Real rock Rodgers' Reds

The Northern Echo: Liverpool's Steve Gerrard leaves the field at the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 22, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Martin

11:12pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Real Madrid showed exactly why they are European champions and how far Liverpool have fallen down the pecking order with a 3-0 victory in a display which oozed class at Anfield.

Podolski grabs dramatic late winner

The Northern Echo: THUMBS UP: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski up at the end of his team's Champions League win over Anderlecht

10:31pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Anderlecht 1 Arsenal 2

Magpies striker could be honoured in Spain

The Northern Echo: One last chance: Hatem Ben Arfa, pictured playing for Hull, is determined to prove he can play for one of Europe's big teams when he becomes a free agent next summer

9:19pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED youngster Ayoze Perez might be waiting for his big chance at St James’ Park, but he is in line for an award after his stunning form in Spain last season.

Howarth hits the spot with new Crook record

The Northern Echo: Top man: John Howarth, left, receives his scorecard from Crook captain Sean Lauder after hitting 64

8:32pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD course record was finally broken when John Howarth turned on the style at Crook Golf Club – and he already has his sights on breaking it again.

Fraser from the Fairway: Durham and Yorkshire making changes at the top

The Northern Echo: New role: Jonathan Ward is inn line to become the new secretary of Durham Golf Union

8:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THERE are a few big changes taking place at the top of the county golf scene in Durham and Yorkshire, with the man who helped spearhead the drive to encourage more people to take up golf moving in to another key role.

Murray new favourite for Pools job

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town.  Paul Parry and Paul Murray battle for the ball. (11835892)

6:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PAUL MURRAY, the former Hartlepool United midfielder, was yesterday a big mover in the bookmakers’ market to become the club’s next manager.

Trio of Middlesbrough writers come back to their roots for talk

The Northern Echo: TALKING SPORT: Harry Pearson, the author who wrote 'The Far Corner'

4:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAT trick of North-East football writers will be holding a discussion on the beautiful game and their writing ahead of this Saturday’s Middlesbrough match.

Match Analysis: Accrington 3 Hartlepool United 1

The Northern Echo:

9:19am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT WAS at Accrington Stanley where Hartlepool United emerged from lower league under-performers to promotion contenders. But that was in 2006. It’s a different story in 2014.

Road To Rio: North-East rowers among the medals at British Championships

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DURHAM’S Jess Eddie and Richmond’s Zoe Lee teamed up to win two gold medals at last weekend’s British Rowing Championships.

It's still Miller time as Paralympic great eyes Rio Games

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT is 18 years since Stephen Miller won his first Paralympic gold medal in Atlanta, but as he prepares to embark on another gruelling winter training programme, the Cramlington club thrower remains as driven and committed as ever.

Stuart Hall Diary: Sun, sea and a sense of excitement in Monte Carlo

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

STUART Hall takes on Randy Caballero for the IBF World Bantamweight title in Monte Carlo on Saturday, and in the last of his exclusive Northern Echo diaries, the Darlington fighter outlines how his final preparations are going

Match Facts: Accrington 3 Hartlepool 1

The Northern Echo:

9:22am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Match facts from Hartlepool United's 3-1 loss to Accrington Stanley last night.

We did things the right way - Sir Alex

The Northern Echo: THE RIGHT WAY: Sir Alex Ferguson insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes weren't followed in the appointment of David Moyes as his successor

11:17am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SIR ALEX FERGUSON insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes were not followed prior to the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as his Manchester United successor.

Mourinho not worried about losing striking duo

The Northern Echo: Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho during a press conference at Cobham Training Ground, Surrey

11:24am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

JOSE MOURINHO insisted he is unfazed at taking Premier League leaders Chelsea to Manchester United on Sunday without injured pair Diego Costa and Loic Remy after the France striker suffered a groin problem in Tuesday night's Champions League thrashing of Maribor.

Gerrard relishing Real reunion

The Northern Echo:

11:09am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard admits the direction his side and Real Madrid have taken in the last five years means their Champions League meeting at Anfield should be regarded as a "bonus" match.

It's my fault, admits Karanka as Boro spurn chance to go top of the Championship

The Northern Echo: FRUSTRATION: Middlesborough's Adam Reach looks dejected after missing a chance to score Picture: Action Images / Alex Morton

10:48pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks he has to take the blame after watching Middlesbrough’s seven-match unbeaten run come to an end in frustrating fashion at Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.

Match Report: Spennymoor Town 4 Darlington 0

The Northern Echo: Durham County F.A. Challenge Cup. Spennymoor Town V Darlington. Spennymoor's Nathan Fisher scores from the penalty spot. Picture: TOM BANKS (11778030)

10:31pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO Darlington old boys combined to help Spennymoor Town put four goals past their former club in the Durham Challenge Cup last night.

