• Julian Dicks slates West Ham January 2nd, 2007 West Ham Utd

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/content/images/2006/08/10/julian_dicks_150x180.jpg If you go to the Shepherd and Dog in the village of Langham on the Essex/Suffolk border you can get a well appointed bar with a wide variety of real ales and guest ales. You can also get some forthright opinions on the state of the current West Ham squad from propreiter Julian Dicks.
    The Hammers cult hero has launched an attack…

  • Fulham ‘keeper cleared of serious injury January 2nd, 2007 Fulham

    I normally have a little whince when there is a horror injury in football, but I’m strong of stomach and watch on largely unflustered. However, that changed yesterday when I screamed like a girl when Antti Niemi fell on his neck and went all wrong-ways. Well, after being aghast at the whole thing, I was thrilled to hear that he’s been released from hospital after doctors cleared him of any spinal injuries…

  • Marco Materazzi tussles with Messina coach Bruno Giordano January 2nd, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Marco Materazzi had a very quiet 2006. Winning the World Cup, but managing to overshadow that by being the man headbutted by Zinedine Zidane. What better way to round the year off than a touchline tussle with the coach of the opposing team? Just like Zidane, Messina coach Bruno Giordano picked up a red card […]

  • Transfer Window: The race for Micah Richards and Gareth Bale January 2nd, 2007 Arsenal

    The running stories of the newly opened transfer window seem likely to be the chases for two talented young full-backs. Real Madrid have joined the parties interested in 17-year-old Southampton left-back Gareth Bale. The Mirror reports that Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs are all waiting to throw £7 million at the Welsh international. It seems […]

  • One to watch: Moses Ashikodi, Watford January 2nd, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Watford have completed the signing of Rangers striker Moses Ashikodi. The 19-year-old former Millwall and West Ham youth team player had not found favour at Ibrox since moving there in January 2006, but impressed during a trial at Vicarage Road. The Nigerian-born youngster has represented England at every level from under 15s to under 19s.

  • Fantasy Friday: week 18 review December 29th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Christmas has been and gone, but which of our Fantasy Football teams has Santa been good to? Click below for the latest league table and update. Don’t forget that bumper points are up for grabs again this weekend with the hectic New Year fixture schedule.

  • Terry back operation ‘successful’ December 29th, 2006 Chelsea

    http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/jonah_freedman/10/06/world.rankings/p1_terry_1005.jpg Chelsea hope to have John Terry back in action within a matter of weeks, after he undergoing surgery on his back injury. The England skipper has not featured in the Blues’ last three Premiership matches, in which they have conceded six goals and fallen four points behind leaders Manchester United…

  • Crouch shipped off to Newcastle in January? December 29th, 2006 Liverpool

    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41757000/jpg/_41757802_robocrouch_getty270.jpg With Liverpool being decidedly average so far this season, January sees Rafa Benitez given the opportunity to flex his Spanish muscle in the transfer market… and with his sights set on David Villa from Valencia, someone will have to make way. It appears that Peter Crouch is all set to be shipped out for a reported £12million… but who is daft enough to pay an inflated price like that?

  • Pressley to join Addicks? December 29th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41636000/jpg/_41636624_pressley220.jpg Former Hearts captain Steven Pressley has undergone a medical at Charlton, but his agent has not ruled out a move to Scottish champions Celtic. The 33-year-old was at The Valley on Wednesday and held talks with Addicks gaffer Alan Pardew. The players agent, Blair Morgan, told the Scotsman: “He had a medical while there but nothing should be read into that. It now comes down to two excellent offers from two clubs – one in…

  • It’s a kit of an animal: Sausage snack firm supplies new gear for renamed Peperami FC December 28th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    A London part-time outfit has secured a new kit after deciding to change its name to Peperami FC. Wandsworth FC, of the Wimbledon and District League, decided on the new tag after being inspired by an advertising campaign for the spicy sausage snack. When Peperami’s manufacturers Unilever heard about the situation they sensed a good […]

  • Shunsuke Nakamura reveals his goal against Dundee United was copied from a YouTube video December 28th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    It’s not just bloated football bloggers who want to get back to their turkey sandwiches and mince pies that benefit from using YouTube videos. Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura has revealed that his cheeky chip against Dundee United on Boxing Day was inspired by a video on the site. The Japanese midfielder said: "The reason I […]

  • Carlos Valderrama gets groped in the penalty area December 27th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    This player is presumably trying to find out whether Little Carlos has a matching ginger Afro! [Rob Parker]

  • Sir Alex Ferguson to get an iPod as a late Christmas present from Rio Ferdinand December 27th, 2006 Man Utd

