BBC Sport is a department of the BBC North division providing national sports coverage for BBC Television and online. The BBC holds the television and radio UK broadcasting rights to several sports, broadcasting the sport live or alongside flagship analysis programmes such as Match of the Day, Test Match Special, Ski Sunday, Today at Wimbledon and Grandstand. Results and coverage is added to the BBC Sport Website and through the BBC Red Button interactive television service; the BBC has broadcast sport for several decades under individual programme names and coverage titles. Grandstand was one of the more notable Sport programmes, broadcasting sport since the programmes launch in 1958; the BBC first began to brand sport coverage as'BBC Sport' in 1988 for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, by introducing the programme with a short animation of a globe circumnavigated by four coloured rings. This practice continued throughout the next two decades. Upon the launch of the BBC News website in 1997, sport was included in the BBC's online presence for the first time.
In May 2007, the BBC Trust approved plans for several BBC departments, including BBC Sport, to be moved to a new development in Salford. The new development at MediaCityUK marks a major decentralisation of BBC departments from London and a key investment in the north of England where BBC spending in the region had been low; the department moved into Quay House, MediaCityUK in late 2011 and early 2012 with the first Sports bulletins being broadcast from the new BBC Sport Centre on 5 March 2012. In 2017, BBC Sport launched a new on-air identity, becoming the first BBC property to implement the broadcaster's new corporate typeface; the BBC shares the rights to the FIFA World Cup with ITV. A near equal split of group stage and knockout stage games are shown, including a semi-final and the final is shown on both networks; the BBC will broadcast all its matches from the 2018 World Cup in 4K UHD and VR to a limited number of viewers subject to bandwidth. The BBC shows highlights of the Premier League on Match of the Day, hosted by Gary Lineker since 1999.
Match of the Day 2 and Match of the Day 2 Extra, are presented by Mark Chapman. Dan Walker hosts Football Focus every Saturday lunchtime before Jason Mohammad presents Final Score every Saturday afternoon. Pundits for Match of the Day include Alan Shearer, Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown and Ian Wright while commentators include Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Bower, Simon Brotherton, Alistair Mann, Martin Fisher, Mark Scott and John Roder; the BBC broadcasts live coverage of the FA Cup and will do so until 2021. BBC Sport holds the rights to broadcast the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Queen's Club Championships live on its television platforms; the Wimbledon contract has been held by the BBC since 1927 and the current contract lasts until 2024 making it the longest such contract in the world. The BBC produce over 900 hours of footage, distributed to broadcasters in 159 different countries. BBC Wimbledon coverage is presented by former British number one and 1976 French Open Champion Sue Barker.
Matches are broadcast live on BBC Two, the Red Button, or Online via the BBC Sport website. Highlights are shown on the long-running Today at Wimbledon, presented by Clare Balding, who replaced John Inverdale in 2015; the same year, the programme was renamed "Wimbledon 2day", with a new lighthearted magazine format, but after only one year, the format has been abandoned for 2016. Following on the trial which commenced with 2018 World Cup the BBC will broadcast all Centre Court matches from the 2018 Wimbledon Championships in 4K UHD via iPlayer. Commentators include Barry Davies, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, John Lloyd, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, David Mercer, Nick Mullins, Jonathan Overend, Anne Keothavong, Virginia Wade, Sam Smith, Tracy Austin, Tim Henman, Andrew Castle, Lindsay Davenport, Pat Cash, John Inverdale, Chris Bradnam, Jamie Baker, Dan Lobb, Guy McCrea, Mark Petchey, Simon Reed, Matt Chilton, Peter Fleming, Elizabeth Smylie, Jo Durie, Louise Pleming, Andrew Cotter, Ronald McIntosh and Alison Mitchell.
