Last on MOTD: Climbing Kilimanjaro with Nick Hancock

October 31, 2010

I CAN’T even begin to imagine what it must be like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with the Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. But then I’m not Nick Hancock. Read the rest of this entry »

On the telly

October 27, 2010

JUST about any other non-league club in the FA Cup first round would have been thrilled by an offer to have their tie shown live on television. For the board of FC United, though, such an offer represented a dilemma – one big enough to justify a 700-word statement on their website this week after they agreed to an ESPN request to move their tie at Rochdale to a Friday night. Read the rest of this entry »

Footnotes on a psychic octopus

October 26, 2010

PAUL the Octopus’ Wikipedia profile, you might be interested to know, has more footnotes than that of Andres Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final. Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: How to be offside

October 24, 2010

THE offside rule is perfectly straightforward, as I understand it. When the attacking side gets anywhere near their opponents’ goal, the defending team and their fans must yell “offside!” at the top of their voices and hope for the best. That’s it. Read the rest of this entry »


October 23, 2010

WHEN Billy Sharp scored in Doncaster’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United this evening, he ran towards the dugout and lifted his shirt to reveal a red vest bearing the words ‘Fat Lad From Sheffield’.

First, I asked myself: What’s all that about? And then I thought: Good job he scored, or he wouldn’t have had the chance to show that message. And then I wondered: How many times has a player gone to the trouble of getting a vest/undershirt made up with a special message, and then not had the chance to display it? Read the rest of this entry »

The cow in the next field

October 22, 2010

SOMETIMES, even no news is news. Witness the Sky Sports News yellow Breaking News ticker, the 21st century’s answer to the Allied Carpets sale. Around 7pm last night, it flashed yellow with this gem: “Manchester United statement: No developments to report today.” Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: Murphy’s war

October 17, 2010

WOLVES manager Mick McCarthy wasn’t too happy to discover he was on the shortlist for the Danny Murphy Villain of the Year Award, sponsored by Injury Lawyers 4 U. (“Have you been involved in an accident at work?”) Read the rest of this entry »