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Ale Trail #2

I recently read a cracking little article on one of my favourite blogs to read THE CASUAL CONNOISSEUR were the chaps who run the blog went on a real ale weekend to the two famous Roman towns of Chester and York where they basically went drinking good ales in all the hidden gem ale houses of these two famous ancient cities. The thing I liked about the article was that they headed into a city that is fairly local for me (Chester) and basically gave me a load of tips for drinking spots that, despite spending alot of time over the years in the city, I have never been to and had a drinking experience there. So last Friday I decided to grasp the opportunity and take my ale trail to the city I once almost moved to Deva aka Chester.

I’ve always liked Chester, it’s only an hour on the train or hour and a half on the bus from mine so growing up in Merseyside I spent quite alot of time in Chester. I have quite a few close friends that live in the city, have worked a few jobs there and at one point almost moved there myself about 5 years ago. It’s a City full of history and a great layout plus it still has the famous wall surrounding the entire city that dates back to the days of the Romans.

I decided to head in with Kirsty to originally have a mooch around, walk around the famous wall and grab some lunch with her. After she headed home I decided to take in a couple of the spots recommended by the Casual Con article. So armed with a craving for ale and the newest copy of the fantastic PROPER MAGAZINE (review to come) I headed to my first spot, The Pied Bull Hotel on the cobbled King Street near to the central square of the City. Said to be the oldest continuously licensed premises in the city dating back to the 11th century, The Pied Bull is a quaint little which pub, despite the recent refurb, prides itself on it’s history with it’s old fashioned decor. There’s more than meets the eye with this place too, as well as being a CAMRA favourited pub the Bull also has a few rooms for guests to stay in as well as a micro brewery in the basement where they brew a dark ale known as “Black Bull”. Needless to say this was my sup of choice for my visit.

Ale and the new Proper Magazine, crackin'

I’m not a massive fan of dark ales, I usually find them quite stogy and a bit too overly bitter but I figured when in Rome with this one, though I do kind of wish I hadn’t. Black Bull didn’t help change my mind of dark ales I found this stogy as usual and left an overly bitter aftertaste as well as a weird sort of liqourice-ish (say that after a few) taste that I was put off by. A nice pub granted however this particular ale let me down unfortunately.

After spending a bit of time reading through Proper I decided to head across to the other side of the town to another popular old alehouse hidden away near the remains of the Roman amphitheater and gardens named THE ALBION INN.

The Albion is famous for it’s wartime decor, it’s no bullshit attitude towards unwanted punters and it’s gastro pub menu loved by TV Chef’s Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein, needless to say it did not disappoint in the slightest. Despite the lads at Cas Con not rating this place highly compared to the other places I instantly fell in love with the place from the moment I walked into the door and saw a sign that said “Don’t bring your stag-hen or pub crawl here, we don’t need you, we don’t want you, we won’t serve you!” Brilliant, I knew straight away this was going to be my kind of ale house. The first thing you notice when you walk into one of the two rooms in the pub is the, tacky as they may be to some, war related artifacts, nick nacks and posters that decorate the walls and a roaring open fire. No jukebox, no pool tables and no fruity machines just a quaint small bar serving good ales and nice grub.

I ordered a lovely golden ale called “Titanic” which hit the spot perfectly and managed to help remove the taste of the dark I’d had in the Pied Bull. A lovely smooth golden ale full of colour and very well brewed and full of flavour and fairly strong at 5% (hence the name Titanic as you would be likely to sink after a few). After supping on a pint or two I decided to get some scran from the pub’s famous kitchen. Looking through the menu it was fairly expensive, that’s to be expected from a gastropub famous for selling Haggis and Liver dishes I suppose, so I decided to order the cheapest thing I could find on the menu. A dish that was reccomended by Rick Stein himself  a ‘Tunstall Tortilla.” This amazing dish consisted of a Shropshire Oatcake filled with Bacon, black pudding, fried potatoes and cheese. Absolutely PERFECT and hit the spot just right. I certainly will be coming back here again without question and I would recommend anyone to give this place a go.