Match Report: Wolves 2 Middlesbrough 0

The Northern Echo:

9:47pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AFTER going seven matches without losing in the Championship, Middlesbrough were given a firm reminder of how just how tough it will be to force their way in to the automatic promotion spots at Molineux.

Team news: Four changes for Boro at Wolves

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Kenneth Omeruo in action for Middlesbrough

7:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

KENNETH OMERUO has returned to the Middlesbrough starting line-up as one of four changes by Aitor Karanka.

No changes for Collins and Pools

The Northern Echo:

7:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SAM Collins has resisted the temptation to change his side and Hartlepool United keep the same XI for the third game in a row.

COMMENT: Sunderland's compensation decision is commendable - but wrong

The Northern Echo:

5:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUNDERLAND’S players didn’t have to provide financial compensation for Saturday’s embarrassment at Southampton, so it is to their credit that they have decided to put their hands in their pocket to refund the match tickets of the 2,600 supporters who travelled to the south coast.

Better late than never as Obertan steps out of the Newcastle shadows

The Northern Echo:

3:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HE might have been the unlikeliest of Newcastle United match winners, but perhaps it was only appropriate that Gabriel Obertan was the player to ease some of the mounting pressure on manager Alan Pardew at the weekend.

Sunderland players confirm they will refund Southampton match tickets

The Northern Echo:

3:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUNDERLAND'S players have confirmed they will refund the cost of supporters' match tickets for last weekend's 8-0 humiliation at Southampton.

Pools make loan signing

The Northern Echo: Guiseley's Gavin Rothery breaks away from Huddersfield Town's Matt Crooks and Duane Holmes

12:58pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED caretaker boss Sam Collins has made his first signing - the loan capture of Matt Crooks from Huddersfield Town.

Tuesday Topic: Stick or twist? What should Gus Poyet do after Sunderland's humiliating defeat at Southampton?

The Northern Echo: HUMILIATED: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

7:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

After Sunderland were thrashed 8-0 at Southampton, will Gus Poyet make significant changes to his team for the visit of Arsenal on Saturday. Steph Clark looks at five of the North-East’s Premier League heaviest defeats to see what managers did next and how the teams reacted.

Aitor Karanka will ignore any promotion talk as Middlesbrough look to make it eight unbeaten at Wolves

The Northern Echo: Brighton and Hove Albion  v Middlesbrough Sky Bet Championship match at the Amex StadiumBrighton's Sami Hyypia alongside Aitor Karanka of BoroPhotograph taken by Simon Dack18 October 2014SD181014A (11648163)

7:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH could go top of the Championship with a win at Wolves tonight, but head coach Aitor Karanka insists he will ignore any of the hype surrounding his team’s promotion chances.

Collins gets his thoughts down early

The Northern Echo: IN CHARGE: Caretaker manager Sam Collins Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:32am Tuesday 21st October 2014

IT didn’t take Sam Collins long to pick his Hartlepool United team for tonight. Pools go to Accrington, under the command of caretaker boss Collins for the fourth time.

Spennymoor and Darlington make changes for cup tie

The Northern Echo: DEBUT: Matty Lovegreen made his first start on Saturday for Darlington. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:12am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Spennymoor Town and Darlington will both select under-strength teams when they meet this evening in the Durham Challenge Cup.

In The Ring: Celebrated North-East promoter returns to the scene

The Northern Echo:

11:32am Tuesday 21st October 2014

FOLLOWING on from the excitement of the recent Wraith Promotions show in South Shields on October 12 a blast from past has sent vibrations through the boxing community.

Mourinho unhappy with Del Bosque

11:58am Tuesday 21st October 2014

CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho is furious at Spain boss Vicente del Bosque after believing Diego Costa's hamstring problem was exacerbated on international duty.

Rodgers warns of a Real threat

11:07am Tuesday 21st October 2014

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side cannot become too focused on stopping Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League this week as Real Madrid have enough quality to hurt them elsewhere.

Colback: Leicester result proves players are fighting to improve Newcastle's position

The Northern Echo:

11:35pm Monday 20th October 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED midfielder Jack Colback believes the performance in their 1-0 win over Leicester City proves the players are fighting for the club after a turbulent few months.

Sunderland midfielder insists Gus Poyet's team did not give up in 8-0 humiliation at Southampton

The Northern Echo: HORRIBLE FEELING: Will Buckley insists Sunderland's players did not give up during their 8-0 defeat to Southampton Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

10:32pm Monday 20th October 2014

WILL BUCKLEY has called for Sunderland to get over Saturday’s humiliating 8-0 defeat to Southampton quickly, but insists the team did not give up at St Mary’s.

Adomah and Tomlin fit to face Wolves, but Clayton likely to miss out

The Northern Echo: HAPPY: Adam Clayton admits Middlesbrough's narrow win will give the squad a boost

2:26pm Monday 20th October 2014

ALBERT ADOMAH and Lee Tomlin are fit to face Wolves tomorrow night, but Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed Adam Clayton could miss out through injury.

