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YESTERMANIA: 10 YEARS AGO; Aldridge the new Rush and Mullery is sacked by Brighton.

He Looked like Ian Rush, knocked in the goals like Ian Rush and for pounds 1million, John Aldridge became the new Ian Rush.

Liverpool did the deal with Oxford knowing that at the end of the season, Rush was heading off to Juventus for pounds 3.2 million.

Aldridge, Liverpool born and bred, said: "Whatever happens now I can die a happy man!"

Chelsea chairman Ken Bates defied Luton's ban on rival fans by giving away 18 directors and guest tickets. Police had to intervene when some Chelsea fans with boardroom passes tried to get into the directors' box.

Bates boycotted the game and flew off to Monte Carlo instead.

Gary Lineker scored twice for leaders Barcelona in a 3-1 win over Sabadell, his first goals for nine games and Terry Venables' side were three points clear of Real Madrid. It was a busy week for deals. Stewart Robson quit Arsenal in a pounds 700,000 move to West Ham and left Highbury boss George Graham moaning: "I'm sick and never been more disappointed in my life."

And Leeds skipper and midfield man Ian Snodin turned down a bigger wage offer from Liverpool to join Everton for pounds 840,000.

Out of a job - Alan Mullery, sacked by Brighton after his second spell in the job had lasted just seven months. Barry Lloyd took over.

Mullery, accused of not giving enough commitment and dedication to the job, said: "You love the game, then it kicks you in the guts."

Ray Kennedy, one of Arsenal's double-winning heroes, revealed he had Parkinson's disease.

The Aussies stunned cricket by naming off-spinner Peter Taylor in their Test squad for the Sydney Test against England. Even Taylor thought it was a joke and there were claims that the selectors had meant to call up his New South Wales team-mate Mark Taylor.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 6, 1997
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