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In Pod 49, the boys are emotionally drained after an incredible Survival Sunday – and talk all things relegation for Blackpool and Birmingham, plus the play-off finals and the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti. You can subscribe to the OptaJoke Podcast on … Continue reading
Short but sweet post on the OptaJoke betting blog this week as it’s an International week and for me, the betting opportunities are few and far between. England take on Wales in The Millennium Stadium on Saturday afternoon and many … Continue reading
It was a comment last week by Cesc Fabregas that provided the inspiration for this blog. He said Jack Wilshere had the, “heart of an Englishman and Spanish quality”. That got me thinking about alternatives to the ‘English way’. But … Continue reading
Every World Cup in my lifetime can be etched by specific memories. Even purely from an England point of view these moments can be elements of time where joy was the overriding feature – there’s Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina, David Beckham’s … Continue reading
At 3pm yesterday, approximately 142 million Englishmen and women were meant to be watching the greatest English team of a generation beat the Germans with the style and verve not seen yet in this competition. What transpired was a performance … Continue reading
It was a mild summer evening in mid-2010. The ill-fated Con-Dem government were months away from their infamous cock-up, and all was content with England and their people. Someone brought a pint costing £3.60 from a public house in central … Continue reading
As the resident ABE expert (Anyone But England) for OptaJoke I find the World Cup a hard watch. I’m not alone, other famous ABE fans include: Braveheart, the Dragon that George killed, Roy Keane and Andy ‘I’ll-say-I’m-supporting-whoever’s-playing-England-but-then-my-Press-Secretary-will-tell-everyone-I-was-only-joking-and-insist-that-I’m-routing-for-any-British-team’ Murray. We know … Continue reading