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The Magic Carpet

After the extremely tense and very exciting England v Ireland rugby match in Twickenham yesterday*, as always, I met some wonderful colourful characters in Twickenham and this one was a former international who sees the fun in the occasion almost 50 years later. Meet Ron McCarten (photo), who told me that he actually played on […]

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New Year – Old Poem – Great Sport

As it’s the start of a new year (not a new decade – isn’t that next year?), I thought the full sportsmanship poem is a good way to kick off the new year.                     Print it off. Pass it on.   Let young and old read […]

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A Selfless Christmas Gesture from a Football Fan

During a recent BBC Radio 5 Live interview this Wigan fan shocked us all with his absolutely magnificent selfless sportsmanship gesture of all time……… During the interview I was moaning about the French footballer, Henri handling the ball (see 3 Wise Men) and demanding a replay in the name of Fair Play (as well as […]

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3 Wise Frenchmen Ask for Replay

Frenchman and Arsenal  manager, Arsene Wenger, says “France should offer a replay – which I support personally. We want to beat Ireland properly.” French captain Thierry Henry says a replay of the World Cup play-off with the Republic of Ireland would “be the fairest solution”. France’s former superstar, David Ginola, said “there is no pride […]

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Does FIFA Really Believe In Fair Play?

They have a code of Fair Play. Now they have an opportunity to apply it. Will FIFA do it? Millions of children watched cheating win last night when a French player handled the ball twice to create the winning goal and throw Ireland out of the World Cup 2010. FIFA have a rare opportunity to […]

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A Maori Prayer for Donal Caniffe’s Dad

I recently learned something wonderful about the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team from 31 years ago. It was kindly sent to me by former Ireland and Lions sensational wing forward, Fergus Slattery whom I met in South Africa during the Lions tour this summer. Munster made history when they beat the mighty All Blacks […]

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It Ain’t Cricket

It’s more than a game. When the Australian captain Ricky Ponting spoke after suffering a crushing Ashes defeat to a packed house at the Oval in London (and a worldwide TV audience) last Sunday, he did his team, his country, the game of cricket and sport in general, justice. Despite his massive disappointment and probable […]

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The Hidden Jewel In Ireland’s Crown

Have a look at this amazing two minute insight  into the rich history of the hidden jewel in the crown that the world never knew about – Croke Park, Stadium Ireland. It is the Gaelic Athletic Association’s (GAA) stadium where bigger crowds than any English premiere league football match attend during the summer months. They […]

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When Honour Means More Than Metal

Nicole Cochran, a young outstanding middle distance runner from Bellarmine Prep was running in the 3,200-meter race in the Washington Class 4A State Girls Track & Field Championship Meet at Pasco. Cochran won the event in 10:36, beating Shadle Park’s Andrea Nelson by 3 seconds. Thirty minutes later, race officials disqualified Cochran, ruling that the […]

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Suspending Animosity: The Football Shirt Swap

I came across this lovely article by Ethan Armstrong about swapping shirts after an intense battle. He was amazed by the ritual and thought it so special that he wrote about in on his blog. Never may we lose this tradition. I have another question for you:  Why do some players now, when asked to […]

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