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Football writer for the The Times of London, partial to a bit of South American football and Marcelo Bielsa.

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THE WORST FANS ON THE INTERNET

28 March 2014

The following was originally written as a blog for The Times. Well, no, that’s not true. It was actually the middle section of a blog about something else written for The Times, and then brutally and ruthlessly cut down by …
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‘LAWRO’ – RORY SMITH

22 August 2012

MARK Lawrenson is SAD. Not elaborate train set in the cellar, meals for one, live with your mother until she dies and then refuse to move her body from the chair she loved so much, Alan Partridge sad. He’s not …
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THE OLYMPICS, FOOTBALL & THE MEDIA: A TWO WAY STREET?

6 August 2012

Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, heartbroken and drained, somehow muster the strength to clamber from their lightweight double scull adrift on the still, dark pool at Eton Dorney and into the BBC’s interview area. John Inverdale, sparkling, feminine eyes set …
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Hypocrisy: the English disease

22 December 2011

Author’s note: This is not about Luis Suarez, or Liverpool, or the Football Association, or the rights and wrongs of the case which led to the striker being suspended for eight games and fined £40,000. Enough has been written on …
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The crisis of the liberal as a schizophrenic Britain burns

10 August 2011

ENGLAND is schizophrenic. There is one country on television, an End-of-Days-land, where swarms of black-hooded youths saunter from shop to shop, unchallenged, unabashed, looting, smashing, their destruction wanton and their authority absolute. This is England, broken glass and shattered delusion. …
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