“Last week, there was uproar at Whitby Town when their PA announcer, Colin, revealed the winner of the Great British Bake Off over the Tannoy during the match,” writes Elliot Leaver. “Are there any other examples of TV spoilers being given at live football events?” Chris Page and several others got in touch with one spectacular example from 23 February 1983. “On Coronation Street, Deirdre Barlow found herself having to make a choice between staying with her husband, Ken, or leaving him for Mike Baldwin. She would eventually choose [SPOILER ALERT] … the former, leading to an announcement at Old Trafford. “Manchester United were playing Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final when the message ‘Ken and Deirdre reunited – Ken 1 Mike 0’ flashed up on the scoreboard. At a time when people were not quite as worried about spoilers, the announcement was greeted with rapturous cheers from the crowd rather than uproar.” It all ended in … [Read more...] about Which football matches have featured TV show spoilers?
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With no goals in 11 appearances and a late arrival for a team meeting having blotted his copybook, Moise Kean could be forgiven for thinking his move to Everton has started badly. And if he isn’t he better start thinking that way soon because Mino Raiola is his agent and he waits for no man. The man who once branded Pep Guardiola ‘a coward and a dog’ in a war of words over Paul Pogba is apparently exploring possible exit routes for the 19-year-old forward who only landed in the Premier League three months ago. Milan are at the head of the queue for the Italy international who was excelling for Juventus last season before a surprise move to Goodison Park. Talks have already taken place and are set to get serious, if you believe the reports in Kean’s homeland. Hopefully Raiola has got a few properties in his Milan portfolio because Granit Xhaka has been busy house hunting in the city prior to his own planned move to the Serie A strugglers. The Swiss midfielder is … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Moise Kean and Granit Xhaka to Milan?
Spanish striker David Villa says he will retire in January. The 37-year-old will finish his career with Vissel Kobe in January of next year at the close of the league season in Japan, ending the career of Spain’s top scorer in international play. “It’s better to leave football before football leaves me,” Villa said. “I’ve been thinking for several years when you reach 33, 34 or 35 the moment can arrive at any time in a game, in training, or with an injury.” Villa scored 59 goals in 98 appearances for Spain from 2004-17, including five goals at the 2010 World Cup as his nation won the title for the first time. He also scored four goals for Spain en route to the 2008 European Championship title and is his country’s most prolific scorer ever. Before signing with Kobe, Villa played at Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid before spending four seasons with New York City FC, scoring 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances. “It’s a … [Read more...] about David Villa to retire: ‘It’s better to leave football before football leaves me’
CHELSEA starlet Reece James is the latest sports star to sign up with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports management company. The 19-year-old joins the likes of former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng on the client list. And it's a real family affair - his sister Lauren, a forward on Manchester United's books and his dad Nigel, who runs a football academy, have also signed up. Speaking about the move, Reece said: "Joining the Roc Nation family alongside my own family is a very special feeling."Family means everything to me, and I could tell from day one just how highly Roc Nation values it. I look forward to a great partnership with Roc Nation who will manage my off-the-pitch activities as only they can. Lauren added: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Roc Nation family and the other impressive footballers they have on their roster. "The Roc Nation team has been incredibly welcoming, and … [Read more...] about Chelsea ace Reece James joins Lukaku in linking up with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management company along with dad and sister
The most ruthless sporting team in history was the 1932/3 England cricket side under the captaincy of a man named Douglas Jardine. Desperate to nullify the prodigious exploits of Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman (or batter, for my American readers) in history, Jardine devised a devilish strategy that involved ordering his 95mph bowlers (pitchers) to deliberately bowl at the opposition players’ torsos. Led by ferocious former miner Harold Larwood, they did this for weeks on end, hitting Australian heads, hearts, arms, legs and chests with a relentless and terrifying fusillade. Dubbed ‘Bodyline’, the plan worked: Bradman was reduced to a mere mortal and England thrashed the Australians 4-1 in the series, winning the coveted Ashes trophy in the process. Legendary English cricketer Douglas Jardine (left) destroyed the game of usually expert Australian batsman Sir Donald Bradman (right) and refused to apologize when the crowds were furious with … [Read more...] about PIERS MORGAN: The real shame of this US women’s soccer team is not their ruthless will to win or wild goal celebrations – it’s the fact they’re paid so much less than the men despite being so much more successful