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The new football season’s here… Already!

Heya! How goes things? Hope you’re enjoying the start of your weekend (at least, for most of us, it’s the start of a well-deserved two days break from work, right??).

I’ve not posted anything about the Women’s Euro 2017 football tournament because of various reasons. Primarily because, like I said before, I haven’t had any interest in watching a football game at all since… I dunno when was the last time I saw a match? As in properly sat down and watched one? I can’t remember. Probably last summer, when the Euro 2016 was on, but I dun recall actually watching a match from start to finish. There was definitely a lot of half-watching going on, when it was TV on in the background and me playing a game on the tablet or handheld console.

So, this time round, adding to that the whole move and get everything sorted out kind of thing, when I did remember about it, I just didn’t feel like putting it on.

Plus, to be honest, I was kind of expecting the England ladies’ team to crash and burn after the manager’s announced the squad 6 or so months before the tournament kicked off, saying that he didn’t care about form or anything. So, when I saw how they did in the group games (didn’t watch it, but kept eye out for the scores), I was pleasantly surprised, and even more so when they won against France. Unfortunately, they didn’t turn up for the game against the Netherlands, which is a shame because they were in a good position to actually win an international trophy.

I still don’t agree with the idea of selecting the squad 6 months before the tournament, but I have to put my hands up and admit that I was wrong; it didn’t affect how well the team played for the most part. The game against the Netherlands – every team has their off-day, it was just unfortunate that England ladies’ off-day was in the semi-finals.

And now this weekend, we are seeing the mens return from their short break and start off their 10 months slog through the new football season. And the ladies will be starting their new winter season schedule as well (not sure when their season starts, though…)

I can safely say, though, that the ladies (Bristol City Womens, although I just call them Bristol Ladies) will struggle through this season. I think we are basically staring at a long relegation battle with at least two other clubs (Yeovil and Everton). I know the manager has plans to get the ladies out of that bottom tier of clubs and into the next one, and I hope he can, but I think this season will be a long struggle. I’m optimistic that they will survive though!

The mens… Well, Bristol City Men, they were disappointing for large blocks of the last season, but I am… cautiously optimistic that they won’t get into a relegation battle this time round. I don’t see them challenging for the play-offs or anything, but it’d be good to see them safely in mid-table this time round.

Bristol Rovers, though… They did really well last season, much better than I was expecting. I would expect them to be challenging for the play-off spots, but whether they’d be ready to get promoted to the Championship… I’m not sure they are. It’d be hard for them to do that, but maybe next year…? Depends on who they get, really.

As for the Premier League and all that… Meh, who care? *lol* Okay, okay… Honestly, I think you’d be hard pressed to see beyond Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. While you can’t cross out Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur, I honestly can’t see them able to dislodge the top two. As for there being another Leicester City moment… No, no way. That was a total and utter one-off.

I have heard of the frankly obscene amount of money that’s being changed hands between PSG and Barcelona over Neymar, and I just think it’s ridiculous. I thought Paul Pogba last summer was ridiculous, but this is just insane ridiculous. 200 million?? Think what you could do with that 200 million!

However… The very best of luck to Neymar, and hope he can cope with the pressure. For that amount of money, everyone’s pretty much gonna expect him to score five goals in every match and win every title possible with PSG.

Okay… Think that’s all the football stuff I wanted to talk about over with! If you really want me to talk more, let me know what you want me to write about! My twitter’s open for suggestions and all, after all! (I dunno about comments here, despite the new look…)

Football talk!

Heya! This is my football post. I originally started writing this Friday evening, so I’ve just gone through it and made some changes and added a whole new section about how well or not “my” teams are doing this season…

But first… The bad bit:

If there was ever any indication that there is something badly wrong with a lot of people, this has to be something near the top: The man that was jailed last year for having sex with an underage girl was apparently recorded as saying he regrets he didn’t rape her. You know, like a certain other footballer that’s still currently playing football because he got released from jail and told he was gonna be tried again because his victim had sex in the past… *smh* (Okay, that’s a bit extreme, but no-one’s sexual past should ever be brought up when they’re victims of rape…)

*smh* And he thinks he was more severely punished because he used to play for England.

