FI­NAL THIRD

Cyrille Regis en­cour­ages Mid­lands clubs to en­ter the Ding Dong Derby

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By David John Ding Dong Derby Cup signups can be made via the Great Birm­ing­ham 10k Busi­ness Chal­lenge page.The full club name should be typed in the ‘name of com­pany’ box. To en­ter, visit: www.greatrun.org/ great-birm­ing­ham-10k/ busi­ness-chal­lenge

THE run-in to the 201516 cam­paign will be over by then, but the West Mid­lands’ Foot­ball League and grass-roots clubs will race against topflight neigh­bours As­ton Villa and West Brom in the Great Birm­ing­ham 10k on May 1.

Mid­lands foot­ball leg­end Cyrille Regis helped launch the in­au­gu­ral Ding Dong Derby Cup in Birm­ing­ham’s Vic­to­ria Square this week, and urged clubs across the re­gion to join Villa, the Bag­gies, Birm­ing­ham, Wolves, Wal­sall and Coven­try in en­ter­ing teams.

From Premier League out­fits at the tip of the foot­balling Pyra­mid down to Sun­day League sides at grass-roots level, clubs of all sizes can en­ter.

Each team must be at least four-a-side, up to a max­i­mum of eight run­ners, al­though there is no limit on how many teams each club can en­ter. Any club that en­ters 12 or more run­ners will re­ceive its own per­son­alised en­graved plaque in the name of its fastest run­ner.

The Ding Dong Derby Cup gets its name from the phrase made fa­mous by Free Ra­dio’s Tom Ross in de­scrib­ing lo­cal affairs down the years, and ex-Eng­land hit­man Regis said: “I played for four of the clubs in­volved and know how com­pet­i­tive they all are.

“They’ll be des­per­ate to beat their lo­cal ri­vals and get their hands on the Ding Dong Derby cup!

“But this is a chance for the smaller teams in the re­gion to go head- to-head with the big boys and pip them to the sil­ver­ware.”

Coven­try coach Jamie Clapham, the 40-year-old ex-Blues and Wolves de­fender, said: “Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a few big der­bies my­self, I know how im­por­tant it is to get the edge over your lo­cal ri­vals and it’ll be no dif­fer­ent in the Great Birm­ing­ham 10k.

“Our run­ning team will be put through a dif­fi­cult train­ing course to make sure Coven­try City will be lift­ing the Ding Dong Derby Cup.”

Phil Hay­ward, head of Wolves’ med­i­cal depart­ment who will be part of the Mo­lineux team, added: “We’re look­ing for­ward to prov­ing again that we are with­out doubt the fittest back­room staff in the re­gion.”

Start­ing at 11am, more than 7,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to take part in the Great Birm­ing­ham 10k which be­gins and fin­ishes in the city cen­tre.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GAME ON! Free Ra­dio’s Tom Ross, left, with Cyrille Regis UP FOR IT:

Jamie Clapham

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