Off the Post Archives for January 2011

OTP Quiz of the Week 11

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With an FA Cup theme... 1. What year was the first FA Cup final at Wembley? 2. In what year did Cardiff beat Arsenal, becoming the only non-English team to win the Cup? 3. And name the other four teams beginning with C that have won the FA Cup (impressive if you get all 4!) [...]


Richard Keys “smash it” girl is Jimmy Glass’ wife Louise

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She dated Jamie Redknapp in early 1990s The woman referred to as "it" by ex-Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys is the wife of ex-Carlisle United goalkeeper Jimmy Glass, according to The Sun. Louise Glass, aged 38, dated Jamie Redknapp when he was a Bournemouth player. Keys quit after footage of him asking Redknapp if he [.

Video: Fair play; fair play FAIL; fair play at Havant & Waterlooville v Boreham Wood

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These things even themselves out over the course of 30 secs Unbelievable scenes from last Saturday's Blue Square South clash between Havant & Waterlooville and Boreham Wood. Havant & Waterlooville were on the attack, but put the ball out of play so that their defender Sam Pearce could receive treatment after a clash in the [.

Video: Andy Gray and Richard Keys get a bit Shaggy

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It wasn't them If Gray and Keys don't manage to strike a deal with Al Jazeera, they can always fall back on their music careers as they demonstrate during this reworking of Shaggy's It Wasn't Me.


Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for 29-30 January

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Punter Dan wins you money for free...again Another profit made last week, with £55 return on our money. Would have been greater if Livingston's game hadn't fallen foul of the weather (and they'd won), but profit all the same. Back to the glory of the FA Cup this week, juxtaposed with a few standard bets [.

El Clasico: Tickets still available for massive Barcelona v Real Madrid clash

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Sponsored posts There are many claims as to the which is the biggest club game in world football. The Milan derby is always a passionate affair between two of Europe's most famous clubs. Galatasaray versus Fenerbahce is not one for the faint-hearted while the 'Superclasico' between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina probably boasts [.

Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy Column – FA Cup Special

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Bumper edition of valuable pedantry I'll be straight with you, although I knew that it was FA Cup weekend and knew that Thursday afternoon was the best time in my week (release date), I hadn't put two and two together and realised we would be treated to a bumper edition of a Comedy Column. So [...]


Darren Bent autographs olive branch from Stan Collymore

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A signed photo of SVC. Signed by Darren Bent, of course OTP readers, I give you exhibit A: a photograph of Stan Collymore autographed by Aston Villa's new hero Darren Bent. Dig a little deeper and you will notice that the ex-Villa striker admits he has been critical of the Villains' latest big-money signing underneath [.

Video: Spanish goalkeeper needs to be walked through the basics

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The most casual handball ever The coach of lowly Spanish outfit Ontiyent CF could be forgiven for quitting his job this week to work with an under-5s team. The kids would have a better grasp of the basic laws of football than his senior players, it would seem. Among the most important points to get [.

Al Jazeera want to sign Richard Keys and Andy Gray

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Middle East adventure for shamed Sky presenters? If further evidence was needed of Richard Keys and Andy Gray's fall from grace was required, it looks like they are going to share a broadcasting medium with Osama Bin Laden. Arabic network Al Jazeera is keen to secure the pair's services to front its coverage of English [.

Super Mega Major Transfer Exclusive: Inter to bid £40m for Gareth Hale

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Did we mention it was exclusive? Internazionale will confirm Gareth Hale's growing reputation as the most sought-after ex-TV comedian with a £40m bid in the summer, the most that has ever been offered for a comic of his age and experience. The move, if successful, would shatter the transfer record for a British comedian and [.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway reveals he gets a sell-on cut of any Charlie Adam deal

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Olly in line for nice profit Ian Holloway has been providing lots of material for OTP with his very public negotiations over any possible deal for captain Charlie Adam. We thought it was Olly being his usual outspoke self, but it would appear he has actually being displaying some decent business acumen.

Video: Ridiculous own goal from John Pantsil (Liverpool 1-0 Fulham)

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Putting the Pants in Pantsil Liverpool picked up another victory under Kenny Dalglish and once again it was a Roy Hodgson signing who proved to be the matchwinner: Fulham's John Pantsil. The Ghanaian defender somehow scuffed three attempted to clearances before spinning the ball back into his net using technique which would have made Ronaldinho [.

Video: Richard Keys claims Sky Sports are not sexist, 1991

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Getting your excuses in early Sky Sports and Richard Keys are not sexist. We know because he told us so a mere 20 years ago. He said: "Now one thing at Sky Sports that we pride ourselves on is not being sexist at all." As you can see, he found the concept laughable even back [...]


Video: Suicidal celebration FAIL from Brazil

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Don't jump! Everything about this incident in Bahia's Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior final defeat to Flamengo is a bit strange. Bahia are awarded a penalty after Rafael falls victim to a double kick to the head by two clumsy defenders attempted to clear the ball. But the hilarity has only just begun.

Top 10 examples of moral support for Andy Gray and Richard Keys

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Foot in mouth is not a new concept With Andy Gray, Richard Keys and Andy Burton all currently lolling around in a pub near the Sky Sports studios (no doubt letching at the barmaids, poring over page three of the Sun), we thought it was about time to give them something to lift their spirits: [...]


Madron FC now bottom of the table after defeat in crunch match

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Worst team in Britain take up their rightful place If you have been following the exploits of Cornish village side Madron FC with OTP and the Podcast since they recorded a 55-0 defeat you will be aware of a quirk of fate surrounding this misfiring team. Despite having lost all their games so far this [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 10 – Eat It Like Beckham

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You and the OTP Podcast go together like leather and ready salted The Off The Post Podcast is much like female assistant referee Sian Massey: its knowledge of the game is questioned by some, it causes divisions in footballing circles, and (as far as we know) Andy Gray isn't a fan. In this week's [.

Video: Andy Gray puts a microphone down his trousers, gets sacked

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The nail in Andy Gray's sexist coffin This is the video clip which finally did for Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray. Having initially survived the furore of the female linesman fiasco, Gray has now been sacked by the broadcaster after the stream of damning video evidence against him continued. Yesterday we brought you more footage [.

Video: Richard Keys asks Jamie Redknapp: “Would you smash it?”

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Sky Sports surely to ask Richard for their Keys back next Despite battling on for dear life, it looks like the Sky Sports sexism row will claim its second victim as further footage emerges. With Andy Gray already gone, Richard Keys is now likely to be sacked too as a video of him making equally [...]


Video: Ronaldinho can score from anywhere, including behind the goal

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No correlation between weight gain and effectiveness of silky skills Tubby Ronaldinho has proved he has still got what it takes in this clip of him training with new side Flamengo. The Brazilian maestro manages to score despite the fact he is standing behind the goal when he kicks the ball. And we know for [.

