Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Rules to be Broken

One of the golden rules of writing a blog - whatever you write - is to post an entry everyday, at least.


Me, I have been naughty. This is my first entry since Christmas Eve.


Well I think I can be excused. There has been too much happening over the last six days - Food, drink, merriment, sale shopping and getting ready to go on holiday at the weekend.


Yep I am off to sunnier climes on Saturday, though only for a week. I will be back in time for the Man Utd v Chelsea game on Sunday 11th January.


Great holiday planning don't you think?


What has been happening recently?


The REAL Latics won at Crewe 3-0 and drew at home to Carlisle over Christmas, Chelsea won and drew and 'ickle' Stevie Gerrard GOT NICKED and CHARGED for affray and assault.


Oh Happy Days!!

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Where Is Santa?

Wherever you are in the World, unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere or Russia(cos Santa has been), - check out Santa' progress throughout the World this Xmas Eve.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas Everyone




And may your team do the 'biz' over this festive holiday!!!

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Deja Vu or Nearly?!?!




About this time last year I went to the works do at a local hotel and low and behold my mates beloved Latics were staying in the same hotel as the party was being held in.


They were in 'town to play Millwall at The New Den on Saturday afternoon.


Cough cough Oldham won 2-0 (I think).


Anyway my works held the same Christmas party do this Friday gone and this time League One's Crewe Alexandra were staying in the same hotel - and guess who they were playing?


Yep Millwall. Millwall flying at the top of League One and Crewe down at the bottom.


Result 0-0


Just thought I would mention it. Also have to mention that a lot of the Crewe boys went off to Bluewater for a bit of shopping and got back between 9.30pm and 10.00pm on the eve of a match!!


Promise I wasn't spying really. Just ask the footlocker boys and girls.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Marlon King - Who Is He?

Travels down from Hull to London after their game last Saturday, gets in a club and gets done for assaulting a female.

£13,000 per week average Joe footballer thinks he can do what he likes.

I am big and bold and a professional footballer, yeah so what - you spent 4 hours getting to London. Wanna badge or a medal?

Where did you end up? In a cell for the night!!

For the full story, click here

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

A Close Call

Sneaky pics from Chelsea v Cluj (pre-match), Tuesday night in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.

Monday, 8 December 2008

£30m or BUST!!!




Any other result than a win will see Chelsea crash out of the Champions League group stage for the first time in six years of Chelsea competing in the competition.


Only on one other occasion have Chelsea failed to reach the semi-final of the Champions League and tomorrow night's game against Cluj at Stamford Bridge could see Chelsea finish third in Group A and have to play UEFA Cup football.


Will Cluj put the bite into Chelsea and cost Chelsea up to £30m in lost Champions League revenue by doing so?

Friday, 5 December 2008

Oh Dear David




This howler from David James ended Portsmouth's UEFA Cup journey against Wolfsburg in Germany last night.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Burnley 3-0 London




So Burnley, riding high in the Championship, put Arsenal to the sword in the Carling Cup tonight at Turf Moor, beating Arsenal 2-0.


Gone before the Turf 'Moorers,' were Fulham and Chelsea.


Anybody wanna back against them reaching the Carling Cup final?


In the second of the four quarter-finals this evening, Derby beat Stoke 1-0 with a really late late penalty - 95th minute to be precise.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Steven Gerrard - The Best Midfielder in England?



From tonight's game at Anfield versus West Ham which ended 0-0, Gerrard expressed the desire to change his boots to Nike Air.



Check it out and have a chuckle



I know I did when I saw it.

FA Cup 2nd Round - Weekend Shocks



What a weekend of FA Cup football.


Barrow started it all off beating Brentford on Friday night 2-1.


Blyth Spartans got a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth


Eastwood Town beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-0


Forest Green beat Rochdale 2-0


Histon beat Leeds United 1-0


Kettering got a 1-1 draw at Notts County.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Awww Poor William Gallas



Obviously the sales of his autobiography aren't going too well.


William Gallas has again lashed out at Chelsea over his departure to Arsenal two years, calling Chelsea 'liars.'


Only a week after being stipped of his Arsenal captaincy and two days before Arsenal travel to Chelsea (surprise, surprise) you would have thought 'cry-baby' Gallas would have kept his big mouth shut.


Obviously not!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Tuesday Night Football LIVE



Check out Nicola with her progress on I'm a Celebrity!


There is a lot of football going on tonight. Champions League, Championship, League One and League Two.


Keep up-to-date with all the night's action in the comments section from 7.45pm (UK time).

Monday, 24 November 2008

Finally Falmer




Finally work on Brighton & Hove Albion's new stadium at Falmer gets underway on 17th December, eight days before Christmas Day.


