Welcome to 2nd Yellow, a site about the ugly side of the beautiful game that is football.
In the last 15 years, football has increasingly become a soap opera both on and off the pitch. Diving, cheating, intimidating officials, feigning injury – all these things have crept into the game, and it‘s not all down to those naughty foreigners, regardless of what Steven Gerrard would have you believe.
These are also things that I don‘t like. When Sergio Busquets throws himself to the ground clutching his face, when Ashley Young practices his swan dive in the penalty area, when Cesc Fabregas starts waving imaginary cards at the referee, or when Nemanja Vidic towers above the linesman like a vengeful ogre, it detracts a little from the game that we all love.
And that‘s just on the pitch.
Off the pitch, the players are overpaid, over-hyped spoilt idiots who are just as likely to find themselves on the front pages as they are the back. And speaking of the media, they claim to have the interests of the game at heart, yet they rely on the soap-opera to sell their newspapers and keep their viewers tuned in.
Managers are equally as likely to rail against the officials, or condone the antics of their players. Referees, for their part, often make themselves look foolish by their inability to consistently apply the rules.
Then there‘s the boardrooms and committee rooms of our clubs, leagues and, or course, the dear FA. Part greedy profiteers, sometimes with hidden secrets, and part bumbling buffoon. How are these people allowed to look after the game on the fan‘s behalf, whilst simultaneously squeezing them for every penny they can get?
The fans themselves are the lifeblood of the sport. They pay the players‘ wages, purchase club merchandise, wear the sponsor‘s logos and generally keep the football world turning. Some of them are trail-blazing a path of supporter-ownership models at clubs such as AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester. Even the fans aren‘t entirely innocent, however.
What can you say about FIFA? Corrupt, unaccountable, self-interested, back-slapping lifers who are more concerned with “gifts” than they are with acting as responsible custodians of the world game. Instead they‘re desperately in need of reform, to the point where even governments are trying to intervene.
This is what 2nd Yellow is about. The 2011 Champions League final showed us that football can still be great, but all too often football is mired in controversy. 2nd Yellow highlights the foul play on and off the pitch and identifies what needs to change. It looks beyond the media guff and analyses the facts.
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Touring With The Stones; The Dust Settles
Posted on 18 May, 2013
Ninety (five) minutes and the season was done and dusted. Sadly, it was Stones that were done as Concord returned the favour of a few weeks previously, nicking a couple of late goals to eliminate Wealdstone from the Ryman League play-offs for the second year running at the semi-final stage.
The fact that it was one of Wealdstone’s best performances of the season as they dominated for well over an hour will fade quickly into insignificance, as for all their superiority only one goal had been scored, the woodwork and a couple of decent saves denying perhaps four more.
So it was the Beachboys that trawled up to Suffolk on Bank Holiday Monday, and surprise, surprise, another late goal saw them beat the hosts and take their place in Conference South for next year. For Lowestoft? Their curse continues – three play-off defeats in a row and even past players who move on still suffer – was it Nolan former (twice play-off losing) ‘Stoft centre forward who missed the penalty that saw Hemel eliminated in the Southern league play-off final? That’s football though – Stones fans generally “not displeased” that Stoft had suffered again – there’s always someone worse off than yourselves…
For Concord, their ground will be a shock to some of their new opponents as will that of Whitehawk Brighton City, but only time will tell if clubs will get a second chance to visit. Or if the season’s two late goalscorers will hold their own better than last year’s Essex duo, Bill and Ricay and The Urchins, both of whom fell back through the trapdoor at the first attempt.
So what now?
The season’s over, the summer’s tumbleweed blowing over The Vale as the new seed takes root. Various maintenance tasks are being undertaken and highlight videos plastered together, the Raider is polishing up his lines for the visit of Chelski pre-season (3rd August, 3pm if you want to add it to your diary!) …. and Cricket takes over.
From some accounts, the largest cheer on Bank Holiday Monday at Lord’s during the Middlesex v Glamorgan one-dayer was for Concord’s second goal, so many of the Stones faithful imbibing in the sun that afternoon. There will be a fair sprinkling at the test matches this summer too – especially as there is no football to speak of on TV unless Guernsey have managed to secure exclusive rights to the coverage of their last nineteen home games to be played on consecutive nights over the next three weeks…only joking, but it nearly did come to that! Now they are promoted and find themselves in Ryman South, I’ve got 50p that says Wealdstone will draw them in the League Cup – but it’ll be at home, as the footie gods deny us another away day…some trip that would be!
Touring with the Stones will also take a break though I’m sure there will be some more ramblings over the next eight weeks (before pre-season starts!!) as things take my fancy – and Trev’s Wedding may be a whole blog by itself. Got the speech written Jezz?
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