Hi Pooksahib, Re - Offside Rule
It is said that the offside rule in football, which nobody has ever fully understood no matter how many times it has been explained to them, first came into effect at the crucial match between Silly Boy’s team and the pride of Wales, Swansea City.
Previously the law had stated that an attacking player was offside if, when the ball was passed, there were less than two - or it may be one - defenders between him and the opposing goalkeeper. And the defending players or player would be deemed 'between' the attacking player and the goalkeeper if they were level with that player.
But the attacking player was NOT offside if, despite fulfilling the criteria for being offside, he wasn't interfering with play. So nothing could be more straightforward than that.
But the FA decided that even such a simple law was too much for its unbiased and impartial referees, and so altered the 'not interfering with play' bit, so if you watch Match of the Day it will become clear to you that
'A player is NOT offside if, despite being in an offside position when the ball is played, he pulls down a defending player in the penalty box, takes a wild swing at the ball as it passes him towards goal, making the goalkeeper dive the wrong way, and is spotted being offside by the 21 other players, the 40,000 crowd, and a television audience of about 10 million viewers.
Slightly amended from ‘The Spoof’ version.
Off to Tesco now, then home to write some poetry.