There’s nothing like pulling together at this time of financial meltdown but no-one seems to have mentioned this to Lord Triesman, the FA chairman. At a recent football conference, his Lordship had a right pop at the Premier League, remarking on rising ticket prices and the falling number of English players on show. But his biggest criticism centred on the clubs’ alleged debt of £3 billion. I say alleged because Triesman didn’t have the exact figures, but rather a guestimate from someone in the City. Don’t you think that’s a strange tack for Triesman to take, particularly when he heads up an organisation which itself is over £340 million in debt and is losing £1 million a month from the newly built Wembley stadium?
Caps for Becks
Some of the UK’s most ‘respected’ sports writers have been putting the boot in to David Beckham of late. His crime, to come on a substitute in the last two England games, and therefore win two further caps which now puts him level with the number won by Bobby Charlton. Jeff Powell in the Daily Mail was particularly vicious in his piece describing Beckham as a ‘tattooed underwear model’ and only in the squad due to the public’s demand for ‘tawdry celebrity’. Powell is good mates with many of the old school players and was particularly close to the late, great Bobby Moore, who won 108 caps. It’s probably this association that has got him all hot and bothered as Beckham closes in on Moore’s record for outfield appearances. But what is the bloke supposed to do? Ignore the call-up letter? Refuse to play? What would Powell make of that I wonder? He’d probably tear Beckham apart. As the vastly superior Martin Samuel points out in The Times, out of Charlton’s 106 appearances, only 29 were in competitive matches and another 26 were in the Home International tournament and yet Powell suggests that Beckham’s cameo caps are in some way an insult to the likes of Charlton and Moore. Sounds more like the ramblings of a bitter man who’s old mates, wonderful players though they were, are going to get over taken in the record books. And that’s no-one’s fault, certainly not David Beckham’s.
Striker Kris Boyd is the second most successful goal scorer in the SPL with 117 goals. For Rangers, his success rate is roughly 2 goals in every 3 games. At the weekend, he was an unused substitute in Scotland’s 0 – 0 against Norway. It was from the bench that he saw Stephen Fletcher and Chris Iwelumo employed by George Burley as second half substitutes, the latter missing a chance that Boyd would have converted in his sleep. After the game Burley said he decided against using Boyd as he “has got to establish himself in the Rangers team, which he hasn’t done.” As a result, Boyd has decided not to play for his country again while Burley remains in charge. Boyd may have made his decision while in a huff but even so, when an impressive goal scoring record like his is effectively dismissed in a single sentence it’s hard not to agree with him.
I thoroughly enjoyed ITV’s post match analysis of England’s match against Kazakhstan….all 8 minutes of it! It seems the X Factor is more important than the terrestrial channel’s first England game of it’s new contract. Mind you, it was a good job the programme didn’t follow on from Setanta Sports first dabble at covering the England team as after that performance, it’s questionable whether anyone would have noticed another bunch of talentless, over-hyped losers.