Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Flippin Fulop - far from 'armless


Wise football folk will always say your team's fate isn't decided on the final day. They also say there is no point in looking back over a season of iffy decisions, glaring misses and last minute equalisers to work out either where you blew it or how different things would be in a 'fair' universe.

They're right, of course. So let's not do that. Let's definitely not dwell on being robbed away at Stoke (and rotten at home to Stoke), or getting precisely no points from consecutive games against Norwich and QPR. Let's not linger over having efforts cleared off the line at the death in both games against Chelsea. Or THAT moment away at Man City (followed almost immediately by THE OTHER MOMENT away at Man City)

But can we, perhaps, take just a minute or two to gape open-mouthed and broken-hearted at the performance of Mr Martin* Fulop - once of this parish, more recently of West Bromwich, and now, presumably, of a brand new palace made of gold and crushed unicorn horns in some far-off island paradise (how he afforded it, I guess we'll never know).

I heard on Sunday evening, via Twitter of course, that he had had a shocker, but couldn't be bothered to check it out. I then accidentally saw the goals on SSN the next morning. Oh my word. That's match-fixingly bad.

That was Hooveringly bad. As in a proper noun nearly became a verb ('Ooh, he's fuloped that right up') and a common noun ('The lad's had a fulop') in just a matter of minutes.

West Brom would surely have done better to play one-armed washer-upper Albert Riddle from Robin's Nest between the sticks. Ah, you might point out, but the actor that played him, David Kelly (obviously), died early this year.

I know. And?

(Oh, by the way, no, I don't think for a moment there was anything crooked about his performance; and I think if you had to pinpoint any one factor in us finishing fourth rather than third, it would be Arsenal winning six points in injury time within the space of five games or so, by grabbing winners against Sunderland, Liverpool and Newcastle. As far as I know, that's perfectly within the rules)

*Actually Marton, but it looks so much like a typo...

24 comments:

  1. Marton looks like a typo, but Fulop doesn't? Maybe you should just have called him Martin Phillips throughout - the world would just be a better place if everyone had proper English names... ;)

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  2. I take your point, but Marton looks like you've ballsed up Martin; Fulop looks like... well, you'd have had to miss Phillips by quite some distance.

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  3. I guess they couldnt get at the Lasagne this year so settled for next best thing.... Im sure that if there were an investigation (there wont be) they would conclude the same as the "investigation" into "Lasagnegate".

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  4. funnu how he played his socks off for man city when we beat them to get into the champions league, and he wasnt even contracted to them! and now he had a shocker to prevent spurs getting 3rd - has arsenal fan written all over him

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  5. I think we can all agree that if WBA had scored 5 then Arsenal would have scored 6. Gifted first goal then WBA score 2 in quick succession so Fulop has to come into play again and I'm sorry but that punch for the third, two fisted to the side and behind? WBA don't score again so lo and behold, no more goals. Most goalkeeping errors allow chances to be created from which a goal may be scored such as a poor kick or misjudging the flight of the ball, but two of the goals were a direct result of "errors" and the third was put on a plate 3 yards out in front of a near unguarded goal. Maybe, just maybe ((c)Brian Walden) Fulop bears a grudge and he could finally repay us for those years where he didn't get a game. Not sggesting cash was involved, just vengance

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  6. In the world of conspiracy theories and suspicion etc the only conclusion is that Mr Fulop is one seriously shit keeper.

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  7. Fulopianski?

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  8. or was the Fulopian tube named after him?

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    1. thats as close to a CUNT as you will ever get!!!! #:)

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  9. FFS Spencer do you really think someone is going to jeopardise his whole career by throwing a game just to spite a previous employer?

