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Archives for June 2009

Review of the week

Chris Charles | 14:23 UK time, Friday, 26 June 2009


They were just about coming to terms with relegation, but now the kit has really hit the fan.

Just when the Geordies thought life couldn't get any worse, along came the unveiling of Newcastle's new yellow strip, which prompted more scoffing than Big Sam at a doughnut convention.

One fan likened it to a deckchair on Blackpool beach, while another described it as "a side-on view of a custard cream". The official club website preferred to describe the strip as a "stylish new change kit", although it was unclear how many supporters had taken up the '20% off' introductory offer plastered all over the front page.

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Review of the week

Chris Charles | 12:34 UK time, Friday, 19 June 2009


Whoever said Christmas comes but once a year was clearly telling porkies.

The buzz I got when the new fixtures were announced was right up there with the time I unwrapped my Evil Knievel Stunt Cycle (which, unlike that well-known brand of varnish, did not do what it said on the tin).

It's impossible for the eyes to digest all the information as quickly as your brain wants them to, but the initial skim-read always guarantees that for every plum tie you spot, there's always a 'Here's what you could have won' moment right behind.

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Comedy football awards of the season

Chris Charles | 12:36 UK time, Tuesday, 9 June 2009


We've had the chants of the season - now it's time to hand out the gongs.

BBC football commentator Jacqui Oatley has already done an excellent alternative review of the season and while I can't improve on that, I'll be going a little more leftfield to reward those great men of football who've put a smile on our faces these past few months.

So without further ado, let's get on with it - and please don't hesitate to send in your own (they're bound to be better than the rubbish I come up with).

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How long has Magilton got?

Chris Charles | 15:07 UK time, Thursday, 4 June 2009


Breaking news...Jim Magilton sacked. Thought I'd get that in now to save me writing it at Christmas.

The QPR messageboards are awash with sweepstakes taking a punt on which date the new boss will be fired - ranging from Aug 14 all the way to mid-December. Although one optimist suggested it would be the summer of 2011, when Jimbo will be poached by Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement.

Meanwhile, Dan the fan from Great Yarmouth wrote on the Daily Mail website: "This is how I see this appointment panning out..."

  • July 18th Friendly: QPR 0-2 Juventus;

  • July 25th Friendly: QPR 0-2 Bolton;
  • Aug 1st Friendly: QPR 0-2 Celtic;

  • Aug 5th Friendly: QPR 0-2 Ipswich Town Res;
  • Aug 8th Friendly: QPR 0-2 Formula 1 Drivers' XI;
  • Aug 11th Friendly: QPR 1-2 Shepherd's Bush under-14's;

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