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31 January 2014 ~
José Mourinho snapped that West Ham were playing football "from the 19th century" in their 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. As the 19th-century game was known for all-out attack based on mazy dribbling and bags of goals, perhaps he is less of a football historian than he's made out to be.
Badge of the week ~ Gamtel FC, Gambia
Gamtel's badge is famed for its calming influence. The people of this part of Gambia are notoriously excitable. In 1922 there was a riot when the postmen first wore short trousers. Ten years later a man with a toy trumpet and a bow tie created a new jazz festival just by crossing town. So these days all the railings are painted a quiet green and the clothes shops' in-house radio stations play birdsong only.
The football team contributes to the pacifying culture by having as their crest the visual representation of the void. The designer created the image after keeping the phone receiver pressed to his ear one day some 30 seconds after the caller had hung up. Here in the serenity, the exquisite human desertion, the voicelessness of the resulting design, is the calm that we all seek, particularly if we happen to be trapped at the top of a Ferris Wheel with John McCririck and Kriss Akabusi. Cameron Carter
from Ian Thompson
"In a strangely prophetic portent, the Juan Mata Soccer Star figure looks more like Ryan Giggs to my eyes. Quick shirt change and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was."
Plenty of bargains to be snapped up at Neil Lennon's official website, though the Champions League shirt is still at full price.
from Chris Heath
"Here's a bespoke service for footballers set up by a Kidderminster player and a clubless former team-mate of his. My favourite line is 'have our dedicated watch and jewellery specialist source you, your prised [sic] possessions'."
If you haven't seen it already, the spoof Twitter Man Utd fan in China, Moyes_Must_Go, makes for compelling reading.
from Carl Beacham
"The Daily Mail are scornful of the FA committee men's behaviour here but I can see why they'd be upset. You want to spend half time discussing the match rather than coping with your raspberry syllabub. As for men in jeans – allow that and they'll start bringing their guitars and marijuana with them."
Also in the news this week
Karl Colley of Goole was sacked after taking strong exception to abuse from the crowd
Don't trust Twitter scoops from Samuel Rhodes
Goal of the season? Elliott Durrell of Hednesford Town scores direct from the restart