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Chris Charles | 14:14 UK time, Friday, 19 February 2010

"I believe that Fabianski is top, top level and has massive potential" - Arsene Wenger on the eve of Arsenal's trip to Porto.

OK, not quite up there with: "Is he going to score, Kevin?" "Yes." But how Wenger must be ruing those words after his keeper's horror show on Wednesday night.

If the first goal was straight out of a Tom and Jerry cartoon, the second was Dumb and Dumber, with Fabianksi and partner-in-crime Sol Campbell wearing the startled expressions of men who'd just witnessed Lord Lucan riding past on Shergar.

It was all too much for Wenger, who, not for the first time this season, transformed into Basil Fawlty on the touchline. At one stage I half expected him to bounce down the tunnel with his head between his legs, before attacking the team bus with a leafy branch screaming: "You've tried it on once too often. Don't say I haven't warned you..."
John Cleese as Basil FawltyBasil Fawlty takes it out on the car
It's perhaps no coincidence that Rage Against The Machine have announced their free summer concert will be held on Arsenal turf. Wenger and Neil Warnock have adopted the 'Killing In The Name' approach when it comes to officialdom, and you can almost see them head-banging in the moshpit, belting out the infamous refrain.

Sir Alex Ferguson is another who appears to have fallen out of the angry tree and clipped every branch on the way down. The fiery knight hit the turbo boost on his hairdryer to publicly bawl out Jonny Evans after United's insipid first-half display in Milan.

"I was just giving him a bit of gentle advice," teased Fergie afterwards. "Our whole back four were going to get it, but he's unfortunate he was the nearest defender to me."

Still, at least Ferguson had a win to celebrate, thanks to Wayne Rooney, who produced a double-header to rival anything on Sky's Super Sunday.

Rooney almost missed the game after turning up late for the flight to Milan, requiring a police escort to the runway but showing that once he's in the air, there's no stopping him.

England fans will be praying their star man is on that plane to South Africa come June. The longer his electrifying, injury-free season continues, the more I get the nagging sound of a Tom Robinson tune in my head - Too Good To Be True.

As Daily Mirror columnist Derek McGovern observed: "Wayne Rooney's unstoppable form can only mean one thing - he's very close to breaking his metatarsal."

McGovern added; "Rooney said when interviewed after United's victory in Milan that he credited his superb form to the art of anticipation. What was really impressive was the way he answered the question before he was asked it."

I had a dilemma on Tuesday - did I a) curl up on the sofa to watch the United game with the heating on full blast and a 6-pack within stretching distance or b) sit shivering on a small plastic seat to watch QPR 'entertain' Watford in the pouring rain? Damn that blasted B option.

As it turned out, the answer was c) none of the above. The QPR game was called off an hour before kick-off due to torrential rain - the second time that has happened this season. As we appear to have more problems with the drainage in the lower field than Ted and Ralph, can I humbly suggest the club stops wasting money on rubbish players and installs a decent seepage system instead?

On the plus side, the other half agreed I could stop in the pub to watch Milan-Man U, before helpfully adding: "At least there is no chance of you losing tonight." She has a point - the last time we kept a clean sheet, Jenson Button was still waiting to be crowned world champion.

Staying with clubs who could be soap operas, it was another eventful week for Manchester City, with stories of Craig Bellamy involved in a bust-up with Roberto Mancini (no-one saw that coming), while Patrick Vieira copped a three-match ban for an assault on Glenn Whelan's nether regions.

The Stoke player squeaked afterwards: "Maybe if I was a bit bigger it would have hurt a bit more." At least his sense of humour remains intact.

Talking of humour, how about David Beckham's beard, which after a spell on the sidelines has come back bigger and badder than ever. I can only assume his advisers are giving him the Emperor with no Clothes treatment ("Oh yes, David, it really suits you") because to me it looks like the work of a crazed topiarist after a night out with Ronnie Wood.

