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Offline dave.woodhall

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Sweet FA
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:59:00 PM »
There have been some fairly ugly scenes shown on our television screens in recent days, mostly from the self styled ‘Land of the Free’. But for sheer nauseating ugliness nothing compares with the scenes of Chorley players celebrating their hollow FA Cup victory. In the words of my mother whenever the Villa won a game, “And who was it they beat, the blind school?”

Not quite the blind school in the case of Chorley, but a scratch team of youths from Derby County gathered together at the insistence of the Football Association in order to satisfy the insatiable demands of the sponsors and the gambling industry. How much better if the FA help save the health service and abandoned their failing tin pot competition for the season, something they are quite likely to have to do eventually anyway.

The FA deigned that every match should be played out come what may. Which is interesting to see what they now do about minnows Shrewsbury Town who were unable to a muster a team of any description. Doubtless the FA will find a way to expel them from the competition for failing to fulfil the fixture as per their instructions.

Meanwhile at Villa Park like Derby County, the greatest football club in the world went to extremes to fulfil their fixture, as instructed, by garnering together a group of players in the mode of a Sunday morning club scratching round to make up a team. That they did so speaks volumes for the club and those who answered the call, even though few would have needed much persuasion to make their unexpected first team debut.

This team of partial strangers went on to do us proud, very proud. They went in for their half-time milk on level terms with one of the supposed finest teams in the world at the moment. When running a race it is fatal to stop to take a breather, better to keep going at all costs. So they can be forgiven if they ran out of puff in the second half.

They also earned the respect of Liverpool, who could have been forgiven if they had rubbed their noses into the ground by seeking retribution for the humiliating and unexpected 2-7 reverse they had suffered at the Hall of Memory earlier in the season. Instead, they settled for 4-1 and left us with pride intact.

It is not going to happen but it would be nice to think that all those who turned out for us with such pride should be around at the end of the season to take the one o’clock applause from a packed Holte End. Or better still that they could be kept together for a charity match (against Derby County perhaps?).

Perhaps one day we will eventually see some of them in the colours but probably the best most they can hope is to be able to tell their grandchildren of the day they played for Aston Villa. And who wouldn’t be proud to be able to say just that? Well played lads.

Sadly, so much television recently has exposed the game to be something of a fraud. Excitement and goals have fallen victim to dreadful ‘possession’ football. What goals there are are invariably the consequence of defensive failures rather than skilful forward play which is now in declining short supply however much Garry Lineker tries to persuade us otherwise. And why does he always get excited at the prospect of a corner when there is hardly a player in the land who knows how to take one accurately? There's  a long-lost skill if ever there was one, along with the ability to tackle.

Every player faced with an opponent is now expected to fall to the ground writhing in pseudo agony, such that referees are now deciding the outcome of games with a surfeit of coloured cards, and their hidden colleagues with mysterious amounts of added time.

And don’t get me started on the abomination which is VAR.

John Russell

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 03:48:55 PM »
love it John :)

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2021, 10:47:01 PM »
Another great article John.

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2021, 10:49:41 PM »
Another great article John.

His book should be out soon.

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2021, 11:10:44 PM »
Another great article John.

His book should be out soon.

Excellent stuff. I'm looking forward to it. 

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2021, 11:12:49 PM »
Well said John, but I hope you're wrong about STFC.

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2021, 01:54:21 AM »
Good article.

Like us, Derby couldn't even put out their strongest youth side, as some of them had been in first-team squad training.

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2021, 08:45:56 AM »
Brilliant article, as per usual.  Love John Russell's writing :)

The FA are slowly, painfully destroying the FA Cup.

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2021, 02:20:36 PM »
Thought-provoking article John, as always. In the end, it looks like Shrewsbury were allowed to rearrange their tie with Southampton, as one of their Premier League games could be moved. Not a concession that could be afforded to us, apparently. Remember when fines used to be proposed for teams fielding weakened sides in cup competitions? Doesn't seem that long ago and now it seems fine to field a team of youngsters, many of whom were struggling to get through the last 20 minutes of the game, no doubt because they'd not played or perhaps even trained, certainly together, much before the biggest game of their lives. Fair play to all those Villa lads, they did do us proud. I thought at the time, Aston Villa can hold it's head up high over this but I wasn't sure the competition that is the FA Cup could. Sure, we certainly added to the romance of the competition and showed the world what a great group of young players we've got but we're now another year on from 1957 and maybe, maybe this year was one when we really had a chance - I'm not sure we've been able to say that too often over the years. Playing out the competition this season seems about to get even more interesting though as it seems Wycombe may be unable to play their next tie against Spurs and other ties will no doubt come under threat too, given current circumstances. As long as everyone is dealt with in the same fair way with regard to fixtures then fine, no-one will be able to have any complaints. And us? We'll just have to wait another year. We'll certainly enjoy it when its does eventually come back to B6, that's for sure.

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Re: Sweet FA
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2021, 07:26:57 PM »
Fully agree with this.

Our young lads had to work themselves into the ground to bail those tw*ts at the FA out!

 


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