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The decline of the Boxing Day derby, Football

The decline of the Boxing Day derby

In football terms, Boxing Day is a collective sigh of relief after the familial confinement of the festive season.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 17 December 2012 at 4:00 pm

High On Hope: Piers Sanderson’s Acid House retrospective, Arts

High On Hope: Piers Sanderson’s Acid House retrospective

A few years ago Piers Sanderson decided to make a documentary based on the warehouse scene in sunny Blackburn. During the late eighties and early nineties, the warehouse scene exploded across the UK capturing the imaginations of young people from all walks of life. Helping to bring people together in musical harmony – a cheesy image, but actually true for the most part. Here Piers fills me in on his film High On Hope…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 9 April 2012 at 1:23 pm

Football Chat: United turn it up, early signs from the Premier League and what’s Sven Goran Eriksson up to?, Sport

Football Chat: United turn it up, early signs from the Premier League and what’s Sven Goran Eriksson up to?

Manchester United turn on the style against Tottenham…
The new signings and the young players returning from loan spells are looking so good at United. Phil Jones and Ashley Young look the part and youngsters Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are shining brightly. Goalkeeper David De Gea (apart from one moment that didn’t prove costly) [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 23 August 2011 at 2:33 pm

Football Chat: Super Sergio Aguero, David De Gea needs time and Joey Barton gets up to his old tricks, Sport

Football Chat: Super Sergio Aguero, David De Gea needs time and Joey Barton gets up to his old tricks

Aguero, Diego Maradona’s son-in-law, is going to continue to make a huge impact and his second goal had everyone off their seats in both the stadium and at homes where it was being watched on TV. The Argentine made a sensational debut!

By | Sport | Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 5:04 pm

Premier League review: Blackpool ‘were a breath of fresh air’ in the top-flight, Sport

Premier League review: Blackpool ‘were a breath of fresh air’ in the top-flight

So long, farewell, and feel free to return. Front-lines sliced open the Tangerines one too many times this season yet Ian Holloway ensured his side continually played as candidly as he spoke. Their name was Blackpool, brave Blackpool and they were given a license to thrill. Relegation now reigns over Bloomfield Road but not without a showering [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 23 May 2011 at 12:54 pm

Why sacking the manager is the best way to save a team from relegation, Sport

Why sacking the manager is the best way to save a team from relegation

Where continuity is seen as the key to long term success – is it possible that chop and change is the key to short-term survival?

By | Sport | Tuesday, 17 May 2011 at 1:16 pm

Your guide to the relegation battle – and why West Ham, Blackpool and Blackburn will go down, Sport

Your guide to the relegation battle – and why West Ham, Blackpool and Blackburn will go down

Neutrals and fans partial to the taste of fingernails will be thankful the bottom end of the table remains far from decided.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 12:02 am

Rovers’ returns at Everton: Historic hope in relegation scrap, Sport

Rovers’ returns at Everton: Historic hope in relegation scrap

Blackburn Rovers are very much involved in a scrap for survival, having not won any of their last eight Premier League matches, since beating West Brom 2-0 on 23 January.

By | Sport | Friday, 15 April 2011 at 12:38 pm

Premier League review: Dirk Kuyt a “loyal servant and ambassador for the club”, Sport

Premier League review: Dirk Kuyt a “loyal servant and ambassador for the club”

Flying the flag for Liverpool on Sunday was Dirk Kuyt, that renewable energy system, who sunk Manchester United with a sequence of close-range efforts, affirming a well-deserved hat-trick as the Reds triumphed 3-1 at Anfield. “Dirk ‘Tap-in’ Kuyt: Kop Legend,” wrote one Liverpool supporter.
“[Kuyt’s] work-rate is unsurpassed,” scribed another. “He was in the right place [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 6:09 pm

Ronaldinho, Roy and the return of David Beckham, Sport

Ronaldinho, Roy and the return of David Beckham

Blackburn not chicken about Ronaldinho
Is Ronaldinho really worth £6.2m in the Premier League? Forgive me if I laugh at the new owners of Blackburn if they think this player will solve their problems but it is managers that are the key signings for clubs. They were potty to sack Big Sam, I don’t think his [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 4 January 2011 at 6:00 pm

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