Read­ers’ let­ters On Cham­pi­onship drama, Test cricket’s re­turn and ‘Wor Jack’

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Three cheers for the Cham­pi­onship

Bravo to James Cor­ri­gan on his mar­vel­lous let­ter to “Mr Cham­pi­onship” (July 22). The ex­cite­ment of the league is matched only by the wide va­ri­ety of grounds and gal­lows hu­mour of the fans. As a Ful­ham fan you have to want your club to reach for the stars, but if we miss out this sea­son I will be happy to set­tle back into the crazy old league I call home.

Gerry Pimm, North­wood, Mid­dle­sex

De­lighted as I am with Leeds United’s pro­mo­tion, will the sheer joy of our last-minute win­ner at Swansea com­pare with a 0-0 away draw at any Premier League ground? Re­al­is­ti­cally Leeds will be de­lighted to stay up next sea­son. The thrill of the Cham­pi­onship will soon fade – we should be care­ful what we wish for!

Ian Forster, Wren­thorpe, Wake­field

Cher­ished Charl­ton

The pass­ing of Jack Charl­ton brought back mem­o­ries of meet­ing him more than 50 years ago, serv­ing in the Royal Navy aboard the frigate HMS Dun­das. The ship vis­ited Rot­ter­dam, where Eng­land beat Hol­land. Cel­e­bra­tory drinks were be­ing taken in an Am­s­ter­dam bar when Charl­ton and a jour­nal­ist friend en­tered the premises. They asked if they could join us, and to com­plete our day a very en­ter­tain­ing evening en­sued. A big man in many re­spects, stand­ing at 6ft 5in may well have ac­counted for his hav­ing deep pock­ets – as his round ap­proached he ex­cused him­self say­ing, he had to re­turn to the team ho­tel!

Dun­can Todd, Bedale, North York­shire

Hum­ming headache

I wel­come the re­turn of sport on Sky TV, but am driven mad by the ar­ti­fi­cial crowd noise that ac­com­pa­nies the cricket Test match. The con­tin­u­ous hum­ming sounds like a never-end­ing ex­press train run­ning through a sta­tion. Please help as I am run­ning out of headache tablets.

FP Har­ris, Kirkby-in-Fur­ness

Bravo Brath­waite

What a joy to have Test Match

Spe­cial back and Test high­lights on the BBC. An added bonus is the com­ments of Car­los Brath­waite. Full of wis­dom, he says the right thing with a se­ri­ous­ness un­der­lined by a warm sense of chuck­ling hu­mour. A real broad­cast­ing find.

Colin Sen­neck, Hart­ley, Kent

Broad de­fence

What has Stu­art Broad done to of­fend Scyld Berry? He cam­paigns vig­or­ously for his omis­sion from the next Ashes squad. But David Warner would be thrilled to bits, Broad has him on toast. Would Eng­land have left out Alec Bedser when Arthur Mor­ris was open­ing for Aus­tralia? Ab­so­lutely not! Would Aus­tralia have con­sid­ered omit­ting Glenn Mc­Grath when

Mike Ather­ton was open­ing for Eng­land? Not for a sin­gle sec­ond. Broad must go to Aus­tralia, what­ever Berry thinks.

Roger Chap­pell, Coven­try

Var-ci­cal

What is the point of Var? Liver­pool scored their sec­ond goal against Chelsea from a di­rect free-kick, which surely should have been over­turned as the ref­eree was the only per­son who thought it was a foul ini­tially. Sa­dio Mane should then have been booked for his some­what em­bar­rass­ing dive. I do not want Var but, if we must have it, it should rule out such in­ci­dents which lead to a goal, and are clear and ob­vi­ous mis­takes to boot.

Si­mon J King, Bed­ford

There is a sim­ple so­lu­tion to the ridicu­lous Var sit­u­a­tion. Put the onus on the play­ers to re­fer a de­ci­sion to the video as­sis­tant ref­eree when they feel the of­fi­cials have got it wrong. Each team would have three re­fer­rals per match and if a re­fer­ral was up­held they would re­tain it.

Eric Gib­bons, Dun­fermline

Re­spect so­cial dis­tanc­ing

Look­ing at the front and back pages of the sports sec­tion (July 22) makes me won­der if I am liv­ing in a dif­fer­ent world to foot­ballers, as pho­tos on both pages would in­di­cate that they do not have to abide by the same so­cial-dis­tanc­ing rules as the rest of the pop­u­la­tion. Why were the three play­ers on the front page not booked as a min­i­mum pun­ish­ment?

Henry Ste­wart, Holm­rook, Cum­bria

Spit­ting mad

It is about time the “Foot­ball Fam­ily” en­forced some fam­ily val­ues and banned all spit­ting be­fore, af­ter and dur­ing foot­ball matches. It is dis­gust­ing, un­hy­gienic and un­nec­es­sary.

Phil Blower, Southend-on-Sea, Es­sex

Mar­vel­lous Mer­ckx

With re­gard to Syl­van Adams’s opin­ion that Chris Froome might be a se­ri­ous case to be­come the great­est cy­clist ever (July 10), may I draw his at­ten­tion to the fol­low­ing

pal­mares: five Tours de France tri­umphs and win­ning a still-to-be-beaten 34 stages plus five Giro d’Italia vic­to­ries in a to­tal of 525 wins out of 1,800 pro­fes­sional starts. The rider? The Bel­gian, Eddy Mer­ckx. When Froome sur­passes this record – which he never will as, by com­par­i­son, he is ba­si­cally a one-di­men­sional Grand Tour com­peti­tor – Mr Adams may have a valid rea­son for his state­ment.

Mal­colm Smith, Stock­port

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