<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones has been arrested for felony vandalism after a frightening encounter with his brother when he reportedly was trying to jump out a 30th-floor window.The 22-year-old’s incident was captured on a graphic video obtained by TMZ and his fellow NFL player brother, Minnesota Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones, is seen trying to restrain him.“I’m going to fight for Jesus,” the younger Jones exclaims as he paces the hallway of a Los Angeles apartment building in the nude.After the 25-year-old attempts to keep his brother back, the Bills star breaks free and races down the hallway toward Cayleb’s girlfriend’s apartment off camera. The girlfriend is heard shrieking in the background and then the video cuts to traces of blood along the hall floor and walls.Zay had apparently smashed his foot through a window in a public balcony area after leaving the apartment at some point. TMZ reported he tried to squeeze himself through the 30th-floor window, but his brother held him until the Los Angeles Police Department showed up and arrested the 2017 second-round draft pick.“We are aware of the incident involving Zay Jones,” the Bills said in a statement. “We are still in the process of gathering more information on the matter. At this point, we will have no further comment.”According to TMZ, Zay posted $20,000 bail and was released to his family early today, Wednesday, March 21.As speculation pours out on Twitter about whether what caused the incident to occur — some wonder if drugs were involved or if the young athlete suffers from CTE — several have been lending their support.Let’s stop speculating on what happened with Zay Jones and just hope he’s okay and gets help he needs. Doesn’t matter if it was drugs, CTE, etc. Stop.— Josh Carney (@JCarney_Sports) March 21, 2018 If you made me guess which NFL player this would happen to, my LAST would be Zay Jones.He’s always sincere, intelligent, kind and complimentary. I’m in total shock. https://t.co/3fVJDErC65— Duffy on WCMF (@DuffyOnWCMF) March 21, 2018 Zay Jones may have been last member of #Bills 53 man that I would have expected this news from. Thoughtful, intelligent, caring man who seemed to understand blessings bestowed upon him. Truly thoughts and prayers for someone who has their whole life in front of them. #BillsMafia— Greg Vorse (@GregVorse) March 21, 2018
Last week, the Nashville Predators did something very few experts thought they had a chance of doing — they swept the mighty Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago has been a perennial Stanley Cup contender for the better part of the last decade, winning three of the NHL’s last seven championships. Along with Scotty Bowman’s Detroit Red Wings,1Who won three Stanley Cups in six years between 1997 and 2002. they’re the closest thing to a dynasty the NHL has seen since the days of Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. Sweeping that kind of team in a playoff series is exceptional. Now, as the Preds attempt to beat the St. Louis Blues and reach the conference finals for the first time in franchise history, it’s natural to wonder how much of that exceptional play they can expect to keep up.A lot of things went right for the Predators in their series against Chicago. Nashville’s offense (never its best asset)2The Preds have only ranked in the top 10 in goals for per game twice since the 2004-05 lockout. took care of business against the Blackhawks, scoring the third-most goals per game of any team in the first round and putting pucks in the net at a better clip than it did during the regular season. Predator centers won the majority of the faceoffs they took against the Blackhawks, and the team as a whole drove possession at the highest rate of any team still alive in the postseason.But even with all those advantages, it was the otherworldly play of goalie Pekka Rinne that really decided the series. The Blackhawks took 126 shots against Nashville’s defense,3Chicago averaged almost one more shot per game during their series with Nashville than they did during the regular season, 31.5 versus 30.6. and Rinne stopped 123 (or a stunning 97.6 percent) of them. No one can sustain a .976 save percentage over long stretches of games — even the best season-long rates are way lower — but could a goalie play this well over the course of an entire postseason?A handful of others have come close. In 2006, Cam Ward sprinted out of the gates and posted a save percentage of .940 for the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs. Stiffer competition in the second, third and final rounds of the playoffs meant that Ward’s numbers dipped a bit, though he finished with a save percentage of .920. (The regular-season league average that year was .901.) The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup, and Ward