The Liverpool super-fan who’s attended every UCL final

first_imgLiverpool Meet the Liverpool fan who’s been to every one of the club’s European Cup finals Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent 16:00 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stephen 'Mono' Monaghan in Istanbul Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Stephen ‘Mono’ Monaghan has followed the Reds around Europe since the 1960s – here, he shares his fondest memories If a Liverpool fan ever tells you he or she “goes everywhere” to watch the Reds, there’s an easy way to check if they’re telling the truth.Ask them if they know ‘Mono’. Or better still, ask ‘Mono’ if he knows them. If he does, you’ve found yourself a genuine travelling Kopite.‘Mono’ is Stephen Monaghan, a 59-year-old Liverpudlian from Halewood. Known affectionately as ‘The King of the Kop’ he’s been following the Reds since the late 60s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! 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He’s the King of the Kop, a prominent member of the Spirit of Shankly supporters’ union, the man whose ‘Leather Bottle’ banner can be seen everywhere the Reds go. He’s the kind of fan every club needs.Here, he talks us through his memories, from Paris down to Turkey, and everything in between…Stephen Monaghan's Liverpool European Cup final ticket stubsStephen Monaghan's Liverpool European Cup final ticket stubsRome 1977“They say your first love is always the best,” Mono says, smiling at the thought. “For me, that’s spot on. Rome will always be special to me. I love the place.”Mono had started going to Liverpool through his dad, John, in the late 1960s. John was a football man, the co-founder of Halewood Junior Football Club (which still runs to this day) and a friend and father figure to all. His nickname locally, Mono tells us, was “Shankly”.  By the time 1977 came, young Stephen was well on his way to becoming a veteran. He’d progressed from the Boys’ Pen to The Kop, obtaining his first season ticket for the 1973-74 season. He had a taste for it; there was no turning back.“It just became my life,” he says. “It sounds strange, but it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Football always came first. Other people would save money for nights out or for the pictures, whatever. I’d be saying: ‘I can’t come out tonight mate, I’m going to Ipswich on Saturday!’”For Mono, like many Liverpool fans, Rome was where it all began in terms of European trips. “We took 30,000 over there,” he laughs. “Nobody expected that. People were selling cars, selling washing machines, selling tellies, just so they could go.“Our trip started the previous Friday, getting the coach from Halewood to London for the FA Cup final. Manchester United beat us, and we were devastated. But we were at Victoria station the following morning and we were off to Rome on the Transalpino, £52 return!”Liverpool fan Stephen Monaghan in Rome, 1977Some Liverpool fans made that trip on the old ‘Football Special’ train from Lime Street, spending the best part of two days in squalid conditions. “Ours was luxury travel by comparison,” Mono laughs, though he remembers arriving in Rome and being confronted with a fountain outside the station. “We were straight in. Those fountains were full of Scousers that week!”The game itself went to plan, a 3-1 win over a fabulous Borussia Monchengladbach side sealing a first European Cup for Bob Paisley’s side.“The best,” Mono says. “I love Rome and I always will, because of that night.”Wembley 1978A year later, Liverpool were back in the final, facing Bruges at Wembley.“It meant the world to us,” Mono says. “To be the best team in Europe, it was everything. We were a great team, and we wanted to prove it.“I hitch-hiked to that final with a mate of mine, Terry. One of our other pals emigrated to Canada two weeks before it, what a bad decision that was!”Kenny Dalglish’s iconic goal settled the game. “He was my hero,” Mono admits. “When I was 50 a few years ago, one of my friends got me a signed picture and message from Kenny as a gift.“He wrote on it ‘To Mono, King of the Kop? There’s only one King!’ But I like to think I got there first!“He nearly got me killed on his debut for Liverpool, Kenny. It was at Middlesbrough, Ayresome Park, he scored after about seven minutes. We were in with the home fans because the Liverpool end was pretty crowded. We jumped up and I just remember getting booted! They chased us all over the place after that.“Kenny, to me, is the greatest player ever to pull on the red shirt. My dad’s hero was Billy Liddell, and Steven Gerrard in the modern generation came close, but Kenny was the one for me. He’s the real King.”Paris 1981After seeing their European supremacy briefly threatened by Brian Clough’s emerging Nottingham Forest, it was back to business for Liverpool in 1981, with Real Madrid beaten at the Parc des Princes in Paris.“That was the only final I never took a camera to!” Mono remembers. “I used to take pictures everywhere I went but, for whatever reason, I didn’t that time.“I just remember the song everyone was singing: ‘On the dole, in Paree, drinking wine!’ That was how it was in Liverpool at the time; the place was suffering, the Thatcher government was doing what it did and money was tight in the city.”The Toxteth riots came a few weeks after that final, and loads of people I knew were leaving Liverpool to go looking for work. I remember you’d go down to London for a game, and on the train back it’d be full of Scousers returning home with all their work gear, they’d be going back down there on the Monday morning.