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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.

Extra coaches for travelling Middlesbrough fans

National express are putting on extra coaches direct from Middlesbrough to Wembley.

The company reported a 430% increase in bookings for all services - most of which for fans travelling to Wembley for the play off final.

  • 40,000 extra seats provided
  • 430% increase in bookings from Middlesbrough
  • 90% increase in bookings from Newcastle
  • 100% increase in bookings from Sunderland

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Extra tickets for Boro's Wembley play-off final

Extra tickets for Middlesbrough Championship Play-off Final against Norwich City are being released this afternoon, on top of the 38,000 already sold by the club.

The club has secured an additional allocation of tickets for Monday's match at Wembley.

These tickets will be placed on general sale at 2.30pm today, and will be available online or by telephone on 01642 909090 for collection only from the Riverside Stadium.

These are on general sale and are limited to four per booking.

Fans are recommended to book online, but the club is reminded people that logging in on multiple devices and browsers can cause system errors at the point of booking.

A spokesman for Middlesbrough FC says these are the final remaining tickets and there will be no further allocation available to Boro fans for this game.

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Carver: "Don't watch football... watch wrestling"

Newcastle United's players have been ordered to stay under the radar ahead of their final day relegation battle. Head Coach John Carver has instructed the players to stay off social media and stay focussed. He says they shouldn't watch football on the television - but they can watch the wrestling!

The Magpies need to beat West Ham on Sunday to guarantee their premier league survival. Carver admitted he's encouraged his players to keep a low profile.

Ticket spelling fiasco - Boro player made same mistake

Officials at Wembley have the sympathy of one Middlesbrough player - after a spelling mistake which has raised eyebrows on Teesside.

A Wembley spokesman has apologised after an extra 'o' was added - with Middlesbrough being spelt Middlesborough on tickets for Monday's Championship Play-off Final.

In fairness, it might be an easy mistake for people to make if they don't come from the North East.

Just ask Boro defender George Friend:

Wembley ticket error mocked by Boro fanzine editor

ITV Tyne Tees has been gathering reaction to the embarrassing mistake that is the talk of the town on Teesside.

Tickets for Middlesbrough's play-off final match against Norwich on Monday mis-spelled the name of the town as Middlesborough - with an extra 'o'.

A spokesman for Wembley Stadium has apologised for the 'human error'

This is what Rob Nichols from the Boro fanzine Fly Me to the Moon had to say:

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