Tributes have been paid to former editor of the Southport Visiter Alan Pinch. Alan, who worked at the Visiter for more than a decade, died suddenly on July 7. The 89-year-old was much-loved by his family and the local community – after making a name for himself in Southport throughout his career. The father-of-four had a love for journalism and worked in the field for around 56 years - and even continued to write in his retirement. His first child, Jeanette Henry, said: “Dad was always larger than life to me. I observed his enthusiasm and zest for his journalism and his sporting pursuits from a very young age. “Whenever we walked through town with dad we would be stopping frequently along the way to chat with lots of people who seemed to know dad well. “We inevitably ended up in a café with one or two of those acquaintances, so it was a win-win for us! “When I was young dad was a voracious reporter – he went to great lengths to get his story. … [Read more...] about Tributes paid to former Southport Visiter editor Alan Pinch
Alan Brazil yesterday revealed he has been left devastated by his close friend Ray Wilkins’ fight for life. England, Chelsea and Manchester United legend Wilkins, 61, was placed in an induced coma after suffering a cardiac arrest and fall at home. He appeared on Brazil’s breakfast radio show just 24 hours before he became ill on Wednesday. The former England star has been a regular guest with Brazil on Talksport and was due to appear again this week. Brazil told the Daily Record: “Ray is one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet and working with him on the show is always a joy. “I’m devastated to hear that he’s so unwell. I work with him every Tuesday and just love him to death. “He’s just a fantastic guy. I’m just praying and hoping that he can pull through.” Wilkins played 70 games for Rangers, winning a League and League Cup double in 1989 and then 16 games for Hibs in the 1990s when he was 40. He had a glittering … [Read more...] about Alan Brazil speaks of devastation as close pal Ray Wilkins fights for life
Alan Hudson would love to see a Stoke player emulate his winning goal at Arsenal once-upon-a-time... though he wouldn’t recommend any repeat of his pre-match preparations back in 1975. It was the third game of the 1975/76 season when Huddy netted the only goal at Highbury to secure a 1-0 victory over the Gunners. What Stoke City would give for something similar this weekend, but they had better steer clear of anything like his build up to that Highbury clash. “Yes, I remember that one, better than anybody else I think,” says Huddy, somewhat sheepishly. “It was a bit of an eye opener and I certainly wouldn’t recommend players doing the same. “I was out of order and it was my fault. “I remember I was going through a bit of a bad spell, even though it was only the third game of the season. “I’d trained hard throughout the summer, but didn’t play well in the first two games against West Ham and Wolves. “I kind of said to … [Read more...] about Alan Hudson recalls heavy night out before scoring Stoke City winner at Arsenal
It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote an opinion piece on the national team saying how English fans had become bored of the national team. Well, while they are hardly waking people from their slumbers right now, the last two friendlies have shown signs of promise from Gareth Southgate’s evolving side. Prior to Tuesday’s match with Italy, which ended in a 1-1 draw courtesy of a controversial late penalty for the Italians, Raheem Sterling called for some love for the national side. “I feel sometimes there’s a bit too much negativity,” he told a press conference ahead of the game. “I would love to hear some positive notes going in, just to make the boys know that everyone’s behind them.” Let’s get something right, Raheem. We are firmly behind you. The whole nation is behind you. In fact, the whole nation ALWAYS gets behind its football team, especially at a major tournament. Perhaps too much so. Remind me to tweet you pictures of … [Read more...] about Have England become the team Sterling wants us to fall in love with?
PUBLISHED: 18:30 21 March 2018 Paul Strange Rehearsals in full swing for Exeter Little Theatre's production of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Bedroom Farce'. Picture: Contributed. Archant Chaos and havoc ensues as one couple ruffles not just their own feathers, but the beds, tempers, and routines of everyone else. Trevor and Susannah (played by Pete Francis and Gill Smith), inflict their problems on their nearest and dearest as they try to resolve the issues of their dysfunctional marriage. Over the course of one long evening, the duo finds themselves in everyone else’s beds but their own, leaving a wave of destruction as they move across the show’s three main bedrooms. In room number one there is Earnest and Delia (David and Sue Gunn-Johnson), a stalwart couple meant to be enjoying an anniversary dinner but who would really just prefer pilchards in bed… that is until Susannah comes calling for marital advice. Then there’s ‘love’s young dream’ Mel … [Read more...] about Exeter Little Theatre Company has fun, bringing Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce to life