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Dan Walker | 16:17 UK time, Wednesday, 10 November 2010

We always knew taking Football Focus from Old Trafford was going to be contentious. It seems there are quite a few football fans out there - you could be one of them - who have a deep-rooted hatred of all things Manchester United.

We had a similar polarised response when we went to Arsenal and Tottenham last season but the whole point of these shows is to give you, as a viewer, a bit of insight and access to a club that you very rarely get.

Yes, one of the guests is normally associated with the team and about three to four of the pieces will be about the club we are visiting but I am not going to make any excuses about that. After all, that's the whole point of being there.

The best thing to do is park your prejudice for 45 minutes, take off the spectacles of rage and pretend you are having a nose around someone else's house.

So far, we have done one of our on-the-road shows each month and I think the next one will take us to the Midlands sometime in early December. We will let you know exactly where closer to the time.

I travelled up to Manchester late on Thursday to get cracking on filming the opening for last week's programme. We started at 0830 GMT on Friday and had to get most of our work done before heading to the training ground to interview Rio Ferdinand at 1130.

rio595dan.jpgMeeting Rio on our trip to Old Trafford

We got to Carrington on time and set up our equipment in one of the interview rooms next to main reception. It was a bit weird to be back. I used to go down there every week to speak to players and Sir Alex Ferguson when I was a reporter in the North West.

In fact, the last time I was in that exact room was seven years ago. Fergie banned me for six months for asking a question about David Beckham going to Real Madrid. Fun times!

Ferdinand turned up bang on 12 and we spent about 20 minutes with him talking about Wayne Rooney, injuries, Wolves, Nani's goal, arguing with referees and Twitter. I spotted that he had an iPad with him and asked what he was using it for. The club apparently have quite a few of them that they hand out to players. His had been loaded with video clips of Kevin Doyle and various Wolves set pieces for Rio to study at home that night.

After we were done, we bid farewell and legged it to Old Trafford to film a few more bits and pieces inside the ground. Then it was back to the hotel at about 1530 to write the scripts for the programme and speak to the editor, Mark Cole, who wasn't arriving until about 2230 that night.

I finished the scripts at about 1900 and then went, with a couple of the crew, to eat some of the finest prawn toast this side of Texas in Manchester's Chinatown.

By the time I had polished off the last of the crispy chilli beef, the editor and Lee Dixon had arrived at the hotel. I said hello and then disappeared to write down the whole script on a single piece of paper. I know it is slightly obsessive but ever since my GCSEs I have discovered that if I write something out meticulously the night before it stays in my brain for at least eight hours. The tactic got me through my exams and has never failed since.

The next morning I conquered two poached eggs and some black pudding, did my regular interview with Jo Good on 6 Music at 0800 and then headed to the ground for a walk through the show.

I looked through some of the pieces. The Cardiff v Swansea tape was a cracking bit of TV and I also caught up with Dan Roan's interviews with Liverpool's new owners before Dixon and Nicky Butt rocked up at 1130 and chatted freely in the tunnel about old times. I think Dixon might have mentioned Arsenal's title win at Old Trafford in 2002 a few times.

He also told a great story about how - on the day of that game - Arsene Wenger took the whole Arsenal squad, who were wearing team tracksuits, on a walk around Manchester.

The players warned him that it was not a good plan but he ploughed on regardless until he was accosted by an irate window cleaner who was furious to find Wenger on his patch. After a bit of face-to-face rage, the boss announced that the team would be swiftly returning to the sanctity of the hotel.

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I hope you enjoyed a look inside the Old Trafford dressing room during Saturday's show. Normally, it is closed off to everyone except staff and players once it has been swept for electronic devices at about 1100 on match days. Thankfully, kit manager Albert Morgan was keen to show us around and we were able to enter the inner sanctum.

We had some serious technical issues for the last 20 minutes of the show. I could not hear the director, editor or production assistant telling me how long was left on the programme. I hope you didn't notice.

