THE ‘The Bandit’s Horrible Boss has No Regrets’ HEAD-IN-HANDS LEAGUE
So named because of the weekend birthdays of Burt Reynolds (81), Jennifer Aniston (48) and Robbie Williams (43)
The Dread Hand of Barney
Noted the fourth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s resignation with a heavy sigh as the Dark Side had a great deal of hope for him. It did, however, put aside its malaise to inflict one of its own on Bristol Rovers’ Ellis Harrison, Luton Town’s Isaac Vassell and Annan Athletic’s Peter Weatherson, which only the latter could defeat. But then again this is Annan and they’re made from gir-durrs, and have almost developed an immunity.
Tony Craig’s Oyster Card
Delighted to report a winner in the visage of Southport’s Jamie Allen (note: is “Not A Kid Anymore”). Fleetwood Town-Barrow-Fylde-Southport. [EDIT: Not sure if this qualifies with Fleetwood and Barrow being on opposite coasts…]
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
Clyde’s David Gormley took the gold here, having being released at the end of last season by Ayr United. Dropping down a division into the land of part-time football and ‘A Trialist’ territory, Gormley will have enjoyed scoring the very late equaliser against The Honest Men. And he did it again in the midweek replay to boot.
It’s a new entrant to the category as my forensic (emphasis on ‘sick’) investigation reveals Oldham Athletic’s veteran centre-back Peter Clarke is the namesake of Siouxsie and the Banshees/Creatures drummer Budgie. [EDIT: Nothing to do with Adam Faith…]
Born In Burberry
Fairly confident about Aberdeen’s Shaleum Logan qualification here, and shortening his name to Shay as Sky sports did on Saturday doesn’t really rescue the midfielder from the world of T.O.W.I.E., tattoos, (Staffordshire Bull) Terriers and Tulisa. Portsmouth’s Kai Naismith makes for a solid backup just in case it gets ‘tricky, bruv’.
Barney – called Southport v Dagenham & Redbridge at 1-3 on 68 min – Finished: 1-4 – FAILED!
Howard – called Mansfield Town v Hartlepool United at 2-0 at 68 min – Finished: 4-0 – FAILED!
Chris – had somewhere else to be – FAILED!
Nearly had to go with a technicality[EDIT: or “long shot”], as Neeskens Kabano, clearly named after Johan Cruyff’s midfield bodyguard in Rinus Michels’ magnificent ‘Total Football’TM Dutch team on the 70s. However, his Cottagers compadre Denis Odoi scored his first for Fulham later in the game against Wigan Athletic, a nifty bit of footwork leaving Doug Coutts stranded as he finished past the helpless Johnny Brown for the winner against the Springfield Park outfit.
Another ‘Unpleasant Local Derby/Paul Robinson!!!!’ combination was noted with Fleetwood Town 0-0 Rochdale, and one shot on target each.
Walsall’s veteran fullback James O’Connor own goal on Saturday was a leveller in more than one way in that he has achieved parity in own goals scored and goals scored with 8 each in 388 league games.
And we tip our hats to Robbie Cundy’s own goal/red card combination for Southport.
Jobsite are this week’s sponsor, as they’ve put up the necessary ackers to have their name on the front of Portsmouth’s shirts for the next two years. It’s helpful to know that if you need a zero-hour job, the place to look is emblazoned on a shirt worn by someone on four figures a week. [EDIT: over £1000 per week…… these days…? at Portsmouth.,,,? …are you sure??]