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Date:- 19 March 2007

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RESEARCH undertaken by local Motor Racing enthusiasts has revealed that commitments made by Aintree Racecourse Company Limited to reinstate the famous Tatts Corner section of the historic Aintree Grand Prix circuit are worthless.

Despite significant opposition from the Motor Racing community, Aintree Racecourse Company Limited deliberately went ahead with the construction of two new grandstands which intrude onto the famous Tatts Corner section of the circuit.

The Liverpool circuit played host to the British Grand Prix in the 1950s and 1960s and is still used
for Club-level motor sport activities to this day. However, the historic Grand Prix circuit, on which
such famous drivers as Sir Stirling Moss, Juan-Manuel Fangio and Jim Clark often raced, has effectively been placed beyond use for demonstration events such as the Aintree Festival of Motorsport by the construction of the grandstands and the erection of various fences, gates and steps adjacent to and across what remains of the now narrowed circuit.

Charles Barnett, the outgoing Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse Company Limited, had previously given written assurances that such demonstration events would still be possible and that Aintree Racecourse Company Limited intended to compensate for the loss of the track by realigning the inside line of the course (circuit) by an equivalent amount (to the incursion) in correspondence with Peter Kilfoyle M.P. (Liverpool Walton) and Andy Wallis, Planning and Economic Regeneration Director, Sefton Council.

Merseyside-based Motor Racing enthusiasts have, with the assistance of Peter Kilfoyle MP, since sought a meeting with representatives of Aintree Racecourse Company Limited to discuss the realignment of Tatts Corner. The Managing Director then wrote to Peter Kilfoyle M.P. on the 20th June, 2006 and stated that:- “I cannot see any benefit in discussing the reinstatement of the Motor Circuit where the Grandstand is being built. While construction work is in progress, it is difficult to get a good idea of the final layout, so it may be more appropriate to re-look at the site when construction is nearing completion." However, Aintree Racecourse Company Limited made no attempt to initiate such a meeting before the ancillary works referred to above were completed either through Peter Kilfoyle MP or otherwise.

The Motor Racing enthusiasts concerned believe that the commercial viability of Aintree Racecourse
would be enhanced by the use of the Aintree Grand Prix circuit for Car Manufacturers’ Launches, Dealer Days and Track Days but proposals for such events have, in the past, been met with apathy by Aintree Racecourse Company Limited.

2007 marks fifty years since British drivers Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks won the Grand Prix
d’Europe at Aintree in their British-built Vanwall but, instead of celebrating this famous event, Aintree Racecourse Company Limited has chosen to mark the occasion by finally putting the Grand Prix circuit beyond use.

A spokesman for the Motor Racing enthusiasts concerned said:- “We are saddened by the impact that these new grandstands have had on a famous and important Motor Racing venue, the heritage of which seems to have been deliberately ignored. There is still a place for the Aintree Grand Prix circuit in today’s world. We believe that the circuit should be used to increase Aintree Racecourse’s revenue and significantly benefit the Merseyside economy.

We therefore urge Aintree Racecourse Company Limited to honour the commitments previously given by the Managing Director to both Peter Kilfoyle M.P. and Sefton Council and, after due consultation with all the interested parties, to realign Tatts Corner so that the circuit can still be used for demonstration events.

We believe that Aintree Racecourse Company Limited should be celebrating, not erasing, the venue’s Motor Racing heritage and hope that the new Managing Director realises the commercial potential of that Motor Racing heritage.”

Jimmy Corkhill Stands As Councillor!

SPEKE born director and actor Dean Sullivan, fondly remembered as Jimmy Corkhill in C4 Brookside, is to stand as Councillor for the ward of Speke Garston in the forthcoming May 2007 elections.

Dean, who about to start filming a new comedy sit-com series, and has been working relentlessly to promote employment for local people (with his initiative Employ 2008) says:- "The City of Liverpool is approaching a period of time that is going to leave a lasting legacy. This is our opportunity to showcase to the world all the good things about the City. I want to be able to contribute to this by representing the area in which I have grown up.

Employ 2008 an initiative I created in January 2006 to promote sustained employment for local people in the run up to Capital of Culture. Local commerce have been extremely supportive and as a result over 400 'extra' jobs have been created.

With over £500 million pounds available to local commerce to help with training and development and to assist with recruitment, it is vital that local business leaders are able to access this practical and financial assistance to help their sustainability."

Radio 1’s Chris Moyles models his Red Nose with the John Lennon Statue at JLA

CHRIS Moyles and the Radio 1 Breakfast Show are last week where touring the UK with The Chris Moyles Rallyoke - a Red Nose Rally Karaoke tour in aid of Comic Relief. Chris and the crew travelled from Liverpool John Lennon Airport this on 12 March 2007 to Belfast with easyJet and chose to promote Red Nose Day by using the famous John Lennon statue at the Airport to model a red nose!

Peter Brown Craven Minor League - Match Reports - Week Ending 11 March 2007

Under13 Liverpool County Tesco Cup semi-final
West Tower 1 Thornton Boys 2

THE two Craven Minor League teams met in a colossal semi-final of the County Cup, and both did the league proud in what was probably as tough a game as either will face all season. Both teams possessed great passing players, but also had players prepared to throw their bodies on the line when the going got tough. It was a credit to them all that there were no bad tackles, and that it was played in such good spirit, despite the intensity and passion of the game.

