A small portion of despair and enlightenment delivered to your inbox every Friday
29 May 2015 ~

In the wake of the FIFA corruption scandal there are calls in the media this morning for England to not take part in the next World Cup. That would make two in a row.

---


Pamplemousses150Badge of the week ~ Pamplemousses SC, Mauritius
“March To Win” is a nice robust slogan, conjuring a Stalinist image of thousands of workers trudging to work across the tundra to produce aeroplanes from the fillings and pocket watches liberated from fallen colleagues, who, unhappily, were not able to complete the trip. It is a heroic slogan, implying courage, resoluteness and solidarity. And the lack of a vehicle. It’s a bit wasted on a team called Sporting Club Grapefruits.



As soon as you register the club’s name, the image is reduced in gravitas from a grainy labour camp forced march to thousands of grapefruits wobbling along in technicolour to Dance of the Cuckoos. A surely more appropriate slogan for a club called Les Pamplemousses would be “Roll to Conquest”, or “Healthy Breakfast To Victory”,  or “As A Team We’re Not As Bad As Grapefruits Taste”. Cameron Carter

---

from Huw Richards

“The William Hill bookmakers in Chingford were expecting Middlesbrough to be outnumbered.”

BoroNorway200

---

from Mark Stephens

“Cameron Jerome had his own dietary plan for the play-off final.”

Jerome400

---

Alan Smith never has any difficulty in hailing a cab.

SmithArm400

---

from Paul Hanson

“Perhaps Alan was listening to live commentary of a Newcastle match and was forced to take out his frustration on the local wildlife.”

ShearerSheep400

---

Should FIFA need a new logo, they will have plenty of options.

FIFAMcD400

---

Also in the news this week
José Mourinho, not holding a tune
Liverpool fan cries on the radio
Nathan Redmond’s mum responds to his play-off goal

Goal scored while keeper is drinking water

Related articles

Heads Up: My life story by Alan Smith
Constable, £20Reviewed by Pete BrooksbankFrom WSC 386, May 2019Buy the book Of all the sentences with which to open your autobiography, a blunt...
Red Card: FIFA and the fall of the most powerful men in sports by Ken Bensinger
  Profile Books, £16.99Reviewed by Rob KempFrom WSC 382, January 2019Buy the book All who’ve followed the fall of FIFA’s corruption-riddled...
Hopes for 2018 ~ part one
Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'YuimwU5NR3NQi0GQ_Z1unw',sig...

Sign up to the WSC Weekly Howl - a small portion of despair and enlightenment delivered to your inbox every Friday