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Respects paid to footballer who died after pitch collapse

A minute's applause has been held in Tonbridge for footballer Junior Dian who died in hospital after collapsing during a pre-season game on Tuesday night.

The player was just 24 and on trial at the Ryman Premier League club.

Andy Dickenson has our report. He speaks to Dian's brother, Prince Dian-Tomba, and Steve Churcher, Neil Durling and Jerome Sobers, Chairman, Chaplain and Captain of Tonbridge Angels.

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Tributes for young footballer who died on the pitch

A Kent football club is in mourning tonight after its newest player died playing the game he loved - aged just 23.

Junior Dian collapsed on the pitch a few minutes into his first game with the Tonbridge Angels.

His friend described him as 'a great guy'.

And some of the biggest names in football are among the many people who've paid tribute.

Sarah Saunders spoke to team captain Jerrome Sobers and club chairman Steve Churcher.


Record-breaking football match - 72 hours & counting!

Record breaking football match - players on the pitch

The world record for the longest ever football game has been broken at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton.

Two teams, including members of the Testlands Support Project, broke the record of playing 72-hours non-stop last night. They are planning to continue playing until 10:30pm this evening to reach 100 continuous hours of playing football.

Cherries to celebrate as Champions on open top bus

Bournemouth celebrate as champions on Saturday Credit: PA

AFC Bournemouth fans will celebrate their historic promotion with an open top bus parade through the town today.

The Cherries will show their appreciation for the support the town has shown Eddie Howe's squad.

Thousands of fans are expected to line the streets as it travels from Boscombe to Bournemouth pier from 11am.

Meridian will be there too and you can see our report on this evening's news.

It all went to plan for Eddie Howe and Jeff Mostyn Credit: PA
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Prince George gives a wave on way to meet baby sister

Prince George gave an adorable wave on the way into the Lindo Wing to meet his new baby sister.

Dressed in matching outfits, his father Prince William planted a kiss on his head as they headed into the hospital.

It is thought his mother Kate will bring the new baby home later today.


Man banned from football matches for three years

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been given a three year banning order from football matches.

Charlie Sumner, aged 20, of Grays Crescent, Woodley, was given a three year football banning order at Reading Magistrates’ Court.

The order prevented him from attending all football matches, as part of the Football Offences Act 1991.

Sumner entered the pitch during Reading Football Club’s FA Cup quarter final match at home to Bradford City AFC on Tuesday 17 March.

He entered the pitch, ran towards the Bradford fans, made obscene gestures and then performed a number of somersaults.

Sumner was arrested at the scene and charged the following day with going onto the playing area at a football match.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at the same court on 1 April.

“This was a high profile game which was broadcast live on the BBC. Sumner’s stupidity could have serious consequences, as he antagonised the Bradford fans by running towards them and making obscene gestures. This type of action will not be tolerated and we will do our utmost to bring those who feel they need to commit this type of offence or other football related offences to justice.”

– Investigating officer, Sgt Richard Noone of Tactical Operations and Football Intelligence

Harry Redknapp: Cherries achievement 'beyond belief'

Eddie Howe should be the "Lord Mayor of Bournemouth", according to Harry Redknapp.

Howe's Bournemouth side beat Bolton 3-0 last night and are now effectively promoted to the Premier League.

Their ascent will be confirmed on Saturday at Charlton, and watching on at his old club, Redknapp lauded the 37-year-old manager:

Redknapp had 464 games in charge of the Cherries and could not hide his delight at their success.

I'm very happy. Everybody has played a great part, the owner has put the money in, the chairman, the chief exec... Eddie has done an amazing job. A fantastic manager.

This is the best team in the history of Bournemouth.

– Harry Redknapp
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