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CHARITY BIKEATHON AT CRYSTAL PEAKS RAISES OVER £1,000 FOR CHILDREN IN NEED Sam Jones, the health club at Crystal Peaks Retail Park held a Bikeathon on Friday (20/11/09) to raise money for Children in Need in the centre. Members of staff from Sam Jones, Halfords and Crystal Peaks’ PC Dan Garside took on the challenge to ride 200 miles and raised £1,183.89 Lee Greenwood, Crystal Peaks shopping centre commented: “We were humbled by the generous donations given by the Crystal Peaks shoppers on Friday to help raise money for Children in Need and were in awe at

the effort made by the team from Sam Jones who gave their time and energy to make the event a success. We are so pleased to be able to donate £1, 183.89 to such a worthy cause.”

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Last time, I gave you an incite as to where all this misery for smokers started, courtesy of former British Chief Medical Officer Sir George Godber at a World conference on Smoking & Health 1975. I quote:- “It would be essential to foster an atmosphere where it was perceived that active smokers would injure those around them, especially their family and any infants or young children who would be exposed involuntarily to (smoke in the air).” “...foster an atmosphere where it was perceived....” well, since 1975 they have certainly done that. In fact the goal of the anti smoking movement, listed in the conclusions of the 3rd world conference, was “The elimination of smoking.”



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Bit by bit the anti -smoking brigade reduced smoker’s parameters. Tobacco advertising became a ‘no-no’ as the people were slowly brainwashed into believing that SHS was responsible for virtually every death imaginable. Smokers were slowly but surely being demonised by tobacco haters. From advertising tobacco, cigarettes and pipes etc the advertising world has been turned on its head for now we even have children begging ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’ not to smoke/die on our TV screens at regular intervals, a process they call denormalisation, which in reality is social engineering by a minority who object to tobacco smoke.

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Smoker prevalence fell rapidly between the 1950’s and 1970’s, but slowed to a trickle after the re-birth of the anti smoking movement and the open programs of persecution and denormalisation.



Why? Because they cannot abide by the fact that other people might have different lifestyles to what they consider non-smoking Utopia. It has not occurred to them (or they have simply ignored it) that cancers have blossomed along with industrial developments. A simple example is standing behind a bus as it powers away from the bus stop, just how many cigarettes do you think it would take to match the highly dangerous toxic waste emitted from that exhaust pipe? Yet our babies & toddlers are at the exact height of those deadly fumes! Remember Godber, “.....especially their family and any infants or young children who would be exposed involuntarily to (smoke in the air)” Wow!



All of this demonstrates, of course, is that the goal of persecuting smokers to the point of total elimination of the product was therefore decided long before the myths of passive smoke harm were established-also that the removal of smokers from society was a moral judgement that had nothing to do with public health. Next time:- How to fight back Phil Johnson, Club & Pub Liaison Officer


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Plans will see local people able to recycle many more new materials via the kerbside and the main scheduled collection doubling. It will make it much easier for local people to recycle, with the ultimate aim of seeing an increase in Sheffield’s recycling rate. of the credit crunch, job What’s more, SCC is able Currently Sheffield’s losses and unemployto offer all this without local residents have ment it maybe that some a monthly scheduled the need for an extra bin, people might be consider- kerbside recycling service which would clutter up ing setting up their own pavements.” for paper and card via business: being over 50 is the blue bin, whilst an The new kerbside recycertainly no bar to sucadditional 45,000 proper- cling service will collect cess – in fact it can be an ties (around one-fifth of plastic bottles, metal cans advantage because you local households) are able and glass in the blue bin have so much more life currently used for paper to recycle garden waste experience than someone through a green bin. and card. Paper and card younger. will be collected in a new The new, free service, However you do need to large box. In addition, three which will begin to be know what you’re doing large hessian sacks will be rolled out from spring and this is where “Busiprovided to all households 2010, will see households ness Link” comes in. It is for the collection of garden right across the city able a completely free service waste with the option of to recycle paper, card, funded by Government and plastic bottles, metal cans being able to purchase the EU through the Region- and glass at the kerbside, three extra sacks. The sacks al Development Agencies. with a collection every two will replace the current It works in partnership weeks. In addition, garden green bins. with subject experts and waste will be collected at relevant business organisa- the kerbside every month tions, to give you all the from all households. By support you need whether winter 2010 the new seryou are starting out or need vice will be fully rolled out Images of Women help with an established and Ageing across Sheffield. business. I recently atThis amounts to an imprestended one of its excellent sive total of four additional Are you a woman? local seminars and it was materials (or three if you Are you interested in how three hours well spent. Run already have a green bin) women are represented in by an expert, it provided and a doubling of the main the media as they grow clear detailed information scheduled collection. older? and advice on a topic I did Here’s an opportunity to not expect to find easy. explore this and to make For more information call some images of your 08456 048 048, email info@businesslinkyorkown… or check their You are invited to take part website at: www.businessin an exciting new research project, run by a team of women at the University of Sheffield, looking at the sorts of images of women If you’re aged 45 to 65 and live in Sheffield, you we see in newspapers, on can try your hand at a television, and in magaThe University of Sheffield new sport in the run up to zines. We are interested in is looking for volunteers Christmas. the messages these images who are over 65 and able Activity Sheffield, has give out about women to get to the University organised free salsa, as they grow older. 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Sheffield’s Strategy that they would like to try for an Ageing Populawhat your background, and or perhaps they used to do, with no age-limits! tion Theme 4: Shaping, improving and modernising and to meet new people at All the workshops are the same time. The sesour services and CouncilFREE and we will pay all sions will be tailored to the travel costs for people livlor Colin Ross, Cabinet groups’ ability, so it doesn’t ing in Sheffield. Member for Employment, matter if you are a beginEnterprise and Developner – everyone is welcome. If you would like an application form or more ment. All welcome. Get yourself feeling good information on the project, for Christmas.” Woodhouse Christmas To book yourself on a ses- please contact: Naomi Richards on 0114 2226405 Market in the Market sion, or to find out more, or Email: N.M.Richards@ Square on 5 December contact Activity Sheffield from 10am -3pm on (0114) 273 4266.





PACT (PARTNERS AND COMMUNITIES TOGETHER) MEETINGS Broomhill, Greystones, Fulwood, Crookes and Ranmoor 9 December at 7pm at a venue to be confirmed in Crookes Burngreave first Wednesday of the month, at Sorby House, Spital Hill, from 6pm Firth Park & Fir Vale first Thursday of the month, at Pakistani advice centre, Page Hall road, from 6pm Shiregreen and Wincobank first Tuesday of the month, at Hatfield Primary school, Hatfield House Lane, from 6pm Foxhill, Shirecliffe & Southey Green 1December at 6pm at Oxspring Bank Community Centre, Oxspring Bank, S5 8 NR Highgreen, Chapeltown & Burncross 2 December at 6pm at Eccles-

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MERCURY AWARDS OUTSTANDING SUCCESS Anyone that has ever organised a show like this one will know that it’s never over till it’s over and success is never assured. The ‘devil is in the detail’ and a great deal of planning and hard work goes into organising these events. Well, having refelected on the evening, and listened to a great deal of feedback, the general concensus appears to be that despite one or two setbacks The Mercury Awards were a success and the evening was hugely enjoyable. Not everything went to plan and there were unavoidable absences. The Manhattans had a long standing commitment to appear in a charity show and on balance it was the right decision to give this priority and credit must go to them. Obviously they were missed, because they are a top act, however their friends and colleagues more than made up for their absence. Glen Dale simply could not be there due

to ill health however his son collected his award on his behalf and Alan Turner was in London. A new act, Duality, were asked to open the show and Lee Lambert and Rebecca Barham performed together and individually creating a high standard and expectation that was maintained throughout the whole evening. The show seemed to gather momentum.

Steph King & Dave Hayes with Best Female Winner Abby Leigh Rowan

The New Chevrons were exceptional and worthy winners and it was only fitting that their agent, Dukeries, should win the inaugural Best Agent category. Thanks must go to them for filling in at the end

the show as well as performing earlier in the evening. Gary Phillips and Mark Lawrence proved beyond doubt that they were worthy winners and Abby Leigh Rowan was simply fantastic. This girl has a great voice and what a pleasure it was to hear her more ‘operatic’ side. Jimmy Carol flew in from Benidorm, flying out to Ibiza at 3am, and put in a storming performance, as good as I’ve ever seen him. One Way, winners again, showed just why they continue to win votes and support with great playing and vocals and also thanks must go to them for the loan of their PA system. The New Chevrons returned to the stage to conclude the evening and by the time they were joined on stage for the final number, a Beatles medley, the whole club was singing along to Hey Jude having had a fabulous night. Thanks to Wadsley Bridge WMC for hosting the event, Dave Fawcett for the sound and lights and Keith Chapman of Cee Bee for the loan of the round table and table cloths. The club was still full at midnight and as the audience made their way home I was thanked by no end of people saying it was the best awards show for years. Thanks again to everyone involved. The Mercury

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SORRY GARY, IT’S NOT PERSONAL Sometimes, for no particular reason, something doesn’t quite work out as planned and at The Mercury Awards it happend twice, and to the same person. Firstly, award winner Gary Phillips was left out of the awards programme and secondly I forgot to announce his award on stage. There’s no excuse and we apologise. We adore Gary down here at The Mercury and consider him a good friend so to miss him out, twice, is quite simply inexcusable. To his enormous credit Gary took it in good heart and didn’t make any fuss whatsoever showing what a good bloke he his and a top pro. Thanks again Gary and you showed just why you are a winner with an outstanding performance.


