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Cambridge City look forward to "new era" after stadium plans are approved by the government

Plans for a new 3,000 seater stadium have been given the go-ahead by the government. Credit: Cambridge City FC.

Cambridge City are free to start work on building their new stadium, after Secretary of State Eric Pickles gave their application final approval.

The Southern Premier Division side had been hoping to build a 3,000 capacity stadium in Sawston, and that dream will now become a reality.

The plans had already been approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council in June, but the final decision had to be made by the government because the ground will be on green belt land.

Eric Pickles has now approved the plans. Credit: PA

The club have recently been sharing a ground with nearby Histon.

"This is fantastic news for everyone involved with Cambridge City Football Club.

We can now really move forward and develop something truly special that will not only secure the long-term future of the club, but will also provide a first class community facility for the people of Sawston and surrounding area.

I am delighted and excited that we can now look forward to a new home, and I am sure that the fans will also share the same feeling in what will be a dawning of a new era for the club".

– Kevin Satchell, Cambridge City Chairman

Former Canaries keeper hit with driving ban

Carlo Nash, seen here playing for Stoke City. Credit: PA Images

Former Norwich City goalkeeper Carlo Nash has been banned from driving for 34 weeks after he was clocked speeding at over 140 miles an hour on the A11 in Norfolk.

Nash was pulled over by a marked police car near Wymondham in February. His ban was suspended pending an appeal and he was ordered to pay £400 in fines and costs at Manchester Magistrates' Court.


Ipswich Town defender Hewitt completes Colchester loan move

Elliott Hewitt featured in Ipswich Town's opening day win over Fulham. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town defender Elliott Hewitt has joined League One side Colchester United on a month's loan.

The Welshman has struggled to make an impact at Portman Road this season, and will be aiming to get minutes under his belt in Essex.

The full-back spent time on loan at Gillingham last season, and could make his debut for the U's against the Gills in tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash between the two sides.

Hewitt is Colchester's second new arrival of the day following the capture of free agent David Fox.

"We're pleased to have Elliott join up with us on loan.

He's a good young player who will help us move forward in the next month."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Former Colchester United midfielder Fox seals U's return

David Fox celebrates scoring for Colchester United against Norwich City in 2009. Credit: PA

Former Colchester United midfielder David Fox has rejoined the club, after agreeing a three-month contract with the U's.

The 30-year-old last played for the club back in 2010, when he left to join Norwich City.

Fox was a popular figure at Carrow Road, and finished third in the Canaries' Player of the Season awards in 2011-12, before he was released this summer.

Fox also played for Norwich City. Credit: PA

The former Manchester United youngster trained with Preston North End recently, but has now put pen to paper on a deal that will run until mid January with the U's.

"David adds experience to a young squad.

He fits our profile of how we want to play the game and will be a good addition to the squad for the coming months."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Ipswich Town boss McCarthy delighted with Murphy form

Daryl Murphy hit a brace in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that in-form striker Daryl Murphy is playing "some of the best football of his career" after the Irishman hit a brace in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Murphy hit a goal in either half to put Town into a 2-1 lead, but Michail Antonio's last minute leveller broke Ipswich hearts.

Murphy has now scored six goals in The Championship this season. Credit: PA

The result moves Ipswich into The Championship top six.

Despite the late setback, McCarthy was delighted with his team's performance and reserved special praise for his six-goal forward.

"They were two great goals from a striker playing some of the best football of his career and enjoying his football.

I have known him for a long time and Terry Connor is one of the best coaches of strikers I have seen. He's worked wonders with him."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Vettel to leave Milton Keynes-based Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel Credit: James Moy Photography/Press Association Image

Sebastian Vettel has insisted a poor 2014 season has not prompted him to leave Milton Keynes-based Red Bull.

The 27-year-old has won the last four drivers' championships whilst with Red Bull.

The current season has proved more challenging for Vettel, who is currently fifth in the drivers' standings going into this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix - 117 points adrift of leader Lewis Hamilton.

A second-placed finish in Singapore in the last grand prix is Vettel's best result of the year to date - he has only stood on the podium on two other occasions.

But, having previously won 38 races with Red Bull, Vettel has said his decision to leave is not down to a drop in performance.

"This is not a decision against Red Bull, it is for something else. Red Bull did nothing wrong, we part as friends and it has nothing to do with the results even though they are not what we expected. I am loyal and I did not breach any contract. I am not running away from anything but there are times in life when you need something new and if there is an opportunity you have to grab it."

– Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari is almost certainly Vettel's destination as he looks set to replace two-time champion Fernando Alonso.

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