Birmingham City’s squidgy-nosed boss Steve Bruce has pulled off a bit of a coup by snapping up Arsenal loanee Fabrice Muamba on a permanent basis. The 19-year-old has been one of the stars of the Blues promotion season. Arsene Wenger had previously indicated that Muamba would not be allowed to leave the Emirates permanently.
So Lionel Messi’s wonder goal counted for nothing! Last night Getafe staged a remarkable comeback in the second leg of the Spanish Cup semi final to win 4-0 (6-5 on aggregate). Two goals from Daniel Guiza (pictured) and one each from Javi Casquero and Angel Vivar Dorado sealed an astonishing comeback for Getafe, who now face treble-hunting Sevilla in the final on 23 June. [Photo: Getty Images]
Unlike Pies vs Lawro, the Fiendish Friday Quiz isn’t going anywhere this summer. It may take two weeks in Dubai but will return for pre-season training, full of optimism for the new seasonâ€¦
1 Man Utd, West Ham, Stoke City, Norwich (current). Whose downward spiral?
2 Who wears the unlucky No.13 shirt for Chelsea?
3 Picture round. Who ‘dis?
So, it’s the last Pies vs Lawro for a couple of months (sniff). Thanks to everyone who’s taken part over the last few months. Pies vs Lawro will return, stronger than ever and with regular prizes to bootâ€¦
Blackburn v Reading
Bolton v Aston Villa
So which team out of Wigan, West Ham and Sheffield Utd do you want to go down? I’d have to say Wigan – non-Latics fans, would you really miss them? They get feeble crowds, play pretty unattractive football (not all the time, I hasten to add) and generally don’t add that much to the Premiership â€“ although I do have a lot of time for Paul Jewell. Wigan fans will obviously think I’m talking shit (they’d be wrong).
CARLOS TEVEZ TO SCORE FIRST FOR WEST HAM V MAN UTD (9-1)
Itâ€™s just three clean sheets in 12 games for Man United and it could be worth taking a chance that Carlos Tevez (six goals in nine games) can bag a surprise opener amid the carnival atmosphere at Old Trafford. The Argentine is in the shop window after all and this wouldnâ€™t be a bad way to impress Sir Fergie.
Manchester United’s first team celebrated watching their reserves draw 0-0 with Chelsea last night by going to Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse. Oo-er! Cristiano Ronaldo – who appears to have hired John O’Shea as a bodyguard (now that is a utility player!) – was a non-runner.
Although we love to slag him off for his vanity, Becks hasn’t had that many dreadful hair styles over the years. At least he has the option of a style – Pies is sadly afflicted with male pattern baldness and is in no position to pass judgmentâ€¦
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have suspended all betting on Sam Allardyce’s appointment as the new Newcastle boss. The bookies don’t get it wrong very often and so it seems like a done deal. Most Newcastle fans seem pretty happy with Big Sam’s imminent appointment, although I have heard some complain that he’s too defensive to please the Toon Army. Bollocks, I say. Sam did a very impressive job at Bolton – people unfairly criticised him for playing negative, long-ball football but which manager extended the careers of entertainers like Jay-Jay Okocha and Youri Djorkaeff?
Well that was fun. What had been built up as a potential Premiership decider (Super Wednesday! Sky would have screamed) ended up as the dampest squib of the season. The sight of Chelsea’s players dutifully forming a guard of honour for the likes of Kieran Richardson, Dong Fanzhuo and Chris Eagles was faintly ridiculous, and the 90 minutes that followed was zzzzz-worthy. I got so bored I changed channels to watch Ugly Betty – and I’m not even metrosexual.
This classic goalkeeping howler sees Blackburn Rovers keeper Tim Flowers being undone by his own vandalism. Stan Collymore’s daisy-cutter hits the stud marks Flowers has put on the pitch to help him with his angles.
If you thought Michael Ball was a naughty boy for stamping on Cristiano Ronaldo at the weekend, think again. This action from the Turkish league takes it to a new level, although the dive which sparks the incident is nearly deserving of the stamp.
Combining the subjects of the two previous posts, here’s a clip of Eamon Dunphy’s TV interview with Roy Keane, first televised in 2003 on TV3 in Ireland. I find Keane endlessly fascinating and he’s clearly an intelligent men, despite some of the brainless things he did on the pitch. Here’s part one of the interview. […]