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The Warm-Up: The diary of Philip Anthony Jones

The Warm-Up: The diary of Philip Anthony Jones

13/12/2018 at 07:31Updated 13/12/2018 at 08:34

Jack Lang shares his findings after being granted exclusive – and definitely not made-up – access to the Jones family archive

THURSDAY’S BIG STORIES

Dear catastrophe waitress

12 septmember 1999: mum is annoyd with me. dont know why realy. we were having afters – angel delight, the absolute bestest – and i went to go and get some more cherryade and yes i kind of did nock over the welsh dresser and smash some crockeree but it could of happened to anyone and its not fair shes mad.

11 June 2003: Funny day at school. Smithy was riding his bike along the wall by the bus stop and Kate and Emma were watching. I was doing this dance with my arms and suddenly Smithy was on the floor, all tangled with wheels and chains and handlebars. He had to go to hospital eventually but it was pretty funny.

29 October 2005: Accidentally ran over Fluffy with my scooter. 🙁

2 February 2006: John had his birthday party today but I couldn’t go. It was at the bowling ally in Preston and I’m still banned after the ‘incident’. (Their words, not mine.)

22 September 2009: MADE MY BLACKBURN DEBUT. So proud. Mum and dad cried in the evening when I came home. Especially when I dropped the special watch they gave me. It has my name engraved in it and everything. Sorry: had.

[Diary selections redacted for brevity]

12 December 2018:

Nice guys finish second

Paul Pogba

Paul PogbaReuters

“I expect more from my players, especially players that week in, week out, they ask why they don’t play, why they don’t start,” said Jose Mourinho, his Paul Pogba voodoo doll just out of shot.

Europe endless

Oh, and Thomas Muller produced the challenge of the year – heck, the challenge of the decade – as Ajax and Bayern Munich shared six goals in Amsterdam.

IN OTHER NEWS

The Warm-Up loves a snazzy new logo, especially when it comes from left field. To Brazil, then, where the club formerly known as Atletico Paranaense have chucked an H into their name AND adopted a superb new badge. It’s half superhero, half metal band: a good thing, in case you were wondering.

(Oh, and they celebrated by winning the Copa Sudamericana last night. Congratulathions!)

RETRO CORNER

On this day in 1981 (ignore the title of the video; it was the 13th, not the 12th), Flamengo dismantled Liverpool in the Intercontinental Cup. The Reds had conquered Europe earlier in the year, but could not cope with the Brazilians, with Zico’s hat-trick of assists winning him the man-of-the-match award.

HAT TIP

" Chelsea remain unlikely to win this season’s Premier League title with both Liverpool and Manchester City boasting historically good points totals at this stage of the season. Overhauling one will be tough; overhauling two is probably impossible. Stylistically, though, the introduction of Sarri and his post-pressing possession play might prove the most significant development of 2018-19. Guardiola and Klopp, you suspect, will be further inspired."

Chelsea's Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 24, 2018

Chelsea's Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 24, 2018Getty Images

COMING UP

What has been your favourite moment of the Europa League group stage so far? There was that good goal, wasn’t there? Oh, and what about that game? You know, the one with the comeback and the drama. Really memorable.

What’s that? The group stage ends tonight? Oh, thank God. Vidi vs Chelsea, Arsenal vs Qarabag, Rapid Vienna vs Rangers, Celtic vs RB Salzburg… and then we shall speak no more of this.

Twelve Warm-Uppers warming up… Tom Adams starts YOUR cut-out-and-keep festive countdown on these pages tomorrow.

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