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September 21st 2014 – Shanghai Marlins 2 Pistolera Bulls 0

The Marlins were looking to get their first win of the season as they came up against a Bulls side, which had claimed a 4-1 win against ERS the previous week. After a sloppy start against Shanghai 2000, gaffer Steve wanted everyone to up their game and concentration levels from the first whistle. That was helped by a couple of players returning to action. Chatty Dale was back from his tour of Beijing and between the sticks, while Shanghai’s biggest set of calfs and dirtiest nice guy, Will, was back to bulldoze a couple of Bulls.

The game kicked off with the Marlins playing a new formation and they got off to a great start when Zhu played a well-weighted through ball for Pete Rosselli to pass into the corner of the net. It was nearly 1-1 soon after but for a great save by Dale who thwarted last season’s top goalscorer. The boys in blue were probing for a second but lacked the necessary cutting edge in the final third. They weren’t under any real threat from the Bulls who were well tamed but for the odd mistake or complicated passing by Shanghai Marlins.

At half-time, a couple of changes were made and Banksy went clapping mental as he gave an English lesson in syllables.

The second half saw the Marlins continue to create chances but fail to  gain the all important two-goal cushion. The Bulls were restricted to long range shots, which rarely caused Dale any problems. There was nearly a Brazilian-esque goal when Dave (left-back) crossed for the onrushing John (right-back) to shoot, but unfortunately the moaning German keeper (Oliver Kahn) got in the way. The Bulls were lacking in fluidity and a mistake saw Ignacio go through on goal. The last defender brought him  down just outside the area and duly received his marching orders. Soon after, the second goal for Shanghai Marlins finally arrived when James flung a left-foot at the ball, 25-yards from goal and watched it arrow into the top corner. Kahn – like Alejandro in Manhattans – had no chance! Nor does anyone else of winning the goal of the season award. A fantastic goal all but sealed the three-points with the Marlins playing the remainder of the game out and very much in control. Before the final whistle could be blown, a Bulls player did a two-footed lunge despite already being on a yellow card! Referee Kevin had little choice but to send him off for the stupid and crazy act. It was almost like some animal in a shop full of fragile items…

The game eventually came to an end and the Marlins head into the ‘international break’ with a win to reflect on. James meanwhile will be tugging furiously for an eternity over his personal achievement. Other mentions:

Banksy got nutmegged then pretended to be injured. Will got a yellow card in his first game of the season. Dan’s daily lunges paid off as he performed a terrific last ditch tackle. Loic wanted peace and quiet…Banksy the clapping monkey didn’t. And McGoo became Bambi on ice when in front of goal. A much better performance and something to build on after the two-week break.

Well played lads and enjoy the holidays…not too much though you tubby t***s.

September 14th 2014 – Shanghai Marlins 3-3 Shanghai 2000

The first game of the new season took place at Carl’s hallowed turf in Century Park. Looking to get off to a winning start, the new look Shanghai Marlins were up against a fit, fast and young Shanghai 2000…plus a couple of Chinese muppets. The boys in blue got off to a poor start after just a few minutes when the young striker for Shanghai 2000 turned in the box and rolled the ball home. It wasn’t long though until the Marlins equalised with ex-Gremio striker, Zhu, scoring on his debut with a curling shot into the far corner. But minutes later, 2000 took the lead again as the Marlins were struggling for fluidity and shape. Two-one became 3-1 when the Chinese midfielder – who had the face of a bulldog chewing a wasp – clipped a freekick over the wall and just under the bar. As half-time approached, the Marlins got a vital goal back, again from Zhu. Despite stupid protests, the goal was given and at the break it was 3-2 to Shanghai 2000.

The Marlins started the second half well as they went in search of an equaliser. That eventually arrived when Zhu – like Fabrizio Ravanelli on his Boro debut (that mention is for Gerrard) – completed his hat-trick. The passionate striker did it in style too, as he turned one defender before running between two others and toe-punting a sharp finish at the near-post! At 3-3 the game was on a knife edge and both teams were quite rightly going for the win. Shanghai 2000 hit the post with a lucky bounce from a divot in the pitch while Zhu hit the post and then the bar in the final few minutes with two separate attempts. Unfortunately for Shanghai Marlins, they couldn’t find a winner and were left to rue another opening day draw. They’ll be looking to take out their frustrations on their next opponents when they take on the Bulls on Sunday. Man of the match honours quite rightly went to Zhu, who will be hoping to maintain his form right through the season.

Special mention for Jamie Gerrard who will be competing in a triathlon in Shandong this Saturday. Good luck fella!

Marlins back in action!

Shanghai Marlins FC finally kicked off their 2023/14 SPL campaign with a tough looking fixture against Japan. With the core of last season’s squad still with the club, the squad had a familiar look to it, bolstered by a few new additions. New signings Will Doar, Hamish Richie and Michael Yang were on the bench, along with Shanghai Shooters supremo Roland “Zippy” Broughton. As the massive (in numbers) Japanese squad ran through their impressive warm up routine, the Marlins concentrated on staying cool in the 30+ degree heat.

