Archive for July, 2012


For a change, I am not whingeing  on my blog . I am making you aware of a few sports personalities who represent my home town of Chorley.


English: Bradley Wiggins (GBR) at stage 17 of ...

English: Bradley Wiggins (GBR) at stage 17 of the 2009 Tour de France on the Col de la Colombière. Nederlands: Bradley Wiggins (GBR) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope all you Brits are rooting for Chorley man Bradley Wiggins to win ‘Le Tour de France.

I think he will be the first ‘Brit’ since Stephen Roche in the 80’s to win the Tour. 1984 I think (don’t quote me tho’). I am following the tour on ITV 4.  I am always amazed at how the cyclists can endure 4 hours plus of physical torture every day just to get over the finishing line.


Gary Flitcroft (ex Pro footballer with Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers) is now Manager of Chorley F.C. ‘Magpies’ in the Evo-Stik Premier League. Another ex Blackburn Rovers player is Matt Jansen 

English: Matt Jansen playing for Wrexham

English: Matt Jansen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

who in partnership with Gary is player coach at Chorley.

Under their guidance I am confident that with the right all round  support, including the superb fan base, which averages 1000 per home game, they will gain automatic  promotion to the ‘Conference Division‘ this coming season, which they narrowly missed out  on via the playoffs last season.


Geography and P.E teacher Stuart Stokes at Holy Cross High School, Chorley is representing us in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the Olympic games. He is the only Olympian in the squad ‘to my knowledge’ to have a full time job as well as having had to train and then gain a qualifying time, which he did in Brussels and then again in Spain within 10 days of each other. How many of us ‘mere mortals’ could be training at 4.30 each morning, 7 days per week and then do a full days work afterwards? Good luck to Stuart.


Phil Nicholson is another Chorley sports personality ‘based in Adlington‘ who is very well known on Sky Sports TV and the Professional Darts Circuit. He missed out on playing in the forthcoming Darts Premier League by a very narrow margin, but is a force to be reckoned with.

I am still a reluctant Blackburn Rovers fan, but my match days will now be spent at  Victory Park, Chorley F.C.

That’s it for now, so as usual, take care and stay healthy

‘Old Git’ Jimbo





Hi Guys.

I have to thank my Business partner Chrissie  for being my guest blogger.

As people we are all very similar.

I always say  I won’t hide behind a mask or name.

I write my blogs and am sometimes, no, I am always critical, but at least people know my views.

They’re not always correct but they are my opinions,

I wonder why I have been offered to write a contribution for the daily newspapers. I haven’t turned them down but, they would probably pull my reins in.

Watch this space.

I do keep track of who reads my blogs and where they are. So far I have readers from over 35 Countries.

We are a very LAZY country! I remember being in Spain with my brother and he said “why should we learn their language when they can speak ours?” which I totally disagree with.

Chrissie has BARED HER SOUL  to inform you of the perils of ALCOHOLISM and the knock on effect it can have. I personally did not know what she was going to write about.

We are not just producers of sports and workwear, we say it as it is. Why can’t BANKERS/POLITICIANS do the same.

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I believe in speaking my mind, regardless of the people or subject.

I don’t hide behind a mask. That is my Fizzog that you can see, so what you see and also read is what you get.

I believe in being contentious because it’s likely to invite a reaction/response.

Rarely do the guilty parties respond. Although when you think about it, their lack of response is sometimes considered as an admission of fault/guilt.

I’ve previously slagged off Pro footballers, Managers and TV pundits (ex footballers) for complaining that 2 games in a week is too much for them.

That is why I’m highlighting the void in physical fitness between the sports of tennis, pro-cycling and football. In fact it’s a chasm in my view.

I watch several sports and I am amazed at the athleticism and supreme fitness levels of some of the sports people, in particular tennis and pro-cyclists.

Footballers do not even come close in those categories.

Once again the sports of tennis and pro-cycling put football to shame when it comes down to  FITNESS.

I’ve been watching Wimbledon for the last week plus, and also the ‘Tour de France‘ for their first week.

During another rain interval at Wimbledon I heard BBC‘s commentator Andrew Castle say that tennis players trained for the expectancy of playing for 4 hours plus and that footballers trained for a 90 minute period and that the reason footballers suffered from cramp was because that was the only time limit they knew. What about being prepared for EXTRA TIME in some matches?

I say to the fitness trainers, earn your money and get them playing tennis or cycling to build up their lack of staying power, instead of golf.

As an amature I played 3 games in a weekend and also worked 12 hour shifts driving in between the football and was never, ever substituted.

At Wimbledon the quarter finals begin on Wednesday and the competition really HOTS UP. Watch the time duration and physical effort that the players put in on court.

Tennis players Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the Australian tennis open  earlier this year showed their superb and outstanding physical and mental fitness, but also their iron will and never-say-die spirit.

Murray and Nadal played out a thrilling Semi- Final match which lasted 4 hours-45 minutes. That is the equivalent of playing 3 football matches.

The Nadal v Djokovic Final lasted a mindblowing 5 hours and 50 minutes which is the equivalent of 10 minutes short of 4 football matches so Nadal effectively played 7 football matches in 3 days.

I can see a similar scenario at Wimbledon.

For the last few days the cyclists have been riding in the saddle on average for almost 5 hours in each stage and the ‘Tour de France’ last for 3 weeks.

In all honesty can you see a footballer producing that kind of sustained staying power?

Once again this is ‘Old Git’ Jimbo saying take care and stay healthy.

Blackburn Relegated and I told you weeks before.

Established in 1875 and Co-Founders of the football league.

Until Venky’s leave my club ’ROVERS‘ I am joining my home town ‘CHORLEY‘ with ex BLACKBURN players, Manager GARY FLITCROFT and coach MATT JANSEN in THEIR PUSH for PROMOTION. They will do it.


As a footnote and as a ‘Brit‘ come on CHORLEY’S BRADLEY WIGGINS  for the ‘YELLOW JERSEY’ and MARK CAVENDISH for the sprinters ‘GREEN JERSEY’ in the ‘TOUR DE FRANCE’.



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