Yearly Archive: 2006

The Galloping Major 6

The Galloping Major

Watching a state of apathy descend over the nation on Wednesday evening, it seems almost difficult to believe that there was a time when the international friendly match was important. As England Reserves and...

Dutch Courage 0

Dutch Courage

Ah well, a preview for a match that kicks off in an hour and a half’s time. But never mind. I’ve commented on here before the extent to which my enthusiasm for the England...

The Newell Avengers 0

The Newell Avengers

Dear me. Sometimes, people involved in football simply don’t open their mouths before they speak, do they? Mike Newell’s comments about a female linesman at the weekend are summoning forth acres of newspaper coverage...

Dowie ‘N Out 1

Dowie ‘N Out

Well, I suppose the biggest surprise is that it took four months for anyone to do it, but the sacking of Iain Dowie (left) by Charlton Athletic this afternoon is the first Premiership managerial...

Brighton & Hove Albion 8-0 Northwich Victoria 1

Brighton & Hove Albion 8-0 Northwich Victoria

Now that his neck is newly mended, little Dotmund went to The Withdean Stadium to see Brighton equal their record win against the hapless Northwich Victoria. Brighton and Hove Albion hadn’t won an FA...

A First Round Knock-Out 3

A First Round Knock-Out

Sorry for the brief hiatus in proceedings, but I’ve been away in the north for a couple of days, so everything has gone a bit wonky. I feel a little bit guilty after promising...

My Cup Runneth Over 0

My Cup Runneth Over

It would be kind of wrong of me to not mention Manchester United’s humiliation at the hands of Southend United at Roots Hall on Tuesday night. The thing about the blogosphere is that every...

Earning Your Stripes 0

Earning Your Stripes

It is the FA Cup First Round this weekend. Now, I simply don’t need to be whipped up into an almost obscene fervour about the world’s greatest cup competition, but I suspect that some...

Albanian Devils 1

Albanian Devils

There are a few phrases in football that instantly make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. For inexplicable reasons, the first one that springs to mind is, “FA Cup...

The Trans-Europe Express 2

The Trans-Europe Express

Sorry if you found the picture there a little bit unpleasant. For those of you that haven’t already guessed, I select the pictures for this blog by typing in the subject of what I’m...

A Quick Appeal 3

A Quick Appeal

I’m not sure what I did expect when I started this blog up, at the end of May. However, five months on, I feel as we’re settled into a comfortable little groove. First of...

Schadenfreude Sunday 0

Schadenfreude Sunday

I hereby declare today to be Schadenfreude Sunday. Enjoy it while it lasts, because days like this don’t come about very often. Chelsea, Arsenal and Rangers all losing on the same day? My cup...

Washes Whiter Than White 0

Washes Whiter Than White

There are some clubs whose entire existence seems to be some sort of insane soap opera. The likes of Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United appear almost pre-determined to inhabit a universe...

The Incredible Vanishing Football Ground 2

The Incredible Vanishing Football Ground

Thursdays are probably the most difficult day of the week for me to write something for this. Especially on Champions League weeks. After all, everybody writes about the Champions League. I don’t think that...

Honour Amongst Thieves 3

Honour Amongst Thieves

The Judas. You all know what I mean, don’t you? Some of you will have a general concept of it. Some of you will have instantly thought of a particular individual that broke your...

Any Old Iron 5

Any Old Iron

On Sunday, Teddy Sheringham, aged 40 years and 210 days, scored the goals that might just keep Alan Pardew in his job. There’s no question in my mind that any decision to release Pardew...