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Phillips is the early favourite to make a return
Phillips is the early favourite to make a return

Who takes over at Sunderland? The verdict on the early favourites to be the next Black Cats boss

Phil Smith

Sunderland will again be on the look out for a new manager after David Moyes resigned on Monday morning.

Moyes had become the first manager since Steve Bruce to complete a full season in charge of the Black Cats but had resigned within a matter of hours of the final whistle.

Attention now turns to who will be the next manager to try and turn Sunderland around will be. Here, we take a look at the early runners and riders with the bookies...

Kevin Phillips 3/1

The Sunderland legend is the early favourite and has already been backed for the job by former Black Cats team-mate Micky Gray on TalkSport.

Would be a popular appointment in terms of his glittering past with the club but would represent a spectacular gamble with no managerial experience whatsoever. May be open to moving on from Derby County after Gary Rowett brought a number of his own backroom staff to the club on his arrival.

A Phillips return would be welcomed and would add good knowledge of the club behind the scenes but might it be better, if he is to arrive, to do so as part of a revamped backroom staff rather than as the main man?

Aitor Karanka 9/2

One to watch.

Would not cost the club having left Middlesbrough earlier this year and with his family still settled in the North East, would likely be interested in the post.

Concerns over temperament and style of play would make this an underwhelming appointment among fans but his Championship record, excellent over a period of two years at Middlesbrough, may tempt Ellis Short.

He would certainly make Sunderland tougher to beat and has proven to have a strong contacts book when it comes to recruiting players.

Nigel Pearson 5/1

Would in all likelihood jump at the chance, like Karanka he appeared recently on Goals on Sunday to talk up a return to the game.

His reputation as a supreme navigator of Championship waters makes him an attractive option to clubs in the second tier but his recent spell at Derby County was nothing short of a disaster.

Pearson would presumably prefer the Middlesbrough job but if Steve Gibson goes for a younger, up and coming candidate as rumoured he may well stay on the market.

For Sunderland, however, the time has surely come to look past appointments like this based on reputation and distant successes.

Ryan Giggs 7/1

Like Pearson, Giggs has been heavily linked with the Middlesbrough post but that link has considerably cooled in recent days.

Giggs is said to want to wait for a Premier League opportunity but he surely knows that is unlikely to materialise any time soon, damaged by his failure to land the Swansea City job ahead of Bob Bradley.

Would bring stardust, a strong contact book and a desire for attacking football, but would be a big risk and is unproven.

Garry Monk 8/1

An early gauge of the temperature among the Sunderland support would suggest Monk is the favourite.

Has done sterling work at Leeds this season, rebuilding a collapsing club and reinforcing the sense that he was sacked too soon at Swansea City.

Yet to exercise an extension to Leeds deal, Sunderland's biggest challenge would be to attract him to Wearside ahead of other interested clubs. In terms of style of play, hunger and experience, however, he ticks a lot of boxes.

Kevin Ball 10/1

Is drifting in the market after being one of the early favourites.

Would certainly be backed after a long and proud association with the club but the sense is that the time has passed for him to take on the biggest job.

Alan Pardew 11/1

A non-starter surely.

The gap between fans and club has grown significantly this season, not helped by the demeanor of the man in the dug-out.

This for many would all but sever it.

David Wagner 14/1

Given that Wagner has already turned down numerous approaches from Bundesliga giants, it seems fanciful that Sunderland could tempt him away from his Huddersfield project.

Should the Terriers win the play-off final, they will have no chance.

His name will appeal however because of his dynamic playing style, ebullient personality, superb use of the loan and permanent transfer market and the way he has united his club.

If not him then someone of his ilk is surely where the Black Cats have to turn next.

Slavisa Jokanovic 18/1

Another who would be a very popular choice with Sunderland fans, having lifted Watford out of the Championship and blown away neutral observers at Fulham this season with some of the best attacking football on offer.

Is said to have a break clause in his Fulham contract and knows Martin Bain from when the pair were together at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Whether he can be tempted away from a flourishing project is another matter, particularly as he is known to have a real affection for London.

The best of the rest:

Alex Neil 14/1

Claudio Ranieri 14/1

Derek McInnes 16/1

Roy Keane 18/1

John O'Shea 22/1

Nigel Clough 25/1

Jaap Stam 25/1

Martin Jol 25/1

<![CDATA[David Moyes: Sunderland catalogue of controversy]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/david-moyes-sunderland-catalogue-of-controversy-1-8556733 Prestige.Item.1.90467296 2017-05-22T18:54:12.012Z
Wahbi Khazri: Rarely used by David Moyes. Picture by FRANK REID.
Wahbi Khazri: Rarely used by David Moyes. Picture by FRANK REID.

David Moyes: Sunderland catalogue of controversy

Damian Spellman, PA

David Moyes's brief spell as Sunderland manager was nothing if not eventful as luck and good judgement eluded him in equal measure.

David Moyes's brief spell as Sunderland manager was nothing if not eventful as luck and good judgement eluded him in equal measure.

Here, Press Association Sport's Damian Spellman takes a look at the controversies which haunted Moyes during his 10 months on Wearside.


The Premier League season was just two games old when Moyes admitted the club was in a relegation fight following a 2-1 home defeat by derby rivals Middlesbrough.

He was not wrong, but he perhaps should have kept it to himself at that stage.


Moyes hoped a mid-season trip to New York might help to bond his squad together for the tests which lay ahead.

However, the break proved a public relations disaster as angry fans viewed it as a reward for failure which ultimately made little tangible difference to a squad lacking the required quality to survive in the top flight.


The manager let it be known within months of his arrival that the job he had been sold was not the one into which he had walked with the club's parlous financial situation precluding the kind of investment for which he had hoped.

He spent heavily on Papy Djilobodji, Didier Ndong, Paddy McNair and Donald Love, but was then reduced to raking around the bargain basement for the likes of Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar, and even the proceeds of Patrick van Aanholt's big-money January move to Crystal Palace saw only Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson added to the mix.


Sam Allardyce's remarkable revival last season was based in part on the return he got from his January swoops for Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff and Wahbi Khazri.

Kone's head was turned by Everton's efforts to prise him away from Wearside and Kirchhoff spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch.

But Moyes' aversion to the talented Khazri mystified supporters as one of the club's most naturally gifted players was left to play a peripheral role.


Moyes is a manager who is not afraid to make his feelings known.

More than one reporter has been fixed in his steely Glaswegian stare after asking a question he did not like.

But the 54-year-old crossed the line when he suggested BBC Newcastle and Radio Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks might "get a slap" after he objected to her line of enquiry, landing himself a Football Association charge in the process.


Whatever else he could be blamed for, the manager could do little about the constant stream of injuries, many of them serious, which depleted his squad throughout the campaign.

McNair, Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole and Duncan Watmore were long-term victims, while Vito Mannone, Fabio Borini and Anichebe also sat out extended periods of a season which was summed up when Kone damaged young midfielder George Honeyman's back by falling on top of him in training.


Sunderland's commendable fans travelled in their numbers, as they always do, to Sunday's Premier League finale at Chelsea hoping to see their side at least restore a little pride.

But they were astonished - and in may cases appalled - at the sight of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford deliberately kicking the ball into touch after the Black Cats had, Moyes later revealed, agreed to play their part in John Terry's 26th-minute send-off.

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Moyes has resigned without any compensation
Moyes has resigned without any compensation

Phil Smith: Moyes departure will help unite Sunderland but this season will be remembered as a spectacular waste

Phil Smith

It always seems obvious, after the event.

David Moyes had gone to shake Antonio Conte's hand on the touchline even before the final whistle. Chelsea would, in a scene typical of the embarrassment this season, go on to score another goal before it was all over.

At the final whistle, as had become his way, he scuttled down the tunnel without so much as a cursory glance at the travelling support.

It seems clear now that his mind was made up.

It was the right decision, of that there can be no doubt. This has been one of the worst campaigns in recent memory, Sunderland's pride battered and bruised after a sequence of tame implosions.

Moyes had tried almost every trick in the book with his squad this season. Tactically he had tried three man defences, four man defences. Two up top, one up top. Off the field he had criticised their quality, before starting to take a more sympathetic tone as the season developed.

The fundamental fact never changed, that he was utterly unable to get this squad to perform not just above their level, but even at it. There are many players who ought to feel a sense of guilt at their performances this season, seemingly caught in a hangover from Big Sam's departure, but the new man did nothing to lift their spirits or performances.

The key to this season's failure was that Moyes' signings, 13 of them, did not only fail to address to the squad's long-term deficiencies in pace and creativity but deepened them. Of all the 13, only Didier Ndong, and perhaps Bryan Oviedo at a push, is likely to be a regular next season. That was an appalling record as bad as Roberto de Fanti and Paolo Di Canio's.

Off the field, too, morale among the fanbase was as low as it has been for years, not helped by the manager's perceived negativity.

Moyes was supposed to be the man for Ellis Short all along, who would do what others had failed to and finally get a grasp of Sunderland's long-term problems. In the end, he only served to reinforce the idea that this has become a club without imagination, all too often appointing managers and signing players on a downward curve and coming to Sunderland sensing not a major opportunity but indeed a step down.

That must stop now. The next appointment must inspire and unite. David Moyes has done the right thing in leaving, giving the fanbase a chance to lick its wounds over the summer and attack next season with a renewed optimism.

The new manager must be hungry, forward thinking and be able to tap into a network of contacts to sign quickly and effectively.

It is a major, major task, but a relieved fanbase will be ready to throw their weight behind any manager who can inspire them.

Thoughts will turn to the future now, but when the dust settles on this season it will be remembered as a spectacular missed opportunity. Moyes inherited a side short on numbers but high on morale, and turned it into one of the worst in recent memory. He was not solely to blame for that, and many of this squad of players will depart to equal relief to those who have watched them, but his tenure will set alongside the likes of Howard Wilkinson and Lawrie McMenemy. Remembered not just for its failure but its inglorious nature, the morale sapping, soul destroying march to the drop.

Sunderland fans were told that this particular pain was all in the name of stability.

Now they are back in the corridor of uncertainty, a sense of a spectacular opportunity wasted.

It falls to Ellis Short to invest, to find the right manager and to put it right.

<![CDATA[David Moyes quits as Sunderland manager and wishes club well]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/david-moyes-quits-as-sunderland-manager-and-wishes-club-well-1-8556549 Prestige.Item.1.90464742 2017-05-22T17:46:32.032Z
David Moyes: Resigned. Picture by FRANK REID
David Moyes: Resigned. Picture by FRANK REID

David Moyes quits as Sunderland manager and wishes club well

Roy Kelly

David Moyes has sensationally resigned as manager of Sunderland - just a day after the Premier League season ended.

The Black Cats finished bottom of the table after winning just six of their 38 games in a disastrous campaign.

Former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss Moyes took charge just last summer in the aftermath of the departure of Sam Allardyce for England.

There were no hints that the 54-year-old was going anywhere despite the events of the season.

Following the 5-1 hammering by Chelsea yesterday, Moyes had been speaking positively about chasing up transfer targets for next season's Championship campaign.

However, then came the bombshell that the Scot had resigned and agreed to leave the Stadium of Light with no compensation.

Moyes took the decision to stand down following a meeting with chairman Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain.

A statement from Short, published on the club's website, read: "I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned.

"Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.

"In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future."

Moyes built his reputation during an 11-year spell in charge of Everton but this is the fourth job he has left in the last four years.

He said: "I would like to thank Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.

"I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League."

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Former Sunderland manager David Moyes
Former Sunderland manager David Moyes

Former defender labels Sunderland a "complete mess" as search begins for David Moyes' replacement

Richard Mennear

Former Sunderland defender Micky Gray has labelled the club a "complete mess" as they go in search of their ninth manager in eight-and-a-half years.

David Moyes resigned as manager on Monday morning as the club prepares to return to the Championship for the first time in a decade following relegation from the Premier League.

Former skipper Gray has urged the club's hierarchy to appoint a "young, hungry and fresh" manager, with the former defender tipping former team-mate Kevin Phillips for the role.

Moyes, whose future has been in doubt for several weeks, left Sunderland just one year into a four-year deal, with Moyes agreeing to waive his compensation following a meeting with club owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain.

Speaking to talkSPORT pundit Gray said: "I just hope somebody goes into that club and gets it right, because it is a complete mess.

"You can’t go into the beginning of the season and pick up two points from your first 10 games and think that everything is going to turn itself around. Because it’s not [going to happen].

"If you stand still in the Premier League you eventually get caught out and run out of luck."

And Gray believes there is one outstanding candidate for the role - former striker and club legend Phillips.

Asked if he would like the job, Gray said: "I would go there in a heartbeat!

"I’m not saying as a manager, but [the club] needs somebody.

"Maybe, now I know he’s not had a managerial job, but they’ll get behind somebody like Kevin Phillips, because he is a Sunderland legend.

"I know he’s been a coach at a couple of clubs now and he’s not had the opportunity of being a manager yet. But somebody like him.

"I’d love to see Chris Coleman or Ryan Giggs given an opportunity.

"That’s the route I think we’ve got to go down - young, hungry and fresh managers."

Moyes, who met with Short and Bain in London in the wake of the 5-1 season finale defeat to Chelsea, spent Monday night at the League Managers Association dinner, along with members of his former backroom staff at Sunderland.

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David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland boss
David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland boss

LIVE: David Moyes resigns as Sunderland AFC manager - reaction plus the latest on his replacement

Richard Mennear

David Moyes has tonight resigned as Sunderland manager.

The Scot leaves the club one year into a four-year deal having overseen Sunderland's relegation to the Championship. For all the reaction and latest on his replacement follow our live blog below.

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Looking ahead: Could Garry Monk be a contender for the Sunderland job?
Looking ahead: Could Garry Monk be a contender for the Sunderland job?

Reader poll: Who next for the Sunderland managerial hot seat?

Gavin Ledwith, Digital Specialist

So who do you think should succeed David Moyes as Sunderland's eighth permanent boss in less than six years?

<![CDATA[David Moyes: His record as Sunderland boss]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/david-moyes-his-record-as-sunderland-boss-1-8556655 Prestige.Item.1.90467278 2017-05-22T18:06:13.013Z
David Moyes: Poor record. PIcture by FRANK REID
David Moyes: Poor record. PIcture by FRANK REID

David Moyes: His record as Sunderland boss

Roy Kelly

David Moyes has left Sunderland with a win percentage of less than 20%.

Moyes today resigned as Black Cats manager after a disastrous season which saw the club hurtle out of the Premier League following a 10-year stay.

This is the Scot's record since he replaced Sam Allardyce at the helm last summer.


