It’s Poppytime™ again

30 10 2014

It’s almost November, cue the poppy related social media outrage!

>@Snowmonkey78 – “My overcrowded train is decidedly short of people wearing poppies, cmon peeps show your appreciation”
>@HML2311 – “If people will insist on wearing the poppies with the leaf, could they please point the leaf in the right direction??#PoppyAppeal #BBC”
>@Tara_Hewitt – “White Poppies are “about egos of those people wearing them” red poppies are about the memory of those who defended our nation #poppyappeal”
>colonel gadeafi ‏@BennyFreer – “It really irritates me that so many people have stopped wearing poppies!”
>@liamg4565 – “The amount of people not wearing poppies these days is shocking #armedforces #respect

Needless to say some football fans add their own spin.

@dj_gor – “It’s that time o year again when I think to myself, if I was a football manager, I’d immediately transfer anyone who refused to wear a poppy”
British football is once again going to willingly involve itself in “Remembrance Oneupmanship”, the zero sum game created by our right wing media. Firstly, the walls around White Hart Lane have been disrespectful for far too long;

Tottenham create a Poppy wall outside White Hart Lane as they offer their support to the British Legion Poppy Appeal (Daily Mail article)

Secondly, we need football voices to guide us during Poppytime™.

Arsene Wenger and John Terry to voice London Underground announcements

The voices of Arsene Wenger and John Terry will be heard making announcements on the London Underground tomorrow as part of London Poppy Day.

Mikel Arteta, Andros Townsend, Joey Barton, Rob Green, Scott Parker, Dan Burn and Ben Davies will also voice announcements at stations near their respective London clubs in aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.”

There are probably more suitable candidates for the job than John Terry and Joey Barton, what’s wrong with the generic voice they use for speaker announcements?

There will be shirt poppies again and like last year they’ll be the athletic performance aiding iron on versions rather than the scratchy embroidered versions that may momentarily cause the wearer of the shirt to pause and contemplate why they’re wearing them on their shirts. Rather worryingly “Remembrance Oneupmanship” is spreading beyond the boundaries of professional football;
@BridTownAFC – “The Poppy’s for our shirts have arrived today, thanks to everyone who helped pay for them. #YourTownYourTeam
@hassocksfc – “We will proudly be wearing out @Poppies4Kits poppies for Remembrance Day on all kits
@Deborah71 – “@Poppies4Kits.- “Washington Afc Lions (u8)will be wearing our poppies with pride for our games on 8th Nov#PeelStickPlay
A group called “Poppies 4 Kits” are responsible for popularising the iron on poppy transfers;
@clubwebsite - “Want your team to wear a poppy on your shirts this #RemembranceDay weekend? Check out @Poppies4Kits – all proceeds to the @PoppyLegion.”
@McArdleSportTec – “Want your team to wear a poppy on your shirts this #RemembranceDay weekend? @Poppies4Kits – all proceeds to the @PoppyLegion @crowmarshfc”
Poppies 4 Kits are connected to the British Legion and they want everybody to get involved;
So we’ve developed an easily applied self-adhesive woven patch that players can wear for a match or a couple of matches and remove afterwards.

Even spectators can apply these poppies to their garments to show support for their team as well as an excellent cause.

They may feel that their desire is commendable but look at their hashtag.
@Deborah71 - “@Poppies4Kits.- “Washington Afc Lions (u8)will be wearing our poppies with pride for our games on 8th Nov#PeelStickPlay
A hashtag may allow the twitter generation to get involved in something with making any effort but the “oh look how easy it is!!!” nature of #PeelStckPlay highlights that Poppies 4 Kits is essentially a counter-productive gesture. The commemoration of the commencement of the First World War’s needless slaughter requires contemplation rather than easy conformity with the oppressive atmosphere driven by our right wing media. There should be a different way to do things.

Sleepwalking Football Clubs and the UKIPs

27 10 2014

Kidderminster Harriers have decided to give the UKIPs an advertising board at their ground. In other words the Harriers have decided to take the UKIPs money and help them to gain publicity.

