Archive for April, 2012

Why Alan Davies was wrong

April 13, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m writing this blog post in response to Alan Davies’ comments about Liverpool refusing to play on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. From what I can understand his main gripe is that by Liverpool not wanting to play on the 15th April, this has inconvenienced Chelsea’s Champions League preparations. I would say his views at best are insensitive.

On the podcast his views were originally made, he mentions that he doesn’t stay in on the anniversary of his mum’s death. As sad as that date must be to him, it’s his prerogative what he does on that date, Liverpool FC aren’t saying he should perform stand up on that date, just because it would be convenient.

He then goes on to compare Liverpool’s situation with that of Man Utd with Munich and Rangers, whose fans died in a crush in 1971 and asks if they don’t play on the anniversaries of these tragedies. I’m not sure if they do or don’t but if they don’t no one should have a problem with it. It’s up to both Man Utd and Rangers to mark these occasions as they feel best. It’s not for anyone to dictate to them what they should do, it’s not up to other clubs, the FA or Premier League and it’s certainly not up to an actor/comedian.

He continues by having a go at Kenny Dalglish, saying “Every interview he’s given this season he looks like he wants to headbutt the interviewer”. This might have had more credence if it hadn’t come from a man who bit the ear of a homeless man (or was that just an allegation).

This problem as to when the two FA cup Semi Finals took place could have been avoided if the FA weren’t so desperate to pay off the cost of new Wembley. Instead of Liverpool and Everton fans having to traipse all the way to London for a 12:30 kick off, they could have played that semi at Old Trafford on the Saturday morning and the Chelsea v Tottenham game in the afternoon.

The stupid thing is that Chelsea are only playing Sunday then take on Barca on the Wednesday, surely that is enough recovery time. If I was being flippant, I would say that Chelsea could have a week to prepare for the game against Barcelona and it wouldn’t make a difference.

And Finally…On a more uplifting tone, here is a rapper Jamie Broad an Everton fan, rapping about being a football fan growing up on Merseyside. I didn’t know what to expect but I enjoyed it.

Til next time, stay safe.                                                                                                                                                                                             @anunknowncomic

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And three weeks later

April 6, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

Three weeks after Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the White Hart Lane pitch I’ve finally got round to writing about it. In many ways this blog is the antithesis to modern 24 hr news coverage, which relies on up to the minute news, even if there is no news to report.

The first thing to say, is that it’s good to know that at the time of writing Fabrice is making good progress. I also think all the medical staff should be praised for their efforts, including the Tottenham fan and cardiologist Dr Andrew Deaner who rushed down from the stands to help. I also think it helped that the game took place at White Hart Lane, ensuring the emergency services were able to get him to a specialist heart hospital within 15 mins. I’m not sure there is a specialist medical unit in Bolton (I could be wrong).

One thing that was telling was that from the TV pictures you could see and sense that no one in the ground wanted Fabrice to die. If you were cynical you could say that was because there is no animosity between Bolton and Tottenham. I however would like to think that if any player from a rival club were in that same situation, fans would react in the same way, because we may be football fans but we are people first and I would say the vast majority of people don’t  wants to witness someone dyeing. Yet perversely there are football fans who think it’s ok to sing about tragedies and deaths relating to rival clubs. I do think it is odd that people can take pleasure in someone’s passing just because they happen to be associated with a football club that isn’t theirs.

Til next time, stay safe!