Crazy times in Manchester

April 29, 2008

THE morning belonged to City, the evening to United. Sir Alex Ferguson is going to Moscow. Sven-Goran Eriksson is just going. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last on MOTD: What made the difference, Kevin?

April 27, 2008

MY first encounter with Kevin Keegan was at a post-match press conference a few months after he had taken over at Manchester City in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »


Simply the 37th best

April 26, 2008

ANYONE artistic or creative will tell you this: As soon as you make your work public, you lose ownership of it – as people will always attach their own meanings to it.

For instance, when Mike Chapman and Holly Knight wrote ‘Simply The Best’ – Tina Turner’s ode to overstatement – in the late 1980s, they probably never imagined that it would one day be blared out over a public address system during Barnsley’s player of the year awards. Read the rest of this entry »


Unless I’m very much mistaken…

April 25, 2008

“UNLESS I’m very much mistaken,” Murray Walker once said during a Formula One commentary, only to interrupt himself mid-observation. “I am very much mistaken!”

The first half of that quote became so closely associated with Walker, that it ended up as the title of his 2003 autobiography.

There may be another chapter to write. Unless I’m very much mistaken, Bruce Willis is being lined up to play Walker in a film biopic of Michael Schumacher. Read the rest of this entry »


Of flesh and blood I’m made

April 24, 2008

CRISTIANO Ronaldo is not a badger. He is not a skyscraper. He is not a trifle, nor a giraffe, nor a door hinge. He is not even a panda. No. Cristiano Ronaldo is human. Read the rest of this entry »


Out of the wreckage

April 23, 2008

TEN years ago this week, Wrexham were just about hanging on to a Second Division play-off place – and were the top football club in Wales. The decade since has not been kind. Last night, their 87-year run as a Football League club was ended by defeat at Hereford. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Derby are the champions

April 19, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS to Derby County, last night mathematically confirmed as winners of the Gubbometer after they were shown last on Match of the Day for the 12th time this season. Read the rest of this entry »