2001/02: WTF? Sol Campbell swaps Tottenham for Arsenal – Campbell is one of the brightest young talents to have come through the youth ranks at Tottenham and fans loved him. That respect disappeared as soon as he left the club for nothing and signed for north London rivals Arsenal in 2001, where he became part of the Invincibles side that won the Premier League title at White Hart Lane. Ouch. Football news 27 West Ham man reportedly crashes car into woman’s front garden on Christmas Day 27 27 too good Dominant Liverpool extend lead at top of Premier League with mauling of Leicester 1994/95: Man United sign Andy Cole from Newcastle – His goals (68 in 85 games) had turned him into a hero among Newcastle fans and they were devastated when it was revealed Cole had been sold to Man United for £7m in January (£6m plus £1m-rated Keith Gillespie). It brought about the memorable image of manager Kevin Keegan explaining the decision to irate Newcastle fans on the steps of St James Park. In the same season, Tottenham surprised everyone by moving for 1990 World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann. 2010/11: Liverpool pay £35m for Andy Carroll – Fernando Torres move south to Chelsea stunned a lot of people, but what about his replacement? Carroll had scored 11 Premier League goals in the first half of the 2010/11 his first fully fledged campaign in the top flight following a prolific Championship season and £35m appeared to be an astronomical fee, despite Liverpool having pocketed £50 from the sale of Torres. Carroll failed to live up to the fee, with injuries blighting his time at Anfield, before he was loaned and then sold to West Ham. 27 2014/15: Inter and Argentine hero Esteban Cambiasso joins Leicester – He had won the treble with Jose Mourinho’s Inter in 2010, but the 34-year-old Cambiasso was lured by Premier League football in 2014. He joined Leicester and it turned out to be an inspired signing as the midfielder fought tooth and nail to keep the Foxes in the top-flight, despite it looking against the odds at Christmas. In his one and only season in the East Midlands, Cambiasso won the club’s Player of the Year award. They avoided relegation and the midfielder cites it as one of his great achievements. REVIEW Why Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale’s potential transfer to China could be dead response Leeds fail to take advantage of West Brom draw, Charlton end barren winless run 2000/01: Nick Barmby makes Everton fans cry – Everton were shocked when Barmby rejected a lucrative new contract to keep him at Goodison in the summer of 2000 because he wanted to play for Liverpool. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright had previously pleaded Barmbys case with England manager Kevin Keegan in an attempt to get his player more international recognition and was stunned when told of Barmbys preference. It was hearing he had used six of the worst words in the English language as far as Everton fans are concerned: I want to play for Liverpool, he said. He was the first player to swap blue for red since Dave Hickson in 1959 and when the Everton fans gave him stick at Anfield in the October Merseyside derby, he popped up with a goal and celebrated wildly, as Liverpool won 3-1. 2013/14: Kim Kallstrom… lol – Arsenal had been linked with a mega money transfer for Julian Draxler, but in the 2014 January transfer window, injury-hit Kallstrom was the only arrival. It was a half season loan and he picked up an injury straight away. 2012/13: Arsenal sell Robin van Persie to Man United to help them win the league – Arsene knew the boy wanted to leave. He knew he wanted to join us. That made it a bit easier but not in terms of trying to reduce the fee, Fergie said in 2012, adding that Wenger and Arsenal got a great deal for the 29-year-old, who left for £24m. To the horror of all Gooners, the strikers goals helped secure the Premier League title in Fergusons final year as manager. 27 Leicester vs Liverpool live: Commentary and team news for Boxing Day blockbuster 2007/08: Jermain Defoe leaves Tottenham for Portsmouth – Defoe was unable to hold down a regular place in the Tottenham team and was sold to Portsmouth in 2008. He was 25 and, although the club won the FA Cup in 2008, it seemed like he was dropping down a level. But the initial move in January was a success as he scored eight goals in 12 Premier League games and eventually earned a move back to Tottenham in 2009. 1995/96: Chelsea signed Dutch master Ruud Gullit – In 1995 Chelsea were not the glamorous side they are today, but they picked up the bargain of the summer when they landed Dutch hero Gullit, a former world Player of the Year. At the age of 33, he struggled to get going in a sweeper role but, once Glenn Hoddle moved him into midfield, he was flying. Gullit became the player/manager in 1996 and almost instantly Stamford Bridge was injected with glamour. 27 27 27 2009/10: City welcome Carlos Tevez to Manchester – Tevez was very popular at Man United during a successful two-year loan spell where he won the Champions League in 2008, with fans regularly chanting: Fergie, sign him up. A year later, though, he was a Man City player the first to move directly to the club since Terry Cooke in 1999 and City supporters carried on the chant just to rub it in. The club, meanwhile, celebrated publicly with a huge billboard reading: Welcome to Manchester in a nod to the fans claim that their club is the only one in Manchester given that Old Trafford lies outside the city boundaries. Sir Alex Ferguson wasnt impressed: a small club with a small mentality he said at the time. round-up 2004/05: Alan Smith LOVES Leeds and will never join Man United, right? – The boyhood Leeds fan once claimed he would never join Man United and was in tears when his beloved Whites were relegated in 2004. Still, following the drop the club were forced to accept a £7m bid from their hated rivals and Smith wasnt too popular with some supporters, although the player probably wouldnt have chosen Old Trafford if it had been up to him. Leeds legend Peter Lorimer has since revealed that, of the interested clubs, Man United were the only ones prepared to pay the transfer fee in full, rather than spread out payments. Leeds fans didn’t want him to go there but as far as the club is concerned, Alan Smith going there probably saved us from going into administration or liquidation a lot earlier than we did, he said. 27 27 27 2016/17: Liverpool signed 39-year-old goalkeeper Alex Manninger – Manninger was a member of Arsenals double winning side in 1998, but when he arrived at Anfield it came as a surprise to those fans who remembered his previous spell in the Premier League, not least because most thought he was probably retired. Prior to his move, Manninger had been playing for German club Augsburg. This followed spells in Italy and Spain where he played for Siena, Juventus and Espanyol. He did end up retiring at the end of the 2016/17 season. Some thought Lee Grant to Man United was a strange one, but not compared to this. Green didn’t make a single appearance for Huddersfield during the previous campaign, so this naturally took a few people by surprise. The 38-year-old’s last competitive match came in the Championship with Leeds United, having not played in the top flight since QPR were relegated in 2015. “You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation,” he said. gameday 1998/99: Chelsea sign football superstar Marcel Desailly – Chelsea paid Milan £4.6m for the very classy Desailly, who had won the European Cup twice, the World Cup and was one of the best defensive players in world football in the 1990s. The addition of Desailly added to the sense that Chelsea who ended a 26-year major trophy drought in 1997 were on their way up, as manager Gianluca Vialli also added highly rated Albert Ferrer (from Barcelona) and Pierluigi Casiraghi (from Lazio) to an increasingly cosmopolitan squad. Desailly went on to win the 2000 FA Cup, but perhaps more importantly helped with the development of a talented young Blue named John Terry. 27 27 27 2005/06: Liverpool take Robbie Fowler back to Anfield – This took everyone by surprise in 2005. It was, to Liverpool fans, the return of God after more than four years away. He had scored 154 goals in 330 appearances between 1993 and 2001, but left without saying a proper goodbye when deemed surplus to requirements by former boss Gerard Houllier. So when the club needed a striker in January 2006 and Houllier’s successor Rafa Benitez decided to bring back Fowler, it was a dream come true for both the player and the Kop. Though past his best, Fowler performed admirably and in his second spell he scored 12 goals in 39 games (most as a sub) and helped the Reds to the Champions League final in 2007. ruthless revealed 27 super gran 27 1999/00: Anelka