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Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell



As predicted, it`s been a season-defining season, and if the Golden Boys fail to win promotion, the inquest will surely focus on the four points lost in two penalties and 180 minutes which should`ve yielded so much more.

In the interest of freshening things up, I`m changing the format of my Midweek Memoirs and will be offering my opinion on several subjects a week, as apposed to just the one in detail. Here goes!

Don`t change your penalty technique! I think it`s fair to say Darius Henderson has learnt this in the last week. To change it in midweek at Bristol was fair enough, but to change it again after missing, wasn`t clever. It makes sense to me that if he`d missed down the middle, he`d return to his normal method, sure enough he did, Nash knew and walla, another pen save.

If there`s a team not prepared for the Prem. it`s Stoke. We didn`t create a huge amount against the Potters, but we at least got into there area and won a penalty, Stoke offered absolutely nothing as two shots, one on target suggests. Sure enough, they have good players, but it they play that poorly against a Championship side, forget the Premiership!

If there`s a referee not prepared for a return to the Prem. It`s guess who? Rob 'I`m never going to set foot in Hertfordshire again` Styles. Little else needs to be said other than 7 red`s issued at Vicarage Road now in his career and 13 for the season, shocking, absolutely shocking, both major decisions in the game completely and utterly wrong. Go back to your day job!

About time the F.A put their money where their mouths are… They`ve got more money than sense that F.A lot and they`ve finally poked an eye out the magic windows at Soho Square and they`ve actually seen the state of the game and pledged 200million pounds to invest into youth football. At last, has it really taken them this long to realise the state of our game and it`s youngsters? They`d be well advised to pledge some money to instilling some discipline into the game as well, at top and bottom, then maybe we`d have more refs and less like Rob Styles.

At the other end of the scale we have Gretna who have today avoided a players strike having last weekend managed to field and team and fulfill their league fixture with Aberdeen. Off the top of my head, Luton, Bournemouth, Coventry Rotherham and Gretna have gone into administration this year, it could`ve been more but Southampton and Q.P.R avoided it. What state is the game in if these clubs are having to endure such financial struggles, once again, the F.A needs to take a wad of fivers out it`s back pocket and tentatively toss it towards the barking bloodhound football clubs of the lower leagues. Hopefully they`ll get bitten whilst doing so!

20-a-day pro` a story which has escaped the public eye, but been drawn to my attention, David James enjoyed a 20-a-day habit for 15 years of his professional football career. He has recently kicked the habit, but it`s a miracle in my mind that he`s made it to 37. It is however testament to his dedication and professionalism he`s England No.1 and has recently signed a contract which will take him to his 40th birthday.

David Beckham. Back to fitness, allegedly, Franco Baldini had the joy of jetting out to the U.S.A to watch L.A Galaxy take on and equally micky-mouse club in a pre-season friendly, not doubt he claimed expenses from his lucrative contract, but enough of money. Will Becks make it against France? Personally, I don`t care, I`m more concerned by our long-term ambitions and potential, will we win a tournament in my life-time? Please Lord…

Too good to go down? No offence to Brum, but if Newcastle can`t beat a side promoted from the Championship last season, they can give up now, will they get another win this season? I`m struggling to see where it`ll come from. Fulham up next, but they are unbeaten in two with four points added to their tally. I hope the Toon stay up, else I fear a steady journey down the leagues in Forest, Bradford, Leeds style.

The boy done good. Pride Park, Saturday afternoon, there are more glamorous placed to make your United debut, but anywhere will do after two years wait for Ben Foster. A true Watford semi-legend, I`m so pleased to see him do well, and would like to think that his years at the Vic` served him well. Two top draw saves too.

Well, there we have it, a helter-skelter journey around the globe stopping to start fights abroad [we`re English afterall], and pick up on the biggest new stories in football.

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell





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Writer: wfc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 19 2008

Time: 8:43AM

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nice write up but i think stoke will go well in the prem alongside bristol city and yourselves promoted through the play offs
ozanne park rangers
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20/03/2008 20:40:00

They are too like us, they don't play the football to stay up!
wfc123
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