Taylor gives Bucknor ‘the chills’

first_imgAs members of Calabar High School’s track and field team gathered on the National Stadium’s blue mondo on Saturday to celebrate a historic fifth straight hold on the Mortimer Geddes trophy, one image stood out among the revelry.Sprinter Christopher Taylor, who, of course, played a major role in Calabar’s 26th ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships title, was understandably the centre of attention, with hordes of teammates, fans and officials clamouring for photographs with the young star.However, it was the few minutes he shared with one of his school’s greatest Champs icons, Richard ‘Jabba’ Bucknor, that stood out, as a Calabar giant of the past and the Lions’ newest hero stood side by side for the first time, in a ratheral literal timeline of Calabar excellence.SETTINGRECORDSTaylor set records in the Class Two boys’ 400m (46.33) in the heats and the 200m (20.80) in the semi-finals, before returning to win gold in both events. Adding the 4x100m gold and a smart 45.3 anchor leg run, which led Calabar to a title-underlining 4x400m relay Open win over the Akeem Bloomfield-anchored Kingston College.It was a run that impressed Bucknor so much, that the two-time Olympian was compelled to make his way from his seat in the grandstand to the track, for a chance to meet the youngster he considers to be the future of Jamaican sprinting.”This young man (Taylor) puts a chill on me. I don’t have my voice any more. That race that he ran; that last leg, I will put this down as the best mile relay I have ever seen or witnessed ever in Jamaica,” said Bucknor, who represented Jamaica in the 110m hurdles at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona, respectively.That’s a huge compliment coming from a man that in his time was seen as one of the island’s brightest talents.At the 1986 Boys’ Championships, two years before his first Olympics, Bucknor, who is widely considered as one of the greatest Jamaican high school track and field athletes ever, had his own magnum opus.DOMINANTDISPLAYIn a dominant display, Bucknor ran 50.53 in the 400m hurdles – a record that would stand for two decades – in addition to claiming the 110m hurdles and helping Calabar to a win over the highly fancied Camperdown High team of that time in the 4x100m, before running a leg on his team’s gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team.Calabar, coached then by the legendary Herb McKenley, would go on to win the 1986 championships, breaking a Clarendon College spell of two straight wins and three in the previous four championships.Currently living in Texas, USA, where he went to college, Bucknor told The Gleaner that he decided to return to Jamaica for Champs as a part of his 50th birthday celebration and also for the chance to see his school win a fifth straight title – a feat they had never managed before.”It brought back a whole lot of memories and amazing feelings witnessing this in the stands, I mean just seeing that final race and just seeing a Class One man giving it his all and then having a youngster – I won’t say put him in his place; but the boy showed us all what it’s like to be an athlete in Jamaica, you have to come hard every single time no matter who you are running against,” Bucknor said.”I wanted to see this happen, Calabar winning a fifth straight title. This is history and I’m a part of history and back in the day I never had the experience of just being a spectator in the stand so today in the stand with all the fans and just the way everyone was, the way everyone came together, was simply amazing!”He wouldn’t leave without a world of advice for young Taylor.”Stay healthy and as my old coach Herb McKenley used to tell me, stay away from all the women dem,” he laughed.”Seriously though, he has a great future ahead of him, he has some great advisers around him and if the country comes around and keeps him in check, we are going to have another Usain Bolt on our hands pretty soon.”last_img read more

