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606: DEBATE
To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Paul Fletcher

1917: That's it for today. Thanks for sticking with it through that last 90 minutes of tedium and pain. Not good. Hope you all come back and enrich Sunday's Premier League action.

1915: "Much better from the Toon today. But how I would love it if we could get a win."
Anonymous via text on 81111

1909: Full-time Man City 0-0 Wigan
Wigan pick up just their seventh point away from home this season but it was not a great, or even good, or even average game. It was poor and boos could be heard at the end.

1908: Jason Koumas sends a teasing free-kick into the City area and Joe Hart punches clear.

1905: Close to the end now at Eastlands. A merciful end, I should add, though the game has improved slightly. I might take this opportunity to mention that I'll be back tomorrow for more clockwatch action - and I'll be looking for lots more great dream chat.

1902: Into the last few minutes at City and Wigan break. Sibierski shoots at goal but his strike is blocked. Wigan need to be a little more decisive when they are in attacking positions. Still, at least they are attacking every now and again.

1857: Wigan finally carve open City and Joe Hart makes a good save to deny Wilson Palacios from 18 yards. The rebound then comes to Palacios but his attempt at a spectacular volley is high and wide.

1855: (See 1846) "You know what mate? My missus just put on the Finnish eurosong contest. And yep, I DON'T CARE!"
I_smacked_Dida on 606

Another rousing testimonial for the quality of entertainment available at this very moment at Eastlands.

1851: I have to say, City are on top at Eastlands, though Wigan have been resolute in defence so far. That said, Wigan break and the ball falls to Sibierski but he shoots wide.

1850: "Any chance of some chat from the Wigan-Bradford rugby league match?"
Anonymous, via text, on 8111

Sure. Be a pleasure. It is 12-8 to Wigan at the break. Been some big, big hits by the looks of things.

1847: Action. A chance, a fleeting glimpse of excitement. Darius Vassell crosses and Benjani should stick the ball home at the near post but he misses the target. Poor.

1846: "My sister just changed the channel from the match at Eastlands to the Disney Channel, and you know what? I don't care!"
TilleyGooner on 606

1843: Wigan bring on former City player Antoine Sibierski for Marlon King. The Frenchman is given a mixed reception.

1841: Steve Bruce is cutting a frustrated figure on the touchlines. His first game in charge of Wigan was the 1-1 draw with City exactly four months ago.

City win a couple of corners. They come to nothing.

1838: Wigan have won four of their five Premier League meetings with Man City. To extend that record today will require a goal.

1835: "With regards to 1753, I haven't spotted any robo-Dowies, but I did see Sam Allardyce looking through Martin Dawes' window and laughing heartily. I wasn't close enough to ascertain what material he was made from."
BertieWooster on 606

1832: I have just seen a television image of a girl reading a book at the Man City-Wigan game. I have to say that is not a bad option.

1828: (See 1753) "Regarding robotic Ian Dowies. No, but I did serve his brother some fine wine from my warehouse yesterday. Helps you sleep easy."
Alf, St Albans, via text on 81111

This Iain Dowie chat has been out on the top draw. Robotic Iain Dowies will stay with me for a long, long time.

1824: A blow for Man City as the mercurial if inconsistent Elano limps out. Felipe Caicedo, 19, replaces him.

1822: The match resumes between Man City and Wigan.

1821: "If my calculations are correct, Big Sam got Newcastle 26 points in 21 games and "King Kev" has so far got them 2 points in 6 games. That means Big Sam had an average of 1.2 points per game, whereas Keegan averages 0.3 points per game. Basically, Newcastle should never have sacked Sam Allardyce."
dangermouse852 on 606

Good work. Analysis, I believe they call it.

1817: Hey, how strange is this. Wigan Athletic are in action at Eastlands, while Wigan Warriors are in action against the Bradford Bulls at the JJB Stadium at the same time. Crazy.

1812: Some player rater chat after that cracking first half of top-flight football at Eastlands. Wigan's Paul Scharner is top of the pops with 7.90, while Man City's Elano is bottom with 5.50.

1805: Half-time at Man City. It has not been great. Not by a long stretch.

1802: It is confession time. The sheer volume of goals close to full-time was pushing me close to capacity. My sore finger/wrist was being pushed to the limit. Thankfully Man City and Wigan have contrived to play a match so devoid of action that I have been fully able to catch my breath/rest my finger.

