Blithering Idiocy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 11:13 am
caddyman: (footie)
I don’t really care for Sir Alex Ferguson, but really.

I see the FA have decided to try and discipline him for insulting a referee by damning him with the phrase, “definitely the best referee in the country”. This is clearly a calumny, a smear against the referee, Howard Webb’s good name. How dare the most successful manager of the most successful football team in England say such a thing about any referee, much less this one?

I understand from the press that the FA are somewhat bewildered by Ferguson’s response to their charge. He has ignored it. Manchester United acknowledged receipt of the papers and he had until 4pm yesterday to respond, saying he would either contest or accept their judgement. Apparently he did neither.

It’s assumed that he thought it must be a joke.

As I say, I don’t like the chap, but really. The slavering idiots of Soho Square really need to stop (or start) taking the pills.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13387966.stm

Blithering Idiocy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 11:13 am
caddyman: (footie)
I don’t really care for Sir Alex Ferguson, but really.

I see the FA have decided to try and discipline him for insulting a referee by damning him with the phrase, “definitely the best referee in the country”. This is clearly a calumny, a smear against the referee, Howard Webb’s good name. How dare the most successful manager of the most successful football team in England say such a thing about any referee, much less this one?

I understand from the press that the FA are somewhat bewildered by Ferguson’s response to their charge. He has ignored it. Manchester United acknowledged receipt of the papers and he had until 4pm yesterday to respond, saying he would either contest or accept their judgement. Apparently he did neither.

It’s assumed that he thought it must be a joke.

As I say, I don’t like the chap, but really. The slavering idiots of Soho Square really need to stop (or start) taking the pills.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13387966.stm
caddyman: (footie)
And with the exception of the Championship Playoff Final tomorrow between Burnley and Sheffield United, plus the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Final, that's the end of the football season for another year.

Wolves wave a cheerful farewell to the Championship and prepare for a much harder time next season in the Premier League. On the way up we pass Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion sliding in the other direction. I would take the mickey, but I've been on the receiving end of it in the past and may well be again this time next season, so I shall say nowt, other than to speculate on the future employment of the likes of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Nicky Butt and er that's it. I couldn't name a Baggy or a Boro player if you asked me. They've made that much impact.

Presumably next season Newcastle will try to keep their number of managers for the season down to a reasonable two or three instead of chopping and changing every eight games like this year. Will Shearer stay? Who cares? He was over-rated as a player and wisely stayed out of management right up until it was too late for him to influence anything.

Still, what do I know? My first ever dabble with Sky Super 6 in which you try to forecast the results and scores for six named games and the time of the first goal yielded zero points. I shan't be having a share of the £100,000 on offer then. Oh well, there's always next season.
caddyman: (footie)
And with the exception of the Championship Playoff Final tomorrow between Burnley and Sheffield United, plus the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Final, that's the end of the football season for another year.

Wolves wave a cheerful farewell to the Championship and prepare for a much harder time next season in the Premier League. On the way up we pass Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion sliding in the other direction. I would take the mickey, but I've been on the receiving end of it in the past and may well be again this time next season, so I shall say nowt, other than to speculate on the future employment of the likes of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Nicky Butt and er that's it. I couldn't name a Baggy or a Boro player if you asked me. They've made that much impact.

Presumably next season Newcastle will try to keep their number of managers for the season down to a reasonable two or three instead of chopping and changing every eight games like this year. Will Shearer stay? Who cares? He was over-rated as a player and wisely stayed out of management right up until it was too late for him to influence anything.

Still, what do I know? My first ever dabble with Sky Super 6 in which you try to forecast the results and scores for six named games and the time of the first goal yielded zero points. I shan't be having a share of the £100,000 on offer then. Oh well, there's always next season.

New Kit

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 02:36 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
While I was on holiday, Wolves unveiled the strip they will be playing in next season in the Premiership:



I am hoping that they do a replica in a suitably lardy boy size for me (and most typical fans). The shirt has a slight retro feel to it and the advertising isn't too intrusive - I am old-fashioned enough to wish there were no such thing as a 'shirt sponsors' but that bird has flown, sadly. Anyway, when I consider what the strip looked like when 'Doritos' sponsored the club, well...

