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Jan 152018
 

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, dies aged 46

‘I have a lot of secrets about my childhood [but they] are just for me,” Dolores O’Riordan told the Guardian in 1995. She and her Limerick rock quartet, the Cranberries, were then at the peak of their success, well on the way to selling 40m albums, and O’Riordan was one of the highest profile female singers in the English-speaking world. It was nearly 20 years later that she revealed that she had been abused for four years from the age of eight by someone close to her family. By her own account, O’Riordan, who has died aged 46 of a cause as yet unknown, spent most of her adult life seeking a balance between depression and anorexia, and the rewards of great professional success.

She was 21 when the Cranberries reached the US Top 10 with their second single, Linger, which established them as a headline act there. In the UK, the influential music press decreed them unexcitingly traditional, but the public were enchanted by the group’s melodies, and especially by O’Riordan’s haunting voice; their debut album topped the British chart and the next three were Top 10 hits. It was a similar story in the rest of Europe and Australia. O’Riordan became a symbol of pride for both Ireland and the Irish diaspora.

The Cranberries’ rapid ascent exacerbated O’Riordan’s “terrible self-loathing”, generating anorexia and an eventual breakdown. A suicide attempt in 2013 was followed by a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Last year, she spoke vividly of being “at the hypomanic side of the spectrum on and off for a long period”, and a hypomanic episode was cited when she was arrested for erratic behaviour on a transatlantic flight in 2014. She told the police: “I am an icon. I am the Queen of Limerick.” There were also physical problems: a Cranberries reunion tour scheduled for 2017 in support of their first album in five years was cancelled due to O’Riordan’s back pain.

Born in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, O’Riordan was the youngest of nine children (two of whom died in infancy) of Terence O’Riordan, a former farm labourer who was left unable to work after an accident, and his wife, Eileen, a school caterer, and went to Laurel Hill, a Roman Catholic school in Limerick. She was a tomboy, burying her dolls in the garden and spending most of her time with her heavy-metal-loving brothers. Yet she also played the organ in church and, well into her teens, wore flowery dresses bought for her by her mother. The influence of her church music and the heavy rock she heard at home instilled a desire to join a band – specifically, “a band with no barriers, where I could write my own songs”. That’s what she got.

At 18 she landed a job with a Limerick group called the Cranberry Saw Us by playing an early version of a song she had written, Linger (it was inspired by her first kiss, aged 17: “I’d always thought that putting tongues in mouths was disgusting, but when he gave me my first proper kiss, I did indeed ‘have to let it linger’,” she said last year).

Equally in thrall to rock and Gaelic folk music, her voice was startling and steely, and gelled uncommonly well with the band’s melodicism. Her Doc Martens-shod, spiky-haired look provided a visual anchor, overshadowing the rest of the group entirely. Despite being out of step with the prevailing Britpop and grunge scenes, they were taken on by the Smiths’ former manager, Geoff Travis, and courted by 32 record companies. The pivotal moment came when the successful label Island booked them as the support act on the fast-rising band Suede’s 1993 American tour.

Suede’s seedy ambiguity cut no ice in the US, but the Cranberries returned home as stars. Their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, and 17m-selling 1994 follow-up, No Need to Argue, made O’Riordan so famous that, to her distress, she could not leave her hotel room. Linger and the next single, Zombie – written in response to the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington – were ubiquitous on MTV, increasing her sense of isolation.

Despite having a metal rod put into her leg following a 1994 skiing accident, she was contractually compelled to tour throughout that year, and played some of the shows in a wheelchair. That was also the year she married Don Burton, then Duran Duran’s tour manager. Most of her happiness seems to have stemmed from their three children; when her attempt to take her life in 2013 failed, she saw it as a sign that she was meant to stay with them.

After the Cranberries split in 2003, O’Riordan launched a fitful solo career that yielded two albums, Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009). She worked with the Smiths bassist Andy Rourke on a project called DARK, and was a judge on one season of the Irish version of the TV show The Voice. Still esteemed by other musicians, she appeared on records by Zucchero and Jam & Spoon, and at the time of her death had come to London to re-record Zombie with a rock band, Bad Wolves.

