Gone to Iceland

June 27, 2009

I WAS in a café in central Reykjavik yesterday lunchtime when I saw a woman I had bumped into the previous evening at an Icelandic Premier League match between Fram Reykjavik and FH Hafnarfjordur.

It’s difficult to have a conversation with anyone from Iceland these days without discussing the economy, so that’s where we ended up going. “When you go back to England,” she said, “you can tell people that Alistair Darling is a fucking asshole.” Read the rest of this entry »


The making of Rajko Purovic

June 21, 2009

A FEW days ago, I wrote on here about Rajko Purovic, the Serbian teenager linked with a move to Middlesbrough by the Teesside Evening Gazette, the Daily Mirror, the Press Association, Sky Sports News and Setanta Sports News – despite not existing.

Well, I’ve now made contact with the chap who created him, to find out how and why he did it. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch the football! Watch it! It’s going to move! (But probably not on Setanta)

June 20, 2009

ONE of Mitchell and Webb’s finer non-Peep Show efforts is a sketch parodying the hyperbole of Sky Sports’ Premier League trailers. (You know the sort of thing: This is Armageddon, only slightly more important. AND IT’S LIVE!) Read the rest of this entry »

Bugduv, the sequel

June 18, 2009

FOR one fictional teenager to be swept up in the transfer speculation maelstrom could be considered unfortunate. For a second to follow is just careless. First there was Masal Bugduv. Now we have Rajko Purovic. Or rather, we don’t, because neither of them exist. Read the rest of this entry »

Jumpers for goalposts? Meat pies? Uncle Joe’s mint balls? Rugby league? Marvellous!

June 17, 2009

OH dear. Poor Wigan Athletic. They wait ages to get Roberto Martinez in as their new manager, and then promptly forget his name. Read the rest of this entry »

SuBo for the Bernabeu!

June 11, 2009

REAL Madrid are set to cause yet another transfer sensation after putting in a world-record £100million bid for Susan Boyle. Read the rest of this entry »

Enjoy Leicester, Ricky

June 9, 2009

A FRIEND of mine is convinced (and has tried to convince me) that the World Twenty20 is a lottery. And I will admit that there are a couple of similarities: 1) I have never bought a ticket for either of them; 2) In both cases, Paul Collingwood’s chances of claiming the jackpot is roughly one in 14 million. (Just watch: he’ll go and win both now.) Read the rest of this entry »