Category: “Football

The desperate desire of fans to think they make a difference

Posted on 16 October 2010 | 10:10am

I cannot claim to have followed every twist and turn of the Liverpool FC saga, but it says something about what top flight football has become that fans now find themselves doorstepping banks, courts and law firms, rather than merely stadia and team buses arriving to offload the players before a match. You don’t have […]

Not sexist to say there are more exceptional men than women

Posted on 23 September 2010 | 10:09am

I did a speech last night listing my 12 most exceptional people around today. Only two women among them. Sexist, said some. Not so, say I.

Even if Tories milk it, am longing for Olympics to be success

Posted on 15 September 2010 | 12:09pm

This will not be the last time I write about the Olympics. Excitement is growing. Today the Games Maker volunteer scheme is launched. Though the Games may benefit the Tories politically, I still hope and believe they will be the best ever. Blog also contains musings on last night’s football, including my hand of God moment

A blog on why I’ve not been blogging plus random observations

Posted on 4 July 2010 | 5:07am

I’m speaking at a conference on ICT and education tomorrow, and was invited because the organisers saw me as ‘a leader’ no less in the embracing of all the new techology stuff. Truth be told, I am still pretty ice age compared with a lot of people, but I do give it a go. However, I […]

In Berlin: on football fever and Cleggmania RIP

Posted on 24 June 2010 | 3:06pm

Breakfast in London, lunch in Berlin, so a chance to read the Fussball-mood now that England and Germany are drawn together in the last 16 of the World Cup. On yesterday’s outings, you would have to give it to Germany if football was the only judgement. Their win over  Ghana was one of the fastest, […]

Football, noise and the vuvuzela

Posted on 16 June 2010 | 8:06am

And to think that a couple of weeks ago, if you heard people talking about  ‘vuvuzela’, you’d think they were pissed and reminiscing about their holiday in South America. Now, thanks to the universal appeal of football, just as all English people are suddenly experts on goalkeeping, so everyone has a view on the vuvuzela. […]

Sense of perspective needed on poor Rob Green

Posted on 13 June 2010 | 3:06pm

Poor Rob Green … even as the words go down on the screen, I can hear the fulminations to the phone-ins as one horrific moment is allowed to define a man’s career, even his life. He is a professional footballer, and it was a playground error. Had it happened in the last minute of the […]

Capello and Rooney interviews the highlights of France/Uruguay coverage

Posted on 12 June 2010 | 9:06am

Well after all the excitement of the build-up and the opening match, the French soon bought things crashing down to earth. I normally have a bit of a soft spot for France but what with Henry’s handball against Ireland and the utter negativity of their approach last night, by the end I was a fully-fledged […]

ConDem sense of humour bypass never happened under Labour

Posted on 31 May 2010 | 2:05pm

Of all the insults that appear in response to anything I say or do, my favourites are those essentially saying nobody cares. Because it begs the question – why do they bother reading or listening? Or, at the upper echelons of politics rather than the lower reaches of online life, why try to get me removed […]

All returning to roots as decison day looms

Posted on 28 April 2010 | 12:04pm

I’ve gone back to my journalistic roots today with an interview in the Mirror with Alex Ferguson talking about his roots, and how he has never forgotten them despite all the success and wealth he has enjoyed. He tells the story of how after the recent Manchester United win against Spurs, he and his wife Cathy […]