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With the country in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis, people have been finding different ways to get their sporting fix, writes Tom Howe. Some have taken to watching live action from far flung, unlocked down corners of the world while others have been enjoying reruns of memorable moments gone by. Documentaries have been a big …

When it comes to global lockdown fashion, Taunton Town are ahead of the curve after one supporter helped to launch club-branded face masks in Japan, writes Andrew Clayton. Ben Mabley, who hails from the Somerset town, works as a Japanese-language commentator on Premier League and European football programmes. Despite moving to Osaka after university to …

When top jockey Bryony Frost, who made history as the first ever woman to win at the Cheltenham Festival over jumps, heard that rescue centre Many Tears had been hit badly due to the fall-out from the coronavirus, she kindly offered to sign and auction off a pair of breeches that she wore when she …

Plymouth photographer Dan Mullan is celebrating after an image he captured at Bude Cricket Club’s Crooklets ground was shortlisted for a prestigious global prize, writes Tom Howe. A staff sports photographer at Getty Images, Dan was tasked with shooting an alternative side to last year’s summer of cricket, which culminated in England’s maiden World Cup …

The bracing impact of coronavirus upon grassroots sport has been felt by every individual involved, but particularly by those who also work in the medical field. Doctors, nurses, physicians and carers in the West Country, and the entire nation, have all been put under enormous strain in recent weeks as Covid-19 grips harder. As a …

This is a celebratory year for sport in west Wiltshire, with Westbury United Football Club marking their centenary with a series of events throughout 2020. Currently playing in the Western League Premier Division, the year is a special one for a club who were formed in 1920 when Westbury Old Comrades FC and Westbury Great …

The sporting world is at a crossroads, that even by its standards of delivering the unexpected, very few would have been able to predict, writes Gareth Davies. Just how quickly the week has unfolded within sport is difficult to fathom, even harder to comprehend. It started off with caution, witnessed first-hand by this very newspaper …

Frustrated clubs in the West Country have hit out at the FA for refusing to grant leagues an extension to the season, to cope with an increasing fixture backlog brought on by the weather, writes Andrew Clayton. Both the Western League and the South West Peninsula League revealed this week that appeals to football’s governing …