This Week in Football

Cameron Storer is joined by Ryan Maher for football debate on This Week in Football.

With Mauricio Pellegrino sacked as Southampton manager following a poor run of form, is Mark Hughes the man to save the 19th placed Saints from the Premier League’s trapped door?

Manchester United’s embarrassing defeat to Seville last night ends their Champions League run but will Chelsea join United and Tottenham at home with an exit in Barcelona tonight?

A rare last 16 exit for Mourinho | Image : Metro

‘We’ll never die’ Manchester United remembers the Munich air disaster 60 years on

Manchester United marked the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster with a service at Old Trafford in which around 4,500 people attended.

The crash took place on February 6th 1958 when a plane carrying the Manchester United team and members of the media failed to take off from the icy Munich runway for a third time, colliding into a nearby farm house. Twenty-three people lost their lives, including eight players.

Amongst those at the memorial service was Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and United captain Michael Carrick. Yet, most poignant was the attendance of Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg, who were survivors of the crash.

Manchester United’s memorial service at Old Trafford. From Left to right: Captain Michael Carrick, Manager Jose Mourinho, Vice-chairman Ed Woodward, and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson | Photo Credit: Getty

It was a human tragedy over anything else with eight players local to the Manchester area losing their lives. The team known fondly as ‘The Busby Babes’ were flying back to England having won their European Cup quarter final against Red Star Belgrade. The team carried an average age of 22.

‘The Busby Babes’ line-up for what would be one of their last games together | Photo Credit: PA

The ceremony marks a week of events put on by the club to remember the disaster. With a minute’s silence at the weekend against Huddersfield, the United fans also unveiled a banner displaying ‘We’ll Never Die’.

Tributes have also been paid at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade where the team played their final game before the tragedy as well as the crash site in Munich, where Bayern Munich Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was joined by a large contingent of travelling United supporters.

Clubs and footballers from across the world have shown their support on social media with messages of remembrance to those who lost their lives.

Football Chat @ 2.30pm

The second section of this weeks football chat covers all things Premier League.

 

Cameron Storer, Jamie Taylor and Ryan Maher unite again to discuss managerial appointments and the title race, is the Premier League Title over?

Top 10 Scottish Athletes Of All Time

While Scotland might not be the biggest country in the world, we have managed to punch well above our weight in science, sports and technology. Many of our biggest names have been athletes, and in light of Andy Murray’s recent anointment as tennis’s world number 1, here are our personal picks of the best Scottish athletes.

1 – Sir Chris Hoy

 

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Chris Hoy (pictured) on the top podium, as usual.

 

An easy pick from us. Hoy was Scotland’s biggest representative on the world stage as he peddled to glory between 2000 to 2012 Olympic Games. He went on to win the most gold medals for a British Olympian and second overall in the British medal tally.

2 – Sir Jackie “Flying Scot” Stewart

 

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The Scottish driver flew into a respectable second spot

 

Formula 1 legend and Britain’s most successful driver in terms of overall titles. While he was successful in going for glory, he also pushed hard for better safety precautions for drivers when 2/3s of drivers had a chance of dying in a five year career.

3 – Kenny Dalglish (MBE)

 

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“King Kenny” cantered into third

 

Scotland’s joint leading scorer and all time most capped player. Managed to shake up club football with his spells on both sides of the border; plundering goals for Celtic and Liverpool.  Also had fruitful periods as a manager, winning the “double” for Liverpool and also a league title with Blackburn Rovers.

4 – Andy Murray (OBE)

 

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Still time to spare for him to push further up the list – watch this space.

 

Current world number 1 at Tennis and the first British athlete to do so. The oldest athlete to become number 1 but will hold it for the remainder of 2016 after seeing off Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals.

5- David Wilkie (MBE)

 

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Also current holder of En4News’s pick as 5th best athlete.

 

Only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic swimming titles at the same time.

6- Allan Wells (MBE)

The Scottish sprinter nabbed golds at the Olympic Games, IAAF World Cup, European Cups and Commonwealth Games in the 100 and 200m.

7- Dennis Law (CBE)

Joint record scorer for Scotland’s football team (we will touch on the other joint scorer later on) and Manchester United’s third highest scorer. He is the only Scottish player to win a Ballon d’Or, doing so in 1964.

8- Isabel Newstead (NBE)

May not be the first name on the tip of your tongue but this Paralympic athlete was a jack of all trades in her competitive career. Isabel won golds across three  disciplines – Six Golds, one Silver and two Bronze medals in Swimming; Three Golds and one Bronze medal in Shooting; One Gold, three Silvers and one Bronze medal in Track and Field.

9 – Graeme Randall (MBE)

Second ever male from the UK to hold a world title in judo (1999).

10 – Eric Liddell

You may have heard of him via the movie that depicted him – Chariots of Fire. Won Gold for Britain at the Olympic Games in 1924 in Paris but was more notable for his religious beliefs. He was known for refusing to compete in his preferred 100m heats as they were hosted on a Sunday, forcing him to compete on a weekday in the 400m heats – which he went on to win. Chose to be a missionary in China over competing in the Olympics again.

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David Beckham sexiest man alive

Photo courtesy of Mariya Butd

Photo courtesy of Mariya Butd/ Flickr

David Beckham has been voted People Magazines sexiest man alive 2015.

The 40 year-old former Manchester United and England player joked on the Jimmy Kimmel show  that it was: “the best moment of my career.”

He added:

“I would obviously like to thank my parents for bringing me into this world, of course. I would like to thank my hairdresser, my stylist and Photoshop.”

The father of four said that his kids couldn’t quite believe that he had really won it:

“We kind of laughed about it…  the boys kind of laughed at me and said, ‘Really?! Sexiest man alive ? Really?'”

Even though thousands of woman think he is the sexiest man alive he still remains humble:

“I never feel that I’m an attractive, sexy person,” he said. “I mean I like to wear nice clothes and nice suits and look and feel good, but I don’t ever think of myself that way.”

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