Posted: 8/19/2013


      Victor Wanyama played for Southampton on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion, and the African nation became the 99th foreign nation to be represented in the Premier League,.

     It used to be players from the Republic of Ireland and a few Scandinavians, and when Fernando Amorebieta from Venezuela, a defenderrecently signed by Fulham, makes his debut it will be ONE HUNDRED. Kenya is the 24th African country represented while 14 countries have one player who have taken to the Premier pitches: Albania, Benin, Curacao, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Gabon, Guadeloupe, Lithuania, Malta, Montserrat, Oman, Pakistan, and the Seychelles. There are 209 nations presently in FIFA.

     On opening day 1992, the first ever Premier League season, Coventry City fielded an all English Xl. That was the last time in 20 years that this happened on the first day of the season. On Monday night when Manchester City hosted ...and roasted.. Newcastle United at The Etihad Stadium, the home team started only two English lads, Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott. The Magpies had JUST ONE,  Steven Taylor, who lasted only 45 minutes before he received his marching order from Andre Marriner.

      In the first season 74% of players were English, this season less than 33%.

    Also on show this season at the former City of Manchester Stadium are celeb. chef Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Fan Fayre, a 6 million project to improve match day catering.   Gourmet pies, burgers and hotdogs, with local produce including pork from Anna's Happy Pigs in Yorkshire. Chicken, Ham and Leek, Rainbow Vegetable and Steak & Ale Pies, three different hot dogs and burgers, priced from 5-6.60.   At Wembley and elsewhere they advertise Halal Meat. Happy cows have their throats slit...just like a normal day in the Arab street.  Disgusting. I prefer when the nice, cute animals had their brains bashed in with a malet.

     BE WARNED.. that is the announcement to all football clubs this season. Some such as Reading and Swansea City have 'employed' staff without pay, or even travel expenses, some for 40 hours a week with the excuse of 'work experience'. Media assistance, computer help, assisting physios, painting and cleaning, ball boy supervision and even club mascots.  A big fine awaits and spot checking. CYRIL THE SWAN at Swansea will now be paid for flapping his wings and hissing at the opposition. What a relief!!

    Premier officials had a sponsor, EXPEDIA on their uniforms for the last few years, at a fee of 1 million a year. The travel company have declined to renew their option and a new sponsor is sought.

    Are you also tired of the transfer saga and the sulking Rooney, the silent Bale and the frustrated Alsacian professor Arsene Wenger?  Trouble in the Emirates boardroom. They have cash reserves of over 160 million yet are reluctant to dabble in the transfer market. They used to have a caring board of directors, but the aging clan sold out and now you have the miserable 66 year old Yank  billionaire Stan Kroenke holding over 66.46% and the Russian-Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov with 29.99% and hardly a care for the high paying Gooner fans.

    After they were spanked 3-1 at home by Aston Villa on Saturday the crowd turned on Wenger, since the board is invisible. Wednesday night at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul they face Fenerbahce in the Champiosn League, with the return leg 6 days later in London. In between they visit Fulham at Craven Cottage.