P 38 W 6 D 6 L 26 F 29 A 69 Pts 24 Win ratio 15.79 per cent


P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 3 A 2 Win ratio 66.67 per cent


P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 0 A 2 Win ratio 0 per cent


P 43 W 8 D 7 L 28 F 32 A 73 Win ratio 18.60 per cent

Stats: The Press Association

<![CDATA[Reader poll: Are you happy that Sunderland boss David Moyes has quit?]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/reader-poll-are-you-happy-that-sunderland-boss-david-moyes-has-quit-1-8556609 Prestige.Item.1.90465687 2017-05-22T17:32:02.002Z
David Moyes has quit Sunderland after less than year in charge.
David Moyes has quit Sunderland after less than year in charge.

Reader poll: Are you happy that Sunderland boss David Moyes has quit?

Gavin Ledwith, Digital Specialist

Have your immediate say on whether you are pleased that beleaguered Sunderland manager David Moyes has left.

<![CDATA[Phil Smith’s SAFC analysis: Depressingly familiar finale, now it’s time for a big Sunderland revamp]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/phil-smith-s-safc-analysis-depressingly-familiar-finale-now-it-s-time-for-a-big-sunderland-revamp-1-8554799 Prestige.Item.1.90420197 2017-05-22T11:00:00.000Z
Eden Hazard slams home Chelsea's second goal against Sunderland.
Eden Hazard slams home Chelsea's second goal against Sunderland.

Phil Smith’s SAFC analysis: Depressingly familiar finale, now it’s time for a big Sunderland revamp

Phil Smith

There had been a sense that it would be a relief just to get it over and done with.

It was, the final whistle at Stamford Bridge finally drawing the curtain on one of the worst seasons in recent memory.

In the grand scheme of Chelsea’s title party, Sunderland were seen as something if an irrelevance, but it will not escape the attention of the full away end that this was another abject end to the game from the Black Cats.

A pattern so depressingly familiar.

For the first hour or so, there were some positive signs, even if the gulf in class – physically, tactically and technically – was clear.

Yet it unfolded rapidly and when the wheels began to came off there was precious little resistance.

The third goal was farcical, Joleon Lescott heading over Jordan Pickford’s head and allowing Pedro to head into an empty net.

Lescott had actually coped well on his full debut, for a 34-year-old who had not played since a half-hour cameo in February and before that October last year.

By the end however, he and his team-mates in an ageing back line, could not cope. Substitutes Pedro and Michy Batshuayi ran riot, the latter coasting past Lescott to add a final goal right on the final whistle.

David Moyes objected that it was an offside goal, but nevertheless it was an apt way for Sunderland’s season to end.

Sunderland just unable to resist, physically and technically. Overpowered and overrun again. Another damning indictment of their recruitment over the last 12 months, another indictment of the chronic inabiltiy to make susbtituions that can see the Black Cats end the game in the ascendancy, rather than on the ropes and struggling for breath.

It is never a good sight to see a player brought on to a reception less than positive from the away end, but you could understand the travelling fans; frustrations to see Darron Gibson introduced rather than a younger player with fresh legs. The end result has been seen to many times this season.

It underlined what a radical change in direction must take Sunderland this summer.

No more patchwork panic signings, no more one-paced sides and substitutions designed to shut down rather than seize the game.

David Moyes meets Ellis Short this week to discover the budget he will be handed to try and bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

That will be a key question but equally important is how that money will be spent.

Sunderland, even allowing for the departure of the players who have underperformed so dramatically this season, are miles off a side which can finish at the top of the Championship and nothing short of a revolution in the pace and creativity of the squad will change that.

The fanbase can see it, and if the current trio in charge are to stay in place, they will have to quickly demonstrate they have identified the multitude of failings this season and have a genuine plan to turn it around.

There was hope after the Hull victory that some momentum and positivity could be built, but it has ended up flatlining even more dramatically and that will not be quickly forgotten.

That Sunderland now find themselves in a storm for agreeing to John Terry’s rather sickly and forced send-off is perhaps apt.

Yet another example of Sunderland being far too accommodating for their opponents. A soft touch all season.

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Lucy Staniforth gets the ball forward for Sunderland Ladies against Chelsea at Hetton. Picture by KEVIN BRADY
Lucy Staniforth gets the ball forward for Sunderland Ladies against Chelsea at Hetton. Picture by KEVIN BRADY

Boss admits Sunderland just can’t compete with likes of Chelsea

Roy Kelly

Sometimes you just have to hold up your hands and acknowledge the superiority of the opposition.

This is one such occasion.

Sunderland Ladies were taken to the cleaners by a Chelsea side who showed just why they will be strong contenders to add the female Premier title to the big one.

The Blues were simply breathtaking at Eppleton CW’s ground, their skill, speed, athleticism and movement were all on a different plane.

Emma Hayes’s team were five up at half-time and while the Lady Black Cats changed shape for the second half, two well-taken late Fran Kirby goals added more blue gloss in the WSL1 Spring Series.

It was a tough afternoon for home head coach, Melanie Reay, who after three clean sheets in the opening three games, has now seen her team concede 11 times in the last week.

“Emma has a world class squad,” Said Reay. “We just can’t compete with those players.

“The gap between them and us is too big.”

There were a few positives for the Lady Black Cats, who must now pick trhemselves up quickly ahead of a trip to bottom club Yeovil on Sunday.

Despite picking the ball out of her net, seven times, Anke Preuss had a superb game, making five brilliant saves, including a penalty stop, to keep the score in single figures.

Abby Holmes, who came off with a dead leg, was the pick of the outfield players, while Abbey Joice was lively as a second-half sub.

But Reay was upset to see her team concede seven.

“As daft as it sounds, we set ourselves up to be hard to beat, unfortunately it didn’t work,” she said. “I might have to take responsibility for that.

“We did revert to three at the back for the second half and only lost that 2-0, that did help.

“But some of the goals we conceded just were not good enough from our perspective.

“It could have been more and Anke bailed us out a few times but we should be giving her more protection.”

Preuss’s day began so well when she dived to her left to keep out Gemma Davison’s seventh-minute penalty.

But the Black Cats in front of her could not cope with the movement of the away side – it was tiring just watching them let alone trying to stop them on the park.

Erin Cuthbert fired Chelsea ahead in the 17th minute fter a strong run from Maren Mjelde.

Karen Carney showed good control and finishing to make it two on the half-hour, the first of four goals inside 15 minutes.

Mjelde made it three before sub Ramona Bachmann and Cuthbert finished well, with the aid of the uprights.

The second half was much better from the Cats, Joice looking good up front. A great Steph Roche cross deserved better than a corner, as did a storming run and shot by Lucy Staniforth, ex-Sunderland keeper Carly Telford making a fantastic save.

The hosts could not find the net, but Kirby could to take the score to seven.

Sunderland: Preuss, Holmes (Brown 84), Bannon, Sharp, Williams, Roche, Bruinenberg, Staniforth, Hill, Lambert (Joice 46), Ramshaw (Leon 70). Unused subs: Olsen, Pattinson, Galloway, Gibson

Booked: Holmes

Chelsea: Telford, Flaherty, Cooper, Fahey, Ji, Mjelde, Davison, Carney, Cuthbert, England (Dunn 57), Aluko (Bachmann 14, Kirby 57)

Goals: Cuthbert 17, 44; Mjelde 34; Bachmann 41; Kirby 80, 86.

Referee: Lucy Oliver. Attendance: 775

<![CDATA[As West Ham United interest cools where will Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe end up this summer?]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/as-west-ham-united-interest-cools-where-will-sunderland-ace-jermain-defoe-end-up-this-summer-1-8556134 Prestige.Item.1.90459420 2017-05-22T14:46:43.043Z
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is in demand this summer
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is in demand this summer

As West Ham United interest cools where will Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe end up this summer?

Richard Mennear

Bournemouth remain front-runners to land Jermain Defoe on a free this summer with West Ham United's interest in the Sunderland striker cooling.

Relegated Sunderland are bracing themselves for a major overhaul with top scorer Defoe among those set to leave Wearside.

The 15-goal striker has a clause in his Sunderland contract that allows him to leave on a free this summer following the club's relegation to the Championship.

Defoe turns 35 in October but despite his advancing years he remains in peak physical condition and will be one of the most sought-after players on the market this summer.

Bournemouth remain front-runners to land his signature, with the Cherries willing to meet his wage demands with Defoe also in line for a hefty signing on fee given he will be available on a free.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe is a huge fan of the England international, who made his breakthrough on loan at Dean Court early in his career.

Defoe has been one of the few highlights of a desperate season, his form winning him an England recall, with the striker scoring at Wembley in the 2-0 win over Lithuania in March.

Speaking in March, Howe would not be drawn on a potential move but talked up the experienced striker.

Howe said: "It is difficult to say (how many suitors Defoe will have if he becomes available) because it is all hypothetical, but I imagine there will be a lot of people interested in him.

"He is a player we respect but he is a Sunderland player at this present moment."

West Ham United and Crystal Palace have also been heavily linked with a summer swoop for Defoe but the Daily Telegraph report interest from the Hammers in Defoe has cooled.

Slaven Bilic attempted to land Defoe in January with a £6million bid - rejected by Sunderland as they were still battling the drop at that point - and fresh reports say West Ham won't be entering the race to sign him this summer with the club moving on to other targets.

Defoe missed the season finale at Stamford Bridge with a hamstring strain.

<![CDATA[North East Labour General Election candidate says he is no fan of party leader Jeremy Corbyn]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/north-east-labour-general-election-candidate-says-he-is-no-fan-of-party-leader-jeremy-corbyn-1-8556085 Prestige.Item.1.90457943 2017-05-22T14:29:16.016Z
Sedgefield Parliamentary hopeful Phil Wilson.
Sedgefield Parliamentary hopeful Phil Wilson.

North East Labour General Election candidate says he is no fan of party leader Jeremy Corbyn

Tom Wilkinson

The Labour candidate hoping to be re-elected in Tony Blair's former constituency has told voters he is "no supporter of Corbyn".

Phil Wilson, who has held the Sedgefield seat since Mr Blair stood down in 2007, said he will "put local people first" and promised he will oppose his party leader if necessary.

Mr Wilson last year called on Jeremy Corbyn to resign as party leader in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

And writing on his re-election Facebook page, Mr Wilson said: "Your vote here on June 8th will only decide who is your local MP - not who gets to be the Prime Minister.

"I am no supporter of May and I am no supporter of Corbyn."

Mr Wilson then claims he will stand up for local people in the County Durham constituency, adding: "If this means standing up to May, I do.

"If this means opposing Corbyn, I do.

"I am for Labour, it is my name on the ballot paper here, not Corbyn."

The candidates for Sedgefield, which covers the Trimdon villages, are:

* Dehenna Davison (Conservative);

:* John Grant (Ukip);

:* Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrat);

:* Melissa Wilson (Green);

:* Phil Wilson (Labour).

Meanwhile, Conservative candidates in the region claimed Labour counterparts have been canvassing "that a vote for them is not a vote for their unpopular leader, Jeremy Corbyn".

In a joint statement they said: "Every vote for Labour is a vote for the views and policies of its leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

"Local Labour candidates do not have the luxury of pretending their leader does not exist.

"If they objected to his leadership they should have had the courage of their former colleagues, Iain Wright and Tom Blenkinsop, who, by standing down, put their country and conscience

before their ambition and careers."

James Wharton, working to be re-elected for the Conservatives in Stockton South, said: "Every vote counts and every vote for Labour makes Jeremy Corbyn stronger."

<![CDATA[Bookmaker pays out on John Terry substitution bets following Chelsea Sunderland game]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/bookmaker-pays-out-on-john-terry-substitution-bets-following-chelsea-sunderland-game-1-8556010 Prestige.Item.1.90457094 2017-05-22T14:09:40.040Z
Chelsea's John Terry
Chelsea's John Terry

Bookmaker pays out on John Terry substitution bets following Chelsea Sunderland game

PA reporter

Three punters have been paid out by a bookmaker which accepted bets on the specific time of John Terry's first-half substitution at 100-1.

Paddy Power accepted the wagers on Terry being substituted between 26:00 and 26:59 in Sunday's Premier League clash with Sunderland, his last as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge.

The relegated Black Cats were aware of the orchestrated plan, which was Terry's idea.

Press Association Sport has spoken to two customers of Paddy Power, who won £2,500 and £1,000 respectively.

Paddy Power said in a statement to Press Association Sport on Monday: "We replied to a novelty request for odds on John Terry's substitution - one of hundreds on the Chelsea game - and fair play to the three punters who were on at odds of 100-1.

"To be honest the only mistake here is we should have clocked sooner there'd be another cringe-worthy Chelsea send-off for JT."

Terry's pre-planned substitution midway through the first half of the champions' 5-1 win over Sunderland was forecast on social media by the Chelsea fanzine editor before kick-off.

Terry revealed after the match that the idea to come off in the 26th minute had come from him, to tie in with his squad number of 26.

There was precedent at Chelsea. Didier Drogba was carried off by team-mates midway through the first half of a fixture with Sunderland two years ago on his farewell appearance.

One punter who attended the game predicted something similar regarding Terry and made an enquiry with Paddy Power before placing a £25 bet on the phone.

The punter, who wished to remain anonymous, told Press Association Sport: "We thought maybe 10-1, 15-1 at most as there was a precedent set (by Drogba's substitution).

"I consider myself relatively lucky."

Another punter said he opened an account with Paddy Power in order to place the bet, which was only possible to do over the phone.

The Chelsea fan was not watching the game, but says he put on a £10 stake and received his winnings in his account on Monday.

"I only put money on this because I thought this is surely going to come in," said the punter, who wished to remain anonymous.

"I don't normally bet. It's only the second time I've ever placed a bet.

"I was surprised the odds were that high."

Press Association Sport spoke to gambling industry experts who expressed surprise a market was in place for the bet.

There is no suggestion that the decision to substitute Terry was anything other than an attempt by Chelsea to give their long-serving captain a farewell to remember in front of the club's fans.

The substitution process began when the clock ticked on to 26 minutes, which is the 27th minute of the match and by the time he left the field through a guard of honour formed by his team-mates it was the 28th minute.

Yet Paddy Power honoured the bets, saying: "Clearly the send-off was planned for the 26th minute to commemorate JT - hence why we paid out."

Sunderland boss David Moyes said after Chelsea's 5-1 win that he had received advance notice of the plans.

And his goalkeeper Jordan Pickford obligingly kicked the ball out under direction from Blues striker Diego Costa.

News of the plan could have alerted gamblers to a situation they might have looked for ways to exploit.

Football Association rules regarding match-fixing state that: "Fixing is arranging in advance the result or conduct of a match or competition, or any event within a match or competition."

The FA has been contacted by Press Association Sport for comment.

Press Association Sport understands the Premier League is relaxed about the matter, which did not contravene any of the competition's rules.

Drogba was given a staged farewell during the final match of the 2014-15 season, when the Blues celebrated their fourth Premier League title.

