Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why It's Not Macho to Follow the Irons; Martin Chilton's Football Notebook

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why It's Not Macho to Follow the Irons; Martin Chilton's Football Notebook

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Byline: MARTIN CHILTON

A SLIGHTLY bizarre report at the weekend highlighted the terrible plight of new dads as part of the launch of the Fathers Matter helpline.

According to "mental health experts" men suffer from postnatal depression (non-hormonal presumably) because of the responsibilities of fatherhood and lack of sleep.

There is also, supposedly, the pressure of having to take on household chores to help partners so it can't be long before a new lobby group is funded, The Ironing Terrorised Society (Tits for short). In any case, all this manly mumbo jumbo was supported by West Ham United, who said it was important for men to show their emotions.

A West Ham spokesman told Saturday's Times: "Football matches are one place where men do express their emotions and it does them good. There's nothing macho about suffering in silence."

Some Hammers' fans certainly didn't seem to have any problems expressing their emotions at The Den a day later.

Richmond feeling dark after light shed on debt

OKAY. Decide for yourselves whether Geoffrey Richmond is the right calibre of man to help take Leeds United forward in his capacity as "an advisor" to the new consortium. The former Bradford chairman - a dead ringer for actor Ken Campbell, who starred as Roger in the Anniversary episode of Fawlty Towers - claims he has been upset by a "media smear campaign" because his tax debt of [pounds sterling]2.3million was revealed after the sale of his lighter business in 1994.

Richmond said: "Tax avoidance is extremely common."

* DANNY MURPHY'S "soap beauty" girlfriend Joanna Taylor tells Maxim magazine that she lost two stone in weight over the summer but that the Liverpool midfielder is not happy. "Danny misses my breasts," she says.

Heavens, where could they have gone?

* DANNY MURPHY'S "soap beauty" girlfriend Joanna Taylor tells Maxim magazine that she lost two stone in weight over the summer but that the Liverpool midfielder is not happy. …

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