The “Jump Jet Ultras” shouldn’t become justifiably angry at this, they should see the UKIPs advert as an opportunity for a bit of fun.

At first the clean board would appear.


Things could start off simply in the first week.


The first replacement could be decorated like this.


The next replacement board could be treated like this.


The third week’s board could look like this.


The fourth week’s chess move could look like this.


By the fifth week the battle of wills could be see this philosophical parry.


The sixth week of the cat and mouse struggle could see this.


The next replacement could finally see a football direction.


The eighth week could see another football angle.


The last replacement could see a continuation of the football theme.


Needless to say the “Jump Jet Ultras” would win.

Who said there’s no art in football!

Celebrating a decade of disconnected decadence

26 10 2014

The history of association football has been reduced to a parade of scintillating articles on scintillating subjects.

Premier League Playback: Can Mourinho vs. Wenger become greatest managerial rivalry?

Gone are the days of Arsene Wenger vs. Sir Alex Ferguson as the Premier League’s most intriguing managerial battle. Wenger now has a new sparring partner: Jose Mourinho.

This feud has been bubbling up since 2004 when Mourinho first managed Chelsea and last season his jibes that Wenger was a “specialist in failure” taunted Arsenal’s boss, as the Portuguese manager has never lost a game to Arsenal. In 12 games vs. Wenger, Mourinho has now won seven and drawn five followingChelsea’s 2-0 defeat of Arsenal on Sunday.

[RELATED: Watch full match replays]

All of that pent up frustration surrounding Mourinho proved too much for Wenger to handle on Sunday on the touchline at Stamford Bridge as Gary Cahill clattered into Alexis Sanchez in front of the benches in the first half.

Wenger was furious and wandered towards the Chelsea bench where Mourinho began to wave Arsenal’s manager back dismissively. Much like a schoolyard argument escalating rather quickly, Wenger shoved Mourinho with both hands in the center of his chest and Mourinho got up in the Arsenal bosses face. Physical confrontations between two PL managers does not happen often, if ever…….

……..Some top managerial duels in PL history

Keegan vs. Ferguson – During the 1995/96 season, Kevin Keegan delivered the famous “I’d love it” speech after Fergie’s accusations. Manchester United went onto win the title with a stunning comeback as Newcastle crumbled but the feud lasted for a few seasons.

Wenger vs. Ferguson – This is the managerial battle all will be measured by. During the 90’s and early 2000’s, Arsenal and United tossed the PL title back and forth. The bitter rivalry between Wenger and Ferguson will be talked about for decades to come. It’s the stuff legends are made of.

Benitez vs. Mourinho – Liverpool and Chelsea battled it out domestically and in the UEFA Champions League with ‘Rafa’ not a favorite with Moruinho or Chelsea’s fans. So much so that when Benitez managed Chelsea on an interim basis in 2013, Blues fans booed him despite a top four finish and a Europa League title. The hatred remains.

Pellegrini vs. Mourinho – Mourinho is a busy man, as he has another potential feud bubbling up as he handles Wenger. Man City boss Pellegrini became riled up with Mourinho last year over several comments and the two keep sniping back and forth. Slow burner, but could overtake Mourinho vs. Wenger……

Warning; the rest of that article contains needless statistical analysis. Now for a bit of commemorative comparison!

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea 2014/15 Team vs. His 2004/05 Premier League Champions

Still unbeaten this season with just two points dropped in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea are looking formidable.

For many, they’re the favourites to win the title, with some even predicting the Blues could go the entire league campaign undefeated, emulating Arsenal‘s “Invincibles” of 2003/04.

That would be a big ask, even of this Chelsea team, but it’s a prediction that comes with it’s merits.

Chelsea look redoubtable right now, and with strength in depth across every position, there aren’t many sides who look like they could get the better of them……

While we’re on the subject of ten year anniversaries.

