Full of blustery charm, Delaney has never been anything other than assiduous in his self-promotion. When Ireland drew with Russia in Moscow in 2011, for instance, he joined the on-pitch celebrations and threw his tie into the ranks of Ireland supporters in the Luzhniki Stadium. The belief that a fan would treat the item with the same reverence they might a shirt worn by someone who had actually played in the game was a telling moment of self-delusion. … [Read more...] about We should be wary of mocking FAI’s John Delaney – the UK has its fair share of self-regarding sports administrators too
There are plenty more examples. “Watford were leading the home side, Oxford United, 4-0 in the Second Division game at the Manor Ground on 13 May 1989 when the referee blew for time after 41 minutes of the second half,” writes Justin Horton. “At this distance I can’t remember the identity of the referee nor whether they ever gave an explanation of their error. But given the scoreline, few home supporters were particularly concerned that they were cheated of the last few minutes of a disappointing season.” … [Read more...] about In which matches have whistle-happy referees blown for time too early?
Skip forward 10 years and Jez, Jimi [Goodwin] and I were in Sub Sub. We’d had a hit with Space Face and were looking to follow it up. We used to spend all day smoking weed and playing records, searching for samples we could use on new tracks. Jez put the forgotten record on, we heard Good Morning Starshine by Revelation and it stopped us in our tracks. Those bars, the drum breaks. Jimi learned to play the bassline on a Roland Juno-106 keyboard, and the whole track came together quickly. … [Read more...] about How we made Sub Sub’s Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)