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15th - October - 2013

CITY’S PRAISE FOR ‘TOP GUY’ When are you coming home?

Councillors back Deputy Mayor after shock resignation

By James Routledge and Liberty Chrismas

A new Channel Four series, Dogs: their secret lives, has lifted the lid on the emotions of mans best friend. The programme confirms what many dog lovers will already know, our beloved pets miss us when we’re not there and many suffer from seperation anxiety as five-year-old Toby the tibetan terrier shows when he’s waiting for his family to return. Full story on page 9.

Passenger tells of river plunge By Sarah Mee

An eye witness to a three-year -old girl falling into the River Mersey has said today that hopefully safety lessons will be learnt from the incident. Calum Boner, 15, from Scotland, was on the Mersey Ferry when a young toddler fell off the top deck into the water. He said: “She fell in between the boat and the port. “There was a high chance she could have hit her head off the tyres or the port edge.

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It was hopefully a one off.” He also mentioned how the mother of the child sprinted to the lower deck as soon as her child fell. The three-year-old was rescued by a crewman after being swept under the landing stage at Seacombe Ferry Terminal. North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust said the girl was conscious and breathing and was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside with cuts to the head.

The Mersey Ferry crewman has been hailed as a hero after diving into the water to save the girl and pulling her to safety. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “A crewman went in after and managed to quickly recover the girl and get her safely ashore.” Mr Boner, who saw the crew’s reaction, spoke of their speedy response. He said: “As soon as the child fell in, one crew member

jumped in the water while another stretched in and pulled the child out.” Twitter responses to the incident also praised the crewman’s effort. @trfc_rover said: “Well done to the crewman from mersey ferry diving in to save 3year old girl who fell into water from top deck.” Investigations are now underway to find out exactly how the little girl was able to fall off the boat on Monday afternoon.

Councillors across Liverpool have heaped praise on the city’s former deputy mayor, following the announcement of his shock resignation yesterday. Cllr Paul Brant resigned from his post for ‘personal reasons’, leaving two pivotal roles in the council vacant, saying that he will need his full attention to deal with an issue that has cropped up in his life. Councillor Tom Morrison, Deputy Lib Dem leader in Liverpool, said: “Sad to learn Paul Brant has resigned. A top guy and a great Councillor. Someone I really look up to even though we are from different parties.” Council sources have said that Assistant Mayor Roz Gladden was due to be confirmed as the new deputy mayor. Brant was first elected as a councillor for Liverpool City Council in 1995. He held multiple positions during his political career, including Director of Liverpool Groundwork Trust, Chairman of the Board of Housing Association in his Riverside Ward and, most recently, the councils Cabinet Member for Finance, as well as maintaining a career as a successful commercial barrister. Mayor Joe Anderson said: “A huge honour and privilege to have worked with Cllr Paul Brant a friend and colleague played a key role in helping city over last 3 years.” Respect for the councillor extended to not just to the local Labour and Lib Dem party, but to the local Green party as well. Councillor John Coyne, the

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RESPECT: Colleagues will miss Paul Brant. © Twitter/ Paul Brant leader of the Green Party in Liverpool City council, said: “I have very high regard for him. I understand he resigned for personal reasons which I hope aren’t causing him too much distress. He’s the kind of politician we need more of in Liverpool.” Even a former Lib Dem city council leader showed his support, acknowledging the loss of such an able politician in the council. Warren Bradley, leader of the council from 2005 to 2010, tweeted: “A shame @CllrPaulBrant has resigned; always had respect for each other. Strange to just walk away though considering the ability he has?” Councillor Brant has already been removed from the council’s website and a by-election will be held in the Riverside ward.


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BBC’S Q TIME COMES TO CITY

Campaign set to stamp out fascism by Niall Dudley

by Gemma Sherlock

The BBC’s Question Time with host David Dimbleby is coming to the city on Thursday 24th October. The topical debate, in which guests from the worlds of politics and the media answer questions posed by members of the public, has been running since 1979. The last show in Liverpool was on the 6th December last year. Panellists included Minister for the cabinet office, Francis Maude MP, Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham MP, president of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP, Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times and Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru.

‘BEAT THE REAPER’ 10K RACE by Gemma Sherlock

A Halloween inspired 10k race is set to take place in Croxteth Country Park, on Sunday 20th October. The ‘Beat the Reaper’ is a two lap course of the park passing through the woods where Grim Reapers will be hiding ready to race competitors to the finish line. The race will start at 10.30am and finish outside of Croxteth Hall which is situated in the centre of Croxteth Country Park. The race costs £15 (unaffiliated), £13 (affiliated). Entries are now open for the race online.

Thousands of people marched in Liverpool city centre to show racists and fascists that they are not welcome in the city. People from all over the UK attended and were joined by trade union leader Len McCluskey and Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson plus other influential figures to march. During the rally on Saturday, which was led by trade unions and anti-racist groups, demonstrators focussed on the election of British National Party leader Nick Griffin to a seat on the European Parliament in 2009, representing the North West. Unite was one of the major trade unions behind the march and one of their Regional Officials, Dave Telford, told Liverpool Life: “This is to put up a united front and to show that the people of Merseyside and the North West won’t tolerate fascism. They don’t want to see Nick Griffin re-elected as an MP here. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Labour Councillor Ann O’Bryne echoed this message: “It’s great to see events like this happening in the city given what a fantastic city we are. We’re sending a really strong message to say we will not tolerate fascists in our city. This is against the BNP and EDL, we’re saying don’t bother coming to this city you are not welcome.” Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, spoke to the crowds at the end of the march at the Pier Head. He said: “Liverpool is a city that has a proud history of diversity, embracing different cultures, different religions and different people. Our future is based on a diverse future and it should be united and together we can defeat the fascists.” He continued, “It is absolutely right that a city that was built on

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UNITED: Unison workers join the march against fascism and racism on Saturday racism is at the forefront of the battle to keep racism and fascism out of our city and that’s why Labour and the trade unions of Liverpool will work together.” The march, which started at William Brown Street and passed through the city centre, was attended by approximately 5,000 people. The Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey, is a native of the city and was one of the thousands who took part. He said: “We need to demonstrate our vision of the type of Britain we want; diverse, equal and united. That’s what we’re fighting for and that is the core values of ordinary working people. “Here’s the point, here’s the truth about what we are standing for, our rejection of violence and division, our message of hope, not hate is a message of unity. We are stronger together. Our values, our beliefs will make for a better and safer Britain.”

BANNER: Campaigners take a stand against poverty

Pictures: Niall Dudley

Pictures: Niall Dudley

Bebington Bookfest talks Beatles

by Gemma Sherlock

As part of the Wirral Libraries Bookfest, Bebington Library welcomed Beatles author and historian Ray O’Brian to speak to the community. The evening brought a taste of the Beatles to the peninsula when Mr O’Brian shared his personal experience and research of the bands connection with Wirral on Friday. He said: “It was in the Wirral that the band’s first fan club was formed and their first publicity shots were taken, their first suits were made and where Ringo Starr made his official debut.” Already a fan of Mr O’Brian, library advisor Maria Byrne attended one of his talks in New Brighton, in 1973, where a programme about Paul McCartney was filmed. She said: “I have his autograph from that night.” The Bookfest festival this year took place between the 5th and 12th October and hosted a range of events across the Wirral. Home-grown authors, readers and speakers, including Wirral’s own award-winning poet Clare Kirwan showcased their experiences and talents to the community. Last week authors Caroline Smalles and Cathy Cassidy held events to give advice to aspiring writers .