1800: (See 1410) "I didn't see any robotic Ian Dowies, but I did see an extra terrestrial Mikeal Silvestre shopping in the Doncaster Frenchgate Centre. Or was it just him?"
Dave, via text, on 81111

A Saturday afternoon spent shopping in Doncaster? We are dealing with some fairly hefty issues here.

1758: "How can people say Newcastle are too good to go down? Surely at the moment they are too bad to stay up?"
Seb on 606

Could all come down to the points on the board prior to KK's arrival. Not been a glorious season, though, for the men on Tyneside.

1754: Michael Brown is booked for a nasty late challenge on Man City's Elano. An old fashioned reducer, you might say - and not particularly pleasant.

1753: (See 1410) So, did anyone who was out and about this afternoon see any robotic Iain Dowies?

1749: Benjani is through on goal but Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland bravely advances from his goal and, thanks in part to a heavy touch from the striker, is able to clear. Kirkland is injured in the process but is OK to continue.

1745: A quick word for those of you waiting for an updated Premier League table. There are a few technical issues that I'm told clever people are working incredible hard to solve. We are very, very sorry. Me especially, since if they had been I would not have mistakenly suggested a little earlier that Chelsea are five points behind Man Utd when, of course, they are six behind.

1745: "It is great Keegan has bought positive, attacking football back to Newcastle. Unfortunately, it's played by their visiting opponents."
yorker_129-7 on 606

Very droll.

1741: Stephen Ireland is given plenty of time before shooting from 20 yards but the Man City midfielder just misses the target.

1740: "Are Fulham missing Chris Coleman right now? I would think so. What a horrible decision to get rid of him."
BlueAcrosstheWorld on 606

Can anybody see Fulham avoiding relegation? I think it would take quite a weird dream for that scenario to unfold now!

1735: A fairly tight game at Eastlands. No decent chances as yet but Wigan just about on top.

1733: "If Newcastle take a 10th of their chances they will be fine. I think relegation is between Reading, Wigan, Sunderland and Bolton to go down, along with Fulham and Derby."
theothefuture on 606

The question is - when are they going to start taking their chances?

1732: "If Fulham stay up, I'll shave my hair off for Comic Relief. It ain't happening."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer

1730: "Oh Matty, Matty, Matty, Matty, Matty, Matty Derbyshire! What a great week for Matty, becomming a father of twins and scoring a goal that might be vital come the end of the season. Great smash and grab result."
RibbleValleyRover on 606

I'm not sure that Newcastle fans will seen it quite the same way.

1725: Woooow, that was a crazy hour or so. Late drama aplenty. Thanks to all of you who pointed out that I had indeed written a full-time score of Birmingham 1-4 Tottenham. What was I thinking? That has been duly amended.

And Chelsea? They are indeed six points behind Man Utd and seven behind Arsenal.

1719: "Newcastle were unlucky today. They had a lot of chances, it just didn't go for them. They'll get enough points to avoid relegation."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer

1715: Saturday's late Premier League fixture, between Man City and Wigan, is under way

1714: Some player rater chat. The highest of the afternoon at this point is Mikael Forssell (Birmingham) with 8.15. Mind you, he need net a trick against Tottenham. Bottom of the pile is Brede Hangeland (Fulham) with 3.74. An afternoon to forget for the Cottagers.

Remember - you can rate the players too.

1708: "I would love it if we don't get relegated, love it."
Geordie fan in Oxford via text on 81111

1706: TEAMS
Man City: Hart, Corluka, Dunne, Onuoha, Ball, Vassell, Gelson, Elano, Johnson, Ireland, Mwaruwari. Subs: Isaksson, Caicedo, Hamann, Garrido, Castillo.

Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Boyce, Edman, Valencia, Brown, Palacios, Koumas, Heskey, King. Subs: Pollitt, Sibierski, Bramble, Olembe, Bent.

Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent).

1700: The situation at the top of the Premier League is that Arsenal (65) are now just one point clear of Man Utd (64), with Chelsea (58) a further six points back but the Blues have a game in hand.

