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Monday, November 23, 2009


Your sleepless nights are over, here's the big news:
One pound the large flag handed in a transfer request last week and it was accepted.
The best football magazine in the world, correct that, the best MAGAZINE in the world has snapped up the blog, can you believe it? Thanks so much for reading and keeping me on my feet.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Fans and followers of One Pound the Large Flag, or OPtLF as someone called it recently,
get ready for a BIG announcement in the next few days.........

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO......................

The big "SUPER SUNDAY" match of the weekend was at Stamford Bridge where the league leaders took on Manchester United, the team sponsored by the company bailed out by the U.S. government and tax payers: AIG. Chelsea scrapped to a 1-0 victory thanks to the son of a coke dealer(allegedly), and a shop lifter(not so allegedly); he's the captain of England! Obviously a Man Utd loss wouldn't be the same without Fergie, taking the time to stop chewing his gum, complaining about the ref. How dare he blow for full time before Ferguson's team had equalised. Maybe the Man Utd manager was complaining about his defender Johnny Evans staying on the pitch instead of being sent off for trying to embed his studs into Drogba's chest.

Finally Drogba had a reason for falling to the floor like a sack of spuds, and didn't he enjoy it? Wriggling his legs around not unlike my dad at 11pm at night trying to watch the tele. You had to laugh; of course all his team mates were so concerned about him that they stayed 20 yards away and took a water break. And what did Drogba get in return? A yellow card! No wonder Fergie was upset.

Drogba must have been upset himself on Monday night though, as he was upstaged by David N'gog of Liverpool. The Reds' striker "earned" a valuable penalty which was calmly dispatched by skipper, Steven Gerrard, before N'gog had touched the ground. Cue outrage in the papers and TV about divers and cheats as if it's a new concept. And now we look forward to refs dishing out yellows for diving in every game for the next 2-3 weeks as the Premier league "Cracks down" on the cheats, then begins ignoring them again next month.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009


It's that time of the year again! Not only does the Premier League change its clocks, but it also changes the ball. That's right, the nights draw in and the yellow ball comes out, or as it's known in our household, the Nigel Winterball (Copyright Kari Rice). Apparently it's easier to spot than the white one, especially during a Liverpool game; look for it in the back of their net.

Nigel's old stomping grounds, North London, provided us with the comedy defending of the week; a team are never more dangerous than after conceding a goal, so Tottenham must have been downright lethal after going 1-0 down in the 42nd minute, and then 2-0 30 seconds later. Some shocking defending saw Febregas waltz halfway down the field and slam the ball past comedy keeper Gomes. The Gunners ran out 3-0 winners giving Spurs boss, Harry Redknapp, a face like a smacked arse, so no change there then.

The best referees are the ones that go unnoticed, that's what we're told anyway. If that's true, then the man in the middle for the Birmingham City game against Manchester City at St Andrews must be pretty dire. When giving a penalty to the home side, Mike Dean performed a quite bizarre martial arts stance which he held for well over 5 seconds; either he was really trying to make a point or his back had given out.

Talking of Given, Blues' James McFadden's spot kick was comfortably saved by Man City keeper, Shay Given and his reaction duplicated actions of keepers all over the world when they pull off game saving stops. Even if the ball rebounded off Heskey's backside and struck both posts before crawling over the line, the useless oaf would celebrate as if he had just scored the winner in the World cup final; goalkeepers are a different breed; instead of allowing their teammates to hug and kiss them, they usually turn bright red and berate their defenders as if they had just scratched their favourite Ferrari.


It pains me to say, has to go to serial cheat, Didier Drogba in Chelsea's 4-0 drubbing of Bolton. Although not a fantastic finish, the overall move was quite brilliant, starting with Anelka's lovely chip to Deco who chested it into the path of Fat Frank Lampard, who in turn outrageously volleyed the ball with his heel into the path of Drogba. The Ivorian had every right to go down looking for a penalty after being brutally breathed on by a Bolton defender however, Drogba sportingly stayed on his feet and swept the Nigel Winterball into the back of the net.
Chelsea stay top, and look good going into next week's clash with Manchester United.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Can you imagine the sound of "England's greatest defender's" toilet at the England squad's hotel during the World cup draw, just after Spain have been paired with England? According to reports, an 80% fit, Fernando Torres was only named on the team sheet as he was getting off the bus in the Anfield car park. At about the same time, Rio and his side kick Nemanja were squeezing out of a 1970's Mini Cooper alongside 50 other clowns and a midget (more on Michael Owen's return later.)

Player of the game was who Ex Luton, Spurs, manager and commentator, David Pleat , calls Benynoon, but normal people know him as Benayoun. He ran the show; avoiding numerous beachballs and the Manc's comedy duo, Yossi threaded a beautiful through ball to Torres in the 65th minute ...........

and El Nino slammed the ball into the roof of the net. Ngog made it two in stoppage time, and the Reds registered a well needed win. Vidic received his annual red card, for an accumulation of 5 yellows, and Jamie Carragher might be counting his lucky stars for just picking up a yellow for his foul on ex England striker Michael Owen, but then again, Owen deserves it. As the Kop sang on Saturday: Where were you in Istanbul?

What a mess! This season has really given us some terrible kits: rumours around the second city are that the owner of the sportswear company, Umbro, is a Villa fan. Here's the evidence:

When the ball hits the sky, as it's booted too high, that's Zamora!
Life should be wonderful for Bobby Zamora, he's a professional footballer (don't laugh) has bundles of money, a fleet of flash cars, and more misses than your average mormon, however, this particular miss against Man City could go down as the one of the season. Luckily for Fulham, current leaders of the Alternative Premier League, this horrendous effort didn't harm their afternoon at Eastlands, where they picked up a well deserved point. 2-2.