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Last Updated: Friday, 16 February 2007, 12:22 GMT
Holloway column

Ian Holloway
Now what did I do with that ark?

This week the Plymouth manager gives his views on the FA Cup clash with Derby, Paul Jewell's referee rant, his favourite gardening tips and what he did for Valentine's Day.

You can listen to the interview by clicking the link above and by tuning in to Five Live Sport on Friday between 7-10pm.


I'm all geared up for the Derby game. I'm looking forward to it although it's raining heavily down here at the moment. I haven't quite finished my ark yet, so it's a bit worrying.

But we've got our water rings and a rubber ring ready and Derby don't know about that so we've got one up on them already.


Absolutely not. If you're meant to get one of the big guns, you get one. But we're playing at home against a team that's top in our division that we've already beaten with 10 men this season.

It's a winnable game for both teams and one of us will get knocked out. Hopefully it will be them.

Derby's a bigger club than Plymouth at the moment and their players let out a groan on the telly when they saw they were playing us, but we're proud to be playing Derby.

Lee Sharpe celebrates goal against QPR in 1995 FA Cup quarter-final
Sharpe turns into Elvis after scoring against QPR

Man U was the next ball out and of course I'd like to have pitted my wits against Sir Alex, but if it's meant to be it's meant to be.

We're just happy to still be in it. The last time we got to the last eight was in 1984 when we got beaten in the semi-finals by Watford so it would be nice to do that.

I don't think I've ever been on a Cup run as a manager. As a player the furthest I ever got was the quarter-finals with QPR when we lost 2-0 to Man United.

Lee Sharpe scored a goal and Denis Irwin got a free-kick that wasn't a free-kick and bent it right in the bottom corner. It was heart-breaking but we played quite well.


I can sympathise with him. I thought it was a blatant penalty. Week-in, week-out it happens and to be honest these fourth officials are starting to get on my nerves.

Why don't they have a TV screen on the sidelines with a seven or eight second delay and an earpiece through to the referee?

That way they can look at it and say hang on, that shot that Tottenham had against Man United last year is actually a goal - the ball did cross the line. Or that bloke dived, that's a yellow card and no penalty.

It's not going to slow the game down and the referee can switch his mike on and tell the crowd what's going on like they do in rugby.

Then there would be no frustration whatsoever and everyone could be professional about it. The word professional means they're full-time, although it doesn't mean they're any good!

Paul Jewell
Jewell was not a happy chappy

But are the rules any good? No, they're absolute garbage. Change it, have a look at it. The only thing that's changed is the offside rule and that is making things ludicrous.

The fourth official's job shouldn't be to make sure no more than two people are standing up in the technical area - it's a passionate game. He should be helping the referee, because that's what he is - a referee's assistant.

He should be making sure the referee gets these decisions right, using modern technology. They're doing an experiment at the moment where the fourth official can talk to the referee so why can't they tell him whether it's a penalty or not?

I'd like a campaign to get it introduced because someone's got to have some common sense somewhere along the line. Paul Jewell's a really nice bloke and if he goes down for that...


I went out for a meal with my good lady to a wonderful Indian restaurant down here and we had a bottle of champagne. I didn't buy her any flowers because she didn't want any.

Chris Charles

She was lucky to get the meal, but I suppose I was lucky she didn't go to the opticians so she can see what I really look like!

I always keep her away from there. Every time she wants to go the opticians I say "no, you don't need to go in there, love!" and turn and walk the other way.


I still haven't seen it yet. I know Marc Bircham's wife, Jadine, who's on it and she's apparently the most sensible one on there.

She's the most sensible one out of those two as well! She's the only one with any sense in that family I can assure you.


Sam: I've been a fan of Plymouth Argyle for most of my life, and you are by far the best manager we've had down here, I hope you stay for as long as possible and Paul Stapleton should offer you a 10-year contract.

But if Fergie left Man U and they offered you the job, would you take it or stay at Argyle?

I'd stay at Argyle. I'm an Argyle boy at the minute. I've got a three-year contract which I'm delighted with and when I start out to do a job, I want to finish it.


'Super Louis Carey': Ian, you're a top man for a Gashead, but what I want to know is will you be going to the Bristol derby? Also do you have any gardening tips for me?

Is that Louis Carey who plays for Bristol City? Well firstly he shouldn't be 'super'!

Charlie Dimmock
Are you Holloway in disguise?

I'm not sure if I'm going. I'll definitely be watching it on telly if it's on and I might go to the second leg when Rovers are at home.

As for the gardening tips, when you're picking roses, go careful. Make sure you've got your gloves on.

And before you do any weeding, make sure you know what's a weed and what's a plant because I wasn't very good at that and my wife went absolutely bananas!

I was ripping everything out that was green but some of these weeds are clever - they're as nice as the plants so you've got to be careful. And if there's anything steaming and brown, the chances are your dog's left it, so don't touch it!

Interview by Chris Charles.

Listen to archive Ollie interviews
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Plymouth v Derby
15 Feb 07 |  FA Cup
Buzsaky injury blow for Plymouth
16 Feb 07 |  Plymouth Argyle
Jewell hits out at referee Dowd
12 Feb 07 |  Premiership
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14 Feb 07 |  Fun and Games


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