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Tag: football

June 4, 2017

Trevor Hemmings CVO

by General

Reclusive yet charming “leisure entrepreneur” Trevor Hemmings owns over 100 racehorses, lives primarily on the Isle of Man and generously funded the SAFE centre to help victims of sexual violence in Preston, Lancashire.   This “publicity averse” self-made father of four’s Grand National winning horses have included Ballabriggs, Hedgehunter and Many Clouds and other assets … Continue reading “Trevor Hemmings CVO”

April 12, 2017

A Balls-Up

by Matthew Steeples

Shame on ‘The Sun’ for publishing a non-story about a child being hit by a football in Belgrave Square; the ball was kicked by a girl who was with the footballer Cesc Fàbregas   On Wednesday, the The Sun indulged in one of their most sensationalist pieces of journalism in recent months when they published … Continue reading “A Balls-Up”

March 16, 2017

Cooking-Up a Cock-Up

by Matthew Steeples

As Donald Trump is criticised for dousing over-cooked steak in ketchup, we take a look at Theresa May’s preference for dining at the favourite restaurant of a paedophile and her lack of interest in the “absolutely meticulously” recipes of Delia Smith   In 2008, Theresa May told The Guardian: “I’ve knocked on Rolf Harris’s door … Continue reading “Cooking-Up a Cock-Up”

December 28, 2015

Ellen Perry

by General

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Ellen Perry made her name with her brilliantly insightful documentary film The Fall of Fujimori in 2005.

June 16, 2015

David Sullivan

by General

Cardiff born David Sullivan owned the Daily Sport and the Sunday Sport between 1986 and 2007.

June 5, 2015

The Writers’ Block

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Ian Fleming that is currently owned by Sol Campbell for sale for £6.75 million

May 30, 2015

Lord Mostyn

by General

The 7th Baron Mostyn was born in 1984 and was said to be worth some £50 million ($85 million) by The Sunday Times in 2014.

Mhairi Black MP

by General

“Baby of the House” Mhairi Black is the youngest MP since 1880. She is a lesbian, Bible reader and supporter of Partick Thistle Football Club.

May 19, 2015

Caravan Coleen

by Matthew Steeples

Wayne and Coleen Rooney buy a caravan – They should have bought the entire park

April 17, 2015

Saluting Sol

by Matthew Steeples

Sol Campbell should be saluted for participating in the Operation Black Vote campaign to encourage minorities to register to vote

March 6, 2015

Nancy Dell’Olio

by General

A whirlwind of energy accompanies Nancy Dell’Olio wherever she goes.

January 17, 2015

Booted

by Matthew Steeples

Footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger shows finality in erasing his on-off girlfriend’s name from his boots

October 24, 2014

Fortunes and footballers

by Matthew Steeples

Gareth Southgate markets his £3.25 million Grade I listed Yorkshire home   Footballers are not generally noted for living in tasteful homes so it is somewhat surprising to find that the former England player turned Middlesborough manager Gareth Southgate’s current home is a Grade I listed “Elizabethan style” hall on the banks of Swinsty Reservoir, nine … Continue reading “Fortunes and footballers”

July 29, 2014

Taking in a Panorama

by Matthew Steeples

A £6.9 million home in “Britain’s Monte Carlo”   Whilst London has “Billionaires Row” in the form of Kensington Palace Gardens, the coastal county of Dorset has an equivalent in the form of the Sandbanks Peninsula – known locally as “Millionaires Row”. Property prices here are said to be the fourth highest on the planet

July 4, 2014

A cocktail that bites

by Matthew Steeples

The Rib Room dedicates a cocktail to Luis Suárez   Luis Suárez will go down in history for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup and in his honour Knightsbridge’s The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant have created a cocktail with a bite.

May 3, 2014

Take Owen

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Take That’s Mark Owen for sale   In 1996, at the age of just 24, Mark Owen paid £300,000 for Leck Hill House, near Kirkby Lonsdale on the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria. At the time, The Mirror described how he’d “fallen in love” with the house and we can see why.