Regular tournament weather updates are provided by Carol Kirkwood. The BBC broadcasts two traditional Grass warm up events in the fortnight before the Wimbledon Championships. First is the AEGON Championships from Queen's Club; the BBC has covered the tournament since 1979 and has a contract in place until 2024. Coverage is led by Sue Barker with commentary by Andrew Castle, Andrew Cotter, John Lloyd & Peter Fleming; the following week is the WTA AEGON International event from Eastbourne. In 2015, coverage was introduced by John Inverdale and Lee McKenzie with commentary from Andrew Cotter, Sam Smith, Chris Bradnam & Annabel Croft. Both events are shown on BBC Two; the BBC holds rights to show daily TV highlights from the Australian Open. Coverage is presented by Sue Barker with commentary from John Lloyd; the BBC has exclusive free to air TV rights for 8 singles matches from the ATP World Tour Finals which includes the semi final and the final. The BBC covered the event between 2009 and 2011, followed by an extension for 2012 and 2013.
This was extended again in 2013 through to 2015. It was extended again in 2016 for another 2 years before another deal was announced in 2017 and will run until 2020. With Sky Sports, showing one afternoon match per day including one semi-final and the final which are shown on BBC Two; the BBC has a joint deal with Eurosport to show all of Britain's Davis Cup matches for three years to 2017, with coverage predominately broadcast on BBC Two and the Red Button. BBC Radio covers the four Grand Slam tournaments - the A
Salford Red Devils
The Salford Red Devils are a professional rugby league club in Salford, Greater Manchester, who play in the Super League. Formed in 1873, they have won one Challenge Cup, their home ground since 2012 has been the AJ Bell Stadium in Barton-upon-Irwell, before which they played at the Willows in Weaste. Before 1995, the club was known as Salford, from 1995–98 Salford Reds and from 1999–2013 Salford City Reds; the club was founded in 1873 by the boys of the Cavendish Street Chapel in Manchester. Using a local field, the boys organised matches amongst themselves before moving to nearby Moss Side. In an attempt to recruit new members, the link with the school was broken in 1875 and the name Cavendish Football Club was adopted, they moved to a new base on the Salford side of the River Irwell at Throstle Nest Weir in Ordsall. Two seasons they moved again to the west side of Trafford Road to a ground known as the Mile Field where they spent the 1877–78 season, their next home was a field north of New Barnes.
Their first season there, 1878–79, was the last to be played under the Cavendish name. Cavendish became Salford Football Club in 1879; the first match as Salford was at Dewsbury on 4 October 1879. The following week heralded the first home match at New Barnes against Widnes, on 11 October 1879; the result was a draw with one try each. Salford struggled to attract support. In 1881, they disbanded but instead merged with the Crescent Football Club; this placed Salford on the rugby map, it was an exciting period and, during the remaining 15 years as members of the Rugby Football Union, seventeen Salford players were selected for Lancashire, three by the North of England and two, Harry Eagles and Tom Kent, for England. Since the 1881 merger, only 62 matches were lost from 263 played in the remaining nine years of the decade. In 1889, Salford moved their headquarters to the nearby London and North Western Hotel on Cross Lane. Salford switched from their traditional amber and scarlet hoops to red jerseys.
The club became the first side to win the Lancashire League in 1892–93. In 1895, the leading Lancashire and Yorkshire clubs formed the breakaway Northern Union, Salford remained loyal to the Rugby Football Union but in April 1896 Salford held a special meeting to discuss joining the new organisation. Only three members opposed the motion. Salford were admitted to the Northern Union on 2 June 1896, their first competitive Northern Union match was on Saturday, 5 September 1896, with a visit to Widnes. The Reds, competing in the Lancashire Senior Competition, lost 10–0, only three matches were won in the League that season, their form improved and they finished third place in 1898–99. In 1900, Salford met old local rivals, Swinton, in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Fallowfield, Manchester. After a keenly fought contest, the result was a 16–8 win for Swinton. In 1900, Salford received notice to vacate New Barnes as the Manchester Ship Canal Company had purchased the land. Salford agreed a 14-year lease on 5 acres of land belonging to the Willows Estate Company, named after the abundance of willow trees in the area.
