B Hughes
10 44446 MORE MADNESS 30 (P) J Brooke 10-10-0
9-2 Purcell's Bridge, 5-1 Smuggler's Stash, 6-1 Green Flag, 13-2 Indian Voyage,
7-1 Kilcullen Flem, 15-2 Red Giant, 9-1 Allez Cool, Border Breaker, 14-1 others.
1
2
4.35
Handicap Hurdle
(£6,498: 2m 7f 63y) (9)
4666- ISLAND HEIGHTS 289 (V,D) Miss L Russell 8-11-12
S Mulqueen (3)
35-24 LANDECKER 17 (D) N Alexander 9-11-10
L Alexander
3112- TOTAL ASSETS 170 (D) S Waugh 9-11-9
C Bewley (3)
4041- CLASSICAL MILANO 172 (CD) G Bewley 6-11-9J Bewley (3)
00053 BEYONDTEMPTATION 8 (H,T,C) J Haynes 9-11-3
T Dowson (5)
B Hughes
6 330-4 BELLANEY KNIGHT 69 J J Quinn 7-11-2
7 52-3F GRAND ENTERPRISE 136 H Hogarth 7-11-0 J Hamilton (3)
Mr C Williams (7)
8 56-61 GAMAIN 22 (B) N Williams 8-10-13
9 41002 NATIVE OPTIMIST 33 (CD) S Walton 10-10-4 F O'Toole (5)
5-1 Bellaney Knight, 11-2 Beyondtemptation, Island Heights, 6-1 Gamain,
Total Assets, 13-2 Landecker, 8-1 Classical Milano, 10-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
5.10
Handicap Chase
(£3,249: 1m 7f 133y) (15)
At The Races
Maiden Hurdle (£3,249: 2m 4f) (11)
4/1- ALLMYOWN 216P P Kirby 6-11-0
T Dowson (5)
0 BIT OF A QUIRKE 11 M Walford 4-11-0
J Hamilton (3)
22- JEU DE MOTS 180P N Williams 4-11-0 Mr C Williams (7)
MAH MATE BOB G Bewley 5-11-0
J Bewley (3)
1- NICEANDEASY 221 K Dalgleish 4-11-0
C Nichol
1- SAINT FREULE 230P (T) Miss L Russell 4-11-0
B Campbell (7)
0- SECRET PASSENGER 301 (BF) B Ellison 4-11-0
C King
7
8 60-46 SPINNING SCOOTER 133 (T) M Barnes 7-11-0 D Irving (3)
9 0P6-6 AVONDHU PEARL 143 W S Coltherd 6-10-7 S Coltherd (5)
C Bewley (3)
10 440- CORINDA 182 S Waugh 6-10-7
B Hughes
11 1/5- ONLY ORVIETO 388 J M Jefferson 6-10-7
7-2 Niceandeasy, Saint Freule, 9-2 Jeu De Mots, 11-2 Secret Passenger, 13-2
Only Orvieto, 12-1 Allmyown, 16-1 Bit Of A Quirke, Corinda, 20-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
2.50
(Grade III: £28,475: 2m 3f 100y) (18)
0040- OLD GUARD 168 P Nicholls 6-11-12
Bryony Frost (5)
2PF6- ALARY 212 (T) C Tizzard 7-11-8
B Cooper
2113- WHOLESTONE 211 (D) N Twiston-Davies 6-11-7
D Jacob
U160- THREE MUSKETEERS 189 (D) D Skelton 7-11-7
Bridget Andrews (3)
T Scudamore
5 4212- LE ROCHER 230 (C,D) N Williams 7-11-5
B J Geraghty
6 1F10- RIVER FROST 213 A King 5-11-4
7 -42B4 COURT MINSTREL 35 (CD,BF) E Williams 10-11-4
M Bastyan (7)
J Colliver
8 1211- SAM SPINNER 253 (D) Jedd O'Keeffe 5-10-12
N Fehily
9 2151- BAGS GROOVE 208 (T,D) H Fry 6-10-9
10 6000- DOESYOURDOGBITE 189 (D) Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-9A Coleman
R Johnson
11 1F11- LOUIS' VAC POUCH 180 (H) P Hobbs 5-10-8
S Bowen
12 65-11 SOURIYAN 12 (B) P Bowen 6-10-7
1
2
3
4
4.35 Island Heights
5.10 Minella Suite
5.40 Senor Lombardy
3.25
Novices’ Handicap Chase
(£4,549: 2m 4f) (15)
N De Boinville
1 6040- ALPINE SECRET 173 B Pauling 5-11-12
J England
2 -4024 WESTERN JO 20 (T,D) S England 9-11-11
S W Quinlan
3 44543 PERSEID 11 (D) Mrs S Smith 7-11-11
4 304P6 CLONDAW BANKER 24 (D) F Murtagh 8-11-10
L Murtagh (5)
5 U6P-3 CHRISTMAS TWENTY 163 (H) M D Hammond 7-11-9
F O'Toole (5)
B Campbell (7)
6 0033- HAUL US IN 212 Miss L Russell 5-11-7
D Cook
7 2264/ RED DANAHER 617 (D) Mrs S Smith 10-11-6
C O'Farrell
8 4340- LOG ON 169 Mrs R Dobbin 6-11-4
C Nichol
9 0P00- RUBY WHO 194 Mrs R Dobbin 5-11-2
D Irving (3)
10 -0310 FIRSTYMINI 44 (D) R Mike Smith 6-10-13
B Hughes
11 35P4- ROBINS LEGEND 199 (V) C Grant 5-10-10
622U- MINELLA SUITE 203 (BF) Mrs R Dobbin 6-12-2
C Nichol
4310- ACHILL ROAD BOY 192 (C,BF) W S Coltherd 8-12-2
S Coltherd (5)
C O'Farrell
3 0PP43 COOPER'S FRIEND 24 R Mike Smith 8-11-12
4 342-P JOHN WILLIAMS 161 (P,BF) A Thomson 8-11-10
Rachael McDonald (7)
J Kington (3)
5 FP-65 BANDOL 20 (D) S West 9-11-6
S W Quinlan
6 /6-5F CARNAROSS 11 (D) J Brooke 8-11-5
F O'Toole (5)
7 260-6 ROXYFET 151 (D) M D Hammond 7-11-5
D Irving (3)
8 55134 MY IDEA 11 (T,P,CD) M Barnes 11-11-1
9 P-0PP SULTANA BELLE 101 (C,D) R McNally (Ire) 9-10-11
D E Mullins
10 P0426 ROMAN NUMERAL 11 (D) D Thompson 9-10-11 R Day (3)
11 R1000 NOTONEBUTTWO 79 (P,C) K Johnson 10-10-8
Mr K Yeoman (7)
12 P505- OAK VINTAGE 189 Mrs A Hamilton 7-10-7 R Chapman (5)
B Hughes
13 -02U0 AREGRA 11 (V) P Niven 7-10-6
14 P425F RHYTHM OF SOUND 54 (V) M D Hammond 7-10-2
A P Cawley
15 -0554 ALCHIMIX 30 (P) M D Hammond 7-10-1 Miss B Smith (7)
11-4 Minella Suite, 6-1 John Williams, 13-2 Achill Road Boy, 7-1 Roman
Numeral, 10-1 Cooper's Friend, My Idea, 12-1 Alchimix, 14-1 others.
