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Up to 40 Jobs Available for 2014 Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook129Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Thurston County FairThe 2014 Thurston County Fair is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to apply for summer job opportunities at the fairgrounds. Applications for as many as 40 temporary jobs with the Thurston County Fair must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18.Temporary fair workers help make the fair clean, safe and fun for fairgoers of all ages. Job duties include tasks like washing tables and cleaning facilities and equipment for two-legged and four-legged fairgoers, selling and collecting tickets, assisting with managing fair parking, and helping with office duties like data entry and answering phones, along with many other tasks and duties that keep the Thurston County Fair running smoothly. Temporary fair workers will earn between $9.32 and $10.50 per hour.Temporary fair workers must be at least 16 years old and must submit a Thurston County employment application and disclosure form. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Postmarks will not be accepted. To view the job description and link to the electronic application, go to and click on “2014 Fair Jobs—apply now!”For more information on the temporary fair jobs or the 2014 Thurston County Fair, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit“Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!” July 30 – Aug. 3last_img read more

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Fair Haven Revels at Oktoberfest

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero FAIR HAVEN – Every year Oktoberfest grows in size and popularity as residents and friends from neighboring towns come to enjoy food, games and an assortment of wine and craft beers. Organized by The Foundation of Fair Haven, the event is a great fundraiser for both the town’s annual Fair Haven Day as well as numerous small projects throughout town. This year fairgoers enjoyed the local brewery selection, eclectic food truck offerings, lively music and family-friendly games Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Fair Haven Fields.last_img read more

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“I put the red and white at the peak of the pandemic: it was my talisman”

first_imgMessage to Martínez-AlmeidaThe patients, when they saw him with the ’10’ on his back, revealed, they already knew it was because of Futre. “All without failure, “he insists.”When they recognize him I open the EPI a little so they can see the shirt underneath. That rogue smile is drawn to them that only we understandWhen he saw that Futre himself echoed his photo on Twitter showing the red and white, the ’10’ on his back, he confessed that he had to “check several times “if the profile was verified, if it really was Futre.”I asked the colleagues if they were playing a joke on me: This is as if a culé of 10 years in two decades suddenly Messi writes to him one day. Crazy Paulo. ” When The shirt signed by Futre arrived at his house, he reveals, he laid it on the bed and looked at it in silence, for 10 minutes. “I felt like when a dog has been locked up for three days and you open the door for him. It is something that I will tell my grandchildren with the greatest pride in the world. “The interview ended with some advice (” justI appeal to common sense, to hand hygiene, the safety distance and the non-collapse of health centers if you are not really serious. But above all, empathy and respect towards the neighbor who is at home in confinement. Please do not be selfish “), a message to the Mayor of Madrid, Martínez-Almeida (“whatPlease do not stop our work to applause. There are many of us who are risking our lives and ours with temporary contracts without looking to see if we will be in our positions in a few months. When it comes to fighting day by day we do not look at our contractual situation, as if the administration does “) and a rojiblanco cry:”Party by party and fighting like brothers we will all win. “ Manuel Pujadas, the warden of the Gomez Ulla General Defense Hospital in Madrid, which went viral by sharing a photo in which he was seen fighting the Covid-19 with the red and white and the ’10’ painted on the back in honor of Futre, not only received a few days later a t-shirt sent and signed by his idol, he has also been interviewed by him in Sports world, newspaper with which Futre began to collaborate a few weeks ago. “I never thought that opening ‘Sports World’ I would see Paulo Futre interviewing me. Imagine for a second what it feels like, “he wrote on Twitter, a silent witness to all this history.”I thank Sports world have this space to interview you and give visibility to you and all the heroes without capes who fight daily for us, “the interview began the Portuguese.”The idol of this interview is you, not me, and from the admiration I ask you these questions“He continued. Questions about who is” the Clark Kent rojiblanco “, how he has lived from within the development of this pandemic, where Atlético comes from. I never thought that opening the sports world I would see @PauloFutre interviewing me, imagine for a second what it feels like, thank you all for the love and support, I hope you like the interview, it could not go out entirely but it is great, Aupa atleti, OBRIGADO IDOLO– Pujadas (@PujadasManuel) April 14, 2020“I’m just a normal kid from Carabanchel“Pujada replied in the first place.” I am 36 years old and I am proud to be from Atlético. “In addition to his job as a guard, he is also a football coach in two teams, “CD Las Rozas: a cadet as first coach and senior B as second with Rafa Casado,” he points out. It was in the harshest weeks of the Covid-19 crisis (“the weeks from March 16 to April 3. We had to close the emergencies on March 30 due to collapse “):”Heads began to collapse in many of us. Not being able to leave the house for anything other than going to the hospital is undermining you. Many of us had not seen our relatives for too many days. Specifically, I have not seen my 6-year-old daughter today for 24 days. That’s when I thought I needed some talisman to give me strength and what taught me never to give up was my Athletics“last_img read more

