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My alternative review of the season

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Jacqui Oatley | 12:50 UK time, Thursday, 14 May 2009

With the season drawing to a close, I thought I'd reflect on the past nine months or so and pick out some of the incidents and quotes that have stood out in my mind.

I've steered clear of the more traditional awards. Instead I've made up my own categories - just because I felt like it.

So this is my personal take on the 2008-09 season.

Most under-rated manager
Steve Bruce at Wigan. He signs players for bargain prices knowing full well that he has to sell them on once they've proved what good acquisitions they are.

He lost the likes of Wilson Palacios and Emile Heskey mid-season and Wigan have understandably struggled to win games since then. But he accepts it's part of the job and still tries to drive the club forward.

In case you're wondering why not Fulham boss Roy Hodgson, it's because he's already receiving plenty of attention for his outstanding achievements this season. There are many other candidates, such as Eddie Howe of Bournemouth, Brentford's Andy Scott and Paul Tisdale at Exeter.

Most under-rated player
Nick Montgomery, Sheffield United midfielder. He's improved a great deal over the years I've watched him. He works so hard putting himself about and doing the dirty jobs that gain very little attention outside of the dressing room.

His team-mate Matt Kilgallon is another one, though Premier League vultures will be waiting to swoop for him if United fail to win the play-off final at Wembley.

Best manager to deal with
Steve Bruce - I've never heard a bad word about him. He's been great for Wigan and vice-versa, but I really hope he gets his chance one day at a club where he's able to build a team and challenge for honours.

Steve Bruce

Also Gianfranco Zola of West Ham. The nicest man around, though from a journalist's point of view that's not the most important thing!

Team that makes me feel tiny
Stoke City. Much has been made of the height and physical strength of their players, who've done brilliantly to avoid relegation, but I felt about 4ft tall in the corridor outside the dressing rooms waiting to do my interviews for Match of the Day. Talk about Land of the Giants!

Darkest horse
Nigel Pearson, Leicester manager. Clearly mistrusting of the media as a whole until he gets to know journalists individually. A totally different character on a social level, as we discovered at a recent awards event!

Coldest ground
Turf Moor, Burnley - January, v Swansea. I surreptitiously used my summariser Brian Little as a wind-break to protect me from the swirling, icy gale. He didn't seem to mind, or notice.

Worst car park to get out of after game
Leicester. I was stuck in there seemingly forever after the Leeds game without making any progress! Will remember to park further away next time.

Worst press box
Scunthorpe. I know that nobody outside the media cares about this, nor should you, but when you hear us broadcasting from this ground and wonder why we sound like we have our elbows jammed into our own ribs, it's because we have.

Best ladies toilets
Gillingham - the ladies' media lavs are very posh and there was no queue!

Worst ladies toilets
Portsmouth - they're well known for having the worst stadium facilities in the Premier League. After queuing for the whole of half time, it's a nightmare to try and clamber over people in the cramped press box for the start of the second half. Very friendly staff and fans, though.

Worst European venue
Donetsk, Ukraine (I covered Spurs v Shakhtar Donetsk there in February). Expensive to get there, freezing beyond belief at that time of year, one of the grottiest airports I've ever seen (I've travelled extensively and nothing comes close to this), shocking food (cold cabbage for breakfast, anyone?) and definitely the worst hotel I've ever stayed in (apart from a brothel in Paris. That's another story).

The RSC Olimpiysky Stadium in Donetsk

If your club gets drawn to play there, it's worth coming up with a great excuse as to why you can't make the trip. The hamster needs feeding, you don't trust your Sky Plus to record Loose Women in your absence or you have to wait in for the delivery of your pizza.

Best to steer clear if possible, especially when it's -8 degrees and you're on an open terrace.

Best bit of gossip
A former team-mate of this high profile ex-international player told me that the player didn't actually qualify for the team he represented with distinction for many years. He'd lied on the form stating he was related to a certain family and it was never investigated.

It's not Tony Cascarino. I wonder how many other similar cases there have been. There are obviously far juicier bits of gossip, but they will never be published on the BBC Sport website or anywhere else!

Rant of the Season
No, not Rafa Benitez's pre-prepared and much-publicised rant about Sir Alex Ferguson, but Wolves manager Mick McCarthy's spontaneous outburst at a press conference after the 1-0 defeat at promotion rivals Reading in January.

Big Mick was at his lyrical best when asked about his views of Neill Collins' early own goal which ended up costing his side the game.

Unintentional put-down of the season
Teenage son of a friend to me: "When you commentate for Match of the Day, do you sit anywhere near the proper commentators?" I was too busy laughing to clip the cheeky monkey round the ear!

Black Country quip of the season
With swine flu very much in the news, a Mexican wave is starting at Molineux before the final game of Wolves' Championship winning season against Doncaster and a fan is heard saying: "We ay gonna catch owt, am we?"

"You don't know you're born" quote of the season
Sean Scannell of Crystal Palace in the May edition of FourFourTwo magazine.
"I've always been a big Chelsea fan. It was back in the days when Marcel Desailly, Mark Hughes and Gianfranco Zola were playing so you can't accuse me of being a glory-hunter." The poor love, having to grow up watching that lot!

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  • 1. At 1:38pm on 14 May 2009, johncenamanutd wrote:

    Nice Blog Jacqui.

    Have you ever interviewed Peter Crouch, I'm sure he dwarfs over all them Stoke players?

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  • 2. At 1:43pm on 14 May 2009, Gradel97thMinute wrote:

    "If your club gets drawn to play there, it's worth coming up with a great excuse as to why you can't make the trip. The hamster needs feeding, you don't trust your Sky Plus to record Loose Women in your absence or you have to wait in for the delivery of your pizza.

    Best to steer clear if possible, especially when it's -8 degrees and you're on an open terrace."

    The spirit of football, eh? When we drew Hartlepool away on a Tuesday night in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy I wasn't thinking of excuses - and if we're ever lucky enough to play in Europe again in my lifetime then I reckon I could stretch to a few layers to cope with it being a bit chilly.

    As for the terrace bit, bring it on. The best thing about English football is standing on a terrace somewhere like Hereford and not expecting it to be like a five-star hotel.

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  • 3. At 1:53pm on 14 May 2009, rchrdav wrote:

    Come on we need to know the story about the brothel now

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  • 4. At 2:00pm on 14 May 2009, Azy.Ninja wrote:

    Gossip - was it a certain 'tash sporting scouser with a penchant for ranting at officials when he can't get on the pitch in a world cup match? LEGEND.

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  • 5. At 2:14pm on 14 May 2009, swaqik wrote:

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

  • 6. At 2:15pm on 14 May 2009, mambo wrote:

    Unintentional put-down of the season
    Teenage son of a friend to me: "When you commentate for Match of the Day, do you sit anywhere near the proper commentators?" I was too busy laughing to clip the cheeky monkey round the ear!

    Well, you didnt answer the question...

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  • 7. At 2:18pm on 14 May 2009, ANDREWS1987 wrote:

    Most under-rated manager

    Tony Pulis for me. He's gone about his business with what I would call an extremely poor squad, even the players he bought in haven't exactly been fantastic (Kitson) although Beattie certainly helped! Seems like a top lad and deserves alot of credit I think.

    Most under-rated player

    Glen Johnson. Consistently plays well in a Portsmouth team that's struggled abit this season. Never hear about him causing any problems or having a go at the way the club is run. An excellent right back as well.

    "You don't know you're born" quote of the season

    "If your club gets drawn to play there, it's worth coming up with a great excuse as to why you can't make the trip. The hamster needs feeding, you don't trust your Sky Plus to record Loose Women in your absence or you have to wait in for the delivery of your pizza.
    Best to steer clear if possible, especially when it's -8 degrees and you're on an open terrace."

    Jacqui Oatley. The poor love, having to get paid to watch European football! ;-)

    Good article though Jacqui.




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  • 8. At 2:19pm on 14 May 2009, kevthered83 wrote:

    I can sleep easy tonight now I know that Gillingham has the best ladies bogs.

    Still a more in depth blog than any of McNultys efforts!

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  • 9. At 2:20pm on 14 May 2009, DefendAndAttack wrote:

    Good blog, although not sure how much we need (or want) to know about the ladies toilets!

    One point I would like to make is that I don't think you'll find too many Crystal Palace fans with a good word to say about Steve Bruce. In the 2001/02 season he was appointed Palace manager but walked out on the club after just 3 months in order to go to Birmingham, which didn't go down too well.... and I think he had walked out on Wigan (after another short spell) to go to Palace in the first place.

    I accept that he's done a good job at Wigan (in his second spell) and seems to be good at uncovering rough diamonds, but that shouldn't disguise the fact that he didn't make too many friends with his job-hopping in his early managerial career.

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  • 10. At 2:26pm on 14 May 2009, danyengland10 wrote:

    excellent ,Ms Jacqui...
    very intelligent ,precise ,clear ,outstanding , breathtaking and excellent article....unlike other blogs where you need an infinite number of sanctified imaginations to know what the articles really means..
    keep it up,,,,
    paris ,,,,,? what happened THERE..s'il vous plait madame???
    dany

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  • 11. At 2:27pm on 14 May 2009, Perryashburtongroves wrote:

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

  • 12. At 2:29pm on 14 May 2009, robsep2b wrote:

    Re 2:15 mambohammer
    'Well, you didnt answer the question...'
    Der ... Read what she says in the 'about this blog' bit - SHE'S A COMMENTATOR! Now read it again and see if you understand ...