So after a few pints and a nice bit of scran I headed home feel very happy and satisfied. I’m made up that I got to try these alehouses and I’ll definitely be heading to Chester again in the near future for an ale trail as there are a handful of other pubs to try out as well as another visit to the Albion.

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Everton 0 – 1 Man Utd

Loosing to a team like Utd is a bit of a write off these days unless your a team like City or Chelsea however Everton walked away from the match on Saturday without their pride being completely knocked in my opinion. Had it not been for a poor defensive mistake in the 17th minute that lead to Utd’s only goal I do strongly believe that Everton could have walked away from the game with at least a point, if not all three.

Couldn’t get to the game on Saturday myself but I did head over to my local to watch it on the telly with a few glasses of coke due to the hangover and the fact it was a midday kick off and despite the result it was a good match to watch. You would of thought that after the embarrassing thrashing Utd received last week and the fact that Everton had six players on the pitch that had played 120 minutes of football less that 72 hours before kick off and were missing Cahill, Drenthe and Distin that Man Utd would be set to cruise this, however this wasn’t the case. It was Everton who made the brighter start when Seamus Coleman came close after just 30 seconds which led to Everton piling on the pressure. Unfortunately though it was Utd that struck the only goal in the game after a poor bit of defending allowed Hernandez or Chicarito or whatever the meffs name is to tap in from point blank range from a cross on 17 minutes. You could tell straight away this deflated Everton and Utd started to put on the pressure. Everton tried the best to push but constant mistakes from Billy (again!!) killed off chances for us. However in the last 10 of the first Everton started to pile on the pressure again and came even closer to scoring after Bainesy’s marvelous free kick struck the bar.

The second half came and Moyesy made the decision to take off Billy who had played garbage in the first half and replace him with 17 year old Ross Barkley. Everton went straight into the second half putting the pressure on again but unfortunately the tiredness of some of players began to show and it seemed that despite the better chances coming for Everton the general possession rate was probably 50/50. The Blues did try and push for a goal by bringing on two strikers in Vellios and young Frenchman Magaye Gueye who had a potential penalty shout near the end only for it to be dismissed (and in fair rightly so as he looked to be going to the ground before any contact was made) but unfortunately just lacked that extra bit of class to push Utd’s back line, even with 6 minutes added time (due to the linesman having to be subbed with the 4th official because he had cramp HA!)

So a disappointing result for the Blue’s but definitely not one to kick and scream about. We played well, but we just couldn’t break the current champions down and just lacked the consistency and that extra kick to get past their solid defence. It’s the Geordies away next, I hate the Geordies, you’ll discover why later this week, but hopefully we can go to their massive soup kitchen on the hill next week and play like we did against Utd and maybe walk away from a ground that hasn’t been favoured by us in recent years with all 3 points.

STATS & FACTS

My man of the match: Coleman (didn’t stop running throughout and created some great chances)

Attendance: 35,494

Squad: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov (Barkley), Osman (Velios), Saha (Gueye)

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Nipping it in the bud.

I did say I wouldn’t do another entry this week but I just want to clear this one up very quickly.
People leaving comments. I’m more than happy to receive comments about the stuff I write about even if they don’t like what I’m writing about I’m still more than happy to receive constructive criticism. Unfortunately though your going to get the odd tosser/helmet/gobshite, usually from my past, who will come on here and despite most being in their mid 20’s refuse to act their age and write daft comments and maybe try and call me names etc etc.
Like I’ve said before insults to me are water off a ducks back I’ve heard them all before all I can ask is that if you are going to be a helmet and write daft shite on here please realise your comment won’t make it past the moderation and will be deleted pretty much straight away and I’ll probably just block your I.P address to. So with that over and done with I’m going the pub.

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Pre-Match Build Up: Man Utd (Home)

Sir Alex Ferguson's breakfast

I’m going to try and make this the last blog update of the week as I’ve gone overboard this week, mainly cos it’s the first week and it was my birthday as well as a midweek game so yeh, last update of this week.

I remember a couple of seasons back doing my regular Saturday trip to Goodison and picking up my regular copy of Everton fanzine When Skies are Grey, ironically, I think it was the Saturday when we famously came from 1-0 down to beat Utd 3-1. Anyway, before the match started I remember sitting in my seat reading an article in WSAG about the relationship between Everton and Utd. Now this may not be a direct quote but I recall the opening sentence of the article being something along the lines of “There’s an old saying that goes the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” This got me thinking, as an Evertonian and a Scouser I can’t stand Utd and I’m certainly not a big fan of Manchester itself neither, but, and as much as I hate to say it, yeh there is a somewhat deep and certainly well hidden..respect? Admiration? Nah I wouldn’t even go that far, I can’t think of the word right now but most understand what I’m getting at here.

Ever since the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894 the relationship between Scousers and Mancs has been, well, somewhat unpleasant and this has especially shown on the terraces over the years. However, the main rivalry between the cities has shown mainly between Liverpool and Utd, granted Everton and City have a somewhat rivalry going but, let’s be honest, it’s nought compared to the other two, who naturally HATE each other to the point where some VERY unpleasant and vile chants have been sang towards each others fans regarding tragedies that have scarred both football clubs.

So where does the whole concept of “Enemy of my enemy” kick in? Well I can only speak on my own behalf but I’m sure at least one or two fellow Blues will agree. We hate United too but we hate Liverpool more and let’s be honest seeing Liverpool knocked off their perch and fall from grace over the years only to be replaced by their, now, biggest rivals does somewhat make us smirk. Most Liverpool fans will brand us as “bitter” for this but let’s be honest, the second things start going pear shaped for Utd, Liverpool’s fans are the first to jump the joke bandwagon, I mean, christ, you would have thought Liverpool beat Utd in Champions League Final back in May and not Barcelona. I don’t think it’s “bitter” it’s rivalry and it’s all part and package of a rivalry.

Another part of the “admiration” (I really don’t like using that word) for Utd I suppose comes from the fact that over the years, despite the dodgy ref decisions, unnecessary added time and some of the nasty tackles (usually from Paul Scholes), Utd’s squad has consistently oozed with class. You would expect this from a club with a big budget, however, there is something different about Utd than the other big spenders like Liverpool, City, Chelski and Arse. Despite the fact they have the money, let’s be honest, only spend the big bucks when necessary and have picked up some bargains compared to other clubs signings. Granted, as well, they have signed some shite players over the years like any other club but look at some of the signings they’ve made over the year. Ronaldo from Lisbon for £12.5m, I mean c’mon imagine a team trying to sign him for that much now, they’d probably get sued for slander. Another one, a bit closer to home, is the signing of our old boy wonder Wazza, signed for £35m (after add ons) in 2004, the same amount was spent by Liverpool last season on Andy Carroll. Now I’m not taking the piss here but I know who I would rather have in my club.

Utd are now the most successful club in the England after knocking Liverpool off their perch last year and winning the League trophy for the 19th time and I suppose the man to thank for this is Sir Alex Ferguson. Love him or hate him, the moaning, whiskey nosed angry Scotsman is the most successful manager in English League History. Granted, Bob Paisley brought back 20 trophies to Anfield in his 9 year tenure at Liverpool which, I suppose, makes him the most successful manager in the shortest time, but that certainly isn’t a way to discredit Fergie who is now approaching towards his 40th trophy (37 now to be exact). When it comes to the famous Managerial names, Whiskey nose has certainly placed himself up at the top of the pile with the likes of Shankley, Paisley, Kendall, Catterick, Revie and Clough, a good achievement considering at one point in the early days of his tenure Utd fans wanted him out.

