Barry Ferguson: League Cup Winner and Squalid Human Being

Congratulations to Birmingham on winning the Carling Cup final. You weren’t dirty, you played the best game you could and you got the breaks.

As an Arsenal fan I’m not going to stand here and say you didn’t deserve it, because any team that wins a cup final deserves it, however the thing pans out.

And for the most part, from manager down to backroom staff, you were gracious winners. But not all of you. Which brings me to Barry Ferguson.

If there is karma in this world (and I firmly believe there is) then Barry has got it coming to him big time. And you know what? I suspect Birmingham City will suffer along with Bazza.

When Laurent Koscielny made a horrible, suicidal mistake in the 89th minute of Sunday’s final, leaving Obafemi Martins with a tap-in for the winner, most Birmingham players had nothing in their minds but joy at having scored the likely winner.

Not so Barry Ferguson. His first thought was not to be with his cohorts, it was not to celebrate an imminent trophy win. His first thought was to abuse a distraught fellow professional.

As he ran past a stricken Koscielny he smashed his hand down on our defender’s head in a gesture that was cowardly and unmanly. I remember at the time – in the stadium – thinking how appalling that gesture was. Then when I saw it on TV I was even more angry about it.

Pat-gate: Ferguson is attracting the ire of Arsenal fans, and now players, for patting Koscielny on the head (Reuters)

And here’s where karma comes in.

I hereby call on all the Gods. I call on Jehovah, Allah and Bhagwaan. I call on Yahweh, Satnam, Buddha and Odin. I call on Zeus, Elohim and Tenrikyo: give back unto Barry Ferguson the misfortune he gave out to Laurent Koscielny, but give it back three times three times.

That is my curse on Barry Ferguson.

And here’s how it will come to pass: when Birmingham are fighting for Premier League survival in the final game of the season, it will be Ferguson’s mistake that will cost them the points they need for survival. It may be an own goal, it may be a misplaced back pass or just a piece of really crap play that leads to an opposition goal, but karma is heading for Barry Ferguson and it’s driving an Eddie Stobart 18-wheeler with no hydraulics left in the brakes.

And after Bazza’s moment of pain, an opposition player will run past and ruffle his hair. They won’t do a full-on aggressive slap on the head, because not many professionals are sufficiently cnutish to do that (Bazza excepted). But the point will be made.

Do you think I’m going over the top? Am I starting to make you feel sorry for little Bazza? Well fight that urge.

Remember, this is the former Glasgow Rangers scumbag who was not averse to getting into bar brawls after Old Firm derbies.

He is the Scotland international who was stripped of his international captaincy and his place in the national squad after making obscene gestures from the stands during Scotland’s easy win over little Iceland.

Just look at the gesture.

It’s something you’d expect your 13-year-old son to do, not a 31-year-old captain of a national team, as Ferguson was at the time.

But Scotland were easily beating Iceland at that moment, so it was perfect territory for the small town bully. Just like running past a heartbroken player in the last minute of a cup final, and smacking him as hard as you can over the head.

Barry Ferguson, you pusillanimous, spleeny, milk-livered idiot. You pribbling, crook-pated dewberry, you qualling dizzy-eyed joithead: your doom awaits you.

Soon may it come.


246 Responses to Barry Ferguson: League Cup Winner and Squalid Human Being

  1. Red Arse says:

    Morning Rocky, 🙂

    You reawakened my outrage from when I saw that appalling behaviour by Ferguson. Well done to Lil Jack for taking exception to it and squaring up to that fool.

    But more importantly, I could not stop chuckling at your brilliant prose! 🙂 I only understood some of it but that made me laugh even more. Indignant spifferoony personified!! 🙂

    — Ferguson, you pusillanimous, spleeny, milk-livered idiot. You pribbling, crook-pated dewberry, you qualling dizzy-eyed joithead: your doom awaits you.—

    Splendid stuff!

  2. Pete Flamingo says:

    as a bluenose I am not happy with Ferguson’s behaviour, but you shoud take care in your quest for karma, lest the barca keeper, in the first minute, should bring down one of your players, for a penalty and a sending off, only for them to get away with it courtesy of an errant lino.

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Love it RL. I am on my knees imploring the Gods to unleash retribution upon the odious man in question. It will happen – not only do I have direct access to the Big Yin but I also have the ability to cast the evil eye (a talent developed during one of my family therapy courses)

    And good of you to point out his misdemeanour. Not that the FA will do anything about what is clearly a case of Unsporting Behaviour.

  4. ALAN says:


  5. Rasp says:


    If you’re happy with Ferguson you have very low standards. We all get decisions going for and against us, Arsenal suffered 3 appalling refereeing errors aginst toon.

  6. Big Raddy says:

    RA. I agree that final paragraph had me laughing and shows RL has a remarkable talent to abuse without resort to the simple 4 letter expletive.

    A truly world class vocabulary

    As to the Brum boys. How would you react if it had been the other way round??

  7. Pete Flamingo says:

    perhaps you should read the first line of my post

  8. chrisafc says:

    people forget that henry did the exact same thing to neville after v.persies equaliser at ashburton grove.

  9. Rasp says:

    My apologies Pete,

    I got the wrong end of the stick there.

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Chris. I understand a Bluenose being unhappy with the post but a Gooner? Bizarre

  11. chas says:

    Brilliant Rocky.

  12. Roy Smith says:

    Fergy was out of order, but of course the Arsenal players who for years now have regularly get fellow professionals booked and sent off by diving and cheating are not squalid are they?
    I seem to remember at least 2 blatant dives by Arsenal players that have cost Blues against you this year alone, but of course being as it is Arsenal it is acceptable. Stop immitating Wenger and start seeing your team’s faults as well as the opposition’s, it may make you a little more humble and as a consequence more likable.

  13. Masaccio says:

    It was Beasejour who did the defender, not fergie

  14. Morning all, I’m just waiting for a blue nose to tell us how virtuous Lee Bowyer is…I give it 30 minutes.

    And as for Martin Taylor – does he send his mum flowers ?
    Did he cry after shattering Eddy’s ankles? Of course he did – he can can go run over someone in his car but as long as there’s no intent(and he says sorry) no punishment should be handed out.

    Well said Rocky, according to my cultural lore my curse should have extra power… which case I will add it

  15. Masaccio says:

    Actually the whole article is a pile of tosh, grow up stuff happens.

  16. But nice of you to take the time to read it Macho, and to comment on it.

    Thank you.

  17. Rasp says:


    I assume you’ve read the site before. We’ve had many brilliant pro-Arsenal posts you could have commented on and you choose to come on with a comment like that. Henry is a fine human being who was a legend for our club and cannot be compared to Ferguson in any way.

  18. gooner98 says:

    If I remember rightly, it was Ferguson that was trying to stop the ref sending off Taylor while he was trying to get the stretcher on for Eddy. Also one of the worst divers around.

  19. chas says:

    Ferguson appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.

  20. Big Raddy says:

    In the words of the eminent wordsmith Forrest E. Gump “Stupid is as Stupid does”

  21. sarah Whetton says:


  22. sarah Whetton says:

    Gooner98 – You are wrong, get your facts right Ferguson did not even play for blues then!!! Ha ha ha ha we won, you lost ha ha ha ha – just thought you needed to turn up to beat us HA HA HA HA

  23. gooner98 says:

    The penalty after he took a total dive you mean?

  24. gooner98 says:

    RvN was not the most popular player with the arse following his many antics against them.

  25. RockyLives says:

    Thanks Redders.
    I can’t claim credit for those insults. They’re the copyright of a certain Mr Wm Shakespeare.

  26. sarah Whetton says:

    Same actions though, you can’t have it both ways! Have a bit of dignity in losing

  27. Wilco says:

    Get over yourself and grow a pair! A pat on the head and a pat on the back from Beaujesour which you seem to have missed is at worst a bit insensitive! Your abuse is far worse! Lets not forget. you have the most ignorant and disrespectful manager on the planet so put your own house in order first chap!

    sour grapes…from the minority who spoil it for the majority of decent supporters!! I was at the game mixing with Arsenal fans who were a credit to your club unlike you!!


  28. kelsey says:

    ding ding. Round 5 😉

  29. gooner98 says:

    Tony Adams drove his car into a brick wall when he was drunk, so if Ferguson did that it would be ok?

  30. London says:

    Excellent post Rocky.

  31. Red Arse says:

    None the less Rocky, you deserve credit for bringing such lovely words and sentiments back to use in a contemporary context! 🙂

    Was that from “Twelfth Night or As you like it”?
    “Thou pribbling milk-livered moldwarp!”