Wigan Athletic’s Mohamed Diame criticises the town and women

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Culturally sensitive chatter from the French Star Player If you were making a list of the top 200 players in the Premier League, it is unlikely that Mohamed Diame would make your list. If you were making a list of all the players in the Premier League, it is unlikely that you would remember Diame. [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #2 Jakob Kjeldbjerg

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Name: Jakob Kjeldbjerg In his 1990s prime for: Chelsea Lowdown: In the years before Chelsea's full foreign legion arrived, Danish defender Kjeldbjerg was one of the trailblazers. He arrived at Stamford Bridge in 1993 for £485,000 a fee considerably lower than some of his illustrious successors. He was training to be a lawyer when [.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway sings You’ll Never Walk Alone

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Jog on, jog on, you'll never sign Adam Blackpool manager Ian Holloway launched into a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone as he discussed Liverpool's bid for skipper Charlie Adam and the midfielder's subsequent transfer request. Holloway defended the player and said he had done nothing wrong. He revealed the Reds' attention had been the [.

Video: Yet more sexism from Andy Gray

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Sky pundit made a day of it at Molineux If Richard Keys and Andy Gray were hoping the sexism row would blow over, they are going to have to wait a bit longer. New footage has now come to light of Gray taking another pop at female assistant referee Sian Massey before Liverpool's game at [...]


Video: Injured Brazilian player victim of stretcher FAIL!

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Crocked 'baller gets face full of backside Occasionally footballers are placed on a stretcher after picking up an injury only to find themselves in worse condition when they eventually make it off the pitch than before their stretcher journey. Take this Brazilian player, for instance, who has to endure a very close inspection of the [.

‘Do Are Ya? Manchester United star Anderson lives for his dreadlocks

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You know your hairstyle means too much when... Manchester United midfielder Anderson has revealed he won't be shaving off his dreadlocks any time soon. It turns out he is rather attached to his distinctive 'do. While his manager Sir Alex Ferguson might disagree on footballing grounds, 'Samson' Anderson reckons removing his dreads would be tantamount [.

Video: Ridiculous horror tackle from Melbourne Victory’s Kevin Muscat

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Ouch! Kevin Muscat is probably the only footballer who could make a tackle like the one in the video above without leaving a stain on his character. And the reason for that is that his character is so stained by his litany of previous horror tackles that he can scarcely damage his reputation further.

Video: Richard Keys and Andy Gray’s sexist presenting past

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The boys have got form Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray may have manage to steal the thunder of the weekend's Premier League fixtures with their sexist comments about female assistant referee Sian Massey, but it wasn't the first time the gruesome twosome have managed to offend the fairer sex with their punditry.

Audio: Richard Keys and Andy Gray’s sexist comments against female assistant referee

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Women don't know the offside rule As OTP reported yesterday, Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray were caught on tape making disparaging comments about assistant referee Sian Massey, who officiated at the Wolves v Liverpool match. The audio of the duo's exchange has now surfaced and it's just as damning as the transcript [.

Ian ‘McTavish’ Holloway still not happy with Charlie Adam bids

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Olly explores his Scottish side Bids for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam have once again hot his manager Ian Holloway hot under the collar. A cheeky inquiry from Aston Villa had Holloway comparing himself to a dog and threatening to bite people a couple of weeks ago. Now he has fallen out with Liverpool manager Kenny [.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp mugged in Madrid

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'Arry victim of some dodgy dealings Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he was mugged during a midweek trip to Madrid to match last week's Copa Del Rey clash between Atletico and Real Madrid. Redknapp and assistant Kevin Bond were in the Spanish capital hatching a plan to prise Atletico star Diego Forlan away [.

Premier League weekend in numbers

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Darren Bent, return for Liverpool, and a League of Nations 3 Darren Bent has now scored debut goals for three different teams: Charlton, Sunderland and Aston Villa 2 Shots on target in total by Wigan, Stoke and Birmingham 3 Dimitar Berbatov became only the third player to score three hattricks in a [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 22-23 January

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1. An away victory for Liverpool. King Kenny will be getting a sainthood soon at his rate. 2. We're not sure he has quite repaid his £24 million just yet, but that was a pretty impressive start to Darren Bent's career at Aston Villa. 3. It was a bad weekend for the blue half of [...]


Richard Keys and Andy Gray in sexist rant at Lineswoman

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But do Sky have the minerals to get rid of the Big Two? Many viewers will have noticed that there was a female linesman for the Wolves v Liverpool game on Sky Sports yesterday lunchtime. Whilst this is not something that is necessarily the norm, I think it is fair to say that we are [...]


Old lady makes Carlo Ancelotti move seats

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Chelsea manager donates to Help the Aged It will please Chelsea fans that Carlo Ancelotti is interested in the youth players that his club is bringing through, and that the Italian manager wanted to take in the FA Youth Cup game between his side and Arsenal. Ancelotti was, however, put in his place. With 15,000 [.

OTP Quiz of the Week 10

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20 Questions this week, on on each Premier League team this season 1. How many league games has Nicklas Bendner started this season? 1, 3 or 5? 2. Can you name the five Aston Villa players to have scored more than two PL goals this season? (Great effort if you get the fifth) 3. Birmingham [...]


Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for 22-23 January

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Punter Dan back with his latest installment My only prelude to this weeks bets is to say that it is nearing the end of the month, so to keep me in real ale, whiskey chasers and scampi fries I am going all out. One of my biggest ballaches in football is the way overweight men [...]


Premier League Name Translator: #18 Joseph Henry Sanctified

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Cutting through the exotic monikers of Premier League imports so you can judge the player, not the name Well, strictly speaking you will know him just by his two first names but we have chucked one of his two surnames in for good measure. That's right, Jose Enrique Sanchez is Joseph Henry Sanctified.

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Mario Balotelli to shut up

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Pots, kettles etc Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has simultaneously lost his temper and his irony detector. The Portugal international has spoken out against Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli for his constant media outbursts. In a media outburst, Ronaldo said: "He is a good player but he has to speak less and play more.

Portsmouth players to be fined £1,000-per-word in Twitter ban

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Expecttoseelotsofplayersgettingtheir£1,000′sworth Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill has announced a Twitter ban on his squad, which will see Pompey players fined £1,000 for every word they tweet. The announcement follows a series of Twitter controversies involving footballers, most notably Liverpool winger Ryan Babel's £10,000 fine from the FA for tweeting a Photoshopped image of referee Howard Webb [.

Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy Column

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And Liverpool are down to joint fourth! Messi or Adam? From Lawro's prediction for Blackpool v Sunderland: "Ian Holloway has got the Seasiders playing a really effective 4-3-3 formation they are as good as anybody playing that system." I'm sure there is a team that I have heard about recently. I think they play [.

Video: Kenny Miller welcomed to Turkey as a hero by Bursaspor fans, struggles not to headbutt someone

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Scotland star struggles through airport Kenny Miller should have expected quite a reception when he arrived in Turkey to sign for Bursaspor. A quick YouTube search showing the welcomes afforded to lesser players would have taught him that. And yet he seems somehow unprepared for the occasion. Whether it is the novelty of friendly people [.

It’s the Premier League striker merry-go-round!

