Tuesday, 6 January 2015
When Worlds Collide
Our household was casually watching bits and pieces of last nights FA Cup match between AFC Wimbledon and Liverpool. As you do.
The sight of Adebayo Akinfenwa lumbering around the pitch, swatting Premiership footballers aside like lazy November houseflies made for a few amusing moments. You can't truly appreciate the sheer mass of Akinfenwa without seeing him in full flow. Radio Northampton used to bang on about him when he used to play for the Cobblers, but through the very-much limited visual medium of radio, "The Beast's" true immensity wasn't entirely apparent.
Whilst we watched him flattening the cream of Liverpool's reserve team the missus mused as to what it would have been like had Akinfenwa ever come up against our old immense stopper Ian Roper. A truly titanic clash!
Luckily for those of us who, in a completely straight way, like glimpsing big blokes grappling, footage does exist of these two footballers matching up to each other, surprisingly watched by luminaries such as Peter Cushing, Doug McClure and the lovely Caroline Munro. I guess they must have been in with the "prawn sandwich" brigade?
Roper and Akinfenwa slug it out!