It's Up For Grabs Now
Thursday, January 30, 2003
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
1-5 clearly not plucky enough for Farnborough manager, thus leaving them chairmanless - so that £500K or whatever's really going to last
Sunday, January 26, 2003
Apart from Barry Davies' constant surprise that non-league sides can put a pass together, best bit of MOTD surely was Joe Royle's summation that "They've scored four goals, and our keeper's not had a thing to save all day." Shouldn't Andy Marshall have tried a bit harder, then?
Saturday, January 25, 2003
Eurosport to start showing two live Serie A games every Sunday from next week; Paul Elliott frantically rings his agent (NB. idiots on what's left of C4 Football Italia forum claiming this proves C4 were wrong, because god knows the standard to set is getting the rights to half the season with 10.30pm highlights of half the games the next day)
So there you have it - Zidane does not receive lemon caramels
Friday, January 24, 2003
Whatever Gary Lineker can do, Robbie Earle can do on a lower level, although he'd still escaped the attention of Phil 'Morbo' Ball until recently
Thursday, January 23, 2003
Exercise bikes in dug-outs? Honestly, what are training ground multigyms for?
England National Game, whatever that is, evidently in safe hands
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Ladies and gentlemen, pray silence for the worst headline in the world, as well as the assertion, seven paragraphs from the end, that celery is a satirical item. What's Rory Bremner's gardener's phone number?
David James gives up drinking for the cause - unfortunately he's just bought an XBox
"Play for West Brom? I'd rather retire, thanks"
Football could lead to motor neurone disease - worth noting that the picture link from the FootballGuardian front page is captioned 'Turin trauma How Panini stickers helped uncover a football tragedy', yet we can't find a mention of Panini and the ilk anywhere in the article
Monday, January 20, 2003
Cloughie not in the best of health, all told, although clearly not so bad in spirit, "teaching us all how to play golf" - from a hospital bed?
El Salvador v Guatemala abandoned as no-one can decide how to finish it - note referee Jesse Jackson, possibly prevaricating while he thinks what Martin Luther King would have done
How much more can Uri Geller do to Exeter before everyone gives up on them? Apparently James Earl Jones will ghostwrite his programme column
Sunday, January 19, 2003
You'll note from the Sunday Mirror 'expose' on Michael Owen that his betting losses are calculated on what he would have lost had his almost all favourites had come in, which is like printing a Premiership table with Liverpool top with maximum points because that's what they'd have had had they won every game. And anyway, why print "he could have won over £2000, but he didn't" and three paragraphs down "the £70,000 a week striker"? And he's not actually getting £70,000 a week, is he? Cascarino, you have some explaining to do
Sites we are not affiliated with No.2 - Last updated November 5th, is that? Who at FHM really has this site bookmarked?
Sites we are not affiliated with No.1 - what's the relevance of TV/Film page? In what circumstances is the relevant page 'Fun'?
Two for one - Beckenbauer talks up a Premiership winter break for us and the German FA head accuses linesmen of having a 'visual defect', which will go down well next referee's meeting
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Bradford sort out their wage problem by selling Benito Carbone's house - shouldn't they have thought of that before?
Congratulations to Elgin midfielder David Craig, who in the space of a week injured his ankle tripping over his grandmother's wheelie bin and then announced he was quitting the club to join the RAF. Now there's a man with a sense of occasion
Friday, January 17, 2003
Professional footballer 'dumb arse' shock - pain in his foot for some time and he didn't think to get it checked out?
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Police threaten to postpone matches - presumably soon the police won't be ready to hold Cup ties on the same day as anything else
van Nistelrooy interview correct, apart from the words - pity, as it actually made him seem like he had more humility
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
We saw Ian Ridley - odd how nobody mentions his Paul Merson book, isn't it? - on a C4 schools' programme earlier at Upton Park teaching a kid the language of the press box. Now he wants to get into non-league ownership and drag Tony into it, when surely the last thing journos should be doing is pretending they know how to run these clubs
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Americans want to buy out Chelsea Village, and maybe the intention is they'll bring the Maryland grass with them
Sunday, January 12, 2003
"We're beset by international cliques!", and thus Laurent Robert rules himself even further out of the love of Newcastle fans (NB. quotes from News of The World, and hence may not be strictly accurate)
Eidur Gudjohnsen lost £400K gambling, clearly because he's paid too much
Saturday, January 11, 2003
Stefan 'is he still going?' Schwarz gets hump with kids throwing snowballs at his car - how's he going to cope in the real world?
