Posted by sean on August 26, 2019 at 12:44 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


Current Holders: Olympiakos

From: 07/06/2020
Games: 5

 

Previous Holders:

Team From To Games
PAOK 04/03/2020 07/06/2020 1
Olympiakos 27/02/2020 04/03/2020 2
Arsenal 16/02/2020 27/02/2020 3
Newcastle United 14/01/2020 16/02/2020 6
Rochdale 01/01/2020 14/01/2020 3
Accrington Stanley 14/12/2019 01/01/2020 4
Portsmouth 03/12/2019 14/12/2019 2
Northampton Town 10/11/2019 03/12/2019 4
Chippenham Town 08/10/2019 10/11/2019 5
Slough Town 24/08/2019 08/10/2019 9
Bath City 03/08/2019 24/08/2019 6

Posted by sean on June 7, 2020 at 8:11 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


Who here remembers the Roman Chalice? Probably not many of you. Perhaps this will jog your memory…

I do worry about the theory of the Roman Chalice being somewhat of a curse and the possibility of it playing a part in coronavirus spreading across the entire globe! Probably just a coincidence, but best not mention it to anyone, hey? Just in case…

Anyway… clearly, the Roman Chalice could not be contested while there was no football. This meant that Greek side PAOK were able to keep hold of the trophy for 96 days – a record in Chalice history.

I would normally heap praise upon PAOK for retaining the honour for such a long period of time. However, they only played one game as holders. A game in which they lost. To Olympiakos. Ironically the team who they beat to obtain the Chalice way back in March. Never has the phrase ‘You had one job’ been more appropriate.

So, I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Olympiakos for their impressive display this evening – a 1-0 victory, in front of no spectators.

That’ll do, Kos. That’ll do.

Posted by sean on March 5, 2020 at 7:37 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


According to Google, the Greek for ‘Short lived’ loosely translates as ‘Σύντομη ζωή’.

Σύντομη ζωή is the perfect way to describe the amount of time that Olympiakos managed to keep hold of the the Roman Chalice.

Despite only winning the trophy last Thursday, by beating Arsenal in the Europa League, they managed to lose it last night, to their fellow countrymen in the Greek Cup.

It would appear that up until yesterday, Olympiakos were unbeaten throughout this season in domestic competitions.

The aforementioned Arsenal, also broke an unwanted record in their defeat last week. In getting eliminated from the Europa League, the Gunners will spend their first March this century, without being involved in any European competitions.

This has made me wonder… does the recent bad fortune to afflict Olympiakos and Arsenal mean that the Roman Chalice is more of a poison chalice?

MAYBE STICK TO THE FA CUP, ARSENAL. THE ROMAN CHALICE IS TOO DANGEROUS.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens to the victors of Olympiakos and new new holders of the Roman Chalice!

Before I reveal who it is, I would like to warn you that this club has a really long name.

To put it into context, the English team with the most amount of letters is Wolverhampton Wanderers, with a pitiful 22 characters.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle, has a decent attempt, with probably the longest-named club in Britain – 26 letters. Although I am sure that there must be one in Wales eager to contest this. Does Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch have a team?

I CREATE WORDS LIKE THIS, IF I BASH MY FIST ON THE COMPUTER KEYBOARD WHEN THE PC FREEZES.

So, the new holders of the Roman Chalice and the longest ever name (maybe) is…

Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinopolitóà (51 letters, to save you counting).

Almost everywhere appears to refer to them as PAOK, which is most definitely what I’ll be doing from now on. Think of all that additional bandwidth required for those extra 47 characters (technically 50, with spaces). It would cost me literally fractions of pence in webhosting fees!

Congratulations PAOK!

All is not lost for Olympiakos fans, though. The Greek Cup is played over two legs. Yesterday was only the first of these. Both sides will meet again next month, so assuming PAOK keep hold of the Chalice until then, the trophy may yet end the season in Athens.

Posted by sean on February 28, 2020 at 8:42 am in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


The challenge to become holder of The Roman Chalice has now turned international.

Thanks to Brexit and the Coronavirus, many Brits are now petrified of anywhere, anyone or anything overseas, which isn’t the Isle of Wight.

Not the Roman Chalice. It shows no fear. This trophy was once the pride of a number of famous British football clubs, such as Arsenal, Newcastle and Slough.