secured the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.Then there was Corey Crawford’s run for the Blackhawks in 2013. Crawford posted an impressive .950 save percentage in Chicago’s first-round victory over the Minnesota Wild. He, too, regressed in the next three rounds, but he still finished with an overall save percentage of .932 — not bad for a guy whose regular-season mark that year was .926. And like Ward’s Canes, Crawford’s Blackhawks rode their goalie’s remarkable playoff performance all the way to Stanley Cup victory.These kinds of postseasons don’t always end in championship parades. Chris Osgood got off to a spectacular start for the Red Wings in the spring of 2009. Like the others, he regressed a bit — and like the others, he led his team to the finals. Unlike the others, though, Osgood’s Wings fell one win short of getting their names etched onto Lord Stanley’s shiny silver punch bowl.So although Rinne has been on fire, it can’t last forever. He’s bound to regress to the mean — but his mean is pretty dang good, too. In 52 career playoff games, he has posted a .917 save percentage and a 2.38 goals-against average. Since the 2004-05 lockout, only 12 other goalies have played in as many playoff games as Rinne, and in that group, his save percentage and goals against average rank seventh and sixth, respectively. Rinne has played a lot of playoff games, and he’s played well.That hasn’t always been enough, as the Predators are accustomed to making early postseason exits after struggling to put the puck in the net. Including this season, Nashville has made the playoffs six times since Rinne took over as the team’s starting goalie in 2008-09. In those six postseasons, Rinne’s teammates have only averaged 2.6 goals per game in front of him. It’s worth pointing out that, since the lockout, no team that’s averaged less than 2.76 goals per playoff game has gone on to claim the Stanley Cup.If recent history tells us anything, it’s that the Predators will need to sustain their current scoring pace if they have any hope of advancing past the second round for the first time ever. And if they want a shot at winning the whole thing, it wouldn’t hurt if Rinne could sustain his pace as the postseason’s designated hot goalie. Beating Chicago was a good first step, though, even if there’s plenty of work left for Nashville to do against St. Louis — and beyond.CORRECTION (April 26, 5:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misspelled Pekka Rinne’s name in the photo caption.
Per-game scoring rose from an average of 22.0 points in 2010 to 23.4 points in 2013 — an all-time high — before holding at 22.8 in 2015 and 2016. Total yards per game was already at an all-time high in 2010 (336.0); it rose almost every season afterward until peaking at 352.7 in 2015. The average number of first downs gained per game climbed from 18.9 to a best-ever 20.3 last season.But this year is different. NFL teams have averaged 22.0 points per game, the fewest since 2010. Same goes for per-game yardage (337.1) and first downs gained (19.4). Per-game pass attempts have also dropped, to 34.2, the lowest since 2011.Teams are passing less often, and they’re less effective when they pass. As a result, offensive output is down across the board.As with the explosion, there are plenty of factors that are likely contributing, from the law of diminishing returns to a spate of quarterback injuries. The latter has forced the likes of Jacoby Brissett, Tom Savage and Brett Hundley into headlining roles for their offenses. It also seems that college and pro defensive coaches finally held their own secret meeting; NFL defenses have adjusted how they cover shotgun and spread-style offenses, smothering the short passing game.Defenses are also getting after the passer much better than last year, sacking quarterbacks on 6.5 percent of dropbacks (up from 5.8 percent); that’s the second-highest sack rate since 2006.Payton and the Saints set off the passing explosion, but now they’re on the leading edge of the implosion. The Saints used shotgun less frequently in 2016 than all but seven teams. This season, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, they’ve run fewer plays in shotgun or pistol than all but four teams.Payton was part of that 2011 roundtable interview, and what he said then still resonates.Teams always pay close attention to how the Super Bowl champions play, Payton said. That year, the champs were the Aaron Rodgers-powered Green Bay Packers, whom Payton said “threw a lot more than they ran it, played good defense and broke the formula of what wins.” That’s “a good starting point in terms of 2011’s passing spike,” he said.The team that everyone’s copying right now didn’t win the Super Bowl, but they came close.The Atlanta Falcons used shotgun less than any other team during their 2016 run to the big game, lining up