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Grabbing a place in the last eight


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Exclusive interview with Prediction Game leader, DK Willy. I asked DKW earlier today what the secret of his success was.

“Firstly, it’s important to have a clean space. I lock myself in the shed with a bottle of sherry, some matches dipped in wax and the Beano annual, 1976. I pin up a world cup wallchart next to a picture of Terry Butcher and then close my eyes. Chanting the words of Robert De Niro’s waiting, I throw part-sucked Werther’s Originals at the fixtures. When they land on a team, I mark a cross in my special book.”
So that, kids, is how WINNERS do it.

46 DK Willy DK
43 anybody but england Gordon “Scotland was robbed” Crawford
43 Terry’s Tackle Andy Young
43 Hand of Dog Tim Donnelly Smith
42 Lorem Ipsum Jon D
41 TwoHalves Tom Laidlaw
40 On the ball city Simon Barnes
40 Peter Reid’s Love Child Andrew Hartland
40 carlosfandango Carl Mesner Lyons
39 Dylan’s Cosmic Sister Kate Williamson
38 Scotland’s Revenge Andrew Robb
38 Estuary England Darren Gavigan
38 Guinness Original Martin Borrett
37 It’s been a long road Paul Conroy
37 The Andrews Family Ethan and Finn Andrews
36 SoccerBowl XIX Paul Revy
36 it is now jim chambers
36 Outlaw Alex
36 Magic Sponge David Crook
36 Golden ‘Berry’ Balls Berry
35 El Pringle Keith Pringle
35 hand of job david hickson
35 Roger Milla Matthew Woodeson
34 The Wizard of Dribble Stephen “Stan” Matthews
34 Danish Bacon Nik Goodman
34 Rooney Who? Chris Boulter
33 Twoshedz Twoshedz
32 The Italian Stallion Eddie Vassallo
29 roar times three Rory
28 keegan’s fro Deana
28 Jules ‘Rimmer’ Dan McGrath
26 World Cup Widow Sally Mesner Lyons
24 Totalfootball Nick T

Three thoughts on the world cup

1. I hope Argentina win
If England don’t do it, I’d love for the South Americans to lift the
trophy – in particular Diego Maradona. Most other managers seem to
have a clinical, corporate, scientific approach, so it has been
refreshing to see a maverick talent flourish. I love the team spirit
he has created and applaud his loco training tactics. If only sport
had more like him.

2. Don’t show me the money
It is vulgar and thoughtless to keep bringing it back to money. “At x
million a week they should try harder”, or “I spent thousands coming
down here”. Do we really have to take everything back to a crass
economic level? As it happens, money does not motivate in itself and
who cares what you have spent? You’re not the centre of the universe
and you have no particular right to be entertained, whatever you have
spent. The world cup is a wonderful spectacle in itself. Enjoy it.

3. England’s ugly imperialism
Unlike the commentators, I despair when I see stadia bedecked in flags
saying “West Ham”, “Crewe” etc. Where other nations seem there to have
fun (dancing with wigs) or display happiness (“Feel it, Ghana is
here”), we seem stuck in a timewarp, wishing to scare the locals with
peurile tribalism. Wit has always been a feature of banners and songs
at club matches and it could be for England.