The equality watchdog has asked every Premier Leag

first_imgThe equality watchdog has asked every Premier League football club to explain how they are complying with their legal duties to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled supporters under the Equality Act.Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), wrote on 21 December to all 20 Premier League clubs, asking them to answer 18 questions about how they were complying with the act.The clubs have until 10 February to reply to the questions, but EHRC has warned that it will take legal action against any clubs that cannot prove they are complying with the law.EHRC released the contents of its letter this week as the Commons culture, media and sport committee published its report into the accessibility of sports grounds.The committee’s report says that it is “completely unacceptable that a number of Premier League clubs – some of the richest sporting organisations in the UK – have failed to carry out even basic adaptations in over 20 years”.It adds: “It is high time that sports clubs, particularly those with available finance such as those in football’s Premier League, changed their mindset.”The Premier League promised in 2015 that every one of its clubs would meet strict access standards by August 2017.It is due to release its own report this month on the progress made by each club, but Disability News Service reported two weeks ago that Watford had already admitted that it would breach the Premier League’s pledge.The committee says in its report that it is “not convinced that the Premier League would impose suitable penalties” on clubs that fail to meet the pledge.And it says that it supports EHRC’s promise to take legal action against any clubs that “continue to flout the law”. The disabled supporters’ charity Level Playing Field welcomed this week’s report and said that it “validates many of the issues LPF has been campaigning for”, including the lack of accessible information, difficulties booking tickets, inaccessible transport, availability of appropriate seating and provision for fans with hearing and sight loss.Tony Taylor, chair of Level Playing Field, said: “This hard hitting report confirms what we as an organisation have been saying for many years – that all too often, disabled sports fans have an inequality of matchday experience.“We know from our own personal experiences that attending a football match or other sporting event really does make a difference for disabled people.  “We will continue to provide expert, user-led advice to clubs to facilitate this, but also to ensure that disabled fans do not have barriers placed before them when buying their tickets and can turn up at a game with the minimum of fuss, taking their place alongside fellow supporters to support their teams.“Surely, in the 21st century, that is not too much to ask?”Damian Collins, the Tory MP who chairs the committee, said: “When we see examples of good practice at some clubs that are already providing disabled supporters with a good experience when they attend matches, it is especially disappointing that some of the rich clubs are not doing more.“Sports fans with disabilities are not asking for a large number of expensive changes – only to have their needs taken into account in the way sports stadia are designed and operated.”He warned that clubs should consider it “a reputational risk – and one which sponsors would have to take seriously – if clubs continue to fail to engage with reasonable adjustments and are also therefore actually in breach of the law”.In October, the Premier League was branded dishonest by the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, Lord [Chris] Holmes, over its attitude to access and inclusion.He told MPs on the committee that there had not been “anything like an inclusive culture” in the Premier League and among Premier League clubs, which was “a great shame when it is our only national game”.Among the 18 questions EHRC has put to the 20 Premier League clubs, it has asked clubs to provide a dated copy of their most recent accessibility audit, and the dates of all previous such audits since 2003; details of measures taken to assist disabled supporters to travel to, enter and exit their stadium; and the number and location of their spaces for wheelchair-users.EHRC also asked the clubs for evidence that these issues had been discussed at senior levels in the last 18 months. Once it has analysed the information, the watchdog plans to publish a report on its website, alongside the names of any clubs that have failed to respond to its questions.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair (pictured), said: “Disabled fans have been patronised for decades with every excuse in the book: that there is no demand for disabled access tickets, old stadia cannot be adapted, and even new stadia and stands won’t be compliant for years.“These clubs are not only breaking promises to their die-hard fans, they are breaking the law.” He added: “Let’s be clear, teams who are non-compliant will face legal action.”In a statement, the Premier League said: “The clubs are working hard to enhance disabled fan access and facilities in their stadiums.“The scale and scope of the commitment made by clubs in this area is unprecedented for a single sport or sector, and the timescale is ambitious.“Following consultation with specialist architects, extensive improvements are being undertaken and rapid progress is being made.“At some grounds, particularly older ones, there are challenging built environment issues and, given that stadiums are in use throughout the football season, there is a limited period in which significant structural work can be done.“For the clubs which are working through those challenges, cost is not the determining factor.“Instead they are working through issues relating to planning, how to deal with new stadium development plans, how best to manage fan disruption or, in certain cases where they don’t own their facility, having to work with third parties.“At the end of this month we will present to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Work and Pensions, EHRC and the culture, media and sport select committee an interim report which details each club’s progress ahead of a final report due in August.“It of course remains the case that it falls to the EHRC to form its own view as to whether the adjustments being made are reasonable, as required by legislation.”last_img read more

