Hold The BackPage: Episode 10

by Neil Sherwin


OK, it might have been a bit of a fib last week – I mean, who doesn’t want to be a no.10!?

It’s Maradona, Pele, Platini…. it’s El Hadji Diouf for god’s sake.

It’s also Wayne Rooney – and he makes up part of the 10th edition of the Hold the BackPage podcast.

Your host Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh is the judge as Neil Ahern and BackPageFootball’s resident Manc, Ed Diggins go head to head over whether footballers that are ‘Hello’ magazine regulars deserve to have their private lives kept, well, private.

The lads chat about one of the first men on Giovanni Trapattoni’s subs sheet, United’s Darron Gibson, and ponder the future for the bench warmer extraordinaire.

There’s also a look ahead to Sunday’s Derby D’Italia between Inter and Juventus, where  we ask Richard Chambers if Rafa Benitez is the new fatter, shorter, less entertaining Jose Mourinho.

How could we forget the regular Tweet the Press slot, where your messages are dealt with, and we seem to have a few Referee Atwell fans out there!

Last – and most certainly not least, judging by last week’s entries – we have Tip-Off! our betting competition, and this week the lads plus PaddyPower.com expert Chris McWilliams cast their eye ahead to Sunday’s Chelsea v Arsenal game. There’s free money up for grabs, so follow the links on the homepage and join in.

> Full details are outlined here.

Chelsea v Arsenal – comment below with your winner, correct scoreline and first goalscorer to be in with a shot of winning with Paddy Power.

It’s almost as much fun as waking up to see Abbey Clancy wearing your replica Robbie Keane no.10 shirt.

Author Info

Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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64 Responses

  1. Ed Diggins. says:

    Chelsea to win
    Drogba first scorer

  2. Callum Tyler says:

    Chelsea to win 2-1 Malouda first scorer

  3. Neil Sherwin Neil Sherwin says:

    Terry first scorer

  4. Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal
    Malouda first goal scorer

  5. john kelly says:

    Chelsea to win


    Drogba first scorer

  6. Shane says:

    Chelsea 1-0 Malouda

  7. Ray says:

    Chelsea to win 2-1 Kalou

  8. gnolan says:


    Nasri first goalscorer

  9. Ade says:

    Chelsea 2-0


  10. Neil Kelly says:

    so close last week with tevez and man city part right!!

    this time, 1-1 draw……first goal chamakh

  11. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

    1) Chelsea
    2) 3-0
    3) Anelka

  12. Rick says:

    1) Chelsea win 2) 2 nil Chelsea 3) Malouda

  13. Jamie says:

    Chelsea to win


    Drogba first

  14. marty gallagher says:


  15. Kevin says:


    0 – 1


  16. John says:

    Chelsea to win
    Wilshere first scorer

  17. mark says:

    Chelsea to win 2-0. Malouda first goalscorer.

  18. James Boyle says:

    Arsenal to win 1-0 with Nasri first scorer.

  19. Adrian says:

    Chelsea to win 2-1, Anelka 1st goalscorer

  20. RookeryMike says:


    First scorer – Anelka (p)

  21. Deirdre D says:

    1 -1
    Drogba to score first.

  22. Jack says:




  23. Eamonn Power Eamonn Power says:

    I presume writer’s can enter aswell yeah?!

    Chelsea to win 3-0
    Drogba first scorer

  24. KingSi says:


  25. David Holden says:


  26. brian hogan says:

    2-1 arsenal chamakh 1st goal

  27. Robbie Deighan says:

    Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
    Drogba first scorer

  28. Les Weightman says:

    Chelsea 3-1
    Drogba 1st scorer

  29. Bodhi says:

    Chelsea 2-0


  30. Kevin T says:

    Chelsea win
    Anelka scores first

  31. Rob Hartnett says:

    Chelsea to win, 2-0 scoreline, Drogba to continue great scoring record vs Gunners by netting first.

  32. Paul says:

    Chelsea to win


    Drogba first scorer

  33. Dara Ahern says:

    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
    Malouda First Goalscorer

  34. Kevyn Doran Kevin Doran says:

    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
    No first scorer

  35. Michelle says:

    Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal
    Malouda first scorer

  36. Mick O'Dwyer says:

    Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2
    Malouda first goal

  37. Seamus says:




  38. TheTongue says:


  39. Gary Fitzpatrick says:

    Chelsea to win 2-1 Malouda first scorer

  40. Fionn Kiely says:

    3-1 Chelsea and Drogba

  41. mandy byrne says:

    chelsea 3 1
    essien first goal

  42. Esox Lucias says:

    Chelsea win 3-1
    Anelka score first

  43. John Harrington says:

    Chelsea to win



  44. Maloney_1o says:

    0-0 draw

    No goalscorer

  45. Gillan Rowley says:

    Chelsea to win 2-0

    Drogba first goalscorer

  46. Joe Watt says:


  47. JoeDean says:

    Chelsea 4-1 win

    Didier Drogba

  48. Colum Derwin says:

    Just used last week’s prize for a bet, thanks for that, guys.

    Today I’ll go for

    1-1 draw with Brogba getting the first

    Thanks again

    1. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

      Nice on Colum.

      With your luck, I hope you put a few quid on today’s predictions.

  49. Andrew W says:


  50. Ryan Keaney says:

    Arsenal to win
    Ashley Cole to score first

  51. Rob says:

    Chamakh to score twice.

  52. Billy Scott says:

    3-1 Arsenal , Drogba to score first

  53. Mick says:

    2-0 Chelsea, Malouda to score first

  54. Conor says:


  55. cson says:

    To Win: Chelsea

    Correct Score: 2-1

    First gscorer: Arshavin

  56. mick hogan says:

    chelsea 1-0
    drogba first goal

  57. liam hogan says:

    draw 2-2
    nasri 1stgoal

  58. Killian Woods says:


    Obviously no first goalscorer and no winner.

  59. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

    Entries are now CLOSED!!!!!

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