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Sheep In Wolves’ Clothing

‘BIG city teams will always rise to the top in the long run. Newcastle, Manchester City and Chelsea have had dips, been in close proximity to the old second, third and fourth divisions, and returned to be in the Premier

Posted: 28th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Blades Blunted

‘THE domestic football season came to an end yesterday when Wolverhampton Wanderers returned to the top flight after 19 years and 13 days in the lower divisions.

Happy like the Wolves

Thanks to a 3-0 win over Sheffield United, the

Posted: 27th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


England Expects

‘ZIMBABWE were as bad as we expected them to be in the first Test of the summer at Lord’s, so it is hard to make judgements on the England performances.

The new McGrath

However, we couldn’t be anything but encouraged

Posted: 27th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Herd Mentality

‘AS soon as someone comes on the radio and says ”We’ve had a lovely day…” you know that their team has just lost a match.

The losers

Losers love telling everyone who bothers to listen about how they can put

Posted: 23rd, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Bad Break

‘DAVID Beckham is a great example to the nation’s youth. Soon, courtesy of the England captain, they will be able to name all 216 bones in the human body.

”Ahh! Not me scaphoid!”

Last summer, Becks introduced us all to

Posted: 23rd, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Friendly Too Far

‘DOES anyone know exactly why it was necessary for England footballers to prepare for their Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia by travelling to South Africa for a friendly match?

”Black” Beckham meets his grandfather

In footballing terms, the logic is

Posted: 22nd, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tourette’s In Nets

‘TODAY’S most interesting sporting news is found not on the back pages but inside the darkest recesses of the Mail.

Porto players play dead

The paper says that Manchester United are poised to sign disabled goalkeeper, the American Tim Howard.

Posted: 22nd, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Trouble Dogs Leeds

‘THE leader who turned grown men into babies is back in the biggish time. The Star reports that David O’Leary has been appointed as the new boss of Aston Villa.

Oink! Oink! Pigface is back

And he’s a changed man.

Posted: 21st, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Men Only

‘APART from ice dancing and things with horses, women fail to compete on an equal footing with men in sport.

Annika Sorenstam prepares for a meeting with Vijay Singh

Some East German athletes of the 1970s could lay claim to

Posted: 21st, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In A Stew

‘IS Alec Stewart the best wicket keeper-batsman in England at the moment? Yes, almost certainly.

The Methuselah of English cricket

Should he have been selected for the two-Test series against Zimbabwe, which starts on Thursday? Almost certainly, no.

Stewart is

Posted: 20th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


One For Joy, Two For Sorrow

‘READERS of any newspaper will know what Sir Bobby Robson is seen as some avuncular figure, the old boy we don’t mind talking to.

”Why doesn’t anyone like me?”

Others will know him as the hard-nosed footballer manager who is

Posted: 20th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gold Rush

‘FOR those who hang to the belief that all Arsenal fans smoke those little cigars that come in individual plastic wrappers, there is news.

”Do Not Sit On The Sink”

They do so because they look so sophisticated yet grounded

Posted: 19th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Not So Able Seaman

‘DAVID Seaman lifted the FA Cup in Cardiff on Saturday, but it looks as if he has played his last game for Arsenal.

Seaman is grateful for Manchester City’s equal opportunities programme

The Independent reckons the 39-year-old will pre-empt any

Posted: 19th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Good As Gold

‘FOR the second time in the space of six months, the Australians have failed at the final hurdle to register a whitewash series victory against one of their oldest rivals.

”And this stump’s for Darren Lehman…”

In Sydney, they were

Posted: 16th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Olympic Games

‘THE Maine Road Home for Elderly and Distressed Goalkeepers is pleased to announce that it is moving to new, luxurious premises in Greater Manchester.

Britain’s Olympic bid is up and running

And it is delighted to introduce its latest resident:

Posted: 16th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Turnip For The Books

‘IT would good to say that Real Madrid’s defeat in the semi-finals of the Champions’ League is good for football competitiveness.

He’s even got the shirt on the wrong way round

No-one, save fans of the winning club, likes to

Posted: 15th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wrecking Our Game

‘GIVEN the idiocy of the average football hooligan, the decision by the police to publish photographs of 29 men who invaded the pitch during England’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey is a non-event.

It’s bed with no tea for you,

Posted: 15th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lara’s Dream

‘AFTER a brief hiatus, Italian football has returned to the pinnacle of the European stage.

West Indies avoid the whitewash

Last night AC Milan beat local rivals Inter on the away goals rule the game finished 1-1 to

Posted: 14th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Friend Or Defoe?

‘JERMAIN Defoe’s decision to put in a transfer request only 24 hours after West Ham was relegated is akin to a widow getting remarried the day after her husband’s funeral.

You could wait until you got off the pitch, Jermain

Posted: 14th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Seaman Overboard

‘THE England squad for friendlies against South Africa and Serbia-Montenegro and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia has been named.

The (pony)tale is over

And the first notable point is that David Seaman’s name is not on the list.

The

Posted: 13th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Sending-Off

‘SO farewell David Elleray, the man in the black with the schoolmasterly manner and the disarming expression.

‘Off to detention with you’

He’s a Housemaster at Harrow school, don’t yer know. Of course you do know, because it is one

Posted: 13th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Bubble Bursts

‘I THOUGHT I had resigned myself to West Ham’s relegation months ago. I was sure that I had done my mourning after the defeat at Bolton.

‘When I open my eyes it will be 1966 and we’ll have won the

Posted: 12th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Vultures Circle

‘THE vultures are already circling overhead, ready to feast on the carrion of what was once West Ham United Football Club.

West Ham reveal new signing

Bolton’s win against Middlesbrough yesterday condemned the Hammers to relegation and now, according

Posted: 12th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tuff Love

‘IT doesn’t say much for the health of our summer sport that the best thing to happen to cricket recently is Phil Tufnell’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

‘Mom, why am I so tall?’ asked Daniela

Posted: 9th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Curse Of The Ex

‘THERE is little worse for sportsmen and women than having to listen to the carping from the sidelines of those who preceded them.

‘Thank god we don’t have to listen to us’

But you cannot shut an ex-player up, especially

Posted: 9th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0