Tuesday, May 13, 2008
...so who were those mysterious Mexicans down in Portsmouth on Sunday?
Legend has it their blow-up "woggle" held the key to Fulham FC GREAT ESCAPE.
After a debut appearance at Reading the "woggle" (and a variety of other inflatable objects) managed to keep Fulham afloat.
Needless to say Fulham are the most literary side in the Premier League. Not only is Roy Hodgson a J P Donleavy fan, quoting from Schultz in pre-match interviews - the phrase "The pen is mightier than the sword" was first thought up by Edward Bulwer-Lytton who used to live IN Craven Cottage! Ok, so he now has a prize for bad writing named after him but still, how many so-called good writers can claim to have famous lines of their writing remembered for hundreds of years? He also wrote "It was a dark and story night" - perhaps the most infamous opening line in history.
Yeah, that was quite a day. Interviewed on Setanta and Sky TV then watching a miracle happen before our disbelieving eyes. I'll take a relegation scrap over winning the league every time, so long as there's staying up at the end of it!
Incidentally I'm engrossed in James Kelman's Kieron Smith, Boy at the moment and there's a fantastic description of Kieron being hoisted over the turnstiles to see a Rangers VS Celtic game. Then there's BS Johnson's The Unfortunates that contains a description of a Man City game, there's Hornby's Fever Pitch...I could go on...
There's no shame in loving football and books. But wearing a silly hat and 'tache is just pure drunken daftness!
Posted by CPMatthew