Murray accepts not all fans of Bury FC warm to the idea of a phoenix club. Forever Bury, the Bury FC supporters’ trust, is continuing its search for a buyer to replace Dale and remains intent on preserving the historic club at Gigg Lane. “We would put everything to a vote among our members to decide what happens if Bury are saved,” says Murray, who was vice-chair of Forever Bury for a few months. … [Read more...] about Bury AFC: ‘We created this for people to fall back in love with football’
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‘I kind of half know, although I’m definitely not allowed to say, but hopefully at the end of the summer I’ll be going and working with people I absolutely adore and have adored for quite a number of years. I’ll be really excited if that manages to happen,’ he said. … [Read more...] about Paul Mescal wants to play Connell in Normal People again – but with a difference
Seeking to show whether a given shot is a good chance, whether it should have gone in, xG is one of many metrics used in football analytics. It is, however, the first to move into the mainstream. It’s featured (after the corner count) on Match of the Day, it pops up in analysis articles and is widespread on Twitter. It has also become a focal point in the debate about how far the magic of football can be distilled into numerical form. So when an xG league table looks so far off the real thing, people start asking questions. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s beyond the model’: have Liverpool exposed the limits of xG?
TV presenter Gethin Jones has suffered for his love of sport. His long list of injuries include broken bones, a dislocated shoulder, damaged ankle ligaments and a fractured skull. But nothing slowed down the 37-year-old until he was diagnosed with tendinosis, the steady and unstoppable deterioration of the tendons in his right knee... … [Read more...] about Gethin Jones on tendinosis: Too much sport has broken my bones and worn out my knee
Once talented children enter our programme, the manager, Gill Snode, tracks those who really start to shine and she passes the best over to our Chinese coaches [Lin Chen and Xinde Zhang] and other elite coaches. Most successful divers started quite young, Tom Daley and Jack Laugher at seven for example, but we do pick some children up in the first year of secondary school, such as Desharne Bent-Ashmeil, a rising star from Croydon. … [Read more...] about Scouting report: what talent-spotters are looking for in young hopefuls