What do your readers think about artistes who accept a booking and then fail to turn up on the night? This recently happened at my club, The Conisborough Ivanhoe On the Saturday the 5th of WMC, when the turn , The Soul December 2009 there will be a Collectors failed to show up Festive Night on Main Street despite being booked over six Hackenthorpe between 6pm weeks ago, no phone call , no and 9pm. sorry, no communication they Santa will leave from the Hogs just didnt turn up. Our agent did Head pub on Birley Spa Lane at 5.45 pm in a horse drawn carriage, get us a replacement act eventually but the crowd numbers were he will be escorted by a group of cheer leaders for the last part of the down as people walked into the leg along Main Street to the TACA club and seeing no equipment office where he will officially open on stage at eight o clock they walked out again. Acts that fail the event. There will be a free Santas Grotto, the prize winning to appear without a good reason Woodhouse Brass Band, a Gospel should be blacklisted by all clubs Choir, Stalls, Food, Fun fair Rides and the agents that represent for all and lots more. them should be told why. Finally Everyone is welcome, so come I have been told, but cannot along and have a fun filled eveconfirm, that the Duo in question ning. Main Street will be closed to did appear at another club on the all traffic between Cotleigh Cresnight in question, probably for a cent and Sheffield Road between bigger fee, I can tell them they 4pm and 9pm. will never be booked at my club again and I hope that other clubs Regards feel the same

FESTIVE TIME IN HACKENTHORPE Gary forgives Dave for his programme ommission (See below)

Marc Lawrence receives his Best Male Vocalist Award

Tanya picks up the Award for Best Agent on behalf of Dukeries

WHAT A NIGHT What can I say? Everything we have mentioned before, paid a fiver, nice venue, top acts full club! Yes, I know it was The Mercury awards last Thursday night at the Wadsley Bridge and some of the acts I voted for didn’t win but who cares, not me, the club was packed. One thing that disappoints me is that artistes or agents (not all as some were there) who didn’t win didn’t turn up to support their fellow colleagues. Admittedly not all the acts were my favourites but these are the acts that we all had the chance to vote for so hey ho next year get people to vote in one way or another . The evening started with a good boy/girlduo two young adults 15/16 year old who are the stars of future clubland or even more if they get the breaks by the name of Duality . We had The New Chevrons who for me got better the more they performed and well deserved winners My old friend, or at least he was until he said for some stupid reason that I was a Wednesdayite, Gary Philips came on stage, let you off this once Gary. I’m not being biased but Gary is the best all rounder on the clubs and if he would have started blubbing when he sang ‘This is my Moment’ at the end of his set I probably would have joined him. Top performance and at one time joined on stage by Marc Lawrence who won best solo male artiste and again a worthy winner. Next, One Way, not my choice for top band but did a superb performance and got a lot of votes and by the response they received had a lot of support in the audience Next the man himself Jimmy Car-

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Kid and the club was again three ol. What can you say that already hasn’t been said, funny from start quarters full and turned in a brilto finish and he is a class variety liant set which this Friday night act that we need to see more of. audience appreciated. Next was Abby Leigh Rowan Saturday we first went to see Boyz best female vocalist who is a very Next Door at New Lodge Barnsley talented young lady 19 years old and these guys got this full house who owns the stage as though she buzzing with their wit and Irish jig has been there from birth. I feel we songs. We then moved on to the will probably lose her to something Ashfield, which was packed, to bigger and good luck to her see Tony Liddle who last time was Awards were also given to The poor but on this performance was Manhattans who were doing a charity show in Barnsley that night. back to top form Sunday we were back at the Best agents to Dukeries and Wadsley to see Simply Soul, a new outstanding achievement to Glen Dale who due to ill health couldn’t band but with wise heads, Steve Dodds ex Life /Envy. George Wilmake it. Best wishes Glen and liamson, ex Blues Note and Chris Alan Turner, best newcomer, who Tame. These guys performed some was in London. It was also nice to speak to Mr classic soul /Motown songs to a Howard Copley who informs me very high standard and the vocal he hates clubs. Now I cant believe harmonies were top drawer. An that for one moment as he is as issue was the bright red suits, they passionate about these acts as I am were as loud as the songs. A must and I look forward to a proper ses- act to see if you enjoy the soul and sion down at The Forest one night Motown era Can I just end by saying well done to Andrew Platts and Stephanie Derek King for doing a great job of hosting, to the treasurer and lady con sec for feeding us and being great Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8US company on the night and to Stones brewery for the brilliant sponsorship on the night. BRING BACK THE ROAD SHOWS PLEASE On our travels we got back from holiday Friday 27th November Wednesday morning and Starting 8pm was off to Greasborough to see Dee Dowling Wednesday night, three quarters full and it was nice to see my friend Eddie Cooper in there. The band had a few technical problems but sorted them and as usual did a great The Wish House Childrens Charity. show Evening Includes Pub Friday we were off to the Quiz & Bingo Bellhouse to see Whizz



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Don’t miss out on this Christmas tradition. Bring all your family and friends! Join Aladdin on his amazing adventures. Will the evil Abanazar convince our hero to enter The Cave of a Thousand Dreams and fetch the Lamp? Will Princess Jasmin find the boy of her dreams and will Widow Twankey wear something that doesn’t look like an explosion in a paint factory? Wishey Washey and the gang will transport you to Old Pekin for an adventure that has endured for centuries. Full of chart songs, fantastic costumes and the best jokes in town! So don’t delay call us now… Monday 7th 10.30am, 1.30pm Tuesday 8th 10.30am, 1.30pm, 7.00pm Wednesday 9th 10.30am, 1.30pm, 7.00pm Thursday 10th 10.30am, 1.30pm, 7.00pm Friday 11th 10.30am, 1.30pm, 7.00pm Saturday 12th 10.30am, 1.30pm

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Just had a call from a charity asking me to donate some of my clothes to the starving people of the world. Told them to go away Anyone who fits into my clothes isn’t starving!!! Japanese scientists have now created a digital camera with such a fast speed that it’s now possible to take a photograph of a woman with her mouth shut. Turned on my SatNav and it said ‘Bear Left’ and there was the zoo. How good is that? I hate all this terrorist business. I used to love the days when you could look at an unattended bag on the train or bus and think “ I’m having that!” Paddy is cleaning his rifle and accidentally shoots his wife. He dials 999. Paddy says “It’s my wife, I’ve accidentally shot her. I’ve killed her” Operator “Please calm down sir. Can you first make sure she really is dead?” CLICK,BANG Paddy “OK, done that, what next?

Sunday night was amazing and I don’t suppose that Dronfield was any different to anywhere else. One could hear the cheering and people were dancing tn the streets. What had caused all this excitement? The expulsion of the awful untalented twins from the X Factor. I had vowed to stop watching the programme should they have survived another week. I felt really sorry for judge Louis Walsh having to say, without much conviction, how good they were when they patently were not. Now we are left with a number of very talented contestants who can all sing Just as I was getting over the euphoria of their leaving, the next programme was on, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. The magnet of this programme for me is the fact that the general public share my dislike of Katie Price, aka Jordan, and have voted for her to undertake every bushtucker trial, where she has to endure the indignity of coming face to face with the most horrible creatures and having to eat the most repulsive animal body parts. Katie Price is a shrewd woman, and consequently grits her teeth and takes on each task in an effort to ingratiate herself with the British public. She eventually could take no more and walked out. Her much publicised divorce from Peter Andre has shown them both in heir true colours, Peter, a genuine caring father and Katie prepared to do anything to hurt him, including hitting him with his own children. I was however gratified to

see her showing a great deal of humility on her exit, admitting that her behaviour over the past seven months has not been good. She obviously still carries a torch for ex husband Peter Andre. When marriages break down, the welfare of the children is paramount, and they should never be involved in the inevitable war waged by their parents. I, along with about two hundred others attended the funeral of one of Sheffield’s best known characters, Gerald John Scott Mullen, otherwise known as Scotch Gerald or Gerald John. The huge attendance said much about this fabulous character, and I am sure that each of us present had a favourite Gerald John story. God bless Gerald and my deepest sympathy goes out to Janet and all the family The big news in Dronfield is the expulsion of Tory councillor, Daniel Gage for failing to attend council meetings. I find this to be most unfair as Daniel has, to the best of my knowledge, been most industrious during his short term in office, and this expulsion will severely harm his political future. He had been selected by the Conservative party as the man to challenge Lib. Dem leader Nick Clegg for Sheffield Hallam, and having known Daniel for most of his life, (he still calls me Uncle Howard) I am of the opinion that he could well have been successful. I do not propose to go to great lengths about the Mercury Awards night, as I am sure that this will be adequately covered

by Derek Tomlinson, who I was pleased to meet, along with his lovely wife on the night. What I would say however, is that the night was a huge success and the quality of the entertainment was fantastic. Each individual category winner was richly deserved. How refreshing it was to see a large club full to the rafters. I was particularly pleased to have as my special guests the two sons of Glen Dale, David and Lee together with their mother who had come to collect Glen’s Lifetime Achievement Award Glen is not too well at the moment, having got an infection in his stump, which is why he could not be present on the night. Whilst listening to an album of Steve Birks containing all his own compositions, it occurred to me that there were not what I call stupid lyrics prevalent in many popular songs. One of my all time prime examples is in Dave Berry’s smash hit ‘The Crying Game’ which is ‘One Day Soon I’m Going To Tell The Moon About the Crying Game’ What is that all about? I am prepared to offer a bottle of champagne for the best example of looney lyrics sent into the Mercury office between now and the end of the year. A good example is one I herd the other day which was ‘ Wherever You Go, Always Take The Weather, Get your offerings sent to the Mercury office which will be judged by Andrew Platts and possibly win a bottle of champagne for the price of a stamp.

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Last Week’s Solutions ACROSS: 6) Call the tune, 8) Why, 9) Eve, 10) Forceps, 12) Field, 13) Sauna, 14) Spite, 15) Scone, 16) Trout, 19) Burst, 20) Theorem, 21) Don, 23) Par, 24) Name-dropper. DOWN: 1) Bay, 2) Blood, 3) Check, 4) Steps, 5) One, 6) Chairperson, 7) Evening star, 10) Flat out, 11) Sanctum, 17) Thief, 18) Worry, 19) Beeps, 22) Nap, 23) Pen.

