Stockport County in pieces

April 25, 2011

I DIDN’T go to Edgeley Park for Stockport’s game against Northampton this afternoon. I could have gone. Perhaps I should have gone. But I’d already arranged to spend the day elsewhere with friends – and while there may be fans who would readily cancel social engagements to follow their team, I’m not one of them. Still, being a football supporter isn’t a competition, you know. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last on MOTD: I’ve never been to…

April 24, 2011

THE laws of probability dictate that if you stick an infinite number of English football journalists in a room for an infinite period of time, the conversation will turn to how many of the 92 league grounds they have visited within about half-an-hour. Read the rest of this entry »


David Gower’s sporting googly

April 19, 2011

TIMING is everything. Just as the grumblings get louder over Stoke City’s potential ‘lose and you win’ route into the Europa League, a leaflet drops through my letterbox proclaiming the UK political voting system should be kept simple, like sport. Whuh? Read the rest of this entry »


Every loser wins?

April 17, 2011

YOU remember the tale of that daft Caribbean football competition in the mid-1990s in which a team had to score an own goal to give themselves a chance of going through to the next round? Oh, how we laughed at those foreigners and their funny ways.

Could never happen over here, we smirked to ourselves. We have proper football tournaments in this country. Oh yeah? You want to take a look at the weird situation which could see Stoke City qualify for next season’s Europa League by losing two games in four days. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Torres and June

April 17, 2011

EVEN as a small child in the 1980s with barely-formed critical faculties, I thought that Terry and June was rubbish. Apart from June, who would spend the entire half-hour rolling her eyes and shaking her head, I could never understand why any of the characters behaved the way they did. Read the rest of this entry »


The fairest of them all

April 14, 2011

IT’S fairly common practice in local athletic club 5k and 10k races to hand out spot prizes. So while the first few to finish will win something, as you’d expect, there will also be a random draw to give a prize to one or two of the runners further back as well.

I think it’s a nice idea, because it gives those runners who don’t have a hope in hell of winning the race at least a chance of going home with something. And I feel the same about European football’s equivalent of the spot prize draw: The UEFA Fair Play Ranking, aka the Fair Play League. Although, actually, it does seem as though the Fair Play prizes go to the same places rather a lot. Read the rest of this entry »


Well, you looked a bit like Frank McAvennie

April 11, 2011

READING the programme for Saturday’s game between Bolton and West Ham, I was reminded of a mini-argument I had recently with the comedian Richard Herring on Twitter about picture research. (Twitter, I think, was invented to allow us to argue with people we have never met.) Read the rest of this entry »