It is not always visible from the outside, but inside Home Park there is a lot of work going as Plymouth Argyle’s £6.5 million grandstand redevelopment programme makes steady progress. Plymouth Live football editor Chris Errington was given a behind-the-scenes tour by Jon Back, Argyle’s head of stadium redevelopment (operations), this week. Here, Back answers six key questions over the redevelopment of the grandstand. HOW IS THE CONSTRUCTION GOING? Back said: “From a construction point of view, things are going really well. We look nervously at the weather, but we have factored some of that into the programme. “As long as we can avoid a Beast from the East this year we should be okay. “We signed the main contract back on August 9 and almost immediately during the demolition that was taking place, the contractors identified some contaminated spoil underneath. “That set them back a few weeks so the programme was revised by the end of August, start … [Read more...] about Answering six key questions over Argyle’s grandstand redevelopment
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Gateshead ran out 2-0 winners at Aldershot on Saturday to move back into the play-off places in the National League. With just 10 games remaining the Heed Army have a genuine opportunity of winning promotion to the Football League. It is a remarkable feat given they were tipped as relegation certainties at the start of the campaign after losing a number of key players in the summer. In any other circumstances it would be the feelgood story of the season. But these aren't ordinary circumstances. The Heed, who travelled to Aldershot with just 15 senior players, are under a transfer embargo and are facing a winding-up order on Wednesday over a £20,223.61 unpaid tax bill. Supporters have arranged a meeting this Thursday over genuine fears about the club's long term future. But how has it come to this? Cautious optimism as the ownership changes hands in the summer In April last year, previous owners Richard and Julie Bennett placed Gateshead up for sale and after a long drawn out … [Read more...] about The on-field success and off-field struggles of Gateshead FC ahead of key fans meeting on Thursday
It’s hard to accept a dream is over for another year. But being realistic Hartlepool United must accept they are not going to be involved in the National League promotion race, however their positive start to the campaign.It may only be February, but Pools are eight spots and 11 points off those in the top seven - by anyone’s calculations that’s a step or three too far.By the same token a gap of nine points to those in the bottom four of the division means it’s highly unlikely the team will be dragged into a relegation battle, much like they were this time last season.As things stand, Pools and new manager Craig Hignett find themselves in National League no man’s land.But that isn’t necessarily as negative as the term suggests.Yes, it is not where Pools want to be, but at least they are pretty secure in their fifth tier status, which is not something that could said for the last four months of 2017/18.And what Hignett has an opportunity to do now, is … [Read more...] about FIVE key dilemmas facing Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett
Cardiff City's clash at Arsenal was always going to be a unique occasion. In the main, it was about honouring Emiliano Sala after a difficult and emotional week, which the Bluebirds certainly did with a spirited performance, albeit in a 2-1 defeat. This weekend's home match against Bournemouth will also be one for tributes and emotions will run high again. But Neil Warnock will also have learned plenty from a footballing perspective after Cardiff's trip to the Emirates Stadium. Newcastle's win over Manchester City, Burnley's draw at Manchester United and Fulham's thumping of Brighton have made the Bluebirds' task down the bottom even more difficult. These are the footballing questions Warnock must answer to help his team stay in the Premier League. Will Cardiff shock 'the big six'? The Bluebirds record against the Premier League's so-called big six this season reads: played eight, lost eight, scored six and conceded 27. The numbers aren't pretty and highlight the widening chasm between … [Read more...] about The football questions that emerged from Cardiff City v Arsenal
In the three decades since the Kegworth air crash, there have been many other incidents where the loss of life has been such that the location itself has become shorthand for what happened there. King’s Cross, Dunblane, London Bridge, Manchester Arena, Grenfell - all these and more are a reminder of the potentially devastating consequences of emergency situations. If there is a tiny sliver of comfort to be gained from these events, it is that each has provided a measure of learning for similar situations in the future, whether that is a plane crash, a fire, a mass shooting or a terrorist attack. How our area would deal with any of these incidents if they happened tomorrow is something that is constantly being assessed, rehearsed, and planned for. Who deals with the planning? Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire all have their own Local Resilience Forum, made up of representatives from the emergency services, local councils, hospitals, the Environment Agency, Highways … [Read more...] about Kegworth disaster 30 years on: What would happen if an emergency took place now?