It's Up For Grabs Now
Saturday, April 30, 2005
We know Maradona and Boca Juniors go back a long way, but has it really "always been his dream" to be their youth team coach?
Coventry's Highfield Road closes its doors today with a game against Derby, yet another of the grounds we've all grown up knowing lost to progress. One stand appears to be cut off from the others, which means when the ball goes down there during a televised game all you see is stewards. There's the pleasing club lettering on the outside of the main stand in a 1960s department store style, which you don't see a lot in these days of graphic design. That spell around 1997 when Darren Huckerby was scoring goals at home at the end of 60 yard runs every week. Jimmy Hill conducting the crowd in the Sky Blue Song. John Sillett. And what are they replacing all this with? A development called the Ricoh Arena. Football's a business now, but it's one that's looking nervously at calling in Sir John Harvey Jones.
Friday, April 29, 2005
The interesting thoughts of the FAPL and UEFA part X: finishing fourth is a much greater achievement than finishing fifth but winning the Champions League. What will Everton fans make of their season should they finish fifth but Liverpool lift the trophy? Maybe they could ask Man City fans who recall their 1968 championship.
Sad news about Andy Legg, forced to retire due to cancer. While he never made it to a big club, Legg was one of a select group of lower league players everyone knew for one attribute. Dave Challinor was briefly famous at Tranmere for the same reason, the long throw-in, Joe Allon barely got beyond Hartlepool but was celebrated as Gazza's other mate, Kevin Francis was 6ft 7 long before Peter Crouch was signing schoolboy forms, and John Williams was The Flying Postman, for being the winner of the Saint & Greavsie Sprint Challenge and, well, a former postman. Any more for any more? (NB. Robin Friday doesn't count as he was only of passing interest during his career and only people like Paolo Hewitt really care about him now)
Thursday, April 28, 2005
From the days when men were men, centre backs looked like bulldogs as a matter of course and club photos didn't feature hundreds of coaches on the end of the second row, the Daily Mirror's football card collections
Monday, April 25, 2005
We'd like to publicly congratulate Sunderland on their Premiership promotion as achieved on Saturday.
We'd like to, but we'd more like the Football League to dock them points for Sean Thornton's impromptu rapping in front of the nation's visual media in the dressing room afterwards. We understand there may be video file evidence circulating - anyone?
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Delia's 'moment' is many things. A rival to Paris Hilton's tape is perhaps not one of them.
Anyway, as unlikely as it may seem, we really are going to press ahead with a more inclusive service here from May 1st, so that it's actually worth those 110+ Google links. Then maybe someone might read it.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
We've kind of been neglecting this in recent weeks, we know, and even then it's just been obvious satire wholly encompassing a link. We've been distracted, see. We have drawn up big plans for it, but as the more astute among you will be aware we've drawn them up four games from the end of a domestic season not followed by international competition, so this is just an apologia, really. Er, if you have any better ideas for what we can do, let us know.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
Austin Okocha? It's Augustine, isn't it?
Sunday, April 03, 2005
What a thing this Internet is when people upload clips of that Wolves fan falling through the Scarborough stand roof in 1987
Friday, April 01, 2005
Apparently the Premier League are concerned Jermaine Pennant might injure people deliberately with his electronic tag, or something. We can't remember precisely where we saw this, so can anyone confirm that one of the sports news desks had footage of Pennant at training with a massive close-up on an unremarkably bulging sock?