1655: Full-time Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn

1655: Full-time Birmingham 4-1 Tottenham

1655: Full-time West Ham 0-4 Chelsea

1654: Full-time Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading

1654: Full-time Derby 0-0 Sunderland

1653: Full-time Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa

1653: Full-time Fulham 0-3 Man Utd

1653: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa
With seconds of the three added minutes remaining, Gael Clichy's deep cross is headed down by Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner slots past Scott Carson from close range.

1652: Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading
James Harper scores from six yards after a pass from Stephen Hunt.

1651: GOAL Birmingham 4-1 Tottenham
Jermaine Jenas scores a late consolation for Tottenham, side-footing into an empty net after the ball is deflected into his path.

1650: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn
A cracking finish from 20 yards by Matt Derbyshire, who places the ball past the advancing Harper after being played clean through. More misery for King Kev.

1648: Roque Santa Cruz almost scores a late winner for Blackburn but Steve Harper makes a decent save.

1644: Gary O'Neil shoots just over the bar for Boro from the edge of the area following a pass from Stewart Downing. Earlier, Reading's Kevin Doyle had the ball in the back of the net but it was disallowed for a foul by Andre Bikey on Mark Schwarzer.

1643: GOAL Birmingham 4-0 Tottenham
Mikael Forssell completes his hat-trick. He beats Paul Robinson after finding himself one-on-one with the Tottenham keeper to compound Spurs' misery.

1642: A big scuffle breaks out at Newcastle. Lots and lots of pushing and shoving. It all seems to be about grabbing the ball for a throw-in.

1638: An awful game by all accounts at the Riverside. But that won't bother Reading fans - who will be desperate for their team to end their losing slump.

1637: Obafemi Martins comes on for Nicky Butt at Newcastle. Apparently, Martins had no idea who Kevin Keegan was when he was appointed Newcastle manager; and he's playing his first game for his new gaffer today after his jaunt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

1636: Just seen a shot of Mohamed Al Fayed in the stands at Fulham. I think you could say he is far from impressed with matters.

1634: A quick update from League Two - it is 1-1 in the massive Wrexham-Mansfield game.

1630: Fulham 0-3 Man Utd
Not good St David's Day chat for Simon Davies, who scores an own goal by diverting John O'Shea's effort into the Fulham net.

1627: Life is not getting any easier for Fulham as Man Utd duo Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo replace Tevez and Saha.

1626: GOAL West Ham 0-4 Chelsea
Ashley Cole slots home from a tight angle after Joe Cole's strike is parried.

1625: Gabriel Agbonlahor is through on goal but his poor finish is easily saved. Arsenal's Alexander Hleb then has a chance but he is denied by a cracking save from Scott Carson.

1623: West Ham's Carlton Cole thinks he's scored after dinking the ball over the on-rushing Petr Cech but John Terry clears his effort off the line.

1621: Michael Owen has been rattling Blackburn Rovers' defence in the second half but just cannot make the breakthrough. He comes closest when he latches on to Nicky Butt's cross but he sees his header tipped over the bar by Brad Friedel.

1619: GOAL Birmingham 3-0 Tottenham
Mikael Forssell stabs the ball home and Blues are heading for a crucial three points. The ball comes the striker's way after Robinson can only palm it into his path following a Didier Zokora interception that seemed to be heading goalwards.

1615: GOAL Birmingham 2-0 Tottenham
Sebastian Larsson scores a free-kick for Blues. Spurs keeper Paul Robinson will need to have a look at his positioning. He offered too much of the goal to the Birmingham player, who took advantage of Robinson's generosity.

1613: Ashley Young almost extends Villa's lead with a low strike that Almunia saves. With Man Utd and Chelsea winning, the pressure is on Arsenal.

1611: "Arsenal have got to keep their composure, play the way they know they can, and the breaks will come."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks

1610: Sunderland are still searching for that elusive away win in the Premier League. It remains goalless at Pride Park.

1608: Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson makes a brilliant finger-tip save to deny Mikael Forssell.

BTW, it is goalless in the massive Wrexham-Mansfield fixture.

1607: "Tottenham let themselves down in the first half at Birmingham. They didn't perform."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks

1606: West Ham have brought on striker Dean Ashton. That match has now resumed.

1605: The second half has started in the all games apart from Chelsea.

