Category: “Football

The Damned United

Posted on 28 March 2009 | 10:03am

I liked it, though not as much as I was hoping to. My sons said much the same. My partner and daughter weren’t that keen to come, which suggests in the build up the message has been football, football, football, rather than incredible story of extraordinary period in the life of remarkable human being. First things […]

A hobby horse, a plug and a bit of sport

Posted on 27 March 2009 | 10:03am

A bit rushed this morning, but enough time to get on one of my hobby horses, plug a radio piece for a TV project I’m involved in, and promote the good side of sport. First, the hobby horse – it is a myth that young people are not interested in politics and political debate. Interesting […]

Cloughie – he had a lot to be big-headed about

Posted on 26 March 2009 | 9:03am

Up in Manchester for a speech yesterday, and what an unexpected treat to get back to my hotel room at half ten and channel hop my way to the ITV documentary on Brian Clough.  Non-football fans stay with me …. this was not just about football. It was modern history. A look at one of […]

Dave, Danny and have the Tories really changed?

Posted on 21 March 2009 | 8:03am

I’ve pre-recorded an interview for BBC Radio 4’s The Week In Westminster this morning. Back in the days when I was almost a journalist, I used to present the programme myself, so I was in the same Millbank studio, joining Danny Finkelstein for the two of us to be quizzed by Steve Richards about whether […]

My friends in The New Statesman – Fergie, Fiona, Tony, Sarah, Kevin, ‘Dacre,’ and a great GB idea for the G20

Posted on 18 March 2009 | 10:03am

As you may have seen both online and in some of the papers today, Alex Ferguson is the front cover of my one-off issue of the New Statesman and inside is a long chat about football, politics, leadership and a fascinating insight into his life and his mind. TV viewers will know that Alex does not open […]

The pressure of being a post-modern sex god

Posted on 14 March 2009 | 10:03am

So off to another Burnley home game. I had honestly (sic) been thinking I would stay home, wash the car, trim the edges of the lawn, help pick new fabrics for the worn sofa, maybe bake a cake and read all the reviews of Fiona’s book and their focus on my inability (sic) to load […]

Day of destiny for the real footballer of the year

Posted on 8 March 2009 | 9:03am

Unstoppable Manchester United have secured 65 out of a possible 81 Premier League points so far this season. But who comes second in the list of those who have taken most points (proportionately) from top flight opposition? Yes, you’ve guessed it, the club whose colours explain the claret and blue of this website, namely Burnley FC. […]

Mental health and the Carling Cup Final

Posted on 1 March 2009 | 9:03am

The two are not directly related, but sum up the day ahead. Off shortly to the BBC to film a piece for Comic Relief on mental health. Comic Relief are one of the big backers of the Time to Change campaign aimed at ending mental health discrimination. Some have suggested that kind of money would […]

What’s in a name?

Posted on 21 February 2009 | 9:02am

Am still undecided whether to drive or train it to Norwich. Will be a last minute decision. At least the sun is shining, and I have lunch with Delia to look forward to on arrival. I know name-dropping is frowned upon, but lunch with Delia before Norwich v Burnley is a Campbell tradition. I hope […]

A night at the Emirates

Posted on 17 February 2009 | 12:02am

What a joy it must be to support a team close to your home. Here I am, just gone eleven, and I’m home after watching Arsenal give a football lesson to Cardiff, a bit like Burnley gave a lesson to Arsenal when we dumped them out of the Carling Cup. Now we get the chance […]