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GOAL SISTERS; Rachel and Nola make it a Ferdy hat-trick.

BIG brother makes it look so easy. So perhaps it's not surprising that Les Ferdinand's two sisters fancy a taste of soccer stardom, too.

The girls, both centre forwards like the Newcastle United star, have been signed up by Les's old club Queens Park Rangers for a new women's team.

But while Les's goal-scoring talent has helped shoot United to the top of the Premier League, 21-year-old Rachel and Nola, 16, are finding it harder to put the ball in the net.

Both have scored just once. And with their team still reeling from a 20-0 drubbing, a special training session seemed on the cards.

Where better to hold it than Newcastle's famous St James's Park stadium? And who more ftting to hand out the instruction than Les and his table- topping team mates?

So the Daily Mirror fixed it - though the girls may be wishing we hadn't.

The sisters were greeted by French star David Ginola and giant keeper Shaka Hislop. But hardly had big brother ushered them on to the turf than it was clear they've a lot to learn.


"Stick to knitting," Les told Nola as she tried to tackle him. "Don't give up the day job," he joked as he dodged another fumbling attempt from teacher Rachel.

On the touchline, soccer wizard Peter Beardsley wasn't impressed either. He burst out laughing, shook his head and disappeared down the tunnel.

The girls were struggling and knew it. "When we used to play football with Les in the park, he used to let us win," said Rachel. "But it's all changed a bit now."

As they walked wearily off the pitch Les admitted: "They've a lot to learn, but I'm terrifically proud of them."

Nola said: "We'd love to do for our team what Les does for Newcastle, but we are not expecting a transfer call from Kevin Keegan yet."
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Author:Grant, Clare
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 8, 1996
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