Manchester United v Arsenal: Pizzagate revisited – 10 years on

“All eyes turned and all mouths gawped to see this pizza slip off that famous puce face and roll down his nice black suit.”

The excerpt from Ashley Cole’s autobiography may sound like a tale from a school dinner hall.

In fact, it is a snapshot from the farcical scenes in the Old Trafford tunnel that followed Manchester United’s tempestuous 2-0 victory over Arsenal on 24 October 2004, a result that ended the Gunners’ 49-match unbeaten run.

As players and officials from both sides clashed in the tunnel, United manager Alex Ferguson was struck by a slice of pizza thrown by an Arsenal player, later alleged to be Cesc Fabregas.

Further details of the so-called “Battle of the Buffet” have always been sketchy, with some tabloids claiming at the time that soup and sandwiches were among the edible projectiles deployed by rival players.

With the help of testimonies from managers and players on both sides, and fresh insight from Phil Neville, who was at the heart of United’s midfield on the day, BBC Sport revisits “Pizzagate”, 10 years on……

The commemoration of a squabble that would shame 11 year olds highlights what many have suspected; football has become little more than another content provider for our media.

Now that we’re on the path to dis-enlightenment we can look forward to celebrating the following commemorations over the next couple of weeks.

26th October is the tenth anniversary of Gary Megson’s “West Brom manager sacking ceremony”.

29th October is the tenth anniversary of Adrian Mutu’s “Chelsea contract cancelling ceremony”.

5th November is the tenth anniversary of Martin Jol’s “Tottenham caretaker manager naming ceremony”.

8th November is the tenth anniversary of the removal of “caretaker” from Martin Jol’s job title.

9th November is the tenth anniversary of Bryan Robson’s “West Brom manager naming ceremony”.

I can’t remember which ring of hell we’re in at the moment.

My ultimate dinner party, brought to you by a corporate sponsor

5 10 2014

Many people have been asked for their “Utimate Dinner Party Line-Up”™ Here’s is the line-up for the Jet Set’s dinner party brought to you by a corporate sponsor (Can you guess who the corporate sponsor is?)

Oct 5 019

Let me take you through the line-up from left to right.

Ollie Reed and George Best for the glamour, Jeffrey Lebowski for the White Russians, Ken Loach for obvious reasons, Stefan Edberg for the trainers, Curtis Stigers for the songs or Tony Curtis for the stories (Depending on availability) Saul Bellow or Paul the Apostle (Depending on work commitments).

I think you’ll agree that we’ll have an ace dinner party, especially as we’ll be eating Bird’s Eye Shepherd Pie AND Arctic Roll.


Laughed? I nearly shat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 10 2014

Newcastle United fans made a wonderful banner today.


It was so wonderful the Mirror went with;

Newcastle fans reveal latest protest banner showing Toon league form… which is NOT a town in Wales

ESPN went with;

Newcastle fans’ brilliant gallows-humour at Swansea match

The Star went with;

Newcastle fan group unveil HILARIOUS anti Alan Pardew banner at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium

The Bleacher Report went with;

Newcastle Fans Unveil Genius Banner at Swansea Match

Yeah wooooohooooooo, LET’S HEAR IT FOR GENIUS HUMOUR!!!!

The Newcastle banner does sound so funny, hilarious, or genius when you know that “LLWDLLLWWLWLLLLLWLLDDLD” is actually a real town in north Wales, it’s near Caernarfon in case you’re bothered.

There are actually more vowels in Welsh lovely boy, look you.

Some memories, like what I have got

30 09 2014

There will now follow a series of short match reports and photos.

Bangor City 4 Penycae 0

Half of Penycae’s team used to play for Bangor and they play in slate grey.

Aug 20 043

Llandudno 1 Tranmere XI 0

Some of Llandudno’s younger fans thought there was something funny in the fact that Home Bargains sponsor Tranmere, incidentally Llandudno have a new plastic pitch.

