James Milner

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James Milner fears he may relegate old Newcastle pals - Mirror.co.uk
Milner was sold by Newcastle last August for £12million, but the money was not spent on the players Kevin Keegan wanted, causing the manager's departure. Out of respect for Newcastle, Milner has kept a low profile this week. He will do a professional...
James Milner to put aside old loyalties to Newcastle - Sunday Mercury
JAMES Milner's lasting loyalty to Newcastle will not prevent the Villa winger from trying to relegate the troubled Toon Army, according to Martin O'Neill. Milner could kick his former club while they are down by contributing to a Villa victory which...
Aston Villa Manager O'Neill Fears Agbonlahor & Milner Will Be ... - Goal.com
The prospect of two of his young players - Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner - being involved with England's Under-21s at this summer's European Championships has Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill deeply concerned that the pair could suffer from...
James Milner's tale could haunt Newcastle United - Times Online
James Milner is bright, uncomplaining, teetotal, skilful and hard-working. No wonder it never worked out for him at Newcastle United. He is a symbol of that club's disintegration and, on Sunday, there will be something entirely fitting if it is Milner...
The Three-Transfers Road to Improvement: Aston Villa - Bleacher Report
James Milner can probably do a good job there as well, but he is the first-choice right-winger, so shifting him to the left, would mean sticking someone else in on the right. As such, I think finding a good quality backup for Ashley Young is important...
Kamara clicks twice to expose Villa's weakness - Independent
Nevland had already tested Brad Friedel with a diving header when, in the fifth minute, he was involved in a move which ended with James Milner bundling over Kamara. Penalty but no other sanction for Milner who could have been sent off....
Big Game For James Milner - Vitalfootball
I would just like to talk a little about James Milner and what a big game he has this Sunday. Many regular users of this site will know I have been negative about the season as a whole. I have complained about tactics, substitutions and player...
FT: Aston Villa 1 Hull City 0 - SkySports
Michael a Newcastle fan from the USA hopes that James Milner can add a second to ease Magpies supporters nerves. A lot of Villa fans are backing the 3-0 win. Here are the latest odds with Sky Bet for those who are interested. Villa fans your home form...
Ex-NUFC chairman talks of pain at relegation - ChronicleLive
That included the appointment of executive director (football) Dennis Wise and the sale of key players such as James Milner. Keegan resigned from the club, sparking mass protests and calls for Ashley, Wise and new managing director Derek Llambias to be...
Milner's Multiple Uses - Vitalfootball
... slipped to 6th Place in the league and now need Everton to help us to even finish 5th, after prioritising a Top 4 place at the expense of taking a European Cup competition seriously, Martin O'Neill has praised the versatility of young James Milner....

James Milner

Milner with Leeds during the 2002–03 season

James Philip Milner (born 4 January 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a winger and right-sided midfielder for Premier League club Aston Villa. He has previously played for Leeds United, Swindon Town and Newcastle United.

His talent in football, cricket, and long-distance running was recognised when he was a child. He represented his school in these sports and played football for amateur teams from Rawdon and Horsforth. He supported Leeds United from a young age and was a season ticket holder at the club. Milner began his career at Leeds United by joining the club's academy in 1996; he was later taken on as a trainee. Milner made his inaugural appearance for the first team in 2002, aged only 16, and gained prominence as the youngest player to score in the Premier League.

While at Leeds United, he spent time on loan at Swindon Town to gain experience as a first-team player. Following his move to Newcastle United, he was loaned to Aston Villa for a season. He had since established himself as a regular starter in the Newcastle first team. His main role on the team was to create scoring opportunities. He made more than 100 appearances for Newcastle, as well as making a record number of appearances for the England under-21 team.

Born in Wortley, and raised in Horsforth, Leeds, Milner played most of his childhood football for Westbrook Lane Primary School in Horsforth. He was later educated at Horsforth School. Graeme Coulson, a coach from Rawdon, recognised Milner's talent and persuaded him to play for Rawdon in several tournaments, including a tournament at Rawdon Meadows, where Milner scored four goals in their victory in the final.

Milner was described as a "first class" student at his school; he left with 11 GCSEs and an award for his performance in physical education. Milner also showed talent in cricket, sprinting and long-distance running. He played for the Yorkshire Schools cricket team, was the cross-country champion at his school for three consecutive years and was the district champion over 100 metres for two years in a row.

