Take a Friend Fishing over the next week The ‘Take a Friend Fishing’ campaign is back to encourage keen anglers to take their friends and family fishing.
Through the scheme, run by the Angling Trades Association, you can get a free one-day rod licence (worth 3.75) for your pal to use between May 25th and midnight, June 2nd 2013 and a free day ticket voucher, to allow them to fish at a number of Angling Trust fishery and club member venues.
Download the one-day rod licence voucher here (it needs to be validated online at www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk) Contact your local fishery here and make your own specific arrangements with them – check www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk for a list of day ticket offers.
All you need to do now is print off the rod licence voucher, fill in your details, validate it online at www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your tackle and your voucher and go fishing! Then let us know how you get on by emailing pictures (including venue name, catch details, your info and daytime telephone number) to email@example.com Jeremy Wade, author, TV presenter of River Monsters and Angling Trust Ambassador said: “The Take a Friend Fishing campaign is a great way for people to learn the angling basics and appreciate the outdoors.
By introducing newcomers to the sport, you pass on a gift that stays with them throughout their lives, taking them to beautiful places to catch exciting fish.” The free rod licence voucher cannot be used to fish for coarse fish on any river, stream or drain in England and Wales between March 15 and June 15 inclusive.
The closed season may apply to some canals and still waters in your area – please check before going fishing.
Andros Townsend: FA charge leads to England U21 withdrawal Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has been charged by the Football Association with an alleged breach of betting rules.
A statement on the FA website said Townsend, who ended last season on loan with QPR, “has been charged with breaches of Rule E8 (b) in relation to a number of betting offences.” It is against FA regulations for players to bet on matches in competitions they are involved in.
Townsend has until June 3 to respond to the charges, and he has withdrawn from England’s squad for the U21 European Championship next month, with his place going to Birmingham’s Nathan Redmond.
Stuart Pearce has also called Liverpool full-back Jack Robinson into his squad for the tournament in Israel after Southampton’s Luke Shaw pulled out.
Tottenham player Andros Townsend has been charged with breaching betting regulations.
Townsend has withdrawn himself from England’s squad for the European Under 21 Championship following the charge.
The 21-year-old winger, who spent the second half of last season on loan at QPR, will be replaced in the young Lions squad by Birmingham’s Nathan Redmond.
Charged: Andros Townsend has allegedly breached betting regulations FA Rule E8 (b) Save for those Participants subject to the prohibition in sub-paragraph (a), a Participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on (i) the result, progress or conduct of a match or competition: (A) in which the Participant is participating, or has participated in that season; or (B) in which the Participant has any influence, either direct or indirect; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to any Club participating in any league Competition, as defined in Rule A2, that the Participant is participating in or has participated in during that season, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.
For these purposes, without limitation to the application of this Rule to other circumstances, all Employees of a Club are deemed to participate in every match played by that Club while they are so employed; all Players registered with a Club are deemed to participate in every match played by that Club while they are so registered.
The FA said in a statement: ‘The FA has announced it has charged Andros Townsend in relation to alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting.
‘The Tottenham Hotspur player has been charged with breaches of Rule E8 (b) in relation to a number of betting offences.
‘The player has until 3 June to respond to the charges.’ A separate statement from the FA said: ‘Townsend will receive the full support of the FA and Tottenham Hotspur FC in seeking rehabilitation whilst responding to the allegations.’ The FA also announced Southampton left-back Luke Shaw had withdrawn from the England Under 21 squad to be replaced by Liverpool’s Jack Robinson.
Townsend is a product of the Spurs youth set-up, having joined the club aged nine in 2000.
He has had loan spells at Yeovil, Leyton Orient, MK Dons, Ipswich, Watford, Millwall, Leeds and Birmingham.
His former boss at White Hart Lane, Harry Redknapp, took him to Loftus Road in January where he scored twice in 12 games but could not prevent QPR slipping down to the Championship.
There is no suggestion that the charge relates to match-fixing and there is also no suggestion that Townsend has been betting on fixture he has been involved in.
More to follow…
The Duke of Cambridge and UEFA president Michel Platini at UEFA’s 37th annual congress Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet UEFA president Michel Platini has renewed his call for a European sports police force after warning of “mafia” involvement in match-fixing.