HISTORIAN: Ray O’Brian talks to the audience

Pictures: Maria Byrne


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COURT DELAYS TEEN’S FATE by Gemma Sherlock

The sentencing of a Liverpool schoolboy who tried to rob a bank with an imitation firearm has been postponed until next Tuesday. The proceedings were tweeted live by the Liverpool Echo. Reporter John Siddle tweeted: “Schoolboy robber will now be sentenced on Tuesday. Warned there’s a likelihood of youth detention. The boy, who cannot be named, acted like ‘a real life video game’ when he carried out the armed robbery, a previous judge said.” At the city’s youth court last month, the boy admitted two counts of robbery and one of possessing an imitation firearm with the intent to cause fear of violence.

BABY JOY FOR CHESTER ZOO

ASDA’s price is no longer right by Hazel Miller

ASDA is not honouring a £50 discount offer that appeared online last week. Hundreds of shoppers took advantage of the online voucher, which gave a £50 discount if you spent as little as a penny over the voucher’s value. Some people reported using codes more than once to buy electrical goods while others have been contacted to say their orders have been cancelled. Ryan Charlton, 20 from Maghull is still trying to have his voucher honoured after shopping online with ASDA last week. He ordered some alcohol, steaks and general household

by Hazel Miller

Chester Zoo has welcomed three rare parrot chicks to its family. The parakeets are critically endangered in the wild, with no more than 250 thought to remain. Lead Keeper Anne Morris works with one of the world’s rarest parrot species- the Grey-breasted parakeet. She said: “We’ve just had three chicks hatch which is giving fresh hope to the fight to haul the species back from the brink.”

products totalling £52 and applied the voucher to lower the price. He paid for the delivery charge. The order was cancelled without notice on Friday afternoon via email, despite him receiving confirmation three times. He said “I feel fairly disappointed as I find it unfair to offer a voucher, even if it was in error, yet cancel orders after a certain time while honouring others. I shop at ASDA all the time and have never experienced any problems until now, I even emailed customer support but my emails were ignored.”

VALUED CUSTOMER: Email sent to explain cancellation

by Shannyn Quinn

by Gemma Sherlock

VENUE FOR 96 INQUEST by James Routledge

The new inquest into the Hillsborough disaster will be held in an office building on a Warrington business park. The Bridgewater Place building at Birchwood Park will be fitted with what is described as a “comprehensive” security system according to commercial property management firm GVA. It was awarded the ‘best commercial space’ award in 2009 by the British Council of Offices The inquests are due to start by March 31, 2014.

GLITCH: The voucher that appeared on the Facebook

Bionic arm has given a patient a new lease of life

COLLEGE READY FOR VISIT An Ofsted inspection is taking place today at the City of Liverpool College. Previous reports from Ofsted had branded the college as ‘inadequate’. The report in March of this year showed a failure in attendance levels, student achievement and the quality and relevance of lessons. The new report will look at what improvements have been made under new principal Elaine Bowker. Mrs Bowker was appointed in the summer of 2011 to help with success rates. The college has nearly 17,000 students aged 16 and above.

The supermarket said the problem was the result of a “rogue code”, and that it would not honour outstanding orders made with the voucher. However some customers are claiming that their voucher is still marked as accepted after they purchased electrical products. Paul Johnson from Liverpool claims he spent over £100 on electrical goods online and used the £50 voucher but is awaiting his order. The supermarket said: “We’ve removed the glitch, which has prevented customers from using the rogue voucher and we apologise for any confusion caused.” ASDA added that its terms and conditions state that it reserves “the right to withdraw or cancel any of its e-vouchers at any time”. Sarah Southern, 24 from Aintree, said: “They have made the error but the customers are paying the price. ASDA price-I don’t think so.”

BIONIC : Linda Purcell after surgery to correct arthritis

The revolutionary work of staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital has given a patient a bionic arm. Irene Purcell from Huyton, faced the possibility of having her right arm amputated after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis since she was 17. Irene had already had both knees replaced by the time she reached the age of 35. She said: “I couldn’t cook – it was too dangerous with anything hot. I was limited to soup on a stove. Carrying shopping became a big problem. I had to wear slip on shoes and didn’t bother with socks. “I’m looking forward to doing normal everyday things without thinking twice. I haven’t been able to go walking because the weather has been bad – I couldn’t fasten my coat over the sling.” Orthopaedics expert Professor Simon Frostick, who is also a researcher at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine,

helped create a device that can replace the upper arm bone, following arthritis, trauma or infection. Professor Frostick helped create the prosthetic limb with Biomet, an American company that designs and manufactures orthopaedic implants. The device gives greater mobility to those who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly those who are unable to complete everyday tasks such as eating and washing. After months of planning, Irene had the operation to replace her humerus bone with the ground-breaking implant at Broad Green Hospital on Monday 2nd September. She has had physiotherapy four times a day to regain the strength in her arm, preparing to return to her job as a GP’s receptionist. Professor Frostick said: “You can lose a massive level of independence and personal esteem when you lose the use of an arm. Irene hasn’t been able to use her arm for two years. But two days after the

operation she was bending her elbow.” The grandmother-of-two said the operation has freed her from pain and enabled her to get her life back on track Professor Frostick added: “Rheumatoid arthritis is a destructive disease affecting multiple joints and people with it can become severely disabled at a young age. Ms Purcell had an elbow replacement but complications meant she had to have the whole bone removed from elbow to shoulder. There were very few options available and the replacement humerus and joints were probably the only viable option, other than amputation of the whole arm.” The procedure can be used on patients with rheumatoid arthritis, bone tumours, bone infections or whose arms have been shattered in accidents, with designs built to match patients’ specifications. Irene’s operation was filmed so that junior doctors can learn about the procedure.

Woolton plucks ‘In Bloom’ flower award by Sarah Mee

A village in Liverpool has picked up an award in the Britain In Bloom awards. Woolton won the Urban Community category in the awards hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in Cleethorpes on Saturday. The RHS said Woolton, which has previously won two gold awards in the Large Village category, had excellence in horticulture standards everywhere.

Kerry Peacock led Woolton’s entry and also received a community champion award. Ms Peacock said: “We are all absolutely thrilled. To be named national champions is stunning.” She added: “I didn’t think for a minute we would win because we were up against places like London Bridge which we were told has a budget of £850,000.” It was the first time the village had been entered in the Urban Communities category. The RHS praised the village’s

pollinator-friendly gardening and their range of edibles on streets. The community has 20 volunteers that pay for all the plants themselves or through fundraising. The RHS said Ms Peacock, who has worked on the floral displays in the village for 11 years, was truly a champion of the community. More than 1,000 communities entered the 2013 Britain in Bloom awards.

