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Tue, 30 May 2017 04:26:48 +0100

Stam and Blackett miss out as Yorkshire retains EPL presence
There was heartbreak for former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, and ex-Red Devil Tyler Blackett, was Reading suffered Championship play-off final agony against Huddersfield Town.

The first in a series of articles saying Goodbye to some of The Saracens of 2017 who are moving on. 1. CHRIS ASHTON

Lions or Lambs?
The Lions have departed for New Zealand, eleven of them having played on Saturday. In the most demanding schedule yet, they play their first match next Saturday and a total of ten in just six weeks. Those games are three Tests, the Maori –often thought of as an “extra Test”, the five new Zealand Super rugby franchises and a “Barbarians” team selected from the provincial unions. To cope with that challenge Warren Gatland and his fellow coaches have opted to take 41 players, with an average of 43 caps each. An impressive group, but will they strut through New Zealand as Lions rampant, or are they doomed by fatigue and the schedule to be lambs to the slaughter? 

Monaco GP: Massa secures 9th for Williams Martini
The results of the 2017 Monaco GP would see the Williams Martini team secure a 9th place finish from Felipe Massa. Having started the race well outside the top ten to finish in 9th was a great effort. Drivers would retire around him but Felipe was able to bring his car home on this difficult track. For team-mate Lance Stroll he would run well down the order and would retire his car in the pits. The Williams team should leave Monaco satisfied with the result that they were able to achieve. But there is still a lot of work to do for Lance as he still comes to grips with driving a 2017 Formula One car.

Superb Alexis MotM Player Ratings
I failed to get a ticket for Wembley, so booked two club level seats to watch the screening. That was cancelled due to the horrific events in Manchester. So I had to watch it on TV. Fantastic game by Alexis, and the BFG, and Ozil, and many more, but it was Alexis's rocket start that made us dominate first half. Arsenal being Arsenal failed to take the 3-0 lead on offer, preferring the hard way. Watching TV I could hear the Arsenal fans, but I could also feel the tension, at the end I was drained, typical Arsenal had done it the hard way as usual. Well done the referee for spotting the big dive. Pity there is no parade tomorrow, no way would I have stayed away from that. Matty's ratings follow below:

A Bitter Finale
Just over fifty years since Chelsea succumbed by two goals to one in a Wembley FA Cup final to a north London neighbour, history more or less repeated itself, as the English champions fluffed their lines and deservedly lost a second FA Cup final to dastardly Arsenil. Peculiarly, the Blues have won all six FA Cup finals in the last twenty years against non-London opponents but have lost all three FA Cup finals that they have ever contested against London opposition, conceding twice each time. Even more freakish is the fact that Chelsea have not drawn any of their last thirty matches in London.

Monaco GP: Disappointing qualifying for Williams Martini
Qualifying for the 2017 Monaco GP would be a disappointing session for the Williams Martini team. Neither driver would make it into the final period with Felipe Massa finishing 15th while team-mate Lance Stroll was 18th. Both drivers would have issues hindering their runs with Lance oinly able to complete one run stopping in his garage with a hydraulic issue. For Felipe his second run was looking to be quicker but a crash involving Vandoorne would see Felipe unable to complete his lap at speed seeing him fail to improve. But depite this neither driver had shown any real pace in the lead-up to qualifying so there lap times was not surprising.

Monaco GP: Williams Martini continues to struggle in FP3
The final practice session for the 2017 Monaco GP was not one where the Williams Martini team would come away with the result they were no doubt hoping for. Both drivers would finish well down the times with Felipe Massa only managing 14th while team-mate Lance Stroll was only 0.6 behind hs team-mate but this would see him 17th. Their lack of pace on the Monaco circuit is going to make qualifying a difficult session for both drivers.

Squad for next year
Following our defeat in the Championship play-off final we now know that a number of players will be leaving the club this summer. However the club announced on May 26th that six players had re-signed for next season making our signed squad 21 players....

The clubhouse gets a facelift in 2016
Hi everyone, not a lot to give you this time, what with the rugby taking a well earned rest.

England side to face Baa Baas Sunday 28th May 2017
Eddie Jones has named his England squad to face the Barbarians in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium (kick off 3pm, live on Sky Sports HD).

