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Man dies in Wembley fire

An elderly man has died after a fire at a house in Wembley.

Firefighters were called to Tudor Court North yesterday morning where part of the first floor had been damaged by the blaze.

The man had been brought out of the property before the Brigade arrived, but died later in hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Germany take Tube to training ahead of England game

Commuters travelling on the Tube yesterday were joined by the stars of the German national team.

Led by manager Joachim Lowe, the entire squad including Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels and Andre Schurlle took the London Underground to Wembley for training as they prepared for tonight's friendly against England.

Marcel Schmelzer (left), with Per Mertesacker, Rene Adler and Mats Hummels (right) Credit: DFB

The German football association (DFB) claimed this was the first time the "A-Team" had used the "subway".

A fan takes a picture of some of the stars including Roman Weidenfeller and Jerome Boateng. Credit: DFB

The DFB said the journey was not a publicity stunt, but a way of escaping the congested streets of the capital.

Germany manager Joachim Lowe pictured with his assistant. Credit: DFB

Germany and England are set to face each other tonight at Wembley as both Roy Hodgson and Joachim Lowe begin to assess their respective squads ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next year.

For all the build up to tonight's match and for live coverage of the game, visit ITV Sport


NFL fever hits Wembley

Wembley may be the home of British football, but it also moonlights as a venue for football of a different type.

This weekend the Americans are coming as the stadium hosts an epic NFL clash. So what can fans expect? Well giant foam hands, lots of hotdogs and of course the world famous cheerleaders. Dan Hewitt has been to meet the teams.

Football's Founding Fathers

Surprisingly little was known about Ebenezer Cobb Morley, Arthur Pember, Charles WilliamAlcock, Francis Maule Campbell, John Forster Alcock, Herbert Thomas Steward,George Twizell Wawn and James Turner – the men that gathered to form The FA and draft the original 13 laws of association football.

But following a four-month search the Football Association found 16 living relatives.

Founding father Charles William Alcock Credit: Football Association

From that point 150 years ago, football has grown immeasurably and The FA now helps to support seven million people playing the game from grassroots to elite level.

Founding father Ebenezer Cobb Morley Credit: Football Association

In theUK, it was discovered that Arthur Pember's family tree crossed with Charles Darwin's. In 1925, Pember’s great-niece marriedCharles Galton Darwin, the grandson of Charles Darwin and thus thecurrent Darwin dynasty is also related to one of football’sFounding Fathers.

Arthur Pember Credit: Football Association

JaneSleight, the great-great-granddaughter of Arthur Pember, and TomSteward, a relation of Herbert Thomas Steward, are the two relativesliving furthest away, hailing fromWashington DC and Auckland in New Zealand.

Founding father Herbert Thomas Steward Credit: Football Association
Founding father James Turner Credit: Football Association
Founding father John Forster Alcock Credit: Football Association
Blackheath Football Club, 1862. Francis Maule Campbell is fourth from the left Credit: Football Association

Blackheath Football Club were one of the founding clubs in the association and Francis Maule Campbell played for them.

It no longer exists but Civil Service FC - also founded around 150 years ago - are still playing. They were one of the teams involved in the very first football match to take place at Buckingham Palace - another event commemorating the FA's 150th anniversary - two weeks ago.

Francis Maule Campbell, who also played for Blackheath FC Credit: Football Association

Hunt uncovered 16 relatives

A worldwide, four-month hunt uncovered 16 relatives of the Founding Fathers of football Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

16 relatives of the Founding Fathers of football attended the ceremony at Wembley Stadium this morning.

Cultural historian Dr. Jane Clayton from the International Football Institute led a four month search for living descendants of the founding fathers.

The hunt has uncovered living descendants for six of the founding fathers.

The event today is the start of a week of celebrations for The FA’s 150th birthday, which will culminate in a Gala Dinner on the anniversary date itself this Saturday.


Plaque commemorates 150 years of the FA

The plaque, which was unveiled at Wembley today Credit: ITN/Nick Thatcher

A blue plaque was unveiled at Wembley stadium today, attended by the FA's Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking and 7 year old Isaac Lord; the great, great, great, greatnephew of founding father George Twizell Wawn.

Isaac is the youngest descendent of the eight men who drafted the original laws.

The plaque bore the following inscription:

"Commemorating the Founding Fathers of football to mark the 150th anniversary of The Football Association. Formed 26 October 1863."

Police warn fans to plan ahead

England's Daniel Sturridge with Keiron Gibbs and Wayne Rooney during training today in Hertfordshire Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

As England prepare for their World Cup qualifying match against Poland tomorrow night, Chief Superintendent Colin Morgan, who is in charge of the policing operation, said:

"This is a big night for England and Poland fans alike, who are hoping the match goes smoothly and in their favour!

Along with colleagues from British Transport Police and Wembley Stadium we have been planning our operation for weeks. What we want is for all the fans who are heading to the match to cheer on their national team to have a great, safe, night out.

If you are heading to Wembley Stadium tomorrow night then help us to look after you by planning ahead and getting the most out of your evening out."

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