December 28, 2013

Angela and Dave Dawes

by Matthew Steeples

They may have got lucky on the EuroMillions when they won £101 million, but didn’t have much luck after. Mrs Dawes sadly got cancer, the couple fell victim to a hoax email scam and though they moved from a scruffy £70 per week rented flat in Wisbech to a flat in Chelsea Harbour to be … Continue reading “Angela and Dave Dawes”

December 25, 2013

Cyrus Mahboubian: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with photographer Cyrus Mahboubian   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Artistic pursuits take up most of my time.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I think the ethic of reciprocity “do unto others as you would have them do to you” is a … Continue reading “Cyrus Mahboubian: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 8, 2013

Kelly Hoppen MBE

by Matthew Steeples

This red-headed South Africa born design dragon is most famous for her use of taupe. Hoppen views white to be an “essential neutral” and loved visiting show flats as a child. She’s dated footballer Sol Campbell and hairdresser Nicky Clarke and claims Victoria Beckham as her “BFF”. She is “proud of being British today” and … Continue reading “Kelly Hoppen MBE”

November 6, 2013

Victoria Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

The Fleet Street Fox spoke sense in November 2013 when she said of Beckham: “Take a bow, Savvy Spice. We got you wrong”. This former Spice Girl turned business maven deserves to be admired for her work ethic and success. She won the Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 … Continue reading “Victoria Beckham”

October 27, 2013

Facebooking football

by Matthew Steeples

Total Facebook ‘likes’ for three of Britain’s top football clubs is higher than the country’s total population     The population of Britain is approximately 63,900,000 people. The total combined ‘likes’, however, for just three of the top British football clubs on Facebook comes to an astounding 71,547,548

October 2, 2013

La revolution reverse

by Matthew Steeples

Pontus Maltborg examines the changing face of France’s Ligue 1   The French football Ligue 1 has long been the league of the many and of unpredictability as it has had 6 different champions during the last 6 years and lacked real established hierarchy. This is however drastically changing as the French league is now … Continue reading “La revolution reverse”

October 1, 2013

Henry Wyndham

by Matthew Steeples

A collector of English drawings and watercolours since the age of 14 and second to none as an auctioneer, Eton educated Wyndham hammered down Giacometti’s Walking Man sculpture for £65 million in 2010 and Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents for £49.5 million in 2002. His glasses saved his sight in a shooting accident in Scotland … Continue reading “Henry Wyndham”

September 29, 2013

Lloyd Scott MBE

by Matthew Steeples

This former professional football goalkeeper and cancer survivor completed the 2002 London Marathon in a deep-sea diving suit and took 12 days to walk the length of Loch Ness in 2003. He’s completed countless other endeavours in the name of charity and raised millions in the process. His efforts are commendable and of his MBE, … Continue reading “Lloyd Scott MBE”

September 7, 2013

An evening at Theo Fennell

by David Kerr

David Kerr captures an evening showcasing the craftsmanship of Theo Fennell   It was not only the silver in Theo Fennell’s Fulham Road showroom that glistened on Thursday 5th September.

August 9, 2013

The game of transfers

by Pontus Maltborg

Pontus Maltbourg analyses this year’s European football transfer window   With less than one month remaining of the major European transfer window it is time to analyse the movers and shakers in European football.

July 29, 2013

Bargaining a much deserved sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Thomas Joseph McLoughlin jailed   Some would argue that it isn’t fair to kick a man when he’s down. In the case of Thomas McLoughlin, jailed today for 14 months at Isleworth Crown Court, I’ll make a much deserved exception.

May 22, 2013

Jay Conroy

by Matthew Steeples

A footballer and model. Conroy took to Trafalgar Square in just a pair of pink pants with a fully clothed Jeff Banks in May 2013 for Debenhams ‘Think Pink’ breast cancer initiative. He’s also worked for Marks and Spencers, Speedo and Heineken.

Tim Tebow

by Matthew Steeples

This “virtuous” homeschooled American football player has played for both the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos. As well known for his Christian faith and kneeling on one knee in prayer during games, Tebow is widely tipped for a career in television. After a lengthy legal battle, the quarterback even managed to trademark the … Continue reading “Tim Tebow”

May 3, 2013

Linked in more ways than one

by Matthew Steeples

The links between Owen Oyston, William Roache and Stuart Hall   Board meetings of Ridings Publishing Company Limited and its subsidiaries and Oystons Limited must have featured some interesting conversations as at them three well-known men were eligible to attend. Those three men, as of today, variously have served a jail sentence for rape, been … Continue reading “Linked in more ways than one”

April 30, 2013

Danny Cipriani

by Matthew Steeples

This London born rugby player’s mum learnt ‘The Knowledge’ and worked as a taxi driver so she could send him to a private school. Cipriani has no connection to the restaurant and hotel empire of the same name, but his model girlfriend, Kelly Brook, “sent a message” to him by dining at the London outpost … Continue reading “Danny Cipriani”

April 12, 2013

Richard Littlejohn

by Matthew Steeples

Essex born journalist Richard Littlejohn claims that the Royal Family are a “bunch of tax-evading adulterers”

