Blue hell

April 28, 2009

RE-READING Birmingham City’s programme for last Saturday’s match against Preston, I can feel myself wince. There are so many statements of cautious optimism inside, it hurts. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: My camera never lies

April 26, 2009

I HAVE, to my knowledge, only been picked out in the crowd by TV cameras at a football match three times. Fortunately, none of them were particularly embarrassing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Anglo-Swedish Guillem Balague

April 23, 2009

TUESDAY evening. My┬ámobile rings. It’s a friendly-sounding┬áchap from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Well, you know how popular I am in Sweden. Read the rest of this entry »

Shearer’s shadow

April 21, 2009

SIR Bobby Robson’s Mail on Sunday column last weekend was ostensibly about Manchester City. But it ended up giving an insight into the remarkable level of authority Alan Shearer wielded as a player at Newcastle. Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: There’s no one quite like David Elleray

April 18, 2009

BACK in the 1990s, there was a referee called David Elleray. He became, entirely inadvertently, a kind of refereeing pantomime villain. Read the rest of this entry »

Golden year

April 18, 2009

I’M not saying Wolves were on edge ahead of this afternoon’s game against QPR. It’s just that, when the gates opened 90 minutes before kick-off, the first song played over the public address system was ‘Let’s Face The Music And Dance’. Read the rest of this entry »

Match of the season

April 14, 2009

ABOUT an hour-and-a-half before kick off, the news broke that Steven Gerrard was not even in Liverpool’s squad. My phone beeped – a text message from a friend. “Liverpool have given up, then,” it read. Well, not quite, as it turned out. Read the rest of this entry »