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Bradford Park Avenue book digs in for top award

A UNIQUE project that saw archaeologists digging into the past of a Bradford football club will be competing against some heavy hitters to be named best sports book of the year.

Breaking Ground: Art Archaeology and Mythology tells the story of an unusual historical dig at the former home of Bradford Park Avenue, and has been long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

It means the book will be competing against books by tennis coach Judy Murray, former England cricket captain Mike Brearley and others about Bob Paisley and Muhammad Ali for the prize – the world’s oldest sports book prize.

Two years ago a group of archaeologists, scientists and photographers descended on the site, off Canterbury Avenue, which was home to the club from 1908 to 1973 but has since been abandoned to nature.

Funded by the Arts Council England and The National Football Museum, the group began excavating the grounds, which once boasted crowds of 35,000, to come up with the book and an accompanying exhibition, which took place at the museum earlier this year.

The archaeologists found themselves in the unusual situation of excavating a site that had been used in the living memory of a lot of people. Fans were invited to add their memories to the project.

The land was developed in the 1880s for cricket and rugby, but is mainly known for the football stadium it became in the early 1900s, with a main stand designed by Archibald Leitch. Due to a covenant that says the land can only be used for sporting use, it has never been built on.

Bradford Park Avenue was once a top-flight club and the first major club to go bankrupt, leaving fans without a home.

The book was made possible by the support of former and current fans of the re-formed club, who through subscription and pre-publication orders, funded its printing.

Items discovered included a a floodlight bulb from the ground and coins that were thrown to children collecting money using blankets.

Neville Gabie, an artist in the project and one of the book’s editors, said: “Being on the list is amazing when you look at the rest of the nominees, we’re really punching above our weight. We’re just really pleased for the many fans of Bradford Park Avenue. It has been absolutely fabulous to put together. We’ve been really happy with how people responded to the book and the exhibition.

“We got some really amazing stories from it. I was talking to one lady who came to speak to us who was the daughter of Chik Farr, a successful keeper for the club, who played for the club in the 30s and 40s.

“During one game the elastic in his shorts snapped and they fell around his ankles. Someone came on and put them back on using a safety pin. After that he used to wear them a lot, and people in the crowd would throw him spare safety pins.

“As she was telling me this story an archaeologist who overheard us came over and said he had just found a safety pin that had been buried for years. It was an amazing moment.”

The shortlist will be announced on October 24, and the winner announced at an afternoon reception at BAFTA, in central London, on November 28.

The book is available by visiting


NFL: Baltimore Ravens & Jacksonville Jaguars protest during US national anthem

Ravens and Jaguars defy President Trump at Wembley

NFL stars defied US president Donald Trump by protesting during the US national anthem before Sunday’s match at Wembley Stadium.

Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars players went down on one knee after Trump said that those who protest during the anthem should be fired.

Last year, quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

Further protests took place during the other NFL games on Sunday.

At Wembley more than 20 players and staff from both sides either knelt or linked arms during the anthem.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who donated $1m to Trump’s inauguration committee, also linked arms with two of his players.

“I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honoured to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem,” Khan said.

“Our team and the NFL reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms – race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the president make it harder.”

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti added: “We recognise out players’ influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 per cent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”

The players all stood when God Save the Queen was played after the US national anthem.

Trump told a Republican rally in Alabama on Friday that the protests showed “disrespect of our heritage”.

He then followed that up with further criticism on Twitter, writing on Sunday: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our flag and country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”

NBA stars have also become involved in the issue, with LeBron James describing US President Donald Trump on Saturday as a “bum” over comments he made about fellow basketball star Steph Curry.

Trump said the Golden State Warriors were no longer invited to the White House after their superstar Curry, 29, said he did not want to attend “to show that we won’t stand for the things (the president) has said”.

Jacksonville embarrass Baltimore at Wembley

“Going to White House was an honour until you showed up,” James, 32, said.

What is the anthem protest?

Following 29-year-old Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the anthem more players have since joined in by taking a knee or raising a fist during the anthem.

Speaking on Friday, Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired’,” the former host of The Apprentice said.