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  • 13. At 2:32pm on 14 May 2009, AH84 - Arenberg forest madness wrote:

    "If your club gets drawn to play there, it's worth coming up with a great excuse as to why you can't make the trip. The hamster needs feeding, you don't trust your Sky Plus to record Loose Women in your absence or you have to wait in for the delivery of your pizza.

    Best to steer clear if possible, especially when it's -8 degrees and you're on an open terrace."

    Come on whats that about - grow a backbone women. I don't care where my team plays I will go. Give me Herefords 70'style away end, Barnets underhill popular side terrace, Bath Citys popular side and Mangotsfield's Cosham Street on a cold wet Tuesday night in January any day of the week over Leicesters Walkers staduim or Doncasters Keepmoat staduim. As long as i'm watching my team (Bristol Rovers) and standing next to fellow gasheads then i'm happy as Larry. Win, lose or draw.

    If you think going to Donesk is bad try going to Swindon and going in their away end on a December afternoon when it's pouring down and bordering on zero degrees and Rob Styles is in charge who decides to send 4 players off and give swindon a penalty for a blantant dive which they score and not give a perfectly good goal for us (Bristol Rovers). We end up losing 1-0 and all the away fans kept in the ground for a hour after the game by police. Not forgetting being treat like an animal by police who refused anyone getting the train to swindon to walk to the ground on their own and having to go in a police escort. My brother losing his ticket en route and me having to blag his way in to the ground while missing the first 15 mins of the game. Now thats a bad trip, the worst part it was just being in Swindon!

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  • 14. At 2:34pm on 14 May 2009, ANDREWS1987 wrote:

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  • 15. At 2:39pm on 14 May 2009, Rabster wrote:

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  • 16. At 2:54pm on 14 May 2009, beardedshrimper wrote:

    Well done for acknowleding Steve Bruce. The man is a legend and a true gent. He does everything right about the game and I really hope he goes on to manage a big team and get the chance to win something.
    If Steve Tilson ever leaves Southend, we'd be happy to take on Mr Bruce

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  • 17. At 3:09pm on 14 May 2009, sneakyprice07 wrote:

    I think that was a good light-hearted article. Why do some people have to pick fault with everything they read?!

    I would like to throw Big Sam into the Manager of the Year hat. Took an awful Newcastle team to 12th whilst still trying to sort out the mayhem in the background ... the same team are (maybe) just going to steer clear of relegation without him. . . And has also saved Blackburn from the drop. Without him, both teams would be down and both might survive!

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  • 18. At 3:10pm on 14 May 2009, papperoo wrote:

    Blog Comments Quote of the Season:

    "11. At 2:27pm on 14 May 2009, Perryashburtongroves wrote:

    I remember the days when journalists were paid to actually write interesting articles rather than just a dull list of opinions. I don't care what you think about Portsmouth, Donetsk, Wolves, Burnley or Stoke. I can only imagine that next, we will have a list of my favourite cheeses, colours or cakes. "

    I, myself, like a French Fancy. And from what I gather so do you Jacqui...!

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  • 19. At 3:14pm on 14 May 2009, KennysDogleash wrote:

    I think this was a bit of an interesting read. Dont think jacqui was expecting to win any awards on it. Just a little something comical to fill an otherwise relatively speaking "no-news-day".

    Some of the replys have been out of order, and unjustified.
    see:
    Perryashburtongroves & AH84 - In PT & LL I trust with Bristol Rovers FC & Rabster

    Her title was "My alternative review of the season".
    Maybe thats something a few of you ignorant folk missed out on.
    And maybe thats why she made fun of going to Donetsk, and brought up the points about the womens toilets etc.

    It was just a bit of a laugh lads. You need to chill.





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  • 20. At 3:21pm on 14 May 2009, ostevo wrote:

    How about ' Worst fake Dutch accent' for Steve McClaren or 'The Plot Losing Prize' for the Hull City's manager[ you know, whats 'is name] for not letting his team off the pitch at half time and ranting at them in front of a trillion viewers worldwild.And the same guy deserves the 'Fashion Police Award' for charging Cesc Fabrigas with a sartorial violation.Frank Lampard should receive the ' Best Badge Kisser' prize ,and of course Christiano Ronaldo gets the 'I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt' prize.

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  • 21. At 3:27pm on 14 May 2009, kevthered83 wrote:

    number 12 robsep2b, I think you have missed the point of mambohammers post completley!

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  • 22. At 3:29pm on 14 May 2009, RotherhamUtdTivoli wrote:

    What a joke! Howe at Bournemouth? What about MARK ROBINS of Rotherham! B'Mouth just escaped relegation with -17, we were pushing for the play offs! Its ridiculous the amount of publicity BMouth and Luton got, but not us!! :@

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  • 23. At 3:46pm on 14 May 2009, Joe G wrote:

    Blimey! Some people are really quite miserable aren't they?!

    The whole point of a 'top ten something' or 'Premiership XI' article is to start debate, not be definitive. Anyone actually think this list was supposed to be universally agreed with?

    I've been to Donetsk and it's absolutely miserable in winter, bordering on downright horrid. Really drab ex Soviet city with appalling ammenities, endless tenement blocks, ridiculously overpriced drink and hotels and a remarkably unsafe feeling in certain areas at night. I think Jacqui's point about the city and stadium is it's a rather long and expensive journey (for whoever pays, journo or fan) to put up with the cold (-8 when you're on a raised and exposed platform might as well feel like -80!) and standing up.

    It's easy to say that 'terraces are the true way to watch football' when you've only travelled in a car up the motorway to see a team and you're home in bed again on the same day. Frankly I'd be a bit hacked off if I travelled to do my job and was made to stand up in the freezing cold for two hours.

    There's disagreeing with a blog and there's just looking like a bitter old fool... think a few of the comments here fall into the latter whenever it comes to women commenting on football. How depressing.

    I for one thought it was a fun blog to read. Nothing more, nothing less and I don't think it was intended to be so.

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  • 24. At 3:48pm on 14 May 2009, Rabster wrote:

    #19
    Problem was it was not a laugh at all. Since you invoked my name (amongst others) please state *exactly* what part you objected to? If Ms. Oatley chooses to have her opinions published then they are open to scrutiny, as are my own. I was selective in my criticism so which ones did you find objectionable? "You need to chill" is not exactly constructive is it?
    To be honest I find your "username" more amusing than the column, so I trust we can be amicable about this.

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  • 25. At 3:58pm on 14 May 2009, ANDREWS1987 wrote:

    "It's easy to say that 'terraces are the true way to watch football' when you've only travelled in a car up the motorway to see a team and you're home in bed again on the same day."

    How about having to contend with multiple roadworks on the M1 to travel for 7 hours up to Leeds, to watch your team put in a pathetic performance in the cup and lose 4-0, then spend the same amount of time travelling back home, getting in at 5 in the morning, waking up at 7:30 to do a full 9-5 working day, whilst putting up with constant mocking from your co-workers for losing to a team in League one, realising that the petrol money and price of the match ticket means you can't afford to leave your house for the next month.

    I think a night in Shaktar would be pleasantly welcomed by an abundance of lower league team supporters who would most certainly care about their team appearing in Europe, because we aren't spoilt with the option of such great nights in huge competitions.

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  • 26. At 4:06pm on 14 May 2009, RossoBianchi wrote:

    More about this Parisien brothel, Jacqui!? I don't mean the address - just curious as to what you were doing there? :)

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  • 27. At 4:06pm on 14 May 2009, ostevo wrote:

    Andrews1987,Perhaps you should support a better team...

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  • 28. At 4:11pm on 14 May 2009, The Exiled Robin wrote:

    AH84 - I'm used to laughing at the Gasheads but that was really good, nice one!!

    I know what you mean though, quite a decent blog but that comment got my hackles rising - when I'm sitting at my desk bored I'd give anything to be a sports reporter travelling anywhere in the world to watch a game of footy, cricket or anything else for that matter - whatever the conditions are like.

    My favourite worst memory (if you can have that) is of going from my Uni (in Exeter) to Bradford with the usual hope of having a new manager in charge for their first game, it was cold and sheeting down with rain all day, losing 5-0 (and 6-1 the next match) and then breaking down five miles from home after going through a ditch which resembled an Olympic Swimming Pool and having to sit in a cold, damp car until the breakdown service arrived.
    Still, got back to the student union about 11 at night & made the most of drowning my sorrows - would MUCH rather be doing that than be in my 'proper' job!

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  • 29. At 4:13pm on 14 May 2009, Rabster wrote:

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  • 30. At 4:18pm on 14 May 2009, harrischopper wrote:

    everyone who travels to watch their team puts up with some kind of hardships some time or another, it's part and parcel of BEING a fan. Why does an obviously tongue in cheek article cause so much in depth analysis from the anal retentive brigade? Thanks for the article Jacqui, keep up the good work on the box and keep laughing in the face of chauvanism.

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  • 31. At 4:25pm on 14 May 2009, Gradel97thMinute wrote:

    #23

    "Blimey! Some people are really quite miserable aren't they?!

    The whole point of a 'top ten something' or 'Premiership XI' article is to start debate, not be definitive. Anyone actually think this list was supposed to be universally agreed with?"

    --

    I'm confused. Valid points being made as to why we disagree with what's been said, what's the problem?

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  • 32. At 4:31pm on 14 May 2009, Torres' right peg wrote:

    So whats this about the brothel in Paris?

