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As suggested by, er, me. I was watching Oscar-winning movie Crash on DVD the other night, when I noticed that actor Chris Bridges (aka rapper Ludacris) looked a bit like West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand. And ‘looking a bit like’ a footballer is enough to make a Shit Lookalike. More Shit Lookalikes

Well, his FIFA 08 persona at least. Not quite as controversial as it might have sounded then, but it is still funny. Ronny has a shot at goal and is suddenly overwhelmed with passion.

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The three-fingered ‘A’ salute being flashed around as a goal celebration has created a bit of a murmur. Is it a secret Premier League cult? Are footballers gradually learning the alphabet? When Wigan defender Titus Bramble used the celebration against Liverpool the plot thickened. Did it stand for ‘At last I’ve scored for my team instead of the opposition’?

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Ajax dropped to third in the Eredivisie after a disappointing festive period. The Amsterdam giants suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat at bottom-club Excelsior, and followed it up with consecutive 2-2 draws against Twente and VVV Venlo.

“It wasn’t me, sir, honest. It was Tony Adams – he did it. Not the cane, Mr Capello!”
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Benfica duo Luisao and Konstantinos Katsouranis played a game of Bowyer-Dyer in their match against Setúbal at the weekend. The handbags resulted in both players being substituted immediately and suspended until further notice by the club.

As nominated by Pies stalwart Cole – mate, the resemblence is striking; Cheetara could be Robbie’s twin sister. Any more Thundercats who look like footballers? If there’s a Snarf double out there, I’d love to know who it is.

Perhaps not the most wonderful wonder goal you’ve ever seen, but I love its beautiful simplicity. Kanu’s flick is perfectly timed – Luke Young doesn’t know if he’s coming or going. More wonder goals

1 Jermain ‘third-choice’ Defoe has been told he can leave Spurs by boss Juande Ramos. However, the ‘ambitious’ (rolls eyes) English striker wants to stay and fight for his place/hope that Dimitar Berbatov is sold. Move on Jermain – they DON’T WANT YOU! I’d like to see Defoe team up with John Carew at Villa, […]

71976731_352x470.jpgDerby County have agreed a fee with Blackburn Rovers for Robbie Savage. The Welshman, no longer assured of first-team football at Ewood, is a good signing for Derby, but he won’t save them from the drop. He is due to have talks with Derby to agree personal terms later today.

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The main news in German football this week is that there is no news. Well, that’s not strictly true but there is no Bundesliga action until February. Now that is a winter break. It is at times like this that people like Owen Hargreaves, who have sacrificed their cushy holiday allowance to warm Manchester United’s bench over the festive period, must kick themselves. Hargreaves said: “Contrary to the previous years, I’m not going to spend the Christmas holidays with my family in Calgary, because the Premier League doesn’t have a winter break.”

I love this story, from the website of the Current Bun. Carra reportedly ‘lost it’ after being taunted – i.e. told to ‘calm down’ in a bad Scouse accent – by a small section of Luton fans wearing curly wigs and shellsuits. The Sun’s story is accompanied by a blurry picture of Carragher, supposedly enraged, […]

June 1994 Gabriel Batistuta of Argentina appeals for a foul during his team’s World Cup group match against Bulgaria, played in Dallas, Texas. Bulgaria won the match 2-0, with goals by Hristo Stoichkov and Nasko Sirakov, thereby knocking Argentina out of the tournament. Photo David Cannon/ALLSPORT

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At Christmas time with the busy football schedule, sometimes it seems like a good idea to bring in extra referees to cope with the demand. The fact remains that once the festivities have died down many of these men in black have no home to go to.

This classic clip shows Burnley mascot Bertie Bee laying the smackdown on a streaker at Turf Moor. The stewards struggle to thwart the naked fan, but Bertie steps in to save the day. Cue big furry bee doing wrestling celebrations at the side of the pitch!

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1991 Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne celebrates after scoring with a 35-yard free-kick during the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 3-1, and went on to lift the trophy, defeating Nottm Forest 2-1 in the final. Photo Simon Bruty/Allsport Watch Gazza’s rocket free-kick after the jump…

76807948.jpgBig Sam Allardyce is right out of luck at the moment. Even if his Newcastle Utd side get past Stoke in their third-round reply, they will face Arsenal away in the fourth round – the only consolation for Sam is that Arsene Wenger may not put out a full-strength team for that game.

One of the goals of the season so far, by Leeds United defender (defender!) Frazer Richardson – Northampton aren’s the strongest opposition, but it was a powerful run and a fine finish. Leeds are now up to fourth in the table, and that despite starting the season with a 15-point deduction. Via 101GreatGoals

Surely not the gang at regional news programme Central tonight…

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Goalkeeper Iker Casillas kept Real Madrid’s seven-point lead over Barcelona intact with a match-winning performance against Real Zaragoza. Casillas made a string of saves in a match dominated by mid-table Zaragoza. The champions won the match 2-0 with goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robinho.

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The Inconvenient Truth for Becks fans is that their hero is supposedly the least green person on the planet. As The Daily Star reported recently, ‘LA Galaxy star Becks, 32, not only owns a fleet of 15 gas-guzzling supercars [including a Porsche, Hummer and Lincoln Navigator], he has clocked up more than 250,000 miles in the air in the last year – more than the distance to the far side of the Moon.

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1 Craig Hinton of Bristol Rovers rises above the Fulham defence to score his team’s second goal at Craven Cottage. Bristol held the Premier League side to a 2-2 draw.
Photo Phil Cole/Getty Images

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Michael Mifsud The Coventry striker led the Sky Blues to an incredible 1-4 victory at Blackburn with two goals.

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One is a likeable no hoper who constantly gets himself into scrapes on the field of play with his comic strip antics, the other is Philippe Senderos.