All stories for 21 Apr 2012

Middlesex v Durham: Day three close

GRAHAM Onions bowled Andrew Strauss for the second day running at Lord's, but Durham will need some quick wickets tomorrow morning to have any real chance of their first County Championship win this season.

Middlesex v Durham: Day three tea

DURHAM closed in on a first-innings lead at tea on day three of their County Championship game against Middlesex at Lord's, but it seems unlikely they will be able to win it without batting again.

Middlesex v Durham: Day three lunch

DURHAM made a bright start as they set about replying to Middlesex's 188 all out at Lord's this morning.

NUFC loud crowd is crucial says Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has appealed for the support and understanding of the Tyneside public as his Newcastle United side look to take a giant step towards European football.

Martin O'Neill: Aston Villa went sour

MARTIN O’Neill yesterday just about managed to stop himself from spilling the beans on why he really quit Aston Villa two years ago.

Newcastle Falcons 3 Saracens 9

NEWCASTLE Falcons will be glued to their radios this afternoon, knowing that a London Wasps win at Bath would relegate them from the Aviva Premiership.

Newcastle mayoral "blackmail" accusations aimed at Government

THE Government has been accused of trying to “blackmail” the people of Newcastle into having an elected mayor after suggestions that a “No” vote would hit the North East’s economy.

Mike Williamson: Competitive cooking proves team spirit is strong

NAPOLÉON Bonaparte once said an army marches on its stomach. In the case of Newcastle United’s unlikely tilt for a Champions League slot this season, that has certainly proved to be correct.

Newcastle Eagles 81 Cheshire Jets 96

NEWCASTLE Eagles fell to a third loss on the bounce when they were downed 96-81 by Cheshire Jets at Sport Central after once again opting to leave three of their star players on the side-lines.

Police close in on Durham Oriental Museum raiders

POLICE say they are confident the net is beginning to close over a gang responsible for a daring raid at a North museum after a third car was seized.

David Miliband given petition over the pasty tax

A PETITION against the so-called “pasty tax” will be presented to Chancellor George Osborne after 7,000 North East savoury customers joined growing protests.

Heaton vicar died after bike hit by moving car

A RESPECTED North East vicar died after his bike was clipped by a moving car, an inquest heard.

Roman artefacts at Epiacum churned up by moles

EARTH burrowing moles are responsible for digging up some of Roman Britain’s deepest secrets in a remote corner of West Northumberland.

Acklington prison inmate Carl Wilson cut fellow inmate’s throat

A PRISONER at a Northumberland jail tried to murder a fellow inmate as he gave him a neck massage.

Newcastle Falcons team-mates gear up for Virgin Money Cyclone

THE end of the season doesn’t mean the end of the hard work for these rugby boys from Tyneside.

I had a difficult act to follow, admits Alex McLeish

ALEX McLeish has confirmed how difficult an act Martin O’Neill was to follow.

Bogie’s side may clean up in Bath

AMID April’s showers, beware Bath. Come clean there, Ian Bogie says, and Gateshead might yet clean up.

Darlington FC priority is to get one more win

DOWN but not, yet, out of business, Darlington have been challenged to end the season with a long-overdue win.

Martin O'Neill managing nicely in aim for top-10 placing

MARTIN O’Neill’s abilities as a manager can perhaps be best judged on what happens to football clubs after he leaves them.

Wearside League

WITH only a single point separating the pair, the outcome of next Wednesday’s game between leaders Redcar Athletic and Ryhope CW will be crucial.

Northern Alliance

THE Shankhouse pitch is a concern ahead of their clash with title-chasing Heaton Stannington.

Greg Abbott is left with difficult decisions

CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott will be hoping his team can maintain their bid to reach the League One play-offs – especially after the week he’s had.

Evo-Stik First Division North

DICKIE Ord insists Durham City have learnt valuable lessons this season which will stand them in good stead next year.

Boro are powerless if play-offrivals win

BY the time Middlesbrough kick off against Southampton later today, next season’s Championship status could well be secured.

STL Northern League

PERRY Briggs will attempt to plot the downfall of his former team when Newcastle Benfield line up against championship contenders Spennymoor Town at the Sam Smiths ground this afternoon.