Salford made their début at the Willows on 21 December 1901, beating Swinton 2–0, the official attendance reaching 16,981. James Lomas became rugby league's first £100 transfer, from Bramley to Salford in 1901; the club continued making progress in the Rugby League Challenge Cup, reaching the semi-final stages in 1902, 1903, 1906, 1907 and 1910. On three occasions, they succeeded in reaching the final, but lost 0–25 to Broughton Rangers in 1902, 0–7 to Halifax in 1903 and 0–5 to Bradford in 1906; the Championship proved elusive, the Reds finishing runners-up for three consecutive seasons from 1901–02. In the last of those and Bradford finished level on points with Salford having the superior scoring record. Despite that, the Reds had to take part in a deciding match at Halifax, which they lost 5–0; the Kiwis known as the All Golds, visited in 1907, Salford played them on 28 December, losing 9–2 in front of a reported 9,000 spectators. Lance Todd, to have such an influence at the Willows 20 years was in the New Zealanders' side.
A year the Australians stopped off at the Willows on 17 October. The result was a 9–9 draw. Salford won the Rugby Football League Championship in 1913–14; the club had financial problems and was in the hands of the official receiver but somehow in the Championship final, beat Huddersfield's "Team of All Talents" 5–3 on 25 April 1914, this was the club's first major honour. In August 1914, the Salford Football Club Company was wound up and a new company, Salford Football Club Limited was formed. During the First World War, Salford continued to function. Thirty-two Salford players volunteered for the war; the 1920s was an era of survival, on and off the field, the team opening the decade with their worst league placing, finishing last in 1920–21. There was a dramatic change of fortune during the summer of 1928 when Lance Todd became team manager. In his first season in charge, "Toddy's Toddlers" went from 26th to fourth place in the table with the same set of players. Gus Risman was talent-spotted by Lance Todd.
He made his début for Salford on 31 August 1929. Other legendary names included Alan Edwards, Jack Feetham, Barney Hudson, Emlyn Jenkins, Billy Watkins and Billy Williams. Salford were considered the leading club in the game during the 1930s, winning three League Championships, five Lancashire League Championships, four Lancashire Cups and the Rugby League Challenge Cup. Salfo
The Bolton News
The Bolton News – the Bolton Evening News – is a daily newspaper and news website covering the towns of Bolton and Bury in north-western England. Published each morning from Monday to Saturday and online every day, it is part of the Newsquest media group, a subsidiary of the U. S media giant Gannett Inc; the Bolton News has an approximate circulation of 7,873. On 11 September 2006 the Bolton Evening News became The Bolton News, which saw the newspaper being sold from the morning onwards, it considered several names, including Bolton News. Newsquest bought these internet domain names in May 2006; the Bolton News' editor is Karl Holbrook and it’s news editor is Maxine Wolstenholme. The head of sport is Adam Lord and the website, theboltonnews.co.uk, is overseen by the newsdesk. It has 49,301 daily unique users; the Bolton Evening News was Britain's first community evening halfpenny newspaper. The only other evening paper to publish before The Bolton Evening News was the Shipping Gazette in South Shields.
The first edition of The Bolton Evening News was founded by the Tillotson family and was published on Tuesday 19 March 1867 – with the front page devoted to adverts. But the origins of the paper stretch way back to 1834 when John Tillotson was apprenticed to printer Robert Marsden Holden, who had premises in Mealhouse Lane, Bolton. Tillotson married his boss's daughter and took over the business in 1850, his son, William Frederick Tillotson, became apprenticed to his father. He managed to persuade his father to help him launch the first Bolton Evening News, which stretched to four pages. William Frederick Tillotson married Mary Lever on 20 April 1870. Severe difficulties dogged WF Tillotson's early enterprise but he persevered and the Evening News took off under the first editor William Brimelow. Legend has it that the job application process could be traumatic. Brimelow is said to have had a habit of throwing a book on the ground just as potential applicants entered the office to see what their reaction was.
