From the Back Pages, October 21: Smoke bomb hits linesman at Villa Park

From the back pages
From the back pages

Smoke bomb hits linesman after Andros Townsend opens scoring for Tottenham against Aston Villa. The Football Association opens an investigation after assistant referee David Bryan is hit between the shoulders by missile thrown by a supporter in Tottenham end. (The Telegraph)

After a week of headlines, of hype, of his first England goal, his first front-page storm – and a new contract too – Andros Townsend made very clear at Villa Park on Sunday that he is a footballer worth paying attention to. (The Independent)

Sir Alex Ferguson has moved to ease the weight of expectation on the shoulder’s of David Moyes, his successor as Manchester United manager, by saying that any trophy triumph this season would represent a successful first campaign for the 50-year-old Scot at Old Trafford. (The Times)

Sir Alex Ferguson has warned he is ready to upset people and bruise high-profile egos with the publication of his long-waited autobiography this week. (The Mirror)

David James believes that England are lacking in flair players at the current time, and that fans not only want results, but excitement too. The former England goalkeeper also said that there weren’t many options to keep the public entertained. (Daily Mail)

Rio Ferdinand has been appointed to the FA’s commission into the future of English football, two days after the chairman, Greg Dyke, faced stinging criticism from one of his board members over the ethnic makeup of the panel. (Guardian)

THE curtain came down on Bath’s season halfway through their final fixture of the year yesterday. Following an earlier deluge, which caused the going to change to heavy, sewerage backed up in the drains under and around the main Victorian grandstand. (The Express)