United Is On First Place Since Chelsea Restrained City

After its fifth draw in the season, Manchester City had to give away the 1st position of the table to their nemesis, Manchester United, which defeated the unfortunate QPR.

Two weekends ago, after the blasting 5-0 result Manchester City let fall on Aston Villa, the reigning king climbed to the first position of the standings after five weeks alternating between the 2nd and 3rd place. City was back on the throne for the first time in the season. However after their meeting on Sunday with the European Champion, Chelsea, the Citizens couldn’t keep the leading seat, for Manchester United, which was stalking them a point behind, beat the Queens Park Rangers the day before.

On Saturday the Rangers travelled north to face the Red Devils at the Old Trafford, where as expected the hosts win, and not so much that they had to bear a goal from the visitors. At 51 minutes of the match, QPR opened the scoreboard with a close range shot from Jamie Mackie, not too elaborated, still as exciting for the Londoners as if it would’ve, for it raised hopes of a first triumph for the club. Because until now the Rangers have only reach 4 ties and suffered 9 fatal defeats, which have put them on the bottom of the table, in urgent need of a miracle to leave the relegation zone.

Unfortunately for Harry Redknapp’s side, the Red Devils didn’t stay too long in disadvantage and really soon riddled Julio Cesar’s goal, exactly three scores within 4-minutes-intervals. The first one arrived at 64′ through a corner from Rooney that got headed by Danny Welbeck into Jonny Evans way, who scored his third goal in the season. Darren Fletcher goals’ drought finished at 68′, when again resulting from a corner from Rooney Fletcher caught the ball from afar and with a left kick sent the ball into the Hoop’s goal. The final bullet came through a shot from the Mexican Javier Hernandez at 72′. Subsequent to the 3-1, both clubs had some nice shots to score, but none could convert them.

With the 3 points earned on Saturday by United, Barclays had a new leader and the Sky Blues knew they had to win their 13th round fixture on the next day in order to recover the first spot; nonetheless the rival awaiting was a tougher one than United’s.

Inverse to his Manchester neighbour, City went south to London to face the Pensioners at Stamford Bridge, and as expected was quite challenging for both clubs. For Rafael Benitez, Chelsea’s brand new coach, it was an influential encounter, for it was his very first game since he got signed as interim manager of the Blues, in replacement of Roberto di Matteo. Because of the dislikes from many local supporters it was especially important for the Spaniard to make a good job on this first match at home.

Things started up relatively balanced and through all the game both sides kept it that way: in constant search for a goal and good defence. City had some good chances to score during the first-half; with opportunities from Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner. But with help mostly from Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta, Petr Cech was able to protect the Blues goal. The most obvious chance to untied was lost by Sergio Aguero, a few minutes before half time, when from close range and totally alone in the area, the Argentinean sent the ball straight to Cech.

In second half the hosts got more active and started to create more opportunities to score, among the players attacking Joe Hart’ goal were Juan Mata, Emboaba Oscar and Matija Nastasic. But the Citizens’ defence was alert and didn’t allow itself a single mistake. In the end it was more of a sober match, because even though both teams did great in defence, the highlights didn’t really count with surprising moves or plays honestly the match deserved the 0-0 final score.

Now the Citizens, which continue undefeated, are in second place with 29 points, following the Red Devils just one point behind. City’s next chance to climb back to the top might arrive the coming Wednesday 28th, when the two clubs from Manchester will have the 14th fixture. While United will held its 7th home game, this time against West Ham (8th), City will go west to visit Wigan (15th).

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The Importance of Lunch at a Conference Venue

Liverpool is a great place for shopping but also one favorite by businesses looking for a suitable location in which to have a meeting. Many of the conference venues in Liverpool are in the city center and this means they have great locality to restaurants so that your delegates can have lunch. However, a good tip is to arrange catering within the venue itself so your delegates don't have to leave and you don't run the risk of the meeting over-running due to latecomers returning from the restaurant after lunch! It might sound trivial, but making eating arrangements in preparation for a conference is one of the most important things you can do. The reason for this is simple; people enjoy their food.

Think for a moment, if you will, about being in a conference venue, Liverpool. You have been there for a number of hours and the clock is ticking. The hunger pangs are setting in. Of course you want to be able to take note of the very important conference meeting taking place but your mind is gradually wandering and you start thinking about when lunchtime is going to arrive. That's why it is so vitally important that you plan lunch for your delegates at the conference venue. Liverpool has a great selection of restaurants nearby, but why not ask the venue to organize the catering? Many will gladly oblige.