Quakers maintain momentum with seventh win

The Northern Echo: IN FORM: Leon Scott, left, celebrates with Alan White after the defender scored his third goal in as many games. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:10am Monday 20th October 2014

The personality of the Darlington team could be seen in their low-key reaction to a seventh successive victory on Saturday.

Birtley do the business

8:46am Monday 20th October 2014

THE GIRLS of Birtley AC did the North-East region proud in the North of England Cross Country Relays at Graves Park, Sheffield, winning the under-17 team race before their Great Britain international Lydia Turner marked her elevation into the junior ranks by out-running her senior rivals in the women’s event.

Frustration for Austin after late goal isn't enough

7:32am Monday 20th October 2014

NEIL Austin revealed his frustration after losing to Luton Town on Saturday.

We had to win ugly, reveals Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor

The Northern Echo: BATTLE: Leicester's Leonardo Ulloa and Newcastle United's Steven Taylor during the Barclays Premier League match at St. James' Park

7:03am Monday 20th October 2014

STEVEN TAYLOR was delighted that Newcastle picked up their first Premier League victory of the season – but admitted that they had to do it the ‘ugly’ way.

Match Analysis: Newcastle United 1 Leicester City 0

The Northern Echo: FINISH: Newcastle United's Gabriel Obertan (centre) scores his goal during the Barclays Premier League match at St. James' Park

7:02am Monday 20th October 2014

FOR ALL the ridicule Newcastle United’s brand-new jumbo LED screen attracted on Saturday afternoon, it in fact brought one of the biggest cheers of the day at St James’ Park.

Match Ratings: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Middlesbrough's 2-1 win at Brighton

Ayala develops into integral member of Boro's first-choice backline

The Northern Echo: Dated: 30/09/2014
Sky Bet Championship 
Middlesbrough vs Blackpool at the Riverside Stadium 
GOAL  Middlesbrough 1, Blackpool 0. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough)  celebrates with team mates after scoring from a  header from the centre of the box to the top ri

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

ONLY one of Middlesbrough’s defenders has started the club’s last five matches, so while Aitor Karanka continues to rotate the majority of his squad members, it is becoming increasingly clear that he views Daniel Ayala as a key part of his strongest selection.

Match Analysis: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AS a born-and-bred Teessider, Ben Gibson can gauge the state of Middlesbrough’s fortunes by the amount of calls and messages to his mobile phone. If his family and friends want to speak to him, things must be going well. If he’s getting the cold shoulder, it’s a safe bet results haven’t been quite as positive.

Mowden suffer cruel late defeat

The Northern Echo: FLYING HIGH: Mowden's Cameron Mitchell gets tackled by Hartpury's Craig Jackson. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (11640884)

6:50am Monday 20th October 2014

Darlington Mowden Park 21 Hartpury College 28

Collins shows promise, but Still Pools fall short

The Northern Echo: SPORTING ACTION: Hartlepool United's caretaker manager Sam Collins in action during the game against Luton Town.Picture: DAVID WOOD (11646693)

6:32am Monday 20th October 2014

SAM COLLINS was in his third game as a (temporary) football manager, up against John Still managing for the 834th time.

Match Facts: Hartlepool United 1 Luton Town 2

6:31am Monday 20th October 2014

Ratings from Victoria Park

Historic south coast shambles leaves Sunderland down but not out

The Northern Echo: FULL TIME: Southampton's giant display shows the final score, 8-0, after the Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

6:09am Monday 20th October 2014

Full-time: Southampton 8 Sunderland 0

Poyet embarrassed and ready to make changes after Sunderland's heavy defeat

The Northern Echo:

9:25am Sunday 19th October 2014

A STUNNED Gus Poyet will subject Sunderland’s humiliated players to a re-run of the 8-0 defeat at Southampton at St Mary’s which left him feeling the most embarrassed he has ever felt in football.

Mannone thinks players should pay out after Sunderland shambles

The Northern Echo: All over: Sunderland's Santiago Vergini picks the ball from the net behind goalkeeper Vito Mannone after Southampton's Sadio Mane scored his side's eighth goal

10:32pm Sunday 19th October 2014

AN APOLOGETIC Vito Mannone thinks Sunderland’s players should group together and reimburse the cost of match tickets and travel expenses to the fans subjected to witnessing one of the worst results in the club’s 125-year history.

Double tops for Durham Wildcats

8:42pm Sunday 19th October 2014

THERE was double joy in the south-west for Durham Wildcats who followed up their win 24 hours earlier in Bristol with a late offensive barrage to take down Plymouth Raiders.

Match ratings: Southampton 8 Sunderland 0

The Northern Echo: Top man: Southampton's Dusan Tadic (second right) celebrates scoring his goal with Jack Cork after running Sunderland ragged

7:02pm Sunday 19th October 2014


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