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Gold medallist Brown disappointed about not breaking record

first_imgA week before last year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Morant Bay High School’s Marcus Brown started training for the decathlon.The then 17-year-old would surprise himself after finishing third at Champs despite the short preparation period.A year later, Brown secured his first gold medal at the championships after tallying 6,781 points; bettering Buff Bay’s Amaudo O’Conner (6,649) and Rhodes Hall’s Asani Hylton (6,517).Brown disappointedPleased, but not satisfied, Brown expressed disappointment that he was unable to break the meet record of 6,988 points and the IAAF World Junior Championships qualification standard of 7,200 points.”Seeing that I didn’t get the record, which is what I had planned for to bring me to Worlds, I am a bit upset to be honest.”But winning this gold medal is still something to feel happy about,” he told The Gleaner after his event.”I could have performed better in the 110m hurdles. My PB is 13 high and I really should have cleared two metres in the high jump as well. Also, in the javelin, I could have thrown 47 metres, but only did 42-metre, so I certainly wasn’t at my best throughout,” Brown said.”My mom told me to come home with the gold medal and I’m glad that I was able to come out here and do that for her as well,” added Brown.His coach Damion Reid, the hurdles and field events coach at Morant Bay High – who himself competed at Champs and made the 400m hurdles final in 2005 – was extremely happy for his young charge.”I am elated for him. I only made a final when I competed at Champs, I never won a medal as an athlete, but to get a gold medal as a coach, it feels so good,” Reid said.last_img read more

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National footballer slapped with 10 robbery charges

first_imgA member of Guyana’s national football team was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with 10 counts of armed robbery.Omalla Williams, 26, of Lot 83 Leopold and Breda Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, was not required to plead to the indictable charges.It is alleged that on July 27, 2018 while in the vicinity of Breda Street and armed with a gun, he robbed Darlene Gaines, Joe Hughes, Christina Gaines-Sluss, Daisy Gaines-Sluss and Dennis Grant of one Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone valued $140,000; a quantity of medication valued $80,000; one MP3 player valued $5000; a US passport and US$2100 among other valuables.It is also alleged that Williams, while being armed with a gun, robbed Dr Guy Low on Smyth Street, Georgetown on April 24, 2018; Jannel Walters and Avil Crowther at Cross Street, Georgetown on April 27, 2018 and Rodwell Maynard at Leopold Street on April 30, 2018.Further, Williams was also accused of discharging a loaded firearm with intent to cause actual bodily harm to Damion Elliott on April 30, 2018.Reports are about 13:00h on July 27, 2018, Gaines, Hughes, Christina Gaines-Sluss, Daisy Gaines-Sluss and Dennis Grant were all in the city to do some shopping, but were robbed by Williams.According to reports, all five victims are members of the Coomacka Church of Christ, who arrived in Guyana from the USA.Darlene, Daisy, Joe and Christina were picked up at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) by Robin Collins, also of Coomacka Mines, in minibus BKK 337. They all then proceeded to Georgetown to do some shopping, and as they were proceeding east along Leopold Street, Collins slowed down at Breda Street to allow other vehicles to pass.At that point, Williams reportedly walked up to him and held him at gunpoint. The perpetrator then pulled out the bus keys, while three other suspects rushed up and relieved the other occupants in the vehicle of their belongings. The four suspects then made good their escape by running east along Leopold Street. However, based on investigations, Williams was arrested. The father of two was remanded and was expected to return to court on August 27, 2018.last_img read more

