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The Observer 22 February 1998 SAID AND DONE M00R THAN JUST A LEGEND Tuesdav marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Bobby Moore, a roignant reminder in this "World Cup year of his greatness Yet the only Englishman to have held the trophy aloft still remains largely unhonoured. OK, so there's an OBE (which he always insisted he accepted on behalf of the 1966 team) and a stand in his name at West Ham. But apart from that tarn- Dlaque outside Wembley Park station there is really nothing of substance to remember him by despite continued ! pressure on the Football than a legend said to be roughly equivalent to I rsc vno k."t- rrr: rx7 1 " j jH I from Chelsea by Ruud Gullit a mere speck in the Sky rrom an organisation dripping in Murdoch money and about a fifth of the current efpenditure cb the World Cup bid for 2006. Moore's medals in a showcase at Wembley would be a significant memorial. Meantime there is another available to his fans. A new book, Moore Than A Legend (Goal Publica-. nons. 12.99) contains a fascinating insight into Moore's life (and lifestyle) with a host of tributes painstakingly assembled bv Phil Daniels. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each copy goes to the Bobby Moore Fund for Imperial Cancer ; Research. j We have sis to give away if you can answer the following three questions about Bobby Moore: a) One of his middle names was Frederick. What was the unusual other one? (clue think of a famous London football club), b) How many i England caps did he win?!c) Apart from West Ham, which : other club did he play for? The first six correct entries drawn ; on Friday and published next Sunday will win the books. . Answers to the address below. WIN OR BUST j Russia have cooked-up a sure-fire recipe to ensure qualification for the EuroDean CliampiohsMps, jointly hosted by Belgium and Holland in 2000 no won, no wonga. After failing to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first rime in 20 vears. coach Boris Ignaty ev, whose position was far : from secure after the play-off defeat to Italy, has kept faith with i most of the old guard in his latest squad selection But while slamming Moscow's political and business elite for lack of support Ignatyev insisted that the wages policy for ; the national team is; qualify or nothing. Under the new financial conditions, if the team fails to get through to the ; finals, the players will not get paid a penny, he said. What Kanchelskis and Co make of all this is unknown for me news has yet to be broken to them. Ignatyev explained: The players don't know anything about it yet, there is likely to ; be a difficult discussion.'' I Understatement of the vear or what? i SOMETHING TO LD0X K&WARD TO They retreated into defence en masse after taking a 2-1 lead in a dramatic opening 10 minutes and then spent the rest of the! game winding up the Togolese players and wasting as much time as possible at throw-ins. free-kicks and goal kicks. Almost every Togo attack was interrupted with a foul and-when tackled back, their) players frequently collapsed in apparent agony, the referee let bad tackles go unpunished and ignored constant dissent The win owed more to gamesmanship than the finer arts of soccer.' Extracts from Renter's match report on Tunisia's 3-1 win over Togo in the African Nations' Cup last week bet "Rmglanrl can't wait to play them on 15 June in Marseilles, should be a classic. OFF DH THE WB0HS TOOTH Footix, the Gallic rooster, mascot of the World Cup finals in France, has so far failed to win a place in the hearts and minds-of the French public. A recent poll indicates that less than a quarter of the host nation recognise the blue, red and yellow oversized chicken At me end of January, only 23 per cent knew what the emblem stood for. Knowing the French love of good food, stuffing him with a packet of Paxo might make the big bird more appealing. B330NAL GHALLEK& j Based on a season-to-date jCarling Opta scoring average, the winners of our Team Sheet competition, where selections are based on place of birth, is the London and the South team chosen by Andrew KoSman from Wflmslow, Cheshire, who wins a sports book prize, j London scored an average of 9116 