It's Up For Grabs Now
Thursday, August 28, 2003
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Portsmouth may be new to the Premiership, but they've already caught up with its hyperbole levels - look at that headline
We don't often - well, never - do betting updates, but well spotted to whoever it was that noticed Blue Square are currently offering the following:
Man Utd to record biggest Premiership victory ever (ie more than 9-0) : 13/2
Man Utd to beat Wolves 10-0 : 150/1
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
It's nice to be nice, so let's be - BBCi Team Of The Week goes interactive And to think the Conservatives want to shut it down!
You have to wonder at some people sometimes - here's Everton fans complaining about the away end, here Fulham, chanting. "I think they do it to vocalise their love for their club, to present a unified front to opposing fans, to let the players know they are there (the old cliche about the crowd being a 12th man)" - no, really? Cunning bastards.
Of course he has a vested interest : Jon Hall
Monday, August 25, 2003
NewsNow strikes again! Top clickthrough headline at the moment - 'RED DEVILS SIGN METTOMO'
Sunday, August 24, 2003
David Seaman surname taken too literally by Maritime Museum. No, not in the coarse sense, the literal sense. (bit at the bottom, although you might as well read the rest as we've seen the band in question live and they're excellent)
Before anyone else makes the cross-reference with West Ham's shirt sponsors, let us relay something spotted on their official site earlier today:
Saturday, August 23, 2003
Some find the drop harder than others, granted, but really, West Ham refusing to use Rotherham's away dressing room? Did last season not teach them anything about falling on their overpampered arses?
We notice that someone found the site looking for 'ruud van nistelrooy sexy pic'. We've never considered Ruud a great studmuffin of the game, but just in case that lovestruck person should visit the blog again:
Too much PaintShop Pro expertise : Darren Gee
Last night Ceefax's football index featured the classic line:
Luton * Leeds * So Solid * Other news 312
Here's what that was about - Harvey signs for Ford United in a 'no, really, he can play, it's not a publicity stunt' move. Worth a look for the line about Vinnie Jones' "somewhat less successful stabs at the music and reality TV scene", as if 'reality TV star' was a proper career option.
A typically sensitive religious approach from the Daily Record as Livingstone's Marvin Andrews claims God told him not to move to Dundee United. Well, they say he did, there's no quotes or anything. They never did this with Gavin Peacock
Hertha Berlin have just broken their club record for time elapsed without a goal, and now wild boars are threatening to eat them out of house and home. Marksmen! Imagine what sport the tabloids would have with that here
Thursday, August 21, 2003
How come British club sites' player profiles don't provide this depth of information? What is a 'Fernandez', by the way?
Odd Google habits : Chris Hughes
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Chris Kirkland's dad stands to earn in a night what his son earns in a week. Yes, we did pick out this story for the uniquely language mangling headline
Friday, August 15, 2003
Sorry to everyone we told IUFGN was relaunching today - a couple of people, who know who they are, are delaying our big comeback piece. Watch this space.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
If Everton bought Steve McManaman and had an injury crisis up front, could they play a forward partnership of Macca/Rooney?
Here's a tip - go to 5 Live's website next time a European game is on live and try to listen to the station live. Ian Payne lives! Do you reckon he gets repeat fees?
Listening in : Adam Keyte
Monday, August 11, 2003
We're not ones to mock the American youth's knowledge of football, but watching the Man Utd US tour highlights on Bravo last night - that Forlan miss against Juve is really something, isn't it - we can't have been the only ones to notice that when van Nistelrooy scored against Barcelona, the cameras and director picked out a celebrating kid wearing a red shirt... with 'Liverpool' across the front.
Morton fan runs line at Morton game - don't they have fourth officials at Scottish second division games? Certainly, despite the suggestion proffered by Airdrie here, they'd have one at Old Firm games, although yes, everyone could have been more inconspicuous about it
Sunday, August 10, 2003
There's always an excuse, of course, but you have to respect Blackpool fans for just about blaming their 5-0 against QPR on wearing black shirts in 115 degrees Fahrenheit weather
Saturday, August 09, 2003
Something to think about - the man who registered mkfc.com to piss Winkelman and Koppel off (we won't give it away, but he's relatively famous in football Net circles - no, he's nothing to do with AFC Wimbledon) tells us he's "had some of the most remarkably pornograhic spam sent to a "mia sundberg"." Imagine if Wimbledon had to try and buy her out and get all that into the bargain.
Friday, August 08, 2003
"I thought the BBC would think whatever happened in the world, they'd find enough money to keep Match of the Day. Even if they had to abandon a few dramas... no, make that ALL of their dramas." (Des Lynam, Mirror, June 2000)
Thursday, August 07, 2003
The 'sexy football' 'gag' appears within seconds of Airdrie being sponsored by a strip club, even though the chairman doesn't appear to have been aware of their presence until some sort of night out. Some people have idle thoughts about providing a service, others about how they can leave their mark on the world, he evidently held a thought to fruition about connecting his club with strippers. Paging Dr Freud!
Claudio Ranieri blows secret Zidane Chelsea move by reading out the wrong press statement at Veron's unveiling (possibly)
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
John Fashanu's public standing continues to fall as he gets behind a new reality series. Course, Fame Academy is stiffing with a million-pound record contract up for grabs, so exactly why a Sunday League team place, something already available free to anyone halfway decent, is going to be seen as big potatoes, even on Bravo is unclear. It's a bit like the prize in Popstars 3 being a spot in a Commitments covers band touring Hertfordshire pubs, surely? What happens if you live in Newcastle - do you get flown down for games? Are Bravo really going to talk up Sunday League football on TV as a big thing when Danny Baker was doing it twelve years ago and Soccer AM six? How do you demonstrate passing and tackling, not to mention all-round 'personalities' (have you seen Bravo's schedules? 3001 : A Sex Odyssey with Gabrielle Richens, anyone?) on a video, given extravagant flick-ups look nice but won't get a team of 10 self-proclaimed flair players anywhere? Are they really expecting teams to *win* these games?
Also worth a look at the website, specifically the line about how "the position is unpaid but you will have the chance to live the life of a Premiership player from securing a boot deal to a date with a page three girl." At Sunday League level? How much will this boot deal be? Unpaid but Premiership lifestyle? Is Charlie "Iron" Barr the inspiration?
Spotter's badge and nearly all the jokes : Chris Hughes
Charlton not signing Morientes : tomorrow, Charlton not signing Ronaldo or Zidane
Plymouth register Michael Foot as a player - yes, but why? Hardly a modern tabloid touchstone, after all
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Beware new chairmen with big ideas - Dundee's new director proposes phone vote team selection, of course relayed as 'Pop Idol style' as if the public can't otherwise handle the concept of choosing one from a selection via a phone call. No-one ever talked about Bob Says Opportunity Knocks-style phone voting, did they?
Sunday, August 03, 2003
ALERT! It's Up For Grabs Now - you remember, that site we spun off from that used to update semi-regularly - is properly relaunching (kind of) in time for the Premiership season kick-off. If you're at all interested in helping us out, mail us telling us your team and how well you respond to slave driver-esque requests for club information ASAP. We're counting on you, blog readers
Friday, August 01, 2003
People genuinely want Beckham's head on the £10 note - that'll take some explaining at foreign bureau de changes. Note how Newsround know their 'Old Prime Minister's but seem surprised that Victoria's not that popular
Sometimes you see a football story which makes you think you've fallen through some sort of space-time continuum wormhole. Case in point - the once very famous Dutch keeper Ed de Goey signs for Stoke. Is former PSG glory days striker Amara Simba still knocking about the Conference?