Milner took as much interest in watching football as he did playing it. He supported the professional football club Leeds United from a young age. His earliest memory of Leeds is of watching them win the FA Youth Cup in 1993. He and his parents, Peter and Lesley, were season ticket holders for Leeds United, for which Milner became a ballboy.

When Milner was 10 years old, he joined the Leeds United Academy after being spotted by a scout while playing for Westbrook Juniors in Horsforth. At the academy, Milner played against contemporaries from other clubs in the north, including future Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. His role model was Leeds-born Alan Smith, who was then a Leeds United striker. Milner believed playing with Smith put him through a learning curve, as Smith had done what Milner aspired to do; that is, to come through the academy and play for the first team. Having made good progress at the Academy, Milner was taken on as a trainee after leaving school. However, his father insisted that he attend college once a week to continue his education. Milner remarked later that he did not want to get excited and think that he "had already made it". He also said he could hardly believe he was playing alongside first-team Leeds players such as David Batty and Olivier Dacourt. He continued to improve his skills in the youth team, and played for the Republic of Ireland at under-14 level and England at under-15 and -17 levels. He helped the England under-17 team win the 2002 Nationwide summer tournament against Italy, Czech Republic and Brazil, scoring a goal against Brazil.

Milner's debut for Leeds United came on 10 November 2002, in a game against West Ham United, when he came on as a substitute for Jason Wilcox for the last six minutes. The appearance made him the second youngest player ever to play in the Premier League, at the age of 16 years and 309 days. On Boxing Day of that year, he became the youngest player to score in the Premier League, with a goal in a 2–1 win against Sunderland.

In a match against Chelsea a month later, Milner scored again, with a deft first touch of the ball and manoeuvre (in order to avoid a tackle from Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly) that won widespread praise from commentators. The manoeuvre created a yard of space for him to deliver a curling shot from 18 yards (16 m). Reporters were impressed by his overall performance in the game, especially by his desire, confidence, and ability with both feet. Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri remarked after the game that Milner had performed like a much more experienced player. The performance prompted comparisons to England internationals Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney, who had also come to footballing prominence as teenagers. The BBC asked in a poll on their website if he was a better prospect than Rooney. After more appearances for Leeds, Milner signed a five-year contract with them on 10 February 2003.

At the start of the 2003–04 season, Milner was sent on a month-long loan to Division Two side Swindon Town to gain experience as a first-team player. Before the stint, he saw it as a valuable experience as a player. He spent a month with Swindon, scoring two goals in six games. Milner also continued to develop on the international scene. He represented England at Under-20 level at the 2003 World Youth Championship. Soon after this, Under-21 manager Peter Taylor called him up to the England Under-21 side and Milner made his debut against Sweden on 30 March 2004.

However, Leeds United's fortunes were on the decline; the team became the subject of numerous negative stories in the media, and several first-team players were sold. Milner said he believed that this experience made him emotionally stronger and taught him how to deal with team problems. Leeds's eventual relegation to the Championship led to speculation over Milner's future at the club. Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton all expressed an interest in signing him. Ultimately, Villa and Everton did not make offers and Milner rejected an offer from Tottenham as they were based too far from his family home, where he still lived. Leeds insisted that he would not be sold and the chairman of the club at the time even referred to him as "the future of Leeds". Nonetheless, financial problems eventually forced Leeds to sell Milner to Newcastle United for an initial price of £3,600,000. Although Milner was not happy to be leaving the club he had supported as a child, he wished to do what was "in the club's best interest" and in July 2004, he agreed a five-year deal with Newcastle.

Milner made his first appearance for Newcastle United during their pre-season tour of Asia, scoring his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw against Kitchee, in Hong Kong. During this tour, he took the opportunity to observe how Newcastle striker Alan Shearer dealt with attention from fans and the media. He said that his association with people like Shearer gave him a better idea of how to deal with the media.

Milner's first Premier League game for Newcastle came against Middlesbrough on 18 August 2004, in which he played on the extreme right of the field as a winger, despite having featured regularly on the left for Leeds. When asked about this after the game, Milner said he had no preference where on the pitch he played. A month later he made his debut in European competition, when Newcastle played in the UEFA Cup against Bnei Sakhnin from Israel, after coming on as a substitute for Shola Ameobi. In the same month, he scored his first competitive goal for the club, also as a substitute, in a 3–1 win against West Bromwich Albion. It looked probable he would soon start a game.

