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Munich, Jimmy Murphy and the Suez Crisis
February 6, 2019 – 1:10 am | No Comment
Munich, Jimmy Murphy and the Suez Crisis

On arrival at the ground Murphy thought briefly how quiet the place seemed compared to normal and headed to his office. It was only when there that the dreadful news was relayed to him by Alma George, his secretary.

NEW YEAR’S EVE IS SHITE! – THE STARTLING TRUTH
December 31, 2018 – 11:58 am | 2 Comments
NEW YEAR’S EVE IS SHITE! – THE STARTLING TRUTH

A new survey has revealed shocking evidence that could put an end to the world’s biggest party and make millions of revellers look completely stupid.
Professor Solomon Shellac of Manchester University has finally published the results …

Light in the wheat fields…
July 22, 2017 – 9:19 am | No Comment
Light in the wheat fields…

“Fuck off you fucking pervs”, the skinny peeing girl screamed at us. “You having a shit?” someone said. Standing up and rearranging her attire, she replied, “No, I’m not fucking having a shit, you fucking pervs, I was fucking pissing”. She was a lovely girl as it turned out, from Blackley. She guided us to the field.

Making America Grate Again (lessons to be learned)
June 7, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
Making America Grate Again (lessons to be learned)

It was now, with alarming ease, that people who’d never before mentioned race to us felt comfortable in the company of relative outsiders to spout their new-found, or more likely long-held but until now supressed views about the perceived danger they faced from Islam and the burden of paying the medical bills of lazy, unemployed African Americans and Latinos. Far from being the joke figure he was to us, Trump was being openly celebrated by many I met in Atlanta as a leader who would deal with these “problems”. These sorts of conversations were not difficult to get into on that visit. Foreign policy never came up though.

Corbyeaux, he’s dancing round the tories…
June 3, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment
Corbyeaux, he’s dancing round the tories…

We fought and were fighting. We were going to take the hardships for future generations and present to them our victories, no longer going unnamed, as a gift for them to keep unwrapping until their children came along and they carried on the unfurling.

Don’t call my dog a ‘bitch’…
September 26, 2014 – 11:36 am | No Comment
Don’t call my dog a ‘bitch’…

G was one of a group of us acting as the ‘RAC front desk’, a name that suggested more status than we actually had. We didn’t have desks and the only thing we were at the front of was the queue for abuse.

Football can get stuffed
May 5, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment
Football can get stuffed

One of the joys of the Northern Premier League is that you get to visit places like Stamford, Matlock, Kendal and Buxton and have a proper pre-match nose around without arousing the attention of the local dibble.

Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part three
April 4, 2014 – 8:57 am | No Comment
Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part three

part three of a short story…

Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part one
April 2, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment
Easy Money (Cheltenham 1992)… part one

Here is the first part of a four-part short story… We will be publishing the story in its entirety over the next four days.

Fitting that Foulkes put us through…
November 24, 2013 – 11:59 pm | No Comment
Fitting that Foulkes put us through…

“I still get shivers now thinking about it. We were going mad and I saw Foulkes out of the corner of my eye running behind the goal as if he didn’t know how to celebrate. After Munich, it was right that Foulkes got the goal to put us in the final.”

Christmas Miracle
December 24, 2012 – 6:57 pm | One Comment
Christmas Miracle

I’d lost the ability to talk at about midnight.
…..while weeing the realisation that I had lost my wallet hit me harder than that meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Who was and who wasn’t?
July 2, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment
Who was and who wasn’t?

@CityLifeMegaManc: Everyone in manc is dressed like proper mancs and I am so proud to be a manc and have the biggest manc band of all time playing in my manc town of Prestwich. Spot the non-manc in town #mancforit

WINDING UP
April 23, 2012 – 5:45 pm | One Comment
WINDING UP

…fluent with genuine knowledge of sprung mattresses, fire-proofed foam and the lasting qualities of cupboards.
A few strains of sunlight filtered in through the frosted glass at the window, the shadows of the burglar bars etched across it.

2011 – the year of the hog
December 10, 2011 – 8:57 pm | No Comment
2011 – the year of the hog

“Living Newspapers” were one of the most successful of the theatre forms pioneered by Agitprop groups of the pre-Second World War years – groups like the Salford “Red Megaphones”, in which Ewan McColl (aka Jimmy Miller) played an instrumental role.

FA Cup, you’re Havana laugh…
June 27, 2011 – 9:58 am | 2 Comments
FA Cup, you’re Havana laugh…

It’s easy to lose track of things in Havana. You’re on your third mojito, only to find it’s half ten in the morning. The overriding consensus is fuck it, in for a penny. By Chris Taylor…

LADA LOUTS
December 3, 2010 – 9:03 pm | One Comment
LADA LOUTS

Furious England soccer fans up and down the country went on a binge of mayhem last night following the announcement that Russia had unfairly won the race to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. …

Never playing safe
July 26, 2010 – 12:09 pm | One Comment
Never playing safe

It was quite a scene, as members of the public and frantic railway staff all tried to prise the Hurricane’s arm from the train door. He was on the way back from Blackpool to meet his pals in Didsbury, so he told me after the drama unfolded.

Belfast Taxi Tour: Part 5 – East Belfast & Stormont
July 23, 2010 – 2:36 pm | 2 Comments
Belfast Taxi Tour: Part 5 – East Belfast & Stormont

 
We say goodbye to West Belfast and head towards the ring road and the East. We’re pushed for time now so I sense we’re going to have to try and take stuff in pretty quickly. …

Belfast Taxi Tour: Part 4 – Holy Cross & Ardoyne
July 23, 2010 – 2:35 pm | No Comment
Belfast Taxi Tour: Part 4 – Holy Cross & Ardoyne

 
Before setting off for Belfast there had been worrying coverage of riots throughout the city following the previous week’s July 12th ‘celebrations’. My concerns may have been greater and far more selfish in origin had …

Belfast Taxi Tour: Part 3 – The Falls Road
July 23, 2010 – 2:34 pm | No Comment
Belfast Taxi Tour: Part 3 – The Falls Road

 
Turning left off Springfield Road, we head South East down Whiterock Road, which joins the well-known Nationalist Falls Road. There’s a graveyard on our right which, our driver says, is a Protestant cemetery, one of …