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Council urge town to #believe

Middlesbrough fans celebrating Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough is turning red ahead of the club's appearance at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday.

The football club's flag is flying from the top of the Town Hall as part of the celebrations and the council is hoping others follow their lead to get behind the team.

Boro beat Brentford over two legs to make it through to a game that could be worth up to £100m in what's often described as the most valuable game in world football.

Displays are planned for the Centre Square Big Screen in the town and on main Council buildings as well as on Mima, with the cooperation of Teesside University.


Gazza: "I would like to trade my mobile in for a coffin"

Paul Gascoigne Credit: PA Wire

Paul Gascoigne has won £188,250 in phone hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers at the High Court.

The payout to the former England footballer was one of eight announced at London's High Court after a three-week hearing in March to determine the extent of the wrongdoing at the group and what level of compensation was appropriate.

The level of compensation depended on the extent of the hacking and the effect on their lives.

Gascoigne told the High Court that phone-hacking was linked to his alcoholism.

He said: "I couldn't speak to anybody, I was scared to speak to anybody ... my parents, my family and kids, it was just horrendous.

"And people can't understand why I became an alcoholic."

The former Newcastle and England player added: "I would like to trade my mobile phone in for a coffin because these guys have ruined my life. I have no life."

He said that the period between 2000 and 2006 was very difficult, mentally and physically, and he wrongly accused people close to him, such as his step daughter Bianca, of going to the newspapers.

He believed that information about his relationship with his ex-wife Sheryl, in particular his calls to her, including his threats of suicide, came about through voicemail interception.

He became paranoid and obsessed and purchased £80,000 counter surveillance equipment.

Gascoigne's award included £78,250 for published articles, £30,000 global figure for articles not awarded separately, £10,000 private investigator activity, £20,000 for distress and £50,000 for general hacking.

Past and present Sunderland players' reaction on twitter

Dick Advocaat: "We did it together. Now is the time for Sunderland football club."

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat said following the team's draw with Arsenal that they did it together. He added: "This is the moment for Sunderland football club to do something." But the Dutch manager refused to answer any questions about his future with the club.


Sunderland are safe! Draw at Arsenal secures Premier League survival

Sunderland survive to play in Premier League Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Sunderland will remain in the the Premier League next season after drawing 0-0 away to Arsenal.

The Black Cats needed just one point to make sure of top-flight survival.

They did have several chances to take the lead, most notably in the second half.

Steven Fletcher was one of two changes made by Dick Advocaat at half-time and the Scot came frustratingly close to scoring on a number of occasions.

But Sunderland's hero on the night was the goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon. The Romanian made a string of fine saves, including three brilliant stops in a frantic final ten minutes.

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