SF Looks to State for Help with Reforming Police Policies

first_imgResponse from @KamalaHarris re: independent attorney general investigation of @SFPD in wake of #LuisGongora pic.twitter.com/qHTcuT8XYO— Vivian Ho (@VivianHo) April 13, 2016 Tags: alex nieto • City Hall • David Campos • government • jeff adachi • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The press conference took place just an hour before a town hall meeting was held by the Police Department to discuss officers’ involvement in Gongora’s death. As protesters held up placards with images of a set of hands painted red, Phelicia Jones — an organizer with the labor union SEIU 1021 and the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition — announced into a microphone, “San Francisco, you have blood on your hands.”Amid protesters’ calls for the resignation of Police Chief Greg Suhr, the city leaders promised unity and action in enacting policies that will result in substantial changes. All of Wednesday’s speakers called for an independent civil rights investigation and a reform to police use-of-force policies.  “The shooting has led all our public officials joining the reform movement. Everyone is a reformer,” said Allen Schlosser, senior counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, addressing a crowd of about 60 people. “But it is impossible to put in effect the changes we want unless an outside agency comes in.” Schlosser called the ongoing  review of police department practices by the Department of Justice “completely inadequate.” Echoing Adachi’s demands for involvement by the attorney general, Schlosser accused the police department of “distorting evidence,” adding that an “enforcement mechanism” is needed to address a lack of transparency within the department. “We can’t have a collaboration with people who aren’t willing to be open and honest,” he said. “The civil rights division has the power and experience to change this department.”Yesterday, Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation tasking the attorney general’s office to initiate a civil rights investigation into the city’s police department. “Rallying and holding protests means nothing if we don’t produce results,” said Cohen. Mission District Supervisor David Campos pointed to a copy of an 2015 order issued by Police Chief Greg Suhr requiring his officers to “create time, distance, and establish a rapport with people in crisis who are only a danger to themselves.” Campos challenged the officer’s compliance with this order when they shot Mario Woods, who was carrying a knife, on December 2, as well as the narrative Suhr gave reporters last week following Gongora’s death. Suhr said then that Gongora lunged at officers with a knife in the homeless encampment where he lived, but his narrative has been disputed by seven witness statements. Video footage of the incident showed that officers approached and killed Gongora in less than a minute.“I don’t know that they followed their own policies. Yet what we are hearing from SFPD is that these officers were in compliance,” said Campos, adding that the department “needs to stop talking about what they think happened on any incident until their own investigation is complete.” While questioning Mayor Ed Lee’s leadership in addressing the city’s “police crisis,” Campos said that unity between City Hall and the community is necessary in enacting reform. Campos said that homeless activists should also be included in this movement. “The mayor’s response to the killing of a homeless person by the police department has been to crackdown on the homeless,”  said Campos. Following last week’s shooting, Lee ordered the dismantling of homeless encampments throughout the city.As the press conference concluded, some protesters headed towards the Mission where the town hall meeting for Gongora was held shortly after. Several protesters questioned the police department’s motive behind scheduling the public meeting at noon, making it difficult for many members of the public to attend. “To hold a community meeting about this shooting in middle of day, doesn’t send the right message,” said Campos. 0%center_img Following a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris last week, Public Defender Jeff Adachi vowed to continue demanding a state investigation into the practices of the San Francisco Police Department, which he said are plagued by racial bias, use-of-force violations and a lack of transparency.“People are dying on our streets, so how many more have to be killed before we are going to get an agency with the power to reform?” asked Adachi at a press conference held in the wake of last week’s fatal police shooting of Luis Gongora, a Mission District homeless man. “We have policies on the table — what we need is someone to step up and enforce them.” Adachi was joined on the steps of City Hall by several city supervisors, District Attorney George Gascon, and leaders of various activist groups challenging police practices during an April 13 press conference addressing a string of shootings at the hands of the police department over the past two years. With the power to institute an investigation of any law enforcement agency in the state that has violated the civil rights of a citizen, Adachi said that involvement by the attorney general was crucial. “We are putting all this time and hope into these efforts that are going to result in nothing. That’s why we are making it clear today that we want the attorney general to take a stand,” he said. But shortly after the conference, Harris issued a statement in which in she said that she would continue to monitor the ongoing review by the Community Oriented Policing Services — a component of the Department of Justice — and only step in if “investigators face resistance and the implementation of reforms falls short.” last_img read more

