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  1. Scumbag United fans.... Ugly scenes of violence erupted again involving Manchester United fans last night at their away match against Birmingham at St Andrews on Saturday evening. Police said violence erupted before the match, with further clashes at half-time. Seven people were arrested. In October this season at a Carling Cup match between Barnsley and Man United at Oakwell, the Yorkshire club said that Man United fans had been violent and had caused "substantial damage" at the Oakwell stadium. Police in riot gear were pelted with bottles from United fans and catering staff working at the game were trapped inside a food kiosk, having to barricade themselves in a store room when United fans broke in and caused havoc, stealing cash from the tills and throwing food and bottles from the shelves. It was no surprise to read Home Office figures in December 2009 that Man United had more fans arrested for hooliganism last season than any other Premier League club. United fans accounted for 185 of the 1,600 top-flight fans arrested during the 2008-09 season, with Newcastle second on 144 and Everton third on 139. Those three clubs alone - Man United, Everton and Newcastle - accounted for over 29% of top-flight fans arrested last season. Blackburn Rovers came 16th in the 'arrest league' last season, with 31 arrests during the 2008-09 season. Links below: Man United top hooligan arrest league Birmingham and Man United fans clash on Saturday night
  2. A moaning manager moans about another moaning manager.... LINK HERE Personally I'm not a fan of Mr Pulis. I don't like his ugly style of football with Stoke and I was disgusted with his attack on Blackburn Rovers last season when we sacked Paul Ince. Pulis said that it was a disgrace that Ince was given just 17 Premier League games before he was sacked by Rovers. Pulis has been the manager of Stoke on two different occasions and in my eyes he's a hypocrite, because when he took the Stoke job for the first time in 2002, two of the managers that had preceded him at Stoke were Chris Kamara who had been given just 14 games before he was shown the door having gained just one win in 14 games for Stoke and after that Gary Megson who was given five months and 22 games before he was sacked by Stoke. Did Mr Pulis moan and say how disgraceful it was that Megson had been sacked after five months by Stoke's then Icelandic owners who appointed Pulis in 2002? No. He kept his mouth shut and was happy to get his grubby hands on the Stoke job when he was appointed the manager by the owners from Iceland. Pulis was formely the manager of Bristol City and took that job in 1999 taking over from Benny Lennartsson, who had again been given only a short period of time in charge of Bristol City before he was sacked. Did Pulis moan about how disgraceful it was that Lennartsson had been sacked? No. He was happy to get his grubby hands on the Bristol City job. So I think that Pulis should frankly keep his mouth shut about what happens at Blackburn Rovers. The length of time that the inept Paul Ince was given at Ewood Park (too long in my view) had nothing to do with moaning Mr Pulis.
  3. There was an interesting discussion on last Saturday's "Football Focus" with Lee Dixon, Mark Lawrenson and Matt Holland. (Former Ipswich midfielder Holland doesn't conform to the stereotype of a greedy selfish footballer. He comes across as a pleasant amiable chap.) The guys on Football Focus made the point that football dressing rooms can be unforgiving places and if a player told his team-mates "I'm depressed" he would probably be given stick, might be laughed at and told to "Snap out of it" or "Pull yourself together" - not very helpful to those people who are genuinely depressed. It may well have been hard for Robert Enke to have opened up and told his team-mates at German club Hannover that he had been suffering from severe depression for a long time following the tragic death of his two-year-old daughter due to a heart birth defect. Earlier this year Enke and his wife adopted a baby girl, but later Enke became concerned that if the authorities knew the extent of his depression his adopted daughter might be taken away from him. He tried to conceal his acute depression from other people and after he died Germany's general manager Oliver Bierhoff said that Enke's depression had gone unnoticed by his team-mates and officials. In his suicide letter Enke apologised for hiding his depression leading up to his death. Understandably the exact content of his suicide letter has not been published. However one could argue that perhaps the unforgiving machismo culture prevalent in football dressing rooms didn't help Enke's condition. This may also be the same for other depressed people who work in traditionally male-dominated macho working environments, where cruel jibes and stick can often fly about and where compassion for personal difficulties can seem to be in short supply. Enke has been buried next to the grave of his two-year-old daughter, which of course must be heartbreaking for his wife Teresa. In an article in the Daily Mirror below, Stan Collymore reveals that he came close to suicide himself when he was depressed. Stan says that he put a belt round his neck and also went out in his car and threw a rope over a tree, but fortunately didn't go through with the actual act he had in mind. Link below: Collymore reveals he nearly committed suicide
