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24 April 2015 ~

Yaya Touré says that "no amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel I no longer belong". As Yaya is on a reported £220,000 a week, we're not entirely sure if we believe him.

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BlackHorns150aBadge of the week ~ Black Horns SC, Mauritius
The message of “Value Plus” is not what one wants to see on the iconic representation of one’s football club. A spot of Latin always works of course – Procerus, Superus, Ocius (Taller, Higher, Faster) or Nos Es Familiaris (We Are Friendly). Or you can go for something snappy in the home language (“Strength In Depth” or “Great Guys”). But using the name of the type of small local supermarket that has only three aisles, most of which contain own-brand tinned meat and low-end pet food, is surely not creating an imposing image for the club.



Black Horns could at least have gone a bit upmarket with a Marks & Spencer-type phrase – “It Costs More Because It Can”, for example – but the use here of a sponsor’s promise of cheap basic essentials somewhat undermines the strong identity leant by the team’s name. Cameron Carter

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Nice to see a spectacular volleyed goal, even better when it’s exhaustively analysed in Welsh.

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from Andy Clegg

Brendan Rodgers seems to be taking a radical approach to building a new squad.”

Liverpool recruit500

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from Kevin O'Neill
Celtic request a penalty in writing. If other Scottish clubs did this every time they’d been on the wrong end of a ref’s decision against either of the Old Firm, the SFA would need a new department just to deal with the correspondence.”

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The new Frank Lampard doll could with some extra fitness training.

FrankDoll400

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Also in the news this week
Comprehensive highlights of Doncaster v Fleetwood

West Ham cut season ticket prices at their state-funded new stadium

FC United promoted: one step away from the Conference

Cristiano Ronaldo has a singalong

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