Yao in wings as China’s NBA stars seeking Asian Games gold

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The men’s basketball tournament has been somewhat overshadowed in Jakarta by the success of the combined Koreas women’s team, which is also playing for gold.Yao even took time out to watch the joint Korean women’s team, but his focus is clearly on one thing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Now president of the Chinese Basketball Association after an eight-year NBA career with the Rockets, Yao is still very much the driving force behind basketball in his homeland and is credited with China’s resurgence at this Asian Games after the men failed to make the medal rounds at the previous edition in 2014.“I think the most important thing is he introduced the two national teams system,” Zhou Qi said of Yao’s decision to bring more players through the national programs in order to broaden the talent pool. “It gives the young players a lot of chances to play more matches to gain experiences. We get better by playing these competitive matches.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Deal close on 4-player trade with Suns, Rockets View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Iran, Saturday’s final presents an opportunity to go one step further than it did at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, where it was beaten 79-77 by the hosts in the gold medal match.“Iran is an opponent which is quite similar to a European team,” Ding said. “They are not like Taiwan or South Korea who focus on the techniques. So we must face the strong physical challenge. We will prepare everything we can to face this difficult opponent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Ding credited Yao’s experience at the highest level as the main benefit for lifting the current Chinese team.Yao “has spent all these weeks with us. He is there to give us the feeling of security, which is very important,” Ding said. “He shares his experiences with us, gives us a lot of tactical advice. He helps the team a lot.”China was pushed all the way by a Philippines team led by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson in the group stages, but recovered to breeze through the quarterfinals and semifinals against Indonesia and Taiwan.For Zhou, the final presents the chance to cap off a successful two weeks.“The Asian Games is not over for us,” said Zhou, who scored 22 points and had 16 rebounds in the 86-63 win over Taiwan. “We will do everything we can to win in the last match here. We need to fight for this gold medal.”ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Team China celebrate after defeating Taiwan during their men’s basketball semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)JAKARTA, Indonesia — He may no longer be playing but ex-Houston Rockets star Yao Ming remains a talismanic figure in Chinese basketball as he inspires a generation of Chinese NBA stars toward a gold medal at the Asian Games.A China team featuring Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks guard Ding Yanyuhang looms as a heavy favorite to win men’s final against Iran on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rain or Shine headed to Bahrain to bolster buildup for new PBA season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ONE: Team Lakay determined to make 2019 another banner year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Norwood, Washington, and Ahanmisi are all in the United States spending the holidays and won’t be able to join the team in Bahrain since all we’ll be back in the Philippines on the third of January.“As of now we’re working with whoever is with us and I hope that when the three guys come back they’ll be able to quickly pick up the new offensive system,” said Garcia whose team will fly to Bahrain on Jan. 2 and go back to the Philippines on the sixth.Assistant coach Mike Buendia said the trip to Bahrain is not just part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming season but also as a treat for overseas Filipino workers who weren’t able to spend time with their families during the holidays.“This is also for the Filipinos there, sort of like a treat and to bring them some joy,” said Buendia in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine is heading overseas to beef up its preparation for the coming 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT The Elasto Painters are set to fly to Bahrain to take on clubs Al Muharraq and Al Manama, the finalists of the Bahraini Premier League, in a couple of exhibition games on January 3 and 4.Al Manama has former PBA import Wayne Chism as its naturalized player while Al Muharraq has former De La Salle Green Archer Bader Malabes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia said their trip to Bahrain is a good boost to their preparations even if Gabe Norwood, Jay Washington, and Maverick Ahanmisi won’t be able to join them.“This will be good for us because we can see what the other guys can bring,” said Garcia after their 102-90 loss to NorthPort in a tune-up game Saturday at Green Meadows Clubhouse. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Blind Institute facing extreme security treats

first_img…calls to have increased securityThe Guyana Society for the Blind (GSB) — located on St Phillip’s Green between High and Princess streets and Durban and Smyth streets in the Georgetown ward of Werk-en-Rust — has, for a number of years, been faced with spiralling incidents of security threats.This institution was created to assist Guyanese with visual impairment, but the threat it faces has been revealed by members of the institution, who note that this perilous situation has been ongoing for quite some time, and must be dealt with to ensure that their lives are no longer endangered. GSB president, Cecil Morris, explained that throughout the day, many vagrants make a thoroughfare of the alleyway that leads to the blind institute.“You have all kinds of people walking here, and most of them are junkies; so you don’t know what can happen,” he explained.While vagrants are the issue by day, GBS residents are worried about intruders during the night. They feel that installation of a security guard to overlook the property is a dire necessity, and are calling on not just governmental agencies, but any private security entity that would be willing to assist them in this regard.“If some security company could come forward and give us some security, we would be very grateful for that. We’re open to anything that is necessary for a human to live a comfortable life. We’re willing to accept donations, because our people are in need and we like to know that we can provide them with the basic comforts,” Morris detailed.GSB residents recalled an incident that occurred earlier this year, when armed bandits invaded the institution and assaulted several residents. Traumatised since then, many are afraid of what can happen in the future if they remain defenceless.Although security is presently of utmost importance to the GBS residents, there are other items which they also need. Morris indicated that his colleagues would most gratefully appreciate donated furniture, since the organisation is home to more than 160 registered members, and the few chairs available are not sufficient to accommodate the number of individuals present on a daily basis.The GSB also does not have a refrigerator to store perishable items received as donations, and would immeasurably appreciate such a gift from any kind-hearted member of the public, or any entity willing to make such a gift.This publication was also told that some GSB members do not possess walking canes to assist them as they go about their daily lives. An appeal is thus being made for assistance in this regard.Morris said computers are also a critical need, as those are very necessary when members are sitting examinations.As an institution, Morris said, the GBS is open to all of its members, who come from various regions across the country to participate in activities that are available throughout the day.last_img read more

