Blog #43 – Buckingham Palace has had a football pitch marked out in it’s gardens to host two of the oldest British football clubs. The game will take place on the 7th October. As president of the FA, Prince William had been behind the idea, but he needed his grandmother’s permission first. He will host the event and also present medals to 150 grassroots volunteers in recognition of the time they have given to the game. The game will be between Civil Service FC v Polytechnic FC. – Civil Service FC is the sole surviving club from the 11 clubs who founded the FA in the Freemasons’ Tavern in London in 1863 and later drafted the 13 original laws of association football as we know it today. Polytechnic FC was formed in 1875. I will post more news about the game when it happens. Blog #35 The footballing world has gone Bonkers! Gareth Bale has transferred to Real Madrid for a world record £85 million – which is 100 million euros. The former Tottenham player was presented to more than 20,000 fans at the famous Bernabeu Stadium. Speaking in Spanish, he told the home fans: “It is a dream to be here in Madrid. Thank you for this welcome.” He will wear the number 11 shirt for the new 13/14 season. He has signed a £300,000 per week, six-year deal and passed a medical this morning. Club president Perez smashed his own world record transfer having previously signed Ronaldo for £80 million. Bale took to the pitch and did a few tricks before kicking several into the crowd. He was also given a tour of the club’s trophy room. Rumours around the footballing world said that he would be a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid have invested crazy money to try and reclaim the Spanish league title from Barcelona and aim to capture their 10th European Cup. Bale has not played for Tottenham this season, and was subjected to a Spurs club fine for not turning up to training. I doubt now that this fine will be paid as it is slightly smaller then the fee Spurs have banked. Bale will now travel back to the UK as his next game will be for Wales. They have two World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia. In a few weeks time he will take to the Bernabeu pitch in front of a much bigger crowd. Blog #33 – Liverpool FC will aim to continue their 100% start to the 2013/2014 season when they welcome Manchester United to “Fortress Anfield” today. The two most successful clubs in English history will kick off at 1.30pm. Liverpool also have another reason to win. They are celebrating the birth of legendary manager Bill Shankly, this week marks 100 years since Shankly’s birth. Manager Brendan Rodgers will see his side go into the game above United in the table after winning their opening two games. Both of these games we’re 1-0 victories. David Moyes has never won at Anfield during his time in charge of Everton so he will be looking at breaking his duck with his new team. The man in the middle will be Referee Andre Marriner. He will need all of his training, a bit of luck, and a nice sharp pencil to keep everybody playing fair. Many of these matches have included Red cards and bust ups between the two rival clubs. Chelsea played at Old Trafford last week and parked the bus, built a wall and shut up shop. Each player cancelled the other out and only a few shots we’re registered during the game. Unsurprisingly it finished 0-0. Liverpool have kept two clean sheets so far this season in the league, but a small blip in the cup game v Notts County showed some extra work is needed at the back. After three premiership games, it all stops for the international break, so both teams will want to have 3 vital points from the game. With preseason games still left to play, Cliffe FC played the second round of the York League Junior Cup. Current trophy holders Cliffe traveled to to the village of Melbourne. A very entertaining match lead to a 8-0 win for the away team. The next round of the cup will be played in March 2014 with Cliffe facing local side Cawood. The ‘LRB Trophies Opposition Man of the Match Award’ winner was awarded to Martin Peacock. Well done Martin. He wins a £25 discount voucher from LRB Trophies for the club to use in their future presentation requirements. The voucher is valid for one year so it can be saved for the end of season presentation if required. Please look out for future Opposition Man of the Match Trophy news.