Walcott: What Does 32 Minutes Prove?

Theo Walcott came on as sub for England against Sweden and according to stats I saw, played for 32 minutes, was on the ball for 11 seconds, made four passes, all successful, had one assist and one goal. (11 seconds and four passes doesn’t sound much, so I’m not vouching for the accuracy of that.)…

The WAG club

So England have won a match and their reward is that the WAGs are allowed to visit them for conjugal rights this weekend. I wonder who’s visiting Cashley? No doubt there will be a full report in the ‘celebrity’ magazines. I don’t read the likes of Hello and OK. To me, the existence of such…

Harry Redknapp’s Brilliant Legacy

It’s been an up and down career for H Redknapp Esq. Mostly down once he legs it, to be fair. The man truthfully has no equal in English football. 1983–1992 – Harry Redknapp manages Bournemouth                2002 – Bournemouth relegated                2008 – Bournemouth in administration , docked points and relegated 1994–2001 – Harry Redknapp…

Redknapp leaves – but first, a song

To celebrate this happy occasion I have updated my only very recently released Gloria Gaynor-esque tribute to ‘Arry. Yeah, I know you may have seen some of the content before, but to be fair Geoff, at least two and a half verses are new and I may not get the chance to take the piss…

Experiments With The Offside Law

For no particular reason, here’s a bit of history about the offside law. Back in 1972 former referee Ken Aston wrote a regular column in the Arsenal programme, which in those days contained 16 pages and was priced at a princely 5 pence. On 2 September, Ken’s column discussed a proposed change to the offside…

Rules of Substitutions, as approved by the PFA

Footballers have big egos, we know this. But their egos are fragile. They do not like their egos to be crushed. Because of this the PFA Avoidance of Members’ Embarrassment Committee has approved the following for use in the Premier League and Football League. Managers will ignore them at their peril. Rules of substitutions: Do…

In Defence Of Peter Hill-Wood (!)

Peter Hill-Wood is an old duffer, as we know, and I have had a go at him several times recently. I firmly believe it is time for him to stand down – or at least aside – and put a younger, more dynamic and modern-thinking man in place as Arsenal Chairman. This is not to…

Ivan Gazidis Q&A: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Some brief notes on Ivan’s Q&A last night. The evening went like this: 7:00pm – in we go to the Royal Oak suite in the North Bank Club Level. Handed a free drink voucher on entry. Much milling around and chatting. Various stands in place with display of new home kit and other commercial kind…