Capello’s 100

March 30, 2011

According to the BBC, England manager, Fabio Capello, claims that he needs only a 100 words to communicate with his team.


Here’s 40 words which every manager should have in his vocabulary:

Run your socks off great advert for game two halves sick as parrot too good to go down no easy games over the moon strong on paper football  funny old never say die move up a gear at the end of the day

Any suggestions for the other 60?

Photo: Texas T


On This Day – Steve Bull Born

March 28, 2011

28-3-1965 On this day in 1965 Wolves and England marksman Steve Bull was born in Tipton in the West Midlands. Bull was a prolific goal scorer in the English lower leagues. He is the all time top scorer for Wolves with 306 goals and scored over 50 goals in two consecutive seasons 1987-88 and 1988-89. His goal scoring exploits was central in the clubs back-to-back fourth and third division championships.

Wolves kids

Bull remained at Molineux throughout his career and one of the main stands was named after him in 2003. In 1989 he made his England debut, as a third division player, scoring against Scotland at Hampden Park.


Photo: Anna-Gilbert

Flickr To Kick

March 27, 2011

Craven Cottage late 1980's

Putney End, Craven Cottage, Fuham FC in the Third Division during the late 1980’s.

Photo: Nick Sarebi

On This Day – One Game, Five Penalties

March 27, 2011

27-3-1989 On this day in 1989 Brighton took the short trip to Selhurst Park in South London for the Division Two game against Crystal Palace. The Eagles, with the deadly duo of Bright and Wright, where too strong for the Seagulls and won the game 2-1. The star of the show was referee Kelvin Morton who had a busy day at the office, awarding five penalties, one red card and numerous yellows.

You can watch 16 minutes of great 80’s action, including inflatable bananas, here:

On This Day – Fowler Supports Striking Dockers

March 20, 2011

20-3-1997 Robbie Fowler showed his support for striking Liverpool dockers after scoring against Norwegian club Brann in European Cup Winners’ Cup match on this day in 1997. Fowler removed his shirt to reveal a t-shirt that had ‘Support The 500 Sacked Dockers‘ printed on it. The Liverpool born striker was fined 2,000 Swiss Francs by UEFA for the action.

Liverpool won the match 3-0 thanks to two goals by Fowler and one from Stan Collymore. The Liverpool line-up was James, Wright, Harkness, Bjørnebye, Matteo, McAteer, McManaman, Barnes, Redknapp, Fowler and Berger.

Fowler had scored this memorable goal in the first leg in Norway that had ended 1-1.

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March 19, 2011

Street football in Antibes, France

Antibes, France

Photo: Ebertek

On This Day – Robert Earnshaw Scores A Special Hat-Trick

March 19, 2011

19-3-2005 Nottingham Forest and Wales striker Robert Earnshaw became the first player to score hat-tricks in all four English professional leagues, the League and FA Cup and at international level when he netted three times for West Brom in a Premier League match against Charlton on this day in 2005.

An old football

FA Cup: Cardiff versus Bristol Rovers, November 2000.

League Cup: Cardiff versus Boston United, September 2002 and Cardiff versus Leyton Orient, August 2003

Division 3:  Cardiff versus Torquay, December 2000

Division 2: Cardiff versus QPR, November 2002 and Cardiff versus Tranmere Rovers March 2003

Division 1: Cardiff versus Gillingham, September 2003 and for Nottingham Forest versus Leicester, December 2009

International: Wales versus Scotland, February 2004


Photo: Bronski Beat