Twitter liveblogging shows that Welsh football history isn’t what it was

2 03 2014

In the last eleven days Napoli played Swansea, Seeing as Napoli’s last visit to Wales ended in one of the biggest shocks in the history of European club competitions, I thought this was a historical detail worthy of mention.

I was so excited by the prospect that I decided to live-blog the first leg mentions of Bangor City on twitter;

– T MINUS 33 Minutes to a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting……

– T MINUS 25 Minutes to a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting……

– T MINUS 15 Minutes until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– T MINUS 5 Minutes 15 Seconds until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– T MINUS 3 Minutes until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– T MINUS 2 Minutes until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– T MINUS 1 Minute until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– T MINUS 45 Seconds until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– T MINUS 30 Seconds until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– T MINUS 15 Seconds until a possible mention of Bangor City on ITV1 and counting…….

– 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……Here we go…

– 1 minute gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 2 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 3 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 4 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 5 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 6 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 7 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 8 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 9 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 10 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 14 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..but I could save a whacking great 65% on car insurance, hmmmmmmm?

– 15 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..but here’s Rafa!

– 16 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..

– 17 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..but Tyldesley’s about to speak……

– 18 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..but……here we go, here we go…..

– 20 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..but Swansea are 6/1 at William Hill to do something and I could get and 80% no claims….

– 21 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City….. here comes Tyldesley…..

– 22 minutes gone, no mention of Bangor City…..and Townsend’s started talking…Off goes the TV

A THREE HOUR programme and not a single mention of Welsh football history, even though this was Napoli’s first visit to Wales since they lost to Bangor in one of the biggest shock in European football history, even though ITV have researchers, even though ITV usually offer patronizing anecdotes when semi-pro football is covered. By the way I lost 3 twitter followers with my live blogging.

I decided to give ITV another chance in last Thursday’s second leg.

– 30 seconds until a possible mention of Bangor City…….

– 20 seconds until a possible mention of Bangor City…….

– 10 seconds until a possible mention of Bangor City…….

– 5…….4…….3……2…….1…….

– 1 minute gone and no mention of Bangor City

– 2 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City

– 3 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City

– 4 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City

– 5 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City

– 7 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City

– 9 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City…….but at least I’m aware of Inspector Odds and his app.

– 13 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City…….but here’s an advert for the world cup and a friendly with Denmark.

– 14 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City……but here comes an important interview with Tim Sherwood.

– 15 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City……….and now they’re talking about Tottenham.

– 16 minutes gone and no mention of Bnagor City ….. “Technically they’re good players”, so they’re only good players because of a technicality.

– 17 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but here’s an advert for Richmond’s Bangers, “We only use the finest sawdust”.

– 18 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but here’s an advert where Snoopy Dog Dogg tells us we’re sooooo money supermarket.

– 22 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but here’s Andy Townsend telling us that Turin is in Italy and Lisbon is in Portugal.

– 23 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but Jon Champion’s commentating so there’s a chance!

– 24 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City ….

– 26 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but here comes kick off, where Jon is about to speak…..

– 30 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but here’s the kick off!

– 31 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. not even in Jon’s opening monologue, even though it featured historical elements.

– 32 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City ….

– 33 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but Jon has mentioned the BARCLAYS premier league.

– 35 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but Swansea will be looking to do exploit that.

– 37 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but Pablo Hernandez will be looking to drop in to pockets.

– 38 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but Jon has mentioned Italia ’90, we’re getting close!!!!

– 45 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but in other news, celebrity crimper Nicky Clarke claims he hasn’t heard of Adam Smith.

– 47 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. would it hurt to make one little mention?

– 49 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but he won’t keep missing.

– 51 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. and the commentator’s gone silent.

– 53 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but this is the first of two matches on ITV tonight.

– 60 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. and it’s hard to put a price on an away goal.

– 65 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but Jon has mentioned a cameraman that once fell over in Coventry.

– 74 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. even though Ben Davies sounds like Len Davies (Bangor’s 1962 keeper).

– 76 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. and it’s good but it’s not quite carling.

– 89 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but the second half is about to start again…..

– Just to recap, we’ve gone through 3 complete halves of football and over an hour of analysis without a single mention of Bangor City.

– 108 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. even though Napoli were wearing a sash on their shirt that night as well.

– 114 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor …. even though Swansea’s manager’s Gary Monk & Gary Monk’s on s4c’S Pobl-y-Cwm & Bangor play on s4c.

– 120 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. even though Jon just mentioned England v Denmark and Bangor once played in Denmark.

– 121 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. but Jon’s just mentioned Diego, we’re getting close.

– 135 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. even though Swansea should have gone through on away goals.

– 136 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. even though Swansea also lost 3-1 in the San Paolo.

– 143 minutes gone and no mention of Bangor City …. even though Jon mentioned Swansea’s wonderful adventure.

I sat through over 180 minutes of playing time without hearing a single mention of Bangor City. I tolerated over 5 hours of ITV network football programming without hearing a single mention of Bangor City.

I shouldn’t have been surprised at the lack of mentions of Bangor City. Not only did my dad always say that ITV was shit I’ve seen this with my own eyes.

ITV used to be alright with World in Action, John Pilger reportage, the Krypton Factor and believable twice-weekly soap operas but now they target the lowest of the lowest common dominator. You only need to watch the tabloidese of their news programmes to see this, if you can sit through an edition of course.

Most of the network is complete crap. ITV1 laughingly claims to be “channel of the year” yet they’re the televisual equivalent of a sewage outflow, the home of Simon Cowell, Jeremy Kyle, The Loose Women and Andy Townsend and the channel that gave Katie Hopkins a public platform. ITV2 broadcasts some of the most abhorrent programmes available in “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and  “The Real Houswives of….” collection. On the other hand I never get as far as ITV3 and  ITV4 can show some decent repeats.

Bollocks to ITV.

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2 03 2014
Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish)

I lost count of the number of times I heard “away goals count double” last week.
Radio Wales were the biggest culprits.

2 03 2014
calebyoung95

Reblogged this on CYoung7.

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