THE EDITOR'S CHAIR: Cheated over Beckham omission

SHAME: David Beckham left out of Team GB

GO AND SEE: Artist Lauren Brown with the Argus SuperDragon which can be seen in Belle Vue Park, Newport

First published in Columnists South Wales Argus: NEW EDITOR: Kevin Ward by

SO THERE we have it. The first British Olympic men’s football squad for 40 years is announced and the biggest controversy is who is not in it.

For a start there are no players from Scotland or Northern Ireland in the squad.

Considering that neither country has produced a good footballer since about 1975 that should not have come as a surprise to anyone.

But then it’s not a best of British team, I hear you cry.

The reality is it’s not a best of anything team. It’s a collection of halfdecent under-23 players who were not good enough to play for England in the Euros (and that’s a damning statement in itself) or who their clubs are happy to do without during pre-season training.

The major absentee is, of course, David Beckham. Team GB boss Stuart Pearce says the former England captain is out because he’s not a good enough footballer any more – which doesn’t really explain how Craig Dawson and Marvin Sordell got picked.

Team Becks says he should have gone because of what he had done to help win the Olympics for London.

Meanwhile, the poor saps – including me – who have shelled out for tickets to see Psycho’s XI take on Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on August 1 don’t get a say. As usual.

The Cardiff game is sold out and I suspect many of those who have bought tickets did so partly to see Beckham’s last hurrah on British soil.

I certainly did. Yes, it’s a chance to see something of the Olympics a few miles down the road. Yes, it’s an opportunity for Welsh fans to pay tribute to Ryan Giggs.

But ultimately I wanted my teenage sons to see British football’s most iconic figure in action.

Instead we’ll be watching Team England and Wales and no doubt trying to work out which one is Jack Cork. Happy and glorious indeed.

In the words of John Lydon at the end of the last-ever Sex Pistols gig – ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?


Youth coaches are to blame for failures

STAYING with the subject of football, much has been written and debated this week about why British football cannot produce players of Spanish quality.

For my money, the answer lies with poor quality coaching at youth level and a mindset that places winning above player development.

Players with real ability get discarded at a young age in this country because they aren’t big enough and because coaches want to pack their teams with youngsters who are big, strong and fast.

Technical ability comes a poor second.

When you have professional football managers telling youth team coaches (and I’ve heard this being said) not to give them any young players under 6ft tall then you know you have deep-rooted problems.

Such a mindset would rule out half the current European and world champions. Crazy.


Cafe hosts our Dragon

THE launch of the SuperDragons 2 trail in Newport should provide some fun and games for parents and children during the school summer holidays – if it ever stops raining.

Your Argus is sponsoring one of the dragons this year.

Cityscape, which is the creation of artist Lauren Brown, features a map of Newport along with images of city landmarks.

You’ll find the Argus SuperDragon inside the café in Belle Vue Park.


Ship’s future shaping up

AFTER my piece on the future for Newport’s medieval ship last week I was delighted that we were then able to report that the city council was considering 20 potential sites to house the vessel.

Piecing the ship together and getting it into a fit state for permanent display will take many years, but it is vital that a site and funding are identified sooner rather than later.

There is a long way to go and there are some substantial hurdles to negotiate but at least things are moving in the right direction.

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9:44am Thu 5 Jul 12

Owain Vaughan says...

Not to harp on about the Olympic football team any more than is strictly necessary, but a team that is defined as the best footballing talent in the UK need not contain any players from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales or indeed England. Those borders are irrelevant as to selection of the best players in the country.
Not to harp on about the Olympic football team any more than is strictly necessary, but a team that is defined as the best footballing talent in the UK need not contain any players from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales or indeed England. Those borders are irrelevant as to selection of the best players in the country. Owain Vaughan
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12:19pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Mr Bump. says...

Unashamedly a local paper. Pah!
Unashamedly a local paper. Pah! Mr Bump.
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5:16pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Sigh.
Will there be local people at the Millennium Stadium watching Team GB? Yes.
Is youth football played locally? Yes.
Are the SuperDragons local? Yes.
Is the Newport Ship local? Yes.
Is Mr Bump unashamedly boring?
I'll leave it to other posters to answer that one.
Sigh. Will there be local people at the Millennium Stadium watching Team GB? Yes. Is youth football played locally? Yes. Are the SuperDragons local? Yes. Is the Newport Ship local? Yes. Is Mr Bump unashamedly boring? I'll leave it to other posters to answer that one. Kevin Ward - Editor
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6:56pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Mr Bump. says...

