Hunter Davies is a journalist, broadcaster and profilic author perhaps best known for writing about the Beatles. He is an ardent Tottenham fan and writes a regular column on football for the New Statesman.
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So how have we all done so far? Our brave new managers.
My friend Sue, with whom I often go to Spurs matches, go
One of the things that pisses off fans is all these priv
As I walk through my house, from the front window lookin
Another season over, where do they go, and why can’t I r
If any 1913 football fans were to come back today, they
I was at the Arsenal home game against Norwich, sitting
I was very young at the time but I do remember football
Hello, hello, are you there?
I made the most awful mistake last week.
Just had that nice Gareth Bale on the blower, fresh from
On the way to Arsenal, I walked past Ed Miliband’s house
I’ll be cheering on Celtic on 6 March against Juventus i
God, they are playing well, the greatest team the world
During the Spurs-Norwich game, André Villas-Boas, Spurs’
I was still on my hols, in downtown Bequia, when I first
In the early Noughties when broadcasters still bothered
You can learn a lot about modern-day football from those
What’s the difference between a soccer mom and a pitbull
Got a call from Manhattan over the festive period from a
A time to take socks.
I got a call from the Sun (namedropper!) asking
I used to collect stamps, did so for about ten years, sp
I’ll be pleased when Movember ends and this pathetic att
When we came to London in 1960, we lived first of all in
Well done Steven Gerrard on reaching your 100th cap for
I was on Danny Baker’s 5 Live programme the other weeken
I find that when I am abroad the quickest way not to be
Iam sitting shouting at the screen.
I have become fascinated by managers – almost as much as
When I was 11, having just arrived from Scotland, the he
We came back from living in Lakeland six weeks early, my
The new season seems to have been here for, well, not lo
My friend N–, with whom I’ve been going to watch Manches
Watching the Spanish Clasi
“I’m so depressed,” I said to my friend Jack as we left
"Toes, Daz, toes!" the burly centre back with blond high
Haircut of the Year
I have this doctor friend in Loweswater and once again h
At this stage of the season, with all the Euro excitemen
About 12 years ago I interviewed Igor Stimac, the Croati
What’s the difference between Fergie, Wenger, Benítez an
I was listening to Today on Radio 4, which I ne
I want them all to stay up.
Have you noticed England’s new shirts?
I once spent a day with Brian Clough, which was excellen
The tide is turning.
Often, once a year, around this time, I find myself watc
I was appalled to read recently that a national football
Team of the Year: Chelsea done good, bu
The world holds its breath, but is the world getting car
It was strange, putting on a suit, collar and tie to go
I was in the press box at Spurs, always something of a t
Oh, I do hope Arsenal win the European Champions League.
Watching Birmingham City against Chelsea last weekend on
I'm a bit worried about England, rather like Mrs Dale us
Premiership football began 15 years ago, bringing with i
If I poured scorn, four weeks ago, on the rumoured £5m b
We all have teams we vaguely follow from a distance, oft
I'm so 'cited, as one of my children always used to say.
They all think, in this house, that I spend all my time
Did the young Mozart get a five-book deal for £5m when h
I always dread during my three weeks away every January
Only half a season to go to the World Cup, so time to re
I've filled my diary, inserted all the England games and
I was having lunch with Melvyn Bragg at a restaurant in
My first conscious memory in life of a big football game
So Roy Keane has gone from Old Trafford, no longer Man U
I was walking back across Hampstead Heath when I saw two
I have this half season for Arsenal, have done for a lon
Pathetic, really, going all that way, spending all that
In October 1958, aged 22, I joined the staff of the Manc
Quite a contrast with Brunton Park and Carlisle United,
I got a bit upset last week, reading someone ranting aga
That great upmarket, intellectual, top-quality newspaper
It's excellent news about the Premier League.
I've got one problem this season about going to watch Ca
Wouldn't it be luvverly if what Sepp Blatter is recommen
Who are the loveliest of them all?
Is it because we is rubbish at football?
I waited all summer for the new League season, but thank
That's it then, almost.
I got a huge bunch of flowers while in hospital, in the
I'm going into the Royal Free Hospital, George and Mary
Most men haven't quite got used to women in football.
There are so many things I hate, being a football fan.
About 20 years ago, I became a born-again stamp collecto
Nine months ago, I agreed to give a talk at Words by the
Can't wait for the week ahead, for the second legs of th
For three days I'd been ringing people saying I'd got a
Four weeks away, so what's changed? Not me.