The Albion have been residing at The Withdean Stadium for god knows how long after moving out of the Goldstone Ground in Hove, many many many years ago.


Finally the club that had 'skint' on their shirts may one day have 'rich' emblazoned on them instead.


The new stadium is due to open for Brighton's first game at the start of the 2010/11 season.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Strange Day Indeed!



What a strange day in the Premiership for the top four.


Chelsea drew 0-0 with Newcastle


Liverpool drew 0-0 with Fulham


Man Utd drew 0-0 with Aston Villa


and the Gooners/Woolwich, lost at Man City 3-0



Now Aston Villa are in the top four and Woolwich are fifth LOL LOL


The Real Latics won at Southend 2-1, their 2nd away League win within a week. Last weekend they won 1-0 at Northampton. The Real Latics are still in the League One promotion shake-up.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Jose v Claudio




Its Jose v Claudio in the San Siro on Saturday as Inter Milan take on Juventus.


Its the first time that the two ex-Chelsea managers have met against each other and there is no love lost between the two, although I am sure that there will 'be some love' between the two when the cameras are switched on.


We all know about Jose's achievements in his time at Chelsea but just take a look a the vid when Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Champions League at 'Crybury,' and check out the emotion of the man that was called 'The Tinkerman.'


Thursday, 20 November 2008

Well Did Yer?



As the England game was on 'normal' TV last night - did you bother to watch it?

I know it was only friendly and to be honest a needless and meaningless game to boot, but didn't the 'reserves' do well?

I always treat every England game with contempt, after all they DO flatter to deceive, but I did enjoy last nights action.

Fair play to Captain John Terry - admitting the mistake that led to Germany's equaliser - then goes up the other end and heads the winner.

More of the same JT please starting against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Even Highly Paid Professional Footballers 'DO' Normal




'Twas the weekend of Rio Ferdinand's 30th birthday. Rio was in London as Man Utd were playing Arsenal. His family organised a birthday party for him after the game.


Man Utd lost, so what did Rio do?


On his way over to East London, Rio spotted a pub and asked his driver to stop. His driver said "I can't let you go in there."


Even though Rio was wearing his Man Utd tracksuit, Rio replied "Nah, just drop me off."


The driver did as he was told and Rio then said, "When I walked into the pub I could see people saying to themselves, what is he doing here?"


Rio then explained that he had a couple of pints, three packets of crisps and sat in the corner watching the results on TV. He added, "Players do do normal things."


I wonder what time he turned up at his own party!


The bit that tickled me most about this story was Rio had three packets of crisps - hope they were weightwatchers!

Monday, 17 November 2008

Meanwhile Back in Burnley




Check out the video above and spend the next five minutes or so in your chair, speakers up to the max and enjoy the agony of a 64 year old Burnley fan listening to the penalty shoot-out, on his radio, in the kitchen, in the Carling Cup at Chelsea last Wednesday night.


The footage was taken by the man's son covertly, and the footage covers the agony and the ecstasy of being a 'home in your kitchen' football fan. I am sure that this gent and his son will get 'free' tickets for every Burnley home game in the future.


For the full story, click here.

A WAG in the Jungle




Carly Zucker, the girlfriend of Chelsea and England's Joe Cole is in the Jungle.


You can keep up with Carly's progress, here

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Irish By Birth, Ireland By Nature




You know all the Irish jokes, but why would you want to have you head screwed on the wrong way up?


Man City's Stephen Ireland DOES have his head screwed on, cos he scored twice for Man City this afternoon in their draw at Premiership newcomers, Hull City.


Perhaps City's £32m man, Robinho should follow Ireland's example.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Bad Week for Football

Firstly it's been a bad week if your team has been beaten.


Secondly, David Norris of Ipswich Town for his 'handcuff' celebration after he scored against Blackpool.


Thirdly, Chris Morgan's elbow on Barnsley's Ian Hume which left Hume with a fractured skull.


Lastly, the coin throwing incident at Stamford Bridge when Drogba threw a coin back into the Burnley fans - sincerley hope no one was hurt - Burnley have today announced they will track down the Burnley coin-thrower.


What a bad week


Wonder what will happen tonight at Tranmere when Rovers take on Accrington Stanley, FA Cup 1st Round replay?

Friday, 7 November 2008

I Love the FA Cup





I love the thought of the David's taking on the Goliath's and the David's ripping those blonde locks out of Goliath's head.


When I was a kid I grew up loving FA Cup Final day, regardless of who was playing.


Me and my mates use to rotate our houses every year (for years) to gather round and watch the final.


There were some great finals, there were rubbish finals.


We use to have crisps, peanuts, sandwiches, hot-dogs, burgers and coke (before we were old enough to drink) and it used to be a 'real' football party.


