Now that was a friendly! I wish all friendlies England play were as passionate as last night’s encounter against Scotland – and as a Saints fan who knows how good Rickie Lambert is I don’t mind admitting I shot up off the sofa and let out a shriekish cheer when his bullet header thundered in to win the match for the three lions! At last an England game to savour, it’s been a while.
St Marys Stadium at the weekend during a particularly poor performance against Harry Redknapp’s QPR. Probably the worst Saints performance I’ve seen for a year or so…… Samba had Saints goal machine Lambert well and truly covered for most of the game and I think that was probably the key battle. Hope the weekend wasn’t a sign of things to come…..
Don’t know how I happened across this video – think it may have just popped up at me in one of those “Suggested for You” type sections on YT whilst I was wasting some time cruising the net wishing the northerly wind would back off. I’m bleeding glad it did find me though, in light of Frank Lampard’s exquisite finish to win the game for England against Brazil on Wednesday night I thought it was worth zipping back in time to when Frank was an emerging talent at West Ham back in 1996.
The vid takes place in a West Ham fans forum where one ‘knowledgeable’ fan tells Harry he shouldn’t have let youngsters Matt Holland and Scott Canham go so easily and accuses Harry of favouritism towards Lampard (Frank’s dad is good pals with Harry from their own playing days) and that Lamps doesn’t have the required potential to make it.
The vid shows two things to us; a) sadly the vast majority of football fans don’t have a clue about football, they couldn’t spot talent when they’re within metres of the touchline and don’t know the difference between a chip and a lob and b) manager’s such as Redknapp have an unbelievable nous for talent and potential and its why they do what they do. I love the prophetic lines from Harry “I’m telling you now, there’ll be no comparison between what Frank Lampard achieves in football and what Scotty Canham achieves”
For the past 14 years me and a bunch of mates have got together at Christmas Eve for a kick-about. We normally hop the school gates and enjoy full use of the facilities but this year as I’ve moved to Devonshire I had to make my own football related Crimbo Eve entertainment…. the above vid was the result. I actually heard proceedings were called off due to all the rain we’ve had – first match abandoned in its history! Maybe next year…..