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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JimmynotPaul

M.I.T.
If you are lurking or look back later.
1981. The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Altered Images. Insects.
Its 1981’ish and Altered Images on TOGWT with ‘Insects’ taken from their debut album ‘Happy Birthday’ what a performance this is, love it! and still going strong today @AlteredImages5 @claregrogan2 https://t.co/rpKv8YORwC

JimmynotPaul

Jobo.
Delighted to read about player of the year, as you know I actively participated in it, previously, I found it fascinating how differently folks perceived players performances.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Off to work. I must admit,work was a lot easier in my old job-but Heyho…

Here’s a wee choon-and aye,IT REALLY IS FIFTY YEARS OLD!

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Let me know,and I can retrieve them. I’ve asked you often enough.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

JIMMYNOTPAUL

I had no recollection of ANY of his goals,as discussed yesterday. But I certainly recall his part in a certain one.

Craig 76
Craig76

JNP
Didn’t notice you had already posted link to Clare Grogan 👍

Awe Naw

JNP,

Absolutely fine here. Sorry to hear that things are not all rosey at your end. I haven’t been on much since the end of the season. Taking the time to enjoy the summer here locally. Now that the season is starting soon I will pop in here more often. The blog seems to die when I come on. I hope it’s not me.

Stay strong. A problem shared is a problem halved. You can explain that to Twisty. Fractions and Easty etc. was never a good mix.😁

Really looking forward to the new season under Ange. The panty wetters better get those Big yin rubber knickers. Eintracht too it’s been a great summer. Praying for a CL draw that pairs us together.

My regards to you and yours. Not religious but rooting for you.

Awe Naw

Rovers 1 up

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
DannyMac23

B
7.29

Probably the easiest score you have bet.

Guts determination belief throw in a bit of talent.

Re previous,Charlie was the boy because of his profile,skilful forward gallus type but Paul McStay put him in the shade.

The difference in professionalism and humility between the two players were worlds apart.

One had true class and loved the Celtic.

Awe Naw

JNP TWISTY

Don’t forget our Celtic v Eintracht deal. No reneging. I will be demanding medical papers translated into German and with an official stamp for any call offs.

JimmynotPaul

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiQL71kV4t8
Aww Naw, demanding papers!😯😂

JimmynotPaul

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LdVbTmAJXAo
BMCUW.
Here’s the highlights of that game, with THAT goal.

JimmynotPaul

Awe Naw 8.27.
As ever, thank you for all your kind words.
It’s my young sister who is very ill.
My health so/so, but nothing compared to hers, down to 19.5 hours per week, now, can’t afford to do any less, health won’t allow me to do any more.
That would be great if you are on the blog more, I think the vast majority, if not all of the blog ,enjoy your sing song videos, and of course your thought provoking posts, anyway enough of the sycophancy, also the blog needs someone to keep Twisty in check.😂😂

Awe Naw

Wimmins fitba is fine. I went to 5 games in 2011. 3 were just up the road. The only problem it has is the same as the mens. Shite refereeing. Wife doesn’t watch football. It’s my only window of opportunity. Hoaching. Result. Does that make me bad? Ma hoops thankfully conceals my six pack on these occasions, otherwise I’d be just a “lutschobjekt’ and the knowledgeable conversations I’ve had with some very nice ladies from all over the world wouldn’t be nearly as interesting.

I’d recommend attendance it’s a brilliant day out. Funny enough. Less fannies

Awe Naw

JNP,

So sad to hear that bud. Is if you don’t have enough on your plate. Sisters are always the favourite just desperately hard to deal with and words are always inadequate. If anyone is experienced in this area it’s you. For sure. So I’m sure you are all doing as much as you can for her. My best wishes to her and hope she has a speedy recovery.

I’ll catch up more with you as the season develops

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

JIMMYNOTPAUL

Cheers,mate. I didn’t attend the game,despite having bought three tickets. Sat outside in the car. Life,innit?

Two disgraceful offside decisions in the first couple of minutes there,btw.

JimmynotPaul

Craig 8.23.
Is it great minds think alike or fools seldom differ? 😉😯😂

Awe Naw

JNP

Ok under the circumstances. You …just you mind …. can provide me with your papers in English

JimmynotPaul

Awe Naw. 9.02.
😂😂

Philbhoy

JimmynotPaul

Tough to post that on a blog!

Prayers said for your sisters speedy and full recovery.

Wee prayer said for you too.