1558: Some half-time player rater chat. The highest rated player after 45 minutes of top-flight football is Alan Stubbs with 9.33. Well, I guess the Rams need something to smile about. The lowest rated is Fulham's Brede Hangeland with 3.73. It has not been a glorious half for the Cottagers. Remember - you can rate the players too.

1556: "Villa fans signing songs about Eduardo's injury - nice people."
Dan, Emirates, via text on 81111

1549: Half-time
All seven of the Premier League games have reached the halfway mark. You have to say the afternoon is panning out better for Man Utd and Chelsea than Arsenal.

I'd love to tell you loads about Boro-Reading but there is not all that much to report.

1545: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Man Utd
Ji-Sung Park extends United's lead with a header from Paul Scholes's cross. It is difficult to see a way back into this for Fulham.

1543: This is turning out to be a difficult afternoon for Arsenal. Shaun Maloney comes close to a second for Villa with a long-range strike that Manuel Almunia does well to tip on to the post.

1541: "Lampard and Boa Morte should both have been booked. It didn't warrant a red card."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks

1539: Villa's Curtis Davies is stretchered off after tangling with Abou Diaby. It looked innocuous enough. Nigel Reo-Coker has already gone off injured.

The advertising boards behind one of the goals at Arsenal say 'Get well soon Eduardo'.

1536: RED CARD
The handbags are out at Upton Park. Frank Lampard sees red after a scuffle with Luis Boa Morte. Michael Ballack is booked for pushing and shoving. The red for Lamps does seem a little harsh as there was not all that much contact in terms of his shove on Boa Morte.

1535: Kieran Richardson shoots well wide with a free-kick for Sunderland. The Sunderland fans are singing songs about Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, suggesting he should cheer up.

1534: Danny Murphy should equalise for Fulham with a header at the far post but directs his effort too close to keeper Van der Sar.

1533: Newcastle have been all over Blackburn. Damien Duff is running amok against his former club and has had one shot bundled away and skimmed another just wide. Alan Smith also had a good chance but saw his header dink over the bar. Blackburn are holding firm for now.

1531: I'd just like to point out that Joe Cole is English and Michael Ballack German. A mistaken copy and paste manoeuvre briefly saw Cole described as German (See 1521) - but I've put that right now!

1526: GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa
Philippe Senderos puts the ball into his own net at the near post after Agbonlahor drills a low pass across the face of goal.

1521: GOAL West Ham 0-3 Chelsea
Michael Ballack scores with a well-taken half-volley from Frank Lampard's drilled pass across the face of goal. The German showed great technique with his finish. Avram Grant could do with looking a little happier on the touchlines.

1522: Dimitar Berbatov hits the post for Tottenham with a 20-yard half-volley that leaves Maik Taylor stranded.

1521: GOAL West Ham 0-2 Chelsea
Joe Cole extends his team's lead with a superb low strike across goal from 20 yards.

1518: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Chelsea
Frank Lampard puts Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot. It clearly does not please the fans of his former club.

1517: PENALTY
Chelsea win a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Anton Ferdinand on Salomon Kalou.

1516: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Man Utd
Owen Hargreaves puts United ahead with his first Premier League goal. It is a superb free-kick that leaves Niemi with no chance.

1512: Villa spring the Arsenal offside trap through Gabriel Agbonlahor but William Gallas makes up lost ground before executing an amazing covering tackle. He then gets up straight away.

1511: A long-range angled drive from Danny Murphy is turned away low down near his post by Man Utd stopper Edwin van der Sar. Fine save.

1508: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Tottenham
Mikael Forssell puts the home team ahead with a header from six yards.

1507: Antti Niemi fails to hold a powerful strike from Carlos Tevez but Fulham eventually clear the ball.

1506: An exquisite turn on the edge of the area by Theo Walcott precedes a powerful shot that is smartly saved by Villa keeper Scott Carson.

1505: Daryl Murphy hits the post for Sunderland from just outside the box.

Louis Saha should score for Man Utd at Fulham. He is through on goal but smashes his shot wide.

1503: Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka puts the ball into the net after Robert Green parries John Terry's header but the effort is ruled out for offside.

1500: All seven 1500 GMT Premier League fixtures are under way. Arsenal make the early running against Villa, with Emmanuel Adebayor heading over.

1459: Blackburn boss Mark Hughes adjusts his daffodil. A proud Welshman if ever there was one.