1
2
5.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Conditionals’ & Amateurs’ NH
Flat Race (£2,209: 2m) (11)
ANIMATED HERO R Menzies 4-11-4
R Chapman (5)
00- BEAU SANCY 192 (T) K Johnson 5-11-4
W Clarke (7)
4 DIJON 119 J J Quinn 4-11-4
R Day (3)
4FP-5 KENNEDYS FIELD 73 (H) G Anderson 4-11-4 Steven Fox (5)
2 KLARE CASTLE 54 Mrs S Smith 5-11-4
S Coltherd (5)
ROCKET MAN RODNEY Mrs H Graham 4-11-4 T Dowson (5)
SCHIEHALLION MUNRO M D Hammond 4-11-4
Mr J Wright (7)
1-2 SENOR LOMBARDY 24 (BF) K Dalgleish 4-11-4 C Bewley (3)
Kempton Park
Rob Wright
5.45 Super Florence
7.45 Bois D’Ebene
6.15 Lansky
8.15 Plutonian
6.45 Nuits St George
8.45 Parnassian
7.15 Losingmyreligion 9.15 Glens Wobbly
Going: standard to slow
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
Racing UK
5.45
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: £2,588: 6f) (12)
D C Costello
1 (8) 03621 VEGAS BOY 9 (T,D) J Osborne 10-4
C Bishop
2 (2) 00346 SUPER FLORENCE 38 E Houghton 9-7
Doubtful
3 (11) 04542 KHELEYF'S GIRL 27 P D Evans 9-7
Doubtful
4 (10) 02403 ZAPATEADO 12 R Hughes 9-4
R Hornby
5 (7) 3044 AVENGING RED 9 (P) A West 9-4
R Powell
6 (3) 005 POPPY JAG 19 K Frost 9-1
W A Carson
7 (1) 64050 HASTENPLACE 17 (P) B Millman 9-1
D Probert
8 (9) 00526 SARIA 10 A Carroll 9-0
K Shoemark
9 (6) 0050 SWIFT FOX 9 (B) G L Moore 9-0
Nicola Currie (7)
10 (5) 05644 INUK 27 (P) R Hughes 9-0
L Morris
11(12) 30302 HOPE AND GLORY 9 T Dascombe 9-0
12 (4) 66500 CATCH THE PIGEON 31 E De Giles 8-12 C Shepherd (3)
7-4 Vegas Boy, 6-1 Super Florence, 8-1 Hope And Glory, 12-1 others.
6.15
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: £3,235: 6f) (9)
134 LANSKY 21 (B,D) J Noseda 9-9
K Shoemark
40 BALLETOMANE 7 R Hannon 9-2
S Levey
ETISALAT O Burrows 9-2
D Probert
0 FITZROVIA 77 E De Giles 9-2
L Keniry
6 JEOPARDY JOHN 17 M Attwater 9-2
K Fox
50 LITTLELORDCONFORD 10 Richard Spencer 9-2 C Bishop
60 PRIME CHIEF 10 G Baker 9-2
H Crouch (3)
0 UNITED KINGDOM 36 P Cole 9-2
R Da Silva
00 GOWING GOWING GONE 10 Richard Spencer 8-11
Nicola Currie (7)
30-100 Lansky, 8-1 Balletomane, Etisalat, 12-1 United Kingdom, 16-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
(6)
(7)
(5)
(9)
(4)
(8)
(1)
(2)
(3)
6.45
Novice Stakes
(Div I: 2-Y-O: £2,588: 1m) (12)
C Bishop
1 (5) 3102 JAZEEL 35 M Channon 9-9
00 BLACKWOOD 30 M Blanshard 9-2
L Keniry
2 (7)
DOCTOR JAZZ R Hannon 9-2
S Levey
3 (12)
4 (11) 33d DRAGON MOUNTAIN 10 (BF) H Palmer 9-2 J Mitchell
0 MUNSTEAD GOLD 29 A Balding 9-2
R Hornby
5 (2)
20 NUITS ST GEORGES 37 D Menuisier 9-2
K Shoemark
6 (8)
PRAECEPS Sir M Prescott 9-2
L Morris
7 (6)
00
UNIVERSAL COMMAND 57 R Charlton 9-2 P Pilley (5)
8 (10)
DAVINA J Scott 8-11
R Havlin
9 (4)
6 INDIA 21 Michael Bell 8-11
D Probert
10 (3)
0 INDISCRETION 28 J Portman 8-11
D Muscutt
11 (9)
POINT IN TIME M Usher 8-11
S Donohoe
12 (1)
15-8 Jazeel, 4-1 Nuits St Georges, Dragon Mountain, Doctor Jazz, 14-1 others.
7.15
Novice Stakes
(Div II: 2-Y-O: £2,588: 1m) (11)
551 CONNAUGHT RANGER 18 (D) D Coakley 9-9 T Queally
0 ADJUTANT 37 D O'Meara 9-2
R Kingscote
0 ARLECCHINO'S ARC 21 (P) M Usher 9-2
L Keniry
0 BILLY RAY 17 M Channon 9-2
C Bishop
BLUE MIST R Charlton 9-2
K Shoemark
COMMUNIQUE M Johnston 9-2
P J McDonald
0 DEMURRER 18 Michael Bell 9-2
D Probert
55 LOSINGMYRELIGION 22 (BF) M Botti 9-2
M M Monaghan (3)
J Fahy
9 (1) 000 SAY ABOUT IT J Moore 9-2
4 TULLYALLEN 56 R Hannon 9-2
S Levey
10 (8)
6 PEPPER STREET 18 (H) H Palmer 8-11
J Mitchell
11 (7)
100-30 Communique, 4-1 Connaught Ranger, Tullyallen, 5-1 Blue Mist, 7-1
Losingmyreligion, 10-1 Adjutant, 12-1 Pepper Street, 20-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
(11)
(6)
(10)
(3)
(5)
(2)
(4)
(9)
7.45
Handicap (£2,588: 1m) (14)
S Cummins (7)
1 (11) 00653 TOPOLOGY 5 (BF) J Tuite 4-9-7
D Muscutt
2 (13) 50560 CANDESTA 31 (V,CD) Miss J Feilden 7-9-7
3 (7) 03230 LOVEATFIRSTSIGHT 61 Jane Chapple-Hyam 4-9-4
L Morris
4 (4) 4-400 MISS BATES 18 (H) Mrs A Duffield 3-9-4 David Egan (3)
5 (6) 65435 BROUGHTONS KNIGHT 9 (T) H Spiller 3-9-3 S Donohoe
6 (8) 00450 RUSSIAN RANGER 26 (P) J Portman 4-9-3 R Kingscote
8.15
Handicap (£11,828: 1m) (14)
D Muscutt
1 (1) 20036 KYLLACHY GALA 142 (D) M Botti 4-9-10
J Mitchell
2 (10) 20500 ESCOBAR 24 (H,T,P) H Palmer 3-9-5
3 (6) 00-03 BRONZE ANGEL 16 (V,D) M Tregoning 8-9-4
Hayley Turner
4 (13) 41114 BRILLIANT VANGUARD 10 (P,CD) K A Ryan 4-9-1
Kevin Stott
T Queally
5 (12) -3600 REPLENISH 10 (C,D) J Fanshawe 4-8-13
6 (7) 20000 MR BOSSY BOOTS 10 (P,C) Mrs A Perrett 6-8-13
R Kingscote
David Egan (3)
7 (14) 06356 BIG BAZ 10 (CD) W Muir 7-8-13
P J McDonald
8 (11) 5613 PLUTONIAN 63 (D) C Hills 3-8-10
R Havlin
9 (2) 04424 THE WARRIOR 16 (CD) Mrs A Perrett 5-8-10
M Dwyer
10 (4) 53040 SECRET ART 14 (CD) W Knight 7-8-10
P Cosgrave
11 (3) 21- REACH HIGH 525 S bin Suroor 3-8-10
Hollie Doyle (3)
12 (9) 13210 KENSTONE 28 (P,D) A Wintle 4-8-9
13 (5) 11-00 CHESTER STREET 231 (C,D) R Charlton 4-8-9
K Shoemark
K O'Neill
14 (8) -0000 EMELL 36 (V) T Vaughan 7-8-8
4-1 Reach High, 6-1 Brilliant Vanguard, Chester Street, 8-1 Bronze Angel, The
Warrior, 12-1 Escobar, Kyllachy Gala, Plutonian, Replenish, 14-1 others.
