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Courier proves Seville’s claim as Spain’s oldest football club

February 7 2013

A 123-year-old page of The Courier is to hang in the offices of the Spanish Football Association after it was revealed that, thanks to an article in the paper that day, Sevilla FC can officially claim to be Spain’s oldest club. The Courier revealed in September that the discovery of the club being founded 15 years earlier than previously thought was due to the story on page four of the paper from March 17 1890, which details how a group of young British, mainly Scottish, men met in a pub in Seville on January 25 that year to celebrate Burns Night. Along with some Spanish friends, they decided to form the country’s first official football club, and, word having reached back to Dundee, The Courier carried an article documenting the club’s act of constitution. As a result, current members of the club say the article can be considered the founding document of Sevilla FC. The president of Sevilla FC, Jos Mara del Nido, was presented with a copy of the page, certified by the British Newspaper Archive, by the club’s history department on January 25, 123 years after the club’s formation. Another print of the page will be presented by the club to the Spanish FA. Grant Millar, marketing executive of Dundee online company brightsolid, which hosts the online version of the British Newspaper Archive, was told of the presentations by Spanish researcher Javier Terenti. Javier said: “The page in question contains a treasure for the history of Spanish football, since it is an article that describes in detail how the club was founded 15 years earlier than it was thought, thus being Spain’s oldest football club. “The article that is extremely rich in detail shows how the club’s founding date was not a coincidence. “Everything suggests that that Saturday 25 January, 123 years ago, a group of young British, mainly Scots, along with other young men of Spanish origin, met at one of the cafes in the city and celebrated Burns Night with the excuse of founding the first football club in Spain. “Among the most prominent Scots was the club’s first president, EF Johnston, and first captain, Hugo MacColl, who later, upon returning to the UK, became chairman of Sunderland Burns Club. “The discovery of the club’s Act of Constitution within an old edition of the Dundee Courier has been published not only in Spain but also in several important newspapers outside the country.” Mr Carlos Romero, director of the club’s history department, said: “It’s a beautiful article that chronicles the adventures of those first ‘Sevillistas’, in which the following paragraph appears: ‘Some six weeks ago a few enthusiastic young residents of British origin met in one of the cafs for the purpose of considering a proposal that we should start an athletic association, the want of exercise being greatly felt by the majority of us, who are chiefly engaged in mercantile pursuits. After a deal of talk and a limited consumption of small beer, the “Club de Football de Sevilla” was duly formed and office bearers elected.” Mr Miller added: “The reason why this important report was published in the Dundee Courier is probably due to the fact that, at that time, tonnes and tonnes of Seville oranges were loaded on steamships, travelling from Seville to Dundee for the manufacture of the city’s famous marmalade. “However, this connection between Seville and Dundee could even go further if we take into account that two of the members of the Sevilla Football Club at that time, D Thomson and Robert Thomson, could have been related to DC Thomson, founders of the Dundee Courier.”


New Sevilla FC exhibition explains why 1890 Dundee Courier made for ‘fantastic news in Spain’

March 18 2015

A Courier cutting from 1890 has taken pride of place in a permanent exhibition at top Spanish football club Sevilla FC’s stadium, to mark the 125th anniversary of Spain’s oldest club. The article documented the founding of the club by British residents in Seville and how they won the first football match ever played on Spanish soil. The story was written by a Seville correspondent and sent to The Courier shortly afterwards and Tuesday was exactly 125 years since it was published on March 17 1890. Spanish researcher Javier Terenti said the story began when Sevilla FC’s history department found an article two years ago in the British Newspaper Archive. It had explained how the club was formed and how the first match was won. He contacted The Courier at the time and told how the cutting had confirmed Sevilla’s little-believed claims of being the oldest club in Spain. Javier said: “That old article was fantastic news in Spain, changing the history of Spanish football. “Thanks to The Courier Sevilla FC is now celebrating the 125th anniversary of the club’s origins. “A few days ago, as part of a series of events to commemorate this anniversary, Sevilla FC inaugurated a permanent exhibition at the club’s stadium, where the Dundee Courier edition of March 17 1890 plays a pivotal role. “As you see, discovering that old Courier’s article was very lucky for the club as Sevilla FC are now the current Uefa Europa League winners.”1890 article reproduced below courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive:

Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...


