Banner boys get sign of approval from boffin

FOOTY fans are the wittiest people in the country, according to a leading academic.
Dr Jamie Cleland, a sports sociologist from Loughborough University, came to the conclusion after studying banners that followers of the beautiful game brought to matches.
“Angela Merkel Think’s We’re At Work’ displayed by Republic of Ireland fans at Euro 2012 after their country was bailed out by Germany is among several that caught his attention.
Now The Art of Banner Banter competition has been launched to encourage footy fans to showcase their talent by creating and sharing a banner with a chance of winning £5,000.
Dr Jamie Cleland said: “Many of the most well-known banners tap cleverly into the news agenda of the time. These banners have more of a cultural and social meaning, providing an opportunity for the creator to comment on topical issues in a sophisticated way.
“The fans creating these banners are often well-educated males who are on the cusp of a new stage of their lives.
“The act of creating the banners is naturally a very social occasion and getting together with a group of friends to create witty banners for display at sporting events allows them to express this mischievous edge to their character”
The competition is being run in conjunction with Tullamore D.E.W Whisky.
Entrants should take a picture of their carefully crafted banner and share on Twitter using the hashtag #bannerbanter.


Don’t Be Sad About Euro 2012 Finishing XI

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SO IT’S all done and dusted – the magnificently entertaining Euro 2012 tournament has finished with a Spanish blaze of glory.
But don’t be sad – there’s plenty of footballing fun to get excited about.
First we have Team GB’s men and women taking on the world at London 2012, and then a new Premier League season kicks off, and while it’s early days, there’s some excellent signings being made already.
So here’s an XI to get excited about gracing the Premier League next season. Admittedly the defence is a bit iffy, but my God they’ll be good going forward –
GK – Foster
DEF – Cuellar, Nelson, Whittaker
MID – Marin, Kagawa, Sigurdsson, Hazard, Podolski
ATK – Petric, Giroud

Lookalike – Carry On Italy

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ITALY went cruising into the finals of Euro 2012 last night after Mario Balotelli didn’t lose his head, striking a brace against Germany.
But regardless of the on field action, last night I couldn’t stop spying at Italian manager Cesare Prandelli – I was loving the fact he’s the spitting image of Carry On star Kenneth Connor!
At your convenience, I have placed the two together for you to see for yourselves.

Euro 2012 custard cream replica takes the biscuit

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A REPLICA Euro 2012 trophy made entirely from custard cream biscuits is being auctioned for charity.
The biscuit, being auctioned on eBay, took 10 hours to put together by the chefs who previously created the world’s biggest ever custard cream.
Proceeds from the sale will go to homelessness charity Framework.
The eBay listing says: “Feeling like you need a cuppa? Can you make one big enough for this custard cream?”
To see the listing, which ends tomorrow, log on here.

Naked protest planned for England vs Sweden

ENGLAND’S crunch match with group rivals Sweden could be swamped by up to 300 naked women.
Protest group Femen – which has already staged a handful of topless protests against Euro 2012’s boost to Ukraine’s illegal prostitution industry – have threatened the streaker swarm at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev tonight.
Group leader Inna Shevchenko, 21, said: “We are planning sex attacks, sex diversions, sex sabotage. I cannot give details.
“But what happened with my country during the last two or three months of preparation for Euro 2012 is really terrible.
“Now in Kiev, for example, we have more brothels and strip clubs than pharmacies.”

Top brass unban England Band

THE England band will play on after being given assurances they would be allowed into the remaining games at Euro 2012.
After driving 2,800 miles to Donetsk for Monday’s Group D opener with France and being granted admittance to the Donbass Arena, the band were stunned when security staff confiscated their instruments.
Following representations by the Football Association, UEFA have confirmed the band will be allowed into the Sweden game.
“We are delighted UEFA have seen sense on this matter and the band can carry on banging the drum for England,” said a spokesman for band sponsors Pukka Pies.
Band representative John Hemmingham added: “It’s the best news possible.”