Football


West Country football is well and truly on the charge. A quick glance at the top of the League Two table showed five of the top nine places filled by teams from the South West of the country going into this weekend’s round of fixtures, writes Tom Howe. Swindon Town sat at the forefront, two …

The search for a new manager at Bristol Rovers continues over Christmas following Graham Coughlan’s departure to Mansfield Town this week, writes Andrew Clayton. The Irishman was announced as the new Stags boss on Wednesday after Rovers ‘reluctantly’ gave permission for him to enter talks. Former Plymouth Argyle captain Coughlan led his new side in …

Your late teens are often when some of life’s biggest choices are made. What do you want to do as a career? Where do you want to live? In what direction are you going to go? For one former Yeovil Town player, the answer was ‘down under,’ upping sticks and moving from a sleepy Leicestershire …

Winter winds and rain are a yearly scourge on football in the South West and missed fixtures can lead to a series of concerns, writes Liam Lawer. For Poole Town in particular, playing at sea level has meant the Dolphins have been swimming against the tide this season – as manager Tom Killick explained exclusively …

Volunteers truly are the life and soul of grassroots sport, putting in considerable amounts of their own time and money to ensure spectators have something to enjoy weekend after weekend, writes Tom Howe. Their tireless efforts allow a community to thrive and keep institutions alive with stories of days and players gone by. It is …

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 …

It is almost 13 years since Truro City became the first ever Cornish football club to win a national competition when, under Dave Leonard and with the backing of Kevin Heaney, they won the 2007 FA Vase by defeating AFC Totton 3-1 in a Wembley final. Since then, the White Tigers have been no stranger …

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 …