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Meaningless internationals can cost clubs plenty


Chelsea’s home game against Manchester United originally set down for December 18 last year was snowed off. It was then rescheduled for March 1 BUT that may need to be postponed again until May depending on results in the FA Cup. That’s five full months after its original date, five months in which a suitable date could not be found. Yet Wednesday February 9 would have been perfectly acceptable for all concerned EXCEPT that England was set down to play a game in Denmark which is nothing more than a friendly, exhibition, training match, call it what you will, but certainly a totally meaningless one (and looking at the latest online betting odds, they’re favourites to win). WHY?

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Why Liverpool almost lost the £50m Torres jackpot


It can now be revealed that the sensational £50m move of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea came close to being scuttled just minutes before the transfer deadline! Liverpool’s American owner John Henry could do little more than anxiously wait by his phone as late negotiations took place between two key figures, totally unaware of how deals like this are sealed whenever the West London club is in the market for a high profile player. The record British transfer was completed just before the transfer window was closed when agreement was finally reached in time for the paperwork to be lodged with the Premier League.

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‘Big Dunc’ remembered as United visit Wolves


When Manchester United visit Wolves on Saturday it will be one day short of the Munich anniversary and unlike some other cretins around the country, you can be certain fans at Molineux will mark that solemn occasion with the utmost respect. Apart from the tragedy itself, Wolverhampton lost one of their own who is still revered to this very day. Duncan Edwards was born in the town of Dudley just south of the city and had it not been for the persistence of United manager Sir Matt Busby, the youngster could have easily signed for the Wolves. The story goes that Busby arrived at the Edwards family home soon after midnight to make sure that he secures the youngster’s signature

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