Scott Carson makes rare Premier League appearance during Manchester City win at Newcastle

Scott Carson enjoyed a guard of honour on his return to Premier League football after a DECADE away from the top flight… the Manchester City veteran thought his Premier League playing days were OVER and had a mixed night in win at Newcastle

  • Scott Carson made his first Premier League appearance in 10 years on Friday 
  • The 35-year-old was between the sticks in Man City’s 4-3 win over Newcastle 
  • Carson failed to make a save in the first half but conceded two goals to the hosts
  • His bad fortune continued when he saved a penalty but a rebound was put away 
  • Carson thought his playing days were over but has enjoyed a final flourish 

Scott Carson’s last Premier League appearance was 10 years ago. Come half-time here, it remained a decade since his last save.

By that point, the 35-year-old had conceded twice, not quite the return he would have hoped for when informed by Pep Guardiola on Thursday of his belated Manchester City debut, two years after joining on loan from Derby County.

The game was just over an hour old when he did make one fine stop, defying his age to get down low to keep out Joe Willock’s penalty. But it captured Carson’s luck on the night when the rebound landed nicely for the taker to convert.

Scott Carson made his first Premier League appearance in 10 years for Man City on Friday

Earlier, he had enjoyed a guard of honour from Newcastle’s players, a sight which caused much mirth on social media given his absence from the top-flight.

But the former England goalkeeper looked like he’d been in cold storage for the past two seasons when, on 25 minutes, his first meaningful task was to pick the ball from the net after he was beaten by Emil Krafth’s header.

Likewise 10 minutes later when Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick smacked the crossbar. Carson dived but he was not saving it.

So he might have been wishing he’d been kept in reserve when his half ended with the award of Newcastle’s first penalty, duly blasted home by Joelinton.

The 35-year-old has been kept in reserve for two years but was called oupn by Pep Guardiola

The 35-year-old has been kept in reserve for two years but was called oupn by Pep Guardiola

Carson did not make a save in the first half but had conceded two goals to Newcastle United

Carson did not make a save in the first half but had conceded two goals to Newcastle United

His bad fortune was compiled when he saved asecond penalty but the rebound was put away

His bad fortune was compiled when he saved asecond penalty but the rebound was put away

At least his team-mates had scored twice at the other end. But of the two efforts of note on Carson’s target, both had beaten him.

Ironically, it was at St James’ Park that Carson last appeared in the Premier League. That was for West Bromwich Albion during a 3-3 draw in May, 2011.

Since then he has ventured via Bursaspor in Turkey, Wigan and onto Derby, even picking up his fourth and final England cap along the way.

Carson thought his Premier League days were over but has enjoyed a final flourish with City

Carson thought his Premier League days were over but has enjoyed a final flourish with City

But never would he have imagined emerging again as part of the Premier League champions.

‘I thought my Premier League days were over, but I’ve never given up,’ he said before kick-off.

Thankfully for Carson, his City team-mates did not give up either and, within four minutes of Willock’s goal to make it 3-2 to Newcastle, City led 4-3.

It was worth noting that Carson was the only Champions League winner on the pitch here. Although it will be back to the shadows when City take on Chelsea in Portugal later this month. 

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Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason calls for unity with Spurs fans set to continue anti-Levy protests

Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason calls for unity around club with Spurs fans expected to continue protests against Daniel Levy for his role in European Super League ahead of Premier League clash with Wolves

  • Tottenham fans are set to continue protests against Daniel Levy on Sunday
  • Levy and his ENIC group were criticised for their role in the Super League saga
  • Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason has called for unity ahead of a clash with Wolves
  • The north Londoners are chasing qualification for European football next term 

Ryan Mason  is confident Tottenham will avoid any disruption to their plans if their upcoming games are hit by more fan protests.

Spurs host Wolves on Sunday and Aston Villa next Wednesday when 10,000 supporters will return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Fans vented their fury at Spurs’s owners ENIC and the board outside the ground last month, with their anger intensified by the club’s involvement in the European Super League fiasco. 

Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason wants Tottenham fans to unite with the team ahead of protests 

Spurs fans are expected to continue their protests against Daniel Levy and ENIC this weekend

Spurs fans are expected to continue their protests against Daniel Levy and ENIC this weekend

Manchester United saw their supporters’ force the postponement of their initial game against Liverpool and attempt to disturb the rearranged meeting on Thursday, with fears of a repeat of the huge original disruption prompting the Old Trafford club to change their players’ matchday routine.