“That final, though, was great. Real Madrid were THE European team, as far as we were concerned. Whenever we were in Europe, we wanted to get drawn against them. It was exciting, something new, the biggest challenge. They were a great side, and we beat them. It wasn’t a great game, but it was a great night!”Liverpool v Roma, 1984Rome 1984Three years later, Liverpool – players and fans – walked into the lion’s den.Rome ’84 is notorious among Kopites for what happened after the game, with travelling Reds subjected to brutal, indiscriminate attacks from home supporters.Mono, though, has rather fonder memories of the trip.“It was one of the best I ever had!” he says. “We were meant to stay in a place called Ostia, which was where the rich and famous went. We ended up in a place called Ladispoli, which was a one-horse town, a hotel out of an Alfred Hitchcock film and one bar called ‘The International’!“Anyway, on the first night some of the lads went for a wander and ended up being chased by Italians on scooters with chains and all kinds. This was five days before the final!“Later that day, hundreds turned up ready to fight. It was scary. But I’ll never forget it, we were inside the one bar, ‘The International’, and this fella appears from nowhere, a police officer with a gun. He asked to speak to us, asked us if we wanted any trouble, we said no and he said: ‘You will get no more trouble now, I promise!’“Angelo, his name was. And after that, the hooligans were as nice as pie. They drank with us, they sang with us. Me and my mate Philly ended up speaking to their leader, and being invited to his house for a meal. We took flowers for his mum, she cooked us steak, spaghetti Bolognese, the works. It was mad, mate!”So was the football, in fairness. Graeme Souness delivered a masterclass, Bruce Grobbelaar’s spaghetti legs bamboozled Roma’s penalty takers and Alan Kennedy delivered the killer blow, just as he had in Paris. Liverpool were four-time European Champions.“The atmosphere for that game was something else,” Mono says. “We were in awe of it, to be honest. But what happened afterwards was chaos, it was frightening.“Everyone was getting attacked, women, children, the elderly. I remember seeing a mate of ours from Halewood, the day after the game. He was walking round with a ripped t-shirt and he didn’t know what day it was. He’d been attacked the night before, taken to hospital and checked himself out. He had no passport, no money, no plane ticket. We had to bunk him onto a flight back to England, honestly!”Me being the smallest, I had to hide under the seat so we could get him on. We all took it in turns to go to the toilet so there would be a seat. You’d get 10 years for that now, probably!”Mono's proud flag 'The Old Lady'Istanbul 2005The events of Heysel, of course, would cast a shadow over Liverpool, club and city, and bring an end to their era of European dominance. They would be banned from continental competition for six years, and it would be 20 before they were back in a European Cup final.“Sad, incomprehensible,” says Mono, understandably keen not to dwell on that fateful, tragic night in Brussels.By the time Liverpool got the chance to lift the trophy for a fifth time, the competition had been rebranded as the Champions League, Mono had a son, Joe, who was raised in the way of the family; he was a Red, and a passionate one.The 2004-05 season was a poignant one. John, Mono’s father, passed away the day before Liverpool played Olympiakos in the December. “When Steven Gerrard scored, I burst out crying,” he remembers. “And Joe did too. I remember someone near us saying: ‘Look at that, that’s passion!’ but it wasn’t, it was for my dad.”Liverpool, under Rafa Benitez, continued to defy the odds. Leverkusen fell, then Juventus, then Chelsea. AC Milan, Europe’s best, were next.“I still get emotional, even now,” Mono says. “I cried again in Istanbul when we did it. I remembered all those games, all those memories. He’d have loved it, but he’d have loved the thought of me and Joe being there together, witnessing that.“My next door neighbour left at half-time, I still give him stick about it now! It’s a life lesson as far as I’m concerned. Believe and support. I sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at half-time out of defiance; it’s down in folklore now that it made a difference. I’d love to think it did.”Stephen Monaghan and son JoeKiev 2018?And what of this weekend, then?Liverpool’s last Champions League final ended in defeat, in Athens in 2007, but now, 11 years on, they’re ready to go for number six.It’s already been some journey. They’ve been to Hoffenheim, to Seville and to Porto. Moscow brought a memorable run-in with Jose Mourinho, in which the unsuspecting Manchester United boss posed for a photograph wearing a Spirit of Shankly sticker. Grinning next to him, of course, was Mono.“We’d been out on a cruise round Moscow, so we’d had a few bevies!” he laughs.“We were staying at the Radisson, and the Manchester United team was there too. Mourinho was in the lobby so we just went for it. It was done and dusted in two seconds, I stuck the sticker on him, we took the picture and we were away.“I saw him again the next morning when I was having breakfast. I just winked at him ‘Alright, Jose, mate?’ He didn’t say a word!”Mono meets Jose MourinhoThe knockout stages brought more incredible moments; Porto saw the birth of the ‘Allez, Allez, Allez!’ chant which will soundtrack Liverpool’s weekend in Kiev, while trips to Manchester City and Roma will live long in the memory.And now, finally, to Ukraine. Mono will be there, so will his son. The man he bought his first season ticket with, John Nicolson, will be sat next to him as he always is. They’re ready.“I’ve already got my clothes ironed and ready, I can’t wait,” smiles the King of the Kop.“It gives me a shiver down the spine, just thinking about the flags and the noise and the songs. I’ve been going for years, but I still get that feeling. I always will.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

