PUBLISHED: 01:27 06 March 2019 | UPDATED: 01:27 06 March 2019 Steve Russell ‘Her wonderful personality imprinted itself on people’ says Sean Robinson of ex-colleague Julie McCreadie Picture: COURTESY BOB CROWLEY Archant I knew Julie McCreadie too little and for too short a time, but a story about her wowing the imposing (and pension fund-raiding) publishing baron Robert Maxwell filtered back to Suffolk. It was after she left Eastern Counties Newspapers and set her sights on London. Nice tale, but was it true or apocryphal? Julie McCreadie. ‘She was an incredible saleswoman as well as a talented and gifted journalist’ Picture: COURTESY BOB CROWLEYSally Burch knows. “I first came across Julie when I worked at the East Anglian Daily Times and she was editor of the Suffolk Mercury series,” she says.“Our paths didn’t cross much but she remembered me and when I moved to work in London she hunted me out, … [Read more...] about Julie: She proposed on the Ipswich-to-London train
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PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 March 2019 Upminster Pitch and Putt, Hall Lane, Upminster. Picture: Google Maps Google Maps Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Green spaces create lifelong memoriesThomas Clarke, membership development officer, Havering Liberal Democrats, writes: I must have been nine when I first played a golf shot. I went to Upminster’s Hall Lane Miniature Golf Course with my father and a couple of my brothers and hacked my way around the place – my dad trying to give out golfing advice at the same time as making sure we didn’t kill each other or other golfers enjoying the course.From that moment I have been hooked on golf and sport – so much that I have worked for Golf Monthly magazine for the past decade and been able to take my lack of golfing ability all around the world – even being fortunate enough to play Augusta National last year.I was then upset to see the news on Tuesday that the very same golf … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Dagnam Park football pitches, parking spaces, Upminster Pitch and Putt, memories of Collier Row childhood, RA facts, local cinema, borough’s heritage and crime rates in Upminster.
Computer games get a lot of bad press, but they could have sparked a revolution at one of Britain’s most forward-looking football clubs. It was a love of football computer games that first inspired the new manager of Lewes FC Women to pursue the career in football that is now focussed on getting Lewes to the next level.Growing up, Fran Alonso was hooked on playing football games on his PC. He said: “I would play ‘PC Futbol’, the Spanish version of ‘Football Manager’, every weekend.“I would start on Friday and finish on Saturday evening; that’s more than 24 hours spent on screen. I was obsessed like lots of kids, but instead of using virtual currency to buy players, I played with real money. My friends and I would pay transfer fees of up to 10 Euros. It was all very exciting.”Fran, 42, is still passionate about football and has now been a coach and manager for more than 15 years. In this time, he has worked with some of the best … [Read more...] about From PC to Pan … football computer games inspired new manager of Lewes FC Women
The next seven days may not only prove season-defining for Newcastle United, they may go a long way towards shaping the club's long-term future, too. The FA Cup third-round replay against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Tuesday night is, rather frustratingly, a largely insignificant distraction during a six-day period when reinforcements must start arriving, and then Newcastle simply have to defeat Cardiff City at St James' Park. Mike Ashley's return to the scene on Saturday was intriguing - and fans, as well as manager Rafa Benitez, can only pray that, for once, he heeds the warning signs which have been presented to him. The billionaire is purportedly a Chelsea supporter, so maybe that was why he decided to take in his first live United game in more than two months, while Stamford Bridge is also within a close proximity to his Buckinghamshire mansion. But the hope is that managing director Lee Charnley has tried to re-engage the businessman, who is desperate to sell the club, just … [Read more...] about How Newcastle & Ashley face their week of reckoning, both on & off the pitch
FOOTBALL boss Caroline Radford’s Christmas is FAR more glamorous than most. The millionaire CEO of Mansfield Town FC hires a Christmas decoration firm to deck the halls of her 10-bedroom Nottingham Mansion to get her family feeling festive,. And she flies Santa in on a helicopter as a treat for her three boys – Hugo, five, and four-year-old twins Albert and Rupert. But the 36-year-old, who stars in Billionaire Babies on Christmas Eve, insists she doesn’t spoil her kids. Carolyn, who is married to the club’s chairman, John, told Fabulous Digital: “The past few years they haven’t quite got it but this year they have bought into Christmas massively so they’ve been to visit Santa and given him lists. “But they’re not into huge presents or anything extravagant. “Hugo is into puppets and likes doing puppet shows for everyone, so we’ve bought puppets, building blocks – nothing glamorous. There are no gold-plated iPads or … [Read more...] about Millionaire football CEO Carolyn Radford says she ‘only spends £1k’ on each of her three kids at Christmas and ‘never spoils’ them