George Cross island set for less hostile raid

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SHEFFIELD UNITED: George Cross island set for less hostile raid

Initially used as a base by both the RAF and private pilots, it now houses the island’s national football stadium. Fortunately, United’s game was far less hostile.

DISTRACTION: The Maltese love to build even more than they do their football. Tigne Point, a swish development containing flats and a shopping complex, is situated right next door to United’s hotel.

Home to some of the world’s most desirable brands, it is the perfect place for a footballer to wile away the hours in between training sessions. Concession keepers must be chuffed to bits.

APTLY NAMED: Sliema seafront is bustling with tourists during the day and, located only a Mark Howard goal-kick away from United’s base, is one of its most popular attractions.

Captain Morgan Tours do a roaring trade ferrying tourists around the coast. Bramall Lane skipper and hardman Chris is clearly making plans for his retirement. Combative and canny.

BROAD HORIZONS: One woman on the redeye out of Manchester yesterday moaned all the way through the safety announcements. ‘Why are they doing one in bloomin’ Italian,’ she said.

Or words to that effect. ‘Don’t they know they speak English in Malta?’ I’m sure they do madam.

And Maltese too. Who says us Brits are insular?