points, the North-west 8779, Yorkshire and the North-east 7958 and the Midlands 682L In the case of players such as Shearer, who have not played enough games this season to gain a fair average, their score was taken from the same period last season LUGA, HE iS HERE The reserve team players, of Chelsea and West Ham would have got a complex had they glanced over to just behind the dug-out area, during the early part of Monday nighf s fixture at Kingstoni an most of the crowd had their backs to the game, eyes fixed firmly on the directors box. It was noi that the second-stringers were playing badly, or even that David Essex" arrived shortly after kick-off, just that the game was merely a sideshow to the bulging crowTd who Football's TV Dinners Richard Alan TODAY: Currently on the fringe of the promotion race. Trevor Francis continues his bid to put his side right in tne thick of it Binnmghain v Sheffield United (Sky Sports 2 ko 1 prti). In his relentless quest to Vi'ake ud the sleepy Midlanders, Francis has in the last two weeks, persuaded his directors to sheS-out the best part of two million notes to strengthen his 'pro-morion bid with two additions to his squad. One of them. Dele Adebola, made an immediate impact in midweek, scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win against Crewe, the clubthat'sold hira. He has since been followed into St Andrews by Darren Purse, a 900,000 signing from Oxford, f Sheffield United's manager Nigel Teamtalk' The independent News and Reports Service Call 0930 16 87 Arsenal 01 Everton 14 QPR 27 Aston Vffla 02 Hudd. Town 15 Rangers 28 Barnsley 03 Ipswich Town 16 Sheffield United 29 Birm. City 04 Leeds United 17 Sheffield Wed. 30 Blackburn 05 Leicester City 18 Southampton 31 Bolton 0B Liverpool 19 Spurs 32 Brentford 07 Man. City 20 Stoke City 33 Burnley 08 Mart United 21 Sunderland 34 Celtic 09 Middlesbrough 22 West Ham 35 Chelsea 10 MillwaJl 23 Wimbledon 36 Coventry City 1 1 Newcastle Utd 24 Wolves 37 Crystal Palace 12 Norwich City 25 Derby County 13 Nottm. Forest 26 ! The Observer Interactive Calls cost 50s per min at all times. Supplied by. IMS. 15 Mart. Lane. Leeds LS1 SLB. Helpline: 0171 713 4473 Association to do the decent thing. Can you imagine a similar situation had he been Brazilian, Italian or German? It sad that it took his death at 51 from bowel cancer to make us realise how much more should have been made of his life. The refurbishment of Wembley should provide a perfect opportunity for a decent tribute but so far there is still no go-ahead from the FA. Why are they dragging their feet? Indeed, why haven't they stepped in to buy Moore's World Cup medal and other memorabilia, which his family plan to auction, for football posterity. The asking price is the salary requested Cnetto') Spackman looked spoilt for choice in the striking department at the beginning of the season. Brian Deane returned from Leeds lo link up with either Jan Fjortoft, Andy walker or Gareih Taylor. As if he didrft have enough to choose from. Dean Saunders was then recruited from Nottingham Forest Deemed surplus to requirements when Taylor came back into favour, Fjortoft agreed to join Barnsley, then the money men came a calling. Benfica made Deane an offer he couldn't refuse and the Blades suddenly didn't look so well off at the sharp end. They are still pushing for an automatic promotion place, but came along to welcome in yet another cast change in the long-running soap opera that is Chelsea Football Club. Is he here yet? Is he coming? Batesie's here, look, there's . Graham Rix', were the common exchanges between expectant onlookers. Eagle-eyed supporters were quick to notice that Chelsea wasted no time in updating their club stationery to include the name Gianluca Vialli in the masthead and continued to wonder whether the new player-manager would adopt the all-embracing hands-on approach apparently lacking in his predecessor. A baseball-capped Vialli did turn up, looked distinctly unimpressed with the whole affair, left at half-time and missed a last-minute winner from Chelsea's forgotten man Mark Stein TODAY'S SPECIAL As promised, another helping from the massive entry for the Football Food Guide competition This menu was devised by Tim Day from Brentwood, Essex and