Mates, football and FA CUP Final day.


The magic of the FA CUP has not left me since those times. I just love the FA Cup.


Year after year you are guaranteed shocks and surprises.


Take last year's competition for example - who would have thought that Havant & Waterlooville would go to mighty Liverpool and take the lead TWICE - 1-0 and 2-1?


Who would have thought Barnsley would go to Liverpool and win?


Who would have thought Barnsley would have beaten Chelsea and get to the semi-finals of the greatest Cup competition in the World?


I JUST LOVE THE FA CUP

UEFA CUP 3-0 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE



Not a Champions League winner this week amongst the English challengers: Chelsea dismally lost, Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool all drew.


In the UEFA Cup however (amongst the flares and fog of White Hart Lane, see above) Tottenham beat Zagreb 4-0, Man City beat Twente Enschede 3-2 and Aston Villa beat Slavia Prague 1-0.


This weekend the best domestic Cup Competition in the World kicks-off - THE FA CUP - It's the first round proper and the first game of the 1st Round is between Leeds United and Northampton at Elland Road, kick-off 7.45pm.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Gerrard a 'Cheat' as well as a 'Hypocrite'




Check out the video above which shows the recent 'dives' of Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and read the quotes from his autobiography (the dive against Atletico is not included) but what is interesting are the words from the gob of Gerrard.


Cheat or hypocrite - OR BOTH?


Incidentially the referee from Tuesday's game at Anfield has admitted he made a mistake. Martin Hansson from Sweden said "From my angle, I am not convinced that it is a penalty but according to UEFA rules I'm not allowed to make any comment on specific match incidents."

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Champions League.......




HAVING A LARF



Well Roma had a laugh over Chelsea, Liverpool (lucky bar stewards) had a laugh over Atletico Madrid and Famagusta had a laugh over Jose's Inter.


Let's hope Celtic and Fenerbache can 'do' one's over ManUre and Goonerville respectively tonight.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Rory Delap Who Is He?



Who the hell is Rory Delap? Oh yeah the Stoke City footballer who has got the long throw and whose long throws helped to beat Arsenal on Saturday, 2-1.


Now take a look at the video above from 1970 - Chelsea v Leeds, FA Cup Final replay at Old Trafford to be precise - and at about 2:34 in, watch the long throw which brought about Chelsea's winner scored by David Webb.


The Late Ian Hutchinson, the originator and the King of the long throws - RIP.


Rory Delap, eat your heart out son.

Cheesey Money Money Money Man City



Man City, the richest club in the World, cannot buy an away win in the Premiership apart from their one and only win at Sunderland when they won 3-0. Since then City have lost at Villa 4-2, Bolton (yesterday) 2-0, Middlesboro 2-0, drew in Toon Land 2-2 and lost at Wigan 2-1.


Does Robinho really understand and know where he is?


Will the Arab owners put up with it anymore - after all they did say they wanted Champions League football next season. At this rate, they will be lucky to get UEFA Cup football!!


So have a cheesey 'Money, Money, Money' singalong with the cast of Mamma Mia


MONEY
MONEY
MONEY

Saturday, 1 November 2008

What a Week in Norf London





A week ago 'one day' Ramos (Juande) was Tottenham's manager. In the space of an hour he gets sacked along with Comolli, Poyet and the rest of Tottenham's backroom staff, then Tottenham announce they have paid Portsmouth £5m for the services of Harry Redknapp.

Harry's first game - Tottenham beat Bolton 2-0

Harry's 2nd game - Tottenham travel down the road to Arsenal and draw 4-4, after being 1-0 up, level 1-1, 2-1 down, 3-1 down, 3-2 down, 4-2 down, 4-3 down till those famous last seconds when Aaron Lennon equalises at the end where most of Tottingham's fans had left.

Oh how gutted must you be!!! Paid all that money and missed the comeback of the season (so far)!!!!

On Friday, Goonerville is up in arms. Wenger says this, Adebayor says that, Clichy reduced to tears and Arsenal captain, William Gallas rules himself out of the Stoke game - 'hamstring injury' apparently - the bloke is such a prima donna!! Remember the Birmingham incident last season?

Roll onto Saturday

Arsenal lose at Stoke 2-1
Hull almost embarrass Man Utd but lose 4-3
Tottingham beat Liverpool 2-1

Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-0 and ARE back at the top of the Premiership - with a goal difference of +23.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

The REAL LATICS Get Back to Winning Ways



The REAL LATICS got back to winning ways at Boundary Park tonight by beating League One leaders Scunthorpe United 3-0.


Lewis Alessandra (pictured above) scored a hat-trick.


This important win moves the REAL LATICS back into fourth place in League One.

