cool hit counter

Who ate all the pies

Dip in to scour the latest Deadline Day titbits...

Who Ate All The Pies Logo
latest stories

David James conceded England’s only goal against France last night in almost exactly the same way that he brought down Thierry Henry in Euro 2004 before Zidane claimed victory with a last minute penalty – some things never change.
You can see the goals in the highlights here along with us playing better football…four years ago!

As the commentator on this clip notes, you would be delighted if this came off in a training session never mind a Premier League game. David Beckham drifts a pinpoint corner to the edge of the penalty area for Scholesy to volley home with a perfect finish. Scholes himself has cited this as the best goal he has scored.

n the eve of David Beckham’s century of England caps we thought we’d take a look back at one of the of the most inspirational careers in world football.
Beckham’s greatest asset has always been his ‘bouncebackability‘ and his greatest highs have often been driven by his darkest lows – write him off at your peril because he almost invented the recipe for humble pie.

As far as I can gather, this advert is for a group of Italian banks who have joined together to create a formidable team. So good is this team that they overshadow the World Cup-winning team of 2006. And who should be on the next table but Marco Materazzi, Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi. The punchline – which you don’t need to be Italian to work out – is that mild-mannered Pirlo loses his temper while Materazzi and De Rossi keep their cool.

This match was England’s final group game of the 1966 World Cup. Sir Alf Ramsey’s men kept up their momentum with a 2-0 victory over France. Roger Hunt grabbed both goals with a tap-in and a free header.

snapshot beckham debut.jpg

Becks lines up to make his England debut against Moldova on September 1, 1996.

Just look at this strike from soon-to-be Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann during his Stuttgart days. Overhead kicks are usually spectacular enough on their own, but look at the build-up play to this one. A pinpoint 40-yard cross-field ball which is casually volleyed into the area for Jurg to do the business with the overhead.

Unless Fabio Capello has a very cruel sense of humour then David Beckham will win his much sought after 100th England cap when we play France tomorrow.
Since Ferdinand is captain, it’s unlikely Becks will start but is his century of caps simply a golden handshake for past efforts (and to silence the media circus) or will Becks still be in consideration when the competitive games start?

Fabio Capello’s auditions for the role of England captain continue with the announcement that Rio Ferdinand will lead the team out against France on Wednesday, despite John Terry returning to the squad.
Don Fabio made it clear that he would be trying out a few captains before deciding on his man once the competitive games start. Steven Gerrard was first up and now the armband has been passed to Man United’s Ferdinand

Frank Lampard had given England the lead against France in their Euro 2004 opener, but this stunning free-kick from Zizou sparked a French comeback and they eventually won the game 2-1.

It’s not a pastime you might expect from a professional athlete but there have always been a few footballers who just couldn’t say no to the terrible weed.
Jack and Bobby Charlton puffed their way to a World Cup and probably celebrated with a pint and a roll-up. Times have changed but there are still a few sporting heroes who haven’t managed to keep their Nicotine cravings at bay – and their not necessarily the pasty faced, yellow fingered, ash tray breathed ones you might think of…

Arsenal’s goalkeeper has the same sallow face and ill-advised blonde dye-job as Jonny Lee Miller’s character in the iconic Trainspotting – and he’s probably feeling like a ‘Sickboy’ after Arsenal’s title hopes went down the toilet on Sunday!

ashley cole lookalike.JPG

Meet professional Ashley Cole lookalike Leon Knight. Last time we checked Leon Knight was a Wycombe Wanderers striker who began his career with Chelsea. But this Leon Knight’s only connection with the Blues is the fact that he is paid to impersonate Ashley Cole.

Here is Little Britain’s Matt Lucas in his previous incarnation as lounge singer George Dawes on Shooting Stars singing a little easy listening ditty called Football. Send that punk off the pitch, bitch.

This thunderbolt from Jon Harley was the ex-Chelsea man’s only goal during his stint at Fulham. Not that any Fulham fan would hold that against him. The 40-yard strike secured three points for the Cottagers against Aston Villa. Harley is currently at Championship side Burnley.

Just before Christmas a promotional blimp floating above Burnley’s Turf Moor ground had its wires cut and was set free. This caused a bit of a stir with air traffic control informed of the stray inflatable. Unfortunately for the prat who can expect a knock on the door from police shortly, footage of the incident has now made it onto YouTube.

Fifth division outfit Carquefou pulled off a huge shock in the French Cup this week as they dumped Marseille out of the competition. The winning goal in the 1-0 victory was scored by Senegalese midfielder Papa Idrissa N’Doye.

Brazil’s Marcio scores with a very cheeky backheel flick at the near post for Brazil in a friendly match against Sweden in 1983.

Mido’s eye-high lunge at Gael Clichy last weekend wasn’t the Egyptian’s first nasty challenge. This horrific tackle came in a supposed friendly match. It would be a nasty challenge whoever had made it, but with Mido’s weight behind it… ouch!

As you might have see, we’ve been asking Pies’ readers to pick their team of the season by voting for players in each position.
So far, the back four is sorted with David James in goal, Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy covering the flanks and a partnership of Ferdinand and Vidic in the middle. Now it’s time to select the creatives, starting with a midfield playmaker.

Fabio Capello has just announced his second squad selection to face France in next week’s friendly. A recall for old Goldenballs is the biggest story, although Capello hasn’t revealed if he’ll be wearing the captain’s armband for his 100th cap – or even starting.
Among the other five new faces missing from the first dquad are Chelsea’s John Terry and Frank Lampard while Jermaine Defoe and a long awaited return for Theo Walcott should add some pace to the squad. The biggest surprise is Middlesbrough’s young central defender David Wheater, although there’s a long pecking order in that position.
So, from the 30 players that Don Fabio has chosen – who would be the first eleven names on your team sheet?

Pies gives you the rundown on 10 of the best goals scored directly from corners.

scholes hair.JPG

These pictures show Paul Scholes and David Beckham in (left to right) 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. While Becks changes his hair as often as he changes his designer socks, modest professional Paul Scholes has stuck with the same combed forward ginger hair for the past decade (and probably longer than that). Unless… wait a cotton pickin’ minute – is that an application of hair gel on Mr Scholes’ 2006 photograph? That flash so and so…

Don Fabio is still auditioning for the role of captain of the England team as he prepares to announce his selection for only his second game in charge – next week’s friendly against Thierry Henry and co.
Steven Gerrard was given the armband in his first match but there are rumours that Capello agrees with most in that Gerrard is a different capatain at club level than he is with the Three Lions on his shirt.

justin hughes.JPG

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Justin Hughes has truly terrible hair. He looks like a poodle in a headband. Looking at Hughes’ curly barnet for too long might also make you want to start humming the theme tune to Jonathan Creek!