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Prepare to get dizzy Forget the managerial merry-go-round, the latest job exchange to hit the Premier League is the striker merry-go-round. Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City seem to have agreed on some sort of pass-the-goalscorer party game, if all the deals that are on the verge of being completed go through.

Premier League Name Translator: #17 Raphael of the Speed

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Cutting through the exotic monikers of Premier League imports so you can judge the player, not the name This bloke admitted himself that he initially struggled with the pace of the Premier League. Firstly, we must admit we didn't notice him treading water on the White Hart Lane pitch. Secondly, now we have used the [.

Video: Diego Maradona takes on Carlos Valderrama in Argentina v Colombia 5-a-side

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Veterans provide a feast of footy Diego Maradona and Carlos Valderrama were both on the scoresheet as they led masters 5-a-side teams representing their respective nations to a 5-5 draw. Maradona scored a nice goal as he cut inside and drilled the ball home with the legendary left-foot. But Valderrama wasn't going to be outdone [.

Video: Bradley Johnson’s scre-ee-ee-eamer (Leeds v Arsenal)

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File under 'couldn't have dreamt it better' After very nearly knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup at the Emirates it was always going to be a tough ask for Championship side Leeds to produce a repeat performance in the replay at Elland Road. And it looked like they were going to capitulate and go [...

Burnley player Clarke Carlisle to appear on BBC Question Time

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Football goes all highbrow for a change Now let's face it, if you took the average footballer and put him on Question Time, it would be akin to giving a chimpanzee an abacus and asking him to do your tax return, although it would bring an often needed element of comedy to the show. Thankfully, [...]


Video: Lionel Messi in being human shocker, misses penalty (Real Betis v Barcelona)

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Lazy, sloppy, Messi penalty It is typical of Lionel Messi that even when he makes a balls up of something, he cannot help but do it in spectacular fashion. Take his penalty against Real Betis last night, for instance, which made Chris Waddle's Italia 90 spot-kick look relatively accurate. The Argentine skied the ball over [.

BBC News sports presenter calls Eric Cantona a c*nt

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Air blue over ex-Red Devil This sports presenter on BBC News 24 developed a nasty case of footballer Tourette's as he reported on Eric Cantona's return to football with New York Cosmos. To be honest, the "how cool" statement was offensive enough coming from a Beeb presenter but he decided to drop the c-bomb as [.

Stoke City’s Jermaine Pennant allegedly forgets Porsche parked in Spain

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Maybe it was Ashley Cole's! Jermaine Pennant forgot that he had left a Porsche parked at a Spanish railway station for five months, according to reports on Mirror Football. The Stoke City winger was allegedly contacted by former club Real Zaragoza after city authorities called them about the car. If you are wondering how the [.

Premier League Name Translator: #16 David Forest

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Cutting through the exotic monikers of Premier League imports so you can judge the player, not the name If it wasn't for the Premier League Name Translator you would think the chap in the photograph above was flailing his arms around in a camp fashion for no apparent reason. But thanks to the good old [.

Video: Portuguese side Beira Mar suffer birthday cake catastrophe

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Just dessert Club officials and members of Portugal's Beira Mar should have remembered the club's 89th birthday as a joyous occasion. Instead it will be etched in their brains as the day the all huddled round eating cake of the carpet. We're informed by 101GG that the club is in financial ruin and on the [.

Lack of success for managers still pays off in payoffs

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Time for a change in managers' contracts? Rafa Benitez's record at Inter Milan does not make for pleasant reading. In 39 games either side of his term, the club lost just three games. In his reign of 23 games, they lost seven times. The Spaniard was forced out of the club, presumably with hurt pride.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson bans snoods for Arsenal match

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No neckwear for Championship side The battle-lines have been drawn ahead of tonight's FA Cup third round replay between Leeds and Arsenal, and the issue of the snood seems to be central. While Arsenal stars such as Samir Nasri have been at the heart of the snood's rise to popularity in the Premier League, Leeds [.

Robbie Keane dismisses Birmingham City bid as ‘bizarre’ publicity stunt

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I didn't support YOU as a boy Birmingham City have been on the receiving end of some verbal bitch-slapping from Tottenham striker Robbie Keane as a supposed transfer failed to materialise. The Republic of Ireland international has spoken out against the Blues after the club released a statement detailing why they were no longer pursuing [.

OTP Podcast Ep.9 Agony Grant

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Gary Taylor-Fletcher backstreet turtle dealer The Off The Post Podcast is much like Avram Grant. It lacks any real sense, is hardly what you'd call inspiring, and isn't listened to by Karren Brady, but people seem just about happy to persevere with it for now. On this week's show we'll be prematurely revelling in poor [.

Eric Cantona returns to football with New York Cosmos

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Le King returns Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is making a dramatic football comeback as director of soccer at revived American side New York Cosmos. He said: "I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos. It's a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #1 Chris Bart-Williams

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Name: Chris Bart-Williams In his 1990s prime for: Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest Lowdown: The Sierra Leone-born midfielder was the subject of many a playground debate: was it double barrel surname, a double barrel first-name, or was he just really proud of his Simpsons-inspired middle name?

Premier League Name Translator: #15 John Beautiful Stay

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Cutting through the exotic monikers of Premier League imports so you can judge the player, not the name After a lay-off of Owen Hargreaves proportions, the Premier League Name Translator is back. First up is a South American footballer of French heritage (via Haiti). On the evidence we have seen see far, his stay in [.

Guest Post January: Top five ways to improve the transfer window

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Our latest loan signing sees friend of OTP, former editor of The Spoiler and current editor of menshealth.co.uk Ryan Bailey putting the transfer window to rights. With Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool and a not-rubbish England cricket team lording it over the colonies, it would be be easy to assume you might have gunned it back [.

Kitman: New France home kit

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Marchons, marchons! France have launched their brand new home kit. And they have taken tips from international football powerhouses Spain and, erm, England for their news jersey. From the Three Lions they have borrowed the clean, timeless look of the previous kit (as seen to not-so-great effect at last summer's World Cup).

Dundee United’s David Goodwillie charged with rape

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Scotland star in hot water David Goodwillie has been charged with raping a woman in her home at a new year house party. The unfortunately-named 21-year-old was out ­celebrating scoring the equaliser against Aberdeen on New Year's Day. He later went to the flat of the 24-year-old alleged victim in Armadale, West Lothian, to continue [.

Liverpool’s Ryan Babel fined £10,000 for Howard Webb Twitter joke

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The new cost of a Photoshop licence There has been a lot of talk recently about celebrities with large Twitter followings being paid large sums of money to post sponsored tweets. But Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has found out that it cuts both ways. He has been handed a £10,000 fine for the now infamous [.

Sunderland fan who pushed Newcastle’s Steve Harper over tries to apologise in person

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Lunatic pitch invader overcome with remorse The Sunderland supporter who is alleged to have run onto the Stadium of Light pitch and barged over Newcastle keeper Steve Harper in the wake of Asamoah Gyan's last-gasp equaliser in the Tyne-Wear derby presented himself at the Magpies' training ground today to apologise.

