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McCormick’s Craic: Lies, damn lies and statistics! What can we really learn from crunching numbers?

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Who was it said “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics”? We asked one hundred people. 37% said “Benjamin Disraeli,” 55% said “Mark Twain” and 42% said “I don’t give a toss!” Half Man Half Biscuit said “If 8 out of 10 cats do prefer Whiskers do the other two prefer […]

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Real Madrid, Spain’s Civil War and a homage to an improbable hero

McCormick’s Craic has one of its more scholarly moments. Here, inspired by recent musings on football and fascism, John McCormick traces the history of one of the men most closely associated with Real Madrid and finds him commemorated in places you’d expect people with handed-down memories of Franco atrocities to bristle at any mention … […]

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McCormick’s Craic: where was England’s flair?

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Spain stutters through to the final, France ponders the rights and wrongs of stripping surly players of their bonuses and, once again, the national side leaves a major competition, outplayed and outclassed. John McCormick, on furlough in Westmorland, reflects upon the words of his wife and asks “where’s the flair?”… (more…)

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Goodison, ‘my favourite after Roker’

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Yesterday Bernard Walker expressed his love for Goodison Park.  Pete Sixsmith will understand why, for it is, as he says […]

Everton vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a brief return to the big time

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut introduces another prize edition of Guess rhe Score and promises belated movement on the backlog of winners … […]

Everton Who are You?: ‘Pickford looks a great signing; Kone never did impress me’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

John McCormick writes: I talk to Evertonians most weeks. They tend not to be short of opinions – like most […]

Sixer’s Hull City Soapbox: Simon Grayson’s big band still not hitting all the right notes

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Malcolm Dawson writes……while I was watching Pete Sixsmith‘s home town club of Shildon progress to the next round of the […]

Hutch’s Hull City verdict: Olivia says hello, and keep clear of the Balti pies

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Rob Hutchison: far away at the time. Still travelling Hutch is back. If not in person then via a very […]

Sixer’s sevens: Hull City invoke the curse of the former player

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At the end Hull City had three of our former players on the pitch, so it had to happen. Nevertheless, […]