However, the situation changed for Milner after Newcastle manager Bobby Robson, whom Milner considered his mentor, was sacked and replaced by Graeme Souness. Under Souness, he started 13 league games, but did not play his first full Premier League game for Newcastle until April 2005. By the end of the season, he had made 41 appearances in all competitions and scored once. Souness did not make Milner a regular in the Newcastle side and controversially remarked that the club would not win "with a team of James Milners". Milner's response to this statement was reported as "mature". He did however confirm that he was frustrated at not being used as a starter for most of the season. Despite playing less at club level, Milner scored his first goal for the England Under-21 side during the 2004–05 season. The goal came in a qualification game for the 2007 European Under-21 Championship, against Wales. During the game, in which he played in the centre of midfield, he also set up a scoring chance for Darren Bent. England won the game 2–0.

At the start of the 2005–06 season, Milner scored in Newcastle's 3–1 away win against FK ZTS Dubnica in the Intertoto Cup, and also set up Shearer for the team's third goal. His good run of form in this competition continued when he scored in the next round against Deportivo de Coruña. Despite these goals, a clause in Newcastle's purchase of Nolberto Solano from Aston Villa resulted in Milner being loaned to Villa for the rest of the season. Villa manager David O'Leary, who had managed Milner at Leeds, was happy to acquire Milner in this deal, saying that he believed Villa got the better of the deal and that he hoped to improve him as a player.

Milner made his Villa debut on 12 September 2005 in a Premiership match against West Ham. Five days later, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. In a League Cup game less than a week later, he helped his side recover from being 3–1 down at half-time to win 8–3 against Wycombe Wanderers, scoring two goals in the second half comeback. Throughout the season Milner was positive about his team. He remained confident that Villa would recover from a poor start to the season and praised the quality of the squad.

Milner was generally seen as a positive signing in a season that was disappointing for Villa. Milner himself also received the loan move positively, saying that he would like to join Villa permanently because of the probability of becoming a regular starter, but admitted that the possibility of this happening was beyond his control. Manager David O'Leary confirmed during the season that he would like Milner to join the club permanently, but doubted he would be given the opportunity to sign him. He even pulled out of signing Robert Huth so that he would have the funds to sign Milner permanently if the opportunity arose. Shortly before the end of his loan period, negotiations between Villa and Newcastle began.

The newly-appointed Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder appeared to appreciate Milner's ability more than Souness and expressed a desire that he remain a Newcastle player. This, as well as the departure of O'Leary and the shortage of transfer funds at Villa, meant that a deal to sign Milner permanently seemed unlikely. In June, it became even less likely when Villa rejected an offer of Milner as part of a trade for Gareth Barry. However, the deal was resurrected when Villa were taken over by American billionaire Randy Lerner, and Martin O'Neill was appointed as new Villa manager. Villa made an improved offer on 30 August, which was accepted by Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd. Media sources quoted the transfer fee as being £4,000,000. A move to Villa appeared to have been agreed, but at the last moment Newcastle recalled Milner and the talks broke down.

Newcastle's players and manager Glenn Roeder reacted positively to Milner's return at the start of the 2006–07 season. Roeder praised Milner for the way he had handled the failed Villa transfer, although Roeder's own handling of the negotiations was criticised. Roeder confirmed that he would play Milner in "plenty of games" during the season. This proved to be the case, as Milner was a starter in the Newcastle side for the entire season.

He also continued to make progress at international level, scoring the winning goal for the England Under-21 side in a 3–2 win over Switzerland. The win secured England a place in the playoff stage of the 2007 Under-21 European Championship qualifiers. Newcastle made a poor start in the Premier League, but in European competition, Milner played a key role in helping Newcastle advance through the group stage of the UEFA Cup. Shortly after, rumours began to spread that he would be sold during the transfer window in January, although both Milner and Roeder dismissed these rumours.

On 1 January 2007 Milner scored his first goal of the season in a 2–2 draw with Manchester United. The goal came from a "stunning" shot from 25 yards (23 m) away. He scored two more goals during the next three weeks, against Birmingham City and then against West Ham United. Both of these were scored from at least 20 yards (20 m) away. Later in the season, Roeder praised the progress Milner had made and said that he believed him to be the hardest-training player at the club. Also during the season, Milner displayed his ability to play comfortably in a range of different positions by scoring and setting up goals with both feet from both sides. As a result, Milner signed a new contract at Newcastle in January, which secured his future at the club until 2011. He signed another four-year contract in May 2007, when Sam Allardyce took over as manager of Newcastle. Milner said later in the year that he was happy about his future at the club and its new manager saying the that training sessions were "the best since I have been here". Allardyce said during the season that Milner was so keen to play, that he was concerned he would "burn out mentally physically". As a result, Milner played mainly as a substitute in the early part of the season.

