THE Judean Peoples’ Front manager has claimed an ill-timed call of nature at the second transfer window flushed away his chances of finishing third in this season’s Kenna League.
Having occupied the number three spot for over three months as the season approached its back end, Judean Peoples’ Front were wiped down to fourth on the penultimate week of the campaign by rival Welsh manager’s side Bala Rinas.
The JPF manager, who bears an unfortunate resemblance to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, says an untimely visit to the pub gents during the transfer window in February meant he missed out on key target Samir Nasri. The Frenchman’s services would have ensured JPF a place on the podium.
As it is, while the JPF manager was in consultation with this number two, Bala Rinas signed Nasri for £2.5m and shot to third, his best ever finish.
The Breivik lookalike maintains insider knowledge of his unusually lengthy toiletting habits were used by the Bala manager, who is also the Kenna treasurer, to secure Nasri while he was dropping the kids off at the pool.
“I would have come third if I hadn’t gone for a shit. It’s as simple as that,” said the JPF manager yesterday.
“The treasurer, he’s a sneaky one. He knew I had more money than him on that transfer night and that I wanted Nasri. He knows I take a long time to park the fudge, so he waited for me to crimp one off and signed the midfielder on the cheap.”
This is the second time Samir Nasri has unwittingly found himself at the centre of this season’s Kenna League narrative.
Many managers were stunned the Frenchman was available in the first place.
The Piedmonte manager inexplicably released Nasri ahead of the second transfer window in favour of the services of Andros Townsend.
Presented with a genuine shot at the title two months ago, Piedmonte eventually hit the skids while Nasri flourished. For the second time, the Wulfrunian manager finds himself at number 2 – his ninth tilt at the title down the pan.
Had the Piedmonte manager kept the French midfielder he would now be sitting on the Kenna throne.
Asked today how he has masterminded two Kenna doubles in just three seasons, the FCT manager said: “It’s a giddy mix of knowledge, preparation and luck.”
In further comments that will not endear the already unpopular manager to the rest of the league, he continued: “Having said that, I’d consider ourselves unlucky this season. Had the lady smiled on us, rest assured your crushing under foot would have been far more emphatic.
“We’d have ripped your heads off and shat down each and everyone of your necks, real diarrhoea style.”
The league committee will be reviewing pub buffet arrangements ahead of the 2014 Emerson World Cup auction next month.
Kenna table – final standings
|PSV Mornington||El Pons||7||1|
|KS West Green||Stix||4||1|
|Team Panda Rules OK||George||4||0|
|FC Testiculadew||James N||2||0|
|Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||2||0|
|Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||2||0|
|Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||1||0|
|Just put Carles||Carles||1||0|
|St. Reatham FC||Mike||1||0|
|Headless Chickens||John N||0||0|
|Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||0||0|
|Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||0||0|
|Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||0||0|
|This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||0||0|
|Player of the week||
|Quinn, S – HUL – MID|
DURING the final stage of the Tour de France it’s customary for the cyclist wearing the yellow jersey to toast his journey into Paris with a glass of champagne.
Even though there are still 100 or so kilometres to go at the start of the day, a challenge for the top spot in cycling on such a flat leg is considered over after a month of punishing mountains, gruelling time trials and simple French country folk. It’s also considered ungentlemanly.
Ironic then that the man who killed the chivalrous spirit of the Kenna by discovering the sharp practice of tactical Brambling finds himself in a similar champagne finish in the league this week as his team march inexorably towards the elysian fields of an unprecedented second Kenna double.
A goal from Juan Mata and two from the irrepressible Edin Dzeko saw FC Testiculadew beat Northern Monkeys 3-2 in the Canesten Combi Cup final this week. FCT now only have one more match to negotiate until adding the league title to a groaning club trophy cabinet.
Barring an unlikely 12 goals on Saturday from second-placed Piedmonte‘s Shane Long, the FCT manager will pick up two Kenna doubles in three seasons, potentially making him the most successful Kenna boss of all time.
Agonisingly for the Piedmonte manager, the fact remains that getting rid of Samir Nasri at the February transfer window cost him the league.
