• Joey Barton and Lee Naylor set for England call-ups December 13th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    England boss Steve McClaren has resorted to scouring the Premiership mid-table and the SPL as he aims to get his prima donnas’ faltering Euro 2008 qualification campaign back on track. It is reported McClaren will be asking several squad members to turn the other cheek to Joey Barton. The Manchester City midfielder criticised England players […]

  • Chinese goalkeeper celebrates penalty save. Oops it went it! December 12th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    China goalkeeper Wang Dalei runs away to celebrate saving a penalty in a shootout against Iran in the quarter-finals of the 2006 Asian Games, despite the fact the ball went in off his legs! [Rob Parker]

  • The Right Result: righting refereeing wrongs December 12th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Do you ever wonder what might have been if the ref had awarded your side that last minute penalty or his assistant had noticed the opposition’s striker was five yards offside? Well, The Right Result is a website which seeks to correct refereeing errors. Users vote on contentious decisions from recent games and – if […]

  • Super goal from Josimar December 12th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Imagine. You play for Northern Ireland. You’re playing at the World Cup finals in the blistering heat of Mexico. You’re playing against Brazil… who, as we know, are a bit good. Then, just as you settle down, someone you’ve never heard of called Josimar does this to you. Enough to make you throw the towel […]

  • Quotes of the Week December 12th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Goran Ivanisevic… wait! It’s about football honest! I’ll start again… Huge massive great big football fan, Goran Ivanisevic played in the final of of the Masters tennis tournament in London sporting a West Bromich Albion shirt. He said: "I am a West Bromwich Albion fan, all the players in the team signed this shirt for […]

  • Classic Moments – Pardew scores the winner in the greatest FA Cup Semi-Final ever! December 12th, 2006 Liverpool

    With all this talk of Alan Pardew, it’s perhaps the perfect time to recall a peak in his career. Before his management days, he liked to play a bit of football. His greatest match came for Crystal Palace against the mighty Liverpool side of the late nineties…

  • Trouble brews as Everton look to move away from Goodison December 12th, 2006 Everton

    http://www.arsenal.com/Images/g/ground_everton.jpg The Everton chief exec’ Keith Wyness has spoken in an attempt to calm fans’ fears over plans to move to a new stadium out of Liverpool. The Merseyside club are currently in talks about relocating to Kirkby but Wyness told BBC Five Live the fans’ concerns about moving out of Liverpool would be considered. He added: “This option is a good one, in terms of transport links and the financial package, and it’s something we thought we must explore further. But redeveloping Goodison Park may well be the way ahead in the end.”…

  • Transfer window fever begins December 12th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    There is a distinct increase in volume of newspaper football gossip today as greedy managers start tapping on the transfer window and pleading for someone to open it. Although the window will remain shut until January, click below for a round-up of all the latest transfer rumours.

  • Alan Pardew: sacked December 11th, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    http://www.4thegame.com/media/00/03/11/pardew_alan_whfc_profile_2005new.jpg Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. West Ham have announced that they will make a statement regarding the future of boss Alan Pardew at 2.15pm (GMT) on Monday. The Hammers have struggled all season and are currently in 18th place in the Premiership following Saturday’s 4-0 annihilation at the hands of Bolton Wanderers…

  • Matthew Taylor’s wonder goal for Portsmouth December 11th, 2006 Portsmouth

    Attention Pompey fans. You’re probably still laughing yourselves stupid at your loftly position in the league aren’t you? Quite right too… lap it up. To make your memories of the weekend even sweeter, watch Matthew Taylor’s sublime 45 yard volley again. Chelsea and Arsenal can keep their amateur dramatics eh? [Mof Gimmers]

  • Saints go after Pressley December 11th, 2006 Bolton Wanderers

    http://images.scotsman.com/2005/10/03/03preb.jpg Heart of Midlothian is without doubt, the most bonkers club in Europe at the minute. With the insane ramblings of chairman Vladimir Romanov (click here and here for examples), they’ve managed to retain the mental one, and lose one of their best players, club captain Stephen Pressley…

  • Jens Lehmann and Didier Drogba show off their diving skills December 11th, 2006 Arsenal

    Does this even count as handbags? Handbags is a bit too manly to describe the shenanigans between Jens Lehmann and Didier Drogba in yesterday’s Chelsea-Arsenal match. Try to keep a straight face as they drag football’s reputation through the Stamford Bridge mud! Both players were booked in the end (for diving I sincerely hope, and […]

