Day: December 18, 2010

Ralph Coates: 1946-2010 – A Burnley, Tottenham And Orient Legend

It is surprisingly uncommon to find a player whose passing will be marked equally between two different clubs, but the death of Ralph Coates at the age of sixty-four will be marked with sadness at all three of the Football League clubs at which he played: Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient. Coates joined Burnley in 1961 as an apprentice, turned professional with them and made his debut for them in 1964. He was, at his first club, slightly unfortunate with his age. The early 1960s were a period of great success for Burnley, but Coates’ emergence into the first team at Turf Moor coincided with a slight dip in their fortunes. Even so, Coates was an uncommonly elegant player on the mud-bath pitches of 1960s England and he made four appearances for his country as well as being in the initial squad for the 1970 World Cup finals, although he didn’t make Alf Ramsey’s final cut. He left the club in 1971 after they Burnley were relegated from the First Division, and Tottenham Hotspur were prepared to pay £190,000 for his services. Coates’ career at Spurs began with a flourish. In 1972, Spurs won the UEFA Cup and the following year Coates was the hero, scoring the winning goal at Wembley against Norwich City. This, however, had been the last hurrah for the great Spurs side of the...

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Paul Konchesky’s Mum Loses Her Rag

Social media, as some have learnt the hard way, brings with it a set of social mores that people have to learn as they go along. Taking this into consideration, it is hardly surprising that some people find themselves getting rather unstuck by it and Paul Konchesky, the Liverpool defender, could be forgiven for wishing that Facebook after comments made by his mother found their way into the public domain yesterday. Mrs Konchesky is believed to have posted some, shall we say, “spirited” messages on the subject of Liverpool supporters on her Facebook page last week, and Liverpool supporters have expressed a range of reactions, from anger and irritation through to mild amusement at what she had to say about them. In calling them “Scouse scum”, the nerve that she touched is so raw as to be obvious to anybody that looks at the screenshots that have found their way onto the internet, to the extent that whether it was fake or not was widely discussed in some circles yesterday morning. This in itself would have been a story worth commenting on – what would it say about the mark that Paul Konchesky is making upon Liverpool Football Club if someone was prepared to go to the trouble of faking such a graphic? – but it seems to have been genuine, so what does it tell us? Firstly, it...

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