So, on the anniversary of his £30m signing for Manchester United, he was able to laugh off the fact that Jose Mourinho still seems on a one-man mission to destroy him. Three years ago, Shaw revealed on England duty that a horror tackle in 2015 nearly caused him to lose his right leg.
His chance to win over the Old Trafford fans had barely got started, and by the time he was in contention for a first team place again, Jose Mourinho had taken over the reins.
To this day, Shaw still does not know why he seemed immediately to take against him.
However, two-and-a-half years after Mourinho was sacked due to poor results, the 25-year-old just wishes that the sniping would stop now that he himself is excelling at a major tournament about to go into the biggest match of his life.
“I don’t really understand it, to be honest,” he said.
“She loved connecting every day with the wonderful people of the North East, and it gives us great comfort to know how many lives she was an integral part of every single day.
“We’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support we have received at such a difficult time, reinforcing how deeply cherished she was by so many people. We will love and miss her, always.”
Lisa was from County Durham and studied at Bournemouth University.
She began her career working for the North East commercial stations Century Radio and Real Radio.
Here, she won the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year.
She then continued her career at Metro Radio and Heart.
Lisa had joined the BBC radio station back in 2016 as a daytime presenter.
BBC Radio Newcastle also paid tribute to the presenter on their Twitter account.
They wrote: “We are so sorry and saddened to share with you that after a short illness our beautiful colleague Lisa Shaw has died.
“Everyone at the station is devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family.
“She was a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend and a loving wife and mum.”
Many of Lisa’s colleagues have also begun paying their respects.
Head of BBC Local Radio Chris Burns said: “Lisa was a talented presenter who had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more.”
BBC Radio Newcastle’s executive editor Rik Martin said the station were “devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family”.
He added: “She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum.
“She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences.
“We’ve lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people.”
Not only was Sandie Shaw the first-ever British winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, when Puppet On A String topped the UK charts it made her the first British female singer ever to have three number one records. She was only 20 at the time and, shockingly, her manager was already regarding her as a pop has-been ready for a TV light entertainment makeover. The 1960s were a brutal time for teenage female singers. Two years later, Lulu would follow her down the Eurovision path at exactly the same age. No wonder they both have very mixed feelings about the Contest.
When she was 17, Sandra Ann Goodrich came second in a talent contest at the Ilford Palais in Essex and the prize was to appear at a London charity contest. Singer Adam Faith, already a huge star, was there and recommended her to his manager Eve Taylor, who repackaged her as Sandie Shaw and got her a record deal.
Her second single, a cover of (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me, was a number one smash, followed by number three hit Girl Don’t Come and another number one, Long Live Love, in June 1965.
She also released music across Europe, singing in French, Italian, German and Spanish, which would come in handy a few years later.
Sandie was still only 18, but her gamine looks, trademark fringe, barefoot bohemia (actually the result of ‘inherited misshapen feet) and natural style made her an instant “It girl” and fashion icon.
Sandie Shaw with Adam Faith in 1964 (Image: GETTY)
Sandie Shaw in 1965 aged 18 (Image: GETTY)
She was part of the trendsetting in-crowd in London and was horrified when Taylor brought up the subject of Eurovision.
Even in the 1960’s, Eurovision was regarded with wariness by serious musicians and Sandie had ambitions to write and produce, and to develop a more progressive sound.
However, her personal life had suddenly plunged her into notoriety and she was coerced into taking part.
In 1966, the teenager was named in the divorce proceedings of television executive Douglas Murdoch and his model wife Veronica Sands.
Murdoch produced the music show Ready Steady Go! on which Sandie regularly appeared and his wife said in court that she had found the teenage star at their flat on numerous occasions, once wearing only a nightgown.
WATCH SANDIE SHAW ON READY STEADY GO BELOW:
Sandie Shaw in 1967, the year of Eurovision (Image: GETTY)
This was potentially career-ending for a pop princess at that time and she lost high-profile advertising endorsements like Lux soap.
