Partner link: RBS 6 Nations – 2017 Fixtures + 2016 Results + Bill McLaren

Can you remember all the results from 2016? Here’s the essential one page that covers everything you need to know for the RBS 6 Nation Rugby. Faster than an app. Plus some of the voice of rugby’s colourful rugby quotes (Bill McLaren).

2017 Fixtures

Sat 4 Feb    Scot v Irl  2:25pm; Eng v Fra  4:50pm; Sun 5 Italy v Wales  2:00pm;

Sat 11 Feb  Italy v Ire  2:25pm;  Wales v Eng 4:50pm    Sun 12 Feb Fra v Scot  3:00pm

Sat 25 Feb  Scot v Wales  2:25pm   Irl v Fra  4:50pm   Sun 26 Feb  Eng v Italy 3:00pm

Fri 10 Mar  Wales v Irl  8:05pm    Sat 11 Mar Italy v Fra   1:30pm;  Eng v Scot 4:00pm

Sat 18 Mar      Scot v Italy 12:30pm    Fra v Wales  2:45pm      Irl v Eng   5:00pm

 

2016 Championship Table

Team Played W D L Pts For Pts Ag Points
England 5 5 0 0 132 70 10
Wales 5 3 1 1 150 88 7
Ireland 5 2 1 2 128 87 5
Scotland 5 2 0 3 122 115 4
France 5 2 0 3 82 109 4
Italy 5 0 0 5 79 224 0

2016 Match Results

Fra 23–21 Italy;    Irl 16–16 Wales;    Scot 9–15 Eng;     Fra 10–9 Irl;  Wales 27–23 Scot;

Italy 9–40 Eng;    Wales 19–10 Fra;    Italy 20–36 Scot;  Eng 21–10 Irl;   Irl 58–15 Italy;

Eng 25–21 Wales;   Scot 29–18 Fra;   Wales 67–14 Italy;   Irl 35–25 Scot;   Fra 21–31 Eng

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Some Classic McLaren Quotes

Bill McLaren was known as ‘the voice of rugby’  here’s just a few of his gems

“He can smell a try like a forest animal”.

“The All Blacks that day looked like great prophets of doom.”

“And it’s a try by Hika the hooker from Ngongotaha.” (Wales v New Zealand 1980).

I think he also described trying to tackle Jonah Lomu as trying to tackle a snooker table.

“I’ve seen bigger legs hanging out of a crow’s nest”.

“Safe as houses; warm as toast” after a Gavin Hastings clearance kick.

On Doddie Weir (and told by Doddie) “Doddie Weir as much help as a lighthouse in the desert”.

On another lineout jumper “Jumping like a border salmon in a river”.

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click 60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes

or just insert ‘Bill McLaren’  into the search engine on www.GreatSportsmanship.org

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Partner link: Austrian Helps German Competitor During Cross Country World Cup Skier

When Austria’s Lisa Theresa Hauser broke Germany’s Vanessa Hinz’s ski pole (by accidentally stepping on it during the intense race), Hauser handed her surprised German opponent her ski-pole. Watch this video.

Cross-country ski poles are very light, and therefore very fragile, particularly, if they are hit from the side. At major events like the World Cup, coaches carry spare poles around the course. They often give a competitor a spare pole, but an athlete doing so,  particularly in the middle of a race, i.e. in the ‘‘heat of the battle’, is most unusual.  It is also honourable and admirable.

Incidentally, just breaking a pole often destroys an athlete’s chance of winning.  In this particular race the athletes first ski, then shoot either standing or lying, and then ski again. If they miss, they have to ski a round that takes 20-25 seconds. This particular race is called a mass start, normal distance event in the IBU World Cup (International Biathlon Union). You can see this magical moment of sportsmanship again on German TV at 11:20

Thanks to Kjetil Kjernsmo from Norway for alerting (& sending me articles and videos).

