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Bournemouth v Real Madrid is the Chairman’s gift Cherries fans pay £60 for

bournemouth real Bournemouth v Real Madrid is the Chairmans gift Cherries fans pay £60 for

ONE of Anorak’s favourite football chairmen, AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Mitchell, is understandably excited about his side’s match with Real Madrid on the sunny south coast.

Says the property developer:

“We see the fixture as a well earned gift to our fans for their unwavering dedication to AFC Bournemouth…”

In other news:

Ticket prices

Cherries season ticket holders:

Adult: £55
Concession: £40
U16: £25
Executive: £75

General sale price:

Adult: £60
Concession: £45
U16: £30
Executive: £80

It’s the gift you buy yourself….

PS – Normal ticket prices for the club’s Championship matches start at £5 and rise to £36.

Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Soledad Fandino photos to pin on the Arsenal doggers bulletin board

(SO) Soledad Fandino is dating Arsenal-bound Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. 

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was in conversation with ESPN sports:

ESPN: “Are you excited about the prospect of Gonzalo Higuain joining Arsenal?”

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Posted: 2nd, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roman Abramovich ‘only bought Chelsea to protect himself from Putin and exploit the game’ (video)

PA 1785606 Roman Abramovich only bought Chelsea to protect himself from Putin and exploit the game (video)

TIMES journalist and former table-tennis champ Matthew Syed is talking about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to Sky Sports News. Sayed shows us why journalists and not ex-pros make the best pundits. Syed tonks  Roman Abramovich’s tenure as Chelsea with the bare facts. Tony Cascarino, who also writes for the Times, says Abramovich has been “a huge success for the Premier League” . How? By winning the Premier League for Chelsea?

Abramovich has been a huge success for Chelsea. That much is certain.

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Posted: 2nd, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Spurs’ Gareth Bale hums Zadok the Priest as he heads to Manchester United

bale Transfer Balls: Spurs Gareth Bale hums Zadok the Priest as he heads to Manchester United

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news. Today’s Transfer Balls:

July 2:

Belfast Telegraph: “Manchester United manager David Moyes told: Go and buy Gareth Bale”

Manchester United told David Moyes yesterday that he can break the British transfer record this summer if he so desires.

The club’s American owners are happy to show they mean business by backing the new manager with a ‘marquee signing’ before the transfer window closes.

And for Moyes, that means carte blanche to land Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale, even if it means having to spend an eye-watering £60m on the Spurs player.

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Posted: 2nd, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Wayne Rooney snubs Arenal for Chelsea and isn’t learning French

TRANSFER Balls: Anorak’s look at Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United striker. Will he go? Will be stay? Will he tie himself to a radiator and drink a glass of Terry Waite’s urine? Let’s see what the experts have said in the past 24 hours:

DNA: “New Manchester United boss David Moyes has reportedly secretly met Wayne Rooney to convince the concerned star to stay at the club”

Or as the Mail reports:

David Moyes officially began life as Manchester United manager on Monday but is increasingly resigned to the fact that Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford career is coming to an end. It has emerged that the two men met before going on holiday earlier this summer, and the feeling is that if the conversation had gone well there would have been no need for a make-or-break summit this week that will also involve Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford and new United chief Ed Woodward.

But it did go well. The Sun cites Rooney “source”:

“It was an amicable meeting but it gave Wayne the chance to get a lot of things off his chest. There is little doubt the new boss wants to keep Wayne. Any suggestions the two don’t get on is complete rubbish.”

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Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal ‘sign’ QPR’s Julio Cesar and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina as Wojciech Szczesny ‘fights for place’

PA 16910019 Transfer balls: Arsenal sign QPRs Julio Cesar and Liverpools Pepe Reina as Wojciech Szczesny fights for place

TRANSFER BALLS: A look at Arsenal’s moves for a new goalkeeper, as reported by the experts in the news media with a wet finger held up in the breeze and a deadline to hit.