Her goal, she said in 2017, was to make at least one more album and go on tour again: “I haven’t been doing too much over the last five years. Sometimes you go through periods where you’re not writing music, you’re just dealing with your personal life.”

She and Burton divorced in 2014. Her children, Taylor, Molly and Dakota, survive her.

Jan 152018
 

On This Day


Births



1936

Richard Franklin

Age 82
Richard K. Franklin is an English actor, writer, director and political activist. Principally a stage actor, he has also appeared as a regular character in several high-profile British television programmes, including Crossroads, Emmerdale Farm, and most notably in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, in which he portrayed Captain Mike Yates of UNIT. Franklin initially played the part from 1971 until 1974, but has returned to the role on a number of occasions both on television and in Doctor Who spin-off media. Franklin is a prolific dramatist and author of books such as "Forest Wisdom: Radical Reform of Democracy and the Welfare State" reflecting his left-wing political views and activism, as well as novels based in the Doctor Who universe.
1976

Kevin Harper

Age 42
Kevin Patrick Harper is a Scottish footballer, who played for HibernianDerby CountyWalsallPortsmouthNorwich CityLeicester CityStoke CityCarlisle United and Dunfermline Athletic. At the age of thirty-nine, he came out of retirement to play for Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region side Thorniewood United.

Harper played 128 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2000 – 2004
1996

Dove Cameron

Age 22

   
Dove Cameron (born Chloe Celeste Hosterman) is an American actress and singer, known for playing a dual role as the eponymous characters in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Liv and Maddie(2013-2017) and playing Mal, in the films Descendants (2015) and the sequel Descendants 2 (2017).
1998

Ally Ioannides

Age 20
Alexia "AllyIoannides is a Greek-American actress, best known for playing Dylan Jones in the NBC drama series Parenthood from 2014–15, and Tilda in the 2015 AMC martial arts drama series Into the Badlands.


Deaths



1990

Gordon Jackson

(Born: 19 Dec 1923)

Died Aged 66
Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE was a Scottish actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in The Professionals. He also portrayed Flt. Lt. Andrew MacDonald, "Intelligence", in The Great Escape.
2014

Roger Lloyd-Pack

(Born: 08 Feb 1944)

Died Aged 69
Roger Lloyd-Pack was an English actor. He was best known for the role of Trigger in Only Fools and Horses from 1981 to 2003. He had a supporting role of Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley from 1994 to 2007, and as Tom in The Old Guys with Clive Swift. He was also well known for his appearance as Barty Crouch, Sr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and his appearances in Doctor Who as John Lumic in the episodes "Rise of the Cybermen" and "The Age of Steel".
2018

Dolores O'Riordan

(Born: 06 Sep 1971)

Died Aged 46
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She led the rock band The Cranberries from 1990 until their break-up in 2003; they reunited in 2009.


On This Day   .   Dove Cameron   .   Dolores O’Riordan Obituary

Jan 142018
 

Johanna Braddy

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Johanna Elizabeth Braddy (born August 30, 1987) is an American actress. She played the leading role in the 2009 horror film The Grudge 3, and has appeared in Hurt (2009), Easy A (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), and The Levenger Tapes (2011). She also starred in a main role as Jenny Matrix in the hit web series Video Game High School from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, Braddy co-starred as Anna Martin in the Lifetime dark comedy-drama series Unreal. Currently, she is starring as Shelby Wyatt in the ABC thriller series Quantico.


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Jan 142018
 

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14 January 2018


Births



1934

Richard Briers

(Died: 17 Feb 2013)

Aged 79
Richard David Briers CBE was an English actor. His fifty-year career encompassed television, stage, film and radio.
1962

Patricia Morrison

Age 56
Patricia Morrison is an American bass guitarist, singer and songwriter. She worked with BagsThe Gun Club, Fur Bible, The Sisters of Mercy and The Damned.
1965

Jemma Redgrave

Age 53
Jemma Rebecca Redgrave is a fourth-generation English actress of the Redgrave family.
1968

Marc Keller

Age 50
Marc Keller is a French former professional footballer who played primarily as a midfielder. In his club career he played in France, Germany and England. For the national side he played seven times, scoring one goal against Brazil. He later became Director-General of RC Strasbourg and AS Monaco.