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Lisa Theresa Hauser #AustrianIBU  #GermanIBU

Partner link: French Racing RFC Fans Open Their Homes To Munster Fans

French rugby club Racing 92 has stunned their opposition fans from the Irish province of Munster by opening their homes up and inviting the opposition fans to stay with the Racing fans’ homes.  The original game, scheduled for last October, was immediately postponed upon the sudden and shocking news of the death of the Munster Head Coach, Anthony Foley. So the French fans felt that it would be expensive for the Munster fans to pay a second time for accommodation for the rescheduled Champions Cup clash this Saturday.

Munster captain, Anthony Foley, (centre) holding the Heineken Cup

Anthony Foley (centre, holding the Heineken Cup)

Emotional Munster Fans

The Munster fans making the return journey will be carrying heavy hearts laden with sadness for the loss of their favourite son, Antony Foley, who had previously captained Munster as Heineken Cup winners  and he also wore the green jersey magnificently for Ireland on many occasions.

Munster captain, Anthony Foley, (centre) holding Munster's first

Munster captain, Anthony Foley, (centre) holding Munster’s first Heineken Cup 2005/6

Racing 92 – A Very Different Rugby Club

Racing 92 are a unique rugby club that are renowned for a certain type of eccentricity which also brings fun back into the game through humour including:

  • playing against Bayonne wearing berets as a tribute to the attacking style of the Basque club in 1987;
  • playing wearing black make-up & yellow hair, in 1988 at Stade Toulousain;
  • playing with bald caps in 1989 against Beziers;
  • playing dressed up as pelote players (white shirts, black jackets and berets, again) in 1990 at Biarritz Olympique;
  • playing wearing long red and white striped shorts to celebrate Bastille Day in 1989;
  • playing wearing long white trousers, on another occassion wearing pink bow ties (1990 final) with a drink of champagne at half time;
  • playing wearing pink shirts to shake off the conservative traditionalism of French rugby.
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Munster Fans Blown Away

Racing 92 are definitely different. Meanwhile, the travelling Munster faithful have been ‘blown away’ by the kind gesture of opening up their homes to the Munster fans.  This trip was already very emotional for the many Munster fans.  And now this great French club do this? “We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don’t even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters,” Ian Buckley, secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club, told the Limerick leader.

The Brotherhood Of Rugby

The brotherhood of rugby knows no bounds. The French fans’ gesture will, forever, be remembered by Munster fans.  New, lifelong friendships will emerge from the ashes of this sad, yet truly beautiful day in sport.

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Thanks to Pat Foley for alerting us to this story.

 

You might also like to see the Magnificent Maori Gesture at Start of Munster Game on video.

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2016

Well here we are again, having sifted through hundreds of amazing sportsmanship stories, we’ve final got out Top 10 moments and ultimately, the Number 1 Moment from 2016. As always, we’ll do it in reverse order.

 

In 10th Place:   Irish and Swedish Football Fans Dance Together – Euro 2016

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Swedish and Irish fans happily sing Abba together before their big Euro 2016 match

Euro 2016 had some good football and some really great fun between the fans. Jointly singing to the famous Swedish band, Abba, Irish & Swedish fans joined together and had a lot of fun dancing in the sunshine together. Followed by a great game of football (1-1), followed by more dancing, singing and all round fun. THIS IS A CELEBRATION OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF FOOTBALL – watch the smiling faces .

In 9th Place: Indian and English Cricket Fans:  Opposition Fans Swap Shirts

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English cricket fan salutes india’s superiority and swaps shirts

Victorious Indian cricket fan swaps shirt with heavily beaten English fan. Just look at all the smiling faces as the Englishman is big enough to acknowledge that India are the top team this time around.  Watch the smiling faces as Indians all around him applaud and smile warmly.

