Geezers 1 Geysers 2: These island races

THE BRITISH are getting used to leaders making resignation speeches full of futile dignity. Frankly, Roy Hodgson could do nothing else after yet another failure by the England football team. That he had a carefully crafted speech, just minutes after the final whistle, demonstrated that he had clearly planned this should his grossly-overpaid gang of millionaires fall on their faces against “little” Iceland. Comparisons with USA 1950 are totally misplaced. The England team in the Brazil World Cup that year had some outstanding players. The current England squad has some talent, but it is still in its development stage and … Continue reading Geezers 1 Geysers 2: These island races

Sutton United, Vardy, Iceland and Carneiro are our award winners

AND SO, the great and the good gathered at The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair (Game of the People has been doing well…) for this year’s awards. As the glasses clinked in the Polo Bar in Conduit Street, the cognoscenti decided upon the winners from a star-studded field. The GOTP awards do not necessarily hand plaudits to the obvious – in fact, we look to recognise the somewhat quirky aspects of the game – with one or two exceptions. It is easy to hand Barcelona, Real Madrid, Lionel Messi and Neymar accolades, but we won’t be doing that – besides, we cannot … Continue reading Sutton United, Vardy, Iceland and Carneiro are our award winners

There’s a Stjarnan, waiting with his Skyr *

OK, it’s an awful pun! Celtic being drawn to meet Icelandic club Stjarnan in the UEFA Champions League comes at a time when a new type of yoghurt from the volcanic island, called Skyr, is being advertised in Britain. Stjarnan , who come from Garoabaer, won’t mind a little fun, given the club’s penchant for elaborate goal celebrations. This is the club that orchestrated depictions of landing a fish, diving, a human toilet (!), a human bicycle and a Rambo shoot-up. In 2014, Stjarnan won the Pepsi-deild karla (the Icelandic League), edging out FH (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar) by just one point. … Continue reading There’s a Stjarnan, waiting with his Skyr *