  • Bradford fans produce Leeds United fanzine for Christmas December 11th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Bradford City fanzine The City Gent has created a special Leeds United edition just in time for Christmas. The Super L666ds tribute book features no less than 36 blank pages. Billed as "diligent and exacting" and "Everything you ever wanted to know about the not so massive club that was Super L666ds," the book is […]

  • Peter Kay in John Smith’s advert: ‘Ave it December 11th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    This classic advert features Peter ‘Garlic… bread?’ Kay as John Smith: the no nonsense footballer. [Rob Parker]

  • Good weekend, bad weekend December 11th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Good weekend Manchester United Now have an eight-point lead over Chelsea following their win against Manchester City.Obafemi Martins The Nigerian striker had been criticised for his lack of goals but now he can’t stop scoring.Portsmouth Played some excellent football on the way to a 2-0 win against Everton. They are now up to third. Bad […]

  • This week’s Premiership predictions December 8th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    SaturdayManchester United v Manchester City (12.45pm) United to go to town on City. 3:0Blackburn v Newcastle (3pm) The Magpies are on a good run and could sneak it at Ewood Park. 1:2Liverpool v Fulham (3pm) The Reds to elevate themselves to fourth with a home win. 2:0Middlesbrough v Wigan (3pm) Two inconsistent sides to share […]

  • Truly appalling football CDs – listen to your club’s top tune December 8th, 2006 Kits & fashion

    These are quite possibly the worst pieces of football merchandise ever! FootballCD.co.uk is selling this collection of ‘Football songs to sing and learn.’ The perfect Christmas gift for the music-loving football fan, right? Unfortunately instead of just taking your £6, someone at FootballCD had the bright idea of letting you listen to a sample of […]

  • Mourinho plots to win the Championship as well as the Premiership December 8th, 2006 Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho is planning a clean sweep of England’s top two divisions. The Special One has been touting the possibility of a Chelsea ‘B’ team competing further down the Football League in a different division from his ‘untouchable’ stars. He said: "I would love to see it. I can tell you for sure that if […]

  • Eggert Magnusson gets the Photoshop treatment in The Guardian’s Gallery December 8th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    The Guardian‘s Gallery is usually good for a chortle at topical Photoshop works of art of varying standards. This week it is the turn of new West Ham owner Eggert Magnusson. Entries include a Humpty Dumpty reference, an alien and even a ‘Eggert’ Humperdinck. If only we had realised in advance, we could have submitted […]

  • Sunderland players in sex tape scandal December 7th, 2006 Tottenham Hotspur

    It’s a funny old game! Just this morning we were bemoaning the fact that, in the current climate of footballer sex scandals, you can no longer post an innocent video of a group of footballers spanking animals without people jumping to conclusions. And sure enough, what should break this afternoon but another football sex scandal. […]

  • Horror Tackle: Dean Windass tries to insert himself into Neil Young feet first December 7th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    This nasty tackle comes from last month’s League One clash between Bradford and Bournemouth. Veteran striker Dean Windass has, for some reason, completely lost it just 13 minutes into the match and decides to make a Dean Windass-shaped hole in Cherries defender Neil Young. Lunging tackle + two feet + being late + being about […]

  • Arsenal fans to wave fake cash at Ashley Cole December 7th, 2006 Arsenal

    Chelsea‘s Ashley Cole will be greeted by a shower of fake £20 notes when he faces former club Arsenal on Sunday. An email has been circulating urging Gooners to cut out the notes – which feature Cole’s head rather than the Queen’s –  and "wave them in the direction of greedy little Cashley Hole". The […]

  • Juventus horsing around on video shoot December 7th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    What on earth is this about? Most clubs show off their squad for the coming season with a team photo, but not Juventus it seems. This video from a few seasons back shows the Turin giants prefer a promotional video. In this age of footballer sex scandals, it would be easy to jump to conclusions […]

  • Fantasy Football Neil Warnock style December 6th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    It’s the new game everyone wants for Christmas (OK, it’s not – I just invented this – but run with me). You’re Neil Warnock. You have been given £5 million to keep your relegation-threatened club in the Premiership. How would you spend the money? I’m going to spend the first million on: Lee Hendrie – […]

  • Get to know Jermaine Pennant a bit better (with the help of MySpace) December 6th, 2006 Liverpool

    Jermaine Pennant was one of Liverpool‘s better players as they lost 3-2 to Galatasaray, including setting up Robbie Fowler for his second goal with an excellent run and chipped cross. But how much do we know about the man himself (other than his well documented past misdemeanors)? Well, now we can find out what really […]