JPF were in the top three for 13 weeks until now, but are in danger of dropping even further down the table if Team Panda Rules OK striker Olivier Giroud can continue his streak this weekend, or in the remote chance Ahmed Elmohamady and Laurent Koscielny have the game of their lives for Pikey Scum.
In the jostle of the peloton no amount of substance abuse will make the season anything but an exercise in mediocrity.
Bringing up the rear in Bramble Jerseys, the bottom three found themselves aching and tangled in a barbed wire fence on a rural roadside in the Auvergne sometime ago. P45s await, or in one case was an early Christmas present.
|1||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||55||6|
|3||FC Testiculadew||James N||37||3|
|4||St. Reatham FC||Mike||36||2|
|6||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||33||0|
|7||Team Panda Rules OK||George||32||0|
|9||Just put Carles||Carles||31||1|
|11||Headless Chickens||John N||29||1|
|13||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||28||1|
|17||KS West Green||Stix||20||1|
|18||Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||18||0|
|19||Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||17||0|
|21||PSV Mornington||El Pons||14||1|
|22||Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||10||0|
|23||This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||6||0|
|Player of the week||18||Zabaleta, P – MCY – DEF|
TURKISH convenience stores seldom come less complete than the premises around the corner from Kenna HQ.
Marathon opening hours, ready access to tonic water and fresh limes, and a proprietor always up for a discussion on the latest developments at Galatasaray mean the chairman is often found locked in conversation over a can of Coke, litre of Delmonte orange juice or 10 Camel Lights.
During one particularly lengthy debate on the decline of Wesley Sneijder while buying a 750ml bottle of Leffe Brune, it emerged the shop’s cash cow is beer, a large array of which dominates one refrigerated wall.
What has this to do with the Kenna title race? There are two parallels.
First, much like Gala in the Turkish Super Lig, Piedmonte find themselves well and truly beaten into second place this week. Two goals from Edin Dzeko have put FC Testiculadew well in control of the Kenna: 53 points ahead with 10 days to go.
It would take hat-tricks from Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie, Mark Noble, Jason Puncheon and no more slip ups from Steve Gerrard this Sunday to get Pies back in contention. A remote scenario considering the second parallel.
Tweeting a photo of two cans of Polish beer about to be consumed in public can only confirm the Piedmonte boss has lost interest in his side’s pursuit of the Kenna title and has turned into the average customer of the International Food Centre.
— Phil Davis (@PhillyD55) May 3, 2014
It’s only a matter of time before he’s sitting on a park bench in an obscure replica football shirt, fiercely telling anyone who’ll listen about the two times he almost won the Kenna, while seamlessly inserting the word ‘kurwa’ three times into each sentence without breaking syntax (see demonstration below).
Looking ahead to this weekend, the FC Testiculadew manager has the chance to scoop his second double in three seasons as his team face Northern Monkeys in the Canesten Combi Cup final.
Considering FCT have scored 2.83 goals a week for the last six and Northern Monkeys just 1.16, the bookies are favouring the Tactical Brambler.
Should the tie be a draw, the final will be decided on number of points scored.
In the unlikely event the two sides are equal on goals and points, a tie breaker will be played over the last weekend of the season, on goals then points.
|5||Just put Carles||Carles||30||2|
|6||FC Testiculadew||James N||28||2|
|7||Headless Chickens||John N||28||0|
|8||Team Panda Rules OK||George||27||1|
|9||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||26||2|
|11||PSV Mornington||El Pons||22||1|
|12||Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||22||0|
|13||St. Reatham FC||Mike||20||1|
|14||KS West Green||Stix||19||1|
|15||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||19||0|
|16||Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||19||0|
|19||Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||17||0|
|21||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||13||0|
|22||This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||11||1|
|Player of the week||12||Weimann, A – AVL – STR|
ROUTS don’t come much more convincing than FC Testiculadew’s league win two seasons ago, but the same manager is poised to scoop another title with ease albeit without making such a mockery of the other competitors.
Goals from Edin Dzeko, Jonjo Shelvey, Mesut Ozil and a brace from Juan Mata have put FC Testiculadew 61 points clear of the nearest challenger with three weeks to go – all but delivering the trophy to the self-confessed Tactical Brambler.
