Archive for June, 2013

Staff vs Pupils

June 27, 2013
Sensible Hair

Sensible Hair

Hola. Hope you are well.

Even though it is the close season, it seems like there is still a lot of football happening. For example, on Sunday I went to the pub with my other-half for a quiet drink, until I got distracted by the ICC champions trophy cricket final, England v India, to the annoyance of the aforementioned other-half. In the interval between the innings, a member of staff turned the TV on to football, England v Iraq in the Under 20s tournament. We didn’t stay and watch the whole match but it ended 2-2 should anyone wish to know.

If you think watching U-20s football is bad, last week I went to watch the Staff vs Pupils match at the school I work at. I say watch as my services as a player weren’t required, although they may have been needed as the pupils won 4-0, not that I’m bitter having been snubbed.

As well as the U-20s tournament and the Staff vs Pupils game, the Confederations Cup is also taking place. I’ve not watched much of it, but I did manage to catch Gus Poyet being told he had been sacked by Brighton, live in the BBC studios, whilst working as a pundit. With this in mind, what odd/unusual place have you received significant news? Feel free to let me know via the comments button.

At the Confederations Cup Mario Balotelli has scored two goals , but the most startling thing about him at this tournament is seeing him with sensible hair (see pic at the top of the page).

Another striker at the tournament is Luis Suarez, who also played at last summer’s Olympics and if Uruguay get to the World Cup next year, it will mean he will have played constant football for the last few years. He’s also a player that never gets injured so if he didn’t amass so many domestic bans he would never get a break.

And Finally… There have been some Rooney to Barcelona rumours in the papers, I’m not sure how much truth is in them but could you really see Rooney getting in the team ahead of Messi and/or Neymar? No, me neither.

Ps. England lost the cricket by 5 runs.

Til next time, stay safe!


Kinnear vs Wonga

June 19, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

There’s been some good stories in the world of football in the last few days.

I’m going to start with Newcastle Utd. Just when you think they are on something resembling an even keel, they do something to uneven that keel but I’m not sure many people thought that thing would be to re-employ Joe Kinnear as their director of football.

Usually the role of director of football is given to a person who remains in the background and has a network of contacts across Europe and beyond, not a sweary bloke who can’t correctly pronounce the names of his own players, Cabaye /Kebab. Maybe just maybe on the way home after a night out Joe Kinnear pops into an eating establishment for a Cabaye.

In the recent history of Newcastle, I wonder if the appointment of Joe Kinnear, is worse than taking the Wonga sponsorship money? Feel free to answer via the comments button.

At Man City, they reckon they may have been a victim of industrial espionage. They believe a fellow Premier League club have managed to get into their transfer target data base (maybe they should change the name of the document). I think the most shocking thing about this story is that with all their resources, Man City are still scouting players. I thought they just write a list of the best 5 players in each position and then pick one. The story did however make me wonder, have you ever spied on someone or an organisation and what were the results?

Over at Millwall some of the fans are upset by the appointment of former West Ham captain Steve Lomas as their new manager. I do hope they’re not going to fight amongst themselves, or do they only do that at Wembley.

And Finally…  Javier Mascherano whilst on International duty got sent off for kicking a medic who was attempting to remove him from the pitch after he picked up an injury. I don’t think there’s anything I can add to that.

Til next time, stay safe!


The Happy One

June 13, 2013
The end of football as we gnome it

The end of football as we gnome it

Hola. Hope you are well.

So Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea. Who could have foreseen that, apart from everyone as it was a massive open secret he was going back to Stamford Bridge. Feel free to let me know what is an open secret amongst your circle of friends. You can contact me via the comments button.

The only real news from his press conference was that, he’s gone from calling himself ‘The Special One’ to calling himself ‘The Happy One’. With all these name changes, Mourinho is in danger of becoming the Prince/Symbol of football management.

I wonder how long the before ‘The Happy One’ will start complaining and poking people in the eye?

In honour of ‘The Happy One’, have you ever given yourself a nickname? Paul Ince needn’t answer this.

And Finally…  for Father’s Day my girlfriend has bought her dad a Man City garden gnome. He did ask for it. I don’t know if he was being ironic or he is having some kind of crisis. I’m old enough to remember a time when clubs didn’t sell replica shirts, now they’re selling garden gnomes. If anything illustrates where exactly modern football currently finds itself, then this may be that thing.

Happy Father’s Day!

Til next time, stay safe!


Poo gate rumbles on

June 8, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

I know the football season is over, even if there were World Cup qualifiers last night, but I’m just going to rattle through some of the stories that I’ve yet to blog about.

Back in March I passed my Level 1 FA coaching certificate and in no way did any of the instructors tell us to do this. I’m sure I would have remembered.

Over at Stoke, it all kicked off when one of his teammates wrapped a bloodied pig’s head in Kenwyne Jones’ clothes. He didn’t take it well (as you might expect) and smashed Glenn Whelan’s car windscreen, believing him to be the culprit. Apparently he wasn’t. It would appear life is more exciting off the pitch than on it at Stoke. But with this in mind, when has prank you’ve been involved in gone wrong? Feel free to contact me via the comments button.

Talking of off field activities, there was ‘the incident’ the AMEX stadium before the play-off game between Brighton and Crystal Palace. So annoyed by what Palace had to encounter in their dressing room, the then Brighton Manager Gus Poyet  (is he still their manager?) did his own internal investigation and wrote a strongly worded email to all his staff in an attempt to get to the bottom of the situation. The email slightly lost it’s impact when he used the word ‘poo’. This did make me wonder if you’ve ever had to write an email which included the word ‘poo’ and if so, under what circumstances?

Over at Anfield, Jamie Carragher played his last game for Liverpool. It was such a big occasion for him that his mum, who normally stays away, went to the match. So in honour of Jamie’s mum, when was the last time your mum came to see you do something?

Liverpool have attempted to fill the gap Carragher has left, by signing Kolo Toure. It could turn out to be a good signing, he is after all experienced and a free transfer, he just needs to remember not to take his wife’s diet pills.

And Finally… Across Stanley Park, Everton have announced the arrival of Roberto Martinez as their new manager. He told Bill Kenwright that he would get Everton into the top 4. In no way am I saying he won’t, but what have you said you’d do in an interview just to get a job?

Til next time stay safe!