The F A. Has failed England once again!

So, England are out of the word cup nothing but a draw, 1 point from three games. It was on the cards and the the reason, in this writers view, is down to the any that the domestic game has developed.

The English national side is built around players from the Premier League, the Premier League is, in the main, foreign owned. These owners are interested in the success of their team, the success or failure of the England team is of no interest to them, why should it be?

To build a successful team the normal practice is to throw shed loads of money into the transfer market, this invariably means an influx of overseas players which restricts the possibilities for home grown players.

Is there an answer to this?

It is not possible to restrict the sale of clubs or the purchase of players, but one scenario put forward is that a club can own as many foreign players as it wants but no more than three on the field at any time. This could help to boost the quality of home grown players and thereby the quality of the national team.

The F A have it in their power to do this, but the pressure from the overseas media moguls will prevent the F A from growing any sphericals.

It will not come as a surprise if in four years time the F A fail the English people once again.


Duncan Edwards Remembered!

Fifty five years ago today, fifteen days after he was injured in the Munich Air Disaster, Duncan Edwards died in hospital.

That a footballer was ‘The greatest’ has been said of many but when it is the likes of Bobby Charlton, Tommy Docherty, Terry Venables and others of their ilk saying it then maybe mortals should believe!

That he didn’t live to lead England to victory in 1966 is the greatest tragedy in English football.

DUNCAN EDWARDS, “The light still shines”

Born Dudley, England. 1st October 1936.

Died Munich, West Germany. 21st October 1958.

46 Years since the Glory Day.

30th July 1966 Sir Alf Ramsey’s men took on and defeated the Germans 4 2 at Wembley.

Let us hope that the Lion’s roar echoes down through the years and is heard by some of the sports men and women striving for glory in London 2012.

The Lions of Wembley, twelve good Englishmen and true!

Gordon Banks.  1937 –

George Cohen. 1939 –

Jack Charlton.    1935 –

Bobby Moore (c)              1941 – 1993.

Ray Wilson.         1934 –

Nobby Stiles.     1942 –

Alan Ball.                              1945 – 2007.

Bobby Charlton. 1937 –

Martin Peters.   1943 –

Geoff Hurst.       1941 –

Roger Hunt.       1938 –

Alf Ramsey.                        1920 – 1999.

Kenneth Wolstenholme described the end as follows:

 “And here comes Hurst. He’s got… some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over. It is now! It’s four!”.

Invisible English at London 2012.

The London 2012 Olympics have begun!

The opening ceremony was inventive, powerful; inspiring and moving. It graphically illustrated the transition from a rural England to an industrial and post-industrial England Apart from a few issues, which can be ascribed to musical taste, or lack of it, the only real negative that I would level at the night was why was it thought necessary to display the pale shadow of the Giant that was Mohammad Ali?

Surely he deserves his rest!

Now that we have moved onto the actual action of the games we English must prepare ourselves for having to discover who all the invisible athletes are!

The BBC, along with most of the media, seems to forget that English sportsmen and sportswomen exist. Already we have heard about it being a proud day for the Scotsman when Sir Chris Hoy entered the arena whereas Sir Steve Redgrave was British. Also in the football  Giggs was ‘a proud Welshman’, but Rose was a Tottenham player and Butland was ‘a young Birmingham player’!………………………….Just listen out for the number of ‘Welsh wizards’ or ‘Flying Scotsmen’ etc there are in the next two weeks compared to the few time anyone will be referred to as English!

Just listen out for the discrimination when, hopefully, medals are won or athletes do well, Welsh and Scots we be referred to as such but English are either British or referred to in connection with their Club, a ‘Haringey member’, a’ Birchfield Harrier’, or ‘trains at the Gateshead Club’!

Hello! Excuse me! If they are not all just ‘British’ then please remember that the English are there too!

London 2012, G4S Security Farce.

The English based security company G4S (Group 4 Securicor) has  a £284m contract to provide 13,700 guards for the London 2012 Olympics, but only has 4,000 in place. It says a further 9,000 are in the pipeline.

In the pipeline?

There are only 14 days left until the games begin, all of these people should be a long way out of the pipeline. They should be fully trained and they should have intimate knowledge of the venue they are to be guarding. They should be familiar the equipment that they are to be using, and what to do if it does not work properly. They should know and be able to recognise the people that they are to be working with in their unit and what their shift pattern is to be over the period of the games.