This Saturday, we have got a sit-down chat with Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott, who have some interesting things to say about Tottenham. We will also hear from Premier League old boys Martin Jol, Michael Ballack and Sami Hyypia. Plus, we will ask if Stoke really are harshly treated by referees. And we have got all the goals from a busy midweek fixture list. Don't forget we are on BBC Two this week from 1215.

As ever, the best way to follow the show is at We opted for a Star Wars-themed squad this week. Feel free to add your own suggestions or put down any comments or questions about the show.

Team name: Nottingham Forest of Endor or Death Star Belgrade

Manager: Glenn Yoda

Chewbacary Sagna
Ewok Showumni
Grand Moff Parkin
Alan Hansolo
Zat Jedi Knight
George Lucas Leiva
Jon Obi Wan Mikel Kenobi
Landon Calrissian Donovan
Darth Crooks
Boba Balde Fett
Jabba The Hutton
R2 Zizou
Millennium Falcao
Eirik Chew-Bakke
Lee Young C-3 Pyo
Nani-kin Skywalker
Chris Darth Williams
Ibrahima Chewbakayoko
Princess Weah
Steve Kabba The Hutt
Kevin Princess Leia Boateng

Did I mention we were on BBC Two this week?


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  • Comment number 1.

    Are you on BBC Two this week?

  • Comment number 2.

    Man I wish I had your job. sounds so chilled !!!! I am envious

  • Comment number 3.

    Not sure there are many Star Wars names left there to add...

    The Phantom Dennis (Wise)

    My humble contribution.

    Looking forward to hearing from the Arsenal players on the show... I'll have to check whether my Sky Plus will recognise the change of channel or not for Saturdays programme?

    Tony Pulis is starting to get a bit annoying with his constant complaining about referees. I wonder if he realises that every manager has a whinge about the officiating. Until the referees are given some technological help, like rugby union/league and cricket officials (at the top level of course) then football as an industry will have to put up with human error/interpretation. His crusade in the last few days could be seen as a tactic to get the "rub of the green" before last nights match against Birmingham, and if it was, it wasn't the first or last time a manager will try that old chestnut in the media.

    May the force be with you.

    Mace Windu

  • Comment number 4.

    Stretch Wayne Rooney's ears out and chop his legs off below the knee and he'd be Yoda's brother.

    Dean Whitehead: does he not bear a passing resemblance to the bad guy in Lazy Town?

  • Comment number 5.

    Here's another...

    Darth (Alan) Ball

    PS. can't recall noticing any technical issues with the programme on Saturday so looks like you winged it okay.

    Looking forward to seeing what my friends from last week come up with this week on here.


  • Comment number 6.

    Tatooine Hotspur

  • Comment number 7.

    Mos Eis-Lee Dixon
    Corusc-ant(ony) Stokes

    Bail Organa

  • Comment number 8.

    Uncle Owen (Hargreaves)
    Hugo (Queen) Amidala

    What was too close.

    Lando Calrissian

  • Comment number 9.

    Should have been... that was too close.

    Jar Jar Binks

  • Comment number 10.

    I got 3 more

    Darth Ivan Sproule
    Park Chewie-Young
    Qui-Gon McGinn
    and then I lost inspiration.

    I think Tony Pulis' idea is worth a look, but it would be quite hard to trial. Plus, I think Mark Clattenburg would be in the Unibond Premier by now...

  • Comment number 11.

    I think most people love Football Focus coming from all the different grounds - I do..they provide a real insight into how different clubs are set-up. It was really fascinating to see the differences in quality of the home and away dressing rooms at Old Trafford and makes me wonder just how far some clubs take 'providing less appealing away facilities'? What's the worst away dressing room you've seen Dan?

