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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Football
Arsenal step up hunt
for new manager by
planning Allegri talks
Enrique, Jardim and
Arteta also in running
Wenger linked to PSG as
merry-go-round begins
By Jeremy Wilson
and Jason Burt
Arsenal want to sound out Juventus
manager Max Allegri as part of a
recruitment process that will now
accelerate significantly as the main
European club seasons reach their
conclusion.
The first managerial appointment at Arsenal in 22 years is being
overseen by chief executive Ivan
Gazidis and will be part of a major
shake-up this summer across not
just the Premier League but many
of the elite European clubs.
Arsenal are not settled yet on
whether to go all out for an established European heavyweight such
as Allegri or former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique – and are also still
examining younger head coachstyle options – but there is a strong
desire to make the appointment by
at least the start of the World Cup,
which begins in Russia in just over
a month’s time.
The process has so far been
slowed by a combination of a desire
not to undermine Arsene Wenger –
who has, for his part, emerged as a
target for Paris St-Germain in their
general manager role – but, above
all, the practicalities of having several of their main candidates in
work and completing their seasons
elsewhere.
In an exclusive interview earlier
with The Daily Telegraph this year,
Allegri indicated that he would
eventually like to work in England
but it is unclear whether he is yet
ready to leave Italy after winning
the Serie A title at AC Milan before
leading Juventus to three consecutive league and cup doubles and
also two appearances in the Champions League final.
Chelsea, who are expected to
replace Antonio Conte after the FA
Cup final later this month, are also
interested in Allegri and could yet
rival Arsenal, who have not qualified for next season’s Champions
League.
Arsenal have not as yet made any
direct contact with Allegri, whose
Juventus team virtually secured
their fourth straight Serie A title on
Saturday with a 3-1 win against
Bologna.
Aged 50, Allegri has already
accumulated 15 years and more
than 600 matches of managerial
experience, including the past
eight seasons at major Champions
League clubs with Milan and
Juventus. He also already speaks
some English, albeit not yet fluently.
Enrique is especially well known
to Arsenal’s head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who worked
with him as director of football at
Barcelona, but there is concern that
he could leverage their interest for
another club.
Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old boss
Julian Nagelsmann and former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta are also
serious contenders.
Like Allegri, Jardim is interested
in working in England in the future
but has not yet decided whether to
leave his current job this year.
Bayern Munich have appointed
Niko Kovac, currently in charge of
Eintracht Frankfurt, to take over
from the retiring Jupp Heynckes
this summer but Nagelsmann is
widely seen as the outstanding
young coach in Germany and Arsenal’s new head of recruitment
Sven Mislintat is well aware of his
reputation.
Arsenal were also interested in
There is
a strong
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a month
Germany manager Joachim Low,
but the timing of Wenger’s departure and the club’s desire to conclude an appointment before the
World Cup would clearly be problematic.
Gazidis, who is a big admirer of
Arteta, wants first to speak with the
leading candidates and intends to
conduct a thorough process before
making his recommendation to
the club’s majority owner, Stan
Kroenke.
Wenger himself will have no role
in that process and there is no immediate prospect of him taking on
another position at Arsenal. Paris
St-Germain would like to speak
with Wenger about becoming the
club’s general manager alongside
new head coach, and former Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas
Tuchel.
Wenger wants to finish the season before holding any talks with
any club.
He said after Sunday’s big finale
at the Emirates that he needed to
“reconnect with himself ” and understand what he now wants, but
the 68-year-old’s instinct is to
return quickly to front-line management at a major European club.
Although frequently perceived
to be close to retirement, it is understood that Wenger is attracted
to the idea of another project rather
than simply the best payday and
could see himself working well into
his seventies.
Arsenal are now likely to begin
an overhaul of Wenger’s coaching
staff but current assistant manager
Steve Bould, the club’s former
defender, is likely to be asked to
stay on.
Gazidis has been keen to involve
former players in the club’s coaching set-up and captain Per Mertesacker, who also received a
rapturous send-off at the Emirates
on Sunday, will become the academy manager.
West Ham owners still uncertain over Moyes despite staying up
By Matt Law
David Moyes is still not certain to be
in charge of West Ham United next
season, even though the club secured their place in the Premier
League with a 2-0 victory over
Leicester City at the weekend.
But West Ham and Moyes are
unlikely to bring forward their plan
to make a decision on his future
before the end of the season next
weekend.
It is understood there remains
doubt on both sides whether or not
it would be wise for Moyes to take
on the position for the long term.
Co-owners David Sullivan
and David Gold appointed
Moyes to succeed Slaven Bilic
in November on a contract
until the end of the
season, and have been
pleased the move
paid off. The temptation now is to give
Moyes the permanent post, but there
has been a growing
fear that would not
be popular with the
supporters, a section
Safety first: David Moyes’
style has been criticised
of whom believe Moyes has
been too negative, particularly
in the home game against Stoke
City that his team were lucky to
draw, and is not the man
to lead the club forwards.
The final two home
games of the season,
against two of his former clubs, Manchester
United and Everton,
could be important
for Moyes as the board
attempt to weigh up
the pros and cons of
him staying on.
Sullivan and Gold
will want to see a posi-
tive approach now that safety is
secured and will also judge the
reaction he gets from the stands.
West Ham will also consider the
potential alternatives. They are
long-term admirers of Rafa Benitez
– who has not yet committed himself to Newcastle United – former
Manchester City manager Manuel
Pellegrini and Burnley coach Sean
Dyche.
Even if Sullivan and Gold do decide Moyes is the right man, there is
still no guarantee the Scotsman
would accept the job.
Ahead of the Leicester game,
Moyes risked putting himself on a
collision course with Sullivan by
saying the entire culture at West
Ham needed to change, including
the amount of information that
leaks out of the club.
Moyes has also made it clear that,
along with a head of recruitment,
he would want to be in charge of
transfers and it is thought he would
want to make significant changes to
the squad.
Moyes fell out with Andy Carroll
after the striker reacted badly to not
being used against Manchester
City. Despite the fact he apologised
and made an appearance as a substitute against Leicester, Carroll’s
future is in doubt regardless of
whether or not Moyes stays.
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The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018
3
Top-six sides kept
apart on final day
Fears over attendances
may be behind decision
Fan groups hit out at
Premier League policy
By Ben Rumsby
The Premier League fixture list is
engineered to stop the biggest
clubs playing each other on the final day of the season, it can be revealed. The top-six teams over a
three-year period are also kept
apart in the opening round of
games and on FA Cup semi-final
weekend, according to the tender
document for the UK television
rights to the world’s richest league.
Seen by The Daily Telegraph,
which exclusively revealed in
December details of the invitation
to tender for the Premier League’s
2019-22 seasons, that document
contains an entire section on the
scheduling of what are called Top
Six Club Matches and Top Eight
Club Matches.
Defined as games between clubs
with the “highest average finishing
positions in the Premier League
over three seasons”, the document
stipulates “not less than one Top Six
Club Match shall be scheduled to
be played as part of 26 different
weekend fixture programmes during that season [which weekend
fixture programmes shall always
exclude the opening weekend fixture programme, the final fixture
programme and the weekend on
which the FA Cup semi-finals are
scheduled to be played]”.
Such a policy appears already to
be in place, with Manchester
United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City kept apart on those
same dates this term.
The Premier League declined to
comment last night on why there
were no head-to-heads between the
big clubs on the opening weekend
and final day of the season, but the
latter is believed to be motivated by
fears attendances could be affected
by a Top Six Club Match being televised on a day when all 20 teams
play simultaneously.
The revelation raised eyebrows
among fan groups, with the chief
executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation, Kevin Miles, saying:
“This arrangement is news to us
and we look forward to holding discussions with the Premier League
about the pros and cons of it.”
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust
drew parallels with the attempt by
the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big
Six’ clubs to grab a greater share of
its overseas television revenue.
“We are concerned about this apparent designation of an elite group
of top-six clubs,” a spokesman said.
“Every Premier League club should
be treated equally, and we also do
not agree with this push for them to
receive a bigger share of TV money.”
In another apparent concession
to broadcasters, the tender document also stipulates that “not more
than two Top Six Club Matches
shall be scheduled to be played as
part of any individual fixture programme” and that “not less than
one Top Eight Club Match shall be
scheduled to be played as part of
each fixture programme”.
Club hopeful Wilshere
will sign improved deal
By Jeremy Wilson
Lambert future in doubt due to clause
By John Percy
Paul Lambert’s future as Stoke City
manager is uncertain after it
emerged he has a release clause in
his contract that can be activated by
either himself or the club by the
end of June.
Stoke were relegated from the
Premier League on Saturday following the 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace, with Lambert having been
unable to halt the club’s drop into
the Championship after taking over
in January.
Lambert has talks planned with
the club’s hierarchy later this
month. Stoke are expected to thrash
out their plans for the summer after
the final game of the season at
Swansea City on Sunday.
Lambert inserted a similar clause
into his contracts at former clubs
Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He has insisted he would be
happy to stay at the bet365 Stadium
and rebuild the squad over the
summer.
The chairman Peter Coates has
previously admitted that he had
been pleased with Lambert’s work,
after the former Scotland international replaced Mark Hughes.
Lambert signed a 2½-year deal
and was a surprise appointment after Stoke initially targeted Gary
Rowett and Quique Sanchez Flores,
and also held talks with Martin
O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland
manager.
After the loss on Saturday, Lambert said: “I know what it’s like. I
know the amount of games, I know
everything about the Championship.
“But this club’s got an incredibly
strong infrastructure. It’s got great
ownership, without a shadow of a
doubt. They’ll bring us back.
“Guys will probably go. Guys will
come in. I think that’s normal. We
have to get a more balanced team.”
Arsenal have made positive progress over talks to extend Jack
Wilshere’s contract following an
improved offer to reflect the midfielder’s ongoing improvement in
form. Having been willing to let
Wilshere leave last summer, Arsenal have now made Wilshere a second offer after an initial proposal of
around £90,000-a-week plus bonuses was rejected.
That would have represented a
pay-cut on his current guaranteed
basic wage of £110,000-a-week, but
did involve significant potential bonuses that were designed both to
incentivise Wilshere and reflect his
track-record with injuries.
Wilshere, though, has absorbed
his highest number of matches
since his breakthrough season in
2010-11 and there is increasing hope
that the worst of his ankle and foot
problems are behind him.
Arsenal’s most recent offer is understood to keep Wilshere’s basic
wage at around £110,000-a-week,
but still include added bonuses.
Wilshere will be a free agent next
month and does have more potentially lucrative options elsewhere,
notably at Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but has never
wanted to leave Arsenal, whom he
joined at the age of nine.
He may yet wait to discover the
identity of the new manager before
making a final decision but all sides
are now much more optimistic that
he will stay. Wilshere has re-established himself in the Arsenal midfield and delivered positive displays
in the two-legged Europa League
semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Although midfield is an area
Arsenal would like to strengthen,
especially amid the ongoing uncertainty over Santi Cazorla, the current priority is central defence.
Arsenal’s transfer budget is only
around £50 million before sales,
but there is concern over Aaron
Ramsey, who has only one more
year remaining on his Arsenal contract and has yet to extend.
Petr Cech, David Opsina and
Danny Welbeck are also out of contract in 2019 and are expected to
wait until a manager is appointed
before making any decision on potentially extending the deals.
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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Football
Giroud emerges as unlikely hero
for Chelsea in surge for top four
Jones pays
emotional
tribute to
‘father’ figure
Former Arsenal striker
has become a hit with
fans after vital goals,
writes Matt Law
By James Ducker
How Frenchman trumps
Morata, the £70m signing
Giroud Morata
Shot accuracy
Games started/played
51.9%
8
15
29.4%
A
6
14
Amount Chelsea paid
£57m
3
14.7%
11.1%
£70m
Pass accuracy
Goals and assists
5
Shot conversion
With
add-ons
£18m
3
2
68.8%
77.4%
All competitions since Feb 5
PA
s Chelsea saviours go,
a signing from the
Arsenal substitutes’
bench is up there with
the most unlikely but
Olivier Giroud is
quickly taking on cult-hero status
at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud maintained his one-man
attempt to keep Chelsea’s season
alive by scoring his fourth goal in
five games to secure a 1-0 victory
over Liverpool that keeps the club’s
hopes of Champions League
qualification alive.
Any chance of finishing in the
top four would have been gone
three weeks ago had Giroud not
stepped off the bench to score
twice and inspire a stunning
comeback against Southampton.
It was also the Frenchman’s goal
against Southampton at Wembley
that put Chelsea on course to reach
the final of the FA Cup and ensure
they can still finish the season with
a trophy.
Since Feb 1, Chelsea’s £18 million
January signing has scored two
more goals than Manchester
United’s Alexis Sanchez, who was
head coach Antonio Conte’s
primary target, and Alvaro Morata,
for whom the club paid a clubrecord £57 million last summer.
Juventus are pursuing Morata
and there has been a general
apathy among Chelsea fans over
the possibility of the Spaniard
leaving if he expresses a desire to
go. But Giroud has quickly
captured the hearts of the faithful.
“I received a really warm welcome
at the club from when I first
arrived,” he said. “I felt like I was at
home since I came here, like I’ve
been here a few years, which was
very important.
“I think when you give
everything on the pitch people see
that and even more when you have
the opportunity to be efficient and
to bring a plus to the team. I think
it’s a nice reaction [from the fans].”
Other than the supporters,
31-year-old Giroud has also been
Match winner: Olivier Giroud celebrates his decisive goal against Liverpool
embraced by his new team-mates,
as was proved by the way in which
he ran to the dugout to celebrate
his goal against Liverpool with
David Luiz.
Some of that camaraderie has
been lacking at Chelsea this season
and it will have been appreciated
in the corridors of power that
Giroud is showing himself to be a
team man.
But more importantly for a
striker who was often written off at
Arsenal as not being good enough
for the big occasion, he is proving
he can produce when the pressure
is on. Thanks to Giroud’s goal,
Chelsea are now just three points
behind Liverpool with a game in
hand, but a worse goal difference,
and two back from fourth-placed
Tottenham Hotspur.
Giroud was part of successful
late runs into the top four with
Arsenal and hopes to be a good
omen for Chelsea.
“I hope I can be the lucky charm
for the Champions League race in
the final sprint,” he said. “We don’t
have this situation in our hands,
but I have experience about these
kind of end-of-season situations.”
Giroud scored a hat-trick on the
final day of the 2015/16 season that,
coupled with Tottenham’s 5-1
defeat by Newcastle, meant
Arsenal finished ahead of Mauricio
Pochettino’s team.
Given that qualification to the
Champions League, rather than the
Europa League, is worth between
£50-£70 million to Chelsea, his fee
will have been a bargain if Giroud
can repeat the trick.
Giroud’s presence also seems to
have reawakened Eden Hazard,
who was superb against Liverpool,
having created a goal for Cesc
Fabregas against Swansea City the
previous weekend.
It may still prove to be too late
for this season, but the past few
weeks have offered some
encouragement that Chelsea’s
business in the past two transfer
windows may prove to be better
than it had looked.
Apart from Giroud, central
defender Antonio Rudiger has
performed well and kept out his
former Roma team-mate Mohamed
Salah on Sunday while midfielder
Tiemoue Bakayoko has started to
show glimpses of his talent.
Gerrard told to expose Celtic’s ‘fragile’ hold on power
By Roddy Forsyth
Dave King, the Rangers chairman,
feels that with the appointment of
Steven Gerrard his club are ready to
go toe-to-toe with Celtic once more.
Asked what it would take to catch
up with Brendan Rodgers’s side in
the Scottish Premiership, King said:
“We appoint a manager who can
win games, with more resources,
and we take one league away from
Celtic. We only need one league.
We don’t need two or three. We
need one. Once we take one away,
it’s a pack of cards.
“We have invested in the squad
and struggled with stability in the
manager’s office. We have now
gone very, very strong in the management squad.
“Celtic’s cost structure is more
like we were 10 years ago. We
needed Champions League football
and, if we went into the Europa
League, we were in trouble because
the cost structure was so high. Take
that away for one season and it will
change the numbers on the Celtic
Connected: Steven
Gerrard is likely to
bring in promising
youngsters from
Liverpool
side very, very quickly. They have
the comfort levels we once had of
knowing we were going to get
Champions League money. We
have to take that away from them
and hopefully we started that process on Friday.”
The Daily Telegraph had revealed
Rangers were attracted by the prospect of Gerrard luring cadets from
the Anfield academy to Ibrox,
which King confirmed.
“If you were at Liverpool certainly, and other clubs probably,
and you’ve got a chance to put a guy
for a year or two with Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister and what
they’re going to get week in, week
out and playing for Rangers – would
you rather they went there or
played for Hull City in the Championship?”
Phil Jones has paid an emotional
tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and expressed hope that the man he came
to view as a father figure can recover from a brain haemorrhage.
The former Manchester United
manager, 76, is in intensive care at
Salford Royal hospital after emergency surgery on Saturday.
Well wishes have come from
across the football world and Jones
has joined those praying for Sir
Alex’s return to good health. Jones
was signed by Sir Alex from Blackburn Rovers as a 19-year-old in June
2011 and was part of the Scot’s final
title-winning squad in 2013. Ferguson retired in May that year after
winning 38 trophies during almost
27 years in charge at Old Trafford.
“He’s taken me under his wing
like a father and it [news of his illness] was shocking,” said the United
defender, 26. “It’s sad, but I know
his character and he has that fight
in him. He is such a legend. He is
Big influence: Phil Jones celebrates
winning the title with Sir Alex Ferguson
the one who brought me to the club
and gave me that opportunity to
play for one of the biggest clubs in
the world.
“He has got all his family and
friends around him, the support
from all the players and staff at
Manchester United and football
around the world. When something
like that does happen it’s nice that
the football world comes together.
We are all rooting for him.”