Caribbean records decline in mother-to-child transmission of HIV

first_imgAlthough Guyana has seen an increase in HIV cases during last year, Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), Michael Springer, during a two-day faith leaders’ consultation, indicated that the Caribbean has seen an overall reduction in the transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from mother-to-child during 2017.Not only was the Caribbean able to record a reduction, but seven countries were also able to completely eliminate mother-to-child transmission.“We have also seen in terms of a reduction in mother-to-child transmission of HIV across the board (Caribbean) in our region. In fact, seven of our countries have eliminated both mother-to-child transmission and transmission of congenital syphilis,” he said.It was understood that this major achievement was made possible through various regional efforts, which include the reduction in treatment costs from as much as US$12,000 to US $100.“Our Region through collective actions was able to see a significant reduction in the price for antiretroviral; that is the treatment for HIV because in 2002, our Region took a collective decision to advocate to fight pharmaceutical companies to ensure that the cost for antiretroviral was reduced from some US$12,000 a year to US$1000 per year and now we can say that that treatment for the first time is below US$100 per year,” Springer informed.In addition to this, the Director noted, “We have also seen a significant scale up when in 2001 we had just five per cent of persons who required treatment, receiving treatment for HIV. When we look at the last UN (United Nations) AIDS report, we now have about 57 per cent of those persons who know their HIV status and who should be on treatment (and) who are on treatment at the moment”.At the event, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings said there are many gaps in AIDS response which deserve attention.She said, “There are still major gaps in the AIDS response and then they are barriers that still stop people from accessing quality healthcare services. Too often stigma and discrimination prevent people from accessing the much-needed health care… this situation needs to be promptly addressed in order to ensure that equitable and equal access to treatment is universal among those living with HIV”.The Minister went on to encourage the use of treatment as she noted that HIV and AIDS is not a death sentence.“HIV is no longer a death sentence. When the HIV outbreak first began, most individuals developed in about eight to 10 years and once persons were diagnosed with AIDS, he or she had a two-year life expectancy…HIV is no longer a terminal illness; we describe it as a chronic, manageable disease,” Cummings added.The Health Minister took the opportunity to encourage religious leaders to continue working together as they seek to develop solutions to reduce the spread of the virus.The two-day consultation with Guyana’s national faith leaders concluded on Friday.The initiative is part of a series of engagements with faith leaders in Guyana under the PANCAP Justice For All (JFA) programme.Over the two-day session, the 40 participants will propose solutions for resolving the challenges in developing a viable faith leaders network and focus on how and what can be done to end AIDS by 2030.last_img read more

Expect 45 minute delays on your way to Dawson Creek

first_imgPhoto: Just some of the paving crews working on the North & South Taylor Hill causing up to 45 minute delays – Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.caConstruction continues to cause delays on Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.- Advertisement -Construction started on Saturday on the North and South Taylor Hills. This is causing up to 45 minute delays in your travel to and from the communities. There is also contsruction at the Mile 6 passing lane that is causing delays.According to the contractor the hot in place recycling will continue until at least September 24th with delays from 7am to 7pm.last_img

Scouts flock to combine this weekend

first_imgMcKay is among the dozens of NFL front office officials, coaches and scouts that will spend the next five days in Indianapolis grading this year’s college prospects at the league’s annual scouting combine. They’ll evaluate heights, weights, speeds and even seemingly innocuous details such as vertical jumps and mobility. While the names and faces have changed, the trend has not. Over the past five years, McKay acknowledges he’s consistently seen rookies arrive at training camp with more knowledge, in better shape and more prepared to make the transition to the NFL. Quick hits Norv Turner added another secondary coach to his Chargers staff on Wednesday, hiring Bill Bradley to coach alongside Brian Stewart. Bradley, a former secondary coach with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, signed a two-year contract. Once considered a veteran-dominated league, the NFL has gradually been transformed by increasingly talented rookie classes into a league more affected by today’s younger players. “For a scout, mini-camp used to be the worst three days of the year,” said McKay, the Atlanta Falcons’ general manager. “You’d show up after spending all this time working on the draft, and a guy would come in out of shape or struggle to pick up a scheme. But you don’t really see that any more.” Rich McKay likes what he sees among today’s NFL rookies. Sure, they’re bigger, faster, stronger, even brasher. But they’re also better prepared to make a quick impact. center_img Jets coach Eric Mangini finalized his staff for next season, with former New England receivers coach Brian Daboll and former Miami defensive line coach Dan Quinn among the additions. The Jets also hired Mike MacIntyre as their secondary coach, Sal Alosi as their strength and conditioning coach, and Jerome Henderson as assistant secondary coach. Defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday has signed a $20 million, four-year contract to stay with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes a signing bonus of nearly $7 million. Holliday would have been an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and re-signing him was a priority, new Miami coach Cam Cameron said. Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman pleaded no contest to driving drunk last September and said he was undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge John Burlew imposed a 90-day jail sentence but said Thurman did not have to start serving it yet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LAUSD to readjust needs as enrollment changes