After half a century boxing returns to SF Armory

first_img Tags: Events • San Francisco Armory • sports Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “The Mayfield-Dumas match will be the first championship in City since 1992,” said Mike Stabile, an Armory spokesperson. “We’re particularly excited that we’ll launch with two SF natives competing for titles.”Stabile said the decision to bring boxing back to the Armory has much to do with the venue’s “flexibility” to host a wide variety of entertainment. He said the venue is also trying to reach a wider demographic. “It’s a way for us to pay tribute to the Armory’s history, and to bring in crowds that have probably never been in the Armory,” he said.  In fact, the Armory is undergoing some rebranding after Kink.com founder Peter Acworth decided to cease porn production in the building. The studio’s focus has now been on transforming the Armory into an events space. In April 2016, it won approvals to use the drill court for events, and later took out a $4 million loan to revamp the court and other areas. Matty McCauley, who was initially hired in May to do the Amory’s “porn tours,” is now the studio’s resident historian in charge of leading Armory’s historical tours. He has been researching the venue’s boxing history and discovered that one of the first fights happened on March 22, 1920 between Jimmy Duffy (a.k.a the Oakland Shadow) and Frankie Farren. Duffy prevailed.Things looked different then: the drill court lacked a roof, and the arena hadn’t yet been transformed into a true venue.Oakland Tribune article primes fans for a bout between Oakland Jimmy Duffy and Joe Roche at the San Francisco “State Armory” on Nov. 23, 1925.McCauley isn’t certain why the Armory, which was built for the U.S. National Guard in 1912 and then called the “State Armory,” started hosting fights, but did note that fights between guardsmen were a common pastime at the fortress. “In their training course, they had something they would call ‘manly competition,’” McCauley said. “That could mean a lot of things, but one of the things they would [do for] exercise was fights between soldiers.” Prizefights might have also begun at the Armory because of money. A San Francisco Chronicle article from February 1920 notes that the National Guard official who arranged some of the initial fights was “anxious to bolster up the recruiting fund of the National Guard.” Nevertheless, after a five-year lull while the roof and more bleachers were being installed, the Armory grew to become the one of the city’s marquee destinations for boxing. It featured fights with Jim Corbett III, Jackie Fields, Mike McTigue, Armand Emanuel, Jack Thompson (“The Frisco Flash”) and Peter Myers.    Portraits of Jackie Fields and Young Jim Corbett III still hang on either side of the drill court entrance. “You know, it’s hard not to look through old photos of the Armory, set up with the boxing ring, without imagining this space as it once was — a cheering crowd, packed to the rafters with sports fans, with two champions battling it out in the center,” Stabile said.Saturday, Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m., tickets $40 to $250, 1800 Mission St., San Francisco, sfarmory.com. Buy tickets here.  Portrait of Jackie Fields at the entrance to the Armory’s drill court. Photo by Julian Mark. 0%center_img Walking into the San Francisco Armory’s drill court, the 40,000-square-foot space located inside the ex-National-Guard-base and ex-porn-studio, feels a lot like jumping into the deep end. Not only do you seem to float in the middle of the acre-long expanse, it’s also uncannily devoid of echoes. What seems to reverberate, however, is the room’s history. From the 1920s to the 1940s, the court was used for some of the West Coast’s highest-profile boxing matches, bringing in thousands of spectators every week and earning itself the title “Madison Square Garden of the West” for its sheer size.  On Saturday, October 21, history will come full circle. The Armory will hold its first prizefight in more than half a century. Karim Mayfield, a San Francisco native, and Miguel Dumas will square off for the WBU Welterweight Americas Belt. On the same night, undefeated San Francisco native Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller will be defending her ranking against Louisiana’s Sydney Leblanc. last_img read more