    I Love Shakespeare!

  32. sarah Whetton says:

    Dont be silly, I’m pointing out that you are having a go at BF for doing the exact same thing as your players have done previously! Think you need to forget about Sunday and what might have been and start worrying about how you are going to get past Barca in the next round! instead of starting a witch hunt against our player!

  33. More examples of why Ferguson is such a nice, wholesome fellow:
    Ferguson received minor facial injuries after engaging in a drunken hotel brawl following the 6–2 defeat to Celtic in August 2000. After being sent-off in the match, Ferguson had made obscene gestures to the crowd then gone drinking in his club shellsuit.
    An incident in which two bags of ice were thrown at the Celtic dug-out during a 2–0 defeat at Ibrox in September 2001 was attributed to Ferguson.
    January 2007 it was announced on BBC Radio Scotland Sportsround programme that Ferguson had been stripped of the Rangers captaincy after a meeting with then manager Paul Le Geun. He was also dropped from the squad for the next match. Later Le Guen claimed Ferguson was undermining him.
    In January 2008, he scored a controversial goal in Rangers’ Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat of Hearts. Ferguson later admitted handling the ball in the build up to the goal.
    After an extended drinking session with Rangers and Scotland team mate Allan MacGregor after the Netherlands match which they lost 3–0 and along with making inappropriate gestures while on the bench during a Scotland match against Iceland, he was stripped of the captain’s arm band for both club and country.
    On his first return to former club Blackburn Rovers, in March 2010, Ferguson was reported by the Daily Mirror to have sworn at Rovers’ manager Sam Allardyce.
    On 3 April 2009, he was banned from ever representing Scotland again, after serious breaches of squad discipline and the captain’s armband was given to Darren Fletcher. Additionally, his club, Rangers, stripped Ferguson of his captain’s role and suspended him for two weeks without pay.
    So there you have it, a drunken hooligan, a disruptive influence on and off the bench and a cheat.
    You blue noses – you’re welcome to him.

  34. Red Arse says:


    Your contumelious comments, do not reflect well upon you.

    (You may need a dictionary, but it would be a worthwhile investment).

  35. Bluebird says:

    Your interpretation of Ferguson’s action/gesture says more about you than it does about Ferguson.
    We obviously know what is going through your mind now based on what you have written, but how do you know what was going through Ferguson’s mind when he ‘rubbed’ Koscielny’s head – and please don’t bandy words with me – we all saw what happened?
    He was running at speed to celebrate with his team mates and gave a passing thought to a guy rejected and ignored by everyone in the Arsenal Team.
    If Ferguson wanted to do anything detrimental believe me everyone would have known….
    The Blues’ fans know Ferguson and see him in the faces and do something similar to his team mates in almost every match….
    But do we know what it means? Not a clue! That’s Fergie! Inspirational!
    Then if you’re clutching at straws like this to get some justification for your loss please go ahead….

    And the last game of the Season for Blues?
    Who’s that against then?
    Oh Yes! Spurs!
    Now there’s irony….
    Do we beat them in the same way we beat the Gonners or do we lose the game and allow someone else to take the title?

    Hmmm? Karma?????
    Just depends how much bitterness and bile you have in your soul doesn’t it?
    For me and for every Bluenose right now there is nothing but joy in our hearts and souls….
    But then prior to the match we weren’t saying to the opposition fans “all we have to do is turn up” – and it was said to us too!
    Now that’s Karma!

    Good Luck against Barca – I truly hope you lift the CL Cup this Season – I love and admire your style of football and so does every other fan I know – KRO

  36. Red Arse says:

    Oh stop it CharyB,

    You are sending Sarah into an orgasmic frenzy of ineluctable delight just reading about Ferguson’s heroic past! 🙂

  37. Oh that reminds me, I’m so grateful for the Brum fans for always singing out “There’s only one Martin Taylor” whenever one of our players get injured/stretchered off.

    Thanks for that, pure class.

    What do you expect from a club that unitl recently were financed by pornography?

  38. gooner98 says:

    Actually, on reflection I can see what an inspiration he is. Well done Barry.

  39. Red Arse says:

    For Bluebird, Sarah and Co, I am repeating the opening paragraph of the Post, because you seem to have the memory retention time span of goldfish.

    Congratulations to Birmingham on winning the Carling Cup final. You weren’t dirty, you played the best game you could and you got the breaks.

    —“As an Arsenal fan I’m not going to stand here and say you didn’t deserve it, because any team that wins a cup final deserves it, however the thing pans out.

    And for the most part, from manager down to backroom staff, you were gracious winners. But not all of you.”

    Presumably you come into the “But not all of you” category!

  40. The fact those 3 you mentioned RedA didn’t bother to read that bit of the post says more about them then us.

    Stop being so sensitive you delicate souls.
    YOU should get over yourself.

  41. Rasp says:

    sara Whetton is now in ‘trash’. She was fine when she was polite and grown up, but now she’s indulging in childish namecalling and so has lost the right to post on here. Birmingham fans will be allowed on as long as they adhere to the rules of the site.

  42. Red Arse says:

    Jumpin’ Jiminy, what has happened to Sarah?

    One minute she was la, la’ing away, the next she disappeared. Witchcraft? 🙂

  43. tommystout says:

    LOL Rocky good post, i aint ever gonna cross you mate, do you have voodoo dolls too! 🙂

  44. London says:

    I am probably going to regret asking this but what does KRO stand for?

  45. dandan says:

    Well merited article Rocky: Oliver Kay in the times is following a similar route today about crass behaviour going unpunished. Hopefully if enough fuss is made the Sycophants who run both the FA and the referees may eventually admit their shame and use the evidence illuminated by these video nasties.

    Rocky I fear your curse is unnecessary surely being a Scottish Ferguson is curse enough, just consider the character of the this joker, plus Duncan and Sir Alchopop a more unholy trinity of spiteful bullies you would struggle to find anywhere.

    As for you wilco you poor dear, the pair you have grown obviously keep your ears apart, otherwise you would respect the educated refined and dignified man who manages our club.

    No doubt when your current manager leaves for a bigger club next year, your owner will do his level best to lift your club a class and recruit either the splendid Tony Pullis or equally prestigious Sam Alladyce, both natural bluenoses if ever I saw one.

  46. Brigham says:

    KRO = Keep Right On and is a song the Brummies sing and their anthem. Been around a long time if memory serves me right.

  47. Red Arse says:

    Dandan, 🙂

  48. bluespete says:

    Barry Ferguson, MBE for services to charity.

    Jack wilshire, cautioned for common assault.

    Who’s got class? Martin Keown, Martin Taylor Death threats, Sagna kicking the ridge in the back, Wilshire, two footed tackles, Van Persie diving at St andrews, cesc diving everywhere? Not Arsenal.

    Couldn’t even hang around the applaud the victors and show a bit of ‘class’ which is apparenly so important to them, just ran off like a bunch of spoilt little brats. Pathetic.

    Maybe your goalkeeeper shouldn’t be trashing ashley cole on twitter when he misses a penalty and should be focussing on making routine saves?

    What Sir Barry did was exactly the same – taking the piss. Big deal. Didn’t hear you all crying about it then. That’s why all of you lot, bleating and blogging about this, are the biggest bunch of hypocrits going and overtaking man utd as the most hated team in England.

    Which is a shame. Becasue you play some great stuff and real Arsenal fans – the ones who go, most often – you meet them in real life, and you know what, they’re a good bunch. But the internet seems to bring out the worst in *some* of your lot, and in your players too apparenly. You know who you are and what you are: one eyed cry babies. We ROFL at you.

  49. red and white bear says:

    typical dirty glasgow fuckn ranger

  50. How’s the lack of free porn working out for you BluePete?
    All together now “One Martin Taylor, there’s only one Martin Taylor”
    And what MBE’s has Lee Bowyer earnt? More likely to be ASBO’s.

    Typical Brum Scum.

