Farewell Colin Bell and the Doc, plus history of You’ll Never Walk Alone | Sport


1) Colin Bell, who died this week at the age of 74, was almost certainly the best Manchester City player of the 20th century. Hard running and highly skilful, he danced across the heavy pitches of the 1960s and 1970s. Here, he scores a 1972 Manchester derby hat-trick. Bell won every domestic honour for City, including the 1969 FA Cup. He also played 48 times for England, scoring nine goals. His career was cruelly cut short by a knee injury sustained in this November 1975 derby, after a tackle by United’s Martin Buchan. Bell would return two years later but was never the same player despite his vigorous rehab. His nickname was Nijinsky, not after the Russian ballet dancer, but instead the last racehorse to win the English Triple Crown.

2) New Year’s Eve saw the death at 92 of Tommy Docherty, the manager of 13 clubs, though he is best remembered for bringing through the young Chelsea team of the 1960s, and fulfilling a similar function at Manchester United in the 1970s. Before that, he had been a distinguished right half with Preston, playing in the 1954 FA Cup final, losing 3-2 to West Brom. His managerial highlight was winning the 1977 FA Cup with United, thus denying Liverpool a treble. It was followed by the lowlight of almost immediately losing his job at United due to off-field matters. The Doc was a marvellous raconteur in the broadcast career that followed his managerial career, and an after-dinner speaker right up until his 90s.

3) The singer Gerry Marsden was part of the Merseybeat revolution of the 1960s that brought the world the Beatles, but he will be remembered most for the song that still rocks the Kop. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (1945) gave the world You’ll Never Walk Alone, a lament for the male lead, Billy Bigelow, who falls on his knife and dies after a failed robbery. But it was Marsden, who died on 3 January at the age of 78, and his Pacemakers who made the song into Liverpool FC’s anthem with their third UK No 1 in 1963. Marsden’s version was sung by fans of other clubs well into the 1970s and rings out at Celtic Park to this day. Here, in 2003, Marsden sings before a Uefa Cup tie between Liverpool and Celtic. The song has been covered multiple times, perhaps most curiously by Dexys Midnight Runners singer Kevin Rowland in 1999.

The Kop sings its favourite anthem.

4) The incredible Magnus Carlsen, the Mozart of chess, is quizzed on moves made by Vishy Anand. How many, if any can he recall? And here’s Vishy, playing 47 moves with one second left on the clock.

5) The 16-year-old Navajo boxer Mariah Bahe is bidding to become the first female Native American Olympic boxer. She’s targeted the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

6) And finally, football corner. First, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are shown the stutter penalty in its purest form, and a bit of rough stuff in a German indoor league. The perils of being behind closed doors …

1) Cam FM’s Sam Holloway reads the festive football results.

2) As the WTA Tour returns, catch up with two emerging stars who met in the 2020 French Open final: Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek.

3) Disc golf brilliance.

4) Fancy seeing 25 rare snooker flukes? You’re in luck.

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