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Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:51:32 +0100

Today we go back to one of our old Alma Mater's (sorry can't get back to Bramley Road - the site isn't old enough!) for our last game at "The Vic" when Sarries took on Edinburgh in the snow

Pandemic sees ROKiT Williams forced to take measures
With the uncertainty of the 2020 Formula One season as it is impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic the Williams has been forced to take action in regard to furloughing staff as well as various staff taking pay cuts. Those taking the pay cuts included the drivers as well as senior management at the team.

King Zak takes us back to that remarkable match at Twickenham when Saracens took on Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup semi-final

FAKE 2020 CC1 Opener v Kent at Taunton
Yes I know.... It isn't happening and this is just daft - but it is what it is and if you aren't into it then don't bother to go any further than this.  However, I came home for cricket and this presently is the nearest I get to it and it has its interest.  So I'll set the scene and take you through Day 1 of a parallel universe Somerset 2020 CC1 season or not.... your choice entirely

50 Million Shortfall If Clarets Don't Finish The Season
Further to the Premier League statement released post the Premier League Shareholders meeting held on Friday 3rd April, Burnley FC is keen to be transparent with supporters, staff and stakeholders and is therefore able to confirm that due to the continued suspension of Premier League games this presents some significant challenges for the football club.

ROKiT Williams should be included in race strategy
For the ROKiT Willaims Team pre-season testing had produced mixed feelings amongst the staff at Williams with various comments been made by the likes of George Russell saying that despite the improvements in the FW43 they would still be the slowest car in the field even if the gap to those in front would be significantly reduced. But now we are seeing comments coming from outside the team in particular those made recently by McLaren driver Lando Norris. For Norris he has expressed his belief that one of the front running midfield teams McLaren will need to include Williams in its strategy decisions for those races of the 2020 season.  

In conjunction with the club who plan to livestream this match at 5.00pm tomorrow (saturday), here is the story of that fabulous weekend in Edinburgh when Saracens took on Clermont in the 2017 European Final.     ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE v SARACENS, European Champions Cup Final, Sat 13th May 2017, Murrayfield   I am not by nature superstitious, however when it comes to something like a European final, it’s not unnatural to check the omens are favourable. And it was looking good. An uneventful journey on Friday night to our hotel in Peebles, a French Team beat an English one in the Challenge Cup (sorry Gloucester),  a Curlew seen out of the car window within 5 minutes of me saying “we’re in Curlew country”, it was raining and best of all a fabulous little Dipper outside my bedroom window on Saturday morning. It felt as if the Gods were smiling on us.    

Retro Teams Up Bath v Saints ECC Final
Tonight Saints will be streaming a replay of the 2014 ECC Final on Saints TV Broadcast, live twitter feeds etc will be from 8pm              

Diary of a madman Part 3. (A leap into the future)
The year is 2100, a small space voyager follows the same path as ye old 19:40 hrs Ryanair from Malaga’s flightline, sideways as usual as the stiff wind vortex emanating from the roaring crowd noise of Emerald Headingley knocks it slightly off course and it heads sideways into Leeds and Bradford international space centre.

what are you all doing without rugby - or going outside
wondering what everyone is doing without the rugby and being in lockdown.  Should have a vitual rugby match, as they are running the grand nationsl virtually this weekend, all bets placed going to charity.  For me, working at Derriford, strangely empty buses and no visitors make the Hospital a very strange place to go each day. being classed as a key essential worker was a bit surprising, but I do have a lettter to say so ;)  At the moment I am distancing myself from my 'other half' (the loud one), due to my job, my hearing is surprisingly recovering, so one bonus coming out of all this.   

Nick Pope - From Non League to Being Wanted By Chelsea
Inside the rise of Burnley's Nick Pope: From non-league to being wanted by Chelsea Clarets stopper has climbed to the top tier of English football

Claire Williams: F1 needs to address team alliances
The Williams F1 team has had a long history of been an independent team with the majority of the teams design and manufacturing been done in-house. But in the last few years there has been a move by several other teams to enter into collaborations with other teams such as the relationship that has developed between Ferrari and Haas and Alfa Romeo. Williams Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams, has spoken of her dissatisfaction with these relationships saying that she is “not particularly happy” with what has become in her view a two-tier system. She believes that this is having an impact on the level of competition that exists in Formula One.

Picture Quiz
Who are these people?  Start of an occasional series - as I find them in the archives.  Don't publish them on the site.  Just let me know you know them and I'll publish the results in a while.

My favourite Arsenal player
The following article is a slightly enhanced version of an answer I gave to who is your favourite player on the AT forum. A link to the original and discussion is at very bottom of article. I apologise for any poor editing, but I am busy doing nothing.

Stay Safe, Says Skipper
Clarets captain Ben Mee has urged everyone to stay safe as he joins the masses working from home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Another Nuno article and 'This day in History'
First of all, my good wishes to all reading this, wherever you are. Keep well, keep safe. No sport, no football continues. I have found another Nuno article, this time from the BBC with the link below. It's another good write up, with comments from Hassan 'Kouka' Ahmed, the Braga centre forward on loan to Olympiakos, who came across Nuno during the players days at Rio Ave when Nuno was Manager. It's another decent, complimetary read of our fabulous Manager! Click on the 'BBC article' link below.  

ROKiT Williams' Nicholas Latifi set to join online racing
With the 2020 Formula One season coming to a halt with first the cancellation of the Chinese GP followed by a series of cancellations and postponements as a result of the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus Formula One drivers have been looking for alternatives to not been able to actually race. One such alternative has been the world of online racing and for ROKiT Williams driver Nichola Latifi there has been an area where he has joined in F1's Virtual Racing Series.

Vydra Is Player Of The Month
Matej Vydra has been chosen as the Clarets’ LoveBet Player of the Month for February.

Gut Morgan Caption Competition
Now I believe MTWD has found some relative normality time to lower the tone and have some light relief in these most difficult times.  Please feel free for any witty comments for the two photos.  New Boy 2 the previous streaky winner will be the judge on the best and worse captions we come up with. Be careful out there. .    

Australian GP: ROKiT Williams Grand Prix Preview
After completing an extensive winter test programme the ROKiT Williams Team now moves to the Albert Park circuit for the 2020 Australian GP. The team has taken the opportunity to address some issues found during testing prior to their arrival in Melbourne. But now it is time for the team to work towards producing a good showing come Sunday's race. For team drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi this race will see George make his second appearance at the track while for Nicholas in his rookie year it will be his first. But this race will be the first opportunity for the team to see what progress has been made.

Nil Desperandum - the shape of things to come
And so we get to the season we have been watching come towards us over the horizon.  It does not seem like over 2 years ago that the plans for this started to appear but they have changed almost out of all recognition since that time and we may not like what we see but as people say.... it is what it is so let's get after it!!

We Ain't Going to Stanford it. Part 5 of 6
Due to mix up in order this is final offering from Beefy of Antigua trip. Part  6 was submitted before part 5 and can be read at end link. Meanmwhile we hear of a game of beach cricket with legends and a boost for a local barman. .  

ROKiT Williams Barcelona Test 28:02:2020 Day Three
The ROKiT Williams Team would complete their pre-season testing with George Russell in the car for the final day. It would follow a similar pattern to the of Nicholas Latifi the previous day with performance runs in the morning and race simulations in the afternoon. The team would pleased with their six days of testing despite losing time with some engine issues. Now the team will continue to work in the time leading up to the first race in Melbourne.

India Start Next Phase of Test Championship as Favorites
India are clear favorites as they take on New Zealand in the first Test at the Basin Reserve.  However the rumor is that the wicket will be a flattie, and will be hard work for the bowling units of both teams.  What a difference from the bouncy green "Wonderbra" wickets that New Zealand used to routinely prepare for Indian Tests in the past.  The quality of the Indian quicks makes that a very risky proposition and so the Home board has understandably gone away for those type of wickets...

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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