8.45
Handicap (£4,690: 6f) (12)
T Queally
1 (11) -3141 GLENAMOY LAD 21 (T,D) M Wigham 3-9-5
M Dwyer
2 (4) 21400 PARNASSIAN 8 (D) Mrs A Perrett 3-9-5
D C Costello
3 (12) -1000 ZANETTO 87 (D) J J Quinn 7-9-5
R Da Silva
4 (6) 12105 HONIARA 24 (B) P Cole 4-9-5
D Probert
5 (10) 00003 SHOW STEALER 14 (P,D) Rae Guest 4-9-5
Kevin Stott
6 (9) 3620- WHIRL ME ROUND 357 G Peckham 3-9-5
L Keniry
7 (8) -0502 SECONDO 39 (D) J Tuite 7-9-5
L Morris
8 (5) 10045 RELATED 21 (B,CD) P Midgley 7-9-4
R Winston
9 (1) 20200 RAZIN' HELL 39 (V,D) J Balding 6-9-4
K O'Neill
10 (3) 31-00 JAMEERAH 78 (D) B Smart 4-9-3
R Kingscote
11 (7) 11-05 TROPICAL ROCK 91 (D) R Beckett 3-9-3
P Cosgrave
12 (2) 12020 PATCHWORK 27 R Hughes 3-9-2
7-2 Glenamoy Lad, 4-1 Secondo, Show Stealer, 7-1 Tropical Rock, 8-1 Related,
9-1 Patchwork, 14-1 Parnassian, 16-1 Honiara, 20-1 others.
9.15
Handicap (£2,588: 1m 2f 219y) (13)
1 (12) -0002 PAVED WITH GOLD 8 (P,BF) John J Murphy (Ire) 4-9-10
S Levey
T Queally
2 (8) 43064 ART OF SWING 39 (CD) G L Moore 5-9-10
R Winston
3 (6) 10540 BERKELEY VALE 18 (V) R Teal 6-9-8
4 (2) -0000 THREEDIAMONDRINGS 45 (T) M Usher 4-9-7
M Godwin (3)
C Bishop
5 (10) 55225 SILVER DIXIE 18 (P) P Hedger 7-9-6
H Crouch (3)
6 (11) 6036- SISANIA 130J G L Moore 4-9-6
W Cox (7)
7 (3) 23145 GLENS WOBBLY 57 J Geake 9-9-5
L Morris
8 (5) 3346 PERFECT SPY 28 L Cumani 3-9-5
L Keniry
9 (13) -2206 CAPTAIN PUGWASH 31 H Spiller 3-9-4
C Shepherd (3)
10 (4) 44661 ESTIBDAAD 23 (T,CD) P Butler 7-9-3
11 (7) 12353 LET'S BE HAPPY 11 (P) R Hughes 3-9-2 S Cummins (7)
R Hornby
12 (9) /0504 GARCON DE SOLEIL 39 M Blanshard 4-8-10
R Havlin
13 (1) 00540 FLEETWOOD POPPY 52 M Attwater 5-8-10
4-1 Paved With Gold, 11-2 Estibdaad, Perfect Spy, 6-1 Let's Be Happy, 13-2 Art
Of Swing, 8-1 Silver Dixie, 9-1 Captain Pugwash, 14-1 Sisania, 16-1 others.
Course specialists
Chepstow: Trainers T George, 13 from 55 runners,
23.6%; N Henderson, 7 from 32, 21.9%; P Hobbs,
27 from 125, 21.6%; P Bowen, 19 from 95, 20.0%.
Jockey A P Heskin, 4 from 11 rides, 36.4%.
Hexham: Trainers R McNally, 3 from 10, 30.0%;
N Richards, 12 from 41, 29.3%.
Jockey Mr J Wright, 3 from 6, 50.0%.
Kempton: Trainers S bin Suroor, 47 from 191,
24.6%; J Noseda, 35 from 147, 23.8%.
Jockey S Cummins, 4 from 7, 57.1%.
Newmarket: Trainers J Bolger, 4 from 13, 30.8%;
A O'Brien, 24 from 96, 25.0%; C Appleby, 40 from
161, 24.8%; J Gosden, 52 from 263, 19.8%.
Jockey K J Manning, 4 from 14, 28.6%.
York: Trainers D Griffiths, 6 from 22, 27.3%;
D Ivory, 6 from 28, 21.4%; W Haggas, 38 from 182,
20.9%; J Gosden, 15 from 72, 20.8%.
Jockey L Steward, 3 from 10, 30.0%.
Yesterday’s racing results
Newmarket
Going: good
1.50 (5f) 1, Abel Handy (James Doyle, 9-2); 2,
Sound And Silence (5-2 fav); 3, Mokaatil (8-1).
12 ran. Nk, Kl. D Carroll.
2.25 (7f) 1, Altyn Orda (Andrea Atzeni, 25-1); 2,
Gavota (7-2); 3, I Can Fly (2-1 fav). 14 ran. Nk,
1l. R Varian.
3.00 (7f) 1, Limato (Harry Bentley, 6-4 fav); 2,
Massaat (11-2); 3, Gordon Lord Byron (66-1). 11
ran. 3Kl, 1Kl. H Candy.
3.35 (1m) 1, Laurens (P McDonald, 10-1); 2,
September (9-2); 3, Magic Lily (8-1). 11 ran. NR:
Happily. Ns, Ol. K R Burke.
4.10 (1m 4f) 1, First Nation (W Buick, 12-1); 2,
Eynhallow (9-1); 3, Duke Of Bronte (9-1); 4,
Crowned Eagle (16-1). 16 ran. Ol, nk. C Appleby.
4.45 (7f) 1, Veracious (R L Moore, 3-1); 2,
Winter Lightning (11-4 jt-fav); 3, Final Treat
(6-1). 12 ran. NR: Treasure Me. 4l, 1Kl. Sir
Michael Stoute.
5.20 (1m 2f) 1, Chain Of Daisies (Harry Bentley,
7-2); 2, Permission (10-1); 3, Architecture
(7-4 fav). 13 ran. 2Nl, 7l. H Candy.
Placepot: £34.30.
Quadpot: £19.10.
Newton Abbot
Going: good (good to soft in places)
2.00 (2m 167yd hdle) 1, Maria’s Benefit (C
Gethings, 5-4 fav); 2, Al Shahir (11-8); 3,
Dentley De Mee (12-1). 6 ran. 2Nl, 5l. Stuart
Edmunds.
2.35 (2m 75yd ch) 1, Shantou Rock (Harry
Skelton, 7-2); 2, The Unit (4-1); 3, Diego Du
Charmil (10-11 fav). 6 ran. 9l, 5l. D Skelton.
3.10 (3m 2f 105yd hdle) 1, Beer Goggles (D A
Jacob, 16-1); 2, Sir Mangan (13-2); 3,
Whataknight (4-1). 9 ran. Ol, 6l. R Woollacott.
3.45 (2m 4f 216yd ch) 1, Black Corton (Bryony
Frost, 11-8 fav); 2, Sizing Tennessee (8-1); 3,
Frodon (6-1). 5 ran. 3Nl, 22l. P F Nicholls.
4.20 (2m 5f 122yd hdle) 1, Kentford Heiress
(Daniel Sansom, 13-2); 2, Champagne To Go
(12-1); 3, Lagavara (11-2). 10 ran. 3Kl, Kl. J W
Mullins.
4.55 (3m 1f 170yd ch) 1, Maid Of Milan (G
Sheehan, 5-1); 2, Bramble Brook (7-4 fav); 3,
Twist On Ginge (13-2). 7 ran. 4Kl, 6l. C J Mann.
5.25 (2m 167yd flat) 1, Crooks Peak (R Johnson,
5-1); 2, River Bray (6-1); 3, Timeforben (8-1). 9
ran. 6l, 2Ol. P J Hobbs.
Placepot: £118.50.
Quadpot: £40.70.