Starting from below the ears, the face-fuzz has more gaps than the Pompey defence, drawing comparisons with Abraham Lincoln and, my favourite, Galen from Planet of the Apes.
Galen from Planet of the Apes and David Beckham Never see 'em in the same room
One would hope that if the beard is still in place the next time Becks visits Harrod's, he will be refused entry on the same crimes-against-fashion policy as the entire Shakhtar Donetsk squad, who were turfed out of the Knightsbridge store ahead of their clash with the owner's team, Fulham.

A statement on Shakhtar's website read: "The staff said that the group of customers was too big and suspicious. All of them were wearing similar tracksuits. The players explained that this was the football team and they had no habit of taking tuxedos to the training camp to go shopping." To rub salt into the wounds, the Ukrainians lost the game thanks to a stunner from Bobby Zamora. He can't.....can he?

Liverpool also hold a slender advantage going into the second leg by squeaking past Unirea with a late strike from David Ngog. I can't help noticing that commentators have of late been pronouncing the second 'G' in the Frenchman's name - maybe he's getting fed up of that wash-Ngog nickname bestowed on him by his team-mates.

In the FA Cup there were draws galore, including the 2-2 clash between Spurs and Bolton, which provided the commentary line of the week from ITV's Jim Beglin. When asked by Peter Drury what his Valentine's Day plans were, Jim replied: "I've booked a table for tonight - shame she doesn't like snooker."

Humorous song choice of the week came from the PA announcer at Crystal Palace and his pre-match selection of Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear The Reaper, while best
was provided by Southampton fans, who informed MK Dons' flame-haired skipper Dean Lewington: "You look like a Wotsit!" In which case, does that make Pierluigi Collina a Space Raider?

Which brings me neatly to the story of the week. Following newly-released MOD files, it can be revealed that, in 1999, two police officers saw four diamond-shaped lights over Stamford Bridge "move across the sky fairly quickly" - news that prompted LoftforWords messageboard user jonnoqpr to comment: "Diamond lights over Stamford Bridge? Must have been Hoddle and Waddle, surely?"

Right, that's it for now. Have a good weekend one and all. I'll be attending the QPR-Doncaster game with one of the good lady's male friends, who just happens to be a Donny fan. Could be a long afternoon.


  • 1. At 2:51pm on 19 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:


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  • 2. At 2:58pm on 19 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Quality again Chris.

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  • 3. At 2:58pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    1. LABSAB9 Hello!

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  • 4. At 3:01pm on 19 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Just thought i would get some pleasantries in before blogdignag comes to have a go about my manners!!!

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  • 5. At 3:05pm on 19 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Only joking blog, hope we can play nice today???

    Remember i am merely passing a few hours before i go home to watch tv with the wife and kids (or in todays case get down the boozer for a few beers with the lads)

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  • 6. At 3:14pm on 19 Feb 2010, meerkat loves melon wrote:

    does your other half not realize that you are a sports journalist and you have to watch the match...

    come on chris, get off the leash

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  • 7. At 3:14pm on 19 Feb 2010, OUFCbackintheprem wrote:

    Liverpool also hold a slender advantage going into the second leg by squeaking past Unirea with a late strike from David Ngog. I can't help noticing that commentators have of late been pronouncing the second 'G' in the Frenchman's name


    Can't agree more, I find it so very annoying when commentators get player names wrong.

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  • 8. At 3:22pm on 19 Feb 2010, RED_FRAGGLE wrote:

    Apparently the pronunciation of the second 'g' in Ngog's name is a nod to his Cameroon heritage, the silent 'g' is the French way of saying it

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  • 9. At 3:25pm on 19 Feb 2010, Roonaldo109 wrote:


    yup. i heard tt ngog wants to play for cameroon instead of france, so he prefers to pronounce it en-gog

    btw, spurs vs bolton finished 1-1 ;)

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  • 10. At 3:26pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    4. LABSAB9: Impeccable manners as ever, LABSAB. Just found a pic of Galen from Planet of the Apes to add in so we can compare and contrast with the beard of Beckham.

    6. meerkat loves melon: I'm in the fortunate of position of living with a lady that likes football, so no problem with watching it, but when you've got a couple of rugrats, watching games down the pub is a rare luxury. Of course, I wear the trousers in our hou...what's that dear - yes just coming.

