10 Years Ago – A 10 Goal Thriller

There have been some truly absorbing games since the Premier League began. Whether it be a crucial six-pointer or a cagey, tight title clincher, we have all experienced highs, lows and extraordinary matches.

One such match that fits the bill took place 10 years ago today. Oh, how time flies.

White Hart Lane was the venue for Tottenham Vs Reading. A premier League encounter that gave us a result nobody could have predicted. I doubt anybody put money on it. If you did, please give me a call and share your incredible knowledge/luck.

The first half was relatively tame. Well, compared to the 2nd half goalfest that was to come anyway. Spurs took the lead after only 7 minutes through Dimitar Berbatov with a tap-in.

Within 10 minutes Kalifa Cisse had levelled for Reading, and that was it for the first half. A seemingly routine Premier League clash that looked as if it could go either way.

Only 8 minutes into the 2nd half, Ivar Ingimarsson headed the Royals ahead, only to see Berbatov fire home an equaliser after 63 minutes.

The floodgates were well and truly open. Reading recaptured the lead on 69 minutes with Dave Kitson heading home a Nicky Shorey corner. The lead was again short-lived as Berbatov completely his hat-trick 4 minutes later.

Surely we wouldn’t see too many more goals? Oh, yes we would. Straight from the restart, Kitson added his 2nd and Reading were back in the lead for the 3rd time.

Into the final quarter of an hour and Tottenham refused to lie down. Steed Malbranque was next on the scoresheet to make it 4-4.

79 minutes on the clock and the home side were awarded a penalty. Yet more drama was to ensue as Robbie Keane saw his penalty saved, only for Jermaine Defoe to head in the rebound……… 5-4!

How would this astonishing game end?

That man Berbatov completed his man of the match performance by adding his 4th and Spurs 6th to give us a final score of Tottenham Hotspur 6 Reading 4.

Not one for those of us that like to see good defending, and I’m sure both managers joined fans in tearing their hair out at times.

Steve Coppell: It was great entertainment and if you were impartial it would have been a magnificent game to watch.

Gus Poyet: It was a great game for Match Of The Day, but not a great game if you were one of the managers

One thing is for sure is it was a game that offered entertainment of the highest level. Two teams refusing to lie down and fight till the bitter end. There have been others and maybe, just maybe we might see something similar this coming weekend. 


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Musonda Signs New Deal For Blues

It has been confirmed that Chelsea’s exciting youngster Charly Musonda has signed a new deal with the blues that keeps him at Stamford Bridge until 2022.

On signing Musonda told Chelseafc.com 
 

I am very happy and very proud. I came here very young and am very happy to continue my journey here. I love this club so it’s a great moment for me and my family. Now I want to establish myself and progress into the team and stay here permanently.’

The young Begian spent last season on loan at La Liga club Real Betis. This season the 21 year old has been a regular addition to the first team squad and made his full debut in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest, a game in which he scored. He has gone on to make a total of 5 appearances and is seen as having huge potential to become a star at Stamford Bridge. 

The Oddest Football Shirts Of All Time 

 Recently  I embarked on selling some of my old shirts. Difficult decisions being made as many have memories and sentimental value that stops me even considering parting with them. One such shirt that I did sell is this Chelsea Away Shirt circa 1994-96. Yes, that odd tangerine and graphite number donned by the likes of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes amongst others.

  

With this in mind it got me thinking about some of the odd looking shirts that have been available over the years. Whether it be the colour or the design, there have certainly been some, well, unusual to put it politely creations

Here are a few others that have sparked debate. Iconic or eyesore?

Just what were Arsenal thinking with this creation in 1991? I suppose as League Champions they were allowed to do what they like.

 Stoke City may have upstaged that with this 1993 away shirt. Tie dye was popular back then, but not a football field surely.

Next up is a quite well known and often mentioned in these type of discussions. Yes! It’s Norwich City. Kind of looks like a dress your grandmother would wesr. But to be fair to the boys from East Anglia, I always think of Jeremy Goss in Munich when I see this.

Finally an eyesore before it’s time. Yes it’s Coventry City’s somewhat famous brown kit from 1979 to 1981. Bourbon biscuit springs to mind.

There are plenty of other eyesores. Comment below and send us your pics.

A Quick Chat With…..

