Talking about Kelvin

March 24, 2011

THE first time I encountered Kelvin Etuhu was at a press conference just before Manchester City faced Liverpool in the second leg of the 2006 FA Youth Cup final.

It was, for the first few minutes or so, an awkward occasion. Etuhu, who was just about to turn 18, was unsurprisingly a little uncomfortable facing a room full of journalists. And those reporters only knew so much about the ins and outs of City’s youth team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last on MOTD: Lorraine’s birthday

March 20, 2011

LORRAINE Case is a passionate Everton fan. So passionate, in fact, that she once paid £1,000 for a limited edition purple club shirt at a charity auction. Read the rest of this entry »


Apostrophe now

March 12, 2011

ON a newspaper sports desk, there are certain questions that crop up over and over again. Important questions: ones that need to be answered if the pursuit of high-quality journalism is to be successful.

And those questions are: 1) Has anyone seen the remote control? 2) Are you going to make us a cup of tea, then? 3) Does the name of Birmingham City’s ground have an apostrophe in it or not? Read the rest of this entry »


Where do we go from here?

March 6, 2011

I WONDER how much further Sean O’Driscoll can go with Doncaster Rovers. And I wonder if he wonders too. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Not the Goal of the Month

March 6, 2011

ALEKSANDAR Kolarov, I can reveal, will not win the BBC’s Goal of the Month competition for February. His free kick for Manchester City against Birmingham at the start of the month was spectacular. But not quite spectacular enough. Read the rest of this entry »


Capitalism vs homosexuality

March 2, 2011

THIS, then, is how a capitalist society works: A useful wicketkeeper-batsman, who has played one-day cricket for England, publicly reveals he is gay, no doubt after a great deal of personal agonising. And within 48 hours, William Hill starts taking bets on when a Premier League footballer will come out.

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