Coming soon to the UEFA Champions League … Inter midfielder Roberto Gagliardini. 🔥
Coming soon to the UEFA Champions League … Inter midfielder Roberto Gagliardini. 🔥
Malcolm Johnston was from the Theo Green School of jockeys that produced many champions like Gordon Spinks and Darren Beadman to name a few. Born in 1956, Johnston grew up in Orange, Western NSW, before joining Theo Green at Rosehill and then at Randwick. His fist victory in a big race was in the 1976 VRC Lightning Handicap on Desirable, trained by Colin Hayes. He was also a stable jockey for trainer Tommy Smith, which was the beginning of his partnership with Kingston Town.
‘Miracle’ Johnston, as he was known as, soon became a superstar in the world of racing with a record breaking partnership with Kingston Town. The duo won 25 races out of 30 which included five Group One titles when Kingstown Town was a three-year-old which included the 1980 Cox Plate. The duo almost took the 1982 Melbourne Cup but lost to Gurners Lane as Johnston admitted to starting the finishing run early, leaving Kingston Town drained towards the finishing line.
He won 3 premierships as an apprentice and finished his career with 3 Sydney premiership titles and 3 runner-up titles. In his first season as an apprentice during 1973-74, he finished second in the premiership. The next season he won the Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership title as an apprentice, breaking Jack Thompson’s record with 107.5 wins. His skills took him across the globe to England, France, Hong Kong, the Middle East, and New Zealand. At the time of retirement, Johnston had 39 Group One victories and over 2000 winners to his credit. His major wins include the Caulfield Cup, two Epsom Handicaps, two Oaks, five Derbies including the AJC and VTC Derbies, the W. S. Cox Plate, a Doncaster Handicap double, two Lightning Stakes, the 1980 Sydney Cup, the STC Tanvred Stakes, the STC Rosehill Guineas and an Adelaide Cup.
Johnston was virtually unbeatable especially during his partnership with Kingston Town from 1979-1982. He was also suspended on 56 occasions, which cost him a few titles including the 1981 MVRC Cox Plate. On one occasion, Johnston was suspended by stewards for a careless riding charge in the 1978 Wyong Cup, and he was ordered to pay $121,490 in damages to rider Glenn Frazer. Frazer sued Johnston for fractured left thigh, a severe back injury and other injuries. Johnston denied any act of negligence but the New South Wales Supreme Court ruled in Frazer’s favour. The court stated that a competitor could be held liable for an injury caused by an error of judgment.
No matter what, Malcolm Johnston was a naturally gifted jockey who later made the decision to take up training in 1997. He established his headquarters at Hawkesbury, training over 200 winners that included Stakes winners like Stella Maree and Shags. With his wealth of experience in riding he joined the team at Racing NSW as ‘Training Officer – Hunter & North West Region’, in charge of 200 trainees. The legendary rider is also a corporate speaker, known for adding a few laughs to everything he says. Naturally, Johnston statess to have been the courtroom jester in the jockey’s room.
But there is one thing that Johnston is serious about. Malcolm Johnston honestly believes that the Kingston Town should be the only yardstick for the term ‘Champion’.
A tiny amount of light, and it’s still pretty clear… 😁 Guess who? 😉
⚽ Here are the #UCL second qualifying round matches.
Are you following a team in this round? 🤔
(Games played 24/25 July & 31 July/1 August)
Manchester United supporters are England’s Sexiest Football Fans, according to new research. Female followers of Fergie’s boys, who boast Corrie star Kym Ryder and telly presenter Zoe Ball among their number, were voted the country’s best looking by 1,500 male fans.
Second place in the poll were Chelsea fans, who include Sienna Miller, Danni Minogue and Isla Fisher – followed by the attractive followers of Liverpool.
Arsenal may be riding high at the top of the Premiership, but they could only manage fourth place, despite having singer Rachel Stevens and ex-Page 3 model Jo Guest as supporters.
The survey found over half of guys (53 per cent) spend time checking out how fit the girls at football matches are and two thirds of blokes reckon there’s something sexy about girls in footie shirts.
Carl Christensen, MD of www.thepeoplesclub.com, which commissioned the poll, said: “Football is changing. You see more and more girls at games these days. It’s like a fashion parade at times at Stamford Bridge, with some of the totty treating the stadium concourse like a catwalk.”
“The sexy style of football is having an influence on the make up of fans attending the games too. I believe that Manchester United’s free flowing football and Manchester City’s cavalier spirit is rubbing off on the female fans.”
Sexy female fans of struggling Newcastle United finished off the top five. Tottenham came sixth in the poll while Derby were at number seven. Eighth place went to West Ham United. Rampant romeo Sven Goran Eriksson’s Manchester City were voted in at number nine followed by Aston Villa at ten.
The survey also named Swansea City supporter Catherine Zeta Jones as the sexiest celebrity football fan, beating second placed TV presenter Cat Deeley, a West Bromwich Albion fan. Arsenal fan Rachel Stevens came third while actress and Everton supporter Jennifer Ellison is at four. Finishing off the top five is Titanic actress and Reading follower, Kate Winslet.
