A MUM-OF-THREE who is one of Britain’s most prolific female thieves has walked free from court after clocking up her 218th conviction.Jeanette Fidler known as The Magpie plundered tens of thousands of pounds worth of items in raids on ladies lockers at gyms, health centres, leisure complexes and spas across the North of England, in over 17 years of offending.In a bid to stop her thieving spree, junkie Fidler was banned from all leisure centres, gyms or hotels in the UK.But she was arrested again in July after various lockers were broken into after staff let her use the ladies toilet at Salford Community Leisure centre in Greater Manchester.At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Fidler, of Oldham, admitted breaching her Criminal Behaviour Order but escaped with a 12-month community order after she insisted she did not break into any of the lockers.The single mother - who has three year old son - claimed she was only at the leisure centre because she was desperate for the … [Read more...] about One of Britain’s most prolific female thieves nicknamed The Magpie walks free from court despite breaching order banning her from every gym and hotel in the country
NEWCASTLE have been dealt a blow in their quest to sign Pepe Reina after his agent revealed he has received no offers this summer.The goalkeeper is believed to be a key target for boss Rafa Benitez who is looking to be reunited with Spanish goalkeeper for the third time.However, the 34-year-old's representative has claimed the former Bayern Munich man is already looking ahead to next season with Napoli. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog Despite being offered a new one-year deal to extend his stay with the Serie A giants with his current contract due to expire next summer, Reina is hoping for a longer term deal.This has led Benitez to believe he can lure the 2010 World Cup winner back to the Premier League, and link up once more having enjoyed success together at Liverpool and the Partenopei.Reina's agent - Manuel Garcia Quilon, told Italian news outlet Il Mattino: "We do not have offers from … [Read more...] about Newcastle dealt blow in pursuit of Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina as agent declares he has received no offers from the Magpies
NEWCASTLE'S promotion is all but secure but the Magpies have the chance to seal the deal in front of their own fans against Preston.Huddersfield's 4-1 loss at home to Fulham has made the task significantly easier for Rafa Benitez's men at St James' Park.Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Monday night clash.Newcastle vs Preston will take place at St James' Park on Monday, April 24.The match will kick off at 7.45pm.Sky Sports 1 and HD1 will broadcast all the action live.Newcastle need a point at home to North End to be mathematically certain of promotion ahead of third placed Reading, who they lead by six points.But their place in the Premier League is virtually secure as the Royals are a whopping 36 goals worse off on goal difference.More interesting could be the title race.The Toon Army need at least a draw to remain in with a chance of catching Brighton, who lead them by seven points having played a game more.Ciaran Clark is set to return to Rafa Benitez's squad after … [Read more...] about Newcastle vs Preston: What TV channel is it on, what time is kick-off and what do the Magpies have to do to secure promotion to the Premier League?
YET again Newcastle United have been brought up in an Andros Townsend interview. Months on from Townsend's exit from Newcastle United and the club is still brought up in his interviews with the press.Words thrown around like "loves the club" and "tough decision to make". I'll let you make your mind up on whether those words are genuine or just a nice gesture to his ex club's fanbase.Let's rewind to the time we signed the England international. At the time, Andros was playing reserve football for Spurs and hadn't seen the first team in months.We paid a huge fee and put a lot of faith in the 24 year old and many pundits laughed at paying a double figure sum for a Tottenham reserve player.From day one, the winger received some of the best support that we could give to a player for his effort and direct style of play. He brought some much needed pace into the side and wasn't afraid to shoot.When Townsend signed he made sure he had a relegation release clause in his contract due to the club … [Read more...] about Newcastle United news: Andros Townsend says he ‘loves’ the club and had to leave to keep his England place… but what do the Magpies fans think?
