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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:13 am 
Of all the piss-poor pieces of bitter shit that have been written, this is perhaps the worst because it has no merit, no research, no idea. Just pure shit from a c**t.

Nasty bitter twat

Football returns: an unwanted blot on a magnificent summer of sport

What a joy it used to be to welcome the football season. The winter game would pack up at the beginning of May with the FA Cup final, and return at the end of August.

By Michael Henderson
Published: 9:46PM BST 04 Aug 2009

Everybody – players, supporters, reporters – would have three months to breathe deeply, get some air in their lungs, and prepare properly for what we scribes like to call 'the new term'.
Now the football season never ends. Even the summer has been appropriated by clubs big and small, as they hunt for new players, and trot around the globe trying to find new markets (even the language has changed) for their replica shirts.

This summer has belonged mainly to Manchester City, whose behaviour grows more eccentric by the day. The way things are going, when the Premier League season starts next week Garry Cook's blue and white army are going to make football history by taking the field with a goalkeeper and 10 strikers.
When the three lower divisions kick off this weekend, England's cricketers will be engaged in the fourth Test of a good series against Australia. A series against Australia used to be a summer in itself. But with kick-ball back everything else will be barged into touch, as the red-faced managers and their badge-kissing underlings hog our screens and fill our pages for the next 10 months.
It's not that football is a bad game. It's a marvellous game, and I am not alone in looking forward to watching Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and, yes, Burnley, in the coming months. It's just that we see too much of it, and too much of what we see is not very good, no matter what the pundits on the box may tell you.
When a game becomes omnipresent, as football has, it is impossible to enjoy it fully. Unless, that is, you are the sort of one-eyed fan who believes that football is the only thing in life that matters, in which case you may require the kind of treatment that does not come from the physio's 'magic sponge'.
Dave Whelan, the ever-quotable owner of Wigan Athletic, said something last year about England not being the same when there is no football to watch. Speak for yourself, matey. This summer has brought us a magnificent Wimbledon men's final, an Open that almost produced the sports story of all time, Andrew Flintoff lighting up Lord's and a terrific Tour de France.
In the manner of Jonathan Swift, I offer some modest proposals for the game's improvement. The season should start on the last Saturday of August, and end on the last Saturday in April, with the Cup final staged a week later. All games should kick off either at 3pm on Saturday or 7.30pm in midweek, and all players should wear shirts numbered one to 11.
Surely no proper fan, with the game in his or her blood, can possibly take issue with these sensible suggestions.
'Fifty People Who Fouled Up Football', by Michael Henderson, will be published by Constable Robinson on Oct 1.


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Terrible. Simply terrible.

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What utter shite.

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What utter shite.


Incredibly patronising too. This is the sort of fucktard who has prompted Hughes to speak out.


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There's just no need for any mention of City


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There's just no need for any mention of City


It makes him look like an idiot. 10 strikers? Erm, no. That is just repeating the shit Ferguson spouted. We've sold half of them. Garry Cook's Blue and White army? Yeah, they'll be singing that from the terraces.

The fact he says he's looking forward to watching the top 4 then adds Burnley. Wanker. That's just for effect. In fact everything about that article is for effect.

The guy is a snob.


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Oh that is so bad. It's a really bad peice of writing.

If he's going to say City are gonna field a team of one keeper and 10 strikers, you might as well go the whole hog and say we're gonna field 11 strikers - it's no less stupid or inaccurate.

Too much football about? Don't follow it then prickbag (and you clearly don't).


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I don't see a problem with it. :confused:
However, I still haven't forgiven the Telegraph for the article about the way they expected the City fans to behave at the Derby last year. I won't even enter the Fantasy Football League we're running at work through the Telegraph.

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Emigre wrote:
Of all the piss-poor pieces of bitter shit that have been written, this is perhaps the worst because it has no merit, no research, no idea. Just pure shit from a c**t.

Nasty bitter twat

Football returns: an unwanted blot on a magnificent summer of sport

What a joy it used to be to welcome the football season. The winter game would pack up at the beginning of May with the FA Cup final, and return at the end of August.

By Michael Henderson
Published: 9:46PM BST 04 Aug 2009

Everybody – players, supporters, reporters – would have three months to breathe deeply, get some air in their lungs, and prepare properly for what we scribes like to call 'the new term'.
Now the football season never ends. Even the summer has been appropriated by clubs big and small, as they hunt for new players, and trot around the globe trying to find new markets (even the language has changed) for their replica shirts.