under center on 60 percent of snaps. The Falcons led the league in scoring, racking up 71 more points than the second-best Saints. They threw the ball just 537 times, seventh-fewest in the NFL, while finishing fifth in rushing yards thanks to a hot tailback tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.Payton seemed to follow suit. He bolstered his running game, adding tailbacks Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara, as well as free-agent guard Larry Warford. Peterson didn’t work out, but Warford and Kamara did — and now Kamara and Mark Ingram are one of the best running-back tandems of all time and the Saints are No. 1 in offensive yardage.It’s difficult to imagine the NFL returning to the shotgun-averse state it was in when Bailey entered the league. Giving quarterbacks more time, a better look at the field and more options just has too many inherent advantages.But teams that can both run and pass the ball well from under center will always be harder to defend, and teams that can’t throw the ball well are no longer putting up big numbers just by throwing it more.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In 2011, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints spearheaded an aerial assault on the NFL’s record books. Brees not only broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing record by 392 yards, he also led a small army of quarterbacks who either approached (Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning) or also surpassed (Tom Brady) the 27-year-old mark.But that was just the beginning of a six-year offensive explosion that saw repeated leaguewide increases in passes thrown, total yards gained and points scored per game. In 2017, the Saints again boast the league’s most prolific offense1In terms of total offensive yards. — but this time, Brees is leading the charge in the other direction.The Saints currently rank 18th in pass attempts — after finishing either first or second in eight of Sean Payton’s 11 full seasons as head coach. Brees is on pace for Saints-career lows in per-game pass attempts and yards — and the rest of the NFL is following suit. In one season, leaguewide passing attempts, passing effectiveness, total yardage and scoring rate stats have all reverted to pre-lockout norms. The revolution appears to be over; the question is why.To understand the factors behind the NFL’s offensive implosion, we have to look at what ignited it in the first place.Halfway through the 2011 season, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had a roundtable of experts advance various theories — from the offseason lockout to the weather. Denver Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey hit on something big: a dramatic increase in the use of shotgun formation.“What I want to know is, did college and pro coaches have some sort of secret meeting or something?” Bailey said. “Seems like there’s not the prejudice against the shotgun there used to be. Basically, what I see when I line up now is no more smashmouth football.”In 1996, three years before Bailey entered the NFL, pro offenses lined up in shotgun formation on just 7 percent of snaps, according to Football Outsiders. By 2011, that figure had increased to 41 percent. In 2016, Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers set a record, using shotgun on 99 percent of their plays. The leaguewide average for last season, 68 percent, matched the league high from just five years earlier.In this decade, teams began throwing more and more. In 2010, the leaguewide per-game pass attempt average was 33.7; last season, it was 35.7. Offenses didn’t have a reason not to throw; it was working. In the 2015 season, NFL teams posted 6.41 net yards per attempt, the highest mark in half a century.
The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes check in at No. 4 in the second week of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Amway Coaches’ Poll also had OSU at No. 4.The Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the AP poll before Saturday’s 77-10 blowout of Bowling Green.Week 1 of the college football season saw seven top 25 teams lose their 2016 season opener, including three in the top 10 and two in the top five.OSU’s week 3 opponent, the Oklahoma Sooners, lost to former Buckeye offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his Houston Cougars 33-23. The Sooners dropped 11 spots to No. 14 in the poll, and the Cougars rose to No. 6.Wisconsin, who was unranked in the preseason AP poll, climbed to No. 10 after defeating the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers, who fell to No. 21.A total of five Big Ten teams are featured in the top 25. Michigan sits one spot behind OSU at No. 5.Notables: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Florida State, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 16 Iowa.
Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes (6) sets the ball during a match with Wisconsin on Nov. 2 at St. John Arena. She had 45 assists and 11 kills on Friday. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorA 2-1 set lead wasn’t enough for the Ohio State Buckeyes to withstand a comeback from No. 3 Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. OSU dropped the final two sets to lose 3-2 in the regional semifinal. Wisconsin freshman outside hitter Molly Hagerty and senior setter Lauren Carlini sent the Buckeyes home with their third five-set loss in the Sweet 16 in three consecutive seasons. Hagerty ended with 22 kills and Carlini totaled 62 assists.Junior outside hitter Luisa Schrimer led the Buckeye effort with a double-double, 19 kills and 18 digs. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe also posted 13 kills. The momentum was with the Badgers from the first serve of the set. A poor starting performance put the Buckeyes out of system, and the team was quickly down 6-1. OSU found themselves trying to climb out of the hole throughout the opening set. Even after showing signs of life near the set’s conclusion, the Buckeyes were still down by a ten-plus point deficit. OSU ended the set hitting negative-0.026 as a team. The Buckeyes came out in the second set with a much more commanding presence. They held onto a steady lead into the set, forcing Wisconsin to take its first timeout at 13-8 after a sneaky setter dump by sophomore Taylor Hughes. Wisconsin creeped back into contention at 23-21, and the home Badger crowd erupted. Sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold wrangled in a kill for the first Buckeye set point, followed by an error by the Badgers for the OSU set win. The strength of the Big Ten conference was evident to start the third set, as both teams went point-for-point to gain the set advantage. A crucial four-point run by the Buckeyes put them up 14-9 before a Badger stop. Wisconsin’s Tionna Williams guided the team on their own run, and the Badgers quickly took back the lead. The tension in University Fieldhouse grew as the final points of the set dropped. Badger fans were on their feet as the score was tied at 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Finally, a Wisconsin service error followed by a block by Hughes ended the set and put the Buckeyes up 2-1. OSU had control of both sides of the ball as they increased an opening fourth-set lead over the Badgers, 12-8. Wisconsin’s composure was tested when two balls that went in OSU’s favor steadily increased the Buckeyes’ lead. The Badgers quickly battled back with a six-point run to seat the Buckeyes on an edge. Wisconsin prevailed and yet another five-set match ensued for OSU. Wisconsin’s Haleigh Nelson gave the Badgers a two-point advantage (5-3) to start the fifth and final set. At the mid-set side change, Wisconsin led OSU by only one point. The Badgers earned the first set point from an OSU service error and Nelson secured the final point for her team to advance to the regional final against the winner of Florida State and No. 6 Stanford. The Buckeyes finished 22-13 on the year.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said No. 5 is doing just fine. After quarterback Braxton Miller left the Buckeyes’ overtime win against Purdue on Saturday in an ambulance, Meyer said the sophomore had “full speed” practices Tuesday and Wednesday. “(Miller) is doing good,” Meyer said Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “He has a sore neck but today is much better.” In his own words, Miller said, repeatedly, that he’s “good” despite a tender neck. “It’s just a little bit sore,” he said. Miller, who was taken to the Wexner Medical Center for tests on his head, neck and shoulder before being released “symptom free” later that night, said he wasn’t exactly sure what happened to him after being thrown awkwardly to the turf late in the third quarter. “I didn’t know what it was so they took me to the hospital to see what it was,” he said. Miller, though, said he’s watched the play since. “Yeah I seen it and, you know, it was just one of them type of hits you close your eyes but it’s cool, it came out good,” he said. “I’m blessed.” Miller said that was the “first time” something like that ever happened to him. “I landed on my head, shoulder, neck type thing. I didn’t know what it was. I was nervous at first,” he said. His backup, redshirt junior quarterback Kenny Guiton, said Miller looked great in practice. “I think he’s recovered well and he’s doing great,” Guiton said. “He’s been up and very jolly.” Guiton, who helped engineer OSU’s comeback victory against the Boilermakers, said he isn’t sure of what his role in the Buckeyes’ game plan when they travel to Penn State for a 5:30 p.m. contest against the Nittany Lions. “We’ll see Saturday,” he said. Guiton, though, he got a chance to text Miller while he was in the hospital to tell the sophomore that he and the Buckeyes “won the game for him.” Perhaps fortunately for Miller, someone did-the sophomore said he kept asking the nurses if they knew the score of the game. “(They said) ‘I don’t know,’” Miller said. “‘We’re working on you.’”
