This Week in Football

Cameron Storer is joined by Ryan Maher for football debate on This Week in Football.

With Mauricio Pellegrino sacked as Southampton manager following a poor run of form, is Mark Hughes the man to save the 19th placed Saints from the Premier League’s trapped door?

Manchester United’s embarrassing defeat to Seville last night ends their Champions League run but will Chelsea join United and Tottenham at home with an exit in Barcelona tonight?

A rare last 16 exit for Mourinho | Image : Metro

Football Chat @ 1pm

Cameron Storer is joined by our sports reporters Ewan Hawthorne and Ryan Maher to discuss all the latest going-ons in English football.

The latest match-up at Anfield could be the best game of the season so far, how far are Liverpool away from Manchester City? Paul Lambert has been appointed the new Stoke City boss and what is wrong with Arsenal?

Paul Lambert was Appointed as Stoke City manager on Sunday | Image NewsWireNGR

The Football Chat Returns

Cameron Storer is joined by Ryan Maher as our sports reporters reflect on a classic cup tie at the Etihad last night. The duo also discuss the managerial situation at Stoke City and the January Transfer market.

Unearthing hidden Merseyside

Kazimier Gardens. Source: Jamie Taylor

Andy Warhol self-portrait at the Tate. Source: Jamie Taylor

Finding yourself lost among quintessential pop art pieces, flicking through Probe Records to unearth a gem or even sipping a Liverpool Gin at the institutional Jacaranda. There are some attractions in Liverpool that are hard to pass up, no matter how many visits.

The Tate Liverpool is one of the most renowned modern art galleries in the world, I was ecstatic to discover a whole room of Roy Liechtenstein; a pillar of the art world’s coolest genre, Pop Art.  Coming across a self-portrait of Andy Warhol in the galleries Constellations Exhibition bookended the most surprising trip to the Tate I’ve taken.

Mendips, John Lennon’s childhood home. Source: Jamie Taylor

It’s very difficult not to mention John, Paul, George and Ringo when talking about Liverpool. Countless bus tours, museums and gift shops could make you a bit sick of the Beatles when in town. Forget the gates of Strawberry Fields or The Cavern Club, there is only one stop that is a necessity for any Fab Four fanatics. The National Trust’s Beatles Childhood Homes lovingly and accurately recreate John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s homes with a level of detail only Beatles academics would notice. So many stories and lyrical inspiration can be found here, a must for fans.

Probe Records at Blue Coats. Source: Jamie Taylor

When on Mathew Street, don’t be fooled by the famous Cavern Club, the real one was filled in with concrete in the mid-70s. The historic site is now an electric substation and The Cavern Club only a mock-up. The Jacaranda on Slater Street was originally owned by the Alan Williams, the Beatles first manager. As younger teenagers they played the basement, still open today with three floors and a record shop, the Jacaranda is an easy alternative to Concert Square.

Any music fan in Merseyside, past or present, will be familiar with Probe Records. Now in Blue Coat Gardens, their stock and selection are second to none. Once a label of bands like Half Man Half Biscuit, with even the late Pete Burns and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Paul Rutherford working behind the counter in the mid-eighties. It is a staple of Merseyside’s record scene.

It’s always good to know a diamond in the rough. Liverpool has no shortage of hidden bars and restaurants. At one time, Kazimier Gardens was only for those in the know. Hiding behind scaffolding and an unassuming backyard gate, this overgrown hippy beer garden is Liverpool’s best spot for Belgian wheat beer and vegetarian barbecue.

Merseyside has so much more to offer than Concert Square stag/hen dos and Anfield and Goodison Park for Premier League fans. A current and thriving underground scene is supported by alternative venues, historic bars and hereditary sense of counterculture.    

EN4 Football Chat #1

 

EN4 NEWS: FOOTBALL CHAT #1

Join Ryan Maher and Ewan Hawthorne on the EN4 News football podcast as they discuss the game’s biggest happenings in Scotland and England.

The Premier League title race and Ronald Koeman’s sacking are major talking points, as our hosts are joined by Jamie Taylor and Cameron Storer.

Ryan and Ewan also consider the Scottish League Cup Semi-Finals and what the results mean for the clubs and coaches, with Rangers being humbled by Motherwell and Celtic putting 4 past Hibernian.

 

Top 10 Scottish Athletes Of All Time

While Scotland might not be the biggest country in the world, we have managed to punch well above our weight in science, sports and technology. Many of our biggest names have been athletes, and in light of Andy Murray’s recent anointment as tennis’s world number 1, here are our personal picks of the best Scottish athletes.

1 – Sir Chris Hoy

 

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Chris Hoy (pictured) on the top podium, as usual.

 

An easy pick from us. Hoy was Scotland’s biggest representative on the world stage as he peddled to glory between 2000 to 2012 Olympic Games. He went on to win the most gold medals for a British Olympian and second overall in the British medal tally.

2 – Sir Jackie “Flying Scot” Stewart

 

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The Scottish driver flew into a respectable second spot

 

Formula 1 legend and Britain’s most successful driver in terms of overall titles. While he was successful in going for glory, he also pushed hard for better safety precautions for drivers when 2/3s of drivers had a chance of dying in a five year career.

3 – Kenny Dalglish (MBE)

 

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“King Kenny” cantered into third

 

Scotland’s joint leading scorer and all time most capped player. Managed to shake up club football with his spells on both sides of the border; plundering goals for Celtic and Liverpool.  Also had fruitful periods as a manager, winning the “double” for Liverpool and also a league title with Blackburn Rovers.

4 – Andy Murray (OBE)

 

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Still time to spare for him to push further up the list – watch this space.

 

Current world number 1 at Tennis and the first British athlete to do so. The oldest athlete to become number 1 but will hold it for the remainder of 2016 after seeing off Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals.

5- David Wilkie (MBE)

 

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Also current holder of En4News’s pick as 5th best athlete.

 

Only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic swimming titles at the same time.

6- Allan Wells (MBE)

The Scottish sprinter nabbed golds at the Olympic Games, IAAF World Cup, European Cups and Commonwealth Games in the 100 and 200m.

7- Dennis Law (CBE)

Joint record scorer for Scotland’s football team (we will touch on the other joint scorer later on) and Manchester United’s third highest scorer. He is the only Scottish player to win a Ballon d’Or, doing so in 1964.

8- Isabel Newstead (NBE)

May not be the first name on the tip of your tongue but this Paralympic athlete was a jack of all trades in her competitive career. Isabel won golds across three  disciplines – Six Golds, one Silver and two Bronze medals in Swimming; Three Golds and one Bronze medal in Shooting; One Gold, three Silvers and one Bronze medal in Track and Field.

9 – Graeme Randall (MBE)

Second ever male from the UK to hold a world title in judo (1999).

10 – Eric Liddell

You may have heard of him via the movie that depicted him – Chariots of Fire. Won Gold for Britain at the Olympic Games in 1924 in Paris but was more notable for his religious beliefs. He was known for refusing to compete in his preferred 100m heats as they were hosted on a Sunday, forcing him to compete on a weekday in the 400m heats – which he went on to win. Chose to be a missionary in China over competing in the Olympics again.

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