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Rugby legends look ahead to World Cup

The Rugby World Cup will be played in England this autumn, and two legends of the game are looking forward to it as much as everyone else.

Brian Moore and Rory Underwood, played on the 1991 England team which came within a whisker of lifting the trophy.

Chris Dawkes has been to meet them:

Brian Moore

Rory Underwood


Sheffield centre for blind veterans celebrates tenth anniversary

It was a charity set up to help soldiers blinded during the First World War and today it supports thousands of ex-servicemen and women suffering from sight loss.

Blind Veterans UK has three major centres in the UK - including Sheffield. And former members of the armed forces who're registered blind braved the Arctic weather in the city today to attend a special ceremony to mark the Sheffield centre's tenth anniversary.

David Hirst has been to meet one veteran who says his life has been changed for the better by the help he has received:

Gray: Deal puts speculation to bed

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has welcomed the news that a Thai businessman has bought the club.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has welcomed the news that a Thai businessman has bought the club. Credit: Press Association

I have been taking questions on the takeover from the media on a weekly basis for some time so it’s nice that the agreement is in place. It means I can concentrate all my efforts on the football. It’s a really positive movement and we can all look forward to the future. I will look forward to sitting down with the new owners and talking about budgets and the football operation now we can put the speculation to bed.

– Stuart Gray

Blunkett: fans owe Milan Mandaric a 'debt of gratitude'

David Blunkett: Lifelong Owls supporter Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter David Blunkett says fans owe Milan Mandarica a 'debt of gratitude. Commenting on today's takeover announcement, the former president of the fans’ group Wednesdayite, and MP for Sheffield Brightside &Hillsborough, said:

“I believe we owe Milan Mandarica a debt of gratitude for saving the club from administration, for introducing strong management and financial controls and above all for caring about the fan base, the club and our city.

“I feel sure that he will have impressed on the new owners the nature of the dedicated Wednesday fans, their unwavering commitment and their fortitude.

“I look forward very much to seeing the new leadership of the club invest not merely financially but in time and dedication to our wonderful club and to the essential part that Sheffield Wednesday plays in the life of the city.”


Sheffield Wednesday announce Thai takeover

Milan Mandaric and Dejphon Chansiri Credit: Sheffield Wednesday FC

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club has announced that Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri has acquired 100% of the shareholding in the football club.

Mr Chansiri's family control the Thai Union Frozen Group, the world’s largest producer of tuna as well as one of the biggest worldwide general seafood producers. He said:

“I am very excited at the prospect of taking over control from Milan. I believe this club has huge potential and I can assure all our supporters that I will be working extremely hard to bring the success that I already sense from my short time in your city our supporters so desperately crave.”

He added: “My son Att, who was a mascot at the recent Blackpool game, is passionate about football and I know will be my inspiration in this project. I have made the same promise to him as I do our supporters, he will not let me forget this until we are back in the Premier League.”

Sealed with a handshake Credit: Sheffield Wednesday FC

Chairman Milan Mandaric said: “From the first time I met Dejphon I felt he was the right person for this fantastic club, his business expertise and passion made him stand out from the other interested parties that I have spoken to since I announced that Mr Mammadov could no longer fulfil his obligation to purchase the club.”

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