For about the past five years I've been telling people,
Halfway through the season, more or less, so time to tak
Another world-class column, from a world-class writer, i
That's it, I'm sorted; the rest of my life, however long
There are three areas still hidden from us.
Must be about ten years since I was in a press box.
I was just opening a rather exciting-looking package fro
Something strange woke me from my reverie.
At last, what a relief, Gazza: my story is out
Back to London, after five months in Lakeland.
Everything in football now has a sponsor, from monster n
Is Wayne Rooney a genius?
I have a punchable face; I also look like one of those p
You don't get many footballers who are poofters, to use
I sometimes wonder why Sven bothers to go to England gam
Last weekend, I went to see Manchester United - sitting
So far, what do you think of it, then?
We all agree: Sven is not magic, England are mediocre, F
Lynne Truss's next book is going to be about football, w
Something strange happened during the England-France gam
I haven't decided yet about the England pop-up gazebo (A
It's the time of the year when we say it's this time of
In the 1970s, football coaches were really racist.
Lots of things have become clear this season, such as: o
I should have realised it was going to be an unusual gam
''All you seem to do is moan," said my wife when I got h
There was an interesting observation last week in the
Fergie and Wenger go head to head this weekend.
I go to this cafe called Polly's beside Hampstead Heath
What a shame about Hoddle not getting the Southampton jo
I'm so looking forward to the Euro 2004 finals in Portug
I went up on the train to Newcastle last Thursday to see
That's it then.
During three weeks in the West Indies, all I caught was
What do you think of it so far, this half-season we have
Next week, we're in Europe again, which means lots of ex
Had a bit of a cold, flu actually, probably pneumonia, w
What I'd like for Christmas is for my two front teams to
I'm keeping a close eye on Blackburn Rovers.
In the car, on the way there, they all told me how well
Football is a seasonal game. It is played in seasons.
The organisers have done a brilliant job getting us all
When did things go wrong?
Did you read the new report which reveals that female fa
I've been thinking a lot about Hoddle, asking many quest
I went to Carlisle United's first game of the season, wh
This is appalling, said my wife, sounding like Prince Ch
Football dominates my life, things revolve around it.
Oh, it's so great to be back, life returning as we know
Football supporters - especially those who follow their
Sixty Jimmy Savile lookalikes from Leeds and other award
Of course, we're sorry for Glenn Roeder, and all manager
That's it, then.
Will Man U turn things around against Real Madrid?
I was opening the New Statesman last week.
Before England's World Cup game against Liechtenstein, w
I bought two treasured programmes this season and put th
Every time Arsenal had a shit shot, sending it high over
What's new? Norralot.
On the day the tanks rolled into Heathrow airport, I wen
On the way to Arsenal - no that's a lie, it was earlier
Sven, like Tony Blair, must always have known it was com
I've been in the West Indies during January and have see
Halfway through the season, so time to take socks, which
Going to Spurs the other week, I was struck by all the s
Who would have thought that one day you would be able to
I didn't have a ticket for Arsenal-Spurs, as the half se
One of the good or at least interesting effects of so ma
If you were starting from now, beginning it all from scr
I bought 100 shares in Spurs in 1983, at a cost of £100,
Whatever happened to Sven?
Coming back to London, after five months of Lakeland lif
Do you keep the best bit on your plate to the last, savi
I have this recurring nightmare.
It's so exciting for we country people, travelling 30 mi
Until last week, I'd been to Preston only three times in
I think I'm going off England, and Scotland, words I nev
Another season, another reason, for making whoopee cushi
The postman came just after England was knocked out, whi
At half-time during the England-Denmark game, my daughte
Before the Sweden match, I was so full of confidence - t
What have they been doing all week, wor lads?
Is 12.30pm a lunchtime time or midnight time?
All these years writing about football, yet I've never b
I spent an afternoon with George Best last week.
My cup of pleasure is running over at the moment.
I've been wearing a grey armband all week, showing respe
There was a call for one minute's silence for the Queen
Arsenal double, that's what I landed last week, a double
I think I'll give up following football.
I used to have discussions with the Beatles about being
I spend such a lot of time watching football, often mana
The commentator was going on about Sven, how hard he wor
We set off with such anticipation and excitement just be
I've had flu all week, despite having had an anti-flu ja
In Mustique last month, I had a drink with Felix Dennis
While on my January summer hols, I wasn't totally cut of
Halfway through the season, more or less, so it's time t
I got a call last week from Jim White, a friend who work
In a few days, that will be the European games over till
One of the attractions of going to football is screaming
There are two questions to be answered before we progres
What a surprise I got when I went over to Waterstone's i
I've lost my half-season ticket to Arsenal.