June 30:

Arsenal will buy QPR’s Julio Cesar:

Julio Cesar has dropped his biggest hint yet that he will leave QPR for Arsenal this summer by admitting he wants to continue living in London… when asked if his son had admitted to him that he wants to remain in London, Cesar said: “Yes, me too. I love the city and I’m enjoying living there.”  - Evening Standard

June 29:

A bid has been made for Cesar? This site says it has been:

Arsenal Launch Formal £1.5m Bid for QPR Keeper Julio Cesar – Caught Offiside

But let’s take that with pinch of salt. At the end of May, Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb stated Arsenal has already bought Cesar.

Arsenal have stepped up their interest in QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar – but face a battle with Roma and Fiorentina to land him. – Metro

June 28:

Arsenal have two scouts at the Confederations Cup and are well aware that Cesar is available following QPR’s relegation to the Championship. They have also been monitoring Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Stoke’s Asmir Begovic but either of those options would be likely to cost in excess of £10 million. – Daily Telegraph

The Daily Mail says a deal will be done:

Arsenal will look to complete the signing of Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar after the Confederations Cup. Arsene Wenger wants an experienced goalkeeper to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny.

June 26:

The Sunderland Echo says Cesar is off to join Sunderland.

The Evening Standard says Arsenal want Liverpool’s Pepe:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains a keen admirer of Reina, having tried to sign him two seasons ago, and he is considering a number  of options as he looks to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

The Mail said Arsenal want the Spaniard, having bid £20m for him in 2010.

The Mail also told us:

Cech wanted by Arsenal as patience runs out with mentally fragile Szczesny

That’s the same Mail that also says Szczesny isn’t leaving and will fight Cesar for the No.1 jersey.

June 25:

Cesar is off to Italy?

Arsenal goalkeeping target Julio Cesar refuses to rule out Serie A return. “I played for Inter but this doesn’t preclude my return to Italy,” Cesar told Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport. – Daily Express

Well, he’s not ruled it on. But he’s not ruled it in, either.

The Standard then notes:

Julio Cesar keen on return to Italy

No. That’s not what he said.

More transfer balls every day….

Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: wanted by Real Madrid, Luis Suarez signs for Manchester City and learns German

PA 16339351 Liverpool: wanted by Real Madrid, Luis Suarez signs for Manchester City and learns German

TALKING Balls: Anorak’s look a transfer speculation in the news. Today we look at Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s past week. This is Suarez, the skilful player billed in the British Press as being essentially low-minded and very foreign. He does things that no British gentleman would ever do (unless you’re Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale or, as is alleged, John Terry). Now read on….

June 30:

Daily Star: “JAN MOLBY: LIVERPOOL SHOULD LET LUIS SUAREZ GO”

Molby, 49, said: “Liverpool are preparing for life without Suarez. “It is just a question of getting as much as they can for him. I think Suarez is very keen on moving to Real Madrid.”

Molby thinks Suarez is keen on Madrid. That would be Suarez who said he would “give my soul in every match” for Real and:

A player always aspires to the top, and Madrid are always one of the highest ambitions for any footballer. Every player would love to get to the absolute top and Real Madrid is it.

He also said:

“I don’t feel comfortable here anymore. They know it, so I think it is understandable that I leave.”

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Posted: 30th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Transfer Balls: Gareth Bale to hook up with Ronaldo at Manchester United

PA 16695476 Spurs Transfer Balls: Gareth Bale to hook up with Ronaldo at Manchester United

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s  look at the Tottenham Hotspur in the news media – a murky world between fact and fiction. The latest round of Transfer Balls is typically light on fact and, as ever, features not a single word from either the player or Spurs to suggest Bale is leaving.

Football Espana says “Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has hinted that he will be signing for Tottenham Hotspur, where he expects to link up with Real Madrid target Gareth Bale”.

Hinted? It was Paulinho who said:

“I couldn’t turn them down if they made me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity to play for Tottenham.”