…Quite honestly, he showed no remorse, ever, for having sex with a 15yo. He showed no remorse for what happened to the girl he had sex with, especially when, somewhat mysteriously, her name (which I refuse to divulge, even if I knew it) was being chanted at the football ground along with unpleasant terms for her. And when I checked out some of the twitter reaction to the news, there were people – even ladies, LADIES! – who pretty much said they agreed with him.

I’m sorry?? You’re agreeing with a man who said he wished he raped a 15yo??

*grr* This is why I hate this kind of hero-worship of rich white men – and the guy in jail was rich, I’m not gonna say he was ultra-rich, but you only have to see the money that was getting paid out to Premier League footballers, especially those who played for England, to know that he’s got a fair amount put away. But there is a major problem when there are people out there that will make excuses for people who willingly commit crimes, like having sex with underage people, or rape, or anything like that, just because they happens to be rich, white and male. I guarantee you that, should the guy be black, those same people would be baying for his blood.

Personally I dun care what colour his skin is, I want to see justice firmly done. And since that guy is talking about raping her… Quite honestly, I would see him back in court and told that since he shows no remorse and even talk about doing worse to the victim, his sentence is to be extended.

Ugh. How anyone could possibly defend him is beyond belief. I would’ve thought that all the news coming out over the past few years would’ve showed and confirmed that there are some really sick individuals out there who got away with things just because they’re rich, white men.

…And then there’s the news about Nott County Ladies football team. *smh* One day before the start of the Spring Series season, the chairman of Nott County Football Club – which covered both men’s and women’s – has declared that he is disbanding the ladies’ football team.

One day. Before. Start of Season.

Ignoring all the question of money and bills and everything else, I want to say that this is very wrong for the people who are now out of a job. One, at least, has posted on twitter that she is now jobless and homeless. Honestly… I just think it’s disgusting. You took over the club that has money trouble, fine, everyone knows that, everyone knew there was huge problems, but the way that chairman treated those players and all staff concerned with the ladies’ side of the football club is disgusting. Especially since the transfer window is shut. There’s currently question marks over whether any of the players will be able to join other clubs for the Spring Series. The guy really should have either a) Given those players and other staff a _lot_ more time to leave and join other clubs back when the window was open – ie, announce that he’s closing it before the start of the transfer window – or b) Told everyone that he will keep the club open for the duration of the Spring Series, but after that, unless someone else can come in and take over running of the ladies’ side of things, he will be closing it down. Thereby allowing those employed, players and staff, to play, earn money and make plans for the future – whether that’s joining other clubs or putting money away so they can afford to be unemployed for a time.

But, no, instead he decided he wanted to do it at a time that is bad for everyone concerned in the ladies’ side of the club, and mess up the Spring Series.

Just… I dunno anything about running a football club, I can understand that ladies’ sides are being run at a loss (and will be for a while yet, sadly, until we start to see a shift in people actually paying attention to ladies’ football and everything else), but even so… These are people we’re talking about here. People who need to earn a living. And what that chairman done is… Quite honestly, it feel like he wanted to be vindictive.

This is a major problem when the FA and all decided that they wanted the ladies’ to get associated with men’s teams. Because what was gonna happens was, the ladies’ were gonna be totally under the whims of the people running the men’s side, and should there be problems – like at Notts County – it was clearly obvious that the ladies were gonna be in serious trouble.

I means… We can perhaps say that those associated with the rich clubs, like Chelsea and Manchester City, are fairly safe, but all it takes is one chairman to say, “I’m cutting losses”, and those clubs will be in serious trouble.

We really need to get things sorted out at the top level of ladies’ football. We cannot afford to keep things the way they are because I can see this kind of thing happening again. We need to have some way of being able to encourage people to go watch the ladies’ football, and maybe the shift to the normal footballing season might help, especially if they can arrange it so that men and women can play at the same ground on the same day and sell joint tickets for both as well as individual games. And maybe get more TV exposure. I know there’s plans for the BBC to show more highlights, which will be good. Still a shame we don’t have the chance to watch live matches (think they’re on some obscure channel no-one ever heard of and no-one pays for), but highlights are good.