A Quick Chat is a new idea that I wish to add to the blog. It’s an exciting project where I hope to be able to have a ‘quick chat’ with former players and others associated with the beautiful game asking them some simple questions about their career and what they are doing now

The first instalment will be coming up soon. So keep an eye out here and follow us on Twitter 

Follow the my personal account for more opinion and updates – Sean Vranch 

10 Players Currently Without A Club…. 


It’s incredible to think that after all the excitement of the transfer window that here we are a whole two weeks later and there are still some well known names without a club. 

Whether it’s wage demands, environment, fitness or simply a lack of interest that is stopping them finding a club is anyone’s guess. 

Here is a list of players who surely should have a contract and a pen being thrust in front of them soon enough…..

1. Joleon Lescott

Joleon has recently turned 35, but surely his wealth of experience from his days at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City will see him earn a deal somewhere soon. Capped 26 times for England, he was most recently at Sunderland.

2.Guiseppe Rossi

The 30 year old American born Italian started at Manchester United having come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford. Although he didn’t become a permanent fixture, he did go on to star for Villareal as well as a spell at Fiorentina. Short loans spells back in Spain are yet to secure him a permanent deal. He does boast 30 caps for Italy.

3. Rickie Lambert

Having made his name in the football league. The Liverpool born hitman first came into the public eye after impressing for Southampton. A dream move to his home town club was short lived. But he has enjoyed spells at West Brom and Cardiff since. Lambert also gained 11 England caps.

4. Jose Antonio Reyes

 The 34 year old has bags of experience and success under his belt as he lists Sevilla (twice) Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Benfica and more recently  Espanyol as former clubs. 21 caps adds to the Spaniards glowing CV.

5. Abou Diaby

 Now 31, the former Arsenal midfielder has spent the last 2 years back in his homeland with Marseille

6. Mathieu Flamini



 The Frenchman has enjoyed a fruitful career that’s included 2 spells in North London with Arsenal, separated by 5 years at AC Milan. He spent last year at Crystal Palace but found appearances hard to come by.

7. Shay Given

The Irishman is now 41 and will not have a lot of time left in him as a professional. But goalkeepers do tend to have a more prolonged career in comparison to outfield players. Shay has a lot of experience to call on having made his name at Newcastle. He went on to experience success at Man City and enjoyed other spells in the top flight with Aston Villa and Stoke City. In addition he was capped no fewer than 134 times by the Republic of Ireland.

8. Joe Ledley

The 30 year old Welsh international midfielder has recently been released by Crystal Palace. Capped 73 times, the former Cardiff man has plenty left in him to continue to play at the top level.

9. Jay Spearing

 The former Liverpool man is still only 28 and having most recently been at Bolton Wanderers he will surely find a club at a similar level soon after failing to agree terms on a new deal.

10. Matty Fryatt

 Now 31 the striker has plenty of experience in England’s top 2 divisions after spells with Leicester City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest. 134 career goals suggests he could still do a job in the football league.

So would you like to see any of these players plying their trade at your club? 

Comment below on your thoughts…


On This Day… In 1953 USA v England 




64 years ago today the USA entertained England at the iconic Yankee Stadium in New York. It was the first time England were to play under floodlights. The friendly attracted a crowd of 7,271.

England took the lead just before half time with a goal from Ivor Broadis. 

The 2nd half saw a glut of goals….. 2 from Nat Lofthouse and another from Tom Finney put the three lions into a comfortable 4-0 lead. However, the stars and stripes hit back with Otto Decker hitting a double in a matter of minutes and a George Atheneos penalty putting them right back in the game with 20 minutes remaining. England hit straight back through Tom Finney and Redfern Froggatt then completed the scoring as England ran out 6-3 winners.

TRANSFER UPDATES……

Updated regularly. Here are all the latest transfer news stories. We aim to bring the news as soon as it breaks as big money is set to change hands for top talent this summer.

  • Tottenham and West Ham chasing Hernandez – Express
  • Man City in Walker talks over £50m move for Spurs defender – BBC SPORT
  • DONE DEAL: Huddersfield Town have completed a £10m move for Aaron Mooy – Htfc.com



  • Dr Boer wants to take Zouma to Palace – The Sun



  • Ranieri interested in Arsenal keeper – The Express 



  • Saints Jay Rod closing in on West  Brom move – The Sun 
  • Toffees to increase Sigurdsson bid? – The Sun 
  • Arsenal want Manchester United star – The Sun
  • Arsenal showing interest in Stoke City stopper Butland – The Express


  • Bakayoko close to Chelsea move for £36m – The Sun 
  • Manchester United and Arsenal monitoring Matiudi situation – The Sun
  • Chelsea latest club to bid for Van Dijk – The Sun


  • PSG defender Marquinhos is wanted by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United – The Metro



  • Liverpool have rejected a bid for Albert Moreno from Napoli – Sky Sports 



  • Spurs will wait for Everton to lower Ross Barkley price – Sky Sports

 Sky sources understand Everton value the 23-year-old at £50m, despite Barkley having only a year left on his contract and indicating he will not sign a new one this summer.