2015 Masters World Cup campaign commences

first_imgAustralia’s Masters squads commence their 2015 World Cup campaign this weekend when the contingent trains together in Sydney. The six squads will train over the weekend with all squad members looking to impress in their first camp in the lead up to the World Cup in April/May next year at C.Ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour. There has been strong interest in all the squads due to the World Cup being on home soil in 2015, with the last World Cup held in Australia being 15 years ago. Australia will be looking to retain the Masters World Cup trophy that they won at the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.Touch Football Australia wishes all squad members the best of luck for the training camp this weekend. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the Masters Training Camp, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia social media pages and website:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMasters Training Camplast_img read more

10 months agoCarragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Carragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher hailed the performance of Virgil van Dijk for victory at Wolves last night.Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Molineux and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match. Carragher told Sky Sports: “He makes other people play better around him. Tony Adams made the rest of that Arsenal back four better. He does the same.”He scored a great goal for Holland a few weeks ago. His goal record isn’t great considering his size but the type of goal he got there, how many centre backs would put that over the bar?”The win over Wolves sent the Merseyside club four points clear at the top of the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday. last_img read more

10 months ago​Marco Silva demands Everton response

first_img​Marco Silva demands Everton responseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Silva wants his side to show their quality in their next game on New Year’s Day.The Toffees ended 2018 with a disappointing loss to Brighton, which put them 10th in the league.Their manager now wants them to bounce back against Leicester City at home.”It is important to be strong again and ready for the next match in three days,” Silva told the club’s website.”We don’t have time to prepare in the normal way but that is the schedule and we have to put in our players’ minds how important the next game is.”We have to change our recent form at home and give a different answer.”It will be a tough match but we have to give 100 per cent to win it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to grow

first_imgSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to growby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants two players to arrive at the club this month.The Blues have been linked with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who Sarri worked with successfully at Napoli.And the Italian hinted that his demands were not being appeased by the Chelsea board.”As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market,” he said”In my opinion we need two players, but it’s up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right man

first_imgMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right manby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is fully behind the club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.McTominay believes that Solskjaer is the right man to lead United to success domestically and in Europe.The Norwegian has come in for significant criticism after his side’s dismal start to the season.They face a tough home clash against Arsenal on Monday night.”It takes time for a new manager coming in,” the Scotland international told The Mirror. “It’s not all of a sudden just going to click straight into place.”Once Sir Alex left, it was going to take time for the club to find the right manager, and I do believe that we have the right manager now in Ole.”You see different eras in football teams – everybody goes through transitional stages and we’re going through one right now.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: N.C. State Spotted With “UNC Cheat” License Plate

first_imgNC Stae finger bumper sticker pointing at a UNC cheats license plate.Twitter/@keola_vWell, this was probably inevitable. N.C. State fans really, really don’t like North Carolina, and many have gotten a lot of joy out of the recent academic scandal in Chapel Hill. We’ve seen many fans get custom license plates, many of which are used to taunt rival fans. This “UNCCHE@T” license plate was bound to be made—the only real question was whether a Duke fan would be a State fan to the punch.School spirit I guess, lol #ncst #unc #wolfpack #tarheels #acc #ncstate #Duke pic.twitter.com/RrLYLryobI— Keola Victorino (@keola_v) July 7, 2015We’re sure the Tar Heels fans in the area really appreciate seeing this on their daily commute.last_img read more

