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Football Match – No Shots Fired

Football Match – No Shots Fired

There was a wonderful bit of madness and mayhem at the Rainbow Bar on Sunday night – unless you’re an AEK fan, in which case it wasn’t wonderful. We’d been for lunch up at the godboys’ house (fab headless lamb – see yesterday’s post) and, on the way home, decided to stop for ‘one’ to round off the weekend. AEK were playing at the Rainbow…

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Sunday night in the square.

I should just step aside to let you know, in case you were wondering, that AEK is an Athenian football team much supported at the Rainbow, so when I say they were ‘playing’, they’re not a band or anything, and the whole team wasn’t actually in the bar. They were on the television, but you probably guessed that. We arrived just after the interval, so we were in time for act two, and our usual friends were there. The guys have made us honourable members of the AEK supporters team, the AEK Rainbow Supporters Ensemble, you might say (ARSE for short), and I thought we were going to be blackballed for missing act one, but we got away with it. Anyway…

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It was a fairly aggressive act two. A couple of players had done that pass de deux thing where they stumble and roll about each other like something from a Martha Graham dance show. A couple of others had done the ‘Face Off’ routine like John Travolta and Nicholas Cage, minus the guns (that came later), and we’d had our fair share of scraps and bitchiness, all of which were highly entertaining. As the end of the show approached, so the anxiety in the crowd grew, it was mithen-mithen (0/0) up until the finale at ninety minutes when all hell broke loose both on the pitch and in the bar. The other team, PAOK from Thessaloniki, scored a goal which was allowed and then not, and then it was, and then there was some complaining which escalated into some macho pushing and shoving and managers in suits running up and down pulling out what was left if their hair. This was on the TV, not in the bar, I should add, after the initial outrage that another team should dare score against AEK, we in ARSE debated the events in the usual passionate fashion…

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Act two, before the finale.

Until everyone gave up on it and the game was abandoned. That had something to do with the owner of PAOK having a go at the ref while going for the gun he wore on his belt. AEK returned to the dressing room saying they weren’t coming out to play as it was dangerous – er, rather – and we sat chatting to Alan and Mary, and Pat and Andy until the fuss died down. On which note, thank you for the headache this morning guys, and for the lovely chat and catch-up, and to Jenine for Sunday lunch (celebrating my birthday and Easter as we’ll be away for one and the family will be away for the other), and for the godboys and football teams for the entertainment. Monday morning for me was a bit of a write-off.

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Meanwhile, the local boys play an incident free match in the square.

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The new clothes shop in preparation.