Watch: when DCL uses microphone for EITC display

With Everton in the Community (EitC) currently immersed in Blue Family, the campaign jointly launched with Everton to maintain contact with fans and support and assist the most vulnerable and at-risk community members during the coronavirus pandemic, evertonfc.com is shining a light on the charity’s efforts across Merseyside and beyond.

Today, we are looking back at February’s EitC Showcase event, which saw manager Carlo Ancelotti, Director of Football Marcel Brands and First-Team Coach Duncan Ferguson join the first-team squad at in pledging their ongoing support to the charity and its work by signing a commitment pledge.

The 2019/20 Showcase highlighted the life-changing and life-saving work of EitC and, with almost 100 participants in attendance, the players learned about the charity’s programmes by engaging in a number of activities.

And this year evertontv employed a special roving reporter in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who interviewed his teammates during the event!

See how Calvert-Lewin got on as he grilled Club captain Seamus Coleman, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin… and grabbed an exclusive first English-spoken interview with Yerry Mina!

Watch DCL’s evertontv debut and learn more about the work of Everton in the Community in the video above or by clicking here.

EVERTON STARS TAKE PART IN EITC SHOWCASE


This year’s Showcase celebrated EitC’s 32nd birthday, with the entire first-team squad spending time finding out more about the charity’s flagship programmes.

The Showcase was Manager Carlo Ancelotti’s first time in witnessing the work of EitC and, after pledging his support to the charity, he visited each of the event’s six activity stations, learning about the initiatives as well as meeting the participants who directly benefit from them.

The Blues boss said: “From the first day I was here, I was told about the fantastic work of the Club’s charity and the impact it has on the lives of so many people.

“I was very pleased to see some of its programmes in action and I feel that it is important that myself and my squad are fully supportive of Everton in the Community and have a thorough understanding of how it helps the people of Liverpool.”

Leighton Baines, Alex Iwobi and Tom Davies joined participants from EitC’s Aged Veterans programme, finding out more about how the charity supports elderly ex-service personnel who are at risk of social isolation, and got stuck into a show and tell activity with the gentlemen who proudly displayed medals, photographs and other interesting artefacts from their army careers.

Premier League announces the second phase of training

The Premier League today announced that its shareholders have voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step in the season’s restart.

The full statement of the Premier League is as follows:

Today, Premier League shareholders unanimously voted to resume contact training, which is another step to restart the Premier League in a safe situation.

Now, teams can train in groups and grab the ball with minimal unnecessary close contact.

The Premier League’s top priority is the health and well-being of all players.

The Premier League has strict medical agreements to ensure that the training ground is the safest environment, and players and employees will continue to be tested twice a week by covid-19.

After consultation with the club, players, head coach, players’ Union, LMA and the government, an agreement has been reached to resume the second phase of training.

Discussions are still under way to restart the season if conditions permit.

Chelsea started their first phase of recovery training at Cobham on Tuesday. Contact training is not allowed in the first stage. The players have been training in groups, focusing on fitness.

For the first phase of training, Lampard said the following:

“Good. Nice to see the players. I’ve seen them on many zoom video calls and WhatsApp chats, so I’m glad to be able to continue working. There are strict restrictions and we have to abide by them because there is a reason. “

“It’s a pleasure to get the players to work, it’s all personal training at the moment. It can be a difficult or slow process, and safety is the first priority. Once we get through the first stage, we can see what the second stage is like, and after that, we can think about resuming the game, even if it’s empty. “

Will Streaming Become the New Cable Package?

Want to watch Stranger Things? Get Netflix. Handmaid’s Tale, you can find it on Hulu. What about The Man in the High Castle? That requires a subscription to Prime Video. This situation will only get worse due to the popularity of streaming platforms. Beginning next year, many of the major media companies are pulling their franchises off competing streaming services in order to populate their own products. Therefore, if you want to watch all these shows, it won’t come cheap and might actually become more expensive than a traditional cable package.

Below are the most prominent streaming services currently available in the US with their associated monthly cost for their most popular subscription tier.

Streaming services don’t follow the same constraints of releasing shows in the Fall (fun fact, did you know shows come out in the fall because football season is the best time for advertisers??) but September is still a great time to create a binge worthy queue. The First (Hulu) and Maniac (Netflix) give us future, dystopian vibes with big actors and even bigger budgets. Amazon is throwing every ounce of promotional might it has behind Jack Ryan, and we’re excited to see Jim Halpert as a marine.