Further protests are set to take place at Spurs in the coming days, including one on Saturday, 24 hours before Wolves’s visit, but interim manager Mason said: ‘Firstly, I trust our security. The players’ safety is the most important thing and I trust that we’ll get that right.

‘Secondly I respect the fans, they’re the heart and soul of the football club and their opinion matters, it really does.

‘We want our fans, our team, our football club to be aligned, all pulling in the same direction.’ 

Levy has been criticised for signing Spurs up to the now defunct European Super League

Levy has been criticised for signing Spurs up to the now defunct European Super League

Defending under-fire chairman Daniel Levy and the club’s hierarchy, Mason added: ‘Our chairman and our board have done incredibly for this football club in the last 10-15-20 years since they’ve been here.

I know how fans see that, I know how fans respect that as well. The most important thing for me is the connection between fans, players and everyone involved in the football club. They’re entitled to their opinion, there’s also Wednesday next week when they can come and help and support the team. I’m sure that’s in the back of their minds as well, to get back in our beautiful stadium and hopefully help the team, will be a massive bonus for them.’

Meanwhile Mason confirmed left-back Ben Davies will miss Spurs’s last three league games due to a calf problem, leaving his Euro hopes with Wales in the balance.

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Holly Willoughby ‘is in crisis talks with ITV over her future on This Morning’

Holly Willoughby is reportedly in crisis talks with ITV over her future on This Morning.

The presenter, 40, is currently embroiled in a legal row with her old management firm YMU, which means they could take a cut of her future earnings.

It’s been claimed that Holly has told ITV Daytime that she would rather step down from This Morning than allow her former management – who she was with for 13 years – to take £200,000 from her new contract.

Oh no! Holly Willoughby, 40, is reportedly in crisis talks with ITV over her future on This Morning amid a legal row with her old management firm

An insider told The Sun that the disagreement in not about money, but is purely about ‘the principle’ of what is happening. 

The source claimed that the issue surrounds Holly’s future earnings now that her former management are no longer involved in negotiations, adding that YMU are ‘trying to handcuff her for years to come. It’s just not right.’

The insider pointed out that Holly left YMU and set up her own firm, Roxy Management, in order to ‘take back control’ of her future.  

Of Holly’s current predicament, the source told the publication: ‘She loves This Morning, and really doesn’t want to leave. She is committed to the show, but has been given no choice but to discuss her options moving forwards.

Oh my! It's been claimed that Holly has told ITV Daytime that she would rather step down from This Morning than allow her former management, YMU, to take a cut of her future earnings

Oh my! It’s been claimed that Holly has told ITV Daytime that she would rather step down from This Morning than allow her former management, YMU, to take a cut of her future earnings

Disagreement: YMU - who Holly was represented by for 13 years - are reportedly demanding to take £200,000 from her new This Morning contract

Disagreement: YMU – who Holly was represented by for 13 years – are reportedly demanding to take £200,000 from her new This Morning contract

‘She wants to stand up for women, and won’t roll over when it comes to unfair renegotiations.

‘She has spoken to ITV execs and explained the situation – in essence, she said she’d rather leave the show than let YMU take such a high percentage of her earnings, when they aren’t entitled to it.’

The insider pointed out that Holly ‘obviously’ adores Phillip Schofield and that ITV are ‘pulling out all the stops’ to try and resolve the crisis as amicably as possible and to stop her from leaving This Morning.    

MailOnline has contacted ITV and Holly Willoughby’s representatives for comment. 

The principle! An insider told The Sun that the disagreement in not about money, but is purely about 'the principle' of what is happening

The principle! An insider told The Sun that the disagreement in not about money, but is purely about ‘the principle’ of what is happening

In February it was reported that Holly was gearing up for a legal fight with her old agents in a row that could cost £10million, insiders claim. 

The This Morning presenter hired lawyers to take action against the YMU Group after they demanded a percentage of her future earnings, reports suggested.

Holly formed her own all-female agency called Roxy last year – and is now managing herself. 

But former-agent YMU is said to be demanding sunset provisions – believed to be around 15 per cent – from the TV star.

These are commissions collected by agents from a star who is no longer on their roster, meaning YMU could get a cut from Holly’s appearances on Dancing On Ice and This Morning going forward. 

Holly is said to be willing to pay YMU commissions on jobs arranged while she was with them, but not if those contracts are renewed, The Sun reported.  

The mother-of-three has been told she could be forced to pay YMU some £10,000 should their bid be successful.

The presenter has hired a team of lawyers – who she met in February – to ensure that does not happen.  