Then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho explained Drogba's early substitution was due to a knee injury and had the approval of Dick Advocaat, who had steered Sunderland to safety that season.

There were similar scenes as Terry left his 'home' field for the final time as a Chelsea player, contemplating a future elsewhere or in retirement.

The 36-year-old former England captain appeared for the Blues for the 717th time, starting in the Premier League for the sixth time this season. It was his 580th game as captain of the team.

Terry announced last month that he would be leaving Chelsea after 22 years following a peripheral role this season, but he leaves as a Premier League champion.

A 16th major trophy of Terry's career could follow in Saturday's FA Cup final with Arsenal at Wembley.

He could yet make a 718th appearance, although he is likely to be a substitute at best.

<![CDATA[Sunderland AFC transfer news: Defender in line for return to Turkey, Cats linked with midfielder]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/sunderland-afc-transfer-news-defender-in-line-for-return-to-turkey-cats-linked-with-midfielder-1-8555953 Prestige.Item.1.90456920 2017-05-22T13:45:09.009Z
Jason Denayer
Jason Denayer

Sunderland AFC transfer news: Defender in line for return to Turkey, Cats linked with midfielder

Richard Mennear

Sunderland loanee Jason Denayer has been linked with a return to Turkey next season.

The versatile Belgium international joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan from Manchester City last August, Denayer going on to make 29 appearances for the club in defence and midfield.

Denayer will return to City now the Premier League season is over, with Sunderland relegated to the Championship after finishing bottom of the league 16 points adrift from safety.

And the 21-year-old has been linked with a return to the Turkish Super League, with Galatasaray keen to sign him.

The Belgium international spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at the Turkish giants and they want to reunite with their former defender.

Denayer, who has also been on loan to Celtic, is not expected to be part of Pep Guardiola's future plans at City.

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Meanwhile, Manchester City midfielder Aaron Mooy is wanted by several clubs with Sunderland the latest to be linked.

The 26-year-old midfielder has enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Huddersfield Town, helping the Terriers reach the Championship play-off final where they face Reading at the end of May with a place in the Premier League up for grabs.

Newly-promoted Brighton plus relegated Middlesbrough and Sunderland have been linked, with several Championship and top flight clubs previously linked with Australian international Mooy.

Mooy has made 50 appearances this season, scoring four goals for the Terriers.

Sunderland are braced for a major summer overhaul following the club's relegation to the Championship.

<![CDATA[Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell determined to make next season a success – after admitting to letting down the fans]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/sunderland-midfielder-jack-rodwell-determined-to-make-next-season-a-success-after-admitting-to-letting-down-the-fans-1-8554811 Prestige.Item.1.90408160 2017-05-22T07:00:00.000Z
Jack Rodwell harries Chelsea star Eden Hazard in yesterday's 5-1 defeat at Chelsea.
Jack Rodwell harries Chelsea star Eden Hazard in yesterday's 5-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell determined to make next season a success – after admitting to letting down the fans

Phil Smith

Jack Rodwell admits that Sunderland have let their fans down this season, and wants to ensure that next term is one to remember for the Black Cats faithful.

Rodwell returned to the Black Cats side for the final-day game against Chelsea yesterday, but was powerless to prevent his side falling to a 5-1 win.

The midfielder had gone close to levelling the scores with a header for a corner early in the second half, but he and his team-mates were overrun as Chelsea added three goals in the final half hour.

Rodwell says the attention will now turn to the summer and getting the Black Cats in a position to bounce straight back.

He said: “It has been difficult, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, it’s difficult but we just have to focus on next season now, it’s not been the season we wanted.

“We’re disappointed and feel we’ve let the fans down. We want to give them something to cheer next season.

“No one wants that [relegation] but this is a great club and I’m sure we can bounce back up.”

Sunderland had been hoping to finish the season on a positive note after the 2-0 win over Hull City two weeks ago, but they have since fallen to three emphatic defeats.

Rodwell conceded that Sunderland fell to the better side at Stamford Bridge, as champions Chelsea ended their campaign on a high, with a record 30th Premier League victory.

He said: “We had to try and do our best for our pride and for the fans.

“We gave it our all, but it was two tough games against Arsenal (2-0 defeat last midweek) and Chelsea.

“They’re champions for a reason.

“The last 20 minutes we declined and they really stepped it up.

“They had more possession obviously, but, for 70 minutes, we stuck with it, stuck to a gameplan, but once the third and fourth goals went in it was game over really.

“Now we can focus on having a good summer and coming back raring to go.

“It is a big season for us next season and it is our main focus now.

“Once you are relegated, it is one of those things, it’s not that you want the season to finish but now it has you begin to focus on next season.”

<![CDATA[NE Premier League: Coyne’s last-ball run-out seals dramatic tie for Eppleton]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/cricket/ne-premier-league-coyne-s-last-ball-run-out-seals-dramatic-tie-for-eppleton-1-8554938 Prestige.Item.1.90420288 2017-05-22T15:00:00.000Z
Burnmoor bowler Steve Meek in action at Ashbrooke on Saturday.
Burnmoor bowler Steve Meek in action at Ashbrooke on Saturday.

NE Premier League: Coyne’s last-ball run-out seals dramatic tie for Eppleton

Eppleton secured a thrilling Premier Division tie with a run-out of the last ball of an enthralling battle with Benwell Hill on Saturday.

Both teams were dismissed for 165 on a dramatic afternoon at Church Road.

Jandre Erasmus’s brilliant knock of 88, with seven fours and four sixes, was the highlight of the Eppleton innings, after they struggled to 29-5 early on.

Dean Musther added a priceless 32, with five fours. For Benwell Hill, Max Williamson grabbed 4-49 and there were three wickets apiece for Haseeb Azam and Anthony Hunter.

In the visitors’ reply, opener Adam Heather made 61, with Peter Halliday adding 30 down the order. The Tynesiders needed just one run off the final ball to win the game, but Anthony Hunter was run out by Joseph Coyne in a memorable finish.

Craig Scurr wound up with 4-41, supported by Coyne (3-43).

Durham Cricket Academy enjoyed a fine six-wicket win at Newcastle, their second success of the season.

They triumphed despite Joshua Phillipe surging to an impressive century, making 112 off 110 balls, with 19 fours, for the home side.

Sean Tindale, with a patient 30, abnd Jacques Du Toit (27) took the Newcastle score up to 228-6 declared.

Youngster Matthew Potts grabbed 2-43, with William Angus, Akashsingh Gopal, Brodie Glendinning and Liam Trevaskis also striking.

In reply, the Academy lost Eddie Hurst early, but opener Ross Greenwell (69, with eight fours, off 120 balls) and Jamie Dass (39, with five boundaries) put on 98 for the second wicket.

Chris McBride then came to the crease, firing six fours in a 76-ball knock of 65 not out. Trevaskis then blasted 41 not out off 46 ballsto see the youngsters home by six wickets in the 56th over. Du Toit took 2-48.

Whitburn held firm to see out the draw at home to Tynemouth.

The Villagers were put in to bat, with opener Dan Shurben leading the way, hitting 10 fours and three sixes in a 111-ball 85.

Mark Elliott weighed in with 38, with five fours, as Whitburn ended up 181 all out after 52.2 overs, with the bowling plaudits going to Andrew Smith (4-56) and Martin Pollard (3-32).

In reply, Tynemouth slipped to 12-2 but they steadied themselves and closed on 166-8, just 16 runs short of victory.

Sam Dinning hit five fours and a six in a top score of 61, with Christopher Fairley firing five fours and a six in his 39.

Kieran Waterson (3-40) and Craig Smith (3-36) were the pick of the home bowlers, while Ian Elliot and James Thompson also struck.

Chester-le-Street welcomed leaders South North to Ropery Lane and the visitors had the better of the draw, in a game reduced in overs, due to the weather.

South North batted first and opener Marcus North made 46 off 40 balls, with nine fours. John Graham scored resilient half-century (54) from 80 balls, with just one four and a six, in a total of 220-7 off 41 overs, with John Harrison the pick of the bowling, returning 3-37. Adam hickey took 2-39, with Liam Simpson and Quentin Hughes also striking.

When Chester batted, they were never going to threaten the score of South North and settled for the draw, closing on 125-6, with Andrew Smith top-scoring on 42, with three fours.

Opener George Harrison hit four fours and a six in 34, while Hickey made 22. Simon Birtwisle claimed 3-12 in four overs against his former club. Lee Crozier took 2-33.

South Shields did start at home to Stockton, but the rain washed out the match at Wood Terrace, with the Teessiders on 74-3.

Kevin Ward (31, with two fours and a six) and Tom Hewison (28, with three fours) top-scored for Stockton, with Matthew Muchall, Oliver Appleby and Salman Ahmed taking the three wickets to fall.

Hetton Lyons’ game at Felling did not even make a start due to the weather.

<![CDATA[NE Premier League: Pattison on fire as Boldon cruise to victory against Blaydon]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/cricket/ne-premier-league-pattison-on-fire-as-boldon-cruise-to-victory-against-blaydon-1-8554937 Prestige.Item.1.90420297 2017-05-22T14:00:00.000Z
Sunderland batsman Rami Singh takes a quick single against Burnmoor on Saturday
Sunderland batsman Rami Singh takes a quick single against Burnmoor on Saturday

NE Premier League: Pattison on fire as Boldon cruise to victory against Blaydon

Boldon cruised to an impressive seven-wicket success against visitors Blaydon in the First Division on Saturday.

The visitors could only manage 95 all out.

Geoff Stewart topped the scorecard with 30 runs, but the man of the match was Boldon bowler Ian Pattison, who took 5-19 in a terrific spell, with Anthony Brown chipping in with 3-28.

Boldon lost two quick wickets in their reply, but soon knocked the runs off, as Umar Waheed hit four boundaries and a six in reaching 37 not out and Oliver Sampson-Barnes hitting six fours in a 34-ball knock of 39 not out for the Sunderland Road side.

Seaham Harbour batted poorly and paid the price with a costly nine-wicket defeat in their battle at the bottom with Mainsforth.

Neither side had managed a win before the start, and Mainsforth were the ones to be celebrating by the end, securing their first victory of the campaign.

Harbour struggled to 96 all out, with Andrew Stevenson top-scoring on 25, with only Adrian Hedley (17) and Niall Cowell (12) reaching double figures.

Mainsforth’s Curtis Bihari took 3-20 and there were two wickets each for Ryan Dawson, Anton Muller and Robert Chismon.

A quickfire 46 not out from Robert Chismon, supported by Muller’s unbeaten 42, eased Mainsforth home to victory in the 20th over. Nathan Corkhill took the only wicket to fall.

Washington were blown away in their home clash with Burnopfield, who ran out six-wicket winners in double quick time.

None of Washington’s top six reached double figures as they slumped to 3-3, 8-5 and 19-6. Ashley Thorpe (20), Joe Thompson (13no) and Graeme Race (12) added a semblance of respectability before the end came on 67, with 28.2 overs bowled.

Callum Thorp grabbed 5-12 in nine overs, backed by Gareth Breese (4-19).

Burnopfield found bowler Malinga Surappulige (3-28) hard to handle, but they won with 70-4 in 19 overs, with David Baxter (22no) top-scoring.

Sunderland nearly won, but could not force the last wicket against Burnmoor.

The Ashbrooke side batted first and made 149 all out, with Muhammad Khalil hitting 42. Burnmoor looked on course for victory when they reached 103-3, but they were hanging on with 142-9, just eight runs short of victory themselves.

Sacriston lead the way at the top after six completed matches, holding a 14-point lead after they won at Willington by five wickets.

Willington batted first, making 185-5, with opener Joe Cooke hitting 32 and Jake Louth top-scoring with 59. Towards the end of the innings, James Stock added 32 vital runs.

When Sacriston batted, they were always in control, with opener Daniel Anderson making 31 alongside Reece Carr’s 51 and then unbeaten contributions from Graeme Wrightson (32) and Lewis Straughair (30) saw Sacriston home.

Brandon are second, after a winning draw at Gateshead Fell.

Gordon Muchall was out one run short of a century when Brandon posted 181-5, backed by Matthew Brown (44) and Chris Peareth (19), while Cameron Oliver struck twice.

Fell struggled to 54-5 in their reply before defending successfully to see out the draw on 105-6, thanks largely to Richard Smith (53) and Robery Stacey (21no).

<![CDATA['I am relieved he has gone' - Sunderland fans react to David Moyes' resignation]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/i-am-relieved-he-has-gone-sunderland-fans-react-to-david-moyes-resignation-1-8556714 Prestige.Item.1.90466559 2017-05-22T18:24:06.006Z
David Moyes.
David Moyes.

'I am relieved he has gone' - Sunderland fans react to David Moyes' resignation

David Allison

Black Cats fans have said they are not sorry to see David Moyes resign from Sunderland after his disastrous season in charge at the Stadium of Light.

The Scot leaves Wearside after a dismal campaign in which his side managed to win six league games and two EFL Cup encounters.

George Forster.
George Forster.

Paul Dobson, of ALS fanzine, said the news came as " a relief".

"We are sick of changing managers and Moyes as the first to complete a full season since Steve Bruce, but his record has been a disaster.

"Not just how the team played but he never seemed to try and instil positivity or confidence in the team.

"There aren't many people who would have objected to getting him as he looked the right person to come in and carry on what Sam Allardyce.

Gary Rowell.
Gary Rowell.

"But he never seemed to have a plan."

Paul added that he thinks the club will go for a younger man as Moyes' replacement.

"I think the days of us getting old school managers are gone now," he said.

"It's a chance for someone who really wants to put their stamp on the club to come in and build a squad."

George Forster, of SAFC Supporters' Association, said: "I am not disappointed.

"I don't want to knock the man but the football has been diabolical. We always seem to be playing in our half, not the other team's half.

"Somebody did cross my mind and that was Kevin Ball, perhaps with Kevin Phillips as his coach.

"It is a big, big blow coming out of the Premier League and it will be a hell of a job to get back.

George also wants to see more football experience on the board: "Since Niall Quinn left, this club has gone to the dogs, you must have people who are steeped in football.

"I just don't know where we are going to go or what sort of manager we are going to get in, maybe a continental manager. I don't know who is available."

He does have some sympathy with Moyes over the delays in his appointment because of the Sam Allardyce situation.

"He got a raw deal - we should probably have had a fortnight's extension to the transfer window and I really don't know how so many of these injuries have come about.

"And I think the players have a lot to answer for."

But he said Moyes had been too downbeat from the start: "You don't want coaches that are negative. you want attacking football and people who want to win.

"You just don't mention the word 'relegation.' you want players going into every game wanting to win - and you must have a minimum of two people up front.

Sunderland legend Gary Rowell had already written his column for Tuesday's Echo when the news broke.

"It hasn't really taken me by surprise," he said.