As expected the Japanese started at a fast pace, playing a high line and pressing Marlins every time they had possession. With both teams packing the midfield, chances were few and far between, the best falling to Croatian striker Fedja Selimovic who narrowly missed the target after a fine backheel layoff from Pete Rosselli. There were also some good interchanges of play between captain Jon Banks and footballing trickster Mike “McGoo” McGirr, with Gui LeClerq going close at the end of one slick move.

Marlins suffered a setback around the half hour mark when they lost winger Jonny Dicken to a hamstring injury, giving new boy Hamish the chance to make his debut. Centre back Lee McCluckie then picked up the game’s only yellow card, as the Japanese changed almost their entire team and pushed for the opening goal. Marlins defended comfortably however, and retreated to the shade of the clubhouse at half time reasonably pleased with their first half performance. Half time 0-0.

The start of the second half saw American holding midfielder Will Doar make his debut in place of Captain Banks,  and as the heat and pace of the game took it’s toll, Marlins manger Steve Fishwick rotated the squad to try and find the breakthrough goal. Youngsters Alex Hull and Luke Jones brought much needed fresh legs to the midfield, and jet lagged full back Tom Housden was replaced by Marlins stalwart Dan Griffiths. Upfront, the experience and footballing brain of Broughton were starting to create some half chances, whilst at the back keeper Dale Johnson had a couple of anxious moments dealing with the Japanese long ball game.

It was starting to look as if the game would finish goal-less, when an inspired double substitution gave Marlins the lead. Within seconds of being reintroduced into the game, Selimovic and McCluckie combined for the opening goal. Awarded a free kick on the left, Fedja’s inch-perfect delivery was met by a towering header from McCluckie which flew into the Japanese net. 1-0 Marlins, and scenes of wild excitement and bizarre  goal celebrations ensued.

Faced with defending their hard won lead, Marlins initially kept the Japanese penned back in their own half, with Hull going close direct from a corner. Japan then brought on another set of fresh players, and with Marlins pressed deeper and deeper, Fishwick reintroduced Banks to shore up the tiring midfield. It looked as if Marlins would hold on to take all 3 points, but with 5 minutes left Japan found their equalizer. A great run from their attacking midfielder looked a certain goal until left back Dave Watson intercepted with a fantastic last-ditch challenge. Unfortunately the ball broke free to another Japan striker who slotted home to give them a share of the points.

With no further chances the game finished 1-1. Overall a fair result against a team who will be very difficult to beat this season. Good defensive performances for Marlins from Adam Christy and Simon Moore, and a mention for the referee who controlled the game well. We now have a 3 week break until the league resumes, hopefully with some cooler weather.

Motorola CP040 radio review

We at this site spend a lot of time reviewing the best and most well designed radios on offer today. Some of these products are specially made for specific functions and can fetch intimidating prices for smaller companies that nonetheless are eager to compete. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a quick look at one of Motorola’s cheaper models and see how it compares with the big boys.


With a utilitarian, somewhat pedestrian design, the Motorola CP040 is a million miles removed from the sleek, sexy contours of the MotoTRBO SL4000, or even the rugged, hardwearing face of the Motorola DP3400. The design is perfunctory, modest and unambitious, but looks can be deceiving.

A sturdy, capable model, this is a great choice for warehousing and agriculture (as pointed out on the Motorola site).

It only makes use of four channels, but is incredibly easy to use as a result, very much a ‘press and play’ radio. It also keeps contact over a surprisingly large range.

19 hours of battery life shows good durability (when in battery saving ‘low’ mode, anyway), while the ability to switch between broadcasting to multiple users or a single one is a very welcome function indeed.

Although clearly designed as a budget model, the CP040 has a lot of functions that we have come to expect from far-more pricey radios.


Believe it or not (and we even had to read it twice!), the CP040 is available at less than £100. OK, at £99 it’s not a lot less, but it still beats the better models by half (and then some). Indeed, there is a feeling that Motorola could actually charge a little bit more for this device and easily get away with it.


Making great use of Motorola’s much-vaunted ‘X-Pand’ technology, the CP040 provides excellent audio quality with every message, so there’s no real loss in sound quality (unless you obsessively compare the CP040 with the really high-end models and we aren’t going to do that here).

In terms of use, the CP040 is easy and efficient, operating with the usual dependability that we’ve come to expect from Motorola radios.

The belt clip (an optional extra) holds the radio in well and everything is generally sturdy and nicely made.

The CP040 may be lacking some of the more fancy features and extras that some of its peers can boast about, but as a standard, basic two-way radio, it is incredibly difficult to find fault with it.


The CP040 has been designed with mid level business use in mind, yes, it lacks the ‘boys own adventure’ ruggedness of Motorola’s outdoor models or the discreet, professional modernity of their urban, security orientated range, but it makes up for this in spades with a solid, reliable performance that won’t break the bank.

Perhaps it’s not the best product of its kind that the market can offer, but it is a very long way from being the worst and, in addition, it genuinely offers excellent value for money.

Customers may want something a little bit tougher and more overtly safety-conscious for use on building sites or battlegrounds. Perhaps they’ll also want something a little more slender and/or trendy for customer interaction, but otherwise, the CP040 suits its design-niche perfectly.

This is a great little device for basic business radio use and it’s hard to imagine it letting anybody down. Strong, reliable and high performance, the CP040 combines a thoroughly satisfying user experience with a pleasantly manageable price tag to create a wholly likeable (not to mention highly recommendable) product.

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