A source told The Sun at the time: ‘No one wanted this to go legal but Holly won’t simply give away her hard-fought millions without a fight.’  

They added: ‘This is a sad finale to what was once a hugely successful partnership. 

‘But YMU seem unhappy she’s set up on her own and feel entitled to maximise a sunset provision to claim commission on the renewal of contracts.’

Going it alone: Holly formed her own all-female agency called Roxy Management last year - and is now managing herself

Going it alone: Holly formed her own all-female agency called Roxy Management last year – and is now managing herself 

YMU – who were previously known as James Grant – have a number of big name stars on the books including Ant and Dec, Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman and Holly’s This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield.

It was reported that Holly left YMU back in August and was said to have made plans to manage herself within an all-female team once she left the agency. 

A source told the publication last year: ‘Lockdown has given her time to reflect and think about her future. In many ways, it has become the perfect opportunity to start afresh and it was just time for a change.  

‘She is really excited about managing herself and having more say over decisions on a day-to-day basis. She has always had such incredible business sense and is proud to be a working mum and career woman.’

The insider went on to say that Holly’s career decision was the ‘logical next step’ after she hoped to develop a ‘better work-life balance.’

Prepared to fight: Holly Willoughby (pictured) is gearing up for a legal fight with her old agents in a row that could cost £10million, insiders claim

Prepared to fight: Holly Willoughby (pictured) is gearing up for a legal fight with her old agents in a row that could cost £10million, insiders claim

Jorginho has proved himself indispensable to Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea

There was something pretty nomadic about Jorginho’s early career.

Born in the southern Brazilian town of Imbituba, he moved to Italy at the age of 15 to join the academy of Hellas Verona. Just when their first team was within his reach, he spent a season on loan in the fourth tier with AC Sambonifacese.

He ultimately cut his teeth in Serie B before Napoli took a punt on him in the big time. Maurizio Sarri was the coach who propelled Jorginho to even greater heights, basing his whole playing philosophy around the metronomic defensive midfielder.

It was Jorginho’s terrible backpass to keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga that cost Chelsea in their Premier League defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night

But is was a rare lapse in judgement for the Italy international midfielder in a blue shirt

But is was a rare lapse in judgement for the Italy international midfielder in a blue shirt

Thomas Tuchel has come to appreciate Jorginho's qualities just as much as his predecessors

Thomas Tuchel has come to appreciate Jorginho’s qualities just as much as his predecessors

Jorginho was so integral to ‘Sarri-ball’ that Chelsea paid £50million to sign him on the same day the manager was installed at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri soon came and went from the club and there were many questions as to whether Jorginho would have a place under someone else.

So for the 29-year-old to declare two years later that Chelsea ‘feels like home’, after one of the more winding and uncertain career paths, is quite pleasing.

‘Of course I do feel settled,’ he said this week. ‘It feels great after three years, and I know everyone here appreciates what I try to do for the club and for the people.

‘So it feels like home now in England.’

After 137 games for Chelsea, Jorginho now has the opportunity to add further medals to the Europa League success he achieved under Sarri in 2019.

Jorginho spoke this week about how he feels completely at home at Stamford Bridge

Jorginho spoke this week about how he feels completely at home at Stamford Bridge 

Jorginho was so integral to Maurizio Sarri's game plan, Chelsea spent £50million to bring him with the manager from Napoli in the summer of 2018

Jorginho was so integral to Maurizio Sarri’s game plan, Chelsea spent £50million to bring him with the manager from Napoli in the summer of 2018

Chelsea fixtures 

Saturday  Leicester City (Wembley)

FA Cup Final

May 18 Leicester City (H)

May 23 Aston Villa (A)

May 29 Manchester City (Istanbul)

Champions League final

Thomas Tuchel’s side take on Leicester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday and Manchester City in the Champions League final in Porto on May 29.

It could be a spectacular end to another consistent campaign for Jorginho despite the mid-way interruption of Frank Lampard’s sacking and Tuchel coming in.

There was a rare blip in Chelsea’s unexpected home defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night when Jorginho played an horrendous back pass to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, leading to Emile Smith Rowe scoring the game’s only goal.

‘We made an own goal more or less, a total gift. The rule is pass the ball to the right foot of Kepa. This is the rule,’ raged Tuchel afterwards.

‘No matter if it’s in the goal or sideways, pass it to Kepa.’

Jorginho certainly took the right foot rule to its extreme but we can expect him to line-up at Wembley on Saturday night despite Tuchel’s criticism.

