England vs. Ukraine Euro 2012

June 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Excitement is building ahead of tonight’s Euro 2012 match which will see England play against the tournaments host’s Ukraine. The match kicks off at 7.45pm and is estimated to be watch by millions as Wayne Rooney is predicted to return to the pitch, and play his first Euro 2012 game, after serving a two match ban.

Good Luck England euro 2012

Although I’m not a huge follower of football I do appreciate the excitement for this evening’s game as the stakes are high. If England win or draw they will progress to the quarter finals and be one step closer to success. The Bath-Knight team and I wish the England squad all the very best- fingers crossed for a win!

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England vs. France Euro 2012

June 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The office is full of excitement ahead of England’s first game in the EURO 2012 tournament which kicks off at 5pm this evening.

Fingers crossed tonight’s game against France will be a successful start to Euro 2012 for England who hope to progress throughout the tournament. Watch the game live on ITV from 4pm.

Good Luck England Euros

UEFA EURO 2012

June 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This evening the UEFA EURO 2012 football tournament will kick off with Poland playing against Greece. The tournament is one which my family gets particularly excited about because we live across Europe and each have our own alliances.

Dotted around England, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales we’ve got plenty of football to look forward to and it will be interesting to see who the Scots and Welsh decide to support since their teams didn’t make it to the EURO’s.

EURO 2012

The tournament held in Poland and Ukraine has raised some concern in recent week as reports of racism amongst local football fans expected to attend the games have been reported. UEFA have agreed to set precautions against such behaviour and this will hopefully eradicate any racism throughout the EURO’s so that the tournament can be enjoyed by all.

England’s first game against France (I’ll be cheering for England, my grandchildren will be cheering for France) kicks off on Monday 11th June – for all fixtures of EURO 2012 click here.

Soccer Aid 2012

May 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This Sunday a charity football match organised by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, who are both from Bath-Knight’s home town Stoke-on-Trent, will take place at Old Trafford in Manchester. But this isn’t any ordinary football match, it’s Soccer Aid 2012.

Soccer Aid – a charity football tournament created by Robbie and Jonathan- all started in 2006 when the pair realised that together, and with the help of their celebrity friends, they could help raise a lot of money by playing football.

Each year they draft in a bunch of their celebrity and footballing friends who make up two teams- England and The Rest of the World. Like any other football game Soccer Aid is incredibly competitive, so only the sportiest celebrities make the starting line-up.

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This year’s England team, captained by Robbie Williams, includes the likes of John Bishop, Ben Shephard, Olly Murs, Mark Owen and members of JLS plus football ‘legends’ David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham. They will be managed by Sam Allardyce.

2012’s Rest of the World Team includes movie stars Michael Sheen (captain), Mike Myers, James McAvoy and Gerard Butler plus TV chef Gordon Ramsay. They will be joined by footballers Roy Keane and Freddie Ljunberg plus more international players who make up the 11 sided team – click here for full line up of both teams.

Proceeds from Soccer Aid go towards UNICEF who works with children across the world. The leading children’s charity has received a staggering £7.5 million since the event began and I’m sure that figure will rise after this weekend’s match.

Although I wouldn’t usually watch football I think that this charity match is a great opportunity to enjoy the game and see how well our favourite celebrities play.  Watch Soccer Aid 2012 on ITV Sunday 27th May from 6pm.

Discrimination in Football Summit with David Cameron

February 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve always believed that sport has a brilliant way of bringing people together. Whether it’s watching or playing there seems to be a great sense of community.  I often think that this is why we encourage children to become actively involved in sport.

However it would appear that sports are becoming plagued by discrimination. Football in particular has seen a surge in racially motivated rows. Liverpool FC’s Luis Suarez was recently ordered an eight match band following a racist attack on Patrice Evra and former England captain, John Terry, will face trial in the summer after allegedly racially assaulting Anton Ferdinand.

Summit- David Cameron, David Bernstein & John Barnes

Summit- David Cameron, David Bernstein & John Barnes

I personally feel a sense of disappointment in the recent up rise of racism in football and I know that is this echoed by others too. I can’t help but question whether some professional sportsmen accept their responsibility in sustaining positivity and equality in sport.

Prime Minister David Cameron has himself admitted that racism is unfortunately creeping back into the world of football and with his admission he hosted ‘Discrimination in Football Summit’ at 10 Downing Street yesterday to tackle to problem head on.

The summit was attended by ex-footballers and representatives from the FA including Stoke-On-Trent based Noel Blake, who is currently Head Coach/Manager of England’s Under 19’s squad. Each is actively involved in football but more importantly is passionate about eradicating discrimination in sport. Working with the government they hope to make a positive step forward in achieving such.

Summit- Gordon Taylor, Nic Coward & Greg Clarke...

Summit- Gordon Taylor, Nic Coward & Greg Clarke...

Yesterday the government also pledged £3 million into the Football Association’s National Coaching Centre – St George’s Park here in Staffordshire. This will provide more opportunities for talented coaches and managers of the future. It is hoped that more black people and those from ethnic minorities will become involved; making the coaching centre an incentive which is incredibly encouraging for young people.

I’m happy to see that action is taking place. However I believe that its essentials for the summit’s message to transcend throughout the entire football community- clubs, manager, coaches, players and fans. As a strict no-tolerance attitude is the only answer for modern day football in England.

FIFA enforce Poppy band on England shirts

November 9, 2011 at 11:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I was rather shocked to hear today that the football association, FIFA, have enforced a Poppy ban on England football shirts, which will be worn in an international game between England and Spain this weekend.

Although FIFA have agreed to hold a minutes silence to commemorate Armistice Day, they have refused to allow a Poppy to be embroidered onto the England team’s strips. Stating that allowing such would be ‘jeopardising the neutrality of football’.

An outcry from British FIFA representatives and the general public for FIFA to reconsider their decision has been unsuccessful, and this morning David Cameron has spoken about the incident calling FIFA’s decision ‘absurd’.

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Poppy ban

Although I am not an enormous football fan I have to agree that the decision seems somewhat unreasonable. For many in Britain the Poppy is a symbol of remembrance and respect for those who have sacrificed for our freedom, a far cry from the political symbol which they are suggesting.

With the ban now enforced I can only hope that the England team seek other resources to show their support and respective for the Poppy Appeal.

Congratulations to Stoke City FC on their glorious Semi-Final win at Wembley!

April 18, 2011 at 10:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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This week I’m going to blog about the Royal Wedding as everyone seems to be getting excited about the big day. However, I feel that it’s only appropriate to take the chance to congratulate Bath-Knight’s home town football team Stoke City FC on the glorious win at Wembley yesterday.

My son Robert is a huge Stoke City fan, as are many of the staff here at Bath-Knight. So the tremendous win (5-0 to Stoke City against Bolton Wanders) will see our local team go back to Wembley for the FA Cup Final in May.

Stoke City Semi Final Fa Cup

I listened to the match on the radio with my husband Alan, who was overjoyed by Stoke City’s win. It seems that Stoke City’s success has thrilled everyone here in Stoke-On-Trent. To celebrate I’ve implemented a Stoke City FC based incentive for the call centre staff who are especially pleased with the result.

So a huge congratulations and of course, good luck in the FA Cup Final from myself and all here at Bath-Knight.

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