  4. A big round of applause for Sting.... I don't like his scruffy beard and I don't like one of the songs I heard last week on his new album "If On A Winter's Night", but I wholeheartedly agree with Gordon Sumner (aka Sting) on how utterly vile and appalling 'The X Factor' is. In an interview with London's Evening Standard, Sting says: "The X Factor is televised karaoke. It's a preposterous show and you have judges who have no recognisable talent apart from self-promotion, advising them what to wear and how to look. It is appalling. It's a soap opera which has nothing to do with music." Well said Sting - who appears to have recently dyed his grizzly beard from grey to black. A case of massage in a bottle - of hair colour. Link below: Sting attacks appalling X Factor show One of my favourite songs from Sting is "They Dance Alone", about the Chilean women left alone after evil Mr Pinochet [removed - see below] tortured and killed thousands of people. [Removed - Not relevant to this topic and designed at taking it off topic] Video link to the song "They Dance Alone" here
  5. Thank you for your very insightful post and contribution to this thread 'tony gale's mic'. Have you got any further contributions or an analysis of Steve McClaren that you would like to share with us? Is there anything else that you would like to add to the debate? Thank you also for not resorting to a direct personal insult against me. I've noticed recently that you've been guilty of posting an increasing number of personal insults towards board members that you disagree with. To give just a few examples.... One wonders when you become qualified as a doctor 'tony gale's mic' whether you will be dishing out personal insults to your patients? Will you call your patients "idiots", "morons" or "twerps" if they come to see you about a particular medical condition? On this football website however, may I politely suggest to the moderators that they crack down on the increasingly unpleasant personal insults that tony gale's mic in particular appears to enjoy dishing out to other Blackburn Rovers fans. It's unpleasant and it's uncalled for. It also indicates an unwillingness (or an inability) on your part to be able to debate issues in a civilised manner. Please learn some manners young man. It will stand you in good stead in your future career. The purpose of this football website is to exchange different views and opinions. The purpose of the website is not to dish out personal insults to other board members, as you appear to enjoy doing.
  6. "I let down the whole nation" says Steve McClaren. You did indeed Steve, but it's nice of you to belatedly admit in a TV interview that the embarrassing failure to qualify for Euro 2008 was very much the responsibility of yourself as manager. I loathe the way that some managers try to evade their responsibilities and make feeble excuses for their errors and failures. The hapless Steve McClown made a complete balls-up of Euro 2008 qualification, in particular during the vital game at Wembley against Croatia when he was tactically impotent and out of his depth when shielding himself from the rain with an umbrella. For his managerial failure with England though, McClaren received some hefty compensation in the form of a large £2.5 million pay-off from the FA. After Mr McClaren banked the cheque he swiftly buggered off on a long holiday to Barbados, before rather worryingly joining the shortlist for the job of Blackburn Rovers manager in the summer of 2008. Steve McClown was Jim's choice to be Rovers manager, but in the end John Williams turned down McClaren in favour of the inept Paul Ince - a man who makes me more angry than McClaren. Although Steve McClaren was out of his depth as an International manager, he seems to be a reasonably nice man away from football, albeit he does do silly things at times - especially when he gave Dutch TV viewers the special treat of him trying to speak English with a silly Dutch accent when he took over at FC Twente. On the other hand I view Paul Ince with complete disdain. I think he's an odious individual who brought our club to it's knees. He hated Blackburn Rovers as a player and if he had stayed in charge at Ewood Park for much longer I'm sure he would have completely destroyed our club and we would have been relegated. I found Paul Ince's arrogance disgusting and I thought some of his statements were outrageous - such as the time when Ince said: "I'm not worried, because people are expecting us to lose every game from now until the end of the season. Everyone thinks we are going to be relegated, so there's no pressure on us at all." Unlike Paul Ince, Steve McClaren isn't a nasty arrogant individual. It would however be nice if as well as acknowledging that he was a complete failure as England manager, Mr McClaren used some of his £2.5 million pay-off from the FA to give back a bit of ticket money to the supporters who had paid to watch England's humiliating performance at Wembley against Croatia. But let's face it, that's never going to happen in a million years is it? It's one thing for McClaren to acknowledge that he was a failure with England, but it's another thing for him to stick his hand in his back pocket and acknowledge that he didn't deserve such a large two and a half million quid pay-off. Video link below.... McClaren admits: "I let down the whole nation."
