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WORLD CUP 2014: NIL-NIL DRAWS HAVE SUDDENLY BECOME EXCITING
Back to reality and after a month of watching the world's best we now can't wait for the REAL football to start...

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WORLD CUP 2014: REF'S JOB MADE MORE DIFFICULT BY FEIGNING AND DIVING
Almost there and after over 60 matches and some very brave displays it's the big boys who will contest Sunday's final...

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WORLD CUP 2014: FIFA MAY REDUCE SUAREZ BAN
Now many have doubted my eyesight in the past or maybe I need a new television...

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WORLD CUP 2014: LIVERPOOL IN A SORRY SITUATION OVER SUAREZ
If the ban is upheld he's not going to available for selection until the end of October and you wouldn't have thought that anyone would want to buy him in those circumstances...

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WORLD CUP 2014: SUAREZ IS A GENIUS AND A LUNATIC ROLLED INTO ONE
The Uruguay v Italy game was disgraceful, disgusting and epitomised everything that is wrong with the beautiful game that we all love...

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WORLD CUP 2014: ROBBIE SAVAGE HAS NO IDEA
Robbie would probably have internally combusted if the goal hadn't been given!!...

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WORLD CUP 2014: THERE IS AN ARROGANCE IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL: WE ARE NOT AS GOOD AS WE THINK WE ARE!
Will it change? I'm not holding my breath!!!...

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WORLD CUP 2014: PROBABLY AN INSULT TO NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALLERS
Interest in the Iran v Nigeria game was higher than expected as it was a chance to see Boro's Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omerou in action for the Africans...

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LATEST LETTERS TO JEFF
"What a sad man you really are, I actually pity you, you smug self-publicising cretin..."

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WORLD CUP 2014: ENGLAND v ITALY REFEREE AN EARLY CONTENDER FOR THE FINAL
I hope that Aitor Karanka has Arsene Wenger's phone number. Wishful thinking but what we would all give to see Jose Campbell on loan at the Riverside...

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WORLD CUP 2014: CROATIA HAVE EVERY REASON TO FEEL AGGRIEVED AFTER BRAZIL DECISIONS
I am not sure that it would have necessarily of been a good career move for the referee to have dismissed the Brazilian but that was what should have happened...

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WORLD CUP 2014: STONY SILENCES ON THE FLIGHT HOME FROM BRAZIL
I don't expect Howard Webb to be involved in the Maracana in mid July...

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YOU HAVE TO BE FIT TO REFEREE
Long gone are the days when players reported back a couple of stones overweight, well Mido apart that is...

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AN INDEPENDENT VIEW OF THE GAME
I often get asked to help students with their dissertations; here's one I did recently...

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A FEW QUID ON A BORO MATCH WAS THE NORM AND ALWAYS WILL BE
Is football going to stop accepting sponsorship from betting companies?? Probably not, it creates money!!

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING THE CRAZY WORLD OF THE MONEY MAD PREMIER LEAGUE
"I'm looking forward to a summer of great football, where the social side of it is as important as the games being played..."

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING THE FA CUP FINAL
Top draw seats at Wembley; front row in the upper tier alongside the press box...

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MIDDLESBROUGH WOULD HAVE STRUGGLED AGAINST DERBY IN THE PLAY-OFFS
I must admit I've enjoyed watching the play-off games, albeit with jealousy of those teams competing...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING 1,000 MILES ON THE ROAD
Well that's it, apart from the Play-offs and Cup Finals...

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MIDDLESBROUGH: NEXT SEASON SHOULD BE A DODDLE!
Going back to the 70s Charltons champions had a distinctive style of play that brought real success but won few friends in the national media...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING A COUPLE OF DINNERS IN SCOTLAND AND A DAY AT THE GOLF
First award was going to be easy - Alan Thompson's trousers saw to that. Good laugh, good day and better than another Bank Holiday Monday at the garden centre..

