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  • SPORTS

    Toffees can't seem to escape Z Cars

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 09/02/2019

    » When the Everton players walk out onto the Vicarage Road pitch at Watford today, for a moment they could be forgiven thinking they are playing at home. The Toffees will be greeted by the strains of the Z Cars theme tune, which also heralds their appearance at their home ground of Goodison Park.

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    England ponder painful performance

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 13/01/2018

    » The final moments of the Ashes series could not have been more symbolic in summing up England's plight in what has been a nightmare tour Down Under. While the victorious Australian team gleefully collected all the awards and sprayed champagne at the Sydney Oval, England's captain Joe Root, suffering from a stomach illness, was asleep in the dressing room.

  • SPORTS

    The Seagulls have landed in top flight

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 22/04/2017

    » Brighton and Hove Albion clinched promotion to the Premier League this week, a considerable achievement for a team which came within a whisker of dropping out of the Football League 20 years ago.

  • SPORTS

    It's still a round of two halves in Troon

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 16/07/2016

    » It was the great Gary Player who said the last nine holes at Royal Troon "are the most difficult in the world when the wind is blowing".

  • SPORTS

    Testing times for Rodgers and his Bhoys

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 23/07/2016

    » Scottish champions Celtic avoided a second banana skin in the Champions League qualifier by overcoming Gibraltar's part-timers, the wonderfully-named Lincoln Red Imps, in comfortable fashion with a 3-0 victory at Celtic Park on Wednesday night. There was to be no repeat of the "Shock of Gibraltar" when the former European champions suffered a humiliating 1-0 first leg defeat by a team which included a customs officer, labourer, policeman and taxi driver.

  • SPORTS

    Lesser lights dream as season begins

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 03/08/2019

    » Fans of Premier League clubs may beg to differ, but the English football season really kicks off this weekend as the 72 teams not in the top flight launch their campaigns.

  • SPORTS

    Fans show pride in the Lionesses

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 06/07/2019

    » The USA will be defending their Women's World Cup title against European champions the Netherlands in Lyon tomorrow and few would bet against a side that has looked superior to the other teams in all departments, even though England gave them a run for their money in the semis.

  • SPORTS

    Forty gaffers gone, and still counting

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 06/04/2019

    » When Steve McClaren was told he had been sacked by Queens Park Rangers on April 1, he could have been forgiven for thinking it was some kind of bad taste April Fools' joke. Unfortunately for him, it was not fake news.

  • SPORTS

    Spurs move into a brave new world

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 30/03/2019

    » As a student in London in the mid 1960s, whenever possible I would take in a game at one of big football clubs. Having been brought up watching Reading in the old Third Division at their modest Elm Park home, just being in a large stadium with crowds of more than 30,000 was itself a thrill.

  • SPORTS

    The Tangerine Army is on the march

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 09/03/2019

    » Blackpool supporters are planning a major celebratory parade from the seafront to their Bloomfield Road stadium before today's match against Southend after winning a crucial victory... off the pitch. The festivities featuring the mighty Tangerine Army have been prompted by the news that the extremely unpopular owners, the Oyston family, have finally been ousted from the club following a High Court order.

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