"I got the feeling he wanted to go a few games ago.

"When he was asked about his future, he talked about having a four-year contract. That was not him saying "I want to be here going forward."

If he really wanted to be here, he would have said: "I have got plans."

"I don't think this will come as a massive surprise to Sunderland fans, I really don't."

The timing would at least ensure the club had time to prepare for life in the second tier:

"There is going to be a clear-out and this gives them a chance to get somebody new in to really put this stamp on it.

"Whoever gets the job needs to get hims feet under the desk and get to work straight away.

"We paid for it last year, it upset all the pre-season preparation.

"A change at the top might at least spark some of the supporters' enthusiasm again.

"The main thing about our club is the fans. We need to give them something to look forward to."

<![CDATA[Durham Cricket League: Seaham Park in top spot after McKenzie, Walker set up victory over Castle Eden]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/cricket/durham-cricket-league-seaham-park-in-top-spot-after-mckenzie-walker-set-up-victory-over-castle-eden-1-8554905 Prestige.Item.1.90420334 2017-05-22T13:00:00.000Z
Ushaw Moor batsman Lewis Cook attempts to sweep Ryhope's Sagar Udeshi on Saturday
Ushaw Moor batsman Lewis Cook attempts to sweep Ryhope's Sagar Udeshi on Saturday

Durham Cricket League: Seaham Park in top spot after McKenzie, Walker set up victory over Castle Eden

Seaham Park sit proudly in pole position in Division One after continuing their impressive start to the season with a five-wicket win at home to Castle Eden on Saturday.

The visitors batted first and made only 120, thanks to Andrew McKenzie (3-30) and Michael Walker (3-27), who bowled well as the first change at both ends, with Alan Unsworth top-scoring with 37.

Ryhope bowler Matthew Jane bowls to Ushaw Moor opener Michael Thorpe on Saturday
Ryhope bowler Matthew Jane bowls to Ushaw Moor opener Michael Thorpe on Saturday

In reply, Park knocked off the runs required, with Neil Young scoring 36 and Dale Shaw 31 not out, despite Unsworth taking an excellent 4-11 with the ball.

Durham City edged home by two wickets at home to Dawdon.

The Green Drive side declared on 162-9 after 48 overs at Green Lane, led by Nathan Newton’s impressive 110-ball 55, which included seven fours and a six.

Steven Gale hit three fours in 41 and Alan Anderson had four boundaries in 29, while Andrew Gale and Liam Cowell hit 13 apiece down the order.

City’s Nick Howe snatched 5-29 in 12 overs, with Andrew Hutchinson, Danielle Hazell and Paul Moralee also striking.

City slumped to 34-4 in reply before Callum Steel’s run-a-ball 40, with four fours and two sixes, helped turn the game. Backed by Laurence Ashley (27, with four boundaries) and Hutchinson (44, with five fours and two sixes) guided Durham home in the 40th over.

David Coates took 4-40 in vain, while Mark Ewart bagged 2-40 and Ryan Consist and Innis also struck.

High-flying Easington secured their first win over neighbours Horden since the revamp of the leagues in 2013, winning by 67 runs, with 12 balls remaining.

Easington batted first and half of the team were back in the pavilion with 137 runs on the board, professional Jimev Joshi top-scoring on 36.

But John Leslie hit eight boundaries and two huge sixes in a priceless 59, with Robbie Atherton adding 37 against his former club as Easington were bowled out for 216. Dan Brown (4-66) and Scott Birks (3-39) were the pick of the Horden attack, though, worryingly, Lal Kumar could only bowl one over, having not fully recovered from his arm injury.

Horden felt they were undone by one or two contentious decisions from the umpires in their reply, which saw them bowled out for 149.

Shevi Akhtar top-scored with 45, with seven fours and a six, but his departure, on 117-7, spelt the end of Horden’s hopes,while Lee Jackson and Scott Birks both managed 19.

Jordan Wilson finished with 4-53, backed by Jonathan Ward (2-32), while Gary Ward only conceded 23 runs in his superb 12-over spell.

Littletown succumbed by three wickets to Esh Winning.

The hosts endured a calamitous start, collapsing to 8-4, losing all four wickets without adding a run, before the ship was steadied by Berwick Hall (33, with seven fours), Jordan Woodley (34, with five fours), Bryan Conlon (35, with seven fours) and Joe Dodd (21, with two fours and a six). They closed on 160 all out in 34.4 overs.

Paul Chivers snaffled 4-43, backed by two wickets apiece for Chris Simpson and Jamie Robinson.

Esh put on 49 for their first wicket, thanks to John Carmedy (18) and Jamie Robinson (73, with eight fours and three sixes) but they struggled against Dodd’s bowling and fell to 88-7 before Robinson was joined by Chivers (44, with 10 boundaries) to steer Esh home in the 29th over.

Dodd was outstanding for Littletown, taking 5-62, while Hall bagged 2-46.

Whiteleas are second, after a draw at Tudhoe, who batted first. Opener Alex McGrath scored an excellent century (103), ably assisted by Abhiram Joshi, who made 48, and Daniel Thexton (73) in a total of 257-6, with Sid Corner taking 3-43.

In reply, Whiteleas lost early wickets and settled for the draw on 128-8, with Ryan Dowens scoring 60 and Roshan Jayatissa taking 3-33.

Philadelphia’s game at Bill Quay was called off.

In Division Two, leaders Crook won by seven wickets away to Silksworth.

The home side fell to 1-2 and 9-3 before rallying under an excellent 61-ball knock of 40 from Michael Waterson, with four fours and a six, although they were 42-8 before he was joined by Nazeer Nisthar (27 not out, with four boundaries) to lift the total to 86 all out in 35 overs.

David Embleton plundered 6-21 in 12 overs, with two wickets apiece for George Westlake and Steven Chapman.

Crook lost Chapman early in their reply, but Stuart Newton (32, with four fours) and Westlake (35, with seven fours) guided the visitors home in 16.5 overs. Chris Ledger and Gary McAvoy struck for Silksworth.

Ushaw Moor posted 203-6 declared in 44 overs, after Ryhope’s bowlers had them struggling at 77-6.

Ushaw Moor lost six wickets for 38 after reaching 39-0, with Mike Thorpe hitting 35.

Peter Maddison, batting at seven, hit three fours and five sixes in a pivotal 56-ball 59, well supported by No 8 Steven Milburn, whose 40-ball 55 included 10 fours and a six.

Sagar Udeshi was outstanding with the ball for Ryhope, snatching 5-12 in 12 overs, while Jonny Errington took the other wicket to fall.

In reply, Ryhope were in trouble from the off, with none of the first seven batsmen reaching double figures as they collapsed to 58-9. Last man Chris Errington top-scored with two fours and a six in a 26-ball 28, backed by Jonny Hayes (15no) and Jonny Errington (13) in a 32.2-over total of 101 all out, going down by 102 runs.

Patrick Stephenson weighed in with 6-28, while Stephen Hancock and Lee Hayton both struck twice.

Peterlee and Hylton played out a close-fought draw.

The Newtowners batted first and made 195-8, with Bhatt scoring 32 and Joseph Spalding 61 not out, with Marlon Black taking two wickets.

Hylton then responded with 182-8, coming up just 14 runs short of victory. Andy Kibble hit 57 and John Stokoe added 31, with JP Meade returning the best bowling figures of 3-52.

Evenwood made 182-8 against Marsden, with Owen Peddlety scoring 33, Fasil Mahmood 31 and Daniel Wallace 29, with Chris Mann taking 3-37.

Marsden quickly settled for the draw after losing two early wickets, with Colin Mann making 43 and Nisal Francisco 41.

Murton saw their game at Langley Park called off.

<![CDATA[Respectable manager turned into masked robber after spending a month in a coma]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/respectable-manager-turned-into-masked-robber-after-spending-a-month-in-a-coma-1-8556497 Prestige.Item.1.90464722 2017-05-22T16:52:44.044Z
Kyle Burrell
Kyle Burrell

Respectable manager turned into masked robber after spending a month in a coma

Karon Kelly

A respectable manager turned into a masked raider after a month in a coma turned him into a "different person".

Kyle Burrell burst into a Domino's pizza shop and demanded money while armed with a realistic looking BB gun and wearing a scarf over his face.

Kyle Burrell in hospital after being struck down with pneumonia
Kyle Burrell in hospital after being struck down with pneumonia

Terrified staff handed over the contents of the till, which was between £200-£300 and have been left traumatised and shaken by the shocking ordeal in March.

Newcastle Crown Court heard one worker at the takeaway, in Newbottle Street, Houghton, who was due to get married within weeks, said she was left "trapped in the moment" that the gunman entered the shop and suffers flashbacks, panic attacks and chest pains.

She said what should have been the "happiest time of her life" leading up to the wedding has been left in ruins.

Prosecutor David Crooks told the court that the BB gun had the appearance of a real Beretta and staff would have been easily convinced that a "real dangerous weapon" was being brandished at them.

Burrell, of High Street East, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an imitation firearm at the time of committing an offence.

Lee Fish, defending, told the court the 29-year-old raider had lived a "thoroughly decent life" and had managed public houses and sales teams until he contracted pneumonia around 18 months ago, which almost cost him his life.

Mr Fish said: "He was in a coma for a month.

"He describes the person who left the hospital as being a very different person to the person who went into the hospital.

"He describes the experience of leaving the hospital as a surreal one, he just was not the person he had been.

"Regrettably for him, his life just unravelled."

The court heard Burrell had lost his job during his illness and began taking drugs after he left hospital, which developed into a heroin habit and led to debts.

Mr Fish added: "He owed people money in relation to drugs. He was told that he had to get the money one way or another.

"Stupidly, this is what he decided to do."

Mr Fish said Burrell can barely remember the raid as he was on drugs at the time and is genuinely sorry for the fear he caused.

The court heard Burrell has two recent previous convictions on his record, committed after his illness, and was on a community order at the time of the robbery.

Judge Stephen Earl sentenced him to five years and four months behind bars and said robbery is such a serious offence that "such matters simply must be deterred".

But the judge said such serious offending was a "bolt out of the blue" for a man with Burrell's background and said his illness and coma could be taken into account.

Judge Earl said a coma could "perhaps" make changes to a "people and their characteristics".

The judge told Burrell he accepted his remorse was genuine and added: "This is highly out of character."

Back in 2015, the Echo reported on how Burrell had defied the odds to walk a relative down the aisle at her wedding - less than a month after he was in a hospital bed fighting for his life.

<![CDATA[Sunderland Harries shine but miss out on medals]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/athletics/sunderland-harries-shine-but-miss-out-on-medals-1-8554648 Prestige.Item.1.90420115 2017-05-22T06:24:34.034Z
Vicky Younger
Vicky Younger

Sunderland Harries shine but miss out on medals


Sunderland Harriers put in their best ever performance but still just missed out on medals in the National Masters’ Road Relay Championships at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

The Over-35 men’s team came fourth in their six-stage relay and the Over-35 women’s team finished fifth in their four-stage race at Sutton Park.

It was Over-45 Micky Thompson, the oldest member of the men’s team, who opened for the club, but despite giving it his all still finished down the field with his 16.30 clocking for 21st.

Next came Michael Barker and he lifted the team into 16th with his run of 16.29 before Ian Ritchie got the royal blue vests in the picture. He stormed into eighth position with his stint of 15.59 for the approximate three mile leg.

The forward march was consolidated over the remaining two legs with first Kevin Jeffress, with club’s fastest time of 15.43, gaining three spots and then Ian Dixon retaining fifth position on the penultimate leg with his effort of 15.54.

Anchorman Steve McMahon overhauled Birmingham with his stage of 15.58, but he was too far off the pace to make an impression on the first three.

Results: 1 Kent AC 1.34.38, 2 Tipton Harriers 1.34.52, 3 Salford 1.35.39, 4 Sunderland Harriers 1.36.35, 5 Birmingham R and T 1.36.41, 6 Rotherham 1.38.50, 7 Tyne Bridge Harriers 1.39.36, 8 Oxford City 1.40.04.

The fastest leg was set by Martin Williams of Tipton with 15.11.

The Sunderland Over-35 women’s team got off to a good start with Jacqueline Etherington finishing fifth with the days ninth fastest time of the day (19.00). Coleen Compson then dropped to eighth with her run of 20.53 before Nicola Woodward (19.31) claimed fifth spot again and then Vicky Younger (19.39) just failed to catch Barnsley for fourth place.

Results: 1 South London 1.15.25, 2 Salford 1.15.56, 3 Telford 1.18.21, 4 Barnsley 1.19.01, 5 Sunderland Harriers 1.19.03, 6 Wolverhampton and Bilston 1.21.14.

The fastest leg was established by Claire Martin of Telford with 17.16.

Tyne Bridge Harriers lifted the bronze medals in the Over-45 relay with Terry Scott the fastest overall with 15.24, Keith Smith clocked (16.45), Ken McPherson 16.58 and Steve Cairns (16.28).

Results 1 Thames Hare and Hounds 1.05.14, 2 Preston 1.05.28, 3 Tyne Bridge 1.05.35

<![CDATA[‘Mean’ Sunderland woman stole stepfather’s Christmas savings after he refused her a loan]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/sunderland/mean-sunderland-woman-stole-stepfather-s-christmas-savings-after-he-refused-her-a-loan-1-8552984 Prestige.Item.1.90166981 2017-05-22T06:00:00.000Z
Sunderland Magistrates' Court
Sunderland Magistrates' Court

‘Mean’ Sunderland woman stole stepfather’s Christmas savings after he refused her a loan

Petra Silfverskiold

A Sunderland woman stole her stepfather’s entire Christmas savings ruining the festive season for her family.

Bethany Mewse, 24, helped herself £840 of cash which he kept in the family home after he refused to lend her £400 for a deposit on a flat for her, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

Mewse who now lives in the flat she rented with the money, spent the rest of the cash on clothes and booze, the court was told.

Rehana Haque, prosecuting, said: “He had a metal tin, in which he kept his savings of £840. He lives with his partner Sarah Mewse.

“At 8pm, he returned home to put some cash in the tin.

“It was in the same place he had left it, but it no longer had any cash inside.

“The only other person with access to the property was his stepdaughter, this defendant.

“He also noticed items belonging to Sarah had been taken.”

The court heard Mr Davison tried in vain to contact Bethany and called police.

On January 9, officers eventually tracked her down to Salvation Army hostel Swan Lodge and she attended a police station voluntarily.

The court heard she admitted taking the cash and said she had spent it all and that she has no intention of returning it to her stepfather.

When asked why she had committed the offence, she replied: “I hate him.”

Mewse, of Stockton Road, Sunderland, who is out of work due to anxiety and depression, pleaded guilty to theft.

Mr Davison said in a victim statement: “This was money I was saving for Christmas, which has been spoiled due to this.”

