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David Preece

Sabotaging since 11 Nov 2011

36 year old footballer. Although fans of Sunderland, Darlington, Aberdeen, Silkeborg, Odense and Barnsley may tell you different. Spends time writing when he really should be in Nando's or playing on an XBox. Can occasionally be caught reading The Times and The Independent..

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Football

Chelsea: Why PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic Is The Best I’ve Ever Played Against

Chelsea must try and contain the imperious Swede tonight, but a forty minute performance was enough to convince me that Ibra is one of the best in the world…

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Sport

Hitzlsperger Comes Out But It’s The Media Who Keep Gay Players In The Closet

Ex-Everton, Villa and West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out but only after he retired – if an active footballer did that, it might be a different matter…

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Football

Spurs Target Michael Laudrup: The Best Player I Ever Touched

When the rest of the world was falling in love with Maradona at the 1986 World Cup, I began my obsession with Michael Laudrup. Here’s an appreciation of the man many think will end up at Spurs…

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People

Michael Hutchence: The Man I Wanted To Be

It’s sixteen years to the day since the untimely death of the INXS frontman . . .

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Football

Why RVP Was Right To Celebrate His Man United Goal vs. Arsenal

Robin Van Persie was right to celebrate his vital goal against Arsenal today, if he hadn’t it would’ve been a big two fingers at the Man United fans…

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Sport

5 Players Leeds United Should Sign This Summer

Brian McDermott can’t have too long on the beach if he wants to hit the 2013/14 season running, and he could do a lot worse by getting Phil Neville on the blower…

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Football

Callum McManaman: Pro Footballer On Why The Tackle Doesn’t Justify The Vilification

Yes it was a bad tackle and yes, McManaman should have been carded and serve a three match ban. But why are fans on Twitter so desperate for a 21 year old to be lynched and paraded round town with his head on a stick?

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Hardware

My Danish Chair Addiction

Living in Denmark I didn’t just learn the lingo and get used to eating fish for breakfast, I fell in love with the furniture. Big time…

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Football

Moan All You Want: Abramovich Is Just Another Modern Football Fan

We demand trophies. We demand goals. We demand the top players. We demand entertainment. Roman Abramovich isn’t the evil dictator, he’s just a normal modern football fan with a lot of cash.

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Football

Wenger Wants Reina: A Real Glove Affair That Must Be Consummated

Arsene Wenger’s admiration is no secret after Arsenal legend Bob Wilson revealed his interest in Reina last year and if he’s thinking of opening the coffers to bring in Reina, it’d be a masterstroke…

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Football

A Pro Goalkeeper On How To Take The Perfect Penalty

Fans seem to go into apoplectic fits every time a player misses a penalty. But it’s harder than it looks in a big game. Here’s how to do it.

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Football

Shirt-Swap Gate: Andre Santos Is No Villain

Why getting all shirty about players swapping strips during the game is a waste of energy. As a professional football I saw It happen every week at every ground…

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Football

Sorry Michael, But Diving Is Cheating

Michael Owen is not only the most boring man alive. Despite his protestations; he’s a diver. A little bit of cheating is no better than being a big cheat Michael..

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Football

Pro Footballer: If I Was Ashley Cole, I’d Walk Away From England

With the FA branding Ashley Cole a liar, I think he has every right to vent his anger at the suits who run the English game…

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Football

Joe Hart: Best Keeper In The World? Erm . . . No, Wayne, He Isn’t

Joe Hart’s performance against Dortmund stole a point for his team in the Champions League but does that make him the best? David Preece doesn’t think so . . .

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Food and Drink

Pussy Cocktails At The Burlington Social Club

Fine foods, mushroom foam and Pussy mixed with gin at Pret-A-Diner’s pop-up at The Royal Academy…

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Football

Red Card Roy: Birds, Booze And Three Match Bans

Roy McDonough, football’s most red carded player, chronicles his life through a pint glass…

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Sport

Andy Murray US Open Champion: I Don’t Care If He Never Smiles Again

After winning the US Open with one of the greatest finals of Men’s tennis ever, it’s about time we got off Murray’s back. He’s a true Brit and I think he’s brilliant.

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Football

Di Canio Rant Gives Fame To Foderingham

In the wake of Foderingham’s moment of madness and Di Canio’s subsequent interview of madness, here we address unintended PR & the issue of managerial respect from modern day footballers

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Football

Heading For A Crash: The View From Inside The Portsmouth Disaster

As Portsmouth Football Club’s destiny is hanging in the balance, professional footballer David Preece reveals what it’s like to train with the club at this time of crisis.

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Football

Why The Death Of Rangers FC Can Birth A New Dawn Of Summer SPL Football

The whole Rangers/Newco debacle has plunged an already waning game into turmoil but far from leading to the death of Scottish football, could this be it’s rebirth?

