Last on MOTD: Malicious bones

February 28, 2011

THERE are, as any legal expert knows, three defences against a charge of Doing Something Really Bad. (For those who are interested, please see the Absurd Mitigation Act 1986. It’s bound to be on Wikipedia somewhere.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Look Hughes back

February 27, 2011

MARK Hughes doesn’t seem to be having much luck with post-match handshakes this season. First there was Tony Pulis, then there was Tony Pulis again, and now there’s Roberto Mancini. Read the rest of this entry »


Roque times

February 27, 2011

I REALISE that human perception of time is flexible, that seconds can seem like hours, and vice versa. This is clear to me every time I travel on the 192 late bus between central Manchester and Carpet Right in Hazel Grove, a journey packed with the world’s human curiosities, which lasts around 45 minutes and yet seems to go on for about three-and-a-half days. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: I was there

February 12, 2011

IN the press room at the DW Stadium last Saturday, preparing to cover Blackburn’s game at Wigan, I found myself trying to explain to a fellow journalist what the Gubbometer was.

Remarkably, he managed to give a convincing impression of someone who was the faintest bit interested. “So,” he asked, I suspect out of politeness, “does that mean that, each week, you go to the game you think will be last on Match of the Day?” Read the rest of this entry »


A goalkeeper’s life

February 8, 2011

SAMUEL Johnstone, of Manchester United, is one of England’s more promising young players. Last summer, he was part of the national Under-17 squad who won the European Championships in Liechtenstein, alongside such talents as Ipswich striker Connor Wickham and Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran.

But for all his ability, the 17-year-old is unlikely to be given a chance in the Premier League any time soon. And that is because Samuel Johnstone is a goalkeeper. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: A proper own goal

February 6, 2011

TYPICAL. The most eventful day in Premier League history brings a record 41 goals and results in one managerial casualty (Roberto di Matteo). And amid all that, there’s only one own goal. Read the rest of this entry »


Sign of the times

February 6, 2011

SIX years in, and Premier League survival is not getting any easier for Wigan Athletic. It doesn’t help that rugby league appears to have regained supremacy in the town. Read the rest of this entry »