Ryan Giggs, one of the greatest
players to play under Sir Alex,
echoed Jones’s sentiments. Giggs
joined United as a 14-year-old and
went on to star in all 13 of the club’s
Premier League title successes.
Now the Wales coach, Giggs said:
“Now is the time to pray and hope
he can make a full recovery. He has
been the biggest influence in my
career. I know the operation has
been a success – but he is a fighter
and that is what makes me think he
will be able to make a recovery.”
Juan Mata also sent his good
wishes to Sir Alex. The Spain midfielder joined United from Chelsea
eight months after Sir Alex’s retirement. “He has been a unique and
fundamental figure in the football
world over the last few decades,” he
said. “I’ve never been coached by
him, unfortunately, yet I know his
legacy on this club.”
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The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018
JASON BURT
CHIEF FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Ferguson’s ability to
adapt and thrive has
given him enduring
global appeal
Nobody
in British
football can
match the
United
legend in
what he
means for
the game,
or, as he
fights for
his life, the
impact he
had and the
legacy he
created
“Some people, when
hen they have a
nt to go to
holiday, just want
les along the coast
Saltcoats, 25 miles
from Glasgow. Some people don’t
even want to do that. They’re happy
to stay at home too watch the birds
oat by in the park.
and the ducks float
And some want to go to the moon.
It’s about people’s’s ambitions.”
Sir Alex Ferguson
on in
My Autobiography.
phy.
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following a brain
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the weekend.
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office wall at United’s
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ground with a sign
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man who has always
ways shot for
the moon. From parochial
beginnings – the
e son of a Govan
shipbuilding worker, growing up
in a tenement, leaving school at 16
– Sir Alex was always determined
to expand his ambitions, to keep
striving for bigger and better.
It was not enough to turn United
into the world’s most valuable
sports franchise; more important
to him was making them the most
successful in terms of trophies, and
the manner in which they won
them. A knighthood
knightho in 1999 was
something to be p
proud of, but so
was an invitation to lecture at the
world-renowned Harvard Business
School. For Sir Alex,
Al
there is always
a new horizon, a n
new world to
explore.
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Premier League dripping
d
with
wealth, that when Sir Alex arrived
at United in 1986 he was informed
that his transfer budget
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underperforming team was just
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whatever funds he
could generate. O
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because rats had
gnawed through tthe cables.
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unti now is a world
away, and while it may not have
been a world he wholly
approved of, he was
nonetheles going to make
nonetheless
sure he wa
was a key part of it.
Sir Alex won his first
league tit
title at the end of
the first season of the
Premier League and that
seemed wholly
approp
appropriate.
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having won 49
troph
trophies.
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repe
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because
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m
manager who has
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United – or at any
of their rivals – is
measured against
him. It is
fascinating to
consider how he
straddled the
m
modern era of
E
English football,
w
with its global
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and the old when it
fel
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Uni
United employed
two foreign players in
their team: the Danes
John Sivebaek and
Jesper O
Olsen.
Sir Alex is a visionary. He
saw that cha
change was coming
and wanted to be at its head,
but that also stemmed from
the determina
determination – a favourite
word of his – tto do things right,
to overhaul a ffailing giant and
to compete.
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United when he
first arrived has been welldocumented, bu
but he put a stop to
the drinking cul
culture, he
employed a netw
network of spies to
keep an eye on h
his players, he
reorganised the whole club from
top to bottom in what he said “felt
like a cleansing rritual”. And then
kept reorganisin
reorganising, evolving,
renewing – with his greatest
move being skilfully to ally the
development of home-grown
talent with the signing of foreign
players, while never losing sight
of what he wanted United to be.
There are clearly aspects of
modern-day football that have
disappointed Sir Alex: the rise of
celebrity culture, the cult of
personality, modern media, the
lack of loyalty. But he was the
best of the old and the new world,
and was flexible enough not only
to adapt but to dominate.
He managed to be traditional as
well as a great innovator and
moderniser. “We needed to
change with the times,” Sir Alex
For Sir Alex, there
is always a new
horizon, a new
world to explore
once said and he never forgot that
during his 27 years in charge of
United. One of his most repeated
catchphrases was: “The bus is
moving; make sure you’re on it,
don’t be left behind.”
No one could accuse Sir Alex,
with his prodigious appetite for
learning and his interests, of
being an insular character and
that inquisitive nature is his
greatest strength, especially
when married to a prodigious
work ethic and a desire to win.
It also helped how he wanted
to play the game. After his final
United match, the 5-5 draw at
West Bromwich Albion, he wrote,
also in My Autobiography, that it
was a game to “epitomise” his
career. “Crazy. Wonderful.
Entertaining. Outrageous.”
All of that mattered to him and
adds, of course, to his enduring
global appeal. In an age when we
are told all that matters is the
winning, it was all thoroughly
entertaining. It was sport, first.
Not business.
Above all, Sir Alex was a
manager who would never give
up and who would adapt and
thrive. It is a major reason that
while praying for his recovery
there are, as ever with him,
grounds for optimism.
Klopp sets right
tone by calling
out Salah’s dive
I
t shows the position of
strength that Jurgen Klopp
holds at Liverpool that he was
able to call out his star man,
Mohamed Salah, for diving in the
defeat by Chelsea. A lesser
manager would have ducked the
issue, shirked the responsibility,
but Klopp met it head-on.
“I think it was a dive. Or he
waited for the contact, I am not
sure, so that is not what I want to
see, that is not what he wants to
do,” Klopp said, which captured
the right tone of admonishment
and encouragement for Salah.
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Sport Football
Battle to beat drop How tonight’s opponents compare
How rivals square up
in Premier League’s
£200m showdown
Sam Dean
Shot-shy Saints last won
away in February and
brittle Swansea have
forgotten how to score
Momentum
With Premier League survival on
the line – the value of which is
worth £200 million to a club – the
timing of Everton’s 96th-minute
equaliser on Saturday would have
robbed Southampton of some of
their zeal. However, there is no
question that Mark Hughes’s
appointment as manager in March
invigorated the club that had
turned dour under Mauricio
Pellegrino.
The signs of improvement were
there in the 3-2 defeat by Chelsea
on April 14, when Southampton
exploded into an impressive
two-goal lead, and in their victory
over Bournemouth a fortnight later.
Both matches were at St Mary’s.
The trouble for Hughes will be
replicating this away from home.
Southampton have won just twice
on the road all season, with their
last victory coming at West
Bromwich Albion in early February.
Swansea, meanwhile, have
surrendered all of the impetus they
gained following Carlos Carvalhal’s
arrival in December. Saturday’s
defeat by Bournemouth was their
third in a row, and they have not
won in eight games in all
competitions.
difficult season, showed that
Hughes has the quality in his squad
to change matches in an instant.
“Nathan is an outstanding player,”
Hughes said. “He lost a little bit of
confidence and that was evident in
his play. Sometimes he was being
too sure, rather than being the
natural player he is.”
The challenge this year has been
unlocking the potential of
attacking players like Redmond.
But his performance, and the
mercurial Dusan Tadic’s two-goal
cameo in the victory against
Bournemouth, demonstrate
Southampton’s creative talent.
The same cannot be said for
Swansea. Jordan Ayew has been
the most effective of their forward
players this year, but his belief in
front of goal appears to have
disappeared.
Tammy Abraham has started just
one Premier League game in 2018,
so the attacking responsibility may
fall on Andre Ayew, the £18 million
January signing from West Ham
Game zone
Swansea
Southampton
7.45pm. Sky Sports Main Event
‹ Swansea manager Carlos
Carvalhal has no fresh injury
concerns but could make
changes to his faltering team for
the visit of Southampton, who
are above them only on goal
difference. Saints have won just
once in 10 league games and are
without suspended defender
Maya Yoshida for a game both
teams really need to win.
P
36
W
9
Huddersfield Town
36
9
Southampton
Swansea City
36
36
6
8
West Bromwich Albion 37
Stoke City
37
6
6
13
12
West Ham United
Game-changers
Nathan Redmond’s energetic
performance against Everton, in
which he scored his first goal of a
L
16
GD
-22
PTS
38
9
18
-29
36
15
9
15
19
-19
-26
33
33
18
19
-23
-34
31
30
D
11
United who has yet to score for
Carvalhal’s side.
Defensive solidity
In Swansea’s first seven games
under Carvalhal, they conceded six
goals and faced 89 shots. They won
four of those games, losing just
once. In their past seven games,
they have conceded 11 goals and
faced 111 shots.
Their defensive solidity has
evaporated. In response, Carvalhal
points out that they have faced
Manchester United, Manchester
City and Chelsea in recent weeks,
but the sorry truth is that Swansea
are also sprinting less and covering
less ground now than they were
when Carvalhal arrived.
Southampton, meanwhile, have
gradually improved at the back
under Hughes, even if they were
starting from a particularly low
point. They conceded three goals
in each of their first three Premier
League games under Hughes, but
have since let in two in their
past three.
The loss of Maya Yoshida,
through suspension, is a major
blow. Hughes, no doubt wary that
his defenders are prone to
skittishness, has said “calmness” is
key. “You have got to deal with
pressure,” he said. “You have got to
think clearly.”
Tactical nous
Swansea supporters have grown
increasingly frustrated with
Carvalhal’s insistence on playing
with five defenders, and he last
week bristled at the idea that his
side are playing too negatively.
It was curious, then, to see him
ditch his 5-3-2 system at
Bournemouth at the weekend,
when many in the away end would
have hoped that Nathan Dyer’s
inclusion meant a move away from
a back five. Unfortunately for
them, Carvalhal had instead
sacrificed a midfielder for Dyer, an
attacker, and Swansea lost control
of the central areas as
Bournemouth dominated.
Hughes, who has introduced a
back five of his own since the
Carvalhal urges Swansea to control their emotions
By Sam Dean
Carlos Carvalhal has urged his
struggling Swansea City players to
rediscover their “belief ” as they
prepare to face Southampton in
tonight’s all-important relegation
showdown.
The Swansea manager said it was
“not the time to scream” at his
players, who have not won in seven
Premier League games and host
Southampton with both teams on
33 points ahead of the season’s final
two fixtures.
Carvalhal has called on
n his
players to have “emotional
ional
al
control” at the Liberty
y Stadium this evening. “We
must do the properr
things,” he said. “Not to
make mistakes. This is
the way. We must keep
organised, we must be
with confidence.”
Swansea have a goall
difference of minus 26,
6,
compared to SouthampmpPressure: Carlos Carvalhal
is confident of staying up
m
ton’s minus
19, but have a more
favour
favourable
final fixture as they
r
face relegated
Stoke, while
South
Southampton
host Manchester City.
“I believe in myself, I belie in my players,” Carlieve
v
valhal
said. “My target is
to try to get them to believe in themselves and
believe in their colleagues. These are the
th
things
that we must do.
“I would be talking in a
c
completely
different way
if we had to win and had
to wait for two or three results. This
is something really bad. When it is
in your hands to do it, let’s do it.”
Asked if tonight’s meeting was
do or die, Carvalhal said: “It is the
same for our opponents. All of us
are in different circumstances.
When we arrived, some of them
had 10 or 12 points more than us.
How many points have we recovered to be in this position?
“When we achieve this situation,
you think you can do it. If you are
asking if it is the most important
game of my career, it is an important game.”
abject 3-0 defeat by West Ham, has
not been immune from criticism
over his side’s shape, either.
Southampton were accused of
being overly defensive in their 0-0
draw with Leicester City, but
Hughes said the approach was the
Southampton
By Jeremy Wilson
Southampton’s preparations for tonight’s Premier League relegation
showdown with Swansea City have
been disrupted after they were
forced to change hotels and stay
near Cardiff on the eve of the game.
According
to
Southampton
sources, a club booking was cancelled at the Swansea Marriott hotel
at short notice and they were instead forced to stay at the Vale of
Glamorgan Hotel almost 40 miles
outside of Swansea. It will mean
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7
England’s wingers
inspire fightback to
impress Southgate
England Under-17
Appiah 63, Doyle 69 pen
Italy Under-17
Riccardi 14
2
1
Att: 7,158
By Tim Nash
at the Banks’s Stadium
Gareth Southgate watched on as
England came from behind to
deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1
in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored
twice in nine second-half minutes
to continue their winning start to
top Group A after Alessio Riccardi
put the Italians ahead at Walsall.
England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against
Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United.
The wide men were the source of
England’s main threat, with Arsenal
winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin
Appiah from Nottingham Forest
equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch,
the substitute from West Brom,
won the penalty for the winner.
Last year, the England Under-17s
group won the World Cup and their
successors in the age group showed
they have similar tenacity.
Italy took the lead in the 13th
minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a
low shot into the bottom corner
from 25 yards. England spurned
chances through Matthew Daly, the
Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin
of Steven Gerrard.
They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from
just inside the box and Tommy
Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of
City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn
Pardoe, sealed it from the spot soon
result of Leicester’s pressure,
rather than a planned tactic.
Firepower
Where will the goals come from?
That will be the key question on
the mind of Carvalhal, whose side
have scored just twice in their past
seven games. Only two players –
Jordan Ayew and Abraham – have
found the net more than three
times, and Carvalhal is unlikely to
play them together.
Southampton are similarly short
of goals. Shane Long has scored
only two goals, while Manolo
Gabbiadini has four. Their best
hope could be Charlie Austin, who
has seven in 24 appearances in all
competitions.
prevented from staying at Swansea hotel
that they will now leave around 90
minutes earlier than planned for
the crunch game tonight.
Southampton were reportedly
told they could not stay at the hotel
because of a virus but the Marriott
was still listed as available for bookings last night. There is suspicion at
the reasons behind the change of
plans, particularly as it will cause
added inconvenience and travel
time for such a critical match.
The Swansea Marriott was last
night referring inquiries to its general manager Michael Downie and
would make no comment when
Disruption:
Mark Hughes’s
squad face a much
longer journey to
tonight’s game
contacted by The Daily Telegraph.
The Daily Mail quoted Downie as
saying that, “as a matter of guest privacy it would be inappropriate to
comment on specific reservations”.
Meanwhile, Mark Hughes has
growing player support at Southampton to continue as manager be-
yond the end of this season. Despite
the club’s survival still being likely
to hinge on the match at Swansea,
there is a feeling that Hughes has
galvanised the squad and overseen
a definite improvement in performances since replacing Mauricio
Pellegrino almost two months ago.
Hughes has a contract only until
the end of the season and, while his
prospects of being offered a longer
deal will be influenced by whether
Southampton do stay up, many of
the players believe he has inspired
an added intensity and focus to
training.
In brief
Little gesture is big problem
Bolton defender Mark Little gave
away more than he bargained for
when he handed a fan his jacket
after his side’s final-day win against
Nottingham Forest. Only later did
he realise that a wallet and
wedding ring were in one of his
pockets. But the fan responded to a
Twitter appeal and returned them.
Dulwich win promotion
Dulwich Hamlet yesterday won
promotion to the National League
South after beating Hendon 4-3 in
a penalty shoot-out in their Bostik
League Premier play-off final.
after when Tulloch was tripped by
right-back Alberto Barazzetta.
Senior manager Southgate must
have been impressed by the wide
players and Under-17s coach Steve
Cooper was delighted with their
impact. “Arvin came inside and
scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from
your attacking players,” he said.
Italy coach Carmine Nunziata
claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae
Daley-Campbell should have been
sent off after his tackle on Jean
Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted. The midfielder
went to hospital for an x-ray on a
Cool head: Tommy Doyle celebrates
scoring a match-winning penalty
leg. Tulloch is suspended for the
Switzerland game.
England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V
Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Man Utd), N Ogbeta
(Man City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (ManCity), J Garner
(Man Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield),
A Appiah (Nottm Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal).
Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40, B Duncan
(unattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom)
for Daly 55. Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheff Utd),
A-J Alese (West Ham), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal),
F Balogun (Arsenal).
Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (Milan),
N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni
(Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta),
J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi
(Roma), E Vergani (Inter). Subs N Rovella (Genoa) for
Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (Milan) for Fagioli 73, A
Cortinovis (Atalanta) for Riccardi 76. Not used L Gelmi
(gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi
(Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter), F Semeraro (Roma).
Referee V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
Results
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Play-off Semi-final 1st leg
Dundee Utd (2) 2
Mikkelsen 3
Ralston 28
Livingston (1) 3
De Vita 2
Mullin 77
Pitman 80
5,610
2nd leg: Friday (7.45)
EVO-STIK SOUTH.-Prem Play-off Final: Kings Lynn
Town 1 (Hilliard 27) Slough 2 (Flood 43, Williams 89).
BOSTIK.-Prem Play-off Final: Dulwich 1 (Tomlin 54)
Hendon 1 (Nathaniel-George 36)
(AET; Score at 90 mins 1-1, Dulwich win 4-3 on penalties).
EA SPORTS CUP.-Qtr-finals: Derry City 7 (Curtis 6, 15,
40, Hale 36, McEneff 42 (pen), Low 83, Boyle 90)
Shelbourne 3 (O’Sullivan 21, 28 (pen), English 81).
SPAIN: Leganes 0 Levante 3 (Morales 55, Bardhi 59,
Coke 77).
Fixtures
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
PREMIER LEAGUE
Swansea v Southampton
Motson bows out at Palace
John Motson’s final BBC
commentary will be Crystal Palace
v West Brom on Sunday.
Liverpool referee named
Serb Milorad Mazic will referee the
Champions League final between
Liverpool and Real Madrid.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen v Rangers
Hamilton v St Johnstone
Partick v Motherwell
Ross County v Dundee
EA SPORTS CUP.-Qtr-finals: Cobh Ramblers v Longford Tn
(7.30), Dundalk v Bohemians, Sligo v Waterford.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND: Selkirk v Edinburgh Univ
(7.30).
PREMIER LEAGUE 2.-Div 1: Liverpool v Chelsea (7).
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE: Liverpool v Man City (7).
SUPER LGE 2: Durham v Aston Villa (7).
