Transplant Success For Former Claret

Transplant Success for Andy Cole

Former England & Burnley striker Andrew Cole has undergone a successful kidney transplant operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary today as part of his treatment for a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.

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Cole suffered kidney failure in June 2014 as a result of contracting an airborne virus, one of the side-effects of the condition is weight gain, this is due to the scarring of the kidney and impacts on levels of protein in the body.

The striker started his career at Arsenal and also had spells at Bristol City, Blackburn, Fulham, Newcastle, Manchester United, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Burnley and Nottingham Forest before retiring in November 2008.

Cole won 15 caps for England and five league titles as well as the Champions League.

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Clarets Midfielder Rejects Contract Offer

George Boyd Rejects Contract Extension

George Boyd is consider leaving Turf Moor in the summer, after rejecting a one-year contract extension from the Club.  The midfielder who is out of contract in the summer has a number of clubs from the Premier League and the Championship interested in signing him on a free transfer in June.

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Boyd produced a man-of-the-match display and scored the only goal in Tuesday’s victory over Stoke City that moved Burnley away from the relegation zone, however the former Scotland international has made it clear that he wants a two year deal instead of the 12 month extension he has been offered.

Boyd has been a mainstay of Sean Dyche’s team since signing from Hull City for £3M in 2014, making 110 appearances out of a possible 115 were he regularly covers most of the pitch.  Club-record signings Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson have been brought to Turf Moor to add competition in the wide positions, however Boyd remains a fixture.

Speaking about the situation Sean Dyche said, ‘There are ongoing conversations with varying people and that’s the nature of the business.  He’s one of many we’ve been speaking with to know what the script is and know they’re settled.”

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Wade Elliott Joins Stoke City Staff

Wade Elliott Joins Stoke City As Assistant Academy Manager

Former Burnley midfielder Wade Elliott has joined Stoke City as academy assistant manager of the under-23s.  He will operate as number two to Glyn Hodges in that vital link between youth and first team.

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Elliott has been working as assistant academy manager at Conference League side Forest Green Rovers, previous to that as the under 21 manager of Bristol City who at the time were managed by former Burnley manager Steve Cotterill.

Having started his career at non-league Bashley he then moved to the south coast and had a five-year stint at AFC Bournemouth between 2000 and 2005.  A to Turf Moor followed were he made 250 appearances for the Clarets in six seasons, scoring the winning goal at Wembley to take the club into the Premier League.

Elliott, then made the switch to Birmingham City in 2011 for three seasons before seeing out his career at Bristol City and then moving to their backroom staff.  After leaving Ashton Gate he had a spell as assistant academy manager at Forest Green before today joining Stoke City in the same role.

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Clarets Defender Signs New Contract

Matt Lowton Extends Clarets Contract

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that defender Matt Lowton has extended his Clarets contract by signing a new long-term contract.  The former Aston Villa defender, has 12-months left on his existing deal, but has now extended his stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2020.

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Lowton, who recently completed his 50th appearance for the club in tandem with his 100th Premier League appearance, insists he is looking forward to continuing his progression at Turf Moor.

Speaking about signing a new deal Matt Lowton said, “I’m delighted to extend my stay at the club, when the club and the manager approached me about a new deal it was a no-brainer for me.  I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time at Burnley and want to hopefully play my part in keeping the club in the Premier League and beyond.

I feel like I’m really enjoying my football at the moment and probably playing as well I have at any time in my career.  Much of that is down to the lads in the team because everyone here works so hard for each other and that’s been the secure to our success.

“The club is on the up and you can see that on the pitch and also behind the scenes, like the new training ground, which is just about as good as it gets. I experienced a good set-up at Aston Villa but this is Premier League quality and we are looking forward to that helping us take things forward.”

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Arfield in Magpies Premiership Plans

Newcastle United Interested In Arfield

According to reports in national newspapers, Newcastle United are plotting a summer move for Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield.  The Canada international has played a key role for the Clarets over the last three seasons including two seasons in the Premiership.

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His performances have attracted attention from the Magpies who are keen on the midfielder who play either in the middle of the park or out wide. Arfield’s existing deal expires at the end of next season and Burnley are still to reach an agreement with the Scottish-born player over an extension.

Newcastle are currently top of the Championship and just seven points clear of Arfield’s former club Huddersfield Town.  United have already started work behind the scenes ahead of their expected promotion.

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Beverley Craven Live in Settle

BEVERLEY CRAVEN INTERVIEW

BRIT-Award winning singer Beverley Craven will be visiting Victoria Hall (Settle) on the 8th April 2017, as part of her UK tour. The singer/songwriter became a household name in the early 1990’s following the release of her debut album, which became a worldwide hit selling more than two million copies. Her single ‘Promise Me’ went on to become a huge hit across Europe and she followed this up with a string of chart successes including ‘Memories’, ‘Holding On’, ‘Woman To Woman’ and ‘Love Scenes’.

