Taylor’s half-century helps Storm stretch lead

first_imgLONDON (CMC): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor struck her first half-century of the Blast Twenty20 tournament in a strong all-round performance as she helped fire Western Storm to an emphatic 76-run victory over Lancashire Thunder. Playing at Taunton on Thursday, Storm piled up 185 for four off their 20 overs, with captain Heather Knight top-scoring with 76 and Taylor carving out an unbeaten 51. In reply, Thunder crumbled for 109 all out with 10 balls remaining, with only 19-year-old Eleanor Threlkeld showing any resistance with 33 off 32 balls while Nicole Bolton chipped in with 21 from 17 deliveries at the top of the order. Welsh spinner Claire Nicholas, entrusted with the new ball, claimed three for 11 while Taylor supported with two for 18 from three overs of off-spin. The victory was Storm’s sixth win of the season, allowing them to stretch their lead at the top of the standings on 28 points. Sent in, Storm lost experienced New Zealander Rachel Priest in the first over for four with as many on the board, but Knight anchored two superb partnerships to ruin Thunder’s hopes of further quick breakthroughs. She put on 64 for the second wicket with Indian opener Smriti Mandhana, whose 49 came from just 25 balls and included seven fours and a pair of sixes. When Mandhana departed in the eighth over, Knight put on a further 102 with the right-handed Taylor, who faced 37 balls and counted five fours and a six. Knight perished at the end of the 19th over after belting nine fours and a six in a 50-ball knock. Sixth victorylast_img read more

Opportunities exist for GuySuCo to have a secure future

first_imgDear Editor,One of the daily newspapers on July 19, 2017 carried a report titled “Berbicians informed of ‘New GuySuCo’ plans for Rose Hall Estate”. In the report, GuySuCo’s Communication Officer, Ms Audreyanna Thomas is reported, among other things, to have said “that the New GuySuCo will include, the Plantation White, which will be evaluated to replace the low priced bulk raw sugar”.After reading the report, I did some research where I learnt that Plantation White is a new form of white sugar, which is produced in a non-traditional manner. My reading also advised me that Plantation White is not a product that has gained much traction, since it is still lacking many characteristics to be considered as White Sugar in a contemporary sense.Having had this much information, it is incomprehensible that GuySuCo is going along a path to possibly produce a product, which is not accepted by the market. Furthermore, what is GuySuCo’s contingency should the new Skeldon owner set up a sugar refinery and produce true White Sugar. I recall that the Indian investors who visited the Skeldon factory, according to the press, expressed the idea to have a refinery established there.It is disturbing for me, Editor, that GuySuCo which has so much opportunity for a secure future is just giving it away to foreigners, who will take even more wealth from Guyanese.Yours sincerely,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

