The Blighty Report, Vol 1
Fri, 20 Sep 2002 16h
Note: This first report was sent as the 2002
GKSSA playoffs were just beginning in
- This weekend features:
- FC Mansfield Road vs. Nelson FC
Morrells' Oxford Sunday League Cup, 1st round.
Manny Rd features Dan, the promising new Canadian import.
The season here has started only recently. Here are some random
impressions highlighting the differences between soccer in Canada and
football in England.
- The season starts in September and ends in May. The English have decided
that dry 20 degrees Celsius weather is unsuitable for outdoor sports. 3
degrees Celsius and rain is considered ideal conditions.
- The games are always on Sunday morning. Playing against yobs with a bad
hangover looking for trouble is more fun as it sounds.
- Aparently, everyone male plays football. There are 382 registered
football teams in Oxfordshire, playing in 9 leagues. Our league has 6
divisions of about 10 teams each.
- There is a misguided emphasis on fitness. Only 3 subs are permitted per
- There is a misguided emphasis on fitness. Our weekly training session
consists mostly of running laps, sprints and interminable drills involving
brightly coloured cones arranged on a grid. Pick-up games are usually not
included. I should mention that our team is in Division 4.
- All fields are flat and have perfect cut grass. When teammates complain
about some field I laugh and tell them about Tindall. Nobody believes.
- Our sponsor is a pub, called The Anchor. We actually get free food after
every game. Yum!
Good luck to all involved in the playoffs!