Amaya, Buchanan to headline MLS Generation adidas class

first_imgThe 2019 MLS draft is little more than a week away and the league is putting the finishing touches on the class of college underclassmen who will headline the draft class, including one U.S. youth national team standout. U.S. Under-20 midfielder Frankie Amaya and Syracuse University forward Tajon Buchanan headline a class of seven players who have signed Generation adidas contracts, sources have confirmed to Goal. Amaya, who finished his freshman season at UCLA and started for the U.S. U-20s in their 2-0 win against Mexico in the Concaaf Championship final, heads into the draft as the highest-rated prospect available. The skilled central midfielder impressed at the Concacaf Championships, and is very much a possibility to go as the first overall selection in the 2019.  Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Canadian forward Buchanan is regarded as another one of the top prospects in the draft. The 19-year-old forward/winger was a first-team All-ACC selection, registering eight goals and four assists for Syracuse. University of Kentucky junior forward J.J. Williams will be in the running for the top pick in the draft as well. The American striker earned All-American honors for the Wildcats after scoring 18 goals and adding eight assists in 2018. University of Maryland goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair helped lead the Terrapins to an NCAA title and will be looking to follow in the professional footsteps of fellow Maryland goalkeeping alumnus Zack Steffen, who completed a transfer to Manchester City in December. A 6-foot-4 junior, St. Clair recorded 12 shutouts to help Maryland win its first NCAA title in a decade. University of North Carolina sophomore John Nelson has also signed a Generation adidas deal and should be one of the first defenders selected in the draft. The Tar Heels left back earned second-team All-ACC honors and is a former U.S. Under-17 World Cup player. Indiana University forward Griffin Dorsey was a teammate of Amaya’s on the U.S. Under-20 national team that won the Concacaf Championship in November and now joins Amaya as a Generation adidas signing. The sophomore earned first-team All-Big Ten honors on a Hoosiers team that reached the NCAA final four. Virginia Commonwealth midfielder Siad Haji is another player with a lengthy U.S. youth national team resume. The winger/attacking midfielder has played for the United States on the U-17 and U-19 level, and is expected to earn a call-up to the U.S. Under-20 team for its next camp. Hadji recorded five goals and 10 assists for VCU in 2018. The Generation adidas program is the MLS mechanism for signing top college underclassmen to go through the MLS draft. Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan and Jack Harrison are some of the top players to pass through the program. MLS has succeeded in securing most of its top 2019 Generation adidas targets, but not all of them. U.S. Under-20 national team right back Manny Perez would be one of the highest-rated players in the 2019 draft if he signed with MLS, but is weighing transfer offers in Europe. Sources tell Goal that, as of Tuesday, signing a Generation adidas deal is still a possibility for the North Carolina State defender. UCLA forward Mohammed Kamara is another prospect who had been considered a candidate for a Generation adidas contract, but sources say he is weighing offers in Europe, with German club Paderborn a strong possibility. Akron University forward David Egbo is another player who has drawn consideration as a Generation adidas target after scoring 13 goals for a Zips squad that reached the NCAA final four, but as of Tuesday he has not signed a deal. The members of the Generation adidas class will join the top college seniors at the MLS combine, which kicks off on Saturday in Orlando, with the 2019 MLS draft set for January 10 in Chicago. Expansion side FC Cincinnati currently holds the first overall pick in the draft.last_img read more

McCormack’s Mariners departure confirmed

first_imgRoss McCormack has officially left the Central Coast Mariners in another blow for the struggling A-League club.Fresh from being thumped 5-2 by Sydney FC on Friday night , the Mariners released a statement on Saturday announcing the on-loan Scottish striker’s recall to parent club Aston Villa.McCormack  was sent back Villa for specialist treatment on a knee injury earlier in December, but was expected to be back for the Mariners’ clash against Perth Glory on New Years Eve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However  the 26-year-old was spotted watching former club Motherwell play after when he was supposed to return to Australia  – in a clear sign he wasn’t coming back Down Under.— Del Sommerville (@Del1589) December 29, 2018 ​”I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners and the fans for welcoming me on the Central Coast with open arms. Although I was only there for a short period, everyone made me feel very welcome from day one.” McCormack said.”The opportunity for me to return to the UK is something that I couldn’t turn down and will allow me to see my children more, which is something that is very important to me.”I wish the playing group and coaching staff all the best for the rest of the season.”McCormack scored one goal in five appearances for the Gosford-based club – a long way short of the 14 he struck for Melbourne City last season.The Mariners have had the worst start in A-League history and remain rooted to the bottom of the table with no wins and only two points from their 11 matches.last_img read more