Very few, if any, of these are in place in large numbers.

G4S sent an urgent request last week to retired police officers asking them to help. A memo to the National Association of Retired Police Officers said:

 “G4S Policing Solutions are currently and urgently recruiting for extra support for the Olympics. These are immediate starts with this Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday available. We require ex-police officers ideally with some level of security clearance and with a Security Industry Association [accreditation], however neither is compulsory.”

The following are comments from trainees;

“One student applicant said he had already spent £650 on travel and hotel bills to attend training and was now worried that, because he had not received any accreditation or rota from G4S, he might not be given the shifts that would enable him to cover those costs. He said he had expected to earn about £2,000 over the period of the Games.”

“Rickie Hill reported that he had been sent someone else’s schedule.”

Full Guardian article here;

G4S, with over 657,000 employees, it is the world’s third-largest private sector employer, one would have thought they would have put a little effort into getting this contract right!.

English Wimbledon Champion after 76 Years!

Not that the main media channels have mentioned that he is English.

This is how ‘Sky’ reported it

“”Jonny Marray became Britain’s first men’s doubles champion at Wimbledon for 76 years and hoped his success would inspire Andy Murray to glory.

Marray and Danish partner Freddie Nielsen needed a wild card to get into the tournament but followed up their victory over defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals by beating fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final.

It was a remarkable victory for Sheffield’s Marray and Nielsen, and is another good omen for Murray ahead of Sunday’s men’s singles final against Roger Federer.

In 1936, Fred Perry won the singles and Pat Hughes and Raymond Tuckey won the doubles, and no British player had matched either achievement until today.

……….. Marray was born in Liverpool, and Dalglish said: “Congratulations @jonnymarray and @freddienielsen. You can always rely on a Scouser to deliver on the big stage.””

Some of the Sky Sport comments on the Andy Murray match,

“”Scottish ace looks to be at top of his game in Sunday’s final.

Scottish ace Murray reached his first Wimbledon final and fourth grand slam decider with a 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

My coaches will watch his matches this week and some stuff from when I have played him before,” said the Scot

The Scot has come through a tough draw to reach Sunday’s showpiece.””

The BBC began its report on the Doubles victory with

“”Jonathan Marray became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title for 76 years after victory with wildcard partner Frederik Nielsen.

Sheffield-based Marray, 31, and Dane Nielsen only teamed up three events ago but beat fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-7 6-3.””

In its report on Andy Murray’s upcoming match we have

“Prime Minister David Cameron said: “[It is] great news that we have our first home-grown men’s finalist at Wimbledon for over 70 years, especially in this exciting Olympics year when the eyes of the world are on the UK.”

Cameron also announced that a Scottish Saltire flag would fly alongside the Union Flag at 10 Downing Street on Sunday in support of Murray.

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, said: “The whole of Scotland will be right behind Andy on Sunday, and I’ll be there in person to help cheer him on.”

The Scot, who has reached three Grand Slam finals in all, also lost the 2011 Australian Open final in straight sets to Djokovic.””

Once again the UK Government, Sky and the BBC are strengthening their stand that if you live north of Berwick you are Scottish south of Berwick means that you are British

OK we are out of Euro 2012! Move on Move up!

England was outplayed but they displayed heart and hopefully Roy Hodgson will be able to build on that in the next few years. But once again it was the dreaded ‘P’s that finished off England!

The fans at the ground were magnificent in their support though it is still exasperating that the only two ‘English’ songs that were audible were ‘God Save The Queen’ and ‘Rule Britannia’.

So the flags will be put away, with a few being brought out for St George’s Day and some football matches, until 2014.

2014 will be a bumper year for being a part-time-patriot, the World Cup Tournament is from 12th June – 13th July and then the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from 23rd July – 3rd August.

Before then though we will be expected to be British when the Olympic Games kick off in a few weeks time. It will be interesting to see if we still get the normal anti-English discrimination in the reporting. How many times will we hear about ‘Flying Scotsmen’ or Welsh Wizards’ but ‘a good result for Britain’ if an English athlete wins anything.

If we are all to be British that is fine, but if there are Welsh, Scots and Irish then there should be English!

That is only fair, but we are talking about the media and England so fairness doesn’t come into it!