The BBC is a “rotten place” for a director, Ken Loach has warned, as he argues television is wallowing in “fake nostalgia” which fails to tackle the issues of today.Loach, the award-winning director, said too much drama showed a “rosy vision of the past”, encouraging audiences to “put your brain to sleep”.The 80-year-old, who this year celebrates 50 years since the broadcast of the seminal Cathy Come Home, said the BBC must do more to reflect the concerns of real people, claiming its approach to coverage is “manipulative and deeply political”. Ken Loach has criticised tv dramasCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. I, Daniel Blake In an interview with the Radio Times, Loach said socially conscious television drama was consigned to “decades ago”.“And even then, people overstated how much of it there was,” he said.“Anyway, now the drama is produced by outside production companies and horribly micro-managed.The directors I know in television say it’s a nightmare. That’s true for all the broadcasters, but the BBC is a rotten place for a director.” Loach appears in CannesCredit:AFP “TV drama is like the picture on the Quality Street tin, but with less quality and nothing of the street.”On the question of what should be done with the BBC, Loach said: “Democratise it. Diversify it so that different regions can make their own dramas. And its notion of news has got to be challenged.“The BBC is very aware of its role in shaping people’s consciousness; this is the story you should hear about, these are the people worth listening to. It’s manipulative and deeply political.”His Palme d’Or winning film, I, Daniel Blake, is out now. A spokesman for the BBC said: “The quality, range and ambition of BBC Drama is evidence of an organisation in top creative form that supports both the directors voice and reflects the whole of the UK.”From world class British directors like Peter Kosminsky redefining period drama with Wolf Hall, or Julian Farino’s BAFTA winning Marvellous, visionary directors have a home on the BBC and this means we also attract directors from across the world like the Emmy winning Susanne Bier on The Night Manager to Oscar winner Jane Campion.”BBC Drama is produced across the nations and regions of the UK from Happy Valley to Peaky Blinders, The Fall, Shetland, Poldark, The A Word, Last Tango in Halifax and Ordinary Lies.” When asked about the populality of British drama, such as Downton Abbey, he added: “This rosy vision of the past, it’s a choice broadcasters make.“It says, ‘Don’t bother your heads with what’s going on now, just wallow in fake nostalgia.’ It’s bad history, bad drama. It puts your brain to sleep.“It’s the opposite of what a good broadcaster should do, which is stimulate and invigorate. You might as well take a Mogadon as watch it.
