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Transfers & Rumours

Transfer Rumours: Football is awash with gossip, hogwash, tittle tattle and rumours and we’ll dutifully round them all up here for you and assess them in our own wry, irreverent way.

73835226.jpgYes, you did read that right and it’s not something I thought I’d ever write. Arsene Wenger thinks his arch rival Alex Ferguson should be manager of the year: ‘I feel this year Sir Alex Ferguson, because he’s in a position to fight on every front,’ Wenger told www.leaguemanagers.com. ‘…And Steve Coppell, who is in a position where nobody expected him to be and he has a team who do not play negatively – they have a positive attitude everywhere they go.’

Alien-Motiontracker.jpgA few transfer bits and bobs doing the rounds today…

larkswoodspark_sm.jpgThe council for the area David Beckham grew up in has introduced a tourist route to show visitors various Beckham-related ‘landmarks’. Waltham Forest Council has created the David Beckham Trail, which takes in sites as impressive as the hospital in which Becks was born, his old schools and Walthamstow greyhound stadium where the young Beckham worked as a glass collector.

Alan Ball, the youngest member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died of a heart attack aged 61. The former Blackpool, Everton, Arsenal and Southampton midfielder won 72 caps for hs country. Ball also took charge of seven clubs in a managerial career spanning almost 20 years. His most recent post was as Portsmouth […]

0%2C%2C2007181679%2C00.jpgAtletico Madrid captain Fernando Torres, reportedly a summer transfer target for Man Utd, wears an armband with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ inscribed on the inside – the armband came loose during Atletico’s 2-0 defeat away to Real Sociedad at the weekend.

essien_michael_cfc_profile_2006.jpgMichael Essien was arrested for drink-driving as he left a nightclub at 5am yesterday. The Chelsea midfielder/defender/goalie/physio etc. was driving his black Range Rover when he was stopped by police. Essien was breathalysed on the spot and nicked when the result proved positive. He was held for several hours then freed on bail at 10am. He must report back to police in July.

Inter romp to Serie A title

April 23rd, 2007

Celtic wrapped up the SPL on Sunday but they weren’t the only team in Europe to win a league title at the weekend. Inter won their second Serie A title in a row (and 15th overall), thanks to a 2-1 at Siena (both goals scored by panto villain Marco Materazzi). Second-place Roma lost at Atalanta, gifting the title to Milan’s blue-and-black half. Inter’s lead at the top of the table is now an unassailable 16 points.

John Barnes… Chris Waddle… Gazza… and now Didier Drogba. News reaches us from The Sun that P Diddier is set to release a rap album under the (crap) alias Drogbacite. DD said: ‘Drogbacite is about me and my success.’ Well, he certainly has the ego to make it in the rap game.

manu%202.jpgAs well as Ronaldo taking the individual spoils, the PFA Team of the Season was also announced last night. It makes sweet reading for Man Utd fans, with no less than eight United players making the cut: Edwin van der Sar; Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra; Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo (all Man Utd), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool); Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Dimitar Berbatov (Spurs)

ronaldopfa.jpgAs expected, Cristiano Ronaldo has won both the PFA Young Player of the Year and the Player of the Year awards. Ronaldo said: ‘It is a special night. It is amazing and a big honour for me to win trophies like this in the English Premier League. I am very proud.

Well done Jamo – Portsmouth’s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa this afternoon (a deadly dull match) takes you up to 142 clean sheets, a new Premiership record. You got there in the end. Talking of clean sheets…

_42832615_celticceleb203i.jpgCongrats to Celtic, who wrapped up the SPL title today, but come on, there are teams in League One that could run Celtic closer than Rangers and co. The SPL is a joke league right now.

Everton manager David Moyes is suing Wayne Rooney over comments made in the Manchester United star’s autobiography. Moyes issued a writ at the High Court claiming Rooney’s book – My Story So Far -had “injured his professional and personal reputation” and caused him distress. The action relates to Rooney’s account of his transfer from Goodison […]

SpecialOne.jpgThe most lovable man in football, Chelsea chief exec Peter Kenyon, has revealed the club will NOT sack boss Jose Mourinho this summer. Kenyon told Chelsea TV: ‘Jose’s got a contract until 2010 and we’re not going to sack him. He’s got the full support of the board, that’s really important… We’ve been linked with something like 14 managers now I think, but we’ve not got a list and we’re not looking.’

img_david_dein.jpgI suppose this is, like, big news to some people – like Arsenal fans and other Premiership vice-chairmen. To me, it has about as much to do with football as… erm… something that has not very much to do with football. Cricket, for example. In other words, I could hardly care less that Dein has stormed off in a huff.

Noel.JPGIf you thought Fat Frank and co had it tough as their luxury coach was hit by a brick last night, spare a thought for Linfield captain Noel Bailie.

jacqui_oatley.jpgAs reported in The Sun, this Saturday commentator Jacqui Oatley will take the mic for Fulham v Blackburn in the Premiership. In doing so, Oatley will become the first woman to commentate on a Saturday fixture for MotD. About time too.

garylineker.jpgA machine could soon be deciding the Premiership’s most exciting moments for you instead of Gary Lineker and his Band of Merrymen. Researchers at BT have developed an algorithm which picks out the most interesting bits of a match.

_42816007_platini203.jpgAgainst the odds, the odd couple of Poland and Ukraine (trips off the tongue, doesn’t it?) have been chosen by Uefa to host the European Championships in 2012. It will be the first time that either nation has ever hosted a major football championship.

A fitness coach at Uruguayan outfit Penarol has been sacked after administering players with a drug more commonly associated with racehorses. Players at the club tested positive for creatine. “It’s bad, there’s no explaining it,” said team doctor Alfredo Rienzi, who coincidentally has his own website [Via FourFourTwo, Rob Parker]

David Beckham’s tattooist has nicknamed him ‘big balls’ for being a macho macho man during a six-hour tattoo session. Celeb inker Louis Malloy was stunned when Becks calmly watched football throughout a session under the needle. Malloy said: ‘He doesn’t even wince — he just watched football as I did the elbow to the wrist, […]

On the back of our Player of the Season vote, the shortlist for the official PFA Player of the Year award has just been announced. Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba head the list, naturally, with a supporting cast of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and… wait for it… you’re gonna love this… […]

Real Madrid, stick that in your overpriced pipe and smoke it! Master Ronaldo loves playing with John O’Shea, Kieron Richardson and Darren Fletcher so much that he has decided to snub your billion-dollar advances and sign a new, improved five-year contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2012. ‘I am delighted,’ said CR. […]

Watford are reported to still have 1,500 unsold tickets for Saturday’s semi-final against Man Utd at Villa Park, whilst Blackburn and Chelsea, who meet at Old Trafford on Sunday at 4pm, have both failed to sell 8,000 tickets of their allocations. The FA has come in for criticism for its choice of venue, but, as […]