In 8th Place: Fijian Rugby Never Gives Up

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying For 60 Years & Then Win Gold – Fiji Olympic Heroes. For the first time ever in the history of the Olympics, the Fijian National Anthem was played as the Rugby 7s team stood on the podium and celebrated their first Olympic gold medal. The Fijians have, in my opinion, played the most exciting 15 a side rugby for a long, long time. The ‘voice of rugby’,  Bill McLaren, used to describe the Fijians as the most exciting rugby players in the world. Sadly, New Zealand poach many of their best players which dilutes their chances in the 15 a-side-game. Perhaps this historic Olympic win will help them find a sponsor and to ultimately retain their best players. Many congratulations to the brilliant Fijian rugby nation.
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In 7th Place: British Olympian Loses Crown With Dignity (& Friendship)

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Jessica Ennis-Hill

Great Britain’s Jessica Ellis-Hill shows great humbleness in losing her Olympic title to Germany’s brilliant  Nafi Thiam in  #Rio2016Olympics. The young German produced 5 personal bests (out of 7 disciplines) to beat the #London2012 heptathlon champion. Look at the photos and you’ll see Ellis Hill smiling warmly and embracing the young German. What a great champion Jessica Ellis -Hill was – she knew how to win and how to lose – with dignity and warmth.

 

In 6th Place: Athletics: Never Give Up – Even When The Chips Are Down

Former refugee, Britain’s Mo Farah fell over mid race in the 10,000m final in #Rio2016, got up, dusted himself off and went on to win the race and a gold medal.  Mo Farah’s parents were refugees from Mogadishu, Somalia and young Mo found life very difficult in Britain, getting into trouble. Tomorrow, he is being awarded a knighthood by the Queen in Buckingham Palace when the Queen will say ‘Arise Sir Mo’. He already did, bristling with bravery and buckets of courage, he never gave up, even when things went horribly wrong and went on to win gold.

 

In 5th Place: Wise Words From A Baseball Manager:

The Chicago Cubs waited 108 years to win the World Series (baseball). 5 million people showed up to see the victory reception! Even the dinosaurs wore the Cubs shirts.

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Their wise coach, Joe Maddon gave some very wise advice to his players as the pressure built. This advice should be shared with all sports people: “Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.”

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Wise words from Chicago Cubs Manager

In 4th Place: Magnificent Maori Gesture At Start of Munster Game

A magnificent gesture from the Maori All Blacks before playing Munster when they laid an All Blacks shirt on the ground, in the rain. It had the initials AF on the shirt as a tribute to Munster and Irish Rugby legend, Anthony Foley’s, unexpected death. Listen to the Munster crowd applaud this wonderful gesture. All Blacks teams have a special place in the hearts of Munster fans – as you can see some other amazing moments between these teams.

 

In 3rd Place: Olympian Medal Winner Donates His Medal To Help Sick Boy

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The Olympic flame burns brightly

The Olympic flame burns brighter than ever when you hear of this Olympian Polish discus thrower’s generosity of spirit. Piotr Mallachowski donates his silver medal to Olek Szymanski, a young boy who has retinoblastoma – a horrible eye cancer. The money raised from selling his Olympic silver medal enabled the yong Polish child to go to New York for treatment. More  .

 

In 2nd Place: Tennis: Changing The Referee’s Decision To Help The Opposition 

Although USA’s Jack Sock had won the critical point, he told his Australian opposition,  Lleyton Hewitt,  that his last serve (although judged to be OUT) was in fact IN. Sock said: “that was IN if you want to challenge it.” Hewitt couldn’t believe it (watch his startled face) & said OK “I challenge it” (which means they get to see a replay of the serve – which showed the ball was served onto the line – which is IN!  This was at a crucial stage in the match. The crowd gave Sock a standing ovation. Hewitt  then won the critical point.

 

In 1st Place: The Great Sportsmanship Programme’s 2016 Moment Of The year…. goes to…….