The decision must be based on a legal principle

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me to make a comment on the recent Court of Appeal ruling with regards to the Validity of the no-confidence motion. I make no claim to be an attorney- at-law or an expert on constitutional law. However, based on my schooling on the general principles of English and European Law as a certified Paralegal and Certified Legal Secretary, I do have a limited understanding of the interpretation of law.Having listened attentively to the rulings of the judges that allowed the appeal, one can only conclude that in arriving at their decisions two things occurred: (a) the law was cast aside and a mathematical calculation became the basis for their decisions. (b) Words that do not appear in the Constitution were inserted to arrive at a particular outcome.Judges make good and bad decisions all the time; hence the reason for appeal to a higher Court. In the meantime, we must respect the judges and abide by the majority decision until the pronouncement of the final court of appeal that the vote of no confidence motion was not properly passed by a majority i.e. 33 votes. This case has now been filed with the CCJ, Guyana’s final court of appeal.Over a period of time, a number of generally recognised rules or cannons of interpretation have evolved by judges. Some of the most important ones are now mentioned, so that it may be determined as to whether the rules were given consideration in the recent Court of Appeal ruling.The Mischief ruleUnder this rule, the judge will look at the Act to see what its purpose was, and what mischief in the common law it was designed to prevent. (Heydon’s case 1583). Broadly speaking, this rule means that where a statute has been passed to remedy a weakness in the law, the interpretation which will correct that weakness is the one that will be adopted. The big question is whether there is any weakness in the situation that 33 is not the majority of 65. Our parliament is made up of 65 seats, which is an off-number.The Literal ruleAccording to this rule, the working of the Act must be construed according to its literal and grammatical meaning, regardless of the result. It is therefore improper to include into the statute words that are not there in order to arrive at a particular outcome. Where the statute speaks of ‘majority’, it is highly improper to insert the prefix ‘simple’ and/or ‘absolute’. The same words of the statute must normally be construed throughout the Act in the same sense.The Golden ruleThis can be seen as an extension of the Literal rule. Under this rule, the words of a statute will, as far as possible, be construed according to their plain, ordinary and natural meaning, unless this leads to an absurd result. It is used by the courts where a statutory provision is capable of more than one literal meaning. This will cause a judge to select one which avoids any absurdity.Expressio unius est exclusion alterius (The expression of one thing implies the exclusion of another)Under this rule, where specific words are used and are not followed by general words, the Act applies only to the instances mentioned.In addition to the major rules of interpretation, there are also several considerations which a judge will have in mind. The judge will concern himself/herself only with the wordings of the Act. He/she will not go to Hansard to look up reports of the debates during the passage of the Act.In the handing down of a decision, a judge can make reference to a number of comments/situations and things in the “Obita”; however, the decision must be based on a legal principle. Obita dicta are things said in passing, and they do not have any binding force, but can be of a persuasive nature. The reason that Obita dicta are merely persuasive is because the prerogative of a judge in not to make the law by formulating and declaring it (that is for the legislature), but to make the law by applying it to cases coming before the court.If the division of people and then rounding then up to whole persons within an odd number Parliament in Guyana can be upheld at the CCJ, then the law is indeed an ass.Sincerely,Pandit ChrishnaPersaudlast_img read more

Brazilian specialist to testify in Babita Sarjou murder trial

first_imgA Brazilian interpreter was on Thursday deemed competent to translate the results of the DNA analysis (previously sent over to Brazil), by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan following cross-examination by defence counsel as the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder of Babita Sarjou continued before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The Chief Magistrate ruled that she was satisfied with the competence and training of Carlos Manuel Da Costa with regard to his ability to effectively translate into English the testimony of a Brazilian doctor and specialist, who readily appeared on Skype to report his findings. This did not go down well with Attorney-at-Law Ronald Trotman, who remained sceptical about the proficiency of Da Costa. The lawyer sought to discredit the interpreter during cross-examination, establishing that the man was ignorant of scientific terms and principles, owing to his lack of expertise in the field.The Portuguese man initially told the court that even though he could not effectively interpret many terms of complex scientific nature, he is capable of translating the same in English providing that they (the terms) were explained to him by the analyst. This was sufficient for the Magistrate to rule him as being competent, declaring that the main aim of the hearing was to decipher whether Da Costa was able to successfully translate and explain what the witness was saying.A wary Trotman then requested that the defence have an interpreter as well to corroborate evidence given by the specialist, in order that the parties may find common ground or be placed in an “equal position” as he proposed.Magistrate McLennan responded by expressing her willingness for the defence to have an interpreter, who would sit at the Bar table for this purpose only, since the court was already satisfied with the competence of its translator.Another issue arose as Prosecutor Moore disclosed that Da Costa was set to leave the jurisdiction the following day and would return in August. After several minutes of negotiation, the interpreter agreed to return sooner to facilitate the continuation of the PI.The matter is set to resume on June 12, 2017 at 09:30h before the court of the Chief Magistrate.Murder accused Sharadananda Narine, of Lot 51 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, and his alleged accomplice, Darrel Ponton, called “Yankee” of Lot 54 Broad Street, Charlestown, were jointly charged for the death of Sarjou, Narine’s then estranged wife. They are currently on remand.It is alleged that on November 4, 2010, the woman left her Timehri, East Bank Demerara home to meet her husband and son at the Kitty Seawall to view the annual Diwali Motorcade. When she did not return home that night, her mother became worried and filed a missing person’s report. After many months of fruitless searching, the case was closed. However in 2016, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum reopened the case as a homicide following the surfacing of new information.Investigators made a major breakthrough when Sarjou’s estranged husband and ‘Yankee’ were questioned and subsequently cracked under pressure, leading the officials to the shallow grave holding the remains of Sarjou.Investigations revealed that Narine had allegedly paid Ponton $50,000 and had promised him a trip to Trinidad for his services.last_img read more

