Spurs have scored nine goals before in front of the “Match Of The Day” cameras, against Bristol Rovers in the Second Divison in 1977. This, however, was a different kettle of fish, and it’s a result that casts doubt over Wigan Athletic’s ability to keep their heads above water this season.
The news that a major match-fixing ring has been uncovered in Germany should come as no great surprise, particularly as two of the accused have been involved in this sort of thing before. Everybody in the game, however, from those that run it to those that play it (and even those of us that watch it), has ensure that football isn’t rigged.
The British media have been gorging on the reflected anger of the Thierry Henry handball saga over the last couple of days or so, but do Irish football supporters need the British media churning up a diplomatic row on the scale of The Bay Of Pigs Crisis over a mistake on the part of a referee?
This week’s Shit Shot Mungo sees the financial crisis at Heart of Clackmannanshire deepen still further, as the club is forced to put all of its players on part-time wages, but one man (who has been earning £190,000 per week for as long as anyone can remember) may be able to save the day. He probably won’t, though.
It’s the derby of North Africa and the stakes couldn’t be higher – a play-off match in Sudan for a place in the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. Will the apolcayptic predictions of some in the press come to pass, or will we merely see which of these relative under-achievers will get through?
The issue of Bradford City leaving Valley Parade for rugby league club Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium, which the council would like to redevelop as a “sports village”. What, though, is the major benefit for Bradford City when they have a perfectly good – if expensive – facility on a long term lease?
Swindon Town are reported to have been with a demand for bankruptcy by one of their creditors, but their robust response to it has been to dispute that they even owe this money. So, did the company that lent it to them make a mistake, or are the club’s new owners barking up the wrong tree?