For a while the Piedmonte manager appeared to be making a genuine case for a grandstand finish, but like a Nigerian striker getting in his 4×4 after an ambiguous conversation with a club suit, that looks to have petered out.
Despite also showing strong signs of promise in the manager’s fifth Kenna season, Judean Peoples’ Front failed to live up to the task. Now more than 100 points off the leaders, the Anders Brievik lookalike‘s woes add fuel to the argument that to be truly competitive at this level a manager needs both kidneys.
The organ grinder is still calling the tune for the dancing monkeys battling it out for fourth. The debutant manager of Team Panda Rules OK saw his side come to within two points of the league treasurer’s team Bala Rinas. Defending champions Sporting Lesbian also compete.
A remarkable turnaround this season has come from Young Boys of Vauxhall. The manager made eight changes to his struggling side at the February transfer window and this week finds his side climbing one place further from the danger zone.
Taking to social media last week, the Young Boys manager was quick to point out the prolific form of controversial signing Martin ‘the ginned up lollypop lady’ Demichelis in comparison to other more recognised names.
The KS West Green manager was only to happy to remind his midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of this little stat when he bumped into him at a charity dinner last night.
@jeffkennaleague The ginned up lolly pop lady has now scored as many EPL goals this season as The Ox, Ashley Young, Cisse, Michu and Caroll
— Andrew Denney (@andenney) April 22, 2014
|1||FC Testiculadew||James N||53||5|
|2||St. Reatham FC||Mike||41||3|
|3||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||34||3|
|4||Team Panda Rules OK||George||33||1|
|9||Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||26||1|
|11||Headless Chickens||John N||23||1|
|14||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||22||1|
|15||PSV Mornington||El Pons||20||1|
|16||KS West Green||Stix||20||0|
|18||Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||13||0|
|19||Just put Carles||Carles||11||0|
|20||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||10||0|
|21||This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||10||0|
|23||Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||5||0|
|Player of the week||15||Wickham, C – SUN – STR|
KEVIN Mirallas and Christian Benteke may be a mini Belgian injury crisis for FC Testiculadew, but the club still moved one step closer to a second Kenna double in three campaigns this week with an assured display.
On his way to the physio’s bench winger Mirallas notched two goals to put the side managed by the founder of tactical Brambling both in the Canesten Combi Cup final and extend their lead over Piedmonte to 36 points.
Hopes of snatching the title at the final fence look even more remote for the Piedmonte manager even though his side put in another solid week led again by Jason Puncheon. If only he’d kept Samir Nasri – the Frenchman picked up a goal and an assist to help Bala Rinas into fourth place.
With just four weeks left of the season and relegation all but rubber stamped for the bottom three clubs, the race for the Wenger Trophy is shaping up to take centre stage in the league’s remaining narrative.
Just 30 points separate the five clubs floating around the final prize spot, and the cast are varied: Sporting Lesbian are defending champions, Team Panda Rules OK debutants and the other three managers are league committee members yet to find silverware in the quagmire of political intrigue at Kenna HQ.
Another subplot is the miraculous cup run of Northern Monkeys. The manager voiced concerns over the ability of Samuel Eto’o and Fabio Borini back in February, but the pair earned the Monkeys a place in the final at the expense of a toothless St Reatham FC.
It seems unlikely the Monkeys’ luck will continue into the pageantry of that May afternoon. With David Silva possibly out injured for the rest of the season, the midfield consists of Antonio Valencia, Stewart Downing and forfeit player Stuart Hazell.
No amount of cash in the attic could buy a goal for that lot.
Road to the Canesten Combi Cup final
|1||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||60||5|
|2||KS West Green||Stix||48||2|
|4||FC Testiculadew||James N||41||2|
|5||Team Panda Rules OK||George||41||1|
|7||St. Reatham FC||Mike||35||0|
|8||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||34||2|
|9||Just put Carles||Carles||30||2|
|15||PSV Mornington||El Pons||25||0|
|16||Headless Chickens||John N||23||1|
|17||Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||20||1|
|18||Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||17||0|
|21||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||16||0|
|22||Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||14||0|
|23||This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||13||1|
|Player of the week||24||Podolski, L – ARS – STR|
BLUNDERING blazers at Kenna HQ are desperately scrabbling to find a tie-break solution after chances mounted this week that the top two clubs could end the season on the same points and goals.