There could be trouble ahead for Pochettino at Tottenham, warns Cascarino

first_imgTony Cascarino says he is not convinced Mauricio Pochettino will be a success as Tottenham manager.Pochettino impressed at Southampton with an intense pressing and possession game that led to their highest ever Premier League finish last season.He quit to take charge at White Hart Lane in the summer and enjoyed a winning start to his reign on Saturday, with Spurs securing a dramatic 1-0 victory against West Ham after surviving a missed penalty and seeing Kyle Naughton sent off.But, despite the opening day victory, Cascarino was far from impressed by Tottenham’s display at Upton Park and feels there could be trouble ahead for the Argentine coach.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, he said: “I was there and I thought Tottenham were there for the taking. I thought they were very, very ordinary.“They were very tippy tappy in certain areas. Erik Lamela was guilty of it. He does some nice things, skips pass someone, but the final ball wasn’t there.“If Sam [Allardyce] would have gone with two up front and really gone for it when it was 11 versus 10, I thought they would have beaten Tottenham.“It was a strange result. They got the result, but there were a lot of concerns for me about the way Tottenham play. Pochettino had a team at Southampton that pressurised you all over the park and Tottenham clearly don’t have the players to do it.”last_img read more

‘Ratatouille’ cooks up $47.2 million

first_img“Ratatouille” was the big cheese at the box office over the weekend, scurrying away with an estimated $47.2 million in ticket sales. While it marked the eighth consecutive No. 1 bow for a Pixar Animation title, the animated comedy about a gourmet rat that gets a chance to cook in a French restaurant drew the lowest take for a Pixar film since 1995’s “Toy Story” ($29.1 million). Walt Disney Studios, which releases all Pixar titles and now owns the animation studio, remained upbeat Sunday despite a debut that was far less than the $60 million Pixar’s “Cars” opened to a year ago and the $70 million-plus debuts for 2003’s “Finding Nemo” and 2004’s “The Incredibles.” “Without question, for those who have had the opportunity to see it, they understand why we believe it’s a long-run play,” said Chuck Viane, president of Disney’s Buena Vista Distribution. Viane pointed to “Cars” retaining its audience for several weeks and going on to gross $244 million to become the second-highest-grossing film of 2006. “Based on the performance of past Pixar films, the number looks a little lower than one might expect,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. “But this is a movie that’s going to generate great word of mouth and sometimes that’s more important than a big opening weekend.” Giving “Ratatouille” some competition was 20th Century’s Fox’s “Live Free or Die Hard,” the first installment in the Bruce Willis franchise in more than a decade. The film took in an estimated $33.1 million Friday through Sunday. It opened Wednesday and has grossed $48.2 million in its first five days. “It exceeded our expectations,” said Bert Livingston, Fox’s general sales manager of distribution. “The audience loves the character and I think the picture is going to be playing all summer.” Last week’s top film, the comedy “Evan Almighty,” slipped to third place with an estimated gross of $15 million and a 10-day total of $60.6 million. The film, which had a production budget of $175 million, will be hard-pressed to even reach $100 million after losing 50 percent of its audience in the second weekend. A film that cost far less to make was the Michael Moore documentary “Sicko” (production budget $9 million) which was booked into just 441 theaters. The scathing look at the U.S. health care system released by Lionsgate debuted in ninth place with ticket sales of $4.5 million. Finishing just behind “Sicko” was the Focus Feature release “Evening,” a drama with a dream cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and others. Playing in 997 theaters, it opened in 10th place with a gross of $3.5 million, according to studio estimates. When final figures are released today, overall grosses might just be enough to barely stop a streak of four consecutive down weekends compared to 2006 totals. The top 12 films, according to preliminary estimates, are 2 percent ahead of the same weekend a year ago. — Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