“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired’. And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Having opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the off-season, Kaepernick – who began his protests because he wanted to start a nationwide debate – remains a free agent.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell supported his players by explaining they had raised millions of dollars for recent disaster relief efforts and were involved in community programmes.

“There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” he said.

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

The NFL Players’ Association president Eric Winston said Mr Trump‘s comments were “a slap in the face to the civil rights heroes of the past and present”.

In other reaction:

  • New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed” by the comments, and that he supported players’ rights to protest
  • Miami Dolphins owner and founder Stephen Ross said the US needed “unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness”
  • Jed York, CEO of Kaepernick’s former team the San Francisco 49ers said he would continue to support his players, calling the comments “callous and offensive”
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan (centre) – who also owns Championship football club Fulham – displayed his unity with his players

Nicola Adams’ fight called off after problem with Alexandra Vlajk’s blood test

Nicola Adams is undefeated in her first two professional fights

Nicola Adams’ fight against Alexandra Vlajk in Las Vegas has been called off after a problem with her opponent’s pre-fight blood test.

Double Olympic champion Adams was due to fight Hungarian Vlajk in a super flyweight bout on the Saul Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin undercard on Saturday.

Vlajk, 37, has won 11 of her 17 contests and has stopped two opponents since turning professional in 2013.

Britain’s Adams tweeted she was “devastated” not to be fighting.

The 35-year-old, who said the bout would not go ahead because of a problem with her opponent, added: “Thank you everyone for your support and kind messages.”

Adams would have been making her debut in the US and was looking forward to fighting on such a high-profile bill.

She told the BBC earlier in the week: “This is something you dream about as a kid. It may never come true and it’s nice to think I’m able to achieve my dreams.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever had women on the undercard of such a big event before, or in Vegas. We are definitely changing the game for the better.”

Adams targets world title after ‘dream’ Las Vegas fight

Analysis – ‘a huge frustration’ for Adams

Ade Adedoyin, BBC World Service reporter in Las Vegas

The fight is off because we understand Vlajk failed a medical. I understand it’s related to a blood test.

They conducted another test, but didn’t have enough time to turn that sample around, so as a precaution the fight was cancelled.

It’s a huge frustration for her, with the opportunity to box on such a big bill.

England v West Indies: Hosts crumble to lose Twenty20 at Chester-le-Street

Brathwaite seals Windies win over England
Twenty20 international, Chester-le-Street:
West Indies 176 (20 overs): Lewis 51; Rashid 3-25
England 155 (19.3 overs): Hales 43; Brathwaite 3-20
West Indies won by 21 runs

England‘s batting crumbled as they were bowled out for 155 to lose to West Indies by 21 runs in their Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street.

Chasing 177, England looked well set at 64-1 and 118-4 but lost wickets at key times as captain Carlos Brathwaite claimed 3-20.

Chris Gayle made 40 off 21 balls and Evin Lewis 51 off 28 for West Indies, sharing a rapid opening stand of 77.

England pegged West Indies back from 106-1, with Adil Rashid taking 3-25.

That gave England the edge at the halfway stage and their hopes improved further when opener Alex Hales began the reply with a blistering 17-ball 43.

But captain Brathwaite bowled Hales at the end of the sixth over on the way to figures of 3-20.

It was the first T20 meeting between the sides since a Brathwaite-inspired West Indies won the World Twenty20 final in 2016.

The match is the sole T20 before a five-match one-day series begins at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Roy falls off first ball of England innings

Brathwaite haunts England again

It is 531 days since Brathwaite hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the final over to win the World T20, and again he played a key role on a cold, damp night in Durham.

After losing opening partner Jason Roy from the first ball of England’s reply, Hales hit eight fours and a six in an innings that looked like it could take the game away from the tourists.

But the opener had his off stump uprooted as he tried to drive Brathwaite, and England lost Joe Root (17) and captain Eoin Morgan (2) within the next 11 balls.

From there, England recovered through Jos Buttler (30) and Jonny Bairstow (27), who shared a 50-run stand before Buttler holed out at deep mid-wicket off Kesrick Williams, one of his three wickets at a cost of 35.