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Football

Norwich City Fans Should Get In A Lather About Their New Gazza Jacob Butterfield

Jacob Butterfield has finally completed his move away from Barnsley, with Norwich City winning the race for his signature. Here’s what Canaries can expect from their new midfielder…

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Rio Ferdinand Should Fight His Own Battles & Accept He’s Not Good Enough For England

Fergie has said he’s not up to two games in four days and if Roy Hodgson says it’s for football reasons then Rio should keep schtum and tell his advisors to do the same…

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Southampton: Is Jay Rodriguez Worth The £7 Million Price Tag?

Nigel Adkins is set to break a club record fee to bring the Burnley marksmen to St. Mary’s. But can Jay Rodriguez make the step up to the Premier League?

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Football

Pro Footballer: ‘A Coach Passed Out Bananas To Black Players & Said ‘You Lot Like Them, Don’t You?’”

BBC’s Panorama exposed racism in the host nations of Euro 2012 but before any fingers are pointed we should take a long hard look at our own society…

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Football

Breaking Vaz: The Gruelling Rise of West Ham’s Ricardo Vaz Te

Ricardo Vaz Te’s journey back to the Premier League has been rocky in more ways than one and former teammate David Preece recalls how his breaking became his making.

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Football

Official! The 11 Tunes That Get Crystal Palace Players Psyched Before A Match

Crystal Palace’s on loan defender, Paul McShane, springs a couple of surprises on us with Palace’s choice of pre-match tunes

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Football

Official! Norwich City’s Dressing Room Soundtrack

Norwich City have been one of the revelations of the Premier League this season. Could these tunes that the players spin before a game have anything to do with it?

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Football

Official! Aberdeen Players Pre-Match Set List Revealed

It hasn’t been the best of season’s for Sir Alex’s old side so perhaps it’s down to pre-match preparation. Ask yourself, would Graeme Park approve of Aberdeen F.C.’s playlist?

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Football

What Next? The Fear And Anxiety Of The Out Of Contract Footballer

We all get the end of season blues but for some of us it could also bring the end of a career. One player describes the insecurity involved in a life in football.

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Football

Official! The 11 Tunes That Get Barnsley’s Players Psyched Before A Match

You can’t go into a game without the right tunes that’s why the dressing room playlist is crucial to a team’s performance. Here’s Barnsley FC’s…

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Manchester United: How The Diving Debate Has Proved Gary Neville Is The Best Pundit Around

He was detested by a lot of people when he was at Manchester United, but Gary Neville’s astute summary of diving in football is the latest example of why he is the best pundit there is…

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Football

Liverpool vs Everton: Which Goalie Should Dalglish Call On As FA Cup Back Up?

With Both Reina And Doni Getting Themselves Sent Off This Week, Brad Jones Stands Alone As Liverpool’s Only Senior Keeper. Time For Kenny To Shore Up His Reserves?

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Football

The Importance Of The Dressing Room Boombox

Footballers are renowed for their naff taste in music but in this series, we delve into what tunes get played in dressing rooms just before kickoff

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Life

How To Make Your Kid The Next Tiger, Messi Or Federer (Without Them Hating You For It)

It’s often thought that genius is in the DNA and unlocked by pushy parents. But Stuart Owen has proved that the average kid can progress rapidly by making the learning process fun….

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Football

Pro Footballer: “England’s Two-Dimensional Battling Style Will Never Be Enough”

With Biggles Parker throwing his body on the line and England struggling to pass the ball in the final third, we were again shown up as a nation of battlers with the creativity of a wet towel…

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Hardware

Urld Spice: Your Next Cologne?

Look at your lad and then look at this: you want to buy some, don’t you?

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Football

West Ham: Big Sam’s Wham Bam Football Perfect For England

His style of football is sneered at by the game’s elite, but is it time for Sam Allardyce to stop being so apologetic about it and mount a campaign to become England gaffer?

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Football

Ex-Darlington Keeper Remembers The Day The Slide Into Obscurity Began

Today the administrators have sacked everyone at Darlington. David Preece remembers the day George Reynolds took over, how he screwed him personally and began to kill the club…

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Football

Pro Keeper On Arsenal’s Mannone And The Curse of The Reserve Goalie

New Sabotage Times columnist and Barnsley keeper, David Preece, reveals the difficulties of coming on cold off the bench, a potential pitfall Arsenal stopper Vito Mannone knows all about.

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Football

Pro Keeper Says Only Anders Lindegaard Can Save Manchester United

New Sabotage Times columnist and Barnsley keeper, David Preece, put forward the case for his ex-teammate as the saviour of the Red Devils…

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