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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 … READ ON

Posted: 13th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 13th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments 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
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Posted: 12th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 12th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments 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
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Posted: 9th, May 2003 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

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


On The Spot

‘HOW hard can it be to beat a goalkeeper from 12 yards? Just ask Stuart Pearce or Chris Waddle or Paul Ince or David Batty or Gareth Southgate… But they were under extreme pressure. In a normal Premiership game, surely … READ ON

Posted: 24th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Strange Days

‘IT’S fortunate for the security personnel at The Belfry for the Ryder Cup that the world’s top golfer isn’t called Ali Tiger Mohammed Woddslam. If he were, chances are that the armed police, as seen on the Telegraph’s lead sports … READ ON

Posted: 24th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Holding On For A Hero

”’HENMAN Britain’s hero.” On one level that is a headline to make us all proud. This is not America, a country where only winners prosper, or China or Japan.

Have you seen this man?

This is Great Britain, where boys … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pilgrims’ Progress

‘IN 1929-30, Chesterfield went an incredible 46 consecutive matches without defeat. On Saturday, they visited Plymouth, winning the game 1-0 thanks to a long shot against the run of play.

And on the other side of the Tamar is…

That … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Viva Espana

‘IF anyone were in any doubt as to which country has the best league in Europe (and by extension the world), this week’s Champions League results must surely have dispelled them.

”Is it just me or is this getting a
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Posted: 20th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why, Oh Why, Oh Wise

‘THERE is a certain sense of inevitability about Dennis Wise joining Millwall. The New Den is surely the spiritual home of the pint-sized powderkeg, and the way things are going, it could yet turn out to be his spiritual burying … READ ON

Posted: 20th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Forlan Hero

‘WHEN Gary Birtles scored his first goal for Manchester United after 41 games, some wag was moved to observe: ”The trouble is now they’ll expect him to score every 41 games.”

Diego was still celebrating his goal three weeks later
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Posted: 19th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Do Or Di Canio

‘ALAN Hansen says that, by the time he had won his seventh title in 10 years as a Liverpool player, he and the rest the team had almost grown tired of success.

”Manchester? It’s what way?”

Sure they did the … READ ON

Posted: 19th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Thai Break

‘ANYONE who ever loses a football match on the Iberian peninsular, and here we include Portugal, experiences ”pain in Spain”. It’s just the way it is. So the headline in the Sun and Express on Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat in Valencia … READ ON

Posted: 18th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Enckelman’s Blues

‘SCORING a goal is, to borrow a phrase from Swiss Toni, like making love to a beautiful woman. Or so we are told, repeatedly, by professional footballers and full-time fans. ”Better than sex!” is the phrase that invariably springs to … READ ON

Posted: 18th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Putting One’s Foot Down

‘REMEMBER the famous clip of the Mexican goalkeeper throwing the ball into his own net. Well, Aston Villa keeper Peter Enckelman came close to rivalling it last night when he let in what the Mirror describes as ”the most bizarre … READ ON

Posted: 17th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Losing His Bottle

‘GOALKEEPERS often fancy that they can play a bit. And Fabien Barthez thinks he can play a bit more than that. Which creates a problem for the Frenchman.

”Okay, who else wants some?”

Are we to suppose that when he … READ ON

Posted: 17th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Smash And Gabby

‘ON the one hand, the papers show how far football has come since it was rebranded as family entertainment. On the front of the Times’ ”The Game” section, TV presenter Gabby Logan shoves a ball up her Sheffield Wednesday football … READ ON

Posted: 16th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Losing The Plot

‘BY all accounts, Sir Alex Ferguson is very charming company away from football. It is a pity that the same cannot be said of the Manchester United manager when it comes to his day job.

Brooklyn prepares to show Romeo
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Posted: 16th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Le Pauvre Patrick

‘REALLY. What does Patrick Vieira think he’s playing at? Only five games into the new season, the Frenchman is claiming that he’s tired and he needs a break.

Here’s a little goblin…

”I can hardly stand up at times,” he … READ ON

Posted: 13th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Captain Cooked

”’I’M not just tired, I’m cooked. I can hardly stand up at times. My back hurts, my legs hurt, I hurt everywhere. I am going to see the manager because he must give me some rest.”

The crowd were stunned
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Posted: 13th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Not Good Enough

‘WE hope they enjoyed it while they could – because Tottenham’s brief spell at the top of the Premiership is over and Glenn Hoddle is likely to be collecting his pension before the chance comes again.

Rock solid

Spurs’ fall … READ ON

Posted: 12th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hammer Blow

‘IF a couple of weeks ago Gary Megson was the favourite in the annual which Premiership manager will be first to get the sack, then he must surely have been overtaken today by West Ham’s Glenn Roeder.

”Which way is
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Posted: 12th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Off Message

”’THIS FOR THE NEW-BORN KID.” Not one of the more offensive massages ever to have been displayed at a football ground but still enough to earn Thierry Henry a rap over the knuckles from the football authorities.

Henry addresses the
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Posted: 11th, September 2002 | In: Back pages | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0