Taylor worked with the BBC, who were not keen at first, to repackage Sandie as a wholesome light entertainment star and she became the face of Eurovision 1967.
Sandie sang five songs on the Rolf Harris TV show and the British public voted on their favourite. Despite Sandie personally thinking it was ridiculous, Puppet On A String won by a landslide and she was packed off to compete in Vienna.
On the night, there was even a mishap with her microphone at the start of the song but the Essex lass explained why she refused to let anything, from technical problems to her own feelings about the song, stand in her way.
If you watch the video, you will see that the microphone is not switched on when she starts singing.
Sandie later said: “I was so focused on delivering the best performance for the UK that I would have carried on even if the stage collapsed! I was also very relaxed with the European audience as I had already worked there for many years and I felt everyone’s support and friendship.”
The UK entry obliterated the competition, pulling in 47 votes to the second-place French and Irish on 20 votes.
Sandie returned a national hero, married fashion designer Jeff Banks in March 1968 (they had a daughter, Gracie in 1971) and launched her own fashion label.
Sandie Shaw at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014 (Image: GETTY )
In the early 1970s, Sandie’s music career as a pop princess dried up and her record contract expired in 1972. She blamed Puppet On A String: “It ruined me creatively for a while. It took away any means of me striking out and doing anything I thought worth doing.”
She planned to concentrate on her family but unfortunately, money problems followed in her marriage: “I didn’t want to work. I didn’t want to leave my baby. But to be honest, I had to work because my husband lost all our money.”
Sandie appeared on TV entertainment shows, and tried her hand at stage acting with roles as Ophelia in Hamlet and the lead in St Joan.
Her marriage ended in 1978 and, broke, she temporarily took a job as a waitress.
Sandie Shaw with her MBE in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
In 1982, Sandie married Nick Pyke, one of the co-founders of Virgin Records. As well as two children, the marriage resulted in a creative period when she worked with major stars like Chrissie Hynde and The Smiths. Her version of their song Hand In Glove returned her to the charts in April 1984.
Since then, she has recorded albums and film soundtrack thems sporadically, at her own choosing, released her autobiography The World at My Feet in 1991, and qualified as a psychotherapist in 1994.
IN 1995 she married her third husband, psychologist Tony Bedford and they set up the Arts Clinic to counsel musicians and performers.
Sandie Shaw in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
Sandie enjoyed yet another renaissance in 2010 when she sang on the soundtrack to the film Made In Dagenham and went on tour with Jools Holland in 2011.
In 2017 she was awarded an MBE for services to music. And those famous feet?
Back in 2007, Sandie revealed that while she would never have plastic surgery, she had had corrective surgery on her feet: “I have always wanted beautiful feet. My husband says that, when I was being created, the design team did a great job until they got down to my ankles.
“I couldn’t wear really nice shoes. And now… they’re lovely. I love my feet.”
UFC superstar Dustin Poirier has proved that a near 250lbs weight difference doesn’t mean much on the mats, working four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw in front of a chuckling gym audience in a recent grappling session.
Poirier, who it was confirmed on Saturday will fight Conor McGregor for a third time at UFC 264 on July 10, is well-known for the concussive style of striking that he used so effectively to hand his rival the first TKO defeat of his career in January.
The Louisiana native has more than a few submissions skills up his sleeve, too, boasting seven career submission wins to become the UFC’s top-ranked lightweight.
Now Poirier has shown once again that when two opposing forces meet on the mats, the bigger they come, the harder they will fall.
In footage showing the former interim UFC lightweight champion rolling with world-renowned strongman Shaw, Poirier can be seen putting the 400lb Shaw through his paces before taking his back and sinking in a rear-naked choke submission which quickly coaxes a tap from the American behemoth.
The 27-6 mixed martial artist didn’t have it all his own way, though. Another video released from the session portrays him struggling to escape from underneath the colossal muscleman.