World Cup in the Mission Canta y No Llores — sing and

first_imgEmail Address Granit Xhaka: su padre fue preso político en la antigua Yugoslavia y luego se exiliaron a Suiza. Xerdan Shaqiri: sus padres dejaron su tierra natal durante la guerra de los Balcanes. Ambos son de origen albanokosovar, le dieron el triunfo ante Serbia y festejaron de esta manera. pic.twitter.com/MN8yWQVecB— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) 22 de junio de 2018 Jumping from bar to bar around noon on Thursday, most spectators in front of a TV turned out to be white English-speakers, quite probably tech workers from around the world who call their sport football. At Panchita’s #2, a pupusería on 16th, the onlookers were Mexicans and Salvadorans. Out of the two groups, more than a few were not-so-subtly wishing Argentina ill against Croatia. And this happened, in most embarrassing fashion.“They just always think they’re the best,” was the common explanation at Panchita’s. The schadenfreude that unites people across the world every time Argentina fails is to be explored in a later post.For now, Trump piñatas and green jerseys are already out and about, as bars and eateries listed here are ready to open their doors Saturday morning, shortly before 8 a.m., just in time to sing some more. Canta y no llores. For a while, and until not that long ago, Peruvians had accepted as a fact of life that we were never going to see our team compete in World Cup. Or never again, as our parents would remind us; Spain 1982 had been the end of that story. So we were beyond surprised when outside circumstances gave the team a shot at qualifying, and even more when they didn’t blow it and actually made the tournament.For an expat, the hardest part of the process was not being in Lima to celebrate it. The longing was worse when no one understood what had just happened (I went on a solo bender). Second hardest was keeping composure when they played our anthem in Russia, or the unofficial “second anthem” recorded above. The song, composed for La Blanquirroja before the 1978 World Cup, waxes poetic about giving one’s life to the country, and “joining it in the soil” when one dies. So, good thing we made it before going six feet under.Betrayed by the early start times, and the gray mornings of late, proud Peruvians with their crossed-flag jerseys had to hide them under a jacket or a sweater. With a hand on our forks and another one on our glasses, we were forced to swallow any “goal” celebration. Both at El Ají Restaurant and Rosamunde, no matter how teary-eyed the fan, it was hard to feel despair. Just being at the World Cup was a win.Peru remains scoreless after two defeats but has regained some of its long-lost edge. Not that we need any excuse to unfurl our flags.***Watching one’s team at the biggest stage can enhance national pride, reaffirm collective values, and reveal the importance of diversity and representation. (Those dudes actually look like us). It can bring someone else’s nationalism to the conversation, as Switzerland’s goal-scorers, sons of exiled Albano-Kosovar parents, did with their hands after they stuck it to Serbia. It can also be a moment to live vicariously, cheering for someone else’s goals, as Peruvians once did, and some Americans are doing now. “Because, by singing, hearts get happy,” sang the beer-fueled crowd at El Farolito last Sunday, before, during, and after Mexico beat the defending champion Germans, 1-0. The famed refrain from the Mexican song Cielito Lindo was a useful one to remember as the week wore on.A week can be an eternity in World Cup days, and after Sunday’s celebration on Mission Street, the neighborhood has returned to normal. Watch parties at 5 a.m. are still held in one’s bed, splashing water on one’s eyes every now and then. Drinking sessions tend to kick-off around the 8 a.m. game, but can be interrupted by ill-timed responsibilities — such as having a job.A week ago, Latin America’s dreams were mostly intact, but as of today, Brazil is not looking any better than it did four years ago, when the team cruised on its reputation until it couldn’t pretend any longer, and Germany checked its ego. Argentina is barely hanging in, and Peru and Costa Rica are already out.And so we sing. 0%center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter *** Contigo Peru, Ekaterimburgo pic.twitter.com/qT827pCP6O— Gonzalo Zegarra Mulanovich (@GzegarraM) 21 de junio de 2018 Tags: sports • World cup Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Axis Development which had abandoned 117unit Folsom Street development now keeping our