The court heard Mewse has previous convictions for violence and criminal damage, rather than dishonesty.

Probation officer Paul Grace, who prepared a report about Mewse, said: “The defendant was motivated by her desire to obtain her own accommodation.

“She was residing with her mother and stepfather and she needed £400 for a deposit.

“She said she had asked if she could have the money to obtain the property, but he said no and that harmed the relationship even more.”

Mr Grace added: “She spent £400 on the deposit on the flat where she currently resides.

“She spent the rest on alcohol and clothing – she made lifestyle choices with that money.

“She unfortunately put her own needs above the needs of others and they seem to be the people closest to her.”

Duncan Emmerson, defending, said: “I’ve known Bethany for a number of years and I also know the family – her stepfather and her mother.

“Alcohol has been a prevalent part of the family unit.”

He asked for another chance to assess his client for alcohol treatment, after she failed to turn up at her last appointment.

District Judge Roger Elsey said: “I am toying with the idea of imposing a suspended sentence, because the offence is so mean.”

However, he said he would give her a final chance to comply with the alcohol assessment and come back to court for sentencing on May 30.

<![CDATA[‘Smarter’ school uniform plan sparks backlash as hundreds campaign against the change]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/houghton-and-hetton/smarter-school-uniform-plan-sparks-backlash-as-hundreds-campaign-against-the-change-1-8551489 Prestige.Item.1.90116942 2017-05-22T06:00:00.000Z
Kepier School, Houghton.
Kepier School, Houghton.

‘Smarter’ school uniform plan sparks backlash as hundreds campaign against the change

Fiona Thompson

Hundreds of people have backed a petition against a school changing its uniform in a bid to create a smarter new look.

Kepier School in Houghton is smartening its look with the launch of a new uniform for boys and girls - although some students have staged a fight against the change.

The school is planning to bring in the navy blazer and charcoal grey trousers in from the start of the next academic year.

It comes after students said they felt their existing black sweatshirt and trousers and white polo shirt made them look like primary school pupils and not as smart as other schools when they attended events in the community.

A consultation project saw the 1,000-strong group of students, parents of both current and prospective children, staff and governors asked what they made of a series of suggested outfits.

But after the final look was put together from a series of options, a Facebook campaign and online petition has been set up, stating students believe the “colours look ridiculous and will make the children feel self-conscious.”

Images of how the new girl and boy uniform for Kepier School could look.
Images of how the new girl and boy uniform for Kepier School could look.

The change.org page, launched by one of the girls at the school and signed by more than 200 people, adds: “If a girl starts their period the grey trousers will form no protection against marks and stains from the blood, and many other stains from food or pens will be easily visible.”

But the school’s leaders say this point, nor others raised in the posts, were not made when views were gathered from students, with two-thirds backing the proposed designs.

Principal Nicky Cooper said: “Given the lengths we went to, it was a bit of a shock really.

“I have talked to the learner in question and said ‘I really appreciate your efforts, and explained we had just finished the consultation, politics are politics and democracy is democracy’ and she understood it from our point of view as well.

“As far as the issue around monthlies of girls, my personal view is why should it let it stop you wearing what your want?

“The trousers are a dark grey, so I don’t see it as an issue.

“Over the years we’ve had a lot of complaints from our learners and parents that they don’t feel suitably dressed when they go to events.

“We are graded as a good school with outstanding features and we want to put that view right across our community.”

Kepier School principal Nicky Cooper.
Kepier School principal Nicky Cooper.

Shaun Van-Lindon, senior pastoral leader, said: “We wanted to make it affordable for parents and cost implications were a big consideration.

“We want to create a culture of aspiration and to reflect that we want to support our students as they achieve the best they can achieve.”

The school says it has been told by parents of prospective pupils they have thought about sending children to other schools because of the current uniform.

The new blue school tie will each have coloured strip on to show which year group the pupil belongs to, which will travel with them through their time at Kepier.

The school has worked with Sunderland firm Total Sport on the plans, with a tailored-leg trouser for the girls to follow current styles.

The cost drawn up for students is £42.99 for a pair of trousers, a blazer and tie, compared to £37.99 as it stands, with an ‘adult version’ for older and taller students £48.99 compared to £39.91 for today’s outfit, although the current price does not include trousers.

Kepier School, Houghton.
Kepier School, Houghton.

The new uniform must be worn with sturdy black leather shoes.

While this year’s Year 10 group were consulted, they will continue to wear grey jumpers and black trousers next year to save parents the cost of forking out for an entirely new uniform.

It will also set them out against the rest of the school in the same way the different sweatshirt does for has for previous year groups.

The existing Year 11 was also asked what its students made of the idea, even though they will not wear the new uniform.

<![CDATA[Final chance to win SAFC season cards]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/sunderland/final-chance-to-win-safc-season-cards-1-8555378 Prestige.Item.1.90413779 2017-05-22T10:15:08.008Z
The Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light

Final chance to win SAFC season cards

Katy Wheeler

We’ve got another batch of three pairs of SAFC season cards to give away.

The season ticket cards, worth £700 a pair, will give you and a friend or family member the chance to see all the league home games being held at the Stadium of Light in the 2017/18 season. Season cards will be allocated according to each winner so adult/kids/concessions etc.

In total, we’ve been giving away 30 cards to Echo readers over a series of competitions. This is our final week in the series.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question:

Q: Which of these former players was featured in a song about his disco pants?

A) Niall Quinn

B) Kevin Phillips

C) Michael Gray

Fill in your answer and details on the coupon and return it with the six tokens which will run in the paper each day this week, beginning today, to Season Ticket competition 6, Katy Wheeler, Johnston Press North East, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, DH4 5RA. You will need six tokens to enter which should be received by June 5.

<![CDATA[Music festival organisers are set to let revellers test their drugs before taking them]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/music-festival-organisers-are-set-to-let-revellers-test-their-drugs-before-taking-them-1-8555357 Prestige.Item.1.90445209 2017-05-22T10:04:34.034Z
Drug testing tents are set to be introduced at music festivals this year.
Drug testing tents are set to be introduced at music festivals this year.

Music festival organisers are set to let revellers test their drugs before taking them

Gavin Ledwith, Digital Specialist

Some of Britain's biggest music festivals are poised to allow revellers to test their drugs before they take them.

For the first time this summer, Reading and Leeds Festivals and a number of other live music events are aiming to introduce the testing of illegal drugs for attendees with the support of local police forces.

Melvin Benn, head of Live Nation subsidiary Festival Republic, revealed the pioneering scheme and expects it at "between six and 10 festivals this year".

Benn, who also organises Latitude, V Festival, Wireless and a host of other events, has been working on the plan since last summer and is awaiting confirmation of support from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

Festival-goers will be able to take their drugs to a testing tent run by The Loop, an organisation which usually conducts forensic testing of drugs seized by police. They will then tell them what is in the drugs before destroying whatever was handed over.

Last year, The Loop ran the scheme for the first time at a UK music festival when around 200 revellers tested their illegal drugs at Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire.

Founder of the organisation Fiona Measham said the initiative's expansion was "radical", adding: "It's really exciting that police are prioritising health and safety over criminal justice at festivals."

She believes up to 10 festivals will be involved this year, including a number of independent events, and hopes front-house testing will become commonplace in nightclubs and city centres in the future.

Last year, 17-year-old Lewis Haunch died after taking drugs at Leeds Festival while in the same year two teenagers died at T In The Park in reportedly drug-related incidents.

Benn said he was being "very proactive", adding: "We talked about it during the summer of last year and the reality is that I took a decision that unless and until the NPCC supported the principle of it, it was difficult for us to move forward on it."

He said he had now seen a draft of an agreement that will make it easier for forces across the country to support the initiative.

He ruled out it being introduced at Download next month, but said: "We'll see it this year for definite ... at Leeds I'm pretty certain."

"It's taken a long time and it won't be at every festival, but where we think there is a need to do it we will be doing it."

WYP assistant chief constable Andy Battle, who leads the policing operation for Leeds, said they were "looking at the possibility of supporting the festival's organisers".

He added: "We can never condone the use of illegal drugs, but we recognise that some people will continue to take them and we need to adapt our approach in the interests of public safety.

"Consuming controlled drugs is inherently dangerous and the tragic consequences of this have been illustrated with drugs-related deaths at the event in recent years.

"We will continue to work closely with the on-site security team to target the possession and supply of controlled drugs and the criminal law will be applied appropriately as necessary."

Lead for drugs at the NPCC, commander Simon Bray, said a "strong understanding of the implications on policing" was required before testing could be endorsed.

"We could not support initiatives that do not comply with the law or that have unintended negative consequences.

"Any proposal would need to be considered by the police force, local authority and health services with a view on its legal, scientific and possible health implications."

<![CDATA[Mum saves child from fire after arsonist dad started blaze while they slept]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/east-durham/mum-saves-child-from-fire-after-arsonist-dad-started-blaze-while-they-slept-1-8556021 Prestige.Item.1.90457918 2017-05-22T14:17:34.034Z
Stephen Dixon of Easington Lane
Stephen Dixon of Easington Lane

Mum saves child from fire after arsonist dad started blaze while they slept

Karon Kelly

A terrified mum had to rescue her child after a fire started by her ex-partner fractured a pipe supplying gas to their home.

Stephen Dixon set a recycling bin alight outside his former family home in the early hours of the morning while his former partner and children were asleep inside.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the flames spread from the bin to the victim's car and ruptured a gas pipe leading to the house, which started to leak.

By "fluke", a passing neighbour, who had finished work early, saw the blaze and banged on the door at the property at Windermere Avenue, Easington Lane, to wake the family.

The court heard the terrified mum was unable to leave through an extension door as it was too hot but got out via the front.

Only then she realised one of her children had not come out of the house and was still upstairs, so had to run back into the property to rescue her.

A passing taxi driver also stopped to help and phoned for the emergency services.

Dixon, of Tay Street, Easington Lane, denied arson being reckless to whether life was endangered but was found guilty by a jury after a trial.

The 33-year-old has now been jailed for seven years.

Miss recorder Rachael Harrison said it was a "complete fluke" that the neighbour walked past at that time in the morning and the family were able to get out before the flames spread further.

The judge said: "This could not be, in any way, said to be minor, considering the risk that was created and potential consequences.

"It was simply good fortune a neighbour and taxi driver came along.

"What would happen had they not come along does not bear thinking about."

The judge said she accepted Dixon was a hard working family man and very "hands-on" father.

But the judge told him: "You were utterly reckless as to whether the lives of those you say you hold dear were in danger."

The judge said the mum had to "go back inside and upstairs to rescue her child" when she realised she had not come out.

The court heard after the couple's relationship had broken down in 2015 there had been a number of arguments and Dixon had sent his ex a text threatening to "burn her house and car".

On the day before he sparked the blaze, Dixon had gone to work then drank around ten bottles of beer when he finished.

Two wheelie bins were destroyed in the blaze, which was started just before 4am and quickly spread to the car and gas pipe.

The neighbour who spotted the flames had tried to move the car away from the house but was unsuccessful.

Dixon was arrested and continues to deny responsibility, despite the jury's verdict.

Nicholas Lane, defending, said Dixon turned to alcohol and other substances to cope with the breakdown of his relationship.

Mr Lane said Dixon has used his time in custody to complete courses in a bid to better himself for when he is released.

<![CDATA[Missing Sunderland fan found safe]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/missing-sunderland-fan-found-safe-1-8555361 Prestige.Item.1.90446723 2017-05-22T13:37:53.053Z
Michael 'Casper' Graham.
Michael 'Casper' Graham.

Missing Sunderland fan found safe

Petra Silfverskiold

The family of a Sunderland fan who went missing in London during Sunderland's clash with Chelsea say he has been found safe.

Michael Graham was reported missing by his family after he failed to turn up following the away game on Sunday.

His sister Kelly said earlier the family had contacted the police and hospitals to no avail. He has, however, now returned home.

<![CDATA[Tractor takes farmer killed in motocross crash on final journey]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/county-durham/tractor-takes-farmer-killed-in-motocross-crash-on-final-journey-1-8556157 2017-05-22T14:55:20.020Z
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA

Tractor takes farmer killed in motocross crash on final journey


A farmer who died in a motocross crash has been taken to his funeral by a tractor followed by dozens of bikers.

Thomas Brown, 27, suffered fatal injuries while riding at Hardwick Motocross track in Sedgefield, County Durham, last month.

Thomas Brown
Thomas Brown

His funeral was held at St Mary's Church in Barnard Castle, where the cortege brought the town centre to a standstill.

His coffin was taken to the church on a trailer pulled by a tractor.

Mr Brown was a popular member of the motocross community and riders revved their engines as the procession made its way to the church.

A toy digger was laid beside the coffin on the trailer.

Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA

Mr Brown, who worked on his family's farm, had been involved in motocross since the age of eight.

Durham Police said Mr Brown was not taking part in a race at the time of the crash.

In a separate incident that day, a female rider was airlifted to hospital following a crash.

A collection was made in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance after the funeral.

Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Thomas Brown
Thomas Brown
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
Funeral of Thomas Brown. Picture by PA
<![CDATA[Hi-tech jobs bonanza with 500 vacancies in software, technology, digital and creative roles]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/business/hi-tech-jobs-bonanza-with-500-vacancies-in-software-technology-digital-and-creative-roles-1-8555727 Prestige.Item.1.90453641 2017-05-22T12:43:08.008Z
Sunderland Software City skills team Jill McKinney and Amy Porter
Sunderland Software City skills team Jill McKinney and Amy Porter

Hi-tech jobs bonanza with 500 vacancies in software, technology, digital and creative roles

Kevin Clark

More than 500 vacancies in the North East’s booming technology sector will be up for grabs at Sunderland Software Centre this week.

The centre is hosting Tech Talent, the region’s biggest recruitment event specifically for digital, technical and creative businesses, on Thursday.

Sixty businesses, training providers, colleges and universities will be taking part, including North East tech giants Sage, Accenture and Tombola and rapidly growing software companies such as Performance Horizon, Atom Bank and VR specialists Zerolight.

Businesses will be looking to fill roles across software development, technical support, design, sales, marketing, business development and admin ranging from apprenticeship opportunities to experienced senior management level.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from colleges, universities and training providers about a range of fast-track, earn while you learn and undergraduate level courses to boost their CVs.

The event is being hosted by Sunderland Software City, the organisation enabling the growth of the tech sector in the North East of England, and is supported by Nissan, who will be recruiting for a number of IT and technical roles on the day.

Software City skills manager Amy Porter said: "Tech Talent is an excellent opportunity for people at all stages in their career to come along, meet employers and find out about the promising career prospects in the North East’s growing technology and digital sector.

"There will be a large number of employers attending the event looking to fill a wide variety of roles across all job levels, so there will be vacancies to suit all levels of experience."