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  • 11. At 3:30pm on 19 Feb 2010, Estesark wrote:

    I thought it was "Blue Öyster Cult", with an umlaut on the O?

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  • 12. At 3:31pm on 19 Feb 2010, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    Galen is the spitting, Chris - good spot!

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  • 13. At 3:31pm on 19 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Charlsie, another blinder son... Great stuff. And well done for a ted and ralph reference.

    Ted, potato, your, carrot, wife, onion, is, cabbage, dead parsnip...

    Always makes me chuckle...

    (and before the Keep Us Normal Tah, fasists arive, its from the fast show i'm not using some deliberatley wierd chav humour, well i am but that was the fast show... Whitehouse king of the comedy chavs!)

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  • 14. At 3:32pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    7. OUFCbackintheprem: Loving the optimistic username - although looks like you U's will be back in the league next season, instantly reducing the number of divisions between us from three to one. Sigh. P.S. I still have nightmares about 1986.

    Anyway, what was your point again? Ah yes, mispronounciation of names. To be fair, the commentators can only go with what they're told. Remember, Jermaine Jenas was always pronounced 'Jennas' until he put everyone right.

    8. RED_FRAGGLE & 9. Roonaldo109: Cheers for clearing that up. See, it's not just a knockabout blog - we've all learned something today.

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  • 15. At 3:36pm on 19 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    The fiery knight hit the turbo boost on his hairdryer to publicly bawl out Jonny Evans after United's insipid first-half display in Milan.


    Outstanding (and he fully deserved it as well)

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  • 16. At 3:42pm on 19 Feb 2010, Rabster wrote:

    "Is he going to score, Kevin?" was a crass piece of commentary. What else could poor Keegan answer? In light of the FA's decision to shelve an anti-homophobia campaign another Tom Robinson song could have been cited, or is that so last week? :)

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  • 17. At 3:45pm on 19 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    16. At 3:42pm on 19 Feb 2010, Rabster wrote:
    "Is he going to score, Kevin?" was a crass piece of commentary. What else could poor Keegan answer?


    Thats the trouble with a closed question... crass comentary, worse sales!

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  • 18. At 3:45pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    11. Oliver: You know what, I think you're right. If I can work out how to do it, I'll stick one in (although not sure why they needed one - a tad pretentious perhaps?) I'll also stick in a link to the track which, in fairness, is a belter.

    12. Rovers_Return: Love to take the credit, mate, but it came from someone on some messageboard or over. So whoever it was, thanks!

    13. RedBlueArmy92: Forgotten that - classic! Love a bit of T&R.

    11. Oliver: Er, no, couldn't work out how to do the umlaut. Link is in though.

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  • 19. At 3:57pm on 19 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Ahoy Chris.Excellent as always.What on earth was Fayed(known by Private Eye as "The Fugger".How appropriate)doing?How to wind up your oppos in one easy go.Dear old Roy must have loved that.(Am I the only one that thinks he's the only decent bloke in the game).Portsmouth could end up with owner number 5,according to today's Grauniad.What next?Still,at least it isn't as bad as at Rangers Stadium.

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  • 20. At 4:01pm on 19 Feb 2010, Estesark wrote:

    Chris, I'm sure it's not your fault - I think the BBC may have something against umlauts! It can be a big problem with Finnish names, as Räikkönen becomes Raikkonen, and Jääskeläinen becomes Jaaskelainen, etc. Most English people would never know the difference, but they would be pronounced very differently in Finnish.

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  • 21. At 4:05pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    16. Rabster: You're obviously talking about Glad To Be Gay - another classic which you can watch right here. As you probably know, Tom is now happily married (to a woman) with a few kids in tow. As for 'Crass', now you're talking my language! Was a big fan of the anarcho punks back in the day.