contained such a large selection that we could not publish every course. Other fare on offer is GordonZola, Cottee cheese and a selection of Scouse whines from the Liverpool bench. A taxi home after the meal can be arranged by Mr Wise of Chelsea. CARTE DU JOUR or Day's Barrowload SOUPS Choice of Campbells (Spurs) or Crosse & Bfackwells (Wimbledon) both served with our Dailhi (Derby) bread FISH Speciality One dozen Osiers (Everton) Selection of Brent (Coventry); Monkou (Southampton); Dublin : (Coventor) Bav prawns; Lemon Cole (Man Utd) with Carslci (Derbv) sauce; Pollock (Bolton) poached or fried in Baity (Newcastle) GAME Peacock (Newcastle) sprinkled with full thyme WilGu" or Hendry (Blackburn) MEAT DISHES : Leboeuf (Chelsea) & Yorkc (Aston Villa) Solskjaer (Man Utd) pudding Cunning)!flm (Wimbledon) from the Vialli (Chelsea) of Yorke Bowyers (Leeds) sausage and Becklxam 's (Man Utd) spice Berbers cooked on a Riedlc (Liverpool) well done or rare ie: Ardley (Wimbledon) cooked at all. Sweetbreads: that is Bullock (Barnsley) Balls (Portsmouth) Wanchope (Derby) on its own or with Palm or Anelka Rice Peruvian Special Roast Lama (West Ham ) VEGETABLES : Crfiymoreflower; Ehiogirplant (Aston Villa) and a choice of Coleslaw or Scholeslaw (Man Utd) DESSERTS Bombe Surprise Barnes (Newcastle) Wallace (Leeds) SLVirJty Butler (Man Utd) pudding Plum Duff (Blackburn) Branagan (Bolton) snaps Chocolate McClairs (Man Utd) De Goey (Chelsea) pudding Barmby (Everton) cakes with Robertsons (Leeds) jam Short (Everton) cake Danish pastries by M & S St Schmeichcl (Man Utd) QUOTES OF THE WEEK I have worked so hard to get where I am today and I would never do anything to throw that away. I am sick and tired of these unsettling and malicious reports and want to be left alone to get on withmy football. Robbie Fowler, denying claims that he has been the victim of blackmail by people who claim to have seen him using cocaine Andy Gray is talking crap when he suggests we would have got a penalty had it been at the other end. And he has the nerve to say he's not anti-Manchester United. Alex Ferguson with a blast for the Sky pundit who had the nerve to suggest that the nan-penalty award for Barnsley might have been a home-town decision I was only saying what everyone else was thinking. He can rant and rage as much as he likes but it is in an inescapable fact that visitors do not get as much as they should at Old Trafford. Andy fray's response to the Fergie fury Depends whether we pay gross or net. Desmond tynam responding to Ruud GulUit's suggestion that he would like to be part of the BBC television team at the World Cup 4- I ; am surprised that someone is not knocking at his door already. Ken Bates did a brave thing by sacking him but someone should call Gullif s bluff by saying 'Here's one million pounds, mate, keep us up.' Derby chairman Lionel Pickering who believes that Gullit should be re-employed near the foot of the table to find out how the other half plays The cool thing with him was really just a front. Chelsea No.2 Graham Rix who claims that Ruud Gullit was on the verge of cracking-up in his final days at the Bridge I can halve the cost of season tickets if that's what the fans want but they would have to put up with free transfers from the Nationwide League. Chairman Ken Bates hitting back at fans who have slammed increases in season-ticket prices at Chelsea Fm very scared of him, it's not like he's a City gent. These people are from Newcastle London pub boss Irene Dunford, asked by a Sunday tabloid to confirm an alleged affair with Paul Gascoigne TRIVIA TEASES What is the nationality of Iightbourne? (Answer page 10) C0WMBS AND BOMBS Marco Branca, Inter Milan id Middlesbrough; Darren Purse, Oxford to Birmingham; Kevin Francis, Birmingham to Oxford. Dick Advocaat to manage Rangers (Irom 1 July); Kyle Ughtboume, Coventry to Stoke: Frank Burrows to manage Cardiff; Danny Culllp, Fulham to Brentford; Qlyn Hodges, Hull to Nottm Forest Frank Clark, sacked by Manchester City; Joe Royle to manage Manchester City. Jermatne Wright, Wolves to Crewe: Andy Legg, Birmingham to Heading: James Qubm, Blackpool to West Brom: Simon Coleman, Bolton to Southend; Matthew Robinson, Southampton to Portsmouth; Daniel George, Nottm Forest to Ooncastgr. Colin McDonald, Ayr to Clydebank: Scott Sneddon, East Stirlingshire to Cowdenbeath; Qary Bollan, Rangers to SI Johnstons: Qoce SedlosU, Hajduk Split to Shelf Wed. COMPETITION WINNERS The answers to last wee s video competition questions are' 1 David Beckham; 2. Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand. 3 Stuart Pearce The winners ol England's Road To France are: Lorna Stevens (Essex). Jamie MrKenna (London NW6). S. McDonald (Moston. Manchester). M. Lightfoot (Essex). James Lynsay iSouthali. Middlesex. Leon Hughes (Weybridge. Surrey) Our address Observer Soon 119 Farnngdon Road, London ECTR 3ER. Fax: 0171 7134213. the current form of the three leading sides is making it an unlikely passage. They may have to make do with another nerve-jangling trip to Wembley and hope it's second time lucky in the play-offs. ; Newcastle v Leeds (Sky Sports 1 ko 4pm). Alan Shearer believes Newcastle are still a good bet for a European place. A safe bet? As far as Kenny Dalglish is concerned, perhaps as safe as Bristol and West mortgaged houses. : Shearer is the key. A few wins on the spin and anything is possible but the England striker will have to start scoring in the Premiership; his four goals since his comeback have all come in the FA Cup. Shearer's presence alone is uplifting for his teammates, but until his new strike-partner Andersson beds in, the goal-scoring responsibility rests heavily on the shoulders of the No 9. ; Something strange is happening with George Graham's Leeds. They are actually becoming an entertaining side to watch and Graham doesn't seem too perturbed about it. Leeds have scored only six more goals than they have conceded, a statistic that would have the old Arsenal back-four throwing their arms up in unison. : Michael Owen of Liverpool is not the only graduate with honours to emerge this season, Leeds's Harry Kewell, the young Aussie with a Yorkshire twang, has captured the imagination of the Elland Road masses with his darting runs and eye for the goaL Kewell scored in the earlier fixture between these two sides when Leeds won 4-1, arguably Newcastle's most embarrassing defeat so far. TOMORROW: Lose this one and the Kop will be calling for heads to roll liverpool v werton (Sky Sports 1 ko 8pm). Just what Liverpool don't need as they attempt to recover from a humiliating Coca-Cola Cup exit is a meeting with an in-form Everton side who will be fired-up regardless of the prospect of rubbing salt into open Red wounds. Roy Evans's team appeared to be RICHARD ALAN Stake's new signing, Kyle running into some sort of form over the Christmas period but now have not won in their last three Premier-Ship outings in which they have conceded six goals. Any lingering title hopes are fast fading. It could be argued that Evans's blind faith in blundering David James cost Liverpool the Championship last season. This term the same could be said of his staunch belief in Robbie Fowler, who is patently going through a form crisis. But the manager refuses to take him out of the firing line despite having the experienced Karlheinz Riedle kicking his heels on the bench. " Against Middlesbrough in midweek, Evans reverted to his once-favoured wing-back system. He should have known better, the last time he tried it was in the Uefa Cup tie against Strasbourg in October, a match which also ended in a. disastrous result. But this is a derby match, and should they put the Blues in their place for the first time since March 1994, all will no doubt be forgiven, for the time being at least. TUESDAY: It's tight at the top in Scotland and the champions continue their defence at Rugby Park Kilmarnock v Rangers (Sky Sports 1 ko 7.45pm). It has been an eventful week off the pitch at Ibrox with the announcement of Dick Advocaat's appointment as new manager for next season closely followed by Brian Laudrup's decision to swell the foreign contingent at Chelsea. Both Laudrup and the upstairs-bound manager Walter Smith have both expressed a burning desire to put that 10-in-a-row titles record in the bag before departing. WEDNESDAY: FA Cup fifth-round replay Barnsley v Manchester United (Sky Sports 2 ko 7.45pm). United's desire for this tie not to spill into a second match was confirmed by Gary Pallister being employed