• Wayne Rooney loves to sing Oliver! January 22nd, 2007 Man Utd

    Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has revealed he loves to listen to the musical Oliver! – and he knows the words to every song. The England striker revealed on his brand spanking new website that he loves to listen to Lionel Bart’s musical. Artists including 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Stereophonics, Arctic Monkeys and Damien Rice are […]

  • Jeff Stelling invents Ruud Van Gullit January 22nd, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Jeff Stelling has an unenviable job. He’s paid to talk no stop for hours about football matches. Sounds fun on the surface, but would you get excited about someone getting his 6th goal of the season for Rochdale? Of course, in all that gabbering, Jeff gets the odd thing wrong (Like his famed "They’ll be […]

  • Please can we have some decent match officials? January 22nd, 2007 Arsenal

    So, Keith Hackett wants the BBC to stop criticizing his referees eh? Well, like I said last week, if that’s going to happen, we need the match officials to sharpen up a bit. This weekend, much like any other footballing weekend, has seen a couple of incidents that have really stuck in my throat. The […]

  • Free travel to football matches January 22nd, 2007 Arsenal

    Fans who have experienced the thrill of an away match will know how addictive it is. The trip down, the pre-match pints in a strange pub, being in a strange ground. It’s like a holiday with a football match stuck in the middle of it! However, loads give it a wide berth because they can’t […]

  • Good weekend, bad weekend January 22nd, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Good weekendCharlton A priceless first away win of the season for Alan Pardew’s side at Portsmouth.Benitez and Wenger The (arguably) surprise winners of the top four head-to-heads help to make matters much closer at the top of the table.Stewart Downing The Middlesbrough winger looked back to his best as he created three goals and scored […]

  • Shane Long tackles the Reading mascot January 22nd, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Reading striker Shane Long seemed to enjoy opening the scoring against Sheffield United – just ask mascot Kingsley the Lion! You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Sticker Sundays are here! January 21st, 2007 Kits & fashion

    Welcome to Pies’ new weekly feature Sticker Sunday. Readers who have been with us since our Bratwurst days might remember the successful Panini Mondays. Sticker Sundays will continue in a similar vein. Every week we will open three packs of Merlin’s FA Premier League stickers and let you know how we are getting on as […]

  • Hackett wants better treatment for refs from BBC January 19th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Keith Hackett will meet BBC radio and television journalists next week in an attempt to counter what is seen as an increase in official-bashing in Aunties output. Hackett, who is the professional referees’ chief, regularly talks to the LMA (League Managers Association) and PFA representatives before each season, and the decision to address broadcasters is […]

  • Fantasy Friday: week 20 review January 19th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    All of the Pies Fantasy Football teams have been knocked out of the FA Cup after humiliating defeats to lower league opposition, but it is a relief really. Now we can concentrate on our league form. All that knockout football would have been an unnecessary distraction. Honest. Sob, sob! Click the link below to see […]

  • Hossam Ghaly gets his teeth kicked out January 19th, 2007 Portsmouth

    Poor old Hossam Ghaly. You play well against Portsmouth, only to be rewarded with having three of your teeth booted out. Ouch. More Spurs news this way You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Glen Johnson nicked for stealing a toilet from B&Q January 19th, 2007 Chelsea

    This has to be the oddest football story I’ve heard in ages, but England defender Glen Johnson, who plays for Portsmouth on loan from Chelsea, and Millwall striker Ben May were caught at a B&Q in Kent on Wednesday after the pair were spotted by a security guard putting a toilet seat into a box […]

  • Singer David Gray becomes a commentator for the day January 19th, 2007 Arsenal

    Musician David Gray is to take to the commentary box for Sunday’s match between Arsenal and Manchester United. The 38-year-old will be a summariser on Radio Five Live Sports Extra’s 1920s-style coverage of the match. You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Classic Moments: Holland v Portugal, Germany 2006 January 19th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Surely one of the most ill-tempered matches of all time. Sit back and watch the sparks (and Johnny Heitinga) fly once again. [Rob Parker] You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Does Celebrity Big Brother house the world’s worst football agent? January 18th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    This man is on Celebrity Big Brother. I don’t blame you if you don’t recognise his face. I also don’t blame you if you are wondering why his face is on a football site. Well, this idiot is called Jack and he’s going out with Jade Goody. He’s a massive West Ham fan and he […]