Following on from the success of the evening paper the weekly Journals followed: Bolton Weekly Journal 1871, Farnworth Weekly Journal 1873, Leigh and Atherton Journal 1874, Eccles and Patricroft Journal 1874, Horwich and Westhoughton Journal 1925, the Stretford and Urmston in 1960. Tillotson's Fiction Bureau, founded by WF Tillotson in 1873, played an important role in publishing late Victorian and early-20th-century literature. WF Tillotson died in 1889, leaving six children. In addition to the newspaper the Tillotson family developed their general printing and carton making businesses. Mary Tillotson, widow of WF Tillotson, was a business partner in the Bolton Evening News; the paper went from strength to strength and outgrew its primitive origins in a hand-fed printer and in 1876 a Victory printing and folding machine was acquired with a capacity of printing 16,000 copies an hour. The Tillotsons remained owners of the Evening News into the latter part of the 20th century, but the days of family-owned newspapers were drawing to a close and in 1971 the Tillotsons sold the company to St Regis International of New York.
From on change happened rapidly. St Regis sold the group to Reed International in 1982 and the Bolton Evening News became the largest of its titles. In 1987 the paper relocated to Newspaper House in Churchgate and the old building in Mealhouse Lane became the Shipgates shopping centre becoming part of Crompton Place shopping arcade. In September 2006 the paper was renamed The Bolton News; the rename came about. On 11 June 2009 the sub-editors in the editorial department were moved to Blackburn, working from the offices of the Lancashire Telegraph, it meant the production of pages for The Bolton News were created away from Bolton for the first time in the publication's history. At the start of 2009, the Bury Times operation was merged with The Bolton News; the Bury Times office in Market Street was sold to Bury College. The Bury Times is now produced in Bolton and Blackburn and in April 2013, it was revamped with more pages and a £1 price point. In 2011, The Bolton News looked towards digital production, expanding into the smartphone app market, launching Bolton and Bury Football for Apple iOS devices, producing ebooks for the iPad and Kindle.
In October 2012, The Bolton News relocated to The Wellsprings, taking over the former Barclays Bank after the lease on Newspaper House came to an end. The newspaper was given a fresh look and increased price in May 2013 but it led to a 32 per cent drop in circulation; the Bolton News has had just 13 editors but it functioned without anyone being designated Editor until William Brimelow was confirmed in the post in 1871. 1871–1913: William Brimelow 1913–27: Frederick L. Tillotson 1927–41: Issac Edwards 1941–45: Frederick Tillotson 1945–65: Frank Singleton 1965–79: Tom Cooke 1979–87: Leslie Gent 1987–92: Chris Walder 1992–97: Andrew Smith 1997–2001: Mark Rossiter 2001–08: Steve Hughes 2008–18: Ian Savage 2018–present: Karl Holbrook The Bolton News has had five dedicated online editors who have overseen theboltonnews.co.uk and burytimes.co.uk. Before 2005, there was no single online editor. 2005–09: Chris Sudlow 2009–13: David Crookes 2013–2015: Julian Thorpe 2015–2017: Melanie Disley 2017–2018: Matthew Taylor 1867: Bolton Evening News launched on 19 March by W F Tillotson, first halfpenny evening paper in the country, in Mawdsley Street.
1868: Founder members of Press Association. 1871: William Brimelow was appointed t
Blackpool Borough was a rugby league club based in Blackpool, England, that played in the Rugby Football League from 1954 until 1993. The club was renamed Springfield Borough, it folded in 1997. The team wore tangerine and white jerseys. A Blackpool club were members of the Northern Union Lancashire Second Competition in 1898–99; the first unsuccessful application for a Blackpool team to join the Rugby League was made in December 1950. Blackpool Borough were accepted into the Rugby League for the 1954–55 season. In their early days, they were known as "the Babes"; the first victory was over Hull Kingston Rovers at Blackpool. Borough played at Blackpool Greyhound Stadium in St Anne's Road but larger fixtures were played at Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road Stadium, their record attendance was 12,015 on 10 September 1955 when they drew with the New Zealand tourists 24–24 at Bloomfield Road. The record attendance was set in 1957 at 22,000 for the third round Challenge Cup match against Leigh. In the first eight years of their existence, they had never finished above 21st.
