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Wasps rugby club announce full ownership of Ricoh Arena

Wasps rugby club have announced that it now has a 100% shareholding of Arena Coventry Limited, the company that owns the Ricoh Arena, having acquired a 50% shareholding from the Alan Edward Higgs Charity.

Coventry City taking on Yeovil Town at the Ricoh Arena in September. Credit: PA

The Club had previously acquired a 50% shareholding in Arena Coventry Limited from Coventry City Council on Wednesday 8 October.

Wasps have also also announced that they will rename the ‘North Stand’ of the Ricoh Arena as ‘The Higgs Charity Stand’.

For every Wasps match ticket sold in this newly renamed stand, the club will donate 50p to the Alan Edward Higgs Charity.

We are delighted to confirm our acquisition of the remaining 50% shareholding in the Ricoh Arena. Since the news was first announced of our move, we have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome we have received from the local community. We are looking forward to embedding ourselves in the region and helping promote rugby – something we have already committed to by making over 12,000 free tickets available to Coventry schools and rugby clubs.

– Nick Eastwood, Wasps Chief Executive


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink new Burton Albion Manager

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during his stint at Nottingham Forest Credit: PA

Burton Albion has announced former Chelsea and Athletico Madrid player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been appointed as manager.

Hasselbaink has previously worked with the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest, and also spent a year managing Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Second Division.

He'll start training with the Brewers from today, replacing Gary Rowett who left to manage Birmingham City last month.

Sir Stanley Matthews' FA Cup medal sells for £220,000

Sir Stanley Matthews' winning FA Cup medal has been sold for £220,000 in an auction.

The medal was auctioned by Stoke based Nick Hancock for £220,000. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The medal was auctioned for Stoke-based former BBC presenter, Nick Hancock, who originally bought it in 2001.

Sir Stanley, who is also from Stoke, won the medal in the 1953 FA Cup final.

Midlands Match Day Live: Full-time scores

Premier League:

  • Southampton 2 - 0 Leicester
  • West Ham 0 - 0 Aston Villa


  • Derby 5 - 0 Wolves
  • Birmingham 0 - 0 Cardiff
  • Nottingham Forest 0 - 0 Norwich

FA Cup:

  • Barnsley 5 - 0 Burton
  • Basingstoke Town 1 - 1 Telford
  • Cheltenham 5 - 0 Swindon
  • Walsall 2 - 2 Shrewsbury
  • Port Vale 3 - 4 MK Dons
  • Peterborough 2 - 1 Carlisle
  • Northampton 0 - 0 Rochdale
  • Eastleigh 2 - 1Lincoln City


VIDEO: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar meets fans in West Brom

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar meets and greets fans outside his book signing in West Brom.

Sachin Tendulkar meets his fans in West Brom Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds braved the rain and some had even queued overnight to get a glimpse of Tendulkar, who is dubbed by some as the best ever cricketer.

But some may have got more than expected as he greeted and spoke to fans. Watch the moment he met his fans:

Crowds line up to see Sachin Tendulkar in West Brom

Crowds queuing in West Bromwich today Credit: ITV News Central

100's of people braved the rain to catch a glimpse of the former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as he came to West Bromwich to sign his book. Some people even queued overnight.

Described by some as the best ever cricketer - he is only player ever to have scored one hundred international centuries. He retired in 2013 having played 664 international matches

Sachin Tendulkar at a book signing in London yesterday Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment
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