It’s A Man’s Game?

There’s a small comment from Martin Samuel in Tuesday’s Daily Mail about Emma Hayes,the manager and coach of Chelsea’s ladies football team. That she must be wondering-what if?-as she watches England’s ladies team take their place on the world stage.

He points out that on two separate occasions,the role as England manager was hers for the asking,but she asked on both occasions not to be considered.

So what,you might say? What the hell do I care about women’s football? Or even their opinions about it,what do they know? Etc,etc,etc…

You all know my sister who posts on here,and a good few of you know her in person too. Not only the top scorer in the ladies league in South London for seven seasons-so she can walk the walk as well as talk the talk—that is one lady who knows her stuff when it comes to the game. SOLKITTS and I took her to her first game when she was about 10yo,and she couldnae wait! Everything on the way to the game was Charlie this,Charlie that.

One look at the sublime talents of Paul McStay and everything changed utterly!

Aye,seems that women know their stuff,and in the forty years since,that girl has pointed out quite a few things to me that I might otherwise have missed. Football-wise too!

So when I tuned in one Wednesday night to Radio 5 to listen to a Champions League commentary-this was about six years ago-imagine my utter shock at hearing a bliddy woman doing the co-commentary! And,oh my God,the glottal stops-this is the BBC,have standards slipped so much?!!!

It was Emma Hayes,and I had never even heard of her before. No idea who she was. But honestly,even via a radio broadcast,she transported me to the match. Her description of the flow was unbelievable. But it was her tactical analysis that struck me most. The right back has the winger in his pocket,he should switch sides,the Centre mid is slow on the turn,the keeper isn’t commanding the box. You name it,she saw it. Glottal stop anaw,I could listen to her discussing even just this one game for as long as she wanted.

We had a discussion on here a few days ago about whether women should be allowed to compete alongside the men in football. If yer good enough,yer good enough. And my Dad always said that if ATHINGOFBEAUTY had baws,she’d have played for Celtic! So too,btw,would another Ayrshire lass,Rose Reilly. I’m probably embarrassing my kid sis by saying that,so I apologise. But the point is valid for the bigger point,and the main thrust of this article.

I don’t think women can compete on the field at the same level as men. Not yet,though it will come. But Emma Hayes? There’s a top level coaching position in the men’s game which will be hers,and the club which has the sense to reach for her will be all the better for it.

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Above article by BMCUWP

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big packy

AWENAW he is not talking to me because I mentioned the snooker😎😎 hope you are well,

DannyMac23

BMCUWP

Enjoyed the article

Agree with the physical aspect of the game regarding the differential between men and womens football.When you think of some of the heavy tackling male midfielders we have seen in the past and also centre forwards bullying defenders and vice versa.

In terms of wing play it can be less so with the accentuation on skill and the ability to dribble with the ball.in one on one situations.

I have been impressed by some of the womens footy I have seen and B I agree Emma Hayes does talk a lot of sense and it will be interesting to see her next appointment.As womens football progresses and more money is put into the game maybe punditry is the way to go.

Not surprised A.T.O.B. kicked a ball at a decent level as her posts are always enjoyable and make a lot of sense.Family trait?

Although it’s not a pre requisite to play football to put forward a viewpoint as we know being out there and privy to and effected by tactical decisions can give you a certain awareness of player requirements.So I have been told.

16 Roads your naps have been superb.

Good luck at the racing tomorrow.

Have been lucky with Dermot Weld horses in the past,more quality than quantity?

Awe Naw

BP,

maybe JT53 is not in the right frame of mind

big packy

AWENAW he better get on here soon or ill be e-mailing him on a regular basis😎😎

Awe Naw

BP,

give him a break

big packy

AWENAW ok i will because its you😎

bada bing1

Interesting to hear Mooy call Ange, ‘ intimidating ‘….

Awe Naw

BP,

he´s probably needs a rest

Leggy

Twisty,

Again off topic.

In the pub yesterday and one of the boys said, “ You go down that other pub for cheap drink ? “

We do he said.

How often do you go then ??

“ We usually go there, sometimes “. !!!!

Scotsmen, you’ve got to love them !!!!

big packy

AWENAW ok👍

Twisty

Awe Naw
East Whitburn women are unique. All either on the game or rugby players.
My wife was a hooker. 😁

Leggy
Aye the things folk say eh!!

“ you reading that newspaper yer sitting oan?”

big packy

MAGUA are you lurking?

Awe Naw

Twisty

Wished I´d known. My Da said “even the ball is bent” in rugby

jimthetim53

Hello!
Anybody there?

Awe Naw

BP,

JT53 back on cue – he was just away potting the brown

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

BADABING,ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Both comments retrieved,but I really wish you would tell me if a comment has been lost.

jimthetim53

Awe Naw, LOL 🙂

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

AWENAW

Maybe so,but the game is bent in Scotland.

jimthetim53

ATOB, Just scrolled back. That post of your’s that got lost in ether was very interesting and made a lot of sense!

big packy

AWENAW, he is not my friend anymore he has just told me, sad but true👍😎

jimthetim53

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

DANNYMAC23

My sis played at a far higher level than me,sadly. Them’s the breaks,I suppose. She deserved to play at a far higher level than she did,and was approached often enough,but she really only wanted to play for fun with her pals. I’m probably embarrassing her again by saying that,but bloody hell,she could play.