College Football Fans Are Freaking Out Because Of The South Bend-To-Eugene Flight Scheduled Tonight

first_imgBrian Kelly speaking at a press conference.YouTube/WatchNDIt’s FlightAware season, college football fans. Time to speculate which flights around the country could be carrying head football coaches to their new jobs.Wednesday’s action? There is a flight currently scheduled from South Bend, Indiana to Eugene, Oregon at 4:40 p.m. ET tonight. Considering some fans think Brian Kelly could be a candidate for the now-vacant Oregon job, screenshots of the flight pattern on FlightAware.com are making the rounds.BREAKING: Private Jet flying from South Bend, IN going to Eugene, OR later today. Could be a coincidence, but Oregon also fired their coach pic.twitter.com/c6zNqINjta— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 30, 2016Well well well. Private plane flying from South Bend to Eugene, Oregon. ? pic.twitter.com/UIN4ALxdRz— Kevin Burke (@kevinjburke423) November 30, 2016Flight from South Bend to Eugene could simply be a recruiting trip. As I said, could just be a coincidence. https://t.co/sXsjzgExVY— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 30, 2016@Matt_Fortuna Private jet going from south bend to Eugene, OR today, coincidence? Doubtful pic.twitter.com/1hrZz062gE— Geno Freeman (@PapaGeno773) November 30, 2016For anyone curious, you can see the South Bend-Eugene private flight for yourself right here: https://t.co/0o8bUVSnS1#GoDucks— Mike Konowitz (@MikeKonowitz) November 30, 2016Keep in mind, this means nothing – other than the obvious fact that college football fans love to speculate. Right?last_img read more

Watch: Mark May Doesn’t Think Ohio State Should Get Into The Playoff Without Conference Title

first_imgMark May picking against Ohio State yet again.Twitter/@TheSpunOhio State will likely be one of the four teams selected for the College Football Playoff. ESPN’s Mark May, who often criticizes the Buckeyes, does not like it.Ohio State is ranked second in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, released on Tuesday night, behind only Alabama. We only have two years of data to work with, but thus far every team to make the field has been a conference champion. Ohio State lost a tiebreaker with Penn State, which beat the Buckeyes head-to-head, and does not play in tonight’s Big Ten Championship. Still, FiveThirtyEight‘s most recent College Football Playoff forecast gives the Buckeyes a rock solid 92-percent chance to make the Playoff, in part because they do not have a chance to lose today.Mark May, often an antagonist of Ohio State football, does not like that the Buckeyes could get in over Penn State, even if the Nittany Lions win the conference championship. On ABC opposite Mack Brown, May expressed his disagreement with the Buckeyes’ candidacy.Mark May, still biased as hell when it comes to Ohio State pic.twitter.com/Jco6E21E58— The Spun (@TheSpun) December 3, 2016Penn State fans are also not big on May, and couldn’t believe that the former Pitt Panther stood up for the Nittany Lions.Mark May advocating for #PSU. Has hell frozen over?— (((Der Kommissar))) (@RadarPSU) December 3, 2016@BlueLion13126 i’m assuming this is a different Mark May and not the one that once played for Pitt . Is this like Mark May the plumber?— Cliff Dressler (@CliffDressler) December 3, 2016And 2016 continues to be weird as Mark May said Penn State should get in over Ohio State if they win tonight…— Jim (@PandaPSU) December 3, 2016Penn State has the head-to-head win over Ohio State, and can win the Big Ten with a win over Wisconsin tonight, but two losses—including a 39-point drubbing at the hands of Michigan—could be too much for James Franklin’s club to overcome.last_img read more