stuns Gooners by asking to leave Arsenal – There was disbelief among Arsenal fans when, after just two seasons at Arsenal, Nicolas Anelka wanted to leave the club that had given him his big break as a 17-year-old. Signed for £500,000 from PSG, a key member of the double-winning team in 1998, he left in 1999 as the PFA Young Player of the Year, but believed better things lay ahead with European heavyweights Real Madrid, who he joined for a whopping £23m. 1993/94: Arsenal sell Anders Limpar – Limpars obvious skill endeared him to Gooners as soon as he arrived in 1990, but despite his talent, George Graham got rid of him because, in his opinion, the notoriously limited Eddie McGoldrick (also known sarcastically as ‘Eddie McBaggio’, after the gifted Roberto Baggio) was better. It meant Limpar was sold to Everton for £1.7m in March 1994. He won the FA Cup a year later with the Toffees having missed out on doing a domestic cup double in 1993 with the Gunners. 27 1996/97: Southampton are conned into bringing Ali Dia to the south coast – He joined in the five-a-side on the Friday morning, and was introduced to us as a trialist, Matt Le Tissier said. I remember at the time thinking: Hes not very good. Hes probably not going to make it. In 1996, despite his poor show in training, someone claiming to be George Weahs cousin managed to blag his way on to the Southampton first team bench under manager Graeme Souness. He came on during a match against Leeds in November, but was so bad he was replaced in the same game and managed a grand total of 53 minutes. Crazy! 2015/16: Yohan Cabaye leaves Paris Saint-Germain for Crystal Palace – After playing for minted PSG, who paid Newcastle £19m for his services in January 2014, not many people would have guessed Cabaye’s next club would be Crystal Palace. The Eagles landed the midfielder for £10m in July 2015 and, like their capture of Lombardo, it signalled a new era when the Premier League’s supposedly lesser lights were capable of making waves in the transfer market. 2003/04: Man United surprise and underwhelm at the same time with Bellion capture – Man United were defending their Premier League title and in the summer bought Sunderland striker David Bellion, who was known for his pace and, well, that was about it. The Red Devils inexplicably swooped for the young Frenchman back in 2003 and across three years he failed to make any real impact at Old Trafford. Fortunately for Red Devils fans, Alex Ferguson made another signing in the summer of 2003, by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo. The stats behind Xhaka’s underrated performance as he shines in Arteta’s debut sad to see 2006/07: West Ham got Tevez AND Mascherano? – Somehow, in 2006, the Hammers stunned world football by landing two of Argentinas hottest young talents for undisclosed fees. They struggled to settle, although in the end Tevez would be the inspiration for their Premier League survival. It turned out a third party owned the players registrations and Mascherano ended up moving to Liverpool while Tevez joined Manchester United at the end of the campaign. Liverpool rip Leicester apart – What happened in the Premier League on Boxing Day? 2011/12: Spurs need quality to get back in the Champions League so they signed Ryan Nelsen – Blackburn cancelled Nelsen’s contract in January 2012 because he had rarely played as a result of a knee injury. Meanwhile, Tottenham were aiming to get back into the Champions League and needed to strengthen their squad, so it came as a surprise and disappointment to the White Hart Lane faithful when the club’s response was to sign the 34-year-old. Spurs lost Sebastien Bassong to Wolves and Nelsen’s arrival as his replacement did not bode well. This was a month in which Tottenham also signed 33-year-old Louis Saha for free. Both Nelsen and Saha were released at the end of the season, and Spurs missed out on the Champions League. 