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Football

Looking back at the FA Cup round that lasted up to 66 days (Part 1)

Today, the team must replay a match in the FA Cup makes them feel tired, but in the 1962-63 season, a round of the tournament lasts up to 66 days.

The bad weather

It took 66 days to complete the third round of the FA Cup in the 1962-63 season. The chaos, hardship and hope of collapse that affected English football in the coldest winter since 1740 are stamped on the picture of Sheffield United’s third round match schedule against Bolton, scheduled to take place on January 5, 1963.

It came with the words: “After much delay due to unprecedented winter conditions, the last match took place on February 20, 1963, the ball rolled at 7:15 pm. FINAL! On March 6, 1963, the ball rolled at 7:15 pm. ”

The two emotional “FINAL” words were almost the last word for the longest round in FA Cup history. The third round suffered 261 delays (Lincoln City – Coventry was postponed 15 times) when it snowed 15 feet (4.75m) thick, stormy winds, frosty fog, three months of frost and temperatures as low as -20, 6 degrees Celsius, making the match impossible.

As usual, the round started on 5/1 – only 3 matches took place – and closed when Middlesbrough defeated Blackburn 3-1 at Ayresome Park on March 11.

In this round, the FA panicked over the financial consequences of freezing – for example, Blackpool did not play a home game between December 15 and March 2 – to the extent recommended. interest-free loans. However, teams are not the only ones who feel uncomfortable.

Because there are no matches to attract millions of betting players to predict the score, the companies fearing bankruptcy have created a Pool Panel like a football lottery, which means predicting football results in days (but not the score).

Until the FA tries to find a solution to escape the climate chaos, the season must last longer, meaning the FA Cup final will take place 3 weeks later than planned, on May 25 / 1963.

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Cycling

The British government encourages people to cycle and walk

The information comes in the context of Britain considering gradually easing the blockade measures but still maintaining social distance. Amidst Covid-19 pandemic, the British government encourage its people to use cycling as sport and means of transportation.

At a daily news conference about the COVID-19 pandemic, British Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced a £ 2 billion plan to encourage people to ” fog department “commuting by bicycle and walking.

The UK Transport Minister said that with a minimum social distance of 2 meters, the UK public transport system could only meet one tenth of the demand, even when fully operational.

A meaningful action amidst the pandemic

Mr Shapps called on British people in general and the civilians of Plymouth in particular to continue working from home if possible. They urged people to use bicycles or walk in cases where it was mandatory to work.

According to him, this action will help reduce the pressure on the public transport system. Meanwhile, it the use of private cars also helps reduce traffic congestion.

Also at the press conference, Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced a £ 2 billion plan. This was to encourage people to use bicycles and to walk, making it the center of the country’s transportation policy. The goal of the plan is to double the number of people using bicycles and pedestrians between now and 2025.

The first phase of the plan is a £ 250 million investment package to implement a series of emergency measures to ensure safer bicyclists and pedestrians. Measures that will soon be implemented include opening bike lanes, expanding sidewalks, and bus and bicycle lanes.

According to updated information of the British Government, the country currently records over a total of 260,000 cases of COVID-19. This includes over 30,000 deaths. The UK Government is expected to announce the next step to fight against the pandemic. There must be consideration to easing the blockade measures.

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Football

Chelsea breaks up 3 players including a Plymouth Argyle striker after June

Chelsea has just decided to break up 3 players after the contract expires at the end of June.

Willian and Pedro agreed to stay at Chelsea until the end of the 2019-20 season instead of the end of June as the contract stated. Pedro has almost completed the transfer agreement to AS Roma within 2 years.

Willian is not sure whether to go or stay

The former Barcelona winger will immediately go to Rome for medical examination after joining the campaign. But Willian’s future is still a big question mark. Despite being offered an extension, the Brazilian midfielder declined due to a disagreement over the number of years in the contract.

Willian is still the goal of Tottenham and Arsenal but the parties have not agreed on the terms, but the three names are different. The three members from Chelsea Academy are Josh Grant, Richard Nartey and Marcel Lavinier.