In June, Milner competed for England at the European Under-21 Football Championship. He played in all four of England's matches and was booked in the semi-final against the Netherlands, which meant he would have missed the final. The game was decided by a penalty shootout, in which Milner scored twice and England lost 13–12. Milner's performance in the tournament led to rumours that he would make his full England debut in a friendly against Germany, but he was not included in the squad for the match. He was however included in the Under-21 squad for a friendly against Romania, which ended in a 1–1 draw. A month later, Milner set an England Under-21 record by making his 30th appearance for the side in a 3–0 win against Montenegro. During this game, he set up the first goal from a corner. Historically, players with several England Under-21 appearances have not progressed to become regulars in the senior side, which has led some to doubt whether Milner would be able to successfully make the transition. In October, he scored his third goal for the Under-21 side in a 3–0 win over Republic of Ireland. He scored again in the return game four months later that England also won 3–0.

In late October, he scored Newcastle's 500th home Premier League goal in a 3–1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. A second Premier League goal of the season came fortuitously in the Tyne-Wear derby from a shot intended as a cross. Allardyce praised Milner highly during the season, saying he was "a hugely experienced Premier League player".

After missing final nine games of the season due to a foot injury, it was rumoured in May 2008 that he would be part of a trade between Newcastle and Liverpool. Despite starting the season for Newcastle and scoring in a League Cup win over Coventry City, it was revealed after the game that Milner had handed in a written transfer request the week before. Milner signed for Aston Villa on 29 August 2008 for a fee of twelve million pounds, and signed a four-year contract with the club.

Milner made his debut for Villa on 31 August 2008 as a second-half substitute against Liverpool. His first goals in his second spell at Villa came in a third round FA Cup tie against Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium on 4 January 2009 on his 23rd birthday, where he scored both goals in a 2–1 win for Villa.

Milner's first Premier League goal in his second spell at Villa came on 17 January 2009 in a match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Milner headed in a cross from Villa midfielder Ashley Young to level the scores at 1-1, Villa went on to win the match 2-1. On February 7th 2009, Milner was named to the England full team squad for the first time, after a run at club level that had impressed England manager Fabio Capello. Milner then continued to impress and scored his second league goal of the season against Blackburn Rovers F.C. with a rifled shot from a difficult angle after a corner had not been closed down.

Milner is regarded as being a quick footballer. As a result, his main role on the team is as a wide midfielder who creates scoring opportunities, as well as taking the ball past defenders. He could be deemed a traditional English winger. While Milner does not score many goals, he does have a good record at providing assists. Nolberto Solano, a former teammate, said that because of his speed, Milner would "become an important team player". After his move to Newcastle he began playing more as a winger. He has since been described as "comfortable on either wing".

Milner has the ability to pass accurately and shoot from a great distance from goal. As a result, he usually goes forward for set pieces and is often a candidate to take corners and free kicks. Critical opinion is divided as to Milner's crossing ability. While some commentators have been critical of his ability in this area, other journalists have said that Milner can produce accurate crosses.

Milner is described on the Newcastle United official website as "a good reader of the game". One quality that is praised by commentators is Milner's awareness of players around him. This awareness allows him to pass the ball from a range of positions to teammates making forward runs, as well as giving him the confidence to take on defenders. His awareness and willingness to pass have been called mature for a player of his age.

Milner has expressed a willingness to play as much as possible and feels that Wayne Rooney's move to Manchester United and success as a player has taken a lot of pressure off his own career, commenting, "I have been able to concentrate on football and ignore everything else". During his career, Milner has been booked 15 times, but has never been sent off.

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Ronald James Milner

The Rt Rev Ronald James Milner was the Bishop of Burnley from 1988 until 1993. He was born on 16 May 1927 and educated at Hull Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with the post of Succentor at Coventry Cathedral, after which he was Vicar of Westwood . Following this he was Rector of St Mary's, Southampton and then (his final appointment before elevation to the Episcopate) Archdeacon of Lincoln. In retirement he continues to serve the Church as an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

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James Milner Phillips

James Milner Phillips circa 1969

James Milner Phillips (1 July 1905, (Chelmsford) - December 1974 (Stow on the Wold)) was an English automotive engineer and businessman who supervised the building, testing and world land speed record attempts of Donald Campbell's Bluebird-Proteus CN7 which on 17 July 1964 became the fastest four-wheeled vehicle in the world.

