In August 2010 three Maidenhead United fans were banned from attending home games, by a kangaroo court, for crimes they didn't commit.
These men promptly encountered a jobsworth security blockade, and so escaped to the non-league underground.
Today, still stigmatised by the MUFC Ltd hierarchy, they survive as supporters of fancy.
If you enjoy a train away day - and if you can find them - then maybe you can share a drink with ... the K-team!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Credit where it's due (even for Red Nev!)

Not unlike, I suspect, the majority of football fans up and down the country, I don't (or didn't?) much like Gary Neville. The charge sheet reads as follows:

  • He played for Manchester United
  • That pathetic moustache
  • His whiny Manc accent
  • He played for Manchester United
  • His infamous attempt to organise an England team strike (I would have more respect for him on this issue, upon further reading, if he'd stuck to his guns)
  • The impression, always given, that he was David Beckham's lapdog
  • He played for Manchester United

I do think, however, that his co-commentary for Sky during last night's Arsenal v AC Milan game was refreshingly enthusiastic, largely cliché-free, insightful and entertaining (especially in comparison to the expert analysis dross often served up by the likes of  Andy Townsend  and Chris 'Pelanty' Waddle).

I particularly liked his "it's bingo time down Milan's left flank!" line from last night, after it had become obvious that Djamel Mesbah was out-of-his-depth (Neville had earlier expressed his doubts, on the basis that the Algerian had cost next-to-nothing, as a 27 year-old).

The fact that Neville repeatedly struggled to pronounce Zlatan Ibrahimovic's surname correctly - and has (apparently) never heard of  Guinea-Bissau  - are very minor gripes; his understanding of the game was, for my money, excellent (to be expected, I suppose, when you've made 400 appearances for one of the most successful managers of all-time and have, at least, half a brain cell). If Neville is ever inclined to take his UEFA coaching badges, then I wouldn't be surprised to see him make a good fist of emulating the achievements of his former Old Trafford boss.

A gain for the dugout would be a loss for the commentary box.

To continue the Red Nev love-in for just a while longer (don't worry, I'll have a shower as soon as I've finished writing this!), I read the other day (not in the Daily Star, but I couldn't find another link) that Beckham's Best Man was, in 2007, primarily responsible for the suggestion that all England players donate their match fees to charity, a gesture that continues to this day and has so far raised over £2M for good causes.

Once again, fair play.

Still can't forgive that moustache, though!

PS > Back to the Arsenal-Milan game, and there has been much talk about the Robin van Persie miss/Christian Abbiati save. Personally, I'd class it as a save, rather than a miss. Either way, I bet RVP wishes he'd blasted it now ...low and to the goalkeeper's left. Presumably he wasn't aware of Abbiati's political persuasion?!

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