How many parkruns are there on UK football pitches? | Soccer


“There are over 700 parkrun events in the UK,” James tweets. “How many of them are within sight of a football pitch (level six and above)?”

Let’s be honest: we have an image of the knowledge reader archetype, and it’s not someone who spends their time pounding the pavement in search of cardiovascular reward. From the volume of responses to this question, it seems like our borderline offensive stereotype was entirely correct.

Six. Six answers. But those who wrote to us gave us excellent answers. “Tottenham Stadium can be seen from the Ally Pally parkrun,” writes Matt Braithwaite. “It is also possible to see the Mittal Orbit tower from a high point on the route, and in front of it you can see a flat structure which strength to be the roof of West Ham’s London stadium. Wembley Stadium is visible from a high point in the Sunny Hill parkrun in Hendon.

As far as I know, there’s a lot, but it’s hard to get much closer than the Leazes parkrun in Newcastle, which is pretty much in the shadow of St James Park. pic.twitter.com/iXVeIKfQ9E

—Andy Brook🏆 (@andybrook1) July 6, 2022

To complete this answer. You can also get a view of St James’s Park from Town Moor Park less than a mile from Leazes Park.

— David Bullock (@DavidBullock_) July 7, 2022

“You can see Molineux from West Park to Wolverhampton,” tweets Jake Clark, who may not be a Wolves fan. “Nevertheless, a good parkrun nonetheless.”

You can see Ashton Gate from Ashton Court, home to a ParkRun in Bristol

— Dale Morgan 🇺🇦 (@dalermorgan) July 6, 2022

Then we go southwest.

Big question! I did the Plymouth Central Parkrun which is right next to @homeparkstadium. The Bournemouth one is also in the park opposite Dean Court.

— Chris Parsons (@Chris_Parsons87) July 6, 2022

And finally, some other suggestions from the office: in London there’s Fulham Palace, which stretches behind Putney End to Craven Cottage and Hackney Marshes, from where you might be able to see the London Stadium (if anyone has pictorial proofs, please send it). In Sheffield, there are no prizes for guessing which stadium backs onto the Hillsborough Parkrun course. North of the border, the Aberdeen parkrun passes through Pittodrie and the Livingston road loops around the Tony Macaroni Arena.

The Seal of Approval

In last week’s Knowledge, we looked at footballers who have been celebrated on banknotes or coins. But the answer wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a man who was put on earth to be commemorated..

“In the words of David Brent, ‘Stamps are legal tender. A bus driver should accept this as legal tender,” begins Jonjoe Cullen. “With this in mind, I would like to offer the appearance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Swedish postage stamps in 2013. Who needs a Ballon d’Or?”

We asked a separate question about footballers and stamps when Zlatan appeared in 2013. Nerd you.

Impressive minutes per card ratios

“New Birmingham manager John Eustace has had one game for Middlesbrough – a two-minute substitute appearance against Liverpool, in which he was cautioned”, tweets Bob Garvey. “Can anyone else claim a more impressive minute-to-yellow ratio?”

Eustace was a symbol of Linekerian virtue compared to a few other suitors. Russell Connor and Andy Brook have named Nohan Kenneh, who was at Leeds last season but is now chasing niche records with Hibernian. “He never played a minute for Leeds,” writes Russell, “but was warned when he came off the bench to celebrate Luke Ayling’s winner against Wolves in the run-in this year.”

Nohan Kenneh (centre, top) joins the party after Leeds’ last-minute winner at Molineux in March. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

A yellow card and no minutes make Kenneh 1-0. But even he has to kneel before the altar of dismayed charlatan Carlos Kaiser. “As reported in the Guardian a few years ago, Kaiser, the legendary footballer who never was, hasn’t made an appearance in his 13-year career,” notes Paul Brack. “But he still received a red card for fighting fans while he was Bangu’s substitute.”

Knowledge Archive

“Has there ever been a top goalkeeper in world football who was so horrible he was substituted in the first half?” asked Duncan Morris in 2006.

Yes, Duncan, and quite a bit more. First on the list is Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who suffered the fate in an away game at Cagliari during his disastrous spell with Milan in 1998. Lehmann started the match completely missing a cross to pack Cagliari their first goal, then knocked down Roberto Muzzi to concede a penalty. Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni had seen enough and immediately brought in Sebastiano Rossi for the beleaguered Lehmann. Rossi saved Muzzi’s kick, but Cagliari still ran out of 1-0 wins. Lehmann’s performance was so poor, in fact, that Milan fans demanded that he be replaced by Mark Boschich.

More recently, Le Mans goalkeeper Yohan Pelé suffered a similar fate. With his side leading Lyon 3-1 after 35 minutes, Pelé was sent off, with Rodolphe Roche taking his place. But the substitute did even worse, dispatching five with the game ending 8-1.

There have been so many similar cases on the international scene. Take the World Cup qualifier between Ghana and Nigeria in 2001, for example: the Super Eagles took a 3-0 lead within 35 minutes, prompting the Ghanaian manager to replace goalkeeper James Nanor by Osei Boateng. He lasted two minutes before being sent off, forcing captain Emmanuel Kuffour to step into the breach and limit the damage to 3-0. Sympathy was rare for Nanor, who, incidentally, once spat in the face of a referee during a club game for Hearts of Oak in the 1999 African Champions League. He was banned for a year.

“Don’t forget Mwamba Kazadi from Zaire,” said Mike Gibbons, recalling the 1974 World Cup group match between the Leopards and Yugoslavia. How could we? “Kazadi conceded three goals in the first 20 minutes and was replaced by his Yugoslavian coach. Substitute keeper Dimbi Tubilandu’s first touch was to take the ball out of his net, something he would do five more times in a 9-0 loss.

Finally, Eduardo Villanueva remembered a South American qualifier for a place at the 1986 World Cup – one that Peruvian national goalkeeper Jose Acasuzo would do well to forget. “Acasuzo only played against Chile after a long controversy due to his wish to be paid a lot more and allowed to train with his new team, outside of Peru. He was so out of shape that the Chile’s first shot went through his legs and into the goal, before two more beat him more easily Ramón Quiroga replaced him and Acasuzo never played for the national team again, or in Peru for that matter. Peru lost the match 4-2.

Can you help ?

“Welsh champions The New Saints are in the Champions League first qualifying round. But has a team from so early in the qualifying stages reached the group stages or even the knockout stages? If so , what is the greatest distance a team has traveled in the competition compared to where they entered it?” asks Ryan Flitcroft.

What is the greatest number of changes that have been made between the announced XI before the start of the match and the actual XI that started at kick-off, due to injuries in pre-match warm-ups or otherwise?
(Obviously excluding matches that have been delayed and rescheduled.)

—Ben Janeson (@BenJaneson) July 12, 2022

“Watching Group A for Euro 2022 (England, Norway, Austria, Northern Ireland) I was struck by the fact that the flags of the four nations have very similar colors – all have red and white , then only small amounts of yellow and blue. Is that the most restricted color scheme in a group at a major tournament?” asks James Cuthbertson.

“How did the 12 de Octubre football club in Paraguay get its name? A quick search on Wikipedia didn’t help me and it wasn’t the founding date of the club. Are there other clubs named after dates, days etc. ? muses DW.

As England won Group A last night on matchday six of #WEURO2022 has any team ever known their second-round match date so early in such a tournament?

— Mark Peterborough (@markpeterboro) July 12, 2022

“After watching Wout van Aert finish three consecutive second places on stages of this year’s Tour de France, I immediately thought: what is the record for a top team finishing second several years in a row? Or lose consecutive cup finals? asks Joran Lamisse.




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