Keller played 3 times for Portsmouth in 2000
1992

Aaron McCarey

Age 26
Aaron McCarey is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Scottish Championship club Ross County.

McCarey played 6 times for Portsmouth in 2015


Deaths



2016

Alan Rickman

(Born: 21 Feb 1946)

Died Aged 69
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television role came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.


On This Day   .   Alan Rickman Obituary

Jan 132018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Portsmouth    1

 


 

Scunthorpe United    1

 


Jamal Lowe celebrated his new contract with a goal, but Pompey had to settle for a 1-1 draw with play-off rivals Scunthorpe at Fratton Park.

Both sides looked bright before the break, although it was the hosts who led thanks to some inventive play from Lowe.

The Iron were more dominant in the second half, however, and Kevin van Veen grabbed a deserved leveller.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that exited the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the week.

Top scorer Brett Pitman returned to lead the line, partnered by a fit-again Kal Naismith, who was making his first start for seven weeks.

There was also a system switch, with Oli Hawkins joining Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess in a three-man back-line.

That meant Nathan Thompson advanced into the centre of midfield, where he was joined by Ben Close and recent loan signing Connor Ronan.

Pompey took time to get used to the change in formation and looked a bit shaky at the back in the early stages.

Their opponents almost took advantage, with Luke McGee doing well to deny Tom Hopper and Lowe taking care of the loose ball.

But the hosts were lively at the other end and Ronan was especially bright as he attempted to thread passes through to the front two.

It was LOWE who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, though, stealing the ball off the foot of Josh Morris and finding the net from a tight angle with a shot that went in off the post.

The Iron were now shaky at the back and it took some desperate blocks to deny both Pitman and Naismith.

And the lead was almost doubled following a fine passing move involving more than half the side, with Pitman drilling a low effort narrowly past the post.

Scunthorpe were providing an attacking threat of their own, although McGee watched Funso Ojo’s attempt sail safely wide.

Their best opportunity to level came when Murray Wallace let fly from outside the box, but McGee was equal to the shot and punched the ball over the bar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Scunthorpe United 0


And the Iron also had a great chance just after the restart when Hopper cut the ball back for van Veen in the box.

The striker found himself in far too much space, only for Clarke to make a great recovery challenge to deny the visitors.

But there was nothing that Pompey could do to prevent Scunthorpe from drawing level on 53 minutes.

Hopper got free down the left and picked out van Veen in the box, with the Dutchman swivelling and firing home an unstoppable shot.

And it almost got even worse for the Blues, with McGee having to make a fine reaction save from point-blank range to deny Morris.

Pompey tried to make an impression at the other end and Charlie Goode’s slip let in Naismith, only for the defender to recover and make a key block.

Jackett made a double change to try to steady the ship, with Ronan and Dion Donohue making way for Matty Kennedy and Adam May.

That resulted in a change of system to 4-1-4-1, with Naismith and Kennedy out wide and Pitman playing as a lone striker.

And Naismith had a chance to score when Scunthorpe failed to deal with a corner, but saw his angled drive gathered by Rory Watson at the second attempt.

That proved to be the end of the chances, as the final few moments passed by with little goalmouth incident to provide any late drama.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): McGee; Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Lowe, Close, Thompson, Donohue (May 71); Ronan (Kennedy 71); Pitman (c), Naismith
Goals: Lowe 15
Booked: Clarke, Hawkins
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Deslandes, Bennett, Chaplin

Scunthorpe (3-4-1-2): Watson; Goode, Burgess, Wallace (c); Holmes, Bishop, Ojo, Morris; Adelakun; van Veen, Hopper (Novak 84)
Goals: van Veen 53
Booked: Bishop, Adelakun
Subs not used: Kelsey, McArdle, Townsend, Sutton, McGeehan, Toney

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 17,741 (386 away fans)


Portsmouth FC

Jan 132018
 

Olivia Holt

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Olivia Hastings Holt (born August 5, 1997) is an American actress and singer. She starred in the Disney XD series Kickin’ It, Disney Channel Original Movie Girl vs. Monster, and the Disney Channel Original Series I Didn’t Do It. Her debut EP, Olivia, was released on Hollywood Records on July 15, 2016.

Holt was born in Germantown, Tennessee, to Mark and Kim Holt. She has two siblings. At age three, her family moved to Nesbit, Mississippi, where she grew up after briefly living in Memphis, Tennessee. Growing up, she took gymnastics classes for seven years. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles with her family.


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Jan 132018
 

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Births



1965

Bill Bailey

Age 53
Mark Robert "Bill" Bailey is an English comedian, musician, singer, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. Bailey is well known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the BuzzcocksHave I Got News for You and QI, as well as his extensive stand-up work.
1997

Natalia Dyer

Age 21

Natalia Dyer is an American actress. She plays the role of Nancy Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things.


On This Day

Jan 122018
 

On This Day

12 January 2018


Births



1962

Noel Blake

Age 56
Noel Lloyd George Blake is a retired footballer and current coach. He was formerly the head coach of the England national under-19 football team. He played in the Football League for Aston VillaShrewsbury TownBirmingham CityPortsmouthLeeds UnitedStoke CityBradford City and Exeter City, and in the Scottish Football League for Dundee.

Blake played 173 times for Portsmouth scoring 13 goals between 1984 – 1988
1969

Robert Prosinecki

Age 49
Robert Prosinečki is a Croatian football manager and former football midfielder, working as a manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He is one of the few footballers to have played for both the Spanish rival clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Prosinecki played 35 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2001 – 2002
1974

Ivica Mornar

Age 44
Ivica Mornar is a retired Croatian footballer.

Mornar played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2004 – 2005
1991

Pixie Lott

Age 27
Victoria Louise "PixieLott is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. Her debut single, "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)", was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK Singles Chart in September 2009.
1993

Craig MacGillivray

Age 25
Craig MacGillivray is an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for League One side Shrewsbury Town. In 2018, MacGillivray became a Portsmouth Football Club player on a two-year deal.


Deaths



2014

Alexandra Bastedo

(Born: 09 Mar 1946)

Died Aged 67
Alexandra Lendon Bastedo was a British actress, best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 British espionage/science fiction adventure series The Champions. She has been cited as a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s. Bastedo was a vegetarian and animal welfare advocate.


On This Day

Jan 112018
 

On This Day


Births



1972

Marc Blucas

Age 46
Marcus Paul "Marc" Blucas is an American actor, known for playing Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Matthew Donnelly in Necessary Roughness and recently, abolitionist John Hawkes in Underground. Prior to his acting career, he was known for playing college basketball with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
1986

Rachel Riley

Age 32

 
Rachel Annabelle Riley is an English television presenter who currently co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. A mathematics graduate, her television debut came when she joined Countdown at age 22.
1988

Simon Ferry

Age 30
Simon William Ferry is a Scottish professional footballer, who currently plays for Peterhead.

Ferry played 22 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2013 – 2014


On This Day   .   Rachel Riley

Jan 102018
 

On This Day


Births



1965

Martin Kuhl

Age 53
Martin Kuhl is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder for many years in the Football League. He then went into coaching, and since September 2017 has been assistant head coach at Torquay United.

Kuhl played 184 times for Portsmouth scoring 29 goals between 1988 – 1992


Deaths



2016

David Bowie

(Born: 08 Jan 1947)

Died Aged 69
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades, acclaimed by critics and fellow musicians for his innovative work. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.


On This Day   .   David Bowie Obituary

Jan 092018
 

Match Report

Checkatrade Torphy


 

Portsmouth    1

 


 

Chelsea U21    2

 


A dominant Pompey were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy following a dramatic conclusion at Fratton Park

They created a host of excellent chances in the first half and it was somewhat of a surprise that the sides went in level at the break.

But Belgian starlet Charly Musonda netted following a counter-attack for the Londoners and that looked to be it.

Substitute Brett Pitman levelled in stoppage-time, however, and the third round tie looked to be heading for penalties.

But there were still time for Musonda to curl home a fine free-kick and ensure it was the visitors who progressed to the quarter-finals.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Bristol Rovers on New Year’s Day.