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Govt rejects GTU’s proposed arbitrators

first_imgTeachers’ salary impasse…Union vows not to be bulliedThe Education Ministry on Friday rejected the Guyana Teachers’ Union’s (GTU) proposed arbitrators without giving a reason, resulting in the Union also rejecting the Ministry’s arbitrators during the second meeting held this week to put an end to the ongoing teachers’ salary impasse.GTU President Mark Lyte, in a much-dissatisfied tone, told media operatives at the Labour Department that the two parties were unable to agree on a panel.“We were able to agree on the additional Terms of Reference for the tribunal but unfortunately couldn’t agree on the chairmanship of the tribunal panel,” he informed.The two officials which Government proposed were Permanent Secretary of the Telecommunications Ministry, Derrick Cummings and Human Resources Manager of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Glenndon Hariss.On the other hand, GTU proposed former Home Affairs Minister Jeffrey Thomas; former Foreign Affairs Minister, Rashleigh Jackson and an experienced arbitrator,GTU President Mark Lyte speaking to the media after Friday’s failed talksAubrey Armstrong.Lyte argued that the Ministry rejected their nominees without reason, while they rejected the Ministry’s due to no confidence issues.“They were all rejected with no reason given as to why they were rejected. The Ministry put forward two names which are all present and functioning Government official. Of course the Union had to reject those because we cannot accept nominees from the Government to chair,” he explained.According to Lyte, the Union requested a reason for rejection for its list of nominees only to be told “they can’t give reasons at this point in time.”General Secretary of the Union, Coretta McDonald, chimed in with the Union’s President saying they entered Friday’s meeting very optimistic that the officers would resolve the issue.“We were very optimistic that this (Friday) afternoon since we are serious about this whole business of education, that persons were going to sit here as matured individuals to arrive at names and even if we were to disagree on names that were submitted we would disagree with a purpose, a reason for disagreeing with the names,” she said.McDonald argued that the Ministry seems unconcerned about its teachers. “It has left us with one conclusion that the officials at the Ministry of Education, they are not serious about this business of education, they are not serious about awarding and rewarding teachers, they are not serious about anything”.Moreover, the General Secretary added that the ministry wants to bully the Union into getting them to do exactly what they want. “They want to get in to the mode of bullying the GTU so that we can accept whatever name they put forward to us”.She posited that the Union stands firm on the names it would have submitted and at this point is unwilling to change those.It was further disclosed that the two sides have not selected a day for another meeting, while the GTU has promised to engage its members over the weekend to decide on a way forward.When asked if the Union is considering resuming strike action, the smiling General Secretary noted, “We need to go through this process and if we cannot come to a resolution in terms of arriving at someone who is going to be the chairperson then we’ll decide what happens after then”.Education Minister Nicolette Henry who did not sit in Friday’s meeting was represented by the Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson, who walked out of the Boardroom dodging reporters after the failed talks.The GTU last Thursday called off the nationwide strike after the Government gave in to arbitration during the second round of conciliation talks, being mediated by Minister Keith Scott.At that time, some 4000 teachers were on strike after several talks failed between the two parties with regards to a salary increase for teachers. The Union said they were willing to accept a ‘substantial’ payout from the Government even after the GTU rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19.Lyte said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only.Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011. He said, too, that for Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one-month off, even though the GTU appealed for that period to be reduced to three years. (Davina Ramdass)last_img read more

