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You may not be surprised to know that the unofficial World Cup/tourism-boosting PR exercise taking place in Northern Cyprus we told you about has been won by… Northern Cyprus! The pre-tournament favourites narrowly defeated the mighty Zanzibar 5-0 in the semi-final before scraping past Crimea 3-1 to lift the trophy. Perhaps less predictable and more […]

Nicolas Anelka scored a spectacular goal against Arsenal on Saturday to open his account for Bolton, but here he is back in the days when he was happy and skinny scoring his first goal for the Gunners. An 18-year-old Anelka scored this goal against Manchester United in 1997 as he helped his side towards the […]

Good weekendGlenn Roeder Was unable to hide his delight as Newcastle recorded their first league win in nine against Portsmouth.Eggert Magnusson The new West Ham owner took the applause of the crowd before watching a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United.Nicolas Anelka What away to get off the mark for Bolton! A brace (including this cracker) […]

SaturdayCharlton v Everton (12.45pm) Despite the fact that Les Reed has now had another week to get to know the squad he’s been working with all season (excuses, excuses), I can’t see him turning it around. 0:2Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (3pm) Villa are due a result before their promising start slips away. Boro are a […]

Graham ‘F**king’ Poll has been taken out of the Premiership spotlight to protect him from press scrutiny, according to reports. The official line is that Poll is on annual leave, but the Daily Mail (a reputable source of course) claims that Poll has been prevented from refereeing this weekend and during next week’s busy midweek […]

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The Anfield Rap

November 24th, 2006

If anyone can… Macca can… Macca can Macca can Macca can… jesus wept. The Anfield is, in equal measures, a brilliant footy single and a terrible car crash of disasterous things. Like Alan Hansen rapping and dancing. Anyway, all join in, LIVERPOOL FC ARE HARD AS HELL.

With the Ashes hardly gripping the nation (well, it’s on at a stupid time isn’t it?), Cricket seems to be sneaking in to every type of article. Well, here at Pies, we’re no exception. When Ian Holloway was asked about the loafers game, as usual, he came up with some comedy gold. "No. I don’t […]

Football, like life, is full of little mysteries. For example, how did Tony Dorigo win 25 England caps? Or, where exactly is Paddy Kenny‘s eyebrow right now? The question I really want to know the answer to is much closer to home: how have I been top of the Fantasy Football table for three weeks? […]

No wonder ITV Digital went bust. How much must they have paid Ryan Giggs to dress up in that frilly apron?! Add to that Johnny Vegas’ drinks tab and Monkey’s fee and you begin to see why so many clubs are now struggling to avoid administration. [Rob Parker]

Reading chairman John Madejski has announced that captain Graeme Murty (pictured) will not be given a testimonial even if he signs a new contract to take him into his tenth year at the club. The 32-year-old, who is currently mulling over a new deal, is out of contract in the summer after nine seasons with […]

Celta Vigo are at St James’ Park this evening to face Newcastle in the Uefa Cup (watch it live on Five, kick-off 7.45pm). If their kit looks familiar to you, blame the lazy designers at Umbro. It is basically the England kit in different colours, and with extra Citroen for your money. The shirt is […]

So, as you mental cricket fas are watching our lads get the living crap kicked out of them by Ricky Ponting in the Ashes, it would seem that our England boys could do with an eagle-eyed fielder to throw down his stumps. Sadly, Gary Pratt, the bloke who achieved cult hero status in 2005 by […]

When Spurs play Bayer Leverkusen, lets just hope this doesn’t happen eh? Although, in saying that, it would be nice for our spoiled bratty Prem’ stars to interact a bit wouldn’t it? Gimme a B! Gimme an E! Gimme… oh forget it. It’s too bleedin’ long! [Mof Gimmers]

Oh dear. When the Guardian used this image (on the left for those who need telling), they didn’t know how spot on they were being. It has been alleged that the nicest boy in football, Craig Bellamy, grabbed a young lady by the throat after they bumped into each other at a nightclub. Smooth eh? […]

I imagine this stung for a while. I bet he wasn’t so eager to mark the man taking the next throw in! [Rob Parker]

The gang at TShirts365 have created yet another gem. This time it features Arsenal‘s Kolo Toure sporting a very nice Afro. The t-shirt will no doubt be snapped up by Gunners fans, among whom the Ivorian defender has cult status. The Kolo t-shirt costs £14.99 and is available by clicking here. [Rob Parker]

Barrow defender James Cotterill has been charged with grevious bodily harm for allegedly fracturing the jaw of Bristol Rovers striker Sean Rigg during an FA Cup first round clash. Cotterill is accused of punching Rigg in an off-the-ball incident which was missed by the referee but caught by BBC Match of the Day cameras. A […]

There are currently a couple of tournaments underway masquerading as the World Cup for countries that don’t actually exist. The VIVA World Cup is supposedly the official, unofficial World Cup, but it is nigh on impossible to get any news on the tournament and only four teams are competing (hosts Monaco, South Cameroons, Sami and […]

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Is this is oddest Alan Shearer related thing in the entire world? Some oddball Mackem (I think) called Hoolio has sent an email to Alan Shearer claiming (in a spooky deadpan voice) that he gets "a lump when I think of what you’ve done for this great club". In fairness, he cracks up at the […]

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/var/news/storage/images/sport/boro_court_controversy_over_southgate_job/404153-1-eng-GB/boro_court_controversy_over_southgate_job_medium.jpg Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has admitted that he will be a relieved man when his future is decided at a Premier League board meeting on Wednesday. This meeting will decide whether to extend the 36-year-old’s three-month dispensation to manage without the required qualifications. Southgate told…

The force should be strong with West Ham once Eggert Magnusson‘s takeover goes through. [Rob Parker]

Former Portsmouth striker Dario Silva has announced he hopes to compete as a rower at the 2012 Olympics despite having a leg amputation in September. The ex-Uruguay international lost part of his right leg in a car crash, but is hopeful of competing at the London games. He said: "I have a lot of free […]

League Two outfit Torquay United have launched a new initiative which could see players sacked if they repeatedly dive. Chairman Chris Roberts came up with the scheme after being "disgusted" by the amateur dramatics on display at the World Cup. Manager Ian Atkins is backing his chairman’s plan. A three strikes and you’re out system […]