Northern Alliance

MURTON have crashed out of the Premier Division after a nightmare seven-game losing run.

Middlesbrough 2, West Ham United 0

BORO brought back the noise to the Riverside last night with a polished FA Cup performance that gave their gagged fans every reason to break the cheering ban.

Fulham 0, Newcastle United 1

IT was scrappy, disjointed, tight and tedious. It was, for anyone who stumbled across it as a neutral, an ugly and unattractive spectacle with all the appeal of EastEnders’ Pat Butcher wearing nothing more than fishnet stockings.

Painting of Scarlet Johansson

Real McCoy celebrates those who don’t exist

THE glamorous world of art and super-stardom are expertly blended in an exhibition of rather beautiful paintings currently on show at Opus Gallery in Newcastle.

Les Dennis

Oh, yes it really is

It’s that time of year again – oh, yes it is!

Teaser: James Allen

The ape that likes to stand naked...

IN just five years, James Allen has nurtured his advertising company from a baby into a multi-million pound beast.

Secret recipe for stottie is revealed

FOR anyone who has ever wondered how one of the region’s best loved foodstuffs is made, or where Newcastle Falcons star Jonny Wilkinson gets his all important energy from, one new charity book has all the answers.

A treat that melts in your mouth...

IT’s 1957. A stranger lost in the fog knocks on the door of a house.

Three sharing the lead

WARK, Murton and Penrith United are sharing the leadership in the First Division after five games.

The love affair goes on

Natural born actor James Baxter is hoping the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will bring a repeat of the applause he earned in his native North-East, as David Whetstone reports.

Sea angling

The unseasonable conditions have brought quite a few codling ashore with anglers who have been targeting them, even during daylight taking three or four codling to around 3lb to fresh crab baits.

Sea angling

Although there have been a good number of cod taken, including monsters of 30lb plus, with a good few big doubles from the Tyne and Hartlepool, it was ling that took the top prizes in the Fraser's Boat Competition for the heaviest fish.

The gospel according to Coronation Street

Church-goers across the region will be kept up to date with the latest happenings in the TV soaps when the new Bishop of Jarrow takes to the pulpit.

Sea angling

Boat catches are certainly on the up from all ports with ling now reaching the 20lb mark with a few coming from the wrecks.

Sea angling

Even though boats anglers have been thrown around a bit when they have been out, catches have still been reasonable, with decent numbers of cod and ling to 15lb.

Drive is Stevens' X Factor

Matt Stevens has met Nelson Mandela and performed on television's X Factor since he last played rugby for England.

Awards thrill for cast of `Corrie'

Everyone at Coronation Street is "thrilled to bits" after the programme swept the board at the British Soap Awards, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Sea Angling

Not a single North East angler featured in the top placings in the Maryport Spring Open, Paul Webster of Maryport taking the heaviest bag of four fish for 8-13-8, which included the heaviest fish, a fine bass of 4-15-12.

Victoria enjoys a dramatic victory

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Serious role secures Wood's Bafta record

Sea angling

Boat angling continues to improve with charter boats fishing from Hartlepool, Tyne, Whitby and Blyth, all reporting reasonable catches.

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Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer