Sunday, 15 July 2018

Surbiton Lagoon

Don’t talk to me about heatwaves.  No, seriously, I’m not fucking about. Unless you were there in 76 I don’t want to hear about how sweaty you are and I couldn’t give a shit about the CO2 crisis when we had to use FUCKING STANDPIPES in the street just to get a drink of water.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Heat is On

Are we bleedin' back again already? Ain't no rest for the wicked these days. It seems like only a few weeks ago we were all crying into our plastic cups as once again our beloved team had crashed out in the first go at the play-offs. Still, it did cap off a season where we saw us finish in our highest ever league position. But we won't mention the cup competitions.

Monday, 11 June 2018

CONIFA 2018 Day 6 - From Last to First

As we got deeper and deeper into the CONIFA Rabbit hole, a certain route to the finish became clear to me. With the final scheduled for 6pm at Enfield and the 15th\16th Place Play off at 12 down in Bedfont at the end of the Heathrow runways it meant that I could see both the best and the 'worst' that the tournament had to offer all in the one final day.

Friday, 8 June 2018

CONIFA 2018 DAY 5 - Brucie, Billy and the Magyars

If you hadn't already guessed, the last few days have mostly been a blur of going to football, watching football, taking pictures of football and then writing about football. And this means that the good lady has had to put up with this football bollocks a bit longer than she normally would in a regular season. So, with a handy blank day from CONIFA-ing yesterday, I dedicated myself to my beloved and we headed up town for a bit of culture vulturing.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

CONFIA 2018 Day 4 - HUN-GA-RIA For Success

So, here we are then. The nitty gritty, the serious stuff, the exciting bit. The group stages are done, we've lost half of our 16 teams (except we haven't really as they're all playing Placement games until Saturday, but we'll ignore that for now) and we're now into the knockout stages of what's so far been a pretty entertaining CONIFA 2018 World Football Cup.

Monday, 4 June 2018

CONIFA 2018 Day 3 - Tantra Techniques & Poor Panenkas

After the truncated nature of Day 2, it's back to full steam ahead for CONIFA Day 3 here at Gandermonium HQ. We've got two games lined up and best of all, they're both new grounds. Which for sad Non-League nerds like us, is frankly just about the best thing in the world. I only hope the fucking Groundhopper app lets me check in to these ones unlike at Haringey yesterday. Which being a Premium user, left me most perturbed. I should probably write to my MP and complain. Either that or start a rubbish online petition...

CONIFA 2018 Day 2 - Battle of the Lands

I hate adulting, it's rubbish. Always getting in the way of the really important and cool stuff. Like pissing about following a football tournament for teams from places that officially don't really exist. Can you outsource your adulting? Is that a think these days? Surely in this post-Brexit, make profit from any old rubbish world, there's some firm somewhere that can take care of all the stuff that gets in the way of the things we really want to be doing? Anyone? Hello? Is this thing on??

Friday, 1 June 2018

CONIFA 2018 Day 1 - Starting With Nothing

Normally, an alarm to wake me on a Thursday morning is not a fun thing. It means getting up and going to work. Which I unfortunately have to do as I want (and need) money to do stupid shit and drink beer at the weekends. Oh and pay my mortgage, yeah that too. But mostly the first two if I'm honest. However, today is a little different to a normal Thursday morning.

CONIFA 2018 Day 1 - Bakelite Gramophone

I’d been looking forward to the CONIFA world football cup ever since it was announced that West Sutton would be hosting a decent chunk of the tournament. Any opportunity to promote the People’s Republic to the outside world is an opportunity to be embraced warmly and we’d been counting down the days to the noon kick off at GGL on the last day of May.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

West Sutton Welcomes the World!

If you've been paying attention in the last couple of months to our ramblings on here and on social media (and let's face it, why wouldn't you have been?) you may have noticed us mention something called 'CONIFA' once or twice. What do you mean 'no'? Oh come on, you must have done?? Not even once? Oh never mind, just humour us ok.

CONIFA is the Confederation of Independent Football Associations. A volunteer run organisation which takes care of all non-FIFA affiliated football associations or "those representing nations, minorities, isolated dependencies or cultural regions". And like the big boys at FIFA, they have a 'World Cup' too. And this week, they're bringing it to not only London, but our very own doorstep.