• Wembley nearly sent the FA under November 17th, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41312000/jpg/_41312422_wembleybo.jpg What a surprise. Wembley Stadium (remember that?) nearly brought English football to its knees when it was revealed that the problems surrounding the stadium brought its operating company to the brink of a collapse that would have dragged the FA down with it, according to the FA’s latest accounts…

  • Classic Moment: Paolo di Canio scores for West Ham against Chelsea, 2002 November 17th, 2006 Chelsea

    Chelsea face West Ham at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. A goal half as good as this one from the corresponding fixture four seasons ago would not go amiss. West Ham won that game 2-3. Step forward the friendly face of facism, Paolo di Canio! [Rob Parker]

  • Fantasy Friday: week 13 review November 17th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Iain Dowie has become the first top-flight managerial casualty of the season this week after leading Charlton to the bottom of the table. Shiny Media’s Ashley Norris must only be hanging on to his job by the skin of his teeth as Abney Park Rangers prop up our Fantasy Football table. Click the link below […]

  • NEWSFLASH Gerrard to be played in preferred position November 17th, 2006 Liverpool

    http://www.4thegame.com/media/00/03/44/gerrard_steven_lfc_profile_2006.jpg Get ready to pick yourself up from the floor. The fat Spanish waiter that is Rafa Benitez is ready to play the world’s best central midfielder in… gulp… centre midfield…

  • Freddie Ljungberg struck down by cheese November 17th, 2006 Arsenal

    Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg was ruled out of Sweden‘s match against Ivory Coast on Wednesday by a piece of cheese. The midfielder accidentally ate the dairy product at an awards ceremony where he was voted Swedish Player of the Year. Ljungberg, who has a cheese intolerance, was left vomiting in a bin and warning staff […]

  • Oldham’s Chris Hall to strip off for The Full Monty November 16th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Oldham midfielder Chris Hall is to get his kit off next week when he stars in a stage version of The Full Monty. The 19-year-old has been given permission by his club to appear in NK Theatre Arts’ charity production. Hall will play the part of ‘Horse’ in the play after club officials went back […]

  • Michael Owen Video November 16th, 2006 Liverpool

    WIth news that Michael Owen will be "back to the top" according to his knee tickler surgeon Dr Richard Steadman, it may be worth reminding ourselves what an ‘on top’ Owen looks like.

  • Reading Players Recieve Death Threats November 16th, 2006 Chelsea

    Police are investigating death threats which have been made to the Reading players who were involved in the two incidents that saw Chelsea keepers Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini badly injured. In the aftermath of the incidents, Ibrahima Sonko and Stephen Hunt have received numerous threatening letters at the club’s Arborfield training ground. Thames Valley […]

  • Cult Hero: Brian Deane November 16th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    You can imagine compiling the 100 Greatest Premiership Players is a pretty subjective task. But while you, our faithful readers, were left to squabble over the relative merits of Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry, no player divided opinion at Pies HQ like Brian Deane. One thing we could agree on is that Brian Deane is […]

  • Didier Drogba keeps on scoring November 16th, 2006 Chelsea

    The form of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba seems to extend to international duty. The Ivory Coast international scored the winner in their match against Sweden last night. His headed goal followed a hat-trick against Watford at the weekend. The match was played in Le Mans, France, for some reason, which probably explains the half-empty – […]

  • Mike Newell keeps his job as Luton manager November 15th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Self-confessed sexist Mike Newell is to keep his job as manager of Luton Town. Newell has been severely reprimanded by the club, but remains in his post despite criticism of female assistant referee Amy Rayner and chairman Bill Tomlins. A club statement said: "Any repetition of such conduct will not be tolerated." The cynics among […]

  • Motörhead sponsor under 10s football team November 15th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Rock band Motörhead are the new sponsors of an under 10s team from Lincoln. Greenbank FC now play in black shirts emblazoned with the band’s name and a picture of a skull. The youngsters also run out to the sound of Ace of Spades. Team manager Gary Weight emailed Motörhead frontman Lemmy with the sponsorship […]

  • Kit Parade: Holland warm-up tracksuit November 15th, 2006 Kits & fashion

    Ever wanted to warm-up in the same tracksuit Arjen Robben wears to warm-up when he’s on international duty? No, me neither but I’m sure you don’t have to wear the Holland warm-up tracksuit exclusively for warming up. It will presumably be on display tonight before kick-off as England’s hosts go through their pre-match preparations. The […]