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LEONA LEWIS Global Singing Sensation Leona Lewis is to open her first ever UK & Ireland Arena Tour at the Sheffield Arena on Friday 28th May 2010. Tickets, priced £42.40 and £28.50 (subject to booking fee) are scheduled to go on sale 9.30am on Friday 27th November and will be available from the Sheffield Arena ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56, in person at the venue and online at Hot off the heels of Leona’s first ever concert performance at London’s Hackney Empire, Britain’s most successful female musical export today announces a 10-date arena tour next summer. Speaking about touring Leona said: “I can’t wait to get out on tour and see everyone, I’m really looking forward to putting on a great show. I had such a fun night at my recent show at the Hackney Empire and it’s given me a real taste for it.  Over the last few years I’ve had some amazing experiences and sung in some really interesting places but it’s going to be great to be able to perform all my own material on my very own tour.  It’s a dream come true.” Earlier this month Leona gave fans an exclusive glimpse of what they might expect next summer when she performed at a special fan-only concert at the Hackney Empire and they were not disappointed!  Neither were the press; The Sun reported, ‘A sterling debut from a blistering Brit talent.  Bring on the arenas.’   The Daily Mail wrote, ‘Leona hit all the right notes, as a taster for a full UK tour, it was a triumph,’ and The Independent commented, ‘Within moments she’s captivated the crowd with that killer falsetto… it’s Leona’s endearing ascent to fame that’s made her one of the biggestselling artists around the globe.’ Next year’s arena tour promises to be mega!  As well as the biggest and most breathtaking voice in music, concertgoers can expect stunning state of the art staging and visual effects as well as choreography and an incredible live band.  Leona

will play songs from her smash hit debut album Spirit (such as Bleeding Love, Better In Time and Run) as well as tracks from her forthcoming new studio album Echo, including the brand new single Happy which got it’s UK TV debut on last weekends X Factor and achieved record viewing figures. No stranger to performing live, Leona has given countless performances around the world at some of the most prestigious events on the planet, including Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert at Hyde Park and representing Great Britain last year at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics alongside Jimmy Paige and David Beckham. To date though, Leona is yet to tour live, which will make this tour another landmark occasion for the East London girl who leapt to fame in 2006 and has not looked back since.  Leona releases her brand new album Echo on November 16th.  It is the highly anticipated follow-up to Leona’s 2007 debut album Spirit, which took the world by storm, selling over six million copies globally.  Along the way Leona earned herself countless award nominations and became the UK’s biggest selling debut artist of 2007 and 2008.  Echo promises big emotions, sweeping and widescreen melodies and spine tingling vocals.  The album sees Leona teaming up with A-list writers and producers John Shanks, Max Martin and Ryan Tedder.

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PUB COMPANY TIES MUST BE REFERRED TO THE COMPETITION COMMISSION URGENTLY CAMRA, The Campaign for Real contends that today’s cash-strapped Ale, has criticised the Office of Fair drinkers would not regard an 8p preTrading (OFT) for failing to protect mium as marginal. consumers by taking no action CAMRA is urging Lord Mandelson following the consumer group’s to overrule the OFT by referring antisuper-complaint submitted in July competitive and unfair tie arrangeand has called on the Government ments of the large pub operating comto refer unfair tie arrangements in panies to the Competition Commission the pub sector to the Competition for an urgent investigation. In taking Commission. this decision Lord Mandelson will help In this morning’s response to secure a sustainable future for Britain’s CAMRA’s super-complaint, the OFT pubs and a fair deal for Britain’s 14 has said that consumers benefit from a good deal of competition and choice million pub-goers. in the pubs sector, but CAMRA has CAMRA is also calling on the Governchallenged this at a time when prices ment to take immediate legislative are rising and seven pubs are closing steps to protect pub landlords and every day. therefore consumers from unfair and CAMRA’s super-complaint followed anti-competitive contract terms. the hard-hitting report from the parliamentary Business and Enterprise Select CAMRA has called for a policy framework to support community pubs Committee (BEC) which called for urgent action to re-balance the relation- which benefit society following the publication of ‘Pubs and Places’ by the ship between pub-owning companies Institute for Public Policy Research and their lessees in the interest of (ippr) in March. consumers. Mike Benner, CAMRA’s Chief ExecuDr. Rick Muir, author of ‘Pubs and tive said, “We do not accept that there Places’, said, “Pubs play a key role in is sufficient competition between pubs community life by providing a friendly or adequate consumer benefit from and safe environment for people to competition and choice within this sec- socialise with friends, family and their tor. The OFT decision fails to address wider community. The positive social the legitimate concerns raised both contribution of many pubs is under in our super-complaint and the BEC threat as a result of high rents and high report and does nothing to address tied beer prices imposed unfairly by the imbalance in the landlord/ lessee large pub owning companies. Pub landpartnership which is leading to higher lords are rightly very concerned that prices, less choice and weak investunfair tie arrangements are having a ment in pubs.” Mr Benner added, “It is difficult to see serious impact on their ability to comhow the OFT can argue that competipete by reducing prices and improving tion is working well in the pubs sector facilities. The relationship between when demand is falling, yet prices are large pub owning companies and pub rising. Urgent action is now required landlords needs urgent rebalancing and by Government to stem the flow of pub both the Government and Competition closures, build a sustainable future and Authorities have their roles to play. ensure that consumers get a fair share In addition a new Government policy of the benefit from tied agreements as framework is required to support, demanded by competition law.” incentivise and reward well-run comMike Benner said, “There simply canmunity pubs.” not be effective competition between In calling for referral to the Competiall pubs when many pub landlords are placed at a huge disadvantage, by tion Commission, The BEC report paying wholesale beer prices that can stated the disappointment of the Select be around 50p a pint greater than their Committee that the OFT has previously free of tie competitors.” failed to act on this matter and had The OFT has found that higher prices refused to acknowledge the current exist for some products in tied pubs, problems in the market. The report but claims that these are marginal, with a pint of lager costing drinkers 8p more said, on the point that the market is working, that “if pubcos push too hard in a tied pub compared to a free house. and are too greedy they will fail. But CAMRA, however, claims that this fails to fully consider that higher prices on the way bad companies will inflict real damage on their direct customin tied pubs lead to artificially higher ers, the lessees, and on their indirect prices in other local pubs through lack of effective price competition and customers, ordinary drinkers.”

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reviews by presley Artist: David Gray Feat. Annie Lennox Single: Full Steam Released: Mon 30th November

Old wobbly head is back (I know, I can’t help it, it is an odd way of performing though isn’t it?). You always know what you’re gonna get with David Gray though. When his fourth album ‘White Ladder’ broke through big time around six One of the most popular Darkyears ago, he flooded our Capping off a phenomenal year, wave bands internationally, Northern Irish 4-piece The Anmedia, on every TV show and the Crüxshadows started in the swer are set to release their brilradio programme he seemed Powerful vocals and incredibly early 1990’s in a little town in liant new single ‘Comfort Zone’ New York Noise terrorists “Gay to pop up on. Then he had a melodic songs have helped British North Florida. Over the last 15 on December 14th but not before For Johnny Depp” return to three year hiatus to rest and power metal band Dragonforce years their success among the making an appearance at The the UK to take on two of the gothic, ebm, new wave, & dark Corporation on Nov 30th. This then his (so-called) comeback sell out a long string of concerts country’s finest - Blakfish and electronic genres has earned storming ballad has been a crowd Outcry Collective - on the three- world-wide. In addition to their album didn’t quite hit the them a near legendary underfavourite throughout the world way rotating headling Triple popular album Ultra Beatdown, spot and sold massively less and a live version of the track shot Threat tour. ground status. Dragonforce scored the hit than its predecessor. That’s at SXSW ’08 has been on high With a constant and ambitious The trio will be destroying ears, “Through the Fire and Flames”, always a danger I think. You rotation on Direct TV US for over morals and venues throughout release schedule, and a dizzying which is considered the hardest a year! The new single version the nation this winter. Make sure make it huge, the work load is live performance itinerary, they has been completely remixed by you catch them at the Leadmill on track featured in the “Guitar have turned conventional wisdom too much and you think that Hero” series. DragonForce were renowned UK radio mixer Cenzo the 28th November! – “Gay For on its ear & maintained their posi- maybe you’re big enough to Townsend (U2 /Snow Patrol / Johnny Depp” (NYC) Sometimes the metal sensation of 2006, tion among the scene’s elite from take a long break. But sadly Florence & the Machine) and is you can tell the smarmy bastards making their mark right across the each year to the next. They have the general public have short backed up by new and unreleased a mile off. Gay for Johnny Depp globe with a colossal run of shows played many hundreds of shows understands you, loves you, recordings. November the 25th to promote one of the year’s most world-wide. They were one of the memories and they can forget and wants nothing more than to in Manchester, the band will also first Western acts to play in Roma- you in an instance. remarkable releases. ‘Inhuman be embarking on their largest ever see you safe. Their new album nia & Serbia following the cold Anyway, maybe with a big Rampage’ it left the press in a ‘Manthology: A Tireless Exercise UK headline tour, running all the state of critical meltdown. “While war. In recent years they have had name like Annie Lennox to in Narcissism featuring Gay for way through to December 14th several alternative chart toppers in Johnny Depp’s Excellent Cadavmost bands want to be bigger than at Belfast Ulster Hall calling in help your profile, maybe this Western Europe and their festival ers’ might very well be this year’s Metallica, DragonForce have the Sheffield on the 30th Nov. new single will help him get shows have drawn audiences as 17th most anticipated record. To The band have spent almost a capacity to exceed Star Wars,” large as 18,000+ people to a Crüx- into people consciousness. It whole year touring the globe with coincide with its winter release the gushed the UK’s Metal Hammer shadows performance. In 2005 the starts off predictably enough, beautiful boys of Brooklyn, NY AC/DC (encompassing both aremagazine. “How DragonForce Crüxshadows headlined Bochem are headed to celebrate with you, just David’s basic piano and nas and then stadiums worldwide Total - a German downtown dear reader, you are so lucky! One will ever top this album remains and playing to over 2 million Annie and David swapping festival, that over 4 days drew to be seen,” agreed its gobday we will look back on this, rock fans) – “It’s been a fantastic vocal lines back and forth. But laugh nervously and change the smacked sister title, Classic Rock. an estimated 950,000 people. A experience playing to huge AC/ what does happen is about half subject (press pack crap I know, blend of new wave, gothic, and DC audiences and we can’t wait “It makes Manowar sound like St electronica, the band’s unique and way through they repeat the to hit the road again to do our own but I kinda like it). ‘Manthology’ Winifred’s Girls School Choir.” will be released in Nov 09. – often catchy songs have become headline shows”, says guitarist same line “We saw it coming “Blakfish” (Birmingham) In 2008 Kerrang! had already got in on the staples of the darkwave, ebm, Paul Mahon. “We’ve been very and you saw it coming” over act, declaring: “DragonForce are Blakfish played almost 200 shows and electro-alternative scene. The fortunate to meet the likes of Alice and over and you know what? only getting bigger. Prepare for in over ten countries, released band’s uniqueness transcends the Cooper and Green Day along the the onslaught.” But it wasn’t just their mini-album ‘See You In realm of dance or club music. The It starts to grab you. It’s very way and it’s great to know that Another City’ on highly respected Britain that fell under the band’s catchy and overall not a bad they are new fans!” The Answer rich and romantic flavour of the UK independent label Big Scary spell. Magazines from France, released their much lauded and electric violin played by Rachel tune. The infectiousness of the Monsters to much critical acclaim critically acclaimed UK top 30 Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, McDonnell, mixed with crunchy second half makes what from the likes of Kerrang and 2nd album ‘Everyday Demons’ and sometimes biting guitar lines Holland, Japan and more joined could have been a earlier this year, destroyed Down- Rock Sound, came fourth in the laid down by George Bikos, gives them, and Germany’s Rock Hard Best British Newcomer category rather dull song into load 09 festival in the summer, the Crüxshadows a wide berth of astutely predicted: “DragonForce downloaded over 280,000 singles in the Rock Sound Readers Poll, musical possibilities. This is juxta- some pretty were included in NME’s Ones could become the first British as an exclusive iTunes single of anthemic. To Watch for 2009 feature. Their metal band in ages to reap respect posed with the cold digital world


