Sunday, 5 July 2009

Gillespie - Hungary for success?

Hungarian is a notoriously difficult language, but I have enough faith in my readers to post this link, in the faint hope that someone might decipher it. From these photos it would certainly appear that flying Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie has found himself a new club.

Ferencváros, or Fradi as they are popularly known, are a Budapest team with the biggest support in Hungary. I also gather that they will be playing in the country’s top flight next season after a sojourn in the lower leagues.

Good luck to Keith if he has found himself a new club. Perhaps he might yet don the green shirt of Northern Ireland again, if his performances in this new shade of green are adequate. The talent is still there if the temperament and fitness can be maintained as well.

(H/T Tubby Morton OWC)

Update: Yourcousin has kindly provided this synopsis of the article courtesy of his (Hungarian I assume?) wife:

A little late with this one (as per usual) but my wife read it to me and the article essentially relates the fact that Bobby Davidson has the team on a rigorous work out schedule in order to get them up to par for the coming season. The article names the starting goal tender and they fact that Davidson would like to see the continuation of a some of the positive offense they had last year in the lower division. They were trying to get four players to help further this end with Gillespie already agreeing (in the article). That's really about it


Although as O'Neill comments, its is now rumoured on OWC that Sheffield United have scotched the deal. Which is a pity, as cheering on Keith would have might a fine pretext to visit Budapest.

7 comments:

Budapest Ben Dover said...
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O'Neill said...

According to one of OWC's best informed and astute (!)commentators, deal's off.

The reason given is a bit strange though, "Sheffield Utd have torn up the contract"?

Chekov said...

I think Sheffield United have a stake in the Hungarian team. :-/

Hernandez said...

I heard there's good casinos in Budapest.....

yourcousin said...

A little late with this one (as per usual) but my wife read it to me and the article essentially relates the fact that Bobby Davidson has the team on a rigorous work out schedule in order to get them up to par for the coming season. The article names the starting goal tender and they fact that Davidson would like to see the continuation of a some of the positive offense they had last year in the lower division. They were trying to get four players to help further this end with Gillespie already agreeing (in the article). That's really about it.

Though a note on the Hungarian language if I may. It's not that it's that difficult, it's just that it's a non-Indo European language which means that it's not related to any of the romantic, Germanic, or Slavic languages. Its saving grace it that it is wholly phonetic and that as soon as one learns the alphabet one can read anything. You may not comprehend it, but you can read it.

Chekov said...

Thanks yourcousin. Very informative. I guess it's the lines of unbroken consonants and the length of the words that make the language look intimidating. I must admit that my source for the fact of its difficulty was Michael Palin. Oh dear!

yourcousin said...

Yes the wife is indeed Hungarian. She immigrated when she was eleven. Oddly enough, she and my family (also from Hungary) came from the same area. Though when my family left (those who did leave as we still have family there) it was a village outside of Budapest and when she was born it was a suburb of Budapest.

I too found the Hungarian language almost gabberwalkyesque. Though since she is teaching our son to speak it I figured I better get on board before my kid was talking back to me in a foreign language.