BLOOM: Woolton’s winning flowerbed ©Flickr/ CrosvillE


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Nelson Mandela tops heroes poll by John Mathews

When the England football team step out to face Poland in tonight’s crunch World Cup qualifier, a Wirral schoolboy will take to the pitch alongside his heroes. Oliver Buckenham, 7, won a competition to be one of the team mascots, and will take his place alongside sporting heroes including Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge - so we wanted to find out who Merseyside’s heroes are. Our sister website JMU Journalism sent a team of more than 70 reporters out onto the streets of Liverpool on Friday October 11th to ask the question: “Apart from your friends or family, who is your hero or someone you really admire? It can be someone dead or alive.” We asked 354 people of ages ranging from 16 up to 87 years’ old to think of their chosen hero. It was clear that not everyone interpreted the question in the same way, although

a fascinating and diverse set of responses emerged, featuring more than 240 different names. Though the sample is relatively small and not representative of the city as a whole, the snapshot findings are both revealing and interesting. Nelson Mandela proved to be the most popular answer among those polled in town, with the South African political icon gaining 16 nominations. Jennifer Brown, 58, of Liverpool spoke for several respondents when she told JMU Journalism: “Nelson Mandela, as he stuck to what he believed in and fought for what he believed in. He was so graceful when let out of prison, to be forgiving instead of full of hatred. He could have made South Africa into a bad country but he didn’t, he united them.” Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard finished in second place overall after receiving 12 votes, one more than third-ranked American singer, Beyoncé Knowles.

Sam Green, 18, of Liverpool chose Steven Gerrard because “he is an inspirational figure who has carried us for years, and he led us to the top of European football, like in 2005 in the UEFA Champions League final.” Crosby resident Abbie Kneen, 17, opted for Beyoncé as “she’s not only a good singer but a successful businesswoman as well. I’ve always wanted to be a singer so she’s definitely someone to look up to”. While The Beatles picked up a couple of votes collectively, John Lennon was the most popular answer among the Fab Four with six mentions, though nobody chose Sir Paul McCartney. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher turned out to be not as universally unpopular in Liverpool as one might imagine, as she earned three votes – the same number as humanitarian charity worker Mother Teresa. Full details can be found on www.jmu-journalism.org. uk. Some of the answers may raise an eyebrow or two…

HEROES: Some of the winners of the JMU ‘heroes’ poll

Liverpool’s top five heroes: 1 Nelson Mandela 2 Steven Gerrard 3 Beyoncé Knowles 4 David Beckham; Winston Churchill & John Lennon 5 Muhammad Ali; Jimi Hendrix & Bill Shankly

by Shannyn Quinn

RUNNERS: Jimmy Hawkes, Andy McCabe and Bev Ellis have raised £2,500 for the Royal Liverpool Hospital

A team of amateur runners are having a well-deserved rest after running 2013 miles to raise money for the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which provides the largest range of cancer services in Merseyside and Cheshire. Jimmy Hawkes, 36, Andy McCabe, 36, and Bev Ellis, 30, known as the ‘Kielder 3’, set out to undertake a challenge to fundraise for the Royal’s R Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Bev’s Uncle, who received stem cell treatment at the hospital in 2012, before tragically losing his fight . Bev Ellis, a member of the group, said: “It was very emotional, but we all knew how much what we were doing could potentially help others. It’s been a hard 10 months but very worthwhile.” The group of friends have raised £2,500 so far and all of the money will be used to improve and enhance the services that are provided to cancer patients at the hospital.

Tributes paid to tragic Liverpool climber Friends and family of Liverpool-born climber Alan Slater took to twitter to pay tribute to him after he died during an expedition in the Himalayas. It is believed that heavy rainfall and severe weather conditions caused a landslide which claimed the lives of two Indian climbers as well as Mr Slater on Saturday. Graham Burgess tweeted yesterday: “Tragic day. My good friend & staunch colleague for 30 years Alan Slater killed by avalanche in Himalayas. Thoughts with Alan’s family #RIP.” Mr Slater leaves behind four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. Grainne Heselwood‫ ‏‬tweeted: “Devastating news about the tragic death of Alan Slater - a truly good, kind, caring and de-

cent person. We will miss him.” Mr Slater had been climbing for forty years and had been to the Himalayas on three previous occasions. He was described by his son as ‘very fit’ and ‘healthy man’. The 67-year-old was a retired housing officer, from Walton, where he lived with his wife Margaret. He had worked at various different councils for almost 40 years Andrew Slater, Mr Slater’s 38-year-old son, received the news of his dad’s death on Saturday, after a call from the Foreign Office. He said: “We all loved him dearly and we’re devastated about it. We’re all going to miss him terribly. It’s a very minor consolation, but if we can take anything from it it’s that he died doing something he loved.” His family are now making arrangements with the Foreign Office to have his body sent home to the UK.

by James Routledge An Aintree air conditioning company has been fined thousands of pounds, after an apprentice engineer fell through a ceiling and broke his arm. Select Air Services Limited, based in Sefton Business Park, Aintree, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £6,600 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The 20-year-old from Wrexham, who does not wish to be identified, was installing an air conditioning system in the loft space above an office when the incident happened on 14 March 2012.

PARTY SWITCH

Pals run to raise funds for Royal Hospital

by Shannyn Quinn

FINE FOR SEFTON FIRM

by James Routledge A member of Wirral council’s Conservative party has joined a Labour call to scrap the Government’s bedroom tax. Cllr Phil Davies, leader of Wirral council, claimed the under-occupancy charge was forcing people on low incomes out of their homes and into debt. He called for urgent action to deal with the growing demand on advice services from tenants unable to pay their rent, which is approaching crisis point.

AUTHOR DROPS IN by James Routledge

Joseph Delaney, author of the famous Spooks novels, shared tips for writing stories with pupils at St. Cuthbert’s Catholic College for Business and Enterprise in St. Helens. During a visit to the school he talked about the creative process behind writing and had lunch with a team of pupils who promote reading for pleasure across the college. Mr Delaney said the students displayed a “positive attitude”.

Dennis ©flickr/Ben Salter

PARTY FOR LES

Liverpool comic Les Dennis enjoyed a star-studded birthday bash at Liverpool town hall on Sunday. Well-known famous faces like Denise Welch, David Gest and Janet Street-Porter turned out to help celebrate the TV showman’s 60th.

SOLDIER KILLED

LOVED: Alan Slater, an ex-housing officer, died while climbing the Himalayas

by Nick Seddon A British soldier has been killed by enemy fire whilst on tour in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced. The soldier from 14 Signals Regiment had been on patrol in Helmand Province when he was killed.A spokesman said the soldier was “the brightest and the best” who had “died defending his comrades”. His death brings the number of UK service personnel to have died in Afghanistan to 445 since 2001.