God bless you both.

Sol Kitts

JimmynotPaul
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister, mate. Sounds like you’re going through the mill, just hope you both come through it all.🙏

Auldheid

ATOB

You can talk all you like about the technique, power and accuracy of the shot but a male goalkeeper saves that EVERY time.
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The thought that a male keeper might have saved that shot did occur to me on watching the replay although had the ball been aimed a bit more to the goalies right it would have required a good male keeper to keep it out.

On the general point on the standard of women goalkeepers I could see less technical sneaky male guys having a pop more than they would if the keeper was male.

That is an interesting suggestion on pitch and goal dimensions, has it ever been discussed in women’s football at football governance level?

jimthetim53

JnP, Didn’t know about your present situation. Really sorry mate. Thoughts & prayers with you and your sister. Take care.

Auldheid

Twisty

Cheap at half the price”
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My take is that the full price is expensive but half the price isn’t, making an item cheap at half the price of the original price..

Pat

A thing of beauty

Auldheid 915,
Changing the goal size and pitch dimensions is not something I have heard discussed though I do not follow the woman’s game at all so speak with absolutely zero knowledge. From my point of view it simply stands to reason. We don’t allow youngsters to play on full size pitches with big goals as if we know it is futile so why allow woman. It’s just physiology. It’s a job for bmcuwp on the night shift. If the average male goal keeper is 6” 2 and a female goal keeper is 5” 8 (and that’s generous) how much higher is the percentage likelihood of scoring a goal. He’ll tell me tomorrow but I say now it’s a lot!! So if you reduce the goal size in line with this you’ll get a better spectacle. I’ll ask a question, no need to answer here but how many of you have watched the woman’s game, saw a goal go in that was more than saveable in the football we watch regularly and just turned off. I know I do and I played the game!!
To other matters,
What is this stuff about the kerrydale now needing a seasonal pass. I sincerely hope the club are not making this exclusive to people who have the money to pay for it. Club open to all my backside!! I hope I’m wrong but that’s what I read into it.

Sol Kitts

When Usain Bolt achieved his world record 100m of 9.58s, he achieved a maximum velocity of 12.4m/s. He set this record in 2009, and no one has been able to run faster since.
The women’s record is 10.49s, set by Flo Jo in 1988.
Assuming UB would be at top speed in the latter stages of his race, had he been running against Flo Jo she would have been 16 metres behind him when he burst the tape.
Now, imagine the fastest woman winger in a ball chase with a fast male defender. I don’t see how the woman could win this race, given the physiological differences between the sexes. Given the pace and strength differences I just don’t ever see a woman being able to cut it in the man’s game. All the skill in the world is wasted if you’re too slow to get to the ball in the first place.
Incidentally, on average over 700 male sprinters run under 10.49s every year, and the US athletics qualifying time for the men’s Olympic team is 10.17s.

JimmynotPaul

Thanks for all the kind words folks. The blog can suck you in, when I replied to Awe Naw, you sort of forget every one reads it and are so kind, too.
Relatively speaking my health is exactly where they told me it would be, as time progressed, a lot worse as time goes on.
One random part of my illness is a change of temperature of 10 degrees or more ( either way ) leaves me open to attacks, so it’s not been fun the past few days.
Anyway it’s my young sister who is more in need and let’s be honest, more deserving of any prayers and kind wishes.

McCaff

Evening all! My original point a couple of weeks ago seems to have sparked a decent debate that has brought some fascinating views and comments. Just to reiterate my feelings are that a woman would be playing in a men’s team, at professional level, sometime in my lifetime.
ATOB… perhaps a lower goal on a full size pitch would help for the ladies’ game meaning existing pitches could be used, I’m not convinced that females can’t last 90 minutes on a 100 yard pitch, the arguments forwarded here seem to be more about men v wummins’ actual physical strength rather than being able to last a game on a full size pitch. It’s definitely an interesting take though!
Your point struck a chord as the pitch size for our wee guys’ first season in 11s is a full size adult pitch and that is in the transition from playing 7s on a slightly larger than 5 a side pitch. We had rolling subs, of course, which is designed to rotate the squad in and out of the game. This helps but the point is, and it’s been spoken about regularly before, the infrastructure in Scotland for kids’ and youth fitba is garbage. There was some discussion designed to allow teams to choose between 9s and 11s in the transition season form 7s to 11s but I’m not aware of any team that chose that path!
I’m sure some of the ideas of smaller teams and smaller pitches came from the Dutch Youth system but as always in Scotland everything is done in a cack-handed, underfunded way! We really are shite at kids’ fitba and we really pay the price for it in Senior fitba.