  7. Muslim fanatics threaten to kill Mourinho.... 'The Special One' - Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho - has reportedly received death threats on Islamic extremist websites after he questioned his midfielder Sulley Muntari for fasting during Ramadan. Mourinho substitued Muntari early during a match against Bari and afterwards said that he took the action because Muntari was lacking energy during his Ramadan fast. For the duration of a month millions of muslims throughout the world do not eat or drink between dawn and dusk during Ramadan. Islamic fanatics posting on extremist websites have now said that Mourinho should be killed for his "insulting" words about Ramadan. Mohamed Nour Dachan, president of Union Of The Islamic Community in Italy, claims that muslim players are not weakened by fasting. "It can give them an extra edge on the field," he says. Oh yes, there's nothing like starvation to sharpen the mind and quicken the boots is there? I wonder if Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger will be telling their players not to eat or drink anything at all during the day before the 17.15 evening game between Man United and Arsenal on Saturday? I wonder if Carlo Ancelotti will be telling his Chelsea players before their lunchtime game against Burnley on Saturday: "Don't drink any fluids at all. I don't care if it's hot out on the pitch I don't want you drinking any fluids at half-time". I wonder if Sam Allardyce's "scientific" approach to the game will include telling his players not to drink or eat anything either before the West Ham match or during the half-time break? But obviously Mohamed Nour Dachan knows best. He says that Ramadan can give muslim players an extra edge on the field. How dare Jose Mourinho question this. How dare Mourinho question the wisdom of one of his players for refusing to drink fluids on a hot day. Perhaps Mourinho should be instructing all of his players that even if it's over 100 Fahrenheit on the pitch, they must never drink any fluid to quench their thirst. Clearly Mohamed Nour Dachan is barmy, as indeed are the Islamic extremists who now say that Jose Mourinho deserves to be killed for "insulting" Ramadan. Mourinho should be "cut down" according to one Islamic lunatic posting on an extremist website. The link below is admittedly not from the most highbrow of newspapers..... Mourinho receives death threats from muslim fanatics
  8. Disgusting pitch invader carried young boy of about four on his shoulders.... LINK HERE It's reported that terrified children were caught up in the violence outside Upton Park when bricks and bottles were thrown. One witness said: "I brought my kids with me to the match and they saw violence that was indescribable." The fighting apparently lasted more than six hours, from just after 6pm outside the ground till after midnight. As well as a man being stabbed in the chest, another supporter was slashed across the neck. Gary Lucas, the owner of a local cafe in the area, said: "People were walking along with bottles in their hands looking to attack other supporters. I saw two lads on the floor with 40 to 50 people laying into them." Sick barstewards threw bricks and bottles at police horses. What kind of a sick person throws a brick at a horse - or indeed throws a brick at anybody? Link: Fighting like a pack of wild animals
  9. Mourinho upsets the muslims.... It usually doesn't take much for them to get their knickers in a twist. But well done to Jose for not being rigidly politically correct and not being too frightened to speak his mind. The source of muslim anger on this occasion is that Mourinho has dared to question whether it's right for his Ghanaian Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari to undertake fasting during Ramadan. Mouinho made a very early substitution midway through the first half of Inter Milan's match against Bari, taking Muntari off the field, and then angered muslims afterwards by saying that Muntari lacked energy because he had been fasting during Ramadan. Mourinho is only doing his job as manager - for which he is highly paid - and he has the perfect right to be concerned about one of his player's nutrition and energy levels. Nutritionists say that hydration is a major issue in sports and can affect aerobic capacity, strength and power. Another muslim player in Italy, the Algerian Abdelkader Ghezzal, says that he breaks his fast on match days and only observes the fast during his days off, when there are no games or training. If any muslim footballers are fasting throughout the period of Ramadan, including match days, then clearly this would have an adverse effect on a player's energy levels. I remember that there was outrage on this website from one or two of the usual suspects when I happened to mention in a post a few months ago that El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf - to give him his full name - and his former Bolton team-mate Nicholas Anelka were both muslim footballers. But clearly Mr Mourinho thinks that it's a relevant issue in terms of what a player does during Ramadan. I agree with him. I'd be curious to know what exactly does Mr Diouf do during Ramadan and whether he fasts throughout the whole period or just on his days off. Rovers are paying the Senegalese player a lot of money in wages and it would be interesting to know whether he puts his religious beliefs ahead of his energy levels for Blackburn Rovers. Link: Mourinho angers muslims over Ramadan
  10. Disgusting bunch of neanderthals in East London.... Sickening scenes both inside and outside the ground at Upton Park for the Carling Cup game between West Ham and Millwall. A man was stabbed in the chest. Bricks and bottles were reported to have been hurled at police officers and their horses. Police described the violence as "large-scale trouble involving hundreds of fans". Coming just days after the dreadful stabbing in the legs of West Ham defender Calum Davenport, it's sickening that West Ham and Millwall fans should resort to violent attacks at a football ground. I feel sorry in a way for Gianfranco Zola, an amiable Italian gentleman, who must be thinking what the hell is British society coming to when one of his players gets stabbed in the legs and may not be able to play football again and just days later West Ham fans (and Millwall thugs) decide to disgrace themselves with sickening violence at Upton Park. Will the FA get tough and hand out proper punishments to both West Ham and Millwall ? I have my doubts. Although it's not Zola's fault, I really feel that the FA need to make it clear that this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and if that means handing out League Cup bans for West Ham and Millwall then so be it. If this type of violence had happened at a Rovers V Burnley match we would have been crucified. I suspect that when the dust settles, West Ham will continue to be media darlings. They should have been relegated over the Carlos Tevez affair, but with influential people in the media and the FA, like Trevor Brooking, being firm supporters of West Ham, it never seemed likely that the Hammers were going to be suitably punished with relegation for breaking the rules. And now after tonight's disgraceful scenes, with hundreds of fans involved in trouble and with bricks and bottles lining the streets outside Upton Park, I suspect that once again West Ham won't be suitably punished. As for Millwall, they have been getting away with murder for years. Last season in their FA Cup tie against Hull at the KC Stadium, Millwall fans disgraced themselves. If the club continues to be supported by a thuggish bunch of neanderthals who cause chaos whenever they play in a Cup match then it's about time that Millwall were given a Cup competition ban.
