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May 22, 2009

Beat Lawro: Round 20

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/~dshah/sport/beatlawro/

Round 20, the final round of the Beat Lawro season.

Last summer saw the former and the current Station Managers of RaW beat the Sport team in the Euro 2008 predictions.

Preceding that, the Sport team lost to Mark ‘Lawro’ Lawrenson (who finished on 77 points) in a season long battle. Former double Head of Sport, Adam Wilbourn finished as the runner up last season, in the end just 5 points behind Lawro.

So, the Sport team has repeatedly been humiliated and their ability to predict the outcomes of football matches has been called into question.

This season, after 19 rounds, Lawro once again leads the Beat Lawro standings with 99 points and Wilbourn is his closest challenger, 14 points behind.

This weekend, as it is the final round of the season, we’re implementing double league points, although Wilbourn is requesting more!

This weekend’s matches to predict are:

Arsenal v Stoke (2-0)
Aston Villa v Newcastle (2-0)
Blackburn v West Brom (2-1)
Fulham v Everton (2-1)
Hull v Man Utd (1-1)
Liverpool v Tottenham (2-1)
Man City v Bolton (2-0)
Sunderland v Chelsea (0-2)
West Ham v Middlesbrough (2-1)
Wigan v Portsmouth (2-1)

Submit your predictions by 4pm this Sunday and we’ll compare yours against our team in the studio. If you do well enough, you’ll appear on our league table!

May 15, 2009

Beat Lawro: Round 19

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/~dshah/sport/beatlawro/

Round 19 (the penultimate one)

Bolton v Hull (1-1)
Everton v West Ham (2-0)
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa (1-1)
Newcastle v Fulham (2-1)
Stoke v Wigan (2-1)
Tottenham v Man City (3-1)

Predictions in by 3pm on Saturday.

May 07, 2009

Beat Lawro: Round 18

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/~dshah/sport/beatlawro/

We’re approaching the end of the Premier League season and as a result, the end of the Beat Lawro season. The tables have been updated at:


This weekend matched to be predicted are:

Blackburn v Portsmouth (2-1)
Bolton v Sunderland (1-1)
Everton v Tottenham (2-1)
Fulham v Aston Villa (1-2)
Hull v Stoke (0-0)
West Brom v Wigan (2-2)

Get your predictions in by 3pm on Saturday.

April 16, 2009

Beat Lawro update

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/~dshah/sport/beatlawro/

It’s taken a while but we can final reveal the Beat Lawro standings going into the final weeks of the Premiership this season. Two tables have been produced.

The first is a Formula One style league points based table where the winner of each round gets 10 league points, the runner up gets 8 point, etc, until last place who gets 0 points.

Remember, this table benefits the most regular players. Having said that, poor Mr Eley hasn’t benefitted from such luck.

1 Adam Wilbourn 76
2 Mark Lawrenson 75
3 Martyn Turze 62
4 Mark Streather 61
5 Das Shah 56
6 Adam Eley 51
7 Tim Wood 45
8 Raj Poonian 42
9 Sarah Cunnane 34
10 Peter Lefort 33
11 James Deane 32
12 Mathew Mannion 27
13 Tom Goble 24
14 James Tollington 18
15 Paul Kardos-Stowe 2
16 Nick Collins 0

The second is a points to matches ratio – the more accurately you predict, the higher up the table you go.

Remember, this table benefits those who may have had a lucky streak.

1 Tom Goble 0.667
2 Das Shah 0.617
3 Tim Wood 0.541
4 Adam Wilbourn 0.493
5 Mark Lawrenson 0.488
6 Martyn Turze 0.477
7 Sarah Cunnane 0.452
8 Peter Lefort 0.451
9 Mark Streather 0.425
10 Raj Poonian 0.413
11 James Tollington 0.412
12 Mathew Mannion 0.405
13 Adam Eley 0.382
14 James Deane 0.333
15 Nick Collins 0.333
16 Paul Kardos-Stowe 0.200

The full tables can be viewed at:

Good luck to anyone taking part in the final rounds.

