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Football: Andoversford are looking to play the leading role in the Cheltenham League

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

You’ve all heard of Three Men and a Baby… well, how about Three Men and a Football Club?While the former was a huge box office hit 30 years ago this year, the latter refers to a football club much closer to home.The club in question are ... [read more]

Running: Rob Forbes was born to run and run and run

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Rob Forbes is a pretty good long distance runner. So good, in fact, that if he wins a race – he likes ultra marathons – or sets a course record it doesn’t seem to raise too many eyebrows. But when he does something out of the ordina ... [read more]

Rugby: Captain’s Log: Will McCarthy, Cirencester Rugby Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags: Captain's Log

Will McCarthy has moved ‘upstairs’ at Cirencester Rugby Club. And no, the Gloucester Premier club have not built a second tier on their clubhouse at The Whiteway. It’s just that McCarthy has taken on the role of non-playing club cap ... [read more]

Equestrian: Why dressage rider Pippa Hutton has the world at her feet

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

By the time Pippa Hutton reads this she will be several weeks into a round the world trip that could take her away from Talland School of Equitation in Ampney Knowle, near Cirencester, for as long as a year.After living and breathing horses for the f ... [read more]

Hockey: Captain’s Log: Alistair Hammond, Wotton-under-Edge Hockey Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags: Captain's Log

As many readers will know, Captain Marvel is a fictional superhero character.It was also the nickname given to former England football skipper Bryan Robson back in the 80s.Robbo, as he was universally known, was an all-action player who led from the ... [read more]

Running: Mother and daughters – Tina, Amy and Jessie Gomer, Stroud and District Athletics Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Tina Gomer has been a fitness instructor for more than 20 years so it’s no surprise that she’s into her running. What is perhaps a little bit more surprising is that she has only been doing it for the past 10 years or so. But while Tina d ... [read more]

Hockey: Mum, Dad and Family: Harvey and Sian Freer and family, Stroud Hockey Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that would certainly appear to be the case with Harvey Freer and hockey. The soon-to-be 51-year-old loves his hockey – he’s very involved with Stroud which are the club just up the roa ... [read more]

Golf: Captain’s Log – Nigel Hudson, Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags: Captain's Log

Nigel Hudson had just come down a ladder when he spoke to The Local Answer.The self-employed builder and electrical contractor had been working on a roof all morning, and the 47-year-old has certainly been hitting the heights since taking up golf at ... [read more]

Football: Unsung Hero: Tom Mcloughlin, Horsley United Football Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags: Unsung Hero

In cricketing terms Horsley United Football Club have reached their century and have power to add.The club were formed a year before the outbreak of World War One and these days boast two teams in the Stroud League.Club secretary Tom Mcloughlin, who ... [read more]

Football: We’re all looking forward to game against Cheltenham Town, says Forest Green striker Christian Doidge

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 24th November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

The first ever Football League clash between two Gloucestershire teams, a bumper crowd and everything to play for – it doesn’t get much better than that.Saturday 25th November has been ringed in the diaries of Forest Green and Cheltenham ... [read more]

Equestrian: Life size bronze sculpture of Olympic hero Valegro planned for Newent

Author: Contributed, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 11:30, Tags:

The Newent Initiative Trust is celebrating a grant of £2,000 from the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.The grant will go towards the creation of a life size bronze sculpture of Newent’s Olympic dressage champion Valegro,comm to comme ... [read more]

Rugby: Hartpury looking to bounce back to form at Bedford Blues

Author: Contributed, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 11:20, Tags:

In a season bursting with ‘firsts’, Hartpury will encounter another tomorrow evening as they make their inaugural appearance at Goldington Road, home of the Bedford Blues.The Blues have a long and illustrious history, certainly being cons ... [read more]

Rugby: Gloucester make four changes for Aviva Premiership clash at Newcastle

Author: Contributed, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 11:00, Tags:

Gloucester face a long trip north for tomorrow night’s Aviva Premiership Rugby game (kick-off 7.45pm) at Newcastle Falcons and make four changes to their starting line-up.The Cherry and Whites travel to Kingston Park on the back of three succes ... [read more]

Football: Unsung heroes – Cheltenham Youth Football League officials

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags: Unsung Hero

A few years ago a caricature of footballing great Lionel Messi emerged with two batteries strapped to his back. The batteries were called Xavi and Iniesta.The inference was that Messi wouldn’t have been half the player were it not for the two S ... [read more]

Football: Back in the Day – Pete Turnbull, goalscorer

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags: Back In The Day

Pete Turnbull has a turn of phrase as neat as the turn of feet he had on football pitches all over Cheltenham and beyond back in the day. The articulate 52-year-old was a prolific goalscorer in years gone by and was good enough to make a handful of a ... [read more]

Rugby: Back in the Day – Cheltenham Colts Rugby

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags: Back In The Day

They were the team that kept on giving. They gave to the senior teams at Cheltenham Rugby Club, they gave to Gloucester and they even gave to England. The team in question are Cheltenham Colts, the upwardly mobile arm of Cheltenham RFC for the best p ... [read more]

Football: We’re ready for Forest Green test, says Cheltenham Town assistant boss Russell Milton

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Russell Milton is predicting a “fiery affair” when Cheltenham Town head to Forest Green for the first ever clash between the two clubs in the Football League.Cheltenham’s point in the 0-0 draw against Cambridge United on Tuesday and ... [read more]

General: Starlight Hike walkers raise £55,500 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Author: Contributed, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Walkers have reached for the stars with their fundraising efforts for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, raising a staggering £55,500 following last month’s Starlight Hike – A Night to Remember. This could pay for 18 hospice nurse ... [read more]

General: How sport and music came together as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and The Who were star turns at the Blue Moon in Cheltenham

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Mike Edwards has led a secret life. Not in a mischievious way, you understand, but the man who is widely known around the county for his involvement in sport is not just a one-trick pony. “Not at all,” he laughed. “Everybody knows I ... [read more]

Football: Abbeymead Rovers Football Club have come a long way since 1997

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Abbeymead Rovers Football Club are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. A lot has happened over the past two decades of course. Back in 1997 Tony Blair was this country’s new prime minister, the Spice Girls were all the rage and Wimble ... [read more]

General: Badminton player Scott Barrett is loving the responsibility of captaining Gloucester

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

There’s no hiding place in badminton.So says Scott Barrett, who should know what he’s talking about because he is the club secretary at Gloucester who play in the Gloucestershire Badminton League.“It’s a very quick game and ca ... [read more]

Rugby: Brockworth chairman Steve Dunn believes the future is bright for the club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Brockworth Rugby Club are a true family club and if you don’t believe it just ask club chairman Steve Dunn.Dunn has spent much of his life in and around the Gloucester One club both as a player and as an official.Both his sons – Liam and ... [read more]

Netball: Churchdown netballers have plenty to sing about

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Churchdown Netball Club have a fab four in the Gloucestershire League and they’re certainly top of the charts in Vanessa Howarth’s eyes.The club’s press officer is in her fourth season with the club and she’s delighted she joi ... [read more]

Rugby: The Hudson name is a big part of Gloucester’s rugby history

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Window-shopping rugby fans in Gloucester on an afternoon out will almost certainly stop and take a peak at Hudson & Co Sports shop which is just a big punt away from Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester rugby. The small independent retailer was esta ... [read more]

Football: Unsung Hero – Marc Lane, Tewkesbury Town Football Club

Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 09:00, Tags:

Look up the definition of the word ‘addict’ and one of several explanations given is “an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity”. That’s a definition that could be used to describe Marc Lane’s involv ... [read more]