  11. Another pair of silly planks at Portsmouth - Marc Wilson attacks team-mate Nugent with a lump of wood. The plank above on the left is Pompey defender Marc Wilson, who together with striker David Nugent on the right have both been fined two weeks' wages by Portsmouth for what the club says is a "serious breach of discipline" on a trip to Portugal. It's reported that former Preston striker Nugent, who scored on his only appearance for England in 2007, was hit across the legs with a lump of wood by his team-mate Wilson after they became involved in a drunken brawl. The pair came to blows at the club's hotel in Portugal after their 4–0 friendly defeat to Benfica. According to The Guardian, Portsmouth manager Paul Hart read the riot act to the pair and immediately sent them home after the incident. We've previously had "The Nutter with the Putter" Craig Bellamy attacking his team mate John Arne Riise with a golf club during a Liverpool trip to Portugal - the Welsh thug launching his attack on Riise in a hotel room after the pair had earlier been involved in a drunken row during a karaoke night. And now we've got another silly plank in Marc Wilson, who decided to attack his team-mate by beating him with a lump of wood. I occasionally read players giving a nauseating justification for their salaries being vastly higher than in years gone by. Such players claim they are "fitter and more professional than before" and so their high salaries are justified. And yet here we have two different players in Bellamy and Wilson, both earning tens of thousands of pounds a week at their clubs who both thought it was acceptable to get drunk and whack their team-mates across the legs. We have louts like Joey Barton getting drunk and punching somebody's lights out in front of McDonald's. How is this being "more professional" than before ? We're the mugs who help to pay the massive wages of these disgusting individuals and often they decide to treat us with contempt. Thick selfish footballers. Link: "Marc Wilson attacks team-mate Nugent with a lump of wood"
  12. Did John Terry stab Mourinho in the back ? I was interested to read claims made by Claude Makelele in his autobiography that John Terry played a leading role in the departure of Jose Mourinho after the pair had a blazing row over Terry's match fitness. Makelele claims that Terry was frustrated at being informed he was to be rested on the bench following a back operation. Terry did not want to be a sub and felt that he needed playing time on the pitch to get his match fitness back, but Mourinho was insistent that Terry needed more time to recover before being put back in the team. In his book called 'Claude Makelele - quite simply', the French midfielder wrote: "I got the news from a phone call from Didier Drogba. 'He'll be sacked tomorrow,' he told me." Makelele said: "I thought Mourinho was practically untouchable - the next morning at training it was chaos. I asked our physical trainer Rui Faria why and he explained a lot of players had complained about Mourinho, notably John Terry." Makelele wrote: "Jose Mourinho had told John that his level of performance was suffering because of his back problems and repeated clearly to Terry that he would be replaced until told otherwise. Mourinho pointed out that the central defence would from now on be Ricardo Carvalho and Alex. War had been declared. For John this was treason." “Mourinho had provoked a clash too far. Had it been me, Ballack or Shevchenko it might have passed but if there is one person who is untouchable at Chelsea then it is John Terry. And Mourinho knew that. When John let his discontent be known to chief executive Peter Kenyon, the owner Roman Abramovich decided to react immediately: the departure of Terry was totally unimaginable, from the point of view of the supporters, the players or the club owners. It was Mourinho who was packing his bags." Terry has dismissed the claims of Makelele and said at the weekend: "It's bizarre that Maka has put this in his book." A statement released through Terry's lawyers read: "It has been claimed that John was in some way involved with the removal of Jose Mourinho as manager. This is categorically untrue and there is no foundation in this allegation." But either Makelele's version of events are true or John Terry's version of events are true. They can't both be right. Clearly one of them isn't being entirely accurate with the truth. The question is - which one? And if Makelele's version of events are not true, what motive does the Frenchman have for telling lies? Link below: "Terry row led to Mourinho's exit," claims Makelele
  13. Lucas digs in his heels and refuses any drop in his £65,000-a-week wages.... LINK HERE This is the guy who previously said how proud he was to wear the same claret and blue shirt as Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking. Lucas said that his move from Rovers to West Ham had nothing to do with money. "It wasn't about cash - that didn't come into it," said Neill after his move to Upton Park in January 2007. (See the link here) If that's the case, as Lucas claimed, that his move to West Ham had nothing to do with money, shouldn't he be only too delighted to sign the new contract on the table from West Ham, a club that he claims to love, on a new deal reported to be worth £48,000-a-week or around £2.5m a year. Considering that Neill previously talked about West Ham in such glowing terms - "They