It's Up For Grabs Now
Saturday, January 31, 2004
Things You Don't Expect To See On Prime-Time Saturday Night BBC1 Number 1 in a short series : Ian Holloway
For those times when we've forgotten to update the online version of Armchair Football, find out where in the world you can watch British football. Do the good folk of Norway need to have seen Norwich v Sheffield Utd today?
Sunday, January 25, 2004
Too good to be true, surely, but can a Man Utd fan really have rung 6-0-6 to complain about Louis Saha's performance today?
Somewhat naively, we thought when we started this that there was an untapped market in football blogs. Well, we've remained untapped, but it turns out there's loads of them. So, it's a big IUFGN "how you're doing" to...
* Soccer Fever, run by Yanks who enjoy their soccer first downs while being really fat and redneck and... ho-honly joking, it's a proper baleful examination of the game at MLS level and abroad
* BlogFC, which comes in alternately tongue-in-cheek and raised-eyebrow flavours
* Soccer Thoughts, an awful title but housing the kind of thinkpieces we'd still be writing if we had the patience
* All Things Footie, written by a man with his heart in the right place and blood pressure occasionally seeming very wrong
* ArseBlog, which as you'd guess is Highburycentric but is the kind of club specific writing there should be far more of. All Things Footie's compiler seems to be of Gooner stock too. Wonder if there's something in this.
* Football United, to blogging what the rec.sports.soccer statistics page is to proper Internet coverage.
Examine these fine people by all means, especially as none of them seem to be aware of our existance and so a few referrer links would help on our part.
Alert! Alert! Advertisers messing with the game alert! Trevor Beattie reckons more fans can only be attracted to the first division by renaming it, and they're running with it. Didn't work for Gerald Ratner. We particularly like the idea of an advertising campaign promoting the lower divisions as Where The Action Is, which we suspect will fall down as soon as kids notice Thierry Henry isn't in the adverts. "Attractive and more competitive"? Yeah, the Premiership's such a one horse race at the moment, isn't it?
Still, at least it's not becoming Premiership 2.
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Good old FIFA suddenly remember to tell us all they're riding roughshod over the end of the European domestic seasons. Course, the idea of a centenary game is great, even if it'd be on BBC3 here with Mark Bright co-commentating, but France v Brazil? How much of a washout are they tempting here?
We've been looking for this since last week's announcement, and eventually it's turned up - the great lost football song, Strachan by the Hitchers
Friday, January 23, 2004
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Bournemouth player moves bed, injures self, something which not even heavily pregnant mothers-to-be do. Proved : footballers are a class apart
Emails You Don't Know What Else To Do With No.1
Remember that goal that John Barnes scored against Brazil? He ran half the length of the pitch, while balancing an Afro hairstyle on his head, before scoring.
I think it was in that same match that the ball went out for a throw-in right next to a TV camera, and a ball-boy was dutifully retrieving it. Not quick enough for Ray Wilkins (who, although not sporting an Afro, did have hair back then). He ran over to the ball-boy, and with a microphone in close proximity, snapped "Give us the fackin' ball". Being a live broadcast his words were instantly transmitted half way around the world and into loungerooms all over the country.
Friday, January 16, 2004
Sepp Blatter - modern man Also note how BBCi have chosen to illustrate the story in the most tenuous way they can think of
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
The order of things among publicity loving ex-footballers - when I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! was first being pundited upon, it was supposedly a hot tip that Gazza would be involved. A couple of weeks later, it was widely reported that Stan Collymore was going, and indeed Alan Green made reference to it during a recent commentary? And now... Neil Ruddock! If he has a change of heart will Julian Dicks be available? What's Steve Walsh up to these days? (Jennie Bond? Right you are, then)
Monday, January 12, 2004
Sunday, January 11, 2004
English As Foreign Language Website Put Together In Such A Way To Make You Suspect It's Actually A Studenty Pisstake Update : "Roy Keane : He has too many red cards and we have a Keane."
Saturday, January 10, 2004
When many players run out of money and sell off momentoes, they go straight to Christie's for valuations. Not Mel Sterland!
Monday, January 05, 2004
Why Furry Mascots Must Die Part 4763 - note quote from Chaddy The Owl, referring to himself in the third person even though he doesn't technically exist
Hang on - Kieron Dyer had to have an operation on his constipation? How did Sir Bobby sneak that one past the massed ranks of pisstakers, as it were?
Saturday, January 03, 2004
The Guardian excels itself - well, they *claim* it's not true about Wolves, but...