So, after all that, United arrive at Goodison on Saturday for the early kick off and needless to say that lot will be hurting right now. Despite wiping aside Aldershot in the cup midweek, let’s be honest, after Sunday’s embarrassing thrashing to next door neighbours, Abu Dhabi FC, Utd will be after blood. Oh Great! what a time to play them, especially after the 120 minutes of Wednesday night against Chelsea. Our record against Utd as it is isn’t fantastic. If memory serves me correct ever since the beginning of the Premiership I think we have only beaten Utd 6 times, 3 times at Goodison, once at Old Trafford and twice at Wembley. However, in the last couple of seasons we’ve caused them a bit of upset including two great comebacks of 1-0 down to win 3-1 and last years 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in extra time so there is hope yet. Unfortunately, I don’t see a good result from this one. Like I said, Utd are hurting right now, there’s nothing worse than getting beat by your neighbours but getting thrashed 6-1 AT HOME is certainly a bitter, bitter pill to swallow so without any doubt Utd will be after blood and are gonna want to wipe the floor with us. I think Everton in this case have to try and go at them and try and hurt them more but at the same time keep their heads up defensively because we all know Utd’s ability to score on the break is what kill opposition off constantly. Like I say I’m not overly confident about this fixture but hopefully if we can keep it together we can pull away with a point, perhaps a 1-1, but who knows we’ve upset them before, we can do it again. I’ll leave you with one of the famous moments of upset against Utd from a few seasons ago. Still gives me shivers watching this.

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Everton 1 – 2 Chelsea

Row M Seat 107, My seat for the night (for the first half anyway)

It was not that long ago that going to a night game at Everton was really really special to all Evertonians. Be it in Europe, League or mid-week cup ties Goodison Park under floodlights usually creates a different atmosphere. Loud, intense, full on deafening, a full house. I can remember coming home from such memorable nights at Goodison like when we beat Chelsea 2-1 a few seasons back, THAT game against Fiorentina, even if it was heart breaking, The Big Dunc Man Utd win or the “Dan Gosling” derby, leaving the ground with a ringing in my ear and tingles down my spine. In recent times, however, that all seems to have gone. Granted we’re not in Europe anymore (and are not likely to be for a while) and alot of people seem to jibb off the Carling Cup because it’s been given that Mickey Mouse appeal for some reason. For me it’s silverware and it’s still something Everton should aim for. I don’t want to sound like I’m moaning or giving anyone grief here because I’m not but only just over 23,000 attended Goodison tonight in a cup tie against CHELSEA. That’s almost half empty. I’m not sure if it’s because of the price of tickets (£24 for a Carling Cup tie I agree is extortionate) or the general air of negativity and unawareness of what’s going on behind the scenes at Everton but, I dunno, I just really miss that midweek excitement and I do hope we have seen the last of it.

£24 for a Carling Cup Ticket...ridiculous

As for the game itself I would definitely go as far as saying it was a game of 2 halves (well 4 in this occasion). First half saw a weaker Chelsea side missing most big star names, come at Everton over and over again and Everton not able to take the game to Chelsea. Everton conceded a penalty early in the first half which was sent wide by Nicolas “Eggheaded tit” Anelka much to the Evertonian’s delight. However, Chelsea opened the scoring on 37 after what I can only describe as one of the worst butter finger goalkeeper moments I have witnessed by Jan Mucha. A light cross/shot by Kalou was caught by Mucha only to slip through his hand and into the net. I’m not going to go on a tirade about Mucha cos in all fairness to him he made a few decent saves in the game but for me, and I’ve always said this, he is not good enough as a first choice keeper and even with Tim Howard out the squad for the night I would have chosen Marcus Hanneman over him any day, but that’s just my opinion.

Second half came along and I decided to move seats next to my two old regular mates who I used to have a season ticket next to due to the fact I was sitting in front of 3 complete and utter titheads who were annoying throughout the first half. The half started with Phil Neville being replaced by Tony Hibbert and Everton went straight into it and generally looked great. All the midfielders (except Bilyaletdinov who, YET AGAIN, had another howler) seemed to work well together specially Fellaini and Rodwell even Drenthe I thought played well and was helping to create space by making Chelsea players go at him and taking them out of position. For me though his big problem was he gets too greedy and tries the impossible and tries to take everyone on rather than putting on simple lay offs and that is something he has to get out of his system as he’s not in La Liga anymore. Needless to say we looked the much better team.

