The game is starting to smell rotten from the inside out, and this smell is starting to become all-pervasive to the extent that even those that have been trying to avoid the smell or don’t have a particularly strong sense of smell are starting to notice it.
Category: The Ball
There are so many threads to tie together with this match that it is almost impossible to keep track of them all and the feeling, for the first time in a decade and a half, that Manchester United’s place at or about the top of the table may not be as perpetual as we had all thought, is certainly on the rise.
The battle for control of West Ham United was fought as much in the pages of the sports press as it was between the parties concerned, and it was the tabloids that won out for David Sullivan and David Gold.
History, it has been said many times, is written by the victors. It’s a thought that may pass through the heads of some older Manchester City supporters during their League Cup semi-final against Manchester United at The City of Manchester Stadium this evening.
An Irish Cup match between Newry City and Larne descended into chaos at the weekend when the players gave up on the football and decided to fight each other instead. The supporters of the two clubs are the only people that emerge from it all with much credit.
There has been bad blood between Colchester United and Norwich City this season, ever since Norwich reacted to being beaten 7-1 at home by them by appointing their manager. Norwich had a chance for revenge yesterday, then, and Colchester’s defenders seemed more than happy to help them.
The new football club for Kings Lynn FC will not, as had been widely expected, be owned by the supporters trust. Buster Chapman, the speedway man, is the new owner and he need to get it right – so far, however, there haven’t been too many signs that he will do.
The next four months are going to be very important for Liverpool, and the gambles carry high stakes. Do they change managers now, at high cost, and risk disruption, or do they keep Benitez on board and hope for the best. It’s stick or twist, and the stakes are very high.
The Goalinator is back at Heart of Clackmannannshire, and this means problems for Mungo McCrackas in this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo”. Mungo is relegated to commentating for the local hospital radio station – although it seems as if his career in broadcasting may be cut short.
Chester City continue to lurch from crisis to crisis, and the only realistic action left for the club’s supporters is to boycott the club and form a new one. How much help can they expect from anyone else, though, and can Chester City be evicted from The Deva Stadium.
Coventry City vs Portsmouth in an FA Cup Third Round Replay tonight, live and exclusive on ITV4 – the full lethargy of the cup brought into sharp focus on a bitter night in the Midlands.
This week’s Video Of The Week goes back, as we are wont to do, to the late 1970s, but this isn’t any old match. It’s the match Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion from the 30th of December 1979.
An icon of American football made his Premier League debut at The Emirates Stadium, and Landon Donovan’s performance gave every indication that he will be a significant acquisition for Everton in the second half of what has, for them, so far been a disappointing season.