Sunil Narine was also effective with his slow bowling as the ball skidded on off the pitch, while the fielders also struggled to keep their footing on the greasy surface.

With Bairstow at the crease, England still had hope, but Brathwaite returned to have the Yorkshireman caught at deep square leg off a slower ball, leaving the hosts 129-8.

Brathwaite delivered the last over and was fittingly the man to take the final wicket.

England bowlers fight back after Windies flier

Throughout the recent Test series between these sides, much of the talk of the tourists had been about the players missing from their line-up.

But with a change of format, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Brathwaite and Narine all returned.

Gayle hit four sixes in his 21-ball 40 before he was run out in lackadaisical fashion, jogging a single and beaten by Jason Roy’s throw to the non-striker’s end.

Chris Gayle run out ‘not even making an effort’

Gayle’s opening partner Evin Lewis, who made a 28-ball 51, became the first of Plunkett’s three victims when he chipped to mid-on.

Plunkett was the pick of the England seamers, removing Marlon Samuels, who hit 85 not out in the World T20 final, and Kieron Pollard.

Rashid then blew through the tourists’ middle order with his leg-spin.

‘It was a total team effort’ – what they said

England captain Eoin Morgan, speaking on Test Match Special: “Given we were chasing 170-odd on a wicket that was coming on nicely, we let ourselves down with the bat.

“It’s disappointing because we have the capabilities of chasing down a score like that.

“Plunkett and Rashid were outstanding; it was an amazing effort to get us back in the game.”

England bowler Liam Plunkett, who took 3-27: “You have to be on your game against the likes of Lewis and Gayle but even sometimes that doesn’t work out.

“We are disappointed, we lost wickets in the middle that we will look at but the game was there to win, we felt like we could win it. Even in the last four or five overs.”

Man-of-the-match Sunil Narine, who took 2-15: “It’s a total team effort. We were probably 15 runs short so I must give credit to the bowlers.

“It was tough, we are from the warm islands but at the end of the day you’re an international cricketer and you have to cope with it.”

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite on Sky Sports: “This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins. Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off.”

Former England batsman James Taylor on BBC Test Match Special: “Brathwaite chopped and changed his bowlers really well. Their skills were far superior to England and they won the big moments.”

The stats you may have missed

  • In hitting the first of his four sixes, Chris Gayle became the first player to reach 100 sixes in T20 internationals
  • Buttler became only the fourth England player to reach 1,000 T20 runs, after Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales
  • West Indies have won 11 of their past 15 T20s against England
  • In the past seven T20s in England, the team losing the toss has won the game

CAR REVIEW: Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris has always been a nifty little car, but the latest overhaul of this popular supermini has made it more appealing than ever.

The upgrades, brought about by a £76 million European-led programme, include a punchy new 1.5-litre engine and a revamped look.

In recent years, the supermini segment has placed increasing emphasis on looks and personalisation as would-be buyers seek a vehicle to make them stand out from the crowd.

While the Yaris has always been a practical and reliable car that works well in the real world, it has arguably been lacking a bit of flair.

But that criticism no longer rings true thanks to the extensive changes to this third generation Yaris.

The latest model benefits from a lot more styling input, as well as engineering improvements.

Indeed, its funky exterior and interior are matched by the liveliness of its performance on the road.

There’s no doubt that Toyota has worked to improve the driving dynamics of the Yaris and those who haven’t driven one for a while may be pleasantly surprised by the way it handles.

The steering has more feel to it than previous versions, although it’s still quite light and perhaps best-suited to city driving and negotiating tight spaces.

The excellent turning circle is also conducive to tight spaces and urban driving.

The ride quality is also better than it used to be, but the Yaris still gets somewhat unsettled over rough surfaces.

In terms of the engine, the most significant news is the introduction of a new 1.5-litre petrol engine to replace the rather ageing 1.3-litre unit.

That change provides a welcome power increase of 10 per cent to 110bhp, which makes the car nearly a second quicker over the 0-62mph sprint, which now takes 11 seconds.