Sunderland’s Darren Bent hands in transfer request, wants to swap possible European qualification for relegation scrap at Aston Villa

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Daniel Levy's probably to blame Sunderland star Darren Bent stunned the club by handing in a transfer request after yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby, then stunned them even more by revealing he wants to join Aston Villa. The Premier League strugglers have reportedly bid £18 million for the England striker in a deal that could rise to [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend

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1. Sky Sports must have been expecting their Sunday offering of derbies and top four clashes to be a big draw, but perhaps not a succession of draws. 2. Forget Edin Dzeko. Tha January imports providing the best goal return for Manchester City appear to be Carlos Tevez's kids. 3. It was a great weekend [.

Video: Villarreal’s Cani scores from the halfway line against Osasuna

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Cani he kick it? Yes, he can! Cani's favourite hobby used to be throwing plastic bottles. But last week he discovered that he was actually a terrible shot, having missed Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho from point-blank range. This week he decided to try his hand at football instead. And it turns out his accuracy [.

Premier League Weekend in Numbers

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Nolan's success, City's second halves and Premier League draws 2 – Not a lot they could have done about it this weekend to be fair, but Liverpool have won two away PL games since December 2009 33 – Shots taken by Raul Meireles before scoring in the Premier League for Liverpool. Before this weekend, he [.

Guest Post January: Paul the Octopus alive and well, living in hiding in park pond

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The GPJ bandwagon rolls on to our good friends at Caught Offside. They're sent us this letter, which was washed ashore near Caught Offside HQ, for your reading pleasure. Psychic cephalopod talks of daring escape and life on the run. We have not revealed his location in order to protect his anonymity, and also because [.

Top 10 Uncapped Premier League players

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Anthony Gardner... Anthony Gardner?!!! 10. Julian Dicks Stuart Pearce sort of had the hard, passionate England left-back spot covered during the early nineties (to the extent that Nigel Winterburn gained only two caps). But Dicks, who was West Ham Player of the Year for four years out of seven, must have deserved to transfer his [.

Video: David Beckham and Harry Redknapp – the leaked text exchange

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SMS lolz We missed this on Friday, but although the Man Utd link has now gone it's still worth a watch. The Beeb's Comedy department has ventured into exclusive online sports comedy. Long may it last! Spotted on Pies


Tweet Stalking Guy: #2 Rio Ferdinand

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A tweek in the life of a footballer On the Tweet Stalking Guy's hitlist this week was supposed to be a certain Ryan Babel. For some unknown, unpublicised reason the gangly winger (and part-time photoshop extraordinaire) went rather quiet on the tweeting front this week. Alas – like Brad Pitt jumping from Jennifer Aniston to [.

Video: Irish Cup draw balls up

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There's only two number 10s The live TV draw for the sixth round of the JJB Irish Cup descended into farce after the same number was called out twice. Poor old ball number 10 Warrenpoint Town or Cliftonville was handed two ties in quick succession. Ironically, the problem was caused by a combination [.

David Beckham: ‘I couldn’t have slept with prostitute – I was getting a massage at the time’

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Becks hooker allegations go to court David Beckham has hit-back at claims that he slept with a prostitute in a five-page court document, according to the News of the World. It is five months since £3,000-a-night call girl Irma Nici hit the papers claiming she had bedded the ex-England skipper. In the documents, Beckham claims [.

Malky Mackay and Watford find light at the end of the tunnel

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Scot has worked wonders on the tightest of budgets It has been a busy old season in the Championship. Before football had even started, six managers were starting their career with new clubs. Incredibly, since August ten more managers have left clubs, from the Steve Coppell debacle at Bristol City to Sheffield United having three [.

Top 10 Conclusions: West Ham 0 – 3 Arsenal

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A class apart... 1. However ugly the journey, and however mishandled the situation, the end result is correct. Grant's time has come. By the time you are reading this he will probably already have gone. Grant's winning percentage in the Premier League since leaving Chelsea is just 19%. It's just not good enough.

OTP Quiz of the Week 9

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With a top goalscorers theme... 1. Who was the top scorer in the first Premier League season? 2. Three of the top twelve all time PL top scorers still play in the Premier League. Name them? 3. What is strange about the top two scorers in the German, English, Spanish and French leagues? 4. Who [...]


Manchester United star Javier Hernandez framed in ’35 years’ jibe at Manchester City

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Who framed Chicharito? Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been set-up in an apparent dig at Manchester City fans. A photo has begun circulating which allegedly shows the Mexican sensation holding a piece of paper featuring the slogan: "35 years." The phrase is regularly used by United supporters to taunt their City rivals over the [.

Guest Post January: Mr Potato Head Football – the ultimate player, piece-by-piece

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Our month of input from contributors from other sites continues as Matt Albert from Footy For The Soul plays a game of footy Frankenstein. In an age of video games and fantasy amusement, we have all become enthralled in constructing our very own team of superstars an unstoppable Utopian collection of football's greatest XI.

Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy Column

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And Blackpool are back to form Back to Premier League duty for Lawro this week, and he is up against Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo (I know, I know, how the hell is he still on our radios?!) Chelsea v Blackburn "Blackburn are still up against it a little bit" Although it is a tight [...]


Robbie Savage does a Schteeve McClaren, asks Roberto Mancini to sign him

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Roberto Savaggio OTP bully Robbie Savage fell into the old British trap, which spectacularly snared Steve McClaren, of mimicking a foreign accent despite the fact you're talking in English. The Derby midfielder (for now we're considering chasing him out of town to Canada or somewhere suitably far flung) unleashed his own brand of Engtalian [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for 15-16 January

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Dalglish to win the derby, Messi and Ron to score, and so long to our friend Robbie Another £20+ week of profit last time out, making that six weeks out of seven. So read on, dear friends, read on... Funny old week for football. First of all we had the saga of David Beckham training [...]


FA ‘duly notes’ suggestion for golden goal from kick-off

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OTP gives FA food for thought If you have listened to this week's OTP Podcast you will have heard the Pod team's suggestions for reigniting the romance of the FA Cup. It is fair to say most of them came from the leftfield. The far side of the leftfield, over near that hedge. Unperturbed, the [...]


Video: Carlton Cole in smoking-hot form. But why?

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Cole on fire Carlton Cole struck a particularly curious figure in a post-match interview on Monday night. Speaking after the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg against Birmingham City, the traditionally trigger-unhappy striker was exuding not just a lack of confidence, but a considerable amount of smoke or air vapour.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway threatens to bite Charlie Adam’s suitors

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Olly shows his pedigree Ian Holloway has threatened to bite any Premier League rivals hoping to sign his skipper Charlie Adam in a cut-price deal. The Blackpool manager's press conference following his side's victory over Liverpool took an unexpected canine twist as talk turned to transfer speculation.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce plots PA system DJ revenge

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Brucie to take to the decks Back in November, Steve Bruce accused Newcastle of a lack of etiquette following his side's 5-1 derby defeat after The Monkees' Daydream Believer was played over the PA system. Bruce believed the song selection was ill-advised as the a reworked naughty version of the song had been used to [.