This isn’t the first time that a prominent MMA fighter has tried his hand against one of the world’s strongest men.
Why didn’t he do that to Khabib?
— UFC احيانًا بالعربي (@UFC_ARA) April 3, 2021
Shaw is a monster if this wasn’t all fun and games dustin wouldn’t be able to do anything with that guy this doesn’t prove the whole size doesn’t matter saying this Brian shaw we’re talking about
— Viking Bear (@VikingBear8) April 2, 2021
Dustin literally looks like a child on his back. Why are some people made THAT different
— Hunter Fuse 🍜 (@hunterfuse_) April 3, 2021
Similar footage of McGregor once showed the Irishman sparring with Thor Bjornsson, better known to many for his role as ‘The Mountain’ in HBO’s hit series ‘Game of Thrones’.
Reacting to the clip, some fans questioned why Poirier didn’t use the style of grappling in his world title fight with former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov during their main event scrap at UFC 242 back in September 2019.
“Why didn’t he do that to Khabib?” one fan cheekily asked, while another warned: “If this wasn’t all fun and games, Dustin wouldn’t be able to do anything with that guy”.
A third remarked that Poirier “literally looks like a child on his back“, such was the extreme weight difference in the scene featuring two wholly contrasting athletes.
Poirier won’t have to contend with such an extreme weight handicap in his next fight against McGregor this summer.
But the Irishman will know that he will likely be in for a short evening if Poirier finds himself in a similar position come July 10.
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Luke Shaw regrets using physical excuses to withdraw from England squads in the past when the reality is he was not “mentally right”. Right now, the Manchester United defender says he is fighting fit on both counts.
Having watched England overwhelm San Marino, Shaw started his first game for two-and-a-half years against Albania and promptly provided the assist for Harry Kane to score the first goal in Tirana.
In doing so, he hopes to get the nod ahead of Ben Chilwell in the toughest game of the three, against Poland at Wembley tomorrow.
But it is a far cry from previous times when Shaw would hide away from the England spotlight, leaning rather too heavily on his chequered injury history to avoid fighting for his place in the Three Lions set-up.
That is something he regrets hugely.
“I’ve a few massive regrets and I couldn’t stop thinking of the mistakes that I made in the past, especially with England,” Shaw admitted.
“I pulled out of a lot of camps. Around that time, I was maybe not in the best condition but I think over the last two years I’ve thought about it so much.
“I did have problems at the time, as in injuries, but maybe they were ones that could have been sort of dealt with but there was a lot on my mind, especially in times I had at United.
“My biggest regrets were just pulling out, and how I pulled out. And yeah, of course, letting Gareth down.
“Personally, I massively regretted doing that – I think playing for your country is a massive privilege and an honour and I think at times I took advantage of that.
“Maybe at the time, mentally I wasn’t right.”
Shaw’s physical problems started when he suffered a double fracture of the leg in September 2015. He was nevertheless called up to train with Sam Allardyce’s first England squad a year later only to withdraw before the opening game against Slovakia.
He finally made his way back into the side two years later and played in the thrilling 3-2 win over Spain in Seville – only to pull out from the October camp on the first day of reporting.
In March 2019, his previous call-up before this one, Shaw did not even make it to St George’s Park, excusing himself along with a host of players the weekend before the international break.
But some soul-searching during lockdown with his girlfriend Anouska marked a change in attitude with Shaw.
“At times there were periods when I thought I might not get back in… especially with my family,” Shaw revealed. “We had a few discussions and we thought that maybe I wouldn’t be able to get back into it.
“We had that sit down. My mum and dad were thinking that that might be it for England. But my girlfriend was different. She always believed that I would fight my way back into the squad. And deep down I always believed that I could and I worked hard.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tipped him off a week in advance that Southgate was willing to let bygones be bygones and he immediately told Anouska.
Mum and dad he let know on the morning of the announcement 12 days ago.
“I’m glad that Gareth has given me another chance and hopefully I can just impress him and stake my claim to be in the squad.”