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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
‘To say we will be fighting for
top 10 would be a big mistake’
Wolves manager Nuno
is cooling expectations
after promotion to top
flight, writes John Percy
N
uno Espirito Santo
has just stepped off
the open-top bus and
is battling to put the
brakes on rising
expectations in the
Black Country. It is a few hours
after the promotion party in
Wolverhampton’s city centre,
where more than 80,000
supporters came to celebrate the
club’s return to the Premier League
for the first time since 2012.
The Nuno revolution has
delivered a glorious season of
entertainment, with Wolves
playing a brand of stylish football
that has seen them described as the
Championship’s Manchester City.
They have been installed as
joint-seventh favourites for the
title next season and Nuno is
shifting a little uncomfortably as he
reflects on what happens next.
“What I feel is that expectations
are high and I am the only one that
my expectations aren’t so high. I
am cautious. The summer is
important, to have decisions on the
squad and then we will see,” he
said. “We have to improve and
work hard but we cannot say we
are going to fight for the top 10.
That will be a big mistake.
“We are one year ahead of
schedule. I am not obsessed about
making an impression on the
Premier League. I want to build a
team who can play home and away
the same. It is not my job to
restrain expectations,
but be realistic. If we
can achieve what we
want sooner, we will
go for it.”
Nuno will be
backed with
significant funds by
Wolves’s ambitious
owners, Fosun, and
the ultimate aim is to
bring Champions
League football to
Molineux. It may
sound all too familiar, and
perhaps even a cautionary tale, but
Nuno’s impact in the Black
Country has been so remarkable
that it seems anything is possible.
To navigate a route out of the
Championship in his first season in
English football is an achievement.
“It is the toughest league in the
world,” he said. “There were a lot
Going up: Wolves fans celebrate the
team’s return to the Premier League
under Nuno Espirito Santo (below)
of games but when we played
Sheffield Wednesday away [and
won 1-0 in December] I said,
‘Something is happening’.
“The big achievement was that
when we had a bad result or a bad
performance, the next game we
were able to give a better answer.
“We bounced back almost 100
per cent of the time. One time we
drew after a defeat but the
reaction of the team was
different. One of the things
that is difficult for a manager
is reversing bad results and
keeping going. Now the one
game I want to see is the
Championship play-off,
I would like that more
than the Champions
League final.”
This is Nuno at his
most relaxed and
open, even stopping
mid-sentence to
pull out his mobile
phone and show a
video of him hitting
an exploding golf
ball, after falling
victim to a prank
from a player.
He is absorbing
company, talking
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Sport
Williams strips off to
celebrate winning
‘best ever world final’
SNOOKER
Jim White
GETTY IMAGES
Welshman claims title 15
years after last victory
Champion fulfils vow
to face the press naked
Turnaround How Wolves
fared with elite last time
Wolves last played in the
Premier League in 2011-12, their
third successive season in the
top flight and one that ended
with them at the foot of the table
after a miserable campaign.
Under the management of Mick
McCarthy until February and
then his replacement Terry
Connor, they won only five
matches and finished 12 points
adrift of safety. By contrast, they
return to the elite on the back of
a Championship-winning
season in which they won 30 of
their 46 matches to finish a full
nine points clear of secondplaced Cardiff City.
about the “identity and the idea” of
his teams and how he can often be
lonely without his family, who still
live in Portugal. He is also obsessed
with the details, such as arranging
the tables in the training ground
canteen to encourage team spirit.
The only time his mood darkens
a little is when the name Jorge
Mendes is brought up.
Mendes, the super-agent with
close links to Fosun and the
manager, has delivered a number
of players to Wolves and generated
much ill feeling among their
Championship rivals. “I cannot
control that and it doesn’t take my
mind,” he said, dismissively. “I
don’t waste time thinking about it.
“Jorge doesn’t have any job here.
Any job at all. You see him here?
Come on. He is a good agent, the
best agent. We get what we need
from him. If he can provide good
players for us? Fantastic. If another
guy can give? Fantastic. It is not the
job of Jorge doing here.”
Nuno is happier talking about
his plans for the future, with a
meeting scheduled later this
month over Wolves’s strategy for
the summer. He will return to
Portugal later this week to “lie on
the sofa and watch the World Cup”
before hopping aboard the
roller-coaster again in June for
pre-season training.
The scenes yesterday will likely
be etched in his mind this summer.
“It was crazy and is fantastic for us.
I have a lot of titles but as a coach it
is my first title. When you win you
want to repeat it.
“We have to take advantage of
what happened today – 30,000
people, just to see the faces of the
people who were here saying
thank you, to the players it means
a lot and for me and for us it means
a lot. Of course, I am excited
about testing myself in the
Premier League. It is something
really good.”
What a final this was. The greatest
ever, Steve Davis said. It certainly
had the most unusual aftermath. As
Mark Williams sank a red to take
the World Championship for the
third time in his career, beating
John Higgins 18-16, the journalists
in the Crucible’s press room were
preparing themselves for the most
unlikely press conference they had
ever attended.
So unexpected would be his victory, if he was to win, Williams had
promised to conduct his media duties in the nude, retaining his dignity behind the renowned trophy.
“As long as Barry Hearn [chairman of World Snooker] doesn’t fine
me, I’ll have to do it,” he said, when
asked in victory if he was going to
fulfil his pledge. He was as good as
his word: there were to be some judiciously averted eyes.
It is perhaps not what might be
expected from someone of his age.
With this win, at 43, Williams had
become the oldest champion since
Ray Reardon lifted the trophy in
1978. Though as far as anyone can
remember, Reardon did not use it
to protect his modesty.
Incredibly, the last time Williams, the former world No 1, had
been this close to the most significant silverware in his sport was 15
years ago. Indeed, after not winning a ranking title in six years, he
had considered retirement last
summer when he failed so much as
to qualify for the Crucible event.
Convinced by his wife, however,
he decided to stay on the circuit for
one more year, and, with his elegant, languid style, smoothed his
way into a position he had last oc-
The bare facts: Mark Williams answers questions in the nude after his success
cupied in 2003: trousering the winner’s cheque of £425,000.
“Absolutely gone,” he said when
asked if he thought days like this
were long over. “I wasn’t even here
last year, I watched it in a caravan.”
Nevertheless Williams had begun the final in coruscating form, as
if determined to make up for lost
time, taking a 10-7 overnight lead
into the last day.
Then he moved up a gear, winning the first four frames of the afternoon session. At that point, there
were those with tickets for the
evening’s finale who feared that
they had bought duds. It looked as
if it might be over before the six
o’clock news: Williams was just
four frames away from victory. He
looked home and hosed.
The audience need not have worried. Higgins had not reached his
seventh final by being a walkover.
From an apparently finished position, he demonstrated extraordinary tenacity. His shot selection
perfect, his execution sharp, his
cue work immaculate, he delivered
an exhibition of ruthless, error-free
snooker, undertaking a comeback
of a kind that normally occurs only
in the pages of a comic.
With care and precision, he eased
himself back into the match.
Cheered on by his children, the
Scotsman made his statement of intent with a 131 break in the first
frame of the evening session. Williams then, 58 points ahead, let him
back in for the second, not only
missing a red but leaving it for his
opponent to pot. Higgins stormed
through, clearing up.
Williams then took a 47 lead in
the third. But he could feel Higgins’s breath on his collar. And the
Scot incredibly came back again to
win it with an 82 break.
Then in the last frame before the
mid-evening interval, Williams,
apparently deflated by the pressure, missed an easy red when
finally allowed back on the table.
But somehow, after the break, he
regrouped, regathered. Somehow,
perhaps recalling the position he
had been in last summer, he seized
the moment, taking three of the
next four frames to grab hold of the
championship crown.
Though it was not without a
scare, not without another Higgins
demonstration of intractability. Apparently about to seize the title at
17-15 ahead, Williams – his fingernails dug into the trophy – let Higgins in again to prolong the agony.
But ultimately Williams was not
to be outdone. Demonstrating admirable nerve to win it at the last,
what an act of redemption it was.
What a victory. What a champion.
Though in truth he will doubtless
agree he probably looks better in
his waistcoat.
Townend: I am so sorry for horse whipping
E Q U E ST R I A N I S M
By Pippa Cuckson
Oliver Townend last night issued
his second apology in 24 hours for
whip misuse on his two horses in
the Badminton Horse Trials.
The 36-year-old had issued an
initial statement of contrition after
receiving an official warning from
the ground jury for overusing his
whip on Cooley SRS and Ballaghmor Class on Saturday.
But Townend issued a far more
fulsome apology yesterday in
which he said he was “disappointed
and upset” by the way he rode and
sorry for letting his team down.
“Having watched my rounds
when I got home last night, I’m so
disappointed and upset about the
way I rode. It didn’t look good and I
don’t want to look like that.
“I fully accept the warning I re-
ceived. My competitive instincts
got the better of me and I will work
hard to improve in this area.
“I try hard to give my horses the
best ride possible. I try to be as fit
as possible, to be as light as I can be,
to sit as still as I can, to get them on
the best strides and take-off points
to minimise the energy they have
to waste.
“I care enormously about their
well-being and their welfare. I love
my horses – I live for them.”
10
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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Specsavers County Championship
Ball breaks Amla’s
resistance to give
leaders third win
Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney
both took three for 57 and Jake Ball
a near-identical three for 64 as
Nottinghamshire negotiated determined resistance from Hashim
Amla to beat Hampshire by 203
runs.
The county’s third win of the season kept them top of Division One
in the Specsavers County Championship, consolidating what head
coach Peter Moores said was “a
very good start” to a campaign on
the back of last year’s promotion.
Removing the high-class South
African was always likely to prove
the key to victory as the visitors,
chasing a nominal target of 469,
dug in deep.
The win would have been a
whole lot easier had Nottinghamshire accepted the one chance Amla
gave, but he was put down at second slip off Ball on 13. Roughly four
hours later Ball finally got his man
when Amla was last out for 112, bal-
Last out: Hashim Amla falls to Jake Ball;
Stuart Broad (below centre) celebrates
looning an easy catch to Ross
Taylor in the covers. The century
was the 51st of his career and, in all,
Amla faced 203 balls and hit 15
fours. Amla’s former international
team-mate, Rilee Rossouw, stubbornly resisted for more than an
hour in making seven, before being
drawn into pushing at Broad and
edging to first slip.
Both physios were busy. Nottinghamshire
wicketkeeper
Tom
Moores had lengthy treatment for a
thumb injury, but was able to continue. Liam Dawson was not so
lucky, having to retire hurt on six
having sustained a blow to the hand
from Gurney. He eventually returned to add two more before
Gurney struck again.
Lewis McManus, also nursing
sore fingers after being struck earlier in the match, concentrated intently for 66 minutes in making
just two from 58 deliveries. It
took the second new ball –
and the extra bounce of
Broad – to see him off, as
a nick flew behind off the
England’s opening
shoulder of the bat.
bowler took his
Moores is delighted
season’s tally to 10
how his side’s season is
yesterday.
taking shape. “All
three
wins
have
been
very
differen
ent,”
he
ssaid. “This
one
felt
like
it
was
a
proper
fou
four-day win
wi
with
hard
gra
graft all the
wa
way.”
Broad
3-57
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At Trent Bridge Nottinghamshire
(302 & 389-9dec) bt Hampshire
(223 & 265) by 203 runs
Durham battle back from
At Emirates Riverside Durham (184
& 403) bt Leicestershire (440 & 101)
by 46 runs
Those who insist that four-day
cricket is too boring for the mass
market should have been at the
Riverside where Durham, having
followed on 256 runs behind,
conjured an astonishing 46-run
victory.
With Yorkshire also having spectacularly beaten the odds to over-
turn Essex on Sunday after being
bowled out for 50 in their first
innings, the Specsavers County
Championship has served up two
remarkable matches in as many
days.
This time James Weighell was
the man responsible, first contributing 38 and then taking seven for
32 in a brilliant all-round performance.
Durham set the visitors a target
of just 148 to win, but Chris Rush-
Scoreboards
Specsavers County Championship
Division One
Nottinghamshire v Hampshire
At Trent Bridge
Nottinghamshire won toss
Nottinghamshire — First Innings 302 (Patel
73, Wessels 54, Edwards 4-84)
Hampshire — First Innings 223 (Amla 69,
McManus 66)
Nottinghamshire — Second Innings 389-9 dec.
(Mullaney 130, Taylor 83, Libby 54)
Hampshire — Second Innings
(Overnight 111-3 (Weatherley 56))
H M Amla c Taylor b Ball
112
C P Wood b Ball
13
R R Rossouw c Wessels b Broad
7
L A Dawson lbw b Gurney
8
†L D McManus c Moores b Broad
2
K J Abbott c Wessels b Ball
10
B Wheal c Taylor b Gurney
2
F H Edwards not out
0
Extras (b9 lb18 nb6)
33
Total (108.5 overs)
265
Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-82, 3-93, 4-112, 5-151,
6-191, 7-236, 8-241, 9-257.
Bowling: J T Ball 23.5-9-64-3, S C J Broad 21-557-3, S R Patel 21-9-23-1, L J Fletcher 13-3-320, H F Gurney 28-8-57-3, C D Nash 2-0-5-0.
Umpires: Robert Bailey and Peter Hartley.
Notts (22pts) beat Hants (4pts) by 203 runs
Lancashire v Somerset
At Emirates Old Trafford
Somerset won toss
Somerset — First Innings 429 (Bartlett 110,
Trescothick 100, Abell 99)
Lancashire — First Innings 492 (Vilas 235no,
Jennings 109, Clark 50, Abell 4-43)
Somerset — Second Innings
(Overnight 51-0)
M T Renshaw c Bailey b Parkinson
20
†S M Davies c Croft b Parkinson
54
G A Bartlett lbw b Anderson
6
J C Hildreth lbw b Parkinson
26
*T B Abell lbw b Parkinson
13
L Gregory c Livingstone b Mennie
13
C Overton lbw b Bailey
5
M J Leach b Parkinson
66
T D Groenewald not out
36
P A van Meekeren not out
0
Extras (b12 lb10 nb8)
30
Total (for 8 dec, 93 overs)
269
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-67, 3-113, 4-120,
5-143, 6-145, 7-197, 8-266.
Did Not Bat: M E Trescothick.
Bowling: T E Bailey 15-7-33-1, J M Anderson
17-6-46-1, M W Parkinson 31-6-101-5, L S
Livingstone 14-4-25-0, J M Mennie 11-4-24-1, J
Clark 5-0-18-0.
Umpires: Nicholas Cook and Benjamin Debenham.
Lancs (11pts) drew with Somerset (10pts)
Surrey v Worcestershire
At The Kia Oval
Surrey won toss
Surrey — First Innings 434 (Burns 193, Foakes
72, Leach 4-96)
Worcestershire — First Innings
(Overnight 469-6 (Clarke 157, Fell 88, Mitchell 81,
Head 50))
E Barnard c & b Virdi
66
B J Twohig c Patel b Virdi
9
*J Leach c Borthwick b Virdi
18
J C Tongue c & b Virdi
9
C A J Morris not out
0
Extras (lb8 w3 nb14)
25
Total (158.4 overs)
526
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-139, 3-256, 4-336,
5-336, 6-460, 7-475, 8-505, 9-523.
Bowling: S M Curran 21-4-62-1, R Clarke 33-1090-2, A Virdi 41.4-7-105-6, C McKerr 16-1-76-1,
R Patel 17-3-57-0, S C Meaker 22-1-93-0, S G
Borthwick 8-0-35-0.
Surrey — Second Innings
*R J Burns c Barnard b Twohig
30
M D Stoneman lbw b Morris
20
S G Borthwick not out
82
R Patel c Head b Morris
25
†B T Foakes not out
11
Extras (b3 nb2)
5
Total (for 3 dec, 60 overs)
173
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-74, 3-136.
Did Not Bat: O J Pope, S M Curran, R Clarke, C
McKerr, S C Meaker, A Virdi.
Bowling: J Leach 4-2-11-0, J C Tongue 8-2-28-0,
B J Twohig 22-3-62-1, T M Head 16-5-36-0, C A J
Morris 6-1-21-2, B L D’Oliveira 3-0-12-0, D K H
Mitchell 1-1-0-0.
Umpires: Jeffrey Evans and Alexander Wharf.
Surrey (9pts) drew with Worcs (11pts)
Division One table
Notts
Somerset
Yorkshire
Hampshire
Surrey
Essex
Lancashire
Worcs
P
4
3
4
4
3
4
4
4
W
3
2
2
1
1
1
0
0
L
1
0
1
2
0
1
2
3
D Bt Bl Ded Pts
0 7 12 0.00 67
1 6 7 0.00 50
1 2 9 0.00 48
1 7 11 0.00 39
2 5 6 0.00 37
2 3 8 0.00 37
2 8 11 0.00 29
1 5 11 0.00 21
Division Two table
Warwickshire
Sussex
Kent
Derbyshire
Glamorgan
Middlesex
Gloucs
Leics
Durham
Northants
P
3
4
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
W
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
0
1
0
L
0
0
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
D Bt Bl Ded Pts
1 9 9 0.00 55
3 10 10 0.00 51
0 0 9 0.00 41
1 7 8 0.00 36
1 3 9 0.00 33
1 2 10 0.00 33
1 1 7 0.00 29
2 10 7 0.00 27
1 0 5 0.00 26
1 0 5 0.00 10
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The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018
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Sport Cricket
Ball
3-64
The seamer took the
match-winning
wicket of Hashim
Amla.
I thought 100-ball idea was
rubbish – until I played it
Scyld Berry
CRICKET
CORRESPONDENT
Ten-ball over also has
dramatic potential and
will leave poor bowler
with nowhere to hide
L
follow-on to stunning win
worth made early inroads, taking
three wickets to set the nerves
jangling before he was forced off
with an injury.
