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The Viking Falls

by | 23rd, November 2004

‘AT first sight, Paula Radcliffe and Andy “The Viking” Fordham don’t appear to have too much in common.

Fordham can lift cheques, cups and bootles of beer wih ease

The former is as thin as a pencil, as fit as a fiddle and probably weighs about as much as the latter’s mid-morning snack.

The Viking, on the other hand, tips the scales at 30 stones and manages to maintain his shape with the aid of 25 bottles of beer a day.

But their names are now irrevocably joined together after both collapsed with heat exhaustion during the most important moment of their career.

Radcliffe’s was of course during the Olympic marathon in Athens; Fordham’s was during his £100,000 darts play-off with Phil “The House” Taylor.

And if The Viking’s collapse hasn’t quite generated the same number of column inches as Radcliffe’s, the Sun this morning conducts its own post-mortem.

It even suggests that plans to get Fordham on Celebrity Fit Club in the New Year might be scuppered because the 42-year-old is too ill.

“If it is found in the medical that any exercise will be harmful to a contestant’s health,” a show spokesman said, “for their best interests they will not be allowed to take part.”

From a darts giant to a giant of football and the Express marks Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,000th game in charge of Manchester United tonight by revealing his biggest regret.

“In terms of the general history of our club,” he says, “we should have won the European Cup a similar amount of times to clubs like AC and Inter, Bayern Munich and Ajax.”

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