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Williams sisters continue to roll

first_imgTENNIS: Serena to face Henin in the quarterfinals, and Venus to see Jankovic. By Howard Fendrich THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – When you hear about Serena and Venus Williams overpowering opponents, as happened Sunday at the U.S. Open to two recent Grand Slam finalists, it’s easy to forget that the sisters are, indeed, individuals. And as similar as their on-court styles might seem, all stinging serves and gargantuan groundstrokes, they are not quite carbon copies. That point was driven home by their father and coach, Richard, who sat courtside for the final game of Serena’s 6-3, 6-4 victory over Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, then watched Venus’ 6-4, 6-2 win against French Open runner-up Ana Ivanovic. “Serena reminds me of a pit bull dog and a young Mike Tyson, all in one,” Richard said Sunday. “Venus reminds me of a gazelle that’s able to move, prance and jump. Venus looks as if she is really enjoying herself out there more than Serena is right now. If they get by everyone and meet each other, it will be an interesting match.” Another all-Williams showdown is indeed nearing at Flushing Meadows, although unlike six previous meetings for major titles – Serena leads 5-1 in those finals, Venus leads 7-6 overall – this one would be a semifinal. “That would be awesome because it would mean that there is a Williams in the final,” Venus said. She also noted: “We have one more step.” For Serena, it’s a familiar one. She will face No. 1 Justine Henin in the quarterfinals at a third consecutive major, having lost to her at the French Open and Wimbledon. “Yeah, we know each other pretty well,” Henin said after beating No. 15 Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-2, at night. “I know everyone was waiting for that match, and here we are.” The older Williams’ quarterfinal opponent will be No. 5 Jelena Jankovic, who defeated No. 19 Sybille Bammer, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Men’s matches Sunday were in the third round, and No. 2 Rafael Nadal advanced without a hitch in his step – his taped-up knees have been bothering him – or his game, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-1. Next up for Nadal is a fellow Spaniard, No. 15 David Ferrer, who was one point from defeat before coming back to eliminate 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5, in a match that included a 24-point game. Nalbandian held a match point while ahead, 5-4, in the fifth set with Ferrer serving, but the Argentine dumped a backhand into the net. “I couldn’t nail it down,” Nalbandian said. “It’s a pity.” Other winners included No. 3 Novak Djokovic, No. 17 Carlos Moya, No. 20 Juan Ignacio Chela, No. 23 Juan Monaco and unseeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who followed up his victory over Marat Safin by defeating Robby Ginepri of the United States, 5-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Moya also won in five sets, edging Philipp Kohlschreiber, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, while Djokovic got past Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4. “Hopefully I play even better the next round,” Djokovic said. Both Williams sisters are two-time U.S. Open champions and both are getting in a groove as this Grand Slam goes on, just as Serena did en route to her eighth major title at the Australian Open in January, and Venus did en route to her sixth major title at Wimbledon in July. “I’m still not where I want to be, or near,” Serena said. “But I feel like I’m doing better, which is important.” Who needs tuneup tournaments? She pulled out of every event in the 11/2 months since spraining a ligament in her left thumb at Wimbledon, and while that hand is fine now, her father indicated something else is wrong. “Serena has a few problems that we haven’t talked to no one about,” Richard said, but wouldn’t elaborate. “I think she’s done a marvelous job of hiding it. Extremely marvelous.” When Serena is on the court, there’s no protective tape on her left thumb or anywhere else, although there was a Band-Aid wrapped around a toe when she walked out of her news conference in flip-flops. Asked whether something was affecting her physically, Serena replied: “I would be the last person to tell you, just in case Justine or Safina reads it, and they’re like, `Uh, I know what to do.”‘ Her two-fisted backhand was off and her footwork was slow at the start against the 10th-seeded Bartoli, who broke in the first game and went up, 2-0, with two aces. Then Serena snapped-to, breaking back to 2-2, and again for a 5-3 lead when she sprinted to reach a drop shot and swatted a cross-court backhand winner. “She just elevates her game when she needs to,” Bartoli said. “She’s not obviously trying to play the hardest on every point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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El Camino edged out in duel by Bakersfield