almost blew me away" he said in 2007, why then does Lucas appear to be not so keen now now to extend his stay at Upton Park? Could it possibly be that Mr Neill was telling porkie pies when he said that his move to Upton Park had nothing to do with money? It seems to me that Lucas is the archetypal example of a modern footballer. One minute he expresses his desire to play for his 'boyhood club' Liverpool, telling us that he had posters on his bedroom wall of Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. The next minute he tells us how he would prefer to play for the same club as Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds at Upton Park, and that this move to West Ham had nothing to do with money. Now he's apparently digging his heels in and stubbornly refusing to sign a new contract with the Hammers on reduced wages of £48,000-a-week. I suppose we'll have to wait for his next story if, for example, he signs for Man City - "I've always wanted to play for the same club as Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Rodney Marsh. My move to Manchester City has nothing to do with money." Or perhaps if he signs for Aston Villa: "I've always wanted to play for the same club as Peter Withe, Brian Little and Dennis Mortimer. My move to Aston Villa has nothing to do with money." I suppose that some people will believe Lucas Neill's soothing words of comfort to the fans. Please forgive me if I choose not to....
  14. "Former England cricketer smuggled £140,000 worth of cocaine in fruit and vegetable cans" Chris Lewis, who was born in Guyana and claimed 93 wickets during his England Test career, allegedly smuggled cocaine worth more than £140,000 into the UK, hidden in cans of fruit and vegetable juice. Jurors heard at his trial that he carried the drugs from St Lucia in a cricket bag. When questioned, Lewis said that he was bringing tins of fruit juice back for his mother which he had bought from a shop in St Lucia. LINK HERE
  15. Bendtner goes on a bender and is caught with his trousers down.... The chap pictured above with his jeans around his knees is Arsenal's Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner. Following on from Arsenal's woeful performance on Wednesday night in the Champions League against Man United - some would describe the performance as pants - Mr Bendtner decided to literally expose his pants in the early hours of the morning at a London nightclub. At least he did keep his underpants on and didn't strip any further I suppose, but it was still a rather unedifying sight to see Bendtner having to be escorted by the club's doormen in a calamitous state at 4am. Bendtner - the guy who likes wearing ridiculous pink boots - has had nightclub problems in the past. A year ago he was photographed drinking out of a three-litre vodka bottle at a Copenhagen bar, while last November he was criticised for going on a drinks binge after Denmark had lost 1-0 in a friendly match with Wales. The blonde Dane has apologised for his latest drunken antics this week, blaming his behaviour on being "depressed" by Arsenal's Champions League semi-final defeat. Monsieur Wenger is known to take a dim view of players getting drunk, believing that footballers need to take care of their bodies and so Wenger is unlikely to be impressed with Bendtner's latest indiscretions. In an official statement on the Arsenal website, Bendtner says: "Reaching a Champions League Final is one of my biggest dreams and getting knocked out was a massive blow. However, no matter how disappointed I was, it does not excuse my behaviour later in the evening. I may be young but my actions were a poor error of judgment and something I deeply regret." Despite being photographed with his trousers around his knees, there's no suggestion of any inappropriate sexual behaviour from Mr Bendtner at the nightclub. Link: Bendtner says sorry
  16. Alan Shearer has described Joey Barton's challenge today as "stupid" and says that he is bitterly disappointed with Barton. Shearer says that he told Barton to stay calm this afternoon in the heat of the battle and that Barton has let the club down. Video link to Shearer's interview here
  17. £64,000-a-week train fare dodger Barton is sent off in disgrace again..... Vile disgusting scouse yob Joseph Barton has been sent off again this afternoon - in his first Newcastle match since January. This time Barton has been sent off for a two-footed lunge on Liverpool's Xabi Alonso. Will this repulsive creature ever learn? I remember watching a snivelling interview with Barton a couple of years ago when he was interviewed by Gabby Logan on BBC's 'Inside Sport'. This was after Barton had thrust a lighted cigar into the eye of a teenage lad at Man City. Barton claimed in the TV interview that he was a changed man, that he had learned lessons and that he was now determined to behave himself. Watching the TV interview I was convinced that Barton was a thoroughly obnoxious and arrogant yob who was kidding himself about wanting to change his behaviour and that it was only a matter of time before he got himself into trouble again. I thought that Gabby Logan was quite gullible by appearing to swallow Barton's snivelling excuses and lies. Just as a leopard doesn't change his spots, in the case of Joseph Barton he's such a loathsome arrogant yob that for Gabby to think that he would change his behaviour would be akin to thinking that Oliver Reed could go into a