[T]oday, we welcome Susan Gardiner to The Two Unfortunates. Ipswich fan Susan took part in a conversational assessment of the fortunes of Ipswich Town FC back in May. Here, she turns her attention to matters of more general interest and crucial they are indeed given recent events. Susan is on twitter at @susan1878 and blogs at Those Who Will Not Be Drowned.
Firstly, we'd like to apologise to the author of this piece, Danny Brothers, for furthering his
torment on Saturday. Not only did he have to sit through a ponging performance from Northampton, he
had to write about it afterwards following an opportunistic request prior to the game from yours
truly. Fair play for following up with this, Danny.
[F]ollowing yesterday's start to pre-season, in which we looked at all 24 League 2 clubs, our intensive schedule continues as we move on to League 1. Tomorrow, attention will turn to the Championship. Bradford City Fairytale Bradford City have added a little sheen to their well built squad as they look to attack League 1 at a canter â€“ Rochdale's Jason Kennedy and experienced winger Mark Yeates join the standout performers James Hanson, Carl McHugh and the quicksilver Nahki Wells in Phil Parkinson's promotion winning squad.
So Football is officially dead then â€“ beside images of sideburns, NHS celebrations, Kenneth
Branagh in a top hat, a Somali-born hero, David Rudisha, the lightning bolt and the tranquil
surrounds of 'Eton Dorney', the game has lost its sheen â€“ embattled as it was when Freddie
Flintoff inspired an Embrace song in 2005 and Jonny drop kicked that ball two years before.
[O]nce upon a time, the PFA Awards were the undisputed measure of a season's most valuable players.
Voted for by the Professionals themselves, the response to their announcement was one of awed hush
and consent â€“ how could mere onlookers presume to know better than those involved in the rough
and tumble of the actual sport?
There are compensations that come with aÂ tumble down the divisions. While Championship fans must
largely contend with a sequence of out of town meccano sheds, visits to Frankie and Benny'sÂ and
repeated attempts to negotiate those ubiquitous metal railings that align our national dual
carriageways, League 2 in particular can throw up some pleasingly traditional sensations.
There's nothing like the sight of a group of grown men fighting to reinvigorate one's faith in
humanity, and on Tuesday night at Valley Parade, League Two sides Bradford City and Crawley Town
got involved in some proper aggro when five players -Â Bradford's Andrew Davies, Luke Oliver and
Jon McLaughlin and Crawley's Kyle McFadzean and Claude Davis (who had only come on for the last
four minutes) were dismissed in the dressing rooms by referee Ian Williamson following a post-match
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on fire. After goals against Shrewsbury and
Olympiacos, the 18-year old netted a hat-trick, on Thursday, against Iceland. Speaking to FA-TV,
the Englishman was delighted after the game as he hit ...
The Game The North London Derby. After three positive results against Shrewsbury, Bolton Wanderers
and Olympiacos Piraeus, the Gunners pay a visit to their rivals knowing that only a win would be
considered an acceptable result. And ...
The injury situation at Arsenal is fast becoming a laughing stock now, as it seems a different
player each week finds himself in the treatment room and the latest to find himself there is Yossi
Benayoun. Benayoun scored his first Arsenal goal on Tuesday evening in the 3-1 win over Shrewsbury,
but rather than celebrating [.
Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs hopes that he does not have to wait for his next goal for too
long after being teased by teammates up until the moment he struck for the first time in a Gunners
shirt on Tuesday night.
With his side trailing 1-0 to League 2 outfit Shrewsbury Town, Gibbs scored the equalizer and
inspired Arsene Wenger's youthful squad to a 3-1 win.
Untold Arsenal on Twitter @UntoldArsenal Untold Arsenal.......Arsenal History ...... Making the
Arsenal ...... Arsenal Uncovered By Ref reviewer 04 We had a fresh face today in the Emirates. Not
only with the new Arsenal debutants and because of the mostly unknown visitors of Shrewsbury but
also because we got an unknown ref.
We won against Shrewsbury Town! Woooooo...*cough* *cough* erm, yeah. A 3-1 huff-puff win against
League Two opposition is hardly the tonic you'd want after the League run Arsenal are having at the
moment, but I'd prefer to concentrate on the â€˜win' part of things for now.
Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs guided Manchester United past Leeds United with a comfortable 3-0
win at Elland Road in tonight's most highly anticipated Carling Cup clash.
Leeds shocked the Red Devils with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in an FA Cup third round clash at
the beginning of last year but this time around, the reigning Barclays Premier League champions
made light work of their opponents, putting them away with an unassailable three-goal lead at the
The Game After last Saturday's terrible defeat against Blackburn Rovers, it is time for Arsenal to
"bounce back" as they host Shrewsbury Town, at the Emirates, in the Carling Cup. Youngster Chuks
Aneke, Daniel Boateng, Damian Martinez, ...
After initially attributing Arsenal's shocking 4-3 defeat at Blackburn to fatigue and a stroke
of misfortune, Arsene Wenger has finally broken his silence on what he thinks has led to the club's
worst start in 58 years.
The Gunners have managed only four points from 15 in their opening five fixtures and their
latest setback at Ewood Park caused many to wonder precisely what it is that continues to cause
issues at the Emirates Stadium despite a host of major signings bolstering the squad at the
transfer deadline day.
Good morning from a much wetter than usual, but not as wet as when I went to bed, Dublin. It all
got a bit mental here yesterday evening. Heavy rain, rivers bursting their banks, a strange man
rounding up two of every animal. Where I live turned from a quiet road into a 2 foot deep
Thankfully everything outside seems to be back to normal now, if a little damp, so we can look
ahead to tonight's Carling Cup game against Bolton.
After our ignominious defeat to Manchester United (I'd H8-2 be an Arsena- *joke cut short by
baseball bat swung in the face*), it was obvious that new and better signings were needed. Not just
obvious, absolutely essential. And while you may argue over the reasons and quality and other
minutiae regarding our new signings, the fact remains that they were signed, and none have reached
Silvestre/Squillaci levels of awfulness.
The blonde bint on Sky News sports round-up keeps banging on about the attendance last night.
Just seen the papers and they are happy to highlight this too. Especially the Sun. Yes, there were
15,000 or so empty seat but that means 46,000-odd full ones. For a Carling Cup game against
Shrewsbury that ain't bad.
[I]n an emotive week, we have so far resisted discussing the attempts of a certain individual to run the sport we love into the ground a quarter of a century ago now. Nonetheless, a press narrative appears to be developing that recalls that era. Here, Tom Furnival-Adams analyses another example of how the irresponsibility of theFourth Estatehas gotten out of hand and how this might well suit the heirs of a previous regime.
After Kerry Andrew opened our Unexpected Rivalries series back in March, we are delighted to
welcome back Andrew Harding, deviser ofÂ an eponymous blog and a man weÂ haveÂ invited to muse on
those clubs likely to get the goat of the average Shrew. True, Hereford remain the most indelible
foe, but in the spirit of the series, Andrew, who can be followed on Twitter here, spreads the net
wider, clearly spoiling for disagreement.
El reglamento del fÃºtbol no fue siempre igual, fue evolucionando a la par del juego. El fÃºtbol es
"el deporte perfecto" y apenas sufriÃ³ mÃnimas modificaciones a lo largo de un siglo y medio.
En octubre de en 1848 se redactaron las reglas en el Trinity College de Cambridge, durante una
reuniÃ³n a la que asistieron representantes de las escuelas Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester y
Grant Holt has been involved in pretty much everything that has gone right for Norwich over the
last three years.
Since joining in the summer of 2009, even those looking at top casinos online will be interested
to note that Holt has gone on to score 67 goals for the Canaries. When Holt helped Norwich win the
League One title in the 09/10 season, many doubted whether he would be able to make the step up to
While the likes of Andres Villas Boas, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp are all linked with moves
away from their clubs or being threatened by losing their jobs, Manchester United haven't had the
thought of parting with Sir Alex Ferguson in the last 25 years, and it seems that they still wont
have to think about replacing the Scotsman for at least another two years.
[I]n our first Conversations post of 2012, I speak with Salop fan Andrew Harding about the quality
of this year's crop andÂ whether theÂ club's move out of town to the New Meadow has been a success,
amongst other things. Andrew can be tracked on twitter via @andrewcharding, or at his own website.
LL: Shrewsbury were acknowledged in various season previews as likely 'there or thereabouts'
candidates and, currently standing in 4th place, have duly delivered thus far.