  • PSG latest to show interest in M’bappe- The Sun
  • Manchester United reportedly agree fee for Fabinho – The Sun

 Accordng to Corriere dello Sport, the Red Devils have agreed a deal with the Ligue 1 champions worth £26million and £4m in add-ons.

  • Chelsea want Lewandowski? – The Sun

The former Borussia Dortmund hitman is a handful for defenders physically, while also bringing flair and, most importantly, goals to the table.

  • Manchester City want Dortmund striker – The Sun
  • Chelsea to up Sandro bid – The Sun
  • Everton want Celtic’s Dembele – The Sun

The Toffees are looking to Parkhead and Dembele as a direct replacement for the outgoing Romelu Lukaku this summer

  • Chelsea want RB Leipzig star – The Sun 

CHELSEA will consider rivalling Liverpool for RB Leipzig star Naby Keita

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  • Spurs linked with Swansea man – The Sun

TOTTENHAM will make a £15million swoop for Swansea centre-half Alfie Mawson.

  • Everton closing in on Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez signing – Sky Sports 
  • Bayern Munich the latest to be linked with Ronaldo – The Sun



  • Liverpool to bid £61m for Aubameyang – The Sun
  • Man City interested in Dani Alves – SSNHQ
  • Chelsea back in for Morata – The Sun

CHELSEA are plotting to hijack Manchester United’s move for Real Madrid ace Alvaro Morata, according to reports.

  • Everton want Swansea star Sigurdsson – The Sun 

SWANSEA CITY are thought to be demanding £40million for Gylfi Sigurdsson

  • DONE DEAL: Davey Klassen has completed his move from Ajax to Everton for £23.6m – Everton Official 
  • Ajax midfielder Davy Klassen and Milan  forward M’Baye Niang close to Everton move – Liverpool Echo

Davy Klaassen underwent a medical at Everton’s training ground today as his move to Goodison edges ever closer.

  • Spurs and Liverpool chasing Lazio star Keite Balde – Mirror

Spurs are among a number of clubs keen on £30million Lazio forward Keita Balde

  • Watford interested in Liverpool outcast Lazar Markovic- The Times

 Marco Silva, the new Watford manager, is considering a move for Lazar Markovic, the Liverpool winger, who is surplus to requirements at Anfield.

  • DONE DEAL: Jordan Pickford completes move to Everton from Sunderland. Fee in the region of £25m plus add-ons rising to £30m – Everton Official 


  • DONE DEAL: Leicester City confirm signing of Harry McGuire from Hull City. Fee believed to be £17m – Leicester City Official



  • Tottenham would have to pay a £22m release clause

Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira is one of a number of players Tottenham are considering to replace Kyle Walker should he leave for Manchester City, according to Sky sources.

  • Birmingham City the latest club to show interest in John Terry – The Sun

HARRY REDKNAPP has confirmed he has made a “good offer” for former Chelsea captain John Terry in what would be the most sensational move of the summer

  • Arsenal want Cuadrado – The Sun

ARSENAL have had a £17.6million bid for Juan Cuadrado rejected by Juventus.

With Alexis Sanchez likely to leave the Emirates this summer, the Gunners are in the market for a replacement.

  • DONE DEAL: Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof. For a fee believed to be £31m – Manchester United 



  • Arsenal want Simon Kjaer from Fenerbache – Express

ARSENAL have made a £10million bid for Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer, according to reports.

  • Tottenham want Sporting Lisbon captain Adrien Silva – Express

The offer is said to be £26.5million and they are keen to see a deal done before he leaves for the Confederations Cup with Portugal this week.

  • Adebayor linked with move to Wales – The Mirror

Swansea are interested in bringing Emmanuel Adebayor back to the Premier League.

