Day: February 19, 2008

…And Chelsea Will Play…

There has been a mixed reaction to last weekend’s FA Cup results. The split seems to have been something like 50/50. On the one hand, there are those like James Lawton of The Independent, who regarded Arsenal’s performance at Old Trafford on Saturday evening as a portent of doom for the FA Cup. He seems, in his article, to live in a different world to the rest of us, and also overlooks the fact that a sizeable number of the rest of us couldn’t give a damn how seriously the “Big Four” take it. The simple fact of the matter is that these clubs have resources which are so vastly greater than anyone else’s that it shouldn’t even matter whether they put out their entire reserve teams. What we learnt from last weekend’s FA Cup matches is that Arsenal, for all the hubris surrounding them (and Lawton himself is at the centre of that particular vortex), don’t actually have very great strength in depth, and that the same applies to an even greater extent with Liverpool. Both sides were undone by teams that wanted it more. Curiously, this morning’s news that Avram Grant is likely to rest John Terry and Frank Lampard for Chelsea’s Champions League match against Olympiakos ahead of next weekend’s League Cup final against Spurs isn’t being talked about in this respect. No-one is suggesting with...

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"I’d Like To Thank Mum & Dad… God…"

Well, hooray! We won an award! As some of you may recall, this little blog was nominated for a couple of gongs at the Soccerlens 2007 Football Blog awards. Well, it managed second place in the two categories for which it was nominated, but managed to win the Editor’s Choice for “The Best Blog That You’ve Never Heard Of”. Firstly, I’d like to offer my thanks to Ahmed Bilal at Soccerlens for putting me amongst the nominations and selecting me as his choice, and secondly I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone that was nominated and everyone that won. If it had been down to me, you’d all have won a prize of some sort. There has been a lot of great stuff on football blogs written over the last couple of years or so (too much, I would have to say, for me to even have the time to read), but I’m doing my level best to keep up with it all. Keep checking the links on the right hand side of this page, because those lists are going to keep on growing. Finally, should there be anybody reading from this from a major corporation, my rates are exceptionally cheap (he said, hitching up his mini skirt and flashing a bit of garter – now there’s a mental image to give those of you that know me...

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