The Week That Was

There are usually one or two big news stories that jump out and fight for attention but not this week. The Premier League and Championship titles were (effectively) sewn up weeks ago while all the top-flight’s relegation candidates are doing their best to make sure it goes to the last day. Nothing has really changed THAT much in the past few days. Even the play-off semi-finals feel like they were sorted ages ago.

It’s the calm before the storm.

By this time next week we’ll know who’s been relegated, the results of all the play-offs and the new champions of Europe. In nine days time the FA Cup will have been won by a team in blue (OK pedants – someone might win it in their away strip) and the season will be over aside from some arduous away trips for England and Wales who have to travel to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan respectively. Eeeeek.

There were a few other things caught the attention though – the funniest of which was probably Rangers ‘star’ Kyle Lafferty pathetically feigning injury to get Aberdeen's Charlie Mulgrew sent off. Watch Lafferty’s antics on the BBC’s website. Our theory isn’t that he’s a cheating g*t, it’s just the weight of his mullet caused him to topple over.

Elsewhere it was largely personalities that dominated and we’ve heard it all before really – Ronaldo/Wenger will he/won’t he go to Real Madrid. Get used to it as summer’s coming, there’s no World Cup or Euros and the papers need some football talk. In the last ever UEFA Cup Shakhtar Donetsk beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in extra time.

Congratulations are also due to Stevenage Borough (FA Trophy) and Whitley Bay (FA Vase) for their triumphs – slapped wrists all round for The Week That Was since we neglected to mention their successes last week. Apologies. Well done to Torquay United as well who joined Burton Albion as a league side last week. We do try to mention everything but there’s a lot going on sometimes! So, deep breath, drum roll, congratulations to…oh stuff that. Check out all the other ups and downs at the BBC.

FSF in the news – Malcolm Clarke made a swift appearance in last week’s Sun condemning the obscene wages players can earn these days while our Fans’ Embassy in Rome was blogged about on football365.com. Lastly the FSF's regular Mirror column looked at the rather expensive tickets on offer for England’s upcoming schoolboys’ fixture against France.