Football Season Is Upon Us

With the football season nearly here it’s time to set up my fantasy football teams for the year. As usual, I’ll probably forget about it around six weeks into the season and then wonder why I’m doing really badly.

I’ll be doing the Sun and the Premier Leauge ones as per usual, mainly because they’re free and we’ve been doing them so long it’d be a pain in the hole to change it now! Each league has different rules on how to score points so it becomes a bit of a challenge in trying to juggle both of them, but it keeps it interesting enough.

Part of the fun of creating a team is coming up with a name and the Fantasy Soccerball site has a good list of humorous, punny team names. I’ve stuck with Dyslexia Untied for quite a few years, so no reason to change it now!

Let the picking of the teams begin…

Got Got Don’t Need Anymore

After a couple of months of collecting, I’ve finally completed the latest Panini World Cup sticker album!

As per usual, I reinstated my account to help maximise my swap potential and then cheated a bit with the last lot getting two lots of orders directly from Panini. If they hadn’t had mucked up one of the orders I would have completed the collection a little earlier.

They forgot to put one of the stickers I’d ordered into the envelope and so I had been left with just one blank space for a couple of weeks while they sent out the replacement David De Gea that I was missing. It arrived yesterday and so with pride, I added it into the album to complete yet another collection.

It’s World Cup Time

In a couple of days the FIFA World Cup gets underway and stupidly I’ve booked for us to get away as a family for a few days so will miss the first couple of games!

This year, for a change, there isn’t much hype around the England team. It’s a relatively young and inexperienced squad that Gareth Southgate has put together with very much an eye on the future. It’s good that there’s no “we’re going to win it” pressure on them so they can go out and just play football.

Going into the tournament Brazil and Germany are the leading favourites to win it so expect them to be in the latter stages of the tournament. England were 16/1 at the start, I reckon quarter finals is a good bet for them given previous years performances!

So we’re going to be heading off to Center Parcs tomorrow for the week and so by the time we get back there will have been three games played and I doubt I will be able to watch them as we’ll be out doing things as a family, trying to get Little E to enjoy herself. But after that, I will be trying to watch as many of the sixty four games as possible.

Got Got Need – The 2018 Edition

With the FIFA World Cup getting ever nearer it’s time to start collecting Panini stickers again!

The FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 album was released a couple of days ago and I’ve already ordered a box of 50 packs from Amazon to get me going with my collection. I’ve re-subscribed to so that I can get rid of those dreaded doubles and swap them for ones that I need. I now need to add in the numbers of the stickers that I’ve already managed to double up on.

Quite annoyingly, they’ve gone and put the price of the stickers up this year so a pack now costs 80p instead of 50p! Which makes signing up to Swapstick even more crucial so your not wasting any money buying more packs than you actually need!

A New Beginning

After being at the Boleyn ground for West Ham’s final match there, last night was the first game to be played at their new ground and I was there.

It was a UEFA Europa League Qualifying match against the European powerhouse that is NK Domzale. We had qualified for the competition despite finishing 7th in the Premier League and were expected to coast through the game.

I arrived at the stadium early to take a good look around, getting to know where everything was located and enjoy the build up inside the stadium. Getting there is so easy, it’s one train from home that takes just about 40 minutes and then a ten minute walk through Westfield. There are loads of food stalls outside, all charging extortionate prices and the ones inside weren’t cheap either.

The game itself was relatively straight forward for West Ham despite not playing a full strength squad. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg we drew level when Cheikhou Kouyaté scored the first goal at the stadium in the eighth minute. He doubled our lead seventeen minutes later to give us a 3-2 lead on aggregate and while we were in control of the game, we didn’t put the game to bed until Sofiane Feghouli scored with ten minutes to go.

So the fans left happy. First game at the new stadium and our first win. There’s going to be problems and some people will moan about it not being Upton Park but for now, it’s good enough for me!