Football: Giving The Opposition The Cup

http://www.espnfc.co.uk/copa-sudamericana/story/3007505/atletico-nacional-ask-conmebol-to-declare-chapecoense-the-copa-sudamericana-2016-champion

Brazil’s Chapecoense  football club were loved by everyone as they came from the small city,  of Chapeco, had been promoted form the   4th division to the top flight  and were on their way to the biggest match in their history to play Atletico Nacional the final of the Copa Sudamericana in Colmbia when their plane crashed killing 71 of the 77 passengers (3 of the 6 survivors were players). Full story

The opposition club insisted the Copa Sudameicanna be given to Chapecoense  football club. Around the world we share some of the pain of the families and friends of Chapecoense Football Club. Clubs, international teams from different sports bowed thier heads in a minute’s silence to show solidarity and respect for the Chapecoense  football club.

We also salute Columbia’s Atletico Nacional for its kind sportsmanship gesture – insisting the cup be awarded to Chapecoense – proving that some things are far more important than winning. This is our number one moment of sportsmanship  from across the world of sport in 2016.

#Copa Sudameicanna #Chapecoense  #AtleticoNacional

Please do post a comment. And/or send us your sportsmanship story.  Let’s inspire each other in 2017.

 

Skipton receives Top Town for Courtesy Trophy for 2016

The Mayor Skipton Mayor of Skipton, Councillor Martin Emmerson accepts the Top Town for Courtesy Trophy 2016 from John Stokes, Acting Chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy

Celebrities and executive councillors of the National Campaign for Courtesy travelled from across the UK to present the 2016 Top Town for Courtesy Award to Skipton in North Yorkshire on Sunday 27 November.

Acting Chairman John Stokes, standing in for Chairman Peter Foot, presented the Salop Leisure ‘Top Town for Courtesy Trophy’ to the Mayor of Skipton, Councillor Martin Emmerson at the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton.

The event, attended by Skipton residents and business owners, included presentations from the campaign as well as appearances by celebrity patron, health and fitness expert, best known as Britain’s ‘Green Goddess’, Diana Moran.

John Stokes, Acting Chairman for the National Campaign for Courtesy, said: “It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the National Campaign for Courtesy to present the Salop Leisure trophy to the people of Skipton as we name it Top Town for Courtesy in Great Britain in recognition of its commitment to promoting courtesy throughout the local community. Congratulations and thank you to everyone in Skipton.”

Rendezvous Hotel owner Malcolm Weaving, who nominated Skipton for the award, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Skipton has won Top Town 2016. Rendezvous Hotel guests often tell me what a pleasure it is to visit Skipton. They are amazed by the ‘real Yorkshire welcome’ they receive from locals.

“I am always impressed by the general level of courtesy in the town and it was really good to hear that the judges who visited experienced it too. All Skipton businesses can get a ‘Courtesy Top Town’ window sticker, which can be collected at the tourist information centre in the town hall, to show they are part of the town’s success.”

Voted Sunday Times Best Place to Live in Britain 2014, Skipton is a friendly compact market town on the doorstep of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Offering a superb range of activities, clubs, societies and entertainment it is also a short train ride away from the nearby city of Leeds.

The Rendezvous Hotel is family-run 96-room hotel, home to owners Malcolm and Karen Weaving, set on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, one mile south of Skipton, the ‘Gateway to the Dales’. It also features the largest square ballroom (according to our dance customers) in a privately-owned hotel in northern England.

Robert Zarywacz, Vice Chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy, said: “Each year we seek out a town from across the country that has demonstrated courtesy in action. This year Skipton impressed our judges on their visit, following in the footsteps of previous titleholders Ilfracombe, Shrewsbury and Epsom.

“While a good quality physical environment is important, most people want to live in a friendly community. Modern lifestyles can create a lot of stress and courtesy helps us all to treat each other with respect. The Top Town award recognises towns where the community has taken the extra step to encourage courtesy in all aspects of life.