WELCOME TO HELL

Was the message that Arsene Wenger gave to Tony Adams after Adams was appointed Portsmouth manager this afternoon.

Monday, 27 October 2008

The Unbeaten League Run is at an END

Let's celebrate with Kool and the Gang, and admire the results below of Chelsea's home League unbeaten record which came to an end against Liverpool on Sunday.

This unique record started back in 2004. So CELEBRATE!!!

2003/04

Sat Mar 20 Fulham 2-1
Sat Mar 27 Wolves 5-2
Sat Apr 10 Middlesbrough 0-0
Sat Apr 17 Everton 0-0
Sat May 1 Southampton 4-0
Sat May 15 Leeds 1-0


2004/05

Sun Aug 15 Man Utd 1-0
Sat Aug 28 Southampton 2-1
Sun Sep 19 Tottenham 0-0
Sun Oct 3 Liverpool 1-0
Sat Oct 23 Blackburn 4-0
Sat Nov 6 Everton 1-0
Sat Nov 20 Bolton 2-2
Sat Dec 4 Newcastle 4-0
Sat Dec 18 Norwich 4-0
Sat Dec 26 Aston Villa 1-0
Tue Jan 4 Middlesbrough 2-0
Sat Jan 22 Portsmouth 3-0
Sun Feb 6 Man City 0-0
Tue Mar 15 West Brom 1-0
Sat Mar 19 Crystal Palace 4-1
Sat Apr 9 Birmingham 1-1
Wed Apr 20 Arsenal 0-0
Sat Apr 23 Fulham 3-1
Sat May 7 Charlton 1-0

CHAMPIONS


2005/06


Sun Aug 21 Arsenal 1-0
Wed Aug 24 West Brom 4-0
Sat Sep 10 Sunderland 2-0
Sat Sep 24 Aston Villa 2-1
Sat Oct 15 Bolton 5-1
Sat Oct 29 Blackburn 4-2
Sat Nov 19 Newcastle 3-0
Sat Dec 3 Middlesbrough 1-0
Sat Dec 10 Wigan 1-0
Mon Dec 26 Fulham 3-2
Sat Dec 31 Birmingham 2-0
Sun Jan 22 Charlton 1-1
Sun Feb 5 Liverpool 2-0
Sat Feb 25 Portsmouth 2-0
Sat Mar 11 Tottenham 2-1
Sat Mar 25 Man City 2-0
Sun Apr 9 West Ham 4-1
Mon Apr 17 Everton 3-0
Sat Apr 29 Man Utd 3-0

CHAMPIONS


2006/07


Sun Aug 20 Man City 3-0
Sat Sep 9 Charlton 2-1
Sun Sep 17 Liverpool 1-0
Sat Sep 30 Aston Villa 1-1
Sat Oct 21 Portsmouth 2-1
Sat Nov 11 Watford 4-0
Sat Nov 18 West Ham 1-0
Sun Dec 10 Arsenal 1-1
Wed Dec 13 Newcastle 1-0
Tues Dec 26 Reading 2-2
Sat Dec 30 Fulham 2-2
Sat Jan 13 Wigan 4-0
Wed Jan 31 Blackburn 3-0
Sat Feb 10 Middlesbrough 3-0
Sat Mar 17 Sheffield Utd 3-0
Sat Apr 7 Tottenham 1-0
Sat Apr 28 Bolton 2-2
Wed May 9 Man Utd 0-0
Sun May 13 Everton 1-1

2007/08


Sun Aug 12 Birmingham 3-2
Sat Aug 25 Portsmouth 1-0
Sat Sep 15 Blackburn 0-0
Sat Sep 29 Fulham 0-0
Sat Oct 27 Man City 6-0
Sun Nov 11 Everton 1-1
Sat Dec 1 West Ham 1-0
Sat Dec 8 Sunderland 2-0
Wed Dec 26 Aston Villa 4-4
Sat Dec 29 Newcastle 2-1
Sat Jan 12 Tottenham 2-0
Wed Jan 30 Reading 1-0
Sun Feb 10 Liverpool 0-0
Wed Mar 12 Derby 6-1
Sun Mar 23 Arsenal 2-1
Sun Mar 30 Middlesbrough 1-0
Mon Apr 14 Wigan 1-1
Sat Apr 26 Man Utd 2-1
Sun May 11 Bolton 1-1

2008/09


Sun Aug 17 Portsmouth 4-0
Sun Aug 31 Tottenham 1-1
Sun Sep 21 Man Utd 1-1
Sun Oct 5 Aston Villa 2-0


For the record out of the 86 games, Chelsea won 62, drew 24 - scoring 175 goals and conceding 44.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

CONFIRMED

Harry Redknapp is the new Tottenham manager.


