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October

21st

Football’s Lennon and McCartney see England through to Brazil

Some things change, some things stay the same. Paul McCartney has a spanking new album out – and England are off to the World Cup. In 1962 The Beatles were just about to be introduced to a waiting world and England were being put to the sword by that ‘other’ great Brazilian of the ‘60’s, [...]

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September

23rd

Liverpool look the real deal this season

There is always a whiff of autumn in the air when the TV ratings battle between the BBC’s Saturday night blockbuster, Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s The X Factor go head to head to win the viewers’ vote. Throw in the Sunday evening return of the comings and goings at Downton Abbey and you know [...]

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August

22nd

Neville and Carra – the perfect TV double act make their Monday Night Football debut

There was a lovely cameo of Sky Sports’ new dynamic duo, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, caught on camera during play at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Off duty, and there simply to take in the Chelsea v Hull City match, Neville was doing all the talking and Carragher all the listening. Indeed, during the [...]

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August

22nd

No serious casualties as Premier League broadcasters begin battle

The battle of the broadcasters at the start of this season’s Premier League began in earnest on Saturday and it was a case of: ‘it’s not just what we show that matters, it’s what we wear to show it’. Thirty years ago, I remember sitting in a meeting with the Match of the Day hierarchy [...]

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August

16th

BT Sport’s emergence to rival Sky means armchair fans have never had it so good

Liverpool versus Stoke City is normally one of football’s more routine fixtures, but on Saturday their lunch-time match doesn’t just kick-off a new season of Premier League football but a whole new broadcasting era. After weeks of previews, trials and pre-season friendlies, BT Sport know it is about to get much more serious. On Saturday, [...]

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August

1st

England are on top this summer – long may it continue!

WELL, another super-charged weekend of sport is behind us with England’s cricketers destroying their Aussie rivals at ‘headquarters’ and Chris Froome majestically winning the Tour de France, emulating the feat of last year’s first-ever British victor, Sir Bradley Wiggins With Andy Murray’s famous Wimbledon win already in the locker it is not just the weather [...]

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July

30th

Ready to exterminate

NEWS that the Daleks are making a welcome return to Dr Who later this year stirs memories. The first edition of Dr Who was transmitted on November 23, 1963, the day after President John F Kennedy was assassinated. Such was the furore around the killing of the US president that little else mattered over the [...]

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July

25th

Liverpool FC showing great faith in Simon Mignolet

THE news that Pepe Reina is likely to be moving on from Anfield to Napoli illustrates two things. Firstly, Liverpool must believe they have signed the real deal in Simon Mignolet from Sunderland. And secondly, that the role of the goalkeeper, of all the different positions on the field, is the most difficult in which [...]

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July

15th

Footage displayed magic and menace of a true blue hero Dave Hickson

print SAD to hear of the death this week of Dave Hickson, the Cannonball Kid, who played for all three Merseyside senior clubs during an impressive post-war career. I met him several times but it was when researching for video documentaries on the histories of Everton and Liverpool I came across some great footage of [...]

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July

12th

Don’t leave early from Trent Bridge Test matches

AND so the Ashes Series finally gets underway. One of sport’s greatest and oldest rivalries, England v Australia, always delivers something special – and I’m sure we won’t be short-changed this time either. Although it would seem England are about to face an Australian side, lacking the big stars of old, and with a new [...]

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