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Footballers, eh! They seem to have it all: palatial homes, supermodel girlfriends and more wonga than you can shake a stick at. However, that sort of success doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes years of commitment and a rigorous training schedule to get them to the top of their game.

But once a player makes it big, what do they do with all that dosh? Well, blowing a huge wad on a motor is one way to go! And these days, no self-respecting footie star would be seen in anything costing less than £100k. Autoweb’s fun infographic shows their top 10 footballers’ cars. Enjoy!

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Here at gibfootballshow  you may have noticed I enjoy a trip to one of Yorkshire’s lesser known teams. You will find reports from lesser known teams Osset Albion to the big guns at Sheffield Wednesday, who were once part of the Yorkshire League. But how much do you really know about the Yorkshire Football league? Below is a quiz which will test your football knowledge.

So if there is a game on, why not invite a bunch of friends over, whether they are your Party Poker pals, your mates from the gym or your football friends, to play fantasy football, have a catch up and test your knowledge with the quiz below.

How long did the Yorkshire League exist and which teams made up the original League? 

It was a very short league, lasting just two years. It contained ten teams, with The Sheffield United reserves and Wombwell winning the league. The original ten teams were Barnsley, Bradford, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield, Hunsley, Leeds, Mexborough, Sheffield United reserves, Sheffield Wednesday reserves and Wombwell.

Where did the team name Sheffield Wednesday come from? 

Sheffield Wednesday are based in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield. They are one of the oldest professional clubs in the world, ranking the fourth oldest in the English League. However, it was in 1929 when they altered their name and added in ‘Sheffield’.The team name is an unusual one because they are the only English team with a day of the week in their name. They used to play on Wednesdays due to the butchers who formed most of the team, having a half day on Wednesdays.


Although the amount of work I put on this site seems to have gone down considerably what I’ll do is link you to anything external that I’ve done that might be worth a wee look

First up is my piece on Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila for – It is a stats based piece but gives you a pretty good idea about the player and what you can expect from him.


Next is my weekly Ligue 1 column for MirrorFootball – This week is a bit of a round-up, a doffed cap towards Montpellier for being the only team to win all three games. And a little bit on Javier Pastore’s debut.

MirrorFootball – Ligue 1 Blog

And lastly this week we have my preview for all ten Ligue 1 games this weekend. Highlights include Toulouse v PSG and Lille v Marseille. All written for the wonderful


More coming next week…. Toulouse, more on M’Vila, maybe something on a Europa League team of my choosing.

Have a good weekend everybody!



Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of activity on this blog. Time is a wonderful thing, but it seems like I just don’t have enough of it to go around. Most days I am writing something, just not for GFS. If you would still like to read my work please go on over to French Football Weekly and read what I am saying over there.



Now then you may have heard mentioning something about Northern Leagues United on twitter or from time to time over the last few months, it’s finally here, tomorrow is the big day! For the uninitiated, let me fill you in on the details.

Northern Leagues United is a charity event tomorrow at Birtley Sports Ground, kicking off around 11.30am, and you get to watch 3 games for 3 quid. Can’t argue with them prices in today’s world of modern football, and it’s all for charity, if you needed more convincing.

We’re doing this in aid of Onagawa, a small town in Japan wiped out by the recent tsunami. Like, pretty much completely wiped out. In the restoration efforts, those in the town have rallied around the local football team – Cobaltore Onagawa – you can read more about the inspiring story over on this very fine little website - – so go and do it.

Ok, so get yourself there around 11.30am. The Birtley Sports Ground is one of the oldest grounds in the world, so you get to see a little bit of football history while you take in three fine matches.

Getting things underway will be Birtley will be a friendly between Birtley’s U17 and U18 sides. Some of the finest young footballers in the area. Chelsea’s Carl Magnay & Hartlepool’s Michael Mackay are both products of the Birtley youth team in the past.

At 1pm, a team of Northern League Fans will take on a team of Football Writers. Yours truly will be donning some shiny umbro boots and lining up for the Football Writers team alongside such luminaries as Nick Loughlin, Richard Mason & Paul Fraser from the Northern Echo. Iain Macintosh from The New Paper & Sports Illustrated. Simon Bird from The Mirror, Mark Douglas from The Journal & Simon Pryde off of the radio. Not to mention a host of your favourite bloggers such as Andy Hudson from Gannin Away, Simon Walsh from Roker Report, plus Jeff Livingstone & David Hartrick – The brains behind In Bed With Maradona and my good friends from Scotland: Scott Johnston (footyblog,net), Tom Hall (@ScotFootBlog) and Grant Russell from STV.

