THIS week 15 years ago, medics worked on North-East footballer James Morrison after he collapsed during a Premiership match.

The Middlesbrough winger received extensive medical treatment after being knocked unconscious during the home game against Tottenham Hotspur.

With the game heading for injury time, the 19-year-old lay motionless on the Riverside Stadium turf after the boot of Spurs’ Robbie Keane struck him in the face as Tottenham challenged for the ball.

James’s father, Charlie, who was not at the game, said at the time: “It was shocking to see it happen on television.”

Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren said the injury sustained by James during the 3-3 draw was not as bad as had first been feared.

Also that week, a British artist followed in the footsteps of Andy Warhol by using a well-known kitchen brand name to create a work of art.

Paul Birdsall had crafted four sculptures using nothing but OXO cubes.

The crumbly brown cubes, the silver foil they are wrapped in and the outer cardboard packaging were the only materials the 27-year-old used to sculpt champagne and wine bottles, a Christmas pudding, a robot and a teddy bear.

Mr Birdsall shaped the small square cubes, which come in three shades of brown depending on the flavour, into a teddy bear wrapped in foil, and used the square cardboard boxes the cubes come in to build a robot.

Mr Birdsall, from Newcastle, came up with the idea for his creations as he was crumbling an OXO cube while cooking dinner one day.

He said at the time: “It was when sprinkling an OXO cube one day that I thought what a great consistency the product had.

“I am always sourcing alternative materials with which to create things, so I got working, but what began as a bit of a play around then became an obsession.”