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Best goal of the season so far. It’s not as good as Marco van Basten’s wonder volley in the 1988 Euro Championships (some pundits claimed it was), but it’s still a heck of a goal from Arsenal’s flying Dutchman.

Good weekendSam Allardyce If anyone needed a good weekend, it was Big Sam. Three points against Liverpool won’t go amiss.Sheffield United The Blades’ first win of the campaign lifted them off the bottom of the table.Tottenham Hotspur Recorded a much-needed win against Portsmouth. Bad weekendWest Ham Defeat against Reading leaves the struggling Hammers teetering above […]

Police are to investigate television pictures which showed Manchester City‘s Joey Barton exposing his backside to Everton fans after yesterday’s match. The BBC reports that Barton could face police and disciplinary action over the incident. Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce suggested (quite bizarrely) that the incident may have been due to jibes about his side’s […]

Arsenal will be hoping for another Thierry Henry goal against Charlton this afternoon (particularly one as special as this outrageous backheel from October 2004).

Wayne Rooney clocks up some overtime [Guardian] Spurs will bid £10 million for Joe Cole [Team Talk] Mido takes a swipe at Sol Campbell [Guardian] Sven set for Inter Milan [Mirror] Tim Lovejoy reckons Shevchenko will come good. Breathe easy, Chelsea fans [The Sun]

The crazy cats at Watford blog site BHappy have been smuggling their groceries into Premier League grounds again. Hornets fans making the trip to Wigan last week went armed with broccoli. The stunt was the second in blogger Matt Rowson’s (pictured, right) Five-a-day Away-days series, having already taken a solitary banana to Bolton‘s Reebok Stadium. […]

Every man and his dog knows Ben Thatcher stuck one on Pedro Mendes, but the police do not think they could get anything to stick on Thatcher. In a statement released today, Greater Manchester Police said that Thatcher would not face charges for his elbow on Mendes and that the matter would be dealt with […]

It’s still way too early to say who’s going to win the Pies fantasy league, but I can confidently say that Ashley is currently the bookies’ favourite to lose his job. Click below for the table…

The boy can hit ‘em…

SaturdayBolton v Liverpool (12.45pm) Won’t be many goals at the Reebok. Liverpool should have the edge. 0:1Charlton v Arsenal (3pm) I expect Charlton’s miderable start to continue. 0:2Chelsea v Aston Villa (3pm) Villa will make it very tough for Chelsea, who played in Europe mid-week. 1:0Everton v Man City (3pm) A comfortable home win will […]

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The Fiendish Friday Quiz

September 29th, 2006

It’s that time again. Stop what you’re doing and have a good hard think… 1 Who was the first East German to play for the unified German national side?2 Only one player has appeared for Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool and Everton. Who?3 In the film Spinal Tap, ‘lukewarm’ bassist Derek Smalls wears an English […]

Back by popular demand: 1 Sam Allardyce: "I’m so proud of you, son."2 Chris Coleman: "I think referees can be intimidated by the crowd here at Craven Cottage, so I do feel sorry for away teams when decisions go against them."3 Martin Jol: "Another midfielder? No thanks, my squad is at its optimum size."4 Rafa […]

Following yesterday’s 10 things you’ll never hear a football commentator say, it’s the turn of the managers. 1 Arsene Wenger: "Yes, I saw the incident quite clearly from my seat on the touchline and the referee was right to send my player off."2 Sir Alex Ferguson: "His advertising work is just something he’s got to […]

At least 20 West Ham fans were arrested and another six injured after ‘a huge battle’ with Palermo supporters in Sicily last night. The two clubs play each other tonight, in the second leg of their Uefa Cup tie. Palermo won the first leg 1-0 and are strong favourites to progress to the lucrative group […]

‘I like Hleb, I have to say, and I think he’s going to be a big player for us this season. With him and Rosicky on the flanks we’ve got pace, skill and hard work. Rosicky looks a class act, he doesn’t give up on lost causes, gets stuck in and he can shoot from […]

Arsene Wenger has been told he has a job for life at Arsenal by vice-chairman David Dein. Dein made the pledge as he congratulated Wenger on his ten years as Arsenal manager. The BBC has put together a very nice feature looking at Wenger’s decade with Arsenal, including this picture looking at Wenger then and […]

So the cliche is true – he’s definitely got good touch for a big man… (taken from last night’s Liverpool v Galatasaray Champions League thriller, btw)

At the start of the season I put Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in my fantasy football team – it was a bit of a punt, but I had a hunch he’d do well this campaign. No foreign striker playing in England is more suited to succeed than the Drog – he’s fast, skilful and built […]

Reading have only had one opportunity to give their away kit an outing so far (against Wigan). This shirt would be plausible as a Bradford City home kit. According to the spiel on the website, the kit is "one of the first kits that spearheads the isometric look of kit designs." If you fancy putting […]

Newcastle United are set to revive a Premiership Horror Hair classic by re-signing former player Pavel Srnicek. The Czech goalkeeper is training with the Magpies with a view to signing a three-month deal as cover for Steve Harper while Shay Given is injured. Srnicek left the club in 1998 after Given’s arrival. He had been […]

1 ‘Referee Uriah Rennie has had another perfect game.’2 Chelsea, the people’s club…’3 ‘Flawless defending from Titus Bramble there.’4 ‘Michael Brown pulled out of that 50/50 tackle.’5 ‘Arjen Robben stayed on his feet in the box… he could easily have gone down and looked for a penalty.’6 ‘That’s the third game in a row that […]

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is in hot water with gay rights group OutRage! after an alleged homophobic insult during the match against Benfica last night. Scholes appeared to call Petit a ‘f***ing poof’ after being booked for a tackle on the Portuguese international. Peter Tatchell, of OutRage!, said: "We urge Paul to apologise and […]

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for! Barclays has renewed its sponsorship deal with the FA Premier League in a contract worth £65.8m. Phew, that’s a relief. The new deal will take the bank’s sponsorship of the Premiership up to 2010 (the future!), in a two-year extension to Barclays’ current contract. I don’t know […]

Still makes me laugh.

Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter has named Lee Bowyer, Danny Mills and Tomas Repka as the worst players he had to officiate in his time in the game. He said: "The players I used to hate facing were Danny Mills, Lee Bowyer and Tomas Repka, to name three. Most players I could have a […]