Last on MOTD: Bushtucker trial

December 27, 2011

NOVEMBER 2012. Against all reason, ITV bosses have commissioned a 93rd series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. And against all odds, they have assembled their most stellar cast yet: Gaz Top, Lord Birt, Daniel Bedingfield, Tiffany, the Andrex puppy, Stacy Lattisaw, Charlotte Hindle, Terry Duckworth from Coronation Street, Suzanne Charlton, Jimmy Cricket, Bill Clinton, Steve Ogrizovic and a life-size cardboard cut-out of Spike Milligan. And me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last on MOTD: It’s 19,988, not 1988

December 22, 2011

AS Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton raced away to score the Premier League’s 20,000th goal against Arsenal last night, my friend and colleague Ian Baker started grumbling on Twitter.

“Sky are now hyping up the 20,000th Premier League goal,” he tweeted. “Of course, football didn’t exist before 1992. Surely it’ll be the 2,000,000 and something top-flight goal. Come on Sky, pull your finger out and work it out!” Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: Take your own goal kicks

December 18, 2011

SIR Trevor Brooking, my late grandma’s favourite football pundit (“When a chap’s as good looking as Trevor, he can say what the hell he likes”), gave an interview to the Manchester Evening News a couple of weeks ago in his role as FA director of football development. Read the rest of this entry »


Mystery of the unseen equaliser

December 17, 2011

IT was a piffling incident, but a puzzle all the same: Norwich manager Paul Lambert missed Everton’s late equaliser at Goodison Park this afternoon after leaving his dugout, but he didn’t want to say why. Read the rest of this entry »


Four-something-something-one

December 11, 2011

CRYSTAL Palace fans, help me out here. You watch your team every week – whereas yesterday’s match at Nottingham Forest was the first time I had seen them live this season. So tell me: What exactly is your formation? Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: I’m nearly Alan Partridge

December 11, 2011

I AM fully expecting someone, somewhere, to get me Alan Partridge’s autobiography for Christmas. If they do, it won’t be because they think I’ll appreciate the witty deconstruction of the celebrity autobiography’s tendency towards self-satisfaction and petty score settling, wrapped in a sweaty blanket of false modesty. Oh no. It’ll be because they think I’m a bit like him. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: 2001, a tennis odyssey

December 4, 2011

1997 must have been a rubbish year for British sport. Did Greg Rusedski really win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award just for reaching the US Open final? And was Tim Henman really second on the basis of reaching the last eight at Wimbledon and winning an ATP Tour event? Apparently so. Read the rest of this entry »