Category: “Football

A day in Barcelona and a lovely BA crew – better than any chill pill

Posted on 1 April 2011 | 7:04am

Despite the OTT tweet activity yesterday, I can assure you I am not on the payroll of the Barcelona Tourist Board (though I would happily be so if it meant more time spent there). Actually, though I say OTT, if anything my tweets extolling the beauty of the airport, the stylishness of the city, the […]

Lessons in life from Ryan Giggs’ longevity and the relatively short list of team-mates

Posted on 1 March 2011 | 10:03am

Come on, be fair, it is ages since I did a blog on football. There is only so much I can say about David Cameron’s muddled foreign policy, his failure to explain the Big Society, or the ideological drive behind the cuts, which takes George Osborne into The Guardian today, rather defensively peddling a variation […]

Inflation rise not all Tories’ fault – but VAT rise is

Posted on 19 January 2011 | 10:01am

If a Labour government were still in power, and a shock inflation rise was announced, doubtless the current ‘all Labour’s fault’ mantra from the Tories would be heard. Labour people being more reasonable, we accept that some of the factors lying behind yesterday’s rise to 3.7 per cent are beyond government total control; soaring oil […]

On Becks, books and brotherly love

Posted on 16 January 2011 | 7:01pm

Well, that was an enjoyable 0-0, even if it meant I missed hearing how the Beeb edited down my Open Book interview with the lovely – sorry, but I find it impossible to say Mariella without that prefix – Mariella. Someone even lovelier (in the eyes of many though not me) was sitting just in […]

Nice send off for Ralph Coates

Posted on 5 January 2011 | 5:01pm

Just back from a celebration of Ralph Coates’ life  at St Stephen’s Church in Enfield, followed by a nice do at White Hart Lane. Big turnout and some terrific tributes from Dave Merrington and Martin Dobson (Burnley), Alan Mullery and Phil Beal (Spurs) and Frank Clark (Orient). Lots of former Spurs players there, including some […]

All hail Olli Issakeinen, the Finnish fib-watcher on Osborne’s case

Posted on 5 January 2011 | 9:01am

It is one thing to have a following for writing a blog. Far more impressive, surely, is to have a following for being a regular commenter on a blog. Yet that is what is clearly happening to our Finnish friend Olli Issakeinen, who pops up here often with very sound views on politics, the economy, […]

If Fifa were a country, it would not look like Britain

Posted on 4 December 2010 | 8:12am

Here is the piece I have done for today’s Daily Telegraph on the fallout from the Fifa decision to hand the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. The Telegraph headline is ‘If Fifa were a country, it would be Russia,’ which is not quite what I say, as you will see. My […]

On World Cups, wheelie bags, and the disadvantages of a free media

Posted on 3 December 2010 | 11:12am

First, re the World Cup location announcements, part of you wants to say these are visionary decisions which will help two important countries build a more modern and relevant global identity, and provide two great festivals of football. A bigger part can’t help fearing that from a fan’s perspective it is hard to think of […]

Too late for Libs and Greens to lament Charles Clarke demise

Posted on 6 November 2010 | 12:11pm

So there I was, tapping away at the computer, and it just went dead. Kaput. Bye-bye. In our household, I know not how to deal with these things, but Fiona does and she has now got someone in who is sorting it, but in the meantime I thought well maybe it’s someone or something telling […]

A lazy Monday blog for a ‘can’t be arsed’ Monday

Posted on 1 November 2010 | 11:11am

The great thing about writing a blog, as opposed to a newspaper column, or an editorial, is that when you can’t be arsed, you don’t have to. One of the many bad things about our papers is that there are too many columnists with not enough to say, and it is so obvious when they can’t […]