The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester United — There ought to be a term in football to describe what happens when a player scores for both teams in a match. Can we call it “completing the Gallas”? Or are there already too many things that phrase could mean?
Fulham 3 – 1 Reading — Apparently this match saw a fox run out onto the pitch and away by the corner flag. 596 miles away, Dida inexplicably collapsed, writhing and clutching his ankle.
Blackburn 0 – 0 Liverpool — I want to like him, I really do, but do you start to get the feeling that letting Rafa Benitez fool around with tactics is like letting Mickey Mouse fool around with broomsticks?
Middlesbrough 1 – 1 Tottenham — At this rate, the first faint glimmerings of a “Juande Vamos” headline are going to start breaking through the clouds in some poor Sun editor’s mind a lot sooner than anyone thinks.
Everton 3 – 1 Birmingham — Everton showed their character by scoring two goals in injury time. It’s not clear what they were showing for the previous 70 minutes.
Newcastle 1 – 4 Portsmouth — They have the best fans in football, Newcastle. They just don’t happen to be the fans who go to the games.
Aston Villa 2 – 0 Derby — You know how you’ve always found it impossible to understand how your girlfriend could look at a football game and a see a meaningless waste of time? Derby County…playing football the way girlfriends have been seeing it since 1863.
West Ham 1 – 1 Bolton — And the Gary Megson era sees its first equivocal and vaguely deflating triumph.
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by Brian Phillips · November 4, 2007