Scholes and Ferdinand deliver damning verdict after Champions League exit

March 13 2018

Former Manchester United stars Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand delivered a damning verdict after seeing Jose Mourinho’s men dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla.A 2-1 home defeat by the Spanish side ended the Old Trafford club’s interest in the competition in the last 16 and left them realistically with only the FA Cup to compete for during what remains of the season.Scholes accused United of lacking desire and Mourinho of not even trying to win the first leg to set up the second.He told BT Sport: “It was very difficult watching that, it was difficult watching the first game. There was no desire, no energy, no speed about the team. I can’t explain it, it’s inexplicable.“You go back to the first game – in the modern game now, teams go to places and they try to score goals. United went there and didn’t even try to win the game, they didn’t try to score a goal.”Former team-mate Ferdinand admitted the Red Devils are off the pace in Europe.Asked if they were far from able to be considered a top team, he replied: “In Europe, yes, 100 per cent.“I’ll tell you what, next round, there’ll be teams licking their lips, English and other teams around Europe, licking their lips at the thought of playing against this Seville team because they are not a team that would frighten you.“They’re a decent team, they are not a team that frighten you.“In these games, you have got to go and take the game by the scruff of the neck.“That takes personality, it takes characters to go and do that in this stadium. You have got to go and give the fans something to chant about. This stadium tonight was quiet and that’s down to the players.”There was reaction to on Twitter with former England international Stan Collymore critical of Mourinho’s approach.He tweeted: “Seville are a decent, but not a great side. Mourinho going to rightly get pelters for tonight. Hugely inconsistent, marked starkly against the consistency of City. Miles off a title or CL challenging team.”He added: “Strange thing is Mourinho seems to react only when other teams take the initiative. Contrary to everything Manchester United have ever been about. Even the poorest United teams attacked, because that’s the demand and club DNA.”Ex-Tottenham defender Graham Roberts was equally critical of the Portuguese.He tweeted: “Why didn’t Mourinho make changes? It was only Seville. He just stood there didn’t know how to change and what to do.”Former England striker and TV presenter Gary Lineker gave credit to Sevilla for their victory.He posted: “You can’t say Sevilla don’t deserve their victory. They’ve won tactically and been better all over. United’s game-plan was baffling: deep lying, ponderous and negative.”

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Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.


Jose Mourinho impressed by ‘professional’ Paul Pogba

February 23 2018

Paul Pogba’s professional response to being dropped has impressed Jose Mourinho, who has underlined the need for Manchester United’s stars to earn his trust.Eyebrows were raised in Spain on Wednesday evening when it was confirmed that callow Scott McTominay would start the Champions League last-16 first leg at Sevilla instead of their club-record signing.Pogba would come on early in the 0-0 draw due to an injury to Ander Herrera and impressed Mourinho with his performance amid speculation over the star midfielder’s relationship with the United manager.“You saw the game against Sevilla,” the Portuguese said. “I think it’s always more difficult to come from the bench than to start.“A player when he is starting the game has a different kind of preparation for it and it’s easier.“To be on the bench and to come on even without warming up, minute 15 and get into the pace of the game is not easy, and I think he had a very positive game for us.“I think he responded in a very professional way both times he was on the bench. “He was on the bench against Huddersfield in the Premier League and he responded in a professional way, and he was on the bench in Sevilla and he did the same.”There does, though, appear little chance of the scrutiny surrounding Pogba’s performances and happiness diminishing anytime soon.The France midfielder may well return to the starting line-up against Chelsea this Sunday after Herrera aggravated a muscle injury in Seville, with Mourinho expecting the midfielder to miss a “few weeks”.The Spain midfielder’s absence may be keenly felt this weekend given his superb man-marking job on Eden Hazard when United won last season’s Old Trafford encounter – an important role Mourinho had faith in Herrera to carry out.Trust is key to the United boss and he pointed to up-and-coming McTominay as a prime example of what he demands from his players.“I think I don’t give trust for free,” Mourinho said. “I think it’s the other way around.“I don’t think it’s about the manager to trust the player, I think it is the player to make the manager trust him. It’s as simple as that.“Sometimes it looks like we have to give everything to the players and the players they give nothing back to us. I don’t think that way.“I think the confidence, the trust that I show towards Scott, he earned it since day one.“Since he come to the first-team training sessions, step-by-step of course with a lot to learn, with a long way to go.“Even now after I would say maybe eight starts, something like that, he has a lot to learn, but since the first moment he was learning that is the way to perform.“And of course, he will have bad matches, he will make mistakes, he will be on the bench and not be selected, but I know when I want him to play, I know the kind of mentality, the player that I am developing.“I know the qualities that are going to make him a really good player. I know what he is really good at, I know where he has to improve, and I think he’s going to be a very good player.”

