Dark forces

January 26, 2011

AS regular readers of this blog will already be aware, I know nothing. Three days ago, I suggested Richard Keys and Andy Gray would survive Offsidegate. First Gray went, sacked. Then Keys parcelled up his career and hurled it on to the nearest tip with one of the most extraordinary radio interviews I’ve ever heard. Read the rest of this entry »


Richard Keys, Andy Gray and a woman with a flag

January 23, 2011

MALE officials, eh? Useless. When Blackburn’s Jermaine Jones brought down West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie two feet inside the area at Ewood Park today, referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free kick, not a penalty.

Andy Gray, commentating on the game for Sky, decided against suggesting that Clattenburg’s error was down to his gender. Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: Two daft Welshmen

January 23, 2011

GUESS who was the first player booked when Fulham faced Stoke yesterday? Danny Murphy. That’s right: Danny Murphy. Bless you, Stuart Attwell. I do like a referee with a sense of humour. Read the rest of this entry »


January 23, 2011

THE teenage girl serving in one of the fast food restaurants next to Glanford Park was distracted by the Sky Sports Football Yearbook I was carrying.

“What’s the book?” she asked. I explained I was a journalist covering Scunthorpe United’s game against Burnley, and her ears pricked up. Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: The seven habits of highly-forgettable matches

January 16, 2011

WHEN I was a teenager, and should really have been reading The Catcher In The Rye or Razzle, a family friend loaned me a copy of The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People. Read the rest of this entry »

A commentator’s nightmare

January 15, 2011

AN ESTEEMED local radio commentator in Manchester brought out a book last year called The Best Job In The World. And football commentating is a great job, most of the time. But Reading 107’s Peter Hood might feel a bit differently after his experiences at Doncaster this afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

Sixteenth time lucky

January 13, 2011

IT was all Alex Williams’ doing. If the Stenhousemuir striker, whose roundabout career has taken him via Australia and Ireland, hadn’t equalised in the last minute of their Scottish Cup third-round tie against Threave Rovers on November 20, we would have been denied the season’s oddest football saga. Read the rest of this entry »