Tributes paid to David Simpson

Friday, September 18, 2020

Tributes have been paid to former Dagenham & Redbridge club photographer and press secretary David Simpson, who has passed away aged 53.

Steve Brant has been a member at Gidea Park & Romford since 1984 and admits the club is very special to him.

West Ham United boss David Moyes said his side are in ‘a good place’ as they prepare to welcome fellow Premier League strugglers Watford to London Stadium on Friday (8pm).

Hornchurch got the better of Shenfield in a 2nd XI fixture at Harrow Lodge Park as the 2020 recreational cricket season got underway on Saturday.

Havering’s women had to settle for the runners-up spot in the virtual Essex 6 & 12 Stage Relay over the weekend.

The Shepherd Neame Essex League have confirmed a nine-week season will begin on Saturday July 18.

Upminster Cricket Club have confirmed the return of their inter-club 20-over competition next weekend.

Hornchurch driver Bobby Thompson and the GKR team ended its testing for the KwikFit British Touring Car Championship season with a productive two days at Snetterton.

Four junior golfers completed 72 holes in one day at Upminster Golf Club recently.

After a wait of more than six months, Great Britain’s men’s and women’s teams will return to playing international fixtures in October.

Barking Football Club have announced they are to partner with the Jack Leslie Campaign to raise funds.

As a journalist I was fortunate to cover the London 2012 Olympic Games in a working capacity during a never-to-be-forgotten 19-day period eight years ago.

Shaz Rehman joined Hornchurch Athletic in 1977 and has made lifelong friendships at Hylands Park – and he hopes his three children will do the same.

Following a £7million investment towards preparing the country’s football pitches, the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, are making a further £2.19million available through their Football Foundation to help clubs return to football.

Upminster Hockey Club are three weeks into their Summer League Challenge and have clocked up well over 20,000km.

Romford Junior Raiders head coach Ben Pitchley has said he is delighted to see Ewan Hill get a move to the United States Premier Hockey League.

Harold Hill’s Bosworth Juniors football team faces the camera during the 1955 academic year in this image sent in by reader Roy Lincoln.

Harold Wood Running Club members took on contrasting challenges at the weekend.

London’s gymnastics community is set to receive support from British Gymnastics, with the governing body announcing a number of significant measures to support delivery providers, participants and the wider community to return to the sport safely and with confidence.

The Essex’s Girls Regional Talent Club (RTC) has given an update about plans to prepare for the new campaign, confirming that existing players within the programme will be invited back to participate when football resumes for the 2020/21 season.

Football pitches across Essex are set to be enhanced thanks to £349,350 worth of investment from a new Pitch Preparation Fund scheme set up by the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.

Matchroom Boxing have announced the full schedule for Fight Camp – an unrivalled summer of elite boxing based at the Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex starting on August 1.

Football is back – and so is the iconic Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge.

Parents are being offered an online ‘sports day at home’ pack thanks to a leading housebuilder’s partnership with Team GB.

Keith Mitchell would surely have been adding to his impressive haul of wickets during the 2020 season, were it not suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three Harold Wood Cricket Club members took on a mammoth cycling challenge to raise much-needed funds last Friday.

Romford Junior Raiders have announced the return of two more players for the 2020-21 National League Division One season.

Amara Carr, Naomi Dattani and Cordelia Griffith have been awarded professional playing contracts with the London and East regional hub of the new domestic Women’s structure.

Jeremy Ngakia, Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez will all leave West Ham United when their contracts expire on June 30.

Team GB will be celebrating Olympic Day on June 23 over five days by encouraging the nation to get active and by promoting the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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