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WINTER'S WORLD WEEKEND REVIEW: MAJOR TALKING POINTS AT MANCHESTER UNITED AND LIVERPOOL GAMES
As much as I don't like him, you have to hand it to the Special One, he gets results in the big matches...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING BORO'S LAST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON AND RANGERS MOURN THE PASSING OF A TRUE LEGEND
Thursday evening and the sad news broke of the death of Sandy Jardine, great footballer, great man...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING STENHOUSEMUIR, A SENTIMENTAL RETURN TO LIVERPOOL AND A BIRTHDAY WEEKEND IN FIFE
He certainly recognised me and commented on the fact that I was a massive Rangers fan before passing a derogatory comment about the club's current situation...

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WINTER'S WORLD WEEKEND REVIEW: MAJOR TALKING POINTS AT CHELSEA AND ARSENAL GAMES
If that had happened on the terraces it would have been a three year football banning order!!

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MIDDLESBROUGH: DARE WE DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE?
Millwall up next and the chance for five in a row...

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WINTER'S WORLD WEEKEND REVIEW: MAJOR TALKING POINTS AT LIVERPOOL AND TOTTENHAM GAMES
Justice was done though when Adebayor weakly fluffed the penalty...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING THE SCOTTISH FA CUP SEMI-FINAL
Arsenal get lucky so it looks like my match day support will be for Hull or the Blades!!...

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WINTER'S WORLD WEEKEND REVIEW: MAJOR TALKING POINTS AT MANCHESTER CITY AND CHELSEA GAMES
It wasn't even close, the assistant referee had either fallen asleep or at best lost concentration...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING THE RAMSDEN'S CUP FINAL
Pre match the atmosphere was electric, the fans up for it, expectant of the second leg of a possible treble...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING LADY IBROX'S SEASONAL REAPPEARANCE AND BORO SCORE AWAY FROM HOME
Half time and onto the pitch to do the half time draw; booed by the locals some of whom hadn't forgotten or forgiven me for not giving the Terriers a penalty against Wimbledon in the League Cup about twenty years ago!!...

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WINTER'S WORLD WEEKEND REVIEW: MAJOR TALKING POINTS AT CHELSEA AND LIVERPOOL GAMES
At least that fiasco took a little pressure off Arsene Wenger whose side has now shipped SEVENTEEN goals in three away matches against their three main title rivals...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING MY THIRD RANGERS GAME IN SIX DAYS AND MIDDLESBROUGH v QPR
On paper QPR should have walked it but Boro got amongst them and were good value for a 1-0 lead until a cock up defensively let them in for a last minute equaliser...

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IT'S NOT THE REFEREE'S FAULT!
Now the problem we have is that the cheats - yes, CHEATS - are very clever....

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WINTER'S WORLD WEEKEND REVIEW: MAJOR TALKING POINTS AT LIVERPOOL AND CHELSEA GAMES
I think Vidic should appeal his dismissal and he should get it rescinded. Sturridge was guilty of a very clever piece of simulation...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING BORO SCORING A GOAL AND RANGERS WINNING YET ANOTHER TITLE
"Game over at half time but still some complaining about the fact it had taken two spot kicks to put Rangers 3-0 up. Give me strength..."

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING A COUPLE OF RANGERS AWAY DAYS AND A WEEK IN THE SUN
Up in Scotland the continuing saga of the Rangers boardroom goes on with more press revelations about the arguments that continue to embarrass our great club...

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SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE AT MIDDLESBROUGH
Well at least a couple of refereeing decisions presented long suffering Boro fans something to hang their hats on...

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ARSENE WENGER IS NOT A TRUE SPORTSMAN AND MANCHESTER CITY BLEW IT
I know I'm fighting a lost cause in trying to support public enemies Number One, but some of the media really take it too far...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING ANOTHER GOALLESS BORO GAME AND BACK AMONGST THE RANGERS FAMILY
"Robben dived", the half wit commented post match. Arsene, everyone is laughing at you!

