Day: September 23, 2007

Themes Of The Unexpected

It’s probably fair to say that I have developed a bit of a “thing” for football on the television. I also think that it’s fair to say that quite a lot of you lot have as well. I put a load of links to the TV themes from football shows from over the years up on here last year, and even now a decent amount of the traffic to this place comes from people looking for this, that or the other. I’d never got around, however, to putting it all in one place until now. You can download this 90 megabyte pack via Rapidshare here. It’s a .rar file, so use Winrar to unpack it. The track listing is as follows: ABC Wide World Of Sports (from the USA, no less), BBC Snooker, Grandstand (the original and the more famous updated version), It’s A Knockout, Match Of The Day (the original and an updated version), Pot Black, Rugby Special, Ski Sunday, Sport On Two (that’s BBC Radio 2, for our confused overseas readers), Sports Report, Sportsview, Sportsnight, Star Soccer, Superstars, The Big Match (versions from 1970, 1974 and 1980), The Match (ITV’s live football show from the late 1980s), World Of Sport and World Cup themes from 1966 to 2002 (including the ITV theme from Italia ’90, which is making is debut here). I know that they’re not all...

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Fiddling While Roman Burns

At the time of writing, Manchester United and Chelsea are huffing and puffing their way around the Old Trafford pitch. From what I’ve caught of it so far, United are completely over-running Chelsea at the moment and taking pot shots at a somewhat horrified-looking Petr Cech. Whatever happens on the pitch this afternoon, however, will most likely be over-shadowed by newspaper reports from this morning, suggesting that Roman Abramovich is really the new Chelsea manager, and that he is, effectively, wearing Avram Grant like a glove puppet. According to The Observer this morning, Abramovich ” instructed midfielder Essien, player of the year last season, to hit passes wide rather than through central areas where the Norwegians had compressed play”. Meanwhile, John Terry doesn’t come out of it all covered in very much glory. Terry, who is apparently threatening legal action against the newspaper, Terry “told one of Mourinho’s assistant coaches that he had ‘things on my mind’. Only the intervention of a team-mate put him in the right state of mind to take part in the pre-match warm-up, for which Terry arrived late”. This is all just too funny for words. One of England’s richest clubs in open revolt against each other, and with an owner who simply couldn’t resist the temptation to Be A Football Manager. Elsewhere, yesterday was all pretty much of a muchness on Planet Football....

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