pub and order a glass of orange juice. Since that interview with Gabby a couple of years ago, Barton has since been sentenced to six months imprisonment for common assault and affray after repeatedly punching somebody in the face, whilst drunk outside a McDonald's restaurant in the early hours of the morning. (He served just 77 days of his prison term before being released.) Barton was also given a four month suspended sentence after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm by repeatedly punching his former Man City team-mate Ousmane Dabo on the floor of City's training ground. The incident effectively ended Barton's career at Man City. Shame on you Sam Allardyce for spending £5.8m to take this violent thug to Newcastle. But as Big Sam is happy to spend £2m of Rovers' money on a diving Senegalese cheat who spits in people's faces it's perhaps no surprise that Sam sees nothing wrong with buying a player who gets drunk and punches people's lights out in the early hours of the morning outside McDonald's. I'm afraid that with Big Sam any type of ethics or sense of morality goes completely out of the window. Allardyce would probably be happy to spend money on a dangerous-driving road killer like Lee Hughes or a convicted paedophile like Graham Rix. Allardyce would probably see nothing wrong with picking The Yorkshire Ripper or Osama Bin Laden if he thought they could come up with a goal or two for Rovers. There's no sense of Big Sam ever being put off by somebody's criminality. Joey Barton, reportedly on £64,000-a-week and who has featured in only 9 games for Newcastle this season, was in trouble recently for dodging his £30.60 train fare from London's Kings Cross to Cambridge. I know that some of you will be reading this and thinking that failing to buy a train ticket isn't the worst crime in the world - and it's true that I wouldn't put it in the same category as some of his previous violent offences for which he was convicted - but it's perhaps indicative of Barton's character that he thought he could get away with it. It's been reported that there were a number of posters at Kings Cross station warning people that they must buy a ticket before starting their journey. Barton thought he could get away with doing otherwise. Link: £64,000-a-week Barton didn't pay train fare To paraphrase Kevin Keegan, I would love it, just love it if Newcastle went down this season. The club is rotten to the core from top to bottom, starting with their owner Mike Ashley, who as Dave Whelan recently indicated is a classless arrogant beast who has stripped any remaining dignity from Newcastle United this season. Shame on you Alan Shearer for picking Barton at Anfield today. He let you down badly Alan. Hopefully one day Shearer will learn that you can't rely on a despicable yob like Joey Barton.
  18. "A lack of discipline under Sven and Steve McClaren," says Lampard. Frank Lampard has said that after the laissez-faire Steve McClaren era, the England players needed a strong leader to "put us in line a bit". The sickening WAG culture during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when the wives and girlfriends would totter back on their stilettos to their hotel rooms in the early hours of the morning, appears to now be a thing of the past thankfully under Fabio Capello. It was a distracting sideshow from England's dismal performances in the last World Cup when the likes of Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and the rest of the fame-hungry desperate attention-seeking WAGS would go out shopping and dancing till dawn. As Rio Ferdinand said afterwards: "Players were worrying more about what people were wearing and where they were going, rather than the England football team. We were caught up in the bubble. Walking around the town of Baden-Baden there were paparazzi everywhere and it was like a circus." I'm quite sure that Alf Ramsey wouldn't have put up with such nonsense from the wives and girlfriends. But the players - and perhaps David Beckham in particular - seemed to have too much power under Sven. It was widely reported that Beckham, the England captain at the time, played a big part in persuading Eriksson to allow the WAGS to have a free reign in Germany. It was a culture that was far too lacking in discipline for the players. Sven, the manager at the time, and Steve McClown, the coach, both failed to realise how damaging this lack of discipline and focus was for the players. As well as the WAG circus, Steve McClown made the big mistake of trying to become pals with the players when he was the manager - calling them by their nicknames Wazza (Wayne Rooney) and Stevie G (Gerrard). England were woefully unfit, unprepared and unfocused during the 2006 World Cup tournament. The men responsible for this were Sven the manager and Steve McClown the coach. Indeed England were so unfit that Sebastian Coe later said that he thought England were the most unfit team of any of the major nations at the 2006 World Cup. Admittedly Coe isn't a football expert, but as an Olympic double gold medallist who still holds the UK record for 800m back in 1981, in a time of 1:41.73 which hasn't been beaten in this country since - (in fact Steve Cram is the only British guy to have come within a second of that time) - I feel that Coe's views on fitness do deserve respect. He knows the rigorous preparation that you need to become a winner at the highest level. Eriksson and Steve McClown thought that it was more important to placate the wives and girlfriends rather than get the players fully prepared, focused and fit for a major tournament. Frank Lampard said yesterday: "Capello is exactly what we needed as a manager. We needed someone to put us in line and make us concentrate on what we are doing. Capello has brought in discipline around the place. We needed a very strong manager," said Lampard. Clearly Mr McClown was not a strong manager at all. Two years were wasted and went down the drain with him in charge. A link to Frank Lampard's comments below: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/footbal...rd-1657887.html
