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A Tiny Dott

by | 4th, May 2004

‘GRAEME Dott seems forever doomed to be a question in a pub quiz: “Who lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of snooker’s 2004 Embassy World Championship?”

Graeme Dott was determined to get noticed

The silence in the Happy Potter will be truly horrible. Even if someone does answer correctly, such is Dott’s low profile that the name will still mean nothing to the many.

It might even be that more can recall the name of the streaker (Mark Roberts) who the Independent saw dash around the table before the start of the final session.

But let’s not do down the Scot, who was something of the “Scottish terrier” (Telegraph) about him – he did well to reach the final.

It’s just that ‘The Rocket’ is so good, of a quality high enough to be labelled a “tormented genius” by the Times.

More notable names than Dott’s fell by the wayside in their bids to stop O’Sullivan winning a second world title.

But even in victory, O’Sullivan can only share the back page of the Sun with the ubiquitous David Beckham.

Today, Day-vid says that he will return to Manchester United but only if Alex Ferguson leaves.

Since this is about as likely as loving, devoted husband David having an affair, the England captain looks set to spend another season in Madrid.

But strange things do happen in football, and a sensational Beckham return cannot be ruled out entirely.

It’s equally possible – or unlikely – that Chelsea will reach the final of this year’s Champions’ League.

And the Blues’ Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is telling the Independent, and one imagines anyone who will give him the time of day, that he’s the man to overturn Monaco’s two-goal advantage.

“If I do not play, it will be very hard on me,” says the sulky Dutchman, who has not scored for a month.

“The most important thing is that we need to score goals and I have shown this season that is what I do best. I’m not criticising my team-mates, I am just talking facts. My goals are like a business card.”

Which is a neat analogy, especially when we consider that when this season ends, Hasselbaink and his agent will most likely be handing those goals out around Europe as the player looks for a new club…’

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