Football365.com's favourite moments (1 Viewer)

mikhail

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Jan 24, 2003
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www.football365.com is six years old. The following is an article of their favourite moments in their short history. It's full of English referances, but well worth a read.

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FOOTBALL365: OUR FAVOURITE MOMENTS

A hell of a lot of hard work has got us where we are today after six years, but there have been some great moments - though not all enjoyable at the time.

Such as when the Daily Mirror branded us 'Internet Hooligans' who were running a 'Web of Hate'. Our crime? Pointing out that David Beckham had been really daft at the 1998 World Cup a couple of days after the press had performed their back-flip in his favour. Though we didn't know it at the time, we had arrived.

God bless you, Harry Harris, who claimed to write that story (though it wasn't him who rang our advertisers asking them if they were going to cancel).

Another journalist, after we had suggested in Mediawatch that he may have written something while under the influence, ruefully wrote to stress that he was in fact a recovering alcoholic. Yet another 'esteemed' journalist wrote us an abusive e-mail and then claimed he was the victim of a 'hack hacker' when we printed 'his' e-mail.

ITV's Clive Tyldesley was a little more friendly - we gave money to his favourite charity after he managed to sneak a favourite F365 forum saying into his commentary of a Manchester United game. The phrase? 'Do you like WWF?' For once Big Ron was speechless.

Scott Gemmill once rang to say that, whatever we thought, he "wasn't the worst player in the world". Cue story on Football365 that began: 'Everton midfielder Scott Gemmill has exclusively denied claims that hs is the worst player in the world...'

Sadly, we did not receive a call when the front-page headline was 'Have you seen Gary Charles?' after he went on the run from the police. Perhaps we could have saved him his recent problems.

Warren Barton once played the "how many England caps have you got?" game after meeting one of our reporters in a bar, while Tim Sherwood told another that he would only talk about wallpaper (which was what he was promoting at the time).

We broke the story that Manny Omoyimni had played for West Ham in the Worthington when cup-tied after a loan spell at Gillingham, which was funny enough. When the Hammers' club secretary resigned, though, we were lost for words when the man who gained the job refused to speak to us - on the grounds that we were a website. Ungrateful sod.

It was great being called liars by Bobby Robson at a special press conference televised live for comments attributed by us to Didier Domi - especially as we had the tape of him saying them. In French. The way Uncle Bobby kept repeating 'Football365' was especially gratifying.

As was knowing that a 'friend of 365' had phoned Domi to call him a "c***" for lying.

Other brushes with stardom included current Football365 editor Sarah Winterburn appearing on a radio phone-in and hearing these wonderful words from Eric Hall: "Sarah is monster monster right", Joe Kinnear being lured to appear on Radio Football365 (it was a cupboard with egg boxes on the wall. We had 129 listeners) and Jimmy 'Five Bellies' interrupting an interview to phone Chris Waddle and tell him: "Waddler - you look like a pimp."

Chris Kamara also called to order t-shirts with his own face on them, while we sold thousands of 'Minister Of Information' t-shirts during the Gulf War. Our designer responded to claims that we were cashing in on the war from The Guardian with the words: "Of course, if it turns out he's been a bad Iraqi we'll take them down..."

Who would have thought that if you were to type Carlos Queiroz into Google, the first link you would be given would be to a deeply unconvincing lookalike with Frankie Valli?

Headlines that were written and caught in time include 'Dead Dad Hammer Blow', perhaps the least sensitive treatment of personal loss ever recorded (sorry Kevin). And would you read an article called 'Brussels: Capital of Belgium'? Or 'Wycombe unchanged; Lionel Ritchie to play at Adams Park'?

Then there was 'Uwe Rosler Dead' that had to be changed very swiftly to 'Uwe Rosler Not Dead After All'.

And there have been many more stories that were written, then hastily rewritten, when taken over by events, but the greatest of these was the front page of our e-mail newspaper in our earliest days proclaiming that Gazza was the key man for Glenn Hoddle - safely finished, the toilers on their way home, when news arrived from La Manga that Gascoigne was laying waste to his hotel room after being dropped.

Oh bugger.
 

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