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Liverpool choirboy to go for Christmas number one By Hazel Miller Jack Topping, an 11- year old choirboy from Liverpool, is officially entering the race for this year’s Christmas number one. Jack, who has been a choirboy at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for three years, has already performed at the Classic Brit Awards this year and will be supporting this year’s Save the Children Christmas Campaign, making him the youngest ever person to become an ambassador for the charity. The choirboy will be singing “Tomorrow”, a song which will be featured on the charity’s TV commercial on the run up to Christmas. If Jack’s voice hits the spot, it will be the second consecutive year a Liverpool artist has made it to the top of the charts in time for Christmas, after the Hillsbrough charity The Justice Collective clinched top spot last year. Sue Allchurch, marketing and communications director for Save the Children, said: “We

are delighted to announce Jack Topping as one of our new ambassadors. We always need strong, young people to support our life-saving work and to give a voice to vulnerable children who would otherwise never get the chance to share their stories.” Jack witnessed the difficulties that children his own age face, having lived in a deprived area in South Africa, where he made friends and played football whilst he recorded with a local children’s choir. He said: “I’m so lucky to be a Save the Children ambassador and meet some of the children they are helping in Africa. There are boys and girls my own age all over the world that need help so the work Save the Children does is very important.” The singer has also become the youngest ever solo artist to sign a record contract with Decca Records, home to vocal legends Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. His debut album is called ‘Wonderful World’ and is due to be released on the 25th of November.

IN TUNE: Jack as a save the children ambassador in Africaand the Met cathedral ©save the children/ flickr

Ten Years of Christmas Number ones

2003 - Michael Andrews & Gary Jules“Mad World” 2004 - Band Aid 20 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” 2005 - Shayne Ward “That’s My Goal” 2006 - Leona Lewis “A Moment Like This” 2007 - Leon Jackson “When You Believe” 2008 - Alexandra Burke “Hallelujah” 2009 - Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name” 2010 - Matt Cardle “When We Collide” 2011 - Military Wives with Gareth Malone “Wherever You Are” 2012 - The Justice Collective “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

Fresh appeal for new Maddie leads by Shannyn Quinn

A new appeal for information about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was broadcast last night on BBC1’s Crimewatch, after the police released two E-fits of a mystery man they believe is connected to Maddie’s disappearance. Madeleine’s parents Gerry McCann and Liverpool-born Kate McCann are feeling ‘hopeful and optimistic’ and say that the Met office has done a great job of piecing together new information. Mr McCann still believes that there is hope of finding Maddie, with the help of the public. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the Met’s investigation, said: “Madeleine’s disappearance has all the hallmarks of a pre-planned abduction. That would undoubtedly have involved reconnaissance.” The man who is thought to have taken Madeleine has been

identified through a new lead, with police suspecting that the girl was taken at a slightly different time than first believed. It was thought she was taken at around 9.15pm from the McCann’s holiday apartment at the Ocean Club complex, Portugal, but police are now thought to be focusing on the period between 8.30pm and 9.15pm. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood is extremely pleased with the response to the BBC’s Crimewatch appeal shown last night, receiving over 1,000 calls and emails with new information. Some callers even gave the same name after being shown the e-fit of the suspect. Police will follow up the lines of inquiry provided by the phone calls and emails. Crimewatch’s editor said the appeal ‘went better than expected’ with many of the calls received from British people who had been at the resort at the time but had not previously contacted the Met.

OLDER: police release new impression of what Maddy may look like aged 9 © BBC

CASHING IN ON CHINA By Jade Masri

Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe - and now the city is hoping to cash in on the link. Retail stores in Liverpool are working towards providing services that will assist visitors from China by making sure that their shopping experience goes as smoothly as possible. Liverpool’s newest shopping district, Liverpool One, receives millions of visitors every year and has already noticed the financial benefits that foreign visitors bring. The company which owns Liverpool One provides an information centre where Spanish and German speaking assistants are available upon request. Multilingual assistants are able to provide guidance and support to those visiting the UK, but speak or read very little English. Liverpool One is also now able to arrange a Chinese speaking assistant if needed allowing those visiting a more comforting shopping experience and benefiting the shopping centre through higher spending. This all comes as part of the drive to encourage Chinese investment to the UK.

Fashion week returns to the city for the fourth time By Hazel Miller

CATWALK: Fashion week kicked off with a show by adore couture in the Liver building © Pictures by Abi Bramhall

The fourth Liverpool Fashion Week was launched on Monday night with the event being hosted in the Liver Building for the first time ever. The annual event promotes emerging talent in the fashion industry in the north-west over a series of themed nights. It is a platform for new models, stylists, musicians and entertainers with agencies and scouts hunting for the next big thing in Fashion. Amanda Moss, event organiser and editor of Lifestyle Monthly Magazine, said: “We’re prepping for the event this year by constantly corresponding with the models, designers, everyone involved really.” Unlike London fashion week, everything you see on the catwalk will be available to buy online or in store straight away. Tomas Woods, a 20 year old model said “I am modelling for designers like French connection, new look, SBC and other new independent designers. Fashion week is such an

amazing event. It showcases not only the clothes but also what Liverpool has to offer. This is my 3rd year doing Liverpool fashion week and I had to come back because it’s such an amazing atmosphere. The buzz of showcasing amazing clothes and being on that catwalk is something else. It is an amazing opportunity to network with designers, photographers, makeup artists and hair stylists.” A number of celebrity guests attended the launch including Coronation Street Actresses Samia Ghadie and Tina O’Brien. Leanne Stockton, a make-up artist freelancing at the event said: “I’m really excited to be working for Liverpool Fashion Week but I’m a bit nervous. Last year I was watching the catwalk but this year I’ll be seeing what goes on back stage. The event showcases the work of local make-up artists, stylists and models and gives us all an opportunity to network.” Tickets for the event are still available on Liverpool Fashion Week’s website.


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Thousands of people live with a mental illness every day. Simone Foggin looks at the discrimination that mental health sufferers face

When Asda and Tesco found themselves at the centre of a maelstrom for selling Halloween costumes named ‘psycho ward’ and ‘mental patient’, mental illness sufferers took to Twitter in droves, using the trending hashtag #mentalpatient to voice their anger. Both stores were later forced to take down the offending items from their websites and remove them from stores, with online retailer Amazon following closely behind. Unfortunately, this is far from an isolated incident and instead is simply yet another example of the discrimination that sufferers of mental illnesses in the UK and the rest of the world have to face every single day. In light of this, Liverpool hosted its very own mental health campaign this week, with a city-wide event for Mental Health Awareness Day, which is supported in more than 100 countries across the world on 10th October each year. The city’s Central Library accommodated special wellbeing workshops and activities, with Williamson Square featuring an array of wellbe-

ing, health and advice stands as well as a free fruit stall. The entertainment continued with an array of bands and choirs taking to the stage alongside rap lyric workshops. Newly elected Lord Mayor Gary Millar kicked the day off in Williamson Square, saying: “It is a beautiful day.” His support was commendable and he went on to add: “If you see someone in a wheelchair you know that there is something wrong with them. Look around you. You do not know when people have mental health problems. People here today are wearing t-shirts saying: ask for help, they want to help. We should all help.” He told JMU journalism: “Mental Health Awareness day should be every day. The truth is there, one of the hardest battles people suffering with mental health issues face is talking to people. “The main aims of the day are firstly to make sufferers aware that people are here to help; they are not alone and should not suffer alone and secondly to create a better understanding for the public.“

HELPING HAND: Campaigner helps support Mental Health Day It’s estimated that one in four people in the UK suffer from some form of mental illness and nearly 500 people were admitted to Liverpool hospitals for mental health related issues between 2009 and 2012, more than any other North West city. Suffering from a mental health issue is a difficult life path that people do not choose to take. However, those supporting family and friends with mental health problems do choose to stick around and fol-

low this path alongside them. In addition, efforts like the Time to Change campaign, a joint enterprise between charities ‘Mind’ and ‘Rethink Mental Illness’ work constantly to combat the stigmas and dangerous misconceptions surrounding mental health. According to a Time to Change survey carried out in December 2012, nine out of ten people who have a mental health problem will experience stigma and discrimination as a result.

