Funny game football ... as much as I feel
sorry for Darren Fletcher, after his sending off last night costs him
the chance of appearing in the Champions League final, we have to suffer
yet again poor decisions by the referee,
who in fairness see tackles/fouls at different angles and have to act on
what they see. Just as Spurs had to suffer a wrong decision at Man
Utd when again the player or goalie in this case got the ball first and
then the man. Fate now comes back and stings Manchester United
where they may miss a key player for the final.
Until we have a fourth official who can
override these decisions by a quick play back on a TV monitor, we ALL
have to suffer and that includes Man U. They cannot appeal.
You can't bend the rules for one and not FOR
another. What would happen if Fletcher played in the final and
scored the winning goal ?!
No. Sorry, Darren, but just like
your name sake Norman Stanley, you have to do your porridge and miss the
Uummmm ... Unless we have TV monitors ...
but, ummmm, then again United wouldn't get so many penalties and points
that way would they ? FUNNY OLD GAME !!
Talking of funny, to all you Arsenal fans
who laughed when United beat us on penalties in the League Cup final
this year, your faces on TV last night after 11 minutes was hilarious.
Cheered me up no end.
UP THE SPURS
The look on the Gooners
faces was only beaten by those on the mugs of Chelsea last night !!
I am sure that Mr. Hiddink,
Terry, Drogba, Ballack and all those others chasing after the referee
will be joining you in your call for video evidence to be reviewed
within a game. Shame it has come too late to stop them reaching a
Champions League final.
I went to see The Damned United Brian
Clough film last week and as I sat there, I remembered being in the old
West stand at Spurs right behind the dug out with my Dad when we played
Forest in the late 70's and as Brian Clough walked to his dugout
everyone around me started clapping him. He paused and took in all
the adulation and reading his lips he was saying "Thank you, thank you"
to all us Spurs supporters (his team then went on to beat us 3-1 I
God, I thought, how times have changed.
Can you imagine doing that now to Alex Ferguson ? I think he might
get a few hand signals, but certainly no clapping and at the end of the
film it hits you how ridiculous it is that and Brian Clough and Bill
Nick never got a knighthood.
Here we have Bill Nick with the 1st
BRITISH team to win a European trophy and Brian Clough winning the
European Cup and then RETAINING it with ... Nottingham Forest, in the
days when it was a straight knockout competition and you had to be
Champions to enter it. Not like now where you can finish 10 points
off the leader and still get in and then it's all on a league basis, so
if a big club does lose, they have other games to get them through.
It's outrageous that they both never
received a knighthood for their achievements with a English club and
what they did for football at a time when it was all played on a level
playing field and rich clubs didn't dominate the game. Yet old
chew gumming sore loser Alex ( I never speak to the BBC TV when we lose)
Ferguson gets his (but it is Man Utd ain't it). It's like
honouring a space shuttle pilot the highest honour for going into space
18 or 19 times, but not Neil Armstrong for walking on the moon 40 years
ago. Who do you remember ? Armstrong or the pilot ?
If you loved football in the late 60's
early 70's you will love this film, even the actor who plays Dave Mackay
was good !! Yes it's sad that Bill and Brian have both gone and
they were born in the wrong era to receive the accolade that minor
managers receive now, but what a great era for football.
The Damned United has done it proud.
Having watched the film, I
must say that it is very gripping and not without a few hilarious
moments, but the way to judge a football film is on the football in it.
The play using the actors
picked to play the Leeds and Derby teams is good enough, but the drama
comes when Clough is in the manager's office while the game goes on with
only the silhouette of the crowd in the background.
It is not that the actors
are bad at football, but the only bits of "live" footage for the film
that are indiscernible from the real footage are those involving Leeds
at their thuggish best.
Despite a few bits of
artistic licence (it is a fictional account of the real happenings after
all, I do agree with Adam though that for those old enough or those who
are young, but interested in what it used to be like back in the day,
this film brings back the real terraces and ramshackle grounds we used
to visit during football's heyday.
I see Alex blames that 4-1 defeat by
Liverpool on them having an extra days rest thanks to the Sky TV
schedule. That's right Alex, which is why you beat us in the
Carling Cup final when your team had a few extra days rest, as we had to
play three days before the final, but I don't recall you complaining
And did you see Old Trafford half empty
with five minutes to go on Saturday. PATHETIC prawn sandwich
munchers. What happened was the supporters train for Euston London
leaving earlier that day or what ?
Oh, and Alex, don't complain about the FA
Cup semi being played at Wembley, it's not so far for your supporters to
travel to and it will almost be like a home game.
SIR Alex, you sad bad loser. Admit
Liverpool blew you away and you are not as great as the hype makes out.
4-1 4-1 4-1 4-1
Liverpool for the champions league AGAIN.
Can someone please tell me
Spurs will not get relegated, because last week I heard Mark Lawrenson
on M.O.T.D. saying Spurs won't go down as they are half way up the
Now, today I open the Daily
Star to see Harry Redknapp - and I quote - "Redknapp was adamant his
squad could mount a challenge on the top four next term, although he
admitted it was easier said than done. He goes on, "hopefully it
can happen next year. We certainly don't want to be in the position we
are in now we have good players and can give anyone a game but with the
potential of this club and fan base we should be pushing to get up
I'm sorry ... have Spurs
already got 42 points this season. Are we safe from the drop
already, have I missed something ? Even the bookies only talk
about WBA, Hull, Stoke, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Boro as who will avoid
WE ARE 4 POINTS ABOVE THE
DROP !! We have to visit Villa, Liverpool, Man Utd, Everton with
another easy game against Chelsea at home, so that's 50% of our games
How many points do you
really think we will get from these five games ? Maybe three if we
are lucky. I think our season rests on three home matches - WBA,
MAN CITY, NEWCASTLE. All are must win games, but we seem to be in
a false sense of security as we are up the table, but with some sides
who are below us playing each other, it's a certainty that someone will
gain on us.
So can someone please tell
me to stop worrying, as I don't think I can take much more of this
season. Three points against Villa tomorrow will ease my sleepless
Also see adam's other articles ...
Fix-Up - 03.03.2009 - Harry
rages at fixture congestion