the week in the USA and have appeared on both the covers of Kerrang and Total Guitar Magazines. The guys have also been touted in the US by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine. The Answer - Corporation Mon 30th Nov - £13 ADV


debut single, ‘Jeremy Kyle Is A Marked Man’, garnered a whirlwind amount of press including being featured by four different Radio One presenters -Their debut album ‘Champions’ is released 10th August. – “Outcry Collective” (Surrey) Screaming out of Surrey, OUTCRY COLLECTIVE are a four piece explosion of British heavy rock. With only one EP (2007’s critically acclaimed ‘Pay View Love’) under their belt to date, the band have already whipped up a storm in the rock world and beyond with strong press and radio (XFM, Zane Lowe, Radio One, Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Bruce Dickinson etc.) and nearly 200 infectious live shows in two years. As the band say “Slamming drums, urgent basslines, and vocals that make you want to rip your heart out and serve it up on a plate”. Debut album ‘Articles’ is released 27th July. TRIPLE THREAT TOUR: Feat. GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP, BLAKFISH, OUTCRY COLLECTIVE: The Leadmill, Saturday 28th November, Doors: 7pm, Price: £7

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from all over the world.” The six-man wrecking crew will have notched up 3 World Tours, including North America no less than four times for ‘Inhuman Rampage’, winning kudos from peers and influences alike, accumulating several shelves full of awards along the way, and sending audiences wild with an explosive musical style that features the band members favourite elements from all styles of music from rock, metal all the way to early 90’s video games music; a unique style that in the absence of anything more descriptive they like to call ‘extreme power metal’. If this sounds like your “Thing” then maybe you should check them out in Sheffield when they play the O2 Academy on the 30th, because the next time they play Sheffield could well be at the arena! Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown Tour + Glamour of the Kill + Sylosis + Sabaton: O2 Academy, Monday 30th November, Door time: 7.00pm, Show time: TBC

of electronic textures and synthesis associated often with synthpop and EBM. Add the moody musings of front man, composer, founder, and lead singer Rogue, and you have a guarantee that this band is anything but typical. With over 11 CDs, a DVD, and more compilation appearances than you can count, The Crüxshadows have made themselves synonymous with a new breed of electro-goth music. You can catch the band live in Sheffield on the 27th when they tread the boards once again at The Corporation. The Cruxshadows + Ayria + Sieben + Novus:UK: The Corporation, Friday 27th November, £12.00 adv., Doors 7:00PM age 14+

Artist: Graham Coxon Single: Sorrows Army Released: Mon 30th November

The Blur guitarist is back after what must be one of the most successful comebacks in musical history. Blur’s return went mental in the live arena. Selling out 100’000 open air shows! Hyde Parklife in deed! This is pretty obscure, it’s a fairly bluesy one man band kinda approach. It’s very stripped down and basic. It has a late ‘60’s vibe to it and while it’s not really my kind of thing (but neither were Blur) I do prefer it to the Britpop stuff. I don’t think Blur fans will be that keen on the whole though. Artist: Richard Hawley Single: Open Up Your Door Released: Mon 30th November

One of our major Sheffield sons returns, he is a god to us all and should be treated as such! Not only was he recently performing with Dame Shirley Bassey at the proms but Lisa Marie Presley joined him onstage in London and dueted with him and then!!!............... Richard said he wanted to help re-vitalise Presley’s musical career, so now she’s writing and recording an album with him in London!! What da f**k! How amazing is that! (I’m not going overboard here just because I share her surname with my Christian name…………. honestly). It is an amazing story though, Sheffield and Elvis are now linked forever, for all time! This is the second single from his sixth studio album ‘Trueloves Gutter’ and is sublime in every sense. From the first line its beauty sweeps you along onto a journey that you just don’t want to end. It has of course got that slight ‘50’s vibe, Richard’s will always have that, but the music is of such quality that it transcends all genres and ages. It’s timeless. Buy it!

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Saturday 28th November BBC ONE 6:00 Breakfast 10:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 11:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers 12:00 BBC News 12:10 Regional News and Weather 12:15 Football Focus 1:00 Mind Games 1:40 A Question of Sport 2:10 Rugby Union 4:30 Final Score 5:10 BBC News 5:20 Regional News and Weather 5:30 Hole in the Wall 6:05 Merlin 6:50 Strictly Come Dancing - Celebrities pair up with professionals in the dancing competition hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. The six remaining couples perform either a romantic ballroom or lively Latin dance in a bid to secure a place in the quarter finals. The two couples with the lowest combined judges’ scores and viewer votes face the dreaded dance-off, with one couple hanging up their dancing shoes for good. Whilst they wait for the result, the professional dancers perform a spectacular number 8:25 The National Lottery Draws 8:35 Casualty - The Devil You Know. Sophia Di Martino, Jane Hazlegrove, Tristan Gemmil, Georgia Taylor, Derek Thompson, Laura Aikman. Dir: Declan O’Dwyer. Medical drama series. The F2s learn of an exciting new opportunity. Injured bank manager Gal is brought into casualty suffering from a gunshot wound, but he is not quite the hero he first appears. Dixie uncovers the truth behind Polly’s recent strange behaviour. With the department at full stretch, backup soon arrives in the form of a rather unwelcome face from the past. Tess invites Trevor out on a date, but there is something he has failed to mention to her 9:25 The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson 9:55 BBC News 10:20 Match of the Day 11:40 The Football League Show 12:30 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

BBC TWO 6:00 -Me Too! 6:20 Big Cook Little Cook 6:40 Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies 7:00 Dennis & Gnasher 7:15 Dennis & Gnasher 7:25 Sportsround 7:40 What’s New Scooby Doo? 8:00 Gimme a Break 8:30 TMi 10:00 Best of Friends 10:30 Ed and Oucho’s Excellent Inventions 11:00 The Story of Tracy Beaker 11:30 Animals at Work 12:00 The Cut 12:25 The Season 12:55 Revealed 1:10 Kyle XY 2:00 Tennis World Tour Finals 5:00 Rugby Union 2009 7:30 Coast - Channel Islands to Dover. Alice Roberts explores Jersey’s remarkable post-war transformation from Nazi-occupied stronghold into ‘Honeymoon Island’. To discover the island’s unique appeal to 1950s newlyweds, Alice meets a couple returning fifty years after their honeymoon night on Jersey. Mark Horton reveals how the forts on Guernsey explain why the islanders remain loyal to the Queen, even though they remain proudly outside the United Kingdom 8:00 Berlin 9:00 Why Beauty Matters 10:00 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 10:40 The Thick of It 11:10 Defying Gravity - Love, Honour, Obey. Ron Livingston, Laura Harris, Christina Cox, Malik Yoba, Florentine Lahme, Eyal Podell. Dir: Fred Gerber. Sci-fi drama. An impending solar flare threatens the crew of the Antares with dangerous radiation, while the strange force in Pod 4 finally sends out a siren call that proves utterly irresistible 11:55 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 12:25 FILM: Family Business

BBC ONE 6:00 Breakfast 7:35 Match of the Day 9:00 The Andrew Marr Show 10:00 Fern Britton Meets... 11:00 Country Tracks 12:00 The Politics Show 1:00 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 1:30 Murder, She Wrote 2:15 EastEnders 4:40 Points of View 4:55 Songs of Praise 5:30 BBC News 5:45 Regional News and Weather 6:00 Life 7:00 Countryfile 8:00 Antiques Roadshow 9:00 New Tricks - Mad Dogs - Alun Armstrong, James Bolam, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Susan Jameson. Drama series featuring an eccentric group of ex-police officers brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved crimes. Ministry of Defence spooks try to silence the UCOS team when they reinvestigate the death of British soldier Eric Trimble. Just weeks before a tour of duty in Iraq, Trimble, along with three other squaddies - Andy Merrill, Keith Sharratt and Ronnie Glazebrook - was sent to the MoD’s Influenza Research Unit (IRU) to take part in a medical trial. One gets beaten to death 10:00 BBC News 10:20 Regional News and Weather 10:25 The Royle Family - The New Sofa. With Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Sir Tom Courtenay, Geoffrey Hughes. Festive special edition of the hit family sitcom. Inspired by Nigella Lawson, Denise decides to cook Christmas dinner for the family. Jim provides the yuletide log and, much to his dismay, Dave’s mum and dad are invited to join the festivities. What could possibly go wrong? 11:25 FILM: Rising Damp

BBC TWO 6:00 Me Too! 6:20 Big Cook Little Cook 6:40 Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies 7:00 Uncle Max 7:10 OOglies 7:30 Prank Patrol 8:00 The Secret Show 8:15 The Secret Show 8:30 M.I. High 9:00 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 10:00 Something for the Weekend 11:30 Escape to the Country 12:15 FILM: Island in the Sky 2:00 Tennis 5:35 Meerkat Manor 6:00 Montezuma 7:00 The Joy of Motoring 8:00 Ray Mears Northern Wilderness - Journey’s End. Series in which Ray Mears goes on an epic adventure into Canada’s unforgiving yet inspiring landscape. Until David Thompson found a route through the Rockies, the west coast was effectively cut off from the rest of Canada. The unique cultures, skills and landscape of Canada’s far west make it a rich and diverse place, a place where totem poles once dominated the landscape and people relied on the sea. Ray explores its bushcraft, nature and traditions as he completes his journey across Canada 9:00 Top Gear 10:00 Miranda 10:30 Match of the Day 2 11:30 Argumental - Comedy debating show chaired by John Sergeant. Team captains Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound are joined by guests Phill Jupitus and Sean Lock to argue whether nuclear power is the fuel of the future and whether bees are better than wasps

