The Football League so far:

In the Championship, two of the promoted sides, Brighton and Southampton (which of course, will please Aaron James), have made impressive starts to the season, lying in 1st and 2nd position respectively. Other teams up there are Derby, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, and West Ham, who started their Championship campaign with an unlucky 1.0 defeat at Cardiff City, and are looking stronger, and following their 3.0 win at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest, are 5th.

In League 1, MK Dons, Charlton and Preston North End lead the way. The pre-season promotion favourites are my team, Huddersfield Town, and Chesterfield. Huddersfield started with 3 draws on the trot, against Bury, Rochdale and Hartlepool – but since then, have settled down now and following two victories are up to 8th. As far as League fixtures are concerned, they have now gone 30 games without defeat. Chesterfield have struggled a little at the start, and find themselves in the bottom three. They will settle soon I believe, and move up the table.

In League 2, Rotherham are top having made an excellent start. Chasing the Millers are Morecambe and newly-promoted Crawley Town. Plymouth Argyle had a torrid time last season with administration and a ten point deduction. I am very much against these point deductions for administration (does the sport no favours in my view) but I’m not going into that now, and in this case, it resulted in relegation. Reeling from financial difficulties, they presently find themselves bottom of League 2. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for them. Their administrator, Brendan Guilfoyle has said a firm, bidding to buy the club, does have the funds, and although it still has to authorise it, a deal is now imminent. “Solicitors are now working to finalise the documentation, and complete the sale to Bishop International Limited/Plymouth Argyle (125) Limited. Hopefully, by the time I do my next entry here, their future, and financial position will be a little more secure.

Obviously, it’s too early to see properly, how things are going to pan out throughout the Football League, but it is already shaping up to be an interesting season.

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NCB Radio “Road to the FA Cup”

Bodmin Town 6.3 Falmouth Town

In our NCB Radio “Road to the FA Cup”, where we are following the winners in each round, all the way through to Wembley, the Extra Preliminary Round sees our team remain as Bodmin Town (of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division). This is because, on 21st August, in this round, (which is 6 rounds before the 1st Round – proper, 8 rounds before the Championship and Premiership teams join in, and a full 13 rounds before the Cup Final), they, in front of a crowd of just 94, beat Falmouth Town (also of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division) 6.3 at Priory Park.   Among Bodmin Town’s scorers were new signings Dean Stevens and Gary Fisher.  In the next round, the Preliminary Round, on 3rd September, they are away to Barnstaple Town (Western League Premier Division).

You can see Bodmin Town’s website, at http://clubwebsite.co.uk/bodmintownfootballclub

The NCB Radio Road to Wembley so far:

21st Aug 2011: Ext Prel Rd: BODMIN TOWN 6.3 Falmouth Town http://clubwebsite.co.uk/bodmintownfootballclub

3rd Sept 2011: Prel Rd: Barnstaple Town -v- BODMIN TOWN http://clubwebsite.co.uk/bodmintownfootballclub

17th Sept: 1st Qual Rd: St Blazey or Tavistock -v- Winners of Prel Rd

Rob Moore’s Motorworld: Shaun Hollamby Interview

After the last round of BTCC at Croft, Aaron James spoke to AMD Milltek Team Boss (and driver for that event) Shaun Hollamby about a range of issues- including his time as director of FOM TV (F1 Digital).  Hear the full interview with Shaun HERE.

ORIGINAL BROADCAST: 7pm, 27 June 2011.

DON’T FORGET: Join Rob for three hours of Motoring and Motorsport news every Monday from 5pm at http://www.ncbradio.co.uk 🙂

Rob Moore’s Motorworld: From the Pitlane (05/08/11)

Welcome to another edition of Rob Moore’s Motorworld: From the Pitlane.

In this edition we discuss the Hungarian Grand Prix, discuss the BBC/Sky issue and talk Touring cars.

DON’T FORGET: Join Rob for three hours of Motoring and Motorsport news every Monday from 5pm at http://www.ncbradio.co.uk 🙂

F1 Roundup

JENSON BUTTON WEBSITE HACKED

A story has appeared on Jenson Button’s website claiming that he was involved in a car accident. However, users on social networking site Twitter spotted several flaws in these statements.

1) The first paragraph claimed that he was in a critical condition, when the second half contradicted itself stating McLaren were contacting the FIA to see if he could race. Surely if he was critical, the question would be a no brainer.

2) No announcement on McLaren website, or any legitimate news source. You would think this would be of paramount importance if such an incident existed.

3) The picture “supplied” is in fact one found on a google search if you type in “Mercedes SLS crash”. The origin of the picture is a Top Gear article, written in 2010. Also, the picture was taken in Russia.

SKY SNATCHES F1 FROM BBC

It has been widely speculated for a while that due to a freezing in the licence fee, that BBC would be looking to axing its Formula One coverage. However in an unprecedented move, News Corp owned sattelite broadcaster Sky have taken the majority of the rights starting in 2012. Outrage has been widely reported from analysts and supporters, many of which cite the reason of affordability of Sky Sports as a hurdle. BBC retain the rights to ten live races and “extensive highlights” of qualifying and races they do not cover. However, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has since claimed that Bernie Ecclestone told him the BBC’s extensive highlights would in fact be deferred full race replays.

AND WHO WILL SKY USE AS THEIR TEAM?…

Speculation has already started into the identities of Sky’s potential presentation team for 2012. Familiar Sky Sports News presenters such as Georgie Thompson and ex- Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas have been speculated, and the name of Tamara Ecclestone has also done the rounds. One thing I feel worth noting is if anyone from BBC would move, I would highly predict it would be Martin Brundle- though his tweets on Twitter suggest he is at present unsure to what his plans are for 2012.

