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Summer Awakening – Test Cricket Returns

Cricket, in its highest and most glorious format - test cricket - will soon be returning. For many, including myself, cricket is far more than just a recreational past-time. It is the very essence of summer. Summer as a child would not have been the same without the hours spent running fine-leg to fine-leg in 30-degree heat. While certainly...

Doubters to Believers – Klopp’s Transformation of Liverpool

"I am the normal one", said a beaming Jurgen Klopp in his inaugural press conference as the Liverpool manager in, remarkably, October 2015. At the time, one of the biggest clubs in England sat 10th in the Premier League table and had just parted ways with Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool had won just three of their first eight (none of...

Can Rangers stop Celtic’s 10-in-a-row ambitions?

As the Scottish Premiership season was officially ended last month and Celtic crowned champions for the ninth season in a row (a feat only achieved once before in the clubs’ history) cries of "tainted titles" rang out across Glasgow. Parts of the Rangers support are still refusing to recognise a title they were convinced was still being contested -...

The Last Dance Review

In recent years, obsessions with documentaries have been on the rise. Predominantly, these documentaries revolve around true crime stories as Netflix continues to plunge much of its funding into producing these. Indeed, I imagine many of us passed a few hours of lockdown watching the extraordinary world of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin in Tiger King and, only a...

Sunderland ‘Til I Die – Season Two Review

Sports fans have had to adapt to get their fix over the past three months. Rewatching the 2005 Ashes, or dabbling in viewing the Korean (or Belorussian for that matter) football league come to mind as short term solutions. The return of the Bundesliga shows that there is light at the end of the sports tunnel. Yet sport is...

Should we be supporting our university teams more?

Early on during my illustrious career as a Saint Sports writer, while still naïve in the world of university sport, I was tasked with reporting on a 1’s XI Hockey match. With my experience of hockey limited to my trials and tribulations on the Year Nine B-Team, I felt rather unprepared for such a lofty task. Nevertheless, I refreshed...

Return of the Bundesliga – what to expect from Europe’s 1st returning league.

Before all this, say to any football fan that, “it’s only a game” and you would likely have been met with a face of anger, grief and all-round disappointment. In the past couple of months though, that statement could never have felt more relevant. Or, at least, the football itself is of little importance in these ever-changing times. The...

St Andrews Links Trust Loses Legal Battle

The senior management of the Old Course of St Andrews have recently lost a legal battle over trademarking rights. They wanted the rights to the town’s name as a means of securing their own brand and to prevent other companies from around the globe from using it in the promotion of their own products.  Despite already owning the rights to...

Triumph for St Andrews Pool Society

It’s not often that we get the chance to report on some of the lesser known sports societies. I find this somewhat surprising given the small nature of the university anyway. All that aside, the women’s 1stof the St Andrews Pool and Cue Society have provided me with a quality exception to the rule. It is a sport that I...

Men’s 1s triumph in St Andrews derby

It’s often a competitive and feisty encounter when two teams from the same university must play each other. On Tuesday this was no different for the men's 1st vs Mens 2nd team football match, the stakes were just a little bit higher than your average BUCS game. This was the semi-final of the BUCS Conference Cup. It was also...