April 01, 2009

Alan Shearer To Take Charge At Newcastle: April Fool Or Not – There’s Laughter To Be Had

While April Fool’s Day has pretty much come and gone by now, the day will be remembered by sports fans for the unbelievable, yet seemingly true story that Alan Shearer is to take charge as Newcastle manager until the end of the season – even though it still hasn’t been officially confirmed. It’s believability isn’t in question because it’s a notion too hard to fathom – quite the opposite, it’s an idea that’s been banded about Tyneside ever since Bobby Robson’s time as Newcastle manager was questioned. But never before has Shearer, a Geordie hero since his then record-breaking £15 million move to St. James’ Park from Blackburn Rovers, even come close to taking up the role which has seemed to become vacant in recent years as often as England have changed their kits.

Shearer’s past reluctance hasn’t been because he has no interest managing the club he supported from the terraces as a young boy. Instead, the former England and Newcastle striker has seemed to avoid taking up the job due to a lack of desire to work under Newcastle’s owners, be them the unpopular John Hall and Freddie Shepherd, or the nemesis of Tyneside Mike Ashley. But Ashley, despite the Newcastle fans’ wishes and his subsequent attempts to sell, is still at the helm of the club that’s becoming as well-known for having thousands of fans standing outside St. James’ wondering whether one of the clubs favourite sons is coming or going as it is performance on the field. So what’s motivated Shearer to finally take the plunge and have Newcastle fans in jubilation until the weekend at least? A question answerable in two words. Impending relegation.

And it is the influence of this potential disaster which prompted this article. When discussing today’s developments in the North East, a number of people have suggested to me that Shearer is taking charge because his love for the club is so strong that he will do everything he feels he can to prevent the doomed fate of Championship football. Even if it means sacrificing his reputation and popularity with the fans who cheered every goal he scored and chanted his name as he infamously ran by them in celebration one arm aloft. While a noble and optimistic view of Shearer, I believe it is a wrong one. Newcastle have been in trouble before, albeit not quite so deeply as now, but the record Premier League goal-scorer has not batted an eyelid when turning down the opportunity to save the club before.

The difference this time, is that the decision isn’t one requiring sacrifices. Shearer will be Newcastle’s manager for eight games. If Newcastle stay up; Shearer’s status as a Tyneside God increases. If Newcastle go down; Shearer put the club before himself, tried his best but didn’t have the time/personnel to work the miracle required. To put it simply; Shearer can not fail. He will walk away (or indeed perhaps stay on if successful) a Newcastle hero, whatever happens. Whether this is the beginning of a long and successful managerial career for Alan Shearer, we’ll have to wait and see. But for now, I see something more of the politician perhaps than the manager. He’s chosen the right time under the right circumstances for him personally; the worst possible time and circumstances for Newcastle United. The only way is up; or at least that’s what their fans will hope.

February 13, 2009

Beat Lawro: Cont

You know the score by now:

Pompey v Man City (1-1)
Blackburn v Coventry (2-1)
Sheff Utd v Hull (2-1)
West Ham v M’boro (1-1)

February 07, 2009

Beat Lawro: Continued

You know the drill:

Blackburn v Aston Villa (1-1)
Chelsea v Hull (2-0)
Everton v Bolton (1-1)
Sunderland v Stoke (2-0)
West Brom v Newcastle (2-1)
Wigan v Fulham (2-1)

January 31, 2009

Beat Lawro: Round10

This rounds matches to predict are:

Arsenal v West Ham (2-0)
Aston Villa v Wigan (2-1)
Bolton v Tottenham (1-1)
Fulham v Portsmouth (2-1)
Hull v West Brom (1-0)
Middlesbrough v Blackburn (1-1)

The usual rules apply.

January 24, 2009

Beat Lawro: Round9

Predict the results for the following matches by 3pm today (Lawro’s predictions in brackets):

Chelsea v Ipswich (3-0)
Doncaster v Aston Villa (0-2)
Hull v Millwall (2-1)
Kettering v Fulham (0-2)
Portsmouth v Swansea (2-0)
Sheff Utd v Charlton (2-0)
Sunderland v Blackburn (1-0)
Torquay v Coventry (1-1)
Watford v Crystal Palace (2-1)
West Brom v Burnley (2-0)
Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough (2-1)

January 17, 2009

Beat Lawro: Round8

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawro/

Yes, it’s time for the second half of Beat Lawro.

Predict the results for the following matches by 3pm today (Lawro’s predictions are in brackets):

Blackburn v Newcastle (2-1)
Bolton v Man Utd (0-2)
Chelsea v Stoke (2-0)
Man City v Wigan (2-1)
Sunderland v Aston Villa (1-1)
West Brom v Middlesbrough (2-0)

November 27, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round7

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawo/

This weeks matches to predict are:
Aston Villa v Fulham
Middlesbrough v Newcastle
Stoke v Hull
Sunderland v Bolton
Wigan v West Brom

The usual rules apply.

November 21, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round6

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawro/league_table

This weekends matches are:

Chelsea v Newcastle
Liverpool v Fulham
Man City v Arsenal
Middlesbrough v Bolton
Portsmouth v Hull
Stoke v West Brom

Post your predictions by 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

Lawro has predicted:
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle
Liverpool 2-0 Fulham
Man City 1-2 Arsenal
Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton
Portsmouth 1-0 Hull
Stoke 1-1 West Brom

November 13, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 5

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawro/league_table

Round 5.

You know the rules by now, submit your predictions by 3pm on Saturday for the following matches:

Arsenal v Aston Villa
Blackburn v Sunderland
Fulham v Tottenham
Man Utd v Stoke
Newcastle v Wigan
West Ham v Portsmouth

Lawro has predicted:
Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
Blackburn 2-1 Sunderland
Fulham 1-1 Tottenham
Man Utd 3-0 Stoke
Newcastle 2-0 Wigan
West Ham 1-1 Portsmouth

November 06, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 3

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawro/

This week’s matches:
Hull v Bolton
Sunderland v Portsmouth
West Ham v Everton

Same rules as usual, get your predictions in by 3pm on Saturday!

October 31, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 3

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawro/league_table

Beat Lawro is back to usual this weekend with six 3pm kick offs on Saturday. Post your predictions for the following matches here by 3pm on Saturday:

Chelsea v Sunderland
Manchester United v Hull City
Middlesbrough v West Ham
Portsmouth v Wigan
Stoke v Arsenal
West Brom v Blackburn

Lawro’s predictions this week are:
Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland
Manchester United 3-0 Hull City
Middlesbrough 2-1 West Ham
Portsmouth 2-0 Wigan
Stoke 0-2 Arsenal
West Brom 1-1 Blackburn

October 23, 2008

Beat Lawro: Round 2

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawro/

Round 1 saw a successful debut for our newbie Mark and an awful return for veteran Turze, but as Lawro proved last season, consistency is the key to top the league. So round 1 was just the start of a long season…

This weekend’s matches have been heavily affected by the European matches in mid-week. Therefore, we’re going to predict Saturday evening’s and Sunday’s matches too.

Get your predictions in by 3pm on Saturday for the following matches:
West Brom v Hull (Sat 1500)
Blackburn v Middlesbrough (Sat 1730)
Chelsea v Liverpool (Sun 1330)
Man City v Stoke (Sun 1500)
Tottenham v Bolton (Sun 1500)
Wigan v Aston Villa (Sun 1500)
West Ham v Arsenal (Sun 1600)
Portsmouth v Fulham (Sun 1700)

Remember to check your progress at:

October 16, 2008

The return of Beat Lawro

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/beatlawro/

It’s been a long summer, but RaW is finally running properly and RaW Sport is back in swing! This weekend sees the return of Beat Lawro.

With Lawro having beaten all of the RaW Sport team last year, he’s feeling confident, but he’s also playing tactical and holding has card close to his chest.

Lawro has yet to release his predictions, but the list of games to predict is as follows:

Arsenal v Everton
Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Bolton v Blackburn
Fulham v Sunderland
Liverpool v Wigan

Same rules as usual. 1 score for each correct result and an additional score for each perfect score.

Get your predictions in now!

August 21, 2007

Athletics World Championships

Writing about web page http://ds22over7.blogspot.com/2007/08/osaka-2007.html

Hey guys,

Check out the Sheffield’s review of the upcoming Athletics World Championships…would have put it on the blog but due to technical difficulties here it is in all its original glory!



May 26, 2007

This season's disappointments

So as discussed on todays show, my team of disappointments of the year. All of the players in this side either were disappointing in comparison to expectations, poor in relation to previous form, or simply not good enough to play in the side they do.

GK: John Filan (Wigan Athletic)
Particularly poor in his decisions, and his command of the area, the defence in front of him seemed nervous and apprehensive whenever he was required to make a decision. Particularly slow to recognise a threat or attempt to stop it.

