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5 October 2012 ~
After Man Utd's 3-2 home defeat by Spurs Alex Ferguson really did say: "They gave us four minutes. That's an insult to the game. It denies you a proper chance to win a football match." We can't improve on that.
Badge of the week ~ Incheon United, South Korea
The flying Night Galleon of Incheon is feared by all, including sarcastic music press types. The fear comes from the fact that this is a winged ship that haunts the skies of North South Korea. That is, I think, the skies above the northernmost parts of South Korea, unless we have missed another partition. Those who have witnessed the spectacle – mostly lone pilots and tree surgeons – have described cowering beneath a hovering black hulk with glimpses of a skeletal crew leaning precariously over the bulkhead.
Some witnesses have described a ghostly noise that, minutes after the phantasm has passed, is revealed on the air in living words: "Look upon our dread faces / Hear the low death knell / We don’t personalise our workspaces / Sailor boys from Hell." Apparently sea shanties don’t get any better when the songwriters are dead. The sight of the ghostly ship traditionally portends a death in the family or, for males, attendance at an Ann Summers party. Incheon United wear the badge proudly to intimate that they are a bit like sailor boys from hell, but in a nice way, with a passing game. Cameron Carter
Sing along – and if you don't know all the words just clap your hands.
from Paul Hanson
"John Motson better on the mic than online? With 17 minutes gone in the Reading v Newcastle game this is what he had contributed to the BBC’s live report."
from Paul Darlington
"Playing against the wind is all very well, but sometimes you have to admit defeat."
from Sam Kirwan
"Can I suggestion an alternative to the Wikipedia vandalism section – the amusingly airbrushed entries submitted by the people, or their people, themselves. Irving Scholar's, for example, from his time at Nottingham Forest."
Discount website Groupon is offering tickets for Crystal Palace fixtures. Surely a buzz-cut is what you get from a barber?
Getting shirty Notable kits of yesteryear
Cambridge City away, 1994-96
Before the rise of neighbours United, who were elected to the League in 1970, Cambridge City were one of the dominant forces of non-League. They were Southern League champions in 1963 and were five times unsuccessful when seeking a place in Division Four despite regularly averaging over 3,500 at their Milton Road home. Come 1995-96 City were still in the Southern League (then the Beazer Homes Premier Division). The Lilywhites nearly fell still further down the pyramid after a run of just four league wins after November saw them avoid relegation by only three points.
This shiny blue number is sponsored by Lancer, suppliers of washing solutions for scientific and healthcare firms. It was the away strip for two seasons ending that year, and produced only five victories that season. These did include a 3-2 triumph over Cheltenham and a 2-1 win at current Conference highfliers Newport in a division that also held present-day Football League incumbents Burton and Crawley. That year's title was won by Rushden & Diamonds, who reached the Conference after only four years in existence en route to their Max Griggs-funded rise up the divisions.
After four years in the new Conference South, including a second-place finish and run to the second round of the FA Cup in 2004-05, Cambridge City were expelled due to insufficient turnstiles at their home and have found themselves once again a Southern League side. Kevin Satchell, one of Lancer's directors, is now club chairman at Milton Road. Matt Ramsay