March 30, 2013

Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks thrice Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Sir Winston Churchill and all he stood for and to win an Oscar for the best “song” as a songwriter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 29, 2013

The truth’s stranger than fiction

by Matthew Steeples

The “Devil’s Advocate” is jailed for 14 years   Bogus lawyer Giovanni di Stefano was jailed for 14 years yesterday after being found guilty of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, eight counts of fraud, three counts of acquiring criminal property, two counts of using a false instrument, one count of attempting … Continue reading “The truth’s stranger than fiction”

March 8, 2013

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

by Matthew Steeples

Ranked as “the most influential Arab in the world”, Al-Waleed has at various times held investments in News Corp, AOL, Apple Inc., Motorola, Fox News, Eastman Kodak, TWA, Twitter, The Savoy, the Four Seasons hotel chain and Euro Disney SCA. Not afraid to back his beliefs financially, the “Buffett of Arabia” gave £18.5 million to … Continue reading “Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal”

February 4, 2013

Giovanni Di Stefano

by Matthew Steeples

Jailed for 14 years in March 2013 on charges of deception, fraud and money laundering, Di Stefano is a man who is often referred to as “The Devil’s Advocate”. He has been variously linked to such luminaries as Saddam Hussein, Harold Shipman and Nicholas van Hoogstraten. Others he’s associated with include Jeremy Bamber, Kenneth Noye … Continue reading “Giovanni Di Stefano”

February 3, 2013

Leah Newman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the model Leah Newman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Global warming.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The bigger, the better.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who … Continue reading “Leah Newman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 4, 2012

Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE

by Matthew Steeples

Well-known for their numberplates “2 BE” and “NOT 2B,” this power couple live on Cheyne Walk and are a little bit like Marmite. In Chelsea, Bourne has aroused controversy by attempting to gain planning permission to turn George Best’s favourite boozer, The Phene, into a house and in Soho, Greene’s makeover of Ronnie Scott’s caused … Continue reading “Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE”

Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA

by Matthew Steeples

Undoubtedly best known as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, Yorkshire born Dench briefly played Pru Forrest in the BBC’s The Archers. She’s an advocate for “more progressive drug policies” and only took the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride & Prejudice after director Joe Wright wrote to her and … Continue reading “Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA”

November 27, 2012

Blessed Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Victoria Beckham tours Brian Blessed’s former home   In April, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times featured an article on Clarence House in Richmond.   At the time this former school and home of actor Brian Blessed was priced at £22,500,000 but after languishing on the market, the price has been slashed by £4,500,000 … Continue reading “Blessed Beckham”

November 22, 2012

Kay Burley

by Matthew Steeples

Lancastrian Sky News anchor Kay Burley is the longest serving female newsreader on British television.

November 19, 2012

Move It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Another rumoured sale of “Beckingham Palace” is reported   November 2012: In March this year, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times looked into reports that David and Victoria Beckham would be selling their Hertfordshire home, Rowneybury House (better known as “Beckingham Palace”). For all the talk of that sale, as far as we are … Continue reading “Move It Like Beckham”

November 13, 2012

Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

by Matthew Steeples

The rise and fall of the “wealthiest divorcee in history” has been extraordinary. A former nude model for her first husband’s Knave magazine and star of adult films such as “The Nine Acres of Nakedness,” Patricia Kluge is the daughter of an Englishman and a Scots-Iraqi. She married her second husband, the late John Kluge, … Continue reading “Patricia Kluge (née Rose)”

November 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

October 4, 2012

Why pay less?

by Matthew Steeples

Living life to the full Donald G. Abbey style   “Why pay less when you can pay more?” is a mantra that some strangely choose to live by. In my time, I have encountered a couple with a different Ferrari for each day of the week, someone who proudly declared their home had a window … Continue reading “Why pay less?”

September 30, 2012

Picture of the Week: The two faces of Ahmadinejad

by Matthew Steeples

Contrasting images of President Ahmadinejad   In a departure, this week we have two The Steeple Times pictures of the week. They were separately taken but both feature President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. Whilst one shows a fawning television presenter interviewing this madman, the other illustrates a courageous lady sticking a finger up to him. … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: The two faces of Ahmadinejad”

August 29, 2012

John King: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks John King, the sales manager for No. 11 Cadogan Gardens: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? My parents.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Don’t get mad, charge more.”   Kerry … Continue reading “John King: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 22, 2012