Last year’s inaugural Tech Talent fair attracted more than 700 jobs seekers and organisers are aiming to double the number of attendees this year to fill the growing need for workers in the region’s digital businesses.

Tech City, the Government backed organisation tasked with accelerating the growth of the UK digital sector, released its Tech Nation 2017 report in March, which showed the North East tech cluster has continued to grow steadily, with Sunderland having the highest rate of tech start-ups in the UK and Newcastle boasting an average digital salary of more than £50,000 with more than 20,000 people now working in the sector.

"This event is a great opportunity for people not familiar with the tech sector or who are interested in technology to meet representatives from the region’s software and IT businesses and find out about the massive range of career opportunities available to them on their doorstep," said Amy.

Tech Talent takes placefrom 2pm – 8pm at the Sunderland Software Centre, Tavistock Place, Sunderland SR1 1PB.

<![CDATA[Navy officers raise thousands for sick kids using nothing but their wits]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/navy-officers-raise-thousands-for-sick-kids-using-nothing-but-their-wits-1-8552958 Prestige.Item.1.90409876 2017-05-19T17:35:36.036Z
The team, (l-r) Kieran Woodward, Chris Orkney, Jamie Marples and Steve Groves, got to meet families at Scott House when they arrived. Pictured with Andrew McIntyre and his son Leo.
The team, (l-r) Kieran Woodward, Chris Orkney, Jamie Marples and Steve Groves, got to meet families at Scott House when they arrived. Pictured with Andrew McIntyre and his son Leo.

Navy officers raise thousands for sick kids using nothing but their wits

Sue Kirby

A dedicated team of Navy officers raised more than £7,500 through an 800-mile journey for sick kids.

The team, which included Peterlee’s Steve Groves, made their way from Plymouth to Newcastle using nothing but their wits to raise the money for The Sick Children’s Trust and the Children’s Heart Unit Fund in Newcastle.

The fund-raisers (l-r) Steve Groves, Chris Orkney, Jamie Marples and Kieran Woodward, outside the Sick Children's Rainbow House in London.
The fund-raisers (l-r) Steve Groves, Chris Orkney, Jamie Marples and Kieran Woodward, outside the Sick Children's Rainbow House in London.

The four, all officers on board Britain’s biggest warship, HMS Ocean, set off with nothing but the clothes on their backs, one mobile phone and their Navy ID card.

During the By Any Means challenge, they also had to complete several tasks, such as making their way to Land’s End, singing a hymn in Manchester Cathedral and getting on top of Meadowhall Shopping Centre’s roof in Sheffield.

The Navy officers, including 37-year-old Steve, a former Shotton Hall School pupil, who is married with two children, took on the challenge as a thank you to the charity which supported one of the team, Petty Officer Chris Orkney and his wife, Nicola, when their three-year-old son, Declan, needed life-saving heart surgery at the Freeman Hospital.

The Sick Childen’s Trust provides accomodation next to hospitals so families can stay with the youngsters undergoing treatment.

Chris said: “Being told that the only way to save Declan’s life was for him to have major open heart surgery was horrendous, but immediately we felt supported by The Sick Children’s Trust and CHUF.”

The team initially set themselves a target of £3,000, but have already reached more than £7,500 with a lot more money to come in.

When they arrived at Scott House, next to the RVI, there was a surprise party waiting for them.

Chris said: “We’ve had such an amazing trip from Plymouth to Newcastle raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust and CHUF.

The team  (l-r) Steve Groves, Chris Orkney, Jamie Marples and Kieran WoodWard, at Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children.
The team (l-r) Steve Groves, Chris Orkney, Jamie Marples and Kieran WoodWard, at Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children.

“We have been without money, transport and food and have only been able to make it all this way thanks to the wonderful people who have helped and shown so much support, for which we are truly grateful.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved - with this money raised we have been able to help both charities make a huge difference to many more families going through the most traumatic times.”

The team (l-r) Kieran Woodward, Chris Orkney, Steve Groves and Jamie Marples, at Durham Cathedral.
The team (l-r) Kieran Woodward, Chris Orkney, Steve Groves and Jamie Marples, at Durham Cathedral.
<![CDATA[Cyber attack ‘highly likely’ in UK election]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/politics/cyber-attack-highly-likely-in-uk-election-1-8555589 2017-05-22T11:47:42.042Z
Cyber attacks are expected during the run up to the election
Cyber attacks are expected during the run up to the election

Cyber attack ‘highly likely’ in UK election

Diane King

A cyber attack aimed at influencing the outcome of the UK General Election is highly likely, according to a leading cyber security expert.

However, Robert O’Brien, CEO of security software firm MetaCompliance, has said that the threat was being taken extremely seriously by the intelligence services.

“Social engineering has already had a profound effect on elections internationally leaving little doubt that hackers will target Britain in the coming days and weeks,” he said.

“We already know that British Members of Parliament have been warned by the National Cyber Security Centre of attempts to obtain personal information from MPs by suspected hackers,” he added.

The National Cyber Security Centre warning advised MPs and their staff to be cautious about phishing e-mails asking for personal information such as account IDs or passwords.

Mr O’Brien explained: “This is one way in for hackers - it’s a way to gain access to information that can then be used to shape public opinion.

“The capability to access information that in turn becomes the basis for disinformation and attempts to influence the electorate's decision making is an obvious lure.

“It’s this kind of access that can allow for the spread of speculation, rumour and fake news.

“It allows the hackers to socially engineer the electorate. That is their aim and we’ve seen it in the course of recent elections in the US and France.”

Mr O’Brien said there was a real risk to election results being compromised.

“A massive and coordinated attack - similar to that during the French elections - should be seen as highly likely, not just in the here and now, but in subsequent elections across the globe,” he said.

In September Germany will also go to the polls.

Mr O’Brien added: “Hans-Georg Maassen, president of the BfV, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, has also already voiced serious concerns.

“We already know large amounts of data have been seized by hackers during an attack on the Bundestag back in 2015.

“Both here in the UK and in Germany there is real concern that factual information stolen during cyber attacks could be used to discredit politicians or influence the elections.

“It’s only right that MPs and their staff are being advised to take steps such as enabling several authentication methods, validating device logins, terminating sessions, forwarding suspicious e-mails to the authorities and educating followers about phishing attempts.”

<![CDATA[Man warned over poaching after dogs disturb birds's nesting site]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/east-durham/man-warned-over-poaching-after-dogs-disturb-birds-s-nesting-site-1-8555534 Prestige.Item.1.90450281 2017-05-22T11:33:31.031Z
A Little Tern. Credit: Peterlee Police
A Little Tern. Credit: Peterlee Police

Man warned over poaching after dogs disturb birds's nesting site

Petra Silfverskiold

A poaching letter has been issued to a male who was reported to have been encouraging his dogs into the fenced-off area around the Little Tern nesting site at Crimdon.

The male was spotted by a member of the public, who noted his vehicle registration before he drove off.

A Peterlee Police spokesman said: "Please be aware that the Little Terns are back now in residence at Crimdon, and as such, there are some restrictions in place in order to prevent disturbance in the area.

"There are also dedicated Tern wardens at the new hut near to Pony World if you have any questions or queries about these birds."

<![CDATA[Police arrest man on suspicion of attempting to meet Sunderland child following grooming]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/sunderland/police-arrest-man-on-suspicion-of-attempting-to-meet-sunderland-child-following-grooming-1-8555490 Prestige.Item.1.90449301 2017-05-22T11:16:12.012Z
The man was arrested in Roker.
The man was arrested in Roker.

Police arrest man on suspicion of attempting to meet Sunderland child following grooming

Petra Silfverskiold

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to meet a Sunderland child following grooming.

The 30-year-old is being held in custody after being arrested in Roker on Sunday.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion on suspicion of grooming offences and is in police custody."

<![CDATA[Who should I vote for?]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/who-should-i-vote-for-1-8555434 Prestige.Item.1.90448099 2017-05-22T10:45:47.047Z
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Who should I vote for?

Aimee Stanton

With less than two weeks until the General Election it’s about time you decided you will get your vote.

Whether you’re already a Tory, Labour or Liberal Democrat supporter, do our general election quiz to see which major party policies you agree the most with.

<![CDATA[Sunderland 10th most affordable city in the world for university students, finds report]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/sunderland/sunderland-10th-most-affordable-city-in-the-world-for-university-students-finds-report-1-8555359 Prestige.Item.1.90446716 2017-05-22T10:04:55.055Z

Sunderland 10th most affordable city in the world for university students, finds report


Sunderland is one of the very cheapest places in the world for university students, a report has found.

Sunderland is second only to Hull when it comes to studying in England at an affordable cost - and 10th in the world.

At the other end of the scale, London, New York and Boston rank as the world's most expensive cities for students.

The study was carried out by Student.com, the world's largest marketplace for student accommodation, which today released the Cities in Focus: Global Student Accommodation Indicator - a report revealing the world's most expensive and affordable cities for student housing.

The average weekly spend on rent across 92 cities worldwide is approximately £168 per week, according to the report - with Sunderland's average at £94 per week.

Luke Nolan, founder and CEO at Student.com, said: "We speak to students around the world every day and our biggest piece of advice is always: start your search as early as possible.

"By planning ahead and exploring the market, students can find quality accommodation that fits within their budgets - even in cities that are more expensive than average."

Speaking on the report, he added: "It's evident that the big urban centres around the world remain huge magnets for both international and domestic students. On average, students pay more to live in these cities, but that's not to say that there aren't more affordable options available.

"Across Australia, the UK and the US, cities with larger supplies of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) tend to be, on average, more affordable than cities that are under supplied. As the PBSA market grows, we'll continue to see a more diversified range of options that cater to different budgets."

London, Los Angeles and Sydney were the most popular destinations booked by Student.com users in the UK, the USA and Australia respectively.

The report analyses weekly rent spend by students who booked accommodation in 92 cities worldwide last year via Student.com.

On average, students in New York, Boston and London spend the most on their accommodation rent globally, whilst students in Auburn (Alabama), Athens (Georgia), and Tallahassee (Florida) spend the least.

In New York, students spend on average £332 per week on their rent, 98% higher than the global average.

In terms of countries, average weekly rent spend is highest in Australia - 23% above the global average.

In addition to the global rankings, the report also includes country data for the UK, the US and Australia.

In terms of total bookings, London, Los Angeles and Sydney are the most popular cities in the UK, the USA and Australia respectively.

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities (Global)

1 New York, USA

2 Boston, USA

3 London, UK

4 Washington, USA

5 La Jolla, USA

6 Oxford, UK

7 Sydney, AUS

8 Cambridge, UK

9 Los Angeles, USA

10 Seattle, USA

Top 10 Most Affordable Cities (Global)

1 Auburn, USA

2 Athens, USA

3 Tallahassee, USA

4 Hull, UK

5 Norman, USA

6 Gainesville, USA

7 Bloomington, USA

8 Columbia, USA

9 Dundee, UK

10 Sunderland, UK

<![CDATA[Coronation Street fan Vic Reeves 'made up' over landing role in his favourite soap]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/coronation-street-fan-vic-reeves-made-up-over-landing-role-in-his-favourite-soap-1-8555287 Prestige.Item.1.90445731 2017-05-22T09:32:01.001Z
Vic Reeves. Picture from PA
Vic Reeves. Picture from PA

Coronation Street fan Vic Reeves 'made up' over landing role in his favourite soap


Comic Vic Reeves will be making his life "complete" with a starring role in Coronation Street.

The 58-year-old, famous for his comedy partnership with Bob Mortimer, is a long-time fan of the ITV soap.

According to the Sun, he will appear as a shopkeeper in several episodes.

A source told the newspaper: "Vic's over the moon. It's his favourite show and it's always been his dream to act in it one day.

"He's made up and can't wait to get stuck in."

The Shooting Stars funnyman once said he would like to play the son of newsagent Norris Cole.

"I have watched Corrie since I was little and I have never ever missed an episode. For me it's the greatest TV," he previously said.

"I would love to be on Corrie. It would make my life complete."

Other famous faces to have set foot on the cobbles over the years include actor Sir Ian McKellen and comic Peter Kay.

<![CDATA[Crackdown on motorbike nuisances in Houghton and Washington continues]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/washington/crackdown-on-motorbike-nuisances-in-houghton-and-washington-continues-1-8555258 Prestige.Item.1.90442905 2017-05-22T09:22:36.036Z
Police have launched a crack down on motorbike disorder in Houghton and Washington.
Police have launched a crack down on motorbike disorder in Houghton and Washington.

Crackdown on motorbike nuisances in Houghton and Washington continues

Petra Silfverskiold

Four people have been warned about motorbike disorder in the past two weeks as police continue to crackdown on nuisances

Concerns have been raised about off-road motorbikes ridden irresponsibly, inconsiderately and illegally across Washington and Houghton prompting the local neighbourhood policing team to take action.

Earlier this year, a teenager received a youth caution for driving a quad bike on a public road. His quad bike was subsequently uplifted by police.

In April, a man was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court for criminal damage - caused by a quad bike he was riding.

The bike was also driven up and down public roads in the Philadelphia area.

The court requested the bike was crushed.

A man has also been reported for summons for riding a quad bike on a public road with no insurance and no driving licence. Another man has received a fine of more than £500 and 6 points on his driving licence.

And, in the past two weeks alone the team has issued four section 59 notices - a section 59 notice warns the individual they have been identified as responsible for motorbike disorder through their irresponsible and inconsiderate behaviour and if they continue they could end up in court and have their bike seized and crushed.

In addition to enforcement action officers have been speaking to local residents to help identify those who are responsible.

Neighbourhood Inspector Vicky Quinn said: "We are aware of the issues across Washington and Houghton around motorbike disorder and understand the local communities frustrations about this. The disorder is not just causing a nuisance and disruption but it is potentially dangerous and someone could end up injured.

"While we recognise the risk these riders present to the community, it's important we consider the risk if we chase them and by doing so we could potentially be putting members of the public at a greater risk so we are often faced with challenges in catching them. However, officers will do all they can within their powers without putting the public at risk and will take down any number plates or identifying features on the bike or offender.

"Unfortunately, many of the riders are wearing helmets or scarves to disguise themselves so identifying the offender can present some difficulties which is why information from members of the public is absolutely crucial and we would urge anyone who knows who these riders are to come forward and speak to us.

"Once we have identified who the offenders are we will absolutely pursue them and utilise our powers to take action, where we have the power to do so we will seize the bike and it could ultimately end up with the bike being crushed.

"It has been identified that some of these riders are from outside of the area and we work closely with our neighbouring forces to try and identify them.

"The action that has already been taken is quite considerable and I hope reassures our local residents that we are listening to their concerns and taking them seriously. However, we are not complacent and we will continue to target motorbike disorder right through the summer months."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "Anyone who thinks it’s alright to break the law and ride motorbikes in public places, should think again. This proactive policing sends out a loud and clear message - this behaviour won't be tolerated in Washington and Houghton.

