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Sky must just be grateful …

Nick Hornby February 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm Sport ,

“Sky must just be grateful they were not showing this turn-off in 3D. That would have trebled the torture,”  said the Daily Mirror’s John Cross yesteday, about Wednesday”s terrible Arsenal v Liverpool game. I’m not sure whether it’s his maths that’s bad, or his science.

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I wish …

Nick Hornby February 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm Films, Sport ,

I wish that every single one of the Arsenal fans who were in the stadium to see their team’s pathetic surrender to Man Utd, could be nominated for an Oscar, as I was yesterday. I have to say, Oscar nominations really help to assuage football-related disappointment. My wife, who doesn’t get to the games very […]

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Tony Blair

Nick Hornby August 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm Sport, Uncategorized , , ,

Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1996; Arsene Wenger became manager of Arsenal in 1997. Blair saw off four Conservative leaders: Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan-Smith, and Michael Howard. Arsene Wenger has seen off six Spurs managers: Gerry Francis, Christian Gross, George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, Jacques Santini and Martin Jol. Of course, Wenger is not […]

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A target for the boo-boys

Nick Hornby December 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm Sport ,

In the late sixties and early seventies, when I first started watching football, I was always reading about players who, as the sports-journalism cliché put it, had become “a target for the boo-boys”. These players were hapless individuals who, usually through a whole string of undistinguished performances for an underachieving team, would always attract the […]

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Fifteen years…

Nick Hornby October 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm Sport , , ,

Fifteen years or so ago – right around the time that my first book Fever Pitch was published – the atmosphere in our football stadia began to change. Hooliganism, at least inside the grounds, began to disappear, and, regrettably, the noise levels began to drop. This was an inevitable consequence of a number of things: […]

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Manchester City’s New Owners

Nick Hornby September 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm Sport , ,

Manchester City’s new owners, who apparently have more money than Bill Gates and JK Rowling and the Queen and Roman Abramovich put together, tell us that after the capture of Robinho from Real Madrid, they will be turning their attention to Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal and Christiano Ronaldo of Manchester United, among fifteen or twenty […]

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Football tournament summers

Nick Hornby June 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm Sport ,

I love these football tournament summers. But the narratives of the tournaments themselves, the twists  and turns and sub-plots, tend to disappear from my memory almost as soon as the final kick in the last penalty-shoot out has sailed over the bar. Here’s a piece I wrote for the New Yorker about the 2002 World […]