Beat around the Bush
THANKS to the weather, I guess we’ll have to wait to see if QPR can equal their undefeated record, but at least it keeps us top of the table for a little longer with very few games taking place.
I can’t help wondering, though, if we’ve all gone soft? Match postponed because of conditions in the surrounding area?
I’m sure that, when I was a lad, that simply wasn’t an issue at all. Football fans are an adaptable lot and will move mountains in an effort to get to the game.
It did bring a smile to my face watching Middlesbrough play Hull on a snow-covered pitch last week, if only to watch Hull playing in white, but I do wonder if perhaps some of the weekend fixtures could have gone ahead?
This would never have happened in the “wonderful” Omniturf days, would it? I still remember QPR’s home game against Barnsley taking place and also being shown on Match Of The Day, when the rest of the country’s fixtures had been wiped out.
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The weather was in danger of dominating events in the UK for the entire week until D- Day for the World Cup finally arrived last Thursday.
Disappointing as it is, I don’t have any issue with Russia securing the 2018 World Cup, despite the controversies surrounding their award, but Qatar in 2022?
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I don’t have any issue with Qatar as a country or its people, but awarding a tournament of this magnitude to a country with a population of approximately 1.7 million, which as a comparison, is similar to the population of north London or Northern Ireland, totally defies belief.
Maybe that’s where England’s bid went wrong? Perhaps it should have been a British bid with a commitment to build 12 new grounds in Northern Ireland, because after all, it is a growing and developing part of the UK and not only in footballing terms. If nothing else, the climate would have been right.
Anyway, I won’t be considering travelling to Qatar, if only because watching the beautiful game in a no-expense spared, air-conditioned stadium and exiting the ground in a potential 50 degrees, is not my idea of fun and is a grotesque waste of resources and money.
Give me a snow-covered pitch, a shovel, iced-up pavements or a brolly any day of the week and let’s watch some real football!
Do they serve Bovril in Qatar?