Day: May 20, 2010

Shit Shot Mungo: Substitute! S02E01

The normal season has now more or less finished and Mungo McCrackas is taking an ill-deserved break from football before coming back to our screens with our World Cup special series, “Mungo In Africa”, which starts in a couple of weeks or so. To fill this void, though, we are proud to be able to present some more sample pages from the magazine “Substitute!”, which will bring you some of the backstage gossip from the Clackins Park colosseum, palatial home of Heart of Clackmannanshire FC, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the players. This week’s “Substitute!” introduces you to the club’s two new goalkeepers. Following serious injuries to Rab “Flappins” McGinty and “Dangerous” Ducky Norton last season, Heart of Clackmannanhire’s chairman Sir Roddy Bulbs has splashed out on two new goalkeepers – the Costa Rican Redge Lepper, and teenage sensation Hoxton Solly. Whether this will result in The Clackas doing any better than avoiding relegation on the last day of the season in extremely unlikely circumstances, however, remains to be seen. As ever, your weekly Mungo fix (brought to you this week in glorious Technicolor) is cobbled together from the most lucid of Ted Carter’s dreams and, for a higher resolution, all you have to do is go...

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Match Of The Midweek: Rotherham United 2-0 Aldershot Town (3-0 Agg)

The Don Valley Stadium, on the Rotherham side of Sheffield, couldn’t be much much less like Millmoor, Rotherham United’s home from 1907 until 2008. Millmoor may have been a little untidy but it was home for The Millers, with a scrap metal yard behind one of the stands beind the goal, the crane from which stood in full view of the pitch, as if Ted Hughes’ “Iron Man” was sneaking a peek every Saturday afternoon. Don Valley, by contrast, feels like an ultra-modern, twenty-first century, multi-sport venue, yet it feels almostĀ  inappropriate for a League Two club to be playing here. The yellow steel piping and tent-like multi-span roofs over the stands give it an almost continental feel, but the running track makes creating an atmosphere difficult. Even this evening, only one stand is full – such are the pitfalls of playing in a 25,000 capacity stadium when your average crowd hovers at around one-sixth of that number. There are a shade over 7,000 here this evening and they’re making quite a racket, but Don Valley is lodgings rather than a home for Rotherham United. They plan to move into a new home of their own in two years’ time. That Rotherham United should be here this evening at all is, in its own small way, a miracle. They have had two spells in administration, the second of which...

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