JimmynotPaul

Sligo Rovers beat Motherwell 1.0 at Fir Park, in the first leg, of Europe Conference League Qualifier

McCaff

JNP…you’re some man! Your matter of fact approach to your health should be an inspiration to us all, your (mostly) cheery demeanour hides a lot of shit I expect! Fair play to you mate!

Awe Naw

Rovers robbed of a pen and red card to go 0.2 at fir park

fan

Motherwell lose to Sligo at home.
Desevedly as they could not put a passing play together.
The Irish had better skill and tactics.
Shows how big an influence Scottish refs are at leveling the playing field when we face these hammer throwers.
Without the ref they could not resort to kicking, clawing and waiting for dodgy free kicks to give them a chance of scoring.
They did not look like professional footballers.
AWE NAW
No VAR and ref maybe did not see as he was on other side but linesman had a clear view.

Prestonpans bhoys

Come to think of it the presenter on ‘A place in the sun’ who looks 15 feet tall, could be an excellent goalkeeper for a wumins fitba team😂

McCaff

ATOB…apparently there’s a new bar and cafe opening from 11 – 3 on matchdays. The Kerrydale will be on a ‘predominantly on a seasonal basis’ but what the feck that means I haven’t a scooby!! Anyway, you drink elsewhere on a Saturday so what’s yer beef?😂
https://www.celticfc.com/news/2022/july/21/celtic-raising-the-bar-with-new-matchday-facilities/

McCaff

PB…that’s all to do with camera angles in the wee tiny hooses in Spain! Don’t be fooled!! 🤣🤣🤣

DannyMac23

JNP

As always 💚💚

big packy

just aff to my scratcher, JNP, best wishes to you and yours, YWNWA, GNAGB ALL.

A thing of beauty

McCaff,
The smaller pitch would keep technical levels high. I know the women can manage the size of the pitch but it stands to reason they are not covering the ground as quick as the men (c Sol Kitts). So if the pitch and goals are smaller the game is better. In my eyes anyway. I’m quite sure there will be other woman, who if they heard how I speak about the woman’s game would be disgusted with me.
JNP,
As others have said, you have great strength. Keep on fighting the good fight and thoughts with your sister.

Awe Naw

Ok the goalkeeping could be better

Prestonpans bhoys

New bar at CP, I’ll stick to the Oak bar @£4 fur a Guinness.

McCaff

Honestly I need to google the height of that lass 😱😂😂

JimmynotPaul

Any Gorbals boys looking in.
Here’s another tweet and 2 minute step back in time, from Lisbon Lion.
Morning all, welcome to another lovely day, Here’s a look back in time to the Gorbals Emerald CSC in the mid 1970s. A few changes since then but the passion for Celtic remains undiluted… https://t.co/UWrlfTIgJb

Night all and thank you.

A thing of beauty

McCaff,
As you know I’d love to be in the cafe at Celtic park but CCB would pass out. We can’t even get him to go to coias!!
As I said I’m not sure what they mean by a seasonal basis for the Kerrydale but rest assured it’ll be another way of screwing more money out the support.

McCaff

ATOB…I was trying to highlight the lack of resources generally. Any investment in any area of sport but particularly fitba is long overdue. Smaller pitches for use by wummin and Youth teams would be fantastic. We need more community spaces but as everyone knows we obviously need houses and shopping centres even more!!

McCaff

On the subject of Men v Wummin fitba. At last night’s England/Spain game Ian Wright was in the commentary gantry, I’m not a fan in the first place but surely someone like Emma Hayes would have more insight and background knowledge than a jingoistic idiot and would open up opportunites for others to step up. Alex Scott is an excellent commentator and analyst, although you’d need to convince Souness!!

jimthetim53

JnP, GNAGB

Sol Kitts

ATOB
I’ve reffed women’s football on full size pitches, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The pace of the game suited me when I was 55 years old – I was always able to keep up with the men’s game but it got harder with age. The women’s games were definitely played at a slower pace, and interestingly had less of the big punts up the pitch, which meant keeping close to play was easy.
What I didn’t like so much was the amount of swearing, which was much worse than the men!

jimthetim53

And GNAGB to Packy if he’s still on!

jimthetim53

Sol Kitts none of the women I know swear!