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I am starting to get worried about the future of Second XV rugby in Devon – and if you care about the game you should too. Regular readers of this column – well done if you have stuck with it for the last 25 years – will know how much importance I place on a …

One thing for sure no-one watching England’s goal-less draw with Germany at Wembley needed to make a paper aeroplane to relieve the boredom. FIFA have ticked off the FA for allowing it to happen at the last home game with Slovenia and, while it’s difficult to see what anyone could do to stop this sort …

Football thrives on tension, with its twin powers of causing fear and sweeping away complacency. It runs from terraces through dressing-rooms and on to Boardrooms and is currently threatening to engulf Chelsea’s chief coach, Antonio Conte. The impresario of touchline theatre, with his excitable emotions, took the club to the Premier League title in the …

As England’s World Cup preparations continue apace, with Eddie Jones having named his latest 34-man squad, I’ve spent the last fortnight in Japan, ostensibly on holiday but also taking a keen interest in what English supporters might find when they get out there. During part of my stay I lodged with former Cornish Pirates rugby …

Arsenal’s shambles of an annual meeting, which was shut down early, has pushed the second biggest shareholder close to the exit door. Super rich Alisher Usmanov, who owns 30 per cent of the club, was appalled by the way chairman Sir Chips Keswick handled an angry meeting. So, too, was (italics) The Times (end italics), …

Last week we told of Rickie Lambert’s soccer travels from Liverpool to Blackpool; Blackpool to Macclesfield; Macclesfield to Stockport; Stockport to Rochdale and then onto Bristol Rovers, where in his own words, his career really took off. This week we will explore the second part of Lambert’s career and his rise to the England national …

What a great week for English clubs in Europe – but not for England. While Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all topped, or shared top-spot in their Champions League groups, home-grown players hardly got out of the dressing-room. Between them, the four clubs fielded just eight English players out of the 44 with …

Over the years Bristol Rovers have had some great centre forwards. The likes of Geoff Bradford, Alfie Biggs and Jason Roberts spring quickly to mind. And another right up there with the best is today’s Memory Lane guest, Rickie Lambert. “It was with Rovers that my game really took off,” said Lambert, when I caught …