At the other end of the scale Crystal Palace supporter Jo Brand was named the ugliest celebrity supporter followed by Norwich City director, Delia Smith.
Carl, added: “Everyone would agree there is something about girls in footy shirts which is downright sexy – it is the beautiful game after all.”
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Which world champions are you backing to win the #UCL in 2018/19? 🏆
This beautiful 30 years old Delta queen of Nigeria and captain of Nigeria senior female National team is perhaps the best female goalkeeper in Africa as evident in the just concluded African Women Championship held in South Africa held from on the 31 October to 14 November 2010.
What are the distinctive qualities that sets are apart from her fellow goalkeepers?
There is much, but I will be focusing on five of these qualities which have made her to not just the best, but the only female goalkeeper in Africa to concede the least number of goals in a major tournament.
Watching the captain and goalkeeper of the Super Falcons of Nigeria throughout the just concluded African Women Championship held in South Africa. She never exhibited any stage fright but remained calm and composed with perfect composure. Her calmness eventually aided her team mates as they grew in confidence as the tournament progressed into the knock out stage.
Precious Dede has the distinct honour of being one of the most experienced players in the present Super Falcons squad. She has played in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup as well as the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic female soccer events. She has had a distinguish career playing for top female clubs in Nigeria and also with Arna-Bjørnar football club in Norway in the 2009 season.
One of the major features that distinguish a good goalkeeper from are fellow colleagues, is the ability to deal with aerial balls coming from corner kicks, free-kicks and other dead ball situations. This amazing lady also has unique aerial ability that made her stand above her contemporaries.
Some footballers never get to achieve the highest level of their career due to one problem or the other. Top among such problems, is the issue of discipline on or off the field of play. It is a serious issue that has seen talented and budding stars getting axed from the national team. Precious Dede is a shining example of humility and simplicity. Her humble disposition makes her a favourite among friends and colleagues.
the ability to inspire her colleagues
As captain of the senior national female team of Nigeria, Precious Dede has been an inspiration and leader extraordinary. A good goalkeeper radiates confidence and not fear on her team mates, and that is what Precious does with ease. Standing between the post and propelling her defence line with inspiring saves at point-blank range gave her the award of the best goalkeeper at the 2010 African Women Championship.
Soccer is the most popular sport in almost every country in the world. That is unless you live in the USA where football, baseball and basketball are more popular. As a soccer coach the problem is therefore how to get youth players interested in playing soccer rather than the other sports.
Firstly we need to look at the reasons as to why other sports are more popular than soccer in the USA. One of the main reasons is spectator appeal. Local football, baseball and basketball are televised and promoted in every major city in the US. Young athletes watch this and associate with their heroes. Another reason is the money available in the professional game is much more in the American sports than in soccer. As a result, more young sports players aspire to earn their living with a high income in the American sports.
Not that soccer is a poor mans sport. Wages for soccer players around the world are now on the increase. For example 2 of the best soccer players in the world Christiano Ronaldo and Robinho are reported to be on $200, 000 and $320,000 per week respectively. David Beckham who plays for LA Galaxy is also high up there with the top soccer player earners. Although the interest in soccer is growing in the US among young sportsmen, the sport cannot compete as yet with the publicity, advertising and hype of the American sports.
The question is how to persuade young players in the US that soccer is the best sport to enter. Here are a few good reasons:
Soccer is a sport that any player can play and be successful in. As in football where physique and size is a major factor, in basketball where it is very advantageous to be well over 6 feet tall, any player can be successful in soccer no matter what size or physique a player has. Big and strong players can find positions as defenders, midfielders or forwards. Small players can find positions as forwards and wingers and develop skills to be successful in these positions. Slower players can also find positions, especially in midfield. There is a place for everyone who has the desire.
The involvement in the game is much greater in soccer than it is for other sports. In football there are so many stoppages in the game. Some players like the kickers may only have very limited involvement in the game. In soccer, even if your team does not have the ball, everyone has to hustle back to defend. Even the forwards have to defend from the front. Defenders when not defending have to support the midfield and forwards.
Soccer is very fast paced with almost continuous involvement. Basketball is probably the most similar of the American sports to soccer, the biggest difference being the size of the court to the field.
As well as speed, strength and stamina, skill is of the utmost importance in soccer thus producing an athlete with more rounded attributes. At youth level you will often find that youth soccer players often excel in the other American sports.
A good way to get youth athletes more interested in soccer is to get them watching high-class professional games on TV. The English Premier League is probably the best to watch as it is fast paced with a high skill level. Many of the best players in the world play in this league. There are several TV stations that show these games like Fox Sports World.
Also it would be good to get prospective youth soccer players to go to a few of their local college soccer games or semi pro games if there is a team in the area,
And then there is that magical feeling of scoring a goal with the goal celebration to follow. Soccer is certainly on the increase in the USA. The game produces leaders with more all round ability than the US sports. Success in soccer can lead to worldwide acclaim as players like Brad Friedel who plays in the English premier league has shown.