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The Darke Side: Criticism Part And Parcel Of Football

29 July 2020

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford whipped up a storm when he claimed the media ‘hated’ England players. There really is no place to hide from nonsense like this.

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The Darke Side: Stat Attack

23 July 2020

Football is in danger of being buried under a mountain of statistics when there is only one that really matters – the score.

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The Darke Side: Carrot Or Stick

24 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.

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The Darke Side: Footballers Turned Pundits

10 June 2020

Footballers used to retire to run pubs or sell insurance.

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The Darke Side: Ian's XI

4 June 2020

It is a little spooky – even weird – how football supporters form an emotional bond with some players, while never taking to others.

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The Darke Side: Madcap Managers

27 May 2020

Heard the one about the young Northern Ireland debutant who asked the manager about win bonuses?

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The Darke Side: Commentary Gaffes

21 May 2020

“This goalkeeper should know his angles. He’s got a degree in maths… or is it English Literature? I can’t remember.”

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The Darke Side: Do Your Research

13 May 2020

“Who?” You will hear it all over the country – including here at Fratton Park.

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The Darke Side: Football Phone-Ins

6 May 2020

Drive home from any game and you will hear it – football fans bombarding phone-ins because their team has ‘let them down’.

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The Darke Side: Travel Sickness

30 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.

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The Darke Side: VAR Here To Stay

23 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.

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The Darke Side: Awkward Interviews

15 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?”

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