There's only four teams involved in football's top honours these days, so what's it like to win silverware every season? This is the blog of one football fan who decided to, fully and unconditionally, do the unthinkable and change the football team he supported to spend one season at the top... AND NOW HE'S DOING A SIMILAR THING FOR EURO 2008 WITH A MATE BECAUSE THE SEASON'S FINISHED AND THEY'RE BOTH BORED

The Silly Season in trouble with the Premier League

The Silly Season in trouble with the Premier League


I’m (not that) proud to annouce The Silly Season has ruffled the feathers of the football world once again…

This time? Er, The Premier League, Football Leagues, Scottish Premier and Football Leagues.

It’s about pictures I’ve been taking in the stadiums this season. Here’s the letter that really scared me when I saw it:

Dear [The Silly Season],

We write on behalf of the FA Premier League, the Football League, the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League ("the Leagues") in respect of the licensing of certain intellectual property rights of the Leagues, including Match Action photographs for this season August 2007 - May 2008, for use by third parties.

We have noticed that your website is displaying Football Photographs. In order to display these images you must obtain the necessary license. If you do not wish to obtain a license, please remove any player or match action photographs.

So there you go. What it means is no more blurred pictures of Theo Walcott, which is probably a relief to you lot anyway.

I did ask how much a licence to take pictures inside a ground costs… Let’s just say it’s way too much for this footballing crusade.

I have to say, the people who dealt with me have been very understanding - probably after realising how grovelling I was when I thought I was going to be sued for millions.

But fear not, that isn’t the end of the thrilling match action on The Silly Season

I just have to draw on yet more of my considerable skills – this time as an illustrator.

This is Aliadiere netting for Boro in the last match. That’s Gallas on the left by the way, sitting on the grass moping.

You can’t get anymore accurate than that…


Score prediction: now the league’s ‘over’ it’ll probably be Bolton 1-7 Arsenal

Comments, Pingbacks:

Comment from: Rachel [Visitor] Email ·
The illustrations are just another reason to come and check The Silly Season.

I was considering commenting at 2-0 and saying "what's happening?" but thankfully it was clawed back and now you're "back in it". Well, according to the 5live commentators who said that you were "definitely out of it now" last weekend.

The Guardian this morning implied that a certain Mr Ferguson didn't think Arsenal could do it. Please please please prove him wrong!

The Silly Season: I'd love to prove him wrong. I'd Love it! But it'll be hard with Ronaldo playing like he is.

What a win that was - I always said they could still do it. Erm…
PermalinkPermalink 29/03/08 @ 17:29
Comment from: Mark [Visitor] Email
Thats absolutly ridiculous. How can a stadium or a football player be an intellectual property right? Did the premier league invent Theo Walcott? How do you copyright a person or a stadium? Its not like a person or a stadium is an orginal idea. Next there'll be a clampdown on terrace chants that involve club or player names.

The Silly Season: I guess you'd have to sing… "1-0 to the club from north London who play in red…" and so on.
PermalinkPermalink 30/03/08 @ 17:14

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