Something From The Weekend: Monty Panesar; Paul Robinson; Subbuteo World Cup

The Good, The Bad and The Odd
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The Good: Monty Panesar

Ever a lovable figure in the England dressing room, the spinner has long been sidelined internationally, as Graeme Swann has soared. But he was in fine form yesterday in the third Test against Pakistan, taking five for 124, backing up his six for 62 in the second Test. He will never be able to bat or field but his selection has been vindicated in the UAE and with the Sri Lanka tour on the horizon, and India in mind later in the year, surely Monty has swayed the selectors to continue with a "two spinner, two seamer" policy. And he is always in the hearts and minds of all England fans.

Paul Robinson

It goes without saying that you've had a bad day at the office when you concede seven goals. But Paul Robinson now has the unenviable record of conceding 53 against Arsenal over his career, more than any other keeper against any other opposition in the history of the Premier League. Arguably he was a little helpless on Saturday, but the former Spurs stopper has now conceded more than three goals against the Gunners on 11 occasions.

The Odd: Subbuteo World Cup

It seems no level of football is safe from financial fingering as this weekend the Federation of International Sports Table Football confirmed that the Subbuteo World Cup, due to be played this July, will now be held at the Etihad Stadium. The event was originally planned for Athens, but moved because the Greeks were unable to "fulfil their obligations", the organisers unsurprisingly choosing Man City's home, as presumably they were able to stump up for the half-time oranges.