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Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:40:50 +0100

Possible sale of Williams in best interests of the team
The Formula One world was shocked by the announcement that the Williams Grand Prix company was entering into the process of formally putting the company up for sale. The process could result in various options ranging from new investors coming into the company through to a complete sale of the company, But despite the indications that all is far from well within the team Claire Williams has made it clear that the potential sale should be viewed as a more of positive move for the team as they try and sort out their future.

Burnley's transfer balancing act
Burnley's transfer balancing act recruitment plans and the financial factor.

So..... The Premier League Returns
So after the best part of three months we move towards the return of Premier League Football - at last for those of us who have felt particularly deprived!! The 2019-20 season is due to recommence on Wednesday 19th June with Man City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United the first games to be played. 

FAKE 2020 Hampshire at home - Homeboys game
As we continue the lockdown and even with news that a 2020 'season' may actually take place in the last couple of months, we keep this CC1 simulation going with the next in our 'series'.  Hampshire come South West to try and move us down from second and move themselves up from 5th.  Thsi game would have taken place at the end of June - here we are a month early....... enjoy

Which way to turn? Rugby (particularly professional rugby) in England is at a crossroads yet none of the ways forward are clear. How do we restart the game? Will the 6 Nations be completed? What do CVC want for their money? Will there be clubs going out of business? The pandemic has certainly  exacerbated the issues but a large number of them were coming anyway and money is at the heart of the problems.

Major changes announced in Williams Grand Prix Results
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC today announced the Group’s financial results for the year ended 31 December 2019. Contained within these results were various annocemenst regarding the future direction of the company as well as the termination of the partnership with title partner ROKiT. The WGPH board made it clear that they believe that the strategic review and formal sale process is the right and prudent thing to do in order to take time to consider a full range of options and put the Formula 1 team in the best possible position for the future. Despite these challenges the team remains ready to start the 2020 Formula 1 season.

Two New Members of Senior Selection Committee Chosen
It is a strange reality, not just in India but around the world, that often the National Selectors are players who have reached the top, but have not done that well.  Maybe it is something about the struggles they faced or something else that motivates them to seek out these positions... but the latest two candidates join three others similarly undistinguished.  There is no requirement that a Selector be a great player, but in the past some of the best Selectors have been cricketers who have had a lot of success in their playing days.

Law trials to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission
World Rugby approves law trials to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. World Rugby's Executive Committee has approved 10 optional law trials for member nations to implement to minimise the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus through player contact, the global governing body said on Thursday. 

Further changes to F1 Regulations approved
The World Motor Sport Council has approved further changes to the Sporting, Technical and Financial Regulations governing the FIA Formula One World Championship primarily due to the ongoing need to reduce costs and safeguard the sport in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watching Bath Rugby TV’s ‘Classic Matches’ series got me thinking about another ‘Famous Five’ topic – great Bath tries.  We have been privileged over the years to see some outstanding tries, at the Rec and elsewhere. So, trawling the memory bank, and the internet, I have chosen five which stick in the memory. Not necessarily the most significant, or even the best, but all special in their way and hopefully will bring a smile to salve the lockdown blues. Here they are.

Russell hoping for test prior to season start
With the start of the 2020 Formula One season not that far away ROKiT Williams driver George Russell has been keeping himself busy by taking part in the Virtual GP series but at some time soon he is hoping that he can return to the track prior to the first of the post virus lockdown races in Austria on July 5. Whether this would be in an older F1 car or even a lower class Formula car doesn't matter so long as he can return to the track.

Championes Championes Ole Ole Ole
Here is Darren's report on that famous last day of 2016 season. To think he nearly missed that momentus moment. 

Ten years ago
Here's the article I wrote 10 years ago

  In the current climate, both in terms of Saracens’ predicament and the global crisis, it’s very easy to sit and navel gaze, reflect on the past, and think about where we go in future. Assuming financial survival post-Coronavirus, I think it’s important for us all to have perspective on where we are and what is about to happen. In reality, writing this is a form of self-indulgent catharsis but if you’ve got time, a comfy chair, and a cup of tea, do read on. Clearly I’m no stranger to healthy debate with fellow fans so feel free to discuss if I don’t bore you to death – this is a long one.  

