Blackpool. Possible Line-Up. Miss Ross-Eggert

Carabao. Do you remember how we did last season? I have to admit I struggle.

We reached the Final and had a day out at Wembley which went very well until the 18th minute after which it all went TU.

Was it worth it? Do the clubs value the competition? On balance one has to say Yes, but I would temper that by pointing out AW’s policy of playing kids in the early rounds and first teamers as we progress, which IMO mocks the idea that it is an opportunity for the squad players (more of that later in the day, perhaps)

In yesterday’s post, GN5 gave us the background to our opponents, I cannot write about Blackpool without mentioning Stanley Matthews, the Wizard of the Wing. In my very early days, those days when one’s love for the beautiful game becomes an obsession, Stanley Matthews was as holy as Miss Ross -Eggert (my headmistress in junior school), and Dan Dare from the Eagle comic. In my first ever game at Highbury I saw Matthews playing for Stoke at the age of almost 50!! I could and perhaps one day will write a post upon the effect Matthews had upon a nation recovering from WW2,


But of today’s Blackpool team I know nothing. I could Google but then so could you 😀

Given the forthcoming test against Liverpool and our growing injury list, I expect Mr Emery to start whomever is available sans Ozil and Xhaka. Even the over-worked Holding might have to start.

My Team:


Jenks    Mustafi       Greek     AMN (Cons)

Ramsey   Elneney   Smith Rowe   Willock

Welbeck     Nketiah

A return for Corporal Jenkinson must be possible and I wiah him the very best. As to the other positions  – a mixture of experience and youth as always propped up by a solid deface. Maybe Medley at CB will get a kick later in the game.

We do not play League 1 sides very often and I look forward to seeing the standard of play. Blackpool will relish playing on the Hallowed Turf. Should be a good attacking game because, should B’pool try to PTB, they will lose in an ignominious manner, far better to go down in flames.

This is the Hors d’oeuvre before the main course at the weekend, hopefully a tasty morsel.

Arsenal should continue their unbeaten run.




73 Responses to Blackpool. Possible Line-Up. Miss Ross-Eggert

  1. LBG says:

    Thanks GN5
    How can it be a solid deface with Lino playing in the middle of it?
    I hope for a pleasant plate of horse’s doeuvres as well with no more injuries. Hope Nacho, Mav and Kos are also on the bench for a possible run out in the run up to the big one. COYG.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Erik

    Think Elneny is injured

    Really hope we don’t see M-N chucked in at Left Back simply because there’s a gap there. I’d like Unai to play him in the position he sees him making his own over the next few years

    Where that is, I don’t know, but hoping it’s in midfield

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, and I agree with your sentiment in that the fringe players should start early rounds and continue all the way through the competition

    I’m guessing the case for bringing the big guns in later stages (should we get there) is that other bigger teams may do the same, which brings in the confidence aspect ie being on the wrong end of a pasting.. still, I’d stick with them and a damn good thrashing should serve to man them up for later in their careers

  4. Big Raddy says:

    One of mine but due to major tech issues I cannot access the Header customise 😦

  5. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    The main excitement for me Raddy is hopefully we get to see some of our “potential” future players.

    Stanley Matthews spent some of his final years in Canada and I met him when he was the main celebratory at the opening of a sporting goods store. But like many my main memory is the 1953 FA Cup Final when the wizard ran the show – I watched the game on a 9″ black and white TV at my mates place.

    I’m sure our own wizard can find us footage of the game?

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh yea now I see why LBG thanked me and not you Raddy.

  7. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.
    Miss Ross-Eggert sounds a bit of a sort

  8. LB says:

    GN5 10.55

    Good story.

    Thanks for the read BR

  9. chas says:

    PIERRE AUBAME-FANG! 🧛🏾‍♂️ #HappyHalloween

  10. mickydidit89 says:


    The still in the 11:39

    Were the goals bigger back then?

    I’d be in favour of making them bigger now whatever the history

  11. chas says:

  12. chas says:

    The goal size has never really been changed since the 19th century by the look of it.

    8 yards wide by 8 feet high.

  13. mickydidit89 says:

    found this:

    The size of the goal continued to fluctuate until the newly-formed Football Association hammered down the rules. In 1863 they deemed that posts should be eight yards (24 feet) apart, which remains the official width of a goal to this day.

    Something still needed to be done about the upper limit of the space, though: there was no initial height specification, meaning many clubs didn’t bother with a string and allowed a strike between the sticks scored 30ft up in the air.

    Tape eventually replaced string, notably at the first ever FA Cup final in 1872; and in 1875, experiments with crossbars began. Sheffield FC and Scottish club Queen’s Park both claim to be the first to have used one; it’s likely they did so independently at roughly the same time.

    Sheffield United’s William ‘Fatty’ Foulkes (a big-boned goalkeeper who once quipped: “I don’t mind what they call me, as long as they don’t call me late for lunch”) broke a bar by swinging off it during an 1896 fixture.

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    ah, well found, 8 feet eh

  15. chas says:

    Might be something on here later.

  16. Red Arnie says:

    Thanks, Raddy. Great start as ever. 🙂

    Corporal? Interesting. But yes, why not?

  17. RC78 says:

    Cech is starting and Bellerin and El Neny are out.
    Nacho and Kola being assessed to here is the likely line-up

    Cech – Lichten, Jenks, Sok, AMN – Ramsey, LT, Guendouzi – Miky, Smithe-Rowe — Wellbeck

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas – thanks for adding the Cup final video it was stunning in it’s clarity, seems incredible that I watched the game 65 years ago.

