Retro Football: Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd Offers To Carry Michael Owen Back To Liverpool, 2007 (Video)

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Sad news is reaching Pies this afternoon that former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd, a central figure in the club's bamboozling recent history, has passed away at the age of 76.

Of course, our thoughts immediately turned to the Geordie businessman's long-running tit-for-tat spat with Michael Owen, who bore the brunt of several outbursts from the Shepherd foghorn.

Photo: Liverpool star takes helicopter ride over Grand Canyon

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Sunset grand canyon helicopter tour!! #grandcanyon #hooverdam #lakemead #valleyoffire #vegas #sunset pic.twitter.com/p7fKUOAkzJ Simon...

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Ligue 1: French Special Forces Parachute Match Ball Into Stadium Ahead Of Marseille-Monaco Match (Photos & Video)

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The French special forces put on un petit show ahead of Marseille's big game against Monaco on Sunday night.

In what amounted to a significant waste of time and resources, the 13th Parachute Dragons Regiment of theArmée de Terre scrambled a helicopter to fly the match-ball in from a nearby base before parachuting it down onto the pitch before kick-off.

Newcastle owner – and reported Spurs fan – Mike Ashley offers £1million incentive to beat Arsenal

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is offering his non-playing staff a share of a £1million bonus if they beat Arsenal in this afternoon's match. Ashley is reported to be a Spurs fan, and a Newcastle win would secure Champions League football for Andre Villas Boas' side providing they are able to beat Sunderland in today's other [.