"Those responsible are putting themselves at risk as well as risking the safety of others. I hope local residents feel encouraged to contact the police if they see any disorder like this. I will ensure ASB remains a top priority for Northumbria Police."

Police are also reminding off-road motorbike riders it is illegal for them to ride their bike on public land or private land without the landowners permission.

Without the landowners permission off-road motorbikes should only be ridden at an official off-road motorbike track, details of which can be found online.

<![CDATA[Warning over fake BT ‘ransomware’ email]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/warning-over-fake-bt-ransomware-email-1-8555227 Prestige.Item.1.90442895 2017-05-22T09:14:39.039Z

Warning over fake BT ‘ransomware’ email

Diane King

Fraudsters are using the recent WannaCry ransomware attack as a way to get people to click links in a BT-branded phishing email.

Action Fraud - the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime - say they have received reports of a very convincing email.

It claims BT have put in place preventative measures to protect customer data - if the user clicks on the links in the email.

Web experts say that the domains appear very similar to those in the Wannacry email and this could easily catch out those who are concerned about the security of their data after the global attack.

Taking advantage

Cyber criminals have been known in the past to take advantage of situations like this to design new phishing campaigns.

If you receive one of these emails are advised not to on any links and instead follow Action Fraud’s advice. In this case, BT customers should only visit the BT website directly and log in from there.

In fact, companies are sending out legitimate emails of reassurance in connection with the recent cyber attack - so in all cases, customers are advised to contact them directly via a method other than the email you have received.

Users are also reminded that fraudsters can “spoof” an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of any such communication.

<![CDATA[Conservatives 'will gain landslide victory in election' if voters aged 18 to 24 stay away, finds study]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/politics/conservatives-will-gain-landslide-victory-in-election-if-voters-aged-18-to-24-stay-away-finds-study-1-8555135 Prestige.Item.1.90439583 2017-05-22T08:09:42.042Z
Picture by Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Picture by Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Conservatives 'will gain landslide victory in election' if voters aged 18 to 24 stay away, finds study


The Conservatives could win a majority of more than 100 seats in the General Election if the difference in turnout between young and old voters mirrors the 2015 contest, new figures show.

The findings come as time is running out for people to register to vote in the election, with the deadline for applications at 11.59pm on Monday.

New analysis by the Press Association found that Theresa May might enjoy one of the biggest Tory landslides in modern history if people aged 18 to 24 stay away from the polls in similar numbers to 2015, when only around four in 10 voted, compared with more than three-quarters of people aged 55 and above.

The PA's projection of the result, based on the latest opinion polls and using demographic data modelled on the 2015 election, shows the Conservatives on 47% and Labour on 29%, with the Liberal Democrats on 10% and Ukip on 6%.

On a uniform swing across the country, these kinds of vote shares would give the Conservatives a majority close to 120 seats.

But if turnout on June 8 among younger voters rises to the same sort of levels typically seen among the elderly, the projection changes to a Tory majority of 60 to 70 seats.

Even if turnout rose to a notional 100% among all voters aged 18 to 44, the projection still points to a Tory win, however.

The PA's investigation also found that:

:: If turnout at this election was the exact reverse of that in 2015 and was highest among 18 to 24-year-olds, the outcome could be a Conservative majority of 20 to 30 seats.

:: All projections show Ukip winning no constituencies at the General Election, while the Lib Dems could make a net gain of up to four seats.

:: No scenario, based on current opinion polls, produces an outcome where Labour has a majority in the new parliament.

For Jeremy Corbyn to have a chance at becoming prime minister, his party would appear to need a much higher turnout among young people, where Labour support is strongest, plus a general increase in popularity across all age ranges.

Turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds at the 2015 General Election was estimated to be just 43%, compared with 77% of 55 to 64-year-olds and 78% of people aged 65 and over.

This year's election campaign has seen a number of attempts to encourage more young people to vote, including traditional methods, such as publicity campaigns at universities, and online gimmicks, such as a voter-registration themed filter on the photo-messaging service Snapchat.

More than two million applications to vote have been made since the snap election was announced, although not all of these will be new applicants or people who are eligible to vote.

Anyone who is not registered to vote has until midnight to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

The Electoral Commission told the Press Association: "With the registration deadline in sight, the commission is advising everyone who has not yet registered to do so as soon as possible to ensure that they can have their say on 8 June."

For more information, visit electoralcommission.org.uk.

:: The PA's analysis is based on all polls published during the past four weeks by ComRes, ICM, Ipsos-MORI, Opinium, and YouGov. It uses estimates of the size of the electorate and the population from the Electoral Commission and the Office for National Statistics.

<![CDATA[Couple had lucky escape after early-morning blaze]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/couple-had-lucky-escape-after-early-morning-blaze-1-8554656 Prestige.Item.1.90431261 2017-05-22T06:00:00.000Z
The scene of the fire in Eden Street.
The scene of the fire in Eden Street.

Couple had lucky escape after early-morning blaze

The occupant of a flat told how he and his partner escaped with their lives following an early-morning blaze.

Chas Stoddard and partner Dee Stobie got out with just the clothes on their back before their home filled with smoke from a devastating fire in a storage unit below.

Fire crews spent four hours putting the fire out which happened in Eden Street, Horden, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Chas, 58, who has lived in the flat for six years with Dee, 53, said: “This almighty bang woke my missus up then I noticed the kitchen had suddenly filled with smoke.

“We scrambled into some clothes and legged it out. Within 30 seconds smoke was pouring out the front door.

“I don’t know what would have happened if we hadn’t got out when we did.”

Moments earlier, Chas had gone to investigate a noise in the yard to the property at about 4.15am and found the padlock to the gate had been broken.

He said he bolted the gate on a suspected trespasser and called the police before learning of the fire.

The fire brigade says it is set to investigate the cause, while Chas says a man has been arrested.

The scale of the damage to the property could be seen with burned out windows, severe heat damage to the storage unit and burned debris piled in the alleyway.

Chas and Dee’s beloved cat Ozzie died in the incident.

Chas added: “Both of us are just utterly heartbroken over the death of the cat. He was a much loved member of our family. The rest of it we can deal with.”
Luckily, Chas was up at the time the fire broke out otherwise he says he and Dee could “very easily” have died.

“I’m very much a night owl,” he said. “It just so happened I was watching something on the BBC iPlayer and didn’t feel particularly tired.

“I heard this banging downstairs and thought ‘that’s a bit odd’.”

Three fire engines attended at 4.30am and another crew left at about 9.30am.

<![CDATA[Baby joy after 15 years of childless heartache for Sunderland mum]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/baby-joy-after-15-years-of-childless-heartache-for-sunderland-mum-1-8554576 Prestige.Item.1.90413735 2017-05-22T06:00:00.000Z
Sheila, Hannah and Jason. Picture credit: BBC Newcastle
Sheila, Hannah and Jason. Picture credit: BBC Newcastle

Baby joy after 15 years of childless heartache for Sunderland mum

A Sunderland mum has praised pioneering medics who ended 15 years of heartache when she had her daughter after IVF treatment

Sheila Webster and husband Jason had IVF at the Newcastle Fertility Centre to conceive daughter Hannah, now seven.

Sheila and baby Hannah. Picture credit: BBC Newcastle
Sheila and baby Hannah. Picture credit: BBC Newcastle

The family are set to feature as part of a week of programmes by BBC Newcastle and Look North on the pioneering work taking place at the centre, run by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University.

Sheila said: “After 15 years of infertility its makes me appreciate the work that they do at the Centre for Life and other fertility clinics.

“They make couples become families.

“Being a mum is amazing, everything I had hoped for and more.

Sheila and Hannah in the lab. Picture credit: BBC Newcastle
Sheila and Hannah in the lab. Picture credit: BBC Newcastle

“Hannah was due two days before my 40th birthday and it’s the best present I could have wished for.”

The centre is the biggest in the region with 1,500 couples being referred there every year.

Since opening in 2000 at the Centre for Life more than 4,000 babies have been born - and – working with leading scientists from Newcastle University - it’s about to carry out the world’s first licensed IVF treatment using the DNA of three parents but doctors say they need North East women to donate their eggs.

The centre has a shortage of egg donors and are asking North East women to consider donating - for treatment, research and for its pioneering Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy.

The clinic is the first in the world to be given a licence to carry out the advanced form of IVF and will start treatment later this year. Scientists there are trying to help women at risk of passing on serious genetic disorders have a healthy child.

Head of Newcastle Fertility Centre, Dr Jane Stewart said: “We have an active egg donor recruitment. we’re always in need of people for a number of reasons...for women who don’t have useful eggs for their own, of course women who are interested in the mitochondria treatment program and for research so we can move forward with these types of projects.”

There is a three year waiting list for donor eggs at centre. A third of donors give eggs to someone they know.

<![CDATA[Police’s vow to grieving parents after vandals run amok in Sunderland children’s cemetery]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/police-s-vow-to-grieving-parents-after-vandals-run-amok-in-sunderland-children-s-cemetery-1-8554866 Prestige.Item.1.90436486 2017-05-21T20:29:15.015Z
The damage caused to the children's cemetery
The damage caused to the children's cemetery

Police’s vow to grieving parents after vandals run amok in Sunderland children’s cemetery

Mark Payne

Police have vowed to bring those responsible to justice after grieving parents discovered sickening damage to graves in a children’s cemetery in Sunderland.

Families were left heartbroken after vandals struck in the baby garden at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, in Chester Road, at the weekend.

Darren John Mason's grave before the damage in Bishopwearmouth Cemetert
Darren John Mason's grave before the damage in Bishopwearmouth Cemetert

Pictures have been shared on social media showing mementos including teddy bears scattered across plots and statues knocked over.

Northumbria Police said they were informed of the damage on Sunday night.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Phil Baker said: “This mindless damage has caused unnecessary distress to the family of those involved who have not only suffered the tragic loss of a loved one but now the added worry and cost of restoring their resting place.

“I would like to extend my utmost condolences to the families who have been affected and let them know we will do all we can to find those responsible, and I would urge anyone who has any information to get in contact with us.

“Officers will be on patrol throughout the cemetery to help prevent any further offences and try to identify those involved.”

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 949 of 220517 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Angi Barnett, whose son Darren John Mason, is buried in the cemetery, was among the plots that have been vandalised.

Angi said: “It’s really upsetting. My son was stillborn and died 22 years ago.

“It is a long time ago but he is still my son. It is heartbreaking that these vile creatures out there can go out and do things like this.

“All the other mothers and fathers who have lost kids shouldn’t have to see such things like this.”

She called on Sunderland City Council to do more to monitor and protect the cemetery.

Kati Bohill, secretary of the Friends of Bishopwearmouth Baby Garden group, said: “It’s horrible.

“It is not just the parents who are affected, it is their siblings, grandparents, aunties and uncles and godparents.

“To wilfully smash and damage things in such a sensitive area is completely heartless.

“It is just totally uncalled for. You can imagine the level of distress it has caused.

“People are rushing down. You have a sick feeling in your stomach thinking what are you going to have to deal with.”

The police have been informed.

Kati estimated up to a quarter of the plots have been affected in some way. A smaller number of adult plots in the cemetery are also said to have suffered some damage.

<![CDATA[David Moyes he had signings lined up - but then resigned]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/david-moyes-he-had-signings-lined-up-but-then-resigned-1-8554733 Prestige.Item.1.90420131 2017-05-21T18:45:00.000Z
Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford is beaten for Chelsea's first goal by Willian (out of picture).
Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford is beaten for Chelsea's first goal by Willian (out of picture).

David Moyes he had signings lined up - but then resigned

Richard Mennear

Sunderland boss David Moyes said yesterday he had plans in place for new signings.

After yesterday’s final-day defeat at Chelsea, Moyes said he would sit down with owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain in London this week to thrash out a way forward.

That meeting happened today ... and Moyes resigned.

Speaking in the aftermath of the game, Moyes was asked about the meeting of the club’s hierarchy in the coming days.

“Some time this week we’ll meet up,” said Moyes.

“Hopefully in a few days’ time.”

When pressed again on his own future, Moyes added: “I’m a man who’s just finished losing a game and I’m gutted we lost and the way we lost it. That’s how I feel.

“I’m gutted we’ve been relegated and really disappointed with the way the season’s gone.

“But what do you do? Football has winners and people who lose.

“Chelsea are winners today and I hope, at some point in the future, we’re involved in something similar.”

Moyes added: “We’re well under way behind the scenes – we’ve got a lot of things done. We’ve met the players’ agents and Martin Bain’s been told what players we’re keeping.

“Like every other club, I’m sure we’ll put a retained and a released list out. That’ll come hopefully in the next few days.”

Today’s meeting, though, brought an end to Moyes tenure and Sunderland are again looking for another boss.

<![CDATA[Bizarre guard of honour mid-match, reinforcing midfield key plus four other things learned from Sunderland’s defeat to Chelsea]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/bizarre-guard-of-honour-mid-match-reinforcing-midfield-key-plus-four-other-things-learned-from-sunderland-s-defeat-to-chelsea-1-8554680 Prestige.Item.1.90435612 2017-05-21T18:15:00.000Z
John Terry gets a mid-match guard of honour as he makes his final appearance for Chelsea, against Sunderland today
John Terry gets a mid-match guard of honour as he makes his final appearance for Chelsea, against Sunderland today

Bizarre guard of honour mid-match, reinforcing midfield key plus four other things learned from Sunderland’s defeat to Chelsea

Richard Mennear

Sunderland’s pitiful season finally ended today, with a 5-1 defeat at Premier League Chelsea.

Here’s what we learned from the afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland team to be ripped up:

The team that faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the glorious May sunshine will bear no resemblance to the team that kicks off the Championship in August.

Jordan Pickford likely to be sold this summer, loanees Adnan Januzaj and Javier Manquillo will be sent back.

Fabio Borini will almost certainly be sold, with John O’Shea, Seb Larsson and Joleon Lescott all out of contract, although it seems likely at least the skipper O’Shea will earn a new deal.

Question marks also over Jack Rodwell. Pickford aside, will any of them be missed should they depart?

After this season, no. This Sunderland squad needs ripping up and starting all over again.

Jermain Defoe’s Sunderland career ends with a hamstring strain:

David Moyes’ options for the club’s final Premier League appearance had been hit hard in the run-up to the game with Didier Ndong and Lamine Kone adding to the late injury woe.

Jermain Defoe was the other big notable absentee from the Sunderland squad, the striker having failed a late fintess test after suffering from a hamstring strain.

A sad way for his Sunderland career to come to an end, with the 34-year-old moving on as a free agent this summer.

He was at Stamford Bridge but suited and booted.

Fans will never see him wear the red and white of Sunderland again.

