I feel that I missed out by not playing more football as a child but as I recall, this would be a fairly typical match report.


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  1. Having played Saturday afternoon football for the last 15 years or so, I can confirm that incidents like these do take place, although probably not all in a single match. Not so long ago, we even had a dog on the pitch in a cup final and it too defecated in the penalty area. We went on to win on penalties so it’s not always bad luck.

  2. I bet the West Thornbury Newsletter had 11 pages of adverts from local tradesmen and local church timetables (plus a letter to the editor moaning about the roads and gypsies) with this match report being the only chance to ‘report’. At least that is how my free village newsletter works.

  3. Justin – I trust that the product of the dog’s foul play was removed before the goalkeeper was forced to dive around in it. I suspect that poop scoops are common additions to many club kit bags.

    Matt, I have to confess that I have never read/seen Kes, so no. There was a youth team when I was at school (and probably still) called Kesgrave Kestrels, so that’s what I was thinking of.

    Thom, your village newsletter sounds a lot like the Rendlesham one!

  4. (Whoops – this didn’t post, presumably because of the link; apolgoies if it’s a duplicate).

    You can only ‘see’ Kes as it happens – the book is called A Kestrel for a Knave (and I’ve got to say I think the film has the far superior title).

    Kes includes a famous, and very amusing, scene about schoolboy football which certainly chimes with my experience of the whole thing. You can see it here: uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mUmToJ8wyCU&feature=related.

  5. Very funny report of the “beautiful game”.

    I second Matt’s plug for the film “Kes”; it was a landmark film of the seventies, and the footie scene was one of many memorable moments.

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