Lascelles hails Bruce’s Newcastle impact

first_imgNewcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has praised the tactics of Steve Bruce and said the new manager has had an immediate impact.Bruce finally joined the Magpies on July 17 after a long period of speculation over who would replace Rafael Benitez at the helm at St James’ Park.The ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss watched from the stands as his new club beat West Ham 1-0 in Shanghai to finish third in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bruce selected the Newcastle XI and novel 3-5-2 formation, but took a watching brief, allowing the interim pair of Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn to direct proceedings.Despite his absence from the touchline, Lascelles said Bruce’s influence could already be felt by the players.“We set up in a different formation today which I think suited us perfectly with our personnel,” the 25-year-old defender told the Premier League’s official website.“All of the instructions he gave to us we tried to do them to the best of our ability.“We’ve had him for two days now in training and straight away we’ve picked up and we’ve adapted very quickly.“When a new manager comes in you are always going to want to impress. The workrate has always been there because that’s what type of group we are.”It was not just Bruce’s team who were impressed with his tactics for the game.Defeated West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere was also struck by the way Newcastle set out to play and conceded that it had confused the Hammers.“In the first half I think Newcastle played well – let’s give them some credit,” the former Arsenal man said.“They set up differently to what we expected and maybe they caught us by surprise.“We didn’t know who should press the centre-back and who should stay and when you’ve got a player like [Jonjo] Shelvey in the middle controlling the game it makes it difficult.”While Bruce has convinced the players early on in his reign it may take more than a good performance in pre-season to convince the fans.The former Manchester United great admitted after his appointment that he had big boots to fill, replacing the popular Benitez, with his appointment not universally welcomed by the Toon Army support. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Vegas Computer’s Early Score Predictions For Week 6’s Biggest Games

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns cheerleaders holding Texas flags.DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)After a wild and crazy Week 5, we can now look ahead to Week 6 of the college football season. There are a number of pivotal games on the horizon.None loom larger than the Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas in Dallas, and Notre Dame’s trip to Virginia Tech Saturday night. We can’t wait for those two contests, but there are a number of other intriguing matchups on the docket as well.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 6.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.last_img read more

Former Florida State Star Going Off On Seminoles During Performance vs. Clemson

first_imgDeondre Francois being hit by a Clemson defender.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles throws a pass while under pressure in the second quarter of the game against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Clemson vs. Florida State game, usually one of the most anticipated of the season, is an absolute joke this year. The Tigers currently lead the Seminoles 59-3 early in the fourth quarter. One former FSU star is losing his mind on Twitter.Jacobbi McDaniel, who played at Florida State from 2009-2013 and helped the program win a national title, has taken to Twitter with some thoughts on the contest. In short, he’s beyond disappointed with what the Seminoles are doing on the field.It’s hard to blame him. Florida State, after holding Clemson scoreless in the first quarter, has given up 59 points since. The team’s offense hasn’t been much better.Here’s what McDaniel had to say. Some of it is quite colorful.Debo tryna put up 35 in the first half! Sheesh lol.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018They out there being friendly with Clemson players. And literally getting their ass beat… wow.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018During the play you Tuck your tail between your legs,but after the play you stick ya chest out. That’s ass backwards. Am I the only one that notice that? During the play it’s nothing but after the play or side liners notice how all that wolf talk come about?? #ass #backwards— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 201852 points in your house?! This is a fucking(sorry for my language) disgrace. All of you need ya ass whipped! This has to do with pride pride pride. It’s no way Fsu should get their ass beat this bad.. what’s really going on man. Frfr. Trash as hell! Unacceptable— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018Wanna be fucking(sorry for my language once again) fashion designers and shit. I normally hold my thoughts but ya boys trash! About to get 60 hung on ya at ya own fucking stadium.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018At an fsu game.. psh. Smh https://t.co/4TCGABP9Hz— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018It’s these players man. It’s pride!! It ain’t coaching its pride! https://t.co/1Wo50njdh6— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 201870 points?! In house??In ya house??!!!! Evrybody souls leave the stadium. They don’t deserve no ones time. This is pride man. Coaching has nothing to do with it. Jimbo has nothing to do with it. So don come at me about Jimbo nor the coaches now. Hold these kids accountable!— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018With the remaining schedule Fsu may go 4-8 wowww.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) October 27, 2018Clemson, with the win, is now 8-0 on the season and looks like a virtual lock for the College Football Playoff.Florida State, meanwhile, falls to 4-4. The Seminoles will need to finish 2-2 to compete in a bowl game.last_img read more

