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Football: Back in the day: John Finnigan, Cheltenham Town

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 09:00, Tags: Back In The Day

John Finnigan is one of those really refreshing blokes who just loved playing football.Now Cheltenham Town’s commercial manager, he still kicks a ball around today when he gets the chance.“I loved training and playing,” said the now ... [read more]

Rugby: Old Richians’ Jack Petelo has a story to tell and he’s happy to tell it

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

Talk to Jack Petelo for half-an-hour and you come off the phone feeling pretty good about life.That’s because the soon-to-be 39-year-old is one of life’s warm, engaging characters.The current player/coach at Old Richians, who is an ex-Glo ... [read more]

Golf: Phil Schiaffino reflects on a great 12 months as captain of Puckrup Hall Golf Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

By his own admission, last year was a bit of a whirl for Phil Schiaffino.And that was particularly so on Saturday 15th July when he landed on the golf course at Puckrup Hall in a helicopter.Now Puckrup Hall is a pretty decent set-up, but it’s n ... [read more]

Football: Smiths Athletic are making an upward move in the Northern Senior League

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

It’s said that a change is as good as a rest and that’s certainly proving to be the case for Smiths Athletic Football Club. This season the club are playing their home games at Tewkesbury School for the first time after a good number of y ... [read more]

General: Alan Taylor, 79, played football and cricket at a decent level and he’s still playing golf for Cotswold Hills

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

Alan Taylor has rubbed shoulders with some pretty decent footballers over the years.He was a good goalkeeper back in the day, good enough to share a pitch with one-time England internationals Mike Summerbee and Larry Lloyd, as well as Ernie Hunt, who ... [read more]

Horse Racing: Trainer Jonjo O’Neill is primed for this year’s Cheltenham Festival

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

In sport, there are a handful of superstars where referencing them by a single name is all that is required to kick-start a conversation. Think Ali, Cruyff or even Freddie – the one-time England all-rounder ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.In the ... [read more]

Rugby: Back in the day: James Simpson-Daniel, Gloucester and England

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 08:10, Tags: Back In The Day

It’s now three-and-a-half years since James Simpson-Daniel was forced to retire too soon from rugby because of a serious ankle injury.And while these days he is no longer running rings around opponents at Kingsholm – the place that became ... [read more]

Football: Cheltenham Civil Service manager Steve Holend is so proud of his champions-elect

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 10:30, Tags:

There won’t be too many football teams up and down the country who can win their league this weekend. But’s that’s precisely the position that Cheltenham Civil Service find themselves in as they prepare to host Shurdington Rovers in ... [read more]

Rugby: Coney Hill skipper Tom Anderson is fired up for St Austell RFU Intermediate Cup challenge

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 10:30, Tags:

Tom Anderson is keeping a close eye on the weather this week. And no, Coney Hill’s captain is not looking to become the next Michael Fish or Ian McCaskill; it’s just that he wants to know the long-range forecast as he prepares for Saturda ... [read more]

Football: Why the future of the Cheltenham Football League is under threat

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 10:20, Tags:

The Cheltenham Football League, which has been going for almost 120 years, may be forced to fold. That is the very real threat unless a new treasurer can be found to replace the outgoing Matt Neave. “Without a treasurer the league can’t f ... [read more]

Football: So just who would be a football manager, asks Iris Wright

Author: Contributed, Posted: Monday, 19th February 2018, 10:10, Tags:

You don’t have to be a football manager to know that it’s a pretty tough job – just ask the likes of Jose Mourinho or Alan Pardew.Whether you’re near the top or at the bottom, it can be an unforgiving role and the worry lines ... [read more]

Football: Connor Hart goal takes Cheltenham Civil Service so close to Cheltenham League title

Author: Contributed, Posted: Monday, 19th February 2018, 10:00, Tags:

There really is no stopping the Cheltenham Civil Service bandwagon. They took another huge step towards winning Division One of the Cheltenham Football League, sponsored by Bristol Street Motors, with a 1-0 win at Bishop’s Cleeve III through a ... [read more]

Football: Frampton hold too many aces for Hardwicke as they climb into top six of County League

Author: Contributed, Posted: Monday, 19th February 2018, 09:40, Tags:

Frampton United jumped ahead of Hardwicke and into the top six of the County League after defeating them 3-1.Stuart Maule hit the post for Frampton on 12 minutes but the visitors went close themselves eight minutes later when Craig Harris shot just w ... [read more]

