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Like many talented footballers of the seventies and eighties, the tale instructed by way of mythical Middlesbrough, Southampton and England winger David Armstrong comprises a few fantastic ups and downs; however the pace and ferocity of his own rollercoaster experience are definitely detailed. beginning out at Leeds, David resisted signing for Don Revie—later via Clough's woodland and Manchester United. He performed a major 356 consecutive suits for Middlesbrough prior to being pressured out after ten years. directly to Saints with Keegan, Ball and Channon—and extra close to misses within the league and cup. Armstrong's promising England profession was once unfortunately curtailed via a falling-out with Bobby Robson—and simply 4 years later he used to be pressured to join up the dole. The break-up of his first marriage, his determined hope for an ankle amputation and bailiffs on the door lend David's riches-to-rags tale of stardom and poverty a human attraction a ways past soccer.

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Elite swimmers do not wear a watch when they swim, instead they use the pace clock to time all their sets – with practice you can learn to time any distance of swim using just the second hands of this clock. The key to doing this is knowing approximately what time you will swim for any distance. For instance, you might know that you can swim 400 m in close to eight minutes. If you set off when the red hand reaches the 12 o’clock position (jargon ‘going on the red top’) then you should finish when the red hand is near the top again.

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