Thursday, September 14, 2006

Boo to The FA, which panders to the every whim of England's millionaire footballers while ignoring some of England's real footballing heroes.

England's amputee footballers came third in last year's World Cup but despite this the FA has decided not to enter or fund a squad for the European championships taking place later this month in Volgograd, Russia.

As a result, amputee footballers from across the UK have banded together to form the Great Britain Amputee Football team.

The players are so desperate to represent their country that they've raised £750 each to compete in Russia.

I wish them every success.


Anonymous USA Goalkeeper said...

Glad to see you're still following amputee football.

There is a little more information concerning the FA decision here:

Not that it helps the immediate situation, but a British team would be Paralympic-eligible, whereas an English team would not.

I hope the guys can make it to Russia!

2:29 AM  
Anonymous vps hosting said...

Thats the spirit, England.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Petra said...

The team flew out yesterday morning at around 8pm. I received a text from my husband, Sean, one of the squad at 21.40 saying that they would reach Volgograd around 23.00 our time Friday night.
Will now spend the next 10 days trying to monitor their progress.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous USA Goalkeeper said...

That's excellent, Petra!

I haven't seen anything new on the Russian web sites concerning the tournament since early August; I'll post here if something turns up.

We need to stop meeting like this :-)

2:35 PM  
Anonymous USA Goalkeeper said...

This just in from the Russian Football Union:

Great Britain to play Uzbekistan in the semifinals!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous petra said...

Hi there
GB are playing Iran today to progress into the semis (fingers crossed)
I know they lost their first match but not sure who against but they beat Moldova 5-0.
Will post any scores as and when I get them

2:29 PM  
Anonymous USA Goalkeeper said...

The Russian Football Union reported that Britain lost to Russia, 4-3.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous petra said...

Thanks for the info.
Had a jubilant text from husband in Volgograd about their, and especially his, performance against Iran today.
Semi final is on Thursday, I'll keep checking here and wait for another text.
Kind regards

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check - they seem to be in touch with some local organizers

8:46 AM  
Anonymous USA Goalkeeper said...

Semifinal results:

Russia 2 - 0 Ukraine
Great Britain 0 - 0 Uzbekistan (Britain goes through on penalties 4-3)

Great Britain v. Russia in the final!

2:54 PM  
Anonymous petra said...

I still haven't heard the results from the final....has anyone else?
USA goalkeeper seems to be the man in the know again, Have you heard anything? The suspense is killing me!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous petra said...

Just found out ....GB were beaten 4-1 by Russia.
Oh well.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous USA Goalkeeper said...

One of my Russian sources is reporting the final score as 5-1. They also report that Team GB wanted to skip the medal ceremony immediately following the match, and had to be cajoled into attending the ceremony by the head of the Russian disabled football federation.

Disappointing result for Britain.

5:29 PM  

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