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Encouraged by her mother, an accomplished classical violinist, Beverley began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. She also proved to be a talented swimmer, going on to represent her county in national championships. In the late 80s Beverley’s perseverance paid off when she was offered a job as a backing vocalist on a European tour with soul legend Bobby Womack. In 1988 the big break finally came when one of her demo tapes fell into the hands of Epic Records who immediately offered her a recording contract.

After a stint in the States, developing her writing and performing skills, Beverley commenced work on her self-titled debut album, which was released in the UK in 1990. It’s success was almost unprecedented and within a year it had been certified double platinum with sales of over one million copies and it went on to spend an incredible 52 weeks on the UK album chart.

The debut single, ‘Promise Me’, also became a huge hit, reaching number 3 on the UK singles chart and also charting across Europe. Further hits followed with ‘Holding On’, ‘Woman To Woman’ and ‘Memories’, whilst Beverley performed sold-out shows across the UK, mainland Europe and the USA.  In 1992 Beverley received a Brit Award for Best British Newcomer and was also nominated for Best British single and album of the year, performing on stage at the awards ceremony.

Beverley’s second album, ‘Love Scenes’, was released in September 1993 and reached number 4 in the UK album charts. After taking a break from the music scene, Beverley returning in 1999 with her third album, ‘Mixed Emotions’, recorded at her home studios in London.  So ten years after the release of her last studio album, Beverley is finally back with ‘Close To Home’, her long-awaited and perhaps most personal album to date.

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Speaking about the album Beverley Craven said, “It’s a rebirth in many ways, only this time there’s no record deal and no pressure. I’m doing things on my terms now and you know what – I’m really enjoying myself!”

INTERVIEW

1. What inspired you to take up music?

I remember asking my Mum if I could have piano lessons at the ripe old age of six. But she told me that I was too young and had to wait a year, so I started learning classical piano at the age of seven. I went through the grades (to Grade 7) at which point I discovered Kate Bush and she inspired me to write my own stuff when I was fifteen.

2. Which artist’s influence your music?

I don’t think any artists influence my writing now, but when I first started out I loved Judi Tzuke, ELO, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Elton John & Stevie Wonder.

3. What is your favorite album and why?

I think my favorite album is probably Kate Bush’s Never Forever, but I can’t listen to it now because the songs stay in my head for DAYS afterwards, and it’s a bit like torture because I know every line, lyric and nuance!

4. If you could duet with anyone who would it be and why?

Well, I’ve been lucky enough to have had that wish fulfilled…I sang a duet with Michael MacDonald at a corporate show in Madeira many years ago – he was amazing. I’ve often fantasised about singing BVs for Kate Bush though…

5. Out of all of the songs you have written & performed which is your favorite?

That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child!! I guess if it wasn’t for Promise Me I might not have had a career, so I’m very grateful to that song. I like it when something I’ve written is special to someone else.

6. When writing new material do you think it’s important to be individual?

I think there’s a balancing act between writing a melody that’s unique and writing something that sounds almost familiar – I always have the listener in mind when it comes to the sentiment because one of my main objectives is to relate to other people…I like writing about universal subjects with a personal slant.

7. Your music has sold over 4 million records around the world, what does it feel like to know your fans have purchased so many records?

I love to watch other people’s renditions of Promise Me online – it makes me feel really proud! And I love it when people come up to me after a show and tell me how something I’ve written has helped them through a difficult time in their life – it makes me feel legitimate as a writer.

Trouble is people are now coming up to me after a show and telling me that their mother used to play my album to them when they were very little…and that makes me feel really old!

8. What are you plans for 2017 / 2018?

Well…I’ve almost finished renovating my house, which has been an ongoing labour of love – just the bathroom to do now and then the exterior decorating. Apart from that, I really enjoy going out as a duo and playing live with Frank Mead (I often joke that I’m just using him for sax…but actually he plays several instruments). We have quite a few dates lined up in the UK and a few in Europe later in the year, so that’ll be fun. Oh, and I’d quite like to meet the man of my dreams and fall hopelessly in love…does that count?

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Premier League Football For £1 a Game

City Chairman to Reward Supporters

The owners of Bradford City have announced they will charge just £1 per match if the club reaches the Premier League.  Joint owner Edin Rahic says he can afford to be generous in the top flight thanks to TV money, whilst season tickets for next season stay at £149 even if they are promoted to the Sky Bet Championship.

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The former financial director of washing machine giants Bosch Rahic, who owns the club alongside fellow German Stefan Rupp believe they can make a profit, despite only charging one pound.

Even before the duo bought the club, becoming the first Germans to delve into English football.  The Bantams had some of the most affordable / lowest season tickets in the league with average attendances around a huge 18,000 a game in Sky Bet League One.

The club have not lost at home in more than a year with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Swindon keeping them in the play-offs.

It is a bold claim, but former Yugoslavia youth international Rahic told The Times, “It’s our dream to be in the Premier League and if we get there the tickets will be £1 per game.”

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