Speaking to the Telegraph, she said the break had allowed a “plethora of work in the UK, meaning that all people starting out can get experience and can hone their craft and get better”. Production teams had previously turned to other European countries like Prague and Budapest, she said, but the tax break had changed everything. “When it came in, our own shows, like The Crown, came back,” she said. “If that was made five years ago, it could have been in Budapest or Prague. Instead, it was shot here because of the tax break.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She added: “If you look at the health of the industry and the number of people who are starting off on this journey, there is now a brilliant array of people that will be winning Oscars and Baftas in 10 years time.”Others hoping to win a gong include Casey Affleck, who has been tipped to win best actor against Ryan Gosling, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen and Jake Gyllenhall. And Emma Stone was odds-on for best actress, despite stiff competition from Natalie Portman for Jackie, Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train, Amy Adams for Arrivals and Meryl Streep for her portrayal of enthusiastic by out-of-key opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins.Last night, the Government confirmed it would continue to back the “creative brilliance” of the UK, as Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, labelled the country “an international powerhouse of film, television and music”. Harris, who plays a dysfunctional American mother, recently spoke about how she had refused to play similar parts before, explaining: “I didn’t want to play a crack addict, I wanted to portray positive images of women in general, and black women in particular and I thought a crack addict wasn’t part of that.”Last night, Dame Pippa Harris, an award-winning producer and chair of the Bafta’s film committee, hailed a new era of blockbuster film-making, as she predicted Britons will be picking up Oscar after Oscar in 10 years time.She pinned the future success on a tax break, which was introduced by the Government to lure film companies to the country and has led to a steady stream of young talent to develop. The new figures showed a total 276 films received final certification from the British Film Institute (BFI), meaning they qualify as British and earn the tax break, which is more than any year since 2007. The top three grossing films in the UK, which included Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, were also all made on home soilCredit: Jaap Buitendijk Bafta hopeful Naomie Harris in New York on FridayCredit:REX/Shutterstock It has been a blockbuster year for the British creative industry with more money spent on film and television production than ever before, new figures show. A record-amount of money – more than £1.6 billion – was pumped into producing in the UK last year, resulting in a stream of big-hitting blockbusters and television shows.Nearly £480 million was spent on making shows such as Netflix exclusives The Crown and Game of Thrones. The top three grossing films in the UK – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Bridget Jones’s Baby – were also all made on home soil. Seventeen films, meanwhile, earned £20m last year in the UK – one more than in 2015, the figures released by the British Film Institute showed. It came on the eve of this year’s Bafta awards ceremony, where Naomie Harris, the British actress most famous for her role as Moneypenny in Bond and the star of this year’s Moonlight, is tipped to win her first gong.Other British hopefuls include Dev Patel for Lion, the story of a boy adopted from India by an Australian played by Nicole Kidman, and Hugh Grant, who could win his first Bafta since 1995. JK Rowling, the writer, has a chance of winning her first competitive Bafta for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, after she wrote the script, while Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have also been nominated.
A child was seriously injured after being bitten by a dog in #Chatham this evening, we’re at the scene 1/2 https://t.co/7pJgVqDVSD— Kent Police (UK) (@kent_police) 4 April 2017 “There is a little park there. I could not see the child, they were covered. I think they were quite small.”Local MP Tracey Crouch said: “Horrible news from Chatham this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with the child and their family tonight.” The force appealed to members of the public who may have footage of the incident to contact police and not to share it on social media.One man wrote on Facebook: “Personally knowing the family and the child involved and seeing the aftermath of such an event has shocked me!”Hoping the little girl, which i will not name, is ok and is in the best possible care. Im With the sister now who is shocked and shaken.” Horrid news from Chatham this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with the child & their family tonight https://t.co/pLElwhizsf— Tracey Crouch (@tracey_crouch) 4 April 2017 A child is fighting for life after being attacked by a dog as two people remain in police custody.Police shot the animal dead after it bit the youngster, said to be a toddler, during the incident in the Jenkins Dale area of Chatham, Kent, on Tuesday evening.”Officers, including firearms officers, attended and to ensure public safety the dog was shot dead,” Kent Police said in a statement.””The South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Service also attended and the injured child has been taken to a London hospital in a critical condition.”A neighbour said she heard a gunshot and saw the child, reported to be a girl, being carried to an ambulance.Two people have been arrested and remain in custody while inquiries continue, Kent Police said. Jaspreet Uppal, who lives nearby, told the Press Association: “First I heard a gunshot, there was a dog on the floor. A few officers carried out a child from the back area of the flats. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
