Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Craig Westcarr for Notts County (v Brighton and Hove Albion), 7 May 2011

So, as promised, here we are. Your lovely Guardian Guide recommended, occasionally hilarious football blog returns after a period in the wilderness.

You'll be pleased/dismayed that many of our old features will be returning. Our award winning* comedy series At Home With Barry Davies will run from the beginning, there'll be plenty of Players Names That Mrs LB Has Misheard During Commentary, the continuation of our 101 Great Goals feature and an smattering of wildly inaccurate predictions.

Oh, there may well also be the odd focus on the lesser known European leagues (blame LB, he's the one that thinks the Eredivisie is the best league in the world).

But first, to mark our triumphant return, it's time to tackle the close season's most important piece of news. I don't mean the Women's World Cup, Cesc Fibreglass, the Copa America, Mario Balotelli, Luka Modric or the World Cup draw.

No, we'll start as we mean to go on: with the first piece of silverware of the 2011/12 season. Yes, Notts County's Mr Magpie has won the 2011 Football League Sunflower Sprint.

The County mascot's dreams were realised at Uttoxeter Racecourse after he sprinted past all his fellow Football League mascots to claim victory in the showpiece charity event.

According to the Notts County website, 'his training started last year and saw him lose half of his body weight in an intense training regime consisting of mental exercises and yoga.'

Mr Magpie, said: "I got lucky. But I would have done anything to win."

In second place was Burton Albion's Billy Brewer whilst, in a great race for the East Midlands, Nottingham Forest's Robin Hood was third.

Billy said he felt some competitors had been given an edge because they were allowed to start further down the track on account of their big feet. But he added: "Apart from that, it went well. I ran fast."

(* not actually award winning)

1 comment:

Host Pay Per Head said...

Sunflower award?, it is the first time that i heard about it. but it sounds interesting.