Phillips was managing director of Motor Panels Ltd, a Coventry based engineering firm who specialised in the production of pressings and assemblies for the motor trade for clients such as Alvis, Armstrong Siddeley, Austin Motor Company and Daimler. . The original CN7 used for Campbell's unsuccessful 1960 record attempt at Bonneville Salt Flats was built by Motor Panels but was written-off in a high-speed crash during a record attempt run. Motor Panels set about building a replacement and by the end of 1962 it was finished. At the time it was the costliest single automobile in the history of motor sport at US$6m..

In early 1962 Phillips made a reconnaissance trip to Lake Eyre, South Australia and had been warned by a local sheep station owner that heavy rains were expected the following year following twenty years of drought that had made the playa so suitable as a driving surface. On his return to England, Phillips advocated bringing the record attempt forward to 1962 however he was over-ruled by Donald Campbell who argued that there was not enough time and the challenge was deferred to 1963. The predicted torrential rain did fall, the lake became flooded and the 1963 land speed record attempt was called off.

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Wayne Rooney

Rooney being treated for his broken foot

Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English footballer who currently plays as a striker for English Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team.

Rooney began his career with Everton, joining their youth team at age ten and rising through the ranks. He made his professional debut in 2002 and his first goal made him the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history at the time. He quickly became part of Everton's first team, spending two seasons at the Merseyside club. Before the start of the 2004–05 season, he moved to Manchester United for £25.6 million and became a key member of the first team. Since then, he has won the Premier League twice, the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and also the Football League Cup.

Rooney made his England debut in 2003 and at Euro 2004 he briefly became the competition's youngest goalscorer. He is frequently picked for the England squad and also featured in the 2006 World Cup.

Born on 24 October 1985 in Croxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside, Rooney is the first child of Thomas Wayne and Jeanette Marie Rooney (née Morrey). He was raised in Croxteth with younger brothers Graeme and John, and all three attended De La Salle School. Wayne grew up supporting local club Everton, and his childhood hero was Duncan Ferguson.

After excelling for Liverpool Schoolboys and Dynamo Brownwings, Everton signed Rooney on schoolboy terms at the age of ten. He was part of the youth squad, and after scoring in an FA Youth Cup match, he revealed a T-shirt under his jersey that read, "Once a Blue, always a Blue." Since he was underage at the time and therefore ineligible for a professional contract, he was playing for £80 a week and living with his family on one of the country's council estates.

On 19 October 2002, five days before his seventeenth birthday, Rooney scored a match-winning goal against reigning league champions Arsenal; in addition to ending Arsenal's thirty-match unbeaten run, it made Rooney the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history, a record that has since been surpassed twice by James Milner and currently James Vaughan. He was named BBC Sports' 2002-03 Young Personality of the Year.

At the end of the 2003-04 season, Rooney, citing Everton's inability to challenge for European competition, requested a transfer that Everton refused to oblige if the transfer fee was less than £50 million. A three-year, £12,000-a-week contract offer from the club was snubbed by Rooney's agent in August 2004, leaving Manchester United and Newcastle United F.C. to compete for his signature. The Times reported that Newcastle were close to signing Rooney for £18.5 million, as confirmed by Rooney's agent, but Manchester United ultimately won the bidding war and Rooney signed at the end of the month after a £25.6 million deal with Everton was reached. It marked the most expensive transfer for a teenaged player ever, at the time of the signing.

On 1 September 2006, Everton manager David Moyes sued Rooney for libel after the tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail published excerpts from Rooney's 2006 autobiography that accused the coach of leaking Rooney's reasons for leaving the club to the press. The case was settled out of court for £500,000 on 3 June 2008, and Rooney apologized to Moyes for "false claims" he had made in the book regarding the matter.

Rooney made his United debut on 28 September 2004 in a 6-2 Champions League group stage win over Fenerbahçe, scoring a hat-trick along with an assist. One year later, he was sent off for dissent in a goalless Champions League group draw with Villarreal in Spain on 14 September 2005, after he sarcastically applauded referee Kim Milton Nielsen when he was booked for a foul. His first trophy with United came in the 2006 League Cup, and he was also named man of the match after scoring twice in United's 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the final.