We’d also need another good performance at the Euros in a few months’ time, but… Considering what’s been happening there with the ridiculously early squad selection for England, can’t say I can see that happening right now.

So, what about the local teams? Well, Bristol City are almost safe. They’re on 51 points with two games to go and Blackburn are the last team in the relegation zone that can still catch them (they’re on 45 points, with two games, and it’s three points for a win). Ideally, we’d want one more draw and then go from there.

I gotta admit, I was disappointed with City’s season. I didn’t think they were gonna go up or challenge for the play-offs or anything – I was predicting mid-table, bottom-half of the table, but that they wouldn’t have any real relegation trouble – but for whatever reason… They did struggle for some time.

Bristol Rovers… They surprised me, in a good way. I predicted at the start of the season that I’d thought they’d initially struggle to make any headway in League One after two successive promotions before settling down and moving up the table to maybe mid-table top-half, but they did far better than I thought. They were even in the hunt for a play-off place at one time (They can’t do it now, but they’re still top-half, and it’s been a really good season for them, I think).

This is gonna sound weird, but to be quite honest, I’m very thankful they didn’t go up this season. I honestly think, if they did, they would massively struggle to avoid going straight back down. The Championship is probably the toughest division anywhere in the world. I’d rather see Rovers stays in League One for another season and build a much stronger team so that when they do go up… They’d have a chance of staying up, and going from there. It would be great to see Rovers established as a Championship-level side.

Bristol Ladies… Well, I’m glad the Spring Series won’t be seeing anyone get relegated, because I think it will be a huge struggle for the ladies. But in a way… It’s also good for the team. The people at the club will know just how big a step it is (yes, I know they were only down for one season, but even so…) and I’m sure the manager – Willie Kirk (yes, I know…) – will already be thinking of how to get the club from being at the bottom to getting towards mid-table and establishing themselves as a WsL1 team.

And… That’s all. I did write other bits and pieces, but I figured I’ll just post the above. I’ll make another post tonight, about the politics – will be mostly UK, but I’ll probably mention other countries as well! *grins*

A minor distraction from politics…!

Heya! How goes things? Me… I’m starting to feel much more like myself again, after that cold last week… *smh* Even if my hankies are still not really showing much signs of improvements, but still… I’m just glad I’m starting to feel like myself again, that’s the main thing.

So, what’s been happening lately? Well… I’m sure some people were expecting me to make some comments about what’s been happening in the USA, but so many people have said so much already, and I’ve retweeted a few that I think are really vitally important, that anything I say is just gonna get lost in the storm.

The one thing that I will say is, I am not even remotely surprised at the antics of the Republican’ts. Especially their meeting up in secret to change laws and push the… nominations through. It just reeks of greedy, rich, white men who are desperately trying to stem back the tides of change and keep things in the 19th century where they think they still belongs. And the sooner we get rid of people like them – and even here, in the UK, where we have to put up with the Tory party and their UKIP bedfellows – the better. So much for the better.

And dun even get me started on what appears to be ever-increasing large blocks of media outlets who think they have to publish gibberish lies all the time…

Anyway… Yeah. So, what shall I talk about? Hmm…

Well, there’s been a couple of news that’s been really surprising to me. The first, I suppose, from a local girl’s point of view in Bristol, is the football transfer news of Matty Taylor moving from Bristol Rovers to Bristol City. Now, anyone who knows anything about football, they tends to know that transfers between local teams tends to be pretty rare, and that’s normally because there’s a lot of, well… “rivalry” is probably the word that I dun want to use, but I can’t for the life of me think of anything better. *lol*

I’ve said repeatedly that I honestly have no interest in any of this “rivalry”. As far as I’m concerned, I want both teams to do well. Always have, always will. If that makes me different from most people, fine… I dun care!

