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The Week That Was

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Hello and welcome to The Week That Was our weekly ramble through the week’s news and your chance to waste five minutes last thing every Friday. Forgive us if we’ve missed anything major this week, here at the FSF we’ve been buried under a landslide of copies of tfs 018.

‘What the **** (insert four letter word of choice) is tfs 018?’ we hear you cry. Well, tfs stands for The Football Supporter which is the FSF’s magazine and we’re onto edition 18.

We took the decision to send one complimentary copy to all new members and as we’ve had so many people signing up lately (it’s free you know!) it’s been a bit hectic.

Fear not though, non-members can sign up today from this link and it won’t cost you a penny. As well as feeling an enormous sense of well-being for joining an organisation that fights for fans’ rights you’ll also get one copy of the excellent (if we do say so ourselves) tfs.

This month’s edition focuses on the fashions of football, be they sartorial or tactical, alongside features on South Africa 2012, football’s stupidest injuries and the long awaited FSF Fans’ Survey. Plus plenty other daft odds and sods to keep you amused.

You’d be a fool to miss it – get your copy here!

Now where were we? Oh yeah, football news and stuff.

First off we can’t let The Week That Was go by without mentioning the tragic suicide of German keeper Robert Enke who had been suffering from depression for some time. In the past football hasn’t taken issues around mental health seriously enough, remember John Gregory’s treatment of Stan Collymore? If there’s anything positive to come out of Enke’s death hopefully it is that the football will pay more attention to those suffering from depression within its ranks. RIP Robert Enke.

Anyway, on to the lighter stuff and it looks like officials at Croke Park and/or the Irish FA might have caused a diplomatic incident with France. With the countries due to meet in their upcoming World Cup play-off President Sarkozy was keen to get his mits on a VIP box. Which gave the Irish a perfect opportunity to generally take the Micky out of the President for being knee high to Kevin Doyle. Although it wouldn’t surprise us to see this was an excellent spoof. Credit either way.

On the pitch matters saw Fergie going ape with a ref again (yawn) while Wayne Rooney followed his managers lead and mouthed ‘12 men’ to the cameras in a not-so-subtle dig at the ref. Or was it? Maybe Rooney is sick of being sponsored by Nike and fancies a move to Adidas and their 12th man campaign? Only he knows.

Rooney wasn’t the only person with daft ideas this week though. Click here to read our thoughts on Phil Gartside’s plans to introduce a two-tiered Premier League with added Old Firm.

Away from the one-tiered Premier League and there were some cracking FA Cup ties with shocks aplenty. Charlton fell on their sword to Northwich Victoria of the Blue Square North, Kettering won away to Hartlepool while Grimsby’s 2-0 home defeat to Bath City sent one particular Mariner into absolute meltdown.

Credit where credit’s due, that’s a top notch rant there.

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