Journalists don’t have the best reputation amongst the punters in the Football Transfer Tavern, so when they get a chance to have a laugh at the journalists expense, they take it.
Now, I usually keep out of these things but I have to hold my hands up and say that I gave the customers their latest bit of ammunition. I was rooting through the tavern’s cellar and came across a bunch of old newspapers and found a wonderfully amusing piece from the Daily Mail predicting, in 2007, the future England team.
Well, the punters loved it and homed in on a couple of particularly ridiculous selections.
Ex-Arsenal ace Gavin Hoyte – he was so bad that his equally useless brother, Justin was deemed a better footballer! One of the Arsenal fans actually ‘Googled’ him and found out the former Gunners defender now plays for Dagenham & Redbridge; a far cry from ‘Three Lions on the shirt’.
The best thing about this piece of ‘journalism’ isn’t even the inclusion of Hoyte but it is the inclusion of, the then, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dean Parrett. This did bring a lot of ‘WHO?!’ shouts from over by the pool table! He can now be found plying his trade for Stevenage in League One.
With every pint I’m handing out a copy of the team, so go on; put your order in to find out the rest of the XI.