first_imgJC FOOTBALL: National No. 1 Warriors fall hard on Renegades’ last-second, sprawling catch. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER In a matchup between the nation’s top two teams, host Bakersfield College proved that it was one play better than No. 1 El Camino. Bakersfield tight end Seth Damron made a falling catch on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Bower with no time left on the clock to edge El Camino, 33-31, after Bakersfield started the drive on its own 18-yard line with 1 minute, 19 seconds left. Linebacker Tolu Moala had his back to the play and tried to break up the pass, but Damron made the catch over his shoulder. “It was a game that went both ways and we were fortunate to come out with a win,” Bakersfield coach Jeff Chudy said. The game was a reversal of the last time the two teams met, in the Southern California final last season when it was El Camino’s Corey Surrency who made a game-winning catch in overtime to cement a 23-20 win. “I thought our kids played well and played hard,” El Camino coach John Featherstone said. “(Bakersfield) made key plays down the stretch and a big play on the last tick of the clock like we did last year.” El Camino’s defense was victimized by big plays in the passing game the entire night. Bower completed six passes that covered more than 20 yards, including two on Bakersfield’s final drive. He finished the game completing 21 of 37 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. One of Bower’s touchdown passes had no business being caught. El Camino cornerback Lamar Chapman had a chance for an interception on a ball in the end zone that only he had a play on, but instead bobbled the ball and Bakersfield wide receiver Brandon Banks pulled down the ball for a third-quarter score. Of the five receivers Bower completed passes to, Banks was his favorite, bringing in eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. “When a guy has that much time to throw in the shotgun, those kinds of things are going to happen. Their quarterback was impressive and made some good plays at crucial times,” Featherstone said. El Camino quarterback Boo Jackson also finished with impressive numbers – 18-for-27 for 298 yards and two touchdowns – but took a couple of sacks that stalled a second-quarter drive inside the Bakersfield 20-yard line. After advancing the ball to the Bakersfield 3-yard line, Jackson took sacks on consecutive plays. The result was fourth-and-goal on the 33-yard line and a punt. “I don’t know what it was,” Jackson said. “I should have put the ball up in the air because I knew we would have had three points, but I decided to run around. It was my fault.” El Camino running back Tavares Pressley also had a productive game, carrying the ball for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. But he struggled in the second half, running for negative yardage on three of his six carries. One of those plays came on a third-and-4 on the Bakersfield 15-yard-line. After initially being hit at the line of scrimmage, Pressley tried to bounce outside and was tackled by outside linebacker Michael Smith for a 3-yard loss. “We made an adjustment at halftime to tighten down the edges. They were beating us with runs outside of the tackle box early, but we just settled down and tried to keep them from getting to the outside,” Chudy said. Chudy’s team looked finished when El Camino defensive end Josh Berard sacked Bower on fourth-and-4 with 2:47 left in the game. But after a 25-yard run by Pressley, the team was called for holding, had two incomplete passes and a short run and was forced to punt. Berard and King Manu each had 11/2 sacks for El Camino. The play on the defensive line was one of the bright spots for El Camino, which held Bakersfield’s leading rusher, Pat Patterson, to 69 yards on 17 carries. The loss was El Camino’s first since October of last year. “Sometimes all the hype gets into a player’s head,” Jackson said. “This was a real wake-up call.” david.saunders@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Vince Young made mistake

first_imgSports Editor: I believe Vince Young’s decision to enter the NFL draft early is a mistake. He’s to be congratulated for playing the game of his life to rally Texas from a 12-point, fourth quarter deficit in the Rose Bowl last week. But this achievement seemed to enlarge an already bruised ego to the point of making a poor decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Young may make it as a professional quarterback, but there are some teams out there that would rather see him use his skills in another position. Will he be willing to make the necessary adjustments to play in the NFL? Only time will tell, but he would have a shot at another championship, and possibly a Heisman of his own, if he stayed in college for his senior year. Without Young, Texas has little chance to repeat as next year’s Division I champions. The gap that separated USC and Texas from the others has narrowed considerably, especially now that Reggie Bush has decided to skip his last year of eligibility. Pete Peterson Rancho Cucamonga 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img USC’s two Heisman Trophy winners, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, will surely be drafted ahead of Young, and rightly so. They’ve played as champions in a sophisticated football program that has groomed them to be very successful in the NFL. Vince Young is very talented, but a side-armed throwing, single-wing quarterback is not a highly sought after commodity in professional football. The NFL will eat up the sand lot style of football exhibited by Texas. last_img read more

