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You will often hear commentators and managers bemoaning a reckless knee-high tackle, so I can only imagine the reaction to this assault. It can only be described as a neck-high scissor tackle. This challenge is too extreme even for the wrestling ring.

Most ridiculous football rumour of the day, without doubt, is the Daily Express’s story that Avram Grant wants to buy Kaka from AC Milan, ‘even if it costs him £100 million’. The Express’s ‘source’ (some bloke down a pub in Fulham, perhaps?) said: ‘Kaka is certainly a long-term target, and if there is any chance […]

Today is turning out to be Mascot Grand National Day on Pies, and that’s no bad thing. Here’s a YouTube clip of the 2000 MGN, which turned out to be the tightest finish in the event’s history. A brave effort from Cyril the Swan (Swansea’s mascot), who looked like a winner until Harry the Hornet […]

Dressed in a costume made by his mum (bless), the winner in this year’s Mascot Grand National in Huntingdon – and event that grows and grows by the year – is Darren Forster, aka Mackey Wacky the Bear. The 34-year-old Sunderland fan, representing Saffron Walden Town FC, won by 10 lengths in the splendid time […]

Sky’s Derek Tedder gets some special attention from the participants at this year’s annual Mascot Grand National, more of which later. Via mCalcio

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Champions League-obsessed AC Milan have given the first indication that they might actually care about Serie A with an emphatic 5-1 win over Lazio. The Rossoneri are still down in eighth – while city rivals Inter top the table seven points ahead of them – but this was certainly a better performance. Goal-shy striker Alberto Gilardino, without a goal in five months, found the net twice in the rout to break his duck.

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Sorry I had to squeeze this quote all the way down here but Barry Ferguson’s big head got in the way.

Richie%20Hart.JPGInverness Caledonian Thistle player Richie Hart has pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine. The 29-year-old was fined £300 after being found in his BMW car with cocaine worth £80 at a Scottish music festival. Police found some of the cocaine on a CD in the car after noticing Hart acting suspiciously.

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If the Faroe Islands didn’t already have their work cut out for the match against France they do now. Les Bleus seem to have a Hindu goddess in their squad.

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David Pleat has put together an interesting scouting guide on England’s midfield quandry in his column on the Guardian’s website. The former kerb-crawling Spurs manager has rated Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry on various aspects of their game to decide who is best-suited to partner Steven Gerrard.

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There is no doubting the big news in the Eredivisie this week. As reported by Pies earlier this week (because sometimes you just can’t keep these things a secret until a Wednesday!), Heerenveen thrashed Heracles 9-0 with Brazilian striker Alfonso Alves weighing in with no fewer than SEVEN of the goals.

With the international break in full effect, I thought now would be a good time to look back at the Prem season so far – we are almost a quarter of the way through, after all – and choose a team based on the players who have been at the top of their game. This […]

In which Brighton & Hove Albion fan Des Lynam – good sport that he is – participates in a PR stunt to show how bad conditions at the Withdean Stadium could be, particularly for away fans in the uncovered section. Having been to the Withdean, I can confirm that you’d be better off sitting in […]

Rio Ferdinand (obscured) and Micah Richards take out Peter Crouch during an England training session. Photo Phil Cole/Getty Images

Today Radiohead released a new album, In Rainbows, that has no fixed price – you, the consumer, decide how much you want to pay for it. It’s a remarkable ploy, and one that only a major-league band like Radiohead could get away with, but could it work for football? Currently one can expect to pay […]

Here is former Middlesbrough hero Bernie Slaven showing his loyalties remain with the Teeside club as he quite embarrassingly chants Who’s That Team They Call The Boro? on his own into a camera.

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The football thinkers over at Philosophy Football have launched a 100 per cent cotton rebellion against the Premier League’s big four with this t-shirt.

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Congratulations to Stephen Ireland’s hairdresser who seems to have found a cure for baldness. Last season the Manchester City midfielder sported a hairline not to dissimilar to that of Monty Burns. And yet this season the occasional Republic of Ireland international has a fringe The Beatles would be proud of.

As spotted today on sister site Chelsea Pies. Reason No.6 is our favourite… 1 Inter desperately need him Apparently Milan’s second best team want to buy Non-fat Frank to replace Non-fat Patrick Vieira who seems to be heading Manchester City’s way. 2 He still hasn’t been offered a proper new contract by Chelsea Come on […]

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The Tuesday Teaser

October 9th, 2007

I know that many of you love the Fiendish Friday Quiz, so I’ve decided to beef up the quiz content on Pies by introducing a Tuesday Teaser, which will appear, as if by magic, every Tuesday. Simply look at the three sets of photo clues and name the footballer each refers to (click each image […]

Little Michael Owen is prepared to defy club manager Sam Allardyce by passing himself fit, against the Newcastle medical team’s advice, for England’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia this Saturday. Big Sam, understandably, is unhappy with Owen’s country-above-club stance: ‘I don’t know whether two games in such a short space of time is right,’ the […]

Cristiano Ronaldo has offered an olive branch to Jose Mourinho after the pair became embroiled in a row at the end of last season, which ended with the ex-Chelsea boss claiming Ronaldo ‘lacked class’. But, in a surprising U-turn, Ronaldo has shown he bears no ill feeling towards Jose: ‘English football will miss Jose Mourinho. […]

The chaps on the Guardian’s excellent Football Weekly podcast alerted me to this save by the oft-maligned Valdes, and since I hadn’t seen it, I hunted it down on YouTube, especially for you. It’s certainly a fine double save, although not quite in the same league as Jim Montgomery’s famous effort for Sunderland in the […]

A touch of A-list glamour came to Loftus Road last night, in the form of supermodel Naomi Campbell. She was accompanied by ex-boyfriend and Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore, who has been sniffing around QPR of late. C-lister Tamara Beckwith – didn’t she used to be some sort of useless IT girl? – was also […]

A pilot who let scaredycat Robbie Savage on to the flight deck has been sacked for breaking anti-terrorism rules. Ex-RAF pilot Pablo Mason, who sports a tremendous handlebar moustache, was shown the door by Mytravel after letting Savage near the controls in an attempy to ease his fear of flying. Savage had been travelling with […]