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One import who is bucking the prevailing trend of localisation in Vietnamese football is Hang Seo Park, the South Korean coach of the under side and the senior national side. Although his appointment in was greeted with some scepticism—the manager arriving from a minor-league team in his home country—his achievement in steering the under side to the AFC Cup final has burnished his reputation significantly.


Traditionally though, it has been a belief among many—even Vietnamese supporters—that the team is held back by the short stature of the players. Park, who was assistant manager to the South Korean national team under Dutch boss Guus Hiddink during the World Cup, says that lack of height is immaterial and believes that the Vietnamese side has what it takes to establish itself as the pre-eminent force in Southeast Asia.

Vietnamese players are smart. They can easily understand my instructions and adapt to them very quickly. While critical thinking was in short supply among Vietnamese fans during the run—hardly a shock given the emotions it stirred—detractors bemoaned the defensive strategies adopted by the coach. McIntyre says he believes that the potency of Cong Phuong and other attacking players had been blunted by a win-at-all-costs mentality. Those [skills] being excellent technical capability, brilliant close control, a willingness to take defenders on and some excellent creativity in the final third.

In short, the strengths of the team are built around the attacking players, not the defensive ones. Under Park though, what we got was pragmatism and a reluctance to let the attacking players show their capabilities. Vietnam has never qualified for the World Cup, but fans and analysts are watching as Cong Phuong, Quang Hai, Xuan Truong and others aim to break that streak. Thailand has dominated in recent years, but the under success has raised hopes that Vietnam can break the Thai stranglehold. And that they have fervent support whose passion for their side is genuine and strong.

Again, blame the club and not the player. Well, we are pretty sure that if Rashford does not score a single goal between now and next summer then he will be sold by Manchester United and there will be plenty of takers , who were merely protecting their investment when they gave him a massive contract in the summer after months of The Sun insisting that Real Madrid were interested. The idea that Rashford will carry on merrily playing for United until without scoring another goal and yet picking up his wages is utterly ludicrous.

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This has been a burden in my life for a few years now and finally I have got to the bottom of it…… pic. Within the half-hour, the Mirror had sourced a story from The Times in and published this:. Recommended reading of the day The Guardian pick the next generation of Premier League footballers. Daniel Storey on the fall of Monaco. Martin have famous schools by special privilege and by virtue of their ancient dignity.

But through the favour of some magnate, or through the presence of teachers who are notable or famous in philosophy, there are also other schools"…. By the Late Middle Ages — there were many incarnations of the ball game being played at Shrovetide, Eastertide and Christmastide in and around the British Isles.

All were played in a similar manner with localized innovations. Some of the other better-understood games, a few of which are still played, include the Ba' game ba' being an abbreviation of "ball" , the Atherstone Ball Game , the Sedgefield Ball Game , Bottle-kicking usually with a leather bottle as a substitute for the ball , [32] Caid an Irish name for various ball games and an animal-skin ball , Camp-ball late medieval includes "kicking camp" , Football late medieval , The Shrove Tuesday Football Ceremony of the Purbeck Marblers Masonic ceremonial , Haxey Hood "Hood" being the name given to a leather tube used instead of a ball , La soule soule being the name for the ball in northern France , and Scoring the Hales an alternative name for goals used in Cumbria and the Scottish borders.

A contemporary collective term coined for these games is "Mob football". During the early modern period public schools open to the paying public an alternative to private home education adopted the ball game as a sports activity. These inspired the development of modern codes of football , many created by the descendants of emigrants who spread the concept of football around the world.

If the goal is scored in local parlance, the ball is goaled before 5. The ball is rarely kicked, though it is legal to kick, carry or throw it. Instead it generally moves through the town in a series of hugs , like a giant scrum in rugby, made up of dozens if not hundreds of people. When the ball is goaled, the scorer is carried on the shoulders of his colleagues into the courtyard of the Green Man Royal Hotel this ceremony returned to its recognised spiritual home in after an absence in due to the closure of the hotel [41].

