Category Archives: Rose like a Salmon

A ripper straight out of Texas! (Video)

The MLS isn’t renowned for it’s super goals – if anything the standard of goalkeeping is very low and therefore the goals tend to look a lot better than they are, but this fella is a beauty. 

Boneik Garcia of the Houston Dynamo scored a whopper that any player would have been proud of. 

The Dynamo are on course for the MLS Cup payoffs once again where they were defeated 1-0 by the LA Galaxy last November.

That day saw David Beckham lift his first trophy in USA since he joined in 2007.

The Dynamo have been a force all season with great players such as Brad Davis and goal keeper Tally Hall keeping them in the mix for another shot at the coveted prize. 

They were my tip for the Title way back in March and look set to do well again this post-season. 

I love the over excited commentators. Take a leaf Mark Lawrenson.

Love for Live Football

Tomorrow night, I will be in attendance at a football match that I have no affinity to either of the competing teams.

I’ll be there on the terraces with the true fans, the Tuesday night in the cold brigade. 

Brisbane Road will be the location of the game in which I’ll enjoy. Leyton Orient vs Colchester United – both sides on 16 points after 13 games and only a single goal the difference between them. It should be a feisty encounter. 

I don’t know much about either team, not much to comment on and entice more of you with a free evening to attend – but I do know one thing. I bloody love Live football. 

I enjoy football in the lower tiers especially as these are the guys who are really striving to impress. All of them know that they are a string of decent performances away from that lucrative deal in the Championship or the Premier League. If the papers catch wind of your name for the right reasons, you can be propelled into the life you always dreamed of.

Example of this is Burnley’s Charlie Austin. 

Just over 3 years ago, Austin was a part time bricklayer in Poole, where he was netting many a goal every weekend for Poole Town – fast forward 3 years and through Swindon Town, Austin is now scoring for fun at Burnley and is being linked with a move to Newcastle United. 

Amongst the players I’ll see tomorrow night are former Arsenal youth teamer Ben Chorley, ex Charlton veteran Kevin Lisbie and Chelsea academy graduate Jimmy Smith to name but a few. These guys are of a great pedegree and sound footballing grounding. 

Leyton Orient famously forced an FA Cup replay with Arsenal last season of which they were rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas. These are the stories that we love as football fans and what attracts us away from the glitz and glamour of the overpaid, unappreciative robots that turn out every week in the Premier League.

Na na na na na, Oi! 


 

Big night for the Bhoys

The last time Celtic too a trip to Barcelona, they fielded such stars as Nakamura, Boruc and Vennegoor of Hesselink…. that day they walked away with their heads held high after a 1-0 defeat. 

This time around, they might be able to recreate such heroics or go one better. Barca are undoubtedly the favourites here however they have their own problems to worry about…

Sergio Busquets is suspended, while Carles Puyol, Dani Alves and Gerard Pique are injured. Celtic may well be able to rock the apple cart as they see the return of Scott Brown, James Forrest, Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons.

Celtic have take 4 points from their first 2 games after they pulled off a shock victory in Russia in the last round of fixtures, they’ll look to assert their hold on the group with another 3 points in the next game, albeit the double header their embarking on next is a huge huge ask for them.

Can they pull it off? Can Neil Lennon and his men achieve what only Chelsea have managed in this modern time? Nothing is impossible.

Let’s back the Bhoys and in true British spirit, root for the underdog. 

No place in football for any of it. (Video)

Racism, Sexism, missed handshakes and now Actual Bodily Harm. The world of football has had a time of it the past few years. 

From Big Ron’s off camera faux pas and Gray and Keysey’s ‘banter’ about the girls on the Sky set, we thought we’d seen the worst of it – but now with last season’s racism spells hanging over the current season like a bad hangover, we were treated this past weekend to the newest ugly face of football.

Chris Kirkland, the former Liverpool and England goalkeeper was attacked by a filthy, slimy speck of a human being who thought he was ‘boss’ enough to hit the goalkeeper in the face with a double hadouken punch. 

I won’t name the git as I feel that I’ve already given him the publicity he wanted but the question I am asking in this blog post is…

Where the hell were the stewards?!?! 

If you watch the video, the hooligan nonchalontly cruises onto the pitch and strolls up to Kirkland (who stupidly keeps his arms by his side I might add) and has a good old swing at the goalkeeper. 

How the hell did he manage to get that far?

When a streaker enters the field of play, the stewards are chasing after them like a Benny Hill sketch – this guy could have moonwalked or crawled and seemingly got away with it! 

Sky Sports News has just informed me that the dullard in question here has been handed a lifetime ban from Elland Road.

Ban him from all football for life I say. He doesn’t deserve our beautiful game. 

 

Football’s Journeymen : Ian Harte (Video)

What a CV this man has. He’s been to the most unlikely of places!

Leeds United, Levante, Sunderland, Blackpool, Carlisle United and most recently and probably lastly, Reading. 

Ian Harte became a forgotten hero as he headed off to Spain. This was thanks to Leeds United’s ill fated financial crisis. At this time, it was rumoured that he might be heading to Barcelona or Milan however it was Levante who would take him on. He scored Levante’s first La Liga goal in 41 years but also suffered a groin injury that sidelined him for most of his maiden campaign. After an up and down spell in Spain, Roy Keane brought him back to Britain after injury scuppered his chances in Spain. 

