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LIVE: Salford travel to Chester for Varsity 2024

The University of Chester host the University of Salford for Varsity 2024, the annual clash between the two Universities. The sporting rivalry has been intensifying since the competition began in 2016 with the scores tied at 3-3 (plus a virtual title to Salford!) Last year, Chester beat Salford in the overall standings, 15-12 but can […]

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Oldham gym has a stranglehold on Brazilian jiu-jitsu

An Oldham gym is hoping to inspire the next generation of Brazilian jiu-jujitsu stars after a recent takeover. Coach  Arron Cheshire, 32, a freelance graphic designer, got into the 100 year-old sport when he took classes with his son. He caught the bug, trained as a coach, and along with his friend Matt Burns, decided […]

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Trainee women’s football coach from Manchester ‘undeterred’ by Joey Barton’s anti female pundit outburst

“Can I swear?” That’s the response from Isabelle Gavin, 17, an aspiring football coach from Crumpsall in Manchester when asked for her reaction to Joey Barton’s latest rant against women in football.   “It’s obviously misogynistic, but I don’t feel his opinions should affect women in sport” says the Sheffield United Community Foundation student. Barton has […]

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Celebrating Manchester’s cycling roots ahead of the National Track Championships

This weekend sees the return of the National Track Championships to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for the first time since 2020. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls will go head to head against the future stars of the sport ahead of the summer games in Paris. The Velodrome became the home of British cycling in 1994, […]

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Heywood Cricket Club welcomes next generation of female cricketers

Heywood Cricket Club, on the outskirts of Rochdale, is looking forward to welcoming a new wave of young girls to their club as it prepares to host dedicated female-led sessions. At the beginning of this year, Lancashire Cricket announced that their sponsors, and inspiresport, had pledged a six figure sum to develop women’s and […]

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Six Nations Rugby fan from Bolton to run six half-marathons for The Christie Charity

A rugby fan from Bolton is running six half marathons in the Six Nations countries to raise money for The Christie Charity in memory of his dad. Thomas Relph, 37, and his dad, Mark enjoyed watching England’s Six Nations matches together at Twickenham. Mark was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in January 2021 and underwent a […]

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Salford Red Devils Women set new goals as the game grows

From students to police officers and electrical engineers, these are the daily lives of the Salford Red Devils Women’s team. After their formation in 2021, they are now preparing for their third season. Due to a restructuring of the league last year, despite reaching the Women’s Super League play-offs the Red Devils were ‘relegated’ into […]

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Fiona Lynch with Manchester United star Hayley Ladd

Meet the returning Manchester United Women fans who defected to City

It’s fair to say that Manchester United were late to the party when it came to women’s football. They disbanded their women’s team in 2005 after the Glazers took over and weren’t reformed until 2018. Meanwhile, Manchester City had consistently been in business since 1988. They officially got off the ground in 2012 and were […]

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Skinner prepares for make or break Manchester derby in Continental Cup clash

Under-fire United boss, Marc Skinner ‘hopes to right wrongs’ with derby win. The United boss has come under increasing pressure from supporters since their defeat to Liverpool before the winter break in the Women’s Super League. However, it is Gareth Taylor’s City that have more to play for tonight; they are two points behind their […]

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“Battle mentality”: Fans discuss rivalry in women’s game ahead of tonight’s Manchester Derby

It’s derby day in Manchester as Manchester City Women host Manchester United Women in the Continental Cup at the Joie Stadium tonight. But does the rivalry in the women’s game come close to the mutual loathing in the men’s? The two teams have only faced each other 13 times compared to the 191 clashes between […]

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