  • Steve McClaren goes completely mental November 15th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Steve McClaren has been branded mental and nuts by the British press after he ‘cracked up’ after persistant (and quite possibly justified) pressure from Fleet Street. Stevie Mac has claimed that the press have tried to drive a wedge between himself and his right hand man, Terry Venables…

  • The Greatest Ever Merseyside Derby November 15th, 2006 Everton

    When was the last time you can recall a real proper ding-dong in a Merseyside derby? Well, for those of you who can’t think of loads, here’s probably the best of them all. Everton pluckily came back time and time again against an all concqeuring Liverpool side in a cracking 4-4 draw…

  • Macclesfield pranksters halt FA Cup match November 15th, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42312000/jpg/_42312792_balls203.jpg Something very odd happened in Macclesfield the other night. During their FA Cup game against Walsall, it started to rain. Instead of the usual North West downpour of water, it rained footballs. Loads of them. Pranksters…

  • Rio Ferdinand singing in a school play November 15th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Rio Ferdinand may be preparing to take on Holland for England tonight, but here he is treading the boards in a school play. I think it is safe to presume that Rio did not choreograph the performance himself! [Via FourFourTwo] [Rob Parker]

  • Real Madrid to unveil their new Brazilian left-back Marcelo November 14th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Real Madrid are to officially announce the signing of the player dubbed ‘the new Roberto Carlos‘ after he passed a medical today. The Brazilian left-back (that’s the basis of what you’re looking for in a new Roberto Carlos, after all) Marcelo will not join Real from Fluminense until January, but he will be unveiled tomorrow. […]

  • Charlton waste no time in appointing Les Reed as head coach (would he jump in Iain Dowie’s grave so quickly?!) November 14th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Charlton have appointed Les Reed as their new head coach just hours after sacking manager Iain Dowie. Reed was Dowie’s assistant at The Valley, but has now been given the top job on a permanent basis. He has previously held the post of acting FA technical director and coached England Under 20s. The Addicks’ development […]

  • Arsenal reserve player trains with England just to make up the numbers November 14th, 2006 Arsenal

    England manager Steve McClaren was forced to call upon an inexperienced Arsenal youngster yesterday just to get enough players for a nine-a-side match. After a spate of withdrawals from his original 28-man squad, McClaren turned to 19-year-old Academy player Matthew Connolly (pictured) as the England set-up descended into farce. The centre-back joined the England squad […]

  • Striker hides behind goalkeeper to score November 14th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    This video from earlier this year shows Essen striker Younga Mouhani scoring a cheeky goal against Chemnitz. The goal is in a similar vein to the goal Dion Dublin scored against Newcastle a few seasons back, but is better because: a) he is standing so close to the keeper; and b) he looks like he […]

  • Buy your Basingstoke Town bodywarmers now November 13th, 2006 Kits & fashion

    You can celebrate giantkilling Basingstoke Town‘s FA Cup victory over Chesterfield at the weekend by buying your very own club bodywarmer. The chunky navy and yellow sleeveless puffa jacket will be perfect for keeping you warm when Basingstoke visit Chelmsford City or Aldershot in the next round. It isn’t available online, but if you call […]

  • Barrow’s James Cotterill fractures the jaw of Bristol Rovers’ Shaun Rigg November 13th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Ouch! This video shows TV footage of Barrow defender James Cotterill allegedly (I can’t really see any legal challenge being mounted against this evidence, but we’ll cover our backs anyway!) punching Bristol Rovers striker Sean Rigg in Saturday’s FA Cup clash. Rigg’s jaw was fractured in two places in the incident. Cue pundits with choruses […]

  • England players needed November 13th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    England manager Steve McLaren has been putting notices up in pubs around the country asking players to volunteer to play for their country against Holland on Wednesday. McLaren has taken this unusual step after every eligible professional player in the country pulled out of the squad with a niggling injury. The latest of whom, Jermaine […]

  • Good weekend, bad weekend November 13th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Good weekend Didier Drogba It is difficult to believe this is the same Drogba who never quite lived up to his transfer fee. A hat-trick against Watford continues his excellent form this season.Reading Up to 11th in the table after their 3-1 victory over Spurs.Kolo Toure An excellent finish from Arsenal’s would-be star striker. Bad […]