This international edition comes straight from France. So in the spirit of the occasion, crack open a bottle of Bordeaux, stick a tartiflette in the oven and soak up the oelignanthic atmosphere of this winning edition of If Statistics Won Games.
2:50 pm Boxing Day 2014 - Brentford 2-4 Ipswich Town. Town top of the league. Friday 27th Daily Telegraph headline ‘Ipswich savour rare taste of high life’. So rare that Town topped the table for the first time in ten years. Albeit for about two hours.
Have you ever spoken to a steward at a football match, or barged passed these marshals desperately trying to find your seat, or your place to stand? Stewards are the people who are dressed in shockingly bright and bulky clothes.
Welcome back to the fallacious blog that inspired audiences worldwide to believe we had a chance of beating Derby, predominantly because it managed to finally get a prediction correct. After last week’s forecast turned out to be the biggest let-down since The Matrix Reloaded hit the cinemas, If Stats Won Games returns the once again back the Blue Army!
On January 1st 2005 I was sitting (well standing) in what has been known as the North Stand or Sir Bobby Robson lower to you newbies. West Ham were the team coming to Portman Road. Being an East London boy, this was my biggest game of the season due to childhood abuse (banter) from school-mates. Sadly we lost 2-0. They ended getting promoted and we didn't.
Remember the last time that we lost 1 - 0 at Portman Road? It was, I remember, a sunny, warm day on August 23rd. Those unpleasant lot from up the road came bustling their way down - their forums spoke in eager anticipation of another thumping that they were going to deliver on us. Fortunately, that didn't occur. But we lost. Again.