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Andy Fordham obituary

Darts world champion and fans’ favourite who may have achieved much more but for his unhealthy lifestyleAndy “the Viking” Fordham, who has died aged 59, was one of the world’s most popular darts players, instantly recognisable with his mane of long hai…

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Tony Adams: ‘Alcohol gave me a good hiding – I needed a lot of pain’

Adams says Sporting Chance, the 20-year-old charity he set up for those in sport with addiction and mental health issues, eclipses all he achieved in his illustrious playing career“Captaining your country, going out at Wembley, captaining Arsenal to 10…

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‘I have an illness. I’ve accepted that’: Paul Merson opens up on his depression

• Merson says he ‘couldn’t see a way out’ 12 months ago• FA Cup ties will kick off late as part of ‘Take a Minute’ campaignPaul Merson has spoken candidly about his experience with depression, in the hope that speaking out will help others address thei…

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Troy Deeney: ‘I want to be remembered for more than just being a footballer’

Having overcome anger and alcohol issues, the Watford captain has become a leading voice in football’s fight against racism. He talks about his tough childhood, dealing with racist abuse – and finding happinessTroy Deeney would like you to know that he…

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The legacy of George Best – Football Weekly Meets Dan Gordon

Iain Macintosh speaks to filmmaker Dan Gordon about his documentary George Best: All By Himself, which charts the career of the Manchester United legend through his glory years on the field and the addictions off it that ultimately killed him

On this edition of our Football Weekly Meets interview series, Iain Macintosh speaks to filmmaker (and long-suffering Sheffield Wednesday fan) Dan Gordon about his documentary chronicling the life and death of George Best.

The film celebrates Best’s footballing legacy but is far from a hagiography and doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of the Manchester United legend’s life: womanising, absent parenting, domestic violence and alcoholism.

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The legacy of George Best – Football Weekly Meets Dan Gordon

Iain Macintosh speaks to filmmaker Dan Gordon about his documentary George Best: All By Himself, which charts the career of the Manchester United legend through his glory years on the field and the addictions off it that ultimately killed him

On this edition of our Football Weekly Meets interview series, Iain Macintosh speaks to filmmaker (and long-suffering Sheffield Wednesday fan) Dan Gordon about his documentary chronicling the life and death of George Best.

The film celebrates Best’s footballing legacy but is far from a hagiography and doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of the Manchester United legend’s life: womanising, absent parenting, domestic violence and alcoholism.

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Tom Wills grave restoration project reveals football’s heart, soul and history

A quest to restore the grave of Australia’s first cricket great and the father of Aussie Rules has brought a Melbourne teacher personal salvation

If there’s something a lifetime of following footy teaches you it’s that the rain never arrives when you want it to. With that in mind I find myself standing in a persistent drizzle on the corner of Upper Heidelberg and Darebin roads in Heidelberg, 13km north-east of Melbourne, on a dark and gloomy morning that at least offers a bright prospect.

Local English as an additional language teacher, amateur football historian and true believer Phil Dimitriadis is about to guide me through the gates of Warringal cemetery to the newly restored grave of Tom Wills, a founder and father of Australian rules football. Finals beckon, so its hard to begrudge winter’s lingering chill.

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Paul Gascoigne needs help not glib judgments in battle with his demons | Daniel Taylor

Addicts have relapses and recent pictures are a reason to support him, not to condemn someone who had such magical gifts as a player and has always sought to make those around him smile

It hasn’t been easy looking at those front-page photographs of Paul Gascoigne with his face bashed up, scabbed and seeping, and remembering the last time I saw him in the flesh and how – wishful thinking, perhaps – I came away with the impression that maybe a semblance of order was gradually returning to his life.

What really pains me is how frail he looks, and the way his clothes are hanging off him. Gascoigne once had the most formidable backside in the industry. He was curved and chunky, like somebody had pumped him up. Now, everything he is wearing suddenly seems to have outgrown him by a size or two. He is 48 but he has the stoop of a much older man. He is wearing the unmistakable look of someone who has drunk to excess, and then some more, and it is jarring to think that a younger generation know him as this troubled, gaunt shell, rather than the brilliant, pink-faced lunatic – chip-fat grin, hair shorn behind the ears, rattling with nervous energy – who used to do rare things on a football pitch.

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The hounding of Ian Thorpe sends a catastrophic message | Van Badham

Van Badham: Thorpe may not actually be an addict, but his treatment by the media will make it even harder for those who are to seek the help they needVan Badham