Platini, addressing delegates from 53 member nations at UEFA’s congress in London on Friday, said money-laundering and corruption, as well as hooliganism and doping, were “scourges” on football.
“We are protecting our sport from this scourge with all the means at our disposal, but, unfortunately, that is sometimes not enough,” Platini, who claimed his appeals for a specialist force had been ignored for six years, said.
“We are not dealing with petty criminals who are looking to make ends meet.
It would seem that we are, in some instances, dealing with mafia-type organisations that are using certain matches to launder money, tarnishing our sport in the process.
“We can take reassurance from the fact that this is far from being a widespread phenomenon.
However, just one fixed match is one match too many.
“Six years ago now, in response to this problem of betting, corruption and match-fixing, as well as the problems of hooliganism and doping, I called for the establishment of a European sports police force.
“There has been no response to those calls so far.
Given the absence of any reaction and the lack of awareness on the part of politicians, I renew that call today.
“And if, by misfortune, this call again falls on deaf ears, I ask that each country, at the very least, adopts specific provisions of national legislation addressing the issue of match-fixing, in order to finally have the legal tools necessary to rigorously punish these cheats.” Only 10 of UEFA’s 53 countries- including Britain – has legislation to outlaw match-fixing, said Platini, adding: “That’s not many, and not enough.” Speaking at the event, ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, Platini also praised the Premier League and Football League for bringing in spending controls akin to UEFA’s financial fair play rules.
“In order to prevent the current system from collapsing and stop the bubble from bursting, UEFA had a duty to step in, and it will be up to independent bodies to punish the few clubs that have not realised that football can no longer live above the rules,” Platini said.
“The Premier League and the Football League have themselves grasped the importance of this matter and the need to adopt financial fair play.
In this respect, I congratulate England’s professional clubs.”
Wakefield will be looking to get their top-eight bid back on track when they go head-to-head with the Castleford Tigers at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.
The Wildcats come into the match on the back of a 44-18 loss to Hull KR while the Tigers showed plenty of pride and spirit in last weekend’s 39-30 defeat the Catalan Dragons.
Wakefield are currently four points behind eighth-placed St Helens while Castleford, now under the stewardship of Daryl Powell, have three wins and a draw from their 15 league games this season.
Wildcats’ new signing Taulima Tautai is set to make his Super League debut on Saturday despite only arriving in England on Wednesday after being signed following his release by the Parramatta Eels.
Ali Lauitiiti is back for head coach Richard Agar after missing out against the Robins while Matty Wildie is also included.
Jon Molloy and Vince Mellars miss out.
Agar is keen for a response from his troops following their drubbing at New Craven Park last time out, stating: “It’s an understatement to say we were disappointed last week.” Fitness concerns New Zealand-born England international playmaker Rangi Chase has been included in Castleford’s 19-man squad despite fears over his fitness.
Former Leeds Rhinos man Weller Hauraki returns to Powell’s squad after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in the run up to the Catalan Dragons match last weekend.
Dan Fleming also features while Lee Gilmour and Charlie Martin miss out.
Tigers centre Michael Shenton is keen for Castleford to impress against their local rivals following a 37-16 defeat at the Wish Communications Stadium earlier in the season.
“We definitely owe those guys one, because we let ourselves down when they came to our ground earlier in the year,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post .
“We don’t want to be involved in this bottom of the table talk, we want to get away from that.
In our eyes we are better than that and it’s time for us to show that on a big stage.” Castleford Tigers : Owen, Carney, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Fleming, Mason, Boyle.
Wakefield Wildcats : Mathers, Fox, Collis, L.
Smith, Cockayne, T.
Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Lyne, Wildie, Annakin, Tautai.
The Premier League season may have drawn to a close, but one table’s top spot was still up for grabs…
Abbey Crouch, wife of Stoke City striker Peter, has been named by fans around the game as their favourite WAG.
The blonde bombshell came top of a poll of fans naming their favourite players’ partner, with Liverpudlian Abbey scooping 25% of the vote.