“Residents in any area who believe their town deserves recognition for the courtesy of their community can look out the for the launch of our search for next year’s Top Town for Courtesy early in 2017 at campaignforcourtesy.org.uk”

Partner link: Magnificent Maori Gesture at Start of Munster Game

Munster are still suffering from the sudden death of their much loved coach (& former European cup winning captain),  Anthony Foley.  So when the Maori All Blacks performed their traditional Haka war dance with a special gesture… a Maori kneels down & lays the Maori rugby shirt on the turf . The shirt had the initials AF on it.  The Munster fans were stunned.

What a generous gesture from The Maori  .

The Maori’s have a special place in the hearts of Munster fans since 1978 when the actual All Blacks were famously beaten by Munster, they heard the sad news that the Munster captain’s father had died of a heart attack, so the Maori’s entered the Munster dressing room and said a Maori prayer for Donal Caniff’e’s Dad – read the full story

A Maori Prayer for Donal Caniffe’s Dad  

 

 

Skipton is Top Town for courtesy in 2016

Skipton Top Town for Courtesy 2016

The National Campaign for Courtesy is delighted to announce that Skipton in North Yorkshire has been selected as its Top Town for Courtesy for 2016.

The award follows vetting of the town by the charity and will be presented at an official event in Skipton in November attended by officials and patrons of the campaign.

Malcolm Weaving, who runs the Rendezvous Hotel in the town, said putting Skipton forward for the award was easy because he had seen how politely both residents and people in the hospitality industry behaved.

“Skipton has such a multitude of attractions alongside the courtesy naturally shown to our visitors by the people and workers of Skipton – it was a no brainer! When I put Skipton forward, no other town had a chance. Let’s keep it up, residents and employees in Skipton, as I think we are on a roll.”

Robert Zarywacz, Vice Chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy, said: “Each year we seek out a town from across the country that has demonstrated courtesy in action. This year Skipton impressed our judges on their visit and now follows in the footsteps of previous titleholders Ilfracombe, Shrewsbury and Epsom.

“While a good quality physical environment is important, most people want to live in a friendly community. Modern lifestyles can create a lot of stress and courtesy helps us all to treat each other with respect. The Top Town award recognises towns where the community has taken the extra step to encourage courtesy in all aspects of life.

“Congratulations to Skipton on a thoroughly deserved win.”

Launched in 1986, the National Campaign for Courtesy is a registered charity that is committed to good manners; respect for self and others; courtesy for all; and rejection of anti-social behaviour.

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments From Rio 2016

Here are our Top 10 Great Sportsmanship moments from Rio 2016. It really was difficult to choose the Top 10 and , in particular, the number 1 moment of sportsmanship from the many sportsmanship moments we posted on social media (facebook and instagram) each day. So here’s the list in reverse order.

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The Olympic Flag

10. Haitian Hurdler Never Gives Up [Hurdles]

Jeffrey Julmis of Haiti knocked over the first hurdle in his race and fell to the floor. Despite the immense disappointment he pulled himself up on his feet and finished the race. He demonstrating great courage and a real ‘never give up’ attitude.  This is similar to Derek Redmond story from Barcelona.

9. Fiji’s First Olympic Medal Is Gold – Fiji Celebrates [Rugby] 

Fiji Win Their 1st Olympic Medals Ever. So Never Stop Trying. If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying For 60 Years & Then Win Gold – Fijian Olympic Heroes For the first time ever in the history of the Olympics and celebrated their first Olympic medal, and it was gold. They have played wonderfully exciting rugby for many many years with little reward until now.

8. French Victors Congratulated By Irish Rowers & Interviews Go Viral [Rowing]

“Fair Play To You. You Deserve it.” said the two ecstatic, silver medallist, Irish brothers  to the two victorious, gold medal, French rowers. Gary and Paul O’Donovan from Skibareen, Ireland were all smiles as they congratulated the two victorious French rowers (in the middle of their TV interview) with a famous Irish expression; ‘Fair Play To You’ – which means ‘you deserve it – the best team won’.  This video is about joy and pleasure of sport – the thrill of giving it your best. Despite being pipped at the post, they became Ireland’s first ever Olympian rowing medalists, and were able to enjoy every moment of it. So much so, their interviews went viral.