York
Going: good (good to soft in places)
2.10 (6f) 1, Beatbox Rhythm (Clifford Lee,
12-1); 2, Kyllachy Dragon (12-1); 3, Captain
Jameson (12-1). ; 4, Alkhalifa (20-1). 17 ran. Nk,
3l. K R Burke.
2.45 (7f 192yd) 1, Zabeel Prince (S De Sousa,
15-8 fav); 2, Bravery (11-1); 3, Home Cummins
(9-1). ; 4, Zwayyan (10-1). 20 ran. 2Ol, Ol. R
Varian.
3.20 (5f 89yd) 1, Awesome (A Kirby, 4-1); 2,
Midsummer Knight (6-1); 3, Militia (5-1). 11
ran. NR: Cathie’s Dream. 1l, nk. C G Cox.
3.55 (1m 5f 188yd) 1, Brimham Rocks (R
Kingscote, 16-1); 2, Fools And Kings (20-1); 3,
Star Rock (11-2). 13 ran. 1Nl, 1Nl. R M Beckett.
4.30 (5f) 1, East Street Revue (D Fentiman,
12-1); 2, Memories Galore (16-1); 3,
Justanotherbottle (8-1); 4, Tylery Wonder
(16-1). 20 ran. 1Nl, sh hd. T D Easterby.
5.05 (7f 192yd) 1, Barford (A Kirby, 7-1); 2,
Qianlong (4-1); 3, Cosa Nostra (8-1). 16 ran.
2Ol, ns. Mrs P Sly.
5.35 (7f) 1, Shady Mccoy (R Kingscote, 5-1 jtfav); 2, Echo Of Lightning (25-1); 3, Short Work
(5-1 jt-fav); 4, The Commendatore (25-1). 19
ran. NR: Johnny Cavagin. 2l, 2Nl. Ian Williams.
Placepot: £1,312.20.
Quadpot: £95.40.
Kempton Park
Going: standard/slow
5.45 (5f) 1, Lady Joanna Vassa (Jack Osborn,
11-4 fav); 2, Silver Penny (6-1); 3, Popsilca
(11-1). 9 ran. NR: Mr Enthusiastic. Ol, nk. R C
Guest.
6.15 (5f) 1, Orvar (M Harley, 100-30 fav); 2,
Thammin (4-1); 3, Come On Dave (11-1). 9 ran.
Nk, 1Nl. R M H Cowell.
6.45 (7f) 1, Cavatina (M Harley, 4-1); 2,
Scandaleuse (9-2); 3, Clairette (6-4 fav). 12 ran.
NR: Light Relief. Nk, 2Kl. W J Haggas.
7.15 (7f) 1, Dark Blue (R Da Silva, 2-1 fav); 2,
Puramente (9-2); 3, Arachina (33-1). 11 ran. NR:
Watch Tan, Bullseye Bullet, Istanbul Pasha. Hd,
Ol. M R Channon.
7.45 (1m) 1, Preening (George Wood, 10-1); 2,
Beckton (7-1); 3, Gather (6-1). 13 ran. NR:
Saving Grace. Kl, nk. J R Fanshawe.
8.15 (1m) 1, Azaly (Dane O’Neill, 5-1); 2,
Eltezam (10-1); 3, Sidewinder (16-1). 12 ran.
Sh hd, Kl. Owen Burrows.
8.45(1m) 1, Cool Team (James Doyle, 13-8 fav);
2, Traveller (8-1); 3, Under Control (7-2). 10 ran.
NR: Thaqaffa, Whosyourhousemate. Kl, hd. H
Palmer.
9.15 (1m 3f 219yd) 1, Pastoral Music (Charlie
Bennett, 11-2); 2, So Celebre (5-2 fav); 3,
Hayward Field (16-1). 11 ran. Sh hd, Kl. H
Morrison.
Placepot: £177.50.
Quadpot: £25.50.
the times | Saturday October 14 2017
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Sport
GROSSICK RACING PHOTOGRAPHY
McLintock eyes
Cesarewitch win
for Dubawi Fifty
Hexham trainer tells
Mark Souster that she
always felt gelding
needed the longer trip
When Karen McLintock first set eyes
on Dubawi Fifty last year she knew that
if her budget would stretch to it she had
to purchase the bay gelding who was
surplus to Godolphin’s requirements
after finishing last in his first run on the
Flat.
A successful bid at the Ascot Sales of
£5,500 brought the son of Dubawi back
to her small 20-box dual training yard
set among 270 acres in the tranquil surroundings of Northumberland near
Hexham. With patience and understanding Dubawi Fifty, who is owned by
Paul and Clare Rooney, has proved that
there was considerably more to him
than had originally met the eye. Three
wins in his past four runs has propelled
him into genuine contention for today’s
Cesarewitch at Newmarket with a first
prize of £155,000. He relishes the step
up in trip and for McLintock it is her
dare-to-dream day.
“He is a lovely big raw stamp of a
horse,” the trainer said. “He was really
backward. I thought he was a horse that
needed time and would end up going
jumping. He looks the sort, big and
scopy. But he surprised me in a maiden
at Newcastle over a mile [last October].
I knew it was too short for him but he
was making the running in his slow,
casual manner. I thought it was going to
be embarrassing and he would be easily
beaten. But he really stuck his neck out,
tried to go with them and finished
second. I realised he wasn’t as slow as I
thought he was.
“I knew he needed the trip. I remember saying to Jason Maguire [the
Newmarket
Rob Wright
1.50 Westerland
4.15 Nobleman’s Nest
2.25 Wafy
4.50 Spiritual Lady
3.00 Seahenge
5.25 Forest Ranger
3.40 Swamp Fox
Thunderer: 3.00 Expert Eye. 4.15 Clubbable (nap).
Going: good
Racing UK
Draw: no advantage
1.50
Godolphin Flying Start Zetland
ITV
Stakes (Listed: 2-Y-O: £22,684: 1m 2f) (7 runners)
106
S Levey
1
(5) 1226 ALBISHR 16 (F) R Hannon 9-2
101
P J McDonald
2
(3) 1631 DEE EX BEE 13 (S) M Johnston 9-2
541 DUBAI EMPIRE 28 (S) J J Quinn 9-2
85
T Queally
3
(1)
41 GRAFFITI MASTER 19 (D,F,S) J Gosden 9-2
81
R Havlin
4
(4)
R L Moore v109
5
(7) 0124 KEW GARDENS 20 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-2
94
W Buick
6
(6) 5411 RASTRELLI 16 (C,S) C Appleby 9-2
98
L Dettori
7
(2) 210221 WESTERLAND 28 (P,S) J Gosden 9-2
11-8 Kew Gardens, 4-1 Albishr, 5-1 Dee Ex Bee, 8-1 Graffiti Master, Rastrelli, Westerland, 20-1
Dubai Empire.
Rob Wright’s choice: Westerland appreciated a first try at a mile at
Doncaster and should handle this still stiffer test Danger: Dee Ex Bee
2.25
Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes
ITV
(Group III: 2-Y-O: £34,026: 1m) (9)
79
James Doyle
1
(7) 2213 ARBALET 42 (F) H Palmer 9-1
414 DARK ACCLAIM 35 (S) M Botti 9-1
75
Doubtful
2
(3)
15
72
DREAM
TODAY
28
(G)
M
Johnston
9-1
P
J
McDonald
3
(6)
01 FLAG OF HONOUR 10 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1
67
J A Heffernan
4
(2)
31 GHAIYYATH 16 (H,CD,S) C Appleby 9-1
70
W Buick
5
(9)
v82
414 PETRUS 14 (F) B Meehan 9-1
T Marquand
6
(1)
141 PURSER 9 (F,G,S) J Gosden 9-1
78
L Dettori
7
(4)
01 WAFY 24 (G) C Hills 9-1
70
J Crowley
8
(8)
01 ZABRISKIE 18 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1
68
R L Moore
9
(5)
2-1 Ghaiyyath, 7-2 Purser, 7-1 Zabriskie, 8-1 Arbalet, Dream Today, Wafy, 12-1 Flag Of Honour, 14-1
Petrus.
Wright choice: Wafy looked a really good prospect when winning at
Lingfield and can handle this higher grade
Dangers: Purser, Arbalet
3.00
Darley Dewhurst Stakes
ITV
(Group I: 2-Y-O: £283,550: 7f) (9)
91
James Doyle
(4) 131333 CARDSHARP 14 (F,G,S) M Johnston 9-1
41 EMARAATY 21 (D,G) J Gosden 9-1
76
J Crowley
(2)
11 EXPERT EYE 74 (D,G) Sir M Stoute 9-1
99
A Atzeni
(5)
1324
86
GREAT PROSPECTOR 30 (BF,F) R Fahey 9-1
P Hanagan
(3)
010 MENDELSSOHN 28 (B,F) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1
67
W M Lordan
(7)
151 SEAHENGE 28 (D,G,S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1
92
D O'Brien
(9)
84
K J Manning
(8) 1220 THEOBALD 35 (P,F) J Bolger (Ire) 9-1
21 THREEANDFOURPENCE 24 (S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1
(6)
68
J A Heffernan
R L Moore v100
9
(1) 012411 U S NAVY FLAG 14 (T,B,C,S) A O'Brien (Ire) 9-1
4-7 Expert Eye, 4-1 Emaraaty, 8-1 U S Navy Flag, 10-1 Seahenge, 25-1 Cardsharp, 33-1
Threeandfourpence, 40-1 Great Prospector, Mendelssohn, 50-1 Theobald.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Wright choice: Seahenge showed marked improvement at Doncaster and
there should be more to come
Dangers: Expert Eye, U S Navy Flag
3.40
Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap
ITV
(£155,625: 2m 2f) (35)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
(14)
(30)
(22)
(15)
(16)
(31)
(6)
(29)
(23)
(8)
(9)
(28)
(18)
(4)
(1)
(32)
(12)
-35410
-55015
-31126
1-4561
056365
3-1322
-31000
45-102
113005-4301
-00033
11-211
421230
402222
0/6460
552000
-31531
FUN MAC 29 (T,F,G,S) H Morrison 6-9-10
A Kirby
MAGIC CIRCLE 49 (G,S) R Beckett 5-9-9
Cal Rodriguez (3)
WATERSMEET 157 (C,F,G) M Johnston 6-9-8
J Fanning
LAWS OF SPIN 35 (T,G,S) W Mullins (Ire) 4-9-8
A Atzeni
TAWDEEA 14 (G,S) D O'Meara 5-9-5
P Dobbs
ENDLESS ACRES 116 (V) C Fellowes 4-9-5
S Donohoe
FIRST MOHICAN 112 (H,S) A King 9-9-4
Hollie Doyle (3)
SNOW FALCON 6 (S) N Meade (Ire) 7-9-4
P Hanagan
MIRSAALE 24J (F,G,S) K Dalgleish 7-9-4
R Scott (5)
WHO DARES WINS 21 (P,CD,F,G) A King 5-9-4
T Marquand
SHREWD 21 (C,F,G,S) I Jardine 7-9-3
J Gormley (7)
LONDON PRIZE 105 (G,S) I Williams 6-9-2
James Doyle
GETBACK IN PARIS 14 (S) R Hughes 4-9-1
S W Kelly
BYRON FLYER 29 (P) I Williams 6-9-0
Fran Berry
DIGEANTA 51 (T,F,G,S) W Mullins (Ire) 10-8-13
K J Manning
OCEANE 21 (V,F,G) A King 5-8-13
Georgia Cox (3)
TIME TO STUDY 29 (F,S) M Johnston 3-8-13
P J McDonald
101
104
103
100
90
107
109
107
98
106
106
104
105
v110
101
105
106
Dubawi Fifty, pictured winning at Ayr in July with jockey Graham Lee on board,
bids for the £155,000 first prize at Newmarket in today’s Cesarewitch Handicap
Rooneys’ racing manager] that he
could be a Cesarewitch horse. I’m not
sure we have ever got to the bottom of
him. He gives us that nice feel that there
is always more left in the tank.”
For a small-time trainer like McLintock, having a contender for one half of
the autumn double is a big deal and an
101
R L Moore
18 (5) 103-13 LAGOSTOVEGAS 30J (S) W Mullins (Ire) 5-8-12
105
P Mulrennan
19 (20) 301013 EUCHEN GLEN 52 (F,G,S) J Goldie 4-8-12
109
R Kingscote
20 (36) 1-6600 STAR RIDER 52 (T,P,C,F,G,S) H Morrison 5-8-11
100
G Carroll
21 (17) 1130-2 SWAMP FOX 30J (B,BF,G,S) J G Murphy (Ire) 5-8-11
106
O Murphy
22 (2) 330106 SWASHBUCKLE 16 (P,G,S) A Balding 4-8-11
104
G Lee
23 (19) 214-11 DUBAWI FIFTY 57 (S) Karen McLintock 4-8-11
/04116
106
TAWS
21
(P,F,G,S)
B
Millman
6-8-10
David
Egan
(3)
24 (33)
-J Crowley
25 (7) 26030/ JOHN CONSTABLE 84J (T,BF,G) E Williams 6-8-9
105
G Wood (3)
26 (13) 340-06 POYLE THOMAS 36 (P,F,G) M Madgwick 8-8-9
103
Finley Marsh (5)
27 (35) 4-1146 FREDERIC 11J (F,G) K Dalgleish 6-8-9
-H Crouch (3)
28 (11) 10/3-1 DUKE STREET 26J (P,F,S) Dr R Newland 5-8-9
-S Hitchcott
29 (10) 45132/ CAPE CASTER 26J (G) E Williams 6-8-9
102
Doubtful
30 (34) -56100 LANDSMAN 35 (T,G) A Martin (Ire) 4-8-9
103
31 (25) 303210 ARTHUR MC BRIDE 21 (T,G,S) N Twiston-Davies 8-8-9 L Keniry
105
S De Sousa
32 (24) 2121-3 WITHHOLD 21 (P,F,G) R Charlton 4-8-8
101
T E Durcan
33 (26) 54662- FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT (T,S) D Pipe 4-8-7
105
C Bennett (3)
34 (21) 133222 AURORA GRAY 39 (BF,F,S) H Morrison 4-8-6
106
Joshua Bryan (5)
35 (27) 1114 ROLLING MAUL 27 (B,F,S) P Bowen 9-8-6
8-1 John Constable, 9-1 Who Dares Wins, 10-1 Lagostovegas, Withhold, 12-1 Dubawi Fifty, Endless
Acres, Time To Study, 14-1 London Prize, 16-1 Euchen Glen, Laws Of Spin, 20-1 others.
Wright choice: Swamp Fox has developed into a classy hurdler and looks
well handicapped back on the Flat Dangers: Euchen Glen, Dubawi Fifty
4.15
Darley Nursery H’cap (2-Y-O: £18,675: 7f) (9)
61
P J McDonald
1
(4) 410056 RUFUS KING 14 (G) M Johnston 9-7
68
L Dettori
2
(9) 01040 ETEFAAQ 52 (S) R Hannon 9-7
72
S De Sousa
3
(7) 2101 NOBLEMAN'S NEST 31 (D,S) S Crisford 9-6
011 PRESTBURY PARK 69 (F,S) M Johnston 9-0
75
James Doyle
4
(6)
v76
O Murphy
5
(1) 510145 MAKSAB 16 (D,F) M Channon 8-8
73
P Hanagan
6
(3) 323222 CLUBBABLE 14 (BF) R Fahey 8-5
643 CHARACTER WITNESS 65 (BF) R Varian 8-4
67
David Egan (3)
7
(8)
75
J Fanning
8
(2) 3202 PORTH SWTAN 19 (BF) C Hills 8-3
75
N Garbutt (3)
9
(5) 040023 NEW EMPIRE 23 P Chapple-Hyam 8-3
5-2 Nobleman's Nest, 4-1 Prestbury Park, 5-1 Character Witness, Clubbable, 7-1 Maksab, 10-1 Porth
Swtan, 14-1 Rufus King, 16-1 Etefaaq, New Empire.
4.50
Darley EBF Stallions Boadicea Stakes
(Fillies & Mares) (Listed: £22,684: 6f) (13)
107
P Hanagan
1 (10) 032105 QUEEN KINDLY (D,F,G) R Fahey 3-9-3
103
A Kirby
2
(3) 310531 PIXELEEN 7 (CD,F,G) M Saunders 5-9-1
103
3
(1) -14530 CLASSICAL TIMES 29 (D,F) P Chapple-Hyam 3-9-0 James Doyle
108
R Kingscote
4
(6) 013203 EARTHA KITT 7 (P,D,F,G) T Dascombe 3-9-0
106
L Dettori
5
(7) -12020 GYMNASTE 77 (BF,G) J Gosden 3-9-0
103
P Mulrennan
6
(8) 430110 MARIE OF LYON 7 (D,BF,G,S) R Fahey 3-9-0
M Dwyer v112
7
(4) -50020 PERFECT ANGEL 71 (D,G) A Balding 3-9-0
110
S W Kelly
8 (12) 302410 QUENCH DOLLY 14 (D,F,G,S) J Gallagher 3-9-0
95
S De Sousa
9 (13) 153034 SAVANNAH SLEW 23 (B,D,S) J Given 3-9-0
109
R L Moore
10 (11) 1511-0 SPIRITUAL LADY 34 (CD,G,S) P McBride 3-9-0
108
J Crowley
11 (5) 334111 THAFEERA 37 (D,F,G,S) C Hills 3-9-0
107
T Hamilton
12 (9) 210036 THE WAGON WHEEL 5 (B,D,F,G) R Fahey 3-9-0
98
A Atzeni
13 (2) 312412 TIRANIA 23 (BF,F,G) W Haggas 3-9-0
9-2 Queen Kindly, Thafeera, 6-1 Spiritual Lady, 7-1 Eartha Kitt, 8-1 Gymnaste, Perfect Angel, 10-1
Classical Times, Tirania, 14-1 Quench Dolly, 16-1 Marie Of Lyon, The Wagon Wheel, 20-1 others.
5.25
Darley Club Stakes
(Group III: £34,026: 1m 1f) (12)
113
J Sullivan
1
(8) 115344 SOVEREIGN DEBT 15 (D,F,G,S) Mrs R Carr 8-9-8
108
P Dobbs
2
(1) 0-1050 AIR PILOT (C,G,S) R Beckett 8-9-6
A Kirby v117
3 (10) 446115 FABRICATE 21 (P,F,G,S) Michael Bell 5-9-6
116
G Mosse
4
(7) -01310 FIRST SITTING (D,F,G,S) C Wall 6-9-6
113
James Doyle
5 (11) 421045 ROBIN OF NAVAN (D,BF,G,S) H Dunlop 4-9-6
114
J Crowley
6
(6) -10012 FIDAAWY 21 (BF,F,G,S) Sir M Stoute 4-9-3
116
T Marquand
7
(2) -32512 SPARK PLUG 49 (P,CD,F,G) B Meehan 6-9-3
112
R L Moore
8
(3) 31-225 INTIMATION 42 (BF,S) Sir M Stoute 5-9-0
114
J Fanning
9
(4) 332410 MUFFRI'HA 7 (CD,F,G,S) W Haggas 5-9-0
113
10 (5) 0-1304 PROMISING RUN 17 (V,C,D,G,S) S bin Suroor 4-9-0 P Cosgrave
116
T Hamilton
11 (9) 165232 FOREST RANGER 49 (F) R Fahey 3-8-13
115
L Dettori
12 (12) -14421 MONARCHS GLEN 17 (D,G,S) J Gosden 3-8-13
11-2 Monarchs Glen, Muffri'Ha, 6-1 Fidaawy, Intimation, Spark Plug, 8-1 Forest Ranger, 10-1 Robin
Of Navan, 12-1 Promising Run, 14-1 Fabricate, First Sitting, Sovereign Debt, 20-1 Air Pilot.
Blinkered first time: Chepstow 4.45 Junction Fourteen, Boa
Island. Hexham 4.35 Island Heights. Kempton Park 5.45 Swift
Fox. 6.15 Lansky. 7.45 Candesta. Newmarket 3.00
Mendelssohn. York 2.05 Dark Red. 3.15 Al Qahwa. 4.25 Highest
Rank. 5.30 Bedouin.
opportunity for one of the unheralded
members of the trainers’ union to raise
her standard at Newmarket. “It is nice
to be going with a live chance, not just
making the numbers up,” McLintock, a
trainer since 2005, said. “It is the biggest
moment of my career. I am nervous and
excited. It is a great opportunity for us
3.50
York
2.05 Anythingtoday (nb)
4.25 Epic Fantasy
2.40 Shabaaby
5.00 Graceful Lady
3.15 Mr Lupton (nap)
5.30 Alwahsh
3.50 Buckstopper Kit
Going: good, good to soft in places
Draw: no advantage
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R Tart
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(5) -P2304 CHELSEA LAD 14 (F,S) M Meade 4-9-7
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D Allan
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97
P Makin
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(3) 100004 MASTER CARPENTER 10 (CD,G,S) B Millman 6-9-5
104
F Norton
9
(8) 31d346 DARK RED 14 (B,D,BF,G,S) E Dunlop 5-9-4
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104
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11 (2) 2-1220 BURGUILLOS 91 (D,F,S) A King 4-9-4
99
A Mullen
12 (6) 534122 EMPRESS ALI 16 (CD,BF,S) T Tate 6-9-4
104
L Steward
13 (7) 113203 ANYTHINGTODAY 21 (P,D,S) H Palmer 3-9-3
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Kevin Stott
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2.40
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21 BARTON MILLS 17 (F,S) W Haggas 9-1
-M Harley
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D Nolan
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(6) 415062 IT DONT COME EASY 14 (F) R Fahey 9-1
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311 SHABAABY 31 (D,S) O Burrows 9-1
D O'Neill
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D Allan
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(7) 12156 STAXTON 21 (D,F,S) T Easterby 9-1
84
T Eaves
5 (10) 11120 DANCE DIVA 63 (D,G,S) R Fahey 8-13
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14 ISLAND DRIVE 72 (D,BF,F,S) W Haggas 8-10
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511 PEGGY'S ANGEL 42 (D,F,G) J Hughes 8-10
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031 PULITZER 36 (D,S) H Palmer 8-10
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F Norton
10 (9) 241056 REBEL ASSAULT (F,S) M Johnston 8-10
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C Beasley
11 (5) 055021 SAVANNAH'S SHOW 13 (S) Richard Guest 8-10
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Wright choice: Shabaaby was most impressive when winning by seven
lengths at Doncaster
Dangers: It Dont Come Easy, Rebel Assault
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GROWL 14 (B,D,F,S) R Fahey 5-9-10
Connor Murtagh (5)
108
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R Winston
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MR LUPTON 14 (CD,F,G,S) R Fahey 4-9-10 Sebastian Woods (7)
103
EQTIRAAN 56 (D,F) R Hannon 3-9-8
D O'Neill
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SPRING LOADED 28 (D,F,G,S) P D'Arcy 5-9-6
J Haynes
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108
Rachel Richardson (3)
84
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107
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108
L Edmunds (3)
10 (14) 334205 PIPERS NOTE 28 (D,F,G,S) Mrs R Carr 7-9-5
101
B McHugh
11 (8) 403500 ORION'S BOW 14 (D,F,G,S) T Easterby 6-9-4
107
D Allan
12 (19) 114013 GOLDEN APOLLO 14 (CD,F,G,S) T Easterby 3-9-3
108
Kevin Stott
13 (2) 00-041 TERUNTUM STAR 56 (P,D,F,G,S) K A Ryan 5-9-3
107
D Tudhope
14 (12) 002002 AL QAHWA 34 (V,CD,S) D O'Meara 4-9-3
107
B A Curtis
15 (18) 500-10 KICKBOXER 14 (D,G,S) M Appleby 6-9-3
108
T Eaves
16 (4) 500002 NAMEITWHATYOULIKE 14 (CD,G,S) B Smart 8-9-2
17 (5) 320000 EASTERN IMPACT 28 (P,D,F,G,S) R Fahey 6-9-2
105
A McNamara (3)
104
M Harley
18 (3) 404000 RAUCOUS 34 (D,BF,F,S) W Haggas 4-9-2
108
H Shaw (7)
19 (6) 33-066 HOOF IT 52 (CD,F,G,S) M W Easterby 10-9-2
101
20 (10) 0-0000 OUTBACK TRAVELLER 35 (P,D,F,G,S) R Cowell 6-9-2 H Bentley
7-1 Spring Loaded, 8-1 Stake Acclaim, 10-1 Al Qahwa, Flying Pursuit, Nameitwhatyoulike,
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Rob Wright
2.05
and we are very lucky to have him. It
means an awful lot to us. If he does well
I hope it would make people consider
what we can do and maybe send us a
few more.”
