Monday, August 21, 2006

You base football player

Tomorrow night Leamington entertain Stratford Town at the New Windmill Ground in a needle local derby. The Bardsmen do not embark on the field of play, shouting 'Verily!' and 'Forsooth!' but are in fact known for their industrial language.

The Bard was more circumspect in what he said about football. He was the first person to use the word with its modern spelling, albeit somewhat disapprovingly, King Lear (Act 1, Scene 4) containing the line, 'Nor tripped neither, you base football player.'

He also mentions the game in A Comedy of Errors (Act II, Scene 1) [remember that 'spurn' literally means 'to kick away']: 'Am I so round with you as with me. That like a football do you spurn me thus? You spurn me hence, and he will spurn me hither. If I last in the service, you must case me in leather.'

Shakespeare attempted a post-modernist joke about football in Othello 2.3 when he writes 'So I will turn her virtue into pitch and out of her own goodness make the net.'

Last year the Brakes achieved a double over Stratford, including a particularly satisfactory victory at the Hathaway Stadium which produced the memorable chant 'Two nil or not two nil?'

Leamington have won all three opening matches of their Polymac Services Midland Alliance campaign, but although such a start would be acceptable at Charlton, it has produced some uneasiness at Harbury Lane.

The 1-0 win in the first match over Oadby Town was secured in the 93rd minute, manager Jason Cadden have taken the day off to go to a wedding with the aptly named Darren Tank left in charge. A 3-2 win at Studley led to the team being locked in their dressing room and harangued by the furious Cadzy after they had surrendered a 3-0 lead. The 2-0 away victory over Causeway United was more respectable but was achieved against one of the weaker sides in the league.

But our doubts are our traitors ...


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