Outside the Box: If you're a Grimsby or Everton fan, don't mention the score
Sunday 23 August 2009
Apologies to any Everton supporters who were sufficiently sober last Sunday morning after the humiliation suffered at Arsenal's hands to spot that the League table in our early edition recorded the damage as 6-0 rather than 6-1.
Apparently we were not the only ones, but please make Louis Saha and the lads aware that leaving their best scoring efforts until the 93rd minute of a 5.30pm kick-off is not a recipe for maximum coverage in the first edition, whether or not the opposition have scored six beforehand. Everton's coach, Jimmy Lumsden, will understand that these things happen; he was Leeds' assistant manager at Grimsby on the opening day of the 1982-83 season, when in the very last minute Grimsby scored what appeared to be a winning goal. This dramatic intervention was duly phoned over by a harassed 'Sunday Mirror' reporter, who failed to notice that it was then disallowed. The match report duly appeared the following morning as a 2-1 win, when in fact the game had been drawn 1-1. To compound the error, Sheffield Wednesday's programme for Leeds' visit a fortnight later, clearly written by a 'Mirror' reader, gloated that their rivals "suffered defeat at Grimsby". First rule of football journalism: try to get the score right.
It's a Vale of tears
A Potteries reader wonders whether any away support will be as statistically impressive as Port Vale's at Macclesfield last Tuesday, when 2,219 travelling fans swelled the crowd to Macc's highest for two years, 3,433. Subject to correction by any A-level maths student, successful or otherwise, we make that 64.64 per cent. Those home fans who had been deterred by a 4-0 defeat three days earlier should have had more faith: their team sent all those Valiants home to think again with a 2-0 victory.
Making tweets of themselves
The England women's team at the European Championships in Finland – they play Italy on Tuesday, then Russia on Friday – are making up for any lack of media coverage with much blogging and tweeting, something the men's squad appear more coy about. Faye White's blog reveals who are the table tennis queens, although it risks attracting the attention of the apostrophe police (www.theFA.com).
England get Hammered
At one point during the second half of England's recent friendly in Holland, seven of the team were West Ham players past or present: Robert Green, Glen Johnson, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Carlton Cole and Jermain Defoe. Of the other four on the pitch, John Terry and Ashley Cole are both East London boys, Shaun Wright-Phillips is South London and Ashley Young is Home Counties (Stevenage). Fabio Capello is clearly intent on improving his English by building a squad who all speak the same language. Innit.
Ferdinands have singular goal
On the subject of Rio and the Peckham massive, Manchester United's centre-half tells Virgin Media's magazine that he will "probably" challenge brother Anton of Sunderland to their annual goalscoring contest. But he is honest enough to admit last year's was a bit of a damp squib: neither managed a single goal all season.
s.tongue@ independent .co.uk
Latest in Sport
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Australian Open 2015: Serena Williams vs Madison Keys match preview
Tottenham player ratings: Christian Eriksen? Harry Kane? Who was the star man at Bramall Lane?
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Pair finally meet at NBA game and shake hands, will the fight be announced during Super Bowl?
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures