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12 June 2015 ~
Newcastle's new manager Steve McClaren has been appointed to the club's board along with "club ambassador" Bob Moncur. The latter has been accused of being too close to owner Mike Ashley, a claim he disputed last year: "I hear on Twitter I am being accused of being a 'yes man'. Is it somebody who has been asked to make a decision and you’ve said yes? Well I can assure that I have never been asked to make a decision since I came back here 26 years ago." Sounds perfect for the Newcastle board.
Badge of the week ~ Verdes FC, Belize
This is of course simply a football with some Word Art plastered across it and would have taken approximately 30 seconds to create. In fact, according to the minutes of the design company’s meeting at the time that this badge was commissioned, four-and-a-half of the five days of this job was spent debating whether they could get away with it.
And what’s all this “Since 1976” business? This is not a long time. It’s like small companies on the high street these days having “Established in 1982” etched in an antique font on their glass frontage. When did being in business for just over 20 years become a mark of eminence and reliability? It barely covers Ryan Giggs’s professional career. We weren’t all walking around in knee-breeches, hoop skirts and tricorne hats in the 1980s – it was not another age for the love of Mike.
At least Poundland have refrained, until now, from branding their outlets with “Making You A Little Bit Ashamed Of Yourself Since 1990”. It is a preposterous affection to put “Since 1976” on your badge and typical of the modern generation, who invariably find that sitting quietly through a ten-minute lecture on the history of the Kennet & Avon canal is all but impossible, while 20 years in Estate Agency feels like a couple of centuries. Which, in all fairness and upon reflection, it probably does. Cameron Carter
Hurrah. Manchester United are back on top of the league, of brands.
from Ian Beecham
“West Ham fans may know that their new manager is in a band. Can’t see this displacing Bubbles though.”
from John Tumbridge
“Is it absolutely necessary to assure the readers of the BBC website that the teams playing in the Women’s World Cup are the Women’s teams?”
It's almost touching to see the effort David De Gea and Iker Casillas make to ignore each other here.
David Gold welcomes Pedro Obiang to West Ham. Which is nice, but the player pictured is Angelo Ogbonna.