This spell didn’t work out too well for him either as he was released after 1 year only playing 8 times. 

Harte continued to bumble around the leagues as he trialled and then signed at Blackpool in December 2008 – another false dawn for the Irishman as he was once again clubless in Feb 2009. 

Carlisle United would be where he would find himself in the following March and his career would get back on track from then on. A mainstay in the side racking up 52 appearances netting 19 times, Harte found himself again thanks to manager Greg Abbott.

After trialling and being released from many clubs, Harte would find himself unexpectedly signing for Reading for £100,000 in August 2010 and the rest they say is history… 

Ian Harte is back in the big time after an 8 year hiatus from the Premier League. 

He signed a 1 year extension this past summer keeping him in Berkshire until 2013 – at this time he turned down the opportunity to rejoin Leeds United.

Stats: 20 seasons in Professional Football at Left Back. 506 Appearances. 85 Goals. 

And let’s all remember that Ian Harte has played in a Champions League Semi Final! 


 

Is this the end for Swindon’s Golden spell?

This could be a dark time to be a Swindon fan as there appears to be more trouble on the horizon.

Jeremy Wray has been replaced as the clubs Chairman with immediate effect following a specific request from the clubs majority shareholder Andrew Black. 

Wray was at the club for 4 years, only chairman since 2011 though, a time that has seen the good: Paulo Di Canio’s appointment, climbing back into League 1 at the first time of asking and reaching the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and League 1 Playoff Final’s. The bad: Town lose on both days out at Wembley.  Lose 60% of their playing staff after the League 1 Playoff Loss, then slipped down to League 2 the following year and Danny Wilson departs… and then *shudder*, the Ugly… The brief appointment of Paul Hart who failed miserably in his meagre attempt to save Swindon from the drop, he was asked to leave after a short 7 weeks. 

Wray’s time at the Town will be looked back on as a success in the main. It appears as though the squad has real quality again, the club are heading in the right direction and most of all – he brought in a Superstar manager in Paulo Di Canio. 

So what happens now? 

Well – the Twittersphere and the world of Facebook has been rattling with worry today as many believe that the next cloud in this darkening sky will be the departure of PDC. 

There have already been rife rumours that he is in line for the Bolton job thanks to his great success at STFC. This fire will be stoked up after the departure of the man who gave him the reigns to do whatever he felt fit on the playing side of things. 

The transfer embargo that I mentioned last week will also add to speculation that the Town are about to hit the skids. This news was also mooted to aid in Paulo’s decision to quit the County Ground. 

Paulo Di Canio is an honest man though, he says what he is thinking and he has never shied away from any responsibility. He has publicly stated that he will always honour his contracts and that there is still much work to do at Swindon.

Time will tell, but if you’re a Town fan… I’d hold on to your hat.


Rangers Chief says what we were all thinking…

Maybe it was a bit harsh, but Rangers Chief Executive Charles Green has posed the question this week:

“How can Manchester United’s revenues be £320m and Aston Villa, who are completely useless, get £250m?”

This was in the context that he had predicted that a European League would be formed because big teams can’t keep subsidising the small teams. 

He might have a point here, in that the bigger clubs might break away – however I hope he wasn’t talking about Rangers being a big club…. 

He is up to date with current affairs right? He knows that Rangers next fixture is at home to Queen’s Park and they’re going into that off the back of a loss away at Stirling Albion! 

I don’t think he’s in a position to be calling Aston Villa useless, despite what we all think as we see them stumble from one season to the next in the Premier League. 

Back to the point here though: What are the odds of us seeing this European Super League? How do we feel about it? Would it work? 

Imagine looking down the fixture list and seeing your team playing at home, then Barca, then home, then away at Zenit… no this just sounds like the Champions League group stages, but imagine if it was every weekend!? Match of the Day would be a nightmare!!

Could your bank balance take that as a fan? It would be like the NFL where the home team has near on 100% fan advantage and away games almost impossible to go and see…

For you Villains, you’ll be pleased to hear that Chaz has sent you a letter to say Sorry.


Is TW14’s KO a KO for his time at AFC? (Video)

Theo Walcott’s latest injury is clearly poor luck on the young lad – literaly having the stuffing knocked out of him against San Marino on Friday night can’t be what he had planned. 

How a red card didn’t appear is beyond me!

I imagine he has visioned tearing the Sunday Leaguer’s a new one as he showcased to Arsene Wenger why he is worth £100k a week. Instead he spent the night in A&E struggling to catch his breath. 

Not only is this a personal set back for Theo, it’s obviously going to spark converstations about whether San Marino are up to the standard for WC qualification, which of course they are perfectly entitled to be, and Arsene Wenger will be livid that is was his right winger who took the hit and not a non first choice England right winger… like David Bentley.

This KO for Walcott is most certainly going to damage is chances of proving that he is the £100k man he claims to be. He will have wanted to make himself irreplacable at The Emirates and forced Monseuir Wenger to open his wallet however instead, the clock continues to tick down on his contract and Arsenal’s patience is wearing thin…