Tue, November 14th 2006

Macclesfield will investigate the incident when play was suspended in the FA Cup draw with Walsall after a number of balls were thrown on to the pitch.

About 20 balls were launched from outside the club’s Mose Rose stadium, landing at the Star Lane end.

From: BBC with picture



Tue, October 31st 2006

Late Drogba goal leaves Barcelona in trouble

Barcelona 2 - Chelsea 2

After Didier Drogba’s injury time equaliser you could be forgiven for thinking Mourinho’s Chelsea had beaten Barcelona, such was the the psychological blow that the Spanish club’s players seemed to receive.

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Wed, October 25th 2006

Fifa has revealed that 58% of players who were given treatment for injuries at the World Cup turned out not to be injured.

From: The Sun


Tue, October 24th 2006

You can only wonder what the reaction to this would have been if the foreigner had done this to the England international, and not vice-versa.

West Ham’s Javier Mascherano believes Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe should have been sent off for appearing to bite the midfielder in Sunday’s match.

From: BBC


Any chance of action by the FA is slight because the referee dealt with the incident at the time, deeming it a bookable offence. FIFA does not permit further action unless the referee has not seen it.



Mon, October 23rd 2006

Platini believes no country should be allowed more than three teams in the competition. The Premiership has four in action.. with Italy and Spain also entitled to a quartet, while France and Germany have three apiece.

From: The Guardian


Here’s a cunning idea: why not only allow champions to enter the Champions League - the clue’s in the trophy’s title isn’t it? Oh, and make it a straight knockout tournament again while you’re at it.

The difference in intensity in the recent Chelsea/Barcelona game from the previous seasons’ encounters is evidence enough that the group stages are a waste of time.



Wed, October 18th 2006

League Two side Darlington have outlined their reasons for sacking manager David Hodgson.

The club said the decision followed their own investigation into an alleged breach of Football League rules concerning payments to agents.

From: BBC



Thu, October 12th 2006

Media knives out for England and McClaren

New coach's honeymoon period over

A sample of the media criticism levelled at the England team and management after their dismal 2-nil defeat to Croatia.


Wed, October 11th 2006

With Jamie Carragher and Scott Parker included in tonight’s England team, the much advertised five man midfield now contains their 2 full-backs, Ashley Cole and Gary Neville.

Surely that makes it a 5 man defence, rather than a 5 man midfield.




Mon, October 9th 2006

Who’s running the England team?

Venables to push for his favoured 5 man midfield

Newspapers having been reporting with increasing frequency that England are to start playing a 3-5-2 formation for their Euro qualifier against Croatia. England’s players don’t seem to want it, and coach McClaren seems happier with a 4-4-2. Is Terry Venables finally getting his way?

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Fri, September 15th 2006

Big four meet to kick-start season

Last season’s top 4 teams meet each other this Sunday, as Chelsea face Liverpool and Man Utd play Arsenal.

After a summer of World Cup football, and the football season’s first month being broken up by international games, the English Premiership has so far failed to fire…

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