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Would-be bidders for the land were required to submit offers by Oct. 29. Based upon subsequent developments, it would appear a deal was not consummated.Mission Housing and partner Related California were one of the bidding groups that came up short earlier this year. If the land were to come up for bid again, Mission Housing executive director Sam Moss says he’d be eager to obtain it for 100 percent affordable housing. “We’re definitely going to talk to all of our partners and consider all of our options,” he says. “If a nonprofit were able to obtain this, it would be a ready-made entitlement. We could break ground relatively quickly.”Prior to Axis’ surprising July announcement, this had been a controversial proposal and the source of much wrangling. Community activists had pushed back, hoping for greater affordability than would have been provided in early iterations of the development. But Supervisor Hillary Ronen brokered what appeared to be a workable deal with the would-be builders in 2017, which would have led to 27 percent affordability, 23 on-site affordable units, and 5,200 square feet of ground-floor space leased to a community nonprofit for $1 per year.Then the developer ostensibly pulled the plug this summer.Oliphant said the permits that were issued this month would either allow his group to move forward or would enhance the land’s allure to a potential buyer.“We’re taking a pause to figure out our next move,” he says. “We are pursuing multiple angles.”Oliphant said that Axis still owns the land at 2675 Folsom St. Per city documents, the land is owned by 2675 Folsom Owner LLC — and, per the Secretary of State, Oliphant is the agent for that LLC.Other reports have described Columbia Pacific Advisors, a lender to Axis, as the decision-maker on how to proceed with the land. Oliphant declined to discuss how such decisions are reached. Our messages for Columbia Pacific have not yet been returned. ‘We are pursuing multiple angles,’ says Axis, after announcing abandonment of project On Dec. 7, permits for a proposed $32 million, 117-unit project at 2675 Folsom St. were officially issued by the Department of Building Inspection. This came 28 months after permits were initially sought for the site — and, notably, four months after Axis Development abruptly walked off the fully entitled project and put the land up for sale.Axis managing partner Theo Oliphant now says that, while the land was indeed listed for sale following the July decision to drop the hotly contested Mission development, “it’s not being actively marketed now.” Obtaining these site permits, he says, helps to “just keep our options open.”last_img read more