1456: Is there a bigger game today than Wrexham against Mansfield?

1454: TEAM NEWS
Kieron Richardson comes into the centre of midfield for Sunderland after a long injury lay-off while Kenwyne Jones leads the line.

Emanuel Villa starts upfront for Derby and, with Robbie Savage missing out, Alan Stubbs is named skipper at the heart of defence.

1452: "The bloke standing next to me is wearing designer sunglasses and a pink cardigan. What is happening to football these days?!"
Mark, away end, St Andrews, via text on 81111

Sounds very much like a colleague of ours - who just happens to be a Tottenham fan.

1450: TEAM NEWS
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson recalls Moritz Volz and gives American striker Eddie Johnson a first start in place of Diomansy Kamara. Simon Davies returns from a one-match and replaces the suspended Leon Andreasen in midfield.

Manchester United keep Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney on the substitutes' bench ahead of their Champions League clash with Lyon. Louis Saha, the former Fulham striker, makes his first United start for two months in place of Rooney after scoring as a substitute in the 5-1 romp at Newcastle. Patrice Evra has recovered from a virus and takes his place in defence but there is no Nemanja Vidic, who has been struggling with a calf injury. Owen Hargreaves, Park Ji-sung and John O'Shea all start.

1444: TEAM NEWS
Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves plays after being a doubt with a head injury, but Fabio Rochemback is left out after failing to recover from a calf injury.

Liam Rosenior comes in for injured Reading captain Graeme Murty. Recent signing Jimmy Beke drops to the bench as John Oster is recalled to the team.

1437: TEAM NEWS
Tottenham make five changes to the side that beat Chelsea in Sunday's Carling Cup final.

Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate miss out through injury so Tom Huddlestone and Younes Kaboul partner each other in the heart of defence.

Darren Bent joins Dimitar Berbatov up front with Robbie Keane, Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas all on the bench.

Gary McSheffrey replaces Olivier Kapo in the Birmingham midfield while striker Cameron Jerome is only fit enough for a place on the bench.

As expected Radhi Jaidi replaces the suspended Martin Taylor in defence.

1435: TEAM NEWS
Arsenal start with Theo Walcott partnering Emmanuel Adebayor up front, and Abou Diaby comes in to take his place in midfield.

Aston Villa are unchanged from the team which beat Reading last week.

1432: "If Manchester United lose today I will buy every single person on 606 a drink."
shadowdan89 on 606

Doubt it.

1430: EARLY TEAM NEWS
Man Utd leave Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for their match at Fulham.

1426: TEAM NEWS
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan makes two changes to the side that was battered by Man Utd last week, with Steve Harper in for injured keeper Shay Given and Spanish defender Jose Enrique replacing Charles N'Zogbia.

Blackburn make only one change as Andre Ooijer steps in for David Dunn, who is ruled out because of a calf injury.

1425: TEAM NEWS
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley sticks with the same starting line-up that beat Fulham with substitute Nolberto Solano, who scored the winner in that game, on the bench along with Dean Ashton and Bobby Zamora.

Chelsea boss Avram Grant makes six changes. Juliano Belletti, Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips, John Mikel Obi, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba make way for Paulo Ferreira, Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack, Claude Makelele, Joe Cole and Salomon Kalou from the side that lost the Carling Cup final.

1423: OK, we are about to become very busy so a good time to make an appeal. I have a very, very sore finger/wrist. It could be RSI, so please bear with me through the afternoon. Thanks.

1415: Rattling towards 1500 GMT now. Seven games kick-off then. There is bound to be lots of drama. Arsenal against Villa has a very tasty look about it. Will the Gunners get back on track or will operation implode continue?

1410: (See 1339) "Ronald McDonald? That's nothing...a few years ago I had a dream that my school had been taken over by an army of robotic Iain Dowies. That one had me waking up in a cold sweat."
Pete, via text, on 81111

Genius. You, Pete, are a genius.

1405: "Truth be told, while Senator Obama has praised the Hammers, he sees potential in all Premier League clubs and admires their determination and professionalism. He is a champion of fitness and health at all levels."
CycloneArmageddon on 606

Very witty. The Claret and Blue House?

