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Football writer since England were World Champions. Nine World Cups, nine European Championships. Life member of the Football Writers' Association.

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Joined Twitter 10/13/11


@paddybarclay I think it is an agreement that if it happens before the 9pm watershed they are obliged to by an OF-something... @chrislepkowski @johncrossmirror Think there is a very strong case. They know the laws...they could be trained...it… https://t.co/wQHYc1sQdM
2/23
2020
@Paul_NewmanDM Leopard...spots. @SteveGiles9 @btsport You mean the ploughed fields?Watching the excellent @btsport special on the very special Jimmy Greaves it struck me how weird players were bac… https://t.co/LwygVmYg28The only way round VAR controversy is this. When there is a controversial decision give Twitter 60 seconds to vote… https://t.co/DzlCPDK1zq
2/19
2020
@WarrenHaughton He was just going for a loose ball, Warren... @MartinLipton No...the Laws are different in Germany...they probably get it right. @JamesOlley Nobody, James. Nobody.
2/17
2020
@mrgeoffpeters It is not so much VAR as the offside law as it stands...VAR merely upholds that. Hopefully the law-m… https://t.co/1JhaEjsbfL
2/14
2020
@BBCSport He no doubt said bucket...or something like that. @CalvinBook @johncrossmirror @MillwallFC In real time...with the view the lino had...an impossible call to be 100 percent sure of. @johncrossmirror @CalvinBook @MillwallFC Think the Fulham player may have gt the last touch, seeing the angle the ball went. @SJohnsonSport Practice?
2/12
2020
Hellas Verona 2, Juve 1 was some game. Juve did not look like potential Champions League winners...so get your mone… https://t.co/GqYPdYcRf1
2/8
2020
@MrTomMcDermott PSG were 5-0 up at the time against 10 men...
2/2
2020
@sampilger I shall send a brick wall for you to bang your head against - I suspect you have run out.
1/29
2020
Probably the best TV interview ever. https://t.co/c9CKHMudsV
1/28
2020
@SportsFunnies Average Saturday night at my place...
1/24
2020
"FOOTBALL AGENTS UNANIMOUSLY VOTE AGAINST FEES CAP." In other surprise news, the sun rose in the east and the Pope… https://t.co/0GyWKjlBCC
1/23
2020
@PhilippeAuclair But by different people. And humans beings are not programmed to always agree on subjective matters. @PhilippeAuclair Because two different people saw subjective situations differently...dare I say, as football writers do...? @sampilger Dreadful and some, Sam.
1/22
2020
@johncrossmirror Boring, boring @Arsenal @goonerquins @richardajkeys Ask IFAB,, they make the laws, @richardajkeys VAR does not review gk off their line at penalties.
1/21
2020
@bobsmuseum @Panini_book @_shootfootball Good piece in Backpass Greg...brought back some happy memories. @Panini_book @CuriousUkTelly @_shootfootball I cut my football reporting teeth with Shoot and it was an incredible… https://t.co/28QuE6iUJH
1/17
2020
Not sure about the right handed bit... https://t.co/bYlc9X8U3B
1/16
2020
@bobsutton11 @IanStaffs I didn't realise you could be wrong with an opinion 😀 @CWFCChairman @OfficialWands I drive down it at 8.15 two mornings a week...average "speed" - 10 mph. @bobsutton11 @IanStaffs And just blame the ref for getting it "wrong"... @IanStaffs Inconsistency is because not every human being sees the same subjective incident in the same way...isn't it?
1/12
2020
@_PaulHayward Dulwich Hamlet. @_PaulHayward Dulwich? @ed_aarons What size shirt needed to accommodate all those names? @senornunes There are almost two offside Laws - farcical. But it is IFAB, not VAR that is to blame. @mattylawless It's the Law that is at fault, not VAR which only imposes the Law. Almost like blaming a speed camera… https://t.co/omFSDnnSBs @CalvinBook No need for VAR on this one. @RodneyMarsh10 The people who made it are mainly Home "suits". The IFAB is made up of five members: the four Britis… https://t.co/MdXej0b5gU
1/11
2020
@JacquiOatley @premierleague It is so easy to blame VAR but the mindset of so many is to conveniently do this rathe… https://t.co/KLwGB7gqih
1/10
2020
@johncrossmirror I might apply for the vacancy...good holidays.
1/9
2020
@HACKETTREF Significant not a PL game?
1/5
2020
@JohnBrewin_ I think it is a charity thing...not sure what. Hope that sort of helps.
1/2
2020
@longdistblue @johncrossmirror No, because of Mike Riley. He instructs referees not to go to pitchside TV> @johncrossmirror Correct at every level John. It is the Law and Mike Riley who are at fault. @MickDennisReal @Tom_Pope9 @ToddCantwell_10 He could do do with a good sub. @gurdena I thought you drank grapes...well, you learn something every decade. @CBL_Magazine One??????????????? @dannykellywords @talkSPORT Can I sign on in advance?
