The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football
Nov16

The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football

Watching the football friendly match between England and Brazil the other day reminds me of a story I found during the 1998 World Cup. I came across a story about a chap called Charles Miller, he was a railway engineer and a rather good footballer who played for St Mary’s (now Southampton FC). In 1894 Charles got posted to São Paulo in Brazil to build a railway, with him he took two footballs, a pair of football boots, a pump and a...

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The Lambs continue their fine form
Nov02

The Lambs continue their fine form

With both Lewis Daw and Dave Hallett unavailable Jake Miller and Tegan Rosenquest returned to the starting line-up. The Lambs almost took the lead in the opening minute when a fine move saw Josh Robins and Josh Grant exchange passes; the latter found Jack Crago and his cross into penalty area resulted in Ben Cross shooting over the bar. The home team deservedly took the lead in the eighth minute after a great cross field ball from Ben...

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All Whites battle to beat Lydney
Nov02

All Whites battle to beat Lydney

Newton Abbot “All Whites” had to battle both the conditions created by Storm Brian and a stubborn home side, who belied their lowly status, before recording their sixth win of the campaign. Before this trip to the Forest of Dean, Newton had been involved in high scoring encounters, anywhere between 59 and 95 points; this match was in stark contrast, though the visitors were more than happy with the low scoring outcome. Most of the...

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Maidenhead come from behind to beat Ivybridge
Oct19

Maidenhead come from behind to beat Ivybridge

Maidenhead welcomed Ivybridge to the Braywick Bowl, in possibly the first ever meeting between the two sides, if not, the first in a very long time. Ivybridge enter this game full of confidence, following 3 consecutive victories, including impressive away wins at Newbury, and Lydney. The match started well for Maidenhead, with their number 8, Dave Cole, going over for a try early in the first-half. However, Maidenhead immediately let...

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The Lambs take the honours in Dartmoor derby
Oct05

The Lambs take the honours in Dartmoor derby

The Lambs bounced back from their FA Cup disappointment by putting in a really good all round team performance. With Dave Hallett not available, Jake Miller returned to the starting line-up. It took Tavistock just five minutes to open the scoring when a good move caused panic in the visitors’ defence; two shots were blocked before the ball fell to Warren Daw who fired the ball home from 12 yards. Minutes later Dan Sullivan saw his...

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Globe-trotting for Okehampton club
Oct05

Globe-trotting for Okehampton club

There was a big weekend of races for Okehampton Running Club members who took part in events as far apart as Scotland and Paris, as well as many local races. The type of races encompassed just about everything from road races to fell races, multi-terrain runs and an extremely challenging ultramarathon. Nearest to home was the Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon. This race is now in its fourth year, and following feedback from...

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