Derek Davis' Football Chatter

AS ALAN Lee slotted in his 12th goal of the season the North Stand erupted into their own homage of the Blues top scorer.They sang; 'Alan Lee, GOAL!, Always believe you can score, you've got the power to go, you're indestructible, always believe in… Alan Lee, Goal!'Fitting, really, because have you noticed just how much the striker looks like Tony Hadley, the lead singer of Spandau Ballet who had the hit Gold?I'm not sure if the old New Romantic Hadley is any good at football but I can tell you the popular Irishman who plies his trade at Portman Road is a pretty handy musician.

AS ALAN Lee slotted in his 12th goal of the season the North Stand erupted into their own homage of the Blues top scorer.

They sang; 'Alan Lee, GOAL!, Always believe you can score, you've got the power to go, you're indestructible, always believe in… Alan Lee, Goal!'

Fitting, really, because have you noticed just how much the striker looks like Tony Hadley, the lead singer of Spandau Ballet who had the hit Gold?

I'm not sure if the old New Romantic Hadley is any good at football but I can tell you the popular Irishman who plies his trade at Portman Road is a pretty handy musician.


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Lee is a gifted, if modest, guitarist who does a mean version on Oasis' Wonderwall, with the gaffer Jim Magilton doing vocals - I kid you not.

While the song Gold is chanted widely around the country for various other strikers, Lee has notched up another No. 1 to his name with the Beatles classic Let It Be, a particular favourite of his, which was sung at Rotherham and Cardiff in tribute to the goal-scorer.

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AMAZING to see the FA offer the job of England Under-21 coach to Stuart Pearce, despite the obvious displeasure of his club Manchester City.

How on earth can the game's governing body claim any sort of moral high-ground when they act in this manner.

If a club openly poached another club's manager, even for a part-time role, there would be all sorts of ructions.

Even though the supposed investigation into dodgy dealings was instigated by the Premier League, that failure also reflects on the FA which is increasingly looking toothless and ineffective.

These are points I intend raising with the FA chief executive when I interview him on Wednesday, along with England manager Steve McClaren - but if there are any questions you would like to have answered then e-mail me today and I will see what I can do.

THE chances of a multi-million pound bonus for Ipswich Town plummeted last night when Charlton made it clear that Darren Bent is not for sale. Not for £17m or any permutation of cash and Marlon Harewood or any other player.

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has accepted that as the end of the matter, although no doubt Charlton can expect another flurry of offers from clubs including the Hammers, Newcastle, Spurs and Liverpool, way before the summer window opens.

CHAMPIONSHIP leaders Derby have signed 21-year-old Blackburn defender Jay McEveley for £600,000.

The Blackburn defender made the switch after recovering from a serious ankle injury he picked up while on loan at Ipswich, who had wanted to sign him.

Meanwhile, Barnsley manager Simon Davey hopes to have unearthed a gem, after winning the race to sign Hungary international Peter Rajczi.

The 25-year-old has agreed to a loan move from Ujpest Dozsa until the end of the season, with a view to completing a permanent deal in the summer.

Rajczi is another player who was offered to the Blues during Joe Royle's reign and they saw him at close quarters when playing against Ujpest in a pre-season game. Perhaps Jim Magilton didn't want him after the two clashed and the former Blues skipper was sent off.

Can't wait until April when Barnsley, along with Rajczi, visit Portman Road.

WHO says it is just women who can't make their mind up.

Simon Johnson has made a remarkable U-turn and returned to Darlington - four days after agreeing to join League Two rivals Wycombe for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old was paraded before the press as Wanderers' latest addition on Thursday but he has decided to stay in the north-east and fight for his place in the Quakers team after telling Dave Penney he had second thoughts.

AFTER all the excitement of the one-off popular picture competition, I'm afraid it is back to the humdrum of a quiz question to win a pair of tickets for Town's home match against Leicester City on February 10.

To win simply tell me who is the current Leicester City manager. The first person drawn will get the tickets.

If any Chatter readers have an idea for a competition, with tickets donated from the club as a prize, then feel free to send them in.

My e-mail address for the competition, ideas, or any questions you would like me to ask Barwick or McClaren is: derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

Postal address for the quiz is Championship Chatter, Sports Desk, EADT, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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