West Tower set the early pace, dominating possession and spending a lot of time in their opponents half, but as half time approached, Thornton Boys gradually took control and looked the stronger team at the interval, though the score remained 0-0. West Tower regained the initiative after the re-start, and the Thornton goalkeeper was forced to make a couple of great saves to keep his side from falling behind. With three quarters of the game gone, West Tower keeper Conner Monaghan had not had a shot to save, but with 15 minutes to go, a mix up in the West Tower defence let in a Thornton forward to fire in a shot which looped over the keepers head and into the net. West Tower were now forced to go onto all out attack, and once again the Thornton keeper pulled off a great save to deny them, and it looked as though the game would end 1-0. Finally however, with less than a minute to go, Bradley Sherwood found himself free in the Thornton box, and he fired in a low shot which even the excellent keeper couldn't save. The game finished 1-1 at full time.

Extra time followed a similar pattern to the rest of the game, with the action swinging from one end to the other, but few clear cut openings, until right on half time, some slick passing in midfield led to a ball being played through to a Thornton forward who rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the net. Try as they might, West Tower could not force a second equaliser, and the game, which would have graced the final, ended 2-1. Man of the Match was Will Shields of West Tower, for his great determination and excellent passing.

Well done to both teams, and good luck to Thornton in the final!

Under 11
Town Green 6 Birkdale 3

THIS was never going to be an easy game for Town Green, and at a windswept Edge Hill it proved so. Birkdale started strongly and put pressure on the Town Green defense from the start but a fine marshalling display by Luke Dwyer kept Birkdale at bay. The first goal came from a Charlie Stoker ball though the Birkdale defense that enabled Alex Muirhead to latch onto and steer the ball around the keeper. This seemed to give Town Green the impetuous that they needed and following a John Cain corner, James Halpin nicked the ball in at the near post. Cruising towards half time Town Green were caught out by a fine pass and shot combination from Birkdale. 2 -1 Half time.

Town Green started the second half much more strongly than the first and fine efforts from John Cain and Conor McLean early in the half all but sealed the final outcome. Town Green seemed to settle a bit and started to play better football which was rewarded with another couple of goals from Muirhead and Cain respectively. Guilty of taking the foot off the gas slightly Town allowed Birkdale back into it with two sloppy goals. One from a corner that was obviously handled by the Birkdale striker and another goal line melee that the defense could just not get rid of.

All in all a competent display by Town Green which showed a fine team performance rewarded with another three points towards the title.

Under 10
Birkdale A 2 Kingsford 1

THE Capio Renacres Hospital sponsored site Birkdale United A took on Kingsford, a team one place behind them in the league. The game started at an even pace both teams pressing forward and Harrison's shot just shaving the post denied Birkdale the breakthrough. Kingsford charged forward forcing a good save from Griffiths and some active defending from Bolton and Gaskell. The breakthrough came from a goal by Young for Birkdale after 15 minutes of play, but Kingsford responded well and forced another save from Griffiths. Birkdale's Fletcher and Rawsthorne drove the ball forward from midfield and Young's shot was caught well by the Kingsford keeper. Gaskell's shot just over the bar was the last kick before half time.

The second half saw Aindow in goal and the appearance of Platts and Williams for Birkdale. Birkdale pressured Kingsford from the off and Rawsthorne's shot hit the post. But the hard work from
Kingsford payed off as they scored an equaliser, but Birkdale were relentless and Rawsthorne's diligent play reaped its rewards when he scored the winner. Birkdale were on top for the remainder of the game and the Kingsford keeper prevented the score from being higher.

This was a good even match played in good spirit and enjoyed by all players.

Player of the match for Birkdale United A : G. Rawsthorne
Rainford 1 Southport 2

SOUTHPORT have come towards the end of the season and have been in outstanding form lately with James Smith up front their main threat, today was no exception as every move involved the twenty goal hitman. Rainford were on the back foot for most of the early stages and Ryan Patel went close for SFCJ in the early minutes only to be stopped by a superb save by the Rainford keeper, Robson Baldwin commanded the left side for Southport and a cross into the box lead to panic in the Rainford defence only for Smith to shoot narrowly wide from a tight angle. Rainford pushed forward and from a throw in a neat one two on the edge of the box found the Rainford forward who hit a terrific shot wide of Callum Jones and into the net. This pushed SFCJ on and the determination to get back on terms led to a superb move involving Sam Johnson and Anthony Brown and Owen Drummond who crossed the ball into the box to find Smith to fire a shot straight at the keeper only for the rebound to fall to Smith who rammed a shot into the empty net.

Rainford had it all to do to keep Southport out as they had the slope and wind at their backs Jack Bainbridge and Oliver Cunningham kept it tight at the back and Rainford did well to stop SFCJ taking the lead when Oliver Cunningham hit the post from a fantastic corner from Anthony Brown, SFCJ pushed forward again and a shot from Owen Drummond flashed over the bar. Rainford battled back but a ball into their box fell to James Smith who calmly lofted a left foot shot into the far side of the net. Rainford hit back straight away and forced two fine saves from SFCJ keeper Callum Jones. A free kick on the edge of the box given in the final minute to Rainford saw a great free kick destined for the bottom corner of the net only to be kicked off the line by Southport Captain Oliver Cunningham to earn his team a much deserved win.

The game was played in a very sporting manner and good luck to Rainford in their remaining games. Man of Match was James Smith.

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