  51. fruss says:

    Brilliant article, i got some extracts copied onto my facebook.i love william shakespeare and to know that he has come back from the dead can only re-invigorate my passion for poetry.
    when the hour of darkness approaches,
    so shall his fate,
    taunting,cogitating and chaffing,
    over his own folly,
    like a moral renegade…

  52. Bluenose says:

    Isnt it a bit hypocritical to be saying all this about Barry Ferguson when further down this very page you have pictures of Martin Keown doing exactly the same to Ruud van Nistelrooy under the heading ‘Thats the Spirit’?!
    Chary.. you list Fergusons handball leading up to a goal in a cup final as one of his misdemeanors, yet not a bad word can be said against a certain Arsenal hero Mr Henry, who also blatently hand balled in a vital match robbing Ireland of a world cup place.
    And as for the Martin Taylor chants and comments, maybe if you could all get over it and stop bringing it up every 5 minutes then some Birmingham fans wouldnt use it to taunt you and wind you up. Jack Wilshire was sent off for a horendous challenge that could have (and yes I know, it didnt, but it could have) done just as much damage to Zigic in this seasons game at the Emirates, but then I assume that like Mr Wenger you probably didnt see it..

  53. Al-Lad says:

    “he ran past a stricken Koscielny he smashed his hand down on our defender’s head in a gesture that was cowardly and unmanly”

    You have evidence that he “Smashed” his hand on Koscielny head?

    Birmingham won, fair and square, end off, lets all grow up and stop looking for scapgoats, villains and controversy, just makes you look bitter, not an admirable quality.

    I honestly wish you good luck against Barca, and in your pursuit of the Prem title.

  54. Red Arse says:

    CharyB, and all AA’ers,

    I am closing my computer down until this afternoon, when hopefully these, Brum fans will be gone.

    I love an intelligent debate, even when it gets fiesty, but these frankly ignorant, salacious, and errant diatribes, repeated endlessly by moronic buffoons are incredibly tedious and there is no pleasure to be had in rebutting them! 😦

  55. fruss says:

    Bluespete cant even read birmingham fans blogs.get the fffiifffiing off our blog

  56. Red Arse says:


    Love that poem. Where’s it from? (showing my lack of knowledge). 🙂

  57. Gooner in Exile says:

    Oh dear agree with your sentiments Rocky and I know you love to cause a bit of controversy, but perhaps this was for someone other than Arsenal fans to highlight, now we have a day of Bluenoses coming on trotting out all the same old boring stuff about our diving players (which in the main they don’t do). And raking up matters past like Keown.

    Now regarding KRO how come I only heard that on Sunday for the first time, didn’t hear it at St Andrews on New Years Day when Brum could hardly muster a crowd, and around the same time were criticising McLeish for his tactics and lack of quality players to prevent the drop. They seem to have changed their tune.

    And to those questioning going to games and the people disappearing at the final whistle have a look at yesterday’s post on here, most of us agree with you, some who were lucky enough to be there and some who had to sit at home because we couldn’t get tickets.

    Birminghams allocationfor the cup final was probably more than their average home attendance, whereas ours was half of our Season Ticket holders alone.

  58. Red Arse says:

    How about this for part of a classy poem, (guaranteed to frighten off brummies! 🙂

    “And now the storm-blast came, and he
    Was tyrannous and strong:
    He struck with his o’ertaking wings,
    And chased us south along.

    With sloping masts and dipping prow,
    As who pursued with yell and blow
    Still treads the shadow of his foe,
    And foward bends his head,
    The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
    And southward aye we fled.

    And now there came both mist and snow,
    And it grew wondrous cold:
    And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
    As green as emerald.

    And through the drifts the snowy clifts
    Did send a dismal sheen:
    Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
    The ice was all between.

    The ice was here, the ice was there,
    The ice was all around:
    It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
    Like noises in a swound!”

    Substitute Blue Nose whining for ice! 🙂

  59. Jboyle86 says:

    Enjoy your league cup win Blues..and whilst you are there enjoy the prospect of Championship football next year. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving club!!
    Gardners post match comments and Fergusons’ slap are typical of a team who lack any tecnical/sporting quality and who also house Lee Bowyer who is a racist thug. Enjoy it whilst you can blueheads

  60. Masaccio says:

    What’s scary about a poem?
    Wilshire has a short memory when it comes to ‘smashing’ players. (+ one can clearly see from the BBC coverage that the palm is used not a fist and the defender in question isn’t knocked out, maybe he was blushing?)
    Arsenal players dive and wave imaginary cards.
    Wenger doesn’t win many cups.

    End of debate.

  61. jod says:

    You’ve just lost a final you should have won. Instead of asking why you were beaten and how you can improve you whine about one of the opposition players. That is why Arsenal keep failing, always feeling sorry for themselves and how hard done by they are instead of trying to do better. Manager, players and fans all seem to have the same attitude.

  62. BournvilleBlue says:

    People in glass houses…

    October 2010 – Craig Eastmond becomes the 3rd Arsenal player to be held behind bars by Police in a year after he was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure. Eastmond joins Jack Wilshere who was arrested for GBH in September (having earlier been chucked out of a nightclub for by attempting to take upskirt photos using his mobile phone)and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who failed to stop for Police and not driving in accordance with a licence. Add to that Nicklas Bendtner leaving a club drunk with his trousers round his ankles.

    And when commenting on the disgraceful ‘off-field’ behaviour of some of his players, even the self-righteous Wenger said “Let’s not go overboard – our responsibility first is how our players play on the pitch.”

    So to endorse that comment from Mr Wenger – forget what Ferguson may or may not have done OFF the field in the past. It’s what happens ON the field that matters. On Sunday he showed, in abundance, something sadly lacking (with the exception of the aforementioned Wilshire) in every one of the Arsenal players. PASSION and DESIRE. That passion and desire may well have led to an over-excessive demonstration of empathy (possibly even sympathy) to a distraught Koscielny. But after the outlandish arrogance that had emanated from virtually everyone associated with Arsenal in the lead up to this cup final, who can blame him for expressing his emotions?

    And before taking the moral high ground – it might also be worth remembering that it was Arsene Wenger himself who openly invited controversy last year by ordering his players to handle the ball when they lose possession due to injury! Bearing that in mind, it’s no wonder that he has himself remained silent about Fergusson’s bit of innocent hair ruffling!

    Any one for some more sour grapes?

  63. Jboyle86 says:

    jod you are wrong. I am graceful in defeat when a team is graceful in victory, the lack of class shown by Ferguson is very very sad. Any opposition teams fans would be in uproar if he had done that against them in a cup final, its just another excuse for plonkers like you to join the anti arsenal brigade. Well done you

  64. Gooner in Exile says:

    Masacio please enlighten me:

    Eduardo dived for a penalty against Celtic, and has since left the club, after Taylors assault he got out of the way of most sliding tackles.

    Eboue dives occasionally and is rightly criticised by our fans too, and does not play much.

    Walcott went over easily against Leeds admitted it although TV evidence showed contact and it wasn’t given anyway.

    Other than that give me at least 5 more incidents with video evidence of our current team.

    Wilshere’s tackle on Zigic was criticised by Wenger immediately after the game, tell me though if it was as bad as Taylors on Eduardo how come Zigic is still playing football 5 months later.

    Talk to me about Bowyer stamping on Sagna at St Andrews and how that’s acceptable. Explain it, justify it.

    Have any of the current Arsenal team patted an opposition player on the head after he gave them a goal? Bring up Keown that’s fine it was due to RvN feigning injury to get Viera sent off that day, what did Koscielny do to upset Ferguson? There was simply no need for it, defend him if you like, but don’t make it a case of he did/we did.

  65. Gooner in Exile says:

    BournevilleBlue – for legal reasons you need to add alleged in front of all those charges.

    Wilshere (GBH) – separating a man and a woman by all accounts received a caution which basically means no evidence

    Wilshere (upskirts) – what proof is there? Has he been charged with anything?

    Eastmond (Indecent Exposure) – rebailed in December to return in January, no charges yet as far as I am aware so again please out alleged in front of those comments.

    Bendtner – he was drunk did he hurt anyone, all stories suggest that the photographers mate ran behind him to pull down his jeans.

    Maybe one day you’ll stop believing everything you read in the paper and look for actual evidence. Probably difficult for a Brum fan because despite the blood and shards of Eduardos leg bone being left on the St Andrews turf Martin Taylors tackle wasn’t that bad…. Ho hum

  66. goonermichael says:

    Those bloebottles or whatever they are are easily upset. Imagine if we’d won and slapped one of them on the head. Rooney can elbow peopole off the ball so I suppose slapping Kozzer on the head isn’t that bad. I hope it inspires our players. Any news on the Boy Wonder.

    I liked the post BTW. Congratulations Birmingham. it means a lot to them and we have bigger fish to (hopefully) fry.
    Still gutted though.

