But O the glamour

Stoke are also in Europe now (because Man City have finished fourth and even losing the FA Cup which will not happen will qualify us as FA Cup losers). The competition we are in is called the Europa League which always sounds very 1984 to me, a feeling that is magnified when you see that the matches which are shown on Channel 5 at 5.45 in the afternoon while a commentator indulges in double-think trying to brainwash shift workers into believing that this is more-or-less the Champions League and a most important business where the lot is at stake; meanwhile 836 Romanians spread thinly watch on from the stands of a derelict sports stadium. I have seen bigger crowds for badminton. Still, I am reet* looking forward to it as they will be alarmed by Delilah. Very alarmed. So far we could be playing any of this lot:

Spartak Moscow
AEK Athens
Twente
Lokomotiv Moscow
Slovan Bratislava
Birmingham
Helsingborg
Legia Warsaw
Strømsgodset

or these if they qualify:

Daugava Daugavpils

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15 Responses to But O the glamour

  1. shep207 says:

    Birmingham.. Now that would be a let down..

  2. Anne-Marie Shardlow says:

    Shame a Classic Cup has been shadowed due to money funded leagues overshadowing original community building games. Football as a world communicator! Shame the language being communicated at that level is so base!

  3. Daftburger says:

    Although Latvian women are beautiful and Greek women are hairy, IME, I think I’d rather go to Athens.

  4. calvininjax says:

    What happeneded to the European Cup Winners’ Cup, not enough dosh in it I suppose.

    Do the winners of the Europa League automatically qualify for the Champions’ League the following season?

  5. OS says:

    Is this the new vogue for this blog… one has to add a vid to reply.

    Well, I fancy a trip to Legia Warsaw.

    I’ve already selected my partner… winger. He’ll look lovely with ribbons in his grey hair. 🙂

  6. OS says:

    I think we will qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest, Calvin. 😉

  7. OS says:

    Sorry, I forgot the obligatory vid. 😦

  8. Anne-Marie Shardlow says:

    Fab Vid below! Funny Gel!

  9. Stephen Foster says:

    The blog comments have gone all Cup Fever ish \o/

  10. Laura says:

    So when do you start the pre-match stress relief swimming? Or is that just for semi-finals?

  11. Stephen Foster says:

    That’s tomorrow night obvs otherwise you don’t feel the benefit. All of Stoke will be at the baths; there’ll be a tidal wave hitting Congleton about half-seven.

  12. calvininjax says:

    “There’ll be a tidal wave hitting Congleton about half-seven.” 🙂

    I had a vision of all of Congleton decamped to Cloud End.

  13. Daftburger says:

    Pity all the baths are closed! Labour Out!

  14. Markelt says:

    I’ll always remember it like this

  15. AndyP says:

    So will the PHW’s European Train timetables need dusting off next season for another jolly jaunt?

    I’ll be at Wembley tomorrow, but in the neutral part admiring the red & white hoardes as they belt out a few Delilahs. Naturally I’m going down on the train…

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