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Book review: ‘Up Pohnpei’ by Paul Watson

Posted in Authors, Books, Football with tags , , , on June 20, 2013 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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The book follows football journalist Paul Watson and his best friend Matthew Conrad as they decide to find the world’s worst national team and the original plan was to play for them after becoming naturalised citizens. This plan changed slightly when they realised how long this could take and instead they decide to coach the world’s worst natural team. This search leads them to Pohnpei, a small island near Guam and part of Micronesia. They give up their day jobs and trek halfway around the world to arrive and find a team used to kick-abouts, playing on a poor pitch which is home to many toads and frequent downpours. Pohnpei’s previous international fixture was a mere 16-1 defeat some years previously.

The players are all characters, from a Huth like defender through to Dishlan, the most talented footballer they find on their arrival. He is a key player as he will take the team on from when Paul and Matt have achieved their aim.

Paul Watson has an easy writing style, written very much as a fan of football and his enthusiasm really comes through in the book, be it when the team play the first of three fixtures in Guam or his pride at getting things  taken for granted in the UK like kit and footballs (kindly donated by Yeovil Town, kudos to them). The book shows that at its grassroots football is a real community sport with the local families helping the players and Paul and his pal Matt over the various problems they face in getting the team trained and prepared for their games in Guam.

It is a very funny book at times and you can tell he writes about football for a living as his match reports are brisk, yet sum the games up nicely. Of course in any sport there is politics even in a small island like Pohnpei, where other sports like baseball and basketball vie for the all important funding from the IOC. FIFA prove a hard nut to crack and for a developing footballing nation like Pohnpei funding is so vital.

Even if you’re no big fan of the beautiful game this book is a heartwarming tale and shows that football should never loose sight of it’s most vital resource, the people be they players, fans or two daft Englishmen giving it all up for eighteen months to coach and develop a national squad. Did they win a game? Read the book!

 

Cameron a Stokie and get well Huth

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , on August 8, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Geoff Cameron has had his work permit approved and can now play for us. A great signing and like fellow newboy Jamie Ness can play in a variety of positions. Michael Kightly is set for  medical today ahead of his move from Wolves. Good work Stoke in getting three players in before the season starts. There will be mroe comings and goins you can be sure of that, possibly even Polish trialist Sebastian Boenisch may be offered a contract?

Stoke drew 1-1 with Yeovil Town with Kenwyne Jones getting Stoke’s goal headed on by Boenisch.

Get well soon Robert Huth who has suspected meningitis.

Kightly next to sign? Owen next?

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , on August 6, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke drew 1-1 in their final game against Kansas in the US with Pulis keen to go back to the USA next summer. Geoff Cameron is training with the squad and has his work permit appeal this Wednesday (8th August).

Stoke play at Torquay Utd tonight with Yeovil Townnext up.

Wolves Michael Kightly could be poised to sign as both cluibs have agreed a fee for him. If he signs he may feature in the Torquay game.

Michael Owen may be a Stoke player by the end of the week if some rumours are to be believed.

No news on any outgoings although the Sentinel today hints Matthew Etherington could be temoted back to West Ham, especially as now his best friend in football James Collins (a former Stoke target) has moved back to West Ham from Villa.

Woodgate to be offered a one year contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Woodgate is to be offered a one year contract according to the Sentinel today. The article also hints if he agrees Matthew Upson could leave, although he still has a year left on his contract. Hopefully both can stay, although I’d plump for Upson as he is more versatile and rarely has a bad game.

Two more pre-season friendlies have been confirmed against Yeovil Town and Torquay Utd. Still no news on the traditional Newcastle Town fixture though:

July 12th – Players Return
July 24th – Columbus Crew
July 28th – Orlando City
August 1st – Sporting Kansas City
August 6th – Torquay United
August 7th – Yeovil Town
August 18th – Premier League Kick-Off