    The psychology of the game is facinating. I wonder what impact Arsene's stroll around Manchester had on geeing up his side? Was he trying to prove there was nothing to afraid of..lucky they didn't go to Moss Side or the fate of that years' championship could have swung another way ;)

    Ronaldo Calrissian

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Dan,

    Great blog. Didn't notice you winging it so there's 3 jobs the BBC can do without in this recession!!! Good work.

    Loved FF, maybe a bit biased. Maybe worth doing FF from Celtic and Rangers next season for the old firm games?? Does the satalite strength over the boarder?

    I hate Star Wars. Could never get into the whole Star Wars, Star trek thingy. Although I did get plenty of laughs a few years ago when the films were released seeing 100's of folk in fancy dress going to the cinema. Each to their own.

    I hope Nicky didn't miss his opportunity to mention to Dixon the various range of medals he collected during his time with United.

    Keep up the good work brother,


    Disappointed even YOU couldn't convience "The boss" to do an interview!

  • Comment number 13.

    Attack of the Cl-Owen Hargreaves

  • Comment number 14.

    Lord (Sugar) of the Sith.

    If I were an apple pie, the apples inside would be oranges.

    Jango Fett

  • Comment number 15.

    Surely former Manchester United centre-half 'David May-the force be with you' would make the team?

    Nice to see you kept the tradition of having prawn based foods while visiting Old Trafford. Roy Keane would not be happy!

    Chris Kiwomya

  • Comment number 16.

    Evening all...

    Just watching MOTD at the same time so this might take me a while.

    Domspur #1 I think you might be right. Let me just check... yes that’s correct.

    Surreybloke123 #3 Good point... check your Sky Plus / Virgin thing / box stuff to make sure it’s switched to BBC 2!

    Glad to hear that no-one spotted any technical issues – sounds like we got away with it. JoC #11 thanks for the support. I agree with you that the on-the-road shows are different and are meant to show you things you would never normally get to see.

    Welfare4wobblers #12 If you mention you hate Star Wars again I might have to get you removed from this blog! Only kidding of course... sort of.

    VillasTommyJohnson #15 David May-the force be with you is sheer genius.

    See you tomorrow – in fact later today! Bit later than I thought.

    Fernando Torres’ Milkman

  • Comment number 17.

    Mmmmm that's good jam.

    So dan why didn't you try it on first, then we would have known wouldn't we?

    Oh I know you just lurve visiting the lovely people at the shop to return it but to be honest they are getting sick of you buying stuff and returning it within a week.
    Why not just buy stuff you would need to replace on a weekly basis, grapes maybe, then while you are there you can be as sociable as you please and not create extra work for anyone.

    It's the little things dan.

    I'm pretty sure all my socks started life in matching pairs. Not anymore, as long as they are of similar colour then together they will go.

    Time for bo bos me thinks

  • Comment number 18.

    Top notch blog again Dan!
    I hope thick buttered toast was placed underneath the black pudding and poached eggs otherwise this fine combo just doesn't seem substantial enough!
    Pity you couldn't ask Sir Alex where he purchased his watch that bends time and space, it helped Man Utd win the title in '93.

    You'll never beat Des Skywalker!

  • Comment number 19.

    Count 'Efan' Dooku-ku

    Ante Miročević

  • Comment number 20.

    Count 'Efan' Dooku-ku

    Kevin Pressman's brother

  • Comment number 21.

    Can non-UK folks catch Football focus anywhere? :)

  • Comment number 22.

    Bwaha ha ha i simply dont understand

  • Comment number 23.

    "swept for electronic devices" - blimey.

    So how does getting banned by Fergie for six months work then? Does he tell you right there or does a PR come up to you after and sheepishly explain that the 'talent' has had a tantrum?

    And do reporters have to give their name so someone can check that they are not currently banned?

    What happened after you six month ban was over? Did they mention anything about it when you next went back and did it make you more likely to ask powderpuff questions in future or did it (I hope) make you even more determined to do your job as a journalist ask what needs to be asked?

  • Comment number 24.