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  • 33. At 4:33pm on 14 May 2009, ANDREWS1987 wrote:

    It boils down to the woe is me attitude EVERY fan has.

    My team is harder done by than yours. We all say it and all believe it.

    Does anyone feel sympathy for Chelsea after the Barcelona game? At the end of the day their fans got to travel to the Nou Camp to watch their team play in the biggest competition in football (bar the world cup), but still got screwed over at home.

    My team Crystal Palace feel like we have been screwed over by referees all season, but I doubt many have much sympathy for us.

    On top of that Southampton are in administration, maybe they are the most hard done by fans?

    How about Luton? Bournemouth? Rotherham?

    Every fan thinks they are the hardest done by and appear bitter towards any other football fan who feels their club is harder done by.

    Its part and parcel.

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  • 34. At 4:39pm on 14 May 2009, KennysDogleash wrote:

    #24

    Hey Rabster, forget exactly what you said, and now its been removed, but I think my main point was that I felt the few people I singled out had taken the article too seriously.

    I'll admit, it riled me a little to see her blog get slated so quickly and easily, when to me it was clearly just a light-hearted page filler.

    Just think, when it was only written to amuse the likes of me and you, that it doesnt deserve to get ridiculed.

    p.s. I appreciated your amicable response to my initial comments. Cheers man.

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  • 35. At 4:43pm on 14 May 2009, TheDeluded wrote:


    Jacqui, are you sure this gig is for you?

    I do not care a jot about the gender of the reporter who provides information on that which interests me, but I do have opinions regarding content and context.

    my son (aged 12) was making a very interesting point about misjudged journalism, when telling me about Mark Bright's column in the Metro newspaper.
    now I don't commute, so I don't get to see it, but apparently this so called 'expert of football analysis' takes a line to describe what his article relates to (in this case the Chelsea debacle), before filling space with what is essentially an article about himself.

    I don't think these column inches are meant for personal description, but rather for expert analysis and insight regarding matters of interest within the game, that us punters find interesting, but can only observe from outside the game.

    no football fan has any interest in the plight of the commentator who gets paid to watch the matches that we have to miss. and certainly seeing as you're the only existent female commentator, then there's very little common ground between your lack of a queue at the female commentator's toilets and pretty much any football fan's experience of any other football-related facility on earth!

    so I take my boy's point, and think we have another contender for 'aspirant auto-biographer posing as football journalist ... of the season'.

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  • 36. At 4:45pm on 14 May 2009, AH84 - Arenberg forest madness wrote:

    KennysDogleash

    My comments were mean't to be tonge in check as well. To just highlight that we all have bad experiances but it would never put me off going to a game. Every year I go to see us vs Swindon and every year we lose and I have a bad experiance each time but i would never say i would never go there again.

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  • 37. At 4:56pm on 14 May 2009, whatbill wrote:

    I think Jacqui may be challenging Robbo for the "Blog attracting most humourless criticism" award. And she didn't even have to mention United or Liverpool!

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  • 38. At 4:58pm on 14 May 2009, Bergysdeftflicks wrote:

    Good grief! Some of these posters get in a right old twist over a lighthearted blog. Good one Jacqui. Go give PM a few lessons in how to be less smug and self opinionated!!

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  • 39. At 5:03pm on 14 May 2009, fierylittleman wrote:

    firstly - Jacqui, please ignore all the carpers, it is all very well for us to complain but if commentary was our job I am sure we would find fault with our conditions too. For those of you thinking this is cheap and token journalism try checking her writings on the Women's Premier League.

    and no I am not trying to chat her up - just having had so much negativity I thought some balance was due -but like many other posters I think the Paris brothel story is now the best untold bit of gossip...

    Of the nominations... Mick McCarthy takes the biscuit - the most (un)quotable man in football management!

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  • 40. At 5:04pm on 14 May 2009, LCFC1990 wrote:

    Nice blog. Ha, i can see what you mean about Pearson. I love the way he answers his questions in press conferences and interviews. I think it's very deliberate, and at times is hilarious for his dead pan approach.

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  • 41. At 5:25pm on 14 May 2009, Rabster wrote:

    #34
    I appreciate your reply. I now see that my comment (#15) has been "removed." To me, it beggar's belief. We all have opinions and expectations of what a 'blog' should be. I found it "dismal" you enjoyed it
    (or at least defended it) and that is how it should be. I have read and re-read all the "house rules" and I still fail to understand in what way it transgressed any of those rules. You gave me the courtesy of a reply, the BBC have failed to do so. To those who deemed my comments "chauvinistic" I can assure you I have been equally (if not more) critical of male 'bloggers' and have praised articles written by women about international football and cricket. What more can I say?

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  • 42. At 6:48pm on 14 May 2009, CockneyCov wrote:

    Jacqui , a Paris brothel , and cakes all contained in the same article and comments - is this some kind of parallel universe and can we now include Elenor Aulroid (sorry about the spelling) to complete the full picture please ?

    By the way - favourite cake - Belgium Bun and favourite colour of French Fancy - chocolate.

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  • 43. At 6:57pm on 14 May 2009, Jacqui Oatley wrote:

    Hi folks,

    Thanks for the comments. I enjoyed writing the blog as it reminded me of some of the more amusing memories of the season - and there have been plenty of them!

    To those of you who felt I was complaining about the job, I'm sorry if it came across that way. That was far from the intention as I absolutely love my job and have worked extremely hard over the years since my career change to be able to watch football for a living! (I used to travel up and down the country and pay to watch my own team every week before that). It's an absolute privilege and I'm one of the people who never forgets it.

    I could have left out the Ukraine comments for that reason, but felt I was giving more of a fan's eye view of it (as I'd travelled with and stayed with the Spurs fans), rather than a journo's viewpoint, but it's up to you to take it as you see it. As for the ladies' toilets info, I didn't expect it to fill a much needed gap in your knowledge, it was just a bit of fun!

    Cheers all.

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  • 44. At 7:28pm on 14 May 2009, Mr. Goo wrote:

    To be honest, I think it would be great fun to go to Donetsk for a European night! It might not be a very pleasant experience, but I think I would find the whole thing very interesting.

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  • 45. At 7:41pm on 14 May 2009, bluebolt666 wrote:

    This blog is written for the masses, as a consequence is bound to contain some information that is not of interest to everyone but there is no need to have a dig at the author for it. Is she claiming to offer "expert analysis"?..No, Is she a mind reader who writes a tailor made blog for each football fan in the country? No, Its a bit of fun.
    Granted blogging is all about opinions but not many people seem to have the ability to offer constructive criticism. People moaning about how little they care about the best womans toilet, grow up. What value does that add to anything? Nobody cares about it, it wasn't exactly the bulk of the blog. Also strange how you can read a whole blog and all you can do is find time to raise issues with such harmless comment? What interesting people you must be, maybe you should write a blog, probably be very interesting....





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  • 46. At 7:42pm on 14 May 2009, vivaciousvinodraman wrote:

    Good Blog Jacqui Oatley...
    I loved reading it.....
    And who wouldn't love this job of yours !!!!

    Anyways..
    Keep up the good work...
    Keep Blogging....

    Cheers

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  • 47. At 7:44pm on 14 May 2009, Valderramas_boots wrote:

    We need to know about the Brothel.

    What were you doing there? Ey? Ey? Ey?

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  • 48. At 7:54pm on 14 May 2009, blackpoolfcbaby wrote:

    well done jacqui, fun blog to read - you should do them more regularly. some of the comments have been needlessly harsh - come on guys, this blog was a light hearted piece - thought the shaktar moan was funny, you shouldnt have to canvass every moan about your job with a 'o but i love my job, honest' clause - whats entertaining about that?

    some people are just so sensitive... they must REALLY hate their jobs

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  • 49. At 7:58pm on 14 May 2009, Howard92ndminute wrote:

    Hey Gradel97thMinute - great user name

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  • 50. At 8:18pm on 14 May 2009, Mr. Goo wrote:

    bluebolt666 -

    I don't know if you were responding to what I said at all, but if you were, I would just like to point out that my post wasn't a criticism of anything Jacqui said. It contained exclamation marks because I thought what I was saying might be quite surprising. The general feeling usually seems to be that places like Donetsk are a footballing backwater with unpleasant facilities and bitter weather. My point was simply that experiencing football in that kind of environment sounds quite interesting to me. I'm sure Jacqui found the experience interesting, even if it wasn't the best fun she ever had...


    Which leads me on to the Parisian brothel....

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  • 51. At 8:19pm on 14 May 2009, Juan in Florida wrote:

    For what is worth, I think it was an excellent blog. You should post them more often.

    Loved the "When you commentate for Match of the Day, do you sit anywhere near the proper commentators?" anecdote and your ability to laugh at it. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who would love to have a job like yours!

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  • 52. At 8:38pm on 14 May 2009, KeersG wrote:

    Like the blog - a different slant from the usual and much more for the fans. One minor point - worst car park to get out of...although Leicester was particularly congested after the Leeds match, this was due to the roads being held up whilst the paramedics assisted with a fan who sadly passed away at the end of the match.

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  • 53. At 8:44pm on 14 May 2009, KeersG wrote:

    Ignore my last comment - just realised this was the Carlisle match the week before. So apologies and condolences to Derek's family and friends.

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  • 54. At 8:47pm on 14 May 2009, NorthwestMagpie wrote:

    Great blog and in 100% agreement over the coldest ground. I was with the Swansea fans that Saturday tea time at Turf Moor and it was by far the coldest I've ever been at a football match. Worst thing - I don't even support Swansea. Best thing - We got free tickets on the turnstile!

