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All Things Footie | Friday, May 18 | Jordan

Painful penalties

The more penalty shoot outs I watch the more unfair they seem to be. You have to feel sorry for Birmingham, losing the two most important games of the season on the 12 yard lottery. The only surprise is that the game they deserved to win more was against Liverpool. Although I do think it was a very unproffessional decision by the ref to choose the Preston end to take the penalties in, appealling against it is a pretty futile pursuit. I suppose Trevor feels like he should do something though. Congratuilations to Bolton and Preston though, it should make an interesting final.

Talking of finals - it's the FA Youth Cup final (1st leg) tonight at Highbury. Arsenal are making a bid to retain the trophy they won last year as a strong Blackburn team visit tonight. It will be live at 7:00 on Sky Sports 1 for anyone interested who can't make it to Highbury (if you can tickets are only �3) and it should be a cracking game. Arsenal, recognised as "one of the best youth outfits in the country" - Bobby Downes ('Rovers academy director), will start favourites after dispatching Ipswich in 3-4, 4-2 thrillers in the semis but the young 'Rovers players are no slouches, beating Liverpool on penalties in the previous round. Good luck to the young gunners and lets hope it's a good game - we can still win one cup :)

In the News

Glenn Hoddle has confirmed Spuds' interest in re-signing Teddy Sheringham while Parma have made an enquiry about Coventry 'keeper Magnus Hedman as their highly rated young stopper Gianluigi Buffon looks set to leave in the summer. Still on the subject of goalkeepers, Ipswich's talented youngster Richard Wright has agreed to sign a new 5 year deal with the tractor-boys, all set to play European football next season.

And finally, in manegerial news - Brian Kidd is being lined up to replace Terry Venables at Middlesborough, whether Bryan Robson will stay is another matter. Alan Curbishley's chances of taking over the vacant West Ham job are slimming as he's revealed he thinks the Charlton board will not let him go.

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