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‘IT is still hard to believe that the charmless striker who sloped off to Real Madrid a few seasons back is to return to Highbury tonight in the colours of Manchester City. Back then Nicolas Anelka had then world at …

Posted: 10th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In The Eyes Of Hod

”’I CANNOT envisage a situation where Tottenham would commit £30m on one player. That would be very dodgy business strategy. If he breaks a leg it can have serious consequences.” The words of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who had earlier …

Posted: 10th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Impossible Job

‘YOU can’t win as England manager, as Sven Goran Eriksson is quickly finding out.

”I guess I’ll have to go on next”

Accused by the Press of not trying out different players, you are then vilified for turning friendly matches …

Posted: 9th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Taking The Low Road

‘ENGLAND, Scotland, Wales and Ireland were all in action this weekend, with varying degrees of success.

Scotland – a small island off the Faroes

Once the smoke cleared after the pre-match fireworks, England’s game against Portugal was a bit of …

Posted: 9th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roy’s Rows: Part 1098765b

”’THE Oval (first day of five: England won toss).” It’s heartening that in among the ardent professionalism of modern sport, cricket still possesses the language of the Pathe newsreel. Readers can imagine such a line appearing on a screen in …

Posted: 6th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ding But No Dong

”’THIS is a ding, rather than a ding-dong,” said an FA spokesman. He was referring to the latest clash between England coach Sven Goran Eriksson and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fans celebrate as Sven issues an invitation to

Posted: 6th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fighting Talk

‘MEMBERS of the FA disciplinary committee had better watch out. When Roy Keane vows to the Express that he will go into his hearing (on disrepute charges) fighting, the first image that springs to mind is of the rabid Irishman …

Posted: 5th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Bright Future

‘SIR Bobby Robson thinks England’s performance against Brazil in the World Cup was a shambles and he accused the team of lacking fight.

Sharpshooter

Roy Keane reckons England’s players were overawed and simply looking forward to swapping shirts at the …

Posted: 5th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


United We Fall

‘FIRST, Alex Ferguson began to go off the rails. He started talking about his side being the best on paper, and how everyone knew that they were the real number one, even though they had finished at number three in …

Posted: 4th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paul The Other One

‘WHEN Manchester United are talked about as being the biggest football club in the world, it means that not only are they more high profile than Real Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan, but that they are a bigger draw than …

Posted: 4th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Operating Theatre

‘LAST night’s brilliant match at Anfield, in which Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to salvage one point (and almost stole all three), was a timely reminder of why so many millions of people are infatuated by this game.

Hip-Hip

Posted: 3rd, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roy Who?

”’ROY WHO?” That was the headline on the front page of one sports supplement yesterday, accompanying a characteristically scary-looking mug shot of hardman-turned-actor Vinnie Jones, football’s answer to gangster-turned-actor John Bindon.

Roy Race – aka Psycho

The gist of Jones’s …

Posted: 3rd, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Keane’s Eire

”’NOW is the time to debunk the myth that Roy Keane is indispensable to Manchester United,” writes the Telegraph’s Paul Hayward. He then goes on to explain why, but all he need do is draw a bold arrow to divert …

Posted: 2nd, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Ray Of Hope

‘ON Saturday afternoon at around one minute after the full-time whistle had blown, I received a phone call. At first, it sounded like a long distance message, but the interference on the line was not the crackle of static but …

Posted: 2nd, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paper Talk

‘A HAT has been thrown into the ring, and judging by the smart little feather on the side, it looks like a German headpiece. And indeed it is. Inspecting the label, we find that it is a size 8, made …

Posted: 30th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Aiming Low

”’TWO years ago, we would never in our wildest dreams have imagined we’d be here,” says Bobby Robson in Monaco, scene of yesterday’s Champions League draw.

Sir Bobby was, as ever, optimistic about their chances

”It’s exciting, it’s great, it’s …

Posted: 30th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Missing Persons

‘IT IS NOW week two of the first season of my post-Crystal Palace season ticket life. A friend phones up. Like me, he gave up his season ticket, though many years earlier. A conversation develops about various building projects taking …

Posted: 29th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ref Chops Souey

‘THERE is always something vaguely pathetic in seeing a manager ”sent off”. With a player you can understand how it happens – a couple of mistimed tackles, telling Graham Poll where to go, punching Dennis Wise… But all a manager …

Posted: 29th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Real McCoy

”’WHERE were you when Inamoto won the Intertoto?” the patrons of Fulham will ask each other in years to come.

”It’s OK for him – I’m knackered”

Many were at home watching EastEnders, but around 13,000 did actually see the …

Posted: 28th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ole For United

‘FROM the moment Ruud Van Nisterooy slipped the first goal under Sasa Ilic, there was never any doubt that Manchester United would cruise into the Champions’ League proper.

Paul Scholes takes the news of his injury well

In fact, the …

Posted: 28th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Same Old Story

‘PAPER talk – dontcha love it? Well they certainly do down at the Lane, where Tottenham’s dreams of glory flourish most bountifully during the summer months in between football seasons.

”Do you want to swap these instead?”

And the stuff …

Posted: 27th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

‘JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink’s two English employers – Leeds and Chelsea – can at least content themselves with the knowledge that they have seen more of the Dutch striker than any of his other clubs.

”See ya!”

Indeed, Hasselbaink is in …

Posted: 27th, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Blues

‘OFF the pitch, it’s not been a good start to the season for Chelsea. For starters, there was the little courtroom drama involving John Terry and Jody Morris, charged with affray over a brawl with a nightclub bouncer.

Ole!

Yesterday …

Posted: 23rd, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


That Friday Feeling

‘IT started with Sunday matches, then we had Monday matches, Saturday morning matches – and today we have a Friday match. How long can it be before there are Premiership games on every day of the week?

Crowd scenes on

Posted: 23rd, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Mask Slips

‘WE HAVE long suspected that behind his loveable avuncular facade, Sir Bobby Robson is a seething mass of bitterness and resentment. When he appeared on a recent documentary about Sir Alf Ramsey, he spoke with feeling of the shameful way …

Posted: 22nd, August 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0