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Channon has successful operation

Mick Channon
Channon played for Southampton and England in the 1970s

Ex-England footballer turned racehorse trainer Mick Channon is recovering well after being injured in a fatal car accident on the M1 last Wednesday.

The 59-year-old suffered broken ribs, a broken arm and a punctured lung and needed an operation to wire his jaw.

"The operation was a success and he is in good spirits - but he is desperate to get out of hospital," a spokesman at Channon's West Ilsley stables said.

Bloodstock agent and friend Tim Corby was killed in the single-vehicle crash.

Channon was on his way home to Berkshire from a day at Doncaster Sales with Corby and his 15-year-old son, Jack, who was not seriously hurt.

The incident took place on a stretch of the M1 motorway at junction 24, near Kegworth in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police said the silver Mercedes all three were in - and which Corby was driving - left the motorway and hit a concrete pillar.

The accident closed the southbound carriage motorway, and it was also closed northbound for a time to enable an air ambulance to land.

Channon is one of a rare breed who has reached the top in two different sports.

Profile - Mick Channon

One of the best-known footballers of the 1970s, Channon made more than 650 appearances in a career spanning three decades.

He became a Southampton legend after 510 games in two spells at The Dell, where he still remains the Saints' leading all-time leading goalscorer.

He also played for Manchester City, Norwich City and Portsmouth, as well as scoring 21 goals for England in 46 international appearances.

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Channon's famous "windmill" goal celebration earned him cult status among fans.

After retiring from football in 1986, Channon began his racing career as an assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown before he took out his own licence in 1990.

He started with 10 horses in a yard at Lambourn but moved in 1999 to Newbury to West Ilsley (the prestigious stables once owned by the Queen) and now has about 20 times that number.

In 2002, he topped the 100-winner mark for the first time, a feat he achieved in 2003 when he also broke through the 2m prize money barrier.

And the arrival of Sheikh Mohammed as a West Ilsley owner in 2002 was proof that Channon was now firmly in racing's top league.

However, he is still chasing his first Classic winner.

His racing portfolio includes horses owned by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and former England and Southampton team-mate Kevin Keegan.


see also
Cornelius Lysaght column
23 Jul 08 |  Horse Racing
Channon heads for the Middle East
30 Jan 08 |  Horse Racing


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