Of even more note is the increase in torque, which is up to 136Nm, so the crucial 50 to 70mph overtaking increment feels a great deal quicker too.

On the whole, it’s a nippy little engine, which only seems to run out of steam on the steepest of Yorkshire’s hills.

Economy figures are good, with the official combined mpg coming in at nearly 59, while CO2 is 109g/km.

Inside, some clever design work means the cabin feels spacious, with a decent amount of room in front and back.

In terms of looks, the front end is completely new, with a sleeker and classier appearance than before. At the rear, there are revised tail light clusters. It all adds up to a more assertive-looking design.

The Bi Tone spec, tested here, features a black roof to offset the paint job and provide that added element of individuality. Smart alloy wheels complete the look.

The Bi Tone comes with plenty of kit, including a wide range of safety features such as a pre-collision system and lane departure warning.

A few creature comforts are thrown in for good measure, such as nice leather trim, air con, electric windows, cruise control and a rear view camera.

The infotainment system is user-friendly, and comes with a seven-inch touch screen.

When all this is factored in, equipment levels are among the best in class.

As you climb up through the spec levels, you have to be careful that the Yaris doesn’t become a bit on the pricey side. For example, this model comes in at over £18,000 on the road, which brings it into competition with some pretty illustrious rivals.

However, if you opt for the lesser-specced 1.0-lite version, it comes in at a more palatable £12,995.

In conclusion, the Yaris has upped its game significantly. The revisions to its looks and performance have made an already-competent supermini into an even more attractive package.


Toyota Yaris Bi Tone

PRICE: £18,245

ENGINE: 1.5-litre, four cylinder in-line petrol

PERFORMANCE: 0-62mph in 11 seconds and top speed of 109mph

TRANSMISSION: Six-speed manual

ECONOMY: Fuel consumption of 58.9mpg combined and emissions of 109g/km

Cologne and Arsenal charged by Uefa after crowd control problems

Police formed a line inside Emirates Stadium as the match between Arsenal and Cologne was delayed by an hour

Cologne and Arsenal have both been charged by Uefa following incidents during Thursday’s Europa League match.

The German club face four charges, including crowd disturbances and setting off fireworks while the Gunners face a charge over blocked stairways.

The game was delayed by more than an hour as thousands of away fans arrived at Emirates Stadium without tickets.

About 20,000 Cologne fans turned up in London despite the German club being given a ticket allocation of 2,900.

This case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 September.

Uefa charges:


• Crowd disturbances

• Setting off fireworks

• Throwing of objects

• Acts of damage


Stairways blocked in away supporters sector

Reaction – ‘I thought they would not play the game’

‘I thought they would not play game

Arsenal have launched a review and their statement on Friday read: “We worked with our colleagues at Cologne to stop supporters travelling without match tickets.

“The 3,000 tickets issued to Cologne fans was in line with competition rules but it is clear many more visiting fans arrived, causing significant congestion and disturbance outside the stadium before kick-off. Many tickets were sold through touts and this is very disappointing.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was surprised the match – which his side won 3-1 – was played.

“Do we move it to Tuesday and play Thursday? It was all kind of speculations you know that we had to analyse and see how we can deal with the situation,” he said.

“But in the end at some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can’t see the police taking any risk.

“We live in a society of 100% security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium. But I must say our supporters dealt well with the situation as well and there was no aggravation.”

Cologne coach Peter Stoger refused to be questioned on the actions of his club’s supporters: “I have no comment about the fans,” he said.

“I’m the coach, my job is the team, my job is football, not the fans.”

Police said five people had been arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

How the day unfolded: From a standstill in Oxford Street to scuffles in the stands

Thousands of Cologne fans brought traffic to a halt in central London in the late afternoon/early evening, as they began their journey to the game.

Some 20,000 FC Cologne fans have come to the capital for tonight’s match against Arsenal.

Soon after, it became clear that the sheer numbers of supporters was starting to cause a problem, as documented here from Twitter and our live text of the match.


