Sunday, August 19, 2007


Change the name lads eh??

This story grabbed my attention on my last trip to Singapore.

Arsenal of course is a famous name in world football. I recall there being one in Egypt way back when and of course there are teams in Argentina and Ukraine. On my first visit to Singapore I recall a team called Pioneer Arsenal though I have no more record of them.

Instead we are left with Bishan Arsenal, a team struggling in the National Football League Division 1. After 18 games they lie bottom with one draw and 17 defeats. That's one point for those mathematically challenged souls out there. Plenty of goals for the Bishan faithful but they have only celebrated 14! 75 have gone in the other end, an average of 4 a game!!! Last time out they lost 5-0 to Champions Admiralty which in the circumstances wasn't such a bad score. Not when you consider their abject performance against Tessensohn Khalsa.

Their second last game of the season you could almost forgive the team for not bothering anymore. They didn't. Seven players were at the Jurong Stadium in time for the kick off and as this was the minimum needed for a game the ref kicked off. On the bench the Arsenal were in trouble having no substitutes. Or indeed coaching staff! Another player arrived half way through the first half but it was to no avail. Arsenal's faith in the offside trap proved futile and they lost 13-0 to the delerious opponents. 33% of their season's goals came in this one game!

Change your name eh Arsenal?


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