  67. Beausejour says:

    Like Keown perhaps the player concerned was angered by something, like the self same Arsenal player trying to break Bowyers leg earlier in the game. Incidentally the Birmingham player involved was not Ferguson.
    Arsenal are one of the most red carded teams in the country and should have had two more on Sunday.
    ll take the ice though. Keeps the champagne cool.

  68. goonermichael says:

    Wilshire upskirts ?
    He earns 40k a week, He goes to a club full of slags who take thier knoickers off once they are inside (sometimes before) his role models are rooney, terry, cole, crouch and other assorted scum. What does anyone expect from a 17 year old?

  69. goonermichael says:

    Isn’t bowyer meant to be hard? He spent most of the match rolling around like a bitch.

  70. Carlito11 says:

    Back in- briefly! You’ve been having fun here this morning! Thanks for the post Rocky- shame the Brummies can’t just enjoy their win without trolling through ARSENAL blogs. It ain’t written for you blueboys so of course you won’t agree!
    Sad thing is, whilst licking our wounds we have to support Chelsea tonight. Life keeps getting worse 😉

  71. Rasp says:

    Off topic just for a moment – there are unconfirmed reports (Daily Mail?) that RvP will be out for the Barca game …. does anyone have any reliable info?

  72. Big Raddy says:

    Some very amusing comments from the BlueNoses. They clearly only read the headline, and as their blogs are so empty they decide to come here and try to defend the indefensible.

    Well done to their team on winning, but i would rather have the 6 points we take from them every season.

    Expect Chelsea to roll over tonight, they will be under FA instruction 😦

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. That would be awful

  74. And let’s have a look at another one of the players idolised by the slavering bluenose hordes, step forward Lee David Bowyer(who at the end of 2010 has the all time record for number of yellow cards received: 98):

    He first drew attention in 1995, when he and teammate Dean Chandler failed a drugs test for cannabis use. Bowyer was dropped from the England under-18 squad and suspended for eight weeks while he took part in a rehabilitation course.

    In 1996, Bowyer was convicted of affray and fined £4,500 following an incident in a MacDonald’s restaurant in London in which CCTV footage showed chairs being thrown and a staff member of Asian origin was racially abused.

    Following an incident near a Leeds nightclub in January 2000, in which an Asian student suffered severe injuries, Bowyer and teammate Jonathon Woodgate were charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and affray.

    Leeds fined him four weeks’ wages for a breach of the club’s code of conduct. Despite having had the backing of the club during the trial and the club paying his extensive legal fees, Bowyer took exception to the fine and was placed on the transfer list.

    In April 2005, Bowyer was in the media spotlight again after an on-pitch brawl with teammate Kieron Dyer Newcastle United’s premier league match with Aston Villa. This resulted in a red card, plus an automatic three-game ban, for each player. The FA fined Bowyer £30,000 and imposed an additional three-game ban, and the club fined him six weeks’ wages; Dyer was not fined as Bowyer was perceived to have thrown the first punch.

    In addition, Bowyer was charged by Northumbria Police in connection with the brawl with offences under section four of the Public Order Act.

    In September 2010 Bowyer was forced to apologise for verbally abusing a West Brom supporter. The incident occurred following Bowyer’s substitution after he had committed a rash challenge on Gabriel Tamas.

    In January 2011, television replays highlighted incidents, unnoticed by the match referee, in which Bowyer stamped on Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna and raked his studs down the same player’s Achilles.

    As I said before he holds the all time record for most premier league yellow cards,98, and he has 5 reds also.

    There you go Bluenoses – a fine player you are no doubt proud of and a fine example of typical Brum Scum.

    Take a bow Lee Bowyer !

  75. goonermichael says:

    If the cavs rolled over that would seriously dent thier 4th place ambitions. I doubt if abramobitch cares what the fa or fergiscum think

  76. goonermichael says:

    Oh is there amoderation now?

  77. I think a Sara started being foul and abusive(contravening blog rules) earlier so she got tin tacked GoonerM.

  78. goonermichael says:

    My comment still says awaiting moderation

  79. London says:


    I had a quick look, I suspect that is an accident, they will sort that out as soon as they are around. I don’t have the authority.

  80. Had a quick look GoonerM – there was a spam filter software glitch -sorted now.

  81. Bumpyfunk says:

    This is an hilarious website. Not only does it provide an excellent example of losing without dignity, but it also shows a legion of deluded fans trying to blame someone else for the loss, attempting to pour scorn on the winners.

    You were the second best team. The worse of the two. Thats why you lost.

    Yes, Ferguson can be a bit of a heathen, but no more than every other club in the Premiership thinking of moaning or whinging when the word Arsenal is mentioned. The only difference is that moaning didnt win you a cup on Sunday. Fergusons inclusion in the Blues squad did. He battled with all of his heart. Its not his fault if only Wilshire did for Arsenal.

    Jealousy is a terrible thing.

  82. Yeah jealous of 2 trophies in nearly 50 years, who wouldn’t envy that, you mug.

    Have fun in the Championship, Small Heath Alliance.

  83. goonermichael says:

    Didn’t the post congratulate brum on the win and say they won because they won?

  84. It did GoonerM, but these Bluenoses are too stupid to read.

    Quel surpris !( A bit of french for you BCFC fans as I know you love all things foreign, especially french)

  85. Bumpyfunk says:

    erm….more moaning?
    Keep going lads…you are providing us with some fantastic entertainment this end.

  86. Who’s moaning, your whinging is proving our point.

    Get over yourselves, we don;t care. Now bugger off our blog – haven’t you got one of your own?

  87. Brigham says:

    @Bumpyfunk, I don’t think any of us Gooners are attempting to blame Ferguson for the loss at all, we are just highlighting the fact he thought it was funny or clever to cosh the Kozzer.

    Fair play to you for winning on Sunday, you fought harder and wanted it more, but please do not try and defend the moron Ferguson.

  88. Red Arse says:

    I was just thinking of coming back to chat about Arsenal, but I see the brum morons are still active.


  89. Big Raddy says:

    Chary. That is the essence of the problem today. Their blogs are empty because they have no fans. The few they have are deluded which is evidenced by today’s blog.

    They read the headline and make an assumption. Trying to defend the indefensible (Bowyer and Ferguson) is pointless. Why don’t they just enjoy their win, as we are depressed about the loss.

    Sun readers to a man ….

  90. Bumpyfunk says:

    Agreed Brigham. He was moronic…not defending him…my first post was more to do with the level of comment on here. Not the article.
    Its what the article has sparked…along with ridiculous comments like that above…weirdly citing french. Some good material.

  91. Big Raddy says:

    Strange that no mention has been made of our fox-in-the-box scoring again last night. That is 2 in 2 for Carlos Vela. And both from central positions.

    If he keeps going he could single-handedly keep WBA in the PL (hopefully at Stoke’ or B’ham expense)!!

  92. kelsey says:


    several reports saying RVP will not be fit for the Barca game, and vermaelen has broken down again in training, as he was meant to be playing for the reserves today.

    Here’s a thought.

    If we beat orient and then barca we could face United a maximum of 5 times still this season.

    6th round and replay, twice in the CL and a home PL game to boot.

  93. Red Arse says:

    Don’t be unkind Raddy,

    It has taken BumpyFuck all day to read the Headline, you cannot expect him to read the first couple of paras as that would have taken the rest of the week;

    Anyway, I have reproduced them below, yet again.

    —Congratulations to Birmingham on winning the Carling Cup final. You weren’t dirty, you played the best game you could and you got the breaks.

    As an Arsenal fan I’m not going to stand here and say you didn’t deserve it, because any team that wins a cup final deserves it, however the thing pans out.

    And for the most part, from manager down to backroom staff, you were gracious winners. But not all of you.—

    How can even the thickest Birmingham fan take offence at that?

    Actually, I’m sorry, I realise I have answered my own question. Let me re-phrase.

    ONLY the thickest Birmingham fan could take offence at that!

  94. Roy Smith says:

    As Arsenal fans have continually raised instances from the past to show Brum in a bad light may I point out that in our first year in the Prem Ashley Cole your erstwhile hero got 2 players sent off in two consecutive matches by diving, both red cards being rescinded later. I don’t remember any comments from you about him being a disgrace then. He just set a standard for many who followed: Nasri, Van Persie, Cesc Fabricarse to name but 3 of the current Olympic diving team.
    In addition Blues fans do not trawl through Arsenal blogs by choice but when they come up on our web sites with comments like Birmingham scum fans and Evil Birmingham win cup we have a look.
    Let’s be honest, Arsenal fans are the most arrogant, opinionated and irritating bunch on the net and our comments are just trying to bring some realism and rationality into Wengerworld.
    By the way we have wone more this week than Arsenal have won in the last 6 years. Losers

  95. Mitch says:

    Yeah Birmingham fans, coming on here having a pop at an article attacking one of your players. Can’t you see this final meant nothing to us by how we are not blitching and complaining about every detail. and we are right to moan about anything we want because we are a big club. I’m glad we all left before the presentation to show Birmingham we can out-classless them. I’m off to polish my halo (polish, not Polish as that would be a mistake).