I remember her once,about 16yo playing against the men in a rugby match-and no,I’m not kidding about that. Charity stuff. Last minute,gluepot of a pitch,penalty on the halfway line.

Kid sis lines it up,the three points will win the match,and this stuffed shirt tosser bursts out laughing! Turns to his pal and asks if she can even get it over the line with a few bounces!

I’ve got a score here says she will,ya prick.

Needless to say…

big packy

JIM for goodness sake I was joking 😎

jimthetim53

I like watching antiques programmes but one presenter really annoyed me there. She was looking at a Flapper’s dress from the 1920s. She says ‘when you think about the glamerous 20s’. Sorry but I disagree! When I think of the 1920s I think of the miners, the General Strike, the soup kitchens, the poverty & hunger.

jimthetim53

Packy, I know fine well buddy! Right I’m away oot!

big packy

BOBBY where do you stand on men v women at football ,to me its a non starter, but would like to see your thoughts👍

Sol Kitts

BMCUWP
Your sister sounds really intimidating. Was it her mild-mannered twin whose tights I tied together? 😎😎 I always thought she was a lovely person, maybe she just changes when she’s playing sport, or with you 😂😂

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

BIGPACKY

If you turned yer bloody phone on,I would tell you.

big packy

BOBBY, my phone is fecked, the battery i think, going to EE tomorrow to get it sorted, another true story👍

Awe Naw

Uwe Seeler R.I.P

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
Just changed the password on all my accounts. Thought it wise in case you decided to buy a new phone. 😂😂😎

Sol Kitts

Awe Naw
Use Seeler, always a hero to Scottish people after his goal against England in 1970 helped dispatch them from the World Cup.

big packy

SOL you bliddy swine, what am i supposed to do now ,JIM has even blanked me,another true story👍😎

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

AWENAW

I was born in Germany,as you probably know. My first football had Uwe Seeler and Franz Beckenbauer written on it.

By my Dad,I couldnae even spell my own name back then.

Tomorrow’s article includes a reference to a German international from that period,but purely by coincidence.

Like every person,he will be missed by those who loved him. For everyone who loved a goal scoring midfielder,a German version of Bobby Charlton,he leaves some great memories.

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BIGPACKY

How can he blank you if yer battery is f’d?

Awe Naw

BMCUWP,

He was also a real nice guy who never lost touch with his working class background.

big packy

BOBBY, blanked me on e-mail 😎😎,still luv him to bits tho.,another true story😎

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

BTW,I always say that the best player I have seen playing for Celtic is George Connelly. But the best player I’ve ever seen,maybe tight between him and Cruyff,is Franz Beckenbauer.

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BP

Maybe the mail did not go through,after all yer phone is f’d. Or maybe,guess what,he is having problems with his phone,same as you are?

Awe Naw

In 1970 he became the first player to score at four World Cups, beating Pele to the feat by 3 minutes. Miroslav Klose & Cristiano have matched this. Marta & Christine Sinclair surpassed it by scoring in five
@FIFAWWC finals

big packy

FRANZ BECKENBAUER what a player👍

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

AWENAW

That is a pleasure to know,like so many of our own heroes. Never forget sometimes sounds like a threat,and I get that. But when it refers to where you come from,it is everything.

Awe Naw

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His statue

Awe Naw

Mon the Rovers

A thing of beauty

JTT,
Thanks pal. Bit bloody late now though. Don’t know why my posts are going awol. It’s a conspiracy, I tell ya. A conspiracy!!

big packy

BOBBY\ I only use my phone for calls ,need it when wee joan calls me to pick a dog up for grooming ,or take one back, other than that its my laptop \which im posting to you on now,,I dont know jims phone number and he does not no mine, would love to talk to jim on the phone but dont think he likes to give his phone number out, he can have mine with pleasure luv the guy to bits.

JimmynotPaul

This and the comments are from Lisbon Lion on Twitter.
Manchester City before the arrival of the Sky money and sugar daddy being put to the sword by an average Celtic side in Ireland. Interesting too too see the % of the crowd backing Celtic that day. Things have changed a lot since then… https://t.co/q5dNkAvMDS

Yip, interesting indeed and look who scored the 3rd goal, I had no recollection, the guy we were talking about yesterday. I had no recollection of this goal.

Quite a few women in the States are coaching (not head coach) and management.NBA,NFL,MLB,NHL.
I don’t see why they can’t do it in Football may be too much male ego involved.

JimmynotPaul

Awe Naw.
Good to see you posting and your snooker puns had me sniggering.
I hope all good with you and your loved ones, a bit of a mixed bag, here.
I’ve enjoyed the blog the last while, a good feel to it.