All entries for May 2009

May 28, 2009

The Different Types of Relegation

Writing about web page http://www.thefirst90minutes.com/20090526243/football-culture/the-different-types-of-painful-relegation.html

By the time that you read this article, you will know which teams have played their last Premiership game for the foreseeable future. These fans can commiserate with their compatriots of teams like Charlton, Southampton, Norwich, Hereford United, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra and Northampton Town as well as Luton Town and Chester City.


Michael Owen: The End of an Era?

Writing about web page http://www.thisisanfield.com/columnists/2009/05/michael-owen-the-end-of-an-era

THERE were only three times during the recent Villa versus Newcastle game, when I realised that Michael Owen had actually travelled to the West Midlands for the day. During a game that was mostly a blur in the late May sunshine, the TV camera panned to a morose-looking Owen on the steps of the dugout. After another period of ineffectual Newcastle pressure, I caught Michael Owen doing a gentle jog and star jump routine on the touchline. Then I saw Owen doing a high five with Kevin Nolan before jogging onto the pitch.


May 20, 2009

I can't Believe It

Writing about web page http://www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town/v2.showNews.php?id=19659

It was a Saturday of what weathermen describe as ‘longer spells of rain.’ I had spent the afternoon trying to ‘bulk up’ and knock off a few calories on the bikes in the local gym. I have been on a ‘fitness’ journey since my birthday in early February, when Britain was covered with snow.


Eurovision and the Champions League

Writing about web page http://www.thefirst90minutes.com/20090518241/football-culture/eurovision-and-the-champions-league.html

I know that the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the key events of the year for many people in the UK as well as across Europe. Despite my attempts to set aside a whole Saturday night to enjoy the delights of Norwegian pipe music of Belgian ‘funky hip hop hard house,’ it has never quite worked for me. I am bored after about half an hour of spandex and dodgy harmonicas. I try and raise a cheer to the United Kingdom’s entry. The results drone on for over an hour, and the UK comes near the bottom of the board or even last. The United Kingdom has twice won the contest in my lifetime.


May 16, 2009

When Massive Clubs Fall

Writing about web page http://www.thefirst90minutes.com/20090509237/football-culture/when-massive-clubs-fall.html

One of the most interesting aspects about the end to this particular season concerns how not all of the yo-yo clubs have yo-yoed back to the divisions where they were plying their trade during the pre-credit crunch 2007/2008 season. There have been a few exceptions to the rule. Currently, Birmingham City is the most high profile of examples with West Bromwich Albion seemingly about to go the other way into the Championship quagmire


May 08, 2009

Let Us Praise Xabi Alonso

Writing about web page http://www.thisisanfield.com/columnists/2009/05/let-us-praise-xabi-alonso

You can never stop yourself from getting old, and your relationship with football is constantly changing. I am starting to realise that I am of the age where it would be seen as dangerously worrying if I plastered my bedroom with torn posters from Shoot or Match magazine, which are lovingly framed with long strips of sellotape on my Dad’s carefully hung wallpaper.


May 01, 2009

Walking On With Hope In My Heart

Writing about web page http://www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town/v2.showNews.php?id=19251

Autobiography Review: John Wark 'Wark On' (2009)

On the way to a recent Town game, I had to explain one of my most favourite TV game shows to a few friends. I struggled to explain the point of ‘Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right,’ and rattled off the various catchphrases in a very dodgy Forsyth accent. My friends looked blank, and I suddenly realised that they just believe that Bruce Forsyth, the ‘legend’ of light entertainment, has only ever presented ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’


Marching On With Saints

Writing about web page http://www.clubfanzine.com/southampton/v2.showNews.php?id=19416

It is a Tuesday evening and the weather has decided to suggest that it could rain, and rain hard, but it has not quite decided to offer any raindrops. It is Champions League Semi Final night between Chelsea and Barcelona and the TV coverage is gradually hyping up the game with a mixture of advert breaks and some close up shots of Thierry Henry.˜It IS Barcelona versus Chelsea" and saying those five words suggests to you that this is a truly showbiz fixture.


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