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6.00 GMTV 6.00 The Fluffy Club 9.25 CITV - Horrid Henry 9.40 CITV - My Parents are Aliens 10.10 CITV - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 10.40 CITV - Art Attack 11.05 CITV - Tricky Quickies 11.10 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 12.10 ITV News & Weather 12.15 FA Cup Live -Northwich Victoria v Lincoln City 2.45 FILM: Free Willy 3 4.20 Calendar News and Weather 4.35 FILM: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 5.45 ITV News & Weather 6.00 FILM: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 7.00 New You’ve Been Framed! 7.30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 8.00 The X Factor - It is the eighth live show, and with only five acts remaining, the pressure is really on to make an impression on both the judges and the voters at home. Panellists Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh will be rooting for the performers in their categories, while host Dermot O’Leary is on hand to deal with all the tears and triumphs 9.45 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! - The celebrities get another surprise thrown at them - and they realise that they cannot take anything in the jungle for granted. Hosted by Ant and Dec 10.45 ITV News & Weather 11.00 FA Cup Highlights 12.30 Nightwatch with Steve Scott

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6:05 Sali Mali 6:10 The Hoobs 6:35 The Hoobs 7:00 Gillette World Sport 7:30 The 2009 Ishares Cup 8:00 The Morning Line 8:55 T4 Friends 9:25 T4: Rimmel London Presents The World’s Greatest Popstar 10:30 Friends 11:00 T4 Hollyoaks Music Show 11:35 T4: 90210 12:30 T4: Scrubs 1:00 T4: Scrubs 1:30 Channel 4 Racing 3:45 My First Year 4:10 My First Year 4:40 Come Dine With Me 5:15 Come Dine With Me 5:45 Come Dine With Me 6:15 Come Dine With Me 6:45 Come Dine With Me - It’s The Last Dinner Party Of A Momentous WeeK In Torbay That Has Seen Furniture Breakages And Disagreements Aplenty Among The Five Foodie Contestants. The Previous Night At Patrick’s Was No Exception: Gavin Nearly Choked On The Toff Host’s Jalapeno Pepper Palate Cleanser, And Single Mum Carol Sylvester Reached The Pinnacle Of Her Dislike Towards Patrick And Is Now Officially At War. It’s No Wonder That The Experience Hasn’t Gone Down Too Well With Accommodating Mother-Of-Two Alison. She Feels Like She Has Had Enough And Can’t Wait To See The Back Of This Week. So It Will Be A Tough Job For Tonight’s Host Carol To Provide A Pleasurable Dinner Party Experience If She Wants To Try And Win That £1,000 Final Prize 7:15 Channel 4 News 7:45 How To Look Good Naked 8:45 Britain’s Real Monarch 9:45 Film: Employee Of The Month 11:50 4music: George Michael: Video Exclusive

FIVE 6.00 Sunrise 7.00 Angels of Jarm 7.05 Milkshake! 7.10 Fireman Sam 7.25 Rupert Bear 7.35 Mio Mao 7.40 Hana’s Helpline 7.50 Noddy in Toyland 8.05 Funky Valley 8.10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 8.25 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 8.40 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 9.00 Olivia 9.15 Little Princess 9.30 Gerald McBoing Boing 10.00 NFLUK 11.00 The Gadget Show 12.05 Britain’s Best Brain 1.00 The Hunt for Red October 2.05 Film - Indian Uprising 3.35 Film - The Adventures of Robin Hood 5.40 Film - The Cannonball Run 7.30 Five News 7.35 NCIS 8.30 CSI: NY - The Ride-In - Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill, Claire Forlani. New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series. Mac and Danny investigate when a delusional ex-con who was building an ark is found dead on top of a bed of cash. Meanwhile, Stella and Flack find a male corpse dressed in a cigarette costume. And Stella administers life-saving CPR to Sid Hammerback after he suffers an allergic reaction 9.25 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Gone Dead Train Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Wallace Langham. Drama series about a team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas. Doc Robbins turns detective to solve the mysterious deaths of a number of apparently unrelated victims. Elsewhere, Riley and Greg investigate the murder of an extreme dieter. Could the other members of the victim’s slimming club be involved in the crime? 10.25 Law and Order - Special Victims Unit 11.20 CSI: NY 12.15 SuperCasino

TV Highlights

Employee of the Month Channel 4 - 9:45pm

Greg Coolidge’s Comedy Is Set In A Department Store And Stars Dane Cook As Zack, Who Works In The Packing Department, And Dax Shepard As Vince, One Of The Cashiers. Zack’s Ambition In Life Is To Perfect The Art Of Slacking While Vince Is The Store’s Biggest Suck-Up.

How to Look Good Naked Channel 4 - 7:45pm

Gok Wan embarks on his latest mission. Having taught many young women across the UK to love their bodies and embrace their gorgeous figures; it’s time to turn his attention to slightly more mature ladies.

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ITV 1 6.00 GMTV 6:00 The Fluffy Club 7.25 Toonattik 9.25 CITV:Paz. Sick in Bed 9.35 FA Cup Highlights 11.05 Coronation Street Omnibus 1.20 ITV News & Weather 1.30 FA Cup Live 4.15 A Touch of Frost 6.15 Calendar News and Weather 6.30 ITV News & Weather 6.45 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 7.15 All Star Family Fortunes - Vernon Kay hosts the popular family gameshow in which celebrities and their families try to win money for charity by guessing the answers the public have provided to quirky questions. Competing today are Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Denise Lewis, playing for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, and double gold medal-winning Paralympian swimmer Eleanor Simmonds, who is aiming to raise funds for the Dwarf Athletic Association 8.00 The X Factor - Dermot O’Leary reveals the results of the latest public vote. The two acts with the fewest votes must take part in a sing-off, and then judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole decide who stays to compete in the quarter-finals, and who must leave for good. Also featuring live performances from Rihanna and Alicia Keys 9.00 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! - Tensions will be running high in the camp as the hungry celebrities face the viewer vote that determines who stays in the jungle - and who must leave for good. Ant and Dec host 10.30 ITV News & Weather 10.45 FA Cup Highlights 11.30 Guinness Premiership Rugby 12.25 UEFA Champions League Weekly

CHANNEL 4 6:10 The Hoobs 6:40 Avp Pro Beach Volleyball Tour 7:30 Survival Of The Fittest 8:00 The British Gas Great Swim Series 8:55 T4 Friends 9:30 T4: Hollyoaks Omnibus 12:00 T4: 90210 1:00 T4: Rimmel London Presents The World’s Greatest Pop Star 2:00 T4: The Simpsons 2:30 T4: The Simpsons 3:00 T4: T4’S Stars Of 2009 5:05 Deal Or No Deal 5:55 Channel 4 News 6:25 Robots 8:00 Come Dine With Me 9:00 The Queen - Five leading British actresses play the Queen at pivotal times in her life, as this ground-breaking series examines Britain’s social history through key events in her reign. When, after the sudden death of her father, the Queen (Emilia Fox) was catapulted on to the throne in 1952, she had no inkling that the greatest scandal she was about to face would come from within her own household. Her sister Princess Margaret (Katie McGrath) had fallen in love with a divorced royal servant, Group Captain Peter Townsend (Tristan Sturrock), equerry to her late father, King George VI 10:00 Sunshine - Danny Boyle’s Science Fiction Epic Is Set 50 Years In The Future. The Sun Is Dying, Earth Suffers A Perpetual Winter And Humanity’s Only Hope Is A Spaceship That Will Deliver An Atomic Device Into The Heart Of The Sun To ‘Kickstart’ It Again. Icarus Ii (Icarus I, A Previous Attempt, Went Missing Years After Launch) Is Captained By Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada), With Capa (Cillian Murphy) A Physicist And Corazon (Michelle Yeoh), In Charge Of The Ship’s Environment. But As Icarus Ii Approaches Mercury, It Begins To Receive Signals From Icarus I, And When They Board The Supposedly Lost Craft, They Encounter An ENtity That Endangers The Whole Mission 12:10 My Name Is Earl


TV Highlights

6.00 Sunrise 7.00 Angels of Jarm 7.05 Fireman Sam 7.20 Rupert Bear 7.30 Hana’s Helpline 7.40 The WotWots 8.10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 8.25 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 8.45 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 9.00 Olivia 9.15 Little Princess 9.30 Gerald McBoing Boing 10.00 Snobs 10.30 Wizards of Waverly Place 11.00 Hannah Montana 11.35 The Tribe 12.05 Zoo Days 12.40 Film - My Fellow Americans 2.30 Film - The Secret Garden 4.30 Film - Runaway Vacation - Family road movie about a struggling businessman who cancels his family’s Hawaiian holiday and shoehorns his herd into a campervan in the name of experiencing

Robots Channel 4 - 6:25pm

From The People Responsible For Ice Age Comes This Animated Coming-Of-Age-Tale. Chris Wedge’s Film Features Rodney Copperbottom (Voiced By Ewan MCgregor), An Inventor Who Travels To Robot City To Sell His Ideas To The Tycoon Big Weld

the great outdoors. Little do they realise his real aim is to attend a crucial business meeting in Colorado 6.20 Five News 6.25 Film - Firefox 9.00 Film - The Green Mile - Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter. Supernatural prison drama set in 1930s America. A convicted child murderer arrives on death row, but the guards find it hard to believe that the gentle giant could have been capable of such a horrific crime. Moreover, the man appears to demonstrate miraculous healing powers. The head guard wonders whether the convict could help save the life of the prison warden’s dying wife 12.40 Urban Legends

Top Gear BBC 2 - 9pm

Motoring news and views with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Jeremy and Richard settle the thorny issue of which company has, above all others, made the greatest number of truly brilliant cars

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Eastenders Mon: Ronnie returns to the Square with some exciting news, Max and Phil’s plan to con Ian goes awry when Ian introduces the unknown into the equation, and Whitney is rocked with some disturbing news Tues: Ian turns the tables on Phil - and doesn’t mind gloating about it. Whitney puts pen to paper in a desperate bid to contact Tony. Masood’s kindness drives him almost into the ground and Liz decides there’s no place like home Thurs:An exhausted Masood is pushed to the limit with disastrous consequences. Whitney’s advice lands Tiffany in trouble when she takes matters in to her own hands with Bobby Beale. Phil swallows his pride to ensure the safety of his family and Max struggles to keep his head above water. Fri: Ryan’s betrayal forces Whitney to confront her true feelings about Tony. Masood’s accident makes Syed reevaluate his relationship with Christian. And Archie and Janine realise Ian has exactly what they want - and they’ll do anything to get it. Emmerdale Mon:A crisis for the Wyldes disrupts Mark’s plans. Sam is in awe as Olena comes to Will’s rescue. Priya gives Eli a warning Wed: Sally gains the upper hand, leaving Laurel shaken and hurt. Maisie and Holly create havoc on a drunken night out. Mark is shocked to learn Faye has revealed their secret. Thurs:A manipulative Sally convinces Ashley not to believe Laurel’s claims that she

is a home wrecker. Natasha worries that Mark is losing interest in her. Sam’s devotion to Olena increases. Fri:Are Ashley’s attempts to save his marriage too little too late? Katie forces Ryan to apologise to Maisie - not realising his feelings for her run so deep. Brenda worries about Terry and Val’s closenessfrom Carl. Nikhil gives Priya a hard time over her new role at the factory

big decision. Thurs: Is Donna being corrupted by the fashion world? Lucas fears he has lost Elle. Karl worries about Libby’s marriage. Fri: Harry and Sophie keep a secret from Kate. Libby has a nasty surprise. Can Donna make amends?

