Business As Usual

There was something reassuring about opening the papers in the pub yesterday afternoon to see three divisions’ worth of Football League results tucked away in the sports pages. Normal service has been resumed. This week, Premiership predictions, Nationwide Conference predictions, my favourite football kits ever and, ermmm, something else that I haven’t decided upon yet, but today I thought I’d just take a bit of a look back over the last weekend’s action. When I say “action”, I use the phrase figuratively, because there wasn’t a massive amount in the way of excitement going on south of the border. I got strangely sucked into watching Derby County get a well-deserved 2-2 with Southampton. It was the sort of result that really did neither team any favours, and, given the way he was released from his duties at Pride Park, I was expecting rather more George Burley-related fireworks, but it was nice to see Paul Peschisolido roll back the years with a late equalizer. He’s one of the few remaining professional footballers older than me, so there’s hope for me yet. Elsewhere in the First Division, Sunderland proved my pre-season prediction correct by contriving to throw away a one goal lead against Coventry City, and John Hartson (pictured above, using Eyal Bervokic’s head as a training ball for West Ham United several years ago) lifted West Bromwich Albion out of...

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