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15 May 2009 ~

The Weekly Howl is of course impartial when it comes to qualification for next season's Europa League. However we would quite like to see Fulham take the final spot, partly because of the way they play and the lack of hype surrounding the club, but also because Roy Hodgson is a rare example of an English manager with an informed view on world football. We enjoyed the way he defended Tom Henning Ovrebo who was attacked by the foolish Jamie Redknapp after Chelsea v Barcelona last week. "Do you want to go down the Redknapp route where only England, Italy and Spain count? There are 60 countries in Europe – do we say to the others 'Sorry pal, you're not Premier League?' It's nonsense." Take no prisoners, Roy.

Badge of the week
B1913, or to call them by their full name Boldklubben 1913, are a Danish team based in Odense who believe there is too much colour and detail in the world and that this is a thing to be combated at every turn. Consequently the club badge has a 1980s Blockbusters-style hexagon, simply bearing a white "B" and "1913". It is almost as if Boldklubben merely desire us to have their name and number, but without their actual name as such. There is nothing here to divert the eye from The Void, no landscape, flora or fauna, no abstract motif, no bright colours. This is how Boldklubben would want us to operate on a daily level: "Hello M5942, did I see you at the game between B1913 and S270X last week with your wife, F6767?" "It wasn't my wife, it was F2019 from the typing pool, actually, but if you tell anyone I'll inform the authorities about that splash of yellow in the pattern of your predominantly grey necktie." That is the world they want us to live in. Let us hope that those who run Boldklubben are not a team of billionaires who will one day hold the whole of Europe in their thrall. Because what is a world without colour, nuance or joy? That's right, it is MUTV. Cameron Carter

from Chris Front
"While watching Hull v Stoke on MOTD the other night I pointed out Phil Brown to my wife and remarked: 'I was at school with him.' She studied the Tigers boss for a few seconds and then said: 'Are his family Spanish?' It is certainly true that Phil Brown is a warm shade of mahogany, but while it's easy to laugh at his permatan, I think there maybe more to it than mere vanity. I believe that Phil's creosote-coloured skin is a subliminal way of promoting what the man himself surely likes to think of as the 'Brown Brand'. If I'm correct then all I can say is that it's a pity his surname isn’t Green."

Getting shirty
Notable kits of yesteryear

Shrewsbury Town home, 1979-80
Shrewsbury introduced amber to their kit in quite a stealthy manner, firstly with their socks in 1969-70, then the shorts four years later before the blue-and-amber stripes debuted in 1978-79. This shirt, or one of similar design from the next two seasons, is the one worn by bassist Derek Smalls in the scene in Spinal Tap when he is stopped at airport customs while wearing a foil-wrapped cucumber as a codpiece. Derek's connection to Shrewsbury has never been explained but another 1970s musician, Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople, describes in his memoir Diary of A Rockstar how he often tried in vain to find out Shrewsbury's scores while on tour in the US. These were halcyon times for Shrewsbury fans with the team winning a first ever promotion to Division Two at the end of this season, then staying up for a decade. The stripes have reappeared for only three seasons since being dropped in 1982, although the amber trim has been retained and hurrah for that.

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WSC Archive
Man Utd face Arsenal at Old Trafford tomorrow needing only a point to win the title. This has has traditionally been a fractious encounter – we analysed the hype surrounding it in an Editorial in 2004.

This week in history ~ Scottish Premier League, May 14, 1994


Rangers' sixth successive title had been wrapped up with three matches to spare. Mark Hateley was top scorer for Walter Smith's side followed by Gordon Durie and Ally McCoist. Other regulars included centre-back Richard Gough, Ukrainian midfielder Alexei Mikhailichenko and the ex-Everton duo of Trevor Steven and Gary Stevens.

A week later Rangers were beaten 1-0 in the Scottish Cup final. Winners Dundee United had lost six previous finals under long-term manager Jim McLean, who became club chairman in 1993. It was a fleeting success for new boss Ivan Golac – he departed before the end of the following season, which culminated in relegation.

Motherwell, led by Jim McLean's brother Tommy, had won the Scottish Cup in 1991, but this was their best league season since a third place in 1958-59 when 20-year-old Ian St John was their top scorer. They went one better in 1994-95, finishing second with the same points total. Key players included striker Tommy Coyne, Yugoslav centre-back Miodrag Krivokapic and midfielder Phil O'Donnell, who collapsed and died on the pitch during his second spell with the club in 2007.

With three for the drop due to the league being cut back to ten, four clubs competed to avoid tenth place on the final day. Despite their victory at Motherwell, St Johnstone went down by one goal from Partick. Raith Rovers were relegated in their SPL debut season, but in 1994-95 they defeated Celtic in the League Cup final and were promoted back to the top level.

This was the second successive season in which Celtic finished fourth. Lou Macari, who had taken over as manager from Liam Brady in October 1993, left in the summer. Celtic's squad contained several English players among whom the Macari signings striker Wayne Biggins and keeper Carl Muggleton were not judged to have been a success.

from Nick Dunmore
"Some extravagant Wikipedia claims are being made on Andy Impey's behalf. Did he ever have a beard?" "

WSC Trivia ~ N0 65
WSC 81, 82 and 83 (November 1993 to January 1994) offered a guide to budding football writers. All match reports, we suggested, should include several of the following phrases:

Drove the ball home through a forest of legs
Made light of the attentions
Left with no alternative
Whatever was said at half-time
Blunted the attack
Went down as if poleaxed
Resulting spot-kick
A pulsating first period
Pulled one back
Bereft of ideas

Stickipedia A mine of information constructed from sticker cards

Arnor Gudjohnsen, Anderlecht Panini Belgium 1987
When there are two generations of footballers from the same family it's not unusual for a father's achievements to be surpassed by those of his son. For a father to be substituted by his offspring, however, is unique. This is what happened on April 24, 1996, when Icelandic striker Arnor Gudjohnsen was replaced by his debutant son Eidur in the 62nd minute of a friendly in Estonia. Eidur was 17 at the time and at the end of his first season with PSV Eindhoven. Arnor was the same age when Eidur was born but had to wait another year for his international debut. He spent 12 seasons in Belgium and France – and was the Belgian league's top scorer with Anderlecht in 1986-87 – then had another six years as a semi-professional in Sweden. He got the last of his 73 caps for Iceland two years after being subbed for his son but they never appeared on the pitch together. Eidur's career faltered after his start with PSV and he spent some time back in Reykjavik before joining Bolton in 1998. He became the first Icelandic player to play in La Liga when leaving Chelsea for Barcelona in 2006. Wisely he has shown no inclination to copy Dad's old hairstyle.

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