Home and Away Mon:The cause of Kirsty’s illness remains unknown. Hugo’s schooner is cut loose and the search leads to a horrific discovery. Tony accepts Rachel’s return to work. Tues: Hugo attempts to deal with the discovery of the bodies. Kirsty struggles with losing the baby. Jai and Romeo Coronation Street fight about Annie Mon: A scheming Rosie has Wed: Miles worries about plans for honest John. Will Kirsty’s state of mind. Annie Liz go for Teresa’s Vicars considers going to Japan. and Tarts party? Ken is not Liam distracts Nicole from her happy with the way George is studies. buying his way into Simon’s Thurs: Liam breaks up with affections Nicole. Ruby is diagnosed Wed: Will John finally be with diabetes. Aden faces a vindicated? Will gullible Steve dilemma.Fri: Ruby and Geoff rise to Dev’s goading on the finally get together. Martha golf course? Grandpa George prepares for the day of the finally hears about Peter’s election. Romeo and Xavier sordid past make an unexpected Thurs: Will Peter accept discovery. George’s generous offer? A grovelling Rosie tries to make it up to John. Steve and Dev battle it out on the golf course Fri:Will Ken get Peter to back down over the new bar? Molly and Kevin finally set a deadline. Planning begins for the return of the Rovers Xmas Panto! Neighbours Mon:Can Zeke escape from the storeroom? Robin cosies up to Sunny. Will Elle take a gamble on Lucas? Tues: Libby worries about her marriage. Lyn’s job as a gossip columnist jeopardises her friendship with Susan. Can Zeke expose Robin’s lies? Wed: Will Donna put her career before friendship? Paul offers Lyn a deal. Elle makes a


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MILLERS MAKE IT THREE IN THREE AWAY FULL MARKS Rotherham United made it Rotherham made a good start to three straight away wins after the second 45 and had the best TO THE PLAYERS, late goals by Kevin Ellison and chance of the game in the first Adam Le Fondre secured a 2-0 minute. A corner by Law was SAYS RONNIE win over Torquay United at dropped by Poke straight to Le


Telephone troubles this week meant that the Ice Hockey commentary looked impossible for a short while on Saturday evening. Again the Sheffield Steelers were at Ice Sheffield which means that we needed to use our broadcasters mobile phone. However we were able to keep the show on air thanks to a last minute sim card loan from our chairman, Phil. Another full match commentary as the Steelers form continues to improve and we were able to bring a 4-1 victory over the Hull Stingrays to the listening patients. We received a donation this week towards upgrade of our studio equipment. Sincere thanks to the John Lewis Partnership who granted Radio Nightingale £200. It’s great to receive grants to buy new equipment to be able to upgrade our facilities as ultimately it leads to improvements in our programmes. But it’s our general running costs of licences,

postage, stationery, etc that are so hard to raise and even small amounts from individuals makes a real difference. We have our ongoing fundraising activities of on-line shopping, search engine and lottery. The on-line shopping centre can be found at where you can use the Radio Nightingale webshop to avoid all the Christmas queues and traffic and search over 5 million products in one place. Plus you’ll be raising money for Radio Nightingale too and it doesn’t cost you anything additional to your purchases. The retailers give a donation from their profits to Radio Nightingale as a result of your shopping. There are over 150 retailers available in the webshop, which should just about cover anything you could need. The search engine is www. where you can register for your searches to contribute to Radio Nightingale. Again there is no cost to you everyclick gives a donation from is monthly advertising profits on a pro-rata basis. So the more clicks Radio Nightingale gets the bigger the donation from everyclick. Our daily lottery is based upon the temperatures in six cities around the world. If your selection of numbers matches the correct sequence of all six num-

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Plainmoor. The game seemed to be drifting to a 0-0 draw until Ellison pounced following a save by Gulls ‘keeper Michael Poke to put the Millers in front. Then Le Fondre added a second in injury time to send the hearty band of 288 Millers fans delirious and keep Rotherham within touching distance of the top three. Ronnie Moore made two changes to his team following the win at Port Vale. Mark Lynch replaced the injured Dale Tonge at right back and Ryan Taylor came in for Drewe Broughton in attack. In atrocious weather conditions in which both sides had to contend with gales and heavy rain it was the home side who adapted the quickest. On 16 minutes a shot by Tyrone Thompson had Millers ‘keeper Andy Warrington scrambling across his goal line but the ball flew past the post. On 24 minutes the lethal Le Fondre threatened the Gulls defence. A ball forward by Andy Nicholas found the striker in space but after being hampered by the surface water he could only scuff a weak shot goalwards, which was easily saved by Poke. The Millers lost Paul Warne to injury following a challenge by Torquay debutant Adam Smith, giving Stephen Brogan another opportunity to impress. Rotherham came agonisingly close to opening the scoring on 39 minutes after a helping hand from the referee Andy Hall. After a Torquay clearance hit the official the ball re-bounded to Nicky Law. The Millers midfield maestro then fed a pass to Le Fondre whose 20-yard daisy cutter just eluded Poke’s right post.


Fondre but the ‘keeper made amends with a brilliant block and then saved the re-bounded strike from Brogan. The home teams’ first chance of the half came on 54 minutes when a 60 yard long ball forward from Mark Ellis found the head of Tim Sills but Warrington was on hand to tip over at full stretch. Just after the hour mark Ronnie Moore gave new signing Gary Roberts his debut with the midfielder coming on to replace Pablo Mills. The Millers had Warrington to thank for keeping the scores level when he made a two terrific saves in the 67th minute. Chris Zebroski crossed for sub Jake Thomson whose shot was smuggled clear and then Nicky Wroe’s centre found Thomson again but his header was well saved by Warrington low down. With six minutes remaining an angled pass by Roberts found the head of Nick Fenton who headed across goal to Le Fondre. His header was saved by the feet of Poke, but the re-bound fell to Ellison who drilled in from close range. Torquay then won a free kick in the 87th minute, right of centre 22 yards out. Wayne Carlisle stepped up and curled his shot goalwards but it crashed against the bar and fell to safety. Rotherham added a second in injury time when sub Tom Pope flicked on for Le Fondre who raced clear of the Gulls defence to loop the ball over Poke and into the net.

Ronnie Moore was full of praise for his ‘keeper Andy Warrington who made several important saves as Rotherham United defeated Torquay 2-0 at Plainmoor. “I think he is the best ‘keeper at this level,” said Moore. “You need your ‘keeper to make saves for you, there will be games when he doesn’t get a touch, and hopefully there is a lot of them to come. “Today was one of them games when football goes out of the window. It was windy, especially in the first half so full marks to the players for hanging in there and doing the right things at the right time. “It is never going to be easy anywhere you go. We knew that they had been on a good run but we have played three away games now and won all of them, so it sets it up nice for the game on Tuesday against Lincoln,” added Moore. Moore made changes to the team from the win at Port Vale last week with Ryan Taylor starting up front and new boy Gary Roberts coming on as a substitute. “We just thought that we could get down the sides of the two tall centre halves who we thought were lacking a bit of pace,” said Moore regarding Taylor’s selection. “The problem was that for it to work we needed to hold the ball and in the first half that didn’t happen. In the second half we needed to start creating chances so that is why we brought Roberts on, and he showed one or two good passes. He (Roberts) has not come to sit on the bench that is for sure. We have got quality with his passing range and that is why I wanted to have a look at him.”

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CRUIKSHANK SCORES 100TH EIHL CAREER GOAL AS STEELERS BEAT STINGRAYS Last weekend saw mixed reover 30 minutes of play before sults for the Steelers, as they won at home on Saturday, but lost on the road on Sunday in Newcastle. On Saturday the Steelers notched up their third win in a row, beating the Hull Stingrays 4-1. The game marked a milestone for Steeler Brad Cruikshank (pictured), who scored his 100th EIHL career goal, netting the Steelers’ first goal of the game during the first period. A goal from Matt Hubbauer followed at 16:22, and in the second period Steelers’ Captain Jonathan Phillips made it 3-0 to the home team, leaving the Stingrays with a lot of work to do to pull back the game. Less than thirty seconds later, however, the Stingrays pulled a goal back, Sylvain Cloutier finding the back of the net, assisted by Lee Esders and Lee Mitchell. Just three minutes into the third period the Steelers’ lost Brit Jason Hewitt, who was ejected with a 2 + 10 + 20 penalty (roughing, abuse of an official, Game Misconduct) after an incident around the opposition goal. Jeff Legue scored the final goal of the game at 46:06, and though both netminders faced 30 shots a piece it was the Steelers who succeeded in finding the back of the net. Sunday’s game in Newcastle saw the Steelers lose 4-2 to the Vipers, as they were watched by a record 4,128 people following the Vipers “Drive For 5” campaign, which aimed to get 5,000 people attending each of the games held at the Metro

Radio Arena during the Vipers’ final weekend there. They attracted around 7,000 fans over the two games, and Sunday’s gate was a franchise record for the Vipers. The Steelers looked to be continuing their winning ways from the night before as they scored first in Newcastle with a powerplay goal from Joey Talbot with just over a minute on the clock. It wasn’t long before Matus Petricko leveled the scores for the home side with his own powerplay goal in the fourth minute. Brad Cruikshank was ejected for the game (2 + 2 + 10, attempted spearing and Game Misconduct), before the Vipers’ newest signing Mark Rooneem put his team ahead in his second game with the Newcastle side, another powerplay goal at 15:52. It was

the next goal was scored after a goal-less second period, but it was the Vipers who found the back of the net once again with a goal from Jason Tejchma at 47:35. Joey Talbot pulled a goal back for the Steelers with just over five minutes remaining in the game, the fourth powerplay goal of the night, before the Vipers sealed their victory as Matic Kralj scored the final goal of the game at 55:26. This week the Steelers and a large traveling support make the trip to Bolzano, Italy, to take part in the Continental Cup where they will play Bolzano, HDK Maribor and The Hague. The Steelers will next be at home on Sunday December 6th as they take on the Newcastle Vipers at Ice Sheffield. Tickets are available through the Steelers’ office (0114 242 35 35).