The Roman Chalice has now packed up and emigrated to Greece!

 

FT: Arsenal 1-2 Olympiakos (2-2 agg).

It’s over! The Emirates is stunned. Mikel Arteta’s side have been dumped out of the Europa League on away goals in the last 32.

 

This is how BBC Sport broke the news to the world, using Twitter.

Olympiakos will be happy to have progressed in the Europa League, but they’ll be ecstatic to be returning home to Greece with the Chalice.

As you can see, the fans were dancing in the streets of Athens.

Congratulations, Olympiakos. Not only on winning the Roman Chalice, but for coming second in the SEAN’S STORIES BEST FACE ON A FOOTBALL CREST COMPETITION. The winner, as I am sure you will agree, is Hemel Hempstead.

Sorry, Olympiakos, but nothing beats a royal, with a passion for gluttony and bigamy. At least you’ve got the Chalice, which, as Larry D

avid would say, is “pretty, pretty, pretty good”.

 

Posted by sean on February 17, 2020 at 9:18 am in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


All good runs must come to an end. They had a surprisingly good innings, but Newcastle United relinquished the Roman Chalice yesterday.

The Magpies took the honour from Rochdale in an FA Cup tie, before managing to keep a tight grip on the trophy for 33 days. In this time, they successfully defended the Chalice against five teams.

This was until Sunday, when they travelled to London and faced Arsenal. While in the Capital, Newcastle surrendered the only trophy won by the club in 65 years.

You would like to think that the Georgies had put up a fight and bravely defended the Chalice right until the end.

For the first 45 minutes of the football match, they did. The scoreline was 0-0 at halftime. Sadly for the Toon Army, the valiant display didn’t last and they lost 4-0!

Arsenal are now the current holders of the Chalice. They are the first winners of the trophy to also compete in a European competition. On Thursday, Arsenal will take on Olympiacos in the Europa League.

Should Arsenal lose, the Chalice will leave English soil and be up for grabs by Greek football teams! Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins will be outraged!

Posted by sean on January 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


There is a long-running job throughout football, regarding Newcastle United and the fact that they haven’t won a major trophy for over half a century – currently 65 years and counting.

TROPHY WINNING LEGENDS *

Well all the guffaws can stop right here, right  now. Newcastle’s long run without a major honour has come to an end…

This evening, they beat Rochdale 4-1 in the FA Cup. Before you congratulate them on their victory, you should be aware that the Magpies haven’t won the FA Cup. Tonight’s game was only the third round of that tinpot competition. Their prize is far greater than any cup, trophy or shield; for Newcastle United are now the proud holders of THE ROMAN CHALICE.

Eoghan O’Connell opened the scoring for the Chalice heroes. He will now forever go down in folklore as a Newcastle United legend and discussions are already underway to build a statue of O’Connell outside the club’s stadium, St James Park. The mayor of Newcastle has also promised him the key to the city.

Not bad, for the young Irishman, considering he doesn’t even play for Newcastle! Eoghan is technically a Rochdale player, but it was his own goal in the 17th minute that he believes inspired his beloved Magpies to lift the Chalice.

“I have always wanted to score for a Premiership team, you know.”, said O’Connell. “When I found out that Rochdale would be playing against the Toon Army, I knew this was my opportunity to put the name Eoghan O’Connell on the map”.

When asked about how he prepared for the fixture, O’Connell confirmed “I have been training since the draw was made. I was determined to give 110 percent and score for Newcastle.”

“At the end of the day, whether it came off my foot, head or backside, I didn’t care. Luckily, when my chance came along, I was in acres of space and was able to take it. I was as pleased as punch when I put the ball in the back of the net. Goals win games.”

Congratulations Newcastle United and Eoghan O’Connell **

An open top bus parade will take place tomorrow. Newcastle fans are encouraged to attend and get a glimpse of the Roman Chalice. It may be their only chance to see it, considering the club will probably lose to Chelsea at the weekend and relinquish the honour.

* right, before you all send me abuse, I am all too aware that this is not Newcastle United. It is the Welsh national football team. I don’t know the age of the photograph – I used Google image search – but am aware that it is a long time ago!

** and if you believe those quotes were actually from Eoghan O’Connell, you’re more gullible than those who voted for Brexit, thinking that the NHS would get £350 million if we left the EU.

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