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  • 55. At 9:01pm on 14 May 2009, joeharrischelsea1 wrote:

    Met Mr Bruce at the players entrance before Chelsea vs Wigan.

    Really nice bloke came of the coach signed autographs and shook hands for about 10 minutes!

    Top guy!

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  • 56. At 10:34pm on 14 May 2009, J_Nash wrote:

    Nick Montgomery most under-rated?

    looooooool

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  • 57. At 00:34am on 15 May 2009, tarquin wrote:

    A tip for Leicester, Jacqui - park off Welford road on one of the residential streets, it's a 15 min walk from there, everybody tends to abandon their car there or else near the cinema on the industrial estate

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  • 58. At 07:13am on 15 May 2009, kawayinet wrote:

    So great!And some update details about them
    Sure win!!
    http://www.nowgoal.com/19.shtml

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  • 59. At 09:02am on 15 May 2009, Stand Up And Be County'd wrote:

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  • 60. At 09:15am on 15 May 2009, wolfinnotts wrote:

    any chance of including the McCarthy rant, for those of us who can't remember it?

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  • 61. At 09:29am on 15 May 2009, Yid-I-Oh!! wrote:

    I went to donetsk with spurs this season and actually bumped into you, very polite and didn't seem to mind my mate carrying all your bags into a lift!
    But I do agree, Liverpool hotel was a bit rough and the locals didnt seem to like us being there.
    Oh well brilliant european tour.

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  • 62. At 09:32am on 15 May 2009, Jason PW wrote:

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  • 63. At 09:45am on 15 May 2009, PompeyCharks wrote:

    Lay off our toilets!

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  • 64. At 10:06am on 15 May 2009, ANDREWS1987 wrote:

    Ok, now some of the comments are just beind downright pathetic. I refer to #59 & #62. Totally uncalled for, maybe you should give your opinion on your answers for some of the questions Jacqui raised?

    I enjoyed the blog, some of the answers about the toilets didn't interest me, but I'm not about to have a go at Jacqui for that.

    My only pet peeve was with the Shaktar comment and even then I was just joking to a certain degree. I would love to freeze my nuts off in the Ukraine to see Palace play in the UEFA cup. I would love to go on any sort of European tour for football.

    I did go and watch PSG at the Parc De Princes with a mate last year, was absolutely electric! Even though we weren't PSG fans we were welcomed into the culture there with open arms! As Brits they were extremely helpful and had the mentality of "if you came to watch PSG your with us, not against us". Which was a welcome change to some of the atmospheres for neutrals in this country. Alas, we did not end up in a Parisian Brothel, not through want of trying though I can assure you!

    Also I found Leicester's parking to be one of the better places last year. Scunthorpe however, it was like trying to thread your car through the eye of a needle to get out!

    Does anyone know who Jacqui supports by the way? Couldn't see anything on the blog about it.

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  • 65. At 10:18am on 15 May 2009, mambo wrote:

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  • 66. At 10:31am on 15 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    "After queuing for the whole of half time, it's a nightmare to try and clamber over people in the cramped press box for the start of the second half. Very friendly staff and fans, though. " I bet they are if you are climbing over them.
    Nice blog would like to have more of your insight, fully agree with your views on Bruce now that he has finally settled down.

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  • 67. At 10:31am on 15 May 2009, stbobulus wrote:

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  • 68. At 10:32am on 15 May 2009, Kranjcar's swagger wrote:

    Hi Jacqui,

    Great blog....!

    BEST LOOKING FOOTBALL COMMENTATOR BY A MILE!


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  • 71. At 10:54am on 15 May 2009, wondergeorge123 wrote:

    Great blog, fun and lighthearted to read. I know a blog is a catalyst for debate but don't some people like to get on their high horse!
    I'd choose this blog over Robbo Robsons crap anyday...(now I'm on my high horse..oh how hypocritical!)
    I would have chosen the O's mighty defender Mkandawire for most underrated player of the season mind!
    :-)

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  • 72. At 10:56am on 15 May 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    So it was YOU in that brothel?

    I still owe you thirty bob for extras, if you want to get in touch.

    If not...

    We'll always have Paris.

    Z

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  • 73. At 11:11am on 15 May 2009, Jacqui Oatley wrote:

    Morning,

    Thanks to Tarquin for the parking tip. Will remember that for next season.

    To wolfinnotts: type Mick McCarthy Reading rant into your search engine and you'll find the audio. But make sure you're aware who's around you when you play it as Big Mick doesn't mince his words!

    To Yidioh: yes we had some good banter on that trip. Thanks to your mate for helping with my bags. I haven't yet learnt the art of travelling light!

    As for the brothel story, it's too long to go into here. Suffice to say, it had nothing to do with the BBC (it was many years ago when I was a student in Germany) and my friends and I got out sharpish once we realised it wasn't your average hotel!

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  • 74. At 11:15am on 15 May 2009, wondergeorge123 wrote:

    Jacqui,
    Off the topic...who's your prediction for the WPS title????

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  • 75. At 11:20am on 15 May 2009, Yid-I-Oh!! wrote:

    Even if it was -16c, I think it was during the game. But I'll pass on the message :-)

    Anyway here's to (hopefully) another european away game next season.

    Good luck jacqui!

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  • 76. At 11:31am on 15 May 2009, NottinghamHotspur wrote:

    Jacqui Oatley is well fit

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  • 77. At 11:52am on 15 May 2009, WebbyFoxes wrote:

    Nice blog Jacqui, much more funner and better then the blog from Paul Fletcher and so called Football reporters!
    I can see what you say about Nigel Pearson as the dark horse, his media interviews are such fun, he cant trust the media and good on him!!
    Also Jacqui, I agree with you on Donetsk, it doesnt look pleasant does it?
    Ive been to some places in midweek when it was cold but I wouldnt want to be there at -8 in a miserable hotel, even that Palace fan wouldnt want to be doing that.
    You know what Jacqui maybe we would want to hear the whole story of the paris brothel even if it was before your BBC days!

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  • 78. At 12:28pm on 15 May 2009, Cynicall_Sid wrote:

    Re: The worst press box... You obviously never visited the Dell then Jacqui...Only the silph-like could perform any sort of task, it was like rush hour on the tube.

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  • 79. At 12:40pm on 15 May 2009, ScarletIeu wrote:

    Lol Zootmac!
    Loved the blog, Jacqui...

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  • 80. At 12:41pm on 15 May 2009, collie21 wrote:


    67. At 10:31am on 15 May 2009, stbobulus wrote:
    Hi Jacqui

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    You are quite the plonker! A real ladies man eh?

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  • 81. At 12:43pm on 15 May 2009, Berbatov and His New Haircut wrote:

    "Jacqui Oatley is well fit"

    ------------------------

    Well, I'd have to agree, naturally. ;)

    Nice read, shame some people had to take it the wrong way - got me through my lunchbreak... :)

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  • 82. At 12:48pm on 15 May 2009, aflfan wrote:

    Donetsk wasn't so bad when AZ won there! :)

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  • 83. At 12:53pm on 15 May 2009, 50in50 wrote:

    Great blog Jacqui, I always enjoy the more lighthearted look back on the season. Good shout for Steve Bruce, top man doing a top job.
    As far as the Donesk comment, I know humour doesn't always translate well over the internet, but some people on here need their funny bone checked.
    Keep up the good work.

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  • 84. At 1:14pm on 15 May 2009, bald-in-guelph wrote:

    Good read Jacqui. Your comments about Nick Montgomery at Sheffield Utd are spot on. I've thought exactly the same for years. And, no......... I am not a Blades fan, although I wish them well at Wembley!

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  • 85. At 1:15pm on 15 May 2009, Ginger wrote:

    Enjoyed the blog Jacqui and more please.

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  • 86. At 1:22pm on 15 May 2009, Stand Up And Be County'd wrote:

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  • 87. At 1:38pm on 15 May 2009, Paulb55 wrote:

    Y-A-W-N Are the BBC just trying to fill their website with any old tosh?
    What a waste of time . . . . unless you're interested in the really hard work of a journalist . . . mmmmmm.

    Rubbish

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  • 88. At 1:38pm on 15 May 2009, Optomistic and English wrote:

    Interestingly different, quite enjoyable, and a different take nice fresh opinions is nice to see rather than the same old writers on here. Nice article!

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  • 89. At 2:05pm on 15 May 2009, monkeyfeet31 wrote:

    oi tarquin #57,

    Thats where I live, I don't want anymore cars round here, its bad enough as it is. I do recommend parking on the industrial estate though.

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  • 90. At 2:09pm on 15 May 2009, GinolaFourTeen wrote:

    A lot of unfair stick Jacquis way I thought, just for trying to put out an article which is slightly different to your generic end of season columns...
    I thought it was a good read and fairly accurate, least you didn't know what you would read next!

    I also was on the coach with you Jacqui in Donetsk, the one thing which made it a nightmare trip for me was that I had the flu and of course still travelled to the east of Ukraine to watch my side, you may remember me as the guy in the brown hat cuddled in the back far corner of the plane wanted to die!

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  • 91. At 2:13pm on 15 May 2009, 50in50 wrote:

    #86
    Maybe you can help me with this crossword I'm stuck on.
    Ten letters long, starts with an M, end in NIST.
    Clue is "One who hates or distrusts women". Any idea?

