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Blog 1 – The Bank Holiday of Sport that was the Gift that kept on Giving!

 

Welcome to the inaugural weekly Finders Keepers blog post! We wanted to create something where we can share with you what goes on with us on a regular basis and to enlighten you on some topics which otherwise may escape your attention.

As a company our staff have enjoyed long and varied careers across the sports industry, and as such the sporting world is one for which we hold great passion. We will also be involving a range of professionals within the industry to give their take on a range of topics.

So we hope you enjoy our weekly piece and look forward to engaging with you all at some point!

We decided there was no better place to start than a bank holiday which contained the hopes and dreams of a season for many, and one where we had clients at a plethora of events.

Champions League Final
There is an elusive magic to a football stadium in the build up to a big game, it’s not one you can touch or taste, but one that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up in anticipation. The Champions League final is one of these, especially when it is between two of the most passionately supported teams in this competition’s history. Liverpool’s hopes and dreams were dashed by a moment of brilliance and a moment of horror in a mild night in Kyiv. Gareth Bale pulled out a goal for the ages when he beat Liverpool keeper Loris Karius with a stunning overhead kick, but sadly, as is oft the way, it will be his later handling error that will go down in history.

 

 

Championship Play Off final
The play off final has always been the equivalent of the 725,000 pound per square inch pressure that creates a diamond, and this year was no different with Fulham coming out triumphant in the richest game in football. Tom Cairney’s goal was enough to separate the sides in a nervy affair at Wembley. As much as Bale’s goal will get the plaudits, it is Cairney’s far more modest effort that, in real terms, will be worth so much more, a modest £170million, to his club.

 

 

League 1 Play Off Final
What a journey it has been for Paul Warne as Rotherham manager. Less than 2 years ago he was still their fitness coach with 0 managerial experience under his belt, and on Sunday he was lifting the play off trophy final aloft at Wembley! Perhaps almost as unlikely was Rotherham’s goal scoring hero of the day, centre half and captain, Richard Wood. It was a remarkable end to a remarkable season in League 1 with the bookies preseason favourites disappointing, and a team tipped for relegation, Shrewsbury, going agonisingly close to moving up a tier.

 

League 2 Play Off Final
After a tumultuous recent history, Coventry capped their first promotion in 51 years with a fantastic performance over a disappointing Exeter. So who was the last Coventry manager to taste promotion I hear you ask? The answer, Jimmy Hill who guided them to the old first division back in 1967. How times have changed for the skyblues, but under Mark Robins the future looks bright. As for Exeter, a young side which has one of the most underrated youth academies in the country, they will be back stronger next year!

 

 

Aviva Premiership Play Off Final
It was not a good weekend for Exeter’s sports sides. A young Chiefs side showed their inexperience as Saracens put in a far more mature performance to lift the trophy. Mark McCall warrants great credit for the way his side attacked the Chiefs side, especially after falling to an early deficit, and considering the recent history between these sides (Exeter having won the previous 3 meetings). The victory for Saracens saw a fitting end to two club legends careers as Schalk Brits and Chris Wyles signed off in style under the sunshine at Twickenham.

 

 

Pro 14 Final
Leinster completed an historic double as they added the Pro 14 title to their Champions Cup crown, the first time a Pro14 side has achieved this feat! Irish rugby is riding a wave of success following their 6 nations triumph this year and it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. In a pulsating affair, 13 points from the boot of Man-of-the-Match Johnny Sexton sealed the affair for the Irish side.

 

 

England v Pakistan 1st Test
Well the less said about this the better… Pakistan dominated proceedings from the start, in what was England’s first ever test match defeat at Lords in May. The Pakistan bowling quintet used the conditions perfectly and made life a constant nightmare for England’s batting line up. The one bright spot was the returning Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess showing the old hands how it was done with a 125 run partnership to keep them from the embarrassment of an innings defeat.

 

 

Monaco Grand Prix

Daniel Riccardo led from start to avenge his 2016 heartbreak at the track, when a botched pit stop cost him the title. In a fairly uneventful race the top 6 all finished exactly where they started. Six races into the season the team championship is fantastically balanced with all of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull having two wins. Next stop on the F1 circuit is the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. Can Lewis Hamilton defend his crown? Or will one of the many challengers to his throne step up and claim it?

 

 

Chelsea flower show
May saw this year’s edition of the Chelsea Flower Show and as usual it was a joy to behold for all the attendees. This year also saw the first night garden which was well received by all and something which is going to delight those attending for years to come.

 

 

Well that’s a wrap on week 1! Join us next week when we’ll be joined by one of the top players in this year’s County Championship, and all-round top guy, Ryan Higgins. Where we will be discussing his favourite sporting memories and his career so far amongst other things.

From all here at Finders Keepers have a great week, and if you have any queries about anything we can do for you please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

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