But we keep fighting back with greater Manchester spirit. Northern grit, northern wit, and greater Manchester’s lyrics.And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity.Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever.And we’ve got this place where a team with a dream can get funding and something to help with a scheme.Because this is a place that understands your grand plans. We don’t do “no can do” we just stress “yes we can”Forever Manchester’s a charity for people round here, you can fundraise, donate, you can be a volunteer. You can live local, give local, we can honestly say, we do charity different, that Mancunian way.And we fund local kids, and we fund local teams. We support local dreamers to work for their dreams. We support local groups and the great work they do. So can you help us. help local people like you?Because this is the place in our hearts, in our homes, because this is the place that’s a part of our bones.Because greater Manchester gives us such strength from the fact that this is the place, we should give something back.Always remember, never forget, forever Manchester. Poet Tony Walsh brought a crowd of thousands in Manchester to silence with his powerful words about the beauty of the vibrant city which survived an atrocious terror attack on Monday night.At the vigil to those who lost their lives or were injured or missing in the attack when a terrorist blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert, Mr Walsh read out a poem about why the spirit of Manchester will never be quashed.Poet Tony Walsh, 51, delivered a version of his poem This Is The Place, an ode to the city of Manchester and its people, to a packed Albert Square. Poet Tony Walsh speaks as members of the public gather at a vigilCredit:Getty Such as housing and libraries and health, education and unions and co-ops and first railway stationsSo we’re sorry, bear with us, we invented commuters. But we hope you forgive us, we invented computers.And this is the place Henry Rice strolled with rolls, and we’ve rocked and we’ve rolled with our own northern soulAnd so this is the place to do business then dance, where go-getters and goal-setters know they’ve a chanceAnd this is the place where we first played as kids. And me mum, lived and died here, she loved it, she did.And this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled in puddles, they hurt in the dirt and they built us a city, they built us these towns and they coughed on the cobbles to the deafening sound to the steaming machines and the screaming of slaves, they were scheming for greatness, they dreamed to their graves.And they left us a spirit. They left us a vibe. The Mancunian way to survive and to thrive and to work and to build, to connect, and create and greater ― Manchester’s greatness is keeping it great.And so this is the place now with kids of our own. Some are born here, some drawn here, but all call it home.And they’ve covered the cobbles, but they’ll never defeat, all the dreamers and schemers who still teem through these streets.Because this is a place that has been through some hard times: oppressions, recessions, depressions, and dark times. The full poem is belowThis is the placeIn the north-west of England. It’s ace, it’s the bestAnd the songs that we sing from the stands, from our bandsSet the whole planet shaking.Our inventions are legends. There’s nowt we can’t make, and so we make brilliant musicWe make brilliant bandsWe make goals that make souls leap from seats in the standsAnd we make things from steelAnd we make things from cottonAnd we make people laugh, take the mick sommat rottenAnd we make you at homeAnd we make you feel welcome and we make summat happenAnd we can’t seem to help itAnd if you’re looking from history, then yeah we’ve a wealthBut the Manchester way is to make it yourself.And make us a record, a new number oneAnd make us a brew while you’re up, love, go onAnd make us feel proud that you’re winning the leagueAnd make us sing louder and make us believe that this is the place that has helped shape the worldAnd this is the place where a Manchester girl named Emmeline Pankhurst from the streets of Moss Side led a suffragette city with sisterhood prideAnd this is the place with appliance of science, we’re on it, atomic, we struck with defiance, and in the face of a challenge, we always stand tall, Mancunians, in union, delievered it all He told the Press Association: “As a proud Mancunian, I was worried that I’d find that emotional, particularly when I mentioned my mum, who passed away a while ago.”It meant a lot to me. I wanted to do it for Manchester. I didn’t want to crack, because Manchester won’t crack.”I felt quite calm actually, when it came to do it.”It was a privilege.”The poet, originally from Tameside, said the poem was previously commissioned by a charity called Forever Manchester.”There was flashes of humour in there because that’s Manchester all the time, and it’s Manchester even in its darkest hours.”And it’s important to me that the poem is true to Manchester and its people, and we fight through these things with humour, as hard as it is sometimes. That’s the Mancunian way,” he said.Mr Walsh, who now lives in Prestwich, said he is often commissioned to write about the city. Credit:Getty He has also previously written a poem to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Manchester Arena two years ago. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.