1402: "I dreamt last night I was watching Inter Milan and after shaking hands with Ibrahimovic the girl I like at uni talked to me for the first time! I woke up this morning in love!"
Ollie J, via text, on 81111

Should we not bother with the footy at 1500 GMT and just have loads of dream chat. Lovin all this.

And talking of dreams - a colleague of mine wrote a great feature on bizarre sport-related dreams some time ago.

1400: "Saturday 19 January, all three played at 1500 GMT. Obama's a Hammer. What do I win?"
Cen, via text, on 81111

What do you win? The respect of all on these boards - if, of course, your answers are true.

1350: "Paul, what is the favourite Premier League team of Barack Obama? Oh, and how I miss all your glees during the ANC in Ghana."
huhuhuguy on 606

Nice of you to say. I miss the Nations Cup very, very much. But yet again, I have been posed a question that I simply cannot answer. Anyone got the lowdown on Barack?

Furthermore, does anyone know when the top three all played at 1500 GMT on a Saturday? I feel like I'm letting Chacor down (See 1240).

1345: "I've messed my back so will be in bed all day, watching some perfectly legal streams and reading the live text."
Wengaboy on 606

Glad to hear it. Don't start jumping up and down come kick-off.

1339: "As a child, I used to have a recurring nightmare where I awoke to see a spaceship had landed in my back garden. I would go downstairs and watch from behind the couch as the gangplank of the vessel lowered slowly.

"As I knelt, fixed in terror, none other than Ronald McDonald walked from the spaceship across my back garden and entered the living room in which I was hiding. He would sniff the air of the room twice and then I would wake up. I wonder what that dream says about my childhood? I had it for years! Hope the Villa get a result at the Emirates today."
Chris, Birmingham, via text on 81111

Chris, I don't know what's more remarkable. The tale you tell, or the fact you had the stickability to text the entire thing to us. Go rest your thumbs - they deserve it.

1333: "For me, Teddy will always be synonymous with the first time I cried over a football match. It was the '99 Champions League final and I was the only Munich supporter in my school class in SA. Needless to say I held a grudge against Teddy for a very long time."
Bayern Munich Fan, Scotland, via text on 81111

1328: "(See 1255) I had a dream where Chelsea signed Kaka and my Chelsea fan friend was really angry about it but wouldn't tell me why. When I asked him he told me to 'do one'."
SaintFed on 606

Not up there with Martin Luther King, is it?

1325: "A mention is due for Teddy Sheringham. A true gent of the game and definite legend too."
Stefan, St Andrews, via text on 81111

1319: "Teddy for me will be remembered for three things.
1 - The FA Cup final in 1999 when he helped us (Man Utd) turn the game against Newcastle
2 - That equaliser in Barcelona four days later
3 - The first equalising goal for England against Greece in the match in which Beckham scored the free-kick at the very end."
Yorker_129-7 on 606

What about him setting up Alan Shearer for that classic England goal in the 4-1 demolition of Holland at Euro '96? Happy days.

1311: "I've got a stinking cold, so I am looking forward to a weekend in bed. All that needs to happen now is Chelsea lose and this could just about be the worst weekend ever!"
electricfluffyFlo on 606

1305: "I'm on the site every weekend so I can text my boyfriend who is in Germany with the army all the football news. Clearly what girlfriends are for!"
Louise, Essex, via text on 81111

Louise, you star. Maybe eventually your boyfriend will buy a laptop and then, by the miracle of the web, he will be able to look for himself - and send you some lovely e-mails as well.

1300: Heard the news about Teddy Sheringham? He is hanging up his boots at the end of the season. Oh, those memories of Euro '96. What could've been.

1255: "I had a dream that Chelsea lost 2-0 to West Ham today, and we went out of the Champs League next week! I cried when I woke up."
johnterrysshoelace on 606

I love it when people tell us about their dreams. Not always great when they end in tears, but you take the rough with the smooth.

1250: "Happy St David's Day everyone! Have to wish good luck to Wrexham, their match today is the very definition of a "must-win game". Come on Wrexham!!"
chrisp2412 on 606

Wrexham are in the, er, quite a lot of trouble. If they drop out of the Football League then three becomes two, in terms of Welsh clubs. And that is not good St David's Day chat.

1245: "Does it make us sad to be on this web page 2.5 hours before kick-off?"
Marshall, at work, Bristol, via text on 81111.

