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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, 1 December 2013


An elementary outing for Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday night as they earned the three points required to almost guarantee their progress to the knockout stages.
That Jack Wilshere's sublime opening goal came so soon after the kick off, did little for the competitive nature of the match but pretty much decided the result as Marseille offered little in terms of a response, indeed it was only Mesut Ozil's penalty miss later in the half that gave them the hope to battle on.
This miss was just in terms of the foul taking place outside the penalty area, and as soon as Ozil grabbed the ball from Olivier Giroud I knew a miss was on the cards, with the German disobeying the golden rule that the penalty taker stays until he misses, Giroud having scored on the previous weekend with usual penalty taker Mikel Arteta missing.
So we had to wait for Wilshire to double the score midway through the second half for the goal that effectively finished the game as a contest.
The state of the group now gives Arsene Wenger a headache about how to juggle the squad through a testing series of fixtures which sees Arsenal play two games a week including matches against Manchester City and Arsenal right up to the FA Cup 3rd Round on the first weekend in January.

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