(Let’s be honest… I’m already deaf and a lesbian. Not exactly like I’m the same as most people, am I?? *grins* (Okay, seriously… While I freely acknowledge that, in terms of numbers, I’m not in the biggest group of people, I don’t feel like I’m in any way unique or anything like that, except of course in the sense that I’m the only me, I’m the only Angel Forfivon around! 😀 )

What I do hope for, though – and I realise this may be a forlorn hope kind of thing – is that both set of fans will just start putting the whole thing behind them, and in the case of City, support their new player and hopefully he will get plenty of goals for them, and in the case of Rovers, move on – I’ve been contacted by a couple of Rovers fans that says they do have replacements for him already – and simply cherish the time that he played for them and whose goals helped them to get to League One.

The other piece of news is the fact that Peter Capaldi is ending his time as the Doctor of “Doctor Who” fame. It does seems like every actor is there for like 3, 4 years and then move on these days. Dun think we’re gonna get anyone that’ll stay in there for ages like Tom Baker did anymore…

Of course, with that news, people are starting talking again about who’s the new Doctor’s gonna be. Is it going to be a POC, is it gonna be female, that kind of thing. Honestly… I would love the new Doctor to be a black lady, but the chances of that is… Well, I think it’s very low. There’s more chance of me winning the lottery than that. I can’t really see a POC guy taking the position either, unfortunately. There’s probably more chance of the new Doctor being a white lady than a POC. And, yes, the likelihood is that it’s gonna be another white man.

Nothing wrong with a white man playing the Doctor – David Tennant, as far as I’m concerned, was the absolute best, hands down, but it would be nice to actually see things be different for once.

Please note, I’m not saying that a white man can’t play the Doctor again, just that I would like to see it be more of a mixture. Let’s have a black lady next time, and then an asian guy, a white man… That kind of thing.

But the chances of that happening… *shakes head* I’m fully expecting the next Doctor to be white, and there’s probably a 90% chance that the next Doctor will be male as well. A couple of ladies’ names that’s been thrown into the ring, I could see the merit of. Olivia Colman, for example.

Still. Guess we’ll see what happens, won’t we?

Okay… Gonna stop here for now. Hope all’s going okay with you and I’ll write again soon!

End of football season in England

Hi guys! How’s your weekend going? Hopefully it’s all going okay… Mine’s nothing special, well… Unless you count the whole football thing, anyway! *grins*

I have to say, I used to be a lot more interested in football than I am now. I think the main reason for my increased disinterest is the amount of ego and cheating that there is these days. Maybe I’m just being overly British in this, but I hate it when players seems to think they need to hurl themselves to the ground because they think there’s a blade of grass that’s just a little bit too high or something. And when we have a player who’s often rated as one of the top two players in the world and yet is almost as renowned for his diving ability as his skills with the ball – and I do not deny that he does have great skills – well… Just pretty much put me right off. And let’s not even go into his overinflated ego. *shudders* The fact that some people actually like him is just plain… gross. Okay, maybe because I’m a lesbian and all that, but when I heard some people says they think he’s gorgeous or whatever, I’m looking at them and asking them, “are we even thinking about the same guy?? Gigantic adam apple that sticks out further than his nose, single-handedly keeps the hairgel industry running every day, a face that even a mother would struggle to love?” *hee* Plus, like I say, he has an ego that’s too big for the Milky Way to hold…

But, yeah… I guess I’m really not one to talk. Everyone has different tastes so… Oh well. I just find him really grossly weird-looking.

Anyway… Yeah, it’s not really him that puts me off football (although he does), it’s the whole diving and cheating culture. I think the one that really brought it all out, the one that really opened my eyes to the whole thing – although I am aware it has been around for a long time before that – is the Rivaldo incident in the 2002 World Cup when a Turkey player kicked a ball towards him so he could take a corner. Hit him on the shin, and he dive down clutching his face. *smh*

I know some people say it might also be because I’m not a tomboy anymore, but… I don’t think so. Just because you’re not one type of person anymore doesn’t means your tastes in sport or whatever has to change.