ENGLAND Ladies and Saints Girls RL teamed up at a

first_imgENGLAND Ladies and Saints Girls RL teamed up at a joint training session held at Thatto Heath last Saturday.Head Coach of Saints Girls Geoff Alford said: “It was a really great day, and a massive thanks to the England team for coming down to Crusader Park. The players really enjoyed the experience and have now a clear focus on the pathway. I am looking forward to the day when we have an England Ladies representative out of our current squad; we know we have some really talented players here so it is only a matter of time.”Steve Leonard added: “This is a great day for our Service Area as this gives a clear message to the players that with hard work and dedication there are real opportunities to represent our country at international level.“Also coming up is the first Service Area programme for our girls in St Helens and Merseyside which will be held at the Saints Cowley Training Facility and delivered by Saints coaches. This is a massive link in the pathway and is the second rung on the ladder after playing Community games. Our aim is to take each individual who plays our sport in St Helens and Merseyside, as far along the pathway as they can and want to go.“I feel that these opportunities have never been more readily available as they are at present and great thanks must go to everyone who has made this happen. I too am really looking forward to seeing this group of players flourish and who knows what will happen by way of International honours if they continue to work as hard as they are currently. The recruitment of players who come along to Service Area is exactly the same as the boys’ game. We will be working closely with the coaches at our clubs / schools and colleges etc in our area to leave no stone unturned to ensure we have opened the door to all.“Really exciting times for the girls game and as far as I am aware a first by way of a Girls Service Area programme being run at the professional club partner. Again this shows how strong our partnerships are within the Service Area, and another example of how unique and Innovative our Service area is. A big thanks to Geoff and all at Thatto Heath for hosting the Girls Rugby League and to the Service Area Management Committee and Saints for making the pathway so clear and achievable.”last_img read more

RFL Chairman Brian Barwick has issued a statement

first_imgRFL Chairman Brian Barwick has issued a statement.It reads:I have been disappointed by the public response of a small minority of Super League clubs to the securing of a new broadcast agreement with our long-term partners, Sky Sports.Without question, Sky have provided an outstanding service to the game in producing both live and associated programming that has been the envy of many other sports. And they have done it for two decades.Therefore to retain this long-standing broadcast partnership, and at significantly increased financial terms, is indeed a great win for Rugby League.Also, the terms of the new contract which starts in 2017 are so beneficial that they give Super League clubs, Championships clubs and the community game a fantastic, secure and long-sighted platform from which to build their futures and develop our great sport.As to the Super League clubs meeting last week, I won’t go into detail, but suffice to say, after hearing a comprehensive presentation on all aspects of the new deal, the clubs themselves voted to vote on the proposal.Most of the clubs recognised that the best result for the immediate future of the game was in front of them, as indeed the significant majority that voted in favour of the offer from Sky Sports underlined. The other clubs were able to vote against it as they saw fit, which is appropriate.What I feel isn’t appropriate, though, is the tone and content of the criticism by some of the Super League clubs who have their own reservations about the deal.This broadcast contract is the biggest in Rugby League history and actually offers Super League clubs an uplift of 63 per cent in annual distributions.It is also the latest in a number of upbeat initiatives we have enjoyed in recent months: with such a strong wind in our sails, I will not stand by and allow the sport to be blown off-course.last_img read more

SAINTS stars Jon Wilkin Tommy Makinson and Adam S

first_imgSAINTS stars Jon Wilkin, Tommy Makinson and Adam Swift swapped their gum shields for hair-nets when they visited the Wirral factory of tea giants and Saints main shirt partner Typhoo.They were given a tour of the Moreton factory, where they posed for photographs with staff alongside the Super League Trophy and League Leaders’ Shield.It was part of a whistle-stop tour to celebrate their continued partnership with Typhoo – who have sponsored the Saints since 2012.After sharing their thoughts for the upcoming Super League season with Typhoo bosses, the Saints players were taken around the factory, which employs 270 staff and boasts 11 different brands.The partnership between Typhoo and Saints continues to develop as they shape their plans for the coming years, with both hoping to help the other in their goals to being the rugby league team and tea of choice for Merseyside.Saints winning the Super League Grand Final this year was an amazing thing to witness and a great boost for Typhoo, whose partnership coincided with Saints’ move to Langtree Park in 2012.Their logo will continue to feature across the front of all St Helens shirts and Trainingwear until 2016.Dave Hutchinson, Head of Sales and Marketing at the club, said: “St.Helens R.F.C. and Typhoo’s relationship is going from strength to strength during 2014, and the launch earlier this year of Typhoo Gold was definitely been a lucky omen.“Having Typhoo as our main club sponsors means a lot, having shown their loyalty and commitment by renewing their partnership for a further three years, this keeps one of the leading hot beverage producers in the UK in the spotlight through all the exposure that the most successful team in the modern era of Super League brings.“We are both household names, local to the north west, innovative and leading the way in our own market places, and the club are very grateful for Typhoo’s continued support.”Pictures and text courtesy of the Wirral Globelast_img read more

