Raining champions

July 30, 2009

THERE was a chap on the radio the other day from the Met Office, trying gamely to defend their ability to predict the weather after they had been forced to alter their summer forecast from “glorious” to “glorious for fish”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Famous at last

July 30, 2009

I’VE had an extremely busy couple of weeks one way or another, which is why I’ve been a bit slack on the blogging front of late. It’s also why it’s taken me over a week to get round to acknowledging my debut in the Football365 Mediawatch column. Read the rest of this entry »


Sven-Goran Eriksson vs Michael Jackson

July 22, 2009

LET’S get one thing straight. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s arrival at Notts County is not the most surreal event ever to hit what is now League Two. I write as someone who once saw Uri Geller bend a spoon in the directors’ box at Macclesfield Town. Read the rest of this entry »


The ordinary man breaks out

July 15, 2009

IN the course of a superb feature for the Guardian in 2005, Simon Hattenstone came up with this description of Freddie “Andrew” Flintoff: “There seems to be an ordinary man trying to break out of the superman carapace and retire to a quiet corner of the pub.” Read the rest of this entry »


This is not Twenty20

July 12, 2009

THE most gripping Test of the 2005 Ashes series wasn’t, I would venture, the dramatic encounter at Edgbaston, when Michael Kasprowicz gloved a Steve Harmison thunderbolt to the wicketkeeper with Australia just one big hit from victory. It was the following Test at Old Trafford, when last pair Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath had to see out a nerve-shredding final four overs to earn a draw. Read the rest of this entry »


Next time, he’ll get it right

July 5, 2009

ADVANCE hype can make sporting fools of us all – just ask England’s 1982 World Cup squad. Having released a pre-tournament stomp-along-at-home single called “This Time (We’ll Get It Right)”, Ron Greenwood’s men were knocked out in the second group stage after a goalless draw with Spain which saw Kevin Keegan miss an open goal from eight yards.

And they didn’t even get the consolation of a No.1 hit either, as their song was kept off the top of the singles charts by “Ebony and Ivory”. Read the rest of this entry »


Looking for Lee Chapman

July 5, 2009

HERE’S a little fact for all those of you who enjoyed, as I did, the copious amounts of cod (and sardine) philosophy doled out by Eric Cantona in Ken Loach’s excellent film Looking For Eric. The first time Cantona tried to conduct a TV interview in English, he had to use Lee Chapman as an interpreter. Read the rest of this entry »