as a makeshift striker in the closing stages at Old Trafford. It nearly cost them, for it was Barnsley who looked more likely to snatch it late on, creating several clear-cut chances as well as being denied a blatant penalty. pirtiiinW On the Box Francis Bailey I ONCE HEARD Alan Coren described as the Pele of Prose, which is overestimating a very funny writer's considerable talent. But as a great footballer enjoys playing in front of large crowds, so an ambitious scribbler looks forward to a vast readership for his books, not least because of the royalties. Therefore, in his inimitable comic fashion, Coren entitled one of his collections of writing Golfing For Cats. There was nothing about golf or cats in the body of the work, but he had read that all books which mentioned them in the title attracted hordes of buyers. This was some years ago, and if he is looking for a best-selling title today he could do worse than combine those currently popular items, cooking and football, on the cover of his next volume. How about My Super Soccer Cookbook or The World Cup on a Plate. Either of them, irrespective of the contents, would sell like exceedingly hot cakes, and I expect that some version of that last one is at the printers right now. There is no doubt that cookery is the flavour of the month on television, with programmes from before breakfast to supper and beyond, and football is enjoying a boom period of merchandising and small-screen exposure. Although food at football grounds sells as badly as it smells as the recently published and excellent Colman's Football Food Guide confirmed it was only a matter of time before a member of the football community appeared on a cookery programme. It turned out to be Jimmy Hill on Wednesday's Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook (BBC1). The idea is that people you may never have heard of help a genuine chef make a meal in 20 minutes out of ingredients which cost less than a fiver. There was a time when even top footballers had to watch the pennies, and it was Jimmy the radical who played a major role in changing their financial status. In 1961, as the very able chairman of the Pro Behind the Screen Jon Henderson OF THE MANY ironies attached to Brian Bar-wick's awitch from BBC to b'e' ITV's tcontroiler of sport is that the man he now badly needs, Steve Rider, is stuck at the Beeb largely because of him. Rider was wanted by ITV just over a year ago to front their Formula One motor racing coverage", but Barwick refused to give him permission to break his BBC contract, which runs until the middle of next year. Now that Barwick himself has scarpered to ITV, in a move that his BBC bosses were none too pleased about, he must be ruing his decision not to let Rider go. In the past couple of years, ITV have assembled an impressive array of top-of-the-range sporting events, but possess only one all-purpose anchorman in Jim Rosenthal. While Rosenthal will again front this season's Formula One coverage, having surprised many critics with the confident way he stepped into the role iast year, he will also be required for World Cup duty. This means the clash of the British Grand Prix at What and when Athletics British Athletics (Channel 4 1 .1 0pm); Basketball London Towers v Birmingham Bullets (Sky Sports 1 6.30pm); Football Match of the Day (BBC1 7.20am), Birmingham City v Sheffield United (Sky Sports 2 noon ko 1 pm), Lazio v Inter Milan (Channel 4 1 .45pm ko 2pm), Newcastle United v Leeds United (Sky Sports 1 3pm ko 4pm), Barcelona v Compostela (Sky Sports 1 8.30pm); General Turnstyle (Channel 5 11.25pm), Live and Dangerous (Channel 5 12.25am Monday); Golf Tucson Classic (Sky Sports 2 9pm); Motor racing Rockingham Nascar race (Eurospoii 5.30pm); Rallying Swedish Rally (BBC2 1 .35pm); Rugby union Rugby Express (Channel 4 6pm); Sailing Whitbread round the world (Eurosport midnight); Snooker Scottish Open (Sky Sports 3 2pm7pm); Tennis EC championship (Eurosport 1pm); Winter Olympics Closing ceremony, biathlon, ice hockey, skiing (BBC2 8.55am2.05pm, Eurosport from 2am). Football African Nations Hi id (EuroSDOrt 2pm4pm8pm), Liverpool v Everton (Sky Sports 1 7pm ko 8pmj,' Football League highlights (ITV 1am Tuesday); General They Think It's All Over Again (BBC1 