Redknapp will be at White Hart Lane, when Tottenham play Bolton Wanderers.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

BREAKING NEWS

Announced in the last ten minutes


Spurs have sacked Juande Ramos and Gus Poyet with immediate effect.


Clive Allen and Youth team coach Alex Inglethorpe take charge for the game on Sunday against Bolton.

Bad Few Days On The Road




The REAL LATICS have suffered in the West Country over the last few days.

On Tuesday night they travelled to play Bristol Rovers and lost 2-0 and today they were back in the West Country, well Wiltshire more like, and got beat by Swindon Town, again by the same score, 2-0.


Two defeats in a short space of time have seen The REAL LATICS drop from 2nd in League One to seventh.

Friday, 24 October 2008

I REALLY Hate Liverpool

And I can't wait until Sunday!!

Here are a few tasters of what you could expect on Sunday:

FA Cup 1982 Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool

Chelsea scorers:

Peter Rhoades-Brown
Colin Lee


FA Cup 1997 Chelsea 4-2 Liverpool

Scorers:

Hughes
Zola
Vialli (2)


Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool

Scorers:

Drogba (2)
Lampard pen


Premier League 2006 Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

Scorer:

Drogba



Then There Was The Chelsea Mascot!!


Nice One Son!!!


Now thats done, the game might end up as a boring 0-0 draw.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Beckham to Join AC Milan



East End boy made good, David Beckham, joins Serie A's AC Milan in January according to AC's Vice-President Adriano Galliani.


"The player (Beckham) will train with us and in January he will sign with us until the end of the season.


"He will be available for coach Carlo Ancelotti for both the domestic competition and the UEFA Cup.


"It's not just a marketing operation but a great acquisition."


AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has given the blessing for the former Manchester United star to arrive to the San Siro because Beckham's arrival means there would be more competition for places in the squad.


"For me there are no problems," he said. "The players that will go on the bench will have problems."


Beckham is able to 'transfer' to another club as the MLS season ends on Sunday.


Beckham needs at least to be training, so he can still be part of Englands World Cup plans under coach Fabio Capello.

Goals, Goals and More Goals



On Tuesday night, all over and Europe and the UK it rained goals, goals and more goals!!

In the Champions League, Arsenal went to Turkey and beat Fenerbache 5-2, in Spain Villarreal beat Aalborg 6-3, Lyon went to Bucharest and won 5-3, Man Utd beat Celtic 3-0 and Bayern Munich beat Fiorentina 3-0.

Back to the UK and in the Championship, Norwich beat Wolves 5-2. There was a five goal thriller as Blackpool beat Derby 3-2, Burnley travelled to Coventry and won 3-1.

In League One, Hartlepool beat Huddersfield 5-3, Yeovil beat Crewe 3-2 and for the record, The Real Latics lost 2-0 at Bristol Rovers.

In League Two, Rochdale beat Chester 6-1.

More of the same tonight please?

Monday, 20 October 2008

Sick 'Joke' Badly Backfires



Andy Goldstein (ex of Soccer AM fame) now working for Talksport Radio announced on Saturday that his co-presenter Jason Cundy ex Chelsea, Tottenham, Ipswich Town had 'passed away.'


The sick gaffe was made because Jason was unable to work.


No sooner the announcement had been made, Jason's wife Lizzie started to receive text messages and Chelsea fans began to lay flowers at Stamford Bridge.


Hopefully Goldstein's CV should read - ex Soccer AM, ex Talksport Radio.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Lets All Laugh At Tottenham

Juande Ramos should be re-christened 'One Day.' Cos 'One Day' Tottenham might win a Premiership game.

Have a laugh on me with Manfred Mann.

Also this bloke (a Tottenham Fan) has got the right idea.

Follow the fortunes of The Glory Hunter here.

Monday, 13 October 2008

The Real Latics - An Update



The REAL Latics returned to winning ways yesterday at Boundary Park with a 4-0 trouncing of Hereford United.

It was the REAL Latics first win in four and they are now third in League One.

Next week they face The Foxes of Leicester City at Boundary Park in a top of the table clash.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Thank You for Your Support....




The only thing that is missing is YOUR comments.

I know the traffic is about, say something don't be shy.

Tell me what you want covered in the World of Football, you help me I can find it for you and get this blog one of the 'best' blogs on the net.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Is This The Worst Miss Ever?



Chris Iwelumo on as a sub for Scotland v Norway this afternoon, making his debut.

Wishing the ground would open up and swallow him after this miss, moments after coming on.

At least England won 5-1 LOL.

Flying the Flag



England, Scotland, Wales and N Ireland are all in action today - WC 2010 qualifiers.