They were all announced that they would part ways with the club after June 30, none of which made their first-team debut for Chelsea. But all are important parts of the success of the Blues youth teams in recent seasons. Grant (21) has had loanings with Yeovil Town and is currently Plymouth Argyle, Former defender U18 and U20 England can move to the third division (League One) is Bristol Rovers.

Nartey, who also plays in a center-back position like Grant impressed on loan at Burton Albion this season. However, he has yet to find a new club, Lavinier, who has dual British and Portuguese nationality, is only 18 years old. He has only played for Chelsea since his teenage years and has yet to find a new club.

Before Chelsea, MU also announced that he would part with nine young players from Demetri Mitchell, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ethan Hamilton, Dion. McGhee, Largie Ramazani, George Tanner, Aidan Barlow, Kieran O’Hara and Alex Fojticek. In the Premier League, the biggest names who have become free agents since July 1 are Nathaniel Clyne, Jordon Ibe, Ryan Fraser and Joe Hart.

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Football

Plymouth Argyle and the tough decisions on the financial crisis

Simon Hallett, the owner of The Pilgrims has to make many tough decisions to help the club survive the financial crisis. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, there is no games being played for the past 4 months. Simon Hallett warns that the loss would be more serious if the siuation does not get better.

According to his estimation, if there is no game played in the next five months, Plymouth Argyle may lose more than £1 million. Therefore, owner of the Pilgrims is trying to inject more money into the club to help it survive the crisis.

Simon Hallett and the chairman of Plymouth Argyle warn that there are tough decisions that have to be made over the next 10 months. The football crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic is still unpredictable.

However, the owner of the club revealed that there will be substantial amount of money for the club in June. This promises to temporarily help the club get through this hard time.

Due to the unpredictable spread of the pandemic, there is no clues on when Plymouth Argyle and the rest of the EFL could restart. Fans will be allowed to attend games at grounds. However, Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, hoped that fans would be able to return to grounds this September.

To survive the financial crisis, not only Plymouth Argyle but also the EFL clubs need more financial support. This suport may possibly come from the Government or the Premier League. However, Simon Hallett is doubtful if the Premier League clubs would help with some amount of support for EFL clubs.

Is it true that Ryan Lowe leaving Plymouth Argyle to be the new Bolton Wanderers manager?

For SkyBet, Ryan Lowe was considered the suitable one for vacancy at Bolton. The club declined to comment on this. Plymouth Argyle has a traditional policy not to comment anything on the manager or players. However, there are many reasons why there is no prospect of Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe leaving for Bolton Wanderers. This manager is fully focused on the Plymouth Argyle and the 2020/21 League One campaign.

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Football

Danny Mayor will play for Plymouth Argyle for 2020/21 season

After Plymouth Argyle football team were officially promoted to League One, Danny Mayor confirmed he will be playing for this team. The midfielder has agreed to a contract option and will play for the team the next season. This is such good news for the Green Army.

At a socially-distanced Press conference, Ryan Lowe, confirmed the news at Home Park on June 10, 2020.

Mayor joins Will Aimson, Mike Cooper, Joe Edwards, Byron Moore and Dom Telford in being under contract for next term.

For the next season of League One, besides Danny Mayor, there will be Mike Cooper, Joe Edwards, Will Aimson Dom Telford, and Byron Moore playing for Plymouth Argyle.

During Argyle’s promotion-winning campaign, Danny Mayor had 36 starts and 3 appearances as substitute. However, the player scored only one goal. This was lower than many people expected as he was considered a talented player.

However, as a good midfielder, Danny Mayor helped his team-mates score several goals. Although he was often man-marked by opposing sides, he still contribute much for the team’s success.

With Mayor’s appearance on the next League One, Argyle will not be afarid of lacking for creativity. This is such good news for the whole team.

Plymouth Argyle was promoted to League One for the 2020/21 season

After the long wait for official confirmation, Ryan Lowe, Plymouth Argyle manager,  has succeeded in leading the team to be promoted to League One.

Along with Swindon Town and Crewe Alexandra, Argyle Plymouth will automatically promoted to League One for the next season.

The League Two have formally been voted to end the 2019/20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the vote’s results, Forest Green Rovers was the only team that wanted the league to continue.