New Kit

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 02:36 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
While I was on holiday, Wolves unveiled the strip they will be playing in next season in the Premiership:



I am hoping that they do a replica in a suitably lardy boy size for me (and most typical fans). The shirt has a slight retro feel to it and the advertising isn't too intrusive - I am old-fashioned enough to wish there were no such thing as a 'shirt sponsors' but that bird has flown, sadly. Anyway, when I consider what the strip looked like when 'Doritos' sponsored the club, well...
caddyman: (Wolves)
Last time I posted about the Wolves and how good the season was going, the team promptly imploded. They have since recovered and at the risk of prodding the Karma Pixies into action, I am recording the league table here for my own benefit and enjoyment!

With Wolves beating Burnley 2-0 and the Blues only managing a 1-1 draw away to Forest, the gap opens to 6 points. The team to keep an eye on though, is Reading, closing the gap on the Blues to 1 point after a 3-0 thumping of Derby. Reading are the team that started our mini slump a few weeks ago and they are scoring freely. We don't play them again until the end of January, so hopefully there's time for us to build up a bigger gap, Karma Pixies allowing.



Ah well. Best not count the chickens yet. There's still over half the season to go and we've had many, many false dawns over the years, but right now at this moment it's looking good.
caddyman: (Wolves)
Last time I posted about the Wolves and how good the season was going, the team promptly imploded. They have since recovered and at the risk of prodding the Karma Pixies into action, I am recording the league table here for my own benefit and enjoyment!

With Wolves beating Burnley 2-0 and the Blues only managing a 1-1 draw away to Forest, the gap opens to 6 points. The team to keep an eye on though, is Reading, closing the gap on the Blues to 1 point after a 3-0 thumping of Derby. Reading are the team that started our mini slump a few weeks ago and they are scoring freely. We don't play them again until the end of January, so hopefully there's time for us to build up a bigger gap, Karma Pixies allowing.



Ah well. Best not count the chickens yet. There's still over half the season to go and we've had many, many false dawns over the years, but right now at this moment it's looking good.

Ouch!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 12:00 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I should have known better than posting up an entry a few days ago about how well Wolves are doing at the front end of this season. The Karma Pixies promptly nipped across to the Molineux and hamstringed both of our wingers in the knowledge that our most prolific forward was already suspended for the game. That’s the first choice attack decimated at a stroke, then.

Still, a 3-0 defeat at home is still a touch embarrassing, especially as the opening goal was scored by our own goalkeeper who seems to have started the game with butter on his gloves.

Ho hum.

It could be worse: Reading are a good team, so I expected a tough game from them and frankly, we had to expect a setback at some point. The Blues only managed a draw, so we are still two pints clear at the top with a far superior goal difference. It’s a bit early to panic yet, but then, that’s what we Wolves fans do: look on the dark side of things even when it’s all going reasonably well.

Ouch!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 12:00 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I should have known better than posting up an entry a few days ago about how well Wolves are doing at the front end of this season. The Karma Pixies promptly nipped across to the Molineux and hamstringed both of our wingers in the knowledge that our most prolific forward was already suspended for the game. That’s the first choice attack decimated at a stroke, then.

Still, a 3-0 defeat at home is still a touch embarrassing, especially as the opening goal was scored by our own goalkeeper who seems to have started the game with butter on his gloves.

Ho hum.

It could be worse: Reading are a good team, so I expected a tough game from them and frankly, we had to expect a setback at some point. The Blues only managed a draw, so we are still two pints clear at the top with a far superior goal difference. It’s a bit early to panic yet, but then, that’s what we Wolves fans do: look on the dark side of things even when it’s all going reasonably well.

Footie

Monday, September 29th, 2008 12:07 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I rarely blather on about sport here, unless there’s something funny to comment on, but I have to say that I am impressed by Wolves’ start to the season.

