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Football: Learn to tell the time with Fergie.

Byline: Stuart Rayner

MANCHESTER UNITED are to produce a new book teaching children how to tell the time.

``What's the Time, Ref?'' features legendary timekeeper Sir Alex Ferguson In yet another ground-breaking On the Bounce exclusive, we bring you the serialisation of the book they all want to read:A DAY is split up into hours, minutes and seconds. There are 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute.

A football match lasts 90 minutes, or an hour and a half, split into two 45-minute halves. To give you an idea, that's about the time it takes Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc to run from one goalline to the penalty spot at the other end of the pitch.

Now try and answer these questions about time: 1. How many minutes are there in 240 seconds?

2. A new directive tells referees to allow a goalkeeper no more than half a minute to get ready for a penalty. How many seconds does Fabien Barthez have to get into position once the ref has blown for a penalty?

3. When Manchester United play Arsenal at Old Trafford there are two minutes of delays for injuries in the second half and one minute of other stoppages. How many minutes, in total, should the second half last?

ANSWERS: 1. 4; 2. As long as he likes; 3. 48, unless United are losing, in which case play should not finish until they have equalised, or Sir Alex says it's OK to stop.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2002
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