Former Swansea City coach Pep Clotet insists he still loves the club but that won’t prevent him from ruining their day on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium. The Spaniard was former manager Garry Monk’s right-hand man for two years and then followed Monk to Birmingham City before one of the Blues’ habitual coups left him in charge this summer. This afternoon, he will seek out some old friends but aim to deny his old club the three points they need to put them joint top of the Championship with Leeds United.
Sam Gordon is crossing his fingers that sixth place in the British Championships 100 metre final will be enough to earn him a relay place at next month's World Athletics Championship in Doha. On a mixed first day of the championships for Welsh athletes, Gordon fought his way through to the final, where he was up against the likes of Adam Gemili, Zarnel Hughes and surprise winner Ojie Edoburun. In the first round Gordon cruised to victory and a place in the semi-finals where he was joined by 17-year-old Neath Harrier Owain Lloyd Hughes, who produced a brilliant run to finish second in his heat in 10.66.
Wales served up one of the best results in their history – one which former hero David Kettle admitted brought him to tears – as they thrashed Ireland 4-0 to retain their place among hockey’s elite. The comprehensive victory in their final match at the EuroHockey Championships in Belgium means they have guaranteed their presence in the top level for the next tournament in 2021. The convincing win means instead of Wales dropping down a level, they have sent both Ireland and Scotland down, instead.
Neil Warnock admitted Cardiff City are just trying to “hang on to the coat-tails” of the Championship leaders even though they picked up their first points away from home this season. The Bluebirds manager saw his team draw 0-0 at Blackburn Rovers to stop the leakage of six goals conceded in their previous two away defeats. But an uneventful match, in which Cardiff lacked creative spark, leaves Warnock’s side back in 15th place, already six points behind leaders Leeds United, who could be joined at the top by Swansea City if they beat Birmingham City on Sunday.
By Kieran O'Loughlin Frustrated Wrexham boss Bryan Hughes admitted it was "two points dropped" against promotion rivals Barnet. The Dragons squandered their second-half chances and had to settle for a 1-1 National League draw at the Racecourse Ground.
Ashley Williams believes he is heading back towards the Premier League – having signed for Bristol City. The axed Wales captain – who was left out of Ryan Giggs' squad to face Azerbaijan and Belarus - has joined the Robins on a short-term contract. The 35-year-old has signed an initial deal until mid-January with the option of an extension, the Championship club have confirmed.
Welsh trainers Phil Dando, Tim Vaughan and Dai Rees all saddled winners at Bangor-on-Dee (writes Brian Lee). Dando, who trains at Peterston-super-Ely, took the Broxton Gates Handicap Hurdle with his home bred Driftwood Haze which scored by half-a-length from bottom weighted Samson's Reach, ridden by James Bowen. Driftwood Haze, a 5-1 chance, was... Read More
Welshman Connor Brace, a 7lb claiming jockey attached to Fergal O'Brien's Cotswold yard, has been in cracking form (writes Brian Lee). He won the opening Juvenile Hurdle on 14-1 outsider Phoenican Star for O'Brien at Stratford. Star was Connor's sixth winner since the end of last month, having won at meetings all... Read More
Landsman, trained by Aberthin's Tim Vaughan and ridden by stable jockey Alan Johns, landed the maiden hurdle at far flung Musselburgh. His backers had little to fear as the strongly fancied six-year-old came home 12 lengths ahead of Animore ridden by Ross Chapman. Vale of Glamorgan trainer Vaughan, his stable jockey Alan... Read More
Have horses will travel seems to be the motto of Aberthin trainer Tim Vaughan (writes Brian Lee). He sent two horses on a 760-miles round-trip to Kelso in Scotland and landed a Sunday winner. Vaughan then secured a first place at Ffos Las on Monday, Briac taking the honours, and on Tuesday... Read More
Have horses will travel is the motto of Vale of Glamorgan trainer Tim Vaughan (says Brian Lee).. At far flung Carlisle his seven-year-old LooksnowtlikeBrian, a winner of its only race this season, landed the £15,640 Cumberland Handicap Chase when coming home 10 lengths ahead of Bako De La Saulaie. The 4-1 favourite in... Read More
dai-sport’s horse racing column - by Brian Lee Welshman Simon Rowlands has been appointed general manager at the Ffos Las racecourse near Llanelli. Rowlands, from Bargoed, moves from the Chepstow course to Ffos Las and will take up the reins for his new role in November. Both Welsh courses are owned by the... Read More