10 amazing football triumphs to match Leicester’s amazing Premier League win

first_imgLeicester’s Premier League win is incredible considering where they were last season.They avoided relegation to embark on an amazing season which has captured the world’s imagination (apart from Spurs fans).But where does it rank among other fantastic football triumphs?IT’S AMAZING TO THINK THIS LEICESTER VIDEO WAS ONLY EIGHT YEARSVIDEO: LEICESTER PLAYERS HAVE A PARTY AT JAMIE VARDY’S HOUSE 10 10 10 9. Boavista upset Portugal’s big three – Like Atletico Madrid winning La Liga and breaking Barca and Real’s hold, Boavista upset the big guns in Portugal in 2001 when they won the country’s league. The title – the club’s first – was eventually decided with a game to spare. 10. Montpellier didn’t need those Qatari millions to get the job done – Leicester winning the Premier League is amazing. Absolutely. But where does it rank among other incredible football achievements? Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the memorable moments, beginning with Montpellier’s title triumph. Given how PSG have dominated France’s Ligue 1 in the years since the mega bucks have been injected, Montpellier’s win in 2012 is pretty impressive. They finished three points ahead of the Parisians, with Olivier Giroud top scoring with 21 goals. 10 8. Little Verona upset the order in Italy – Verona had only been promoted to Italy’s top flight in 1982 and were celebrating their first and only Serie A title three years later on 12 May. Under the guidance of boss Osvaldo Bagnoli, memorable victories included beating holders Juventus 2-0, with Preben Elkjaer scoring a goal without a boot on his right foot having lost it during his surging run down the left and rode fierce tackles. Above is a picture of the team in 2015 saluting the crowd 30 years after winning Serie A. 2. Greece see off Spain, France and Portugal to win Euro 2004 – Greece topped their Euro 2004 qualifying group where they beat Spain in Zaragoza and began and ended the competition by beating hosts Portugal, while they dumped holders France, who boasted Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry, out at the quarter-final stage. 4. North Korea beat Italy at the World Cup – Italy were twice winners of the World Cup, but that didn’t faze North Korea who beat them 1-0, courtesy of Pak Doo-Ik at Middlesbrough’s Ayresome Park. Names like Mazzola, Rivera and Facchetti in the Italian side were sent home where they were reportedly pelted by fruit by angry members of the public, while North Korea went out in a blaze of glory to Portugal in the quarter-finals, losing 5-3. This was despite being 3-0 up. 5. An average Liverpool side comeback to defeat European heavyweights Milan in 2005 – To highlight the gulf in star quality, Milan boasted Cafu, Maldini, Stam and Nesta in defence, Gattuso, Pirlo and Seedorf in the middle, with Kaka, Shevchenko and Crespo further forward. However, they let a 3-0 half-time lead slip against the likes of Baros, Kewell and Traore. Granted, Gerrard, Carragher and Alonso were on top of their game, but Milan were stunned when the Reds fought back in a game where they were forced to withstand strong pressure from the Italians to triumph on penalties. 10 10 10 10 10 3. Promoted Forest win first top flight title at first attempt – In 1977 Brian Clough’s Forest scraped into the First Division when they edged the third and final promotion place by a point to finish behind winners Wolves and runners-up Chelsea. However, the following season – their first in the top division since ’72 – they were champions having not lost once at home, while they also beat runners-up and European champions Liverpool to the League Cup. It got better for Forest after that, though, as they won back-to-back European Cups (above). 6. “One championship with Cagliari was worth ten elsewhere” – Cagliari win Serie A – With Gigi Riva in the side, Sardinian side Cagliari won their only Serie A title in 1970. The striker scored 21 times in 30 games to help secure the title and end the season four points ahead of Inter and seven clear of Juventus, a team Riva rejected twice to remain loyal to the club he loved. In addition, coach Manlio Scopigno claimed “One championship with Cagliari was worth ten elsewhere.” That’s goal machine Riva, above, with a Cagliari shirt in 2005. 7. Lowly Sunderland win the FA Cup – For years it was one of football’s great underdog stories, with Second Division Sunderland beating FA Cup holders Leeds 1-0 in the competition’s 1973 final. Ian Porterfield was the scorer against a side who were champions in 1969, reached the European Cup semi-final a year later and were First Division winners again in 1974. 10 1. Mixture of amateurs and semi-pros beat England – Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a 1-0 loss to America helped send England home from their first ever World Cup. England may have boasted huge names like Tom Finney and Stan Mortensen, but it was Haiti-born Joe Gaetjens who scored the goal and England, despite winning their opening game against Chile, sealed an early exit after also suffering a defeat against Spain.last_img read more

