Leslie campaign reaches its target
Sep04

Leslie campaign reaches its target

A campaign to raise £100,000 to erect a statue of a footballer who was dropped from the England team when selectors discovered he was black, has hit its target. Plymouth Argyle’s Jack Leslie would have been the first black person to play for England, having initially been selected to play against Ireland in 1925. His selection was the talk of the club and the town, but some days later, when the newspapers published the team, Billy...

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How The Gulls are coping with isolation
Apr01

How The Gulls are coping with isolation

Gary Johnson Manager of Torquay United celebrates after winning during the Vanarama National League match between Torquay United and Halifax Town at Plainmoor, Torquay, Devon on Saturday 22nd Feb – PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK With fixtures throughout the entire sporting world (with the bizarre exception of Belarus) postponed until further notice and sportsmen forced to train at home in isolation, The Moorlander spoke exclusively...

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National honours for ORC runners
Mar29

National honours for ORC runners

It was a weekend of great performances by Okehampton runners, from juniors to the most senior members. The National X-Country Championships took place over an incredibly muddy and sticky course at Loughborough, which made for very tough going. Jo Page ran a strong 10k Ladies Race to come 4th of the Devon runners, with Matthew Richards also running very well to be 4th in the team in his race and Sam Priday 8th. Geoff Hill returned to...

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Okes felled by All Blacks
Feb21

Okes felled by All Blacks

On a highly successful day off the pitch, Okehampton fell to a second consecutive home defeat on it, as the visitors dominated possession for long periods. In front of the largest crowd seen at the showground for some time, the Okes lost the toss and played down the slope first up for the first time this season. Spectators’ expectations were high for what promised to be a hard-fought encounter on an excellent surface. However, the...

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Wheelchair rugby star an inspiration
Feb14

Wheelchair rugby star an inspiration

during the Devon Ability Games South at Plymouth Life Centre on the 22 January. PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK 100’s of Devon youngsters headed to Barnstaple on Wednesday, 5th February for a day of friendly sporting competition. They took part in a variety of events including archery, sitting volleyball and new age kurling. The Devon Ability Games were staged at the Tarka Tennis Centre and gave children from Special Educational Needs (SEN)...

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Okes fall short in close match
Jan30

Okes fall short in close match

Following last week’s excellent performance against the Exe University students, the Okes welcomed Exmouth to a sun-drenched Oaklands. Playing up the slope for the first period, the score board was soon in action when a scrum free kick to the Okes in mid-field saw Richard Bolt tap and go with Joey Bruce supporting. This took the play to the visitors’ twenty-two where several phases saw the Exmouth midfield stray offside with Dan...

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