27 Shearer had a message for Man United fans chanting at him during Newcastle clash 27 27 27 Fans arrested at Peterborough vs Doncaster match for alleged racism 27 27 shock scenes 27 27 2008/09: Man City land Robinho and things have never been the same since – On the final day of the summer transfer window in 2008, the Blues were bought by mega wealthy Sheikh Mansours Abu Dhabi United group and subsequently shocked the Premier League by signing Robinho, who was close to a switch to Chelsea. I just laughed, really, because it was all out for Berbatov and then they seemed to be bidding for everybody, City player Richard Dunne said in reference to suddenly rich City trying to hijack the Red Devils’ deadline day signing of the Bulgarian striker, before turning their attention to Robinho. He also added that while people laughed or criticised Robinho for the move it was a sign of things to come. Everyone will want to play for City in three or four years,” he said. Martial bags brace as Man United punish Newcastle’s slack defending 2002/03: Man United buy Leeds’ Rio Ferdinand for £30m – The most shocking thing was the players suit upon his unveiling as Britains most expensive player. Ferdinand had been excellent at the 2002 World Cup and when it emerged Leeds were suffering from crippling debts, Man United took full advantage and bought the defender from their rivals for £30m. A transfer like this has to be difficult, Alex Ferguson said. Leeds are a big club and our fiercest rivals, and he had four years left on his contract. The deal made the 23-year-old Britains costliest player. Meanwhile, Man United hero Peter Schmeichel left Aston Villa to join Man City in the summer of 2002. 27 1992/93 season: Man United sign Eric Cantona from Leeds – The moral of this transfer tale is that it never hurts to ask. When Leeds attempted to sign Man United full-back Denis Irwin in November 1992 they were rebuffed, only for the Red Devils to counter with a speculative offer for mercurial Frenchman Cantona, who’d won the title with the Yorkshire club earlier that year. Leeds boss Howard Wilkinson agreed to the £1.2m deal and Sir Alex Ferguson got his man. Cantona’s status as a hero among Leeds fans understandably disappeared, but a lot of anger was aimed at Wilkinson for letting him go for so little. In 1992 the Premier League was introduced and in those years since, there have been some truly magnificent signings.Some have shocked us and others have caught people by surprise just like the transfers below. 2016/17: Swansea sign Renato Sanches on loan from Bayern – This was a coup for the Welsh club. Saches joined Bayern from Benfica in a €35m deal in May 2016 then was part of Portugal’s victorious European Champions. He was definitely considered one of football’s brightest prospects and it was a result of manager Paul Clement’s contacts that he managed to secure the 20-year-old. “He is a player I know well, having worked with him for six months at Bayern Munich,” Clement told the club’s website. 27 1997/98: Eagles make swoop for Atilio Lombardo – Lombardo was well known to football fans around Europe thanks to his spell at Sampdoria, at a time when Serie A was the best in the world. His arrival at Palace showed the Premier League’s growing financial strength, as clubs further down the table began to turn their attention to world class talent. With Samp he won the league, two Coppa Italias and reached the 1992 European Cup final, before moving to Juventus, but after struggling to find his feet in Turin, he flew the nest to join newly promoted Palace in 1997. His appearance saw him crowned ‘the Bald Eagle’ as he lit up Selhurst Park, before becoming player-manager.
The last Titan rocket blasted off from California’s Central Coast on Wednesday, signaling the end of an era as the U.S. military converts to cheaper space boosters. The 16-story-tall unmanned Titan IV carried a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees the nation’s constellation of spy satellites. Like previous Titan missions, the purpose of the latest launch was classified. About 3,000 spectators and military dignitaries gathered at Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles, to watch the historic launch around 11 a.m. PDT. “The Titan has been the backbone of heavy launch for many, many years,” said Walt Yager, vice president of the Titan program at Denver-based Lockheed Martin Corp., which developed the rocket. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s a loss to a lot of people, but everybody recognizes that even good things end sometimes,” Yager continued. “The Titan has served the country very valiantly over the years.” The latest liftoff marked the 368th time the United States has sent a Titan rocket into space. Of those, 200 voyages originated at Vandenberg. In April, spectators gathered at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to bid farewell to the final Titan rocket launch there.