The Prem, Pep and Van Persie

By Davies, Hunter | New Statesman (1996), May 14, 2012 | Go to article overview

The Prem, Pep and Van Persie


Davies, Hunter, New Statesman (1996)


It's that time of the season when we say it's that time of the season.

Surprise of the Season Roy Hodgson getting the England job. That fettled the tabloids--think they are so clever, in tune with the nation and worst of all believing they can get what and whom they want to get, har har.

Fib of the Season That Dear Roy is fluent in five languages. That is now gospel and every hack repeats it, without any proof.

Have you heard Roy speak any foreign language? I believe he must have been able at one time to speak dressing-room Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian and Arabic but that's about all.

Gazza used to boast he spoke Italian, after his year at Lazio, and I did hear him speak Italian to an Italian waiter in a caff--who burst out laughing.

I boast I can speak kitchen Portuguese, after a year living in Portugal and spending hours listening to Linguaphone tapes. But I do limit my boast--only to those who can't speak any Portuguese.

Team of the Season I sense it could be Chelsea. So OK they won't win the Prem, but I think they will beat Bayern Munich for the Euro final. They have this Big Game temperament, can rise to the occasion and are dead jammy, as they were in the FA Cup Final.

Hair of the Season A top honour that's been awarded annually by The Fan these past is seasons but I can't think off-hand of any new startling creations. Oh, how we miss Becks. So the pot goes to Wayne Rooney. We don't know whose hair he's been wearing but it's done the trick. He has settled down, calmer and more confident, loads of goals, just one yellow--in the last home game.

Sky's the limit

Worry of the Season Attendance in the Prem looks to be down this year, if only marginally. This is partly because several clubs with small grounds, ie QPR; clubs where their own fans are well and truly pissed off, ie Blackburn.

Next season, if the two Sheffields get promoted (Wednesday already up) the overall Prem gates will rise again. However, I think it is also due to the fact that the average fan, of whichever club knows the Spanish league is now better than the Prem. …

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