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  • 92. At 2:19pm on 15 May 2009, Biscoback wrote:

    Good lord there are some uneccessarily grumpy people on here.

    Personally I enjoyed the blog - the purpose of which was to give an alternative view of life not churn out facts. I can't quite understand why people who this doesn't appeal to bother to make a comment - surely ignore it. I am waiting for the I pay my licence fee for this comment - jog on!

    Simple fact Jacqui had you been a bloke the comments would have been about what a great insight this blog was - unfortunately the knuckle draggers seem to be in the majority.

    Good blog, well written - and toilet facilities are always interesting - personally I have p**Ped in some of the worlds most interesting places!

    Highest - Sears Tower, Chicago
    Spookiest (with hindsight) - Underneath World Trade Centre at 9am on September 11th 1999
    Scariest - illegal Soho drinking den
    Hottest - outhouse in Death Valley

    Good job Jacqui

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  • 93. At 2:22pm on 15 May 2009, Andre the Giant wrote:

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  • 94. At 2:26pm on 15 May 2009, Neil wrote:

    "86. At 1:22pm on 15 May 2009, Stand Up And Be County'd wrote:
    This blog is one of the reasons why girls should be kept well away from sports reporting.

    Dire, Dire, Dire."

    What an embarassing example of sexism. This is hardly meant to be a serious piece of work - it's just a light-hearted blog meant to fill five minutes.

    "87. At 1:38pm on 15 May 2009, Paulb55 wrote:
    Y-A-W-N Are the BBC just trying to fill their website with any old tosh?
    What a waste of time . . . . unless you're interested in the really hard work of a journalist . . . mmmmmm.

    Rubbish"


    I enjoyed reading it - just a bit of light-hearted fun with a great anecdote about her son's friend.

    I also love how ill-informed people think journalism is an easy job, when they would be shocked by the long hours and low pay that is the norm throughout the industry.

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  • 95. At 2:30pm on 15 May 2009, Iain_R_Bell wrote:

    Although St Bobulus makes a valid point about women commentating on Men Football or dare i say men's sport in general. I think he misses the point at which Jacqui's friends son is getting at, There are real sporting commentators and then there are those who should be commentating on the London Marathon and its a knock out.

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  • 96. At 3:13pm on 15 May 2009, fenriz wrote:

    Jacqui, I admire you for being the first female football commentator, and I think your commentating is generally very good...unfortunately this blog is awful though, sorry.

    You start well with your opinions on the most underrated manager and underrated player, however your article then nose dives into boring girly chit-chat about ladies toilets, how comfy press boxes are and your troubles with parking your car! Good luck with your football commentating career...but on this evidence maybe you'd be better suited to writing girlie articles for Hello magazine, or being some giggly gossip columnist for The Sun.

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  • 97. At 3:29pm on 15 May 2009, Biscoback wrote:

    Seriously fenriz - any need?

    So when you have blogs by male writers about the best pubs to go to or the best strip clubs I guess thats more relevant - its a blog not a Sunday Times article.

    Judging by your comments I would suggest the Daily Mail may have a slot for you to rant about women, foreigners and line-ups at the Post Office.

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  • 98. At 3:41pm on 15 May 2009, WiStAhM wrote:

    So when Steve "Potatoe Head" Bruce said he wanted desperately to send another team down, that's being nice is it?

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  • 99. At 3:42pm on 15 May 2009, shesh_666 wrote:

    Jacqui - Have you been to Grimsby October->Feb yet?? that is seriously the worst place to be - especially on a tuesday evening brrrrr - but id leep you warm ;)

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  • 100. At 3:49pm on 15 May 2009, fenriz wrote:

    Biscoback, if I read a sloppy blog by a male writer about pubs or strip clubs, then I would criticise it as well.

    You seem to have assumed I have some vendetta against female writers, which is completely wrong, indeed I even complement Jacqui on her commentating work. My point was this is a poor blog, regardless of the gender of the writer, yes it's only a blog, but at the end of the day, we are given the option to voice our opinions on it and that was all I was doing.

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  • 101. At 4:08pm on 15 May 2009, Biscoback wrote:

    So fenriz why make the comment about girlie gossip mags or Hello magazine.

    The purpose of the blog was to write a summary of Jacqui's season and the things that were of interest to her.

    Ladies bogs - she is unlikely to write about the urinal trough at Portsmouth is she?

    Press box - I found that interesting as did others, why is that girlie, I find the prospect of someone like chubby little motty squeezing in there quite amusing.

    The only "gossip" section about the international player got me thinking about who it might be, the fact my first thought was Cascarino and that the blog then dispelled that shows the writer is well informed and knowledgable about the game. (incidentally I think Don Hutchison might be the subject)

    About Donetsk - having been to Ukraine and many of the Eastern Bloc countries with work I couldn't agree more, the least friendly of all of those nations, except Belarus. Having ended up in a hotel/knocking shop in Tblisi I can sympathise entirely. Now living in Alberta -8 is a breeze try -45 with wind chill to -60. Travelled to Ukraine to watch Aberdeen in Dnipropetrovsk and it was indeed expensive but the weather was considerably better.

    In short your opinion if you feel the blog was badly written is valid (would be interested to see what was poorly written though) your view on the author is entirely based on your prejudice. I can guarantee that JO would run rings around you in terms of football knowledge and experience.

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  • 102. At 4:16pm on 15 May 2009, ShelfSideTHFC wrote:

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  • 103. At 4:28pm on 15 May 2009, fenriz wrote:

    Biscoback - the comment about Hello magazine was due to the fact that this was titled as a review of the season, however it comes across as giggly gossip column article with very little relevance to football. When reading a review of a football season, it's not exactly essential to know about the state of the female media toilets.

    If you want me to explain why the blog was poorly written, then I give you the example of the comments about Donetsk and it being the poorest venue. Firstly she complains about it being so cold...well the Ukraine in February, never would have imagined that! Then she goes on to complain about the airport, breakfast and state of the hotel, all of which have absolutely NOTHING to do with the stadium. Her comments are then made to look even more ludicrous by the awesome photo of what looks like a very good stadium with a decent atmosphere.

    as for your "I can guarantee that JO would run rings around you in terms of football knowledge and experience" comment - you've really no idea of my football experience of knowledge, so that's just catty, also whatever the level of my football knowledge, it doesn't affect my write to comment and have an opinion of my own.

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  • 104. At 4:42pm on 15 May 2009, Biscoback wrote:

    She refers to worst venue not the stadium in particular - you say you are entitled to an opinion and I agree - but why then are her comments "ludicrous" and yours valid?

    Have you been to Donetsk? I assume not as you are basing your opinion of the stadium on a picture not on the experience of the author.

    Comment 102 - I travel for work, they pay I still know how much they pay as I book the travel. Lucky you for having a good hotel and a good time, why does it make the fact that someone else had a terrible time not relevant? I went to Dnipro via Kiev and it cost me best part of a grand for the trip and you might just have got lucky with your flight deal - must admit I don't imagine BBC take Ukrainian airways or the cheapest option!! :)

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  • 105. At 4:53pm on 15 May 2009, AwdTiger wrote:

    Rabster said "I appreciate your reply. I now see that my comment (#15) has been "removed." To me, it beggar's belief. We all have opinions and expectations of what a 'blog' should be. I found it "dismal" you enjoyed it
    (or at least defended it) and that is how it should be. I have read and re-read all the "house rules" and I still fail to understand in what way it transgressed any of those rules. You gave me the courtesy of a reply, the BBC have failed to do so. To those who deemed my comments "chauvinistic" I can assure you I have been equally (if not more) critical of male 'bloggers' and have praised articles written by women about international football and cricket. What more can I say?"
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    Hopefully nothing!!!!

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  • 106. At 5:04pm on 15 May 2009, Jacqui Oatley wrote:

    shesh_666 Yes, I went to Grimsby Town at that time of year in the early 90s. I remember absolutely freezing to death on the away terrace but having great fun with the fishing banter!

    GinolaFourTeen - admirable commitment while feeling terrible! Enjoyed meeting you and your pals. Not the greatest city in the world (hence why I wouldn't recommend it for a holiday), but it was still a good experience and we had a laugh en route.

    You're right, Cynicall_Sid, I never went in the press box at the Dell. The St Mary's one is huge! Been there quite a few times.

    wondergeorge123 LA Sol are a good bet to win the new women's professional league in the US, as they have the great Marta and are currently top, but watch out for the Boston Breakers with our own Kelly Smith. She's doing England proud out there. I should have included her in the most under-rated player category. Not in the States where she grabs headlines, but here in her homeland where she doesn't. She's top quality - and top goalscorer too. See http://www.womensprosoccer.com/

    And johncenamanutd - yes I've interviewed Peter Crouch a few times. He's well known in the media for being one of the nicest, most down-to-earth blokes around. I've seen him in a pub near me in west London with his mates when he's back visiting his folks. Fits in with everyone - even though he stands out, of course!

    Thanks for all the comments, here and on Twitter, particularly the less abusive ones!


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  • 107. At 5:17pm on 15 May 2009, ShelfSideTHFC wrote:

    It appears my earlier post has been reomved for breaking 'house rules' despite not seeming to actually break any of those rules listed!

    Anyway I'll have another go in a slightly more bland fashion which hopefully won't cause offence!

    Regarding your trip to DOnetsk I'm baffled by some of the negative comments.

    You say you left it in as a 'fans eye view' because you travelled with the fans.

