Category: “Football

We love you Burnley, we do … what a night

Posted on 13 May 2009 | 2:05am

Just got in. Not a hope in hell of getting to sleep. Too wired. Watching it all again on Sky. What a fantastic night. Better than beating Chelsea. I feel so so sorry for people who do not get football, who will never know what it is like to feel as the Burnley fans felt […]

Burnley 1 Reading 0 – a biased report

Posted on 9 May 2009 | 9:05pm

Well, it was not the greatest game I’ve ever seen, not even the best I’ve seen this month, but the way Burnley fans celebrated at the end, you’d have thought we’d just knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League semi-final with an injury time winner. My God, do you remember all the old miseryguts who […]

Darren Fletcher – an injustice that has to be righted

Posted on 6 May 2009 | 9:05am

Despite the objections of one son, who thinks Burnley fans should not attend Manchester United matches, I went with my other son, who supports Manchester United, to see his team beat Arsenal. It was all over pretty quickly which at least allowed me to get revenge on Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan for the ‘taxi for […]

Here’s hoping Cardiff is metaphor for Cameron

Posted on 4 May 2009 | 9:05am

It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Cardiff. In the space of one afternoon, both their football and rugby teams crashed out in the closest, cruellest manner possible. A few weeks ago, Cardiff City were thinking automatic promotion to the Premiership was on, let alone the play-offs. The turning point was a 6-0 […]

More Mr Benn and Co please

Posted on 3 May 2009 | 10:05am

Some very good responses on Facebook to my obseration that Hilary Benn is a good speaker – pointing out he did a decent defence of the government on Question Time, others that he handled tricky questions on student finance well when he did one of the Eddie Izzard q and a sessions, plus people just saying […]

George Best and Martin McGuinness

Posted on 27 April 2009 | 9:04am

Terrific play on BBC2 last night about George Best’s family. His mother was the main character, her descent into alcoholism a parallel to his rise to fame. Mrs Best did not taste alcohol till the age of 44, and was dead ten years later. In an understated kind of way, the film captured the slow […]

Football good, politics bad. Allegedly

Posted on 22 April 2009 | 12:04am

I didn’t manage to the end of the opening Newsnight report on MPs’ expenses before deciding that bed was a better place to be (via this quick blog), but I couldn’t help but be struck by a formidable contrast tonight … between the basic pro-football stance of Sky Sports coverage of football – admittedly easier […]

Bring back standing at football

Posted on 17 April 2009 | 2:04pm

Several days late, in the eyes of some, to the issue of football stadia. Late, that is, if it is indeed the case that the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy was the subject I should have been addressing a couple of days back, failure to do so having sparked something of a mini-riot on my […]

The Speaker, BBC2, tonight and tomorrow 8pm

Posted on 7 April 2009 | 2:04pm

I’m out at a birthday dinner tonight, so will be spared the difficult choice between Champions League football and BBC 2’s new reality TV/elimination-contest programme, The Speaker. Reality TV and elimination contest are two concepts usually enough on their own to make sure I don’t watch, but I hope I’m right in saying this one […]

Happy April Fool’s Day

Posted on 1 April 2009 | 1:04am

Paul Fletcher scored the greatest goal I ever saw, several decades ago, for Burnley against Don Revie’s ‘dirty Leeds.’ A picture of the moment hangs in our hallway.  Now Burnley’s chief executive, Fletcher has shown in the last few weeks he still has flair and creativity – with that rare thing, an April Fool that […]