Archive for November, 2011

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November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Sam Tomkins scored 5 tries for the England rugby league team in the Four Nations
campaign just gone and he made his rugby union debut this past weekend, scoring the
only try for the Barbarians in their 60-11 loss to Australia.

The only other player to put up points for the Barbarians with 2 penalties was
Danny Cipriani, the former London Wasps and England fly half now playing in

London Wasps play their home games at Adams Park which they share with
Wycombe Wanderers FC

Wycombe famously reached the FA Cup semi finals in the 2000-2001 season before
losing 2-1 to Liverpool who went on to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final

On the bench for Arsenal in that final was Cameroon defender Lauren who a year
earlier had scored for Cameroon in their penalty shootout win over Spain in the
Sydney Olympics football final to help his country win a gold medal in Stadium
Australia, now called the ANZ Stadium

The ANZ Stadium is now the home venue of NRL side South Sydney Rabbithos

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November 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Sepp Blatter has been in the news this week for his controversial comments inferring
that he thought on field racism in matches could be solved with an end of game
handshake. Not a stranger to controversy, the Swiss head of FIFA was born in 1936.

1936 saw the Summer Olympics staged with much stronger racial issues behind it in
Berlin with Germany controlled by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party where African-
American athlete Jesse Owens famously won 4 gold medals in the 100m, 200,
4x100m and long jump.

Owens’ achievements weren’t equalled until 1984 when American Carl Lewis won
the same 4 gold medals in the Los Angeles Olympics.

Lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, a city named after our own Birmingham
the home of Carling Cup holders Birmingham City.

After drawing 1-1 with Peterborough United last weekend, Birmingham’s last victory
came against Leeds United on October 26th.

Leeds United play their home games at Elland Road, the venue for the Rugby League
Four Nations Final where England lost to Australia last weekend.

Six Degrees of Sporting Separation

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Each Monday night between 7-9pm, I feature on the Sports RoundUp show on RedShift Radio based in Crewe and one of the feature’s on the show sees me move from one sporting name to another in six steps, known as the ‘Six Degrees of Sporting Separation’. Each week’s link follows on from the previous week so wherever I finish one link, I have to start from there for the next. Anyone is welcome to suggest where they would like me to try and get to for a link each week and you can tune into the show online every Monday night by clicking here and choosing to Listen Live or by clicking the ‘RedShift Radio’ tab at the top of the page.