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  • 22. At 4:09pm on 19 Feb 2010, Hoopless wrote:

    "before helpfully adding: "At least there is no chance of you losing tonight." She has a point"

    I have to say as a Rangers fan it was nice to see an evenings worth of fixtures where we didn't lose for a change and didn't drop down that far. I'm being made redundant myself and was thinking of applying for the manager position, do you think 10 years or champ/football manager experience will be enough if I promise to play 4-3-3 and sell any striker that bags 10 goals without complaint?

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  • 23. At 4:13pm on 19 Feb 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Obviously a little late for your piece, but still, worth bringing up that the Sweaties have lost a CL place, down from two to one.


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  • 24. At 4:16pm on 19 Feb 2010, red3styler wrote:

    Good stuff.

    I still think Beckham is going for the wolverine look though!

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  • 25. At 4:19pm on 19 Feb 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Don't miss Tiger Woods' comedy contrition, either.

    Sex addiction - the best makey-up illness since ME.

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  • 26. At 4:26pm on 19 Feb 2010, RayB wrote:

    While we are on the subject of mispronouciation, how can a word spelt bernabeu be pronounced 'berna-bow', bow as in bow to the conventions of pronouciation. In which language (other than football commentators') do these rules apply? It is pronounced 'berna-bay-oo', surely that's not to hard. Can someone please pass this on to to the match team before the next time a match against Real Madrid is covered or I may need to replace another TV.

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  • 27. At 4:29pm on 19 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Rooney is'nt a case of too good to be true.

    Surely, all good things come to an end?

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  • 28. At 4:30pm on 19 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Afternoon Chris sir, another belter.

    Firstly apologises for my "have you got two dads" comment on QOTW, some posters took offence with it, but I didn't mean to hurt anybodies feelings, so if I did then I am sincerly sorry.

    I'll play it safe this time.

    From your blog

    "I believe that Fabianski is top, top level and has massive potential.........
    It was all too much for Wenger, who, not for the first time this season, transformed into Basil Fawlty on the touchline."

    Ironically I bet he was missing Manuel.

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  • 29. At 4:39pm on 19 Feb 2010, Sam wrote:

    Speaking of incorrect name pronunciations (Chris: note, pronUNciation, not pronOUNciation...not to be pedantic or anything!!!) - why is it that all commentators call SAF "Alec Ferguson"?? His name is Alex!!

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  • 30. At 4:43pm on 19 Feb 2010, Rabster wrote:

    #16 Thanks Chris, I must admit 'Crass' (the anarcho punks) fell under my radar but I clicked the link and it was well, better than I expected. :)
    Still prefer Blue Oyster Cult (I can't do umlauts either.)

    #17 RBA, apologies for being a bit old and senile but KK could hardly have replied "No, it is England in a penalty shoot-out, of course he will miss."
    I just feel Keegan has been unjustly lambasted after being put in an impossible position. Maybe that is what you were suggesting?

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  • 31. At 4:56pm on 19 Feb 2010, amoz wrote:

    #29 - beat me to it. I love the fact that 'pronunciation' is so often pronounced incorrectly, especially when people are criticising others' pronunciation.
    Re. Alex (Alec) Ferguson, I had heard that it how he prefers it to be pronounced, despite the spelling. That's just what I heard. It's probably a joke of his, to see how many Sky commentators will bow to his demands.
    There's only one way to pronounce baconface though.

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  • 32. At 4:56pm on 19 Feb 2010, FortressFratton wrote:

    the face-fuzz has more gaps than the Pompey defence


    Pah, cheap (and easy) insult. Burnley, Bolton, Hull, Wigan, Sunderland and Blackburn all have worse (or at least, in Sunderland's case, the same) number of goals against!

    I expect better from a sports journalist! ;)

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  • 33. At 4:59pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    22. Hoopless: Great name - sums it up! All kicking off on the various QPR messageboards at the moment after rumours and buy-outs of new managers that are now supposed to be unfounded. Sorry to hear you're being made redundant, but yes, you seem ideally qualified for the Rangers hotseat!

    24. red3styler: Good shout!

    25. BeyondthePale: Tiger, Tiger, so contrite. Fair play to him for standing up and facing the media although you wonder whether it's a case of bolting stable doors after the horse has fled.