So… Really, these days, I pretty much only have a passing interest in most of football. I still support and keep an eye out on “my” two international teams – England and Australia – in both men and ladies formats (although ladies moreso than guys nowadays), and I support all three of my hometown teams – Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City Ladies. Which is, I freely admit, not the most common choices, and picking, like, local rivals and everything like that, but… I want my local teams to do well, and I don’t care about any inter-city rivalry or anything like that. I know there’s gonna be some City fans and some Rovers fan who would call me unflattering words, but I just don’t care. I want both teams to do well. An hugely unlikely dream (probably with far bigger odds than Leicester City winning the Premier League) would be to see Bristol City and Bristol Rovers in the Premier League, and both challenging for the title. I wouldn’t care who win, as long as of them do! And playing fair, of course!

Well, okay, in the interest of fairness, I’d like to see one win one year, and then the next year, it could be the other! *hee*

It did means that I was celebrating when Bristol City managed to get enough points to stave off relegation from the Championship (which is probably a tougher division than the Premier League in some ways, mainly because it’s much more equal in terms of teams levels) – especially since they were promoted last season, and the step-up between League One and Championship is huge.

And I was celebrating when Bristol Rovers got that last-minute goal to get the last automatic promotion spot in League Two yesterday! I admit, I was thinking, from all that I was reading, we were gonna be in the play-offs – which is actually still higher than I was thinking at the start of the season (I’d said for Rovers that they’d be the top-half, but would miss out on play-offs – City, I said they’d be in a relegation battle, but would avoid it).

Now all we need is the Ladies to get promotion straight back to the WSL1 (they were relegated last season) – I’m confident they can do it! (in fact, that’s my prediction for the season – the ladies are in a summer season, although it’s still horribly disorganised… (No, seriously, if you take a look at the calendar for the WSL season, both 1 and 2, you’ll see that the way the fixtures are laid out, it’s just… Not brilliant. The sooner we can have a much better organised season structure, the better it’ll be for the ladies, and the better chance we’ll have of getting more people watching them…))

And that’d be good for the Bristol and the Western part of England as a whole. I don’t know why, but for some reason, there’s this huge area where we don’t really have any “big” teams. The biggest team that’s closest to us, you’re looking at the Southampton area, or up to Birmingham, really. Or pop into Wales for Swansea. (For those of you not au fait with the geography of UK, I do apologise…)

I dunno if I’m really that interested in the Euros 2016 that’s coming up. I know there’s gonna be some people being all hyped up, but… Mm. I’m still not convinced that the expansion of the Euros from 16 to 24 is a good thing. Although it did means that countries like Wales and Northern Ireland were able to get into the Euros final (although, had it been in the old format, they both would’ve gotten there on merit). The problem I have is, we’re basically saying almost half of the countries in Europe were able to get into the Euros finals. That’s kind of… demeaning the achievement of getting into the finals in the first place. If we did that for the World Cup, we’d be seeing close to 100 nations playing in the finals. *smh* 32 is probably the right number for that, but I get the feeling there’s gonna be another expansion to 40 or so soon… Probably eventually will get as high as 64 nations in the end. *smh*

My main worry for both England and Wales (yes, I’m concerned about Wales as well, although I wouldn’t support them) is that, because they were drawn in the same group, they’re gonna be really fixated on each other. I know the managers will say otherwise, but some people are gonna focus on that and forget all about Russia and Slovakia. They need to remember it’s just one game out of three, and we (England, although I suppose it applies to Wales as well) need to make sure we get points out of those other two as well as the Wales match.

Do I think we’ll win the Euros? Hah! Not likely. We should get out of the group stages, but I reckon we’ll only get to the quarter finals. Who will win? I’d say you’d find it difficult to look beyond the current big two of Germany and Spain. France, as hosts, will also have a good chance. The biggest shock, the nation that would have as high odds as Leicester did in the Premier League, would probably be Iceland, but I don’t think they’ll get anywhere close to winning the Euros.

I don’t think England really have got that good a chance. I’m probably being pessimistic, but I look at the current group of players and I don’t really feel like any of them are real top-quality. But I could be wrong. Would be glad to be proved wrong anyway!

Okay… Time to get on with the day! Hope to see you soon!