Top of the pack: Abbey Crouch, wife of Stoke striker Peter, is the favourite WAG among the British public Stunning: It’s clear to see why Abbey was voted Britains favourite WAG from these pictures Head and shoulders above: Abbey is married to Stoke City’s 6’7” striker Peter Crouch In second place was Frankie Sandford, singer with girl band The Saturdays, who is engaged to Wayne Bridge, who played for Brighton on loan frrom Manchester City this season.
She just pipped Coleen Rooney, who has just given birth to her second son, Klay, with husband Wayne.
Making up the rest of the top five are Christine Bleakley, whose partner is Chelsea’s record scorer Frank Lampard, and Alex Gerrard, wife of Liverpool captain Steven.
Frank-ly amazing: Frankie Sandford – with The Saturdays (below) – came second, she is Wayne Bridge’s fiancee THE SATURDAYS Beach babes: Liverpudlian girls Coleen Rooney (left) and Alex Gerrard (right) also made the top five Sunning: Christine Bleakley, partner of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, featured in the top five Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend showed the English WAGs aren’t the only ones wowing the crowds.
Russian model Irina Shayk looked stunning on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival in France in a black cut-out dress.
Real beauty: Irina Shayk, Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend, wowed the crowds at the Cannes film festival Striking a pose: And could Irina be headed for London if Ronaldo follows Jose Mourinho’s expected move? What a pair: Russian model Irina and Real Madrid superstar Roanldo have been dating since 2010
Dunaden and Jamie Spencer at Breakfast With The Stars Connections of Dunaden were happy to give the Melbourne Cup winner experience of Epsom’s unique undulations before his assault on the Investec Coronation Cup next weekend.
The seven-year-old returned Down Under last season to win the valuable Caulfield Cup over a mile and a half, the same trip he will face in Surrey.
Having finished fourth to St Nicholas Abbey in the Sheema Classic at Meydan in March, the Mikel Delzangles-trained entire was beaten two lengths into third by Pastorius in the Prix Ganay on his European return when he was staying on strongly.
“Jamie (Spencer) was quite happy with him and I was pleased he could have a look at the track,” said Delzangles.
“The race didn’t go as planned in the Ganay, but he looks like he’s getting quicker as he gets older.
I was quite impressed with the way he won at Caulfield last year.” Dunaden will meet St Nicholas Abbey once more, as Aidan O’Brien’s six-year-old looks for his third win in the race and sixth Group One in total.
They won it five times, you know.
Now that Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have overhauled most of the other Liverpool claims to fame, the Reds’ record in the European Cup seems likely to be the club’s proudest boast for some time to come.
It is worth remembering too that but for the tragic events surrounding the 1985 final in Brussels, and the subsequent ban on English clubs in Europe post-Heysel, the dominance Liverpool had achieved by the mid-eighties could easily have seen the trophy return to Merseyside on one or two more occasions.
Uninterrupted by events away from the pitch, Liverpool might be up there with Madrid and Milan by now.
There is no doubt which was the most dramatic of the five finals.
Liverpool’s incredible comeback against Milan in Istanbul in 2005 was arguably the greatest feat of all, since the old competition for title winners had now been reorganised into the Champions League, and in the knockout stages alone Rafa Ben tez’s team had to account for teams of the stature of Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Chelsea.
Now the biggest teams in Europe compete against each other every year the going is tougher than it used to be, though it could be said that winning the English title was the toughest test of all.
Liverpool would not even have been in the 2005 tournament under the old rules, since Arsenal were the 2004 English champions.
Either way, the miracle of Istanbul stands apart from the years when Liverpool first began to use Europe as a playground.
Not only did they win the European Cup four times between 1977 and 1984, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa joined in on the act, so that in the eight-year period immediately prior to the Heysel ban, only Hamburg in 1983 managed to interrupt a golden period for English football.
Liverpool led the way in every sense, becoming only the second English side to lift the European Cup in Rome in 1977, repeating the achievement at Wembley a year later, and reaching the final on three more occasions in the next seven years.
The first success was probably the sweetest, and Liverpool players as well as supporters still have imperishable memories of the army of fans that accompanied the team to Rome and vastly outnumbered the Borussia M nchengladbach support inside the Olympic stadium.
