Newcastle midfielder reveals he did loads of naughty things we don't know about Newcastle bad boy
Joey Barton has hit out at his fellow professionals for being out of touch with reality. The
27-year-old reckons getting in trouble for his past misdemeanours, including his time in jail, has
given him a perspective lacking in other footballers.
Becks meets his old new team-mates After all the pressure of being MLS's biggest fish, it must have
been nice for David Beckham to kickback with AC Milan's superstar squad... for a training session
which appears to have had its very own Beckhamcam! Becks was given a clean bill of health at his
Wanderers supporters do not like losing two-goal leads against Hull The love affair between Bolton
Wanderers fans and Gary Megson has always been rocky at the best of times. His appointment was met
with widespread indifference/anger and Megson has been fighting an uphill battle for their
affections ever since.
El Nino tots up a half-century Fernando Torres became the fastest Liverpool player to bag 50 league
goals with his strike against Aston Villa. The injury-time effort gave the Reds a vital 1-0
victory. The match was Torres' 72nd league game. Only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Ruud Van
Nistelrooy reached the milestone faster than the Spaniard.
Cuddly formations Ian Holloway might be renowned for his outlandish approach to football
management, but his latest ploy is zany even by his standards. The Blackpool manager has invested
in 22 teddy bears to demonstrate formations and tactics to his players. The ex-Plymouth boss bought
the bears in a pub, but at least his purchases raised some [.
Don't call me scarf ace If you were wondering what Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook's
New Year's Resolution will be, chances are it will involve capitalising on the fashion trend
started by their scarf-loving manager. Yes, expect Citeh's first purchase of the January transfer
window to be a bulk purchase of neckwear to bolster their [.
Birmingham striker is a true star The front says Fresh Prince, but the back says Newcastle Brown
Ale. Birmingham striker Chucho Benitez has turned his barnet into a piece of artwork. Not that Alex
McLeish will mind if the goals keep coming.
1. The African involvement in Chelsea's get out of jail free card against Fulham speaks volumes for
what could be a shaky few weeks ahead. 2. Having said that, Carlo Ancelotti might spend today
investigating Ricardo Carvalho's heritage to see if he can ship him off for a while. 3. An assist
World's most expensive player finds his skills under scrutiny This clip comes from just before
Christmas when Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo gave a 'master-class' training session to a youth
team from FC Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan. One cheeky upstart sensed this could be his 15 minutes of
fame and pretty soon it was difficult to work [.
Ancelotti threatens to streak - but the transfer rumours continue We all had a good chuckle over
the festive period when Carlo Ancelotti came out with this gem: "I can tell you, I will not be
buying anybody in January. Absolutely no way. I am willing to pay a forfeit if I do, even to run
1. Manchester City were obviously concerned that Stoke's bully tactics might extend to stealing the
ball. Someone wrote 'MCFC' on the ball in marker pen. 2. Presumably that was a PR bod who escorted
Roberto Mancini out of the tunnel before letting him take the applause by himself... and then shake
hands with Peter Reid instead [.
Well, an assistant manager Peter Reid told the December edition of FourFourTwo: "I saw some
ping-pong action in 1984 when Howard [Kendall] took us over there [to Thailand] after we won the FA
Cup. It's pretty impressive what those ladies can do with a ping-pong ball and no table-tennis
table." As for today's reports in The Sun, [.
Proof footballers should let their feet do the talking 1. "Liverpool are crumbling like a deck of
cards." Tony Cascarino hasn't been impressed with the facilities on the poker circuit. 2. "We tried
to play our way back into the game â€“ maybe too much too little in the end." It was a feast and a
famine for Phil [.
1. Santa scored twice for Man City but he only brought Mark Hughes his p45. 2. Which also leads us
to conclude: don't draw games or you'll get sacked. 3. Manchester united need defenders
desperately. 4. Liverpool took that spoof Band Aid remake a bit too seriously. 5. It looks like
Carlos Tevez is [.
Liverpool boss shows his crazy side again Under-pressure Rafa Benitez was as entertaining as he
always is whenever he feels the strain a bit following Portsmouth's victory over his Liverpool
side. The Spaniard sprinkled his television interviews with the phrase: "The referee was perfect."
He then went on to give it as a stock answer in his [.
Only two out of three footballers capable of making annoying noise If a half-decent lung capacity
was a pre-requisite for being a footballer then Kaka would probably be a vicar right now. The Real
Madrid star showed a distinct lack of puff as he attempted to blow a vuvuzela to celebrate yet
another launch of the [.