Make Your Meeting Productive

Many conference event organizers forget to make suitable lunch arrangements and this can leave a bad taste in people's mouths. Those that have traveled from far and wide to Liverpool don't expect to be sat in a conference all day; they want to eat. It's only natural. Of course, one of the benefits of providing a satisfying lunch for your delegates is that they are far more likely to concentrate after they have eaten because they are content and much more settled than in the morning. Conference meetings should be productive and one of the best ways to do this is to ensure you plan a good lunch for your guests.

Take The Pressure Off

Some conference venues in Liverpool have in-house catering and if you want to take the weight off your shoulders a bit, it may be worthwhile discussing lunch arrangements with the venue itself. There are a great number of grand conference venues that offer a wide variety of catering facilities, making it an ideal place to organize a large meeting. Plus, by having the venue itself take care of the catering, this leaves more time for you to plan all the other important elements that make up a successful Liverpool conference. Some venues have the added benefit of being fully licensed, so delegates can enjoy a glass of wine after the stressful, all day meeting. Of course, most conferences on the larger scale tend to run over a number of days, so a fully licensed bar within the venue can be a real asset. Do an online search for Liverpool conference venues that offer this facility.

Use The Time Wisely

If you would rather opt for a meeting room that doesn't have the temptation of alcohol downstairs, there are some smaller venues in Liverpool that might be more suitable, particularly for those that are just having a conference that takes place on only one day. It may also be the case that you ask your delegates to bring a packed lunch with them so that a long lunch break that involves people scurrying off to find restaurants nearby doesn't eat into the valuable meeting time.

Planning a meeting at any conference venue can be a stressful task. However, planning the little extras such as eating arrangements is crucial if you are to have contented, satisfied delegates that are willing to give you their full attention. There's nothing worse than sitting in a meeting and feeling hungry!

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The Oldest International Stadium in Football – The Racecourse Ground

The Racecourse Ground: Wrexham

The Racecourse ground situated in Wrexham, North East Wales is the oldest International Football Stadium in the World and has been the venue for some of British Football’s most historic memories. The following article details the fascinating history of the stadium.

The Racecourse Ground («Y Cae Ras» in Welsh language) is the long term home of Wrexham Football Club who currently ply their trade in the Blue Square Premier league, the Racecourse is the largest stadium in this league with a capacity of 15,000, however this is currently reduced to 10,500 due to the kop stand being closed awaiting renovation to take the ground to being an all seater venue. In early 2010 Super League (Rugby League) side The Crusaders relocated to Wrexham and now use The Racecourse Ground as their home base.

In the 1800’s the Ground was owned by Wrexham Cricket Club and was a venue for Cricket and Horse Racing (hence the grounds name). In 1872 Wrexham Football Club was born and thus the ground became a football stadium. In those days however it was less of a «stadium» due to the lack of facilities. The first stand to be built was the kop terracing in the 1950’s whch is the oldest remaining part of the gound. The current away supporters stand (Eric Roberts Builders Stand) was built in 1978 following Wrexham’s most successful period on the pitch. By this time floodlights had already long been installed. In 1999 the ground was brought to it’s current standards with the completion of a 3500 capacity, modern designed stand including restaurant and bar facilities. The current capacity of 15000 is dwarfed by the record recorded attendance of amlost 35,000 people to witness an FA Cup tie against Manchester United in the 1950’s

The Racecourse Ground’s most distinguishing fact is that it is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest International Football Stadium in current use. Over the years it has hosted many Wales International matches meaning the roll call of world greats to have graced the Racecourse changing rooms is long and distinguished. The Raceourse ground was the venue when Wales beat England 4-1 in the then Home Nations Tournament, a game still oft referred to and featured on television programmes. Similarly the Racecourse ground is featured annually on the weekend of the FA Cup third round having been the venue for the greatest FA Cup giant killing of all time when Wrexham beat current league champions Arsenal 2-1 in 1990.

The ground is no stranger to club level European football either, Wrexham enjoyed many ventures in the European Cup Winners cup and in recent years Welsh sides Bangor City and Total Network Solutions have used the venue for their European ties.

The Racecourse ground is also a favourite rugby venture. Currently the home of Rugby league team «The Crusaders» it has also been used by Rugby Union region «The Scarlets» as well as playing host to World Cup Rugby League and International Rugby Union matches.

The future of the Racecourse ground is that Wrexham Football Clubs owners plan to redevelop land behind the top end of the ground into student accommodation whilst rebuilding the kop stand into a multi purpose stand. The future may be different from the past but it is certain that the history and memories of the ground will live forever.

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