Category: “Football

An ancient city of hatred with romance at its heart

Posted on 22 September 2015 | 8:09am

A guest blog from my son Calum, fellow football fanatic and fellow football romantic. Anyone who has ever driven into Marseille from the North side of town should have an inkling of what the city is all about. Its high rise estates, such as Le Castellane (the biggest council estate in Europe) dominate the Northern […]

Why is it always the sports guys who seem to open my mind?

Posted on 21 June 2015 | 12:06pm

I know some of you might think I am one of those people who always thinks he is right. And to be frank, more often than not I am. But I do have a more open mind than most and I do actually love meeting people who make me think differently. Recently I have met […]

How perceptions change – A night out with Joey Barton, and two happy Frenchmen

Posted on 6 March 2013 | 11:03am

This is a piece I did for the programme for last night’s big match, Manch…., I mean Burnley v Barnsley. Pix on twitter from a while back! So Joey Barton is a total scumbag, is he not? That would I suspect be the view of most football fans and perhaps also people he has played […]

On the Olympic magic dust still sprinkling; my charity swear-off with Malcolm Tucker; and Boris mania

Posted on 11 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I was really determined not to drone on about the Olympics any more, but having just been to City trader BGC’s charity day, I feel I have to. Because the Olympic spirit was alive and well and wafting around spreading its goodness whenever an Olympian or Paralympian ventured near. BGC has had a September 11 […]

Feeling sad as the Games near end. Let’s keep the spirit going thru legacy, joining in and by celebrating the volunteers

Posted on 8 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I’m writing this on the train to Manchester, where I will be downing a few plateloads of pasta, trying to get a decent sleep, then waking up to the prospect of a bike ride to Birmingham to help raise funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Pedal for Petrov campaign. As I do so, I […]

The life changing impact of football – guest blog from organiser of the Street Child World Cup

Posted on 21 April 2012 | 8:04am

By Joe Hewitt “Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I’m in heaven.” Thamires, Brazil. Football is accessible even to those who have the least in this world, providing street children around the globe with fun, hope, companionship and confidence for a brighter future away from […]

Polly Toynbee inspires me to rank Premier League managers as players

Posted on 9 April 2012 | 11:04am

Though she could be a bit of a thorn in our side at times, and prone to absorb lines of attack from critics both to the left and the right of Tony Blair, I have a lot of time for Polly Toynbee, and her fact-laden polemics against the coalition government. Long may her pen continue […]

Tribute to Forest owner Nigel Doughty, and thanks to Burnley chairman Barry Kilby

Posted on 8 February 2012 | 7:02am

Football has lost two of its best club leaders this week, Nottingham  Forest’s Nigel Doughty to death, and Burnley’s Barry Kilby to illness. Barry is a personal friend who loves  Burnley, and unlike other chairman does not use the club as a plaftorm or power base, but works hard to make the club stronger. Former […]

Another fine mess for Fabio Capello and the FA

Posted on 6 February 2012 | 10:02am

I was sitting right behind Fabio Capello at the Chelsea-Manchester United match yesterday. He never mentioned that he had just dropped a bombshell on Italian TV about the big question that would have kept Shakespeare awake at night were he still alive – ‘JT or not JT.’ In fact beyond a fairly perfunctory hello, when […]

Patrice Evra deserves praise not abuse for his role in the fight against racism

Posted on 28 January 2012 | 11:01am

Even those who would never dream of watching a football match – they do exist, these sad souls – must surely be aware that there is added spice to the Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry when they meet today. The same said football-naysayers must have a vague sense of a row between Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and […]