It's Up For Grabs Now
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
When did it twig that 'Henry Thierry' might be based on Thierry Henry, exactly?
We can't have been the only people to think Craig Bellamy had been victim to a particularly inventive misquoter, but no, there it is - Craig Bellamy really does have eyes in the back of his head
"Are you kidding me?", as his 'current' catchphrase goes. It says he's sacked, of course, but Frank McLintock got suspended for a couple of months for Ron-ising on You're On Sky Sports!, and how will they fill the end of season Soccer Saturday montage now?
Friday, January 21, 2005
Let's talk ground sponsorship. Some clubs are meeker than others when the commercial department pass a memo round - observe the Reebok Stadium, the Walkers Stadium and Bournemouth's surely asking for it Fitness First Stadium. However, not all clubs take the ground sponsor shilling and surrender - nobody refers to Middlesbrough's Cellnet Stadium, while there has never been a conversation in Southampton where someone has excused themselves from a Wednesday evening soiree because "I've got tickets to the match at the Friends Provident."
Which brings us onto York's KitKat Crescent. The KitKat Crescent?! Some have said that Cadbury's missed a trick in not picking Yorkie (Not For Girls, you'll recall) instead, but seriously, KitKat Crescent? Does nobody remember how Leicester nearly (and still do, according to Jeff Stelling) ended up playing in the Walkers Bowl, because it sounded amusing to the chief executive? We know York need the money, but can even that excuse such flagrant idiocy?
According to ArseWeb, Arsenal wear red because our first kit was donated by Nottingham Forest. Oh, but suddenly, Arsenal are going back to their original colours for next season, which is one to remember for future pub quizzes, although we don't fancy Jonathan Pearce's chances if he gets their opening game of 2005-06. We hear that this was put to a (groo) focus group two years ago as an idea for Highbury closure commemorations and was shot down by all present, which tells you something.
Spurs fans may like to adapt a Birmingham favourite: "Chim chimenee, chim chimenee, chim chim cheroo/We hate those bastards in claret and white." It'll scan if you say it quickly enough.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Actually, Romario, the popular phrase is "put a sock in it", but close enough. Note here Romario claiming Pele's prediction "doesn't happen or the opposite happens", which is surely the same thing.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Eat Shit, Snopes Corner : Circulating emails about Christmas party news reports are wrong. There is not, and never has been, a Mansfield player called Paul Addington.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Brighton fans, including Attila The Stockbroker, have done a rewritten cover of Tom Hark under the name Seagull Ska to help the fight for their new stadium. It's in the midweek top ten! Is this indicative more of the strength of feeling for the club's aims or of the modern singles chart?
Yes, we've seen the Carroll goal-line picture. In fact, the person who created it occasionally contributes to Armchair Football, so there. What we would say, though, is why weren't there any crowd shots immediately after the 'goal'? We'd have loved to see the bemusement on the faces of those behind the goal momentarily caught with heads in hands.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Football 365-esque, yes, but it had to be done - possibly distracted by Roy Carroll's business, the BBC online report for Chelsea-Middlesbrough ended up reading like this:
Sunday, January 02, 2005
The working costs of a Premiership club exposed : Les Ferdinand was commuting to Bolton by helicopter?
Kevin Keegan beaten up - maybe it was in a layby, eh? Eh? EH? This was in 1974, the details proving the behaviour of footballers has never changed