A glimmer of hope came midway through the 2nd half when Everton were awarded a penalty and Chelsea saw Keeper Turnbull red carded for bringing Saha down in the box. Needless to say Everton missed the penalty. Baines’ kicked saved well by Chelsea replacement keeper Cech. It just looked like that equaliser wasn’t going to happen. The game changed however when Seamus Coleman came on to replace Billy (who for me was shite again) and straight away was getting in great runs and good crosses that looked dangerous. Eventually, Seamus provided a lovely cross into Louis Saha or banged in the equaliser in the 82nd minute. Chelsea down to 10 men, 1-1, 10 minutes to go, game on. Everton went into all out attack bringing on Denis Stracqualursi who could have won the game had it not been for a rubbish header despite being completely open. In all honesty as well, I don’t rate this Denis lad, he hasn’t impressed me yet.

So 1-1 at the end of the 90. Extra time saw a pretty 50/50 first half with both teams trying to go at each other despite everyone being knackered, however it all crumbled for Everton when Drenthe was sent off for a 2nd bookable offense and it became all Chelsea. It was only inevitable that Chelsea were gonna try and set up camp in our half and put the game to bed, fate was sealed with 5 minutes to go in the 2nd half of injury time after Mucha pushed away a shot from Ivanovich only for Sturridge to hit it home and kill Everton off.

All in all a disappointing night for us Blues, a game that should of and could have been killed in regular time, in the end dragged out too long and wore the players down. As for the atmosphere in Goodison, well you only have to read my rant from earlier, moments of loud singing and general hope we could win but nothing to write home about. At least our fans didn’t do “The Bounce” like Chelsea’s complete and utter HELMET supporters did. Seriously, so bored of these bounce and Poznan-esque celebrations. They’re not clever they’re not cool, they’re just fucking stupid, but then again what do you expect from a club with a fan base that’s been supporting them through their 7 year history.

So that’s it, Carling Cup campaign over for another season, a piece of silverware that won’t be coming to Everton, typical. Like most Everton fans tonight I have a slight feeling of deflation and disappointment, but that’s Everton for you, have to take the crap with the good I suppose oh well there’s always the FA Cup, right? Right? Meh…Who am I kidding?

FACTS

My man of the Match: Fellaini (another excellent performance)

Attendance: 27,103

Squad: Mucha, Distin, Neville (Hibbert), Baines, Heitinga, Drenthe, Rodwell (Stracqualursi), Bilyaletdinov (Coleman), Cahill, Saha

Unused subs: Hanneman, Vellios, Osman, Barkley

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Ale Trail #1/Birthday & Pre Match Build Up: Chelsea (Carling Cup)

So a triple header Blog update rather than a further three separete blog updates on three different days like I promised I’d try and avoid as that’s what makes blogging stagnant and repetative, so here it goes.

ALE TRAIL #1

A regular feature what will be occurring in my blog is a little feature I like to call ALE TRAIL. Like most pretentious meffs I like to consider myself a bit of an elitist when it comes to drinking ale, which is a bit weird considering just 3 years ago I was still Straight Edge (HA!). All kidding aside though I do appreciate a good Real Ale when I find one so I figured it would make a decent topic to include in this here blog, so without further delay. My first entry for the “ALE TRAIL” is a newly introduced bitter into my local boozer I’ve found myself drinking and enjoying called “Daniel’s Hammer”

Unfortunately, my local, The Saughall, as much as I love the place, is not exactly the best of pubs for the Ale Enthusiast or CAMRA member, mainly due to the fact it’s more of a modern eatery pub than a traditionalist pub and is licensed under the brewery company Thwaites. Needless to say every now and again we do get a good guest or new regular ale come in on tap that doesn’t disappoint. “Daniel’s Hammer” is the newest ale to come into The Saughall and despite it’s slightly homo-erotic title I have to say is a damn good pint. Described as a “strong pale golden ale with a delicate malty palate and well balanced zesty hop character” this ale is full of body with a good pale colour, not too dry and is actually surprisingly refreshing for a pale ale and pretty strong as well at 5% despite the fact it actually tastes pretty light and doesn’t feel to heavy on the stomach.

It’s a pint that doesn’t leave behind that bitter aftertaste that some ales do and is definitely one of them ales you can at least sup more than one pint of. Granted, it’s not the best pint I’ve ever had neither but it’s one that I’ll happily choose over a pint of Fosters or Carling anyday. Recommended.

