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July

10th

Andy Murray deserves the respect and affection of the nation

WHAT a fantastic achievement by Andy Murray, finally ridding a nation of its perennial embarrassment when Wimbledon fortnight comes around. At last, we have our own men’s singles champion! ‘Ludicrous’, as the BBC 5 Live commentator, Jonathan Overend, memorably, marvellously and with almost disbelief signalled Murray’s ascension to Fred Perry’s throne. The Scotsman carried the [...]

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July

4th

Speed and spirit come to fore at Warrington

FIRST let me declare an interest. I am chairman of the Rugby Football League. And then I can freely go on to praise to the hilt Sky’s Super League Monday match between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors. It was a fantastic advertisement for the game – top-class sport played at a remarkable speed and in [...]

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June

30th

Triumph and tragedy as sport produces the best TV drama

EVERY so often a weekend of televised sport throws up as many high and lows as a Blackpool rollercoaster and last weekend was one of those belters. It even included one of football’s top managers being told he’d been sacked by his club whilst he was appearing live on air. My own armchair sporting sojourn [...]

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June

25th

Sacked on air ? Analyse that!

THERE are many ways football managers have been given the bullet – one famous local one involved a taxi, but there can’t be too many stranger than having it revealed whilst appearing on live television as a pundit. But that’s what happened to Gus Poyet, whose three and a half year-reign as Brighton’s manager came [...]

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June

22nd

My Watergate inspiration

WHEN I was deciding which turn in the road to take career-wise back in the early 1970s, my fledging ambitions to become a journalist got a huge boost from following the infamous Watergate affair unravel through the great work of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two young reporters on the Washington Post who kept [...]

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June

1st

21st Century TV coverage – it’s a whole new ball game

Name,title detailshere, hereand hereAge:Handicap: HOW football on television has changed. Fifty years ago UEFA staged the 1963 European Cup Final at Wembley Stadium to help the Football Association mark its centenary. That match was between Italian masters, AC Milan and the Eusebio-inspired Portuguese champions, Benfica. It was played on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in front [...]

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May

30th

‘Nation’s friend’ Clare Balding has got the lot

I AM a huge fan of Clare Balding. Indeed in her early days in television at the BBC I was able to give her a little guidance and support as she moved across from working on radio. She has gone on to become an outstanding award-winning broadcaster, a nation’s friend and an accomplished presenter of [...]

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May

28th

Magic is the right word for a wonderful weekend of sport

WHAT a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend of sport. Everywhere you looked there was a belting event taking place. On Saturday evening at Wembley Stadium, we watched two Bundesliga sides put on a great show in the UEFA Champions League Final with Bayern Munich finally outpunching their rivals, Borussia Dortmund to clinch the trophy for the [...]

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May

22nd

Jamie Carragher will be missed

SUNDAY was a poignant day in the football life of Jamie Carragher. Liverpool’s home match against QPR will be the Reds’ stalwart’s 737th and final appearance. Every one of those appearances has been marked with the same 100 per cent effort, and a shirt worn with pride and stained with the sweat of 90 minutes [...]

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May

17th

David Moyes’ send-off was a fine occasion

DAVID MOYES rounds off his Goodison career this weekend with an away game at Chelsea. His send-off in front of the Everton faithful last Sunday underlined the respect with which he was held. His Everton team secured sixth place amidst a typical atmosphere in what remains one of football’s most authentic stadiums. And in my [...]

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