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The New Season
Flood was born in Frimley, Surrey. Both of his grandfathers were actors. His paternal grandfather, Gerald Flood, featured in the television drama series The Ratcatchers. His maternal grandfather was German actor Albert Lieven, who appeared in The Guns of Navarone, and his maternal grandmother was English actress Susan Shaw. Flood's father, Tim, is the programme and marketing manager of the Customs House Theatre, South Shields. Flood was brought up in Morpeth, Northumberland where he attended Chantry School. He also went to the Kings School in Tynemouth. Flood graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with a degree in business management and has also undertaken a Graduate Diploma in Law, in preparation for his planned post-rugby career as a lawyer.
Steve Tolfrey - A tribute
Today we gathered to pay our respects to Steve Tolfrey, known to many on here as Barbancet. Fittingly for the man, it was not to remember a life that has passed, it was a celebration of a life that was lived. Yes he will be missed, that goes without saying as somebody who was so much involved with all things Falcons, but much more importantly he will be remembered, and that is what today was about.
Homer's Iliad 1
Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
How was it for you darling?
We have just witnessed the best season as Falcons supporters for a very long time, and it is safe to assume that we are all pretty happy bunnies and looking forward to next season. That should put us in a jolly good mood, just the right frame of mind for looking back & jotting down what could have been better.
The greatest club in the world
As a Falcons fan of 22 years, I’ve seen some fantastic wins.
To cap it all
In an article in The Rugby Paper this week it was mentioned that we have the second lowest spend on players in the league, yet here we are in the top end of the table, mixing it with the big boys. So is it all about money after all?
Sportnetwork had a cull this morning, of all sites that hadn’t updated a story for the last 2 weeks or so. I feel a bit hard done by as there was no leeway at all given this time, no gentle reminder, just zap, and it was gone. 14 days, 12 hours, get lost.
Deano stay or Deano go?
If ever a silence could be described as deafening then surely this is it. Nearing the end of the best season that Newcastle Falcons have had in two decades, still we don’t know if the pivotal character in this drama will be with us next season.
Head injury assessment adopted into law
World Rugby has adopted temporary substitution for head injuries at the elite level into Law 3.10, further underscoring the governing body’s commitment to evidence-based research driving player welfare enhancements for players at all levels of the sport. World Rugby's number-one priority is player welfare and any clear signs or symptoms of concussion or suspected concussion - at all levels of the game - must result in the immediate and permanent removal of players from the playing or training environment as highlighted within the organisation's #RecogniseAndRemove education campaign.
The top 4 run-in
With six games to go in the Premiership this season, the Falcons have made it into the top four. The next question is, can we stay there?