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Your 11:35 looks like a typical 1950’s family scene, black and white TV, rotary phone, wireless and sweet tray – although not all families (ours included) could afford those luxuries.

  20. chas says:

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    I will be watching today’s game on DAZN – I don’t know where else it’s available but it appears they have purchased the rights to the Champions League and Europa league games – at least in North America where they hold the exclusive rights.

  22. LBG says:

    Sorry to GN5 and the artist creator, Raddy. Still a novice at recognising style/who does what on the site. Hope neither is offended by mix up.

  23. LBG says:

    Re goal size, Blackpool GK looks to have been both a short arse and not very good.
    Imagine if the poor injured guy were hobbling manfully to get the ball today, someone would scythe him down at knee height and say “now you’ve got an injury, mate!”

  24. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, my first heartthrob was Miss Crossley …. very shapely ankles I remember 🙂

    The headmistress was an ogre with a hairy mole.

    I hope we keep winning in this comp and UE can give pitch time to the peripheral players. Like Micky, I think A M-N is already first team quality, I hope he can be on the bench at the weekend. He will have leant something from that scumbag Walker deliberately running through the back of him – next time raise your studs and let him run his shin down those.

  25. Big Raddy says:

    The Matthews final video is superb. The commentary redolent of a previous age (don’t get to use the word “redolent” very often 😀 )

  26. fred1266 says:

  27. LB says:

    scramble to google

  28. LB says:

    Take that Mustafi, that will learn you to give away school boy penaltys

  29. chas says:

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    scramble to google ROLF

    Delighted M-N further up field

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Blimey, he signed for us when he was 16

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Got to love The Corporal haven’t you really

    He’ll never make it to the very highest level, but he probably doesn’t give a shit as he gets to play for The Arsenal occasionally, and rightly so, that’s more than enough for most mortals

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    Stream: they’ve added it to liveonlinefootie and says it’s on BT Sport Europe whatever that is

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks Micky, I was starting to panic about a stream

  35. Big Raddy says:

    Playing one upfront against a League 1 team at home in a meaningless cup is pathetic.

    Why not give it the full beans?

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    Fancy a game of cards or something, Erik?

  37. Big Raddy says:

    What a lovely goal. Great pass from Curly and a wonderful finish from the Old Swiss Fella

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh hooray. Maybe the game will open up a bit now

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    Phew, that was hard work watching

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    I’d take Ramsey and Smith-Rowe off because they’re boring and get two dribblers on. Nketiah for sure and someone else I suppose

  41. chas says:

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Guendouzi bossing the game. What a prospect he is and a brilliant find by the French scouts. Remi Garde?

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Agreed. He’s an incredible find. Talk about value for money

  44. Big Raddy says:

    Still want to sub Smith Rowe (Lab) off?

  45. LB says:

    There is quite a back story to how Guendouzi arrived at THOF

  46. LB says:

    The story continues

  47. LB says:

    Guess whose got a new lap top?

  48. Big Raddy says:

    Truly dreadful referee. Missed two clear corners for AFC and then sends off Douzi for a nothing arm across the forward.

    Whoever he is, he will be proud of his time in the spotlight.

  49. Big Raddy says:

    My guess is LB

  50. LBG says:

    So what on earth is one Ramsey doing at that corner and how on earth can the referee allow the goal. Referees are corrupt and want only to provide extra for opposition.

  51. Big Raddy says:

    LBG. We have seen a succession of terrible referees at The Emirates. The standard is dreadful and it comes as no surprise that no PL refs were chosen for the World Cup.

    This bloke is a knob

  52. Big Raddy says:

    We won. Not much else to say. Awful officials. Disappointing team and tactics.

    Another home tie in the next round, please

  53. chas says:

    Spuds at home

  54. fred1266 says:

    Wow wouldn’t we be playing them back to back

  55. Aaron says:

    Guendouzi out of pool game due to bs fA (useless) rule!

  56. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, that was the most depressing few hours of the season so far, compounded by the Spuds draw which is a nightmare as we have to try

    Well, when I say few hours, I mean for you lot as I gave the second 45 a swerve 🙂 🙂

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Morning ALl,

    During the second half, I was thinking about currencies and why the pound is so shite. Now THAT was depressing

  58. Big Raddy says:

    As you say, we will have to try vs Spurs.

  59. chas says:

  60. mickydidit89 says:


    Now there’s a conversation worth having. The pound is no shiter than say, the dollar or euro. There’s a good reason half the world are turning away from the dollar

    Can we appeal the red card

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha Chas, trying to put some positive spin on having the Caribou

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    eh? I did not press post

  63. Big Raddy says:

    Playing Spurs should be a positive. At least there will be some passion in the stadium, if not on the pitch. Unless The Corporal gets another outing – he hates the Lillywhites

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Mmmm, there is that. Only positive I can see is that it’s Spuds and their squad is as thin as ours in terms of quality, and they (along with Utd) are most likely our rivals for top four, so it’ll damage them as much as us, but this is straw clutching as far as I’m concerned.

    I think I’d enjoy the Caribou if we really did pack the side with promising youth, but we don’t. The side is largely essential 1st XI squad players.

  65. LBG says:

    Inexplicable, Raddy! No passion on the pitch!!?
    The name/status of the Cup has no significance in an Arsenal v Spuds game.

  66. mickydidit89 says:


    Of course a Spuds game is good as it gets when it comes to the enjoyment of winning, so as you say, the name of the cup is irrelevant

    I just wish it was the FAC or Europa (when they get relegated into it) 🙂

  67. chas says:


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