* Assumed same price as CBS All Access since most comparable service currently on the market

None of these streaming services provide live TV channels which cost an additional $35-$40/month to purchase a skinny bundle from various services such as DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue nor does it include the high-speed internet package necessary to even operate these streaming services. Most cord cutters left the cable bundle due to the overall costs of the package containing channels that they barely watched. The benefit of having multiple standalone streaming services, although expensive to subscribe to all, is that they allow users to decide which service they will utilize purchase. Lastly, the advent of streaming has changed the habits of the audience to not be beholden to the clock. Now the audience can watch a show whenever, wherever.

With the introduction of new services, there has always been movement from one extreme to the next as perception of value changes year to year. I would not be surprised if a new enterprise begins bundling the various streaming services together to form a new type of cable package. We have begun seeing the beginnings of such partnerships between various services such as Hulu teaming up with Spotify and other streaming sites being offered with mobile services. We are in the midst of peak TV which is great for consumers, if they are willing to pay for it.

Beaumont Golf at Brentwood Entertainment Complex and The Woods Course Golf and Hunt Club

Our scenic Brentwood Entertainment Complex Golf Club gives the golfer a feeling that is not found anywhere else near Beaumont golf. We feature 36-holes of Beaumont golf that is ideal for all levels of golfers and is designed to help you improve your game. Our idyllic settings will let you step away from life for a little while and focus on your golf passion.Our professionally engineered course will challenge you to decrease your score on our fairways, several water hazards and carefully placed sand traps. Following your round of golf, you will be seeking to come back and play more.

Our scenic Brentwood Entertainment Complex Golf Club gives the golfer a feeling that is not found anywhere else near Beaumont golf. We feature 36-holes of Beaumont golf that is ideal for all levels of golfers and is designed to help you improve your game. Our idyllic settings will let you step away from life for a little while and focus on your golf passion.Our professionally engineered course will challenge you to decrease your score on our fairways, several water hazards and carefully placed sand traps. Following your round of golf, you will be seeking to come back and play more.

The Brentwood Entertainment Complex offers an assortment of quality country club facilities. We feature a quality Pro Shop, so if you are wishing for any new gear, be sure to chat to our Beaumont golf professionals. We even have a delicious restaurant for you golfers who want to grab a bite before or after your exciting round of golf. For the golfer who has to work late, we are equipped with a driving range where you can sharpen your skills or take a lesson from one of our golf professionals. We pride ourselves on ensuring you have a terrific experience while at our Brentwood Entertainment Complex.

Exchange LA

Downtown Los Angeles has been a clubbing destination for years, with the high-rise city center giving way to industrial complexes and warehouses ripe for creative promoters to set up shop. The club scene has grown significantly, competing with Hollywood for L.A.’s nightlife attention. Named for the building’s historic housing of the Los Angeles stock exchange, Exchange LA on Spring Street is a beautiful Art Deco edifice that’s been retrofitted for the modern club experience. In addition to house and techno DJs, Exchange is also one of the few big clubs at which you can still see trance DJs. With four floors and 25,000 square feet, you have plenty of space to enjoy sets from artists such as Maya Jane Coles, Simon Patterson and Giuseppe Ottaviani.

Located in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles, Exchange LA is conveniently located one mile from Staples Center and the LA Convention Center. Formerly the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, this venue pays homage to its rich and opulent Art Deco past spanning 25,000 square feet and four floors. Exchange LA is a vibrant venue that functions not only as a nightclub, but also as an event space for award shows, premiere parties, corporate events, live entertainment, film shoots and fashion shows.

The Best Dance Clubs in Los Angeles

The electronic music scene, nightlife and DJ culture in Los Angeles have come a long way in a relatively short time. Once the Wild West compared to New York’s well-established nightclub culture, Los Angeles has long been known for warehouse parties, underground events and full-moon desert parties. The echoes of the 80s and 90s underground scene are still heard at Moontribe and secretive events in Downtown L.A. with ever-changing locations, but legitimate nightclubs that fully embraced electronic music had a ways to go. Then around 2000, the “super club” craze caught on like lightning in a bottle, captured at clubs like Giant and Spundae. The exposure was massive and the underground suddenly started bubbling to the surface.

The after-effects are still being felt today, and the Los Angeles dance music scene has morphed into something strange, beautiful and vital. There are venues throughout the city where you can take part in the culture or just get your groove on and have a lost weekend. Read on for some of L.A.’s best clubs for electronic music.

Coronavirus: La Liga chief eyes Sevilla-Real Betis derby on June 11 for restart

La Liga president Javier Tebas said he hopes the 2019-20 season can restart from the coronavirus pandemic on June 11, with the date to be officially confirmed in the next few days.

