Fully DeMerited

Posted by on Jun 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Rare does a publication as esteemed as the New York Times afford a profile to a player from our modest Coca Cola Championship, but today’s issue contains a smashing write up profiling Watford defender Jay DeMerit. There’s nothing to quibble with in a very well researched article including accounts of his time at Southall and Northwood and soundbites from the man himself, whose obvious friendly demeanour reflects his polished and professional displays on the pitch. DeMerit’s performance in the US’s alarming 2-0 defeat of Spain at the Confederations Cup is the launch pad for this scrutiny. Whatever next? David Norris in the Boston Globe? Sean Derry in the Frankfurter Allgemeine?

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. Pigo
    June 29, 2009

    Frantic rearguard actions often make defenders look good, but a doughty performance alongside the similarly unheralded Oguchi Onyewu (whose former club Middlesborough have just arrived in the Championship) and Jonathan Spector (whose former club Charlton have just left it) can only mean more column inches for DeMerit.

  2. Ben
    July 2, 2009

    Hang on just a minute, let our good selves (Newcastle) and the Smogs not be confused. It was us who Onyewu turned out for, not particularly spectacularly, a few seasons back. Mind you, 'not particularly spectacularly' would have been an improvement on Coloccini.

  3. Pigo
    July 28, 2009

    Good god…you're right. Am I suffering from premature memory lapses, or good old Championship Manager/Reality confusion. Still, he remains suitable for the 'have just arrived in the championship' part.


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