Dorchester Town more in profit than Chelsea. And Leicester. And Derby. And Ipswich. And...
Friday, January 10, 2003
Coventry 14 year old scores hat-trick of direct corners - "only when another dad told me it was a world record that it hit me"? How did he know? (NB. David Seaman joke excised for reasons of obviousness)
Does Ryan Giggs blame all his injuries on his cars?
Fulham Ladies taken out of professionalism and consequently the manager resigns - honestly, one 'women's football will stay at Craven Cottage!' comment...
Thursday, January 09, 2003
Wayne Bridge some sort of uncrowned prince of Scalextric, apparently
Ogrizovic update - "not in Kazhakstan after all" shock
Mick Quinn is innocent- must be all that bouncing on the ground frightening his charges
Tuesday, January 07, 2003
Chester take an 18 year old on work experience - one for David Moyes there
Monday, January 06, 2003
Heads-up for London-based Soccer AM fans - Tim's doing the XFM breakfast show all this week, with the crew as his possee
"Dennis Bergkamp? That was me responsible for that, and don't ever forget it, eh?"
Clubs linked with Gazza list get even longer, although surely someone leant on the keyboard when typing out the club name
Free Steve Ogrizovic! He's actually a coach at Coventry now, but there's no harm in hoping for his early release
Sunday, January 05, 2003
Franchise unlikely to go through this season say Millwall, unless they fancy turning up at the wrong venue
Sorry about that, we should have guessed - the C4 Roy Keane documentary is no good, and features no Roy Keane input as had been suggested. But it does feature Phil Starbuck
If Arsenal arrange a lucrative pre-season tour for July, can we kill Wenger? After all, it's not so long ago that David Dein was opposed to shortening the Champions League when UEFA claimed that change would mean players played less games
Saturday, January 04, 2003
Mini Mike returns - did anyone listen to this outside the commentators' families last year?
And, er, in this last minute of the day in question, we'd just like to say happy birthday to ourselves. So here goes.
Happy birthday, Simon.
Friday, January 03, 2003
David Beckham Welsh kids' sports star of the year but we're lucky - a few years ago they'd have voted for Jamie Redknapp
Joint Rangers and Celtic sponsorship deal? Who are the fans supposed to boycott now?
Bizarre story from a Winnipeg paper, this, to which the link has expired but we repeat here:
Fox Sports World pulled English commentary on recent English Premier League football broadcasts because of a derogatory term used by an English commentator during a broadcast, a Fox Sports World Canada spokesman said Monday.
The decision was made by Fox Sports World and not the Canadian specialty channel, said Tom Scott, programming supervisor for Fox Sports World Canada.
The comment that caused the move was a reference to a Chinese player as a Chinaman or Chinamen. Both Manchester City and Everton have Chinese players on their roster: Sun Jihai for Manchester City and Li Tie and Li Wei Fing for Everton.
Fox Sports World used American commentator Christian Miles and English native Nick Webster among others to fill the void.
The normal English commentary is now back in place.
But Fox Sports World Canada viewers, many fanatics about soccer, were quick to contact the Canadian network about the replacement announcers.
The tone of the viewer e-mails was "What the heck is going on? We hate it. Bring back the original announcers," said Scott.
Scott said his network had not received any complaints about the Chinaman reference.
Fox Sports World Canada gets its English football from Fox Sports International or Fox Sports World. And Scott said he "absolutely" would have liked to have got some advance word on the decision to pull the normal English commentary.
"We were alerted that this comment was made during a specific game. We didn't know, though, they were going to change the announcers," he said from Winnipeg.
"Even if they did tell us ahead of time, we still wouldn't have had any option otherwise but to take their signal," he added.
Still advance warning might have helped the Canadian network provide answers to disgruntled viewers.
"We did get a disproportionate amount of negative e-mail on this," Scott said.
Thursday, January 02, 2003
Reading tannoy announcer : "the referee has agreed to abandon this game with the agreement of both managers" Both managers : "No we didn't!" Tannoy announcer : "oh shit"
BBCi's launched a 6-0-6 site, complete with audio on demand of both the show and the Rantline (nggh) just in case you really daren't miss a second's worth of ill-informed odds shouting about Gerard Houllier. There's also message boards for each club, all of which still seem to be empty. Yes, it's certainly proving itself to be the nation's conversation. On the upside, the poll has a 'don't know/care' option. But they seem to have let go of our football board host mate Ed, so stuff 'em
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
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Stan Ternent hates Neil Warnock, and who can blame him?