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Wenger surprised trouble-hit game went ahead

Riot police formed a line inside Emirates Stadium as the match between Arsenal and Cologne was delayed by an hour

Arsene Wenger says he was surprised Arsenal’s Europa League game against Cologne went ahead, following a delayed kick-off due to crowd control problems.

Around 20,000 Cologne fans turned up in London despite the German club being given a ticket allocation of 2,900.

Arsenal eventually won 3-1 on Thursday night, but Wenger said: “We live in a society of 100% security.

“I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium.”

Arsenal had to come from behind to win, with Alexis Sanchez scoring his first goal of the season, two weeks after the collapse of his deadline-day move to Manchester City.

Speaking about the one-hour delay, however, Wenger added: “I don’t know how they (Cologne supporters) were able to infiltrate our fans but they did it very well.

“We waited patiently in our dressing room but we had all kinds of plans to think about: do we play tomorrow? Next week?

“It was all kind of speculation that we had to analyse. In the end, at some stage, I thought they would not play the game.”

Cologne coach Peter Stoger refused to be questioned on the actions of his club’s supporters: “I have no comment about the fans,” he said.

“I’m the coach, my job is the team, my job is football, not the fans.”

Police said five people had been arrested on suspicion of public order offences as scuffles took place.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas told BT Sport: “They weren’t nice scenes and there’ll be a huge investigation.

“It’s worrying that so many away fans were able to get into Arsenal sections. There were Cologne fans celebrating when they scored in the Arsenal areas and anything could have happened – it could have really kicked off.”

Was this level of support to be expected? – analysis

Cologne-based German football expert Archie Rhind-Tutt, who was at Emirates Stadium:

It was well known there would be 20,000 fans travelling as that is the number of people who applied for tickets. In fact, the only surprise to me was that more didn’t make the journey.

Cologne are a really big club in Germany – they get 50,000 at their home games – but the reason for the level of interest in this game in particular is that, in the past 20 years, they have been relegated five times and as a result qualifying for Europe was always going to be a big deal for them.

You only had to see thousands of their fans invade the pitch on the final day of last season when they achieved that aim of reaching the Europa League to see what it meant to them.

Cologne fans are renowned for getting over-excited at the merest glimpse of success and, right now, the club being in Europe really is the talk of the town – it’s all anyone is speaking about.

In my own circle of friends I know people who booked their transport and just wanted to be in London for the experience. Once here, people were always going to try to get to the game if they could.

Even when they were in the second division in 2012 they were getting 40,000 fans. They’ve come through some dark times so it’s not a surprise this many people wanted to be part of a big night.

And while they are a big club, in this instance they assumed the role of the smaller team in terms of being all bushy-eyed at the experience of playing a club like Arsenal.

Does the club have a hardcore faction to their support? Yes. And judging by the reports that some of them stormed the home ends then it seems they did misbehave. But that is a hardcore faction and it wasn’t the majority.

From what I saw, even after the news of issues before the game, there was a really jovial atmosphere between the fans, but clearly that depends on where you were in the ground.

How the day unfolded: From a standstill in Oxford Street to scuffles in the stands

Thousands of Cologne fans brought traffic to a halt in central London in the late afternoon/early evening, as they began their journey to the game.

Some 20,000 FC Cologne fans have come to the capital for tonight’s match against Arsenal.

Soon after, it became clear that the sheer numbers of supporters was starting to cause a problem, as documented here from Twitter and our live text of the match.


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‘Worst feeling at football in 40 years’ – Arsenal fans inside stadium

Rachel: “In the Emirates as a home fan. Ashamed of Arsenal right now. All the warnings about turning away fans away and they’ve done nothing. No stewards to be seen. Feeling so intimidated.”

Ade: “Currently inside the Emirates, thousands upon thousands of German fans everywhere around us. Horrible tense atmosphere. Tens of thousands of fans being made to feel very unsafe, including very young children.

“Not sure how this has happened. Has to be said if the roles were reversed and I was a British fan doing this in a German city, I’d be hanging my head in shame.”

Foz: “Got to my usual seats in Club level with my 11-year-old son. Surrounded by Cologne fans. So unsafe we have been moved to the other side of the ground. Worst feeling at football in 40 years of watching home and away.”

