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Chief sports writer Gareth Davies looks at the pivotal place sport holds in the community and its impact upon newspapers like ours. Up until a few months ago, life without sport was unthinkable. But like many facets of our daily routines, the coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to change and adapt whilst we are …

Andy Mitchell speaks with 2000 world champion Mark Loram about racing for the much missed Exeter Falcons. Mark Loram had a happy knack of winning at most places but admits he and his colleagues always had a helping hand at Exeter. The 2000 world champion and three-time British champion is probably best known for his …

Whatever the final outcome of the yet to be completed 2019-20, it appears the campaign will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, writes Gareth Davies. In terms of the coronavirus pandemic, this is, and still is a scenario that even your worst nightmare would fail to yield. Countless lives lost and damage to our …

Exeter’s England star Luke Cowan-Dickie concludes his chat with Andrew Clayton regarding his journey to the top. At club level, last weekend marked a milestone in Exeter Chiefs’ history. A decade ago, the Devon outfit clinched the Championship title to earn a place in the Premiership and kick off a legacy. Among the new faces …

Exeter’s England star Luke Cowan-Dickie tells Andrew Clayton about his journey to the top. This year was shaping up to be a cracker for Luke Cowan-Dickie. The 26-year-old hooker has been a fixture in the Exeter Chiefs’ front row, leading the line for their charge to the top of the Premiership, as well as their …

What Crediton-based Dave Blanchford does not know about local football could quite probably be written on the back of a postage stamp. The octogenarian has been involved in the game since school days and still has an association both with the Devon FA in his role as a FA councillor and also with his beloved …

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 …