10.40pm), Live and Dangerous (Channel 5 1 1.40pm); Tennis KrogerSt Jude International final (Eurosport noon). Boxing Bruno Wartelle v Craig Thomas lightweight bout (Eurosport 8pm); Football African Nations Cup (Eurosport 2pm), Kilmarnock v Rangers (Sky Sports 1 7pm fessional Footballer's Association, he led the players to the brink of a strike, and as a result the maximum-wage rule was abolished. These days some footballers are very rich and their diets are limited only by the advice of the club dietician. Jimmy, meanwhile, went on to achieve other things in the game before becoming the Pele of Pious Punditry on television and now, after a lifetime of endeavour, he has been promoted, or should that be relegated, to the status of Celebrity. Celebrities are as light and insubstantial as an imagined souffle, and exist to divert the mind from heavier matters, which may be why this was transmitted at 7pm opposite Channel 4 News. We could forget about Iraq and watch jovial Jimmy bound on wearing his Cross of St George bow tie and clutching ingredients that cost 4.42. 'That's four four two!' he explained with a smirk to the presenter who didn't have a clue what he was talking about. There was also a joke about 'Mash of the Day' and that was more or less as good as it got. When it was all over there was an unsatisfactory, hollow feeling in the stomach. Events at Stamford Bridge, on the other hand, have stuck in the Gullit. Did Vialli do the dirty on Ruud, or was the former Chelsea manager just too greedy? That's to say, was it filthy Luca or filthy lucre? Whatever reasons lay behind Ruud Gullit's sacking, they spiced up Vialli's first game in charge the Coca-Cola Cup semi-final second leg between Chelsea and Arsenal which was shown live on Sky Sports 2. Vialli was interviewed before the match, and in his pleasingly diffident English he described the recent events as 'the most unbelievable week in my life football-wise, of course.' He was obliged to make that qualification because, he said, 'there is not just football in life. ' It wasn't an original observation, perhaps it wasn't circumspect either given that Rider: Target for ITVP Silverstone and the World Cup final in Paris could find him trying to perform the splits across the English Channel on 12 July. The fact is the all-round skills of someone as good as Rider who might be looking for a move and Captain Hook could count those on the fingers of his left hand are what ITV need to lighten Rosenthal's load. So far ITV have made no move. Maybe, though, the time is approaching when Barwick picks up the phone: 'Now, Steve, about that BBC to watch ko 7.45pm); General A Question of Sport (BBC1 8.30pm), Live and Dangerous (Channel 5 1 1 .40pm); Tennis London Indoors (BBC2 2.10pm, Eurosport 6pm). liMtll Football African Nations Cup semi-finals (Eurosport 4pm8pm), Barnsley v Manchester United FA Cup 5th rnd replay (Sky Sports 2 7.30pm ko 7.45pm, ITV 10.40pm), -France v Norway (Eurosport 10pm); General Live and Dangerous (Channel 5 12.05am Thursday); Tennis London Indoors (BBC2 2.10pm, Eurosport 6pm). Cricket South Africa v Pakistan 2nd Test 1st day (Sky Sports 2 7.30pm); Football Argentina v Yugoslavia (Eurosport 8pm); General Live and Dangerous (Ghannel 5 1 1 .55pm); Golf Dubai Desert Classic (Sky Sports i 10am), Nissan Open (Sky Sports 2 1 0pm); Ice hockey Express Cup final (Sky Sports 3 8pm); Racing HuntingdonWincanton (Channel 4 1 .30pm); Snooker Charity Challenge (ITV 12.45am Friday); Tennis London Indoors (BBC2 2.10pm, Eurosport 6pm). Athletics European indoor championships (Eurosport 8.30am3pm6pm, BBC2 Jovial Jimmy, from Pele of Pious Punditry to celebrity cook there was yet another suggestion that Gullit was ditched because he was not one of the kind of mangers. Vialli seemed much too nice to have acted dishonourably towards anybody, and a .touch too sensitive for the hard task ahead. It is to be hoped that he retains his sense of perspective, and realises that it is better to be laid-back boss than one laid low by the pressures of the job. But after his winning start he admitted that he was already feeling the strain. 'You can't imagine the pressure before the game,' he said. 