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Ex-Tigers player Hampson unveils plan for £500k rehab centre

Former Leicester Tigers player Matt Hampson has launched a £500,000 appeal to build a rehabilitation centre for injured young people.

The 29-year-old set up the Matt Hampson Foundation after being paralysed from the neck down while training with England Under-21s nine years ago.

A total of £220,000 was pledged at a single fundraising night in London earlier this month Credit: Matt Hampson Foundation

And he now wants to build the Get Busy Living Centre - with almost half the money already in the bag.

A total of £220,000 was pledged at a single fundraising night in London earlier this month.


Port Vale hails 'new era' with new manager Rob Page

Former defender Rob Page has been appointed as the new manager of Port Vale FC.

Page, who first joined Vale as a youth team coach, has been acting as caretaker manager since former boss Micky Adams left last month.

Page took over after former boss Micky Adams left last month Credit: PA

And after overseeing wins against Barnsley, Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient, the club has now signed him up until at least the end of the season.

He said he was delighted with the position.

I am really pleased. I had a conversation with the chairman and he has offered me the opportunity to manage the club, which I am very grateful for.

I think the difference in the approach to games, especially at home, is there for everyone to see and long may it continue.

This is a proud moment for myself and I would like to thank the fans and players for their support, which will continue to be important in the future.

– Rob Page

Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite hailed his appointment as the "start of a new era" for the club, and praised Page for turning around the team's home form.

Capital One Cup full time scores

Derby County are through to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup, after an astonishing comeback at Fulham.

But West Bromwich Albion and Shrewsbury Town were knocked out, after defeats to Bournemouth and Chelsea respectively. Scores:

  • Bournemouth 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
  • Fulham 2-5 Derby County
  • Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea


Half time: Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

Shrewsbury Town are holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at half time in their Capital One Cup fourth round match at Greenhous Meadow.

The home side had a late scare when Didier Drogba put the ball in the net for Chelsea, but he was rules offside.

Besides that, Shrewsbury have had plenty of play, and have not looked overwhelmed by their Premier League opponents.

Rowett: Things can only improve - and they need to very quickly

New Birmingham City boss, Gary Rowett, says things at the club need to improve, and quickly.

He takes over a side that sit second-bottom of the Championship, and were hammered 8-0 at home by Bournemouth on Saturday.

But the former Burton manager added it was a challenge he couldn't wait to face.

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Mourinho to greet 11 year-old cancer sufferer at Shrewsbury

A promising young footballer who is now wheelchair bound and suffering from cancer will be greeted by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho tonight.

Lloyd Burton, 11, was once scouted by Man United and Aston Villa, but may never walk again after undergoing chemotherapy on a brain tumour last year.

Described as Shrewsbury Town's most famous supporter by manager Nicky Mellon, the youngster met David Beckham earlier this year as part of the Stand Up to Cancer fundraising programme on Channel 4.

Beckham paid 11 year-old Burton a visit earlier this month. Credit: PA

Lloyd has helped to produce a portrait of Mourinho as part of a community scheme, which the Portuguese manager will sign before kick-off in tonight's League Cup clash between Shrewsbury and Chelsea at New Meadow.

The portrait will be auctioned off in the hope of raising enough money to improve Lloyd's standard of living at home, where his family want to install a lift and equipment to help him bathe more comfortably.

‘We’re going to sell it for £1million!" Shrews boss Mellon boasted.

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