Are there any stumbling blocks to the move? The player replies:

“This summer there has been interest in their Coach and their best player[Bale] – and they have been clear they both are not going anywhere.”

What about the reports of Bale’s agent meeting Real Madrid’s accountants?

Former Spurs player Glenn Hoddle tells the Sun:

“If he does move, I think he will settle easier at another club in England. The only ones he can realistically join are Manchester United and Manchester City. He could get Champions League football there. But I want him to stay at Tottenham.”

If? He is staying at Spurs. And, as this blog says, the Manchester Clubs won’t get Bale:

…you would imagine Daniel Levy would rather sell to Real Madrid or PSG than Manchester United.

The Mirror says, “Real Madrid have offered cash AND players to Spurs in a bid to deliver Gareth Bale for newly-appointed boss boss Carlo Ancelotti.”

 

The Star adds:

MANCHESTER UNITED will turn their attention to Gareth Bale if they fail to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

As an aside away from the Daily Transfer Balls, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has produced All Star European and Rest of the World XI for a new fantasy football game. Cooking up a dream team is the kind of thing fans and journalists do when they need to kill time. When Wilshere does it its becomes a story in the Huffington Post entitled:

Jack Wilshere’s Gareth Bale Omission Stems From Jealousy

No. It stems from marketing.

More Balls Balls every day….

 

Posted: 29th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everton star Marouane Fellaini wanted by Chelsea and Man City signs 125,000 a week deal at Arsenal

PA 16512875 Everton star Marouane Fellaini wanted by Chelsea and Man City signs 125,000 a week deal at Arsenal

TRANSFER Balls: A week in the life of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. When we last covered the story, Fellaini was on his way to Arsenal, the Gunners had made a bid and the Belgian has rejected a contract worth £70,000-week. Now read on…

June 28:

Everton Manager Roberto Martinez:

“You are not talking about a player who is out of the squad or in negotiations with another club. I won’t look to speak to him about this because there is nothing to speak about. What I want is him to be ready for the next season, to be ready to take an important role at the club and understand that it is a big season for him. As an individual, he has got an exciting year in front of him and I don’t think he is personally thinking, ‘Am I going to be here?’ I don’t think that’s in his head.” - Thame Today

And:

…Everton have yet to receive offers for the midfielder, who has a clause in his contract that would allow him to move in the event of a £24m bid. The clause expires in mid-August… Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in the 25-year-old – The Times

June 27:

The British transfer window is about to open and Arsenal look set to make some big moves in the coming days. It’s understood Arsene Wenger has been given a transfer kitty of around £60m. Everton’s towering power-house midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a key target for Wenger and he could be ready to trigger the £24million release clause in the Belgium internationals contract. – Winner Sports

What was £70m is now £60m. Also, the Premier League transfer season  begins on the final day of the season and ends on Augusta 31. Other than the that the report is accurate.

June 26:

CaughtOffside understands that Wenger is set to make a £22m bid for Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini, an offer that will trigger the Belgian’s release clause which should set in motion a move to bring the 25 year old to the Emirates Stadium.

£22m or £24m, someone should tell Arsenal. The site adds that Arsenal will offer Fallaini £125,000-a week.

June 25: 

The Daily Mail says Fallaini wants £100,000-a week to play for Arsenal.

The Week says Fellaini earns £75,000-per-week at Everton.

Also, we learn that Zenit St Petersburg or Manchester City are eyeing Fellaini.

And this site adds:

Arsenal Stumble Over Potential £50m Price for Fellaini

June 24:

Fellaini… Who he?

Manchester United & Arsenal lead £5m ‘new Fellaini’ chase. Belgian midfielder Bernard Malanda-Adje is wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United - GiveMeSport

June 22:

The Gunners, who have already activated the Belgian’s £22 million release clauseYahoo

June 21:

…the Arsenal manager is considering activating Fellaini’s £23m release clause at Everton. – Evening Standard

Such are the facts. More Transfer Balls every day…

Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gareth Bale ‘signs new contract’ at Spurs as his agent ‘talks to Real Madrid’

PA 16831583 Gareth Bale signs new contract at Spurs as his agent talks to Real Madrid

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the football transfer gossip mill. Having heard Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas state that Bale not leaving the club, today we get news that he is. Well, maybe.

