Sunday, June 25, 2006
No More Heroes
Ah, the World Cup. Endless chin stroking analysis. Carrick in a holding role. Gerrard in the hole. Lampard completely anonymous. But, it's not the same as picking your own personal side, is it?
So, spotting LC's quite wonderfully surreal World Cup Fantasy Team took me on a journey back to playing video games with my brother. On our trusty Amiga (sniff) we had the fantastic Sensible World Of Soccer that allowed you to customise your own sides. And being the kind of kids we were, we made a team of our own personal heroes. Except these weren't just any old heroes. Oh no. These were special. I've tried to recreate the team from memory, filling in the gaps with appropriate substitutes.
1. The bloke who worked in Londis
2. Dermot Murnaghan
3. Bob Carolgees (without Spit the Dog. That would be silly.)
4. Plain Jane Superbrain (from Neighbours)
5. Wreck-Gar (from Transformers)
6. Michaela Strachan
7. Timmy Mallett
8. Kris Akabusi
9. The Geezerbloke (aka the bloke who drove the W9 bus we took to school)
10. Peter Venkman (from The Real Ghostbusters)
11. Dave Benson-Phillips
As a ying and yand thing, we also had another team of people we hated (called The Eggs for some reason now lost to the mists of time.) I can't really recall any of them, but there were certainly a few school teachers who I won't name for fear of them dragging me back after school for detention. Oh, and the groundsman of the local school who would chase us off the playing fields on a regular basis for playing real football there.
Needless to say, this created some wonderful battles on the virtual pitch. During a heated game, the bloke who drove the bus would cynically hack down one of my teachers, resulting in him being stretchered off injured. A great way to relieve the tensions of the school day, and well worth the resultant booking. And then, later in the game, the glorious sight of Kris Akabusi producing a record breaking cross for Timmy Mallett to rise, salmon-like at the far post, and head straight back past the keeper in injury time.
Happy days. Sometimes we even went outside.
|All opinions expressed within the pages and comments of this blog are solely those of the author, and not of his employers or associates. If you have any complaints, corrections or queries regarding any of the material contained within, please contact the author via email. Thanks for reading!