No, it just makes us all part of some super happy web 2.0 fully interactive (possibly post-modern) family. I'll be honest, I like the pre-match banter as much as the action (especially when goals are flying in all over the place and I'm struggling to keep up).

1240: "Fletch - any idea when was the last time the top three teams in the league ALL played at 3pm on the same Saturday?"
Chacor (Keep the Premier League in England!) on 606

Honestly, no. But I suspect there will be some font of knowledge out there who can perhaps help us.

1236: "Relegation - Derby, Fulham and Reading, but I would love it, just love it, if King Kevin took Newcastle down. (Actually I'd rather see Liverpool and Manchester United relegated but that's not going to happen is it)."
timetraveldiscos on 606

Well, it has to be said that Newcastle have yet to win since King Kev took charge for his second spell at the struggling club. Could it really happen? Relegation for the Magpies?

1230: "Giggsy's injured Paul, so no patriotic hat-trick for him. Not much comfort to Fulham with Ronaldo on the pitch though. What is it, seven goals in his last five against them?"
Rob via text on 8111

Oh dear. Must admit I hadn't realised. Maybe Ryan will celebrate St David's Day belatedly when United face Lyon in midweek.

1222: "On the question of relegation, I think it'll be the three at the bottom just now who will be bottom when the final whistle blows on the season: Reading, Fulham & Derby."
EasterRoadMan on 606

Reading are a team on the slide.

Remember Boxing Day? I hope Reading supporters do because that was the last time their team collected any Premier League points - a 1-1 draw at West Ham. They have lost their last eight league games.

1215: "Peter Jackson's last game in charge of Lincoln City today before having treatment on throat cancer, Manager of the month for Feb, fantastic achievement, hope we can send him off with win today. All the best Peter!"
mightimp76 on 606

Here, here. All the very best to Jacko - one of football's good guys.

Way back when, I used to ghost write a column for Jacko and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Though I must admit I was a touch surprised one day when he said at the end of our interview that he was off on holiday and I would not be able to get hold of him next week.

"What about the column?" I said.

"Just make it up," came Jacko's reply.

1210: "Good luck to all us Welshfolk in action today. May Cardiff's defence not be leak(y) this afternoon. A Giggsy hatrick this afternoon methinks."
clarkespies on 606

Oh the joy of St David's Day. All those leek/leak puns. Cardiff, of course, entertain struggling Leicester and the very best of luck to them.

1205: "We simply HAVE to beat Derby today. If we can't win there we definitely won't win away from home this season."
safcfan89 on 606

A massive game for Sunderland today. Playing away is just not their strength - but against Derby? Is today the day?

1200: (See 1145) "I never trusted the postal system after they decided to lose my mum's birthday present..."
MU-Blade on 606

That is a blow. It has happened to me - in both directions, if you see what I mean. Unfortunately, I was bang to rights when I forgot her 50th. Bad times, real bad times. No amount of flowers can salvage that one.

1155: Have you had a look at Lawro's predictions this week? Four draws from the 10 fixtures, more dropped points for Arsenal but victories for Man Utd and Chelsea. It's tight at the top.

1145: "Forget the football. Hope you've sorted your mum's card/present for Mothers' Day Paul!"
Matt, Chichester, via text on 8111

Rest assured Matt, unless the postal system has badly failed me Mrs Fletcher will have a card waiting. That's love, that is.

1140: "Lets hope Arsenal get their act together, as they have what it takes to win the Championship."
afc-sm on 606

I think you should be aiming a little higher.

1130 GMT: I trust 29 February was the day you had always dreamed of - Leeds Rhinos seeing off Melbourne Storm and then a romantic meal followed by a proposal of marriage.

For female Rhinos fans in a long-term relationship but with no ring on the finger, it could have been perfect.

Of course, today is St David's Day and Welsh Premier League stars everywhere will be hoping to celebrate with a feast of goals.

Ryan Giggs, Jason Koumas, Simon Davies. Err, struggling to think of any more.

And the only sporting action seen by anybody called Craig Bellamy this weekend involved the coach of the aforementioned Storm watching his team on Friday.

There are eight Premier League games today - and the bottom four are all in action.

I've heard loads of chat about the tussle at the top but about what about the battle against the drop? Who is going down and who isn't?



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