May 27th, 2016 by 'holic
Hello again from an unusually warm and pleasant West Country. Don’t forget we have a competition running at the moment.
Our friends at Art of Football have launched another outstanding range of teeshirts for the upcoming European Championship. The theme is inspired by the 50 blank years that have followed England’s World Cup triumph in 1966.
Check out the range at the Art of Football website where you will find details of all their offerings. The teeshirts come in a range of colours and sizes from small to XXL. Art of Football only produce a limited number of each design, so your T shirts, like any good piece of art, are exclusive and completely original.
Art of Football have offered a tee of your choice to one lucky Goonerholic reader. To enter the competition just answer this 1966 related question.
Name the Arsenal player who was a member of England’s World Cup winning squad in 1966?
A) Peter Storey,
B) George Eastham, or
C) John Radford.
Please send your answer to email@example.com along with a contact email and phone number plus your Twitter handle if you have one. The winner selected after the competition closes at midnight UK time on Tuesday 31st May, will receive the shirt of their choice. There is no cash alternative. .
That’s it. Get your entries in (just one per person please), and good luck to you.
Talking of England as I sit here it is just under four hours until England continue their warm up for the Euros with a match against Australia at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. I don’t mind admitting I am still finding it difficult to work up any enthusiasm for the national team at the moment. That may be harsh given their impeccable record in qualifying for the upcoming tournament in France.
Those fifty years of hurt have seen moments of hope, all brought to an abrupt end by our opponents in the World Cup Final in 1966. Mexico ’70, Italia 90, Football’s coming home in ’96, but that’s too few for a nation with a massive following.
Added to that Danny Welbeck’s injury, Theo Walcott’s loss of form, and Kieran Gibbs loss of regular football have limited our possible contribution to Jack Wilshere. I wouldn’t be at all sorry if he were to be one of the three cut players this weekend as the squad of 26 is cut to 23 players. A summer of resting in the sun would do his dodgy ankle no harm whatsoever. Now watch him star tonight and clinch his place on the plane.
By the time the tournament kicks off a fortnight on Saturday I may feel differently. I have to admit though I do spend a lot more time watching the other nations in the big tournaments. The likes of France, Spain, Germany, and of course Brazil, have shown us how to play the game and we don’t appear to be learning those lessons. Fortunately I still find pleasure in other good teams winning in style, so whilst I may not be anticipating an England triumph it will be fascinating to see who does turn it on and thrill the watching millions.
To the many Aussie readers of this blog I hope you put up a good performance tonight too. Right, I have cricket to watch, and beer to drink for the rest of this Bank Holiday weekend. I hope you will all be doing whatever is enjoyable for you.
Have a good one, ‘holics.