Early Doors

  • Defender scores 40-yarder… against own keeper

    You have to feel sorry for Frickley Athletic's Steven Gardner.

    The defender was turning out for his Northern Premier League side in a match against FC United of Manchester at the weekend, and was putting in a good shift as the sides were still deadlocked at 0-0 after half-time.

    In fact, he'd just got the better of Rhodri Giggs - brother of Ryan and estranged husband of Natasha - as he shut down a potential counter-attack by passing the ball back to goalie Tom Woodhead.

    His back-pass would have been inch-perfect, if only Woodhead had been sitting perched on the crossbar. Unfortunately,

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  • Beckham signs up superstar LeBron to launch MLS team

    David Beckham is teaming up with one of the biggest sporting names in the world to launch his very own MLS team – NBA superstar LeBron James.

    Beckham, who retired this summer at the age of 38 following a glittering career across the globe, has previously been guarded about where he wants to found the MLS team he is contractually guaranteed under the terms of his first deal with the American governing body in 2007.

    But James, a two-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP who currently stars for Miami Heat, confirmed on Monday he has been holding talks with Beckham over creating a team in the

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  • Football Photoshop: What if England win the World Cup?

    Resident Photoshop wizard @BeardedGenius predicts the British press reaction to England's performance at the upcoming World Cup.

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  • One customer has been offered his money back after complaining to the publisher about dozens of factual errors in Sir Alex Ferguson's book.

    Hodder and Stoughton have agreed to reimburse the disgruntled fan after 45 factual errors were pointed out in the 402-page book.

    Among the many inaccuracies highlighted were his claim that United had 11 years out of former captain Roy Keane, when it was in fact 12.

    Ferguson - and ghostwriter Paul Hayward - wrote that "Rio Ferdinand excelled against Manchester City in the semi-final second leg [of the Carling Cup] in 2009 at Old Trafford".

    Fair enough, you

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  • Ravel Morrison scores wonder volley in U21 training

    Ravel Morrison’s reputation is once again on the rise after some impressive performances for West Ham this season and on Sunday an England Under-21 training session provided a further glimpse of his talent.

    [BLOG: TROUBLED MORRISON ENJOYING DELAYED GRATIFICATION]

    The midfielder, once sold by Manchester United after they grew exasperated with his attitude and succession of off-the-field problems, stole the show with an outrageous goal during training with Gareth Southgate's side.

    When a cross came in from the right from Jesse Lingard during a training session, Morrison leaped into the air to

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  • Player guilty of horrendous miss in Peru

    We have had plenty of contenders for the worst miss ever on this website, but even so, this effort from Ramon Rodriguez stuck out.

    Rodriguez - a striker, would you believe - was presented with a glorious opportunity during a Peruvian top-flight match between Cienciano and Leon de Huanuco this weekend.

    The 36-year-old was left completely free at the back post to meet a low cross from the left and looked all set to tap home into an empty net.

    However, he leaned back as he struck the ball - a schoolboy error if ever there was one - and somehow managed to lift the ball over the bar from about two

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  • Pussycat Goals! Yeovil to launch own girl band

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    Yeovil Town broke into the second tier of English football for the first time in their 118-year history this season, but thus far the Somerset side have not exactly set the Championship alight. With nine points from 15 games, they are currently bottom of the pile and looking like a strong relegation contender.

    However, it's not all doom and gloom for The Glovers, as they will soon have what every football fan truly covets: their own club girl band.

    The troupe of pop performers will soon be assembled to perform at Huish Park before and during games. The Guardian reports:

    [Yeovil] will be the

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  • An FA Trophy game ended in truly bizarre circumstances on Saturday when the match referee was forced off due to injury and a replacement picked from the crowd was prevented from taking over because alcohol was smelled on his breath.

    Colwyn Bay were losing 2-0 to Altrincham when the referee in charge of the fixture between the two Conference North sides fell victim to a calf injury and was unable to continue.

    With only seven minutes remaining at Colwyn Bay’s Red Lion Foods Stadium, an appeal was put out over the loudspeaker for a qualified official to make themselves known in order that the

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  • Overreaction Theatre: World Cup? Don’t even bother

    After England lost 2-0 to Chile on Friday night, we sifted through the 'best' reaction on Twitter to gauge the mood of the nation, or at least its lunatic fringe.

    Overreaction Theatre would never try to paint a rather disappointing defeat as a good result, but nevertheless, this was an experimental side up against a good Chile XI - so presumably everyone cut England some slack, right?

    Wrong. The harbingers of doom are already out ahead of the World Cup finals next summer.

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  • Steven Taylor apologises after bizarre Tweet causes offence

    Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has some explaining to do after releasing a bizarre Tweet mocking some of his team-mates.

    The initial posting came from Massadio Haidara, who teased Taylor about his attempts to learn French:

    The Toon icon retorted with the message: "it’s always good to see you guys smiling", copying in Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Vurnon Anita for good measure.

    All very inoffensive, you would say – until you click on the

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