Twinned with: "That's why you should have a man on the post There is nothing like cutting tactical
analysis and this is nothing like cutting tactical analysis. Every single time a player makes a
goal-line clearance from a corner along comes the accompanying knee-jerk commentary line: "That's
why you have a man on the post.
At Christmastime it's hard to watch Dindane up front This stroke of genius features all manner of
football personalities reworking the Christmas classic 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Whereas the
original was to raise awareness of African children whose biggest problem was seemingly a lack of
snow, this updated version is in aid of Premier League [.
Both their surnames end in '-son', they're both balding and they both manage a motley crew of
personnel. Yes, it turns out Bolton boss Gary Megson is a bit of a ringer for actor Paul
Lieberstein, who plays Toby Flenderson in the American version of The Office. Thanks to OTP reader
Paul Platt for the spot.
A team capable of going to Old Trafford and picking up a defeat Wolves face a Premier League fine
and a backlash from their own supporters after sending out a second string side to play Manchester
United last night. The stand-ins went down 3-0 at Old Trafford as United moved to the top of the
Ooh-aah-Benoit Spurs defender Benoit-Assou Ekotto is likely to find himself back in the supporters'
bad books after attacking a fan as he walked off the pitch following Saturday's defeat to Wolves.
He apparently took exception to being told: "You're s**t." We can only assume the cutting jibe was
a bit too close to home for Assou-Ekotto's liking!
Man Yoo star's gong makes some people rich Ryan Giggs' surprise BBC Sports Personality of the Year
victory might not have been such a shock to some punters. Accusations have been made that news of
the 36-year-old's win was leaked in the 20 minutes before he received the trophy after a late
flurry of bets forced [.
Sick as a parrot and over the moon are now cliched football cliches. OTP's new feature looks at
modern day phrases that football could live without We kick-off this new feature with an Alan
Hansen special. The MOTD pundit has been rolling out his favourite 'indecision is final' line for
years now. The first time you [.
Wazza booked for phantom foul Manchester United lost to Aston Villa on Saturday, but they weren't
going to go down without a fight. Actually, scrap that: some of them were going down without so
much as a trace of contact. Step forward, Jimmy Rooney. Surely not. A Wayne Rooney dive? Video
spotted on 101GG [.
1. It was a great weekend for the Premier League. It is always good for the big boys to be taken
down a peg or two and for the other teams to sense they are still within reach. 2. Arsene Wenger
seemed to conclude that too. A draw for Chelsea, defeat for Man Utd and victory [...]
Man Utd veteran picks up Beeb gong In case you doubted just how nice a bloke Ryan Giggs is, this
video ought to put your mind at rest. Not only is clearly humbled at receiving the award, he also
uses his acceptance speech to put the kids to bed!
One quick-thinking Honduran Conceding a free-kick in the opposition's half is not usually a very
costly place to commit a foul, but Wigan full-back Maynor Figueroa made Stoke pay the ultimate
price this afternoon. Quick as a flash he fired the ball from his own half, over Thomas Sorensen's
head and into the net.
Coca Cola Kid could be on his way back to Blighty Turkey international Colin Kazim Richards has
been put on the transfer list by Fenerbahce over claims he organised hotel orgies with three
team-mates. The former Sheffield United has been put up for sale along with Vederson, Fabio Bilica
and Santos. Coach Christoph Daum has said there [.
All the best, Deano West Ham striker Dean Ashton has announced his retirement from football at the
age of 26. OTP sends its best wishes to Dean - a very good striker who is popular with neutrals and
opposition fans simply because he always comes across as a genuine nice guy. This video shows Dean
battling his [.
A striker who knows how to steal the headlines? Manchester City's players got ready for Christmas
by donning Santa hats to sing Jingle Bells for a festive video. Ironically, the only player who
didn't bother to don St Nick's headwear was his namesake, Roque Santa Cruz.
Ageing German keeper can't control his bladder Stuttgart keeper Jens Lehmann added another chapter
in his catalogue of bizarre behaviour by going to the toilet behind his goal while the ball was
still in play. OTP is not convinced that was quite the type of exposure the advertisers were hoping
for when they paid for that [.
Last-gasp goalie goal Standard Liege were heading out of Europe last night when goalkeeper Sinan
Bolat went up for a free-kick. The goalie got his head to the ball and scored a crucial goal to
ensure they snapped up the Europa League slot ahead of opponents AZ Alkmaar. His team-mates were
understandably delighted and took the opportunity [.