  19. Hello Neil, The story was in that well-known bible of Alan Nixon's - The Mirror. I can provide a link to a piece about it in June 2008. Nine months later there's been no indication that Paul Gascoigne has sued or is intending to sue the Mirror for printing something false about him. If Gazza does successfully sue the Mirror for wrongly printing that he paid £320 for a Mars bar then I'll be the first person to come on here and say that the incident didn't happen. But until there's successful legal action from Mr Gascoigne then I'm assuming that the story was correct. Unless of course you think that Mr Nixon's newspaper knowingly prints lies - what a shocking terrible thought Neil. A link below - scroll down the page a bit. You could have course e-mail the editor of the Mirror and ask him to "prove it". LINK
  20. Fabio Capello calls Rooney "a crazy man" "What were you doing punching the corner flag? You're a crazy man," said Capello. When will this wild crazy man learn to curb his temperament and behave himself?
  21. When will he ever grow up and stop acting like a petulant child ? 23-year-old Wayne Rooney isn't a kid anymore in terms of the year when he was born. However he still continues to display the characteristics of a spolit brat and a petulant child who spits his dummy out when things don't go his way. On Saturday at Craven Cottage it was a similar story with Rooney initially refusing to leave the field after he had been sent off, gesticulating and shouting at the referee and then punching the corner flag after he eventually left the field. It's typical behaviour from a stroppy teenager, but at 23, it's about time that Rooney grew up. Wayne's first yellow card was for aggressively pulling a Fulham player back and his second yellow card came after he threw the ball in frustration. On the pitch Rooney resembles a wild untamed bull who is unable to curb his aggressive instincts. At times Rooney reminds me of how Paul Gascoigne behaved in the 1991 FA Cup final when Gazza came onto the Wembley pitch charging around like a madman lunging at people. Both Rooney and Gazza grew up in less than salubrious surroundings in rough working-class areas of Liverpool and Newcastle respectively, but despite growing up in rough neigbourhoods it is no excuse for them to behave like wild animals. Gazza has had well-documented problems with alcoholism, bulimia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Last year the clinical psychologist Oliver James said of Gascoigne: "He's got a weak sense of self-esteem resulting from a poor early infancy. That has meant he isn't very good at forming stable relationships, other than with drunken companions. He lacks a social network and identity and so is just floating around in some horrible state." Despite Gazza's lack of self-esteem and a history of mental illness there was no excuse for him to beat his former wife Sheryl - which Gazza freely admits to having done. Using women as a punchbag, beating them black and blue, is a sign of a coward and a thug not a hero. I can never condone violence towards women even if the perpetrator is mentally ill. Gascoigne is sometimes capable of generous, if at times bizarre behaviour. He once paid £320 for a Mars Bar in a newsagents in his home town of Gateshead, then told the shop owner to spend the change on sweets for local kids. To Gascoigne's credit at least he hasn't completely turned his back on his roots or displayed a contempt for the people he grew up with. I'm afraid with Wayne Rooney that doesn't appear to be the case. When drinking in Manchester clubs, Rooney has reportedly joined in with anti-scouser chants from Man United fans - singing that scousers should be put on a bonfire and burned. This is what Rooney apparently thinks of the people he grew up with - he says that he hates them and he wants to burn them. What a charming man he is. It wasn't just Rooney who displayed arrogance and petulance at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Christina Ronaldo was back to his worst again. The slippery Portugese brat was lucky not to be sent off, which would have meant United being down to eight men. Christina twice had to be warned by referee Phil Dowd for his constant complaining and was booked for a reckless lunge at Danny Murphy in the match. I think in their last game we saw Man United in their true colours - cocky, arrogant, bad-tempered, contemptuous of officials, and becoming a bunch of cry-babies when things don't go their way. The United brats are so used to having success that they can't handle it when things go against them. They have a manager who is a belligerent, catankerous pig - and it seems to rub off on their players. No player at United typifies this appalling arrogant attitude more than Wayne Mark Rooney.