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Tebas’ announcement comes after Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the return of competitive sport in the country starting June 8.

“It will be the weekend of June 12 for sure, or even Thursday, June 11,” Tebas told Movistar. “It isn’t decided yet, we have to hold the relevant meetings with the federation and the National Sports Council to discuss some outstanding issues. We have to see what happens with the phases so that full training with all players can take place as soon as possible. We have to be cautious. We’ll look at that first, and we’re working with broadcasters, too.”

Tebas confirmed that the first match to be played in Spain’s top tier will be between Sevilla and Real Betis.

“We could have the first game on Thursday [the] 11th in Seville. We’d like it to be the Seville Derby,” Tebas said. “If not, it would be June 12 or 13. But on June 11 at 10 p.m., that’s the idea. Once we’ve officially announced the first game, we’ll announce the first four matchdays. That should come early next week.”

The English Premier League has also identified June 12 as a possible date to return. Among Europe’s other major domestic leagues, the German Bundesliga has already returned to action, while France’s Ligue 1 has canceled its season, and Italy’s Serie A will decide on its path forward by Thursday.

In La Liga, 11 rounds of games need be played to finish the 2019-20 season, with matches every day so that the season can be completed before the end of July.

“Midweek games will kick off at 7.30 p.m. or 8 p.m., and 9.30 p.m. or 10 p.m.,” Tebas said when asked about playing in rising temperatures. “At the weekend, there will be three kick-off times — at 5 p.m., 7.30 p.m., and 9.30 p.m. or 10 p.m. That needs to be decided.”

Matches will be played behind closed doors and following a strict safety protocol, which has now been finalised.

Tebas said that clubs should be in a position to move from group sessions to full training starting June 1.

La Liga sent a letter to clubs Sunday reminding them of players’ responsibilities after four Sevilla players were pictured apparently breaking social distancing rules.

“In the last few hours we have seen that some players have broken health rules,” it said. “These attitudes are totally incomprehensible and inadmissible, as they put at risk the completion of the competition. Any sign of relaxation is a lack of respect towards La Liga and other clubs, players and coaches.”

CHRIS FAIRCLOUGH: THE PRESSURE WAS IMMENSE

Chris Fairclough: The pressure was immense

Former Leeds United defender Chris Fairclough discusses his career with the Whites

A majestic defender who had made over 130 appearances for Nottingham Forest, before a two year spell at Tottenham Hotspur, March 1989 saw Chris Fairclough arrive in Leeds on loan, then make his stay permanent a few months later.

Together with a side handpicked by Howard Wilkinson, Fairclough would be an ever present in the heart of a Leeds defence which would be crowed Second Division champions in his first season at the club, before clinching the top flight title just two years later.


Did you have any reservations about moving from Division One to Two?

I did initially, because I felt it was a big step to leave Tottenham, a big club in the First Division. I felt that I wanted to prove myself at that club. I thought that I had in my first season there but I knew the new manager had plans to change things and get in the players he wanted. I had to think long and hard about taking the step down to Division Two but when I spoke to Howard Wilkinson and (then chairman) Bill Fotherby, they laid out the big plans that they had for Leeds. The first thing was obviously to get back into the First Division quick, and then do well once they were there. They made that plain and it was left to me to decide whether to take that step down. Fortunately I made the right decision.

You signed for Leeds just days after Howard had signed Gordon Strachan. Did Strachan signing help your decision?

It did because to buy a player of Gordon’s quality showed that they were ambitious. It showed that the plans they were trying to sell me were true. They wanted to get some top quality players in and Gordon was the first.

Your first full season at Elland Road was promotion – any distinct memories of that campaign?

The beginning and the end. In the pre-season there was a lot of hype, and a lot of hope that we’d get straight out of that division, which obviously put a lot of pressure on the players and the management. But it was a positive pressure, an ambition that we were looking to fulfil. I remember all the eagerness of the supporters for the season to start. The pressure was immense. Fortunately things went well throughout the season and it culminated with us winning the Championship.

Everyone remembers the Bournemouth game that clinched promotion.

Yeah, it typified the whole season – very nervy because expectations were so high. That followed us all the way through to that last game. We had to win to be guaranteed the Championship. That’s what we really wanted. Obviously promotion was first and foremost, but after the season that we’d had, we wanted to go up as Champions. It was a very hot day and thousands of supporters made the trip – the atmosphere was amazing. Again we started very nervously and only really relaxed once Chappy had scored the goal. It all went from there.

Chris Fairclough

Fourth in our first season back in the top flight was tremendous, wasn’t it?

