Introduction to the blog...

Hi, my name's Toby Wildgoose. I'm a 19 year old boy who's obsessed by sport, so much so that I am looking to become a sports journalist/media officer in later life.

I've set up this blog not only so that I can improve and refine my writing skills, but also to provide a platform for potential employers to view my work.

I have already developed a small portfolio of my work, with my experience in the industry including: written match reports for junior football teams, published work at numerous EFL clubs in a variety of formats, and work experience placements at Chesterfield FC and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust - to see my full portfolio click here: http://goo.gl/VWws3H.

I hope to post as often as possible on this blog about anything that is sport related. Please find the time to read any of my posts.

Any comments or suggestions on how I can improve the blog would be greatly appreciated, and I would also be happy to receive any other suggestions for work experience. Please comment on here, email me (tobywildgoose@gmail.com), or even tweet me (@TobyWildgoose). Thanks!

Start Date: 11/12/12

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Daily Question #37 - 06/03/13

Today's Question: Can you tell me which English stadium this is and which club plays there?

Clue: The club is located in Derbyshire. 

I can also confirm that the answer to yesterday's question was twenty-two goals. Congratulations to Adam Bratley who answered the question correctly over Twitter! 

Gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot valued at £3.5m'

A pure gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot has been unveiled in Tokyo at a value of £3.5m' ($5.3). The Barcelona star's left foot was cast in Spain at the end of 2012 after his fourth consecutive world player of the year award. The cast was then taken back to Japan for the creation of the golden masterpiece. The model foot weighs 25kg and is ten inches tall.

Japanese jeweller Ginza Tanaka claims to have made the golden foot in order to celebrate Messi's achievements for the year of 2012 and some of the funds generated will go to the Leo Messi Foundation. The organisation aims to help children at risk around the world.

The golden cast will now go on sale tomorrow.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Daily Question #36 - 05/03/13

Today's Question: Can you tell me how many senior international goals Peter Crouch has scored for England?

I can also confirm that the answer to yesterday's question was indeed Cesc Fabregas, the clues being that he now plays for Barcelona and the number 4 on his shorts. Congratulations to hazzer97 who answered the
question correctly!

Monday, 4 March 2013

Daily Question #35 - 04/03/13

Today's Question: Can you tell me which ex-Arsenal player is pictured below?

Clue: Now plays for Barcelona!

I can also confirm that the answer to yesterday's question was indeed France. As always, congratulations to hazzer97 for answering the question correctly!

York City announce Nigel Worthington as new manager

York City have today announced that former Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington will become the club's next manager after sacking Gary Mills just two days ago.

He arrives with the club sat in 18th place in the League Two table and just four points above the relegation zone.

The 51-year-old has plenty of managerial experience in football, most notably with Norwich City who he led to the Premier League during his six years in charge. Worthington most recently managed his home nation  Northern Ireland before leaving the hotspot in October 2011, after a poor Euro 2012 Qualifying campaign.

Worthington's first managerial position was as player-manager with Blackpool in 1997 however, he soon stepped down from the position after a poor run of form in late 1999. His new position at York City will be his first managerial placement since 2011 when he stepped down from the Northern Ireland job.

The club statement claimed that Worthington's appointment was "based on his Football League experience, strong coaching ability and extensive knowledge of players throughout the leagues".

The club then stated: "He is also an excellent coach and we believe he's the right person to take us forward."

Worthington will be in charge by the time York travel to London to face AFC Wimbledon this Saturday.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Daily Question #34 - 03/03/13

Today's Question: Another easy one. Can you tell me who won the 1998 FIFA World Cup?

Clue: The winners also hosted the tournament.

I can also confirm that the answer to yesterday's question was Russia. The question was answered correctly by Adam Bratley, James Wildgoose, Max Stott, hazzer97 and an anonymous user - well done!

Gary Mills sacked by York City

York City have sacked manager Gary Mills after Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to League Cup finalists Bradford City. The news comes with the Minstermen sat in 18th place and just four points off the relegation zone. York have now failed to pick up a win in any of their last eleven games.

The 51-year-old Mills, led York to victory in last season's Conference Premier play-off final and into the Football League for the first time since 2004. However, the York City board of directors have now taken action in order to secure the Minstermen's league status for next season.

A statement from the club read: "It is with regret that the York City board of directors has terminated the contract of manager Gary Mills with immediate effect."

The statement then continued: "The recent playing form, which has resulted in the team achieving only six points out of a possible 33, has led the board to this extremely difficult decision. The absolute priority is to safeguard the club's Football League status and an improvement in results is essential due to our current league position."

The club are now looking to appoint a new manager within the next week.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Daily Question #33 - 02/03/13

Today's Question: Can you tell me which country will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

Clue: The country is in Europe.

I can also confirm that the answer to yesterday's question was indeed Jonathan Greening. Congratulations to hazzer97 who answered the question correctly.

Puncheon extends Southampton stay

Jason Puncheon has signed a new three-year contract with Southampton FC to keep him at the St Mary's Stadium until the summer of 2016. The 26-year-old signed the contract with the South Coast side as his current deal would have expired in the summer, leaving him available to leave on a free transfer.

The winger has been a hugely important entity to the Saints' side this season making 26 appearances and scoring a total of six goals. Puncheon signed for the club in January 2010 from Plymouth Argyle and would be later named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

Puncheon commented on the matter saying: "It feels amazing. It's obviously been a worry because my contract was up at the end of the season, so it was important for me to get tied down."

He then continued to say: "We got to the Premier League in three years, and now the club has a vision of playing European football - and we want to get there as soon as possible."

Puncheon will be available for selection when bottom-of-the-table QPR visit St Mary's Stadium tomorrow.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Daily Question #32 - 01/03/13

Today's Question: Can you tell me who is pictured in the image below?

Clue: The player's initials are 'J and G'.

I can also confirm that answer to yesterday's question was indeed Robin van Persie with nineteen Premier League goals so far this season. Congratulations to hazzer97 who answered the question correctly!