    Excellent blog again Dan. I always love it when you go "on the road" to the clubs. It's great to see what they're like inside. Tell me, will you be heading to Anfield any time soon? Apologies if you've already been this season. I've missed a couple of shows and maybe that was one of them!

    What sauce did you have with your poached egg and black pudding? That's screaming out for a bit of HP!


  • Comment number 25.

    Jawa-rd Pique
    Ebbe Sand People

    These aren't the droids you're looking for.

    Aunt Beru

  • Comment number 26.

    Think its so quiet because the blog link has been hidden on the Premier League section...

    He can go about his business, move along.

    General Grievous

  • Comment number 27.

    Would the man at a football club that looks for new talent be given a car?Otherwise he'd be a Scout Walker.

    Miguel Indurain.

  • Comment number 28.

    David Moyes-Eisley Cantina

    That's all I can think of for now.

    Admiral Akbar.

  • Comment number 29.

    Shola Ameobi Wan Kenobi

    That is all

  • Comment number 30.

    Hansolo Segers.

    Cesare Bovo the Hutt

    GREEDO Buchwald

    Dexter Blackstock Jettster

    Salt and Pepper Chicken should have been your choice in the Chinese, or is it just a Liverpool thing?

    Does rio have a reminder set on his Ipad for drug tests?

    Wilmott Brown

  • Comment number 31.

    I'm surprised at it's absence, but 'Ya Ya (Toure) Binks?'. Repugnant banter.

    As for Pulis, I don't think I'm alone thinking he was out of line - unlucky in the last few weeks - but certainly not entitled to be suggesting relegation for refs etc. Reminds me of Aidy Boothroyd suggesting refs should be put in the stocks; I would have loved the Watford fans to have returned the sentiment when they were relegated.

    Altogether unsurprising from Pulis who seems to be making more of a career out of moaning than Gary Neville.

  • Comment number 32.

    Senator Gareth Bale Organa
    Quinton Bib Fortuna

    I've got a bad feeling about this.

    Nute Gunray

  • Comment number 33.

    Tore Hans(y) Soflo

    Sue-Barker.. maybe the wrong sport but I'm putting her out there as a Wookie


  • Comment number 34.

    Had to get involved.
    Juan Lightsabre Veron.

    Robot Chicken Palpatine

  • Comment number 35.


    On the subject of poached eggs...have you ever tried them on potato waffles (and a sauce of your choice..I prefer salad cream) for breakfast..?! An amazing way to start the day, trust me, well worth a try!!

    Great blog again by the way.

    50 Cent

  • Comment number 36.

    GarinDan Walker (bounty hunter)

    An idea for a future squad could be based on place names...
    such as in cricket, David Gower Peninsula.

    Qui Gon Jinn

  • Comment number 37.

    Chinese! Dan, you are a man after my own heart!

    I tucked it a lovely Chinese Takeaway last night (and this morning for breakfast of course!), the highlight of which was some delicious Fried Chicken in Chilli and Garlic.

    Once again you blog like no other. The force is strong in this one.

    As for the Star Wars XI (Tatooine Hothspur perhaps)

    Niko kRANCOR
    Robert Hoth
    Papa Boba Fett
    Henrik Owen Lars-son

    Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has. How embarrassing... how embarrassing.


  • Comment number 38.

    OMG. Some of those names are so tenuous.

    Prawn toast is the future, especially followed up by a bit of crisy chilli beef. Good work sir.

    Why not do nice little visit to somewhere like Tranmere or Yeovil and compare the facilities. Tranmere and the like probably sweep the floor for chewing gum wrappers and not bugging devices. All very CIA conspiracy theory.

    A question Dan, as you got banned from MUFC and SAF now refuses to speak to the BBC why do you (as a corporation) continue to broadcast their games?

    Erik Meijer

  • Comment number 39.

    36. At 2:01pm on 11 Nov 2010, Surreybloke123 wrote:

    GarinDan Walker (bounty hunter)

    An idea for a future squad could be based on place names...
    such as in cricket, David Gower Peninsula.

