Friday, 25 November 2011

Premier League Preview - Match Day 13

After Champions League duty in midweek, it's back to the Premier League for England's top sides.  The Gunners have already qualified for the knock out stages and will be feeling confident as they welcome Martin Jol's stagnating Fulham side.  Bolton will be hoping for a win against Everton, as they look to escape the bottom three and high-flying Newcastle face rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

With Arsenal full of confidence after their midweek win, they represent a stern test for heir London neighbours Fulham; who have lost three of their last six games and sit just two points above the drop zone.  Fulham will need to keep Robin van Persie quiet after another two goals in against Borrusia Dortmund on Wednesday, taking his tally to 12 in the last eight games.  While Abou Diaby may start from the bench after his return to fitness.  Arsenal fans will be brightened by the news that Jack Wilshere should return in January.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Andre, oh Andre,
What can you do?
This high line you play,
Is no good for you.

Luiz is too crazy,
Terry to slow,
You better sort it out,
Before Roman tells you to go.

You need to climb the table,
Or win the champions League,
Or a one-way ticket outta London,
Will be all that you need.

Teams used to come to the Bridge,
Happy for a draw,
But the style you now play,
They know they'll get more.

Ask Jose or Phil,
Carlo and Avram too,
They all know,
What you need to do.

Coz Roman's itchy fingers,
Will be pointed at you,
And you will soon see,
You are disposable too!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Black Mark for Blatter!

Is it wrong that I am not at all surprised by the comments from SISA's President.

This was the man who suggested professional women footballers' should wear more revealing kits, in order to attract bigger crowds.
He is also the man who remarked that any gay football fan should 'refrain from homosexual urges' should this wish to attend the World Cup in Qatar.
So, NO, I am not surprised.

I'm more surprised it took him so long to throw his bile at what is currently English football's biggest issue.

His inner cretins, sorry circle excluded, Sepp Blatter has long been out of touch with those of us in the real world.

There was a lot of anger in England following our failed WC bid.  At the time, I was intriqued by how much, maybe I was one of the few who remembered what happened when you did a deal with the Devil.

Our bid team and their intentions were honest, but they missed the biggest point.  That football is now a business first and a sport second.  And just like in business, a gentleman's word is no longer his bond.  When you play with people who have different rules to your own, it is inevitable that you will get burnt.  That's not to say the other bids were less that straight.  Just that they probably knew how to play the game better than we did.

Hopefully we all learnt a lesson because regardless of his latest mindless comments.  playing him at his own game may be the only way to get rid of him.

The English FA did their best not to get him re-elected by politely asking others not to vote him in.  As a tactic, we saw how well that worked.  I don't mean to be crass but that was going t the monkeys when the organ grinders needed to be the first port of call.

I don't know who said it but they were right.  The people who run the money, are the people who run everything.  If we do actually want to do something, then that is where we need to be directing our focus.

I may not have met Blatter, nor do I know him, but I get the sense he has absolutely no intention of resigning.  Although I'd love him to prove me wrong.
So it is down to us to give him that extra push.  From previous comments he doesn't care one iota for either the media or the fans.  So I say let's give him a reason to really dislike us!

It's time to go to FIFA's sponsors.  Their money feeds the monster so taking it away or minimising it, is the first step in the right direction.

We; the media, the fans, the players need to make sure the sponsors realise that any link to FIFA, while Blatter is at the helm will be hugely damaging to both their business and their public relations.

So what can we do:
* Name and shame these sponsors
* Contact them; as the BBC has been doing
* Continue to get involved with campaigns such as Kick It Out, change FIFA and any other organisation that promotes equality and clarity within the game
* Get on twitter, follow and RT the words of people such as Stan Collymore
* Share articles from around the world abut FIFA's ill-dealings

Hopefully the professional football associations will be doing all they can, but as football lovers our part is just as imperative.

And hopefully we will get this inexpediant, obnoxious and downright revolting creature knocked off his perch and out of our game.  Forever.

Monday, 7 November 2011


Well, everyone and their guinea pig has been writing these amazing tributes to the great man.  I didn't think there was anything I could say, that hadn't already been said. So I thought I'd just say it, my way.

Congrats Sir Alex on your 25th year,
I hate your club, but hold you dear,
For all you've done for football UK,
And what you have shown us along the way.

A passion that has kept you strong,
And allowed you to have a career so long,
Ability to change and adapt,
Even when the media are on your back.

Many have tried to challenge your strength,
But you've knocked them back, sat chewing on the bench,
There was the so-called special one,
Now over in Spain, poking eyes with his thumb.

King Kenny has returned to put up a fight,
But you will defeat him with all your might,
And my French Professor, who you used to hate,
But with age you have mellowed and he's now your mate.

The amazing talent that you have brought through,
Becks, two Neville's, Scholes and Giggs too,
The titles, the cups, league trophies and shields,
All achieved because of your intense will.

A generation of fans are indebted to you,
But hurry up and retire, so my boys can win a trophy or two!