Here Is The News!

Sod my favourite ten football shirts. That can wait. Remember what I said about there being no close season any more? Well, it’s true. This has been a terrific week for the bizarre and the extraordinary, and it deserves some sort of reporting. We kick off (or, rather, as we’ll see, we don’t) at Clarence Park, St Albans, where St Albans City were due to be playing in a pre-season friendly. Before the match, the two managers agreed to throw FIFA’s rule limiting teams to six substitutes for friendly matches out of the window. Luton are four divisions above St Albans anyway, and both teams were short of practice. The Saints had been in training for two days, and The Hatters for just a fortnight. It wouldn’t do any harm, would it? Wrong. When half-time came, the managers approached the referee and told him of this, and he walked out of the ground, taking the linesmen with him. It looked as if the whole thing would have to be cancelled, but fortunately Luton’s press officer is a qualified referee, so he took charge for the second half, with two youth players running the line. Presumably, Herts County FA (or whomever is responsible for this individual) will have been notified of this. Both sides had agreed on it, the crowd would surely have given more of a damn if the...

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