July 2006

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Sunday Sunday

Apart from watching a torpid five minutes of Celtic-Everton on Channel 5 this afternoon, I’ve had a relatively football-free weekend. This is what the end of July should be like. A bit of golf on the television, enough cheap Tequila last night to floor an elephant. Lazy days indeed. A time to feel footloose and…

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July 23, 2006
Ian

A Friendly Word

First up, we passed 10,000 visitors yesterday. So, thank you for stopping by (again). The new season starts next week in Scotland, and I daresay that there’ll be a full preview of that on here at some point over the next seven days (unless I can find someone to write it for he it’ll have…

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July 22, 2006
Ian

Coke Is The Real Thing

So, Shaun Newton… busted. The biggest surprise of the whole story to me wasn’t that he’d been caught having taken the old Bolivian Marching Powder, rather that he was playing at West Ham when he was. Most Wolves fans will tell you that he spent much of his time at Molineux as if under the…

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July 20, 2006
Ian

Trouble At Villa

And the award for Most Chaotic Pre-Season Build-Up goes to… Aston Villa. In a tale of intrigue and double-dealing that would do Ian Fleming proud, Villa’s pre-season has gone up in a cloud of smoke that reeks of intrigue, double-dealing and wheeler-dealing in the corridors of Villa Park. The in-fighting and back-biting are threatening to…

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July 19, 2006
Ian

A True German Hero

Germany’s relationship with England has been strained over the last hundred years or so, to say the least. There have, though, been a couple of people that have helped to bridge the gap between these two nations, and none have stuck in the mind for quite as long as Bert Trautmann. Born in 1923, Trautmann’s…

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July 17, 2006
Ian

Flick To Kick

It’s video games nowadays. It’s all about large groups of geeks trying to find the Holy Grail of matching arcade-style excitement with “realism”. Now, I’m not a luddite. I have a PS2 and a copy of “Pro-Evolution 5″. I intend, at some point, to write a definitive history of the football computer game, from “NASL…

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July 15, 2006
Ian

Turin Brakes

So, the prosecution have spoken, and it’s bad news for at least three out of the four. Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina are all down. It’s a kick in the teeth for those that had argued – including Silvio Berlusconi – for “clemency”, because Italy won the World Cup. Hmm. Nothing to do with your interests,…

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July 14, 2006
Ian
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