As a supporter of the team for over 30 years, I am used to being disappointed by them; since I have been taking an active interest, they have spent their longest period outside the top flight in their history, made Europe but once and only won one major trophy (and a minor one). They have picked up a number of promotions following the disastrous period in the 80s that saw the club go bankrupt twice, followed by relegation, promotion and then three successive relegations at the end of which they briefly sat at the bottom of 92 professional clubs, 5 minutes from going bankrupt a third time and disappearing into history.

Narrowly missing out on promotion after an impressive turn around under Graham Turner, they achieved two successive promotions and then stalled in the second tier, where they remain, despite a brief and unsuccessful flirtation with the Premiership on 2003.

Most seasons they manage enough of a run at some point in the season to flood me with what tends to prove to be unfounded hope and we settle down for another season of dog fighting in what is now the Championship.

This season, however, after eight games they have won seven and dropped only two points, remaining unbeaten in the league. The team’s best start in 60 years has got me all hopeful again and for once I don’t find myself apologising for being a Wolves supporter. It’s great.

There are a lot of Spurs fans in the office and for once, I am not the really glum person on a Monday morning.

Footie

Monday, September 29th, 2008 12:07 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
I rarely blather on about sport here, unless there’s something funny to comment on, but I have to say that I am impressed by Wolves’ start to the season.

As a supporter of the team for over 30 years, I am used to being disappointed by them; since I have been taking an active interest, they have spent their longest period outside the top flight in their history, made Europe but once and only won one major trophy (and a minor one). They have picked up a number of promotions following the disastrous period in the 80s that saw the club go bankrupt twice, followed by relegation, promotion and then three successive relegations at the end of which they briefly sat at the bottom of 92 professional clubs, 5 minutes from going bankrupt a third time and disappearing into history.

Narrowly missing out on promotion after an impressive turn around under Graham Turner, they achieved two successive promotions and then stalled in the second tier, where they remain, despite a brief and unsuccessful flirtation with the Premiership on 2003.

Most seasons they manage enough of a run at some point in the season to flood me with what tends to prove to be unfounded hope and we settle down for another season of dog fighting in what is now the Championship.

This season, however, after eight games they have won seven and dropped only two points, remaining unbeaten in the league. The team’s best start in 60 years has got me all hopeful again and for once I don’t find myself apologising for being a Wolves supporter. It’s great.

There are a lot of Spurs fans in the office and for once, I am not the really glum person on a Monday morning.

The Doog

Monday, June 25th, 2007 05:56 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)


Derek "The Doog" Dougan
20-1-38 to 24-6-07

The Doog

Monday, June 25th, 2007 05:56 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)


Derek "The Doog" Dougan
20-1-38 to 24-6-07

Sport stuff

Saturday, April 14th, 2007 05:25 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
Well, in the footie world, as the season creeps ever closer to its conclusion, Wolves manage to hold on to a point, drawing 2-2 away at Crystal Palace despite playing with 10 men for slightly more than half the game. That is enough to keep us in the Championship playoffs for now, but we need to keep going for the final few games or we can be over taken.

Things seem to be going well for Midland clubs right now, with Birmingham also winning and Walsall clinching promotion in League Two. Shrewsbury remain in the playoff places and have games in hand over most of their rivals. They play tomorrow at noon.

I currently have mild neuralgia after scoffing a load of ice cream provided by a cheerful [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim who had a tenner on Silver Birch in the National at 33-1.

Sport stuff

Saturday, April 14th, 2007 05:25 pm
caddyman: (Wolves)
Well, in the footie world, as the season creeps ever closer to its conclusion, Wolves manage to hold on to a point, drawing 2-2 away at Crystal Palace despite playing with 10 men for slightly more than half the game. That is enough to keep us in the Championship playoffs for now, but we need to keep going for the final few games or we can be over taken.

Things seem to be going well for Midland clubs right now, with Birmingham also winning and Walsall clinching promotion in League Two. Shrewsbury remain in the playoff places and have games in hand over most of their rivals. They play tomorrow at noon.

I currently have mild neuralgia after scoffing a load of ice cream provided by a cheerful [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim who had a tenner on Silver Birch in the National at 33-1.