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Sheffield Wednesday posted a valuable point from a low-key televised clash with Ipswich Town on Saturday evening. Both sides had chances to claim all three points but the lack of a real cutting edge up front ensured the game would finish goalless. Ipswich survived a clear first half penalty claim and ex-Owl Alan Quinn came close to punishing his former employers after the break but all things considered, a draw was probably the right result. Midfielder Michael Gray returned to the Owls’ starting line-up, replacing hamstring victim and former Ipswich man Tommy Miller, who missed out on a quickfire visit to Portman Road. Other than that one change, Brian Laws fielded the same team that lost 2-1 to QPR last time out, at Hillsborough two weeks ago. Town striker Tamas Priskin had the first sight of goal inside five minutes after taking a delightful through-ball from Grant Leadbitter into his stride but the former Watford striker’s scuffed shot was easily gathered by Lee Grant. The hosts continued to press forward and the first significant action involving a yellow shirt came on nine minutes when an ill-timed challenge by Frank Simek on Carlos Edwards saw the American receive an early booking. Richard Hinds promptly followed suit after a blatant check on Lee Martin that halted an Ipswich breakaway. Jermaine Johnson prodded a shot into the midriff of Asmir Begovic as the Owls began to see more of the ball, before Lewis Buxton became the third Wednesday player to see yellow, for a foul on Priskin, and referee Andy D’Urso was rapidly dominating the first half talking points. D’Urso then denied the Owls a penalty on the half-hour mark when Luke Varney’s flicked header inside the box was diverted by Damien Delaney, who was fortunate to escape a clear handball. Town responded with Martin forcing a diving save by Grant before Wednesday hit back themselves as Marcus Tudgay brought an athletic stop from Begovic. Buxton counted himself lucky not

to see his earlier yellow upgraded to red on 34 minutes after a late scythe on Priskin from behind but fortune on this occasion favoured the visitors. The second period unfolded at a quicker pace and in driving rain, with Leadbitter and Varney spurning chances at either end just minutes into the restart. The Owls, though, were gaining the upper hand, playing with more attacking purpose in particular. Ipswich boss Roy Keane made a double substitution on the hour to inject new life into his team as Gareth McAuley and Quinn came on for another former Owls player, Alex Bruce, and Lee Martin. Laws introduced Leon Clarke, on for Johnson, but the next chance fell to the Tractor Boys, with Grant saving low to his right from Owen Garvan. The pendulum was swinging back in the favour of Ipswich and Quinn burst through on 69 minutes but Grant was swiftly off his line to divert the danger. And Wednesday emerged unscathed seconds later when a frantic goalmouth scramble somehow failed to break the deadlock. Ipswich went close again minutes later when third substitute Jon Stead brought a fine save from Grant. Priskin prodded home the rebound but his strike was rightly ruled out for offside.

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The Owls are launching a new learning initiative offering young people the opportunity to study towards a recognised sports qualification. Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme has joined forces with Luis Michael Training and Sparsholt College to provide the Apprenticeship in Sports Leadership. Anybody wishing to enrol for the course, which will take place over a 26-week period, will have the opportunity to do so on Saturday, December 5 at Hillsborough when the Owls face Reading. Enrolling time will be between 11am-2pm and those who come down to enrol on the day will be treat to lunch before the match on the Grandstand fourth floor and will receive a free ticket for the match. Everyone completing the course will be awarded an OCR-accredited certificate in recognition of their qualification. The course is open to anyone aged 16, 17 and 18 who is not currently in fulltime education. For those who can’t make it on December 5, you can register beforehand by calling our community team on 0114 221 2215 or email Corporate social responsibility development manager, Spencer Taylor, who has organised the course, said: “If you are interested in developing your skills and knowledge in the sports industry then the Apprenticeship in Sports Leadership is definitely for you. “This training is a great opportunity for a new generation of young people to gain a series of qualifications that will help them forge a future career in sport.” To enrol you will need to provide your National Insurance number and details of previous qualifications. There is no minimum level of qualification so if you have none it will not affect your application. For more information call Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme on 0114 221 2215 or email


All money raised will go towards the BBC Sheffield Kids’ Scanner Appeal for the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, and you can be part of this unique event. It takes place at the Pennine Lecture Theatre at Sheffield Hallam University on Thursday, December 10th. Tickets are free but a donation of at least £5 is being requested per ticket. Doors open at 7.30pm for a recording that starts at 8.15pm and the entire show will be broadcast on Radio Sheffield the following weekend, on Sunday December 13th at 1pm. It’s intended that the audience will be an important part of the show. To get your tickets you need to call in to reception at BBC Radio Sheffield. Or write to the

station at 54 Shoreham St, Sheffield with your ticket request, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope. And don’t forget that all important donation. So far BBC Sheffield has raised more than £170,000 for a new CT Scanner, but it needs to hit a target of £500,000 by the end of March next year. Station Editor Hannah Kennedy said: “This promises to be a great night out. We all know about the rivalry between the two managers on the football field, it’ll be interesting to see how they cope on questions of sport. “I’d like to thank them both for giving up their time to take part in this event and hopefully raise a lot of money for our kids’ scanner appeal.”

The steel city of Sheffield has seen some pretty fierce rivalry on the football field - now Kevin Blackwell and Brian Laws are going to play out a battle of the minds. The two managers have agreed to take part in a special charity edition of the long running quiz A Question of Sport, organised by BBC Radio Sheffield. They’ll be joined by Radio Sheffield’s Paul Walker and Seth Bennett, plus two other special sporting guests. Quizmaster will be Look North’s Harry Gration.

Ipswich: Begovic; Wright, Bruce (McAuley 58), Delaney, Rosenior, Leadbitter, Garvan, Martin (Quinn 58), Walters (c) (Stead 76), Edwards, Priskin Unused substitutes: Wright, Peters, Trotter, Wickham. Owls: Grant; Simek, Buxton, Hinds, Spurr (c); Johnson (Clarke 61), Potter, O’Conner, Gray; Varney, Tudgay Unused substitutes: O’Donnell, Purse, Beevers, McAllister, Esajas, Jeffers



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Brian Laws came away from Ipswich pleased with a point from a goalless draw on Saturday evening, insisting his players grew stronger for the second half. The Owls held firm at the back but struggled to finish moves which created decent goal scoring opportunities. “I was pleased with the clean sheet and particularly the second half performance because I thought we took a little while to get going,” the Wednesday boss said. “We played with a three-man midfield and the ball was going through our midfield a little too easily in the first half and we were a little bit disjointed. “In the second half we used the ball well and finished the stronger team. We needed a bit of Lady Luck on our side to get a win but I have to be pleased with the defensive aspects of our play in securing a clean sheet. “After 20 minutes I was quite nervous because three of our back four had been booked. Andy D’Urso is very quick at getting his cards out and we had to be disciplined at making sure someone didn’t get sent off in the second half.” Laws was also pleased with the performance of goalkeeper Lee Grant in securing a clean sheet with some notable saves from the likes of Alan Quinn and Grant Leadbitter. “Goalkeepers get you points when your back four get penetrated and that was certainly the case today. I thought Lee Grant pulled off one or two superb saves including the one from Alan Quinn in the second half,” Laws said. “We put in a very workmanlike performance, very solid, very together and we have to build from that. We played 4-3-3 and with three strikers on the pitch you have to be very disciplined. Sometimes when you’ve got three strikers and you’re defending you can be vulnerable but I certainly thought our forwards played their part today. I wanted to go for it; I didn’t come here to get a 0-0 or a draw, I wanted to get a win.” The Owls chief also thought that his side should have been awarded a penalty in the first half when Luke Varney’s flicked header was handled by home defender Damien Delaney. “I thought it was a penalty and you’ve certainly seen them given in that situation. I thought Delaney clearly hand balled it but the referee obviously deemed it ball to hand rather than hand to ball.”


A Fan’s Weekly Verdict Written by Bunsen Bob

Unregrettably, I missed the Ipswich game due to being in the United States. Presumably, Sky Sports are pushing panic buttons due to the amount of people that have cancelled their sports package after another televised non-event featuring Wednesday. I did, however, get to sample an NFL game and was able to draw comparisons between both versions of football. New York Giants were scheduled to play the Atlanta Falcons at Giants Stadium at 1pm. We arrived at the Stadium at 9am to be confronted by around 20,000 fans drinking, cooking and throwing the old pigskins around. Needless to say my first thought was ‘When in Rome...’ and I proceded to eat, drink and throw like a baby kitten with a broken arm. Admitteldy, home fans only get 8 regular season games a year but they definately make the most of it. Unfortunately, the actual game felt like a nusiance to the partying fans outside. At least 15% of the 80’000 capacity stadium was empty for the first part of the first quarter and the latter part of the forth quarter. Bearing in mind this game went to overtime, I found it hard to understand. I am often annoyed when Wednesday fans leave en masse before the final whistle even when the game is done and dusted but when I left the stadium I was confronted by the prematurely absent fans recommencing their party. Although this was a spectacle (jets flying overhead, national anthems, half-time shows) and an experience I’ll necer forget, the actual game itself was a mere footnote. When the winning field goal flew over the posts in overtime to clinch a must needed win for the Giants a hearty cheer was to be heard. At that point I proudly explained to a native sat next to me that if MY football team would have scored a winner in extra-time throats would be hoarse and saliva would’ve been swapped by grown men who have never met. Long live football....Association Football that is.

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UNDER-18S TRIUMPH AT TOWN Sheffield Wednesday Under-18s travelled to Huddersfield Town on Saturday and emerged with a 1-0 victory. Nathan Modest’s first half strike was the difference between the two sides and academy manager, Sean McAuley, was naturally delighted with the result. He said: “I thought we did well in the first half, Nathan Modest scored a good goal. We defended well in the second half but credit has to go to Huddersfield. “They put us under a lot of pressure but we’ve played well in games this season and lost when we should have got more so we’re pleased with this result.”

