Why good times have never seemed so good for Worcestershire

Sports teams teach us lessons in life and business. A topsy-turvy season for Worcestershire CCC has ended in triumph. Chris Green offers five reasons why and how. 1 – Solid leadership Everyone needs this in all walks of life. Skipper and England all-rounder Moeen Ali led from the front with quiet, calm authority and his personal performances with bat and ball were shaped by skill, temperament and consistency. Not too…

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CGM blog: D’Oliveira won hearts and changed minds

In a delicious irony Basil D’Oliveira is being given the freedom of Worcester this week. Ironic because, aside from being an amazingly gifted sportsman, Dolly was best known for being denied freedom to play cricket in the country of his birth by seeking to represent his chosen adopted country, England. Ironic because in a week when English cricket has rightly feted former England captain Alistair Cook for bowing out with…

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CGM blog: The price of everything

Hey, it’s football transfer deadline day don’t you know. Not that Sky Sports will let you forget, mind. In fact, if you watch Sky Sports News today, you’d be hard pressed to believe there’s any other action worthy of mention in the wonderful world of sport. Forget GB swimmer Adam Peaty’s multiple record-breaking, gold-winning week in the European Championships in Glasgow. Or the happy smiling faces of dozens of British…

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CGM blog: Rebuilding the Belief Conference

So what is the conference about? Rebuilding the Belief is the title of the sequel to my book Every Boy’s Dream – England’s Football Future on the Line (A&C Black) – which caused a stir when it was published in 2009. Why? Because it lifted the lid on life inside England’s football academies. Every Boy’s Dream told heart-rending stories of boys and their families who gave their all but were…

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CGM blog: There was only one Cyrille Regis

What a send-off it was for my hero, friend and the legend that truly was Cyrille Regis. His memorial service at The Hawthorns began with a beautiful rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables by Chris Love. As his biographer, I was fortunate to gain a unique and personal insight into a man who was much more than mere footballer and someone of immense compassion and belief. God on…

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CGM blog: What’s YOUR story?

Last week I spoke at a fantastic conference attended by lovely people at the University of Salford. Understanding Abuse in Sport and Safeguarding Children was gripping and thought-provoking in equal measure. We heard first-hand accounts from two women who had been abused by their coaches – horrendously so in former Spanish Olympic gymnast Gloria Viseras’ case. Gloria was repeatedly raped as a child by her coach. By comparison, my own…

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CGM blog – How to rebuild belief in England’s football academies

Among some fairly stiff competition, the past week must rank among the grimmest in the history of English football. The tin lid which suppressed historic child abuse in England’s football academies has burst open. The ensuing months will be a tough time for all who cherish the national game. But make no mistake – this day was always coming. Although safeguarding and child protection is rightly at the heart of…

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CGM blog: Has the Premier League taken its eye off the ball?

Amid much fanfare, the Premier League has unveiled its new logo. CGM creative partner Brendan McMahon, pictured left, casts an expert eye over its lines and curves…         The most obvious factor in the Premier League’s (PL) new logo is the desire to follow the current deconstruction process favoured by other world leading brands. Vectorising brands is very much on trend to offer greater impact and visibility across all levels from…

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CGM blog: All been Saido before

Saido Berahino. Many people have had lots to say about this young man and his use of Twitter – too little has been rational, too much is ill-informed. For the uninitiated, Berahino is a talented England Under 21 striker who plays for West Brom, bagged 20 goals in all competitions last season, is on the cusp of the senior national side and was seemingly bound to join Tottenham Hotspur in…

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