Last on MOTD: Ten things that have never been said about Joey Barton

August 29, 2010

WHAT can you say about Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton that hasn’t already been said? Well, let’s see: Read the rest of this entry »


Redeem thyself

August 29, 2010

FIRST this weekend, an apology. Back in January, when Reading knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup, I wrote on this blog that I would be amazed if Brian McDermott got the manager’s job full-time. Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: The Jack Charlton method

August 22, 2010

AH, the Nineties. Who can forget the Nineties – all John Major and Britpop and Noel Edmonds and nostalgia for the Seventies? Ah, the Nineties, when the football public used to laugh at Jack Charlton for his elastic interpretation of international eligibility rules.

(I’m pretty sure Jarvis Cocker wrote a wry song about those rules, combining tactical analysis of World Cup qualifiers with references to woodchip wallpaper and nervous fumblings in a wardrobe with his best mate’s sister, but the title escapes me.) Read the rest of this entry »


August 21, 2010

A FEW weeks ago, I spoke to Alex Cisak, the former Leicester City back-up goalkeeper who recently signed for Accrington. He suggested that making your way as a young player at the Walkers Stadium hadn’t been easy in the midst of so many changes at the top. Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: Baby steps

August 15, 2010

A COUPLE of Fridays ago, I was invited on to BBC Radio London to discuss Fulham’s appointment of Mark Hughes. While I would like to think I was asked on because of my authority, depth of knowledge and articulate manner, it was actually because the journalist they originally wanted to speak to was on holiday. Read the rest of this entry »

Starting again

August 7, 2010

THE late Tony Wilson once told a story of a heated meeting he had with members of New Order during one of the Hacienda nightclub’s many security or finance-related crises. Read the rest of this entry »