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Michael passed away peacefully at his home, sur-
rounded by family. He was the loving husband of
Aysha, caring father of Shivana, Christian and
Shaina. The son of Monica and Jeffrey (deceased).
The brother of Jennifer, Susan and Harry. The broth-
er in law of Michael D'Arcy, Claude Guillaume, Dale
Laughlin, Helen and Nandalal Balroop, Ronald and
Vidya Dowlath and many others.
Funeral service will be Tuesday 20th August
2013 at the Church of Assumption at 9:30am
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LONDON---During his six years
away, Jose Mourinho and his
legion of Chelsea fans always
craved a homecoming like this.
Stamford Bridge was euphoric
as Mourinho stepped back onto
the pitch to the universal acclaim
of Chelsea supporters, sweeping
aside in an instant the years of
acrimony and division since the
Portuguese manager left.
Then, inside 25 minutes, Hull
was ripped apart with ease as
Chelsea s dynamism ensured it
opened its Premier League cam-
paign with a 2-0 victory yester-
There will be tougher days to
come before May, but the goals
from Oscar and Frank Lampard
ensured Chelsea quickly moved on
---in unison---from the Rafa Benitez
"I m happy we managed to win
and show this is the football we
want to play and can play," said
Mourinho, who won the title twice
during his initial three-year reign
at Chelsea. "Now it s up to me to
make it happen more often."
The jeers that regularly greeted
Benitez during his contentious six-
month reign last season are a dis-
After the pre-match roar from
the fans, kisses were blown in
return by Mourinho, who has spent
the six years away from west Lon-
don collecting titles with Inter
Milan and Real Madrid.
Bringing Mourinho back forced
owner Roman Abramovich into a
climb-down, after having gone
through seven managers without
truly satisfying the fans.
Sunday was also a chance for
the club to reflect on its progress
in the decade since the Russian
billionaire pumped his money into
The owner issued a rare state-
ment---on the program cover---
pledging to deliver "many more
years of success" and made a rare
pre-match appearance in the
The pep-talk worked, with
Abramovich witnessing just the
sort of high-tempo football he
desires. It didn t immediately fol-
low the script, though.
After Fernando Torres was
fouled by goalkeeper Allan McGre-
gor after five minutes, Frank Lam-
pard stepped up to take the penalty.
The club s all-time leading scorer
struck low to his left and McGregor
batted the ball away.
But the Scotland goalkeeper was
beaten in the 13th with a goal cre-
ated by a pair of Belgium interna-
tionals. Played in by Kevin De
Bruyne, Eden Hazard s resulting
through ball was met by Oscar,
who slipped it under the onrushing
By now, the Chelsea onslaught
was relentless. Hull just couldn t
cope with the Europa League win-
ners and was contained inside its
The second goal in the 25th was
of the highest quality.
Making amends for his earlier
penalty miss, Lampard struck
fiercely from 30 yards with a free
kick that dipped over McGregor
to make it 204 goals for Chelsea.
Only in the closing phases of
the half did Hull manage to make
incursions into Chelsea territory,
but the home defence proved to
be an impenetrable barrier.
Chelsea s push for a third,
though, featured an effort from
Lampard that was punched clear,
Gary Cahill slice the ball wide and
McGregor block Branislav
Ivanovic s header.
If the referee was in any doubt
that the ball didn t cross the line
when it was scooped by McGregor,
the newly introduced Hawk-Eye
cameras confirmed it wasn t a goal.
England s topflight is the first
league in the world to use goal-
line technology in all matches from
this season following FIFA s
approval, but referees don t disclose
whether they relied on the cameras
to make decisions.
There was greater intensity from
Hull in the second half, with
Chelsea s lead coming under threat
after new arrivals Tom Huddle-
stone and Jake Livermore made an
immediate impact after coming
off the bench.
But a strike from Robbie Brady
and Curtis Davies header were
repelled by goalkeeper Petr Cech
as the hosts matched champion
Manchester United in opening with
For Hull manager Steve Bruce,
spoiling Mourinho s homecoming
never looked realistic.
And the Chelsea squad could be
even get stronger, with Mourinho
not giving up on the pursuit of
unsettled Manchester United strik-
er Wayne Rooney.
"We will try till the last day to
add a new player to the squad---
a striker," Mourinho said.
Chelsea marks Mourinho's
EPL return with victory
A banner in the crowd welcomes Chelsea's new manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the English Premier League
soccer match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, yesterday.
Chelsea's Fernando Torres, left, vies for the ball with Hull City's Curtis Davies
during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Hull City
at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
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