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Manchester United And Frank Munn 1928: The Player’s Cigarette Card V The Player

FLASHBACK to September 1 1928: How much did Manchester United footballer Frank Munn resemble his Player’s cigarette card?

The card in 1929:

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Munn in 1929:

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Flashback, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Luis Suarez Let’s His Jaws Do The Talking

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LIVERPOOL Balls: The Reds are top if the Premier League. The Liverpool Echo’s Kristian Walsh reacts by commenting on Luis Suarez’s performance in a 4-0 win over a poor Spurs side:

To say like he was akin to a shark smelling blood would be inaccurate – sharks do not thrust themselves as frequently, or with the prolonged determination, of the Uruguayan. People sometimes survive shark attacks, too; the same cannot be said of Dawson.

Dawson is Spurs captain Michael Dawson. Reports of his death are premature.

Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Class Of ’92 And Qatari Oil Cash Buys Salford City?

COMPARE and contrast these stories on Manchester United’s ‘Class of ’92’. The Sun produced this scoop on March 27, 2014:

 

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DAVID Beckham and his “Class of ’92” Manchester United teammates are poised to front a multi-billion pound takeover of the club. Becks and fellow Red Devils heroes Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, brothers Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt are being pushed as frontmen for a massive deal bankrolled by Arab oil money.

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: David Moyes Stuck On Robbie Savage’s Revolving Door

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ROBBIE Savage straps on his flip-flops and delivers his insightful views on football in the Daily Mirror. Savage has been talking about Manchester United and David Moyes:

March 20th 2014:

“If United had gone out of Europe this week, I would have feared the worst for Moyes. Now I believe he will be given the summer to build his own team, which is the right solution.”

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Jose Mourinho Explores Sewing Dog Ears To A Crystal Palace Ballboy’s Head

THERE is something unsettling about Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager now in his second coming to the Blues. A successful man in his chosen field of expertise, Mourinho would be expected to be confident enough to play it straight. But instead he has all the grandeur of a puppy sat next to a pile of poo.

Those newer Manchester United fans scouring the Premier League for an alternative winning shirt to wear will look at Chelsea, but should realise why they are getting in to.

When he first arrived in the country Mourinho was a tornado whirling on Roman Abramovich’s cash. He was The Special One. He gave good quotes and was entertaining in a way that his team often were not. He managed to deflect attention away from them to himself.

When he returned to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho told the hacks: “Like the Portuguese people of the past, I am a navigator. A bit of an explorer.”

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Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs And Chelsea Fans Fightiing In 1978: The Lone Hooligan On The Roof

FLASHBACK to November 18,  1978:

Rioting Tottenham Hotspur fans tear down a section of iron railings in a bid to reach the Chelsea supporters before a Division One game at London’s Stamford Bridge ground.

Were you that lone fan on the roof?

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Posted: 29th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Darren Gough’s Greatest Moment on TalkSPORT: ‘We H’all Live In A Yeller Sumbarine’

DARREN Gough was once a cricketer with Yorkshire and England.

 

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Gough was both talented and likeable. The top English bowler of his generation retired from professional cricket. And Barnsley’s favourite Tory  hit even greater heights.

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Posted: 28th, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: The Plane-Flown Anti-Moyes Banner Shows The Modern Fan Is An Idiot

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MANCHESTER United fans have become a monocular, retrospective bunch. Used to success in the Alex Ferguson years, a group of them are looking to raise enough money to hire a plane to fly over Old Trafford during Saturday’s game against Aston Villa towing an anti-David Moyes banner behind it.

The campaign began on the Red Issue fanzine’s forum in reaction to the bit-sad corporate slogan-style “Chosen One” banner that is hung in the Stretford End – a banner which had to be closely guarded by an entire garrison of stewards following United’s derby defeat to City on Tuesday night…

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Posted: 27th, March 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: The Most Inane Michael Owen Commentary Quotes On BT Sports

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OVER on Pies, you can read the Top 12 Most Inane Commentary Comments from former Liverpool striker Michael Owen.

The collective sigh of a nation was palpable when BT Sports announced that Michael Owen was joining their team in co-commentator capacity at the beginning of the season, as subscribers suddenly realised that they were in for at least a season’s worth of beige footballing clichés and banal, perfunctory observations from a man who more or less talks in binary code.

