I support United at football, France at rugby and, naturally, adopt a ‘Friend Of Ireland’ default position in all your island’s endeavours. (Yes, even over Brexit). So a day that saw France win Le Crunch, United beat the Scouse, and Ireland lift the Six Nations was always going to challenge my temperance resolution.
Mon, 12 Mar, 2018
Mon, 07 Mar, 2016
Mon, 02 Nov, 2015
An afternoon which started with a huge social-media hoax about The Gobby One getting the boot ended with the Scousers stealing our thunder by sacking Brendan Rodgers. In between, we’ve witnessed the sort of complete performance from the Gunners against Manchester United that we’ve been waiting for, ever since Fergie sought refuge in his pipe and slippers.
Mon, 05 Oct, 2015
Considering he was just about the only Arsenal player to come out of last Sunday’s lamentably anti-climactic curtain-raiser with any credit, the Ox must have been disappointed to have found himself benched for Sunday’s encounter at Crystal Palace.
Mon, 17 Aug, 2015
Thankfully, unlike the farcical officiating at the Etihad, the ref at St James’ Park on Saturday didn’t thoroughly spoil the spectacle for the watching millions, by sending the wrong player off in the opening seconds.
Mon, 23 Mar, 2015
Long may the media pundits continue rubbishing the Gunners’ title pretensions as with each successive victory I find myself anticipating, ever more eagerly, the enthralling prospect of these so-called experts having to eat their words.
Mon, 04 Nov, 2013
I ALWAYS look forward to the annual Everton expedition. Like a comfortable pair of battered old shoes, Goodison Park remains a Coronation Street-style people’s palace, compared to the modern glass and steel aesthetics of the Gunners’ iconic Canary Wharf-like atheneum.
Wed, 17 Nov, 2010
IF some French floozy has managed to distract an obsessed Arsene Wenger from his spreadsheets and his wall-to-wall diet of world football, long enough for some extra-curricular activities, well all I can say is that she must’ve presented him with some seriously attractive statistics.
Wed, 10 Nov, 2010
I HAVE always suffered with PMT – that’s Pre-Match Tension – but the week leading up to the Liverpool game was torturous. I couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t sleep, I was distracted, my nerves were shot to pieces with the thought that we could have come so close and then throw it away for the third and final time at Anfield.
Wed, 05 May, 2010
MANY people, including Chelsea fans, forget that Wigan are a top-eight side. And anyone who saw the game this weekend will know why. They played some really good football and selling Heskey has made them into a better passing team as the temptation to “lump it to the big guy up front” is no longer there. Even Titus Bramble looked a talented all-rounder as he tested Cech, cleared balls off the line and made mazy runs like Pele!
Wed, 04 Mar, 2009
Wed, 14 Jan, 2009
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