Video: Blackpool defeat King Kenny’s Liverpool

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Seasiders secure Battle of the Pools double Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Any Liverpool fans under the impression that Kenny Dalglish's return would spark an immediate revival in the club's fortunes have been served up a definitive answer by Ian Holloway's Blackpool. Liverpool suffered a second defeat of the season to the Premier League [.

Video: Arsenal slip to embarrassing Carling Cup defeat to Ipswich Town

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Tractor Boys giantkilling on hold. Damn two-legged semi-finals Ipswich pulled off a shock victory over Arsenal in their Carling Cup semi-final first-leg tie. In the end the below-par Gunners were lucky to come away from Portman Road with just a one-goal deficit. The only goal of the game was scored by Tamas Priskin.

Stoke’s Sanli Tuncay posts his video highlights on Facebook

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Turkey international picks his top 10 goals Bit-part Stoke player Tuncay has uploaded a compilation of his top 10 career goals on his Facebook page amid rumours he wants to attract potential bidders before the end of the transfer window. The Turkish striker's 11-minute video includes footage of goals for Fenerbahce, Stoke, Middlesbrough and his [.

The 10 worst Premier League transfers

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Top of the flops 1. Massimo Maccarone to Middlesbrough for £8.15m (2002) A Teeside transfer record at the time, 18 goals in four years was by no means a rewarding return for chairman Steve Gibson. Massimo did manage some payback a few years on as he will be remembered largely for the brace he bagged [.

Video: Ben Foster’s howler gives West Ham victory over Birmingham City

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Carling Cup calamity A goalkeeper would usually know he is at fault if he was beaten by a cleanly struck Carlton Cole effort, given his form this season. When a scuffed Cole strike beats you, you know something has gone horribly wrong. Birmingham City keeper Ben Foster picked a horrible time to play a game [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 8 – FA Cup Bromance

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Like waking up inside Paul Jewell The OTP Podcast is like an FA Cup minnow that never makes much progress in the competition. It has little history, lacks any real quality, and is run by part-timers, but it does get some support from the neutral more out of pity than anything else. Episode 8 [...]


Football Pools – biggest wins!

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Sunderland set to sign David Miliband

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Defeated Labour leadership contender in line for Prem move Sunderland fans hoping for a big-name signing in the January transfer window may be granted their wish but probably not in the way they expected. For months now the rumour mill has been in full swing over who David Miliband would sign for next.

Eddie Howe and loyalty – the return of a long lost friend

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Stand up and be counted Eddie, there should be more like you 2011 has, until now, been the year of the managerial departure. Dillon, Stimson, Simpson, Parkinson, Hodgson, Keane, Hutchings, Burley, and Johnson, all within the first ten days. There has been a sense within the media that managers have been treated badly by clubs, [.

Top ten Premier League loan signings

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The Loan Rangers With the potential loan move to Tottenham Hotspur of David Beckham, OTP takes the opportunity to look at ten players who made an impressive impact during short term deals. Clearly there will be those that you think we have missed, so feel free to provide suggestions. 1. Christophe Dugarry Stephane Guivarch, Florent [.

Video: Victor Obinna (West Ham) kicks Seb Larsson (Birmingham) in the nuts

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Like a Hammer to the groin West Ham forward Victor Obinna saw red during last night's Carling Leg semi-final first-leg victory over Birmingham City. The Nigerian petulantly flicked his foot up behind him to give Sebastian Larsson a swift kick to the crown jewels. Fortunately for the loanee, his side went on to win the [.

Ajax coach Frank De Boer obviously didn’t read Mido’s Wikipedia page

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The least surprising surprise ever Thanks to OTP reader Alan who, like us, is wondering how Frank De Boer can be possibly be surprised that Egyptian striker Mido wants to leave Ajax. This is a guy who has played for 10 clubs in 11 years (and he's played for three of those clubs twice!).


RIP Richard Butcher: reunited with Keith Alexander for one last time

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1981-2011 The sudden death of Macclesfield Town's Richard Butcher at the age of just 29 came as a major shock to the footballing world yesterday. It will have hit those involved at the lower end of the Football League the hardest. Richard was no stranger to League Two football, having played for Lincoln City, Peterborough [.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish wants to talk about facts

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It's deja vu all over again It is just over two years to the day since Rafa Benitez made arguably his most infamous public outburst as Liverpool manager. The Spaniard's 'Facts' rant against Sir Alex Ferguson has taken its place among the great managerial diatribes. Liverpool fans loved him for sticking it to Fergie, everyone [.

Video: David Beckham in training with Tottenham

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Becks gets to work David Beckham has taken part in his first Spurs training session. Wearing number 77, the LA Galaxy man was put through his paces by Harry Redknapp alongside the rest of the squad. After the session, Redknapp hinted that Becks could have a playing role at the club, but said the decision [.

Top 10 personalised Premier League snoods

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Sponsored post Black is so last season but neckwear is still very much 'in' with the Premier League's stars. OTP has teamed up with our friends at Buff® The Original Multifunctional Headwear to find some suitable tubular neckwear for football's finest (and maybe for you too because we have got 10 to give away).

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi wins the Ballon D’Or

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Barcelona's Xavi and Barcelona's Andres Iniesta pipped at the post In surprising news today, the nailed-on favourite to win a vote conducted by FIFA has emerged as the winner of said vote. It is difficult to build a case against Lionel Messi winning the Ballon D'Or, unless you were going to make the award entirely [.

Video: Crawley Town dump Derby County out of the FA Cup

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More giantkilling! FA Cup third round weekend got a bit of Monday night bonus giant-slaying as Championship side Derby County were knocked out of the competition by non-league Crawley Town. Sergio Torres grabbed a late winner for Blue Square Premier outfit with his side-footed effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Video: Derby’s Kris Commons dumped over pitchside railings by Crawley Town’s Sergio Torres

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Use your Commons fence OTP has no idea whether Sergio Torres is planning a visit to Nottingham anytime soon, but if he does they will probably give him the freedom of the city. Not only did the Argentine score the goal that knocked Derby County out of the FA Cup, he also took the time [...]


David Beckham undergoes medical at Tottenham, leaves wearing Spurs tracksuit

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Becks move very much full speed ahead David Beckham has completed a medical at Tottenham Hotspur ahead of his potential loan move to the club. There has been no official confirmation on the outcome of the examination, but the thumbs-up given by Becks as he left can probably be taken as a universal gesture of [.

Video: Drinks bottle gets the better of Xavi, but not Jose Mourinho

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Bottles take La Liga by storm Not so long ago we would have suggested that Barcelona midfielder Xavi was invincible. But in the space of a week he has been owned by Sergio Busquets and now a plastic bottle. The one-man pass machine struggled to get to grips with the sports drink, grappling with his [.

Keep track of your team with the iTeam app for iPhone

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Sponsored post Fancy yourself as your Sunday League side's answer to the Opta Index? Make yourself the stats guru of your team by downloading the iTeam app to your iPhone. If you're always struggling to remember how many times you've hit the back of the net or, perhaps more likely, reckon you must be due [.

