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  • ‘It can’t be said Wigan was agog . . . one woman was reading a Bagley novel’

    JOHN ROBERTS wrote for the Daily Express, The Guardian, the Daily Mail and The Independent, where he was the tennis correspondent for 20 years. He collaborated with Bill Shankly on the Liverpool manager’s autobiography, ghosted Kevin Keegan’s first book, and has written books on George Best, Manchester United’s Busby Babes (The Team That Wouldn’t Die) and Everton (The Official […]

  • Rochdale eye escape from pre-Watergate accommodation

    By Brian Sears 28 January 2010 Heaven forfend that a humble statistician should put the Heebie-jeebies on any club, but it has occured to us after this midweek’s games that Rochdale are currently sitting at the top of League Two, 11 points above the play-off zone and therefore, one must conclude, be in with a […]

  • Forum: Who will win the three World Cups up for grabs in 2010?

    Sporting Intelligence will host open forums on topical subjects on a regular basis, with contributions welcomed directly via this site, as well as through our pages on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. All contributions will be collated here at the forum, a depository for wisdom. Join in. Please do …. Who will win the three World […]

  • Nine elite Goliaths in fear of Cup room 101

    By Brian Sears 20 January 2010 . Nine top-flight clubs are in danger this weekend of becoming the 101st Premier League giants to be slain in the FA Cup by lower-division opponents. Since the English top flight was revamped in 1992, there have been 100 such “slayings”, with Liverpool the 100th and most recent victims […]

  • Spot the ball park: No2

    16 January 2010 Can you identify the sporting arena? We take an aerial view of a ball park, football stadium, marathon course, golf course, Games venue, race track, iconic arena, athletic theatre (some literally theatres), pitch, park, stretch of water or wherever else sport takes place. And we ask you to identify it with the […]

  • Wenger can aspire to a glorious Spring run-in

    By Brian Sears 15 January 2010 If the second half of this season is as good for Arsenal as the second half of last season, they’ll win the title. That’s the hope that Arsene Wenger will be nurturing into the Spring, and we can paint a statistical scenario where it might just happen. Here’s how […]

  • Murray needs to hurry in the race for Slams

    By Nick Harris 14 January 2010 Andy Murray is 22, and turns 23 in May 2010. If he has aspirations to be a multiple Grand Slam winner, then history suggest he needs to get a move on. Below is a list of the 31 different men who have won men’s Slam singles titles since 1984.  The […]

  • Tevez’s treble shows route to easy street

    . By Brian Sears 14 January 2010 . Manchester City have been purring under Roberto Mancini, and Carlos Tevez was the pussy-cat-in-chief when he scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 thrashing of Blackburn on Monday. Everton will not be relishing the prospect of facing fellow blues in form when they meet this weekend. Tevez’s treble […]

  • Blues boost hopes for promoted trio’s safety

    By Brian Sears 8 January 2009 The statistical omens look exceptionally promising for Birmingham’s survival in the Premier League this season, and they also suggest that all three of the sides promoted last May – Burnley and Wolves being the others – can avoid the drop. No promoted club that has amassed as many as […]

  • ‘Shankly’s strength was his communion with the fans’

    JOHN ROBERTS wrote for the Daily Express, The Guardian, the Daily Mail and The Independent, where he was the tennis correspondent for 20 years. He collaborated with Bill Shankly on the Liverpool manager’s autobiography, ghosted Kevin Keegan’s first book, and has written books on George Best, Manchester United’s Busby Babes (The Team That Wouldn’t Die) […]

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