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Championship 17/18 stadiums ranked: Every ground, worst to best – agree?

first_img 1. Villa Park (Aston Villa) – An iconic stadium synonymous with FA Cup semi-finals, Villa Park’s individuality can be seen through the separate designs of each of the club’s four stands. The Holte End is undoubtedly the ground’s most treasured feature, seating an impressive 13,500 supporters. The unusual mishmash of structures gives a traditional air to the stadium, though the magnificent Trinity Road frontage was lost when that stand was modernised in 2000. It is one of the most popular away days in the division due to its reputation as one of the country’s most iconic club stadiums. 22. Griffin Park (Brentford) – Like Burton’s ground, this west London stadium is a little too small for the Championship. With a 12,700+ capacity, it has a mixture of seating and terracing, with plenty of character, backing onto houses and flats nearby. It is easy enough to access from public transport, but Brentford should not be there for much longer as building work on a new 20,000-seater stadium has started near Kew Bridge and is due for completion in 2019. Shame, because Griffin Park is the only ground in England with a pub on each corner. 15. Macron Stadium (Bolton Wanderers) – A very nice ground, different to some modern grounds that fall into the same category – although it has its similarities with Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium due to having the same designers. Well situated for away fans due to its location next to the motorway, if way out of town, the Macron Stadium is more impressive on the outside than it is in, although its large stand behind the goals makes for an enjoyable away day. The atmosphere can be good, but it is rarely a full crowd (in a place that can hold just under 29,000) and is another arena that calls on the help of a drummer to boost the noise. 24 23. The Den (Millwall) – A good Championship stadium, The Den makes a welcome return after the Lions spent two seasons in League One. Holding just over 20,100 and able to house around 4,000 away fans, this two-tiered ground is starting to show its age after 24 years, but it provides good views of the pitch and comes with a decent atmosphere on its day. 24 24 24 12. City Ground (Nottingham Forest) – A nice, traditional old ground steeped in history which, at full capacity, can hold just over 30,000 fans. It can be quite noisy on its day and is nicely situated on the banks of the River Trent. Its age shows in places, particularly with the old ‘main’ stand far smaller and dated than the other three, but the history, location and feeling of being at a proper football ground more than make up for any shortcomings. 24 14. KCOM Stadium (Hull City) – A modern sports ground with a little more character than other new arenas, the 15-and-a-half year old KCOM holds just over 25,000 spectators and is home to both the Tigers and rugby league side Hull FC. With its sweeping roof curving around the ground, it’s a cut above blander, identikit modern stadiums. The floodlights (sadly not visible on the nearside stand in the picture above) are sight to behold too. 24. Pirelli Stadium (Burton Albion) – click right to count down to number one – A nice, modern lower league ground, the East Staffordshire stadium is, in truth, too small for the Championship. It opened in 2005 and the modern design means views are good due to no supporting pillars. The Pirelli holds just under 7,000 fans in total – on some days nearly a third of that can be made up of away fans. The small capacity is testament to Burton’s rise to the second tier of English football. 18. Madjeski Stadium (Reading FC) – An example of a completely functional modern stadium which just does not have the atmosphere. The Madjeski is located on a business park, way out of the town centre and requires a shuttle bus from the train station. It may be uniformly pleasing on the eye, but it fails to excite. Which may explain the use of a drummer to try and rouse supporters. 5. Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield Wednesday) – The sale of Hillsborough is being disputed 24 24 17. Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough) – The 22-year-old ground was one of the first ‘modern’ stadiums which have brought greater comfort than the old English grounds they replaced, but are lacking in originality, charm and at times atmosphere. Located as the name suggests by a river, albeit in an industrial area, work was undertaken last summer in order for the Riverside to meet Premier League requirements, which saw capacity reduced to 33,746. The atmosphere was not great last season, largely due to uninspiring performances on the pitch, but it can be noisy on its day. 24 16. St. Andrew’s (Birmingham City) – Another of the division’s older grounds, three of St Andrew’s four sides have gradually been modernised. It has good views all around and, if or when the final stand is brought up to scratch, the ground is at risk of looking like a generic modern football ground on the inside. The fans behind the goal generate a fair bit of noise when things are going well, while away fans at the opposite end also do their bit to make for a good noise on matchdays. 