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Archive for January 2010

Coyle betrays those who loved him

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BURNLEY came to the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night to take on Bolton and their former manager Owen Coyle.

Rarely has such vitriol greeted an ex-manager as that which was aimed at Coyle by the Burnley fans.

And most of it was understandable. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

January 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Giantkillers ruining the magic for everyone

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PRESTON North End and Chelsea kicked off the FA Cup fourth round with their Saturday lunchtime clash at Deepdale televised on ITV.

Dennis Wise, essentially representing Chelsea, and Billy Davies, representing Preston, joined Matt Smith in the television studio.

The phrase “magic of the cup” was on the tip of all three’s lips, the unspoken monkey in the room, except that it was frequently spoken.

I personally want Chelsea to beat Preston, just as I would like Tottenham Hotspur to beat Leeds United, Arsenal to beat Stoke City and Manchester City to beat Scunthorpe United in the other televised games. Read the rest of this entry »

All but Colly wobbled

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HAVING fought so hard to escape with draws at Centurion and Cape Town, it was disappointing to see England collapse so abjectly at Johannasberg.

But that should not detract from what has been a relatively successful tour for England. Read the rest of this entry »

4 out of 10 on the volume, 0 out of 10 on the outcome

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THE Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) was introduced into cricket in November for the New Zealand v Pakistan series.

Its intention was to remove the truly awful umpiring decisions from the game, thus making it fairer all round.

However it did not factor in Daryl Harper’s volume button. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

January 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Note to self: avoid interviewing Robbie Savage

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DERBY County lost 4-1 at home on Saturday against Championship minnows Scunthorpe United.

A local journalist asked club captain Robbie Savage why this was the case, especially as it came only one league game after a draw at table-toppers Newcastle United.

This was his answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

January 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Portsmouth scat solo

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LAST month jazz musician Anita Wardell was asked by Radio 5 Live presenter Danny Baker to put Portsmouth footballers into a scat solo.

Here are the results. Read the rest of this entry »