Connor Ronan was handed a debut in place of Pitman, while fellow Wolves loanee Sylvain Deslandes was named among the substitutes.

Pompey were on top throughout the first half and the only negative from a confident performance was that they failed to break the deadlock.

An early effort from Ben Close set the tone for what was to come, with the ball hitting Trevoh Chalobah and ricocheting wide.

The hosts were passing the ball around nicely and one move ended with a snap-shot from the lively Ronan, forcing Marcin Bulka to get down to his right and make the save.

Chelsea’s only threat arrived following a quick break on 17 minutes, but Callum Hudson-Odoi could not beat Luke McGee at the keeper’s near post.

A series of corners led to problems at the other end, with decent deliveries from Matty Kennedy and Dion Donohue causing some nervy moments in the Londoners’ defence.

The fans in the North Stand Lower were being entertained and the Blues had three excellent opportunities to forge ahead in the space of a few seconds.

Bulka twice came to Chelsea’s rescue by keeping out a header and shot from Oliver Hawkins with smart saves.

Sandwiched between them was a sharp volley from Jamal Lowe that had to be cleared from the line by a well-placed Kyle Scott.

Still the chances kept coming and when Close tapped a free-kick to Ronan, the diminutive midfielder fired narrowly over the bar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Chelsea U21 0


Pompey picked up where they left off after the interval and another opportunity was carved open by one of Matt Clarke’s trademark surging runs.

He sprinted more than half of the length of the pitch and played a neat one-two with Kennedy before laying the ball off to Ronan, who saw his effort blocked.

Jackett made a double switch on 53 minutes, with Hawkins and a limping Nathan Thompson making way for Kal Naismith and Pitman.

The Blues had been pretty dominant as the game approached the hour mark, only to then find themselves trailing.

Chelsea broke quickly down the left and Scott cut the ball back for Musonda to calmly steer past McGee and into the net.

It was still the hosts looking the more confident side, but they were not creating as many clear openings as in the first half.

A Ronan free-kick almost proved fruitful, however, with Pitman’s back-flick blocked and the same fate then befell his ambitious over-head effort.

The danger was not over, though, and when the ball bounced up and hit Ethan Ampadu on the arm, referee Gavin Ward ignored cries for a penalty.

But it took a superb save from McGee to stop Chelsea doubling their lead on 73 minutes, with the keeper flinging out an arm to somehow deny Scott from point-blank range.

Conor Chaplin came on for Ronan, as Jackett tried to inject some extra attacking impetus into his line-up.

And the striker thought he should have won a spot-kick when he went down under Ampadu’s challenge, only for Ward to again remain unmoved.

Pompey did level in added time, though, when PITMAN collected Kennedy’s cross and turned sharply before firing home.

It looked like penalties were on the cards, but when Christian Burgess crudely halted Hudson-Odoi’s surge, Musonda stepped up to curl in an impressive winner.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson (c) (Pitman 53), Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, May; Lowe, Ronan (Chaplin 76), Kennedy; Hawkins (Naismith 53)
Goals: Pitman 90+2
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, Widdrington, Bennett

Chelsea U21 (4-3-3): Bulka; Sterling, Chalobah, Ampadu, Grant (Colley 83); Maddox (Redan 28), Sammut (c), Scott (McCormick 87); Musonda, St Clair, Hudson-Odoi
Goals: Musonda 58, 90+5
Subs not used: Cumming, Dasilva, Christie-Davies, Hazard

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 3,116 (113 away fans)


Portsmouth FC

Jan 092018
 

On This Day


Births



1989

Nina Dobrev

Age 29

    
Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva, better known as Nina Dobrev, is a Canadian actress. Her first acting role was of Mia Jones in the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She later became known for portraying Elena Gilbert on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries.
1995

Nicola Peltz

Age 23
Nicola Anne Peltz is an American actress. Her breakthrough role came when she played Katara in the 2010 film The Last Airbender. From 2013 to 2015, she co-starred as Bradley Martin in the A&E drama series Bates Motel. In 2014, she starred as Tessa Yeager in the fourth Transformers film, Transformers: Age of Extinction.


On This Day   .   Nina Dobrev