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BEACHBALL-GATE + EDGAR DAVIDS TO LIAISE WITH ANDY KING???
October 22, 2009, 6:13 pm
Filed under: Mat Reville's Football Blog

LIFE’S A BEACH

We all know how much Liverpool fans love counting to “18” and “5”… and now they just have 98 to go until they can match Nena’s 99 Red Balloons.

Yep, a little late in the update but there was only one place to start.  Liverpool’s stumbling start to the season turned into a full-on free fall after they lost to Sunderland by a goal scored by a beach ball.  That’s right… a goal scored by a beach ball.

Pepe Reina decided to place the offending item in the back of his goal as some sort of a misguided good luck charm.  However, as the Black Cats pushed forward the inflatable balloon rolled out of his net and rested on the 6-yard box.

Darren Bent, wily as ever, noticed the obstruction and careered his shot into the back of the net through a huge beach ball deflection.

“In off the red”, as John Virgo used to say.

Obviously the goal shouldn’t have stood, yet the refereeing team didn’t know the rule and a goal was given.  Sadly, an owl didn’t pick up the ball and fly it into Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon’s net and Sunderland sneaked out an inevitable 1-0 win.

Even more inevitably, Rafa will be haunted by fans with beach balls for the rest of his life.

Of course if Liverpool had done their homework they would have known how dangerous and immobile object that is of a spherical nature can be in the box… after all Matty Fryatt scored 32 goals last season. Alas, they didn’t learn from Fatty Fry-Up’s lessons and now their world is in tatters.

Still, it’s not all been terrible news.  Manchester United may be top but they look very beatable, Arsenal are still only about 13 years old and Chelsea are doing things like this;

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THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT, THE FUTURE’S ORANGE

Leicester City are said to be in “advanced stages” of discussion with  Edgar Davids, the supremely talented ex-Holland maverick, 1998-2003 World Player of the Year and former Captain of Earth FC.

Movign for a galactico may seem surprising to those outside LE2, but such people have obviously not seen our midfield that includes Andy King and Lloyd Dyer.  Edgar will no doubt fit in nicely at the Walkers Stadium, propelling us towards heights not seen since the late 90s.

Of course, it could also go the same way as whenever we have previously signed ex-internationals now in their mid-to-late 30s.  Let’s consider the trendsetters for Edgar, and ask “will he be a Cottee or a Keown?”

THE LEICESTER CITY OLD BOYS REFUGE XI

ROB DOUGLAS
NIKOS DABIZAS – DION DUBLIN – MARTIN KEOWN – CHRIS POWELL
JASON WILCOX – ROBERTO MANCINI – DENNIS WISE – STEVE GUPPY
LES FERDINAND – TONY COTTEE

Of course, with this being Leicester City the team is full of expensive failures.  Douglas, Dabizas, Dublin, Keown, Wilcox and Wise would all feature in many fans’ “Worst XIs”.

However, although all of those players were internationals none of them reached anywhere near Davids’ level.  Also, Powell, Ferdinand and Cottee all enjoyed great success at the Blue Foxes.

The whole thing does have Milan Mandaric’s sticky fingerprints all over it.  Any LE2 City fan will recall with horror his attempts to bring in Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Fowler which brought managerial instability.

Although usurping previous Leicester managers has not been a problem due to their inability to think logically, it would be a shambles if we were to force Nigel Pearson out.  But Edgar Davids seems the antithesis of Pearson’s young, hard-working side and it is hard to see if this really was his plan at the beginning of the season.

However, I think Pearson would be foolish to walk out.  Middle-aged legless defensive midfielders have dominated the Championship many times in the past (Paul Ince, Gary Speed, Newcastle United), and Davids is arguably one of the best players of the last 10 years.  He will surely pass on his knowledge to the already INCREDIBLY knowledgeable Andy King, ushering in an era of footballing dominance not seen since Maradonna in the 1980s.

Or maybe I’m looking at this through orange-tinted spectacles.

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Finally I would urge you to check out football blog ‘The Long Ball Tactic’. It is written by charismatic Scunthorpe United fan Mike Brader and I would fully encourage you to scan two eyes at his musings.

It’s very good so read, read, read away!

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