Weighell then took centre stage
as he tore through Leicestershire’s
line-up, recording career-best figures. He claimed the key scalp of
Michael Carberry for 22 and then
had Ned Eckersley, who suffered an
injury during Durham’s innings
and was unable to keep wicket,
caught down the leg side for 15.
Specsavers County Championship
Division Two
Sussex v Middlesex
Middlesex won toss
At Hove
Middlesex — First Innings 230
(Holden 84no, Robinson 7-58)
Sussex — First Innings 323 (Finch 103,
Robinson 52, Harris 5-86)
Middlesex — Second Innings 322 (Malan 119,
Gubbins 107, Briggs 4-70, Wiese 4-70)
Sussex — Second Innings
(Overnight 35-2)
45
S van Zyl c Robson b Cartwright
D R Briggs c Cartwright b Rayner
39
H Z Finch c Simpson b Harris
11
L J Wright c & b Cartwright
0
*†B C Brown not out
65
M G K Burgess lbw b Malan
22
O E Robinson not out
10
Extras (b8 lb6 w2 nb2)
18
Total (for 7, 73.3 overs)
232
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-24, 3-113, 4-125,
5-125, 6-128, 7-215.
Did Not Bat: D Wiese, G H S Garton.
Bowling: T J Murtagh 13-4-24-0, J A R Harris
19.3-3-74-3, O P Rayner 20-6-51-1, T E Barber
10-1-37-0, H W R Cartwright 7-2-17-2, D J Malan
4-0-15-1.
Umpires: David Millns and Jonathan Blades.
Sussex (22pts) beat Middlesex (4pts) by 3 wickets
Neil Dexter was clean bowled by
a beauty and Weighell, by this point
brimming with confidence, claimed
the final two wickets in successive
deliveries.
Weighell’s performance overshadowed fine bowling earlier from
Leicestershire’s Gavin Griffiths,
who took five wickets for 12 in one
six-over spell and six wickets in all.
For the 24-year-old to finish on the
losing side with match figures of 10
for 83 seemed cruel.
Durham v Leicestershire
At Emirates Riverside
Durham won toss
Leicestershire — First Innings 440 (Cosgrove
75, Horton 75, Carberry 73, Dexter 70no)
Durham — First Innings 184 (Clark 64, Griffiths
4-34)
Durham — Second Innings
(Overnight 233-1 (Markram 94))
C T Steel lbw b Raine
86
W R Smith c Dexter b Griffiths
74
G Clark c Ackermann b Parkinson
25
*P D Collingwood c Ackermann b Griffiths
15
M J Richardson c Dexter b Griffiths
0
†S W Poynter lbw b Griffiths
13
W J Weighell b Griffiths
38
N J Rimmington c Horton b Griffiths
0
B J McCarthy c & b Ackermann
16
C Rushworth not out
2
Extras (b18 lb8 nb14)
40
Total (129.4 overs)
403
Fall of wickets: 1-152, 2-265, 3-309, 4-323,
5-325, 6-330, 7-345, 8-345, 9-386.
Bowling: V R Aaron 22-0-102-0, B A Raine 31-771-1, G T Griffiths 21.4-6-49-6, N J Dexter 14-341-0, C F Parkinson 37-12-101-2, M A Carberry
2-0-7-0, C N Ackermann 2-0-6-1.
Leicestershire — Second Innings
*M A Carberry lbw b Weighell
22
P J Horton c Collingwood b Rushworth
9
C N Ackermann lbw b Rushworth
5
ike most people, my
reaction to the
announcement of the
100-ball format was
“gimmicky rubbish”.
Having now played a
game, I believe this fourth format
will make a valuable addition to the
sport.
A match of 100 balls per side – 15
overs and one 10-ball over – is
significantly shorter than a 20-over
game. It was only a club game
between Hinton Charterhouse and
Bear Flat, and professional bowlers
will obviously take longer run-ups
and batsmen will hit the ball
further, but each innings took only
a minute or two more than one
hour, and the whole game 2¼
hours.
T20 takes around 90 minutes for
an innings and three hours for a
game, which is fine on a sunny
evening in June. The 100-ball
format will be ideal for club
cricketers on shorter and darker
evenings, or when players arrive
late because of evening rush-hour
traffic; and more suitable for
terrestrial television as a compact
slot from 6.30 to 9pm. Easier for
families too, to get to the game after
school and work, than a 6pm start.
A 100-ball game is still long
enough to feel like a cricket match,
to be a contest of skills, to have
some fun and exercise, to make the
effort of turning up worthwhile. It
allows enough time to succeed or,
in the case of my two expensive
overs, fail.
M J Cosgrove c Smith b Weighell
10
L J Hill lbw b Rushworth
5
N J Dexter b Weighell
21
†E J Eckersley c Poynter b Weighell
15
B A Raine c Markram b Weighell
4
C F Parkinson c Rimmington b Weighell
4
G T Griffiths not out
1
V R Aaron lbw b Weighell
0
Extras (b1 lb4)
5
Total (29.5 overs)
101
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-29, 3-40, 4-47, 5-61,
6-79, 7-95, 8-100, 9-101.
Bowling: C Rushworth 7.2-4-12-3, N J
Rimmington 7-0-31-0, W J Weighell 9.5-1-32-7,
W R Smith 3.4-1-7-0, B J McCarthy 2-0-14-0.
Umpires: Neil Bainton and Paul Pollard.
Durham (18pts) beat Leics (6pts) by 46 runs
Tour Match
Northamptonshire v Pakistan
At Northampton
Northamptonshire won toss
Northamptonshire — First Innings 259
(Rossington 90, Khan 6-77)
Pakistan — First Innings 428 (Shafiq 186no,
Sohail 79, Azam 57, Crook 4-89, Keogh 4-111)
Northamptonshire — Second Innings
(Overnight 240-5 (Cobb 52))
*R I Newton lbw b Abbas
118
R I Keogh b Abbas
23
S P Crook lbw b Abbas
0
And the 10-ball over has
unprecedented dramatic potential.
The England and Wales Cricket
Board has yet to decide at what
stage of an innings it should be
taken – and I would recommend
plenty of trial games first. A 10-ball
over will be one of the biggest
innovations in this sport’s history
and, even though it is a novelty, it
should be consistent with cricket’s
values and traditions.
Our captains agreed to make the
10-ball over the 16th and last of
each innings. When Hinton
bowled first, our left-arm seamer
Simon Butcher was brilliant in
keeping the opposition down to
five singles. So Bear Flat set us a
target of 135, and at the start of the
last over, we needed 29 to win.
The first three balls went dot,
wicket, single, until our captain
Chris Antrobus got back on strike
– and we lost by one run.
So there will be the chance to
score 40 or even 50 off the last
over if the bowler bowls a couple of
wides and no balls – and he will
Counties meet amid PCA
worries over new format
Representatives
of the 18
first-class
counties meet
at Edgbaston
this morning to
discuss the
England and
Wales Cricket
Board’s
announcement
of the new
100-ball format
in 2020
without prior
consultation
with the
Professional
Cricketers’
Association.
Two members
R Vasconcelos not out
24
B A Hutton lbw b Khan
6
G Wade lbw b Khan
0
Extras (b1 lb3 w5 nb2)
11
Total (95.5 overs)
301
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-48, 3-57, 4-113, 5-207,
6-270, 7-270, 8-279, 9-301.
Bowling: Mohammad Amir 14-3-37-0, Mohammad
Abbas 18-3-62-4, Shadab Khan 31.5-6-80-4, Asad
Shafiq 2-0-5-0, Haris Sohail 7-0-21-0, Rahat Ali
13-2-53-2, Faheem Ashraf 10-2-39-0.
Pakistan — Second Innings
10
Azhar Ali run out
ul-Haq not out
59
Haris Sohail not out
55
Extras (b8 nb2)
10
Total (for 1, 27 overs)
134
Fall of wickets: 1-14.
Did Not Bat: Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, *†Sarfraz
Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad
Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Rahat Ali.
Bowling: G Wade 9-0-43-0, B A Hutton 4-1-14-0,
L Procter 3-0-22-0, R I Keogh 5-0-31-0, J J Cobb
6-1-16-0.
Umpires: Martin Saggers and Ian Ramage.
Pakistan beat Northants by 9 wickets
INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Hyderabad: Sunrisers
Hyderabad 146 (20 overs, Williamson 56); Royal
Challengers Bangalore 141-6 (20 overs).
Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 5 runs.
TODAY.-Jaipur: Rajasthan v Punjab (3.30pm).
of the PCA,
Mark Wallace
and Ian
Thomas, have
now been
invited to join
the ECB
committee
that will
review the
whole of the
domestic
structure, but
the PCA is still
expected to
voice its
concern about
the new format
which its
members will
have to play.
therefore be more horribly
exposed than cricketers have ever
been before in what is nominally a
team game.
A batsman dismissed first ball,
even in front of a packed house in
the Melbourne Test, retreats to the
safety of the dressing-room a
minute later; a bowler who gets the
yips has only six legitimate balls to
get through before retiring.
But there is no limit to the
ridicule to which a nervous bowler
could be subjected if the 10-ball
over is the last – and nowadays we
recognise the strains which some
professional cricketers can
undergo. Even at club level, for all
the light-hearted banter, some
bowlers will take a mauling to
heart.
No game will be over until the
last 10-ball over has been bowled:
that is the dramatic potential. So
there would be less stress, and
drama, if the fielding captain can
take the 10-ball over at any stage he
chooses. It should be one or the
other: the 10-ball over at any time
or the last.
The proposal that the 10-ball
over should be delivered by more
than one bowler is not worthy of
consideration. In that case it is not
an over, just a procession of
different bowlers, as if it were a
10-pin bowling alley. No
parameters. Not cricket.
I still think eight 100-ball
franchises in 2020 will be too
many: better to have six or seven,
plus one overseas franchise from
the Big Bash, Caribbean Premier
League, Pakistan Super League, or
the Indian Premier League. There
is a lot to be said though for the
100-ball format, as for the longer
ones.
There may be no accounting for
tastes, but cricket can cater for
them all, which is astounding: that
a sport invented three centuries
ago can carry on evolving to suit
the leisure-time and attentionspans of those who watch and play.
Stoneman falls cheaply
to increase Test fears
R O U N D -U P
With England’s first Test just
two weeks away, Mark Stoneman was dismissed for 20
yesterday and has now made
just 105 runs at an average of
17.50 this season.
The Surrey opener was leg
before to Charlie Morris at
the Kia Oval, where Scott
Borthwick’s unbeaten 82
helped the home side to a
comfortable
draw
with
Worcestershire. The game
was memorable for another
impressive
performance
from teenage spinner Amar
Virdi, whose six for 105 took
his season’s haul to 14.
Sussex all-rounder Ollie
Robinson was another to impress, scoring the winning
runs against Middlesex after
taking eight wickets and recording a first-innings halfcentury. Sussex captain Ben
Brown contributed an unbeaten 65 to the three-wicket
win in Division Two with a
session to spare.
Lancashire remain without a win from their four
games after Somerset leftarm spinner Jack Leach
struck a career-best 66 to secure a predictable draw at
Emirates Old Trafford. Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson took five wickets.
12
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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Subject
Fresh spark: Ian Madigan has
reinvented himself at Bristol
RUSSELL SACH FOR THE TELEGRAPH
and they might bring it up at the
dinner table and your friends are
all Leinster supporters and they
want the inside scoop. I suppose
you are a Leinster and Ireland
supporter yourself, so it is nothing
short of an obsession.”
He remembers a time when he
could not even go for a walk
without rugby being on his mind.
“If the team has lost one or two
games, you are feeling the pain of
that and you want to straighten it
out. You have massive ambition to
be winning trophies, and you really
feel that. While as a young player,
it was hard to switch off and get
away from it. That is something I
have learnt to do better, being
away from Ireland. Having that
freedom at Bristol has helped.”
Bristol are also allowing
Madigan the chance to cast off his
Madigan finally casting
off maverick reputation
I N T E RV I EW
Kate Rowan
Bristol fly-half says he is
all the better for moving
away from Ireland, and
out of Sexton’s shadow
I
an Madigan had ticked all the
right boxes. The path from
schoolboy superstar at
Blackrock College to
precocious talent at Leinster,
to winning two Six Nations
titles with Ireland was a prestigious
and well-worn one, as Brian
O’Driscoll would testify.
Madigan’s problem came in the
shape of Jonathan Sexton, the man
he could never supplant either
with his province or his country.
So while Sexton’s journey has
taken him to totemic status in
Ireland and a place in this
weekend’s Champions Cup final,
his erstwhile understudy will be
watching from afar, wondering
what might have been.
Not that Madigan’s career has
been unfulfilled – far from it. For a
brief moment during the 2015
Rugby World Cup, when Madigan
came on as a first-half replacement
for Sexton against France in
Ireland’s final pool game, he
helped steer his country to a
famous victory and a quarter-final
date with Argentina.
He has played in France’s Top 14
– he joined Bordeaux after leaving
Leinster in 2016 – and most
recently he has helped Bristol
return to the Aviva Premiership.
But Madigan knows that – in his
home country at least – he will
always be remembered as the man
thwarted by Sexton. “I was
probably envious of what Johnny
had with Ireland and Leinster,”
Madigan reflects. “I wanted to be
that guy, to have that connection
with the coaches to be able to call
the shots on the pitch, and that was
a big reason why I left Leinster.”
Despite this exile taking the
29-year-old out of contention for
Ireland, the distance – and
particularly the time – at Bristol
has given him breathing space.
For all the praise that has been
recently afforded to the Irish
provincial set-ups in driving
Ireland’s Grand Slam success and
Leinster to the Champions Cup
final, it can also be a claustrophobic
environment.
As Dublin is the only European
capital city that does not host
regular Champions League
football, rugby has filled a void at
the top level of professional sport
and, in an island nation, the
downside is that living under a
microscope can cause obsessive
tendencies to take grip.
“When you are playing for
Leinster and Ireland, it is pretty
unrelenting,” Madigan says. “Your
family are all Leinster supporters
Memorable
moment: Ian
Madigan (right)
replaced
Jonathan Sexton
during Ireland’s
game against
France in the
2015 World Cup
but was unable
to displace him at
Leinster or in the
national team
Details of finals
The big games in Bilbao
Challenge Cup
Cardiff Blues v
Gloucester
8pm BST,
Friday
TV BT Sport 2
Champions Cup
Leinster v
Racing 92
4.45pm BST,
Saturday
TV BT Sport 2
Both matches at the San Mames
Stadium
reputation back home as “Madigan
the maverick”.
“When you are breaking into the
system in Ireland, I was breaking
in as a 20, 21-year-old and you can
certainly get branded with certain
tags,” he says. “While you might
iron those parts out of your game
as your career moves on, you can
still be tagged with them if you
have been at a club for six, seven,
eight years.
“I do think going to a different
club does allow you to get a fresh
start. Maybe I am not as much of a
maverick as I used to be, maybe I
am more of a consistent fly-half as I
have gotten older. It is something I
have been allowed do.”
Pat Lam, his coach at Bristol who
handed him a three-year contract,
has been emphatic about
transforming the West Country
club into a Champions Cup
team, an ambition that appeals
to Madigan.
“Bristol and Bordeaux have
definitely opened my mind,” he
says. “When I was in Leinster
everything is laid on for you.
“Going away having to be able to
get set up in a new country,
meeting 50 new players, a new
coaching staff, a new support staff,
a new supporter base and having
to do it the following year, you do
learn a lot about yourself. They
were challenges but I think I am all
the better for it.”
Lancaster rules himself out of Harlequins job with focus on Leinster
By Mick Cleary in Dublin
Stuart Lancaster, the former England head coach, has ruled himself
out of consideration for the vacant
job at Harlequins as well as any position that might come up for the
foreseeable future so that he can
concentrate wholly on his role with
Leinster, who face Racing 92 in the
final of the Champions Cup in Bilbao on Saturday.
Lancaster is contracted to Leinster through to the end of the
2018-19 season.
“I have not had any communication from them [Harlequins] and I
have not proactively sought it,” said
Lancaster. “I am 100 per cent committed here. It would also be 100
per cent the wrong thing to do to
start talking about trying to win
something at Leinster and at the
same time try and create an opportunity elsewhere.”
Lancaster has no intention of
seeking out possibilities that might
arise over the next 12 months, preferring to be fully engaged with his
coaching role at the Irish province.
Jason Woodward, the Gloucester
full-back, has been backed to be a
part of England’s squad for their
summer tour to South Africa by
Gloucester head coach Johan Ack-
ermann. The 27-year-old, who
joined Gloucester last summer
from Bristol, qualifies for England
through his grandmother and is
poised to play a key role for
Gloucester in Friday’s Challenge
Cup final against Cardiff Blues in
Bilbao. Ackermann said: “I do believe that Jason is ready.”
**
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018
13
Sport Rugby Union
Spain looking for a lift from European finals
221 clubs, even making the front
pages of Marca and AS, the
football-dominated dailies,
following a previous victory over
higher-ranked Romania that had
seemed to tee up their first
appearance in a World Cup
since 1999.
Jaime Nava, the Spain captain, is
a star turn on Celebrity Masterchef.
“That may seem trivial but it
signals a real departure for the
sport in having a rugby personality
on such a popular programme,”
said Glynn, who helped a leap up
the world rankings, from 34th to
20th, during his time there, the
position that Spain still occupy.
“Of course, there is so much
work to do to keep Spain pushing
forward and professionalism puts a
strain on things. The vast majority
of the guys based in Spain will have
to be holding down a day job. But
Bilbao will be great. They have had
full houses for the Copa del Rey
this last couple of years in Valencia
and Valladolid.
“There has been significant
progress on so many fronts.”
And glasses will be raised to that
across Bilbao this weekend.
MICK
CLEARY
TALKING
RUGBY
Taking showpiece club
games to Bilbao is bold
move, as hosts await
World Cup row verdict
GETTY
T
he cloud that has
hung over Spanish
rugby in recent
weeks will be blown
away by their day in
the sporting sun in
Bilbao this weekend. The reprieve
may only be temporary, with
hardball talks over events that
happened during their World Cup
qualification game against Belgium
in March looking as if they could
end with bad news for the Spanish.