Rooney was sent off in an Amsterdam Tournament match against Porto on 4 August 2006 after hitting Porto defender Pepe with an elbow. He was punished with a three-match ban by the FA, following their receipt of a 23-page report from referee Ruud Bossen that explained his decision. Rooney wrote a letter of protest to the FA, citing the lack of punishment handed down to other players who were sent off in friendlies. He also threatened to withdraw the FA's permission to use his image rights if they did not revoke the ban, but the FA had no power to make such a decision.

During the first half of the 2006–07 season, Rooney ended a ten-game scoreless streak with a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers, and he signed a two-year contract extension the next month that tied him to United until 2012. By the end of April, a combination of two goals in an 8-3 aggregate quarter-final win over Roma and two more in a 3-2 semifinal first leg victory over Milan brought Rooney's total goal amount to twenty-three in all competitions and tied him with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo for the team goalscoring lead.

United announced during the postseason that Rooney had taken over the number 10 jersey that was vacated by Ruud van Nistelrooy, who had left for Real Madrid a year earlier. He was presented with the shirt at a press conference on 28 June 2007 by former United striker Denis Law, who had also worn the number during his tenure with the club.

On 12 August 2007, Rooney fractured his left metatarsal in United's opening-day goalless draw against Reading He had suffered the same injury to his right foot in 2004. After being sidelined for six weeks, he returned for United's 1-0 Champions League group stage win over Roma on 2 October, scoring the match's only goal. However, barely a month into his return, Rooney injured his ankle during a training session on 9 November, and missed an additional two weeks. His first match back was against Fulham on 3 December, in which he played seventy minutes. Rooney missed a total of ten games and finished the 2007/08 season with eighteen goals, as United clinched both the Premier League and the Champions League, in which they defeated league rivals Chelsea in the competition's first-ever all-English final.

On 14 January 2009, after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal after just 54 seconds of the game against Wigan Athletic, Rooney limped off with a hamstring injury in the eighth minute. It was later estimated that he would be out for up to three weeks.

In July 2002, while Rooney was with Everton, agent Paul Stretford encouraged Rooney and his parents to enter the player into an eight-year contract with Proactive Sports Management. However, Rooney was already with another representation firm at the time, while Stretford's transaction went unreported to the FA, and he was thus charged with improper conduct. Stretford alleged in his October 2004 trial that he had secretly recorded boxing promoter John Hyland (an associate of Rooney's first agent) and two other men threatening and attempting to blackmail him for an undisclosed percentage of Rooney's earnings.

Stretford's case collapsed due to evidence that conflicted with his insistence that he had not signed Rooney, and on 9 July 2008, he was found guilty of "making of false and/or misleading witness statements to police, and giving false and/or misleading testimony." In addition, the contract to which Stretford had signed Rooney was two years longer than the limit allowed by the FA. Stretford was fined £300,000 and banned from working as a football agent for eighteen months, a verdict he promptly appealed.

Rooney became the youngest player to play for England when he earned his first cap in a friendly against Australia on 12 February 2003 at seventeen, the same age in which he also became the youngest player to score an England goal. Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott broke Rooney's appearance record by 36 days in June 2006.

His first tournament action was at Euro 2004, in which he became the youngest scorer in competition history on 17 June 2004, when he scored twice against Switzerland; however, this record was topped by Swiss midfielder Johan Vonlanthen four days later. Rooney suffered an injury in the quarterfinal match against Portugal as England were eliminated on penalties.

Following a foot injury in an April 2006 Premier League match, Rooney faced a race to fitness for the 2006 World Cup. England attempted to hasten his recovery with the use of an oxygen tent, which allowed Rooney to enter a group match against Trinidad and Tobago and start the next match against Sweden. However, he never got back into game shape and went scoreless as England bowed out in the quarterfinals, again on penalty kicks.

Rooney was red-carded in the 62nd minute of the quarterfinal for stomping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho as both attempted to gain possession of the ball, an incident that occurred right in front of referee Horacio Elizondo. Rooney's United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo openly protested his actions, and was in turn shoved by Rooney. Elizondo sent Rooney off, after which Ronaldo was seen winking at the Portugal bench. Rooney denied intentionally targeting Carvalho in a statement on 3 July, adding, "I bear no ill feeling to Cristiano but am disappointed that he chose to get involved. I suppose I do, though, have to remember that on that particular occasion we were not teammates." Elizondo confirmed the next day that Rooney was dismissed solely for the infraction on Carvalho. Rooney was fined CHF5,000 for the incident.

