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Death In The Afternoon

‘THERE are truly shocking pictures on the front of the papers this morning of Marc Vivien Foe, the Manchester City midfielder who collapsed and died during a match yesterday.

”I never touched him, ref”

The 28-year-old had a suspected heart … READ ON

Posted: 27th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Balancing Act

‘TWO brilliant innings by Marcus Trescothick have allowed England to gloss over what is a fundamental problem in their one-day batting line-up – not enough batsmen.

Vaughan worries about his top order

His quick-fire 86 in the second of the … READ ON

Posted: 27th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Out Of Order

”’I CAN’T do anything if the crowd f***ing call it. Absolutely f***ing ridiculous. At least replay the point. F***ing ridiculous. F***ing ridiculous. F***ing ridiculous.

”I’m telling you, man. She’s as thin as a f***ing rake”

”It’s f***ing ridiculous. F***ing ridiculous. … READ ON

Posted: 26th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No-One For Tennis

‘EARLIER this week the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon tennis was interrupted for a few words from newly-converted tennis fan Nell McAndrew.

No, Nell, that’s a stool, not a tennis racket

Nell, a model whose quest for publicity recently saw her … READ ON

Posted: 26th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Different Time Zones

‘HAD Manchester United adopted the same policy towards their managers as many continental clubs do to theirs, Alex Ferguson would today probably be no more than a footnote in the club’s history.

”Allo, Allo”

His name would have been mentioned … READ ON

Posted: 25th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paper Tiger

‘EVER the showman, Tim Henman delighted his legion of suburban fans on Henman Hill with his 6-2, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 victory over the lesser talents of Tomas Zib.

Tim crushes a fly with his bare hand

Surely the papers will … READ ON

Posted: 25th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Lack Of Colour

‘WHEN David Beckham went to Spain, he just became another Manchester United fan who lives a long way from the club he purports to support.

A Spurs fan

The statistics from the FA Premier League’s National Fan Survey say that, … READ ON

Posted: 24th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tall Order

‘WHAT’S 6ft 10in high and likes to beat Australians? No, it’s not Martin Johnson – he is a bit smaller than that.

Daniela Hantuchova also won yesterday

The answer is Croatian tennis player Ivo Karlovic, who yesterday knocked defending Wimbledon … READ ON

Posted: 24th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


England Expects

‘GREAT teams are measured, in the end, by what they win and this England rugby team so far has only one Six Nations grand slam and a couple of Six Nations championships to its credit.

Winner takes all

In 1999, … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tiger, Tiger

‘WIMBLEDON opens its gates this morning, a guarantee, normally, of three things – rain, an outbreak of Henmania and more pictures of Anna Kournikova.

”Same old balls, please…”

This year, however, the greyest cloud over SW19 is the threat that … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


All Guns Leaving

‘READING today’s headlines, you’d be excused for thinking that Arsenal are cashing in and putting up the closed signs.

The England pack weigh in

The Express says that Leeds United want the Gunners’ Sylvain Wiltord plus £3m in cash to … READ ON

Posted: 20th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Skinning The Wallabies

‘BEATING New Zealand at rugby on their own patch was sweet. But there is something sublime about even the idea of smashing the Wallabies.

”Last into the showers is a girl…”

The likes of David Campese, the ‘hand of God’ … READ ON

Posted: 20th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Looking To The Future

‘ENGLAND have four years before the next World Cup arrives, by which stage the fact that they lost against Pakistan in their first match under Michael Vaughan’s captaincy will be long forgotten.

A welcome sight for England cricket fans

The … READ ON

Posted: 19th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Slim Pickings

‘TAKING it as read that the back pages will be about you know who (and if you don’t, how we envy you), we turn to the story that immediately follows.

Another thin excuse for a shot of Daniela Hantuchova

The … READ ON

Posted: 19th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No Anna

‘TO paraphrase the legendary Sporting Times’ mock ”death of English cricket” headline, we signal the death of women’s tennis.

Good shorts, Daniela – but could you do something about the top?

Burn the bra and put it in small A-cup, … READ ON

Posted: 18th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Out! Out! Out!

‘READING today’s news that David Beckham has been signed by Real Madrid evokes memories of the last days of Margaret Thatcher’s regime.

Putting the pain into Spain

Such is the boredom with hearing, seeing and breathing in the Beckham nonsense … READ ON

Posted: 18th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Word Games

‘BEING a sports journalist must be as easy as learning how to spell Beckham.

Anna suspected someone had turned the heating up

Showing how easy that is, all the papers ignore the welter of sporting activity, tales of the men … READ ON

Posted: 17th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In England’s Defence

‘WHAT does Australian rugby coach Eddie Jones know about Premier League football? Not very much, it seems.

Billy Whizz

He has welcomed the England XV to Australian shores following their historic 15-13 defeat of the All Blacks with a misdirected … READ ON

Posted: 17th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


All Right

‘ENGLAND’S win against the All Blacks elevates the rugby union team to a new plateau of excellence. When faced with the best, the team dug deep and won.

England are unstoppable

And New Zealand on their own patch are the … READ ON

Posted: 16th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Black And White

‘IT cannot be often that the election of the Barcelona president has led the sports pages over here, but of course any story with just of whiff of David Beckham is big news.

A Black mark for New Zealand rugby
READ ON

Posted: 16th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Guess Who’s Beck

‘AFTER a mercifully brief interlude, during which England played and won a match without him, David Beckham returns to his rightful place on the back pages of the papers this morning.

”Cricket is the new rock ‘n’ roll”

Not that … READ ON

Posted: 13th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rearguard Inaction

‘SVEN Goran Eriksson has an impressive record as manager of England in competitive fixtures, having lost just one match out of 18 – and that to the world champions.

”Yours!”

By rights, he should be lauded by the football establishment, … READ ON

Posted: 13th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Narrow Escape

‘PELE. To Cruyff. To Zico. To Tardelli. To Zidane. To Best. To Maradona. To Mills… What happens next?

Danny Mills is called in to see Sven

I’ll tell you. The ball is ballooned at five hundred miles per hour straight … READ ON

Posted: 12th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


On His Owen

‘READING the Times this morning you can imagine Michael Owen jumping up and down on the spot screaming ”Look at me! I’m over here!” in a bid to gain attention.

”And I want to live in…Milan”

Last night the boy … READ ON

Posted: 12th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David And Goliaths

‘IN today’s Beckham fanzine, the Telegraph says that our hero is off to Barcelona. The Guardian says that he was off to Barcelona, but Real Madrid are set to ”hijack” the deal.

”Grrrrrrrr!”

The Times says that, although a deal … READ ON

Posted: 11th, June 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0