Sir Bobby Robson CBE (18 February 1933–31 July 2009) remembered

July 31, 2012 in Europe, Features, La Liga, Premier League by Kevin Rendall

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Three years ago today, British football lost a legend of the game and a true gentleman. Seventeen years after first being diagnosed, and following a lengthy and courageous battle, Sir Bobby Robson finally succumbed to that most indiscriminate and pernicious of diseases - cancer. Just five days before falling asleep for the final time, ravaged by an illness that had already claimed his eyesight and was slowly taking his life, Robson defied the doctors treating him to make his last public appearance at a testimonial games held in his honour at, fittingly, St James’ Park in Newcastle, where almost 30,000 emotional fans showed their appreciation. Soon after, he left behind his wife of more than fifty years, Elsie, the lady to whom he was devoted, and sons Mark, Andrew and Paul.

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Glazer reign continues to drain Manchester United

July 31, 2012 in Premier League by Farhat Raza

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Back in 2004, when the Glazer family began to position themselves to take charge of Manchester United, Chief Exec David Gill uttered the famous words “debt is the road to ruin” - yesterday, for the umpteenth time, he was proved right once again. Though Gill claims to have since seen the light and now whole heartedly backs the Glazer ownership, it is now more than ever undeniable that the Glazers are a cancer to Manchester United, hold the fans in contempt and will always put their self interest ahead of the club. When on the 30th of April, Vincent Kompany headed Manchester City to victory at the Etihad Stadium to send them back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and on their way to the title, the Glazers were busy registering Manchester United in the Cayman Islands - a sad day for all Manchester United fans and the starting point for yesterday’s revelations.

The financial terminology and numbers can seem daunting and difficult to grasp, so using the questions below, I will seek to explain what is in truth a fairly straightforward situation.

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Bizarre Bale gaining a reputation he doesn’t want

July 31, 2012 in Olympics, Premier League by William Kent

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“He’s a bit of a coward”, said Gareth Bale, after being put in crutches for the second time in a year by Charlie Adam after Saturday’s pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Spurs. Calling another professional a coward and insulting his character in an interview is not only hypocritical, but will not solve anything. If anyone has seen the tackle that caused this Bale outburst, it looks as if he has contributed to putting himself in those crutches after another one of his over-exaggerated ‘falls’ to the floor. This is football. To call someone a coward after an accidental foul in a meaningless friendly game just brings yourself unnecessary negative press.

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Team GB disappoint while Senegal impress

July 30, 2012 in Olympics by Ben Said Scott

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What a load of rubbish.

Walking back down the Wembley way amidst a throng of Olympic fans, I could not help but feel the way I have felt about oh so many recent English football teams – sheer disappointment. Let’s not beat around the bush here - Team GB (really Team England and Wales) were lucky to win 3-1 against the UAE. That is not to say they were the worse team or that they weren’t vastly superior in ability to the men from the Emirates; they were much better, but, what I mean to say is that GB, and particularly their manager Stuart Pearce, were lucky that their own stupidity didn’t cost them.

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QPR’s New Signings: Second (third) Time’s The Charm?

July 30, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers by Louis Baxter

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In the pre-season to the Premier League season of 2011-12, the conversation about the three promoted teams went something like this. Norwich? Down, no chance. Swansea? Maybe they’ll get 20 points if they’re lucky. Down. QPR though, can’t see them going down. Look at all that investment they’ve made in the team. They’ve got a shot at top half, let alone avoiding relegation. Marquee signings like Joey Barton, Shaun Wright Phillips, Anton Ferdinand and Armand Traore were very impressive for a club just out of the championship, and it looked a real statement of intent.

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