    28. Holloway2Holland: No offence taken whatsoever - thought it was a good little spot on your behalf! Manuel, of course! Now why didn't I think of that?

    29. Sam: Not sure on that one - maybe he's known as Alec to his close media chums? Incidentally, did you know his middle name is Chapman?

    30. Rabster: I caused a few raised eyebrows about my "dubious taste in music" when I posted a link to the Cramps a couple of weeks back - and I'm expecting more flak over Crass. I thought I was an anarchist when I was a schoolboy and daringly had a chalk anarchy sign on the back of my blazer, but can't really call myself that any more when working for Her Majesty's Broadcasting Corporation.

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  • 34. At 4:59pm on 19 Feb 2010, FortressFratton wrote:

    More gaps than our statement of finances, however, I would accept!

    In fact, that's probably funnier, too. You can have that one for free.

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  • 35. At 5:00pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    32. FortressFratton:: You're right, it was a cheap shot. I was actually going to use my own team (as a far better example) but thought I'd mentioned them too much.

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  • 36. At 5:43pm on 19 Feb 2010, Andy Connor wrote:

    Chris you lucky so and so. How I wish for a partner who likes football.
    Mines a BSMC fan (big spending Manchester City as they are apparently now known!) Lol!

    Nicola If you go on BBCs Website and read Review of the Week, this isnt your Andrew speaking, no no dont be so silly, you know I have nothing but respect for your football team!!!

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  • 37. At 6:05pm on 19 Feb 2010, Sam wrote:

    Chris - just wanted to say fair play to you for responding to pretty much everyone's comments. I'm very glad that the comment section on your blog hasn't been taken over by about 5 or 6 people talking about absolutely nothing of use whatsoever for 1000 posts (ie Robbo's blog) or the same people needlessly berating the writer and calling him biased, no matter which football team he chooses to discuss (ie Phil's blog).
    long live RoTW :)

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  • 38. At 6:06pm on 19 Feb 2010, Tess Sgs wrote:

    "To be fair, the commentators can only go with what they're told"

    Agreed BUT... a lot of commentators don't even bother trying to find out how names should be pronounced. Examples, BBC Breakfast this morning - Maria Riesch is pronounced Reeesh, not Rye-sh. And during the Confederations Cup, one commentator had not been informed that in Portuguese (for Brazil), Julio is NOT pronounced Hoolio. It's not rocket science for them to get it right, and I personally think it's disrespectful.!

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  • 39. At 6:24pm on 19 Feb 2010, Herbi J wrote:

    there are many languauges where the pronunciation of words is inexplicable and seemingly perverse. English, for example. Think of cough, through, though, Slough etc etc. Lots of French letters aren't pronounced at all and I once asked a norwegian friend to pronounce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and, surprisingly the commentators were pretty close to spot on.

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  • 40. At 6:26pm on 19 Feb 2010, Herbi J wrote:

    Great name! sums the mighty? R's up at the moment.

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  • 41. At 6:34pm on 19 Feb 2010, Herbi J wrote:

    Chris, if we lose to Donny I will be looking up the correct seasoning for recipes involving hats.

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  • 42. At 6:39pm on 19 Feb 2010, Rorschach wrote:

    I never thought I'd see Crass mentioned in a sports blog. I'm not a big Crass fan myself, or Punk in general really, but I am partial to a bit of "Do They Owe Us a Living?" and "Punk is Dead". Good stuff.

    I think if Beckham joined that beard up properly it would be impressive. As it is it's a bit... rubbish. Still, I'm nearly 25 and I'm yet to be able to grow anything better than patchy fluff and have the youthful looks of a 15 year old so who am I to comment? I long to be able to become one of the bearded brethren.

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  • 43. At 6:56pm on 19 Feb 2010, twlmurphy wrote:

    Arsene Wenger is ridiculous.

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  • 44. At 7:06pm on 19 Feb 2010, LondonEXtile wrote:

    I believe that Beckham's beard is a work in progress and that eventually he is aiming for something like the Chewbacca look... ...perhaps?