    Rio Ferdinand has revealed he is to buy an iPod for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. And he’s going to fill it with his favourite hip-hop and garage tracks before giving the gift! Rio told a United fanzine that Fergie was "totally confused" by his musical tastes. He said: "He just says ‘What is […]

  • Henrik Larsson breaks leg December 22nd, 2006 Man Utd

    With Henrik Larsson nearly ready to play for Manchester United, it’s worth remembering that he isn’t just an incredible goal-scorer… but a tough nut too. Larsson came back from a horrific leg break twice the player he was before… and had a better haircut. Watch and whince. [Mof Gimmers]

  • Hamman era ends as Cardiff do deal December 22nd, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    A takeover deal to secure the future of Cardiff City FC has been signed just minutes before deadline. There were fears that the club could have been put into administration if a deal was not done by noon on today (Friday) but director Steve Borley confirmed the agreement was struck at 11.45 this morning to […]

  • Laurent Robert squealing when he gets tackled December 22nd, 2006 Portsmouth

    Does exactly what it says on the tin! Believe it or not, the noise made by Laurent Robert is caused by Chris Perry’s tackle and he is not simultaneously shot by a sniper! [Rob Parker]

  • 5 old school football Christmas presents December 22nd, 2006 Kits & fashion

    1 Pro Action FootballSubbuteo’s geeky younger brother, Pro Action Soccer, relied not on flicking but pushing as the players glided around the pitch like under-dressed Torvill and Deans (in theory at least). As well as sliding around the pitch on a ball bearing, you could also make the players pass the magnetic ball by smacking […]

  • This week’s Premiership predictions December 22nd, 2006 Miscellaneous

    SaturdayFulham v West Ham (12.45pm) The Cottagers and the Hammers to remind Sky why this is an odd choice for the early kick-off. 0:0Arsenal v Blackburn (3pm) I can only see a comfortable home win in this one. 3:0Aston Villa v Manchester United (3pm) Expect to see Fergie’s spittle still dripping from his players as […]

  • Jewell jumps to the defence of the special one December 22nd, 2006 Chelsea

    Paul Jewell has leapt salmon-like to the defence of Chelsea gaffer Jose Mourinho after he received a fair bit of criticism for ‘card-waving’ at Newcastle. The Portuguese has been criticised for attempting (allegedly) to influence officials, but Jewell, whose Wigan side face the Blues at the JJB Stadium tomorrow, is adamant there are bigger fish […]

  • Bolton plough on through Headington’s snow December 22nd, 2006 Bolton Wanderers

    These days, it’s perfectly fine to wish for a white Christmas with all this undersoil heating and such. It wasn’t always like this though… didn’t stop the tough nuts of the Bolton side in 1954 when they took on non-league Headington in the FA Cup 4th Round. As it’s the week of giant killing, did […]

  • Sonko “scared” ahead of Chelsea clash December 22nd, 2006 Chelsea

    http://www.4thegame.com/media/00/03/31/Ibrahima_Sonko_Reading_Profile_2005.jpg Reading’s Ibrahima Sonko says he is “scared” ahead of the clash at Chelsea after receiving numerous death threats after his collision with Oilers’ keeper Carlo Cudicini. The Italian was hurt in a collision with Sonko in October, the same game that also saw Petr Cech suffer head injuries and John Terry take up a position between the sticks…

  • Fantasy Friday: week 17 review December 22nd, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Fantasy Friday returns from a week-long sabbatical spent Christmas shopping with David Beckham to find that the title race is really hotting up. And we’re not talking Manchester United and Chelsea! Just two points separates the top three in the Pies Fantasy Football League, which sets us up nicely for the fixture-packed festive season. Follow […]

  • Mourinho apologises to Andy Johnson December 21st, 2006 Chelsea

    Everton striker Andy Johnson has accepted the apology of Jose Mourinho over accusations that he dived against Chelsea. The Blues boss – presumably informed by Mrs Mourinho that she would have the forthcoming fine/slander payout spent on her Christmas present – issued an apology over his comments. Mourinho strained himself to state: "Everton, his manager […]

  • Gazza and the door-step challenge December 21st, 2006 Newcastle Utd

    During his time at Glasgow Rangers up in Bonnie Scotland, Paul Gascoigne, already known as ‘troubled genius’ by this point, was followed by a film crew. We all know that former Spuds and Newcastle player  Gazza (or G8) likes a joke, so see what happens when he took the film crew back to his new […]

  • Billy Wingrove: Too clever by half December 21st, 2006 Tottenham Hotspur

    All these football freestylers are very impressive indeed. However, few show how it could be used in a game of footy, which is what we all like best. Showboating is only great when there are people trying to kick lumps out of the skilled one. Well, this Billy Wingrove bloke seems to be able to […]