If there were ever a need for a
lift, then it will surely be found at
the San Mames Stadium on Friday
and Saturday.
This promises to be a coming-ofage celebration for the Spanish as
they host their first European
finals. The same holds true for the
fledgling European Professional
Club Rugby organisation as it has
dared to step outside the traditional
strongholds to stage an event in a
new territory.
The 53,000-capacity San Mames
has sold out for Saturday’s
Champions Cup final between
Leinster and Racing 92, with half
the tickets being taken up by
locals. The Spanish will be
supporting the occasion with as
much enthusiasm as if one of their
teams were playing. There is a
healthy crowd expected, too, for
Friday’s Challenge Cup final
between Gloucester and
Cardiff Blues.
Bilbao is certainly getting in the
mood for a party with groups of
local players flash-scrumming
around Bilbao last Sunday, popping
up to the amusement of city-centre
shoppers, while there has been an
unprecedented extension of
licensing laws in the region put in
place for the weekend.
Bound for Bilbao: Racing 92 players make their next destination clear after reaching the Champions Cup final
With the 2019 finals already
allocated to Newcastle – another
feather in the cap for those who
have worked so hard to maintain
rugby in the North East; adding
mightily to the feel-good vibe that
has been generated this season by
the success of the Falcons – there is
little doubt that EPCR has lived up
to its pledge to be bold.
Quite whether it lasts is another
matter, for the bottom line is still
the only line that really gets the
juices flowing in club owners
and chief executives. Matches at
much bigger venues such as
Twickenham and the Principality
in Cardiff generate far more
income. You only have to consider
that 10 of the first 20 European
finals were held at one or the other
ground to appreciate that.
If this weekend’s fiesta is mere
gesture politics by EPCR, then all
power to its elbow even if there
have been concerns about the
spike in hotel prices, a backhanded compliment as to the
growth of the tournament as per
the sort of price hike seen in
Six Nations cities. Rugby has spent
decades as the cosy cartel of the
founding nations and the sport
needs to reach out beyond its
normal constituency if it is ever to
encourage second-tier nations to
grow. That expansionist vision has
many strands to it but there is no
doubt that the Bilbao experience is
a resonant moment for rugby
in Spain.
“For sure it is,” says Ged Glynn,
Shame game: Spain’s players confront
the referee after losing to Belgium
currently head of rugby operations
at Leicester, but coach to the
Spanish national team for six years
from 2004-2010. “There is a great
appetite for rugby in Spain and it is
not just confined to one area. The
Basques love their rugby, as do
many other regions in the country,
be it in Madrid, Catalonia or
wherever.
“It is particularly popular in
university towns. People are drawn
to it for the same reasons as they
are here. It does have a middleclass appeal as it does in many
places round the world. When I
was there, the national rail carrier
was one of the sponsors with the
slogan ‘The Train of Values’. Rugby
has a social credibility.”
Events in Belgium, with five
Spanish players banned for a total
of 121 weeks for their post-match
harassment of the Romanian
referee, who they believed cost
them an automatic place at the
2019 Rugby World Cup, may have
compromised that claim.
But the sport has a decent profile
in Spain, with its 51,123 players in
Argentina gaining
strength in time to
trouble England
E
ngland’s 2019 Rugby World
Cup pool just got a whole
heap harder. Eddie Jones’s
team are in with France and
Argentina, a reprise of 2015 when
Wales and Australia soured English
dreams on home soil.
It had appeared that Argentina
had dipped from their peak of a
decade ago but the recent results of
the Jaguares, Argentina’s Super
Rugby franchise, who have won
four matches on the road in
Australia and New Zealand,
indicates that the Pumas are a
gathering force.
The decision to set up a homebased Super Rugby franchise in
Argentina was designed to make
the Pumas more competitive. It
would appear that the venture is
paying dividends. England had
better be on their guard.
Database
Baseball
MLB: Arizona 3 Houston 1-Atlanta 3 San
Francisco 4-Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota
5-Cincinnati 5 Miami 8-Kansas City 4 Detroit
2-Milwaukee 0 Pittsburgh 9-New York Mets 2
Colorado 3-New York Yankees 7 Cleveland
4-Oakland 2 Baltimore 1-San Diego 3 LA Dodgers
0-Seattle 2 LA Angels 8-St Louis 4 Chicago Cubs
3-Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 2-Texas 1 Boston
6-Washington 5 Philadelphia 4.
Basketball
NBA.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Western Conf
Semi-finals: New Orleans 92 Golden State 118
(Golden State Warriors lead series 3-1)-Utah 87
Houston 100 (Houston Rockets lead series 3-1).
Cycling
GIRO D’ITALIA (Italy).-Overall (after 3 stages,
Monday rest day): 1 R Dennis (Australia) BMC
Racing Team 9h 05m 30s; 2 T Dumoulin (Holland)
Team Sunweb +1s; 3 J Goncalves (Portugal)
Katusha-Alpecin +13; 4 A Dowsett (GB) KatushaAlpecin +17; 5 P Bilbao (Spain) Astana Pro Team
+19; 6 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott +21; 7 M
Schachmann (Germany) Quick-Step Floors +22; 8
T Martin (Germany) Katusha-Alpecin +28; 9 D
Pozzovivo (Italy) Bahrain-Merida at same time; 10
C Betancur (Colombia) Movistar Team +29.
Also: 19 C Froome (GB) Team Sky +38.
Golf
WELLS FARGO CH'SHIP (Charlotte, North
Carolina).-Leading final scores (US unless stated):
272—J Day (Australia) 69 67 67 69; 274—N
Watney 72 67 66 69; A Wise 68 68 70 68;
276—B DeChambeau 75 65 66 70; 277—P
Mickelson 72 72 64 69; P Uihlein 72 72 62 71; P
Casey (GB) 69 68 69 71; 278—P Reed 71 71 67
69; 279—L List 70 72 67 70; E Grillo (Argentina)
68 71 71 69; C Schwartzel (S Africa) 70 67 70
72; S Saunders 70 69 68 72; 280—T Gooch 71
72 66 71; K Stanley 67 72 71 70; J Wagner 67
71 69 73; 281—F Molinari (Italy) 70 72 68 71; J
Dahmen 70 71 70 70; R McIlroy (GB) 68 76 66
71; A Hadwin (Canada) 73 71 65 72; C Hadley 70
74 66 71.
WOMEN'S VOA CLASSIC (The Colony, Texas).Leading final scores (US unless stated): 131—S
H Park (S Korea) 65 66; 132—L Duncan 68 64;
133—Y Liu (China) 67 66; 134—A Jutanugarn
(Thailand) 68 66; S Y Kim (S Korea) 67 67;
135—J Shin 65 70; A Ashok (India) 69 66;
136—M H Lee (S Korea) 70 66; J Stoelting 69
67; J Y Ko (S Korea) 67 69; L Ko (NZ) 69 67.
WORLD RANKINGS.-Men: 1 D Johnson (US)
9.22pts; 2 J Thomas (US) 9.14; 3 J Rahm (Spain)
8.37; 4 J Spieth (US) 8.35; 5 J Rose (GB) 7.36; 6
Fowler (US) 7.06; 7 J Day (Australia) 6.61; 8 R
McIlroy (GB) 6.33.
Women: 1 I Park (S Korea) 7.42pts; 2 S Feng
(China) 7.10; 3 L Thompson (US) 6.76; 4 S H Park
(S Korea) 6.30; 5 S Y Ryu (S Korea) 6.11; 6 A
Jutanugarn (Thailand) 5.57. Also: 23 C Hull (GB)
3.31.
Ice Hockey
NHL.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Western Conf
Semi-final: San Jose 0 Vegas 3 (Vegas win series
4-2).
Motorcycling
BRITISH SUPERBIKE CH'SHIP (Oulton Park,
Cheshire).-Race 1: 1 L Haslam (GB) Kawasaki
28m 41.418s; 2 J Dixon (GB) Kawasaki
28:43.042; 3 S Byrne (GB) Ducati 28:47.642; 4 B
Ray (GB) Suzuki 28:51.588; 5 J O’Halloran
(Australia) Honda 28:56.117; 6 J Brookes
(Australia) Yamaha 28:57.204.
Race 2: 1 Haslam 28:40.954; 2 J O’Halloran
(Australia) Honda 28:41.040; 3 J Dixon (GB)
Kawasaki 28:43.877; 4 Byrne 28:44.189, 5 G
Irwin (GB) Ducati 28:50.906; 6 Brookes
28:51.917. Standings: 1 Haslam 115pts; 2 Ray
101; 3 Byrne 98; 4 O’Halloran 63; 5 Irwin 59; 6
Dixon 55; 7 J Brookes (Australia) Yamaha 43; 8 D
Buchan (GB) Kawasaki 41; 9 M Laverty (GB) BMW
39. Manufacturers: 1 Kawasaki 119pts, 2
Ducati 105, 3 Suzuki 101, 4 Honda 76, 5
Yamaha 57, 6 BMW 52.
Netball
VITALITY SUPERLEAGUE: Surrey Storm 70 Celtic
Dragons 42-Team Bath 51 Severn Stars
35-Manchester Thunder 56 Loughborough
Lightning 62-Team Northumbria 47 Sirens 42.
Snooker
BETFRED WORLD CH'SHIP (Crucible Theatre,
Sheffield).-Final: M Williams (Wales) bt J Higgins
(Scotland) 18-16.
Frame and session scores (Higgins first)
Final session: (131) 131-1, (67) 68-58 (58),
(82) 82-47, 91-0, (62) 67-47, 0-74, 14-104
(100), (65) 65-63 (63), 0-71 (69).
Third session: 5-98 (61), 19-73 (56), 0-126
(69, 56), 7-63 (52), (67) 92-29, (72) 76-65
(65), (80) 80-0, 8-84 - 15-10 Williams.
Sunday's scores
Second session: 46-81 (72), (51) 75-31, (127)
127-8, 12-76, (56) 85-9, (117) 123-15, 0-123
(118), 35-64 (64), 43-80 - 10-7 Williams.
First session: 23-75, 15-65, 35-72, (55) 60-70,
(119) 120-4, 0-133 (95), (52) 98-0, (59) 82-21
- 5-3 Williams.
Century breaks: Higgins 4, Williams 2.
Speedway
PREMIERSHIP: Rye House 48 Somerset
42-Swindon 50 Poole 39.
PREMIERSHIP KO CUP.-Qtr-final, 1st leg: Belle
Vue 57 Wolverhampton 33-Leicester 48 King’s
Lynn.
NATIONAL LGE: Kent 58 Buxton 31.
Tennis
ATP & WTA T’MENT (Madrid).-Men, 1st rd: G
Monfils (France) bt N Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-2 3-6
6-3; F Lopez (Spain) bt P Andujar (Spain) 7-6 (7-4)
6-3; D Sebastian Schwartzman (Argentina) bt A
Mannarino (France) 6-1 6-3; F Delbonis
(Argentina) bt M Zverev (Germany) 6-1 2-6 7-6
(8-6); D Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) bt J
Benneteau (France) 6-4 6-2; D Lajovic (Serbia) bt
K Khachanov (Russia) 6-3 6-2; M Kukushkin
(Kazakhstan) bt R Carballes Baena (Spain) 6-3 6-2;
N Djokovic (Serbia) bt K Nishikori (Japan) 7-5 6-4;
B Paire (France) bt L Pouille (France) 6-2 6-3; M
Raonic (Canada) bt N Kicker (Argentina) 6-3 6-2.
Women, 2nd rd: S Stephens (US) bt S Stosur
(Australia) 6-1 6-3; K Pliskova (Czech Rep) leads V
Azarenka (Belarus) 6-2 1-6 6-5; C Garcia (France)
bt P Martic (Croatia) 6-3 7-5; J Goerges (Germany)
bt L Arruabarrena (Spain) 2-6 6-4 6-2; M
Sharapova (Russia) bt I Begu (Romania) 7-5 6-1;
K Mladenovic (France) bt S Zhang (China) 6-4 4-6
6-3; K Bertens (Holland) bt A Sevastova (Latvia)
6-1 6-4; C Wozniacki (Denmark) bt A Barty
(Australia) 6-2 4-6 6-4.
Fixtures
Cricket
INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Jaipur: Rajasthan v
Punjab (3.30pm).
Rugby Union
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREM:
Bargoed v Llandovery (7.30), Cross Keys v Llanelli
(7.30), Newport v Pontypridd (7.15).
WRU NATIONAL LGE.-Div One, West: Crymych v
Felinfoel (7).
Sport on TV
BASEBALL: MLB, St Louis Cardinals v Minnesota
Twins, New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT
Sport/ESPN 6pm & Midnight.
BASKETBALL: NBA, play-offs Houston Rockets vs
Utah Jazz Sport 1 1am (Wed).
CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Rajasthan
Royals v Kings XI Punjab - Sky Sports
Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 3pm.
CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 12 Noon.
FOOTBALL: Premier League, Swansea v
Southampton - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky
Sports Premier League 7.30; Aberdeen v Rangers
- Sky Sports Football 7.45.
TENNIS: ATP, Madrid Open - Sky Sports Main Event
11am; WTA, Madrid Open - BT Sport 2 11am.
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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Sport Racing
Leg injury to
keep Enable
out of action
until August
John Gosden’s brilliant mare
Enable has suffered a setback and
will be out of action until August at
the earliest, connections have announced.
She has not been seen since winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
at Chantilly last October, but had
been expected to make her reappearance in the Coronation Cup at
Epsom on June 1.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said
in a statement to Press Association
Sport: “Enable has met with a setback in training. She has some
filling in her knee, which is being
fully investigated.
“The advice that we have is that
Disappointment:
John Gosden’s
Enable is on the
easy list after
injuring a knee
Ludlow
Going: Good TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
5.30 ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m £4,874
1 21- Diamond Guy [T] (16) P Nicholls 5 11 4
H Cobden
2 35- Baby Ted (45) N Twiston-Davies 5 10 12 S Twiston-Davies
3 65- Cold Weston (247) H Daly 5 10 12
A Tinkler
4 73- Djarkevi [H] (16) C Longsdon 5 10 12 Jonathan Burke
D Jacob
5 80- Duc Kauto (145) C Tizzard 5 10 12
6 855 Blackjacktennessee [H] (14) S Flook 4 10 8 B J Powell
J M Davies
7 4- Darlyn (28) Henry Oliver 5 10 5
L Edwards
8 68- Nellemani (17) J Groucott 6 10 5
S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Diamond Guy, 4-1 Djarkevi, 5-1 Baby Ted, 10-1
Duc Kauto, Darlyn, 14-1 Cold Weston, 66-1 Others.
6.00 G.C.Rickards Handicap Chase (4) 3m £5,588
1 1P/ Victor Leudorum [P,T] (482) S Flook 11 12 0
Mr L Williams (7)
2 14- Amber Gambler (16) (D) I Williams 8 11 12 R T Dunne
3 68- Still Believing (38) (CD)(C)(D) E Williams 10 11 12 A Wedge
4 FP- Royale Django [T,V] (24) (D) T Vaughan 9 11 12 A Johns
5 77- Astracad (29) N Twiston-Davies 12 11 11 S Twiston-Davies
6 46- Harry Hunt (F29) (D) G McPherson 11 11 10 Kielan Woods
7 2P- Bertie Lugg (307) T R Gretton 10 11 9
J M Davies
8 50- By The Boardwalk [T] (29) (D) K Bailey 10 11 9 M Hamill (5)
9 1P- Shanty Town [P] (41) David Dennis 9 11 8 N De Boinville
10 P5- Gorsky Island (18) (C) T R George 10 11 6
Jonathan Burke
11 11- Tb Broke Her [P] (118) (C) M Sheppard 8 11 4
S Sheppard (3)
12 22- Pembroke House [P] (14) S-J Davies 11 10 5
R Patrick (5)
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Tb Broke Her, 7-2 Pembroke House, 6-1 Amber
Gambler, 8-1 Gorsky Island, 10-1 Harry Hunt, 12-1 Astracad, Bertie
Lugg, 14-1 Shanty Town, 16-1 Others.
1 22- Nightfly [T] (14) (D) (BF) C Longsdon 7 11 12
Jonathan Burke
2 52- Truckers Highway (17) (CD)(C)(D) J Groucott 9 11 10
L Edwards
R T Dunne
3 /6- King Spirit (75) (D,WS) Tom Lacey 10 11 8
J M Davies
4 2P- Diamond Rock (117) Henry Oliver 7 11 5
C Poste
5 /3- Myroundorurs [H] (92) (D) R Dickin 8 11 3
6 7P- Allow Dallow [P] (150) (D) N Evans 11 11 1 Rob Williams (3)
7 75- Boxer Beat (17) Lady S Brooke 11 10 11 Miss L Brooke (7)
8 B3- Bajardo [T] (60) (D) Miss E Baker 10 10 10
B J Powell
9 63- Walden Prince [T,V] (14) (D) Mrs S Leech 11 10 8
Brodie Hampson (5)
10 PP- River Purple [T] (162) (CD) Lady S Brooke 11 10 5
Miss L M Turner (7)
11 14- Jackthejourneyman [P,T] (13) (D) T R Gretton 9 10 2
S Twiston-Davies
A Wedge
12 P3- Daveron (21) (C) R J Price 10 10 0
13 UP- Accessallareas [P] (13) (D) S-J Davies 13 10 0 R Patrick (5)
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Nightfly, 4-1 Truckers Highway, 7-1 Myroundorurs,
8-1 Diamond Rock, Jackthejourneyman, 10-1 Bajardo, 12-1 Others.