Mind’s ‘Time to change’ campaign has already shown considerable support, with a massive following on the social network site Twitter. Mike Rigelsford, Chair of Liverpool Mental Health Consortium said: “Awareness shouldn’t be stigmatised; mental health is something which can be alleviated. Those who suffer can live a positive life. It is not something to be regarded as deviant or frightening. There needs

to be a greater understanding. “They are not weird and they are not normal. If anything we should be frightened of those people who regard themselves as normal.” If you are a student of LJMU and you are suffering with a mental health issue, there is confidential help available. Contact the Student Advice and Wellbeing Centre on 01519046116, or drop into their office at Kingsway House, The Mezzanine, Hatton Garden, Liverpool.

‘There are difficult times but being there as a shoulder to cry on gives you a total new understanding’

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ateshe Senior, a close friend of someone who suffers with mental illness, spoke to Liverpool Life about her experiences She said: “It is hard in the sense that there are difficult times, you are not just there for boyfriend/ girlfriend troubles or decisions about what to wear to the next big party, you are there for the nitty gritty. “I find that being there as a shoulder to cry on or to discuss problems gives you a total new understanding for what people who suffer mental illnesses go through; often in silence.” At first, Nateshe had similar ideas to other people and believed mental illness was “something that can be gotten over with a little self will power.” When she first discovered her friend was suffering she

wasn’t sure how to respond. “At first it was difficult because the understanding wasn’t there. It looks irrational to the outside world but I now know the details behind it, but we have been friends for as long as I can remember, she’s no different now to what she was then.” Nateshe’s experiences have given her a greater insight into the best way to support someone with mental health concerns. “No matter how much they tell themselves that what they are thinking or doing is irrational it is no easier to tell your mind ‘No’. It is important to note that it is something which cannot be helped, that is why I think awareness is key to reducing stigma they need to be helped not attacked.”

Think pink for awareness month by Nadine Highman

COPPAFEEL: Students support cause

Nearly 140 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, and this month thousands of people are being encouraged to ‘think pink’ to tackle the illness. October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and hundreds of fundraising events across the UK that aim to help eradicate the disease throughout this month every year, including hosting of ‘pink parties’. Although lots of people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. Angela McShane, Events and

Community Fundraiser at the Royal Liverpool Hosptial, told Liverpool Life: “This is the first year we have asked all our supporters and staff to host a Pink Party in October and donate the money they raise for Breast Cancer Services at the Royal Hospital. “We have enclosed an information leaflet in the pack about examining your breasts, this will encourage the ladies to start talking about their breasts and the diagram will show them how to examine them correctly.” Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK with around 50,000 women and 400 men diagnosed each year.

This means that a person is diagnosed every 10 minutes. For 2013 a new action plan publication was launched by the Breast Cancer Campaign organisation. The plan, ‘Help us find the cures’, sets out what needs to be done to reach the organisation’s goal of overcoming breast cancer by 2050 – including early and effective diagnosis, improving treatment, understanding breast cancer biology and also risk and prevention. LJMU have also been involved with raising awareness this year, including setting up a team of students

representing the breast cancer awareness charity ‘Coppafeel’. Their aim is to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer. Julia Blackwell, one of the fundraisers for Coppafeel at LJMU, told Liverpool Life that they hope to “raise the profile of the charity ‘Coppafeel’ whose aim is to get both men and women checking regularly for signs of breast cancer.” She went on to say: “By getting to know your boobs you can help beat the disease!” Around 12,000 lives are lost to the disease each year; let’s try to make a change.


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Lawson are on track for No.1 STARDOM: Andy Brown, Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts make up

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Boy band Lawson are 700 copies away from having their first number one UK single. They are closely catching up to the current number one holders, USA rock band, One Republic. Lawson’s new single ‘Juliet’ re-

ceived rave reviews from their fans on social media sites after it was released on October 11th. @JaymiUJWorld3h posted : “Nobody does it like juliettttt @LawsonOfficial love this song boys!”

@wondieTR4fan postes: “It’s amazing! Different sound for the guys but utterly amazing as always.” The band were named Lawson after a Liverpool based surgeon Dr. David Lawson carried out

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life-saving brain surgery on lead vocalist, also from Liverpool, Andy Brown. On Sunday the official charts are released and Lawson are up against Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Little Nikki and Union J.

How tickled will Ken Dodd be? by Kerryleigh Gough

A Ken Dodd exhibition is set to take place in Liverpool’s museum to celebrate his life. The veteran Liverpool entertainer will be shown through award winning Stephen Shakeshaft’s photographer’s eye. Despite the performer being 86 he still manages to please crowds with over 100 shows under his belt this year alone. Dodd, who started his career in comedy in 1954, is iconic throughout Britain due to his rapid one-liners, ‘cheeky chappy’ attitude and famous feather duster and during the 1960s he rivalled The Beatles as a household name. In addition to a long list of comedic roles, he has also ventured into drama throughout his career, appearing as Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and appeared in a cameo role in a 1987 Doctor Who episode. This is not the first time Dodd has been recognised for his contributions to entertainment. In 2009, a bronze statue of the Knotty Ash born comedian was revealed at Liverpool Lime Street Station. Ken has said in the past that his comic influences include the likes of fellow Liverpool comedian Arthur Askey, Robb Wilton and Tommy Handley.

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28th October - Echo Arena Arctic Monkeys

13th - 19th October Liverpool Fashion Week Liver Building

The Arctic Monkeys are pleased to announce the dates for their UK arena tour, one of the arena’s will be Liverpool’s Echo Arena.W 4th November - Echo Arena Jessie J One of England’s top pop singers will be hitting the Echo Arena for her Nice To Meet You tour. Tickets range between £28 and £36.50.

of his work that includes audition notes, manuscripts, programme’s, newspaper cuttings, press releases and financial documents. He told the BBC: “It had always been my intention that if ever my papers and manuscripts were to be deposited, then it would be with a Liverpool in-

stitute”. The opening will be marked by a night of special readings and a Q&A session with the man himself. The event takes place on November 27th at the John Lennon Art and Design building. Free tickets are available online at www.willyrussellarchives.eventbrite.co.uk.

The Irish Festival comes back to Liverpool for the 11th year in a row. The ten day festival will highlight Liverpool’s Irish heritage and will include a mix of Irish music, drama, films and much more.

20th October M People: 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Empire Theatre

This year’s Lantern parade will take place in Sefton Park, kids will have the opportunity to take part in workshops to create their own lanterns. At 6.30 pm you will witness a parade of lanterns that will light up Sefton Park as the parade makes its way into the woods.