Top 10 conclusions FA Cup third round weekend

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1. One fan took Newcastle's FA Cup knockout a bit too literally. Just ask Stevenage defender Scott Laird. 2. Lee Hughes: FA Cup giantkiller. Sounds like there should be a custodial sentence attached. 3. Kenny Dalglish will reflect that 30secs might be the shortest lived period of euphoria in the history of managerial returns.

Guest Post January: How I managed to keep hold of my WAG while maintaining my footy obsession: Life lessons, Lampard and a bit of luck

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Continuing our Guest Post January feature, please extend a warm OTP welcome to Ibracadabra of Never Captain Nicky Butt. I often wonder to myself if there are others like me out there. Others so in love with footy that it is their number 1 hobby/passion outside of (or including) their work and family.

Ian Holloway: ‘Yes we are Premier League and we are having a laugh’

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Generic chant hits a nerve with Blackpool gaffer Of all the things that are chanted at football matches, and which Ian Holloway must have heard during his time in the game, the 'Premier League? You're having a laugh' song must be among the least offensive. But Olly took umbrage to Southampton supporters' sing-song after Blackpool [.

FA Cup third round weekend in numbers

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Feed your desires or impress your work colleagues, depending on your level of obsession 15 – QPR have now gone 15 games without a win in the FA Cup. Neil Warnock will be happy to concentrate on the league, but it remains a dreadful record 0 It might have been touch and go for [...]


Ryan Babel in hot water over mocked up photo of Howard Webb

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Naughty naughty Ryan Above is a picture of Howard Webb mocked up in a Manchester United shirt, as provided to the world by Liverpool player Ryan Babel on Twitter, less than four hours after their game had ended. After their defeat to Manchester United, Babel tweeted the following message: And they call him one of [.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott publicly joins the Diving Club

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Theo 'fesses up Theo Walcott's admission that he dived to try and win a penalty will sadly take the shine off Arsenal's heroic draw against financially crippled Championship side Leeds United. For us, Theo's post-match interview was as unnecessary as waxing your pecs – sure you get something off your chest, but your left with [.

OTP Quiz of the Week 8

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With a foreign Premier League imports theme 1. Who is the only Albanian to play in the Premier League, having one season before leaving for Galatasaray in 2010? 2. Which four American players started for their country against England in the World Cup and played in the Premier League last season? 3. And which two [.

Tweet Stalking Guy: #1 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

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A tweek in the life of a footballer Trawling the twittersphere for tripe so you don't have to, our new feature Tweet Stalking Guy is the online equivalent of sitting in the bushes outside a Premier League player's home and gleefully rustling through their rubbish bins for a full week. With their profiles set to [.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson speaks out on toilet seat theft

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Liverpool defender thought Jeremy Beadle was behind his arrest It's been a busy day on Twitter for Liverpool's Glen Johnson. After his now deleted rant at Paul Merson, the England right-back has now regaled his followers with his version of the events which led to him being arrested for shoplifting a toilet seat from B&Q.

Liverpool’s Glen Johnson rips into ‘alcoholic drug abuser’ Paul Merson

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Johnson's Twitter page not to be snorted at Another day and another footballer with a 140 character vendetta to publish. Last week, Robbie Savage assaulted OTP with a tweet declaring us 'a pile of !' and Aldershot Town's Marvin Morgan decided the public forum was the perfect place to wish that his booing fans [.

Paul Ince held Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at gun-point

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Guvnor really rules the manor Every one loves a football prankster. It's why Jimmy Bullard and the Wimbledon crazy-gang are held in such high esteem. As they will no doubt attest to, the key to any well-executed prank is: a) picking a target who will take a joke and b) Not taking it too far. [...]


Video: Stevenage player punched to the ground after win over Newcastle

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Cup hero takes blow Stevenage defender Scott Laird was punched to the ground by a pitch invader following the League Two side's historic FA Cup victory over Newcastle. Laird was floored by a right-hook to the face after being mobbed by supporters at the end of the 3-1 win.


Andy Carroll – Biggest ever Geordie lightweight?

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Wor Andy drinking like a Mackem The Daily Mirror is today claiming that Andy Carroll current thigh injury has been caused by the England striker falling off a bar stool in a casino when drunk at 5am. I wouldn't wish it on anyone to actually read the story, but obvious to say it includes ridiculously [.

Leo Messi tells FHM about Barca training sessions, cruelly pipped to cover by Nicole Scherzinger

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Sponsored Post Did you indulge a bit too much over Christmas? We suspected as much OTP was equally guilty. But we find it hard to believe that Little Lionel Messi got stuck in to too many mince pies. The unstoppable Barcelona star would surely have shunned the Christmas pudding and brandy custard in favour of [.

Roy Hodgson leaves Liverpool by mutual consent, replaced by Kenny Dalglish

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Surprise, surprise... So the most predicted and clamoured for sacking in the history of the Premier League has finally happened. Woy has gone. Liverpool have announced that manager Roy Hodgson has left by mutual consent. The club chose to ignore our well-reasoned arguments against giving him the boot, except perhaps the one which suggested he [.

Top five ways to ensure some FA Cup third round romance

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Compiled by OTP Podcast host Ben Davies 1. Make it compulsory for all teams to run out to Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On. 2. Swapping shirts will be banned in favour of swapping jockstraps at the end of third round matches. 3. Fans will be obliged to wave their lighters in the air throughout [...]


Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan booked winter break before realising he’d be working over Christmas

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Ghanaian's travel agent obviously not a big footy fan Asamoah Gyan booked himself a relaxing little holiday for the Premier League's winter break before discovering it doesn't have one. The Sunderland forward was all set to jet-off and checked with manager Steve Bruce when the break officially started only to be told the matches [.

Top five most appropriate ways for Roy Keane to be sacked by Ipswich

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Keano leaves Tractor Boys were any of these methods employed? 1. By text, the same way he quit as manager of Sunderland. 2. Through a message written on the dedications page of Alf-Inge Haaland's autobiography. 3. Keep it a secret for a while, tell everyone else except Keane then let Patrick Vieira "shoot his [.

Video: Roy Hodgson goes walkabout

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No sooner had we bemoaned the lack of a Roy Hodgson celebrity protest video than we found something that fits two-thirds of the bill. Alas, no celebrities. Spotted on Pies


Video: Comedy team-mate rebound own goal from Japan

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A sore nose AND an o.g. on the scoresheet The defender in this Japanese High School Football Championship was not taking any chances with his clearance and gave it some welly. Unfortunately, the full brunt of the mammoth hoof was felt by his team-mate stood a metre in front of him. The balls smacks off [.

Top 10 reasons why Liverpool SHOULDN’T sack Roy Hodgson

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In defence of Uncle Woy (sort of) 1. His post-match interviews are outstanding value. First there was the denial, then there was the ridiculous excuses of a man watching a different game to everyone else. His current stage could best be described as bewilderment. 2. If Kenny Dalglish was to take over as manager and [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football Betting tips for 8-9 January 2011

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Bolton to win comfortably, Adam Birchall's dream to continue, and a chestful of pearl necklaces Return to profit last week with fifty pounds back on our outlays, and only Nottingham Forest costing another forty snoops. This week obviously bets will be focussed on the FA Cup, but with Third Round day being notoriously difficult in [.

Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy – FA Cup Special

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On the Law-road to Wembley It was with bated breath that I loaded up the BBC sport homepage this morning. Fingers crossed, mouth slightly dry, and a heart beating marginally faster than if I was in the presence of a female porn star or royalty. And so it became true. Our man has done a [...]


Scunthorpe miss the ‘S’ off their name in calendar FAIL

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Happy New Year, fans Scunthorpe have proved why they are the only football club you are likely to get moderated for mentioning in a blog comments section. The Iron's £12.99 personalised club calendar unwittingly gave supporters some abuse when they flicked to September. An advertising board which should have featured the recipients name followed by [.

Meet the Bolton Wanderers Academy stars – Owen Coyle would rather have an empty bench than pick them!

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Trot on Bolton's well-documented injury problems have left Owen Coyle with just 15 first-team players at his disposal. What has been slightly baffling is his refusal to call upon an Academy player, even if it was just to warm the bench and sample the atmosphere of senior football. Instead he named just four substitutes for [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League fixtures 5 January

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1. That was a set of results that must have the League Managers Association press officer wondering if they did something evil in a previous life. It's time for the Great Premier League Sack Race. 2. If Sir Alex Ferguson is an optimist his pools coupon probably won last night. 3. At least Roy Hodgson's [.

Marvin Morgan: a footballer who’s more menacing on Twitter than Robbie Savage

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Another footballing Twit It turns out that OTP got off quite lightly with Robbie Savage's Twitter tirade against us yesterday. Aldershot Town player Marvin Morgan has found himself in hot water after tweeting that he hoped the club's fans died. Ironically, just like Savage's beef with us, it was the subject of being booed by [.

Video: Sergio Busquets shows how to tackle Barcelona team-mate Xavi

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It can be done! For years it has seemed that it was impossible to take possession of a football away from Barcelona star Xavi. But last night his team-mate Sergio Busquets gave a masterclass in how to nick the ball from the midfield magician. Europe's elite will have been watching closely as Busquets managed to [.

Robbie Savage kicks off on OTP

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Is nobody safe from Sav's Twitter attacks? Off The Post has found itself the subject of an unlikely Twitter tirade from Robbie Savage this afternoon. The Derby County midfielder took exception to our post suggesting that frustrated Rams fans were well within their rights to boo their side's during the 0-0 draw with Millwall.

Greek fans block players on team bus with bonfires and barricades

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Firelighter sales rocket in Wolverhampton Angry fans of Greek side Larissa blockaded the club's players on the team coach as they returned from a 3-0 away defeat. More than 500 fans were on hand to join the riot when the team returned to Athens after their loss at Atromitos. Windows in the coach were smashed [.

Is our hatred of Blackburn boss Steve Kean irrational?

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OTP's new least favourite Prem manager We have a confession to make. OTP discovered this morning that it has a severe disliking of Blackburn Rovers caretaker manager Steve Kean. The suspicions that we weren't his biggest fans were already there, but the lightbulb moment came when we read that he is planning a one-to-one meeting [.

Robbie Savage attacks Derby fans on Twitter

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Everyone knows he's a bit of a twit As we well know, Robbie Savage is a man that both loves an opinion and likes people hearing said opinions. Whilst in truth that is a stance that I admire, Robbie took things perhaps a slight too far when Derby fans reacted badly during their side's 0-0 [...]


OTP Podcast: Episode 7 – Stan Collymoron

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"I LOVE FOOTBALL!" With those New Year hangovers just about wearing off, why not ease yourself into 2011 with the OTP Podcast Episode 7. This week we'll be looking at a referee being taught a lesson in Mexico, Stan Collymore's "alternative" commentary style, a rather inebriated official in Belarus and why Sunderland's forward line are [.

Video: Jose Mourinho slides into his dugout (Getafe v Real Madrid)

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A Special Slip Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has not been having the best of luck with dugouts so far this season. First of all there was the injury he sustained by headbutting the dugout during Real's victory over Real Sociedad in December. Now the Getafe dugout attempted to claim the Special One's coccyx as [.

Top ten footballing conclusions 2010

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Because late has always been better than never As the grim reality of being back to the 9 to 5 sets in, and the monotony of office life bites, it must be time to review the 2010 footballing year. Feel free to add any more you think I've missed off... 1. Blue is the colour [...]


West Ham boss Avram Grant takes coaching tips from Roberto Mancini, gets a lucky scarf

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Thank your lucky scarves Avram Grant has revealed the secret behind West Ham's stunning turnaround over the Christmas period a lucky scarf. The charmed neckwear was first sported by Grant in his side's unlikely 4-0 Carling Cup triumph over Manchester United. He foolishly ditched the scarf for the defeats to Sunderland and Manchester City, [.

Video: Asamoah Gyan and Anton Ferdinand’s dance celebration

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Baby Jet takes Anton under his performer's wing Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan tempted Anton Ferdinand into his trademark dancing goal celebration after scoring against Blackburn. The Ghanaian is eager to share his moves with just about anyone who is willing to make an idiot of themselves. Having snared Ferdinand, Gyan has now set his sights [.

Blackburn bid for Ronaldinho and move for David Beckham!

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Venky's plan to end the boos in spectacular fashion Blackburn have launched a bid to sign AC Milan star Ronaldinho. And they have enquired about taking David Beckham on loan from LA Galaxy. The deal for Ronaldinho would see the player pocket £20 million over the course of a three-year contract. Rovers face competition from [.

It’s the grudge match you’ve been waiting for… Zlatan Ibrahimovic v David O’Leary

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Let's get ready to rumble One of the beauties of running OTP is that you sometimes get to write about things that have actually happened even though they might sound like they are just a very random but entertaining dream from the night before. Take this post, for instance. We have lost count of the [.

Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy Column

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With a bloody Blackpool win! Is he earning is money at last? It has been a bumper week of predictions for our moustached hero, although this time out he doesn't have the comfort of a celebrity predicting against him. Blackpool v Birmingham "Birmingham cannot buy themselves a goal." Number of games since Birmingham last scored: [.

Guest Post January: Like Thales’ solar eclipse of 585 BC, Kaka appeared

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Happy New Year, OTP fans. As a treat for the start of 2011, we are going to be featuring guest posts from various writers throughout the month in a feature we've imaginatively entitled Guest Post January. First up is Eric Beard from AFootballReport. As has been the case for the better part of the 21st [.

Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs releases a yoga DVD

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Next, Pilates with Edwin Van Der Sar Ryan Giggs has hit the celebrity fitness DVD market with his new release extolling the virtues of yoga. Giggs Fitness: Power & Strength Through Yoga hits the shelves today and is set to be a massive hit after already charting on the basis of pre-orders. In the video, [.