    Qui Gon Jinn
    Sitting on my Chesterfield sofa,here in the Trevor Peake District,I was hoping to watch the trilogy of films starring Matt Damon.Sadly they got burnt in a fire,so I was left with an Ash-Bourne trilogy.Still,I can always remeber the glory days for Ipswich Town with their captain Mick New Mills.I could always pop some Glenn Matlock on the stereo,or someone of that Ilk(estone)

  • Comment number 40.

    aargh.Forgot the sign off.

    Judith Chalmers.

  • Comment number 41.

    The other thing I was considering was combining my love of cycling with Leonard Rossiter sitcoms.

    Quite looking forward to watching Francis de la Tour de France.

    Lenny Godber.

  • Comment number 42.

    Nice, like your style.
    You could also pay a visit to Jason Scotland of course, unless you want to stay in Mike England instead.

    I sense something, a presence I've not felt since...

    Wicket the Ewok

  • Comment number 43.


    I fancy a trip to Juan Pablo Angelsea this weekend!

    Viilos Cohagen

  • Comment number 44.

    Surely a short flight over to Stephen Ireland would be better...?! Or if you wish to go further afield for some beaches and huge Jesus status', you could go to Rio (Ferdinand) De Janeiro in Alan Brazil...

    Ah this is terrible, this will never work, I feel we are on a (Herbie) Hid(e)ing to nothing....

    Bruce Wayne

  • Comment number 45.

    #43 and #41
    Have you ever been to Jason Lee-on-Sea? I've heard (Terry Fen)Wick is nice this time of year too.

    The Force is with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.

    Admiral Piett

  • Comment number 46.

    Manager - Arsene Dengar or Ian Droopy McCall

    Diego 4-Lom
    Quentin Bib Fortuna
    Gareth Bail Organa
    Didier Dagobah
    Hope Admiral Akpan
    Diomansy Kamara-Jade
    Robert Hoth
    Yavin Peacock (sorry)

  • Comment number 47.

    I've just bought a cd featuring a former Middlesboro player working with a Man City and Sheffield Wednesday player.

    Can't fault a bit of Emerson,Lake and Palmer.

    Rick Wakeman

  • Comment number 48.

    I'm off on a world cruise shortly. Highlights include stopping off in Brunei-gel Clough and a short stay in Burundi-omansy Kamara.

    On the return leg we have an overnight stay in Sri-Lankaka before returning to the United Marlon Kingdom.

    Oh and we're going to Spain as well.

    This sun doin' murder to mesa skin…

    Natalie Portman

  • Comment number 49.

    I like Yavin Peacock.

    I wonder if anyone here lives in the Lee Catter-Mole Valley area?

    Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is!

    Captain Needa

  • Comment number 50.

    Sounds nice Luke.Shame you can't get to visit Nepal Mariner(especially as his nose is big enough to be a Himalayan mountain).

    Some other music to listen to could feature a famed musician that's just taken up snooker,Tom Kuwaits.

  • Comment number 51.

    You can't beat a bit of Jimmy White Cliffs of Dover when you're feeling nostalgic, and of a certain age.

    I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee.

    Captain Lennox

  • Comment number 52.

    What about Carlos Tevez? I'm sure I saw him in the Star Wars bar!

    Jack Nicholson

  • Comment number 53.

    #51 - I fear Dan may shout at us again for going offtopic! So, in the effort of avoiding his wrothbury, does anyone know how Wayne Peru-ney is getting on in the United States of America-lid Boulahrouz?

    My parts are showing? My goodness!

    Ben Quadinaros

  • Comment number 54.

    general thomas greivious-on

    all this holidays sound fun, remember to pack some sarnies for a picnic in the Park ji sung

    biggus dicus

  • Comment number 55.

