The Intertextuality of the Championship

Posted by on Aug 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Poststructuralist theorist Julia Kristeva coined the term intertextuality in the sixties and although she wrote well before the onset of blogging, the inherently self and cross referential nature of the pursuit would appear to sum up the practice perfectly. So, looking back over the first couple of months of The Two Unfortunates, what, you may ask, has become of some of the characters we featured in those early, pioneering days?

Well, Danny Fox isn’t even with among us anymore. We predicted an England cap as a possibility by season’s end, and a move to Glasgow Celtic might help the talented left back achieve that goal. Arsenal were too good on Wednesday of course but he has already joined team mates in denouncing poor Eduardo – a canny move as the ex-Brazilian is unlikely to try the same trick at Wembley Stadium on September 9.

A few days later, Daily Pen blogger apt_pseudonym was cautious about Mick McCarthy’s chances of making a success of Wolves’ Premier League excursion, but Andy Keogh’s winner at Wigan has provided early joy and the Old Golds look thirsty enough to do OK. Enough, however of these nest departers and on to our league.

Here, Freddie Sears has found himself hitting the headlines, albeit overshadowed by his manager, Lee Croft has been ever present in Derby’s feintly fortuitous new beginnings and Roberto Di Matteo has taken to Championship management – actual, not computerized – like an anatra to water. Elsewhere, David McGoldrick, perhaps silently rejoicing at Lewis McGugan’s injury misfortunes, released the pressure with a goal at Loftus Road and Scunthorpe duo Gary Hooper and Martin Woolford provided the goals that vanquished Derby.

Our July 22 post, Coming to a Championship Ground Soon? predicted ten players who might find themselves grazing in Championships pastures in the coming months and Adel Taarabt (QPR), Jack Cork (Coventry City) and Ched Evans (Sheffield United) have all now arrived. Conversely, our survey of players likely to be shown the door soon has seen Andre Bikey depart and been instrumental in two Burnley clean sheets. Over our predictions for the season, we shall gently pull the arras, but suffice to say that we look like doing Cardiff City a substantial disservice.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) 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 47 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 Football Attic, 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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