Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 100

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Kid gloves treatmen t of Foster is spot on

REMEMBER how after the crushing defeat in the first Test against India there was a cascade of opinion that young wicketkeeper James Foster should be swiftly axed following a nervous, fumbling Test debut with both bat and gloves.

Crackpot cup is bound for the bin

AM ALLARDYCE, the engaging manager of Bolton Wanderers, should be the toast of football for blowing away the pretence Swhich has surrounded the League Cup for too many years. The shameless 6-0 defeat for his reserve side in a quarter-final at Tottenham last week plainly told us that the trophy is heading for a peaceful retirement home in the National Football Museum at Preston. If clubs don't care about the result, as Bolton and Arsenal proved they didn't last week, what credibility, dignity or dramatic tension is left. "I always knew a defeat like this might come our way," said Allardyce after the excuse for a football match which occurred at White Hart Lane last Tuesday evening.

Football’s a big turn-on

FOOTBALL'S crushing domination of sport in this country was confirmed by TV viewing figures for the year 2001 released the other day.

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