1/1
2019
@NickSzczepanik Happy playoffs...oh no...wait a minute...Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton has been given a one-match touchline ban after admitting using abusive language to… https://t.co/549rFO5xCl
12/31
2019
@TomLatchem Big inquiry at the Washington Post how they missed it... @Paul_NewmanDM @GaryLineker @OllieHolt22 @Ian_Ladyman_DM Similar to the Jofra Archer situation in NZ? @MrTomMcDermott It is the Law rather that VAR that is at fault. VAR simply imposes the Law set down by IFAB.
12/30
2019
@senornunes Pedant I may be...but it is The Den. There has never been a New Den. It was a great game...Millwall imp… https://t.co/XG850l3Dvr
12/29
2019
The guy doing a V-sign behind the @btsportfootball studio at Molineux should be invited in to explain why it is so… https://t.co/BadzKbMabZIs anyone else's Amazon Prime down or is it just me?
12/27
2019
Let us hope the race for second place in the @premierleague is a real nail-biter #notitlerace @ed_aarons He should be, at this stage, be a candidate for @theofficialfwa Footballer Of The Year.In my humble...@JonChampionJC has long been an understated commentator. Calls the game well, not a human statfest a… https://t.co/11ezBVzq8Y @TonyIncenzo Well...PL. @TonyIncenzo Arjen Robben? @sampilger Almost a Panenka.
12/26
2019
I want to wish a very unhappy Christmas to all racists, those who are anti-semitic and anti-anything decent. A very… https://t.co/W6NwFh1764
12/25
2019
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... https://t.co/xPecXy8axr
12/19
2019
@CliveTyldesley But no VAR?
12/13
2019
@StevenDixon25 I actually pulled over to listen to this as it was affecting my driving and concentration #wonderfulradio
12/10
2019
@senornunes Paul Casey has earned $30 million dollars which makes saying "no" a little easier. @Guymowbray @btsport VAR would have made it even more interesting...Absolutely loving the Old Firm final...has a bit of everything and more #greatentertainment
12/8
2019
Surely Alan Pardew's jumper brings the game into disrepute?
12/5
2019
@sampilger The Leaky One.
12/4
2019
@IHemmens Not the ones I go to, sadly. @adrianjclarke Have you seen Messi play this year??? @martynziegler Very good Martyn.Has anyone else noticed how card shops are not selling second class stamps? To buy them it seems you now have to go… https://t.co/y3MrRXzmWm
12/3
2019
The genius of Lionel Messi won an enthralling game at the Metropolitano. Atletico probably a little unlucky to lose… https://t.co/h6V79C58Yd
12/1
2019
@mrdanwalker More worthy of a gong than many who are chosen. @TonyEvans92a Did you win?
11/30
2019
@talkSPORT @producerjoe1 The law was introduced to stop players wearing undershirts with the manufacturers' slogans… https://t.co/lXb6s7m5B5
11/27
2019
@RodneyMarsh10 @sterling7 #Armpitgate
11/25
2019
@DaleJohnsonESPN It used to be so easy...Commentator's nightmare (unless you are from Turkmenistan): Döwletmyrat Seýitmuhammedow (in) comes off the bench to… https://t.co/omPddHjWKs
11/19
2019
Why have we changed Kosova to Kosovo in English? Serious question. @MickDennisReal @maitlis I have no recollection of reading this.
11/17
2019
@sportingintel Only the boy Ratner.So Prince Andrew has "no recollection" of meeting Virginia Roberts, who claims she had sex with him. Andrew, mate,… https://t.co/WZs7EETpv9
11/16
2019
@dk3lly Should be personhole, surely #PC @Matt5cott My 92-year-old mother is delighted. Just what she wants...😐😐
11/15
2019
@WarrenHaughton Harsh but fair Warren. @collinspatk1 Hope you weren't doing an 800-word runner...
11/13
2019
@JamesPiotr James...I think it is Looney... @kippax2710 Didn't think so.Did Southgate actually answer any question directly?The difference of opinion about Sterling underlines that Southgate was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. Im… https://t.co/A355e3fKRK @johncrossmirror I cannot recall a precedent for this either. Does Southgate ask the squad if Sterling can be recal… https://t.co/3aKK90dS32 @RobHarris Interesting that the entire squad was behind him. This surely makes any comeback...let's say, difficult.… https://t.co/BpTjWKfBLpSo the entire squad agreed that, Raheem Sterling, the best England player, should be dropped. Wow...this is a story… https://t.co/EDVPWERp0i
11/12
2019
A Premier League referee once said to me: "There is no credibility in being the only person in the stadium to award… https://t.co/cPYI4cZIfN
11/10
2019

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