Author: Mark

World Cup 2010: Netherlands 1-0 Japan 1

World Cup 2010: Netherlands 1-0 Japan

Patrick Viera’s role on ITV’s panel is increasingly to give reassurance to the others that France are worse than England, which should be money for old rope but, after the Algeria game, isn’t. Attempts...

World Cup 2010: Argentina 4-1 South Korea 1

World Cup 2010: Argentina 4-1 South Korea

“There’s enough material here for an entire conference,” said the psychiatrist in the Fawlty Towers episode entitled, funnily enough, ‘The Psychiatrist.’ Argentine coach Diego Armando Maradona, we are told, is a modern day Basil...

World Cup 2010: Honduras 0-1 Chile 1

World Cup 2010: Honduras 0-1 Chile

ITV 1 gives twenty minutes introduction time to this 12.30 kick-off. But its 12.26 before the actual game it self is addressed, the rest being about England, who aren’t playing for another 55 hours....

World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 Paraguay 0

World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 Paraguay

At last, a proper football match, if still not a particularly good one until the last half-hour. Maybe it was the rain. Or maybe just Mick McCarthy’s obvious relish of the prospect of some...

World Cup 2010: Japan 1-0 Cameroon 0

World Cup 2010: Japan 1-0 Cameroon

Sloppy, unprofessional, boring, unimaginative. And that was just Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson in the BBC commentary box. Whilst not personally agreeing with the decision, I could see reasons for Guy Mowbray getting the...

World Cup 2010: Germany 4-0 Australia 1

World Cup 2010: Germany 4-0 Australia

It’s a conundrum for English national team fans, who to support out of the football and cricket arch-enemies. But it’s not a problem for long as the game is over as a debating point within the first quarter.

The Christian Aid Secrecy League 2

The Christian Aid Secrecy League

Of all the football figures railing against the appointment of another independent FA chairman, Leeds United chairman Kenneth William Bates was the most predictable. An independent mind and independent voice would also have an...

Scudamore & Clarke: Chief To Chair 1

Scudamore & Clarke: Chief To Chair

The Football League has a new chairman, in the form of former Leicester City chairman Greg Clarke, the man that took the club through one of football’s more notorious insolvency events, during the 2002/2003...

Are Wednesday & Palace Cracking Up? 9

Are Wednesday & Palace Cracking Up?

A brave, or foolhardy, contributor to the Sheffield Wednesday fans’ website “Owlstalk” last week asked the straightforward question “Who did what?” about club chairman Lee Strafford’s recent departure. The last time I dared look...

The Manchester United War Of Words 4

The Manchester United War Of Words

Never has a football club’s “official wine partner” seemed so important. And while you’re pondering the concept of a football club having a wine partner at all (what next, “prawn sandwich partner”?), I shall...