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  • 45. At 7:21pm on 19 Feb 2010, RKW - White Eagle wrote:

    All keepers have blunders. Keep off FABianski's back people.

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  • 46. At 7:31pm on 19 Feb 2010, JamesD19 wrote:

    Labs you are first again XD.

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  • 47. At 7:49pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    Breaking news of interest to all the fellow-QPR fans who have posted on here today - Flavio Briatore has stepped down as chairman of QPR!,,10373~1971427,00.html
    Will try to answer some more comments once the kids have finally gone to sleep!

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  • 48. At 8:28pm on 19 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    33 Chris, Thanks for that.

    47, I had just read that and was rushing over here to post a link, should of known you'd already seen it.
    So... is this good or bad, or are you just going to go on a chairman magic roundabout, now that the manager magic roundabout is getting boring.

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  • 49. At 8:30pm on 19 Feb 2010, CanuckBlackCat wrote:

    Beckham's beard - stick a hat on his head and a small cigar in his mouth and he's a dead ringer for Clint Eastwood as The Man with No Name. He's even got the squint.

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  • 50. At 9:32pm on 19 Feb 2010, Chris Charles wrote:

    36. Andy Connor: I won't tell if you don't. But you've made a fatal error in posting under your real name. Mine, of course, is an alias - my real name is Gideon Ramsbottom. But don't tell anyone else.

    37. Sam: I do my best, although obviously I can't reply to everyone. If people take the trouble to write in, the least I can do is try to reply. As Placebo once said, Without You I'm Nothing!

    38. Tess_sgs: Fair enough, guess there's always going to be the odd slip-up. In many cases, as you say, the presenters/commentators have been misinformed by someone else. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov must have taken a while to get right.

    41. Herbi J: With you all the way, brother. New chairman, positive result, perhaps? If not, simmer for 24 hours and chuck in plenty of seasoning.

    42. Rorschach: To be fair, I never thought I'd be writing about Crass in a sports blog either! Don't suppose a lot of people would get them, but I'm a big fan. Do They Owe Us A Living? Course they do, Course they do!

    On the beard front, don't give up the fight - you're probably just a late developer! I've been experimenting with facial hair over the last couple of months but need to buy some clippers - it's costing me a fortune at the barber's.

    44. MakingTistory: Chewbacca, now there's a thought. Funnily enough, one of my colleagues Mark Mitchener has a phone that makes a Chewbacca whine every time a text message comes in. It was funny the first time.

    48. Holloway2Holland: Oh don't say that! I half expected Coco the Clown to be unveiled as the new man at the helm. It could still happen.

    49. CanuckBlackCat: By George, you've got it. He will forever more be known as The Man with no Name.

    Right, that really is it for today. Kids asleep, missus out - I'm going to settle down with a beer and watch some rubbish telly. Night all.

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  • 51. At 9:50pm on 19 Feb 2010, collie21 wrote:

    "Still, at least Ferguson had a win to celebrate, thanks to Wayne Rooney, who produced a double-header to rival anything on Sky's Super Sunday"

    Yes it was amazing he ran up the pitch and the ball was just waiting there for him, hovering all of it's own accord. The Milan defence tried to clear it , but it dissappered, Roo Jumped and it reappeared again right in front of his forhead. he did it all alone, fantastic. he did it twice.

    He is playing Everton tomorrow but I think Ferguson is going to give Van Der Sar a run out as well as Everton have scored a few goals lately. Just hope Rooney doesn't get sent off otherwise it will be penalty kicks and 11 against 1 is just not fair. Apparently he is going to try and win the league single handedly....