The Italy international has dropped nicely into Tuchel’s ‘double-six’ pairing of defensive midfielders, the ballast that allows Chelsea’s wing-backs to maraud forward.

Jorginho, with his enjoyment of long diagonal passes and ability to keep the team’s midfield engine ticking over, has become just as useful to Tuchel as he was to Sarri and Lampard.

Jorginho was a regular for Frank Lampard despite being so closely associated with Sarri

Jorginho was a regular for Frank Lampard despite being so closely associated with Sarri

He remains the man who keeps Chelsea ticking over with his passing in the midfield

He remains the man who keeps Chelsea ticking over with his passing in the midfield

He is popular within the Italy dressing room for playing the guitar and leading renditions of Wonderwall but the drums would be more appropriate to the beat he keeps on the pitch.

It helps having the tireless N’Golo Kante alongside you to put in the hard yards. It didn’t work as well with youngster Billy Gilmour in there against Arsenal the other night.

Jorginho has worked well alongside Mateo Kovacic too during the early games of Tuchel’s tenure, prior to the Croatian’s injury, and so Chelsea certainly have options in midfield.

Lapses in judgement such as the one against Arsenal will remain a stick with which to beat Jorginho, however. There are plenty of Chelsea fans who still aren’t convinced despite regular starts for three managers.

Jorginho and N'Golo Kante team up to keep tabs on Porto's Sergio Oliveira last month

Jorginho and N’Golo Kante team up to keep tabs on Porto’s Sergio Oliveira last month

Pairing Jorginho with Mateo Kovacic is another option for Tuchel in Chelsea's midfield

Pairing Jorginho with Mateo Kovacic is another option for Tuchel in Chelsea’s midfield

Plenty regard Jorginho as sluggish or in the wrong positions, or say that Kante’s industry makes him look better than he is.

The next ‘Jorginho back to Serie A’ rumour is never far away and with Sarri still out of work since leaving Juventus last year, there’s the inevitable thought they will be reunited somewhere sooner rather than later.

But in terms of getting Chelsea going from the back, passing them out of a tight spot or keeping them moving, they don’t have anyone better.

Tuchel quickly realised this and so Jorginho continues to start all Chelsea’s big games. There may well be an upgrade out there if Tuchel is given a transfer kitty in the summer, but for now he will be central in two cup finals.

‘Two more steps to achieve our dreams,’ as Jorginho put it this week. And if that doesn’t make you feel at home, nothing will.

Daniel Dubois teams up with Shane McGuigan as he splits with trainer Mark Tibbs

Daniel Dubois teams up with Shane McGuigan as he splits with trainer Mark Tibbs without him being in the corner for a SINGLE fight just months after appointing him

Daniel Dubois has split with trainer Mark Tibbs and is now working with Shane McGuigan, Sportsmail can reveal. 

The heavyweight contender only appointed Tibbs as his head trainer back in February and was yet to have a single fight under his tutelage.

However, Sportsmail has been told that Dubois and Tibbs – who was in Billy Joe Saunders’ corner for his devastating defeat against Canelo Alvarez last weekend in Dallas – have parted company.

The split is understood to have come about after Tibbs informed Dubois’ team that he has other commitments.

Dubois, who is bidding to get his career back on track after having surgery on his broken eye socket from the stoppage defeat to Joe Joyce last year, has wasted no time in finding a successor and has teamed up with well-respected trainer McGuigan. 

The 23-year-old will have just four weeks of preparation time with his new trainer before he makes his anticipated comeback against seasoned heavyweight Bogan Dinu on June 5. 

Dubois joins a talented crop of fighters at McGuigan’s London gym, with Luke Campbell and new WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie becoming his new stablemates.

McGuigan, who has previously guided George Groves and Josh Taylor to world titles, becomes Dubois’ third trainer in just a matter of months.

As first revealed by Sportsmail earlier this year, Dubois opted to remove Martin Bowers following the first professional loss of his career against Joyce, replacing him with Tibbs, but their union was short-lived.

Dubois will hope that McGuigan is the right man to bring some stability back to his career and help him realise his world title ambitions.

MORE TO FOLLOW… 

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Joleon Lescott express concern for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus

Joleon Lescott express concern for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus amid rumours of Pep Guardiola’s side landing a big-name striker this summer… as former United star Andrew Cole insists Brazilian ‘should be looking to be the No 1 striker’

  • Joleon Lescott and Andrew Cole have expressed concern for Gabriel Jesus 
  • The Manchester City star has failed down to nail a spot in the strongest XI 
  • Pep Guardiola hinted that decisions would be made on the futures of his players
  • City have been linked with a move for £154m Erling Haaland this summer 
  • And Cole says that Jesus must be ‘looking to be the No 1 striker’ next season 

Joleon Lescott and Andrew Cole have expressed concern over Gabriel Jesus’ Manchester City future with the Brazilian having plateaued during their title-winning campaign. 

