Champions League Final today and it’s an all English affair Liverpool v Tottenham. We had Peter Crouch come and visit us at Pirates this week. He was a lovely down to earth bloke who loved chatting about football, so my type of fella!  Currently at Burnley but coming to the end of contract I asked what his plans were. He said at 38 he’s coming to the end of his career but Burnley is an option for another year or he might come back to London, no clubs mentioned though. I asked who was his favourite manager to work under and he said without doubt Harry Redknapp who he played with at Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham. He was one of Harry’s go to players along with Jermain Defoe and Niko Kranjcar. Last year when it was announced Harry Redknapp was going into the jungle, Crouch tweeted “Can I just state on record pls. I am not a luxury item #imacelebrity”. As he’s played for both Tottenham and Liverpool I asked him who he thinks will win? “It’s a difficult one for me, I’ve got friends in both camps and I’ve got a wife who is from Liverpool and her dad is a massive Liverpool fan.”

“I’ve got loads of friends who are Tottenham fans too so what I’m going to do is sit on a massive fence!” He’s not wrong either, when I stood next to him he towered above me.

The Rolling Stones have given Richard Ashcroft the royalties and rights from ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and have also had their writing credits removed.

The Verve’s 1997 single sampled a four-second segment of Andrew Loog Oldham’s orchestral recording from the Stones’ ‘The Last Time’.

Permission was gained for use of the recording, but permission for the use of the song was overlooked.

The only deal Ashcroft could reach that allowed him to keep ‘Urban Hymns’, the album the song featured on, on shelves was to sign away all of his rights and royalties to the track.

Ever since he’s never been able to watch an England game on ITV as that’s their programme introduction music and therefore brings back bad memories.

In a statement released after receiving the PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution To British Music award at the Ivor Novello Awards yesterday, Richard Ashcroft announced that he had now regained all rights and royalty shares from the song.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce as of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give me their share of the song ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’,” Ashcroft said. “This remarkable and life-affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me.”

He continued: “I would like to thank the main players in this, my management Steve Kutner and John Kennedy, the Stones manager Joyce Smyth and Jody Klein (for actually taking the call) lastly a huge unreserved heartfelt thanks and respect to Mick and Keith. Music is power.”

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” was closely associated with the mid-90s Britpop era, it picked up several awards and was nominated for many more, including a Grammy in the Best Rock Song category.

A battling 0-0 draw away in Santander for Atlético Baleares in the first leg of their play-off for promotion to La Liga 123. There was a great atmosphere from the vociferous 21,500 fans, 600 of which had travelled from Mallorca. This in itself is quite something as away support is normally non existent in Spain so well done to all involved. Baleares finished with 9 men which means they’ll be banned for the return leg this Sunday at 12 midday. The club announced that only members can buy tickets for the match at 15€pp as the ground holds only 2,000 people and they have to fit in away fans too. It’s disappointing for those who’d like to go to the game as I’m sure they’ll be a lot of interest but they are rewarding the fans that have followed them all year. The ground and pitch are very small and not something Santander are not used to which will hopefully work in their favour. It’s a shame their old stadium which is being rebuilt, isn’t ready. I remember going to see them play a play-off game there a few years ago against Mirandés and there was over 10,000 people. I hope they go up as I’ve said before it will be great for local football and the opportunities for younger players will be even better.

Not such good news for Real Mallorca who lost away to Deportivo La Coruña in literally the last second of the game. They were coasting to a 0-0 that would have been sufficient for them to reach the play-offs. Not sure what the Ref was looking at when he gave a penalty to Deportivo but it was converted, so Mallorca must look to get a result from their last game at home to promotion chasing Granada. It’s definitely squeaky bum time and we’ll all be looking at our phones to check on the other scores on Sunday evening. The club have had a big push on ticket sales and Sol Alta which has been closed all season has been opened for this game. It will be quite a double for the island if Balearics get promoted and Mallorca get into the play-offs. I said last weekend was massive for our island football but this one is even bigger!

Once again I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped us on our Radiothon we couldn’t do it without you. The raffle was drawn on Friday and all the winning tickets can be found on our website and Facebook page. The final total was 25,363.11€ which is the highest total since we started in 2015. The overall total over the five years is 106,200.59€ which I am very proud of, once again thank you!

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.comon mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

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