    Not one to shy away,

    Ramon "Darth" Vega
    Quinton Bib Fortuna
    Peter Obi Wan Kenobi (Odemwingie)

    Poor efforts but worht a try!

  • Comment number 56.

    53. At 3:26pm on 11 Nov 2010, Luke Giles wrote:

    #51 - I fear Dan may shout at us again for going offtopic!
    I haven't gone off topic.

    Although I prefer a mars bar.

    Charlie Croker

  • Comment number 57.

    #56 I do enjoy Mars, but my favourite is definitely a Chris Akaboostie.

    Susan Sarandon

  • Comment number 58.

    Be sure to stop off in the Middle East somewhere - I've heard Drog Bahrain is wonderful this time of year. Might also want to check out Luis Antonio Valencia - you could always stay in David's Villa!

    Norfolk N'way

  • Comment number 59.

    Ah chocolate puns.Always a rich bounty to be had there.I'm currently in a pub owned by the King of the Jungle,The Lion Bar,so I'll have to shout.You won't hear me if I wispa.The entertainment is being provided by the lead singer of T'pau with her twin,so that's a Double Decker.Later on I might put some Aero-smith on the juke box.Lots of mileage to be had with this,but we should take our time.After all,it's a marathon not a snickers.Hopefully this will boost the ratings for this blog,as occasionally it gets caught twixt and between other blogs.I've had to fudge a few puns in there.Mars the day if you overdo it.

    Edward Stourton

  • Comment number 60.

    Leo "Bib" Fortuna-West

  • Comment number 61.

    Tremendous work Dan.

    Re FF, I like the roadshow aspect and would love to see some lower league grounds featured.

    My mere mortal efforts are posted @

    Montgomery Brewster

  • Comment number 62.

    Lets hope Dan doesn't get his snickers in a twist about the myriad of subjects we're covering otherwise I may go on holiday to Pensecola bottles in Florida for the rest of the year. By the way, has anyone noticed how Mace Windu it is outside today?

    Watto is going on with our weather? Hmm looks like we've really General Veers off what Dan wanted us to discuss methinks.

    This little one's not worth the effort. Now, let me get you something.

    General Tagge

    Darth Tyranus

  • Comment number 63.

    Bernie Slave I

    Carlos Gamorrean Guard

  • Comment number 64.

    Surreybloke,I wonder if it's blowing a gale at the old Rotherham ground.

    Be a real windy miller.

    Hugh,Pugh,Barney Magrew,Cuthbert,Dibble,Grubb

  • Comment number 65.

    Oops, unintentional double sign-off!

    Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways, Lord Vader.

    Shmi Skywalker

  • Comment number 66.

    Shmi Skywalker?

    I bet he does a mean kebab.

    Landon Doner-van

  • Comment number 67.

    #64 I bet its blowing a gale up in Admiral Kendal Ozzel today too.

    On another note, Joey Barton is going to get a right Darth Maul-ing after last night. I suspect some commentators will think he should have a Lobot-omy after Pedersen Lando on the ground.

    I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    Max Rebo

  • Comment number 68.

    67. At 4:33pm on 11 Nov 2010, Surreybloke123 wrote:

    I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    I don't.Can't stand George Michael.

    Max Headroom

  • Comment number 69.

    I hope you're not too rancor-ous over George Michael? It would be a General Grievous shame to feel too annoyed with him. I'm Bib Fortuna-te to not mind him too much.

    Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready.

    Cliegg Lars

  • Comment number 70.

    By the way, has anyone noticed how Mace Windu it is outside today?

    Haha love that. I'm Jermaine Deffo gonna use that in casual conversation.

    Shocking from Barton! Will that man never learn?

    Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering!

    Ben "White Cliffs of" Dover

  • Comment number 71.

    We're Sarlacc-ing in nice warm sunshine at the moment. It really is Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin-ing the mickey to be so cold and wet.

    This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope.

    Sy Snootles

  • Comment number 72.