Top Quarterback Being Evaluated For Injury After Being Hit With Football During Warmups

first_imgAlan Bowman runs with the ball for Texas Tech.LUBBOCK, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Alan Bowman #10 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders scrambles with the football during the game against the Lamar Cardinals on September 08, 2018 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 77-0. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Texas Tech football is looking to shake up the College Football Playoff picture against Oklahoma tonight, but it caught some serious bad luck at halftime.The Red Raiders led OU 31-28 at the half, with Alan Bowman dealing.He was 21-for-26 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. And yet, it is Jett Duffey behind center for the Red Raiders in the third quarter.According to a report, Alan Bowman was hit by a football during halftime warm-ups, and now he’s in the locker room for evaluations.It is unclear what exactly happened to cause a potential Alan Bowman injury, but Duffey has handled the first two drives for the Red Raiders.Bowman was in a nice shootout with Heisman candidate Kyler Murray, who had three total touchdowns but two interceptions leading to 14 Texas Tech points in the first half.Murray is taking advantage so far in half No. 2. On OU’s first drive, Murray led the team on a four-play, 69-yard scoring drive, capped by a 46 yard touchdown toss to Lee Morris.ARE YOU KIDDING ME? LEE MORRIS?? #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/IhPROzy6oP— FballMedia (@fballmedia) November 4, 2018The Sooners are driving again. They got a real scare in the first half, but Texas Tech may need to stem the tide here soon.last_img read more

4-Star QB Taulia Tagovailoa Officially Signs With Alabama

first_imgTaulia Tagovailoa ahead of taking a high school snap.AL.comTaulia Tagovailoa, younger brother of Alabama superstar quarterback Tua, committed to Alabama back in April, but that didn’t stop other big programs from trying to flip him.He wasn’t a solid commit all fall though. With his brother holding onto the starting job for at least another year, there’s seemed to be a chance that he’d blaze his own trail.Tennessee was involved, and LSU made a pretty big push on the younger Tagovailoa during the middle of the season.He remained a member of the Crimson Tide class throughout, though, and today, he made it official.Taulia Tagovailoa signed with Alabama football this morning.It probably wasn’t the most dramatic moment of the day for Crimson Tide fans, but they can let out a sigh of relief nevertheless.It’s official! Taulia Tagovailoa is headed to play for #Alabama! #RollTide ? pic.twitter.com/W8PdatS6iF— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) December 19, 2018247Sports has Tagovailoa as a four-star recruit, and the No. 110 player in his class. He is the No. 5 pro-style quarterback, and sixth-ranked player in Alabama.The Crimson Tide are expected to have the No. 1 class in the country when everything shakes out.last_img read more

Notre Dame Coach Raves About Surprising Position Group

first_img “Owusu was recruited to play Rover,” Lea said. “He’s the first true Rover that we’ve had. He really embodies what that position is meant to be. His length, his athleticism, his ability to cover…even more than [former linebacker Drue] Tranquill.“Tranquill was a Buck linebacker playing Rover. Asmar was a Mike linebacker playing Rover. Wu is a Rover. He’s 217 pounds now and I’m really excited about him. He had a really nice spring.”Notre Dame has developed some solid NFL linebackers recently. Along with Tranquill, who now plays for the Chargers, the team has developed Manti Te’o and Jaylon Smith.Great years by the linebackers have tended to follow great years by the team overall.If this group is all Lea has it cracked up to be, perhaps another trip to the College Football Playoff may be in the cards. A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – AUGUST 31: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Temple Owls on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame is coming off a 12-0 regular season and a trip to the College Football Playoff. But after a quick exit at the hands of Clemson, the Irish will be looking to finish the job next year. One Notre Dame coach identified a position that could help lead them there.Per Irish Illustrated, Notre Dame defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clark Lea spoke glowingly about his linebacker corps. He noted that despite their lack of experience, it’s one of the best-looking groups he’s coached.“It’s as talented, athletic, long a group as I’ve coached…  When you think about the squad in 2017 and the movement and the speed and the range compared to now, I think it’s night and day. I think we’ve really come a long way.”This year’s group of linebackers is projected to consist of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Asmar Bilal, Jack Lamb, Jordan Genmark Heath, and Shayne Simon. The latter four were all four-star prospects coming out of high school.But Lea had his best reviews for Owusu-Koramoah, who referred to him as “the first real Rover that we’ve had.”last_img read more