7.00 Chase (Novices’ Limited Handicap) (3) 2m 4f £7,538
1 20- Monbeg Legend (73) (D) (BF) N Henderson 8 11 8
N De Boinville
H Cobden
2 /P- San Satiro (360) (D) (BF) P Nicholls 7 11 1
3 40- Sumkindofking [T] (25) T R George 7 11 1 Jonathan Burke
4 66- Solatentif [B,T] (24) C Tizzard 8 11 1 S Twiston-Davies
A Wedge
5 23- Bach De Clermont (139) E Williams 7 10 10
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Bach De Clermont, 5-2 Sumkindofking, 4-1 Monbeg
Legend, San Satiro, 10-1 Solatentif.
7.30 Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 5f £5,588
1 69- Agincourt Reef [P] (29) (CD)(D) R Teal 9 11 12 H Cobden
Brighton
3.35 starspreads.com Handicap (4) 1m £5,531
Marlborough
2.00 - Upavon
2.30 - Global Passion
3.00 - Silverturnstogold
3.35 - Andalusite
2 9P- Atlantic Grey (133) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 12
S Twiston-Davies
3 6F- Hazamar [T] (F8) (C) Mrs S Leech 5 11 12 Mr D Skehan (5)
4 P1- Samson’s Reach (14) (CD) R J Price 5 11 8
J Nixon (7)
5 52- Scented Lily [H] (43) (BF) C Longsdon 5 11 7 Paul O’Brien (5)
6 8U- Eau De Nile (14) H Daly 5 11 7
A Tinkler
R T Dunne
7 7P- Ayla’s Emperor [P] (163) J Flint 9 11 6
A Wedge
8 69- St John’s (118) E Williams 5 11 5
D Jacob
9 64- Kerry’s Boy [T] (18) B Pauling 5 11 5
10 79- Captain Simon [P] (162) D Skelton 6 11 4 Bridget Andrews (3)
11 17- Red Admirable [P,T] (43) (D) G McPherson 12 11 2
Kielan Woods
12 55- Lincoln County [B,T] (14) O Greenall 7 10 3 Will Kennedy
13 87- Ring Eye (42) S-J Davies 10 10 0
R Patrick (5)
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Samson’s Reach, 5-1 Scented Lily, 6-1 Captain
Simon, Kerry’s Boy, 8-1 St John’s, 10-1 Atlantic Grey, 12-1 Others.
8.00 AJA Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m £4,742
1
2
3
4
5
6
2644/P402760-
7 828 179 3310 P711 6P12 7313 9814 02-
Voodoo Doll (58) E Williams 5 11 12 Miss Isabel Williams (5)
Blazon (43) (D) (BF) K Bailey 5 11 12 Mr Liam Carter (7)
Nikki Steel (31) (D) Dr R Newland 8 11 11 Mr James King
Equus Millar [H] (115) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 11 Mr Z Baker
Crafty Roberto [B,T] (16) (D) A Hales 10 11 11 Mr J Brace (7)
Excellent Team [T] (12) (CD)(D) D Skelton 6 11 8
Mr William Marshall (7)
Hit And Run [P] (30) D McCain 6 11 8 Miss A McCain (3)
Dusky Raider (163) (D) T Vaughan 5 11 7 Mr C Price (7)
Ormskirk (29) J W Mullins 5 11 6 Mr Luca Morgan (7)
Billy My Boy [P] (195) (D) C Down 9 11 6 Mr A R Ferguson (3)
Baratineur (57) (D) K Bishop 7 11 5
Mr L Williams (3)
Goal [P,T] (159) (CD)(D) T Watkins 10 11 5 Brodie Hampson
The Final Whistle (112) S Lewis 5 11 3 Mr J Pritchard Webb (7)
Irish Hawke [T] (140) (BF) D McCain 6 10 9
Miss Ella McCain (5)
Marlborough
5.30 - Diamond Guy (nap)
6.00 - Tb Broke Her
6.30 - Nightfly
7.00 - Monbeg Legend
7.30 - Red Admirable
8.00 - Blazon
8.30 - Lust For Glory
15 57- Helf [B,T] (17) Oliver Greenall 4 10 4
Mr Alex Edwards
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Blazon, 5-1 Nikki Steel, 7-1 Hit And Run, 8-1 Goal,
10-1 Irish Hawke, Crafty Roberto, Ormskirk, 14-1 Others.
8.30 Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (4) 2m £3,899
1
Big Fiddle (WS) R Phillips 5 11 0
S Twiston-Davies
Briery Bunny (WS) O Sherwood 6 11 0
T Garner (3)
2
3 26- Cheeky Chica (125) N Mulholland 5 11 0
B J Powell
4 13- Lust For Glory (80) (BF) N Henderson 5 11 0 J McGrath
Kielan Woods
5 11- Sheila Tanist [T] (58) B Case 5 11 0
D Jacob
6 0- Step You Gaily (74) B Pauling 5 11 0
Stoney Cross R Phillips 6 11 0
T Bellamy
7
R T Dunne
8 /0- Zarocco (19) Tom Lacey 5 11 0
Amethea B Pauling 4 10 10
N De Boinville
9
10
Crackle Lyn Rosie E Williams 4 10 10
A Wedge
H Cobden
11 43- My Lady Grey (18) C Tizzard 4 10 10
12 23- Perfect Myth (83) (BF) H Whittington 4 10 10 S Sheppard (3)
13 0- Rose To Fame (64) (BF) K Bailey 4 10 10
M Hamill (5)
14 3- Ruby Tiger (38) H Daly 4 10 10
A Tinkler
Storm Goddess C Longsdon 4 10 10
Jonathan Burke
15
Tarsini K Bishop 4 10 10
Mr L Williams (7)
16
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Lust For Glory, 6-1 My Lady Grey, 8-1 Perfect Myth,
10-1 Zarocco, 12-1 Briery Bunny, Amethea, 14-1 Others.
Whistler’s Nap
Hinde Street (3.20 Thirsk) is today’s nap for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph.
Fakenham
4.05 - Amuletum
4.35 - Sharp Operator
5.05 - Ocean Temptress
Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 415
Draw: In sprint races low numbers tend to have an advantage over five
furlongs, high best over six furlongs.
given reasonable circumstances
she should be ready to run in
August as a preparation for the Prix
de l’Arc de Triomphe.”
The disappointment will at least
save jockey Frankie Dettori the unenviable task of choosing between
her and Cracksman for the first half
of the season.
Aidan O’Brien’s dual Classic winner Capri is also likely to miss the
Coronation Cup. The winner of the
Irish Derby and St Leger last season
scored at Naas on his seasonal debut last month, but has bruised his
shoulder. “He is just not 100 per
cent yet so I wouldn’t say he will
make Epsom [Coronation Cup],”
said O’Brien.
The trainer does have a live hope
for the race though after Cliffs Of
Moher returned to form in yesterday’s Moorsbridge Stakes at Naas.
O’Brien also reported that Saxon
Warrior had emerged from his
Qipco 2,000 Guineas victory in
good form and will head straight to
Epsom for the Investec Derby.
6.30 Pinckney’s Gin Handicap Chase (4) 2m £6,238
2.00 Bet Online Now! starsports.bet Handicap (5) 5f £3,752
1 213 Upavon (33) (CD)(C) A Carroll 8 9 7
A Kirby 2
H Crouch 4
2 231 Pride Of Angels (24) G L Moore 5 9 7
3 621 Foxtrot Knight (6) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 0 Jane Elliott (5) 3
4 184 Roundabout Magic (8) (D) S Dow 4 8 11 N Mackay 1
S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Foxtrot Knight, 11-4 Pride Of Angels, 3-1 Upavon,
6-1 Roundabout Magic.
2.30 Novice Stakes (5) 5f £3,752
1 17- Global Passion (229) (D) C Hills 3 9 9
G Mosse 8
Bidaaya Frank Bishop 5 9 6
J F Egan 7
2
L Morris 3
3 38- Bbob Alula (244) W G M Turner 3 9 2
Maximum Power Tim Pinfield 3 9 2
J Haynes 4
4
J Watson (5) 2
5 45 Q Twenty Boy (33) M Usher 3 9 2
P Cosgrave 5
6 5 Soumei (47) Ed Walker 3 9 2
S Levey 6
7 5-4 Haylah (34) R Hannon 3 8 11
Fran Berry 9
8 5- Hedonism [H] (231) H Candy 3 8 11
9 36- Midnight Guest (158) G Margarson 3 8 11 T Queally 1
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Haylah, 3-1 Global Passion, 4-1 Hedonism, 6-1
Soumei, 12-1 Midnight Guest, 14-1 Bbob Alula, 20-1 Others.
3.00 starsports_bet Handicap (6) 3YO 7f £3,105
1 -57 Kachumba (34) R Guest 9 9
S Woods (7) 3
S De Sousa 11
2 5-9 Racehorse (20) H Morrison 9 7
Fran Berry 10
3 60- Prezzie (223) W Muir 9 4
D Muscutt 7
4 709 Thama [B,T] (28) Mrs I G-Leveque 9 3
5 846 Silverturnstogold (32) (BF) N Mulholland 9 3 A Kirby 9
L Keniry 5
6 -93 Lyford [B] (13) S Kirk 9 1
L Morris 6
7 -56 River Rule (55) A Carroll 8 12
Hollie Doyle 1
8 520 Following Breeze (18) J Boyle 8 10
J Mitchell 8
9 6-7 Calvin’s Gal (7) J Ryan 8 10
W Cox (5) 4
10460 Dragon Tattoo [P] (25) Mrs L Jewell 8 9
C Bennett (3) 2
11 -28 Dolydaydream (34) P Phelan 8 8
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Silverturnstogold, 10-3 Racehorse, 7-1
Dolydaydream, 8-1 Following Breeze, Kachumba, 14-1 Others.
1 1-1 Spirit Of Belle [B] (25) (D) P Cole 4 10 2 R Da Silva 6
2 75- Lord Clenaghcastle (219) (CD)(C) G L Moore 4 10 0 H Crouch 5
3 751 Black Caesar (7) (C) P Hide 7 9 13(6ex) J Watson (5) 7
A Kirby 1
4 557 Eltezam (14) Mrs A Perrett 5 9 9
5 48- Sarangoo (231) (C) M Saunders 10 9 1 Georgia Cox (3) 3
6 813 Andalusite [V] (14) (CD)(C)(D) J Gallagher 5 9 0 D Probert 2
7 -22 Ateem (24) R Hannon 3 9 0
S Levey 4
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Ateem, 7-2 Spirit Of Belle, 4-1 Black Caesar, 6-1
Lord Clenaghcastle, 7-1 Andalusite, 10-1 Eltezam, 16-1 Sarangoo.
4.05 Handicap (5) 1m 4f £3,752
1 79- American History [P] (187) (C) W Muir 4 9 7 S De Sousa 2
2 -73 Iballisticvin (5) (CD)(C)(D) G L Moore 5 9 7
A Kirby 1
3 -53 Amanto [P,T] (27) (D) Ali Stronge 8 9 7
G Wood (3) 5
4 806 Becca Campbell [P] (14) (C)(D) E J-Houghton 5 9 6 C Bishop 6
5 121 Esspeegee [P] (41) (CD)(D) A Bailey 5 9 5 Darragh Keenan (7) 4
6 322 Amuletum (15) P Chapple-Hyam 4 9 3
O Murphy 3
7 -31 Archimento (7) (C) P Hide 5 9 2
J Watson (5) 7
8 509 Roy Rocket (34) (CD)(C) J Berry 8 8 7
J F Egan 8
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Amuletum, 4-1 Esspeegee, 9-2 Iballisticvin, 5-1
Archimento, 6-1 Amanto, 10-1 American History, 14-1 Others.
4.35 Star Sports Mayfair Classified Stakes (6) 1m £3,105
1 576 Baby Gal (62) J Boyle 4 9 7
P Cosgrave 1
S De Sousa 5
2 445 Joyful Dream [B] (14) J Butler 4 9 7
3 420 Quick Monet [H] (10) S A Harris 5 9 7 C Bennett (3) 6
4 09- Ripper Street [H] (168) C Dunnett 4 9 7 Jessica Cooley (7) 4
5 324 Sharp Operator [H] (14) C Wallis 5 9 7
W Carson 2
T Whelan 8
6 776 Spike’s Princess [B] (9) B Barr 4 9 7
C Bishop 7
7 217 Tarseekh [V] (34) (D) C Gordon 5 9 7
J F Egan 3
8 9-5 Captain Kissinger (28) J Hughes 3 8 8
9 0-8 Hidden Dream [P] (7) Mrs C Dunnett 3 8 8 L Morris 10
10 76- Navarra Princess [B] (140) (BF) D Cantillon 3 8 8 D Probert 9
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Sharp Operator, 3-1 Navarra Princess, 5-1
Tarseekh, 6-1 Baby Gal, 7-1 Joyful Dream, 12-1 Others.
5.05 Star Sports Handicap (5) 7f £3,752
1 4-6 Ocean Temptress [P] (14) (CD) J Ryan 4 9 8 L Morris 7
P Cosgrave 4
2 32- Balgair (188) (D) (BF) Tom Clover 4 9 7
3 748 Daring Guest (27) (D) G Margarson 4 9 6 Jane Elliott (5) 2
4 389 Narjes [H] (53) Mrs L Mongan 4 9 4
J Watson (5) 5
5 3-5 Nutini (15) M Saunders 5 9 0
L Keniry 1
C Shepherd 6
6 124 Haraz [B,H] (27) P Butler 5 8 12
7 8-2 Duke Of North (7) (C)(D) J Boyle 6 8 12 Isobel Francis (7) 3
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Balgair, 3-1 Duke Of North, 5-1 Nutini, 7-1 Haraz,
8-1 Daring Guest, Ocean Temptress, 10-1 Narjes.
3.45 Norfolk National Handicap Chase (3) 3m 5f £19,754
Marlborough
Ascendant (53) (CD)(C)(D) J Farrelly 12 11 12 P Cowley
Blackadder (26) M Gillard 6 10 12
H Stock (3)
Hatem [B] (F24) N Littmoden 5 10 12 Fergus Gregory
Next Exit [T] (133) J Cornwall 13 10 12
M Kendrick
Tiger Trek [P] (320) (D) Dr R Newland 9 10 12
C Hammond (6)
6 80- Classical Rock [B] (107) D P Quinn 4 10 8 T Cheesman
S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Tiger Trek, 11-8 Ascendant, 9-2 Hatem, 25-1
Classical Rock, 33-1 Blackadder, 50-1 Next Exit.
Court King [H] (157) (BF) P Bowen 7 11 12
S Bowen
Set List (18) D Skelton 9 11 10
D England
Some Kinda Lama [B,T] (93) C Mann 7 11 9 H Bannister
Emerald Rose [P] (45) (C) J S Smith 11 11 6
M Grant
Washed Ashore (89) Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 5 R McLernon
No Buts (23) D Bridgwater 10 11 4
H Stock (5)
Cap Horner (23) J W Mullins 6 11 4
A Thornton
Mercers Court (16) (C) N King 10 11 4 Miss G Andrews (3)
Grove Silver [V] (30) (BF) J Candlish 9 11 3
S Quinlan
Hedgeinator [P] (116) C Williams 8 11 3
J Bowen (3)
Talk Of The South (38) (D) (BF) P Henderson 9 10 11
T J O’Brien
12 5P- Shinooki [P] (18) (C) A Hales 11 10 9
C Deutsch
13 72- Frank N Fair (23) Miss Z Davison 10 10 6
Miss Page Fuller (5)
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Hedgeinator, 6-1 Cap Horner, 8-1 Grove Silver, Court
King, Emerald Rose, 10-1 Others.
2.40 Fakenham Ladies Day Handicap Chase (5) 2m 5f £4,809
4.15 TBA Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £5,458
2.10 - Ascendant
2.40 - Whos De Baby
3.10 - Chimes Of Dylan
3.45 - Set List
4.15 - Potters Midnight (nb)
4.45 - Bound For Glory
Going: Good TV: Sky 415
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
2.10 Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Hurdle (5) 2m £4,159
1
2
3
4
5
11/0697834-
1 25- Caviar D’Allen (43) (BF) C Williams 6 12 2 J Bowen (3)
2 45- How About It [P] (43) (D) A Dunn 9 11 12
Mr J Smith-Maxwell (7)
3 69- Postbridge [T,WS] (106) S Humphrey 7 11 9 Mr R Collinson (7)
4 32- King Cool [T,V] (37) G L Moore 7 11 7
Jamie Moore
5 26- Whos De Baby [P] (216) S-J Davies 10 11 6 C Hammond (7)
6 P7- That’s The Deal (14) (CD)(C)(D) J Cornwall 14 11 4 B Poste
7 P4- Easter In Paris (91) (D) P Henderson 9 11 0 T J O’Brien
8 33- Midnight Mustang [P] (14) A Martin 11 10 6 C Deutsch
9 22- Millen Dollar Man [B] (14) A Dunn 9 10 4 R McLernon
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Millen Dollar Man, 4-1 Midnight Mustang, 6-1 King
Cool, Caviar D’Allen, Whos De Baby, 8-1 Others.
3.10 Snellings Maiden Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £5,458
1 42- Chimes Of Dylan (18) N King 5 11 2
H Teal (7)
2 14- Don Des Fosses (105) (BF,WS) W Greatrex 5 11 2
H Bannister
3 34- Flynnvincible (89) Olly Murphy 7 11 2 Fergus Gregory (5)
4 33- Hatchet Jack (38) (BF) P Henderson 6 11 2 T J O’Brien
5 9P/ Little Vic (535) Miss Amy Murphy 7 11 2
J Quinlan
6 72- Potters Hedger [P] (27) Mrs L Wadham 6 11 2
J Sherwood (3)
7 93- Touchy Subject (29) Miss J Davis 5 11 2
Miss Page Fuller (5)
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Hatchet Jack, 5-2 Chimes Of Dylan, 4-1
Flynnvincible, 6-1 Don Des Fosses, 13-2 Potters Hedger, 14-1 Touchy
Subject, 50-1 Little Vic.
1 3P2 P53 004 335 746 757 138 779 1510 1111 1P-
1 10- Apache Song (19) J Eustace 5 12 1
H Bannister
2 43- Mariah’s Legend [P] (19) Miss Amy Murphy 6 11 12
J Quinlan
3 17- Potters Midnight (38) (C) Mrs L Wadham 8 11 12
J Sherwood (3)
4 P0- Northern Beau [P] (19) M Scudamore 5 11 2
B Poste
5 P9- Amron Kali [T] (29) (CD) P Henderson 8 10 12 T J O’Brien
6 /5- Red Four [P] (28) S-J Davies 8 10 9
C Hammond (7)
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Apache Song, 5-2 Mariah’s Legend, 3-1 Potters
Midnight, 11-2 Northern Beau, 14-1 Amron Kali, 16-1 Red Four.
4.45 Turner Trophy Hunters’ Chase (6) 3m £2,365
1 12- Master Workman [P] (16) (CD)(C)(D) D Kemp 12 12 8
Mr D Peters (7)
2 P2- Treat Yourself (12) M Bentham 11 12 4 Mr R Collinson (7)
3 36- Bound For Glory [T] (26) (D) D Fitch-Peyton 12 12 0
Miss H Lewis (5)
4 2-1 Can Mestret (9) (CD)(C)(D) S Andrews 11 12 0
Miss G Andrews
5 35- Caulkin (16) (CD)(C)(D) John Whyte 15 12 0 Miss A Peck (7)
6 11- One Fine Morning (31) (D) T Clover 12 12 0 Mr Charles Clover (7)
7 P3- Paddy The Stout [T] (17) L Humphrey 13 12 0
Mr L Humphrey (7)
8 2F- Sand Blast [P,T] (16) B Dowling 7 12 0 Miss C Williamson (3)
9 U2- Strollawaynow (54) (D) D Arbuthnot 11 12 0
Mr Benedict Shaw (7)
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Sand Blast, 4-1 Master Workman, 5-1 Can Mestret,
One Fine Morning, 8-1 Treat Yourself, Bound For Glory, 14-1 Others.
Results
Ayr
Bath
Going: Good
2.10 (2m5f91yds h’cap hdle): Final Reminder (G Cockburn
10-1) 1; Devils Water (10-1) 2; Petite Ganache (5-1F) 3;
Green Tikkana (20-1) 4. 19 ran. 11/4l, 23/4l, 13/4l. (N
Alexander). NR: Top Billing.
2.45 (2m mdn hdle): Return Ticket (B Hughes 11-10F) 1;
Swaffham Bulbeck (9-4) 2; An Fear Ciuin (8-1) 3. 8 ran.
6l, 31/2l. (Ruth Jefferson). NRs: Beach Break,
Geordielandgangsta.
3.20 (2m mdn hdle): Shankill Castle (B Hughes 20-1) 1;
Leostar (3-1) 2; Karamoko (9-2) 3. Captiva Island 6-4F. 10
ran. 11/4l, 11/4l. (R M Smith).
3.55 (3m20yds nov ch): Miles To Milan (A Coleman 6-4) 1;
Clondaw Kaempfer (4-6F) 2; Imperial Prince (12-1) 3. 4
ran. 11/4l, 14l. (Olly Murphy).
4.30 (3m70yds h’cap hdle): Tyrell (J Colliver 6-1) 1;
Traditional Dancer (7-1) 2; Native Optimist (33-1) 3.
Volcanic 10-3F. 9 ran. shd, 7l. (M Hammond). NRs: Imada,
Man With Van.
5.05 (2m4f100yds nov hdle): Weebill (A Coleman 5-6F) 1;
Bialco (11-8) 2; Expresstime (50-1) 3. 6 ran. 7l, 25l. (Olly
Murphy). NR: Left Back.
5.35 (2m4f110yds h’cap ch): Martiloo (H Brooke 5-2) 1;
Ulis De Vassy (9-2) 2; Angus Milan (9-2) 3. Rainy City 6-4F.
5 ran. 14l, 3/4l. (Miss P Robson). NRs: Gold Opera, Lough
Derg Jewel.
6.10 (2m nh flat): Finawn Bawn (A Coleman 9-4) 1;
Leather Belly (22-1) 2; Glinger Flame (15-8F) 3. 10 ran.
8l, shd. (Olly Murphy). NR: Lily’s Gem.
Placepot: £123.30.
Quadpot: £44.30.
Going: Good to firm-firm in places
2.15 (5f10yds nov): Signora Cabello (S De Sousa 11-4) 1;
New Queen (8-1) 2; Queen Shaahd (7-2) 3. Karalini 5-2F.
10 ran. 1/2l, nk. (J J Quinn). NR: Quick.
2.50 (5f160yds h’cap): Mooroverthebridge (O Murphy
3-1F) 1; Fantasy Justifier (18-1) 2; Spellmaker (25-1) 3.
10 ran. 11/2l, 2l. (Grace Harris). NRs: Hit The Lights,
Prominna.
3.25 (5f160yds h’cap): Catheadans Fury (F Norton 9-2) 1;
Dreams Of Glory (10-3F) 2; Whispering Soul (9-1) 3. 9
ran. 3/4l, 1l. (M Bosley). NRs: Divine Call, Spirit of Zebedee.
4.00 (5f10yds nov): Barbill (C Bishop 5-1) 1; Ginger Nut
(7-4F) 2; Five Amarones (7-2) 3. 9 ran. 4l, 3/4l. (M
Channon). NR: Clevedon.
4.35 (5f160yds h’cap): Tricksy Spirit (C Bishop 9-2) 1;
Kimifive (12-1) 2; Wafeer (3-1F) 3. 8 ran. shd, nk. (M
Channon). NR: Bezos.
5.10 (5f10yds h’cap): Spot Lite (O Murphy 9-1) 1; Cent
Flying (11-10F) 2; Rio Santos (12-1) 3. 7 ran. ns, 1/2l. (B
Millman).
5.45 (5f10yds h’cap): King Crimson (C Bishop 11-4F) 1;
Met By Moonlight (7-1) 2; Mighty Zip (25-1) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l,
3/4l. (J Butler). NRs: Dramatic Voice, Fareeq.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £6,689.21 carried over.
Placepot: £42.70. Quadpot: £7.10.
Beverley
Going: Good to firm-good in places
1.55 (5f nov): Rockin Roy (Daniel Tudhope 3-1JF) 1; The
Great Heir (4-1) 2; Zebzardee (8-1) 3. Howzer Black 3-1JF.
10 ran. 13/4l, 31/4l. (Archie Watson).
2.30 (5f nov): Wasntexpectingthat (P Hanagan 13-8F) 1;
Big Ace (10-3) 2; Minas Gerais (8-1) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, nk. (R
Fahey).
3.05 (5f h’cap): Bahuta Acha (Ben Curtis 25-1) 1; Tiger
Lyon (20-1) 2; Mosseyb (16-1) 3. Big Brave Bob 5-2F. 10
ran. nk, 21/2l. (David Loughnane).
3.40 (7f96yds h’cap): Nature Boy (Daniel Tudhope 6-1) 1;
Hitman (10-1) 2; Relight My Fire (12-1) 3; Make On
Madam (10-1) 4. Tadaany 5-1F. 16 ran. 1/2l, 3l, nk. (D
O’Meara).
4.15 (1m1f207yds h’cap): Detachment (Jane Elliott 7-2) 1;
Jacbequick (11-4) 2; X Rated (5-2F) 3. 8 ran. nk, 31/2l. (J L
Eyre).
4.50 (1m100yds h’cap): Society Red (P Hanagan 13-8F) 1;
Areen Heart (5-2) 2; Dawaaleeb (3-1) 3. 7 ran. nk, hd. (R
Fahey). NRs: Boots And Spurs, Showboating, Zeshov.
5.25 (1m1f207yds nov): Expensive Liaison (Ben Curtis
5-4F) 1; Burgonet (6-1) 2; Rococo (11-4) 3. 9 ran. shd,
21/2l. (H Palmer). NR: Alexis Carrington.
6.00 (7f96yds h’cap): Christmas Night (Ben Robinson 16-1)
1; Ideal Candy (22-1) 2; Mearing (7-1) 3. Bee Machine
9-2F. 15 ran. 2l, 1/2l. (O Pears). NR: Luola.
Placepot: £995.10. Quadpot: £254.80.
Kempton
Going: Good-good to firm in places
1.45 (2m nov hdle): Eskendash (R Johnson 6-5F) 1; Choix Des
Armes (9-4) 2; Movie Set (5-2) 3. 7 ran. 6l, 6l. (Mrs P Sly).
2.20 (2m4f110yds nov ch): Amour de Nuit (S TwistonDavies 5-6F) 1; Another Stowaway (9-4) 2; Wishfull
Dreaming (3-1) 3. 3 ran. 5l, 45l. (P Nicholls).
2.55 (3m110yds nov hdle): Secret Investor (S TwistonDavies 5-4F) 1; Oakley Hall (5-2) 2; Always On The Ball
(25-1) 3. 5 ran. 8l, 31l. (P Nicholls).
3.30 (3m h’cap ch): Bugsie Malone (T Cannon 5-2F) 1;
Minella Daddy (9-2) 2; Buster Thomas (7-2) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l,
nk. (C Gordon). NR: Vino Griego.
4.05 (2m5f h’cap hdle): Faint Hope (L Heard 9-1) 1; Spin A
Yarn (4-1CF) 2; Fixed Rate (8-1) 3. Rothman 4-1CF, North
Hill 4-1CF. 9 ran. 11/2l, 1l. (Grace Harris).
4.40 (2m2f h’cap ch): Imperial Presence (R Johnson 7-2)
1; Ashoka (5-1) 2; Vaniteux (5-1) 3. Peter The Mayo Man
5-2F. 8 ran. 7l, 17l. (P Hobbs).
5.15 (2m h’cap hdle): Canoodle (D Crosse 5-2) 1; Cascaye
(10-1) 2; Grania O’Malley (9-2) 3. Holly Flight 9-4F. 9 ran.
1l, 5l. (H Morrison). NR: She’s Gina.
Placepot: £50.20. Quadpot: £23.30.
Warwick Going: Good
1.30 (2m3f nov hdle): Gortroe Joe (H Skelton 5-4F) 1;
Lungarno Palace (4-1) 2; Mahlermade (15-2) 3. 12 ran.
1/2l, 11l. (D Skelton). NR: Javert.
2.05 (2m mdn hdle): Simply The Betts (D Jacob 3-10F) 1;
Amoola Gold (3-1) 2; Daylami Kirk (16-1) 3. 11 ran. 8l,
12l. (H Whittington).
2.40 (2m54yds h’cap nov ch): Hargam (R McLernon 7-2JF)
1; Free Stone Hill (7-2JF) 2; Windspiel (20-1) 3. 10 ran. 5l,
13/4l. (J J Quinn).
3.15 (2m4f h’cap ch): Easy Street (R McLernon 16-1) 1;
Pretty Reckless (7-1) 2; Gun Shy (20-1) 3. Masterplan
10-3F. 9 ran. 7l, 12l. (Jonjo O’Neill). NR: Minella Scamp.
3.50 (2m h’cap hdle): Bandsman (H Skelton 13-8F) 1;
Innocent Touch (8-1) 2; Leapaway (14-1) 3. 13 ran. 8l,
21/2l. (D Skelton).
4.25 (2m3f h’cap hdle): Chatelier (J Nixon 8-1) 1; Druid’s
Folly (11-2) 2; Red Tortue (10-1) 3; Be Daring (11-2) 4.
Xhale 9-2F. 16 ran. 1/2l, 7l, 21/4l. (S Drinkwater). NRs:
Calarules, Comragh.
5.00 (3m1f h’cap hdle): Ring Minella (P Brennan 5-1) 1;
Strawberry Spirit (16-1) 2; Indian Reel (8-1) 3. Breaking
Ground 11-4F. 10 ran. 1/2l, 1/2l. (P Henderson).
5.30 (3m1f h’cap hdle): Hoo Bally Diva (Sean Houlihan 9-2)
1; Hollow Park (5-2F) 2; Mauna Kea (7-1) 3. 7 ran. 3/4l,
31/2l. (R Buckler). NRs: Snowball, Tailor Tom.
Placepot: £38.40. Quadpot: £41.40.
Windsor Going: Good to firm
2.00 (6f12yds h’cap): Porto Ferro (Sophie Ralston 3-1) 1;
Desert Fox (7-2) 2; Winklemann (14-1) 3. Baltic Prince
9-4F. 7 ran. 21/4l, 31/2l. (J Bridger). NR: All Or Nothin.
2.35 (6f12yds h’cap): Englishman (L Keniry 20-1) 1; Open
Wide (6-1) 2; Delagate This Lord (7-2F) 3. 10 ran. 1/2l, nk.
(J Bradley). NR: Blitz.
3.10 (1m3f99yds h’cap): Voi (A Atzeni 7-2) 1; All My Love
(13-2) 2; Tarte Tropezienne (5-4F) 3. 5 ran. ns, 5l. (C
Allen).
3.45 (1m2f h’cap): Nayel (S Levey 8-1) 1; Come On Come
On (9-4F) 2; Hollywood Road (12-1) 3. 9 ran. nk, nk. (R
Hannon). NRs: Ay Ay, Tomahawk Kid, Towerlands Park.
4.20 (1m31yds h’cap): Medburn Dream (A Atzeni 5-1) 1;
Considered Opinion (9-2) 2; First Selection (5-2F) 3. 8
ran. 23/4l, 3/4l. (P Hedger).
4.55 (1m31yds nov): Employer (James Doyle 15-8F) 1;
Armed (20-1) 2; Mutafani (16-1) 3. 13 ran. 3/4l, hd. (H
Palmer). NR: Progressive Dawn.
5.30 (1m31yds nov): Silver Quartz (James Doyle 10-11F) 1;
Bullingdon (10-3) 2; Birthright (14-1) 3. 13 ran. 41/2l,
21/2l. (H Palmer). NR: Brancaster.
6.05 (5f21yds h’cap): Spring Romance (J Duern 9-2) 1;
Kodiac Express (4-1CF) 2; Bobby’s Charm (4-1CF) 3.
Dreamboat Annie 4-1CF. 8 ran. 3/4l, 1/2l. (D Ivory).
Placepot: £60.50. Quadpot: £14.40.
***
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018
15
Sport Racing
Exeter
Going: Good-good to soft in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Marlborough
5.50 - Secret Escape
6.20 - Champ
6.50 - Just A Sting
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
7.20 - Triple Chief
7.50 - The Two Amigos
8.20 - Master Card
5.50 Heavitree Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (4) 2m 1f £4,224
1
Admiral’s Sunset (F216) D Weston 5 10 12
D Bass
2 /8- Arthur’s Queen (F292) C J Gray 7 10 12 R Hawker (5)
3 00- Celtic Style (29) Miss L Blackford 5 10 12 Conor Smith (5)
4 07- Dubai Dirham (23) Miss S Smith 5 10 12
P Brennan
5 79- Kentford Mallard (98) J W Mullins 5 10 12 D Sansom (5)
6 38- Mrs Miggins (57) D Pipe 5 10 12
T Scudamore
7 9- Never Go Short (74) T R George 6 10 12
James Best
8 88- Oborne Lady (13) J W Mullins 5 10 12 Kevin Jones (5)
9 P8- Quite Right (52) P Gundry 7 10 12
N Scholfield
10 46- Secret Escape (26) D McCain 6 10 12
B Hughes
11 00- Spirit Of Mendip [H] (13) P Hobbs 5 10 12 R Johnson
W Hutchinson
12 26- Tillythetank (174) A King 5 10 12
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Secret Escape, 11-4 Tillythetank, 8-1 Dubai Dirham,
10-1 Admiral’s Sunset, Mrs Miggins, 12-1 Spirit Of Mendip, Never Go
Short, 20-1 Oborne Lady, 25-1 Others.
6.50 Ship Inn Teignmouth Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m 7f £9,097
7.20 Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase (3) 2m 3f £9,747
1 F- Barn Hill (159) P Hobbs 6 10 12
Sean Houlihan (5)
2 04- Beyond Supremacy (14) Jack Barber 6 10 12
N Scholfield
M Griffiths
3 43- Buster Moon (48) J Scott 6 10 12
4 /2- Champ (108) (BF) N Henderson 6 10 12
A Coleman
D Bass
5 40- Commodore Barry (43) (BF) K Bailey 5 10 12
6 56- Ericas Lad [P] (21) Miss J Du Plessis 7 10 12 James Best
7 37- Here’s Bingo (74) Mrs S Gardner 5 10 12 R Hawker (5)
8 47- Just Midas (40) D Pipe 5 10 12
D G Noonan
9 F8- Menapian (86) Mrs H Nelmes 7 10 12
C Ring (3)
10 2/ Orchard Thieves (808) D Pipe 6 10 12
T Scudamore
P Brennan
11 95- Out Of Style (16) F O’Brien 7 10 12
R Johnson
12 27- Rockpoint (73) C Tizzard 5 10 12
A Glassonbury
13 7P- Scrupuleux [H] (14) C Down 7 10 12
14 55- Serosevsky [T] (16) H Fry 5 10 12
N P Madden
S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Champ, 10-3 Rockpoint, 12-1 Commodore Barry,
Barn Hill, 14-1 Orchard Thieves, Buster Moon, Serosevsky, 16-1 Out Of
Style, 20-1 Others.