  96. Good point Radders, it would be sweet if the Brum Scum and Stoke went down as a result of Carlos’s efforts, let’s hope if he comes back to us he’s toughened up a bit and can be a 15 goals a season striker.

    We’re all praying for the Chavs to put down their air rifles and get their act together tonight to defeat FA United at the Bridge.

  97. Mitch, Roy Smith..”Arsenal players dive” – is that all you;ve got? Just looking at 2 of your currnet players “chequered” past brings all that up and all you can come up with is that you reckon some of our players dive?…..yawn…….zzzzzzzzzz
    Once and for all – are you so dense that if you come onto an Arsenal blog people here MAY JUST BE ARSENAL FANS and won’t be singing Ferguson or Bowyers praises ?
    Why don’t you go onto an Islamist website and see if spouting forth about booze and pornography(as used to finance your club for most of the last decade) and see if you get universal agreement?
    Anyway I’m bored of you Brum Scum; life’s too short.
    Come back in 48 years when you win your next trophy you dumbf**ks.

  98. Ahbutwewon says:

    I’m surprised at you, Charybdis1966. Surely educated metropolitans of taste and discernment such as yourself realise that the correct phrase is “Quelle surprise”.

    Even this pigshit-thick Brummie knows that.

  99. More Brum Scums here with no home to go to.


  100. Big Raddy says:

    Ahbutwewon. At last ….. a bluenose with a sense of humour!

  101. YesAnotherBluenose says:

    I won’t comment on anything else as noone appears to be giving people an inch.

    My question would be in what way did we get all the breaks? I appreciate you said we deserved the win but I would say if anyone got the breaks it was you as early as the second minute. You couldn’t be totally dignified could you? It had to be you deserved to win because you were lucky. We deserved to win because we were better on the day.

    I genuinely wish you all the best in the champions League and the Premier League I have always quite liked Arsenal but you are slowly getting very difficult to like as you lack graciousness from the players to the manager to the fans. It’s sad because none of you seem to see that.

  102. Afternoon all

    Are there no blogs for you Birmingham supporters to go and chat on?

  103. Big Raddy says:

    The message that is clearly not getting across is this

    Arsenal Arsenal as the name implies is an Arsenal blog. B’ham fans if you expect even handedness – go somewhere else.

  104. And yet more, over senstive brum scum troll up here.

    Find your own blog and get a life.

  105. Ahbutwewon says:

    I’m sorry Big Raddy, I realise we are intruding on private grief here so I for one will leave you to it.

    Good luck with the rest of your season, but FFS you will need to show a bit more drive and determination against Barcelona than you did against us.

  106. I’ve waved my magic wand and sent them to pending, enough is enough 😉

  107. Red Arse says:


    I like your ironic humour too. 🙂

    I take it when you said to my colleague CharyB; “Surely [an] educated metropolitan[s] of taste and discernment such as yourself” …, that is an incipient admission that Brum is not a major city, (a metropolis) and that its inhabitants are lacking in education and taste? 🙂

    I have friends in Brum who would take exception to that, but don’t worry ….. I won’t let on! 🙂

  108. Red Arse says:

    Oi Peaches,

    I am not a Brum fan. Honest! Let me out of Mod!! 🙂

  109. RockyLives says:

    Despite having caused all this Brumminess by writing the post in the first place, can I respectfully suggest to my fellow AA-ers that we simply stop engaging in debate with them.

    As it happens I don’t have much of a beef with Brimingham as a club. I just thought the head slap was pretty low and wanted to write about it.

    Back to more pressing issues: we really need the Chavs to do a job tonight, but I can’t say I’m holding out much hope.

  110. I agree Rocky, but the chavs have been hopeless lately, maybe tonight Anelka and Torres will work together.

  111. Red Arse says:

    I agree Rocky (your 3:52).

    I left the site for some hours to avoid them, but they just did not go away!

    If I am still in Mod, I will have to go and join them. 🙂

  112. Hi Red Arse – sorry you should be out now

  113. Can you try and put a new comment on RA please

  114. London says:


    I thought your post created a very healthy outlet for us all and those who chose to engage in debate did so for the fun of it rather than out of annoyance.

  115. Big Raddy says:

    I would like to see a blood bath with at least 3 red cards for MU and 3 points for the Chavs. If only because I would rather they got 4th than the Not Stratford Hotspurs.

  116. tommystout says:


  117. tommystout says:

    moderation :-/ ???

  118. Sorry all you regulars, Rocky has supreme power over this post – even more power than me today and if you haven’t been approved by him you’re getting stuck in moderation. But I’m watching closely

  119. goonermichael says:

    RVP is officially out of the Barca game.

  120. Brigham says:

    RVP out for three weeks! Drat, drat and triple drat and our chances of scoring the Nou Camp have somewhat diminished with that news. Mind you, I forgot we are a goal up. 🙂

  121. Big Raddy says:

    And Walcott?

  122. …… and we have Nik and Nasri and Arshavin

  123. I think Theo was still a possible wasn’t he? He usually recovers quite quickly from those sprained ankles

  124. I’ve changed a setting so can you all post a comment, anything, so that I know you can get on

  125. Red Arse says:

    Peaches is a lovely person! 🙂

    (she paid me to say that) 🙂

  126. Brigham says:

    Fanks Peaches, you is da bestest love.

  127. 😆 you’re welcome

  128. Red Arse says:


    You are correct, it was a bit of fun at first, but after a while it became tedious because the standard of their comments was poor, with the odd exception.

    The yah boo sucks school of philisophical discussion doesn’t appeal much to me, and probably not to the rest of you AA’ers either!

  129. Rocky, I agree with London, I found all the blue noses jolly amusing – I can’t understand why after their first trophy in nearly 50 years they’d rather be on another teams blog getting sensitive about us calling out a bit of poor behaviour by one of their players?
    I’d be basking in the glow of victory, still different strokes for different folks and all that.

    And on to the Chavs v The FA United.
    It’s now or never for Abramovich’s boys.

    Sadly, it seems that Robin hadn’t all of his injury time for the season after all.

    Not good news.

  130. London says:

    We can just about live without RVP but without Cesc we cannot.

  131. Red Arse says:


    Are any of you really surprised about poor old Robin’s injury problem?
    I would not have felt right putting $100 on him having a 3 or 4 week layoff between Jan and May, but in all honesty I always fear the worst with his history of injuries.

    I went on to ANR to remonstrate with Myles over the childish “blame game” he was running.

    Don’t blame x, blame y, he wrote, so I requested that he showed a little more maturity.

    I was bombed off the site. He does not like criticism it seems. 🙂 All hail Myles!

  132. Big Raddy says:

    RA No surprises there ,,,,, MP lost it a couple of years ago

  133. Red Arse says:


    I know it is not right to knock another site, and I won’t, but I emailed MP some time ago for clarification on a matter about which he seemed to be getting some undeserved stick.

    He seems intelligent and well organised, but I received back a condescending and rather patronising platitude, (which you can imagine would normally be met in kind 🙂 ) but my intention had been to be supportive, so I let it go. Pity really.

  134. goonermichael says:

    I have huge issues with myles palmer. He isn’t an Arsenal fan (his admission) yet he calls his s(h)ite anr, He writes up the chavs and mancs so why not just call it football news review. His writing is shit as well. He said he’s writing his memoirs. I’d guarantee mine or Raddys would be a better read.

  135. We just need to find the Kryptonite to break through that force field that seems to be around the penalty area when Cesc isn’t playing – not very fair of Cesc to keep the secret to himself really 😦

  136. Big Raddy says:

    Poor Bluespete, we clearly got up your bluenose 🙂

    There has only been one decent B’ham player and he left at 24 for Forest. No wonder they are so uppity.

    GM. I would love to write my memoirs but it would destroy my homelife!

  137. Big Raddy says:

    And I am with Chary on this – I love a bit of banter as long as it doesn’t descend to being personal.

