Stewpot’s Junior Choice

This one requires some set up first before we get to the tunes because I realise that there will be a few of you out there who might not actually recognise or remember the big nosed bloke below: In the late 70’s Radio One used to play what Radio Two plays now. At the time it was all mainstream, safe middle of the road music, no risks taken. (The late great John Peel was still on, but was shoved into a late night slot and never talked about). The current Radio 2 has some of the DJ’s who were on…

Portrait Of The Young Man.

Over in North America they have a pub-standard league known as the MLS, which until the arrival of a certain individual was ignored pretty much everywhere. Now this league differs in the way that some players are signed for the teams. It is based on one used in another league – the NFL – and this is a draft system. To shorthand it into one sentence: How this works is that new players are recruited from college soccer teams. So if you wanted to play in the MLS the route in first would be for you to get yourself into…

Venables Is A Swinger

Another run out for Dagenham Dave and his penchant for belting out the occasional tune. I don’t have anything to add what I previously wrote so I’ll repost the quote from an article about him: “… He’s [Venables] not new to crooning. As a nightclub owner he used to treat the punters to a regular SingalongaTel, and as a teenager he sang with band leader Joe Loss. At 17 he had to choose between football and singing. “I won the week’s talent contest at Butlins, and was invited back for September. I said to [the manager] Tommy Docherty, ‘Look, I’ve…

Hurry Up Harry, C’mon

Another one of those bothersome international breaks, so time for me to wheel out some related material. – Starting with England who’s fan (may or may not) will try to break the internets this coming Saturday with the away match against the Ukraine, then fall asleep in front of the telly the following Wednesday evening whilst Belarus slip one past the dozing defence. England have already put qualification to bed last month but there will still be people who’ll keep one eye on these matches – especially the tabloid headline writers who will rub their hands at even the slightest…

The Day The (Football and) Music Died

Despite us taking the p1ss, we here at F&M actually like them and were devastated to read the news today (oh boy) about the ending of their partnership: Dave (the one with the beard) has announced his retirement from the music biz following the death of his wife Sue from lung cancer in July. Chas (the one with the beard) will honour touring commitments and will be performing under the new name: Chas And His Band. All the best to you Dave, to you Chas as well. If it wasn’t for you what would have Spurs done. Come to think…

El Tel Is Singing For England

El Tel singing

International friendlies and qualifiers coming up. This is when I usually aim to get some material, that may or may not be related, out there. Starting with… Introductions are not needed with El Tel, but some background on why he likes to sing. This from a Guardian article/interview done in 2002: “He’s not new to crooning. As a nightclub owner he used to treat the punters to a regular SingalongaTel, and as a teenager he sang with band leader Joe Loss. At 17 he had to choose between football and singing. “I won the week’s talent contest at Butlins, and…

An Inconvenient Final

Latest team news is that ‘arry is going to throw them under the bus give the kids another run out in the UEFA Cup 2nd leg against Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday. This gives us the chance to see the new Clown Prince of goalkeepers in action… Pictured above: Gomes in action where he knocked out one of his own players, pulled an injury of his own and conceeded a 2nd goal. All this happened in the same game. …Before he puts his boots back on again for Sunday. (Cudicini is cup tied for the League Cup Final, but is eligible…