McLintock was originally a veterinary nurse in her native Edinburgh
who satisfied her passion for horses by
dabbling in eventing and dressage. She
bought a horse for eventing, and at the
same time met Don Eddy, now her
partner in business and life. He
persuaded her to train the horse.
That horse was Call Equiname, who
won his first bumper at Musselburgh by
15 lengths. He was subsequently sold to
Paul Barber and won the Queen
Mother Champion Chase for Paul
Nicholls in 1999. With her share of the
proceeds McLintock bought 70 acres of
the farm that she now shares with Eddy,
who started life down the pits and went
on to make money in stamps, coins and
bookmaking.
Initially she was Eddy’s assistant,
with the two swapping roles 12 years
ago. Since then she has sent out 90 winners and won £660,000. “I never
thought I’d get the opportunity,” she
said. “If it wasn’t for Don, who owns the
farm so I don’t pay rent or a mortgage,
I’d find it very difficult to make it pay.
“You have got to love it to do it, in this
business you have to have broad shoulders and thick skins. There’s always
people who want to knock you. We will
see where we go after Saturday. It
would be great to think we could go for
some of the bigger, distance races in the
calendar — even Royal Ascot.”
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(5) 102100 VEEJAY 13 (D,G,S) M Channon 9-7
60
D Tudhope
2
(3) 4621 AWESOMETANK 14 (S) W Haggas 9-5
59
F Norton
3
(9) 1224 BOOK OF DREAMS 14 (S) M Johnston 9-4
61
H Bentley
4
(7) 36413 DARK LIBERTY 14 (S) S Crisford 9-0
531 BUCKSTOPPER KIT 18 (B,S) R Fahey 8-12
61
B McHugh
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J Hart
8
(1) 53511 SUNBREAK 31 (D,F,S) M Johnston 8-8
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9
(8) 054260 REINBEAU PRINCE 25 R Fahey 8-0
11-4 Awesometank, 4-1 Dark Liberty, 5-1 Buckstopper Kit, 13-2 Book Of Dreams, Sunbreak, 8-1
Veejay, 10-1 Shazzab, 16-1 Lady Anjorica, 20-1 Reinbeau Prince.
4.25
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1 AIR RAID 35 (D,S) Jedd O'Keeffe 9-8
57
D Nolan
1 (10)
51 DAWN BREAKING 16 (S) R Whitaker 9-8
49
L Edmunds (3)
2
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10 HIGHEST RANK 35 (V,S) K Burke 9-8
48
C Lee (3)
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02 AGAR'S PLOUGH 35 E Dunlop 9-2
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4 MAGHAWEER 17 R Hannon 9-2
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(3) 4423 MONT KINABALU 18 K A Ryan 9-2
002 SUNSTORM 17 D Brown 9-2
55
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0 ANGEL CARLOTTA 17 N Tinkler 8-11
13
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11 (1)
0 MARCELLA 15 D Griffiths 8-11
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12 (6)
44 SEMPRE PRESTO 24 (BF) R Fahey 8-11
55
B McHugh
13 (4)
4-1 Epic Fantasy, 9-2 Agar's Plough, 5-1 Chief Justice, 6-1 Air Raid, Maghaweer, 8-1 Mont Kinabalu,
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98
DALSHAND (BF,S) D O'Meara 4-9-7
D Tudhope
94
SLUNOVRAT 63 (CD,G,S) D Menuisier 6-9-5
D Nolan
81
RIVER ICON 18 (S) I Jardine 5-9-4
L Edmunds (3)
87
OPPOSITION 21 (C,F,G) E Dunlop 4-9-3
A McNamara (3)
93
BLUE HUSSAR 34 (CD,G,S) M D Hammond 6-9-3
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ANGEL GABRIAL 14 (D,F,S) R Fahey 8-9-2 Connor Murtagh (5)
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COEUR DE LION 21 (D,BF,S) A King 4-9-2
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86
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91
ALWAYS RESOLUTE 36 (D,G,S) B Ellison 6-8-11 B Robinson (5)
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90
CAPTAIN NAVARRE 32 C Fellowes 5-8-9
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92
ARROWTOWN 16 (H,S) M W Easterby 5-8-7
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Saturday October 14 2017 | the times
Sport
Giles Smith
Scotland’s finest only half the
players they could have been
‘G
enetically we are behind,” said
Gordon Strachan after Scotland
drew 2-2 with Slovenia on Sunday
and failed to qualify for the World
Cup. “Technically, we’re fine. But
our lads have to work harder to get on the ball
than bigger lads at 6ft 3in . . . Genetically we
have to work at things. It is a problem for us. We
have to fight harder for every ball and jump
higher because it is easier for these type of
guys.”
Strachan departed as manager by mutual
consent four days later, but he left behind him a
decent point. To look back through the history
of football is to see how genes have
disadvantaged Scotland time and time again.
grooming products. Then there’s that other
famous photograph in which Bremner is being
held by the scruff of the neck by the
overwhelmingly powerful Dave Mackay. What’s
that? Mackay was Scottish? Well, obviously
there are exceptions.
Jimmy “Jinky” Johnstone
In the Sixties, while the rest of the world
was powering forwards genetically and
becoming bigger and bigger and more
and more muscular thanks to the
discovery of things such as breakfast
cereals and flavoured yoghurt,
Celtic were reduced — on 515
occasions, no less — to fielding
a 5ft 2in outside right who
scored 129 goals, was one
of the Lisbon Lions who
won the European Cup
in 1967 and who was later
the subject of a
documentary film entitled Lord of the Wing. It’s
pitiful, really.
Kenny Dalglish
The record books will show that the flaxenhaired forward won four Scottish league titles,
six English league titles, four Scottish Cups, one
FA Cup, four League Cups and three European
Cups, and that he was capped over 100 times for
his country before going into management and
piloting Blackburn Rovers to the Premier
League title.
But records only tell half the story, and the
game is permanently left to wonder what might
have been, had Dalglish, at 5ft 8in, only had
access to the right genes at the right time, like
they have in Slovenia.
Billy Bremner
If you leave aside the two league titles, the
FA Cup, the League Cup, and the 587
League appearances for Leeds, which led
to him being voted that club’s greatest
ever player, Bremner achieved almost
nothing within the game — which is
hardly surprising given that he was only
5ft 5in.
This was also why he had no option but
to cower against Kevin Keegan in the
notorious Charity Shield bust-up of 1974.
