Danny's Football Bluff

February 25, 2013

25th February, 2013

Filed under: Weekly Wraps — dannymcginlay @ 12:57 pm

Swansea City have won the Capital One Cup! (formerly the Carling Cup, formerly the Coca Cola Cup, formerly the… you get the idea) The Swans defeated league two minnows Bradford City 5-0. It’s the first time a Welsh Side has won an English Trophy since 1927 and naturally the Swansea fans partied long into the night. Leek and Pork Faggots were sold by the dozen, Tom Jones was played loudly and many farmers pretended certain sheep were Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In Manchester, City defeated Chelsea 2-0 in an entertaining match. Carlos Tevez sealing the win with a great goal in the 85th minute, meaning if City win all their remaining matches and Man United lose all theirs they might just go back to back. But they won’t. United have this won.

Back home and this weekend offers a probable A-League Grand Final preview with Central Coast Mariners hosting the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday evening. Will the Wanderers go top in their first season or will the Mariners continue their red hot form of going top then choking in the finals? Tune in on Saturday! Or don’t, you could just read this blog. I’ll report on it. I swear.

In Italy the Milan Derby ended in a 1-1 draw, but AC Milan had the better banners of the two sides.

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For those interested “Interista Diventi Pazzo!” is an Anti-Inter song proclaiming them to be delusional, my favourite part being the phrase “dreaming out of your arseholes”

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For some reason, Milan always show Inter fans as Ned Flanders. I don’t know why.

With the Comedy Festivals Season now upon us…
[I’m performing at Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne international Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival, tickets available through dannymcginlay.com]…
I will be a touch busier than normal. So I am employing some of my football loving friends to help out with a new segment entitled

Why you should support…

Each week a guest columnist will tell you why their club is the greatest team in the world. Beginning with host of the B-League on Fox Sports, Sam Mac! Take it away Samuel….

Why you should support…. MANCHESTER UNITED

When Danny asked me to write a piece for his Football Bluff on why I support Manchester United I responded with two questions;
1) Will I be paid per word? or 2) Will it just be a flat fee for the piece?

After 2-3 days of coming to terms with the concept of doing something for someone for free I realised this was the perfect opportunity
to articulate the point that Manchester United & our fans ARE NOT all about the money. I want you to think of me as Manchester United
for a moment…I’m incredibly successful, I have a lot of money & people admire me all over the world. Now I want you to think of Danny
& his Football Bluff as Wigan Athletic…he still manages to turn up every week, he can afford to eat, & people can never really remember
if he’s in the Premier League or a lower division. My point is, we still need each other. Without the Wigan Athletic’s of the world, Manchester
United would have no one to play (and dramatically improve our goal difference) against.

My love affair with The Red Devils began when I was five years old. My father (an Irish immigrant) gave me a video compilation of a
fellow Irishman named George Best. I was mesmerised. This skinny lad from Belfast was in a class of his own. I immediately told dad
that I wanted a Manchester United Shirt & I wanted to see George Best play for them live. At this point he informed me that George Best had
retired about 15 years earlier.

That initial stumble didn’t waver my enthusiasm for United. One of the things that annoys me the most as a United fan is people accusing
me of “jumping on the bandwagon”. I’ve supported the club since 1986 (the same year Sir Alex arrived) & we didn’t win a league title until
1993. Do you know how difficult it was in those first 8 years when all we had in the trophy cabinet was an FA Cup, a Cup Winners’ Cup, a UEFA Super Cup
& a League Cup? Tough times, very tough times.

I could talk about my love for Manchester United all day (obviously I wont though, as this piece is unpaid) but it boils down to a few key factors…

– George Best, as mentioned earlier, he was my introduction to the club & a very special talent.

– Sir Alex Ferguson, who built an empire & is genuinely a living legend.

– Old Trafford, one of the few stadiums worldwide to perfectly marry the past & the present.

– Eric Cantona, who remains my favourite footballer of all time (slightly ahead of Nikolai Topor Stanley).

In closing, I’d just like to say that when the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you.

Thank you Sam! Follow him on twitter – @mrsammac Go!
If any readers of the Football Bluff would like to contribute or to suggest a famous football fan I should ask to help out drop me a line at dannymcginlay.com and hey, while you’re there why not buy tix to my comedy show??

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