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    ‘There’s usually an excuse: Maradona, a metatarsal, Tomaszewski’

    Brought to you in association with the UK Concrete Show (“The whole of the concrete industry under one roof!“) . By Martin Kelner 4 July 2016 Those wretched Germans. Not content with going round winning tournaments, getting to semi-finals and so on, they’ve now started subverting our much-loved national stereotypes. I mean, what are European football championships […]

  • Villains and Saints promote youth as Hammers and Fulham help the aged

    By Brian Sears 13 September 2013 If you win nothing with kids then Aston Villa and Southampton will win nothing – but their fans might appreciate they are trying to succeed with promising young players. There’s a huge contrast in the age of Premier League starting line-ups so far this season, from nippers Aston Villa (average […]

  • Tell me why … we think SPOTY proves Britain to be a sophisticated sporting nation?

    * In the latest instalment of a new weekly Monday column, Tell Me Why, the Independent’s brilliant man in the north-west, Ian Herbert, asks, the morning after the SPOTY before, whether Britain truly is a nation of sporting sophistication, or whether it’s a country that simply likes to part of an ‘event’ – any event. SPOTY winners are […]

  • Arsenal, Liverpool and Villa put faith in youth (voluntarily or not)

    By Brian Sears 14 September 2012 Arsenal have the youngest set of players in the Premier League in the 2012-13 season when considering the ages of those starting league games so far. Arsene Wenger has used 14 different starters in the three PL games of the campaign – and their average age is 25.6 years, […]

  • Golden balls-up: the folly of binning Beckham for the Olympics

    By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 2 July 2012 BRITAIN cares so much about the GB Olympic football team that after London 2012 it will be disbanded and will never play again. There has been no GB involvement in Olympic football since Britain failed to qualify for the 1972 Games in […]

  • LIVE: Countdown to the Premier League’s 20,000th goal, scored by…

    By Sportingintelligence 21 December 2011 . This article was regularly updated until the Premier League’s 20,000th goal was scored … BUT IT’S OVER NOW PEOPLE. GO HOME .. 8.56pm. GOAL! And that’s it. Marc Albrighton of Aston Villa (v Arsenal) scored the 20,000th goal in Premier League history. Thank you and goodnight. ** Goes to […]

  • Front page of Sunday Herald, 22 May 2011

    In light of this development (the naming of Ryan Giggs in Parliament and now widely in the mainstream media), here is yesterday’s front page from the Sunday Herald in Scotland. Despite claims the newspaper is not sold in England, it was available in England yesterday (for example on order by news desks at papers, TV […]

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