The popular dance group that emerged out of the club scenes of Manchester are back for their 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits tour. They will be performing at the Empire Theatre and prices start from £30.40

1st - 19th October Crime and Punishment Playhouse Theatre

Opening in the Liverpool playhouse in 1983 Blood Brothers quickly became a huge hit and has now become one of the longest running shows on London’s West End. In 1995 Russell was made a Fellow of LJMU and the university is set to demonstrate why by opening an exhibition

10th - 20th October Irish Festival

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Blood Brothers, written by Willy Russell, takes to the stage. The play tells the emotional story of twins brothers who after being separated at birth and leading separate lives, meet again. The show will take place at the Empire Theatre and prices will range from £12 to £38.

FUNNY: Comedian Ken Dodd with his famous feather duster

It’s all about the glitter and glamour this week as fashion week kicks off in Liverpool. The opening show took place yesterday at the Liver Building.

1st November Lantern Parade Sefton Park

28th October - 9th November Blood Brothers Empire Theatre

Willy Russell exhibition at LJMU An exhibition is to be opened in Liverpool John Moors University, dedicated to the work of famous play-wright, Willy Russell. Mr Russell made his stamp on the film and theatre world winning prestigious Oliver Awards for films such as Education Rita and the musical Blood Brothers.

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Crime and Punishments allows the viewer inside the mind of a student who commits a murder and who struggles with the harsh reality of the world including poverty, people chasing debts and his sister marrying a man she doesn’t love. The piece will take to Liverpool’s Playhouse’s stage and prices will start from £10. 13th - 16th November The Nutcracker Empire Theatre The famous ballet production graces the stage of Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. Tickets start from £12.90.

11th November Remembrance Day Like every year, on the 11th of November Liverpool will come together to pay commemoration to the members of the armed forced who have lost their lives whilst on duty. 15th November Remembrance Banquet Anglican Cathedral Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral will be home to the first Remembrance Banquet. The event hopes to collect over £40,000 for the charities of Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. The event will include entertainment and will start at 19:00. The prices for tickets start off at £55.

FOR THE KIDS 31st October Halloween It’s that time of the year to get dressed up in your scariest costume. From trick or treating, bonfires, carving pumpkins, storytelling to watching horror films, Halloween has something for everyone.


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From a tiny blue planet far, far away...

are back! Classic childhood TV show the Clangers announces its return, warming the hearts of many fans, Kerryleigh Gough reports

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ult children’s TV show the Clangers is to make a comeback on the CBeebies channel. The show, which ran for two series, was first shown on November 16th 1969, the same year the first man landed on the moon. The new show will be put into production in 2015. The Clangers’ are small mouselike creatures which spoke in a high-pitched type of whistle and would pull their ears over their eyes whenever they were distressed or sad. Although the show wasn’t long-lived the memory of the Clangers is kept alive by thousands of fans. A Facebook group dedicated to the programme has more than 10,000 followers. When the programme’s creator, Oliver Postgate, died in 2008 tributes poured in from all over the world and some of his many celebrity fans recalled the impact he had had on their world and their work. Andrew Davenport, creator of In the Night Garden and the Teletubbies told the Guardian: “I’m particularly fond of The Clangers, which is pure poetry for children. I think it worked because it presented to a child their own series of cultural references- they could recognise their own experience and world, but translated into a narrative that was entirely fantastical, full of detail, observation and wonderful happenings.” Broadcaster Alan Yentob said: “The Clangers was bang on the nail for two reasons: it was the first television programme where you saw the blue planet, which was the

moon, and it converged with the first flight into space and so was very topical.” The creatures live in a small blue cratered planet covered by metal dustbin lids they use to hide from the numerous objects falling from space, which creates the ‘clang’ noise that gave the show its name. Although the creatures’ communication was always in a highpitched spooky whistle, it was later said that their dialogue was originally written out in full English and even included swear words.

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he Clangers share their world with the Soup Dragon, who has a taste for green soup, and lives in the soup well. The show also has the ‘Glow Buzzers’ which provide light for the Clangers’ cave and tasty Glow honey and conjuring frog-lets, oval stick-legged creature that live in a deep pond within the planet. Storylines in the show are sometimes designed to reflect real life situations, with the characters dealing with problems similar to those faced in society in their own way. For example in “The Seed” episode the Clangers’ planet becomes infested with a rogue vegetable that Small Clanger captured and decided to plant. It quickly grows and the Clangers’ find themselves trapped and have to call for help from their neighbouring cauliflower shaped planet which turns out to be home to The skymoos. The skymoos quickly rescue the Clangers’ and are rewarded with

soup – which is an environmental issue within the show.

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hen the news of the comeback broke yesterday fans registered their delight on Facebook and Twitter, with one user saying: “So glad to hear that The Clangers are being remade for CBBC in 2015! Let’s hope it stays true to the original style.” Richard Hammond also took to Twitter to say: “THE best possible news: ‘The Clangers’ is coming back in 2015. Nothing to add. Might sit in front of TV with Lego and wait.” Liverpool Life asked the people of Liverpool which other TV shows they would bring back if they had the chance: July Livingston, 48 said: “Blind Date, it was a brilliant entertainment programme. They have other similar now but not as good.” Alexandra Allen, 21 said: “I’m a Scouser so I would have to say Brookside because having a Liverpool soap that shows the Liverpool life is great.” Adam Race,44 said: “ The A Team, I used to watch it all the time.” Jenni Simpkin, 20 said: “Friends, it’s always a good laugh and it makes great hangover TV.” Wesley Thynd, 34 said: “Breaking Bad is the only TV show I’ve ever watched every episode of.” The production, which is said to cost £5 million, is already underway.

Fans are excited for the return of the childhood classic ©Flickr:TchmilFan

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Dogs have feelings too As a new Channel 4 programme reveals the secret lives of dogs, Simone Foggin takes a look at how leaving pets on their own can actually lead to behaviour problems ©David Yu photography

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ogs are known as ‘man’s best friend’ and now it seems that we may have more in common with our furry companions than we had ever imagined. Not only do they love a nice walk and a good meal, just like their owners, but they also experience some of the emotions we feel. A new Channel Four series, Dogs: their secret lives, presented by former chief vet of the RSPCA Mark Evans, looks into what our dogs get up to when they are left alone and one of the conclusions is that they feel just as anxious and lonely as we would left to our own devices. The show proved through scientific research and infrared cameras that anxiety activity can occur in a dog’s brain when they are separated from their owners. One in two families in the UK have at least one family pet, with dogs coming third in the top ten pets for 2013 at 8.5 million (Pet food manufacturers association) ranked below fish kept in a tank or a pond. With so many dogs in the UK it is unsurprising to learn that more and more of

them are spending time home alone. What is unknown to many pet owners is the serious health risks that are presented when dogs experience high levels of distress; including loss of appetite and in more severe cases, diabetes. It is easy to mistake separation anxiety for simple behavioural problems. Debbie Griffiths, a professional dog walker from Wirral, told Liverpool Life some of the key things to look out for:

‘Licking their lips nervously is a tell-tale sign of an anxious dog.’ “When dogs are anxious they may whine, howl or bark, be destructive, defecate or urinate and pace up and down.”