I can’t see Jake Humphrey moving- he will more than likely be redeployed as a main presenter for BBC’s Olympic coverage. Also don’t rule out BBC and Sky sharing presentation teams to save the BBC money.

AND FINALLY…

Yet another Fake F1 takeover has taken place. It was once again a great success. Many thanks to all the Fake’s that took part.

Spare a thought for HRT…

Their car isn’t great and they are spending the season scrapping with Virgins. I can only presume it can disrupt normal mind processes at times…

 

HRT Truck

Was the truck driven by Karthikeyan?

Tour de France 18 – 21

So there it is,  this year’s edition and the 98th Tour de France is over.  It’s been a fascinating Tour this year,  with the coverted Yellow Jersey being won, and richly deserved by Australian Cadel Evans,  in a time of 86h 12’22”,  1’34” and 2’30” ahead respectively of brothers Andy and Frank Schleck,  who them themselves had excellent rides.   The Green Jersey went to Britain’s Mark Cavendish.
I hope you have enjoyed following the Tour de France here, as much as I have, putting it together.

Here then, is the final result of the 2011 Tour de France.

2011 Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans.

1 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM  AUS  86h 12’22” 
2 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  86h 13’56” +01’34”
3 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  86h 14’52” +02’30”
4 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR  FRA  86h 15’42” +03’20”
5 CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD  ESP  86h 16’19” +03’57”
6 SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  86h 17’17” +04’55”
7 CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD  ITA  86h 18’27” +06’05”
8 BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE  ITA  86h  19’45” +07’23”
9 DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  USA  86h 20’37” +08’15”
10 PERAUD Jean-Christophe 108 AG2R LA MONDIALE  FRA 86h 22’33” +10’11”

Green Jersey (Points) winner, Mark Cavendish

Green Jersey: CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  GBR  334 points
Polka Dot Jersey: SANCHEZ Samuel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  108points
White Jersey: ROLLAND Pierre  FRA  86h 23’05”
Team Competition: TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  258h 18’49” 

Stage 18:

In one of the most exciting stages ever in the history of the Tour de France, a brilliant solo ride saw Andy Schleck take victory at Galibier, although he missed out on claiming the yellow jersey by just 15 seconds

Stage 18 results:

1. Andy Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek) 6:07:56
2. Frank Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek) + 02:07
3. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) + 02:15
4. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) + 02:18
5. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) + 02:21
6. Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) + 02:27
7. Damiano Cunego (lamprey – ISD) + 02:33
8. Rei Taaramae (Cofidis Le Credit en Ligne) + 03:22
9. Tom Danielson (Team Garmin-Cervelo) + 03:25
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Team Garmin-Cervelo) + 03:31

Stage 19:

France finally has its first stage win in this Tour, after a phenomenal ride from Pierre Rolland, saw him first over the finish at Alpe d’Huez.  He climbed the 21 hairpin turns of Alpe d’Huez brilliantly, winning by just 14 seconds from Samuel Sanchez.  This also allowed him to claim the white young riders’ jersey.

Stage 19 result:

1. Pierre Rolland (Europcar)  3h 13’25”
2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel)  + 00’14”
3. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  + 00’23”
4. Peter Velits (HTC – Highroad)  + 00’57”
5. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing)  + 00’57”
6. Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil)  + 00’57”
7. Damiano Cunego (Lampre)  + 00’57”
8. Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek)  + 00’57”
9. Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek)  + 00’57”
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin – Cervelo)  + 01’15”

Stage 20:

Cadel Evans,  who has been consistent throughout the whole Tour, chose just the right day to make his mark in the General Classification, winning the individual time trial to easily overcome the 57-second deficit he had to make up on Andy Schleck.

Stage 20 Result:

1. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC – HIGHROAD 55’33”  
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 55’40” + 00’07”
3. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 56’39” + 01’06”
4. DE GENDT Thomas 203 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 57’02” + 01’29”
5. PORTE Richie 5 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 57’03” + 01’30”
6. PERAUD Jean-Christophe 108 AG2R LA MONDIALE 57’06” + 01’33”
7. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 57’10” + 01’37”
8. CANCELLARA Fabian 12 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 57’15” + 01’42”
9. VELITS Peter 179 HTC – HIGHROAD 57’36” + 02’03”
10. TAARAMAE Rein 151 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 57’36” +02’03”

Stage 21:

Mark Cavendish won this final stage of this year’s race, his 20th of his Tour career,  to become the first ever British winner of the green jersey, while Cadel Evans secured his first ever Tour de France win with a trouble-free ride into Paris.

Stage 21:
(In a mass finish on the Champs-Élysées,  151 riders came in together, here are the top 10 places)

1. CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  2h 27’02”  
2. HAGEN Edvald Boasson 114  SKY PROCYCLING  2h 27’02” +00’00”
3. GREIPEL André 33 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO  2h 27’02” +00’00”
4. FARRAR Tyler 54 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  2h 27’02” +00’00”
5. CANCELLARA Fabian 12 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  2h 27’02” +00’00”
6. OSS Daniel 95 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 2h 27’02” +00’00”
7. BOZIC Borut 202 VACANSOLEIL-DCM  2h 27’02” +00’00”
8. VAITKUS Tomas 68 PRO TEAM ASTANA  2h 27’02” +00’00”
9. CIOLEK Gerald 123 QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM  2h 27’02” +00’00”
10. ENGOULVENT Jimmy 214 SAUR-SOJASUN  2h 27’02” +00’00”