Lo and behold, L’il Mike didn’t let anybody down, causing many a BT Sport viewer to suffer catatonic nervous meltdowns with his colourless delivery and 2D insight.

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City Balls: Moyes Falls For Tabloid Tactics As Pellegrini Makes His Points

THE Manuel Pellegrini story is getting to be a bit like George Bush’s plastic turkey. You know that story.? It’s the one about the then President George ‘Dubya’ Bush feeding the US troops a Thanksgiving dinner of plastic turkey. It was utter balls. But the media had a fact they would not let go of. So. Dubya’s plastic turkey became true. Though palpably false, the story lives on.

And so we get to the affable Manchester City manager, Pelligrini. In February 2013, he said:

 “If we only consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it’s ours.But you cannot forget what United has done in the previous years.”

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Real Madrid And Barcelona Balls: El Classico Dishes Up The Fabled Double Face-Grab

THE El Clasico football rubber between Real Madrid and Barcelona was at 2-2 when Cesc Fabregas and Pepe executed the fabled double face-grab. It is the peek-aboo.

The face grab, for those of you not au fait with football’s dances, sees the player place two hands onto his face as if holding it in place after being the victim of an horrific act of violence. The crucial elements of this move are:

A) He’s not been hit in the face

B) If he has been hit in the face, it was with the force of a butterfly’s wing wafting a petal

C) If it was an actual hit on the face it was accidental

 

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Posted: 24th, March 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Romeo Ashley Cole Makes Pascal Craymer Think Of Brad Pitt

READERS who recall stories of Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole’s vomit-fuelled extra-martial sex will enjoy the Sun’s report on the player’s love affair with “Ex-Towie star” Pascal Craymer:

ROMEO Ashley Cole has been made to wait THREE MONTHS for sex with his new flame.

Is that Romeo the symbol of doomed eternal love? Romeo who wrote in his book:

When I heard Jonathan Barnett (player’s agent) repeat the figure of £55K, I nearly swerved off the road. He (former Arsenal Director David Dein) is taking the piss Jonathan! I yelled down the phone. I was so incensed. I was trembling with anger. I couldn’t believe what I’d heard.

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Posted: 23rd, March 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Auditions For The Manchester United Job

Who Ate All The Pies has this wonderful clip of former Manchester United player and current Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talking about Liverpool’s chances for the Premier League title after the Reds tonked his side 6-2.

All post-match interviews will be like this, with the man once nicknamed The Baby-Faced Assassin translating other managers’ words into what they really mean to say.

And, given his brusque manner, is the Norwegian the man to replace Alex Ferguson at United?

 

 

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Posted: 23rd, March 2014 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Uncanny Lookalikes: Arsenal Players Kieran Gibbs And Oxlade-Chamberlain (Spotted By Andre Marriner)

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ARSENAL were two goals down to Chelsea when  referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs for playing goalkeeper. Gunners fans will ague that the ball wasn’t going in, so it can’t be a red-card offence.

But any argument directed at Marriner will fall on deaf ears. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tried to tell the ref that it was he and not Gibbs who’d used a hand to stop the shot going out for a goal kick.  Oxlade-Chamberlain could be seen telling Marriner “It was me”.

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Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: They ‘Normally Lose To West Ham?

WEST Ham United are playing Manchester United, and Hammers’ boss Sam Allardyce has a view:

“We’ll try and burst their bubble. Obviously it’s a big challenge – but normally we do well against United.”

Define normally: West Ham last defeated Man United in the Premier League on December 29, 2007. Since then, they have played each other 11 time sin the league, with United winning 10 times.

Normally United win.

Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Andre Villas-Boas Says His Blues Won The Champions’ League

YOU stick up for Andre Villas-Boas – sacked by Spurs and Chelsea – and then he tells his new paymasters and the Zenit St Petersburg fans that he pretty much won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012.

“I’ve always had success wherever I’ve been… When I didn’t finish the season with Chelsea, the club ended up winning the Champions League. You have to give the players credit, but I was the one who built the team.”

He did not say it was his lifelong dream to manage in Russia, but it can’t be long…

Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0