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Sas Ognenovski and Griffin McMaster collide during the A-League Minor semi final between Sydney FC and Queensland Roar at the Sydney Football Stadium on 25 January, 2008. McMaster had a fine game in goal for Queensland; despite that, Sydney had more than enough chances to take a lead into the second leg, to be held […]

More goals galore from the weekend’s fixtures in the Africa Cup of Nations. Here’s a quick recap of the four matches that took place on Saturday and Sunday, plus video highlights. Senegal 1-3 Angola A brace of goals in the second half by Man Utd-bound Manucho – fast becoming one of the stars of the […]

This morning’s top five football stories, condensed into one juicy post… 1. Derby County have new owners – the American-based General Sports and Entertainment group (fact of the day: their chairman, Andy Appleby, comes from a real-life Springfield). Rams’ fans will be relieved to know that the club and GSE have mutually agreed an investment […]

This fantastic video shows the reaction on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday to Havant & Waterlooville’s goals against Liverpool. Legendary Jeff Stelling begins a countdown to their victory, Matt Le Tissier gets all over-excited and the whole team take great pleasure in ribbing Liverpool old boy Phil Thompson.

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Richard Pacquette The Havant & Waterlooville striker became the first school caretaker to open the scoring at Anfield for a while.

Kilcline, ‘Wolf’ (as played by Don ‘Hollywood’ Yates, a man so macho he makes Chuck Norris look like a little girl) and Sabretooth are men’s men (or, in Sabretooth’s case, a mutant’s mutant), and therefore not afraid of big, ‘statement’ facial hair. But who would take who in a three-way deathmatch? I can’t answer that, […]

Well worth giving up six minutes of your day for, especially if you’re having a shit Friday and want a good laugh… (good choice of music too) Hmm, given that he’s suposedly one of the best strikers of a dead ball in world football, David Beckham isn’t half shit at penalties.

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The Fiendish Friday Quiz

January 25th, 2008

1. Career path Seven Stars, Ajax Cape Town, Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn Rovers (current)? 2. True or false? David Beckham once played for Preston North End? 3. Picture round Who’s with his WAG? 4. Team-mates Karel Poborsky, Stefan Schwarz, Claudio Caniggia, Pierre Van Hooijdonk and Rui Costa have all played for which club? 5. […]

Most entertaining (i.e. bullshit) rumour I’ve read today? How about this – Cristiano Ronaldo met a promotions girl at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. He then wined & dined her, before taking her to a (pre-booked) hotel for some ‘sexy time’ (Borat®). During said ‘sexy time’ (Borat®), Ronaldo kept on his sunglasses, presumably to hide […]

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Table-topping Lyon suffered a shock 3-0 defeat at Lens on Sunday, but it was all smiles again by Wednesday when they beat Lorient 2-0. Struggling Lens followed up Sunday’s win with victory over Valenciennes. Nancy picked up only a point from their two games following a 1-0 defeat at Nice and a 1-1 draw with Marseille. That allowed in-form Bordeaux to edge them out of second spot after victory against Le Mans. Bordeaux are now six points behind Lyon with a game in hand.

Wow, who is Emmanuel Adebayor sleeping with at the FA? The Togolese striker faced a retrospective red card and a three-match ban for violent conduct after causing a cut across team-mate Nicklas Bendtner’s nose during the Carling Cup defeat at Tottenham on Tuesday night, but somehow – don’t ask me how – he has escaped […]

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Pies puts together a team of players who sound like they could be implementing their income with a spot of moonlighting.

This morning’s top five football stories: 1. Ashley Cole is a ‘love cheat’! He did the dirty on Cheryl Tweedy, by having a ‘wild sex romp’ (guess which paper this is in…) with a blonde mum-of-one. Cashley ‘SLAPPED her bottom so hard his platinum wedding ring left a mark’. The cad! The Sun 2. Liverpool […]

George Burley attends a press conference at Hampden Park on 24 January, 2008. This week, Burley was confirmed as new head coach of the Scottish national team. Photo Roddy Scott/Getty Images

Shouts of ‘my grandad could do better than you’ from the crowd might seem a little far-fetched in most instances, but not in Mexico. The accusations could be levelled quite fairly at Chivas’ 71-year-old striker Chava Reyes. The club’s all-time leading scorer was rolled out of retirement and drafted into the starting line-up of their match against Pumas.

Newcastle United have wasted no time in racing a range of Kevin Keegan into the club shop, including this harmless looking flag. Dig a little deeper though, Pies fans. This is a success-starved club which has sacked a string of managers for failing to win silverware having a joke at the expense at the man they have just appointed to end their trophyless spell. And the joke in question is based around the fact that last time he was close to winning silverware with them he bottled it and cracked up. That’s post-modern, man!
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By Ollie Irish, Pies Ed. For all its Mickey Mouse reputation, the Carling Cup (aka League Cup, for old-school football fans) has enjoyed one of the finest weeks in its history – its stock has never been so high. Fans, managers, the media, everyone (bar Arsenal fans) seems to be taking it semi-seriously. And all […]

Gerd Müller is arguably the most underrated player in football history. You hear all the time about Cruyff, Pele, Maradona, Best, Van Basten etc. but for some reason The Bomber never gets a look-in. Perhaps that’s because he’s German, or because he wasn’t a graceful player. (Effective, yes; graceful, hell no – check out the […]

A relatively quiet day in Ghana yesterday, at least compared with some of the exciting games earlier in the tournament. In Group D, one of the hardest groups to call, each of the four teams picked up a point after two intriguing, if not scintillating, draws. Tunisia 2-2 Senegal Senegal were denied the win their […]

Typically loony lookalike goodness from Chringle. More shit lookalikes (although some of them are quite good)

Joe Cole scores the only goal of the Carling Cup semi Final, second-leg match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park. Everton have not beaten Chelsea since November 2000, a hoodoo of Arsenal vs Spurs proportions. Incidentally, Petr Cech played last night despite his wife giving birth to their first child – who said the […]

Bressan scored this peach for Fiorentina against Barcelona in the Champions League back in 1999. The scrappy play preceding the goal makes it even more of a bolt from the blue. One second the ball is bobbling around and the next Bressan has thrown himself at it and bagged a 25-yard scissor kick in the process. Nice.

In the wake of ‘Arsenal Fight Club’ (aka the silly bust-up between Nicklas Bendtner and Manu Adebayor), I thought it would be interesting to ask, who do you think is Arsenal’s hardest player? Adebayor and Bendtner are both big, strong lads, but is there anyone in Arsenal’s current squad who could take them in a […]

The facts: Avram Grant has stormed to 21 wins in his first 28 games in charge of Chelsea. Grant has been without the services of injured captain John Terry. Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have missed plenty of games too. After Chelsea reached the Carling Cup final, with a 1-0 win at Everton last night […]

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Juventus appear to have dropped out of the Serie A title race after a 0-0 draw at home to Sampdoria. The Turin side are now nine points behind leaders Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.