first_imgNew school board member Tamar Galatzan, who represents parts of the San Fernando Valley, said she hopes the schools that go off multitrack will see an improvement in student achievement. “Hopefully, what we’re going to see from these schools that are returning to a traditional calendar is higher test scores and more engaged students and parents,” said Galatzan, whose son will begin kindergarten today. Before leaving his post, former Superintendent Roy Romer warned the committee charged with overseeing bond money for the construction program that costs could fuel a $2 billion to $3 billion shortfall. Romer launched the construction program in 2000 by winning passage of the first bond to address a shortage of 160,000 student seats. Mehula said he plans to go to the school board in a month to update members and present a list of schools that are necessary to meet the goal of the program: getting all students to a two-semester school in their neighborhood by 2012. The district still has 142 schools on year-round calendars, down from 220 five years ago, Mehula said. LAUSD officials are also working on getting two key pieces of legislation passed this year to make sure they get state matching funds needed for the construction program. Mehula projected that about 23 percent of every new construction project will be funded through the state, and legislation waiting for the governor’s signature will ensure that the district gets the full 50 percent match in state money. Of the $19.2 billion construction program, $12.5 billion is coming from local taxpayer dollars through four bonds. The rest is from state matching funds. “Some (of the deficit) gets reduced by the state match, and some of it will get reduced by the projects we don’t need,” Mehula said. He said he will present the school board a list of about 16 schools that have been identified for construction projects that are not necessary to reach the goal of two-semester neighborhood schools for all LAUSD students. Last September, the district kicked off the 2006-07 year by opening seven new schools, followed by the largest single-day opening of high schools in October in the district’s history – all in the east San Fernando Valley. The district began the 2005-06 school year with what officials called the historic opening of 13 new schools. Only 24 schools had opened between 1972 and 1999. Galatzan said she supports returning all schools to a traditional calendar and relieving overcrowding. But although the district is experiencing a decline in enrollment, parts of the San Fernando Valley – especially the Porter Ranch area – are still growing and adding students to the school system. “As we’re coming to the tail end of our building plans … we need to keep those demographics in mind because regardless what our plans were when we started, we have to make sure we’re building schools where the kids are and where the kids will be,” said Galatzan, whose own son will start kindergarten today. “It would be great if we had all the money in the world to build but we don’t, so we’re going to have to take a hard, long look at our priorities.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The program is still on track to deliver two-semester neighborhood schools by 2012, and we have a very big year coming up in our construction program,” said Guy Mehula, the LAUSD’s chief facilities executive, noting that eight schools – including three in the San Fernando Valley – will open in the 2007-08 school year. “Our biggest challenges remain the construction capacity in Los Angeles, the number of contractors and labor we have available to do this program. … Financially, … we’re not letting the cost escalations cause us to fall short in the quantity of what we build or the quality of what we build.” The new school year also marks a milestone 39 schools that will convert from multitrack, year-round schedules to traditional schedules – 10 of them in the Valley. Of the 39 schools, nine have been year-round schools for 25 years. “The 39 schools going off multitrack this year is a tremendous indicator of the capacity we’ve built,” Mehula said. “Twenty-five years is a long time for a school to be on multitrack that was supposed to be short-term.” Hundreds of thousands of students are scheduled to stream back into Los Angeles Unified schools today for the start of the fall session as the district grapples with declining enrollment and the sixth year of a massive construction program. A projected 700,000 students will be enrolled in the LAUSD this year – official figures are expected in October – down from last year’s 708,000, officials said Tuesday. The slipping student figures come, however, as the district has built 67 new schools and still has 77 to go in its $19.2 billion construction program – the largest public-works program in the nation. Faced with the dropping enrollment – and rising construction costs – in the coming months, the school board could be forced to reconsider the envisioned scope of its building program. last_img read more

