Despite his brother strutting his stuff in front of 60,000 fans every other week, Alan Forrest still has some family bragging rights. Alan has scored twice against Rangers , with older brother James lagging behind on just one. And to add more salt to the wound, 22-year-old Alan is the only one of the pair to have bagged a goal at Ibrox. Alan scored an equaliser in a League One clash infront of a crowd of 40,651 in 2014. Bilel Mohsni opened the scoring on 54 minutes with a header. But Forrest equalised 15 minutes later as he shot home after being set up by Scott McLaughlin. Mohsni grabbed the winner eight minutes from time on the rebound after David Hutton had clawed away a Nicky Clark header. Alan also scored the opener in last season’s Scottish Cup clash with the Govan side, which ended with the Glasgow giants winning 6-1. And Alan loves the fact he has got one up on his brother. He said: “I gave him a good slagging about it, but obviously he has scored since. “But … [Read more...] about Alan Forrest loves that he’s scored more against Rangers than big brother James
Tributes have been paid to former editor of the Southport Visiter Alan Pinch. Alan, who worked at the Visiter for more than a decade, died suddenly on July 7. The 89-year-old was much-loved by his family and the local community – after making a name for himself in Southport throughout his career. The father-of-four had a love for journalism and worked in the field for around 56 years - and even continued to write in his retirement. His first child, Jeanette Henry, said: “Dad was always larger than life to me. I observed his enthusiasm and zest for his journalism and his sporting pursuits from a very young age. “Whenever we walked through town with dad we would be stopping frequently along the way to chat with lots of people who seemed to know dad well. “We inevitably ended up in a café with one or two of those acquaintances, so it was a win-win for us! “When I was young dad was a voracious reporter – he went to great lengths to get his story. … [Read more...] about Tributes paid to former Southport Visiter editor Alan Pinch
Five-time world darts champ Eric Bristow died on Thursday aged 60 following a suspected heart attack. He left behind his devastated partner Rebecca Gadd, 39, who has paid tribute to her “treble 20 for ever man”. But here, in extracts from his autobiography Eric Bristow: The Crafty Cockney, the sporting star speaks candidly about his past loves and one-night stands. If I had my life again I wouldn’t change a thing, apart from one or two women I went out with. I met my first love, Pauline, when I was 16. She was beautiful and she thought I was magic. We hit it off straight away and had a brilliant time. Then, towards the end of summer, the Monday league restarted so I couldn’t see her that night. Later the Tuesday league began, then the Wednesday. She said: “When can I see you?” “How about next summer?” I replied. She may have been my first love but darts came before everything – that was the problem. I couldn’t have any … [Read more...] about Eric Bristow speaks candidly about his past loves and one-night stands
A Hull nurse was the star of the show after her garden was transformed on national television. Alan Titchmarsh visited Hull as part of his ‘Love Your Garden’ series on ITV, where he revitalises the back yards of residents up and down the country. The show, which was aired in prime time on ITV on Friday night, showed Alan turn the garden of Maggie Simkiss, a Macmillan nurse, into a special Mediterranean-themed plot. “I’m here to meet an exceptionally caring woman,” Alan said at the start of the show as he arrived in Hull. Maggie, a nurse for 40 years, lives in the city with her husband, Kev, but Alan said their garden had “fallen by the wayside” and was rundown because of their work. So the TV legend surprised Maggie in the middle of a meeting to inform her that both he and his team would be helping her make it into something special. “These colleagues were telling me what a wonderful person you are, and saying you're inspirational, but at … [Read more...] about Alan Titchmarsh transforms Hull nurse’s garden
ALAN Titchmarsh is a well-loved English gardener turned TV presenter. He rose to fame on Ground Force alongside Charlie Dimmock, but what else do we know about the green-fingered star? We've got the lowdown... Who is Alan Titchmarsh and how old is he? Alan Titchmarsh is a popular TV gardener, who has an impressive roster of shows behind him from Ground Force to Songs of Praise. Born in Yorkshire on May 2, 1949, Alan is currently 68 years old. After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, Alan became a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes. As well as appearing on TV, Alan used to have a show on BBC Radio 2 and now has one on Classic FM. He has also written seven novels and two autobiographies. Who is Alan Titchmarsh’s wife? Alan Titchmarsh has been married to Alison since 1975. The couple have two children, Polly (born 1979) and Camilla (born 1981). He has previously described Alison as his “best friend”. MOST READ IN TV … [Read more...] about How old is Alan Titchmarsh, who is the Love Your Garden star’s wife and what TV shows has he presented?