Intoxicated by the part they played in the uniquely memorable third round second leg against St Etienne at Anfield, a pulsating 3-1 victory sealed by a vital late goal from “supersub” David Fairclough, Liverpool supporters had got behind their side’s European adventure in a manner rarely seen either before or since.
M nchengladbach were a decent team in 1977, studded with prominent German internationals such as Berti Vogts, Rainer Bonhof, Uli Stielike and Jupp Heynckes, but they seemed unsettled by either the occasion or Liverpool’s fervent support, and though Allan Simonsen cancelled out Terry McDermott’s opening goal just after the interval, they had no comeback once one of Anfield’s best-loved characters met a Steve Heighway corner with an unanswerable header.
Fans in the stadium went nuts, television viewers back home, and in those days that meant practically the whole country, savoured one of Barry Davies’s finest commentary moments.
“It’s Tommy Smith! Oh what an end to a career.” Liverpool played such a perfect game in 1977 that Bob Paisley never had to turn to Fairclough, never even made a substitution.
It was that kind of day.
It is debatable whether that was their greatest team, however, as when Liverpool returned the following season to beat FC Bruges at Wembley after defeating M nchengladbach again in the semi-final, they had made the notable additions of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Alan Hansen and Phil Thompson to the side.
People thought that Liverpool would never be the same again once Kevin Keegan packed his bags for a new challenge at Hamburg, and they weren’t.
They were considerably better.
While Paisley acted decisively in spending the Keegan money to bring in Dalglish, who scored the neatest of goals to secure victory at Wembley, around that keynote signing a whole new side was taking shape.
Now with two Kennedys Alan as well as Ray the 1978-79 edition was not quite good enough to get past Nottingham Forest when the two English hopes were paired together in the first round, but once Liverpool had returned to the top of the domestic league, they returned to the European Cup final in 1981 with a new striker just beginning to make a name for himself.
Ian Rush did not play in Paris against Real Madrid, where a single goal from the unlikely source of Alan Kennedy was enough to secure a third triumph, though he was a fixture in the side by the time Liverpool went back to Rome in 1984.
Never mind the fact that Liverpool beat Roma on penalties, with Bruce Grobbelaar claiming his first winner’s medal by virtue of his famous spaghetti legs routine, consider the team Joe Fagan was able to put out that day.
Grobbelaar; Phil Neal, Mark Lawrensen, Hansen, Alan Kennedy; Sammy Lee, Craig Johnston, Souness, Ronnie Whelan; Dalglish, Rush.
Paisley had stepped down, Fagan promoted from within in the usual Anfield tradition, and once Roma had been beaten on their own ground by what many regard as the best of Liverpool’s European Cup sides it appeared the club was set fair for a few more trophies if not another decade of glory.
Nothing happened in the run to the 1985 final to contradict that impression, with Liverpool coping with the loss of Souness to Italian football just as comfortably as they had survived losing Keegan to Germany, though if anyone at the club thought European Cup finals would keep coming along, and possibly getting easier with more experience, they were wrong.
Heysel came as a terrible shock, to Fagan, to Liverpool, and to the English game.
Everton were among the first to feel the impact, winning the league in 1985 and 1987 but having nowhere to go as champions, and though many a Blue still feels bitter at missing out, it is possible that the Dalglish teams of the late 1980s, now boasting John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Jan Molby and John Aldridge, would have done at least as well in Europe as their illustrious predecessors.
For quite a while in the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool appeared to have found the secret of success, a bit like Barcelona two or three years ago.
Just keep the game simple, pass and move, and always release the ball to a team-mate in a better position.
Promote managers and coaches from inside the club so that they have grown up with the philosophy, and only buy players who will fit the way of playing so that the faces change, but the system remains the same.
What could possibly go wrong? On the pitch, almost nothing.
Unfortunately the terraces of Heysel and Hillsborough were about to tell another story.
English football, or at least British football, the game we used to play before the Premier League became an expensive contest to import talent from abroad, would never be quite the same again.
Quite literally, because Hillsborough ushered in all-seater stadiums, price hikes and the spendthrift Premier League, and suddenly clubs began to think less in terms of conquering Europe than assimilating it.
