SCOOP, as you do, wandered into the dressing room after Saturday's win against Manchester City to grab an exclusive chat with Martin Jol for this very website. In amongst the empty Lucozade bottles, fresh fruit leftovers and tape were a number of photocopies of the popular 'It was 20 years ago...' feature from the programme featuring a youthful, mid-size Afro Chris Hughton, lounging on the sofa in a fetching, velvet-looking tracksuit (he will tell you it was fasionable at the time, we think he still wears it) with various trophies and swapped shirts from his career to date. "It came as a complete surprise to me to see that picture," said Chris with a wry smile suggesting he knew he wasn't going to get away with it. "Someone saw it early and found it quite amusing, photocopied it and put them up. It shows the spirit here, I suppose." He then added, pointedly. "I'll bide my time." Whoever that someone is needs to look over their shoulder...
SCOOP has mentioned once or twice the Tiger Woods in waiting that is Marton Fulop. Just to remind you, Marton completed arguably the worst round of golf seen to man at our Swedish training camp back in July although in his defence, it was his first round ever and he barely knew which end of the club to hold - conversations went along the lines of: "Do you want a sand wedge for that one, Marton?" "No thanks, I've eaten." Anyway, the Hungarian keeper reckons he's been having lessons since then. "I'm hitting it left, right and centre, everywhere but where I'm aiming," he reported, gleefully. "But at least I'm hitting it."
NO WONDER Paul O'Donoghue celebrated his recent goal for the reserves so much. Always looking for accuracy, Scoop asked the young defender on the night if that was his first goal of the season. "Yes," came the reply. "Since I was a first year." Naturally, Scoop assumed that meant first year in the Academy. "It's been a couple of years then." "No," he laughed. "First year at school!"
PAUL ROBINSON was quick to defend himself after Hans Segers was asked in an interview recently where the England keeper could improve. "His sense of humour!" joked our goalkeeping coach. Scoop thought it only right to offer Robbo a right of reply. "He doesn't know how to take me sometimes," said Robbo. "And it's only because he gets beaten at head tennis every day that he gets grumpy."