Category Archives: football

World Ending. Rooney’s Fault.

It was interesting reading of the Sven Goran Eriksson reaction to Wayne Rooney’s sending off against Montenegro. Much derided now, but mainly because of matters that had nothing to do with football.  The fact remains that England’s best performances over … Continue reading

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Match of the Day: it’s Getting Worse

Another Saturday night, another set of boring-but-expensive black shirts, unblinking eyes and clichés galore.  Alexander Netherton brilliantly described it as like a venereal disease:  “Match of the Day is like herpes, there are periods of respite but you can never truly … Continue reading

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Why the FA Cup is Dying

Ah the joy of a Cup weekend, where the cliché factor is high and the attendances are low. The usual flam is trotted out about the romance of the cup followed by the almost perpetual complaints, usually from professional commentators … Continue reading

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Decoding Premier League Hypocrisy

“Rooney har skickats iväg igen, han är en huligan från Liverpool!” It sounded urgent but I had no idea whether it was good news or not.  It turned out the Swedish commentator was lamenting a red card for our old … Continue reading

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Under 11s 5-a-side: Serious Business

You can’t accuse fans of Lech Poznan for not taking their Under 11’s match against Tottenham Hotspur seriously. Fair play to them.  In this country it’s a farce on a muddy pitch before the hardest Dad chases the Ref out … Continue reading

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The Reason England Didn’t Get the World Cup?

So do we know yet the reason for England’s failed World Cup bid?  As ever, the answers are in plain sight.  Yes, the media was responsible – but not, as is claimed, the entirely legitimate and necessary Panorama and Sunday … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Nothing much except Airdrie have gone and covered their match day programme commemorating Remembrance Sunday with a picture of Nazi, not Allied, soldiers heading off to war.  The usual harbingers of doom are demanding resignations, but it’s only a mistake … Continue reading

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The Reason Wayne Rooney is Leaving Manchester United

Today’s newspapers are bulging with Rooney related speculation, leaving most people to try and read between the lines of half-truths and educated guesswork in the Sports press about the reason for the fairly shocking news that Wayne Rooney wants to … Continue reading

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Campaign for an English National Anthem

Giddy as I am with quivering excitement about the possibility of being taken to see England play Scotland in the Six Nations, it raises that often awful prospect that a true Monarch-loving nationalist as myself faces whenever England face another … Continue reading

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Is This Anti-English Discrimination?

I mean I wouldn’t get away with dropping the C word on Scottish TV would I? Not like this genius on BBC Northwest Tonight anyway.  “What did he say?” “Who knows, just broadcast it.  By the time it comes on … Continue reading

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