Dr McKenna Cup Section A: Cavan v Queen's University, Belfast (tomorrow, Ballyconnell, 1.30pm)CAVAN manager Mickey Graham has called on his Breffni players to make the most of the short timeframe available in county colours as their season continues to crank into gear.Cavan shook off the winter cobwebs with a one-point win over Down in their McKenna Cup opener last weekend and should add to that when Queen's visit Ballyconnell tomorrow afternoon.Moving onto four points would please new manager Graham as he wants a winning mentality to be developed as quickly as possible within the squad.“When you're 20 or 21 you're thinking ‘this is great, I have plenty of years ahead of me' but it's not like that,” said Graham who played against Queen's boss and former Down forward Shane Mulholland during his own Cavan days.“Before you know it you're 28 or 29 years of age and the light at the end of the tunnel is approaching.“It does pass by very quickly and it seems to … [Read more...] about Cavan manager Mickey Graham wants to develop winning mentality
Bristol Rovers came up just short of a famous result at the Stadium of Light on Saturday which would have capped one of the most turbulent weeks in the club’ recent history. The Gas lost 2-1 away at Sunderland AFC just two days after manager Darrell Clarke left the club having been in charge for more than four and a half years. Alex Rodman put Rovers fans and caretaker manager Graham Coughlan in dreamland just 10 minutes into the first half, firing in at the near post to put his beleaguered side ahead and score his first league goal for the Pirates. The chance all came from some wonderful play from lone striker Alex Jakubiak who found himself out wide, and beat his marker with some trickery and persistence before firing a dangerous cross into the box. Liam Sercombe was the man to meet it but he fluffed his effort but thankfully the ball fell at the feet of Rodman who fired beyond Jon McLaughlin. Rovers conceded just before the break with Adam Matthews finishing at the back post … [Read more...] about Reason for optimism after Rovers’ bright display at Sunderland
It remains one of the most iconic comedy series of our time, spawning films, books, records and tours – and even now as it nears its 50th anniversary next year, Monty Python is as loved as ever.Coinciding with the milestone, founding member Eric Idle, 75, has written his ‘sortabiography’, Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life, which charts some of his recollections of the series and its spin-offs.As the countdown to Monty Python’s big birthday in 2019 begins, we join Idle to take a trip down memory lane…How did Monty Python come about?Idle, John Cleese and Graham Chapman worked together at the Cambridge Footlights (Cambridge University’s now famous dramatics club), later meeting their Oxford Revue rivals Terry Jones and Michael Palin at the Edinburgh Festival.Terry Gilliam, whose animations would form a stream-of-consciousness flow to become the basis for Monty Python, was introduced to the gang after Cleese met him in New York when on tour with the … [Read more...] about Always look on the bright side of life: 50 years of Monty Python
Following a highly acclaimed, totally sold-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ivo Graham is touring his hit show Motion Sickness throughout the UK. A spokesman said: “Ivo is growing up. So, this is his moving in together’ show, his getting married’ show; his having kids’ show.“Since becoming the first winner of So You Think You’re Funny in 2009, Ivo Graham has gone on to tour four shows and gain increasing popularity as one of the bright young lights of British comedy.”He was the youngest ever winner of So You Think You’re Funny in 2009 and was subsequently signed by the biggest stand up talent agency in the UK, Off The Kerb. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2010 Chortle Awards.READ MORE: Entertainment news His TV appearances include Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Live from the BBC, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, As Yet Untitled, Virtually Famous, Sweat the Small Stuff and The Dog Ate My … [Read more...] about Ivo Graham’s hit show ‘Motion sickness’ heads to the Fylde Coast’s Lowther Pavilion
Newcastle United’s French revolution was over a long time ago – the curtain was pulled during thesummer when Massadio Haidara and Henri Saivet (albeit on loan) departed. A five year period that began with Hatem Ben Arfa signing from Marseille came to an end when the last two of Chief Scout Graham Carr’s Gallic picks left United. It was a period that came to define United under Mike Ashley – an attempt to extract value from the transfer market that had a profound impact on the club’s fortunes. Carr was given free rein to “embed” United in Ligue 1 and 16 players arrived from French clubs. Some were successes, more were mediocre but most have disappeared off the radar of Newcastle fans since. NUFC Editor Mark Douglas considers the impact of Carr’s 16. Hatem Ben Arfa Where now? Rennes Few realised when Ben Arfa turned up at Newcastle Airport – in a move not sanctioned by his club Marseille – that this was the first act of a … [Read more...] about NUFC’s five-year French revolution: Where are Graham Carr’s 16 signings now?