WOLVES are auctioning a unique piece of history on Friday in aid of the Royal British Legion – the hole put in the dugout by manager Stale Solbakken’s fist.
The Norwegian smashed his fist through the dugout after being incensed by a refereeing decision in the 3-3 home draw with Brighton.
Wolves Community Trust is an initiative that raises money for charities through the auction of Wolves related goods, and to support the cause Solbakken has signed the piece of broken plastic. Take a look at the auction here.
IT’S that time of year I dread.
Why do I do it?
Last summer I posted some bold, brazen predictions about who would emerge victorious and who would be relegated come the end of the 2012/2012 season.
Now it’s time to revisit those Nostradamus-like moments of foretelling.
I’m sure it will come as a shock to absolutely nobody that I got more wrong than I did right.
Obviously in reality it was Manchester City which won the title – I had stuck my neck out and tipped Chelsea, who instead fell apart under Andre Villas-Boas before their late European rally to make the Champions League final. I had Manchester City pencilled in to implode and miss out on Champions League football altogether.
I did tip Manchester United for second place though.
At the other end of the table newly-promoted Swansea and Norwich defied the odds – and my predictions – to avoid the drop in some style. In their place were Wolves and Bolton.
I would like to point out however that I never gave Blackburn a shot and I was right – I would especially like to point that out to the commenter who last July pledged to tuck his tackle between me legs and run around Blackburn town centre singing Life Is A Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating should Rovers go down.
Over to you, dear reader…
THE votes are in, the results have been counted – granted, it’ didn’t take very long – and here are the results of the inaugral Goaltastic season survey.
A few names dominate the player of the year categories.
Domestically, it was a landslide for Robin van Persie, while worldwide, Lionel Messi destroyed the competition in the surveys takes as well as on the field.
The signing of the season however split the vote – with the names of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Newcastle’s Demba Ba and Spurs’ Scott Parker all topping the poll.
Most entertaining vote saw Mario Balotelli pipping City teammate David Silva and Gunner Robin van Persie, with the Dutchman also jointly topping success of the season, alongside Swansea City and Antonio Valencia of Manchester United.
Three teams were named as flops – winner Liverpool, followed by Aston Villa and Wolves.
And the answer to who would you like to see playing in the Premier League next season?
Santos’ Neymar and Messi were the favourites – altough an honourable mention must go to the answer Leeds United!
WOLVES WAG Danielle Lloyd’s dream of “nicer boobs” for her wedding to Jamie O’Hara went bust – after her breasts exploded.
The model had her first boob job seven years ago, and decided to go under the knife again ahead of her wedding to the midfielder.
But the operation left her breasts swelling out of control, until one day she woke up to find one had burst due to the new mum producing milk under the implants.
She said: “I was terrified. I lost over a litre of blood.
“Afterwards I needed an emergency blood transfusion because I had half the haemoglobin level of a normal person. I was in hospital for five days.”
The problems continued and a second operation was needed.
But despite the ordeal, the wedding is still set to go ahead in May. Danielle said: “The wedding is happening – with or without boobs”
ROGER Johnson, Wolves’ £4.5m summer signing and club captain, turned up for training drunk after his side’s 5-0 drubbing by Fulham.
The player – who club have branded “totally unacceptable” over the incident – was told to train with the reserve team after it was noticed he was in an inebriated state the morning after the night after the away defeat.
Johnson said: “My conduct and approach to training on Monday was below the high standard the club rightly needs and demands of me, and what I demand of myself.
“As a result, I have apologised to the manager, my team-mates and the club.”
This reminds me of a great drinking game called Whiskey At Work – the rules are quite simple.
Take a hip flask to work. If you are asked to carry out a task, take a swig. If someone asks if you’re drinking whiskey, take two swigs. The aim is to try not to get fired.
Of course, don’t try this if you happen to be a professional footballer.
AFTER proclaiming Chelsea to be champions in waiting yesterday, I’m turning my gaze to the bottom of the pile – a task which left you readers divided. Because Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa all received equal votes in my Facebook poll.
And if you lot can’t make up your mind, what chance have I got?
Nevertheless, neck on the line, firstly I’m plumping for recently promoted sides Swansea and Norwich for the drop – I can’t see how either side has strengthened enough to compete in the Premier League.
Although QPR haven’t exactly pulled their chequebook out either, I really feel their talismanic Moroccan Adel Taraabt will pick them enough points up to scrape through.
That means one established Premiership team is going to be relegated…
And from the teams that teetered on the brink of the Championship last season, there’s only one that looks constantly on the verge of a crisis – not Wigan, not Wolves, but Blackburn.
I can’t see Blackburn’s owners bringing in the big names they’ve promised, and I can’t see Steve Kean keeping his job for the duration.
Rovers and out, that’s my prediction – leave me a comment below if you disagree.
WHO’S going to be relegated from the Premier League this season?
Very soon Goaltastic will be putting its head above the parapet with a few predictions on the teams I expect to see at the top and also those dropping from bottom of the table next May.
And in the run up you can have your say on whose going to be losing out this season over on the Goaltastic Facebook page – you can pick from last season’s lowest placed teams Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers, plus new boys Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City, or you can vote for ‘other’. Click here to have your say…