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Posted by on Jul 5, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

We’re in denial. The transfer of Michael Owen to Manchester United is technically something we should be commenting on. Only, it seems like we really shouldn’t. We propose forgetting that he has been on the books of a Coca Cola Championship club with an airbrushing of history that would have made Nikita Khruschchev proud. The co-architect with Sven of that 5-1 win in Munich doesn’t currently belong in our league.

We’re used to whipping up interest in the fortunes of Darius Henderson, Karl Duguid and Marcus Tudgay, not men who once graced the white of Real Madrid. Sure, I remember Stuart Pearce leading out his Nottingham Forest side for a first game of the season at Roots Hall in the early nineties, Trevor Brooking staying loyal to West Ham United in the second tier and Fabrizio Ravanelli putting promoted Reading to the sword in 2002, but Michael would have been a step too far.

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.


  1. bhappy
    July 6, 2009

    The Championship (Division Two in old old money) doesn't need an inferiority complex such as that which your article suggests.

    Michael Owen has never proven himself at this level. Frankly, signing for Manchester United equates to running scared. He could have signed for Scunny and really proven himself

  2. gerschenkron
    July 7, 2009

    Just goes to show that John Aldridge was and remains an all round better player than Owen – who was only ever interested in getting his face in world cup sticker collections anyway.


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