Championship Letters 1: Shane Supple as Hamlet

Posted by on Jan 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The similarities between literature and the Championship are legion. This is the first in a new, weekly series of posts drawing parallels between the timeless characters of World letters and those of our cherished league. To start, our example comes from perhaps the most famous literary work of all. The title character of Hamlet is a mental dead ringer for Shane Supple, the goalkeeper who voluntarily ended his Ipswich Town prematurely earlier this campaign. True, the Irishman may not have matched the Dane in wishing to shuffle from “this mortal coil”, although some would say that pursuing a career with the Dublin Garda Sà­ochà¡na is only a whisker away from this. Such agonizing and self-torment is rare in football. The rest is silence.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

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