Hacked down

Council leader Nasim Ali, the last time Camden's Labour Party played the Camden New Journal.

Council leader Nasim Ali, the last time Camden's Labour Party played the Camden New Journal.

COCKY old Camden Labour Party have been spreading it around the internet and telling anybody who will listen to their droning voices that they will roll over the Camden New Journal’s 8-a-side team in a football match-up on Tuesday night. They think some youthful new councillors will be too much for the hardened hacks of Camden Road. But the charity match – in aid of the Pakistan flood relief appeal – will surely not be as one-sided as they say. Surely.

Last time the unfit hacks playd the unfit politicians: the scoreline was 7-7. That was two years ago. In the new climate, does old group leader Raj Chada find a place on the team-sheet? And is it true that they are drafting in London Assembly member Murad Qureshi, the Manchester United supporting Quintin Kynaston old boy [you see how he supports his local team], to bolster their ranks? It should be an interesting night – and for one of the best of causes.

That said, isn’t it time the other political groups got their boots on. I think I still have a scar on my calf from a bruising tackle delivered by Brian Cattell, the old Conservative councillor for Hampstead who boxed for fun in his spare time, in a friendly match at Talacre going way back. It’s been years since we’ve seen the Tories on the pitch: so come on Messrs Williams, Bucknell and Mennear. Once we’ve routed Labour’s puny line-up, we deserve to play you lot in the next round.

* The New Journal vs Camden Labour Party match is at Haverstock School on Tuesday September 14, 2010. 6pm kick off. Suggested donations to Pakistan Flood Appeal: £10.

10 Comments on Hacked down

  1. theo blackwell // September 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm //

    You neglected to mention your total inability to put a goal past the camden labour keeper. Me.

  2. I’m intrigued who’s on the CNJ injury list and if some ringer is being drafted in.

  3. Are you angling for a place as a CNJ old boy North Briton?

  4. Most certainly not. Footballers is a game for stupid cheats; at least cricketers and snooker players get paid for it.

  5. Richard – I think you’re forgetting that we led the game 6-3 for the majority of the time and a momentary lapse let you back in to an undeserved draw. Won’t happen this time. With an injury hit squad, I don’t think you have much of a chance against the Camden Labour young guns.

  6. 7-7 last time? Were you playing a 0-0-7 formation? Sounds like both sides could use some discipline in the back line. Saying that, I’m not surprised Labour wobbled under pressure.

  7. Richard Osley // September 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm //

    Good point Tom…

    ..for tactical reasons, no teamsheet until Monday. Late fitness tests, etc.

  8. If you are short of players, as a Liberal Democrat I’m happy to stop Labour crushing the free press in Camden.

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