Football: The Sweeper
Tongue, Steve, The Independent (London, England)
Souness and Charlton dwarf Keane misdemeanours
APROPOS OF Roy Keane and Alf Inge Haaland, was it not a little surprising to hear such experienced men of the world as Ron Atkinson and Ally McCoist claim on ITV's The Premiership that they could never, ever, in all their long careers, Des, recall any player publicly admitting that he had deliberately set out to injure a fellow professional?
Had Gaby Logan, nee Yorath, been presenting the programme, she might have reminded the old lags of the fate that apparently lay in store for her father when he came up against Graeme Souness (pictured right) in the 1970s. As the current Blackburn Rovers manager wrote in his autobiography: "I was going to gain my revenge on Terry Yorath at all costs and I told anyone who wanted to listen that, if necessary, I would feed him a knuckle sandwich off the ball." Yorath was eventually spared, though a Dinamo Bucharest player called Lica Movila was not so lucky in a European Cup tie after upsetting Liverpool's captain: "I let loose with the best punch I have delivered in my life... a short right hook which broke the jaw of the Romanian international in two places."
When Jack Charlton famously talked of having "a little black book" of intended victims, he was speaking metaphorically. Years later, he mentioned a couple of names that would have featured in it, including the aggressive Southampton centre-forward George Kirby: "I didn't like that kind of player and I remember walking off at the end of a game at The Dell with a bad headache. As I looked back, they were still treating him on the pitch."
Premier League refuses to free legendary No 6 from duty
VSo much for the notion of Arsenal "retiring" their No 6 shirt, along with Tony Adams. The Premier League is having none of it, insisting: "Squads have to have shirts numbered consecutively." So instead of taking its place in the Arsenal Museum at Highbury (curator: C George), the said shirt must hang on a peg in the dressing-room between Martin Keown and Robert Pires, presumably labelled A N Other. New signing Gilberto Silva refused to wear it, Sol Campbell, who would have been the …
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