1 41- Katy P (251) (D) P Hobbs 6 11 12
Sean Houlihan (5)
2 U7- Zero Grand (29) (CD) J Farrelly 7 11 11
T Cannon
3 24- Coningsby (52) Tom Lacey 5 11 11
Mr Thomas O’Brien (5)
4 P0- Friday Night Light [P,T] (10) D Pipe 5 11 10
T Scudamore
Mr M Legg (5)
5 38- Just A Sting (52) (C) (BF) H Fry 6 11 9
6 50- Mon Palois (80) (D) K Bailey 6 11 6
D Bass
R Johnson
7 88- Contented [B] (17) P Hobbs 5 11 5
A Coleman
8 P5- Join The Clan [P] (89) Jonjo O’Neill 9 11 4
9 5P- Ballyrock [T,V] (59) (D) T Vaughan 12 11 1 D G Noonan
10 24- Kentford Heiress (29) J W Mullins 8 11 1 D Sansom (5)
11 48- Max Forte [P] (14) C Down 8 11 0
Bryony Frost (3)
12 4P- City Supreme [T] (41) A Honeyball 8 11 0
B Hughes
13 64- Waterloo Warrior [B,T] (16) C Tizzard 6 10 13 P Brennan
14 31- Jully Les Buxy [P,T] (21) (CD) K Burke 8 10 8
N Scholfield
15 27- Eddy [T] (136) (C)(D) Mrs S Gardner 9 10 3 C Shoemark
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Coningsby, 7-1 Contented, Just A Sting, Jully Les
Buxy, 8-1 Katy P, 10-1 Friday Night Light, Waterloo Warrior, 14-1 Join
The Clan, City Supreme, Kentford Heiress, 16-1 Others.
Marquis Of Carabas (27) (D) D Dennis 8 12 1 B Hughes
Conna Cross (29) J Farrelly 7 12 0
James Best
Kings Lad [T] (32) (D) C Tizzard 11 11 12 T Scudamore
Perfect Timing [P] (145) N Mulholland 10 11 11 H Reed (5)
Above Board (182) (D, WS) (BF) J O’Neill 7 11 11 A Coleman
Admiral’s Secret [T] (17) V Dartnall 7 11 7 C Shoemark
Lip Service [H] (27) F O’Brien 9 11 5
P Brennan
Casper King [B] (30) (C) P Hobbs 7 11 4
R Johnson
Innocent Girl [H,T] (248) (D) H Fry 9 11 3
K Edgar (3)
Triple Chief [P] (57) (CD)(D) (BF) J Frost 7 11 1 Bryony Frost (3)
Dark Mahler (118) (WS) E Lavelle 7 11 0
N Scholfield
Bredon Hill Lad [P,T] (37) (C) Mrs S Gardner 11 10 7
Sean Houlihan (5)
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Admiral’s Secret, 11-2 Innocent Girl, 6-1 Conna
Cross, 8-1 Above Board, Triple Chief, Dark Mahler, 10-1 Others.
2.20 EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) (4) 3YO 7f £5,822
3.20 Racing UK Novice Stakes (3) 3YO 1m 4f £9,704
11 30- Tallinski (210) (D) B Ellison 4 8 13 Ben Robinson (5) 3
12723 Bogart [P,T] (12) (D) (BF) K Ryan 9 8 13
T Eaves 13
13 60- Computable (262) (D) T Easterby 4 8 12
Rachel Richardson (3) 16
14 9-4 War Whisper (36) (D) P Midgley 5 8 9
J Fanning 6
15 -54 Acclaim The Nation [P] (15) (D) E Alston 5 8 8 J Hart 10
16 9-7 Grandad’s World (12) (D) R Fahey 6 8 8
P Hanagan 2
S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Elysian Flyer, 6-1 Bogart, 7-1 Rasheeq, Poyle
Vinnie, 8-1 Muatadel, 10-1 Signore Piccolo, 14-1 Grandad’s World,
Patrick, Discreet Hero, Liquid, 16-1 Others.
6.20 ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 2f 111yds £4,224
1 642 013 564 6P5 1P6 117 5P8 PP9 2210 1611 1612 33-
7.50 Intermediate Hunters’ Chase (6) 3m £2,340
1
2
3
4
5
PPP-3
227P11-
Brandy And Red (21) P D Rogers 9 11 10 Mr J Newman (3)
Creative Inerta [T] (9) (D) B Clarke 8 11 10 Mr R Dingle (7)
Golander (10) (D) G Chambers 8 11 10 Mr B R Jones (7)
The Lizard King [P] (26) (D) N Martin 9 11 10 Mr N Lawton (7)
The Two Amigos (17) (D) N Martin 6 11 10 Mr D Edwards
6 11- Mistress Massini (10) (D) T Clark 7 11 3 Mr W Biddick
S.P. f’cast: 10-11 The Two Amigos, 11-8 Mistress Massini, 14-1
Creative Inerta, The Lizard King, 33-1 Golander, Brandy And Red.
8.20 Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 1f £2,274
1
Earth Spirit Jack Barber 5 11 2
N Scholfield
2 7- Master Card (88) W Greatrex 5 11 2
T Greatrex (7)
3 /3- Net De Treve (158) T R George 5 11 2
James Best
4 5- Nifty At Fifty (29) J Scott 5 11 2
M Griffiths
5 24- Rhythm Is A Dancer [T] (52) P Nicholls 5 11 2 Bryony Frost (3)
6 /0- Rowley Park (133) Miss L Blackford 5 11 2 Conor Smith (5)
7
Drift Rock P Bowen 4 10 12
T Cannon
R Johnson
8 4- Earth Moor (29) P Hobbs 4 10 12
Fly To Mars C Tizzard 4 10 12
D G Noonan
9
10
Global Rhapsody N Mulholland 4 10 12
T Scudamore
Grey Diamond A King 4 10 12
W Hutchinson
11
Jeremiah James H Fry 4 10 12
K Edgar (3)
12
13 43- Kauto The King [T] (29) C Tizzard 4 10 12
P Brennan
Rufio H Fry 4 10 12
N P Madden
14
15 5- Shiroccan Roll (157) Emma Lavelle 4 10 12 A Coleman
16 46- Theatre Mix (57) Miss J Du Plessis 5 10 9 Mrs Jo Buck (7)
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Rhythm Is A Dancer, 6-1 Kauto The King, 7-1 Rufio,
8-1 Grey Diamond, Net De Treve, Earth Moor, 10-1 Others.
Thirsk
Marlborough
1.50 - Victory Command
2.20 - Mystic Meg
2.50 - Yeah Baby Yeah
3.20 - Hinde Street
3.55 - Elysian Flyer
4.25 - Militia
4.55 - Bold Spirit
5.25 - Mango Chutney
Going: Good to firm TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: High numbers best on the straight course, low numbers best at
7f & 1m
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1.50 racinguk.com Novice Auction Stakes (5) 2YO 5f £3,881
1 22 Bengali Spirit (15) R Fahey 9 2
P Hanagan 6
2 7 Blazing Dreams (10) B Haslam 9 2
C Hardie 2
L Edmunds (3) 8
3 6 Bouncin Back (10) N Tinkler 9 2
4
Fastman D O’Meara 9 2
Daniel Tudhope 5
Mazeo Lad Miss Amy Murphy 9 2
L De Souza 7
5
6
Melgate Magic M W Easterby 9 2
Nathan Evans 4
7
Victory Command M Johnston 9 2
P J McDonald 9
8 3 Dragon Beat (17) T Coyle 8 11
D Costello 3
Lorton Julie Camacho 8 11
P Mulrennan 1
9
S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Bengali Spirit, 11-4 Victory Command, 6-1
Fastman, 10-1 Dragon Beat, 14-1 Lorton, 16-1 Melgate Magic, Mazeo
Lad, 25-1 Blazing Dreams, Bouncin Back.
1
0 Angel Of The North (19) Miss G Kelleway 9 0
P J McDonald 7
Bea Ryan D Carroll 9 0
T Eaves 5
2
Herringswell H Spiller 9 0
DOUBTFUL 3
3
S Donohoe 11
4 0 Lady Safeara (19) C Fellowes 9 0
Makawee D O’Meara 9 0
Daniel Tudhope 8
5
Margie’s Choice J Gosden 9 0
R Havlin 9
6
D Brock 1
7 2- Mystic Meg (227) (BF) H Palmer 9 0
M Dwyer 4
8 7 Private Cashier [H] (18) A Balding 9 0
P Mulrennan 10
9 9- Snowdon (241) M Dods 9 0
J Hart 6
10 6 Solar Princess (15) M Walford 9 0
D Allan 2
11 0 Twilight (11) T Easterby 9 0
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Mystic Meg, 2-1 Margie’s Choice, 6-1 Makawee,
12-1 Private Cashier, 16-1 Snowdon, Bea Ryan, 20-1 Others.
2.50 Racing UK Fillies’ Handicap (4) 1m £5,693
1 422 Yeah Baby Yeah [P,T] (10) Miss G Kelleway 5 9 7
P J McDonald 4
S Donohoe 6
2 302 Feathery [T] (7) C Fellowes 4 9 6
D Allan 2
3 2-6 Fashion Theory (10) T Easterby 4 9 2
4 0-0 Miss Sheridan (15) (D) M W Easterby 4 9 1 H Shaw (5) 1
J Fanning 5
5 7-7 Forever A Lady (4) K Dalgleish 5 8 12
A Mullen 3
6 -90 Palenville (17) G Tuer 5 8 7
S.P. f’cast: Evens Feathery, 11-4 Yeah Baby Yeah, 7-1 Fashion
Theory, 10-1 Forever A Lady, 12-1 Miss Sheridan, 14-1 Palenville.
1 -15 Bartholomeu Dias (18) C Hills 9 8
P Hanagan 6
2 1 Hinde Street (24) J Gosden 9 8
R Havlin 5
3 31- Lucky Deal (166) M Johnston 9 8
P J McDonald 8
4 36 Blazing Saddles (17) R Beckett 9 2 Daniel Tudhope 4
5 5 Caliburn (19) H Palmer 9 2
Josephine Gordon 3
6 0 Colenso (15) A Balding 9 2
DOUBTFUL 7
7 8- Great Beyond (181) R Charlton 9 2
K Shoemark 2
8
Wardaddy K Dalgleish 9 2
P Mulrennan 1
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Hinde Street, 5-2 Bartholomeu Dias, 5-1 Blazing
Saddles, 7-1 Lucky Deal, 10-1 Great Beyond, 12-1 Caliburn, 25-1
Wardaddy.
3.55 Racing UK On TalkTalk TV Handicap (4) 5f £5,693
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Poyle Vinnie [P] (15) (D) R Carr 8 9 8
J P Sullivan 12
Rasheeq (15) T Easterby 5 9 7
D Allan 11
Discreet Hero (253) (D) N Wilson 5 9 7
C Beasley 7
Zylan [P] (10) (D) Roger Fell 6 9 7
B Sanderson (7) 5
Bashiba [T] (207) (D) N Tinkler 7 9 3 L Edmunds (3) 15
Patrick (38) (D) P Midgley 6 9 2
P Mulrennan 4
Signore Piccolo [H] (11) (D) David Loughnane 7 9 2
Ben Curtis 14
8 35- Muatadel (197) (D) Roger Fell 5 9 1
T Hamilton 8
9 196 Liquid (26) (CD)(D) T D Barron 4 9 1
P J McDonald 1
G Lee 9
10 0-2 Elysian Flyer (19) (CD) P Midgley 6 9 0
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4.25 ‘Irish Day’ At thirskraces Maiden Stakes (5) 5f £3,881
1
It’s Never Enough (J174) J Ewart 4 9 12 P Mulrennan 2
2 70- Redeeming (262) E Alston 4 9 12
J Hart 1
3 362 Capla Demon [B] (8) G Kelleway 3 9 3
DOUBTFUL 11
4 99- Cavendish Place (279) D Brown 3 9 3
T Eaves 3
J Garritty 8
5 99 Gorgeous General (19) L Mullaney 3 9 3
6 53 Hop Maddocks (8) T D Barron 3 9 3
Ben Curtis 6
7 33- Militia (182) (BF) R Fahey 3 9 3
P Hanagan 9
8
Fairy Falcon B Smart 3 8 12
Daniel Tudhope 5
9 5-5 Liamba (11) D O’Meara 3 8 12
S James 4
Madam Devious R Cowell 3 8 12
R Havlin 7
10
11 02- Paco Escostar (210) P Midgley 3 8 12
C Hardie 10
S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Militia, 10-3 Fairy Falcon, 5-1 Madam Devious, 6-1
Paco Escostar, 7-1 Hop Maddocks, 12-1 It’s Never Enough, 14-1
Liamba, 50-1 Cavendish Place, 66-1 Others.
4.55 Handicap (Div 1) (5) 1m £3,752
1 0-6 Palmerston (12) (CD)(D) Mrs M Fife 5 9 7
D Costello 5
Ger O’Neill (5) 9
2 411 Bold Spirit [T] (11) D Carroll 7 9 6
3 653 Zeshov [P] (12) (D) R Bastiman 7 9 4 Daniel Tudhope 2
G Lee 8
4 7-8 Midnight Macchiato (123) (C) D Brown 5 9 4
J P Sullivan 4
5 8-0 Wasm (17) Mrs R Carr 4 9 1
6 -54 Planetaria (47) (D) Julie Camacho 5 9 0 P Mulrennan 1
J Garritty 3
7 90- Whitkirk (185) (D) J O’Keeffe 5 8 13
8 -79 Rock Warbler [H,T] (17) (D) O Greenall 5 8 13 P Hanagan 6
9 4-0 Munthany (13) T Easterby 4 8 12
D Allan 7
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Bold Spirit, 9-2 Planetaria, 6-1 Whitkirk, 7-1
Zeshov, 8-1 Munthany, Palmerston, 10-1 Others.
5.25 Handicap (Div 2) (5) 1m £3,752
1 03- Mywayistheonlyway (221) G Tuer 5 9 7
C Beasley 4
Daniel Tudhope 6
2 -27 Wonderfillo (89) D O’Meara 4 9 6
3 2-0 Edgar Allan Poe (17) (D) R Bastiman 4 9 4 Phil Dennis (3) 9
4 8-2 Mango Chutney (9) (C) J J Davies 5 9 3
P Makin 1
5 4-3 Vive La Difference (11) T Easterby 4 9 2 D Fentiman 8
6 8-3 Woody Bay (41) (D) M Walford 8 9 0
J Hart 3
T Eaves 7
7 118 Tagur [P] (45) (D) K Ryan 4 8 13
8 063 Buckland Beau [P] (27) C Fellowes 7 8 13 A Beech (7) 5
9 5-1 Dreamofdiscovery (41) (D) J Camacho 4 8 8 P Hanagan 2
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Mango Chutney, 4-1 Dreamofdiscovery, 5-1 Buckland
Beau, Vive La Difference, 8-1 Wonderfillo, 10-1 Others.
16
**
Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Final whistle
Everton fans were
rightly incensed
by one of their
own’s backing for
Liverpool against
Real Madrid,
writes Jim White
Dawson
misses the
point of
football’s
tribalism
ou may have
heard that
Y
Liverpool
have made
it to the
Champions League final.
And with the unlikely
progress of Jurgen
Klopp’s delightfully
uninhibited side to the
showpiece in Kiev has
come the assumption by
certain parties that this is
somehow a universally
appealing prospect.
The whole country,
many have suggested,
will get behind Mo and
Bobby and Virgil. All of
us, so the theory goes,
will be as animated on
our sofas as Klopp will be
in the technical area, as
we roll in the aisles at
James Milner’s selfconsciously dull tweets
while belting out our
chorus of “Ole, ole, ole”.
Yeah, right.
As Matt Dawson found
out, football support is
not quite like that. The
Rugby World Cupwinning scrum-half and
presiding irritant on
television’s A Question of
Sport apparently likes to
describe himself as an
Everton fan. I say
apparently because he
does not seem to grasp
the fundamental tenet of
the calling. After
Liverpool’s magnificently
harum-scarum semi-final
win over Roma, he
tweeted: “Thoroughly
enjoyed that @LFC.
Many congrats and will
be cheering you on in a
few weeks #ynwa”.
The response was less
positive than the tone of
his posting. Everton fans
pointed out the problem
of not simply wishing the
rivals well, but doing so
by embracing the
Liverpool motto. You’ll
Never Walk Again was
among the more polite
suggestions.
And those incensed
Evertonians are by no
means unusual in their
absolute refusal to climb
aboard the Kloppite
bandwagon rolling its
way to Ukraine.
Every Manchester
United fan will already
have identified which
sock draw it is that will
command their urgent
attention on the evening
of May 26. So will
Chelsea supporters.
Final: Jurgen Klopp has won
begrudging respect of rivals
As a football
supporter, you
follow who
you follow and
everyone else
can go take a
running jump
Anyone, in fact, who
properly follows a rival
team.
They might grudgingly
acknowledge the quality
of the performances that
have got Liverpool there,
they might wish that
Salah, Firmino and Van
Dijk were in their side,
but as far as they are
concerned, Klopp and his
team will be walking into
the NSC Olimpiyskiy very
much alone.
And rightly so.
Dawson’s logic, that
because a successful club
hail from the same
country as the one you
favour you suddenly root
for them, runs counter to
the emotional purpose of
football support.
Football is nothing if it
is not tribal; you follow
who you follow and
everyone else can go take
a running jump.
The idea that you will
be willing on a team that,
when they play your
own, you loathe with
every fibre of your being,
undermines the point of
being a fan. Loyalty is
fundamental; flipflopping anathema; once
you have made your
choice you stick with it.
This is not just an
English thing. Does
Dawson really imagine
followers of Atletico
Madrid will be cheering
on Cristiano Ronaldo and
his team-mates in Kiev?
Anyone but your
immediate rival has long
been the prevailing
dictum of the football fan.
Indeed you imagine that,
far from joining Dawson
in his cheerful
magnanimity, sales of
Real Madrid shirts in the
blue areas of Merseyside
have just experienced a
sudden spike.
And Liverpool fans
would not want it any
other way. When United
and Chelsea reached the
Champions League finals
in 1999 and 2012, on both
occasions every
Liverpool fan worthy of
the name became an
overnight Bayern Munich
supporter.
So when the two clubs
played each other in
2008, there was only one
course for any selfrespecting red to take:
head off to Bear Grylls’s
island, where, away from
all news media, they
could pretend it just
never happened.
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