RB: Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea)
Though he is far from the worst right back in the premiership, he is by no means good enough to play for Chelsea, weak defensively, and ineffective going forward, a constant weak link.

CB: Khalid Bouhlarouz (Chelsea)
Signed for 7 million as cover for Terry and Carvalho, this 25 year old was one of the worst signings of the season. Often found out of position with a poor reading of the game, his clumsy challenges, poor tackles and general inability to win the ball legally made him a defensive disaster.

CB: Anton Ferdinand (West Ham)
Often found wanting defensively this season, it would appear his relatively good first season in the Premiership was something of a fluke. Caught out too often by simple movement and touch, he lacked the positioning and reactions to keep the most average of strikers at bay.

LB: Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
I’m not saying he’s a bad player, but considering the amount of fuss made by him and Mourinho and him becoming a Chelsea player, he showed little to suggest he was worth it. Disappointing going forward, not given the freedom or opportunity to play the football he did at Arsenal, he showed nothing to warrant Chelsea feeling they were better off with him than Wayne Bridge or indeed, William Gallas.

RM: Aleksandr Hleb (Arsenal)
After a promising first season at Arsenal, showing good control and falir on the ball, he seemed to little offer little more than being a player to pass to and receive the ball back from. Rarely taking on defenders, and only scoring 3 goals in all competitions this season, Hleb has failed to show the form of Ljungberg or Pires of a few years ago. Arsenal lacked goals and genuine attacking threat from midfield, Hleb was one of the men culpable.

CM: Michael Ballack (Chelsea)
Having shone at the previous two World Cups, showing both goalscoring class, and great passing, Ballack seemed to offer Chelsea very little of difference this season to they had last. Only scoring 4 goals in the league, his contributions at time seemed minimal, and certainly not enough to warrant his place in the side over a genuine attacking midfielder, or warranting the movement of Lampard out of position at times to accomodate him.

CM: Stillian Petrov (Aston Villa)
Scoring 2 goals this season for Martin O’Neill, Petrov though by far the most talented player in Villa’s midfield, has failed to offer Villa a cutting edge and genuine threat. Slow to adapt to the pace and strength of the Premiership, he’s failed to recreate his Celtic form, and will be expected to offer much more next season.

LM: Mark Gonzales (Liverpool)
Having teased Liverpool fans for a year as he waited for his work permit, this Chilean international has shown very few of the qaulities he promised. Poor ball control, a lack of quality in his crosses, and an inability to get past people, he never showed the quality required of a Liverpool player. Moving on after just one season, he was a failer in the Premiership.

CF:Andrei Shevchenko (Chelsea)
Although his price was an inflated one, he has looked nothing like a £30 million striker. Whilst admittedly, Chelsea were not always playing to his strengths, or even playing him in his best position, the Ukranian star of Seria A struggled to adapt to the Premiership. Often wanting more time on the ball, and failing to cope with the league’s physicality, he seemed to lack the threat and danger he showed in his AC Milan days. Only scoring 4 goals in the league, his return was not good enough of a player who has shown so much.

CF: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool)
Appearing to be exactly what Liverpool required last summer, he failed to make a major impact on Benitez’s side. 12 goals from over 40 appearances is not enough from a striker who often looked unwilling to use his pace to chase balls in the channel, or potential lost causes. Rarely threatening when dribbling, and looking anxious in front of goal, he failed to show the quality required.

May 15, 2007

Insanity of a Chairman

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
– Benjamin Franklin

If thats the case then this blog can reveal the insanity of the chairman of a Premier League club.

Yesterday, Wigan appointed Chris Hutchings as the successor to Paul Jewell, quitting only a day after keeping Wigan in the Premiership on the last day of the league season.

Wind back to the end of the 1999-2000 season. Manchester United had won the league, and Bradford City, under the management of Paul Jewell stayed in the Premiership by managing a win on the last day of the season.

A few days later he quit.

Chris Hutchings was appointed his successor.

After just 21 matches in charge, Hutchings was sacked, and the club went on to be relegated.

Dave Whelan, by Benjamin’s Frankiln definition, is insane, appointing Hutchings in almost identical circumstances to 7 years ago, and believing he has made the right choice, a choice which will benefit his club, saying himself:

“I know Chris Hutchings and I know how good he is. I’ve every confidence he’ll push us forward.

Insanity? You can judge for yourselves, although wait till this time next season, and the league table might be able to do it for you.