TalkSport says Bale is heading to Real Madrid and Angel di Maria is heading in the opposite direction with lots of cash.

The GiveMeSport site says that’s great news. It says that with new signings, Spurs can improve. Bale is old news. Well, not quote. The Real Madrid spokesperson is talking about him:

“We are on it. The president is excited to bring him [Bale] to Madrid. The new Real Madrid coach Ancelotti also voted his support in the favour of signing the North London sensation by claiming that: ‘If we can bring him here, it would be very good.’”

Or as Ancelotti actually said:

“We’ve not spoken of signings because today is the first day I am here. I cannot give any information on the players who might come in or those who will leave. The squad is very good. In the next few days we will talk with the club about what we need. It has a lot of young players from the youth set-up. That’s good. Having youth products is good because they have ambition and enthusiasm.”

This blog adds:

Despite the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy slapping a 100 million euro price tag on Gareth Bale…

When did he do that? All we know of Levy is that he, apparently,  told AVB that Bale is staying put. AVB told media in Portugal:

“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay.”

Or as the Daily Mirror puts it:

Spaniards hope a players plus cash offer will make Daniel Levy take his fingers out of his ears and stop saying ‘Na, na, na!’

What do Spurs get for Madrid tapping up their player?

Argentina winger Angel Di Maria is among several stars that the Spanish giants are willing to hand over to the White Hart Lane club with in order to land the Premier League’s Player of the Year.

But better than that, the Times says Real are offering Spurs cash and Gonzalo Higuain. That’s he player the Sun has alreayd dubbed ‘Gunnzalo‘ on account of his impending move to Arsenal.

The Express says such things were discussed when the Welshman’s reportedly met Bernabeu officials in  Madrid lest week.

Finally, the Borehamwood & Elstree Times, Gareth Bale has signed a new contract with Tottenham“.

More balls every day….

Posted: 27th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football Balls: Spurs manager Andre Vill-Boas races from Paris and Ryan Giggs begins his Manchester United Countdown

ryan giggs riley countdown copy Football Balls: Spurs manager Andre Vill Boas races from Paris and Ryan Giggs begins his Manchester United Countdown

FOOTBALL Balls: Anorak’s look at summertime reporting of the national game. Today we look at non-sequiturs.

The first features Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, the subject of an article in the Times called “End of an aura at Manchester United, says André Villas-Boas”.

The Spurs coach says without Fergie, United are vulnerable:

“The aura that Sir Alex had, David Moyes does not yet have,” Villas-Boas said. “This could have a direct influence on the players of Manchester and their opponents. United had, because of Sir Alex’s history of winning, an aura of invincibility.

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Posted: 26th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gareth Bale could be sold, says Spurs manager Andre Villa-Boas

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news:

The Mirror quotes Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’s words to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay.”

But:

“In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me.”

How’s that for blind faith?

 

Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (30) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal buy £50m Gonzalo Higuain for £25.5m with a bid of just £22m

ARSENAL transfer news: more expert views on Gonzalo Higuain in the media:

Is Gonzalo Higuain leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal? Having previously reported that the deal was done and dusted, some voices in the media should consider the words of the player’s agent and father, the one and same Jorge Higuain. He tells La Gazzetta dello Sport:

“Real Madrid will decide. There is still no signature, but I can assure you that agreements with both Arsenal and Juventus are very advanced.”

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Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal swoop for Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and, er, Tony Adams?

PA 1382788 1 Arsenal swoop for Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and, er, Tony Adams?

ARSENAL balls: A looks at the transfer of Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain and Tony Adams?