Aug 20 082

Bangor City 0 Lancaster City 0

Darren Peacock was the opposition manager and Lancaster brought a few fans.

27 July 042

Colwyn Bay 4 Bala Town 2

I don’t like either of these clubs. I didn’t know why I bothered going until I found some FC United fanzines in the club shop.

Jul 31 002

AFC Telford United 4 FC United 1

A waterlogged pitch in August, a waterlogged pitch in August?

Aug 3 086

Bangor City 4 Llanrwst United 1

I saw the European trophies in the afternoon and left at half time.

Aug 6 025

Hamilton Academical 0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2
Scottish Premiership

Hamilton looks like a nice place, no-one asked me who I was.

Aug 9 068

Aug 9 198

Aug 9 251

Dagenham & Redbridge 6 Brentford 6
(Brentford won on penalties)
English League Cup

I’ve never seen a 6-6 draw before. People looked at me like I had two heads and I saw a supermarket that looked like a pub near the station.

Aug 13 100

Aug 13 103

Aug 13 124

Aug 13 133

Bangor City 3 Newtown 1
Welsh League Cup

No-one felt positive before the match. Then we won and people felt better.

Aug 16 018

FC United 1 Buxton Town 1
Northern Premier League Premier Division

Not much happened but FC could have scored a couple more goals.

aUG 20 100

XXX XXX XXXXXX X Bangor City 0
Welsh Premier League

A match happened this evening. A boycott also happened.

Bangor City 1 Newtown 3
Welsh Premier League

Ten days earlier we beat Newtown well, today we didn’t. Bollocks.

Aug 25 020

Aberystwyth Town 3 Bangor City 3
Welsh Premier League

Our first point of the season. I would have been there to see it if the traffic jam in Rhyl hadn’t caused me to miss the train to Shrewsbury.

Bangor City 2 Cefn Druids 1
Welsh League Cup

We’re on a hot League Cup streak this season!

Sept 6 001

Bangor City 1 Airbus 2
Welsh Premier League

I missed this game for a reason I wont explain. I don’t have to explain, you’re not my mother.

Marine 0 FC United 0
Northern Premier League Premier Division

No goals but I got a lovely anti-racism badge from a steward and a fantastic polo shirt from a shop in central Liverpool. By the station a scally thought there was something funny in my red adidas trainers. He’ll never deliver a withering critique of Werner Herzog’s latest film on Newsnight’s Late Review so his words were pointless.

Sept 6 072

Prestatyn Town Airbus UK Broughton 2
Welsh Premier League

Bored, bored, bored, sunny but bored. Prestayn lost. Ha ha ha.

sep 13 022

Rhyl 3 Bangor City 2
Welsh Premier League

After twenty minutes Bangor were 2-0 up, Rhyl went 3-2 up in the 87th minute.

sept 20 003

Bangor City 3 Prestatyn Town 3
Welsh Premier League

Another week, another two goal lead lost. This time 3-1. It had to be them, it had to be them.

sept 20 011

FC United 3 Grantham Town 1
Northern Premier League Premier Division

A win for a club I want to win, will wonders never cease?

sept 20 075

Connah’s Quay Nomads A Bangor City A
Welsh Premier League

Bangor were winning 1-0 when the floodlights went off. They didn’t come back on. I hesitate to use the word conspiracy but Bangor still haven’t won a league match this season.

Sept 26 011

Blackpool 1 Norwich City 3
The Championship

I’m not sure Blackpool deserved to lose 3-1, Blackpool’s stoical fans didn’t take the defeat too badly.

27 Sept 079

Guessing the political affiliation of footballers at a hundred paces.

25 09 2014

On Saturday Frank Lampard scored against his premier league fellows. He solemnly respected the calm dignity of his fellows by refusing to celebrate and displaying the face of a penitent chief executive that was finally caught.

Lampard 1

Last night Lampard scored twice in a 7-0 hammering of his inferiors. He solemnly high fived with teammates like an over-excited golfer.

Lampard 2

Now, can you guess which political party he supports?


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