Thai Boxing, Lee Hughes to leave Notts County, and England’s 2nd Test

22nd November 2012

In this week’s episode of the Thursday Sport Show the team welcomed Georgie from the Nottingham University Thai Boxing Club who spoke to us about what the University’s Muay Thai practitioners get up to both in and outside the ring, as well as about the sport in general. She then faced off against the Sport Team’s very own Chris Brown in a quiz about Thai Boxing – the results of which were quite surprising! We’ll keep you up to date in future shows as to whether Chris makes good on his promise to pay the Thai Boxing Club a visit.

Next up, we discussed a breaking story fresh out of Meadow Lane: talismanic Lee Hughes’ imminent departure from Notts County on loan to Port Vale. The team agreed that this controversial decision would do little to enamour the fans to Magpies gaffer Keith Curle. We also discussed cross-town rivals Nottingham Forest’s endeavours to reinforce their squad, which have been made only harder by the fact that 7 of their starting 11’s contracts expire at the end of the season. Squad changes were also on the cards for England on the eve of their Second Test against India, with Stuart Broad amongst the players set to miss out through injury.

International rugby was next on the agenda as we ran through the upcoming friendlies between a new-look Ireland and Argentina, an England side making 6 changes to face South Africa, and Wales taking on the colossal challenge of New Zealand. Continuing a theme of change across the board, the team turned its attention to Stamford Bridge, where Roberto di Matteo has been abruptly replaced as manager by Rafa Benitez after Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League. We further considered whether Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would face a similar fate after his side’s 1-1 home draw to Real Madrid all but sealed the end of their Champions League campaign. But it was happiness for Arsenal as their 2-0 defeat of Montpellier secured their progress to the Champions League knockout stages for the 13th successive year.

Thanks to everyone who listened and texted in, and special thanks to the Thai Boxing Society.

**[UDPATE: As of Friday 23rd Nov, it has emerged that Lee Hughes has not left Notts County FC. The club have confirmed on their website that a deal to loan Hughes to Port Vale was discussed, but there was too little time to complete it before the loan transfer deadline. Tune in to Saturday’s show (2-3pm) for our speculation on how this will affect the Magpies going forward.]**