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MIDDLESBROUGH v LEEDS UNITED: NO GUARANTEE WE WILL FINISH WITH A FULL SIDE
Hopefully we'll all enjoy Lee Tomlin's debut for the full duration and Boro can come out on top...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING A CRAZY WEDNESDAY, EVEN BY THE STANDARDS OF THE MANIC LIFESTYLE I SOMETIMES LEAD
"We can only do this because of people like you, so many thanks again for everything you've done..."

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING BACK TO IBROX, ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE A BORO GOAL AND MY MND CAMPAIGN HITS 4,000
"The lowest crowd I have been in for a game at Ibrox, but still a decent atmosphere created by Rangers loyal supporters..."

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING A COUPLE OF BORO GAMES AND PLANNING MY NEXT RANGERS GAMES
"I trust that his remains could just be dumped in the one of the skips in the car park..."

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING LEICESTER CITY 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 0
Half time and after a good forking the pitch was as good as new...

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING TWO WEEKS IN FLORIDA AND A NIGHT OUT WITH A TRANSVESTITE...
...whilst back home Boro and Rangers go marching on.

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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING A TWO WEEK CRUISE AND PROBLEMS KEEPING UP TO DATE...
...meanwhile back home the fight to raise funds for MND goes on.

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MIDDLESBROUGH v CHARLTON ATHLETIC: LET'S HOPE HE HAS SOMETHING TO RILE HIM
The ground will always hold treasured memories for me as it was where I made my final Premier League appearance the week before my FA Cup Final appointment back in 2004

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BLACKPOOL v MIDDLESBROUGH: HOT UNDER THE COLLAR
He was a player that you could talk to, even if you sometimes had to match his industrial language to get your point across

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QUESTIONS FOR BLACKPOOL v MIDDLESBROUGH MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
Written whilst lying round a pool in Florida in 80 degrees of heat, hope it's a good game!!

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MIDDLESBROUGH v HULL CITY: THE MAGIC OF THE FA CUP THIRD ROUND
Come on Boro - finish them at the first time of asking, I might still not be welcome back there if we get a replay!!

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GOODWILL TO ALL MEN, EXCEPT FOOTBALLERS AND REFEREES
Being the ultimate professional I did spend the night alone in my own room...

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JANUZAJ TARGETED AS CLARKE AND AVB TAKE HIT
Nobody seems to have any patience these days, but it is not something that surprises me...

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WINTER'S WORLD WEEKEND REVIEW: MAJOR TALKING POINTS AT SUNDERLAND AND LIVERPOOL
Sandro took the lace out of the ball!!...

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WINTER'S WORLD FEATURING ANOTHER RANGERS VICTORY AND A GREAT NIGHT FUNDRAISING FOR MND
Buckets emptied and counted it came to an amazing 442.96 plus one foreign coin!!...

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ARSENAL ASCENDANT AS SPURS SCRAPE THROUGH
Usually it is the controversial and unsavoury incidents that grab the Premier League headlines...

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JEFF RAISES £442 FOR MND AT IBROX
On Tuesday night Jeff Winter kept his promise and went ahead with his fundraising head and goatee shave...

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ESSIEN WAS SILLY AND SO WAS LLORIS
After the horrors of last week, I can imagine that the refereeing authorities were happy this weekend's Premier League action passed virtually incident free...

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JEFF TO HAVE GOATEE REMOVED AT RANGERS ON TUESDAY FOR MND
On Tuesday evening the goatee and more of Jeff's hair is to be removed in an attempt to raise even more monies for the charity..

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RAISING MONEY FOR MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE SCOTLAND
Recently news broke that former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease...

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WINTER'S WORLD FEATURING KARANKA'S FIRST HOME BORO GAME AND THE MND FUNDRAISING FIGHT GOES ON
In the Ibrox Bar at the ground before the Forfar game my goatee is being removed along with the rest of my hair...

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WINTER'S WORLD FEATURING BORO AT DIRTY LEEDS, MONDAY NIGHT IN ARBROATH AND THE MND FUNDRAISING FIGHT GOES ON
I am gradually getting round all of the golf clubs in the area; recommendation is the best form of advertising...

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