Football


A transgender footballer has been telling The Independent how moving to Bristol and joining an LGBT inclusive football team has helped her rebuild her life. Sammy Walker, originally from London, moved to the West Country city in the summer, joining the Bristol Panthers in the process to reignite her love of football. Explaining how the …

We are now into the second week of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign which encourages sport clubs across the country to come out in support for LGBT people and to make sport everyone’s game. To celebrate this, the Independent’s Craig Bratt is talking to LGBT sports personalities from around our region and sharing their stories to …

This weekend marks the second weekend of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign which encourages sport clubs across the country to come out in support for LGBT people and to make sport everyone’s game. To celebrate this, the Independent’s Craig Bratt is talking to LGBT sports personalities from around our region and sharing their stories to raise …

Before Eddie Howe had his dream, on minus 17, as the chant that echoes around Dean Court every other Saturday goes, Bournemouth encountered a pretty nomadic, almost insignificant existence as a club that perpetually wallowed around the third and fourth tiers. Granted there were occasional good times such as the famous FA Cup run of …

Many facets of football continue to move on at a breakneck pace nowadays – so much so that the game is virtually unrecognisable from the game I first fell in love with whilst watching Harry Redknapp’s Bournemouth in the old Second Division during the late 1980s. Hooliganism was seen as the biggest issue for the …

The standard September break for internationals saw both Bournemouth and Bristol City, our top two teams in the English pyramid, without a game last weekend, writes Gareth Davies. For City, their manager Lee Johnson and those that descend on BS3 every other Saturday, there was a chance to reflect on a promising opening month to …

Noah Smerdon has secured a move to Exeter City, after the 1931 Fund helped provide an undisclosed fee to West Bromwich Albion for the youngster. The 1931 Fund is a group of around 60 Exeter City supporters, who all donate £19 a month to help pay towards an extra member of the first team squad. …

FOOTBALL FIXTURES   TUESDAY JULY 9 FRIENDLIES AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic (7.45 pm). AFC Wimbledon v Bristol City (7.45 pm). Beckenham Town v Dover Athletic (7.45 pm). Berkhamsted v Barnet FC (7.45 pm). Bideford v Torquay United (7.30 pm). Billericay Town v Southend United (7.45 pm). Brimscombe & Thrupp v Gloucester City (7.45 pm). Cadbury Heath v Bristol …