This summer has belonged mainly to Manchester City, whose behaviour grows more eccentric by the day. The way things are going, when the Premier League season starts next week Garry Cook's blue and white army are going to make football history by taking the field with a goalkeeper and 10 strikers.
When the three lower divisions kick off this weekend, England's cricketers will be engaged in the fourth Test of a good series against Australia. A series against Australia used to be a summer in itself. But with kick-ball back everything else will be barged into touch, as the red-faced managers and their badge-kissing underlings hog our screens and fill our pages for the next 10 months.
It's not that football is a bad game. It's a marvellous game, and I am not alone in looking forward to watching Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and, yes, Burnley, in the coming months. It's just that we see too much of it, and too much of what we see is not very good, no matter what the pundits on the box may tell you.
When a game becomes omnipresent, as football has, it is impossible to enjoy it fully. Unless, that is, you are the sort of one-eyed fan who believes that football is the only thing in life that matters, in which case you may require the kind of treatment that does not come from the physio's 'magic sponge'.
Dave Whelan, the ever-quotable owner of Wigan Athletic, said something last year about England not being the same when there is no football to watch. Speak for yourself, matey. This summer has brought us a magnificent Wimbledon men's final, an Open that almost produced the sports story of all time, Andrew Flintoff lighting up Lord's and a terrific Tour de France.
In the manner of Jonathan Swift, I offer some modest proposals for the game's improvement. The season should start on the last Saturday of August, and end on the last Saturday in April, with the Cup final staged a week later. All games should kick off either at 3pm on Saturday or 7.30pm in midweek, and all players should wear shirts numbered one to 11.
Surely no proper fan, with the game in his or her blood, can possibly take issue with these sensible suggestions.
'Fifty People Who Fouled Up Football', by Michael Henderson, will be published by Constable Robinson on Oct 1.


And all these events have been and gone (bar last couple of Tests). Sport is transient; it moves on to the next spectacle, in this case the start of the season.

Pile of toss, and it pisses me off that people actually get paid to write drivel like this.

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Is this the work of the work experience kid....it looks at that level...
utterly embarassing reporting....sack him now, sack him now, sack him now etc......

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Looks like he's just knocked some shite out to promote his book


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I agree with him about defined seasons. Football is becoming an all year round sport which it was never meant to be. There was always a 2 week overlap in April and in September with cricket, but otherwise the break from football was total. They used to play 42 games in the league and the cup final was always the first saturday in may. 3pm kickoffs were standard on a Saturday and mid week games were always on Tuesday or Wednesday at 7.30pm. You knew where you were and could organise your life accordingly.
These days it is Saturday, Sunday and any night of the week at any hour. Any team these days who is not in Europe and gets knocked out of the Fa and League cups first match will only play 40 games.

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Bert Trautmanns neck brace wrote:
I agree with him about defined seasons. Football is becoming an all year round sport which it was never meant to be. There was always a 2 week overlap in April and in September with cricket, but otherwise the break from football was total. They used to play 42 games in the league and the cup final was always the first saturday in may. 3pm kickoffs were standard on a Saturday and mid week games were always on Tuesday or Wednesday at 7.30pm. You knew where you were and could organise your life accordingly.
These days it is Saturday, Sunday and any night of the week at any hour. Any team these days who is not in Europe and gets knocked out of the Fa and League cups first match will only play 40 games.


The moving of the fixtures was the main reason for me giving up my season ticket. Saturday at 3 was something to look forward to, a few beers before and after kick off ,then out at night, not sunday at 4.05 or whenever . This season with an even higher profile it will be worse, if that is possible.

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It most likely won't be worse actually, the reason we played so many Sunday games last year was because of games midweek in Europe so it is more than likely that will be mainly playing on a Saturday

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It most likely won't be worse actually, the reason we played so many Sunday games last year was because of games midweek in Europe so it is more than likely that will be mainly playing on a Saturday


A third of the teams in the league will be playing in Europe.

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A third of the teams in the league will be playing in Europe.


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Just another short sighted reporter being lazy...

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NoddytheAdlingtonBlue wrote:
Looks like he's just knocked some shite out to promote his book


Yep. I'll have to remember to not read that. :rolleyes:


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I urge you all to write a reply, mine;

Dear Telegraph, are you so short of journalists that you must continue with tripe such as Michael Henderson's inaccurate, unresearched and spiteful spout of football and in particular Manchester City? Is this how cruelly the credit crunch has hit the paper?

His previous article on how Ashes cricket crowds under Giles Clark's instruction should offer 'full apology on behalf of English cricket for the unacceptable abuse of the captain of Australia'...is hysterical!

Diabolical journalism and from a person with arguably a credible Curriculum Vitae. I am afraid old age doesn't become Henderson, he's moved to Devonshire and although he's not retired yet it appears his brain has.

Perhaps creative writing might now suit him.

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I don't see a problem with it. :confused:
However, I still haven't forgiven the Telegraph for the article about the way they expected the City fans to behave at the Derby last year. I won't even enter the Fantasy Football League we're running at work through the Telegraph.


That was also written by Michael Henderson, the same journo responsile for the absolute bollocks that Emigre posted. I'll never forgive (or forget) the line "of course, asking Manchester City fans not to boo is like asking the wind not to blow".

An absolute c*nt of the highest calibre. Stealing a living he is. Some of the things he has written about City go far beyond banter and are just straight up offensive.

That c*nt is stealing his fucking living.

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