Readers’ letters On Championship drama, Test cricket’s return and ‘Wor Jack’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Going up: Manager Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds players celebrate winning the Championship