Chelsea break United hearts in U21 Premier League Final

Originally published for Quays News on 14/5/2014

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CHELSEA’S youngsters came from behind to win 2-1 against Manchester United and claim the Barclays Under 21 Premier League title, spoiling the Reds’ party in front of over 13,000 spectators at Old Trafford.

A first-half strike from Tom Lawrence put United in front, but a goal in each half from Charly Musonda and Lewis Baker sealed victory for the Blues, ending the home sides’ hopes of retaining their U21 Premier League crown.

Both sides fielded players with first team experience in a thrilling game which sees Chelsea complete the double after their FA Youth Cup triumph over Fulham.

After a combative opening ten minutes, which saw referee Paul Tierney produce three yellow cards, it was United who dealt the first blow early on.

Saidy Janko’s cross allowed James Wilson to tee up Lawrence, who showed great composure to work room for a shot and coolly finish past Chelsea keeper Jamal Blackman.

United’s lead was shortlived when Musonda beat three men and fired past Ben Amos to score a magnificent solo effort just ten minutes later.

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United’s U21s hammer Aston Villa

Originally published for Pride of All Europe on 8/4/2014. Below is the original unsubbed copy. Please see link for subbed version.

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Jonny Evans returned to action as Manchester United’s under 21 side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

The centre back, who has been out of action for over two months with a calf injury, played for over an hour as the young Reds side recorded their first win in four games to keep their end of season play-off hopes alive.

First half goals from James Wilson and Joe Rothwell put the hosts in front, before Saidy Janko sealed the three points early in the second half.

United enjoyed most of the possession in the first half, and were nearly ahead after just three minutes when a mistake from Villa keeper Bradley Watkins gave Janko a chance to score, but the angle was too tight for the Swiss youngster to capitalise.

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First World War exhibition to launch in Salford

Originally published for Quays News on 2/4/2014. See link for examples of relevant online treatment.

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A FREE exhibition exploring the experiences of people from the North West during the First World War will be launched in Salford this weekend.

Imperial War Museum North, in Salford Quays, will run ‘From Street to Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region’ from 5 April to 31 May.

It is the largest ever exhibition of its kind and marks 100 years on from the start of the war.

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Imperial War Museum North will host a new WW1 exhibition

Rare manuscripts offering an insight into famous war poet Wilfred Owen’s time with the Manchester Regiment are on display, as well as a letter from the South Lancashire Regiment’s Clement Attlee, who would later go on to become Labour Prime Minister.

Director of Imperial War Museum North, Graham Boxer, said: “The objects we display highlight the poignancy and courage of people who shaped and were shaped by this first global conflict.

“Even a century later there are stories untold, experiences undiscovered and tales that will surprise.”

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Psychedelic music festival set to sell out in Manchester

Originally published for Quays News on 26/03/2014.

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PSYCHEDELIC rock bands from across Britain are heading to Manchester for a new music festival.

Tickets are selling out fast for the first ever “Manchester Psych Fest” at the Northern Quarter’s live venue Night and Day Café on May 31.

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HEADLINERS: Five-piece band Toy will headline the festival

Local and established psychedelic rock bands  will play throughout the evening and organiser James Elvin believes there is a gap in the market for the event.

“The reason it started up was a selfish one, I guess,” he said.

“I’m heavily into music that comes under the psychedelia umbrella, so I wanted to put an event on with either the bands I know, want to see or want to be brought together under one roof.

“There are loads of cool events going on in the UK, Europe and beyond, so there must be a market for it. As long as the music is good and people are having fun, that’s the most important thing.”
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Salford ‘sleep workshops’ probe link with good mental health

Originally published for SalfordOnline on 24/03/2014. Below is the original unsubbed copy, see link for subbed version:

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Community centres in Salford are promoting March being ‘National Bed Month,’ by running a series of workshops over the coming weeks to help highlight the importance of sleep to our mental and physical health.

Willow Tree Centre on Littleton Road and Energise Centre on Douglas Green will be running the activities, which include sleep workshops, an introduction to Chinese medicine and mindfulness sessions.

National Bed Month is the longest standing awareness campaign of The Sleep Council, and has been running every March since it’s launch in 1990. The Sleep Council’s Lisa Artis claims that the scheme’s aim is to remind everyone of the importance of getting a better night’s sleep, and the role a good bed plays in achieving that.

“It’s worth bearing in mind that just one bad night’s sleep can have an effect on our mood, concentration and alertness,” she said.

“Keep the room cool, dark and quiet and resist the urge to check emails or catch up on Facebook- have a nice warm bath or read a book instead.”

Events such as the ones taking place in Salford are a common occurrence across the country, with The Sleep Council also using the initiative to encourage people to invest in a good quality bed.

“An uncomfortable, unsupportive bed makes a huge difference to how well you sleep,” said Lisa.

“Our own research a few years back found that when replacing an uncomfortable bed, a new bed was associated with an increase of 42 minutes sleep.”

Salford’s Energise Centre will be hosting a sleep workshop on Thursday 27 March, before a session on sleep problems and Chinese medicine the following day. Willow Tree Centre brings an end to National Bed Month by hosting a mindfulness session Monday 31 March.

For more information on National Bed Month, visit The Sleep Council’s website;

www.sleepcouncil.org.uk

To get involved with the activities in Salford this month, contact Energise Centre and Willow Tree Centre for more information;

www.willowtreehlc.co.uk

www.energisecentre.co.uk