Here is akvbcfc’s latest article. (Now he has recovered from the dreaded lurgy!)
Sing at a football game? How very dare you…
It has emerged that at their recent home game against Wigan, some Middlesbrough fans were handed letters from the safety officer at the club, Sue Watson, which asked for them to stop singing during the game. Watson said,
Now, is it me, or is this the stupidest request you have ever heard? What are we coming to, if a football club is asking its own fans to sit down and be quiet because it is annoying other fans? Apparently, some other home fans had been complaining about the noise levels, but who are these fans in the first place?! If you don’t want to be around people making noise, go to a library.
Why should fans be quiet anyway? Let’s face it; Boro are 19th in the table…they could do with the support. They hardly sell out their stadium week in week out anyway, so why should they alienate their most loyal supporters?
Watson said that fans could make as much noise as they liked when Boro scored…That’s all good and well, but when the team have only scored 4 goals in the past 8 games, there’s hardly much for fans to shout about.
This ludicrous request simply proves to show how out of touch football is becoming with the real world. People go to football matches to support their team, and they do this by shouting, screaming, and generally acting like a madman whenever anything happens. It’s just the way it is.
If you don’t like it, don’t go to a football game…simple.
The UEFA Cup? Are you serious?
Pointless – serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
…the UEFA Cup?
It seems this way after both Spurs and our ‘friends’ from B6 have chosen to rest key players for their UEFA Cup matches this week. Villa travel to CSKA Moscow without the likes of Barry, Young, Heskey, Agbonlahor and Friedel. Spurs sent out a team for the first leg against Shakhtar with nine changes from the side who faced Arsenal the weekend before.
Martin O’Neill has tried to defend his decision by saying,
“We have to try and please Villa fans but I am sure they would think that the Premier League – which can help drive you into the Champions League – is the holy grail.”
I’m sorry, but the last time I checked, the winners of the UEFA Cup were given automatic entry to the Champions League the following season…or has Martin forgotten that?
However, these two sides aren’t the first to ignore the UEFA Cup. Gary Megson did the same last season. In the last 16 tie against Sporting Lisbon, Megson rested seven first team players ahead of a crucial relegation 6 pointer against Wigan…which they lost.
Are clubs right to ignore the UEFA Cup?
Of course not. It is a European competition where you have a realistic chance of being successful, but clubs seem to ignore this. Bolton, Spurs, and Villa all had/have the chance to do something special, but they are rejecting it.
It is ridiculous. This is a massive chance for both Villa and Spurs to establish themselves on the European stage, and it is also a chance to add another trophy to the cabinet.
If you asked any of the fans who have spent near to £1000 travelling to these away matches supporting their side in Europe if they think that the UEFA Cup is a waste of time, then I’m sure that they wouldn’t see the UEFA Cup as a waste of time.
“You do what you think is right for you and the football club. I certainly don’t see myself walking away, if the worst happens.” Sam Allardyce, manager of Blackburn Rovers
So, Big Sam says that he will not leave the club if they are relegated at the end of the season. That’s very nice of you Sam. But if you take the club down to the Championship, then you never know. You might even be sacked…or has your giant ego not considered that possibility?
A Real Legend
There are very few players left in the modern day game who have all the integrity and honesty that we would like to expect from footballers, but if you want to find evidence of such players, look no further than a certain Mr Giggs. For years, Ryan Giggs has entertained crowds up and down the land, and he is not done yet.
He burst on to the scene as part of the golden generation at Manchester United, and he has enjoyed unrivalled success, as he heads for his 11th Premier League title.
He may be coming to the end of his career, but he is determined not to just bow out quietly. His performances this season have been nothing short of sensational. Not only is he a true gent, he is also a true professional in every sense of the world, and it will be a travesty if he is not rewarded with the PFA Player of the Year award come May.
It’s a Miracle
A player makes a terrible challenge and duly receives a red card. The player realises he is wrong, and then waits for the other player to come down the tunnel to apologise to him because he knows he is in the wrong. The footballer shows real integrity. The victim survives the challenge, when it was very possible that his leg could have broken.
It’s a modern day miracle.