I kept it as a reminder of the evil some people had inside them. For the rest of my playing days, it was a motivation that they weren’t going to stop me.
As said by Cyrille Regis (1958 – 2018), the hugely inspirational and much loved former footballer, who has sadly passed. As well a huge goalscoring talent on the field, he also faced racist bigotry off the field which he dealt with a dignity and class that inspired later generations of black footballers. The quote refers to a bullet being sent to him before his senior England debut.
Michael Rudman, Skybox patron 1995 – 2005, as quoted in Big Shot, an episode of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. The 79 minute film tells of the major problem businessman John Spano had when buying the Islanders, an ice hockey team from Long Island, New York. You can find out more detail on the impact it had on Spano himself, the team and the community on a review by Digital Shortbread here.
There was so much to see on the Wimbledon visit I had recently that I had to seperate it into two parts. This post will focus on the guided tour (you can find my experience of the shop here), which takes you around different courts and the overall area. As there was so much to see, I’ve reviewed the tour in a non-linear way so as to group the photographs better.
As a gift from my good friend Tosha, I had tickets for the Wimbledon tour. As regulars of the blog will know, I am a big tennis fan. I’ve quoted numerous legends like Arthur Ashe and Chris Evert to current stars like Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro and been to the 02 to see the ATP World Tour Finals numerous times. I’ve read Andre Agassi’s autobiography Open, Fred Perry’s biography The Last Champion, Levels of the Game by sports writer John McPheeand Break Point by tennis journalist Kevin Mitchell.
Perfection is an asymptote. It is never achieved and only two things will happen if people go looking for it. Either they live unhappy lives because they are unable to find it, or they think they’ve found it and then worry every day they are going to lose it.
Taken from The Secret Footballer’s Guide to the Modern Game. Written by an anonymous former footballer, it lifts on the role of tactics, nutrition and psychology in current day Premier League football. The quote is taken from a Q&A with a secret sports psychiatrist.
With Novak Djokovic’s life on court continuing to unravel after his unceremonious dumping out of the French Open tournament, his relationship with his newly-hired coach Andre Agassi will be more vital than ever. As the finals of the male and female take place this weekend (Agassi is the last American male to win in Paris), here are eight quotes from the Las Vegan’s seminal autobiography Open. Published in 2009, three years after his retirement, it tells of the 47 year old’s struggle in losing is childhood to tennis, being a prodigy, his rivalries with other competitors and fall down the ranking after years of success. The hugely honest and insightful memoir also tells of his inspirational recovery to the top of the game and later contentment in retirement. You can also see my review of the book here.
These are a collection of my favourite photographs from an exhibition of the World Photography Awards in Somerset House, London. This is the tenth edition of the highly acclaimed competition, which includes categories like Natural World, Landscape, Still Life, Sport and Conceptual. There was also a section including the work of photographer and photojournalist Martin Parr.
My favourite sports are football and tennis, but boxing has this raw, primal, violent energy that for me just can’t be replicated. So I was glued to the much-anticipated heavyweight fight between the 41 year-old two-time Ukrainian champion Wladimir Klitschko and the sport’s rising star, 27 year-old Londoner Anthony Joshua. The long-awaited fight lived up to the hype, with both fighters sent flying to the canvas in the opening six rounds after ferocious punches. To celebrate the 11-round epic, I’ve used some photographs collected in The Guardian, with an added mixture of Reuters and Getty Images being used (Richard Heathcote, Ben Stansall, Andrew Couldridge, Tom Jenkins)