PATRICK BARCLAY looks at England’s 2014 World Cup qualifying ties against San Marino and MontenegroWIN in Montenegro and England are favourites to qualify
LOSE and there’s an international crisis
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
The preparation to the week that will go a long way to shaping England’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign could hardly have started worse. Instead of the focus being on an improving and dangerous Montenegro after the lesser demands of San Marino, Riogate has dominated the build-up.
FWA Q&A: Patrick BarclayPATRICK BARCLAY on the joys of staying at Broadmoor...Messi’s divine retribution...a free Star Trek poppadum in Carlisle...and a desperate own Cole...
Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
As a teenager I used to heave boxes around a grocery warehouse during school holidays. Not only did you develop rippling muscles - you were allowed to take home the stuff that was past its sell-by date, which, in those less pernickety days, entailed the appearance of rust or mould or packaging that turned to dust upon being touched. Powdered doughnut mixture - just add water and sprinkle with ...
Patrick Barclay: My WeekPATRICK BARCLAY, Evening Standard and Independent on Sunday columnist, on sleep deprivation...video diaries...and a wedding invitation...
Monday June 11
What made me think this was a good idea? It’s 1.17am and I’m on a distinctly chilly platform at Poznan’s central railway station, wondering why someone designed the back-to-benches without backs. Sitting up rigid is to be the order of a long night following Ireland’s opening defeat by Croatia, but I don’t know this as, naively envisaging a few hours of sleep on the 2.06 back to Warsaw, I hang my restless head. A cry from across the tracks makes me ...
Barclay to leave The Times in JanuaryBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
Patrick Barclay is to leave the Times next month after two and a half years as the newspaper’s chief football commentator.
His departure is by mutual consent, a phrase that raises cynical eyebrows when related to a managerial exit but Barclay, one of the most experienced and respected football writers in what older hacks still call Fleet Street, insists it is true.
British Sports Books Awards: ResultsPatrick Barclay and Brian Scovell, both members of the FWA Committee of long standing, both had books nominated in the 2011 British Sports Books Awards at the Savoy on May 9. Patrick's was "Football - Bloody Hell" a biography of Sir ALex Ferguson and Brian's was "Bill Nicholson: Football's Perfectionist."
Brian's book which has just come out in paperback, was also entered in the Biogaphy Section. Five of our Committe members chose Anthony Clavane's "Promised Lane The Reinvention of Leeds United" in the Football Section and they were Mike Collett (chairman), Martin Lipton, Glenn Moore, John Ley and Gerry Cox.