Howard has got to take a lot of credit because he got a great group of players together and we had a fantastic team spirit and a great will to win. We’d had that in achieving promotion, then he added more quality players like Gary McAllister. But I think a major thing was that we played with such a tempo that a lot of teams couldn’t handle us. We were a very quick, fit side. We played the kind of football where we went at it 100 per cent throughout the 90 minutes. We didn’t play many games were we let the tempo dip. That was important to our style and our success.

The 92 Championship season often feels like a big hazy dream but I do remember you scored against Coventry in the run-in.

Yeah, the race for the title was getting closer and closer, and that header – and subsequent win – continued to put the pressure on Manchester United. We needed to win to do that – they had to go to West Ham to keep up with us. And they lost.

Was there any point during that season when the players turned to each other and said, “We could win this”?

There were times when it was mentioned. I myself didn’t really think about it that seriously. I just realised that what we were doing was good – we were playing good football, we were picking up good results. So I thought, let’s just keep this going. Even coming runners-up, would have been a great achievement for me – it was only my second full season at Leeds. I just tried to keep a focus on the games, one after another. I think that’s the way that the majority looked at it. It was just a case of trying to keep a run going. That’s the way I’ve always dealt  with football, and I still do. It’s the best way because it keeps everything in perspective.

Can you describe the feeling when you realise we’d won it?

It’s indescribable! We realised we were in with a good chance after the Sheffield United game, and I’d made plans to go home to my parents and watch the Manchester United game with them. A lot of the lads were saying, “Let’s go back to Leeds and watch it all together”. I wanted to do that but I’d already made my plans and I thought that if I broke those plans, well you know… I was definitely being superstitious! I watched the game with my family and obviously it was a brilliant feeling when we’d definitely won the title. Although I would have loved to have been with the lads who I’d worked with all season to get that far, it was very nice to be with my family, to have my Mum and Dad around me when we’d actually won it.

Chris Fairclough

Your partnership with Chris Whyte was instrumental that season; why do you think you two clicked?

Difficult to say – I’ve always felt that I’ve played better with a bigger player alongside me. Chris was that main dominant aerial defender, and I would sweep up anything around him. It was good for both of us – we complimented each other well. It was down to Howard who brought us together.

The season after the side finished 17th. Any thoughts why?

We’d worked so hard to achieve what we did, but because we achieved it earlier than we’d expected, we probably didn’t have the stability to go on from there. We took our foot off the pedal a little bit too much. We didn’t continue with the same urgency and tempo that had served us so well and had given us our success. We didn’t have the will to win that we’d had for the previous two seasons. One downfall was obviously that we were the Champions and everyone wanted so badly to beat us. They upped their game and we found that hard to deal with even though it was much the same team who had won the Championship.

You played under Brian Clough earlier in your career at Nottingham Forest. How did Howard compare with Clough?

Brian Clough was a one off. His style of management was totally different to anybody else’s. I can’t really compare Howard Wilkinson because they’re two very different people with totally different styles of management. But I rate Howard at that particular time. He delivered the goods.

How do you look back on your time at Elland Road?

I had six years at Leeds, and four-and-a-half of those were good one. As a whole, I enjoyed it – I had a good time.

Chris Fairclough

PATRICK BAMFORD: I REMEMBER THINKING KEEP TALKING, WE’RE STILL WINNING

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford sits down to answer your question!

The latest episode of Deliveroo’s #Ask series dropped this week, and fans are declaring it the best yet!

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford took time out to sit down and answer as many of your questions over 25 minutes, covering everything from the Millwall celebration, adding s’housing to his repertoire, shout outs from Bon Jovi, THAT hug in training and what wearing the number 9 shirt means to him!

Read some of his answers below, or watch the full episode now:

How are you doing in lockdown? How have you been keeping fit?“Yeah not too bad, trying to keep a routine as much as possible in terms of getting up and doing my training in the morning. Then it’s just trying to find stuff to do in the afternoon, it’s not been too bad but it’s starting to drag on now.    “We get sent a programme every night by Benoit, so in the morning I try to get it done first thing, about 45 minutes gym, 45 minutes running, give or take. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s not too bad but I’ve just been running down to the local cricket pitch and doing it there.”   Best player you’ve played alongside?   “Either Hazard, De Bruyne, Fabregas was unreal, in fact there was a few there (Chelsea), Mata and Oscar were