Rooney met his wife, Coleen Rooney (née McLoughlin), while both were in their final year of secondary school. They married on 12 June 2008 after six years of dating, during which Rooney admitted to soliciting prostitution in Liverpool in 2004. "I was young and stupid. It was at a time when I was very young and immature and before I had settled down with Coleen." He has a tattoo of the words "Just Enough Education To Perform," from an album title by his favorite band, the Stereophonics; Coleen arranged for the group to play at their wedding reception. In April 2006, he was awarded £100,000 in libel damages from tabloids The Sun and News of the World, who had claimed that he had assaulted her in a nightclub. Rooney donated the money to charity.

The Rooneys reside in a £4.25 million mansion in the village of Prestbury, Cheshire, which was built by a company owned by Dawn Ward, the wife of former Sheffield United striker Ashley Ward. He also owns property in Port Charlotte, Florida. While Rooney was house hunting in Cheshire after signing with Manchester United, he spotted a pub sign that read "Admiral Rodney," which he misread as "Admiral Rooney." He nonetheless considered it a positive omen for his future home. Rooney owns a French mastiff dog, which was reportedly bought for £1,250.

Rooney has endorsement deals with Nike, Nokia, Ford, Asda, and Coca-Cola. He appeared on four straight UK-version covers of Electronic Arts' FIFA series from 2005 to 2008.

On 9 March 2006, Rooney signed the largest sports book deal in publishing history with HarperCollins, who granted him a £5 million advance plus royalties for a minimum of five books to be published over a twelve-year period. The first, My Story So Far, an autobiography ghostwritten by Hunter Davies, was published after the World Cup. The second publication, The Official Wayne Rooney Annual, was aimed at the teenage market and edited by football journalist Chris Hunt.

In July 2006, Rooney's lawyers went to the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organisation to gain ownership of the Internet domain names waynerooney.com and waynerooney.co.uk, both of which Welsh actor Huw Marshall registered in 2002. Three months later, the WIPO awarded Rooney the rights to waynerooney.com.

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Nolberto Solano


Nolberto Albino Solano Todco (born December 12, 1974 in Callao), commonly known as "Nobby" or "Ñol", is a Peruvian football player who plays for Universitario de Deportes, having spent much of his career in the English Premier League. He is a popular figure in his native Peru, where he is seen as one of the most famous Peruvians, appearing on a postage stamp and having his wedding televised live.

His talents in football range from accurate crosses to accomplished dead-ball skills and he has traditionally played either on the right wing, or as a right back during his career. He is the first choice player to take corner and direct free kicks. Solano is the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League and the FA Cup Final. He is also an accomplished trumpet player and has set up his own Salsa band, The Geordie Latinos. He has described himself as an 'adopted Geordie'.

Solano was the youngest of his family. His father Albino was in the Peruvian Navy, whilst his mother was a housewife who raised him, his four brothers and two sisters. He began playing football at a very early age in the streets of Callao.

Solano witnessed the Peru national football team qualify for the 1978 FIFA World Cup at the age of three and again qualify for the 1982 FIFA World Cup at the age of seven. The second World Cup he witnessed had the biggest effect on him. At that time he played a lot of football and his national team inspired him.

Solano signed his first professional contract with the Peruvian first division side Sporting Cristal in 1992 at the age of 17. Towards the end of his first season at Sporting Cristal he signed a one year contract with Deportivo Municipal before returning at the end of 1993. He was part of the famous Sporting Cristal squad of the years 90, the club won the Peruvian Championship in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and reached the finals of the 1997's Copa Libertadores. With Roberto Palacios, Flavio Maestri, Julinho and Jorge Soto, have been some of Sporting Cristal's most recognized football players of that time.

In 1997 at the age of 22 he signed for Argentinian side Boca Juniors. Here he became a teammate of the highly respected footballer Diego Maradona, who nicknamed Solano the 'Maestrito'.