21. Oakwell (Barnsley) – A traditional ground which has had three of its four stands rebuilt, Oakwell is full of character and has good acoustics for a fiery matchday atmosphere. It usually houses up to 2,000 away fans, but if demand requires they can host around 6,000 travelling supporters, which makes the noise at this ground good. It is fairly close to the pitch and at full capacity houses around 23,000 supporters. The oldest stand could do with improving, but the other two-tiered sections are impressive and provide good views of the action. 10. Deepdale (Preston North End) – A unique stadium built in 1875 that has been updated, with steep stands, keeping fans relatively close to the pitch, Deepdale boasts of being the stadium with the longest continuous use for association football in the world. With club legends Tom Finney, Bill Shankley and Alan Kelly’s faces adorning the seats of three stands and an excellent statue of Finney outside, plus the Invincibles Stand celebrating the unbeaten 1889 double winners, this is a ground dripping in football folklore. The floodlights on each corner of the ground are held up by several beams each, making them visible from a distance as fans make their way to the ground, building that sense of anticipation. Preston secured a shock top-half finish last season, averaging a 12,606 attendance in a ground which can hold just over 23,400 fans. 24 24 24 24 9. Molineux (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – The redevelopment of the Stan Cullis Stand has taken Molineux’s overall capacity past the 31,000 mark and the towering structure behind one of the goals looks brilliant. It is the tallest of the four stands in a historic ground that changed beyond recognition from the 1990s onwards. When on song, fans can generate quite a noise at a venue with roots stretching back to 1889. Back in the 1950s, Molineux helped pioneer the use of floodlights with a series of memorable matches where Wolves – then one of the best teams in England – took on the cream of European football. It led to the creation of the European Cup and while the current Wanderers side may be a million miles away from the Champions League, Molineux itself has stood the test of time. 24 19. Loftus Road (Queens Park Rangers) – An old ground that really does divide opinion among football fans. Some say it is aging, worn out, does not have much room and poor views while others like its atmosphere and close proximity to the pitch. The 18,360-seater is a nice closed in stadium propped up with beams, which along with the steep stands, add to the character of Loftus Road. Either way, it could do with a lick of paint. 13. Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff City) – Home to Wales’ national team as well as the Bluebirds, the Cardiff City Stadium is a significant upgrade from Ninian Park for the Welsh side. With one bigger stand than the rest, it looks like a modern version of Elland Road and this takes the ground away from falling into the typical modern football stadium category. It holds around 33,000 and hosted the UEFA Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Sevilla in 2014. It is a ground to be proud of, but with an average league attendance of 16,564 last term, the atmosphere could be better. 24 24 24 3. Elland Road (Leeds United) – One of the league’s most historic and recognisable venues, Elland Road has a reputation for being one of the most intimidating grounds for away teams to visit in England. On its day, the atmosphere is up there with the best in the country. The 17,000-capacity East Stand is the stadium’s newest addition (opened in 1993) and focal point of the ground as it towers over the other three stands. Elland Road could arguably do with a makeover and update, which could happen under new Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani, who has outlined an ‘Elland Road 2020 plan’. It is a ground full of character and currently holds around 37,890 fans, after capacity was reduced due to the addition of further East Stand executive boxes under Ken Bates’ ownership. 