Hi guys it’s your friendly ‘old git’ Jimbo again.

It’s really great to be able do my blog while watching the Aussie Tennis Open and to use an old phrase, while burning the midnight oil, because this 8th January I was (like an old horse) put out to pasture and officially RETIRED so you are most welcome to reply to me and say ‘hey you old git’ I don’t agree with you.

As an official ‘old git’ who loves watching most sports I do get some facts/spellings wrong so if you spot them you can NOW call me a ‘THICK OLD GIT ‘.

Having said all that I do wish you all longevity and hope you all live to enjoy your retirement.

Enough said on that score and forgive the sports pun.

It used to be said that there was a North/South divide politically. Well in the Premiership there is a good and sadly a North/North divide at the moment what with both Man City and Man Utd in the top 2 places and

Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic in the bottom 4 places.

I watched Spurs v Man City on yet another Super Sunday and if Defoe had known how to put in an old fashioned sliding tackle he would have met the ball perfectly and scored.

Also how did Van Persil whiter than white miss such a sitter and then score a Terry Henry style cracker for Arsenal?

When is shorty whinger Bellamy gonna grow up and stop trying to punch his weight? If his brains were made from gunpowder he wouldn’t have enough to blow his ears off even if he did previously play for Blackburn until he continued on his gold club contract digging.

He must have had as many clubs as Jack Nicklaus.

When Blackburn Rovers won their only premiership title 1994/95 they had the SAS ie; Shearer and Sutton. I  saw the Fulham v Newcastle match and they have a similar duo (tho not as good) in DAD ie; Duffy and Duffrey? Pity Duffers had to leave Blackburn and sign for Chelsea tho he didn’t want to leave.  I’d have him back any day.

How many players can you think of who have been more successful at their new club?

What’s Torres doing at Chelsea or Carrol at Liverpool? It seems to me that they both spend too much time playing a wingers roll and not on the end of their own crosses.

In my last blog I mentioned Balotellis back heel kick on Scott Parker which by all accounts the ref didn’t see. When are we going to bring in DRS which is used very successfully in cricket?  Well at least in the Wolves v  Aston Villa match the ref saw an almost identical kicking offence by Carl Henry and showed him the red card.

I await the aftermatch video verdict resulting in a suspension of 3 matches for Balotelli. If he had half a brain he’d be dangerous.

As a Lancashire guy I hope the bottom positions change in our favour by the seasons end so that there will be the usual North West local derby matches. Am I biased? You bet I am.

Finally for now,here’s a couple of thoughts 4 you. Whatever happened to man for man marking instead of zonal and if there was a 10 minute SIN BIN (as in rugby) instead of a yellow card during the first 30 minutes of a match  do you think the refs would react differently if the sin bin was available as an alternative because it could ease their worries at possibly changing the outcome of a match by giving a yellow card early doors and with a second yellow an early bath?

Please send a reply and give me your feedback. Maybe if we all speak with ONE VOICE we could help to make some good changes.

That’s my lot 4 now.

Jimbo ‘the old git’