BRING on United! That's the battlecry from Saints as they prepare for the biggest test yet of their improved away form. The 1-1 draw at Everton means Glenn Hoddle's men have now lost only twice in ten matches on the road since the 7-2 thumping at Tottenham

  • Legion hits 200 mark

    MEMBERSHIP figures for the Royal British Legion's Eastleigh, Chandler's Ford and District Branch have hit the 200 mark. At the branch annual meeting president Norman Brown congratulated members on having a very successful year in which saw the completion

  • Hospital marks 264th birthday

    WINCHESTER'S Royal Hampshire County Hospital is 264 years old this year, and to celebrate there will be a thanksgiving on Saturday. Members of the public are welcome to join staff and volunteers in St Catherine's View restaurant at 3pm. As part of the

  • French skate invasion rolls

    A MOBILE French invasion swept through the streets of Southampton yesterday as hundreds of rollerbladers got their skates on. More than 500 in-line skaters from Southampton's French twin, Le Havre, heavily outnumbered English enthusiasts for the Euroblade

  • Thief preys on students

    STUDENTS were warned to be vigilant today after a sneak thief crept into university halls of residence in Southampton and rifled through bags. Nine different people fell victim to the intruder, who struck at Stone-ham House in Wessex Lane, Swaythling,

  • Help police find my Ricky's killer

    GRIEVING Hampshire mum Phyllis Haywood today renewed a £50,000 reward to catch the killer of her gold dealer son. The 71-year-old pledged to pay out the huge amount to end the 11-year hunt for the gunman who shot her son Ricky in cold blood. Phyllis confirmed

  • Shipping movements

    Today's principal Southampton arrivals; Dutch Navigator, container, 0630, 205W; Autotransporter, vehicle carrier, 1130, 105; Arklow Dusk, general, AM, 46; Sierra Leyre, refrigerat, AM, 101W; Stridence, general, AM, 102; Autorunner, vehicle carrier, 1200

  • Ex-Sun man makes Wave

    FORMER Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie's Wireless Group has snapped up Southampton's Wave 105 FM radio station in a £21 million deal. The group previously owned 24.6 per cent of the station's shares, but completion of the deal to buy the remainder was finalised

  • Travel pound

    Today's foreign exchange rates Australia 2.6731 dollars Austria 22.72 schillings Belgium 66.82 francs Canada 2.1737 dollars Cyprus 0.9418 pounds Denmark 12.36 kroner Euro 1.70709 euro Finland 9.8417 marks France 10.79 francs Germany 3.2431 marks Greece

  • Ford's workers in transit mode

    THE Ford Transit factory at Swaythling is to take on new staff from Dagenham where the company is ceasing car production. The jobs are part of measures by Ford in a bid to minimise the effects of production changes at the Dagenham plant. A spokesman for

  • Cash for taxi plates eases off

    THE cash trade in hackney carriage plates in Winchester appears to have slackened. Earlier this year the Daily Echo revealed that some drivers were paying up to £18,000 in cash to existing licence holders. Southampton-based drivers are keen to operate

  • Stoke take Hart in first league victory

    BASINGSTOKE gained a vital first National League 3 South victory of the season when they defeated Reading 9-6 at Down Grange, but the win can have been the only satisfaction they gained from a scrappy, untidy match that was in keeping with the gloomy


    JUST THINK, those poor old alchemists spent fruitless years trying to turn base metal in gold, and along comes Steve Claridge and with his first touch . . . Pompey's new player-manager probably won't be donning a pointy hat with stars on it, or popping

  • Councillor slates his meeting exclusion

    MAVERICK Alresford town councillor Robin Atkins is at loggerheads with his colleagues yet again. This time he is demanding an apology from chairman of the town council David Hughes. Mr Atkins claims he was asked to leave a meeting when the council did

  • Witnesses plea after party fight

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a birthday party turned into a fist fight at a venue near Hythe. Five people needed hospital treatment after the punch-up at the Esso Social Club in Long Lane, Holbury on Friday. Police want to know how celebrations


    Michael Ball was Everton's one-hit wonder with a successful single which left Saints wondering how they failed to win this game. His penalty equaliser 10 minutes from time was the Merseysiders' only serious attempt on goal all afternoon, but it was enough

  • Steady start to centre's Sunday trading

    SUNDAY shopping, aimed at luring customers away from Southampton's new blockbusting retail complex WestQuay, got off to a steady start at Eastleigh's Swan covered shopping centre. The Sunday trading doors have been thrown open for a six-month trial period