The two teams that play the game are known as the Up'Ards and the Down'Ards local dialect for "upwards and downwards". The Up'Ards are traditionally those town members born north of Henmore Brook , which runs through the town, and Down'Ards are those born south of the river.

There are two goal posts 3 miles 4. Although the mills have long since been demolished, part of their millstones still stand on the bank of the river at each location and indeed themselves once served as the scoring posts. In the scoring posts were replaced once again by new smaller millstones mounted onto purpose-built stone structures, which are still in use to this day and require the players to actually be in the river in order to 'goal' a ball, as this was seen as more challenging.

The actual process of 'goaling' a ball requires a player to hit it against the millstone three successive times.

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This is not a purely random event, however, as the eventual scorer is elected en route to the goal and would typically be someone who lives in Ashbourne or at least whose family is well known to the community. The chances of a 'tourist' goaling a ball are very remote, though they are welcome to join in the effort to reach the goal.

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When a ball is 'goaled' that particular game ends. The game is played through the town with no limit on the number of players or the playing area aside from those mentioned in the rules below.

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Thus shops in the town are boarded up during the game, and people are encouraged to park their cars away from the main streets. The game is started from a special plinth in the town centre where the ball is thrown to the players or "turned-up" in the local parlance , often by a visiting dignitary. The starting point has not changed in many years, although the town has changed around it; as a consequence, the starting podium is currently located in the town's main car park, which is named Shaw Croft, this being the ancient name of the field in which it stands.

It is traditional for the dignitary of the day to be raised aloft near Compton Bridge, as the turner-up is escorted into the Shawcroft en route from the luncheon at the Leisure centre. Clifton Mill was demolished in A stone obelisk with commemorative plaque marking the site was unveiled in This became the Down'Ards goal for the next 28 years.

Sturston Mill was demolished in A timber post salvaged from the mill was erected on the site of the old mill to act as a goal for the Up'Ards. The Up'Ards goal is upstream from Shawcroft adjacent to the site of the former Sturston Mill and the Down'Ards goal is downstream from Shawcroft adjacent to the site of the former Clifton Mill. The ball is goaled when tapped three times against a millstone incorporated in the goals.

The game is played with a special ball, larger than a standard football , which is filled with Portuguese cork to help the ball float when it ends up in the river. It is now hand-painted by local craftsmen specially for the occasion, and the design is usually related to the dignitary who will be turning-up the ball. Once a ball is goaled it is repainted with the name and in the design of the scorer and is theirs to keep.

If a ball is not goaled it is repainted in the design of the dignitary that turned it up and given back to them to keep. There are very few rules in existence. The main ones are: [49] [50]. Since a "Roll of Honour" has been kept, documenting both the turner-up and scorer of each game played. It can be seen from the list that the event has only been cancelled twice during that time, once in and again in , both times due to the outbreak of Foot-and-mouth disease. Even during both World Wars the games were played; indeed, the Ashbourne Regiment even played a version of the game in the German trenches during the First World War.

Visitors to Ashbourne can now view the series of wooden display frames carrying the names that are updated yearly at the new Ashbourne Library on Compton. The boards were originally in the entrance foyer of the function room at the Green Man, but were removed from there after the hotel shut in The anthem is sung at a pre-game ceremony in a local hotel.

It was written in for a concert held to raise money to pay off the fines ordered for playing the game in the street.

There's a town still plays this glorious game Tho' tis but a little spot. And year by year the contest's fought From the field that's called Shaw Croft.

Then friend meets friend in friendly strife The leather for to gain, And they play the game right manfully, In snow, sunshine or rain. Chorus 'Tis a glorious game, deny it who can That tries the pluck of an Englishman. For loyal the Game shall ever be No matter when or where, And treat that Game as ought but the free, Is more than the boldest dare. Though the up's and down's of its chequered life May the ball still ever roll, Until by fair and gallant strife We've reached the treasur'd goal. The event is often attended by reporters and documentary makers from several European countries, along with those from the USA and Japan.