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January 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Crewe Railroaders will join the British American Football League this year
with the BAFL culminating each year with the BritBowl which was won last
year by the London Blitz at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

The current stadium at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre is on the same ground
as the old football ground that hosted FA Cup Finals between 1895 and 1914
with Burnley the last team to win the cup at the venue, beating Liverpool in
the final in 1914.

In Burnley’s history, they have only once made it to the European Cup (now
Champions League) when they lost in the quarter finals in the 1960-1961
season to Hamburg

Hamburg’s last European game against an English team was in the 2009-2010
Europa League semi final where they lost to Fulham having beat Standard
Liege, Anderlecht and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in the knockout rounds.

Eindhoven had hosted the 2008 European Aquatics Championships a year
earlier where Tom Daley became the youngest ever European Champion in
the diving events a few months before he competed for Great Britain at the
2008 Olympics in Beijing at 14 years old.

Another athlete to make a big impression in the Olympics at 14 year old
was Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci [ko-mo-neech] who won three
gold medals at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal as well as becoming the first
gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10 score in an Olympic gymnastics event.

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January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Nantwich Town sold Ben Mills to Macclesfield Town this week

Macclesfield drew 2-2 with Premier League Bolton in the FA Cup on Saturday

Although currently injured, American midfielder Stuart Holden is a key player for
Bolton Wanderers having joined the club from MLS side Houston Dynamo.

The Dynamo’s are one of Houston’s professional sports teams with the city
boasting a team in every major American sports league apart from the NHL including
NBA side the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets’ next game is on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at the Charlotte
Bobcats.

The Bobcats share a nickname with BAFA Division 2 the Bournemouth Bobcats,
the same league that the Crewe Railroaders will join this year.

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December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Haroon Khan who won silver at 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi for Pakistan, is
the cousin of Lancashire and England cricketer Sajid Mahmood

Mahmood made his test debut for England against Sri Lanka in 2006, getting Kumar
Sangakarra as his first test wicket

Sangakarra spent the 2007 cricket season with English county Wawrickshire as an
overseas player and another former overseas player for Wawrickshire was West
Indies legend Brian Lara who is one of three cricketers to have won the BBC
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award

As of 2010, only boxing legend Muhammad Ali and 6 time Wimbledon champion
Roger Federer are the only two to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of
the Year award 3 times

Federer won his first ever grand slam title at Wimbledon in July 2003, the same year
that Wimbledon lost their football league team as Wimbledon FC moved to Milton
Keynes in September 2003

Wimbledon changed their name to the MK Dons in 2004 and this season the MK
Dons became Nantwich Town’s first ever opponents in the FA Cup First Round
proper

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December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Michael Crocker agreed to join Hull FC in 2009 before
he wasn’t provided with a UK visa and signed instead for South Sydney from the
Melbourne Storm

Crocker played in the victorious Melbourne Storm side in the 2007 NRL grand final
(scoring a try) against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles helping the Melbourne team
coached by Craig Bellamy to the NRL title.

The Welsh footballer who shares the same name as the Melbourne Storm coach
Craig Bellamy is now back at Liverpool where he was a runner up in the 2006-
2007 Champions League, helping the Anfield club on their way to the final with the
equaliser against Barcelona in their 2-1 first leg win in their first knockout round tie
after Brazil born Portugese international Deco had given Barcelona the lead at the
Nou Camp

Like Deco, another Portugese sports star born outside of Portugal is Francis Obikwelu
who won the silver medal in the men’s 100m at the 2004 Olympics in Athens

Another silver medal hero from the 2004 Olympics in Athens was Amir Khan who
won the silver medal in the lightweight division in the boxing event

Haroon Khan is the brother of Amir and has become a successful amateur boxer
himself, winning bronze for Pakistan in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

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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
Australia.

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 http://www.redshiftradio.co.uk/ and choosing to Listen Live or by clicking the ‘RedShift Radio’ tab at the top of the page.