    Some of my best days at work involved taking the rise out of each other and being an equal opportunities employer I even took Spurs and Leeds fans (though of course not in management positions)

  138. RockyLives says:

    There were one or two sensible comments from the Brummies. But accusing us of hypocrisy because of the Keown/van Nistelrooy pic on our site misses the point completely.
    Keown was responding to the fact that, shortly beforehand, van Nistelrooy had blatantly cheated (feigning injury after not even being touched) to try and get Vieira sent off. The Arsenal players were still seething about his cheating when the penalty incident happened.
    Ferguson, on the other hand, was just making a graceless and unsporting gesture to a man who already wanted the earth to open up and swallow him. How you handle yourself in victory says a lot about you, and Ferguson’s action spoke volumes.

  139. Gooner in Exile says:

    I tried to make that point Rocky but unfortunately there wasn’t much reasoning with them.

    Also asked them to point to actual documented evidence to support the diving claims. They didn’t.

    Ho Hum a fun day you certainly stirred up a Bees nest (geddit?!)

    Come on Torres make that experienced Vidic look rubbish again!

  140. RockyLives says:

    I saw that earlier GiE, but your common sense was falling on stony ground.

    To be honest I’m not sure about posts that wind up opposition fans. I didn’t write it to do that, but when the oppo latch on to it it sort of knocks the usual chat and banter out of the way, which is not necessarily a good thing.

    I’ll try and exercise a bit more circumspection in future.

  141. Evonne says:

    There you all are!! I couldn’t understand why after yesterday’s passion there was a complete silence today! So you guys switch to the most recent article, makes sense, ok, I am learning:) About RVP’s injury – terrible, terrible, terrible news…. What’s wrong with Chamakh, he is not doing well; in fact he is getting worse with each game he plays

  142. Big Raddy says:

    RL. NO please don’t do that. We all write posts for our regular readers and to start being circumspect just because it may annoy some opposition fans defeats the point of an Arsenal blog. There was some wonderful stuff in today’s post and god forbid you temper your posts because of the sensibilities of 5 or 6 people.

    I implore you to write it as you see it, and if it upsets a few then so be it.

    We have the whole season for the normal chat and bante,r and occasionally this site is too much in agreement for emotionally fuelled discussion.

  143. Big Raddy says:

    Hi Evonne and welcome.

    What do you think has happened to Chamakh?

  144. Evonne says:

    No idea, some players find it difficult to settle in UK. I remember when Reyes first came to London (I was there when he scored 2 against Chelsea), and then he got progressively worse. Same with Arshavin really. But I have a theory about Andriej

  145. LittleGirlBlue says:

    Isn’t a bit harsh putting a curse on a club which doesn’t really have much luck?

    I am a Birmingham City fan, I’ll admitt that so I stick up for my club and the players. You are doing the same thing sticking up for your club.

    We all wear rose tinted glasses when it comes to supporting a club.

    Just get over it, what happened has happened. No need to curse a player, a club and the fans.

    Oh if anything is mis-spelt or grammer incorrect don’t insult me. I am actually dyslexic and yes I have heard of a spell check however I’m not going to use it because well in all frankness I really can’t be arsed.

  146. Big Raddy says:

    What is your theory? I think Arshavin is almost back to his best. Chamakh? Who knows. Perhaps he is homesick.

  147. BlueInLondon says:

    A bit late to this, and will doubtless be seen as another unwelcome interloper because of the team I support, but here goes anyway: If any of you had stayed after the final whistle, you would have noticed several Blues players – INCLUDING Ferguson – taking time out from their celebrations to commiserate with the Arsenal players. There were hugs, and attempts to help them back to their feet. Who knows what was going through Barry’s head when he ruffled Koscielny’s hair? He was off to celebrate, but maybe he was sparing him a thought in his moment of misfortune (something none of his colleagues seemed to want to do).

    And a note to the author: constantly quoting the first few sentences of this article doesn’t prove you are anything like a gracious loser when everything you write afterwards sounds like sour grapes. Plenty of Arsenal fans have congratulated me over the last couple of days (only a few through gritted teeth). Maybe you could take a leaf out of their book and move on, eh?

  148. Evonne says:

    Arshavin is a big celebrity in Russia; Putin has personally seen him off to the airport when Andriej was leaving for Arsenal. Here, in London, he was no longer treated with respect he enjoyed back home. He is a very well educated and highly intelligent; and I don’t think he fitted with the rest of the team, few of them not quite as intelligent as Arshavin:) What do you recon?

  149. Carlito11 says:

    Sorry to butt in folk but Chelsea really look crap-Manu looking well up for it 😦 those two tight banks of three the chavs play really invite wing play against them. Manu look like Barcelona against this lot!

  150. RockyLives says:

    Damn. Mancs winning.
    The way the Chavs have started I can’t see any joy for us here….

  151. Carlito11 says:

    Bolox- Rooney thunderfoot 😦

  152. RockyLives says:

    Cech was beaten from a long way out (even though Rooney caught it well).

  153. Carlito11 says:

    Chelsea are rubbish! Quite funny how poor they’ve become. What’s happened to malouda? He’s gone back to his first seasons form – no game at all. Luiz looks good for them tho in defence

  154. Evonne says:

    and cashley misfired:) he’s better with a rifle

  155. Big Raddy says:

    Can’t believe the transition from last season to this for the Chavs. Really only one team in this. What has happened to Malouda? He was brilliant last season, now he is worse than David Bentley!

    FFS Chelsea come out and give them a game.

  156. Big Raddy says:

    In the highly unlikely event of Chelsea winning the CL and then coming 5th in the PL (they could be 5 points off 4th). Will we get 5 teams in the CL or will the 4th place team miss out (prob Spurs 😀 )?

  157. dandan says:

    Cmon you blues, thats more like it

  158. Big Raddy says:

    ooooh I like that from Luiz. He looks one hell of a player

  159. London says:

    OK be honest, when did you last cheer a chav goal as loudly as you just did?

  160. dandan says:

    Aint we just all bloody hypocrites 🙂

  161. 26may1989 says:

    London, I have never cheered a Chav goal, full stop. But that one from Luiz definitely got the treatment. (And yes, he is an excellent player.) Now come on Drogba, United are beginning to tire.

  162. 26may1989 says:

    Raddy @ 8.38pm: I think (but am not 100%) that the 4th placed side would miss out. That’d be a real shame…..

  163. Beausejour says:

    If you’re all intent on whining for the rest of the century at least get it right. The “slapper” wasn’t Ferguson it was Jean Beausejour, and after the way Koscielny played I’m frankly surprised you didn’t want to clip him around the ear’ole yourselves!
    Surely you should be more concerned that, a few years ago Birmingham fans would feel their team could never compete with the Gunners, but there was a real feeling that Blues were in with a genuine chance this time.

  164. 26may1989 says:

    Anyone just see that Rooney disallowed goal? No-one questioned it but Rooney received it after Terry toe-poked the pass, inadvertently knocking it onto Shrek. I.e. absolutely the same as Saha’s goal against us.

  165. 26may1989 says:

    Raddy, have just checked the CL Regs, and yes, if the winner of the CL finishes outside the top 4 in the PL, the 4th placed club goes into the Europa League in order that the reigning CL champions can take a place in the CL the next season.

  166. Gooner In Exile says:

    Beausejour why are you so keen to tell us that it was your namesake that did it….are you worried about any potential ban for Ferguson, i think everyone accepts that it was Ferguson.

    Penalty to Chelsea, this ones not going ManUre’s way at last!

    Rocky keep wirting the posts, maybe we just need to be careful with the headlines!

  167. dandan says:


  168. SharkeySure says:

    I feel a little dirty cheering on the Blues, but hey ho, needs must

    Evening all

  169. 26may1989 says:

    You read my mind Sharkey, was thinking precisely that.

  170. 26may1989 says:

    Vidic suspended for the game at Liverpool!

  171. Rasp says:

    Beausejour has become tedious and boring. He should be celebrating his win with his own kind not pathetically wasting his time trying to wind us up – he’s in trash now.

  172. Carlito11 says:

    That was a quality half of football!

  173. Big Raddy says:

    What a fantastic second half.

    Shame there was only the one red card!

  174. dandan says:

    Alex will be worth a listen he will be incandescent

  175. Big Raddy says:

    SS. Nothing wrong with batting for the other side once in a while 🙂

  176. chas says:

    hahahahaha….the curse on Ferguson is working already.

  177. London says:

    And suddenly the clouds begin to lift, silly fizzy cup, didn’t want to win it any way, bigger fish to fry.

  178. 26may1989 says:

    Steady Raddy, cricket ist verboten….

