Category Archives: Sport

Football Review: Manchester City vs Real Madrid 17th May 2023

Expectations were sky high. Two giants of European football playing in the semi-finals of the Champions League. What could possibly go wrong? Real Madrid froze. The anticipated titanic match between “galácticos” became a mismatch. Real relied on their world class … Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali’s a humane man: A great man

“I’ll tell you how I would like to be remembered: As a black man who won the heavyweight title – Who was humorous and never looked down on those who looked up to him – A man who stood for … Continue reading

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A World Snooker Championship Quip

“Ronnie O’Sullivan is a lovely person when he is asleep.” Hossein Vafaei, A player at the Championship 2023

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A Fab (Back) Four

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A Brian Clough quip

“ We talk about it [tactics] for 20 minutes and then we decide that I was right. “ Clough was one of England’s finest managers but was very out spoken and was, as a result, never made England manager. He … Continue reading

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Cricket Obsessive Meets Reality

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Jose Mourinho’s wisdom

“Pressure? What pressure? Pressure is poor people in the world trying to feed their families. There is no pressure in football.”

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Football Review: England vs France, 10th December 2022

I blame British insularity, and Brexit in particular, when England lose matches they should have won. This match, 2-1 to France, is no exception. The principal English striker, Harry Kane, is a Spurs1, ‘lifer who’s never played in foreign leagues. … Continue reading

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Beware of chess playing boyfriends

“To Marcel Duchamp, chess was a higher vocation than art: on his honeymoon he paid more attention to the game than to his bride. In revenge she glued his pieces to the board; divorce ensued.” New Statesman 7th October 2022 … Continue reading

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The Sports Mechanic

Three middle-aged women were bragging about their sons. Sarah said “My son William studied Architecture at Cambridge. He makes £70,000 a year and has been promised a partnership.” Her friend, Anthea, smirked, “Charlie read Law at Oxford and he’s only … Continue reading

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