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March 29, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/29/2009

When Shilton reached 109 England caps he was presented with a special shirt bearing the number and his name on the back. As Saturday approached, and David Beckham inevitably collected his latest record-breaking cap, England unveiled their new shirts too.

Not especially for Goldenballs himself, but for the whole team. I am not entirely sure why, when playing at home, the three lions wore all white (don’t we usually have blue shorts, or did I miss something?). But I am certain that Beckham’s forty-five minutes proved that we still need him as a player.

March 22, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/22/2009

Satan has not risen from hell to assume control of earth. No nuclear missiles have been launched by the world's superpowers, nor is there a large asteroid on a collision course with the planet. In short, Armageddon is not here yet, this is not the end of the world. However, United have now served up two pretty stale performances in a week and a mild inquest is in order.

March 14, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/14/2009

It is not possible to go into this game without acknowledging the fact that this is, well, kind of a big deal. Interestingly, our rivalry with Liverpool only started to get really ugly in the late 70s and early 80s. Prior to that, the mutual respect that should exist between the two clubs held sway. Now of course, it’s war. Pure and simple.

March 8, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/08/2009

Honestly, I am doing everything I can here. I have stopped reading the newspapers, a brick has been thrown through the screen of the TV and I have managed to block out all radio broadcasts to my house. But somehow this word ‘quintuple’ keeps coming back into my consciousness.

It is not going to stop. With performances like this one we are doomed to the build up for this outrageous trophy bid.

March 2, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/02/2009

Back in the 80s Carling was an entirely different company. Their beer was invariably connected to superhuman feats of derring do in absolutely fantastic adverts such this one.

And, in an act of foresight quite improbable, they even managed to include an early Ben Foster in this one.

March 1, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/01/2009

It is a dangerous game Ferguson is playing with this cup final. Whilst I utterly respect the policy of blooding the youngsters in this competition, and continuing with those selections for the final, there is one small problem with it. It greatly increases the chances of us losing.