Surprise goal for Javier Manquillo but loan players won’t be missed:

Sunderland sprung an early surprise, taking the lead after just three minutes through Atletico Madrid loanee Javier Manquillo.

The right-back hasn’t done too badly since returning to the Sunderland fold in recent weeks and he capped it off with a fine finish, volleying home from close range.

Overall, though, the loanees won’t be missed. Manquillo hasn’t done enough to make his move permanent, while Adnan Januzaj has been a disaster.

Moyes would have been better off playing one of the younger lads up front. Jason Denayer was hit and miss this season. Time for all parties to move on.

Reinforcing midfield has to be one of the summer priorities:

With Jordan Pickford and Jermain Defoe inevitably set for pastures new this summer, replacing those pivotal figures will be key.

But reshaping the Sunderland midfield must also be high on the agenda. It has been a major problem all season and while Chelsea are champions for a reason, Sunderland didn’t lay a glove during the game.

Lee Cattermole was his usual combative self, but he needs help around him. Jack Rodwell and Seb Larsson are no longer the answer. Too slow, too pedestrian. The ball needs to be moved quicker.

Didier Ndong missed out through injury and Sunderland will do well to keep hold of him. Bringing in midfield reinforcements must be a key priority.

Carnival atmosphere at the Bridge but nothing to celebrate for Sunderland:

Free programmes for fans, marching band around the stadium before kick-off plus the traditional guard of honour for the league winners.

It was party time at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland, who respectfully paid their tributes to Chelsea’s league win with the guard of honour, were mere bystanders in the celebrations though.

The 2016-17 campaign has been dire pretty much from the off, with the brief flurry of wins in November and December the only thing to briefly lift spirits.

Chelsea fans, players and coaching staff made the most of their success in the sunshine.

For Sunderland, a huge summer awaits as they bid to rebuild in the second tier.

The game has officially gone.

Has the world gone mad?

In the 26th minute of the game, Chelsea skipper and legend John Terry was substituted by Antonio Conte - his final appearance for Chelsea.

Terry, who wears the number 26 shirt, was then widely hugged and applauded by both sets of players before making his way off the Stamford Bridge turf for the final time.

So far, not much wrong with that even if it was a tad over the top. But then his Chelsea teammates proceed to form a guard of honour to salute their captain.

A guard of honour mid-match. The game has gone.

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Sunderland V Swansea City Premiere League, 13th May 207. Picture by FRANK REID
Sunderland V Swansea City Premiere League, 13th May 207. Picture by FRANK REID

David Moyes admits Sunderland stopped play to allow John Terry’s Chelsea send-off

Phil Smith

David Moyes says that Sunderland agreed to John Terry’s ovation in the 26th minute of his side’s 5-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Terry, making his final appearance at Stamford Bridge, started the game but was replaced by Gary Cahill.

26 has been his shirt number throughout a glittering career for this season’s champions.

His Chelsea team-mates then formed a guard of honour as he left the pitch, delaying the game for a number of minutes as he received a standing ovation from the stands.

It was a carnival atmosphere at Stamford Bridge as the supporters hailed not just John Terry but also manager Antonio Conte and owner Roman Abramovich.

Black Cats boss Moyes said he felt Terry deserved a send-off, Jordan Pickford kicking the ball out of play to allow it to happen.

He said: “I think John Terry, in his own way, deserves a great send off. He got that today. We knew it was coming, and we agreed to put the ball out. It was Diego Costa that actually asked Jordan to kick the ball out. We actually did it about 15 second too early, but we knew it was happening.”

The decision has sparked a fierce backlash from Sunderland fans as the Black Cats fell to another heavy defeat.

Chelsea had initially looked to have lost much of their momentum in the game after Terry’s substitution, previously dominant and creating a host of chances but surprisingly pedestrian in the aftermath.

They ran amok in the closing stages of the game, however, as Michy Batshuayi scored a late brace to add gloss to the scoreline for the Champions.

Sunderland’s resistance had been all but ended in the 77th minute after Joleon Lescott, making his full Sunderland debut, headed a Fabregas long bal lover Jordan Pickford’s head, Pedro racing in to score.

Sunderland opened the scoring int he third minute but could only muster another two shots on target.

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Chelsea's Willian celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. PA pic.
Chelsea's Willian celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. PA pic.

Chelsea 5 Sunderland 1: A tame end to a wretched season

Phil Smith

It played out as the John Terry testimonial, and Sunderland it must be said were fairly ideal opponents.

They took a shock lead through Javier Manquillo and showed endeavour throughout, but were not good enough to compete with the power and movement of Chelsea’s attacking midfield, in the end overrun once more.

Willian and Eden Hazard were imperious, well worth their goals and proving too much for a Sunderland back three with a combined age of 100.

Up front, the Black Cats, missing Jermain Defoe, with a hamstring injury, lacked presence and the ability to hold the ball up for any period of time.

Chelsea were far from their best but had more than enough.

It said much that Antonio Conte, normally an electric, fevered presence on the touchline, spent his afternoon basking in the adoration of the Chelsea faithful.

To begin with it was surreal, Adnan Januzaj showing the quality so scarce this season as he coasted clear of N’Golo Kante and David Luiz, the latter forced to foul the Belgian as he threatened to break into the box.

Seb Larsson’s free-kick, deflected, broke to the back post where Terry, whose every touch was being applauded, has left Javier Manquillo escape at the back post.

His finish was emphatic, Courtois helpless as the Spaniard, in a slight surreal twist, scored his first goal of the season to give the visitors an unlikely lead.

It lasted just give minutes. Former Sunderland loanee Marco Alonso hit the bar with an almost perfect free-kick, a stramash ensuing in the box as the Black Cats failed to clear. Too many Sunderland defenders had been sucked towards the ball and Willian was free to rifle home at the far post, Jordan Pickford got a hand to it but the pace of the Brazilian’s strike was too much.

From there it looked as if the Black Cats would be overwhelmed. Chelsea began to hit their stride, their pace and movement on the ball a major test for Sunderland’s ageing defence. Pickford did well to save an Alonso drive from the left hand side, while Eden Hazard inexplicably failed to convert a Moses cross with the goal gaping. Diego Costa ought to converted David Luiz’s free-kick at the back post fifteen minutes in, but could turn wide.

Sunderland, limited to two poor long-range efforts from Lee Cattermole, were struggling but Chelsea’s momentum was drained by the farcical substitution of John Terry, given a guard of honour as he was taken off in the 26th minute.

Willian went close to a second but the rest of the half was played at a tepid pace. The Black Cats should have gone into the break ahead, another Larsson free-kick falling this time to the feet of John O’Shea, but the Irishman could only shoot straight at Courtois. The Irishman had an impressive half, marshaling Diego Costa well, who was booked for his theatrics late in the opening period as the two clashed near the half way line.

The Black Cats had been a threat from set-pieces all afternoon and came close early in the second half as a Jack Rodwell header forced a good save from Courtois, diving low to his left.

Sunderland were preparing Lynden Gooch for action, Chelsea Michy Batshuayi as the hour approached.

The Belgian was set to replace Diego Costa, but before his departure he had a key hand in his side’s second. He controlled a cross field pass before sliding in Eden Hazard. Billy Jones stood off and Hazard showed his turn of pace to get clear in the box and fire home.

Not unlike the Emirates in midweek, Sunderland ran out of steam as their opponents technical superiority began to tell. Chelsea struggled to carve out clear opportunities but were handed their third on a plate as Joleon Lescott, who had until that point done quite well on his full debut, headed a long ball over the head of a stranded Jordan Pickford. Pedro was quick to spot the opportunity and headed into an open goal.

Batshuayi added a fourth in stoppage time as Pickford’s poor kick found Pedro, who raced through to slide in the Belgian striker.

He added a fifth on the final whistle, racing into the box unopposed and firing into the far post.

It was a tame end to a wretched season.

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Sunderland's Javier Manquillo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA picl
Sunderland's Javier Manquillo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA picl

Player ratings: Who stood out as Sunderland go out with a whimper at Chelsea?

Richard Mennear

Sunderland’s 10-year Premier League stay came to an end with a whimper, going down 5-1 to Champions Chelsea.

Richard Mennear gives his player ratings.

Sunderland (5-3-2)

Jordan Pickford: Likely to be his last appearance in a Sunderland shirt. Helped keep Chelsea at bay first half. Will be disappointed in Chelsea’s fourth, his error leading to it....6

Javier Manquillo: Pounced on Larsson’s deflected free-kick to put Sunderland in front with a very smart finish. Struggled defensively....5

Billy Jones: Had his work cut out with wave after wave of Chelsea attacks. Just about coped first half but was beaten too easily by Hazard for second....5

John O’Shea (C): Enjoyed an ongoing battle with Diego Costa to end the season. Held his own. Sunderland fell apart in final stages....5

Joleon Lescott: Thrown in for his first start in a Sunderland shirt. Part of a back three, kept it simple. Passing could have been better and he was at fault for third goal with poor header...5

Bryan Oviedo: Tried to get forward when he could but Chelsea’s attacking threat made it difficult....6

Seb Larsson: Spent most of the afternoon trying to track the Chelsea runners. Of which there were a lot.....5

Lee Cattermole: Tried his luck with a couple of long range attempts. Combative as ever. Chelsea midfield ran Sunderland ragged though...6

Jack Rodwell: Didn’t have a huge impact on the game. Similar to Larsson, midfield had hands full with Chelsea runners. Should have scored with powerful header....5

Fabio Borini: Offered little up front, the service to him and Januzaj was limited though given how much of the ball Chelsea had but he didn’t do enough when he had it...5

Adnan Januzaj: Offered little up front and won’t be missed. Subbed after an hour for Gooch. Has been a major disappointment....5


Lynden Gooch (for Januzaj, 62): Keen to make an impression but had little impact on the game when he came on....6

Darron Gibson (for Cattermole, 88): Moyes opted to give Gibson the final few minutes rather than one of the younger players. N/A

Subs Not Used: Mannone, Maja, Asoro, Love, Embleton

Booked: Jones (47)

Goals: Manquillo (3)

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois 7, Azpilicueta 7, David Luiz 7, Terry (C) 6 (Cahill, 26, 7); Moses 7, Kante 8, Fabregas 7, Alonso 7; Willian 7, Diego Costa 7 (Batshuayi, 62, 7), Hazard 8 (Pedro, 70, 7).

Subs Not Used: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Chalobah, Matic

Booked: Costa (39)

Goals: Willian (8), Hazard (61), Pedro (77), Batshuayi (90, 92+3)

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire): Kept the game flowing, no major decisions to call.....6

Attendance: 41,618

<![CDATA[Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Cash in on the latest fashions]]> http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/opinion/katie-bulmer-cooke-cash-in-on-the-latest-fashions-1-8552179 Prestige.Item.1.90254865 2017-05-21T17:00:00.000Z
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Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Cash in on the latest fashions

I’ve had a nostalgic week, and it all started last Monday when I was asked to speak at a national conference for schools.

The idea of the event was to help those involved in marketing the school, to come up with new ideas to get both kids and parents engaged with the school and ultimately influence which school parents choose to send their kids to.

I delivered a keynote on how schools can use social media to their advantage and as part of the presentation I included a photograph of my 12 year old self, dressed in my Farringdon School uniform.

It’s fair to say that the photograph got more than a few laughs, exclusively down to the fact that I was wearing big, frilly, white socks over the top of thick black tights. What on earth was I thinking? It must have been fashionable at the time, as all of my mates wore them too.

The response to the photograph got me thinking about how fashions have changed over the years and all of the little trends that have been, swept Sunderland and then disappeared as quickly as they came. Do you remember the super bright hair scrunchies, usually in pink, yellow, orange and green, that us girls stacked on top of each other at the base of their pony tail? At their height of fashion, around 1995, they were so popular that even local fruit and veg shops were selling them and there were even reports of people having them stolen from their heads while wearing them, because they were in such short supply and demand was so high!

Fast forward a few years and it was time for Adidas ‘poppers’ to shine. Who would have thought that tracksuit bottoms with press studs up the sides would be quite so popular. I remember wearing them as a teenager and teaming them with a cream ‘Kickers’ jumper…oh how fashionable I thought I was!

It seems that unusual fashions just keep emerging, and fast forward to 2017 and who would have thought that so many people would be out and about in Sunderland in big coats with wolves on the back? Where has this trend come from? I literally spot someone in a wolf jacket everyday!

It appears to me that the kids of our wonderful city are doing a better job in the new-trend stakes than the adults, with so many girls sporting over-sized hair bows. I think they are super cute and much more socially acceptable than the giant, glow in the dark hair scrunchies from back in my day (goodness I sound old!).

I wonder what will be the next fashion fad to grab our attention in Sunderland? One thing is for sure, if you’re first to the party, there is a lot of money to be made from cashing in on the latest trend to sweep the city…remember Flossy shoes…I’d guess that whoever managed to get their hands on a boat load of them will have made a packet…and good on them too.

I’d love to know what your favourite fashions were, so why not tweet me with your pics to @katiebulmer1 on Twitter.

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Sunderland keeper Anke Preuss conceded seven times today.
Sunderland keeper Anke Preuss conceded seven times today.

Sunderland thrashed by seven-up Chelsea

Sunderland Ladies crashed to a 7-0 hammering at home to Chelsea this afternoon.

Fran Kirby scored twice as the Blues put in a tremendous display in the first half at Hetton in the FA WSL1 Spring Series.

The Blues were on top from the off, with Gemma Davison missing from the penalty spot before Erin Cuthbert fired in after a strong run from Maren Mjelde.

And once So Yun Ji clipped a delightful pass through for Karen Carney to score, the floodgates opened and Sunderland succumbed to Chelsea’s pressure.

Carney and Ji combined to set up the wonderful Mjelde to fire home, before substitute Ramona Bachmann, who replaced the injured Eniola Aluko early on, crisply found the bottom corner.

And there was time for a fifth just before the break as Carney supplied Cuthbert from close ranges.

Chelsea continued to create in the second period but Sunderland defended far better, while Lucy Staniforth and went close to pulling one back.

But Chelsea extended their lead with 15 minutes remaining as Kirby marked her return to the team with a neat finish from a Carney pass, before bending it another shortly before the end.

The result moves Chelsea above Arsenal and up into second in the table, behind early pacesetters Liverpool.

Sunderland: Preuss, Sharpe, Bannon (capt), Williams, Holmes (Brown 84), Hill, Lambert (Joice 45), Staniforth, Bruinenberg, Roche, Ramshaw (Leon 70). Subs not used: Olsen, Pattinson, Galloway, Gibson.

Chelsea: Telford, Flaherty (capt), Fahey, Davison, Carney, Aluko (Bachmann 15, Kirby 52), Ji, England (Dunn 52), Mjelde, Cooper, Cuthbert. Subs not used: Kitching, Bright, Spence.

Attendance: 775

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