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8 November 2013 ~

Having Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana selected for England's forthcoming friendlies seems like great news for Southampton. The recent experience of Aston Villa, however, suggests that the Saints may be the next club to have their best players cherrypicked by Champions League hopefuls.

MbeyaBadge of the week ~ Mbeya City Council FC, Tanzania
In the Mbeya region of Tanzania the chief pastime is limbo dancing. So much so that, in its earliest incarnation, the Tanzanian criminal justice system made use of the activity to test the innocence of suspected felons. Working on the premise that a supple body was a relaxed one, the police would routinely handcuff their suspect and order him to limbo under a low pole in the foothills of the nearest mountain range. Which was always the same mountain range.

High-octane music was played by the police woodwind trio as accompaniment, with the District Attorney and his Best Boy providing the vocal encouragement with the traditional sustained chant of "You've got to get up to get down", borrowed many years later, without acknowledgement, by the singer George Michael.

The trouble with this process was that no one at first could agree on whether appearing relaxed was a sign of guilt or a sign of innocence. In the end, the District Attorney tossed a coin and from that time on the suspect had to succeed in their limbo attempt to be found not guilty, although appearing over-relaxed before the test (wandering around with hands in pockets, breaking wind or eating more than a two-course meal while waiting) might result in an adjournment and retrial. Cameron Carter


For one alarming moment, Sky Sports News slips into an alternative universe.



from Colin Rostron

"The Guardian's report on Cheltenham v York may have got a little carried away with analogies."



Sligo Rovers won the FAI Cup last weekend – though a team called "Silgo" was taking part according to the winners' medals.



from Luke Healey

"I wonder whether or not Tony Pulis will take it as a compliment that this Quezon City police officer, pictured here at a recent march by Filipino members of Anonymous, has decided to name his riot shield after him."



So Borussia Dortmund sell a toaster that brands "BVB" on the bread and plays the club anthem. They're just so far ahead.


Also in the news this week

Ronny Rosenthal's son is quite a finisher. Where did he get that from?

The Newcastle Chronicle reacts to the club's matchday ban

Carlisle's Pascal Chimbonda has a go at the local dialect – more work required


Get with the programme A past match played this week in history



Manchester City v Manchester United November 12, 1975, League Cup fourth round

This programme is a rarity – it's a joy to read, with columnists from both camps, and a heavy focus on the past. A thoroughly researched double-page spread of previous League Cup ties between the two teams extensively quotes old newspaper reports ("…and there was Law, lurking like a predatory pike…" wrote one verbose Express hack of the 2-2 second-leg semi-final draw in 1969), while self-confessed United hater Peter Gardner of the Manchester Evening News recalls with glee City's 3-1 league win at Old Trafford during City's Championship-winning 1967-68 campaign. "Despite what people say, I'm not a bit biased," he wrote. "I don't care who beats United." Ah, the birthing days of banter.

United manager Tommy Docherty tells his City counterpart Tony Book that he's right to transfer-list Rodney Marsh for "inflaming the situation" between the two clubs. Marsh had said after the September derby, a 2-2 draw, that United would finish in the bottom six. In fact they finished third and lost the FA Cup final, while City went on from this Manchester mauling to beat Mansfield, Middlesbrough and Newcastle – 2-1 at Wembley.

Targeting the fan demographic Three Cheers for City – Greenall! Greenall! Greenall!" (in case you’re wondering, it’s gin)

Result Manchester City 4 (Tueart 2, Hartford, Royle) Manchester United 0

Crowd 50,182 

City Corrigan, Clements, Donachie, Doyle, Watson, Oakes, Barnes, Bell (Booth), Royle, Hartford, Tueart  

United Roche, Nicholl, Houston, Jackson, B Greenhoff , Buchan, Coppell, McIlroy, Pearson, Macari, Daly. Sub McCreery

Ian Plenderleith


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