Headed to Harefield United today. Very young squad due to the Hampton game. No team sheet or programme but stood near to Paul Furlong so heard a few names and recognised a fair few from the other friendlies I have seen.
Harefield are Combined Counties so 2 levels below Haringey Borough from Tuesday. First half was even but we went in 1 up. Second half they tired towards the end and we got a dodgy penalty given. We won 4-0 in the end but it wasn't an amazing game to watch. Pretty much all too young to pass judgement but our CB (no. 5) was v.good. Think named Henry Hawkins but not sure.
Stephen Duke-Mckenna played as did Ody Alfa. Neither were good. Noticed a few that I had seen at Raynes Park. We huffed and puffed but tbf never looked like we would beat them. They are Isthmian Premier and look a well drilled side. Have said it before but we need to entering the non-league cups to give these guys more experience of playing full grown men.
I know, i know, we're all still jizzed to the nines about the fixture list - but at 2pm the League Cup draw gets underway. It is regionalised and we are ball 27.
1: AFC Wimbledon 2: Birmingham City 3: Bristol City 4: Bristol Rovers 5: Cambridge United 6: Cardiff City 7: Charlton Athletic 8: Cheltenham Town 9: Colchester United 10: Coventry City 11: Crawley Town 12: Exeter City 13: Forest Green Rovers 14: Gillingham 15: Ipswich Town 16: Leyton Orient 17: Luton Town 18: Millwall 19: Milton Keynes Dons 20: Newport County 21: Northampton Town 22: Norwich City 23: Oxford United 24: Peterborough United 25: Plymouth Argyle 26: Portsmouth 27: Queens Park Rangers 28: Reading 29: Stevenage 30: Sutton United 31: Swansea City 32: Swindon Town 33: Walsall 34: Wycombe Wanderers
Who do we all want? Any of AFC, FGR, Bristol R, Cheltenham, Gillingham, Peterboro would be a new ground, never seen QPR at Sutton so that would also be good.
I realise we will get a home draw v Birmingham though. Or Crawley where Joel Lynch scores at the death to knock us out.
Went to Southend v Torquay yesterday. Two midtable sides with nothing to play for. SDM was bright and ran around a lot but if you didn't know he was a QPR player you wouldn't have been too fussed with his performance, faded second half like Torquay did.
Gubbins looked ropey as the left sided defender first half, not helped by the Southend defence which allowed Torquay in a number of times and were lucky their strikers were offside/not very good. Second half he was better but as the team was pushing forward he was mainly a left winger, decent delivery tbf.
Overall though wasn't hugely impressed with either, it makes you wonder if the level doesn't help as the quality wasn't too good from either side. Hope they do push on but wasn't evident yesterday.
My mum always said you shouldn't laugh at the less fortunate but I have been surprised at how interesting it has been. Interesting may be the wrong word, it's like watching Stamford Bridge burn to the ground, it's amusingly destructive.
£40,000 of student debt and ten years in sports journalism has brought me to today’s career high. It’s…. Vardy v Rooney at the High Court. 🧵of highlights and lowlights and all relevant chipolata sausages to follow.
No news which is a surprise considering how early Hoos likes to do them to guarantee money in advance.
I reckon they saw how we were going in January and thought PL, and they're eyes got too big for their stomachs. Reckoned we would happily pay more for PL and got greedy. Now they are $hitting it because a lot of people aren't happy at the football, aren't happy at the lack of 3pm games and now aren't happy at the manager situation.
What a mess everything seems to be in atm. Should have just done same prices in Jan and at least they'd have sold out.