For the record

first_imgAn article last Sunday incorrectly stated that former Burbank City Councilwoman Susan Spanos was hospitalized in 1997 for cocaine addiction. In fact, she had a problem with depression and prescription medication. Also, an article Dec. 31 incorrectly reported that she had resigned from office. In fact, she served out her full term. The Daily News regrets the errors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,An article last Sunday incorrectly stated that former Burbank City Councilwoman Susan Spanos was hospitalized in 1997 for cocaine addiction. In fact, she had a problem with depression and prescription medication. Also, an article Dec. 31 incorrectly reported that she had resigned from office. In fact, she served out her full term. The Daily News regrets the errors. last_img read more

Bayern Munich would be wasting their time with summer bid for Dele Alli

first_img1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Bayern Munich would be wasting their time with a summer bid for Dele Alli.Recent reports have claimed the England midfielder is at the top of the German giants’ wanted list ahead of the summer transfer window.It has been claimed Bayern would have to offer in excess of the £85million it cost Real Madrid to prise Gareth Bale away from White Hart Lane four years ago to sign star man Alli at the end of the season.But Pochettino is confident even a world record bid would not sway a player who wants to stay at Tottenham.The Argentine coach insisted: “He is very happy with us.“Tottenham is creating a very good team and philosophy and he is enjoying his time here and I see no reason to be worried about that information.“This [sort of interest] always happens when the player is good, when the coaching staff is good and things are going well.” Tottenham star Dele Alli is reportedly wanted by Bayern Munich last_img read more

