Memphis City F.C. V Little Rock Rangers S.C.

I-40 Cup

2nd Leg

Sunday 24th April 2016

Kick off 18.00

Memphis City F.C. 3 Little Rock Rangers S.C. 3 (4-5 aggregate),  attendance 650

8′ 1-0

11′ 1-1 (pen)


48′ 3-1

57′ 3-2

85′ 3-3

@ Mike Rose Soccer Complex

9000, East Shelby Drive

Memphis, TN 38125

$10 admission

No programme.

It was about half an hours drive east from the basketball, so plenty of time to eat before the match although the refreshments in the stadium looked ok.

Memphis looked like they had turned the tie round when they went 3-1 up on the night, but Little Rock had the advantage of the tie being decided by the ‘away goals rule’ so only needed to be a goal down to win the cup. In the end they won overall anyway. The crowd count here was so much more realistic than on Friday. Only 50 more than I had estimated.

After the match, which finished off my little 5 match tour, I drove back into Arkansas and stopped overnight just west of Little Rock. At least it would only be 300 miles home from here.




















Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs

National Basketball Association

Western Conference

Play Offs, First Round

Sunday 24th April 2016

Tip off 12.00

Memphis Grizzlies 95 San Antonio Spurs 116,  attendance 18,119

Grizzlies Starters ;

Matt Barnes, 15 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk

Jordan Farmar, 6 pts, 1 reb, 5 ast

Vince Carter, 14 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast

Zach Randolph, 15 pts, 7 reb

Tony Allen, 6 pts, 1 reb, 2 stl

Playing Reserves ;

Lance Stephenson, Chris Anderson, JaMychal Green, Xavier Munford

Spurs Starters ;

Kawhi Leonard, 21 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk

LaMarcus Aldridge, 15 pts, 10 reb, 1 stl

Tony Parker, 16 pts, 2 ast

Tim Duncan, 7 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 3 blk

Danny Green, 2 pts, 2 reb, 1 stl

Playing Reserves ;

Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson, David West, Patrick Mills, Jonathon Simmons, Manu Ginobili, Andre Miller, Boban Marjanovic

@ FedExForum

191,Beale Street

Memphis TN, 38103

$40 admission, plus $17.57 fees (resale ticket) print at home.

Programme free, 28 pages.


I couldn’t believe my luck when this was scheduled for a noon start. Tickets were plentiful, although pricey, on the resale websites, probably due to the second seed Spurs being 3-0 up in the series and no surprise that this gave them a 4-0 whitewash over the number 7 seed. Glad I got to see Tim Duncan play for Spurs as it can’t be too much longer before he calls time on a very successful career. There was a bit of a scare midway through the second quarter when a power surge in Downtown Memphis caused all the lights to go off in the arena. Thankfully we were sorted and underway again 20 minutes later. Phew !

FedExForum is located right in downtown Memphis and as well as the Grizzlies, it is also home to University Memphis Tigers in N.C.A.A. Division I. It opened in September 2004, at a cost of $250 million and capacity is 18,119. Despite this also being the official attendance, it was far from full, perhaps as many as 2,000 empty seats dotted around.

Parking was plentiful, although again not free. The local clientele certainly give the area a very poor first impression and I was certainly thankful this game would be finished in daylight !