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XtraTime's Stars of the Future 2017: Football and Jago Thompson-Roberts

Create: 03/04/2017 - 12:53

Southampton have a proud tradition of developing British footballing talent and Bath's Beechen Cliff pupil Jago Thompson-Roberts is hoping to emulate Gareth Bale and Co after signing a two-year academy contract.

Thompson-Roberts, a defender who turns 13 in January,  has gained a solid grounding in the game with Bath & Wiltshire Boys, Warminster Highbury and Bath City Youth and is described as a level-headed, committed individual who will always go the extra mile in pursuit of his goals...

Grounds for optimism? What is the state of play with the West Country's top football and rugby clubs

Create: 02/22/2017 - 00:00

Desiring a new stadium and achieving it as many of our Westcountry clubs  have found is far from the same thing. We take a quick look at the regional state of play.

With the Supporters' Society becoming the biggest shareholder in 2016 there is a continuing debate about whether the club should redevelop Twerton Park or continue to look for a new ground in Bath.

What does a good stadium look like? Matthew Birchall of BuroHappold gives his expert view

Create: 02/20/2017 - 00:00

If football and rugby stadiums were advertised by estate agents then the property descriptions for the West Country could range from ‘bijou, modern, experimental design’, to ‘rather dilapidated, in need of some refurbishment’.

Suffice it to say that virtually all of the region's professional clubs either now play home matches at, or plan to in the near future, new or redesigned grounds. 

Tyrone Mings: Eager to prove Premier League class with AFC Bournemouth after injury nightmare ends

Create: 01/17/2017 - 17:00

Southampton said he was too small, his local corner shop didn’t want him and, when he reached the Premier League, he suffered a serious injury on his debut. Footballer and business owner Tyrone Mings has taken it all in his giant stride...

Visit the Twitter account that helped thrust Tyrone Mings into the national spotlight before he had even kicked a ball in professional football and you will be greeted with the words ‘Grow through, what you go through’.

Great British sporting moments of 2016: Leicester City win the Premier League

Create: 12/15/2016 - 15:25

They were ranked as 5,000/1 outsiders to win the Premier League before the 2015-16 season kicked off – in fact, the bookies would have given you considerably shorter odds on Sir Alex Ferguson winning Strictly or Simon Cowell becoming Prime Minister.

Yet manager Claudio Ranieri and his fearless Leicester City side pulled off arguably the greatest upset in football history by finishing ten points clear of the field, prompting their most famous fan, Gary Lineker, to present Match of the Day in nothing but a pair of underpants. 

Beware the underdog as FA Cup brings joy and pain for West's professional clubs

Create: 11/03/2016 - 17:40
Paulton Rovers v Norwich City, Shortwood United v Port Vale and Salford City v Notts County. Unlikely match-ups, for sure, but just three examples of ties thrown up by the FA Cup first-round draw in recent years. 
They're also precisely the sort of fixtures guaranteed to give Football League managers the jitters. Humble surroundings, TV cameras and audiences almost universally hoping for an upset, locals pulling together in supporting their club with bunting and decorated shops gaining unusual amounts of publicity. 

Wael Al-Qadi: Dreams of the big time with Bristol Rovers

Create: 10/26/2016 - 17:40
Wael Al-Qadi is a very popular chap. As XtraTime pitches up at the Memorial Stadium to meet the man whose family owns Bristol Rovers, separate queues of fellow outlets, together with autograph and selfie-hunters are already forming.
We are told we must try and find a discreet spot in the West Stand to conduct our interview a couple of hours before kick-off in order to avoid interruption from those in the latter two groups. "He won't say no to any of them," explains long-serving club press officer Keith Brookman.

Scott Murray: On Bristol City, the Highland League, and working in a fish factory

Create: 10/26/2016 - 08:09

A legend at Bristol City and the devil incarnate to Bristol Rovers, Scott Murray never shied away from winding up his opponents. But the current Robins kit man, who also played for Cheltenham Town, Yeovil and Bath City in a career that spanned 22 years and more than 600 appearances, has a more serious side to his character, as he reveals in this XtraTime interview.

Tell us about your senior debut way back in 1990 – football was rather different then, wasn't it?

AUDIO: Jamie Vardy showed top-flight talent on trip to Twerton Park in 2012

Create: 03/30/2016 - 09:48

Former Bath City director of football Adie Britton reflects on his side's two meetings with Jamie Vardy - then of Fleetwood Town - during the 2011-12 Conference Premier season and answers the question of whether there are other potential England strikers lurking outside the professional leagues.


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