Last on MOTD: From Harry Redknapp to Coleen Nolan

August 30, 2009

WEST Ham’s last two matches could hardly have contrasted more. One featured levels of violence so frightening that everyone from Harry Redknapp to Coleen Nolan expressed justified condemnation. The other was so boring that it sent a baby to sleep. Read the rest of this entry »

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Davey departs

August 29, 2009

SIMON Davey had been under pressure before. Indeed, it seemed as though he had been under pressure from the moment he took charge of Barnsley in November 2006.

Even when he led them to the FA Cup semi-final two seasons ago – with victories over Liverpool and Chelsea along the way – the pressure didn’t ease up that much.

As of tonight, though, Davey no longer has to worry about Barnsley. Read the rest of this entry »


I love the Ashes

August 24, 2009

THERE was much to enjoy about the Test which sealed Ashes victory for England – Stuart Broad’s flurry of wickets on Friday, Ricky Ponting’s run out on Sunday, Andrew Flintoff’s surprising – and genuine – insistence that he was going to reign in his post-match celebrations this time around. But I particularly enjoyed a curious radio exchange between Geoffrey Boycott and Steve Bruce on Saturday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Back to Birmingham, Jonathan

August 23, 2009

I’VE got a load of old football programmes at home that I’m thinking of chucking out. I never read them, and they take up too much space in the back room. Yet when I mentioned this to a couple of work colleagues the other day, they looked at me as if I was mad. Read the rest of this entry »


A Supple change of direction

August 22, 2009

SHANE Supple’s decision to retire from football this week at the age of 22 was surprising enough. (Even Roy Keane seemed to be caught off-guard.) But the story has taken a new twist with the suggestion that the now ex-Ipswich Town goalkeeper has plans to become a chef. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Nineteen Eighty-Four

August 20, 2009

WHEN Wolves clinched promotion to the Premier League in April with a nervy victory over QPR at Molineux, manager Mick McCarthy was brutally frank about what they would need to survive – money. Read the rest of this entry »


You’d better not mess with Ginger Tom

August 17, 2009

THERE’S something reassuring about a trip to Oakwell. About an hour after Barnsley’s match with Coventry on Saturday, a handful of journalists were finishing off their reports in the press room when a ginger tom cat sauntered in, leapt up on a chair and made itself right at home. Read the rest of this entry »