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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Spark Comes Up Short In The Mascot Grand National

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Mascot Grand National Results

- Thankyou to everyone for taking part in today's Mascot Grand National. We had 74 entries but a few non-runners meant 67 started. The results are as follows;
- 1st The Stag, Huntingdon Rugby Club
2nd Wolfie, Worcester Wolves Basketball Club
3rd Howie the Hornet, Horsham FC
4th Mr Bumble, Barnet F.C
5th Kio, Kick It Out
6th Matchman, Match Magazine
7th Marvin the Moose, Cambridge United FC
8th Spike The Hedgehog, Road Safety Cambridgeshire CC
9th Buck, Harlequins Rugby League
10th Conamar Connemara, Conamar Building Services
11th, Hugo the Hound, Huntingdon Racecourse
12th Dr Croc, St Neots Leisure Centre
- Best Dressed; White Rabbit, Costumes with Character
Ugliest Mascot; Wolfie, Worcester Wolves Basketball Club
- Best Fundraiser; Hayodn the Womble, Wimbledon FC
(on the day)
2nd best fundraiser; Roly bear, Only 4u Ltd.
(on the day)
3rd best fundraiser; Mad Dog, Nisa Today's Holdings Ltd
- Certificates awarded to City Gent and Clarence the Dragon for running in every Mascot Grand National to date!
- All those who ran will be sent a DVD of the race in the post.
- At registration on the day I collected nearly £3000 for the Willow Foundation (and I know a lot of you have raised further amounts that you did not bring on the day or online). This was very gratefully received by the Willow Foundation and means a lot more seriously ill young adults can enjoy a special day out because of your efforts.
- THANK YOU FROM ALL THE TEAM @ HUNTINGDON RACECOURSE (and we hope to see you in 2010!) - Mascot Grand National

Whaddney the Robin finishes 17th in grand national
Sunday, October 04, 2009,
- WHADDNEY the Cheltenham Town football club mascot put in a fine performance at the 2009 Mascot Grand National today.
- The big bird romped home in 17th place out of a field of 64 mascots from across the UK in the race which was held at Huntingdon Racecourse in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
- A Kiwi dressed as a stag won the mascot showdown.
New Zealander Heath Crawford, 25, - mascot for Huntingdon Rugby Club - cruised to victory in the race.
- He defeated mascots including Sheffield United’s Captain Blade, Norwich City’s Captain Canary, Bradford City’s City Gent, Northampton Town’s Clarence the Dragon, Charlton Athletic’s Floyd, Exeter City’s Grecian The Lion, AFC Wimbledon’s Haydon the Womble, Cambridge United’s Marvin the Moose, Derby County’s Rammie, Nottingham Forest’s Robin Hood, Mansfield Town’s Sammy the Stag and Queens Park Rangers’ Spark.
It was the 11th time that the Mascot Grand National had been run prior to a race meeting at Huntingdon.
- The event raised cash for charity The Willow Foundation – launched by former Arsenal goalkeeper and sports journalist Bob Wilson. This is Gloucesthire

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- Sousa's QPR Record

[Assuming all of these comments were made in a recent interview, many of these comments are restatements of things he's previously said]
- Gulf News - By Ted Macauley - October 03, 2009: Bernie Ecclestone Interviewed
- " ...- "...His late-in-life interest has been football, which was first nurtured through Chelsea and his big friend Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch who bought the club, and then Queens Park Rangers, the London outfit he part owns at the moment with Briatore.
- He reveals:" I persuaded Flavio to join me and put some money into buying QPR. It's an old established football team, but they had fallen on hard times.
- "I did think about buying Chelsea, but it was too complicated a situation to sort out the books, and I didn't have the time to spare. Anyway, I'm so mean and tight-fisted I'd never have laid out the same amount of money on players that Abramovich has - so they got off lightly>
- "Liverpool and Manchester United were up for sale and were considerations for investment but in the end I reasoned I lived too far away from both of them - more than 200 miles north. - to buy into teams so distant from my home in London. I didn't fancy the idea of traipsing up and down the country on top of all the travelling I do on F1 business.
- "When I talked to Flavio with the proposal about buying QPR he thought I was talking about a restaurant. No joking! But he was just as excited as me when I told him it was a football team."Abramovich, who took up where I left off and bought Chelsea, has become a strong friend, and I often share his box at Stamford Bridge, or fly off in my own plane to watch them when they are playing in Europe.
- "I never would have believed it, but I am real big football fan now. I used to say that if the two greatest teams in the world were playing in my back garden I wouldn't be bothered to watch them. Not now. I'm hooked on the game.
"Soccer is a sport about mega stars - just like Formula One....
"..."And while I'm talking about superstars and unique crowd-pullers what about David Beckham? Maybe I should try and buy him for QPR or, better yet, get one of the Formula One teams to give him a run-out. ...."[/b]
-The author is a motorsport expert based in England. Gulf News

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- Sousa's Views About QPR

From a year ago: Great oped re being a football fan. Probably applicable to all clubs. "....You may not own it, but your club belongs to you"
<-. Mirror

- From Earlier this Week: By the same Mirror writer: Nice story re QPR- Ian Winwood/Daily Mirror - How Queens Park Rangers and the Tiger Cubs restored my faith in football

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