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.
“Haven’t quite figured out how to wear the new kit, the England players, have they? Collar up, collar down; t-shirt, no t-shirt. It is a bit of a modeling assignment, playing for England… So many famous faces on this team, carrying a nation’s hopes on their shoulders.”
“Andriy Shevchenko…is available.”
“But here comes a man who is about to celebrate his 34th birthday, and is a teammate of Shevchenko now, at…where old footballers go out to…to pasture. Milan.”
“This nervous lead for England.”
“Captain’s goal for John Terry! … Now, England. Keep your heads. If we’re lucky enough to be sunning ourselves in South Africa next summer, we just may look back on that goal.”
David Pleat bonus quote: “It looked a little bit worse than it appeared.”
by Brian Phillips · April 1, 2009