RTE Radio 1 Sportsmanship Chat with Ryan Tubridy, George Hamilton & Me

I was totally engaged by RTE’s Ryan Tubridy’s warmth and George Hamilton’s lovely sportsmanship stories, and I have to say, delighted by the response from listeners who sent in some new stories about sportsmanship. To listen to the Irish  Radio interview click on the play button (arrow button) below: [audio:rte-radio-1-chat.mp3] Or if you prefer click the link below … Read more

Applaud The Opposition – I thought only Liverpool & Munster did that

I heard recently of a US High School, Grapevine Faith,  whose head football coach, Kris Hogan, asked  ‘what if half our fans, for one night only, cheered for the other team, Gainsville Tornadoes?’.  You see Gainsville is a  maximum security correctional facility for kids with convictions for drugs, assault and robbery. They play all their … Read more

Silence was broken by a dog barking outside the packed stadium

“This was one of those sporting occasions which transcends a game and makes bolder statements about humanity……………….during one of Donald’s earlier, and also crucial, kicks, the silence was broken only by the barking of a dog from outside the stadium.” This is an excerpt from an extraordinarily well written piece by a Kiwi, Martin Moodie, … Read more

Not that You Won or Lost but How You Played The Game

I found these beautiful words in my parents house in Dublin, Ireland. Who wrote these words? Does anyone know who wrote this? Grantland Rice, Alumunus Football, Only the Brave and Other Poems (1941) seems to be credited a lot however, my old graphic letters version says Newbolt (would this be Cardinal Newbolt)? I’ll post the … Read more

Portuguese Players Shake Englishman’s Hand After He Scores

A BBC Radio interviewer asked the late Cissy Charlton (mother of Bobby and Jack) about the 1966 England v Portugal World Cup semi final (which England won 2-1), she said: “22 good sports men. They played football as you like to see it played. And the crowd was good. They were a really good crowd. The English … Read more

Welcome to The Great Moments of Sportsmanship Club!

Dedicated to sportsmanship. Immerse yourself in sportsmanship. Read about it. Watch it. Talk about it. Share it. Tell your story. Get other stories. Be part of the next edition. Join the club that appreciates and encourages sportsmanship. Definition of Sportsmanship sports•man•ship Pronunciation: -ˌship Function: noun Date: 1745 : conduct (as fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and … Read more