Wednesday, July 29, 2009

[defoe arrested again] second time for talented striker

Back in 1692, Spurs' striker, Daniel Defoe, was arrested for payments of £700 (and his civets seized), though his total debts may have been £17,000.

Now, it appears he's in trouble again:

July 31, 1703: Daniel Defoe was arrested today and pilloried for writing a pamphlet entitled The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church at Tottenham, arguing for the extermination of Man U players and supporters.

Stoke Newington neighbour Sir Thomas Abney said Defoe wasn't going to be able to worm his way out of this one by penning his poem "Hymn to the Pillory".

However, the poem caused his audience at the pillory to throw flowers instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects and to drink to his health.

Defoe said later:

Tweren't me, guvna. I'm so angry, yannoe, I might just go to sea and find a $%#*&# island to live on the rest of m'life, yannoe.


dearieme said...

'arry says "'e's a big, big player for us". Man in stands says "no e's a effing dwarf".

James Higham said...



The history of shmoozing.