Something From The Weekend: Terry Butcher; England's world cup hopes; Regretful scab Eli Hacmon


The Good

Terry Butcher

With 20 minutes left at Parkhead Inverness Caledonian Thistle were 2-0 down, and their year-long unbeaten away record looked to be in its death throes. Even manager Terry Butcher confessed to believing the run would end. But Richie Foran pulled one goal back before Grant Munro headed ICT level. Their unbeaten away streak, dating back to 29 November 2009, was saved. So what is this remarkable record down to? Butcher's unorthodox approach to nutrition, apparently. Not one for Fabio Capello's tomato ketchup ban, Butcher takes the team for a fish and chips takeaway as they drive back to Inverness. Capello and Arsène Wenger, take note.

The Bad

England's world cup hopes

England's hopes of mounting a serious challenge at next year's rugby World Cup in New Zealand lasted just two weeks. A fortnight after so thrillingly beating Australia at Twickenham, England were battered by South Africa on Saturday. Devoid of the imagination seen against the Wallabies, this was error-strewn rugby from an English side outmuscled throughout and exposed as the lesser side. And all this against a team who had lost a week earlier to Scotland! For Martin Johnson's side, a third consecutive World Cup final looks an impossibility.

The Odd

Regretful scab Eli Hacmon

The SFA did in fact manage to find enough officials to cover all the Scottish Premier League games the weather allowed to take place. But one of the imported referees, Israeli Eli Hacmon, now says he regrets his part in the weekend's football, when Scottish referees were on strike.

Hacmon was drafted in to officiate at Kilmarnock's 2-0 win over Aberdeen. Once he heard why he was needed, Hacmon suggested he was ashamed of his role as a scab. "If we knew [the reason for the strike] before, we would not have come," he said, in a show of solidarity with the much maligned Scottish officials. What Hacmon made of Rugby Park is less clear.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Cleaner

£15000 - £16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you've got first class custo...

Recruitment Genius: Mobile Applications Developer / Architect - iOS and Android

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a medium s...

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Account Executive - £40K OTE

£11830 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working in a friendly, sales ta...

Recruitment Genius: Web Designer

£15000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most