Arsenal & Manchester United Balls: Wise Garth Crooks’ Puts His Champagne On Ice
GARTH Crooks, the most earnest man in sport, for whom every comment is weighed with the wisdom of Solomon and the pressed palms of a Saint contemplating the spiritual meaning of a John Terry header. And then he pauses. As if deep in thought. And then speaks slowly in short sentences, so that scribes may best be able to jot down his words exactly. He picks. His team. Of the week. For the BBC. It’s not a team, of course. It’s just XI names who have done well over the previous Premier League weekend. This week he made his choices.
Garth gaze upon Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey:
I don’t think there can be any greater accolade than when a former player acknowledges respect for his former club by not celebrating a goal.
Accolade? Defined as: “an award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit.”
Ramsey’s silence was an award to Cardiff City fans. And you thought it was just respectful to the club that spotted him and gave him his professional chance, and to the fans who had once cheered for him.
But that’s an aside to Garth’s main thought. And so to Wayne Rooney
I was speaking to my uncle Ben on Saturday and said that Aaron Ramsey was almost certain to be the unanimous choice for footballer of the year. He took the glass of champagne out of my hand and said: ‘You mean Wayne Rooney, don’t you?’ I told him that he had made a very good point and promptly went home.