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Going Dutch

by | 4th, November 2004

‘CONTRARY to the popular belief held in some quarters, Ruud Van Nistelrooy is not a spiteful so-and-so but a goalscorer of no little skill.

‘I surrender! I surrender!’

And last night, the man who is more innocent than a puppy sitting alongside a pile of poo on your new shagpile rug scored all four goals in Manchester United’s 4-1 over Sparta Prague.

Well done to him, and well done to Liverpool, who beat Deportivo La Coruna thanks to an own goal from the Spanish side’s Jorge Andrade.

These are better times for English football, which now has four teams in with a shout of winning the Champions’ League.

Meanwhile, as the Mirror reports, West Bromwich Albion are just hoping they can get themselves a new manager.

After yesterday’s news that Glenn Hoddle was all set to roll into the Hawthorns on a sea of uplifted hands, the Messiah has had a moment of doubt.

In what the paper calls a “shock move”, Hoddle has stalled on taking the job, making the Albion board rethink their options and line up Paul Jewell for the role instead.

Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has made an official approach for the current Wigan coach, whose side are flying high in what used to be called Division 1 and before that Division 2 and is now oddly known as The Championship..

The team are profiled in a piece in the Mail called “INCREDIBLE RISE OF THE LIKELY LADS”, in which Jewell and his men “fight for hearts of Wigan peers”.

Ouch! If that pun brings more of a wince than a smile to your face, there is much laughter to be had on the adjoining page where the Mail shines a light into the corner of football known as AFC Wimbledon.

The Ryman League Division One side have now gone 75 games unbeaten, so equalling the English senior record of Cornish side St Blazey.

The fans and players celebrating the club’s 3-0 win over Fleet also had a raucous cheer for the news that the Milton Keynes Dons – aka “Franchise” – had lost 2-1 to Bristol City in the LDV Van Trophy.

And let’s also give a big hearty cheer to Mianne Bagger, who, the Telegraph says, has become the first transsexual woman to earn full playing privileges on golf’s Ladies’ European Tour.

The Danish-born, Australian-raised golfer says she wants to represent trans-gender people “in the best manner I can because I hate it when society wants to treat us as some sort of depravity”.

Well said. Ruud van Nistlerooy could not have put it better…’

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