Day: November 14, 2012

Mal From Ayr, Kilmarnock Fan Extraordinaire

Since the full extent of Rangers’ financial troubles was exposed in 2010, their fans have almost totally refused to accept that their club is to blame for anything at all ever. One manifestation of this is the accusation that any critic of the Rangers must be a bigot, an obsessive, a Celtic fan, or all three. Anyone claiming support for, say, Albion Rovers, or Kingstonian, is almost automatically branded a liar. For years, Celtic fans have seen Rangers fans throughout the media like some sort of bastardised “sixth sense” (“I see blue-nosed people”). So this isn’t a one-way or new phenomenon within the confines of Glasgow football fandom. But sometimes, when it looks like a Rangers/Celtic fan and sounds like a Rangers/Celtic fan, it IS a Rangers/Celtic fan, as was exposed for the nation to hear last Saturday evening, on BBC Radio 5 Live’s famous “6-0-6” phone-in programme. A “Kilmarnock fan,” Mal, from Ayr, phoned in to complain about the Scottish media’s obsession with Celtic’s 2-1 Champions League defeat of Barcelona at Celtic Park. There has been something of a Celtic love-fest in the Anglocentric national media. And some could argue that there is a brush of double standard about lauding Celtic for the method of their victory, while bemoaning Chelsea for their method of becoming European Champions last spring. But Celtic’s win over a Barcelona side of such...

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Confirmed: AFC Wimbledon & The FA Cup Match They Emphathically Didn’t Want

In the end, it came about in the most perfunctory way possible. Cambridge City, part-time players from the Premier Division of the Southern Football League, couldn’t live with their full-time opposition and the resounding 6-1 win for the home side was proof, as if it were needed, that for all that we like to talk about the romance of football, the pitch is no place for sentiment and money talks louder than anything else. This was in sharp contrast to the events of Monday evening at Kingsmeadow, of course. York City should have been home and dry by half-time in their FA Cup First Round replay against Wimbledon, but a red card and an equalising goal from out of nowhere changed the complexion of the match towards the end of the first half, although a last minute York equaliser was enough to send this match into thirty minutes of extra time with the home side eventually coming through by the odd goal in seven. Most of those that didn’t want Wimbledon to play their arch nemesis at this time probably knew that the game was up by the time that the full time whistle blew on Monday night, and now supporters of the club have to reach into their consciences and try to make a decision over whether to make the trip north to Buckinghamshire, to survey the estate...

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