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Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

Full Mental Jacket (A-League Round 2 Review)

August 18, 2010

In a week when the FFA has announced a new Socceroos coach (Holger Osieck – no, me neither) and national hero Mark Schwarzer edged closer to becoming Arsenal’s latest butter-gloved goalkeeper, the talk in Australian football circles has been dominated by one subject: the overcoat of extrovert North Queensland Fury coach, Franz Straka.  His striped beige […]


August 12, 2010

Season six of the A-League kicked off last weekend with a slew of hard-fought draws and a Central Coast Mariners win that had the party-pooping qualities of a drambuie-soaked children’s entertainer crafting obscene shapes out of balloons. Their 1-0 win at new club Melbourne Heart on Thursday night was deserved though, and came almost a […]

HAL 2010 (“What are you watching, Dave?)

August 5, 2010

The vuvuzelas have barely droned their last parp and the bruises on Andres Iniesta’s shins are still pansy purple, yet here we are on the verge of another football season. Football widows rejoice – it’s back already.  However, fans of Hyundai A-League clubs have had a longer wait than most to see their clubs in […]

You’re just a bunch of anchors

July 8, 2010

Here in Australia, TV station SBS has had the exclusive rights to broadcast the World Cup. They’ve done a pretty good job. Their presenters are well-informed, engaging and enthusiastic. Coming from the UK, I’m not really used to this sort of thing. It’s been a treat to watch a tournament without having to endure updates […]

Got, got, needs

June 9, 2010

I’ve started collecting Panini World Cup stickers.  It’s a habit I thought I had licked; I hadn’t peeled a sticker since Mexico 86. Yet within hours of receiving a free sticker album with a World Cup Guide, I found myself marching into the nearest newsagents and asking: “Hi, do you sell World Cup stickers? My […]

Australia 1 USA 3

June 8, 2010

I fear I’ve overdone it with the friendlies. Apart from the three Australia games, I’ve also watched all of England’s warm-ups, France’s defeat to China, and even managed to squeeze in half an hour of Serbia v New Zealand. With four days left to go before the World Cup, I’m already a bit stuffed. I’m […]

Australia 1 Denmark 0

June 4, 2010

Taking the bins out. De-scaling the kettle. The music of Jack Johnson. An evening with Michael Owen. Digesting a Ryvita on a rail replacement bus service between Reading and Didcot Parkway. Putting your hand through a carrier bag to retrieve a wet dog stool.  Eltham train station on a Sunday evening in January. Eltham train […]

Golf umbrellas

May 30, 2010

So, Swindon Town lost the play-off final. In truth, the 1-0 defeat was a fair result. Millwall were the better team and thoroughly deserved their victory. Swindon’s only chance of note fell to Charlie Austin, but he was unable to find the target, as the ball bobbled off the Wembley turf a split second before […]

You’re going to Wembley, you’re going to Wembley. I’m not, I’m not.

May 28, 2010

Tomorrow, Swindon Town take on Millwall at Wembley in the League One Play-off final. As an exiled Town fan, this is both thrilling and crushing in equal measure. That they wait until I leave the country before deciding to start playing like Santos is absolutely typical of the emotional trauma they have caused me over […]

Australia 2 New Zealand 1

May 27, 2010

The World Cup is nearly upon us and like the coaches of the 32 competing teams; I have been busy making last-minute preparations. My annual leave requests have been signed by a perplexed line manager; two world cup wall charts are blue-tacked and primed for studious completion; and the internet has been trawled for a […]