  • Garrincha: Forgotten footballing great January 18th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Garrincha, in my opinion, is too often overlooked when great players names are mentioned. It’s all Pele, Cruyff, Platini and Maradona. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with looking back at those players, but surely we all know how great they were? Garrincha (which means ‘Little Bird’) was an explosive talent both on the pitch and with […]

  • Are Fulham the most exciting side in the Premiership? January 18th, 2007 Fulham

    When I think of Fulham, it’s usually a dismal traveling support and uninspired football that springs to mind. However, that may not be the case this season as Fulham are, quite obviously, the most entertaining team on the planet. Why?  Let’s look at the stats from the Fulham’s last half dozen games. 25 goals in […]

  • More kung-fu football (this time from the pros) January 18th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Following yesterday’s look at kung-fu football film Shaolin Soccer, it is now time to see how the professionals do it. Here is a compilation of some of football’s best kung-fu volleys. Lead on, Gus Poyet! Robin van Persie deserves a special mention for this effort [Rob Parker] You have already read 4 premium articles for […]

  • Cult Hero: Kevin Francis January 18th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Back in the days when Peter Crouch was still in short normal-sized trousers, Kevin Francis was English football’s token giant. The 6ft 7in striker made his name at Stockport County, having moved to Edgeley Park from Derby in 1991. He scored an impressive 117 goals in 202 games for County before being drafted into Barry […]

  • All the latest transfer window rumours and gossip January 17th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    AC Milan hoping Ronaldo rolls back into town (probably literally) [BBC Sport] Someone’s told Martin Jol the January sales are on at Manchester City as he prepares a cheeky £10 million bid for Micah Richards [FansFC] Southampton wonderkid Gareth Bale (pictured) is almost certainly on his way to Man Yoo [Guardian] Giving him just enough […]

  • Football songs from around the world January 17th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    People often mock the Eurovision Song contest, but there is another musical form that is guaranteed to get peppered at every turn… and that’s the football song. Englandneworder was an obvious freak of nature (by virtue of the fact it was alright) and Three Lions was picked up by the terraces. However, most footy songs […]

  • Kung-fu football courtesy of Shaolin Soccer January 17th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    This clip is taken from the film Shaolin Soccer (which I admit I had never heard of before finding the video). Click here to find out more about the film. I’ll leave you with a quote on the film from an Amazon reviewer: "If you only watch one film about a combination of martial arts […]

  • Hargreaves slams “spiteful” Spanish January 17th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Owen Hargreaves has accused Real Madrid of responding in a "spiteful" manner to David Beckham’s impending exit. The Bayern Munich midfielder, and England team-mate of Beckham at last summer’s World Cup, believes Beckham "will have the last laugh" over his controversial switch to Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy. His summer exit from the Bernabeu […]

  • Cult hero: Mark Hughes January 17th, 2007 Blackburn Rovers

    When people look back on great players, one name is often omitted. That name is Mark Hughes. ‘Sparky’ had spells at Barca (where they called him Leslie), Bayern as well as spells at Everton, Chelsea, Southampton and Blackburn. However, it’s his time at ManYoo where he’ll be remembered best for his explosive finishes… and curly […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo saves football from the underworld on your mobile January 17th, 2007 Kits & fashion

    Not content with his attempts to wrangle the Premier League trophy back from Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo has now taken it upon himself to save football from the demons of the underworld! Cristiano Ronaldo Underworld Football is a bizarre mobile phone game which I’d like to imagine was designed by some drunken computer geeks at a […]

  • Frank Rijkaard smashes up dugout as Barcelona lose to Espanyol January 16th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    This footage from Barcelona‘s defeat away at city rivals Espanyol on Saturday shows a frustrated Frank Rijkaard smashing the dugout as his side go 2-1 down. They eventually lost the match 3-1. [Rob Parker] You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow