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Zidane ? Power of cup noodleUploaded by Milder Yeah, cause Zizou needed the cash from a Japanese TV ad, didn’t he? Via The Offside

The precious January transfer window is upon us. It’s a time when struggling clubs aim to strengthen their ailing squads, and the in-form big clubs smugly claim to be happy with what they have. What would you do with your chairman’s cash? (No, you can’t afford Ronaldo, Kaka and Messi.) You can buy just one […]

September 2000 Ronaldinho of Brazil flashes a trademark smile during a training session for the Olympic Games at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. Photo Darren England/ALLSPORT

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443604_mediumsquare.jpgMartin O’Neill Villa fans are now starting to see the fruits of O’Neill’s labour. Two wins and two draws (including that incredible 4-4 draw against Chelsea) was a fine Xmas return for Villa, who are now up to sixth in the table. Nigel Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Martin Laursen and John Carew are all thriving under O’Neill.

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Professional West Ham fan Ray Winstone and Irons’ boss Alan Curbishley square up, in a friendly fashion, before last week’s West Ham vs Man Utd game. Winstone’s presence clearly intimidated the Man Yoo players, who played below their usual level in a 2-1 defeat.

anelka250707_468x752.jpgThe January transfer window is open for business, and so football’s rumour mill has gone into overdrive. Will Berbatov stay at Spurs? Has Joey Barton taken a shower yet? So many questions, so few answers. Here are the top 5 transfer window rumours of the day, neatly summarised in one cut-out-and-keep package:
1 Avram Grant wants to splash out £35m to sign both Nicolas Anelka and ‘want-away’ Dimitar Berbatov. Via Daily Star

The first Shit Lookalike of 2008 naturally sees me draw on my festive experience of watching the entire first season of Heroes on DVD. I was struck by how much D.L. Hawkins (played by Leonard Roberts), the guy who can walk through walls, looks like Arsenal’s Lassana Diarra (the new Claude Makelele).

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Iain Fyfe of Sydney FC takes a free-kick during the Round 18 A-League match between Adelaide United and Sydney, held at Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Stadium on December 28, 2007.

111923_Happy%20New%20Year.jpgAfter a lovely, relaxing holiday, dominated by the DVD box-set of Heroes, Season One (ooh, that Sylar is a naughty boy!), and several boxes of Ferrero Rocher, Who Ate All the Pies is back in full effect. And I must say, it’s very good to be back.

On the ninth day of Christmas, Pies sends to you nine Tevez’s dancing…

HAPPY NEW YEAR, PIES FANS!
On the eighth day of Christmas, Pies sends to you eight Bruce Grobbelaar’s a-milking…
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On the seventh day of Christmas, Pies sends to you seven Svens a-swimming…

On the sixth day of Christmas, Pies sends to you six geezers playing…
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[Harry Redknapp, Terry Venables, Joe Cole, Paul Merson, John Terry and Vinnie Jones]

On the fifth day of Christmas, Pies sends to you five old wings… [Garrincha, Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, George Best and Jimmy Johnstone]

On the fourth day of Christmas, Pies sends to you four ‘balling birds…
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On the third day of Christmas Pies sends to you three French hens…
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On the second day of Christmas Pies gives to you two Wagner Loves…
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On the first day of Christmas Pies give to you Richie Partridge in a pear tree.
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As you may have noticed from the lack of posts in the last couple of days, Pies is on its Christmas break. We’ll be back in full force, a couple of pounds heavier no doubt, from January 2nd 2008 (my God, the future is here!). Thanks for all your support in 2007 – to Chringle, Clayton, […]

77533448.jpgFulham have gone backwards under Lawrie Sanchez and the club was absolutely right to sack him today. The Cottagers have won just two league games all season and played pretty shit football along the way. They should never have sacked Chris Coleman in the first place, but hey, that bus left a long time ago.

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Champions Lyon followed last week’s defeat at Caen with a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Nice. They maintained their four-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 though as second-placed Nancy also drew 0-0 at Strasbourg.

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The Christmas XI

December 21st, 2007

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Pies compiles 11 players with festive names.

Welcome to the Pies’ Festive Fiendish Friday Quiz. It’s a bumper edition, with more fiendishly difficult questions than ever to keep you occupied as you count down the hours before you get to leave work for the Christmas break… 1 Slavia Prague, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Aston Villa (current). Whose career? 2 Which English team […]

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Brighten up your walls with this canvas print of a 1966 World Cup poster. The canvas features the legendary World Cup Willie and is advertising the tournament being held in England from July 11 to 30.

Back in July we alerted you to the Latin American mullet of FC Dallas’s Juan Carlos Toja. The Colombian’s hair – his tribute to Doors singer Jim Morrison – is so popular with his team-mates that they all want to copy him. That is why the players made sure they had a Toja wig on hand while recording their player introductions for ESPN2!