TOUR DIARY: Day eight

TOUR DIARY: Day eight

TOUR DIARY: Day eight

Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead

First published in Sport by

I WAS running the commentary through in my head, like a seven-year-old having a kick-about with his friends.

“Picaretta to Di Canio, he beats two, Morshead’s free at the back post, there’s no one marking him, perfect ball from Di Canio, Morshead, left foot. Goooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaalllll!”

It’s fair to say my strike may not have been decisive, given our 18-goal winning margin over a collection of the Town manager’s family and close friends under the fierce midday sun at Hotel Veronello yesterday, but that second-half effort for the Swindon Town staff and media seven-a-side team is one that will live with me forever.

In my line of work I am occasionally fortunate enough to land in positions in life that just don’t come around too often.

A Sunday afternoon friendly with Di Canio on the banks of Lake Garda is one such example, and if the experience taught me anything it was: A – the Italian has still not lost either his ability on the ball or his competitive edge.

B – the Swindon Town players are remarkably fit.

And C – I really am not.

Watching Di Canio in action for the duration of our 80-minute match, it was evident that he still thrives on any element of competition.

You can see that on any regular Saturday back home, as League Two dug-outs can well testify, with his routine rants and ravings and impassioned debates with matchday officials and his own substitutes.

But that is an arena where you would fully expect that side of his character to come to the fore.

On a lazy, hot Sunday afternoon on his one day off out on tour, you’d have thought he might have toned down his intense drive to win.

Not one bit of it.

In our pre-match team talk he said he wanted us to “destroy” our opponents, during the second period he continually barked the words “no mercy” and at full-time he joked that he was disappointed we had not seen off the opposition by a greater margin than our 35-17 success.

At least I think he was joking.

For a couple of hours we got as first-hand an insight as I think it is possible to get of what made Di Canio the footballer, and what makes Di Canio the manager, tick.

He loves to express himself on the pitch. He may now live vicariously through his squad, but he still has the ability to run rings around most defences.

It visibly hurt him to concede every single one of the goals we let in, and he took great satisfaction from seeing the net bulge at the other end.

It was an experience I will never forget.

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8:02am Mon 9 Jul 12

ya mums got facial hair says...

35-17 but he was disappointed he let in 18?
Any chance of giving the correct updates with no spelling mistakes also.
35-17 but he was disappointed he let in 18? Any chance of giving the correct updates with no spelling mistakes also. ya mums got facial hair
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8:56am Mon 9 Jul 12

BromhamRed says...

ya mums got facial hair wrote:
35-17 but he was disappointed he let in 18? Any chance of giving the correct updates with no spelling mistakes also.
Don't cry, it's only a bit of fun! Not like you're paying to read it on this site.
[quote][p][bold]ya mums got facial hair[/bold] wrote: 35-17 but he was disappointed he let in 18? Any chance of giving the correct updates with no spelling mistakes also.[/p][/quote]Don't cry, it's only a bit of fun! Not like you're paying to read it on this site. BromhamRed
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10:15am Mon 9 Jul 12

cowpat says...

a good fun article. keep it coming sam.
a good fun article. keep it coming sam. cowpat
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10:31am Mon 9 Jul 12

Billy Sharp says...

ya mums got facial hair wrote:
35-17 but he was disappointed he let in 18?
Any chance of giving the correct updates with no spelling mistakes also.
Do the math. 35-17=? Before you start spouting off, have a think about things. Idiot
[quote][p][bold]ya mums got facial hair[/bold] wrote: 35-17 but he was disappointed he let in 18? Any chance of giving the correct updates with no spelling mistakes also.[/p][/quote]Do the math. 35-17=? Before you start spouting off, have a think about things. Idiot Billy Sharp
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12:50pm Mon 9 Jul 12

VinnyPericard says...

Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?
Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly? VinnyPericard
  • Score: 0

12:50pm Mon 9 Jul 12

VinnyPericard says...

Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?
Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly? VinnyPericard
  • Score: 0

1:18pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Swindon1984 says...

VinnyPericard wrote:
Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?
Looks like it - I thought it was an interesting diversion, and would applaud those involved for giving us a bit of info outside the norm. After all it's a rour diary - if this is what's happened on the day, would you rather they didn't write about it at all? If you've no interest you can exercise your right not to read it, for those who do want to, I don't see the harm. There's lots in life worth getting annoyed about, and this isn't one of them.
[quote][p][bold]VinnyPericard[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?[/p][/quote]Looks like it - I thought it was an interesting diversion, and would applaud those involved for giving us a bit of info outside the norm. After all it's a rour diary - if this is what's happened on the day, would you rather they didn't write about it at all? If you've no interest you can exercise your right not to read it, for those who do want to, I don't see the harm. There's lots in life worth getting annoyed about, and this isn't one of them. Swindon1984
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2:58pm Mon 9 Jul 12

stfcphil says...

VinnyPericard wrote:
Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?
Yep ! Sure beats the headlines in the Adver the other day about a cat being found !!
[quote][p][bold]VinnyPericard[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?[/p][/quote]Yep ! Sure beats the headlines in the Adver the other day about a cat being found !! stfcphil
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3:22pm Mon 9 Jul 12

ciclosporindorset says...

Agreed - with most - a very good little cameo atno cost to anyone and plenty of human interest. If I had a dream...... playing footie on the banks of Lake Garda with one of the best Italian players ever and potentially the most, potentiallly the most acclaimed of STFC managers, I say what an absolute privilige.
Agreed - with most - a very good little cameo atno cost to anyone and plenty of human interest. If I had a dream...... playing footie on the banks of Lake Garda with one of the best Italian players ever and potentially the most, potentiallly the most acclaimed of STFC managers, I say what an absolute privilige. ciclosporindorset
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5:22pm Mon 9 Jul 12

VinnyPericard says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
VinnyPericard wrote:
Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?
Looks like it - I thought it was an interesting diversion, and would applaud those involved for giving us a bit of info outside the norm. After all it's a rour diary - if this is what's happened on the day, would you rather they didn't write about it at all? If you've no interest you can exercise your right not to read it, for those who do want to, I don't see the harm. There's lots in life worth getting annoyed about, and this isn't one of them.
Yawn. Though I do take stfcphil's comment about the cat stories!
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VinnyPericard[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that isn't interest in hearing about this lot having a jolly?[/p][/quote]Looks like it - I thought it was an interesting diversion, and would applaud those involved for giving us a bit of info outside the norm. After all it's a rour diary - if this is what's happened on the day, would you rather they didn't write about it at all? If you've no interest you can exercise your right not to read it, for those who do want to, I don't see the harm. There's lots in life worth getting annoyed about, and this isn't one of them.[/p][/quote]Yawn. Though I do take stfcphil's comment about the cat stories! VinnyPericard
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1:17am Tue 10 Jul 12

budapeststfc says...

Hey guys, I just come out of stress in Afghan after 12 months. I supported STFC all my life, and what PDC has done has kept me going mentally over the last year. I am regrouping in Budapest - PDCs training is a reflection of my life. I love all the comments by London Red, Oi Den, The Wizard guy who posts alot and also that guy from Dorset. STFC is lucky to have very good and informed fans. The 1st game I ever saw was in the season with Alan Mayes and Kamara I think - we nearly got to the league cup final and then we lost in semi against Wolves. I always remember that game - young guy in a couch trip with the local junior team thinking we could beat Wolves to get to the final. But we will go up this year. Thanks so much to all the expert commentators on the site who appreciate the club - come on guys - keep the excellent commentary going. Oi Den, London Red, STFC guywho organisers the weekly leagure are super.
Hey guys, I just come out of stress in Afghan after 12 months. I supported STFC all my life, and what PDC has done has kept me going mentally over the last year. I am regrouping in Budapest - PDCs training is a reflection of my life. I love all the comments by London Red, Oi Den, The Wizard guy who posts alot and also that guy from Dorset. STFC is lucky to have very good and informed fans. The 1st game I ever saw was in the season with Alan Mayes and Kamara I think - we nearly got to the league cup final and then we lost in semi against Wolves. I always remember that game - young guy in a couch trip with the local junior team thinking we could beat Wolves to get to the final. But we will go up this year. Thanks so much to all the expert commentators on the site who appreciate the club - come on guys - keep the excellent commentary going. Oi Den, London Red, STFC guywho organisers the weekly leagure are super. budapeststfc
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1:33am Tue 10 Jul 12

budapeststfc says...

I think it is super that PDC has got the correct attitude for the pre season training. These players have to be fit and hard. I get paid less than them, but I put my life on the line for our country and I am fitter than them. All Swindon players Work for the Swindon board and PDC . I just come out of AFghanistan and I seen it all. Just work hard STFC, because I see people die -Come on and work hard.
I think it is super that PDC has got the correct attitude for the pre season training. These players have to be fit and hard. I get paid less than them, but I put my life on the line for our country and I am fitter than them. All Swindon players Work for the Swindon board and PDC . I just come out of AFghanistan and I seen it all. Just work hard STFC, because I see people die -Come on and work hard. budapeststfc
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