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.
As the headline says: Manchester City have just signed Gareth Barry from Aston Villa for a fee of £12 million. For the curious, that’s less than the ~£15 million bid Liverpool tabled for him last season, and also less than the £14 million Man City reportedly spent on Craig Bellamy. Barry was in the last throes of a contract he refused to renew, of course, so it all just goes to show that no chorus of doting nine-year-olds can drown out a man’s desire to play for a club that has finished at least three spots below his current club in each of the last three seasons. I don’t care how noble his chin is. Richard at AMSL has the word on Barry’s logic.
by Brian Phillips · June 2, 2009