The Grimsby Town FC


Question of the Week

How long before new manager arrives?

By weekend
Two weeks
Three weeks
Four weeks


Lions, Leeks, Thistles and Clover!

By: Bill Osborne
Date: 18/12/2002

ENGLAND, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales may be forced to play as the United Kingdom if a proposal to be discussed at the Fifa meeting in Qatar next October is taken seriously.

Although the paper is a discussion document only, experience has shown that these things usually go ahead particularly if Sepp Blatter has anything to do with it and he has no reason to like the FA.

The discussion paper is to decide if member countries have to be members of the UN and if that happens then the four home countries will be seen as one which means the end of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales playing in international competitions.

Instead, there will be one team. Either Great Britain or the United Kingdom.

The problem is that the footballing developing nations would be expected to support the motion if it is presented as a formal proposal, causing havoc in the UK with 4 different football associations.

It may also have an effect on the football league. If there is to be one nation, then the suggestion that there should be a UK league instead of 4 separate leagues may be revived and we could see a league with maybe 7 or 8 divisions. Fifa may well in fact enforce that.

A nightmare for football administrators.

There have already been some suggestions that the 4 home countries play a knockout to see which one would represent the UK in each particular competition.

Whatever the outcome of these discussions, if things go the usual way, the English FA will be slow to react and be ill prepared to defend the current arrangement. They have never shown any willingness in the past to stand up to either EUFA or FIFA. They will of course object strongly after the horse has bolted!

Add To Facebook

This site is by the fans, for the fans, and we will consider articles on any subject relating to the Mariners whether it be related to current news, a nostalgic look back in the past, a story about a player, a game or games in the past, something about Blundell Park or football in general. Click here to submit your article!

Related Stories

Message Board Latest
TitlePostsLatest Post
Change/add-a-letter/remove-one Word Game thread...24,016Biccys28/10 20:37
Word Association Game36,471topuphere66628/10 20:36
Just Back From Grimsby3grimsby pete28/10 20:35
Yeovil (A) predictions19Davec28/10 20:34
Bitterest Rivals6Bigdog28/10 20:32
Robbie stockdale90Superdan14728/10 20:27
Train to Bolton 9Youngy28/10 20:20
Good Feeling19Bigdog28/10 20:17
Shortlist of 6270WestLeedsMariner28/10 20:13
Humberside commentary on DAB14lee6528/10 20:01

News  | Features  | Submit Article  |   | 
© 2016