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MEN, Poncy Footballers, Paul Hince and PIE Club

The football was pants. Can you for one moment imagine Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst or indeed even Nobby Stiles missing a sodding penalty? And then cry? Paul Hince at the MEN has it spot on.

Published on July 4th 2006.

MEN, Poncy Footballers, Paul Hince and PIE Club

For those brave souls who attended Pie Club at The Comedy Store to watch England on Saturday, many thanks. The pies were fantastic, supplied by John Lord, who we hope to see man a stall with his amazing pies this Christmas market, along with the ravishing Rakhi of Manna from Heaven, on Piccadilly gardens, purveyors of the finest bacon, lettuce and tomato butty in the world. These two get a major vote of thanks, as should Paul and all his staff at The Comedy Store. We raised well over a thousand pounds for Nordoff-Robbins.

The football was pants. This publisher’s views are as follows. Can you for one moment imagine Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst or indeed even Nobby Stiles miss a sodding penalty? And then cry? Has that silly little boy Rooney ever watched England vs. Argentina in the 1966 world cup?

Good luck to Ronaldo. He did his job. He was playing for his country. Maradona got a hero’s welcome this last month at Old Trafford. Learn.

This bunch of over paid pansies should be dragged out into the streets and made to dig holes in the road for a few months, and their WAGs should be given cleaning duties in our local schools to bring them down to earth as well as it happens.

You can read the rest of my views in today’s Manchester Evening News on page 46. Admittedly, I didn’t write this. I am sure Mr Horrocks would rather stick pins in his eyes. But, Paul Hince, MEN Sport Chief Reporter did and has written, in my not so humble opinion, what is the definitive comment on the whole debacle in an open letter to Steve McClaren. Get The Manchester Evening News on the way home, it doesn’t cost ‘owt, unless you live in the ‘burbs, where you suckers pay.

Many readers will know that I have not been a fan of The Manchester Evening News for some while. But Mr Hince today proves what I and a bunch of like minded Manchester living and loving individuals know to be a fact. There are some terrific writers on that paper. We just need the management to throw out the bean counters and become publishers again.

You guys don’t own that paper, you are simply caretakers for the future generations of Mancunians who demand a world class newspaper. You won’t find the solution to your problems in the marble covered offices of ‘management consultants’ in London.

Mr Hince, a brilliant piece of work with just the right ‘confidential’ tone of voice, a little bit of humour.

Mind you, who put the story about turning off the fire alarms in schools on page 6? Didn’t exactly nail me to the floor that one.

Have a great week everyone.

Mark R Garner

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