Germans get World Cup advantage Fabio Capello is rumoured to be far from pleased after probable
members of Germany's World Cup squad got their hands (and feet) on the official matchball last
weekend. Several players in Germany's Bundesliga, where teams are allowed to choose who supplies
their matchball, have already played with the Adidas Jabulani months [.
Ex-Villa boss follows in footsteps of Son of God John Gregory has been appointed as the new manager
of Maccabi Ahl Nazareth. The Israeli outfit gave the former Derby County and Aston Villa boss the
chance to return to coaching after a prolonged absence. No word yet on whether he has planned an
away trip to Bethlehem [.
Talk about midfielders who track back... When Manchester United brushed past Arsenal in the
second-leg of last season's Champions League semi-final, their midfield contained the names Darren
Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Ji-Sung Park. Fast-forward to this final game of this season's group
stage and all three are playing in the United defence.
Tea-lady's nephew next on Fergie's wanted list Manchester United have called the son of their chief
executive into their first-team squad to combat their defensive injury crisis. David Gill's son,
Oliver, is now in contention to play against Wolfsburg in this evening's Champions League match.
Fergie said: "If he's good enough, he plays.
Blues apparently like their blue to be royal, not navy Chelsea's away kit is cursed judging by
their results so far this season. The Blues have lost all four games they have played in their
navy, dark blue and fluorescent yellow change strip, while they remain unbeaten in the home kit and
white third strip.
Another Soccer Saturday slip-up Jeff Stelling and the gang have a bit of a giggle at this reporter
who can't quite decide whether Celtic striker Andreas Hinkel is not going to pass up a chance or
not going to miss it. In the end he settles for something somewhere in between. We don't know what
Paul Merson [.
1. Carlo Ancelotti's eyebrow doesn't like defeat. 2. It was very noble of Liverpool to ease Sam
Allardyce back into work after his heart surgery by ensuring they didn't do anything to get his
pulse racing. 3. Emmanuel Adebayor scored at both ends, and they were both about as scrappy as each
The reason why Polish goalkeeper will not be competing for gymnastics gold in 2012 Manchester
United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak very nearly let his side's fourth and final goal against West Ham on
Saturday come and go with the understated celebration it deserved. But something made him decide to
put on a bit of a show for [.
Just like that nasty bowling alley mishap Goalkeeping glove manufacturers are also boasting about
the latest technology they have developed to ensure the ball grips to your hands. There is another
side to this though, as Farsley Celtic keeper Gary Sprake knows only too well. When it came to
parting with his beloved ball, he couldn't quite [.
Actress' Henry gag Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has got Sepp Blatter and co hot under the
collar as she prepares to host the World Cup draw later today. She was taking part in a rehearsal
mock draw yesterday and pulled an 'Ireland' ball out of the hat. Theron's long-term partner, actor
Stuart Townsend, is Irish and had [.
Rovers management team have heart-to-heart Blackburn assistant manager Neil McDonald's good taste
deserted him after his side's shock Carling Cup victory over Chelsea. McDonald is in charge of
first-team affairs while boss Sam Allardyce recovers from heart surgery. But the stand-in is
worried he is developing cardiac problems of his own.
The Sun reveals secret Man Utd ploy The lid has finally been lifted on one of football's best kept
secrets - Sir Alex Ferguson regular turns out for Manchester United in the guise of 'Darron
Gibson'. Originally thought to be one of the club's brightest prospects for the future, the
so-called Gibson is in fact the [.
2010 World Cup begins to sound like an abattoir If OTP had built some shiny new World Cup stadia,
the last thing we would want to do is splatter them with bovine blood. But who are we to decide
what is best for South Africa 2010? It is possible that each stadium will be blessed [...]
It's round Since every World Cup produces an accompanying matchball which is supposedly "rounder"
than its predecessor, you could be forgiven for thinking that footballs are now about as round as
they are likely to get. Not so, according to Adidas. They will officially unveil their Adidas
Jabulani ball at Friday's World Cup draw and are sticking [.
Tonight, he's a rock 'n' Cole star Chelsea star Joe Cole has been moaning that he is unable to
enjoy fire extinguisher fights without worrying that it might tarnish his reputation. He told The
Sun: "How come when footballers spray each other with fire extinguishers we're all overpaid ******s
but when rock stars and journalists do it, [.