It’s that time again , the Azaleas are coming into bloom, in the world of Golf that can only mean one thing – the US Masters is imminent. In Golf terms Rory McIlroy’s season starts and finishes in April at the US Masters and will continue to until he finally manages to win a green jacket. Ever since McIlroy’s meltdown in 2011 when he blew a four shot lead going into the final 18 holes, the pressure has been building year on year to complete the set of career majors. After Rory won the British Open in 2014 the Masters became the final piece of silver ware he needed to join the elite group of only six golfers to have won all four major titles, the other 2 being the US Open and USPGA which he won in 2011 , 2012 and 2014. His form going into April has been promising , having posted some good finishes of late this year. McIlroy would also get the job done before his 30th birthday in May.
The JW Hunt Cup is an annual charity football competition for teams based in the West Midlands area of England.It was started in 1926 and I believe there are pictures of this at Molineux. Albrighton won the JW Hunt Cup in 1965/66 beating Oxley and 1967/68 beating Northicote Old Boys. ( stats from www.simplesite.com/jwhuntcupI’m not sure which year this is from but they have clearly just won the cup and look very happy about it. My Dad the late Keith Harrison ( Charley) is in the front row far right, next to him is Brian Grateley. I don’t know who the other players are but I would be interested to know if anyone recognises anyone. My Dad played for Albrighton for many years in the 1960’s having had a trial for Aston Villa in 1956. These are cherished memories of my Dad and my mother played a big part too , she used to wash the kit for the entire football team, I can still remember it hanging on our washing line in the garden. Photo shows Albrighton United , with my Dad Keith Harrison ( front row -far right)
When it comes Derailler gear changers you can not go wrong with the Shimano 600 Here is one I recently bought at a bike jumble and after a good clean it is ready to go again on another bike. Of course there is always Evans Cycles if you want to go for brand new parts.
Golf fans always get excited at the prospect four days in front of the telly watching the US Masters. Commencing the first week of April it’s the first Major of the year and the superbly manicured Augusta course always has a starring role to play in the tournament. This year there is added interest for Rory McIlroy fans as he chases the final piece in his quest for a career grand slam. Having won the British Open and the USPGA last year and the US Open in 2011 Rory only need the Masters to complete the Full House. Only five players, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Tiger Woods, have won all four of golf’s major titles and McIlroy is a strong favourite to join them. If McIlroy wins the Masters then the pressure really piles on him when the US Open starts in June. If he were to win that one too then he would hold all four major titles at the same time, no one has achieved that since Tiger Woods in 2001. McIlroy has made a lightning start to his professional career at only 25 years old he is already well up the list […]
Golf is an odd sport if you don’t play and even odder if you do. I came from a sporting family, my dad was a talented footballer, he had a trial for Aston Villa back in 1956 and was good at anything that involved a ball and running. I was never any good at sport when at school, mainly because I had no competitive desire and so when I started to play golf at the age of fifteen I was amazed to find out I was pretty good and so began my obsession with golf. To play golf you need a fair amount of controlled physical power and the rest is about playing the course which requires some head skills. I was attracted by the mental challenge that golf presented, a controlled physical burst of energy coupled with course management skills. I was blessed with a good physic, I was six feet four inches, stick thin with big lungs. If only someone had told me I could run they would never have caught me, sadly no-one pointed out my enormous competitive advantage and so I went largely unnoticed in sport. All sports have stars that stand out from […]
These days business often seems to be focussed on generating new sales rather than looking after existing customers. It appears the customer is greatly valued at the point of capture, but shortly after this they are passed onto the ‘recently joined queue’ and left there to amuse themselves and pretty much ignored until the time comes to renew their annual subscription. The beaming smile from the reception desk is reserved for new customers only and not to be given out to every Tom Dick and Harry. I’ve always believed that if a business focuses on delivering customer satisfaction ensuring that the customer receives complete attention and enjoys their experience with you, then they will return again and they will tell their friends about you. This to me is the best method of gaining new customers; deliver a good product to your existing customers and the new ones will follow from recommendations. Over the past couple of years I have noticed a developing culture of sales over service. So when I had the need to make a complaint as I did two years ago after a visit to Wembley to see the England football team take on Switzerland I was pleasantly […]