Tony Adams says he should be in charge at Arsenal. How you view that news will depend on your opinion of the former Arsenal skipper as either a great on-field captain, an off-the-field mess or a disappointing manager. The Mirror says of Adams:

Arsenal legend Tony Adams reckons he’d make a better Gunners chairman than Sir Chips Keswick

“Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice – and he is 73. If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me”

Tony, no. Sir Chips is Runyonesque. The curent Arsenal upper echelon features ‘Silent’ Stan Kroenke, a Russian-Uzbek heavy called Alisher Usmanov, Farhad Moshiri, Sir Chips, Ken Friar, Lord Harris of Peckham and Ivan Gazidis. It’s a pretty exotic collection of names, although, admittedly, not as wonderful as the pre-Kroenke days when the Arsenal board featured Danny Fiszman, David Dein, Keith Edelman, Richard Carr, Peter Hill-Wood and Nina Bracewell-Smith. Tony Adams is not a name that fits.

Having heard from one former Gunner, TalkSport hears from another, one Perry Groves.

“As an Arsenal fan if you sign Higuain, Rooney and trigger the release clause for Fellaini, then that would increase [the quality of] your side by 30-40% straight away.”

As as Arsenal fans, Groves should have realised by now that he’s dreaming. Or is he? The site SportsPulse says:

Arsenal have made a £23,000,000 bid for Marouane Fellaini’s which activates his release clause and have started talks with the Everton midfielder.

Or as The Daily Post reports:

ARSENAL are expected to finally launch a £24m bid to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

This site says Arsenal have offered Felliani £70,000 a week. The Telegraph says Arsenal “Are ready to activate Marouane Fellaini’s £23 million release clause at Everton.”

On planet football £1million is a small matter.

Ray Parlour, yet another former Gooner being paid to voice an opinion, says:

“They need to go out and spend money now, reports are saying there’s £70m available at the moment. If I was Arsene Wenger, I’d say go out and spend £100m and get the right players to have a real go of it next season.”

Where Wenger gets this extra £30m from does not bother Parlour. It’s football. Money just happens.

On EuroSport, Jan Molby is also talking big numbers:

It’s currently looking like Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will be the first big acquisition, but I would dare to suggest that this potential signing would be the absolute highest they go for anyone all summer. The reported record fee of £25million is still less than what Manchester City, Chelsea and company spend on a lot of players. Sometimes it has even been half the value of a City or Blues purchase.

Everyone else is reporting that Higuain is being bought for £22m or £20m. Molby just thinks bigger. If you are going to speculate, why not just add a few million?

More transfer balls every day…

Photo: Steve Morrow (left), recovering from a broken arm, in the Clementine Churchill Hospital, is visited by his Arsenal team captain Tony Adams, with the Coca-Cola Cup that Arsenal won by beating Sheffield Wednesday. It was, famously, Adams who dropped Morrow during the team’s celebrations at Wembley. 

Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Posters from British wrestling’s glorious heyday

mick McManus Posters from British wrestlings glorious heyday

ONCE upon a time, 4pm on Saturday afternoond meant wrestling on the telly.

You could back the corporate patriot Big Daddy (formerly The Blonde Adonis, Mr. Universe and The Battling Guardsman), the walking famryard Giant Haystacks, Les “Laughing Boy” Kellett, Jackie (“Mr. T.V.”) Pallo, the mysterious Kendo Nagasaki or the villainous – boo! – Mick McManus. You’d tune in to ITV’s World of Sport to see the Greco-Roman tradition enlivened by men in cotton knickers being slapped about the body and head by umbrella and handbag-wielding grannies.

McManus died this year, and we can still heat him crying out in agony – was it real? - “Not the ears, not the ears!” How he hated his ears rubbed.

Was it fixed? Did Big Daddy really put down the gargantuan Haystacks? All real, said McManus:

“It’s ridiculous to say the bouts were fixed. You should have seen the injuries. Sometimes it was impossible to get out of bed the next day because you were battered so badly.”