THE curtain has finally come down on yet another astonishing Premier League season — won by Leicester, if you hadn’t heard...While there were some stunning transfers throughout last summer and the January window — with players such as West Ham’s Dimitri Payet and the Foxes’ own N’Golo Kante joining the league — there were some flops, to put it mildly.To celebrate another enthralling season of hits and misses, SunSport runs down the top six transfer flops from this term.Take a look at the top six below... It’s no surprise to see some of the clubs involved heavily. FIRST a word from our sponsor, Mr Radamel Falcao.The Colombian hitman was so poor throughout 2014-15 at Manchester United, that we decided to name this year’s award after him.And despite his Old Trafford failings, Jose Mourinho decided to give him another crack at the Premier League at Chelsea...It’s fair to say it backfired.Falcao scored just once all season, … [Read more...] about The Radamel Falcao Awards 2015-16: The biggest Premier League transfer flops of the season gone by
CHORLEY FOOTBALL CLUB need a hero – and are prepared to offer a goalkeeper the chance of a lifetime.The National League North side, managed by ex-Premier League star Matt Jansen, have launched an emergency Twitter appeal for a shotstopper to play in their FA Cup first round clash with Fleetwood.A 4-3 win at Boston United on Tuesday secured them a glamour home tie against League One opposition, which will be screened live on BT Sport on Monday 6 November.The only problem is two of the non-league team’s most vital players are cup-tied – and that has left them without a senior ‘keeper.No1 Matt Urwin is on-loan at the Lancashire club from their visitors – making him ineligible to play against his parent club due to the competition’s rules.Midfielder and fellow Fleetwood man, and Chorley’s top scorer Nick Haughton, is also in a similar scenario.But the situation has left Chorley in a pickle and with no-one to pull on the gloves– leading … [Read more...] about FA Cup latest news: Chorley offer YOU chance of a lifetime to play in goal live on TV in the FA Cup
OUTSIDE of Oxford supporters, few would have batted an eyelid when Michael Appleton left his post as U’s boss to become Craig Shakespeare’s assistant at Leicester.But the former Manchester United midfielder has been thrust into the spotlight after Shakespeare was sacked on Tuesday following a run of one Premier League win in eight at the start of the season.The man who dramatically succeeded Claudio Ranieri as Foxes boss, nine months after the Italian brought the Premier League title to Leicester, got the gig on a full-time basis after a stellar showing as caretaker.Now Appleton will be hoping to do the same and earn an unlikely double promotion from League One to the Premier League.Our friends at Football Whispers ask if the best way to get a top job nowadays is to become an assistant.Shakespeare wasn’t the first manager to get his chance having been assistant – and he won’t be the last.England boss Gareth Southgate was promoted from within, albeit having … [Read more...] about Is becoming assistant manager the easiest way to get Premier League top job?
NEWCASTLE UNITED fans reacted with joy as they heard the news Mike Ashley wants to sell the club by Christmas.The Toon are officially on the market as the Premier League giants revealed in a statement Ashley would be selling up.Businesswoman Amanda Staveley has been in talks with the St James’ Park club for some time now.The statement claimed: “Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future.”It added: “Its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.”Following ten years in Newcastle, Ashley – who is widely unpopular with the Magpies’ faithful – will now step down.The news sparked joy around the city, as a hoard of fans couldn’t contain their jubilation.A number tweeted their relief, while others even claimed “Santa is real” as they learnt of the news.One social media user … [Read more...] about Newcastle United fans react with joy on Twitter as they learn owner Mike Ashley wants to sell the club by Christmas
IT'S the year when the top flight is reduced to just 20 teams and when Newcastle United, just three seasons after nearly dropping down to the old Third Division, are 12 points clear at the top of the table at the end of January.It’s all down to manager Kevin Keegan’s coaching ethos. Bold, brave and seemingly obsessed with attacking, they have been nicknamed ‘The Entertainers’ - and it’s a tag they certainly live up to.But they’re pegged back by a resilient Manchester United and with seven games to play the Magpies are, incredibly, now three points behind the Red Devils. Keep up to date with ALL the FOOTBALL news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentaryIt’s a crunch game at Anfield as Liverpool host Newcastle in April. Liverpool are ahead within two minutes through Robbie Fowler but it’s cancelled out by Faustino Asprilla within 10 minutes.French international David Ginola gives … [Read more...] about Premier League Christmas advent calendar – December 20: Newcastle’s Title Hopes Hit the Buffers Against Liverpool
NEWCASTLE boss Rafa Benitez is favourite for this season's Premier League sack race.The bookies have chalked up the Newcastle boss at 7/2 to be given the heave-ho first this season, according to Ladbrokes.But it's not great news for Chelsea chief Antonio Conte, who's 8/1 to be given the boot, despite winning the league title last term.Conte's biggest rivals - Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola - look safe in their posts at 33/1 or bigger.Richard Marsh of Ladbrokes News said: "The new Premier League season hasn't even started but already it doesn't look great for Rafa at Newcastle.""Antonio Conte may have guided Chelsea to the title last season, but he's ominously high up the betting when it comes to the sack race."So far this summer, Benitez has been busy in the transfer market bolstering his squad for life back in the Premier League.The ex-Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss already brought in ex-Norwich winger Jacob Murphy, defender … [Read more...] about Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez favourite to be sacked in Premier League with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte just 8/1 for the boot