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Liverpool Balls: The Poor Reds Fans Who Bought Premier League Champions 2014 Shirts

WHAT’S that chirping sound. No. It’s not Jamie Carragher giving more insight on SKY TV (“Sleep cornflakes scouring pad chops medina happy ways on”). It’s the sound of chickens coming home to roost. For a period, the Premier League title looked like Liverpool’s to lose. Which they did, slipping – literally – against Chelsea and seeing a three goal lead undone at Crystal Palace.

A few fans – ones who surely have no memories of 1989 and all that – went out and invested their heard-earned cash in victory shirts.

 

 

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Posted: 12th, May 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Real Football Fans Point And Laugh At Liverpool And Chelsea Players Crying In Public

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MANCHESTER City are Champions. Doubtless a few City fans will be weeping tears of joy. Dewey-eyed Liverpool supporters are wondering how it all went wrong. And fans of relegated clubs will be weeping for their loss. The trick is to do your emoting in the bosom of your brothers and sisters in misery or joy. Never let the enemy see your tears. If you do, you will look weak and pathetic. They will point and deride you – just as all fans should mock players who bawl their eyes out on the pitch when they lose.

 

 

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Here’s a test: do you look at pictures of John Terry crying because his Chelsea didn’t win and:

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Posted: 11th, May 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: US Fans Forced To Watch Red Devils On Science Fiction Channel

THE season is over for plucky Manchester United, who fought back away to earn a drawer against Southampton.

United’s American owners might have caught the game on that side of the Atlantic, where it was broadcast on the…SyFy channel, owned by NBC.

Why SyFy, when NBC also owns Chiller?

Chiller, the recently-launched network from NBCUniversal, is the only cable channel devoted to delivering viewers round-the-clock scares.

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Posted: 11th, May 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Bitter United Fans Fly Anti-Gerrard Banner Over Liverpool

MANCHESTER United fans are looking increasingly bitter and sad.To put the tin lid on a season where the club that for so long has held sway over English football fell to bits – and in which local rivals Manchester City won big – they flew a banner over Anfield.

As Liverpool fans and players watched the Premier League title they had looked well set to capture pass them by, overhead the message mocked Reds captain Steven Gerrard:

 

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Surely, the sign should have read: “United 20 – Liverpool 18.”

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Posted: 11th, May 2014 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Wenger And The Monaco Exclusive That Isn’t

IS Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger heading back to Monaco. The Sun says he might be:
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The “exclusive” runs:
ARSENAL were last night rocked as Arsene Wenger was offered the Monaco job. The Gunners boss is out of contract at the end of the season but has still not signed a new deal.
Go on…

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Posted: 10th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Kerry Dixon Used To Be A Legal High At The Bridge

KERRY Dixon, formerly of Hitchin Town and Letchworth FC has been arrested on suspicion of trading in cocaine, say reports. Dixon, who played for Reading, Southampton, Luton and Chelsea is, allegedly, the subject of this statement from Bedfordshire Police:

“On Friday (May 2), Bedfordshire Police arrested a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman from Dunstable on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Both were released on police bail with no charge while further enquiries are made.”

Note to new Chelski fans: Dixon was one of your best players before you all got given little plastic flags and they stopped parking cars by the pitch at the once vast Stamford Bridge.

 

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Posted: 9th, May 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Professor Robbie Savage Forgets To Remember His Predictions For Everton, Spurs And Arsenal

MAKING predictions to deadline is Robbie Savage’s stock in trade. He is football punditry’s highlighted Mystic Meg.

In the May 8th issue of the Daily Mirror, Savage looks back at his foresight:

“Nobody likes a professor of hindsight, but three months ago in this column I warned that the Reds’ title charge would fall just short because they spring too many leaks away from home.”

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Posted: 9th, May 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Adam Lallana Leaves Manchester United For Liverpool

IS Adam Lallana staying at Southampton? Let’s see what the experts are saying?

