Wasps, double European champions in the days when they strode across the sunlit uplands of the professional club game, have spent the last few seasons lost in the darkness, to the extent that even their front-line players had no idea whether they would be paid at the end of a hard month’s thud and blunder.
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Saturday 25 October 2008
Thursday 25 September 2008
The last time Wasps played Bath at Adams Park, in last season's Guinness Premiership semi-final, the brilliant young outside-half Danny Cipriani wrecked his right ankle so comprehensively that grown men felt sick at the sight of the damage and experienced coaches feared England's latest potential world-beater would spend at least a year struggling to beat anything more substantial than an egg. Yet when Bath return to High Wycombe next Wednesday night, they may, miraculously, face Cipriani again.
Tuesday 16 September 2008
The reigning champions have been in "played two, lost two" territory before, most recently in 2004. Last year, when they won once in six outings at the start of the season, was not so special either. But there is something about Wasps' start to the current campaign that has people seriously worried down High Wycombe way, not least the international flanker Tom Rees, who had some strong things to say about the situation yesterday.
Monday 15 September 2008
Thousands of jobs were at risk today after the UK arm of troubled investment bank Lehman Brothers was placed into administration.
Tuesday 09 September 2008
The internet cafe where Abdulla Ahmed Ali sat down in front of a screen shortly before midday on 6 August 2006 was much like any of the hundreds of small communications shops that dot north-east London. T&I Telecom in Walthamstow offered the usual range of mobile phone top-up cards, cheap international calls and handsets alongside its row of pay-as-you-go internet terminals.
Monday 08 September 2008
The defendants modelled their suicide videos on a recording made by 7 July ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan.
Thursday 04 September 2008
Although the war in Europe was over in May 1945 the Japanese were still fighting tenaciously, defending the Malay Peninsula and Singapore. Lt Ian Fraser, commanding the midget submarine XE3, was ordered to attack the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao anchored in the Straits of Singapore. On 31 July, after a highly dangerous voyage through minefields, with great skill and courage he got his craft beneath the cruiser. Under enormous pressure, his diver James Magennis succeeded in attaching six limpet mines which detonated and sank the Takao. Both men were awarded the Victoria Cross.
Tuesday 02 September 2008
Wasps, among the most nomadic of England's professional clubs as well as the most successful, hope to be playing their rugby back inside London's city limits within a decade. "We are nowhere near fulfilling the potential of the Wasps brand," said Tony Copsey, their chief executive, yesterday, "and while we have a very good ground-share agreement with Wycombe Wanderers, it won't be long before demand outstrips supply. Our long-term vision is to play at our own stadium, and we'd like it to be in the capital."
Thursday 21 August 2008
House of Fraser has delivered a healthy uplift in sales and profits, as the changes made by its new management team bear fruit despite tough trading conditions on the high street.
Saturday 17 May 2008
It is a confusing time of year. Steve Borthwick, the new England captain, played his final game for Bath at the Recreation Ground without realising it, while Lawrence Dallaglio, one of the half-dozen most celebrated players of the professional era, does not know for sure whether he will kiss goodbye to the game he loves at High Wycombe tomorrow or at Twickenham next weekend. Leicester, meanwhile, have flummoxed themselves by qualifying for a Premiership semi-final they publicly declared to be beyond them. Contrary to expectation, not least their own, they may yet retain their title.
Saturday 10 May 2008
Oliver Greenall is assured of the men's championship as he is 14 winners clear (37 to 23) of James Tudor, but the ladies' title is developing into a close scrap between former holders Polly Gundry and Rachael Green.
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