Hazel and Toffee (reprise)

May 30, 2009

NINE months ago, I wrote a post on this blog describing how Everton’s destiny lay in the hands of Hazel Blears. Since then, things have perked up considerably for the Toffees, and got a lot gloomier for Salford’s MP. Yet if I had to bet on which of the two has the brighter long-term future, I’d still go for Blears. Read the rest of this entry »


Kings of Spain

May 27, 2009

IT is, perhaps, a sign of just how overheated the transfer rumour mill got this season that Barcelona’s two scorers in tonight’s Champions League final were, at various points of the season, both linked with moves to Manchester City. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: To the end

May 24, 2009

THE tension! The drama! The excitement! And that was just Phil Brown singing. Is this really the best trip you’ve ever been on, Phil? Because if it is, that’s one hell of a high fear threshold you’ve got there. Read the rest of this entry »


Up the Swanage

May 21, 2009

YOU know what? Britain may be in financial meltdown, and our MPs may be sucking us dry to clean their moats and pay for their partners’ pornography viewing. Getting caught in the same part of town as a protest march may now be a matter of life and death, and it may now be possible to get jailed for up to 10 years for taking a photograph of a police officer. And there may soon be only three jobs left in the whole country.

But we are British, and we are proud. And that means that, even when times are tough, we fight to the end for a footballer’s right to run through a Dorset town wearing only his underpants. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: A testing place to go

May 16, 2009

YOU can’t miss it on a visit to Stoke City these days. It’s there, as clear as day, right by the corner flag. And yet I’ve not seen it at any other Premier League ground. Read the rest of this entry »


A big match

May 16, 2009

“IS this your worst moment in football?”

Steve Coppell thought about that for a moment, before answering a completely different question. It might have been Reading v Burnley on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t. This was Manchester United v Arsenal, 30 years ago this week, as shown on The Big Match Revisited on ITV4 on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »


My very own Kirk Broadfoot moment

May 15, 2009

I DO feel sympathy for Kirk Broadfoot, the Rangers full-back forced to go to hospital after a microwaved egg exploded in his face. You see, I’ve been there – kind of.

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