PATIENT: Dexter waits to tuck into his doggy treats

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ast night’s show featured a Boxer/Rottweiler cross who presented a large number of these charac-

teristics. Debbie added: “Licking their lips nervously or trembling is a tell-tale sign of an anxious dog.” The Wirral dog walker also said that dogs can be bored when they do not get enough physical or mental stimulation and added: “A tired dog is a happy dog.” In her experience she said clients’ dogs can be okay with being left at home, but: “It’s more a case of the owners wanting their dogs to have the best quality of life possible and not to be shut in for the whole day.” The other, more positive thing that dogs have in common with us is that they enjoy spending time with their friends. Debbie added: “My clients like the fact that their dogs will be socialising in a group.” It is always important to remember that animals share more mental similarities with us than we could ever anticipate. Making the decision to have a dog has to be one made with the animal’s best interest at heart.

Liverpool Life asked our readers for their views on leaving pets home alone...

Jenni Simpkin, 20 “You shouldn’t have a dog if you aren’t going to take care of it.”

Wesley Thynd, 34 “Depends on what the dog is like. It also depends if it’s housetrained and if it’s used to it.”

Norman Ellis, 69 “It’s not on. They shouldn’t have them or if they go on holidays they need to make arrangements.”

Jonathon Baxter, 43 “Work is one of those things; you have to think about the pros and cons about having a dog and whether you’ll take care of it.”


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England: Will Roy’s men buckle under Polish pressure? CUP FEVER: Vauxhall can still dream of cup glory ©Flickr/Dave Gunn

MOTORS RACE TO FA CUP TEST by Paul McIntyre & Jack Horrocks Vauxhall Motors have been given a big test after being drawn to face Skrill Premier Division side, Macclesfield Town away in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup. After defeating Carlton Town 3-1 to advance to the next round, Motors must now visit Moss Rose in the hope of continuing their FA Cup journey. Vauxhall Motors defender, Ste Wainwright, 20, told Liverpool Life: “We were all buzzing after the game because we knew there was a good chance we could go on to face a league side. To be honest I was hoping for a little team where we would be favourites, but getting a big club like Macclesfield Town is great and it will be a good experience and a big crowd.” Wainwright, a product of the Tranmere Rovers academy, has established himself as the first choice full back for the Motormen since being released by Rovers in 2011 He added: “I was dreading getting drawn against a similar club to us like a conference north team where it’s just like any other scrappy league game but we all believe Macclesfield is a winnable game for us and hopefully we can go onto the 1st round proper and draw football league side.” The tie also rekindles memories of Vauxhall’s famous cup run in 2002/03 when they faced the same opposition in round 2 of the FA Cup having knocked out QPR in the previous round. Town triumphed 2-0 on that occasion. Motors have won through to this stage of the competition after a 4-0 home victory over Chorley and a 3-1 win away at Carlton Town last Saturday with goals from Andy Nicholas and a brace from striker, Ashley Stott. The game with Macclesfield Town is set to be played on the weekend of 26/27 October. Meanwhile, Warrington Town had two men sent off as they bowed out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 extra time defeat to Ossett Town. Ossett Town will now face Welsh side Colwyn Bay in the next round.

FORTRESS: Wembley stadium gears up for the deciding clash © Flickr/wkocjan by Paul McIntyre

England have a long history of mixed results in games that would determine their qualification for a major tournament. They have suffered heartbreak at home and triumph abroad. One certainty though – the Three Lions always make their fans wait for the safety of qualification. Liverpool Life looks back at 40 years of nail-biting clashes for the national squad.

The crest of the Polish FA © Wikipedia/Polish FA

penalty, which in the end wasn’t enough to advance to the 1974 World Cup finals. Poland had the last laugh, qualifying at the expense of their hosts. England, meanwhile, were left at home.

England 1-1 Poland 17 October 1973 Wembley Stadium, London History often repeats itself in football. Forty years ago, England needed to defeat Poland to secure World Cup qualification. It sounds incredibly familiar. The Three Lions approached their Wembley game against the White and Reds fully confident of a victory. It was only seven years earlier, after all, that they were lifting the World Cup in the very same venue. Brian Clough, always outspoken and controversial, labelled the Polish goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski “a circus clown in gloves” before the game began. It was perhaps inevitable, then, that Tomaszewski produced a now legendary man of the match performance. He was so immovable that England could only manage to beat him via a

It was an extremely tense game, and the home side piled on a lot of pressure. They were so aggressive in their approach that it led to them getting five cautions and a sending off. In the end, a battling England performance saw them get the point they needed. Notably, current manager Roy Hodgson was in the dugout assisting Glen Hoddle.

The Italian Crest © Facebook/Italian FA

Italy 0-0 England 1 October 1997 Stadio Olimpico, Rome England went to Rome needing a point to qualify for the World Cup. The odds were against them though, as Italy had won their last fifteen games in the nation’s capital.

5-1 victory that has now entered folklore, England almost blew their opportunity to qualify for the World Cup a month later against Greece. Notably poor in the first half, the Three Lions went behind to a 40th minute goal. Teddy Sheringham equalised within seconds of being brought on from the bench midway through the second half, only for Greece to renew their lead minutes later. David Beckham was England’s saviour in the 90th minute with an outstanding free kick, earning a late draw and World Cup qualification.

once of which came from a disastrous goalkeeping error from Scott Carson, before England pulled back through Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch. When striker Mladen Petric scored a third for the challengers, though, it proved the end for England’s campaign and for McClaren.

England 2-3 Croatia 21 November, 2007 Wembley Stadium, London The Greek crest © Facebook/Greek FA

England 2-2 Greece 6 October 2001 Old Trafford, Manchester After destroying Germany in a

Perhaps the most disappointing match in England’s recent history, the loss to Croatia at Wembley saw England fail to reach the 2008 European Championships and Steve McClaren axed from the job. Croatia took a two goal lead,

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TRANMERE ROVERS: Wirral-based club to clash with London team

ROVERS FACE ORIENT HURDLE by Niall Dudley

Tranmere Rovers go into this weekend’s clash against Leyton Orient buoyed by their first win since August away at Bradford City on Sunday. This was Bradford’s first defeat at home this season and a much needed victory for the visitors, who subsequently moved off the bottom of League One. Ryan Lowe scored the winner in the 69th minute after a flick-on from Jake Kirkby to score his third goal of the campaign, following his free transfer from MK Dons in the summer. The goal sparked an instant reaction from the hosts and Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams was forced into some fine saves to preserve the lead. Sunday’s clash was a significant one for Tranmere’s long serving captain Ian Goodison, who was playing for the Wirral based club for the 400th time. The 40-year-old has played for Rovers for nine years and clocked up the full 90 minutes at the weekend. Orient will provide a stern test for the Superwhites on Saturday, as the London club are the only team in England’s top four divisions to still be unbeaten and sit top of the division. The hosts go into the game at Prenton Park without a win in their previous eight home outings.