  179. SharkeySure says:

    I’ll have you know I’m a father of four Mr Radders, respectfully !!

  180. London says:

    And Vidic sent off as well, what a nice little bonus.

  181. Big Raddy says:

    I cannot believe people are questioning the officials. It was a clear penalty, Smalling made no attempt to play the ball and in a game with so many divers, he was found out.

    How many times did that odious Nani dive?.

    Rooney did exactly the same as Zhirkov earlier in the game and SAF went mental calling for a foul, then Smalling does the same and he is screaming that it wasn’t a penalty.

    Whatever, it was a cracking game

  182. Big Raddy says:

    SS. And ……… ?(respectfully)

  183. Gooner in Exile says:

    See what happens when the FA fail to punish a player the whole team thinks they can lash out….

    Giggs fulfilling his managers demands with the petulant kick at the end.

    The only difference between ManUre and Chelsea compared to Everton, Birmingham and Stoke is budget to buy stronger defenders and better strikers. There’s not much of a difference in approach is there?

    Spuds and Citeh play better “football” as do Blackpool and probably Bolton this year.

    Rednose is the sole reason English football is still stuck in the dark ages because he has been successful telling his players to kick if not winning to pressure the referee.

    If only Brian Clough had stayed at Derby or not been such a cock at Leeds we may have had a league with more skill than we have an International team that had more chance of winning World Cups.

  184. London says:

    It’s interesting that the only place in the country where the Fergy affect doesn’t work is at Stamford Bridge.

  185. goonermichael says:

    Great result for us

  186. goonermichael says:

    fergiescum and rooney are dogshit. I’d happily hang both of them

  187. London says:

    Manu have been so lucky this season, so, so lucky but tonight reality hit home and the reality is that they are not that good.

  188. goonermichael says:

    London by not good don’t you mean shit?

  189. Big Raddy says:

    Long day at work GM ?

    London. Good point.

  190. London says:


    Lol, yeah, I must stop pussy footing around.

  191. Big Raddy says:

    that is a huge result for Chelsea. A loss and they were in the mire

  192. SharkeySure says:

    Lol Chas.

    Lets hope that there’s a young CB at Barca called Miguel Ferguson who’ll start the 2nd leg next week

  193. Big Raddy says:

    I love that SAF is complaining about the referee. As London said, MU cannot influence the ref at the Bridge

  194. goonermichael says:

    I’ve had a great day at work Raddy.

  195. 26may1989 says:

    Sorry, I missed the post match interviews: what is there to complain about re the ref, other than not giving Luiz a second yellow? And given that Rooney shouldn’t have been on the pitch, not a lot to whine about there.

  196. SharkeySure says:

    Ha ha Radders !

    You say THAT and add ‘respectfully’….lol

  197. SharkeySure says:

    I’ve been studying throughout that game and only tuned in in time to see replays of the penalty. Brilliant.

    I’ve now seen some of Luiz’s other challenges. Hilarious

    I’ve yet to see Rooney’s disallowed goal, but 26 seems to suggest that maybe it might have stood on another day. Crying shame that.

    Looks like Karma booked itself a room at the Chelsea hotel after Rooney’s let off yesterday. I think Karma will find itself moved to a top floor suite at no extra cost after tonight !!

  198. London says:

    Night, night all.

    Fat Frank is like eating cold rice pudding to me and I hate rice pudding.

  199. goonermichael says:

    Night everyone

  200. Gooner in Exile says:

    And Everton lost to Reading in FA Cup, bad day to be Scottish manager 🙂

  201. 26may1989 says:

    Finally United’s impressive unbeaten run comes to an end. They came close to emulating the Arsenal side of 2003-4, but fell close to the end, with an unbeaten run that lasted…, two games.

  202. chas says:

    Miguel Ferguson is a Barca junior of Scottish extraction. The first ginger-haired player to play for the Catalan club. 🙂

  203. Harry says:

    @London 4:42 We can live without RVP but not without Cesc……..I just think its a case realistically we need one of them to be sure….

    We need Cesc for the big ones, ie Barca next week, having Ramsey back will be good…..

    Looks like I have missed an interesting day on here, a few Blue noses out of joint, nice article Rocky….

    Great result tonight, Fergie is so hypocritcal it defies belief…Anyone notice rooney go through another player in first half, it wasnt as bad as the wigan one, but he could have seen a couple of yellows at different stages….twat…..

    Need to beat Sunderland to get close, but game at a time, must beat Orient……

    my Line up tomorrow…

    Ches (Needs to play)
    Sag Koz Miquel Gibbs
    Song Diaby (denilson)
    Nasri Wilshere Arshavin
    Subs: Bendtner,Clichy,Ramsey?,Squid,Eboue,Rosicky and Almunia

    Just hope the fans turn up, my singing is terrible needs others to drown me out…..

    Question: Can we call Vela back?

  204. Neamman says:

    If people read Barry Fergusons autobiography you may have a different take on some of the actions of his past.
    For example as the captain of Rangers he was active in intercommunal anti sectarian initiatives, as he was married to a catholic. All this talk about fighting in bars…do we really need to go down that road? So many Arsenal legends have a history, Parlour, Adams, Wiltshire.. have had problems with fights in bars. Some their fault, some not.. BF is probably no different. Rubbing the head is out of order but lets not kid ourselves Arsenal players are angels. I dont like this sort of holier than thou attitude because we ALL have done things in the past that wouldnt stand up to scrutiny. Birmingham won.. deal with it. Keep the faith!!

  205. RockyLives says:

    I can deal with Birmingham winning. I dealt with it in the first few sentences of the post.

    But I sincerely think that Ferguson’s action was unpleasant and unworthy of a professional.

    “Rubbing the head”? I hope no-one rubs your head in that fashion tonight – it was nasty and aggressive and was absolutely not a ‘rub of the head’ or a ‘ruffling of his hair’ as some have suggested. If in doubt, take another look.

    Nor does highlighting this behaviour mean that I think we’re whiter than white. But when our players overstep the mark I will not object to opposition supporters calling us out on it.

    Since when did criticising a single action become sour grapes about losing? Read the post more carefully.

  206. Gooner in Exile says:

    We probably can call Vela back but it might only be for FA Cup.

    I know loan policy worked for Jack last year, but putting so many out on loan in January has really crippled the squad, could do with JET, Eastmond, Lansbury, Watt, Afobe, Vela, Randall to make up some numbers.

    Perhaps Wenger sent them all out so he wouldn’t be tempted to use them in domestic cups.

    Sagna needs a rest 4 games in 10 days could be too much he looked shattered after Stoke game let alone after Brum. Eboue shouldn’t be too troubled against O’s.

    So only changes I’d make to your side is definitely Denilson with Song. Wilshere in attacking three with AA and Nasri, and it’d be Bendtner up top for me, if we need his goals against Sunderland and Barca we need the 4 of them to get acquainted tomorrow.

    Only changes

  207. RockyLives says:

    I reckon several out of JET, Vela, Lansbury, Watt, Randall and Afobe would have started against Orient tomorrow if they were still with us.

    My team for Orient would be:

    Enboue Squillaci Miguel Gibbs
    Denilson Rosicky (Fabregas/Diaby depending on who’s fit)
    Bendtner Chamakh Arshavin

  208. johnQ says:

    To make everyone feel even better spuds are out of top 4…:-)

  209. RockyLives says:

    Nice one JohnQ
    Although, if we’re not to win the CL, I love the idea of them finishing fourth but missing out on CL because fifth-placed Chelsea win the CL.

  210. RockyLives says:

    @LittleGirlBlue from earlier
    Nice comment. No abuse. Well said.
    Believe me, I really am over it and I will repeat what I said in the post: Congratulations to Birmingham City.
    Whether or not you believe me is irrelevant, but I really mean it.

  211. Neamman says:

    Rocky lives
    My apologies, I wasnt being specific to you but just commenting in general. I agree the gesture was childish, but certainly didnt warrant such words as scumbag, etc etc. If we knew the private lives of our players we probably would be revolted by some. Glasgow is a sectarian firepit and anyone from there has been involved in something at one time or another, taken out of context it sounds bad. In BFs book he explaine that his fight was when somefrinds of his were attacked by some Celtic fans, he either had to leave them as he was a player, or support his friends. He chose his friends which to me is honourable. He was also engaged or already married to his cathluc wife at the time so hes no sectarian.

    Criticise him for his actions on the field.. but we should all not be so judgemental about things we only kbnow what the media says.
    I persoannlly dont like Neil Lennon who I find very confrontational, but I will concede he has been attacked fo his religion so I really have no right to judge him.
    Thats my only point.

