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   Friday, 20 December, 2002, 10:03 GMT
The name game

The latest of our sporting connections series takes us from Tim Flowers to Steve Potts in six steps.

But what about suggestions for next week's link: Dave HAROLD to Ian BISHOP?

Remember, the best effort wins a mystery prize!

Have your say


Tim Flowers
Shares his surname with something you get when you die.

That is unless you're really horrible, in which case you get nothing, like nasty EastEnders character...

Trevor Morgan
Whose pantomime baddie ways were ended in dramatic fashion when he was foiled by an exploding house.

Not that anyone was bothered, especially not the man who was shacked up with his wife...

Billy Mitchell
Who's a lovely geezer, although shrewder viewers still eye him with mistrust due to the fact that only a few months ago he was a thoroughly unpleasant thug, cheat and bully.

It wasn't hard to see where he got it from, given that he's the cousin of...

EastEnders star Phil Mitchell
Cuddly or cruel? You decide

Phil Mitchell
The balding ruffian who seems to get nastier with each episode.

He should be admired nevertheless for his unique ability to be simultaneously rugged and cuddly; a combination the ladies cannot resist.

Unfortunately, most of his ladies end up worse off for meeting him, particularly the one he recently bumped off...

Lisa Fowler
Although her murder was probably justified given that she'd previously tried to kill him, plus the fact that she was the most annoying character since...

Gianni di Marco
The laughable 'Italian Stallion' who spent two years on The Square without a single interesting thing happening to him.

The only character to get less exciting storylines is...

Pauline Fowler
Who used to have a lead role, but these days makes only fleeting appearances and is little more than a bit-part player.

In fact, her current predicament almost exactly resembles the late career of ex-West Ham defender...

Steve Potts.

Congratulations to Paul Donlan for his link from Flowers to Potts (see below).

A mystery prize is on its way!

Tim Flowers
Esteemed Man City and former England keeper, perhaps most closely associated with Blackburn or Southampton, started his career at...

Dances With Wolves is not a Black Country disco but a film, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, about the experiences of a white man who goes to live with and learn about the civilisation of the...

Second name of Siouxsie, real name Susan Dallion, who was the lead singer of punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees, who once released an album entitled...

The Scream
The title of a well-known expressionist painting by Edvard Munch, which features what looks like an eerie representation of...

Pierluigi Collina
The well-respected and instantly recognisable football referee who, if if were a stereotypical Italian, would probably be a smart dresser who likes...

Wheat-based food that comes in many shapes, which although much used in Italian cuisine actually originated in...

Rhyming slang for 'mate', as spoken by Cockneys, traditional followers of West Ham United, one of whose erstwhile heroes was undoubtedly...

Steve Potts.

Thanks for all your Flowers-Potts alternatives - here's a selection of the best:

Paul Markwick, UK

Tim Flowers
Is a goalkeeper. An ex-goalkeeper now more famous for his current job is...

Pope John Paul II
Who shares his Christian names with half of...

Pope John Paul II
Safe hands: Would he be better than Seaman?

The Beatles
A pop act named after insects, like...

Adam Ant
Who in his Dandy Highwayman guise would have made use of a...

But not as well as...

Frankie Dettori
An Italian sportsman who makes his living in the UK, like...

Paolo di Canio
Who plays at West Ham, former club of...

Steve Potts.

Richard Hawkins, UK:

Tim Flowers
A goalkeeper who used to play for...

Which is also the surname of legendary DJ...

Tony Blackburn
Who presented the Radio One Chart...

Which is used to launch a...

Which is the nickname of...

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Who is famous for his incredible...

Which sounds like the surname of...

Steve Potts.

Stevie Jay, England:

Tim Flowers
Played for England alongside...

Ian Wright
Who, apart from laughing his way through countless shows on TV, actually broke an Arsenal scoring...

A word which also describes a tune or song. Possibly the worst one ever released was the infamous...

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
By the goggle-eyed Dennis Taylor lookalike...

Timmy Mallet
Whose TV routine included laughing like a girl, wearing grotesque Hawaiian shirts and hitting people over the head with an old, soft and quite short...

Although if he'd have thought about changing this to an old and rather short...

He would have had to look no further than...

Steve Potts.

Remember, next week's link is from HAROLD to BISHOP.

For the non-snooker fans among you, Stoke's Dave Harold is the world number 27.

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