In 1988, wrestling was taken off the telly. All we’re left with is memories and these wonderful posters:

 

Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Malcolm Marshall: ‘You know, I wanna dish out pain’

PA 1242161 Malcolm Marshall: You know, I wanna dish out pain

I ONCE stood very close to the great West Indian cricketer Joel Garner as he was running into bowl at Lord’s. At six feet 8, and holding a rock hard ball high above his head, Garner was the most terrifying and fantastic sight I’d ever seen. Malcolm Marshall was shorter at 5ft 9. But he was faster and deadlier. In his series on the “XI most intimidating bowlers” Allan Donald looks at the fearsome West Indian star who died in 1999.

I walked out of the change room and I sat, because the pitch was nearer the Rea Bank Stand at Edgbaston, near the Colts ground, B field. So I walked right around and I sat in the stand there, and I just watched this guy run in all day.

He was not a tall man. He was skiddy. He had the knack, the skill, of swinging the ball both ways. He took 11 wickets in the game in three days. When I got to the crease eventually, there was a huddle, and I walked past and he said, “Were you the kid sitting in that stand earlier?” I didn’t wanna say anything. I don’t know what was coming.

And I was waiting for something quite harsh to come and he tapped me on the back of my head and he goes, “Good luck, son.”

It took him two balls – just two balls. Just lost my off stump and he swung it away like this.

He only demolished Donald’s stump. Be thankful.

He had this passion for knocking over batsmen. This passion for hurting batsmen and this passion for helping others, and that to me was priceless. I learnt so much. Andy Lloyd, who was my captain at Warwickshire, Malcolm ended his career in two balls. I saw the photo of Lloyd lying on the ground and holding his face. It was two balls in a Test and it was all over.

He had this thing about this pain factor that he always talked about. He found a lot of pleasure of really not only just intimidating them but he found a lot of pleasure in saying, “You know, I wanna dish out pain.” 

I was there:

Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gareth Bale: Spurs wants Real Madrid to bid £100m for Manchester United’s Bale in 2014

PA 4730818 Gareth Bale: Spurs wants Real Madrid to bid £100m for Manchester Uniteds Bale in 2014

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s daily look at the Tottenham Hotpsur star in the news. Today’s transfer balls:

Wales Online: “Wales legend Mel Charles says Gareth Bale’s £80m price tag is ‘ridiculous’”

Has he got a price tag? In the Press, Bale’s value has fluctuated between £60m and £85m. But Spurs have not broadcast any asking price. Who is this legend that knows better?

But the brother of John Charles says Bale’s rating as one of the world’s best should be something Wales is proud of

The legend is John Charles’ brother. Can you name him?

Former Wales and Arsenal star Mel Charles, whose brother John left Leeds for Juventus in a then British record transfer record deal of £65,000 in 1957, said the money talked about in the rumoured Bale switch is “ridiculous”.

If a decent player like Mel Charles is a legend, what does that make the great John Charles – a god?

In any case, £85m is meagre. The Star is rounding it up to a neat £100m

The Star: “DANIEL LEVY: £100M NOT ENOUGH FOR REAL MADRID TO LAND GARETH BALE”

Oddly, Levy doesn’t make any statement. He apparently prefers to talk to a friend who talks to the paper:

White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy has told friends he will not budge in his stance to ensure the Wales wonder stays for one more year. And that means rejecting a staggering £100m offer – £20m more than Real paid Man United for Cristiano Rionaldo.

One said: “He held firm when Chelsea wanted Luka Modric and is showing the same determination this time. Daniel also thinks it is for Gareth’s own good. He believes he is still learning and will get better if he remains with them. Who knows what will happen in a year’s time? The club might even lose money but Daniel is prepared gamble on it.

“He wants the best for Spurs and Gareth and even if Madrid raised their bid to £100million he will resist.”

But if Real Madrid want to up their purported £85m bid to £100m they can alsy see if Mr Levy’s friends are right.

