Sport heart

Let’s salute the fan-fare that gives

Sunday Express - - Front Page -

SOME of the best mo­ments in sport have noth­ing to do with the heat of ac­tion un­fold­ing on the field of play.

They come when a crowd rises to ap­plaud a char­ac­ter they ad­mire and cher­ish.

Eng­land crick­eter Alas­tair Cook re­vealed the other day how emo­tional back­ing from sup­port­ers dur­ing a Test match against In­dia helped to sus­tain him as cap­tain dur­ing a par­tic­u­larly vir­u­lent phase of crit­i­cism in the sum­mer of 2014.

We heard that spon­ta­neous warmth of a crowded arena the other evening when Le­icester City fans chanted the name of man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri with noisy fer­vour dur­ing an FA Cup tie against Derby.

Ranieri had suf­fered some snide tales leak­ing out of the club he in­spired to fairy-tale ti­tle success last sea­son.

There was dress­ing room un­rest it was said; play­ers were baf­fled by new tac­tics and fed up with a change of post-match meal from fried chicken to pasta. The sources were anony­mous, of course, leav­ing their Ital­ian man­ager in the fir­ing line to take all the flak.

What did the Le­icester sup­port­ers think?

Well, their an­swer was mag­nif­i­cent and heart­warm­ing. THERE is a plan, ap­par­ently, to turn Great Bri­tain into a “snow sports su­per­power” win­ning medals ga­lore at fu­ture Win­ter Olympics. There is also a prob­lem. “One of the chal­lenges we face is lack of snow,” said Dan Hunt, the new per­for­mance di­rec­tor of GB ski and snow­board­ing.

Good job, too, most of us think, when we look at the weather fore­cast...

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