The Darke Side: Carrot Or Stick24 June 2020
“Come in, son, and sit down. I’ve got some good news for you,” said Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough to Stuart Pearce.
The Darke Side: Footballers Turned Pundits10 June 2020
Footballers used to retire to run pubs or sell insurance.
The Darke Side: Ian's XI4 June 2020
It is a little spooky – even weird – how football supporters form an emotional bond with some players, while never taking to others.
The Darke Side: Madcap Managers27 May 2020
Heard the one about the young Northern Ireland debutant who asked the manager about win bonuses?
The Darke Side: Commentary Gaffes21 May 2020
“This goalkeeper should know his angles. He’s got a degree in maths… or is it English Literature? I can’t remember.”
The Darke Side: Do Your Research13 May 2020
“Who?” You will hear it all over the country – including here at Fratton Park.
The Darke Side: Football Phone-Ins6 May 2020
Drive home from any game and you will hear it – football fans bombarding phone-ins because their team has ‘let them down’.
The Darke Side: Travel Sickness30 April 2020
Michael Owen, a colleague at BT Sport, told me once that his favourite feeling was walking out with Liverpool and facing a raging hostile crowd in the Merseyside derby away to Everton.
The Darke Side: VAR Here To Stay23 April 2020
Football was once played without crossbars, nets, floodlights, offsides, substitutes, yellow and red cards, and with a pig’s bladder for the ball.
The Darke Side: Awkward Interviews15 April 2020
The reporter at one of those feisty Sir Alex Ferguson press conferences got the best laugh of the day: “Can I ask a question, Sir Alex, or am I banned this week?”