Archive for the ‘Sport’ Category

Away from Toon

Saturday, September 12, 2009 7:20 27 Comments

So Newcastle have got off to a good start in the Championship: five wins and a draw saw them topping the table by two points over the international break, but with a tough game away to Cardiff coming up tomorrow, there is no guarantee that they will remain there. But at present, they are playing [...]

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Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics

Sunday, August 30, 2009 11:24 19 Comments

There comes a time in any holiday when pick up the obligatory holiday book and rifle through a few pages while you sit by the pool. Well, you do that if you’re not me, anyway. I tend not to read by the pool for one simple reason: you won’t find me by the pool. I’ll [...]

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Goodbye, Sir Bob

Saturday, August 1, 2009 7:20 1 Comment

I’m not using the phrase ‘rest in peace’, because I’m working on the assumption that if there is an afterlife, Bobby won’t be doing any resting: he’ll already be taking training for the Heaven XI and sorting out tactics for the crunch match against Lucifer United. Sir Bobby Robson was born in January 1933, and [...]

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Tooning My Back

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:20 20 Comments

I am a Newcastle United fan. I have been a Newcastle United fan before I was even interested in football: during my childhood I remember a spell where I couldn’t stand football at all, but was still absolutely convinced that if I was going to support a football team, it would be Newcastle, because that’s [...]

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Andyone for Tennis?

Saturday, June 20, 2009 14:12 2 Comments

So, Wimbledon approacheth, and with it the inevitable speculation about how well the latest Great British hope will do in the event. For a good number of years, the hope was pinned on the seemingly perennial quarter-finalist, Tim Henman. Tim is frequently dismissed as ‘not good enough’. This is a bit unfair. Tim managed — [...]

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The Owen Brochure

Monday, June 15, 2009 12:30 19 Comments

Michael Owen, scorer of 200 goals (160 club, 40 country), tormentor of Argentina in the 1998 world cup, signed by Newcastle United only 4 years ago, finds that his stock has fallen somewhat. A man for whom Newcastle paid £17 million four years ago, who Real Madrid signed the year before that — when he [...]

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 7:20 24 Comments

…or “managing England without musical accompaniment”. Fabio Capello is the second non-Englishman to take over as manager of the England football team. Like Sven, his track record was (mostly) established in Italy. Unlike Sven, he has a reputation of being more defensively minded: he came with the impression that the important thing to do in [...]

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Reportage: Enrique Tittle Tattle

Saturday, May 30, 2009 7:20 5 Comments

Newcastle’s Spanish left back, José Enrique, is apparently currently pondering a question which The Clash posed back in 1982… Should I stay or should I go?The Clash It would appear however, that either his mind has changed significantly over the course of only 22 minutes, or that various media sources are speculating and having fun [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Newcastle United, Oddities, Sport

Relegation Trapdoor

Monday, May 25, 2009 7:20 14 Comments

Don’t you open that trap door, you’re a fool if you dare, Stay away from that trap door, cos there’s Barnsley down there. Well, I can’t say I’m surprised. No Alarms and No Surprises (get me outta here) With the exception of the brief aftermath of the Boro game, I’ve been thinking the team were [...]

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BBC Newcastle: What is the point?

Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:36 2 Comments

I subscribe to BBC Newcastle’s twitterstream — @bbcnewcastle — in order to be informed about news and events which are local to me and therefore have some interest or relevance. So when I came across this tweet: BBC Sport NUFC News Newcastle v Fulham: Team news ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match. @bbcnewcastle …I [...]

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