    70. At 4:48pm on 11 Nov 2010, Luke Giles wrote:

    Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering!

    That quote is almost correct.It should read....

    Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to managing Manchester Un**ed!

    Gizzard Puke

  • Comment number 73.

    Be careful of Man United, you might end up in the Edwin Van Der Sar-laac pit.

    That's the idea... I've been looking forward to this for a long time.

    Captain Panaka

  • Comment number 74.

    You think this will run for Evra and Evra?Old Trafford as Mos Eisley?

    You will never see a more wretched etc etc

    Roger Daltry,Pete Townshend,John Entwistle,Keith Moon.


  • Comment number 75.

    Great blog Dan "AT-AT" Walker. I don't normally post but had to register for the Star Wars references! Unfortunately somebody already beat me to the 4-LOM reference :(

    My team would be Schalke 04-LOM playing at the Staium of Lightsaber

    It would include:
    Abel X-avierwing
    Mos Eric Cantina
    Kyle Katarn Lafferty
    William Gallatic Empire
    Javier Star Hernandeztroyer
    Solomon Mothma Kalou

    Bevel Lemelisk

  • Comment number 76.

    i am new to this blog, and reading all the comments, many seem to have weird names at the bottom e.g fernando torres' milkman. What is this about?

  • Comment number 77.

    It started off as a kind of in-joke to sign off with footballers names, and trying to find classic/lesser known, etc players to sign off as. Its now become basically any name you like, but usually running along a theme based on the blog that week, or what other people are doing.

    This week its Star Wars, mainly.

    Owen Lars Lagerback

    Where are you taking this... thing?


  • Comment number 78.

    Finally got my tickets for Rangers v Man U,,,, BRING IT ON.

    My two life long fav clubs. Man U through and a Rangers needed win to go through as group runners up will do nicely!!

    Sorry, wrong blog


  • Comment number 79.

    Frustrated, I am. Hmm.

    Working all day, I have been and missed this blog all together, I have. Gone are all the amusing names I had considered, too late I am. A poor imitation of the head of the Jedi council I have been left with, hmm?

    Much criticism, I predict...

    Master Yoda.

  • Comment number 80.

    54. At 3:30pm on 11 Nov 2010, don_eamo wrote:

    biggus dicus


    Best sign off in the history of this blog. I tip my hat to you, good sir.

  • Comment number 81.

    64. At 4:16pm on 11 Nov 2010, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Hugh,Pugh,Barney Magrew,Cuthbert,Dibble,Grubb


    Second best sign-off. My hat is slightly at a jaunty angle...

  • Comment number 82.

    Luke: I can't. It's too big.
    Yoda: Size matters not.

    You must unlearn what you have learned.

    General Cassio Tagge

  • Comment number 83.

    Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm.

    Ponda Baba

  • Comment number 84.

    Tedium. Sort them out Dan. I wonder if Surreybloke123 orders a beer by asking for 'a flagon of the finest ale' when he's at the pub. Or perhaps he's not yet reached 18.

    John Burridge

  • Comment number 85.

    Ooh, get you Custodian.

    I'll switch my sense of humour off and return to being Mr Serious once more.

    Norman Tebbit

  • Comment number 86.

    Ah, I remember you and your "humour" from a previous blog.

    I've missed you and your "wit".

    Bernard Manning

  • Comment number 87.


    I bet you're heartbroken how long now have you been seeking his approval?

    Also can I have my flagon back.

    Fred dibnah

  • Comment number 88.

    The pressure has been intolerable, so its a massive relief to receive his approval now. I'm actually still at pre-school so I have to get my mummy to type out the longer words for me.

    She told me that a flagon is an ancient container for holding an alcoholic beverage called beer. Apparently I won't be allowed to try it until I have grown up.

    Upsy Daisy

  • Comment number 89.

    Just returned from a session at the Salford Film Festival talking about working for the BBC.  Most enjoyable. Now conquering a double whopper on the train home.