BIRTHDAY

So today was my 25th birthday and rather than sit here and moan about “oh mann I’m getting old etc etc.” I’m actually quite chuffed about turning 25. It’s a big year for me this year as it’s the final year of being technically classed as “single” by the time my next birthday comes around I’ll be married, pretty exciting stuff.

As for my day today I’ve spent it relaxing with my family and my missus who bought me a smart Northern Boys Club tshirt (pictured below) and Bulgari aftershave. My plan for tonight after finishing this is head back to the Saughall with the missus for the pub quiz. Sound.

PRE MATCH BUILD UP: CHELSEA AT GOODISON (CARLING CUP)

"In Soviet Russia, football plays you"

Everton enter into the 4th round of the Carling Cup tomorrow evening against what can only be described as a deflated Chelsea team. I say deflated mainly because the Cockney rent boys will be without Drogba (thank Christ), Ashley Cole and Bosingwa who all received cards and marching orders in, what can only be described as the most hilarious game of football I have ever watched, Sunday’s defeat to local rivals QPR at Loftus Road, but let’s be honest, it’s Chelsea, even without them 3 they’re hardly shit.

Players like Juan Mata, Ladyboy Torres (if he is no longer suspended I’ll have to check), Anelka, Fat Frank and Adolph Terry are all available for the rent boys tomorrow and will no doubt be out to try and bounce back from their derby day defeat on Sunday. However, despite the recent League defeat to this lot at The Bridge, our record against Chelsea isn’t all that bad, especially at Goodison. We have managed to beat them twice at Goodison in 3 years and once in the FA Cup away last season, as well as countless amount of draws, then again though these bastards have a way of crushing us at the final hurdles in the past, i.e 2009 FA Cup Final and 2008 League Cup Semi-Final.

As for Everton, it’s a mixed season so far. Some crap performances leading to crap results and some crap performances leading to scrappy last minute wins, like that at the weekend against Fulham at Craven Cottage, mixed with drama off the pitch and lack of money, which I won’t get into right now but probably will in the nearby future. All in all making it a bit of a headache so far, however the weekends result against Fulham gave me a glimmer of hope, despite us not actually playing that well, the squad and tactics looked more positive and players like Vellios and Drenthe were given starts which, as we all saw, lead to Drenthe’s AMAZING goal. For me it’s important for us to play positive and really go at Chelsea tomorrow and maybe stick to the squad we started with on Sunday (except maybe put Saha back in from Vellios) because, let’s be honest,despite the Carling Cup loosing it’s reputation as a big trophy over the years, in my eye, it still is and it’s probably one of the only chances we’re going to get on putting our hands on silverware at the current rate so needless to say it’s an important game and a big chance tomorrow. I just hope, for the love of Christ, the players realise this and go at Chelsea. If they do I’m going with a simple 1-0 and that goalscorer to be….oh christ knows, let’s say Bainesy, yeh Leighton Baines Freekick, why not?

So yeh, looking forward to this one, I’ll be in attendance with my good mate Al Bentley thanks to my little sister getting me a ticket for my birthday and no doubt will be supping a few pre-match pints on County Roads finest establishments. So until then, Come On You Blues.

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Prat of the Week #1

An old feature from one of my old blogs that seemed fairly popular was my weekly “Prat of the Week” piece. So, naturally, I decided to bring this regular piece back. Prat of the Week is simply my way of identifying someone in the world, famous or not, who has done or said something so horrendously offensive or stupid that they fully deserve to be exploited for complete and utter prat, helmet, tool, dickhead that they are. So with that out the way let’s start with POTW#1…

This week choosing POTW was hard. What with Mario Ballotelli burning his house down, John Terry racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and those helmets in the States dressing up as “Superheroes” I was most definitely spoilt for choice when it came to writing about complete Prats. However, The award for prat of the week goes to this man….

Baldy, Petulant, childish Prat.

