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I'm a director of Maidenhead United Football Club. For ten seasons one of my roles at the club was to produce the match programme. The aim of this blog was to write football related articles for publication in the match programme. In particular I like to write about the representation of football in popular culture, specifically music, film/TV and literature. I also write about matches I attend which generally feature Maidenhead United.

Sunday, 8 December 2013


Any worries about Arsene Wenger rotating the squad to face a buoyant Hull City side following their win over Liverpool were quickly allayed when, just as against Marseille a week earlier, Arsenal were straight out of the blocks and took an early lead through the unlikely source of Nicklas Bendtner.
This was a typically well worked goal which revealed the strength of what is happening on the training ground as an Aaron Ramsey pass allowed fringe players Carl Jenkinson and Bendtner to combine to score. As with the Marseille game though Arsenal were unable to score a killer second goal until it was Mesut Ozil's turn to convert a Ramsey pass early in the second half.
Towards the end of each half Hull began to threaten, although clearly Arsenal had plenty in the tank should they have needed to extend their lead. At least this was something to distract manager Bernard Cribbins from his ongoing banter with the home fans behind him, and for the away fans something positive on the pitch to cheer rather than their sanctimonious chant about supporting their local team (not at Boothferry Park you didn't).
So another three points setting up what will be the most important ten days of the season so far for Arsenal with home games against Chelsea and Everton, and trips to Manchester City and Napoli.

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