Plymouth Argyle football team is returning to League One after an absence of only one season and promise to achieve good result in the 2019/20 season.

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Football

Many Plymouth Argyle fans would not ask for ticket refunds

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the League Two campaign of the Pilgrims was ended early. However, according to poll, there are very few Plymouth Argyle fans would ask the club for ticket refunds of the 2019/20 season.

According to a Plymouth Live poll, the majority of the fans agree to donate the money to Argyle. The team has been facing a problem with revenue after the league shut down due the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the outcome of the poll made by Chris Errington on Twitter, a football reporter.

The fans that have bought the season ticket voted to answer the question: What would you like to happen to your money for the games that did not take place?

There were totally 1,332 votes cast on the poll. According to its outcome, there was up to 74 percent voted for the answer ‘donate money to club’. There was only 5 percent voted for the answer ‘refund’. The other opted for the ‘money off next season’.

This result will be encouraging for Simon Hallett, the club owner, especially in this difficult situation.

Plymouth Argyle and other League One and League Two clubs have been trying to survive the financial problems. Due to the unpredictable spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no football game being played.

However, Andrew Parkinson, the CEO of the club, understands not all fans will be ready to do that though.

The worst of the financial problem may happen

CEO Andrew Parkinson has admitted refund waivers on tickets would significantly help the club to get through this hard time. The Pilgrims, as with every other EFL club have been hard hit by football shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The club owner Simon Hallett is trying to protect Argyle from the worst of the financial problem.

Even so, the team faces many challenges to survive the crisis. The pandemic still significantly affect sports in Plymouth. That means the club has to manage the situation without any income from matches in the near future.

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Golf

The most beautiful golf course in Plymouth and the UK (Part 2)

Miacomet, Nantucket

Nantucket has only one public, 18-hole golf course, and it’s Miacomet. A quick ride through will provide the perfect setting for a weekend getaway, complete with an 18 hole layout with challenges for every level.

Winchester Country Club, Winchester

Winchester Country Club is one of seven courses designed by father and son couple Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. Golfweek has also named the 7,200-course championship golf course that is one of the Best Residential Golf Courses in America twice.

Link Granite, Quincy

Located just seven miles (11.3 km) out of Boston, this Granite Links course offers spectacular views everywhere, including the Boston skyline, Harbor Islands, and the beautiful Reservation Blue Hills forest.

The International (Oaks), Bolton

Pines courses at the International Golf & Resort Club are priced as difficult courses thrown in the US; However, the Oaks Course featured here offers a better route for a relaxing game.

Boston Golf Club, Hingham

The Boston Golf Club is a tune for an older, more traditional course. With a club similar to a log cabin in the woods and an incredible serenity because it’s so close to Boston, this course offers a unique playing experience.

Wachusett Country Club

Just minutes from Worcester, the Wachusett Country Club features Donald Ross with spectacular views of Mount Wachusett and Wachusett Reservoir.

Essex County Club

Founded in the late 19th century with holes, the Essex County Club became an 18-hole course in 1917. Today, it is a top 10 Massachusetts golf course.

Red tail, Devens

Red Tail Golf Course is one of the top three public golf courses in Massachusetts. The course, about 30-45 minutes outside Boston near Fort Devens, receives its name due to the red-tailed hawks you can see flying in the air regularly.

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Golf

The most beautiful golf course in Plymouth and the UK (Part 1)

Golf has emerged and has become an important sport in every part of the world, with each course boasting its own unique style.

Plymouth has a number of courses to play, held by environmentalists, keeping them looking as good as they do. So whether it’s for the love of the game or to say “I do”, enjoy the vision with this list of courses that can even convince non-players to choose a club golf.

Here are the most beautiful golf courses in Plymouth as well as in the UK. Let’s check out!

Taconic, Williamstown

Located on the campus of Williams College, Taconic Golf Club is 109 acres of rolling terrain and is considered a classic Golden Age design – with the back tilted forward on most holes. It consistently ranks among the top university courses in the country and is a regular match on any of the top “Classic” rankings of 100.

