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2 April 2015 ~

Raheem Sterling is at pains to point out that his contract dispute with Liverpool is not about money. "I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That's all I talk about." Sounds like North Ferriby United have got a chance of signing him.


Niagara150Badge of the week ~ Niagara United, Canada
Another monumental failing of the imagination, one that is almost, conversely, brilliantly imaginative in apparently avoiding any reference to the area’s most significant water feature. Could it be that the design was tendered out to a foreign company whose staff were unware of the famous Falls and who perhaps suspected that the word “United” was the feature in the team’s name to pick up on? Or perhaps it was a local company who were brave enough to resist the iconographic temptation to which each and every other business, club and institution in a 30-mile radius has succumbed. But could there not have been a suggestion of a tightrope at least? Or a barrel. Or even a European couple in cagoules. 

Sure, there are stripes, blue stripes, which in some modernist circles (the type who inhabit spaces rather than houses and prepare food in water baths) might pass for running water, but there is no real wetness here. What is the matter with these people? This kind of thing started with the French Impressionists. Why couldn’t they just draw a horse?

Surely Niagara is not a phenomenon that lends itself to understatement. But then, any club situated right by the most famous waterfall in the world that all but ignores it in its badge, well that club must be staffed by persons with giant hearts. This is not, enfin, a lack of imagination – this is a battle-cry. Cameron Carter


Random anthems before international matches – a new FIFA initiative.


from Rob Weston
“Normally I’d deplore how the Daily Mail mocks well-known people for not looking at their best, but feel that I can make an exception here. Not Safe For Work, by the way.”


from Mark Round
“Are there Paul Parker memorabilia collectors? If so, I’ve got his autograph on the inside cover of an old I Spy book (the only thing I had to hand) from Fulham in 1983. Will consider a five-figure bid.”


This is the type of defending they should be teaching young players at St George’s Park.


Also in the news this week
Manager gets around stadium ban
Matt Le Tissier to appear as a contestant on Countdown
England goalscorer Andros Townsend responds to criticism from Paul Merson
Gibraltar score their first competitive goal


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