Skittles: Paul Cook and his family are hugely dedicated to skittles

Author: Gemma Drew, Posted: Monday, 19th February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

Playing a sport is a hugely valuable thing to spend your time doing. It’s even better when you can enjoy playing it with your family. This is the case for Paul Cook, the secretary of The Nomads skittles team. “The team was founded in 1954 ... [read more]

Rugby: There’s an exciting future ahead for Brockworth Ladies RFC

Author: Gemma Drew, Posted: Friday, 16th February 2018, 14:40, Tags:

When starting something new, the first steps are usually the hardest. It could be that you’re starting a new job or hobby. Or you could be creating a new sports team, like Dawn Holden, the founding member and back row flanker for Brockworth Lad ... [read more]

Rugby: Two changes for Gloucester Rugby for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Worcester

Author: Contributed, Posted: Friday, 16th February 2018, 14:30, Tags:

It’s a short hop up the M5 for Gloucester on Saturday as they continue their Aviva Premiership campaign at Sixways against the Worcester Warriors, and the Cherry and Whites make two changes to their starting line-up.It’s a local derby wit ... [read more]

Cricket: Gloucestershire sign Australia one-day international bowler Dan Worrall

Author: Contributed, Posted: Thursday, 15th February 2018, 15:10, Tags:

Gloucestershire have signed right-arm fast bowler and Australia one-day international Dan Worrall. Worrall, who recently played for the Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash League, is available to play for Gloucestershire in the Specsavers Coun ... [read more]

Rugby: Cheltenham North are turning up promotion heat on Old Elizabethans

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Wednesday, 14th February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

With the racing festival just around the corner, it’s probably appropriate that one of the rugby clubs closest to Cheltenham Racecourse – Cheltenham North – are coming up on the rails as their season reaches a climax.The North have ... [read more]

Hockey: Historic hockey club are aiming to reach new heights

Author: Gemma Drew, Posted: Tuesday, 13th February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

Cheltenham Civil Service Ladies Hockey Club have a mission in 2018. They are, of course, passionate about all things hockey and have pledged to increase the popularity of their club and the sport in general this year. “The club has been going s ... [read more]

Running: Geoff Langston is an inspiration when it comes to running

Author: Gemma Drew, Posted: Monday, 12th February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

Geoff Langston is a great representative for Stroud and District Athletics Club, seeing as he’s been running with them for 35 years. He’s also a good person to talk to if you’re thinking about taking up running. In fact, he’s ... [read more]

Running: How Running Somewhere Else’s beginners’ course got Sarah Gray up and running

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Saturday, 10th February 2018, 09:00, Tags:

Sarah Gray used to enjoy a bit of running. Nothing too strenuous, you understand; she’d go for a run with a friend and feel all the better for it.But time and circumstances meant that it was becoming harder and harder to get out and about and p ... [read more]

Rugby: Willi Heinz is back to lead Gloucester against Leicester at Kingsholm

Author: Contributed, Posted: Friday, 9th February 2018, 15:10, Tags:

After missing the past four matches, Willi Heinz returns to captain Gloucester when Leicester visit Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership tomorrow (2.30pm).After European Rugby Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup action over the past four weeks, it’ ... [read more]

Squash: East Glos squash players heading off to France in April

Author: Contributed, Posted: Friday, 9th February 2018, 13:00, Tags:

A group of squash players from East Glos will be saying “au revoir” to the winter season some time in April and heading off to the south of France.A squad of 20 players will head off to Toulouse on the weekend of the 20th-22nd April to pl ... [read more]

Rugby: Hartpury looking to bounce back with a win against Nottingham

Author: Contributed, Posted: Thursday, 8th February 2018, 14:10, Tags:

Hartpury will want to quickly move on from last week’s horror show at home to Cornish Pirates, when they were soundly beaten in their final B&I Cup game by a far more motivated and efficient side.“We’ve got no excuses and the bo ... [read more]

General: Nick Wood, Mark Alleyne and Paul Bodin are special guests at Fairford Town Football Club for charity fundraiser

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 8th February 2018, 08:00, Tags:

Three sportsmen, three sports, one cause. Rugby, cricket and football will be represented in the shape of guest speakers Nick Wood, Mark Alleyne and Paul Bodin at a special charity fundraiser at Fairford Town Football Club next month. All the money r ... [read more]