  Following the World Rugby meetings in March this year, SANZAAR and the Six Nations (“the Nations”) have been working closely over the lockdown period against a set of key principles between the parties, to develop and agree proposals for an aligned global calendar. Even though there may be different preferences, from the outset the Nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise that the international and club game have shared mutual benefits that if approached and managed correctly can enable both to flourish. A further consultation process, in total transparency with unions, clubs and players, will commence as all parties work towards an aligned global calendar that can deliver a clear and coherent narrative.

FAKE 2020 Essex @Chelmsford CC1 - Deja Vu?
Jamie O is back in the side along with Mik Carberry who is back after his hamstring injury.  This WAS the game last year and Essex are there again one place below us but looking to move ahead.  Yorkshire are leading but they are a game ahead and there's only 15 points in it.  THIS is one of the games of the season FAKE or no FAKE

Clarets Set Out Ticket Refund Options
Burnley FC are able to confirm that all supporters with tickets for the Clarets’ remaining 4 home Premier League fixtures of the 2019/20 season and the away fixture at Manchester City, which was scheduled for March, are now entitled to a full refund.

FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Jack Brooks is back as is Azhar Ali after his injury.  Mike Carberry is still out but Alexei Kervezee keeps his place and we go to Canterbury with 2 spinners.  Thie parallel universe stuff is interesting

ROKiT Williams Racing appoints Roberts as Managing Director
ROKiT Williams Racing has appointed Simon Roberts to the newly established position of Managing Director F1. Roberts will strengthen the F1 leadership team and take overall responsibility for the design and development process, racing, factory operations and planning. Simon will join Williams on June 1st, at which point he will take responsibility for the F1 Technical, Operations and Planning functions, reporting to CEO, Mike O’Driscoll.

Bradford City Remembered 35 Years Ago Today
Staying connected as Bradford City fans pay tribute to Valley Parade fire disaster victims

Side Bottom runs helps us being Top Side
On our series of MTWD Lockdown specials here is day 3 of that memorable match. 

Health of Williams staff comes first
In a recent interview Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams spoke of her concerns for the future of not only the Williams Team but also F1. With the Coronavirus still dominating discussions amongst Formula One there is a push to get the 2020 season restarted. But for Claire her the major focus has always been the health of the teams staff over the financial issues affecting the team. Despite these "scary" concerns for Claire the teams staff will always come first over any thoughts of the team closing its doors.

'This day in history' 1st May 2002
Another small article to stimulate the memory cells! Not a great memory this time around but maybe a catalyst for what was to come the following season? On 1st May 2002, Wolves played Norwich City in the second leg of the play off semi final. Of course, this was to become our last match of the season, a season which promised everything but at the death, gave only torcher and heartbreak for all Wolves fans.

Turf Moor To Be Used As A Coronavirus Test Site
     Temporary testing facility for coronavirus is being set up at Turf Moor, home of Burnley FC.

Ryder Cup 2014 Day1- Fourball Pairings & Foursomes
At last it begins - Go Europe

La Manga best Golf Resort in Spain
The five-star La Manga Club has been named as the best golf resort in Spain for the third successive year.

Change to selection process for European Ryder Cup Captain
The European Ryder Cup Captain, from the 2016 contest onwards, will be decided by a select five-man panel; it has been announced today by Ryder Cup Europe.

Win a Trip to Scotland the Home of Golf
In 2013, Scotland, the Home of Golf is delighted to be welcoming The Open Championship back to Muirfield, East Lothian on 'Scotland's Golf Coast' and we're offering you the chance to win a once in a lifetime experience!

European Tour Schedule 2013
The 2013 European Tour Kicks Off with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club in United Arab Emirates

Emirates Airlines values Sponsorship
A recent interview with Roger Duthie Head of sponsorship for Emirates Airlines.  Emirates is the world's second most profitable and among the 20 largest international airlines. It is based in Dubai.

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