    There were only two organised trips to Ukraine, one with a tour firm who have nothing to do with Tottenham Hotspur PLC and the other was the official Spurs 'VIP' trip.

    I'm therefore presuming that you travelled on the VIP trip which doesn't really qualify you to give a 'fans eye' view. Those on the VIP trip were not even given tickets in our section of the ground.

    I travelled with 6 friends independantly flying in and out of Donetsk via Kiev and spending 2 nights there.

    Apart from the airport and the temperature NONE of the points in your blog bear any resemblance to our experiences of Donetsk.

    We found the hotels of a good standard, the food was good in the many establishments we ate in and the city itself was pleasant enough with a good nightlife.

    Bearing in mind the next European Championships are in Ukraine, Donetsk is a host city and many England fans (who may have read your blog) will travel do you not think that you are doing the city a disservice by describing it in the way you have?

    I'd recommend anyone to visit it and, as a veteran of over 80 football matches abroad with both England and Spurs I'd put it up there with some of the best trips I've done.

    Too many people think that following football is about the glamour games in the brand new stadiums and dismiss anything that's a bit dated or off the beaten track.

    To me, and everyone I travel with, places like Donetsk are the best ones to do in order to experience football somewhere completely different away from the over sanitised atmosphere of the premiership.

    If you really had that bad a time in Donetsk then may I suggest that you try travelling independently with fans like us next time, it will give your blog more credibility and you'll have a better time.

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  • 108. At 5:20pm on 15 May 2009, c_or10 wrote:

    this is quite simply the worst and most pointless blog i have ever seen on the bbc site and i hope it doesn't come back. none of these points are relevant to anything that is happening in the world of football.

    that is all...

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  • 109. At 5:29pm on 15 May 2009, ShelfSideTHFC wrote:

    Comment 104 wrote:- Comment 102 - I travel for work, they pay I still know how much they pay as I book the travel. Lucky you for having a good hotel and a good time, why does it make the fact that someone else had a terrible time not relevant? I went to Dnipro via Kiev and it cost me best part of a grand for the trip and you might just have got lucky with your flight deal - must admit I don't imagine BBC take Ukrainian airways or the cheapest option!! :)
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    See my other (probably soon to be removed) reply. She has stereotyped and entire town on the basis of her own experiences. By doing so (on such a reputable website) she will influence many peoples opinion of said town.

    The fact that it's most likely she went on a different trip to the vast majority of fans who travelled makes her opinion irrelevant to the vast majority of travelling fans who will never go on a 'VIP' trip.

    Finally re the cost, again her comments are irrelevant as travelling fans will sniff out a deal to get there. If she paid more it doesn't mean everyone else has to as she (and you) seem to be suggesting!

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  • 110. At 5:41pm on 15 May 2009, Xavierneville wrote:

    Decent effort there Jacqui (damn with feint praise)

    Didn't think you need to introduce yourself at the top, most people know your stuff if they have any interest in the footy and lsiten to the radio!

    Good to see you visit the more downtrodden areas of the football family. I've been competing with my fahter for years to rack up the most grounds, furtherest away.

    Best European away venue, AZ in December! For a small club totally super atmosphere banter food beer etc

    Dont' ever go to Standard leige, not for the ladies........

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  • 111. At 6:22pm on 15 May 2009, L-M-R FC wrote:

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  • 112. At 6:27pm on 15 May 2009, Bellion-Wonderland wrote:

    NWAF

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  • 113. At 6:33pm on 15 May 2009, Afghan ManUtd wrote:

    so..what about cheeky monkey's question..
    and what about that brothel story..
    common now, no suspense please.

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  • 114. At 6:40pm on 15 May 2009, WES Together we are Burnley wrote:

    Totally disagree about Burnley being the coldest ground.

    Blackpool v Burnley- If you went you'll know! 1700 Burnley fans in sub zero temperatures, with winds nearing hurricane conditions and NO roof!

    Unbelievably cold, I mean Swansea was -2c but this beat it by quite abit!

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  • 115. At 6:48pm on 15 May 2009, blackpoolmachine wrote:

    Surely one of the worst grounds to go to is Blackpool's Bloomfield Road? As a Blackpool fan I feel sorry for the away fans sitting on a temporary stand with the sea breeze (although it is probably more like a gale) blowing in their faces. It's not entirely pleasant for the home fans either, but that doesnt stop me going!

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  • 116. At 7:58pm on 15 May 2009, TrebleOseph wrote:

    The comment by the teenager probably wasn't unintentional...

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  • 117. At 8:12pm on 15 May 2009, davehibbertis God wrote:

    can't say i've read much of the blogs about women's football but have to say what a good show we've had at the Shrewsbury Prostar when England have played here. after the 3-1 win against Norway last month the girls came over to talk to the fans and do photos and autographs etc. wouldn't expect that from many teams!

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  • 118. At 8:14pm on 15 May 2009, fozzyrobbohartley1902 wrote:

    I realise this won't go down terribly well with all you modern thinking folks but i personally think having a female commentating and blogging on football is sheer tokenism. No offence meant but it just isn't for me at all. When you watch motd and you've gone past the main matches that jacqui quite rightly never gets to commentate on and then suddenly a shrill nonsensical voice starts describing bolton v wigan it's just awful. I am by no means alone in this thought although i realise people will just say that all my compadres are knucklescrapers like me. People would be wrong in that. What next - female match officials?? Lets not go there but deep down most people know mike newell was right - you just aren't allowed to say such things in our politically correct world.

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  • 119. At 8:23pm on 15 May 2009, liverpoolrulesyeah wrote:

    Well seen as my granddad is a Gillingham fan i found that blog very good!

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  • 120. At 8:29pm on 15 May 2009, andy_the_pilgrim wrote:

    Interesting blog Jacqui,

    I think there is a tendency for many people to grow indignant if they see a person in a enviable/high paying job seemingly complain about any aspect of it. Even on Gavin Strachan's blog - which is possibly the best recieved blog in the history of the internet - whenever he has a mild moan about playing over Christmas or enduring long, cold nights away from home (which, let's face it, is a bit rubbish) people clog up the comments board having a go at him for daring to utter any negativity when HE GETS THE CHANCE TO PLAY FOOTBAL FOR A LIVING. Because, as we knoe, most people WOULD PLAY FOR THEIR TEAM FOR FREE AND NOT COMPLAIN.

    A lot of posts on here seem to be slating you for being negative over your now possibly regretable inclusion of the Donetsk segment, a low point in your job this year (albeit exploited for good comic effect). Of course many folks would like you to know how they follow their team to cold, horrible places and would gladly WATCH A UEFA GAME ANYWHERE AND BE PAID FOR IT!

    I think what they forget is that, yeah, as a one-off commentating on any random game anywhere would be fun. But no matter what job you do and how much you love it there will still be things that annoy you about it. It's natural. You don't think Tom Cruise hates all the press junkets? Don't think Barack Obama hates working 14 hour days? They probably love their jobs, but a job is a job, and parts of even great jobs are routine, unexciting and unpleasant.

    I would not want to fly to grim, dark Eastern European venues to watch two (then) mediocre teams I don't support duke it out in sub-zero temperatures. I just wouldn't. Although, I'd probably put up with it as part of the job and have a humourous moan about it on a light-hearted blog somewhere hoping people don't take it too seriously...

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  • 121. At 8:42pm on 15 May 2009, robWolvesfan1 wrote:

    Hey Jacqui, good to see a fellow Wolves fan (and Old Wulfrunian) doing so well.

    What're you views on us getting promotion? Think we can stay up, and where do you think we need to improve?

    Keep up the good work!

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  • 122. At 9:22pm on 15 May 2009, karembeu wrote:

    my god there are some really objectionable sorts around ... and it seems many of them have decided to comment on this light piece of journalism.

    for the record, I enjoyed this article, and was able to use what few brain cells I have to recognise it for what it was intented to be, a light piece of entertainment - not an entry for the Football Pulitzer.

    to many posters - lighten up! to the author - keep it up!

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  • 123. At 9:53pm on 15 May 2009, LordSirSteveTreacle wrote:


    Good article, but what is more pertinent is that Jacqui Oatley is a right hottie!!!

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  • 124. At 11:05pm on 15 May 2009, Falcon4533 wrote:

    I reckon the Blog itself breaks house rule number 7 - "Off Topic"....and have to say I have seen better and would rather watch 2 pints of lager and a packet of crisps.....

    There are however some things lasses shouldn't do and then again some things lasses couldn't do....but if they are into it, then I do not think commentating on "Men's Sport" is one of them.....take Gaby Logan for instance...

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  • 125. At 11:07pm on 15 May 2009, Falcon4533 wrote:

    Oh!!...forgot reason for posting.....isn't comment #123 a bit sexist....or as usual don't you mind THAT KIND of sexist comment!!!

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  • 126. At 11:15pm on 15 May 2009, Jon-DRFC wrote:

    Most underated manager of the season must surely be Shaun o'Driscoll at Doncaster. Bottom of the championship seemingly down before Christmas and then we go on a run which saw us finish mid table, playing fantastic football in the process. Our form since boxing day was the second best in the league, and its been on a shoestring budget.

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  • 127. At 11:50pm on 15 May 2009, peadar1987 wrote:

    Don't mind the critics Jacqui, I enjoyed the blog, and that's all that matters!