Wow! What Premier League clubs’ stadiums looked like 25 years ago and now

first_imgA quarter of a century ago, the inaugural Premier League season kicked off, after the English top flight split from the Football League.It ended 104 years of the First Division being England’s elite, and much has changed in the 25 years since, not least the stadiums that host Premier League football.Take a look at the gallery above to see what the stadiums of the clubs competing in the 2017-18 Premier League looked like back in 1992, and how they compare to their grounds today. 20. Manchester United’s Old Trafford in 1992 – Unlike other historic English football grounds, in 1992 Old Trafford had been developed with an overall masterplan in mind. First the United Road Stand (pictured above, right) was built in the 1960s, with a cantilever roof meaning there were no pillars to obstruct fans’ views. This was extended to the East Stand in 1973, then the Main Stand, so that three sides of Old Trafford formed a continuous bowl. Only the old Stretford End terrace broke the uniformity, at a time when English football grounds were renowned for being a mishmash of designs. By 1992, with all-seater requirements looming, United demolished the Stretford End, and kicked off the inaugural Premier League season with an open end and reduced capacity of initially around 32,000, although the completion of the bowl lifted this to 44,000 by the season’s end. Bournemouth’s Dean Court in 2017 – The ground was completely rebuilt in 2001, with the pitch rotated 90 degrees from its original position. Now known as the Vitality Stadium due to sponsorship, it remains a small ground, with an all-seated capacity of just 11,464. 40 Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in 2017 – The Bridge bowl was replaced in the 1990s, when the new Shed End and Matthew Harding stands were built, followed by the new West Stand in 2001. 40 4. Southampton’s Dell in 1992 – The Dell was outdated and cramped, but much loved. In 1992, the memorable Milton Road end (pictured above) was still a standing two-tiered terrace, albeit without the old ‘chocolate box’ sections that once sat on top of the lower tier. The odd-shape was due to the road immediately behind the stand, which narrowed the space available for the terrace. Two years later it was converted to an equally tapered all-seater stand. 40 West Ham United’s London Stadium in 2017 – Upton Park is no more, demolished in 2016 after the Hammers moved to the repurposed London Stadium. Built originally to host the 2012 London Olympic Games, the stadium underwent an expensive revamp to allow seating to be placed over the athletics track, which had to remain as a condition of West Ham’s tenancy. The stadium – which also received a new roof – is hosting the 2017 World Athletics Championship, ahead of the new Premier League season. 19. Liverpool’s Anfield in 1992 – Liverpool celebrated the club’s 100th birthday in 1992 by opening a new two-tier stand on the Kemlyn Road side of Anfield, naming it the Centenary Stand. It is pictured above next to the old standing Kop, a vast concrete bank which had changed little since having a roof added in 1928, although safety restrictions had reduced the capacity of the famous terrace from around 30,000 at its height to 16,000. The Anfield Road end – last rebuilt in 1965 – was already all-seater, as was the 1971-built Main Stand. Capacity stood at just below 45,000, and this was the last season Anfield was the best attended stadium in English football, albeit courtesy of a reduced capacity at Old Trafford, as Manchester United carried out redevelopment of their stadium. 5. Everton’s Goodison Park in 1992 9. Manchester City’s Maine Road in 1992 – Maine Road was once the largest club ground in England, but by the early 1990s was showing its age. The Main Stand (above right) and its distinctive roof was built in the 1970s, with the giant Kippax terrace opposite. The Platt Lane end (far end, above), was rebuilt during the first Premier League season, complete with executive boxes, and renamed the Umbro Stand. Little did City fans know back then that Maine Road’s days were numbered, while a major turnaround in the club’s fortunes was on the horizon. 13. Burnley’s Turf Moor in 1992 – Burnley’s home since 1883, in 1992 Turf Moor was a ground dominated by terracing, including the Longside Stand (above left) and the uncovered, brilliantly named Bee Hole End (above right). 40 40 40 40 18. Arsenal’s Highbury in 1992 – The Gunners kicked off the inaugural Premier League season with a shock 2-4 home defeat to Norwich, but that wasn’t the only surprise greeting fans on the opening day. Where the old North Bank terrace had stood, fans were greeted with a giant mural of the soon-to-be-constructed new North Bank; a two-tier, all-seated stand in keeping with the art deco splendour of the East and West Stands. Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in 2017 – The Foxes left Filbert Street in 2002 for their new home, now known as the King Power Stadium, which witnessed not just Leicester but world football history, when the club incredibly won the 2015-16 Premier League title. Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium in 2017 – Huddersfield left Leeds Road in 1994 for the new McAlpine Stadium, now known as the John Smith’s Stadium. When the stadium opened in the summer of 1994, only two sides were ready, with the South Stand not completed until December of that year, while the North Stand didn’t open until four years later. Each stand features a curved roof, and the stadium will host Premier League football for the first time in the 2017-18 season. 10. Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park in 1992 – On the opening day of the Premier League in 1992, Selhurst Park played host to a thrilling 3-3 draw between Palace and Blackburn, with Rovers’ British record signing Alan Shearer scoring twice and the home side notching a 90th minute equaliser. Back then, Selhurst featured a large open terrace at the Holmesdale Road end. 40 40 Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in 2017 – With all-seater requirements reducing Highbury’s capacity to 38,000 and little room for manoeuvre due to neighbouring housing on all four sides of the ground, Arsenal said goodbye to their beloved stadium in 2006. The Gunners moved a short distance across Islington to the Emirates Stadium, with its 60,000 capacity and vastly more profitable corporate facilities. 2. Newcastle United’s St James’ Park in 1992 – In 1992 Newcastle were actually playing in the second tier, but the club won promotion that season to take their place in the Premier League in 1993-94. And St James’ Park looked a lot different when Kevin Keegan’s team embarked on that promotion-winning campaign 25 years ago. Pictured above is the 1980s-built Milburn Stand, which had standing on the lower tier, while there were two uncovered terraces at either end of the ground, in an overall capacity of 36,000. 40 6. Watford’s Vicarage Road in 1992 – A quarter of a century ago, Watford were a second tier club playing in a ground dominated by terracing, apart from the Rous Stand (pictured above, on the far side), which had been opened in 1986, thanks in part to a loan from Elton John. 40 40 40 8. Leicester City’s Filbert Street in 1992 – The home of the Foxes since 1891, Filbert Street was a rather lopsided affair in 1992. The two-tier South Stand (pictured above, right), towered over the East Stand and the North Stand at the opposite end, with its executive boxes perched on top. The Main Stand was demolished and rebuilt in 1992-93, replaced by a large, two-tier structure. 40 40 1. Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in 1992 – click right to see what it looks like today, and what the other Premier League club stadiums looked like then compared to now 40 40 Burnley’s Turf Moor in 2017 – In the mid-1990s the old terraces were replaced by the James Hargreaves and Jimmy McIlroy Stands, pictured above, leaving Turf Moor as a smart, historic home for the Premier League Clarets. 40 40 40 40 Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium in 2017 – The Dell was consigned to history in 2001, when Saints moved to the larger St Mary’s Stadium. 40 40 40 Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park in 2017 – The Holmesdale Road terrace was replaced in 1994-95 with the impressive double decker stand pictured above, while the Whitehorse Lane terrace at the opposite end, with its executive boxes perched on top, was roofed and made all-seater in 1993. The much maligned Main and Arthur Wait Stands remain on either side of the pitch. 12. Brighton and Hove Albion’s Goldstone Ground in 1992 – David Beckham made his professional debut for Manchester United at the Goldstone Ground in September 1992, but not in a Premier League game. The Seagulls had just been relegated to the third tier and faced the Red Devils in the League Cup, and top flight football seemed a distant prospect at that point. Financial woes led to the sale of the Goldstone Ground in 1997, without a new home lined up. Despite having seen better days, the old ground was loved by Brighton fans, with its open East Terrace pictured above, set against the backdrop of nearby houses. 40 Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium in 2017 – The 21,000 capacity Liberty Stadium was opened in 2005. It is something of a contrast to the Vetch! 15. West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns in 1992 – Home to the Baggies since 1900, in 1992 the ground was dominated by terracing, but with a reduced capacity due to its somewhat dilapidated condition. The Birmingham Road End (above) and Smethwick End curved round into the seated Rainbow Stand, which stood opposite the Halfords Lane Stand (pictured above, left). 40 Newcastle United’s St James’ Park in 2017 – The Milburn Stand is now a huge three tier structure, joined in the late 1990s by the equally imposing Leazes End, while the Gallowgate End (above, left) was turned into an all-seated, covered stand in 1993. All the corners were filled in, and only the East Stand – built in the 1970s, on a side of the stadium where the club are unable to build higher due to a row of Georgian terraced houses behind – remains from 1992. 40 Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium in 2017 – With all-seater stadiums required by the Taylor Report, in the 1990s lots of English league clubs faced either redeveloping their historic homes or starting from scratch. Stoke chose the latter option, with their new home opening in 1997. Work began on expanding the stadium further in February 2017, filling in the previously open south east corner, adding 1,800 seats to the ground. Apparently it’s a difficult place to play on a cold Tuesday night. 14. Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane in 1992 Liverpool’s Anfield in 2017 – Anfield is much changed since 1992, though the Centenary Stand remains – albeit now named after club legend Kenny Dalglish. The old Kop was demolished in 1994, and replaced by a 12,390 all-seated Kop. Meanwhile, the Anfield Road end become a two-tier stand in 1998, and most recently a huge new Main Stand was opened in 2016, taking overall capacity to 54,074. 40 40 3. Swansea City’s Vetch Field in 1992 – When the first Premier League season kicked off, Swansea were in the third tier and playing at their Vetch Field ground. Typical of the ramshackle development of old British football grounds, the most striking feature of the Vetch was the half built East Stand, with distinctive floodlight on top. The stand was originally meant to be extended, but objections from residents of a street located behind put paid to any further work, while financial problems also meant all other developments to the ground had to be shelved. 40 40 Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in 2017 – With Maine Road requiring extensive redevelopment and becoming a drain on City’s meagre resources, the club jumped at the chance to move in to the new Eastlands Stadium in 2003. It had been built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and was brilliantly designed to be repurposed after the event to host football, not least by removing the athletics track. In 2015, with City having won two Premier League titles in the previous three years, the club added another tier to the South Stand, taking the capacity up to 55,000, with another tier to be added to the North Stand in future. 16. Huddersfield Town’s Leeds Road in 1992 – In 1992 Huddersfield were a third tier side, playing at their old Leeds Road ground, which had been home since 1908. By then the capacity was around 17,000, despite boasting a large terrace on the ‘Popular Side’ (pictured above). 40 Watford’s Vicarage Road in 2017 – The Rous Stand remains, but has now been renamed after the Hornets’ legendary manager, the late Graham Taylor. In the meantime, the terraced ends were replaced in the 1990s by the Vicarage Road and Rookery Stands, while the Elton John Stand replaced the dilapidated Main Stand in 2013. 11. West Ham United’s Upton Park in 1992 – The Hammers had dropped into the second tier by 1992, but would gain promotion to the Premier League that season. Upton Park, meanwhile, was on the brink of major redevelopment. In 1992, the old South and North Bank terraces remained behind the goals, soon to be replaced by double-decker seated stands. The old main West Stand (above, right), with its pillars obscuring views, towered over the ground, though it would be demolished in favour of the new Dr Martens Stand in 2001. 40 Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium in 2017 – After more than a decade of playing at an athletics venue, the Withdean Stadium, and two years ground sharing with Gillingham (75 miles away in Kent), Brighton moved into the impressive Falmer Stadium in 2011. Now known as the Amex for sponsorship reasons, it will host Premier League football for the first time in the 2017-18 season. Certainly a contrast to life at the Goldstone in 1992. 40 40 17. Stoke City’s Victoria Ground in 1992 – A third tier side in the summer of 1992, Stoke were about to embark on a successful promotion-winning campaign at their old Victoria Ground home. A classic English football ground, the Victoria featured four distinctive stands and plenty of terracing. 7. Bournemouth’s Dean Court in 1992 – A third tier team in 1992, Bournemouth’s Dean Court was a small ground with terracing on three sides, including the compact stand pictured above. 40 40 Manchester United’s Old Trafford in 2017 – If you had told a Man United fan in August 1992 that the Red Devils would win 13 league titles in the next 25 years, they probably would have said you were mad. And that crazy run of success came with an astonishing redevelopment of Old Trafford. When the original Theatre of Dreams masterplan was completed in 1992-93, the capacity was just 44,000 – the lowest it had ever been, as all-seater requirements reduced the number of fans who could see United play. So the club promptly added another two tiers to the North Stand in 1996, taking capacity to 55,000. The East Stand and Stretford End also received additional tiers in the next six years, making a total of 68,217 seats, then the north-west and north-east quadrants had tiers added in 2006. Capacity now stands at just over 75,000, with only the single tier Main Stand (now known as the Bobby Charlton Stand) remaining from the ground as it was in 1992. 40 40 Everton’s Goodison Park in 2017 – The Bullens Road and Gwladys Street End (pictured above, right and left, respectively), designed by legendary British football stadium architect Archibald Leitch in the 1920s and 1930s, remain at Goodison, with their distinctive balcony trusses. As does the towering Goodison Road stand, completed in 1971. How long the Toffees remain at Goodison is questionable, though, as the club look to the future and a possible move away. 40 West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns in 2017 – Now a smart all-seater stadium, the Hawthorns’ terraces were replaced by new stands in 1994. In 2001 the Rainbow Stand was replaced by the new East Stand (above right), while the Halfords Lane Stand (left) was refurbished. Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane in 2017 – Spurs played their last ever game at White Hart Lane in May 2017, before it was demolished to make way for their new stadium, which is due to open in 2018. last_img read more