A banner day for Andy Carroll.. and Noel's City tribute hits the boos

No matter how many boot camp fitness programmes you go on, there's no outrunning your reputation... as Andy Carroll found out from this Wembley banner yesterday.

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No chance at Wembley for Liverpool or Cardiff fans to enjoy Arsenal's amazing comeback demolition of Spurs. Despite that game finishing 30 minutes before the Carling Cup final kick-off, the only thing available on the in-stadium monitors was the omnibus edition of EastEnders.

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Now he's no longer playing alongside brother Liam, has Noel Gallagher calmed down? No, no he hasn't.

The former Oasis songwriter's solo tour includes a regular spot in which he dedicates a song to his beloved Manchester City and Mario Balotelli. As you can imagine, this tends to meet with a mixed reaction.

In the United stronghold of Dublin, the subsequent cheers from four or five brave/daft Blues fans saw them showered in beer and met with a hail of abuse. In Newcastle a few nights later - where Noel is already an acquired taste after saying in 2009 “I don’t think there’s a greater sight than seeing fat Geordies crying on Match of the Day" - virtually the entire audience booed. Noel responded: "Go and f**k back off to the Sports Direct Arena"... which didn't go down well either.

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WICKED WHISTLE 1

Which unexpectedly successful manager told his players not to get carried and start driving flash motors... then turned up a few weeks later in a new Bentley?

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