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  • Football is back! No crowds. No atmosphere. But some things remain the same. Bad decisions. In the very first match on resumption of the Premier League, the system failed. Sheffield United scored a perfectly good goal but it was not given. The ball crossed the line, clearly. But no goal was given. In the year 2020 we still have a situation where this can happen. A disgrace.

    The mini-season goes ahead and the matches are played in quick succession to try and get this season completed in the top two divisions. Clubs are able to use five substitutes and . . .

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    By on 18th June 2020
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  • Back in the VG Tips saddle June 1st

    By on 23rd May 2020

    Hello one and all, It’s been a while but I am back at my desk and back in touch...

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  • When racing and football resume, I’ll be ready

    By on 7th May 2020

    It’s been a long time coming but it is possible the return of racing in the UK is imminent....

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  • Loneliness of the lockdown punter

    By on 17th April 2020

    Attention all punters! How are you? No, I mean it. How are you really? Are you coping without being...

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  • Newsletter for members only from Vernon

    By on 7th April 2020

    **Minutes after I mailed out the below Newsletter to members only, the British Horse Racing Authority announced that the Newmarket May meeting and the June Derby meeting at Epsom would not take place. At least not on the scheduled dates. It was also announced that should Royal Ascot take place in July, it would be staged behind closed doors. 

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    Hello there good people of VG Tips.

    How are you all? I hope you and those you care for are staying safe, well and at home.

    I write to you on what is for me day 24 of a . . .

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  • Message from Vernon re coronavirus and VG Tips membership

    By on 25th March 2020

    Hello there good people.

    Racing in Ireland has been suspended from midnight Tuesday until at least April 19th

    So this is a good time to remind you all that existing memberships of VG Tips will be extended to a date that takes into account the current lull in racing and football due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

    As I mentioned in an earlier message, none of you will be out of pocket. If you are a recurring monthly member, you will continue to be covered. So let's say, for the sake of argument, racing OR football does not resume (behind . . .

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  • Message from Vernon re Coronavirus, Racing and Football

    By on 17th March 2020

    Firstly, thank you for all your kind messages regarding the Cheltenham Festival I was pleased so many of you followed me in on the final tip of the festival - and last of the seven winners across four days - Indefatigable (photographed below).

    Some of you took the 50/1 the day before, others the 40/1 and some the 25/1 SP. Regardless of what price you took, an excellent way to end the meeting. Especially for member Ashley who made the mistake of typing £25 rather than £2.50 stake and was many quids in.
    That's why I often . . .

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  • Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out of the FA Cup after Norwich City took them to extra time and then won a penalty shoot out. Another blow to Jose Mourinho. Further proof that he's about as suited to being manager of Spurs as UK Home Secretary Priti Patel would be to manning a Samaritans helpline.

    I admire the approach of the Norwich manager who, despite his team staring relegation in the face, ensured the supporters saw the Canaries give it a right go. They were positive and were rewarded with having their name in the quarter final draw. And they . . .

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    By on 5th March 2020
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  • Wembley Stadium was not sold out for the League Cup final. What an indictment on the greedy people who run the game. Both the FA and EFL. Manchester City supporters have lots of big games to attend and watching football in person these days is an expensive hobby.

    With Wembley it's not simply a case of build it (in the wrong location) and they will come. Match tickets have to be priced at a level which the man and woman in the street can afford. I have no idea how any parent can afford to take children to watch . . .

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    By on 1st March 2020
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  • It was good to see Manchester City come from behind and win their Champions League tie in Spain. Even better to see Sergio Ramos sent off for Real Madrid. The 26th time in his career that Ramos has seen red. It was a good decision by the ref. He not only saw the foul and saw that it was just outside the penalty box.

    For more years than I care to recall, I have watched Ramos get away with anything short of murder when playing for Real Madrid in La Liga. He may have been sent off 26 times but . . .

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    By on 27th February 2020
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