A Strong September For Yorkshire Sport


A Strong September For Yorkshire Sport

Every major sporting event that rolls around comes with a discussion of what a side representing Yorkshire would look like, and with good reason. Whether it’s envisaging where Yorkshire would slide into the Olympics’ medal table or compiling a side of Yorkshire’s finest to represent England at the World Cup, the county has a pool of sporting talent that is the envy of all others. September is another exciting month for some of Yorkshire’s own, with horse-racing success in Beverley kicking off the month and promising times in football and cricket giving fans a lot to look forward to.

A Strong September For Yorkshire Sport football

Leeds marching on towards the Premier League

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United looked like a recipe for disaster. Bielsa is one of football’s leading thinkers, mentor and inspiration for the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola. Yet Bielsa is also known for his unique style of management that can invite confrontation. Leeds have a devout fan-base that has suffered turmoil off the pitch and turgid football on the pitch in recent years, and Bielsa did not seem like the antidote to that instability.

Yet it has worked perfectly thus far; the players have adapted swiftly to Bielsa’s expectations, with Leeds now looking like title contenders in the Championship. Bielsa won Manager of the Month and striker Kemar Roofe Player of the Month, and fans are eagerly awaiting to see what lies ahead in September. Bielsa’s demanding brand of football can see players burn out quicker than usual but, for now, passions are running high in Leeds.

A Strong September For Yorkshire Sport horse racing

Take Cover the horse for the course at Beverley

Take Cover won a second consecutive Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes, becoming only the second horse to perform such a feat after Chookie Heiton won the first two iterations of the race. David Allan replaced Tom Queally as jockey this year for trainer David Griffiths, who will be delighted with the relative domination that Take Cover has exerted at Beverley. Griffiths is based in Bawtry, close to Doncaster Racecourse, and will be happy with the success enjoyed in Yorkshire. This was Griffiths 18th win of 2018 and Take Cover’s first. Take Cover is clearly a horse suited for the course at Beverley.

Two more fixtures lie ahead at Beverley in September 2018, with an afternoon meet preceding the season closer on the 25th. Local fans of the sport can make the short trip to York in October for their horse-racing fill, or they can use the Betfair casino offer to deploy a free spin bonus for new customers on Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven. The game recreates the thrill of horse-racing to tide fans over until the new season. Take Cover may well hibernate until next year’s Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes.

A Strong September For Yorkshire Sport cricket

Joe Root growing as England captain

The news of Alastair Cook’s retirement from international cricket has been received with rightful appreciation of his sterling career, with the batsman and former captain a record-breaking player for England. Yet in the short-term, his absence will not be so keenly felt. This is in part because of Cook’s recent struggles as an opener, and in part because of how Joe Root has adapted to life as skipper.

Root, born in Sheffield and a representative of Yorkshire in domestic cricket, has married his natural batting flair with burgeoning leadership skills. England arrive in September as victors of the Test series against India, with the defeat of the world’s finest Test side perceived by Root as his greatest triumph as captain. Yorkshire may be struggling at the bottom of the County Championship Division One table, but Root will be hoping to become one of the county’s greatest exports in the coming years.


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