ridiculous as well. Wilfred Zaha at Palace, and then obviously I was at MK Dons with Dele who has gone on to great things.”   How did your move to Leeds come about?   “It was actually quite strange. I thought I was staying at Middlesbrough. I knew that Forest had originally put a bid in as Aitor (Karanka) was there, who used to manage me, but Middlesbrough basically put a stupid figure on it, that was pretty much double what Leeds ended up paying. So that was when the first offer came in, but that didn’t really change anything for me, as it was just two clubs talking.   “Then I remember, I heard talk about Leeds being interested, which pricked my ears up. We were playing a friendly against Sunderland, and it got cancelled halfway through. I was supposed to start but Tony Pulis came over and said ‘Let’s go for a chat’. He was like ‘I’m taking you out of the starting team and you know why, don’t you?’, I said no, he replied ‘Leeds have put a bid in, we’ve accepted it’. I was like ‘Really?’   “A lot of people have stories about Tony but I couldn’t speak highly enough of him, because he was honest and said ‘Look, they’ve accepted a bid, I just want to thank you for your time and everything you’ve given.’ So that was pretty much it, once he said it was the club’s decision, my head was only on Leeds.”

What does it feel like to walk out in front of 35,000 at Elland Road?   “I was saying this to my girlfriend the other day, how much I miss just walking out and hearing the roar. I was watching a video of the fans singing before a game, and I was just thinking about that sound. Especially when it’s a big game and you can tell the crowd is up for it, that kind of sends tingles down your spine. It helps, not that a player is never up for a game, but to give you that extra push, that extra nudge, I think that atmosphere and that feeling just… it’s hard to explain unless you feel it.”   Best atmosphere you’ve experienced then?   “100%. In terms of playing at home week in, week out, then yeah, Elland Road is the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced. The only time I’ve ever felt something louder, and it normal because it was a bigger stadium, is when I played at Wembley. And that wasn’t much louder considering there was nearly 90,000 people there, so fair play to Leeds fans.”   Favourite game for Leeds?   “I think for me, maybe the Bolton game last season was quite a good one. I had come back for the first time from the knee injury, so to me that was quite special as I’d been out for ages. In terms of this year, one of the comebacks has got to be up there, like Millwall.”    Favourite goal for Leeds?    “In terms of a striker’s goal, actually one of my favourites even though it turned out to be a horrible game was at home to Wigan last season. The ball came fizzing in, it wasn’t even for me, I brought it down with my left and smashed it in with my right, that’s probably up there. And probably the Preston one from outside the box.”

EFL STATEMENT: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The EFL Board met yesterday to consider the feedback and subsequent implications of last week’s Divisional Club meetings, as the League continues to address the many complex financial and operational matters resulting out of the COVID-19 crisis, including how the 2019/20 campaign is concluded.

The various proposals and counter proposals received from Clubs have been reviewed and, as a result, the Board has finalised the draft framework that would be adopted into EFL Regulations, in the event a division is to make the decision to curtail its season as League Two indicated last Friday.

Clubs are now required to give the matter further consideration, before the Board formally proposes the appropriate Regulation changes, which will then be voted on by all Clubs.

The recommended framework is as follows:

1. Resuming the 2019/20 season with the existing format remains the most appropriate course of action from a sporting integrity perspective, but the Board accepts there are circumstances that may lead to curtailment, (as has been demonstrated with League Two) or a situation subsequently transpires whereby the season is unable to conclude.

2. This means that in the event of an early curtailment: 

  • Final divisional placings should be determined on unweighted points per game (if required).
  • Promotion and relegation should be retained.
  • Play-Offs should be played in all circumstances but should not be extended (beyond four teams). 

3. If a scenario arises whereby the Play-Offs cannot be played, the EFL Board will determine the appropriate course of action.

4. The Board considers that the majority required to curtail the 2019/20 Season in any division should be 51%. Determining whether or not to curtail the season is a decision for each division to take. 

5. The principle of relegation across all three divisions is integral to the integrity of the pyramid, from the Premier League down to the National League, provided we have assurances that the National League will start Season 2020/21 (i.e. the relegated Club in League Two has somewhere to play).

6. Any regulatory solution should be relevant and specific to the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and reach a conclusion that is clear and effective with the impact and justifications easy for all stakeholders to understand.

EFL Chair, Rick Parry, said:

“In the event a divisional decision is made to curtail the 2019/20 season, the EFL Board is recommending that the League adopts the original framework with the amendments as identified, as there is a strong desire to remain as faithful as possible to the Regulations and ensure there is consistency in the approach adopted across the EFL in all divisions.

“The Board has always acknowledged that a single solution to satisfy all Clubs would always be hard to find, but we are at the point now where strong, definitive action is need for the good of the League and its members.”