Last on MOTD: Ever decreasing circles

November 28, 2010

A RECENT poll suggested that 84 per cent of people in this country believe you can prove anything with statistics. That’s certainly true when it comes to the achievements of Fulham manager Mark Hughes, whose career trajectory is increasingly coming to resemble the basic plot structure of a British sitcom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Go fourth

November 23, 2010

THERE’S a feeling among Manchester City players past and present that the club are getting there. Colin Bell thinks so. Micah Richards thinks so. Read the rest of this entry »


Warming up

November 21, 2010

MAYBE it’s a sign that I’m getting old, but my first thought on seeing the scantily-clad female cheerleaders at Oakwell ahead of Barnsley’s match against Portsmouth yesterday was: “For Christ’s sake, put some jumpers on – you’ll catch your deaths of cold out there.” Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Giles Barnes’ Fantasy League woes

November 21, 2010

THERE was a time when West Brom midfielder Giles Barnes was mentioned in the same breath as Gareth Bale. To prove it, here’s a quote from Glenn Roeder, then Newcastle’s manager, in early 2007, before either player got a chance in the Premier League:

“The only two players I am interested in from the Championship are Giles Barnes and Gareth Bale,” Roeder said. “They are two outstanding talents and the sort of players we should be looking at. A lot of top clubs fancy them.” Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Just call me AJ

November 14, 2010

THIS may sound daft, given that I once went to interview Thaksin Shinawatra under strict instructions to ask him about his human rights record from my boss. But the most nervous I have ever been before an interview was when I spoke to the former Bolton goalkeeper Seamus McDonagh about six years ago. Read the rest of this entry »


One man from Argentina

November 13, 2010

I HAVEN’T given an awful lot of thought to poppy etiquette, assuming that you either buy one or you don’t, and that’s it. But Ken Bates got me thinking after appearing on the Elland Road big screen ahead of this afternoon’s match between Leeds and Bristol City. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: I love 2009

November 11, 2010

REMEMBER 2009? With Gordon Brown and Jedward and Rory Delap’s long throws? What amazing times they were. Read the rest of this entry »