After that horse trading, we learn that Real will lose out to Manchester United:

The Sunday Express: “David Moyes has Gareth Bale in his sights”

If Rooney, who fell out with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of last season, still wants to leave, then Moyes will contemplate using the England striker in a swap deal plus cash for 28-year-old Ronaldo. If he wants to stay, then United will step up attempts to bring Wales international Bale to Old Trafford.

Has Moyes got £101m?

Despite Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s assertion that Bale will remain in North London at least for another season, aimed at putting Real Madrid off the scent, United sources indicate that Moyes’ new employers believe they are in with a decent chance of sealing a deal which would be worth around £60m.

Then United could swiftly sell Bale to Madrid for £85m or £100m. Easy money.

After that bilge, the Express reports:

It’s believed Perez has reneged on an agreement hatched between the clubs which would see Bale remain at Spurs for another season with no bids from the Bernabeu until next summer.

Byt which time Bale will be at United, as reported in the trusty Express

Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Australian better firm depicts Aussie Wallaby raping a British Lion

wallaby lion lions Australian better firm depicts Aussie Wallaby raping a British Lion

GOOD-oh, that the Australians should have finally yielded to pressure and conceded that homosexuality lies at the very essence of rugby union. For many years, Anorak has not been able to look at a picture of hot-blooded rugger bugger action without offering the caption “nice tackle”.

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Posted: 22nd, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Daily Bale: Spurs sell Bale to Real Madrid in early July and Manchester United have already bought him

THE DAILY Bale: Anorak’s look at The Tottenham Hotspur star in the news:

The National Turk magazine say Gareth Bale is heading to Manchester United. According to the magazine’s English website:

Gareth Bale will  arrival next month  with the Tottenham Hotspurs winger  rumoured to have cost the Red Devils side £85 million, though they have insisted that the actual fee is below this figure. Regardless, it is very probable they have broken the United’s Premier League transfer record, which was set by last year Van Persie transfer.

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Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gonzalo Higuain: new Arsenal striker loses £50,000 a week (news round-up)

PA 16115315 Gonzalo Higuain: new Arsenal striker loses £50,000 a week (news round up)

THE Daily Gonzalo Higuain – Anorak’s look at the Real Madrid forward wanted by Arsenal in today’s news:

Football Gossip.org.uk: “Higuain’s Arsenal Transfer On Hold”

Real Madrid fixer Ernesto Bronzetti says he doesn’t know anything about an Arsenal transfer for striker Gonzalo Higuain and claims a number of clubs are interested in the 25-year-old…

“Up to five or six teams want him,” Bronzetti said. “But until the new coach is appointed, there will be nothing new on this topic.”

The Daily Mirror: “When will Arsenal sign Gonzalo Higuaín?”

That question to you, newspaper. The Daily Express says Arsenal are “close” to signing him.

The Daily Mail reports that the deal is done:

Arsenal have finally joined the Premier League’s biggest spenders after finalising a record-breaking deal to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain that could be worth a staggering £50million

The Daily Star agrees:

ARSENAL AGREE DEAL WITH REAL MADRID STRIKER GONZALO HIGUAIN

But then the Star salso reports:

JUVENTUS PLAN TO GATECRASH ARSENAL’S GONZALO HIGUAIN DEAL

The trusty Daily Star has all angles covered by scoops.

The Guardian has facts:

Real Madrid striker happy with £130,000-a-week four-year deal
• Arsenal hope to complete deal before 11 July

What’s the deal worth to the Argentine strikers? What will he earn every week?

£150,000 -  Daily Mail

£140,000HuffPost

£130,000 - Irish Independent

£125,000Evening Standard

£100,000Goal.com

Wow! He’s losing £50,000-a-week with Goal. Whatever will the taxman say?

More transfer balls from the news media every day…

Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. posing with his money – photos

FLOYD Mayweather Jr. enjoys spending quality time with his money. Having earned a fortune from boxing, Mayweather enjoys tasteless displays of wealth. There’s the $100,000 jacket, the big gambling chips and the bottles of Cristal champagne – but just four of them. Mayweather should try harder. He’s soooo high street. As the sticking rich man said to the merely rich man, “I see you have a new Rolls Royce. Pity you’re so poor that you feel a need for one.”

Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Money, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cockney Mafia steal Newcastle United’s lemon sole

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FAMOUS meals time now, readers.

On Tuesday May 31 1994, Tony Blair invited Gordon Brown to meet for ‘dinner’ the Granita restaurant in London. It was there that the dour Scotsman agreed to step aside in the 1994 leadership contest in favour of the trendy urbanite. Brown never stood a chance. Faced with bowls of fennel-seed bread and mussels in lemon grass and coconut-milk liquor, and surrounded by knit-yer-own millionaire new Labour sat in a brick and blonde wood yurt, Blairs was in his element.

The other great dinner meeting was between Newcastle United FC’s owner Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, the club’s former manager now given a job in charge of all football matters. The issue of how they came to their agreement occupies minds at the Daily Mail.

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Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Photos of the best and worst hats at Royal Ascot 2013

LADIES Day at Royal Ascot is that time when ladies wear unwearable hats in deference to aged protocol. The highlight was not only the Queen’s first win in the Gold Cup - Jockey Ryan Moore rode the Queen’s filly Estimate to victory – and the Times’s headline which seems to praise Her Majesty’s sprinting abilities – “Royal Ascot crowned by first Gold Cup victory for the Queen” - but Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie reprising their roles as Cinderella’s panto sisters, a decent each-way bet to win the World’s Most Obsequious Man contest, a woman in a brim so wide the ancient god Saturn thought it a bit OTT and another who seemed to be channeling Pegasus:

PA 16857751 Photos of the best and worst hats at Royal Ascot 2013

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Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Royal Family, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Reds move to tap up Luis Suarez from Real Madrid

TRANSFER Balls: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez round-up:

The Independent: “Jamie Carragher can see why Luis Suarez wants move to Real Madrid”

Why?

“…because if you were honest, Luis Suarez is playing in a team that finished seventh in the Premier League, but he is one of the best players in the world. It would be pretty naïve to think that no club would be interested in him. But if you read his quotes, they are not as controversial as has been made out.”

Or as the Mirror reports:

Real have yet to even make an enquiry, and Suarez’s continuing outbursts strongly suggest they are trying to force the price down by encouraging the player to agitate for a move and make it impossible for him to stay at Anfield.

Carragher, though, is angling for Suarez to stay.

…kerping unhappy players is an issue. We had that experience with Torres and keeping him wasn’t the right thing to do. Torres wasn’t the same player for about 18 months and downed tools and that’s certainly what you don’t want. But with a character like Luis, I don’t think that would be an issue and if the club were to keep him, I’m sure he would be as committed as ever.

Can you tap up your own player?

How sure is Carragher about Suarez? The Mail notes:

Suarez’s popularity with Liverpool supporters has dipped in the wake of the endless interviews he has given while he has been at The Confederations Cup, while club officials were mystified that he went public with his feelings without giving them any warning.

Still. One Red wants him, sa the Mirror reports:

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has set his sights on Luis Suarez as a replacement for Edinson Cavani

What says Suarez? The Star quotes him:

No one has called me or told me anything,” he said.

“I do not have a specific offer of any club. I’m still a Liverpool player.”

But the Mail says:

Liverpool will demand Luis Suarez provides written confirmation of his intention to leave in an attempt to swiftly resolve the saga over his future.

This one’s going to drag one all summer…

Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini signs forms in Manchester (on his house)

PA 6364651 Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini signs forms in Manchester (on his house)

TRANSFER watch: A fortnight in the life of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini:

June 19

Arsenal are unsure about paying £24m for Marouane Fellaini so will move for Real Sociedad’s Asier Illarramendi, who has a release clause of £25.7m. 

June 18

Everton yet to receive Fellaini bids – ESPN

According to various rumours, Arsenal have recently met Fellaini’s buy-out clause – GiveMeSport

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Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0