 

7.  American’s Dignity In Defeat [Swimming 100m Butterfly]

USA Phelps Smiles Despite Defeat – Singapore’s Joseph Schooling made history today as he beat his hero in the swimming pool. Some years earlier, In 2008, Phelps obliged Joseph when he asked for a selfie with his hero. In 2016 the kid came back and ‘stole’ the champs medal (by beating him in the race). Phelps took it like a real champion and his smile beamed the radiance of a truly great race – where each has given everything and the adrenaline is still pumping and both swimmers know they just competed and gave everything they had.

 

6. Polish Discus Thrower Sells Silver Medal To Raise Money For Child Cancer Patient [Discus]

Polish athlete Piotr Malachowski won a silver in the discus event, he then auctioned off his silver medal to pay for a young boys treatment, who was dying of cancer.  An amazing gesture!

 

5. British Bubble Burst But Belgian Friendship Prevails [Heptathlon]

Jessica Ennis-Hill showed us all exactly how to lose gracefully. She’s humble in defeat even though she lost her title. She was a humble Olympic champion (& favourite), had a baby, came back and trained hard for 4 years. Although she was determined to win gold again, her bubble was burst when she was beaten by the wonderful and much younger Belgium athlete. Despite this, Ennis-Hill is still a real champion as she congratulated and, with a real warm smile, embraced her victor, the new Olympic Champion,   Nafissatou Thiam.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill

Photo of Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam throwing the javlin

Nafissatou Thiam

4. Ups and Downs Can’t Stop British Somalian  [Middle Distance] 

Mo Farah stumbled and fell during his 10,000 metre race but instead of feeling sorry for himself or giving up, he got straight back up, recomposed himself and won the race! He showed us that with the enough desire, heart, commitment, courage and ‘will to win’ you can reach your goals. Never give up!

 

3.  Old Gets Gold as 58 Year Old Brit Wins After Broken Back & Retiring 16 Years Earlier [Show Jumping]

Great Britain’s Show Jumping hero, Nick Skelton is the oldest British gold medalist for 100 years. He has competed in 7 Olympics but never won gold. Broke his back, retied 16 years ago, had his hip replaced. Came back. Never gave up since. Eventually won gold. Jump racing champion & legend, Ireland’s AP McCoy, tweeted: “Delighted for Nick Skelton, the most brilliantly talented rider that deserves a gold medal more than anyone.”

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Show jumping at Rio 2016

2. North and South Koreans Embrace – When Enemies Become Friends [Gymnastics] 

North Korea’s Gymnast Hong Un-Jong shares a selfie with South Korea’s Lee Eun-Ju. The two countries have had very serious trust issues for years and have boiled over into threats, missiles and much more animosity for years. That’s why this picture stands for so much. Sport can, and does, bring people together.

1. Kiwi Stops To Help American [Middle Distance Athletics]

New Zealand runner stops to help fallen American in amazing show of sportsmanship. American Abbey D’agostino and Kiwi Nikki Hamblin tripped up each other in the 5,000m prelims. D’agostino injured her ankle. Hamblin helped her up and the American finished the race. They embraced at the end even as the American was taken away in a wheelchair. https://youtu.be/TN7xK2LBa_w Rio 2016    These moments captured the imagination around the world here’s Sri Lankin Tamil TV showing video footage of it.

 

So there you have some wonderful moments of sportsmanship. There were many many more which you can see on our Facebook and Instagram pages facebook and instagram. Please tell us which is your favourite story by adding a comment at the end. Please also share this post with as many people as possible so that everybody knows that Olympic flame is alive and well.