Chris: “Currently in the home end at Emirates – away section (corner) full and in full voice. Hundreds of people joining in the singing in the adjacent section behind the goal that should be for Arsenal supporters. Can only assume they are Cologne fans.”

Steve: “Don’t feel safe inside and won’t feel safe outside. Should be called off and the Cologne fans sent packing. Arsenal fans who sold their tickets should be banned.”

Marco: “What’s the problem? Apart from the odd small scuffle amongst themselves the Cologne fans haven’t caused any trouble and just want to support their team.”

What the papers said

Arsenal game delayed by crowd trouble

Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal of the season for Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez scored a stunning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne in a Europa League match delayed for an hour following crowd trouble.

Chilean Sanchez, who nearly left the club to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day, picked the ball up outside the area and curled a shot past keeper Timo Horn.

The game did not begin until 21:05 BST as thousands of visiting supporters arrived at the ground without tickets and then clashed with stewards inside the Emirates Stadium.

When the match did get under way, Cologne took the lead in spectacular fashion as Jhon Cordoba lobbed fellow Colombian David Ospina from 40 yards.

Striker Olivier Giroud planted a header wide of goal from six yards for the much-changed home side, who were booed at the half-time whistle.

But substitute Sead Kolasinac equalised with a thumping volley before Sanchez struck, and Hector Bellerin then added the third from close range, as midfielder Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for the club since August 2016.

In Group H’s other game, Red Star Belgrade drew 1-1 against BATE Borisov.

How FC Cologne fans (briefly) took over London

The importance of Alexis

Forward Sanchez scored 30 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season as they won the FA Cup.

But in August, he almost joined former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for £60m, but the Gunners pulled out of the deal after failing to find a replacement.

Sanchez made his second start of the season in an impressive showing, capping his performance with a sublime effort in the second half – his first goal of the season against the Bundesliga’s bottom side.

He could have scored another two, but struck a free-kick straight at Horn and shanked wide from inside the area.

Forgotten man Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth before suffering a broken leg, came on for Alex Iwobi on 68 minutes, and the England international’s clever dummy was instrumental in the lead-up to Bellerin’s goal.

20,000 does not fit into 2,900

Cologne, like Arsenal, finished fifth in their domestic league last season, achieving European football for the first time in 25 years.

The Bundesliga club’s return to European competition, though, was one tainted by controversy.

There were indications on Thursday afternoon that problems may occur, with more than 20,000 fans arriving from Germany, despite the visitors receiving an allocation of 2,900 tickets.

Videos emerged on social media of the German side’s support briefly bringing parts of central London to a standstill as they threw bottles and let off flares while making their way to the ground.

The kick-off was then put back, after which skirmishes between fans and stewards took place, while many had entered the ground into the home end, climbing barriers to get into the away section.

A number of Arsenal fans inside texted BBC Football, with one supporter reporting that they felt “intimidated by the horrible, tense atmosphere”, another that they were “ashamed of Arsenal for not seeing the warning signs” and a third describing it as “the worst feeling at football in 40 years of watching”.

It remains to be seen whether Uefa charges are brought against one or both sides.

Thursday night fright

Jhon Cordoba (right) scored from around 40-yards out

Arsenal had finished in the Premier League‘s top four in each of Arsene Wenger’s 20 seasons in charge of the club until last term.

May’s fifth-place finish meant missing out of Europe‘s elite club competition and an entry into the secondary tier, where they have not played since 2000.

On that occasion, after finishing third in their Champions League group, they made it all the way to the Uefa Cup final before being beaten by Turkish side Galatasaray on penalties in Copenhagen.

French boss Wenger said finishing in the Premier League‘s top four was their best route of getting back into the Champions League and so he left out many of his first-team players for the game against Cologne, instead giving those on the fringes an opportunity.

But goalkeeper Ospina suffered a dreadful start, rushing off his line and failing to get distance on a clearance which fell to the feet of Leonardo Bittencourt, who laid it off to Cordoba.

The striker took a touch, spun and curled a sublime, long-range effort over the head of Ospina and into the net.