Fitba

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 08:06 pm
caddyman: (footie)
I was going to watch the Spurs v Sevilla game on telly tonight, not because I am a Spurs fan per se but because a number of my friends are.

2-0 down on the night, 4-1 down on aggregate and 15 minutes not yet played. My morale crumpled on my friends' behalf. I may check later, but I suspect it will feel like the sport equivalent of prodding a dead sheep to see what crawls out.

Later
Denied a clear penalty and with just a bit of luck running their way, they could still have pulled it off. Out of the cup, but nonetheless A for effort and honour intact.

Fitba

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 08:06 pm
caddyman: (footie)
I was going to watch the Spurs v Sevilla game on telly tonight, not because I am a Spurs fan per se but because a number of my friends are.

2-0 down on the night, 4-1 down on aggregate and 15 minutes not yet played. My morale crumpled on my friends' behalf. I may check later, but I suspect it will feel like the sport equivalent of prodding a dead sheep to see what crawls out.

Later
Denied a clear penalty and with just a bit of luck running their way, they could still have pulled it off. Out of the cup, but nonetheless A for effort and honour intact.
caddyman: (athenaeum club)
Following on from tonight's (last night's to be more accurate) defeat of Germany by the Italians in the World Cup semi final, there was a great deal of fuss and commotion out on the High Road between about 9.45 and 10.30.

Lots of happy shouting and cars driving by, horns a-tooting. Some of this is no doubt due to the exuberance of the Great Unwashed taking a keen delight in the defeat of Germany. Myself, other than feeling frustration at their uncanny ability to get past us in penalty shoot-outs but rarely open play (and let's face it, the England side in any of its incarnations must take a fair portion of the blame for cracking at the vital moment, even when playing well), have never really begrudged them their footballing success, though by preference (after England) I have a soft spot for the Brazilians.

Anyway. Not all the noise, which we enjoyed to the full as all the windows were open in a vain attempt to disperse this infernal heat, could be put down to excited chavdom.

It hasn't occurred to me before, but there must be a sizeable Italian community here in Whetstone. Either that or one very excited Italian.

There is a very good Italian restaurant up the road. I wonder if they will have the final on in there on Sunday, and whether they will be feeling generous enough to serve extra-generous portions...?

That said, it's not cheap, so I will probably instead make something with pasta and eat it at home with a nice bottle of Italian red. I haven't made a humongous spag-bol for ages. Maybe now's the time.

In the meantime, it's all horribly hot and all to the point where health alerts are being issued. I am going to melt on the bed now and hope to sleep. With luck we will have a storm.

Bet we don't.
caddyman: (athenaeum club)
Following on from tonight's (last night's to be more accurate) defeat of Germany by the Italians in the World Cup semi final, there was a great deal of fuss and commotion out on the High Road between about 9.45 and 10.30.

Lots of happy shouting and cars driving by, horns a-tooting. Some of this is no doubt due to the exuberance of the Great Unwashed taking a keen delight in the defeat of Germany. Myself, other than feeling frustration at their uncanny ability to get past us in penalty shoot-outs but rarely open play (and let's face it, the England side in any of its incarnations must take a fair portion of the blame for cracking at the vital moment, even when playing well), have never really begrudged them their footballing success, though by preference (after England) I have a soft spot for the Brazilians.

Anyway. Not all the noise, which we enjoyed to the full as all the windows were open in a vain attempt to disperse this infernal heat, could be put down to excited chavdom.

It hasn't occurred to me before, but there must be a sizeable Italian community here in Whetstone. Either that or one very excited Italian.

There is a very good Italian restaurant up the road. I wonder if they will have the final on in there on Sunday, and whether they will be feeling generous enough to serve extra-generous portions...?

That said, it's not cheap, so I will probably instead make something with pasta and eat it at home with a nice bottle of Italian red. I haven't made a humongous spag-bol for ages. Maybe now's the time.

In the meantime, it's all horribly hot and all to the point where health alerts are being issued. I am going to melt on the bed now and hope to sleep. With luck we will have a storm.

Bet we don't.

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