In 1998, Solano became the first Peruvian to play in England when he signed a contract with Newcastle United for £2,480,000. His debut Newcastle performance came in a Premier League match against Chelsea on August 22, after 67 minutes of play, as a substitute for goalscorer Andreas Andersson. In June 2001, he signed a new contract which would mean he could keep his place at the club for five years. A month later he scored what he later described as "the best goal of career" with a solo goal against 1860 München. Nevertheless he was sold in the January transfer window of 2004 to Aston Villa. He had been an extremely popular member of Newcastle's squad and many fans voiced their anger over his sale. During his first spell at Newcastle, he played in the 1999 FA Cup Final.

Solano joined Aston Villa in January 2004 for a fee of £1.5 million and signed a two-and -a-half year contract with the club. He made his debut in a 5-0 win over Leicester City, and during the course of his time there he became a valuable asset, becoming their top scorer for the 2004-05 season, and was elected the club's Player of the Year by the supporters, the local press and his teammates.

Solano returned to Newcastle United in August 2005 for a fee of £1.5 million with midfielder James Milner going the other way to Aston Villa on a season-long loan. He signed a two-year contract with the option for Newcastle to extend it for another year. His re-signing was met with delight by Newcastle fans, who had chanted "Nobby's" name during the unveiling of record signing Michael Owen earlier on that deadline day. In the 2006-07 season, injuries to right-back Stephen Carr and others caused the Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder to play Solano at right-back instead of his usual right-wing position. However it was not an unfamiliar playing position to Solano, as he started his football career in defence and had featured at right-back for his country. He impressed in this position and his instrumental form kept former first choice right-back Stephen Carr out of the team. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Roeder revealed he was in talks to extend Solano's contract to the end of next season. Solano signed a new one-year contract at Newcastle in the summer of 2007, however a few months later he asked to leave the club so to move closer to his family, who had moved to London.

Solano signed a one-year contract with West Ham United in August 2007. He made his debut for West Ham in October 2007, coming on as a second half substitute in the 3–1 home defeat of Sunderland, and was instrumental in West Ham's second goal, his shot being deflected into the Sunderland goal by goalkeeper, Craig Gordon. His first goal for West Ham was a free-kick and the fifth goal in West Ham's 5-0 away win against Derby County on 10 November 2007. He was still a favourite with the Geordie following who chanted his name at the Boleyn Ground when Newcastle United were playing West Ham on 25 April 2008. They also cheered when he made a 30 second appearance for the Hammers. In the last game of the season on 11 May 2008 Solano scored his second free-kick goal, against Aston Villa, the match ended 2-2. He was released by West Ham at the end of the 2007–08 season having scored 4 goals in 23 appearances.

Solano joined Greek club Larissa in August 2008 on a two-year contract but a few months into the season, Solano accepted an offer (two-year contract) from Universitario de Deportes. Solano has stated that he wishes to retire within a few years, and hopes to finish his career at Peruvian club Sport Boys, a team hailing from the district of Callao, where he was born.

Solano made his full international debut for Peru at the age of 18, since then he has been capped 88 times, scoring 20 goals. He has been a key member of the squad since the mid-1990s but, in June 2005, Solano decided to quit the Peruvian national football team due to disagreements with the coach, Freddy Ternero. In 2006, he returned to the national team setup under new coach Franco Navarro. Despite his return to the national team, Solano was not selected for Peru's Copa America 2007 squad.

With a slight frame and low centre of gravity Solano's game is based almost entirely on skill and vision, he in many ways exemplifies the South American type of footballer. Predominantly a wide player, as a winger in Europe he was atypical, two-footed with a taste for drifing inside and unhurried in his manner of carrying the ball. During his time at Newcastle he was among the Premiership's most creative midfielders, second only to Thierry Henry in assists for the 2000/2001 season. He is also a dead ball specialist, having scored several memorable long range freekicks.

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Eddie Milner

Eddie Milner, born Edward James Milner (May 21, 1955 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1980-86, 1988) and San Francisco Giants (1987). Milner batted and threw left-handed. His cousin, John, also was a major league player.

Milner was one of the best defensive center fielders of the 1980s. A fast runner and a good-contact hitter, in 1986 he had a 20-game hitting streak and belted 15 home runs.

On August 2, 1986, Milner collected his team's only hit in a game for fifth time, tying Cesar Tovar's MLB record (1975).

In a seven-year career, Milner was a .253 hitter with 42 home runs and 195 RBI in 804 games.

Milner suffered from cocaine addiction during his baseball career. Commissioner Peter Ueberroth suspended him for the entire 1988 season after he relapsed, but he was reinstated before the All-Star break after completing a drug rehabilitation program.

Eddie Milner graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio .

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