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  • 52. At 06:08am on 20 Feb 2010, Bishwaksen Bandyopadhyay wrote:

    long time reader, 1st time poster... nice article again Chris, but I do miss the video links at the bottom of your article

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  • 53. At 08:42am on 20 Feb 2010, red_assassin wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 54. At 08:45am on 20 Feb 2010, red_assassin wrote:

    i like to add the goal was allowed to stand as the goalkeeper in his own infinite wisdom got a delicate touch on the ball

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  • 55. At 09:03am on 20 Feb 2010, red_assassin wrote:
    just wanted to giv a link
    can i pls know where did i fail the almighty house rules

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  • 56. At 09:08am on 20 Feb 2010, red_assassin wrote:

    in the video zoom ahead to 2:17 in the above link

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  • 57. At 09:29am on 20 Feb 2010, red_assassin wrote:

    in the link zoomaway to 2:17 to see a fabianski like howler though i suggest u watch the whole video
    and chris again i love to know where have i flouted the(hard to please) house rules.....i'm getting restless

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  • 58. At 1:12pm on 20 Feb 2010, Pete wrote:


    Why can't I e-mail this blog to a friend like I can many other pages ?


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  • 59. At 2:57pm on 20 Feb 2010, VenomPD wrote:

    I forgot Man Utd only have one player. Seems like Darren Fletcher never set two up the other night.....

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  • 60. At 5:09pm on 20 Feb 2010, Jamie wrote:

    Does anyone know the theme tune to final score?

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  • 61. At 6:30pm on 20 Feb 2010, Wash wrote:

    Does anyone know the theme tune to final score?


    No son, but if you hum it, I'll play it...

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  • 62. At 7:56pm on 20 Feb 2010, Letzbe_Avenue wrote:

    Yet another BBC "blog", thick with "attitude" but thin on content, I thought the content of this "blog" would be more appropriate in the confines of a fourteen year old's bedroom than on a website funded by the licence payers.
    Taking cheap shots at people (sports stars) the "blogger" has taken a dislike to on sight, bit sad if you ask me.

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  • 63. At 10:42pm on 20 Feb 2010, dbutler KRO wrote:

    On Selhurst Park music choice: perhaps Portsmouth can get in on the act. I'm sure a bit of Dire Straits would be perfect - perhaps Money For Nothing?

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  • 64. At 07:14am on 21 Feb 2010, AmarantineBlue wrote:

    just how far should a commentator go in accurate pronunciation? when i pronounce spanish names like xerez, villareal and valencia the way spaniards do, english speakers have a go (gog?) at me for being showy. but it's okay to pronounce henry, deschamps or trezeguet the french way.

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  • 65. At 11:44am on 21 Feb 2010, Snickers_Man wrote:

    Wash N'Gog has become One Man And His N'Gog because he wants to play for Cameroon instead of France and he prefers the African pronunciation.

    And I'm tired of people saying we "squeaked past" Unirea or words to that effect. The priority was not to concede a goal, and 0-0 would have been a good result. As it happened, that was also their priority so we faced 10 men behind the ball for much of the match. Still could have had a bagful mind you - Kuyt and Gerrard should have had 2 each before the break.

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  • 66. At 12:12pm on 21 Feb 2010, Aruna lukman wrote:

    To be realistic Fibiasnki was match rusty.Asenal was lacking the true leader Gallas on the i hope they go through.

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  • 67. At 3:10pm on 21 Feb 2010, leeds_n_proud (PLC) wrote:

    I missed the first half commentary of Leeds v Walsall because my mate convinced me to take up his spare ticket to go and watch QPR v Watford in the away end!

    Got lost in london cause we weren't paying attention/didn't work out route beforehand but somehow got lucky and arrived quite early at 7 - just as it was called off!

    I hate QPR, I hate my Watford fan mate and I hate how Leeds were so great before Bates didn't back Grayson this transfer window. 5 years since he arrived; champ play-offs to league 1 play-offs - cheers Ken!


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  • 68. At 3:11pm on 22 Feb 2010, Rob K wrote:

    No native English speaker will ever get some Russian names right. The soft 'l' (modified by the following 'y') just doesn't exist in English phonemology, and takes months of practice. I notice also that some commentators and pundits have switch to saying 'Peter' Cech rather than 'Petr', which they started off doing. Just laziness, IMO.

    And some of the commentators at the Olympics are just terrible. The two guys doing the speed-skating seem to switch every other time they say a name, and never have the same pronunciation as each other! What is the BBC Pronunciation Unit doing?

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