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 and BackPageRugby.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. RookeryMike says:


    First scorer – Anelka (p)

  2. Deirdre D says:

    1 -1
    Drogba to score first.

  3. Jack says:




  4. Eamonn Power Eamonn Power says:

    I presume writer’s can enter aswell yeah?!

    Chelsea to win 3-0
    Drogba first scorer

  5. KingSi says:


  6. David Holden says:


  7. brian hogan says:

    2-1 arsenal chamakh 1st goal

  8. Robbie Deighan says:

    Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
    Drogba first scorer

  9. Les Weightman says:

    Chelsea 3-1
    Drogba 1st scorer

  10. Bodhi says:

    Chelsea 2-0


  11. Kevin T says:

    Chelsea win
    Anelka scores first

  12. Rob Hartnett says:

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

  13. Paul says:

    Chelsea to win


    Drogba first scorer

  14. Dara Ahern says:

    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
    Malouda First Goalscorer

  15. Kevyn Doran Kevin Doran says:

    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
    No first scorer

  16. Michelle says:

    Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal
    Malouda first scorer

  17. Mick O'Dwyer says:

    Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2
    Malouda first goal

  18. Seamus says:




  19. TheTongue says:


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