  22. Well I don't want to disappoint you Billy by not commenting on this loathsome creature's arrest.... An £80 fine for being drunk, disorderly and abusive to police. Well £80 is really going to hit this multi-millionaire hard in the pocket isn't it? This is the guy who famously said in his autobiography that he "nearly swerved off the road" in anger at Arsenal's insulting offer of a £55,000 weekly wage. He thought that being offered £220,000 a month or over £2.6m a year was a case of Arsenal taking the p*ss. Like the failed Royal Bank of Scotland boss desperately clinging to his bonuses and £700,000-a-year pension, Cashley Cole is shameless about his greed. He doesn't seem to care if the whole world thinks that he's a selfish greedy git. According to a report I read in the Daily Telegraph, Cashley Cole, John Terry and Michael Mancienne racked up a £1,000 bill on drinks and Japanese steaks at the Collection Bar in South Kensington, before he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at 2.15am. But how the hell is the poor bloke going to be able to pay an £80 fine? He'll probably have to put his Bentley or Lamborghini up for sale. Cashley Cole said in a laughable statement today: "I take very seriously my responsibilities as a professional footballer." Yeah right. He's obviously had that one worded by his agent. Do you think that a guy who broke Premier League rules by secretly meeting with Jose Mourinho and Peter Kenyon, a guy who leaves the club he supposedly loves, Arsenal, for a fatter wage packet and a guy who goes out and gets p*ssed and arrested at 2.15am, abusing the police, is somebody who is "taking very seriously his responsibilities as a professional footballer"? The truth is that Cole is a disgrace to football and he epitomises everything that decent fans loath about the current modern breed of selfish greedy brats.
  23. Hello Colin, I've got another story for you today, which you may or may not be interested in. I like to keep people updated and informed of the alleged misdemeanours of footballers. Just providing a service Colin.... Marlon King charged with sexually assaulting and punching a woman Jamaican striker Marlon King, who is on loan to Middlesbrough from Wigan, is alleged to have sexually assaulted and punched a 20-year old woman in a London nightclub in December. King was on loan to Hull City at the time of the alleged incident. He now plays on loan for Gareth Southgate at the Riverside Stadium, having reportedly upset Hull's manager Phil Brown. The woman received hospital treatment for a broken nose and a split lip. King was charged today and has been released on bail to appear in court on February 25th on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and sexual assault, the Met police said. Link: King charged over sex attack If King is convicted of this offence, I would hope that you'd agree Colin that his behaviour would have been unacceptable. As footballers are on very high wages, which are partly funded through supporters buying expensive tickets, I believe that fans are entitled to get irritated if the behaviour of footballers falls below an acceptable set of standards. I was strongly critical of the likes of Lee Hughes, who killed another passenger and then selfishly ran away from the scene without any regard for the person who was killed or the other passengers who were seriously injured. The judge said that Hughes had "a callous disregard for the victims". In the case of Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick, he killed two young brothers after he had downed beer and was over twice the drink drive limit. The court heard that McCormick had "drove like an idiot" at 90mph. Marlon King hasn't been convicted yet, for a different offence. If King is convicted, then I'll be one of the first to say that he's a selfish scumbag whose behaviour was unacceptable.
  24. Just to reiterate again to any of the Nicko-teen kids who haven't as yet digested the message in red at the top of the screen - please boys and girls don't press the F5 button or to constantly refresh the website. I know that Nicko's posts are interesting - but some of the other posts on Nicko's January Rumour thread - such as: "My Aunty's next-door neighbour's brother in-law's previous partner's cat told me that Rovers are interested in signing a Brazilian striker. Is this true Nicko and by the way Nicko I love you so much and I want to have your babies and live with you forever more," those type of posts come into a different category. For anyone who hasn't yet read the thread about the website's current problems in the "Ask Admin" thread, Gordon posted: Clare replied: I'm sure that any financial contributions would be gratefully received by the Admin. As Paul posted in 2004: QUOTE (Ste B @ Jan 16 2009, 12:18 ) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> We will be working out ways for people to contribute, but are trying to find ways of giving something back.. Ie a bit of webspace or something similar.
  25. RIP to David Vine - a pleasant gentleman and the anchorman at the World Snooker Championships from 1978 to 2000. He also presented Ski Sunday as well as 'A Question of Sport', Match Of The Day and Wimbledon tennis coverage in the 1970s, but is probably best known for being a snooker presenter during the game's 'golden period' of the 1980s. There were a number of characters in the game back then and some memorable matches like the famous 1985 final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis and the compelling 1982 semi-final between Jimmy White and Alex Higgins, which I saw as a boy and is still the best snooker match I've seen, with Higgins coming back from 13-15 down to win 16 frames to 15. 73 is a young age to pass away these days and it's sad news for David's family. Snooker players pay tribute at the link here
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