'I think I ITV have a strong array of events, but only one all-purpose anchorman contract I said you couldn't break As predicted here three weeks ago, Brian Barwick's first signing was confirmed last Monday as the BBC's Peter Drury, who joins the ITV football commentary team. Drury's switch leaves a space at Radio 5 Live, which could be the opportunity for Capital Gold's Jonathan Pearce to move across and assault the eardrums of a nationwide radio audience. Which boxer do you think drew the biggest TV audience in 1997? No, not Naseem Hamed, nor Evander Holy-field, but the far less vaunted Paul 'Silky Jones. The reason was that his fight, against Johnson Tshuma for the vacant Commonwealth middleweight title, was screened on BBC and, even though it was Pick of the Week Chelsea v Manchester United Sky Sports 1 ko 11.15am Saturday Mark Hughes the spark to ignite Chelsea? am too old for this kind of match. I think I am going to have a heart attack very soon. ' Then again, if you can't stand the heat .... The temperature was rising and the stakes were' high in Trinidad on the fifth morning of the Third Test (Sky Sports 2). The priority for the English batsmen, needing only 38 runs for victory with six wickets in hand, was to remain cool. That wasn't so easy as they nudged nervously towards the target and wickets fell in a Test that was described by various commentators as 'nail-biting!, 'nerve-jangling' and 'riveting'. It was all those things and gripping television, too. England finally got there, but at what cost to Angus Fraser? The Man of the Match said later: 'The last two weeks have knocked about five years off my life.' With 20 wickets to his name, that's four wickets gained for each year lost. shown delayed, it attracted an audience of. more than 2.5 million.. Otherwise, fights shown on Sky dominated the viewing figures, although none topped the one-million mark. Which goes to show that while boxing needs satellite for the money, it would be ill-advised to ignore terrestrial television completely if it wants .the exposure. Figures published recently in Boxing News give the 10 bouts that drew the largest audiences as follows; 1. Paul Jones v Johnson Tshuma (BBC1) 2,536,000; 2. Naseem Hamed v Juan Cabrera (Sky Sports) 831,000; 3. Herbie Hide y Tony Tucker (Sky Sports) 534,000; 4. Lennox Lewis v Henry Akinwande (Sky Sports) 476,000; 5. Evander Holyfield v Michael Moorer (Channel 5) 462,000; 6. Julius Francis v Garry Delaney (Sky Sports) 443,000; 7. Robin Reid v Hassine Cherin (Sky Sports) 378,000; 8. Steve Collins v Craig Cum-mings (Sky Sports) 364,000; 9. Naseem Hamed v Tom Johnson (Sky Box Office) 344,000; 10. Michael Brodie v Neil Swain (Sky Sports) 291,000. 2.1 0pm); Cricket West Indies v England 4th Test 1 st day (Sky Sports 2 2pm, BBC1 1 1 .45pm), South Africa v Pakistan 2nd Test 2nd day (Sky Sports 2 9pm); Football African Nations Cup 3rd place playoff (Eurosport 4pm), Wales v Northern Ireland schoolboys (Sky Sports 3 7pm ko 7.1 5pm); Golf Dubai Desert Classic (Sky Sports 1 10am), Nissan Open (Sky Sports 2 1 1pm); Snooker Charity Challenge (ITV 1 .45am Tili. I ODM ocuuiuay;, loiuua luiiuuii niuuuia dd4 2.10pm, Eurosport 8pm). Athletics European indoor championships (Eurosport 8am3pm6pm, BBC1 I . 55pm2.25pmBBC25.1 5pm); Boxing Sugar Boy Malinga v Richie Woodhall WBC super-middleweight title (Sky Sports 1 9.30pm); Cricket West Indies v England 4th Test 2nd day (Sky Sports 2 2pm, BBC2 II. 1 0pm), South Africa v Pakistan 2nd Test 3rd day (Sky Sports 2 9pm); Football Chelsea v Manchester United (Sky Sports 1 10.30am ko 11.15am), Football Focus (BBC1 12.20pm), African Nations Cup final (Eurosport 4pm, Channel 4 5pm), Spanish league match (Sky Sports 1 7pm), Match of the Day (BBC1 1 0.40pm); General Trans World Sport (Channel 4 8am); Golf Dubai Desert Classic (Sky Sports 3 10am), Nissan Open (Sky Sports 3-8pm); Racing Haydock (BBC1 1.05pm), Kempton (Channel 4 2.25pm); Rugby league Castleford Tigers v Bradford Bulls Challenge Cup 5th md (BBC1 3pm); Rugby union Northampton v Newcastle Tetley's Bitter Cup quarter-final (Sky Sports 3 1 .30pm ko 2pm); Sailing Whitbread round the world race (BBC2 1 1 .50am); Skiing World Cup men's giant slalom (Eurosport 12.30pm); Tennis London Indoors (Eurosport 1 .30pm 7.30pm, BBC2 4.30pm). 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