Blackpool Greyhound Stadium was sold for housing and in April 1962. Blackpool Borough Council granted a 21-year lease on a new ground – Borough Park – on the former gas works and coach park site at Rigby Road and Princess Street; the first match at Borough Park was played on Saturday 31 August 1963 when Blackpool beat Salford 36–16. The record defeat came on 26 October 1963 when Wigan won 77 points to 8. Rugby League Hall of Fame member Brian Bevan played for Blackpool Borough between 1962 and 1964 having retired from playing for Warrington. In Bevan's first year Blackpool finished fourth in the Second Division. Fellow winger and Hall of Fame member Billy Boston ended his career at Blackpool between 1969–71. Former Australian Representative Tim Pickup began his professional career with Blackpool, on loan from St. Helens, he was player of the year at Fullback for 71 seasons. Pickup returned home and played for Australia as Five-eighth/Stand-off from 1972-75, returning to England as part of the 1973 Kangaroo Tour and was a member of Australia's victorious 1975 World Cup Squad.
In 1978–79, coached by Albert Fearnley, won promotion to the First Division for the only time by finishing fourth in the Second Division. However the next season, they were relegated back to the Second Division. In April 1982, Borough were put into liquidation less than nine months after being taken over by a Cardiff businessman. A new company, Savoy Sports and Leisure Ltd bought the club and a new Blackpool Borough RLFC was formed on 4 August 1982 and accepted into the Rugby League for the new season; the club was ordered to carry out safety measures on the ground by Lancashire County Council by 1 February 1987 or quit the ground. Blackpool failed to get a safety grant aid of £65,000 from Blackpool Borough Council and were forced to leave; the final game at Borough Park being on 4 January 1987 when a crowd of 386 saw the club lose 8–5 to Whitehaven. Their final six home games were played at Bloomfield Road. Another consortium took over the club in April 1987 on condition, their first new home was Springfield Park, the home of Wigan Athletic.
Wigan RLFC were rumoured to have objected to the proposed'Wigan Borough' name and so'Springfield Borough' was adopted. Springfield Borough's club colours were dark blue and white; the club logo was the same as the crest used by Wigan Athletic F. C. at the time. Springfield Borough beat Sheffield Eagles 11–10 in the final rugby league match at Springfield Park. Despite good performances on the field the move was not successful; the club played as Chorley Borough in the 1988 -- 89 season. The club's colours consisted of black and white hooped jerseys, which changed to a black jersey with irregular white bands around the waist and on the sleeves; the club ended up finishing sixteenth out of twenty teams in the Second Division. The name Chorley Borough was used between 1989 and 1995 by a different club. Borough became Trafford Borough when they moved to Moss Lane, Altrincham for the 1989–90 season. This, caused a boardroom split leading to five Blackpool-based directors resigning to form a new club based in Chorley.
Trafford Borough adopted the local Trafford crest used by Trafford F. C. depicting a rampant griffin, their club colours consisted of royal blue and red jerseys, blue shorts and white socks. Their tenure at Altrincham was unsuccessful, with most home crowds averaging around the 200 mark, it was during this period that the club achieved their highest defeat, being beat by St. Helens 104–12 on 15 September 1991. Trafford Borough survived three seasons before returning to Blackpool as Blackpool Gladiators. Blackpool Gladiators moved to Blackpool Mechanics FC ground in September 1992. In October 1992, the chairman Alan Sherrat put the club up for sale for £50,000. Once back in Blackpool the club colours were tangerine and white jerseys, black shorts and socks. Rugby Football League chief executive Maurice Lindsay wanted to reduce the number of clubs in the lower division of the league in 1993; the three clubs finishing bottom of the Second Division would be demoted to the National Conference League.
