Surf’s up: Allan Mulrooney and Kian Egan grew up in the same housing estate. Allan was able to guide Kian into the world of surfing, which helped him escape the sometimes bewildering whirlwind of Westlife’s success.

The idea was a simple one: combine a reunion for a bunch of best mates who hadn’t seen each other in a while with something we all like to do: surf(...)

Everton’s James McCarthy is conscious of how frustrating the team’s form has been for fans. Photograph: Marcel Bieri/EPA

James McCarthy wants Everton fans to keep faith with their team although he concedes performances have been far from good enough this year - leaving t(...)

Victor Moses celebrates after his late penalty gave Stoke a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, consigning Tim Sherwood to defeat in his first game as Villa boss. (Photograph: Reuters / Darren Staples)

Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 2Stoke dramatically spoiled Tim Sherwood’s debut as Aston Villa boss after Victor Moses’ injury-time penalty gave them a 2-1 (...)

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert turned down the chance to move to Aston Villa. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has revealed he came “very close” to signing for Aston Villa on transfer-deadline day, only to pull out at the last m(...)

New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has said Christian Benteke is vital to his side’s hopes of Premier League survival. (Photograph: Reuters / Alex Morton)

Tim Sherwood has described taking the Aston Villa job as “a no brainer” and admitted that rebuilding Christian Benteke’s confidence will be key to kee(...)

Shay Given rolled back the years with an outstanding save to deny Matty James during Aston Villa’s 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Leicester City. (Sean Dempsey/AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa 2 Leicester City 1This was supposed to be a watching brief for Tim Sherwood but the new Aston Villa manager was never going to be able to (...)

Bradford City’s Billy Clarke: “On paper, it’s not as hard as the last round,” says Clarke of the FA Cup tie against Sunderland after his side’s stunning 4-2 win over Chelsea in the fourth round. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty

Billy Clarke sounds settled, and that is not a glib assessment with which to begin. When Clarke’s career is reviewed, what stands out is the movement,(...)

Aston Villa have sacked   manager Paul Lambert. Photograph: Oli scarff /  AFP/  Getty Images

Paul Lambert has been sacked by Aston Villa after a disastrous run of results that has seen the club slip into the relegation zone. Lambert, who was a(...)

Leroy Fer and Bobby Samora scored QPR’s goals as they secured their first away win of the season against Sunderland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sunderland 0 QPR 2Caretaker boss Chris Ramsey presided over QPR’s first Barclays Premier League away win of the season as chairman Tony Fernandes clos(...)

 Branislav Ivanovic celebrates with his team mates after scoring Chelsea’s winner in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2Branislav Ivanovic’s rocket gave Chelsea a crucial 2-1 win at Aston Villa — despite the hosts ending their 11-hour goal drought(...)