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Premier League Chief Tells EFL Clubs: Don't Call Us . . . We'll Call You

Premier League Chief Tells EFL Clubs: Don’t Call Us . . . We’ll Call You
Cash-starved football clubs beneath the Premier League hoping for some financial help from the top flight have been told: Don’t hold your breath. The bleak warning not to expect much help from the moneyed clubs at the top of the food chain has come from Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. Newport County and other clubs in League Two have been running on empty since the lockdown in March, while even Championship clubs such as Cardiff City and Swansea City have been left contemplating very tough times ahead.

Connah's Quay Nomads . . . New Title, Sharper Rivalry . . . And Now Their Carlos Tevez Moment

Last week, Connah’s Quay Nomads were crowned new Welsh champions thanks to their performances on the field. Now, argues Matthew Burgess, they are quickly starting to behave like champions, off the field, too. If ever Andy Morrison’s Connah’s Quay side wanted to make a statement of intent following their first ever league title, the signing of Aeron Edwards direct from rivals The New Saints certainly did the trick. Just a week after being awarded the Cymru Premier title, the Nomads declared the off-season open - bolstering their already strong squad whilst simultaneously depleting their closest rivals in the process.

United Legend Ryan Giggs Wants To Model Wales On . . . Liverpool

United Legend Ryan Giggs Wants To Model Wales On . . . Liverpool
Ryan Giggs has said he wants Wales to try and play in a similar style to runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool when international football resumes. The Wales manager has been forced to revise all his plans for 2020 with the postponement of the European Championship finals and the scrapping of all his team’s warm-up fixtures for the tournament. But with football due to return behind closed doors on June 17, Giggs is turning his attention to the lead-in to next summer and the evolving playing style he would like his young team to develop.

The Night England Came To Pick Up The Grand Slam . . . And Left With Nothing But Bruises

The Night England Came To Pick Up The Grand Slam . . . And Left With Nothing But Bruises
It’s seven years since Wales inflicted their record winning margin over England – the 30-3 hammering that moved Andy Farrell to declare the visitors’ dressing room was the quietest he had ever known. Richard Hibbard was in the noisiest, as he recalls to Graham Thomas ahead of tonight’s re-showing on S4C. Richard Hibbard recalls looking up at the clock at what he thought was the midway point of the first half of Wales v England, the Six Nations title decider in 2013. It said 12 minutes had gone.

Cheesey Come, Cheesey Go . . . Matt Bush Is Spreading The Love For Welsh Cheddar

Jonah And The Dragons . . . The Lockdown Story Behind The Wales Wing's Move From Leicester

Jonah And The Dragons . . . The Lockdown Story Behind The Wales Wing’s Move From Leicester
New Dragons recruit Jonah Holmes knows better than most the risks that rugby players will face when they are permitted to go back to training after lockdown. The Wales international can’t wait to meet up with his new team mates at Rodney Parade after securing a move from Leicester, but returning to a safe environment is the key after seeing what happened to his brother is critical. A doctor working on the front line of the NHS in the intensive care unit at Royal Bolton Hospital, Raphael Holmes was struck down with pneumonia and forced to self-isolate for two weeks. That forced his brother, Jonah, to also go into lockdown.

Celtic Dragons Fans Given Option To Donate Their Ticket Cash

The Celtic Dragons have encouraged their fans to donate their ticket money to the club, rather than seek refunds following the cancellation of the Vitality Netball Superleague season. The club state the cash would go towards attempting to secure the continuation of top level netball in Wales. In a statement on their website following the decision by England Netball – the Superleague owners – to end the 2020 competition, the Cardiff-based Dragons say supporters can either claim refunds or make a donation to the franchise by not claiming.

Olympic Rower Vicky Thornley Vows To Ride Again . . . At Home

Vicky Thornley has vowed to keep fit on her static bike at home after the road crash in which she suffered a broken elbow. The Welsh rower was hurt in an accident while out cycling last week and needed surgery on her right arm. Thornley, who is preparing for her third Olympic Games appearance in next year’s postponed event, was out on her bike near Reading with training partner Richard Egington when she hit the tarmac.

Aled Davies Will Fly At Sarries, Says Mark McCall

Aled Davies Will Fly At Sarries, Says Mark McCall
Aled Davies can take his rugby to new heights according to his new boss at Saracens, Mark McCall. The Wales scrum-half has left the Ospreys to join the London club, even though they have just been relegated from the Gallagher Premiership. The move will mean a halt to Davies’s Wales career as he was won 20 caps – 40 less than the 60 required to be eligible for national selection if a player is based outside of the four Welsh regions.

Let Fans Take Over The Clubs In Post-Pandemic Future . . . Or Else They'll Die

Let Fans Take Over The Clubs In Post-Pandemic Future . . . Or Else They’ll Die
Fans in both football and rugby should be helping run their sports, according to a report from a leading think tank. Both sports should seek the influence of supporters groups in plotting the way ahead for a sustainable and responsible future, according to Onward and their new publication. The report, called A Sporting Chance, focuses on how professional football below Premier League level, cricket and the two codes of rugby are coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dai Crick

Welsh Cricket Still Running On Enthusiasm As They Wait For Leather On Willow

This should have been the month when Welsh cricket clubs were taking centre stage, warmed by spring sunshine and the afterglow of last year’s unforgettable World Cup. Instead, apart from those exercising alone or as families, the outfields are empty and the squares remain unused. In fact, rather than hearing... Read More

Glamorgan Down Pads As Cricket Season Recedes Into The Distant Horizon

Glamorgan have put all their players and coaches on furlough until the end of May. With cricket’s start to the season having been delayed, the county have opted to take advantage of the government’s job retention scheme, which covers 80 per cent of wages up to £30,000-a-year. The County Championship... Read More

Glamorgan Looking For Full Fitness . . . In Mind And Body

Glamorgan’s players are in full fitness mode ahead of the start of the new cricket season in less than three months. But with so much recent focus on mental health in sport, head coach Matthew Maynard tells Graham Thomas why recent moves by the Professional Cricketers Association have never been... Read More

"World Class" Welsh Fire To Start The Hundred Era . . . While Glamorgan Host Middlesex

Jonny Bairstow will help Welsh Fire ignite The Hundred in the tournament’s opening fixture with opponents Oval Invincibles warning of the Welsh side’s “world class” talent. Bairstow and Jason Roy, England’s World Cup-winning opening partners, are set to go head-to-head when the controversial new tournament gets under way at The... Read More

Marnus Labuschagne Feels The Love . . . And So Do Glamorgan

Australia Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne has re-signed as Glamorgan's overseas player for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The Australian, who will be available for all three formats, excelled in Cardiff last season, scoring 1,114 County Championship runs in 18 innings at an average of 65 and also claimed 19 wickets... Read More

Matt's Back . . . For Good As Glamorgan Confirm Caretaker Coach Maynard Will Stay In Charge

Glamorgan have confirmed that Matthew Maynard has been appointed as the club’s permanent head coach. Maynard has signed a three-year deal which will see him remain at the club until at least the end of the 2022 season. The former Glamorgan captain and head coach returned to the club in... Read More
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