Petr Cech’s understudy made up for his error by saving well off Cordoba low down in the second half and collecting a vicious drive from Milos Jojic as his side turned the game around.

Man of the match – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Sanchez scored his first goal in the Europa League… and what a goal it was

No hierarchy in the squad – Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BT Sport: “We had a slow start and there was accidental goal. After that, it was important not to concede and panic and put more pace into our game. From then. we controlled the game and won convincingly in the end.

“I think Sanchez is still running after his best form. He is a fantastic football player but physically he has just come back. But he has it in his locker to do something special, which he did.

“We want to do well in all the best competitions and I had an experienced team today, even though I made nine changes. They are all top-class players. There is no hierarchy in the squad.”

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin: “It is a new competition for us so we had to set the tone. We think we are one of the best teams in the competition so we have to show that on the pitch.

“I am very happy with the victory. We were ready to play at 20:05 BST but these things happen. We started a bit with cold feet but after that it just worked.”

What next?

Arsenal face London rivals and Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday (kick-off 13:30 BST), while Cologne will look to pick up their first points in the Bundesliga when they travel to Borussia Dortmund on the same day (kick-off 17:00 BST).

Classy Kolasinac – the stats

  • This was Arsenal’s first European match outside of the Champions League (including qualifiers) since May 2000 – 17 years and 120 days ago.
  • Cologne lost a competitive game that they were winning at half-time for the first time since December 2014 (1-2 v Augsburg).
  • Arsene Wenger has registered a win over 57 different clubs during his tenure as Arsenal manager (from 64 teams faced).
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored seven goals in his last eight competitive appearances for Arsenal.
  • Hector Bellerin scored his first European goal in his 16th appearance in European competition.
  • Sead Kolasinac has played a part in four goals (two goals, two assists) in five appearances for Arsenal (including Community Shield).
  • Kolasinac’s goal was the 200th scored at home in European competition under Wenger – 125 scored at the Emirates, 69 at Highbury and eight at Wembley.

Kane gets Spurs off to winning start

Harry Kane has now scored 28 goals in his last 22 games for club and country

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund to get their Champions League campaign off to a positive start and end their winless run at Wembley.

Kane’s instinct in front of goal was the difference as Spurs were largely forced on the back foot by an impressive German side who dominated territory and possession.

His first goal – a rising angled finish following a determined run down the left – capped a frantic opening 15 minutes in which Son Heung-min’s opener from an angle was cancelled out by a superb curling finish from Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko.

The England forward’s second was a low finish inside the far post on the hour mark to give his side the edge they needed as they overcame the threat of their dangerous and relentless opponent.

However, the home side ended the game with 10 men as defender Jan Vertonghen was shown a second yellow card for catching Dortmund substitute Mario Gotze with a swinging arm.

The visitors can point an accusing finger at the officials, who ruled out a perfectly good goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for offside.

This is just the second win of Tottenham’s tenancy at Wembley, which includes all of last season’s home Champions League group stage games and two Premier League matches this campaign.

It leaves them second in Group H behind Real Madrid, who beat Apoel Nicosia 3-0 in Spain.

Kane proving himself on European stage

Before Wednesday’s game, Kane spoke of his desire to break into the “world-class bracket” by adding goals in European competition to his impressive domestic haul.

The 24-year-old has scored more than 20 goals in each of the past three Premier League campaigns and opened his account for this season with his 100th and 101st Tottenham goals in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Everton.

Both of his goals against Dortmund were world class; showcasing not only his ruthless ability to finish chances but also his determination and ability to fashion opportunities for himself.

Kane also illustrated the creative aspect of his game, setting up Son for what should have been the second goal of this industrious display as deputy to the suspended Dele Alli.

And Kane should have had a hat-trick but dragged another shot wide of the far post following a headed pass from the busy Christian Eriksen.

He was withdrawn to a standing ovation, allowing Fernando Llorente his Spurs debut and taking with him a record that now reads 28 goals in his past 22 games for club and country.

Dortmund play their part

The average positions of each team’s players illustrates how much Tottenham (left) were on the back foot for much of Wednesday’s game

Dortmund are a modern marvel of a club – repeatedly churning out highly competitive, fluent young sides.