    And I agree with comment 123 ;)

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  • 128. At 00:31am on 16 May 2009, WebbyFoxes wrote:

    Jacqui's Donetsk comment was not that bad ShelfSideTHFC but to be honest, look at the stadium.
    Does it matter who she went with?
    I mean she has the right to say what she thinks, I dont think you would have been the same if John Motson had wrote that comment.
    Anyway Jacqui's comment can aually shed if Euro 2012 will be a success in Donetsk, because looking at the former soviet states, they need new Stadia if Donetsk still play in a run-down stadium then thats wrong.
    But if its freezing in Donetsk, you expect to be in a stadium that isnt open, most of our stadiums are closed.

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  • 129. At 00:59am on 16 May 2009, spurs4everr wrote:

    Most Under-rated Manager. For me, thats got to be Harry Redknapp. Look at what he's done at tottenham. 8 games into the season, only 2 points. Relegation material. He comes in, and now were pushing for europe. Im not choosing him cause im a spurs supporter, but because he's done so well. Giofranco Zola aswell. He's turned west ham into a descent side.

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  • 130. At 04:04am on 16 May 2009, NYCfootballfan wrote:

    Wow... Some of you people could argue about the colour of the sky... Uptight buggers. Chill.

    Cute blog, btw.

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  • 131. At 07:26am on 16 May 2009, Thomo_T wrote:

    Very good Jacqui. A few categories to consider for next seasons review: Most obnoxious TV pundit off camera; Most over ambitious expectations at the end of October; Team who really should have been relegated; Worst big game; Dive of the season..I guess one or two of those might be prove career limiting for you?

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  • 132. At 09:13am on 16 May 2009, onecatcom wrote:

    Even though we weren't PSG fans we were welcomed into the culture there with open arms! As Brits they were extremely helpful and had the mentality of "if you came to watch PSG your with us, not against us". Which was a welcome change to some of the atmospheres for neutrals in this country.
    http://www.nowgoal.com/19.shtml

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  • 133. At 09:56am on 16 May 2009, jonn_bfc wrote:

    what about owen coyle? he deserves a mention, hes taken burnley, a low mid table club, and in his first full season, got us two minutes from the league cup final, beaten arsenal, chelsea, fulham, tottenham, west brom this season, quarter final of the FA cup, play off final against all odds, i think he deserves a mention

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  • 134. At 10:27am on 16 May 2009, LegendaryRedorDead wrote:

    no substance to the article, most these guys are being nice because their thinking with their pants

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  • 135. At 10:52am on 16 May 2009, royalbluefish wrote:

    David Moyes anyone? Cant believe you missed him out? Working most of the season with a sick note list that would rival any club including no forwards but finishing at least sixth & getting to the final of the FA cup? That has got to warrant a mention.

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  • 136. At 10:59am on 16 May 2009, CatonaHotTinPlate wrote:

    Re Steve Bruce "most under Rated Manager" I dont think you will get any Huddersfield Town fans on your side with this one. Wasted a lot of money, bought unwisely and was mostly responsible for us going into administration. So bad is the feeling that his son ALWAYS gets booed whenever he appears at the Galpharm.

    Heard from Birmingham supporters that he is not their favourite manager of all time.

    Good article though Jaqui, keep up the good work

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  • 137. At 12:02pm on 16 May 2009, macaw18 wrote:

    robsep way up at number 12 think you've embarrassed yourself a bit there!

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  • 138. At 05:42am on 17 May 2009, kawayinet wrote:

    Interesting read and update news around them.
    http://www.nowgoal.com/19.shtml

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  • 139. At 1:13pm on 17 May 2009, IrishTel wrote:

    -8, -16, Luxury! Start the season on -30, now that's tough.

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  • 140. At 2:54pm on 17 May 2009, grandsjwood wrote:

    As a life time Leicester supporter, I appreciate your two references to Leicester City, but on the second one re the car park, may I remind you that the train station is in walking distance and there is no need for public servants to add to the carbon footprint

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  • 141. At 4:21pm on 17 May 2009, tiggerlufc wrote:

    Great blog Jacqui! - Perhaps some on here should note it is just that, a place to voice opinion.

    Re: DefendAndAttack it's nice to know there are actually nice ladies toilets at some grounds!
    I found the ones at Carlisle were God awful, the ladies in there had to hold the door as it wasn't actually the right size for the cubicle. It didn't help that the terrace was crammed with Leeds fans, some of which decided it'd be a good idea to urinate in the ladies toilet sink. Nice.

    Btw Jacqui, I'm sure it's been said by someone at some time but for aspiring sports journalists as myself - the only female on my course, it's great to see a female who's actually made it. It does infuriate me though when some very ignorant football 'fans' try to take the mick out of your commentary/writing because you're a woman. I don't see them calling David Pleat a **** because he's a bloke; when it comes down to it, you talk sense and he doesn't.

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  • 142. At 10:14pm on 17 May 2009, swaqik wrote:

    My comment way up the top of the thread was removed. Perhaps I was a bit terse, but to put it simply.

    1. The gender of the author is irrelevant.

    2. What is relevant is the quality of the article. It wasn't attempting to be funny like Robbo, nor informative like Strachan. It was attempting an "alternative analysis" - not a new idea, but an interesting one.

    3. However, in so doing, it showed a terrible shallowness. Bruce manager of the year? - such an obvious thought - no consideration for Moyes, Mowbray, O'Driscoll, guy at Rotherham, guy at East Stirling etc etc.

    4. In inviting us to feel sorry - however unintentionally - for being paid to travel and watch footy for a job was , in these times of increasing unemployment and job insecurity, somewhat careless to say the least.

    5. Commenting on loos and brothels is surely angling for the kind of cheap and unnecessarily sexist comment that the BBC then feign to be upset to receive.

    I occasionally write articles for publication in minor magazines - but I'm not a journalist. I do feel that if I handed in anything as slipshod as this blog, I wouldn't get asked back.

    I hope that's sufficiently a reasoned argument to not be moderated off the board. I was just offended by what I thought to be a really poor piece of work.

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  • 143. At 11:25pm on 17 May 2009, nickgreen16 wrote:

    Seriosuly, what is the problem?

    This is not a serious article. It is an alternative review of the season, with Jacquis OWN opinions on HER experiences this year. Why on earth people are posting remarks saying, "thats wrong, thats wrong, have you been here Jacqui, I went 700 miles to Bristol in the rain blah blah blah".

    Jacqui first commentated in 2005 i believe, with her first match of the day commentary coming in April 2007. Of course Jacqui has not been everywhere, experienced the very worst and best of what football has to offer, she wont, no one will within 3 or so years of sports broadcasting. People really need to grasp the concept of this blog, from an up and coming football commentator, who is relatively an infant in comparison to her fellow comentators in terms of experience. Its a bit of a tongue in cheek review, with little degree of serious footballing analysis of the season, i know that, i'd hope thats very obvious to the rest of you.

    Swaqik, point number 3, what on earth is that about? Terrible shallowness! You cant throw insults like that around and then not even be bothered to name Rotherhams manager Mark Robins, rather just refer to him as "guy at Rotherham". Serious contradiction. Moyes gets plenty of admiration through the media, so to refer to him as under rated, more so than Bruce, i'd have to disagree with. This is the point though, its just one opinion, no one has the correct or incorrect opinion, if thats what Jacqui thinks then thats what she thinks. I dont have a problem with it sparking decent debate, but refering to it as terrible shallowness? seriously

    By the way, Alex Ferguson picked up his 11th title this weekend. Before all this happened, Ferguson nearly lost his job, but was saved after a winning goal in an FA cup tie, the scorer . . . Mark Robins. Now Swaqik, please dont tell me your a Manchester United fan, as that would be the irony of all ironies.

    Jacqui as a Leicester fan im really intrigued as to what Nige did at this awards evening to make him a dark horse!? please tell????

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  • 144. At 07:23am on 18 May 2009, swaqik wrote:

    Hi Nick.
    No, I'm not a Man U fan.

    Let's not start arguing on accuracy points like my "guy from Rotherham" when you've got "seriosuly" rather than "seriously" and "your" rather than "you're"

    Yes, I do remember (S)AF being touted for the sack, and being regarded as just another Scottish manager who couldn't make it south of the border (think Jock Stein, Jim Jeffries). I listened to the commentary as the fateful goal went in.

    I didn't name Mark Robins - and all the other people making a mark (no pun intended)- because I thought, stylistically, a list of names is as exciting as a school register.

    Yes, Jacqui's is an opinion piece. My opinion is that it was hackneyed, poorly observed and poorly written. Didn't say that it was wrong - just that it was in poor taste.

    I've no problem with your opinion being opposed to mine - or anyone else's - that's what opinions are for. I might like pasta with my curry, you might like rice - but whatever gets us through to the pudding is fine by me !





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  • 145. At 12:25pm on 18 May 2009, KB!zzle¬© wrote:

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

  • 146. At 2:36pm on 18 May 2009, U13967209 wrote:

    More about this Parisien brothel, Jacqui!? I don't mean the address - just curious as to what you were doing there? :)
    http://www.nowgoal.com/30.shtml

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  • 147. At 7:21pm on 18 May 2009, nickgreen16 wrote:

    Swaqik. Firstly my spelling and grammar mistakes i can attribute to my tiredness and possibly my laziness when concerened with proof reading.

    Swaqik, my point was not about accuracy. Mark Robins is indeed a guy (well, not that i know otherwise) and he is indeed at Rotherham, so you weren't inaccurate. I didn't say that. My point was centred around your "terrible shallowness" insult aimed at Jacqui. Thats what i had a problem with. Your justification for not actually naming him is a little weak, i wonder in the same way that your employers you occasionally write for would throw away Jacquis blog, i wonder what they'd make of your "guy at Rotherham" remark? Binned again?

