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Sometimes a great Notion…

Just substitute England for Irene in the song below would you? Sheesh!

Well it’s a great bit of music to bow out on eh?


  1. John Galt says:

    Well, you can say what you like about England, but Uruguay and particularly Suárez, just plain beat the pants off England and despite the valiant efforts of Rooney, it’s all over baring a miracle.

    There is a microscopic possibility of England moving through if Italy win against Costa Rica on Friday and Uruguay next week. England could then qualify on goal difference by soundly beating Costa Rica in the final match, but they’d need to be putting the ball at the back of the net like there’s no tomorrow and certainly better than their performances so far.

    I think there is probably more chance of me becoming Pope, but regardless it’s not impossible, just highly improbable – that must count as hope for the die-hard fans.

    As the old saying goes, “It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”, but she’s conspicuously clearing her throat.


  2. dioclese says:

    We lost. Good.

  3. RAB says:

    Yes it does alleviate the inevitable pain and lingering disappointment that our progress to the next round would involve, doesn’t it?

    Now we can all get out there and just enjoy the Summer.

  4. NickM says:

    I disagree. I have noticed a large lot of footiephobia here.

    Comments about middle-class types trying to get down with the kids which is like so Brit-pop era.

    Well, I’m moderately MC and I have been a footie fan since I was 10. I am now 40. Considering, for his sins, Prince William is a Villa fan and if anyone is pukka upper-class the second in line to the throne is then…

    I love football. I am not trying to claim “cool” working class credentials – whatever that might mean. I just like the game. I also like Rugby Union. Care to opine on that? I don’t like cricket. I just don’t. That is not a class issue. Whatever that means.

    But I have noticed a lot of neigh-sayers here such as dioclese who actively want us to lose because they hate the game. Because they presume (I assume) that Brit-pop era middle class folk like me like it for the wrong reasons. Well, I’ve been a footie fan since before I got pubic hair. And yeah, I went to university and yeah I played 5-aside. Maths 4. We were not very good to put a sparkle on it.

    Moreover, what sports do you folk like? I find cricket dull as ditch-water. You won’t find me going on about it though. I’m beginning to like golf. Tennis leaves me cold. I’m not about to give grief over it though.

    Why hate a sport? Why see it through the lens of social class? Why think just because I was a middle-class student in the ’90s who listened to Pulp and Suede and such I’m faking it? Because I am not. I can be middle-class and like footie. Seen the price of a season ticket recently? There is a perverse snobbery about footie on this site. Certainly from some angles.

    I don’t like it. And no, I am not trying by loving football to be a Lennon-ish “working class hero”. Because I am not and neither was he. He grew-up lower middle much as I did.

  5. Sam Duncan says:

    I hate football because, especially here in North Britain, it’s everything. Switch on the telly and some idiot pops up saying, “Scotland is now ranked 97th in the world…” On what? Oh, that goes without saying. The damn thing is everywhere. In parts of this city you take your life in your hands if you wear green or blue. North America has four major sports; here there’s one.

    Except there isn’t. We all know that fishing is more popular than football, but last weekend a quarter of a million Brits headed off to northern France for the 24 hours of Le Mans. Where was that on mainstream TV? There are two professional rugby sides in central Scotland. They get some derogatory coverage when there’s no Footy on. And you never see fat blokes wandering about wearing their replica shirts.

    I don’t like football. But I don’t like tennis either (people say cricket is boring?); it’s the obsession that soccer seems to engender in people that I really can’t stand, the fanaticism. (There was an attempt, a few years back, to set up a “World Cup of Motorsport”, to “bring the passion“ – i.e., tribal bigotry – “of football to racing”. There was also a series actually backed by football clubs, with much the same agenda. Thankfully both died on their arses.) If anyone else acted the way football fans do on a regular basis they’d be rightly shunned by polite society.

  6. RAB says:

    Well diocles’s comment was a bit terse but it’s a bit much to infer that he’s footiephobic.

    I’m certainly not, I used to play Left Wing for our Scout troop. I put the post up because we LOST, and we lost with a crap team, and worse than that we all knew they were a crap team, but every bloody time we get into a World Cup or European Cup the whole country magically expects England to win.

    If the definition of Madness is doing exactly the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result, then England is fuckin bonkers!

    Oh and the only chaps who claim to like Football for the working class credentials are fuckin politicians, who when they do sporting photo ops it becomes very clear they have never kicked a ball in their lives.

  7. RAB says:

    Sorry Sam, I have been feeling unwell today, so got up very late and have only just checked my emails, to find that your above comment was weirdly in the pending.

    And Nick, your post above has Comments Closed on it when you try to add one. The site is playing silly buggers again!

  8. NickM says:

    I didn’t do that RAB. Just noticed. Shall fix.

  9. John Galt says:

    No – I’ve had that before. Had to create a new post, drop the content into it and then delete the original. Very frustrating, but only had it twice.

  10. Sam Duncan says:

    Reading it over again, RAB, maybe it should have stayed there. ;) Geez, I must have been grumpy when I wrote that. Not that it isn’t true, but hey, you know: libertarians… live and let live and all that. Football… meh.

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