UK time is: 00:59:48
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The 'Delap` of the Championship

Article by Stefan Curtis

Much has been made of Stoke City`s use of Rory Delap and his incredibly long throws this season.

But he has some competition.

Coventry City have their very own long throw expert in the form of Aron Gunnarsson.

The 19-year-old Icelandic international admits that his ability has certainly come in useful.

"It`s a weapon. It`s already created a few goals for us this season and if I can produce a few more, I`ll be delighted.

"The funny thing is, I don`t even practise them, and I never have. It`s just something that I could do ever since I was little. When I was young I used to play handball, and the technique comes from there."

Comparisons between Delap and Gunnarsson have been frequent, but seem to have bypassed Gunnarsson, who claims to have no knowledge of Stoke`s long throw supremo.

"Who is Delap? I havn`t seen him play, so I can`t compare us" he quipped.

Despite that, Gunnarsson would be more than willing to participate in a 'long-throw competition` with Delap some day.

"That would be good fun! I`m ready when he is…"

Critics claim that Delap is 'ruining` football with his unnatural ability, with some sections of crowds even booing when Delap begins his run up. So does Gunnarsson see it as degrading the game, or merely as a secret weapon?

"It`s not really a secret because teams seem to already know about it. I can`t understand why fans would boo. To me, it`s just like a corner and fans don`t boo corners. But if they decide to boo and I set up a goal, then I`m not too fussed!"

It was also recently mentioned that Delap was being lined up to represent Ireland at the Olympics throwing the Javelin. Gunnarsson admits that he could one day be tempted by the track and field events, when he hangs up his boots.

"You never know. Who can say what will happen in the future.

'I`m not going to say no, but I have bigger priorities right now such as getting Coventry into the Premiership and getting Iceland to the World Cup."




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 10 2008

Time: 6:00AM

Your Comments

just hope you dont "throw" it all away....!!!
lincolnblue
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Coventry City Articles

CCFC: Good to see 'Reserves' at Home (Wednesday October 1 2014)

CCFC: Two Chances to Impress (Tuesday September 30 2014)

CCFC: October Preview (Monday September 29 2014)

Stats: Coventry City v Preston North End (Saturday September 27 2014)

City Aim for a Ricoh Hat-Trick (Thursday September 25 2014)

Close Margins in Each Sky Blues Game (Wednesday September 24 2014)

CCFC: A Trio of Popular Old Boys (Tuesday September 23 2014)

Plaudits but no Points for City Again (Monday September 22 2014)

Archived Coventry City Articles

List All Vital Coventry Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
MK Dons 0 - 0 Coventry
Bradford 3 - 2 Coventry
Coventry 2 - 1 Yeovil
Coventry 1 - 0 Gillingham
Coventry 2 - 2 Barnsley
Coventry 1 - 0 Sheff Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Fleetwood 10 3 4 3 1 13
13. Crawley 10 4 1 5 -6 13
14. Gillingham 10 3 3 4 -2 12
15. Coventry 10 3 3 4 -2 12
16. Yeovil 10 3 3 4 -4 12
17. Walsall 10 2 5 3 -1 11
18. Doncaster 9 3 2 4 -5 11

Breaking League News

CCFC: Good to see 'Reserves' at Home
» Coventry : 01/10/2014
Davis vows to fight on
» Crewe : 30/09/2014 23:13:00
Crewe crash again
» Crewe : 30/09/2014 22:23:00
» Notts County : 30/09/2014 22:06:00
» Crewe : 30/09/2014 21:36:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Now City Are Back, Where Will They Finish?
Suggested By:  Editor
Top Two 2%
Play-Offs 28%
Top Half 28%
Bottom Half 0%
Bottom Four 42%