Peter Burrell

by Matthew Steeples

A businessman with a passion for racing. Burrell has worked with Frankie Dettori since the latter was 15 and was also the agent for Vinnie Jones. He drives a Toyota IQ, has climbed the Matterhorn and loves playing a round of golf in his spare time. In 2014, he invented the Gillhams Gravel Rake to solve … Continue reading “Peter Burrell”

August 20, 2012

Cycling with a Smile

by Matthew Steeples

Former Emmerdale bad boy Lyndon Ogbourne updates readers of The Steeple Times on his cycle expedition for Once Upon a Smile   Part One: I begin this section of my travel journal, sat Bear Gryls style, next to a campfire I’ve successfully made, cooking a fish I’ve caught (with much difficulty) that I plan to … Continue reading “Cycling with a Smile”

July 5, 2012

Who will win the Eclipse?

by The Tout

An analysis of the Eclipse by our latest columnist, The Tout   The Eclipse is a Group One race named after one of the great thoroughbreds that we have ever seen in this country. It is a key event in establishing the reputation of any good horse and is run over a mile and a … Continue reading “Who will win the Eclipse?”

July 4, 2012

An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne

by Claire Rubinstein

Claire Rubinstein interviews Lyndon Ogbourne for “The Steeple Times”   Last week, Claire Rubinstein made Emmerdale fans envious when she interviewed the soap’s former baddest boy at Sette restaurant in Chelsea.   Over lunch, the pair chatted about Ogbourne’s career, charity, social media and forthcoming projects. Watch video footage of the interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tncDQkCxgsY   … Continue reading “An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne”

June 22, 2012

Vincent Tchenguiz

by Matthew Steeples

This Mayfair based property tycoon was born in Tehran and owns a Mangusta motor yacht named “Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”). His Rolls-Royce Phantom, numberplate “2V,” is often spotted outside London’s finest establishments and an SFO investigation into his business affairs has now been sensibly put to bed.

May 23, 2012

Steven Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

Berkoff is a titan of the stage and a might with a pen. He’s best known for playing the darkest of characters but in reality he’s charm personified. Berkoff beat Julie Burchill in a libel case in 1996 and finds it “flattering” to play evil characters. He lives on the river in a converted warehouse … Continue reading “Steven Berkoff”

May 18, 2012

Dmitry Rybolovlev

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire businessman started out in medicine but soon moved into commerce realising that enterprise would better provide for his family. He was imprisoned on falsified charges of contract murder for 11 months in 1996. Subsequently cleared, Rybolovlev then went on to make his fortune in potassium and banking. This divorced father of two has … Continue reading “Dmitry Rybolovlev”

May 14, 2012

Joseph “Joey” Barton

by Matthew Steeples

This Liverpudlian footballer is a bad boy on the pitch and has also done a stint in the clink for common assault and affray. He provokes extreme reactions but the hatred he is subjected to on Twitter doesn’t seem to bother him a jot. For that reason and because of his intelligent tweets, perhaps a … Continue reading “Joseph “Joey” Barton”

May 13, 2012

Vidal Sassoon CBE (1928 – 2012)

by General

He created the “wedge bob” hairstyle and liberated women from the “tyranny of the salon.” Four times married and a Sephardi Jew, Sassoon sold his brand in 1993 to concentrate on philanthropy. The Daily Telegraph once described him as an “anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser” and he will indeed be remembered as a man who led a revolution.

May 11, 2012

Terry Venables

by Matthew Steeples

“El Tel” is best known as a footballer manager but he’s a man of many talents. Few know that this national team manager of England (1994 to 1996) also co-authored four novels with Gordon Williams and was the co-creator of the ITV detective series Hazell. A Chelsea resident, he’s often to be found at Motcomb’s, … Continue reading “Terry Venables”

May 9, 2012

Barnaby Rodgers

by Matthew Steeples

The son of screen legend Anton Rodgers is one to watch in the drinks industry. He’s worked with some of the top brands but is now embarking on a new chapter guiding strategy for a variety of clients. He’s a dab hand in the kitchen and also responsible for the phrase: “I’d rather eat wasps.”

May 4, 2012

Frankie’s Set

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Sette, Sydney Street, SW3   An invitation to lunch with Pete Burrell is not one to miss. This Chelsea restaurateur is one of the best-connected men in town and along with Marilyn Fry, who has just become chairman of The Lady Taverners, I readily headed to Sydney Street’s newest restaurant, Sette Cucina … Continue reading “Frankie’s Set”

April 22, 2012

A Thunderbird that has yet to go

by Matthew Steeples

An iconic home that has periodically been for sale for some 7 years with hardly any variation in the price asked for it

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