OUTRAGE! Outrage at Wigan’s Steve McManaman’s dreadful challenge on Massadio Haidara at the weekend. Callum McManaman? Sorry, oh right, yes, Steve never did a tackle in his life, did he? Yeah, I was pulling your chain but I did see several people tweet just that and then go on to say how referee Mark Halsey should be banned/sacked/destroyed.
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The Tyburn runs from Hampstead to the River Thames, a sunny afternoon walk along its now buried banks.
The dusty roadside of the rallying world is, in some ways, a fine image for an analogy with the shiny hotel forecourt of Formule Une. Now the poor relation to the glitz of Monaco but back in the 70s and 80s the dirty, exciting mix of petrol, hot shingle and an eye-full of woodland muck, was all a young lad needed for kicks. Besides, going sideways through a forest looked much more fun than processing round a bit of tarmac.
As footballing rivalries go, England and Scotland was once a serious one. I can remember it. Broken goalposts blah blah etc etc. It was still thus 17 years ago even if these days Scotland represent no more of a threat than (lights blue touch paper and stands well back) the Faroe Islands (heh, that works on two levels).
Football programmes. Pointless dustbins of repetitive content that’s also available free elsewhere? Or, collectible, cherished and valuable documents capturing important club-specific moments in history?
When it comes to football, the BBC has come in for a considerable amount of stick in recent years. That Alan Shearer is actually paid (considerable) money to mumble his banalities once a week is cause for debate. That Alan Hansen gets to sit back, smugly, and pour condescension over more junior [junior? that was Pat bloody Nevin the other night!] pundits who dare to make a valid point with which he disagrees, is cause for irritation. Then there’s the highlight/punditry ratio, how much football do we actually see on MOTD 1&2? Very little, although we do get to see contentious decisions replayed>replayed>replayed and we get to see
Colin Murray Chappers chumming his way into our saddened hearts and frustrated minds. Read More