Archive | July, 2013


31 Jul




I started to write this blog at the beginning of last summer to keep my hand in for when I began writing my column ‘From the Touchline’ for the 23rd year back in September. I was informed a couple of months ago that along with other columnists my musings would no longer be required in a rationalization of resourses at the Scarborough News. Therefore, my efforts have been hardly prolific this summer. To be honest, I lost interest for a bit and as usual I have been on my travels. A couple of trips to London then Edinburgh, Loch Lomond,  Oban and a great break at the Hilton in York have kept me busy although it’s been great following England in the Ashes via SKY and the internet. Tomorrow sees the third Ashes test and like the rest of you I’m excited at the prospect of us possibly retaining the Ashes with a good performance at Old Trafford.


Nearer home, I really enjoyed last Saturday’s feast of football at Silver Royd which was a credit to all concerned; I even managed to nip down and watch our cricketers in action before the big game at three. So what now?  As you will probably know I’ve had a couple of amputations of the digits on my right foot and am rapidly running out of toes! But you’ve got to hanging in there havn’t you? This has curbed my long distance driving and has made it difficult to travel to many Scarborough RUFC away games and consequently I’ve resigned as club PRO which I have been doing for almost 30 years.  Email and social media etc have made the post redundant I think but I’ll continue to do what I can for the club. So another four weeks and we’ll be into season 2013-14 and I will still be bringing you reports on Scarborough rugby in the Scarborough News and writing a piece in the match programme at Silver Royd. I promise to keep you up to date on any news from the club when I get it; however I’ve still got a few wee trips to do before the big kick off!










A dream of a sporting weekend!

7 Jul



What a fantastic weekend of sport and what a great day to be a Brit;  if yesterday’s exciting win for the Lions was not enough, Andy Murray put the icing on the sporting cake with his three set to love win over the amazing Novac Djokovic in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, the first British success in 77 years. The young Scot was magnificent and I expect much more from him in the years to come. With those two in the bag it’s on to the Ashes first test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. I can’t wait.


6 Jul

I was up at Scarborough Rugby club about ten this morning to get a good seat for the final Lions’ test. A great start saw the Lions take an early 10-0 lead and they appeared to be cruising with a 19-3 lead just before the interval thanks to their dominance up front. A try for Australia on the cusp of half-time saw the lead cut to 19-10 at the break. The Aussies came back strongly and reduced the arrears to three points at 16-19 and looked as if they might go on to win as following a botched Lions’ line-out they camped on the visitor’s line. Great defence saw Warren Gatland’s side weather the storm and a superbly resilient performance saw three thrilling tries from the men in red in the closing stages as they blew away the Wallaby’s challenge to clinch the series 2-1 with a record breaking 41-16 win. I finished off the day dining alfresco with a couple of drinks to celebrate. Come on Andy Murray tomorrow!


5 Jul

Following last week’s single point defeat in Melbourne, the Lions, minus Brian O’Driscoll, will look to clinch the three game test series in Sydney today. Last week the tourists struggled to get over the gain-line and turned in a very negative, defensive display. With powerful line-breaking centre Jamie Roberts back in action and England prop Alex Corbisero restored to full fitness, a more powerful and direct performance from the visitors is anticipated and a clinching win could be on the cards. Get yourselves along to the club later on this morning for what I’m sure will be a cracker. Don’t forget breakfasts, bacon butties and reduced price beer will be on offer.

O’Driscoll dropped for Lions’ series decider!

3 Jul

Following last week’s single point defeat in Melbourne, Lions’ Coach Warren Gatland has dropped rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll for the decider in Sydney on Saturday. The Lions’ played almost all of last week’s game on the back foot rarely crossing the gain-line and the Aussies deserved their success. I fully agree with the following quote from BBC rugby correspondent Ian Robertson, “You just wonder if they got a lucky bag and picked some names out. The Lions won the first Test and made eight changes to their squad. The Wallabies won the second and probably won’t make any changes. The Lions lose by one point and there are six changes in the team and three guys on the bench who were nowhere near the team for the second Test. I was convinced Brian O’Driscoll should have been named as captain. It’s catastrophic leaving him out. He’s still one of the top centres in world rugby. He’s a fantastic guy and has been on four tours and knows it all inside out. It’s a massive mistake.”

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