06 Nov 2012 12:59 - 06 Nov 2012 13:00#729077by Duncan Gardner
jim w wrote: How's Ferguson done for you fellas, thus far?
2009: debut, aged 17, in a rag-tag squad sent to play Italy in a disaster relief fundraising friendly. Played injury time, looked about 12.
2010-11: refused selection for various games, whether because he thought Dick Fuckwhittington had lost it, or due to other suitors I'm not sure. He was also eligible for Scotland and our Southern friends.
2012: played against Norway (lost 0-3) and Netherlands (0-6) again in weak sides. Then scored against Finland and failed to impress the Grand Duchy.
I'll reserve judging until March, hopefully he gets a run of games for the Toon. Left midfield best, he's too lightweight to be a defender.
Sabahınız xeyir from the Nagorno Karabakh of the North. Pulsating effort from our boys, creating chance after chance before securing a deserved draw on 97'. Unfortunately most of those earlier efforts fell to Bairdinho who couldn't match his recent Prem scoring form.
Mikey's tactical revolution achieves what Sammy Mac tried way back in 2002-04: we're drawing every game 1-1.
Decent curry laters with top local punk vocalist Big Smiffy.
Local rumors suggest that next year in Jerusalem may now have to be played in Limassol, Cyprus. If we haven't nuked ourselves out of 2016 qualifying before then...
Mikey shrugs off rumors about the Dundee United job to name an interesting squad for Malta. No Baird or Lafferty and the Healy era may have finally ended on 95 caps. Instead, we've got exciting new striking talents McGurk (Tranmere), McKay (Caley Thistle) and 'Ryman' Grigg (Walsall). Plus Liverpool wunderkind McLaughlin in midfield.
Of course after withdrawals we'll end up with Boycey and Big Chicken. Onwards and upwards...
Doyen of NI football hacks Malcolm Brodie has died aged 86. He started working for the Bellylaugh as a cub reporter in 1943 and covered every big finals since. I met him twice, 30 years apart. Once when my Dad's mate (a Crusaders director) gave me a tour of the Windsor Boardroom, then latterly at Sammy McIlroy's testimonial where he bought me and sometime Nigeria internationalist Efe Sodje a pint.
17 Mar 2013 11:46 - 17 Mar 2013 11:47#775845by Duncan Gardner
With Big Ger La Fertie suspended for the next game and lacking match fitness after the Swiss winter break, Ultonia have some options for the beanpole up front in a fluid 5-4-1 formation against Russia and possibly Israel. The contenders:
Will Grigg (Walsall, English D3) 19 goals, one yellow this term
Billy McKay (Caley Thistle, Scottish PL) 24/2
Niall McGinn (Aberdeen, Scottish PL) 18/1
The main selection surprise is returning injury-prone Burnley striker Martin Paterson. He's a better all-round player than the others so may get game time (despite mediocre 6/5 stats this term) if he can avoid breaking anything getting off the plane.
The excitement er, mounts. Calvert, you still up for either game?
I won't be in town until Monday, but realistically this game won't happen on Saturday afternoon. The weather will be as bad as today- a mix of heavy snow, torrential rain and sleet, the pitch likely flooded and access to and from the stadium hazardous. Add to that widespread power cuts today affecting up to 200,000 people in the greater Belfast area.
Windsor's facilities are rudimentary but covering the pitch wouldn't have made any difference given the other factors above. It's only snowed this heavily in the city at this time of year once previously in my lifetime.