Last night England's U21 beat Wales U21 3-2 at Cardiff's Ninian Park to take a first leg lead, in the play-off to qualify for the U21 European Championships.


The 2nd leg is next Tuesday at Villa Park, home of Aston Villa.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Johnstones Paint Trophy

Who would of thought that a mere competition like the Johnstones Paint Trophy would create such a scoreline?


Consider this before the 7pm kick off at Adams Park last night. Wycombe top of League Two in action against Shrewsbury Town, third in League Two.


Crowd of 1700 plus, including 190 die-hards who travelled down from New Meadow.


Final Score


WYCOMBE 0-7 SHREWSBURY TOWN


Hero of the night:


Grant Holt who scored FIVE goals


If any reader knows a link to the video of this match (cos there has to be one), please post it in the comments section.

Thanks

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

UEFA Cup Draw



The draw for the Group stages of the UEFA Cup has just been made in Nyon, Switzerland.


GROUP A: Schalke 04, Paris SG, Man City, Racing Santander, FC Twente


GROUP B: Benfica, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Hertha Berlin, Metalist Kharkiv


GROUP C: Sevilla, VfB Stuttgart, Sampdoria, Partizan Belgrade, Standard Liege


GROUP D: Tottenham, Spartak Moscow, Udinese, Dinamo Zagreb, NEC Nijmegen


GROUP E: AC Milan, Heerenveen, SC Braga, Portsmouth, VfL Wolfsburg


GROUP F: Hamburg, Ajax, Slavia Prague, Aston Villa, MSK Zilina


GROUP G: Valencia, Club Brugge, Rosenborg, FC Copenhagen, Saint-Etienne


GROUP H: CSKA Moscow, Deportivo La Coruna, Feyenoord, Nancy, Lech Poznan

Monday, 6 October 2008

Credit Crunch..... What Credit Crunch?



The FA have reported that England's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday is SOLD OUT.

It's now another 'boring' two weeks without the Premiership, just when everything is starting to take shape.

The Premiership returns on Saturday 18th October.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

LIVE Football on TV

I received an email a few weeks ago asking me to review a site which is dedicated to providing THE most up-to-date listing of EVERY single football being shown on UK television.

These games do not just include the Premiership or the Champions League, this list includes the major European Leagues - Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, and action from Portugal.

There is International football, Welsh, Scottish and Irish listings plus non-league and Women's football.

The listings go as far to show ALL games that feature Reserve football and Youth team football, notably Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool.

The site is simple to navigate - its not in your face. There is hardly any advertising and there are no blind links or annoying pop-ups.

Every game is listed on one page, but every category of football has its own section, click any header and you will be able to see at-a-glance TV listings for your favourite team or teams in whatever competition your team is taking part.

The listings on the front page start from today and run all the way through until Wednesday 14th October 2009. As when TV coverage changes, the list is updated as quick as it is possible.

For those of you on the move, I suggest you take a look at the site and bookmark the site into your favourites and lead yourself into footballing heaven.

Remember Live Football on TV.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Champions League Matchday 2 Night 2



Chelsea travel to Dracula country - yep Translyvania - to FCR Cluj who caused the upset of matchday one by beating Roma on their home turf.

Yikes - Cloves and crosses out boys!!!

Liverpool play PSV

Last night, Goonerville trounced Porto, the Ure beat Aalborg and Celtic lost away to Villarreal. The surprise of last night was Bate home draw with Juventus, 2-2

Let's hope for the sake of English football, Chelsea don't fall foul of the occult!!

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Tonight's Action



Its matchday two, night one in the Champions League later this evening.

Arsenal and Man Utd are in action.

Plus there is a full programme of matches in the Championship.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Newcastle Utd Turmoil Continues....




After getting dumped out of the Carling Cup by Tottenham in midweek, Newcastle got beat 2-1 by Blackburn at St James' Park yesterday afternoon.


It was 'interim' manager Joe Kinnear's first game in charge and the laughable aspect of his first game in charge was that he had to watch it from the stands as he has to serve a two-match touchline ban!!


Oh how things are going from bad to worse for the 'Toon.'

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Tuesday Night LIVE - Football Special



Tonight is the first of two Carling Cup 3rd Round nights. In action tonight are Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool, West Ham plus there is the tasty South Wales encounter between Swansea and Cardiff City - trust me they HATE each other.

LIVE Scores will be in the comments section from 7.45pm (UK time), so bookmark and come back.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

This Game Wasn't A Derby.... Was it?





Well it was hardly a 'derby' was it?
If you were in Scotland today, right up North near Inverness on the Firth of Moray, did you take a trip to Elgin City FC and their game against Albion Rovers in the Third Division of the Scottish League?


