Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Football Talk

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Football Talk

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

Cole is chewed by the goat and humbled by his missus THE latest book charts make grim reading for Ashley Cole. There are a staggering 15 football autobiographies published this year with a higher ranking on Amazon.co.uk's bestseller list than controversial confessional, My Defence. Not only is Cole's 7,770th-ranked book trailing the yarns of England teammates Steven Gerrard (25th), Frank Lampard (336) and Wayne Rooney (1210), but he is also humbled by some of the game's lesser lights. These include: There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil (57), 'Feed the Goat: The Shaun Goater Story' (3209) and the critically-acclaimed Blue: The Life and Times of Barry Ferguson (3,825). To add insult to ignominy, the Official Girls Aloud Calendar (582), featuring popstar wife Cheryl (above), is also streets ahead of the 25-year-old's tome.

AN END TO PORATO'S BLUES

WHERE there is despair, may Chelsea bring hope. The Stamford Bridge club are not known for saintly acts of goodwill, but they appear to have rescued on-trial goalkeeper Stephane Porato from a deep malaise. Clubless and miserable after being released by Corsica's Ajaccio, the 33-year-old free agent made this emotional entry in his online diary last month: "For the moment, I involve myself all alone in Corsica. I try to maintain physically on a good level, remain positive and not to sink too much in the defeatism.

But there is really nothing sure, far from that. I thank everyone for the sympathetic messages, but I do not have the heart to discuss them for the moment. Please understand. That will be done when I can once-again speak football."

BLUBBING DAVID ALL AT SEA

FOR those Arsenal fans who still look back in anguish on the day Paul Gascoigne put them to the sword at Wembley comes a new perspective from Perry Groves. Recalling the 1991 FA Cup defeat by Spurs in his new book, the Gunners cult hero says: "When we got into the dressing room there was David Seaman crying. …

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