The Sun has an “exclusive”:

Kop in £20m bid for Lallana

The Liverpool fans in their famous stand have raised millions to buy the player? No. The story is:

LIVERPOOL have made a £20million swoop for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

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Posted: 9th, May 2014 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City Balls: How Yaya Toure Beat Luis Suarez In Two Weeks

HOW tabloid reporting work with the Daily Mirror’s John Cross:

April 18:

 

 

Later that day, The Daily Mirror wrote:

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure says being African denies him individual recognition he deserves

 

On May 5, Cross tweeted:

 

It’s all about consistency…

Posted: 8th, May 2014 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City Balls: Two City Ghosts Help Yaya Toure Score With The Wrong Foot

LAST night Yaya Toure scored a terrific goal to put the tin lid on Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa. But how did the Daily Mail present the strike?

Like this:

 

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Note:

* The Villa player facing the wrong way

* Toure hitting the ball with his left foot

* The banana shot that bends to the right but ends up in the goal’s left-most corner

* The two other City players in close support

 

The picture is just like the actual goal, then. For all those football fans unable to see the goal on the telly or the web, the Mail’s illustration is an invaluable resource.

Or not:

 

 

And from another angle:

 

Posted: 8th, May 2014 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Want Gundogan, Court Matinez But Bid For Stay-At-Home Bender

ARE Arsenal set to buy Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez?

The Telegraph says they could be:

“Arsenal make approach to Bayern Munich for transfer of Javi Martinez”

But maybe the Gunners will invest that “£100m” transfer budget in Lars Bender? Big money, eh. Or as the Irish Indy notes: “Arsene Wenger warns Arsenal fans not to expect big money signings.” So lots of  little signings, then, for that £100m? Er, no. The Mirror says:

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he will only make ‘two or three’ signings this summer

Back to the Tele, which continues:

Bender is another Germany-based player who interests Wenger and, although he might be slightly cheaper than Martinez, would still cost around £25 million.

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Posted: 7th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fulham Balls: How Michael Jackson Got The Cottagers Relegated

UNSURE why Fulham have been relegated from the Premier League? Mohammed AL Fayed knows:

“This statue was a charm and we removed the luck from the club. When (Shahid Khan) asked me to move it I said ‘You must be crazy’. But now he has paid the price because the club has been relegated.”

The statue was, of course, this one of Michael Jackson, erected outside Craven Cottage in April 2011.

 

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Posted: 7th, May 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World Cup Balls: Neymar Is Playing For England

IN readiness for the World Cup, Brazil’s Globo newspaper has launched a webpage featuring the correct way to pronounce many of the tournament’s players’ names. Now commentators can get those funny foreign names spot on, no longer pronouncing Holland’s Arjen Robben as “Tumbling Tosspot”, as many English pundits do.

It’s fair;y entertaining stuff. But one part stands out: Neymar, Brazil’s great hope, is playing for England. For anyone interested, his name is pronounced “Steve”.

 

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Ps. Neymar is so good he’s playing for everyone else , too:

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Posted: 7th, May 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City Balls: Time To Sack Pelligrini

HOW tabloid journalism, works, with the Sun’s Neil Curtis:

The Sun, March 14, 2014:

“If City could axe Mancini, surely Manuel faces chop now.”

THE betrayal of Roberto Mancini might just be coming back to haunt Manchester City.

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Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: The Best ‘Constantinopool’ Crystal Palace Memes

LAST night Liverpool did their best to reenact the 2005 Champions League final when the Reds came for 3-0 down to take the game in Turkey to penalties – which they won. Three goals up against Crystal Palace, Liverpool blew it.

This was Constantinopool 2014.

Brendan Rodgers’ team can still win the title, but the winds are with Manchester City, who now need to lose one of their two remaining home matches for Liverpool to taste ultimate victory. That’s unlikely.

As one wag put it: “Sad to see Liverpool choke like Suarez on a particularly gristly bit of Ivanovic.”

 

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Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


West Ham United Inside the Chelsea Dressing Room After The 1975 FA Cup Semi-Final

FLASHBACK to April 9th 1975:

A cause for dressing room celebration at Stamford Bridge by West Ham United players after they defeated Ipswich Town. (Left to right) Trevor Brookings, Pat Holland, goalscorer Alan Taylor, Bobby Gould (behind scorer), unidentified player with towel, Graham Paddon (dressed) and John McDowell.

