Jumpers for goalposts….

What…you’ve never heard of the Meon Valley Sunday Football League, or the Pink Cup?

Shame on you glory hunters, with your heads turned by perfect pitches, escalating hype and a Premier League with a current turnover of £1.9bn. Without a doubt Farlington Academicals, currently bottom of Meon Valley Division 1, are the new Brazil…

Just like watching Brazil... John Callaway 2014

Just like watching Brazil… John Callaway 2014

Ron Manager was right…

“Oh, those Brazilians, you know? Circa 1970? Broke the mould. Theory out the window. Free expression of football. Uncategorisable. Is that a word? It is now! You know? Far cry from small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Rush goalie. Two at the back, three in the middle, four up front, one’s gone home for his tea. Beans on toast? Possibly, don’t quote me on that. Marvellous”.

Stadium of Dreams.... John Callaway 2014

Stadium of Dreams…. John Callaway 2014

Forget your Theatre Of Dreams

Today I will mostly be looking at the Covers Timber & Builders Merchants Stand, where there’s still a human connection with those playing the beautiful game. Not the world of contemporary footballers who are too self centred to inspire any long term following…

A sentiment (possibly) echoed by the great Eric Cantona

“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea…”

Save... John Callaway 2014

Save… John Callaway 2014

Lets hear it for grassroots football, and the gladiatorial contest [sic] between Fareham United and Farlington Academicals in the final of the Pink Cup earlier in the week (2-2  after extra time), with Farlington eventually winning 10-9 on penalties.

…and not a prawn sandwich in sight..

Whatever works... John Callaway 2014

Whatever works… John Callaway 2014

Oh…and the Farlington goalkeeper with the dubious shot-stopping technique (above)…That’ll be my son… 🙂

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