England’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Posted on October 10, 2017

Whilst Wales and Scotland tumbled out of the World Cup and both the Ireland's go into the play-off lottery, England, much maligned and disappointing throughout, actually cruised to the finals with an 8 point cushion and no defeats. Qualifiers didn't used to be like this and although England were often as turgid as they are now, there was real drama in qualifying. Remember Terry Butcher and his bloodied head against the Swedes, and the ...

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Motty Says Goodbye

Posted on September 6, 2017

If you were a child who loved football in the 1970's, there would have been times when you were out in the street, or on the playing fields, when you would have impersonated commentators as you booted the ball into a goal without a net. My Favourite was "LETHABY...ONE-NIL!" because the voice of David Coleman was the easiest to impersonate but occasionally I would turn into Barry Davies. "OH I SAY, WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT!" or John Motson ...

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The BBC, Norovirus and the World Athletics Championship!

Posted on August 14, 2017

I quite like athletics, well the running bits at least as I am never quite sure about the jumping and throwing events as they all seem a bit odd. At what point in childhood does someone say "When I grow up I want to be a Pole Vaulter" or "Nope, the Long Jump is not for me I am afraid, I want to do two little jumps followed by one big one." So anyway, I looked forward to it but suddenly found myself not really enjoying it that much, possibly ...

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Wimbledon Exposes a Nation of Contradictory Sycophants!

Posted on July 13, 2017

I really enjoy tennis at its highest level, it is a game of endurance and supreme fitness like no other. In fact, the 2008 Wimbledon Final, when Rafa Nadal beat Roger Federer in five sets, remains one of my top ten sporting occasions. However, Wimbledon 2017, has excelled more than any other before it for its irrational criticism, sycophantic behaviour and outright hypocrisy. As early as the first round, we had experts and players bemoan...

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A Weekend in Norwich

Posted on April 10, 2017

As a Reading fan, it took a while to forget the 5-0 hammering dished out by Fulham back in December, however, when my eldest son decided he would like an awayday Reading FC weekend trip for his birthday, my enthusiasm for the beautiful game gradually returned. So, way back in January, we checked through the fixture list and decided that as we had both never been there before, why not try Norwich City away? Norwich were on a torrid run at the ...

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