Cos if you did you would have had your money's worth and a rite rollicking afternoon's entertainment - well according to the purists, football should be about entertainment - if you didn't, then you missed a treat, just like me, as for entertainment, isn't football a results business?


This game had everything: Goals, bookings and sending offs!!!


Here's a timetable of events from the first whistle to the last - Remember Elgin City are the home team:


Elgin 0-1 Albion (Watt 7 mins)


Booking Rovers' Benton 12 mins


Booking City's Gilbert on 21 mins


Booking City's Nicolson on 23 mins


Elgin 0-2 Albion (Barr 30 mins)


Sending Off City's Niven on 35 mins


Booking City's Campbell on 40 mins


Elgin 0-3 Albion (Barr 50 mins)


Elgin 0-4 Albion (Watt 56 mins)


Sending off City's Campbell on 58 mins


Sending off City's Gilbert on 65 mins


Booking City's Shallicker 67 mins


Booking Rovers' Harris 70 mins


Elgin 0-5 Rovers (Barr 83 mins)


Elgin 1-5 Rovers (Shallicker 88 mins)


Elgin 1-6 Rovers (Watt 90 mins)


Amongst that lot did you notice that Albion's Barr scored a hat-trick?


As I say, this game was hardly a 'derby.'


I Wonder why this game 'kicked-off,' let me get my Inspector Clouseau hat on and I will try to find out why.

LA LA ZOLA





West Ham's new manager and assistant both Chelsea legends, Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke got off to a winning start this afternoon at Upton Park when they beat beleagured and under-seige Newcastle Utd 3-1.


Franco and Clarkey got one over Wisey. Wonder if they are sharing a glass of wine at this moment and regalling the 'good old days?'

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Sir Alex and His Hairdryer


OLD RED NOSE STRIKES AGAIN AND THE TWO ABOVE ARE MUCH PRETTIER
Seriously does having SIR before your name give you carte blanche to berate everybody that makes a decision that first was wrong and then the wrong was made right.
Case in example - John Terry's sending-off against Man City on Saturday night. Never a sending off in a million years, but Mark Halsey made his decision and stood by it.
Yesterday the authorities overturned Halsey's decision and Terry's red card was rescinded - Halsey's reward, a one game demotion to League Two this weekend.
Old Red Nose's response was to berate Keith Hackett who told Halsey to change his mind. Sir Red Nose said, "From what I heard, Keith Hackett has told the referee to rescind the red card and he wouldn't do it.

"If it had been a Man Utd player, Keith Hackett wouldn't have done this."
Could Red Nose's remarks have something to do with Man Utd's visit to Stamford Bridge this weekend and now Red Nose HAS to plan his team around the central defensive partnership of Terry and Carvalho?
At the time of writing Utd are 0-0 against Villareal in the Champions League with about 20 minutes to go.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Tuesday Night's Results

RESULTS
Champions League
Chelsea 4-0 Bordeaux
Marseille 1-2 Liverpool
AS Roma 1-2 Cluj
Barcelona 3-1 Sporting Lisbon
Panathainikos 0-2 Inter Milan
PSV 0-3 A Madrid
W Bremen 0-0 Anorthosis
Basel 1-2 S Dontesk
Championship
Reading 6-0 Sheff Wed
Burnley 2-0 Blackpool
Bristol City 1-2 Birmingham
Wolves 2-1 C Palace
Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff
Sheff Utd 1-1 Coventry
Doncaster 0-1 Charlton
Swansea 1-1 Derby County
Watford 1-2 Plymouth
Preston 2-1 Nottm Forest
LEAGUE ONE
Stockport 1-1 Northampton
Cheltenham 2-1 Bristol Rovers

Day 1 of the First Round of Group Games


The Champions League kicks off this evening as the route to Rome starts in earnest. Chelsea are at home to Bordeaux and Liverpool are in Marseille.
There is also League action this evening, so comeback later and see how the results pan out.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

The Real Latics v MK Dons





The Real Latics continued their fine start to the season with a 2-0 win over Roberto Di Matteo's MK Dons.



The above video is thanks to a MK Dons fans who made the journey to Boundary Park yesterday.



The Real Latics top League One with 16 points from 6 games. Carlisle Utd are second with 13 points.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

LIVE Football Scores from 3pm (UK Time)



LIVE Scores in the comments section from 3pm (UK Time) this afternoon.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Its September............


...............Which means the Champions League kicks-off again. Have you got over the memory of last season's Champions League final yet?
Next week the first round of Champions League group games kick off, but first after the International break, there is a full programme of Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two games to cover and THERE will be LIVE scores in the comments section from 3pm Saturday (UK Time).

Thursday, 11 September 2008

WC 2010 Qualifiers Over... For at least a Month.


Well the first rounds of games of qualifying for South Africa in 2010 are over (Thank God for that) and normal regular football returns for at least four weeks.


