Women-only racing leaves petrolheads fuming
Oct29

Women-only racing leaves petrolheads fuming

Sometimes you just have to sit one out. Like this year, when the FA announced it was now using Disney princesses to get girls playing football. Sure, I felt my insides clenching with a build-up of lactic irony, felt the rush of ready sarcastic remarks to my brain. And yes, there was every chance that the campaign was reinforcing the very stereotypes it was trying to overcome. But as addled ideas go, it was not football’s most...

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Double success for The Moorlanders
Sep25

Double success for The Moorlanders

Chagford Football Club played their first game at home this season, both the first team and the reserves playing in their new strips sponsored by The Moorlander Newspaper. Chagford started brightly, bringing the game to their North Devon opponents but had little in the way of finishing some good moves. Sound in defence, it was somewhat of a surprise that they found themselves a goal down at half-time. Returning more determinedly for...

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“Bloody ‘ell, we’ve only gone and won it”
Jul11

“Bloody ‘ell, we’ve only gone and won it”

England were into their first semi-final of a World Cup since 1990. Only the third time the team had been in a semi-final in their history. So, what would what life be like if England were to do the improbable – win the World Cup? Holiday Firstly, Theresa May and the government would have to declare an official Bank Holiday for the homecoming parade in London and celebrations across the country, as people are hardly going to be...

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Most testing conditions ever for Dartmoor classic
Jul11

Most testing conditions ever for Dartmoor classic

The 2018 Dartmoor Classic Sportive was run in probably the most testing of conditions in the event’s 12 years. All 2,500 plus riders left the Newton Abbot race headquarters in the dry but very soon afterward the rain fell in torrents. Organised by Mid Devon Cycling Club traditionally there are three routes that participants can enter – The Grande (107 miles/ 173 kilometres), the Medio (67 miles/ 109 km) or the Piccolo (38 miles/2 km)....

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England could escape suffocating past with vibrant football
Jun27

England could escape suffocating past with vibrant football

Russia is often accused of fiddling with the news, but this really happened. England were 5-0 up at half-time in a World Cup match and were able to withdraw their captain and talisman, Harry Kane, who had already reached his hat-trick in a game his team had already won. These facts have been verified. Back home, a nation accustomed to World Cup inquests and zero-fun games were supping the Ambrosia of a perfect summer Sunday. Nobody...

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Russia 2018 – World Cup Preview
Jun13

Russia 2018 – World Cup Preview

Gareth Southgate has claimed his England World Cup 2018 squad has been picked to excite the nation at this summer’s tournament. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad with Adam Lallana,  who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which...

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