Thousands take part in Wirral 10k by Gemma Sherlock

Thousands of runners braced the cold winds this weekend to take part in the Wirral 10k and half marathon. The tough conditions didn’t stop over 2,000 competitors from running the races, starting in Birkenhead Park and ending in New Brighton, on Sunday. The race which started at 9.30am, welcomed a range of people running for a charity, the challenge or for personal reasons. Jack Altkins, 18, was the winner of the Wirral 10k with a time of 36 minutes and 27 seconds. He said: “It was great fun but I found it very tough. I have been day-to-day training with my coach so a big thank you goes to David Edwards for being so inspiring.” The fastest woman to cross the finish line on Coastal Drive was Kirstie Longley, 36, completing in 37 minutes and 9 seconds. She said: “It was absolutely fantastic but very windy, very tough, you just had to work through it.” Organised by BTR Liverpool, the marathons attracted entrances from all over Europe, in Belgium, Spain, Denmark and Norway. Race Director, Alan Rothwell, admits that this year has had an excellent turnout and the event has been pitched to run annually. He said: “With the cancellation of the Liverpool marathon this year at least we have been able to retain the Wirral side, holding a half marathon for the first time.” The winner of the Wirral half marathon, Martin Swensson, praised the support received from his teammates

after finishing at 1 hour, 13 minutes and 11 seconds. Jenny Clague was the fastest woman at 1 hour, 24 minutes and 23 seconds. For the majority of the competitors it was a case of running for their chosen charities or in remembrance of their families. Jim Thompson, 49, who has been a factory worker for 20 years, ran for Sue Ryder, the hospice who looked after his mother before she passed away. Raising money for the Urology Foundation for bladder cancer, Vanessa Kelly, 43, took part in her first marathon to remember her father who battled with bladder cancer. The day ended in the early afternoon with a presentation of trophies for first, second and third places of the Wirral 10k and half marathon.

WINNERS: Kirsty Longley and Jack Altkins were two of the best competitors at Sunday’s 10k and half marathon

Saturday’s win moves AFC up the League table by Niall Dudley

HEAVYWEIGHT: David Price hopes move will rebuild his career. ©Niall Walsh | Flickr

PRICE TO JOIN BOOTH by Paul McIntyre

Liverpool Heavyweight boxer David Price is set to join the gym of trainer Adam Booth, who guided David Haye to the WBA World Heavyweight Championship. This comes after 30-year-old Price suffered the first two losses of his professional career in back-to-back contests against Tony Thompson. The American veteran, Thompson, knocked him out in both fights. Price, an Olympic Bronze medalist, is now looking to rebuild his career. The consecutive defeats to Thompson led to Price parting ways with previous trainer Franny Smith in August, who had worked with Price since he first turned professional in 2009.

AFC Liverpool won their first game in five attempts after beating Abbey Hey 4-0 on Saturday afternoon. The win took the reds up to 5th place in the North West Counties Football League table, but they still trial table toppers Maine Road by 11 points. The Reds recorded a comfortable victory, with Paul Moore’s side two goals up at half time. Paul Brown gave AFC the lead slotting home from a clever

reverse pass by Stephen Jones. The second goal came just before the break when John Lawless converted a penalty after an Abbey Hey defender brought down Michael Girvan. Abbey Hey started the second half brightly, creating a number of chances. However, with the game nearing an end, AFC Liverpool made them pay for not getting themselves back in the game. Captain Liam Loughlin ran onto a through ball by Lawless to finish coolly past the helpless keeper.

Mersey Tigers maintain their perfect season by Niall Dudley

Mersey Tigers continued their perfect start to the season on Saturday, beating Durham Wildcats 80-47. The tigers have won all three of their games this season since dropping down to the men’s Fourth Division Northern section and sit at the top of the table. After an abysmal season last

year in which they lost every game and then suffered extreme financial problems, they seem to relishing the chance to get back to winning ways and build their confidence back up. The Tigers next game will be at home to the Gateshead Phoenix at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park in Huyton on Saturday. The Tigers will be hoping that their promising start continues.

With the game already won Jones got himself on the score sheet after charging down an attempted clearance by the opposition defender Flanagan. Moore will hope his side’s overdue win will be the start of a positive run of results similar to the one they started the season with. This season has seen a change in fortune for the fan owned club, after getting promoted two seasons ago they have now become one of the league’s leading sides.

COMFORTABLE VICTORY: The Reds won 4-0


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1ST XV seal first win of season against Liverpool Hope By Will Shaw Liverpool John Moores University’s Rugby Union side will travel to Lancaster this week, looking to build on last week’s victory over Liverpool Hope. LJMU, who were controversially relegated last season, head into the fixture looking for their first back to back victories since the 2011-12 season. Kieran Hawketts, LJMU coach, said: “We’ve had a strong and confident start to the season, training has been of good quality and we got a good win last week. “We had a great training session to start off the week; I am hoping we have put the right actions in place to come out of this week with the win.” Lancaster 2nd XV will be hoping to avoid a second defeat in a row, after they lost away to Chester in the opening round of fixtures. LJMU will come into this match with a lot of belief however, following their 19-0 victory in the first Liverpool derby of the season. Richard Miles, captain of the side, said: “We had a lot of new faces last week and played in some tough weather conditions. I was very pleased to get a win, particularly against local rivals Hope. “We have identified that there are still things we need to work on, our discipline was poor last week and we had a number of people yellow carded. Also we butchered a number of chances which was really frustrating. On another day these factors may have cost us.” The home side took a seven point lead into half time after No. 8 Josh Downes opened the scoring for LJMU, after a spell of prolonged pressure. Two more second half tries then followed for the home side in the second half, courtesy of substitutes Ryan O’Hare and Jay Reid. The team were relegated in a bizarre fashion last season, after the University of Liver-

SQUAD: LJMU 1XV line up for their local derby against rivals Liverpool Hope University last week pool forfeited their final match against Bangor University. The three points were consequently awarded to the Welsh side, who ended the campaign with 12 points to LJMU’s nine. Hawketts remained focused on this season though, he said: “Following our first win of the season on Wednesday, we have big expectations to carry on and have a successful season; we are definitely looking for promotion.” LJMU’S next derby against Liverpool Hope University , will take place on 11th December , where LJMU will be looking to compete a memorable double derby triumph over their city rivals.

Sam could get England chance By Will Shaw

FUTURE: Sam Dickinson (right)with his brother JJ (left)

England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has spoken of his frustration at not being able to add to his squad, ahead of the up and coming autumn internationals. One of the players he suggested he would like to add to his squad is Sam Dickinson, who began his rugby career at Wirral’s Caldy RFC. Dickinson has had an exceptional start to his debut season for the Northampton Saints.

The ex-Rotherham forward joined the former European Champions in 2012, but sadly missed last season due to injury. Lancaster spoke of how he would like to add to his squad at the unveiling of the new England playing kit launch in Morley. He said: “To pick an elite squad in July or August and then see someone like Dickinson come along and have a great September… that’s part of the challenge. “On current evidence, a player like Sam would certainly be there

or thereabouts for the Saxons.” Lancaster is unable to add to the squad he selected in the summer due an agreement between the RFU and the Premiership clubs, which strictly limits what changes can and cannot be made regardless of player fitness. Despite this Dickinson’s profile continues to grow and if he is able to continue his form throughout the course of the campaign he may be able to force his way into the England set up in the near future.

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