The Anonymous Widower

Fairytales Do Sometimes Come True!

Well Done! Emma!

September 11, 2021 Posted by | Sport | , | 4 Comments

A Fairytale Of New York

I  am 74 and got my interest in sport from my father. He used to take me to football at Spurs and Enfield Town and regularly would get me out of bed to watch quality sport like athletics, when it was shown live on television. I can remember watching Derek Ibbotson breaking the World mile record in black-and-white in 1957.

Over the years, I’ve watched many great sporting achievements. If Emma Raducanu wins in New York tomorrow, it’s up there with England’s two World Cups in football and rugby, Botham’s exploits at Headingley, Moss’s victory at Monaco in 1961 and Wiggins and friends’ victories in the Tour de France.

And if it happens on the twentieth anniversary of one of the worst atrocities in human history, it will be a true fairytale of New York.

September 10, 2021 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wimbledon Comes To The City

I took these pictures in Spitalfields today.

Perhaps, we should do it more often!

July 4, 2019 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Lord Sugar’s Tweet On Andy Murray’s Win

You’re Knighted

Come on your majesty @andy_murray for a knighthood. World number one.

I can’t imagine someone else connected with the US version of the show, tweeting that!

November 20, 2016 Posted by | Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

What Would Fred Perry Have Thought?

As I worked on my computer or drove around the country, I would often have the radio on. I can remember listening to BBC Radios 2 and 5, as they covered Wimbledon in the 1980s and early 1990s, when Fred Perry was one of the summarisers.  He was very good and talked eloquently about the sport he loved.

Fred Perry died in 1995, so he never saw Andy Murray, although he may have seen Tim Henman.

I do wonder what his thoughts would have been, if he’d seen Murray’s win yesterday.

 

July 8, 2013 Posted by | News, Sport | | Leave a comment

My Greatest TV Sporting Moments

On BBC Radio 5 last night, they were asking what listeners most important memories of televised sport were, after Andy Murray’s win at Wimbledon yesterday on the seventh of the seventh to end seventy-seven years of disappointment.

Here’s mine.

Laker’s Match in 1956

I remember watching this and especially the screen the BBC showed when the match had ended early because of England’s victory. Read more.

Stirling Moss winning the 1957 British Grand Prix

In fact it was a shared win, as his car broke down and he took over that of Tony Brooks. Read more.

Stiring Moss winning the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix

This must rank as one of the greatest ever Formula One wins by a British driver, as Moss held off three much more powerful Ferraris in his Lotus-Climax. Read more.

Tottenham winning the FA Cup in 1961

This of course gave them the first Football League/FA Cup double since the 19th century.

Mandarin winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1962

Why I was watching this on an afternoon in March, I don’t know, but it was probably because I was off sick from school with the affliction from which I still suffer. It was a masterful ride by that old fox Fred Winter, who kept one of the cleverest steeplechasers to the inside, all round the course at Cheltenham.

Bruce Tulloh Winning Gold in Belgrade in 1962

Few others would include this, as he was not a great runner, but using supreme tactics and going from 800 metres out, he won the European Championships with ease. He showed that if you want something enough, you can get it. Read more.

England winning the World Cup in 1966

I was with my parents in Felixstowe and as we didn’t have a television, I saw it at our next door neighbours.

David Hemery winning Gold in Mexico in 1968

This was an amazing performance and I can still hear David Coleman’s commentary. Read more.

Mary Peters winning Gold in Munich in 1972

This was another amazing win and I’ve written about it before.

Red Rum’s third victory in the Grand National in 1977

Although, I remember the 1973 race, this one is more poignant as I can remember C screaming her head off at the television, as she cheered him home. Strangely, this memory was at the same venue as Moss’s victory in 1957.

Mo Farah’s Double Gold in London in 2012

This can’t be left out, as I’ll never see anything like this again.  I did try very hard to get tickets to go, but when the ballot was held, I didn’t have any money, as my house hadn’t been sold.

If I write this list again, Murray’s win yesterday will definitely be included. Although it’s quite likely, that he could exclude this memory by perhaps winning Wimbledon a few more times.

July 8, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Hot Out There!

I’ve got the air-conditioning on with the curtains drawn and it’s still 24.7°C in my living room.

But the air-conditioner is showing an air temperature of 30°C on my roof.

I’m watching Murray against Djorkovic and I do wonder if Murray is playing the psychological card by not wearing a hat. After all logically, as someone born a lot further north than his opponent, you’d think, he wouldn’t be able to take the heat as well!

July 7, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , | Leave a comment

The Incredible Lee-Duck Hee

On the tennis this afternoon, they were talking about a Korean junior tennis player, who played in the Boys Singles at Wimbledon. There is a report here.

Lee-Duck Hee is completely deaf.

I’m reminded of a story told me by a friend, who went to boarding school. His school had a good football team, but the one they never beat, was a school for the deaf.

July 2, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

The Tennis Seems Extremely Boring Today

Usually, Wimbledon hots up in the second week, but today it seems particularly slow and boring.

Or is it just me?

July 2, 2013 Posted by | Sport | | Leave a comment

Who Is Third Favourite To Win The Wimbledon Men’s Title?

I suppose it’s fairly obvious, that the two favourites for the men’s final at Wimbledon are Djokovic and Murray, who are pretty closely matched at just over two to one.

But who is favourite after them?

It’s Juan Martin Del Potro at over twenty to one.

 

June 28, 2013 Posted by | Sport | | Leave a comment