The 24-year-old has failed to tie down a place in Pep Guardiola’s strongest XI this season, after a miserable run of games without scoring earlier in the campaign convinced the Spaniard to play a false nine system.

The City boss hinted in his pre-match interview ahead of Friday’s trip to Newcastle that decisions would be made over the future of his stars this summer, amid reports that the newly-crowned champions are in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. 

Joleon Lescott has expressed concern for Gabriel Jesus’ Manchester City future this summer

The Brazilian, 24, has failed to nail down a spot in the newly-crowned champions' strongest XI

The Brazilian, 24, has failed to nail down a spot in the newly-crowned champions’ strongest XI

‘We prepare for the last games of the season, and after we are going to decide next season which guys are going to follow and which guys are going to leave to go to another place,’ he said. 

And Sky Sports duo Lescott and Cole have expressed concern for the striker, who starts at St James’ Park.

‘I don’t think he has cemented himself as the bona fide striker for next season,’ former City defender Lescott said. 

‘If he was more dominant in front of goal and more prolific I don’t think we’d be talking about city playing a false nine. 

Pep Guardiola hinted that the futures of his stars will be decided before the end of the season

Pep Guardiola hinted that the futures of his stars will be decided before the end of the season

And Lescott questioned whether Jesus would be happy as the No 2 striker next season

And Lescott questioned whether Jesus would be happy as the No 2 striker next season

‘If they do get someone in as the recognised striker where does that leave him in terms of his mentality, does he want to play no 2 to someone potentially younger than him?’

Cole, who enjoyed a hugely successful career at Manchester United and Newcastle, believes that Jesus is reaching a critical point in his career where he needs to make an impact. 

Asked if he would be happy as a second-choice striker, Cole said: ‘At 24? Me being me, no. At 24 he should now be looking to be the main striker. 

City have been linked with a mega-money move for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland

City have been linked with a mega-money move for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland

‘He has had the opportunity to watch Aguero for a few years now, and if you can’t learn off someone like Aguero you are never going to learn. 

‘At the age he is at now he’s got to be saying to himself next season “I am the No 1 striker.” Definitely.’

Jesus has scored 13 goals in 38 games for the newly-crowned champions this season, having made 27 starts for Guardiola’s side.  

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Luxury firm hotel Kissmoon pillows on sale on Amazon

‘It’s like sleeping on a cloud’: Shoppers say these pillows are the secret to the best night’s sleep ever – and they’re now on sale

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Frustrated, sleep-deprived Amazon shoppers may have found the secret to a better night’s sleep. 

The Kissmoon Hypoallergenic Pillows have amassed hundreds of rave five-star reviews, with shoppers going wild for the luxurious, premium feel that comes without a premium price tag. 

Thanks to the down-like fibre filling, the Kissmoon pillows strike the perfect balance of soft and supportive, ensuring you get a well-rested night’s sleep. Shoppers have been so thoroughly impressed that many have described the pillows as ‘so comfortable’ it’s like ‘sleeping on a cloud’. Better yet, the pillows are now in Amazon’s Lightning Deal, so you can snap two up for just £25.49.

Hundreds of Amazon shoppers have raved about the quality of the Kissmoon pillows – even claiming it’s helped improve their sleep dramatically 

Unlike feather pillows, the Kissmoon Pillows are generously filled with bouncy hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill, which offers a denser, plumper fill. 

While some feather pillows can sag and go flat over time, shoppers have reported that these stay perfectly high and thick, so if you’re looking to add a touch of hotel luxury to your bed, this could be the solution. 

Not only do they look inviting, but shoppers have waxed lyrical over how supportive and comfortable the pillows are, even going as far as to say they’ve vastly improved their sleep. 

This is largely thanks to the unique 3D cluster plush filled fibre design, which gives the hotel firm pillow that extra covetable fluffy feel. And, as it’s finished with a double silver sideband design, it ensures the pillows shape is kept that way throughout the night.

In short, it’s what makes them extra soft to sleep on, lulling you into a deeper sleep. 

Many shoppers have found that these are higher than most, which many have claim offer superior support to your head, neck and shoulders, even relieving pain and enhancing your sleep.

