Euro Totti

Euro Totti

As Euro 2016 begins, my mind is taken back to the summer of 2000. This summer was to be my first, and only, experience of a major football tournament as I, along with a mate, decided to apply for tickets in the ballot for Euro 2000 in Holland and Belgium and see where it got us.

Well, the ballot was a success and we were rewarded with tickets for group games in Bruges, Liege and Amsterdam as well as the final in Rotterdam. As the tournament got closer, anticipation built and we, more than anything, looked forward to the final and hoped England would make it (yes I know, I know….but I was young and naïve etc etc).

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro

Castel di Sangro is a tiny town situated in the Abruzzo region of Italy, and has a population of around 6,000 people. In the mid 1990’s, the townsfolk and supporters of A.S.D Castel di Sangro Calcio experienced a journey which saw them come within touching distance of what was – during that period – the

The Burnden Park Disaster

The Burnden Park Disaster

Seventy years ago today, n the 9th of March, 1946, 33 people died in an overcrowded Burnden Park. Here, Tony Topping looks at the tragedy and its effects on football

On the morning of Saturday the 9th of March 1946, Bill Hughes left his home at 28, Byrom St, Poolstock to attend a football match. The 56yr old would never return to his Wigan home, he died along with 32 others on the concrete terracing at Burnden Park Bolton.

Three other Wiganers were amongst the dead that day, W. Braidwood aged 40 from 96, Green Lane, Hindley, Harold Mc Andrew of 13, Sharp St, Wigan and Thomas Robey aged 65 from 118, Up Holland St, Billinge.

Table Fever

Table Fever

I’ve done it, the one thing I have avoided to do for so long. No it’s not cooking or hoovering, I’ve looked at the Division 3 table (League One) and now the torment has started. When Wigan Athletic were plodding around in the backwaters of mid table I was carefree and running through the slag heaps of the Three Sisters like a northern Julie Andrews singing “T’hill’s ar alive”

Pitch and Tossers

Pitch and Tossers

There’s been a storm brewing for some time over WN5 and it’s not the sort which regularly floods that roundabout by Asda.

It is a tale of somebody trying to do the right thing and solve a difficult problem, only for them to receive hate filled bile and contempt back in their direction from ungracious and ungrateful individuals who live in our town.

Dreams Can Come True

Dreams Can Come True

So sang Gabrielle in the 1990’s, and they could come true for Leicester City this season in the ‘EPL’ as they sit pretty at the top of the table. It would be the biggest shock since Blackburn 20 years ago but you have to go back even further to witness this feat in Italy.

It is results that matter

It is results that matter

Of course we would ALL like to watch a Ajaxbarcabrazillianesque style of football week in week out but in truth it is the end result that matters the most. Forums, Twitter and phone-ins are awash with angry folk when their team suffers a defeat not with what the style of the 1-0 victory was like.

The Transfer Window

The Transfer Window

Well we are coming up to a week of the hyperbole that is the madness of January, not the SCS or Next sale but SkySports Transfer Window © with yellow being the “in” colour. Now as you may or may not know “I Love Football”  and I am getting sick to death of this moronic coverage of

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