You’ll get to witness why we merely talk about football as opposed to play it to any level, as we no doubt get skinned by a fans team which includes Whitley Bay’s Wembley goalscorer and all-round Northern League legend, Paul Chow.

We’ll be doing battle over 90 minutes, and possibly penalties for the first ever Onagawa Cup.

Following that will be a friendly between two much more proper teams – Birtley’s first team will take on Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.

As for yourself, there’ll be a bar open all day, and no doubt you’ll see me propping that up for an extended period after the games, and there’ll also be a raffle with some truly grade A prizes.

Sounds pretty damn good eh? Remember all this, ALL THIS will set you back a mere £3. What else you got planned? Not even the birth of your first child will be as memorable or as entertaining as this game. Get yourself along, and support the North East football scene, as they help out the North East of Japan.

For further reading on who’s playing in the Fans v Writers game head HERE.

And those topper raffle prizes come HERE.

And for more details on the day in general, and the story behind Onagawa, head HERE.

It’s a bit like Live Aid, but with football. No Phil Collins, and no Bob Geldof being a complete penis. The sentiment stands though – Give us your f***ing money! – Oh, and enjoy the game!


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The gibfootballshow iPhone app is here! Thanks to a wonderful service by bloapp you can now get GFS on your iPhone. All the latest articles and podcast stuff no matter where you may be .. for free .. WAHEY!

Here’s how to do it. First up dear readers download the app from ..

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and then by snapping the QR code below you can add gibfootballshow to the app. You can also use the search function to find this blog within the app .. and that’s all there is to it.


Calling all writer and bloggers…gibfootballshow NEEDS YOU!!!

Here at GFS we are looking to expand our knowledge base for the new season. It would be fantastic to have a variety of writers/bloggers agree to write for the site about their league/country of interest.

Over the past since months it has been a pleasure to feature the work of some excellent writers from around the world. From Poland to Argentina to the Youth tournaments in Italy – gibfootballshow has had it covered.

So for next season we would like to bring the site in line with the goals of the podcast. Bringing the stories from the regions that the British mainstream press pretty much ignore, and spreading the information around the world.

So if you would like to write for gibfootballshow then please let us know. We are looking for people who concentrate on Spain, Holland, Germany, Scandanavia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, North and South America….basically anywhere.

We are not looking for weekly reviews of the league action. Take a look at something the readers will find interesting and if it’s one/two pieces a months…great.

If you are interested please send an email with your section of interest to editor (at) gibfootballshow dot co dot uk

Look forward to hearing from you.


Editor of gibfootballshow



This time last year my site didn’t really exist apart from between my friends and I. 12 months on I would say it’s a little more successful. The podcast is going well and myself and the team have some big plans for next season and I hope that it can grow and grow.

You may have noticed that most of my time now is spent watching Ligue 1. I try to watch four games each weekend so that’s me having a look at nearly half the league every week. To me that is enough to have a good idea what I’m talking about – this leads onto podcast #2 French Football Weekly. Really enjoy doing that it’s my chance to do the talking and airing my opinions as sometimes on GFS I don’t get the chance.

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The 3rd of March 2009 it was a simpler time, it was a happier time. Around 2pm on what could have been any other Tuesday I began my own football blog. “Gib Football Anorak” was born. There was no agenda for the site just a place to slap down my thoughts on the game we all love.

The first post had quite a few decent points, regardless of how bad the actual writing was. In one post I questioned whether Arsene Wenger should step upstairs from the dugout. Wondered why Aaron Lennon isn’t constantly practicing his crossing, and how good a keeper Ben Foster is while playing for Man United.

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Afternoon Everyone.

Returned from the sunny island of Jamaica today, can’t say I’m glad to be back, but hey you’ve got to return to the real world eventually.

Pretty much had a two week break from football so no idea what’s been going on. Going to take me a week or so to get back into the mix. Podcast I hope will feature myself on Thursday, looking forward to getting behing the wheel again after the superb job that Charlie and Brent did in my absence. Hopefully the people will want me back.

While poolside drinking some rum I had so ideas about where to take the site, but that can wait for now.

Sort of glad to be back.