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Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk


Glasgow bin lorry crash inquiry hears driver’s GP ‘lacked due diligence’

August 11 2015

A GP who certified bin lorry crash driver Harry Clarke as fit to drive "lacked due diligence" in his diagnosis, an inquiry has heard. Dr Ronald Neville, a GP who produces expert reports on drivers' fitness to get behind the wheel, said doctors had missed an opportunity to review Mr Clarke's fitness before he apparently blacked out at the wheel of the bin lorry that killed six people in George Square, Glasgow, on December 22. The fatal accident inquiry at Glasgow Sheriff Court heard suggestions that Mr Clarke "hoodwinked" GPs over his fitness to drive, but that a closer examination of his story could have provided an opportunity for him to be "rumbled". The inquiry has already heard that Mr Clarke had a previous blackout while driving a bus in 2010, but he provided conflicting accounts over the location of the incident. Dr Kenneth Lyons, medical adviser to Mr Clarke's former employer First Bus, provided the driver's GP Dr John Langan with a letter stating the previous blackout happened at the wheel of a stationary bus. But Mr Clarke later told Dr Langan it happened in a canteen while he was waiting for lunch. Dr Neville said the distinction was important, as a blackout at the wheel of a bus should have been reported to the DVLA. He said: "My view of Dr Langan's report was that it lacked due diligence. "It failed to pick up on an important issue, which is the discrepancy between where the event occurred." He said Dr Langan should also have provided Dr Lyons with a more detailed note of Mr Clarke's medical history. "All in all, I felt the letter from Dr Langan lacked a lot and had a crucial omission," he said. "There wasn't the detail, there wasn't the thoroughness you would expect from a well trained professional. "The detail of whether he was sitting or standing should also have been included." Dr Neville said the discrepancy between the two accounts would have "jumped out" at him. However, he acknowledged there is no "rule book" outlining the exact form of words or details that a GP should provide to an employer in such cases, but said there is an "unofficial template" of the kind of information that should be required. Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC said: "Can I suggest that a way forward would be an official template?" Dr Neville replied: "I think that would be an excellent idea." He said GPs already fill out a range of mandatory forms on a daily basis, in cases such as adoption, joining the military or applying for a firearm. Ms Thomson also asked Dr Neville if there was anything Dr Lyons should have done to verify Mr Clarke's fitness to drive. Dr Neville said: "Yes, he should have had the relevant notes in front of him and noticed the discrepancy. "He had a range of options. One simple one would have been to lift the telephone and ask Dr Langan: 'What's the story, we've got one version and we've got another version?' "Dr Lyons also had the option to independently verify where the event occurred, as he would have had access to occupational health information or he could have spoken to the inspector. "I don't know the details, but he would have been able to independently verify the information and challenge Dr Lyons." Ronald Conway, representing the family of crash victim Stephenie Tait, said: "One could take the view that Mr Clarke has successfully managed to hoodwink his GPs." Dr Neville replied: "I have been very careful with my words. I have not met Mr Clarke and I do not want to comment on his honesty or integrity." Mr Conway suggested it was fair to say Mr Clarke had "misled them". Dr Neville replied: "One could infer that." Mr Conway said: "And if an inquiry had taken place he would have been rumbled?" Dr Neville said "rumbled" is not a form of words he would use, but later conceded that the failure to spot the discrepancy was a "missed opportunity". He said: "The lack of due diligence could have led to an opportunity to pursue matters further." Jacqueline Morton, 51, and Ms Tait, 29, both from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh, were killed as the lorry travelled out of control along Queen Street and towards George Square before crashing in to the side of the Millennium Hotel. Erin McQuade, 18, and her grandparents Jack Sweeney, 68, and Lorraine Sweeney, 69, from Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, also died from multiple injuries after being hit by the truck.


Vincenzo Montella hopes Sevilla can make history at the fourth attempt

March 12 2018

Vincenzo Montella is hoping it is fourth time lucky as Sevilla attempt to overcome Manchester United and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.The Andalusians have failed in their three previous attempts to progress from the last-16, including falling at this stage against Leicester last season.Sevilla’s only dalliance with the European Cup quarter-finals came in 1958 and Montella is hoping to make history at Old Trafford, having put in a promising display as the first leg ended 0-0.“It is a big opportunity for us,” said the Italian, who will be without former Manchester City wide man Jesus Navas through injury.“We’ll be playing 100 per cent to try and achieve that.“We know it’s a tough task and we’re going to suffer throughout the 90 minutes or longer.“It’s a very special game tomorrow night for Seville. It is a very important game for us.“To keep going and try to get through to the quarter-final would be great for us.“It’s a big comp, it would be the first time in 60 years for us to get through to this stage.“We know we’ve got to score first and foremost to get through, but we have a lot of confidence in our ability.“We know it’s going to be tough, it’s a very competitive even-stevens game.”