Another notch from in-form Jason Puncheon and an assist from Steve Gerrard helped Piedmonte close the gap on league leaders FC Testiculadew to just 25 points. With five weeks left of the campaign only two goals scored separates the sides.
What’s now being billed as the closest Kenna title race ever could turn into a shambles as bungling officials at league headquarters admitted there was no contingency plan should two sides end level on points and goals scored.
An extraordinary committee meeting was convoked earlier today to discuss a solution.
Leaked minutes revealed the Kenna executive is considering a number of tie-break options, which include going down to points scored in the final week, ranking the teams on the number of clean sheets kept or declaring the 10-month competition a draw.
One committee member even suggested managers sending in a one-minute video plea for the championship so the rest of the league could vote on the most deserving.
The news will be of severe concern to both the Piedmonte and FCT managers, the former hoping for his first title in nine years of trying and the latter in the hunt for an unprecedented second Kenna league and cup double.
Should the FCT manager win the league outright, he could rue his team’s Canesten Combi Cup semi-final performance this weekend. The former cup winners failed to register an away goal in their sibling derby with Headless Chickens.
The second leg will take place this weekend.
Canesten Combi Cup semi-final first leg results
Northern Monkeys 2 – 0 St Reatham FC
Headless Chickens 0 – 0 FC Testiculadew
|1||Team Panda Rules OK||George||32||1|
|2||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||29||1|
|3||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||26||0|
|7||Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||24||0|
|8||KS West Green||Stix||23||0|
|10||Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||20||1|
|11||St. Reatham FC||Mike||20||0|
|13||Just put Carles||Carles||18||0|
|14||Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||17||1|
|15||PSV Mornington||El Pons||17||0|
|17||This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||15||0|
|19||FC Testiculadew||James N||13||0|
|21||Headless Chickens||John N||11||0|
|22||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||7||0|
|Player of the week||12||Fabianski, L – ARS – GK|
BREATHLESS attacking football from two teams challenging for the Kenna title lit up the league with six weeks left of the season.
FC Testiculadew may have extended their lead by two points at the top with goals from Juan Mata and Edin Dzeko, but led by Jason Puncheon’s player-of-the-week performance and a double strike from Stevie G, Piedmonte refused to let up.
In the tightest Kenna since Vasco De Beauvoir pipped Insomnia’s Titans in 2010, FCT and the Pies find themselves like two sluggers in the ring Puncheon it out, which makes a refreshing change from the midfielder’s reputation for Puncheon one off mid match.
Whether either side can maintain this scintillating offensive play for the rest of the title race is uncertain. FCT have lost striker Christian Benteke for the rest of the season through injury and the imminent return of KS West Green striker Sergio Aguero could mean demotion to the bench for Dzeko.
From the Piedmonte perspective, it would take a Herculean effort from their ragtag bunch of misfits to overhaul a 47-point gap in the handful of games left.
What is clear is that Judean Peoples’ Front have dropped out of the race, their chances of competing stretchered off along with Jay Rodriguez on Saturday afternoon.
Looking ahead to the weekend, FCT are still in the hunt for a Kenna double. They take on Headless Chickens in a semi final first leg sibling derby.
Last year’s bottom-placed manager, now in charge of St Reatham FC, appears to have overcome the anxiety that led to a dark spring night on Chobham Common and will battle it out with Northern Monkeys in the other tie.
|1||FC Testiculadew||James N||49||3|
|3||Headless Chickens||John N||37||2|
|4||Just put Carles||Carles||36||1|
|6||Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||32||1|
|10||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||21||0|
|11||St. Reatham FC||Mike||21||0|
|12||Team Panda Rules OK||George||20||0|
|14||KS West Green||Stix||19||0|
|15||This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||19||0|
|17||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||15||0|
|19||PSV Mornington||El Pons||10||0|
|21||Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||8||0|
|22||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||6||0|
|23||Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||5||0|
|Player of the week||15||Puncheon, J – CRY – MID|