  • Everton looking to do an Italian job? – The Sun

Carlo Jacomuzzi, an Everton scout, confirmed that the situations of the former’s Duvan Zapata and the latter’s Carlos Bacca are “interesting”

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  • West Brom have joined Aston Villa in race to sign Chelsea legend John Terry – Sky Sports

 West Brom have begun talks to sign former Chelsea captain John Terry, Sky sources understand.


  • Everton close ton £30m move for Jordan Pickford –  The Telegraph

Negotiations have progressed between the two clubs over the past 24 hours and Everton are growing increasingly confident of signing the highly-regarded goalkeeper this month.

  • West Ham to make a 2nd bid for Nigerian winger – Express sport

Henry Onyekuru is on a number of clubs’ wishlists this summer following his impressive campaign with Eupen in the Belgian top flight

  • Lindelof move to Manchester United looks imminent after Benfica bid farewell via their Twitter account

https://twitter.com/SLBenfica/status/874234860788776960

  • Chelsea chasing Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne – The Sun 

Blues plotting £45million move for Serie A attacker as Real Madrid step up efforts for Belgian

  • Liverpool have joined the  race for Kylian Mbappe according to the Daily Mail

Jurgen Klopp has made contact with Kylian Mbappe’s agents as Liverpool throw their name into the ring for Europe’s most in-demand teenager.

  • Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham to fight it out for Chris Smalling – Daily Star

Smalling will be sold by Jose Mourinho this summer. The England defender has been deemed not up to it by the United boss.

LIVERPOOL are ready to make a last-ditch attempt to stop Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from signing a new £100,000-a-week contract with Arsenal


Rangers Exclusive: Alfredo Morelos jets in for medical as Daniel Candeias seals move – Express

Chelsea have offered €50million for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro. However, the Turin-based club rejected the offer and have said they have no intention to sell the Brazilian. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

  • West Brom target Burnley’s Scott Arfield – The Sun

 

The Burnley midfielder, 28, is on Pulis’ hitlist and has Hull and Fulham also interested in a £2.5million switch.

  • Liverpool want to raid Southampton again – The Sun

This time Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic is their £13million target.


  • Ashley Young wanted by Turkish club – The Sun

ASHLEY YOUNG has emerged as a target for Istanbul Basaksehir. The Turkish outfit are planning for life in the Champions League next season after they finished second in the Super Lig last term.

Looks like big money is changing hands already as the window has only just opened. Who do you think the big spenders will be this summer?

  • Alexis Sanchez a Manchester City target –  Daily Star

Sanchez would earn £275k-a-week at The Etihad if he’s reunited with his former Barcelona boss, Pep Guardiola.

City are also hoping Arsenal will accept an offer of £50million for Sanchez, 28.

  • ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC is set to join MLS side LA Galaxy following his release from Manchester United.

Reports in Spain are reporting that the free agent will move to the US to prolong his career. The Sun

  • The Hammers are also planning on a swoop for out of favour Manchester City star – The Sun

WEST HAM are ready to offer Manchester City outcast Joe Hart a Premier League lifeline.



  • West Ham interested in swoop for Olivier Giroud – Mirror

There has already been interest in the 30-year-old from French giants Marseille and several clubs in Italy, but the Hammers are confident they can match any offer and keep the £20million striker in London.

  • Tottenham to offload Moussa Sissoko to Marseille? – Daily Mirror
  • West Brom linked with James McCarthy as Fletcher replacement – Daily Mirror

The Toffees want more than £15million for the Irishman, who has a big fan in chairman Bill Kenwright — but boss Ronald Koeman is happy for him to go.


Manchester United have reached an agreement over the signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof – Manchester United Official Site



Sky Sports News HQ understands United will pay the Portuguese club £30.7m to sign the Sweden international. Lindelof is yet to agree personal terms, with his proposed move to Old Trafford also subject to a medical and international clearance.

  • West Ham are interested in Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore – The Sun
  • Manchester United to bid £70m for Belotti – Tuttosport

MANCHESTER UNITED are closing in on a £70million deal for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. – The Sun

  • Tottenham interested in Liverpool defender Sakho – The Sun

The central defender is free to leave Anfield this summer providing a club can match Liverpool’s £30million asking price. 

  • With Liverpool being linked with Gelson Martins as an alternative to Mohammed Salah…. We conducted a poll and it was a landslide in favour of the Egyptian winger as the preferred signing.

  • Tottenham showing interest in Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter – The Sun

TOTTENHAM are eyeing a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter – but face competition from Arsenal and Hoffenheim.