Superior genes had boosted Keegan to a
towering 5ft 8in, as well as giving him
perm-friendly hair and a contract with Brut
The Picts
After some relatively successful attacks on the
break against the Romans, one of the Scots’
earliest international sides was eventually
pinned back in its own half by Hadrian’s Wall.
But that structure, which was, in places, as low
as 11 feet high, would have been no obstacle to
other, more genetically privileged nations, such
as the Danes, who, by eschewing nettles in
favour of meat and introducing a properly
structured academy system, had all grown to 14
feet tall and acquired superb abs.
Lionel Messi
When this debate about football and genetic
advantages starts up, you’ll always get someone
who thinks they’re being clever when they say,
‘But what about Messi, then? Best player in the
world, probably.
And not even 5ft 6in. Hasn’t exactly held him
back, has it?’ Fair enough. But he isn’t Scottish,
is he?
Skinny genes: Celtic
must have been
understrength when
they were forced to
pick Johnstone on
515 occasions
It’s squeaky balls
time for linesmen
S
eeing as you asked: 13 out of 15. Not too
shabby. Disappointed to have dropped a
point at Sunday League level, but quietly
proud to have re-grouped and gone again in
stages two and three, only erring a second
time on the very last call, which is, let’s be
honest, an utterly brutal one.
And yes, maybe there were a couple of
flag-and-hope moments in there. But that’s
touchline officiating, and if The Times Sport’s
revelatory Could you be an assistant referee?
video test (go online and take it, if you haven’t
already done so) has convinced this column of
anything, it’s that we need to agitate even
harder for the introduction — at all levels of
the game, but especially at the professional
level — of a squeaky ball.
How else to cope? Offside is clearly
football’s — and possible even sport’s — least
police-able rule. It’s all about the position of
the attacker when the ball is played. As such,
Could you be
an assistant
referee?
Play our game at
thetimes.co.uk/sport
it frequently requires a single assistant to
reach a verdict on the coincidence of two
events taking place in different parts of the
pitch — in other words, to have eyes on two
things at once, which, scientists agree, is
physiologically impossible, even when you’re
only doing it on a laptop. (We say again: take
the test.)
However, a ball that emits a squeak or
jingles every time it is struck introduces a
potentially helpful, additional auditory cue,
while also gifting a bonus layer of tensiondefusing fun for the fans in the ground and at
home. Squeak or jingle? That’s for Fifa to
decide, based on the requisite trials. But
whichever they ultimately go for, the
assistant’s unsustainable burden is lightened.
It’s not perfect, no. But it’s better than what
we’ve got.
Rabid hedgehogs take the lead in the 2018 World Cup Fear Factor stakes
F
ear Factor 2018? We
thought it was all over.
The BBC’s Panorama
department went early
(February, to be precise) with
its report on Russian
hooligan firms in training,
ready to convert next
summer’s footballing festival
into one long thrashing with a
piece of lead pipe, and this
column’s honorary award for
deeply discouraging pre-
tournament doom-mongering
was as good as clinched.
Not so fast, though. We
reckoned without the quick
feet of the news desk at the
Daily Mirror, whose “World
Cup Squad to Get Rabies Jab”
has thrown the competition
wide open again. This week’s
story observes that Russia is a
high-risk zone for rabies,
warns of “packs of wild
animals” infected with the
Couch potato's
guide to the
weekend’s TV
ruinously inflammatory virus
and goes on to state,
“Officials say wolves, bats,
foxes, deer, squirrels and even
hedgehogs have been found
to have the disease.” Turns
out there’s going to be a lot
more than just the security of
the wifi to worry about at
England’s pine-forested
retreat in Repino. No petting,
Dele. Nuts down, Raheem.
OK, so, further on, a
Today: 4am Golf, US PGA CIMB Classic, Sky
Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Golf. 7am Tennis,
WTA Prudential Hong Kong Open, BT Sport 1.
9.30am Tennis, ATP Shanghai Masters, Sky
Sports Action. 11.30am Golf, European Tour,
Italian Open, Sky Sports Golf. Football, Premier
League, Liverpool v Manchester United, Sky
Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League.
12.30pm Rugby union, European Champions
Cup, Leinster v Montpellier, Sky Sports Action.
1pm Cycling, Tour of Turkey, Eurosport 1. 1.30pm
Racing from Newmarket, ITV1. 3pm Rugby union,
European Champions Cup, Racing 92 v Leicester
Tigers, BT Sport 2. 3.45pm Football, Ligue 1, Dijon
v Paris Saint-Germain, eir Sport 1. 5pm Football,
spokesman for the Russian
Tourist Office in London
notes that the risk of catching
rabies during Russia 2018 is
“very low” — and especially,
one imagines, if you keep
away from the wolves. But
that’s exactly the kind of
worry-thwarting appeal to
reason that the very best Fear
Factor contenders sweep past
on their way to glory.
And let’s be clear, this is a
Premier League, Watford v Arsenal, BT Sport 1.
Rugby union, European Champions Cup,
Harlequins v La Rochelle, Sky Sports Action.
5.15pm Football, Championship, Wolves v Aston
Villa, Sky Sports Main Event. 5.30pm Football,
Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund v Leipzig, BT
Sport 2. 7.30pm Rugby union, European
Champions Cup, Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow
Warriors, BT Sport 2. 7.45pm Football, La Liga,
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona, Sky Sports Main
Event.
Tomorrow: 4am Golf, US PGA CIMB Classic, Sky
Sports Golf/Sky Sports Main Event (6am). 5.45am
MotoGP, Grand Prix of Japan, BT Sport 2. 8.30am
Athletics, Amsterdam Marathon, Eurosport 2.
glorious entry. Shades, we
would even go so far as to say,
of “Giant Hornets May be an
Unexpected Problem for Roy
Hodgson” (Daily Mail), our
bar-setting winner before
Brazil 2014 — a golden
headline in a golden year for
advance negativity. “World
Cup Squad to Get Rabies Jab”
is, essentially, “Packs of
Rabid Hedgehogs may be an
Unexpected Problem for
9.30am Tennis, ATP Shanghai Masters, Sky
Sports Main Event. WTA Prudential Hong Kong
Open, BT Sport 1. 10am Cricket, First ODI, South
Africa v Bangladesh, Sky Sports Cricket. 11am
Cycling, Tour of Turkey, Eurosport 1. 11.30am Golf,
European Tour, Italian Open, Sky Sports Golf/Sky
Sports Main Event (12pm). 12.45pm Rugby union,
European Champions Cup, Castres v Munster,
Sky Sports Action. 1pm Football, Championship,
Derby v Nottingham Forest, Sky Sports Main
Event. 2pm Football, Ligue 1, Bordeaux v Nantes,
BT Sport/ESPN. Tennis, Generali Ladies Linz,
Eurosport 1. 2.30pm Football, Bundesliga, Bayer
Leverkusen v Wolfsburg, BT Sport 2. 3pm Rugby
union, European Champions Cup, Toulon v
Gareth Southgate.” Although
not so unexpected now, of
course.
Anyhow, you would be
surprised to see anything
come between Panorama and
the Mirror for the Fear Factor
trophy when the judging
panel meets for the last time
next June.
But let’s not speak too soon.
We’ve made that mistake
before.
Scarlets, Sky Sports Action. 3.30pm Football,
Premier League, Southampton v Newcastle, Sky
Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League.
4pm Football, Ligue 1, Montpellier v Nice, BT
Sport/ESPN. 4.45pm Football, Bundesliga, Werder
Bremen v Borussia Mönchengladbach, BT Sport 1.
5pm Rugby union, European Champions Cup,
Northampton Saints v Saracens, BT Sport 2.
5.30pm NFL, Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay
Packers, Sky Sports Action/Sky Sports Main Event
(6.30pm). 7.30pm Football, Serie A, Inter Milan v
AC Milan, BT Sport. 9pm Kansas City Chiefs v
Pittsburgh Steelers, Sky Sports Main Event/Sky
Sports Action. 1am Denver Broncos v New York
Giants, Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Action.
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