Farm Neck, Oak Bluffs

Farm Neck is really a hidden gem. Located in the pristine corner of Martha’s Vineyard, the layout of this course offers the best coastal golf experience anywhere.

Farm, Southwick

With narrow roads, deep bends, frequent obstacles, and significant changes in altitude, this is a challenge even for the best golfers. Ranch courses have maintained good lush and green fairways quickly straight out of a postcard.

Old Sandwich GC, Plymouth

The old dappled style of the Coore-Crenshaw design at Old Sandwich Golf Club is what makes this course so special and captivating.

Old Sandwich Golf Club, 247 Old Sandwich Road, Plymouth, MA, USA, + ​​1 508 209 2200

Pinehills (Nicklaus), Plymouth

Pinehills Golf Club‘s Nicklaus design brings a different experience. With trees bordering the golf course and challenging green complexes, this is a course that will help you come back even more.

Pinehills Golf Club, 54 Clubhouse Dr, Plymouth, MA, USA, + ​​1 508 209 3000

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Football

Plymouth Argyle manager criticises Football League

The manager of Plymouth Argyle, Ryan Lowe, criticizes Football League since he is worried about the health and wellbeing of players due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently, Ryan Lowe, as Plymouth Argyle boss, has shown his disappointment since he and the team havenot heard anything from the English Football League about how to continue the football matches.

There have been many comments and predictions about the way the league should continue. However, for Argyle, the league should be postponed as long as the Covid-19 pandemic is still there. The manager thinks the remaining matches of the league should only resume when it is extremely safe.

So, what’s next for League Two?

Many people believe that it is impossible now for the League Two 2019/20 season to continue. Due to the heavy affects of Covid-19 pandemic, people in the country continue to die from this pandemic. That is why the league should be postponed or even canceled to protect everyone.

Therefore, many people want to end the league. In case of this, the league should base on an average points-per-game basis to decide on the final result. Accordingly, Argyle finish third, Swindon Town is runner-up an and Crewe Alexandra, and promoted to League One.

League Two season ended

The League Two season has to end early due to Covid-19 pandemic. For the final results, Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City await fate

There are discussions following this end between Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City clubs. The clubs are waiting for their fate. The final results will be based on points-per-game method. 

However, there are some other clubs that are in favour of three teams being promoted automatically. If this plan is carried out, the champions will be Crewe Alexandra and Swindon Town. Meanwhile, Exeter City, whichis currently at the fourth position, would drop to the fifth place.

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Table tennis

The origin and development of table tennis

Like other sports, table tennis was a “living room entertainment” for the upper class. Table tennis was officially born in the 1880s when tennis players on the field wanted to adjust the rules of the sport to be able to compete indoors in the winter.

Table tennis quickly became popular and around early 1901, a table tennis tournament took place with more than 300 participants. Ping-Pong Association was established but was later renamed Table Tennis Association in 1922.

In 1902, a Japanese professor brought table tennis back to Japan and introduced it to university students. Shortly thereafter, Edward Shires, a British salesman, introduced the sport to people in Vienna and Budapest. Today, table tennis has become popular all over the world.

In England, table tennis began to become widely known and is no longer a sport of the middle class. Tournaments also began to take place in remote towns like Sunderland and Plymouth. In 1922, the All England Cup was established, the Daily Mirror organized and sponsored a national tournament with more than 40,000 players competing.

The British table tennis association

Table tennis has its own position and on April 24, 1927, the British Table Tennis Association was established under the direction of Ivor Montagu, the son of Senator Ewatthling. Ivor Montagu is the creator of contemporary table tennis. At the time, the British Table Tennis Association was a member of 19 tournaments.

The first world table tennis tournament took place in 1927 and the winner was Jacobi from Hungary. This was also the beginning of the Hungarian dominance in this sport throughout the 1930s. The Hungarian coach is the legendary Viktor Barna. His talent and inspiration contributed greatly to the improvement. The high position of table tennis in the sports world.

The 1950s saw the reversal of table tennis by the introduction of a new type of racket material. These new types of racquets, introduced by the Japanese, have the ability to hit the ball very magically. The World Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) quickly came up with regulations to control this development.