Year: 2007

Baker & Kelly – A New Download

You know what? Over the last couple of weeks or so, I’d rather forgotten about these Baker & Kelly downloads. Well, not so much “forgotten” as “repeatedly thought that I should really start putting these up again and, erm, not doing it”. Anyway, it has been drawn to my attention that this blog has got a mention on their Facebook page (and hello, by the way, if you’re stopping by from there), so I thought I may as well start putting up the last handful of them. Starting tonight. The list of the others is here (how to use this list is available here), and the new download is here (right-click and save as, as ever). Oh, and yes, I am on Facebook (and I’m a member of the Baker & Kelly group on there, too), but it does all scare me a little bit. Anyway, glad to be of...

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The Most Objectionable Player Of 2007

At any point over the last five years or so, Craig Bellamy would have been a shoo-in for any “Most Objectionable Player Of The Year” award, but Craig has had, by his own standards, a quiet year, so there can only be one winner in 2007 – Joey Barton. Now, I don’t know what the demons are that plague Barton’s mind and I’m no amateur psychologist (you’d noticed?), but his behaviour seems to be that of a deeply troubled individual. Manchester City did what they could to help him work out whatever issues he has but he seems almost pathologically unable to control him temper, and the result of this is that Barton is spending the New Year in prison, and could well be spending a lot more time there. Let’s have a quick look, then, at Barton’s CV (and you’ll note that there isn’t a great deal about his football career on it, because he hasn’t really achieved that much of note). In December 2004, at the Manchester City Christmas party, he stubbed a cigar in the eye of a reserve team player, and was fined a week’s wages for his troubles. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I stubbed a cigar out at my works Christmas party, I’d expect to go to to jail for a while rather than being fined a week’s wages, but...

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A Mixed Day

It had been a great afternoon, even to be at home with a bunged up, well, everything, watching the latest goals coming in on BBC Score. Spurs and Reading were involved in yet another extraordinary match at White Hart Lane (and my, hasn’t there been a lot of those in the Premier League this season?), whilst West Ham United performed their annual stunt of upsetting Manchester United at Upton Park. Then, however, the news came in from Fir Park and everything took a horribly unexpected turn. It’s always upsetting when a footballer dies, and this is magnified all the more when it comes during the course of a match. Towards the end of this afternoon’s SPL match between Motherwell and Dundee United, the Motherwell captain Phil O’Donnell collapsed on the pitch with a seizure. He was treated on the pitch for five minutes, but died on the way to hospital. O’Donnell was not merely the journeyman footballer of the modern era. He had started his career at Fir Park as an eighteen year-old in 1990, and didn’t take long to write his name into the club’s folklore when he scored in their 4-3 win against Dundee United at Hampden Park. He was transferred to Celtic in 1994 for £1.75m but much of the rest of his career, including a four year spell at Sheffield Wednesday, was interrupted by injuries....

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Five Quick New Year Wishes

Obviously, in an ideal world I’d say “knickers” to football and go for the alpaca (see left), but this isn’t really an option and, besides, this place remains a football blog rather than an alpaca blog (although I’m open to suggestion on this subject as well). Anyway, I’m still a little feverish, so here are a handful of hopes for 2008. 1. That the BBC and ITV take the European Championships as seriously as they should do, even though England aren’t there. The big television companies should welcome the opportunity to get away from the jingoistic nonsense that has blighted every major international football tournament since at least 1996. They should grasp the nettle and do something that journalists should pride themselves in doing – telling you things that you didn’t already know. Obviously it will be much easier for them to go on and on about how many of the players of view are from the the Premier League and “how much poorer” the competition will be for England not being there, but hope springs eternal. 2. Somebody, please, other than Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool to win a domestic trophy. I am fully resigned to the fact that it is now asking too much for anyone other than the aforementioned foursome to win the Premier League or, indeed, take the top four places in the Premier...

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