24 8. Ashton Gate (Bristol City) – This ground was recently given a new lease of life with a stunning redevelopment. The magnificent 11,000-seater Lansdown Stand was opened in August 2016, helping the capacity increase to around 27,000. The new stand was built as part of ambitious owner Steve Lansdown’s Bristol Sport project, and Ashton Gate has been transformed into a superb arena, with three sides completely redeveloped, while retaining the heritage home fans hold dear. 20. Portman Road (Ipswich Town) – Easily accessible and a 30,300-seater ground, Portman Road is fairly old and traditional, but we like it. Two-tiered stands behind both goals make for a good atmosphere on its day and away fans are housed between the corner flag and halfway line. It’s showing its age, but that brings character to the Tractor Boys’ home. 2. Stadium of Light (Sunderland) – The 48,707 all-seater stadium is an impressive sight when the Black Cats manage to fill it completely. Composed of two three-tiered stands and two two-tiered stands, the venue can look a little unbalanced when looking from the South Stand. Away fans are well hidden away in the top tier of the North Stand – almost tucked under the roof – but the friendly nature of the home support goes some way to appeasing the less than ideal location for the travelling faithful. 24 4. Pride Park (Derby County) – Pride Park could easily fall in to the category of the same old mid-size modern football ground, but this 1990s-built arena sets itself apart thanks to the brilliant atmosphere whipped up by Derby fans, who regularly pack out the near-33,600 capacity ground. The Baseball Ground is missed, but there can be no doubt the Rams made the right move in building Pride Park. All it needs now is Premier League football once more. 24 24 24 getty images – getty 11. Bramall Lane (Sheffield United) – Bramall Lane has character in abundance, and has been significantly updated in the past 20 years to create an impressive arena. The Blades can often fill the 32,702-seater ground and can generate good noise too. And can you believe this stadium was a dual-purpose football and cricket ground? The last Yorkshire cricket match to be played here took place only 44 years ago, having been originally opened as a cricket ground in 1855, seven years before hosting its first football match. 6. Carrow Road (Norwich City) – A nicely updated stadium located closely to the city centre, Carrow Road is often packed out with around 27,000 fans. On its day, the atmosphere is impressively loud in what is a proper football ground; the noisier section of Canaries fans is situated behind one goal, next to the away fans, adding to the sound. With bright yellow and green seats, it looks great empty too, even with the back of a hotel wedged into a corner – but even that contributes to the character of this ground which was first opened in 1935. 24 Getty 24 7. Craven Cottage (Fulham) – Arguably the country’s most charming stadium, a day out at the humble surroundings of Craven Cottage is one of the best matchday experiences in the division. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the club have been limited in terms of expansion, but the west Londoners have gradually increased the capacity to 25,700 seats – with future plans to raise it even further to 30,000. Away fans are able to make plenty of noise by stamping on the Putney End’s metallic structure, helping drum up an atmosphere in what can be genteel surroundings. The Haynes Stand (pictured above, right), was designed by legendary football stadium architect Archibald Leitch, built in 1905 and is a Grade II listed building. It features one of Leitch’s trademark gables, and a magnificent brickwork facade, while the Cottage Pavilion – located in the corner next to the Haynes Stand and Putney End – adds to the splendour. Not forgetting that Craven Cottage is the only ground in English professional football with a tree on site. 24 Leeds United bought back Elland Road last week after nearly 13 years of renting.Andrea Radrizzani completed his full takeover of the club in May and he took no time to make an impact in West Yorkshire by forking out for ownership of their home.READ MORE: Super Computer predicts Championship 2017/18 table after five games of new seasonThe Italian reportedly has ‘Elland Road 2020’ plans, with fans hoping he intends to renovate and transform the ground which was opened 120 years ago.It is currently the fourth-largest arena in the Championship, but where does it place in talkSPORT’s overall stadium rankings?We have taken a look at all 24 grounds in the division and, while it is a topic certain to cause debate with purely subjective opinions, we have ranked each Championship stadium, from worst to first.So what makes a great football ground?We take a combination of capacity, facilities, location, history, design and atmosphere, to come up with our top 24.Starting with Burton’s Pirelli Stadium, click the right arrow, above, to see our ranking and comment with your thoughts below…last_img read more

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