Russia 2018 will be my 10th World Cup and the only thing I think I can safely say about it in advance is that it won't be as good as my first. Espana 82. A heading that will always, as long as I live, give me a warm glow not dissimilar in colour to Naranjito, the citrus mascot for that tournament you see on my mug in the picture above (alongside another prized possession from 36 years ago, the best England World Cup record ever made, This Time).They say your first time is your most memorable and that's certainly true for me where World Cups are concerned. As much as Mexico 86, Italia 90, USA 94, France 98, Japan & South Korea 02, Germany 06, South Africa 10 and Brazil 14 have all had many magical moments, not one of those events - not even the second in that list, when England reached the semi-finals - has come close, for me, to holding the fascination, drama and colour of 82.I was 12 and I'd just finished my first season of watching football in the flesh. I have one or two very … [Read more...] about Watching the World (Cup) Go By: Russia 18 can’t beat Spain 82… can it?
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This time, Slavisa Jokanovic will get his chance. Promotion with Watford was sweet but his departure before getting to take charge of a Premier League game was bitter. This time, however, Jokanovic won’t be clearing out the office of a top-flight manager during the warm summer days, instead he’ll be preparing for life in the dugout of the world’s richest football league. Fulham’s promotion owes so much to many factors but Jokanovic’s influence has been enormous. He picked up a club threatened with relegation to the third tier, struggling with the hangover of having dropped out of the top flight and – to use the Serb’s own words – a little depressed. Aston Villa vs Fulham: Championship play-off final player ratings 23 show all Aston Villa vs Fulham: Championship play-off final player ratings 1/23 Getty 2/23 Could do very little about Cairney’s opening goal. Got in a mix up with Chester which almost allowed … [Read more...] about This time there’s no taking it away from Slavisa Jokanovic, he’s going to be a Premier League manager
Michael Portillo heads across the pond for a third series of Great American Railroad Journeys, ticking Canada, New England and California off the list. Georgia Humphreys hears why the former politician believes his travel documentaries have stood the test of time. Michael Portillo is finding it extremely difficult to pick his favourite railway journey. You can't blame the man, really. Never mind the miles he's clocked up filming across continental Europe, there have been nine series of Great British Railway Journeys and the third of Great American Railroad Journeys is about to start. In the end, he settles on the innovative state of California - one of the most recent places he chugged through. "While I was there I was driven in an autonomous car on a 10-lane highway," the former politician and journalist says excitedly. "If you want to know what the future is, don't look in your crystal ball, look in California." From Boston to Toronto, and Reno to San Diego, the TV presenter's latest … [Read more...] about Big Interview: Michael Portillo on Great American Railroad Journeys
0 Have your say Being a Sunderland fan as a kid meant two things to me; the 1985 Milk Cup Final and Denis Smith. The Milk Cup final was the first time I ever went to Wembley and, to my knowledge, the first time I’d been to London. It was also probably the furthest I’d been away from Sunderland at that point in my life so the journey became a far bigger deal to me than the match.I don’t remember much of the game itself apart from the two distant roars from the other end of the stadium as Clive Walker dragged his penalty against the wrong side of the post and Gordon Chisholm’s chest deflected Asa Hartford’s shot inside Chris Turner’s near post.Both would have made slightly more enjoyable watching if I hadn’t felt like I was watching it through the bars of a prison cell as we were close to the front and separated from the pitch by a metal fence. Looking back at footage of the game, it doesn’t give the impression of being imposing … [Read more...] about David Preece: Why magical days watching ‘incredible’ Marco Gabbiadini give me hope the good days will return for Sunderland
Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton has died aged 32. Rebekah, who shot to fame on the 2009 series of the reality TV show as Rodrigo Lopes, passed away on Wednesday. The sad news was announced on her Twitter page in the early hours of Friday morning. "We’re sorry to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely Rebekah died unexpectedly on Wednesday night," the tweet read. "We ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time." Her followers soon rushed to pay tribute, with one sharing; "God, how awful! I'm so sorry. I remember watching her on Big Brother a few years ago and I loved her personality. And she achieved so much through her transition." Another wrote: "Oh no. This is heartbreaking news. Love and prayers to you all." Rebekah's last tweet was shared on 19 November and featured a black and white profile picture of her. Her Twitter bio reads: "Reality star, Big Brother UK as Rodrigo. Actress. Brazilian girl. Currently in Dubai." The reality TV star began … [Read more...] about Rebekah Shelton dead at 32 as transgender Big Brother star previously known as Rodrigo Lopes ‘dies unexpectedly’