In Rome in 1977, Liverpool’s squad of 16 players comprised 14 Englishmen, plus Heighway and Joey Jones.
Borussia M nchengladbach named 15 West Germans, plus the Dane, Simonsen.
In Rome in 1984, Liverpool selected six English players, five Scots, three Irishmen, one Welshman and Grobbelaar, against Roma’s squad of 14 Italians and two Brazilians.
The breakdown for Manchester United squad in the 2009 final in Rome was as follows: England 5, Brazil 2, Portugal 2, Argentina 1, Bulgaria 1, France 1, Holland 1, Ireland 1, Poland 1, Serbia 1, South Korea 1, Wales 1.
Times change, but what a time Liverpool had.
As well as being an inspiration to the world, they were the best of British, and though that title is unofficial, they are unlikely to be surrendering it in the foreseeable future.
It is probably theirs to keep.
Mark Lawrenson has slammed the Premier League ‘divers’, admitting he wishes he could shame the ‘Jessie’s’ on Match of the Day.
The season concluded last weekend but the former Liverpool defender, and now BBC pundit, has described diving as ‘endemic’.
Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale are just two top-flight stars who have been called into question at times over the season, although the latter was adjudged to be unlucky against Sunderland on Sunday when he was booked for a fall inside the box.
Speaking out: Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson has slammed diving in the Premier League as ‘endemic’ And when asked about the problem, Lawrenson said: ‘I think it’s endemic’.
‘We ve even had bloody full backs and centre backs in the opposition penalty area diving.
What’s all that about? ‘You d like to say on Match of the Day, “I think he behaved like an absolute Jessie”.
But you can t say it.
You d love to, and I think everyone would go, “Thank God for that”.
Lawrenson compared the current crop of players to their predecessors in the 1960s, saying a different game is being played these days.
‘It was tougher back then,’ he said.
‘They got the s*** kicked out of them.
In the 1950s and 60s, they got absolutely assaulted when they played.
Fall guy: Gareth Bale was booked for simulation on Sunday against Sunderland, although the Tottenham midfielder was considered to be unlucky to receive the caution (below) Fall guy: Gareth Bale was booked for simulation on Sunday against Sunderland, although the Tottenham midfielder was considered to be unlucky to receive the caution ‘No there’s diving, and squealing.
That’s even worse.
Some of them squeal now when they get tackled and they ve not even been touched.
‘If you re tackled in the penalty area and you re fouled and go over, I don t have a problem with it.
But it’s when you re tackled and you re not sure and then you do a forward roll followed by a pike.
‘It drives you mad.
How you stamp it out now, I don t know?’ Although Lawrenson didn t join those who blame the rise of diving on the influx of foreign players, he admitted that some European clubs have earned a reputation for it in the past.
Pain in Spain: Lawrenson says when Gary Lineker played for Barcelona, he was expected to dive Lawrenson said: ‘When Gary Lineker was at Barcelona he said you were encouraged in the penalty area.
‘Not so much encouraged, you were expected to go over.
‘But people say its because of all the foreign players.
I m not necessarily certain that it is.
‘I think it’s partly to do with them, but not everything.’ Game changer: Lawrenson, pictured in action for Liverpool against Manchester United’s Frank Stapleton, says football is different to how it used to be
Tonga’uiha is determined to upset Leicester Northampton prop Soane Tonga’uiha is fully focused on Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final against Leicester.
The Saints head for Twickenham as underdogs despite toppling Saracens in their semi-final – but boast a star-studded front row with Tonga’uiha, Dylan Hartley and Brian Mujati.
The giant Tongan told SaintsTV: “I’m sure I can speak on Brian’s behalf as well when I say that we didn’t want the semi-final to be our last game for the Saints.
“The boys were right behind us for that game and a lot of guys stepped up and led from the front.
“It was a massive achievement and something I really enjoyed.
It’s full credit to the squad for that performance and hopefully that’s something we can repeat on Saturday.
“I’ve always said that once we get into the knockout stages anything can happen and we’ve proven that in the semi-final as well as in the past.
Come the final though you’ve got to put the past behind you again and focus on what’s in front of you for the 80 minutes.
“I’ll be fully focused on Leicester and I’m sure the rest of the boys will be exactly the same.”