StoryHub Today: Tuesday 15th December (Team 1)

News Day Team 1 - Gerard Houllier, Lockdown in Football and Breakdancing at the Olympics.

Student journalism from the University of Derby. Work produced by Tommy Lister, James McCormick, Edward Hague-Saunders, Henry Bartlett, Brad Cox, Thomas Rodgers, Jude McMichan and George Wilson.

Gerard Houllier – In memory of the legend.

Gerard Houllier passed away at the age of 73 on Monday.

The French manager led Liverpool Football Club to five major trophies including the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2000-01.

Brad Cox spoke to The Times’ Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter, The Athletic’s Senior Football Writer, Oliver Kay and Leigh Curtis from the Nottingham Post as they paid tribute to the man and coach.

Lockdown for the National League.

Some football fans have been able to return to stadiums to watch their teams this month after rules in certain areas were relaxed by the government following the second lockdown.

However, many clubs in the East Midlands have not been allowed to reopen their turnstiles, including Hucknall Town in Nottinghamshire, who rely heavily on their supporters in order to stay afloat financially.

George Wilson has more on this story from Hucknall’s home ground, Watnall Road…

Fashion and Football.

Fashion isn’t usually a term you would associate with football, but it’s certainly on the rise.

From vintage kits to collaborations with designer brands, supporters everywhere appear to be taking a huge interest.

So, what’s the initial reaction from fashion enthusiasts on the matter?

The return to grounds in a pandemic.

With the number COVID cases coming down, football fans are being allowed to return to stadiums in certain areas.

Strict restrictions have been put in place to give the returning supporters an overall comfortable but safe experience.

As there’s a limited number of fans able to go to each game, its a completely new experience for those lucky ones that do manage to get through the turnstiles.

Our reporter Tom Rodgers has more…

Pubs in lockdowns.

The Saracens Head Inn has opened its pub and bar in Herefordshire after it was announced the area was placed in tier 2 of Coronavirus restrictions.

It opened in the summer after floods and the nationwide lockdown and now there are new restrictions in place for the pub-goers and the waiting staff.

Breakdancing at the Olympics.

Breaking is coming to the Olympics in 2024 and makes its debut along with skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.

The sport has grown in popularity over the years but now the world will get to see what Breaking is all about.

Our reporter Tom Rodgers has more…