Horse Racing in Britain

Known as the “sport of kings”, horse racing has been documented as a sport as early as 648BC in the Olympic games of Ancient Greece, in the form of mounted horse races and chariot races. The Roman Empire evolved both these sports into major industries, which not only contributed to the economy but also provided entertainment and employment. Many of the rules and traditions still in use today originated in Rome.

History of horse racing in the UK

Horse racing is ranked as the second-largest spectator sport in Britain, with a history dating back to the 1st century AD....

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Jamie Vardy: Premier League great

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Fri, 05/20/2022 - 5:24pm

Jamie Vardy has now spent 10 years at Leicester City, having joined the club in May 2012. In that time, the forward has gone on to win the Championship, win the Premier League, win the FA Cup, earn 26 caps for England, and become the 14th highest goal scorer in Premier League history.

It’s a far cry from the beginning of his career. At 16, Vardy was released by Sheffield Wednesday. He managed to join Stocksbridge Park Steels, where he earned £30 a week. It didn’t take Vardy long to work his way up through the football pyramid, following an impressive stint at the South Yorkshire...

What are the odds for the Champions League final?

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Wed, 05/18/2022 - 6:27am

We now know both sides of the 2022 Champions League Final - it’s Liverpool and Real Madrid that will be battling out for glory on May 28.

Liverpool will be aiming to claim their 7th Champions League victory whilst Real Madrid is hunting down their unluck-for-some 13th. Both sides are in incredible form, playing some of the best football both in their respective leagues and in the Champions League.

However, for one of the biggest games in the 2022 football calendar, the odds aren’t quite as even as we would expect.

What are the current Champions League odds?


Would Liverpool's season be a success without victory in the Champions League final?

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Tue, 05/17/2022 - 9:33pm

Liverpool supporters must be rubbing their eyes in disbelief at the moment. For any team to compete on all fronts is a tremendous achievement, but Liverpool have enjoyed one of those seasons that fans can only dream of. The League Cup and FA Cup have already been secured, and now attention turns to the final throes of the Premier League season, and of course, the Champions League final in Paris at the end of the month.

The Reds are facing an uphill task to dethrone Manchester City in the Premier League, but there is a very real chance of winning a treble when they take on Real...

92lb net wins top spot in prestigious Cofton Cup Fishing Competition

South Devon’s highly regarded coarse fishing destination, Cofton Holidays, has crowned Rob Ellis as winner of its spring Cofton Cup Fishing competition.

A keen fisherman, this was Rob’s first Cofton Cup, and he was up against the likes of former champions Bob Rand, and Andy Everill. The multi award-winning holiday park hosted the eighth competition on its Mamhead Match Lake over six days of intensive fishing. The field was narrowed down from 45 anglers in the opening rounds to 15 in the final. Anglers finishing in places six to 10 from the qualifying rounds battled it out for the...

City congratulates Grecians

By Ollie Heptinstall, Local Democracy reporter

Thousands of people have lined the centre of Exeter to congratulate the city’s football club on their promotion winning season.

The team finished as League Two runners-up to ensure promotion to League One – the third tier of English football – for the first time since 2012.

On Monday evening [9 May], an open top bus parade was greeted with a sea of red and white as the players and staff slowly made their way from their ground, St James Park, to the historic Guildhall on the High Street.

Players and staff...

Five Devon teams through to national final of The Pokémon Futsal Youth Cup

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/09/2022 - 5:49pm

The Pokémon Futsal Youth Cup regional rounds are due to take place between the 7th May 2022 and the 5th June 2022. This set of games will decide the final teams that will participate in the finals tournament on the 18th and 19th of June. This tournament is a showcase of the fantastic club futsal talent in the UK and the partnership between Pokémon and England Football.

Round 1 of the regional stage of the competition took place on the 7th and 8th May at The University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus, with teams from Birmingham, Cornwall, Somerset, Devon, Derbyshire and Cheshire...

City centre parade planned to celebrate Exeter City’s incredible season

An open top bus parade and Civic Reception will be held next week to celebrate Exeter City’s promotion to League One.

The parade will begin in Exeter High Street from 6pm on Monday 9 May.

There could be a double celebration if the Grecians win their last home game on Saturday and are crowned League Two champions.

But whatever the result on Saturday, Exeter have already clinched promotion and will be celebrating in front of thousands of fans in the city centre on Monday.

High Street will be closed to traffic for the parade, which will start when two open...

Elysium Healthcare announces Title Partnership with Exeter’s Great West Run

Elysium Healthcare, a dynamic independent provider of Mental Health, Neurological, Learning Disabilities & Autism and Children & Education services, has announced its partnership with a major regional fundraising event.

The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run, formerly known as Exeter’s Great West Run, takes place on Sunday 22nd May 2022 and offers an exciting opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities with a half marathon, a 10K route or a 1-mile Community Mile race. The event takes participants on a journey through the city centre, along charming country lanes and...

Exeter City Supporters’ Trust members from USA donate season tickets to local charity

Exeter City football supporters, Richard and Karen Jarvis, who live 5,000 miles from St James Park in El Paso, Texas have donated their season tickets to local charity, Exeter Community Initiatives, to distribute to people needing a special day out.

Exeter Community Initiatives is a local charity set up nearly 30 years ago to help people in the community who are marginalised because of poverty, disadvantage or who are socially isolated.

In more normal times, Richard and Karen, who are members of Exeter City Supporters’ Trust, would travel to St James Park from the United...

Big Screen Sports showing at Vue this Spring

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/02/2022 - 7:35am

VUE has announced its latest calendar of sporting events, featuring Europe’s top teams facing off in the UEFA finals.

From Tuesday 3 May, football fans can watch some of England’s biggest teams play for glory across two of world football’s biggest club competitions, as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League screen at Vue in partnership with BT Sport.

The scene has been set for a new European champion in both competitions, as last years Champions League winners and current Club World Cup champions, Chelsea, and last year’s Europa League winners, Sevilla, have been...

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