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      27.07.2000 18:06
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      Soccers hard men. Once again channel four came up trumps with a bit of must see TV. This was a factual look at the hard men of football in England. In no way was this show condemning the players, it was praising them. Not complete fawning or glorifying violence, but just pointing out how soft the game has gone today really. The only present day player to make the line up was Roy Keane, not so much for his crunching tackles, more for his never say die attitude. Keanes contrasting reaction to suspension from a major final was compared to that of Paul Gascoigne. Gazza, you?ll no doubt recall spent the rest of the game (world cup semi) blubbing. Keane inspired his team to victory away to the mighty Juventus. There were a few surprising omissions though, Vinnie Jones didn?t make the final cut, and neither did Stuart Pearce. And the selection of Frannie Lee was frankly baffling. They even admitted on the show that it was his famous diving and cheating that got him recognition. Good viewing though. Although I reckon Duncan Ferguson might want a word. Imagine a midfield of Keane, Souness and Whiteside. Reckon you?d ever lose? man in black the second installment was about premiership ref david ellary. the harrow schoolmaster gave an insight into his life at harrow and in football. whatever low opinions you may have had of him in the past will have been reinforced, he came across as a proper dick. saying he keeps a book of all the cards he gives out, the more the better apparantly, as if he's on commission. he was also gushing in praise of himself for being the same weight as when in university, he looked to me like mr burns, a feeble little wretch. they interviewed his dad as well who seemed like a down to earth nice man, which begged the question of where ellary got his accent from. he also kept a scrapbook about referees since the seventies and had posters up of himself in action. that speaks for itself, he's in his forties and
      still acting like a pre pubescant schoolkid. every bit the bloke whos never grown up, from scholl to university to teaching and living at boarding school. has so little in common with the people he's officiating it's frightening.


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