How did your country do?


England!! 2 wins out of 2 and six goals scored with only one conceded.


Incidentally I have been approached by a sports website to write reviews for their products and if their offer is as good as it says it is, I get to keep the goods that they send me.

(Must be doing something right then!)

Sunday, 7 September 2008

The REAL Latics Latest





The REAL Latics travelled to Merseyside on Saturday to play Tranmere Rovers to pit their wits against former boss Ronnie Moore, and came away with a 1-0 win.



The goal courtesy of former Rovers player, Reuben Hazell.




The REAL Latics sit top of League One with 13 points from five games.

Shining Stars




I really don't know how the 7,000 plus England fans do it. Travel away to see England play no-hopers Andorra in a World Cup qualifier in Barcelona - perhaps the attraction of a weekend in Barcelona did it.

Its bad enough supporting your club every weekend without expending more energy and emotion on a two-bit, two-bob international team who really haven't done anything since Sir Bobby Robson was in charge.

It took England 46 plus mins to break down a stubborn Andorrian side last night and to me a result, anything less than 5-0 is considered a failure, but England have been a failure for many a year.

Two goals in the space of ten minutes from half-time substitute Joe Cole, who still got told off by England manager Fabio Capello, was one shining star of two.

The second shining star was Theo Walcott of Arsenal. Walcott started his first England game and terrorised the Andorrian defence especially in the first-half.

As for the rest.... pah. The biggest culprits were Stewart Downing of Middlesbrough (what on earth is he doing in an England shirt) and Wayne (The Prodigal Son) Rooney!!!

At least Frank Lampard wasn't booed!!

England have to do alot better if they are to overcome Croatia in Zagreb on Wednesday night.




Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Here Comes The Money!!


First we had Russian money entering the Premiership, then it was the turn of the Yanks followed by Dr Thai and now the Arabs have left the dressing room and entered the playing field.
In a wonderful turbulent day on Monday, the last day of the transfer window and as one Man City fan put it, " We woke up skint and now we are rich," City were taken over by a consortium of Arabs with mega loads of cash to shed.
Shed the cash they did - guzumping Chelsea for the signature of Real Madrid's Robinho for over £32m - a new British transfer record.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Didier Drogba Returns


Didier Drogba made his long awaited return for Chelsea on Monday night. He played 60 minutes in Chelsea Reserves victory away against Arsenal.
Drogba didn't score but he made Chelsea's equaliser and then Chelsea went on to lead 3-1, before Arsenal scored a late consolation goal to make the final score 3-2 to Chelsea.
Drogba looks set to make his return to Chelsea's first team in the Premiership game at Man City on Saturday 13th September.

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Johnstone's Paint Trophy


Now the Premiership has finished its 3rd round of games (Sunday), Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham, Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool and Sunderland 0-3 Man City, the Premiership has closed for two weeks, no sooner had the Premiership started, for qualification games towards 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa.


Of course Man Utd were not in Premiership action this weekend, they were in losing action in Monaco against Zenit St Petersburg for the right to be Super Cup holders which is a trophy that Sir Alex Fergurson HASN'T won.



But before the WC Qualifiers kick-off we have a week of Johnstone's Paint Trophy games. Just check out this video of how much it means to the supporters of MK Dons who won the trophy last season.


Thursday, 28 August 2008

BIG EARS Group Draw


The Group stages of the Champions League were drawn this afternoon in Monaco, 32 teams in eight groups of 4.
For your information Chelsea were seeded no.1 for the draw and the groups are as follows:
GROUP A
Chelsea
AS Roma
Bordeaux
CFR Cluj 1907
GROUP B
Inter Milan
W Bremen
Panathanikos
Famagusta
GROUP C
Barcelona
Sporting Lisbon
FC Basel
Shaktar Donetsk
GROUP D
Liverpool
PSV
Marseille
Atletico Madrid
GROUP E
Man Utd
Villareal
Celtic
Aalborg
GROUP F
Lyon
Bayern Munich
Steaua Bucharest
Fiorentina
GROUP G
Arsenal
Porto
Fenerbache
Kiev
GROUP H
Real Madrid
Juventus
Zenit
BATE

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Carling Cup and Champions League



There were a few shocks in last night's (Tuesday) Carling Cup ties. No fewer than THREE Premiership Clubs were knocked out by lower League oppositon.
Northampton won at Bolton 2-1
Hartlepool beat WBA at home 3-1
Swansea beat Hull City at home 2-1
and surprise, surprise Derby County ACTUALLY won a match!!!
Tonight there are more Carling Cup 2nd Round ties and 2nd leg qualifiers of the Champions League - both Arsenal and Liverpool are in action.