It must be halfway through Full Metal Jacket when Lt Lockhart, editor of the US military’s Stars and Stripes newspaper, briefs his men in the wake of the surprise attack by the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong that would go down in history as the Tet Offensive.
Fri, 21 Jun, 2019
For once, in his post-match comments on Saturday, José didn’t dissemble, and he spoke for what was in all our hearts. We all knew we’d robbed the Cherries blind - but we felt it was the cosmic karmic balancing for our own last-gasp mugging at Stamford Bridge two weeks back. Somewhere in the back of mind chirped the old cliché “these things even out over a season”.
Mon, 05 Nov, 2018
Last week, when sounding a warning note about the next fence in United’s so-called ‘easy run-in’, I doomed: “In football as in life: never drop your guard when approaching the city of the damned.” What a joyless told-you-so this is.
Mon, 27 Apr, 2015
Most eyes were probably on events in Barcelona’s Nou Camp and Munich’s Allianz Arena last Tuesday evening, but there were happenings of a less-gilded though far more uplifting and important nature unfolding at the same time at the tidy little Tameside Stadium in Ashton-Under-Lyne in England’s north-west.
Fri, 24 Apr, 2015
Every few weeks, I check back on my previous columns to see if I’ve made any howlers I’ll need to wheedle out of — such as calling Blind ‘Danny’ last week, for example. (Thank you, Word AutoCorrect).
Mon, 09 Feb, 2015
As a small group of young Manchester United fans stood on the Stretford End on Sunday afternoon, they tried to start a chant of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” directed at David Moyes as their team edged towards a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Swansea.
Thu, 09 Jan, 2014
IT’S been an extraordinarily busy few days. A royal wedding, an assassination attempt on Gaddafi, the Emirates match, Osama being the only Bin taken out on a bank holiday… And spare a thought too for FC United, whose astonishing rampage towards promotion (having been all but bottom in January) was thwarted by a late goal in the play-off final at Colwyn Bay.
Wed, 04 May, 2011
HAD a good Christmas prezzie haul, dear reader? I got most of what I wanted in the first 20 minutes against Sunderland, thanks for asking: that sort of sparkling play-through-a-hangover carefree performance is exactly what St Stephen’s Day football should be about.
Wed, 29 Dec, 2010
AMIDST all the brouhaha following the separation (pending divorce?) between FC United and Manchester United in 2005, there is one band of intrepid souls who have, in time-honoured fashion, tried to “keep it together for the kids”: those who follow both teams, cherrypicking the fixtures of each and maintaining dual memberships.
Wed, 10 Nov, 2010
HOW did we do last night, then? Not that it matters very much, I suppose: thanks to the rather fortunate win in Catalonia, this group appears to have gone into a coma, which prompted Messrs Fergie and Carrick pre-match to sound off about how “great” the Champions League still is in terms of excitement in its group stages.
Wed, 03 Nov, 2010