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. Gary Fitzpatrick says:

    Chelsea to win 2-1 Malouda first scorer

  2. Fionn Kiely says:

    3-1 Chelsea and Drogba

  3. mandy byrne says:

    chelsea 3 1
    essien first goal

  4. Esox Lucias says:

    Chelsea win 3-1
    Anelka score first

  5. John Harrington says:

    Chelsea to win



  6. Maloney_1o says:

    0-0 draw

    No goalscorer

  7. Gillan Rowley says:

    Chelsea to win 2-0

    Drogba first goalscorer

  8. Joe Watt says:


  9. JoeDean says:

    Chelsea 4-1 win

    Didier Drogba

  10. 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.

  11. Andrew W says:


  12. Ryan Keaney says:

    Arsenal to win
    Ashley Cole to score first

  13. Rob says:

    Chamakh to score twice.

  14. Billy Scott says:

    3-1 Arsenal , Drogba to score first

  15. Mick says:

    2-0 Chelsea, Malouda to score first

  16. Conor says:


  17. cson says:

    To Win: Chelsea

    Correct Score: 2-1

    First gscorer: Arshavin

  18. mick hogan says:

    chelsea 1-0
    drogba first goal

  19. liam hogan says:

    draw 2-2
    nasri 1stgoal

  20. Killian Woods says:


    Obviously no first goalscorer and no winner.

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