They arrived in London as joint leaders of the Bundesliga but seemingly handicapped by an injury crisis that denied them the use of a number of key first-team players, including Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Schurrle and captain Marcel Schmelzer.

But such is the ability of their squad and the nous of new manager Peter Bosz [formerly of Ajax], they were able to produce a highly impressive display that would have ripped apart a side less defensively adept than Spurs. And they could have yielded at least a point but for an error from the officials.

Aubameyang thought he had made it 2-2 with a brilliant finish on the half-volley near the back post but was denied by the assistant’s flag, lifted in response to a group of retreating team-mates, not the Gabon forward.

Aubamayeng also had a low shot from inside the box saved by Lloris and Christian Pulisic slid an effort wide for Dortmund, who claimed 67% of possession but came away with no points.

Man of the match – Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane is the first Englishman since Wayne Rooney in 2010 to score in three consecutive Champions League appearances

‘Sometimes you have to play a different way’ – What they said…

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on BT Sport: “It was so important to win, we are so happy. It was so important to start well in a tough game. Dortmund played really well, they dominated the first half. We increased our level in the second half and we were very clinical in front of goal.

“It is more than three points. At half-time we fixed some problems and modified the position of some players. The tempo of the game decreased which was better for us. Dortmund are a very aggressive team, we struggled a little to pass the ball quickly.

“Sometimes you can’t dominate, you have to play a different way and the team is more mature now. We can learn a lot from this game.

“Harry Kane was fantastic.”

Harry Kane on BT Sport: “It’s a massive win. Nights like this at Wembley, we have to take advantage of it. Last season our downfall was the games at home. It was a more experienced performance from us tonight.

“In the Champions League you have to be smart. You can’t always press teams on a big pitch. We took advantage on the counter-attack and exploited the space they left in behind.”

Son haunts Dortmund again – the stats you need to know

  • Son Heung-min has scored seven goals in nine competitive games against Borussia Dortmund.
  • Tottenham have recorded just their second win in their past 12 games at Wembley (D3 L7), with their other win coming against CSKA Moscow in last season’s Champions League group stage.
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost on seven of their past 10 visits to England (W2 D1); including a 2-1 Champions League final defeat at Wembley in 2013.
  • Tottenham have received red cards in two of their past four home games played at Wembley, including in each of their past two European games.
  • Spurs have not kept a clean sheet in their past 11 games at Wembley, since a goalless draw against Man Utd in the 2009 League Cup final.
  • Christian Eriksen has provided 20 assists in all competitions in 2017; seven more than any other player in the big five European leagues.
  • Harry Kane has been directly involved in five of Tottenham’s six goals in September [four goals, one assist], after no goal contributions in August.

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill ‘supports Wolves’

Mark HamillImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption The Hollywood actor is now officially a fan, Wolves said

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has become a fan of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club – albeit by accident.

After fans on Twitter suggested he could support Wolves, this got a ‘like’ from Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker.

@HamillHimself said on Twitter when asked if he liked the Wolves, he “thought they meant the animal” but added “everyone got so excited-I HAD to be a fan”.

The club said he had confirmed he was a fan and the force was “strong” there.

‘Landspeeder passing’

Fans group Wolves Fancast tweeted that it took the fact he had liked a tweet as confirmation he was now a fan.

The club said it was made aware of the social media chat and added: “We sent a tweet to Mark, who replied to confirm that he has indeed now pledged his allegiance to Wolves – clearly he is a good judge!

“The force is certainly strong at Molineux at the moment with the team making an excellent start to the season, and it was perhaps fitting that yesterday’s game against Millwall finished Obi Wan-Nil.

“There is always room in the Wolf Pack for The Last Jedi, and there is the open invitation for Mark to attend a fixture at Molineux should his Landspeeder ever be passing.”

It all started with @HamillHimself liking a Tweet from a #Wolves fan, prompting the fans on Twitter to ask if he was a fan.

The actor tweeted in reply that he was now as they had made him “feel like family”.