Stan Collymore’s maniacal screams as Aston Villa equalise against Chelsea

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SVC allows his broadcasting impartiality to briefly slip Among the topics up for discussion on tomorrow's OTP Podcast is talkSPORT commentator Stan Collymore's rather understated reaction to Aston Villa's last gasp equaliser against Chelsea on Sunday. The combined effects of Stan screaming in his face and suffering the ultimate commentating humiliation of declaring that one [.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle tries his hand at being a film director

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Trotters boss sends dodgy decision DVD to Premier League and refs Owen Coyle has compiled footage of 14 decisions he claims have wrongly gone against his Bolton side this season. And the DVD was already in the post to the Premier League and its referees when an offside Joe Cole snatched victory for Liverpool against [.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure scrap at Manchester City’s training ground

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More Citeh in-fighting Manchester City duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure had to be pulled apart by team-mates during a training ground bust-up today. The pair of ex-Gunners were in training ahead of tomorrow's clash with Arsenal when they got into a row and ended up wrestling on the ground of City's Carrington base until [.

Video: Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez scores a cheeky ‘Zola’ backheel against Stoke

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Little Pea improvisation Manchester United just about had enough to see off Stoke City at Old Trafford. They recorded a less than convincing 2-1 victory, but both of their goals were absolute beauts. Javier Hernandez opened the scoring with this cheeky backheel. Shades of Gianfranco Zola. Nani secured the win with a left-footed curler from [.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure scrap at Manchester City’s training ground

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More Citeh in-fighting Manchester City duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure had to be pulled apart by team-mates during a training ground bust-up today. The pair of ex-Gunners were in training ahead of tomorrow's clash with Arsenal when they got into a row and ended up wrestling on the ground of City's Carrington base until [.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle tries his hand at being a film director

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Trotters boss sends dodgy decision DVD to Premier League and refs Owen Coyle has compiled footage of 14 decisions he claims have wrongly gone against his Bolton side this season. And the DVD was already in the post to the Premier League and its referees when an offside Joe Cole snatched victory for Liverpool against [.

Stan Collymore’s maniacal screams as Aston Villa equalise against Chelsea

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SVC allows his broadcasting impartiality to briefly slip Among the topics up for discussion on tomorrow's OTP Podcast is talkSPORT commentator Stan Collymore's rather understated reaction to Aston Villa's last gasp equaliser against Chelsea on Sunday. The combined effects of Stan screaming in his face and suffering the ultimate commentating humiliation of declaring that one [.

Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy Column

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With a bloody Blackpool win! Is he earning is money at last? It has been a bumper week of predictions for our moustached hero, although this time out he doesn't have the comfort of a celebrity predicting against him. Blackpool v Birmingham "Birmingham cannot buy themselves a goal." Number of games since Birmingham last scored: [.

Guest Post January: Like Thales’ solar eclipse of 585 BC, Kaka appeared

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Happy New Year, OTP fans. As a treat for the start of 2011, we are going to be featuring guest posts from various writers throughout the month in a feature we've imaginatively entitled Guest Post January. First up is Eric Beard from AFootballReport. As has been the case for the better part of the 21st [.

Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs releases a yoga DVD

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Next, Pilates with Edwin Van Der Sar Ryan Giggs has hit the celebrity fitness DVD market with his new release extolling the virtues of yoga. Giggs Fitness: Power & Strength Through Yoga hits the shelves today and is set to be a massive hit after already charting on the basis of pre-orders. In the video, [.

Video: Female member of Chelsea’s backroom staff turns the air Blue

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Swearing fun at the Bridge If Roman Abramovich thought ditching Ray Wilkins would give his bench a friendlier appearance, he had accounted for Aston Villa's late equaliser in the 3-3 draw on Sunday. Even the members of the supposedly fairer sex were giving the Blues' dugout a rough look at the end of the match.

Video: Asamoah Gyan and Anton Ferdinand’s dance celebration

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Baby Jet takes Anton under his performer's wing Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan tempted Anton Ferdinand into his trademark dancing goal celebration after scoring against Blackburn. The Ghanaian is eager to share his moves with just about anyone who is willing to make an idiot of themselves. Having snared Ferdinand, Gyan has now set his sights [.

Blackburn bid for Ronaldinho!

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Venky's plan to end the boos in spectacular fashion Blackburn have launched a bid to sign AC Milan star Ronaldinho. The deal would see the Brazilian pocket £20 million over the course of a three-year contract. The news is only just breaking so we'll have more to follow, but given that Sam Allardyce apparently left [.

It’s the grudge match you’ve been waiting for… Zlatan Ibrahimovic v David O’Leary

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Let's get ready to rumble One of the beauties of running OTP is that you sometimes get to right about things that have actually happened even though they might sound like they are just a very random but entertaining dream from the night before. Take this post, for instance. We have lost count of the [.

Video: Robinho sustains injury kicking TV camera

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We're rolling (on the floor in agony) AC Milan forward Robinho picked up a comedy injury during his side's victory over Al-Ahli in Dubai on Sunday. The Brazilian was chasing a lost cause out of play (perhaps the most shocking fact of the entire incident) when he collided with a TV camera. He was stretchered [.

Signing of David Beckham would merely show Spurs as pretenders

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Do Spurs need to be a part of Brand Beckham? But it's David Beckham... and we are Spurs.... so of course I would want us to sign him The above quote is not from one of the bastions of our game, but instead my brother. But matter not, it highlights my point perfectly. David Beckham, [...]

Top 10 conclusions Premier League New Year fixtures

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1. No doubt about the highlight of the weekend: Chelsea's celebration after John Terry's goal. 2. Rafael Van Der Vaart and Gareth Bale even do deflected free-kicks stylishly. 3. Peter Odemwingie and Carlos Tevez seem to have been working with the same penalty-taking coach. 4. Arsene Wenger is not very pleased about Roger Johnson and [.

OTP Quiz of the week 7

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With a 2010 Premier League theme 1. Which team qualified with Manchester City in knocking Juventus out of the Europa League? 2. Which Premier League team had the lowest capacity ground in the 2009/10 season? 3. Can you name the four PL teams that had their kits sponsored by Nike in 2009/10? 4. Can you [.

Bend It Like Beckham becomes first Western film to air on North Korean TV

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Brand Beckham definitely has cracked the Asian market now! North Korea treated its citizens to a Boxing Day TV screening of Bend It Like Beckham. Martin Uden, the British ambassador to South Korea, claimed on Twitter that it was the "1st ever Western-made film to air on TV" in North Korea. He also claimed that [.

Match of the Day’s wonky offside line analysis

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Detractors 1-0 Protractors Earlier this season MOTD faced some criticism over the nature of the analysis of its pundits. OTP was far from the programme's harshest critic. But we're not entirely convinced that this is what those leading the backlash meant by the need for some new perspective on the show.

OTP Debates: A winter break

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Now is the Winter of our discontent There has been a lot of discussion recently regarding the use of a Winter break within English football. It is something that has been instigated by our German and Spanish counterparts, and clearly has come the forefront again with the less than clement weather we have experienced in [.