Final time
Chiefs looking to win for the first time at Twickenham and pick up the biggest prize in Premiership rugby.

Signature Card From 1966/67
Below is the image of a signature card signed by the Wolves squad of 1966/67. Trurotommo found this item while digging through stuff under his stairs and decided to have it posted on here to see if it jogs a few memories for a few users. 

Monaco GP: Difficult FP2 for Williams Martini
The second Thursday practice session for the 2017 Monaco GP would be a difficult one for the Williams Martini team. The session would see Felipe Massa only manage 13th while team-mate Lance Stroll was 16th. It was a difficult session not only in terms of the lack of pace from the FW40 but it was also a session that would see Lance crash heavily damaging his car. No doubt this was not the way Lance would ahve wanted to end his day.

Monaco GP: Williams Martini outside top ten in FP1
The opening Thursday practice session for the 2017 Monaco GP would see both Williams Martini drivers finish outside the top ten. Felipe Massa would finish in 11th while team-mate Lance Stroll was in 16th. Lance would finish around a second slower than his team-mate in what was a learning exercise for the rookie. Both drivers would focus on the ultra soft tyre during what was an uneventful session for the Williams team.

United win Europa League in Stockholm Final
Manchester United added the Europa League to the EFL (League) Cup to give Jose Mourinho's side a succesful end to his first season in charge. Two trophies and a Champions League place must be considered a tremendous achievement as his re-building work continues. The win completes the clean sweep of all the European trophies and the season's silverware clearly makes the club the most decorated in English football history. On an emotional night in Sweden the red devis swept aside Ajax with a powerful performance to win the game 2-0.

Monaco GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
The Williams Martini team moves to the famous harbourside circuit for the 2017 Monaco GP. This will be the first time the 2017 crars will run on this tight and twisty circuit so the driver are going to have to adapt to the wider cars. For the Williams team their drivers are at opposite ends of their experience of the circuit with Felipe Massa having been there for many races whereas for Lance Stroll this race will see his first vist to the circuit. This is going to make the challenge even more difficult as he still tries to get up to speed in Formula One.

Burnley 1 West Ham 2
The Clarets ended the Premier League season in 16th-place – their highest league finish since 1975 – as bogey team West Ham made it a losing finale at Turf Moor.

A Skeletal Hand
Seaxe Man gives his usual detailed report on our drawn match with Surrey. There are snooker references, a skeletal hand and Ethelread the Unready.  Thank for virtual ball by ball comentary , Leprechaun for some pictures and LP for the headline 

India Retain No. 1 Test Ranking
India continue their domination at the top of the ICC Test rankings.  They grabbed the No. 1 spot late last year, after Pakistan briefly held it for a few weeks.  India with their record breaking home season look set to hold on to No. 1 for a long time.  Pakistan meanwhile after being white washed in Australia and New Zealand and despite eking out a historic first series win in West Indies against a historically weak West Indies side have plummeted to No. 6. 

Barnet Fair Report on Today.
Thanks to Age UK Harrow, a charity close to my heart, there was a Middlesex CCC promotion allowing over 60's and a guest in free for today's play.  Some of my team mates from Barnet Over 50's Walking Football Team took advantage of this. Peter Speroni who goes once every 68 years has shared his thoughts of today, which  has given a regular like me some food for thought.      

Boo More Sangakkara class
Primrose Hillbilly reports on a day of twists and turns and that legend again denying us.    As usual there are many amusing asides and some honest opinions.   This is far from a dull read

The General leads our fight back
Haringay Racer reports on a good for us with the familar over rate problem but not effecting us.   This is the most detail you will read anywhere on day 2's play. 

Another Awful Roses Stalemate
Trust good old Old Trafford to produce yet again a pitch that did little to enhance the chances of a result, but simply allowed several batsmen to fill their boots on this buffet pitch. I'm all for pitches where bowlers have to work hard for their wickets, but for the second successive year, the red rose contingent have constructed a pitch that would have required about eight days to obtain a win for either protagonist. I guess that ultimately one could say that neither bowling unit did anywhere near enough to warrant a victory. Still, one bowler did have cause to celebrate, as Jack Brooks, batting at nine compiled his maiden first class century. A hearty congratulations to the headband warrior, but that was perhaps a barometer of how docile the pitch obviously was!

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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