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This French Man Wrote The Most Incredible Open Letter To The Irish People

“You do honour to your country, your people, to your ancestors. Even drunk, you’re a gentleman…”

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Oliver Sauton is a French man who, along with many others, has been blown away by the Irish supporters in France.

He wrote the following open letter to all Irish fans, and it’s blowing up on social media.

Dear Irish supporter,

Sunday your country will face mine in the knockout stages of Euro 2016. Well you know what? If my country wins or yours, I’ll be happy. And I will celebrate. As if my blood is French, my heart, thanks to you and your comrades, is increasingly Irish.

Dear Irish supporter, you shall never measure how much good you are doing to our country. Before your arrival, here we kept to yell, people went on strike, they broke the shops and pounding it. We spoke only of hatred, discord and disgusting lawns of our stadiums. Since you’re here, Irish friend, we speak only of generosity, brotherhood and good atmosphere that you put in the stands. In the stands and on the streets too!

Every day all France feasts videos in which you sing ballads for pretty French ladies, lullabies for innocent babies, loving slogans for the police who remembers thanks to you it can be loved, you repair the car that you accidentally damaged and pushes repentance to compensate the driver, you even cleaned up- such Japanese supporter-garbage that you leave! ETC … ETC … ETC … In fact if the Irish wears green is because that’s a Martian. Yes, a human being with such heart, it can only be an extraterrestrial, or Irish.

You do honor to your country, your people, to your ancestors. Even drunk, you’re a gentleman. Even with your belly sticking over your shirt, you have class. Even defeated, you’re in good spirits.

I love you, the Irish, and I think I am telling the truth when I say the whole France that has fallen under your charm. You have so conquered us than you reign over us already. When you see how much good you’re doing for our country, we French we say that Ireland is better than Holland … Because it is much more than a good mood that you spread, Irish brother, it’s Love. Love others, stuff that had been forgotten. Love the beer too! You drink so much! I‘ve never seeing anything like it. And you’re beautiful when you drink! You sing, you laugh, you make friends and I rarely see you vomit. Spread the word: Irish is the best advertising for alcohol. In fact, I propose that on match days of the Irish team, we do not prohibit the sale of alcohol, but that make free and compulsory.

You remember in 2009, we ripped you off. We played like feet (French expression for rubbish) and it took the hand of Thierry Henry to go to the World Cup. But if God is not (maybe) Irish, he must still know one in his family – divine justice – we were covered with ridicule, to make the whole world laugh (even strike history, specialty home …).

At the time, despite the joy of qualifying, many French were ashamed because we agree the game was won, but at the same time we also lost our pride … You, you were sad but left with no violence, and you’re back in our country without seeking revenge. Hey, the Irishman: you are a great lord. The kind of guy to whom we bow.

I swear if you win Sunday thanks to an imaginary penalty, a wandering hand, a bench not whistled, there will be no problem between us: a ball over the centre through the bar box. And the French who dare to complain, we will condemn him to only drink water, that’ll teach him.

Waiting for the game, I will inquire about obtaining the Celtic nationality. I am even ready to learn your fucking incomprehensible accent. I start this post on social networks as launching a bottle into the sea: I hope it will reach up to you.

If a good soul could translate it, it will have my eternal gratitude because my English isn’t good enough. At school, I was too busy looking at the girls’ skirts rather than learn my irregular verbs, you will understand me and excuse me.

Have a good game, Irish brother. You can be proud. Because the Euro is not over and yet you’ve already won.

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Icelandic team celebrate with the ritual slow thunderclap  the seismic ‘Huh’. Eamon Donoghue described it as ‘Like the oars of a Gokstad ship building up to a battle-like momentum – when the synchronised clap and ‘Huh’ rise to a spine-tingling crescendo – Iceland is inspired and the opposition frozen’ (Irish Times). Donoghue continues: Iceland’s thunder-clap may fit the mould of an old Viking war cry – but it is in fact a celebration with Scottish roots. Inspired by the fans of Motherwell.