David Beckham isn't local. You don't seem to understand, i was all for your unashamedly local angle, that's what you should be, a local newspaper. Your opinion on David Beckham's exclusion from the Olympics team, isn't local or even news
David Beckham isn't local. You don't seem to understand, i was all for your unashamedly local angle, that's what you should be, a local newspaper. Your opinion on David Beckham's exclusion from the Olympics team, isn't local or even news Mr Bump.
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9:18am Fri 6 Jul 12

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

You're correct on one count. It isn't news. It's an opinion. That's why it's called an opinion column.
But you miss the point re the Beckham piece, which is that there will be plenty of local people who have bought tickets to see Team GB at the Millennium Stadium on August 1 on the widely-held assumption that Beckham would be in the squad.
The announcement that he wasn't included was made after all tickets were sold, which I suspect will leave many ticket-holders - particularly those with kids - feeling a little short-changed.
I don't think it's me that doesn't understand.
Meanwhile, you will find more local news than ever before every day in the Argus as we have cleared two additional pages for it by scrapping the national news page and moving satellite TV listings online.
But, you know, pah!
You're correct on one count. It isn't news. It's an opinion. That's why it's called an opinion column. But you miss the point re the Beckham piece, which is that there will be plenty of local people who have bought tickets to see Team GB at the Millennium Stadium on August 1 on the widely-held assumption that Beckham would be in the squad. The announcement that he wasn't included was made after all tickets were sold, which I suspect will leave many ticket-holders - particularly those with kids - feeling a little short-changed. I don't think it's me that doesn't understand. Meanwhile, you will find more local news than ever before every day in the Argus as we have cleared two additional pages for it by scrapping the national news page and moving satellite TV listings online. But, you know, pah! Kevin Ward - Editor
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10:36am Fri 6 Jul 12

Mr Bump. says...

Whine, whine, whine! so you don't get to see Beckham, you are supposed to be supporting the team represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, not some over the hill prima donna. Maybe we would rather read the Satellite tv listings than your opinion and gripes. ;-) Anyway i hope you and your kids enjoy your day out, you never no you might have something cheerful to write about in your column.
Whine, whine, whine! so you don't get to see Beckham, you are supposed to be supporting the team represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, not some over the hill prima donna. Maybe we would rather read the Satellite tv listings than your opinion and gripes. ;-) Anyway i hope you and your kids enjoy your day out, you never no you might have something cheerful to write about in your column. Mr Bump.
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1:51pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

That's actually very funny.
That's actually very funny. Kevin Ward - Editor
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2:44pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Mr Bump. says...

;-)
;-) Mr Bump.
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10:49pm Fri 6 Jul 12

CM1 says...

2-2!
2-2! CM1
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6:01pm Sat 7 Jul 12

Mervyn James says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
You're correct on one count. It isn't news. It's an opinion. That's why it's called an opinion column.
But you miss the point re the Beckham piece, which is that there will be plenty of local people who have bought tickets to see Team GB at the Millennium Stadium on August 1 on the widely-held assumption that Beckham would be in the squad.
The announcement that he wasn't included was made after all tickets were sold, which I suspect will leave many ticket-holders - particularly those with kids - feeling a little short-changed.
I don't think it's me that doesn't understand.
Meanwhile, you will find more local news than ever before every day in the Argus as we have cleared two additional pages for it by scrapping the national news page and moving satellite TV listings online.
But, you know, pah!
Is it about football, sport or just an brit celeb taking part in a team with half the country having nothing to do with it ? Beckham is too old, he was omitted because of that, I am assuming because the 'GB' team want to win something and it isn't an sunday afternoon kick about for the oldies..... He spends half his life in LA married to a clothes horse, not Britain, and posing for underwear, let's get real here !
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: You're correct on one count. It isn't news. It's an opinion. That's why it's called an opinion column. But you miss the point re the Beckham piece, which is that there will be plenty of local people who have bought tickets to see Team GB at the Millennium Stadium on August 1 on the widely-held assumption that Beckham would be in the squad. The announcement that he wasn't included was made after all tickets were sold, which I suspect will leave many ticket-holders - particularly those with kids - feeling a little short-changed. I don't think it's me that doesn't understand. Meanwhile, you will find more local news than ever before every day in the Argus as we have cleared two additional pages for it by scrapping the national news page and moving satellite TV listings online. But, you know, pah![/p][/quote]Is it about football, sport or just an brit celeb taking part in a team with half the country having nothing to do with it ? Beckham is too old, he was omitted because of that, I am assuming because the 'GB' team want to win something and it isn't an sunday afternoon kick about for the oldies..... He spends half his life in LA married to a clothes horse, not Britain, and posing for underwear, let's get real here ! Mervyn James
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