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Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Constantinopool In Photos: Liverpool Do An AC Milan At Crystal Palace

IT was like the 2005 Champions’ League final all over again – but this time it was Liverpool tossing away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace. The Premier League title is Manchester City’s to lose now…

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Posted: 5th, May 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Diego Costa For Less Than Chelsea Paid For Him

STEVE Stammers has news for all Arsenal fans reading his Daily Mirror column. The Gunners are all set to buy Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa transfer for £31m.

 

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Arsenal are set to make an audacious move for Diego Costa.

The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid star has a £31million release clause in his contract…

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Posted: 4th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


May 4 1976: Liverpool Win The League At Wolves

FLASHBACK to May 4 1976: Liverpool win the League with a win at Wolves. Liverpool needed a win or low-scoring draw to pip QPR to the title.

They did it, winning 3-1. The defeat meant Wolves were relegated.

In this photo, we see the dressing room. No selfies back then:

Liverpool celebrate winning the League Championship after their 3-1 victory: (clockwise from top l) Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan, Steve Heighway, Phil Thompson, Jimmy Case, Kevin Keegan, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Neal, David Fairclough, Ray Kennedy, Ray Clemence

 

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Posted: 4th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Jose Mourinho Says His Family Are Like The Smurfs

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IS Jose Mourinho going a bit, you know, Tonto?

In the Programme notes for Chelsea’s match with Norwich, Jose delivered a few words to his son. The lad’s name? Oh come on. It’s Jose Junior. D’ur!

Writes dad:

Thank you, kid, for being my kid.

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Posted: 4th, May 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Blues Ban Fan For Being Annoying

CHELSEA fan Connor is banned from Stamford Bridge. Why? What did he do? Is he a hooligan, a Headhunter? Did he call someone a “fu*king black cu*t“? No. That doesn’t get you a stadium ban. That just gets you banned from going on the pitch during the game.

No. What Connor did was to engage is ‘Persistent Standing’.

He is guilty of what police, Government and everyone who hates football calls “anti-social behaviour”. He is guilty of displaying passion.

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Posted: 3rd, May 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Bring Back AVB All If Forgiven – And Tim Sherwood Is A Shoo-In For The England Job

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HOW they cheered when Tim Sherwood replaced Andrew Villas-Boas as Spurs manager. Tim was a “man’s man”. Tim would get Spurs into a brilliant fifth.

And then it came to pass that Tim proved himself to be not all that good. In fact, he is worse then AVB.

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Posted: 3rd, May 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Diego Costa Signs For £128m Plus, Say The Experts

DIEGO COSTA will play for Chelsea next season. Says the Sun in the “exclusive”:

A top Stamford Bridge source confirmed last night: “Diego Costa will be a Chelsea player next season. It’s a done deal.”

He’s joined for £32m?

Or as Goal.com says:

DONE DEAL: Diego Costa agrees to £35m Chelsea move

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Posted: 2nd, May 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Paper Mistakes Harold From Neighbours For Louis Van Gaal

AND Manchester United’s next manager is… Harold Bishop, from the hit daytime telly show, Neighbours.

 

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Spotters: @samcgraycolinfairley 

Posted: 2nd, May 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Middlesbrough ‘Superfan’ Who Ripped Up The Koran Is Guilty Only Of Being A Godless Idiot

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MIDDLESBROUGH FC fans Julie Phillips, 50 and Gemma Parkin, 18, travelled to see their club play Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on December 7, 2013. They went equipped with a copy of the Koran, not to hold in prayer as they willed their team to score. Julie, a Middlesbrough Council employee, ripped pages from the religious text and distributed them to other fans to shred.

The pair ended up at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, where they claimed they had no idea the book in their hands was the Koran. Parkin said she’d been handed it at a Birmingham market. They claimed they were simply “making confetti”.

Only – get this – they had told a steward they were ripping up a copy of the Koran. Oops. That’s idiots for you.

Steward Matthew Corns told the court he heard chants about Muslims and the Koran as the book was passed around and ripped up.

Said Phillips:

“I was mortified. Very ashamed and disgusted in myself. It was just a book of some sort, I can’t remember if the cover was on. It was just white paper.”

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Posted: 1st, May 2014 | In: News, Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0