    What is this madness?  Even the 606 hosts #34 are getting involved.  Some of the puns are truly pants. To more serious matters...

    Utd2o #21 I don't think you can watch it outside the UK so your best bet is to erect some sort of massive aerial outside your house with some giant coat hangers.  Sorry you feel like you are missing out.

    Snowjacuzzi007 we've not been to anfield yet but would love to go.  They tend to be one of the more difficult clubs to deal with but hopefully they'll let us in eventually.  Write them a letter - maybe that will help.

    Tomefccam #30 I love greedo buchwald and am slightly annoyed i didn't think of it first

    England_thegreatescape #35 I'm a big fan of mixing up the sauces and salad cream on eggs is definitely a worker. #35 that is a good question.  I suppose we have an obligation to the licence fee payers to cover United games even though the boss has a beef with the BBC.

    Luke Giles #53 YOU'RE NOT WRONG!

    Jacksofbuxton #59 that gag about t'pau... You've got to be stopped! Although excellent use of 'double decker'.

    Saqhmed #76 welcome on board chief. The sign offs started a long time ago. Basically write your thoughts and then sign off as someone ridiculous.  Follow the theme or plough a lone furrow.  There are no rules.

    Hold on a minute... read 77. To take you all the way back - about 7 years ago I was sending an email watching the Really Wild Show.  I mistakenly signed off as Terry Nutkins and found it a little comical. I have been playing the same childlike game ever since.

    Custodian #84 is a little harsh but makes a salient point. I think it's important not to turn people off with too much madness.  Remember this is meant to be vehicle to voice opinions about the show and not just list random holiday destinations.  Lift your game everyone. Come on... STAY ON TARGET!

    See you soon.

    Wedge Antilles

  • Comment number 90.

    dan is joe calzaghe your camerman judging by that photo?

  • Comment number 91.

    Having said that, Upsy Daisy is a legendary sign off.

    Well done.

    The Wottingers

  • Comment number 92.

    You were right... I'm packing my bags right now.

    Norman Normal

  • Comment number 93.

    Thank you Dan.

    Makka Pakka

  • Comment number 94.

    Told you so! Ner ner ner ner ner!

    Dan, I would like to extend my apologies to you. Your are truely the Jedi Master of the blog and let you not forget it!

    Returning to topic, the handing out of ipads for watching clips on seems slightly over the top. Probably only loose change for the billionaire owners of today tho!

    Baby Ruth

  • Comment number 95.


    Then who has my flagon! I'm gonna look a right amateur at the next ale festival.

    Sorry, naughty grown up drinks party.

    Mr Stephens

  • Comment number 96.

    You did, my mummy is sending me to bed with a flea in my ear for being so naughty.

    Maybe my friend, Custodian, has it.

    Mr Benn

  • Comment number 97.

    Bendtner4sale #90 he has got a touch of the calzaghe's about him i can confirm mr Wade has a significant gut on him being hidden by the dim lighting. He'll be happy with the likeness though.

    Come on... let's raise the tone. You have until 10:15 to ask any question you like about football focus or the bbc and i will try and answer it. If I don't get any this could be embarrassing.


    Uncle Bulgaria

  • Comment number 98.

    Do you think Arsene Wenger should have questions to answer should Arsenal fail to win a trophy again this season?

    Would you like to speculate on why Ray Wilkins' contract may not have been renewed, particularly after Carlo Ancelotti praised his part in last season so highly?

    Jeremy Paxman

  • Comment number 99.

    Do you think there will be a backlash in the football community against Tony Pulis for his referee comments?

    Do the recent results of Liverpool prove how pointless it is to call for managers' heads so early in the season following a couple of defeats, and with how few points seperate 5th place from 17th?

    Gavin Esler

  • Comment number 100.

    What's your view on using video technology Mr Walker?

    And....If you had the choice of all 20 premier league teams, who would you pick to manage and why?

    Raymond van Barneveld


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