Graham Corking

I am a North East based multimedia content producer and journalism graduate.

My work has been published in The Mirror, Northern Echo, Narc Magazine and various blogs and websites.

The 9 truths of playing village cricket

Not all of us are going to be able to steam in at Lords, or get a shot with Durham seconds. No, for us, it’s a long hot summer of village cricket If you’ve played village cricket for any length of time, you’ll know that there are certain rituals to be observed at the start of each season, and a recurring cast of characters that populate every team. Here are our 9 truths: You may have only averaged 2.56 last season but that hasn't stopped you splashing the cash on some new gear. The logic behin

Darlington retailers celebrate Independents' Day (From The Northern Echo)

A NORTH-EAST town’s independent retailers were out in force on Thursday (July 4) to mark the third annual Independents’ day, writes Graham Corking. Darlington retailers ranging from a fancy dress shop to a restaurant offering classic English meals, the shop owners were in a great mood as they celebrated their independence. One of Darlington’s oldest independent retailers, Geoffrey Gillow and his son William were there to join in celebrations. Geoffrey Gillow, who is 93, retired 33 years ago,

Tea room lady to brew up on Mount Snowdon (From The Northern Echo)

The tea really will be up - 3,500ft to be exact - when Carli McNaughton stages a high altitude charity fundraiser, writes Graham Corking. For the 26-year-old is hosting her very own tea party on top of Mount Snowdon in Wales with the aim of raising £1,000 for Teesside Hospice. Carli, who runs The Olde Young Teahouse in Middlesbrough, will be joined on the top of Britain's second highest peak by fellow walkers. “I’m going to be making ten teas for my companions. It’s going to be a challenge bu

YOU’VE BEEN HODGED IS THE BEST THING ON THE INTERNET

It’s a fact that You’ve Been Hodged is the best thing on the internet. Roy Hodgson is already a unintentional master of comedy but when you Photoshop his face on to other footballers and managers things go to next level funny. It’s the level of funny where tears are streaming down your face and breathing becomes a difficulty, but it’s all worth it just to see what a Wilfried Bony and Hodgson love child would look like. We caught up with the genius behind the Twitter account @YouveBeenHodged

TALKING FOOTBALL JOURNALISM, JAN MOLBY AND JAMES RICHARDSON WITH GREGG BAKOWSKI

Go on twitter and search ‘aspiring football journalist’ and you will come across thousands of people wanting try and dip their fingers in the proverbial pie that is football writing. But, like many ‘aspiring whatever’ most of them go about it the wrong way and end up just having a blog with opinionated rants about why Tom Cleverly should be omitted from the England squad or how 25-year-old Adam Lallana is ‘one to watch’. So, taking all that on board, we thought after a week of fun and frolics

I SPENT A DAY WITH THE WORST DEFENCE IN THE NORTHERN LEAGUE

It’s easy to become disillusioned with top flight football. Extortionate ticket prices, managers nutting people, fans punching horses and of course Jim White. It’s enough to make you consider learning how rugby works. Let’s not forget to mention the evil owners corrupting everyone with their blood money. When they’re not using it to powder their noses, they’re throwing it at illiterate managers to scour the world for the next Diego Gavilan or Marco Boogers. Once you’ve accepted your fate with t

KAY MURRAY TALKS MIDDLESBROUGH, SEXISM AND MEETING PELE

Who was the last Teessider to be at Real Madrid? Big hint it’s not Jonathan Woodgate or Paul Daniels. It’s actually former Real Madrid TV host, Kay Murray. From humble beginnings working on Boro TV, to interviewing Cristiano Ronaldo and to hanging out with Pele; Kay is living every football fanatics dream. The lifelong football fan is now working in Miami for BeINSports and somehow found time after she finished covering El Clasico to chat to us about how she became one of the leading female fo

OFF THE WOODWORK MEETS:UNITED GLASGOW FC

Glasgow is a city divided. Catholics and Protestants, republicans and loyalists, Celtic and Rangers.  It’s deeper than that though-but one thing is for certain-there is a heap of hate. It’s a city that is well know for its football but not exactly renowned for bringing communities together- yet alone through football. Walk down the wrong street, in the wrong kit and you may be in for a kicking. Right in the middle of all the anger, hate and violence are United Glasgow FC. Initially set up by

Winter Blues cured by Blues

Every Friday the Cleveland bay in Yarm is transformed into the hub of local blues music and last night I finally turned up for one. On arriving I asked myself a question, nothing deep just why on earth haven’t I come before? Then I heard the band, Gypsy Bill and Dell Porter and decided from now on every Friday is blues night. Gypsy Bill and Dell are a throwback to the glory days of Skip James and Big Bill Broonzy. With Dell’s infectious upright bass combined with Bill’s hauntingly soulful vo
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