Italian has a new ‘that penalty’ as Roy draws a parallel.

3 Jul

How on earth do you follow Friday’s news? The story of Jake Bidwell jumping on the 237 from Brentford to QPR was more than surpassed by that incredible announcement of a Bees boss in triple transfer swoop. Sorry for repeating this line but I just love how we’ve finally pulled this most longed for of footballing curios out of the bag.

Like orange balls in the snow, goalkeepers scoring, outfield players having to go in goal, a sub subbed and the request to the crowd for a replacement ref, this is the sort of thing that normally resides in the back of the box marked ‘oddities’.

Actually, can I also add : visiting team forgetting their kit and having to play in the home side’s away strip. Although, personally, in those circumstances I’ve always though we should just adopt the old school ‘shirts v skins’ rule from gym class. Or was that just my school?

But I digress. The answer to the opening question being that you can’t. At least, on a Championship front. Even Brentford have more than overplayed their trump hand in fan satisfaction with that wonderful triumvirate of transfers. That said, two further points of note from Friday.

Firstly, that the players were photographed in two of the three standard poses. Bearing the ‘signing scarf’ aloft and then, later, sitting at a table in front of a blank sheet of paper. Sadly, there wasn’t to be an accidental reveal of the new home kit. Looks like we really will be kept waiting until mid-July for that one. Bob, if you are reading, please put us put of our misery.

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Romaine sports the signing scarf

And secondly, it seems our rivals have more than a passing interest in all things Griffin Park. Ten out of ten for value to those QPR fans who kindly visited these pages yesterday to leave us their thoughts on the Jake Bidwell article.

All I’ll say on that one is, “The table doesn’t lie. 12th, wasn’t it….“?

Instead, we are left to dwell on last night’s EURO 2016 action between Germany and Italy. A game which provided a further addition to the aforementioned list. Namely that of the penalty shoot out.

After further exhausting the players with a half hour of extra time, we were treated to as bad a display of penalty taking as you could ever hope to see. And it was brilliant.

With the Italians seemingly coached by Diana Ross, I was half expecting Marcello Trotta to come off the bench at one point. Instead, we got Simone Zaza dancing up to the penalty spot. Shuffling awkwardly like a giraffe with diahorrea trying to hold it in before hoofing it miles over the bar, Tarkowski style. That he had been brought on seconds before extra time ended for this one, specific, job made it all the more tragic.

But he wasn’t alone. The normally infallible Germans failed. Twice. This, before normality resumed and players from both sides began tucking them away for fun. In the end it was, of course, Germany who went through. Penalties. Come on. We all know what happens there and, sure enough, form told.

It was an utterly compelling end to a hard fought game and for all the wrong reasons. Or, as a neutral, for all the right reasons. Because that’s all most of us were last night. England’s capitulation still seems as raw now as it did on Monday night whilst Gibraltar didn’t even make it out of the qualifying group to reach France.

With Wales (and belated congratulations there) achieving a first ever semi, it only makes you realise even more what England missed out on. Oh for the chance to have even been able to think about cocking up penalties.

Instead, its not even a case of ‘what might have been’ and more one of ‘how on earth did Roy get it so wrong’?

Talking about this last night to one New Road observer, the conversation got on to how well England would have fared had Marinus Dijkhuizen been in charge. Of course, that’s just conjecture but win, lose or draw the one thing you can say is that at least we’d have got some straight answers after the games. Marinus certainly liked to tell it how it was, unlike Roy whose pre-prepared resignation speech was followed the next day with an opening gambit of “I really don’t know what I’m doing here”.

Which then immediately drew another Bees related parallel. With thanks to supporter Antonio Bergasse (and his moment of the season)….

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Nick Bruzon

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10 Responses to “Italian has a new ‘that penalty’ as Roy draws a parallel.”

  1. RIP (@RIP_2016) July 3, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Is that Lewis MacLeod in the photo?

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 3, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    Is that Lewis MacLeod in the photo?

    • nickbruzon July 3, 2016 at 10:17 am #

      Which picture and which one, BQ? 🙂
      Struggling to remember what he looks like

  3. RebelBee July 3, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Lewis would probably fall off or impale himself on the unicorn’s horn.

    • nickbruzon July 3, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks Rebel. After some of the hilarious comments over the last few days, a moment of genuine comedy . 😂

      • RebelBee July 3, 2016 at 11:16 am #

        😀😀 poor Lewis…hopefully he has the last laugh & stars for us next season.

        You’ve got our neighbours worried Nick, for having the audacity to write a blog about the bees, absolute heresy. We’re so unimportant yet they keep on coming – the irony……

      • nickbruzon July 3, 2016 at 11:28 am #

        It has been noticed, Rebel. Who’d have thought something as simple as saying “9th and 12th” would elicit such a reaction…. ?
        As for Lewis, I’ve everything crossed we se him in action next campaign. Poor lad, must be absolutely awful for him.

  4. martin July 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    my god nick you brought back a memory I had long since thought was gone.being a portly lad(ok fat) I was due to play on the skins team and to save my blushes coach made the other side play in skins much to their annoyance and embarrassed me just as badly.

    • nickbruzon July 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      Ha! Glad it wasn’t just me Martin. Woe betide anybody who forget their PE kit. Straight to shirts v skins mode. Not sure if that was a lesson in discipline or a fetish of our respective teachers.

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