Mr Andy Jacobs. Who? I hear you ask. Yeh, that’s exactly what I would of said to you last Saturday had you asked me who this guy is. So who is Andy Jacobs? Well Andy is a “pundit” (I use that term VERY lightly) and sports radio presenter on talkSPORT radio, was once the producer of Baddiel and Skinner’s Fantasy Football Show and is also the former editor of FHM. Hence straight away why I did not have a clue who this human was. I don’t read FHM, I’m not much of a fan of Frank Skinner (Baddiel was decent like) nor do I listen to talkSPORT. Never have, most likely never will, if I wanted to listen to moaning armchair redshite and boring cockney Mancs or nouveau Chelski supporters all day long then I’d go out and buy a DAB radio and tune in, but needless to say I’d rather wipe my backside with razor blades than do such a thing.

So why would I give this pundit who’s name I had never heard of before Sunday, just gone, a prat of the week award? Because on Sunday this pundit and household name (for some Sports fans anyway) took a Tweet sent to him FAR too seriously and decided to get personal and offensive, which led to tirades of abuse sent to him, which lead to him having privatise his Twitter account which all originally was aimed towards none other than, well…ME!

Ok let me explain as to how this came about. Like most football fans on Sunday I found myself engrossed in the 2 Sky Games as well as streaming Everton’s game. One of the games on Sunday as most people know was the West London derby QPR v Chelsea, so I decided to watch it whilst talking to my mate Ped (from Followtonians) in the tinychat room we use when watching Everton away fixtures that we can’t get to. Before the game kicked off Ped recommended that I watch the match via the Fanzone option in which Our prat of the week Andy an “avid” and no doubt Nouveau Chelski fan went up against Former QPR player and current Youth Coach, Marc Bircham in a special celebrity fanzone.

Well Im not going into details about what was said by him on the show, because no doubt people who are reading this were watching it, as our prat Andy kicked, screamed, and spat his dummy out for 90 minutes in a tirade of tantrums usually seen by a spoilt middle class 6 year old child who has been refused his pudding for not eating his vegetables. I mean this guy was so unbelievably petulant and childish he made most of the guests on Jeremy Kyle seem somewhat, well, Normal.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m just as passionate a football fan as the next guy and I have had moments of anger and screaming and sulking, but unlike Mr Jacobs, I’m not a celebrity and I’m not in the public eye and I didn’t do it at a level where the entire nation can watch me live. Needless to say Andy’s petulant tirade caused me to laugh so much that I felt neccesity to send our POTW a little tweet saying, and I quote “Stop moaning you mardy sod #fanzone.” Pretty innocent right? Not malicious in all fairness. Anyway a few hours later our POTW replied with the following TWO tweets –

Reply number Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, Ok I know what people are going to say and yes I did reply to the man by calling him, well, read for yourself and yeh maybe I shouldn’t have done this but as you can clearly see this guy decided to get personal and have a crack at my weight. Ok, granted I am a big lad but, for me, having people have a dig at me for my weight or anything in general is water off a duck’s back, christ I’ve dealt with it through years of school I’m sure as hell not going to be offended when some no mark z-lister tries to rip me.  However, imagine if I was a different person. Imagine for a second I was a sensitive teenager with a weight issue who has been embarrassed by a man who is followed by thousands on twitter with a personal, vindictive insult that could lead to severe depression or even suicide, hell, shit like this happens all the time.  Or let’s put it in a different point of view. For all he knows I could be a hard knock, a mental bastard, who took offence to this, drove down to talkSPORTS HQ and waited in the car park armed with a bat ready to weave his head into the tarmac. Needless to say, I’m neither of these things but still without any real justification Mr Jacobs decided to carry on spitting his dummy out and personally deal out some verbal abuse my way. Shortly after his cry baby antics Jacobs was inundated with messages from people calling him an idiot and a cry baby of such which led to the deletion of his tweets aimed at me and others which further led to the privatisation of his Twitter account.

So there you go, that is why Mr Andrew Eustace Jacobs is officially my PRAT OF THE WEEK.

Oh, and if anyone from talkSPORT or anyone with connection within talkSPORT would like to pass this on to Mr Jacobs or perhaps maybe even one of his superiors I’d be MORE than happy to talk to him or them about my piece, but OVER MY DEAD BODY, will this be getting deleted

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