  • Elderly driver injured

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an accident that left a Totton pensioner critically ill in hospital. The crash happened at a Totton junction that has been the scene of several accidents in the past few years. A Renault 19, driven by a 70-year-old

  • Looking back at the South

    KEITH HAMILTON looks through past editions of the Echo and reviews the issues which made the headlines 50 Years ago The Falkland Islands Dependencies survey vessel John Biscoe set sail from Southampton bound for the Antarctic. Among the cargo which would

  • Lawrie ribs Keegan at opening of shop

    FORMER Saints boss Lawrie McMenemy took a gentle swipe at Kevin Keegan and the England team at the opening of an Age Concern shop. The fun-filled ceremony took place just days after Keegan quit as England coach following his side's 1-0 defeat against

  • Internet to aid farmers

    WINCHESTER MP Mark Oaten has said the Internet could hold the key to prosperity for crisis-hit farmers. The Liberal Democrat, pictured, told a business forum in Alresford that the Internet revolution could benefit the rural economy because consumers will

  • Fans face further cash-back battle

    FANS demanding their money back following a concert fiasco at Mottisfont Abbey, near romsey, have been dealt another blow. Promoter Plato Productions, has sent bounced cheques to some fans wanting a refund after traffic problems prevented them getting

  • It was the dog or the double glazing

    Animal lover Jenny Moss did not have to think too long when faced with the choice of having new double glazing or spending £2,500 rescuing a desperately sick dog she had fallen in love with in Cuba. She made the decision easily and spent the money bringing

  • Theatre stages workshop

    IF YOU have ever hankered for the grease paint and the bright lights then Southampton's Nuffield Theatre is offering to put you under the spotlight. There is a rare opportunity for adults to learn more about theatre in a series of workshops led by professional

  • Charlie goes to ground over her broken romance

    TV GARDENING star Charlie Dimmock has split with the long-time partner who shared her Romsey home after falling for a colleague on the popular Ground Force show. Her former partner of 13 years, John Mushet, told a Sunday newspaper the couple had broken-up


    A SOUTHAMPTON mother has scooped a massive £3.5 million on the national lottery, the Daily Echo can reveal today. The winner, who wants to remain anonymous, has a partner and teenage daughter. She lives on the west side of the city. The lucky mum's daughter

  • Pet hate can lead to creatures' comfort

    HUSBAND-and-wife team Lynne and Alan Buckland, who make up the Southampton company Dcor Design, have hit on a novel way to ease the stress of home decorating. While their customers take a break in the sun, the couple, who live in Bitterne, Southampton

  • Robbery in city subway

    POLICE in Winchester are hunting a robber who attacked a man in a subway and broke his cheekbone. The 34-year-old was in the Susses Street subway near to the Hampshire Record Office last Friday when the attacker struck. The robber punched his victim to


    The good news is that Solent Stars have tasted victory for the first time in six attempts this season. The bad news is that the six-point winning margin over Cardiff Clippers is unlikely to carry them through to the quarter-final stages of basketball's

  • Gary's goal is to fight leukaemia

    FORMER England football star Gary Lineker is hitting Southampton cinema screens this month in aid of the fight against leukaemia. The sports celebrity is appearing in a message screened before each film shown at Odeon Leisureworld until Friday. He will

  • Residents force homes' re-think

    PEOPLE power looks set to win the day over a controversial scheme to build 28 flats at Chandler's Ford which locals feared could swamp their narrow road with even more traffic. Earlier this year, 40 residents of Mead Road banded together to call on Eastleigh

  • Guest saves his friend from fire

    A MAN who crawled through a smoke-filled room to save his friend's life spoke of his terror that he would be too late. Firefighters said the three men in the Avenue Road, Gosport, house were lucky to be alive after the fire on Sunday morning. Carpenter


    A LITTLE GIRL has died in a freak accident at her Gosport home. Nicola Womack, who would have been two on November 4, was found hanging by her dress from a ground-floor window by her mother on Friday afternoon. Despite efforts by her 19-year-old mother

  • Fears voiced over energy-waste site

    VILLAGERS living in the shadow of a redundant New Forest incinerator are fighting plans to build a new £40 million burner on neighbouring land. Marchwood Parish Council has lodged an objection after studying proposals for an energy-from-waste plant on