  212. RockyLives says:

    Fair dos Neamann.
    I never accused BF of sectarianism and I accept your observation that none of us is whiter than white.
    Sorry if I came across a bit sharp earlier. Truth to tell, I’m a bit conflicted as to whether it was a post worth doing or not, so I’m probably being defensive.

    When are you off on the travels?

  213. Neamman says:

    Im in China now and will be in Thailand just in time for saturday’s game, assuming we are playing saturday, not sunday, I have been so busy Ive lost track!!
    The last time I arrived in Thailand rom China I transited in bangkok overnight and I met an English guy and we got drinking in a bar at the hotel while watching us beat Bolton [I think], closed it down and I have NO recollection of how I reacxhed my room. Consideing I was bringing a pile of cash from China at the time to buy something I was very lucky!!

  214. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, what a nice night for us. Its back in our own hands again. With RvP out, who do we think would be more likely to score for us playing central, MC or Bendy? I know AW appears to have a problem with Bendy central, but right now, he would be my preferred option.
    Would definately rather see Chelsea in fourth at the expense of Spurs. I would enjoy the comedy of the moment in a Chelsea CL victory taking a fourth place Spurs CL place, but I still insist on us being the first London Club to win Ol Big Ears!

  215. 26may1989 says:

    Hear hear Micky, we have to be London’s first European champions. The thought of Chelsea claiming that title at Wembley makes it even worse. But many thanks to them for last night.

  216. mickydidit89 says:

    SKY NEWS headline this morning:
    “Fergie – Ref changed game
    United boss feels decisions went against his team at Chelsea”.
    Made me laugh anyway!

  217. mickydidit89 says:

    “The thought of Chelsea claiming that title at Wembley makes it even worse.”
    There is an even worse case scenario!!!!

  218. Big Raddy says:

    Micky The thought has made me go cold.

  219. SharkeySure says:

    Shivers over here too….

    Morning all

  220. mickydidit89 says:

    Wrap up warm!
    Off out for a while.

  221. tommystout says:

    morning all
    think moyes is feeling the karma this morning haha.
    glad chelsea won last night and hear old fergie moaning.
    anyways nikB needs to stand up to the plate now, i dont think wenger has a problem with him in the middle i think he feels sticking bendy on the right is the only way for him to accommodate MC.

  222. London says:

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, perish the thought.

  223. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    I see some of you fans who just thought that Arsenal only had to turn up to win have tasted what karma can do.

    Now in the run in to the PL Title, it would be wise for you all to take one game @ a time & not get ahead of your selves. Coz Karma is watching 😯 & @ present he is over with that other cnut called Ferguson giving him a taste of what happens to smart arses.

  224. London says:

    Morning gg

    I agree with you, every game is a cup final from now on and every game is a bannana skin, starting with Sunderland on Saturday.

  225. tommystout says:

    i wonder why wenger doesn’t fancy Nasri in Cesc’s role, i’d be much more confident if he was there whilst Nik is leading the line 😦

  226. Gooner in Exile says:

    London, have you forgotten tonight?

    I’d go with Bendtner up top personally, he has bags of confidence, and contrary to popular belief does hold the ball up and bring others in. He could do with playing the way he is facing a bit more, but one thing he definitely wants to do is score goals, so i’m all for him not moving from the 18 yard box, no running wide, just allow yourself to be the fulcrum of which the others move around and make sure he is arriving between penalty spot and six yard box when the balls go wide.

  227. tommystout says:

    While cescs & rvp’s genius is missing over the next couple of games, i think our play needs to be made a little less complicated. If you can shoot then take the shot. More often than not that final killer ball just aint gonna make it while the main guys are missing.
    Shoot Shoot Shoot

  228. Morning all

    Raddy – are you still in the post? Can you tell me when you’re out please

  229. Big Raddy says:

    I am out …..

  230. Gooner in Exile says:

    Morning Tommy, and others, do we think Wenger wants them to have simply defined roles (ie left centre right) or do the players start there and not have the brains to move around.

    When the Theo Van Nasregas lineup was in full effect, Nasri, Cesc and RvP would constantly interchange in order to move the defence around.

    For tonight I’d really like to see a midfield of Denilson sweeping, Song ball winning, Wilshere, AA and Nasri in the attacking three with NikB leading the line.

    We wouldn’t have to worry too much defensively.

    Although I fear the rotation tonight as I think the physical effect of Stoke, Brum, O’s, Sunderland.

    Of the current squad I’d say only three appear to have 100% stamina reserves, Clichy, Wilshere and Nasri, which is a worry when you consider how scientific Wengers approach to diet and physiology extended the careers of Bould, Keown, Adams, Winterburn and Dixon rather than curtailing it.

  231. Gooner in Exile says:

    Tommy its no surprise we try to walk it in to the net when every goalie we play seems to be inspired at the moment

  232. Gooner in Exile says:

    Incomplete sentence, its early and i’m ill!

    ….Although I fear the rotation tonight as I think the physical effect of Stoke, Brum, O’s, Sunderland may be too much for Wenger to not consider resting….

  233. Rasp says:


    Who are you lecturing? Maybe it would be a good idea if you stopped trying to tell us off for our chosen attitude to supporting Arsenal. There are many sites that are far more extreme than AA. We are open to all opinion and that includes those who may be OTT in their approach to our success on the pitch.

  234. tommystout says:

    Good point GIE – why does every opposing GK appear to be world class for 2 matches a season???

  235. Wish you better GiE

    I wonder if Rosicky played the Cesc role on Sunday to see if it worked with him in the middle and Nasri out wide – it didn’t, so really Nasri should play alongside Jack and Song and Nik out wide.

  236. Rasp says:

    New post ……

  237. Big Raddy says:

    GIE God bedring.

    I think tonight’s team will be dissimilar to Sunderland. With a big run of games and the league being a clear priority AW will rotate extensively (IMO)

    Though Chamakh and Bendtner need game time to bed in. If we were to play just the one upfront my choice would be Chamakh – he has shown he has the talent and we will need him firing for the run-in. Especially as a 3 week out for RvP is invariably 3 months 😦

  238. gnarleygeorge9 says:


    What success on the pitch? You are getting ahead of yourself, again.

  239. fingles says:

    You areb on your high horse again, and of course cannot resist mentioning Edwardo yet again. Will Arsenal ever get over that accident?

    Ferguson’s ruffle was to remind him, that attempting to break Bowyers leg earlier, didn’t pay off.

    Unsporting? well a bit.

  240. That's The Spirit says:

    Where did the image of Martin Keown screaming in Van Nistelrooy’s face go? And my comment pointing out the hypocrisy of this?

  241. Joys & Sorrows says:

    Keep Right On has been Birmingham Citys anthem ever since 1956. The story goes that Blues players in that era used to have a sing song on the coach whilst travelling to away games. As Blues travelled to Leyton Orient for a n FA Cup 4th round tie a Blues player at the time (Alex Govan) began singing an ol Harry Lauder song “Keep Right On Till The End Of The Road” and the other players took to it. However after seeing off Orient and then West Brom in the 5th round it was actually our 3-1, 6th round victory at Highbury against a certain Arsenal side that saw it spill over to the terraces. As the Blues players came off the coach singing Keep Right On there was a bunch of supporters there who joined in with them. These supporters carried on singing it in the away end and the rest as they say is history. On a final note, Barry Ferguson was out of order, the mans a prick, Martin Taylor’s challenge, as horrific as it was, I believe was an accident, the result of a big, useless, clumsy, piss poor excuse of a footballer trying to make a tackle. Ive no problem with Arsenal, in fact my dear old dad was a Londoner and a big Arsenal fan and they’ve always been my “2nd team” if you will. However the Carling Cup Final was the greatest moment of my life and nothing, but nothing will ever take what we achieved that day away from me, KRO, UP THE BLUES AND ALL THAT MALARKY!!

  242. Jimmy jones says:

    This is one of the most pathetic things on the Internet. Football is a game so grow up you weirdo. Football is nothing compared to issues in real life. Might have been a silly thing to do but to be ‘calling to the gods’ about it?
    Sure they have slightly more important things to do than answer your crap.
    You arsenal fans are such sore losers. It’s a flipping game. Stop getting so pathetic!

  243. Jimmy jones says:

    And to be fair to him I have bumped into him a couple of times in my local area and he seems a nice enough guy. Don’t care for football much these days but stuff like this is just as childish if not more than what he did.
    Grow up

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