Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

From Nookie to Nosh, We Dish It Up Exclusively; Martin Chilton's Football Notebook

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

From Nookie to Nosh, We Dish It Up Exclusively; Martin Chilton's Football Notebook

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Byline: MARTIN CHILTON

IT'S always a thrill to read stories labelled 'world exclusive' in rival publications (how they must gasp in Papua New Guinea at the reports linking Darren Anderton with a move to Peterborough).

Notebook foregoes the brandings, but still has an almighty track record of sensational, groundbreaking stories. This year, we revealed that EastEnders' Lofty was in line to write Beckham's biography (17 September), which followed our previous world exclusives when we outed June Whitfield as a Dons fan; exposed Roger de Courcey and Nookie Bear's turncoat defection from Crystal Palace to Chelsea and were the first (back in August 1999) to highlight Arsene Wenger's strange ability "not to see the incident".

Our Supermarket Watch has been taking a keen interest in footballers and their shopping habits for organic food. Who better to ask about their organic eating habits than the managers of London's top rivals - Arsenal and Tottenham?

Wenger, whose parents ran the Croix d'Or restaurant near Strasbourg, was keen not to say anything that would leave egg on his face. With fine discretion he told Notebook. "Yes, I eat organic food sometimes but not exclusively. I eat anything." Even the pies they sell at Highbury?

Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle disarmingly said he didn't know if he was chomping organic food. He said: "I'm not sure if I eat organic food. You would have to ask my wife, she does all the shopping so I don't really know."

Wait. A terrible thought. Hoddle may be being fed it without his knowledge.

The Blair which club project has Cherie red-faced

IT's always amusing when politicians try to jump on the football bandwagon.

Notebook's favourite story this season was about Edmund Stoiber, who lost the German election for Chancellor last month.

Herr Stoiber, 61, went campaigning in the working-class Bavarian town of Kotzting and to court the football fan vote, he had a kickaround at the local club. …

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