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Author Archive for Simon Burnton

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The Spin | Buster Nupen, cricket’s great survivor who bewitched Hobbs and Hammond

Norway-born spinner lost an eye, was shot in both knees and had a bitty career, but on his day could master the greats“My father never once talked about his cricket career,” Christopher Nupen, the Bafta award-winning documentary-maker, tells me. Which …

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England v Republic of Ireland: international friendly – live!

Live updates on the action from Wembley, kick-off 8pm GMTFor greed, vanity and narcissism, there’s no beating pointless friendliesFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton with your thoughts 5.59pm GMT For the 17th time in all of human history, …

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The Spin | How suffragette pavilion fire outraged Tunbridge Wells … and Conan Doyle

Arson sparked fury, including from the cricket-loving writer, but he soon switched from opponent to champion of equalityShortly before 4am on the morning of 11 April 1913 the fire brigade was called to the Nevill Athletic Ground in Tunbridge Wells, whe…

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Arsenal v Aston Villa: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the Emirates Stadium, kick-off 7.15pm GMTPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton with your thoughts 7.29pm GMT 13 mins: Chance! Partey’s pass sends Aubameyang down the lef…

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José Mourinho defends Harry Kane over diving row against Brighton

Tottenham striker criticised by pundits for penalty incidentMourinho says rivals go down ‘when somebody blows on them’José Mourinho has strongly defended Harry Kane against allegations of diving but claimed players at Manchester United, Liverpool and M…

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Manchester City v Olympiakos: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can contact Simon by email or on Twitter 7.02pm GMT So Jesus returns, but only to the bench. Ferran Torres will continue as a stand-in forward u…

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Tottenham v Brighton: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute report of the 7.15pm GMT kick-offIn this strange season, Son and Kane put Spurs in the title mixSend Simon an email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.46pm GMT Robert Sánchez comes into the Brighton team, making his league debut for the team he…

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Women’s FA Cup final: Everton v Manchester City – live!

Minute-by-minute report 2.30pm GMT kick-off at WembleyMan City’s Chloe Kelly: ‘We aim to win two FA Cups in one season’Everton’s Raso: ‘I’ve learned not to take football for granted’Email simon.burnton@theguardian.com | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 2.40pm GMT …

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In praise of Masters Football: a forgotten phenomenon | Simon Burnton

With little fanfare Amazon has added seven years of gloriously incongruous Masters Football highlights to its online offering“It’s been some year for the city of Manchester,” trills the narrator, and my mind immediately performs an involuntary scroll t…

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The Spin | Gone in 11 seconds: how technology fixed cricket fixture headaches

Fifty years ago cricket began using computers to draw up fixtures, putting an end to manually tackling county demands“Arranged two months in advance of the old date, the annual meeting of county secretaries was held yesterday at Lord’s,” the Guardian r…

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Arsenal v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Live updates as Arsenal and Leicester face off in north LondonArteta: People expect Aubameyang to score every gameGet in touch! Email or tweet Simon 6.19pm GMT The team sheets have been handed in, and the key names tonight are these ones:Arsenal: Leno,…

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Giro d’Italia: final stage time-trial as Geoghegan Hart goes for glory – live!

Live updates as Geoghegan Hart and Hindley vie for victorySaturday: Dramatic battle leaves it level at the topTao Geoghegan Hart: the low-profile Brit with shot at gloryGet in touch! Email or tweet Simon 3.37pm GMT “Shades of Lemond and Fignon here,” w…

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Manchester City v Porto: Champions League – live!

Champions League Group C updates from the 8pm BST gameLive scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeAnd send your thoughts to Simon by email or Twitter 5.38pm BST Another year, another tilt at the great unwinnable for Manchester City and Pep Gu…

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Manchester City v Porto: Champions League – live!

Live Group C updates from the 8pm BST gameLive scores | Follow Ajax v Liverpool hereSend your thoughts to Simon by email or Twitter 5.38pm BST Another year, another tilt at the great unwinnable for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. The group draw look…

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‘My record is great’: Mourinho unfazed before Spurs’ fresh Europa League tilt

José Mourinho has 100% record in Europe’s second competition‘It’s a big evolution from last season. We are a very exciting team’Tottenham’s calamitous late collapse against West Ham on Sunday has not persuaded José Mourinho that there is any reason to …

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Chelsea v Sevilla: Champions League – live!

Champions League Group E updates from the 8pm BST kick-offFollow PSG v Manchester United – live!Live scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeAnd email Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.05pm BST Petr Cech is actually eight months younger tha…

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The Spin | Cannonball Cricket: the indoor revolution that failed to take off

Once hailed as the future and huge in Australia, for some reason the idea was not a hit. But it could be back in 2021It was in this week in 1985 that the Guardian first reported on a new form of indoor cricket, apparently set to take the nation by stor…

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Project Big Picture an unseemly noise against football’s backdrop of silence | Simon Burnton

Football without crowds is financially destroying English game, which needs a transfusion of humanity in more ways than one “It is your custom to receive my plays with the most generous and unrestrained applause,” wrote George Bernard Shaw to his audie…

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England v Belgium: Nations League – live!

Updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in the Nations LeagueCalvert-Lewin scores on England debut to set up victory over Wales Email Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 3.52pm BST Belgium’s line-up is now also out. We already knew there would be no Dries Mer…

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England v Wales: international football friendly – live!

All the latest from the 8pm BST kick-off at WembleySouthgate tells young England players the party is overEmail Simon your thoughts or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.13pm BST “Out of interest, does anyone know whether any of tonight’s England team have ever pl…