ECCLESTONE BIDS TO SAVE SOCCER CLUBDR WHO star CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTONE has donated $19,000 (£10,000) to a campaign to save his favourite soccer club being bought by an American tycoon.MALCOLM GLAZER, who owns American football team the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, is trying to gain control of English team MANCHESTER UNITED.But supporters of the side are desperate to stop the club from falling into his hands and supporter group SHAREHOLDERS UNITED have launched an appeal.All proceeds received will go into an investment trust backed by Japanese bank NOMURA, which has pledged to match money raised with a pound for pound loan.A spokesperson for Shareholders United says of Ecclestone's contribution, "We are delighted Chris has put his money where his heart is." In other related news British actor TOM WILKINSON has lashed out at sport stars who think they can have a glittering acting career with no proper training.

The FULL MONTY star, 57, is furious with the widespread belief that people can easily become a success on the stage or screen - because acting is a craft which needs as much talent and coaching as any other profession.

He fumes, "It pisses me off when you hear footballers go, 'Yeah, well when I've finished with ARSENAL I'm going to be an actor for a bit.'

"It's a preposterous as it would be for me to say, 'Well, I'll have a couple of years off and play in the midfield for MANCHESTER UNITED.'"