Today we now know that the ballboy – actually ballman – is 17 year old Charlie Morgan, heir to his dad’s £42 million fortune and a Richie Rich character.
No, you couldn’t make it up.
Apparently Charlie promised to make a proper Charlie of himself to his meagre 600 followers on Twitter before the game on Wednesday night by timewasting. Whilst his ridiculous antics certainly gave him legendary prat status, it did his Twitter account no harm. He now has over 100,000 followers!
The story goes that after the game Morgan and Eden Hazard had a chat and apologised to each other for the stramash.
You have to wonder if money changed hands to keep it from going any further and, with Morgan’s dad being a rich shareholder in Swansea, which direction any money flowed!
It looks increasingly likely that ballboys will now form a union to protect them. The reason is that there are too many hazards in the modern game.
Celtic supporters clubs roundly condemned Eden Hazard for kicking the ballboy as he lay on the ground. “Such a thing would never happen at a Celtic game,” said a spokesman. “We prefer to pelt the ballboys with coins.”
At this rate, I will be writing about Roy of the Rovers next week…
Speaking about the real Roy of the Rovers i.e. David Beckham, I see that his boy Brooklyn is rumoured to be interesting Chelsea FC.
I got a shock when I saw how the boy had grown; I keep thinking of him as a wee toddler.
It’s interesting to think that Brooklyn was named after the place he was conceived and that his mother and father are such trendsetters. If other parents followed the Beckhams’ example in naming their offspring after the place of their conception, wee Brooklyn might one day be playing alongside teammates such as Sofa Jones or Back Seat of Fiesta Wilson.
If Brooklyn doesn’t make the grade at Chelsea, maybe his old man can get him onto the Millionaire Ballboy rota at Swansea.
Continuing with the football fantasy theme, I see that Charles Green is talking up the future possibility of an extended Ibrox.
That is one fantasy I would love to see become reality.
The truth is that Ibrox is too small in terms of seating capacity. The ambitions of Charles Green to make Rangers a potent force in Europe and bolster this by greatly increasing the number of seats is music to the ears of Rangers supporters.
It is only to be hoped that Green is a true visionary and not just a fantasist. Rangers fans do not need another encounter with moonbeams thinking.
So far the Rangers Chief Executive has ticked most of the boxes. We are coming into places now where a lot of the talk must be backed up by strong action.
Next week, of course, the SPL Commission on Rangers’ side-letters sits and, depending on the outcome, Charles Green may be called upon to provide tough, decisive leadership in terms of how the club responds.
On top of this, the shadow of league reconstruction hangs over the game. How this plays out will also help to define Green’s role at the helm of the club.
I was saddened to read that Jim Ballantyne, Airdrie United Chairman and Scottish Football League President, has come out in support of the SPL’s 12-12-18 format.
Ballantyne, of course, was one of the names behind the 16-10-16 proposals drawn up by the SFL.
Why the sudden cave-in, it has to be asked?
The conduct of Longmuir and Ballantyne in the whole matter has been a major source of disappointment to many over the past few weeks.
However, from information I have on the inner workings of the SFL, it should not come as any great surprise to see them being led tamely down the path of the cabal.
Anyway, I hope to bring a match report on Melchester Rovers versus Millionaires Sons Utd next time…