There's something in the Ayr up here

11:00am Friday 20th July 2012

FRIDGE magnet safely in hand, I left Ayr yesterday to set up camp in Glasgow for the remainder of the Scottish tour.

The stars that shone brightest at Euro 2012

12:30pm Monday 2nd July 2012

AFTER 23 days, 76 goals, approximately 15 million Spanish passes and, thankfully, only one Jim Beglin, Euro 2012 reached its conclusion last night with Spain’s crushing victory over Italy in Kiev.

Stone me, what a tournament!

12:30pm Saturday 30th June 2012

THURSDAY night’s semi-final victory for Italy effectively marked the end of Euro 2012 for me.

Forget national pride and enjoy a proper game

9:30am Wednesday 27th June 2012

ON paper, tonight’s quarter-final between Spain and Portugal is just one Lionel Messi away from being an El Classico.

Change is needed to avoid more misery

4:10pm Tuesday 26th June 2012

MONDAY morning, tattered bunting, a few sore heads, and a general feeling of acceptance.

I blame myself for daring to dream

9:00am Monday 25th June 2012

I TAKE full responsibility for England’s capitulation last night, I had dared to dream.

My cunning play is for Hart NOT to take a penalty

8:00am Saturday 23rd June 2012

THERE once was a time not so long ago when all goalkeepers did was stop the ball going into the back of their own net.

Pearce gets his point across on Ronaldo...again and again

8:00am Friday 22nd June 2012

OKAY, we get it, Cristiano Ronaldo is good.

The reign of Spain should not be underestimated

2:00pm Thursday 21st June 2012

TIK-TAK, tik-tak, tik-tak, is that the clock counting down on Spain’s reign as European champions?

Now I'm up for an Italian job

9:45am Wednesday 20th June 2012

DO you know what football needs Michel Platini? More officials behind the goal...

I can't see England being flushed with success

7:30am Tuesday 19th June 2012

I HAVE concluded over the past couple of days that I’m the world's unluckiest channel changer.

Having a ball with the Tango number 12

3:30pm Thursday 14th June 2012

ONE of my colleagues on the sports desk uttered a word yesterday that I hadn’t heard since the last time I got asked to write one of these columns in a major tournament... Jabulani.

ITV powder keg pundits beat glum Beeb staple

3:30pm Wednesday 13th June 2012

FOLLOWING the Big Brother example of finding an out-there bunch of characters with a tentative grip on sanity and locking them in a studio, I feel ITV have stumbled onto a winner with their Euro coverage.

Getting the Wembley feeling

1:15pm Sunday 17th April 2011

AFTER the ugliness of last night, the walk towards a sun-soaked Wembley Stadium was an absolute joy for the second semi-final.

You won't find me sleeping on the job

10:29am Sunday 17th April 2011

WELL yesterday was very much a blue one – but I have a feeling today will be all-white.






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