“I recently stumbled upon this article about Tony Hibbert signing for an unbeaten Sunday league team in 2017 and missing a penalty for them in a 1-0 defeat on his debut. Which other former professionals have extended their careers into Sunday league football after retiring,” asks George Jones. The smell of liniment oil and the thrill of almost being cut in two by a hungover centre-back would appear to be quite the draw for ex-pros as there have been a few turning out for Sunday teams over the years. “I remember Julio Arca, formerly of Sunderland and Middlesborough, playing for his local team Willow Pond FC in Sunderland for a period after he retired in 2013,” writes Robert Kelly. “He later played for South Shields at a higher standard.” Ali Tabari can go one better. He has a former Premier League player being managed by a former Premier League player in the pock-marked fields of Warwickshire. “My friend until recently played for a team near … [Read more...] about Which former pros have played Sunday league football after retiring?
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A fact-filled profile of the snowboard champion Katie Ormerod and a thrilling basketball match report have been revealed as the winners of the inaugural Guardian and Football School Young Sportswriters of the Year award. The winner of the category for writers aged seven to nine, eight-year-old Caleb Waterhouse, wrote about Ormerod, who attended his primary school in West Yorkshire. In the category for ages 10 to 12, Billy Taylor, 12, wrote about the time he saw an NBA game in Los Angeles. Hundreds of students entered the competition, whose judges included the Guardian columnist and former England footballer Eni Aluko and the World Cup-winning footballer Per Mertesacker. “Caleb wrote a moving article that shows he’s learnt a valuable lesson from Katie to stay active and positive, even in disappointing situations,” Aluko said. “The standard was so impressive, it was a hard to choose a winner,” Mertesacker added. “It was a pleasure to read these … [Read more...] about ‘Impressive and moving’ – Football School/Guardian Young Sportswriters of the Year revealed
Raheem Sterling has bought 550 tickets for Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton at Wembley on Saturday and donated them to his old school close to the stadium. The 24-year-old winger attended Copland community school, now Ark Elvin academy, when growing up in London and is aware that many of the students come from similar minority ethnic backgrounds to his own. More than 50 languages are spoken at the establishment, which serves the estate in Wembley where Sterling was brought up after coming to England from Jamaica at the age of five. The academy’s principal, Rebecca Curtis, said she felt Sterling was a role model for her pupils. “To know he still thinks about the community he came from despite how his life has changed is really powerful for us,” she said. “The vast majority of our pupils have never been inside Wembley, let alone seen such a big game with one of our old boys playing.” Sterling said: “I have a close connection … [Read more...] about Raheem Sterling buys 550 FA Cup tickets for children at his old school
A female Chelsea goalkeeper has revealed how she quit football to take up a job in the City of London with Goldman Sachs. Lizzie Durack, 25, joined Chelsea F.C. Women from Everton in the summer of 2018 where she vied for the position of goalkeeper. But after just one year at the club, she has decided to step away from the game to pursue a career in finance at Goldman Sachs. At the multinational investment bank, she will work in the Prime Brokerage Division, where she will deal with wealthy hedge fund clients. After just one year at Chelsea Women, Lizzie Durack (pictured) has decided to step away from the game to pursue a career in finance at Goldman Sachs Durack, 25, (pictured in training at Chelsea on August 1) joined Chelsea F.C. Women from Everton in the summer of 2018 where she vied for the position of goalkeeper Durack, who has represented England at several different age groups and has one senior cap to her name (pictured in green with her fellow England … [Read more...] about Goalkeeper swaps Chelsea for THE City: Player quits her professional football career at just 25 to work with hedge fund clients at Goldman Sachs
Golden Boot, Golden Ball and the World Cup. Megan Rapinoe made her mark in style. With boos for Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, echoing around the ground at the trophy presentation and chants of “equal pay” ringing loudest, the impact off the pitch after 52 games from the reigning champions was as big as the impact on it. A coolly taken Rapinoe penalty and beautifully worked goal from Rose Lavelle was all that was needed to fire USA to their fourth Women’s World Cup against a resilient Netherlands side held together by the outstanding, yet currently unsigned, Sari van Veenendaal in goal. Rapinoe tied up the Golden Boot ahead of her teammate Alex Morgan, having matched her for goals and assists but in fewer minutes on the pitch. USA’s co-captain slotted home the spot-kick on the hour, after Morgan had been fouled by Stefanie van der Gragt. Eight minutes later, Lavelle sealed victory with a fine solo effort. With USA having overcome the hosts, France, and … [Read more...] about Megan Rapinoe on the spot as USA beat Netherlands to win Women’s World Cup