Monthly Archive: October 2009
Blackburn Rovers play Burnley in the top flight for the first time in over forty years this weekend, but the fixture is being treated as a problem that needs to be dealt with rather than a celebration of a revival in Lancashire football which has taken many people by surprise.
Live only on the internet with the fact that highlights were being shown being announced by Bruce Forsyth in the middle of “Strictly Come Dancing”, Ukraine vs England was a bit of a strange match from well before the kick-off, and it didn’t get much less strange once the match kicked off.
The non-league game, we are told, is a constant state of flux and crisis, but this weekend’s FA Cup match between Dartford and Chelmsford City shows that things aren’t always disastrously bad, as this match – played at an outstanding facility in front of a big crowd – proves.
It still seems harsh to claim that FIFA deliberately changed the rules over the UEFA play-offs for the 2010 World Cup finals because some of the “big” names may be in danger of being drawn against each other, but if they don’t want this sort of controversy, it’s easily avoided.
The fact that Rangers and Celtic believe themselves to be too big for Scottish football is one of the oldest stories around but, as Gavin Saxton writes, their biggest problem is that the English don’t really want them and “The Atlantic League” remains a non-starter.
When Ukraine play England in the World Cup qualifiers, will anybody be watching? With it costing up to £11.99 and the match being largely meaningless for England it seems unlikely, particularly when there are plenty of alternatives for the discerning football fan, both live and on the television.