THERE is to be no special Euro 2012 inquiry after all, though they do say things go in threes.
The Leveson Inquiry into the Press and phone-hacking, rumbles on and now there are calls demanding we get to the bottom of what some greedy, lying bankers were up to.
But just because I pulled out Spain in the Sports Desk Euro 2012 sweep - which I just happened to organise - is no reason to be facing demands for an inquiry.
Before Euro 2004, (which I organised as well) I pulled out Greece and groaned whilst everybody else chuckled. Nobody demanded an inquiry then when Greece won it.
Always helps, I reckon, to have a decent team to follow so once “our boys” were out, I could switch full allegiance to the Spanish.
They were, of course, called ‘boring’ during the tournament.
What with Jess Ennis labelled ‘fat’ and the finest football team around called ‘boring’, one wonders what unlikely sporting tag will be attached elsewhere, possibly to someone competing in the Olympics?
Strange how, in such a tournament, you might spot someone’s double.
I thought the Portugal manager Paulo Bento was a dead ringer for ex-Blades player and now Academy Director John Pemberton and I’ve always thought Spanish great Xavi has a look of Stan Laurel of old-time comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.
Someone else pointed out that Italian manager Cesare Prandelli was a double-take of Carry On comic Kennth Connor.
Elsewhere, Andre Villas-Boas has taken the Spurs job. With his raincoat and hair style he’s a resemblance to Peter Falk’s detective Columbo.
AVB should take a tip - ditch the raincoat and change the hair!
HAD a big clearout, as you do, last week and plenty of old football stuff surfaced.
I had kept, as you do and are not quite sure why, some teamsheets issued for some of the FA Youth Cup games when Rotherham United reached the quarter-finals two years on the trot.
During the second season, in 1971, they played Doncaster Rovers at Millmoor in the last 16.
The young Millers won 2-1 but it was the scorer of the Rovers goal that resonates right now in 2012.
The Rovers centre forward and scorer that day was Charlie Green.
You may know him better, right now, as Charles Green, the man fronting the bid to save Rangers. And there will be those around Bramall Lane who recall him as chief executive under the chairmanship of Mike McDonald during the 1990s. Fairly anonymous, certainly publicly, he was there unlike his current Glasgow sojourn.
Charlie, as he was called back then, hailed from Goldthorpe and started his football in the Bolton-on-Dearne area. Indeed, I seem to recall him playing for local Sunday side from the Dearne area called Jungle United, not the tallest but he had a good leap.
By coincidence I had a call from an old footballing pal just recently to say that he’d seen a story about Charles Green and Rangers... ‘It’s Charlie Green, yer remember him?” he chuckled and went on to recall stories of playing with and against him.
“Quickest thing I saw over five yards but he’d never run 50,” he laughed. Charlie never made it at Donny but played good level non-league including at Worksop when they were one below the Football League.