Last on MOTD: Roy Hodgson? Roy Hodgson?!

December 30, 2007

NOW here’s a curious thing. A month ago, Roy Hodgson was been touted as a contender for the England job. A less serious contender than Jose Mourinho, perhaps. But a more serious contender than Jeff Stelling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Against the throw

December 27, 2007

AT least Bob Anderson, aka The Limestone Cowboy, spoke from some position of authority last week when he called for darts to be included in the Olympics. Anderson once had a chance to go to the Games with the Great Britain javelin team, but then broke his arm. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Mind the germs!

December 27, 2007

MAYBE it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the time of year. Maybe it’s the stresses and strains of a packed festive football programme. But there seem to be an awful lot of ill managers around at the moment. Read the rest of this entry »


Computers are rubbish

December 23, 2007

I’VE now seen two computer reconstructions of Reading’s winning goal against Sunderland: both taken from the same footage. The BBC’s animation showed that the ball did not cross the line, Sky’s showed that it did. Well, that’s brilliant. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Did you get dressed in the dark?

December 23, 2007

DOES David Sullivan dress like that all the time? There was the Birmingham owner, sitting in the directors’ box at the Reebok Stadium in a ushanka hat and a Russian-style overcoat, looking for all the world as if he was off to Red Square for Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »


On the borderline

December 22, 2007

IT really does feel like the edge of the earth at Chester’s Deva Stadium. From the press box, looking beyond the stand opposite, all I could see were miles and miles of fields and electricity pylons. Mind you, the last thing I was thinking about was what I could see. Read the rest of this entry »


First on MOTD: I can tell you right now who is going to replace John Motson

December 22, 2007

TIME for a switch of emphasis. (Don’t worry; the usual Last on MOTD nonsense will follow later on. After Saturday’s Match of the Day, in fact.) Christmas is a time for unwanted and disappointing presents from people who don’t really know what stuff you like. So on that basis, I thought I’d chip in with my gift to you all. Read the rest of this entry »