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Author Archive for John Ashdown

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The Fiver | Big Phil Neville and a tenure that has only ever flirted with stability

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Given the team’s dismal form of late, news that Big Phil Neville is to step down as England Women’s manager when his contract expires next summer – and not therefore guide the team at the rearranged Eu…

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My favourite game: Sheff Utd v Nottm Forest, Division One play-off 2003

On a wild Thursday night, the Blades fell 2-0 down in the first half before staging a Paul Peschisolido-inspired fightbackThere are moments in football fandom that, in retrospect, you realise were the emotional high-water mark. The time when it mattere…

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Football quiz: stadiums of yore

Who flew The Nest? Who hosted the Spice Girls? Who was amused?More quizzes: sliding doors, globetrotters and La Liga in the 1990sWho are the only British club to have played home matches in a stadium that has also hosted gigs by U2, the Rolling Stones,…

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Football quiz: sliding doors moments

How well can you recall these events that nearly happened?More quizzes: globetrotters, Ashes 2005 and La Liga in the 1990sWho turned down the chance to manage Birmingham City a year after winning the World Cup?Vicente del BosqueMarcelo LippiLuiz Felipe…

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England v Pakistan: Women’s Twenty20 World Cup – live!

Updates from the Group B match in CanberraAustralia hit their stride to hammer BangladeshGet in touch with John by email or on Twitter 7.40am GMT Pakistan win it and opt to have a bowl. 5.29am GMT Hello all. So here we go again – England face a World C…

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Liverpool v Wolves: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 4.30pm GMT kick-offRevamped Henderson holds up well in Liverpool midfieldEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 3.51pm GMT Some pre-match reading: Related: Will anything now derail Liverpool’s bid for a first league titl…

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Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Premiership – live!

Scottish Premiership updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offDerby last chance for Rangers to engage Celtic in title raceEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 11.56am GMT To while away the stressful minutes before kick-off, why not read Ewan Murray’s pre…

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The Fiver | Marco Silva and a case of the emperor’s new clothes

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The screech of tyres you could hear all the way from John Lennon Airport on Thursday afternoon will have been the private jet of one Farhad Moshiri, touching down after his flight from Monaco in order …

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The Fiver | Mercury is in retrograde which is bad news for the Catalan Capricorn

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Given the predictably ludicrous levels of hype – Sky Sports News’s Countdown To Kick-Off timer tells us there’s (eek!) just two more days to go! – it’s tempting to suggest that, as with New Year’s Eve,…

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Football transfer rumours: Tottenham want Fernandes, Aarons and Mateta?

Today’s fluff is lateWhat time is it? Nope, not Dinner, Question or Hammer. It’s Rumour Time! Well, it’s probably more like half-past Rumour Time, in all fairness, but let’s not allow tardiness to diminish our fun, eh?First to Spurs, where Mauricio Poc…

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Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at Old TraffordArsenal have edge as they and United chase old gloryThe Fiver: Barry Glendenning on tonight’s matchEmail John or tweet him with your thoughts 3.09pm BST Hello all. And welcome to what could be a wet and …

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 15: Sheffield United

The club have broken their transfer record four times since promotion and in Chris Wilder they have an impressive managerGuardian writers’ predicted position: 20th (NB: this is not necessarily John Ashdown’s prediction but the average of our writers’ t…

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Tour de France 2019: stage 11 – live!

Rolling report of the 167km stage from Albi to ToulouseBrailsford keen to ‘twist knife’ into Team Ineos’s rivalsEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 11.36am BST As this stage is short and pretty damn flat there’s a slightly later start today – racin…

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Tour de France 2019: full team-by-team guide

Our in-depth look at every team, the riders to watch and the cast of characters tearing through FrancePerennial French challengers who’ll come to the fore when the race goes uphill (which this year is pretty much straight away). Expect to see their bro…

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County cricket: Sussex v Durham and more – live

All the latest from the County ChampionshipIndia v West Indies: World Cup – live!Wednesday roundup: Surrey earn first win of seasonAnd you can email John here, tweet him here or comment BTL 11.21am BST Another wicket for Northants. Coles again, this ti…

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Cricket World Cup 2019: team-by-team guide

The complete rundown of the contenders, pretenders and outsiders as the tournament approachesProspects Their success remains one of the feelgood stories in international cricket but they’re now established regulars in the top international tournaments….

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Cricket World Cup 2019: team-by-team guide

The complete rundown of the contenders, pretenders and outsiders as the tournament approachesProspects Their success remains one of the feelgood stories in international cricket but they’re now established regulars in the top international tournaments….

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The Fiver | Have the Football Gods slaked their thirst for memorable moments?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It’s a golden time for great climaxes. Is that policeman a Good Policeman or a Bad Policeman? Will the Dragon Lady beat the Frosty Lads? Do Iron Face and Norwegian Jesus finally triumph over Big Daddy …

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Sheffield United ready for a Premier League walk on the Wilder side | John Ashdown

The former United player took over when the club were in League One and has achieved a remarkable transformation“Every three weeks I need my hair cutting.” There’s a video, much beloved of Sheffield United supporters, of Chris Wilder speaking to local …

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The Spin | Mexico all set for CAC 2019: ‘People think it’s the game from Alice in Wonderland’

Mexico may have only one proper cricket pitch but the country’s relationship with the sport goes way back and it plays host to the Central American Cricket Championships this weekThe umpires are flying in from Canada, the problems with Costa Rica’s hot…