Euro 2020 League Update & Scafell Beaten

Credit Graham Burrell

I’ve decided to throw a few bits of news about the site together for you, for those who might be interested.

Firstly, plenty of you are taking part in our prediction league, and it seems we have a clear leader waiting to be knocked off the summit. That is Rob Scott, an unlikely leader if I may say so. He will be quick to let you know he’s out in front too, but it is close. Frankie Volley and Chris Bell are behind him, with three points the gap. From there, just six points separate Anthony Kirk in fourth and me, joint 28th! The link to take part is here, and I might even do a little side competition for the knockout stages, so get involved now!

The prize, which I’m sure Rob will love, is a copy of my season review for 2020/21. I’m working on it now, as per usual it is a collection of match articles, transfer news and a few other bits from the site over the course of the season. This will be the fifth year I release it, and for every book sold I shall donate 20% of the profit to a worthy charity. I don’t ram it down your throats as there are plenty of things to spend your money on, but if you wish to own a copy of all the match reports and news from the last season that you can always look back on, then I shall be letting you know how once I’ve finished collating it, which I hope to do this weekend.

Proof I made it to the top!

Finally, on the subject of charity, I climbed a mountain this weekend. For those who know me personally, stop giggling, I actually did. Once upon a time, I smoked the equivalent of ten a day, drank sugary drinks seven days a week and got out of breath climbing the stairs. This weekend, I climbed all 3163ft of Scafell, and it nearly beat me. However, I couldn’t let something like a little climb beat me when Tony Lormor refused to let cancer beat him on multiple occasions, and that was one driving factor in me keeping going. I used the experience to raise a bit of money for Briteside, Tony’s charity helping cancer sufferers, and if you wish to, you can still donate, The link takes you directly to Tony’s Go Fund Me page, cutting out me as a middleman, so his charity gets the money it deserves to do the wonderful work it does.

I’ll be honest, I still can’t believe I did it, but on the way up I passed a girl climbing it with one leg, several kids and even a couple of people with dogs. For some, it seemed like a nice day’s leisurely stroll, but for me, it was the most physically exhausting task I’ve ever undertaken. To all those who have donated to Tony’s charity, thank you. I am incredibly honoured to be able to help in some small way and who knows, it might even be Snowdon or Ben Nevis next year!

That’s it for the SW news roundup, hopefully, I’ll have some Imps’ news to write about before the end of the week.