Only ODI: Ben Foakes, Tom Curran star as England scrape past Ireland in Dublin

first_img graphs Only ODI: Ben Foakes, Tom Curran star as England scrape past Ireland in DublinWicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes scored an unbeaten 61 and all-rounder Tom Curran added 47 not out to give England a scrappy victory. advertisement commentary Reuters DublinMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 09:11 IST Tom Curran starred with ball and bat to help England beat Ireland by 4 wickets (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland (199/6) beat Ireland (198) by 4 wickets in the only ODIBen Foakes (61 not out) and Tom Curran (47 not out) starred with the bat for EnglandCurran also took 3 wickets while Liam Plunkett bagged 4 in the first inningsTom Curran and Ben Foakes put together an unbeaten 98-run partnership to help England beat Ireland by four wickets in a one-off one-dayer in Malahide on Friday.Chasing 199 to win, England slipped to 101 for six as Ireland’s 19-year-old debutant bowler Josh Little made the most of seaming conditions to claim 4-45.However, wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes scored an unbeaten 61 and all-rounder Curran added 47 not out to give the top-ranked one-day side a scrappy victory.England had won the toss and elected to bowl after the match was put back by two hours and reduced to 45 overs per side amid concerns over a soggy outfield after overnight rain.Ireland captain William Porterfield and Paul Stirling made a steady start and were 46 without loss at the end of 10 overs.But when they had reached 55, England quick Curran lured Stirling (33) into chipping the ball to a diving Jofra Archer at mid-on.Seamer Liam Plunkett removed Porterfield (17) and Lorcan Tucker (seven), before Curran added a second of his own when Joe Denly caught the experienced Kevin O’Brien (four) at backward point.The hosts were 111-6 but debutant Mark Adair hinted at a fightback as he smashed two sixes off Curran.Archer, who conceded 21 runs off his first spell of four overs on his ODI debut, returned to the attack to remove Adair with a 90 mph ball that went clean through the batsman and uprooted the off stump.Barbados-born all-rounder Archer is among a number of players who, despite being left out of England’s preliminary squad for the World Cup, will be hoping to stake a claim for a late call-up to the tournament starting May 30.advertisementPlunkett, who finished as England’s standout bowler with 4-35, and Curran picked apart the Ireland lower order as the hosts were all out with 11 balls to play.”At certain stages we knew it would be challenging, but the bowlers did a great job,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.”Three or four of us batted really poorly but Foakes was outstanding on debut … he and Curran got us over the line.”England next travel to Cardiff for a one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan on Sunday, before the two teams play a five-match ODI series starting Wednesday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ireland vs EnglandFollow IRE vs ENGFollow Tom CurranFollow Ben Foakescenter_img scorecard view more view less No data available!last_img read more

University of Delhi admission form releasing date postponed, now to be out on May 24

first_imgUniversity of Delhi admission form releasing date postponed, now to be out on May 24University of Delhi admission process has been postponed due to Lok Sabha election results 2019.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 15:23 IST University of Delhi undergraduate admission process is delayed. The application forms will now be available only in the middle of next week, according to the Dean of Students Welfare.There seems to be a further delay in the commencement of the University of Delhi undergraduate admission process. The application forms will now be available only in the middle of next week, according to the Dean of Students Welfare. The application forms were expected to be available from May 20, 2019. However, Professor Rajeev Gupta on Saturday said they won’t release the forms before Thursday due to the results of the Lok Sabha elections, which will be announced on May 23, 2019.Read: DU Admissions 2019: Agency to conduct entrance exams not yet finalisedUniversity of Delhi: Application processThe application process was to start at the beginning of May, but it kept getting postponed as the preparations for the admission process has not been completed yet said Gupta.Gupta said the admission for undergraduate and postgraduate courses will begin separately. The forms for PG courses are likely to be out by May 21. The admission process for masters will begin in the next two-three days, said Gupta.University of Delhi: Entrance examsWhile the admission process for most UG courses will be on merit basis, the university will conduct entrance tests for courses such as :BA (Honours) Business Economics,Bachelor of Management Studies,Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis),B.Tech (IT and Mathematical Innovations),Bachelor of Science in Physical Education,Health Education and Sports,BA (Honours) Multimedia and Mass Communication,The 5-year journalism programme among others.University of Delhi: Entrance exam date The university has approached the National Testing Agency for the entrance tests.advertisementLast year there was one agency which was roped in for the registration process. This year DUCC (Delhi University Computer Centre) is doing both registration and admission and that’s the reason for the delay, Gupta said. Last year, the admission process began on May 15.Read: BSE Odisha 10th Result 2019: Date and time to be confirmed by Odisha Board soonRead: Gujarat Board Class 10 SSC Result 2019: 7.5 lakh students anxiously waiting for resultGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKajari Goswami Tags :Follow University of Delhilast_img read more