Gavin Drake

Journalist

Soldiers do not go to war against eight-year-old girls

I can’t stop thinking about the victims of last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester. And I can’t begin to imagine what the parents are going through (even though I have had a rude introduction to real debilitating grief myself this year). And while there are…

Man the barricades!

Man the barricades. Halt the trains. Stop the busses. Hold the trains. Close the airports. Seal the Channel Tunnel. Clear the streets. Declare an emergency. Mobilise the Civil Contingencies Unit. Cancel all police leave. Hold a COBRA meeting. Pull the TV schedules for rolling news…

Why can’t we have culturally relevant Christian TV in the UK?

In October last year I was invited by Sat-7, the Arabic Christian television network, to visit their studios in Cairo. I was impressed by what I saw: a small team of dedicated professionals committed to serving the church in their locality with culturally-relevant locally-produced programmes….

Today the Irish, tomorrow the Germans: Let us remember them together

Today, the Irish government will receive an official invitation to take part in the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph: the UK’s annual flagship memorial event attended by the Queen and senior members of the royal family, senior politicians from across the political divides, former…

Walsall manager Dean Smith on transfers, injuries, pre-season games, and the season ahead

This morning the Walsall squad were put through their paces by manager Dean Smith, head coach Richard O’Kelly and Physio Jon Whitney at an open training session on the Banks’s Stadium pitch. It is a simple idea that the club has run a few times now…

St John’s Churchyard, Heath Hayes and the not-so “complicated procedures” on closure

When I left the Diocese of Lichfield almost three years ago to return to journalism, I took the decision that I would not report on the diocese. It is a rule that I have occasionally broken, when the circumstances are appropriate and when it is clear that…

Backing #TeamGethin as Walsall’s quiet man defends British lightweight title

Walsall boxer Martin Gethin will fight to retain his British lightweight title when he takes on former champion Derry Mathews at the Liverpool Olympia tonight. The 30-year-old challenger told the Liverpool Echo that defeat tonight would result in his retirement; but Walsall’s Quiet Man, Martin…

Prince William in the IRA

Not a lot of people know this, but Prince William was once a member of the IRA! He has since left the organisation, as BBC Breakfast News reported this morning in this hilarious broadcasting Oops! (If the embedded video doesn’t work, click here to watch…

I’m looking for a woman!

Recent matches at the Banks’s Stadium have seen the return of the half-time Crossbar Challenge, where four fans have a chance to win a 2014/15 season ticket simply by hitting the crossbar with a ball kicked from the edge of the D. We’ve had numerous…

Walsall’s Open Training Session returns!

Dean Smith, Richard O’Kelly, Neil Cutler, Jon Whitney and the rest of the coaching team of Walsall Football Club will be putting the players through their paces at another open training session at the Banks’s Stadium later this month. The club has run this free…

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