Euro qualification leaves question mark over pre-season

ALAN Pardew admits the uncertainty over European qualification is playing havoc with Newcastle United’s pre-season plans.

Neale Cooper wants Hartlepool United to hurt more

NEALE Cooper has demanded a response from his players after accusing them of not hurting enough after last week’s defeat against relegation candidates Chesterfield.

Busy weekend ahead for North East’s racers

NEWCASTLE Diamonds and Berwick Bandits both face two matches in two days, culminating in tomorrow’s North East derby.

Fresh start for Northumberland as they take on Cheshire

NORTHUMBERLAND’S brave new world gets underway tomorrow as they take on Cheshire in their opening Minor Counties Knockout Trophy match at South Northumberland.

John Graham as hungry as ever for glory

JOHN Graham begins his tenth year as captain of South Northumberland with his ambition undiminished despite a decade of unprecedented success.

Inspirational Graham Onions steals limelight from Strauss

IT started with the focus on one captain’s search for form and ended with another finding his, but the abiding memory of a frustrating Lord’s day was the performance of Graham Onions.

Swalwell hope to have six appeal

WHAT price Swalwell making it six of the best when the NTSL season begins this afternoon?

Review: The Avenue by Samuel W Herbert

THE unputdownable book can be hard to find but one that did it for me over Easter was The Avenue by Samuel W Herbert.

Forum Books Weekender opens at Corbridge Parish Hall

THE first Forum Books Weekender opens today, welcoming leading writers to Corbridge Parish Hall.

North East firms rewarded for innovation

THE impact of North East companies abroad has been reflected in this year’s batch of Queen’s Award winners.

Painted Rummy runs at Hexham Racecourse

RACEGOERS at Hexham’s St. George’s Day meeting on Monday will find an intriguing and rare runner particularly interesting.

Review: Close the Coalhouse Door, at Northern Stage, Newcastle

I ADMIT I wasn’t in the best of moods when I arrived at the theatre straight from a long day at the office and soaked by a downpour.

Majority must stand up and protect Grand National

WITH its worldwide appeal, the Grand National will always be on a hiding to nothing.

Record prize sees bumper entries for Braes of Derwent

RECORD prize money of £2850 has helped to attract a bumper total of 135 entries for tomorrow’s Braes of Derwent fixture at the Downhills course near Corbridge, where a seven-race card starts at 1.30pm.

Galaxy will Rock for Jonjo in Coral Scottish National

WHEN it comes to staying chasers, Jonjo O’Neill sets his sights on specific targets and has a knack at producing them spot on for the day.

Herd in better health at DairyCo’s Carcary monitor farm

ACHIEVING numerous herd health targets has topped the agenda at DairyCo’s Carcary Monitor Farm during the past 12 months.

Acklington mart: April 20

North East Livestock Sales sold 78 cattle including 27 cows, 1411 sheep comprising 887 hoggs and 534 cast ewes.

Northumberland council workers get their jobs back after contract wrangle

LOYAL council workers left in limbo have returned to their jobs – after their plight saw town hall bosses have a change of heart.

Ex-Pegswood councillor Jim Burley guilty of sending racially abusive letters

A FORMER parish council chairman has been convicted of sending racially abusive letters to his former lover after she started a relationship with a Nigerian man.

Dr Tim Brennan in the running to raise charity funds

A RESPECTED North East artist has put himself in the frame for the challenge of a lifetime.

Ryton dentist takes on role in Calamity Jane musical

THE double life of a North East dentist will be revealed on stage in front of hundreds of thrilled next week.

Lord Ridley remembered by hundreds at memorial service

HUNDREDS gathered yesterday to pay tribute to a “truly great man of Northumberland”, Lord Ridley, who died last month.

Newcastle easyJet announces flights to Amsterdam

LOW-FARE airline easyJet has announced a series of new routes including one from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

Mount Oswald Golf Club sees third attempt by Banks Developers to build on site

THE company behind £200m plans to build on a well-established North East golf course are hoping it will be third time lucky when they apply for planning permission later this year.

Cornhill windfarm campaigner tries to halt turbines

AN anti-wind campaigner in Northumberland is gearing up to take on council bosses in what could be a landmark case.


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