Better still, they could be a great solution to those that suffer from allergies. The breathable pillow cover and hypoallergenic microfibre stuffing gives you protection from pollen and household allergens that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, ensuring you get a comfortable and undisturbed night’s sleep. 

The pillows are made with durable 100 per cent hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill for the perfect amount of comfort - and shoppers swear they do not go flat

The pillows are made with durable 100 per cent hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill for the perfect amount of comfort – and shoppers swear they do not go flat

The hit product, which costs £25.49 for two in the sale, has received an abundance of dreamy reviews online. In fact, 71 per cent of reviewers have awarded it the full five stars. 

One delighted shopper left a glowing five-star review for the Kissmoon pillows, writing: ‘Really luxurious, comfortable and a really good quality. Just the right bounce – they keep their shape and have slept much better.’

Another impressed shopper also agreed that the pillows improved their sleep, adding: ‘The pillows that dreams are made of! These pillows are the best I’ve ever had, soft, bouncy and so comfortable for my head and neck…I finally know what a really good night’s sleep feels like and I’m ecstatic!’.

A third penned: ‘They are an excellent purchase. These pillows are soft and fluffy with great support.

‘I am definitely sleeping better and not waking up with a sore neck. I have had these a couple of weeks and they have not lost their shape or bounce unlike others I have bought.’

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UK property: two-bedroom floating house on River Thames in Hampton goes on sale for £375,000

A two-bedroom floating house on the River Thames has gone on sale for £375,000 complete with a roof terrace, garden and a 20-year mooring licence.

The home on the edge of Royal Park in Hampton, near Twickenham, boasts a modern interior with a U-shaped kitchen and breakfast bar, two large bedrooms and a living room with patio doors that open onto the deck.

It also features a land-on garden, as well as a roof terrace on the entire top section of the boat, providing plenty of outdoor space. There’s also a family bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub. 

Taggs Island, where the houseboat is located, has just over 100 residents and around 60 houseboats fixed to piles embedded into the riverbed of the Thames – with some 40 on the shoreline and around 20 in the central lagoon.

The living area in the floating house on the edge of Royal Park in Hampton, near Twickenham, which features patio doors that open onto the deck. Taggs Island, where the houseboat is located, has just over 100 residents

One of the bedrooms in the floating house. Around 60 houseboats on the tiny island are fixed to piles embedded into the riverbed of the Thames - with some 40 on the shoreline and around 20 in the central lagoon

One of the bedrooms in the floating house. Around 60 houseboats on the tiny island are fixed to piles embedded into the riverbed of the Thames – with some 40 on the shoreline and around 20 in the central lagoon

The property's exterior and setting, with a seating area and kayak seen moored up to the railing. The property, which is only available to cash buyers, has a 20-year mooring licence with a guarantee of renewal at the end of the term

The property’s exterior and setting, with a seating area and kayak seen moored up to the railing. The property, which is only available to cash buyers, has a 20-year mooring licence with a guarantee of renewal at the end of the term

The tiny island is a short distance from Hampton Court train station, close to Hampton Court Palace and Royal Bushy Park.  

Houses are not permitted to be built on Taggs Island, but each houseboat has a small garden, with vehicle access by a road bridge near Hampton Court Palace.

During the first nationwide lockdown, residents of the island put up signs discouraging tourists and members of the public from exercising there.

In its description of the area, estate agents Samuel Jones said: ‘Taggs Island is one of the few Thames islands to have the luxury of car access from Hampton Bank and it is a short walk to Hampton Court train station. 

The home boasts a modern interior with a U-shaped kitchen and breakfast bar. The tiny island is a short distance from Hampton Court train station, close to Hampton Court Palace and Royal Bushy Park

The home boasts a modern interior with a U-shaped kitchen and breakfast bar. The tiny island is a short distance from Hampton Court train station, close to Hampton Court Palace and Royal Bushy Park

The property features a land-on garden, as well as a roof terrace on the entire top section of the boat, providing plenty of outdoor space. Houses are not permitted to be built on Taggs Island, but each houseboat has a small garden

The property features a land-on garden, as well as a roof terrace on the entire top section of the boat, providing plenty of outdoor space. Houses are not permitted to be built on Taggs Island, but each houseboat has a small garden

The second bedroom. In May last year, Carol Sinker, who lives in the urban oasis, said her daily exercise was kayaking down the river and she did not leave the area other than to get food supplies

The second bedroom. In May last year, Carol Sinker, who lives in the urban oasis, said her daily exercise was kayaking down the river and she did not leave the area other than to get food supplies

‘Hampton Court Palace and bridge with its popular bars, cafes, and restaurants are also 10 minutes walk away as well as being adjacent to the Royal Bushy Park which is literally just across from the island. 