I didn't really want to go to see Spurs on Monday evenin
On Wednesday 3 March 1999, Wimbledon were about to play
Now that Sven has done it, lucky though he was, he is bo
I've had a call from the Football Association.
"What was that strange noise?" asked my wife, when I eve
When I grow up, I'd like to be on the bench.
So what do you think of it so far?
Where were you?
I was sitting in the Chelsea Ram, a rather smart bar-res
This is the time of the year when we say this is the tim
Why did Man Utd and Arsenal do so badly in Europe this s
What do they do all day?
European matches are coming up again - hurrah for that,
I used to say, being silly, but meaning it, which is eve
One of the most popular cliches in football, and in life
"Come in, Sol, take off your baseball cap, pull up a cig
Fourteen years ago, my wife and I got invited to Russia
There was a very silly observation about David Beckham t
Dear Uncle Hunt, as you are so wise, can you tell us
I was looking for some football, live or dead, highlight
In 1988, ten Swedish fans, who had arrived over here to
One of the hard things about being in the West Indies fo
This is the time of year to take stock, as well as stock
From a distance, you wouldn't have known they were Germa
To the Arsenal game, I took my Thermos flask of coffee f
I played football well into my forties, park football, o
On Saturday a few weeks ago, a nation held its breath.
I hate waste, hate expense - in fact, I hate spending mo
George Graham, as you must have read, is off scouting in
And so wearily, reluctantly, to Arsenal, for my first of
And so back to London, heart of the empire, heart of the
I finally sent off the form.
I was so looking forward to Saturday.
That's it then. No more football books.
There's a new thing on Sky Digital this season that is q
My wife is still moping around, disappointed that Mark R
What does it all mean?
Welcome to the new season. Well spotted.
So what did you think of it?
One of the many pleasures of Euro 2000, and there still
If England do get stuffed by Germany on Saturday evening
I got married on 11 June 1960: what a mistake.
FIFA has agreed that a change in the rules about free ki
It's that time of the year, sports pickers, when we awar
Imagine a boy called Darren.
I watched those four European matches featuring our lads
I saw a season ticket flying on to the pitch at the end
Fill in the gap in the following well-known chant.
What does a captain do?
I've just come back from Spurs.
I was a guest at Wimbledon last week, for their match ag
It can be tough being a football fan.
Those great brains at the Norman Leicester school of foo
I've been away for three weeks, having my summer hols in
Right, so you watch a lot of football, think you know a
Sort of halfway in the football season, but no, I'm not
I was looking forward to the three Euro matches, all on
Watching Chelsea get stuffed by Sunderland last week I b
There's a football memorabilia sale at Sotheby's on 7 De
One of the good things about writing a biography of Dwig
In Wednesday's England-Scotland match, there were 12 att
It's Tuesday and I'm passionately looking forward to Sco
Have Manchester United been suffering from post-euphoria
I landed lucky, coming back to London when I did.
I've just had words with my brother John.
One of my favourite football mags is Hit the Bar
I got so fed up with Sky messing me around, taking all m
One of the cries, the sighs, the wants and wishes of our
I'm loving all the European matches, here, there and eve
I switched on Eurosport the other day, hoping for sport
"What do managers do, daddy?" They manage, son.
So what do you think of it so far?
This is the end of the season, though of course the play
On 4 June at Christie's in London there's an auction of
"You follow football, don't you?" said my younger daught
This is the time of the year that is heartbreak for some
The other week I tuned in to some tennis.
I'm very worried about the second legs of the European m
Where will it all end?
Two interesting things happened to me at Wembley which I
It was a misty autumn afternoon and the shouts and oaths
Spurs are on their way to Wem-blee but, before my knees
Here we are, at a vital stage in the season, with Man Ut
Next season, Fifa is going to try having two referees.
Over breakfast with my dear wife, we were discussing var
I was at that famous match, you must know which one, whe
I hope Howard Wilkinson stays in the job long enough for
Why are there no blue plaques for footballers?
When I was little, I loved to listen on the radio to eve
I have made the same silly mistake, as I do every new ye
It's half way through the season, time to take socks.
I had lunch last week with two agents who between them l
I've gone through life thinking West Ham were called the
I've just come back from nine days in Cuba. Very weird.
It's very hard to predict things in football.
I've just got back from a derby game between Arsenal and
And so to Highbury, for my first Arsenal match of the se