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By Steve Sands
In my first blog for 11v11, I squeezed in a sneaky reference to cricket, my other sporting love. It covered Sepp Blatter’s plans to give managers the chance to use television replays to challenge decisions - a concept that cricket has fully embraced. Although cricket, unlike football, has natural stoppages that allow for such reviews.
This blog is actually inspired by cricket, after Birmingham born all-rounder Moeen Ali was recently booed by Indian supporters while playing for England at Edgbaston.
To his Credit Ali told the BBC afterwards that he “wasn't too fussed. It didn't affect me one bit.”
It got me thinking, is it acceptable to boo at a football match?
The problem is that the act itself is
Updated Yesterday at 09:57 PM by Veritas
With certain overpaid prima donnas in the news, we’re happy to provide some publicity for a scheme set up to reward grass-roots genuine sporting heroes.
Since 2011, Motors.co.uk, the used car specialist, have been seeking out and rewarding those members of different communities who do everything they can to help others.
This year Motors.co.uk are looking for the Most Deserving Sporting Hero - those nominated include a triathlon coach, a gymnastics coach, a basketball coach, the manager of a boxing club and, from the world of football, the chairman of the Ashleworth Woodpeckers Youth Football Club.
The winner of the title of “the Most Deserving Sporting Hero,” a used car from Motors.co.uk and a donation of £250 to their sporting club will be decided
We are pleased to announce that we have entered into what we believe to be the world’s most advanced and comprehensive site testing programme with Ezoic. As part of this programme we will be incrementally improving our site whilst offering numerous different page layouts and navigation structures to users in order to evaluate what works best on which platform, to increase our site revenue (which will be ploughed back into further improvements) and improve usability of the site. Our loyal users will undoubtedly find the site behaves somewhat differently than previously and some of the usual functionality may be difficult to access in the short term, so we apologise in advance for the temporary inconvenience, but the site improvements this programme will deliver will be better for everyone
This week's performance of the week goes to Blackburn Rovers for their 3-3 draw at Wigan Athletic
- On the first anniversary of Venky’s takeover of the club, Rovers faced a must-not-lose game at fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic in a Lancashire derby.
- The game was played amid the growing unrest of disillusioned Rovers supporters unhappy with the owners and manager Steve Kean.
- Blackburn opened the scoring with Yakubu’s 100th goal in English league football.
- Wigan led 2-1 at the interval and Blackburn’s mood deepened as the owners failed to re-appear in the directors box after half-time and influential midfielder David Dunn was sent-off shortly after the re-start.
- Rovers were level on the hour after
Updated 25th November 2011 at 09:09 PM by 11v11
Goal of the Week: Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers’ opener against Stoke City)
- This week’s award recognises the art of quick-thinking as Bolton Wanderers took a crucial early lead against Stoke City.
- Still without a home point after five games this season, Bolton were desperate for a morale boosting win.
- They needed a good start and got it with a smart opening goal within two minutes.
- Referee Howard Webb pulled up Asmir Begovic when he collected Glenn Whelan’s back-pass (the ball came off the midfielder’s foot and moved in a backwards direction).
- While Begovic and his City colleagues turned their attention to arguing the validity of the decision, Ivan Klasnic grabbed the ball from the keeper’s grasp and, with
Arsenal's Robbie van Persie wins this week's performance of the week for his marvellous hat-trick in the 5-3 win at Chelsea.
- Arsenal’s Captain Fantastic wins the AFS Premier League Performance of the Week award for the second time in three weeks.
- He became the first player to score a hat-trick against Chelsea since Kanu of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on 23 October 1999 which is also the only other opposition hat-trick at Chelsea in the Premier League.
- The leading candidate for Player of the Year has now scored 28 goals in 27 Premier League games in 2011.
- Arsenal scored five league goals at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1934.
- Chelsea conceded five goals at home in the league for the first
Updated 2nd November 2011 at 08:05 PM by Veritas
(Correct goals stat)
Demba Ba for his hat-trick in Newcastle United’s 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers.
- The Senegal international’s first hat-trick in England continued Newcastle’s best start to a Premier League season since 1995.
Performance of the Week: Swansea City
Our performance of the week goes to Swansea City for their magnificent win against West Bromwich Albion
- Football aside, the first Premier League goals to be scored outside of England came at the end of a very sad week for the club and the local community with the passing of Swans boss Brendan Rodgers’ father and the mining tragedy at nearby Gleision Colliery.
- Despite the euphoria of returning to the top flight for the first time since 1983, they had become only the third team who had failed to score in the first four games of a Premier League season and were in danger of becoming the first to draw a blank in the first five.
- However, the Swans struck to their principles and, having broken