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BLADES END WINLESS RUN WITH POSH VICTORY United ended the winless a corner, Morgan’s cross was run with a battling and determined display against Peterborough at Bramall Lane. On Help For Heroes day, Henri Camara and Mark Bunn were United’s champions. On his first start for the club, Camara scored the game’s only goal and loan goalkeeper Bunn saved a second half penalty from George Boyd to protect the advantage. Williamson and Camara were handed their first starts as boss Blackwell made a total of four changes for the home encounter with Peterborough. Morgan returned from his one-match ban and Bunn was back in goal. On the bench Taylor and Geary were among seven outfield substitutes. A Blades huddle - a rare occurrence - preceded the kickoff whilst when the action got underway on a slippery surface, due to persistent rain, Camara looked lively. The first notable action at either end arrived on nine minutes when Walker, attacking at pace, appealed for a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Griffiths, but referee Hedley was uninterested. For the visitors, Boyd robbed Harper and fired just wide from 20 yards and then a shot by Whelpdale was just over. United, however, enjoyed much of the territorial advantage and one of the best chance of the half came on 25 minutes. After Quinn’s freekick had been deflected for a corner, Ward’s delivery was pulled back for Evans, who smashed an unstoppable effort - Sheringham-style - off the underside of the crossbar. Soon after, Williamson and Kilgallon had to rush back to snuff out Mackail-Smith when Peterborough were quick to capitalise on a mistake by Walker to breakaway. Also for the visitors McLean fired over and Boyd was giving Walker a severe test, but the Blades were clearly on top and keeping goalkeeper Lewis on his toes. Good work between Quinn, Evans, Camara and Williamson almost worked a chance before the opening goal arrived on 42 minutes. Walker and Ward combined down the right flank and after an Evans shot was blocked by the legs of Lewis, CAMARA was the first to react to blast the loose ball into the net for his first Blades goal. Before the interval there was still time for Camara to have two efforts blocked by the legs of Bennett and after Peterborough had half-cleared

headed just wide by Davies. Peterborough were out early for the second half, working on another warm-up routine before the restart. However, it was the Blades who were quickly out of the blocks and Camara headed over after a good move involving Ward, Evans, Williamson and Walker. The visitors hit back, though, and put the Blades onto the back foot for a spell. An error by Kilgallon led to a deflected McLean shot, which was saved by Bunn. Morgan did well to hold up Mackail-Smith, enabling Bunn to make a good save and then Mackail-Smith headed wide at the near post from a Griffiths cross. None of the chances, however, were as clear-cut as a penalty on 67 minutes. A cute back-heel from McLean gave Mackail-Smith a sight of goal but he was prevented from pulling the trigger by a challenge from Davies, which referee Hegley looked long and hard at before pointing to the spot. The leftfooted Boyd stepped up but his shot to the goalkeeper’s left was pushed out by Bunn and subsequently cleared. Treacy replacing the tiring goalscorer was Blackwell’s first change and although United managed to stem the flow of Peterborough attacks there was an element of nerves around the Lane. As the rain continued to fall, Blackwell replaced Williamson with France and Ward with Reid, whilst Harper failed to connect with a good chance with five minutes to go. Just as four minutes of injury-time was announced United were denied a penalty when the referee thought the combined challenge of Lee and Frecklington on Treacy was not a foul. In the third extra minute there was a scare for the Blades when a shot by Batt rolled wide of the target as Bunn slipped but the home side held on for a moraleboosting success. Blades: Bunn, Morgan, Kilgallon, Evans, Williamson (France 81), Harper, Ward (Reid 85), Davies, Quinn, Walker, Camara (Treacy 69) Unused: Taylor, Little, Geary, Fortune. Peterborough: Lewis, Zakuani, Lee, Frecklington, McLean, Boyd, MackailSmith, Diagouraga (Simpson 88), Whelpdale (Batt 65), Bennett, Griffiths. Unused: Martin, Coutts, McKeown, Rowe, Green.

BLADES MASTERS’ VALIANT EFFORT IN MALAYSIAN CUP On Sunday 22nd November, a Sheffield United Masters squad made up of nine former Blades took centre stage at the indoor facility of Stadium Putra to compete in this year’s EPL Masters Football Malaysia Cup against Liverpool, Manchester United and an All-Star team. The Blades team, backed by partners the GAC Group, Capita Symonds, Welcome to Yorkshire and Macron, were led by Blades Academy Director Ron Reid. The four Masters teams played each other in league format, with the top two qualifying for the Final. The Blades players faced the Premiership All-Star team in the first match. They were up against a side that included Ray Parlour, Ian Walker and Peter Davenport. In a closely fought contest, United lost 3-2. Alan Wright gave United an early lead, but defensive errors resulted in three goals for the All-Star Team. With two minutes left on the clock Tommy Mooney blasted a goal past Ian Walker to narrow the gap. The Blades legends peppered Walker’s box during the final minutes, but the All-Star team managed to hold on to claim a narrow victory. The second game saw the Blades lose to a strong Manchester United Masters team 5-3. Early goals from Andy Cole, Viv Anderson and Jesper Blomquist gave Manchester United a 3-0 lead. Strikes from Tony Agana and Mark Todd marked a Blades fight back, but Manchester United regained a two-goal cushion. The Tony Agana got his second of the game to make it 4-3. In the last minute Mooney missed a great chance to bring the score level, before Clayton Blackmore’s last kick of the game made the final score 5-3. The Blades Team showed a fighting spirit in their last game against Liverpool with goals coming from Agana (two), Mooney and Georges Santos. With Santos controversially sin-binned for two minutes, the final score ended 6-4 to Liverpool. Ron Reid commented: “With the games so tight, naturally we are disappointed not to have recorded a win. However, as a team we felt we gave an excellent account of ourselves against world class opposition. We lost the last two games because we conceded late goals, but this showed you just how close it was. The players are competitive lads, so we would love to come back next year. However, next time we would need more preparation on the training ground as we know we will once again be up against quality opposition.” Manchester United went onto lift the trophy, beating Liverpool on penalties in the final. The tournament was shown to a live TV audience of 80 million people worldwide. Sky Sports will air a Masters Christmas Special featuring the Malaysian Cup. Mike Farnan, executive director of Sheffield United, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Sheffield United to be represented at a prestigious global event alongside the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. This is a perfect reflection that we are a progressive club with a strong international presence and great heritage in football. “The event also gave us an opportunity to work closely with the GAC Group, Capita Symonds, Welcome to Yorkshire and Macron. This level of support demonstrates how the club is moving forward on a global scale and we were delighted to be working with such respectable names on this project.”

BOSS PREDICTS SQUAD CHANGES Kevin Blackwell has indicated that there will be plenty of incoming traffic when the January transfer window opens for business. The United manager has specified that he wants to bring in permanent signings rather than an excessive amount of loanees when he prepares for the second half of the season. “We are trying to get in permanent signings,” stated Blackwell. “Four of the loan lads are due to go back in January and I’m well aware that loan players don’t play so much football and, after the euphoria of the first four or five games wears off, you then have to judge them. “You need the core of your team to be settled, that’s why we are looking for permanents. We can’t solidify with loan players - we want people who we know will be here for a while. “We have looked everywhere for players but it will come down to finance.” Meanwhile, Blackwell has confirmed that David Cotterill is talking to Championship rivals, Swansea City: “It is a little bit early to say what will happen but he has gone down to speak to them.”


A Fan’s Weekly Verdict Written by Jon Warburton

A match made in heaven?

Kevin McCabe’s decision to move Sheffield United’s former chief executive Jason Rockett to a role with a greater focus on the property interests of his global empire was one made with a small amount of fuss. Very little debate or discussion took place regarding what this change might mean for the club’s future, with many fans too busy worrying about on the pitch fortunes than those off it. But this week, it became clear that the post left by Rockett was a consciously created vacancy, to leave room for former Chelsea and Leeds United chief executive Trevor Birch to take on the role at Bramall Lane. A former football player of modest fame, Birch is most notable for his post-playing involvement in two deals that shaped the current existence of English football as we know it. In 2003, he was instrumental in the most ground-breaking financial takeover the football world had ever seen when Russian billionaire Roman The news that Nick MontgomAbramovich added Chelsea ery, Richard Cresswell and FC to his toy-box. Gary Naysmith stepped up their He later moved to the post training programmes on Monof chief executive at Leeds day has been tempered by two United, where he successfully fresh injuries in United’s ranks. managed to steer the club Henri Camara and Kyel Reid have away from administration and both been sent for MRI scans to oversaw the consortium takedetermine the severity of probover led by Gerald Krasner. lems they sustained in Saturday’s So the question that comes to victory over Peterborough United. mind is how have these expeGoalscorer Camara suffered a riences prepared Birch for the hamstring strain, whilst Reid, on task ahead at Bramall Lane? as a late substitute, was on the We aren’t the financial basketend of a heavy Lee Frecklington case that Leeds United were, challenge in the closing stages of and it remains to be seen the fixture. whether we are best placed to Boss Kevin Blackwell said: attract the intentions of Sheikh “Henri wanted to carry on for a Vladimir Glazer or his richer while to see how the hamstring would react. It’s a tweak but hope- cousin. fully we have caught it in time What is common between his and it won’t be too serious. roles is invariably where the “Kyel took a whack and he’s had name Trevor Birch crops up, a bit of pain in his leg so we sent the word ‘takeover’ is norhim for a scan on his fibula and mally not too far behind. we’re hoping it’s not cracked. So it appears that Kevin Mc“We are waiting for the full Cabe is on the look out for a results to verify the extent of both new partner to help him take injuries. his beloved Blades forward, Blackwell also confirmed that Montgomery, Cresswell and Nay- and he has employed one of smith all joined in with Monday’s the most experienced matchmakers in English football to training session at Shirecliffe. In make it happen. addition, Darius Henderson will


be back for Saturday’s visit to Bristol City after serving his one match suspension.

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2009/10 FIXTURES

August 7 Middlesbrough 0-0 15 Watford 2-0 18 Leicester 1-1 22 Reading 3-1 29 West Brom 2-2 September 12 Derby 15 Coventry 18 Sheff Wed 26 Swansea 29 Ipswich

0-1 3-2 3-2 2-1 3-3

October 3 Doncaster 17 Scunthorpe 20 Blackpool 24 Cardiff 31 Newcastle

1-1 3-1 3-0 3-4 0-1

November 9 Barnsley 21 Peterborough 28 Bristol City

2-2 1-0 (A)

December 5 Plymouth 8 Nottm Forest 12 Crystal Palace 19 QPR 26 Leicester 28 Preston

(A) (H) (H) (A) (A) (H)

January 9 Watford 16 Middlesbrough 26 Reading 30 West Brom

(A) (H) (H) (A)

February 6 Derby 9 Preston 13 Bristol City 16 Nottm Forest 20 Peterborough 27 Plymouth

(H) (A) (H) (A) (A) (H)

March 6 Crystal Palace 13 QPR 16 Blackpool 20 Doncaster 23 Cardiff 27 Scunthorpe

(A) (H) (H) (A) (A) (H)

April 3 Barnsley 5 Newcastle 10 Coventry 17 Sheff Wed 24 Swansea

(H) (A) (H) (A) (H)

May 2 Ipswich


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