Sixth-grade class wins contest on environment

first_img 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s so important to help students see the wider world by reading the paper and understanding their part in protecting the environment,” said Lisa Hemenway, recycling compliance manager at Waste Management. “The recycling surveys were a great way to get the whole family involved in thinking about the environment,” said Bock-Dixon, “I hope we’ve started a trend.” LITTLEROCK – The 29 sixth-graders in Sharon Bock-Dixon’s class at Antelope Elementary were honored at a recent ceremony for winning the Earth Savers’ News in Education Recycling Survey Contest, sponsored by Waste Management. Bock-Dixon’s class received certificates of appreciation and a cash prize of $250 to be used for class projects. For six weeks, nearly 400 students throughout the Antelope Valley received free copies of the Daily News every Wednesday to read and learn more about environmental responsibility. Then students took action by taking home and completing recycling surveys to see how they and their families could be more environmentally savvy. last_img read more

Arsenal break record to sign Serie A magician offered to Spurs

first_imgItaly’s Serie A was the envy of the world at the time, but Bergkamp struggled for form and, after failing to prove his worth to a succession of managers, sought a new challenge following just two seasons at the San Siro.So while Gooners may not look back fondly on Bruce Rioch’s year in charge of the club – now seen as a stop gap between the end of George Graham’s reign and Arsene Wenger’s highly-anticipated arrival – he did oversee the arrival of, arguably, the most influential foreigner to ever ply their trade in the Premier League.Yet Bergkamp did not enjoy instant success at Highbury. His mentality, which had been branded weak by his critics, was widely questioned.Although his outstanding technique, composure and vision took time to come to the fore, it was worth the wait for Gunners fans.Countless moments live long in the memory, from the hat trick against Leicester City to the magical turn against Newcastle United.Patrick Vieira provided the power and Thierry Henry got the goals but it was the quiet Dutchman who was the brains behind the entire operation as the north Londoners emerged as the men to beat in England. Bruce Rioch signed Bergkamp in 1995 Each week, talkSPORT.com looks at transfers from years gone by; the deals that saw supporters express delight in whatever the equivalent of a funny meme was at the time. This week it’s Dennis Bergkamp to Arsenal.In the summer of 1995 Spurs chairman Alan Sugar was not happy. A year previously, he had secured a major coup by signing German star Jurgen Klinsmann. When Klinsmann opted to leave Spurs for Bayern Munich at the end of the season, Sugar launched into a tirade about mercenary “Carlos Kickaballs”. Meanwhile, Spurs – who had just finished above Arsenal – were offered the chance to sign Dennis Bergkamp.Journalist and Tottenham fan Harry Harris explained in The Express a few years ago that a Dutch footy writer – a friend of his – phoned him to say Bergkamp wanted out of Italy and fancied his chances in England. The well connected Harris then saw to it that Sugar was informed, but it was a ‘no thanks’.Apparently manager Gerry Francis wanted more of an out-and-out striker, so £4.5m was spent on Crystal Palace’s Chris Armstrong instead. A statue of Bergkamp was erected outside the Emirates in 2014 “There were several options,” Bergkamp wrote in his book, Stillness and Speed. “Germany was in the picture as well, but I just couldn’t see myself there. The thought of playing for Bayern, it just… didn’t fit. And after Italy, Spain didn’t fit either. My mind was set on England.“Man United weren’t interested and I wasn’t going to go to somewhere like Newcastle or Liverpool because of the travelling from Holland. Spurs was mentioned, and that had been Glenn Hoddle’s team, but even then I considered Arsenal to be a bit above Spurs. I’m not sure why.”He may have worshipped Hoddle’s ability with a football, but it was Tottenham’s rivals who got the player, with Arsenal shelling out £7.5m on him and smashing the £2.5m spent on Crystal Palace striker Ian Wright four years earlier in the process.The Gunners had European pedigree, having won the Cup Winners Cup in 1994 and reached the final a year later. That was appealing to the unassuming Dutchman, who had initially forged his reputation with Ajax before a lucrative move to Inter in 1993.Before then, Denmark’s John Jensen was what passed for an exotic foreign signing in Gooners’ eyes. 5 Bergkamp and Henry were a formidable partnership Bergkamp was a vital member of the ‘Invincibles’ side and won a total of three Premier League titles, plus four FA Cups, during an 11-year spell at the club.Not that he expected to remain in England for so long.“To tell you the truth, when I was at Inter I was thinking of playing until I was about 28 and then going back to Holland. Just take a few years in England. But it all changed once I was in London,” he wrote.Although his importance inevitably declined and he was restricted to the substitute’s bench during the 2006 Champions League final, which Arsenal lost to Barcelona, the impression Bergkamp made prior to his retirement was certainly a lasting one.After all, if you’ve been immortalised as a statue outside the Emirates Stadium, then you must have been doing something right. 5 5 John Jensen joined Arsenal from Brondby in 1992 5 5last_img read more