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    1. What career? How many games has he played. He was 3rd choice at Sunderland when he came in as an emergency loan for Man City against us in 2010 (did pretty well as I remember). This was his first game of the season for West Brom (due to an injury to Foster). He's no youngster so inexperience can't be used as an excuse. I don't know how long he's been as West Brom but surely if he was THAT bad something would have alerted the coaching staff in training. If he was really THAT bad how come West brom signed him up in the first place. These weren't just mistakes, these were the sort of errors that if a keeper in the school playground made them his classmates would beat him up! And no I don't encourage bullying in school in fact I was probably that keeper in that playground

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    2. "These weren't just mistakes, these were the sort of errors that if a keeper in the school playground made them his classmates would beat him up!"

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA CLASSIC

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  10. Maybe not for spite but I bet he would for a bucket load of cash and a holiday timeshare in Tenerife anyway WHAT career??

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  11. I hear they're going to add his shirt to the hall of shame decal on that other team in north London

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    1. .......i think you mean Woolwich Wanderers!

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  12. I don't think Spencer is all that far fetched - he clearly wasn't in the right frame of mind to play in such a game and for that he is culpable. The reasons for that are academic but it might well be because he was a former employee of Spurs, because he hadn't played a PL game for 2 years and because of the significance of the result. I'm not saying he threw the game but he did choke. It is his fault that they didn't win that game. It is his fault we didn't finish 3rd. And I feel utterly righteous hating his fucking guts for it.

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  13. I agree with Spencer - he was got to.
    And not necessarily by Arsenal, there are gambling syndicates in the far east that stand to earn millions on every match if they can guarantee the outcome.
    The continent is riddled with this, why not here?
    These were not basic errors, or even bad errors. They were like a 4 year old trying to play in goal....AND TWICE!!
    (never mind the 2nd goal which was not great either)
    The easiest player to bribe is a goalkeeper (especially a reserve who never plays) - think of Grobelaar in that infamous 4-4 draw against everton. Also Sullivan when his obvious errors playing for Wimbledon kept, Everton in the premier league

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  14. So who paid Ledley King and fellow defenders to run on the spot as Theo was ghosting past them? Who paid the geriatric Villa reject to forget that he was allowed to come off his line? You lot are always full of excuses. Arsenal went 4 games without a win before West Brom and you still couldn't capitalise. Look closer to home for reasons of failure.

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    1. Concentrate on your own team; instead of indulging your voyeuristic tendencies.

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  15. Something quite fishy about Fulop's performance. A real F(u)lop. I have never seen the like. Two goals at least did not look like genuine 'errors' to me. For the first goal, he had plenty of time to kick the ball away but chose to let it roll instead allowing Benayoun to pounce on it and for the other goal, he punched the ball towards his goal rather than outwards, quite an unusual thing...Very baffling, indeed, and certainly not good for the image of football especially on the last day of an otherwise exciting seaso. I really feel appalled about such bizarre things happening in football...

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  16. When you look at the horrific nature of Fulop's involvement in all three of Arsenal's goals against West Brom (and they needed to score three otherwise we would have finished above them), you have to wonder whether there were issues regarding his departure from Spurs. Possibly unconscious, but the average non-league keeper wouldn't have been happy with a display like that. Of course, I've had countless Gooners crowing about how the Arse finished above us this season (which was what their entire season was all about). By one point, with the same GD. In last-day circumstances at least as dubious as Lasagnagate...

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  17. Our own team is clean. We do not do match fixing and this why we cannot help commenting on glaring farcical goalkeeping. A real comedy but at the same time a tragedy for a team suffering the consequence.

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  18. ABSU-BLOODY-LUTLY HE WAS BRIBED!! i bet he found out he was playing on the saturday and was quickly in touch with some far east syndicate.. would be so easy for him just to say "i garuntee, arsenal will not lose, i am in goal"

    referees are also bribed in the premierleague
    Flop

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  19. For a keeper to screw up that bad... it did remind me a bit of the old Bruce Grobbelar stuff... if you know what I mean ;) however, I am a spurs supporter and I'm more of the opinion that spurs screwed their own season up. we were 13 points clear and then went on a streak of giving points away... Only ourselves to blame I'm afraid... but he's definately the new Bruce lol

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