    Re-reading your original post you also throw forward Mowbray as a contender for most under rated manager. Now, i'm not entirely sure what i've missed here, but why does Tony Mowbray deserve a special mention for taking a team down bottom (probably) of the premier league playing "nice" football? Please, i can't grasp that one. Jacqui mentions Tisdale at Exeter, among others, which with Tisdale espeically, i would agree strongly.

    The point about opinions and experiences wasn't really aimed at you, as you come across wise enough to be able grasp that concept. I refer to comments by ultimate claret for example, telling her Burnley wasnt the coldest ground and that Blackpool was much colder. This may well be true but as i've said, the blog conveys JACQUIS experiences, not the experiences of every single fan, Jacqui is not wrong to say that Burnley is the coldest ground, as she may not have been at any grounds throughout the season that were colder. Hopefully you'd agree with me also that the sexist comments don't really have a place and do nothing to help anyone.

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  • 148. At 06:09am on 19 May 2009, SpursFan1959 wrote:

    Nice, amusing Blog Jacqui, thank you.
    Re: ... and definitely the worst hotel I've ever stayed in (apart from a brothel in Paris. That's another story. Please, please! Any chance of hearing that story?!!
    Keep up the good job.
    P.S.
    Friendly suggestion:
    Please make a habit of using the spell-checker.

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  • 149. At 12:20pm on 20 May 2009, Speroni_Ponytail wrote:

    Most Underrated player of the season: Julian Speroni, without a doubt.

    If only he was English

    "sigh"

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  • 150. At 9:21pm on 20 May 2009, polarbilly wrote:

    Whilst Steve Bruce might well now be a super chap and a great manager, those who paid for his learning curve might not think the same - ask any Huddersfield Town Fan

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  • 151. At 6:21pm on 21 May 2009, Biscoback wrote:

    Nickgreen - well said. Comments about the shallowness of the blog are pious to the extreme and picking you up on a typo and a grammatical error is pure pedantry.

    I always thought blogs were supposed to be throw away opinion pieces rather than well structured/written pieces for publication. As you said how can a commentator paid to commentate primarily on top division make comments about how cold Scunthorpe might be on January the 4th in the East corner, seat F32.

    Excuse about not naming Robin's is appalling, if you are caught out at least admit it! As for the Ferguson comment -

    "Yes, I do remember (S)AF being touted for the sack, and being regarded as just another Scottish manager who couldn't make it south of the border (think Jock Stein, Jim Jeffries). I listened to the commentary as the fateful goal went in."

    What tosh!! People regarded him as another Scottish manager who couldn't make it south of the border - then you name Jim Jefferies (which incidentally you spelt incorrectly lol). Not sure many people other than time travellers would have compared him to Fergie as about that time he was manager of Berwick Rangers (who granted are an English team but they do play in Scotland). Incidentally what country did Bill Shankly, Matt Busby, Kenny Dalglish, George Graham come from?

    Not sure what subject you write articles for (no need to mention you are not a journalist that is evident) but I would hope it's not football.

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  • 152. At 6:39pm on 21 May 2009, Biscoback wrote:

    Comment 149 - I think Speroni would possibly qualify for a passport though as he had at least 2 years in Scotland with Dundee before moving to Palace and I don't think he had any U-21 caps for Argentina.

    It's as valid as Almunia's claim!!

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  • 153. At 1:39pm on 22 May 2009, Jim Jimmeney wrote:

    Unintentional put-down of the season
    Teenage son of a friend to me: "When you commentate for Match of the Day, do you sit anywhere near the proper commentators?" I was too busy laughing to clip the cheeky monkey round the ear!



    Are you completely sure it was unintentional? ;)

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  • 154. At 2:42pm on 22 May 2009, Mutchado wrote:

    Having supported Wolves (A small club in the Midlands)for my sins for over 40 years the hilarious comment that you make "We ay gonna catch nowt am we" and others like Jaqui make become a bit tiresome. We are Prem bound for at least a season, and will enjoy it whatever the Big four throw at us. The trouble is this type of drivel is continualy spouted by so called experts, who hate it when the likes of Stoke,Hull,or any other below the big four upset their understanding of the game. You would not see a comment's like this aimed at Chelsea supporters from the BBC for fear of asassination by their owner. Well guess what the game is all about the Football League clubs who are all striving to stay afloat, and believe me if someone pulls the plug - any top club can find their selves playing Leeds in Division one - See Charlton,Norwich,maybe a Newcastle next. Anyway Jaqui this wasn't just aimed at you,it's about the hierachy of the reporting of Premiership, and lower league reporting.
    Wolves,Birmingham,and Sheffield Utd or Burnley,will struggle to get anything positive said about them on MOTD. Especially from Mr Linneker who hates us for reasons known only to him and Steve Bull.But you know what- carry on on your smug BBC world, we will have a great time,just as we had in the early seventies when we were top four.I know all of the Premiership will not welcome us,however it will be a warmer reception than MOTD will
    give us. Sky will close BBC Sport down soon anyway so this does not realy matter.

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  • 155. At 10:13am on 23 May 2009, blue_birstall wrote:

    Hmmmm parking next to a football stadium with 30,000 fans streaming out....and you found you were sat queuing in your car....maybe giving you the time to re-think that strategy for next season??

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  • 156. At 10:22am on 23 May 2009, blue_birstall wrote:

    PS - Mutchado, your comments make very little sense. The reference to the Mexican wave was in relation to swine flu and not a dig at your fans. Hence the use of the word 'quip' - a witty comment or clever retort.

    As well, there have been regular references all season on BBC/SKY to how well Stoke play at home, how great their fans are and that it was one of the most difficult away games of the season. West Brom have been praised throughout for their style of football, despite it sometimes being to their own detriment. And Hull were discussed pretty much every week during the first few months of the season; in fact, their decline has been a consistent point of reference throughout.

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  • 157. At 09:19am on 24 May 2009, AFCB Si wrote:

    Some people on here are so funny...chill out! I enjoyed the blog!

    As a Bournemouth fan, yes, I agree Rotherham and Mark Robbins should have had more publicity...

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  • 158. At 12:24pm on 24 May 2009, sweetHenez wrote:

    i personally some of the critisms Jaqui has come under have been extremely harsh.

    Comments like "stick to cleaning love" are comments that are morally wrong and meaninglessly harsh. In my opinion this blog is very good, a chance to chill out from the stress and drama of the end of season but clealy some people cant accept that.

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  • 159. At 12:14pm on 25 May 2009, Abe_Gethin wrote:

    Coldest ground, Turf Moor? I'd have to disagree, without doubt the coldest ground in England is in Oldham, Boundary Park, or as we call it up here in the North West, Ice Station Zebra!

    The coldest winter game I ever saw, was Oldham vs Blackpool, in May!

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  • 160. At 7:12pm on 25 May 2009, JtTractorBoy wrote:

    Good blog Jacqui but i would just like to say that Ipsiwch v Southampton was bitterly cold and maybe the worst i have encountered. On a brighter note i know this as i was with you for that game. I was the young ginger lad with Radio Hampshire and it was a pleasure to meet you. Remember me?

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  • 161. At 10:00am on 26 May 2009, Welshdaz wrote:

    Steve Bruce - signs players for bargain fees !

    Are you mad - Which SB are you talking about ?

    He did no such things at Birmingham and has yet to do so at Wigan - the millions he has wasted are criminal

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  • 162. At 10:02am on 31 May 2009, edwinovich wrote:

    Whta re the BBC doing to stop this www.nowgoal nonsense being threaded in

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  • 163. At 7:28pm on 31 May 2009, thefox25 wrote:

    Believe me, Scunthorpe is far from the worst press box. Next season, ask to go to Macclesfield, Chestefield or Accrington for a Carling Cup game !

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  • 164. At 11:21am on 09 Jun 2009, StratfordBlade wrote:

    Good blog Jacqui,

    But the coldest ground is always Oldham!


    And I'm now struggling to concentrate on anything other than the Paris brothel. I need details, or an email address or website; for research purposes only you understand!

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  • 165. At 12:34pm on 09 Jun 2009, kstring24 wrote:

    Mutchado, it is worth noting that Jacqui is in fact a Stafford lass and has been a Wolves fan all her life. Do your research before you make digs like that.

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  • 166. At 5:28pm on 09 Jun 2009, jay842 wrote:

    Nice article Jacqui.

    Kaka's moved to Real as we all know, who do you think is the player to get hold of this summer?

    What I mean, is out of the possible players looking for a move, who will be the most coveted (price/ ability considered): Benzema, Lavezzi, Ribery, Carvalho, Tevez, Pato, Alonso, Windass?

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  • 167. At 09:53am on 10 Jun 2009, BulletMonkey wrote:

    Hate your commentary, like your article. And you're fit.

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  • 168. At 10:16am on 10 Jun 2009, lazerspewpewpew wrote:

    I'm ROFLing myself silly here at all you lot getting your knickers in a twist about a light-hearted blog. I can imagine you (you know who you are) sitting there getting more and more wound up and consulting your thesauruses for long words that adequately portray your disgust and downright indignation.

    Jeez....

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  • 169. At 1:30pm on 10 Jun 2009, eoinsmith001 wrote:

    How can something be pre-prepared?

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