Football By Letters

A lackadaisical commentary on the capitulation of the Beautiful game. This site contains actual letters I have written and posted to people within the footballing family. My congratulations, my sarcasm, my annoyances and my views about the beautiful game. Any responses will be published . Add to your favourites and come back soon!

Month: July, 2012

My Letter to Ledley King Following Retirement

Few Facts for you regarding Ledley King

Career spanning 17 seasons
Club Captain
323 Club appearances
14 Goals
1 Major honour – Carling Cup, also a losing finalist twice.
21 International Caps

Harry Redknapp called him a freak, he barely got booked and was Thierry Henry most difficult opponent but the subject of his most famous chant John Terry has vastly surpassed him and won it all with lesser ability.  It’s all ifs and but with Ledley but its a massive shame he’s called it a day for all fans for the EPL.

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Ledley King
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Bill Nicholson Way
748 High Road
N17 0AP

20 July 2012

Dear Ledley,

I am writing this letter to congratulate you on an esteemed career at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.  Whilst not picking up the merited quota of silverware that many will argue that you deserved (1 major honour) you did however reach a level of football many people have and will continue to dream about, in being the captain of one of the biggest teams in Europe and becoming a full international for England.

But this letter is not about reminiscing or talking about what you could and should have achieved because this is subjective and unnecessary.  This letter is about what you did achieve and how you did it.

For some years you played with a prohibitive knee injury, which meant that normal training was difficult and as such training was devised to enable you to participate in the maximum amount of competitive matches.  How such a training programme was implemented and adopted that enabled you to continue playing at the highest level is a credit to you and your training partners.  But what makes it even more credible is the level of performance you managed to provide for your team and to the fans. More so this is reflected in that fact that you were always selected when available and statistical evidence dictates that results were considerably poorer when you did not play.

It has been announced that you will now take up an ambassadorial role at the club.  Reading between the lines it appears to be the case that you may well have been able to carry on playing to some extent, but have decided to hang up the boots rather than play elsewhere.  The fans will hold you in high esteem for that decision as one club men are a rarity in the modern game, however we will never know had the injuries not held you back whether you could have prospered at another club or whether the club would have been able to turn down enormous transfer fees that would no doubt have been offered.

For me, as a fan of the game I am in awe of what you actually did achieve and what a fantastic role model you are to kids growing up in and out of football.  You have taught them that no matter what obstacles and difficulties are in your way you can still make it to the top and stay at the top if your genuinely want it. A true example to us all.

Well done Ledley and good luck in the future.

My Letter to Stuart Pearce Re Beckham and Team GB

Stuart Pearce is a yes man who i think has become particularly fortunate in his career path. Team GB should have been given to a man who deserves the role as manager instead it was given to the easy option. I think it is appalling that no Irish or Scottish players have been selected. But my biggest gripe? the absence of David Beckham from the squad.

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Mr Stuart Pearce

Team GB Mens Football Manager

Wembley Stadium
PO Box 1966

10 July 2012

Dear Mr Pearce,

I have noted the selections you have made for the Team GB men’s football team for the up coming 2012 Olympics due to be held here in the United Kingdom. You have selected an interesting squad, which may well surprise some of the other competing nations if tactics are correctly applied, however this is not the reason for my letter.

This will be the first major occasion for some considerable time that Great Britain has put forward a football team for the Olympics, which I’m sure your aware of. It is widely thought that football is not an Olympic sport. Whilst there are a number of sports that do fall under the Olympic banner most fans of sport do in fact believe that professional widely commercial sports should not be included. This is particularly prevalent within sports that have world championships that are seen by some as being as important and as big as the Olympics in its entirety. This has I believe been reflected in poor tickets sales.

The nub of my letter is the surprise absence of Mr David Beckham from the squad as one of the over aged players. Many people have cited that he should be included due to his involvement in Great Britain being awarded the games. I do not share that view as it is clearly as ridiculous as it sounds. Whereas you have stated that Mr Beckham was not included for football grounds. I do not buy this and neither does the majority of the public. You have also stated that form plays a big part and implied that the squad was selected on this merit alone. This argument dissipates by virtue of the selection of Mr Craig Bellamy, a player whose form was patchy at best and was only selected to start 11 of the 28 games Liverpool FC partook in 2012. In addition to this I have heard many commentators stating they believe Mr Beckham could have been a useful squad member for the recent Euro 2012 team.

I know many people who were looking forward to the Olympics. Not because they are in London or that it is one of the major spectacles in world sport but for the simple fact of seeing Mr Beckham pull on a shirt for his country once more. A player and man who is passionate about his country and someone who can genuinely pull the crowds. A call up would have been a fitting milestone in the former England Captain’s career. Winning in this instance is not important, this discipline of the tournament will no doubt be forgotten before it has ended, its about entertainment and drawing the crowds and from where I am standing that is part of your job.

I think it is safe to say that there will not be another Team GB men’s football team for some considerable time if ever again. Therefore there is no building of a squad for the future required. The selection of the squad is a one off event and this should be been carried out with criteria that reflects this. I.e a cross selection of home nations represented by players deserving of the call up to be Olympians. Unfortunately it appears that the squad has been selected based on players you have previously managed with the additional of a small number of the star turns from the Welsh National team.

Since hearing the squad announcement I have heard of numerous people who are debating whether to attend the Olympic football based solely on your decision to omit Mr Beckham. Considering the poor uptake of tickets, this would be a disaster for organisers.

In spite of the above I genuinely hope that Team GB pick up as many medals as possible at the forthcoming games, I just hope that you have not simply tried to make a name for your self off the back of this decision as it could have been such a fitting moment for many fans around the world.

Yours Sincerely