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  1. Slipperduke

    Return Of The Old Guard

    How very retro. There was a time when any game between Arsenal and Manchester United was epoch-shaking. They were the two giants of the domestic game, battling out their own private war while the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and, this'll make you laugh, Newcastle could only look on from the...
  2. manor15

    Top 10 games this season

    I thought Liverpool v Arsenal was more thrilling than the Chelsea v Liverpool game and would have like to have seen a certain Chelsea 1-1 Southend in there too... I shall dream on
  3. Slipperduke

    Liverpool Get Their Soul Back

    Never mind about the title, relish the fact that Liverpool have got their soul back. Competitions can come and go, but the spiritual identity of a football club is a rather more permanent prize. On Tuesday night at Anfield, Liverpool probably lost their grip on the title race, dropping two...
  4. Slipperduke

    Champions League Reports

    Apologies, I've been rushed off my feet this week. Here's both games for you. Is it so inconceivable that Arsenal could end this strangest of seasons as Champions of Europe? Arsene Wenger described his side as 'super-outsiders' before the first leg of their clash with Villarreal, but even after...
  5. Slipperduke

    Blimey. Didn't See That Coming

    Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea Torres, 6 Ivanovich, 39, 62 Drogba, 67 That wasn't in the script. Unbeaten all season at Anfield, Liverpool chose the worst possible moment to lose their focus, lose the match and, unless something truly extraordinary happens at Stamford Bridge next week...
  6. Slipperduke

    United Crushed By Rampant Reds

    Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool (Ronaldo 23) (Torres 28) (Gerrard 44, pen) (Aurelio 77th) (Dossena, 90+1) Old Trafford has never emptied so quickly. Even before Manchester United were put out of their misery by referee Alan Wiley, there were more empty seats than supporters. Those...
  7. Slipperduke

    Long Way To Go

    There's a long way to go yet. After an almost flawless first year in charge, Fabio Capello was brought crashing down to earth in Seville by a breath-taking Spanish side who taught him a hard lesson in what it takes to win international honours. England kept pace with the European Champions for...
  8. Slipperduke

    England Expects - And That's No Bad Thing

    If his first year was all about getting back to basics, Fabio Capello's second will be spent rebuilding England's tattered reputation. European football fans still laugh at the 'superpower' nation that couldn't even qualify for Euro08, but they will laugh no longer if Spain are vanquished in...
  9. Slipperduke

    Problems Mount Up For Rafa

    Where's the firepower now? Selling an unwanted Robbie Keane may have been embarrassing, but it was at least understandable. Not replacing him though? That could be a disaster. Liverpool are out of the FA Cup, but what about the league? As Fernando Torres limped away after 101 minutes of a...
  10. Slipperduke


    The return of Robbie Keane to White Hart Lane may have brought an end to his miserable six months on Merseyside, but it leaves Liverpool fans with one pertinent question; just what on earth is going on behind the scenes at their football club? On the pitch, in their most important season for...
  11. Slipperduke

    Transfer Deadline Day, bit by bit.

    Transfer deadline day is one of the most exciting of the season and, with the window slamming shut right on our deadline, you're not going to miss a thing. We told Iain Macintosh to set his alarm clock early, power up his Blackberry, stay tuned to the news and scour the internet for rumours...
  12. Slipperduke

    Chelsea Need To Look In The Mirror

    Mike Riley may have cost them the game, but it is Chelsea's under-performing superstars who have cost themselves the title. Even before the ludicrous dismissal of Frank Lampard, the Blues had barely threatened Liverpool's goal and some of their players need to ask themselves some serious...
  13. Slipperduke

    Riley Wrecks Chelsea

    What is it about Liverpool - Chelsea? For the second year running the game was decided by the mistakes of a referee. Last year it was Rob Styles who gave Chelsea a penalty so soft that it was bullied at kindergarten, this year it was Riley who sent Frank Lampard off for the kind of routine 50-50...
  14. Slipperduke

    Rafa's Not Keane On Robbie

    As a GBP20m striker, failing to make the starting line-up is disappointing. Being repeatedly substituted on the odd occasion that you do is even worse. But the nadir of Robbie Keane's short and unhappy time on Merseyside must surely be the indignity of being kicked off the bench in favour of...
  15. Slipperduke

    All I Want For Christmas...

    All I Want For Christmas Is.... Cristiano Ronaldo - A move to Real Madrid Santa Claus will get a distinct case of deja-vu when he opens young Cristiano's letter and sees his request scrawled out in red felt-tip pen. Didn't he send that last year? Anyone who thinks that Ronaldo wants to stay at...
  16. Slipperduke

    Let's All Laugh At City

    Do you remember when the Abu Dhabi Group completed their takeover of Manchester City? It was all very exciting. Thaksin Shinawatra, one of the stupidest men to control a football club in recent years, was edged out and replaced by a very large pile of money and some amusing promises. Not for...
  17. Slipperduke

    Arsenal Still Not Very Good

    Arsenal are the architects of their own problems sometimes. Their failure to secure top spot in Group G can be attributed directly to their inability to beat a woeful Fenerbahce side at The Emirates earlier in the campaign. That traditional tale of misplaced opportunities and wasted dominance...
  18. Slipperduke

    Football Manager 2009 Review

    I have a confession to make. My name is Iain Macintosh and I'm a Football Manager-aholic. It started with the original Championship Manager, way back in 1993. It took 45 minutes to load and there were no real player names, but it changed my life. The first football management game that didn't...
  19. Ricey

    New report........F1

    Seeing as we have no F1 to keep us occupied through these dark days of the end of 08 and start of 09. I will be writing a small article and putting it up every sunday on the news of whats going on in the F1 world. Don't worry people it will be a completely unbiast article so it won't just be...
  20. Slipperduke

    Scolari Knows The Price Of Failure

    Luiz Felipe Scolari is all too aware of the ramifications of failure at Chelsea. High expectations and high expenditure means a low tolerance for poor results. "Now we need to beat Cluj," he said after drawing with Bordeaux on Wednesday night. "But if I thought my players did not have the...