The 23-year-old is available for around £15million this summer and Mauricio Pochettino is looking at re-shuffling his defence, with exits imminent.

  • Liverpool linked with Napoli fullback – Sky Sports

Reports suggest that Napoli will offer Ghoulam a new deal, but could be willing to do business for €20million.

  • BREAKING NEWS: 
  • Manchester City have completed a move for Goalkeeper Ederson for £35m. – Full story on Manchester City website


  • Diego Costa tells Spanish media he’s surplus to requirements at Chelsea –Sky Sports 

Diego Costa has revealed that Antonio Conte has told him that he does not feature in his plans for Chelsea next season.


  • Chelsea linked with Juventus fullback Sandro – The Metro

Chelsea have submitted a £35 million offer for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, according to reports in Italy.

We ran a quick poll this afternoon to see who people thought Real Madrid would sign this summer. Here are the results…


  • Arsenal keeper David Ospina has agreed a £3m move to Fenerbache – via The Sun

Fanatik claim that a fee of £3million has been struck and the star will jet into Istanbul for a medical after the weekend

ARSENAL have joined Manchester United the race for Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez, according to reports.

The Colombian attacker has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and was not even in the squad for the Champions League final.

  • Liverpool are considering a move for Gelson Martins – BBC

Liverpool are in talks with Sporting Lisbon over a deal for forward Gelson Martins as they fear being priced out of a move for Roma’s Mohamed Salah.

  • AC Milan linked with a move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa – Daily Star 

The Serie A giants have enquired about Costa, who is about to enter the final two years of his Stamford Bridge contract

  • Arsenal in talks with Lyon over Alexandre Lacazette – The Sun

ARSENAL are stepping up the pace as they try to clinch a £50million deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette

  • Kylian Mbappe latest as Arsenal reportedly ready to bid a World record £122m – The Sun

Reports from Spain and France say Monaco have received four offers in excess of £100million, with Arsenal understood to be preparing a huge £122million bid.


  • The results are in for our Romelu Lukaku poll. 54 votes were cast and the Belgian’s likely destination is Chelsea according to 69%. Thanks to all that voted on our Twitter page


    EditManchester United have had a bid for Alvaro Morata turned down by Real Madrid – Sky Sports

    Real Madrid have rejected a £52.4m (€60m) offer for striker Alvaro Morata from Manchester United, Sky in Italy understand.

    • Our poll on the future of Virgil Van Dijk has just finished.
    • From 59 votes a massive 75% believe the Southampton defender will move to Liverpool this summer. Thanks to all that voted. For further polls throughout the transfer window… Simply follow us on twitter



    •  Chelsea have bid £30.5m for Lyon star Corentin Tolisso according to journalist @PipeSierraR as reported in the Express


    • Jermaine Defoe heading to Bournemouth BBC Sport

    “It’s out there, a lot of people obviously knew,” he said. “I did a medical and said when this is finished and I’ve had a break, come July everyone will know anyway.”

    • Manchester City linked to former Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand 

    Sky Sports

      Sky Sports News HQ understands that Bertrand, along with his fellow England full-back Kyle Walker, could be City players within a fortnight.



      •  Manchester City are being linked with a move for Juventus defender Sandro report The Sun

      MANCHESTER CITY have joined the race for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro. And reports in Italy suggest that the Brazilian star will be the subject of an offer within the next few days.

       

      Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke. A club statement read: “Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract. Daily Mirror 

      • Romelu Lukaku has spoken about his future as reported in The Sun

      We are in talks with the club. I want to play in the Champions League, and try to win the Premier League a few times. I’ll take the decision.”

      • Real Madrid put in huge bud for Kylian Mbappe report The Sun

      REAL MADRID have made a staggering £118m second bid for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe The French ace, 18, is also being tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United as the race for him heats up. The Sun

      • According to Sky Sports Wojciech Szczesny is on the verge of joining Juventus with a €16m (approx £14m) fee agreed with Arsenal.

      The Italian champions have reached agreement with the Poland international over a four-year contract worth £3.5m per season. 

      • Manchester City are reported looking at Tottenham’s Kyle Walker

      Starsport can reveal Etihad bosses are confident of completing a move for Walker once England’s games with Scotland and France have taken place.

      Pep Guardiola made Walker one of his main targets six months ago and wants the deal done before the end of this month with signing a right-back a priority for the Spaniard.



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