IT is extremely sad to report that Saints former

first_imgIT is extremely sad to report that Saints’ former scrum-half of the 1970s Alan Ashton has passed away at the age of 65 after illness, writes Alex Service.Alan signed for Widnes from the Ditton junior club in 1968 and appeared for the Chemics in the 1972 Floodlit final at Leigh. He made 85 appearances for Widnes, scoring 19 tries.He was snapped up by St. Helens for £1,500 in 1975 and was substitute in the 1977 Premiership final, although the 1977-78 campaign was Alan’s best as a Saint, when he took part in 34 matches as his team reached the semi-finals of the Lancashire Cup, Floodlit trophy.They went on to beat Warrington in the Challenge Cup semi-final and met Leeds in that epic Wembley encounter that the Yorkshiremen won by 12-14. Alan was non-playing substitute that day, with Tony Karalius, who also remained on the bench for the eighty minutes.Alan was not unlike many half-backs of the pre-Super League era, in that he was five and a half feet in height and weighed eleven stones! Yet he was a bubbly character in the dressing room environment, an enthusiastic and tireless worker in the loose and a great team player.“Alan was a good friend of mine”, recalls former Saints’ loose forward Harry Pinner. “He was Best Man at my wedding and was an excellent player. I remember we used to work moves from around the scrum-base that would confuse even the best defenders. He had good hands and at any other club he would have been a first team regular week-in week-out. It’s so sad to hear that he has gone.”Alan made his Saints’ debut against Keighley in the league match at Knowsley Road on March 19 1976 and scored a try in his new team’s 21-2 success for good measure. The team that day was as follows: Pimblett; Jones, Wilson, Noonan, Mathias; Ken Gwilliam, Ashton; Charles, Karalius, James, Hull, Eric Chisnall and Pinner. Subs; Thompson and LiptrotHe went on to play 67 games in the red vee, 39 from the bench, scoring six tries, kicking three goals and a solitary drop-goal. His team-mates included some of the greatest players in the club’s history and whenever selected for the seniors, he never failed to give less than one hundred percent.Alan’s younger brother, Ray was also a half-back, who played for Oldham, Leeds, Workington and Bramley. He was a Great Britain tourist in 1984.Alan moved to Whitehaven early in 1978-79, where he linked up with his former Widnes team-mate Ray Dutton. We send our condolences to Alan’s family at this sad time.last_img read more

BergenCarpender Garden featured on Azalea Garden Tour

first_img She renamed it “The Dame’s Inn” to honor the second owner of the home, Dame Catherine Carpender, who lived in the house 45 years.Peters placed items like a rusty wagon and a tricycle as centerpieces in her gardens. There are also gnomes hidden throughout the garden.She used trowels to mark important details about the garden, but the one thing she likes the most is a zombie that appears to be coming out of a wheelbarrow with a stone plaque that reads “Trespassers will be composted!”Related Article: Community breaks ground on new fire and police training facility“I would like for people who come through to look at every little angle and every little aspect and know that its either something that has been here since the 1920s or 40s, or look at the wheelbarrow and say ‘This is really fun!’ because this is what I get out of my garden,” Peters said.The garden also features a one-of-a-kind yellow vine camellia originated by Dame Carpender.You can enjoy some of the whimsical surprises in this garden during the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour which runs Friday through Sunday. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a garden with a whimsical flare, you’ll want to check out the Bergen-Carpender House in Wilmington.Patricia Peters became the third owner of the home when she purchased the property in 2001.- Advertisement – last_img read more