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Irons, Toffees or Cabbage?

Everton v. Liverpool

For Carlo Ancelotti’s high-flying Everton side, Liverpool limping into the Merseyside Derby after the shock 7–2 loss to Aston Villa prior to the international break, must have felt a most welcome challenge. Played out on the tenth anniversary of their last win over their old foes, Evertonian’s will have had hope where hope has been so fleeting in recent times. Top of the table, the Toffees would be in dreamland if they could deal another blow to the reigning champions. Unfortunately for them, Liverpool went ahead through Senegalese goal-machine, Sadio Mané in the third minute, with a lovely side-footed finish. This riled Everton up further, with Jürgen Klopp’s men pressing hard, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford committed a horrendous challenge on Virgil van Dijk; leading to Joe Gomez replacing the defensive mainstay and set tongues wagging as to why Pickford wasn’t sent off as a result of a VAR check. Luckily for Everton, James Rodríguez delivered a beautiful corner in for Michael Keane to head past Adrián. As the second half began, tempers continued to flare but Mohammed Salah brilliantly scored his 100th goal for the Reds in the 72nd minute, seemingly putting them back in control. …

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Bully (or Canis Canem Edit) is an ode to the last years of my boyhood

Bully is one of my strongest memories from 2006. Retrospectively it was such a strange title to be released at all. You already know the developer and publisher – Rockstar Games. This title was launched in an experimental, creative period for the games giant, sandwiched between The Warriors adaptation and Manhunt 2, one of the proving grounds for umbrella studios outside the flagship Rockstar North. This was their final, gracious extortion of the PlayStation 2’s waning capabilities.

As I entered my final year at school, I’d been working a part-time job at a tiny Italian bistro in my sleepy town. I didn’t work there very long but crucially I’d saved up some money throughout the summer. I was flush with cash (for a fifteen-year-old, at least), and one fateful weekend in October, my family took me on a day trip to a seaside town during the school break. I knew what I desired most from that weekend. I fulfilled my wish that day, subsequently spending the late afternoon hypnotized by the royal blue box cover, longing to start playing as we sat down to eat fish and chips. …

A review of the former Arsenal manager’s autobiography.

What more is there to say about Arsène Wenger that we haven’t already read or heard? …


Dean Linley

Floating ideas and whims written for somebody, somewhere. Twitter @deanlinley

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