The season was a disaster which culminated in their final home game when they were beaten 90–5 by Dewsbury. Blackpool along with the other tw
Victory Park (Chorley)
Victory Park is a football ground in Chorley, England. The home ground of Chorley F. C. it opened in 1920. Chorley played at Dole Lane, but moved to Rangletts recreation ground in September 1901. Victory Park was built adjacent to the recreation ground in 1919 and was opened in 1920, it was named Victory Park to commemorate the end of the First World War. The original grandstand was gutted by fire on 17 November 1945, just hours after an FA Cup tie against Accrington Stanley, with a new stand being built in May 1947 at a cost of £5,500. Chorley's record attendance for a game at Victory Park is 9,679 for a FA Cup tie against Darwen on 15 November 1932. Springfield Borough moved to Victory Park in 1988 and became Chorley Borough RLFC, they played there for one season before moving to Moss Lane and adopting the name Trafford Borough RLFC for the 1989-90 season. This caused a boardroom split leading to the creation of a new Chorley Borough rugby league club based at Victory Park. Chorley's first game was against Trafford Borough in the Lancashire Cup in front of 628 spectators.
The record attendance at Victory Park was 2,851 for the visit of Oldham in January 1990. The club went through a variety of names'Chorley Chieftains','Chorley Magpies','Central Lancashire','Lancashire Lynx', finally'Chorley Lynx'. In 2004 Chorley Lynx folded due to poor attendances and the withdrawal of funding by backer Trevor Hemmings. In the 2017-18 Vanarama National League North season, Chorley started work on the'1883 Stand' that would add an extra 75 seats to Victory Park for sponsors and 1883 Lounge use only; the stand has space on either side to expand in the future
The Newcastle Thunder are a professional rugby league club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. They play in the Bet Fred League 1 competition, the third tier of rugby league in the United Kingdom, they play their home matches at Kingston Park home to rugby union side Newcastle Falcons. The club was known as Gateshead Thunder until 2015; the club was known as Gateshead Thunder, played their home games at Gateshead International Stadium in Gateshead. The club was formed by supporters of the original Gateshead Thunder after that organisation made the decision to relocate to Hull at the end of the 1999 season; the new club entered the Northern Ford Premiership for the 2001 season, however they struggled to compete, finished 17th out of the 19 clubs. Gateshead continued to struggle in the following season, finishing bottom of the league in 2002; when the Northern Ford Premiership was split into two divisions for the 2003 season the club joined National League Two, again finished in the bottom two, being kept off the bottom only by new entrants London Skolars.
The club's fortunes began to improve in 2005, a seventh place finish being enough to gain a first place in the play-offs, before losing to Workington Town in their first play-off game. The club again finished seventh in 2006, but went on to lose 46–18 to Featherstone Rovers in the play-offs. In 2008 the club won its first silverware; as champions, the club were promoted to the Championship, avoided on-field relegation by finishing seventh under coach Steve McCormack Thunder's joy at securing a second season in the second tier was however short-lived, as the club was wound up following a dispute between the directors. A new company was formed to continue the club, however the club had to restart as a Championship 1 side being relegated for the 2010 season. Gateshead Thunder were taken over by the owners of rugby union side Newcastle Falcons in 2015; the club was rebranded as Newcastle Thunder and applied for permission to use Kingston Park in Newcastle as their home ground. Further silverware was earned in 2016, when Newcastle defeated North Wales Crusaders to win the League 1 Shield In Out Correct to September 2017 Most tries in a match: 5 by Andy Walker vs London Skolars 22 June 2003 Most points in a season: 246 by Chris Birch, 2005 Most career tries: 64 by Kevin Neighbour, 2001-2013 Most career goals: 137 by Paul Thorman, 2001–2004 Most career points: 365 by Paul Thorman, 2001–2004 Biggest win:74-0 v. Hemel Biggest defeat:132-0 v. Blackpool Highest all time attendance:6,631 v. Bradford Division 3/ League 1:Winners: 2008 League 1 Shield:Winners: 2016 Newcastle Thunder run player development programmes for U12 through to U16’s Thunder run a U16 Scholarship side and an U19 Academy side that play in the Super League U19’s structure The 2018 u16 team has seen wins against London Broncos, Widnes Vikings and Leeds Rhinos and the u19’s picking up an early season win against Wakefield Trinity Newcastle Thunder website Gateshead Thunder on YouTube National League website Gateshead Thunder forum on rlfans.com Gateshead Thunder Fans Forums – RugbyLeague.org Gateshead Thunder forum on lasttackle.com