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25 January 2013 ~
Extraordinary scenes in the League Cup this week – Aston Villa won at home.
Badge of the week ~ Basildon United
Basildon United, of the Essex Senior League, depict the Greek god Dionysus on their club crest. Dionysus, of course, was the ancient god of wine, parties, festivals, madness, chaos, drunkenness, lying around in the grass, not accounting for your movements over the past three days, falling asleep in a meeting and chip-pan fires. He was portrayed in art as either an older bearded god or an effeminate, long-haired youth, or sometimes as a man climbing a temple wall for a bet.
Here, Dionysus is given as the long-haired youth, prostrate in crapulent torpor having drained a whole horn of mead on account of peer group pressure from satyrs. He was a major deity in the Greek pantheon but, while remaining high profile on account of his lifestyle, lost credibility with the people over the centuries because of the delays between their sacrifices to Dionysus and him getting back to them. Basildon use this image to warn their players against the dangers of a drinking culture and, to a lesser extent, the folly of hanging out with satyrs. Cameron Carter
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was widely praised recently for his club's acquisition of Pep Guardiola. Perhaps it might inspire a follow-up to this which was, incredibly, a minor hit in Germany in the early 1980s.
from David Sutton
"Not sure if the final line about the Johnstone's Paint Trophy qualifies as Wikipedia vandalism or just the most liberal use of the word 'affectionate'."
from Ian Sherlock
"If Newcastle Utd are looking to raise funds for transfers, I'm not sure that this Stone Island rip-off with additional sleeve patch will contribute much."
Rangers are publicising the fact that season ticket sales for 2012-13 are slightly better than for the previous two years. But they must have laid off the person who did the spreadsheets – that's quite a misleading graph.
from Phil Town
"Anyone who wishes to can now get a closer look at Raul Meireles's fearsome tattoos as he has revealed all for charity."
Getting shirty Notable kits of yesteryear
Anyang LG Cheetahs home, 2003
This shirt's simple red design is not in any way unusual or exotic. But it is treasured by fans of Anyang LG Cheetahs as it was the team's last ever shirt. The club, which started out in 1984 as Lucky-Goldstar Football Club, won the South Korean K-League, Asia's oldest professional league, in 2000 but three years on they finished eighth. The star striker of 2000 Choi Yong-soo had left for Japan while Lee Young-pyo had departed for PSV Eindhoven.
The club was owned by the conglomerate LG whose rivalry with Samsung in the electronics market was mirrored by a fierce rivalry on the pitch between Anyang and nearby Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Ahead of the 2004 season, LG decided to move the team from Anyang, a satellite city of Seoul, to the capital itself and rename them FC Seoul.
The new team would play in the Seoul World Cup stadium that had been lying empty, while Anyang fans were left without a club to support. Until now – a professional team will return to Anyang in 2013 and fans can finally wear that plain red shirt to a game once again. John Duerden