‘Kingston-upon-Thames, great for shopping and evening entertainment is a further 10 minute drive or short bus ride, with bus stops both ways near the island bridge.’

The property, which is only available to cash buyers, has a 20-year mooring licence with a guarantee of renewal at the end of the term. 

Tom Parker, consumer spokesperson at Zoopla, added: ‘This beautiful houseboat has a lot to offer prospective buyers including a modern, spacious interior and roof terrace.

‘Even better, it also comes with a 20-year mooring licence with a guaranteed renewal, meaning you don’t have to worry about relocating.’

The kitchen and dining area, with patio doors leading outside. The estate agents said in the property's description: 'Kingston-upon-Thames, great for shopping and evening entertainment is a further 10 minute drive or short bus ride, with bus stops both ways near the island bridge'

The kitchen and dining area, with patio doors leading outside. The estate agents said in the property’s description: ‘Kingston-upon-Thames, great for shopping and evening entertainment is a further 10 minute drive or short bus ride, with bus stops both ways near the island bridge’

The family bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub. Tom Parker, consumer spokesperson at Zoopla, said: 'This beautiful houseboat has a lot to offer prospective buyers including a modern, spacious interior and roof terrace'

The family bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub. Tom Parker, consumer spokesperson at Zoopla, said: ‘This beautiful houseboat has a lot to offer prospective buyers including a modern, spacious interior and roof terrace’

During the first nationwide lockdown, residents of the island (pictured above) put up signs discouraging tourists and members of the public from exercising there

During the first nationwide lockdown, residents of the island (pictured above) put up signs discouraging tourists and members of the public from exercising there

Gwyneth Paltrow gushes over ‘brilliant and hardworking’ daughter Apple Martin on her 17th birthday

Gwyneth Paltrow gushes over ‘brilliant and hardworking’ daughter Apple Martin to commemorate her 17th birthday: ‘You are so inspiring and just so cool’

She’s one proud mommy.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 48, gushed over her eldest daughter Apple Martin in a sweet Instagram post on Friday celebrating the teen’s 17th birthday.

The Goop CEO and founder shares Apple and son Moses, 15, with her ‘consciously uncoupled’ ex husband, Coldplay’s Chris Martin. 

Birthday girl! Gwyneth Paltrow, 48, gushed over her eldest daughter Apple Martin in a sweet Instagram post on Friday celebrating the teen’s 17th birthday

‘Can it be? 17 today?? My sweetest girl… YOU ARE MY LIFE! You make me belly laugh every day. You are brilliant and hardworking,’ the Iron Man star wrote. 

‘You are fully YOU which I respect and admire so much. I wish I had had even a spoonful of the self-acceptance you have when I was your age. You are so inspiring and just so cool,’ Gwyneth continued.

She added: ‘I remember the morning you came into the world so perfectly, I just can’t believe it was 17 years ago. Happy birthday, my angel.’

Along with her affectionate words, Gwyneth posted a rare photo of her daughter from a recent tropical vacation. 

'Can it be? 17 today?? My sweetest girl... YOU ARE MY LIFE! You make me belly laugh every day. You are brilliant and hardworking,' the Iron Man star wrote. 'You are fully YOU which I respect and admire so much. I wish I had had even a spoonful of the self-acceptance you have when I was your age. You are so inspiring and just so cool'

‘Can it be? 17 today?? My sweetest girl… YOU ARE MY LIFE! You make me belly laugh every day. You are brilliant and hardworking,’ the Iron Man star wrote. ‘You are fully YOU which I respect and admire so much. I wish I had had even a spoonful of the self-acceptance you have when I was your age. You are so inspiring and just so cool’

In the candid sunset snap, the blonde beauty is looking off-camera, seemingly in mid-sentence while at a dining table in a beachside resort. 

Apple and her mogul mommy have a very specific social media contract, so it’s likely that the high schooler gave this photo and post her stamp of approval ahead of time.

Gwyneth only rarely shares images of her two children across her social media accounts, however, the older Apple gets the more she appears on her mom’s Instagram grid.

In April, Apple Martin good-naturedly roasted her mother in a hilarious TikTok video posted to the Goop account.

low profile: Gwyneth only rarely shares images of her two children across her social media accounts, however, the older Apple gets the more she appears on her mom's Instagram grid

low profile: Gwyneth only rarely shares images of her two children across her social media accounts, however, the older Apple gets the more she appears on her mom’s Instagram grid

Apple poked fun at her mother’s ongoing cleanse, which has been going on ‘since the day I was born,’ and gave fans of the brand an intimate look at her morning ablutions.

Last month Gwyneth wished a happy 15th birthday to her son Moses, who she described as her ‘little shredder’ in a sweet social media post.

She shared several images of the birthday boy on her Instagram account as she paid tribute to her youngest child with her ex-husband Chris.

Happy family: Last month Gwyneth wished a happy 15th birthday to her son Moses, who she described as her 'little shredder' in a sweet social media post

Happy family: Last month Gwyneth wished a happy 15th birthday to her son Moses, who she described as her ‘little shredder’ in a sweet social media post

‘Holy Moses I can’t believe you are 15 today. You are the dreamiest, sweetest, most brilliant guy ever. I love you so much, you can’t fathom it. Happy birthday you little shredder,’ she captioned a series of snaps of her son. 

Gwyneth and Chris Martin co-parent their children amicably. The couple were married for 11 years before famously ‘consciously uncoupling’ in 2014, followed by their official divorce in 2016.

In 2018 Gwyneth remarried to Glee producer Brad Falchuk, while Chris has been in a relationship with Dakota Johnson for the last few years.

Making it work: Gwyneth and Chris Martin co-parent their children amicably. The couple were married for 11 years before famously 'consciously uncoupling' in 2014, followed by their official divorce in 2016

Making it work: Gwyneth and Chris Martin co-parent their children amicably. The couple were married for 11 years before famously ‘consciously uncoupling’ in 2014, followed by their official divorce in 2016

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Chelsea forward Kirby wins Footballer Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year

Chelsea and England forward Fran Kirby ‘really, really proud’ after winning Footballer Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year for second time

  • England international Kirby is the recipient of the award for the second time 
  • She was the unanimous choice of a panel of more than 30 football writers
  • The Chelsea forward has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season

Chelsea and England forward Fran Kirby has been voted the Footballer Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Kirby has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season for the FA Women’s Super League winners, who have reached the Women’s Champions League final, where they will play Barcelona in Gothenburg on May 16.

The 27-year-old was the unanimous choice of a panel of more than 30 football writers who specialise in the women’s game.

Fran Kirby has been voted the Footballer Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year

England international Kirby is the recipient of the award for the second time, having been presented with the inaugural FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year trophy in 2018.

Kirby, who joined the Blues from Reading during 2015, was the stand-out performer in the WSL, scoring 16 goals with 11 assists.

The forward’s return to form comes after being sidelined from November 2019 onwards last season, having been diagnosed with pericarditis.

‘When I first started off this year, I didn’t have any expectations to win awards like these, so it is really special and something that I am really, really proud of,’ Kirby said.

The 27-year-old has scored 25 goals this season for the FA Women's Super League winners

The 27-year-old has scored 25 goals this season for the FA Women’s Super League winners

‘You never get to win these awards without the players that you play with and the staff that you work with.

‘For me this year I have just seen a real different mindset from everyone, myself included, from three years ago.

‘It is a really confident group and I think for me what has been the biggest difference is the drive from every player, not moments here and there – it has been consistent all the way through.’

The Chelsea forward added: ‘For me now it is just to go on and win the team trophies, those are the things now – it is tunnel vision.’

Despite all of the plaudits, Kirby is just happy to have been able to get back doing what she loves after a testing spell of rehabilitation.

‘It was difficult to have to start from scratch – I had no fitness level, I had not kicked a football in six months,’ Kirby said in an interview with the FWA.

Kirby, who joined the Blues from Reading during 2015, was the stand-out performer in the WSL

Kirby, who joined the Blues from Reading during 2015, was the stand-out performer in the WSL

‘I think for me that was the hardest part, trying to get and build my level back up again, to come back in and not be the one who is getting carried or can’t perform at the level that everyone else has gone to.’

Kirby added: ‘The biggest thing that I have been proud of this year is how much I have just enjoyed playing football again.’

Chelsea’s Australian striker Sam Kerr, the WSL’s Golden Boot winner with 21 goals, was second in the FWA vote, with Manchester City and England winger Chloe Kelly third.

Chair of the FWA’s women’s sub-committee Jen O’Neill said: ‘To have overcome a serious health condition and return in such sparkling form is admirable and inspiring.

‘Several players, including many of her Chelsea team-mates, have been outstanding in a superb WSL season – but there are fewer more joyful sights in football than a smiling, fit and firing Fran Kirby.’

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