 

Irish Fans Win Medal In Paris

http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0629/798904-paris-france-euro-2016/

Partner link: A Teacher, A Thinker & An Immigrant Change The World & Euro 2016

Thai School Kids Sing Irish Euro 2016 Song

This is Thai Tims singing with gusto the new Irish Euro 2016 song. There is a deep & beautiful & tragic yet inspirational story behind this. How one man made a big difference.

Berni Lennon is a half British, half Thai boy who loves football but was refused a place in many local Thai schools, because he had Down’s Syndrome.

Enter two retired well off Thais, Mr Praman and Mrs Yuvaret Sarakoses driven by their Buddhist beliefs wanted to help others & set up the Good Child Foundation to help poverty stricken kids falling into crime and deprivation. Triamsuksanayaiam School is one of their projects. Berni’s Mum & Dada made one last desperate appeal to a school to educate their son.

In a simple act of compassion  the Sarakoses said ‘Yes’

Berni was immediately accepted into the school. To demonstrate their gratitude, Berni’s parents, Paul and Rungthiwa volunteered to help to teach English.  With no teaching experience and no resources (for books etc.), they used songs to teach English. Songs from Celtic Football Club(Glasgow).

As you approach the school, you can hear the sounds of “The Fields of Athenry”, “The Town I loved so Well”, “Molly Malone” and “Dirty Old Town” Irish songs normally sung by Celtic fans sing – songs firmly rooted in the Celtic history of hardship, passion and pride.

Youtube Bridge Links Glasgow with Thailand

Things took a giant leap, when Glasgow people saw videos like the one above. Delighted Glaswegians sent donations. A steady flow. Eventually Celtic FC made the Good Child Foundation one of its official charities.  Video s like that above were shown on the big screens at the stadium – to the delighted of all fans.  This was ‘the most marvellous thing’ many fans had ever seen.

Enter 18 Year Old Glaswegian, Reamonn Gormley

Before starting university, a young, talented Glaswegian footballer offered his services as a volunteer for the summer. Along with another Irish student Paul and Rungthiwa took up  his offer. He taught English and sang with the children in the mornings and in the afternoons, he coached the football team (& played baseball). He had played for the Celtic youth team! He stayed with the Lennon’s and soon became like a son to them and like a big brother and best friend to Berni and his younger brother, Steven Noi. In the evenings he’d go to the river and fish with the old men.

Watching a video of Reamonn humbly saying goodbye in Thai and complimenting the whole country on its wonderful food and the most beautiful women in the world. He was relaxed and happy. He promised them he would come back next year.

A few months after returning home to Scotland, Reamonn Gormley was murdered. A mindless stabbing whilst being robbed by  Darren Maxwell, who was also a Celtic supporter. He even went to the same school, but Maxwell’s mother was a paranoid schizophrenic and his father was in and out of prison throughout his childhood.  Without resources & inspiration  these patterns continue,  kids falling deeper and deeper into crime. Something that Reamonn was helping to stop.

“It was music that kept their spirit free”

The Thai children sang these words in English. And it is true. Reamonn’s songs will be remembered forever in Thailand and his spirit lives on, still inspiring others.  In fact, in 2012, Paul and Rungthiwa Lennon, along with the support of the Celtic and Chanthaburi communities, somehow got 42 Thai children to travel to Glasgow. They sang for the fans at half time in Celtic Park. During their 3 week tour, they met everyone, including  Reamonn’s family.  Everywhere they went the were cheered. They even crossed the Irish Sea and visited Belfast where they played a concert and met the Lord Mayor. “Meeting them at the Titanic Museum (Belfast) and singing together was something I will never forget.” says Patrick Jackson, author of a wonderful article about Reamonn.

Having achieved more in his few short years than most of us do in a lifetime, Reamonn Gormley will be remembered. May Reamonn’s spirit continue to inspire us all.

 

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http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Supporters+-+Paul+Lennon+and+The+Good+Child+Foundation+(Thailand)

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